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Apple will launch iPhone independent smart watch by end of this year.

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Apple will launch iPhone independent Smartwatch to increase market share.

According to a news report published in Bloomberg Apple is planning to launch a new smart watch that will not be dependent on iPhone. Apple may announce the release of this smartwatch in upcoming Worldwide Developers conference. Continue reading Apple will launch iPhone independent smart watch by end of this year.

Why breast milk is the divine gift by a mother to an infant?

Breastfeeding is the divine gift by mother to an infant
A few drops of breastmilk can also soothe a newborn’s diaper rash or sore throat, treat acne, and help alleviate eye and ear infections.

Breastfeeding has countless benefits. Breastmilk is the best medicine that a mother provides to an infant.

Breastfeeding builds the immunity of an infant.It also helps the mother.It is not easy for a mother to overcome postpartum depression. Breast feeding helps the mother to fight against postpartum depression.

Continue reading Why breast milk is the divine gift by a mother to an infant?

Researchers developed a Palm sized Magnetic tape that can store 330 TB data

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IBM and Sony jointly developed a palm-sized magnetic cartridge that can store 330 terabytes of data.

Do you have a habit to capture all the precious moments of life but have to think twice before capturing those moments as storage of those pictures is the cause of concern for you?

Many people have to kill their desire as their hard disk is already full of millions of pictures and movies.

There is no need to worry anymore as Researchers at IBM and Sony are very close to solve this problem.

In a path breaking invention IBM and Sony jointly developed a palm-sized magnetic cartridge that can store 330 terabytes of data.

This cartridge can store 201 gigabits data per square inch. This is a ground-breaking development.

This tape can store 330 million of books. Keeping this fact in mind this is a remarkable achievement. Currently World’s largest hard drive can store only 60TB data.

Sony developed a new kind of tape using ‘sputter deposition’ technique. This new tape is named as “sputtered magnetic tape”.

This invention will solve the problem of storage. In the internet of things era data is being generated exponentially while storage technology is not growing accordingly. This is a shot in the arm for Cloud and Big data arena.

Just Forget Nuclear Arms race. China started Artificial intelligence Arms Race

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China Started AI arms race.

China unveiled a ‘grand national plan’ to become the World leader in Artificial Intelligence by the year 2020.China is leaving no stone unturned to become the leader in this filed by the year 2020.

The China State Council released a detailed policy document to achieve the target. Strategies and policy were mentioned in details to provide the conducive environment for the development of Chinese artificial Intelligence Industry.

Apart from Artificial Intelligence other disruptive technologies were also discussed in great detail in this Policy document. Super Computing,Brain Science and Deep learning are technological areas that will be promoted as part of this policy.

According to this policy document Artificial Intelligence has become the new focus of the International competition. It has become the new engine of the economic development.

This vision document wants to build a $150 billion Artificial intelligence industry in coming years.Chinese tech giants like Baidu,Tencent and Alibaba have established AI research center in the United States.China is not the only country that is understanding the importance of the Artificial Intelligence. RecentlyThe United Kingdom consulted experts to understand the Artificial Intelligence and its impact on economy, society, law and order and ethics.

The United States government is also doing the same. During National Governors association meeting Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk warned the US government regarding the impact of Artificial Intelligence on humanity.

Elon Musk said “AI is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization, and I don’t think people fully appreciate that.”Musk termed AI as “the scariest problem”.Musk urgfed the government to formulate a regulatory authority that will define the scope of the AI.

Stephen hawking and other prominent AI innovators already raised concern regarding the misuse of Artificial intelligence and Robotics.

Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma also warned that AI is going to change the society in a drastic way as robots are going to eat jobs and will replace CEOs in coming years

Ram Nath Kovind elected as 14th President of India with 65.65% votes

Sh. Ram Nath Kovind will be India’s 14th President. He is second Dalit President of India after KR Naraynan.Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated him on his overwhelming victory.

Ram Nath Kovind secured 2930 votes with value of 7,02,044; Meira Kumar got 1,844 votes with the value of 3,67,314; 77 invalid.Ram Nath Kovind got 65.65 percent votes (7,02,644 votes) while UPA’s Meira Kumar gets 3,67,314 votes

“Gladdened by the extensive support for Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji among MPs & across various states. I thank members of the electoral college.” – Prime Minister Narendara Modi

Ram Nath Kovind said that he is the representative of working class and poor sections of the society.He further said that he is overwhelmed by the support.

