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Fees Reimbursement: T-CM holds all party meeting Hyderabad, June 16 : Telagana Government is likely to take a decision on fee reimbursement for its students. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhara Rao held an all party meeting at Secretariat here today and took suggestions from the leaders.Ministers Etela Rajender, T Harish Rao, Congress leaders D Sriniavas and J Geetha Reddy and Telangana TD MLA R

Krishnaiah attended the meeting.They are said to have suggested the Chief Minister to take immediate steps to reimburse fees without any further delay. It is being stated that Mr KCR is to take cognizance of the inputs given by the political parties while student unions of the region are mounting pressure that only Telangana students get fees reimbursement.

Assets case: Jagan to appear in CBI Court July 21 Hyderabad, June 16 : For the first time after the recent general elections, YSR Congress Party Chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy, who represents Pulivendula Assembly Seat in Kadapa District, today appeared before the CBI Special Court in the quid-pro quo investments case. However, the hearing on charges in the illegal assets case allegedly involving Jagan will commence in a Special CBI Court here on July 21.The court will also take up hearing on the dis-

charge petitions filed by some of the accused in the case on the same day. Former Andhra Pradesh Ministers Sabitha Indra Reddy, Geetha Reddy, Dharmana Prasada Rao and Mopidevi Venkataramana Rao, who were among the accused in the case, also appeared before the Principal Special Court for CBI cases here. Before posting the matter to July 21, the court directed the prosecution and defence counsels to start arguments on the charges pertaining to

the first chargesheet filed in the case.India Cements MD N Srinivasan, some senior IAS officers and some industrialists, who are among other accused in the different chargesheets filed in connection with the case also appeared before the court. The CBI has filed ten chargesheets in the case. CBI has accused Jagan of amassing huge wealth through illegal means by misusing the office of YSR when he was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh between 2004 and 2009.

Rs 5 food scheme in 50 centres from July 1, GHMC to launch Rs 1 breakfast scheme soon : Mayor Hyderabad, June 16 : Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Mayor, Mr Mohammed Majid Hussain, today said that all the 50 centres offering Rs. 5 food scheme will start functioning from July one in the city. The Mayor directed the officials to identify more centres on main locations where the poor people frequently gather viz near Railway Stations, Bus Depots and Labour Adda, so that the scheme can be started in all the 50 centres as decided earlier. The Mayor and Commissioner Somesh KumarCommissioner,along with senior officials of the GHMC visited and participated at the food scheme at Nampally today and had lunch with the poor people and interacted with them

and assured them that best possible services will be given to the needy in all the 50 centres. Later, talking to reporters, the Mayor said the scheme is very close to his heart and he was completely satisfied with the innovative scheme feeding poor and needy for Rs. 5 and stated that most of the poor people who were participating in the food scheme praised the GHMC for taking up such innovative scheme and requested him to set up more centres. He said that the GHMC's budge was around Rs. 4,599 crores out of which only Rs. 11 crores will be spent on the scheme where more than 15,000 people will get the benefit of subsidised food on all the

365 days. To a question, the Mayor said that after launching all the 50 centres, breakfast scheme for Re.1 will be taken up in the coming months. The team of officials are planning to offer 2 to 3 different items viz Idly, vada and Upma, he said. Mr Somesh Kumar, said presently 8 centres were running and remaining 42 will be started by July one positively. The Commissioner said that most of the food scheme Centres don't have proper sheds and basic infrastructure and keeping in view the rainy season, the GHMC is planning to improve the food scheme centres in a more appropriate way for the convenience of the people.

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T-govt CS favors reduction of cement prices Hyderabad, June 16 : Telangana State Government Chief Secretary, Dr Rajiv Sharma, today advised the Cement companies to lower the prices of cement being sold at markets. During a meeting with cement companies, the Chief Secretary asked them to decrease the price of the cement and help boost the construction activity in Telangana state.Since there is a need for encouraging big companies planning to rope into 29th state of Telangana, the cement companies have to play a key role, he said. Dr Sharma also proposed that companies should offer 18 per cent of total cement being produced be given at 50 per cent reduced price to the government.Later, the companies informed that they will soon hold a meeting and take a decision.

T-govt to accord state honor to 'Bathukamma, Bonalu festivals Hyderabad, June 16 : Telangana state Chief Minister, K Chandrashekhar Rao today took a decision to accord state honor to 'Bathukamma' and 'Bonalu' festivals to be celebrated across Telangana's 10 districts. The Government will soon issue an order in this regard.Addressing a press conference along with State Information and Public Relations Commissioner R Chandravadan after conducting a review meeting with the officials on Bonalu, Ramazan festivals and Bathukamma at Secretariat here, Excise Minister Padma Rao said that the government is ready to spend adequate funds on the festivals. Mr KCR directed the officials to make elaborate arrangements to conduct the festivals in a grand manner, he said adding that our Chief Minister is evincing keen interest in visiting temples during the festivals.'The CM directed the officials to ensure uninterrupted power supply to temples and mosques besides providing drinking water and medicines during the festivals,' the Minister added.

Locals damage government buses in a protest against the murder of two police constables in Firozabad, UP on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the National Assembly in Thimphu, Bhutan on Monday.

Stability in India will help Bhutan: Modi Thimpu, June 16 : India and Bhutan on Monday decided to scale up their bilateral relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that a “strong” and “prosperous” India can help smaller countries in the region. Concluding his two-day visit to the Himalayan Kingdom, Mr. Modi gave an assurance that a change of government in Delhi will not affect their ties and past commitments will be fulfilled. Thimphu, on its part, promised not to allow its territory to be used against India, an assurance that comes against the backdrop of militants from northeast taking shelter there. Just before winding up his visit, Prime Minister Modi, who was given a rare honour of addressing the joint session of Bhutan’s Parliament, agreed with Speaker of the National Assembly Jigme Zangpo that stronger India is, the better it is for Bhutan. Referring to the welcome remarks by Mr. Zangpo, Mr. Modi said the entire region,

