Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Intel news

​Nigeria releases detained Russian cargo plane

The Nigerian authorities have released a Russian transport plane, which was previously detained on suspicion of transporting arms, RIA Novosti reported citing France’s ambassador to the country, Jacques Champagne de Labriolle. The plane was hired by the French peacekeeping mission in Chad for a delivery, but had to land in Nigeria on Saturday, because the Chad airport it was heading to closed down.

Mi-8 helicopter crashes in Northern Russia

A Mi-8 helicopter has crashed near Naryan Mar city in Nenets autonomous region Sunday. There were three crew and four Bashneft oil company employees aboard. Two people died, five others are in grave condition, according to medics. The cause of the crash could be bad weather or engine failure, officials say.

2nd senior Al-Qaeda member in 2 days killed in Pakistan

A US drone has killed a senior member of Al-Qaeda and three other militants in Pakistan on Sunday, according to local officials and Taliban. He was identified as Omar Farooq, who was close to the former and current al Qaeda heads and was in charge for Al-Qaeda’s activity in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Earlier, on Saturday, the Pakistani military killed Adnan Shukrijumah, Al-Qaeda's chief of global operations, who was wanted by US intelligence for plotting to attack the New York subway.

US hands over detained Taliban chief to Pakistan

US forces have handed a senior member of the Taliban and two his guards to Pakistan’s authorities on Saturday. Pakistani citizen Latif Mehsud was captured by US forces in October 2013 and was kept in a detention center in Bagram military base in Afghanistan. As the US mission ends this month, US forces will not be able to hold prisoners at the base and return all third-country nationals detained in Afghanistan to their country of origin, Reuters says.

UK embassy in Cairo suspends work, issues travel warnings

The British Embassy in Cairo has temporarily suspended its public services and issued a special travel warning to UK citizens, it announced Sunday. The travel advice recommends British nationals to avoid visiting some districts of Egypt, except tourist resorts, due to “heightened threat of terrorist attacks globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.” The UK consulate in Alexandria and visa application centers will remain open, although no new visa applications will be accepted for the time being.

​11 arrested after rioters throw firebombs at Stockholm police

A group of at least 30 protesters have thrown stones and firebombs at police in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, and set about 10 cars on fire on Saturday. “A witness saw a large gathering of younger individuals who marched towards the center of Rågsved, where the school is,” police spokeswoman Elisabeth Wernsten told Swedish Radio News. “The witness suspected that the youths were going to smash the school up.” At least 11 protesters were arrested by the authorities. “This gang simply decided to get together to commit crime,”Wernsten said. “There is no good reason for wanting to attack the police in this way. Nothing provoked the incident.”

​Russian plane detained in Nigeria contains French peacekeepers’ cargo

A cargo plane detained at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, in Nigeria, is Russian but its cargo is French, said the attaché of Russia’s embassy in Nigeria, Artyom Romanov. “The plane detained in the airport of Nigerian town of Kano is Russian, but the cargo on board is military equipment and [it] belongs to the French peacekeeping mission,” he said. The plane was bound for Chad when it made an emergency landing in Kano on Saturday.

​6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 hit off the coast of Papua New Guineaat a depth of 10 kilometers, the US Geological Survey reported. The quake, which struck at 0122 GMT, was followed by two aftershocks with 5.2 and 5.0 magnitude, respectively. "Any tsunami generated is going to be very local... and about half-a-meter in size," Mark Leonard, a senior seismologist for the government agency Geoscience Australia, told AFP.


China to help Maldives with water following fire at capital’s only sewage plant

China is taking part in a relief operation in the Maldives, sending a military vessel with 960 tons of fresh water to the islands, after a fire took out the only sewage treatment plant in the capital Male, China’s Xinhua agency reports. The incident left some 150,000 people without safe drinking tap water. India, Sri Lanka, Canada and the US have also been contacted by the Maldives government for help. The first will be sending five planes with water and two ships with parts to be used in fixing the broken sewage plant.


​US Republicans expand Senate majority with Louisiana win

Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu conceded defeat to Republican Bill Cassidy in a runoff election on Saturday. The contender’s campaign focused on linking Landrieu to President Barack Obama, whose Louisiana approval ratings are very low. Cassidy’s victory solidifies the Republican majority on the Hill, giving the party its 54th seat in the Senate.

​Carbon monoxide kills 2, poisons dozens in New Jersey

Two people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a recording studio in Passaic, New Jersey, city's mayor announced. Dozens others have been sickened and are being treated at local hospitals. Police responded to a 911 call at about 1:30 pm local time and found the two dead on the second floor of the three-story building.

