Friday, February 20, 2015

In response to various news reports emerging in print and electronic media on the issue of interception of suspect boat by Indian Coast Guard ship, it is clarified that the Coast Guard stands by the information released to media vide MoD Press Release dated 02 January 2015.

DIG BK Loshali was served a show cause notice on 18 February 2015. The reply to the notice has been received and is found to be unsatisfactory. Therefore, in accordance with the extant procedures a Board of Inquiry (BOI) has been ordered to investigate the details and establish the facts. Suitable action will be taken on receipt of the proceedings of the BOI. Further, it has also been established from the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Ship Rajratan, involved in the operation on the night of 31 December 2014, that he had received no communication from DIG BK Loshali. 

Bid for #ModiSuitAuction ends at 4.17 crores

Bid for ends at 4.17 crores
Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2015 – Leg 5

Vani claims her third title at BPGC

Mumbai, 20th February 2015: Vani Kapoor played a cautious round of 2 over 72 to win the 5th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour. This is Vani’s third win in five appearances this season. Rookie Amandeep Drall and overnight leader Kiran Matharu finished second and third respectively at the INR 6,00,000 event which culminated today at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club, Mumbai.

Hero Order of Merit leader Vani Kapoor had an indifferent start and carded three bogies on the 5th, 6th and 9th holes with a lone birdie on the 8th hole in her front nine. However the Delhi youngster played with much more control in the latter half, dropping just one shot on the 15th hole while carding a birdie on the 10th hole. She finished with a total score of 211.

Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall continued her impressive run as she took the second spot with a total score of 212. She carded two late birdies on the 16th and 18th holes to jump ahead of Kiran Matharu. She also carded a bogey on the 11th hole with a double bogey on the 7th hole to finish with a score of 1 over 71. Overnight leader Kiran Mathauru had an off day on the park. She played a birdie-less round of 5 over 75 with bogies on the 3rd, 11th, 12th, 16th and 17th holes. She finished with a total score of 213, two strokes clear of Hero Motocorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet.

Bengaluru golfer Sharmila Nicollet carded four birdies in the 1st, 4th, 10th and 12th holes, maximum by any player on the day. However, bogies on the 7th, 9th,11th and 14th holes along with double bogey on the 13th hole marred her score line and she returned with a card of 2 over 72 on the final day.

Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma played a round of even par 70 with three birdies on the 6th, 10th and 17th holes with equal number of bogies on the 12th, 13th and 18th holes. She took the fifth spot with a total score of 220, followed by veteran Smriti Mehra and Delhi’s Gauri Monga, who finished sixth and seventh respectively.
Announcement of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra-2015 by External Affairs Minister and Minister of Overseas Indian affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj
The External Affairs and Overseas Indian affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj in a ceremony on February 19 launched a dedicated website for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra-2015 ( The External Affairs Minister also inaugurated a new Yatra Helpline number (011-24300655) for the Yatris. 2015 is a watershed year for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. For the first time since its resumption in 1981, the Yatra will be conducted through two routes.
During External Affairs Minister’s visit to China from January 31 to February 3, 2015, the two sides formally exchanged notes on modalities for Yatra via Nathu La which has made it possible for Yatra to commence via Nathu La beginning June 18, 2015. This new route does not involve trekking by foot except for the Kailash Parikarma. It would help many old age pilgrims to fulfil their desire to undertake the Kailash Manasarovar pilgrimage.
This year the Yatra will be conducted during the period from June 8 to September 9, 2015. There will be 18 batches of 60 pilgrims each on the existing route through Lipulekh Pass in Uttrakhand. Five batches of 50 Yatris each will be able to utilize the newly opened route via Nathu La in Sikkim.
The dedicated Yatra website is bilingual in Hindi and English and has an integrated online application registration, submission and tracking system in-built. Beginning this Yatra season, the Yatris will get a unique Yatra registration number through SMS and email. The Yatris would also be able to access status of their applications at any time through the website. The helpline is based on Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS). It will address queries of the Yatris in both Hindi and English. The IVRS has a feature for Yatris to request a call back facility from the Helpline officials. The Yatra Helpline and the new dedicated Yatra website have been developed and maintained by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
The Yatra is organized in close cooperation with the Government of the People`s Republic of China. State Governments of Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Delhi, and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (KMVN) are other major Indian partners of the Ministry in organizing the Yatra.
With the launch of the website, the application process for the Yatra has commenced. The last date for submitting applications through the website is 10 April 2015. The selection of the Yatris will be done through an open, fair, random, gender balanced, computer generated draw of lots. Priority will be give to first time applicants, senior citizens, doctors and married couples. On the Nathu La route, priority will be given to old age pilgrims.
YSKataria, New Delhi 20.02.2015

Pak FM: Operation Zarb-e-Azb may cost over $1.3 billion

Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the cost of ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan may exceed $1.3 billion.
Dar met with US Senate Armed Services Committee member, Jack Reed and Ambassador Richard Olson and informed them that the Pakistani government had already spent $400 million on the operation and IDPs.
During the meeting the finance minister said the operation had the full support of political parties, armed forces and civil society in the country. Dar added that Pakistani had suffered economically due to the exodus of people from the tribal areas owing to the operation.

Senator Jack Reed said it was essential that the global community helped Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.


Powerful Cyclone Marcia roared ashore Friday in a heavily-populated area of northeastern Australia as officials warned of a "calamity".
"Severe tropical cyclone Marcia, category 5, is currently crossing the coast near Shoalwater Bay north of Yeppoon," the Queensland Bureau of Meteorology tweeted

Cyclones wreak havoc but "catastrophe" avoided in Queensland