Archive | October, 2011

Officials Hail NPP Satellite Launch

Posted on 31 October 2011 by GGS News

NASA ,(GGS Bureau) 31 Oct 2011 :- NASA and NOAA officials congratulated each other this morning following the successful launch of the NPP spacecraft aboard a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Ken Schwer, NPP Project Manager, led off a news conference this morning about three hours after liftoff. He will be part of the team who will get the spacecraft checked out during the next several weeks so it can begin its Earth observing mission. “Now the future of NPP starts and we look forward to NPP touching the rest of the world,” Schwer said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is expected to use the data from NPP as part of its weather forecasting. NPP will “make America a more weather-ready nation,” said Mary Glackin, NOAA’s deputy undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere. The NPP spacecraft was launched on-time at 5:48 a.m. EDT

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Kyrgyzstan votes for new president

Posted on 31 October 2011 by GGS News

GGS NEWS :- Kyrgyzstan’s Moscow-backed Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev claimed victory on Monday after Sunday’s presidential election that fell short of Western expectations.

Here is a timeline on developments in Kyrgyzstan since 2005:

March 21, 2005 – Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second-biggest city, falls to the opposition as protests demanding the resignation of President Askar Akayev sweep across the south.

March 24 – Kyrgyzstan’s opposition declares itself in power after seizing key buildings. Akayev vanishes following protests.

March 25 – Opposition party leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev is named acting president.

March 28 – Kyrgyzstan’s new parliament takes over and confirms Bakiyev as prime minister as well as acting president.

July 10 – Bakiyev wins presidential election.

November 8, 2006 – Parliament adopts new constitution reducing the president’s powers.

February 19, 2009 – Parliament votes to close the only U.S. air base in Central Asia. Washington later agrees to pay $180 million to Kyrgyzstan to keep base open.

March 17, 2010 – Thousands of Kyrgyz protesters, unhappy with Bakiyev’s rule, threaten to oust him if he fails to accept their demands to stop repression and release political prisoners, within a week.

April 3 – Visiting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on Kyrgyzstan to protect human rights.

April 7 – Bakiyev orders state of emergency in Bishkek and three other areas after police clash with protesters. More than 80 people are killed when his troops open fire on crowds in central Bishkek. Bakiyev later flees to southern Kyrgyzstan, his traditional power base.

April 8 – Opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva says she is taking over the president’s and government’s responsibilities.

April 15 – Bakiyev leaves Kyrgyzstan for Kazakhstan. He then moves to Belarus, where he is still living in exile.

April 27 – Interim government says it has charged Bakiyev with “mass killing.”

May 13 – Bakiyev supporters seize control of government buildings in cities of Osh, Jalalabad and Batken. A day later, the interim government says it has regained control.

May 19 – State of emergency is declared in Jalalabad after clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan.

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Palestinians get Unesco seat as 107 vote in favour

Posted on 31 October 2011 by GGS News

GGS NEWS  :- Palestine has received membership in the UN’s education, science and culture body after 107 of the 173 attending member states voted for it, with 14 against. The US objected to the move and threatened to curb its donations to the organization.
Eighty-one of the delegates present had to vote in favor for the decision to be approved. Fifty-two members abstained from the vote.
The US, Canada, Germany and Israel were among those who voted against the Palestinian bid. Russia, China and France voted in favor. The UK was among the countries who abstained.
The vote was called a month after Palestine submitted its statehood bid to the to the UN General Assembly. However, the Palestinian authorities say the two are not connected.
“We turned to UNESCO with a bid 22 years ago,” Palestine’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said in an address to the organization’s general conference in Paris.
UNESCO is the first organization working under the UN’s aegis to recognize Palestine’s right to statehood. A number of states, including the United States and Israel, objected to such a move.
Earlier on Monday the US, which provides more than one fifth of UNESCO’s budget, said it would curb its donations, should Palestine be elected as a member. Israel announced a similar move.
Both countries are strong opponents of international recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state. The US, which wields a right of veto in the UN Security Council, said it would use it to block any resolution which would grant such recognition.

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ILO warns of ‘deeper jobs recession’

Posted on 31 October 2011 by GGS News

GGS NEWS :- The world economy is on the verge of a new and deeper jobs recession that will delay the global recovery further and may spark social unrest in “scores of countries,” the International Labor Organization said on Monday.A stalled global economic recovery has begun to affect labor markets dramatically and, on current trends, it will take at least five years for employment in developed countries to return to the levels before the crisis, one year later than projected last year, according to the new “World of Work Report 2011: Making Markets World for Jobs.”

“We have reached the moment of truth. We have a brief window of opportunity to avoid a major double-dip in employment,” Raymond Torres, director of the ILO International Institute for Labor Studies, said in the statement.

