Thursday, November 22, 2012

Irish Prez intervenes in row over Savita death inquiry

Irish President Michael D Higgins has intervened in the row over the inquiry into the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar due to pregnancy-related complications after being denied abortion, saying the probe must meet the needs of her family as also the State.

Higgins' unprecedented move will increase the pressure on the government to recast the investigation in response to Savita's husband Praveen's demand for a full public probe.
The President said the investigation into Savita's death must ensure "above all else" that women will be safer and get the medical services during pregnancy to which they are entitled.
He was responding to questions from local journalists during an official visit to Liverpool and Manchester.
The inquiry to come into the tragic death of the young Indian woman must meet "the needs of the public's concern ... the need of the family and meet the need of the State," he said.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE yesterday published the terms of reference of its inquiry and named three new members, two Irish and one from England, of the inquiry team.
These replaced the Galway-based consultants who stepped aside in an unsuccessful attempt to meet the objections of Praveen.
The report to be compiled by the team will not identify staff members involved in the treatment of Savita or any other names, according to the terms of reference.
According to the Irish Times, government sources continued to insist that the HSE-commissioned inquiry announced this week, which is to be held in private, would go ahead as planned.
This is in spite of Praveen's refusal to cooperate and a threat of legal challenge by his lawyers if his wife's medical records are made available to the inquiry team
Winter Session of Parliament adjournment

Both Houses of the Parliament was adjourned on the opening day of the Winter Session as the issue of rollback in the hike in Diesel prices, increasing the quota of subsidied LPG cylinders and the issue of law and order in Uttar Pradesh disrupt proceedings.

Earlier, month-long Winter Session of Parliament started in New Delhi with customary obituary references.
Following uproar, both the houses have been adjourned till 12 noon.
Later in the afternoon when Lok Sabha resumed, soon it was adjourned till 12:30 PM after uproar by Trinamool Congress over notice of no-confidence motion on FDI in retail.
Earlier, newly elected BJP MP from Tehri, Uttarakhand Vijay Laxmi Shah and Congress MP form Jangipur, West Bengal Abhijeet Mukherjee were administered oath in the Lok Sabha.
With the united opposition firm on discussion on FDI in retail under a rule that entails voting, the stage is now set for a stormy Winter Session.
25 Bills including Lokpal, Whistle Blowers Protection and Women Reservation are listed for consideration and passing and 10 others for introduction during 22 days sittings of Parliament.
Key economic reforms Bills in sectors like insurance, pension and banking have also been lined up for passage.
Govt ready to discuss all issues in Par: Kamal Nath
Government on Thursday said it was ready to discuss all issues during the Winter Session of Parliament but accused the Opposition of "not being reasonable" by insisting on the time, date and rule under which a discussion can take place.
"This is the first day of the Winter Session. Let no party conduct itself in a way as if this is the last day of the session," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters outside Parliament House.
Asked whether the government was open to discussion in Lok Sabha on FDI in retail under Rule 184 which entails voting, Nath said, "The Speaker has to admit it. We have to see under what rule. We have to see what is the tradition in it."
"We cannot say we want it under this rule, on this day and at this time. We have to explain that this is not being reasonable," he said.
Nath, who was flanked by Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla and Paban Singh Ghatowar, said the government was ready to discuss any issue on the floor of the House as long as it was within the rules of Parliamentary procedure.
"Let us not conduct ourselves in a manner which appears to the people of this country that we are not behaving responsibly -- whether it is the government or the opposition," he said.
BJP submits breach of privilege notice against Anand Sharma
BJP MPs Prakash Javadekar and Rajiv Pratap Rudy have submitted to the Rajya Sabha chairman Mohd. Hamid Ansari, a breach of privilege notice against Union minister Anand Sharma on the issue of FDI in retail, who had assured the House that all stakeholders would be consulted before a decision is taken on the issue.
BJP maintains that despite making this promise in both Houses of Parliament, the government went ahead unilaterally to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail.
Javdekar and Rudy are learnt to have alleged that this assurance was not kept and this amounts to a breach of privilege. If the Chairman admits the notice then it would be sent to the Privileges Committee for further action.
Speaker holds all-party meeting seeking floor coordination
On the eve of the session, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar held an all-party meeting seeking floor coordination.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Meira Kumar said, leaders of all political parties have assured smooth functioning of Parliament to discuss issues of vital importance to the common man.
The Speaker said, the parties have assured to cooperate for transacting business in the house. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said the Parliament belongs to all and convergence has to be arrived at through discussion on contentious issues to avoid disruption of proceedings.
PM invites top brass of BJP for dinner today
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has invited the top brass of main Opposition BJP for a dinner today to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament in the winter session.
Dr Singh had invited BJP Parliamentary Party Chief L K Advani, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley for a dinner on November 17 in his bid to reach out to the party.
But the dinner was cancelled by the PM at Swaraj's request in the wake of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's death. Government has made all efforts to ensure it has the required numbers in the Lok Sabha by reaching out to its allies and parties supporting it from outside.
Singh has held dinner and luncheon meetings with allie
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Delhi Youth League Gives a New Meaning To The Game of Football
First competitive football league for children under 16
22 November 2012: The capital city is all set to get a brand new league for children who have longed to play competitive football in the capital. The Delhi Youth League (DYL), is a one of its kind initiative to provide a level playing field for youngsters from diverse socio economic backgrounds to play competitive football. The League started by Paul Schuttenbelt a Dutch Expat, in cooperation with Kutumb Foundation and The Embassy of The Netherlands is all set to kick off on December 2, 2012 at Delhi Public School, R.K Puram. The Delhi youth league will have over 20 teams in 4 age groups, under 8, under 10  under 12 and under 14.
Mr. Paul Schuttenbelt – Director, Urban Solutions said, “The objective behind setting up Delhi Youth League is to develop the sport of football at the grass root levels in India. We believe the best teacher is the game itself, and therefore, our aim is to give equal opportunity to children from different economic backgrounds to come and play through a fun and learning based system.”
The league starts as a daylong tournament that will see the presence of representatives from AIFF, the National Coach Mr Wim Koevermans and the technical director of the Indian football team Mr. Rob Baan. After, the inaugural game day, the league will follow a structure where matches are held every Sunday over a period of four months. The league aims to provide a common platform to all the children who have an aptitude, but lack the amenities and infrastructure to develop into quality players.
The league currently has about 250 children in 6 teams in four age groups. These teams constitutes of children from schools, local clubs, charities and children training under local coaches. The concept behind the league has been drawn from the leagues played for children in Europe,  where the commitment is to make the game accessible to children of all backgrounds, keeping open and exciting competitions that are about developing home-grown talent.

