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Above 25 MLAs including 3 Ministers may leave Congress : says Botcha Hyderabad, Dec 27 : Andhra President Congress Committee President Botcha Satyanarayana today opined that more than 25 MLAs will leave the Congress, shortly.Out of 25 MLAs, at least three ministers will leave the party and they were leaving due to their western interest, Mr Botcha said in a press conference here."We will take action if anyone indulged in making comments against the party High Command, he warned and said the public only will teach them a good lesson in the next 2014 elections." he
said.To a question, he said they would issue again a show cause notice to former Minister JC Diwakar Reddy from Anantapur if he had not received earlier notice issued for his objectionable remarks against AICC president Sonia Gandhi.As per the MPs concerned, they will be dealt by the Congress party high command, he said. All will abide by the party' high command's decision on Telananga issue, but the next general elections will be in the United Andhra Pradesh, he expressed.
Kiran Reddy opposes bifurcation during meeting with Rahul Gandhi Hyderabad, Dec 27 : h Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy Friday told Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi that the Congress would suffer due to state's bifurcation. In his meeting with Gandhi in the national capital, the chief minister reiterated his stand against the party leadership's decision to divide the state by carving out separate Telangana state. Kiran Reddy told Congress vice president that the party stand to lose in both the regions (Seemandhra and Telangana) as an overwhelming majority of the population is against bifurcation, party
sources said.The chief minister met Gandhi during a brainstorming session the latter held with chief ministers of Congress-ruled states and senior leaders to discuss the party strategy for 2014 elections.Gandhi told the chief minister that the party leadership has already taken a decision on the issue after consultations with all the parties. President Pranab Mukherjee earlier this month sent the bill for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to the state assembly for its views. This was the first time that Kiran Reddy came face to face with the Congress leadership after openly criticizing the decision of the party and
the government to carve out Telangana state.Kiran Reddy had also written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Mukherjee to ensure that the bifurcation issue is referred to the state assembly for an "appropriate resolution". During the meeting Friday, the Congress vice president advised the chief minister to focus on programmes like 'Mee Seva' aimed at providing citizen services in a transparent manner.Kiran Reddy briefed him about the services rendered under 'Mee Seva' . Citizens are being issued various certificates at 'Mee Seva' centres on payment of a nominal fee.
Hyderabad, Dec 27 : Crime against women and cases of cyber crime increased in 2013 when compared to previous year in the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate limits here.The annual crime in Cyberabad Police Commissionerate limited witnessed around 30 per cent jump in cases of crimes against women this year, including 110 cases registered under the new criminal amendment law (2013). Talking to reporters at the Annual Press conference here, Cyberabad Police CV Anand said claimed there was nothing alarming in the rise in cases. It only indicates that more and more women are coming forward and complaining on crime against them,, he said. Crimes against women rose to 2,391 cases this year against 1,914 registered in 2012 and out of which 110 are Nirbhaya Act cases, he said. Focussing on women employees' safety, a fivepronged strategy for revamping security in Cyberabad has been initiated by efforts from police and other departments, the police chief said and added that as part of enhancing security measures they have installed more number of CCTV cameras and increased patrolling besides creating awareness on security among women..
Modi says Gujarat riots shook him to the core emptiness one felt on witnessing such inhumanity,” he said in his blog.“This is the first time I am sharing the harrowing ordeal I had gone thorugh in those words at a personal level,” he said in the blog.The 63-year-old BJP’s prime ministerial candidate has consistently refused to refused to express regrets for the riots that killed nearly 1,000 people, most of them Muslims.On Thursday, a Metropolitan Magistrate court here upheld an SIT clean chit given to Mr. Modi in the Gulberg Society massacre in which former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was among the 68 people burnt alive during the riots.“The
Gujarat government had responded to the violence more swiftly and decisively than ever done before in any previous riots in the country. “Yesterday’s judgement culminated a process of unprecedented scrutiny closely monitored by the highest court of land, the Honourable Supreme Court of India. Gujarat’s 12 years of trial by the fire have finally drawn to an end. I feel liberated and at peace,” he said.Thanking the people who stood by him in these “trying times” through the “facade of lies and deceit”, the chief minister said “with this cloud of misinformation firmly dispelled, I will now also hope that the many others out there trying to under-
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Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari presenting a cheque of Rs. 5.95 Lac from MPLADS fund for Animal Ambulance to Sanatan Dharm Gobind Godham, Jagraon, Distt. Ludhiana on Friday The Ex. Minister and Halka Incharge, Ishar Singh Meharban, Major Singh Bheni and Members Gowshala Committee are also seen.
Ahmedabad, Dec 27 : Narendra Modi, often attacked over the 2002 post— Godhra riots under his watch as Chief Minister, on Friday said he feels “liberated and at peace” in the wake of the clean chit given by a local court to him, claiming he was “shattered” by the blame laid at his doors for those killings.Mr. Modi, who had avoided media questioning on the issue for over a decade and had never apologised for the riots, on Friday came out with a long statement in a blogpost saying he was “shaken to the core."“'Grief’, ‘Sadness’, ‘Misery’, ‘Pain’, ‘Anguish’, ’Agony’— mere words could not capture the absolute
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stand and connect the real Narendra Modi would feel more empowered to do so.” Emerging from “this journey of pain and agony”, he said he prayed to God in all humility that no bitterness seeped into his heart. “I sincerely do not see this judgement as a personal victory or defeat, and urge all — My friends and especially my opponents — to not to do so as well,” he said. Mr. Modi, who has the image of a hardline Hindutva proponent and describes himself as a Hindu nationalist, said those who derive satisfaction by perpetuating pain in others will probably not stop their tirade against him.
The President Pranab Mukherjee at the inaugural function of the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress, on the theme “Zoroastrianism in the 21th Century: Nurturing Growth and Affirming Identity”, in Mumbai on Friday. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri K. Sankaranarayanan and other dignitaries are also seen.
No question of protecting anybody: Rahul Gandhi New Delhi, Dec 27 : Rahul Gandhi, who has of late been talking about corruption, on Friday disapproved the decision of the Congress government in Maharashtra to reject a judicial commission’s report on Adarsh scam and said it should be reconsidered. “Personally, I don’t agree with that decision. They (Maharashtra) should reconsider that,” the Congress vice president said here at a press conference where Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was present. He was responding to a question on rejection by the Maharashtra government of the judicial commission’s report on Adarsh scam in which three former Congress Chief Ministers faced allegations of irregularities. “There is no question of protecting anybody... They should reconsider,” Mr. Gandhi said at the press conference at the AICC headquarters.Soon after the press conference, Mr.
