Sania Mirza, Cara Black enter pre QFs of French Open
The Indo-Zimbabwean pair of Sania Mirza and Cara Black entered the pre quarterfinals of the French Open Tennis tournament today. The fifth seeded pair of Mirza and Black registered a straight set victory over the Canadian-Polish duo of Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska 6-1, 6-2. They will now face Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.
In the Mixed Doubles, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, with their team-mates, will be seen in action in the pre-quarterfinals later today.
Pakistan to grant MDMA status to India to facilitate bilateral trade
Pakistan has said it would grant India the status of Non-Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA) to facilitate enhanced bilateral trade. According to media reports, Pakistan Commerce Minister Khurram Dastigir Khan clarified that it was not Most Favoured Nation status but non-discriminatory and parallel market access that is being granted to India.
He was addressing the media at Islamabad. Khan also described Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India this week as positive and said Sharif did not indulge in reactionary diplomacy. India had already granted MFN status to Pakistan in 1996. Various sections in Pakistan, especially t
Yadav resigns from party’s PAC
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav today resigned from the party’s Political Affairs Committee(PAC) taking moral responsibility of AAP’s debacle in Haryana in recently held Lok Sabha elections. Yadav is the In-charge of party affairs in Haryana.
Party’s state convenor Naveen Jaihind has also tendered his resignation from National Executive of the party. AAP spokesperson Dilip Pandey in a tweet clarified that the both have resigned as members of the PAC and National Executive and not from the party. However, party sources said the AAP leadership has not yet accepted their resignations
Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika has been declared the winner of Malawi’s disputed presidential election after defeating President Joyce Banda.
Mutharika, the brother of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, took 36.4 per cent of the votes cast against Banda’s 20.2 per cent, the electoral commission said.
The results were announced on Friday minutes after the high court refused a last-ditch attempt to block their release and allow time for a recount.
Electoral commission Chief Maxon Mbendera declared Mutharika “president-elect” after last week’s vote, which Banda said was marred by “serious irregularities” and “null and void”.
The results showed that Banda was beaten into third place by Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), who garnered 27.8 per cent of the vote.
Party spokeswoman Jessie Kabwila told the MCP, which had made the bid for a recount, would challenge the results in court.
“We are disappointed because this is not a credible election. We will fight through legal means…we are not taking this lying down.”
Mutharika is set to take the reins of the impoverished southern African country under the shadow of a treason charge.
The 74-year-old brother of former president Bingu wa Mutharika is accused of attempting to conceal his brother’s death in office two years ago in an attempt to prevent Banda – then vice-president – from assuming power.
Banda prevailed and took office as decreed by the constitution, booting the former foreign minister out of the administration.
Mutharika, a law professor and former cabinet minister, faces additional counts of inciting a mutiny and conspiracy to commit a felony, along with other officials.
The trial is still pending, but analysts say it is likely the case will be set aside as Malawi’s presidents enjoy immunity from prosecution as long as they are in office.
There is speculation that once Mutharika is in power he could turn the tables on Banda and have her charged with corruption over a USD 30 million graft scandal dubbed “Cashgate”.
Banda has claimed the credit for uncovering the fraud, which saw aid money syphoned into top government officials’ pockets.
But critics, including Mutharika, say the funds went into her party’s election war-chest.
“Banda did everything in her power to prevent Mutharika from becoming president… and then bringing charges against her,” said Clive Gabay of the Queen Mary University of London.
Dismantling a legacy of UPA rule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday abolished all the 30 GoMs and EGoMs and told ministries and departments to take decisions on pending matters.
Announcing the decision to scrap nine Empowered Groups of Ministers and 21 Groups of Ministers, the PMO said this would expedite the process of decision-making and “usher in greater accountability in the system.”
The Ministries and Departments will now process the issues pending before EGoMs and GoMs and take appropriate decisions at the level of Ministries and Departments itself, said the statement.
It said wherever the ministries face difficulties, the Cabinet Secretariat and the Prime Minister’s Office will facilitate the decision-making process.
The statement announcing the abolition of EGoMS and GoMs termed it as “major move” to empower the ministries and Departments. Former Defence Minister A K Antony was heading most of the EGoMs.
The panels were formed to take decisions on issues like corruption, inter-state water disputes, administrative reforms and gas and telecom pricing.
EGoMs had the power to take decisions on the line of the Union Cabinet.
The recommendations of the GoMs were placed before the Cabinet for a final call.
The Delhi University Vice-Chancellor owes a public explanation on how and at which level the decision to suspend five officials of the University’s School of Open Learning was taken.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is of the view that the University’s decision seriously compromises its autonomy and it is surprising that admission documents have been treated as confidential by the authorities to act in a completely unjustified manner against these officials.
The Vice Chancellor needs to explain what was the basis of the decision to suspend these officials ? Had any inquiry been conducted ? Who ordered the inquiry and what were its terms of reference ? Can an inquiry be completed within hours of a nws item appearing in a newspaper ?
Is it a case of the University authorities trying to please the new political masters since the matter pertained to the new union human resources development minister personally ?
It is shocking that the Delhi University authorities acted with lightning speed against the officials and it is beyond any reasonable understanding that they were suspended within hours of a news item having been published in a newspaper about the admission card of the HRD minister Ms Smriti Irani. It appears that in a desperate bid to score brownie points with the new regime at the Centre, the University authorities seem to have taken an arbitrary decision, which is against the very principle of natural justice.
The Vice-Chancellor, instead of promoting and encouraging transparency, appears to be hell bent on getting into the good books of the political masters in the new regime.
A prestigious institution like the DU cannot be allowed to become a centre of political patronage and when the HRD minister herself has publicly stated that these officials should be reinstated, it becomes extremely important for the Vice Chancellor to come clean on the whole issue and let the students, academic community and the people know what actually led to the arbitrary and unjustified suspension of these officials.
AAP Media Cell
Friday’s storm exposes all claims
The loss of atleast nine innocent lives and largescale destruction caused by the sudden thunderstorm on Friday raises serious questions about the preparedness of the civic agencies in the national capital in dealing with such emergency situations created by natural disasters of any nature.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) condoles these untimely and sudden deaths and demands adequate steps to compensate their families who have lost their beloved ones for no fault of theirs. The administration must also ensure relief and rehabilitation of the affected families.
It is very surprising that the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) have been found wanting in dealing with such situations, and even storms of such minor intensity can throw life out of gear in the country’s capital.
Parts of the city remained without electricity for nearly 24 hours and it is beyond any reasonable understanding that who will take responsibility for the large-scale inconvenience caused to the people.
The AAP questions the state of affairs in the capital and wants to know from those running the city’s administration that who will be held accountable for the hardships faced by the public for no fault of theirs ?
A single thunderstorm which did not last for a long time has exposed the claims of those running the administration and civic agencies that everything was on track.
All possible steps should be immediately taken to ensure that such a sorry state of affairs is not repeated again. The images of uprooted trees across the city, metro trains being disrupted, ATMs not functioning, no electricity in several parts and massive traffic jams – will keep reminding the people about the nightmare faced by them on Friday evening.
AAP Media Cell
The knockout stages have begun in the 65th National Basketball Championship for Junior Men and Women 2014 underway at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi.
Morning Results from Day 6 (31/5/14)
1) Kerala (Akhil AR 25, Prem Prakash 20, Sito M 14) bt Andhra Pradesh (Harsha 17, Peter 13, Neeraj 12) 91-65 [8-15; 35-12; 26-19; 22-19]
2) Rajasthan (Mahipal Singh 30, Akhilesh 25) bt Karnataka (Sowkin Shetty 18, Bushan S 12) Anmol B 15, 92-71 [25-18; 28-19; 18-18; 21-16]
1) Karnataka (Bhandavya 17, Lopamudra 15, Bhoomika 12) bt West Bengal (Rashmi 23, Pratyusha 14) 85-59 [25-9; 17-18; 12-17; 31-15]
2) Delhi (Soumya B 29, Varuni B 14, Jothi Rai 13, Nishita 13) bt Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi Pandey 38, Shivangi 11) 78-74 [12-24; 18-21; 21-14; 27-15]
Quarterfinal Matches from Level 1 (Elite level)
1) Maharashtra (Siddique 22, Parab 19, Sandhu Samson 19, Vaishakh Nambiar 15) bt Madhya Pradesh (Shubham 24, Laxman Thapa 17, Lalit 13) 90-77 [24-20; 24-13; 15-20; 27-24]
1) Uttar Pradesh (Barkha 26, Preeti Kumari 17) bt Maharashtra (Sruthi Menon 38, Iswari Pingle 14) 67-65 [15-14; 17-10; 14-15; 21-26]
Level 1 to Level 2 (Matches between bottom placed Level 1 teams who have been relegated to Level 2 for next year)
1) Chhattisgarh (A Kumar 19, R Shrivastav 11) bt Odisha (KS Kumar 6, SS Bemera 6) 57-29 [26-6; 22-7; 3-6; 6-10]
1) Tamil Nadu (Srividhya 19, Sharmila 18, Shinu 17) bt Rajasthan (Nisha 22, Jagruthi 13) 84-63 [29-17; 25-15; 9-18; 21-13]
Late Evening Results from Day 5 (30/5/14)
Level 1 League Matches
1) Kerala (Amal Anto 24, Antony 21) bt Chhattisgarh (Dinesh M 16, Shiv Kumar 14) 81-54 [12-10; 22-16; 15-12; 32-16]
(The real GDP growth at factor cost stands at 4.6% in Q4 of 2013-14 as against 4.4% in Q4 of 2012-13)
GDP at factor cost at constant (2004-05) prices in the year 2013-14 is estimated at Rs. 57.42 lakh crore showing a growth rate of 4.7% over the GDP for the year 2012-13 of Rs. 54.82 lakh crore. Whereas, the GDP at factor cost at current prices in the year 2013-14 is estimated at Rs. 104.73 lakh crore, showing a growth rate of 11.5% over the GDP for the year 2012-13 at Rs. 93.89 lakh crore.
Quarterly GDP at factor cost at constant (2004-05) prices for Q4 of 2013-14 is estimated at Rs. 15.38 lakh crore, as against Rs. 14.71 lakh crore in Q4 of 2012-13, showing a growth rate of 4.6%. Whereas, GDP at factor cost at current prices in Q4 of 2013-14 is estimated at Rs. 28.01 lakh crore, as against Rs. 25.42 lakh crore in Q4 of 2012-13, showing a growth of 10.2%. The real GDP growth at factor cost stands at 4.6% in Q3 of 2013-14 as against 5.2% in Q2 of 2013-14 and 4.7% in Q1 of 2013-14.
Trend in growth of India’s real GDP (%)
Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO
The estimated growth rates in economic activities in Q4 of 2013-14 over Q4 of 2012-13 are financing, insurance, real estate and business services at 12.4%, construction at 0.7%, community, social & personal services at 3.3%, trade, hotels, transport and communication at 3.9% and electricity, gas & water supply at 7.2%. The growth rate in agriculture, forestry & fishing, is estimated at 6.3% while for mining and quarrying and manufacturing growth is estimated at (-) 0.4% and (-) 1.4%, respectively in this period.
Recent pattern in real GDP growth
Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO
Note: 2nd RE: Second Revised Estimate; 1st RE: First Revised Estimate; PE: Provisional Estimate
Gross National Income – The Gross National Income (GNI) at factor cost at 2004-05 prices is now estimated at Rs.56.74 lakh crore during 2013-14, as against the previous year’s First Revised Estimate of Rs. 54.17 lakh crore. In terms of growth rates, the gross national income is estimated to have risen by 4.7% during 2013-14, in comparison to the growth rate of 4.1% in 2012-13.
Per Capita Net National Income – The per capita net national income in real terms (at 2004-05 prices) during 2013-14 is estimated to have attained a level of Rs. 39,904 as compared to the First Revised Estimates for the year 2012-13 of Rs. 38,856. The growth rate in per capita income is estimated at 2.7% during 2013-14 as against 2.1% during 2012-13.
Private Final Consumption Expenditure – Private Final Consumption Expenditure (PFCE) at current prices is estimated at Rs. 64.85 lakh crore in 2013-14 as against Rs. 57.72 lakh crore in 2012-13. At constant (2004-05) prices, the PFCE is estimated at Rs. 37.20 lakh crore in 2013-14 as against Rs. 35.48 lakh crore in 2012-13. In terms of GDP at market prices, the rates of PFCE at current and constant (2004-05) prices during 2013-14 are estimated at 57.1% and 60%, respectively, as against the corresponding rates of 57.1% and 60.1%, respectively in 2012-13.
Government Final Consumption Expenditure – Government Final Consumption Expenditure (GFCE) at current prices is estimated at Rs. 13.41 lakh crore in 2013-14 as against Rs. 11.89 lakh crore in 2012-13. At constant (2004-05) prices, the GFCE is estimated at Rs. 6.87 lakh crore in 2013-14 as against Rs. 6.62 lakh crore in 2012-13. In terms of GDP at market prices, the rates of GFCE at current and constant (2004-05) prices during 2013-14 are estimated at 11.8% and 11.1%, respectively, as against the corresponding rates of 11.8% and 11.2%, respectively in 2012-13.
Gross Fixed Capital Formation – Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) at current prices is estimated at Rs. 32.11 lakh crore in 2013-14 as against Rs. 30.72 lakh crore in 2012-13. At constant (2004-05) prices, the GFCF is estimated at Rs. 20 lakh crore in 2013-14 as against Rs. 20.02 lakh crore in 2012-13. In terms of GDP at market prices, the rates of GFCF at current and constant (2004-05) prices during 2013-14 are estimated at 28.3% and 32.3%, respectively, as against the corresponding rates of 30.4% and 33.9%, respectively in 2012-13. The rates of Change in Stocks and Valuables at current prices during 2013-14 are estimated at 1.6% percent and 1.5%, respectively.
The PFCE and GFCF at constant (2004-05) market prices in Q4 of 2013-14 are estimated at Rs. 9.78 lakh crore and Rs.5.36 lakh crore, respectively. The rates of PFCE and GFCF as percentage of GDP at market prices in Q4 of 2013-14 were 57% and 31.2%, respectively, as against the corresponding rates of 55.9% and 33.4%, respectively in Q4 of 2012-13.
Dr. S P Sharma
Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank
By Prof R. Vaidyanathan First Post—FirstBiz—31-05-2014
More than six years ago, in February 2008, the German authorities had collected information about illegal money stashed away by citizens of various countries in a Liechtenstein bank. The German Finance Minister offered to share the names of these account-holders with any government interested in them. The UPA-1 government, unfortunately, did not act for many months and, after much prodding by the Opposition, asked for the list in late 2008.
A German intelligence agency appears to have paid an unnamed informer more than $6 million for this confidential and secret data about clients of the LGT group, a bank owned by the Liechtenstein Prince’s family. The revelations have already led to the resignation of the head of Deutsche Post, which is currently the world’s largest logistics company. Liechtenstein leaders were furious and have focused all their ire on the theft of the data rather than on the facts of the case.
The German list contained the names of 1,400 clients of the Liechtenstein bank, of whom 600 were Germans. A spokesman for the German finance ministry, Thorstein Albig, had said in March 2008 that information on the other accounts would be shared without charging any fees. Finland, Sweden, and Norway quickly obtained the data, but our government began pussyfooting around this issue. If it had genuinely wanted to act against black money, it should have immediately despatched senior officials/ministers to get the names. Pushed and prodded by the Opposition and the media, when the government finally moved, it got nearly 100 Indian names – but those names have been kept a secret.
This writer, who has been studying tax havens for more than a decade, wrote in April 2009 (in the journal Eternal India, published by India First Foundation) about the need to get back the illegal deposits kept by Indians in various tax havens, including Liechtenstein. A public interest litigation was then filed by Ram Jethmalani and others in the Supreme Court, to which the government responded that it was taking steps to recover such amounts. It had also mentioned that the German government had given a list of people who had kept money in the LGT Bank of Liechtenstein (May 2009). The government’s response also said that steps were being taken in the case of Hasan Ali Khan, a Pune horse-breeder, who was alleged to have indulged in several illegal transactions through the UBS Bank of Switzerland.
In the meanwhile, the then Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, LK Advani, had constituted a committee consisting of S Gurumurthy, well-known Chartered Accountant, Ajit Doval, the current National Security Advisor, lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, and this writer. The report of the committee was also used by Ram Jethmalani in his PIL filed with the Supreme Court.
The government maintained that it cannot reveal the names received from Germany since it had obtained the same under the double taxation avoidance treaty. The point is: why did the government ask for information under the double-tax treaty with Germany when the issue – stolen data from the Liechtenstein bank by Germany – was unconnected to the treaty? Where is the issue of confidentiality vis-a-vis criminals? Actually, it is wealth kept illegally in the bank in Liechtenstein, and the money does not even concern Germany.
The double-tax treaty generally prevents the use of information supplied under the treaty for any purpose other than the levy and recovery of tax. It is doubtful whether the income tax department can share the details it has secured under the treaty with the Enforcement Directorate or the National Investigation Agency which tracks terror cases, or the NSA. That is why the Supreme Court had refused to regard it purely an issue of tax evasion.
The finance ministry says it has the names but will not reveal them. But is this right? The accounts are those of international crooks who have deprived our land of huge financial resources through capital flight. It is an unpatriotic act which can be equated to financial terrorism. Domestic black money (that is untaxed income) is merely a no-confidence motion against the government’s tax policies, but black money in tax havens abroad amounts to no-confidence against the country – which is akin to treason.
A report in The Economic Times dated 4 June 2009 said that of the 50 Indians who have stashed funds in LGT Bank, 25 belong to Mumbai. The tax authorities have reopened assessments of these 25 tax evaders under section 148 of the Income Tax Act. This implies that the government is treating it as tax evasion and not capital flight and a crime against the country. But on 19 January 2011 – after two years of waiting – the Supreme Court made a historic observation about this shameful phenomenon of Indian funds being kept illegally abroad and the obstructionist attitude of the central government in unravelling the truth.
A report in The Hindu quoted the court as saying that black money stashed abroad by Indians was “pure and simple theft of national money.” The court “questioned the Centre’s approach to tackling this menace and retrieving the huge amounts kept in foreign banks. When Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam furnished in a sealed cover a list of 26 names who had accounts with (the) Liechtenstein Bank, a bench of Justices B Sudershan Reddy and SS Nijjar was not convinced of the steps taken by the government for getting back black money. Justice Reddy, after perusing the list, told the SG: ‘This is all the information you have or you have something more? We are talking about huge money. It is a plunder of the nation. It is pure and simple theft of national money. We are talking about mind-boggling crime. We are not on (the) niceties of various treaties.”
The court then insisted on the formation of a special investigation team (SIT) with ex-Supreme Court judge Jeevan Reddy as Chairman, assisted by Justice MB Shah, and asked the government to share details about the Liechtenstein list. The UPA government dilly-dallied and used every ruse in the legal book to buy time. But the Supreme Court was very upset and told the government that it can be hauled up for contempt of court. The court, in its order of 1 May 2014, had given the government three weeks’ time to issue a notification for setting up an SIT to be presided over by Justice MB Shah (since Justice Jeevan Reddy had declined to head it for personal reasons), with retired Justice Arijit Pasayat as vice-chairman, to guide and direct the investigation.
The three weeks ended on 22 May and extended to 27 May due to a change in the government. Hence, the first decision of the new government was about the SIT. It was a decision pushed down the throat of the government of India by the court due to the sustained efforts of Ram Jethmalani, represented by Anil Dhavan, and armed with reports of this writer. The SIT will consist of the Chief of the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, a Deputy Governor of the RBI, the IB Director, the Narcotics Bureau chief, and the head of the Enforcement Directorate. The group will also have access to the accounts of HSBC Bank, Geneva, details of which were given by the French government.
The SIT is essentially a group of bureaucrats with varying degrees of expertise about tax havens. This is mainly for illicit money kept abroad and not for domestic black money. Most of the double tax treaties which the UPA-2 entered into are prospective in nature and the task of looking into past illegal funds is complicated.
The group should distinguish between pure tax evasion (let us call it vegetarian black money) and funds connected to terror/arms smuggling/narcotics (say, non-veg black money). The former is easy to focus on and can be dealt with through penalties. A recent Supreme Court judgment, which says that “that Indian resident beneficiaries shall not be taxed on the income of an offshore discretionary trust as long as the trustees do not distribute income to the beneficiaries,” may help many in the first category.
The best way to proceed is to have a joint sitting of Parliament and pass a resolution stating that “any funds abroad held by Indian nationals belong to the Republic of India” unless they have been kept abroad under legal rules and regulations. Armed with such a resolution and recent agreements entered into by Switzerland and Singapore with OECD countries, the SIT can go for gold! Actually, the SIT should be willing to use the concept of sama/dhana/bheda/dhanda in achieving its task – many secretive jurisdictions, including Switzerland, can and should be arm-twisted to part with information. After all they have huge investments in India
It is also necessary to consider the gold/diamonds/precious items kept by Indians in the lockers of banks in tax havens abroad. The road ahead for the recovery of illegal money stashed abroad is full of pot holes and craters, but we Indians have a way of navigating such impediments. What is needed is the political will for the same.