“This huge responsibility is a message to everyone who works hard for the nation”: President-designate Ram Nath Kovind.

Sh. Ram Nath Kovind also thanked opposition candidate Meira Kumar.

Meira Kumar said that she is not upset on her defeat.

“I am not upset, why should I be upset? I am a fighter, I fought for the belief and faith of majority of my countrymen and women:: Meira Kumar

The swearing in ceremony for India’s next President will be on July 25.

How Demonetization will benefit Indian Economy in the Long Run

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Demonetization was introduced with the objective of curbing black money, terror financing and counterfeit currency.

Demonetization was introduced with the objective of curbing black money, terror financing and counterfeit currency. No one knows the exact measure of our black economy but as per certain estimates the black economy is large as 3 times our GDP imposing an immense drain on our resources. All over the world the countries that have experimented with demonetization of high denomination currency have met with varying degrees of success. But in none of the countries a measure of this magnitude had been introduced as was the case with India where almost 85% of currency was rendered illegal with a single stroke. This move came at a time when the government had initiated several measures in the preceding months to curb black money including the Black Money Bill, Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, Income disclosure scheme etc.

Although the move might impact the economy negatively in the very short run owing to liquidity crunch and excessive dependence on cash transactions in real estate, jewellery, retail, logistics, consumer durables, cement and some segments in MSMEs which may get deferred, but in the long run the benefits are going to far exceed the costs.

Firstly, there are significant costs to cash economy and cashless economy would help to eliminate those costs. Hard currency transactions involve the cost of time and shoe-leather cost involved in approaching the bank or ATM to withdraw cash. Also there are significant costs of printing currency, logistics involved in maintaining currency chests that can be avoided with greater use of digital transactions. Moreover cash transactions are anonymous while digital transactions ensure greater accountability and transparency.

Secondly, this move will severely dent terror financing which thrives on counterfeit currency and high denomination notes. Greater transparency in transactions will deter smuggling of arms.

Thirdly, it will boost tax revenues of the government as the black and unaccounted income gets converted to white. It is a shocking fact that in a country with 1.2 billion population, only 24 lakh persons declared their annual income to be above Rs. 10 lakhs. There is serious under-reporting of income to evade taxes causing significant loss to the exchequer.

Fourthly, going cashless will improve financial inclusion in remote areas where bank branches are far and unviable. The move has shifted behaviour of the people to move towards cashless transactions.

Demonetization is also expected to reducing liability of the RBI. It is expected approximately Rs. 5 Lakh Crore may come to the government in the form of extinguished RBI Liability, Taxes and Penalties, an amount that is enough to meet entire Fiscal Deficit for a year. Recent figures released suggest that only Rs. 1 to 2 lakh crore may actually come to the government from the money not drawn back into the system. However the final estimates would only be known after penalties on unaccounted income are realized by the Income tax department.

More importantly, in the long run, policy rates are expected to come down as bank deposits increase and NPAs decline which would further boost overall investment in the economy. Also higher tax revenues arising from better compliance would offer scope to reduce rates over the long term which will boost consumption demand.

Although there are immense opportunities for economy to grow in the long-run from demonetization, few threats remain in the short-run. The liquidity crunch caused by demonetization will negatively impact sectors with high level cash transactions. Also there will be added costs of replacement of currency. Moreover it will be a big challenge to turn the society cashless where more than 50% population is not well versed with card transactions and mobile wallets and do not possess smart phones or internet.

The Government is however making all efforts to ease the liquidity crunch and encouraging cashless transactions. The central government started the “Lucky Grahak Yojana” and “Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana” to incentivize digital transactions so that the e-payments are adopted by the poor as well. The government also launched the digital payments BHIM app (Bharat Interface for Money)- after Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, to support Aadhar-based transactions using fingerprint. To make the demonetization move a success, efforts on the digital India campaign also need to be intensified.

Overall demonetization is a progressive step shaped by the right idea, intention and initiative and like any other shock will have negative impact in the short run but will be instrumental in a positive transformation of the economy in the long run.

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.

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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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.

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.

 

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.

No Personal glorification please: Modi declines to accept honorary LLD from BHU

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No Personal glorification please: Modi declines to accept honorary LLD from BHU.

