Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  criticized the US and the EU for implementing severe sanctions against the country.Khamenei said on Wednesday that western sanctions are intended to create a rift between the Iranian people and their government. He added that such a conspiracy will ultimately fail.

Western countries are stepping up economic sanctions against Iran because of its nuclear development program.A new US law designed to increase pressure on Iran is set to take effect on Thursday. The EU will also begin an oil embargo against Iran July 1st.

The International Energy Agency said sanctions cut Iran's oil exports by 40 percent last year, from 2.5 million barrels a day to 1.5 million.The hard-line stance of western countries is affecting daily life in Iran. Residents in Teheran say they hope their government takes some measures to reduce the high cost of living.

Ivan Gasparovic urges EU integration


Slovakia's leader spoke the need for further European economic integration in overcoming the region's credit woes.President Ivan Gasparovic spoke to media in Tokyo on Wednesday ahead of the EU summit. The meeting in Brussels will focus heavily on the debt crisis.

Gasparovic said Slovakian people wonder why they have to pay for the failures of Greece. But he added his people understand that supporting Greece is a guarantee for the future of Slovakia.

Slovakia improved its financial condition by taking strict austerity measures before introducing the euro three years ago. Many Slovakians strongly oppose giving financial support to Greece.

The president stressed integration is essential because the debt crisis can no longer be tackled independently by member states.

Mongolia’s go to polls for General election

 Mongolians go to polls to elect a new parliament on Thursday, with the main issue to make important choices about how to use the country’s vast mineral resources.The voting began at 7AM for the general election held every 4 years to choose members of the 76-seat legislature.
Mongolian People’s Party is  main ruling and Democratic Party is opposition parties campaigned with differing visions for developing coal and mineral reserves.The ruling Mongolian People’s Party is open to foreign investment, while the opposition Democratic Party is cautious about foreign control.
Among the candidates is a former professional sumo wrestler known in Japan by the name of Kyokushuzan. He is vying for re-election from the Democratic Party.
  Former Yokozuna grand champion Asasyoryu’s elder brother is a candidate for the Mongolian People’s Party. The former Yokozuna has expressed support for his brother.
 Mongolia introduced electronic voting machines for the first time this election.Polling stations close at 8PM, after which vote counting begins immediately

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Proyección: Muestra de cortometrajes vascos 2010-2011

Domingo 1 de julio, a las 4.30pm en el Auditorio. En español con subtítulos en inglés. Entrada libre.

Sinposis:

11 cortometrajes que van de la comedia al thriller, pasando por el documental, la reflexión cinematográfica o el cine de animación, nos ofrecen una variada e interesante muestra de la creación cinematográfica vasca de los últimos años (2010 y 2011).

“Bucle” de Aritz Moreno
Un hombre se levanta y se prepara un café. Un hombre se levanta y se prepara un café. Un hombre se levanta y se prepara un café. (sic)

“La gran carrera” de Kote Camacho
Año 1914. El hipódromo de Lasarte anuncia una carrera con un premio nunca visto para el caballo ganador. Se han inscrito los ocho mejores caballos y yeguas del mundo. Aficionados y grandes apostadores venidos de todos los continentes se dan cita para participar en el gran evento: el Gran Premio del Medio Millón.

“La casa del lago” de Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Hace años que piensas en largarte. Mira la foto. Otra vez. Sabes dónde está. Una pocilga. Vete. Mátalo. No hables, no digas nada. Whisky. Doce de la noche. No puede explicarlo. Ella tampoco. Esta ciudad está podrida. ¿Dónde está esa vida que te prometieron tus padres?

“Lagun mina” de Jose Mari Goenaga
Ekaitz y Román se conocen en un albergue durante unas vacaciones, y se prometen amistad para toda la vida. Pero algo falla. O su vida es demasiado larga o su promesa excesivamente débil… Ahora tendrán que asumirlo.

“Daisy Cutter” de Enrique García y Rubén Salazar
Daisy Cutter cuenta la historia de una niña de apenas 10 años, Zaira, que (como tantos otros) vive la injusticia de una guerra, con la perspectiva que le permite su tierna e ingenua mirada. Zaira recoge todos los días margaritas para un amigo al que echa de menos; para no olvidarle, para no perderle...

“La media pena” de Sergio Barrejón
De madrugada, un ejecutivo está a punto de pegarse un tiro en su despacho. Cuando ya está casi apretando el gatillo, la llegada inesperada de la mujer de la limpieza le interrumpe. El ejecutivo sólo acierta a esconderse y a espiarla.

