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30 dead, 21 injured after bus catches fire in central China

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30 dead, 21 injured after bus catches fire in central China

Posted on 26 June 2016 by GGS News

BEIJING, 26 JUNE : At least 30 people were killed and 21 others injured when a tourist bus burst into flames after crashing into the side of a road in central China on Sunday.
The accident happened in Hunan province when the bus carrying 56 people crashed into the guardrails on a highway.
The ensuing oil leak may have caused the fire, the county government said.
Twenty-one people have been hospitalized and rescuers are still searching the charred frame of the bus.
The police has detained the driver of the bus, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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Minister, 15 others killed in Somalia hotel attack

Posted on 26 June 2016 by GGS News

Mogadishu, 26 JUNE : At least 16 people, including a state minister, were killed in an attack by Al-Shabaab militants on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, an official said on Sunday.

More bodies, including of State Environment Affairs’s Minister Bur’i Mohamed Hamza, were found from the debris of the hotel, Xinhua news agency quoted Internal Security Ministry spokesman Abdikamil Mo’ allim Shukri as saying.

More than 30 others were injured in the attack, he said.

Twin explosions rocked the Nasa-Hablod Hotel in Mogadishu on Saturday and Al-Shabaab militants stormed the hotel frequented by politicians.

Somalia’s security forces have retaken the hotel after gunfire.

Somalia’s Islamist group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the latest in a series of attacks by its militants on hotels in Mogadishu.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud has condemned the assualt and vowed continued efforts to pacify the country.

“This coward attack was aimed at inflicting fear among Somalis and discourages them from supporting the government,” President Mohamoud said.

Al-Shabaab militants, fighting to topple the Somali government, frequently carry out deadly attacks in Mogadishu.

Early this month, at least 10 people were killed and dozens injured in an Al-Shabaab attack on another hotel in Mogadishu.

–IANS

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Woman kisses Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah in public

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Woman kisses Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah in public

Posted on 26 June 2016 by GGS News

BENGALURU, 26 JUNE :  Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ended up red-faced on Sunday as he was caught on camera when a young woman pecked him on the cheek at a programme.The overwhelmed gesture came from one Girija Srinivas, a panchayat member from Chikmagalur district, after the Chief Minister felicitated her at the programme organised by the Kuruba community, reported local dailies. The Chief Minister hails from Kuruba community.

Before he could react, she disappeared from the stage, reports said.

“He is like my father. I met him for the first time. I could not control the excitement. I kissed him. Nothing wrong in it,” she was quoted as saying by the local media.

Ms Srinivas hails from Varuna in Mysuru district, which is Mr Siddaramaiah’s assembly constituency. She is married to a man from Chikmagalur.

Mr Siddaramaiah has been battling dissent in the party after he conducted a cabinet reshuffle last week, in which 14 ministers were shown the door.

But the Chief Minister, who sources said, had made phone calls to pacify disgruntled legislators, has brushed off the reports of dissent.

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Chief Minister stressed on the need to curb drug abuse stringently

Chief Minister stressed on the need to curb drug abuse stringently

Posted on 26 June 2016 by GGS News

SHIMLA,26 JUNE : (Vijyender Sharma) Expressing concern over the raising drug abuse, Himachal Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh said, drugs which were corroding the foundations of our society, particularly the youth, contributes to higher rates of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual violence and needs to be curbed stringently.

He was speaking on the occasion of  International Drugs Day, on the theme, ‘Drug Free Himachal’ organised at the historic Ridge, here today to make aware the society regarding the ills of Drug abuse, organised by State Police and sponsored by AIRTEL Shri Virbhadra Singh stressed the need to meet the challenges posed by illicit drug trafficking in the country. He said abuse of drugs were universal and India was no exception to this twin problem.

“Illicit drug business attracts criminal organisations because of the huge potential profits” he said, adding that online pharmacies indulging in illicit sale of pharmaceutical drugs was a major problem and needs to be countered effectively.