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.

(Source PTI)

Astronomical News for Indian Scientists: Modi gifted advanced gravitational-wave detector LIGO-India to study gravitational waves

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India will have it’s own gravitational wave observatory LIGO-India
Image Credit: SXS, the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) project (http://www.black-holes.org)

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.

JNU Sedition Case: Commissioner BS Bassi says Delhi police have sufficient evidence against JNU Student leader Kanhaiya

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said Delhi police have sufficient evidence against JNU Student leader Kanhaiya
Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said Delhi police have sufficient evidence against JNU Student leader Kanhaiya

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said Delhi police have sufficient evidence against JNU Student leader Kanhaiya who has been arrested on sedition charges

“We have suffecient evidence aganist Kanhaiya based on which he has been arrested…we are investigating the matter and other people are commenting whether there are evidences or not, This is strange,” – BS Bassi

BS Bassi also said allegetions leveled against Delhi police are baseless.

“The arrests have been valid and allegations being made aganist Delhi Police baseless,” he said.

Saudi Arabia is ready to deploy ground troops to war-torn Syria against ISIS

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Saudi Arabia can send it’s army To Syria against ISIS if Coalition agrees

Saudi Arabia Defence ministry has proposed to send its army to Syria against ISIS if coalition agrees. Saudi Arabia’s military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri during said this to al-Arabiya TV news during an interview.

“The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against Isis) may agree to carry out in Syria,” said military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri during an interview with al-Arabiya TV news.

According to a report published in the Guardian Newspaper Saudi Arabia and Turkey can work together to fight ISIS. Saudi Arabia and Turkey set up a military coordination body a few weeks ago.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter welcomed on Thursday a Saudi offer to participate in any ground operations. “That kind of news is very welcome,” he told reporters while on a visit to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Man Ki baat : 11 year-old boy from UP shared his Man Ki baat with PM Modi and got positive reply

Man ki Baat is making people to share their grievances, complaints to the PM Modi and PM Modi is also taking them seriously and addressing in timely manner.
Man ki Baat is making people to share their grievances, complaints to the PM Modi and PM Modi is also taking them seriously and addressing in timely manner.

It seems people are taking PM Modi’s ‘Man ki Baat’ seriously and PM Narendra Modi is able to convey the message to the masses. Man ki Baat is making people to share their grievances, complaints to the PM Modi and PM Modi is also taking them seriously and addressing in timely manner.

 

An 11 year-old boy shared his Man Ki Baat to the PM Narendra Modi mentioning the problem faced by him due to absence of a crossing at the railways tracks between his locality and the school. Due to the absence of Crossing he had to take a longer route to reach his school daily. People from his locality is also facing the same story. Apart from this regular accidents happening at this place.

”Accidents keep happening near the railway track. We face problems while going to school in absence of crossing,” he said.

Railways informed Nayan Sinha that state government permission is required to construct a railway crossing or over bridge to resolve his problem

This is not the first time people seeking PM Modi intervention to solve their day to day problem. Some time back a 8-year-old boy from Bengluru, also wrote a letter to PM Modi to solve his problem and he also got a positive response in timely manner form PMO.

In a letter to PM Modi Abhinav narrated how he is facing problems due to a under construction Fly over across the railway gate. Abhinav,a third standard student from National Public School, Yeswantpur wrote letter with the help of his Grand Father.

PM Modi responded positively to Abhinav.

Awakened Shahbano: Indian Muslim women wants entry into Haji Ali Dargah. Protest intensified.

Muslims women groups demanded that they should be allowed to enter into Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai. Muslim women stages a protest on 28 January regarding this demand. A report has been published in Times of India regarding this.

According to Muslim women male patriarchy is responsible for imposing restriction on women.

“I am an Islamic scholar and nowhere in Islam is it said that women cannot go to graveyards. This is the dictum of the prophet. When Islam has not excluded women, then why should male patriarchy dominate. Male patriarchy is dominating the Hindus, Male patriarchy is dominating the Muslims,”– Professor of Islamic studies Zeenat Shaukat Ali

The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) has filed a petition in  the Bombay high court seeking a ruling that the ban is unconstitutional.

According to the the Haji Ali Dargah trust it was a “grievous sin” as per Islam for women to be in close proximity of the grave of a male Muslim saint.

