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Sunday, October 13, 2013 Cyclone storm'Phailin' crosses coast in Srikakulam dist

Pailin havoc in Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbar compound wall collapsed on Saturday.

Cyclone hits coast, heavy rains in Odisha, Andhra Bhubaneswar/ Hyderabad, Oct 12 : Cyclonic storm Phailin Saturday night started making landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha, triggering heavy rains and strong winds with speed reaching up to 200 km an hour on the eastern coast while more than 500,000 people were shifted to safety in coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Strong winds uprooted trees, electricity and communication poles and thatched roofs in coastal Odisha and north coastal Andhra. Seven deaths were reported from Odisha due to uprooting of trees and house collapse while there were no immediate reports of any casualty in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Several parts of coastal Odisha and Srikakulam district of Andhra plunged into darkness at the time of landfall. Authorities have advised people to remain indoors till the wind speed comes down. The eye of the storm touched the coast near Gopalpur and it will take an hour to completely cross the

coast, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General L. S. Rathore told reporters in New Delhi. He said the wind speed could increase by 10 to 15 km an hour and the very severe storm would maintain its intensity for six hours after crossing the coast. Storm surges of 3 to 3.5 meters are also likely along the coast. Another six hours, it is likely to continue as cyclonic storm.Rathore said the threat was not over as heavy to very heavy rains in coming hours might trigger floods. The IMD has forecast rains over the next 48 hours in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and adjoining states. The storm is expected to inundate low lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha and Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, said officials.Over four lakh people in Odisha and one lakh people in north coastal Andhra were evacuated to safer places. The army, navy and air force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were on alert for res-

cue and relief work.Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said 4.5 lakh people were evacuated from low-lying areas in Odisha and another one lakh in Andhra. "On the whole, 12,000 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are deployed in Odisha and 600 in Andhra Pradesh," said National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Vice Chairman Shashidhar Reddy. Twenty three teams of NDRF are deployed in Odisha, whereas there are 11 teams in Andhra Pradesh, he said."Crops will be the worst hit due to the cyclone," Reddy said. He also said that of all the resources available with the NDMA, 40 percent will be used in Ganjam district in Odisha, which is likely to bear the maximum damage. All flights were cancelled at Bhubaneswar airport while the railways cancelled 56 trains between Howrah and Visakhapatnam and diverted some trains. Eighteen fishermen, who went for fishing in the Bay of Bengal in a trawler over a week ago,

CBI to name Ishrat case plotters, grills Amit Shah Ahmedabad, Oct 12 : The CBI on Saturday grilled former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah in connection with the controversial encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others, days before the agency is expected to file a supplementary chargesheet that will name the case plotters. An agency official part of the investigation said Shah was grilled by the CBI’s top officials. Specifics of the interrogation, including its duration and where it was carried out, have not been disclosed. Shah is likely to be called again for questioning as the CBI focuses on unravelling the conspiracy around the shootout. "The supplementary chargesheet will focus on the conspiracy of the entire operation starting from securing the custody of the deceased, the plotting and the execution of the staged shootout," the CBI official said. Earlier in July, in its primary chargesheet, the CBI had stated that the encounter was staged and IB officials had

connived to kill the four people along with the Gujarat police. The agency has claimed that the Ishrat and the men found dead along with her were already in the custody of the police and IB. The CBI has indicted eight policemen, including top cop PP Pandey. Shah, touted as Gujarat chief minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s right hand man, is in charge of the party’s Uttar Pradesh operations. Shah is already a key accused in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case and is currently out on bail. In June 2004, Ahmedabad crime branch officials had gunned down four persons including Mumbra resident Ishrat Jahan, claiming she and three others with her were LeT terrorists on a mission to assassinate Modi. However, a judicial and police probe conducted at the court's intervention dismissed the police version calling the encounter a "cold blooded murder".

were stranded in the sea in Astaranga area of Puri district. The Coast Guard has been told to rescue them, police told .Andhra Pradesh's Disaster Management Commissioner T. Radha said winds with speed of 180 km an hour uprooted trees and electricity and communication poles in Srikakulam district. He said the electricity supply was also disrupted. He said there was not much impact of the cyclone so far in Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy Saturday night held a meeting with officials to review the situation. He directed the officials to take all measures to provide immediate relief to people. Reddy said all departments were on alert for rescue and relief work. Ministers and special officers in the coastal districts were monitoring the situation. The army, navy, air force and the National Disaster Response Force were ready to take up rescue work. Boats were also kept ready along with wireless sets.

‘No internal dissension over ticket distribution’

Guna, Oct 12 : Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh today said the party is not facing any internal dissension over ticket distribution process for coming Madhya Pradesh assembly polls."Ticket distribution process is being carried out under the supervision of the party's Screening Committee," said Mr Singh while replying to posers by media at his native town Raghogarh. He alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has become a commercial party and overlooked principles for power."The BJP has deviated from its basic principles and become an individual-centric party. The party wants to come to power by putting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi forward. This has exposed its character once again," he said.

Hyderabad, Oct 12: (IPT) : The cyclonic storm ' Phailin' crossed at Bendi of Vajrapdu Kotturu mandal of srikakulam district this evening.According to Srikakulam district collector Saurabh Gaur,affect will be up to six hours.So, same precautionary methods have to be followed, the collector instructed the officials. Over 1.2 lakh people were shifted to safer places at North coastal districts of Srikaulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradedsh as a precautionary measures. Eighteen choppers from the Air Force and 12 aircrafts on standby in close proximity.Army has sent 6 relief columns to Odisha, 4 to Andhra Pradesh in Srikakulam. The Navy kept two ships on standby. 60 Navy teams have been deployed at Vizag.

Jagan Reddy discharged from hospital, advised rest Hyderabad, Oct 12: (IPT) : YSR Congress President YS Jaganmohan Reddy, who was admitted to a hospital on October 9 after being forcibly evicted by police from the site of his fast to protest bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, was today discharged. Jagan left for home from the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hydyerabad on Saturday morning following improvement in his health condition. He was, however, advised rest for a few days, sources said. He was shifted to the NIMS on late Wednesday night, the fifth day of his hunger strike, from his fast camp and forcibly given fluids with police help. Police removed Jagan from his indefinite hunger fast venue after doctors voiced concern over his deteriorating health. A team of policemen swooped down on Jagan's house in the posh Jubilee Hills area, lifted him and put him in an ambulance. The Kadapa MP began his indefinite fast on October 5 in support of united Andhra Pradesh and doctors had advised that he should call it off since his blood sugar levels and other parameters were worrisome.

