Monday, July 21, 2014

Ferocious Khyber to wreak havoc in Jodha Akbar!

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Entering as ‘Khyber’, Ketan will be seen playing the character of a primitive, blood-thirsty cave man in Zee TV’s top-rated historical

The National level bodybuilding champion Ketan Mangesh Karande will soon be seen entering Zee TV’s Jodha Akbar. Owing to his massive built, Ketan will be playing the character of a fairly primitive, mountain man who has been trained by the evil Mahachuchak and is a pawn in her hands to be used at the right time against Akbar.

A human animal who has lived in a cave all his life, Khyber has lived in isolation all through. Merciless and heartless, he smells human blood and kills people. Talking about his character, Ketan said, “The role that I will be playing is quite different from anything I have played in the past. Being a merciless half human and half animal, Khyber is known to be ruthless in his code of conduct. It was quite difficult for me to relate with the character, however I am sure that the audience will love watching me in this new avatar and love my track in the show.” Talking about his preparation to play the role, Ketan said, “While it was because of my physique that I bagged the role, what was more difficult was to adapt to Khyber’s body language. Being ferocious at all times, I underwent a special training to adapt to those expressions and learn the body language.”

With the current track of the show focusing on Jodha’s pregnancy, we will see Khyber entering the show next week only to create upheaval in Jalal and Jodha’s paradise. While he kidnaps Jodha and keeps her in his cave, Jalal takes it up on him to save Jodha and their child by fighting Khyber. Only time will tell whether Jalal be able to save Jodha from Khyber’s clutches.

We hope Ketan’s hard work in essaying the role and the track wins him accolades and is enjoyed by the audience as much as Ketan has preparing for it!

Do not miss, Jodha Akbar, Every Monday – Friday at 8 PM, Only on Zee TV!




Greatest contributor to world peace is trade”:

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Greatest contributor to world peace is trade”: Tom G Palmer launches hindi edition of The Morality of Capitalism in New Delhi
Centre for Civil Society
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Centre for Civil Society
CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY
Social Change Through Public Policy
New Delhi – 21 July 2014
Press Release
Delhi-based think tank Centre for Civil Society (CCS) launched Poonjiwad ki Naitikta, the Hindi edition of The Morality of Capitalism, in New Delhi on Monday, 21 July 2014.
The book was officially launched by Dr Tom G Palmer, Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and General Director of the Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and Prosperity. Tom spoke extensively on the need for distinguishing free-market capitalism from crony capitalism, where the state has power to grant certain favours to businesses in the form of monopolies or subsidies, and create entry barriers for others. This, he emphasised, is the opposite of a free-market economy, where everyone is free to enter and exit. There is a strong need to eliminate cronyism – and the cure for this, he stated, was free markets. A key point made by Palmer was also that the greatest contributor to world peace, is trade. The greater the freedom and value of trade between two countries, the lesser the degree of aggression between them.
On The Morality of Capitalism, Tom said that the book offers a variety of perspectives on the issue of capitalism from different countries and contexts. Adding to this, Avinash Chandra, Editor of the Hindi liberal web portal www.Azadi.me and translator of the Hindi edition of the book, stated that the series of essays is key in breaking the pre-conceptions and prejudices people have about capitalism and their immediate association of capitalism with cronyism.
This edition of the book includes essays by leading intellectuals, academicians and economists – Gurcharan Das, Swaminathan Aiyar, Jagdish Bhagwati and Parth J Shah. The book is a must-read, especially in the Indian context. As Gurcharan Das points out in the introduction, although two decades have passed since with the reforms of 1991 when Indians began their love affair with free markets, capitalism is still trying to find a comfortable home in India. Like most people, Indians believe that the market is efficient but not moral. The Morality of Capitalism brings together some of the best-thinking individuals on the ethical dimension of markets. They offer an insight into capitalism, not only from a moral philosophy point of view, but also draw on economics, logic, history, literature, and other disciplines. The Hindi translation joins a long list of translations, including in Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Azerbaijani, Armenian, Finnish and French, among others.
Picture attached. Photo caption: Dr Tom G Palmer; Vice President for International Programs, Atlas Economic Research Foundation (right) and Avinash Chandra (left), Editor, azadi.me launching book Poonjiwad ki Naitikta; Hindi edition of The Morality of Capitalism.
For further information, contact Avinash Chandra (avinash@ccs.in | +91 99998 82477)