Supreme Court scolded bluntly Congress for not paying Rs 800 as court fee and using incorrect fonts in petition.

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Supreme Court scolded bluntly Congress for not paying requisite court fee in full and using incorrect fonts in the petition filed by the Party.

Supreme Court scolded bluntly Congress for not paying requisite court fee in full and using incorrect fonts in the petition filed by the Party to challenging the decision of imposing President Rule in Arunchal Pradesh.

However, Justice Khehar reprimanded Congress for not paying the requisite court fee in full while filing the petition. There was a shortfall of Rs. 800 in the court fee paid to the Supreme Court Registry.

Justice Khehar said there were a lot of other “defects” in the petiton filed by Bamang Felix, Chief Whip of the Congress Legislative Party of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Congress party side saw a whole array of top lawyers present in court, including senior advocates Fali Nariman, Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha.

Justice Khehar said “the Registry has raised a lot of objections. You have paid less court fee. You have to pay Rs. 800 more…”

Justice Khehar further said “ Children are just saying… please look into this… when you file urgent matters like this, ensure that you pay court fee in full”.

 

Congress Party challenged the constitutionality of the Union Cabinet recommendation and subsequent imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh ruled by the Congress party.

Supreme Court accepted the petition and forwarded it to a five-judge Constitution Bench.

Supreme Court asked Centre to respond by Friday.

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Cyber Threat: Severe cyber-attack on Israel’s Electricity Authority by unidentified hackers. Virus identified and thwarted.

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Israel’s Electricity Authority had been attacked by unidentified hackers in a “severe cyber-attack” by unidentified hackers.

Israel’s Electricity Authority had been attacked by unidentified hackers in a “severe cyber-attack” by unidentified hackers.

This has been revealed by National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Minister of Isreal Yuval Steinitz on Tuesday. Steinitz was speaking at two day CyberTech 2016 Conference in Tel Aviv. Hundreds of international delegations were attending the CyberTech 2016 Conference.

“Yesterday we identified one of the largest cyber-attacks that we have experienced,” Steinitz said at the CyberTech 2016 conference at the Tel Aviv Trade Fair and Convention Center.

Attack has been thwarted by the Israel’s Electricity Authority with the help of National Cyber Bureau of Isreal.

Energy Minister Steinitz says Israeli electric authority succeeded in mitigating attack by shutting down systems to prevent virus from spreading.

Affected systems has been shut down for two days to prevent virus from spreading.

“The virus was already identified and the right software was already prepared to neutralize it. We had to paralyze many of the computers of the Israeli electricity authorities. We are handling the situation and I hope that soon, this very serious event will be over” Isreal Yuval Steinitz

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Netaji was the real factor that had led the British to quit India, as per former British PM Clement Atlee

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Former British PM Clement Atlee had said that the role played by Netaji’s Indian National Army was significant in India becoming independent

Former British PM Clement Atlee had said that the role played by Netaji’s Indian National Army was significant in India becoming independent and non-violent movement led by Mahatama Gandhi had minimal effect.A report published in Mail Today regarding this.

These claims have been made by military historian General GD Bakshi in his yet-to be-published book – Bose: An Indian Samurai.

Clement Atlee  was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951 and had signed the decision to grant independence to India.

Bakshi has reportedly cited a conversation between Atlee and then Governor of West Bengal Justice PB Chakraborty in 1956.

This claim is based on a conversation between Atlee and then Governor of West Bengal Justice PB Chakraborty in 1956. Chakraborty was the then Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court and was serving as the acting Governor of West Bengal.

As per the report, he had written a letter to the publisher of RC Majumdar’s book – A History of Bengal.

The website quotes him as follows – “When I was acting governor, Lord Attlee, who had given us independence by withdrawing British rule from India, spent two days in the governor’s palace at Calcutta during his tour of India. At that time I had a prolonged discussion with him regarding the real factors that had led the British to quit India. My direct question to Attlee was that since Gandhi’s Quit India Movement had tapered off quite some time ago and in 1947 no such new compelling situation had arisen that would necessitate a hasty British departure, why did they had to leave? In his reply Attlee cited several reasons, the main among them being the erosion of loyalty to the British crown among the Indian Army and Navy personnel as a result of the military activities of Netaji.”