Police arrests 2 Nigerians, seizes 17 gm cocaine Hyderabad, June 16 : City police today claimed to have arrested two Nigerians at Maredpally Area and seized 17 gm of cocaine from there. The sleuths apprehended the two Nigerian nationals -Mike Justus alias 'Victor' and Olisha Joe -- while they tried to sell cocaine, said Mr N Koti Reddy , Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Zone) here. The duo had come to India on a tourist visa initially and later they began exporting fabrics to their country from Mumbai for the past few months, the DCP said. 'Intending to earn money easily, the Nigerian nationals decided to supply narcotic drugs to customers, he said. After procuring 17 grams cocaine from some of their friends, both of them came to Secunderabad to sell it to customers, when they were nabbed,' the senior police officer said.The duo moved through different states by violating the Passport Act rules, the officer added.

especially the SAARC countries, could benefit if India is prosperous. “Only a strong, prosperous India can help alleviate the problems that its neighbours face,” he said. hutan PM thanks India Meanwhile, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay thanked India for the allocation of Rs. 45 billion for the 11th Five Year Plan and Rs. 5 billion for the economic stimulus plan of Bhutan. Mr. Modi also reiterated India’s commitment to support Bhutan for the successful implementation of the 11th Five Year Plan and continue with capacity building especially in the education and IT sectors. The two sides acknowledged the importance of cooperation and mutual benefit arising from the hydropower sector between them and expressed satisfaction on the progress being made. They reiterated their commitment to achieving the 10,000 MW target. Mutual security At the end of the visit, the first foreign outing since he

took over three weeks ago, the two countries came out with a joint statement that reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening the special relationship between the two countries. They expressed satisfaction with the cooperation related to their mutual security. The two countries agreed to continue with their close coordination and cooperation on issues relating to their national interests, and not allow each other’s territory to be used for interests inimical to the other, the joint statement said. The Prime Minister also said both India and Bhutan have seen transitions of power but their relationship has remained strong. He said that change in government will not alter the dynamics of Indo-Bhutan ties, as he vowed to further deepen the relationship through certain new proposals like organising joint sports events between Bhutan and India’s northeastern states and setting up a Himalaya University for joint research.

Tourism ties Asserting that, “terrorism divides, tourism unites,” Mr. Modi said Bhutan has immense potential in the tourism sector. He said development of tourism does not require large investment but can yield substantial profit and even the poor can benefit from it. “Strong Bhutan will benefit India like a strong and prosperous India will be beneficial for the countries of the region, especially the SAARC members. India’s prosperity is important as then it can help small countries and perform its duty of a good neighbour. But if India is weak and struggling with its own problems, then how can it help others,” he said. Mr. Modi said India was always conscious of its responsibility towards its neighbours and in this context referred to the invitation extended to SAARC leaders for his swearing-in ceremony last month. “It added sheen to the event.”

Rajnath takes up women's safety with Delhi Police New Delhi, June 16 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday discussed law and order, women's safety, anti-terror measures and community policing with Delhi Police officials and assured them help to modernise the force. "I discussed with senior police officials about how can we modernise Delhi Police to tackle the law and order problems in the national capital," Rajnath Singh told reporters after a meeting with Commissioner of Police B.S. Bassi. Rajnath Singh, who visited the Delhi Police headquarters at noon and stayed there for around two hours, said the central government would provide all help to the city police force in its "modernisation programme". Home ministry officials said the minister also met other officers of special commissioner to deputy commissioner levels and was given a detailed presentation by Bassi.Rajnath Singh, who

visited the Delhi Police headquarters for the first time after taking charge, observed the central police control room and integrated command centre's functioning. He also had a one-on-one discussion with some senior officials. Bassi gave a presentation on some key steps introduced by police in the recent past and also apprised the minister about some of the achievements of the force. Women's security was a key issue emphasised upon during the presentation, which also included administrative, security and traffic matters in the capital. Issues like financial approval, manpower enhancement and clearance for some projects pending with the ministry were touched upon, while internal issues of the police force and steps needed to make it more effective and modern were also discussed."We gave a presentation to the home min-

ister in which we apprised him in detail of Delhi's crime situation and some of the things we have done in the past. "We briefed him about the functioning of Delhi Police and the home minister heard us patiently, understood the issues raised by us and then gave us guidance," Bassi told reporters after Rajnath Singh's visit. Bassi said they briefed the minister about some pending proposals and he assured that these will be studied and action will be taken soon. Asked whether women's security was discussed, Bassi said Rajnath Singh appreciated Delhi Police's efforts in this connection and urged them to continue the good work with enthusiasm. According to a senior Delhi Police officer, the home minister had "encouraging words" for the force. Delhi Police are under the administrative jurisdiction of the union home ministry.


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Ukraine fighting threatens water supply to four million Fighting in eastern Ukraine threatens water supplies to the city of Donetsk and could have serious consequences for 4 million people, monitors for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said on Monday. The OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission in eastern Ukraine quoted local officials as saying a water pumping station and a section of pipeline near the town of Semyonovka, close to the bitterly contested city of Slaviansk, had been damaged in fighting between government forces and separatists. "This pumping station and pipeline constitute the main water supply for Donetsk city's population of 1 million, and a further 3 million inhabitants of the region," it said in a statement following talks with Donetsk mayor Alexander Lukyanchenko. The OSCE mission quoted the mayor on its Facebook page as saying that the water supply to Donetsk had not been affected yet, but that this was set to c h a n g e " i n a v e r y s h o r t while". Repair work was under way but help was needed to prevent it being interrupted by shooting, it said. Semyonovka lies about 5 km (3 miles) southeast of Slaviansk and 110 km (70 miles) north of Donetsk, the main city in the Donbass coal mining region. The statement is the latest sign of a growing humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine. Water, food and electricity supplies have been affected in some areas and thousands of people have fled their homes for safe areas, including some who have taken refuge in Russia. The separatists rose up in the Russian-speaking east in April to press for annexation by Moscow after Ukraine's pro-Russian president was toppled in February and Russia annexed the Crimea region from Ukraine in March.

