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Punjab govt to take up issue of release of 39 Punjabis in Iraq with Centre

Punjab govt to take up issue of release of 39 Punjabis in Iraq with Centre

Posted on 30 November 2014 by GGS News

Badal, 01 Dec  : (PTI) Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said the Punjab goverment would once again take up the issue of “safe and prompt release” of 39 Punjabis trapped in Iraq with the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. The Chief Minister said from the last few months the SAD-BJP government had been consistently taking up this matter with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and now again he had asked the Union Food Processing Minister and SAD’s Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal and other Akali MPs to pursue the matter with the Centre.

“We are making strenuous efforts to bring back the Punjabis from Iraq safely by regularly keeping a liaison with the Centre,” Badal told reporters here on the sidelines of his Sangat Darshan programme of the Lambi segment.
Badal said that besides taking up the issue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, he was regularly in touch with the special envoy of the Centre in Iraq over the matter. “The state government is extremely worried for the sons of the soil trapped in Mosul city of Iraq and no stone is being left unturned for ensuring their safe return to their motherland,” he said.

The Chief Minister claimed that being an international affair there was limited scope of the state government in this matter and only Union Government was competent to pursue this issue with their counterparts in Iraq.
He further said that on its part the Centre was also trying its level best to evacuate the stranded Punjabis in the strife-torn Iraq and hoped all these steps would bear fruit. Replying to another query, Badal said the state government was making all efforts to eradicate the menace of cancer from state.

He said the setting up of the Homi Bhabha Cancer Treatment and Research Center at Mullanpur on the outskirts of Chandigarh was a right step towards this direction. Badal said the state government has already made elaborate arrangements to provide state-of-the-art treatment to cancer patients in the government medical colleges at Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot. He further said the state government had also initiated a cashless treatment scheme for the patients besides making efforts to provide subsidized medicines to them.

Earlier addressing the gatherings at the villages of Singhanwala, Fatuhiwala, Mithdi, Gaggad, Badal, Mehna and Bhaagu, Badal bemoaned that due to the escalating costs of agriculture inputs and squeezing margins of profit, farming was no longer a profitable venture. He impressed upon farmers the need to adopt allied agriculture activities like dairy farming, fishery, piggery, and others in order to supplement their income.

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Happy to end season on a high: P V Sindhu

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Happy to end season on a high: P V Sindhu

Posted on 30 November 2014 by GGS News

Happy to end season on a high: P V Sindhu.

New Delhi, 30 Nov : After successfully defending her title at the Macau Open, India’s teen sensation PV Sindhu on Sunday said she was happy to win her first title of the year and end the season on a high. Two-time World Championship bronze medallist, Sindhu outplayed Kim Hyo Min of Korea 21-12 21-17 in the summit clash that lasted 45 minutes at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion.

“It was a good win. She played really well. I knew it won’t be easy. She had beaten some good players coming into the finals. The scoreline might say it was a straight game win but it was tough. I am happy I could play my game and I am happy with my performance,” Sindhu told PTI.

“It has been a good year for me. I beat some very good players and won some important medals in big events such as World Championship and Asian Games. I will look to work harder and do better next year,” she said.

Talking about the losses this year, Sindhu said: “There are some defeats which will always bother you as a player like the loss at Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. At Glasgow, gold medal was for the taking but I could not do it.

“Also at Asian Games, I could have won but I guess that is part and parcel of the game. Good thing is that I came back to do well at the World Championship,” she added. Chief National coach Pullela Gopichand also heaped praise on Sindhu for defending her women’s singles title at Macau Open and said it was her consistency which helped her to do well this season.

“It is a good win for Sindhu. She played really well. I think she has been very consistent throughout the year. She beat some good players such as Michelle Li and Busanan (Ongbumrungpan) getting into the finals. The Korean also beat Sun Yu to get into final. More importantly what she showed on court was good. She was sharp,” said Gopichand.

“We have seen her play in Korea. She played in the Asian Games. She had beaten PC Thulasi. We knew she is good. She had beaten some good players like (Nichaon) Jindapon. It was a tough match and a good quality match. Both the players played brilliantly,” he said.

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Thousands protest Mubarak verdict in Egypt, two killed

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Thousands protest Mubarak verdict in Egypt, two killed

Posted on 30 November 2014 by GGS News

Egypt, 30 Nov : Student protests have erupted in several universities across Egypt amid anger over a court decision to dismiss charges against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him.

Several hundred students gathered in Cairo University on Sunday to protest against the verdict, according to news reports and social media.