Missing Mexican student’s remains identified

One of the bodies found in Mexico near a rubbish plant was positively identified as Alexander Mora Venancio, local sources said on Saturday. He was one of 43 trainee teachers, who were allegedly captured by police in Guerrero on September 26 and handed over to drug gang members and massacred. The students’ disappearance sparked outrage throughout Mexico and triggered the worst political crisis the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto faced.


​All Aussie victims of MH17 crash identified

The remains of all 38 Australian citizens, who were killed in July after a Malaysian Airlines plane crashed over eastern Ukraine amid an armed conflict between the government and rebels, have been identified, the Australian government said. The last three sets of remains were identified in the Netherlands this week. A total of 292 of the 298 people killed in the tragedy have been identified so far.

Human Rights Watch urges CIA Torture Report's timely release

The Human Rights Watch is urging the US government to release “Torture Report” on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)’s detention and interrogation program without delay and on schedule. HRW statement comes as statements from the State Department raised concerns over the timing of the release and foreign policy that US Secretary of State voiced Friday. The Senate Committee on Intelligence is due to release the report early next week. Media agency 



Conference on Mobility and the Business Case for Migration” being organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in association with Oracle and the International Labour Organisation on Thursday, 18th December, 2014 at Federation House, New Delhi, from 0900 – 1700 hrs followed by a Networking reception.  
International migration and the mobility of skills represent important facets of a rapidly globalizing world. They impact industry and business in myriad ways, no less than do international trade and finance. Yet, in much of the discourse on migration, industry and trade are missing from the high table. The business case for migration is compelling because it can help meet labour supply shortages, access much needed skills, catalyse innovation and enhance productivity.
However, ensuring ethical recruitment, fair contract conditions, finding the right skill sets and protecting the rights of workers remain challenges. It is in this context that we will be hosting this kick-off event to establish and promote the, ‘Business Case for Migration’. The objective of this Conference is to:
a.       Drive the debate on the relationship between the private sector and international migration in key geographies around the world
b.      Facilitate collaboration and partnerships and to incentivize collective action on critical issues related to the interests of business –
·         Consular issues
·         Skills shortages
·         Labor supply gaps
·         Global hunt for talent
·         Recognition of educational qualifications and skills
·         Factor productivity
·         Recruitment
·         Cultural diversity and
·         Innovation and entrepreneurship.
This Conference will bring together captains of industry, multilateral organisations, thought leaders and policy experts to share their experiences on issues at the intersection of migration, industry and business.  The Conference shall focus on key industry verticals of the knowledge economy such as: Information Technology, Biotechnology, Healthcare, Hospitality, and Education.
I hope you will  be able to join us for this significant event.
Your office may kindly confirm your participation to Ms. Natasha Chhabra (T: +91 11 2348 7277). Grateful for your confirmation at the earliest, preferably by Tuesday, 9th December, 2014.
On hearing from you, further details will follow.
Looking forward to your favourable response.
Yours sincerely,
(A Didar Singh)


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CATEGORIES JUDGED TODAY: WOMEN (55kg & +55kg), Men (55kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, 85kg, 90kg, 100kg, +100kg)

National, December 09th, 2014The Indian Body Builders Federation (IBBF), India’s only recognized Federation by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India hosted the 6thWorld Body Building and Physique Sports Competition 2014. The championship was held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, NESCO in Mumbai. This World Bodybuilding Championship witnessed more than 400 national and international athletes from all over the world over a period of three days. The competitors showed great character and determination as they battled out on the platform to prove themselves and their worthiness in the championship.

“It feels great to represent your country and win in your homeland. Past two years have been hard for me and I was really looking forward for this competition. This award is dedicated to my wife and daughter who stood by me and supported me throughout. I would also like to thank Indian Body Building Federation for their help and support” said winner Sangram Chougule who bagged Gold in Men Senior 85 kg.