The Chief Minister said that the drug control strategies were generally aimed at achieving a balance between supply reduction and demand reduction of drugs, and without demand reduction there will only be a shift towards other drugs or substances of abuse.

Promoting cultivation of other cash crops and construction of roads in the interior areas of the State would also help checking the cultivation of narcotics.

The Chief Minister urged the judiciary to decide the cases of master minds of drug business expeditiously and on priority basis so that it could be a lesson for others involved in drug business. Besides, he also urged to the NGOs and other organisations to come out openly against the drug peddlers and sensitise the society and imbibe the values amongst the children so as to make them aware of the fatal effects of drugs.

Shri Virbhadra said that Government was committed to stamping out drug menace and termed Inter-agency coordination most essential prerequisite for reduction in the supply of drugs. Shri Virbhadra Singh said the drug racket seemed to be well organized, the law enforcement agencies need to curb the inter-state drug trafficking.

He stressed the need for adopting holistic approach with the support of the society to root out the drug abuse from the society to a large extent and hinted to incorporate the drug syllabus in schools to create awareness amongst the students so that they could be sensitised at very young stage.

Half-Marathon was also organised on the occasion in which people from various walks of life participated to spread the message against drugs.  Street plays were also organised on the occasion. The Chief Minister also distributed prizes to the winners  of dream-run for elders, to the differently abled children and others who participated in various events including mini-marathon organised on the occasion.

DGP, Shri Sanjay Kumar, also spoke on the occasion and detailed about the steps being taken by the department to root-out the menace.

Forest Minister, Shri Thakur Singh Bharmour, DGP, Shri Sanjay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Shri Rohan Thakur, Zonal Sales Manager, AIRTEL,Shri  Mukesh Ranjan and other Senior Civil and Police officers were also present on the occasion amongst others.

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AAP’s protest march to 7 RCR: Detained Delhi Dy CM Sisodia, 52 MLAs released by police

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AAP’s protest march to 7 RCR: Detained Delhi Dy CM Sisodia, 52 MLAs released by police

Posted on 26 June 2016 by GGS News

NEW DELHI, 26 JUNE : As many as 52 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs, who were detained along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia en-route Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official 7, Race Course Road (RCR) here, have been released by the Delhi Police.
Sisodia earlier today accused the ruling dispensation at the Centre of interfering in the AAP Government’s good work and offered to surrender before Prime Minister Modi.
“We want to tell the Prime Minister that don’t stop the work in Delhi. Why are you taking revenge on Delhi? You have enmity with me so arrest me. All the MLAs are going there,” he said.
Asserting that no one is above the law, the Delhi Police earlier today said they take strong action against anybody violating the law, adding that the AAP leaders would be released only under assurance that they would not again march towards the Prime Minister’s residence in protest.
“52 MLAs have been detained. We will see the situation and take the decision accordingly. Whenever any such kind of thing happens or somebody wants to violate the law, we take decision accordingly. There are chances that they may go again,” Joint Commissioner of Police M.K. Meena told the media here.
Meena stated that they have some information that the AAP MLAs might again try to go to 7, RCR and so they have been kept under detention.
“They have been kept in the Parliament Street Police Station after detention as information is coming in that they can again go to 7, RCR. Unless and until we will be satisfied that they won’t go there, they will be kept under detention. The further course of action will take place according to the law,” he added.
Taking cognizance of the situation, Joint Commissioner (Crime) Taj Hasan said that they had received a complaint from Surender Goswami, the chief of Ghazipur Vegetable Market Association, but there was no cognizable offence in that and so no legal probe was warranted.
“The complaint against Dinesh Mohaniya was a clear cognizable offence. That’s why we had filed an FIR in that regard. We arrested him because in spite of repeated request, he was not joining the investigation. We do legal scrutiny of all the complaints,” he added.
Hasan stated that as there was no base of the complaint, there was no question of any legal action against Sisodia.
In his latest outburst against Prime Minister Modi following the arrest of Sangam Vihar MLA Dinesh Mohaniya a day earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier tweeted, “Complaint filed against Manish Sisodia yesterday. Manish will go to 7, RCR today to surrender himself before PM.”
Minutes after his detention, Sisodia too took on the Prime Minister.
“Modi ji, you have got us arrested and keeping us in Parliament (Street) police station. We are ready to go to Tihar but don’t stop us from working for people of Delhi,” he tweeted.
Mohaniya was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly misbehaving with a group of women, who had gone to him to complain about a water crisis.
Mohaniya, who is also the vice-chairman of Delhi Jal Board, was picked up by a police team while he was addressing a press conference yesterday at his office in Khanpur.
A Delhi Court yesterday rejected his bail petition and sent him to judicial custody till Monday. (ANI)