Haj seasion 2014 to commence from 3rd week of January Hyderabad, Dec 27 (IPT) : The Haj Season 2014 is likely to commence from the third week of January 2014 for which a notification will be issued by the Haj Committee of India, Mumbai very shortly.All the aspiring Haj pilgrims will have to submit their Haj applications with the valid passports, according to Andhra Pradesh State Haj Committ Special Officer, Prof S A Shukoor.He appealed all such persons to get their passports ready or renewed by January 2014, a release said here today.He said that the passports should be valid up to March 31, 2015.If the passport of any intending Haj pilgrim expires by that date he/ she should it get renewed.He also appealed all the voluntary societies in the districts to cooperate with the intending Haj pilgrims and guide them in preparing their passports.
Chavan was pressed by reporters for his reaction. He replied by saying that he will consult his colleagues on the issue.The Maharashtra government last week rejected the report of the judicial commission of inquiry on the Adarsh scam which was tabled in the Legislative Assembly.The report of the two-member commission headed by retired High Court judge J A Patil indicted several politicians including three former Chief Ministers for “blatant violations” of statutory provisions. The report came down heavily on those in authority describing the scam as a “bad precedent” which reflected “greed, nepotism and favouritism” by those associated with it. Mr. Gandhi’s assertion came while he was talking about the Congress’ determination to fight corruption. He chaired a meeting of Congress Chief Ministers and said a decision had been taken that all the states ruled by the party will enact
Lokayuktas modelled on the Lokpal Act by February 28 next year.Gandhi’s disapproval of the Maharashtra government on Adarsh came close on the heels of his close aide and union minister Milind Deora saying the matter should be investigated instead of being hushed up. Asserting that corruption could not be defeated only by the Lokpal Act, Rahul Gandhi said a proper framework requires to be put in place for which a number of legislations were needed. In this context, he attacked BJP for blocking passage of these legislations. “These days, we hear big talk about fighting corruption... We hear again and again and again and again about corruption. But there is no action... Talks have become a fashion..,” Gandhi said in an apparent attack on BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Pointing out that a number of bills are pending in Parliament, the agitated leader said, “We want a
framework... But we are blocked in Parliament. If they (opposition) are serious, let’s stop talking and start acting. We are dead serious (on fighting corruption).” He went on to add, “let’s have a session of Parliament and create a framework. Whenever we talk about creating a framework, there is complete silence on the other (opposition) side. I don’t hear ‘let’s pass these bills’” He emphasised that the country will hugely benefit if a proper framework to fight corruption is put in place, instead of mere talking. Seeking to highlight the Congress’ determination to fight corruption, Mr. Gandhi said the UPA government had proposed a number of legislations in this regard. Earlier, Mr. Gandhi had trashed an Ordinance cleared by the Union Cabinet to negate a Supreme Court judgement which provided for immediate disqualification of MPs and MLAs after conviction. The Government had then withdrawn the Ordinance.
President concerned at declining Parsi population Mumbai , Dec 27 : President Pranab Mukherjee Friday expressed concern at the declining population of the Parsi community which has contributed immensely to the country in every sphere. "Zoroastrianism, which was once the religion of millions in pre-Islamic Persia, now has less than 140,000 followers in the world and one-third of this number is aged above 60. This is certainly a phenomenon that needs to be addressed very pragmatically and sensitively," he said. Inaugurating the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress, being hosted in Mumbai for the first time in 23 years, the president recalled the significant role of the Parsi community
across all social, cultural and political sectors over the centuries.Mukherjee said that in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), the Indian government has initiated several measures to protect and promote the interests of minorities, including the Zoroastrian community in the country through the 'Jiyo Parsi' programme. At the international level, in 2010 the UNESCO initiated the Preservation of Parsi Z o r o a s t r i a n HeritagePARZOR, and the UN General Assembly recognized Parsi New Year March 21 - as the International Day of Novroz. It has called upon all countries to honour this festival's significance by promoting peace and goodwill and Novroz is registered officially by the UNESCO as an
"Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity", the president added. Mukherjee expressed optimism, that despite statistics indicating a decline of 10 percent per decade in the Zoroastrian community in the country, the trend could be arrested. Earlier, the president paied tributes to the Parsis who have excelled in various fields including Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, Admiral Jal Cursetji, Air Chief Marshal Aspy Engineer and Air Chief Marshal Fali H. Major, Jamshetji Tata, Madam Bhikaji Cama, Dadabhai Naoroji, the first Asian to be elected to the House of Commons, Homi Bhabha, J.R.D. Tata and others who have reached the highest echelons of achievement and success.
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Japan's Abe bets US alliance, ratings can weather shrine visit Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a shrine for war dead outraged China and South Korea, and also upset Washington and his government coalition partner - but he appears confident the alliances and his popularity will not be affected. On Thursday, Abe became the first Japanese premier in seven years to pay his respects at Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal after World War Two are honored along with those who died in battle. The shrine is seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past military aggression. Abe, however, is a staunch conservative and the pilgrimage is part of his mission to recast Japan's wartime past in a less apologetic light and revive national pride.The visit predictably sparked outrage in China and South Korea, countries with which Japan's ties were already strained by rows over disputed isles and bitter wartime memories. It also prompted a rare public expression of "disappointment" from the United States and a statement of regret from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) partner, the more dovish New Komeito party. Those familiar with Abe's thinking said the prime minister, who took office a year ago for a second term promising to revive a "strong Japan", was well aware of the risks. "The Americans are dissatisfied? Too bad. Will they still be our ally? Yes," said one Japanese diplomatic source familiar withAbe's thinking. "The economy, income, social welfare - these are the concerns of the Japanese people. Foreign policy probably won't have a decisive impact on the opinion polls."Abe, although hailing from the most conservative wing of the LDP, avoided going to Yasukuni during his first 2006-2007 term in order to improve ties with China. Relations with Beijing had been badly hurt, in part, by annual visits to the shrine by his predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi. At first Abe stuck to a similar course in hopes of holding a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. As far back as the summer, however, aides said Abe might visit the shrine if there was no breakthrough in ties. "For the prime minister, improving ties with China is a matter of national interest, so if he can succeed in that, he can hold back," an aide to Abe said in August. "If it looks as if things are not improving, he will go." But the chill in ties with China, frayed by a row over East China Sea isles claimed by both nations, deepened after Beijing announced an air defense zone last month, including air space over the disputed land.