Thousands of students also joined in a similar protest in the University of Alexandria, a source told Al Jazeera. Students also protested at Al Azhar Unviersity and Zagazig University.

The demonstrations on Sunday have been generally peaceful, but news reports said at least 11 students had been arrested by security forces.

Earlier, a pro-revolution youth group had called for widespread protests against the government.

On Saturday night, at least two people were killed, as security forces used tear gas and water cannon to clear thousands of protesters from the streets of the Egyptian capital.

Demonstrators scattered into side streets as security forces moved in break up the gathering, which began early on Saturday evening near Tahrir square after the Mubarak verdict was announced.

Mubarak’s 29-year-old regime was toppled by the 2011 uprising.

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CBI closes probe in over Rs 575-crore Akash missile contract

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CBI closes probe in over Rs 575-crore Akash missile contract

Posted on 30 November 2014 by GGS News

New Delhi, 30 Nov : (PTI) Citing lack of evidence, CBI has closed its probe into alleged irregularities in the award of over Rs 575-crore contract in the production of Akash missile system components by top officials of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to a private power company.

The agency had started the probe in May last year into the allegations of violation of rules. It was alleged that senior officials of BDL awarded contract worth Rs 575.51 crore for producing self-propelled launcher (ASPL) for the missile system to be supplied to two regiments of the army.

CBI sources said the inquiry was started by the agency against the then Chief Managing Director Maj Gen (retd) Ravi Khetarpal, and other senior officials including the then Executive Director, Director, General Manager and others of BDL for allegedly committing irregularities in the contract.

The preliminary inquiry number PE 0352013A0004, which was handled by the Hyderabad unit of CBI, has been closed as it could not find evidence of any alleged corruption against the officers, they said. The sources said the agency had recommended “suitable action” against the officials for alleged violation of rules but there was no evidence to proceed against them in the matter.

Repeated attempts to seek reaction from BDL and Tata Power did not succeed. The Akash weapon system is an all-weather air-defence missile system which can target aircraft upto 30 kilometers away, at altitudes up to 18,000 metres.

The automatic system is designed to target and neutralise multiple aerial targets coming from several directions simultaneously is in operational service with the army and the air force.

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Pope, patriarch demand end to IS attacks

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Pope, patriarch demand end to IS attacks

Posted on 30 November 2014 by GGS News

Istanbul, 30 Nov : (PTI) Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians demanded an end to the persecution of religious minorities in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and called for a “constructive dialogue” with Muslims, capping Francis’ three-day visit to Turkey with a strong show of Christian unity in the face of suffering and violence.

Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I issued a joint declaration urging leaders in the region to intensify assistance to victims of the Islamic State group, and especially to allow Christians who have had a presence in the region for 2,000 years to remain on their native lands.

“The terrible situation of Christians and all those who are suffering in the Middle East calls not only for our constant prayer but also for an appropriate response on the part of the international community,” they wrote.

Francis issued a second appeal later when he met with about 100 Iraqi and Syrian refugee children, telling them that he wanted to share in their suffering, offer his consolation and give them hope.

“I ask political leaders to always remember that the great majority of their people long for peace, even if at times they lack the strength and voice to demand it,” he said. During the encounter, a young Iraqi girl told the pope of the suffering of Iraqi Christians forced to flee their homes.

Francis, who represents the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church, and Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians, called for “constructive dialogue” with Islam “based on mutual respect and friendship.”

“Inspired by common values and strengthened by genuine fraternal sentiments, Muslims and Christians are called to work together for the sake of justice, peace and respect for the dignity and rights of every person, especially in those regions where they once lived for centuries in peaceful coexistence and now tragically suffer together the horrors of war,” they said.

Francis’ outreach to Muslims in the Muslim nation, and his comments about the Islamic assault on Christians next door, took center stage during his brief visit: His prayer in Istanbul’s Sultan Ahmet mosque was replayed again and again on Turkish television in a sign that his gesture was greatly appreciated. And it seemed that the message was reciprocated: The grand mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, who received him at the mosque, said he hoped that Francis’ visit would “contribute to the world getting along well and living in peace.”

Francis kicked off his final day in Turkey with a lengthy, two-hour liturgy alongside Barthlomew in the Orthodox Church of St. George, where incense mingled with hypnotic chants and prayers on an important feast day for the Orthodox Church.

The Catholic and Orthodox churches split in 1054 over differences on the primacy of the papacy, and there was a time when patriarchs had to kiss popes’ feet. The two churches have grown closer together in recent decades, such that at the end of a joint prayer service Saturday evening, Francis bowed to Bartholomew and asked for his blessing “for me and the Church of Rome,” a remarkable display of papal deference to an Orthodox patriarch that underscored Francis’ hope to end the schism.

