European Parliament building evacuated in Brussels

2 02 2015

Belgian police ordered the evacuation of a building, which is part of the EU parliament compound in Brussels, due to a bomb alert.
The precautionary measure was prompted by a suspicious car parked in Montoyer Street, European broadcaster





Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault UN Resident Coordinator on India and the MDGs:

2 02 2015

Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault

UN Resident Coordinator, a.i.

cordially invites you to the release of an analysis on

India and the MDGs: Towards a Sustainable Future for All

by

Dr. T.C.A. Anant

Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

and Chief Statistician Government of India

and

Dr.  Shamshad Akhtar

UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UNESCAP

on Wednesday 4 February, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.

Venue: Sovereign 1, LE MERIDIEN, New Delhi

The release will be followed by a Panel Discussion.

Participants:

Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India

Mr. Tanmaya Lal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs (tbc)

Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director-General, RIS

Prof. (Ms.) Ashwini Deshpande, Delhi School of Economics

Dr. A.K. Shiva Kumar, Director, International Centre for Human Development (Moderator)

Please also join us for a high-tea after the event

Kindly RSVP: Ms. Uma Rao, sswa.escap@un.org  Phone: 011-30973701

*

Programme:

2.30 pm Registration and Tea
3.00 pm Opening remarks by Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault UN Resident Coordinator, a.i.
3.05 pm Presentation of the analysis by Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Head, UNESCAP South and South-West Asia Office
3.20 pm Release of the analysis India and the MDGs: Towards a Sustainable Future for All
3.25 pm Special Address by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under Secretary-General of United Nations and Executive Secretary of UNESCAP
3.40 pm Keynote Address by Dr. T.C.A. Anant, Chief Statistician and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India
3.55 pm Q&A
4.10 pm Panel DiscussionPanelists
Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of IndiaMr. Tanmaya Lal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs (tbc)

Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director-General, RIS

Prof. (Ms.) Ashwini Deshpande, Delhi School of Economics

Moderated by: Dr. A.K. Shiva Kumar, Director, International Centre for Human Development

Open Discussion

5.00 pm High Tea





Modi govt’s track record on women safety in Delhi shows BJP’s true mindset

2 02 2015

Sunday, 1 February

The BJP is deliberately avoiding any debate on issues concerning important issues for Delhi, since its track record during the last eight months since it has been controlling Delhi.

It is trying to mislead the people of Delhi on the extremely important issue of women safety since the official figures about crimes against women show the Narendra Modi government in very poor light.

According to Delhi Police Statistics Report for year ending 2014 given below, the Modi government which has been controlling Delhi through a backdoor cannot fool the people of Delhi any longer on women safety :

1)      The number of rape cases rose from 1571 in 2013 to 2069 in 2014 – (30% rise in 2014).

2)      Molestation cases up from 3345 in 2013 to 4179 cases in 2014 – 834 more cases of molestation registered (26% rise)

3)      Cases of snatching grew from 3316 in 2013 to 6944 in 2014 – Almost a 100 % rise.

The above mentioned figures expose the reality of BJP and Modi government on women safety.

The BJP is avoiding a debate on women safety given the fact that its leaders have a clear anti-women mindset, which is evident from the statements of various BJP leaders :

  • Sakshi Maharaj, BJP MP from Unnao (7 January, 2015) : “Hindu women should give birth to at least four children.”“We have accepted the slogan ‘Hum do, hamara ek’. Now these traitors are not satisfied. They have given another slogan ‘Hum do aur hamara….’ They are advocating marriage of a girl to a girl, boy to another boy. This is what the last government did,”

    “This is why I… want to request women to give birth to at least four children. Give one to sadhus and ascetics.

  • ML Khattar, BJP’s Haryana chief minister (10 Oct, 2014) : “If a girl is dressed decently, a boy will not look at her in the wrong way, If you want freedom, why don’;t they just roam around naked? Freedom has to be limited. These short clothes are western influences. Our country’;s tradition asks girls to dress decently.”
    “Pre-marital sex occurs when the minds of girls and boys are not on the right track”
  • Yogi Adityanath, BJP MP from Gorakhpur 30 Aug 2014) : “If they take one Hindu girl, we will take 100 Muslims girls. One community is allowed to spread anarchy. If the government is not doing anything, then the Hindus will have to take matters into their own hands.”