Changing the government culture of shabbiness There is some awe because Narendra Modi, with a huge plateful of issues he needed to tackle -- to undo what the predecessors left behind and new initiatives to undertake -- is a man who pays attention to detail. One is that he went to the extent of telling his party MPs that they shouldn’t waste their time gossiping in the Parliament’s Central Hall but go read in the library. During the United Progressive Alliance, it was the practice for the government to deploy partymen routinely, instead of ministry spokespersons, to itself which led to lot of pointless noise. His caution that they speak only if they were sure of the facts makes eminent sense. With an eye already on the 2019 elections -- remember the President’s address spoke of a 10-year roadmap -- Modi is asking them to focus on their constituencies. All this is very well, including the caution that they avoid careless talk, meeting people who pile themselves on the ministers and MPs, beware of stings etc. But did it need a prime minister to tell government functionaries that they kick out the mess they create in their offices? There is a needless applause for his ordering that they clean

it up. Apparently he had a quiet word with Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth for him to have sent out a note that things be spruced up. I am stupefied that the orders had to go out from the top to the secretaries that they get things in order. Those who make policy and run government needed to be told that they look at their poor housekeeping! What were the new requirements? One, passages and stairs be cleaned, and any obstructions removed; two, no office almirahs be found in the common spaces; three, file and papers be neatly stacked. Wonder of wonders, an Action Taken Report, government officialese for compliance, was sought within 24 hours, which makes me suspect that otherwise, the babus wouldn’t have bothered. In a culture where the boss is always right, and where imitation is the best flattery, two ministers got into the act. Smriti Irani went on a walking tour of her “congested ministry”, a description by the Business Standard to peek around and see if things were prim and proper. Maneka Gandhi got busy eliminating “dead stock of furniture and unwanted files” and told the world about it via a press communique. Strewing things around seems a habit.

How else does one explain that in one office, that is presided over by Maneka Gandhi that on one weekend, 1,800 files and documents were weeded out, and 1,350 kg of files and papers were discarded. Why do government offices who periodically complain of missing files store so many that were not needed at all? Housekeeping is a routine matter. It is hard to believe a cabinet secretary who hadn’t bothered all his term, now extended, hadn’t bothered till Modi sprang on the scene. You would marvel at the neatness of a minister’s and secretaries offices -- ‘chambers’ is the grand word for them. It is lower down the hierarchy where sloth is seen making anything ‘government’ unkempt, everywhere in India. Except for the occasional wood-panelled walls of the high ups, most offices across the country do not even have proper furniture. Recently, the Maharashtra government told the high court that there were courts in the state where the judges did not have toilets and lawyers had no place to sit, leave alone the litigants who have to make do with the shade of a tree. Shabbiness comes of not anticipating the needs. This culture of shabbiness is not restricted to only the corridors of

power in Delhi. It is so across government offices, from the gram panchayat to the biggies’ where you should be surprised if paan-tinted spittle has not pockmarked corners of staircases. Except for the toilets restricted to the top guys, they are a matter of shame. The once in civic bodies are something like what one finds on the dhabha-type restaurants along the highways. My experience has been that to find a toilet in a government office, there isn’t a need to ask directions; just follow the nose. The worst offenders are the civic body offices though civic bodies are to ensure sanitation because it has public health implications. But none gives a damn. Let me narrate my experience this Sunday when I went to a Mumbai theatre to take in a Marathi play. As the audience was patiently moving in files to enter the auditorium, the overpowering stink of unclean toilets wafted over. That was because they were opened for being cleaned up. When the ticket-paying theatre aficionados went there in the intermission, the stink was no less. The men with pails and mops and possible something pretending to phenyl were nowhere in sight. They had vanished after a nominal attempt to ritually clean the urinals.That tells you everything.

5 things Modi can and must do to skyrocket to fame The manner in which former United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt turned back the menacingly advancing tide of economic depression in the 1930s by putting in place radical policy measures within the first 100 days of his assuming charge has made that number all over the globe a magic benchmark for every government that gets a new start under a new leader. The idea is to implement, within that period, proposals that would so capture the people's imagination as to give the government a flying start and generate enough momentum to last until the end of its tenure leading to greater achievements. In this respect, Prime Minister Narendra Modi starts off with two unparalleled advantages: one, he has the majority necessary to make for a stable government and the leeway and leverage to put into effect whatever policies he considers to be essential for the good of the nation. And the other, an impressive mastery of the art of communication distinguished by clarity of thinking, cogency and elegance of expression, convincing exposition and emphasis on purposeful and time-bound action. As a lifelong student and practitioner of management and public administration, as one who has observed a number of leaders in politics and corporates in action in India and abroad, and as one who has been closely following Modi's campaign from September 2013, I can say that he is the best that has

happened to India after Independence. This may look like extravagant praise, but, in my view, highly deserved. Modi has asked for suggestions for the next 100 days and he must have already been flooded with them from every quarter. From what we by now know of Modi's proactive personality, we can be sure that he would have drawn up for himself a menu of measures to be executed in the immediate, short, medium and long terms. There is so much distrust and unwillingness to lend credence to whatever any government or politician says that Modi has an uphill task ahead. Indeed, he has to demonstrate the ability of his government to take a quantum leap, almost tantamount to setting the Ganga on fire, in the next six months, if not in 100 days, if the people were to take seriously the cascade of commitments spewing out of the President's address to both Houses of Parliament on June 9. To this end, I want to put forth five propositions which, I think, are doable, and which would make a dramatic impact: 1. Doing a Nixon for solving India-China border dispute The vista stretching before India and China, if only they join hands and march in step, is unparalleled in its grandeur. There can be no match to the combined synergy of two oldest civilisations, accounting for more than one-third of the human race, with cultural links going back to the time

China came under the spell of Buddhism, acknowledged on all hands to be the emerging superpowers of the future. The very sight of their standing forth on the world stage with unity of purpose and single-minded pursuit of common goals will usher in a new golden era of peace, progress and prosperity for the entire world. Thus, a benevolent, allpowerful genie is waiting to be released from the bottle, but is being held back for one reason alone: The unresolved border issue between both the countries. It is no use pretending that groups of officials, going by whatever high-sounding appellations, will ever be able to untangle the tangled skein of the India-China border which had been ill-defined, un-demarcated and disputed from as early as the 19th century. No amount of time spent on study of maps, delving into treaties, dissecting of minutes of discussions, or poring over proceedings of conferences will be of help in establishing or demolishing with finality whatever claims are made. Beyond a scintilla of doubt, there can be no definitive solution without giveand-take on either side. The formula that has the best chance of success is accepting the status quo in the western and northern sectors, and taking the McMahon Line as the basis for delineating the boundary on the east without prejudice to its legitimacy or otherwise. This also broadly corresponds to the ‘Heixiazi’ for-