Congress now faces a serious leadership crisis If elections are won or lost on public sentiment, then the bell is tolling for the Congress with its collapse in four state Assembly polls. Party spokespersons may keep repeating that there is no correlation between the elections to the state Assemblies, and how people vote in parliamentary elections. However, the morale of Congress workers was summed up by a senior Congress leader who gloomily predicted that by the Lok Sabha elections, the antiCongress sentiment in the country might reach the proportions of Cyclone Phailin. The first consequence of the state Assembly election results will be a crisis of leadership in the Congress. It is quite clear now that Rahul Gandhi has not acquired the ability shown by his mother in the past, to lead his party to victory. But there is hardly anyone who can take his place. It is too late in the day to bring his sister Priyanka Gandhi forward. Manmohan Singh stands discredited in the public eye. Sheila Dikshit would have been a contender at the national level had she won Delhi for the fourth time. A K Antony and Sushil Kumar Shinde have no charisma to speak of. P Chidambaram would have the advantage of being from the south where Narendra Modi has little purchase and would have the backing of the corporate sector looking for economic revival. But he has had difficulty winning his own constituency.That leaves
only Sonia Gandhi and given her health, she may not be up to the hectic campaigning that the general elections of 2014 would demand. Not much should be read into Sonia Gandhi saying that the party would name its prime ministerial candidate at an appropriate time - that time could come after the Lok Sabha polls or the need to do so may not arise at all. A new leader would also have to change the style and content of leadership, and learn to be responsive to peoples' needs. The Congress today shows no capacity to do either. The same Congressman who saw hostile public sentiment reaching cyclonic proportions, lamented, "We are not a party but a property. A party has leaders; a property has only dealers. All the dealers are looking to their own benefit in the Congress. There is no public purpose left."For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), these elections have transformed the public perception of Narendra Modi. It is no point claiming that the "Modi wave" was only evident in one state or two. Modi's campaigning did not damage the BJP in any state. The BJP would not have done as well as it did in Rajasthan but for Modi consolidating the anti-Congress votes and polarising it in favour of the BJP. Realising that the party needs him, the party's chief ministerial candidate Vasundhara Raje personally went to invite him to campaign in Rajasthan. In Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, too, he added
to the popular support of the incumbent chief ministers. And it is possible that but for his campaigning the BJP may not have got the 31 assembly seats in Delhi. Commentators who argue that the rise of a Shivraj Singh Chouhan and a Raman Singh will not be good for Modi are clutching at straws. Modi's brand of politics is cut from the same ideological cloth as those who are sometimes projected as contenders within the BJP. Now that Modi has given the party a political momentum, these leaders will build on that. Besides, Chouhan and Singh are yet to arrive on the national race track, while Modi is already up and running. Calculations that cite the precedent of 2004 where the Congress swept parliamentary elections despite losing Assembly elections in some North Indian states and Gujarat may not work now. Even in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the BJP may now dramatically improve its tally if the anti-Congress sentiment continues to grow. Modi will start getting a toehold even in the south since regional leaders see an advantage in forming an alliance with the BJP.In Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa will most certainly be back in the BJP's fold as an ally.In the rest of the southern states, where there are multi-cornered contests, regional satraps will be the beneficiaries of the decline of the Congress. Even Muslims who voted for the Congress will now gravitate towards other secular alternatives and regional leaders.
As for the most dramatic debutant of the state assembly elections -- the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its fabulous performance in Delhi will pose serious challenges to its future. The major challenge now is to build a national level organisation. AAP remains a loosely-knit group of people with different ideological inclinations, and merely asserting its presence in 17 states and 300 districts is not going to be enough to put together a coherent organisation. In retrospect, AAP seemed tailor-made for Delhi. It may find it difficult to replicate its runaway performance in the other metros where voters are not as far removed from their regional, ethnic and caste roots as in the national capital. Even in a city such as Mumbai that saw major Lokpal protests, AAP would have to confront locally-rooted parties such as the Shiv Sena, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, the BJP, the Nationalist Congress Party. The anticorporate agenda of AAP may also limit its appeal in significant sections of the electorate. The vote for AAP is indeed a vote for alternative politics. However, it will have to choose between concentrating on certain constituencies or spreading itself too thin as the third alternative before a national level organisation has been put in place. If it is pushed into another election in Delhi because of the BJP's refusal to lay claim to form a government, then who knows what its future might be even in Delhi.
impatient after sometime, they started strolling slowly towards the market. They could see a local man trailing behind in a fancy car, but they ignored it. After a few minutes, the husband drove up and they got into the vehicle. As the car picked up speed and proceeded towards the shopping centre, they could see the other car chase them. The Saudi soon overtook them and stopped their car. 'I saw them first. They are mine,' he remonstrated to the husband. It took some time for the husband and the ladies to understand what was happening. He had seen them walking on the street; they could be sophisticated 'street walkers'; why else would they walk unescorted, and they had been picked up. Though outraged, the family kept their cool. 'Do they look like pickups? One is my wife and the other is her friend,' explained the husband. The Saudi was not so easily placated. 'You are lying. OK, Let me take at least one,' he persisted. It took all their persuasion and pleas for him to finally accept the situation and drive off. 'Do not walk on the streets,' was his parting message to the women.What do you do in a
situation like that? Go to the police? But which police? There are two kinds of police in Saudi Arabia, one the normal kind and the other, the religious police, the so called muttawa. The latter do the moral policing -- cover your head, close the shop shutters for the prayer time -- kind of policing, enforcing the norms of Wahhabi brand of Sharia. They come under a powerful organisation called 'The Committee for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue. I am not making this up. Check for yourself, if you do not believe me. The alliance between the ruling family founded by King Saud and the staunchly conservative Wahhabi religious establishment is one of the enduring features of that country. Hence, the women or the husband in my story could not have gone to the muttawa. No sensible person goes to them for help, just as no sensible person will ever go to the Delhi police. What about the other kind, the normal police? Yes, they do administer justice, but in their own way. I recall here another incident from my experience. Two Indian workers on a construction site had a big fight. A slender and young
worker had somehow miraculously beaten up a much bigger man and a fracas had been created. The embassy had been called. We reached the site, only to see that the Saudi police had also arrived, a fact that was deeply perturbing all around. Much against the wishes of the construction company, the embassy officials, and both the Indian workers, they were hauled away to the police station. They returned the next day, looking a bit battered but also bemused. 'What happened?' we wanted to know. The more aggressive little man had been given ten lashes, for provoking the fight. 'Five lashes for the other one,' the boss of the police station had ordered. 'But what was my fault? I was the one beaten up,' he had pleaded. 'You look healthy and strong. Why did you not beat him in return? Five lashes for you for calling us,' was the answer.So the results of going to the regular police are unpredictable, again just as in India.I must confess that as diplomats we lived in a twilight zone, seemingly obeying all the norms, but within the privacy of our embassy or homes, being ex-
empted from the Saudi requirements. One example should suffice. During my time the move of the embassies to the capital city Riyadh was under progress. An Olympic size swimming pool was being built in the diplomatic enclave. As you entered the huge compound, there were two separate entrances, clearly marked, one for men and one for the other gender. No surprises there. Thereafter, you went inside to what was a 'no-go zone' to the Saudi citizens or police, and you saw only one beautiful swimming pool, not subjected to the strict gender separation codes of the State. Is that not a bit hypocritical, one asked. But the Saudis had long perfected a standard response: 'Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue.' As I remember and write all this, the winds of revolution are blowing all over the Arab world. A bit, slowly in Saudi Arabia, perhaps, but nevertheless. Some women did drive, defying the ban and were duly arrested. But the day is not long, may be, just another century at most, when women can actually drive, in women-only lanes, of course.