He is further quoted as thus – “Toward the end of our discussion I asked Attlee what was the extent of Gandhi’s influence upon the British decision to leave India. Hearing this question, Attlee’s lips became twisted in a sarcastic smile as he slowly chewed out the word, ‘m-i-n-i-m-a-l’.”

The above conversation was first published by the Institute of Historical Review by author Ranjan Borra in 1982.

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Narendra Modi, As per his promise, made public digital copies of 100 secret files relating to Subhash Chandra Bose

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Narendra Modi, As per his promise, made public digital copies of 100 secret files relating to Subhash Chandra Bose

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, As per his promise, on Saturday made public digital copies of 100 secret files relating to Subhash Chandra Bose on his 119th birth anniversary.

These files will surely help to solve the mystery over Netaji death.

The files were declassified and put on digital display at the National Archives of India (NAI) here by the Prime Minister. Union ministers Mahesh Sharma, Babul Supriyo and family members of Netaji were present on this occasion.

Spokesperson of the Bose family and grand-nephew of Subhash Chandra Bose expressed his happiness and said “we welcome this step by Prime Minister wholeheartedly. This is a day of transparency in India.”

Modi and his Cabinet colleague read declassified files over half an hour.Modi also interacted with members of the Bose family.

The NAI plans to release to the public, every month, digital copies of 25 declassified files.

In October last year, the Prime Minister met the family members of Netaji and announced that the government would declassify the files relating to the leader whose disappearance 70 years ago remains a mystery.

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Brand Aam Admi: Poor Kejriwal spent Rs 60 crores in 11 months for self-promotion

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Most of the time content of advertising is self-promotion of blaimg others for failure and problems.

Arvind kejriwal is spending approximately Rs 5.45 crores per month on promotion of brand Aam Admi.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal spent Rs 60 Crores in just 11 months for the publicity and marketing of brand “Aam Admi”. Aam Admi is no more ‘Aam Admi’.

This includes campaigns across print, television, radio and outdoor publicity by all the departments of the state.

There are various campaigns (print, television, radio and outdoor publicity by all the departments of the state) going on and they are going to cost another Rs 35 crore.

Kejriwal allocated a massive budget of Rs 526 for advertising and publicity.

AAP government will launch new phase of marketing on February 14.AAP government will complete one year on 14 February.

Content of most of the advertisement is always negative and Arvind Kejriwal is the center of all campaign.

Authorities forcibly shaved 13,000 men’s beards, banned Islamic headwear in Tajikistan to curb Islamic radicalism

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Tajikistan took bold step to curb Islamic radicalization. Authorities forcibly shaved 13,000 men’s beards.

Tajikistan, a Muslim-majority country, started a campaign to stop Islamic radicalization and promote secularism in the country. Authorities forcibly shaved nearly 13,000 men’s beards and closed 60 shops that were selling Muslim clothing. This has been reported by Al Jazeera.

As per some reports more than 2,000 Tajiks are fighting in Syria. Tajikistan shares its border with Afghanistan. Tajikistan’s secular leadership has long sought to prevent radical traditions from neighboring Afghanistan from contaminating its country.

Bahrom Sharifzoda, police chief in the province of Khatlon, held a press conference on Tuesday to declare the campaign’s successes during 2015.

More than 150 shops selling hijab were also shut down, 89 hijab-wearing prostitutes arrested and 1,773 women and girls “convinced” that they should not wear Islamic headwear considered alien to the country, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said.

Women and girls ordered to stop wearing headscarves.

Tajikistan is a secular state but in 2009 Sunni Islam of the Hanafi school has been officially recognized by the government. 98% population is follows Islam in Tajikistan.

Government has already banned Muslim organization named Hizb ut-Tahrir. Hizb ut-Tahrir advocates unification of Tajiks under one Islamic state.

Shocking: Muslim cleric says ‘half naked girls’ are responsible for Cologne sexual assault in Germany

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Open-door policy is being questioned after Cologne sexual assault

A Muslim cleric has blamed victims for cologne sexual assault since they were half naked and wearing perfume. This shocking claims made by Sami Abu-Yusuf of the Salafist Cologne mosque.

On New Year’s Eve mobs of refugees sexually molested and robbed  in and around Cologne railway station.

