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Signals from red dwarf star Ross 128 detected by Scientists

Scientists at University of Puerto Rico detected some peculiar signals from red dwarf star Ross 128 while conducting a scientific study about the radiation and magnetic environment around red dwarf stars. The signals consisted of broadband quasi-periodic non-polarized pulses with very strong dispersion-like features.

These signals were detected by Arecibo Observatory of the University on 12th May 2017 while studying red dwarf star with planets.

Still origin of the signals is doubtful and is the matter of further studies but three possible explanation is being provided regarding the origin of the source of signals.

According to Planetary Habitability Laboratory of University of Puerto Rico At Arecibo “We do not know the origin of these signals but there are three main possible explanations: they could be (1) emissions from Ross 128 similar to Type II solar flares, (2) emissions from another object in the field of view of Ross 128, or just (3) burst from a high orbit satellite since low orbit satellites are quick to move out of the field of view.”

“We believe that the signals are not local radio frequency interferences (RFI) since they are unique to Ross 128, and observations of other stars immediately before and after did not show anything similar,” says Abel Mendez, director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico.

Scientists at the PHL feels aliens can not be the cause of these signals.PHL is working with . SETI Berkeley with the Green Bank Telescope and SETI Institute’s ATA to get a final conclusion on this.

Price of Motherhood: US is the costliest country for women to give birth

According to a new survey conducted by the UK medical journal The Lancet,US is the most expensive place in the world for women to give birth.Australia is the second most expensive place for women to give birth.
Figures compiled by The Lancet show that the cost of a caesarean section is estimated at $15,500 in the US while it costs $10,000 in Australia.
The survey was conducted in 14 developed countries. The journal also said that mortality rate is low in these countries but health services are becoming costly.
Developed countries has taken many measures to reduce the high cost and to make it more affordable.According to The Lancet “Although mortality is generally low, the picture is far from perfect,” the journal said.
“In some settings, fear prevails among subsets of women and providers, driving increased and inappropriate intervention.”

 

Saurav Ganguly says Virat Kohli’s hunger to win and intensity is valuable for Indian Cricket

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India can defeat New Zealand.New Zealand is much better team than Australia and England.Virat Kohli is raising the value of Indian Cricket

According to Saurav Ganguly New Zealand is a much better team than England and Australia.Former Indian Captain termed New Zealand is the second best team after England. Despite this India will have edge over New Zealand due to favourable home conditions. Ganguly feels defeating India is an uphill task.
“New Zealand are aware of the fact that it would be hard to beat India in India. But if you compare them with England and Australia, New Zealand would be second best side after England. The conditions will favour India,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event in Kolkata.
Saurav Ganguly praised Indian captain Virat Kohli for his intensity and his hunger to win.Due to his hunger to win and intensity Virat Kohli rejuvenated Indian Cricket team.
“Kohli has done wonders for the country in a short span of time. He is someone who can raise the value of Indian cricket with his intensity and his hunger to win.”

Terming Kohli as one of his favourite captains at the present moment, Ganguly said: “If you want to ask him what brand he should endorse for the next 10 years, it’s the brand of his batting. That means I wish him to score lots of runs for India in the next 10 years. Hopefully he can continue to do that. He’s a terrific player.”

India will start it’s home season home season against New Zealand with three Tests beginning in Kanpur September 22 as they go onto play 13 Tests against Australia, England and Bangladesh.
The Virat Kohli-led side will play three Tests in Kanpur, Kolkata and Indore.

Cauvery Water Issue: Everyone needs water but no one wants River.

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Karnataka and Tamil Nadu fighting for their Cauvery water. Millions of farmers in both states depends on the water of Cauvery for agriculture.
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Various parties,different organisations have organised a strike in Tamil Nadu on Friday to protest against attacks on Tamils and their property in Karnataka.
This strike caused problems for public as Majority of the shops, private schools, transport services like auto-rickshaws, private buses, fuel outlets did not function on Friday owing to the shutdown.
Top opposition leaders MK Stalin and Kanimozhi of the DMK, and MDMK’s Vaiko have ben taken arrested by the Police. Impact of the bandh is visible in the neighbouring state Puducherry.
MDMK Chief Vaiko has also been detained in Tiruchirappalli during protest.