Are women drivers Saudi Arabia's gravest threat? You may have seen media coverage about a serious national crisis that hit Saudi Arabia recently. In India it was the season of Kali Puja, a time when the fiery strength of the female spirit is remembered. It seemed that the Saudis too, especially the police, were awakening to a manifestation of female energy: some of their citizens, of the wrong gender according to their norms over centuries, were doing the unthinkable. They wanted to sit behind the steering wheel and heaven forbid, drive a car. "Is it really true that women cannot drive a car or go to a shopping mall on their own?" a lady friend asked me, remembering that I had served in Saudi Arabia as a diplomat. With three cars in the family, she cannot imagine life without she or her the daughters not driving; even more importantly life without the twice weekly visits to the Gurgaon malls. "Malls there are plenty, but, yes, they cannot drive," I confirmed. "How do you know? You were there long ago. Things must have changed," she was sceptical. "Some things do not change in Saudi Arabia," I said with conviction.
I remember my days, decades ago, but yes, some things are indeed immutable such as the status of women in Saudi.I had landed in Jeddah, the diplomatic capital then, and every day my wife was learning a new factoid about the do's and don'ts of the Kingdom. How does she go out? Accompanied by your husband, either on foot or by car or driven in an embassy vehicle, or a service car of the expatriate compounds that we lived in. Of course, there is no question of her driving. That is a foundational taboo, never to be broken. What if a group of ladies walked together, she had asked innocently. It had its own risks, she was told, and an incident that had occurred was narrated. One day in the life of that timeless country, an elderly lady and her companion, a younger woman who was pregnant, were to be taken to the shopping centre by the husband of the latter. Waiting for the man and a bit restless, they had decided to come down from the apartment block and had stood outside on the street. Two foreign women, not wearing the full veil, and standing outside in a nice residential area was an unusual sight in itself. Getting
Concussions may lead to Alzheimer's later: study Suffered a head injury in the past and had a momentary loss of consciousness? You could be at greater risk of Alzheimers disease later in life. The symptoms of concussion -- a short loss of normal brain function in response to a head injury -- may lead to the build-up of brain plaques related to Alzheimers disease, says a new study.The results, published in the journal Neurology, suggest a potential link between a history of head trauma and later cognitive decline.Interestingly, in people with a history of concussion, a difference in the amount of brain plaques was found only in those with memory and thinking problems, not in those who were cognitively normal, said study author Michelle Mielke who is working with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnasota.For the study, 448 people without any signs of memory problems and 141 people with memory and thinking problems -- called mild cognitive impairment -- were selected.Of the 448 without any thinking or memory problems, 17 percent reported a brain injury and 18 percent of 141 people with memory and thinking difficulties reported a concussion or head trauma. People with memory and thinking impairments with a history of head trauma had higher levels of amyloids, a kind of fibrous protein, than those with no head trauma history.Our results add merit to the idea that concussion and Alzheimer's disease may be linked, said Mielke.However, the fact that we did not find a relationship in those without memory and thinking problems suggests that any association between head trauma and amyloids is complex, he added. Researchers suggested that higher amyloid levels could be a response to a higher level of damage to the myelin coating of the axons of neurons - the brains white matter.
Low oxygen bad for breast cancer patients
Breast cancer cells, when exposed to low oxygen conditions, trigger the production of two proteins that make the cancer cells spread fast -- making the patients condition worse, a new paper has contended.Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University reached the conclusion that low oxygen conditions, frequently present in breast cancers, facilitates the production of RhoA and ROCK1 proteins that, in turn, endow the cancer cells with the ability to move. High levels of RhoA and ROCK1 were known to worsen outcomes for breast cancer patients by endowing cancer cells with the ability to move, but the trigger for their production was a mystery, said Gregg Semenza, Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University.The researchers found that women with high levels of RhoA or ROCK1, and especially those women with high levels of both, were more likely to die of breast cancer than those with low levels. We now know that the production of these proteins increases dramatically when breast cancer cells are exposed to low oxygen conditions, said the paper, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.With the multiplying of tumour cells, the interior of the tumour begins to run out of oxygen simply because they are not being supplied by blood vessels. The lack of oxygen activates the hypoxia-inducible factors, which are master control proteins that switch on many genes that help cells adapt to the scarcity of oxygen, explained Semenza. Hypoxia refers to a condition in which the body or a part of the body is deprived of adequate supply of oxygen.Hypoxia-inducible factors also turn on genes that help cancer cells escape from the oxygen-starved tumour by invading blood vessels, through which they spread to other parts of the body, the paper added.Here is a breather, though.We have successfully decreased the mobility of breast cancer cells in the lab by using genetic tricks to knock the hypoxia-inducible factors down, said Daniele Gilkes, lead author of the paper.Now that we understand the mechanism at play, we hope that clinical trials will be performed to test whether drugs that inhibit hypoxia-inducible factors will have the double effect of blocking production of RhoA and ROCK1 and preventing metastases in women with breast cancer, Gilkes added.
Way to treat rare Kawasaki Disease found
There is good news for those seeking a cure to the Kawasaki Disease (KD) - a rare childhood affliction that involves inflammation of the blood vessels. A team of scientists at Sanford Childrens Health Research Centre in South Dakota, US, has discovered a molecule called THRIL that helps regulate the immune response in children suffering from KD.THRIL could be a novel biomarker for immune activation and a potential target for inflammatory diseases like KD, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, said Tariq Rana, senior author and professor at Sanford Children's Health Research Centre. According to the study, findings if which appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the new molecule is formed when certain white blood cells - macrophages - are stimulated in response to pathogens.The team of scientists measured THRIL levels in KD samples at different stages and found that levels were at their lowest during the acute stage of the disease when TNF-alpha - a potent cytokine that promotes inflammation - levels are at their highest. For some time, we have known that non-coding regions of RNA play important roles in regulating the immune response to microbial pathogens, added Rana.