The events of New Year’s Eve were the girls’ own fault, because they were half naked and wearing perfume.” – Sami Abu-Yusuf

This incident has caused uproar in Cologne.Question has been raised on Germon Chancellor’s Open-door policy.

Till now A 26-year-old Algerian asylum has been arrested on suspicion of groping a woman and stealing her phone in Kerpen, about 30km (19 miles) south-west of Cologne.

883 have filed criminal complaints including three rapes over the events in Cologne.

The attacks in Cologne and other German cities on New Year’s Eve sparked mass outcry and increased anxiety over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policies to welcome refugees.

There is immense pressure on Angela Merkel to change the Open-door policy for refugee.

Terror attack on University in Pakistan.15 Killed.50 Injured

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There is a terror attack on Bacha khan University university in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday morning by unidentified Islamic terrorists.

Bacha Khan Univeristy is situated in Charsadda district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.

Key updates:

  • Two attackers killed: DIG Saeed Wazir.
  • Armed assailants scaled university walls and opened fire.
  • Multiple blasts heard along with continuous heavy gunfire.
  • 3,000 students enrolled in the university.
  • Accroding to Edhi Volonteers 15 people have been killed.
  • Emergency imposed in Hospitals
  • Rescue officials say some 50 students have been rescued from the premises.
  • Security forces, including SSG special forces have entered the premises of the university.
  • An eyewitness rescued from the university said the university was not adequately secured, especially at the backside of the building, which had low boundary walls
  • Attackers entered the University after scaling its walls.

Could the BRICS New Development Bank usher a New Bipolar Financial World Order?

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With the emergence of the New Development Bank, formerly known as the BRICS Development Bank, and the AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank), the world is increasingly becoming Bipolar, with China and India together growing as the ‘Eastern power Bloc’ challenging dominance of the Western powers led by the United States. The Bank was created with an idea to counter the dominance of European countries and the U.S. in global financial institutions such as the World Bank and IMF.

Infrastructure is needed in much of still emerging Asia, and by providing the funding to construct it, China and India make stride towards achieving economic and political status at par with the United States. BRICS countries have also created a $100 billion Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA), meant to provide additional liquidity protection to member countries during balance of payments problems. The CRA, unlike the pool of contributed capital to the BRICS bank, which is equally shared, is being funded 41% by China, 18% from Brazil, India, and Russia, and 5% from South Africa.

China and India are among the fastest growing Economies in the world. The economies of the five BRICS nations account for almost 30% of global GDP and 40% of the world’s population. BRICS countries produce a third of the world’s industrial products and half of all agricultural goods. Trade between BRICS countries has increased by 70% since the group was established in 2009. Noone can deny the ubiquitous presence of both India and China in the world stage.

Besides, China has recently proposed the IMF to add its currency Renminbi as a reserve currency as part of the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).This move has the potential to shift the global economy toward a bipolar order with two dominant reserve currencies-the U.S. Dollar and the Chinese Renminbi.

In the past IMF has been accused of practicing ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach and imposing liberalization indiscriminately even on those countries where financial institutions were not well-developed. IMF conditionalities allegedly ruined several developing economies. The World Bank along with the WTO has advocated protectionism against industries of the developing countries while protecting interests of the developed countries, such as the recent Agreement on Agriculture, which stipulates reduction of export subsidies on agricultural produce on which livelihoods of the poor in the developing countries depend.

Emergence of this new ‘Eastern power Bloc’ will motivate the IMF and the World Bank to function more normatively, democratically, and efficiently, in order to promote the reforms of international financial system as well as it will lead to democratization of international relations.

China is also undertaking ambitious project to build Maritime Silk Route connecting all major ports across South, South-East and Central Asia through land and sea to boost its trade and gain strategic importance. The initiative will push each economy to advance toward the goal of setting up deep integration of markets, multi-level communication, efficient network of land, sea and air passages, and closer cultural exchanges.

Recently India has also been accorded full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) along with Pakistan at its Ufa summit held in Russia. SCO membership to India will have significant benefits from Economic point of view. It will open up trade, energy sector and strategic transit routes between India and Russia, Central Asia, China. As Iran has observer status in the SCO, it will serve as a platform for India to boost trade through the Iranian ports of Bandar Abbas and Chabahar. These ports are considered as India’s gateway to Central Asia through International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC).

