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SCR registered growth of 6.22 per cent during 1st half of FY Hyderabad, Oct 15 (IPT) : South Central Railway (SCR) has registered 6.2 per cent growth druing the first half of the current financial year (April to September). The Zone has achieved gross originating earnings of Rs 4973 crores during this period, which is Rs 291 crore more when compared to Rs 4682 crore earned during the corresponding period last fiscal, a release from SCR said here today.SCR loaded 52.1 Million Tonnes (MT) of originating freight during first half of current fiscal.The major commodities dealt with are Cement, Food grains Fertilizers, Coal.The other major freight commodities are Container freight and Petro Products. The zone carried 197.1 millions of originating passengers during April to September, 2013, compared to 193.8 millions of passengers during corresponding period of last year.The passenger volume registered a growth of 1.7 per cent.At present, SCR carries around 10.80 lakhs of originating passengers on an average per day. The Passenger earnings have shown a growth of 20 per cent with Rs 1286 crores during April to September 2013, compared to Rs 1070 crores during the corresponding period of last fiscal.
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White House dismisses debt plan offered by Republicans Washington, Oct 15 : The White House dismissed the latest fiscal proposal offered by Republicans who control the House of Representatives on Tuesday, calling it a partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party conservatives. With time running out toward a Thursday deadline to avert a historic US debt default, House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Washington, proposed an alternative to a Senate plan that would affect Obama's signature healthcare law.White House spokesman Amy Brundage said Obama has vowed repeatedly that lawmakers "don't get to demand ransom for fulfilling their basic responsibilities to pass a budget and pay the nation's bills." "Unfortunately, the latest proposal from House Republicans does just that in a partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans who forced the government shutdown in the first place," she said. Brundage said Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have been working in a good-faith effort to end the fiscal stalemate and "it's time for the House to do the same."
Villagers stand on the breached embankment of swollen Kangsabati river at Samat village in West Bengal. Heavy torrential rain in the aftermath of weekend Cyclone Phailin have made rivers to overflow causing flood situation in the state.
Switzerland to share tax
info with India, others
Geneva/New Delhi, Oct 15 : In a major boost for India and other countries seeking details on suspected black money stashed in Swiss banks, Switzerland on Tuesday agreed to automatic exchange of information and mutual administrative assistance in tax matters with overseas authorities. The development, which virtually pulls down the famed secrecy wall surrounding Swiss banks, would lead to Switzerland providing all forms of mutual assistance - exchange on request, spontaneous information sharing, tax examinations abroad, and assistance in tax collection.Switzerland has been facing intense global pressure to cooperate with overseas authorities to share information about accounts in its Swiss banks, which have long been known to be misused by entities from across the world, including from India, for evading taxes in their local jurisdictions. Buckling under the international pressure, Switzerland on Tuesday signed OECD's Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative
Assistance in Tax Matters. The convention, which has now been signed by 58 countries, including India, provides for sharing of information and mutual cooperation among all its signatories. Paris-based OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), is an international policy-advisory body that has formulates global tax standards to fight tax evasion and concealment of illicit funds. According to latest official figures released by Swiss National Bank, total funds held by Indians in Swiss banks fell to a record low level of about Rs. 9,000 crore (1.42 billion Swiss francs) at the end of 2012, from about Rs. 14,000 crore (2.18 billion Swiss francs) a year ago. The overall funds held in Swiss banks by entities from across the world also fell from $1.65 trillion to $1.5 trillion during 2012.Announcing Switzerland's signature to its Multilateral Convention, OECD said it provides the option to undertake automatic exchange while requiring an agreement between the parties interested in this
form of assistance. "With the support of the G20, automatic exchange is becoming the new international standard, and Switzerland adheres to an instrument that will allow it, in due time, to join the jurisdictions that will decide to exchange financial information automatically," it added. The signing comes after the Swiss Federal Council, the highest policy making authority of the country, approved this Convention on October 9, 2013. OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria said Switzerland's adherence to the Convention will help the country resolve the issues identified in its Peer Review by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information. The Review that found deficiencies in Switzerland's mechanism to deal with global requests for tax information.Switzerland's Ambassador to the OECD Stefan Fluckiger said: "Switzerland has been committed to complying with international standards in tax matters since March 2009.
Seemandhra employees continue strike over Telangana Hyderabad, Oct 15 (IPT) : Over 400,000 government employees in Seemandhra continued their strike for 64th day Tuesday to oppose the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh while their leaders decided to hold another round of talks with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy Thursday. Andhra Pradesh NonGazetted Officers' (APNGOs) Association president P. Ashok Babu told reporters here that their future course of action would depend on what assurance the chief minister would give on keeping the state united. APNGOs executive and also various joint action committees of the striking employees would hold their
meetings Wednesday to decide on the issues to be raised during the meeting with the chief minister. APNGOs leaders had last week held a meeting with the chief minister but it failed to find a solution. Over 200,000 teachers and employees of stateowned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) had however called off their strike, restoring some normalcy in Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) after two months. While buses of APSRTC returned on the roads in all 13 districts, the schools and colleges will reopen after Dussehra and Eid holidays on Oct 17.Ashok Babau said
the employees were of the view that they should fight till the end to oppose division of the state. He announced that they would meet all legislators including those from Telangana to impress upon them the need to keep the state united for its overall development. "We will also urge them to oppose Telangana bill when it comes before the state assembly," he said. The APNGOs leader demanded that the central government clarify whether the resolution or bill for state's division would be referred to assembly once or twice. He alleged that the central leaders were giving contradictory statements on the issue.
"The signing of the Convention confirms Switzerland's commitment to the global fight against tax fraud and tax evasion with a view to safeguarding the integrity and reputation of the country's financial centre," he said.The signatories to the Convention also include Canada, China, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, UK and the US. The jurisdictions covered by the Convention through territorial extension include Sint Marteen, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos. The sharp decline in Indian money in Swiss banks during 2012 followed a significant increase in the previous year, when such funds had risen for the first time in five years. In a White Paper on black money tabled in the Indian Parliament last year, the government said that total liabilities of Swiss banks towards Indians have been coming down since 2006 and fell by more than Rs. 14,000 crore during 2006-2010 period.
