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India vs Sri Lanka: Barabati curator says “dew factor” will come into play

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India vs Sri Lanka: Barabati curator says “dew factor” will come into play

Posted on 31 October 2014 by GGS News

India notched a one-wicket victory over the West Indies chasing 212 on November 29, 2011 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, the last time the venue witnessed an international match.

Cuttack, 31 Oct : The first ODI between India and Sri Lanka at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack will be a run-feast, predicted curator Pankaj Patnaik but at the same time did not forget to remind that the toss might turn out to be crucial due to the dew factor, later in the evening.
The 22-yard strip may not be a greentop but there are a few grass patches here and there. Patnaik feels that it won’t be a traditional Barabati Stadium track, where the ball will keep low and slow. (Also read: Saha almost certain for first ODI)
“Barabati wicket is no longer slowish in nature. It would be full of runs. I cannot predict a total but it should be around 280-300,” Patnaik told PTI on Friday. (Also read: ‘Rohit Sharma Showed He Has Completely Recovered’)
Barabati hosted three IPL matches including the Kings XI Punjab’s high-scoring tie against Chennai Super Kings, the last time around in May. (Also read: Is Rohit’s World Cup Spot in Jeopardy? Yes and No!)
The curator, however cautioned both the captains against the dew factor due to the onset of winter. (Also read: Match Practice Better Than Net Practice, Legends Tell Mathews & Team)
“We’ve noticed that the dew starts falling after 7 pm forming a thick layer on the grass. It’s something to worry about but we will take all measures to minimise the effect.”
As far as the high-scoring totals in ODIs at the venues are concerned, Barabati has witnessed only one 300-plus total when India scored 301/3 against Zimbabwe way back in 1998.
The venue hosted India and Australia in October last year but the match was abandoned without a ball with heavy downpour. (Also read: Amidst legends, Mathews is leading Sri Lanka by example)
Prior to that, India notched a one-wicket victory over the West Indies chasing 212 on November 29, 2011, the last time the venue witnessed an international match.

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Burdwan blast: NIA announces Rs 10 lakh reward for information on absconders `

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Burdwan blast: NIA announces Rs 10 lakh reward for information on absconders `

Posted on 31 October 2014 by GGS News

New Delhi, 31 Oct : After gathering all the material from the Burdwan blast site in West Bengal, National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday announced cash rewards for the arrest of 12 absconders who are wanted in connection with an alleged conspiracy to target installations in Bangladesh.
NIA announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh each against five absconders and another Rs 5 lakh each for three accused with Rs 3 lakh being the reward declared for the remaining four. All of them are alleged to be associated with banned terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
NIA announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh for main accused Kausar, Nasirullah, Sajid (all believed to be Bangladesh nationals) and Talha Sheikh and Maulana Yusuf Sheikh (residents of West Bengal).
It announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on Amjad Ali Sheikh, Habibur Rahman Sheikh (residents of West Bengal) and Sahanur Alom (resident of Assam).
For the remaining — Abdul Kalam, Burhan Sheikh, Rejaul Karim and Jahirul Shaikh (all residents of West Bengal), the NIA announced a cash reward of Rs 3 lakh.
“Co-operation of the general public is solicited for apprehending them. Anyone can inform either on phone or on e-mail about their location and movement. It is stated that identity of the informer(s) shall be kept secret,” NIA said in a statement.
Public can send emails on ‘assistance.nia@gov.in’ and ‘info.kol.nia@gov.in’ besides contacting on the telephone nos. 23438200, 8285100100 in Delhi and 8336926666, 8336926633 in Kolkata.
In the meantime, NIA, with the help of central security agencies, is drafting a dossier that would be sent to Bangladesh to help the country solve the case as it appears that JMB had plans to carry out a series of explosions in the neighbouring country.
In keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s line of maintaining good relations with neighbouring countries, the sources said the dossier will include the interrogation report of the three accused who have been arrested by police in connection with the case.

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International meeting on Afghanistan pledges programmes: China

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International meeting on Afghanistan pledges programmes: China

Posted on 31 October 2014 by GGS News

China, 31 Oct : China today hailed an international conference on Afghanistan that it said agreed to launch dozens of programmes to boost development and help the country maintain peace as foreign forces draw down. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said that under a “Beijing Declaration” the meeting agreed to start 64 programmes covering issues such as trade, investment, infrastructure, disaster management and education.