(The author is finance professor, IIM Bangalore. These views are personal)
PROFESSOR OF FINANCE
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT
Posted: 31 May 2014 02:33 AM PDT
Recently a UK based energy journal “LNG Magazine” published an article “A passage to India” on the Indian LNG demand and GAIL’s efforts towards meeting the same with inputs from Mr. Prabhat Singh; director, marketing , GAIL (India) Limited.
The article talked about the energy demand and supply shortage in India and around the globe. Involvement of natgas in India’s energy mix is 11% whereas it accounts to 24% in the global scenario. As of now, domestic production contributes 73% of the total supply of the gas. The gap between supply and demand is growing with the intense development and rising conscience to go green in the nation. GAIL has stepped up to the challenge and has assumed a key role in development of natgas market in India in meeting rising demand. It has also been vigilant about securing deals with the foreign nations as well. The long term deals with Qatar, Yemen, Nigeria, Algeria, Trinidad & Tobago, Norway, Oman, UAE etc. shows the efforts of the company in doing so.
The article basically consisted of three important constraints:
Indian natural gas market has become a global attraction because of its demographical location as well as rising domestic demand. GAIL has secured part of natgas supplies from countries like Russia and Turkey and is constantly examining potential LNG hubs.
Business & Sustainability
GAIL has been consistently trying to reduce the carbon footprint in the production process and with usage of renewable energy in the production process it depicts the strong willingness of the motive. Alongside the busy operations GAIL with its CSR projects has also been ensuring the sustainable development of underprivileged the needy communities.
GAIL has constantly trying to fill the gap between supply and demand in the country. Company is pursuing regional cooperation with fellow Asian nations. GAIL has also been looking to diversify its operations and in the process has also commissioned wind energy projects in Gujarat. Future plans are to concentrate on the renewabels starting with solar & wind energy.
With strong words from the marketing manager we are assured that the future demands will be met and India may soon achieve energy security.
Posted: 30 May 2014 04:43 AM PDT
While the nation seeks a better a better future, its the youth who hold the foundations of the brighter tomorrow being anticipated. Here is a true story of a champion who did not give up when knocked down by life but instead bounced back with a bang
Apar Tiwari – (GAIL Utkarsh Super 30 – 2009 – 2010) – IIT Varanasi – (Mechanical Engineering)
‘A lesson learnt, a career achieved’
As I look back to my school days, I remember that I wasn’t much into studies. I preferred watching TV and being involved in sports activities. I belong to a middle class family. My parents always tried to make me understand the importance of a good career but I couldn’t drive myself to study in those initial days. However, taking the Cyber Olympiad in 6th standard made me realize where I stood when it came to knowledge – nowhere. As such, I couldn’t even secure a satisfactory position in the Olympiad even at the district level. I used to think I was far better than others, but the results said otherwise. I felt as if I was standing at the bottom and others were moving to the top, though my parents and my sisters encouraged me a lot. It was because of their efforts that I was finally able to recognize my potential. When I was in 9th standard, my father expired and the entire burden fell on my mother. I started paying attention to my studies but one thing that persisted in my mind was on improving my knowledge without worrying about my class rank. I got an opportunity to be a part of my school NCC team, where I gave my 100 percent as I felt it is most important to be sincere and dedicated to whatever one takes up. I qualified for mains level in NTSE and scored 92% in 10th standard. It was around that time that I decided to be an engineer and set my sight on IIT. However, it was during my preparations that I realized that the method of study was wrong. Coaching basically meant making students cram the entire study material, ignoring individual capability. This was very upsetting. Then I came to know about the Super 30 coaching sponsored by GAIL India limited in co-operation with CSRL. Here the teaching pattern was totally different. I wouldn’t even call it coaching. In fact, it was more like a home for me where I was provided proper guidance by well experienced and talented teachers. The approach was basic and simple but the result was undoubtedly awesome. The IIT aspirants just need to be conceptual and this is a prominent feature of the Super 30 art of teaching. Today, I am most content. My father is not here to see me, but he would have been proud to see me an IITian.My mother, sisters, maternal uncles and two of my true friends never let me feel his absence. I express my deep gratitude to Abhayanand Sir, Krishnamurti Sir, Chandra Sir and Phurkan Sir and the whole GAIL and CSRL team for their tremendous efforts and the patience they showed for me, enabling me reach this successful station in life.
Apar continuously maintained a CGPA of 8+ and has secured 133 score in GATE examination. Now he has also secured 1st position in SAIL Management Trainee exam. GAIL is proud of him and wishes him all the best for the future.
We hope that with project Utkarsh we keep on helping talents like Apar in the future too.
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Brazil promises ‘greenest World Cup’
Brazil announced a package of pollution-cutting measures aimed at making this year’s World Cup more environmentally friendly, ranging from an emissions-trading scheme to a “green passport” smart-phone application.
“We want to score green goals,” said Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira at a press conference announcing the initiative.
The World Cup and other major sports events generally leave giant carbon footprints. Building stadiums and infrastructure, flying in teams and fans, and hosting the games themselves all emit large amounts of Earth-warming greenhouse gases such as CO2.
Teixeira said this year’s World Cup, which runs from June 12 to July 13, is expected to directly add 59,000 tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere.
When indirect emissions linked to the tournament are included, the total rises to 1.4 million tonnes — just under half the footprint attributed to the London Olympics in 2012.
The government has launched a program to offset that pollution by asking companies to give carbon credits in exchange for the right to advertise themselves as official “green seal” World Cup sponsors.
The government has already offset 115,000 tonnes of emissions through such donations of carbon credits — a tradable permit to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases.
“The Cup will open having offset 100 percent of its direct emissions,” said Teixeira, vowing to continue working for “the greatest possible mitigation” of tournament-related CO2 before the end of the year.
Together with the United Nations Environment Program, the government also launched a project called “green passport” to encourage football fans to practice environmentally sustainable tourism.
About 600,000 foreigners and 3.1 million Brazilian tourists are expected to descend on the 12 host cities.
Anticipating that many will want to explore the country between matches, the project proposes environmentally friendly travel itineraries from each host city, complete with a cell phone app. Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is the project’s official spokeswoman.
Teixeira said this World Cup is the first where all host stadiums will have LEED certification — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Deign, a sustainability seal of approval.
Other programs announced Tuesday aim to train garbage collectors on recycling and set up stalls to sell locally produced organic food in host cities.
A special court on Friday imposed a penalty of Rs one lakh on Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, who had sought permission to withdraw answers given by him earlier to the court in the 2G scam case trial, while allowing his plea to record afresh his statement before it.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini, however, did not allow the contention of CBI to cancel bail of Balwa, an accused in the 2G case.
The court passed the order on Balwa’s plea seeking permission to withdraw his answers given earlier during his deposition.
CBI had argued in court that Balwa’s plea was nothing but a “sinister design” to take the court for a “ride”.
During the arguments, Special Public Prosecutor U U Lalit had submitted that Balwa’s earlier contention that he had failed to understand the questions asked by the court under the provisions of CrPC was not an “inadvertent error” and it was a “smart and calculated” move.
He had also contended that it was a “breach of faith” reposed by the court on the accused and he must be fair to the court.
Balwa’s counsel, however, had submitted that it was only an inadvertent error and that nothing had been done deliberately.
On CBI’s contentions that bail granted earlier to Balwa may be cancelled, his lawyer had said it was not the case that his client has tampered with evidence or threatened any witness.
The counsel had also said that if the court feels that something wrong has been done, he was offering unconditional apology.
CBI had earlier sought cancellation of the bail granted to Balwa, facing trial in the 2G case, saying his conduct requires reconsideration and recall of the relief given to him.
Balwa had faced the court’s ire when it observed that he “deserved” to be taken into custody for his misconduct.
He had filed a plea contending that he will “not raise any question of prejudice caused to him on grounds of non- understanding of any question asked by the court.
Hyderabad, May 29, 2014: Taking forward its plan to provide viewers in Australia a host of options when it comes to exciting television based action, YuppTV today announced the launch of premium Hindi Entertainment channels Star Plus and Life OK in the country. Viewers across Australia will now be able to watch their favorite Indian TV soaps and serials on the two channels.
The two Hindi channels are now available to Australian customers on YuppTV. Earlier, Star Plus and Life OK were made available to YuppTV Customers in the United States. Both channels telecast among the most watched and highly rated Hindi shows on Indian television.
Announcing the launch, Mr. Uday Reddy, CEO of YuppTV said,“We are pleased to take Star Plus and Life OK to YuppTV customers in Australiain keeping with our commitment to innovation and highly accessible content. The country has a significant Indian diaspora that loves to experience the best in entertainment from India.We are confident that TV viewers across the continent will be thrilled to view channels like Star Plus and Life OK.”
Ajit Mohan, Digital Head, STAR Indiasaid,“We are glad that YuppTV has launched Star Plus and Life OK in Australia, a significant overseas market for us. Audiences will now get an opportunity to enjoy watching leading shows from the channelson multiple internet enabled devices such as Smart TVs, STBs, Tablets, Smart Phones and PCs, all of whichare simple and instant.”
YuppTV continues to be among the world’s leadingOver-the-top (OTT)content players, delivering more than 170 Indian television channels worldwide in 11 languages that comprise Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Oriya and Assamese to its viewers.
YuppTV is a global leader in providing converged OTT (over the top) live TV and Video on demand Solutions. It is a six-year-old company with its headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and having branch offices in the USA and India.
The company through its platform is the leading OTT player delivering more than 170+ Indian TV Channels, more than 4500 videos (daily), Movies, Live Events and a lot more, to the six screens for Video content consumption i.e. Connected TVs, Internet STBs, Smart Bluray players, PCs, Smart Phones and Tablets. The service currently has one of the industry’s highest content usages per subscriber.
The YuppTV platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution is YuppTV’s White Label OTT solution, which enables content owners, broadcasters, and mobile operators to deliver live TV and video-on-demand over six screens. For the first time, video content providers and operators have access to a turnkey, end to end, managed OTT solution for distributing and monetizing content – anywhere in the world at the lowest cost of ownership and delivery.
The mission of the company is to make it simple and instant for Broadcasters to deliver live TV and VOD anytime and anywhere in the world to any internet enabled device.
Court frees 25 Cambodians charged with garment strike offences
A Cambodian court found 25 people guilty on Friday of acts of violence during strikes by garment workers. However, all were given suspended sentences and freed, Reuters said. The ruling is likely to be welcomed by global manufacturers operating in the country. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court judges convicted the workers, trade unionists and protesters of intentional violence including damage to public property during strikes in November last year and January 2014.
Sisi won more than 90 percent of the votes and with the low turnout, face tough time as to take the popular measures to restore healthy economic growth, ease poverty and unemployment, and end costly energy subsidies in Egypt.
Sisi has lost the huge momentum he gained when he deposed Mohamed Morsi last year the incredible media campaign in his favour did not manage to rally people into going to the ballot boxes. In broader context Sisi is the strong man able to restore stability in Egypt and put an end to the ongoing turmoil. His critics, though, say he will be reproducing the regime of former president Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown in the 2011 revolution.
Sisi will be Egypt’s next president, how well he address the country’s main problems make Egpytian usher in a new era in the country.
Today at 1:17 AM
Honorable Prime Minister
Shri Narendra Modi
Government of India
New Delhi – 110011
It is your good fortune that you had been MISLED on power situation in
North India by former Secretaries and Ministers. Here is Factually
Generation Capacity Up 10.6% But Generation Up Merely 0.6%.
Even as Installed capacity increased from 55966 MW to 61923 MW but
power supplied marginally increased from 926.8 MU to 932.5 MU.
Generating Capacity growth was 10.64% but generation growth was up by
just 0.6% Clearly REGULATORS had failed to ensure Optimum Utilization
of Generation Capacity. Three states performed Badly – Rajasthan
operated at less than 50% load factor, Haryana less than 40% and Delhi
Presently India has more than sufficient power generation capacity to
meet even peak demand but there is gross mismanagement in power
generation and distribution.
Here in the Daily Report for 28-05-2014 it clear Generation Capacity
in North India is 61923 MW and average dispatch was 39340 MW 63.5%
load factor. Respective figures for last year were 55996 MW and 38915
MW or 69.5%.
Obviously There Is Big Fall in Plant Load Factor.
Comparison of State Generation 2013 & 2014
States Capacity 2013 MW Avg Generation Capacity2014 MW Ave Generation
UP 10131 5696 10131 5846
Rajasthan 8729 5068 11009 5372
Punjab 3768 1986 5128 2728
Haryana 5006 2334 5006 1912
Delhi 2232 1273 2917 753
HP 1005 870 1114 780
J&K 956 558 1094 574
Uttarakhand 1303 617 1303 547
Punjab generation was up 50%.
BBMB generated just 1041 MW of Power yesterday when last year for
almost same water levels in Dams was 1428 MW. Peak generation at
Bhakra Dam was 2279 MW and 2293 MW last year. Obviously there was
Under Operation at BBMB when demand is highest.
NTPC units performed exceedingly well. Average dispatch was 7614 MW
slightly more than last year 7447 MW.
UP picked up 118 MU yesterday from grid compared to 117 MU last year.
It is possible to SAVE Half of 30% Transmission Losses or 150 MU every
day. Ensure Uninterrupted Power Supply in Six Months.
Inventor & Consultant
INNOVATIVE TECHNONLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Today at 6:46 AM
May30, 2014 (C)
Debate on our News Channels continues shamelessly by anchors who
themselves are least qualified. Deepankar Gupta comments were
particularly disturbing. Ministers don’t get time to learn and
unqualified and experience actually means they don’t apply their
BRAINS and are dependent on babus. Engineers are TRAINED extensively
but even IITians are Worst in handling Crisis and Poor in Inventing,
there is not a single Ministry which is not acutely vulnerable to
Manipulation and Wrong Decisions.
Government of India is Ten Times more COMPLEX today than in 1998 –
there was just 2G and about 1m connections in MoTelecom today there
Court Cases, 100m connections, companies fighting among themselves,
with GOI in courts, 3G, 4G and other services their revenue collection
runs in $20b or more a year.
It is enough to say that India doesn’t even own 1% of Worlds
Intellectual Property and I have gone through the qualifications of
all BJP ministers who have mostly ‘Desi Degrees and LLB Qualifications
from Local Universities’. In fact enrolment for LLB degree was
essential to extend Student Politics tenure.
They are not even qualified to be a middle school master and not
qualified and experienced to run complex skills required to
effectively and competently steer the departments in right direction.
Unlike US President who gets 30 days or more ‘Transition Period Before
Swearing In Indian Ministers are on the job immediately and are in
fact taken around the Ministries’ after they have signed take over
There is no ‘Competition’ and even funnier thing they don’t even know
for sure their assigned portfolio and are not allowed under the
protocol to disclose it to public/ media.
In present time there is no Ministry which could be termed as Light.
INC and AAP are expected to take advantage of BJP Governments
VULNERABILITY in every department it is not just 2G or Coal – this
time it shall be every ministry.
INC and AAP should constitute ‘Private Independent Commission of
Experts’ to pin point their Wrong Doings in Strategy, Planning, and
Execution. Doctors consult specialists for their own medical problems
than do it themselves. This is essential to come to the right
Based on their recommendations improve their strategy for upcoming elections.
INC and AAP represent Middleclass and BPL and APL but somehow didn’t
DESIGN the political agenda tailored to their needs. BJP promised them
Jobs, Water, Power, Education, Factories etc.
Vote Bank of INC shifted to BJP and AAP cut in to INC votes only.
AAP drew Ocean of support for its Candidates but could translate in to
just 2% Votes and INC lost 9% Vote Share in spite of much better
Inexperienced BJP Government is Weak & Vulnerable There Is Hope for INC & AAP
BJP has tarnished IMAGE of India and it requires Double Efforts to
CLEAN UP and that also requires BEST Talent and skills. Hope BJP
engages External Professionals for key positions.
Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
Sabka Bharat Mission 2019
The center-left government of Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Friday, AFP said. The motion failed in a vote of 116 to 93 with the backing of the Socialist BSP party, their liberal partner Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) and independent lawmakers. This was the fourth such motion submitted by the conservative opposition. It accused Oresharski’s cabinet of lacking a clear strategy for the country’s troubled e
Security forces fired warning shots as protesters in Bangui demanded the resignation of the interim government and the removal of foreign troops from the Central African Republic on Friday, AFP said. Troops and police stopped the protesters gathering in the capital, who numbered in the thousands, and the demonstrators dispersed around an hour later. Bursts of automatic weapons fire were also heard in the central Bangui neighborhood that is home to the presidential palace, and in the area of the airport. The capital has experienced an upsurge in violence in recent days.
Ashok B Sharma
ASHOK B SHARMA*
Lot of eyebrows have been raised about the future of education in India under the dispensation of the new minister for human resources development who has not completed her graduation level study in formal education. This was fuelled by no other than a former minister and responsible spokesperson of the Congress party Ajay Makan soon after the former’s appointment.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi selected Smriti Zubin Irani 38 to be the youngest among the 23-member Cabinet and allotted to her human resources development ministry for effecting radical changes in the country’s educational system.
Makan on May 27 had tweeted : “What a Cabinet of Modi? HRD Minister (Looking after Education) Smriti Irani is not even a graduate! Look at her affidavit at ECI site pg 11!”
Since Makan’s tweet, the critics of Irani have gone viral in the social media and generated lot of unnecessary debate.
First, Makan should know before tweeting – who was country’s first education minister and what was his educational qualification? Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who was the first education minister, did not undergo any formal education. Maulana had theological education needed to become a clergy. However, Maulana acquired the knowledge of English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali apart from Arabic and Persian. Reputed as a freedom fighter, a revolutionary and a journalist, Maulana, could shape the destiny of the country’s education system.
Makan should know about the party he belongs to. He should know the legacy of his party. Congress had illustrious leaders like Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Ballavbhai Patel, Govind Bhallav Pant, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Indira Gandhi. However, the weak leadership of today’s Congress has reduced the party to shambles and leaders like Makan and others have no axe to grind, expect to go for Modi baiting.
Constructive criticism is always worthwhile. Modi baiters like Makan should know that we are in a parliamentary system of democracy where people directly elect their representatives and the majority party forms the government. It is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to allot portfolios to persons of his choice. Indian democracy does not prescribe any educational qualification as a prerequisite for candidates contesting in elections to Parliament and State Assemblies. Modi, in his selection of his Cabinet team, has not done anything unusual from the convention.
It is not that Modi Cabinet does not have highly educated ministers. It has a doctor like Dr Harsh Vardhan, eminent lawyers like Ravi Shankar Prasad, Arun Jaitley to name a few.
Is it necessary that an education/HRD should be an academician par excellence? Great poet Rabindranath Tagore did not have any university education, but did set up an university of world fame. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was once the student of the university set up but this great poet.
In the present day many universities are being set up by corporate houses and persons who are not academicians.
If we are to go by the logic that an academician should head the HRD ministry, then should the heavy industry ministry be headed by an industrialist, civil aviation ministry by a pilot, finance ministry by an economist. This is just not applicable to the present parliamentary democracy in India.
Smriti Irani in her affidavit before the Election Commission has said she has completed “Bachelor of Commerce Part – 1, School of Open Learning (Correspondence), University of Delhi – 1994.” This does not mean that with her wit and experience, the actress-turned politician will not be able to frame policies of the government for education and human resources development like her predecessors like Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and others.
(*The writer is a senior journalist on Policy & Strategic Issues. He is former Agriculture Editor of The Financial Express. He can be reached at – firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile phone no 09810902204)
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA DI NEW DELHI – INCONTRI IN BIBLIOTECA
Nuovo cinema Italiano/ New Italian Cinema: Opere Prime/Debut Films: 2008-2013
DOUBLE BILL at Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
Italian romance film directed by Valerio Mieli
DIECI INVERNI / Ten Winters
99 min., 2009
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Trama: Dieci anni nelle esistenze di Camilla e Silvestro, conosciutisi all’età di 18 anni su un vaporetto nella laguna veneziana, nell’inverno del 1999, e da quel momento ciclicamente amici, nemici, conoscenti, innamorati, vicini e distanti. Un’avventura vissuta tra Venezia e Mosca …
Winter 1999. Camilla, a young girl arrives in Venice from a village to study Russian literature. She notices a boy in the water bus. The boy, Silvestro is of the same age as Camilla. He too is just arrived in Venice and is also carrying a suitcase. The two start exchanging glances.When the water bus reaches the landing stage, he decides to follow the girl… Thus begins a ten-year-long adventure that sees the two live their student life in Venice and continue on to the alienating frenzy of Moscow .
Italian Thriller directed by Luigi Lo Cascio
La città ideale / The ideal city
2012, 105 min.