Hyderabad, Oct 15 (IPT) : Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has said that the State Government will come out with its own Civil Aviation policy soon. After flagging off the first flight of Air Costa airlines from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here, yesterday, the Chief Minister said under this policy, several incentives will be announced for the development of regional airports. The Chief Minister also expressed happiness over the first State-owned company starting the Airline services. He wished many more successes to the Company in its future endeavours. The commercial flights of Air Costa services started from today.Initially, Air Costa will operate its services from Vijayawada, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Jairpur and Hyderabad. Union Minister of state for Finance, J D Seelam, Assembly Speaker Nandendla Manohar, Minister for Textiles Mr G Prasada Kumar and Chairman, Air Costa, Mr Lingamaneni Ramesh were present on the occasion
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Stampede: Officials' suspension is "drama" Bhopal, Oct 15 : Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Kantilal Bhuria today alleged that the suspension of 21 people, including four officers, in connection with Datia district's Ratangarh stampede -- which claimed 115 lives -- is drama intended to divert public attention from the tragedy. "A criminal case should be registered forthwith against the guilty officers who must be placed under arrest. The regime cannot shirk responsibility by merely suspending the Collector, Superintendent of Police (SP), Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Sub-Divisional Officer (Police) and 17 other police personnel," he said in a release. The Government would have to provide an answer for the loss of devotees' lives, Mr Bhuria said while, adding that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is a puppet in officers' hands and has no control left over the administration. "Mr Bhondve Sanket Shantaram -- who was Collector at the time of Sunday's tragedy -- proceeded on leave to Nagpur after merely sending a fax. The then SP Chandrashekhar Solanki did not answer his phone even three hours after the tragedy. This makes it clear that the bureaucracy has no fear of the Government," he alleged. By suspending 17 personnel for carelessness and extortion, the regime "admitted" the veracity of the Congress charge regarding vehicles being allowed to approach the shrine in exchange for money.
Don't evoke fear to woo Muslim voters: Cleric New Delhi, Oct 15 : n a veiled reference to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind leader Mehmood Madani Tuesday asked the secular parties not to seek votes of the Muslim community by evoking fear of any person. Speaking to Times Now news channel, Madani said the secular parties should not seek votes on a negative plank. "In the next election, they should not try to seek our votes by showing fear of someone, on a negative plank," he said. "We say that there should not be politics to get votes by creating fear. If it takes place, we are not going to get scared," he said. Madani demanded the secular parties should tell what they have done for the minority community and what were their plans for the future. "For (getting justice), for equal opportunity, what is their planning," he said.
Without naming any party, he said the secular parties should tell how many promises in their manifesto have been fulfilled. Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind is an over 90-year-old organisation which works on a range of issues including social, educational and religious reform among Muslims and protection of Islamic beliefs, identity, heritage and places of worship. Madani's apparent reference was to Modi who is the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and has been targeted by the Congress and some other parties for the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat. Union minister and Congress leader Manish Tewari, however, termed communal vs secular forces the main polarisation in the country's politics. "The fundamental thing is that the main polarisation
in Indian politics is communal versus secular. In 2014, polarisation will come to the fore due to narrow politics of orgainsations such as VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) and BJP," he said. "The secular and progressive forces will have to decide on which side of polarisation they want to be," he said. The BJP, in turn, termed the Congress the most communal party in the country. "If there is any party which has been communal in last 50 years, it is Congress. They have been dividing people for votes," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said. Modi has been described as a "divisive" figure by several Congress leaders and there have been suggestions from various quarters that minorities will vote for nonBJP candidates due to his projection as the prime ministerial candidate.
Minister for Tribal Welfare P. Balaraju is seen holding the 107th A.P Tribes Advisory Council meeting at Tribal Welfare Department, DSS Bhavan, Masab Tank, Hyderabad on Tuesday. Secretary Dr. A.Vidyasagar, and other concerned officials are also seen.
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Haryana's 'stony' politics The politics of Haryana's dusty hinterland seems to becoming curiously stony too. Union minister Selja, the Congress MP from Ambala, seemed to be a target when a coach of the newly launched Kalka-Shirdi superfasttrain was targeted by stone throwers Sunday. Selja, who flagged off the train and boarded it from Kalka till Chandigarh for a symbolic inaugural run, was hit by a stone on her shoulder. The stone hit her when she was sitting at a window seat. She was attended to by a doctor and later left for New Delhi. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) registered a case and is still investigating the matter. The minister, who is not on the best of terms with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his group in the highly factionalised Haryana Congress, did not point fingers at anyone. "They could be miscreants or it could be due to the situation I am facing in Haryana," Selja was quoted as saying, making it clear that the attack could well be a conspiracy. What is baffling in the entire incident is that the stone hit her directly and the other coaches remained untouched. Selja is seen as a prominent dissident in Haryana politics along with Rajya Sabha MP Birender Singh and Gurgaon Lok Sabha MP and former union minister of state for defence Rao Inderjit Singh. All these leaders have been at loggerheads with Hooda, who has been in power since March 2005. Though trains daily traverse hundreds of kilometres in Haryana's territory, there have been only two well-known incidents of stones being pelted at passengers. Before the Selja incident, the Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi Express was targeted September 16, 2009, near Gharaunda town, 140 km from Chandigarh. The train had a VVIP passenger in Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who was travelling back from Ludhiana in a chair-car compartment. This attack too was a curious one. Three coaches of the train were targeted. While coaches C-2 and C-4 were hit, Rahul's coach, C-3, escaped being hit. One stone, in fact, pierced the twin toughened glass of the train and landed inside compartment C-4. The police blamed some teenagers for the incident but, no, the last word is yet to be said on why this particular train was targeted. For years before and after the incident, there have hardly been any instances of the Shatabdi train crossing Haryana being stoned. Haryana's Congress leaders or the party's government could be better placed to uncover the truth behind these curious stone attacks. So far, they have stone-walled any information in this regard.
