The US is setting up a $5 billion “terrorism partnership fund” to help other countries push back against radical extremists, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. He told “CBS This Morning” that US foreign policy needs to reflect a “rapidly changing, more complex world where terrorism is the principal challenge.” In morning interviews, Kerry also defended President Barack Obama’s decision to terminate America’s combat role in Afghanistan by the end of the year, AP reported.
French police have arrested the daughter of a South Korean tycoon believed to be the owner of a ferry that sank last month in a disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing, AP reported. Yoo Somena was detained early on Tuesday at her home near the Champs Élysées in Paris, officials said. Police were acting on an international arrest warrant issued on May 8 by South Korean officials who suspect she was involved in embezzlement from 2004 to 2013.
Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to freedom fighter and right-wing leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on the occasion of his birth anniversary.
He went to Parliament to pay floral tributes at Savarkar’s portrait. Modi described Savarkar as a prolific writer, poet and social reformer.”Tributes to Veer Savarkar on his birth anniversary. We remember and salute his tireless efforts towards the regeneration of our motherland. “Veer Savarkar is remembered as a prolific writer, thinker, poet and a social reformer,” he tweeted.;
Putin, Hollande to discuss Ukraine in Paris on June 5
President Vladimir Putin will discuss the crisis in Ukraine at talks with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on June 5, the Kremlin said on Wednesday. The talks will take place in the French president’s Elysee Palace, Reuters stated. “On the evening of June 5… the presidents of the two countries will hold talks on fundamental international and bilateral issues, including the Ukraine crisis,” Yuri Ushakov, the Kremlin foreign policy aide, said.
The quake struck at around 10 am (0430 GMT) and was centred 66 kilometres south of Qeshm by the Strait of Hormuz, the US Geological Survey said.Iran’s official IRNA news agency put the quake’s magnitude slightly higher at 5.2 and said there were no initial reports of casualties or damage.
The quake also shook the larger port city of Bandar Abbas and was felt across the Gulf in Dubai, where residential and office towers shook for around 10 seconds but were not evacuated.
Iran stands on several seismic fault lines. In April last year, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Iran and neighbouring Pakistan, killing 40 people. A massive quake in December 2003 struck the southern city of Bam, killing 26,000 people and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.
Israel asks Interpol not to carry out Gaza flotilla court ruling
Israel has appealed to Interpol not to implement a Monday ruling of a Turkish court that issued arrest warrants for four former Israeli military commanders on trial in absentia over the 2010 killing of nine Turks, Hebrew-language daily newspaper Ma’ariv reported. The Turks were killed in an Israeli commando raid on Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship that challenged Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. However, Israel branded the Turkish court’s ruling as “tainted by political motives,” asking Interpol not to honor it, the daily reported. An Istanbul court requested an Interpol Red Notice for the arrest of four senior Israeli military chiefs days after the tenth Turkish citizen who was seriously injured in the 2010 raid died after four years in a coma.
Dutch police to be deployed to Jewish sites after Belgium attack
The Netherlands has decided to ramp up security measures at Jewish sites, deploying police to cultural centers, schools, and synagogues, Reuters reports. According to the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, the measures are only a precaution. The move follows a deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday, in which three people were killed by a Kalashnikov-wielding man. France has also said it will step up security measures, while French President Francois Hollande said there was “no doubt” the killing of two Israelis and a French woman were motivated by anti-Semitism.
54 killed in Nigeria in alleged Boko Haram attacks
Fifty-four people have been killed in northern Nigeria in two attacks allegedly carried out by Islamist group Boko Haram, AP reported, citing officials. According to police constable Abdullahi Mohammed, 24 soldiers and 21 policemen died in an attack Monday evening on Buni Yadi town in Nigeria’s Yobe state. In another attack, gunmen suspected to be from Boko Haram killed nine people in two remote villages in Borno, a local government official said. The official added that the armed men shot at villagers and burned their homes in Ashigashiya town. After taking control of the area, they hoisted their white flags with Arabic letters.
40 hunger-striking Palestinian detainees hospitalized in Israel
Forty hunger-striking Palestinian detainees were hospitalized in Israel this week, Israel Prison Authority spokesperson Sivan Weizman said, as cited by AP. Their conditions are “reasonable,” she said, adding that their fast has entered into a second month. About 240 detainees are on a hunger strike at Ramle prison, demanding their release and the halt of their undetermined “administrative detention,” which allows Israel to detain people without charge or trial. Most of the prisoners are Palestinians. Issa Karakeh, the Palestinian minister for prisoner affairs, reported that about 300 people have been fasting, adding that half of them are administrative detainees.
Cameroon deploys 1,000 troops to Nigerian border to counter Boko Haram
Cameroon has deployed some 1,000 troops and armored vehicles to its border region with Nigeria to counter a rising threat from Boko Haram Islamist militants. “Their mission will be to carry out reconnaissance and be ready to respond with enough fire power,” Reuters quoted the Central African nation’s defense ministry spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck, as saying on Tuesday. Boko Haram has carried out attacks in northern Cameroon and is suspected of attacking a Chinese workers camp there this month.
Palestinian factions Hamas, Fatah agree on national unity govt
Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed on the make-up of a national unity government on Tuesday, officials from both parties said. The groups decided on a list of independent, technocrat ministers who will run the government pending national polls in at least six months, Reuters said. The move is expected to revive institutions blocked since the parties fought a brief civil war in 2007.
Bomb kills 19 near Shiite mosque in Baghdad – reports
A bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 19 people, Reuters said, citing security and medical sources. The attack took place in the densely-packed Shorja district in an open-air bus station within range of the mosque. The area is filled with shops.