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After early Boxing Day rush, UK shopper numbers flat on last year London, Dec 27 : After an initial rush to British retail stores for the Boxing Day sales on Thursday, only 0.5 percent more shoppers showed up than last year, final figures from retail data company Springboard showed. Overall, 9 percent fewer bargain-hunters visited traditional town centre shops, offset by a 10 percent increase at both shopping centres and retail parks as of 4 pm (1600 GMT). Early data had shown a rise of 8 percent across the country after many queued early in the morning for bargains but numbers dropped off later for high street shops, Springboard said. Some stores opened at 6 am in London's main shopping district in the West End and Oxford Street, where over a million people were expected to turn out according to retailers. Many shops started Britain's traditional "January sales" online on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to meet increasing demand for earlier and deeper discounting. Britain's economy has been growing robustly and unemployment has fallen steadily but stagnating wages and rising utility bills are still squeezing living standards. Department store John Lewis reported record sales for the week before Christmas on Thursday and said that for the first time it expected most British shoppers to use smartphones rather than desktop computers to make online purchases. It said its sales in the week to December 21 were up 4.2 percent on last year at 164.4 million pounds ($270 million), surpassing the 160 million-pound mark for the first time.
Cambodian police clash with striking garment workers Phnom Penh, Dec 27 : At least seven people were injured and seven arrested in the Cambodian capital on Friday morning after clashes between striking garment workers and riot police, local rights monitors said. Huy Pichsovann, programme officer at the Community Legal Education Centre, said police hit marching workers with batons. In videos of the altercation, strikers can be seen throwing stones at police. Following the clash, thousands of workers led by two of Cambodia’s biggest unions moved to block roads in front of the Ministry of Labour, according to Solidarity Centre programme officer Khun Tharo. Tens of thousands of striking workers have held marches and protests this week following the announcement of a minimum wage rise on Tuesday that did not satisfy their demands. Unions, workers and the political opposition had been pushing for salaries to be doubled to 160 US dollars, but they received only a 15dollar initial raise, to 95 dollars. Fearing further violence, the Garment Manufacturers Association has urged factories to shut down while the government and unions hold emergency talks later Friday. The strikes threaten to cripple the country’s multi-billion-dollar garment export industry.
Prince Charles with London-based Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal with wife Usha Mittal at Buckingham Palace in London.
China media condemns Japan PM for paying homage to 'devils' Beijing, Dec 27 : Chinese newspapers denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, describing his visit to the Yasukuni Shrine for Japan's war dead as paying homage to "devils" and warning that China could crush "provocative militarism". On Thursday, Abe visited the shrine in Tokyo where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal after World War Two are honored along with those who died in battle. The visit infuriated China and South Korea, both of which were occupied by Japanese forces until the end of the war, and prompted concern from the United States about deteriorating ties between the North Asian neighbors. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement Abe's visit to the shrine was "not conducive to lowering tensions in the region or to improving relations with Japan's neighbors". In an editorial headlined "Abe's paying homage to the devils makes people outraged", the Chinese military's People's Liberation Army Daily said Abe's action
had "seriously undermined the stability of the region". "On one hand, Abe is paying homage to war criminals, and on the other hand, he talks about improving relations with China, South Korea and other countries," the newspaper said. "It is simply a sham, a mouthful of lies. "Today, the Chinese people have the ability to defend peace and they have a greater ability to stop all provocative militarism." Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Abe's visit to the shrine "has already attracted the Chinese people's ire and denunciation". "How can a person who is not willing to face up to their own history, to facts, win the trust of the international community or cause people to believe he has a role to play in maintaining regional and global peace and stability?" Hua said at a daily news briefing. In a separate commentary published under the pen name "Zhong Sheng", or "Voice of China", the Communist Party's People's Daily said: "History tells us that if people do not correctly understand the evils of the fascist war, cannot re-
flect on war crimes, a country can never (achieve) true rejuvenation." The Global Times, an influential nationalistic tabloid owned by the People's Daily, urged China to shut its door to Abe and other Japanese officials who have visited the shrine this year."If condemnations are China's only recourse, then the nation is giving up its international political rights easily," the newspaper said. "Ineffective countermeasures will make China be seen as a 'paper tiger' in the eyes of the rest of the world. "In the eyes of China, Abe, behaving like a political villain, is much like the terrorists and fascists on the commonly seen blacklists." A survey on China's Sina Weibo microblogging site on Thursday showed that almost 70 percent of respondents would support a boycott of Japanese goods, with many users expressing outrage at the shrine visit. The survey was later removed. However, the topic was not one of the most talked about on Weibo, with people being more distracted by the latest celebrity gossip and the upcoming new year.
told a news conference he had approved a central government request for a landfill project at the new site, on the Henoko coast near the town of Nago. His approval for that project, required by law and a first step to building the replacement facility, was the last procedural barrier to eventually replacing the U.S. Marines Futenma air base in the crowded town of Ginowan. "The government has recently met our requests in compiling a plan to reinvigorate Okinawa. We felt that the Abe government's regard for Okinawa is higher than any previous governments'," Nakaima told a news conference. The governor, however, added that he still believed that the quickest way to relocate the Futenma air base would be to move it to an existing facility with runways outside Okinawa. About 2,000 people gathered in front of the Okinawa government building to protest against Nakaima's decision, with a few hundred of them staging a sit-in at the lobby of the office building, Jiji news agency said. The United States and Japan agreed in 1996 to close the Futenma base but plans for a replacement stalled in the face of
opposition in Okinawa, which hosts more than half of the U.S. forces in Japan. Okinawa was occupied by the United States after Japan's defeat in World War Two until 1972. Japan's ties with the United States were strained when then-Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who took office in 2009, sought to keep a campaign promise to move the U.S. base off Okinawa.The Futenma base has been a lightning rod for criticism because of its location in a densely populated area.
Japan gets Okinawa approval for US Marine base move Tokyo, Dec 27 : The governor of Japan's Okinawa on Friday approved a controversial plan to relocate a U.S. air base to a less populous part of the southern island, but said he would keep pressing to move the base off the island altogether. The nod from Okinawa, long a reluctant host to the bulk of U.S. military forces in Japan, is an achievement for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has promised a more robust military and tighter security ties with the United States amid escalating tension with China. Sceptics, however, said it remained far from clear whether the relocation - stalled since the move was first agreed upon by Washington and Tokyo in 1996 would actually take place given persistent opposition from Okinawa residents, many of whom associate the U.S. bases with crime, pollution and noise. The approval came a day after Abe visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, seen in parts of Asia as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, infuriating China and South Korea, and prompting concern from the United States about deteriorating ties between the Asian neighbors. Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima
Beirut, Dec 27 : Former Lebanese Minister Mohamad Chatah, who opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and four other people were killed in a massive bomb blast that targeted his car in Beirut on Friday, security sources said. Chatah, 62, a Sunni Muslim, was also a critic of Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah movement and an adviser to former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. His killing occurred three weeks before the long-delayed opening of a trial of five Hezbollah suspects indicted for the February 2005 bombing which killed former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, Saad's father, and 21 other people. Hezbollah has denied involvement in the 2005 attack. Preliminary U.N. investigations implicated Syrian officials. A tweet posted on his Twitter account less than an hour before the blast accused the Shi'ite movement of trying to take control of the country. "Hezbollah is pressing hard to be granted similar powers in security and foreign policy matters that Syria exercised in Lebanon
Taliban suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul: Officials Kabul, Dec 27 : A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle next to a NATO military convoy in Kabul on Friday, officials said, though no details about casualties were immediately available. The attack occurred on a main road that passes by a series of government compounds and military facilities in the Afghan capital on the way to the eastern city of Jalalabad. "Around 1:00 pm, a suicide bomber blew up a car targeting a convoy of foreign forces on the Kabul-Jalalabad road," Hashmatullah Stanikzai, spokesman for the Kabul police, said. "Our security forces have rushed to the scene to investigate, and we don't have any information on casualties yet." A reporter said that civilian ambulances and armoured vehicles from the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan were at the blast site, which was quickly cordoned off by police. "Our mujahideen have detonated a car bomb attack on a convoy of foreign forces today afternoon," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. "As a result of the attack, several foreign forces were killed and a number of their vehicles were damaged." The Taliban routinely exaggerate death tolls after attacks. A spokesman for NATO's mission in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said the explosion was being investigated but gave no further details.