The projects would help Afghanistan to develop and keep the peace without outside assistance, he added.

“The ministerial conference was a success,” Wang told reporters at the end of the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan.

The Istanbul Process — a key annual meeting on Afghanistan by high-level representatives from more than three-dozen countries and organisations — coincides with the end of new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s four-day visit to Beijing.

Afghanistan is at a turning point as all NATO combat troops will depart the country by December, leaving Afghan troops and police to battle Taliban insurgents on their own. A residual force of around 12,000 soldiers will remain, focusing on counter-terrorism and training local forces.

Afghan Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani said that his country’s 350,000-member army was poised to take control of the entire country.

“Now 90 per cent of Afghan territory is under the protection of the army,” he said told reporters. “Next, it will take control of 100 per cent of all regions.”

China earlier this week pledged 1.5 billion yuan (USD 245 million) in aid to Afghanistan over the next three years, as well as greater support for Kabul in the struggle against “terrorist forces”.

Symbolising China’s importance, Ghani chose as his first destination for a state visit the resource-hungry economic giant that is seeking greater investment opportunities in Afghanistan.

“We look at China as a strategic partner, in the short term, medium term, long term and very long term,” Ghani told President Xi Jinping at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Tuesday.

China shares a narrow 76 kilometre border with Afghanistan’s remote far northeast, but has a keen interest in its neighbour’s mineral resources.

It has already secured major oil and copper-mining concessions in the country, which is believed to have more than USD 1 trillion worth of mineral resources, according to studies by the US Geological Survey.

China’s state-run media have highlighted both Beijing’s stepped-up involvement and the pitfalls that come with it.

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IS militant group issues guidelines on how to be ‘ultimate wives of jihad’

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IS militant group issues guidelines on how to be ‘ultimate wives of jihad’

Posted on 31 October 2014 by GGS News

London, 31 Oct : (PTI) Woman should never undertake combat roles and can contribute to jihad through “feminine manual labour” such as cooking for and nursing fighters, according to guidelines issued by the dreaded IS militant group on how to be “ultimate wives of jihad”.

The Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq have circulated new guidelines on social media through video and tweets on how to be “ultimate wives of jihad”.

The IS’ media wing ‘Zora Foundation’ has posted a video on YouTube detailing the ways in which women, who the militant outfit believes should never undertake combat roles, can contribute to jihad through “feminine manual labour” such as cooking for and nursing fighters, the Independent reported.

“The video talks about nursing and administering first aid, the cooking and preparation of food, the books of God, sharia science and the preparation of women for there contribution to jihad – essentially getting others to go out there,” Charlie Winter, a researcher at counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, was quoted as saying by the daily.

“It is kind of a guideline on how to be a good supporter of jihad and have the best role in supporting ‘your mujahidin’ as a woman,” he said.

IS regularly releases propaganda showing brutal executions and training regimes for the militants and threats to the West as the US-led coalition air strikes continue.

But unlike the previous ones, the new guidelines specifically targets women supporting Islamist fighters by circulating advice on how to be ‘good wives of jihad’.

IS’ social media accounts have already garnered over 2,000 followers after being established just over two weeks ago, the British daily said.

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Pak won’t dare to disturb border peace anytime soon: Rajnath Singh

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Pak won’t dare to disturb border peace anytime soon: Rajnath Singh

Posted on 31 October 2014 by GGS News

New Delhi, 31 Oct : (PTI) Asserting that Pakistan has been given a “befitting” reply for violating ceasefire, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said Islamabad would not dare to disturb peace at the border anytime soon. He said Pakistan has been given adequate response for recent transgressions along the LoC and International Border under the new leadership, which is strong and courageous.

“Ab shayad jaldi Pakistan himmat nahi karega” (Now Pakistan would not dare to violate ceasefire in near future),” Singh said addressing a convention of BJP workers here. “We don’t want peace at the cost of our honour,” he said, apparently referring to weak response shown by the earlier Congress-led Government on the issue of ceasefire violations by the neighbouring country. Pakistani forces had killed five persons in firing and shelling on the border, the Home Minister said.

“I raised the issue with the concerned Director General and asked what was happening on the border. He said we have shown them white flags as per our policy 16 times. I told him, you will not show the flag the 17th time. Following this, our forces gave a befitting reply to them,” Singh maintained. As a result Pakistan rushed to the United Nations with a demand that India should immediately hold talks with it on the ceasefire issue, he said.

