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Shaqiri hit a hat-trick as Switzerland qualified for the Round of 16

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Swiss Shaqiri hat-trick against Honduras 3:0

Shaqiri treble takes Swiss through
 

Xherdan Shaqiri hit a hat-trick as Switzerland qualified for the Round of 16 with a comfortable 3-0 win over Honduras at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus. The Bayern Munich midfielder’s treble – the second seen at Brazil 2014, following that of his club colleague Thomas Muller – secured second spot in Group E and set up a knockout duel with Argentina in Sao Paulo.

Shaqiri had never scored at the FIFA World Cup™ before today, but he signalled his intent to change that as early as the third minute, when his close-range effort forced Noel Valladares into an excellent save.

There was nothing, however, the Honduras keeper could do three minutes later when Switzerland’s No23 next took aim. On that occasion, Shaqiri scored a contender for goal of the tournament, cutting inside from the right, holding off two Honduran defenders and curling a superb left-foot shot in off the underside of the bar from 25 yards.

Honduras attempted to respond, but suffered throughout from a lack of quality and composure in the final third, and had no-one to match the class of Shaqiri. With 31 minutes played, the Bayern midfielder doubled his and his team’s tally, racing through on to a pass from Josip Drmic, sizing up the angles and slotting calmly and firmly into the bottom-right corner.

The Hondurans did improve markedly after half-time and carved out several early chances in the second period that, had they been converted, might have sparked a comeback. Jerry Bengston was the player to whom most of these opportunities fell, but first he failed to connect with an attempted diving header and then, after rounding goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, watched in agony as Ricardo Rodriguez made a dramatic goal-line clearance.

Those misses allowed Switzerland to put the outcome beyond doubt with 19 minutes remaining, and again it was Shaqiri who did the damage. Not for the first time, he was indebted to some excellent set-up play by Drmic on the left, leaving the Europeans’ hat-trick hero to side-foot a casual left-foot shot low beyond the wrong-footed Valladares.



 

Ecuador eliminated held France to a 0-0 draw

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Football: France fire blanks, Ecuador eliminated

 RIO DE JANEIRO: Ten-man Ecuador held France to a 0-0 draw at the Maracana on Wednesday but Didier Deschamps´ side still topped Group E to progress to a last-16 tie against Nigeria.

Through luck, determination, bad finishing and brilliant goalkeeping by Alexander Dominguez, Ecuador resisted even after captain and Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia was ordered off early in the second half for a studs up challenge on Lucas Digne.

The result was disappointing for Deschamps but was enough to take first place with seven points and the easier of the possible second-round ties next Monday.

Switzerland´s 3-0 win over Honduras in the group´s other game gave them second place and a tough match against Argentina on Tuesday as Ecuador become the first South American side to be knocked out of this World Cup.

Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda was left to lament the sending-off of his captain as his team came up just short.

“There is nothing to be done about it now but we lost an important player in our structure,” said the Colombian. “Various refereeing decisions went against us and it was difficult to hold on for a draw but the players showed great character.”

Deschamps made six changes for this game and will certainly bring back several of the missing players to take on Nigeria.

Karim Benzema, scorer of three goals in wins over Honduras and Switzerland, kept his place in the side, but France missed the creativity of Mathieu Valbuena and Yohan Cabaye, the latter absent due to suspension and replaced by Southampton´s Morgan Schneiderlin.

Les Bleus controlled much of the first half, but only sporadically troubled Dominguez in the Ecuador goal.

The Ecuadorean ´keeper held a crisply-struck volley from Moussa Sissoko with 15 minutes played and did well to palm the ball over the bar when Paul Pogba got his head to an Antoine Griezmann free-kick.

Ecuador began to threaten as the half wore on, almost breaking through when Enner Valencia rose above Digne to connect with Michael Arroyo´s left-wing cross only for Hugo Lloris to intervene. 



 

Argentina star Messi-inspired defeat Nigeria

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Nigeria through despite Messi-inspired defeat

Argentina secured top spot in Group F and preserved their unblemished record at Brazil 2014 with a 3-2 win over Nigeria illuminated by braces for Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa. Alejandro Sabella’s side will be joined in the Round of 16 by the Super Eagles, who contributed greatly to this enthralling match and progress due to Iran’s defeat to already-eliminated Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Even in a World Cup packed full of thrilling games, this was one of the best yet, and the tone was set as early as the third minute. That was when Messi opened the scoring in some style, crashing a first-time shot into the roof of the net from 12 yards after Vincent Enyeama had tipped Angel Di Maria’s initial effort on to the post.

Nigeria, though, weren’t content to allow Argentina’s captain to again hog the headlines, and they drew level with the next attack of the game. The impressive Ahmed Musa was the player responsible, exploiting a one-on-one with Pablo Zabaleta to cut inside from the left and curl an inch-perfect right-foot shot just inside the far post.

It was a terrific goal from a player who would continue to cause problems, although it was Argentina who carved out the better of the game’s opportunities.

Di Maria was again prominent, and on 25 minutes he measured an inviting low pass across goal that Messi – sliding in – missed out on converting by a matter of inches. Soon after, the Real Madrid winger went directly for goal, unleashing a 35-yard drive that was flying into the bottom corner until Enyeama got across to tip it wide.

It wasn’t long, though, before Messi again took centre stage. A minute into first-half injury time, and having forced a brilliant save from the keeper with an earlier free-kick, he re-established La Albiceleste’s lead from an almost-identical position. This time, there was no chance for Enyeama, with the Barcelona star curling a left-foot shot from 25 yards that cleared the wall and dropped just inside the right-hand post.

But once again, Nigeria wasted little time in responding to Messi’s brilliance. Just a couple of minutes into the second half, Musa emulated the Argentina skipper by completing a double of his own, racing through and wrong-footing Sergio Romero with a low shot into the bottom-left corner.

