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Chinese PLA Stops Indian Army From Patrolling In Indian Territory
Leh/New Delhi, Aug 4, 2013 (PTI): Amid a spate of incursions by China in Ladakh, its troops are also resorting to tactics like preventing Indian Army from patrolling posts in this sector along the border which was well within India’s territory. In what is being described as an aggressive approach by China, the tactics have come to the fore in the wake of yet another incident last week when Indian troops launched its patrol “Tiranga” from Trade Junction area in North of Ladakh for two posts located 14 km up in the higher reaches along the Line of Actual Control(LAC). The Indian army personnel were stopped by Chinese troops who came mounted on heavy and light vehicles, ofﬁcial sources said
New Delhi, Aug. 2 (ANI): The Union Cabinet has cleared crucial changes to the Right to Information (RTI) Act to keep the political parties out of its ambit by declaring that they are not public authorities. The Cabinet gave its nod to amend the transparency law nearly two months after the Central Information Commission’s order of bringing the six national political parties Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI-M, CPI and BSP under the RTI Act. The decision in this
regard was taken during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday. As per the amendments, the political parties as public authorities under the RTI would ‘hamper their smooth internal functioning since it will encourage political rivals to ﬁle RTI applications with malicious intentions’. They maintain that the Representation of the People Act and the Income Tax Act provide sufﬁcient transparency regard-
ing ﬁnancial aspects of political parties. Under Section 2 of the RTI Act, the deﬁnition of public authority in the proposed amendment will make it clear that ‘it shall not include any political party registered under the Representation of the Peoples Act’. As proposed earlier, political parties may not be added in the list of organisations (Section 8) exempted from parting information under the
London (ANI): The U.S. Department of State has issued a global travel alert, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, amid a perceived al-Qaeda threat of conducting attacks in the
period between now and end of August. According to the BBC, the State Department has recommended to U.S. citizens abroad to be vigilant about using public transportation systems and
other tourist facilities. The alert comes after the U.S. announced the closure of 14 American embassies in the Middle East and North Africa on Sunday. U. S. P resident Barack Obama has ordered the taking of all appropriate steps to protect Americans after a threat of an al-Qaeda attack alert was generated by the intelligence agencies.
The patrol party was shown a banner that it was Chinese territory and that they cannot proceed to the posts, they said. The sources said the Chinese troops were aggressive in their approach while stopping the Indian patrol who were at their posts. T hese posts a re well inside Indian territory, the sources said, adding that from April this year, the patrol for these forward bases were launched 21 times and only twice it could complete its mission. Chinese have erected an observation post which kept a vigil on movement of Indian troops and as soon as an Indian patrol party is ready to leave, they are intercepted midway and sent back, the sources
said, adding the matter would be taken up during the next Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) at Chushul. In the same North Ladakh sector, there were instances when Chinese military vehicles were spotted in Depsang Bulge and Daulat Beg Oldi(DBO) sector where the two armies had seen a 21-day standoff from April 15 this year. Indian troops comprising mainly Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) immediately swung into action and prevented the ‘free-run’ of Chinese military vehicles in the Indian territory. In the last BPM meeting held on July 27, India also raised objections to a tower being constructed in the Chinese
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U.S. Issues Global Travel Alert For Month Amid Perceived al-Qaeda Threat
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Manmohan Singh Dedicates Two Projects Of BHEL To Nation
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh dedicating the BHEL’s Power Plant Piping Unit & Unit-II High Pressure Boiler Plant to the Nation, at a function, in Thirumayam, Tamil Nadu on August 02, 2013. The Governor of Tamil Nadu, Dr. K. Rosaiah, the Union Finance Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram, the Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri Praful Patel and the CMD of BHEL, Shri B. Prasada Rao are also seen. Thirumayam, Aug. 2 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Friday dedicated to the nation the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd plant’s second unit at Tiruchirapalli and Piping Plant in Thirumayam, near Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Singh said Bharat Heavy Electricals is one of our Maharatna public sector enterprises. “It has played an extremely important part in
the industrial development of our country, particularly in the energy sector. I believe that with the operationalization of these two units, the company has achieved an annual manufacturing capacity of 20000 MW,” he added. Dr. Singh congratulated Minister of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises Praful Patel and the ofﬁcers and staff of Bharat Heavy Electricals on this important achievement. The Prime Minister
also congratulated Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, who was instrumental in persuading Bharat Heavy Electricals to locate the new Power Plant Piping Unit at Thirumayam, a backward block in Pudukkottai district. “He has st r ived tirelessly for the all-round development of this region. This only shows the deep concern Shri Chidambaram
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Bombers Target Indian Mission In Afghanistan, 12 Locals Dead
Jalalabad, August 3: Suicide bombers on Saturday targeted the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s eastern capital, bordering Pakistan, killing at least 12 persons. Three bombers drove in a car towards the consulate and detonated explosives, killing 12, including eight children and injuring 24 others. The dead included the bombers. The explosion, which created a large crater, occurred at a security checkpost just ahead of the consulate. All Indian personnel were safe. There was no major damage to the consulate, ofﬁcial sources said in New Delhi. The Taliban denied any hand in the attack. The Indian Embassy in Kabul has been attacked twice — 2008 and 2009 — killing scores of people. Today’s attack took place in the backdrop of threats of possible terror attacks on Indian diplomats and other assets in Afghanistan. A security team was dispatched from Delhi to Kabul last week to assess the threats. Afghan ofﬁcials said one attacker detonated the explosives-laden vehicle while the other two, wearing suicide vests, were gunned down by
security forces in an exchange of ﬁre while trying to target the consulate. Three Afghan policemen were among the injured. Nangarhar province police chief Gen Sharif Amin said most victims were children attending religious classes at a nearby mosque. “At least eight children were killed,” Amin was quoted as saying by Tolo News channel. Amin conﬁrmed that the consulate was the intended target of the blast. Police in Jalalabad were on alert for such an attack, he said. The attack happened when many people, including women, were queuing up near the consulate to apply for visas.
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Cabinet Gives Nod To Amend RTI Act To Keep Political Parties Out information act. During the Cabinet meeting, some members, including Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily voiced their dissent against the move. They were of the opinion that the people should know that amending the law was not a unilateral move by the government, but was based on consensus among all political parties. RTI activist Commodore (Retd.) Lokesh K. Batra has written a letter to Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, in which he has said that amendment to RTI Act, 2005 will be contempt of assurance given in the Parliament. “On 05 July 2009, the
then Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions had assured the Parliament in a written response to a question that the ‘Non-Governmental Organisations and Social activists’ will be consulted before any amendment to the RTI Act, 2005. The Hon’ble Minister reiterated his stand in Rajya Sabha on 25 August 2010,” he said in his letter to Swaraj. The RTI activist had last month written a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee in this regard. In June, the Central Information Commission, which ensures the RTI Act is implemented and public queries are answered by government departments, ruled that the six
major national parties, including the Congress and BJP are public authorities and must respond to RTI applications. The parties were given six weeks to appoint Public Information Ofﬁcers (PIOs) to handle RTI requests. The decision from transparency watchdog evoked sharp reactions from political parties, especially Congress which has been credited with bringing in the transparency law but is opposed to the CIC’s directive. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which acts as nodal department for the implementation of the RTI Act, in consultation with Law Ministry had earlier decided to amend the law.
Kolkata, Aug. 4 (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O’ Brein said that his party was strongly opposed to keeping political parties outside the realm of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, as the upcoming amendment seeks to do. O’Brein added that political parties cannot have double standards by allotting separate laws for the people of the country and themselves. On August 1, in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Union Cabinet had cleared crucial changes to the Right to Information (RTI) Act to keep the political parties out of its ambit by declaring that they are not public authorities. Tr i na mool Congress has made it clear that it is against the proposed changes. “We are very clear that we believe political parties should be open, as practical as possible, to share their ﬁnancials and their accounts (and) should be part of RTI. Political parties should not make one set of rules for themselves and one set of rules for everybody else. So, we believe that political parties should be included in the ambit of the RTI—atleast the ﬁnancial part of it,” Brein said here today. Arvind Kejriwalled Aam Admi Party (AAP) earlier today held protests
against the RTI amendment outside Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s residence at 7, Race Course. According to reports, 40 to 50 protesters had gathered at 7, Race Course on Sunday and were later arrested and taken to Tughlak Road Police Station. Media reports also suggest that a dharna against the RTI amendments will be staged at Jantar Mantar on August 6. The Cabinet gave its nod to amend the transparency law nearly two months after the Central Information Commission’s order of bringing the six national political parties Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI-M, CPI and BSP under the RTI Act. As per the amendments, the political parties as public authorities under the RTI would ‘hamper their smooth internal functioning since it will encourage political rivals to ﬁle RTI applications with malicious intentions’. The Cabinet maintains that the Representation of the People Act and the Income Tax Act provide sufﬁcient transparency regarding ﬁnancial aspects of political parties. Under Section 2 of the RTI Act, the deﬁnition of public authority in the proposed amendment will make it clear that ‘it shall not include any political party registered
under the Representation of the Peoples Act’. As proposed earlier, political parties may not be added in the list of organizations (Section 8) exempted from parting information under the information act. During the Cabinet meeting, some members expressed the view that people should know that amending the law was not a unilateral move by the government, but was based on consensus among all political parties. In June, the Central Information Commission, which ensures the RTI Act is implemented and public queries are answered by government departments, ruled that the six major national parties, including the Congress and BJP are public authorities and must respond to RTI applications. The parties were given six weeks to appoint Public Information Ofﬁcers (PIOs) to handle RTI requests. The decision from t r a nspa rency wat chdog evoked sharp reactions from political parties, especially Congress which has been credited with bringing in the transparency law but is opposed to the CIC’s directive. The Depa r tment of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which acts as nodal department for the implementation of the RTI Act, in consultation with Law Ministry had earlier decided to amend the law.
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Manmohan Singh Dedicates Two Projects Of BHEL To Nation has for the people of his constituency. It also exempliﬁes our Government’s commitment for the development of the backward regions of our country,” he said. Dr. Singh said there are numerous beneﬁts that such new manufacturing units bring to an area. “They bring new employment opportunities for the youth. In addition to direct jobs, they also generate indirect employment through small businesses and service providers. There is a boost to skill development as such manufacturing units induct apprentices for training,” said Dr. Singh. “There is also an increase in trade and commerce in the area, contributing to an overall rise in prosperity. I am sure that some of these beneﬁts are already accruing to the people of Thirumayam and its surrounding areas,” he added. Dr. Singh said the country needs to do much more in manufacturing. “We need to expand manufacturing substantially both in absolute terms and as a proportion of our Gross Domestic Product. Only this can enable us to generate productive employment for
our large and growing labourforce. BHEL is not only one of our foremost manufacturing companies, but is also contributing to our efforts for expanding manufacturing by helping us make our economy more competitive,” he added. The Prime Minister pointed out that a large scale capacity addition programme is needed to address the current power deﬁcit and to meet the needs of the expanding economy. “The Government is targeting a capacity addition of more than one hundred thousand MW, including renewables, in the 12th Five Year Plan. In the 11th Five Year Plan, the country added around 55,000 MW of generation capacity which is more than twice the addition achieved in the 10th Five Year Plan. Out of this Bharat Heavy Electricals alone accounted for almost half. This shows the critical role that the company plays in one of the key sectors of our economy,” said Dr. Singh. “I have been told that Bharat Heavy Electricals has been undertaking many new initiatives to expand its manufacturing capacity. The dedication today of Bharat Heavy Electricals’ new Units is an outcome of such initia-
tives. I understand that spread over 3 lakh square meters, the company’s Trichy complex is one of the biggest in Asia as a whole,” he added. Asserting that climate change has become an urgent concern across the globe, Dr. Singh said: “India is among the countries that would be the most seriously impacted by the consequences of climate change. We need to develop ways and means to reduce our carbon foot?print through technological innovation.” “In our country, more than 50 percent of power comes from coal-based generation, which is a major emitter of greenhouse gases. I am very happy that Bharat Heavy Electricals has taken initiatives for the development of ultra super critical technology in line with our mission for deployment of clean coal technologies,” he added. Dr. Singh further said the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission seeks to develop 20,000 MW of solar power generating capacity by the end of the 13th Five Year Plan. “Its success has the potential of enhancing India’s energy security, and contributing handsomely to our efforts to combat climate change,” he added.
Patna, Aug. 4 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the overﬂowing Ganga river was not as much of a worry as the drought situation in some parts of the state. Kumar also assured that the state government has taken all precautionary measures to combat the drought, and is carrying out rescue operations in ﬂooded regions. After conducting an aerial inspection, Kumar said that both sides of the Ganga are ﬂooded due to a heightened water level. “Because of a rise in water-level in the Ganga river, both sides of the river are ﬂooded. The situation is especially bad to the north of Patna and in the Bhojpur area. Some areas are worse than others and we have conducted an aerial inspection of the whole area. We have also inspected
the areas of drought. Rescue operations are on throughout and are functioning in full swing. Those involved in the rescue operations are working on all fronts and very hard,” Kumar assured. Kumar also said that the scanty rainfall in the beginning of the monsoon season posed huge challenges to the state, but the government was prepared to act on all fronts if the drought situation worsens. “We are concerned about the drought situation. If, in the next few days, there isn’t sufﬁcient rainfall the situation will signiﬁcantly worsen. However, we have taken necessary precautions as far as we can,” Kumar said. Kumar added that electricity distribution has been increased in rural areas and the government has sub-
sidized diesel as part of its aid operations. On Monday, the Chief Minister is expected to discuss the situation in remote areas by consulting district ofﬁcials via video conference. “I will consult with them and act on further relief operations accordingly. Any help and aid they need will be provided to them by the state government,” Kumar said. The simultaneous ﬂood and drought situation is not an unusual phenomenon in Bihar. The over f lowing rivers have ﬂooded the northern part of the state, while the southern region remains parched and drought-ridden. According to the state government, 443 blocks out of a total of 534 have received less than 20% rainfall this year.