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Over one lakh people evacuated Hyderabad, Oct 12: (IPT) : Over 1.2 lakh people living in the low lying areas of the three North Coastal Andhra districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, were shifted to safer places, several trains cancelled and armed forces put on standby even as two hours left for crossing of the cyclone ' phailin' expected to strike the country's east coast between Andhra Pradesh and Orisha. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin that very se-

vere cyclonic storm 'Phailin' is likely to make a landfall between 1800-2000 hrs this evening near Gopalpur in Odisha even as authorities in the state and in Andhra Pradesh evacuated over four lakh people from vulnerable areas. 'Phailin' has been moving north-westwards at a speed of 20 kmph and lay centred at about 90 km south-east off Gopalpur in Odisha. 'The cyclone, which is moving at a speed of 20 kmph is expected to hit the coast near Gopalpur from 1800 to 2000 hrs today and

FM says India growth story intact; seeks foreign funds New Delhi, Oct 12 : Seeking foreign investment into India, especially in the infrastructure sector, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said the India's growth story was in tact and the government would provide tax sops to those putting their monies in the dynamic democracy that is India. Addressing a gathering on the occasion of the 'First Closure of IDFC's second Infrastructure Fund' in Washington D C, Mr Chidambaram said the infrastructure lending institution will shortly achieve the target size of one billion dollars. The Finance Minister said this was the second of the Indian Infrastructure Funds that was encouraged by the Indian government in 2008.He exuded confidence that the IDFC will prove to be a worthy Infrastructure Fund manager and will help foreign investors access the Indian Infrastructure Investment opportunity realising the attractive returns. The Finance Minister said the focus of the Indian economy has been on the infrastructure investment, which has grown massively supported by increased private sector participation.

Parliament questions law min on convicted Lalu New Delhi, Oct 12 : Both Houses of Parliament are awaiting advice from law ministry as to the process to be adopted in dealing with the cases of MPs Lalu Prasad and Jagdish Sharma, both of whom stand to lose their memberships after being convicted in the fodder scam. Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati has made it clear that following a Supreme Court ruling, convicted MPs and MLAs stand disqualified immediately upon conviction, but was silent on the process to be followed. The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariat has sought suggestions from law ministry on the procedure to be adopted for the disqualifi-

cation of the convicted MPs. The Law Ministry is yet to send its opinion on the matter, sources said. In its July 10 judgement, the Supreme Court had struck down a provision in the electoral law which protects a convicted lawmaker from disqualification on the grounds of pendency of an appeal in a higher court. Lok Sabha secretariat had sought the Attorney General's opinion following the conviction of Yadav, the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief, while Rajya Sabha has made a similar request in connection with JD(U) MP Sharma. The two MPs, who have been sentenced to more than two years in jail.

is likely to stay for six hours before moving ahead.'.'Even after landfall, the cyclone impact is likely to stay for sixeight hours after which it will turn into a cyclone and then into deep depression from tomorrow morning to evening,' the bulletin said. The system would move north-westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Paradip close to Gopalpur (Odisha) by this evening as a very severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 210-220 kmph.

Curfew lifted fir 12-hrs in violence hit fort town

Visakhapatnam, Oct 12 : With the situation further improving, authorities today relaxed curfew for 12 hours in the trouble-hit Vizianagaram Fort Town city of Andhra Pradesh. The curfew has been relaxed from 0600 hours to 1800 in view of improvement in the situation in Vizianagaram and to allow people to buy essential commodities, Andhra Pradesh Deputy Inspector General of Police (Visakhapatnam region) P Umapathi told UNI. Yesterday, curbs on movement of people were lifted for nine hours and the period passed off peacefully, prompting officials to provide further relief to the people today.However,prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPc (banning assembly of a certain number of people) will continue to remain in force during the relaxation period. The authorities will decide on lifting the curfew, clamped on, October 5, completely after a review meeting with officials concerned, he said. The situation had been peaceful in the coastal Andhra town in the last five days,Mr.Umapathi said. However, police and paramilitary personnel, including members of the anti-riot Rapid Action Force(RAF), continue to patrol the troubletorn city.Curfew was clamped in Vizianagaram District in the wake of large-scale violence by supporters of united Andhra Pradesh. In all, 320 people have been takenintocustodythatthose who involved in the violence.

Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy is seen reviewing the situation at a high level meeting at Camp Office as Phailin cyclone crossed the coast in Srikakulam District on Saturday. Ministers Botcha Satyanarayana, Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, Kasu Krishna Reddy, Sri M.Maheedhar Reddy, Former Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, Chief Secretary, Dr.P.K.Mohanty, Prl.Secretaries, Army and other officials are also seen.


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Sonia asked Rahul to oppose ordinance With the Cabinet deciding on Wednesday to withdraw the ordinance as well as the bill pending before Parliament in respect of convicted MPs and MLAs yet another ugly chapter in the unflattering history of the UPA government has ended. That most of the media reports on this development have described it as a victory for Rahul Gandhi is a comment on how superficial the media generally has become these days. In fact, when just before departing from the United States after his meetings with President Obama and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh observed that he would discuss with his Cabinet after his return what the party’s vice president has said about the ordinance. I commented to a friend that all that Rahul Gandhi had said about the ordinance in his three-and-a-half minute speech was that the ordinance was “complete nonsense” and deserved to be “torn” and “thrown away.” What was there in this outburst which the PM could possibly discuss with his Cabinet? After all, Rahul Gandhi had not given a single argument why he felt the ordinance was wrong. In contrast, when on the September 26 evening, accompanied by our leaders in the two Houses, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, I went to Rashtrapati Bhavan, and presented to the President a four-page representation, our memo elaborated why we of the Bharatiya Janata Party regarded the ordinance not only unconstitutional and illegal, but also immoral, besides being procedurally wrong inasmuch as the bill which the ordinance sought to replace had been already referred to a standing committee of the Rajya Sabha. I recall that it was on Tuesday, September 24 that the Cabinet approved the ordinance to protect convicted MPs, MLAs, in effect negating the Supreme Court’s order. The first reaction from the Opposition was Sushma’s tweet that the BJP would oppose the ordinance. She consulted me shortly thereafter and we decided to approach the Rashtrapati and urge him not to sign the ordinance. When she sought an appointment from Rashtrapati Bhavan, she gathered that the President had gone to Puducherry and would return only on September 26 at 4.00 pm. We met him at 5.30 pm that day and were with him for 45 minutes or so. At the end of our meeting we got the clear impression that he was convinced that the situation merited his intervention.