for 15 years," the tweet read. The explosion sent shock waves among residents and emptied the streets in downtown where people, seeking a respite from recent turmoil, had ventured out to enjoy the Christmas and New Year holiday period. The conflict in neighboring Syria has polarized Lebanon and ratcheted up sectarian tensions. Hezbollah has sent fighters to Syria to fight alongside Assad, who comes from the Alawite sect, a heterodox offshoot of Shi'ite Islam. Some of the Sunni Syrian rebel groups are linked to al Qaeda, which is also seeking to topple Assad. Former minister Marwan Hamadeh, who survived a car bombing in 2004, told Al Arabiya television: "Hezbollah will not be able to rule Lebanon, no matter how much destruction it causes or blood it spills". Sources at the explosion site said Chatah was on his way to attend a meeting at Hariri's headquarters when the explosion tore through his car. Hariri himself has stayed away from Lebanon for more
than two years, fearing for his safety. A Reuters witness at the scene said his car was "totally destroyed, it is a wreck." Chatah's identity card, torn and charred, was found inside his car. Iran, which backs Hezbollah, came under attack in Beirut last month. On November 19, two suicide bombings rocked the embassy compound in Lebanon, killing at least 25 people including an Iranian cultural attache and hurling bodies and burning wreckage across a debris-strewn street. A Lebanon-based al Qaeda-linked group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, claimed responsibility and threatened further attacks unless Iran withdraws forces from Syria, where they have backed Assad's 2-1/2-yearold war against rebels. The sound of Friday's blast was heard across the city at around 9:40 a.m. (0740 GMT) and a plume of black smoke was seen rising in the downtown business and hotel district. It shattered glass in nearby apartment blocks and damaged restaurants, coffee shops and offices in
the chic district of downtown Beirut. "I heard a huge explosion and saw a ball of fire and palls of black smoke. We run out of our offices to the streets," said Hassan Akkawi, who works in a finance company nearby. "The explosion caught motorists driving in the morning rush hour here. There was terror and panic among residents. There was a big ball of fire and panic everywhere and then we learned that Chatah was the target," said Adel-Raouf Kneio. Minutes after the blast ambulances were seen taking victims from the area. A restaurant and a coffee shop were destroyed in the blast, and several cars were on fire, the witness said. There was glass everywhere and the acrid smell of explosives filled the air. Much of Beirut went into lockdown following the explosion, with police blocking off roads across the city. After a series of explosions in the capital and in the northern city of Tripoli, the Lebanese army had stepped up security measures ahead of Christmas and New Year, fearing further attacks.
New envoy seeks withdrawal of charges against Devyani Washington, Dec 27 : India’s new envoy S Jaishankar today met top U.S. officials and sought withdrawal of charges against Devyani Khobargade even as the State Department said it was looking into the issue of full diplomatic immunity said to have been enjoyed by the diplomat at the time of her arrest. Mr Jaishankar, who conveyed India’s strong protest over the arrest of Ms Khobargade, also strongly objected to the manner in which the U.S. government evacuated Indian citizens. Immediately after presenting copies of his credentials to the Office of Chief of Protocol, he met the Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Under Secretary for Management Patrick F Kennedy of the
State Department. Both the meetings were dominated by the issue of the arrest in New York early this month of 39-year-old Khobragade, who was the Deputy Consul General in New York. She was later transferred to the United Nations in a bid to give her full diplomatic immunity. During the meeting, Ms Jaishankar is believed to have sought withdrawal of the charges, and strongly objected to the manner in which the US government evacuated Indian citizens -- family members of the maid of the Indian diplomat -- undermining the judicial sovereignty of India, sources said. No other details of the meetings were available.
Paramilitary policemen march past a gate of Japanese Embassy, where security precautions are increased, in Beijing. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid his respects at a shrine honoring Japan's war dead in an unexpected visit that drew sharp rebukes from China and South Korea, who warned that the move celebrates his country's militaristic past and could further sour relations.
Thai govt seeks military help to protect poll Bangkok, Dec 27 : The Thai government said on Friday it will ask the military to help protect candidates and voters in a February election after clashes between police and anti-government protesters in which two people were killed and scores wounded. The call for help from the powerful but heavily politicized military demonstrates Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's determination to ensure the election goes ahead. The vote is almost certain to return her Puea Thai Party to power. Any de-
lay to the polls could leave her embattled government and party exposed to an escalation of street protests and legal challenges that could leave the country in limbo. Her government on Thursday rebuffed a request by the Election Commission to delay the February 2 vote until there was "mutual consent" from all sides - an increasingly unlikely outcome after Thursday's deadly clashes at an election registration venue. Ranged against each other are Yingluck and her
supporters among the rural poor in the populous north and northeast and protesters from Bangkok's middle class and elite who see her as a puppet of her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin, a former telecoms billionaire who lives in selfimposed exile, is a hero for millions of poor voters who have handed his parties victory in every election since 2001. His opponents accuse him of manipulating a fragile democracy by effectively buying the support of voters with populist policies such
as cheap healthcare, easy credit and subsidies for rice farmers. Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul on Friday said he would ask military chiefs for help securing candidate registrations on Saturday. "We will also discuss together how to take care of safety for the people who will come to vote on February 2," Surapong said in a televised announcement. The military has remained neutral in the latest turmoil, apart from offering to act as a mediator,
even though protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a fiery former deputy premier, has sought to drag the military into the conflict, onto the antigovernment side. The military has staged or attempted 18 coups over the past 80 years - including the ousting of Thaksin in 2006 - and it is again likely to play a crucial role in the latest round of a crisis that has dragged on for eight years. Surapong also reiterated that the government had no intention of delaying the vote despite the Election Commission's request.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
MARK INDIA, Hyderabad LVPEI opens 'Vision Center' at Ramakrishna Math
AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal meets people during Janta Darbar at party office at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad on Friday.