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Trama: Michele Grassadonia è un appassionato ecologista che ha lasciato Palermo e si è trasferito a Siena , la sua città ideale, e da circa un anno ha cominciato un nuovo stile di vita, cercando di non utilizzare l’acqua corrente e l’energia elettrica. Una notte di pioggia, però, ……
Synopsis: Michele Grassadonia is a fervent environmentalist. A long time ago, he moved from Palermo to Siena , its ideal city. He has carried out an experiment in his flat for longer than one year: living in full self-sufficiency, without running water or electricity. On a rainy night, Michele gets caught up in a series of confusing and mysterious events. From this moment on, his joyful experience in the ideal city starts to waver.
Tessitori Hall of the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre in New Delhi
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Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50- E, Chandragupta Marg (Entry from Nyaya Marg)
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck China’s southwestern Yunnan province on Friday morning, the USGS reports. The epicenter of the tremor was located at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers, just 27 kilometers from the town of Pingyuan in Yingjiang County. Local authorities sent a team of over 50 people for surveying, investigation, and disaster evaluation, Xinhua reported. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The county borders Myanmar and has a population of 300,000.
Sold Out – Pre Paid Media??? Fooling Masses .
Team India for England tour
16th LS to begin from 4th June
After the new members take oath on 4th June and 5th, the Speaker will be elected on the next day.The Rajya Sabha will commence from 9th June after the joint sitting.
Senior Congress MP Kamal Nath will be the Pro-tem Speaker who will administer the oath to the new members.
He will be assisted by a panel of Chairmen, consisting of Arjun Charan Sethi (BJD), Purno A Sangma (National People’s Party) and Biren Singh Engti (Congress).
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu made the announcements on Thursday after a meeting of the Union Cabinet which deliberated on the Parliament session.
“We are studying various precedents while discussing the issue. There is still time to take that call,” Naidu said when asked whether Congress would be given the post of the Leader of Opposition despite it not having the requisite numbers.
“We have not zeroed in on anyone. We don’t want to zero in anyone,” he said when asked whether any name has been shortlisted for the post of the Speaker.
16th LS to begin from 4th June
After the new members take oath on 4th June and 5th, the Speaker will be elected on the next day.The Rajya Sabha will commence from 9th June after the joint sitting.
Senior Congress MP Kamal Nath will be the Pro-tem Speaker who will administer the oath to the new members.
He will be assisted by a panel of Chairmen, consisting of Arjun Charan Sethi (BJD), Purno A Sangma (National People’s Party) and Biren Singh Engti (Congress).
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu made the announcements on Thursday after a meeting of the Union Cabinet which deliberated on the Parliament session.
“We are studying various precedents while discussing the issue. There is still time to take that call,” Naidu said when asked whether Congress would be given the post of the Leader of Opposition despite it not having the requisite numbers.
“We have not zeroed in on anyone. We don’t want to zero in anyone,” he said when asked whether any name has been shortlisted for the post of the Speaker.
PM identifies 3 key priority areas of governance, delivery and implementation
Believing that the progress of states is crucial for the country’s development, he also instructed his Council of Ministers to give priority to the issues brought forth by the state governments as also the MPs.The directives were given by Modi at a Cabinet meeting in New Delhi in the context of his 10-point vision which includes increasing investment, completing infrastructure projects in time-bound manner and exploiting the natural resources to the country’s benefit.
To send out a similar message across the country, Modi is likely to address the nation, possibly after the brief Parliament session that would be convened from June 4 to 11 during which President Pranab Mukherjee will address the joint sitting outlining the government’s agenda.
“The Prime Minister issued guidelines to the Ministers at the Cabinet meeting… He asked the ministers to set a timetable for the first 100 days listing the priorities,” said Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
Modi emphasised that the “most important” aspect that need to be focussed on are efficient governance, delivery and implementation of schemes and programmes, Naidu said while briefing the media on the meeting.
While focussing on these aspects, the government will take forward on priority basis the issues pending from the previous government.
He asked the Cabinet ministers to take Ministers of State along and give them “proper” work so that they feel involved.
The Prime Minister has outlined the “roadmap” and asked Ministers to set the agenda of 100 days, Naidu said, adding efforts would be made to implement it.
Modi told his Cabinet colleagues, at the second meeting in two days, that he would be regularly meeting them as also the Secretaries individually, Naidu said.
To a question, the Minister said issues like price rise, agriculture and women security, will naturally be a priority as these are the focus areas of the BJP-led government.
“Expectations of people are high… Difference sections have different priorities. Every section is important,” he said.
On Modi’s thrust on giving priority to issues raised by states, Naidu said this was in keeping with the “true spirit of federalism”.
He explained that since Modi, as Chief Minister of Gujarat, had worked in a state, he understands the importance of federal structure and gave instructions for maintaining certain standards in this respect.
On the issue of giving work to Ministers of State, Naidu said Modi wants them to be taken along in proper spirit because “a new team” is to be built.
“The spirit of the message has been understood by all the ministers. But an MoS is an MoS. Try to understand. A Cabinet Minister is responsible. They have to segregate work…He cannot give total decision-making to an MoS. But certain work has to be given to the MoS so that they have satisfaction of having some role,” he said
Pinaka rockets on Thursday successfully test-fired thrice from a multi-barrel rocket launcher at an armament base in Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from Balasore in Odisha.”Three rounds of Pinaka rockets were successfully tested from the proof and experimental establishment at Chandipur,” defence sources said.
Pinaka, which has undergone several tough tests since 1995, has been inducted into the armed forces and the present trials were conducted with some improvements in the system, the sources said, adding some more tests are likely to be held. The unguided rocket system is meant to neutralise large areas with rapid salvos.
The rockets with a range of 40 km and capable of acting as a force-multiplier, were developed to supplement artillery guns, the sources said.
Norwegian police stops Greenpeace rally on Statoil’s rig
Norwegian police stopped a Greenpeace rally that blocked the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig of the Norwegian company Statoil in the Barents Sea after two days of protest, ITAR-TASS reported. Transocean Spitsbergen will continue its way to the Apollo well. However, the company will not start drilling until the environment ministry announces its response to Greenpeace’s complaint. The Greenpeace activists claim the company is violating the ban on drilling closer than 50 kilometers from the ice boundary.
Palestinian unity govt announcement delayed
The announcement of a Palestinian unity government has been delayed until next week, a senior Fatah official said on Thursday. “The announcement of the government lineup has been postponed until next week for further consultations between Hamas and Fatah,” Anadolu news agency quoted Amin Maqbol, Secretary-General of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, as saying. Sources cited disagreement between the two rival groups on the foreign ministry portfolio for postponing the announcement, the Daily Star newspaper reported.
5.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Raoul Island, New Zealand
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck 107km south of Raoul Island, New Zealand, at 06:39 GMT on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake struck at a depth of 35km. No damage was immediately reported.
Bombings kill 1 Afghan policeman, NATO soldier dies in helicopter crash
Two roadside bombings in the southern Afghanistan city of Kandahar have killed one policeman and wounded four, AP reported, citing officers. The first explosion struck a police car on Thursday morning, killing one officer and wounding two, and the second blast, minutes later at the same location, wounded two more officers. The international coalition in Afghanistan has said one of its service members died in a helicopter crash on Wednesday in the country’s south. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped Forbes’s list of the world’s most powerful women for the fourth consecutive year. She was followed by US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, AFP reported, citing the magazine. Behind them came Melinda Gates, who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and IMF chief Christine Lagarde. Hillary Clinton, former first lady and ex-Secretary of State, was listed at number six. The annual list includes women in business, media, politics and other areas.
समाजवादी पार्टी के प्रदेश प्रवक्ता राजेन्द्र चौधरी ने कहा है कि समाजवादी आंदोलन के महानायक डा0 राम मनोहर लोहिया ने “बेकारों को काम दो या बेकारी का भत्ता दो“ का नारा दिया था जिसे समाजवादी सरकार में श्री मुलायम सिंह यादव और बाद में मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव अमल में लाए। बेरोजगारी भत्ता देने का क्रम शुभारंभ श्री मुलायम सिंह यादव ने पिछली सरकार में किया था जिसके लिए वर्तमान समाजवादी सरकार के बजट में भी प्राविधान है। लेकिन समाजवादी सरकार का जोर इस पर ज्यादा है कि ज्यादा से ज्यादा रोजगार के अवसर सृजित हों और इसके लिए आवश्यक कुशल एवं प्रशिक्षित युवा भी उपलब्ध हों।
लगभग 5.92 लाख बेरोजगार युवक-युवतियों को जो 14 से 35 वर्ष की आयु के हैं, विभिन्न, व्यवसायों में दक्षता प्रदान करने के लिए वित्तीय वर्ष 2014-15 में रोजगारपरक निःशुल्क प्रशिक्षण देने की व्यवस्था की गई है। वित्तीय वर्ष 2015-16 में करीब 08 लाख, वर्ष 2016-17 में करीब 09.26 लाख अर्थात 23.18 लाख बेरोजगार नवयुवकों को तीन वर्षो में रोजगार परक निःशुल्क प्रशिक्षण दिलाया जाएगा। प्रदेश में आर्थिक विकास हेतु दक्ष मानवशक्ति उपलब्ध कराने तथा रोजगार के और अधिक अवसर उपलब्ध कराने हेतु वर्ष 2014-15 में राजकीय औद्योगिक प्रषिक्षण संस्थानों में 26840 प्रशिक्षण सीटों की वृद्धि करने का ऐतिहासिक निर्णय भी लिया गया है।
मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव प्रदेश में नए उद्योग लगाने और निवेशको को आकर्षित करने के लिए विशेषतया प्रयन्तशील हैं। अभी 12 जून,2014 को मुख्यमंत्री जी स्वयं दिल्ली में एक आयोजन करने जा रहे है जिसमें दुनिया की पचास से ज्यादा कम्पनियां हिस्सा लेगी। इस षो में जर्मनी, कनाडा, इटली, ताइवान, टर्की, चेक रिपब्लिक के उद्योग संगठन भागीदारी निभाएगें। इस का मकसद अधिक से अधिक निवेषकों को यूपी की नीतियों के बारे में समझाना और प्रदेश में निवेश के लिए प्रेरित करना है।
इसमें दो राय नहीं कि जनसंख्या की दृष्टि से देश के सबसे बड़े राज्य उत्तर प्रदेश के चहुॅमुखी विकास के लिए समाजवादी सरकार ने नई नीतियां बनाईं और उन्हें क्रियान्वित कर अर्थव्यवस्था के विकास को तीव्रगीत प्रदान की है। कृशि क्षेत्र का विकास, औद्योगिक विकास, विभिन्न अवस्थापना सुविधाओं के विकास, विद्युत क्षेत्र में आत्मनिर्भरता, चिकित्सा सेवा क्षेत्र में विस्तार, सड़कों में सुधार की दिशा में उठाए गए महत्वपूर्ण कदमों से प्रदेश की अर्थव्यवस्था को सुदृढ़ बनाया जा रहा हैं। औद्योगिक क्षेत्रों के विकासकर्ताओं को राज्य में पूंजीनिवेष के लिए आकर्षित किया गया है और उन्हें परियोजनाएं लगाने के लिए पर्याप्त सुविधाएं दी जा रही है।
Narendra Modi quit his Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, choosing to retain Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Saffron Party recorded victory bagging 71 of the 80 seats in the electionsLS 2014.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, too elected from two seats in Uttar Pradesh, thus vacate from his pocket-borough Mainpuri thus retains Azamgarh.
As per the rules, a member one elected from two Lok Sabha constituencies has to vacate one of the seats within 14 days of the declaration of result. With Lok Sabha results out on May 16, the deadline was to expire on Thursday.
Parliament sources said the resignation of the two leaders has been received and were under process.
The prime minister had won Vadodara with a near record margin of 5.7 lakh, which was the biggest in this Lok Sabha polls. The BJP has won all the 26 seats in Gujarat.
Varanasi, Modi was challenged by the Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.
Modi’s challenger Kejriwal lost by more than 3.7 lakh votes.
Nearly 30 percent of the world’s population – or 2.1 billion people – is considered obese or overweight, researchers said, while rates among children have increased by a whopping 47 percent in the last 33 years.
Researchers, concluding the most comprehensive study to date on the global epidemic of obesity, found that the number of people suffering from excessive weight broke the scale, ballooning from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013. In the same period, rates of global obesity and excessive weight surged 28 percent in adults and 47 percent in children.
The researchers consulted statistics that spanned 188 nations over the last 33 years.
Putting aside the notion that obesity is predominantly a western phenomenon, nations in the Middle East and North Africa, Central America and the Pacific and Caribbean islands have hit “staggeringly high” obesity rates, according to the study by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, reported in the Lancet medical journal.
Among females, researchers showed the biggest obesity increase occurred in Egypt, Honduras, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Among males, the top gainers included New Zealand, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
The problem was most severe in the Middle East and North Africa, with more than 58 percent of adult men and 65 percent of adult women overweight or obese.
“Two-thirds of the obese population actually resides in developing countries,” said Marie Ng, a global health professor who was one of the contributors to the study.
Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan signed the historic Eurasian Economic Union which will come into effect in January 2015. Cutting down trade barriers and comprising over 170 million people it will be the largest common market across the ex-Soviet states.
“The just-signed treaty is of epoch-making, historic importance,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
The troika of countries will cooperate in energy, industry, agriculture, and transport.
“In fact, we are shaping the largest common market in the CIS, with huge production, scientific and technological potential and enormous natural resources,” the President added.
Citizens of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan will have the right to work freely throughout the member states without having to be issued any special work permits, Putin said.
Over the last three years, trade within the Customs Union has increased by $23 billion, or nearly 50 percent. At the end of 2013, it stood at $66.2 billion.
Belarus and Kazakhstan are in third place in foreign trade with the Russian Federation, after the EU and China, Putin said.
The Russian leader said that the document brings Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus to a new level of integration and fully retains sovereignty.
“We ensure a close and coherent economic collaboration and cooperation. Today we have created a powerful and attractive center of economic development, a large regional market that brings together more than 170 people. Our union has huge reserves of natural resources, including energy, which accounts for one fifth of the world’s gas reserves and 15 percent of oil reserves,” Putin said.
Ukraine’s army has started shelling the eastern Ukraine cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, therby resuming its massive military operation in the East of the country, local news outlets report.
“A full-scale military operation has begun in Kramatorsk and Slavyansk. BM-21 launch vehicle “Grad” are being used,” Donbas-based Ostrov agency says.
Fourteen Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash near the city of Slavyansk, Donetsk Region, according to the acting president of Ukraine, Aleksandr Turchinov.
Anti-government protesters in Slavyansk have downed a Ukrainian forces helicopter in the south-east of Slavyansk, Donetsk region.
Fourteen servicemen, including a general, Vladimir Kulchtsky hgeneralave have been killed in a helicopter crash near the city of Slavyansk, Donetsk Region, according to the acting president of Ukraine, Aleksandr Turchinov who spoke at a parliamentary session in Kiev.
Today at 10:14 AM
It is absolutely shocking to read IIT+IIM support for Unqualified
Ministers. Success rate of a better qualified is always better than a
person with no qualification given similar resources.
This is India’s tragedy that we couldn’t find a single person
adequately qualified to be HRD minister of India among 1250m Indians.
The entire debate over the issue is even more disgraceful.
When a similarly Railway Minister was interrogated about Corruption in
a scam he replied ‘I am A Lay Man I Merely Signed On Documents
Produced By Competent Railway Board’ – Newly HRD Minister shall be
signing on dotted Lines.
A Qualified Person is likely to be more receptive to new IDEAS and
realize and correct mistakes compared to a person with no
Biggest tragedy of India is Gross Incompetence and failure of IITs and
IIMs to Create World Class Technologies, Factories and Services.
They file Bogus Patents write BOGUS Papers. Worse they don’t want
PATENTS for Indians don’t want Faster Grant of Patents and Utility
But IITians and non IITians Perform under professionals of
Multinationals because they have Basic Engineering Training. Syllabus
of IITians and non IITians is identical.
IITians FAIL in India because of UPA or Manmohan Singh or Kapil Sibal
but because – as I reported earlier also, a brilliant IIT+IIM was paid
Rs.28,000 PM Salary working in Regulatory Department and much younger
Nagpur Engineer with Nagpuri MBA was earning Rs.2,00,000 PM working in
Indians have WEIRD Value system and we are all victim of it. In USA a
Plumber was earning $25 per hour and a multipurpose clerk in a bank $4
per hour in 1986.
This is the real problem which Indians had not been able to diagnose.
Rent Seeking AICTE, NCTE, MCI
When even AMITY UNIVERSITY one of the biggest file BOGUS patents or
research papers there is little AICTE, NCTE, MCI can do than let them
go on and take some cut in it.
And to prevent Corruption in AICTE, NCTE, MCI we need Even More
Qualified HRD Minister than heads of these regulators.
People who BRIBE are the Real Culprits worldwide except India.
So long India doesn’t punish BRIBE GIVERS corruption will never go
away from Indian System.
Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
Sabka Bharat Mission 2019
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016
Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435
Today at 10:17 AM
Today at 2:19 AM
I am glad that Prime Minister has advised his ministers against
engaging their own kins as personal staff would like him to Install
Best Talent to head each Complex Ministry in coming days and engage
Best Talent for PMO through open and transparent process.
For all the problems India has Munnabhais are directly responsible.
It is absolutely stunning how majority of the MPs from all sections of
parties were defending Poorly Qualified or Members of Parliament with
Today a post graduate qualification is required to teach 30 High
School students. How is that a High School Pass would head Entire
Education Department (HRD) of India including Institutions of Higher
Studies? – all Schools and Colleges, Professional Institutions etc.
She is not even qualified to teach even primary school children.
We in India are required submit copies of Certificates of Educational
Qualifications even to get a passport and police verification is
carried out – recruitment of even Class IV too require police
verifications, how is that MP are not required to submit their
Certificates of Educational Qualifications and List Criminal or Civil
Cases decided or pending.
It is perfectly normal for highly qualified scientists unable to make
money or not running factory efficiently or professors unable to teach
their nursery school children. But it is Scandalous to appoint an
unqualified to Head Some IT or Manufacturing Company.
But in India situation is altogether different Scientists file BOGUS
patents and research papers, companies adopt corrupt practices or sell
substandard products. Munnabhais can’t be able to restrict them.
Pitroda and Brahamchari filed BOGUS patents and ruled Science and
Innovation in India that led to absolute Collapse of R&D in India.
Suresh Prabhu and Saffuddin Soz have stalled multipurpose dam building
in India and now Uma Bharti is engaged in water department.
It is a long list – every department failed because either it had
unqualified Leader or Mis-qualified Leaders. For example a person with
history background would oversee Highly Technical Telecom or S&T or
Atomic Energy departments.
But a person with no relevant qualification is absolute unfit for any
job which requires specialized qualifications.
Indians are tolerant to poor quality of services, cheating and frauds
and don’t respect qualification and honesty.
Election Commission Responsible for Munnabhais in Politics
It was shocking Media reported how many prominent persons had Voter I
Cards but their names were not in the Voters List.
Munnabhais in Election Commission can’t ensure even this basic right –
A simple procedure is required every time there are Additions or
Deletions a separate list of such additions and deletions be made and
mailed to all residents who are in the list.
Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 7178 of 2001 has Empowered Election
Commission to frame rules and procedures to make available full
background of the Candidates.
[However, the Court considered - whether or not an elector, a citizen
of the country has a fundamental right to receive the information
regarding the criminal activities of a candidate to the Lok Sabha or
Legislative Assembly for making an estimate for himself - as to
whether the person who is contesting the election has a background
making him worthy of his vote, by peeping into the past of the
candidate. After considering the relevant submissions and the reports
as well as the say of Election Commission, the High Court held that
for making a right choice, it is essential that the past of the
candidate should not be kept in the dark as it is not in the interest
of the democracy and well being of the country. The Court directed the
Election Commission to secure to voters the following information
pertaining to each of the candidates contesting election to the
Parliament and to the State Legislature and the parties they
It is Scandalous that –
1. Election Commission merely requires Candidates to submit School
name and qualification when Copies of the Certificates were required,
and list of all Criminal Cases with Case numbers were required.
2. In SC judgment ‘desired that Voters evaluate the Worthiness of the
Candidates’ before making the Choice of Candidate he shall vote.
Clearly little or information is accessible in time for Voters to
make Intelligent Decisions. At least six months to one year should be
the minimum period for candidates to register and comply with
3. It was Scandalous Election Commission didn’t firstly insist on
standard format for submitting Election Manifestos which reflects the
policies and programs of the parties.
Here Voters are unable to make an assessment of Worthiness of
Political Parties which are represented by Groups of Candidates
4. Along with personal details ‘Bio-data’ should also be submitted by
The session expected to commence from next month, will also discuss the process of election of speaker and other formalities for the constitution of new Lok Sabha.The government has decided on the name of Shri Kamal Nath to become the protem speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha.
The first session will witness election of the new speaker and the joint address by the President to the two houses.
The government is likely to begin the budget session in coming July.
The US is setting up a $5 billion “terrorism partnership fund” to help other countries push back against radical extremists, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. He told “CBS This Morning” that US foreign policy needs to reflect a “rapidly changing, more complex world where terrorism is the principal challenge.” In morning interviews, Kerry also defended President Barack Obama’s decision to terminate America’s combat role in Afghanistan by the end of the year, AP reported.
