8 02 2015
Two American sisters deported from Cambodia for naked photo session in Angkor temple
Cambodia has expelled two American tourists for taking naked photos in the famous Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap province. Lindsey Adams, 22, and her sister Leslie, 20, were caught nude while taking photos of each other inside the Preah Khan temple at the world heritage site on Friday.
On Saturday, a Cambodian court fined them US$250 and kicked them out of the country. The ruling also banned the sisters from re-entering Cambodia for four years.
Two US sisters have been detained in Cambodia after they decided to take naked photos of each other in Cambodia’s world-renowned Angkor temple complex, the news agency AFP reported.
The Apsara Authority, a government agency responsible for managing the Angkor complex, released a statement that 22-year-old Lindsey Adams and her 20-year-old sister Leslie were tracked taking “nude pictures” inside the Preah Khan temple at the Angkor Archaeological Park on Friday.
“The two tourists admitted that they really made a mistake by taking nude photos,” the statement said.
Apsara Authority spokeswoman Chau Sun Kerya, for her part, struck a more bellicose tone.
“Perhaps they did not know Angkor is a holy site. But their inappropriate activities affect the sanctity of the place,” Chau Sun Kerya said.
8 02 2015
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, fighting for his political life, says that he would bring forward tomorrow a meeting of his parliamentary colleagues to consider a challenge to his leadership, in an effort to halt a destabilising internal revolt. Abbott said in a brief statement today, calling for a meeting early tomorrow as it is important to end the uncertainty at the very beginning of the parliamentary sitting next week. A member of Abbott’s ruling conservative Liberal Party called on Friday for a secret ballot to decide whether to declare the leadership and deputy leadership positions vacant, to be held at a scheduled meeting on Tuesday.
8 02 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia does not plan to wage war on anyone and going to cooperate with all. The comment were the first from Mr. Putin since he met French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the crisis in the Ukraine on Friday.
Mr. Putin said there is clearly an attempt to restrain the development of Russia with different means. He said, there is an attempt to perturb the existing world order with one incontestable leader who wants to remain as such thinking he is allowed everything while others are only allowed what he allows. Mr. Putin said, this world order will never suit Russia.
Franco-German peace initiative could be the last ditch attempt to end the war in Ukraine, French President Francois Hollande said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes the crisis cannot be solved militarily.
Hollande described the peace talks he and Merkel held with the presidents of Russia and Ukraine this week as “one of the last chances” for peace.
“If we don’t find not just a compromise but a lasting peace agreement, we know perfectly well what the scenario will be. It has a name, it’s called war,” Hollande told journalists in the city of Tulle in central France, according to Reuters.
Earlier on Saturday, Angela Merkel was sharing her vision of the possible solution to the Ukraine crisis at the Munich Security Conference.
“The Ukrainian crisis cannot be resolved militarily,” she said.
Hollande: If lasting Ukraine peace not found ‘scenario is war’
The Franco-German peace initiative could be the last ditch attempt to end the war in Ukraine, French President Francois Hollande said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes the crisis cannot be solved militarily.
Hollande described the peace talks he and Merkel held with the presidents of Russia and Ukraine this week as “one of the last chances” for peace. “If we don’t find not just a compromise but a lasting peace agreement, we know perfectly well what the scenario will be. It has a name, it’s called war,” Hollande told journalists in the city of Tulle in central France, according to Reuters.
Europe has largely been against military assistance to Ukraine, believing it could further destabilize the region.
In an interview during the Munich Security Conference, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told Reuters that he fully supported a new effort by the leaders of Germany and France to try and halt the Ukraine conflict, while saying that supplying Kiev with weapons would only escalate it.
At the same time, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has stressed that the world leaders should not “try and fix the problems at gunpoints.”
Merkel touched upon the much-speculated prospect of sending weapons to Ukraine.
“I understand the debate [on weapons supplies] but I believe that more weapons will not lead to the progress Ukraine needs. I really doubt that,” she said, according to Reuters.
Voices in support of the move have been raised in Washington. President Barack Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter, said on Wednesday he favored weapons supplies to Ukraine.
US Secretary of State John Kerry heard more pleas for weapons from the Ukrainian leadership on Thursday. He said President Obama would make his decision next week on the possibility of sending lethal aid to Ukraine.
NATO’s top military commander, US Air Force general Philip Breedlove, believes the West should not rule out arming Ukraine.
8 02 2015
PM Modi to chair
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog today. He will interact with the Chief Ministers of the states and Lieutenant governor of Union territories. An official release said, the meeting is expected to provide further suggestions on setting efficient processes and mechanism of interactions between Centre and states and also between NITI Aayog. States have also been requested to give their suggestions to make new initiatives of government including Swachh Mission, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Smart Cities and Make in India campaign to put the economy on high growth trajectory.
8 02 2015
Volvo World Golf Challenge India 2015 begins with first leg in Panchkula
The first leg of the ‘Volvo World Golf Challenge India’ was held at the Panchkula Golf Club on Saturday, February 7, 2015.
Mr. Randeep Singh Nabha and Col. S D S Batth won the competition in Panchkula in Category A (Handicap 0-12) and Category B (Handicap 13-24) respectively.
Winners in each handicap category in each qualifying event qualify for the National Final 2013 scheduled in December in Aamby Valley. Winners in each handicap category at the National Final qualify to play the Volvo World Final.
Mr. Sumit Passi, Dealer Principal, Volvo, Chandigarh, said, “We are really excited to bring the VWGC India to Panchkula which is one of the fastest growing centers for golf in the country. This event has given us the platform to promote our products and at the same time help raise interest levels for the sport among the large number of amateur golfers in the country. Our association with the PGTI for the last few years has given us the opportunity to contribute towards the growth of Indian professional golf.”
8 02 2015
Guatemala’s Fuego volcano forces airport closure
Guatemala’s Fuego volcano spewed black ash into the sky on Saturday, causing local authorities to evacuate 100 nearby residents. The capital’s international airport has been closed, as workers rushed to clear the runways of ash, Reuters reported. Officials said the amount of falling ash from the volcano about 40 km southwest of the capital was moderate but urged nearby residents to use masks or wet cloth to guard against breathing dangerous contaminants.
7 02 2015