LAUREUS ACADEMY MEMBER AND CRICKETING LEGEND STEVE WAUGH VISITS

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LAUREUS ACADEMY MEMBER AND CRICKETING LEGEND STEVE WAUGH VISITS MAGIC BUS IN MUMBAI

  • Visits the new Laureus Pavilion at the Magic Bus Centre
  • Interactive session with the BPT community children
  •  ‘The incredible work done by Magic Bus is realising the Laureus vision of using sports for good on a daily basis. We are proud to partner with them.’- says Steve Waugh
  • For pictures of Steve Waugh’s day with Magic Bus go to www.laureusarchive.com

MUMBAI, July 21, 2014 – Legendary cricket star and Laureus Academy member, Steve Waugh was in Mumbai today to visit the Magic Bus project– a strategic partner of the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation.

Magic Bus, an Indian NGO working with underprivileged children to make sure they move out of poverty. Magic Bus has received funding from Laureus since its inauguration and has been a strategic partner of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation for five years. Magic Bus currently operates in 19 states around India impacting over 250,000 young people with the ambition of reaching 1 million participants by 2017.

The great success achieved by Magic Bus has been recognised at the last 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards with the presentation of the Laureus Sport for Good Award.

Steve Waugh along with Magic Bus founder Matthew Spacie unveiled the Laureus Pavillion at the Magic Bus Centre for Learning and Development located in Village Aasrewadi near Karjat.

This was followed by a visit to the Bombay Port Trust (BPT) community project where Steve Waugh met and interacted with the students and members of the local community.

Speaking on the occasion, Steve Waugh said, “As a representative of the Laureus Academy, it gives me a great sense of pride to be associated with Magic Bus. The work they are doing for young children is actually realising our vision of using sports to lead change and enhance their quality of life. I am humbled by visiting the project sites and would like to offer my heartiest congratulations to Mathew and his team for doing such a great job.

Matthew Spacie, Founder of Magic Bus added, “Magic Bus’ work has grown to 18 States of India in the last fifteen years, covering 250,000 children and 8000 young people from marginalised communities. This would not have bene possible without supporters like Laureus and we want to thank Laureus and Steve for this strong support.”  

Magic Bus, founded by Englishman Matthew Spacie and based in Mumbai, aims to take children out of poverty through a programme of mentoring and coaching. Since 2001, the Magic Bus programme has grown to embrace over 250,000 children in 18 states each week and Spacie’s ambition now is to reach out to one million children by 2017.


About the Laureus Pavilion

The Laureus Pavilion is a covered activity area that Magic Bus has built inside its 25-acre learning center campus. The center itself is an outdoor learning and development space that provides facilitated experiences in a wide variety of activities ranging from rope climbing to cycling and much more. 

“The Pavilion helps Magic Bus deliver activities during the Summer and Monsoon seasons, enabling participants to continue accessing sports activities.” says Rob Thomas, Head of the centre. “It can accommodate people of different ages and abilities and provides the perfect living space for group activities.”
The Laureus Pavilion was built by premier architectural firm Architect Brio, who describe the Pavilion as “…Partly a building, partly a challenge course, the Laureus sponsored Learning Pavilion, located at the Magic Bus Centre for Experiential Learning, is an interactive building used as a gathering space and play area for underprivileged children while they are on their weekend camps.” 

About the BPT Community

Magic Bus has also been the longest running NGO working with the BPT community since 2003. They are primarily running sports sessions here for the underprivileged children from the local schools. Their voluntary activities have improved health awareness, increased participation from girls and increased attendance at school among other impact led results.

For further information please contact:
Abhoy Chattopadhyay
Tel: +91 9811325251




NATIONAL COALITION FORSTRENGTHENING SCs & STs (PREVENTION OF ATROCITITES) ACT

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NATIONAL COALITION FORSTRENGTHENING
 SCs & STs (PREVENTION OF ATROCITITES) ACT AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION

We, on behalf of National Coalition for Strengthening the POA Act and Its Implementation (NCSPA), accounting for more than 400 Dalit and Adivasi organizations from all over the country, express the deep disappointment among Dalits and Adivasis on the long and continuing delay in legislating the amendments to SCs and STs (PoA) Act 1989.  We thank Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJE) for introducing SCs and STs (PoA) Act 1989 amendment Bill 2014 in Lok Sabha on 17. 07. 2014 to replace the SCs and STs (PoA) Ordinance 2014, which had been promulgated by the President on 04.03.2014.