Around 80 million jobs will need to be created over the next two years to return employment to the rates from before the crisis, according to the ILO report.

“However, the recent slowdown in growth suggests that the world economy is likely to create only half of the jobs needed,” the ILO statement said.

This year, the report has a new “social unrest” index showing levels of discontent over a lack of employment, and anger because the burden of the crisis is not being shared fairly. According to the index, in over 45 of the 118 countries examined, the risk of social unrest is rising.

This is the case in the European Union and the Arab region, and to a lesser extent in Asia. The risk of unrest in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America is stagnant or lower, the report showed.The report calls for maintaining and in some cases strengthening pro-employment programs, warning that efforts to reduce public debt and deficits “have often disproportionately focused on labor market and social measures.”

Also on Monday, another report on the labor market, this one released by the Confederation of British Industries, called on the government to introduce a tax incentive in order to encourage companies to hire unemployed youth.

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Khalistan Tiger Force behind Ambala explosives

Khalistan Tiger Force behind Ambala explosives

Posted on 31 October 2011 by GGS News

Chandigarh,(GGS NEW) 31 Oct 2011 :- Banned terror outfit, Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), has claimed responsibility for the huge haul of explosives recovered from an abandoned car in Ambala on October 12.

KTF owed up responsibility in a letter sent to the Punjab Police.

Five kg of RDX, detonators and timers were Wednesday recovered from a car parked at the Ambala Cantonment railway station.

After preliminary investigations, Delhi Police had said that Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) had joined hands to plot a terror strike in the national capital ahead of Diwali.

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Ra.One collects Rs 170 crores worldwide in opening weekend

Posted on 31 October 2011 by GGS News

New Delhi ,(GGS NEWS) 31 Oct 2011 :- Eros International Media Ltd (Eros International), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry has announced a historic and record breaking opening for Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One, produced by Red Chillies Entertainments in association with Winford Productions which released across theatres worldwide on 26th October 2011.

SRK’s super hero action film has set a new record at the Indian box office by earning a gross of Rs 170 crore worldwide in the opening weekend (first five days of release).

The highly anticipated Diwali release triumphed at the box office with an incredible weekend gross collection of Rs. 137.25 crore (Net Collection of Rs. 96 crore) in India and Rs. 32.75 crore overseas. Since its release, Ra.One has been creating history by shattering regional, national and international box office record after record with the biggest Diwali day opening followed by the biggest single day collections for an Indian film and now the biggest ever weekend release for both India and overseas box office.

Ra.One opened across more than 4,000 plus screens worldwide (3,100 plus screens in India and 904 prints internationally, including 3D, Tamil and Telugu) and is the biggest Hindi grosser in south markets too.

Commenting on the opening, Nandu Ahuja, Sr VP, Distribution, Eros International Media Ltd said, “Ra. One released to packed houses across the country on Diwali day and has already created history by taking over the mantle of the biggest domestic earner so far. The film continues to be on its record breaking spree with several new achievements since its release. It has touched the highest individual collection in circuits such as Mumbai, Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan. We see repeat viewings of the movie with the 3-D version being equally sought after. With the Eid holiday also coming up next week and no other major film release; we are anticipating the film to continue doing huge numbers”.

Speaking on Ra.One’s overseas performance, Pranab Kapadia, President ” Distribution – Eros International plc said, “With Ra.One, Eros International once again consolidates and establishes its global distribution network and the film is enjoying a superb run across all major regions including UK, North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Overseas, the film has broken SRKs own previous first weekend record established by My Name is Khan and Ra. One now occupies the position of biggest Indian first weekend grosser overseas as well. The Saturday release of 3D versions in most overseas markets means that we are looking at the film continuing to do some excellent numbers through the coming weeks”.

Ken Naz, President, Eros International, USA added, Eros has capitalized on its key competitive advantage of its worldwide distribution network to exploit the film and not surprisingly, Ra.One has had a brilliant opening across the country. Despite storms in the east coast and a state of emergency declared, the film has performed so well. Apart from audience appreciation, leading media like the New York Times and LA Times have hailed the film too and we can confidently declare this film to be one of the biggest ever blockbusters and top earners for an Indian film in the USA”.

Kamal Jain, Group CFO, Eros International Media Ltd said, “As well as setting new box office records, Ra.One has also been able to set a new benchmark in terms of brand tie ups and merchandising. With Volkswagan, McDonalds, PlayStation and Tag Heur amongst its partners it has opened up a whole new areas of funding and cross promotion. Through pre-licensing of rights and the strong theatrical advances and collections till date, we have already recovered our investment. The financial success of Ra.One demonstrates the efficacy of our movie monetization model and the unparalleled strength of our marketing and distribution network both in India and globally. We are very glad with the results posted by Ra.One and it is a profitable venture and the performance is as per our expectations”.

