Friday, April 1, 2016

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Switzerland expressed its readiness to broaden and deepen its relationship with ASEAN. This was reaffirmed by H.E. Mrs. Doris Leuthard, Vice President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications who paid an official visit to the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday and met with H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN. He stated that ASEAN and ASEAN Member States have enjoyed broad-based, extensive and long-standing engagement with Switzerland. More on this story:…/
JAKARTA, 31 March 2016 - Switzerland expressed its readiness to broaden and deepen its relationship and cooperation with ASEAN. This was reaffirmed by…


In the Annual General Body Meeting of Delhi Medical Association  held on 31st March 2016 at DMA, Dr.Rakesh Gupta  has assumed the office of Delhi Medical Association as President along with Dr. Ashwani Goyal as Hony. State Secretary, Dr. Hans Raj Satija and Dr. Naresh Chawla as Sr. Vice President and Vice President respectively & Dr. Vijay Malhotra President Elect for the year 2016-17
The list of other office bearers of Delhi Medical Association are –
Hony. Finance Secretary            –     Dr. G.P. Cally
Hony. Jt. Secretaries                –      Dr. J.R. Chugh
Dr.  Anil Sharma
Hony. Asst. Secretaries            –      Dr.  Pankaj Varshney
Dr.  V.K. Mutreja
Dr.  Dinesh Kr. Negi
Hony. Editor, DMA Journal            –     Dr.  Rajeev Sood
Hony. Associate Editor, Journal         –     Dr.  A.K. Kansal
Associate Editor, DMA News Bulletin    –     Dr.  Kaushal Kumar
Dr. Ashwani Goyal
Hony. State Secretary

“How technology and new business models redefine mobility”

Press Invitation:     Workshop and Press Conference

United Nations Information Centre

cordially invites you to observe the

All India Smart Move High Level Group Workshop
“How technology and new business models redefine mobility”

Jointly organized by
International Road Transport Union (IRTU), Geneva
in association with UN-HABITAT

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
on Monday, 4 April 2016
UN Conference Hall, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi-110003


Gothenburg, Sweden bomb threat

File photo: Passengers are evacuated to the domestic area of Landvetter airport outside Goteborg, Sweden © Scanpix
North Europe airport, located outside Gothenburg, Sweden  bomb threat has been reported at Swedens Landvetter airport. A police operation is underway and the domestic hall has been evacuated following the discovery of two suspicious bags.
The airport, located outside Gothenburg, received a bomb threat on Thursday morning. Swede police were placed in high visibility areas, police spokesperson Peter Adlersson told Expressen.
A couple of “suspicious” plastic bags were later found in the domestic hall. The hall was subsequently cordoned off, Adlersson said.

“We are in place for a possible bomb threat. Police have asked for our help and we are in place for this reason,”said Matilda Gustafsson, chief of staff at the emergency services in Greater Gothenburg, as quoted by Aftonbladet.
Swedavia, the company which operates Landvetter airport, has also confirmed that there is a threat against the airport.

PM-type state counselor role for Aung San Suu Kyi

The upper house of Myanmar’s parliament approved a bill on Friday giving Aung San Suu Kyi a more powerful role over the parliament and government. The move came despite strong opposition from the military and former ruling party USDP, who argued that the PM-type role for the National League for Democracy leader (NLD) is unconstitutional, Channel NewsAsia reported. They wanted the decision be referred to the Constitutional Tribunal, but it still needs lower house approval and a presidential sign-off before becoming law. The new position could cement the Nobel laureate’s control over Myanmar’s first civilian administration in decades. On the day that the new, democratically-elected government began working, prominent political prisoner Patrick Kum Ja Lee was released Friday after he finished his six-month jail sentence. The release was on schedule and not ordered by the new government.