With due respect to the jurisdiction and powers of the Speaker and Parliament, we and SCs and STs are disappointed by the Bill being referred to the Standing Committee.

This comes over and above the inordinate delay during the period of the previous Government. After elaborate and detailed countrywide consultations, the Coalition sent its draft to Ministry of SJ&E on 19. 11. 2011.  Government went through consultations with States, other Ministries and prepared the Government Bill, taking much more time than necessary, and at last tabled the Bill in Lok Sabha on 6. 12.2013. The Government disappointed the SCs and STs by not moving for debate and vote in the Winter Session 2013 in both the Houses in spite of our best efforts, which could only secure the promulgation of the Ordinance on 04.03.2014.

We were expecting that with the introduction of the Government’s Bill in the new Lok Sabha on 17. 07. 2014, the Bill would be smoothly and automatically passed in the two Houses within the time-limit laid down in the Constitution, since it had been scrutinized thoroughly at all levels.  We are concerned that this will result in further lapse of time.  Meanwhile Atrocities like social boycott, economic boycott, mass arson, rapes, murders and other Atrocities are continuing to be perpetrated on the long-suffering Dalits and Adivasis in different parts of the country.

We therefore appeal, with due respect ––

(a)           To the Hon’ble Speaker, to consider calling back her decision to refer the Bill to the Standing Committee and permit the Minister to move the Bill in the Lok Sabha for debate and vote and thereafter immediately in the Rajya Sabha and help ensure the Bill is passed within the Constitutional time-limit.

(b)          To the leading Government Party, to intervene and help in this and to other Parties to cooperate in this.

(c)           To the Hon’ble Speaker, in case the course at (a) is not possible, to consider setting an early time-limit for the Standing Committee for its Report.

(a)           To the Hon’ble Members of the Standing Committee to consider expeditiously clearing the Bill, giving us an opportunity to appear before them, and furnish its Report to the Hon’ble speaker at the earliest.

(b)          To the Hon’ble Minister and Hon’ble Prime Minister to move for re-issue of the Ordinance in case the course at (a) is not possible and the Standing Committee process will take time beyond the period of the validity of the existing Ordinance.

(c)           To the Hon’ble Minister, to consider coordinating the above measures.

(d)          To the Hon’ble Prime Minister,  to help in expediting the whole processsecure the early enactment of the Bill, with the decisiveness characteristic of him, keeping in view the fact that an unprecedentedly  large numbers of SCs and STs have placed their hope in him on account of his radical pronouncements regarding Dalits and Adivasis during his election campaigns and the leading Government party’s manifesto commitment that it will “accord highest priority for ensuring their security especially the prevention of atrocities against SCs & STs”.





Sh. P. S. Krishnan, IAS (Retd.)
Former Secretary to Govt. of India
Chief Advisor,
National Coalition for Strengthening the POA Act and Its Implementation
7/58, 1st Floor, South Patel Nagar, New Delhi – 110008
Contact: 9810109596




Dr. V.A. Ramesh Nathan
National Convener,
National Coalition for Strengthening the PoA Act and its Implementation
7/58, 1st Floor, South Patel Nagar, New Delhi. 110008.
Contact: 09560028068
Paul Diwakar
General Secretary
DAAA, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights
8/1, 2nd Floor, South Patel Nagar, New Delhi – 110008

Prof. Vimal Thorat,
National Convener,
All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM)- National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights
8/1, 2nd Floor, South Patel Nagar, New Delhi – 110008





OSCE monitors allowed access to crash site

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Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have again visited the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine. This time they received better access to the scene than their first visit. Thirty member monitoring team of the OSCE was allowed on Saturday see to the site, which pro-Russian activists control.
On this second  visit, the monitors observed security officials from the Donetsk region transferring victims’ bodies on stretchers.
The OSCE team also saw an engine on the ground and took pictures of debris from the downed jetliner. The members were able to speak to some local residents as well. But on their first visit on Friday, the team was denied good access to the site by people who are believed to be pro-Russian militants. At that time they stayed for only about an hour.
A member of the OSCE monitors said about Saturday’s visit that they were able to see more of the scene than the previous day and to talk to those who are in charge there.




