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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
“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).
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
Uttar Pradesh Police got major success in Tanzil Ahmed murder case. UP police has arrested two men Jainul and Reyaan.
Police questioned 100 people and conducted raids at several places to arrest these two criminals.
Main accused Muneer is still out of police reach and police has declared a reward of Rs 50,000 on Muneer.
Tanzil Ahmed, probing terror cases related to Indian Mujahideen, was shot dead on April 3 by two motorcycle-borne assailants who also wounded his wife when they were returning home from a wedding near Bijnor district.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won in the Nevada caucuses with huge margin. With this victory Donald consolidated his position against his rivals.
Donald Trump got 44.6% of votes and his rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz got 23.8 % and 21.5 % votes respectively.
This is Donald’s third straight win. Donald trump won easily in South Carolina and New Hampshire states.
With this win Donald Trump consolidated his position as Republican Candidate for US Presidential election.
Exit Polls have already predicted Donald’s victory.
Donlad Trump said after the victory “We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated. We’re the smartest people, we’re the most loyal people.”
Huge support from Latino and Hispanics voters played a vital role in Donald Trump’s victory.
JNU Student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was sent in Police custody for 15 more days after The Delhi High Court adjourned his bail plea hearing for February 29.
The Delhi High Court accepted argument provided by Aditional solicitor general Tushar Mehta and rejected Kanhaiya Kumar’s request.
“After yesterday’s development, two of the accused have surrendered and are in safe custody. Their remand is yet to be taken. In the backdrop of the new development and as per our statutory right of 15 days police custody of an accused, we will be seeking remand of Kanhaiya Kumar to confront him with Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya,” said Aditional solicitor general Tushar Mehta.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal was representing Kanhaiya Kumar. Kapil Sibal said Kanhaiya Kumar should be granted bail since there is no evidence against Kanhaiya Kumar as per the status report filed by Delhi Police.
Contrary to previous trends Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declined to receive an honorary doctorate from Banaras Hindu University. Modi is not in favour of personal glorification and in past he declined such offers in past also.
BHU, in a statement, had said it proposed to confer Doctor of Laws (LLD) (honoris causa) on Modi in recognition of his “yeoman services as an innovator, reformer and an outstanding leader in public service and governance”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Modi will be visiting BHU on February 22 to attend its convocation.
Former Prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh received honorary degrees from various national and international Universities. Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh received Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Alberta in 1997.The University of Oxford, Benaras Hindu University,University of Madras,King Saud University and the University of Cambridge also awarded such degrees to him.
American warplanes hit an ISIS camp in in the al-Qasser district in Libya and killed 49 terrorists .This camp was center of advanced training. This information was provided by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
Dreaded terrorist Noureddine Chouchane is believed to be killed in the fatal airstrike Noureddine Chouchane is the mastermind of two terrorist attacks in Tunisia carried out last year.
According to sources more than 60 people were inside the camp and attending the advanced training in the camp. So death toll could rise.
The Supreme Court of India today paved the way for a new government in the Arunachal Pradesh.
The Supreme Court today vacated its earlier order staying the revocation of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Supreme Court upheld the verdict given by the Gauhati high Court reading the disqualification of 14 Congress MLAs. This is a major setback for the Congress Party who was fighting the case against NDA government.
The Supreme Court said “Prima facie we are convinced that the MLAs were disqualified without being served notice,”
The Apex Court has rejected all arguments provided by Congress representative Kapil Sibal and FS Nariman.
India will establish a state-of-the-art gravitational wave observatory with the help of US. Union cabinet approved a proposal regarding this. Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in the U.S will provide support in this endeavor.
This is a great news for scientists working in the area of gravitational-wave astronomy.
Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Science and Technology (DST) will handle the project with the help of LIGO Laboratory based in US.
What is LIGO?
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is used to study gravitational waves by scientists. It was founded in 1992 by eminent scientists from Caltech and MIT University in US and many other colleges and universities.
900 scientists and 44000 active volunteers worldwide involved in LIGO project managed by LIGO Scientific collaboration.