Argentina would not be a denied a third straight win, though, and they secured the points just three minutes later. It was the scrappiest of all five goals, with Marcos Rojo bundling a corner home with his knee, but that didn’t matter to the Albiceleste fans or to the scorer, who had never before found the target for his national team.



 

Bosnians eliminating Iran

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Bosnians bid farewell by eliminating Iran

Bosnia and Herzegovina concluded their maiden FIFA World Cup™ campaign with a 3-1 victory over Iran that thwarted their opponents’ hopes of squeezing into the Round of 16 at the expense of Nigeria in Group F.

With Argentina taking maximum points from the other fixture in the section, the Iranians could have secured second place and progression with a win of their own, but a trio of timely strikes by the European debutants extinguished such ambitions and provided coach Safet Susic with reason to smile before returning home.

While qualification for the next stage was beyond his country no matter the result in Salvador, the determination of Edin Dzeko to depart the tournament with a goal was abundantly clear. After the Manchester City forward’s venomous volley from ten yards took a deflection over the crossbar, he stretched his neck to redirect a promising centre but watched the header loop into the hands of Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi.

On 23 minutes, though, the 28-year-old could celebrate. With seemingly little danger to Carlos Queiroz’s well-drilled Iranians, Dzeko collected a simple pass into space midway inside the opposition half. His execution was simple but clinically effective – stride forward, dribble across the defence into freedom and cannon an unstoppable, low left-footer into the right corner from distance for 1-0.

The Asians were almost level within seconds; attacking along the right flank, the ball was worked back to the near edge of the penalty area and Masoud Shojaei, whose quickly-plotted attempt to loft up and over Asmir Begovic was aided by a slight nick but cruelly struck the top of the woodwork. The move typified an encouraging response by Iran, suddenly finding a sense of adventure and urgency.

Boosted by clinching the opener, Dzeko was at the centre of everything positive for the Bosnians and it was his incisive through pass that dissected the Iranian backline to release Avdija Vrsajevic. The No2 raced onto the delivery but snatched at the opportunity to blast on the diagonal and merely knocked the ball well wide to the left.

In contrast to the prolific nature of the simultaneous Group F fixture between Argentina and Nigeria, where the goals rained in from kick-off, fluidity and rhythm were at a premium for both sides at the outset of the second half in this one. At the hour mark, however, both characteristics were evident for all to see.

Iran defender Jalal Hosseini surrendered possession far too cheaply deep inside his own half and, in the blink of an eye, Bosnia and Herzegovina doubled their advantage. Seizing the chance, Tino Susic threaded a perfectly weighted assist into the adjoining run in the left channel by Miralem Pjanic, who shifted his weight and curled a side-foot hit around the stretch of Haghighi to end the stylish play in sublime fashion.

As a deluge unfolded above them and each team contemplated the closing stages of their participation at Brazil 2014, Reza Ghoochannejad refused to relent. Having had one effort blocked and sent another wide, he finally opened the tournament account for Queiroz’s men by tapping home after being found completely unmarked at the back post by a drill across the area.

Irritated by the concession, Bosnia and Herzegovina promptly sprinted in the opposite direction and, when Vrsajevic took up responsibility as he hurtled down the right wing, the full-back picked his preferred spot of the net and lashed a powerful shot precisely where he hoped to. Iran hopes evaporated and their Group F rivals took up residence at the next stage.



 

Costa Rica secure historic top spot with draw

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Costa Rica secure historic top spot with draw
Costa Rica drew 0-0 with England to top World Cup Group D unbeaten and leave their opponents without a win and an early flight home on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.

England had chances to rescue something form a terrible campaign but Daniel Sturridge sent both shots wide.

Costa Rica, who only made the last 16 on one other occasion in 1990, defied the tag of minnows and outsiders in the group to beat both Uruguay and Italy.

Costa Rica did test England goalkeeper Ben Foster on one occasion as Celso Borges’ long distance freekick forced him to leap to tip the ball over the bar.

England pressed hard from the start with Costa Rica’s impressive goalkeeper Keylor Navas getting down bravely to thwart Sturridge and then saving well from Southampton winger Adam Lallana.

Sturridge should have given England the lead in the 65th minute as Jack Wilshere’s beautifully weighted pass into the area saw the Liverpool striker run on to it but he sent the ball past the far post.

England coach Roy Hodgson sent on veterans Steven Gerrard — probably for his last appearance in an England shirt — and Wayne Rooney in a bid to grab a late win but it was all in vain as the Costa Ricans held them at bay.



 

Colombia top Group C with 4-1 win over Japan

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Colombia top Group C with 4-1 win over Japan

 

 

Substitute James Rodriguez scored a brilliant goal and set up two more for Jackson Martinez as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 on Tuesday to confirm top spot in Group C and eliminate the Asian champions from the World Cup. 

Already assured of advancing, Colombia guaranteed first place with their third straight win, setting up a second-round match against Uruguay. 

The Colombians started with a virtual second-string lineup but still went in front when Juan Cuadrado, one of the few regular starters — drilled in a 17th-minute penalty. 

Japan equalized with the last touch of the first half through Shinji Okazaki’s header but Martinez scored in the 55th and 82nd minutes — both from superb passes from Rodriguez — to put the result beyond doubt. 



 

Rs 991.20 crores: Total Income of National Parties during FY 2012-13

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Only 10% from donations above Rs 20,000 of which Rs 11.14 crores from donors with no names and address

 

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysed the IT returns and donations reports of the 6 National Parties submitted for the Financial Year 2012-13. Political parties are required to submit details of donations received above Rs 20,000 from all over India, to the Election Commission, annually. Parties provide details of the name, address, PAN, mode of payment and amount contributed by each donor who has made donation above Rs 20,000. 