Election in Delhi Opportunity to Build Next Singapore

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Ravinder Singh
To chauthidunia@gmail.comindiaagainstcorruption.2010@gmail.comchandru_14521@yahoo.com and 360 More…
Today at 12:36 PM
Election in Delhi Opportunity to Build Next Singapore
July21, 2014 (C)
Elections to Delhi Assembly should be viewed as an Opportunity to
build next Singapore. It shall get rid of all Rotten politics – 70% of
old generation under qualified had already lost in December2013
elections and giving tickets to PROFESSIONAL Chief Minister shall go a
long way in creating TECHNO-ECONOMIC-GOVERNANCE MODEL that propelled
Singapore to highest level of Technological-Economic success.
Professional Chief Minister shall create Green Pollution Free Delhi,
introduce High-Tech Industries, Smart Public Transport, Globally
Competitive Education, Healthcare Public Services, Communication Most
Advanced – one Optic Fiber connection delivering all ICT services, 24
hour Water Supply, 24 hour Electricity Supply, Congestion Free
Highways, Clean and Processed Food Supply for Minimum Garbage, Solar
Power, Heating, CHP producing 70% of power, Shut Down all Coal Fired
Power Stations, Covered Sewage and Drainage and Clean Yamuna and
Digital Governance, Fast District and Consumer Courts deciding cases
in 1-2 hearings etc.
From $4,000 Per Capita Delhi GDP to $20,000 Per Capita level
development in 5-10 Years depending on Cooperation from Center and
Opposition Parties.
Progress India is working on these IDEAS for 40 years and regularly
writing to PMO.
Delhi may get Special City State Constitution to Speedily Implement
Development projects. Professionally Qualified heads of departments
shall lead the development charge.
This is ALTERNATE Model to what India is doing presently.
1.]  There are Floods in every River presently and water goes waste to
sea but India want waters of Brahamputra River or Ganga River to be
taken thousands of miles in Corruption Canals. We can store 500
Billion Cubic Meters of Water, Supply Clean Blue Water, Produce
200,000 MW of Power, Provide Flood Protection to India.
2.]  70% of our Energy Requirement can be met by Solar Power &
Heating, Combined Heat and Power units operated by CNG, Processed and
Semi Processed food supply, Shops Offices and Industry working Day
Light Hours, to maximize solar power use. Every home shall be audited
at state cost and prescribed Energy Efficient devices.
3.]  Well connected Smart Public Transport, Fast Police, Ambulances
and Fire Services.
4.]  Global Standard education to all students. Popular Schools to
operate in double shit and less popular to shut down and converted in
to Sports and Recreation Centers.
5.] Mobile Doctors shall provide Subsidized or Low Cost healthcare
available within 200 yards or at door steps for elders or serious
cases.
6.] Open Roads with under ground drains and services, spaces for
Cycles and Pedestrians, CCTV monitoring, No Parking on Streets etc
shall clear up clogging.
Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
Sabka Bharat Mission 2019
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016
Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435
Sabkabharatmission2019@gmail.comprogressindia008@yahoo.com