“Zeinek gehiago iraun” de Gregorio Muro
Un peligroso juego infantil trastocará la vida de Ander y de su família para siempre.

“Artalde” de Paco Sagarzazu
Un pastor perdido en la ciudad busca su rebaño. Su llamada atrae la atención de algunas personas, que deciden seguirle.

“She’s lost control” de Haritz Zubillaga
No te muevas… ni un pelo… ni pestañees…

“Coptos” de Álvaro Sau
Farid tiene 33 años. Tras años de mala vida, dejó su puesto en el McDonald’s donde trabajaba y se retiró al desierto. En el árido valle del Ryan, lejos de El Cairo, de la revolución, del mundo, conduce su tractor y reza.

“Un novio de mierda” de Borja Cobeaga
Tras cuatro meses sin verse, una chica recibe la visita de su ex novio. 

Film screening: Projection of Basque shortfilms 2010-2011

Sunday 1st of July, 4.30pm at the Auditorium. In spanish with english subtitles. Free entry.

Synopsis:
11 shortfilms, going from comedy to thriller, documentaries, cinematographically thinking or animation, offer us a varied and interesting sample of the creativity of the Basque cinema of the last years (2010 - 2011).

“Bucle” (Loop) by Aritz Moreno
A man gets up and prepares coffee. A man gets up and prepares coffee. A man gets up and prepares coffee.  (sic)

“La gran carrera” (The great race) by Kote Camacho
The year is 1914. The Lasarte racetrack announces a race with a never-before-seen prize for the winning horse. Eight of the best horses and mares in the world have registered. Fans and heavy betters from all the continents gather to participate in the great event: the Half Million Grand Prize.

“La casa del lago” (The house on the lake) de Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
You have been thinking about leaving for years. Look at the photo. Again. You know where it is. A pigsty. Go. Kill him. Don’t talk, say nothing. Whisky. It’s midnight. He can’t explain it. She can’t either. This city is rotten. Where is the life your parents promised you?

“Lagun mina” by Jose Mari Goenaga
Ekaitz and Román meet in a hostel during their holidays and promise a lifetime friendship. But something goes wrong. Either their life is too long or their promise too weak… but now they will have to come to terms with it.

“Daisy Cutter” by Enrique García and Rubén Salazar
Daisy Cutter tells the story of a ten year old girl, Zaira, who (like many others) experiences the injustice of war, with the perspective that her tender and naïve eyes allow her. Zaira gathers daisies every day for a friend that she misses; so as not to forget him, so as not to lose him.

“La media pena” (Half sadness) by Sergio Barrejón
At dawn, an executive is about to shoot himself in his office. When he is just about to pull the trigger, the unexpected arrival of the cleaning lady interrupts him. The executive can only manage to hide and spy on her.

“Zeinek gehiago iraun” by Gregorio Muro
A dangerous children’s’ game will disrupt the lives of Ander and his Family forever.

“Artalde” by Paco Sagarzazu
A shepherd, lost in the city, searches for his flock. His call attracts the attention of some people, who decide to follow him.

“She’s lost control” by Haritz Zubillaga
Don’t move... not an inch... don’t even blink...

“Coptos” by Álvaro Sau
Farid is 33 years old. After years of living on the edge, he left his job at McDonald’s where he worked and retired to the desert. In the arid valley of Ryan, far away from Cairo, the revolution, the world, he drives his tractor and prays.  

“Un novio de mierda” (A crappy boyfriend) de Borja Cobeaga
After three months without seeing each other, a girl receives a visit from her exboyfriend.
  
 
 

 
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Prism open debate on New System

Prism,NGO's open debate on new system. Prism, apolitical organisation decided to organize an open debate on New System at Jantar Mantar from October 19- 21,2012.With amendments and change in indian constitution the organisation is proposing steps to eradicate corrupt system and to rejuvenate new System. Prism said,"Everone is talking about changing the System but no one seems to have faintest idea as to what this change would be like and how would we achieve it. The change is not possible with present constitution and require numerous constitutional changes." Further NGo adds The world is looking for new world order and hope Bharat must be pioneer for the same.Prism has its theory of "Theistic Dynamic Equilibrism" for complete and wholesome change.