Why we need to watch out for Al Qaeda's threat A recent statement by Al Qaeda advised against attacks on Christians, Hindus and Sikhs living in Muslim lands, and respect for the lives of women and children. The message was largely read by security experts as an admission of its failing capabilities. However, the carnage at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya; the All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, followed by an attack on an Indian police station and an army unit in a relatively peaceful district in Jammu and Kashmir; all executed by Al Qaeda affiliates, raises the moot question: Has Al Qaeda really waned or found greater strength through its allies? With Afghanistan-Pakistan as its headquarters, and a close connect with both the Afghan and Pak i s t a n i Ta l i b a n , t h e L a s h k a r - e - Ta y i b a a n d other major terror outfits operating in the region, it has definite implications for our sub-continent. The focused drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan have definitely taken a heavy toll of the Al Qaeda leadership. The US delivered a body blow when it killed Osama bin Laden at his Abbottabad, Pakistan, home in May 2011. Before we conclude that Al Qaeda has been laid low, it is essential to take a look at the organisation's intent and

objectives as can be arrived at from statements of its leadership and activities it has undertaken in the past. Al Qaeda's leadership has barely ever sent a message across that it intends to lead a very structured jihadist conglomerate globally with a centralised command and control structure that controls operations. On the contrary, it has endeavoured to build a loose federation with like-minded constituents pursuing goals of increased geographic domination, globally.In 1998, Osama bin Laden brought together under one umbrella a large number of terror groups when he launched The International Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Christians. The success of this organisation set the tone for Al Qaeda's future strategy, which relied on drawing affiliates to its fold. Al Qaeda's objective has also been to occupy the moral and ideological pedestal of the jihadi fraternity and provide strategic directions to its affiliates and associates while leaving them relatively free to undertake operations in their areas. Al Qaeda also mediates to keep internecine conflicts between terror groups under control. Al Qaeda's growth story in the African continent and west Asia has been substantial. It has a large presence in Mali,

Algeria, Libya, Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia. Amongst its better acknowledged affiliates are the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and Shabaab in Somalia. All these affiliates have publicly sworn an oath of fealty to the Al Qaeda's senior leadership. In addition, there are numerous groups that associate with Al Qaeda affiliates. Ansar al Dine of Mali, Boko Haram, Nigeria, and groups active post the Arab Spring in Algeria, Egypt, Syria and Yemen are a few examples of such a corporate conglomerate. The large number African states facing internal conflicts and the Arab Spring's resultant destabilisation provides the right environment for Al Qaeda and its affiliates to increase their geographical spread and domination. With the International Security A s s i s ta n c e Force likely to adhere to its withdrawal schedule from Afghanistan, Al Qaeda activities in the Pakistan-Afghan area are bound to witness a spurt. A fallout of such a situation would be the strengthening of groups like the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, which had joined Al Qaeda's International Front for Jihad against Christians and Jews when it was launched in 1988. In the war against terror, while the cooperation

spirit of the prize, founded by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite. His 1895 will says the prize should go to one of three causes - “fraternity between nations”, the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and the formation and spreading of peace congresses. C H O K I N G, B U R N S , CONVULSIONS The process of destroying chemical weapons can be hazardous and is costly. The chemicals can be burnt, but with care not to disperse poisonous toxins, or chemically neutralized. U.N. head Ban Kimoon said this week the weapons would be “dangerous to handle, dangerous to transport and dangerous to destroy”. “Chemical weapons are horrible things and they must never be used and that contributes not just to disarmament, but to strengthening the humanity within us,” Malik Ellahi, political adviser to the OPCW director general, told Reuters. “It has always been our position, that quintessentially we work for peace. Not just for peace, we work to strengthen humanitarian norms.” The Hague-based OPCW was set up in 1997 to implement a 1992 global Chemical Weapons Convention to banish chemical arms and most recently helped destroy

stockpiles in Iraq and Libya. It has about 500 staff and an annual budget under $100 million. The United States and Russia had committed to destroying their arsenals by 2012 but have as yet failed to do so. OPCW head Uzumcu told Norway’s NRK television: “I am sure...(the prize) will give encouragement to our staff to demonstrate more what they could do in terms of contributions to global peace and security.” He said 80 percent of stockpiles under the oversight of the OPCW, excluding Syria, had already been disposed of. “Still, 20 percent will have to be destroyed,” he said. Chemical weapons can inflict considerable suffering and death, with choking, chemical burns and convulsions, and can be dispersed easily by winds making civilian populations vulnerable. They were widely used in World War One. More recently, in 1998, 5,000 people were gassed to death by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the town of Halabja. RUSSIA AND ASSAD Washington accused President Assad of conducting the August sarin attack, a charge he denied, while Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed rebels. Facing the threat of a U.S. strike, Assad eventually agreed to destroy Syria’s sizeable chemical weapons

programme and allow in OPCW inspectors. Putin’s spokesman said he had no comment on the award. But a senior lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, Vyacheslav Nikonov, praised the decision and suggested some past awards, an apparent reference to the award to Obama, had been misguided. “This is one of the best choices made by the Nobel Laureate committee in its history,” Nikonov said on state television. “They didn’t want to make a mistake this time because there have been too many.” The $1.25 million prize will be presented in Oslo on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel’s death. The OPCW, which has 189 member states, said Syria was cooperating and it could eliminate its chemical weapons by mid-2014, provided they received support from all sides in its civil war. Chemical weapons experts believe Syria has roughly 1,000 tonnes of sarin, mustard and VX nerve gas, some of it stored as bulk raw chemicals and some of it already loaded onto missiles, warheads or rockets. Under a Russian-U.S. deal struck last month, Syria must render useless all production facilities and weapons-filling equipment by November, a process begun over the past several weeks.