UNSC call for truce in Gaza

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UN SC on  Sunday expressed concern on surging death toll in Gaza.
UNSC appealed for an immediate ceasefire at an emergency session held on the worst day of fighting on Sunday.
Council meeting for two hours  New York, the 15-member Council also called for respect of international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians.”The members of the Security Council express serious concern about the growing numbers of casualties,” said Rwandan Ambassador Eugene Richard Gasana, whose country chairs the 15-member council. “The members of the Security Council call for an immediate cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement” reached between Israel and Hamas.”
Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters before the meeting that nobody can justify the massacre of citizens.He said Palestine will repeatedly request council members to put pressure on Israel until they fulfill their responsibility to stop such violence.
Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor criticized the Palestinian group Hamas for rejecting a truce, despite Israel’s repeatedly accepting the offer.
He said it is unacceptable that Israel faces criticism when it exercises the right to defend itself, despite the fact that the international community recognizes the nation’s right to self-defense.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas had called for the emergency session, saying the “situation is intolerable” in Gaza and describing Israeli attacks as a “crime against humanity.” Fifteen member Council met as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was holding talks with leaders in the region amid a spike in violence that killed more than 100 Palestinians in one day.
Palestinian representative to the United Nations Riyad Mansour welcomed the statement and said the appeal was a “test for Israel – if they are going to abide by all the elements and stop this aggression against our people.” “The hours and the minutes will reveal whether they will honour and respect this call by the Security Council,” he said. On Sunday’s Palestinian victims  killed in a aggressive  hours-long Israeli assault on Shejaiya, near Gaza City, initiated before dawn claimed more than 100 Palestinian lives.
At the outset of the meeting, the Palestinian representative described the assault on Shejaiya as a “heinous massacre” and urged the Security Council to take a decisive stand.Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor shot back, saying that Israel had thrice agreed to ceasefire offers from Egypt and was acting in self-defence from rocket attacks launched by Palestinian Hamas militants.”The equation is simple. It’s going to be quiet in Israel when it’s going to be quiet to Gaza. We are trying to defend the people of Israel,” he said.Council’s 15 members held a meeting on Gaza on Friday but failed to reach agreement on a joint declaration. Since the conflict began on July 8, the Council also held a first inconclusive meeting on July 10 before calling for a ceasefire in a unanimous declaration. Ban, whose envoy negotiated a brief humanitarian truce last week, condemned the “atrocious action” in Shejaiya and urged Israel to “exercise maximum restraint.” “Too many innocent people are dying… (and) living in constant fear,” Ban told a news conference in Doha.
Firm truce efforts have been rejected by Hamas which has pressed on with its own attacks, undaunted by the Israeli bombardment by land, sea and air. In the early hours of Monday, Israeli jets carried out strikes throughout Gaza, including in southern Rafah and Khan Yunis and northern Beit Lahiya. Israel began ground operations in Gaza on Thursday.Israeli forces expanded their ground operation in the Gaza Strip on Saturday night and mounted an intensive bombardment that lasted through Sunday.
The Shijaiyah neighborhood is home to tunnels dug by the Islamic militant organization Hamas to fire rockets into Israel.Palestinian health officials say the latest offensive has left at least 60 people dead, including civilians. The death toll since Israel’s air raids began is 415. The dead and wounded were taken to a hospital. Bereaved relatives expressed anger and grief at a mortuary. Nearly 20,000 people fled the attacks on Sunday alone. That brings the total number of evacuees to 81,000.
Media agencies




Chinese spy ship scans US-led drills off Hawaii

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Chinese Navy near Hawaii: First time participation in US-led RIMPAC drills
Chinese navy sailors stand in formation as they attend a send-off ceremony before departing for the Rim of the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC), at a military port in Sanya, Hainan province June 9, 2014 (Reuters / Stringer)
RIMPAC is the world’s largest joint naval exercise featuring 22 nations, 48 ships, six submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel. In 2014 it is being held from June 26 to August 1.
China first asked to join RIMPAC in 2012 but was not invited, at that time it also deployed a spy ship to monitor the drills.
James refused to speculate on the ship’s assignment, telling USNI News that “any questions about the ship’s intent or capabilities will need to be addressed by the People’s Liberation Army Navy.”
Meanwhile an official in China’s Ministry of Defense told the Wall Street Journal that the PLA’s ships respect international law. “China respects the rights enjoyed by all relevant coastal states under international law, and hopes that relevant countries respect the rights enjoyed by Chinese ships according to the law.”
China has sent an electronic surveillance vessel to international waters off Hawaii to keep an eye on a US-led Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) involving 22 countries, despite Beijing being one of the countries invited to participate in the drills.
The Chinese Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) surveillance ship is stationed outside US territorial seas but within the 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone, according to Captain Darryn James, chief spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet.
“US naval forces continually monitor all maritime activity in the Pacific, and we expect this ship will remain outside of US territorial seas and not operate in a manner that disrupts the ongoing Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise,” James told Bloomberg, adding that the ship is not part of the RIMPAC that is now under way.
“We’ve taken all necessary precautions to protect our critical information,” James said, adding that “this is the first time a nation has ever sent a surveillance ship near Hawaii while also having invited ships participating in the RIMPAC exercise.”

Four ships of the People’s Liberation Army Navy with an estimated 1,100 sailors on board are participating in this year’s RIMPAC exercises, normally held every two years since 1971. The Chinese ships include the missile destroyer Haikou, the missile frigate Yueyang, the supply ship Qiandaohu and the hospital ship Peace Ark, making it the second largest force after the US.
Media agencies





News global

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Moscow mayor names faulty rail switch among main causes of metro crash


A faulty rail switch is among the main possible causes of the Tuesday Moscow metro crash, the Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said, according to Moskva 24 channel. The derailment of the train during morning rush hour killed over 20 passengers, with another some 200 injured. The mayor also praised actions of the badly injured train driver, saying his immediate reaction saved dozens of lives. The investigation of the accident is ongoing, with over a hundred victims still being treated in Moscow hospitals.