The international exposure of Ra.One will continue to grow in the coming months as Eros International continues to take the film to more and more countries. The film is scheduled for theatrical release in the first quarter of 2012 across several territories including South Korea, Hong Kong , Taiwan , Russia , Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Palestine , Brazil , Spain, Italy and Greece .

Ra.One is Shah Rukh Khan’s most ambitious project to date directed by Anubhav Sinha starring King Khan himself as G.One along with Arjun Rampal as Ra.One and Kareena Kapoor. The film’s visual effects and state of the art production techniques have set a new standard in Indian film. All this, combined with a widely acclaimed soundtrack produced by Vishal & Shekhar and featuring Grammy award nominee Akon, have made Ra.One a must see film.

For Eros, the success of Ra.One is part of its ongoing slate of film releases. In the current financial year it expects to release over 70 Indian films with high profile releases to date including Ready, Murder 2, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Mausam. The line-up for the remainder of the financial year continues to look very attractive with three major releases still to come ” Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar, Rohit Dhawan’s Desi Boyz and Shriram Raghavans Agent Vinod.

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Hazare may end ‘maun vrat’ in 3-4 days

Posted on 31 October 2011 by GGS News

RALEGAN SIDDHI,(GGS NEWS) 23 Oct 2011 :-  Anna Hazare, who has been in ‘silent mode’ for the past fortnight since his team members got enmeshed in a series of controversies, may break his ‘maun vrat’ (vow of silence) in the next couple of days as he wants to hold “open discussions” with his supporters.

The 74-year-old activist today said he wants to start on a tour of different states after ending his fast and hopes to “gather energy” from his supporters to get the Jan Lokpal bill passed and then to fight for electoral reforms including ‘Right to Reject’ and ‘Right to Recall’.

“The thought of giving up on my ‘maun vrat’ is playing in my mind. In the next 3 to 4 days I might end my ‘maun vrat’,” Hazare said in his latest blog posting ‘Straight from the Heart’.

“Crores of people have turned to reading my blog all over the world hence I think it would only seem appropriate that I end my ‘maun’ and hold open discussions with them,” he said.

Hazare conveyed his intention to break his vow of silence a day after his key aides Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi met him in Ralegan Siddhi and decided to write a Constitution for its anti-corruption movement and revamp the Core Committee after that.

Four days ago, Hazare had said in his blog that his health still does not permit him to give up his vow as verbal communication was leaving him very weak.

Hazare said he will also embark on a tour to meet all those young men and women, farmers, working class people and school children who were a part of this movement against corruption and “at times even went to jail for the sake of the cause”.

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Malegaon blasts: Additional chargesheet against nine accused

Posted on 31 October 2011 by GGS News

MUMBAI, (GGS NEWS) 31 OCT 2011 : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today informed a court hearing the 2006 Malegaon bomb blast case that it would file additional charge-sheet against the nine accused on 4 November.
The NIA also told the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court that it would file its say on the bail petition of the nine accused on the same day. All the accused were today produced before judge Mr YD Shinde, who adjourned the hearing in the case till 19 November.
In the wake of Swami Aseemanand’s confession that pointed to a right-wing group’s involvement in the case, the accused had earlier sought bail.
Aseemanand had been arrested for his alleged role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts. “From the confession, it is clear that those responsible for the 2006 Malegaon blasts, are persons far removed from the current accused,” they said in the bail plea.
The accused further pleaded that they have been in jail for the past four years and “there is no direct evidence of their involvement in the said offence and it was only based on the forcibly-taken confession statement”.
Aseemanand, in his confession, that was recorded before the magistrate few months ago, had alleged that a right-wing group was responsible for the 2006 blasts in Malegaon, which killed 37 people and injured over 100.
The blasts had occurred near Hamidia mosque in the Bada Kabristan area around 1.15 p.m. on 8 September, 2006, after Shab-e-Barat prayers.
Police had arrested nine persons ~ Salman Farsi, Shabir Ahmed, Noorulhuda Doha, Rais Ahmed, Mohammed Ali, Asif Khan, Javed Sheikh, Faroogue Ansari and Abrar Ahmed ~ for their alleged involvement in the blasts.

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My Bigg Boss eviction was planned: Shakti Kapoor

Posted on 31 October 2011 by GGS News

GGS  NEWS :- Amar said that he believed Mandeep was masterminding a major plan and was creating rifts among everyone inside the house. Everyone else present in the room agreed with this view. Soon after the game, Amar approached Mandeep and told her that he called her a mastermind only to see how everyone would react to the claim. He also revealed that Sky (Akashdeep) and Sidharth were plotting against her and have decided to nominate her for the upcoming eviction.