In his remarks Sunday, Francis assured the Orthodox faithful gathered in St. George’s that unity wouldn’t mean sacrificing their rich liturgical or cultural patrimony or “signify the submission of one to the other, or assimilation.”

“I want to assure each one of you gathered here that, to reach the desired goal of full unity, the Catholic Church does not intend to impose any conditions except that of the shared profession of faith,” he said.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, acknowledged the novelty in Francis’ message. While experts from both churches continue to debate theological divisions between them, Francis and Bartholomew are “pushing with incredible strength toward union” through their frequent and warm personal contacts, Lombardi said.

“The theological dialogue and other aspects can go forward better or sooner if there is a strong attitude” on the part of the pope and patriarch, he said. “I cannot say that this is the solution to the problem, but this is surely a strong impulse.”

Bartholomew, for his part, noted that Christians are being persecuted across the Mideast regardless of their particular confession.

“The modern persecutors of Christians do not ask which church their victims belong to,” he said. “The unity that concerns us is regrettably already occurring in certain regions of the world through the blood of martyrs.”

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19-yr-old student beaten to death for protesting eve-teasing in Hyderabad

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19-yr-old student beaten to death for protesting eve-teasing in Hyderabad

Posted on 30 November 2014 by GGS News

Hyderabad, 30 Nov :19-year-old Harshavardhan Rao beaten to death allegedly by his senior after the former objected to eve-teasing of a girl student at a private college in Hyderabad.

The accused, Satish Kodkar who is a final year student, allegedly hit Harshavardhan Rao twice on his neck and chest after which he fell on the classroom bench and hit his head on the edge of the bench, police said. Satish Kodkar is absconding since the incident, police said.

Harshavardhan Rao died while undergoing treatment, police said.

A murder case has been registered with Sultan Bazar Police Station against Satish. Police is on the hunt to nab the accused, he said adding that the matter is under investigation.

An autopsy was conducted on the teenager’s body and it has been handed over to his family members today, he said.

Kodkar had allegedly teased a girl who was Rao’s friend, and objected to the act.

“A scuffle broke out during lunch hour yesterday, when Kodkar went inside Rao’s classroom and argued with him over the matter before hitting him,” the ACP said.

Sultan Bazar Police Station Inspector G Srinivas ruled out that the incident was a fallout of ragging.

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UK Home Secy Lauds role of Sikh soldiers during WW I and II

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UK Home Secy Lauds role of Sikh soldiers during WW I and II

Posted on 30 November 2014 by GGS News

London, Nov 30 (PTI) Lauding the valiant role played by them during the World War I and II, a top British minister has described Sikh soldiers as unsung heros who gave freedom that, “we hold so dear today”.

Describing Sikh soldiers as fearless and fearsome warriors to their faith, British Home Secretary, Theresa May, said, they made an “incalculable positive contribution to world history, boldly fighting injustice, tyranny and oppression”.

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Rohtak: Two girls beat molesters inside moving bus

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Rohtak: Two girls beat molesters inside moving bus

Posted on 30 November 2014 by GGS News

Rohtak, 30 Nov :  (PTI) : In a rare show of courage, two college-going sisters thrashed three eve-teasers inside a bus in Haryana’s Rohtak town, even as passengers chose to look the other way.

Both sisters confronted the accused and mustered enough courage to thrash them, with one of the girls even hitting the youths with her belt, for allegedly outraging their modesty.
The entire incident, recorded by a passenger on mobile phone, went viral both on television and social media. It showed the two girls using their hands and a belt to thrash the eve-teasers, who appeared to be taken by surprise.

A case has been registered against three youths in this connection, police said on Sunday. No arrest has, however, been made so far.

The accused have been identified as Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak, police said, adding that a case under section 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage woman’s modesty) and section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC have been registered against them.

The victims in their complaint alleged that they were “teased” by some youths in a Haryana Roadways bus when they were going to their college on Friday.

When the victims objected, one of the accused started beating them up.

Not to give up easily, the girls fought with the accused as fellow passengers remained mute spectators. One of the victims even hit the accused with a belt, police said.

One of the girls said, “They threatened us and abused us. One of them touched my sister inappropriately. They started making obscene gestures… After heated exchanges, one of the boys called his friends asking him to beat us up. One of them beat my sister while two others caught hold of me.

“Then, I whipped out my belt and thrashed them. They pushed us out of the bus when it slowed down,” she narrated.

Meanwhile, the father of the two sisters alleged that there was pressure from the panchayat that the girls should withdraw the complaint.

SP Rohtak Shanshank Anand told PTI over phone, “We have identified the accused and soon they will be arrested. These are brave girls and we fully support them.”

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ISIS recruit from Kalyan may undergo lie detection test; NIA smells something fishy?

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ISIS recruit from Kalyan may undergo lie detection test; NIA smells something fishy?

Posted on 30 November 2014 by GGS News

MUMBAI, 30 Nov : The security agency interrogating the 23 year old ISIS recruit Arif Majeed who returned to India on Friday does not believe him completely and hence want to conduct the scientific test like narco and lie detection test on him to get to the bottom of the truth. Arif told interrogators that though he went to take part in the war for jihad, he actually could not participate as he was injured and was made to do civil work. While Arif worked for a civil contract company, his friend Shamim Tanki was asked to do office work. ”We suspect that whatever he is telling is subjective and we have to carefully take his version like pinch of salt. And the only way to extract truth is the scientific tests.”said an officer. ATS officials who are also keeping itself update on his interrogation said that Arif may also be lying that he got accidentally got bullet injuries.

Sources in the National Investigating Agency (NIA) said that though Arif claims that he is repenting over his decision for joining ISIS, they does not believe him completely. ” We want to know minutes details ranging from indoctrination to recruitment, how and where he got bullet injuries and what compelled him to return.”said an officer. Arif told police that he and his friends were indoctrination through internet chat room. A man on the facebook is believed to have given Arif a contact in Mosul in Iraq and was told to contact that person only after reaching Iraq.
The three other youths -all in their twenties -who left their Kalyan homes with Majeed to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, were also reportedly indoctrinated through chat rooms. Majeed, who was arrested on Friday and booked under the anti-terror law and for waging war against a friendly Asian country, was produced before the notified National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in south Mumbai on Saturday and remanded in police custody till December 8.

Arif told police that he seperated from his three friends shaheem Tanki, Fahad Shah and Aman Tandel around two months ago when he was injured badly in Mosul. It was here that his handlers admitted him in a hospital and he lost contact with his three accomplices. And after not finding Arif in the group, trio thought he may have died and hence, one of them called up Arif family and informed about his death. Arif who does not have any remorse on his course of action said that while being admitted in the hospital he was totally ignored which prompted him to return to India. Arif said that till while he was leaving for Turkey, he had no clues of his three friends but he says that he feels that they may be safe as the handlers never allowed them to participate in the war.

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Petrol price cut by 91 paise/litre, diesel by 84 paise

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Petrol price cut by 91 paise/litre, diesel by 84 paise

Posted on 30 November 2014 by GGS News

New Delhi, 30 Nov : (PTI) The prices of petrol and diesel were last revised downwards on November 1.Petrol price is cut by 91 paise a litre, the seventh reduction since August, and diesel by 84 paise per litre, the third straight cut, as international oil rates continued to slump, on Sunday.

Petrol and diesel price reduction will be effective from midnight tonight, Indian Oil Corp, the nation’s largest fuel retailer, announced.

In Delhi, petrol price will cost Rs 63.33 a litre as compared to Rs 64.24 per litre previously while in Mumbai the reduction will be 96 paise to Rs 70.95 per litre.

Diesel will cost Rs 52.51 a litre in Delhi from tomorrow as against Rs 53.35 currently while in Mumbai the price will be cut by 93 paise to Rs 60.11 per litre.

Rates differ from state to state due to differential local sales tax or VAT rates.

The prices of petrol and diesel were last revised downwards on November 1 by Rs 2.41 a litre and Rs 2.25 per litre respectively (including state levies at Delhi) on the back of declining international oil prices.

“Since the last price changes, the international prices of both petrol and diesel have continued to be on a downtrend.

The Rupee-USD exchange rate has however appreciated since the last price change. The combined impact of both these factors warrant a decrease in retail selling prices of both petrol and diesel,” IOC said in the statement.

This is the seventh consecutive reduction in petrol prices since August and third in diesel in rates since October.

Prior to today’s reduction, petrol price has been cumulatively cut by Rs 9.36 per litre since August.

Diesel price was cut for the first time in more than five years on October 19 by Rs 3.37 a litre when the government decided to deregulate the fuel. This was followed by another reduction on November 1.

“The movement of prices in international oil market and INR-USD exchange rate shall continue to be closely monitored and developing trends of the market will be reflected in future price changes,” the statement said.

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