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Indo-US Nuclear-Deal, Okay Dokey,

25 01 2015 

Indo-US Nuclear -Deal, Okay Dokey,

US withdraws tracking clause

United States and India have managed to overcome a standoff, which was preventing civil nuclear trade between the two countries, according to Indian media reports cited by Reuters. US President Barack Obama is currently in New Delhi for talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reports say that America has dropped its demand to be able to track nuclear materials supplied to India, while differences concerning the liability of suppliers to India in the event of a nuclear accident have also been settled.
Obama at Hyderabad House lawns
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Hungry Kya? PM's Top Ministers Break for Lunch at Famous Dhaba
Hungry Kya? PM's Top Ministers Break for Lunch at Famous Dhaba
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are now holding expanded delegation level talks. Earlier, both the leaders held restricted talks over lunch at Hyderabad house.
The US President was given a guard of honour with a 21 gun salute at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan soon after his arrival. Mr Obama was introduced to Indian cabinet Ministers and Senior Leaders there. Barack Obama said, he is grateful for the extraordinary hospitality which is a great honour for him. Accompanied by the First Lady Michelle Obama, Mr Obama arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit this morning. Breaking normal protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warmly received the United States President and the First Lady. President Obama’s National Security Council in a tweet said, Jai Hind. It said, Mr Obama is honored to be back in India to celebrate Republic Day and begin a new chapter in the US-India partnership.
Mr. Obama also visited Rajghat and laid wreath at the Samadhi of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and planted a sapling there.


India and the United States have decided to further deepen defence and security cooperation. The two countries also achieved a breakthrough on advancement of the civil nuclear deal. In his media statement after the delegation level talks with visiting US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, the two countries have agreed in-principle to pursue co-development and co-production of specific advanced defence projects. The Prime Minister said, this will help upgrade India's domestic defence industry and expand the manufacturing sector in India. Mr Modi said, the two countries will also explore cooperation in other areas of advanced defence technologies. He said, India and the US renewed Defence Framework Agreement and will deepen cooperation on maritime security.

Saying that terrorism remains a principal global threat, Mr Modi said, the two countries agreed to have a comprehensive global strategy to combat it. He said there should be no distinction between terrorist groups. He said, every country must fulfil its commitment to eliminate terrorist safe heavens and bring them to justice. Mr Modi said, India and the US will deepen bilateral security cooperation against terrorist groups and further enhance counter terrorism capabilities, including in the area of technology. The Prime Minister said, Mr Obama assured of strong US efforts in support of India's full membership of the four multilateral export control regimes at the earliest. Prime Minister Modi said, collaboration will be further deepen in science and technology, innovation, agriculture, health, education and skills.

 US President Barack Obama said deepening ties with India will remain a top foreign policy priority for his administration. He also thanked Prime Minister Modi for his continued efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapon.">"Mera Pyar Bhara Namaskar (Greetings with love)," President Obama said as he addressed the media with PM Modi this afternoon.

He borrowed PM Modi's phrase as he said, "Thanks for hosting me at chai pe charcha. We need more of those at the White House."

After the meeting, officials announced a breakthrough in the nuclear deal stuck since 2008.
 Barack Obama was given a guard of honour with a 21 gun salute at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan soon after his arrival. Mr Obama was introduced to Indian Cabinet Ministers and Senior Leaders there. After inspecting the guard of honour and meeting the dignitaries, Barack Obama said, he is grateful for the extraordinary hospitality which is a great honour for him.

A legislative election will take place in Greece on 25 January 2015 to elect all 300 members to the Hellenic Parliament in accordance with the constitution. The election will be held earlier than scheduled due to the failure of the Greek parliament to elect a new president on 29 December 2014.
 Greece voting on an election likely to bring in a government led by the left-wing Syriza party, which has promised to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis.The victory for Syriza, led opinion polls for months, would produce the first government in the eurozone openly committed to cancelling the austerity terms of its EU and IMF-backed bailout programme.
Greece has endured tough budget cuts in return for its bailout, negotiated with the European Union, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Central Bank (ECB).
The economy has shrunk drastically since the 2008 global financial crisis, and increasing unemployment has thrown many Greeks into poverty.