Kejriwal to take Metro to reach Ramlila Maidan New Delhi, Dec 27 : AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who is bitterly against the ubiquitous "VIP culture", will take the Delhi Metro Saturday to reach the Ramlila Maidan to take oath as Delhi's chief minister. The 45-year-old Kejriwal has also told his six colleagues who will become cabinet ministers to use the public transport -- and invited everyone in the capital and elsewhere to attend the official event."I will travel by Metro for the oath taking ceremony," Kejriwal told the media outside the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) office on Hanuman Road here.He will board the metro at Kaushambi, a township in Ghaziabad adjoining Delhi, on the Dwarka-Vaishali Blue Line at around 11 in the morning.Along with my family I will travel upto Barakhamba metro station and then head towards
Ramlila Maidan in car, said Kejriwal.Manish Sisodia, a party leader, said Kejriwal had told his six proposed ministers to use the public transport to reach Ramlila Maidan, a sprawling ground in the heart of Delhi. "We are using public transport to bring an end to the VIP culture," Sisodia told reporters outside Kejriwal's residence.Added Somnath Bharti, who like Sisodia will be sworn in as a minister: "We have not stitched (special) dresses (for the event). We are going to be normal. "None of our family members will have special seats, not even the MLAs," he said. After the swearing in ceremony, Kejriwal will first go to Rajghat -- the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi -- before heading to the Delhi Secreteriat for a cabinet meeting.In a tweet, Kejriwal, who will head a minority government propped up by the
Congress, said everyone was welcome to the Ramlila Maidan."Many people (are) asking me for passes for (the) oath ceremony. No passes needed. All are welcome. It's (your) programme," he said. "My family will also sit (among the) public," said the father of two whose wife works for the income tax department, where Kejriwal too worked until he decided to embrace social activism and, later, politics. Kejriwal has refused to accept security from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh Police -he lives in Ghaziabad district neighbouring Delhi. He has also refused to use official vehicles with red beacons. The AAP, which stunned everyone by bagging 28 of the 70 seats in the Delhi election, just three seats behind the BJP, is expecting thousands of people to throng the Ramlila Maidan Saturday.AAP has invited
National Urban Health Mission will be launched next month: Azad Bangalore, Dec 27 : The UPA government's most ambitious project National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) will be launched next month in Bangalore, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Gulab Nabi Azad said today.'After success of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) it was felt necessary to look at health of poor living in Urban areas and hence the NUHM was conceived and it would be launched in Bangalore next month,' he added .Addressing a press conference here after a review meeting of his department with Karnataka Minister for Health U T Kadar, Minister for Medical Education Dr Sharanprakash R Patil and officials, here he said that the NRHM was a
grand success and the Centre has spent Rs 1,10,000 crore and 50,031 hospitals were built and 1,55,000 people were hired besides building other infrastructures needed to ensure quality medical facility to the rural poor in the country.' Mr Azad said that World Health Organisation and UNESCO have lauded the India's concept of locating on social activities. For the first time in the world, Asha scheme, meant for looking after health of pregnant women, was extended to hamlets also. 90 per cent of the 8,88,000 ashas were given training and provided with kits.Under the National Urban Health Mission one Urban Primary Health Centre (U-PHC) will be set up for every 50 to 60,000
population, one Urban Community Health Centre (UCHC) for five to six U-PHCs in big cities, one Auxiliary Nursing Midwives (ANM) for 10,000 population, one Accredited Social Health Activist ASHA (community link worker) for 200 to 500 households.NUHM is a Rs 22,507 crore five year project with the Central Government contributing of Rs 16,955 crore. The Centre-State funding pattern will be 75:25 except for North Eastern states and other special category states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand for whom the funding pattern will be 90:10.The Mission will be implemented in 779 cities and towns with more than 50,000 population and cover about 7.75 crore people.
Injustice in T-bill to Seemandhra regions: BJP Vijayawada, Dec 27 : BJP leaders today alleged that injustice was done Rayalasedema and Coastal Andhra regions in the Separate Telananga bill, which was to be discussed in the Assembly. The BJP leaders at a round table conference on 'Andhra Pradesh State Reorganization Bill 2013' here deplored that the Group of Ministers had taken unilateral decision, unheeding the apprehensions of the People of Seemandhra regions. BJP official spokesperson J Rangaraju claimed that the T-bill had the elements whatever the Congress party required. The Ministers in the GoM did not care about the future of the Seemandhra regions. If the bifurcation was done based on the bill, the
Seemandhra regions would be ruined, he said. He explained the clauses of 1 and 3 in the bill and claimed that they contradicted each other and there was no clarity on the construction of Polavaram multipurpose project, across the river Godavari, which was vital project for the development of Godavari and Krishna deltas. Samaikyandhr agitation Committee Chairman Y Raghunadh Babu attributed the injustice to the Union Ministers and MPs of the Congress party of the regions. He said Bhadrachalam division was in Andhra Pradesh in 1956 but now the T-bill had incorporated it in Telangana, which would make the construction of Polavarm project complicated as 204 villages, which were to be shifted were in Bhadrchaam division.
Gandhian activist Anna Hazare, former Supreme Court judge Santosh Hegde and former police officer Kiran Bedi for the swearing in.The Ramlila Maidan was where Hazare undertook a 12-day anti-corruption fast in 2011 with Kejriwal as one of his aides, triggering mass solidarity protests across India.Hegde and Bedi were part of that campaign. Kejriwal, who formed the AAP in November last year, has since had a fallout with Hazare and Bedi.Delhi Police sources said some 25,000 chairs had been provided at the ground, which can also reportedly accommodate around 50,000 more people if they stand.The traffic police has asked motorists to avoid roads leading to Ramlila Maidan.Metro officials said they were not making "any special arrangements" for Kejriwal and his party colleagues.
Hyderabad, Dec 27 (IPT) : The LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) has opened a primary care vision center, 'the Vivekananda Vision Center' at the Ramakrishna Math Medical Center, here today. Dr Anupama Reddy, Medical Director of the Center had invited LVPEI to take over the exciting ophthalmic center at their premises. The center was formally opened by LVPEI Chairman, Dr G N Rao, Ramakrishna Math President, Swami Jnanadananda, Head of the Heath Center, Swami Shitikanthananda and Dr Anupama Reddy, Medical Director. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Anupama Reddy said 'it was ideally suited for LVPEI to support us in our initiative to reach out to a large number of people especially in the low and middle income groups as well as many retired people who visit the center regularly '. ' The Ramakrishna Math is a well known center of learning and meditation and many young and old visit here every day. Travelers from all over the country stop by at the Ramakrishna Math as it offers a peaceful place of rest'. Dr Rao said As part of LVPEI's mission to build a comprehensive eye care solution that is both available, accessible and affordable to all, it was only natural to team up with the Ramakrishna Math Health Center in the city'.