Understanding the point Amar was trying to convey, Mandeep approached the rest of the housemates and shared with them the details of her conversation with Amar. Hearing these allegations, all the members, including Sky, were furious. They were pissed at Amar for trying to instigate Mandeep against the other housemates. In an attempt to get rid of his agitation at being falsely blamed by Amar, Sky mocked Pooja Misrra about her attitude towards the housemates and her broom-breaking incident.

The next day started with nominations. Contestants were asked to nominate two people who would like to see evicted. Every contestant heads to the confession room to name two people they would like to nominate. Votes are counted and the nominations for the week are announced. Once the voting was done, Sky approached Lakshmi and told her to stop playing games and reveal her true side to her fellow contestants. He told Lakshmi to stop appreciating people on their face and bitching about them behind their backs because he did not appreciate two-faced people.

Hearing the argument, Juhi decided to take a stand. She told Sky, Lakshmi and Shonali that Mandeep was masterminding a game plan and was trying to get the contestants to fight among each other. She also pointed out that Mandeep didn’t contribute towards household work and was thus provoking a fight by pushing everyone over the edge. Hearing all this, Sky walks up to Mandeep and tells her what is being said about her. He also tells her that he supports her and believes that she is a very good person with a clean heart.

The contestants finally got together and ganged up against Amar. They blamed him for causing trouble among all the contestants. In true Bigg Boss fashion, without letting him justify himself, the contestants continued to talk about his actions and made comments about his personality. Hearing all the commotion over her ‘son’, Lakshmi broke down and confessed to the housemates that she couldn’t believe that Amar was playing these games to survive in the house.

Sky noticed that Mahek was still talking to Amar while the rest of the house was against him. When he confronted her about it, Mahek told him that she was only trying to convince Amar to apologize to the housemates and try to get back into their good books. Sky also took on Pooja Misrra about her actions and mocked her repeatedly about her aggressive behaviour which was not expected out of her considering she was a woman. Hearing the pot-shots that Sky was taking at Pooja Misrra, Sidharth also joined in for some fun.

In an attempt to make amends, Sky had a word in private with Amar and told him that his behaviour was not correct. He told Amar that he needed to apologize to the housemates, to which Amar readily agreed. Seeing that Amar was making amends, Pooja Misrra tried to talk to Mahek and apologize for her prior aggressive behaviour. However, Mahek was in no mood to listen. She continuously reminded her about her attempts to cool Pooja Misrra down after the violent broom-breaking incident, but getting snapped back at in return. Pooja Misrra soon realized that her attempt was not going to bear any fruits and walked away.

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CIC to decide whether BCCI comes under RTI or not

Posted on 31 October 2011 by GGS News

New Delhi,(GGS NEWS) 31 Oct 2011 :- Amid a raging debate on the sports bill, the Central Information Commission (CIC) is to decide whether the BCCI is covered under the RTI Act and whether the cricket body officials are public servants.

The Centre maintained before the transparency panel that the officials of the sports bodies were public servants.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the world’s richest sports body, on the other hand, had opposed the view contending that the top cricket body in the country was not a ‘public authority’ in terms of the Right to Information Act and so was not liable to respond to any query filed under the transparency law.

The CIC was hearing the complaints filed by RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal and Alok Varshney who failed to get any response from the BCCI on a number of questions sent to it under the transparency promoting law.

Recently, the bill seeking to regulate sports bodies and bringing them under the regulations RTI Act could not pass through the Cabinet following the reported opposition from several Union ministers holding high offices in games’ federations.

During the hearing before the CIC, advocate Rahul Mehra, who appeared for complainants, argued that the BCCI is a public authority and should be declared so as well.

He referred to the full bench decision of the Punjab State Information Commission in Dr S C Damle v/s Fortis Hospital to buttress his argument.

Prerequisites

Besides, Mehra also said that the BCCI has been using various cricket stadia of various governments all over the co­untry virtually free of cost, or at marginal cost which amounted to substantial financing by the government – a prerequisite for any body to be declared as public authority.

Advocate Amit Sibal opposed the argument saying that there were various decisions by the apex court and the CIC as well which held that the BCCI was not a public authority under the RTI Act.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports relied upon a Kerala High Court verdict which held that since sports federations are required to perform various public duties by virtue of holding their office, they are also public servants.

It also pointed out that the Supreme Court had refused to interfere with the High Court’s judgment.

The hearing before the CIC, that has remained inconclusive, has been adjourned to October 4 with the complainants being asked to file their written submission and BCCI also having been told to file its rejoinder.

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