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Formation Of Telangana Will Take Five To Six Months: Shinde
New Delhi, Aug 1 (ANI): Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday said that the process for the formation of the new state of Telangana would take about ﬁve to six months as per constitutional norms. Addressing the media here, Shinde said: “The Congress Working Committee (CWC) has passed a resolution and further procedure will be done according to the Constitution of India. Telangana will be formed by following all the procedures and it would take ﬁve to six months.” Responding to a question on the Congress Ministers and MLA’s from outside the Telangana region, who are likely to resign by Thursday evening, Shinde said that they should put forth their demands in a peaceful and democratic way. “I am making an appeal to them that they should make their demands peacefully in a democratical way,”
He also added that Telangana was being formed because it was the oldest issue and the people of that region have been agitating and demanding the formation of a separate state since 1956. The Union Cabinet is likely to meet on Thursday evening to take a ﬁnal call on Telangana formation. AICC General Secretary and in-charge of Communications Department Ajay Maken on July 30, briefed the media about the resolution on the formation of Telengana that was passed in the Congress Working Committee meeting presided by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and attended by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi among others. The Congress Working Committee had resolved to request the Central Government to take steps in accordance with
the Constitution of India to form a separate state of Telangana and establish within a deﬁnite time frame a mechanism to address the concerns of the people of the regions of Andhra and Rayalaseema on matters relating to sharing of river waters, generation and distribution of electricity, safety and security of all residents in all the three regions and the guarantee of the fundamental rights of all residents. Congress General Secretary, Digvijay Singh disclosed that Telangana will have 10 districts. “At the moment, the decision is for the 10 districts of Telangana. But as and when the Group of Ministers are considering that and if there are any other areas which have put in a demand then the Group of Ministers can look at it ” said Digvijay. He added that the Congress Party had cleared the formation of Telangana with Hyderabad as joint capital for 10 years.
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Maharashtra Battles Tobacco Products
With tainted Midday Meal and food-borne salmonellosis disasters in various places, and the Supreme Court directive to states to curb the sale of adulterated milk, the Congress-led administrations including Maharashtra are striving to muster the people’s good will, especially in light of the forthcoming Lok Sabha as well as various Assembly elections. The latest bone of contention is the Health department’s crack down on tobacco products such as gutka and other tobaccobased products. Saturday 3rd August 2013, about 30,000 paanwallahs in Pune city sought registration through licenses from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Initiative for the same has been taken by the Pune Paan Association. They became conscious of the need for registration when ofﬁcials of the Maharashtra Food Safety Commission told them that their objection to the ban of tobacco products was on a weak footing, inasmuch as a vast majority of paan vendors are not registered, except for about 150 vendors. Pune Pan Association Secretary Hemang Shah described at a news conference, the sorry plight of the paanwallahs, should the ban be carried out. Besides seeking registration for all the existing 30,000 paanwallahs in Pune, the association will also train them in hygiene. However, Mr. Hemang Shah need to realize that it is pointless to serve poison in a clean bowl. What use is hygiene in tobacco trade! It’s already unclean, ain’t it? According to Hemang Shah, the ﬂavored tobacco is less hazardous than the chewing tobacco, and hence the ban should be lifted.
As though to add to this, paan shop owners’ leader Sharad More (read: Moreh) criticized the government for the ban on scented and ﬂavored tobacco which, he said, was different from, and better than, gutkha whose ban maybe justiﬁable. Mr. More laments that they cannot run their business, which means their survival is being undermined by the ban. It is understandable that Shah and More and their tobacco-trading fraternity are concerned about the income and proﬁts that the paan merchants are making but at the cost of people’s health, with even school boys and girls for victims. If you were to ask them, they would admit that they would not want their own children to chew the stuff they are selling for proﬁt—for the simple reason that all their products are tobacco-based. Saturday 3rd August 2013, the Pune Paan Association called for a daylong agitation against the state government’s decision to ban ﬂavored tobacco products. Over 25,000 paan shops across the city remained closed, to mark their protest against the year-long ban on the sale of processed, scented and ﬂavored tobacco. Rallying through the city, they marched to the district collectorate where they submitted a memorandum whose copy was handed to Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) also. Despite being a revenue-fetching industry, the various tobacco products have been worrying the government(s), health authority, food and drug administrations, social thinkers, cultural champions, and religious leaders, as well as teachers, parents, wives, and other family people. Tobacco use in
any form can only undermine the health of our countrymen, and make the nation weak. Researchers have suggested that by using these, you are not destroying your health only, but also that of your progeny that will be born in future. If earlier, it was thought that only a mother’s use of alcohol and tobacco could endanger her future children, later studies have shown that even the father’s indulgence can be equally dangerous. If our ancestors had abstained from tobacco products, we would have been a far healthier stock than we really are today. This simple knowledge should be sufﬁcient to shock us to the spine. Evidently, it was with this terrifying realization, that the Government of Maharashtra publicized a notiﬁcation on 20th July, following which the food and drug administration’s secret investigators rolled up their sleeves, and got into action, seizing gutkha and paan masala worth 6.3 crore rupees, from 469 paan shops across the state. This action of the FDA creates controversy in light of more than a dozen leading Gutkha and Paan masala manufacturers’ writ petitions that are before the High Court, seeking judgment. However, arguing that the court has not stayed the notiﬁcation, the FDA went ahead seizing the banned products. The Congress-promoted drive against tobacco stuff will prove a political blunder, unless they ﬁrst educate, reﬁne and convince the aam admi against tobacco. The key to the success of this campaign against tobacco is in the hand of the citizen whose vote alone can vindicate the government.
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A People’s Government
by Anadi Naik Even if a Government is voted in by the majority votes cast, it does not necessarily represent the interest of the entire population. This has been a big problem for any democracy. The United States and India, along with a host of other countries continue to suffer from this deﬁciency. “A Government by the people, of the people and for the people” may not perish but the way it works at times raises some unpleasant questions. For example, when the United States keeps spending money on an unwinnable war or helps an oppressive dictatorship many think that it is a waste of the taxpayer’s dollars. But they have no effective tool to stop the Government. Or when India allows foreign companies to deplete its natural resources, it hurts a lot of people. But they cannot stop the Government without resorting to protest which more often than not becomes ugly and violent. Any democratically elected Government claims to have the will of the people behind it. But in reality the action of the Government and the desire of the people often run in opposite directions. When the situation becomes unbearable the ordinary folks rise to protest and the government on its part tries to shut them up. The process continues over and over around the world. Today, every country seems to depend on every other. When the Government of any one country violates democratic values within its borders, the others get affected. Syrian refugees are now ﬂooding the neighboring countries; many
people from Burma ﬂed to Laos and Thailand under the military rule; the Tamils of Sri Lanka left the island to settle wherever they could. That is why to reduce the pressure the Americans are raising Human rights issues with the Chinese; the Qatar is facilitating a dialog between the Taliban and the Afghan Government; Saudi Arabia are bankrolling the Egyptians; India is helping Nepal, Burma and Afghanistan in their economic development. Some see this mutual bonding as extending the hegemony by rich and powerful countries. But in reality it helps both ways. The helper and the helped get the beneﬁt from mutual transactions. That is why a good relationship between India and Pakistan is so important. Both have goods and services that the other needs. By facilitating their transactions respective governments can help their people to lift themselves up economically. Self-interest dictates such action but politics stands in the way. As far as the relationship between India and Pakistan goes, Pakistan’s foray into genuine democracy in recent weeks may change the situation for the better. Within any democracy there are elements who try to inﬂuence the Government’s thinking or position. Directly or indirectly they put pressure on Government. Each interest group such as the military, the industrial houses, the dairy farmers, the sugar mills, takes a stand which may go against some of the stands taken by others. The Government makes its decision but man-
ages to displease everyone. It happens quite often. In recent years, the most important relationship among nations has been deﬁned by their economic relationship with each other. The naked exploitation of the past through trade and commerce is not possible because of technological advancements in communication and travel. There are too many watchdogs around. Therefore, the playing ﬁeld for everyone has become more or less a level ﬁeld. Still problems do pop up now and then. Given India’s experience, one has to be careful, no doubt. Since opening its market to foreign investors India’s trade with the US has reached $100 billion. Indian companies have invested $30 billion in the United States. Countries of Europe, South America and Africa are buying Indian goods directly from India or through third countries. India is looking eastward to Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines for sales and investment. China also has become one of the most important partners in trade and commerce. In the eyes of other countries India is a big producer as well as a big consumer. Its upward moving middle class is hungry for goods and services from abroad. When India’s demand is added to China’s it lifts the entire world because together they hold almost one third of the world’s population. It is in the interest of the entire world that both countries have to work together even if they have two different concepts for democracy.
New Delhi, Aug 1 (ANI): Sujatha Singh assumed charge as India’s next foreign secretary on Thursday. Singh, an ofﬁcer of the 1976 batch of the Indian Foreign Service, succeeds Rajan Mathai who superannuated from the service yesterday. Mathai is expected to go to London as India’s High Commissioner. Prior to taking over as the foreign secretary, Singh served as India’s envoy to Germany (2012-13) and the country’s High Commission-
er to Australia (2007-12). Singh started her overseas assignments as second secretary in the Embassy of India, Bonn (1978-82). Subsequently she was ﬁrst secretary, High Commission of India, Accra (1985-89), counsellor, Embassy of India, Paris (1989-92), deputy chief of mission and deputy permanent representative to ESCAP at Embassy of India, Bangkok (1997-2000) and consul general, Milan (200004). Singh has served over a third of her career at
headquarters. She was under secretary looking after Nepal (1982-85); director, economic co-ordination unit (1992-95), attended the National Defence College at New Delhi (1995) and joint secretary at the Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi (1996-97). Singh, 59, is the third woman to head the services after Chokila Iyer and Nirupama Rao. She is the daughter of former Intelligence Bureau Chief T. V. Rajeshwar and the wife of former Secretary (East) Sanjay Singh.
Sujatha Singh Takes Charge As India’s New Foreign Secretary
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Healing Communities And Remembering The Victims Of Oak Creek
By Attorney General Eric Holder This Monday, August 5th, marks the one-year anniversary of the senseless murders of six Sikh worshippers – Satwant Singh Kaleka, Paramjit Kaur, Prakash Singh, Ranjit Singh, Sita Singh and Suveg Singh – at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, in Oak Creek, at the hands of a lone gunman. This heinous act of hatred and terror also seriously injured several other worshippers, as well as Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Brian Murphy, who was shot 12 times at close range while attempting to save others. In the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, individuals and communities of faith across the country were badly shaken. Millions were affected deeply – because we are a nation that has always cherished the right to worship and practice one’s faith in peace and liberty. The attack in Oak Creek was particularly jarring not only because of its scale, and the number of victims involved, but also because it occurred in a place of worship; of fellowship; and – above all – of peace. One year ago, I traveled to Oak Creek to stand in solidarity – and to grieve – with a shattered community that had witnessed the worst of humanity. That day, I was
inspired by the response of the Sikh community, by the outpouring of support from members of other faiths, and by the heroism of the Oak Creek Police Department ofﬁcers who rushed to aid victims in the face of gunﬁre. In the months since that shooting, many have asked how we should respond to mass casualty events like Oak Creek – which constitute both hate crimes and terrorist acts. Following any such incident, the process of healing will inevitably be lengthy and difﬁcult, as the effects of the tragedy endure long after the event. This is why, today, I’m pleased to announce that the Justice Department’s Ofﬁce on Victims of Crime will offer an emergency assistance grant to the Wisconsin Department of Justice providing over $512,000 to help reimburse, and continue to pay for, mental health and trauma services for the victims and survivors of this horriﬁc shooting. These funds are intended to assist all those affected – including family members, witnesses, ﬁrst responders and the wider Oak Creek community – as they continue to rebuild their lives and keep displaying the extraordinary resiliency so many of us have
come to admire. More broadly, we also must engage in an inclusive dialogue about how we can prevent these tragedies in the future – including through the improved tracking of hate crimes reporting. Now, the victims of Oak Creek must never be reduced to mere crime statistics. But, in order to honor their untimely losses by ensuring that justice can be done – they do need to be counted. Indeed, as Harpreet Singh Saini, who lost his mother during the Oak Creek attack, said at a Congressional hearing organized by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin last fall, “I came here today to ask the government to give my mother the dignity of being a statistic.” Having accurate information allows law enforcement leaders and policymakers to make informed decisions about the allocation of resources and priorities – decisions that impact real people, and affect public safety in every neighborhood and community. Today, I am proud to report that we have taken steps to collect this information. After a nearly year-long process, in June of 2013, the Advisory Policy Board that advises the FBI on various issues, includ-
ing statistical reporting under the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, recommended that the FBI Director add a number of categories in its tracking of hate crimes – including offenses committed against Sikh, Hindu, Arab, Buddhist, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness and Orthodox Christian individuals. Director Mueller approved this recommendation. And – as we look toward the future – I’m conﬁdent that this change will help us better understand the law enforcement challenges we face. It will empower us to better enforce relevant laws to protect everyone in this country. And it is emblematic of our unwavering resolve to prevent and seek justice for acts of hate and terror. As we speak, the Justice Department – through the FBI, our Civil Rights Division and our U.S. Attorneys’ Ofﬁces – continues to vigorously investigate and prosecute threats and violence directed at people because of their religion or ethnicity, and to prevent acts of discrimination against them in the workplace, schools and many other areas. Since the attacks of September 11th, the Department has investigated over 800 incidents involving violence, threats,
assaults, vandalism and arson targeting Arabs, Muslims, Sikhs, South Asians and those perceived to be members of these groups. The Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorneys’ Ofﬁces have brought prosecutions against 60 defendants in such cases with 50 convictions to date – including, most recently, obtaining a guilty plea from a Washington state man who attacked a Sikh man in violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. And the Community Relations Service is working to help communities prevent and respond to these crimes wherever they occur. Protecting the safety and civil rights of every person in this country is, and must always remain, a top priority for all those who serve the American family. Through this work, my colleagues and I will continue to honor the memories of those lost at Oak Creek and all others who have become victims of terror and hate. And we will keep striving to uphold the uniquely American promise that has always united people of differing faiths, creeds, colors, races and ideologies: the promise of liberty and equality for all.