Kaveri water dispute is a very old problem. Both states blame that they are not receiving their appropriate share of water. The problem started when Princely State of Mysore and Madras Presidency signed two agreements in 1892 and 1924. But both states very unhappy as they felt they are not receiving their due share of waters from the river due to biased treaty.
To sort out the issue The Government of India constituted a panel in 1990. After 16 years the tribunal delivered it’s order on 5 February 2007.
n its verdict, the tribunal allocated 419 TMC of water annually to Tamil Nadu and 270 TMC to Karnataka; 30 TMC of Kaveri river water to Kerala and 7 TMC to Puducherry. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu being the major shareholders, Karnataka was ordered to release 192 TMC of water to Tamil Nadu in a normal year from June to May.
Politically Kaveri water issue is a very sensitive issue in both states as millions of farmers in both states depends on water of Kaveri river for irrigation.
After independence Kerala and Puducherry also demanded their share of water from Cauvery.

Earth and other extraterrestrial objects share same level of chemical origins

According to a new study by scientists at Western University Earth and other planetary objects formed in the early years of the solar system share similar chemical origins. This study was published by scientific journal Nature. This is a path breaking study as it is challenges decade old theory accepted by scientists till now.
The study was done by cosmochemist Audrey Bouvier and french scientist Maud Boyet.
Both scientists found that there is same initial levels of Neodymium-142 (142Nd) in Earth and other extraterrestrial objects.

WhatsApp shares phone number and contact details with Facebook

WhatsApp said that they are not going to share any kind of content with Facebook as WhatsApp have no access to the content. WhatsApp only store user name,phone number and information regarding other users with whom they are in contact on it’s server. This information was provided to the Delhi high court by senior advocate Siddharth Luthra who is representing WhatsApp.
The bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal directed WhatsApp to file an affidavit regarding this.

A PIL has been filed in Delhi High Court by Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi against the new policy of sharing data with Facebook.
Senior advocate Pratibha Singh, who was representing petitioners Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi argued that the new privacy policy issued by WhatsApp clearly stated that if a user chose to opt out of the sharing of information for Facebook ads and products, the information shared via WhatsApp could “still be used for other purposes”.

WahtsApp was acquired by Facebook in February 2016 for US $ 19 billion. In August 2016 WahtsApp changed it’s privacy policy. According to new privacy policy WahtsApp will share user’s account information with Facebook, consisting of the phone number of the account owner and aggregated analytical data.

 

India and Afghanistan signed extradition treaty

India and Afghanistan came together to show solidarity against terrorism. India and Afghanistan decided to end terrorism of all forms.
Without naming any country directly India and Afghanistan will work together to end sponsorship,support and sanctuaries of terrorism. India and Afghanistan both have accused Pakistan for providing support to terrorists.
Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is on a two-day visit and arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday.
India offered fresh $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan. This amount will be spent for capacity building in areas such as education,health,agriculture,energy and infrastructure.
Apart from this both countries also signed an extradition treaty.

India is investing heavily in Afghanistan due to it’s strategic location and to mount pressure on Pakistan.US also wants India to play a major role in Afghanistan.Recently US asked India to set up military aid to Afghan forces. India is providing military training to Afghan forces.
India provided four attack helicopters to the Afghan military in Dec. 2015.
India is playing a crucial role in the infrastructure development in Afghanistan.India built a landmark dam on on river Chist-e-Sharif in Herat province.The dam  will irrigate 75,0000 hectares and on river Chist-e-Sharif in western Herat.

 

Russia and China started joint naval exercise in disputed south china sea

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This joint exercise by both nation is the signal of a deeper understanding between China and Russia.

China and Russia have begun their first naval exercises in South China Sea. Though Chinese media is claiming that the joint exercise is being carried out within China’s coastal waters.
This joint exercise by both nation is the signal of a deeper understanding between China and Russia.
The eight-day exercise has been named as Joint Sea-2016.

Russia supported China on South China Sea ruling on ‘legal basis’.Russian president said in G20 summit held in Hangzhou “as far as the Hague Arbitration Court and its rulings are concerned, we agree with and support China’s position to not recognise the court’s ruling.” He added: “And I’ll tell you why. It is not a political but a purely legal position. It is that any arbitration proceedings should be initiated by parties to a dispute while a court of arbitration should hear the arguments and positions of the parties to the dispute. As is known, China did not go the Hague Court of Arbitration and no one there listened to its position. So, how can these rulings be deemed fair? We support China’s position on the issue.”

