Saturday, April 23, 2016

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Mitsubishi Motors didn’t test to get data

Mitsubishi Motors manipulated fuel economy data on additional vehicle models.
They visited the automaker’s facility in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. The move follows revelations on Wednesday that Mitsubishi staff manipulated the data on 4 models affecting 625,000 units sold.
Investigators found the carmaker repeatedly measured air and tire resistance in a way not compliant with the Japanese regulations to gauge fuel economy.
They were able to confirm only 3 of about 30 models marketed by the carmaker since 2002 complied with regulations.
Mitsubishi Motors used test data of running resistance from other models to make the fuel economy of mini-vehicles look better.
Company executives revealed on Wednesday that its employees fabricated fuel consumption data for 625,000 units of 4 models. Officials from the transport ministry inspected the firm’s facility in central Japan to look into the matter.
The inspectors found that Mitsubishi Motors faked data on running resistance of vehicles. The resistance comes from rolling resistance mainly generated by tires and air resistance. Auto firms can improve fuel economy data if they obtain lower resistance values.
The officials discovered that workers who got large resistance figures replaced them with smaller ones obtained from other models. The inspectors found that Mitsubishi Motors repeatedly submitted forged data to regulators for 2 years through last year.
During Wednesday’s news conference, a company official explained that engineers picked lower data on resistance, instead of adopting median figures as they were supposed to.
Mitsubishi says the then-chief of its performance testing division admitted to ordering the data manipulation. But the company adds it is still verifying the official’s confession.
The transport ministry demanded that Mitsubishi present a detailed report by next Wednesday. Mitsubishi Motors failed to conduct running resistance tests and used calculated values to make the fuel economy of mini-vehicles look better.
Transport ministry officials have found that Mitsubishi faked data on running resistance of vehicles. The resistance is mainly generated by friction between tires and road as well as wind pressure. Auto companies can improve fuel economy data if they obtain lower resistance values.
The companies get the figures by determining the interval from when the accelerator is released until when the speed decreases to a specified level. But workers at Mitsubishi calculated values without measuring the interval.
The workers made the values look like the results of actual testing and submitted them to regulators.
Mitsubishi says the then-chief of its performance testing division admitted to ordering the data manipulation. But the wrongdoing continued after the executive moved to another position.
The transport ministry demands that Mitsubishi present a detailed report by next Wednesday.Report NHK News 

Panasonic restructuring up sales efforts in Africa

Japanese electric appliance maker Panasonic is restructuring up its sales offensive in Africa with an eye to the region’s growth potential.
The company set up a new sales subsidiary in South Africa this month to tap into its growing number of middle-income consumers.
It held an event on Thursday to display its broad range of products, from home appliances to business equipment. The show in the country’s largest city of Johannesburg attracted 400 people, including retailers and electronics shop owners.
Panasonic officials say they are targeting young people in particular. Audio products and mobile phones attracted a lot of attention at the show.
The managing director of the new local subsidiary, Hiroshi Maeda, says he hopes Panasonic sales will develop as the African market grows in the mid- to long-term.
Africa’s economic growth is losing some steam in the face of lower commodity prices and China’s slowdown. But businesses around the globe are still setting their sights on Africa and its population of more than one billion. The continent is often regarded as the last major untapped market.

German carmakers to recall 630,000 diesel vehicles

Five German carmakers have decided to recall 630,000 vehicles in Europe to fix diesel emissions management software, said German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt on Friday.
Companies affected are Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche, according to Dobrindt.
The move was voluntarily agreed by carmakers in order to fix software which shuts down emission controls at certain temperatures to protect the engine, he said. Although the technology is legal, a German probe on 53 car models found that the temperature thresholds at which the emissions controls were switched off in some models were not justified.
Dobrindt said no car was found to use the same kind of cheating software which Volkswagen used to manipulate emissions in testing.
The probe was conducted by Federal Motor Transport Authority shortly after the revelation of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal last year.
On Friday, Volkswagen said it had set aside 16.2 billion euros (18.21 billion U.S. dollars) in provisions to cover technical modifications costs and customer-related measures as well as global legal risks. Xen hua