A Syriza win is turning point for Europe after last week's announcement by the European Central Bank of a massive injection of cash into the bloc's flagging economy after years of trying to clamp down on budgets and pushing countries to pass structural reforms.

Polls are due to close at 1700GMT with the first exit poll expected immediately after voting ends.
Greeks 9.8 millions are registered to vote in the election.
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Lungu wins Zambia presidential election

25 01 2015
Defence and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front won by a 48.3%, as per latest update released by Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Justice Ireen Mambilima at 23 Hours using 111 consolidated constituency results, PF’s Edgar Lungu is still reducing with 670,397 representing 48.87 percent of the vote.
Hakainde Hichilema of the UPND is close in second place with 641,343 representing 46.75 percent of the vote.
Edith Nawakwi of the FDD has leapfrogged Dr Nevers Mumba of the MMD to occupy third position with 11,260 representing 0.82 percent of the vote.
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25 01 2015

Thousands of Yemenis protest against Houthi rebels

About 20,000 mostly Sunni Yemenis marched through capital Sanaa in protest against the Shia Houthi rebels, who have controlled the capital of the Middle Eastern country since September last year. As well as chanting anti-Houthi slogans, the crowd denounced their alleged backers – Iran and Al Qaeda. The demonstrators converged outside the house of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who was forced to resign earlier this week, after being placed under virtual house arrest by the rebels.

Ukrainian Court prolongs arrest of anti-Maidan protesters in Odessa fire case

A court in Odessa, southern Ukraine, has prolonged the arrests of 21 people probed in anti-Maidan protests in the city last May by two months. The detained are accused of instigating mass clashes between the supporters of new authorities in Kiev and their opponents. According to the Court, the suspects could affect the investigation if released. Ten of them are being kept in prison and eleven more are being held under house arrest.

Spanish police arrest 4 suspected

Spain’s police have arrested four people in Ceuta, in the Spanish area in Northern Africa bordering with Morrocco, who are suspected of belonging to a militant Islamist group capable of plotting an attack in the country. According to Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, they are two pairs of brothers, highly radicalized and highly trained. El Pais newspaper reports one of them posted a video online urging others to wage jihad. Spain stepped up its security after the terror attacks in Paris. Earlier, the national police and Moroccan police arrested seven people in a joint operation to prevent recruitment of people to join militants in Syria.

Obama departs India early to visit mourning Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama will cut short a formal visit on Tuesday to India and head to Riyadh to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement. Obama, together with the First Lady, will meet the new King Salman. Vice President Joe Biden, previously scheduled to make the trip to Saudi Arabia, “will remain in Washington” the statement said. The Saudi king’s funeral was held early Friday in accordance with Islamic tradition, and the kingdom will remain in mourning for three days. The sudden change of plans means Obama will miss a visit to the Taj Mahal, Pradeep Bhatnagar, a leading state official based in the city of Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, told The Associated Press.

Indonesian search fuselage of crashed AirAsia flight

Four more bodies were recovered and an operation was begun to raise the fuselage of the AirAsia Flight 8501 wreckage from the bottom of the Java Sea on Saturday. The start of the operation comes a day after recovery crews were able to enter the main section of the plane, which crashed on December 28. Bad weather prevented them from entering it earlier in January when it was first spotted. “We have begun the operation today to lift the main body and we hope we can float it today,” one official with the rescue agency told AFP. The authorities blame bad weather on the crash, which took place on a short flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. It has also been established this week that shortly before the plunge, the plane had started a climb at an abnormally high speed. The tragedy claimed 162 lives.