According to Chinese navy the eight-day exercise includes “live-fire drills, sea crossing and island landing operations, and island defense and offense exercises by marine corps.
Aside from the marines, Chinese and Russian surface ships, submarines, planes, helicopters and amphibious armored equipment would be used, Liang said.

“Russia has sent some of its best vessels, including the Ropucha-class landing ship, and the Udaloy-class destroyer” to participate in the exercises, according to Chinese state-run broadcaster CCTV.
The 7,500-ton Udaloy-class destroyers are designed for anti-submarine warfare, while the 4,000-ton Ropucha-class landing ships are designed to carry up to 24 armored vehicles directly onto beaches.

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Meghalya became the 17th state to ratify the GST Bill.

Meghalya became the 17th state to ratify the GST Bill.Meghalya is also the second Congress-ruled state to ratify the GST Bill. Meghalya Chief minister Mukul Sangma said that state will not loose revenue after
Meghalaya Assembly on Friday ratified the Goods and Services Constitution Amendment Bill.
Law Minister Roshan Warjri moved the government resolution for ratification of the bill.
As no one opposed it, Speaker A T Mondal declared that the House approved and adopted the government resolution for ratification of the Bill.
Earlier, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma who chaired the Cabinet meeting before the session told reporters, “There are indications that the state would not lose revenue after GST is introduced throughout the country.”

North Korea celebrated founding anniversary with its fifth and largest nuclear test

Defying pressure from the U.S. and World community North Korea celebrated it’s 68th anniversary of the founding of North Korea in Kim Jong Un’s style by conducting a successful nuclear test.This is North Korea’s fifth and largest ever nuclear test. North Korea State Media confirmed that North Korea conducted a test explosion of a nuclear warhead at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
“This nuclear warhead explosion test is part of responsive measures to threats and sanctions from the U.S. and enemies denying our strategic position as a nuclear state,” The KCNA announcer said during the broadcast.
KCNA is North Korea state television.
According to the state media after this successful nuclear test North Korea is capable to produce nuclear-tipped missiles “at will”.
This nuclear test alarmed the neighbouring countries like Japan and South Korea.Japan has termed the test as “grave threat” .
South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Gyo-ahn says South Korea will call for additional and stronger U.N. sanctions against North Korea.
“We are facing a grave situation which is totally different from the past when North Korea conducted nuclear tests once in three years. North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats are clear and existential,” said Hwang.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the test was “not acceptable.” “If North Korea did conduct a nuclear test, it is absolutely not acceptable, and we must lodge a strong protest,” Abe told reporters.
China has also criticised the nuclear test by North Korea. South Korea termed this act as “fanatic recklessness”.
Japan and China have begun testing the air for radiation.
This is the second nuclear test by North Korea in this year.
Earlier U.S. Geological Survey,European agencies and The China Earthquake Networks Center detected a magnitude 5.3 earthquake near North Korea’s nuclear test site.

New Civil aviation policy: Airline required 0 years and 20 aicrafts for international operations

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Decade old 5/20 rule was abolished and 0/20 rule was implemented.

Government has unveiled a new civil aviation policy to boost domestic airline sector. Government has abolished 5/20 rule in the new civil aviation policy. Abolition of 5/20 rule is a shot in the arm for new carriers like Vistara and Air Asia who wants to start their international operations but were not able due to 5/20 rule.

5/20 rule says Airlines Carrier should have five years of domestic operations and should have 20 aircrafts in it’s fleet to start it’s international operations.

In new Civil Aviation policy 5/20 rule has been replaced with 0/20 rule. It means if an Airline company have 20 aircrafts in it’s fleet they can start international operations.

So Airline companies having 0 years of domestic experience but having at least 20 aircrafts or 20% of their total fleet of aircraft, whichever is higher, allocated for domestic sector can start their international operations without any hindrance.

Older airlines like IndiGo, Spice Jet, Go Air and Jet Airways are not happy over the decision to abolish the 5/20 rule.

“This is to ensure that any new airlines starting business in India should essentially serve the remote parts of the country,” a ministry official said.