  • This report, apart from analysing the total income and expenditure, analyses the contributions made by corporates and individuals above Rs 20,000 during FY 2012-13 to National Parties
  • The report looks into those donations where details of donors were not declared by the parties
  • It is seen that details of 703 donors were not declared in the donations statement, who had contributed a total of Rs 11.14 crores to the National Parties
  • BSP declared that the party received no donations above Rs 20,000 during FY 2012-13 as it had declared since FY 2004-05

 

                                                          

 

Executive Summary

        I.            Total income of political parties from all over India

  • The total income and expenditure of political parties is calculated from their IT returns filed with the Income Tax Department annually
  • The total income of National Parties for FY 2012-13 was Rs. 991.20 croresINC declared the highest total income of Rs. 425.69 crores, followed by BJP with Rs. 324.16 crores and BSP with a declared total income of Rs. 87.63 crores. NCP a declared total income of Rs. 26.56 crores, CPI, Rs. 1.07 crores and CPM declared a total income of Rs. 126.09 crores for FY 2012-13.

                                      

        II.            Number of donors contributing above Rs. 20,000 to political parties from all over India (FY 2012-13)

  • The total amount of donations received above Rs 20,000 by National Political parties during FY 2012-13 is calculated from the donations report submitted to the Election Commission annually
  •  The total donations above Rs 20,000 declared was Rs. 99.14 crores, from 3777 donors.

        III.            Top corporate donors to National Parties

  •   INC: Torrent Power Ltd donated the maximum amount (Rs 3.50 crores) followed by Torrent Pharmaceuticals (Rs 1.50 crores) and             Hyderabad Industries Ltd (HIL) (Rs 50 lakhs). 
  • BJP:  General Electoral Trust of the Aditya Birla Group donated the maximum amount (Rs 7.50 crores) followed by Lodha Dwellers             Pvt Ltd (Rs 6.99 crores) and Torrent Power (Rs 6.57 crores). 
  • CPI and CPM: CPI received a total of Rs 4.21 lakhs from organizations such as Bhartiya Khet Mazdoor Union and while CPM received a              total of Rs 1.43 crores from 29 corporate/ business houses.

        IV.            Undeclared Donors

  • The name and address of a total of 43 donors who contributed Rs 29 lakhs to the National Parties is undeclared in the                           statements submitted by the parties. Thus, these donations above Rs 20,000 cannot be traced to any individual, organization or a          trust. 
  •  Similarly, the addresses of a total of 655 donors contributing Rs 10.84 crores to the National Parties have been left undeclared              in the statements submitted by the parties.

        V.            Sector-wise donations

  • Corporate/ business sector tops the list of contributions with 72% or Rs 70.97 crores to the National Parties followed by individual         donations with 17% or Rs 17.01 crores 
  • It is to be noted that 11% or Rs 11.14 crores was donated by those donors who cannot be traced by name or address

                                            

        VI.            Donors who have not declared details of PAN

  •  A total of 2371 out of 3775 donors (or 63%) contributing Rs 37.64 crores to the National Parties have not declared their PAN details        in the contribution form. 

    ·   BJP has listed the maximum number of donors (1670) who have not declared their PAN while contributing a maximum of Rs 25.99         crores.

 

Recommendations of ADR 

The Supreme Court gave a judgment on September 13, 2013 declaring that no part of a candidate’s affidavit should be left blank. Similarly, no part of the Form 24A submitted by political parties providing details of donations above Rs 20,000 should be blank.

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Full details of all donors should be made available for public scrutiny under the RTI. Some countries where this is done include Bhutan, Nepal, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Bulgaria, the US and Japan. In none of these countries is it possible for 75% of the source of funds to be unknown, but at present it is so in India.

    • Details of donors who make donations to the Electoral Trusts should be available in the public domain for increasing transparency in funding of political parties.

Those parties not following the ICAI guidelines for auditing of reports should be scrutinized by the IT department.

For more details about the top sources of income of the National Parties, party-wise break up of undeclared donors, undeclared PAN details and mode of payment, please refer to the attached report, titled ‘Analysis of income, expenditure and donations of National Parties – FY 2012-13′

 

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The Ultimate Music Experience at Reggae Sumfest 2014

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The Ultimate Music Experience at Reggae Sumfest 2014
– Heartbeat of Jamaica –

All India, 25th June 2014: One of the most important festivals of Jamaica, Reggae Sumfest is set to take place between 13th to 19th July this year. Jamaica’s second-largest city, Montego Bay is the venue for the Reggae Sumfest every year. Reggae Sumfest features top reggae talent to entertain and attract thousands of tourists from around the world. It is often dubbed as “the greatest reggae show on earth”.

Bob Marley is known as the greatest reggae icon on the planet. This influential musician developed the genre reggae in his home country, Jamaica. Marley died at the age of 36 after devoting much of his life to music.

First staged in 1993 by Summerfest Productions Limited, Reggae Sumfest quickly became popular not only in Jamaica but throughout the world. The festival has successfully incorporated international artists to the line up such as Usher, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Rihanna, etc in past few years. This year’s line-up includes Sean Paul, Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo and many other international artists. The festival kicks off with its Sumfest Beach Party on 13th July with a great selection of DJs. The remaining days of the festival are followed by All White Party, Dance Hall Night and International Nights showcasing top performers.

Reggae Sumfest is widely regarded as the world’s premier reggae music event. One of the best times for music lovers to visit the island country is during the months of July and August to enjoy reggae along with the summers of Jamaica. The festival is not only a paradise for music lovers but also for food and beer enthusiasts as some mouth-watering Jamaican cuisines are on offer during the festival.

Known fondly as MoBay, Montego Bay is graced with a modern international airport (Sangster International Airport) giving an access to vacationers to the music city. The waterfront of the city is lined with picture-perfect sandy beaches, luxury hotels and elegant resorts. Montego Bay is home to the Hip Strip – a full mile of restaurants, entertainment, shopping, fun and excitement. Montego Bay is a thriving city abuzz with activities for every budget and preference. 