Russian prosecutors want 2 of 5 convicted men jailed for life in Politkovskaya case
Russian prosecutors asked a judge on Tuesday for life sentences for two men convicted of the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, Reuters said. A jury last week convicted five men of the murder and requested sentences ranging from 15 to 22 years for three other men who were found guilty of the murder of the investigative journalist. The two facing life in jail are Rustam Makhmudov, who was convicted of shooting Politikovskaya, and his uncle Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, found guilty of organizing the logistics of the crime, according to RIA Novosti.
OSCE loses contact with monitors near Donetsk, E. Ukraine
European security watchdog, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said on Tuesday that it had lost contact with one of its teams of monitors near the town of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, Reuters said. The four-strong international team was on a routine patrol east of Donetsk when contact was lost on Monday evening, according to the OSCE.
Embassy employees collect body of Italian journalist in Slavyansk, Ukraine
Representatives from the Italian embassy on Tuesday collected the body of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli, who was killed in Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported, citing a source. The diplomats were presumably heading to Kharkov. The body of Andrey Mironov, a journalist and interpreter, who accompanied Rocchelli, reportedly remains in Slavyansk. They died last week after their car came undermortar fire near Slavyansk. A French journalist traveling in the same car was injured in the attack.
Iran officials confirm first 2 cases of MERS
Iranian officials have confirmed the country’s first two cases of MERS, the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona-Virus, first reported two years ago in its neighbor, Saudi Arabia. “Four suspected cases of new corona virus infection were observed in a family in the province of Kerman. Two of these cases were confirmed in two sisters,” Reuters quoted Mohammad Mahdi Gouya, the director-general of communicable diseases at the Iranian Health Ministry’s Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, as saying. “One of the sisters is in critical condition and the other is currently receiving treatment.”
Chief of France’s main opposition UMP to resign amid party funding probe
Jean-Francois Cope will resign on June 15 as head of France’s main opposition UMP party after allegations of irregularities in the finances of the conservative party, Reuters reported, citing a UMP source. The move effectively launches the race to secure the UMP ticket to stand in the 2017 presidential election. Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe are waiting in the wings.
Norway detains 3 for links to terror group
Norway’s security service says three men, with alleged links to an Al-Qaeda splinter group, have been arrested, AP reported. The preliminary charges include supporting or participating in a terror organization. The three suspects were Norwegian citizens aged 29, 27 and 24, the PST security service said on Tuesday. The oldest was born in Somalia and the other two were born in the former Yugoslavia.
10 children, 6 adults killed in Pakistan bus accident
A bus accident in Pakistan’s northwestern valley of Swat on Tuesday left 16 people dead, including 10 children, officials said. The bus, carrying passengers home from the central Punjab province to the Kalam hill station in Swat district, crashed on the roadside close to a river in the early hours, AFP said. Seven other passengers have been injured, said Mehmood Asalam, a senior administration official in Swat. The cause of the incident was not immediately clear.
5.1-magnitude earthquake rocks Iran, tremors felt in UAE
A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit Iran at 9.44am (5:44 GMT) on Tuesday at a depth of 10 kilometers, 66km southwest of Qeshm, the US Geological Service reported. The tremors were felt across the United Arab Emirates. The epicenter of the earthquake was near Qeshm, the UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology confirmed. Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah felt the maximum impact of the tremors.
Italian kidnapped in Syria is free
Italian journalist Federico Motka, kidnapped in war-torn Syria over a year ago, has been freed and safely transferred to Turkey, via the Akcakale border gate in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa. Tomorrow he will see his relatives in Italy, promised Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Twitter. 31-year-old Motka used to work in Syria as a coordinator for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) and was abducted by a group of armed men on March 13, 2013. Back in April four French journalists were freed in Syria after 10 months of captivity, also returning home via Turkey.
Vietnam says Chinese boat sank its fishing vessel in disputed waters
The head of Vietnam’s coastguard says a Chinese boat rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the disputed waters in the South China Sea on Monday, Reuters reports. The 10 fisherman who were on board the Vietnamese boat were rescued, said coastguard commander Nguyen Quang Dam. He added that the incident occurred 17 nautical miles from the massive oil rig China deployed between the Paracel islands and the Vietnamese coast. “A Vietnamese boat from the central city of Da Nang was deliberately encircled by 40 fishing vessels from China before it was attacked by a Chinese ship,” Dam told Reuters by telephone.
Pope Francis does not rule out retirement
Pope Francis says he would be open to retirement should his health not permit him carry on with his duties, stressing that papal retirement could become a norm for the Catholic Church. Referring to his predecessor who voluntarily resigned last year Francis said: “I think that Benedict XVI is not a unique case. I think we should see him as an institution who opened a door, the door of emeritus popes.” “Will there be more (papal resignations)? God knows, but the door is open,” the 77-year-old pontiff said speaking to reporters on the plane returning from a trip to the Middle East .
Pope Francis to meet sex abuse victims in early June
Pope Francis said Monday that he will meet with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican in early June, adding that he would show zero tolerance to anyone in the Catholic Church who abused minors, including bishops, Reuters reports. “Sexual abuse is such an ugly crime … because a priest who does this betrays the body of the Lord. It is like a satanic Mass,” he said. The pontiff spoke to reporters during a flight taking him back to the Vatican after his trip to the Middle East.
Zenit-3SL successfully takes Eutelsat-3B satellite to orbit
A Russian-Ukrainian carrier rocket Zenit-3SL has successfully lofted European communications satellite Eutelsat-3B to orbit, RIA Novosti reports citing Russian space agency Roscosmos. The rocket was launched from the Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean at 21:10 GMT. Eutelsat-3SL which is operated by France-based satellite provider Eutelsat S.A. has up to 51 transponders, and will operate in C, Ku and Ka-bands. It is designated to provide service for Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and South America.
Abducted schoolgirls located – Nigeria’s defense chief
Nigeria’s Defense Chief Air Marshal Alex Barde said that the country’s military had located the more than 200 schoolgirls that were kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. But, Barde added that the troops cannot use force to free the girls. “We can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” he said. Nigeria has faced international criticism for its failure to recover the abducted schoolgirls. US planes have been involved in the search operations, while UK, France, Israel and other countries sent their own experts in hostage situations.
Kremlin ready for Ukraine lawsuit over Crimea – head of administration
The Kremlin is ready for Ukraine’s lawsuit over Crimea’s incorporation by Russia, ITAR-TASS quoted Sergey Ivanov, the head of the Kremlin administration, as saying on Monday. “We will be waiting for a lawsuit in this case” if Pyotr Poroshenko, who is leading in Ukraine’s Sunday presidential elections, is going to file it, Ivanov told journalists. He also said that Kiev owes Russia $3.5 billion for natural gas supplies.
Syria expels Jordan’s top diplomat in tit-for-tat move
Syria declared Jordan’s charge d’affaires in Damascus persona non grata, Reuters said. The move was taken in response to what Damascus said was an unjustified decision by the kingdom to expel its ambassador. Earlier in the day, Jordan gave Syrian Ambassador Bahjat Suleiman, a former general and intelligence chief, 24 hours to leave the country. The envoy was accused of having made repeated public criticisms of the kingdom.
Sierra Leone records 1st Ebola outbreak, 5 dead
Five people have died in Sierra Leone’s first confirmed outbreak of Ebola virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The WHO said the outbreak in Sierra Leone was located in an area along the country’s border with Guinea’s Guéckédou prefecture, where some of the earliest cases of the disease were recorded, Reuters reported. “Preliminary information received from the field indicates that one laboratory-confirmed case and five community deaths have been reported from Koindu chiefdom,” the WHO said, adding that it was immediately deploying six experts to the area along with essential supplies.
Modi sworn in as India’s 15th PM
Narendra Modi has been sworn in as India’s 15th Prime Minister in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, home of President Pranab Mukherjee. Leaders from eight neighboring countries, including Pakistan, were present among the almost 4000 guests at the grand ceremony, NDTV reported. Modi’s 44 ministers took oath after him at the presidential palace. Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata Party won a resounding victory in general elections, has promised to revitalize the country’s economy.
Turkish court orders arrest of 4 Israeli generals over Gaza aid raid
The Istanbul 7th Court of Serious Crimes has ordered the arrest of four Israeli commanders who were allegedly involved in the raid on the Mavi Marmara aid ship off Gaza in 2010, Hurriyet Daily News said. The court also decided on Monday to request an Interpol Red Notice for the arrest of former Israeli Chief of Staff, Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, former Naval Forces Cmdr. Eliezer Alfred Marom, former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlinir and former Air Forces Intelligence head Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi. They are all being tried in absentia. Prosecutors have demanded life sentences for the four for their role in the raid following a complaint filed by 33 relatives of the nine Turkish citizens who were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara.
2 Filipino ex-senators ask court to scrap new US defense pact
Two former Philippines senators asked the Supreme Court on Monday to declare a new defense pact clinched with Washington unconstitutional. This is the first legal challenge to the pact. On Monday, Rene Saguisag and Wigberto Tanada filed a 63-page petition alleging that the government had failed to uphold and protect the country’s sovereignty and national interests, Reuters said. They also voted to evict two large US military bases from the Philippines in 1991. Manila and Washington last month signed a new Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) to allow US forces wider access to local bases and construct facilities to store logistics for maritime security and disaster operations.
Spain’s Socialist opposition leader to step down over EU election result
Spain’s Socialist opposition leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said on Monday the party would select a new chief on July 19 and 20, Reuters said. “It’s clear that we haven’t regained voters’ confidence,” Rubalcaba said after the party’s worst-ever election result in European elections on Sunday. The Socialists lost nine of their 23 seats in the European Parliament, while other leftist parties gained force.
Female Japanese pop group AKB48 cancels fan events after attack
Japan’s female pop group AKB48 canceled fan events Monday after a saw-wielding man attacked two members and a staffer, AP said. The two group members, Anna Iriyama, 18, and Rina Kawaei, 19, suffered hand and head injuries. The male staffer who tried to stop the attack Sunday at a fan event in northern Japan had cuts on his hand. All three left the hospital by late Monday.
At least 2 killed as suicide bomber hits army bus in Kabul
A suicide bomber blew himself up close to an army minibus in the Afghan capital on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring two, according to the Defense Ministry. “A suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives near an army minibus,” Reuters quoted ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi as saying. The blast took place in the eastern part of Kabul.
Jordan expels Syrian ambassador over critical comments on social media
Jordan announced Monday it was expelling the Syrian ambassador, giving him 24 hours to leave the country for breaching diplomatic norms, Reuters said. Ambassador Bahjat Suleiman, a former general and intelligence chief, had violated diplomatic protocol by posting repeated comments on social media that criticized Jordan, according to a statement by the Foreign Ministry in Amman. The kingdom has harbored more than one million refugees from neighboring Syria’s conflict.
Israel approves 50 new settler homes in E. Jerusalem
Israel on Monday approved plans for 50 new homes for Israelis in east Jerusalem, AFP reported. “The municipality has given the green light to build 50 new housing units in five buildings in Har Homa,” City Councilor Yosef Pepe Alalu said. Har Homa is a settlement neighborhood in the southern sector of Arab east Jerusalem which was annexed after the 1967 Six-Day War.
At least 10 killed in India passenger train crash
A passenger express train slammed into a stationary freight train in northern India on Monday. At least 10 people were killed, with others feared trapped in the wreckage, an official in New Delhi told AFP. “What we know now is that six bogies of the train derailed following the collision and at least 10 people have died,” the Indian Railways official said.
Grybauskaite wins 2nd presidential term in Lithuania run-off election
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite won a second term in run-off elections on Sunday. Grybauskaite, 58, a former European Budget Commissioner and former minister of finance, attracted 57.9 percent of the votes in the nation of 3 million, Reuters reported. The electoral commission said Zigmantas Balcytis, a social democrat supported by Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, received 40.1 percent. The Lithuanian president appoints government ministers, judges, the head of the central bank and the Lithuanian delegate to the European Commission. The head of state, however, needs the approval of parliament or the prime minister for most appointments.
Egyptians begin voting in presidential election
Egyptians began voting on Monday in a two-day presidential election which former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win. Polling stations opened at 9am (06:00 GMT) across the country. A homemade bomb exploded outside a polling station in the Egyptian city of El-Mahalla El-Kubra on Monday, Reuters said, citing a state TV report. Sisi, Egypt’s de facto leader since he deposed the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi last July, faces one challenger – leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi.
Thailand’s coup leader receives royal blessing
The Thai king has officially endorsed the military coup that seized power in the country last Thursday, said General Prayuth Chan-ocha, leader of the uprising. The ruling junta warned protesters over the weekend that the army was ready to crackdown on any sign of protest of the new regime. The military authorities currently have Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in custody and said they will release her in a week’s time.
One of Gulf cartel leaders detained
Following a wave of violence in the northern state of Tamaulipas, the Mexican authorities arrested Juan Rodriguez Garcia, a man from the top of the Gulf cocaine-trafficking cartel. Garcia has been elbowing to become a new leader of the cartel after the arrest of his former boss Mario Ramirez Trevino last August. It was Garcia’s struggle for power that caused multiple shootouts and massacres in Tamaulipas state in 2014.
Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan
US President Barack Obama has paid a surprise visit to American troops stationed in Afghanistan, as the US marks the Memorial Day weekend. During the visit to Bagram Air Base, Obama said that he was close to taking a decision on the number of US soldiers that will remain in Afghanistan post 2014 withdrawal deadline. A bilateral deal between Kabul’s new president and Washington needs to be signed before Americans will stay to train Afghan security forces and conduct counterterrorism missions. A runoff in the Afghan presidential election will be held in June.
Boko Haram kills 28 in raids in Nigeria
At least 28 people have died after Boko Haram, an Al Qaeda affiliate, attacked three villages in northern Nigeria burning houses to the ground, the police announced. The assaults happened in Borno state in the heartland of Boko Haram’s increasing rampage. The worst incident, resulting in 20 casualties was in the town of Kerenua, near the Niger border. The United States, Britain, France and China last week offered Nigeria help to battle the Islamic insurgency in a mission to try to free the schoolgirls who were captured back in April and still remain hostage.
Former Thai PM released by military
Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been released after she reported to the Thai military, a number of media outlets report. On 23 May 2014 Yingluck was arrested with other political leaders, in the wake of a military coup which had occurred the previous day. The army seized power after months of turmoil and deadly clashes in Bangkok. The military rule is reportedly trying to summon around 150 influential politicians in the country in an effort to weld country’s political future.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has called Brussels too big and bossy. The 28-nation bloc voted a record number of EU Parliament seats to anti-integration parties in the recent elections.
Prime Minister Cameron is in Brussels for an informal meeting to discuss the results of last week’s EU elections. Addressing the press in the Belgium capital, Cameron criticized the EU, saying it had got too big for its boots.
“We need an approach that recognizes that Brussels has become too big, too bossy, too interfering. It should be ‘nation states’ wherever possible, Europe only where necessary, and we need people running this organization who really understand that,” he told reporters.
The results of the recent EU elections showed a marked swing towards euro skepticism in the 28-nation bloc, as around 30 percent of the seats went to parties with anti-integration policies.
In Britain, the UK Independence Party triumphed in the elections, receiving 27.5 percent of the vote. Cameron previously described UKIP as “a bunch of loonies and closet racists.” But now he says such results could not be simply “shrugged off” and this was a sign something needed to be changed in the leadership of the EU.
Elsewhere, the most notable was arguably France’s National Front Party headed by Marine Le Pen, which has been criticized for racist and xenophobic views. The National Front garnered 25 percent of the vote with Le Pen describing her party’s victory as a prelude to a political “earthquake” in the European Union.
European leaders must now address the issue of who will replace European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso when he steps down from the post in October. Cameron is strongly opposed to the current favorite, former prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, who is backed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Junker announced on Sunday that he had the only legitimate right to the presidency given that his party, The European People’s Party, has the majority of seats in the parliament, with 212 out of 751.
Leader of UKIP Nigel Farage has claimed that there is “nobody more fanatical about building the United States of Europe” than Junker and his candidacy has come “just at the moment that the European electors have made it clear they are going in the wrong direction.”
Anti-EU sentiment has been on the rise in the UK following the financial crisis that has crippled parts of the Union. Cameron has promised to push for a renegotiation of the conditions of Britain’s membership to the Union and limit Brussels’s powers.
Last year, the UK Prime Minister promised he would hold a referendum to decide Britain’s future in the EU, should his Conservative Party get the majority of the vote in next year’s general election. Cameron said on Monday that he would not bring the referendum forward, after his party came third in the EU elections, beaten by Labour and Ukip. Media agencies
Interestingly, in the recent 2014 election affidavit (below) with the Election Commission, Irani claimed that she only completed Part I (first year) of her bachelor’s degree in commerce in the year 1994 from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (correspondence).
Obviously, both cannot be right. So the question remains: Is Irani an under-graduate as declared by her in 2014, or a graduate as she claimed in 2004?
While the newly sworn in HRD minister has remained mum throughout, her party colleague and fellow minister Uma Bharti came to her defence on Wednesday. “I want to ask Madam Sonia Gandhi, what is her qualification,” the fiery leader hit back.
21st February 2015 : The 52nd session of the Paris International Agricultural Show will open at Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles (Paris) – France
The world of farming is getting ready to meet in Paris !
For the next session of the tradeshow, close to 1000 exhibitors* – from 22 countries* – and some 4,000 heads of livestock* and hundreds of thousand of visitors (703 407*, or 1% of the French population) are expected.
The Paris International Agricultural Show is the only French trade event to bring together all the players of the agricultural sector. The exhibition is an absolute hallmark show in France, and also internationally, for bringing together the best of French agriculture in a range of theme based exhibition halls.
Breeders, Producers, French regions, Agricultural cooperatives and syndicates, Ministries and public organisaions, Research institutes, Secondary and higher educations institutions, meet for nine days to present the different facets of agriculture and its nutritional, cultural, sociological and genetic significane.
Equated to a national institution in France, the Paris International Agricultural Show presents the most prestigious breeds of French livestock to the world. Participating in the Paris International Agricultural Show gives an opportunity to breeders and producers to showcase their products but also to explain their professions and daily lives to the general public. International visitors can gain an understanding of French breeding and livestock management techniques.
A demonstration of French agricultural excellence.
The Paris International Agricultural Show gives visitors a window into the know-how and expertise of French breeders and farmers. The exhibition is a forum for exchange of best practices in livestock breeding between French farmers and international players in agricultural, whether private farmers or public officials. The exhibition is also an effective platform for lobbying as it attracts a hug amount of press attention and a large number of official visits from French and international ministers.
The General Agriculture Cometition : a showcase for the best French livestock and traditional gastronomy.
At the heart of the exhibition, the “Concours General Agricole” (General Agriculture Competition) is an incredible showcase for French breeders and producers to showcase their livestock and food products (agricultural, wine and traditional) before the general and professional pubic.
The livestock selected for the Competition comes from very rigorous and selective breeding programs and demonstrates the exceptional biodiversity of French genetics :
- 7 species are showcased : cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys and dogs.
- 360 species and close to 3,500 animals, were presented for competition in 2014
- 1850 breeders participated in the national competition.
65th National Basketball Championship for Junior Men and Women Day three — Karnataka & Maharashtra Women triumph
[Gopalakrishnan R] Kochi, 28th May 2014: Putting behind the morale sapping losses from the previous day, junior women from Maharashtra and Karnataka registered memorable wins this morning in the 65th National Basketball Championship for Junior Mena and Women that is underway at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavanthra in Kochi, Kerala.
Maharashtra’s Malayalee captain Sruthi Menon top scored with 24 points as her side beat Haryana 63-56. Both teams are now locked 1-1 after two round robin games. Karnataka junior women too recorded their first league win of this tournament over last year’s semifinalist Tamil Nadu, 88-65. Karnataka’s former youth international Bhadavya’s 42 points proved to be the difference between the two southern sides.
Late last evening, Kerala women stayed undefeated by beating Maharashtra 74-58. With its perfect 2-0 record, Kerala is on top of Group B in the upper pool.
Morning Results from Day 3 (28/5/14)
1) Himachal Pradesh (Sahil Bali 22, Rishab 15) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Akashvir 19, Jaskirat Singh 13, Pranav 12) 73-60 [20-15; 19-10; 12-20; 22-17]
2) Gujarat (Shahzad 31, Samjaysinh 12) bt Puducherry (AR Murali 19, Aniruddha 14) 78-66 [26-23; 11-9; 24-22; 17-10]
1) Maharashtra (Sruthi 24, Rutuja 9) bt Haryana (Suman 24, Bharti 22) 63-56 [10-16; 18-15; 16-12; 19-13]
2) Odisha (Urbashi 21, Jayashree 18) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Pearl Sharma 11, Mamta Mishra 11) 65-27 [28-8; 14-6; 8-9; 15-4]
3) Karnataka (Bhandavya 42, Lopamudra 13) bt Tamil Nadu (Hemalatha 13, Srividya 12) 88-65 [31-17; 25-16; 18-16; 14-16]
4) Gujarat (Tulika Bisht 23) bt Puduchery (Pratyusha 10, Suganya 9) 47-23 [8-7; 9-2; 12-10; 18-4]
Late Evening Results from Day 2 (27/5/14)
1) West Bengal (Anka Saha 29, Raghav Saigal 25, Sagan Joshi 23) bt Chandigarh (Naveen 21, Deepak Garg 12, Harkirat Singh 10) 89-58 [28-11; 12-22; 25-14; 24-11]
1) Kerala (Arathi 21, Poojamol 12) bt Maharashtra (Sruthi 17, Ishwari 17) 74-58 [20-8; 15-13; 13-16; 26-21]
2) Uttar Pradesh (Barkha S 29, Garima 22, Preeti Kumari 21) bt Tamil Nadu (Sreevidya 33, Hemalatha 19) 89-83 [30-11; 17-30; 19-19; 23-23]
3) West Bengal (Rupkatha 16, Pratyusha 10) bt Bihar (Steffy Jose 4) 61-11 [13-4; 12-2; 16-3; 20-2]
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Promote the International Freedom Day for Gaza
On April 29, 2014, Gaza’s Ark—a refurbished boat that was set to sail in June from the port of Gaza out to sea carrying Palestinian export goods—was sabotaged when explosive devices caused substantial damage to its hull. Repairing the boat will cost about $30,000. The attack is still under investigation. 
Gaza’s Ark can be ready to sail this fall—but we need your support to make it happen.
Human rights activists have called for an International Freedom for Gaza Day on May 31 to mark the fourth anniversary of the attack on the Mavi Marmara, which killed nine Turkish and a Turkish-American human rights activist—the tenth died this week after four years in a coma —as they attempted to challenge the blockade of Gaza. Actions drawing attention to the siege will take place in Gaza, Turkey, and around the world.
If you participate in social media, you have a unique opportunity to help raise the profile of the International Freedom Day for Gaza and Gaza’s Ark.
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1. Join our Thunderclap promoting the International Freedom Day for Gaza & Gaza’s Ark.Thunderclap allows large groups of people to blast social media all at once with one resounding message. Our Thunderclap will go out at the start of our Twitter Storm on Friday, May 30. All you have to do to participate is visit the link, select which social media you’d like to post to, authorize the Thunderclap app to post on your behalf this one time, and that’s it! Thunderclap won’t retain your information and will only post to your account once for this campaign.http://thndr.it/TCd685
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2. “Mavi Marmara death toll rises to 10,” Al Jazeera, May 25, 2014,http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/05/mavi-marmara-death-toll-rises-10-2014525145911267813.html
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First time ever the best quality boards under a LUXE brand to be introduced
Ø Dynasty has brought in a world class machinery from Italy to manufacture LUXE boards
Ø Company has roped in a German company to provide Edge Band and Glue solution
Ø Company eyes to bag the 10% market size of organised furniture industry
Ø LUXE has been a successful brand globally and available in more than 50 countries
Jaipur, 28th May, 2014: Country’s one of the largest interior solutions manufacturer and retailer, Dhabriya group has joined hands with European giant Alvic group. Under a special B2B arrangement, Dhabriya group’s modular furniture company, Dynasty has entered into an exclusive venture to merchandise the LUXE brand of Alvic group in India. LUXE is a patented brand of Alvic group of Spain that is a globally successful for their board’s application in furniture industry.
Speaking about the launch and the tie-up; Mr. Digvijay Dhabriya, Managing Director of Dhabriya Group said, “We are extremely delighted with our association to Alvic Group. We have been the initiators of world class products in the country and Alvic’s LUXE is the state-of-the-art product that offers the features those are value for money. With this brand addition, we plan to capture the major market size of country’s premium kitchen and furniture industry by 2017. Its crystal-like gloss finish and high resistance to scratches provides an extraordinary finish and appeal to the interiors of the house.”
The Indian furniture retail market is one of the 14th largest furniture markets in the world due to the rising purchasing power of the Indian middle class population. This USD 8 billion industry has been growing at 30% compound annual growth rate. According to a Cushman and Wakefield report, the demand for residential spaces is forecasted to hit 4.25 million units while the demand for office spaces is expected to hit 400 million sq.ft. between 2010 and 2014 in India. Another major segment is contract furniture which is driven by the increasing hotel developments and tourism demand in the country.
Speaking on LUXE’s entry in India, Mr. Julian Ramirez, international marketing head of Alvic Group said, “Alvic group have been working on a product over last three years that has a best finish with acceptable price in the market. LUXE is an idea that has made a brand number one not only because it is marketed well but it has a value that market needed. The glossy, shining, scratch resistance and water resistance makes it a monopolistic brand that has rapidly made its mark globally in a very few years. Today LUXE is a well known and a very well accepted brand in more than 50 countries.”
The application of LUXE product varies into various interior and some time in exterior home décor. It is being used into kitchen units, bathroom units, cupboards, wall panels, flooring and many a times for creative and personalized projects for exterior home and office décor. Since the product is sold itself because of its features, it is not necessary to explain many things in order to make a sell. Apart from home and kitchen décor, LUXE has also remarkably made a strong presence in hospitals, education and hotel-restaurant industry.
Dhabriya group’s Dynasty Modular Furniture has well established and varied network over 600 distributor points in India. Company also has seven application centers at various locations in country. With this newly entrant brand, company aims to open 13 more application centers in India by the end of 2015.
About Dhabriya Group:
A registered brand of Dhabriya Agglomerates Pvt. Ltd, Polywood is country’s one of the largest interior solutions brand that provides wood substitute solutions. Established in 1992, Dhabriya Agglomerates is country’s largest manufacturer and retailer of PVC & uPVC Profiles range. With an intense motive, company saves nearly 7 lakh trees every year and reduces the usage of wood by providing the alternate solutions and applications.
Commenced with a seed capital of Rs. 3 lakhs, the Dhabriya group has nearly an annual turnover of Rs. 100 crores as per FY 2013-14. Initiated its business with just manufacturing of PVC doors, Polywood is now manufacturing and also retailing a wide range of PVC and uPVC sections with various designs to suit the complete fabrication requirements like Doors, Windows, Partitions, False Ceilings, Wall Paneling, Pelmet, Modular Kitchen Cabinets, Shutters & other interiors related products at company-owned application centers spread across India.
Company had established its first manufacturing plant in Jaipur with initial manufacturing capacity of 250 metric tons of PVC profiles per annum. In 2009, it took a step ahead by setting up its second plant in Coimbatore to align the supplies in southern part of the country. The company has an exclusive extrusion facility located at its both the plants which is a state of art facility using the best machinery and equipments that matches global standards with a total manufacturing capacity of 10,000 metric tons of PVC Profiles per annum. In the fiscal year 2007-08 company had also ventured into the manufacturing & fabrication of uPVC Windows and Doors.
Polywood is recognized for its customised solutions, superior quality as well as highly efficient and robust products. It subscribes to the Quality Management Standards ISO 9001:2008 and Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001:2004. Amongst the many Awards that the company has received includes a National Award for Manufacturing of Outstanding Quality Products, Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship, Award for Meritorious Industrial Development, The Samaj Ratna Award etc.
In the year 1995, looking at the opportunities into Modular furniture market, Dhabriya group diversified and launched it’s another retail brand Dynasty. Under this brand, company installed its manufacturing facility at Jaipur, Rajasthan for designing and manufacturing of Modular Furniture range especially made out of wood substitute i.e. agricultural waste. Under this retail brand, company merchandises various products like modular kitchen shutters and Wardrobe Shutters, green doors, executive tables, storage, work stations, kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, computer tables etc.
Polywood has a nationwide network of more than 100 distributors and 300 retail partners. Including Jaipur and Coimbatore, Polywood has a retail network of application centers in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. Company aims to set-up more application centers in the states like Rajasthan, Orissa, MPCG, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and few more cities in coming two years.
Dhabariya Agglomerates has marked its charisma in institutional, commercial and residential application segments. In commercial segment, the Polywood brand has earned a very prestigious business partners like Shapoorji Paloonji, Emmar MGF, Pacifica Group, DLF, Crompton & Greaves, ONGC Ankleshwar, Airport Authority of India, PWD Patna and Jaipur etc.
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HP Expands Production Inkjet Possibilities with New Inkjet Web Press, Priming Solution
New solutions enable publishers to profitably increase mono inkjet book production, expand media versatility
India, New Delhi, May 28, 2014— HP today announced the new compact HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Press designed specifically to help publishers increase speed to market and profitably print high quality black and white books in both large and small quantities.
The new HP T260 prints on a wide range of media with high-productivity and a low total operating cost in a compact size. The first 26-inch-wide (66-cm-wide) HP Inkjet Web Press, the HP T260 offers an efficient imposition form factor for book production and fast speeds—up to 800 feet (244 meters) per minute. It also has a duty cycle of 123 million A4 sized or 211 million 6-inch by 9-inch (152.6-mm by 228.6-mm) images per month, extending the crossover point for analog to digital printing.
Similar to existing HP Inkjet Web Presses, the HP T260 offers best-in-class print quality with 1,200 nozzles per inch (npi) and 8 times nozzle redundancy. It also features HP Bonding Agent and automation for operator ease of use.
The HP T260 was initially designed to enable China-based Hucais Printing Company Limited to better meet the demands of the local publishing market and power the company’s new publishing business model across its digital printing sites in China. Hucais has installed the press at each of its three printing facilities and expects to place a further double digit order to install the HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Presses across all its five sites in China.
“Once the establishment of our new publishing business model is complete, we expect to realize significant efficiencies and cost savings throughout our printing network from better logistics management, reduced inventory and faster turnaround of orders,” said Chen Chengwen, chairman, Hucais.”The HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Press is the foundation of this new model that provides strong value-added benefits essential to the success of our business.”
“Business transformation and taking on more high quality short-run and print-on-demand work are a top priority for Hucais,” said Gido van Praag, vice president and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. “The HP T260 mono inkjet web press helps Hucais meet these goals and demonstrates customer-led innovation in Asia that we are now making available for customers elsewhere in the world.”
Other announcements include:
· The new HP Priming Solution, enabling HP Inkjet Web Press users to print on a broader range of media, including standard offset coated media that is not typically compatible with production inkjet technology.
· Additions to the HP SmartStream Solutions Partner Program
Broadening media options with HP Priming Solution
Coatings used in offset papers are designed to repel water, including water-based inks used in high-speed production inkjet environments. This results in print-quality defects such as coalescence and issues with drying the ink at production speeds. Building on HP’s 30 years of inkjet technology leadership, the new HP Priming Solution addresses this challenge, allowing print service providers (PSPs) and book manufacturers to print on low-cost, coated offset stock without compromising print quality or productivity.
The HP Priming Solution expands HP’s media versatility in the production inkjet market. Available for the full HP Inkjet Web Press portfolio, the first HP Priming Solution offers a matte finish that can provide a cost-effective coated-media solution and help increase the crossover points vs. traditional offset in both publishing and commercial printing.
Components of the solution include an HP-developed, aqueous-based Priming Agent for HP A51 Inks, engineered to work with HP Inkjet Web Presses, and the Epic PrimeCoat priming system from Epic Products International, an industry leader in developing custom priming and coating solutions.
HP’s media strategy also includes HP Bonding Agent for production on low-cost, uncoated offset papers, collaboration with leading paper mills on the development of inkjet optimized papers with ColorPRO technology, and the HP Media Certification Program for the identification of substrates compatible with HP high-speed production inkjet systems.
Enhancing high-productivity finishing options
Through the HP SmartStream Solutions Partner Program, PSPs can take advantage of a solution portfolio with leading finishing providers in the graphic arts industry.
Available exclusively for the HP T410, Magnum Digital Solutions has developed the FlexCut digital sheeter/stacker solution. The FlexCut, which will be sold directly by HP, offers automated make-ready and on-the-fly stack changes, among other features, giving customers the ability to produce 42-inch by 39.4-inch sheets at speeds up to 14,440 sheets per hour, rivaling offset capability.
New to the HP SmartStream Solutions Partner Program, VITS International offers high-speed, high-productivity finishing capability with its Sprint Variable Data Finishing System, which is engineered for inline or offline applications for digital presses. Eltex-Elektrostatik-GmbH offers a moisturizer that uses electrostatic dispensing technology to help with flatness in books and other printed products. Finally, KOLBUS offers a comprehensive range of softcover and hardcover bookbinding machines including flexible high-speed perfect binding solutions for digital printing.
Transforming business with HP inkjet technology
Momentum of the HP Inkjet Web Press portfolio continues worldwide with a growing install base printing more than 3 billion pages per month worldwide.
O’Neil Data Systems an early adopter of HP production inkjet technology, recently acquired an additional HP T410 Color Inkjet Web Presses as it continues to grow its business with HP. With its latest investment, O’Neil Data Systems now has a total of 10 HP Inkjet Web Presses—including six HP T410s, two HP T360s and two HP T230s.
“When you compare our business today vs. our business in 2008 when we were first discussing production inkjet technology with HP, it’s a night and day difference,” said Jim Lucanish, president, O’Neil Data Systems. “We have completely transformed our business and have grown exponentially as a result of our continued investment in HP Inkjet Web Presses, which allow us to fiercely compete in the data-driven communications market.”
The HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Press and Priming Solution are expected to be available before the end of 2014.
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Delhi HC issues notices to Union Govt. and ECI on a petition filed by ADR
to monitor election expenditure of political parties
The Delhi High Court today issued notices to the Government of India and Election Commission of India (ECI) to file their replies on a petition regarding regulation and monitoring of the election expenditure of political parties. The next date for hearing is 28th of August 2014.
The petition, filed by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), requests for a process of regular submission of election expenditure statements by political parties commencing a year prior to the actual polling date till the results are declared. As has been observed in the recently concluded Lok sabha elections, political parties start their campaigning much before the polls.
Since presently there is no limit on the election expenditure of political parties, it is very difficult to ascertain the actual amount of money spent during the election campaign. The current practice of submitting election expenditure statements after 75 and 90 days of elections for Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, respectively, serves no purpose because monitoring and keeping a tab on the election expenditure after 75/90 days is a herculean task.
The key recommendations made by ADR in the petition are:
- Implement the recommendation made by the 170th Law Commission Report on Electoral Reforms, with regards to the financial accountability of the Political Parties.
- Introduce ceiling on the election expenditure of political parties, on and during the elections.
- Direct the political parties to submit expenditure statements, beginning one year prior to the elections.
- Direct the political parties to submit the account statements of income and expenditure, periodically, ie. once a month before the declaration of the election, and at least once a week during the elections.
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Elections come and go; life goes on. For Aam Adami Party, fighting against corruption is a way of life. So, a team of AAP activists visited the Anti-corruption Bureau office in Mumbai to pursue pending issues of corruption. The issues included
1. As many as 77 cases pending with the Government for sanction, despite an assurance of taking timely action.
2. Police Inspector C S Mali of Bajarpeth Police Station, Kalyan was arrested in 2011 and was found to be in possession of moveable and immoveable property worth Rs. 25 crores. It is important to know how far the matter has progressed since. There is also the case of Inspector Mahendra Chauhan of Ulhasnagar Police Station.
3. The widely reported case of Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation Engineer Mr. Sunil Joshi arrested in 2010 after 41-hour raid at his residence, and
4. A ‘Scam Festival Booklet’; with 13 extraordinary cases of corruption was forwarded to authorities ranging from the ACB Commissioner to the Chief Minister and beyond. The booklet listed malpractices committed by Shri Chhagan Bhujbal, a Cabinet Minister. No action seems to have emerged despite the clinching evidence detailed in the booklet.
The Director General of ACB, Shri Dixit was briefed about these issues, particularly about the ‘Scam Festival Booklet’ prepared by AAP.
AAP accords top priority to fighting corruption because corruption is pilferage of public money and it threatens the very fiber of our social system. Therefore the city unit of AAP is going to actively follow up corruption cases with the Anti-Corruption Bureau, where investigation is in progress; the Government for cases in which sanction is to be obtained and with the courts, where cases have already been filed.
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Sharif, who arrived yesterday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosque, and Mughal era monument Red Fort along with other members of his delegation.
The Pakistan Prime Minister will later hold bilateral talks with Modi during which both sides are expected to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, before leaving for Pakistan.
Sharif had said yesterday that he intends to pick up the threads with India’s new leader Modi from where he and then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee left off in 1999. The Pakistan Prime Minister had said that both governments have a strong mandate and this could help in “turning a new page in our relations”.
Sharif’s visit is seen as significant by political observers here given that hardline elements in Pakistan have expressed their unhappiness over his responding to the invitation positively.
Sources said it is expected that the Pakistan leader will also extend a formal invitation to Modi for a visit. No breakthrough is expected during the visit but it will provide the two leaders an opportunity to cultivate personal relations which may go a long a way in reducing tensions.