UP official’s remarks draw BJP, Cong ire
Assembly Speaker should take decision on T-Bill: BJP
Lucknow, Dec 27 : A senior Uttar Pradesh official has stoked a controversy by saying nobody dies of cold, remarks that have been attacked as “insensitive” and condemned by opposition parties in the context of deaths of children in Muzaffarnagar relief camps. Taking exception to the comments by Principal Secretary (Home) A.K. Gupta, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday asked officials to keep a check on their use of words and ensure nobody’s feelings get hurt. “Use of words by officials or partymen, whether it is about the government’s drawbacks or the party’s achievements, should be such that nobody’s feelings get hurt,” he told reporters here.He was replying to a question on remarks of Mr. Gupta that no one dies due to cold otherwise people would not have survived in Siberia, one of the world’s coldest regions. The bureaucrat had said, “The cause of death could be because of food poisoning or pneumonia. Pneumonia happens due to cold, but cause of death is not cold.” He had said, “We have a report that two, three or four persons died because of pneumonia, but nobody said they died due to cold....”Condemning the bureaucrat’s comments, opposition parties hit out at the Samajwadi Party government, with BJP saying, “When the administration becomes insensitive, this is what then comes out.” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that instead of accepting their fault and making a correction, the authorities in Uttar Pradesh were blaming others and making most insensitive comments.Uttar Pradesh Congress leader Akhilesh Pratap Singh termed the statement as most irresponsible and insensitive. Taking a dig a Mr Gupta, he said, “If pneumonia does not happen due to cold, what is the reason. Tomorrow, they would say that a person was not killed after being hit by bullet, but due to excssive bleeding.”Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also criticised Mr. Gupta for his remark, saying that the bureaucrat should be sent out in the cold with lesser clothes.“Can’t die of the cold!!!! Send him out in a few less clothes and let’s see if he isn’t singing a different tune pretty damn quick,” Mr. Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.Replying to questions, Akhilesh Yadav said, “Sometimes, during question-answer sessions, there could be a change in language used... I think officials should keep a control over what they speak.”
Hyderabad, Dec 27 (IPT) : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today demanded that Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar should take a decision on 'Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill' which was likely to be taken up in the state Assembly when it resumes its winter session from January 3. Addressing a press conference here, BJP National Executive Member and former Union Minister Ch Vidyasagar Rao said the prevailing scenario was not conducive to taking up a discussion on the draft bill. There for the Speaker, utiliSing his powers granted by the rules of the House, should immediately list in the agenda, a discussion on the draft bill so that the views of the House were conveyed to the President by the January 23 deadline set by the President.Mr Rao also expressed his dissatisfaction over the Uttar Pradesh Speaker's statement that the Telangana issue was 'Critical' during his recent tour to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to study the procedure to be adopted for taking up the discussions in the House. He said such statements will send out a wrong signal on the issue of granting separate Telangana state. He appealed to the Uttar Pradesh Speaker's office to clarify the statement of Mr Manohar.
BJP will win 300 seats in next LS polls: Rajnath Singh Bangalore, Dec 27 : The BJP, overwhelmed by winning Assembly elections in three States and performance in Delhi, has expressed confidence of winning 300 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections surpassing its own target of 272 'plus'. Speaking at the special Executive Meeting of the Karnataka BJP, party National President Rajnath Singh said even the leaders themselves had not realised how the party won in states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.'This (winning 300 seats) will be possible because we have a very strong candidate Narendra Modi projected for Prime Minister post, while the party also boasts of a robust and disciplined and strong cadre. "Our motto of ensuring good governance and development has impressed the people who are fed up with the corrupt and inefficient rule of Congress-led UPA government,' he said. BJP currently has 116 members in the Lok Sabha. Mr Singh said the 'BJP wave' was evident when the new Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje herself had predicted BJP winning 110 while the final outcome was overwhelming at 161 seats in the 200 member assembly. The Congress had been wiped out.
The Union Minister for Water Resources Harish Rawat releasing a calendar for the year 2014, at the 4th National Painting Competition on Water Conservation, organised by the Central Ground Water Board under the Ministry of Water Resources, in New Delhi on Friday.
Jagan slams Cong, TDP for divisive politics Pathikonda, Dec 27 : YSR Congress Party President Jagan Mohan Reddy today accused Congress and Telugu Desam Party leadership of playing divisive and dangerous politics with the singular motive of gaining votes and seats unmindful of the hardships people of the region would face if the state was divided. "We have to stay united and reject outright the proposals of Sonia Gandhi to divide the state and the moves of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu in helping her in the process besides thwarting their dubious designs," he said while addressing a large gathering here. Resuming his Samaikya Sankharavam, in the home district of Kiran Kumar Reddy and N Chandrababu Naidu, he appealed to the people to question the two leaders when they went here as to where would the farmers get water from if the state was divided and where would the youth look for jobs if Hyderabad was torn apart from the region. "This is fight between Telugu self-pride and Delhi arrogance and we should teach the treacherous leaders of Congress and TDP and fitting lesson by winning 30 MPs seats in the elections, which are very close at hand. Then we shall see who will divide the State," he said amidst a big round of applause from the audience.
Identity proof compulsory to enter Taj Mahal mosque on Fridays Agra, Dec 27 : People entering Taj Mahal complex for prayers on Fridays will now have to carry identity documents, according to a directive issued by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) following a complaint that non-Indians were also entering the mosque despite it being closed for visitors. The directive, issued by ASI’s Agra unit superintending archaeologist N.K. Pathak on Thursday, has, however, received criticism from Taj Mahal’s Mosque Committee which has said that no Muslim, irrespective of nationality, can be stopped from offering prayers at the mosque.The local ASI unit had received a complaint that an Indian Muslim had allegedly brought five Bangladeshi nationals along with him to Taj Mahal’s
mosque last Friday, leading to a row over as to who all should be allowed inside the mosque.The ASI authorities claim that the body’s Director General has ruled that only Indians should be allowed to enter the mosque to offer prayers on Fridays, when the monument is closed for visitors.The Taj Mahal Mosque Committee President Ibrahim Hussain Zaidi, however, criticised the directive and said Muslims should not be discriminated on the basis of nationality.“ The Gazette notification of January 1, 2001 issued by Government of India states that Muslims will be allowed to offer prayers at the Taj mosque on Fridays even though it is closed for visitors. Nowhere does it say that Muslims of other nationality should not be allowed,” he said.
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