Chemical weapons watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize for Syrian mission The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a relatively small organisation with a modest budget, dispatched experts to Syria after a sarin gas attack killed more than 1,400 people near Damascus in August. Their deployment under a U.N. mandate helped avert a U.S. strike against President Bashar al-Assad and marked an unusual step into the limelight for a group more used to working behind the scenes overseeing the destruction of chemical weapons worldwide. “We were aware that our work silently but surely was contributing to peace in the world,” OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu said. “The last few weeks have brought this to the fore. The entire international community has been made aware of our work.” Nobel Peace Prize committee head Thorbjoern Jagland said the award was a reminder to nations such as the United States and Russia to eliminate their own large stockpiles, “especially because they are demanding that others do the same, like Syria”. “We now have the opportunity to get rid of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction...That would be a great event in history if we could achieve that,” he said. Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot in

the head a year ago by the Ta l i b a n , h a d b e e n t h e bookmakers’ favorite to win the prize for her campaign for girls’ right to education. The OPCW Syria mission was unprecedented in taking place in the heat of a civil war that has riven the country and killed more than 100,000 people. Members of the Haguebased OPCW team themselves came under sniper fire on August 26. While the inspection and destruction of chemical weapons continues, with a team of 27 in the field, Assad forces and rebels clash across the country using conventional weapons. Human Rights Watch said this week rebels had killed at least 190 civilians in Latakia province in August. On Friday, government forces were trying to regain control of an area around Safira, about 20km southeast of Aleppo. The town, controlled by rebels including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, is close to a major suspected chemical site. Friday’s award marks a return to the disarmament roots of the prize after some recent awards including the European Union last year and U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009. Those awards led to criticism that the committee was out of line with the

amongst terror groups and Al Qaeda affiliates has grown, nations have not come together significantly, except in Afghanistan, to combat global terror. In fact, the singular focus on Afghanistan provided the incentive to Al Qaeda to pursue a more global network that is also dispersed geographically. Perhaps, the not too frequently articulated US error in deciding on going into Afghanistan was not as much the failure to visualise the end state that could be achieved, as its effect on the global war on terror. The concentration of resources in Afghanistan denied the resources required to fight terror globally. In the Indian context, we have to strengthen our anti-terror capabilities. The very obvious tendency in elements of our leadership to shy away from action keeping the elections in view is a dangerous game. Recently, a state government was hesitant to interrogate terror mastermind Yasin Bhatkal after he was arrested along the Indo-Nepal border. Even the Batla House encounter in New Delhi, undertaken by the local police, was decried as a fake encounter killing by some politicians. We have leaders who would rather that we cohabit with the banned Students Islamic Movement of India and Indian Mujahedeen than fight terror, as long as the payoffs are there in the next polls. And yet, when Parliament was attacked, they readily deployed the entire army to send a message across our borders about what we could do if the leadership is targeted. If such resolute approach had shaped our strategy over the years, we would be living in a far safer India today. Obviously, we are not headed down the best route to keep terror at bay. There are very many other measures required to contain proxy war and terrorism in our country, but such a discourse is of little consequence till our political leadership displays greater commitment to national security. The business of anti-terror operations has to be left to professionals. The possible political fallout of such operations cannot be a restraint while chalking out the strategy or taking operational decisions. Our politicians had left the army alone for long years after Independence, leading to the force still retaining its intrinsic strengths. A similar hands off approach is called for in the war against terror. Globally, the requirement today is to extend the surveillance radar to areas where Al Qaeda affiliates are already on a growth curve. The drone attacks have now to search their targets in large swathes of Africa and West Asia also. Far greater cooperation between nations is called for. It needs to be realised that Moscow is not safe if London is unsafe; nor is Washington's safety assured by drone attacks along the Pakistan-Afghan border alone, while terror camps remain operative in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Overweight and obese kids at higher risk of developing hypertension A new study has revealed that high body weight in children and adolescents is strongly associated with the likelihood of hypertension.Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Southern California found that young people who are overweight are twice as likely as their normalweight peers to have hypertension. Moderately obese youths have four times higher risk, and extremely obese children and adolescents are 10 times more likely to have hypertension. The study also found 10 percent of youth who are extremely obese have hypertension and nearly half have occasional blood pressure measurements in the hypertensive range."This study's findings suggest that pediatricians need to be particularly vigilant about screening overweight and obese children for hypertension because high blood pressure can be asymptomatic for many years," Corinna Koebnick, PhD, lead author and researcher at Kaiser Permanente Southern California's Department of Research and Evaluation, said. Researchers examined the electronic health records of nearly 250,000 children aged 6 to 17 years who were enrolled in Kaiser Permanente in Southern California between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2009. The study used the first four consecutive blood pressures measured routinely as a part of clinical care during the 36-month time period. The present results also suggest that the currently used classifications for overweight and obesity in children may be an effective tool for identifying children at high risk for hypertension. The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

Stroke takes away 3 out of 5 quality years of life

A new study has found that having a stroke may shave nearly 3 out of 5 quality years off your life. Stroke treatments and prevention to improve quality of life for people who experience a stroke is poorer than researchers hoped, with stroke still taking nearly three out of five quality years off a person's life, the study suggests.Researchers say the findings leave considerable room for improvement in stroke treatment. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. "These results highlight the severe toll that stroke takes on millions of people every year," study author Peter M. Rothwell, FMedSci, a professor with the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, United Kingdom, said. "This is the first study since the 1990s to look at long-term quality of life after stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)," he said. The study determined the five-year quality-adjusted life years for the participants, calculated by multiplying the time spent in a health state by the value assigned to that particular health state. For example, the study found that out of a possible five years of perfect health, people who had a stroke lost 1.71 years due to earlier death and another 1.08 years due to a reduced quality of life, resulting in a reduction of 2.79 quality-adjusted life years. The results varied greatly depending on severity of the stroke, with those having a minor stroke experiencing 2.06 fewer quality-adjusted life years; moderate, 3.35 years; and severe, 4.3 quality years. People who had TIAs had 1.68 fewer quality-adjusted life years. "Our study should serve as a wake-up call that we need more funding and research for stroke treatments and secondary stroke prevention measures to improve quality of life in stroke survivors," Rothwell said. The study is published online in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Road accidents major killer in India

Road accidents result in a major loss to the economy, opined experts and surgeons from Uttar Pradesh at a three-day workshop on trauma, organised by Aligarh Muslim University's (AMU) medical college here Friday.Habib Raza, organising secretary and chairman of department of surgery said that in comparison to neighbouring countries, India has the largest number of road accidents, which amounts to a great economic loss for the country.He said: "In India, reported road traffic fatalities in 2010 were 133,938, out of which 85 percent were male and the rest were female. The estimated GDP loss due to road traffic crashes amounted to three percent.""There were 2,958 reported road traffic fatalities in Bangladesh in 2009. The estimated GDP loss due to road traffic crashes was 1.6 percent. In Pakistan, the reported road traffic fatalities in 2010 were 5,192," Raza said.The professor also said that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, and death due to trauma stands at fifth place.Earlier, inaugurating the workshop, AMU vice chancellor Zameer Uddin Shah said he appreciated the efforts of the organisers and assured all possible help. He said the trauma centre building is ready and the equipment is being acquired.A panel discussion was also organised on problems encountered in managing a trauma centre. Muzaffar Ahmad, disaster management expert from New Delhi, M.C. Misra, director of AIIMS Trauma Centre, and T.D. Yadav, associate professor, Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh participated in the discussion.