Somalia looks to rickety port to rebuild threatened state The dilapidated facility has no functioning cranes and the vessels must use their own gear to unload once they make it in. Yet the port is one of the Somali government’s main sources of revenue, despite minimal investment over the years. “It’s the biggest asset the Somali government has,” said Abdirashid Hashi, a former cabinet minister. The sorry state of affairs shows the challenges Somalia faces as it tries to rebuild crumbling institutions and stabilize a nation under threat from an Islamist insurgency. Government efforts to improve the port go to the heart of its desire to ease its reliance on foreign aid and generate more revenues to finance a security force capable of beating back al Shabaab militants. “The more resources we have, the more institutions can function, and we can actually fight al Shabaab and the Islamist threat ourselves,” Abdirahman Omar Osman, an adviser to the Somali presidency, told Reuters. That threat was made clear again last month by the al Shabaab attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, an incident which bore out international fears that chaotic Somalia provides a launch pad for militant Islam. Foreign governments
and agencies have poured in aid to help rebuild Somalia after 20 years of war, while security still largely depends on African peacekeeping troops who drove al Shabaab from the capital two years ago. Donors want to see the federal government start to impose order with its own soldiers and introduce a new regime of financial management that will wean it off the donations. The U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia said in a report in July that the central bank received about $2.7 million each month from the port, but the monitors estimate at least a third of all revenue is unaccounted for. The government has questioned some of the report’s findings, saying they have “no basis in fact” but Osman conceded there are concerns with processing of port revenues. Osman said income from the port in August was the highest in 20 years, heading towards $5 million. But that still finances only a modest part of the government’s budget that is meant to run security forces, pay civil service salaries, and fund other institutions across a nation of 10 million people. Diplomats estimate total aid to Somalia, which includes substantial military assistance, at “several hundred
million dollars”. The governments’ budget is $84 million, of which about $54 million is forecast to come from domestic sources and the remainder in external assistance. Spending is put at $114 million, leaving a $30 million deficit. The EU reckons in a rough calculation that Somalia will need about $1 billion per year over the next three years to hit key reconstruction targets. Development of the port, which employs about 4,000 administrators, porters and customs officials, has been slow. Containers are stacked up at the docks. The slow unloading process adds to crowding at the trade gateway for Somalia’s shaky economic revival. “Ships use their lifts but it takes a week to unload,” said Ali Moalim Mohamed, the customs office manager. “Most of goods are brought in without containers, this also wastes time.” GRAFT One of the biggest problems is largely hidden from view. Corruption blights the port operations, like much of the official workings in Somalia, which was torn apart by feuding warlords and then ruled by Islamist militants. The U.N. report said at least a third of port
the eateries and the patrons thronging those places causing them sleepless nights. Yes, a lot of events till 26/ 11 had affected Mumbai city and its night life, but one simply cannot argue that this city never sleeps and was forcibly sedated for many years. I’m glad that the Shiv Sena’s young leader Aditya Thackeray wants to revive its night life. Whatever the reasons may be, at least he wants to bring back the old charm rather than get books banned, for a change. This original idea was mooted by the independent corporator Makrand Narevekar who believes that there should be 24x7 eateries to boost nightlife and tourism. In fact last month, Narvekar had mooted a proposal in the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation to amend the Shops and Establishment Act to allow restaurants to remain open 24x7. This idea found support in the Shiv Sena’s youth leader, Aditya Thackeray, who put up a message on his Facebook page: "I strongly believe Mumbai needs a safe yet vibrant night life. Our city virtually sleeps long after midnight. People look for places to chill post work. It will be a great roll in for the economy if we increase places to eat post work and curb corrup-
tion from places that are illegally open at night. This would be a major boost to our city's nightlife." This sentiment resonated with the youth, which prompted Aditya to meet the mayor, get his proposal through and addressed the media regarding this matter on October 3. Now Aditya is in the process of getting as much support, because the final sanction will need to come from the chief minister, after seeking the advice of the home and labour departments. The issue eventually is a state subject and here the young leader will need to do a lot of networking. The politics between the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, apart from the tricky security concerns, will hijack the core issue. It is not the first time a Mumbai leader has mooted such a proposal. In fact way back in 2005, NCP leader Nawab Malik, as minister of labour, had proposed to keep restaurants open 24x7, however it was outright rejected by the ministry of power and home. In 2005, most of Maharashtra was reeling under power shortage and that would’ve sent a wrong message to the people that only Mumbai city was enjoying power at the cost of the rest of the state.
Meanwhile, the home department as expected aired security concerns and the trouble of supervising these areas where eateries would be open. Malik in fact is still in favour of this plan and welcomed the proposal mooted by Narvekar and Thackeray. He however added a rider, that the crucial decision needed sanction from the same two departments. After consultations with these two main departments, the chief minister is then expected to give his final stamp of approval to the proposal. Apart from the usual trademark of Prithviraj Chavan to mull over important matters, the fact is, concerns regarding security persist. Finally, with an eye on elections, the Congress won’t let the opposition cub take credit for the plan, which actually can be a point of agenda for the Congress and NCP. The home department will take feedback from the Social Services Cell of the Mumbai police and till the rule that makes permits compulsory isn’t scrapped, there are less chances of seeing the city’s old nightlife limping back. Indeed it is sad to see Mumbai’s charm getting eroded due to the petty politics that is so ingrained in our systems.