French police have arrested the daughter of a South Korean tycoon believed to be the owner of a ferry that sank last month in a disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing, AP reported. Yoo Somena was detained early on Tuesday at her home near the Champs Élysées in Paris, officials said. Police were acting on an international arrest warrant issued on May 8 by South Korean officials who suspect she was involved in embezzlement from 2004 to 2013.
Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to freedom fighter and right-wing leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on the occasion of his birth anniversary.
He went to Parliament to pay floral tributes at Savarkar’s portrait. Modi described Savarkar as a prolific writer, poet and social reformer.”Tributes to Veer Savarkar on his birth anniversary. We remember and salute his tireless efforts towards the regeneration of our motherland. “Veer Savarkar is remembered as a prolific writer, thinker, poet and a social reformer,” he tweeted.;
Putin, Hollande to discuss Ukraine in Paris on June 5
President Vladimir Putin will discuss the crisis in Ukraine at talks with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on June 5, the Kremlin said on Wednesday. The talks will take place in the French president’s Elysee Palace, Reuters stated. “On the evening of June 5… the presidents of the two countries will hold talks on fundamental international and bilateral issues, including the Ukraine crisis,” Yuri Ushakov, the Kremlin foreign policy aide, said.
The quake struck at around 10 am (0430 GMT) and was centred 66 kilometres south of Qeshm by the Strait of Hormuz, the US Geological Survey said.Iran’s official IRNA news agency put the quake’s magnitude slightly higher at 5.2 and said there were no initial reports of casualties or damage.
The quake also shook the larger port city of Bandar Abbas and was felt across the Gulf in Dubai, where residential and office towers shook for around 10 seconds but were not evacuated.
Iran stands on several seismic fault lines. In April last year, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Iran and neighbouring Pakistan, killing 40 people. A massive quake in December 2003 struck the southern city of Bam, killing 26,000 people and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.
Israel asks Interpol not to carry out Gaza flotilla court ruling
Israel has appealed to Interpol not to implement a Monday ruling of a Turkish court that issued arrest warrants for four former Israeli military commanders on trial in absentia over the 2010 killing of nine Turks, Hebrew-language daily newspaper Ma’ariv reported. The Turks were killed in an Israeli commando raid on Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship that challenged Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. However, Israel branded the Turkish court’s ruling as “tainted by political motives,” asking Interpol not to honor it, the daily reported. An Istanbul court requested an Interpol Red Notice for the arrest of four senior Israeli military chiefs days after the tenth Turkish citizen who was seriously injured in the 2010 raid died after four years in a coma.
Dutch police to be deployed to Jewish sites after Belgium attack
The Netherlands has decided to ramp up security measures at Jewish sites, deploying police to cultural centers, schools, and synagogues, Reuters reports. According to the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, the measures are only a precaution. The move follows a deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday, in which three people were killed by a Kalashnikov-wielding man. France has also said it will step up security measures, while French President Francois Hollande said there was “no doubt” the killing of two Israelis and a French woman were motivated by anti-Semitism.
54 killed in Nigeria in alleged Boko Haram attacks
Fifty-four people have been killed in northern Nigeria in two attacks allegedly carried out by Islamist group Boko Haram, AP reported, citing officials. According to police constable Abdullahi Mohammed, 24 soldiers and 21 policemen died in an attack Monday evening on Buni Yadi town in Nigeria’s Yobe state. In another attack, gunmen suspected to be from Boko Haram killed nine people in two remote villages in Borno, a local government official said. The official added that the armed men shot at villagers and burned their homes in Ashigashiya town. After taking control of the area, they hoisted their white flags with Arabic letters.
40 hunger-striking Palestinian detainees hospitalized in Israel
Forty hunger-striking Palestinian detainees were hospitalized in Israel this week, Israel Prison Authority spokesperson Sivan Weizman said, as cited by AP. Their conditions are “reasonable,” she said, adding that their fast has entered into a second month. About 240 detainees are on a hunger strike at Ramle prison, demanding their release and the halt of their undetermined “administrative detention,” which allows Israel to detain people without charge or trial. Most of the prisoners are Palestinians. Issa Karakeh, the Palestinian minister for prisoner affairs, reported that about 300 people have been fasting, adding that half of them are administrative detainees.
Cameroon deploys 1,000 troops to Nigerian border to counter Boko Haram
Cameroon has deployed some 1,000 troops and armored vehicles to its border region with Nigeria to counter a rising threat from Boko Haram Islamist militants. “Their mission will be to carry out reconnaissance and be ready to respond with enough fire power,” Reuters quoted the Central African nation’s defense ministry spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck, as saying on Tuesday. Boko Haram has carried out attacks in northern Cameroon and is suspected of attacking a Chinese workers camp there this month.
Palestinian factions Hamas, Fatah agree on national unity govt
Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed on the make-up of a national unity government on Tuesday, officials from both parties said. The groups decided on a list of independent, technocrat ministers who will run the government pending national polls in at least six months, Reuters said. The move is expected to revive institutions blocked since the parties fought a brief civil war in 2007.
Bomb kills 19 near Shiite mosque in Baghdad – reports
A bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 19 people, Reuters said, citing security and medical sources. The attack took place in the densely-packed Shorja district in an open-air bus station within range of the mosque. The area is filled with shops.
Russian prosecutors want 2 of 5 convicted men jailed for life in Politkovskaya case
Russian prosecutors asked a judge on Tuesday for life sentences for two men convicted of the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, Reuters said. A jury last week convicted five men of the murder and requested sentences ranging from 15 to 22 years for three other men who were found guilty of the murder of the investigative journalist. The two facing life in jail are Rustam Makhmudov, who was convicted of shooting Politikovskaya, and his uncle Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, found guilty of organizing the logistics of the crime, according to RIA Novosti.
OSCE loses contact with monitors near Donetsk, E. Ukraine
European security watchdog, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said on Tuesday that it had lost contact with one of its teams of monitors near the town of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, Reuters said. The four-strong international team was on a routine patrol east of Donetsk when contact was lost on Monday evening, according to the OSCE.
Embassy employees collect body of Italian journalist in Slavyansk, Ukraine
Representatives from the Italian embassy on Tuesday collected the body of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli, who was killed in Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported, citing a source. The diplomats were presumably heading to Kharkov. The body of Andrey Mironov, a journalist and interpreter, who accompanied Rocchelli, reportedly remains in Slavyansk. They died last week after their car came undermortar fire near Slavyansk. A French journalist traveling in the same car was injured in the attack.
Iran officials confirm first 2 cases of MERS
Iranian officials have confirmed the country’s first two cases of MERS, the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona-Virus, first reported two years ago in its neighbor, Saudi Arabia. “Four suspected cases of new corona virus infection were observed in a family in the province of Kerman. Two of these cases were confirmed in two sisters,” Reuters quoted Mohammad Mahdi Gouya, the director-general of communicable diseases at the Iranian Health Ministry’s Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, as saying. “One of the sisters is in critical condition and the other is currently receiving treatment.”
Chief of France’s main opposition UMP to resign amid party funding probe
Jean-Francois Cope will resign on June 15 as head of France’s main opposition UMP party after allegations of irregularities in the finances of the conservative party, Reuters reported, citing a UMP source. The move effectively launches the race to secure the UMP ticket to stand in the 2017 presidential election. Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe are waiting in the wings.
Norway detains 3 for links to terror group
Norway’s security service says three men, with alleged links to an Al-Qaeda splinter group, have been arrested, AP reported. The preliminary charges include supporting or participating in a terror organization. The three suspects were Norwegian citizens aged 29, 27 and 24, the PST security service said on Tuesday. The oldest was born in Somalia and the other two were born in the former Yugoslavia.
10 children, 6 adults killed in Pakistan bus accident
A bus accident in Pakistan’s northwestern valley of Swat on Tuesday left 16 people dead, including 10 children, officials said. The bus, carrying passengers home from the central Punjab province to the Kalam hill station in Swat district, crashed on the roadside close to a river in the early hours, AFP said. Seven other passengers have been injured, said Mehmood Asalam, a senior administration official in Swat. The cause of the incident was not immediately clear.
5.1-magnitude earthquake rocks Iran, tremors felt in UAE
A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit Iran at 9.44am (5:44 GMT) on Tuesday at a depth of 10 kilometers, 66km southwest of Qeshm, the US Geological Service reported. The tremors were felt across the United Arab Emirates. The epicenter of the earthquake was near Qeshm, the UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology confirmed. Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah felt the maximum impact of the tremors.
Italian kidnapped in Syria is free
Italian journalist Federico Motka, kidnapped in war-torn Syria over a year ago, has been freed and safely transferred to Turkey, via the Akcakale border gate in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa. Tomorrow he will see his relatives in Italy, promised Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Twitter. 31-year-old Motka used to work in Syria as a coordinator for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) and was abducted by a group of armed men on March 13, 2013. Back in April four French journalists were freed in Syria after 10 months of captivity, also returning home via Turkey.
Vietnam says Chinese boat sank its fishing vessel in disputed waters
The head of Vietnam’s coastguard says a Chinese boat rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the disputed waters in the South China Sea on Monday, Reuters reports. The 10 fisherman who were on board the Vietnamese boat were rescued, said coastguard commander Nguyen Quang Dam. He added that the incident occurred 17 nautical miles from the massive oil rig China deployed between the Paracel islands and the Vietnamese coast. “A Vietnamese boat from the central city of Da Nang was deliberately encircled by 40 fishing vessels from China before it was attacked by a Chinese ship,” Dam told Reuters by telephone.
Pope Francis does not rule out retirement
Pope Francis says he would be open to retirement should his health not permit him carry on with his duties, stressing that papal retirement could become a norm for the Catholic Church. Referring to his predecessor who voluntarily resigned last year Francis said: “I think that Benedict XVI is not a unique case. I think we should see him as an institution who opened a door, the door of emeritus popes.” “Will there be more (papal resignations)? God knows, but the door is open,” the 77-year-old pontiff said speaking to reporters on the plane returning from a trip to the Middle East .
Pope Francis to meet sex abuse victims in early June
Pope Francis said Monday that he will meet with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican in early June, adding that he would show zero tolerance to anyone in the Catholic Church who abused minors, including bishops, Reuters reports. “Sexual abuse is such an ugly crime … because a priest who does this betrays the body of the Lord. It is like a satanic Mass,” he said. The pontiff spoke to reporters during a flight taking him back to the Vatican after his trip to the Middle East.
Zenit-3SL successfully takes Eutelsat-3B satellite to orbit
A Russian-Ukrainian carrier rocket Zenit-3SL has successfully lofted European communications satellite Eutelsat-3B to orbit, RIA Novosti reports citing Russian space agency Roscosmos. The rocket was launched from the Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean at 21:10 GMT. Eutelsat-3SL which is operated by France-based satellite provider Eutelsat S.A. has up to 51 transponders, and will operate in C, Ku and Ka-bands. It is designated to provide service for Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and South America.
Abducted schoolgirls located – Nigeria’s defense chief
Nigeria’s Defense Chief Air Marshal Alex Barde said that the country’s military had located the more than 200 schoolgirls that were kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. But, Barde added that the troops cannot use force to free the girls. “We can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” he said. Nigeria has faced international criticism for its failure to recover the abducted schoolgirls. US planes have been involved in the search operations, while UK, France, Israel and other countries sent their own experts in hostage situations.
Kremlin ready for Ukraine lawsuit over Crimea – head of administration
The Kremlin is ready for Ukraine’s lawsuit over Crimea’s incorporation by Russia, ITAR-TASS quoted Sergey Ivanov, the head of the Kremlin administration, as saying on Monday. “We will be waiting for a lawsuit in this case” if Pyotr Poroshenko, who is leading in Ukraine’s Sunday presidential elections, is going to file it, Ivanov told journalists. He also said that Kiev owes Russia $3.5 billion for natural gas supplies.
Syria expels Jordan’s top diplomat in tit-for-tat move
Syria declared Jordan’s charge d’affaires in Damascus persona non grata, Reuters said. The move was taken in response to what Damascus said was an unjustified decision by the kingdom to expel its ambassador. Earlier in the day, Jordan gave Syrian Ambassador Bahjat Suleiman, a former general and intelligence chief, 24 hours to leave the country. The envoy was accused of having made repeated public criticisms of the kingdom.
Sierra Leone records 1st Ebola outbreak, 5 dead
Five people have died in Sierra Leone’s first confirmed outbreak of Ebola virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The WHO said the outbreak in Sierra Leone was located in an area along the country’s border with Guinea’s Guéckédou prefecture, where some of the earliest cases of the disease were recorded, Reuters reported. “Preliminary information received from the field indicates that one laboratory-confirmed case and five community deaths have been reported from Koindu chiefdom,” the WHO said, adding that it was immediately deploying six experts to the area along with essential supplies.
Modi sworn in as India’s 15th PM
Narendra Modi has been sworn in as India’s 15th Prime Minister in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, home of President Pranab Mukherjee. Leaders from eight neighboring countries, including Pakistan, were present among the almost 4000 guests at the grand ceremony, NDTV reported. Modi’s 44 ministers took oath after him at the presidential palace. Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata Party won a resounding victory in general elections, has promised to revitalize the country’s economy.
Turkish court orders arrest of 4 Israeli generals over Gaza aid raid
The Istanbul 7th Court of Serious Crimes has ordered the arrest of four Israeli commanders who were allegedly involved in the raid on the Mavi Marmara aid ship off Gaza in 2010, Hurriyet Daily News said. The court also decided on Monday to request an Interpol Red Notice for the arrest of former Israeli Chief of Staff, Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, former Naval Forces Cmdr. Eliezer Alfred Marom, former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlinir and former Air Forces Intelligence head Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi. They are all being tried in absentia. Prosecutors have demanded life sentences for the four for their role in the raid following a complaint filed by 33 relatives of the nine Turkish citizens who were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara.
2 Filipino ex-senators ask court to scrap new US defense pact
Two former Philippines senators asked the Supreme Court on Monday to declare a new defense pact clinched with Washington unconstitutional. This is the first legal challenge to the pact. On Monday, Rene Saguisag and Wigberto Tanada filed a 63-page petition alleging that the government had failed to uphold and protect the country’s sovereignty and national interests, Reuters said. They also voted to evict two large US military bases from the Philippines in 1991. Manila and Washington last month signed a new Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) to allow US forces wider access to local bases and construct facilities to store logistics for maritime security and disaster operations.
Spain’s Socialist opposition leader to step down over EU election result
Spain’s Socialist opposition leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said on Monday the party would select a new chief on July 19 and 20, Reuters said. “It’s clear that we haven’t regained voters’ confidence,” Rubalcaba said after the party’s worst-ever election result in European elections on Sunday. The Socialists lost nine of their 23 seats in the European Parliament, while other leftist parties gained force.
Female Japanese pop group AKB48 cancels fan events after attack
Japan’s female pop group AKB48 canceled fan events Monday after a saw-wielding man attacked two members and a staffer, AP said. The two group members, Anna Iriyama, 18, and Rina Kawaei, 19, suffered hand and head injuries. The male staffer who tried to stop the attack Sunday at a fan event in northern Japan had cuts on his hand. All three left the hospital by late Monday.
At least 2 killed as suicide bomber hits army bus in Kabul
A suicide bomber blew himself up close to an army minibus in the Afghan capital on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring two, according to the Defense Ministry. “A suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives near an army minibus,” Reuters quoted ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi as saying. The blast took place in the eastern part of Kabul.
Jordan expels Syrian ambassador over critical comments on social media
Jordan announced Monday it was expelling the Syrian ambassador, giving him 24 hours to leave the country for breaching diplomatic norms, Reuters said. Ambassador Bahjat Suleiman, a former general and intelligence chief, had violated diplomatic protocol by posting repeated comments on social media that criticized Jordan, according to a statement by the Foreign Ministry in Amman. The kingdom has harbored more than one million refugees from neighboring Syria’s conflict.
Israel approves 50 new settler homes in E. Jerusalem
Israel on Monday approved plans for 50 new homes for Israelis in east Jerusalem, AFP reported. “The municipality has given the green light to build 50 new housing units in five buildings in Har Homa,” City Councilor Yosef Pepe Alalu said. Har Homa is a settlement neighborhood in the southern sector of Arab east Jerusalem which was annexed after the 1967 Six-Day War.
At least 10 killed in India passenger train crash
A passenger express train slammed into a stationary freight train in northern India on Monday. At least 10 people were killed, with others feared trapped in the wreckage, an official in New Delhi told AFP. “What we know now is that six bogies of the train derailed following the collision and at least 10 people have died,” the Indian Railways official said.
Grybauskaite wins 2nd presidential term in Lithuania run-off election
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite won a second term in run-off elections on Sunday. Grybauskaite, 58, a former European Budget Commissioner and former minister of finance, attracted 57.9 percent of the votes in the nation of 3 million, Reuters reported. The electoral commission said Zigmantas Balcytis, a social democrat supported by Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, received 40.1 percent. The Lithuanian president appoints government ministers, judges, the head of the central bank and the Lithuanian delegate to the European Commission. The head of state, however, needs the approval of parliament or the prime minister for most appointments.
Egyptians begin voting in presidential election
Egyptians began voting on Monday in a two-day presidential election which former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win. Polling stations opened at 9am (06:00 GMT) across the country. A homemade bomb exploded outside a polling station in the Egyptian city of El-Mahalla El-Kubra on Monday, Reuters said, citing a state TV report. Sisi, Egypt’s de facto leader since he deposed the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi last July, faces one challenger – leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi.
Thailand’s coup leader receives royal blessing
The Thai king has officially endorsed the military coup that seized power in the country last Thursday, said General Prayuth Chan-ocha, leader of the uprising. The ruling junta warned protesters over the weekend that the army was ready to crackdown on any sign of protest of the new regime. The military authorities currently have Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in custody and said they will release her in a week’s time.
One of Gulf cartel leaders detained
Following a wave of violence in the northern state of Tamaulipas, the Mexican authorities arrested Juan Rodriguez Garcia, a man from the top of the Gulf cocaine-trafficking cartel. Garcia has been elbowing to become a new leader of the cartel after the arrest of his former boss Mario Ramirez Trevino last August. It was Garcia’s struggle for power that caused multiple shootouts and massacres in Tamaulipas state in 2014.
Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan
US President Barack Obama has paid a surprise visit to American troops stationed in Afghanistan, as the US marks the Memorial Day weekend. During the visit to Bagram Air Base, Obama said that he was close to taking a decision on the number of US soldiers that will remain in Afghanistan post 2014 withdrawal deadline. A bilateral deal between Kabul’s new president and Washington needs to be signed before Americans will stay to train Afghan security forces and conduct counterterrorism missions. A runoff in the Afghan presidential election will be held in June.
Boko Haram kills 28 in raids in Nigeria
At least 28 people have died after Boko Haram, an Al Qaeda affiliate, attacked three villages in northern Nigeria burning houses to the ground, the police announced. The assaults happened in Borno state in the heartland of Boko Haram’s increasing rampage. The worst incident, resulting in 20 casualties was in the town of Kerenua, near the Niger border. The United States, Britain, France and China last week offered Nigeria help to battle the Islamic insurgency in a mission to try to free the schoolgirls who were captured back in April and still remain hostage.
Former Thai PM released by military
Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been released after she reported to the Thai military, a number of media outlets report. On 23 May 2014 Yingluck was arrested with other political leaders, in the wake of a military coup which had occurred the previous day. The army seized power after months of turmoil and deadly clashes in Bangkok. The military rule is reportedly trying to summon around 150 influential politicians in the country in an effort to weld country’s political future.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has called Brussels too big and bossy. The 28-nation bloc voted a record number of EU Parliament seats to anti-integration parties in the recent elections.
Prime Minister Cameron is in Brussels for an informal meeting to discuss the results of last week’s EU elections. Addressing the press in the Belgium capital, Cameron criticized the EU, saying it had got too big for its boots.
“We need an approach that recognizes that Brussels has become too big, too bossy, too interfering. It should be ‘nation states’ wherever possible, Europe only where necessary, and we need people running this organization who really understand that,” he told reporters.
The results of the recent EU elections showed a marked swing towards euro skepticism in the 28-nation bloc, as around 30 percent of the seats went to parties with anti-integration policies.
In Britain, the UK Independence Party triumphed in the elections, receiving 27.5 percent of the vote. Cameron previously described UKIP as “a bunch of loonies and closet racists.” But now he says such results could not be simply “shrugged off” and this was a sign something needed to be changed in the leadership of the EU.
Elsewhere, the most notable was arguably France’s National Front Party headed by Marine Le Pen, which has been criticized for racist and xenophobic views. The National Front garnered 25 percent of the vote with Le Pen describing her party’s victory as a prelude to a political “earthquake” in the European Union.
European leaders must now address the issue of who will replace European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso when he steps down from the post in October. Cameron is strongly opposed to the current favorite, former prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, who is backed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Junker announced on Sunday that he had the only legitimate right to the presidency given that his party, The European People’s Party, has the majority of seats in the parliament, with 212 out of 751.