With a reputation of presenting top class artists in one of the prime tourist cities – Montego Bay; Reggae Sumfest is committed to showcasing indigenous reggae talent while keeping the motto of Promoting Music, the Universal Forcealive.

Jamaica – Once you go, you know!

About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2013. Also in 2013, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the seventh consecutive year. Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the World’s Leading Tourism Development Project while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport. In Canada, Jamaica was voted the Favourite Honeymoon Destination by Travel Agents.
            
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Delhi and Tokyo. 

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site atwww.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitjamaica, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitjamaicanow, on Instagram atwww.instagram.com/visitjamaica,  on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/myjamaica, or on YouTube atwww.youtube.com/myjamaicajtb. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com

For Further Information, please contact: 
Jamaica Tourist Board
c/o TRAC Representations (I) Pvt. Ltd.
Ms. Mariya Kapadia | 022 24981777 | Email: visitjamaica@gmail.com



 

Zayed Future Energy Prize 2015:  14 July submissions deadline looms

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New Delhi, June 24: There is approximately two weeks left until the entry deadline for the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize. The Prize, an annual US$4 million award, recognizes individuals, organizations and schools who have made significant strides to advance the fields of renewable energy and sustainability.  Submissions and nominations are now open for the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize. The deadline is 14 July, 2014. Applicants from the Indian renewable energy and sustainability sectors can apply in five different categories for the opportunity to win a game-changing prize pot and the prestige and opportunities that come with aninternationally renowned prize.

 

·         Five categories:

o    Large Corporation – Recognition Award (No monetary value)

o    Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) – US$ 1,500,000

o    Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) – US$ 1,500,000

o    Lifetime Achievement (Individual) – US$ 500,000

(In the Lifetime Achievement category, nominations will also be accepted.)

o    Global High Schools – European region – $100,000

 

Launched in 2008, the Prize has gained global recognition and built a strong reputation as the most influential award in the renewable energy and sustainability community. Submissions and nominations have increased 300 percent over the past five years, with a growing number from Europe following recent successes by organizations from the region.

 

·         Recent Indian winners include:

o    Abellon Clean Energy who won the SME category of the 2014 edition is a for-profit company founded in 2008 by Aditya Handa. Its principal activity is the manufacture and sale of biomass pellets made from agricultural and sawmill residues. The agricultural residues are sourced from local farmers, in partnership with Poornakumbha, an NGO established by Abellon in 2008.

o    Kalkeri-Sangeet-Vidyalaya (Kalkeri-Music-School) who won the Global High School Category from Asia in 2014 empowers children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds to realise their full potential for a better life.

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, director general, Zayed Future Energy Prize stated, “Throughout history, prizes have proven to be a mechanism to encourage innovation. The Zayed Future Energy Prize is a commitment by the UAE’s government to incentivize people, organizations and schools to tackle today’s pressing energy and sustainability challengesThe world needs viable solutions that address issues such as energy access and sustainable development and now in its seventh year, we are proud of the impact the Prize is delivering.

 

Call to action videos:

·         Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur, founder of the Virgin Group and a member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Jury –here.

·         Professor Jeffery Sachs, world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist – here.

 

 

About Zayed Future Energy Prize:

The Zayed Future Energy Prize embodies the vision of the late founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who laid the foundation for renewable energy and sustainability as part of his legacy in pioneering sustainable development in the UAE. An annual award, the Prize is managed by Masdar, on behalf of the UAE government and seeks to award achievement and innovation in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, as well as to educate and inspire future generations. For more information on the prize, please visit www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com. More information can be found onhttp://www.facebook.com/TZFEP or Twitter: http://twitter.com/zfep. For more information about the Prize’s ongoing work, please visithttp://www.sustainnovate.ae/en/

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Extremists abduct 60 females, 31 boys in northeast Nigeria

 

Islamic extremists have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys from villages in northeast Nigeria, AP reported, citing witnesses. However, on Tuesday security forces denied the reports from Kummabza, 150km from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. The abductions reportedly took place on Saturday in an attack in which four villagers were killed. Maiduguri houses the headquarters of a military state of emergency that has failed to curb near-daily attacks by Boko Haram fighters.

 

Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist group arrested in St. Petersburg

 

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested in St. Petersburg several members of a branch of the international terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir al Islami, RIA Novosti reported. An investigation into the activity of the extremist organization in Russia’s second-largest city was initiated, according to FSB’s regional department. Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, which was established in 1953, position themselves as an Islamic political party and are fighting for the creation of a theocratic state – a caliphate.

 

Pakistani forces fire warning shots as refugees protest food shortage

 

Pakistani police and troops fired warning shots Tuesday as people who have fled a military operation against the Taliban protested over food shortages. People blocked the main road from Bannu to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial capital Peshawar, AFP reported. The World Food Program began distributing aid on Monday, but there was anger among refugees at long delays. More than 450,000 people have fled ahead of an impending ground assault, after the northwestern tribal area of North Waziristan was hit by more than a week of shelling and air raids.

 

Gunmen kill 5 in attack on Kenyan coast – official

 

Unknown attackers have killed five people in a raid on a village on Kenya’s coast near the town of Mpeketoni, where about 65 people died in assaults last week, Reuters reported. “A gang that is unknown attacked Taa village in Witu division yesterday night and killed five people,” Lamu County commissioner, Stephen Ikua, said on Tuesday. Somali militant group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for last week’s attacks on the Mpeketoni area. However, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said local politicians were behind it.

 

 

 

Obama calls for paid maternity leave in the US

 

President Barack Obama called for the US to offer paid maternity leave. “Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth — now that’s a pretty low bar,” Obama said at the White House Summit on Working Families. “There is only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave, and that is us. And that is not the list you want to be on — on your lonesome. It’s time to change that.” Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has introduced legislation that would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave through a Social Security Administration fund. Employees and employers would contribute 0.2 percent of their wages to pay for the fund. ”We’re talking about 2 cents of every $10,” she said in an interview at the summit, the Associated Press reported. Potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, likely reflecting the opinion among many in his party, rejected the idea outright. “Telling federal agencies to do what they’re already supposed to do and endorsing partisan legislation that will never pass is not the sort of bold, innovative leadership we need,” said Rubio.

 

Suicide bombing targets southern Beirut, several injured

 

An explosion rocked the Lebanese’s capital Beirut when a suicide bomber blew up his car early Tuesday, Reuters cited security forces as saying. The blast occurred near a Lebanese army checkpoint and the Abu Assaf cafe, where people gathered to watch a World Cup match, according to AP. At least five people were reported injured and the cafe was damaged, a security official said. The area, where the blast took place, is largely populated by the supporters of the Shiite group Amal, an ally of the militant movement Hezbollah, according to Reuters.

 

 

 

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Tsunami alert issued for Aleutian Islands after 8.0 quake strikes remote Alaska area

 

A strong 8.0 earthquake has struck Alaska’s remote Rat Islands late on Monday. A tsunami alert has been issued for the scarcely-populated part of the Aleutian Islands from Nikolski to Attu, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said. The epicenter of the tremor was located a profound depth of 114 km, 24 km from the uninhibited volcanic Little Sitkin Island, according to the US Geological Survey. PTWC said that there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

Polio virus detected in Sao Paulo – WHO

 

The polio has been detected in one of the sewers in Sao Paulo, which serves one of the venues for the World Cup games, World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, adding that no human cases had been recorded so far. “(The) virus has been detected in the sewage only … To date no case of paralytic polio has been reported,” the WHO said in a statement. The virus found in the Viracopos International Airport’s sewer is a close the match to a strain detected in Equatorial Guinea, the WHO added. The organization estimates further risk of polio virus spreading from Brazil as “very low.” The country has been polio-free since 1989.

 

 

 

Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands

 

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale has struck off New Zealand’s remote Kermadec Islands, US Geological Survey reports. The epicenter of the quake was situated at a depth of five kilometers, some 126 kilometers southeast of Raoul Island. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there is no destructive widespread tsunami threat. The Kermadec Islands are situated around 1,000 kilometers away from New Zealand’s North Island.

 

 

 

 

Seven killed in Nigeria college blast

 

An explosion at a state college in the northern Nigerian city of Kano killed at least seven people, a security source told Reuters. It is not immediately clear if Boko Haram, an Islamist separatist group which carries out near daily attacks, was behind the blast. The group gained global attention in April when it abducted more than 200 girls from a rural school in the country’s northeast. Amnesty International estimates that more than 1,500 people were killed in northeast Nigeria in the first three months of this year.

 

 

 

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International Criminal Court won’t investigate 2010 sinking of S. Korean warship

 

The International Criminal Court will not open an investigation into the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010 in which 46 sailors died because the attack was directed at a lawful military target, Reuters said. “Even though the shelling resulted, regrettably, in civilian casualties, the information available does not provide a reasonable basis to believe that the attack was intentionally directed against civilian objects,”prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Monday. The court will also not open an investigation into the shelling by North Korean forces of Yeonpyeong Island later the same year.

 

 

 

Malaysia’s court says non-Muslims cannot use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God

 

Malaysia’s top court ruled Monday that non-Muslims cannot use the word “Allah” to refer to God. In a 4-3 judgment, the Federal Court delivered the final word on a contentious debate that has reinforced complaints that religious minorities are treated unfairly in the Muslim-majority country. The court rejected a challenge by the Roman Catholic Church and upheld a government ban on the use of the word. Most Christians in Malaysia worship in English, Tamil or various Chinese dialects, and refer to God in those languages. Some Malay-speaking people on Borneo island have no other word for God but “Allah,” a Malay word derived from Arabic.

 

 

 

Russia puts radar station in Kaliningrad on experimental combat duty

 

Russia has put the Kaliningrad early warning radar station on experimental combat duty, RIA Novosti reported. “The Voronezh-DM missile attack early warning radar station located in Kaliningrad Region has gone on experimental combat duty,” the press service of the Federal Agency for Special Construction said Monday.“The state testing of the station will be conducted within three months, and upon completion it will be put on combat duty.” The construction of the radar station in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad began in February 2010. It covers almost all of Europe and the Atlantic Ocean. The radar has a range of 6,000 kilometers and can simultaneously track up to 500 objects.

 

 

 

EU Council bans imports from Crimea

 

The EU Council has decided to ban the import of goods from Crimea to the European Union, Itar-Tass quoted Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkeviсius as saying. In particular, the EU plans to ban the import of wine and other goods from Crimea in connection with sanctions against Russia. Crimean wines were not delivered to the EU. Earlier, the source from the European Commission said that the EU had no plans to fully ban goods from Crimea.

 

 

 

Benghazi suspect Khattala could be transferred to US by week’s end – report

 

The captured suspect in the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, is reportedly en route to the US aboard the USS New York. Ahmed Abu Khattala could arrive in the US by the end of the week, NBC News said. Khattala’s destination is not known, but he is expected to be arraigned in a US criminal court.

 

 

 

 

At least 80 Egypt Brotherhood supporters sentenced to life in jail

 

An Egyptian court sentenced at least 80 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to life in prison on Monday, Reuters said. Charges ranged from murder to hindering police and blocking streets, according to judicial sources. The ruling was made by a criminal court in the Nile Delta town of Mansoura, where the incidents took place. One source said 83 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to life in prison while 62 others were given jail sentences ranging from three to 10 years in jail.

 

 

 

Syria hands over remaining chemical weapons, clears way for destruction – reports

 

Syria has handed over the remaining 100 tons of toxic material it declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, Reuters reported, citing sources. The move clears the way for destruction of the stockpile at sea. The chemicals, roughly 8 percent of a total 1,300 tons reported to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), had been held at a storage site which the Syrian government earlier said was inaccessible due to fighting with rebels. The security situation in the area has now improved and the containers of chemicals have been taken by truck to the port of Latakia, according to the sources.

 

 

 

Chief electoral officer in Afghanistan resigns, denies fraud allegations

 

Afghanistan’s chief electoral officer has resigned after allegations of massive fraud in the runoff presidential vote earlier this month, AP said. Zia ul-Haq Amarkhail said Monday that he denies any involvement in fraud but he is stepping down “for the national interest.” One of the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah has said his campaign had recorded ballot box stuffing and other irregularities. He suspended cooperation with the vote counting process and demanded Amarkhail be suspended.

 

 

 

Clashes in northeast Kenya leave over 20 killed

 

At least 20 people have been killed in Kenya in ethnic clashes in the restive northeast, AFP reported. In the latest in a series of revenge attacks, fighting broke out Sunday between rival ethnic Somali clans in the Tarbaj district of Wajir, along the border with war-torn Somalia. Twenty of the gunmen from both the Degodia and Garre clans died in the clashes, Tarbaj deputy county commissioner David Rotich said.

 

 

 

Police detain 2 suspects as US woman gang-raped in Nepal

 

A 40-year-old American woman has been gang-raped by four Nepalese men in a hotel room in the country’s capital, Kathmandu, AFP reported, citing police. Two of the four suspects have been arrested and have denied the allegations. If found guilty, the men would face at least 10 years in prison. The woman, who has been living in Nepal on a business visa since 2013, was attacked on June 14 at a hotel in the capital’s tourist hub of Thamel.

 

 

 

EU to impose sanctions on 12 Syrian ministers

 

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on 12 Syrian government ministers, Reuters reported. The officials were accused of “responsibility for serious human rights violations.” The sanctions will take effect Tuesday, when ministers’ names will be published in the EU’s Official Journal. The decision brings to 191 the number of people targeted by EU sanctions on Syria.

 

 

 

3 Al-Jazeera journalists jailed for 7 years by Egypt court

 

Egyptian court on Monday sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to 7 years each in prison, AP reported. The journalists for Al-Jazeera English, Australian ex-BBC reporter Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohamed were seized in December 2013 from their Cairo hotel rooms. They are among 20 people accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to tarnish Egypt’s international reputation, the Guardian said. Al-Jazeera describes the charges as absurd.

 

 

 

Israeli army detains 37 Palestinians overnight in search for missing teenagers

 

Israel’s army has detained another 37 Palestinians overnight as it searched for three missing teenagers, Reuters said. The latest operations took place in Jenin, a militant stronghold, and in the Hebron area, close to where the three disappeared while hitchhiking. The military says it has detained 361 people since the Israeli students went missing on June 12.

 

 

 

Fukushima nuclear plant restarts troubled water decontamination system

 

Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant restarted its trouble-plagued water decontamination system for the first time in three months, AFP reported, citing the utility. Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has been forced to repeatedly switch off its Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS), which attempts to decontaminate radiation-tainted water. The move followed a series of glitches plaguing the system since trial operations began last year. Tepco is struggling to handle a growing volume of contaminated water at Fukushima.

 

 

 

Kerry lands in Baghdad as insurgency spreads

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Baghdad on Monday to press Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to form a more inclusive government, Reuters said. Kerry would “discuss US actions underway to assist Iraq… and urge Iraqi leaders to move forward as quickly as possible with its government formation process to form a government that represents the interests of Iraqis,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. A Sunni insurgency has swept much of northern and western Iraq.

 

 

06:45

​S. Korean soldier who killed 5 comrades captured after failed suicide attempt

 

A South Korean soldier who killed five of his comrades and injured seven others, has been captured after an unsuccessful suicide attempt, the S. Korean Defense Ministry said. A 22-year-old sergeant with the surname Yim shot himself on the side of his abdomen but didn’t kill himself. He was later taken to a nearby hospital, added the official from the ministry who spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

 

06:24

Anti-govt cleric returns to Pakistan, plane diverted from Islamabad

 

A prominent cleric landed in Pakistan on Monday as his supporters clashed with police in Islamabad. The plane carrying Tahirul Qadri circled above Benazir Bhutto International Airport near Islamabad for an hour and a half before it was diverted to the eastern city of Lahore, Reuters said. Qadri, a Pakistani preacher turned political activist who usually lives in Canada, is a divisive figure in Pakistan. He made headlines last year when he led mass rallies against the previous Pakistani government. Some have speculated that the country’s armed forces are using him as a proxy in their efforts to sideline the civilian government.

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’’साधु अंकिचन होते है’’

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’’साधु अंकिचन होते है’’
ः- आचार्य श्री महाश्रमण
 
नई दिल्ली, 25 जून, 2014। आचार्य श्री महाप्रज्ञ जी के 95 वें जन्मदिवस के उपलक्ष्य में निरंकारी भवन, लाजपतनगर में आयोजित समारोह में आचार्य श्री महाश्रणम ने कहा कि पवित्रा ग्रन्थ दसवेंआलियं की चूलिका में कहा गया है ’’ संपिक्खये अप्पगणंपएणं‘‘ अर्थात अपनी आत्मा के कल्याण के लिए अम्युथान करांे। एक सप्ताह पूर्व दीक्षित मुनि नमन और मुनि जयेश को आज में श्रेणी आरोहण करवाया है। क्रोध, मान, माया, लोभ, आवेश, आबेग से आप बचे। रस परित्याग ऊणोदरी, काया क्लेश से अपनी सहन शक्ति बढ़ाये। धीरे-धीरे सेवा के ’महान धर्म में स्वयं को नियोजित करें। अपने आपकों तपोधन बनाए। साधु के पास एक मात्रा तपस्या का धन होता है। वैसे देखा जाए तो हमसें ज्यादा गरीब कौन होगा? एक पैसा भी पास नही है, एक इंच भूमि अपनी नहीं है, पानी मांगकर पीते है, खाना मांगकर खाते है, कपड़े मांगकर पहनते है। विवशता से नहंी स्वेच्छा से हमने त्याग किया है। साध्वी प्रमुखता कनक प्रभाजी ने कहा कि इस प्रकार के अंकिचन फकीर को त्रिलाकी नाथ भी कहा जाता है। जिनके चरणों में अमीरी झुकती है। इन नवदीक्षित मुनियों ने भी सात दिनों में सात सुखों का अनुभव किया है। यह गुरू का उपकार है आचार्य महाप्रज्ञ जी जन्म से महाप्रज्ञ नहीं थे। अपने गुरूद्वय के कारण उनकी प्रज्ञा जगी। प्रज्ञा द्वारा जन्म, जरा, रोग, शोक आदि दुःखों से मुक्ति मिल सकती है। गुरू के प्रवचन श्रमण से हमारी भी प्रज्ञा जग सकती है।
इस अवसर पर प्रदीप जैन (पूर्व केन्द्रीय मंत्राी), मुख्य नियोजिका साध्वी विश्रुत विभाजी, मुनि जितेन्द्र कुमार, डॉ. विजय, श्री मोहन लाल सेठिया, श्रीमती शारदा एवं सुश्री मुस्कान ने अपने विचार प्रस्तुत किए। सेठिया परिवार, महिला मण्डल एवं राजेश खीवंसरा ने सुमधुर गीतिकाएं प्रस्तुत की। कार्यक्रम का कुशल संचालन मुनि दिनेश कुमार एवं श्री सुखराज सेठिया ने किया।
आचार्य महाश्रमण केे चातुर्मास से देश को शुभ दिशा और दशा प्राप्त होगी
प्रदीप कुमार जैन
 (पूर्व केन्द्रीय ग्रामीण विकास राज्य मंत्राी)
जैन लोग संख्या के आधार पर नहीं योग्यता के आधार पर जाने जाते है। हम विगत तीन चुनाव जीते, इस बार हार गये। मंत्राी हो चाहे प्रधानमंत्राी जिन्दगी में सब पद अस्थायी है। हमारे सरकारी आवास भी धर्मशाला है। स्थायी पर धर्म अध्यात्म का है सच्चा सहारा गुरूओं का है। चुनावी पराज्य से द्रवित हमारे ह्दय को आचार्य महाश्रमण के शुभागमन से बहुत शान्ति मिली है। हमारा मानना है कि आचार्य श्री के दिल्ली चातुर्मास से देश को नई दिशा और दशा मिलेगी।
उपरोक्त विचार निरंकारी भवन लाजपत नगर में आयोजित आचार्य महाप्रज्ञ जन्मदिवस समारोह में पूर्व केन्द्रीय मंत्राी श्री प्रदीप कुमार जैन ने व्यक्त किया।
जिन्दल हाउस में महान परिव्राजक आचार्य महाश्रमण का स्वागत करते हुए श्री नवीन जिदंल पूर्व केन्दीय मंत्राी ने कहा कि आचार्य प्रवर यह जिन्दल हाउस (पृथ्वीराज रोड़) हमारा नहंीं आपका है हमारे समाज का है आप इसका सदुप्रयोग करते रहे। प्रसिद्ध फिल्म अभिनेता विवेक ओबेराय ने भी महान योगी आचार्य श्रीमहाश्रमण से मार्गदर्शन प्राप्त किया।
 
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30 जुलाई 2014 को ‘नेशनल व्हिसिलब्लोवर्

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Urvashi Sharma

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प्रिय मित्र,
हम सभी भिज्ञ हैं कि उत्तर प्रदेश के प्रशासनिक और पुलिस अधिकारियों
द्वारा  राजनेताओं के इशारों पर  कार्य करके निर्दोष जनता को निरंतर ही
प्रताणित किया जा रहा है l प्रदेश में अनगिनत आरटीआई एक्टिविस्ट या तो
मारे जा रहे हैं  या उनको भांति-भांति से प्रताणित किया जा रहा है l  इन
निंदनीय कृत्यों में प्रशासन और पुलिस प्रत्यक्ष या अप्रत्यक्ष रूप से
इन्वोल्व है l ऐसे में मैंने    देश के समाजसेवियों और जागरूक नागरिको
का आवाह्न किया है कि वे ‘येश्वर्याज सेवा संस्थान’ के बैनर तले 30 जुलाई
2014 को राजधानी लखनऊ में ‘नेशनल व्हिसिलब्लोवर्स डे’ मनाने एवं ‘मदारी
और बन्दर’ के माध्यम से लखनऊ में हज़रतगंज जीपीओ के निकट स्थित महात्मा
गांधी प्रतिमा के सामने  एक शांतिपूर्ण प्रतीकात्मक प्रदर्शन करने के
हमारे प्रयास को अपना समर्थन दें lविगत कुछ वर्षों में उत्तर प्रदेश में कानून के राज का निरंतर ह्रास हुआ
है l प्रशासनिक और पुलिस अधिकारियों द्वारा  राजनेताओं के इशारों पर
कार्य करके निर्दोष जनता को प्रताणित करने के मामले आम हो गए हैं l आज का
प्रशासनिक और पुलिस तंत्र भ्रष्टाचारियों और सत्तानशीनों के अतिरिक्त
समाज के किसी भी वर्ग के हित संरक्षित रखने में बिलकुल भी तत्पर नहीं है
l  संक्षेप में कहें तो आज का प्रशासनिक और पुलिस तंत्र राजनेताओं को
अपना मदारी मान चुका है और उनके इशारों पर बंधक बन्दर की तरह नाच रहा है
जिसकी परिणति समाज के ‘व्हिसिलब्लोवर्स’ की हत्याओं और प्रताणनाओ के रूप
में भी हो रही है l

 

हम जानते हैं कि मनपसंद और मलाईदार पोस्टिंग को लेकर इन आला प्रशासनिक और
पुलिस अधिकारियों की अपनी मजबूरियां हैं पर यदि देश की सर्वाधिक
प्रतिष्ठित कही जाने बाली अखिल भारतीय सेवा के अधिकारी भी अपने निजी लाभ
के लिए जनता के अधिकारों का सौदा करेंगे और निर्दोष जनता की लाशों से ही
अपनी सफलता की इमारत बनाएंगे तो आखिर समाज  बचेगा कैसे l

हम नहीं जानते क़ि हम इस समाज को बचा पाएंगे या नहीं किन्तु  प्रशासनिक और
पुलिस तंत्र को आइना दिखाने और इनकी सोयी पडी अंतरात्मा को झकझोरने के
उद्देश्य से  एक प्रयास अवश्य करेंगे और उत्तर प्रदेश के प्रशासनिक और
पुलिस अधिकारियों द्वारा  राजनेताओं के इशारों पर  कार्य करके निर्दोष
जनता को प्रताणित किये जाने के  विरुद्ध  देश के समाजसेवियों और जागरूक
नागरिको  के साथ  ‘येश्वर्याज सेवा संस्थान’ के बैनर तले 30 जुलाई 2014
को राजधानी लखनऊ में ‘नेशनल व्हिसिलब्लोवर्स डे’ मनाएंगे  एवं ‘मदारी और
बन्दर’ के माध्यम से लखनऊ में हज़रतगंज जीपीओ के निकट स्थित महात्मा गांधी
प्रतिमा के सामने  एक शांतिपूर्ण प्रतीकात्मक प्रदर्शन  करेंगे जिसकी
अगुआई मैं स्वयं करूंगी  l

हमारे प्रयास को अपना समर्थन देने के लिए आप ई-मेल
rtimahilamanchup@gmail.com पर या मोबाइल नंबर 9455553838, 8081898081 पर
संपर्क कर जानकारी प्राप्त कर सकते हैं l

इस सम्बन्ध में लखनऊ के जिलाधिकारी और वरिष्ठ पुलिस अधीक्षक को प्रेषित
पत्र की प्रति की स्कैन्ड कॉपी मेल के साथ अटैच्ड है l

आपके समर्थन की अपेक्षा में :

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Auto Production Sets New Record, Fleet Surpasses 1 Billion Mark

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

 

Contact: Gaelle Gourmelon, ggourmelon@worldwatch.org

For more information: http://vitalsigns.worldwatch.org/vs-trend/auto-production-sets-new-record-fleet-surpasses-1-billion-mark

 

 

Auto Production Sets New Record, Fleet Surpasses 1 Billion Mark

 

New Worldwatch Institute study examines global motorization trends

 

Washington, D.C.—-Global production of automobiles keeps rising to new heights. London-based IHS Automotive puts light vehicle (passenger car and light-duty truck) production in 2013 at 84.7 million, up from 81.5 million in 2012. The world’s fleet of light-duty vehicles now surpasses 1 billion-one per seven people, writes Senior Researcher Michael Renner in the Worldwatch Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online trend (www.worldwatch.org). 

 

Five countries account for the production of 60 percent of all light vehicles worldwide. China produced a stunning 20.9 million vehicles in 2013. The United States (10.9 million), Japan (9 million), Germany (5.6 million), and South Korea (4.5 million) follow at a considerable distance.

 

The United States has long been the world leader in motorization. The number of all motor vehicles per 1,000 people there rose to a peak of 844 in 2007. If all countries had the same car density relative to population as the United States does, there would be 4.4 billion motor vehicles worldwide-more than four times the actual fleet.

 

There are signs, however, that motorization in the United States may finally have peaked. Almost one in ten U.S. households-9.2 percent in 2012-does not have a vehicle, up from 8.9 percent in 2005. In dense cities, the figure is much higher. In 2012, just over 56 percent of households in New York City, for example, did not own a vehicle. But many other U.S. cities lack the density, public transportation systems, walkability, and other factors necessary to make this a viable option.

 

Vehicle fleets have either stopped growing or are growing very slowly in countries like Germany, France, Japan, and Canada. In many emerging economies, however, fleets continue to expand rapidly. The number of cars on China’s roads skyrocketed from 3.8 million in 2000 to 43.2 million in 2011, and the country now has the third largest fleet in the world, after the United States and Japan. Russia’s fleet grew from 20.4 million to 36.4 million during the same period of time. Brazil’s fleet almost doubled, from 15.4 million to 27.4 million. India’s nearly tripled, from 5.2 million to 14.2 million.

 

Higher fuel efficiency is needed to limit automobiles’ contribution to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The current global average fuel consumption for all light-duty vehicles is 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers. The Global Fuel Economy Initiative aims for a 50 percent improvement by 2050, but current trends fall short of achieving this goal.

 

According to IHS Automotive, worldwide production of electric vehicles (battery electric and plug-in hybrids) has expanded from 13,866 in 2010 to 242,075 in 2013. The company forecasts production of slightly more than 403,000 vehicles in 2014, up 67 percent from 2013. The number of electric cars on the world’s roads has increased from nearly 100,000 at the beginning of 2012 to 405,000 units at the start of 2014. Most of the cars are in the United States (174,000), Japan (68,000), and China (45,000).

 

Alternative vehicles are slowly making inroads, but they are not yet significantly altering the resource and environmental impacts of automobiles. As electric vehicles become more numerous, a critical issue will be the source of the electricity that they run on-will it be generated from fossil fuels or from renewable energy?
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