mula (used to settle the SinoRussian border) advocated by Professor Zhou Shixin of the Shanghai International Studies University. No negotiations at the official level, even if carried on till eternity, will ever dare to grasp what essentially is a political nettle. The agreement has to be at the level of the two prime ministers. The president/prime minister of the People’s Republic of China and the prime minister of India can solve the problem in a single sitting by keeping the big picture before them, by sweeping away the clutter of the past, and by mustering a statesman-like spirit and a long range vision. In this, Modi has before him the example of Richard Nixon who just upped and landed in Beijing one fine day and by linking arms with Mao, imparting a U-Turn to US-China relations, performed a feat which was till then regarded as unthinkable and impossible. 2. Action based on evidence in Arun Shourie's article of 1999 In an article Annexation through technicalities written in 1999, Arun Shourie had enumerated a number of instances, beginning from illegalities committed in the issue of Indian citizenship to Sonia Gandhi, and misappropriation of thousands of crores of rupees worth of real estate in New Delhi and illegitimate channeling of humongous grants from the Consolidated Fund of India to various foundations and institutions set up in the names of descendents of Jawaharlal Nehru.

The evidence is so clinching and specific that it can pass muster judicially even as it is, and taking action on it in the course of a month or so is eminently feasible. 3. Bringing back black money from abroad One cannot be sure of bringing back black money by the Special Investigation Team route. Even assuming the terrain to be familiar to the two retired Supreme Court judges and their ability to keep the investigation on a tight rein, there is the rather discomforting fact that all the rest of the 11 members of the team are officials who are precisely those who were handling the responsibility in the past. The public perception is that the investigative and enforcement agencies were hamstrung under the United Progressive Alliance regime in going the whole hog against the culprits. They may be inhibited in participating in the present effort in a full-blooded manner for the reason that any suggestion they make or way out they mention will invite the question why they did not act on those very lines earlier in the previous regime. That apart, for all the monitoring by SC and pressure by the government, it is the tendency of such bodies headed by retired people to keep on asking extensions repeatedly, with the government/SC handicapped in verifying the need for them. The best course will be to appoint Subramanian Swamy, Ram Jethmalani and Arun Shourie as roving ambassadors extraordinary and envoys plenipotentiary with

the government's full authority to approach the highest levels -- heads of state/government -- of countries which are suspected to be havens of black money, and call upon them to hand over all the information they possess. Those governments thus approached will hesitate to trifle with the new Indian government, considering its stunning mandate and the certainty of its being in the saddle for the next five years. Subramanian Swamy has already publicly asserted in a TV debate that bringing the entire black money back in six months is absolutely possible and that any failure to do so will invite the fury of the people. People cannot be blamed for their cynicism, for Vajpayee's government too roared into power vowing to unearth black money in six months! 4. Electoral reforms Elections constitute the fount of democracy, and it is imperative to maintain their purity and integrity as they determine the strength and quality of performance of every other democratic institution. Regrettably, over the years, criminalisation of politics has assumed grave proportions and those with serious criminal charges against them are being nominated as candidates or even appointed to councils of ministers in alarmingly large numbers. The phenomenon of lawbreakers becoming law-makers by resorting to moneycum-muscle power mocks at all claims of India being a genuine democracy and well-governed polity.

Have a sweet ride with this 'mind-reading' helmet Your bicycle ride could soon be stress-free as researchers have now designed a "mind-reading" helmet that could allow you to chart the least taxing routes of your travel.Called MindRider, the helmet lets you create mind maps of your travels to identify the routes you find stress-free.While the green "sweetspots" in the maps indicate where the rider was most relaxed, the red "hotspots" show where they required the most concentration.The MindRider helmet is being developed by Brooklyn-based start-up DuKorp, and was first invented by the company's chief investigator Arlene Ducao when she was a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. It incorporates a forehead-based sensor that uses EEG (electroencephalography) to measure electrical activity in the rider's brain, along with an ear-based sensor that is used to remove noise from the EEG signal.An app on a Bluetooth-paired smartphone processes the data sent by the helmet's brain-computer interface circuitry, and combines it with GPS data to create a mind map. The idea is that using the mind maps, users can either create new routes that minimise the number of hotspots, or they can simply identify where the hotspots are in order to lessen their stress by being better prepared for them, Gizmag reported.

Sugar impacts brains of kids, adults differently

How sugar impacts the brains of kids differs significantly from how it affects the adult brains, a research said.In adolescents, glucose increases the blood flow in the regions of the brain implicated in reward-motivation and decision-making, whereas in adults, it decreases the blood flow in these regions.For the study, researchers compared how the brains of adolescents and adults differed in their response to ingestion of a glucose drink. "While we cannot speculate directly about how glucose ingestion may influence behaviour, certainly we have shown that there are differences in how adults and adolescents respond to glucose," said Ania Jastreboff, an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine in the US.This is important because adolescents are the highest consumers of dietary added sugars."This is just the first step in understanding what is happening in the adolescent brain in response to the consumption of sugary drinks," Jastreboff added.

Obese kids face more diabetes, high BP risk

Diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure that people thought only a few years ago were common only among adults are now found to be crippling even the lives of some children.For the study, researchers compared fat cell composition and biology in lean and obese children and adolescents. Obese kids are more vulnerable to these diseases as researchers have found that when children become obese, beginning as early as age six, there was an increase in the number of adipose cells (fat cells).These were larger in size than the cells in the bodies of lean children."Obese children start to have not only more but also larger fat cells at a very young age. This is associated with increased inflammation and linked to impaired metabolic function," said Antje Korner, a professor at University Children's Hospital at Leipzig in Germany. The researchers also found evidence of dysfunction of the fat cells in obese children which can lead to insulin resistance, diabetes and other problems such as high blood pressure.