Today’s result:

Women 55kg
1st175Suharni Binte MohammadSingapore
2nd164Wilaiporn WannaklangThailand
3rd166Nguyen Thi My LinhVietnam
4th171Sibalika SahaIndia
5th165Edesia MartinsBrazil

Women +55kg
1st177Tan Li LianMalaysia
2nd178Jaranya DoungkumThailand
3rd190Rebita KongbrailatpanIndia
4th188Mamota Devi YumnamIndia

Men 55kg
1st63Pham Van MachVietnam
2nd78Nitin Prakash MhatreIndia
3rd62Chuluunbazar MyanganbilegMongolia
4th74Arundas CVIndia
5th80Amit MehtaIndia

Men 60kg
1st73Jiraphan PongkamThailand
2nd77Nguyen Anh ThongVietnam
3rd79Ram Hari KhanalNepal
 4th81Indranil MaityIndia
 5th84Swapnil NarwadkarIndia

Men 65kg
1st82Vachara SasrisankThailand
2nd89Somkhit SumethowetchakunThailand
3rd93Shiv KumarIndia
4th95Raju KhanIndia
5th85Nguyen Van LamVietnam
Men 70kg
1st157B MaheswaranIndia
2nd96Wichai SingthongThailand
3rd170Anil GochhikarIndia
4th100Buda Anak AnchahMalaysia
5th141Neeraj KumarIndia

Men 75kg
1st108Sazali Bin Abd. SamadMalaysia
2nd109Abbas SalariIran
3rd179Arambam Boby SinghIndia
4th168Yatinder SinghIndia
5th110Moriangthem Robi MeiteiIndia
Men 80kg
1st113Sawaeng PanapoiThailand
2nd176Vipin PeterIndia
3rd393Sumit JadhavIndia
4th184Vijay BahadurIndia
5th101Marcio Vieira GoncalvesBrazil
Men 85kg
1st381Sangram ChouguleIndia
2nd128Panupong PrateepThailand
3rd123Juns NurlanMongolia
4th403Rahul BishtIndia
5th127Pashikyan Armen GenrikovichUzberkistan
Men 90kg
1st133Alireza SarlakIran
2nd398Jagdish ladIndia
3rd420Ram NiwasIndia
4th419Sagar Pramod MaliIndia
5th131Poursales MohammadrezaIran
Men 100kg
1st105Peter MolnarHungary
2nd146Ehab Ahmad Yahya QweiderJordan
3rd148Mohammad Haroon AzamiAfghanistan
4th147Siyamak PorkhosraviIran
Men +100kg
1st163Miguel FilhoBrazil
2nd156Ejlali AliIran
3rd160Nagy Hunor SzabolcsHungary
4th158Mahmoud KafiIran
5th412Hari PrasadIndia

The Indian Body Builders Federation was formed to propagate and popularize the sport of Body building in India. The IBBF today has 29 State Associations affiliated to it and is the only sport federation to which the Government Sports Control Boards like the Indian Railways Sports Promotion Board, Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board, Ordnance Factory Sports Promotion Board, Major Port Sports Control Board and Services Sports Control Board, Indian Navy Sports Control Board and Air India Sports Board are affiliated. There are more than 5000 athletes (Men and Women) registered with the IBBF. All the above said Sports Control Board have extended facilities like recruitment, promotional incentives in Government Bodies and eligibility for National Sports Awards for the Athletes participating in the competitions organized, arranged and managed by Indian Body Builders Federation. The Executive Committee of IBBF boasts of many illustrious personalities in the field of Body Building.

For more details please contact:
Mayank Sen: E: M: +91 9867974055
Nikita Dogra: E: M: +91 9773753537
Shagun Soti: E: M: +91 9619594540