Netanyahu slams Erdogan for anti-Semitism over Gaza op statements


Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has lashed out at his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan for being “anti-Semitic in tone” after he compared Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip to the Nazis. “I heard the things the prime minister of Turkey said, words of the utmost gravity,” Netanyahu told reporters, as cited by Reuters. “I told (U.S. Secretary of State) John Kerry, (these are) anti-Semitic statements, they have an anti-Semitic tone.” On Saturday, Erdogan accused Israel of having “surpassed Hitler in barbarism” during its ground operation on the Palestinian territory. However, he warned Turks against taking out their anger on Jews in Turkey, a NATO-member state.


Emirates calls for intl conference to follow up MH17 tragedy


Tim Clark, president of Dubai’s Emirates airline, has called for an international meeting of carriers in response to the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine. The head of the world’s largest international airline by number of passengers has suggested a rethink of the threats posed by regional instability, saying that domestic regulators worldwide may decide to be more involved in giving their carriers guidance on where it is safe to fly. The international airline community “won’t tolerate being targeted in internecine regional conflicts that have nothing to do with airlines,” Clark told media.

IAEA says Iran complies with P5+1 nuclear deal agreement – report


Iran has complied with the terms of an interim nuclear deal with six world powers, which had been due to expire on July 20, but was prolonged for another four months, Reuters reports citing the IAEA paper it obtained. The atomic agency said Iran halted enrichment of uranium gas to a fissile concentration of 20 percent. Iran also started-up a long-delayed facility to convert its lower-grade enriched uranium gas into oxide. About 1,500 kg of the material has been used in the conversion process. Now the agreement reached back in November, will be prolonged with some adjustments.


28 killed in airstrikes on ‘terrorist hideouts’ in Pakistan


Militant hideouts were bombed in Shawal village in Pakistan’s troubled North Waziristan region by the country’s military on Sunday. Officials said at least 28 insurgents were killed during the operation, targeting the region where militants had taken refuge, fleeing a military offensive in other parts of the district. “At least 28 local and foreign terrorists were killed in today’s airstrikes and their six hideouts were destroyed,” a senior military official told AFP. The assault by Pakistan’s military was launched after militants’ deadly attack on Karachi international airport in June. According to the military, 25 soldiers and over 400 militants have been killed in the assault so far.


Turkey initiates free trade zone with Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan


Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci has put forward a plan to form a free trade zone with the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the Russian Economic Development Minister Aleksey Ulyukaev told journalists in Sydney. According to the Russian minister, his Turkish counterpart initiated the possible cooperation during the G20 trade ministers meeting in Australia. “We have agreed to create a working group and to begin a more detailed discussion of these possibilities and prospects in September,” Ulyukaev said. Russia is currently Turkey’s second-largest trade partner after the European Union, with which the country now holds a Customs Union alliance.


Main Shiite opposition bloc in Bahrain may face 3 month suspension


Bahrain has filed a lawsuit to suspend al-Wefaq’s activities for three months, the official BNA news agency reported Sunday. Al-Wefaq is the largest Shiite opposition group in the Sunni-run Gulf monarchy, and is accused of allegedly violating the kingdom’s law on associations. Al-Wefaq has led the protest movement, which began in February 2011 by Bahrain’s Shiite majority against the ruling Sunni regime. It has consistently called for the establishment of a constitutional monarchy.


UK’s new foreign secretary says he’d vote to leave EU


Britain’s new Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond said Sunday he would vote to leave the EU unless some of Brussels’ powers are repatriated to London. He said if no changes are made to the way the EU is governed then he expects Britain to leave the bloc in a referendum, which Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to hold in 2017, if he wins the next general election. He conceded that the UK gains “enormously” from being in the European single market, but needed to balance “the benefits of being in with the benefits of being out.”