August 6, 2013
Delhi Govt. To Provide Top Priority To Transport Sector: Sheila Dikshit
New Delhi, Aug. 2 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said that her government has decided to give top priority to transport sector with an aim to develop an international standard transport set up in the city. Dikshit, who inaugurated a day-long seminar on “Urban transport in Delhi” organized by the Transport Department, Government of NCT of Delhi with the assistance from Institute of Urban Transport (Delhi), in her inaugural speech elaborated the progress made by the government in planning and developing transport for the people of Delhi. She highlighted how Delhi’s transport is much better than any other city in the country and region, however a lot still needs to be done. “This seminar would be useful in deliberating how the transport system of Delhi can be made better,” she said. Dikshit also released a souvenir which is a compendium of technical papers and articles on Delhi’s transport system. The seminar was presided over by Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami.
In his speech, Goswami discussed in detail how the transport system in Delhi needs to be planned for the people and not vehicles. He emphasized the need for better planning and better implementation of the schemes and systems so that it is the people of Delhi who are the biggest beneﬁciaries. In his address, the Secretary and Commissioner Transport expressed the need for knowledge, awareness and training within the department so that ofﬁcials are better aware of fulﬁlling the needs and desires of the people of Delhi. This Seminar is an initiative of its kind to start deliberating and discussing urban transport by engaging experts in the ﬁeld to discuss about transport planning in Delhi. The technical sessions began with a presentation on the Regional Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) by the Member Secretary of NCRPB Naini Jayaseelan. This was followed by a presentation on Delhi Metro by Sharat Sharma, Director Operations DMRC. The subsequent session on Multimodal Integration contained presentations by Sh Samir Sharma from DIMTS
and Shri Yash Sachdeva. Both these presentations focused on the need for modal integration in Delhi considering there are so many modes of public transport available to the public. The second half of the day kick started with a session on Road Safety. Taj Hassan from Delhi Traffic Police and Dr. PK Sikdar from ICT and Dr. Geetam Tiwari from TRIPP, IIT Delhi presented the reduction in road fatalities and injuries and how additional efforts need to be taken towards making roads of Delhi safer. The session on Green Delhi included a very eloquent presentation by Anumita Roy Choudhary from CSE and Sandeep Mishra from DPCC. The last session of the event was on Transit Oriented Development and how it would help in densifying transit corridors accommodating more and more people within a higher density area around transit stations. The day concluded with a vote of thanks by Special Commissioner, Transport, Kuldeep Singh Gangar who thanked the Chief Minister and Minister Transport for being a strong source of motivation and encouragement which made the event possible.
Lucknow, Aug. 2 (ANI): Flooding in Uttar Pradesh has worsened causing a surge in the water levels of the Ganges, leaving at least 149 killed and approximately 1.6 million displaced accord-
ing to reports. Initially only the western part of the state faced the ﬂood situation but now rivers have triggered damage in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, as well.
Major rivers in the sub-Himalayan Terai region are said to be in spate; amongst them are the Ganga, Ram Ganga, Rapti, Sharda, Yamuna, Ghaghra and Gomti. According to reports, almost one million hectare of cultivable land has been damaged and approximately 299 livestock have fallen victim across 15 districts of the state. Additionally, hundreds of people have been forced to vacate their swamped homes in Varanasi because of the ﬂoods. The River Sharda is ﬂowing above the danger mark in Paliakalan while the River Ghaghra is above the red mark in Bahraich. The River Ganges is rising at Kannauj, Allahabad, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Ghazipur and Ballia, whereas the River Yamuna is in spate at Baghpat, Auraiyya, Hamirpur, Banda and Allahabad. Bahraich continues to be one of the worst affected districts by the ravaging ﬂood waters of the River Ghaghra.
149 Killed In Uttar Pradesh Floods
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Brinda Karat Criticizes Akhilesh Govt., Alleges IAS Nagpal Suspended To Save Sand Maﬁa
New Delhi, Aug. 3 (ANI): Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat on Saturday criticized the Samajwadi Party (SP) Government for using the threat of communal tension as a shield while suspending Indian Administrative Service (IAS) ofﬁcer Durga Shakti Nagpal for taking action against the sand maﬁa which is operating in the area. “Where are the communal politics in this case? Nobody there has complained except people who were having links with the sand maﬁa. In the name of preventing a so-called communal incident from happening, what was really happening was a defense being set up to save the sand maﬁa. That is what’s so objectionable,” Karat said here on Saturday. “In this case it’s one where you have a young woman ofﬁcer who has taken a very strong stand against the sand maﬁa who have many patrons working in many political parties of that area. It is that that has upset them, and they thought she was a vulnerable target because she is a young woman,” Karat added. Reiterating her stand that the suspension was unfortunate and one that sent a wrong message to other aspiring female IAS ofﬁcers, Karat said Samajwadi Party Minister Narendra Bhati’s statement that bragged about getting Nagpal suspended in 41 minutes raised new questions about the reasoning of the order. “His statement raises questions on how his leaders have taken this decision. So
if his statement is completely untrue, and they have not taken the decision on the basis of his 41 minutes’ time deadline, well they should take action against him. Are they going to do that?” Karat asked. T he 28-yea r- old Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar reached out to the state government yesterday to proclaim her innocence. The Allahabad High Court yesterday adjourned the hearing on a PIL ﬁled in connection with the IAS ofﬁcer’s suspension by the Uttar Pradesh Government. The High Cour t also sought a response from the state government and the Centre in connection with this case. The case will now come up for hearing on August 19. The clamour for reinstating Nagpal grew louder on Thursday with representatives of the Central IAS ofﬁcers’ Association meeting Minister of State in PMO V. Narayanasamy to demand justice for her. Nagpal was suspended last month ostensibly for taking on the sand maﬁa and for ordering the demolition of a wall of a mosque that was being built on government land in the state’s Gautam Buddh Nagar District, where she was posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate. According to reports, the 2009-batch IAS ofﬁcer had seized nearly 300 trolleys of sand being illegally mined from the Yamuna river bed. Though the Uttar Pradesh Government has
called it an ‘administrative decision’, against her for demolishing a wall which was part of an intended mosque, but many believe that it was the result of pressure from the mining maﬁa. Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Government said removing Nagpal was an “administrative decision” as her decision to demolish the mosque could trigger communal tension, especially since it came during the month of Ramzan. Defending his government’s action, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said the bureaucrat ordered the demolition of a portion of the mosque which might have resulted in disturbing peace in the state. “You should inquire from the people of that village. The Muslim families collected donation for building a mosque, a wall was built, and you took the decision without holding any consultation and spoilt the environment there,” he said. Yadav said there was no matter of mining for which the action was taken. “The government will act against all those who act against goodwill and brotherhood or try to spoil the environment by of their work,” he added, while rubbishing reports that the government acted tough only because it was a matter of illegal mining. “If you look at the record of last two to three months then you will come to know that truck and machines were caught. We are also desirous that illegal mining should not take place,” he added.
New Del h i, Aug 3 (ANI): Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio met the Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi on Saturday to ﬁnd an amicable solution to the border dispute between the two states. “I had a good meeting with the Assam Chief Minister. We have decided that as far as the border between Nagaland and Assam is concerned, we should maintain status quo, maintain peace, and keep our
NGO’s active to have interaction,” he told the media here today. “We will be sending our administrative ofﬁcers to observe the ground realties, so that nobody violates the peaceful atmosphere,” he added. Since the formation of Nagaland in 1963, around 59,000 hectares of Assam land has been allegedly encroached upon by residents of the neighbouring states. According to reports,
Nagaland residents have encroached upon 4,000 hectares in the 5,927-hectare Geleky reserve forest in Assam’s Sivasagar district. “Since it is a disputed area there is some kind of tension but because political will is there to resolve and civil society desires for peaceful atmosphere,” Neiphiu Rio said. Nagaland is also reported to have encroached upon large areas in Jorhat and Golaghat districts of Assam.
Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio Meets Assam CM Tarun Gogoi To Tackle Border Issues
Need For Realty Sector To Come Forward: Girija Vyas
New Delhi, Aug. 2 (ANI): Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Dr. Girija Vyas has called upon the realty sector to come forward and participate through capital and technology for upgradation and creation of affordable housing stock and help the government build an inclusive India. Dr. Vyas, who addressed the 9th Edition of Conference on Real Estate “ Vision for Real Estate Sector , Housing and Retail” being organized by Confederation of Indian Industry ( CII) here today, exhorted the realty sector to come forward to supplement the government’s efforts. “In a country like India, where housing represents a key component of economic growth contributing 5 percent to the GDP and there still being a shortfall of 18.7 million units ,improvised building technologies to promote mass housing and economies of scale, could go a long way in addressing the housing shortfall,” Dr. Vyas said. “T he Investment required for up-gradation and
creation of new affordable housing stock as envisaged by the various schemes and programmes of my Ministry and Government of India would be huge,” she added. Highlighting the major initiatives of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation for providing affordable housing for urban poor , Dr Vyas said: “The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) is one of the ﬂagship schemes, which was a fast track reform driven investment programme aimed at creating economically productive, efﬁcient, equitable, responsive and inclusive cities.” Speaking about recently launched programme Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), she said “ it envisages a ‘Slum free India’ with inclusive , equitable cities and where every citizen has an access to basic social and civic services , stronger livelihood linkages and decent shelter.” “This programme envisages Central Government support for slum development and creation of affordable
housing. Under this Affordable Housing in Patrnership Scheme ( AHP) and the Interest Subsidy Scheme for Housing the Urban Poor ( ISHUP) now called Rajiv Rinn Yojana ( RRY) dovetailed with RAY with a view to improve the supply side and demand side incentives for affordable housing for the urban poor. Under, RAY, RRY and AHP, Government will support establishment of 2.5 million housing units,” Dr. Vyas stated. Dr. Vyas stated that the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013, has been approved by the Cabinet and is proposed to be introduced in the Parliament in the monsoon session. “It will ensure consumer protection and promotion of the Real Estate sector through effective regulation and introduction of speedy mechanisms for adjudication of disputes,” she said. She further stated that this legislation shall instill standardization and professionalism in the sector and hence catalyzing domestic and foreign investments.
August 6, 2013
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Chinese PLA Stops Indian Army BJP Firm On Discussing All Issues In Parliament, Unsatisﬁed With PM’s Assurance From Patrolling In Indian Territory
Kolkata, Aug. 3 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday lashed out at the UPA Government over Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s remark that the Centre is ready to discuss any issue which may agitate in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, and said that the ruling Congress Party’s actions are contrary to the statements made by its leaders. “We have repeatedly been in favor of discussing all issues. It was the government who was not letting us speak, even not letting the Leader of Opposition put her point of view across. She was interrupted 60 times in one-and-ahalf minutes. Then, if you want to bring in a particular business, they want that business to be discussed under certain rules so that that cannot be discussed thereafter. So, there are several issues. What the government says is contrary to how the government behaves,” said BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi. Commenting on the Food Security Bill, Lekhi said that the government was not ready for an open discussion. “Will the government be willing to discuss the Food Security Bill? We have
seen how they have brought in an ordinance. ... I think in parliamentary democracy, if the elected members or the government is accountable to the Parliament then the government better get used to the ideas and the condemnation of its acts by the opposition. But are they willing to? Everything which is spoken or said is how the business is conducted,” she added. The Prime Minister earlier in the day said that he looks forward to a constructive Monsoon Session of Parliament and respectfully appealed to the opposition to cooperate with the government. “We look forward to a very constructive, productive session of Parliament. Lot of time was wasted in previous two or three sessions and there is lot of legislative agenda pending before the Congress, before the Parliament. And I sincerely hope that all sections of the house will cooperate in making it a very productive, very constructive session,” Dr. Singh said. The Prime Minister, who was talking to media here after the all-party meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, said the government on its part is willing to discuss any issue
which may agitate the opposition. “But all that we expect fully is to ask the opposition to cooperate with the government in passing the essential legislative work, which is the primary responsibility of Parliament. Of all the ordinances, ﬁve or six ordinances which are before the Parliament and most important is Food Security Ordinance,” said Dr. Singh. “And I sincerely hope that the Parliament in its wisdom will ﬁnd it productive, ﬁnd it justiﬁed to convert that Ordinance into a Bill and an act of Parliament,” he added. T he L ok Sabha Speaker had convened today’s all-party meeting at the Parliament complex here to ensure smooth functioning of the house beginning on Monday to pass important legislations, including the food security bill and the land acquisition bill. The monsoon Session ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls is important with several issues likely to be taken up for discussions. These include Uttarakhand ﬂoods, Telengana and other economic issues. Political parties in their earlier meeting had assured smooth functioning of Parliament.