Leader of UKIP Nigel Farage has claimed that there is “nobody more fanatical about building the United States of Europe” than Junker and his candidacy has come “just at the moment that the European electors have made it clear they are going in the wrong direction.”
Anti-EU sentiment has been on the rise in the UK following the financial crisis that has crippled parts of the Union. Cameron has promised to push for a renegotiation of the conditions of Britain’s membership to the Union and limit Brussels’s powers.
Last year, the UK Prime Minister promised he would hold a referendum to decide Britain’s future in the EU, should his Conservative Party get the majority of the vote in next year’s general election. Cameron said on Monday that he would not bring the referendum forward, after his party came third in the EU elections, beaten by Labour and Ukip. Media agencies
Interestingly, in the recent 2014 election affidavit (below) with the Election Commission, Irani claimed that she only completed Part I (first year) of her bachelor’s degree in commerce in the year 1994 from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (correspondence).
Obviously, both cannot be right. So the question remains: Is Irani an under-graduate as declared by her in 2014, or a graduate as she claimed in 2004?
While the newly sworn in HRD minister has remained mum throughout, her party colleague and fellow minister Uma Bharti came to her defence on Wednesday. “I want to ask Madam Sonia Gandhi, what is her qualification,” the fiery leader hit back.
21st February 2015 : The 52nd session of the Paris International Agricultural Show will open at Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles (Paris) – France
The world of farming is getting ready to meet in Paris !
For the next session of the tradeshow, close to 1000 exhibitors* – from 22 countries* – and some 4,000 heads of livestock* and hundreds of thousand of visitors (703 407*, or 1% of the French population) are expected.
The Paris International Agricultural Show is the only French trade event to bring together all the players of the agricultural sector. The exhibition is an absolute hallmark show in France, and also internationally, for bringing together the best of French agriculture in a range of theme based exhibition halls.
Breeders, Producers, French regions, Agricultural cooperatives and syndicates, Ministries and public organisaions, Research institutes, Secondary and higher educations institutions, meet for nine days to present the different facets of agriculture and its nutritional, cultural, sociological and genetic significane.
Equated to a national institution in France, the Paris International Agricultural Show presents the most prestigious breeds of French livestock to the world. Participating in the Paris International Agricultural Show gives an opportunity to breeders and producers to showcase their products but also to explain their professions and daily lives to the general public. International visitors can gain an understanding of French breeding and livestock management techniques.
A demonstration of French agricultural excellence.
The Paris International Agricultural Show gives visitors a window into the know-how and expertise of French breeders and farmers. The exhibition is a forum for exchange of best practices in livestock breeding between French farmers and international players in agricultural, whether private farmers or public officials. The exhibition is also an effective platform for lobbying as it attracts a hug amount of press attention and a large number of official visits from French and international ministers.
The General Agriculture Cometition : a showcase for the best French livestock and traditional gastronomy.
At the heart of the exhibition, the “Concours General Agricole” (General Agriculture Competition) is an incredible showcase for French breeders and producers to showcase their livestock and food products (agricultural, wine and traditional) before the general and professional pubic.
The livestock selected for the Competition comes from very rigorous and selective breeding programs and demonstrates the exceptional biodiversity of French genetics :
- 7 species are showcased : cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys and dogs.
- 360 species and close to 3,500 animals, were presented for competition in 2014
- 1850 breeders participated in the national competition.
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65th National Basketball Championship for Junior Men and Women Day three — Karnataka & Maharashtra Women triumph
[Gopalakrishnan R] Kochi, 28th May 2014: Putting behind the morale sapping losses from the previous day, junior women from Maharashtra and Karnataka registered memorable wins this morning in the 65th National Basketball Championship for Junior Mena and Women that is underway at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavanthra in Kochi, Kerala.
Maharashtra’s Malayalee captain Sruthi Menon top scored with 24 points as her side beat Haryana 63-56. Both teams are now locked 1-1 after two round robin games. Karnataka junior women too recorded their first league win of this tournament over last year’s semifinalist Tamil Nadu, 88-65. Karnataka’s former youth international Bhadavya’s 42 points proved to be the difference between the two southern sides.
Late last evening, Kerala women stayed undefeated by beating Maharashtra 74-58. With its perfect 2-0 record, Kerala is on top of Group B in the upper pool.
Morning Results from Day 3 (28/5/14)
1) Himachal Pradesh (Sahil Bali 22, Rishab 15) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Akashvir 19, Jaskirat Singh 13, Pranav 12) 73-60 [20-15; 19-10; 12-20; 22-17]
2) Gujarat (Shahzad 31, Samjaysinh 12) bt Puducherry (AR Murali 19, Aniruddha 14) 78-66 [26-23; 11-9; 24-22; 17-10]
1) Maharashtra (Sruthi 24, Rutuja 9) bt Haryana (Suman 24, Bharti 22) 63-56 [10-16; 18-15; 16-12; 19-13]
2) Odisha (Urbashi 21, Jayashree 18) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Pearl Sharma 11, Mamta Mishra 11) 65-27 [28-8; 14-6; 8-9; 15-4]
3) Karnataka (Bhandavya 42, Lopamudra 13) bt Tamil Nadu (Hemalatha 13, Srividya 12) 88-65 [31-17; 25-16; 18-16; 14-16]
4) Gujarat (Tulika Bisht 23) bt Puduchery (Pratyusha 10, Suganya 9) 47-23 [8-7; 9-2; 12-10; 18-4]
Late Evening Results from Day 2 (27/5/14)
1) West Bengal (Anka Saha 29, Raghav Saigal 25, Sagan Joshi 23) bt Chandigarh (Naveen 21, Deepak Garg 12, Harkirat Singh 10) 89-58 [28-11; 12-22; 25-14; 24-11]
1) Kerala (Arathi 21, Poojamol 12) bt Maharashtra (Sruthi 17, Ishwari 17) 74-58 [20-8; 15-13; 13-16; 26-21]
2) Uttar Pradesh (Barkha S 29, Garima 22, Preeti Kumari 21) bt Tamil Nadu (Sreevidya 33, Hemalatha 19) 89-83 [30-11; 17-30; 19-19; 23-23]
3) West Bengal (Rupkatha 16, Pratyusha 10) bt Bihar (Steffy Jose 4) 61-11 [13-4; 12-2; 16-3; 20-2]
Press Invitation: Indefinite strike to protest demolition and demand of the rehabilitation of the victims
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Promote the International Freedom Day for Gaza
On April 29, 2014, Gaza’s Ark—a refurbished boat that was set to sail in June from the port of Gaza out to sea carrying Palestinian export goods—was sabotaged when explosive devices caused substantial damage to its hull. Repairing the boat will cost about $30,000. The attack is still under investigation. 
Gaza’s Ark can be ready to sail this fall—but we need your support to make it happen.
Human rights activists have called for an International Freedom for Gaza Day on May 31 to mark the fourth anniversary of the attack on the Mavi Marmara, which killed nine Turkish and a Turkish-American human rights activist—the tenth died this week after four years in a coma —as they attempted to challenge the blockade of Gaza. Actions drawing attention to the siege will take place in Gaza, Turkey, and around the world.
If you participate in social media, you have a unique opportunity to help raise the profile of the International Freedom Day for Gaza and Gaza’s Ark.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Join our Thunderclap promoting the International Freedom Day for Gaza & Gaza’s Ark.Thunderclap allows large groups of people to blast social media all at once with one resounding message. Our Thunderclap will go out at the start of our Twitter Storm on Friday, May 30. All you have to do to participate is visit the link, select which social media you’d like to post to, authorize the Thunderclap app to post on your behalf this one time, and that’s it! Thunderclap won’t retain your information and will only post to your account once for this campaign.http://thndr.it/TCd685
2. Participate in our Twitter Storm Friday, May 30 at 10am Eastern (9am Central, 7am Pacific.) The objective of a Twitter Storm is to create a sudden burst of activity on a particular hashtag to get the topic trending and raise awareness. In this twitter storm, we want to call attention to our campaign to re-build Gaza’s Ark and to the events happening around the world on May 31 to challenge the blockade. Participants should attempt to tweet once every minute for up to an hour. Participate for however long you like—but be sure to be there for the beginning! Sample tweets will be available at the link about five minutes before the storm. We’ll send you another email Friday morning as a reminder. http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/gazaday-tstorm
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1. “FAQ about attack on Gaza’s Ark,” Gaza’s Ark, http://www.gazaark.org/faq/faq-about-attack-on-gazas-ark/
2. “Mavi Marmara death toll rises to 10,” Al Jazeera, May 25, 2014,http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/05/mavi-marmara-death-toll-rises-10-2014525145911267813.html
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First time ever the best quality boards under a LUXE brand to be introduced
Ø Dynasty has brought in a world class machinery from Italy to manufacture LUXE boards
Ø Company has roped in a German company to provide Edge Band and Glue solution
Ø Company eyes to bag the 10% market size of organised furniture industry
Ø LUXE has been a successful brand globally and available in more than 50 countries
Jaipur, 28th May, 2014: Country’s one of the largest interior solutions manufacturer and retailer, Dhabriya group has joined hands with European giant Alvic group. Under a special B2B arrangement, Dhabriya group’s modular furniture company, Dynasty has entered into an exclusive venture to merchandise the LUXE brand of Alvic group in India. LUXE is a patented brand of Alvic group of Spain that is a globally successful for their board’s application in furniture industry.
Speaking about the launch and the tie-up; Mr. Digvijay Dhabriya, Managing Director of Dhabriya Group said, “We are extremely delighted with our association to Alvic Group. We have been the initiators of world class products in the country and Alvic’s LUXE is the state-of-the-art product that offers the features those are value for money. With this brand addition, we plan to capture the major market size of country’s premium kitchen and furniture industry by 2017. Its crystal-like gloss finish and high resistance to scratches provides an extraordinary finish and appeal to the interiors of the house.”
The Indian furniture retail market is one of the 14th largest furniture markets in the world due to the rising purchasing power of the Indian middle class population. This USD 8 billion industry has been growing at 30% compound annual growth rate. According to a Cushman and Wakefield report, the demand for residential spaces is forecasted to hit 4.25 million units while the demand for office spaces is expected to hit 400 million sq.ft. between 2010 and 2014 in India. Another major segment is contract furniture which is driven by the increasing hotel developments and tourism demand in the country.
Speaking on LUXE’s entry in India, Mr. Julian Ramirez, international marketing head of Alvic Group said, “Alvic group have been working on a product over last three years that has a best finish with acceptable price in the market. LUXE is an idea that has made a brand number one not only because it is marketed well but it has a value that market needed. The glossy, shining, scratch resistance and water resistance makes it a monopolistic brand that has rapidly made its mark globally in a very few years. Today LUXE is a well known and a very well accepted brand in more than 50 countries.”
The application of LUXE product varies into various interior and some time in exterior home décor. It is being used into kitchen units, bathroom units, cupboards, wall panels, flooring and many a times for creative and personalized projects for exterior home and office décor. Since the product is sold itself because of its features, it is not necessary to explain many things in order to make a sell. Apart from home and kitchen décor, LUXE has also remarkably made a strong presence in hospitals, education and hotel-restaurant industry.
Dhabriya group’s Dynasty Modular Furniture has well established and varied network over 600 distributor points in India. Company also has seven application centers at various locations in country. With this newly entrant brand, company aims to open 13 more application centers in India by the end of 2015.
About Dhabriya Group:
A registered brand of Dhabriya Agglomerates Pvt. Ltd, Polywood is country’s one of the largest interior solutions brand that provides wood substitute solutions. Established in 1992, Dhabriya Agglomerates is country’s largest manufacturer and retailer of PVC & uPVC Profiles range. With an intense motive, company saves nearly 7 lakh trees every year and reduces the usage of wood by providing the alternate solutions and applications.
Commenced with a seed capital of Rs. 3 lakhs, the Dhabriya group has nearly an annual turnover of Rs. 100 crores as per FY 2013-14. Initiated its business with just manufacturing of PVC doors, Polywood is now manufacturing and also retailing a wide range of PVC and uPVC sections with various designs to suit the complete fabrication requirements like Doors, Windows, Partitions, False Ceilings, Wall Paneling, Pelmet, Modular Kitchen Cabinets, Shutters & other interiors related products at company-owned application centers spread across India.
Company had established its first manufacturing plant in Jaipur with initial manufacturing capacity of 250 metric tons of PVC profiles per annum. In 2009, it took a step ahead by setting up its second plant in Coimbatore to align the supplies in southern part of the country. The company has an exclusive extrusion facility located at its both the plants which is a state of art facility using the best machinery and equipments that matches global standards with a total manufacturing capacity of 10,000 metric tons of PVC Profiles per annum. In the fiscal year 2007-08 company had also ventured into the manufacturing & fabrication of uPVC Windows and Doors.
Polywood is recognized for its customised solutions, superior quality as well as highly efficient and robust products. It subscribes to the Quality Management Standards ISO 9001:2008 and Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001:2004. Amongst the many Awards that the company has received includes a National Award for Manufacturing of Outstanding Quality Products, Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship, Award for Meritorious Industrial Development, The Samaj Ratna Award etc.
In the year 1995, looking at the opportunities into Modular furniture market, Dhabriya group diversified and launched it’s another retail brand Dynasty. Under this brand, company installed its manufacturing facility at Jaipur, Rajasthan for designing and manufacturing of Modular Furniture range especially made out of wood substitute i.e. agricultural waste. Under this retail brand, company merchandises various products like modular kitchen shutters and Wardrobe Shutters, green doors, executive tables, storage, work stations, kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, computer tables etc.
Polywood has a nationwide network of more than 100 distributors and 300 retail partners. Including Jaipur and Coimbatore, Polywood has a retail network of application centers in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. Company aims to set-up more application centers in the states like Rajasthan, Orissa, MPCG, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and few more cities in coming two years.
Dhabariya Agglomerates has marked its charisma in institutional, commercial and residential application segments. In commercial segment, the Polywood brand has earned a very prestigious business partners like Shapoorji Paloonji, Emmar MGF, Pacifica Group, DLF, Crompton & Greaves, ONGC Ankleshwar, Airport Authority of India, PWD Patna and Jaipur etc.
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HP Expands Production Inkjet Possibilities with New Inkjet Web Press, Priming Solution
New solutions enable publishers to profitably increase mono inkjet book production, expand media versatility
India, New Delhi, May 28, 2014— HP today announced the new compact HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Press designed specifically to help publishers increase speed to market and profitably print high quality black and white books in both large and small quantities.
The new HP T260 prints on a wide range of media with high-productivity and a low total operating cost in a compact size. The first 26-inch-wide (66-cm-wide) HP Inkjet Web Press, the HP T260 offers an efficient imposition form factor for book production and fast speeds—up to 800 feet (244 meters) per minute. It also has a duty cycle of 123 million A4 sized or 211 million 6-inch by 9-inch (152.6-mm by 228.6-mm) images per month, extending the crossover point for analog to digital printing.
Similar to existing HP Inkjet Web Presses, the HP T260 offers best-in-class print quality with 1,200 nozzles per inch (npi) and 8 times nozzle redundancy. It also features HP Bonding Agent and automation for operator ease of use.
The HP T260 was initially designed to enable China-based Hucais Printing Company Limited to better meet the demands of the local publishing market and power the company’s new publishing business model across its digital printing sites in China. Hucais has installed the press at each of its three printing facilities and expects to place a further double digit order to install the HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Presses across all its five sites in China.
“Once the establishment of our new publishing business model is complete, we expect to realize significant efficiencies and cost savings throughout our printing network from better logistics management, reduced inventory and faster turnaround of orders,” said Chen Chengwen, chairman, Hucais.”The HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Press is the foundation of this new model that provides strong value-added benefits essential to the success of our business.”
“Business transformation and taking on more high quality short-run and print-on-demand work are a top priority for Hucais,” said Gido van Praag, vice president and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. “The HP T260 mono inkjet web press helps Hucais meet these goals and demonstrates customer-led innovation in Asia that we are now making available for customers elsewhere in the world.”
Other announcements include:
· The new HP Priming Solution, enabling HP Inkjet Web Press users to print on a broader range of media, including standard offset coated media that is not typically compatible with production inkjet technology.
· Additions to the HP SmartStream Solutions Partner Program
Broadening media options with HP Priming Solution
Coatings used in offset papers are designed to repel water, including water-based inks used in high-speed production inkjet environments. This results in print-quality defects such as coalescence and issues with drying the ink at production speeds. Building on HP’s 30 years of inkjet technology leadership, the new HP Priming Solution addresses this challenge, allowing print service providers (PSPs) and book manufacturers to print on low-cost, coated offset stock without compromising print quality or productivity.
The HP Priming Solution expands HP’s media versatility in the production inkjet market. Available for the full HP Inkjet Web Press portfolio, the first HP Priming Solution offers a matte finish that can provide a cost-effective coated-media solution and help increase the crossover points vs. traditional offset in both publishing and commercial printing.
Components of the solution include an HP-developed, aqueous-based Priming Agent for HP A51 Inks, engineered to work with HP Inkjet Web Presses, and the Epic PrimeCoat priming system from Epic Products International, an industry leader in developing custom priming and coating solutions.
HP’s media strategy also includes HP Bonding Agent for production on low-cost, uncoated offset papers, collaboration with leading paper mills on the development of inkjet optimized papers with ColorPRO technology, and the HP Media Certification Program for the identification of substrates compatible with HP high-speed production inkjet systems.
Enhancing high-productivity finishing options
Through the HP SmartStream Solutions Partner Program, PSPs can take advantage of a solution portfolio with leading finishing providers in the graphic arts industry.
Available exclusively for the HP T410, Magnum Digital Solutions has developed the FlexCut digital sheeter/stacker solution. The FlexCut, which will be sold directly by HP, offers automated make-ready and on-the-fly stack changes, among other features, giving customers the ability to produce 42-inch by 39.4-inch sheets at speeds up to 14,440 sheets per hour, rivaling offset capability.
New to the HP SmartStream Solutions Partner Program, VITS International offers high-speed, high-productivity finishing capability with its Sprint Variable Data Finishing System, which is engineered for inline or offline applications for digital presses. Eltex-Elektrostatik-GmbH offers a moisturizer that uses electrostatic dispensing technology to help with flatness in books and other printed products. Finally, KOLBUS offers a comprehensive range of softcover and hardcover bookbinding machines including flexible high-speed perfect binding solutions for digital printing.
Transforming business with HP inkjet technology
Momentum of the HP Inkjet Web Press portfolio continues worldwide with a growing install base printing more than 3 billion pages per month worldwide.
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Delhi HC issues notices to Union Govt. and ECI on a petition filed by ADR
to monitor election expenditure of political parties
The Delhi High Court today issued notices to the Government of India and Election Commission of India (ECI) to file their replies on a petition regarding regulation and monitoring of the election expenditure of political parties. The next date for hearing is 28th of August 2014.
The petition, filed by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), requests for a process of regular submission of election expenditure statements by political parties commencing a year prior to the actual polling date till the results are declared. As has been observed in the recently concluded Lok sabha elections, political parties start their campaigning much before the polls.
Since presently there is no limit on the election expenditure of political parties, it is very difficult to ascertain the actual amount of money spent during the election campaign. The current practice of submitting election expenditure statements after 75 and 90 days of elections for Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, respectively, serves no purpose because monitoring and keeping a tab on the election expenditure after 75/90 days is a herculean task.
The key recommendations made by ADR in the petition are:
- Implement the recommendation made by the 170th Law Commission Report on Electoral Reforms, with regards to the financial accountability of the Political Parties.
- Introduce ceiling on the election expenditure of political parties, on and during the elections.
- Direct the political parties to submit expenditure statements, beginning one year prior to the elections.
- Direct the political parties to submit the account statements of income and expenditure, periodically, ie. once a month before the declaration of the election, and at least once a week during the elections.
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Elections come and go; life goes on. For Aam Adami Party, fighting against corruption is a way of life. So, a team of AAP activists visited the Anti-corruption Bureau office in Mumbai to pursue pending issues of corruption. The issues included
1. As many as 77 cases pending with the Government for sanction, despite an assurance of taking timely action.
2. Police Inspector C S Mali of Bajarpeth Police Station, Kalyan was arrested in 2011 and was found to be in possession of moveable and immoveable property worth Rs. 25 crores. It is important to know how far the matter has progressed since. There is also the case of Inspector Mahendra Chauhan of Ulhasnagar Police Station.
3. The widely reported case of Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation Engineer Mr. Sunil Joshi arrested in 2010 after 41-hour raid at his residence, and
4. A ‘Scam Festival Booklet’; with 13 extraordinary cases of corruption was forwarded to authorities ranging from the ACB Commissioner to the Chief Minister and beyond. The booklet listed malpractices committed by Shri Chhagan Bhujbal, a Cabinet Minister. No action seems to have emerged despite the clinching evidence detailed in the booklet.
The Director General of ACB, Shri Dixit was briefed about these issues, particularly about the ‘Scam Festival Booklet’ prepared by AAP.