Greater Noida, November 22:

It was a historic day for junior golf in the country. On day two of the 4th Albatross International Junior Golf Championship, Malaysia’s Lucas Yee Jung Jin, participating in Category ‘C’, became the first player to record an albatross in a junior tournament in India. An albatross is achieved when a golfer finds the hole in three shots under par – a rarity in golf – and the Albatross Junior Tour began in 2007 with hopes as high. How appropriate, then, that such a feat should take place in an event sanctioned by the Albatross Junior Tour!

Lucas followed his three-under 69 on day one with a two-under 70. His two-day score of five-under 139 handed him a commanding lead of 18 strokes. This impressive 12-year-old is on his way to becoming the standout player of the 4th Albatross International Junior, being held at Jaypee Greens Golf Resort.

On the par-five third hole, after a perfect drive of 260 yards into the middle of the fairway, Lucas pulled out a TaylorMade rescue club. “I was actually nervous because there was a bunker to the right of the green, and water to the left. I aimed a bit right, the ball went really high, landed in the middle of the green, and just rolled into the hole. Only when my caddy starting clapping did I realize that the ball was in the hole!”

India’s boys took the honours in Category ‘A’, with Feroz Garewal and Tapendra Ghai in a share of the lead going into the final day. Meanwhile, Ankita Kedlaya maintained hopes of victory in Category ‘B’ (girls), finishing the second day three shots behind Thai girl, Kanyalak Preedasutthijit.

Otherwise, it was another day when international players hogged the limelight at Jaypee Greens. South Africa’s Cara Gorlei held on to top spot in Category ‘A’ (girls), and heads into the final day a shot ahead of Benyapa Niphatsophon of Thailand. In Category ‘B’ (boys), Puwit Anupansuebsai, the 13-year-old prodigy from Thailand, returned a three-under 69 for a 36-hole total of level-par 144, two shots better than South Africa’s Luca Filippi, and five clear of India’s Piyush Sangwan.

Thailand’s juniors, in fact, dominated the second day at Jaypee: Kornkamal Sukaree led Category ‘C’ (girls) by a comfortable 11 shots, Nattabutara Unyamanee was ahead in Category ‘D’ (boys) by 13, and Unyamanee Wongaroon led by a whopping 19 strokes in Category ‘D’ (girls).

In Category ‘E’, Puneet Kaur Bajwa held on to the lead, and goes into the final round four

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