New Delhi, Aug 3 (ANI): Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) leaders met Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday and renewed their demand for the creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland. “We had come to meet Sharad Pawar with our renewed demand of a separate state of Gorkhaland. After the formation of Telangana by the same government, we realized that now the government is in a position to create a separate state and our case history is much older than any separate states demand in the country. And logically also, ours is the most rational and reasonable demand,” GJMM spokesperson Harka Bahadur Chhetri told media here today “We highlighted all this to Sharad Pawarji and we will also be meeting important leaders. We have requested him to impress upon other important political allies and whenever the Monsoon session of Parliament
begins, we have requested him to advocate our case on behalf of GJMM,” he added. Chhetri said that the Union Agriculture Minister assured them that he would discuss this with other important leaders. Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) is a semi-autonomous body for Darjeeling Hills that was formed in 2012 after a tripartite agreement involving the centre and West Bengal and the GJMM. Harka Bahadur Chhetri who is an MLA Kalimpong further said that they had accepted the GTA but the amount of autonomy that was assured was not given to them. “We have already accepted the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) which was under condition from the Union Government and at that point in time the Centre was in no position to create a separate state,” he said
“But the amount of autonomy that was assured was not given to Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) and as a result GTA could not function properly. There was no smooth transfer of departments because of which we face lot of problems. It was a process of discrediting the movement as well as Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) and its President Bimal Gurung,” he added. Earlier in the day, an indeﬁnite shutdown had begun in the hills of Darjeeling in West Bengal called by the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) that has been spearheading the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out of the hill regions of West Bengal since over a decade. According to reports, on the eve of the shutdown, Gorkhaland supporters allegedly set ﬁre to government property, including a forest bungalow and a police outpost.
Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha Leaders Meet Sharad Pawar
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side on the LAC in DemchokFukhche sector. During the meeting with the Chinese side which was led by Colonel Wang Jun Xian, the Indian side said the construction was in violation of Peace and Tranquality Agreement signed between the two countries in 1993. According to the agreement, no construction work has to be undertaken at the LAC by either country. The Chinese side claimed that the tower was actually a weather station for the beneﬁt of the people of the area and instead informed the Indian delegation that its Army was engaged in military activities in Fukhche. The Indian side led by Brigadier Sanjeev Rai told the Chinesse team that PLA troops were regularly entering into the Indian area, sources said. It gave instances like on July 16 and 19 when the Chinese troops entered 1.2 km deep into Indian territory, on
Chinese PLA stops Army from patrolling in Indian territory July 17 (2.5 km), on July 20 Pradesh starts. This area also (aggressive patrol entered 200 has the distinction of having metres) and intervening night a deﬁned International Border of July 25-26 (3.5 km). with China. This area is not acThese incursions cessible from the Chinese side mainly happened in Chumar whereas the Indian side has a and Demchok areas, located road almost to the last point 300 km from Leh. on which the army can carry The sources said that a load upto nine tonnes. the ‘assertive posturing’ by the All Indian units Chinese troops was a worry- located along the LAC have ing trend which had been seen been asked to maintain a tight lately after the April 15 faceoff vigil in their Area of Responat the DBO sector. sibilities (AOR) and launch Chumar is the last frequent patrols to the higher town after which Himachal reaches, the sources said.
Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh), Aug 2 (ANI): The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party (AAP) on Friday asked suspended Indian Administrative Service (IAS) ofﬁcer Durga Shakti Nagpal to join it and contest elections against Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav from Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri constituency in the 2014 general elections. AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said Nagpal should set a new example by coming forward. “We have invited Durga Shakti Nagpalji to contest against Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri constituency on the Aam Aadmi Party ticket, so that no other ofﬁcer like her faces the wrath of a corrupt Samajwadi Party government,” Vishwas told reporters here. Nagpal was suspended last month ostensibly for taking on the sand maﬁa and for ordering the demolition of a wall of a mosque
that was being built on government land in the state’s Gautam Buddh Nagar District, where she was posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate. According to reports, the 2009-batch IAS ofﬁcer had seized nearly 300 trolleys of sand being illegally mined from the Yamuna river bed. Though the Uttar Pradesh Government has called it as an ‘administrative decision’, against her for demolishing a wall which was part of an intended mosque, but many believe that it was the result of pressure from the mining maﬁa. Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Government said removing Nagpal was an “administrative decision” as her decision to demolish the mosque could trigger communal tension, especially since it came during the month of Ramzan. Defending h is government’s action, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said the bureaucrat ordered the
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demolition of a portion of the mosque which might have resulted in disturbing peace in the state. “You should inquire from the people of that village. The Muslim families collected donation for building a mosque, a wall was built, and you took the decision without holding any consultation and spoilt the environment there,” he said. Yadav said there was no matter of mining for which the action was taken. “The government will act against all those who act against goodwill and brotherhood or try to spoil the environment by of their work,” he added, while rubbishing reports that the government acted tough only because it was a matter of illegal mining. “If you look at the record of last two to three months then you will come to know that truck and machines were caught. We are also desirous that illegal mining should not take place,” he added.
August 6, 2013
Hassan Rouhani Takes Over As Iran’s New President
Tehran, Aug. 4 (Xinhua-ANI): Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ofﬁcially endorsed Hassan Rouhni as the country’s new president in a ceremony held here on Saturday. The ceremony came before the inauguration of Rouhani slated to be held in the Iranian Majlis (parliament) in the presence of local and international participants on Sunday. Rouhani won Iran’s presidential election on July 14 by garnering 50.7 percent of the votes, far ahead of his ﬁve conservative-principlist rivals. The endorsement ceremony was attended by a number of Iranian high-ranking ofﬁcials, including former president Akbar HashemiRafsanjani, Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as a number of foreign guests. Rouhani, a moderate cleric, will succeed the outgoing hardliner Ahmadinejad and inherit from him an ailing economy and a troubled foreign policy. In the ceremony on Saturday, Rouhani said the
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center welcomes Sujithra Jayaraj, MD. July-14 election showed that there was no division between the government and the people, who chose someone having served the Islamic establishment for years to be their new president. The election indicated that the Western sanctions could not induce differences among the people, he said, adding that voters from all walks of life participated in the election, the results of which surprised many observers. The Iranian people with different views and political stances participated in the election and showed that it was totally transparent and the democracy has been institutionalized in the country, he added. Iran’s new president expressed his gratitude to the people who took part in the
election and thanked the supreme leader for guiding the country at crucial junctures. “My mission is to safeguard the people’s trust and to establish stability and security, and to help the country out of the current problems and concerns,” he maintained. He said that the people voted for “change” in the presidential election and his administration will be committed to the promises that he gave during his election campaign. He will officially assume presidency after an inauguration ceremony in the parliament on Sunday. According to some reports, he will announce his cabinet to the parliament at the inauguration, although he has two weeks to form the government.
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Mugabe’s Party Wins Zimbabwe Presidential Elections With Two-third Majority
London, August 3 (ANI): Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s party has won the presidential elections with almost two-third majority. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said Zanu-PF had won 137 seats in the 210-seat chamber, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, Mugabe’s rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, has already dismissed the election calling it a
According to the report, the country has been torn apart by political strife and is likely to face another period of economic stagnation. Earlier, African Union (AU) mission head Olusegun Obasanjo had dismissed the complaints of fraudulent elections. After Robert Mugabe was declared the winner of Zimbabwe’s presidential election on Saturday with a convincing margin, the United States and Britain have expressed their concerns over the conduct of the vote. According to The Guardian, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, commended Zimbabweans for rejecting violence but added that in the light of substantial electoral irregularities reported by domestic and regional observers, the
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US, Yemeni Leaders Discuss Political Transition, Counterterrorism, Detainees
Beijing, Aug. 2 (Xinhua-ANI): US President Barack Obama Thursday met with his Yemeni counterpart Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi at the White House to discuss Yemen’s political transition, counterterrorism partnership and the return of Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. A joint statement released after the meeting said the two leaders held talks on Yemen’s efforts to implement the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative, and Hadi spoke of the progress in restructuring the military and undertaking a national dialogue as well as making preparations for a new voter registry, constitutional referendum and national elections. Hadi took office in February 2012 after the GCC initiative ended the rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh and 11 months of mass protests across the country. He had pledged to carry out reforms during his two-year transitional term, to launch a national dialogue with all political factions, and to combat alQaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). “President Obama reiterated the United States’
support for the stability, security, prosperity and unity of Yemen,” the statement said. The two presidents “reafﬁrmed their commitment to a strong and enduring counterterrorism and security partnership and agreed to cooperate closely to enable the return of Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay who have been designated for transfer,” the statement noted. It said they discussed a range of efforts to counter the threat to both countries posed by AQAP, and afﬁrmed “the importance of combating terrorism within the framework of the rule of law and of supporting Yemen’s efforts to build capable, effective and professional security forces.” The Obama administration is helping the Yemeni troops ﬁght the resurgent alQaida off-shoot, and has stepped up drone strikes since Hadi took ofﬁce, with a view to uprooting the militants in the country’s southern regions. Obama thanked Hadi for the “strong cooperation” in counterterrorism offered by his government. “Because of some of the effective military reforms that President Hadi initiated when
he came into ofﬁce, what we’ve seen is al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, moves back out of territories that it was controlling,” he told reporters at the White House after his meeting with the Yemeni leader. On the Guantanamo Bay detainees, Obama reafﬁrmed his commitment to closing the detention facility, and noted his decision to lift the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen, which was imposed following a foiled attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound passenger plane on Christmas Day in 2009 by AQAP. “The two presidents agreed their governments would work together to facilitate the repatriation of Yemeni detainees who have been designated for transfer,” said the joint statement. “President Hadi afﬁrmed his intention to establish an extremist rehabilitation program to address the problem of violent extremism within Yemen, which could also facilitate the transfer of Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo,” it added. Out of the 166 detainees there, 56 are Yemenis already cleared for transfer.
August 6, 2013
US Paid £100m To UK Spy Agency
L o n d o n , A u g. 2 (ANI): The US government has reportedly paid close to 100 million pounds to the UK spy agency GCHQ over the last three years to gain access over Britain’s intelligence gathering programs. According to the Guardian, the documents revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden have exposed the top secret payments which indicates that GCHQ has to work hard to meet NSA’s demands in return of their investment. The classiﬁed documents have revealed that GCHQ has put in its money for collection of personal information from mobile phone and apps and wants to be able to ‘exploit any phone, anywhere, anytime’.
The report said that the ministers have denied GCHQ’s participation in NSA’s ‘dirty work’ but the documents reveal that the amount of personal data available to GCHQ from internet and mobile trafﬁc has increased by 7,000 percent in the past ﬁve years. The revealed documents state that NSA payments to GCHQ to support its work including those for the Nato forces in Afghanistan and its Mastering the Internet project which gathers and stores vast amounts of ‘raw’ information ready for analysis. According to the report, the documents suggest that GCHQ might have been spying on American living in the US as the NSA is prohibited to do so by the law.
A Cabinet Office spokesman said that in a 60year alliance it is entirely unsurprising that there are joint projects in which resources and expertise are pooled, but the beneﬁts ﬂow in both directions. A senior security source at Whitehall said that there is a close intelligence relationship between the UK and US and a number of other countries including Australia and Canada and there is no automaticity, not everything is shared and a sentient human being takes decisions. GCHQ said that by 2013 it hoped to have ‘exploited to the full its unique selling points of geography, partnerships and the UK’s legal regime’, the report added.
U.S. Economy Added 162k New Jobs In July, Says Labor Department
Washington, Aug.3 (ANI): The U.S. economy added 162,000 new jobs in the month of July, but this was still below the expectations of several economists, who had projected a new hiring ﬁgure of more than 180,000. According to the BBC, the new jobs have helped reduce the unemployment rate to 7.4 per cent. This is the lowest jobless rate in four years, suggesting that the U.S. may now be on the slow growth path after almost ﬁve years of ﬁnancial meltdown. The news may also allow the Federal Reserve to end its monetary stimulus programme. It currently buys 85 billion dollars a month in bonds which helps to keep borrowing costs low. Fe der a l Res er ve chairman Ben Bernanke has said that he might start cutting down the rate of bond buying
by the end of the year and stop altogether by the middle of 2014, depending on the strength of the economy. Earlier this week, ﬁgures showed that the US economy grew at a faster-than-
expected annualised pace of 1.7 per cent in the second quarter of the year. That was up from the growth rate for the ﬁrst three months of 2013, which was revised lower to 1.1 per cent from 1.8 per cent.
Washington, Aug. 3 (ANI): A U.S. human rights ofﬁcial has said China’s human rights record continues to be of a very poor standard and way short of acceptable international standards. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Uzra Zeya expressed concern about Chinese authorities treating relatives of dissidents, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Zeya was in Beijing to attend the 18th round of the
annual human rights dialogue between the U.S. and China. Meanwhile, human right activists have criticised the talks for being more of a diplomatic exercise than a serious tool to press China on the human right issues. More than a dozen activists have been arrested in recent weeks in connection with the New Citizens Movement, a public campaign urging government ofﬁcials to disclose their assets in a bid to curb corruption in the country.
Beijing, Aug. 2 (Xinhua-ANI): The Senate on Thursday conﬁrmed human rights advocate Samantha Power as the new US ambassador to the United Nations. The Senate voted 8710 for Power, a move Obama hailed as “a strong, bipartisan majority.” “As one of our country’s leading foreign policy thinkers, Samantha knows
that our nation’s interests are advanced with strong and principled American leadership,” Obama said in a statement following the Senate vote. “As a long-time champion of human rights and dignity, she will be a ﬁerce advocate for universal rights, fundamental freedoms and U.S. national interests,” he added. Power, 42, a former White House national security
staffer, will replace Susan Rice, who became Obama’s new national security adviser last month. Starting the career as a freelance reporter in Bosnia, Power joined Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 as a foreign policy adviser. Her 2002 book “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” won the Pulitzer Prize.