Artificial pancreas can restrain diabetes epidemic: Study

People with Type 1 diabetes walk an endless tightrope daily, monitoring their blood glucose levels and manually taking insulin by injection or from a pump. Not any more.Researchers from Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital in the US have developed a bionic pancreas that could help patients keep blood glucose levels consistent throughout the day.People with Type 1 diabetes who used a bionic pancreas instead of manually monitoring glucose in the study were more likely to have blood glucose levels consistently within the normal range, with fewer dangerous lows or highs, researchers noted."The bionic pancreas system reduced the average blood glucose to levels that have been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of diabetic complications," said Steven Russell, an assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.During the study, researchers found about 37 percent fewer interventions for low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) and a more than two-fold reduction in the time in hypoglycemia in adults using the bionic pancreas than with the manual pump.For adolescents using the bionic pancreas, results showed more than a twofold reduction in the need for interventions for hypoglycemia.The bionic pancreas around the size of an i-Pod is attached to patients' clothing with a small monitor.The device uses a removable tiny sensor located in a thin needle inserted under the skin that automatically monitors real time glucose levels.When the blood sugar level drops, it administers a dose of insulin."A bionic pancreas would function more like an automated thermostat, automatically monitoring blood glucose and delivering insulin or glucagon when needed to keep glucose within the normal range," Russell informed.The study was published online in the journal New England Journal of Medicine.


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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shakes hands with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff after a news conference at the Palácio da Alvorada in Brasilia.

Tunisia eyes autumn elections to anchor democracy Tunis, June 16: Tunisia's election authority has proposed a parliamentary vote on Oct. 26 and the first round of presidential polls a month later, marking the final step toward full democracy in the cradle of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Tunisia's often turbulent political transition began after the popular revolt that ousted autocrat Zine ElAbidine Ben Ali and inspired revolutions across the region. The North African state has been run of late by a caretaker government that saw through the adoption of a new constitution lauded as a model of democratic evolution in an unstable region. "Our proposal, which we will present to the Constituent Assembly, is to hold parliamentary elections on Oct. 26, 2014, and the first session of the presidential vote on Nov. 23, 2014, with the second session on Dec. 28," Chafik Sarsar, head of the country's election commission, told Reuters on

Britain says spoke to Iran over 'regional role' in Iraq crisis

London, June 16: Britain has held talks with Iran over how the Middle East region should offer support to Iraq following the seizure of several towns in northern Iraq by Sunni Islamist insurgents, Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said on Monday. Ahead of a statement to parliament by British Foreign secretary William Hague on Monday, the spokesman said Hague had spoken with his Iranian counterpart over the weekend to discuss the situation in Iraq and a range of other issues. "Is there a role in the region supporting the Iraqi government in trying, as much as possible, to take a broad based and inclusive approach going forward, and avoiding some of the risks of a sectarian approach...? Ye s , " Cameron's spokesman told reporters. The United States is considering ending hostility with Iran, dating back to 1979, by entering into talks with Tehran on how to support the Iraqi government. Britain has stressed it is not seeking military involvement in Iraq, a country it helped the United States to invade in 2003, but has offered humanitarian support and to provide counterterrorism advice to Iraqi authorities if needed.

Monday.It is widely expected that the Tunis parliament will in the coming days approve the dates after politicians patched up disputes over conditions for the election last week. Setting a date for elections could restore investor confidence in the Tunisian economy, which has unraveled amid bouts of political turmoil and government mismanagement. The budget deficit is expected to touch 8 percent by the end of 2014, more than 50 percent higher than under Ben Ali. Tunisia's two major challenges are tackling bloated public spending, reviving the economy where unemployment now hovers at 15 percent, and neutralizing Islamist militants whose occasional attacks have disrupted steps toward democracy since 2011. The moderate Islamist Ennahda party won the first post-Ben Ali election in 2011 but ran a messy government that came under fire for perceived mishandling of

the economy and lenience toward radical Islamist groups.The assassination last year of two secular opposition leaders by suspected Islamist militants swelled a popular backlash against Ennahda, forcing it to resign and cede place to a technocratic caretaker government. However, Ennahda is expected to be one of the strongest election contenders in October, along with the main opposition secularist party Nida Tounes. Nida Tounes will be open to a governing coalition with Ennahda if the next elections do not produce a clear majority, party chief and former prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi told Reuters in an interview in March. Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi said Tunisia would have to be governed by consensus over the next five years to anchor its fragile democracy. With its new constitution and caretaker administration in place until elections,

Tunisia's relatively smooth progress contrasts with years of bloody upheaval in Egypt, Libya and Yemen, which also ousted long-time autocratic leaders in 2011. Egypt's former army chief was elected president last month in a vote that froze out credible challengers, 10 months after the military toppled freely elected Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood following months of violent mass unrest. In Tunisia's presidential election, there will be fierce competition between several likely candidates - Essebsi, current President Moncef Marzouki, Republican party chief Nejib Chebbi and "Tayar Al Mahaba" party leader Hachmi Hamdi. Ennahda has not revealed its presidential candidate so far. Elections commission chief Sarsar said last month hat the new electoral law would assure a free and fair vote, with more than 1,000 international observers invited to monitor it.

Suu Kyi says law barring her from Myanmar presidency is unacceptable Kathmandu, June 16: Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi put her political future in the hands of the people of Myanmar on Monday, saying that a parliamentary panel vote to retain a key constitutional clause was intended to bar her from running for the presidency. A parliamentary committee tasked with recommending amendments to the constitution in Myanmar has refused to change a provision that bars anyone married to a foreigner or with children of foreign citizenship from becoming head of state. Suu Kyi's late husband was British, as are her two sons. “I do believe the constitution was written with me in mind,” the 68-year-old opposition leader told reporters in Nepal. “This is of course

unacceptable democratically speaking that one person should be targeted by ... the constitution. “Whether or not I become president in future depends on the will of the people.” Suu Kyi met with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and other leaders during her three-day visit to Nepal during which she offered prayers at Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, in west Nepal. Most experts believe the relevant clause was written into Myanmar's 2008 constitution expressly to sideline Suu Kyi, whose resistance to military rule, most of it from house arrest, won international renown.Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) have been pushing for constitutional

change ahead of next year's election, mainly to reduce the political clout of the military, which ruled Myanmar for 49 years until a nominally civilian government led by retired generals took office in 2011.The committee picked to assess amendments has only two NLD members on it and is comprised mainly of lawmakers from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), created from a movement of a similar name set up by the former junta. A vote in the bicameral legislature to change the basic law to allow Suu Kyi to become president is still possible, although political analysts say it is highly unlikely it would be passed because the military and its USDP allies dominate parliament.