Is Mumbai about to get back its nightlife? I’m glad I was a part of that Bombay (before she was renamed as Mumbai) when restaurants and eateries that catered to all kinds of pockets were open all night, when we could dance away the blues at discos till the wee hours and security concerns weren’t a sword that loomed above our heads; when the police wouldn’t come rudely rounding up people from Marine Drive, or any restaurant/ pub. Bombay then was a lot more cosmopolitan and tolerant than what Mumbai is today. These aren’t claims, the fact is politicians had better sense and issues to look into rather than disrupt the socio-cultural and religious fabric of this lovely city. Yes, the dance bars too thrived, gang wars and shootouts took place, but none of the crime and politics interfered with the lives of us ordinary citizens. There was a night life that this city was proud to have! Suddenly, the moral upholders of this city and activists got up in arms to cleanse it. I do think they went too far in their pursuit of cleansing the city. Suddenly the state excise department, the Mumbai police and politicians all seemed to be working at cross-purposes, each outwitting the other, with not
only the rules but also the methodology of implementing them. Suddenly dance bars were seen as criminal dens, the bar dancers spoiling middle-class families, drink permits were made compulsory and restaurants and discos were forced to shut shop at 1.30 am under the archaic rules of the Bombay Police Act. In fact, such was the impact that the Hotel and Restaurant Association members had said they were losing crores of rupees on a daily basis besides the fear of being exposed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Vasant Dhoble. Dhoble was allowed to go on a rampage with a hockey stick, and it wasn’t like the opposition parties were effective either in reining in this police officer or the government’s devious ways to end the night life. Everyone seemed to go with the flow of these ridiculous ideas that Mumbai city was on a constant security watch, an excuse always given post the November 26, 2008, terror attacks. In fact citizens came out in support of Dhoble and in the western suburbs a forum called Citizens for Free Mumbai was formed, its aim being to help the police crack down on nightlife. Many complained about the noise from
revenues were siphoned off. “Some clan-based business interests and militia groups have acquired a sense of entitlement, seeing the port as their property, rather than a national asset,” Matthew Bryden, a director of Sahan Research think-tank. Tussles for control can escalate beyond the boardroom. When former President Sherif Sheikh Ahmed ordered out then port director Abdi Jinow in 2010, a militia stepped in to block the move, leading to a standoff with African troops. The government says it is tackling the corruption problem. Port customs manager Mohamed said systems were in place to stop backhanders and ensure funds reached the central bank. “Traders cannot move unless they show us the bank payment receipt,” he said. But port workers tell of underhand ways to cut duties on imports, in a nation where the federal government has limited control beyond the capital, al Shabaab control swathes of the countryside, and some regions barely recognize the government. “It serves some people well to keep Somalia and the port the way it so it’s very difficult to bring about change,” said Hashi, who is now deputy director of the Mogadishu-based Heritage Institute for Policy Studies. OUTSIDE HELP Still, the government is working to bring in outside help. Presidential adviser Osman said it was in talks with foreign firms, including Dubai Port World, to manage the harbor. Turkish entities were also interested. United Arab Emiratesbased shipping firm Simatech began container shipments in February, a first for the facility. On its maiden journey from Dubai’s Jebel Ali, a ship carried 535 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units). But the need for ships to use their own cranes to unload reduces how much they can carry. They often have to moor at sea for days awaiting a berth. “We never know if we are going to get berths on arrival, what kind of priorities they have for container vessels or general small vessels,” said Noaman Akram, Simatech’s Somalia manager. “It’s difficult.” In reality, the government still relies heavily on aid to pay salaries and depends on the African soldiers for security. “The idea of tax payments is to create employment, security and establish public roads, schools and hospitals, but we never get a single one of these,” said Ismail Nur, a trader importing rice and pasta at the port. “It is just a waste of money.”
Antioxidant pathway disruption may prevent heart disease Researchers have found that deficiency of an antioxidant response protein called nuclear erythroid-2 like factor2 (Nrf2) is capable of delaying or preventing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a type of a heart failure in which the heart muscle grows abnormally thick. This new finding suggests that restoring the normal balance of reduction-oxidation chemical reactions in the body could prevent heart disease and other conditions caused by reductive stress.Nuclear erythroid-2 like factor-2 (Nrf2) is a key regulatory protein in the signaling pathway that triggers the body's primary defense against oxidative stress, a condition where increased production of oxygen-containing free radicals causes cell damage.Many cardiac diseases, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, are linked to oxidative stress. Principal author Namakkal S. Rajasekaran, Ph.D., research assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah, said that heart muscle cells, like all cells, are sensitive to shifts in the chemical reactions occurring inside and around them. Rajasekaran and his team studied laboratory mice with heart disease caused by mutations in alpha B-Crystallin, a protein that normally helps other proteins fold inside cells.These mice develop mutant protein aggregation cardiomyopathy (MPAC), a type of heart failure characterized by reductive stress and protein aggregation, the clumping together of misfolded proteins. The researchers compared two strains of MPAC mice - one with normal Nrf2 and another with Nrf2 deficiency. They found that, while mice with normal Nrf2 developed heart muscle thickening and heart failure, mice that were deficient in Nrf2 did not. The findings have been published in journal Cardiovascular Research.
Spreading cheer for bravehearts fighting cancer
The festival of lights this year will be special for Pankaj Yadav and many of his extended family of cancer patients and survivors.The cancer survivor, a student of the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU)-Varanasi, who lost an eye to cancer 13 years ago, will join dozens of children fighting cancer and volunteers from NGO Cankids...Kidscan Konnect at a Diwali Utsav here to spread the message of early detection and cure of the disease."It's not just a question of showing solidarity with patients and survivors but an attempt to show them that we care for them and want them to move on in life like all normal people," Yadav, a resident of Haryana whose father is a constable in the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force, told IANS. Ritu Bhalla, 22, a two-time blood cancer survivor and Girl Child Cancer Ambassador for India, is gearing up to share anecdotes from her recent visit to the Congress of Childhood Cancer in Hong Kong with all her friends and co-survivors at the Diwali mela, scheduled for Oct 20 at F-28 Bund Road NH-8, Samalkha, Dwarka. "I have brought some beautiful gifts and decorative lights from Hong Kong for my friends," said Bhalla, who leads the teenage and young adult childhood cancer group of Cankids...Kidscan Konnect.Sonal Sharma, whose daughter in Delhi successfully fought off cancer, is also looking forward to the special Diwali event."We want to share and spread the festive mood with the bravehearts. Our daughter has overcome the trauma but for those still battling the odds, the Diwali mela will be an occasion to forget all the worries," said the east Delhi resident."I have got lots of chocolates and sweets for everybody," said Sharma who accompanied Bhalla to Hong Kong.Aman Saxena, who is fighting a nose and throat cancer relapse, is gearing to shake a leg to peppy songs of icon and singer Kailash Kher."I want to tell everyone at the Diwali mela that Kher had come and met me in Delhi on my request," said the second year BA student from Delhi's Shaheed Bhagat Singh College whose fading voice due to cancer has prevented him from singing.Saxena may also involve his Jasba Theatre group to present an entertaining performance at the special Diwali mela. Kapil Chawla, awareness advocacy officer of Cankids, said: "When you are battling a disease like cancer it is important to celebrate life.""Those who have overcome the deadly disease will try to bring cheer, with lights and sweets, to the lives of those who are still fighting it," Chawla told IANS.The NGO also plans to hold an exhibition-cum-sale of paintings and hand-made Diwali cards and souvenirs at the mela.Poonam Bagai, a cancer survivor and chairperson of Cankids...Kidscan, said: "The event will bring together people from a cross section of society and help spread awareness about cancer in children.""Every year we celebrate Diwali with as many as 1,000 children with cancer and thier families - lighting diyas, doing the GaneshLakshmi puja, giving the children special gifts they have asked Lord Gansesha for, selling their wish cards to friends, family and in the community," she said."For some years, we celebrated with Delhi Public School, Gurgaon, but for the last two years Helpline pharmacy owner and head of Surekha Charitable Trust VishnuSurekhahasgenerouslyhostedourevent," she said."We also celebrated Durga Puja in three cancer hospitals in Kolkata. For us Durga Puja and Diwali are truly community festivals, " said Bagai. "In our country more than 40-50 percent of all cancers in children are getting cured due to increased awareness. We are gradually catching up with the developed nations, where survival rates are as high as 95 percent," she said, highlighting the importance of spreading awareness.