Arms Race Again? China Modernizing its Nuclear Force to Counter US, Russia and India

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Nuclear Arms race

The Pentagon revealed that China was deploying new military and nuclear capabilities in the face of growing advances in US and Russia. India’s nuclear force is also a major reason behind China’s steps towards modernizing its nuclear force.

In a report to the US Congress, the Pentagon Report revealed that China was deploying new command and control systems and communication capabilities to its nuclear defence forces to control multiple-units In the field. The new technologies are being set up with an aim to counter the US and other countries’ ballistic missile defence system including manoeuvrable re-entry vehicles (MaRVs), MIRVs, decoys, chaff, jamming, and thermal shielding.

China has also increased its troop along Indian border and is setting up military bases in various parts of the world, particularly with its longstanding friend Pakistan. Pakistan remains China’s major market for conventional weapons. China is involved in both arms sales and defense industrial cooperation with Pakistan, including LY-80 surface-to-air missile systems, main battle tank production, air-to-air missiles, and anti-ship cruise missiles.

The Pentagon report said that despite India-China’s strengthening political-economic relationship, “tensions remain along disputed portions of the Sino-Indian border, where both sides patrol with armed forces.” After a five-day military standoff in September 2015, at Burtse in Northern Ladakh, China and India held had agreed to maintain peace, and retreated to mutually acceptable positions to both sides.

With the emerging military might of China and its growing economic dominance in the world, it will be interesting to see how the major powers of the world will respond. If a tit-for-tat strategy is adopted then the world is slowly moving towards another era of arm’s race.

India Unveils its First National Intellectual Property Rights Policy

The Indian Government today unveiled the first National Intellectual Property Rights Policy (IPR) with an aim to foster innovation and R&D culture in the country. While stressing on improving the Ease of Doing business in the country, the policy aims to bring in “A Creative India, An Innovative India”.

The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) will be the nodal department responsible for coordinating, guiding and overseeing implementation and development of IPRs in India. As per the policy, there will be no changes to compulsory licenses issued to pharma companies and no amendments to evergreening of patents. India’s first IPR policy is said to be WTO-complaint by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The policy would protect products of human intelligence through copyrights, patents and trademarks and it will cover music, industrial designs, cinema besides publishing. The new policy will make the trademark registration process easier and faster. While earlier it took years to get a trademark registered, the policy aims to reduce this time to only a month.

It remains to be seen how well the new IPR policy will be implemented and how the global and local pharmaceutical industries will respond to the policy.

Finally Volkswagen launches compact sedan Ameo after emission scandal

Volkswagen is launching a compact sedan model,Ameo, in Indian market. Competition is going to be tough as this segment is already filled with Honda Amaze,Ford Figo Aspire,Tata Zest and Hyundai Xcent. It is not going to be a cakewalk for Ameo to carve a niche in the compact sedan segment that is already crowded with various models of almost all major car companies.

Volkswagen will foray with Petrol version. Diesel version will be launched later after sensing the mood of the market.

The model will be completely manufactured at Volkswagen plant in Chakan, Maharashtra.

Major features of the Ameo is

1.2-litre MPI petrol engine

74 bhp for Petrol engine and 88.7 bhp for Diesel engine.
The car is designed on PQ24 platform that is being used in Polo and Vento.

The company has announced that the cars will be made available for the buyers in between the months of July and August.

Volkswagen has opened bookings for its compact sedan Ameo on Thursday at Rs 10,000. In the backdrop of emission scandal worldwide it is going to be a tough job for Ameo to win the confidence of the buyers.

SFI leader says Left and Congress is playing with student’s future in Rohith Vemulla

According to a news report published in Times of India,Raju Kumar Sahu,General Secretary of SFI, is not happy the way congress and left is using students to achieve their political goal.

Sahu is also worried that due to the ‘opportunistic’ political games of Congress and Left parties students’ future seems to be in dark as it this episode is affecting their placements as students are not able to focus on their studies.

This is this reason Raju Kumar Sahu has decided to resign from SFI. Raju Kumar Sahu was the general secretary of the SFI.

SFI is the student wing of the CPI(M). Sahu has leveled serious allegations on SFI and Congress both.

Sahu alleged that the movement is funded by the Congress, Left and other opportunistic forces.

