Saturday, July 26, 2014



Russian security chiefs hit with EU sanctions

The EU announced it has introduced asset freezes on several top Russian officials. The list includes the head of Russia’s FSB security service, Aleksandr Bortnikov, and foreign intelligence service chief Mikhail Fradkov. The latest round of sanctions over the Ukrainian crisis was revealed on Thursday and consists of 15 Russians or Ukrainians and 18 companies, according to the EU’s Official Journal.

China tested anti-satellite missile, US says

The US has urged Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions after China reportedly tested a missile designed to destroy satellites. According to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, the “non-destructive” test took place on Wednesday. Harf said that previous tests in 2007 created thousands of pieces of dangerous debris in space. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency did report a successful missile interception test conducted, but did not refer to it as an anti-satellite system.

French police ban anti-Israel protest planned for Saturday

French police have banned a protest against Israel’s Gaza offensive that was scheduled to take place in Paris on Saturday. The ban comes after clashes took place at pro-Palestinian demonstrations earlier this month, in which some protesters shouted anti-Semitic slogans and fought with police. Previous rallies had been banned but went ahead anyway. The most recent protest against the Israeli operation in Gaza attracted about 14,500 people, while organizers put the figure at 25,000.

Huge wildfire destroys hundreds of homes in Washington state

A massive wildfire in Washington state triggered by lightning has burned through 300 homes, according to the Associated Press. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said the number is double what his office previously projected, and the damage spans 750 miles of roadway and 400 square miles northeast of Seattle. Hundreds of livestock were also killed.

​Israel’s security cabinet rejects Gaza ceasefire proposal – report

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet has rejected proposals for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, a government source told Reuters. US Secretary of State John Kerry had hoped the 18 days of fighting and exchanges of rocket fire would draw to a close through the proposed deal. However, the official, who wished to remain anonymous, stated that Israel is seeking changes to the agreement. Hamas is yet to respond.

Liberian man suspected having Ebola virus dies in Nigeria

A 40-something year old Liberian man suspected of having the Ebola virus has died in quarantine in Lagos, Nigeria, a Nigerian official in Geneva told Reuters. The man collapsed on arrival at the airport in the country’s commercial center and was immediately put in quarantine. He did not enter the mega-city of 2 million people.“While he was in quarantine he passed away,” the official said. If confirmed, the unidentified man’s case would represent the first recorded instance of the world’s deadliest disease popping up in Africa’s most populous nation, which boasts 170 million people. Despite having Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria has substandard healthcare infrastructure in comparison with its neighbors. An Ebola outbreak which hit in February has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Poland sets up own space agency

Poland’s parliament has adopted a law to create a space agency for the country. The new body is called POLSA (Polish Space Agency), RIA Novosti reported. POLSA will coordinate activities of other organizations in the space industry in different parts of the country. The new agency will also help scientific organizations get funds from the European Space Agency.

Death toll in West Africa Ebola outbreak rises to 660 – WHO

The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, the World Health Organization said on Friday. The number of cases has surpassed 1,000, AFP reported.“It’s hard to get an exact picture on the scale of the situation at the moment,” WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said. The health agency said 28 new deaths were recorded between July 18 and July 20 – 13 were in Sierra Leone, 11 in Liberia and four in Guinea, which had previously borne the brunt of the deadly contagion.

Soccer match in Austria moved after violent anti-Israel protest

A soccer match to be played on Saturday by Maccabi Haifa and Paderborn will be relocated due to security concerns, Reuters said. “The match will take place at 1500 GMT tomorrow but not in Kirchbichl,” Hannes Empl, head of the SLFC organization said on Friday. On Thursday, protesters against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza ran onto the pitch and attacked Maccabi Haifa players at a friendly game against Lille in the Austrian town of Bischofshofen. The incident caused the match to be abandoned.

Investigators bring charges against 2 over fatal Moscow Metro accident

Two people have been charged in the criminal case over the accident in the Moscow Metro on July 15, when 23 people were killed and dozens wounded, the Russian Investigative Committee’s spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Friday. The charges were brought against senior track supervisor Valery Bashkatov and Yury Gordov and track supervisor’s assistant Yury Gordov for alleged violation of rules of safety and exploitation of the metro, ITAR-TASS quoted Markin as saying. He added that the charges will soon be brought against two other suspects.

PACE condemns Arizona execution

Marietta Karamanli, rapporteur general on the abolition of the death penalty for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has condemned cruel executions in the US, ITAR-TASS said. The execution of a convicted murderer in Arizona on Wednesday took nearly two hours as his attorneys raised questions about a controversial drug. Karamanli noted that the US has a status of observer in the PACE and shares the organization’s principles of human rights, but still continues the practice of inhumane executions.

French officials see bad weather as likely cause of Air Algerie crash

Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed all 116 people on board, Reuters quoted French officials as saying on Friday. Investigators say the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, and this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack.

FIFA speaks out against boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia

FIFA has spoken out against calls to boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia, saying that a“policy of isolation or confrontation aren’t the most effective ways to solve problems.”The World Cup could be a “powerful catalyst for constructive dialogue between people and governments,” football’s governing body stressed. The Dutch football association is postponing discussion over the country’s participation in the 2018 event after the national day of mourning to remember the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane, two-thirds of whom were from the Netherlands. The passenger jet was reportedly shot down over Ukraine last week, with the West blaming anti-Kiev rebels, who they believe are supported by Russia.

1 killed, 800 hospitalized due to abnormal heat wave in Japan

One person died and more than 800 have been reportedly hospitalized in Japan due to an abnormal heat wave. A record of 37.4 Celsius was registered in the southeast of the country, RIA Novosti said. Last week, three died and 3,179 were hospitalized in Japan due to the searing conditions.

Paris bans pro-Palestinian rally on Saturday

French capital, Paris, has banned a pro-Palestinian demonstration planned in the city for Saturday, AFP reports. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the decision was justified after protests last weekend led to violence. Previously, around 50 political parties, unions and activist groups called for rallies across France demanding an“immediate end” to the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which has already left nearly 800 people dead.

Car bomb kills 3 in southern Thailand

Three people were killed and 36 others injured as a car bomb exploded outside a hotel in the town of Betong in southern Thailand, the AFP reports. “A car bomb went off in front of Holiday Hotel at around 4:00 pm (0900 GMT),” Sophon Saisuree, a Thai police lieutenant colonel, said. More than 6,100 people have been killed in frequent bombings and shootings in the Muslim-majority region of Yala near Thailand’s southern border with Malaysia since 2004.

6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off Alaska

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck on the coast of Alaska on Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake’s epicenter was 55 kilometers west-northwest of Elfin Cove, Reuters reported. The depth was 35.4 kilometers.

Turkish FM to seek Gaza truce in Qatar talks

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu canceled a trip to France and flew to Qatar on Friday to help efforts for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Reuters said. Davutoglu held a “teleconference with his counterparts from the US and Qatar on Thursday. He also spoke separately with the Palestinian groups, a Turkish official told AFP. “The minister made an abrupt decision to fly to Qatar to contribute to efforts for an immediate ceasefire,” the official said.

Jordan air force shoots down drone near Syria border

The Jordanian air force shot down an unidentified drone in a desolate desert area near the north-eastern border with Syria, Reuters reported. Jordanian government spokesman, Mohammad al-Momanim, said that the “aerial target was shot after being intercepted” in Jordanian air space near the northern border city of Mafraq.

France’s Hollande says Air Algerie flight black box found

There are no survivors in the Air Algerie crash in Mali, AP quoted French President Francois Hollande as saying. He said on Friday that one black box has been found in the debris after French troops reached the site in the Gossi region near the border with Burkina Faso. No hypothesis will be excluded in the investigation, the president said. Paris is sending soldiers to guard the Air Algeria wreck.

Taliban stop buses, kill 14 Shiite civilians – Afghan official

Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan and shot dead 14 Shiite passengers by the side of the road, AP said, citing an official. Sayed Anwar Rahmati, the governor of the western Ghor province, says the Taliban stopped three minibuses traveling from Kabul overnight on Friday. The buses were carrying around 30 passengers. After questioning the passengers, the Islamic militants identified 14, including three women, as Hazara Shiites. The passengers had gone to Kabul to shop for the upcoming holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

McDonald’s Japan halts sales of all chicken from China

McDonald’s Holdings in Japan halted sales of all products that use chicken originating from China on Friday. The sourcing was switched completely to Thailand, Reuters said. McDonald’s Japan had already stopped selling items that used meat sourced from the Shanghai Husi Food Co. The China-based supplier has been shut down over food safety concerns. “We made this decision in view of the growing concern over McDonald’s chicken products made in China,” McDonald’s Japan Chief Executive Sarah Casanova said.

Average of 38 US kids a year died of heatstroke in cars in 1998-2013

An average of 38 children a year died of heatstroke in cars from 1998 through 2013 in the US, AFP reported, citing officials. The overwhelming majority of them were under the age of five. The toll stands at 17 so far this year, prompting a national campaign: “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock.” Twenty-nine percent of children who die of heat stroke in cars got into the vehicle by themselves. However, in 52 percent of cases, they were simply left behind by forgetful adults, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

S. Korea agency says impossible to determine cause of ferry businessman’s death

South Korea’s forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a businessman linked to a ferry that sank and killed 304 people in April, Reuters said. An autopsy and DNA tests on the decomposed body of Yoo Byung-un revealed no evidence that he was poisoned, and there was also no indication of external trauma, according to forensic agency chief Seo Joong-seok. Yoo, 73, was found dead in an orchard on June 12 after eluding authorities for nearly two months in South Korea’s biggest manhunt.

Venezuela govt rejects detention of ex-intelligence chief Carvajal wanted in US

Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief, accused of involvement in drug trafficking by the US, was arrested on the Caribbean island of Aruba while on diplomatic business, Reuters reported. “The government rejects the illegal and arbitrary detention,” the foreign ministry said, when announcing news of the arrest of military general Hugo Carvajal. The detention came as another former Venezuelan official was hauled into federal court in Miami, accused of taking bribes from South American drug cartels.

Al Jazeera journalists to appeal 10 year prison terms in Egypt

Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt last month plan to appeal their convictions, the family of Australian reporter Peter Greste said. All three journalists – Greste, along with Al Jazeera English Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed – were charged with “aiding a terrorist organization,” with the court referring to the Muslim Brotherhood group. They were then sentenced to up to 10 years in jail.

US and the Netherlands seeking further sanctions against Russia

In a phone call between President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday, the White House said both leaders agreed that more sanctions need to be levied against Russia for arming separatists in eastern Ukraine and for failing to“de-escalate the situation” in the wake of the MH17 tragedy. Obama also spoke with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who reportedly agreed that international investigators need access to the crash site immediately.

France sends troops to secure Air Algérie crash site

France has sent troops to “secure” the Air Algérie flight crash site and “gather the first elements of information,”a statement from French President Francois Hollande’s office said. The wreckage of the Air Algérie flight thatcrashed with 116 passengers on board was found close to the Malian town of Gossi, “50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the Burkina Faso border.” It was said that no one survived. Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is expected to visit the crash scene on Friday.
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Japanese researchers find another possible source of energy

Japanese researchers have found another possible source of energy. Officials at Japan’s industry ministry say a survey they conducted suggests the possibility that there’s another methane hydrate deposit off the country’s northernmost main island. They are hoping to extract from such deposits sustainable and stable supplies of natural gas. Methane hydrate is a type of natural gas that forms in a frozen state from methane and water.

Kaptan Singh Solanki appointed Haryana Governor

Kaptan Singh Solanki appointed Haryana Governor

Veteran BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Kaptan Singh Solanki was appointed the Governor of Haryana in place of Jagannath Pahadia who completes his tenure on Saturday.
A Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué on Friday night said the President has appointed Solanki as Governor of Haryana with immediate effect. Pahadia completes his tenure on Saturday, it added.
75-year-old Solanki, a former professor, hails from Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh and was renominated to Rajya Sabha in August, 2012.Haryana goes to assembly polls later this year.

Bindra bids CWG adieu with gold, teenager Malaika gets silver

Bindra bids CWG adieu with gold, teenager Malaika gets silverUpdated on : 26-07-2014 03:02 AM
It was a memorable swansong at the Commonwealth Games for Abhinav Bindra as the ace marksman bagged the 10m Air Rifle gold medal in a gripping finale with young schoolgirl Malaika Goel turning out to be surprise package winning silver in the 10m air pistol event.
After a cracking opening day where they bagged seven medals, it was a relatively quieter day for the Indians as they added a gold, silver and a bronze to their tally.Apart from the two medals at the shooting range, India won a bronze in the weightlifting through 20-year-old Santoshi Matsa who finished third in the women’s 53 kg category.
India are currently placed fourth in the medals tally with three gold, four silver and three bronze medals behind England, Australia and Scotland.
The cynosure of the day certainly was the 31-year-old Bindra, who finally won an individual gold at the quadrennoal extravaganza which had eluded him on four previous attempts.
Bindra, who has already won nine medals including three gold in pairs events, was calmness personified as he did not put a foot wrong in the final round, having finishing third in the qualifications at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre,Dundee.
Bindra, first Indian Olympic individual gold medallist, shot an aggregate of 205.3 to set a Games Record.
“This is my last Commonwealth Games. Five CWG and nine medals, it is enough for me,” Bindra said while speaking to Indian journalists.
“It was a well-earned medal because I work hard and I am happy to have achieved the feat. I got the desired result.”
Asked if Rio 2016 would be his last Olympics, he said, “I will take on thing at a time. I will decide later.”
Bindra said he would now focus to the World Championships to be held in a few months time.
“I will relax a bit and then prepare for the World Cup,” he said.
The 16-year-old Malaika gave India its first shooting medal with a score of 197.1 while favourite Heena Sidhu fell by the wayside at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre at Dundee.
India’s good show in the weightlifting arena continued as young Andhra girl Santoshi grabbed the bronze medal with a total lift of 188 kg in snatch and clean and jerk to get the bronze as 16-year-old Nigerian schoolgirl Chika Amalaha won the gold with a total lift of 196 kg.
India’s Swati Singh, who was placed third at the end of the snatch event finished fourth with 183 kg.
It was second time that Swati missed out on a podium having finished fourth during the last edition in the last edition.
Santoshi tried a lift of 109 kg on the third clean and jerk attempt but failed.
The successful attempt wouldn’t have ensured anything more than bronze though as both Amalaha and Toua went on to break the Games Record with a lift of 111 kg each in the clean and jerk section.
Swati, on her part, failed on two attempts to lift 103 kg and 106 kg respectively as she had to settle with a total score of 183 kg.
The Indian men’s hockey team launched their campaign on a sluggish note as they toiled hard to register a 3-1 win over a lowly Wales in their opening Pool A match at the National Hockey Centre.
Ranked ninth in the world, India had to dig deep to overcome a resolute Wales defence and pocket full points.
India scored two goals through penalty corner conversions by V R Raghunath (20th minute) and Rupinder Pal Singh (42nd) before comeback man Girvinder Singh Chandi scored from a field effort in the 47th minute.
Wales’ lone goal was netted by Andrew Cornick in the 23rd minute from field play.
India will next play hosts Scotland tomorrow, while Wales will be up against world champions and reigning Commonwealth Games champions Australia.
Indian judokas failed to replicate their opening day performance with Sunibala Huidrom missing out on a bronze medal in the women’s 70 kg event losing to Sally Conway of Scotland.
Sunibala faced a tough test in the repechage contest but she managed to prevail over Monika Burgess of Canada in a battle that lasted for three minutes and 58 seconds to make the medal round.
However, it was curtains for Garima Choudhary in the women’s 63kg category after she went down fighting in her repechage round.
Garima, who was the only Indian judoka to have qualified for the London Olympics in 2012, lost to K J Yeats-Brown of England in the repechage. Yeats-Brown won on the basis of two Wazaris.
Indian men had a disappointing outing as both Balvinder Singh and V Vikender Singh lost in the round of 32 in 73kg and 81kg, respectively.
In swimming, Sandeep Sejwal finished a poor sixth in 100m breaststroke semi-final and finished a disappointing 12th among the 16 swimmers who qualified. Sejwal’s timing of :103.24 secs deteriorated from his timing in the heats which was 1:02.97 secs.
Indian paddlers continued their rampaging form as the men’s and women’s teams blanked Guyana and Kenya 3-0 respectively in the group stage of the table tennis team competition.
After thrashing Vanuatu 3-0 on the opening day, the Indian men’s team continued their good showing with Anthony Amalraj brushing aside Shamar Britton 11-4 11-3 11-3 to give his side an early lead.
Young Soumyajit Ghosh then beat Christopher Franklin 11-8 11-5 11-9 to make it 2-0 in India’s favour.
Sanil Shankar Shetty and Amalraj then paired up to get the better of Paul David and Franklin 11-8 11-6 11-5 to complete the rout.
Indian squash star Joshna Chinappa suffered a 1-3 defeat against World No. 4 Joelle King of New Zealand in the round of 16 to crash out of the women’s singles competition.
However Dipika Pallikal stormed into the quarterfinal defeating Delia Arnold of Malaysia in three straight games 11-6 12-10 11-5. She will meet Alison Waters of England in the last eight clash.
Joshna, who won the Winnipeg Winter Open trophy — her maiden WSA world title in February this year — lost 3-11 8-11 11-8 5-11 against her third seeded opponent at the Scotstoun Campus.
Indian cyclists’ dismal show continued at the Games as they failed to qualify for the finals of both Men’s 4000m Individual pursuit and Women’s 3000m Individual pursuit events.
In the men’s 62 kg weightlifting event, Rustam Sarang of India finished seventh with a total lift of 263 kg.
Talented pugilist Mandeep Jangra started his Commonwealth Games campaign in style defeating Mozambique’s Augusto Mathule in the 69 kg welterweight division bout in Glasgow on Friday.
However Parveen Kumar of India lost to Corey Henderson of Scotland in the Superheavyweight (+91 kg) category to bow out.
Shiva Thapa (56 kg), Sumeet Sangwan (81 kg) and Amritpal Singh (91 kg) have all got byes in their respective categories and will now be directly fighting in the pre quarter-final bouts.
It was Jangra, who dominated the proceedings from the start as his opponent didn’t have any answer to some of his deft hooks and uppercuts. In fact, Jangra followed his opponent effecting a knock down.
He got a perfect 10 from all three judges in the first and third round while he got 29 in round two.
He was severe in the final round landing some straight punches which totally caught his rival unawares.
Jangra will next fight Jamaican boxer Kestina Davis in the round of 16 bout.
In the +91 kg bout, Parveen was no match for Henderson, who was buoyed by the local support as he landed some crushing punches which the Indian boxer failed to evade.
All three judges gave perfect 10 to Henderson in the first two rounds while the Scottish boxer managed 29 from round three. The Indian could manage only 28, 27 and 27 from his three rounds.

Qualcomm to invest $150 million in China startups

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Children and teenagers crossing border into US to be deported : Obama


President Barack Obama has told the Presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that most unaccompanied children and teenagers crossing the border into the United States without a valid reason to stay will be deported.
More than 50,000 children have been detained at the US border with Mexico since October. Mr Obama said they must deter more children from attempting the journey.

Israel and Hamas have begun a 12-hour ceasefire


Israel and Hamas have begun a 12-hour ceasefire for humanitarian relief operations in Gaza. The ceasefire began at 8am local time. Israeli Army confirmed the truce on Twitter saying it would respond if it came under attack. Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri said in Gaza that there was national consensus on a humanitarian truce for 12 hours on Saturday.

PM launches portal for citizens to contribute in governance

  PM launches portal for citizens to contribute in governance
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a website MyGov that aims to help citizens contribute in governance by giving their opinions and views on important issues like clean Ganga or skill development.
The inauguration of the people-centric platform also marks the completion of 60 days of the new government. The Prime Minister said in the past 60 days, the experience of his government was that there were many people who wanted to contribute towards nation-building and devote their time and energy, an official statement said.
Modi said MyGov ( is a technology-driven medium that will provide citizens an opportunity to contribute towards good governance, the statement added. “The platform would bridge gap gulf between people and government.
Democracy cannot succeed without people’s participation in government and this participation should not be limited only during elections,” the Prime Minister said.
Besides Modi, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, DEITY Secretary R S Sharma were also present at the launch of the portal.
National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) will implement and manage the platform.
There are multiple theme-based discussions on MyGov where a wide range of people can share their thoughts and ideas with the government, Sharma told reporters after the launch.
“It is also an initiative to build a digital knowledge library. We will guide the people on the topics of national importance on which the government would like to know their views and ideas,” he added.
The platform presents an opportunity for the citizens to both ‘Discuss’ and ‘Do’, Sharma said, adding, any idea shared by a contributor will also be discussed on the discussion forums, allowing constructive feedback and interaction. At present, there are six groups on the platform — Clean Ganga, Girl Child Education, Clean India, Skilled India, Digital India and Job Creation.
“Citizens can also volunteer for various tasks and submit their entries. These tasks would be reviewed by other members and experts. Once approved, these tasks can be shared by those who complete the task and by other members on MyGov,” Sharma said.
Each group consists of online and on-ground tasks that can be taken up by the contributors. The objective of each group is to bring about a qualitative change in that sphere through people’s participation, he said.
“We will review the working on MyGov in three months and over time the number of groups, tasks and discussions will increase. The platform will also be used as a comprehensive knowledge repository,” Sharma added. The portal can even be extended to act like public audit platform for government projects like citizens giving feedback on status of completed infrastructure projects or availability of various social sector programmes, he said.