AAP accords top priority to fighting corruption because corruption is pilferage of public money and it threatens the very fiber of our social system. Therefore the city unit of AAP is going to actively follow up corruption cases with the Anti-Corruption Bureau, where investigation is in progress; the Government for cases in which sanction is to be obtained and with the courts, where cases have already been filed.
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Sharif, who arrived yesterday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosque, and Mughal era monument Red Fort along with other members of his delegation.
The Pakistan Prime Minister will later hold bilateral talks with Modi during which both sides are expected to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, before leaving for Pakistan.
Sharif had said yesterday that he intends to pick up the threads with India’s new leader Modi from where he and then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee left off in 1999. The Pakistan Prime Minister had said that both governments have a strong mandate and this could help in “turning a new page in our relations”.
Sharif’s visit is seen as significant by political observers here given that hardline elements in Pakistan have expressed their unhappiness over his responding to the invitation positively.
Sources said it is expected that the Pakistan leader will also extend a formal invitation to Modi for a visit. No breakthrough is expected during the visit but it will provide the two leaders an opportunity to cultivate personal relations which may go a long a way in reducing tensions.
SAB TV, India’s most-loved comedy channel will be telecasting the country’s first ever alien comedy TV series – Badi Dooooor Se Aaye Hain. ‘Badi Dooooor Se Aaye Hain’ is an innovative alien comedy TV series and the plot will revolve around an alien family coming to earth in search of their lost son. Equipped with superpowers they assume human form to blend in with our civilization. The show has an impressive star-cast which includes popular television celebrities and actors Sumeet Raghavan, Tanaaz and Bakhtiyar Irani along with many other well-known faces.Hats Off productions is the creative source for producing ‘Badi Dooooor Se Aaye Hain’.
Speaking about the inventive show, JD Majethia, founder of Hats-Off Productions said, “Badi Dooooor Se Aaye Hain is a complete out-of-the-world comedy TV series. The central theme focusses on a family of aliens coming to earth, this leads to them trying to adapt to human surroundings and culture. This is the first time that Indian audiences will get to watch an alien comedy show and we are sure they will love the experience.”
Mr. Anooj Kapoor, Senior EVP & Business Head – SAB TV said, “SAB TV is known for its light hearted daily comedies that entertain the entire family. Our new show Badi Dooooor Se Aaye Hai will not only present a fresh concept but a unique idea as to why do humans have so many boundaries and hostility towards each other, and that too from the point of view of those who come from another unbiased world. We are confident the show will be enjoyed by our audiences”. Writer / Director, Aatish Kapadia adds, “We find people dramatically different from usAlien! But we forget that we would appear equally Alien to those people.
This show is about the beauty of adapting to diversity and the comedy and sensitivity that springs out of it”. Badi Dooooor Se Aaye Hai promises viewers across India an entertaining, fun, family time together every week from Monday to Friday 9:30 pm from 9th June exclusively on SAB TV.
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Following is the list of Ministers with portfolios:
Narendra Modi — Prime Minister; Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space; All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.
Rajnath Singh: Home Minster
Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs & Overseas Indian Affairs
Arun Jaitley: Finance Corporate Affairs & Defence
M. Venkaiah Naidu: Urban Development Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation & Parliamentary Affairs
Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways Shipping
D.V. Sadananda Gowda: Railways
Uma Bharati: Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Dr. Najma A. Heptulla: Minority Affairs
Gopinathrao Munde: Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water and Sanitation
Ramvilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Kalraj Mishra: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Maneka Gandhi: Women and Child Development
Ananthkumar: Chemicals and Fertilizers
Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications and Information Technology & Law and Justice
Ashok Gajapathi Raju: Civil Aviation
Anant Geete: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries
Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines & Steel Labour and Employment
Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs
Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture
Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment
Smriti Zubin Irani: Human Resource Development
Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Health and Family Welfare
Minister of States
General V.K. Singh: Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge) & External Affairs Overseas Indian Affairs
Inderjit Singh Rao: Planning (Independent Charge), Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge) & Defence
Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Textiles (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Shripad Yesso Naik: Culture (Independent Charge) & Tourism (Independent Charge)
Dharmendra Pradhan: Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
Sarbananda Sonowal: Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
Prakash Javadekar: Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs
Piyush Goyal: Power (Independent Charge), Coal (Independent Charge) & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
Dr. Jitendra Singh: Science and Technology (Independent Charge), Earth Sciences (Independent Charge), Prime Minister Office Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space
Nirmala Sitharaman: Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge), Finance Corporate Affairs
G.M. Siddeshwara: Civil Aviation
Manoj Sinha: Railways
Nihalchand: Chemicals and Fertilizers
Upendra Kushwaha: Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water and Sanitation
Radhakrishnan P: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Kiren Rijiju: Home Affairs
Krishan Pal: Road Transport and Highways Shipping
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Agriculture & Food Processing Industries
Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava: Tribal Affairs
Raosaheb Dadarao Danve: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Vishnu Deo Sai: Mines, Steel & Labour and Employment
Sudarshan Bhagat: Social Justice and Empowerment
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
Modi was accompanied by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh among others during the talks with Sharif, who arrived in New Delhi to attend Modi’s swearing-in on Monday.
The two leaders had a firm handshake and posed for photographers before heading towards the meeting room for talks at the ceremonial Hyderabad House.
According to sources, the meeting will provide the two leaders an opportunity to cultivate personal relations which may go a long a way in reducing tensions.
Ahead of his meeting, Sharif had on Monday said he was carrying a message of peace and intends to pick up the threads with India’s new leader Narendra Modi from where he and then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee left off in 1999.
Both governments have a strong mandate and this could help in “turning a new page in our relations”, the Pakistan Prime Minister had said.
In his first bilateral meeting with international leaders after assuming charge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.
The meeting with Karzai followed Modi’s talks with Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom at the ceremonial Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
In their more than half an hour meeting, Modi and Karzai discussed ways to enhance cooperation in the wake of NATO combat troops withdrawal from the war-torn country.
Modi was assisted in the talks by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh among others.
Both Karzai and Gayoom arrived on Monday along with other SAARC heads of government and states to attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Modi also held talks with Rajapaksa. During the meeting both sides tried to understand the common challenges and discussed ways to enhance cooperation in key areas.
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In all, 21 EU member states, including France, Germany and Italy head to the polls today to end four days of voting which began in Britain and the Netherlands on Thursday.
No results will be announced until all polling is finished at 2100 GMT. If opinion polls prove correct, the eurosceptic parties could treble their presence to around 100 seats in the new 751-seat EU assembly.
In Denmark, France and Italy, anti-EU parties are poised to take first or second place today, shaking up national politics and preparing to battle Brussels from the inside.
In Britain, the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) led by Nigel Farage — a party without a single seat in the national parliament — surged on Thursday in local council polls held in parallel with the EU vote, rocking the establishment.
Turnout too is likely to reflect growing popular exasperation with the EU, dropping even further from the record low of 43 per cent in 2009.
“There is a legitimacy problem,” Carnegie Europe director Jan Techau told AFP.
“But a win for the fringe parties won’t derail or change the way the parliament works,” Techau said.
“It will change a country’s domestic political scene and possibly affect the way national leaders act within the EU.”
The polls suggest the mainstream parties, the centre-right conservatives and centre-left socialists, will hold about 70 per cent of the seats in the next parliament. Traditionally they have worked together much of the time and should be able to continue to do so, analysts said.
Faced by mounting hostility to the Brussels bureaucracy and the harsh austerity policies adopted to overcome the debt crisis, EU political leaders have worked hard to correct a so-called “democratic deficit”.
Voters in Egypt will cast their ballots in a presidential election over two days starting Monday. Opinion polls suggest former defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win. Sisi and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi are the two candidates.
Egyptian voters elected Mohamed Morsi as president after decades-long authoritarian rule collapsed three years ago in a movement known as the Arab Spring.
Morsi had the backing of the Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood. But he was ousted in a de-facto coup last July that was led by Sisi.
Recent opinion polls suggest Egyptians want stability and a rebuilding of the nation’s economy under strong leadership.
But some Egyptian pro-democracy activists, as well as observers outside the country are concerned that a win by Sisi may herald the return of authoritarian rule.
Taiwan’s largest opposition Democratic Progressive Party has again elected Tsai Ing-wen as the party’s leader.
Tsai garnered 93.7 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election to replace outgoing DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang.
Tsai is expected to assume the post on Wednesday and take charge of the island-wide local elections in November.
Tsai previously served 2 terms as DPP chief. She stepped down in 2012 after losing the presidential race to pro-China leader Ma Ying-jeou.
Tsai is expected to run for the presidency in 2016 to try and retake power from the governing Nationalist Party. Media agencies
Exit polls suggested candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine’s presidential election in the first round on Sunday, a ballot that took place amid weeks of fighting in eastern regions where pro-Russia separatists have seized govt buildings and battled govt troops.
The rebels had vowed to block the ballot in the east and less than 20 percent of the polling stations were open there.
But nationwide, about 60 percent of the electorate turned out, the central elections commission said.
Poroshenko, viewing the exit polls as definitive evidence of victory, said his first steps as president would be to visit the eastern industrial region of Donbass – home to Ukraine’s coal mines – and “put an end to war, chaos, crime and bring peace to the Ukrainian land.”
Long lines of voters snaked around polling stations in Kiev, the pro-Western capital, but heavily armed pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine intimidated locals by smashing ballot boxes, shutting down polling centers and issuing threats.
The exit poll for Sunday’s election, conducted by three respected Ukrainian survey agencies, found the 48-year-old candy tycoon Poroshenko getting 55.9 percent of the vote.
Poroshenko ducked the question whether he was prepared to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin but said Kiev would like to negotiate a new security treaty with Moscow.
At a distant second was former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with 12.9 percent, the poll showed.
Full results are expected Monday in the election that authorities in Kiev hope will be a critical step toward resolving Ukraine’s protracted crisis.
“I would like to congratulate Ukraine with the fact that despite the current aggression by the Kremlin and the desire to break this voting, the election happened and was democratic and fair,” Tymoshenko said after the polls closed.
“I think this is the evidence of the strength of our nation.”
The exit poll, which surveyed 17,000 voters at 400 precincts, claimed a margin of error of 2 percentage points, indicating Poroshenko passed the 50-percent mark needed to win without a runoff.
It was conducted by the Razumkov Center, Kiev International Sociology Institute and the Democratic Initiatives Foundation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country is looking forward to working closely with newly-elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and promised to work for lifting bilateral ties in economic, military and technical cooperation.
Putin told this to a select group of journalists from the international media in St. Petersburg.
Putin thanked India for standing by Russia against sanctions by the West over Ukraine.
Nawaz Sharif arrives in India with a ‘message of peace’
63-year-old Modi, who led BJP to an astounding victory in the Lok Sabha polls, last week extended invitation to SAARC leaders including the Pakistan premier. Sharif, accompanied by a small delegation, left Pakistan at 9.30 a.m. (local time) and landed in New Delhi after a brief flight at around 11.00 a.m. (local time).
Sources said it is expected that the Pakistan leader will also give formal invitation to his counterpart for a visit. The News last night reported that Sharif met his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif along with others in Lahore and discussed the visit.
“The premier said Pakistan wanted the resolution of all issues with India, including Kashmir, Sir Creek, water and trade, and it wanted to establish a relationship on the basis of equality for peace in the region,” the paper said, citing unnamed sources.
In the meeting, Sharif said the government’s decision to release arrested Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture and giving back the confiscated fishing boats for the first time in the history of the two sides was aimed at improving the ties.
No breakthrough is expected during the visit but it will provide the two leaders an opportunity to cultivate personal relations which go a long a way in reducing tensions.
Pakistan has avoided repeated reference to Kashmir before the visit which was in contrast to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s Agra trip of 2001 when he announced that the disputed region will be the central focus of the summit.
In another major development, Pakistan has so far not dropped any hint that Sharif will meet the Kashmiri leaders which is also a departure from the established tradition.
Musharraf’s high tea party by Pakistan High Commission in 2001 where the APHC leaders were invited had created a storm and almost rocked the entire trip.
President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa, Mauritius Prime Minister of Mauritius Navinchandra Ramgoolam have arrived in Delhi to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left for India to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.
The swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the 15th Prime Minister of India is to be the mega event among events that have been staged at Rashtrapati Bhavan with the Asian leaders guest list includes key leaders from SAARC countries, set to cross the 4,000 mark.
This is the first time that such a large gathering will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the biggest ceremonies so far have seen a maximum of up to 1,500 to 2,000 guests, for instance, during the ‘At Home’ functions on the occasions of Republic and Independence days.
The swearing-in functions of Chandrashekhar in 1990 and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998 were held at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan and saw an attendance of 1,200 to 1,300 guests, said Omita Paul, Secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee.
Sources said Advani’s name is not being considered for the post.
The Narendra Modi’s cabinet run as follows:
समाजवादी पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री मुलायम सिंह यादव ने कहा है कि भाजपा और कांग्रेस ने देश को तबाह किया है। देश की सीमाएं असुरक्षित हैं। चीन ने भारत को धोखा दिया है और आज भी उसकी निगाहें हमारे सीमा क्षेत्र पर लगी हैं।
श्री यादव आज पार्टी मुख्यालय, लखनऊ में पूर्व महाधिवक्ता स्व0 वीरेन्द्र भाटिया की चौथी पुण्यतिथि पर आयोजित बैठक को सम्बोधित कर रहे थे। इस अवसर पर मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव, स्वास्थ्य मंत्री श्री अहमद हसन, पिछड़ा वर्ग कल्याण मंत्री श्री अम्बिका …
समाजवादी सरकार की उपलब्धियों की जानकारी जन जन तक पहुॅचाने की मुहिम में तेजी लाने जा रही है। समाजवादी पार्टी के प्रदेश अध्यक्ष श्री अखिलेश यादव ने दो वर्ष में पूरे किए गए चुनावी वायदों और उनके लाभों से आम जनता तथा पार्टी कार्यकर्ताओं को अवगत कराने के लिए बड़े पैमाने पर 02 जून, 2014 को जिला मुख्यालयों पर सम्मेलन आयोजित करने के लिए निर्देशित किया है। जिला सम्मेलन के पश्चात विकास खण्ड स्तर पर भी जून माह में सम्मेलन होंगे।
समाजवादी सरकार ने किसानों, गरीबों, पिछड़ों और अल्पसंख्यकों के आर्थिक और सामाजिक विकास की तमाम योजनाएं चलाई है। मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव ने प्रदेश को विकास का नया एजेन्डा दिया है। वे चाहते हैं कि उ0प्र0 का समग्र विकास हो और यह फिर उत्तम प्रदेश बने जिसकी कल्पना श्री मुलायम सिंह यादव ने की थी। विकास की योजनाएं जिनके लाभ के लिए बनी हैं उन्हें इसके लिए समाजवादी पार्टी के प्रदेष अध्यक्ष श्री अखिलेश यादव ने जनता और कार्यकर्ताओं के बीच जाने और संवाद की व्यवस्था की है।
समाजवादी पार्टी के प्रदेश प्रवक्ता राजेन्द्र चौधरी ने बताया कि समाजवादी सरकार ने 50 हजार रूपए तक किसानों का कार्ज माफ किया है और सरकारी ट्यूबवेलों तथा नहरों से सिंचाई मुफ्त की है। इंदिरा आवास योजना, लोहिया ग्रामीण आवास योजना, जनेश्वर मिश्रा ग्राम विकास योजना, कृषक दुर्घटना बीमा, आसरा योजना, ग्राम संपर्क मार्ग निर्माण, कौशल विकास योजना, लोकतंत्र सेनानी पेंशन, समाजवादी पेशंन योजना, सड़क पुल निर्माण, चारलेन सड़क योजना के अलावा निःशुल्क पढ़ाई, वूमेन पावर लाइन 1090 प्रसूति के लिए एम्बूलेंस सेवा- 102, समाजवादी एम्बूलेन्स सेवा- 108, मुफ्त दवाई, गंभीर रोगों का मुफ्त इलाज आदि तमाम योजनाएं चलाई हैं। किसानों को समय से खाद, बीज की उपलब्धता निश्चित की गई है। ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों में कामधेनू डेरी इकाइयों की व्याज मुफ्त ऋण योजना संचालित की जा रही है। महिला डेयरी परियोजना और सघन मिनी डेयरी परियोजनाएं लागू हैं। ऊसर सुधार एवं भूमिसेना योजना भी चल रही है।
उत्तर प्रदेश में समाजवादी सरकार ने जितने कार्य किए हैं, दूसरे सूबों की सरकारें उनकी नकल भी नहीं कर पा रही हैं। पिछली बसपा सरकार ने प्रदेश का धन पार्को, स्मारकों और मूर्तियों पर बर्बाद किया था, जबकि समाजवादी पार्टी की सरकार बनने पर जनता का धन जनता की भलाई पर खर्च किया जा रहा है। योजनाओं का लाभ सबको मिले इसके लिए उनके प्रचार-प्रसार पर भी उक्त 02 जून, 2014 को आयोजित जिला सम्मेलनों में विचार किया जायेगा।
My response to Shazia Ilmi’s resignation. She is right, we should introspect. Wish she was with us in this process.
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विहिप ने रचाया भारत समृद्धि यज्ञ
नई दिल्ली मई 25, 2014। देश के चहुँ मुखी विकास के लिए प्रार्थना करते हुए विश्व हिन्दू परिषद व आर्य समाज संत नगर ने आज भारत समृद्धि यज्ञ का आयोजन किया. इस अवसर पर विहिप दिल्ली के मीडिया प्रमुख व आर्य समाज संत नगर के कार्यकारी प्रधान श्री विनोद बंसल ने नई सरकार को शुभ कामनाएं देते हुए कहा कि विश्व भर की निगाहें भारत की ओर टक-टकी लगा कर देख रही हैं. हमें विश्वास है कि भारत अब न सिर्फ भौतिक बल्कि सांस्कृतिक व आध्यात्मिक विकास में नए कीर्तिमान बनाएगा. उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि हमें विश्वास है कि अब भारत में गौ, गंगा, गायत्री, मंदिर, महिलाएं, वृद्ध व् बच्चे पूर्णत: सुरक्षित रहेंगे और संस्कृत, संस्कृति, संस्कार, यज्ञ, वेद तथा आध्यात्म का विकास होगा. न कोई भूखा सोएगा और न ही अन्न का दुरुपयोग होगा.
दक्षिणी दिल्ली के ईस्ट आफ़ कैलाश स्थित संत नगर आर्य समाज मन्दिर में आयोजित इस भारत समृद्धि यज्ञ के उपरान्त बोलते हुए वैदिक विदुषी श्रीमती विमलेश आर्या ने कहा कि चारों वेदों के मन्त्रों से दी गई ये आहुतियाँ हमारे खोए हुए राष्ट्रीय गौरव को पुन:प्रतिष्ठापित करने में मील का पत्थर साबित होंगीं.
इस अवसर पर आर्य समाज मंदिर के कोषाध्यक्ष श्री वीरेन्द्र सूद, सह कोषाध्यक्ष श्री विनोद कौशिक, संरक्षक श्री राम कृष्ण, श्री जसवंत राय, विहिप के सह प्रखंड मंत्री श्री संजय सिकरिया व समाज सेवी श्री अरुण होरा के अलावा श्रीमती राज कुमारी, श्रीमती कल्पना शर्मा, श्रीमती चन्द्र ज्योति श्रीमती हितेश व कुसुम सहित अनेक लोगों ने यज्ञ में आहुतियां लगा कर राष्ट्र समृद्धि की प्रार्थना की।
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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Workshop
at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, 30th May, 2014
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building
‘Ecology and Society’
For long it was assumed that there existed a hard ‘dividing line’ between nature and culture and consequently between the scientific and humanistic disciplines. Scholarship, in recent years, however, has increasingly argued the opposite: that social worlds and ecological worlds actually overlap, intersect and co-constitute each other. Such claims, in particular, have provided fertile grounds for interdisciplinary exchanges between naturalists, ecologists and historians and social scientists. But has the ‘social construction of the environment’ or the ideas of inventing nature gone too far. Has nature disappeared, in such a view and merely become a cultural artifact? Conversely are biologically informed ideas of changing ecosystems able to take adequate account of differing, contested human views of and interests in nature?
This workshop will bring together historians and biologists, conservationists and ecologists, scholars of rivers and forests, animals and coastlines. The reviews of ongoing work will help open up new questions and stimulate a fresh look at old ones.
Programme Schedule: Friday, 30 May 2014
9.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.
Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,
Dr. Gopi Sundar,
International Crane Foundation,
‘People, Wetlands and Bird Diversity on an Ancient Landscape:
The role of assumptions versus reality in planning wetland conservation’
9.30 am. – 10.30 a.m.
Mr. Aditya Arya,
India Photo Archive Foundation,
10.30 a.m.-10.45 a.m.
Dr. Rajarshi Mitra, (On skype)
Central University of Karnataka,
Photography and wilderness in colonial India’
10:45 a.m.-12.45 p.m.