Obama calls on Britons to stay in EU

Barack Obama on Friday appealed to the British to stay in the European Union (EU), warning that Britain would “go to the back of the queue” to strike a bilateral free trade deal with the United States if Brexit proponents win the June 23 referendum.
Standing alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Foreign Office in London, Obama spoke of the impact of an “out” vote in Britain’s national referendum on continued membership in the EU.
“If one of our best friends is in an organization that enhances their power, enhances their economy … I want them to stay in it,” said Obama.
Talking about a possible bilateral free trade deal between the United States and Britain if Britons vote to withdraw from the EU, Obama said the United States prioritizes negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the EU instead of bilateral trade with a single European country.
“I think it’s fair to say that maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-U.S. trade agreement, but it’s not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done. The UK is going to be in the back of the queue,” Obama said.
“Right now, I’ve got access to a massive market, where I sell 44 percent of my exports. And now, I’m thinking about leaving the organization that gives me access to that market, and that is responsible for millions of jobs in my country and responsible for an enormous amount of commerce and upon which a lot of businesses depend, that is not something I would probably do,” Obama said.
Cameron, who is leading the “Remain” campaign, defended Obama’s right to voice his opinion on Britain’s choice. “I think it’s right to listen to, and consider, the views of your friends,” he said.
“When it comes to the special relationship between our countries, there’s no greater enthusiast than me … But I’ve never felt constrained in this relationship by the fact that we’re in the European Union,” the prime minister said.
In his previous remarks during the London trip, Obama argued that the EU magnifies Britain’s global influence, instead of moderating it.
“The EU has helped spread British values and practices — democracy, the rule of law, open markets — across the continent and to its periphery … As your friend, I tell you that the EU makes Britain even greater,” Obama wrote in The Daily Telegraph.
“A strong Europe is not a threat to Britain’s global leadership; it enhances Britain’s global leadership,” he added.
The president also stressed the important role Britain has been playing in the EU, saying Britain has made the bloc stronger.
“The United States sees how your powerful voice in Europe ensures that Europe takes a strong stance in the world, and keeps the EU open, outward-looking, and closely linked to its allies on the other side of the Atlantic,” Obama wrote.
He also candidly admitted that Britain’s EU membership is of “deep interest to the United States.”
“The path you choose now will echo in the prospects of today’s generation of Americans … The U.S. and the world need your outsized influence to continue — including within Europe,” he said.
Analysts believe Obama’s appeal might help the “Remain” camp, which currently has a 54-percent support rate as opposed to the 46 percent for “Leave.”
However, Obama’s bold move has also drawn strong criticism from Brexit campaigners, accusing him of intervening another country’s domestic affairs.
Brexit supporters accused the U.S. president of being guilty of “wanton double-standards,” saying that he was asking the British to do something he wouldn’t dream of asking Americans.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, a leading Eurosceptic, said it was “downright hypocritical” of the United States to intervene in Britain’s debate.
“For the United States to tell us in the UK that we must surrender control of so much of our democracy is a breathtaking example of the principle of do as I say, not as I do,” he wrote in The Sun.
Justice Minister Dominic Raab, another leading figure in the Leave campaign, said Britons should consider their own interests instead of the Americans’.
“He (Obama) argued that he thinks it is in America’s interests for the UK to stay in the EU, but what is good for U.S. politicians is not necessarily good for the British people,” Raab said.
Obama is paying a dual-purpose visit to his closest ally, offering personal greetings to Queen Elizabeth II for her 90th birthday, as well as trying to convince Britons not to leave the EU. Xenhua

Chad holds presidential elections on Sunday

Voting  in Chad on Sunday ,  Idriss Deby seeks power after 26-year rule. The elections are deemed crucial for the stability of the country, backed by the West in a war against Islamists.
There are 13 candidates running against President Idriss Deby is regarded as an important ally by the West in its efforts to defeat the Nigerian Islamist group, Boko Haram.
The 63-year-old Deby is expected to win a fifth term in office, but is facing unprecedented dissent against his rule. His government is cracking down on opposition activists and has banned protest marches throughout the country. Reports media

Subramanian Swamy, Navjot Sidhu, Mary Kom among 6 nominated to RS

Apr 23
BJP leaders Subramanian Swamy and Navjot Singh Sidhu and journalist Swapan Dasgupta have been nominated to Rajya Sabha.
In a release, Home Ministry said, President Pranab Mukherjee has also nominated economist Narendra Jadhav, Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi and Boxer Mary Kom to the Upper House.
AIR correspondent reports, there are 12 nominated members in Rajya Sabha and at present seven seats are vacant.
Persons having special knowledge in literature, science, art and social service and sports are nominated in this category.
Although independent, the nominated members always vote along with the government and the filling of vacancies will bolster the NDA’s numbers in the Upper House where it lacks majority.
Lyricist Javed Akhtar, Theatre artist B Jayashree, Journalist H K Dua, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, Economist Bhalchandra Mungekar, Professor Mrinal Miri, Dr Ashok Ganguly had completed their terms as nominated members.