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Guyana says Venezuela navy evicted survey ship from its waters Bridgetown, Oct 12 : Guyana's government said on Friday the navy of neighboring Venezuela had evicted a ship used by a U.S. oil exploration company from Guyanese waters, calling the move unprecedented and a serious threat to security. The Venezuela authorities, meanwhile, accused the survey ship, which was being used by Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp, of violating its territorial waters. A border dispute h a s s i m mered between the two South American countries for more than a century and oil explor a t i o n h a s o n l y fanned the flames. Guyana's foreign ministry said a Venezuelan naval vessel on Thursday ordered the RV Teknik Perdana to stop surveying and then escorted it to the

Venezuelan island of Margarita."The actions taken by the Venezuelan navy vessel constitute a serious threat to the peace of this sub-region," Guyana's foreign ministry said in a statement. "It was...clear the vessel and its crew were not only being escorted out of Guyana's waters, but were under arrest. These actions by the Venezuelan naval vessel are unprecedented." The Venezuelan government also demanded an explanation. "Venezuela expresses its profound concern about the way in which foreign vessels, authorized by Guyana's government, barge into Venezuela's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone without permission," Venezuela's foreign ministry said.Both sides stressed that they wanted a peaceful

resolution. Guyana awarded Anadarko Petroleum Corp a deep-water, exploration license in June last year for a block named Roraima, although details of the concession have not been revealedOil companies have been increasingly interested in the northeastern shoulder of South America since a discovery off nearby French Guyana in 2011 that industry experts described as a game-changer for the region's energy prospects. Venezuela and Guyana have long argued about the status of the disputed Essequibo region, an area on the border about the size of the U.S. state of Georgia, and over rights to the ocean resources that lie offshore. Venezuela calls it a "reclamation zone," but in practice it functions as Guyanese territory.

North Korea warns of 'all-out war' Seoul, Oct 12 : North Korea on Saturday issued a fresh warning of an "all-out war", urging the United States to stop military drills and what it described as "nuclear blackmail". In a thinly veiled threat to strike the United States, the North's National Defence Commission (NDC), chaired by leader Kim Jong-Un, said the US government must withdraw its policy of hostility against the North if it wants peace on both the Korean peninsula and the "US mainland". "(The United States) must bear it in mind that reckless provocative acts would meet our retaliatory strikes and lead to an all-out war of justice for a final showdown with the United States," a spokesman of the NDC was quoted as saying in a statement carried by Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency. "We emphasise again that the United States must withdraw various measures aimed to isolate and strangulate us. Dependent upon this are... Peace and security, not only on the Korean peninsula but the US mainland as well." The comments come after a two-day joint naval drill between Japan, South Korea and the US, which included an American nuclear aircraft carrier, sparked a series of angry responses and threats from Pyongyang. Yesterday, the North slammed a naval drill by US, South Korean and Japanese warships as a "serious military provocation" and vowed to "bury

in the sea" the American carrier taking part in the exercise. The latest bellicose statement from the NDC demanded that the US lift sanctions against the North, stop the "constant nuclear blackmails" and various war drills. It rejected as "intolerable contempt" a US demand that it should show tangible commitment towards abandoning its nuclear programmes if it wants substantive talks with the United States. "The denucleari-ation of the Korean peninsula is an inalterable policy goal of the DPRK government," it said, but added that getting rid of such weapons should also include a total removal of US nuclear threats against the North. The US and South Korea have long demanded that Pyongyang show tangible commitment to ending its nuclear weapons programme before the sixparty talks, which have been stalled for several years, can resume. The North has said for years it wants denuclearisation of the whole Korean peninsula and that it is developing a nuclear arsenal to protect itself from the US military, which occasionally sends nuclearpowered warships and aircraft capable of carrying atomic weapons. In February the North carried out its third underground nuclear test in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, sending tensions soaring and raising fears of possible conflict. It also launched a rocket in December that Washington said was a disguised ballistic missile test.

The Dalai Lama, left, poses with a wax figure in his likeness at a press conference in Mexico City.

Britain's Osborne to sign nuclear plant deal with China: FT London, Oct 12 : British finance minister George Osborne will sign a deal in China next week allowing a Chinese state-run nuclear power company to help build a new plant in Britain, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. The paper, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said Osborne would sign a memorandum of understanding to back the Chinese General Nuclear Power Group (CGNPG) entering a deal with France's EDF for a planned new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in southwest England. The deal would also see Britain back plans for CGNPG to

build and help operate a reactor in Britain, while also giving its support to Chinese nuclear technology receiving approval from British regulators, according to the report. The agreement would also involve CGNPG's rival staterun nuclear company, China National Nuclear Corp, sources told the paper. However, the FT said allowing Chinese firms to play such a prominent role in Britain's nuclear program would raise security and safety concerns. On Thursday, EDF and the British government said talks over financial terms for the new plant at Hinkley, which would be

Britain's first new nuclear plant for decades, were continuing. The two parties have been negotiating for more than a year about fixing a minimum electricity price for power generated at the proposed plant as part of a new energy policy package that aims to reward forms of energy with low carbon emissions. "A contract will only be offered if it's value for money, fair and affordable, in line with government policy on no public subsidy for new nuclear and consistent with state aid rules," a spokesman for the Department for Energy and Climate Change said.