Thus, in this politically polarized world, SCO will play an important role in counter-balancing India’s perceived tilt on security issues towards U.S. and its allies. It can help to maintain full balance of India’s relations with the western powers.

Regional stability is the basis of the economic collaboration and economic development boosts regional stability. Therefore, both the BRICS and the SCO will jointly and effectively promote stability and prosperity in Asia and counter the hegemony of global institutions such as World Bank and IMF.

Unlocking the Greece Crisis: Is the world tilting towards socialism the wrong way?

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Greek Debt Crises

The Greek crises is interesting, not just because it points to how bad government policies can bring a state on the brink of its own failure but also because it points to a much a deeper crisis within capitalism. Capitalism as a system has its inherent weakness in generation of excess capacity from overproduction of goods and services arising from the two of its own major tenets viz. competition and maximization of self-interest. When market forces fail to match demand with supply, it leads to unemployment and depression. This was the main reason for Great Depression in the free-market US Economy of the 1930s. In the 1930s Keynes gave a new lease of life to Capitalism with the ‘General Theory of Employment ,Output and Money’ wherein Government’s intervention through fiscal policies was advocated to raise aggregate demand and pull an economy out of depression. Hence State assumed a greater importance only after the world realized market forces are only invisible, and they need to be regulated and directed with State’s intervention.  But, isn’t this exactly what the Greeks did? Perhaps they over-did it.

In the years preceeding the US Financial Crises of 2007, the Greek Government had doled out huge pension plans and socialist schemes, the cost of which they could never meet. For years they had been fudging their fiscal accounts and understating their debt inorder to be able to borrow more and more money to finance their excessively costly socialist schemes. With years and years of mounting Debt, Greece ultimately had to be bailed out by the IMF and ECB in 2013 with a package of almost 200 bn$, further adding to their debt. The IMF in return had imposed its usual conditionalities on the borrowing state in the form of fiscal austerity measures. In the years that followed, Greece was pushed to a deeper recession with spending cuts and steep hike in taxes which lowered aggregate demand of the economy and led to deeper unemployment and humanitarian crises in the country.

In the normal course of action, an economy would seek to recover by devaluing its’ currency or lowering its’ interest rates to boost investment. But unfortunately, Greece being part of a Currency Union EU does not have that leverage of pursuing an independent Monetary Policy.  If Greece defaults on its sovereign debt and chooses to exit the EU i.e. a ‘Grexit’ then it may trigger a whiplash effect throughout EU as most of the major banks spread across Germany, Italy, Iceland, Spain, Portugal that are holding Greece debt may go bankrupt, leading to a recession of a wider magnitude. This may eventually threaten the very existence of EU.

Greece is totally stuck, and there seems to be no way it can get out. A ‘Grexit’ will only make things worse. It clearly will never be able to repay all that mountain of debt. It should rather focus on restructuring its fiscal policies and building stronger and transparent institutions to prevent recurrence of such a calamity in the future.

 

Economic Survey endorses Modi’s Vision of “Achhe Din”, forecasts GDP growth at 8%

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Achhe Din here?

The Economic Survey for 2014-15 forecasts around 8.5% growth in FY16 for India, which would make it one of the fastest growing economies, surpassing China. The survey emphasizes more on the small effective policies which can have impact in the long–run as opposed to any “Big-Bang” reforms. The government should shift its spending from public consumption to public investment which can trigger private investment. The survey lays down roadmap to kickstart stalled projects worth Rs. 8.8 Lakh crores including converting Land Ordinance into the Bill to boost investor’s confidence and lowering Debt-overhang plaguing the private sector.

The survey forecasts inflation of 5-5.5% and Current Account Deficit to be at 1%, suggesting headroom for the RBI to ease the monetary policy in the short-run in the light of declining global oil prices. However the government needs to be cautious in its spending as the Survey advises fiscal consolidation and targeting Fiscal deficit of 3% of GDP by 2017-18.The Government needs to control expenditure and eliminate subsidy leakages. To eliminate subsidy leakages and ensure efficient delivery of public resources to the needy, the government will use the Jan-Dhan Yojana, Aadhar and Mobile Banking for Cash-Based transfer.