US Slams China Over Worsening Human Rights Record
US Senate Conﬁrms Samantha Power As UN Envoy
U.N High Commissioner Orders Probe Into Syrian Rebels Executing Government Soldiers Report
Washington, Aug. 3(ANI): The United Nations (U.N) High commissioner has reportedly ordered investigations into allegations that the Syrian opposition forces might have executed as many as 30 people including soldiers in rural Aleppo citing videos of the killings on internet. According to the CNN, the U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay called the allegations ‘deeply shocking’ and called for an independent investi-
gation into the incident and called for those responsible for such crimes to be brought to justice. The videos posted on the Internet show government soldiers being ordered to lie on the ground, bodies being collected by doctors, corpses strewn along a wall and bodies in Khan al-Assal bearing gunshot wounds to the head. Pillay said that opposition forces should not think they are immune from prosecution and added that all captured or wounded soldiers
must be treated in accordance with international law. The U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic hasd earlier said that both rebel groups and government forces and their afﬁliated militias are demonstrating ‘emerging patterns of summary execution and murder’. According to the U.N, more than 1, 00,000 people have been killed since fighting began, the report added.
London,Aug.3(ANI): The German government has reportedly ended its Cold War-era pact for sharing intelligence, dated 1968-69, with the US and Britain after revelations about their secret surveillance programs by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. According to the BBC, Snowden’s revelations about the secret snoop-op involving the transatlantic allies prompted Germany to take the decision. G er ma n Foreig n Minister Guido Westerwelle said that the cancellation of
the administrative agreements is a necessary and proper consequence of the recent debate about protecting personal privacy. The report said that Germans’ experience of mass surveillance under the Communist and Nazi dictatorships makes them particularly sensitive to perceived infringements of personal privacy and the country has strong data protection laws. A German official said that the agreement had not been invoked since the end of the Cold War and admitted
that the decision would have no impact on current intelligence co-operation. A spokesperson for Britain’s Foreign Ofﬁce also said that the agreement had not been in use since 1990. Henning Riecke of the German Council on Foreign Relations said that ending an agreement made in the preinternet age gives the Germans a chance to show they’re doing something yet given the good relations between the intelligence agencies, they’ll get the information they need anyway, the report added.
Beijing, Aug. 4 (Xinhua-ANI): Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed on Friday three ways to solve the South China Sea disputes, and saying these three ways could be processing simultaneously. Meeting with Surukiat Sathirathai, Chairman of Asia Peace Reconciliation Council and former Thai Deputy Prime Minister, Wang proposed three ways to solve the disputes. First, he said, is to reach agreement through consultation and negotiation between direct parties concerned. He stressed that this is the fundamental way and the only way that can lead to ﬁnal solution. He said that China is always opening its door for dialogue with all disputing
parties. The allegation that bilateral negotiation could not be moved forward is untrue and baseless, he said. The Chinese Foreign Minister said that the second way is to continue to implement the Declaration of the Conduct of the South China Sea, while gradually push forward the consultations on the Conduct Code of the South China Sea. He said both the Declaration and Conduct Code are not the solutions for disputes, but meant to commonly safeguard peace and stability in the region. Wang said the Conduct Code was disrupted by some individual party’s behavior, China do not want to see that happen again. The Third way, The Chinese Foreign Minister
said that searching for ways of common exploitation. He said that it took time to ﬁnd a ﬁnal solution for the South China Sea disputes, before that the parties concerned should jointly searching for ways of common exploitation on win-win and mutual beneﬁcial basis. He said common exploitation is not only for economic interest, but it will also send signals to the other parts of the world that the countries in the region are willing to solve their disputes in the way of cooperation. Wang stressed that China persistently advocates solve disputes through negotiations on the basis of respecting historical facts and international law. These two are equally important and neither should be neglected.
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AUGUST 7 Wedding and Event Designs by Fatima Floral and Sahara Business Brokers are presenting the second annual ‘Chand Raat Mela 2013’. Time is from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Location is the Waterford Hotel, 6715 Commerce Street, Springﬁeld, VA. The program includes a fashion show and music. For further information, please call Habib Ahmed at 703-973-2942, Irma Hafeez at 301-610-0028, Asim Gill at 703-217-2259 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.faentertainments.com AUGUST 7 - 11 Enjoy the Arlington County Fair, the premier communitywide event that effectively provides a range of educational and entertaining activities for people of all ages. Timings are as follows: August 7 and 8 - 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., outdoors; August 9 - 4:00 to 10:00 p.m., indoors, and 2:00 to 11:00 p.m., outdoors; August 10 - 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., indoors, and 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., outdoors; August 11 - 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., indoors, and 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., outdoors. Location is the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second Street South, Arlington, VA. Sheela Ramanath, founder and artistic director of Kalavaridhi (www.kalavaridhi.org), will be performing a special Bharatanatyam dance on August 10, at 11:00 a.m. Indian Dance Educators Association (IDEA) will be presenting Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi, on August 10, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information about the Fair, go to http://arlingtoncountyfair.us/ AUGUST 8 Richard Byrd Library opens its 55th Library Anniversary, ‘August in Antarctica’, with a lecture on Richard Byrd, Antarctic Explorer. Learn about the exploits of this famous aviator and explorer and his lasting impact on Antarctic research. Time is 7:30 p.m. The Richard Byrd Library is
located at 7250 Commerce Street, Springﬁeld, VA (703451-8055). AUGUST 10 Richard Byrd Library is hosting Family Day: Antarctica at the Library. Try on extreme cold weather gear, play in the snow, experiment with blubber and more! There will be no “cooler” place to be! Time is from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. The Richard Byrd Library is located at 7250 Commerce Street, Springﬁeld, VA (703451-8055). AUGUST 13 Montgomery College is offering a US Citizenship Preparation Program. Are you a legal permanent resident? Do you need help preparing for the US citizenship test and interview? Come to an information session and discover how Montgomery College may be able to help you, for free! Please come to one of the information sessions and bring your Green Card: August 13, at 6:00 p.m.; August 17, at 9:00 a.m.; September 10, at 6:00 p.m.; September 14, at 9:00 a.m.; October 8, at 6:00 p.m.; October 12, at 9:00 a.m.; November 5, at 6:00 p.m.; and November 9, at 9:00 a.m. Location is Westﬁeld South, 11002 Veirs Mill Road, Suite 306, Wheaton, MD. The Montgomery College Citizenship Preparation Program is for legal permanent residents who live in Montgomery County, MD, and are learning English as a second language. For more information, Readers can contact Nancy Newton at 240-567-8169 or nancy. newton@montgomerycollege. edu AUGUST 18 National Council of Asian Indian Associations (NCAIA), together with the IndianAmerican community of the Washington metropolitan area, is organizing an Independence Day Gala Dinner at Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt, MD. Time is 6:00 p.m. For details, please contact Dr. Suresh K. Gupta, President of NCAIA, at 301-332-9596, Mr.
Yogendra Gupta, Coordinator, at 301-515-1411, Mr. Pavan Bezwada, Co-Coordinator, at 301-455-0073, Mr. Sunil Singh, Chairman of NCAIA, at 571-233-1292 or Mr. Satish Gupta at 301-529-5757. AUGUST 24 All ladies are welcome to attend and participate in ‘Mela Teeyan Teej 2013’. Enjoy a night of music, mehendi, fashion, food and entertainment. Time is from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Venue is the Gesher Jewish Day School, 4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax, VA. For details, please contact Moni Gill at 571-232-9656 or email@example.com or Varinder Randhawa at 571243-5745. AUGUST 25 ICCC, together with IndianAmerican community organizations of the Washington metro area, are celebrating India’s 67th Independence Day with a special program, ‘Indian Diaspora and Global Impact’. Location is Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA. The program is as follows: Mela from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.; parade and ﬂag hoisting at 3:30 p.m.; cultural show beginning at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Mr. Kumar Singh, Chairman of ICCC, at 571451-5309, Mukund Agashe at 240-453-0580, Puneet Ahluwalia at 703-283-6644, Krishna Banaudha at 301-6335563, Dr. Sambhu and Mrs. Promila Banik at 301-5307539, Poonam Bansal at 703719-0440, Pavan Bezwada at 301-455-0073, Mr. Walton Dawson at 240-701-2685 or Dr. Satish Misra at 301-3402983. AUG. 31 - SEPT. 1 Gnanananda Seva Samajam, Inc., USA invites all to ‘Namasankeerthanam Mela 2013’ to celebrate the divine celestial wedding of Lord Krishna and Radha. Timings are as follows: August 31 - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; and September 1 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Venue is Durga Temple, 8400 Durga Place, Fairfax Station, VA. The program features bhajans, Radha Kalyanam, divyanamam, ashtapathis and guru padhuka pujas. Attend this free event to seek blessings of the Gods. For further information, visit www.gssus. org or e-mail gssus@gssus. org SEPTEMBER 8 - 14 Durga Temple is presenting Ram Katha by Dr. Ram Kamal Das Vedanti Ji. Katha will be followed by Aarti and bhandara everyday. The temple is located at 8400 Durga Place, Fairfax Station, VA (703-6909355). For details, please go to www.durgatemple.org SEPTEMBER 20 Manish and Deepa Sood of Intense Entertainment are presenting top-notch Indian playback singer Shreya Ghoshal - live in concert! Venue is the DAR Constitution Hall located at 1776 D Street, NW, Washington, DC. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; concert starts at 8:00 p.m. For details, please call 202-59-MASTI (62784) or visit www.intenseus.com SEPTEMBER 28 American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin - National Capital Chapter (ASEI-NCC) is hosting its 28th Annual National Convention. The theme is “Innovative Technologies: An Engine for Economic Growth”. The program includes: morning plenary; luncheon; evening gala banquet; tracks of technical presentation; and panel discussions. Tracks and panels are on information technology, healthcare IT, nanotechnology, traditional energy, renewable energy, bioengineering and space contributions of Indian-Americans, STEM. Participants include major US and India corporations, government agencies, Indian Embassy, entrepreneurs, dignitaries, academia and students. The convention will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Location is the University of Maryland at College Park, Riggs Alumni Center and Adele Stamp Student
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If you want to publish an upcoming event in our Community Calendar please send an e-mail: GComCal@aol.com or Fax: 703-893-2202 or contact: Geeta at 703-599-6623. Please send the announcement at least one week in advance Union Building. For further information, go to www.aseincc.org or call 202-800-0333, Dr. Ajay Kothari, Convention Chair, at 301-935-5868, Mr. Hari Bindal, ASEI-NCC President, at 301-262-0254, G.S. Sridhar, Convention Co-Chair at 571-274-9672, Ms. Pavithra Kenjige, ASEI-NCC Vice President, at 703-815-1629 or Mayur Kathuria, ASEI-UMD, at 240-475-2320. Note: The convention is being co-hosted by ASEI-UMD, College Park, in collaboration with PANIIT, MIBRT, USIBC, USINPAC and other professional organizations. SEPTEMBER 29 Kerala Cultural Society of Metropolitan Washington (KCSMW), in collaboration with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), are organizing ‘Miles 4 Smiles’, a 5K run/1 mile walk. Time is 8:00 a.m. Location is the National Harbor, a 300-acre multi-use waterfront development on the shores of the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, MD. KCSMW is a non-proﬁt organization which focuses on promoting cultural awareness and social activities primarily among Indian-Americans. For further information, visit www.kcsmw.org or www. miles4smiles.org or www. lls.org OCTOBER 5 The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) is hosting its exceedingly popular and awaited annual Gala. The ‘2013 SAJA Gala’, featuring an awards ceremony and banquet-style dinner, will be held at the Yale Club in New York City. The association will honor and recognize excellence in journalism coverage in South Asia as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with
fellow SAJA members, other reporters, editors and producers from reputable media outlets. Registration is open until September 30. For details, head to www.saja.org OCTOBER 19 Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will debut the world’s ﬁrst exhibition, ‘Yoga: The Art of Transformation’, on the visual history of Yoga. US tour will follow. Yoga is a global phenomenon, practiced by millions of people seeking spiritual insight or better health. Few, however, are aware of yoga’s rich diversity and historical transformations. Opening October 19, at the Sackler Gallery, ‘Yoga: The Art of Transformation’, the world’s ﬁrst exhibition about the discipline’s visual history, will reveal the fascinating meanings and histories over the past 2,000 years. ‘Yoga: The Art of Transformation’, on view through January 26, 2014, explores yoga’s philosophies and its goals of transforming body and consciousness, its importance within multiple religious and secular arenas and the varied roles that yogis played in society, from sages to spies. Working with an interdisciplinary team of scholars, curator Debra Diamond assembled more than 130 objects from 25 museums and private collections in India, Europe and the United States, compiling a remarkable survey of Indian art. As much of yoga’s history remains shrouded in mystery, this comprehensive look at yoga’s visual culture marks the start of a new ﬁeld of study. The Sackler Gallery is located at 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC. For more information, readers can call 202-633-4880 or visit www.asia.si.edu
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Arshad Warsi Is The Most Secured Actor In Bollywood: Naseeruddin Shah
Actor-director Naseeruddin Shah, who has worked with Arshad Warsi in ‘Ishqiya’, says he is one of the most secured actors in Bollywood. “I enjoy working with Arshad. He is one of the ﬁnest actors we have today. He is the most secured actor in Bollywood. Nasser, who will once again be seen with Arshad in ‘Ishqiya’ sequel ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, said his co-star doesn’t take himself too seriously Abhishek Chaubey directed 2010 ‘Ishqiya’ featured Vidya Balan in the lead role, but for the sequel the director has roped in Madhuri Dixit for the female lead. He has also cast Huma Qureshi in it. Talking about the sequel, Naseer said: “We have shot almost the entire ﬁlm, now the climax portion is left, which will be shot soon. The sequel has nothing to do with the ﬁrst one. It’s altogether a different story. This time we have Madhuri and the new girl Huma.”