Vienna, June 16: The European Union's mediator in a gas standoff between Russia and Ukraine urged Moscow on Monday to consider a compromise gas pricing offer for deliveries to Ukraine and he said he hoped to convene more talks this month. European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, who has brokered a series of three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU, was speaking in Vienna following the latest round of negotiations that ended without a deal in the early hours of Monday. "My appeal to the Russian partners (is to consider) whether the proposed compromise would not be acceptable for them with some adjustments," he told a news conference. "Further invitations for trilateral talks in June are foreseen." Oettinger said gas storage in Ukraine was comfortable at around 12 billion cubic meters (bcm), which should also help to cushion the EU from any knock-on reduction in gas supplies shipped to the EU through Ukraine. Ukraine’s annual gas demand is around 55 bcm so this is equivalent to nearly a quarter of annual demand. Oettinger said Ukraine intended to fulfill its gas transit commitments to the European Union and he had no doubt that Russia would meet its gas supply pledges to corporate customers in the EU. But he stressed that the EU still needed to top up gas storage."If the storage is not filled then perhaps we all will have a problem in winter," he said. Russian gas exporter Gazprom GAZP.MM said early on Monday it was reducing shipments of gas to Ukraine, following the breakdown of talks. Arguments over the legality of the South Stream pipeline, being built by Gazprom to ship gas directly to Europe while bypassing Ukraine, have complicated the price row. Oettinger has said the project breaches EU law, but signaled on Monday the issues were not insurmountable. "South Stream is a project that we indeed accept," he said.

Pakistan jets strike insurgents in full-scale offensive Miranshah, June 16: Pakistani fighter jets pounded North Waziristan on Monday, a day after the army announced the start of a fullscale military operation to flush Islamist insurgents out of the volatile region bordering Afghanistan. In a longawaited military operation precipitated by a deadly insurgent attack on Pakistan's biggest airport a week ago, Pakistan has deployed troops, artillery and helicopter gunships to fight insurgents in North Waziristan. The Taliban and their ethnic Uzbek allies holed up in North Waziristan have both claimed responsibility for the June 8 commando-style attack on Karachi airport, which was seen as a strategic turning point in how Pakistan tackles the insurgency. The army said combat aircraft destroyed six hideouts in the Shawal sector of North Waziristan, home to some of Pakistan's most feared militants and al Qaeda commanders, early on Monday."In these precise strikes, 27 terrorists were killed. There is no (civilian) population in the area," it said in a statement. "(The)

operation in North Waziristan Agency is progressing as per plan... North Waziristan Agency has been isolated by deploying troops along its border with neighboring agencies and FATA (Federally Administrative Tribal Areas) regions to block any move of terrorists in and out of the Agency." It said troops had cordoned off all militant bases, including the town of Mirali where many ethnic Uzbek and other foreign fighters are based, and the regional capital of Miranshah. The Taliban appear determined to fight back. In the first attack since the start of the operation, at least six Pakistani soldiers were killed on Monday when a roadside bomb hit an army convoy just north of Miranshah, the army said. In a warning issued in response to the offensive, the Taliban said it was foreign firms operating in Pakistan that would bear the brunt of their revenge."We are in a state of war. Foreign businesses, airline companies and multinationals should immediately sever their ties with Pakistan or they will have only themselves to

blame for any damage," said Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid. The all-night attack on Karachi airport all but destroyed prospects for peace talks with the Taliban militants, who are fighting to topple the government and impose a strict Sharia-based theocracy in the nucleararmed nation. Public opinion appears to have swung in favor of a military operation after the Karachi attack, even though such a response in North Waziristan means a higher risk of revenge attacks by the Taliban outside the tribal region."Operation at last!" The Nation daily said in a front-page headline. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has long insisted that he could bring insurgents to the negotiating table but the start of the offensive is seen as a victory for hawks in the army who have long called for tough military action. The United States, in the process of withdrawing troops from neighboring Afghanistan, also wants Pakistan to do more to crush the insurgency and eliminate al Qaeda hideouts tucked away in the remote mountains straddling the frontier.

U.S. considers action with Iran against Iraq insurgent onslaught Mosul, June 16: The United States is contemplating talks with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government in its battle with Sunni Islamist insurgents who routed Baghdad's army and seized the north of the country in the past week. The stunning onslaught by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant threatens to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian warfare across a crescent of the Middle East, with no regard for national borders that the fighters reject.Joint action between the United States and Iran to help prop up the government of their mutual ally Nuri alMaliki, Iraq's Shi'ite prime minister, would be a major turn of events after hostility dating to Iran's 1979 revolution, and demonstrates the urgency of the alarm raised by the lightning insurgent advance. ISIL seeks a caliphate ruled on medieval Sunni Muslim precepts in Iraq and Syria, and is also fighting Syria's Iranbacked government. It considers all Shi'ites to be heretics deserving death and has boasted of massacring hundreds of Iraqi troops who surrendered to its forces last week. ISIL fighters captured the mainly ethnic Turkmen city of Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq overnight after heavy fighting on Sunday, solidifying their grip on the north. "The city was overrun by militants. Severe fighting took place, and many people were killed. Shi'ite families have fled to the west and Sunni families have fled to the east," said a city official who asked not to be identified. Tal Afar is a short drive west from Mosul, the north's main city, which ISIL

seized last week at the start of its push. Fighters swept through towns and cities on the Tigris before halting about an hour's drive north of Baghdad.Iraq's army is holding out in Samarra, a Tigris city that is home to a Shi'ite shrine. A convoy traveling to reinforce the troops there was ambushed late on Sunday by Sunni fighters near the town of Ishaqi. Fighting continued through Monday morning. U.S. President Barack Obama pulled out all American troops in 2011 and has ruled out sending them back, although he says he is weighing other military options, such as air strikes. A U.S. aircraft carrier has sailed into the Gulf. A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Sunday that Washington was considering making contact with Iran to find ways to aid the Baghdad government. Publicly, the White House said no such contacts had yet taken place. The U.S. overture came a day after Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate elected last year, said Tehran would consider working with the United States in Iraq if it saw Washington was willing to confront "terrorist groups". The only U.S. military contingent on the ground is the security staff at the U.S. embassy. Washington said on Sunday it was evacuating some diplomatic staff and sending about 100 extra marines and other personnel to help safeguard the facilities.The sprawling fortified compound on the banks of the Tigris is the largest and most expensive diplomatic mission ever built, a vestige of the days when 170,000 U.S. troops fought to put down a civil war and mass sectarian cleansing that followed the 2003 U.S. invasion which toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein.