Mumbai, 10 December 2014: AVIAREPS, the global leader in tourism, aviation and hospitality representation with 52 offices in 43 countries around the world, has become an official Affiliate Member of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. As part of its Affiliate Membership,AVIAREPS will gain access to a global network of 400 institutional and professional associates in 156 countries, as well as specific information about challenges, market trends and the development of the tourism industry.
Michael Gaebler, Chairman and CEO, AVIAREPS said, “We are honoured to have our Affiliate Membership to the UNWTO ratified, creating a milestone for our organisation as we celebrate our 20th anniversary since establishment. The people at AVIAREPS passionately believe that the pursuit of professional excellence and connecting international best practice with local expertise creates a better, more meaningful, peaceful and wealthier world. We actively seek visionary partners within the aviation, tourism, retail and trade promotion industries, as we believe that when our clients in these industries thrive they deliver grass-roots anti-poverty and wealth-generation results as well as international understanding opportunities, faster and more effectively than any other.”
Gaebler added: “As an Affiliate Member of the UNWTO we are keen to make our contribution in achieving the UNWTO’s fundamental goal of maximizing tourism’s socio-economic influence while promoting sustainable and commonly accessible tourism.”࠼o:p>
As part of the collaboration AVIAREPS will be able to benefit from the vast network and opportunities provided by the UNWTO, including possibilities for international collaborations, partnerships, new business opportunities, sharing of best practices, and access to decision makers that will enable AVIAREPS to create added value for clients.
AVIAREPS has established itself within India since 2004 with its head office located in Mumbai, where it conducts an array of tailored representational services including General Sales Agent (GSA) services, marketing and public relations activities for such organisations as The Welsh Government, Visit Wales, VISIT FLORIDA, Rhaetian Railways (RHB), Engadin St. Moritz, Davos Klosters, Disney Destinations, Tourism Toronto, SIXT Rent a car, AirBerlin, Air Namibia, Xiamen Airline, Azul Airlines and others.
For further information about AVIAREPS visit:
About UNWTO:
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.
The UNWTO headquarters are located in Madrid (Spain). Its membership base currently includes 156 countries, 6 Associate Members and 400 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. Together with its members, the UNTWO aims to reinforce the relationship between public and private sectors for a positive development of global tourism. UNWTO is dedicated to promoting tourism as an effective driver of economic growth and provides support and leadership to sectors looking to advance knowledge through education and training, and tourism policies across the world. At present, UNWTO is involved in development projects in over 100 countries globally.
Founded in Germany in 1994 with an extensive office network spanning all continents with 52 offices in 43 countries, the AVIAREPS Group is the world’s leading airline and tourism management company with over 90 airlines and more than 90 tourism clients in its portfolio. In addition to providing well established passenger General Sales Agent (GSA) services and tourism marketing representation, clients are also offered expertise and services in public relations, advertising, IT solutions, consulting, financial services, airport marketing, and trade & retail promotion.
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of AVIAREPS. Whilst this milestone moment provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the successes of the past AVIAREPS firmly has its eyes fixed on the future.ࠁgenda 2020 has been launched, which is a strategic corporate plan to increase growth whilst ensuring thatAVIAREPS remains ahead of its competition and at the forefront of international best practice. A key part of the agenda will see AVIAREPS further opening and deepening its activities and dealings with emerging markets for client growth, as well as extending multinational contracts with current and new clients through the development and delivery of cost effective and tried and tested results-driven products and services. Another key of Agenda 2020 will be the creation of new products and services based on innovation, creative solution making, synergy maximisation and the development of cost reducing platforms. Generating added value for clients was, is, and will remain the source of AVIAREPS’ success and main driver and consideration within all of its client portfolio operations. For further information, please visit  or follow us on:
For more information Contact:
Anagha Nabar
Manager Corporate Communications
+91 9920557947

LAUNCHING Dwarka Human Rights Defenders

MUKTNAAD : Voices Against Discrimination
December 10th: International Human Rights Day.

Many organisations came together a month ago and took the decision to form Dwarka Human Rights Defenders, a platform for taking up issues around violation of human rights in the Dwarka sub city.
Dwarka is a sub city with a population of more than 10 lakhs but every time an international day has to be observed people look for venues near CP. Why?
Dwarka Human Rights Defenders, a platform of various Groups and Institutions of Dwarka, New Delhi will celebrate the International Human Rights Day in Dwarka at its launch. .
The venue is the National Law University.
Schools, university students, neighborhood ladies organisations to youth organisation, to cultural organisations and many individual activists residing in Dwarka will be observing the International Human Rights day in a creative fashion. With hundreds of school children';s creative paintings, poems and slogans turning into an exhibition, skits, songs, dances by special children to well known feminists Kamla Bhasin and AIDWA president Jagmati Sangwan will be part of the programme.
The theme for the programme is: Speak Up- Stop Discrimination and the programme will creatively look at all forms of discrimination- gender, caste, religion, differently abled.
Requesting you to kindly depute a reporter and a camera crew to cover this new initiative and innovative programme.

Venue : National Law University, Sector 14, Dwarka, New Delhi.
Nearest Metro Station Sec 14 Dwarka.
Time: 4pm to 7pm

Bhawna Sharma
Mohd Aamir
Shabnam Hashmi

We did it! The torture report is here. Now what?