Dr. Rakhee Kalita Moral,
Ms. Manju Menon,
Centre for Policy Research,
‘EIAs for Hydropower Projects in NE India:
Framing region and resource for development’
Dr. Rinki Sarkar,
‘The Socio-Ecological Trajectory of ‘Chilgoza-pine’ in the Western Himalayas’
12.45 p.m.-1.30 p.m.
1.30 p.m.- 3.30 p.m.
Dr. Sudha Vasan,
University of Delhi,
Ms. Shomona Khanna,
‘From State Owned Minerals to Community Resources:
The Forest Rights Act’
Dr. Suresh Babu,
‘Marginality, Tsunami-aid and Transformation in the Nicobar Islands’
4.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,
Dr. Jagdish Krishnaswamy,
Ashoka Trust for Research in
Ecology and the Environment,
‘Understanding the Impact of Global Change on India’s Environment and Ecology’
From: Media Cell AAP <email@example.com> Sun, 25 May ’14 6:09p
At the time when a new Prime Minister is taking office in India and has invited neighbouring leaders for his swearing in ceremony, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would like to remind the Sri Lankan President Mr Mahinda Rajapakse and our new Prime Minister about the condition of Tamils in Sri Lanka as well as the repeated killings of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan forces.
We demand the following:
1. We call for an independent, credible investigation into war crimes and human rights abuse in Sri Lanka. The Aam Aadmi Party wishes to draw attention to the burning issue of justice being denied for Sri Lankan Tamils, and the threats and intimidation faced by those who are trying to speak up against the Sri Lanka government.
It is nearly five years since the bloody armed conflict ended between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE. A UN panel has found credible estimates of 40,000 people having lost their lives in this war, while other estimates place the loss of lives at 100,000. The Bishops of Mannar (situated in the War Zone) testified before the Sri Lankan Government-appointed LRRC that the estimated number of persons who lost their lives to be more than 149,000 at the end of the war. The Sri Lankan war has been the biggest humanitarian disaster in recent times but, by and large, world countries, including India, have chosen to turn away for narrow political or economic gain.
According to the Aam Aadmi Party’s understanding, thousands of lives still remain unaccounted for and unanswered.
A report by the International Crimes Evidence Project (ICEP) and Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Australia, finds overwhelming confirmation that the Government of Sri Lanka has destroyed evidence of mass graves burial sites in the post conflict period.
A report by the International Crimes Evidence Project (ICEP) and Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Australia, finds overwhelming confirmation that the Government of Sri Lanka has destroyed evidence of mass graves burial sites in the post conflict period.
Human Rights WATCH (HRW) report provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006-2012 in both official and secret detention centres throughout Sri Lanka. Men and women have reportedly been raped on multiple days, often by several people, with the army, police, and pro-government paramilitary groups frequently participating.
2. The Sri Lankan President should take immediate steps to end the climate of fear and uncertainty in which Tamils live in Sri Lanka. People there continue to live in constant fear of retribution. Enforced disappearances, which are notoriously known as the “White van disappearances”, detention under draconian laws, and threats to people who criticize the Sri Lankan government, seem to be prevalent and frequent. Minority Group International’s report on condition of women in Sri Lanka show how women belonging to minority communities in the north and east of Sri Lanka remain deeply insecure.
Human rights abuses and violations, ranging from sexual violence to land grabbing, continue.
3. The Rajapaksa government should take immediate steps to give the Tamil language the status promised in the island constitution. Attempts to impose Sinhalese in the North and the East are strongly condemned.
4. The AAP strongly demands that land taken over by the Sri Lankan military be returned to Tamil civilians. It also strongly condemns attempts at handing over land to Sinhalese settlers and attempts to neo colonise the North and the East.
5. The AAP would like to point out the North and the East are run like a giant military camp and the elected governments do not have the authority which the Constitution demands that they have. The Aam Aadmi Party asks for a scaling down of the army presence and a restoration of full authority to the civilian government.
6. The Aam Aadmi Party strongly condemns the killings of more than five hundred Tamil fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. These killings are shocking and so is the reaction of the Indian government which has so far done little to stop these killings. While the need for talks to find a lasting solution to the problem of dwindling, shared, marine resources is obvious, there is a need for a more forceful response from India if these killings continue. (ENDS)
AAP Media Cell
Former presidential candidate launches Singaporeans First new party
Tan Jee Say, a former candidate who competed in the last presidential election in 2011, announced on Sunday that he is forming a new political party called Singaporeans First.
The party has 11 founding members, including architects, a retired army colonel and other professionals. Psychiatrist Ang Yong Guan, who contested the general election with Tan representing the Singapore Democratic Party, is also a founding member.
Tan, 60, unveiled the new party and its logo at a press conference on Sunday. He said the party will try to recruit more members before the next general election in Singapore.
He said that the party will champion policies to build a fair society, strong families and an esteemed people, to create a “new narrative” for Singapore that focuses on not treating citizens as economic digits and offers a lot more social support and safety nets.
The party outlined some of these new policies in its manifesto, including having a more progressive tax system, removing the consumption tax completely and giving more support to local enterprises to grow, especially in the healthcare and education sectors
Rajapaksa has ordered the release of all Indian fishermen ahead of his visit to New Delhi to attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on Monday, a presidential spokesman said.This is the second instance when Sri Lanka is releasing Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy for poaching.
In March, Rajapaksa had ordered the release of arrested fishermen after India abstained from voting on an anti-Sri Lanka motion at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
India was one of the 12 nations that abstained from voting on the UNHRC resolution, which prescribed an international probe into Sri Lanka’s alleged rights abuses.
Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay and Bangladesh Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury arrived in New Delhi on Sunday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Monday.
This is the first time that the heads of state and government of SAARC nations have been invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony of an Indian Prime Minister.
Bangladesh will be represented by Chaudhury as Premier Sheikh Hasina would be travelling to Japan at the time of the swearing-in ceremony.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom will be among the foreign dignitaries attending the ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Manu Sharma: How many times we must have noticed the warning placards on the highways ‘Speed thrills but kills’ in the same way in these strange days and even stranger times of Indian politics ‘Personality mesmerizes but kills opposition’ is the new placard to be read in the echelons of Indian polity.
Truly but strangely, Indian politics has changed from what it had been at the time of Independence until today. It has seen it all, but still has emerged victorious from the sultry depths of the lowest human ideology to the highest persona of human character and dignity in safeguarding not only our democracy but also our ethnicity. The credit actually goes to our strong constitution and Judiciary, which somehow has been able to maintain and keep intact the world’s largest and greatest Democracy. The system, which was established a century ago to keep the Queens Interest foremost, has somehow helped the centre to maintain control over such a large and diverse mandate.
Today a strong personality, a charismatic personality, a personality that the Indians have shown formidable faith in has won the mandate with a stupendous majority not only humiliating the opposition but also doing away with ‘Political Joint Ventures’ which were the norm of Indian politics. The most surprising thing is that the victory has been achieved with only the harping old promises of yesteryears which the Indians so dearly love to hear during election times like removal of corruption, cleaning the holy rivers, creation of jobs, improvement in economy, price control, eradication of poverty etc, etc, etc. The list is endless to achieve but the irony is that it has been created by the very people over the years whom we have chosen from time to time to eradicate these pestering issues.
We will gauge what went wrong later but let’s consider what went right for this present BJP win. The true reason behind its win. The credit actually goes to the AAP party and the frustration of the Indian people for a ‘Vikalp’ for this crazy win. Mr. Kejriwal and his cronies actually prepared the ground for the NDA win and lost as any good, poor and simple men would do against powerful, corrupt and rich foes. They harped all that was wrong about Indian politics, society and economy to a new high and caught the wild imagination of the public that a drastic change was needed from choosing between the two evils which the Indian public was so habituated to choose every five years in hope of improving their lives and styles. Their propaganda surely bore results and the Indians for the first time saw a ‘Vikalp’ or a ‘Choice’ other than the NDA or the UPA in AAP, as the Indians were tired of their falsehood etc over the years and had no third choice available to vent their frustrated feelings come elections. This crazed hunger for a ‘Vikalp’ deep down in the psyche of every Indian especially amongst the youth, which was already yearning to break free, saw a vent in AAP. They came out with a vengeance unforeseen in Indian politics against the system, and declared an all out war against both the UPA and the NDA and the battle ground was ground Zero – New Delhi. This is where they gave momentum to just a simple movement run by Mr. Kejriwal, a commoner, a fellow surfer like any one of them to see Wuthering heights in Indian politics by planting him as the chief minister of New Delhi.
In this we Indians were actually lucky as the choice had been AAP and not the Naxalite movement which has the same frustration against the system behind its emergence as everyone of us today feels in our hearts due to the problems arising due to the political failures of the scam ridden UPA and NDA over the years. Thank God for our Democracy is still alive and throbbing today. There were many catalyst for this uprising giving power to the AAP, like the Anna Hazare’s movement, the huge price rise forums and also peoples march against the system on law and order issues like the rape cases, which had shaken the nation to its roots and many more. The most powerful catalyst for AAP win was the emergence of the doctrine of Public Referendum, a cruder form of what exists in the western democracies led by the US. The political debate in the peoples arena before introduction or passing of a bill and also the public debates during the electioneering process. Americans call it ‘The holy spirit of Democracy’ in their country. This actually was the magic wand used by AAP to win over the masses by using ‘Lok Sabha’s to light the lamp of hope in the hearts of millions poor whose cadres have increased manifold since our independence.
AAP was destined to fail as a movement cannot form a government except by chance. AAP failed in declaring its base of political foundations of governance. In fact no one knows whether it’s a democratic or a communist or socialist in nature. Well no one can blame them for they actually dint have time to organize and form a political party and have good screened candidature in place, whatever was done by them was actually done in haste where planning went for a toss. They made huge mistakes because of it and their biggest in not taking public referendum route in evicting from Delhi government, where faith of millions of hopeful Delhites were anchored in them. It was an experiment by the people of India which failed miserably for reasons which were many and debatable. Media certainly had a major role to play in the rise and fall of AAP.
As always happens, someone’s fall is somebody’s rise. The win for BJP led NDA was a huge media blitz, hijacking the AAP’s initiative with the help of a dominating personality and charismatic figure like Mr. Narendra Modi to swing the Indian mandate towards victory. The UPA lost because of all the natural reasons and also because of huge scam and price issues. It also failed because it could not Hijack the AAP movement like the NDA because somehow the AAP put more effort in tainting the UPA than the NDA.
The Indian public has been, would be and would always be taken for a ride by all the political parties belonging to the UPA or the NDA fold. Nothing will improve in this country except for the fates and pockets of the politicians the officialdom and the businessmen if corruption as hyped by AAP party truly exists.
One thing is for sure that a charioteer in a small chariot can control only a limited number of horses, his fate is doomed if he uses too many or too little of them during BJP’s race against time for living up to the expectations of the people and making deliveries as promised and hyped their blitzkrieg. Mr. Narendra Modi has to chariot his way to success by using the right kind of mounts as the people are now fed up of giving more chances to the UPA or NDA or experimenting with the likes of AAP. AAP is not down or out but its just a matter of time for them to reorganize and form a strong political party with strong cadres, fundamentals and nationalist goals and their reemergence would depend upon the failure of the BJP to deliver its age old promises in brand new packaging as per the wishes of the people of India. This holds true for UPA too, it has time to retrospect and change towards meeting the expectations of the people and form a healthy opposition to win back the hearts of the people.
In the end I hope the people should come out victorious and our country should once again become the “Star of the East”
Manu Sharma <firstname.lastname@example.org
Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are aiming to hold their first defense ministerial talks later this year.
Japan’s Defense Ministry is arranging with ASEAN member nations to hold the talks in Myanmar in November to coincide with an ASEAN defense ministers’ meeting.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed holding the meeting during a Japan-ASEAN summit in Tokyo last December. He proposed that defense ministers discuss disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.
At the proposed meeting, the Japanese and ASEAN ministers are expected to also exchange views on the security environment in East Asia.
Amid China’s increasing maritime activities in the East and South China Seas, Japanese officials hope to confirm with ASEAN that they will not tolerate any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force.
SANTA BARBARA: A student who stabbed three people to death and then fatally shot three more in a bustling California college town was the mentally disturbed son of a Hollywood director, police said Saturday.
At least 13 people were injured and the shooter, named by police as Elliot Rodger, 22, apparently killed himself after the knife-and-gun rampage on Friday in Isla Vista, near the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara.
Rodger´s father is Peter Rodger, an assistant director of the 2012 Hollywood blockbuster “The Hunger Games.”
Police are investigating a disturbing video entitled “Retribution” apparently posted on YouTube by Elliot Rodger in which a man sitting in a car rants about women who rejected and ignored him for the past eight years, vowing to “punish you all for it.
“The bloodshed was just the latest in a string of gun massacres that have rocked the United States in recent years and is likely to trigger more passionate debate about gun rights.
Police had “contacts” with Rodger on three separate occasions before Friday´s killings, the first time in July 2013, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told a press conference.
Detailing how the horror unfolded, Brown said Rodger “repeatedly stabbed” three male victims at his apartment prior to the shooting rampage.
Once outside, Rodger targeted three women from across a street, killing two of them aged 22 and 19, Brown said.
Driving in his car, a black BMW, Rodger found his next victim, a 20-year-old student named Christopher Martinez, shooting him dead.
Police then went after him, Brown said, as Rodger shot indiscriminately at passers-by and drove all over the road. Rodger was shot in the hip in a shootout, before zooming off once more and hitting a cyclist, throwing him onto the hood of his car”The suspect´s vehicle then collided with several parked cars and came to a stop,” said Brown, but Rodger “was obviously dead with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
“Three nine-millimeter semi-automatic handguns were recovered from the BMW — all legally purchased and registered — and Rodger had dozens of unused rounds of ammunition.
Three people were killed and one badly injured in a shoot-out Saturday at the Jewish Museum in Brussels city centre, Belga news agency said.
A Jewish community figure, Joel Rubinfeld, told AFP it clearly “is a terrorist act” as a man had been seen driving up and entering the museum before opening fire inside and running off.
Rubinfeld, who heads the country´s anti-Semitic League, said the act was the result of “a climate of hate.”
“I am shocked by the murders committed at the Jewish museum, I am thinking of the victims I saw there and their families,” Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said on Twitter.
A bystander, Alain Sobotik, told AFP he had seen the minister at the scene.No information was immediately available from police on the circumstances of the shoot-out but Sobotik said he saw the corpses of a young woman and a man just inside the doors of the museum.
A picture shows them lying in pools of blood. The Jewish Museum of Belgium, which was not answering calls, is located in the heart of the Sablon district which is home to the city´s top antique dealers.
Police quickly cordoned off the area. The La Libre newspaper said on its website that an Audi had driven up and parked outside the museum, and that both a passenger and the driver had gotten out.
It said the driver placed two bags on the ground and then opened fire on bystanders before driving off. Minister Reynders told the paper that he was in the area when “I heard shots and rushed to the scene and saw bodies on the ground. “Interior Minister Joelle Milquet too was in the area, a popular weekend haunt for shoppers and holidayers.
The head of Belgium´s Jewish Consistory told La Libre that “is probably a terrorist act. For us it is an extremely serious act.
“He said the museum had received no recent threats and that its staff “are in shock”.The police had a “serious tip”, he added, amid reports that a bystander had given the police the car´s registration number.
Thailand’s military are suggesting they will rule the country for an extended period of time. That would contrast with the previous military coup in 2006.Eight years ago, the military appointed an interim prime minister less than two weeks after staging a coup. An interim assembly was inaugurated one month later.This time, General Prayut Chan-o-cha says he has no immediate plan to name an interim prime minister or set up an interim government.The general says he will assume the office of acting prime minister. He says the military will rule the country until calm returns and an election can be held peacefully.
Thai military junta on Sunday warned the public against rallying and using social media to incite unrest.
“The National Council for Peace and Order does not aim at doing all of these for a particular person. But we want to return happiness to all Thais and will create confidence and stability of Thailand in the eyes of the international community,” Bangkok Post on Sunday quoted Winthai Suwaree, Army Deputy Spokesman as saying.
Accordingly, civilian, police and military officers were urged to be patient, Winthai said, adding that it is necessary for preventing the country from becoming a failed state.
The spokesman also asked the media to minimize criticisms over all sides, especially civilian, police and military officers.
In another situation, Thai coup leader Gen Prayuth expressed that the transfers of several government officials made earlier on Saturday were for the sake of suitability under the current situation.
“All will be done to create trust among members of the society. And (Prayuth) would like the people to have sympathy for the transferred and refrain from showing contempt and hatred towards them because they are not regarded as having committed wrongdoings, ” Winthai quoted Prayuth as saying.
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AAP struck to anticorruption agenda all through didn’t switch to Jobs,
Wages, Development, Irrigation, Education, Health, MSP to Farmers,
Income Distribution etc and it hurt AAP two ways -
- First it kept out millions of NGOs working on various projects from
joining and supporting AAP.
- Second it meant AAP is not suitable for National and even State Role.
AAP won 4 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab for top position, because AAP
Punjab unit mainly campaigned for Broad Issues of Importance.
Out of 113 lakh votes AAP Polled in India 33 Lakh+ (23.4%) and 27 lakh
plus (32.9%) were polled in Punjab and Delhi alone. AAP Polled just 2
lakh votes and lost in Varanasi where it deployed its full strength.
UP and Haryana where it was expected to perform are basically
Agricultural States AAP has no Farming Agenda.
In Gujarat is started well exposing Corruption & Puncturing Guj MODEL
but didn’t offer alternate model and managed only 3 lakh votes or
Unrecognized Parties including independents in 2009 fielded 6053
candidates won 22 seats lost 5970 deposits.
When AAP contested Lok Sabha elections it had to come up with National
Agenda and demonstrate its capability to Lead the Country.
Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
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AAP may have lost Rs 1 crore in election deposits
Bharti Jain, TNN May 25, 2014
NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal may have declined to furnish a bail bond
worth Rs 10,000, but his party may have ended up contributing almost
1,000 times more to the treasury on account of forfeited security
deposits in 414 of the 432 Lok Sabha seats contested by it.
AAP candidates, who contested 432 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats across
the country, could hold on to their security deposit in barely 18
seats. These included eight seats in Punjab, of which it won four, all
the seven seats in Delhi NCT and one seat each in Chandigarh,
Maharashtra (Chandrapur) and Uttar Pradesh (Varanasi)
In as many as 414 seats, AAP candidates had to forfeit their security
deposits, having failed to bag one-sixth of the total votes polled
A general candidate contesting a parliamentary poll must make a
security deposit of Rs 25,000, according to Section 34(1)(a) of the
Representation of the People Act, 1951. However, a candidate belonging
to the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes needs to deposit only half of
this amount, or Rs 12,500.
In case the candidate fails to secure a minimum of one-sixth of total
valid votes cast, he must forfeit his security deposit, which then
goes to the treasury.
Though a break-up of general and SC/ST candidates fielded by AAP was
not immediately available, assuming that all candidates made a
security deposit of Rs 25,000 each, the total forfeited amount across
414 seats would come to over Rs 1 crore, or Rs. 1,03,50,000 to be
AAP, which bagged a national vote-share of around 2%, did well in just
two states. It won four of the 13 seats in Punjab and retained its
security deposit in four other seats, and was the runner-up in all
seven seats in Delhi NCR. However, it lost all the seats contested by
it in most other states.
In Uttar Pradesh, AAP candidates lost the security deposit in all but
one of the 76 seats contested. The exception, of course, was Varanasi,
where party nominee Arvind Kejriwal lost to BJP rival Narendra Modi
but polled enough votes to retain his security deposit. Other
high-profile candidates fared badly; while Kumar Vishvas finished
fourth with barely 25,527 in Amethi, Shazia Ilmi, who quit AAP only
today, ended up in the fifth place with 89,147 votes.
In Maharashtra, only the AAP nominee from Chandapur could save his
deposit, while the other 47 candidates lost theirs. All the AAP
candidates in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu,
Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Chattisgarh, Assam,
Haryana, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Goa,
Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Jammu & Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh,
Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Dadra & Nagar Haveli
and Daman & Diu ended up forfeiting their election deposits.
Ukraine voted Sunday in a presidential election seen as the most important in the country’s history as it battles a deadly pro-Russian insurrection in the east. Pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country have escalated action to disrupt voting preparations. They attacked offices of election councils in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Clashes between armed insurgents and Ukrainian forces have been reported. The interim government wants voting to take place in all parts of the country.
This is first such election since the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in February.
Twenty-one people are running. They include former foreign minister Petro Poroshenko, who calls for pro-West policies, and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who led the Orange Revolution in 2004.
Former deputy prime minister Serhiy Tihipko, who is known for his moderate pro-Russian stance, is also running.
Prior to the election, pro-Russian activists in the east of the country escalated action to disrupt voting preparations.
They attacked offices of election councils in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. More than 70 percent of the 3,800 polling stations there are at risk of being unable to operate properly.
Interim government forces have stepped up the offensive against armed groups. Local media report that an Italian journalist and an interpreter were killed in fighting in the Donetsk region on Saturday.