Netanyahu speaks to Abbas about three abducted Israeli teens Jerusalem, June 16: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday and said he expected him to help in efforts to find three Israeli teenagers abducted in the occupied West Bank. "I expect you to help in the return of the kidnapped youngsters and in catching the abductors," a statement issued by the prime minister's office quoted Netanyahu as telling Abbas in a telephone call. On Sunday, Gilad Erdan, a minister in Netanyahu's security cabinet, told Israeli television that Abbas's security forces were "willingly" helping search for the teenagers.

A statement on Monday by Abbas's office made no mention of the conversation with Netanyahu. But it said the "Palestinian presidency condemns ... the kidnapping of three Israeli boys and the series of Israeli violations" -- a reference to Israeli military raids and arrests since they disappeared on Thursday. Both leaders have had infrequent telephone conversations in recent years, usually to convey greetings on Jewish and Muslim holidays. Netanyahu broke off Israel's peace talks with Abbas in April after the Western-backed leader signed a unity deal with Israel's bitter enemy, the Hamas Islamist group the runs the Gaza Strip.

President Juan Manuel Santos, center, celebrates his victory in the presidential runoff, with First Lady Maria Clemencia Rogriguez, left, and daughter Maria Antonia Santos at his campaign headquarters in Bogota, Colombia. Santos defeated challenger Óscar Iván Zuluaga Escobar, of the Democratic Center, and won a second four-year term.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MARK INDIA, Hyderabad

CWS to include high altitude lakes for advance flood warning New Delhi, June 16 : Taking lessons from last year's Uttarakhand flash flood tragedy, the Ministry of Water Resources has decided to monitor the water level of the high altitude lakes having an area of 50 or above hectares and share the data with states concerned. This is one of the several important measures to prevent recurrence of Kedarnath type tragedy, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti announced this on the eve of the first anniversary of the tragedy. The Central Water Commission, which is entrusted with the task of giving flood warning relating only to rivers in plain areas, would also now include these mountain lakes in its purview. Ms Bharti said the data procured by the Water Commission would be shared with states so that they could be forewarned about any danger and take remedial and safety measures. She said the Ministry was developing a mechanism for the purpose. Ms Bharti said her Ministry had also decided to expedite the work for restoration of the river banks eroded by the flash floods last year. "For this task, we will work in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Forests," she said.

Trinamool team to visit Madhya Pradesh, BJP says political gimmick Kolkata, June 16 : A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee threatened to send her MPs on fact-finding missions to BJP-ruled states, the Trinamool Congress Monday announced that five of its parliamentarians would head to Madhya Pradesh where a tribal woman was gang raped. The Bharatiya Janata Party slammed the move and dubbed it a "political gimmick". Irked over the BJP sending central party delegations to assess the law and order situation in her state, Banerjee Sunday declared a "tit-for-tat" approach and said she would "send a Trinamool team to the BJP-ruled states whenever there is any issue there". A five-member Trinamool delegation comprising Rajya Sabha members S.S. Roy and Nadimul Haque and Lok Sabha members Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Arpita Ghosh and Uma Soren will head to Khandwa, where a 30-yearold woman was gang raped and paraded naked. Confirming the move, Dastidar said the schedule of the visit will be finalised soon. "A decision has been taken about the visit, the schedule is being finalised," Dastidar told . Expected to leave shortly, the team will submit a detailed report about the incident to Banerjee, also the party supremo. The horrific incident happened earlier in the month when a group of men, including the woman's estranged husband, raped her in front of her minor son, paraded her naked and even forced her to drink urine. Criticising Banerjee over the move, BJP leader and party co-in-charge for West Bengal Siddharth Nath Singh described it as a political gimmick. "As a chief minister, she is supposed to act, but unfortunately she is reacting. When her job is to solve the issues of law and order back home, she is resorting to political gimmickry by sending delegation to another state as a retaliatory move." "It would be better if she tries to look into her state and solve the problems faced by it rather than interfering in other state's working," Singh told .

GMR consortium bags MMTS works in Hyderabad Hyderabad, June 16 : A consortium led by GMR Infrastructure has won three construction packages of Multi Modal Transport System (MMTS) Phase II works in Secunderabad Division of South Central Railway. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited has issued the Letter of Award to the consortium, the infrastructure major announced Monday. The total contract is valued at about Rs.389 crore, of which GMR's share of work is about Rs.207 crore. The work includes construction of roadbed, bridges, track linking, outdoor signal and telecom (S&T) works, overhead electrification (OHE), traction sub-station (TSS) and general electrical works. GMR is the lead member of the consortium with TATA Projects and Kalindee Rail Nirman as the partners. The project is scheduled to commence by middle of next month, with a completion period of 30 months. "This is a testimony of our continuing interests in railway projects, as we see a huge potential to upgrade the railway infrastructure in the country. This includes the Dedicated Freight corridor (DFC) and the upcoming high-speed railway projects, as recently announced by the government," said B.V.N. Rao, business chairman, urban infrastructure and highways, GMR Infrastructure.

Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal at a meeting with a delegation of Delhi BJP MLAs in New Delhi on Monday.

Beas tragedy: HC anguished over government's report Shimla , June 16 : Anguished over the status report filed by the state after 24 students of a Hyderabad engineering college were washed away in the Beas river following the negligence of hydropower project authorities, the Himachal Pradesh High Court Monday asked the divisional commissioner to appear personally in court.A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders after perusal of the status report.Directing Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma to conclude the probe and submit his inquiry report in court by June 19, the bench said it was not satisfied with the status report. "The status report does disclose the steps taken by the state to trace the bodies and have also tried to explain the cause of accident, but it

Congress continues protest over loadshedding in Delhi

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Arvinder Singh Lovely along with other Congress leaders protesting the water and power crises in the state, at Mayur Vihar in Delhi on Monday.