The TOI quoted from Sahu’s letter: “My loneliness and alienation are affecting my studies and also apparently driving me towards the unfortunate path undertaken by Rohith. I think coming into the open and getting distanced from the wrong way would save me from the doom (sic).”

Sahu added that the real losers in the entire ‘game’ are the common students who have suffered in terms of placements.

 

Teesta Setalvad’s NGO file missing: Home ministry official was arrested by CBI

The CBI has arrested a Home ministry official for corruption charges and keeping a file with him in illegal manner for three months. The file was related to Teesta Setalvad’s NGO Sabrang .

Government Of India suspended the registration of Sabrang in September 2015 under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA). The MHA officials could not find the file related to Sabrang NGO and they contacted CBI to investigate the matter further.

Home ministry officials hinted that government is taking this act very seriously and serious actions cannot be ruled out against the official.

CBI also recovered Rs 7.5 lakhs and other documents, files containing sensitive information related to MHA and I&B ministries.

Intelligence agencies is investigating if these files and papers were shared with outsiders and if yes with whom?

Scientists at MIT develops artificial human skin

Scientists at MIT developed an artificial skin that can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles. This “second skin” is using a silicone-based polymer and this can be applied as second skin and it is very hard to distinguish it from human skin as it is very thin and have elastic properties of the human skin.

This scientifically developed skin provides long-lasting ultraviolet protection.

Now scientists are working to develop it further so that it can be used to treat skin conditions by supplying drugs to the affected area.

According to MIT News

“It’s an invisible layer that can provide a barrier, provide cosmetic improvement, and potentially deliver a drug locally to the area that’s being treated. Those three things together could really make it ideal for use in humans,” says Daniel Anderson, an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering and a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES).

After death threat, Rahul Gandhi down with High Fever, cancels poll rallies in last moment.

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High Fever due to Fear : Rahul Gandhi cancels visit to Puducherry due to high fever after getting death threat

Rahul Gandhi is down with high fever since Sunday and due to this he will not be able to visit Puducherry,Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Rahul Gandhi said due to high fever he is cancelling his proposed two day visit to three south states.

Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to address an election rally at Karaikal in Puducherry.

Rahul provided this information at Twitter.

“Unfortunately I have been down with high fever since Sunday and the doctor has advised rest for the next two days,” the 45-year-old Congress leader said on micro-blogging site Twitter late Monday night.

“My apologies to the ppl of Puducherry, Tamil Nadu & Kerala for missing this opportunity of being with them on 10th &11th May as planned.

“Shall keep everyone updated about the rescheduled visits,” Rahul said in his tweets.

Despite Centre’s assurance to provide adequate security to Rahul Gandhi this decision was taken.

Top Congress leaders met Unioin Home Minister on Monday after AICC general Secretary Narayanasamy received an “unsigned letter” threatening to attack him and Rahul.

The Special Protection Group and the Intelligence Bureau were on Monday ordered by the government to take maximum precautions for Rahul Gandhi’s security in the wake of the threat letter.

Rahul Gandhi was in Tamil Nadu on last Saturday (07/05/2016) and addressed rallies in Madurai, Coimbatore and Maduravoyal with DMK’s MK Stalin.

 

Donald Trump says London’s first Muslim Mayor will be allowed to enter the US despite his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US

Donald Trump indicated that he will not ban newly elected Muslim Mayor of London Mr Sadiq Khan and he will be an exception.

Donald Trump proposed to ban Muslims entering the United States just after the deadly terrorist attack in Paris in November 2015.

According to Donald Trump Muslims will be banned temporarily from entering the United States. He was criticized for this.

“There will always be exceptions,” Mr. Trump said when asked in an interview on Monday how his proposed ban would affect London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan.

Donald Trump further said he is happy to see Mr. Khan as first Muslim mayor of London. He said “I think it’s a very good thing, and I hope he does a very good job because frankly that would be very, very good.”

Mr. Trump also said, “Because I think if he does a great job, it will really — you lead by example, always lead by example. If he does a good job and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing.”

 

Jaguar Land rover will build smartphone with Bullitt

Currently India’s smartphone market is the war zone of all major smartphone players. India is the second largest smartphone market in the world. There are 220 million active unique smartphone users in India.

Traditional smartphone makers like Samsung,Apple,LG,Lenovo,Micromax etc are fighting very hard to capture maximum share in this huge market.