The BJP does not want a debate on the serious issue of women safety since it has no agenda on it and it cannot match the AAP vision on women safety for the national capital. (Please find attached the AAP manifesto for women)

Regards,

AAP Media cell





Modi govt stands exposed on 1984 anti-Sikh riots probe

2 02 2015

 

Sunday, 01 February 2015

In case the leaked news reports about a pane headed by a former Supreme Court judge having recommended setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots are correct, then it is a severe indictment of the Narendra Modi led NDA government.

The Modi government owes an explanation to the country and the families of the riots victims in particular as to why it played politics on the issue and has so far delayed setting-up of the SIT since it came to power eight months back.

All that was required by the Modi government was to accept the recommendation made by the Arvind Kejriwal government of Delhi, which in its cabinet meeting on January 30, had strongly recommended setting-up of a SIT to probe the cases wrongly closed by the Delhi Police.

The Prime Minister himself and home minister Mr Rajnath Singh maintained a mysterious silence on numerous reminders sent by Arvind Kejriwal and Mr HS Phoolka during last eight months, requesting implementation of the decision to set-up the SIT.

It has been three decades since the worst riots in the history of national capital took place and since then many complainants and witnesses have already died. In case, the Modi government was at all serious, it should not have wasted another year for mere petty politics.

This is not for the first time that the Modi government has played with the emotions of the anti-Sikh riots victims.  In November last, when there was a possibility of by-elections taking place to three assembly seats of Delhi, the home ministry leaked the information about enhanced compensation for the victims families.

However, on being questioned by the Election Commission, the Modi government used the convenient excuse that no such decision was taken.

The Aam Aadmi Party strongly condemns the attitude of the Modi government on the probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and promises the families of the victims that it will renew its decision after being voted to form the government in Delhi on February 7





International news

2 02 2015

Policemen killed in Taliban attack on Kandahar checkpoint

An attack on a police checkpoint in the southern province of Kandahar has killed five policemen, AP reported, citing officials. The attack happened late on Sunday in Maiwand district, according to Zia Durani, the spokesman for the provincial police chief. One or more of the attackers reportedly wore a police uniform. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack in a message to the media.

Syria’s chemical weapons disarmament ends – Russian Deputy FM

Chemical weapons disarmament of Syria is over, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told RIA Novosti. Chemical weapons have been destroyed, the program of disarmament has been fulfilled, and “there are no serious issues left,” he said.

China opposes Obama meeting Dalai Lama

China warned on Monday that it was opposed to any country meeting the Dalai Lama after the White House said US President Barack Obama would attend an event with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, Reuters said. Obama plans to deliver remarks at a February 5 prayer breakfast in Washington about the importance of religious freedom, and the Dalai Lama is due to attend. “China is opposed to any nation or government using the Tibet issue to interfere in China’s domestic affairs, and opposed to any country’s leader meeting with the Dalai Lama in any manner,” according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

Ukraine mass graves West still silent about Odessa tragedy,

The UN investigation of the Odessa tragedy and mass graves in Ukraine is virtually not operating, and the West is trying to keep silent about these topics, RIA Novosti quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying. Moscow has raised the issue during the UN Security Council meetings, but the Western diplomats are trying “not to react to them,” he said, describing their position as “double standards.” Ukrainian officials said that 48 anti-Maidan activists died during a fire at Odessa’s House of Unions on May 2 last year, but local deputies said more than 100 people were killed.

Two simultaneous explosions strike Tripoli, Libya

Two simultaneous explosions have struck Tripoli in Libya, according to local reports. No further information is available at this time. On Tuesday, gunmen stormed the luxury Corinthia hotel, one of the last large establishments still open. Nine people were killed, five of them foreigners. There is currently a struggle between volatile Libya’s two rival governments. This summer saw the United Nations and most Western and Arabic countries evacuate all their diplomatic personnel due to intensifying violence between the many factions vying for control of the oil-rich country four years after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.





Pakistan test-fires cruise missile Raad

2 02 2015

 

Pakistan today conducted a successful flight test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM), Raad. An Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release said, the Raad missile, with a range of 350 kilometres, will enable Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability on land and sea.<

 

 

 

 





Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters return to streets

2 02 2015

 

 

In Hong Kong, thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets for the first mass demonstration since they shut down parts of the city late last year, demanding full democracy in the former British colony. Organizers said the protest yesterday was intended to be peaceful and not a repeat of the so called Occupy Central campaign, in which demonstrators shut down key streets for two and half months beginning in late September.

