As thick black smoke rose from the barricades encircling the protest camp in central Kiev on Wednesday, the Ukrainian president blamed opposition leaders for the deadly violence in which at least 25 people died and 241 were injured.
The violence yesterday was the worst in nearly three months of anti-government protests that have paralysed Ukraine's capital in a struggle over the identity of a nation divided in loyalties between Russia and the West, and the worst in the country's post-Soviet history.
Amid cries of "Glory to Ukraine!" and with flaming tires lighting up the night sky, thousands of riot police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked the sprawling protest camp in the centre of Kiev.
With the boom of exploding stun grenades and fireworks nearly drowning out his words at times, opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urged overnight the 20,000 protesters to defend the camp on Independence Square that has been the heart of the protests.
"We will not go anywhere from here," Klitschko, a former heavyweight boxing champion, told the crowd, speaking from a stage in the square as tents and tires burned around him, releasing huge plumes of smoke.
"This is an island of freedom and we will defend it," he said.
Early today, many were still heeding his call. "I am not going to sit and wait while they kill me," said 32-year-old Anton Rybkovich.
"I'm going to attack. The more force the government uses, the more harsh our response will be."
About 10,000 people remained on the square as piles of rubber tires continued to burn.
A large building that the protesters had used as a headquarters caught fire and had been abandoned during the night, as police used loudspeakers to urge women and children to leave the square because an "anti-terrorist" operation was under way.
President Viktor Yanukovych said that opposition leaders "crossed a line when they called people to arms."
"I again call on the leaders of the opposition ... to draw a boundary between themselves and radical forces which are provoking bloodshed and clashes with the security services," the president said in a statement.
"If they don't want to leave (the square) they should acknowledge that they are supporting radicals. Then the conversation with them will already be of a different kind."
His defiant tone left few with hope of compromise after a night of violence, the worst in the country's post-Soviet history.
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Australian Christian missionary detained in Pyongyang
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China can prevent 13 million tobacco-related deaths by 2050
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Libyan rebels give MPs ultimatum in coup threat
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Policeman killed, 44 injured as security forces raid Bangkok protest sites
A Thai policeman was shot dead as security forces clashed with protesters during a raid to reclaim besieged government buildings in Bangkok Tuesday. “One policeman was shot dead and four injured,” Police Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri told AFP. One of the casualties was seriously injured by shrapnel from a blast. A total of 44 people were hurt, according to the city’s Erawan emergency medical center. Demonstrators rejected a police demand to leave the area around the prime minister’s offices within one hour.
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Russia to buy second $2 billion tranche of Ukrainian eurobonds
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Riot at Australia’s detention camp in PNG
1 asylum seeker dead, over 75 injured during
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10 killed in South Korea building collapse
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Military police raid offices of Venezuelan opposition party
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Star cast of Film “Dee Saturday Night” attended the Press conference in New Delhi
Star cast of the film ‘Dee Saturday Night’ attended the press conference at PVR Plaza, Cannought Place. Director Jay Prakkash addressed the promotional event with his star cast Arif Zakaria, Prashant Narayanan and debutant Mahi Khanduri.
At the conference Director Jay Prakkash said, “I am entering into the industry with a very new concept. Story of the movie revolves around Rave Parties which is now very common in the country.”He also added , “ I hope people will like the concept which I have portrayed in the film”.
Film Haunted fame, Arif Zakaria has shared screen with Prashant Narayanan, who gained much popularity with his villainous role in Murder 2 and debutant Mahi Khanduri. The film also starred Gaurav Dixit, Mushtaq Khan & Bobby Darling.
Heading with the different Ideology in the B-industry, music is given by SRK music. It is produced by Y.K Sharma & Roli Prakash under Sikandar Khan Production which is directed by Jay Prakkash. Film ‘Dee Saturday Night’ is all set to be released on 21stFebruary nationwide.
Intel advances next phase of Big Data Intelligence with solutions offering
Real Time Analytics
Outlines growth strategy driven by market leading solutions
INDIA, February 19, 2014: As growing volumes of enterprise data continue adding pressure on datacenters worldwide, IntelIndia outlined its growth charter backed by Intel’s most advanced Big Data solutions delivering real time Analytics to enterprisesin India. Announcing the launch of the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 Product Family, Intel elaborated its roadmap for these solutions in India with specific focus on verticals like retail, healthcare and manufacturing in the first phase of growth.
Big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are providing enormous opportunities for many organizations to grow as theycreate revenue-generating services from the information they are able to derive. The Indian Big Data industry is expected togrow to US $ 1Billion in 2015 at CAGR of over 83% from 2012-
15#. The Big Data industry in India is gaining traction with IT services/analytics providers offering business
“Organizations that leverage data to accelerate business insights will have a tremendous edge in this economy,” said Rajiv Bhalla, Director- Market Development, Intel South Asia. “The advanced performance, memory capacity andreliability of the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family enables IT organizations to deliver real-time analysis of large datasets to spot and capitalize on trends, create new services and deliver business efficiency.”
With up to 80% higher performance and up to 80% lower four year total cost of ownership than alternative RISC architectures2,the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family also achieves twice the average performance and has four times the I/O bandwidth of theprevious generation3. This is the true payoff for enterprises investing in big data processing with solutions that analyze increasinglylarger volumes of more complex and diverse forms of data and provide real-time insights into results. Elaborating on thecompany’s latest solution offering and roadmap, Rajiv said, “The new Intel Xeon E7 v2 processor family is built on an opensource framework that allows third parties the flexibility of creating an application layer themselves thereby giving Intelthe unique technology edge of allowing IT managers to have better control over their internal IT systems and processes.We are confident that this advantage coupled with the robust support from the ecosystem will help us take this solution to enterprises in the coming years.”
Adding to this, Ganapathy Subramanian - Vice President, Customer Engagement and Strategic Projects, SAP LabsIndia said, “The ongoing engineering collaboration between Intel and SAP plays a key role in the delivery of next-generation in-memory computing with SAP HANA. The Intel Xeon processor E7 family complements the SAP HANAplatform, delivering high performance and reliability to our customers. Our customers use the solution to extract morevalue from their business data and improve agility and responsiveness to the market with real-time business decisions.With the next generation Intel Xeon E7 v2 processors, we look forward to delivering significant improvements inprocessing capabilities and feature enhancements for SAP HANA customers.”
The big data technology and services market is expected to grow 27 percent annually through 2017 to reach $32.4billion4. A leading driver of this growth is the immense amount of data coming from connected devices making up the IoT, whichis projected to grow to 30 billion devices by 20204.
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologiesthat serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.
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