Jaguar Land rover has announced that it is also entering in Indian smartphone market. Land Rover has tied up with UK based Bullitt. Bullitt is UK based consumer electronics company.

Land Rover will built Smartphone and multiple accessories with Bullitt.

“Incorporating the iconic Land Rover design and innovative technology into the mobile-phone sector with the Bullitt Group presents an exciting challenge and fantastic opportunity to take the brand into a new dimension,” Lindsay Weaver, director of licensing and branded goods at Jaguar Land Rover

“An engineering and design team from Jaguar Land Rover special operations will be assigned to the partnership and subsequently deliver a number of bespoke applications tailored to Land Rover brand and product values,” Weaver added.

“We are confident the new range of products will perfectly encapsulate everything that Land Rover represents, appealing to those who already love the brand and providing an introduction to those who are yet to discover it,” noted Peter Stephens, CEO of Bullitt Group.

Crony wealth is just 3% of GDP in Modi raj while it was 18% in UPA regime.

According to The Economist’s index of crony capitalism study there is sharp decline in Crony capitalism in India. Crony capitalism was 18 percent of GDP in 2008 but currently it is just 3% of GDP.

“Encouragingly, India seems to be cleaning up its act. In 2008 crony wealth reached 18 percent of its GDP, putting it on a par with Russia. Today it stands at 3 percent of its GDP, a level similar to Australia,” the study revealed.

According to the study Russia is the worst crony-capitalist country and Germany is the cleanest country.

Russia has been ranked the worst crony-capitalist country, followed by Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Ukraine, Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey above India. India has been ranked 9th followed by Taiwan and China that are ranked 10th and 11th.

The magazine’s index of crony capitalists is based on a study by Ruchir Sharma of Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Aditi Gandhi and Michael Walton of Delhi’s Centre for Policy Research.

 

Vijay Mallya’s trick to avoid expulsion failed. Resignation rejected by Hamid Ansari and Ethics panel of Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari has turned down resignation of Vijay Mallya on procedural ground.

Raya Sabha ethics committee has also rejected Vijay Mallya’s resignation. This has paved the way for his expulsion from the Upper house.

“Hamid Ansari, Chairman, Rajya Sabha does not accept the resignation of Vijay Mallya. Secretary General, Rajya Sabha writes to Sh. Mallya that his resignation letter does not conform to prescribed procedures & does not bear signature in original.

“As per Rule 213 of RS procedures, the resignation must be voluntary and genuine,” Ansari’s Officer on Special Duty to Gurdeep Singh Sappal said on Twitter quoting from the Secretary General’s letter.

Vijya Mallya has sent a scanned copy of his resignation letter to Hamid Ansari just a day before the Ethics panel was going to recommend his expulsion.

 

Yet another setback for Congress. The High court ordered to demolish Adarsh building.

It seems nothing is working in favour of the Congress Party.

The Bombay High court ordered to demolish the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society building. The High Court has also ordered to investigate the role of Politicians and officers in this scam.

This is yet another setback for Congress just after Agusta Westland scam and loosing two governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The high court also gave 12-week time to Maharashtra government to appeal in Supreme Court against the order.

Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan said “I don’t want to react on the court judgement.”.

Mumbai court drops charges against 9 accused due to lack of evidence in Malegaon blast case.

A Mumbai court has accepted the discharge applications of nine accused in Malegaon bomb blast case and ordered the release of the accused. Atleast 37 people were killed in the Malegaon blast in 2006.The court headed by Session Judge VV Patil has also ordered to drop charges against the nine accused.

Till now two accused have been convicted in this case and six were released.

“It is submitted that evidence collected by NIA in further investigation is not in consonance with evidence collected by the Anti-Terrorism Squad and the CBI. The court may kindly pass appropriate orders in the matter,” the anti-terror agency told a special NIA court in response to discharge applications filed by the nine accused.

The 2006 bombings were part of a series of explosions that had rocked Malegaon, a communally sensitive power-loom town in Nashik district of Maharashtra, located about 300 km from Mumbai.

 

India cancels visa to Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa

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India cancels visa to Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa
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India has cancelled a Visa granted to Chinese dissident Dolkun Isa. Dolkun Isa is a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and he lives in Germany.

Chinese government consider him a terrorist and a red corner notice issued against him by Interpol. Dolkun Isa was going to attend a conference in Dharamsala.