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Brazil to shield official e-mails from snooping Rio De Janeiro, Oct 15 : Brazil plans to set up an encrypted national e-mail service to shield government communications from unwanted surveillance, an official said. "Using Expresso V3 in the communications system will completely rid the government of all espionage. The technology will be implemented in November," Marcos Mazoni, head of the Federal Data Processing System, said Monday. The new homegrown security technology will host all traffic on its servers and use only state-owned cable networks, with no participation of foreign companies or networks, Xinhua reported. "We need more security for our messages to prevent possible espionage. This was the first step toward extending privacy and inviolability of official posts," Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Twitter. This move came after documents leaked by Edward Snowden, former US National Security Agency contractor, showed that the US and Canadian governments had spied on Brazilian officials and companies. Spy targets included the Brazilian president's official communications, the mines and energy ministry and state oil and gas giant Petrobras.
Death toll in Philippines quake jumps to 93 Manila, Oct 15 : The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol on Tuesday rose to 93, as rescuers struggled to reach patients in a collapsed hospital. Centuries-old stone churches crumbled and wide areas were without power. Bohol police chief Dennis Agustin said 77 of the deaths came from the province. At least 15 others died in nearby Cebu province and another on Siquijor Island. The quake struck at 8-12 a.m. and was centered about 33 km below Carmen city, where many small buildings collapsed. Many roads and bridges were reported damaged, making rescue operations difficult. But historic churches dating from the Spanish colonial period suffered the most. Among them was the country’s oldest, the 16thcentury Basilica of the Holy Child in Cebu, which lost its bell tower.Nearly half of a 17th-century limestone church in Loboc town, southwest of Carmen, was reduced to rubble.The highest number of dead 18 were in the municipality of Loon, 42 km west of Carmen, where an unknown number of patients were trapped inside the Congressman Castillo Memorial Hospital, which partially collapsed. Rescuers were working to reach them, said civil defence spokesman
A private guard looks at the rubble near the damaged Basilica of the Holy Child, background, following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church. Maj. Reynaldo Balido. As night fell, the entire province was in the dark after the quake cut power supplies. Windy weather and rain also forced back a military rescue helicopter. Authorities were setting up tents for those displaced by the quake, while others who lost their homes moved in with their relatives, Bohol Gov. Edgardo Chatto said. extensive damage also hit densely populated Cebu
Italy rescues 300 migrants, sends navy ships, drones on patrols Rome, Oct 15 : Italy's navy rescued about 300 migrants in the waters between Sicily and Libya on Tuesday as the government deployed ships, helicopters and unmanned drones to help avert further shipwrecks that have already drowned hundreds this month. A naval frigate and a patrol boat set out late on Monday when two separate migrant boats used satellite phones to call for help, a navy statement said. They were recovered and brought to the southern island of Lampedusa on Tuesday. The boats risked the dangerous sea passage despite a shipwreck on October 3 that killed more than 360, mostly Eritreans, less than a kilometer from Lampedusa. Last Friday, at least 34 more migrants drowned when their boat capsized, though the true figure may be above 200. Lampedusa, which lies southwest of Sicily and just 70 miles from the coast of Tunisia, has been a stepping stone for migrants seeking a
better life in Europe for two decades. Now the Syrian civil war and unrest in Egypt and other Arab and African countries are fuelling the flow of refugees, many of whom have to pass through an increasingly unstable Libya. To try to stem the flow of rickety boats and prevent further tragedies, Italy began on Tuesday to ramp up its military presence in the waters between Italy, Tunisia and Libya. Italy will deploy an amphibious assault ship with an on-board hospital and long-range helicopters, five more naval vessels, several more helicopters and an airplane equipped with night-vision, plus unmanned drone aircraft. “It will be a military and humanitarian operation to reinforce surveillance and rescue capabilities in the open sea which will increase safety levels and save lives," Defense Minister Mario Mauro said late on Monday when the plan was agreed. However, humanitarian organizations are concerned
about an increased militarization of the border. It may save refugees from drowning, but it may also leave more of them stranded in the Sahara desert or delivered into the hands of Libyan militias and crime groups, which are known to have beaten, raped and imprisoned migrants in the past. "It's not a given that if an Italy navy ship intervenes that the migrants will be brought to an Italian port. It will depend on where the operation takes place," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso was heckled on Lampedusa last week by islanders who said the European Union was partly responsible for the October 3 shipwreck. Italy and Malta, the main points of arrival for most migrants from North Africa, have asked for more EU funds and have called for the migrant emergency to be put on the agenda of the next European Council meeting on October 24-25.
city, across a narrow strait from Bohol, causing deaths when a building in the port and the roof of a market area collapsed.The quake set off two stampedes in nearby cities. When it struck, people gathered in a gym in Cebu rushed outside in a panic, crushing five people to death and injuring eight others, said Neil Sanchez, provincial disaster management officer. “We ran out of the building, and outside, we hugged
Seven killed in Nigeria road crash Abuja, Oct 15 : At least seven people were killed and 11 other wounded in a road accident in northern Nigeria, a road safety official said on Monday. An 18-seat Mazda bus and a fuel tanker collided at Dogon Hauwa Village, 14 km away from Birnin Gwari local government area in Kaduna state, according to Mike Olagunji, sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Nigeria, Xinhua reported. He said five of the victims were burnt beyond recognition and two others died from the injuries they sustained. The injured were rushed to a nearby health facility run by the state, while the bodies of the seven deceased people were deposited in a morgue at the same hospital, he said. The official attributed the accident to overspeeding, noting the bus rammed into the tanker when the driver lost control trying to avoid a pot hole. The two vehicles instantly caught fire.
Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolising the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in the Mina neighborhood of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
trees because the tremors were so strong,” said Vilma Yorong, a provincial government employee in Bohol. “When the shaking stopped, I ran to the street and there I saw several injured people. Some were saying their church has collapsed,” she told The Associated Press by phone. As fear set in, Yorong and the others ran up a mountain, afraid a tsunami would follow the quake. “Minutes
after the earthquake, people were pushing each other to go up the hill,” she said. But the quake was centered inland and did not cause a tsunami. Offices and schools were closed for a national holiday the Muslim festival of Eid alAdha which may have saved lives.The earthquake also was deeper below the surface than a 6.9-magnitude temblor last year in waters near Negros Island, also in
Second dry ice explosion in bathroom at LA Airport within two days
the central Philippines, that killed nearly 100 people. Aledel Cuizon said the quake that caught her in her bedroom sounded like “a huge truck that was approaching and the rumbling sound grew louder as it got closer.” She and her neighbors ran outside, where she saw concrete electric poles “swaying like coconut trees.” It lasted 15-20 seconds, she said. Cebu city’s hospitals quickly moved patients into the streets, basketball courts and parks. Cebu province, about 570 km south of Manila, has a population of more than 2.6 million people. Cebu is the second largest city after Manila. Nearby Bohol has 1.2 million people and is popular among foreigners because of its beach and island resorts and famed Chocolate Hills. President Benigno Aquino III said he would travel to Bohol and Cebu on Wednesday.Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda said he recalled soldiers from holiday furlough to respond to the quake. He said it damaged the pier in Tagbilaran, Bohol’s provincial capital, and caused some cracks at Cebu’s international airport but that navy ships and air force planes could use alternative ports to help out.
Los Angeles, Oct 15 : A day after a dry ice bomb in a bathroom at Los Angeles International Airport delayed four flights, another similar explosion was reported to have taken place at the airport's Tom Bradley international Terminal on Monday. In a blast that was very similar to that on Sunday evening, the dry ice explosion took place after 8: 30 pm on Monday night in a bathroom at Tom Bradley international Terminal, which was inaugurated very recently in September and cost approximately $1.9 billion. The bomb squad had reached the spot and also the criminla conspiracy division of teh Los Angeles Police Department were assisting in the probe, reports said. LAPD Detective Gus Villanueva said that the incident was not believed to be linked to terrorism. Yesterday's blast is being investigated by the FBI but no one has been arrested. Earlier, the blast took place on Sunday evening in a bathroom at terminal 2, which was authorized only for the employees and was not accessible to the common public. The incidents of dry ice bomb explosion are not new as earlier in May, a Disneyland employee was arrested in California on the suspicion of having planted dry ice bomb in a dustbin at a theme park.
ers want shut, would be discussed, Salehi was quoted as saying by the Fars News Agency: "We do not expect to get into contents in today's meeting because the discussion will be on the generalities and I believe that the principles, timing and initiating the process will be considered."The U.S. administration official said any potential sanctions relief would be "targeted, proportional to what Iran puts on the table". "No one should expect a breakthrough overnight," the official said on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity. In a hint that Western powers are seriously considering relaxing sanctions in response to any Iranian concessions, leading U.S. and EU sanctions experts came to Geneva to offer help in weighing any potential changes. Diplomats said scenarios for potential relief had been drawn up ahead of the talks. Israel, widely assumed to be the Middle East's only nuclear power,
has warned the West not to scale back sanctions before Tehran has addressed concerns about its nuclear aspirations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet on Tuesday urged the powers to demand a full rollback of Iran's atomic program. But the cabinet, whose deliberations are usually secret, did not repeat past veiled threats to attack Iran as a last resort to stop it developing a nuclear bomb. Since 2006, Iran has rejected U.N. Security Council demands that it halt uranium enrichment and has continued to expand its nuclear fuel program, leading to increasingly harsh sanctions. Hopes of a negotiated settlement of the dispute were raised last month when President Barack Obama and Rouhani spoke by telephone, the highest level U.S.-Iranian contact since Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979. Washington and Tehran have had no diplomatic relations since 1980.
Iran, 6 powers resume talks, seeking end to nuclear deadlock Geneva, Oct 15 : Iran resumed negotiations with six world powers on Tuesday after a six-month hiatus, under pressure to propose scaling back its disputed nuclear program to win relief from crippling sanctions. The two-day meeting, the first since relative moderate Hassan Rouhani was elected Iran's president on a platform to ease its international isolation, is seen as the best chance in years to defuse a long stand-off over Iran's nuclear ambitions that has heightened the risk of a new Middle East war. In a possible sign of the Islamic Republic's determination to engage meaningfully, the talks in Geneva were expected to be held in English for the first time, said a senior U.S. State Department official, who asked not to be named. On the eve of the talks, Washington held out the prospect of quick sanctions relief if Tehran moves swiftly to allay concerns about its
nuclear program, although both countries said any deal would be complex and take time. Western diplomats said it remained unclear whether proposals for ending the dispute that Iran promised to put forward in the meeting would be sufficient to enable headway to be made. Western powers suspect Iran is trying to develop the means to make nuclear weapons behind the screen of a declared civilian atomic energy program. Tehran denies this but its refusal to curb sensitive nuclear activity or permit unfettered U.N. inspections has drawn tough international sanctions. "We definitely hope that the new momentum will translate into some concrete step forward," a senior Western diplomat said ahead of the talks. But Iranian atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi suggested this week's talks may not get that specific. Asked whether Iran's Fordow underground uranium enrichment site, which the big pow-
Bombing at mosque Jailing of wheelchair-bound Beijing airport bomber sparks anger kills Afghan governor Kabul, Oct 15 : A bomb planted inside a mosque killed the governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province as he was delivering a speech on Tuesday morning to mark Eid alAdha, officials said. The explosion at the main mosque in the provincial capital of Puli Alam killed Governor Arsallah Jamal and wounded 15 people five of them critically, said the governor’s spokesman, Din Mohammad Darwesh. Jamal (47) was a close confidant of President Hamid Karzai and served as his campaign manager during the 2009 presidential elections. He also served as governor of eastern Khost province until he was appointed to his current post in Logar in April. A high-profile target, he had survived a number of assassination attempts in the past, including with suicide bombings. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban have been targeting Afghan officials, military and NATO troops as part of their campaign to retake territory as international troops draw down ahead of a full pullout at the end of 2014.Tuesday’s explosion took place as Mr. Jamal was speaking inside the mosque to worshippers gathered for one of Islam’s holiest days, said Logar’s deputy police chief, Rais Khan Abbul Rahimzai. The bomb was apparently planted inside the microphone in the front part of the mosque, said two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Beijing, Oct 15 : A Chinese man in a wheelchair who detonated a home-made bomb in Beijing's airport after trying to draw attention to a nearly decade-long legal battle was sentenced to six years in jail, his lawyer said on Tuesday, sparking widespread sympathy and anger. A Beijing court found Ji Zhongxing, 34, guilty of intentionally causing an explosion, Ji's lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, told Reuters by telephone. State media confirmed the sentence. Ji detonated the bomb at Beijing airport in July after being prevented from handing out leaflets that drew attention to his complaints. His case struck a chord with many Chinese seeking justice in an inflex-
ible political system. Ji, from eastern Shandong province, had been seeking redress for a claimed beating by police in southern Guangdong province dating back to 2005 that left him wheelchair-bound. He had been petitioning for justice ever since. Detonating the bomb at Beijing's main airport ensured widespread exposure for Ji, even though he and a policeman who received slight wounds were the only people hurt. He faced a maximum sentence of 10 years. "We believe that this verdict is questionable," Liu said, adding that Ji did not intend to blow up the airport or commit suicide. "During the trial, (authorities) did not seek to find out the facts," Liu said.