Women Scribes In War Zones Amazing: Nargis Nargis Fakhri plays a war journalist
in her upcoming ﬁlm Madras Cafe, and says it was wonderful to learn about the real women who risk their lives on war fronts to get truth across to people. “My experience of working on Madras Cafe was intense and interesting, like doing a lot of background work on what these women do... I think most of us watch the news and we don’t really care what’s going on in the world,” the 33-year-old said here Friday at the unveiling of the cover of magazine Hi! Blitz featuring her. “It was great for me to do so much research on certain events that happened...As well as learning about these amazing women that are out in the ﬁeld, in a war zone risking their life to get truth out to us,” she added. Nargis believes Madras Cafe is very different from typical Bollywood fare. “It was a wonderful experience where I play a journalist, an on-ﬁeld war correspon-
dent. This ﬁlm is very different from typical Hindi ﬁlms. I am hoping you all will go out and see it,” she said. Directed by Shoojit Sircar, Madras Cafe has been co-produced by John Abraham, who features in the lead in the ﬁlm.
My Gulaab Gang Character Very Powerful: Madhuri Dixit
Actress Madhuri Dixit plays a woman who forms a group of women vigilantes in Gulaab Gang and says it is a very powerful character. She plays Rajjo, who brings together a group of women who dress in pink saris and ﬁght against injustice in the Bundelkhand region. “It’s a very powerful character. As an actress, I am fascinated by it,” Madhuri said. “The message through the movie is also very strong,” she added. She is happy to have shot action scenes for the ﬁlm. “There is action in the ﬁlm which I have not done so far in any of the movies,” she said. Directed by debutant Soumik Sen and produced by Anubhav Sinha, Gulaab Gang also features Juhi Chawla, Mahie Gill and Tannishtha Chatterjee in key roles.
No Happy New Year With Shah Rukh Khan For Katrina Kaif
For those who have been waiting to see Shah Rukh Khan-Katrina Kaif re-unite for Happy New Year after Jab Tak Hai Jaan, there is bad news. The actress won’t be able to do the ﬁlm due to prior commitments. There were reports that the two are coming together again in Farah Khan’s directorial venture Happy New Year, but according to reliable sources, “it is not true”. As Kat r ina has signed two new ﬁlms - Kabir Khan’s directorial venture for producer Sajid Nadiadwala with Saif Ali Khan and Abhishek Kapoor’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s “Great Expectations”, she has no room this year for any other ﬁlm. Said a friend of Katrina: “She would have loved to do Farah’s ﬁlm, but we believe Farah initially wanted to sign a completely new girl for Happy New Year. She zeroed in on Katrina recently when Katrina had already said yes to other projects.
“Katrina and Farah are very fond of each other ever since they worked together in Tees Maar Khan. The ﬁlm’s failure did not affect their mutual fondness. To be in Farah’s next and that too with Shah Rukh with whom Katrina really hit off during Jab Tak Hai Jaan, would have been fabulous. “However much Katrina would like to do Happy New Year, she cannot as she is committed to ﬁnishing Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Dhoom 3 and Siddharth Anand’s
Bang Bang before going into Abhishek Kapoor’s ﬁlm with Sushant Singh Rajput and Kabir Khan’s ﬁlm with Saif.” Interestingly, Farah’s heroine in Happy New Year has to be a fast-talking Marathi girl and also a fabulous dancer since it’s the role of a dancer. “Kat r i na would have needed a long period of intense speech practice to sound Marathi. But where was the time?” asked a friend of the actress.
Pakistan To Submit Oscar Entry After 50 Years
Pakistan has sent only two ﬁlms to the Academy Awards since the foreign language category was created Pakistan will submit an entry for the foreign language ﬁlm category of the Oscar awards after a gap of ﬁve decades though a committee has not yet chosen the movie. Chairing the committee is Sharmeen ObaidChinoy, who became Pakistan’s ﬁrst Oscar winner for co-directing the 2011 documentary Saving Face, which was about the survivors of acid attacks. Other members of the panel are writer Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), director Mehreen Jabbar (Ramchand Pakistani), actor Rahat Kazmi, ﬁlmmaker Akifa Mian, Samina Peerzada and arts academic Framji Minwalla, Variety reported. Pakistan has sent only two ﬁlms to the Academy Awards since the foreign language ﬁlm category was created in 1956 - Akhtar Kardar’s Jago Hua Savera in 1959 and Khwaja Khurshid Anwar’s Ghunghat
Each country is allowed one submission and it can decide how the ﬁlm is chosen. The Pakistan committee was formed independently and its existence has been kept quiet, with the government having no role but apparently giving its okay. The deadline for submissions in the foreign language film category is October 1. The Pakistani committee will have enough ﬁlms to choose from, as after a few dormant years, the country’s
ﬁlm industry is enjoying a revival, with 21 releases so far this year. There is no stated government policy against Oscar participation in Pakistan but the issue seems to have been a “low priority” because of political turmoil and a “general lack of precedence within the ﬁlm establishment”, Variety reported. British-Pakistani director Hammad Khan, whose debut feature ‘Slackistan’ was banned in Pakistan, said: “Pakistan has not ofﬁcially submitted any ﬁlms for the Academy Awards consideration in 50 years because the state has never taken ﬁlm seriously, neither as a cultural art form nor as a valuable communal experience. “In all those years, Pakistan has been so preoccupied with coups, wars and religion that cinema has only been reduced to low entertainment by the powers-that-be. It is, of course, monumentally idiotic to ignore the power of cinema in the development of any nation’s narrative.”
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Rebel In Sri Lankan Police Custody Nepal To Tighten Rules Governing Everest Reveals Massacre In War Expeditions To Ward Off Current Chaos
Colombo, Aug. 4 (Xinhua-ANI): A former Tamil Tiger rebel who is in the custody of the Sri Lankan police Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) has made a startling revelation of how the rebels slew more than 80 captives including a policeman and a soldier, the police said on Sunday. The police said that the former Tamil Tiger rebel alleged that during the war the rebels had murdered more than 80 people including a TID ofﬁcer and an army captain who were held at a rebel run prison. A police statement said that the rebel has also
revealed the location where the victims were burnt after being killed and this has been confirmed by three other rebels who are in police custody. The rebel said that the 80 people had been detained at a prison in Pudukuduirippu in the north, which was once under rebel control. According to the rebel, 30 of them were taken to a jungle in a truck in May 2006 and were killed while 50 others were taken in a truck and a bus also to a jungle in July 2006 and slain. The policeman was
believed to have been taken to a jungle and murdered in September of 2006 and his body was burnt while the army captain was murdered in 2009. The police said that a Magisterial inquiry will be conducted on the victims and the location where the bodies were believed to have been burnt. The Tamil Tigers were defeated in May 2009 after 30 years of war against the government, while both the government and the rebels have been accused of committing war crimes in the war that claimed thousands of lives.
Islamabad, August 2 (ANI): An email from the ofﬁcial of ‘Save the Children’ NGO of Pakistan has revealed that Pakistan Army ofﬁcer Lt. Gen. (retired) Nadeem Ahmed was cultivated to give bail-out advice in a matter related to the Abbottabad Commission. T he Abbot t abad Commission is preparing a report on the U.S. Navy Seals operation that led to the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in May 2012. According to The News, an email of an ofﬁcial of the NGO containing secret information pertaining to Lt. Gen. Nadeem’s role was leaked out.
The leaked communication indicates that Lt. Gen. Nadeem, as an unofﬁcial representative of the army and the ISI in the Commission, offered bailout advice to the NGO and shared details about the internal politics and classiﬁed records of the commission with the former. Lt. Gen. Nadeem is alleged to have briefed the deputy country director of the NGO about the views of different members, resulting in a dissent view being expressed by Ashraf Jehangir Qazi. According to the email, another member, Abbas Khan, was unwilling to sign the report in its current shape, nor did he want to put
up a dissenting note. So, he decided to prolong his stay in the U.S., where he went on the pretext of medical ground. Earlier, there were allegations of the CIA penetrating the NGO in a hunt for Osama bin Laden with the help of his close aide Shakil Afridi. The mail also alleged that the NGO was granted access to the Commission’s report well before it was sent to the prime minister, the report added. Me a nwh i le, t he NGO has clariﬁed that their assistance to the Abbottabad Commission and its members, including Lt.Gen. Nadeem, was legal.
Peshawar, Aug. 2 (ANI): YouTube will remain blocked in Pakistan unless a mechanism is adopted to permanently block blasphemous material on the website, the Ministry of Information Technology has told the Peshawar High Court (PHC). A Peshawar High Court division bench comprising Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Malik Manzoor was hearing a petition ﬁled by Mina Muhibbulah Kakakhel challenging the ban on YouTube. According to the
Express Tribune, the videosharing website was blocked in September 2012 by former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. The move came after the trailer of a blasphemous ﬁlm, titled ‘Innocence of Muslims’, sparked outrage and violence among Muslims across the world. The ban remained in effect after Google refused Islamabad’s request to take down the video. According to the report, advocate Kakakhel challenged the ban arguing
that students were facing problems while searching for academic content and requested the court to direct authorities to ﬁlter all blasphemous material and unblock the site. During the case hearing, the bench was informed the ministry has been devising methods to stop such material from being uploaded to YouTube. The bench, however, was informed that unless a solution was found, the ministry will not unblock YouTube.
NGO Ofﬁcial’s Email Reveals Pak Army Ofﬁcer Gave Illegal Bail-out Advice On Abbottabad Commission
No Lifting Of Youtube Ban In Pak Till Blasphemous Material Filter Blocking Mechanism In Place
London, Aug. 3 (ANI): The rules to the expeditions on the Mount Everest are reportedly going to be tightened and for the ﬁrst time a government team will be located at the base camp to monitor the activities of climbers. According to the BBC, Nepalese ofﬁcials have said that the government team at the base camp will help coordinate rescue measures and also protect the environment. Chief of the tourism industry division that oversees mountaineering, Purna Chandra Bhattarai said that permanent government mechanism at the Everest base camp will regulate mountaineering activities
and the Integrated Service Centre will also facilitate climbers by offering them communication and safety related services. The changes to the climbing rules come in light of past incidents where embarrassing events take place at the world’s tallest peak including fights between sherpas and mountaineers. Former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Ang Tshering Sherpa said that these days people are trying to make bizarre records on the summit like taking off their clothes or standing on their heads. However, the new rules would require the climbers to announce before the beginning of the summit if they
plan to set any record and then the team would decide if the planned record-making effort falls within stipulated criteria set by the government. The report said that other changes in the climbing rules including restriction to the use of helicopter ﬂights to nearby Everest slopes except for rescue measures as even the sound and vibration can cause the snow to fall thereby endangering lives of other climbers and also rubbish management. Meanwhile, an expedition operator said that the idea of regulating mountaineers from the Everest base camp itself is great, only if the ofﬁcials entrusted with the duty are regulated ﬁrst, the report added.
Dhaka, August 3 (PTI): Fundamentalist Jamaate-Islami activists on Saturday held violent demonstrations, exploding several homemade bombs, to protest a Bangladeshi court ruling that barred it from contesting future polls. Jamaat and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, held a procession near Mohakhali ﬂyover in Dhaka and resorted to vandalism and blasts, police said. They exploded several country-made bombs and vandalised a CNG-run threewheeler at Mohakhali area. In Bogra, the Islamists hurled explosive devices at police, who retaliated by ﬁring rubber bullets. No casualties were reported in the incidents. Jamaat’s demonstrations were part of planned street protests against the High Court verdict scrapping the party’s registration with the Election Commission (EC) and disqualifying it from contesting future polls as its charter breached the secular Constitution. The Jamaat has called a 48-hour nationwide general strike from August 12 to denounce the judgement. It has also announced to challenge the verdict before the apex Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. In an editorial, Bangladesh newspaper Prothom Alo blasted the Jamaat saying, “legal battle and street vandalism do not go hand in hand”
and called the new generation of the party leadership to decide if they would continue to shoulder the misdeeds of their leaders during the 1971 war. The High Court allowed the Jamaat to challenge the verdict as the issue involved constitutional matters. Legal experts said the judgement did not declare the party unlawful and just disqualiﬁed it from contesting polls on constitutional grounds. The Jamaat, which was once the East Pakistan wing of Jamaat-e-Islami of Pakistan, also received support from its erstwhile mother organisation in Islamabad. Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan criticised the court judgement, calling it “unconstitutional, partial and biased.” Mr. Hasan said the
Jamaat in Bangladesh was being “victimised” and its leadership has been convicted and sentenced to life terms and even deaths by a special tribunal since the trial of war crimes suspects began in 2010. “So far, this was being done by a ‘so-called tribunal’ (International Crimes Tribunal) but now the High Court had stepped in to do the same,” the Pakistani Jamaat chief said. The Islamists in Bangladesh have been protesting against the sentencing of its top leaders by the tribunal for “crimes against humanity” during the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war siding with Pakistani troops. So far five Jamaat leaders have been sentenced to death for murder, mass murder, rape and religious persecution in the 1971 war.