Modi-Obama’s Joint Radio Address special with MyGov

25 01 2015
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Chikkarangappa, Angad Cheema & Abhijit Singh Chadha earn their maiden Asian Tour cards

25 01 2015
Himmat Singh Rai regains his card
Hua Hin, Thailand, January 24, 2015: Indian youngsters Chikkarangappa, Angad Cheema and Abhijit Singh Chadha finished inside the top-40 after the final round of the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage and thus earned their maiden Asian Tour cards. Himmat Singh Rai, a former winner on the Asian Tour, also regained his card after finishing inside the top-40.

Chikkarangappa (66-66-76-68), a winner on the Asian Development Tour in 2014, finished as the highest-placed Indian at the event as he claimed fourth position at nine-under-276. The Bangalorean, who shot a creditable three-under-68 on Saturday, finished six shots behind the winner Daniel Chopra of Sweden.
Chikka, who finished second on the PGTI';s Rolex Rankings in 2013 and 2014, made four birdies and a bogey in his final round.
Chandigarh lad Angad Cheema (69-71-68-72) earned his place in Asia';s premier tour after a tied 12th finish at five-under-280 along with Delhi-based Himmat Singh Rai (70-67-71-72)
Abhijit Singh Chadha (71-69-73-71), another Chandigarh golfer, also managed to progress to the Asian Tour thanks to his tied 37th finish at one-under-284. The top 47 players earned their full cards for the 2015 Asian Tour season as 11 players were in tied 37th after the final round.

Interestingly, India';s three new entrants on the Asian Tour, Chikka, Cheema and Chadha, are all below the age of 25. The three golfers are also tournament winners on the PGTI.

The three Indians who finished outside the top-40 and thus missed their cards were Amardip Sinh Malik (two-over-287) in tied 62nd place, Khalin Joshi (four-over-289) in tied 77th and C Muniyappa (five-over-290) in tied 84th place.

Welcomed President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama to India.

25 01 2015
Welcomed President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama to India.
With a break to protocol, US President & First lady was greeted at the airport by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.PM Modi receives US President Barack Obama with a warm hug at the Palam airport a pleasing moment. by Nks
Welcomed President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama to India.

Hollande ask corporate leaders to join global fight against terror

24 01 2015
Hollande ask corporate leaders to join global fight against terror
Jan 24
Calling for a shared response against extremism, French President Francois Hollande on Friday asked corporate leaders to join the global fight against terror. He also urged the international community to resolve existing conflicts.
Addressing participants at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meet, weeks after his country witnessed one of the worst terror attacks, Hollande said there should be a shared response by both governments and businesses to terrorism. Hollande said, corporate leaders are the lifeblood of the economic world. He asked the biggest bosses of companies around the world, not only to be watchful but to also get involved. Hollande called on the financial system to ensure that the sources of financing for terrorists are dried up.
The French leader also urged “major digital corporations to play their role, to identify illegal content and to make them inaccessible and to establish clear rules, because they are also stakeholders”. The corporate world cannot have prosperity without security. According to him, the international community needs to do more to resolve existing conflicts and stabilise simmering global hotspots.
“Every time the world lets a conflict linger, terrorism flourishes. France will always be present. Whenever it can act, it will,” Hollande said.

President Obama leaves for New Delhi today

24 01 2015

Jan 24
US President Barack Obama will leave for a three-day trip to India later today.  White House said that Obama will be accompanied by the First Lady Michelle Obama, and a delegation that will include several top officials. He is expected to touch down in Delhi at 10 am tomorrow at the Air Force Station, Palam.
On his arrival, the US President will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Thereafter, he will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat and participate in a tree planting event there.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said, in the afternoon, Obama will join Modi for a restricted working lunch at the Hyderabad House, after which the two leaders will have a delegation level meeting.
Later in the evening, Obama is scheduled to meet embassy personnel and families. He will then drive down to the Rashtrapati Bhawan to attend the state dinner with Mr Pranab Mukherjee.
On Monday, the US President will participate in the Republic Day celebrations with the First Lady. In the afternoon, Obama and Modi will participate in a CEO forum round table and deliver remarks at a US-India Business Summit.
On Tuesday, Modi and Obama will jointly address the nation from All India Radio in the programme, ‘Mann Ki Baat’. The US President will also give an address at the Siri Fort Auditorium.
Obama will skip the Taj Mahal and fly to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to its new king.
President Barack Obama and the First Lady will travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, the White House said.