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Sand mining ban amounts to judicial over-reach: Parrikar Panaji., Oct 15 : The recent National Green Tribunals (NGT) ban on sand mining across the country is a case of judicial "over-reach", Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday. Parrikar said this during the ongoing winter session of the Goa legislative assembly, even as legislators across the board cried hoarse about the rising price of sand. Some legislators even asked Parrikar to ignore the ban and allow sand mining to continue. "The order is a case of (judicial) overreach. It (the or-
der) has resulted in rise of prices and black marketing of sand," Parrikar said. The NGT ban followed a petition alleging illegal sand mining in Uttar Pradesh. Parrikar told the house that, unlike in many other states, mining in Goa was not mechanised and done manually, as a result of which the activity should not have been banned in states like Goa.He said Sulabh Shauchalaya (NGO-run community toilets) in Goa had no sand available to dispose waste.Does the NGT want people to defecate in the
open, asked Parrikar. "This is not the right way of judicial activism. Sudden activism does not solve problem," Parrikar said, adding that the ban was creating a problem. "If you stop economic activity, we (governments) will not have money to pay. We might also have to take a cut (from the illegal sand mining operation) ... Irrational and sudden ban order ... should not be issued without hearing the state," Parrikar said. He said the state would be represented at the NGT in the first week of November.
30 to 40 militant camps are ''intact'' in PoK: Army Jammu , Oct 15 : General Officer Commanding (GOC) 16 Corps Lt Gen D S Hooda today alleged that 30 to 40 militant camps were still 'intact' in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the situation was being closely monitored.Lt Gen Hooda informed the mediapersons here that, according to reports, 30 to 40 militant training camps were active and other infrastructure of the militants was also intact in PoK. The Army Officer said militant commanders delivering "provocative speeches" to pressurise the militants to sneak into the Indian Territory.Lt Gen Hooda, further, said attempts were being made from across the border to push militants into Jammu and Kashmir to disrupt peace but Army was on alert and would foil all attempts.The top Army Of-
ficer said, "there were reports that Lashkare-Toiba and Jamat-ul-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Sayeed and his associates were provoking the militants to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir, indulge in terror activities to sabotage peace." There were some incidents of firing from across the LoC aimed at abetting infiltration of militants, he added.The incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan have also increased on the border but Army is effectively retaliating and taking it very seriously. On withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2014, Lt Gen Hooda said there might be some impact on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir but the Army is absolutely aware of the situation and would thwart any attempt by the militants.
CBI says Talwars destroyed evidence Ghaziabad, Oct 15 : Continuing its final arguments in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder, the CBI Tuesday told a special court here that Aarushi's parents dressed up the crime scene and tried to influence a doctor who conducted the autopsy of the teenager. Central Bureau of Investigation's lawyer R.K. Saini accused dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for their daughter Aarushi's killing in 2008 and said the two used their home computer's internet all through the night of the murder, indicating that they were not asleep as claimed by them. The special judge would next hear the case Oct 17. Aarushi, 14, was found murdered at her parents' Noida residence May 16,
2008. The body of their domestic help Hemraj was found the next day on the terrace of the house. The CBI claimed that the suspicion was on the Talwars as they disturbed the crime scene and destroyed evidence on Aarushi's body. Blood stains on the railing of staircases, lock and on the steps were found partially mopped, the CBI said, adding that this indicated the involvement of the dentist couple in the double murder. The Talwars also tried to influence the doctor who performed the post-mortem on Aarushi, the CBI said. The CBI lawyer said finger prints collected from the Talwars' house from a whisky bottle also suggested the involvement of the parents of the teenager in the murder.
Light to moderate rain in AP over next 48 hrs Hyderabad, Oct 15 (IPT) : Light to moderate rain or thundershowers would occur at a few places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Telangana during next 48 hours. The outlook for subsequent two days there would be no large change, the Met Office said in a bulletin here today. The sky over Hyderabad and neighbourhood would be generally cloudy. Rain or thundershowers may occur in parts of city over next two days. Maximum and Minimum Temperatures would be
around 32 and 22 Degrees Celsius respectively. Observations recorded till 0830 hrs today indicated that rain occurred at isolated places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telagana and Rayalaseema. Chief amounts of rainfall recorded in cm are Palakonda (dist Srikakulam) 3, Addanki (dist Prakasam) 3, Yerragondapalem (dist Prakasam) 1, Podili (dist Prakasam) 1 of Coastal Andhra Pradesh,Punganur (dist Chittoor) 2, Lakkireddipalam (dist Cuddapah) 1, Kalakada (dist Chittoor) 1 of Rayalaseema, the bulletin said.