From: “Raha Wala, Human Rights First”  Wed, 10 Dec ’14 5:41a
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Human Rights First - American Ideals. Universal Values.
After years of delay, key parts of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on the CIA post-9/11 torture program has been released. Thank you for helping us get here!
You signed petitions calling for the report’s declassification and release. You made sure that Congress, the White House, and the CIA knew the American people wanted to know the truth on torture. We helped to mobilize professional interrogators and retired military leaders who know from direct experience that torture is counterproductive, illegal, and just plain wrong. And together we made sure the truth came out.
The Senate report’s key findings are clear:
  • Torture was more brutal and widespread than Americans were led to believe
  • Torture didn’t make America safer
  • Torture didn’t help us catch bin Laden
After 9/11, the government went to great lengths to allow the use of torture. The 2005 Detainee Treatment Act put a stop to that in the military, but not the CIA. Obama’s 2009 executive order closed the door on CIA torture, but a future president could open it again. We need legislation from Congress to make sure torture is off the table for good.
Sign this petition to ask Congress to enact new legislation on torture. There should be no room for torture ever again.
You helped us get the Senate torture report released. It’s a major accomplishment. Let’s continue our work together and make sure Congress follows through on the report’s findings.
Thank you for partnering with us to end torture.
Raha Wala
Human Rights First
On human rights, the United States must be a beacon. America is strongest when our policies and actions match our values.
Human Rights First - American Ideals. Universal Values.
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the struggle for human rights so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they don’t, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.
Human Rights First
333 Seventh Avenue, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10001-5004

Political Parties have not submitted their Donation Details to the ECI

29 Recognised Political Parties have not submitted their Donation Details to the ECI

-          Last date for submission of donations report was 30th November, 2014
-          Only 17 out of 45 recognised regional parties have submitted their contributions reports
-          BJP is the only National Party yet to file its contribution report to the ECI
-          Not all national parties have followed the format prescribed by the ECI
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the only National Party which has not yet submitted details of the donations above Rs 20,000 to the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the Financial Year 2013-2014. Among the recognised regional parties, only 17 parties out of a total of 45 parties have submitted their contributions reports at the time of this release.
Defaulting Political Parties: The Representation of the People Act, 1951 states that “…the report for the financial year under sub-section (1) shall be submitted by the treasurer of a political party or any other person authorised by the political party in this behalf before the due date for furnishing a return of its income of that financial year under Section 139 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), to the Election Commission.”. As the due date for submission of the parties’ audited IT Returns was 31st Oct,’14, BJP and 28 Regional Recognised parties have defaulted on their donations report by more than a month. It is to be noted that BJP had declared the maximum amount of Rs 83.19 crores from 2941 donations during the Financial Year 2012-13.
Submission of Contribution Reports by National Parties: It is seen that BSP had declared that no donation above Rs 20,000 was received by the party during FY 2013-14 and filed the report on 13th Sept,’14, while NCP had filed its report on 17th Sept,’14, and declared donations from 15 donorsCPI had filed its report on 23rd Sept,’14 and declared receiving donations above Rs 20,000 from 44 donorsCPM and INC filed their donations report on the 30th Sept,’14 and declared donations from 70 and 712 donors respectively.
Inconsistencies in the Format used: While analysing the donations reports of National Parties it is seen that INC has not followed the format prescribed by the ECI in declaring its donations details. The column for declaring PAN details of donors is not provided in the contributions reports. Without the PAN details, it would be difficult to link the donors against their donations and hence trace the money trail.
There are 182 donations to INC via bank transfer where the details of bank transfer (name of bank, location, etc) and the PAN details of the donors are unavailable. Also, there are a total of 64 donations made by cash to INC which contain no details of PAN, hence will remain untraceable.

Happening Now: Human Rights Summit Day 1

Happening Now: Human Rights Summit Day 1
From: “Kalyah Ford, Human Rights First”  Tue, 9 Dec ’14 7:44p
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Human Rights First - American Ideals. Universal Values.
Day one of the Human Rights Summit is currently underway. The energy in the room is high and we’re ready to dive deep into some of our world’s biggest human rights issues. It’s not too late to participate!
If you aren’t joining us in the room today, all of the Human Rights Summit panels and speakers are beinglive streamed alongside realtime social commentary and discussion. We would love for you to join us, your voice is an essential part of this conversation.
We’re also excited to announce the launch of our newest campaign – “Human Rights Are…”, an exciting and inclusive online conversation about the meaning and value of human rights. We encourage you to tell us what human rights mean to you and to share that message with your networks and friends. We hope you’ll partner with us to build a large and diverse narrative around human rights, by joining the Summit online and sharing your perspective on what human rights mean to you.
Hope to talk to you soon!
Kalyah Ford
Human Rights First
On human rights, the United States must be a beacon. America is strongest when our policies and actions match our values.
Human Rights First - American Ideals. Universal Values.
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the struggle for human rights so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they don’t, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.
Human Rights First
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