China, U.S. agree to boost nuclear security cooperation

China and the United States on Thursday reaffirmed their joint commitment to global nuclear security and pledged to continue cooperation in this area beyond the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process.
In a joint statement released as Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama met here on the sidelines of the fourth NSS, the two countries declared their “commitment to working together to foster a peaceful and stable international environment by reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism and striving for a more inclusive, coordinated, sustainable and robust global nuclear security architecture for the common benefit and security of all.”
Nuclear security cooperation has become a bright spot in the building of a new type of major-country relations between the world’s largest developing and developed countries. In February, the two sides carried out the inaugural round of bilateral discussions on nuclear security in Stockholm, Sweden.
“We plan to continue this dialogue on an annual basis, so as to intensify our cooperation to prevent nuclear terrorism and continue advancing Nuclear Security Summit goals,” said the joint statement.
In a more recent example, a nuclear security center of excellence (COE) jointly financed and built by the Chinese and U.S. governments was inaugurated in suburban Beijing on March 18. It is the largest, best equipped and most advanced facility of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.
The COE, said the statement, “is a world-class venue to meet China’s domestic nuclear security training requirements, as well as a forum for bilateral and regional best practice exchanges, and a venue for demonstrating advanced technologies related to nuclear security.”
The two countries pledged continued engagement on nuclear security training and best practices so as to maximize the use and effectiveness of the COE, and China vowed to sponsor training programs at the site for regional partners and other international participants to further promote global nuclear security awareness and engagement.
Meanwhile, the two sides agreed to push forward cooperation on conversion of miniature neutron source reactors (MNSR) from highly enriched uranium fuel to low-enriched uranium fuel, including working through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to support the conversion of MNSRs in Ghana and Nigeria as soon as possible.
China, according to the joint statement, also “reaffirms its readiness, upon the request of respective countries, to convert all remaining Chinese-origin MNSRs worldwide.”
Recognizing the need for strengthened international cooperation to counter nuclear smuggling, China and the United States reiterated their “enduring commitment to prevent terrorists, criminals or other unauthorized actors from acquiring nuclear or other radioactive materials.”
The two sides “will continue to coordinate efforts to strengthen counter nuclear smuggling capabilities and share best practices with the international community, taking full advantage of the training programs sponsored by the China Customs Training Center for Radiation Detection,” said the statement.
Furthermore, Beijing and Washington expressed satisfaction on “the fruitful cooperation between the two sides in enhancing the security of radioactive sources, in particular regarding recovery of disused sources and transport security of radioactive sources,” and pledged to further strengthen cooperation in this regard and facilitate the sharing of experiences and best practices with other countries.
Stressing that “strong communication and cooperation are essential to nuclear security,” the two countries committed themselves to continuing strong support for the work of relevant international agencies on nuclear security in accordance with their respective mandates.
The NSS process, initiated by Obama and headlined by a biennial leaders’ meeting since 2010, will come to an end in its current format after the fourth summit, though nuclear security is faced with increasingly grave and complicated challenges.
Under such circumstances, China and the United States expressed their “strong commitment” to addressing the evolving nuclear security challenges through sustained efforts after the current NSS process concludes, said the joint statement.

Kolkata flyover tragedy

IVRCL Ltd., the Hyderabad based construction company office has been sealed as flyover built at Ganesh Talkies in Burrabazar KolKata  area has collapsed
Kolkata, the relief and rescue operation continues at the accident site where an at Ganesh Talkies in Burrabazar area where tragedy struck on Thursday after the collapse of an under construction bridge killing 24 people while 89 people were left injured.
Leading the massive rescue operations since overnight along with Army-men, Police and civilian workers, NDRF DIG Guleria said, the worst pockets of debris where most of the people lay crushed have been removed and the Rabindra Sarani stretch of the Ganesh Talkies crossing will be opened both for pedestrians and the traffic in the afternoon.
He informed that the Vivekananda Road-KK Tagore Street side of the crossing will take time to be cleared as massive slabs and concrete mass of the under-construction flyover collapsed on this stretch.
Acting tough, Kolkata Police has lodged cases of murder and attempt to murder under IPC sections 302, 307, 120 and 427 against the office bearers of IVRCL Ltd., the Hyderabad based construction company that was erecting the road bridge. Five of their officials have been taken into custody today and interrogated while most of the managers giving the cops a slip.
BJP leader Mkhtar Abbas Naqvi who visited the accident site with Siddharth Nath Singh today criticized the state government for the time that the state machinery took to gear up for rescue operations. He said that many more lives could have been saved but for the initial slow response.

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