Basque separatist group ETA military wing dismantled


Basque armed separatist group ETA has dismantled its military wing and is aimed to finalize the deactivation of any remaining weapons and explosives, according to an ETA statement in a Basque newspaper on Sunday. Published in Gara newspaper, the announcement is the latest step toward full disarmament for the group. ETA, whose attacks killed over 800 people in almost four decades, called a unilateral ceasefire in 2011 and pledged to give up all its weapons earlier this year, saying the process also depends on Spanish authorities. There have been no comments from Spain’s Interior Ministry regarding ETA’s statement yet.


Heavy fighting erupts around Libya’s Tripoli Airport – reports


Fighting between rivaling militias in the region have been reported for a week, with actions to control the site of Tripoli International Airport resulting in more violence on Sunday, local residents say. There were no immediate reports of casualties from clashes on 20 July. After the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, there have been numerous clashes among groups of former rebel fighters in Libya. More than a dozen planes have since been damaged at Tripoli Airport and international flights have been suspended.


Russian court to look into death of adopted child in Italy


A criminal case has been launched in Amur region in the east of Russia, after a five-year-old Russian boy was allegedly strangled to death by his Italian adoptive father. The case was launched after a check uncovered possible negligence in the work of regional officials, according to Russia’ Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin. Investigators will now check documents regarding applications to adopt the boy by Russian families which were denied by officials. Earlier this week Italian media published reports of a 47-year-old Massimo Maravalle being detained by police in Italian city of Pescara. Maravalle, who adopted the boy in 2012, was reportedly mentally ill.
Media agencies




AAP : U-turns by the BJP on the current political situation in Delhi

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The double meaning statements and consistent u-turns by the BJP on the current political situation in Delhi makes it clear that it is running away from facing fresh elections and wants to resort to the Aaya Ram Gaya Ram culture of politics, against which the Supreme Court of India had warned on April 17 this year.
On the other hand, the stunned silence of the Congress on whether it is willing to officially communicate in writing to the Lieutenant Governor and the Supreme Court that the Delhi assembly be dissolved, proves it is indirectly supporting the BJP’s Aya Ram Gaya Ram brand of politics.
During the hearing of the Aam Aadmi Party petition challenging the central government’s decision to keep the Delhi assembly in suspended animation instead of dissolving it, the Supreme Court had observed on April 17 that :“ Nothing should be done which facilitates Aaaya Ram, Gaya Ram (horsetrading brand of politics) in the Assembly. Should not Aya Ram Gaya Ram be eliminated ? Nothing should be done so that Aya Ram becomes Gaya Ram and Gaya Ram becomes Aya Ram.”
It is beyond any reasonable understanding that if the BJP and Congress really want fresh elections in Delhi, so that the people can elect a new government of their choice, then why are they afraid of stating so officially and clearly in writing ?
Can the BJP and Congress, both, deny that they have opposed the demand for dissolution of Delhi assembly in the Supreme Court ?
Can these two parties deny that the decision of Congress-led UPA government of not dissolving the Delhi assembly has been supported and continued by the BJP’s new central government ?
Is it not a fact that despite repeated queries of the Supreme Court since April, the BJP and Congress have evading a reply to whether they want fresh elections in Delhi ?
In the 70-member assembly, the 32 MLAs of the BJP and eight of the Congress had come together to defeat the Janlokpal of the AAP government, why are these 40 MLAs of the two parties running away from giving it in writing to the LG and the Supreme Court that they want elections ?
The AAP will continue to strongly expose the BJP’s unholy designs of subverting the democracy by trying to cobble a majority through horsetrading, which are being supported by the Congress.
The people of Delhi cannot be denied their right to elect a new government and fresh elections is the only way to do so, for which the AAP will relentlessly fight and will not allow the national capital to become a centre of horsetrading.
The double meaning statements and consistent u-turns by the BJP on the current political situation in Delhi makes it clear that it is running away from facing fresh elections and wants to resort to the Aaya Ram Gaya Ram culture of politics, against which the Supreme Court of India had warned on April 17 this year.</p><br />
<p>On the other hand, the stunned silence of the Congress on whether it is willing to officially communicate in writing to the Lieutenant Governor and the Supreme Court that the Delhi assembly be dissolved, proves it is indirectly supporting the BJP’s Aya Ram Gaya Ram brand of politics.</p><br />
<p>During the hearing of the Aam Aadmi Party petition challenging the central government’s decision to keep the Delhi assembly in suspended animation instead of dissolving it, the Supreme Court had observed on April 17 that :“ Nothing should be done which facilitates Aaaya Ram, Gaya Ram (horsetrading brand of politics) in the Assembly.  Should not Aya Ram Gaya Ram be eliminated ? Nothing should be done so that Aya Ram becomes Gaya Ram and Gaya Ram becomes Aya Ram.”</p><br />
<p>It is beyond any reasonable understanding that if the BJP and Congress really want fresh elections in Delhi, so that the people can elect a new government of their choice, then why are they afraid of stating so officially and clearly in writing ?</p><br />
<p>Can the BJP and Congress, both, deny that they have opposed the demand for dissolution of Delhi assembly in the Supreme Court ?</p><br />
<p>Can these two parties deny that the decision of Congress-led UPA government of not dissolving the Delhi assembly has been supported and continued by the BJP’s new central government ?</p><br />
<p>Is it not a fact that despite repeated queries of the Supreme Court since April, the BJP and Congress have evading a reply to whether they want fresh elections in Delhi ?</p><br />
<p>In the 70-member assembly, the 32 MLAs of the BJP and eight of the Congress had come together to defeat the Janlokpal of the AAP government, why are these 40 MLAs of the two parties running away from giving it in writing to the LG and the Supreme Court that they want elections ?</p><br />
<p>The AAP will continue to strongly expose the BJP’s unholy designs of subverting the democracy by trying to cobble a majority through horsetrading, which are being supported by the Congress.</p><br />
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According to Kejriwal
- Mumbai to Ahemdabad will cost Rs. 75000
- India doesn’t need Bullet trains or high speed trains at all
- 50% of the nation people travels without ticket
- Delhi to Agra train journey is 2 hours
- 1400 Crore is not enough for irrigation in 1 District
- 200 Crore for women safety = According to Kejriwal “Govt will spend Rs.3 on per woman”
(Somebody should tell this idiot that the money will be spend on making better women security organisation, training police women, programs for women empowerment)
- 7000 Crore for new cities = According to Kejriwal “Govt will use 70 Crore in building 1 city”
(Somebody should go n tell this idiot that the money will be spend on attracting investors, finding better locations, creating new city authorities, inviting people for PPP model)