UN panel says Japan nuclear workers may have got higher radiation: report

Afghan security forces arrive near the entrance gate of police headquarters after a suicide bomber attack in Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Syrian army kills 130 in fight for Damascus suburbs, say rebels Beirut, Oct 12 : The death of 130 rebels and civilians was an execution carried out by the Syrian government and its Shiite allies, alleged Syria’s opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Saturday. They were killed in the town of al-Ziyabiya amid battles to control southern Damascus suburbs, which began two days ago. “The army of (Syrian President Bashar) alAssad and their agents — the Iranian militia of Hezbollah and some Iraqi Shiites loyal to Tehran — have executed 130 men in areas near al-Ziyabiya,” FSA spokesman Louay alMokdad said. “We call on the world community to immediately look into this new massacre committed by the ty-

African Union calls for more African troops in Somalia Addis Ababa, Oct 12 : The African Union has backed a call to boost by about a third the number of troops in an African peacekeeping force in Somalia to reinforce a campaign against Islamist militants there who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall last month. The union's Peace and Security Council said 6,235 soldiers and police should be added to the AMISOM peacekeeping force to take its total strength to 23,966 uniformed personnel for a limited period of 18 to 24 months. The council endorsed the recommendations of a review of the force this week and announced its decision on Friday. The decision needs the approval of the U.N. Security Council.AMISOM is made up of troops mainly from Kenya, Uganda and Burundi. Ethiopia has also sent in soldiers, but they are not under AMISOM command. The attack on the Westgate shopping complex in Nairobi, in which at least 67 people died, highlighted the reach of Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group, which claimed responsibility. The AU council "stresses the need for renewed efforts to degrade the capabilities of al Shabaab, in view of the continued threat it poses both within Somalia and in the region," it said in a statement. This week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told Reuters that Western nations and others should do more to help both the Somali government and AMISOM crush al Shabaab, although he said he did not see the need for more troops.

rant regime of al-Assad,” Mr. al-Mokdad said. The State-run SANA news agency reported that government forces managed to fully control al-Ziyabiya and had killed many “terrorists at the outskirts of the Bouayda suburb”. The report added that the armed forces continued to advance towards Bouayda and Hujeira in a move aimed at “cleansing the area from terrorists”, a term used by the regime to identify opposition fighters. Rami AbdelRahman, head of the opposition watchdog Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said “we have information that there were some fighters and people trapped inside alZiyabiya, as the Syrian army were storming the area, but

we still know nothing about their fate”. State television showed pictures of what it claimed was ammunition “left by the dead terrorists” in the area of Sheikh Omar, between al-Ziyabiya and Bouayda. An army source told SANA that restoring security and stability in the towns of Husseiniya and al-Ziyabiya “will tighten the grip on the terrorists, who are still hauled up in Bouayda and Hujeira”. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which began in March 2011 with anti-government protests, according to the United Nations. Syria’s state news agency says two mortar rounds struck an upscale neighbourhood in the Syrian

capital of Damascus, killing a child and injuring 11 people. The Abu Roumaneh area where the mortars struck on Saturday is several hundred metres from a hotel where international inspectors are based during their mission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. The SANA agency says one shell hit near a school and the other on the roof of a building. It says the child killed in the attack was eight years old and that the shells damaged several shops and cars. Rebels fighting to topple the Syrian regime routinely fire mortar shells from the outskirts of Damascus at neighbourhoods controlled by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Pervez Musharraf files bail petition in Lal Masjid case Islamabad, Oct 12 : Beleaguered former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday filed a petition seeking bail in a case related to the killing of a hardline cleric during the 2007 military crackdown on the radical Lal Masjid. Musharraf's lawyer Ilyas Siddiqui filed the petition on his behalf. "We have filed a bail petition. The matter will be heard on October 18," Siddiqui said. Police in Islamabad arrested Musharraf on Thursday over the killing of cleric Abdul Rashid and his mother during the military operation against extremists holed up in the Lal Masjid. Yesterday, a magistrate's court here remanded 70-year-old Musharraf to judicial custody

for 14 days in the Lal Lasjid case while another court rejected a request to bar him from travelling out of Pakistan. The magistrate said he should be held in his farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad, already declared a sub-jail. Musharraf was earlier granted bail in three other cases registered against him for the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto, the murder of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti and the imposition of emergency in 2007. This had given rise to speculation about his possible release after nearly six months of house arrest but he was subsequently arrested for the killing of the Lal Masjid cleric. Musharraf, who was then army chief and President,

had ordered the crackdown on the Lal Masjid in 2007. About 100 people, most of them extremists, were killed in the operation. On the orders of the Islamabad High Court, a case was registered against Musharraf on September 2, charging him with the murder of Abdul Rashid and his mother. Musharraf has been held for nearly six months at his farmhouse, guarded by nearly 300 security personnel, including soldiers and snipers. He took power in a 1999 coup and ruled as President until he resigned when he was threatened with impeachment in 2008. He then went into self-imposed exile and returned to Pakistan in March in a bid to resurrect his political career.

Typhoon hits Philippines; 8 dead, millions without power Manila, Oct 12 : Typhoon Nari pummelled the northern Philippines early Saturday, ripping roofs off buildings, killing eight people and leaving more than two million people without electricity. Nari slammed into the Asian country's east coast around midnight (1600 GMT yesterday), toppling trees and pylons as it cut a westward swathe through the farming regions of the main island of Luzon, officials said. "A lot of big trees have fallen down. Clean-up crews with chainsaws are out to clear the roads," British freelance journalist James Reynolds told a news agency from the coastal town of Baler, near where Nari had hit land. "The wind picked up very quickly, very dramatically. We had the wind coming right off the ocean for four hours, very strong, typhoon-force winds," said Reynolds, who had checked into a hotel two hours before the typhoon struck. As Nari moved inland, dump-

ing rain, a wall of mud fell on a police barracks near the town of Magalang, killing an officer awaiting deployment to rescue typhoon victims, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. A person was electrocuted by a loose power line in nearby Candaba town, while trees fell on a house and a vehicle in Nueva Ecija province, killing three people, the council's spokesman Rey Balido told a news conference in Manila. Two children and an elderly person drowned in the province of Bulacan, which suffered widespread flooding, provincial governor Wilhelmino Alvarado told ABS-CBN television in an interview. In the Bulacan town of San Ildefonso, Frankie Gracia, 30, was nearly swept away and had to be pulled back to safety by two policemen when he tried to cross a street that had turned into a raging river.