Debarred Jamaat Turns Violent In Bangladesh
Nepalese Folk-rock Band ‘Nepathya’ To Headline Wembley Gig
London, Aug 03 (ANI): Popular Nepalese folk-rock band ‘Nepathya’ is all set to perform at one of the UK’s largest venues- London’s Wembley Arena- on Saturday. According to the organisers, people are travelling to the country from Holland, Belgium, Norway and the US for the concert, the BBC reported. Singer Amrit Gurung told the publication that it is like a dream come true to play at Wembley. The band, which was formed in 1990, is famed for its “peace tours” during the 1996-2006 Nepalese civil war, in which more than 15,000 people died. It has also played concerts across the world, including in India, Hong Kong, the United States, South Korea, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Israel.
Pakistani Researchers Develop App To Help Night Blindness Sufferers
Washington, Aug 2 (ANI): Researchers in Pakistan have developed a smartphone app that keeps track of your location and distance walked from home or hotel and warns you when you are likely to be caught out after dark to help sufferers of the debilitating disease of night blindness. The app can also help travellers with the disease pinpoint hotels, should they ﬁnd themselves too far from base to get home safely. K a m r a n A h sa n, Obaid Khan and Abdul Salam of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, in Karachi, explain how
night blindness, nyctalopia, afﬂicts millions and may be present at birth as a genetic disease, arise in childhood through malnutrition or injury or be a symptom of numerous eye diseases. The smartphone app will allow sufferers to safely leave their home knowing that their phone is keeping track of their whereabouts and can calculate both the remaining daylight hours available and estimate how long it will take the person to reach their base before nightfall. The application is geo-aware and so knows the time of sunset around the world as well as having access
to online mapping software which can offer the potentially vulnerable user with shortcuts back to their base. Moreover, it also has the added beneﬁt of being able to locate nearby hotels should the user need to reach one before darkness falls. The researchers have had a positive response from sufferers of night blindness who recognise that the smart phone app would be a boon to their lives not only in their hometown but when they travel to other cities. T he resea rch is published in the International Journal Mobile Learning and Organisation.
China Builds 500-million-dollar Port On Strategic Sri Lankan Sea Route
Sydney, Aug 4 (ANI): Beijing is expected to have a vital foothold on the world’s busiest international shipping lane as a 500 million dollar Chinese-built port opens this week in Sri Lanka, while it seeks to secure maritime supply routes. According to news. com.au, the involvement of such a large Chinese company appears to conform to a pattern by Beijing after it sealed a deal in January to acquire the
Pakistani port of Gwadar at a time when it is also building a 14 million dollars dry port in the Nepalese city of Larcha, near Tibet. Chinese loans and expertise were also instrumental in the construction of a new 450 million dollar deepsea port at the southern Sri Lankan city of Hambantota, which opened in June 2012, the report said. A n i ndep endent shipping expert said that the
new terminal made economic sense for China to tap in to the growing South Asian container cargo and gave Beijing a foothold along a strategic sea route. Meanwhile, chairman of the state-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Priyath Bandu Wickrama, insisted that India had nothing to fear from the new Colombo port and could in fact be a major beneﬁciary, the report added.
Colombo: Elections will be held in the once Tamil Tiger-controlled northern province and two other provinces of Sri Lanka Sep 21, it was announced Thursday. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya made the announcement after handing over of nominations and accepting deposits from political parties and independent groups ended Thursday, reports Xinhua.
All the main political parties are contesting the elections in the northern, central and northwestern provinces. Focus will be on the northern province where the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the ruling UPFA will battle it out for public popularity, four years after the military crushed the Tamil Tigers. The government will be campaigning on the development it has done for the area
after 30 years of war destroyed most of the infrastructure. Most parts of the north, including the main Jaffna town, have new roads, electricity and other facilities. Jaffna has been the traditional Tamil cultural heartland. The TNA will look to ride on Tamil sentiments in the north, with the Tamil diaspora calling for accountability over the civilian deaths during the ﬁnal stages of the conﬂict.
Lahore: Flash ﬂoods triggered by heavy rains have inundated scores of villages in Pakistan’s Punjab province, leaving thousands of people stranded. At least 50 people have been killed so far and over 50 injured since yesterday as heavy rains played havoc in Punjab, parts of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, while the ﬁnancial hub of Karachi was inundated in torrential downpours.
Water overflowing from Dek channel has inundated over 70 villages in the Pasrur and Zafarwal Tehsil of district Sialkot in Punjab, some 80 kilometres from Lahore. Water level in these ﬂood-affected villages is four to ﬁve feet high. According to irrigation ofﬁcials, agricultural land on hundreds of acres has also been inundated in Pasrur and Zafarwal areas. Floodwater has also cut off the land links between
various areas. Hundreds of people from Punjab’s ﬂood-hit areas staged protests in Sambrial Tehsil as the government machinery has yet to initiate efforts to rescue the stranded people. In other provinces, thousands of people living in low lying areas have also been affected by the heavy rains. The navy has been called in to rescue stranded people in Karachi’s low-lying areas.
Sri Lanka Announces Date For Key Polls - Sept. 21
Floods Inundate 70 Villages In Pakistan, Death Toll At 50
August 6, 2013
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August 6, 2013
Hockey: ERGO Women’s Junior World Cup:
Indian Girls Wins Bronze
Mönchengladbach. GER: India won their ﬁrst ever medal in women’s Junior World Cup history. The Indian girls take home the Bronze medal with a 3-2 shoot-out victory over England at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. The winning goal was scored by 17year-old Navneet Kaur. The Bronze medal match started off with an early penalty corner to England but Grace Balsdon’s shot was deﬂected before reaching India’s goalkeeper Chanu Sanarik Ningombam. The English girls kept pushing for the opening goal but it were India who would get on the scoreboard ﬁrst. A counterattack saw Rani powerfully strike home after 13 minutes of play. A few minutes later, India failed to double their lead from a penalty corner variation. The Indian girls slowly took control of the match, but were unable to break the English defence. The halftime score stood at 1-0. England entered the second half with a different attitude. They stepped up the pace and pressed for the equaliser and eventually got it through Anna Toman by shooting on target in a crowded circle. Both teams kept going and went for the winning goal but ran out of time. As the result remained tied 1-1 after 70
minutes of play, the Bronze medal match was decided in a penalty shoot-out competition. India substituted their goalkeepers replacing Ningombam by Bigan Soy who has not played a single minute in this tournament so far. Only 5 of 14 attempts were successful in the shoot-out competition with Rani scoring twice and Navneet Kaur scoring for India and Emily Defroand converting twice for England. Neil Hawgood, coach India: “It means a lot to our kids’ psychology that they can actually win a medal. They have never been in those games before. We practiced shoot-outs, so I thought we would score more than three out of seven. Our goalkeeper Bigan Soy, who never played a minute the whole tournament, did a great job. It was clear, when it comes down to shoot-outs, she will be
in the goal.” Rani, Indian player: “We are so happy and we have to thank our goalkeeper Bigan Soy who did very well in the shootouts. We were mentally prepared for shoot-outs which was good. This is our ﬁrst-ever medal in a Junior World Cup, now we will celebrate!” Bigan Soy, Indian goalkeeper during shoot-outs: “I did my very best and it’s a good feeling to know that I saved my team. I’m very happy. It now feels as I would have played the whole tournament.” Navneet Kaur, scorer of the winning goal: “This is my ﬁrst Junior World Cup and my ﬁrst medal, I’m so happy. It was tough to take a second penalty after I didn’t score from the ﬁrst. I knew that I need to get the goalkeeper to dive and then I can score. This is what I did.”
Ranchi, August 2: Jharkhand government today rewarded the Yuwa India under-14 girls football team for securing third position in the Gasteiz Cup in Spain. Chief Minister Hemant Soren handed over cash prize and sporting kits to the 18 tribal girls, besides allocating land for a stadium. “To encourage the excellent performance by the little girls in Spain, the government has decided to give a cash prize of Rs 21,000 to each of the participating player, sporting kit to the team and a ﬁve acre ground to enable them carry their football skills further,” Soren said. “The ground has been identiﬁed at Bahumaja in Ormanjhi (on the outskirts of Ranchi), and within six months it will be developed into stadium for the children. “Later, it will be expanded into residential sports complex to enable children to get training staying there,” he said.
13-year-old Rinki Kumari yesterday recalled how a panchayat sevak had humiliated, slapped and forced to sweep ﬂoors when they went to the Panchayat Ofﬁce to get their birth certiﬁcates for their passports.“We could not sleep that night (when we came third in the tournament)” says Rinky Kumari, one of the girls. “That is the pain of being a tribal girl in India. I do not remember the slap, I remember the Cup.” The panchayat sevak was removed from his post by the district administration.
The team consisted of tribal girls from Jharkhand who were trained in football by the NGO Yuwa, with most of them being victims of child marriage and human trafﬁcking. Yuwa worked to provide them with new opportunities through sports and education. The team made it to the group phase before being knocked out by Santa Teresa of Spain.The team also made a visit to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on July 7, which is home to 9-times Champions League winners Real Madrid.
Slapped, Humiliated, Jharkhand Girls Now Toast Of Nation
Mishra Stars In India`s Maiden 5-0 Series Win Away From Home
Bulawayo: India on Saturday created history by recording their ﬁrst-ever ﬁvematch ODI series whitewash on foreign soil as they thrashed Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the ﬁfth and ﬁnal cricket onedayer, riding on leg-spinner Amit Mishra`s career-best six wicket haul. Mishra`s fine effort of 6 for 48 saw India bowl out Zimbabwe for a paltry 163 in 39.5 overs after opting to bowl and the visitors then chased down the small target comfortably with 16 overs to spare at Queens Sports Club here. The leg-spinner also equalled the world record for most wickets in a bilateral ODI series. He took his series tally to 18, equalling the record held by compatriot Javagal Srinath. India have recorded three 5-0 series wins at home in the past ﬁve years -- whitewashing England twice and New Zealand once. But, this was their maiden whitewash win in a ﬁvematch series away from home. Ajinkya Rahane, who was playing in his ﬁrst match of the series, top-scored with a 66ball 50, his third ODI ﬁfty in his 17th match, with the help of four boundaries and a six. He shared a crucial 71-run partnership for the third wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (not out 48 from 77 balls) to lay the foundation for the win. Jadeja ended the contest in style by hitting a six as India reached 167 for three in 34 overs. The victory target was too small for the rampaging Indians, who have recorded convincing wins over the home side in all the ﬁve matches. The young Indian side under Virat Kohli, who had come here without a few top players, maintained their domination over the home side and ended the series in emphatic style. This series victory also rectiﬁed their disappointing performance in this country in 2010 when they lost all their two matches in a tri-series. Captain Virat Kohli, one of the Indian centurions in the series, dropped himself down and sent Rahane at number three as the target was small. His teammates ensured that there was no need for their captain to come out and bat.