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Lachipora encounter: Security forces shot dead 2 militants; gunbattle underway

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Lachipora encounter: Security forces shot dead 2 militants; gunbattle underway

Posted on 26 June 2016 by GGS News

Srinagar, 26 June  : At least two terrorists were killed during an encounter with security personnel near the Line of Control (LoC) at Uri sector in Kashmir’s Baramulla district, media reports said.
Getting a tip-off of terrorists presence, a joint team of police and the army launched a search operation in Uris Lachipora area.

During the search operation, the terrorists opened fire on the security forces.

The personnel retaliated to the attack, which left the terrorists killed

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2 debt-ridden farmers commit suicide in single night in Mansa

2 debt-ridden farmers commit suicide in single night in Mansa

Posted on 26 June 2016 by GGS News

Mansa, 26 June : (HT) The woeful saga of desperate farmers continues as two more debt ridden farmers have committed suicide here on Thursday night. Just last month, two farmers from Ralla village had committed suicide after they failed to get compensation for their wheat crops which got gutted in fire.
Mohinder Singh (49) of Dyalpura village had a debt of about Rs 4 lakh, which he had taken about a year ago for his treatment at PGI Chandigarh. He and his two brothers shared about one acre of land. On Thursday night, he consumed pesticide and slept on his field. The family found him dead the next morning.
“He was under extreme stress as he had to repay the loan which he had taken from a local money lender. He got another shock recently when 11 of his goats died due to some disease,” said his relative. He was the youngest of the four brothers and was mostly dependent on cattle farming.
Another farmer Lal Singh (62) of Kishangarh village in Bareta ended his life after jumping into the canal on Thursday night. According to his family, Lal Singh had a debt of about Rs 5 lakh.
“My father owned about 2.5 acres of land, but he remained under stress due to the bank loans which were to be cleared. Though there was no such intimation from banks, nor we had ever been blacklisted for the same,” said his elder son Jagtar Singh.
Miffed over an argument with his wife, Lal Singh got drunk and left for the fields on Thursday evening. It was only after a few hours that both his sons started searching him and found his turban and slippers near the canal.
The police have registered cases in both the incidents.
In the wake of suicides by debt-ridden farmers, Bhartiya Kisan Union members had been protesting in Bathinda for over 34 days. Among their many demands, they want waiver of debt-ridden farmers and farm labourers, survey of farm suicides from 1990 onwards and Rs 5 lakh each to families of suicide victims.
According to BKU leaders, in Mansa over 100 cases of farmer suicides have been reported since April 2013.

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Procedural delay and not failure, says MEA on India’s NSG membership issue

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Procedural delay and not failure, says MEA on India’s NSG membership issue

Posted on 26 June 2016 by GGS News

NEW DELHI, 26 June : India expressed disappointment Sunday with China for raising procedural hurdles to the South Asian country joining the 48-nation group controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology.

Its membership application was not approved at the Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting last week in Seoul, South Korea, and External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup told reporters that from India’s engagements with other members he was “certain only one country was creating the procedural hurdles.”

The group is focused on restricting nuclear proliferation by controlling which countries can gain access to technology used in making atomic weapons.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought China’s support during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit on Thursday, and a top Foreign Ministry official who visited Beijing highlighted India’s track record in efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons.