Tokyo, Oct 12 : Japanese authorities may have underestimated by 20 percent the radiation doses workers got in the initial phase of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, a Japanese newspaper reported on Saturday, citing a U.N. panel. A big earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 damaged the power station north of Tokyo, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co, causing three partial reactor meltdowns. The company has struggled to contain leaking radiation since then. The U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) raised doubts about the dose estimates of the government and Tokyo Electric, or Tepco, in a summary of a report on October 12, according to the Asahi Shimbun. The U.N. committee analyzed radiation doses in 25,000 people who worked at the plant on or before October 2012, using data provided by the government, Tepco and others, the newspaper said. It determined that the tests used on workers did not take into account some types of radiation. In particular, workers were tested for thyroid gland doses from radioactive iodine after a significant delay, through procedures that failed to account for iodine-132 and iodine-133, which have short half-lives of 2 hours and 20 hours, respectively. The Asahi Shimbun said if the U.N. panel's assessment was accurate, more workers would be eligible for free health checks. It did not give any detail of the implications on the health of the workers. Increased radiation exposure has been linked to greater rates of cancer and thyroid disorders. A spokesman for Tepco was not immediately available for comment.

Waheed withdraws from Maldives revote Male, Oct 12 : Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed will not contest the fresh presidential polls next week, saying he wants to be a neutral caretaker and ensure the election process continues with greater fairness. “President Waheed had decided not to contest in the re-run of the presidential elections scheduled for the 19th of October,” Mr. Waheed’s press secretary Masood Imad told . Mr. Waheed had received just over five per cent of the votes in the September 7 elections, which were cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court earlier this week. Mr. Waheed “took this decision in the greater interest of the country at a time when the integrity of the independent Election Commission and the election process are being challenged,” a statement from the President’s office said. “The President will continue until his term expires on 11 November, when a new President is expected to be sworn in.”


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PM reviews situation arising due to Cyclone Phailin New Delhi, Oct 12 : Immediately on return from his tour abroad, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday reviewed the situation arising out of the Cyclone Phailin. Dr. Singh, who arrived in New Delhi this evening after ending his four-day visit to Brunei and Indonesia, was briefed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth on the arrangements that have been put in place to deal with the impact of the cyclone. Dr. Singh directed that all possible assistance should be extended to the state governments concerned in ensuring the safety and security of the people and in relief and rescue operations. Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today said the cyclonic storm Phailin is inching closer to the coastal town of Gopalpur, and added that over 5.5 lakh people have been evacuated so far from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. "In about another 30 to 45 minutes, it will come closer to Gopalpur (in Odisha). It will hit Odisha the most and then hit the three districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam in

Andhra Pradesh. It will hit eight districts in Odisha," Shinde told media here. "We have been making arrangements (to counter it) and the evacuation work also began from day before yesterday. 5, 50,000 people have been evacuated so far. About 4,50,000 people have been evacuated from Odisha and one lakh from these three districts of Andhra," he added.Shinde said an alert is being issued for those who are not ready to move out. The Home Minister informed that 18 helicopters and 12 aircrafts are on stand by to tackle any emergency situation. Shinde further said the administration, police, NDRF and the defence forces are ready to combat any challenge. At least 600 buildings have been identified as cyclone shelters, and people are being evacuated from areas near the coast, including Ganjam, Puri, Khordha and Jagatsinghapur Districts in Odisha. The Cabinet Secretary earlier in the day asserted that the Centre has put all disaster preparedness measures in place so that the

impact of the natural disaster is minimized, and urged the people living along the coast to exercise prudence. Shedding light on the preparations for relief operations, Seth said the NDRF has deployed a number of teams both in Odisha and in Andhra Pradesh. In Odisha, 26 NDRF teams along with three on standby have been deployed. In Andhra Pradesh, there are 15 teams of NDRF, with additional two on standby. "Besides these, there are an additional 30 to 25 teams, which can be deployed at short notice. ... Control rooms have been set up within every Ministry, which will work around the clock," Seth said. Meanwhile, the Army has deployed an engineering task force, six composite relief units, four columns in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Air Force, on its part, has put in place frontline C-17 Globemasters, C-130 J Super Hercules and IL-76 transport planes to Odisha to carry out relief operations. The Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy has assumed the highest degree of readiness to render all

High tide in Digha, lakhs evacuated from Bengal's coastal areas Kolkata, Oct 12 : Lakhs of people were moved to safer places and disaster management teams positioned in coastal areas of West Bengal even as a high tide was reported from the sea resort of Digha with cyclone Phailin hitting the Odisha coast Saturday. The met office has forecast heavy rains in some areas of six south Bengal districts - East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Bankura - till Sunday afternoon as an impact of the cyclone. "There is a high tide in Digha," said an officer at the Regional Meteorological Centre, Alipore. The fishermen

have been advised not to go into the sea. Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan said civil defence rescue and disaster management teams armed with equipment and boats have been kept ready for any eventuality in the coastal areas. "We have moved lakhs of people in the coastal area to safer places," said Khan. People at Digha, Shankarpur, Mandarmoni have been asked to remain indoors. The South Eastern Railway has decided to cancel all south India-bound trains beyond Kharagpur besides diverting a host of Puri and south bound trains on East Coast Section as a precau-

tionary measure.Among the cancelled trains Sunday were Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express from Howrah, Digha-Puri Express from Digha, Bangriposi-Bhubaneswar Express from Bangriposi. The trains cancelled Saturday included Howrah-Puri Express from Howrah, Howrah-Puri Sri Jagannath Express from Howrah, Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express from Howrah, HowrahBhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express from Howrah, Sealdah-Puri Special train from Sealdah and Santragachi-Chennai Special train from Santragachi. All Howrah-bound mail/ express trains leaving Puri Saturday were cancelled, officials said.

necessary humanitarian assistance. Two Indian Naval ships, including the Landing Platform Dock INS Jalashwa are standing by to proceed with dispatch to the most affected areas of Odisha in the cyclone's aftermath. INS Jalashwa, the second largest combatant of the Indian Navy, is ideally equipped to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support and hospital ship operations. Both the ships are poised with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in quantities sufficient to sustain over 5000 personnel for three days. Six advance diving teams with inflatable boats, rescue material and satellite communication have left for Odisha by road and will operate from INS Chilka, 50 km north of Gopalapatnam, where the cyclone is expected to make landfall. These personnel will be assisted by four platoons from the local naval station and doctors from INHS Nivarini in their rescue and relief efforts.

President greets nation on Dusshera New Delhi, Oct 12 : President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Dusshera festival. "I extend my good wishes and greetings to all my fellow citizens," the president said in a statement. Mukherjee said that every year the nation relives the memorable events of Valmiki's sacred epic, as retold by Tulsidas, Kambar, Tyagaraja and many other devotees of Lord Rama. "May this festival lead us onto the path of moral and ethical rectitude and usher in a new era of unity and fellowship." The festival is viewed as the vindication of truth and destruction of evil. The life and deeds of Lord Rama and his message of right conduct and propriety continue to inspire generations, the president said.