India’s r un chase though did not begin well with opener Cheteshwar Pujara dismissed in the fourth ball for a duck. Playing in his second ODI of his career, Pujara was cleanbowled by Kyle Jarvis with a good length delivery just outside off which cut back to sneak through the gap between bat and pad before hitting the top of middle stump. Pujara was out in a similar fashion in the previous game, his debut match, when he made 13. In the fourth over, Dhawan took 15 runs off Brian Vitori with three fours and hit the same bowler for a six and a four two overs later. But Dhawan was dropped in the same over when he was on 32 in the penultimate ball before the break which was taken after the Indians had faced six overs in their small chase. The Indian opener tried to pull a Vitori delivery towards short ﬁne leg only to top-edge it. But to the Indian’s luck, he survived following a misunderstanding between the ﬁne-leg ﬁelder and his captain and wicket-kepeer Brendan Taylor. The ﬁne-leg ﬁelder, who should have gone for the catch, left it for Taylor, who dived full length but did not get to it. Dhawan, the other Indian centurion in the series, was out in the 11th off Jarvis, the best bowler for the home side today. The Indian offered an edge to wicketkeeper Taylor as he attempted to push a good length delivery close to off stump. Dhawan, who had scored 116 in the second match, hit six fours and a six in his 38-ball innings. Dhawan’s departure saw the Indians slowing down a bit and they had the luxury to do so. Jarvis and Elton Chigumbura bowled an accurate line and length to deny Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja room to play shots. Rahane, who survived being run out in the seventh over after a mix up with Dhawan, was out in the 28th over, bowled by a turning ball off part-timer Malcolm Waller. But by that time India were well on course for victory. Jadeja lied low for some time before a ﬂurry of boundaries, including a six and
a four off Sean Williams in the 29th over, besides the six which ended the contest. E a r l i e r, M i s h r a notched up a career-best sixwicket haul as India dismissed Zimbabwe for 163. Opting to bowl in chilly conditions, the Indians had the home team on the mat from the very ﬁrst over. Sean Williams (51) was the only Zimbabwean batsman to put up a semblance of ﬁght before the home team’s innings folded in 39.5 overs. Mishra was the top wicket-taker for the visiting side with six for 48 in 8.5 overs. The collapse started pretty early for Zimbabwe with opener Vusi Sibanda (5) getting caught behind the stumps by Dinesh Karthik off Jaydev Unadkat in the fourth over. His partner Hamilton Masakadza did stay for a while and raised hopes of anchoring the innings before Ravindra Jadeja rattled his stumps. Masakadza struck a 46-ball 32 which included four boundaries. Next man in skipper, Brendan Taylor, departed without troubling the scorer but consumed 11 balls in the process. He was caught by Suresh Raina at second slip while trying to have a go at Mohit Sharma. Zimbabwean batsmen’s parade back to pavillion continued before Williams tried his bit to stage a ﬁghtback. In his 65-ball knock, Williams picked up six boundaries, giving his teammates a lesson in how to deal with the conditions. But Mishra brought an end to Williams’ stiff resistance when the batsman tried to sweep on one knee but ended up gloving it to the ﬁrst slip. Mishra had earlier taken the crucial wicket of all-rounder Elton Chigumbura (17) who failed to replicate his half-century performance from the previous match. Kyle Jarvis (12 not out) and Natsai M’shangwe (16) did their bit to delay the inevitable but the Indians proved simply unstoppable. Brief Scores: India 167 for 3 (Rahane 50, Jadeja 48*) beat Zimbabwe 163 (Williams 51, Mishra 6-48) by seven wickets
August 6, 2013
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Ghulam Nabi Azad Launches Mobile Vaccine Vans ‘National Teeka Express’
Alwar (Rajasthan), Aug 1 (ANI): Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday launched the National Teeka Express, a mobile vaccine van, to protect children from life-threatening childhood diseases. Minister of State (IC) for Youth Affairs and Sports Jitendra Singh was also present during the occasion. It may be mentioned that under Routine Immunization Programme, ANMs collect vaccines from storage point (cold chain point) and transport them to session sites, i.e. either sub-centre or anganwari centre for carrying out vaccination. From 2005-06, Government of India is providing support for distribution of vaccine from last storage point to outreach immunization session sites at Sub-centres/Anganwaris, known as Alternate Vaccine Delivery (AVD) under NRHM. Rs. 79.3 crores was allocated to the states as support for alternate vaccine delivery in 2012-13. But Government of India noticed gaps in the implementation of Alternate Vaccine Delivery in difﬁcult areas with low access to healthcare services. Many a times ANMs have to collect the vaccines on the day preceding the immunization day, which may compromise the cold chain maintenance and possible loss of potency of vaccine. Improper storage could also lead to adverse events following immunization. For this reason, Government of India has launched this innovative and ambitious initiative of Teeka Express. Designated vehicles under the brand name of ‘National Teeka Express’ will help not only in distribution of the vaccines and complementary
logistics from last cold chain point to immunization session sites but will also ensure holding of sessions at the mobile vaccination centre now. In order to reduce vaccine wastage and ensure better utilization of vaccines, including costly vaccines like pentavalent vaccine ‘Teeka Express’ will be used with reverse cold chain to bring back the open and un-used vaccines for use in subsequent sessions. The Teeka Express will also serve as a mobile healthcare delivery unit for the areas where there is no healthcare facility or health worker. After the immunization outreach session, Teeka Express will collect immunization related bio-medical waste for safe disposal at vaccine storage points. Teeka Express will also collect the coverage and immunization performance reports of the session for compilation and preparation of report at PHC. Teeka express is planned to be piloted in 69 high priority districts with difﬁcult areas and low immunization coverage. For these districts, 1,850 vehicles are planned to be procured with GoI assistance. In the ﬁrst phase the 120 vehicles of ‘Teeka Express’’ are planned in 6 districts of 5 states namely Rajasthan – Alwar (64 vehicles); Uttar Pradesh – Sharaswati (11 vehicles); Haryana – Mewat (9); Jammu and Kashmir - Doda (8) and Poonch (10) and Madhya Pradesh – Tikamgarh (18). Operational costs of Teeka Express have been provided under NRHM. This includes cost of hiring the driver, cost of POL (Petrol Oil Lubricant) and maintenance costs of the vehicle. Uniform Art work for the stickers, painting and IEC material on Teeka Express has been provided to the states.
20 Min Brisk Daily Walk Could Keep Dementia At Bay
London, Aug 02 (ANI): A 20 minute brisk walk every day could help beat dementia, as it not only boosts memory but also improves the walker’s brain function, a new study has revealed. Dr Laura Phipps, of Alzheimer’s Research UK said that while there is currently no way to prevent dementia, the best evidence shows that regular exercise, along with eating a healthy diet, not smoking and keeping
the blood pressure and cholesterol in check can help lower the risk, the Daily Express reported. On a programme of moderate exercise, the researchers examined people aged 60 to 88, out of which half had mild cognitive impairment. They were all asked to do their walking on a treadmill, guided by a personal trainer and it was found that respondents with cognitive
impairment and those without improved their cardiovascular ﬁtness by about 10 per cent. Scans showed for the ﬁrst time that the gentle workouts also improved brain function. All participants improved their memory performance and showed enhanced ability at memory retrieval tasks. The study is published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Soon, Hormone Jab To Cure Painful Rheumatoid Arthritis
Washington, Aug 2 (ANI): A simple injection of a naturally occurring hormone could one day ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, a new study has revealed. Inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis are the result of cartilage damage and loss. Chondrocytes are the only cells that are found in cartilage and their death is
linked to decreased cartilage health. Carmen Clapp and colleagues at the National University of Mexico identify prolactin as a potential treatment for inﬂammatory joint disease. Prolactin treatment prevented chondrocyte death and associated cartilage degradation. In a rat model of in-
ﬂammatory arthritis, prolactin treatment reduced inﬂammation, bone erosion, joint swelling, and pain. This study indicates that prolactin therapy has the potential to relieve many symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis and other inﬂammatory-related diseases. The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Cutting Down Sugar Could Reduce Cancer Risk In Obese And Diabetic People
Washington, Aug 2 (ANI): Blocking dietary sugar and its activity in tumor cells may reduce cancer risk and progression in obese and diabetic people, a new study has found. The study, by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine, conducted in fruit ﬂies, provides insight as to why metabolism-related diseases such as diabetes or obesity are associated with certain types of cancer, including pancreatic, breast, liver, and colon cancers. Ross Cagan, PhD, Professor of Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Mount Sinai, has developed a cancer model in the fruit ﬂy Drosophila that allows scien-
tists to evaluate diseases in the context of the whole animal and multiple genetic targets, rather than just looking at the connection of one gene to one disease. In the current study, Dr. Cagan used fruit ﬂies to understand the effects of diet and insulin resistance on cancer progression. Cells use glucose for energy and to grow. When a cell becomes insulin resistant, glucose builds up in the blood instead of being absorbed by the cell, starving the cell and leading to metabolic diseases like diabetes. Because of this dysfunctional growth, scientists have been puzzled about how tumors can thrive in an insulin-
resistant environment. “Previous research has established a strong correlation between metabolic diseases and pancreatic, breast, liver, and colon cancers, but we have not determined how tumors grow so aggressively in this environment if they do not have the energy provided by glucose,” Dr. Cagan, who is also Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Mount Sinai, said. “Using our fruit ﬂy model, we discovered how tumors overcome insulin resistance in the body and turn metabolic dysfunction to their advantage,” the researcher added. The study is published in the journal Cell.
Washington, August 1 (ANI): Research on the genetics of diabetes could help women get to know their risk of developing gestational diabetes before getting pregnant - and lead to measures being taken to protect the health of the offspring. Gestational diabetes affects 18 percent of pregnancies but usually disappears when a pregnancy is over. Babies born to women with gestational diabetes are typically larger at birth, which can lead to complications during delivery. They are at an increased risk of developing metabolic diseases, like diabetes, in childhood and adulthood. Researchers found variants in two genes - HKDC1 and BACE2 - that were associated with measures of glucose and insulin levels of pregnant women but not associated with
these measures in the rest of the population, including people with type 2 diabetes. First author M. Geoffrey Hayes, an assistant professor of medicine-endocrinology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and assistant professor of anthropology at Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, said that with additional study and veriﬁcation of these and other risk genes, we could one day have genetic risk proﬁles to identify individuals at elevated risk for developing gestational diabetes. The findings suggest that the roles of the gene HKDC1 in glucose metabolism and BACE2 in insulin secretion are more important during pregnancy versus the non-pregnant state - across all ethnicities studied. Researchers used DNA and phenotype data of
more than 4,000 participants of four different ancestry backgrounds (Hispanic, Thai, Afro-Caribbean and European) from the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes (HAPO) study. This study’s ﬁndings could one day help pinpoint quantitative genetic traits that predict which women may develop gestational diabetes. William L. Lowe, Jr., M.D., professor of medicineendocrinology at Feinberg and senior author of the study, said that by knowing your risk when going into a pregnancy or early on during pregnancy, you might be screened for evidence of high glucose levels test sooner rather than later and begin preventive measures to protect the health of your offspring. The findings have been published in Diabetes, a journal of theAmerican Diabetes Association
Mumbai, August 2 (PTI): The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has revoked the patent granted to the British drug major GlaxoSmithKline Pharma for its breast cancer drug - Tykerb. However, the Board has upheld the patent for Lapatinib compound, which is the active ingredient in Tykerb, citing innovative merit. Tykerb is the salt form of Lapatinib compound that is sold in the country.
The ruling was delivered on July 27 by Justice Prabha Sridevan, chairperson of the Chennai Bench of the patent appeals agency which functions under the Commerce Ministry. A GSK Pharma India spokesperson said the Board’s ruling was a mixed bag for the company. “We are disappointed that the IPAB has revoked our expiring patent for the Lapatinib ditosylate salt. This ruling only relates to the Lapa-
tinib ditosylate salt patent in the country and does not affect our basic patent for Tykerb or corresponding patents in other countries. “We are studying the IPAB decision but maintain our belief in the inventiveness of the Lapatinib ditosylate salt and will consider the possibility of taking further steps before the appropriate authorities to validate this,” the spokesperson said in an e-mail response.
New Diabetes Breakthrough Could Change Lives Of Moms And Offspring
Glaxo Loses Patent Claim On Cancer Drug
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Norms For FDI In Multi-brand Retail Cabinet Approves Disinvestment Of Govt.NewEases Delhi, Aug 2 The amendment in extend such dispensation to (ANI): The Central governthe extant FDI policy relating all States. 10% Paid-up Equity In IOCL ment has relaxed norms for to Multi-Brand Retail Trading Sharma further said,
New Delhi, Aug 2 (ANI): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in accordance with the Government of India’s disinvestment policy has approved the disinvestment of 10 percent paid-up equity in the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) out of its equity capital holding of 78.92 percent. The disinvestment will be through Offer for Sale (OFS) method in the domestic market according to the SEBI rules and regulations. After this disinvestment the Govern-
ment of India shareholding in the company would come down to 68.92 percent. The paid up equity capital of the company, as on March 31, 2013 was Rs. 2,428 crore. The Government of India holds 78.92 percent of the paid up capital in IOCL. The IOCL is a “Maharatna” Public Sector Undertaking under the administrative control of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. It is the highest ranked Indian corporate in the prestigious Fortune ‘Global 500’ listing
with a ranking of 83 for the year 2012. The IOCL is primarily engaged in reﬁning, transportation and marketing of petroleum products and petrochemicals with an installed reﬁning capacity of 54.2 million metric tonnes. It has a pipeline network over 11,000 kilometers and marketing infrastructure of over 39,000 customer touch points. IOCL is also now venturing into exploration and production of crude oil and distribution of natural gas.
foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail to make investment in retail more attractive. It has also raised FDI caps in several sectors while making it 100 percent in telecom. A n nounci ng t he decisions taken by the Cabinet, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma told reporters here last evening that the relaxation in multibrand retail norms will give more clarity and more space to investors.
in respect of `small industry` will bring in a balance between the business exigencies of the MBRT entity and intent of the policy which is to extend the beneﬁts of the FDI policy in multi-brand retail trading to a larger constituency of small industries. The amendment in the provision regarding `backend infrastructure` will give more clarity to the policy. The amendment to the provision regarding location of retail outlets will bring in parity in the policy as it is proposed to
New Delhi, August 2 (PTI): India has been ranked lowest in basic money management skills among AsiaPaciﬁc countries, according to MasterCard’s latest Index of Financial Literacy. India with 59 index points was ranked at the 15th place among the 16 countries surveyed ahead of Japan which
was at the bottom with 57 index points. In overall ﬁnancial literacy, New Zealand continued to rank number one with a score of 74 index points, ahead of Singapore (72 index points) and Taiwan (71). “Even though India’s overall index is low, it is heartening that the country has showed improvement on the
parameter of ﬁnancial planning,” Ari Sarker, MasterCard South Asia Division president, said. Sarkar further said: “Overall, however, the index highlights clear gaps in the ﬁnancial literacy space and the need to inculcate better budgeting, savings and responsible credit habits.”
The survey was conducted between April 2013 and May 2013 with 7,756 respondents aged between 18 and 64 in 16 Asia-Paciﬁc countries. The survey was conducted on three aspects of ﬁnancial literacy, including consumers’ basic money management skills, investment knowledge and ﬁnancial planning.
The rupee fell a massive 67 paise to all-time closing low of 61.10 against the dollar despite a slew of steps taken by the government and the central bank in the past few weeks to support the battered currency. Better-than-expected US GDP growth has boosted the US dollar. At the forex market, the rupee resumed lower at 60.61 a dollar from the previous close of 60.43 and touched a high of 60.58. As local stocks declined, the rupee continued its downward march and touched a low of 61.17 before closing at an all-time low of 61.10, a fall of 67 paise or 1.11 per cent. The previous record low closing was 60.72 on June 26.
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while the FDI cap in defence sector remains unchanged at 26 per cent, higher limits of foreign investments in stateof-the-art technology manufacturing will be considered by the Cabinet Committee on Security. In single-brand retail, FDI up to 49 per cent will be under the automatic route and beyond that through the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) route. In basic and cellular services, FDI has been raised to 100 per cent.
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