President Poll

Prez poll: Pranab, Sangma to file nominations today Pranab Mukherjee and P A Sangma will file their nominations on Thursday setting off the Presidential race between UPA and the BJP-backed opposition candidate in which the ruling alliance is set for a runaway victory. Unfazed by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's revolt, UPA will utilise the occasion of filing of nomination of Mukherjee to project a united picture and its penetration into NDA. Mukherjee will file papers at 1100 hrs in the presence of the top brass of UPA including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and alliance Chairperson and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Barring Trinamool Congress, leaders of all UPA constituents are expected to be present on the occasion including Sharad Pawar (NCP), T R Baalu (DMK), Farooq Abdullah (NC) and E Ahmed (IUML), in a move to project a united face of the ruling alliance. NDA allies JD(U) and Shiv Sena have decided to support Mukherjee. Mukherjee is expected to file four sets of nomination papers and NDA Convenor and JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav is the first signatory to one such set which also has the signature of Defence Minister A K Antony. 77-year-old Mukherjee is poised to become the next President amidst indications of an overwhelmingly favourable arithmetic and the election managers of UPA are working overtime to secure record votes for him. The timing of filing of nomination by 64-year-old has not yet been given out by his office. He is likely to be accompanied by senior BJP leaders, Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy and senior MPs from AIADMK, BJD and SAD, among others. Mukherjee submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who told him that his presence amidst us would be deeply missed as our government owes a deep debt of gratitude to you for your contribution. Meanwhile, the resignation of Pranab Mukherjee was accepted by President Pratibha Patil. As Pranab Mukherjee resigned to contest the Presidential poll, PM Manmohan Singh took charge of the Finance Ministry portfolio.

IIT Exams Row resolved

IIT exam row resolved; new format from next year

After months of wrangling, government and IITs have resolved their differences on the entrance exam row by agreeing on a compromise agreement over holding the common exams from next year.
As per the agreement, admission to the IITs from 2013 would be based only on rank achieved in the advance test subject to the condition that selected candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their Boards.
This formula replaces the proposed format of giving weightage to the class XII board results, which was vehemently opposed by the IITs.
The compromise was reached at a meeting of IIT Council in New Delhi on Wednesday, the highest decision-making body having representatives from government and Directors of all the 16 of these institutes.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, who is the head of the Council, skipped the crucial meeting which was then chaired by M N Sharma, Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT, Madras.
"There was complete unanimity among the council members about the new format," Sharma told reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday.
He said NIT council and the IIIT council will meet early next month to evaluate the system in view of the tweaking of the proposed format.
The government had earlier proposed a common entrance which was rejected by IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur and some others were also likely to follow suit.
Sibal later said a huge objective had been achieved with the proposed common test despite the changes pressed by the IITs.
He felt that the government's aim of reducing pressure from students has been achieved along with a partial check on capitation fees.
The percentile ranking system of selection is expected to make admissions to the IITs tougher and more competitive, an official said.
According to a study by CBSE, the percentage of the last student on the merit list according to the percentile ranking in its board stood at 78 percent, while the percentage of the last student under this formula in Uttar Pradesh board stands at about 65 percent. In Tamil Nadu Board, it stands at 78 percent.


Sharma hoped the faculty federation will come onboard with Wednesday’s decision which has been vetted by the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the IITs in its meeting last Saturday.

The Council's decision will be deliberated by the respective IIT Senates even as IITs, the NITs and the IIITs have agreed to joint counselling for admitting students to their institutes.
Sharma said that as part of the new formula, the advance test will be held after the main exam.


There will be adequate time between the two tests. Only the top 1.50 lakh candidates in the main will be qualified to appear in the advance examination.

"Admissions to the IITs will be based only on all India rank in advance test, subject to condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their boards," he said.

Sibal, who skipped the meeting apparently to show that there is no interference from the government, apologised for his absence.

"I would like to apologise for my absence from this crucial meeting of the IIT Council today. I have always taken my duties as a Union minister seriously and tried to do my best for the nation and most importantly its children who are its future require of me," he said in his message read out at the meeting.

The government had on 28th May announced the new test from 2013, under which aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes such as NITs and IIITs will have to take tests under a new format of common entrance test, which will also take the plus two board results into consideration.
Noting that IIT Council has among its members wisest persons from the academia and research community, Sibal said the issues such as the burden on the students from appearing in multiple exams should be addressed.

IIT faculty federation, meanwhile, has welcomed the development on Wednesday saying most of the concerns of the federation have been addressed.
"This is in positive direction and most of the concerns of the IIT Senate has been addressed," federation secretary A K Mittal said.

IIT alumni, however, expressed its reservation about the decisions arrived on Wednesday and said it will decide its future course of action.
In a statement, it said that the top 20 percentile criteria is pro-rich and will be detrimental to the interests of students from rural India.



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