Thousands of police personnel monitored the march, but there were no reports of disturbances or arrests. Authorities cleared protest camps in December without granting the demonstrators any concessions. The protesters are demanding Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to resign and Beijing reverse its decision to screen candidates for the territory’s 2017 election.





Delhi church vandalized by miscreants

2 02 2015

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Feb 2
A church was allegedly vandalized by some unidentified persons in the wee hours today in Vasant Kunj area of South Delhi. The incident occurred at around 1 am. According to police officials, items kept in the church were thrown around and some other things were also broken.

Senior police officials had reached the spot. The police is investigating the case and scanning the footage of CCTV installed near the church to identify the accused. This is the fifth such incident in which a city church has been targeted since November last year.





Lee Hsien Loong in Europe

1 02 2015

Lee Hsien Loong in Europe from Feb 1 to 6

On 50th anniversary of Singapore’s diplomatic relations with Germany.

 

Lee Hsien Loong  visiting Europe from Feb 1 to 6 for official visits to Germany and Spain.

Mr Lee to reaffirm Singapore’s friendly ties with both countries and to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Mr Lee start visit to Dresden – the capital of the federal state of Saxony.Lee to meet Saxony’s Minister-President Stanislaw Tillich.

Later then meet German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Mr Lee will also meet Vice Federal Chancellor and Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schauble.

 

Singapore bilateral trade with Germany stood at S$20 billion in 2014.

 

On Feb 5,

 

Mr Lee will be in Madrid to meet King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.This is PM  first official visit to Spain. He is also scheduled to meet Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and Minister of Economy and Competitiveness Luis de Guindos. Singapore’s bilateral trade with Spain stood at S$2 billion in 2014.

 

Mr Lee is accompanied by his wife, Mrs Lee, Second Trade and Industry Minister S Iswaran, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah, Minister of State for National Development and Defence Maliki Osman, and Member of Parliament Denise Phua.

 

The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) will also have a presence during the visit, with a delegation of more than 20 members. Germany and Spain are looking to Asia for opportunities and the SBF is keen on getting both countries to look directly to Singapore.

 

In Mr Lee’s absence, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will be Acting Prime Minister from Feb 1 to 7.





JAXA shot a new spy satellite into orbit,

1 02 2015

Japan shot a new spy satellite into orbit, successfully conducting this year’s first launch of the H-IIA carrier rocket. The Joho Shushu Eisei (JSE) series satellite became the fifth in Tokyo’s radar and surveillance orbit group.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries joint project went into space at 10:21 a.m. local time from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyodo news agency reports.
Japanese space agency officials have successfully launched a rocket carrying an intelligence-gathering satellite.

The officials with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the H2A rocket on Sunday morning from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.

The officials later announced that the rocket had successfully put the radar satellite into orbit.

The satellite will gather intelligence related to national security and other data. It’s capable of photographing objects on the Earth’s surface at night or in bad weather.

It can also identify objects as small as 1 meter in width from an altitude of several hundred kilometers.

The officials will also use the satellite to gather data in case of a natural disaster.

Japan has a reconnaissance system made up of two radar satellites and two optical satellites that cover every part of the globe at least once a day. The new satellite will act as a backup in case either or both of the radar satellites fail.





Paes-Hingis won Australian Open mixed-doubles title,

1 02 2015

Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Leander Paes of India celebrate

Paes has won 15th Grand Slam title. Paes and Swiss ace Martina Hingis Martina Hingis won the Australian Open mixed-doubles title, in Melbourne on Sunday.The seventh seed Indo-Swiss pair turned back the clock to serve past third seeds Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3 in the one hour and 2 minutes battle at the Rod Laver Arena.Paes clinched his seventh mixed doubles crown, Hingis, who came out of retirement for the second time a couple of years back, collected her 11th doubles Slam apart from her five singles titles.





International events

1 02 2015

Boko Haram opens fresh attack on major Nigeria city of Maiduguri

Fighters from the insurgent Islamic group initiated an assault on the northeast Nigeria city of Maiduguri, triggering an hours-long fight with troops for control of the Borno state capital, witnesses told AFP. Witnesses said Boko Haram rebels opened hostilities around 3:00 am (0200 GMT) and that heavy fighting was ongoing at the southern edge of the city. “The whole city is in fear,” said resident Adam Krenuwa. “People are afraid of what will happen if Boko Haram defeats the security forces.” The group’s last effort to seize Maiduguri just one week ago was repulsed by the military. However, the militants managed to seize the town of Monguno just 125 kilometers (80 miles) outside the city, as well as a military base.