Singh said India’s long-standing diplomatic policy has been to have peaceful relations with all its neighbours. “But if someone provokes us again and again, then there is a limit to tolerate that.” Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge in May-end, India’s standing at the international level has improved, he said. Referring to the Modi Government’s “Make In India” push, Singh said in future the country would meet a large part of its defence requirement locally by setting up manufacturing units with the help of technology transfer.

Singh praised Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for enthusiastically implementing Jandhan scheme under which 70 lakh people have opened bank accounts in the state since its nation-wide launch in August-end. The way BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh has progressed in all spheres, it has become a “model state” for the entire country, he added.

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In a first, Hyderabad doctors perform rare heart surgery on foetus

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In a first, Hyderabad doctors perform rare heart surgery on foetus

Posted on 31 October 2014 by GGS News

Hyderabad, 31 Oct : In a significant medical breakthrough and a first in the country, a rare surgery on foetus was performed inside a pregnant woman’s womb by doctors at a hospital in Hyderabad.

Shirisha (25), a science teacher from Ranga Reddy district of Telangana, had come to Care Hospital in Hyderabad wherein the doctors detected defect in the heart of her unborn baby in the 26th week of pregnancy.

After studying the case thoroughly, the doctors led by Paediatric department head Dr Koneti Nageshwara Rao along with his team performed the path-breaking surgery on the foetus in the 27th week of Shirisha’s pregnancy.

The woman is due for delivery in December last week or January first week.

The first-of-its-kind surgery was carried out by 12 specialists.

According to Dr Nageswara Rao, the procedure was successfully completed, but still only 60 per cent of the work has been done while the rest 40 per cent will be completed after the baby is born.

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Petrol price cut by Rs 2.41, diesel by Rs 2.25 from midnight

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Petrol price cut by Rs 2.41, diesel by Rs 2.25 from midnight

Posted on 31 October 2014 by GGS News

New Delhi, 31 Oct : Petrol price was on Friday cut by Rs. 2.41 a litre, the sixth reduction since August 2014, and diesel by Rs. 2.25 per litre on back of falling international oil rates.

The reduction in rates of petrol and diesel, which was deregulated for the first time in more than a decade, will be effective from Friday midnight, Indian Oil Corp, the nation’s largest fuel retailer, announced.

The Rs. 2.41 a litre price cut in petrol and Rs. 2.25 in diesel was after accounting for a 10-15 paise increase in commission paid to petrol pump dealers. The reduction should have been higher by 10-15 paise if the dealer commission had not been increased.

Petrol will cost Rs. 64.25 a litre in Delhi from Saturday as against Rs. 66.65 currently. In Mumbai, the rate will be cut by Rs. 2.55 a litre to Rs. 71.91.

Since August, petrol price has been cumulatively cut by Rs. 9.36 per litre.

Prices vary from State to State because of differential rate of local sales tax or VAT.

Diesel rates have been cut for the second time this month. The nation’s most consumed fuel will now cost Rs. 53.35 per litre in Delhi from Saturday compared to Rs. 55.60 a litre at present.

In Mumbai, diesel price has been reduced by Rs. 2.50 to Rs. 61.04.

The government had on October 18, 2014 freed diesel prices from its control, giving freedom to oil marketing companies to adjust rates in line with cost. On that day, rates were cut by Rs. 3.37 per litre, the first reduction in price of diesel in over five years. The previous decline dates back to January 2009.

Simultaneously, the price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) was cut by Rs. 18.5 to Rs. 865 per 14.2-kg cylinder.

Since August, this is the fourth reduction in rate of non-subsidised LPG which consumers buy after exhausting their quota of sub-market priced domestic cooking gas.

Non-subsidised LPG in Delhi was priced at Rs 922.50 in July and rates have in every subsequent month been reduced.

The only exception being October 23 when prices went up by a marginal Rs 3 per cylinder following government raising the commission paid to LPG dealers/distributors.

“The price of petrol was last revised downwards with effect from October 15 by Rs. 1.21 per litre (including state levies at Delhi) on the back of declining international oil prices,” IOC statement said.

IOC said the government decided to make diesel prices market-determined for all consumers on October 18.