Ravinder Tavel wins PGTI Qualifying School 2015

24 01 2015
Ravinder Tavel wins PGTI Qualifying School 2015 after playoff victory over Trishul Chinappa

Thirty-eight players earn full cards for 2015 season

Eagleton – The Golf Resort, Bangalore, January 23, 2015: Ravinder Tavel (69-72-69-70) of Chandimandir, Haryana, prevailed in a playoff against Bangalore’s Trishul Chinappa (75-69-69-67) to win the PGTI’s Final Qualifying Stage for the 2015 season being held at Eagleton – The Golf Resort near Bangalore. Tavel defeated Chinappa on the second playoff hole after the two golfers ended the regulation 72 holes with matching totals of eight-under-280.

At the end of round four, the top 38 players earned their cards for the 2015 PGTI season as five players were tied in 34th place at seven-over-295.

Ravinder Tavel, who started the day two shots off the lead in joint second, emerged a major contender for the title after a solid front-nine where he made three birdies and a lone bogey. The 21-year-old from the SEPTA Golf Course in Chandimandir, a town on the outskirts of Chandigarh, then had a mixed back-nine as he made three birdies and an equal number of bogeys. Tavel finally sealed the affair against Trishul Chinappa, who shot the day’s best of 67, on the second playoff hole. Ravinder sank a seven feet par putt to win the event even as Chinappa missed a short par putt.

Tavel, who played his first full season on the PGTI in 2014, said, “I had a good start with some long conversions on the front-nine. However, the back-nine wasn’t that great as I missed some short putts to drop bogeys. I was quite confident going into the playoff even though Trishul had shot a much better score than me in regulation play. I held my nerve to hole a tricky par putt on the second playoff hole to seal the win.”

He added, “I’m delighted with this effort. It gives me the self-belief to do well in the 2015 PGTI season. Now that I’m in the top 100 of the tour, I will get more playing opportunities and can thus improve my game. I’ve worked really hard to get here. I would like to thank my coach Mr. Rampal for helping me with my game and Maj. Gen. Jagmohan Singh Sidhu and Col. Alok Sood for supporting me when I needed it the most.”

Udayan Mane of the Eagleton Golf Resort, Bangalore, finished third at seven-under-281.

Chandigarh’s K Raghav Bhandari and Delhi’s Anirudh Goyal shared fourth place at three-under-285.

Delhi golfer Siddharth Semwal, who fired a 68 on Friday, claimed sixth place at one-under-287.

Debate on the proposed 6000 MW Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant

24 01 2015
Press Release: We want fair and open discussion on the proposed 6000 MW Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant before taking any decision on the project – Open Letter sent to Narendra Modi & Barack Obama by Sarpanches of affected villages
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Let us have fair and open discussion on the proposed 6000 MW Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant before taking any decision on the project – Open Letter sent to Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India & Mr. Barack Obama, President of USA by the Sarpanches of Mithi Virdi, Jaspara, Mandva and Khadarpar.
On 23 January 2015 one day fast observed against Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant by more than 300 villagers.
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Date: 22 January 2015
Mr. Narendra Modi
The Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister’s Office, South Block, New Delhi
Mr. Barack Obama
The President of United State of America
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
Subject: Need for public discussion and debate on the proposed 6000 MW Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant
Dear Sirs,
We are the villagers of the Mithi Virdi area of District Bhavnagar, Gujarat State, where the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), a Government of India company, seeks to install six 1000 MW (AP 1000) nuclear reactors with the joint support of the American company, Westinghouse Electric Corporation. We wish to put on record our viewpoint regarding this proposed nuclear power plant.
We are deeply concerned that NPCIL has nominated an environmental consulting firm (Engineers India Limited) lacking necessary accreditation to conduct the environmental impact assessment for Nuclear Power Plants. In fact, no agency in India is accredited to assess nuclear power projects by the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training.
In all, 152 villages with a population of more than 200,000 in 30 km radius of the proposed nuclear power plant will be “adversely affected” by the project. The main occupation of the villagers is agriculture. The rich alluvial soil here supports crops like groundnut, wheat, bajra, and cotton, and fruits like mango, chikoos and coconut. The area also grows and supplies vegetables like onion, brinjal, gourd, tomatoes, and drumsticks on a regular basis to other parts of the state, and the climate and the soil are suitable for cashew nuts. This rich agriculture is threatened by the proposed nuclear plant. Moreover, the site of the project is about 5 km from top lignite mining site, while Asia’s biggest ship-breaking yard Alang is only a stones throw away, posing additional threats to public safety.
Moreover, the governing leadership of the village does not sanction this plant. On 9 March 2013 the gram Panchayats of four most-affected villages – Jaspara, Mithi Virdi, Mandva, and Khadarpar – passed a resolution declaring the entire Mithi Virdi-Jaspara region as nuclear free zone. Yet, a state official (Taluka Development Officer) unconstitutionally ordered the elected village head (Sarpanch) of Jaspara to grant approval for the state government transfer of forest land to the NPCIL in a letter dated July 15, 2013.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has asked NPCIL to “revise” and “resubmit” its Environment Impact Assessment report of the project, as it lacks clarity on a large number of issues. The panel, simultaneously, criticized the NPCIL for a three year delay in the proposal for environmental clearance following “site clearance” of the project by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, and noted key coastal regulatory clearances to be missing.
Pointing towards major shortcomings in the environment impact report, the Ministry of Environment and Forests noted: the absence of “base-line radioactivity data for milk samples;” the absence of the “impact of two hills near the site on atmospheric dispersion;” only eight water samples were collected and the need to “collect data for three seasons and submit;” the location of the Near Surface Disposal Facilities (NSDF) for radioactive waste was not clear; unclear “impact on land and groundwater;” absence of current status and a detailed study of “effect of historical tsunamis;” and no copy of the no-objection certificate (NOC) from the state irrigation department “since the project is located in a command area”.
This casual approach to clearing a Nuclear Power Plant can lead to a major Nuclear disaster. Agriculture forms the backbone for human survival, and this project strikes on a very important asset of our country – the prime agricultural lands.
It is not that we are against electricity generation. But no serious thought has been given to the available sustainable alternatives for electricity generation. The solar and wind power have equal and more sustainable potential to produce electricity and that too in a decentralised manner.
Keeping in mind above facts to reiterate again, the said agency, the EIL does not have necessary accreditation to conduct EIA for Nuclear Power Plants and also other anomalies bear serious reconsideration, therefore demand the following:
  1. The concerned authority should immediately reject the present EIA of Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant of NPCIL prepared by EIL.
  2. Let us have fair and open discussion on the proposed 6000 MW Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant Project before taking any decision on the project.
  3. Consider other environmentally sustainable and non-hazardous technologies for electricity production, which can co-exist without disturbing the agricultural livelihoods.
We request you to give us date and time to explain in detail our above-mentioned points and other related points in the interest of justice.
Expecting your positive response.
Yours Faithfully,
Shaktisinh H. Gohil – Sarpanch, Jaspara village
Samuben Hirabhai Dabhi – Sarpanch, Mithi Virdi village
Vilasba Dharmendrasinh Gohil – Sarpanch, Mandva village
Pruthvirajsinh.M. Gohil – Sarpanch, Khadarpar village

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