To boost the “Make-In-India” programme of the government, the survey advocates special subsidies to SEZs, lowering corporate taxes and removing the negative protectionism surrounding the industry. To boost agricultural sector, the survey suggests investing in technology and irrigation systems along with liberalizing agricultural markets and opening them to the private sector. Foreign investment (FDI) in Retail infrastructure like warehousing and cold storage can fill infrastructure deficit which results in supply chain inefficiencies. Eliminating middlemen will also help lower prices for consumers and raising prices for farmers.  The government should aim to establish a unified agricultural market to deal with price fluctuations and demand-supply imbalances.

Meanwhile, the government will have to tackle some of the challenges including low employment growth, enacting the GST legislation and passing the Land Amendment Bill in the near future to put the growth on track.

Repatriation of Bru Refugees: Displaced but not Disenfranchised

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Repatriation of Bru Refugees: Displaced but not Disenfranchised

The hill tracts of the Mizoram-Tripura border have always been the same as long as one could remember. Roads are hard to find even under the clear skies of late summer. Earlier this year, monsoon rains in July had flooded the forest paths and rendered the territory almost inaccessible. But Bru refugees from Mizoram have been streaming into refugee camps in North Tripura District since 1997, after a conflict with the majority Mizos over land possession.

Divided and dispersed

Over eleven thousand Bru refugees currently live in six refugee camps in North Tripura district. Scarce amenities mark their lives as they refuse government initiatives to be repatriated. They say the government has not fulfilled the promises of proper rehabilitation to the returned Brus. Committees representing the refugees have also been known to discourage and even obstruct the camp inmates to return to their homeland.

The immediate cause of this self-imposed exile was the killing of a Mizo Forest Officer by miscreants which provoked retaliation by the Mizos. The Brus also argue that the demand for an Autonomous District Council raised by their community was resisted by the majority Mizos. Long held grievances between the two communities sprang out into the open and the Brus started crossing over into neighboring Tripura to look for safer sanctuaries. There were more than 30,000 Bru refugees living in the camps located in Kanchanpur sub-division of North Tripura a decade ago.

The Bru, primarily an agrarian community is the second largest tribe in Tripura. They are spread across the states of Mizoram, Assam, Manipur and Bangladesh. They practice jhum cultivation, worship Vishnu and maintain little contact with the majority Bengali people in Tripura.

The Brus are an ethno-linguistic minority in their native Tripura and in their adopted homes in other parts of North East India. Their history is thus an account of dispersion and division. The dislocation suffered by the Brus has from time to time given rise to demands for self-determination. These demands have sometimes taken violent forms. The Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) was formed in 1997 after the clashes with Mizos that sparked the mass displacement to Tripura. Bru militants are still active and a trader was abducted from the Assam-Mizoram border by the militants only last month.

On the other hand, fear of total marginalization led the Brus to raise the demand for an Autonomous District Council in Mizoram in 1997. But the resistance showed by the ethnic Mizos only added to the growing suspicion of the Brus. Then the long-winded exodus followed.

The flipside of the lived experience of the Brus is that they are insecure even in their native Tripura. They fled Mizoram to avoid suppression of their legitimate demands and camped in Tripura where they have no constitutional safeguards to guarantee their rights. Their sociological location in Tripura is not very different from that of Mizoram.

The ballot comes home

The coming Assembly elections in Mizoram have pushed the state administration once again to convince the Brus to return home.

A team comprising officials from the Election Commission and Mizoram poll administrators recently visited the refugee camps in Tripura after the displaced Brus were identified as eligible to vote in the Mizoram Assembly polls. Elections are supposed to be held at the site of the refugee camps according to government officials. The relocation of the ballot to the site of displacement camps is in sync with the displaced people’s marginal location. The ballot has come home for the refugees. They refuse to be repatriated but the government is equally headstrong to ensure the displaced people do not fall outside the electorate.

Skeptics can brush aside this initiative of the Mizoram government as political gimmickry to appease the Brus and other minority communities in Mizoram. But this step will prevent the displaced Brus from being further marginalized. Bringing the ballot home to the Brus will ensure that they would have a say in governance and preserve their right to choose their representatives even while living outside the politico-geographical boundaries of the state.

The interesting thing is that while the entire country goes for the more reliable Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) this time, the Brus will stick to the ballot paper while voting in their temporary home. Nearly 11,311 internally displaced Brus are preparing to cast their vote in the Mizoram Assembly polls.

Come December. How far will the Mizoram government succeed in preventing a displaced people from being disenfranchised?