“Subsequently, with effect from October 19, based on prevailing level of international prices and Rupee-U.S. dollar exchange rate, the selling price of diesel in domestic market was reduced by Rs. 3.37 per litre (including state levies at Delhi) with corresponding decrease in other States,” it said.

Since then, the international prices of both petrol and diesel have continued to be on a downtrend. But foreign exchange rate has appreciated slightly. “The combined impact of both these factors warrant the said decrease in retail selling prices of petrol and diesel,” the statement said.

IOC said it was “closely monitoring” prices in international oil market and Rupee—USD exchange rate and developing trends of the market will be reflected in future price changes.

Revised petrol prices in four metros

(Rs. per litre)

City    Current price    Revised price    Decrease
Delhi    66.65    64.24    2.41
Kolkata    74.21    71.68    2.53
Mumbai    74.46    71.91    2.49
Chennai    69.59    67.01    2.58
Revised diesel prices in four metros

(Rs. per litre)

City    Current price    Revised price    Decrease
Delhi    55.60    53.35    2.25
Kolkata    60.30    57.95    2.35
Mumbai    63.54    61.04    2.50
Chennai    59.27    56.84    2.43

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1984 riots accused should be punished: Sukhbir

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1984 riots accused should be punished: Sukhbir

Posted on 31 October 2014 by GGS News

Bathinda, 31 Oct : Punjab government will build pressure on the NDA government to punish those involved in the killing of Sikhs during 1984 riots, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here today.
The Shiromani Akali Dal president said the government’s decision to give an additional compensation of Rs five lakh each to the next of kin of the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots was “mere beginning of the procedure to balm their wounds”.

“Along with compensation, the accused should be awarded strict punishment for which SAD will leave no stone unturned to pressurise the central government,” he said.

Yesterday, the central government announced that it will provide Rs five lakh each to the next of kin of 3,325 victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots triggered after assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Terming Rs 50 hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of wheat as a “small measure”, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be approached to increase this hike by at least Rs 150 to Rs 200 per quintal.

On the issue of black money stashed abroad, he said the Centre should make the list of account holders public so that every Indian could know about it.

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Explain 1984 riot victim compensation: EC to govt

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Explain 1984 riot victim compensation: EC to govt

Posted on 31 October 2014 by GGS News

New Delhi, 31 Oct : The Election Commission today asked the Home Ministry to explain its decision to give a fresh compensation of Rs five lakh to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims considering that the Model Code of Conduct is in force in Delhi because of the upcoming by-polls.

The EC has written to the Home Ministry and asked it to reply by November three, sources said here.

In the letter, the EC noted that the Model Code of Conduct is in force in Delhi where by-polls are to be held to three assembly seats — Krishna Nagar, Mehrauli and Tughlaqabad — on November 25.

These seats fell vacant after the MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha in general elections in May.

The Home Ministry has decided to give Rs five lakh each to the next of kin of 3,325 victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots triggered after assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The compensation to the families of the anti-Sikh riot victims will be given in addition to what they have so far received from the government and other agencies from time to time, a senior government official had told PTI.

Of the 3,325 victims, 2,733 were killed in Delhi alone while rest of the victims were from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states.

The fresh compensation, which will cost exchequer Rs 166 crore, will be disbursed “as early as possible” and hopefully in the next few weeks, the official said.

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NATO `vigilant` over Russian warplane activity in Europe airspace

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NATO `vigilant` over Russian warplane activity in Europe airspace

Posted on 30 October 2014 by GGS News

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Athens, 30 Oct :  (AFP) – NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant after an increase in Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace.

“NATO is strong, it remains vigilant,” he said during a visit to Athens.

Russian strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft have been intercepted on Tuesday and Wednesday in what NATO said earlier was “unusual” activity.

“This strength is our answer” to what NATO has termed large-scale Russian military manoeuvres over the Atlantic, Baltic, North and Black seas earlier this week, when they skirted NATO airspace.

“We are not in a Cold War situation, but Russia has undermined a lot of trust,” he said. “We must keep NATO strong.”

NATO allies sent up aircraft to intercept and identify them, the military bloc said, without mentioning the Ukraine crisis or the heightened tensions over the conflict.

NATO’s eastern members, some of whom like the Baltic states were once ruled from Moscow, have been particularly nervous, and the US-led alliance has put in place additional aircraft and personnel on a rotating basis to reassure them.

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