Turnout was brisk in the capital Kiev and the west where long queues were reported but across the rebel-controlled industrial east, most polling stations remained closed. Putin has said he will respect the results of this weekend’s presidential election in Ukraine. His new stance indicates he is willing to avoid further tensions.
Putin has been critical of Ukraine’s interim government and expressed doubts about the legitimacy of the election.
The Russian president spoke at an economic conference in Saint Petersburg on Friday and later answered questions from participants.Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says it will provide around 1,000 monitors for the presidential election in Ukraine on Sunday.
The OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine released a report on the situation in the country on Thursday.
The report says violent clashes between pro-Russian armed separatists and government forces are escalating in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. It also points out that the armed groups are trying to hinder the operation of local election commissions in a bid to disrupt the election.
An OSCE official, Wolfgang Ischinger, said the separatists in the east are losing the support of local residents.
He said that although residents are not satisfied with the interim government in Kiev, few of them want independence.
Ischinger serves as a moderator for talks in Ukraine aimed at resolving the crisis.
Karachi (Pak): Pakistan releases 58 fishermen and one prisoner who illegally crossed the border
Indian fishermen walk over to India after being released from Malir Prison, Karachi.
Pakistan has released 151 Indian fishermen from Karachi and Hyserabad prisons as a goodwill gesture on the eve of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India, Geo News reported
Sources said that the 59 Indian prisoners freed from Malir Jail in Karachi and 92 from Nara Jail, Hyderabad have been sent in air-conditioned bus to Lahore, where Pakistan authorities would hand them over to Indian officials at the Wagah border.
The freed Indian fishermen expressed their gratitude to Pakistani authorities for providing them all necessary facilities including good food and healthcare in prisons. The freed prisoners said that they are quite happy over their release and appealed to the Indian government for release of Pakistani fishermen in Indian prisons.
Fishermen from both countries are routinely arrested and their boats seized by maritime security forces in both countries when they trespass territorial waters jurisdictions.
Justice (retired) Nasir Aslam Zahid’s NGO has borne the traveling and other expenses of the freed fishermen’s return home. Media agencies
An air of uncertainty hangs over Ukraine ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.
Pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country have pledged to disrupt the vote while clashes between armed insurgents and Ukrainian forces have been reported.
Former Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko is considered the forerunner in the race, in which 21 candidates are running.
A latest opinion poll shows Poroshenko leading with 33 percent, far more than other candidates. He is followed by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with 5.9 percent and former Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Tigipko with 4.1 percent.
Poroshenko owns Ukraine’s largest confectionary and is known as “the chocolate king”. He helped finance the demonstrations that led to the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in February.
Tymoshenko led the Orange Revolution in 2004. Media agencies
Russia, China sign natural gas deal
Officials from Russia’s state-controlled firm Gazprom and the China National Petroleum Corporation signed the contract in Shanghai on Wednesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attended.
A spokesperson for Gazprom says under the contract, the company will supply natural gas to China through a new pipeline over a period of 30 years.
China’s official Xinhua news agency reports the shipments will begin in 2018.
Russian and Chinese officials have been negotiating the shipment of gas to China for a long time.
Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra reported to a military compound in Bangkok on Friday. She was following a request from the commanders of the military coup.
The military summoned Yingluck along with more than 150 other individuals, including her relatives, cabinet members and leaders of the anti-government camp. The military has prohibited them from leaving the country.
Thailand’s army on Saturday said it will detain former premier Yingluck Shinawatra and top leaders of the ousted government for up to a week to give them “time to think”, as the military junta intensified crackdown after seizing power in a bloodless coup this week.
Addressing the media for the first time after staging the coup on Thursday, the military declined to specify where the detainees were held but said they were safe.
“They will be detained for up to one week depending on how directly they were involved (in Thailand’s political conflict),” army spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree said.
The military junta continued its post-coup crackdown today and summoned 35 more people, including political activists and, for the first time, academics, to “maintain peace and order.”
It was not clear whether they would be detained. Deputy army spokesman Col Weerachon Sukondhapatipak said that all the detained politicians were being well-treated and that the aim of the military was to achieve a political compromise.
“This is in a bid for everybody who is involved in the conflict to calm down and have time to think…We don’t intend to limit their freedom but it is to relieve the pressure,” Weerachon said.
Sporadic protests spread in the capital for a second day today as scores of demonstrators who were opposing the coup defied the military’s ban on large gatherings and shouted slogans.
The army have deployed soldiers to clear protesters and enforce martial law on the streets here.
Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who has appointed himself the new Prime Minister, is expected to remain in the role for the immediate future, a source close to the coup leader said, Bangkok Post reported.
The army chief and members of the junta yesterday met top government officials, provincial governors and representatives from several sectors who were ordered to report to the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC).
“Everything in the country must be all right before an election is held,” the 60-year-old tough-talking general said.
46-year-old Yingluck was yesterday ordered to report to the army along with over 100 others, including top figures in the now-deposed government and her Pheu Thai party and many of their fierce political rivals.
Yingluck, who had been in power until being removed by the Constitutional Court this month for abuse of power, was kept for several hours at a military facility here and then driven to an undisclosed location.
The army also banned 155 prominent political figures from leaving the country without permission and threatened to arrest those who disobey its orders.
Thailand’s armed forces, which have staged at least 12 coups since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932, acted after months of political violence claimed 28 lives and left hundreds wounded.
Unlike the last coup in 2006, there were no tanks on the streets and only few soldiers were deployed to guard key buildings.
The military has thrown out the Constitution it drew up in 2007 after a previous coup, except for Section 2, which acknowledges that the King is the head of state.
It also ordered all television and radio stations to suspend their usual programmes and replace with the army’s statements.
However, authorities yesterday allowed five TV stations to resume normal broadcasts.
Thailand has been marred by bouts of political violence for more than seven years.
The latest unrest began in November last year, when anti-government protesters launched a campaign to oust Yingluck’s government.
They accuse Yingluck of acting as a proxy for her fugitive brother, former premier Thaksin, who was ousted in a coup in 2006.
Former Thai PM detained, military outlines reform agenda
Thailand’s former premier Yingluck Shinawatra and some members of her powerful business family were detained on Friday as the military junta tightened its grip on power a day after staging a bloodless coup.
Scores of demonstrators who were opposing the coup confronted soldiers as tensions mounted in the capital with the army deploying soldiers to clear protesters and enforcing martial law on the streets here.
Yingluck, 46, and scores of politicians from the deposed government had been told to report to the military on Friday. She was kept for several hours at a military facility here and then driven to an undisclosed location.
Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who has appointed himself the new Prime Minister, also met key officials, and outlined his plan for the country. He told them reform must come before any elections.
The 60-year-old tough-talking general had summoned governors, business leaders and civil servants for the meeting. Six of Thailand’s most senior military officers were appointed by Prayuth to run the country, with provincial commanders supervising local government.
General Prayuth told the meeting: “I want all civil servants to help organise the country. We must have economic, social and political reforms before elections. If the situation is peaceful, we are ready to return power to the people.” Rice farmers will be one of the first priorities of the new administration, the coup leader said.
He said a budget had been made available to make payments to farmers, who are owed hundreds of millions of baht under the failed pledging scheme run by the former Pheu Thai Party-led government. He said he believed the farmers would get their money within 15 to 20 days, Bangkok Post reported.
Yingluck was among approximately 150 people who had been summoned by General Prayuth to restore peace in the country following months of turmoil.
Yingluck arrived at the Royal Thai Army auditorium in Thewes in a black bullet-proof Volkswagen van, with a vanguard of bodyguards.
The army also banned 155 prominent political figures from leaving the country without permission and threatened to arrest those who disobey its orders.
Traffic was thin on the normally crowded streets, but many people returned to work. Unlike the last coup in 2006, there were no tanks on the streets and only few soldiers were deployed to guard key buildings.
The army on Thursday suspended the Constitution and declared nationwide night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am after months of anti-government protests left the country in limbo.
The White House
In one bold stroke of statesmanship, Prime Minister designate Mr. Narendra Damodar Modi has raised India’s stature not only in South Asia but all over the world. He has disarmed even his critics like Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti and perhaps pre-empted future opposition from Mamta Banerjee to a Tessta river treaty with Bangladesh.And indeed he has demonstrated his resolve to take the high ground vis a vis India’s neighbours and not allow petty provincial considerations preventing a more cooperative environment in South Asia by action and not just words. For some of us who have been promoting the cause of South Asian regional cooperation, Mr. Modi’s invitation to heads of neighbouring governments for the swearing in ceremony on the 26th is a giant step in the right direction.I had heard about his desire to focus his foreign policy on India’s neighbourhood, but that he would do so even before taking office is beyond expectations. I hope the ministry of external relations and our obdurate and opaque security agencies will take the cue and support the cause of making borders in South Asia irrelevant within the first term of this government.
Dr. Manmohan Singh, whose highest priority was to achieve a regionally integrated South Asia, would surely be ruing his inability to lead from the front. Instead allowing the diplomatic and security establishment and the myopic minions within his party to ensnare him by their sophistry and projections of false security threats. By extending this invitation, Mr. Modi has shown not only that he has his clear priorities, often out of the bureaucratic box, but also that in foreign policy he is more likely to follow Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee’s style of making the policy announcement first and leaving it to the bureaucracy to implement it. Mr. Vajpayee had done exactly that when he announced the Indo-Sri Lanka free trade agreement on a visit to Colombo, taking Raisina Hill and Udyog Bhawan by complete surprise.
But in doing so, Mr. Modi must have hugely disappointed all those who in their crass and dangerous single-minded focus on increasing their channels’ TRPs have tried to convert India’s relations with its neighbours in to a gladiator sport. These television gladiators were hoping that Mr Modi will spout into jingoism and raise the level of xenophobia in India and subsequently in the neighbouring countries as well. How thoroughly dejected they must feel that he has instead forced them to discuss a future for South Asia that is potentially peaceful and prosperous based on bilateral and regional cooperation. I am not at all surprised that there has been a sudden hush on the channels because this is completely against their expectations. The media has been cheated of the man whom they supported in the hope he will display his 56″ chest even in India’s relations with its neighbours. They are bound to be further disappointed because in Mr. Modi they probably have a realist strategic leader who realizes that the true success for India is not in browbeating or being a big brother to its smaller neighbours but in ensuring that India eliminates the scourge of unemployment and making its people prosperous in the next two decades. He knows that if he succeeds in achieving this objective, India’s neighbours, benefitting from India’s huge, rapidly expanding and open domestic markets, will recognize its stature. As everywhere else, so in international relations, respect and regard are earned and not demanded.
It will also disappoint those who wanted to see Mr. Modi be captive to RSS ideology, which according to their distorted perception will have India breaking off relations with all Muslim countries. This perception suffers from two fatal flaws. First, it assumes that Mr. Modi is so beholden to the RSS that he will seek his directions from Nagpur for all policy initiatives. He has demonstrated otherwise in Gujarat and now by this bold invitation has reinforced this independence. Second, it believes RSS ideology prohibits India from improving its relations with Muslim states. I have no claims whatsoever on understanding the RSS traditions and ideology as I have not had the chance to study them, but from what I can see and by sheer common sense, no organization professing to pursue national interest, can possibly have a stand of minimizing relations with countries on whom India is so critically dependent for its energy security. I hope we will at this time of paradigmatic shift, shed our stereotype perceptions and come together on the basis of real experience and evaluate it on the benchmark of national interest. Nothing else matters.
All policy initiatives, whether in the domain of foreign policy or domestic developments, must be taken to serve the national interest. And by putting the ball firmly in Nawaz Sharif’s court with this invitation, Mr. Modi has unambiguously lifted India’s stock, thereby serving our national interest. Those who argue, as unfortunately some senior journalists did on the electronic media on Wednesday, that such a sudden invitation will diminish India’s prestige or standing in case the invitation was not accepted should know better. This is a juvenile argument that merits to be junked immediately as it is premised upon a sense of false ego and a wrong understanding of national pride. Leaders make their nations proud by being statesmen and rising above petty issues.
From Modi’s point of view, the historical moment of a non-Congress party government coming in to office in Delhi with an absolute majority of its own for the very first time, is a moment to be shared with one and all and specially with India’s neighbours. Those who do not accept the invitation will be seen as being churlish and petulant by the global community. Those who do will be comforted that India wants to share its moments of joy and glory with them and sees them as equal partners. For me this is an unprecedented act of statesmanship at a time when nation states cover borders with barbed wire and bayonets. Such action prompts me to strengthen my resolve to do whatever I can to push forward the agenda of making South Asian borders as places where nations interact.
Author is a Senior Fellow Centre for Policy Research. He is also the former Director of ICRIER and former Secretary General of FICCI.
Arvind , One man party rule, who changed his political musical chair act for his self assertion and to have the allegation of being an idea stealer,projecting a messiah of the poor with weakness of being in media glare received its first blow when Shazia Ilmi, a founder member of the party, said, “I fail to find swaraj inside the party. There is lack of democracy. When we become a political party, we need to re-invent and grow beyond agitation.”
She has quit, from all posts in the party, clarified that she was not joining any other party.
Shazia Ilmi comes from a Kanpur-based Muslim family with links to the Indian National Congress political party. Her father was the founder and editor of Siyasat Jadid, a Kanpur-based newspaper. One of her uncles has been a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly for over two decades, as well as holding ministerial office in the state. Her sister is married to Arif Mohammed Khan, a former Indian National Congresspolitician and minister who has since joined the Bahujan Samaj Party
Another casualty of AAP is Founder of Air Deccan, Captain Gopinath who said that he had differences with the party for a while. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s decision not to pay the bail bond in the defamation case against Nitin Gadkari prompted him to take he decision, he said. “I still admire Kejriwal,” he added.
Babykutty, Press Release: The 65th National Basketball Championship for Junior Men & Women will be held at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kochi from 26th May –2nd June 2014. Organized by the Kerala Basketball Association under the auspices of Basketball Federation of India, this Junior Championship is coming over to Kerala after a gap of 37 years. It was in 1977 that the last Junior Championship was held in Thrissur. This national event will comprise 24 teams in the Jr Men’s section and 23 in Jr women and will have 1000 participants in total including referees, coaches, officials & members of the basketball fraternity.
A 100 member organizing committee has been formed for the smooth conduct of the championship under the chairmanship of MG Rajamanickam with K .G. James IPS (Commissioner of Police, Kochi City), V. Manohar Prabhu (Secretary, RSC), B. J. Antony (RTO, Ernakulam) as Vice chairmen and Kerala Basketball Association President: K. Manoharakumar as President. Vice Presidents are Dr. M.M. Chacko, V.C. Hashim, Shaji Jacob and Prof. K.A. Raju. S.A.S. Navaz IRS will be the Championship Director. Organizing Secretaries will be P.J. Sunny and P.P. Varghese. Joseph C. Joseph will be the General Convener. Finance Committee Chairman will be P.L. Prakash James. Convener will be Prince Chandy, Joint Secretaries are K.A. Simon, George C.S., Jaison Peter and Joint General Conveners are Adv. Saleem K.A., K. O. Oommen and P. Jacob.
The Championship will be officially opened by Hibi Eden MLA, presided over by Arjuna Award winner and President of Kerala State Sports Council Padmini Thomas in presence of Secretary General of BFI Ajay Sud and Technical Committee Chairman G M Sampath Kumar.
The Championship will be played on a league cum knock out basis. Chhattisgarh Jr Women and Punjab Jr Men are the reigning champions in each division while Kerala Jr Women and Delhi Jr Men are the runners up. Kerala Jr Men was placed 4th position in the last edition. The championship will feature present senior Indian stars Poojamol KS of Kerala and Sharanjit Kaur of Chhattisgarh, while Kerala Jr Women will have the presence of Elizabeth Hillarios, Vimmy Varkey and Mayuka KT and presence of another Malayalee International Sruthi Menon representing Maharashtra.
There will be two basketball courts ready at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium with Hydraulic Basketball Uprights and Electronic Score Boards the main Court will have a newly purchased basketball board worth Rs. 26 lakhs, which includes an LED score board that could be controlled from the side desk by remote control, will be functioning for the first time. This is a FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Level 1 approved basketball backboard and is the first board of its kind imported to India from M/s. Schelde Sports, Belgium. The board is the best board available in the world and is suitable for play at all levels including conducting national & international competitions.
The finals will be played on 2nd June 2014. The championship will also carry a prize money to the tune of Rs 1 lakh for the winners, Rs 75,000 for the runners up and Rs 50,000 for the bronze medalists.
CM Anandiben Patel directs district officials to
ensure zero pendency of grievances
In a session of SWAGAT online held today the Chief Minister Anandiben Patel directed district officials to proactively take up pending issues of the common people with empathetic manner and ensure zero pendency of the grievances.
Chief Minister also stressed for ensuring stern punishment to culprits while taking care that the innocents get justice.
Mrs. Anandiben Patel, who held this session for redressal of people’s grievances on the very first day of her assuming the Chief Minister’s charge, listened to 30 district level, two rural level and 10 state level complaints.
Giving inspiring suggestions to the officials she showed her considerate approach when she directs the officials to immediately solve the power problem of a goshala in Kutch.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Murmu, Joint Secretary Vijay Nehra, Information Commissioner Bhagyesh Jha and Principal Secretary to IT department Mr. Haidar and concerned officials were present on the occasion.
The SWAGAT online session was held today upon the lifting of election code of conduct.
UNICEF India invites you to join us for a one-day hackathon where existing and potential partners will brainstorm with the aim of moving the “Take Poo to the Loo” campaign to the next level. The Poo Factory will be held on 31 May. Save the date!! Take a look at the note attached to know more.
Join the Poo Factory and be part of the social change in India!
The aim of phase 2 is to continue and sustain the buzz and discourse nationwide, while building a larger community of young change agents who will assist to take the campaign to the School Loo by 2016. For this to happen we need new ideas to further motivate young people to see the campaign, join the cause and act!
Please join us for a one-day hackathon where all enthusiasts, existing and potential partners, from civil society, corporates, academia, government, media, international organizations and foundations are invited to bring to the Poo-table their best ideas and potential platforms for execution.
Poo Factory, 31 May
10:00 to 16:00 hr.
Delhi – Venue (TBC)
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I am writing on behalf of my client Promosalons India.
Despite the high economy growth witnessed during the last decade, India continues to remain agriculture dominated country. On the one hand, small farmers are taking bigger risks and experimenting with diverse cash crops, and on the other, large corporate houses are taking to horticulture as a profitable business opportunity by bringing in investments and latest technologies.
With a huge agriculture sector, abundant livestock, and cost competitiveness, India is fast emerging as a sourcing hub for processed food. The Indian food processing industry accounts for 32 per cent of the country’s total food market.
The food industry in India has been attracting a lot of attention from foreign investors as the country is close to the markets of Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) is making all efforts to encourage investments in the sector, incentives for cold chain development and also grant-in-aid for setting up laboratories that are equipped for testing food products.
The agricultural sector will witness the mega trade show ever-SIMA, which will be held in Paris from 20th to 26th February. With 1,700 companies participating and representation from 145 countries, SIMA is the trade show for the whole world of agriculture, providing the perfect platform to do business and gain an international experience.
The next SIAL edition, which will take place in Paris from 19 to 23 October, is sure to be an exceptional year.
Please be a part of for the premier panel discussion on issues in the Agri-Food sectors with representatives from:
Salon International de l’Agriculture - Paris International Agriculture Show
SIMA - Paris International Agribusiness Show
SIAL - The Global Food Market Place
Emballage – Packaging Exhibition-Paris
Please find attached the invite for your kind perusal.
Brikesh Singh, Greenpeace India
Bechanlal Shah has 7 children. He runs a little corner shop in Mahan. And all he is guilty of is trying to save Asia’s oldest sal forest in Mahan from Essar’s upcoming coal mine.
Bechanlal has been in jail for over two weeks now. The cops are using cheap tactics to delay his bail hearing for charges that are not even true. Three other activists who were arrested with him have been released on bail .
As he awaits his hearing, the people of Mahan are protesting against Bechanlal’s imprisonment. The Superintendent of Police (SP), Singrauli dist. has the power to withdraw these charges against Bechanlalji. Let’s ask him to do so immediately.
Ask SP D. Kalyan Chakravarty to drop the charges against Bechanlalji and close this case.
The SP needs to see the support behind Bechanlal and the forests he stands for. On May 18, over a 100 cities around the world rose to show their support for the movement in Mahan and it was unforgettable . Junglistan, a pan-India movement of over a million people who want to save forests, also supports this struggle.
These arrests are a tactic to stub the growing movement in Mahan. In the past, Essar, the lead partner in this company, has made severalattempts to gag support for Mahan’s forests in the past . But it hasn’t worked.
Right now there are hundreds of people from the villages participating in a peaceful Van Satyagraha. They are protesting peacefully just like Bechanlal, to protect the forests, their livelihoods and their rights.
Peaceful protest is not a crime. Ask the SP to drop charges against Bechanlal now!
Thanks a billion!
Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank