Sunday, November 30, 2014

 

Israeli cricket umpire dies 
Nov 30,
In Israel, Hillel Oscar, 55, an umpire and former captain of Israel's national cricket team died yesterday after being hit in the jaw by a ball in the southern port city of Ashdod, the country's cricket association said.

His death comes just two days after Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died of a severe head injury after being hit by a bouncer in a New South Wales match in Sydney.

Israeli police ruled out foul play in the incident that led to the death of the umpire. He was an international umpire.

Sindhu bags Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Title





Two-time World Badminton Championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu has lifted her first title of the season. At Macau today, the World Number Eleven successfully defended the 120,000 US dollar Macau Grand Prix Gold trophy. In the summit clash of the women's singles, she prevailed over 91st ranked Kim Hyo Min of Korea in straight games 21-12 21-17.

 



PM says tourism necessary for development of Manipur
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed the need to augment road connectivity and other infrastructure in Manipur so that tourism could flourish in the state and bring development along with it. 

Addressing a mammoth gathering at the concluding day of 'Sangai Manipur Tourism Festival' in Imphal on Sunday afternoon, Modi said the state needed road connectivity and other communication infrastructure system should be developed so that tourists were able to travel to the state.

He said north eastern states was an 'enchanting' place and all efforts should be made to develop the region.

Dwarka in Gujarat was liked by tourists not because of its religious connection but because it was developed, the Prime Minister said in his 15-minute speech. 

Likewise, the north eastern region, which is full of natural beauties, could be developed, said Modi, who was the chief guest of the 'Sangai Manipur Tourism Festival' in Imphal 

'Sangai Manipur Tourism Festival', the biggest tourism festival in the state, is named after 'Sangai', the brow -antlered deer, available only in Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur's Bishenpur district.

Besides tourism, the Prime Minister also mentioned the role of sports in the development of the state. 

Stating that a sports university would be set up in Manipur, he said the state's youth has lots of talent in various sports.

 

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Petrol price has been cut by 91 paise per litre and diesel by 84 paise including VAT. The new rate will come into force from midnight tonight. Now, Petrol will cost 63 rupees and 33 paise per litre in Delhi, 70 rupees and 73 paise in Kolkata, 70 rupees 95 paise in Mumbai and in Chennai it will be 66 rupees and 5 paise per litre.

For Diesel, people will have to pay, 52 rupees and 51 paise a litre in Delhi, 57 rupees and 08 paise in Kolkata, 60 rupees and 11 paise in Mumbai and 55 rupees and 93 paise in Chennai.

In a statement, Indian Oil Corporation said that the decision has been taken in view of continued downtrend in the international prices of both Petrol and Diesel.

Pope, Patriarch demand end to IS attacks

 




Pope, Patriarch demand end to IS attacks
Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians demanded an end to the violent persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and called for dialogue with Muslims, capping Francis' three-day visit to Turkey with a show of unity. 

Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I issued a joint declaration urging leaders in the region to intensify help to victims of the Islamic State group, and especially to allow Christians who have had a presence in the region for 2,000 years to remain on their native lands. 

"The terrible situation of Christians and all those who are suffering in the Middle East calls not only for our constant prayer but also for an appropriate response on the part of the international community," they wrote. 

The statement was issued at the end of Francis' first trip to Turkey during which he prayed in one of Istanbul's most important mosques. 

He was also set to meet with a few of the 1.6 million refugees who have crossed into Turkey to flee the IS assault in neighbouring Syria and Iraq. 

Francis, who represents the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church, and Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians, called for "constructive dialogue" with Islam "based on mutual respect and friendship." 

"Inspired by common values and strengthened by genuine fraternal sentiments, Muslims and Christians are called to work together for the sake of justice, peace and respect for the dignity and rights of every person, especially in those regions where they once lived for centuries in peaceful coexistence and now tragically suffer together the horrors of war," they said. 

Later today, Francis was to meet with a few dozen young refugees who are being educated by the Salesian religious order. 

The Vatican had downplayed the meeting, perhaps because of organisational glitches or to not distract from Francis' ecumenical activities which were the main reason for the visit. 

But just before the trip began, the Vatican revealed that he would indeed deliver a speech to the youths. 

Francis kicked off his final day in Turkey with a liturgy alongside Bartholomew in the Orthodox Church of St George, where incense mingled with hypnotic chants on an important feast day for the Orthodox Church. 

The Catholic and Orthodox churches split in 1054 over differences on the primacy of the papacy, and there was a time when patriarchs had to kiss popes' feet. 

At the end of a joint prayer service yesterday evening, Francis bowed to Bartholomew and asked for his blessing "for me and the Church of Rome," a remarkable display of papal deference to an Orthodox patriarch that underscored Francis' hope to end the schism.
 Haryana CM is ill-informed about water release for Delhi
From: Media Cell AAP  Sun, 30 Nov '14 2:14p
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                             November 30, 2014 (Sunday)
·         Haryana CM is ill-informed about release of water for Delhi
·         Mr Khattar’s statement on Munak Canal is irresponsible
·         It is not a matter of option or discretion of the Haryana govt
·         Mr Khattar’s govt is legally bound to release 80 million gallons everyday
·         BJP is trying to complicate the water issue and postpone release of water for Delhi


New Haryana chief minister Mr Manohar Lal Khattar appears unaware of the fact that his state government is legally bound to release 80 million gallons of water into the Munak Canal for Delhi everyday, according to the memorandum of understanding signed between two states in 1993.
Mr Khattar’s irresponsible statement on Saturday that his government cannot release water for Delhi and would be able to do so only if other neighbouring states also help, clearly shows he still does not know about the legal obligations of his state government.
The Aam Aadmi Party clearly states that Haryana chief minister should take a proper briefing about facts particularly on issues concerning relations with other states, since his ill informed statements could have serious repercussions for relations between the two states.
 It is not a matter of option or discretion for the Haryana government, it is mandatory for it to release water for Delhi in accordance with the terms of the 1993 MoU. Mr Khattar would do well to go through the Delhi High Court order of Thursday in which Haryana government has been directed to release water for Delhi.
The Haryana chief minister’s attempts to shift the onus on the central government is misplaced, since the release of water can no longer be postponed and the BJP attempts to complicate the issue will be strongly rebuffed.
 Delhi government has spent Rs 400 crore on the construction of Munak Canal over the last two decades and any attempt to scuttle water supply for the national capital will be resisted.
The BJP is trying to follow in the footsteps of the Congress by confusing the matter, and its designs will be thoroughly exposed.
The terms and conditions of the 1993 MoU between Haryana and Delhi are absolutely clear and Delhi government has honoured all its commitments, including bearing more than 80% cost for the construction of the canal. The BJP now should not try to test the patience of the residents of the national capital.
Delhi administration should strongly oppose any move to postpone immediate release of water for the national capital.
The AAP will take all possible steps, including recourse to legal action once its government is formed again in Delhi after the assembly elections, in case Haryana government does not honour its legal commitment to release water into the Munak Canal.
Nearly 40 lakh residents of South, Southwest, West and Northwest Delhi, including areas of Sangam Vihar and Dwarka are reeling under acute water shortage.
Further, water treatment plants at Bawana, Dwarka and Okhla are still unused due to water shortage. (ENDS) 

Regards.
AAP Media Cell

Modi’s Land Slide Win, SIT for $150m – $1.5b With Yadav S.

Sunita Narain Shamed Us Again – Lame Duck NGT Orders


November30, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

Sunita Narain & Bhure Lal had shamed India again in procuring Lame
Duck NGT Orders and have caused ‘More Degradation of Environment’ –
they had failed in 15 years and must be replaced. Even Worst were
Sunita’s Lunatic Campaign of ‘RWH in Buildings, Than Capture 7 BCM
Yamuna Monsoon Waters’ in DAMS on Yamuna But Favoring Sharda-Yamuna
Link – Most Lunatic of All, Failed Sewage Treatment etc.

When Electric BUSES or Trams were required on Delhi’s Main Highways in
2000 both Compromised/Favored Bus Manufacturers recommending CNG
vehicles, Buses & Taxis – LPG vehicles could have been equally
effective, cheaper and fast to roll out. Later Private Cars were
allowed to draw CNG and most inefficient MARCOPOLO Buses were
introduced which effectively burn 3 times more CNG per passenger
served than standard buses, their larger size meant half the DTC
FEEDER routes were withdrawn.
Delhi BRT is WORST COPY of BOGOTA BRT - 1254 Large + 516 Feeders Buses.

Delhi Metro is performing well serving 2.7m Trips but could have done
5.0m – There is no Feeder Bus service nor GoNCT approved E-Rickshaws
till date to provide last mile connectivity to DM Stations. CNG autos
charge Rs.25-30 for last mile.

Parking was available for 2 million Motor Vehicles but GoNCT allowed
over 8m MV. There is No PARKING tax for using Road Side Public Space,
Shop Owners park Vehicles all day in front of their Shops or Parking
Lots for Shoppers & BRT, Cars continue to Block Streets even around
Underground Parking.

It is Scandalous to ask Old Private Vehicle Owners to JUNK them, as
New Registration of PV is and buy new ones even as GoNCT had not
improved PUBLIC TRANSPORT, and let SUVs and other Large Private
Vehicles run freely on city roads.

SUVs & Large Cars burn 10 times more FUEL than a Motorcycles, Occupy
ten times more space. NGT didn’t Ban or Restrict their registration or
use at Peak Hours.

When Nepal allows Cars on road on alternate days, on Even-Odd basis
why can’t Delhi follow this and BAN Movements of Worst Polluting SUVs
and Large Cars during 7-11AM and 5-9PM and Ban all Cars for 8-10AM and
6-8PM on week days.

BAKER STREET in London has Banned Entry Of All Vehicles for 40 years,
Why can’t MARKET Zones be Free of Cars and SUVs? Most of the Shops in
Lajpat Nagar have come up on main roads illegally in Residential
Buildings? Supreme Court of India was unsuccessful in Demolishing
Commercial Building on residential plots on main roads.

Burning of Leaves

Over 95% of Trees are owned by GoNCT and it is 100% CIVIC
responsibility to Maintain trees in SAFE condition and Collect all the
Leaves for safe disposal along with garbage.

There is more than enough Cleaning Staff engaged By GoNCT to Clear All
Leaves & Garbage. But they show up once a month. It is Better to Burn
Leaves in Special PORTABLE Furnaces than composting which releases
Methane Gas much more Environmental Hazard than Carbon Dioxide.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Technologies and Projects.
Bahrain voters cast ballots in runoff election 
Bahrain voters cast ballots in runoff election
Bahraini voters are returning to the polls for a runoff election being boycotted by the opposition for the country's first new parliament since widespread Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago. 

Saturday's election follows a first-round vote last weekend and is for 34 seats in the 40-seat lower house of parliament where no candidate won a majority. 

Bahraini authorities say more than half of registered voters cast ballots last weekend, though leading Shiite opposition group al-Wefaq disputes that figure. 

It estimated turnout at closer to 30 percent. Bahrain hosts the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet and is part of the US-led coalition striking the Islamic State group. 

It continues to face street clashes and other low-level unrest as its majority Shiites push for greater political freedoms from the Sunni monarchy. 

 
15 killed, 14 injured in terror attack in China
Fifteen people, including 11 "mobsters" have been killed and 14 others injured in a terrorist attack in China's restive Xinjiang province on Saturday. 

The attack occurred Shache County in the northwestern province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. 

Tianshan news website said that the attackers used vehicles, knives and explosives in the assault. 

It also claimed that the dead included 11 of the attackers branded as "mobsters" by state media. 

Xinjiang, home to ethnic Uygur Muslims, has been restive for several years due to conflicts between locals and migrant Han Chinese from other provinces. 

The region has experienced a spate of violent attacks in the last few years which China blames on the al-Qaeda-backed East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). 

The violence in Xinjiang and some parts of the country have resulted in scores of deaths. 

Egypt court acquits Mubarak,

Egypt court acquits Mubarak, his commanders of murder charge
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was on Saturday acquitted by a court which found him not guilty in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 revolution that toppled his nearly three decades-long rule, overturning an earlier ruling.


Judge Mahmud Kamel al-Rashidi also acquitted Mubarak of corruption charges for exporting gas to Israel. 

The court ruled that Mubarak's seven former security commanders, including his former interior minister Habib al-Adly, were "innocent" in the killing of anti-government protesters during the 2011 revolution. 

The 86-year-old, dressed in his trademark shades and wearing the blue clothes of a convict, was wheeled into the caged dock on an upright stretcher.

His two sons were also acquitted from all corruption charges. 

Mubarak and his co-defendants were found guilty in June 2012 and sentenced to life imprisonment. 

The initial verdict was appealed successfully and a retrial began in April 2013. 

He is serving a separate three-year prison term for embezzlement of public funds.
PM's remarks at the Inauguration of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Assam Tribune
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today highlighted the strength of media, and the positive role it could play in transforming society.

Speaking at the Inauguration of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Assam Tribune, the Prime Minister expressed his views on how journalism should be in today`s world. He said the choice before the media was to like a fly or like a bee. A bee hovers on flowers and produces honey, but can also sting sharply if required, the Prime Minister said. He said that such journalism, which carries the strength and qualities of a honey bee, has been a force for good of people.

The Prime Minister said he is fortunate to be among those who demonstrate the power of the pen, and show how it can be the vital life-force and conscience of society.

He said newspapers not just give news, but also mould our thinking and open a window to the world. In a broader context, media is a means of transforming society, he added.

The Prime Minister appreciated the founder editor of the Assam Tribune, Shri RG Baruah, for his zeal and commitment in launching and running the newspaper in the most adverse circumstances. He said Mr. Baruah had shown his commitment to social causes, by helping create sports infrastructure and showing the world the beauty of Assam`s Bihu festival, and Assamese music. Else, how would India have got the opportunity to appreciate and admire Bhupen Hazarika, he added. He also said the Assam Tribune has managed to gain the trust of the people of Assam over the last 75 years.

The Prime Minister also referred to the trend of the media of quoting "reliable sources." He said he would prefer a newspaper which quoted "reliable sources" least often, as quoting sources lowers the credibility of the publication.

The Prime Minister said media must reflect on how media can strengthen the society and how media can use modern technology towards this end.

The Prime Minister also released a souvenir on the occasion.

the Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi, the MoS (IC) Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, the MoS Home Shri Kiren Rijiju, and the Editor-Chairman of the Assam Tribune Shri PG Baruah were present on the occasion. 

Posted: 28 Nov 2014 09:43 AM PST
In the past decade or so, bicycles have taken western cities by storm. London has introduced both bike-sharing and bike lanes, and Paris even has a bike-sharing programme for children. In Copenhagen, ever the bicycle champion, 41% of rides to work and education now take place on bicycle seats. But what if you’re not super fit, don’t want to arrive at work sweaty, or if you simply live far from your job? A new hybrid “e-bike” promises to fix that dilemma.

To be precise, the Copenhagen Wheel is not truly an e-bike at all. It’s a wheel that can be attached to a regular bike. That wheel, equipped with a motor, batteries, sensors and wireless connectivity, transforms the bike into a smart bike that multiplies pedal power and even measures the rider’s heart rate and monitors potholes. “The experience is very natural,” claims Assaf Biderman, associate director of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, which developed the Copenhagen Wheel, and CEO of Superpedestrian, the startup that makes the wheel. “You can essentially ride as far as you like.”

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Ebola death toll approaching 7,000 – WHO

Almost 7,000 people have died from the Ebola virus in West Africa, according to new data released from the World Health Organization, AFP reported. According to the UN health agency, of the 16,169 people infected with the deadly virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, 6,928 have perished. The latest figures are about 1,200 more deaths than reported on Wednesday, which AFP attributed to possible "unreported cases."

Moldova heads to the polls in crucial Russia-EU contested election

Moldova is heading to the polls for parliamentary elections on Sunday, which will show the degree of public support for the current government EU-integration stance. About 3.22 million people are eligible to cast their ballots to elect 101 parliament members. At least 1978 polling stations have been opened. In total, the Central Electoral Commission has registered 26 entities running for the seats – twenty-one political parties, one electoral bloc and four independent candidates. To enter Moldova’s parliament, a party has to receive at least 6 percent of the popular vote.

No Russian tanks crossed into Ukraine - OSCE

The OSCE has not picked up on any Russian tank movement across the border into Ukraine, its chief in the region Paul Picard told Polskie Radio. The allegations have been made by the Ukrainian side on November 28. Picard also added that lately there have increasingly been people in military uniform crossing the border.

Nicolas Sarkozy elected leader of France's main opposition party

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been elected leader of the oppositional right-wing party UMP (Union for Popular Movement), with 64.5 percent of the votes. Over 155,000 members of UMP took part in the election. The win makes Sarkozy the party's candidate for the 2017 presidential election. Sarkozy was first elected party leader back in 2004, with 85 percent of votes. He then served as president from 2007 to 2012, when he was defeated by Francois Hollande. However, September polls showed Sarkozy’s growing popularity.

UN draft resolution on Palestinian state to be submitted in days – Arab League

The head of the Arab League has stated that a draft resolution on Palestinian statehood will be presented to the UN Security Council in the “next few days,” Reuters reported. A committee comprised of Kuwait, Mauritania, Jordan, and Arab League chief Nabil al-Araby made the comments in their closing statement, adding that Jordan is likely to present the draft.

Gunmen attack compound in Kabul

Taliban gunman besieged a compound in the Afghan capital on Saturday and engaged in combat with local security forces. The militants claimed responsibility for the attack shortly afterwards, saying they had deliberately targeted a Christian organization, aimed at converting Muslims, Reuters reported. However, city police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai told the agency that the objective of the attack was not immediately clear.

Russia urges EU to abandon ‘meaningless sanctions spiral’

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov has called for the European Union to lift sanctions imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. “We don't expect anything from our European partners. The only thing we expect is for them to stop the meaningless sanctions spiral and move on to lifting sanctions and dropping the blacklists. This would allow us to drop our lists,” Meshkov was quoted by Interfax as saying. In August, Moscow reactively banned Western food imports. “This will be conducive for us to waive counter-measures,” Meshkov added.

​Four victims, 11 assailants killed in Chinese terrorist attack

An attack in China’s Yarkant County in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Friday left four victims dead and another 14 injured, Chinese CCTV reported. Police, responding to the emergency, killed 11 attackers. Police said the assailants drove to a lively street in a local town and started throwing bombs and stabbing people. The Chinese authorities described the incident as a terrorist attack. The province, home to a considerable Muslim Uyghur minority, suffers from such outburst of random violence regularly.

Venezuela president plans government salary cuts over lower oil prices

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has said that he and other officials should have their salaries reduced in response to lower oil prices, Reuters reported. "This is a test for me," Maduro said in a TV speech, adding that Venezuela would carry on lobbying the oil price target of $100. The South American country gets 96 percent of its export revenues from oil, the price of which fell to $70 a barrel on Friday.

Bahrain votes in parliamentary elections

Bahrain has opened 49 polling stations on the morning of November 29. The people will be electing representatives for the lower house of Parliament, as well as other local ones. The first tour of voting has finished last week, with repeat voting scheduled for 34 polling stations, after only 6 MPs were chosen. Candidates for the lower house are voted in, while members of the higher house are chosen by the King.

Australian customs seize $1.5 bln in drugs

A $1.5 million worth of drugs was seized by Australia’s Join Organized Crime Group, with six men being charged “for their involvement in the attempted importation of almost three tonnes of MDMA and crystal methamphetamine into Sydney,” the press release said. The drugs were intercepted by customs and were hidden in a mixed container loaded with furniture and unmarked boxes. It was determined that the load was shipped from Germany and reached Australian shores on November 19.

Four killed, several missing in French flash floods

Four people have died, and others are missing following heavy storms that caused flash flooding in the southeast of France, authorities said, as quoted by AFP. A 50-year-old man’s body was discovered on Friday, and three women also died. One of the female casualties was found near her car. Her daughter is missing, and might have been killed as well, Pierre Soubelet, prefect of the Var department on the Mediterranean coast, told AFP. Local authorities added that another three people were missing.

30 protesters arrested by Hong Kong police amid rally dispersal

Hong Kong police have reportedly detained around 30 anti-government protesters after they clashed in the Mong Kok district. Ten people, 8 of them officers, have been injured. Security forces cracked down on demonstrators with pepper spray and batons, saying the assembly was unlawful. The pro-democracy movement kicked off in September, after the government appointed candidates to run for election in 2017.

​11 killed in bus crash in Nepal

At least 11 people have been killed and 29 others injured after a bus veered off a mountain road near the village of Sahajpur in western Nepal. According to police officials, the driver lost control of the vehicle due to a punctured tire. The accident happened about 400 kilometers west of the country’s capital, Katmandu.

​Mexican comedy legend Chespirito dies at 85

Known as Chespirito, or “Little Shakespeare,” Roberto Gomez Bolanos was one of Latin America’s most beloved comedians. The actor and screenwriter died at home in Cancun on Friday, according to Broadcaster Televisa, for whom Gomez Bolanos had worked for many years. One of Gomez Bolanos’ most iconic roles was Chapulin Colorado, a comic superhero who served as the inspiration for the Simpsons’ Bumblebee man. Gomez Bolanos’ work has been translated into dozens of languages and is aired around the globe. In a post on Twitter, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto called Gomez Bolanos an “icon whose work transcended generations and borders.”
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