China apparently links India’s potential membership with archrival Pakistan, which applied later and has not yet been considered by the group.

Only countries that have ratified the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons are normally eligible. India hasn’t, but it has committed to some controls of its nuclear program under a nuclear cooperation pact with the United States. President Barack Obama came out in support of Indian membership when Modi visited Washington recently, and other nations, including Mexico and Switzerland, soon suggested they too were on board.

On Sunday, Swarup said India had taken up the issue with China at multiple levels.

“We are going to continue discussing this with China. This is going to be an important element of our discussion with China. We will continue to impress upon them that relationships move forward on the basis of mutual accommodation of each other’s interests , concerns and priorities,” he said.

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Bhagwant Singh Mann claims AAP will win an absolute majority in the Punjab polls

Bhagwant Singh Mann claims AAP will win an absolute majority in the Punjab polls

Posted on 26 June 2016 by GGS News

SHIMLA, (Vijyender Sharma) 26 June : AAP leader Bhagwant Singh Mann has claimed that his party will win an absolute majority in the Punjab Assembly polls due next year and Himachal Pradesh would be its next target.

“AAP would get two-third majority in Punjab and Himachal would be its next target. The party would repeat Delhi in Punjab and its main poll plank would be corruption, drug addiction, unemployment and brain drain,” Mann, who was in Shimla as member of JPC on office of profit, said.

He said the younger generation of Punjab is addicted to drugs and the youth of the state are becoming physically unfit for recruitment in armed forces.

“The twin problem of brain drain and unemployment has become a bane for Punjab and the situation is so grim that the youth is taking the risk of going to war-torn Iraq for jobs,” he added

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Britain pressured for quick EU split as Brexit impact begins

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Britain pressured for quick EU split as Brexit impact begins

Posted on 25 June 2016 by GGS News

LONDON, 25 JUNE : Britain was under pressure on Saturday to set out a quick timetable for a divorce from the European Union after the country’s historic vote to leave the bloc sent shockwaves around the world.

Global stock markets plunged on Friday, and sterling saw its biggest one day drop in history after Britons voted by 52-48 percent to exit the EU, which it joined more than 40 years ago.

Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded its outlook for Britain, saying its creditworthiness was now at greater risk as the country would face substantial challenges to successfully negotiating its exit from the bloc.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he wanted to begin negotiating Britain’s departure immediately.

“Britons decided yesterday that they want to leave the European Union, so it doesn’t make any sense to wait until October to try to negotiate the terms of their departure,” Juncker told Germany’s ARD television station.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday he would resign after leading the failed campaign to stay in the bloc, and said someone else should take the lead in negotiating the unprecedented and complicated extrication.He suggested his replacement would be in place by October. That person could be his Conservative Party rival Boris Johnson, the former London mayor who became the most recognisable face of the Leave camp and who is now favourite to succeed him.

Britain’s decision to leave the EU is the biggest blow since World War Two to the European project of forging greater unity.

The United Kingdom itself could also now break apart, with the nationalist leader of Scotland, where nearly two-thirds of voters wanted to stay in the EU, saying a new referendum on independence from the rest of Britain was “highly likely”.

Scottish government ministers were meeting on Saturday to decide their next move.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet French, German and Italian leaders in Berlin on Monday to discuss future steps, and the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, will meet on Saturday morning.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday tried to limit the fallout from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union which threatens to harm the U.S. economic recovery and distract U.S. allies from global security issues.

Obama vowed that Washington would still maintain both its “special relationship” with London and close ties to Brussels, but stood by his warning that Britain would move to the back of the queue when it came to trade deals.

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose own rise has been fuelled by similar anger at the political establishment, called the vote a “great thing”.

Supporters of Islamic State and al Qaeda said Britain had divided and weakened itself, according to the SITE monitoring service. Militant Islamists took to the internet to applaud the British vote, with one saying it marked the “beginning of the disintegration of the Crusaders”.

The British pound fell as much as 10 percent against the U.S. dollar on Friday to levels last seen in 1985 on fears the decision could hit investment in the world’s fifth-largest economy, threaten London’s role as a global financial capital, and usher in months of political uncertainty. The euro slid 2.0 percent against the U.S. dollar.

World stocks saw more than $2 trillion wiped off their value. European stocks ended down 7.0 percent, the biggest one day fall since 2008. U.S. stocks fell suffered the largest selloff in ten months sharply, with the Dow Jones industrial average losing 3.4 percent.

Investors put their cash in the safety of gold, which clocked up its biggest daily gain since the global financial crisis of 2008, ending Friday up 5.0 percent at $1,315 an ounce.

Ratings agency Moody’s said Britain was at risk of a credit downgrade, assigning a negative outlook to its ‘Aa1’ rating for British government debt.

“During the several years in which the UK will have to renegotiate its trade relations with the EU, Moody’s expects heightened uncertainty, diminished confidence and lower spending and investment to result in weaker growth,” the agency said.

INVENTING ANOTHER EUROPE

Quitting the world’s biggest trading bloc could cost Britain access to the trade barrier-free single market and means it must seek new trade accords with countries around the world. A poll of economists by Reuters predicted Britain was likelier than not to fall into recession within a year.

The EU arose out of the ashes of two world wars to unite a continent and now faces the challenge of maintaining economic and political unity without Britain, which has the EU’s biggest financial centre, a U.N. Security Council veto, a powerful army and nuclear weapons.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the “Brexit” vote a watershed for European unification.

The result emboldened eurosceptics in other EU member states, with French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders demanding their countries also hold referendums. Le Pen changed her Twitter profile picture to a Union Jack and declared “Victory for freedom!”

The British vote will trigger at least two years of divorce proceedings with the EU, the first exit by any member state.

“BIRTH OF NEW BRITAIN”

There was euphoria among Britain’s eurosceptic newspapers.

“Birth of a new Britain,” the Daily Telegraph said, while the Daily Star tabloid borrowed from Donald Trump’s campaigning message with its headline “Now Let’s Make Britain Great Again”.

The Daily Mail hailed it as a victory by “the quiet people of Britain” over an arrogant, out-of-touch political establishment and a contemptuous Brussels. Those which backed staying the bloc were more circumspect. “Brexit earthquake,” the Times said.

Britain has always been ambivalent about its relations with the rest of post-war Europe. A firm supporter of free trade, tearing down internal economic barriers and expanding the EU to take in ex-communist eastern states, the UK opted out of joining the euro single currency and the Schengen border-free zone.

Cameron’s ruling Conservatives in particular have harboured a vocal anti-EU wing for many years, and it was partly to silence such figures that he promised the referendum in 2013.

His party is now left with deep divisions after an often bitter and personal campaign with rows over immigration which critics said at times unleashed overt racism, while there are angry recriminations among lawmakers in the opposition Labour Party about the role of its leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn, accused by party critics of campaigning tepidly for its Remain stance, makes a speech on Saturday which will be closely watched by critical colleagues, two of whom issued a no-confidence motion to topple him on Friday.

The campaign revealed deep splits in British society, with the pro-Brexit side drawing support from voters who felt left behind by globalisation and blamed EU immigration for low wages.

Older voters backed Brexit but the young and well educated mainly wanted to stay in the EU. London and Scotland supported the EU, but swathes of England that have not shared in the capital’s prosperity voted to leave.

Left unclear is the relationship Britain can negotiate with the EU with officials warning UK-based banks and financial firms could lose automatic access to sell services in Europe.

Huge questions also face the large numbers of British expatriates who live and work freely elsewhere in the EU as well the fate of EU citizens who live and work in Britain.- Reuters

(Additional reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton, Kylie MacLellan, Sarah Young, Alistair Smout, Costas Pitas, Andy Bruce and David Milliken in London, and Steve Holland in Turnberry, Scotland; Writing by Mark John and Pravin Char; Editing by Giles Elgood)

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