Bihar witnesses average rainfall of 125.3 mm due to Phailin Patna, Oct 15 : Cyclone Phailin triggered heavy rains in Bihar in the last two days averaging 125.3 mm with Bhojpur, Siwan and Patna bearing the brunt of the continuous downpour. However, there was a let up in rainfall People wait for relief material on the top of a thatch in a flooded locality after heavy rains in since this morning. According to Met office report, the the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin in Balasore, Odisha. rain bearing clouds have moved to neighbouring Nepal, Principal Secretary Disaster Management Vyas Ji said. He said the weather forecast has warned of rainfall particularly in the areas near Gandak and Kosi rivers toNeemuch, Oct 15 : Con- Congress poll campaign a no-traffic zone and this re- day. The Principal Secretary gress leaders on Tuesday committee, said the tragedy sulted in traffic jams. On the said all preparations have came down heavily on the was not the first of its kind in occasion, Union minister been put in place to meet any BJP government in Madhya the state under the BJP rule. Kamal Nath alleged during adverse situation. Pradesh and claimed that "In 2006, a similar incident the rule of Shivraj Singh Director Meteorology more people had died in the had taken place in Ratangarh Chouhan, Madhya Pradesh Bihar R K Giri said that the stampede at Ratangarh and such tragedies have been had been turned into a mafia state witnessed heavy raintemple in Datia district than witnessed in Sehore, Dewas state. fall in the last two days due During the 2008 Assemthe official figure. and Ashoknagar districts," he to impact of Cyclone Phailin. Addressing a Congress said. Senior Congress bly polls, Chouhan had asked The rain coupled with high rally here in poll-bound leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi the people to vote for BJP so speed winds forced people to Madhya Pradesh, Congress too claimed that "between that he could get five more stay indoors. The downpour leader and Union Minister of 300-400 people had died at years to work for develop- dampened the festive mood ment of the state. The people State for Power Jyotiraditya Ratangarh." of Dussehra on the ninth and Scindia said that he visThe state government gave Chouhan these five tenth day of the Durga pujas ited Ratangarh yesterday should be pushed out, he years but in this period, the that ended yesterday. Met condition of the state went and found that the number said. office sources said that Bihar of victims was much more Congress general secre- from bad to worse, Nath saw 125.3 mm rain on an t h a n t h e f i g u r e o f 115 tary Digvijay Singh alleged claimed. average during past two days Leader of Opposition in quoted by the state govern- the stampede had been in place of a normal rain of ment. caused due to corruption in state Assembly, Ajay Singh 3.2 mm at this time of the "The death toll figure police postings in the state. said a lot of land had been season. Bhojpur, Siwan and of 115 for the Ratangarh If a policeman pays acquired by the state govern- Patna districts experienced tragedy which the State money for his posting, he will ment from the people for set- the heaviest rainfall in the government is giving is totally try to earn back this money ting up of a solar power plant state as aftermath of cyclone fake. I have been to from the people, Digvijay at Jawad in the region. "It is Phailin. really sad that till now the Ratangarh and found that said. Bhojpur recorded 170.3 between 300 and 400 people He alleged that in state government has not mm rains in the last two days have died there," he claimed. Ratangarh also policemen paid any compensation to the (till late last night) against Scindia, who is also the were charging Rs 200 per people whose land was ac- normal rainfall of 1.1 mm chairman of Madhya Pradesh tractor for getting it parked in quired," Ajay said.
Stampede casualties higher than official figures, claims Congress
One held on kidnap charges
around this time, the sources said. Siwan witnessed 101.9 mm rain against .5 mm normal and Patna 85.2 mm as compared to 2.3 mm in previous years, they added. The sources said that due to rainfall, water level in almost all the rivers flowing throughout the state has increased with Bagmati and Punpun rivers breaching the danger mark. Vyas Ji said that the extent of damage due to Phailin has not been assessed so far. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had held a review meeting on the weather condition in the state yesterday in the wake of Phailin.
A man displays his goat at a marketplace ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in city on Tuesday.
Hyderabad, Oct 15 (IPT) : The city police today arrested one person who had allegdly kidnaped a girl. On credible information, Mangalhat police arrested K Vidyanth for the offence, police said in a release here. The accused working in xeraox shop was already a married person and having 2 children developed relationship with the victim girl Monica who is staying in the opposite of the shop. The accused took the victim to Yadagirigutta about 80 kms from here for induce to marry her on September 14. For this marriage he hired one room at Subashnagar, Yadagirigutta for rental basis by saying to the house owner that they were recently got married and came to here for livelihood. After that the accused confined the victim in the same house and giving food through windows. On the objection of the victim the accused tied yellow thread in her neck. She tried many times to inform the incidents to her parents, due to fear of the accused she did not informed to any one .
Modi bubble will burst before elections feels Kapil Sibal New Delhi, Oct 15 : Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal on Tuesday cited the laws of nature and said that he believed the Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi bubble would burst prior the 2014 General Elections, and added that it was worrisome that a candidate like the Gujarat Chief Minister is aspiring to occupy the top office of the country. ""Normally, the law of nature is that he who rises, falls and the quicker he rises, the quicker he falls. So, I don't know how the laws of nature are going to work, as far as, Narendra Modi is concerned," he said in an exclusive interview with Asian News International. "I do believe that a lot of this is hype and its based on a private army being employed by Narendra Modi to disturb the cyberspace in his favour and we will see if he moves forward at all, or not. As you know all bubbles burst, that's again the law of
nature, this bubble too will burst," he added. Continuing his onslaught on Modi, Sibal said that as a citizen of the country he was concerned about the prospect of the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate aspirations of becoming the Prime Minister of India, as he believed that the Gujarat Chief Minister tweaked the system in his state to suit his own fancies. ""I think that the system has been manipulated in Gujarat by the Chief Minister and the fact the he has not allowed a Lokayukta to be appointed for 11 years, or maybe not 11 and a little less, is indicative of the mindset of the person who has aspirations to be something in India. And that worries me, that worries me not as a minister, not as government, but it worries me as a citizen of this country," he said. Narendra Modi has adopted the 'good governance' slogan for his largescale 2014 General Elec-
tion campaign, and has constantly criticised the policies adopted by the ruling UPA-led Central Government. On Monday, Modi addressed the Global Emerging Markets Forum in the United States, via videoconference, and elaborated on his strategy for 'good governance' in the lead-up to the 2014 general elections. "Good governance starts from good intentions, survives on lasting institutions and reaches across countries and beyond. ... Lack of good governance is like diabetes, which affects each and every part of the body," Modi said at his address. "Good governance is always easy and effective governance. We should have no doubts about democracy - it has a strong foundation and flexible structure - let us design useful practices and processes in this framework. ... Governance must be system based and policy driven. It reduces subjectivity and corruption," Modi added.
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