Search resumes for 86 still missing from December’s AirAsia crash

Indonesian rescue teams have on Sunday resumed the search for the bodies of 86 passengers still missing after the AirAsia plane crash on December 28, a local authority has said. There were 162 people on board. The national search and rescue agency has had to take a two-day break, owing to bad weather conditions in the Java Sea. A total of 68 rescue divers from this and related agencies set about raising the airplane’s fuselage, as the “focus today is to find bodies that could be trapped” there or “buried in the mud” on the seabed underneath, the official, who is also coordinating the search, told AFP. New evidence has revealed one of the pilots’ negligence, now thought to have led to the crash.

Islamic State captures Iraqi oil facility, 15 workers missing

Islamic State (IS) insurgents have seized a small oil field near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk and the 15 employees who were working there are now missing, according to security and oil officials, Reuters reports. This latest seizure comes after IS fighters attacked regional Kurdish forces southwest of Kirkuk on Friday, where they captured parts of the Khabbaz oil fields.

​African Union to send 7500 troops to fight Boko Haram

African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 soldiers to northeast Nigeria as part of an effort to suppress the Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged the region, an African Union official said Saturday. Representatives from the 54-country union, who are meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for a two day summit, have decided to deploy a military task force staffed by troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chadi and Benin. Thousands have been killed during the radical Sunni group’s bloody insurgency, including a devastating massacre in Baga that left 2,000 people dead earlier this month.

Macedonian authorities claim to have uncovered plot to overthrow government

Police in Macedonia said Saturday they will charge four people with trying to topple the government including the leader of the main opposition party, the Social Democrats, Reuters reports. A senior government official who declined to be named said that Zoran Zaev was defiant and threw the blame back at the government. The prospect of him going to jail threatens to further deepen divisions in the former Yugoslav republic and the Social Democrats have now boycotted parliament for almost a year as they say the last parliamentary election was fraudulent.

​Merkel rules out debt relief for Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected the possibility of providing Greece with any debt relief. This decision could stoke tensions with the new left-wing Greek government and its international creditors. “There has already been voluntary debt forgiveness by private creditors, banks have already slashed billions from Greece’s debt,” Merkel said in an interview with the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper published on Saturday. “I do not envisage fresh debt cancellation,” she added.
Media agencies





India dormant – USA Petrol Rs.32 Per Liter Halved from $4 to $2 Per Gallon

1 02 2015

USA Petrol Rs.32 Per Liter Halved from $4 to $2 Per Gallon

Indian government remains dormant towards price of petrol when petrol in International market being sold at half. Each day creed of  politicians shouting from the roof top about the citizen welfare is denying the people of the country the right to get benefit of nosedive of oils prices which could be effective in garnering bounce back economy to its best. MSME the prime sector which can help build the nation in short calls with such golden opportunity but it appears the system is still in race of making money when its reserve are sound and at ease.Will this nation of 1.25 billions will be ruled by people of class?
When shall we awake from the deep slumber to make the nation on sound footing.?
Most of the governance both legislature or executives work for money?
The wisdom lies is moving ahead not in state of statics.
The inertia and momentum which is needed publicly, but Alas! who cares the public.Here is link to how Petrol Prices Crashed from $4 per gallon to $2 per
gallon – this is roughly Rs.32 per liter when price in India average
Rs.62 per liter. http://goo.gl/mcQiN





Make Railways Better

1 02 2015

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Ministry Of Railways posted a Resource
Resource Wastage in Indian Railways – Inputs Needed
Dear Railways Circle Members:With over 75,000 citizens in our circle we probably have cross country representation now.In your train travels, you may have observed wastage/under utilization of resources (people, systems, power, water, food, supplies, processes and many other areas) occurring in trains, at stations, railway reservation counters and offices… More>>

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Wastage to avoid:
Is it possible to use LED screen just in front of the coach to see the passengers list rather… More>>
curb the menace of the loiters, beggars, touts, anti-socials over all unauthorised entry on plat form, toilets & waiting room area of all the classes. If found the Sr.Officers on Duty… More>>
First Just observe rail activities and look for improvement especially in station





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