Rape victims need more respect than sympathy: Harsh Vardhan Bhopal , June 16 : Rape victims need respect more than sympathy, union Health Minister Harsh vardhan said Monday. "A woman who has been raped or subjected to sexual abuse needs more respect than sympathy. It is society's responsibility that she is given justice and rehabilitation so that she can overcome her humiliation and move on," Harsh Vardhan said here. "The psychological trauma of a battered woman is greater than the physical pain she undergoes in the aftermath of her being

subjected to atrocities. So, it is absolutely unconditional that all those involved in advancing her medicolegal support are sensitised," he said. Harsh Vardhan was speaking at a function of NGO representatives, health workers, officials and other professionals organized at a city hotel to mark the launch of a "One Stop Crisis Centre" (OSCC) under the aegis of the Jai Prakash Hospital, Bhopal, to provide support, care, treatment, security and legal advice to women who have been subjected to atrocities.

It is the country's first single window service set up as part of the Madhya Pradesh government's "Gauravi" Mahila Samman Evam Sangrakshan Abhiyaan. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and actor Aamir Khan were present on the occasion. The health minister said a battered woman's greatest agony in Indian system often begins in the police station or in the hospital because of callousness and insensitivity on the part of those responsible for her quest for justice and rehabilitation.

"I have personally interacted with the families of rape victims and seen their suffering at the hands of an insensitive system. During the first few hours following a rape, the protocol for giving medico legal assistance is callously broken," he said. "As most of the victims are from poor backgrounds, they and their families are often not in a position to demand that the rules are adhered to. Most often they are not even aware of the protocol established under the law," the minister said.

New Delhi, June 16 : Continuing its protests over load-shedding in Delhi, the Congress Monday held the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Aam Aadmi Party responsible for the crisis in the national capital. Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely along with other party leaders Monday staged a sit-in at the National Highway No. 24 in east Delhi, disrupting traffic for a brief period."Electricity is not a political issue but an emotional issue for us. Delhi had the best power supply across the country," Lovely said, referring to the 15-year Congress rule in Delhi. "These (the AAP and the BJP) people have made Delhi a power cut capital. It seems like we are not living in the capital but in a small town of Bihar," he said.During the protest, effigies of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were burnt by the Congress workers.The party has taken to streets, demanding immediate restoration of power supply in the capital. Delhi is reeling under power crisis following a storm May 30 damaged transmission lines.The Congress was ousted from power in the 2013 assembly election.

leads nowhere," the bench said.Impleading the V.N.R. Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad as respondent in the case, the court also directed the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd. managing director, the superintending engineer (generation) and the resident engineer of Largi hydropower project, whose water was released in the river without warning, to remain present in court June 19, the next date of hearing. It also asked them to file a detailed report as to how they are manning the barrage and dam and what is the mechanism and plan which they are following before discharge of water. The high court, which treated a media report as public interest litigation, earlier directed the state to file a status report on the incident by June 16.Taking seri-

ous note of the accident, the court June 9 said it was not only a case of callousness but also grave negligence. "It's a sad tale by reason of the fact that sheer fun of the young students turned out to be fatal as a consequence of utter and callous negligence of the power project authorities," Justice Chauhan said. "In case the water has been discharged without any warning as alleged, then prima-facie it is established that it is not only a case of callousness, but a case of grave negligence on the part of the project authorities," he observed. In the status report the government said the cause of incident appeared to be sudden increased discharge of water into the river from the Largi hydropower barrage. This apparently resulted in substantial increase in water flow in the river, which

led to washing away of students. However, the exact cause will be known from the inquiry ordered into the incident, said the government. The government said relief and rescue personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), IndoTibetan Border Police, the Sashastra Seema Bal and the army are involved. They comprised 44 divers, besides local rafters in search operations.The status report said the Mandi deputy commissioner, who visited the site of the accident, reported that no warning system whatsoever was found installed at the site and there were no notice boards carrying warning messages. However, warning notice boards have been installed subsequently. Meanwhile, the search operation tolocate16missing students and a tour operator continued Monday. Only eight bodies have been found so far.

India condemns attacks, takeover of Iraq cities by terrorists New Delhi, June 16 : India Monday strongly condemned attacks by terrorist outfits in Iraq, saying that the takeover of cities such as Mosul and Tikrit was a direct threat to security and territorial integrity of the Gulf country. In a statement, the external affairs ministry expressed its deep concern over the "deteriorating security situation" in Iraq resulting from recent attacks and taking over of some cities by terrorist outfits since June 8. The statement said that safety and security of the Indian nationals in Iraq remains a matter of serious concern for the government. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said in a tweet that India's mission in Iraq was in touch with Indian nurses stranded in Tikrit."International Red Crescent Society volunteers visited today (Monday) to ensure their safety," he said. The statement said that India remained strongly committed to the emergence of a

stable, peaceful, united and democratic Iraq which is in the interest of regional and global peace and security. "The government of India strongly condemns such attacks and firmly stands by the government and the people of Iraq in their fight against international terrorism and in their efforts to preserve the unity and territorial integrity of the friendly country of Iraq," it said.It said that the government has issued an advisory giving details of a 24-hour helpline set up by the Indian embassy in Baghdad for assistance of Indian nationals there.The security deterioration in Iraq started last week when bloody clashes broke out between the Iraqi security forces and hundreds of gunmen who took control of several neighbourhoods in western part of Mosul and expanded later to other areas and provinces after the Iraqi security forces withdrew from the city.

RBI for bringing regulatory changes to NBFC sector Chennai, June 16 : R Gandhi, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) today said the Central Bank was working with the government for bringing some statutory changes relating to the Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFC) sector. Speaking to reporters after delivering Frank Moraes Memorial Lecture on 'Role of Non-banks in the Indian financial sector: Regulatory Challenges', he said, "we are working with the government

on bringing certain statutory amendments to tighten the regulation, specially related to the deposits. We want to make it more tighter so that it would be easy for everybody to understand what is a deposit?, who can accept and who can't. We want to have clarity on it."When asked how long would it take to make the amendments, he said there was a process for it it. "The law is to be passed by the Parliament. So we will have to wait for that," he said, adding, "We are in touch with

the NBFCs and holding discussions to know what are their requirements. They have representative body. We regularly meet with them. We want two way interaction with them and us. We have permitted some of the NBFCs to have their banking correspondents. If there is more demand we will consider that."On gathering intelligence about NBFCs, he said, "We do not have mechanism to know what is happening in every nook and corner of the country.

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