The visa issued on April 16 was cancelled on April 23, the sources said. China expressed its unhappiness on this decision and requested India no reconsider the decision as Dolkun is a terrorist and red corner notice was issued for him by Interpol.

Some quarters had perceived the visa granted to Dolkun, a leader of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), as a response to China blocking India’s bid to sanction Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar at the UN Security Council.

China’s foreign ministry had reacted angrily to the granting of the visa and said “Dolkun Isa is a terrorist on red notice of Interpol and the Chinese police. Bringing him to justice is a due obligation of relevant countries.”

The Uyghur are a Turkic ethnic group residing in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China.

They are also living in Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan,Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, and in Turkey.

Government has finalized list of 6 nominees for Rajya Sabha as per reports

According to reports from various sources, The Bhartiya Janta Party is going to nominate Navjot Singh Siddhu, Subramanian Swamy, Swapan Dasgupta,MC Mary Kom and Suresh Gopi and Narendra Jadhav for Rajya Sabha.
The Rajya Sabha or Council of States is the upper house of the Parliament of India.Total strength of the Rajya Sabha is 245.Members are elected indirectly by state and territorial legislatures.
The BJP has 48 members in the upper house while the Congress has 66.
At present the Congress has 67 members, the BJP 48, the Samajwadi Party 15, the AIADMK, the Trinamool Congress and the JD(U) 12 each, the BSP 10 and the CPI(M) 9.
74 Rajya Sabha members are retiring in 2016 including union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman ,M Venkaiah Naidu,Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Government can appoint 12 members.

Turkish government captures all churches in Diyarbakir city and declares them state property

Turkish government ordered to seize six churches in southern city of Diyarbakir including a 1700 years old church. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan passed the order on March 25.

Government said they wants to rebuild the restore the historical buildings that have been destroyed in war between government forces and Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK). Continue reading Turkish government captures all churches in Diyarbakir city and declares them state property

TERI shows exit door to RK Pachauri after multiple sexual harassment allegations

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) removed RK Pachauri from its governing council and organization. This decision was taken in a meeting held on Monday. Governing council chairman Mr. Ashok Chawla was heading the meeting.

Mr Pachauri was not present in the meeting as he was travelling abroad. Indeed Mr. Pachauri was not invited in the governing council meeting as his membership ended on March 31.

TERI also decided not to renew the membership of Mr. Pachauri. Though information has not been updated on TERI website regrading this. TERI website still says “Dr Rajendra K Pachauri is the Executive Vice Chairman (on leave) of the Governing “.

Mr Pachauri joined TERI as director in 1982. In April 2002 he was elected as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and was reelected in September 2008.IPCC along with former Vice President of US Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2007.

 

Google launches latest Chromecast with features like higher video resolution and less buffering at Rs 3399

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New Google Chromecast in India
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Google launches new version of Chromecast and Chromecast Audio at Rs 3399. New version have additional functionalities like higher video resolution,less buffering,faster Wi-Fi,more colours and sleeker design.

What is Chromecast ?

Chromecast is a streaming dongle that is plugged into the HDMI port on your TV.

You can cast content from your phone to TV. So basically it is a medium that integrate your phone to the TV. Using Chromecast content of your phone will be displayed on TV.

Chromecast works with iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Mac and Windows laptops and Chromebooks.

You need to install Cast App on your phone which will open the gate of unlimited content on your mobile .

Features of New Chromecast

1) No more adapters or extension cables required as new Chromecast supports more TVs.

2) Higher video resolution and less buffering provided.

3) Wi-Fi Performance has been improved.

Chromecast can be ordered directly from Google website

https://www.google.com/intl/en_in/chromecast/tv/#?discover

 

Yet another fatwa: Saudi Arabia cleric says Saudi Women driver should not be allowed to drive as driving would expose them to evil

According to Saudi Arabia’s chief cleric women should not be allowed to driving as this would expose them to evil.

Chief cleric have another reason to support his bizzare claim. According to him women should not allowed driving as male relatives were not able to locate them .

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin-Abdullah al-Sheikh said men “obsessed with women” and with “weak spirits” could end up causing female drivers harm and that male relatives would not know their whereabouts.

It is very difficult for women to obtain driving license though women driving is legal in Saudi Arabia.