उत्तरप्रदेश में सांप्रदायिक माहौल बिगाड़ने की साजिश


आम आदमी पार्टी उत्तरप्रदेश में सांप्रदायिक माहौल बिगाड़ने की भारतीय़ जनता पार्टी,  कांग्रेस और समाजवादी पार्टी की साजिश की कडे शब्दों में भर्त्सना करती है।
पिछले कुछ दिनों के घटनाक्रम से स्पष्ट है कि मुरादाबाद के कांठ इलाके में सांप्रदायिक तनाव फैलाने में भाजपा के केंद्रीय और प्रदेश नेतृत्व ने पूरी ताकत झोंक दी है। भाजपा के प्रदेश अध्यक्ष लक्ष्मीकांत वाजपेयी के धरने पर बैठने और पांच सांसदों के संवेदनशील इलाके में गिरफ्तारी देने से प्रदेश में सांप्रदायिक सदभाव बिगड़ा है।
कांग्रेस ने इस मौके पर शांति मार्च के नाम पर जो राजनीति की है उसने आग में घी डालने का ही काम किया है। सांप्रदायिक आधार पर मतों के बंटवारे की कुत्सित राजनीति में पहले प्रदेश में सिर्फ भारतीय जनता पार्टी और समाजवादी पार्टी ही शामिल थी। पर अब कांग्रेस भी इसमें शामिल हो गई है। यह दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है कि कांग्रेस ने अपने एक वरिष्ठ नेता की अगुवाई में शांतिमार्च के नाम पर विभाजन और घृणा की राजनीति की शुरूआत की है जिससे सांप्रादायिक माहौल तो बिगड़ा ही साथ ही शांति मार्च के नाम पर जमा हुए हुड़दंगियों ने राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग-24 को भी जाम कर दिया जिससे आने-जाने वाले लोगों को भारी परेशानी का सामना करना पड़ा।
उत्तरप्रदेश में पिछले एक साल में प्रदेश की समाजवादी पार्टी सरकार सांप्रदायिक तनाव और हिंसा के मामलों को रोकने व उनपर नियंत्रित करने में बुरी तरह असफल रही है। आज सहारणपुर में दो गुटों के बीच हुई पत्थरबाजी और हिंसा इसका सबसे ताजा सबूत है।  पर ज्यादा खेदजनक बात यह है कि ज्यादातर घटनाओं में समाजवादी पार्टी के नेता खुद भी शामिल रहे हैं। सांप्रदायिक राजनीति के भारतीय जनता पार्टी और समाजवादी पार्टी के प्रयोग ने मुज्फ्फरनगर में बड़ी तादाद में निर्दोष लोगों की जाने ली थी। अब, कांग्रेस पार्टी भी इस खेल में शामिल हो गई है। मुरादाबाद समेत पूरे पश्चिम उत्तरप्रदेश में ये राजनैतिक दल सांप्रदायिक राजनीति का भयानक प्रयोग को दुहराने की तैयारी में हैं।
आम आदमी पार्टी उत्तरप्रदेश के लोंगों से अपील करती है कि वे नफरत व खूनखराबे की राजनीति के शिकार न हों। प्रदेश में राजनीति को सही दिशा देने की जिम्मेदारी आखिरकार उत्तरप्रदेश के लोगों की है। उन्हें विभाजन और सांप्रदायिकता की राजनीति करने वाले राजनैतिक दलों को संदेश देना होगा कि प्रदेश के अमनपसंद लोग राजनैतिक दलों के बहकावे में नहीं आएंगे और विकास के मुद्दे पर इन राजनैतिक दलों के कार्यक्रम और उनकी प्रतिबद्धता पर सवाल पूछेंगे। उत्तरप्रदेश के मतदाताओं को विभाजन और नफरत की राजनीति को खारिज करना होगा वर्ना उत्तरप्रदेश विकास के पथ पर पिछड़ता चला जाएगा।

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महिला उत्पीड़न मामले में यूपी पुलि

महिला उत्पीड़न मामले में यूपी पुलि
Urvashi Sharma
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प्रिय मित्र,
मा० सर्वोच्च न्यायालय द्वारा रिट पिटीशन (  क्रिमिनल ) संख्या  68/2008
ललिता  कुमारी बनाम उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार एवम अन्य मेँ दिनांक 12-11-2013
को प्रतिपादित क़ानून के अनुसार  पुलिस को प्रत्येक अपराध की प्रथम सूचना
रिपोर्ट दर्ज करना जरूरी है किन्तु ऐसा लगता है कि उत्तर प्रदेश की पुलिस
की कार्यप्रणाली में कार्यवाही महिलाओं के विरुद्ध होने बाले अपराधों में
भी अपराध के अनुसार न होकर अपराधी के रसूख के अनुसार होती है जिसमें पूरा
तंत्र रसूखदार अपराधियों के बड़े से बड़े अपराध में भी कार्यवाही नहीं करता
है और रसूखदार अपराधी इतने समय में पीड़ित को डरा धमकाकर या तो उसका मुंह
बंद करा देता है या उसकी हत्या कराकर मामला हमेशा  लिए ख़त्म करा देता है
मैं तो भ्रष्ट नौकरशाहों के काले कारनामों के खिलाफ आवाज उठाती ही रही
हूँ पर उत्तर प्रदेश के वरिष्ठ नौकरशाह सदाकांत ने राजनेताओं से अपने
संबंधों ,अपने  उच्च पद और काले धन की काली के घमंड में मेरे बारे में न
केवल अभद्र टिप्पणियाँ कर मेरी मानहानि की अपितु मेरी जासूसी भी कराई l
यही नहीं जब मैंने सदाकांत के खिलाफ न्यायालय में 200 सीआरपीसी में
शिकायत दर्ज की तो सदाकांत ने मेरे पीछे गुंडे लगा दिये जिस कारण मैं इस
वाद की पैरवी भी नहीं पा रही हूँ l
इस सम्बन्ध में मैंने तो उत्तर प्रदेश के पुलिस महानिदेशक आनंद लाल
बनर्जी को पत्र लिखकर न्याय पाने के लिए गुहार की ही थी, मेरी शिकायत का
संज्ञान लेकर राष्ट्रीय महिला आयोग की सदस्य शमीना शफ़ीक़ ने बीते 6 जून को
उत्तर प्रदेश के पुलिस महानिदेशक को पत्र लिखकर महिला उत्पीड़न के इस
मामले में पुलिस की उदासीनता की जाँच करने को आदेशित किया था किन्तु
दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है कि राष्ट्रीय महिला आयोग के नोटिस के बाबजूद यूपी
पुलिस वरिष्ठ नौकरशाह सदाकांत के खिलाफ महिला उत्पीड़न की एफआईआर दर्ज
नहीं कर रही है और मुझे और मेरे परिवार को इस अपराधी सदाकांत से जानमाल
का खतरा निरंतर बढ़ता जा रहा है l
सदाकांत के खिलाफ एक मामला वर्ष 2010 का भी है जब जम्मू कश्मीर के लेह
में सदाकांत ने केंद्र सरकार के होम अफेयर्स मिनिस्ट्री में संयुक्त सचिव
रहते सड़क के नियमों को दरकिनार करते हुए परमिशन दे दी थी|  इस मामले में
जाँच के दौरान सीबीआई को सदाकांत के खिलाफ भी पुख्ता सबूत मिले थे| इसके
बाद उनको यूपी भेज दिया गया| ये वो दौर था जब यूपी में माया सरकार काबिज
थी| यहाँ सदाकांत को प्रमुख सचिव समाज कल्याण बना दिया गया| सपा सरकार
में भी सदाकांत का जलवा कायम रहा और उनको प्रमुख सचिव आवास विकास और
सूचना का भारी-भरकम पद दिया गया| कुछ समय पहले सूचना का प्रभार सदाकांत
से लेकर नवनीत सहगल को दे दिया गया| ऐसे में सूबे के सीएम अखिलेश यादव
यदि इस भ्रष्ट और महिला अपराध के आरोपी सदाकांत को  अपना प्रमुख सचिव बना
लें तो आने बाले दिनों में प्रदेश की तस्वीर कैसी होगी इसकी तो मात्र
कल्पना ही की जा सकती है l
मेरे द्वारा उत्तर प्रदेश के पुलिस महानिदेशक को लिखे पत्र , महिला आयोग
को भेजी गयी शिकायत और महिला आयोग के नोटिस की प्रति भी इस मेल के साथ
भेजी जा रही है l
उर्वशी शर्मा
मोबाइल 9369613513
of Complaint sent to National Commission for Women
urvashi sharma
<>    Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM
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The Chairman
National Commission for Women
4, Deen Dayal Upadhayaya Marg,
New Delhi-110 002.
Complaints Cell ::      91-11-23219750,
Email ::        ncw[at]nic[dot]in
Complaint Cell ::      complaintcell-ncw[at]nic[dot]in
Sub. : Request to get the FIR filed
against IAS Sadakant , punish SSP Lucknow and SO Thana Hazratganj and
get the case investigated in the light of  The Criminal Law Amendment
act 2013 and law as laid down by Hon. Supreme Court of India in writ
petition ( Criminal ) No. 68 of 2008 lalita kumara VS. Govt. of U.P. &
others and ensure that I am not deprived of my constitutional  and
human rights.
I am a Lucknow based freelance Journalist & Social Worker working in
the fields of Transparency, accountability and Human Rights etc.
This Complaint is also against SSP Lucknow and S.O. Thana Hazratganj
who are not filing F.I.R. on my complaint against UP cadre IAS
Sadakant.This was SSP Lucknow and S.O. Thana Hazratganj are also
accused of section 166A of IPC.
IAS Sadakant went beyond his powers as a public servant and in his
letter no. 218 dated 10-01-13 has used words to insult my modesty and
has threatened me also that too in black & white. Sadakant has written
that I am doing a number of ‘GALAT KARYA’, which is highly
objectionable and derogatory  to the modesty of a woman in Indian
Context. Not only this by misusing his powers as Principal Secretary
of Information department of Uttar Pradesh, Sadakant got this
published in newspapers also which caused me a great degree of
I made this complaint to SO Hazratganj. One A.A. Ansari ( Sub
Inspector PNO No. 982530058) conducted the preliminary inquiry in
which Sadakant misled the inquiry officer and uttered white lies. He
told inquiry officer that he never made any comments on me though he
had himself made these comments in black & white which are available
on record.
Vide Speed Post no. EU488566235IN dated 19-04-14 I wrote to Praveen
Kumar SSP Lucknow whereby I supplied SSP three page copy of letter no.
1480 dated 27 May 2013 of IRLA CHEQUE SECTION of UP Government which
contains Sadakant’s comments on me but nothing
has happened till date and IAS Sadakant is continuously sending goons
to Rajajipuram to give indirect threats to me. I am not able to move
freely because of the defunct police department of Uttar Pradesh. This
way I am continuously being deprived of my constitutional  and human rights.
I have no hesitation to say that ‘BUDAUN RAPE CASE’  & recent ‘Aligarh
Rape of a woman judge’ like incidents are
happening in this government because of police officers like SSP
Lucknow and SO Thana Hazratganj of Lucknow. I am sure SSP Lucknow and
SO Thana Hazratganj of Lucknow do not have courage to file FIR against
IAS Sadakant.
Yesterday SSP Lucknow sent Sub Inspector / incharge of Hussainganj
Police post to my house to take my statement even before filing a FIR
against Sadakant. This is clear violation of law as laid down by Hon.
Supreme Court of India in writ petition ( Criminal ) No. 68 of 2008
lalita kumara VS. Govt. of U.P. & others.
This is as if IAS are above law and are empowered to make derogatory
comments on women and go scot free.
If not,Please get the FIR filed
against IAS Sadakant , punish SSP Lucknow and SO Thana Hazratganj and
get the case investigated in the light of  The Criminal Law Amendment
act 2013 and law as laid down by Hon. Supreme Court of India in writ
petition ( Criminal ) No. 68 of 2008 lalita kumara VS. Govt. of U.P. &
others and ensure that I am not deprived of  my constitutional  and
human rights.
5 scanned Copies  of complaint dated 18-04-14 are  attached.
Sincerely Yours,
Urvashi Sharma
101,Narayan Tower, Opposite F block Idgah
Rajajipuram,Lucknow-226017,Uttar Pradesh,India
Contact 9369613513
Right to Information Helpline 8081898081
Helpline Against Corruption  9455553838

आचार्य गिरिराज किशोर के कार्य को आगे ले जाना ही सच्ची श्रद्धांजलि: मोहन भागवत

आचार्य गिरिराज किशोर  के कार्य को आगे ले जाना ही सच्ची श्रद्धांजलि: मोहन भागवत
श्रद्धांजलि सभा में उमड़ा विशिष्ठ जन सैलाब
  नई दिल्लीजुलाई 25, 2014। विश्व हिन्दू परिषद के दिवंगत वरिष्ठ नेता  राष्ट्रीयस्वयंसेवक संघ के वरिष्ठ प्रचारक आचार्य गिरिराज किशोरको श्रद्धांजलि देने उमड़ा विशिष्ठ जन सैलाब आज अपनी भावनाओं को रोक नहीं पाया। श्रद्धा-सुमन अर्पित करते हुए राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ के सर-संघचालक पूज्य डॉ मोहन भागवत ने कहा कि विपरीत परिस्थितियों में भी कार्य को पूर्ण करने की अदम्य इच्छाशक्ति रखने वाले आचार्य गिरिराज किशोर जी आत्मविलोपित व आत्मविस्मृत स्थिति में रहते थे। सरलता, सकारात्मकता और सहचित्त होकर कार्य करना उनका ऐसा स्वभाव था जिसका अनुकरण हम प्रत्येक कार्यकर्ता को करना ही चाहिये। उनका कार्य सतत् व सही दिशा में चले यही उनकी आत्मा को सच्ची श्रद्धांजलि होगी।
नई दिल्ली के लोधी रोड स्थित चिन्मय मिशन में खचाखच भरे ऑडिटोरियम में अपने श्रद्धा-सुमन अर्पित करते हुए विहिप संरक्षक श्री अशोक सिंहल ने कहा कि हिंदू समाज के बहुमत वाली संसद तो आचार्य जी ने देखी किंतु अयोध्या में भव्य राम मंदिर का उनका सपना अभी अधूरा रह गया। गौ रक्षा, गंगा रक्षा, राम जन्मभूमि हो या एकात्मता यात्रा सभी में उन्होंने निपुणता हासिल की। उनका कहना था कि मैंने जितनी बार उन्हें याद किया मेरे मन को बहुत शांति मिली। विहिप कार्याध्यक्ष डॉ प्रवीण भाई तोगडिया ने कहा कि श्री राम जन्मभूमि पर भव्य मंदिर निर्माण के आचार्य जी के संकल्प को हम अवश्य पूरा करेंगे।
इस अवसर पर विहिप के पूर्व अंतर्राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री विष्णु हरि डालमिया, महामंत्री श्री चंपत राय, उपाध्यक्ष श्री ओम प्रकाश सिंहल, केंद्रीय मंत्री डॉ सुरेंद्र जैन, प्रांत अध्यक्ष डॉ रिखब चंद जैन, भाजपा के राष्ट्रीय संगठन मंत्री श्री रामलाल, साध्वी उमा भारती, श्री संजय जोशी, श्री विनय कटियार, श्री विजय गोयल, साध्वी ॠतंभरा, साध्वी विभानंद, प्रसिद्ध कत्थक नृत्यांगना नलिनी जी, मातृशक्ति संयोजिका श्रीमती माला रावल, धर्मयात्रा महासंघ के श्री मांगेराम गर्ग, राष्ट्रीय सिख संगत के सरदार चिरंजीव सिंह इत्यादि अनेक वक्ताओं ने आचार्य जी के जीवन पर प्रकाश डालते हुए श्रद्धांजलि दी। देश के प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेंद्र मोदी, भूटान नरेश, संघ के सह-सरकार्यवाह श्री सुरेश सोनी, भाजपा के वरिष्ठ नेता श्री लालकृष्ण आडवाणी, राजस्थान की मुख्यमंत्री श्रीमती वसुंधरा राजे, श्री प्रेम कुमार धूमल, संघ के सह-कार्यवाह भैया जी जोशी, डॉ मुरली मनोहर जोशी, केंद्रीय स्वास्थ्य मंत्री डॉ हर्षवर्धन, केंद्रीय गृह मंत्री श्री राजनाथ सिंह व आचार्य धर्मेंद्र तथा डॉ नित्यानंद जी जैसे अनेक लोगों ने पत्र के माध्यम से श्रद्धांजलि दी। मंच का संचालन श्री प्रकाश शर्मा ने किया।

श्रीराम जन्मभूमि सहित अनेक सामाजिक आंदोलनों के पुरोधा आचार्य गिरिराज किशोर जी का 95 वर्ष की आयु में गत 13 जुलाई को दिल्ली में निधन हो गया था। संकल्पानुसार, उनकी दोनों आँखें तथा शेष पूरा शरीर आर्मी मेडीकल कॉलेज को दान कर दिया गया था। 

विनोद बंसल (मीडिया प्रमुख), इंद्रप्रस्थ विश्व हिंदू परिषददिल्ली, मो : 9810949109

A shorter form of boxing tourney makes its entry in India in an age of abbreviated forms of sporting events


Even as cricket, football. Hockey and now kabaddi have gained national importance, it is equally essential to promote games of both skill and action.

But unlike other sports, boxing as an entertainment twist to it, as it is so akin to dancing. As professional American dancer Twyla Tharp once said: “The content and thematic materials of dance is like boxing. Boxing is not a sport you play: you stand up and do it.”
With this aim, Puneet Dureja who is the CEO of Guilty Boxing India has brought this concept to India with a tie-up with DD Sports. He said at a launch function in the capital that the “sole objective was to give credentials to those players who could not make it to the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. I also have a vision of taking up female boxers in future.”

Inspired by well known American boxer Floyd Mayweather, he launched Guilty Boxing a decade earlier aimed at promoting and marketing boxing.

Guilty Boxing Inc. was a dream venture by the founding partners Nick Ratteini and Puneet Dureja. The USP of Guilty Boxing rests with 60 million viewers in 10 countries all over the world with major media networks and channels promoting the same namely America One, CBS Sports Network .

The launch of Guilty Boxing India added thrill by choosing the best boxers from the country, training them in their own academy, and conducting action packed tournaments internationally.

Puneet remarked: ‘This is the best platform for young boxers to display their talent as IPL where 5 young persons will fight in rounds of 2 to 3 minutes duration and motivate youth to be a part of this sport by providing proper training and maintaining international standards of boxing as per Olympic Association and retaining transparency and anti-pressure policies on players’.

Guilty Boxing Inc will be holding up its first tournament in Las Vegas on the September 19th this year. Matches will be held initially in the United States. Puneet added ‘Rome was not built in a day’ and boxing will also take its time to obtain the glamour that cricket enjoys.

Media Director Ms Deepa Roy said ‘We need to groom female boxers not just for a sport but as a part of self-defence as there is a tremendous potential and strength among Indian women and we expect to launch them internationally in a year or two’

Mr Harsh Pathak, Legal Advisor, added ’Guilty will follow the international standards and norms of maintaining fairness and ethical policies.’

Mr Vineet Prabhu, Media Advisor, said ‘This is the right time to publicize boxing and BTL activities in rural areas so as to aware, enlighten and expose the masses through commercial means thereby encouraging the youth to take up boxing as a career.‘

The Guilty programme has the advantage of the ten-country “International Standards” tournament matches has countries that already have a built-in “competitive” demand to watch their best fighters fight with the best fighters from their counterpart countries.

This is why countries like India and Pakistan, China and Japan, the United States and Mexico, Russia and Germany and the United Kingdom and Australia are part of the programme. For the first time, boxing fans and fans who like “action” sports from all over the world will be able to see the boxing matches they most want to see. TheGuilty Boxing Plan ensures that the 10 countries get to participate every month and the whole programme lasts for 12 consecutive months.

In 2005, Guilty Boxing signed agreements granting America One, Fox Sports International, BEN Television, Urban American Television, Urban American Television and other cable outlets telecast rights to Guilty Boxing’s weekly boxing series, “Guilty Fight Night”. This is a weekly boxing series that provides a minimum of 48 episodes a year to a continually expanding broadcast carriage of more than 60 million households all over the world.

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                                                              Ankit Nagpal                                                                                 
                               Director, Bang on Target PR & Media Solutions    

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