A villager braving strong winds and rain walk to a safer place, in village Podampeta, in Ganjam district about 200 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, Orissa.

Railways cancel 56 trains in view of cyclone Hyderabad, Oct 12: (IPT) : The railways have cancelled 56 trains in coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha in view of cyclonic storm Phailin which is set to hit the east coast Saturday evening. The East Coast Railway and South Central Railway have cancelled trains between Howrah and Visakhapatnam and have diverted trains between Howrah and Chennai. All trains in the north coastal Andhra districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam have been cancelled as a precautionary measure. Some long distance trains have either been diverted or cancelled. The trains which were cancelled include the Tirupati-Puri Express, Secunderabad-Bhubaneswar Visakha Express, R a j a h m u n d r y -

Visakhapatnam, VisakhapatnamVizianagaram, Vizianagaram -Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam-Palasa, Palasa-Visakhapatnam and VisakhapatnamRajahmundry passenger. The MumbaiBhubaneswar Express was partially cancelled between Rajahmundry and Bhubaneswar. The Bhubaneswar-Mumbai Konark Express was partially cancelled between Bhubaneswar and Samalkot. The BhubaneswarSecunderabad Visakha Express, which was scheduled to leave Bhubaneswar Saturday morning, was partially cancelled between Bhubaneswar and Vizianagaram. South Central Railway has set up helpline numbers at Secunderabad (04027700868) and Hyderabad

(040-23200865) railway stations to provide information to passengers regarding movement of trains. Helplines were also set up at Vijayawada (08662575038), Rajahmundry (0883-2420541, 2420543), Kazipet (0870-2548660), Warangal (0870-2426232), Khammam (08742-256025), Tuni (08854-252172), Anakapalle (08924-221698), Guntur (0863-2222014, 09701379072), Nandyal (07702772080), Nalgonda (08682-224392, 09701379077), Narsaraopeta (08647-223131, 09701379075), Markapur (08596-222028, 09701379079), Giddalur (08405-242003), Sattanapalle (08641232255), Piduguralla (08649252255), Nadikude (08649257625, 09701379078) and Manchiryal (08736250081)railway stations.

Mumbai, Oct 12 : Indian computer engineers are highly sought after, but a new report has revealed that computer science (CS) and information technology (IT) graduates are not up to the mark on programming. Around 30% of CS/IT graduates did not have basic theoretical concepts used in computer programming, while more than 50% did not understand the subtleties of programming concepts, and more than 80% were unable to apply them to real-world situations. The report, surveyed 55,000 students from all engineering backgrounds across 250 engineering colleges in the country and the analysis was based on the computer-programming module of the Aspiring Minds Computer Adaptive Test, a standardised employability test.“The rate of production of engineers in India is much greater than any other nation,” the report noted in its conclusion. “But the quality with regards to their programming ability is a matter of deep concern. The results obtained are eye-opening.” The test looked at graduates’ basic knowledge, conceptual understanding and application skills. “Students’ competency in programming is very low,” said G Thampi, principal of Thadomal Shahani Engineering College in Bandra. “There is no effort in helping develop programming competency because of a lack of direction and out of date syllabus.” The survey was conducted by Aspiring Minds, an employability solutions company whose tests are used by companies for recruitment purposes.

Naidu adamant to continue fast, doctors forcibly administer IV fluids New Delhi, Oct 12 : As TDP leaders, looking after their president N. Chandrababu Naidu’s health in the RML Hospital here, on Saturday claimed that he was adamant to continue his indefinite fast on the sixth day, doctors at the hospital said he was forcibly given intravenous fluids considering his health condition. “We were forced to give intravenous drip around 3 p.m. to avoid further deterioration of his health. He is being administered 10-15 drops per minute, which may be gradually increased after two hours to improve hydration,” said Dr H.K. Kar, Medical Superintendent of the hospital. A team of doctors initially tried to persuade Mr. Naidu to take IV drips, but he refused, Dr. Kar added. His condition was clinically stable, though blood parameters show deterioration. Asked whether he had broken his fast, Dr. Kar said, Mr. Naidu was not taking anything orally, except water. “His liver, kidney and heart functioning is deteriorating and cardiac enzymes have increased. His uric acid level and potassium level has also increased which means he is utilizing his calories reserved,” Dr. Kar added.Janata Dal

(United) president Sharad Yadav visited the hospital and enquired about Mr. Naidu’s health.Meanwhile, for the second day some of the TDP MPs, MLAs and MLCs and cadres attempted to stage dharna near Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s residence here protesting the government’s move to create Telangana by whipping up tension and unrest in the entire Andhra Pradesh. They were removed by the police and taken to Thuglak Road police station. Seemandhra leaders of various parties argue what is the logic in asking the mother state to search for a new capital whereas the State (Telangana) which is to be bifurcated retaining the original capital (Hyderabad). “This has not happened even when Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand got separated and they formed their own capital instead of asking for Bhopal (from Madhya Pradesh), Patna (Bihar) and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) respectively. Why Hyderabad should not be declared a union territory?” they sought to know.Even when Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala were formed from the then Madras presidency, Madras (now Chennai) remained with the mother State (now Tamil Nadu), they argued.

Villagers watch as a buffalo is sacrificed at a temple of goddess Durga at Rani village on the outskirts of Guwahati. Every year, hundreds of devotees arrive with buffalos, goats, pigeons and ducks to sacrifice them during the Durga Puja festival.

Cong MP for special Parliament session New Delhi, Oct 12 : Rejecting the 'right to reject' concept, a Congress MP on Friday made a strong plea for a special session of Parliament to discuss the Supreme Court order on the issue, which he claimed would weaken "representative democracy". In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,

Bhalchandra Mungekar said such a session was needed as "giving fundamental right to voters to reject all candidates will further erode the very foundation of representative parliamentary democracy and also create operational chaos". Criticising the Supreme Court order, the former Vice-

Chancellor of Mumbai University said, "Apex court's view of right to vote is 'statutory' and right to reject is 'fundamental' amounts to argue that right to reject is more sacrosanct than the right to vote. "This view is flawed because right to vote is the heart of representative parlia-

mentary democracy." Claiming that the apex court contradicts its own order, he said the court order says the negative votes will be recorded on the EVMs, but won't be counted and if more than 50 per cent voters reject all candidates and demand re-election, then reelection has to be ordered.

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