India signs Paris climate agreement along with over 170 nations at UN

During the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), world leaders hammered out an agreement aimed at stabilizing the climate and avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Event highlights from Ceres’ network of business and investor leaders:
Paris Agreement   is an agreement within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. An agreement on the language of the treaty was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015. It was signed on 22 April 2016 (Earth Day) by 175 UNFCCC members, 15 of which immediately ratified it.How this agreement is to entered into force is voluntary or binding?
India has signed the historic Paris climate agreement at United Nations in New York along with more than 170 nations, marking a significant step to combat global warming.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar signed the agreement in the UN General Assembly hall at a high-level ceremony hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last night.
The ceremony was attended by heads of governments, foreign ministers, corporate leaders and artists from across the world.
In the agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius.
In his message on the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Paris accord, in conjunction with the Agenda for Sustainable Development, holds the power to transform the world.
While noting that the countries are signing a new covenant with the future, Ban cautioned that the world is in a race against time.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Javadekar reiterated that India will reduce emission intensity by 35 per cent and build 40 per cent capacity for Power Generation from Non Fossil fuels.
He said, India has undertaken a huge renewable energy program of 175 GW and he is happy to announce that India have already achieved 40 GW. Mr Javadekar said that India has put a six dollar cess per tonne on coal and it is a solid action taken against carbon emission.
He said, the developed world has caused the climate change of today because of their 100 years of relentless carbon emissions.
The Minister expressed hope that collective wisdom will ultimately prevail and both developed and developing nations will do their part to address the issue of climate change.
Mr Javadekar said, the issue of climate fund continues to remain a concern and urged the developed countries to mobilize 100 billion dollar sooner and they must also take enhanced targets for 2016-2020, which is the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

Landslides, flash floods in Arunachal Pradesh;

Apr 23
In Arunachal Pradesh more landslides, flash flood and road blockade at multiple places are being reported from Tawang.
Landslides have claimed two more lives taking the death toll to 18 in landslide in Tawang .Many people have abandoned their houses and are moving to safer places.
Flash floods have damaged agricultural fields and washed away roads at many places.
Tawang is reeling under darkness since three days as incessant rain has caused damage in the Kipti Micro Hydel Station and forced the power department to shut down the station.
Tawang is also facing disruption in water supply.
Chief Minister Kalikho Pul has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. four lakhs to next of the kin of the deceased and 2 lakhs rupees to the injured in the Tawang Landslide.
On Thursday night 16 people were killed and 2 injured in a landslide in Tawang.
Apart from Tawang, districts like Anjaw, Changlang, East Siang and Lower Subansiri are also badly affected by landslides and flood.

Current drought condition to remain for maximum 45 days: Met Dept.

Apr 23
The India Meteorological Department, IMD, has predicted that the drought condition prevailing in the country now will remain maximum for 30 to 45 days.
Participating in the current affairs programme of All India Radio, IMD director B P Yadav said farmers faced two deficient rainfall years consecutively and the immediate solution is good monsoon.
He, said IMD has predicted good forecast and the South-West monsoon rainfall will be above normal in this year.
Earlier, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the central government is making all efforts to deal with drought situation . He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed to provide all assistance to the affected States.

Russian tanker catches fire in Caspian Sea

Russian tanker has caught fire in the Caspian Sea near the territorial waters of Turkmenistan. The crew has been evacuated while the Russian Emergency Ministry prepares amphibious firefighting aircraft to extinguish the fire on the vessel.
A source told RIA Novosti that the ignition source is believed to be on the deck of the vessel.
The Palflot-2 vessel in distress is currently drifting in Turkmenistan’s territorial waters some 800 kilometers from Russia’s nearest port, Astrakhan. Ten crew members have been evacuated from the ship by another Russian vessel, emergency agency sources told Russian media.
The Southern Regional Center of Russia’s Emergency Ministry has confirmed the fire on Palflot-2 tanker claimed the life of a ship’s mechanic, reportedly a citizen of Kazakhstan.
“We confirm the death of a single person. It was a mechanic. There were 11 crewmembers onboard, and 10 of them have been evacuated by a vessel belonging to the same company. They will be delivered to Astrakhan,” a source in the Emergency Ministry said.
Crew members of the Palflot-2 are citizens of Russia and Kazakhstan.
According to the Emergency Ministry, the tanker was not transporting any oil products and its tanks are filled with seawater as ballast.
The Emergency Ministry and the company owning the burning tanker agreed that extinguishing the fire on a vessel drifting so far from Russian shores is unpractical. It has been decided the ship should burn out, and its fate will be decided later.
Palflot-2’s port of commission is city of Taganrog, a port in the Azov Sea connected with the Caspian Sea via a system of waterways.

5.8-magnitude quake rattles northwest Ecuador

A new 5.8-magnitude earthquake has rocked Ecuador with its epicenter located 26 km (16 miles) west of the coastal town of Muisne in northwestern Ecuador, the US Geological Survey reported on its website. The quake hit off the Ecuadorian coast at 01:24 GMT Saturday. No further details on any casualties or damages have been reported. The newest quake follows a string of aftershocks of 6.2 and 6.0 magnitude that struck the country Thursday. The latest tremblor comes a week after a powerful 7.8 quake hit the country, leaving over 600 people dead, and thousands injured and displaced. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue services are still searching the affected areas. Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, estimated damage to the country at $3 billion.

Parliament session to complete financial bill

Parliament session from April 25 to complete financial business
Demands for Grants and working of 11 ministries to be discussed ; six in Lok Sabha and 5 in Rajya Sabha
Finance Bill, Railways Appropriation Bill, Uttarakhand Ordinances, GST Bill, Factories Bill,
Afforestation Fund Bill, Enemy Property Bill on the agenda

Parliament session will begin from Monday i.e April 25,2016 to address the financial business related to the General and Railway Budgets for the financial year 2016-17 and is scheduled to last till May 13,2016 subject to the exigencies of the Government’s Business.  The ensuing session of the Lower House  will be the 8th Session of the 16th  and that of the Upper House the 239th Session of Rajya Sabha since the previous sessions of the Parliament were prorogued in March this year, after both the Houses were adjourned on March 16 for meetings of Department Related Standing Committtees.
Financial business including discussion on demands for grants of various ministries in Lok Sabha and working of some ministries in Rajya Sabha,  consideration and passing of the Railways Appropriation Bill,2016 and Finance Bill,2016 constitutes the main agenda of this session of Parliament.
Lok Sabha will take up discussion on Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Railways and the related Appropriation Bill for 2016-17 on April 26. This will be followed by discussion on Demands for Grants of the Ministries of Development of North-Eastern Region, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Social Justice and Empowerment and Civil Aviation.
Rajya Sabha will discuss working of the Ministries of Health & Family Welfare, Human Resource Development, Finance, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and External Affairs. Thereafter, Finance Bill,2016 and application of Guillotine will be taken up.
Other Legislative agenda likely  to be taken up in Lok Sabha include:
1.Consideration and Passing of the Sikh Gurudwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as passed by Rajya Sabha (listed for April 25);
2.Consideration and Passing of the Regional Centre for Bio-technology Bill,2016 (listed for April 25);
3.The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2014 (Standing Committee submitted its Report);
4.The Electricity Amendment Bill, 2014 (Standing Committee submitted its Report);
5.The Lok Pal and Lok Ayuktas and other related laws (Amendment) Bill,2014 (Standing Committee submitted its report);
6.The Merchant Shipping Bill, 2015 (Standing Committee submitted its Report);
7.The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill,2015 (Standing Committee submitted its Report);
8.The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015 (Standing Committee submitted its Report);
9.The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code,2015 (Report of Joint Committee awaited);
10.The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015 (Report of Standing Committee awaited);
11.The Consumer Protection Bill, 2015 (Report of the Standing Committee awaited);
12.The Companies (Amendment) Bill,2016 (Report of the Standing Committee awaited); and
  1. The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Second Bill, 2015 (Report of Joint Committee awaited).

Legislative business likely to be taken up in  Rajya Sabha include;
1.The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill,2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
2.The Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill,2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
3.The Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill,2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
4.The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill,2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
(The above four Bills listed for April 25)
5.The Constitution (One twenty second) Amendment Bill relating to introduction of GSG as passed by Lok Sabha and reported by the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha;
6.The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill,2016 as passed by Lok Sabha and referred to Select Committee of the House;
7.The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill,2015 as passed by Lok Sabha;
8.The Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill,2015 as passed by Lok Sabha;
9.The Industries (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill,2015 as passed by Lok Sabha;
10.The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 1987 as reported by Joint Committee; and
  1. The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 as passed by Lok Sabha and referred to Joint Committee.

During the 15 sittings of the session starting on April 25,2016, besides ratification of Presidential Proclamation in Uttarkhand under Article 356 of the Constitution, two Ordinances viz., The Uttarakhand Appropriation (Vote on Account) Ordinance,2016 and The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Second Ordinance, 2016 are also on the agenda.
During the last session of Parliament between February 23 and March 16,2016, both the Houses had 16 sittings during when 11 Bills were introduced in Lok Sabha and one in Rajya Sabha. The Lower House passed 9 Bills while the Upper House cleared 11 Bills. Ten Bills were passed by both the Houses including  the Real Estate (Development and Regulation) Bill,2016 and the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill,2016.
Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha took up short duration discussion on the incidents in Jawaharlal Nehru University and  Hyderabad Central  University during the last session. Lok Sabha held similar discussion on money laundering including Aircel and Maxis and the terrorist attack in Pathankot while Rajya Sabha discussed agrarian crisis prevailing at that time.
Lok Sabha discussed Calling Attention Motion on affidavit relating to Ishrat Jehan case while in Rajay Sabha , inflammatory speech by a union minister was discussed under the same provision.

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