Films Maternity Blues , DOUBLE BILL

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Film Screening at the Italian Cultural Centre – Wednesday, 23rd July & Double Bill -Saturday, 26th July 2014
Cultural Program
To Undisclosed Recipients
Today at 11:17 AM
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA DI NEW DELHI  – INCONTRI IN BIBLIOTECA
Nuovo cinema Italiano/ New Italian Cinema: Opere Prime/Debut Films: 2008-2013
7 maggio/May – 30 luglio/July 2014
Tutti i mercoled√¨ / Every Wednesday @ 18.30
WEDNESDAY 23rd JULY 2014 AT 6.30 P.M.
Wednesday 23 July
Maternity Blues /Maternity Blues

Drammatico / Drama
2011, 95 min.
Regista / Director: Fabrizio Cattani
Cast: Andrea Osvart, Monica Barladeanu, Chiara Martegiani, Marina Pennafina

MATERNITY BLUES (Maternity Blues)

Clara, Eloisa, Rina e Vincenza sono detenute all’interno di un ospedale psichiatrico giudiziario per scontare la stessa condanna: infanticidio. Le quattro donne sono molto diverse tra loro e ognuna ha avuto la sua motivazione per compiere il disperato gesto. / Four different women, linked by a common crime – infanticide – spend their time serving their sentence inside a prison’s psychiatric hospital. From this forced co-habitation, friendships are born, fragmented confessions emerge and some form of partial comfort arises.
6:30 p.m., Wednesday23rd July 2014

DOUBLE BILL - Saturday, 26th July 2014 at 2:00 & 4:00 p.m.


Corpo celeste / Heavenly Body
2011, 100 min.

Cast: Yle Vianelllo, Salvatore Cantalupo, Anita Caprioli, Paola Lavini

CORPO CELESTE (Heavenly Body)
About a young girl’s experience of coming to age and her relationship not only to herself but an alienating world around her, and the Catholic Church which is a part of it.
Saturday, 26th July 2014 at 2:00pm
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FILM SORPRESA (Surprise film)

Saturday26th July 2014 at 4:00 pm
Venue: Tessitori Hall of the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre in New Delhi
Entry Free: For security reasons please show your valid Photo Identity Card.
For more information, please visit our website http://www.iicnewdelhi.esteri.it/IIC_Newdelhi

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