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Pune lady dies

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, August 31, 2014 | 7:44 PM

A Dudhsagar trek on Sunday went tragic for a group of 31 trekkers from Pune as 24-year-old woman, Chetali Patil, drowned at Dudhsagar river at Collem on Goa’s boundary with Karnataka on Sunday.
The woman had come down to Goa in Goa Express train from Pune along with a group of 31 people including her brother, other relatives and friends for a Dudhsagar trek, Collem police told The Hindu on Sunday.
While crossing the Dudhsagar river holding on to a rope, Ms. Patil lost her grip and fell despite valiant efforts by her brother and other trekkers to rescue her.
Her body will be handed over to relatives after postmortem, said police.

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Pak army calls meet

After night-long clashes here between anti-government demonstrators and security forces that left three people dead and about 450 others injured, the situation continued to be tense and uncertain even as the powerful Army Chief General Raheel Sharif summoned a meeting of corps commanders on Sunday.

The clashes broke out late last night when the demonstrators who have laid siege to the heart of the Pakistani establishment, housing the Presidency, the National Assembly, the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister’s Office, sought to storm Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s residence nearby after breaking through the police barricade.

The violence continued throughout the night and subsided this morning but the 18-day stand-off continued to force Mr. Sharif's resignation over alleged rigging during last year’s elections.

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan vowed to fight till death and asked Pakistanis to rebel against the “illegal” regime while the other anti-Sharif protest leader cleric Tahir-ul Qadri alleged seven of his supporters were killed by security forces, which could not be confirmed.

General Sharif called a meeting of his corps commanders to discuss matters relating to the internal security situation.

The army holds the key to resolving the impasse which has plunged the country into the worst crisis, 15 months after Mr. Sharif’s PML-N was voted to power.

Among those injured in the overnight clashes were several journalists.

Reporters, who were covering the protests, were brutally tortured by rioters and the police.

Meanwhile, the government on its part, said it was trying to re-open talks with opposition groups.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said the government remained open negotiations to end the crisis peacefully.

“The government did not initiate the clashes. They turned violent and tried to enter sensitive government buildings, which are the symbol of the state,” Rashid was quoted by Geo News channel as saying.
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Rumours rock Modi government

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, August 29, 2014 | 9:22 PM

The first major controversy hit the 3 month-old Narendra Modi government on Wednesday when Union home minister Rajnath Singh publicized his anguish about the "rumour" that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had rebuked his son Pankaj Singh for seeking to influence transfers and postings in Delhi Police.

The home minister and the de jure No. 2 in the Modi regime appeared before the media to make the dramatic declaration that he would retire from politics if the insinuation against his son was proven correct. The outburst, which coincided with the denial of a party ticket to Pankaj for the Noida by-election, triggered talk of a power struggle within the new regime, leading both PMO and BJP chief Amit Shah to issue statements backing Singh and vouching for his integrity.

Reacting to "rumour" which have been floating in Delhi circles for at least 3 weeks now, Rajnath said he was forced to step out and clear the air because rumours were persisting. "In the last 15-20 days, rumours have persisted about me and my family. I thought rumours would die out since they had no basis. But I am seeing the rumours have only gathered momentum. I want to assure the nation that the day allegations, even though prima facie and even small, are proven against me or my family, I will quit politics and public life and sit at home."
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Modi says India must move forward

India had stemmed the slide backwards in the first 100 days of his Government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday.

“We are now in a stable position, now we have to move forward on the runway,” Mr. Modi said in an interaction with Japanese media. The country would soon be in a position to scale new heights, he felt.

Stressing that India had passed the hour of crisis already, the Prime Minister said a number of initiatives had been taken in the fields of labour reforms, FINANCIAL inclusion, skill development as well as 49 per cent FDI in defence and a proposal to raise the cap on FDI in insurance as well.

Asked why India’s GDP growth had fallen below five per cent, Mr. Modi pointed to two reasons – the global economic slowdown as well as political instability in the country.

“The best thing was that this time, the people of India had voted for development and given a decisive mandate,” the Prime Minister said.

Mr. Modi, who leaves on Saturday for Japan, said both countries had a stable government with a clear mandate in power, a transcript of the interaction stated.

The Prime Minister said he was “eager” to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and had great regard for him and the people of Japan. His first bilateral trip would be a meeting with Mr. Abe, the Prime Minister pointed out.

“In the economic field, I see a lot of complementary and synergy between the goals of Abenomics and what I am trying to achieve in India. Japan will always remain our preferred economic partner,” he said.

The Prime Minister was hopeful that there would be “concrete cooperation” in the fields of civil nuclear energy, defence and high-speed rail cooperation during his visit.

Keywords: Narendra Modi, Japan visit, Development, Economic reforms, Labo
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Pakisthan Rangers target Indian positions in J&k

Written By Kvartha People on Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 9:17 AM

These two ceasefire violations occurred hours after the two countries held a flag meeting on Wednesday to discuss ceasefire violations along the border.

Pakistan Rangers again Thursday resorted to unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said.

“Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing using small arms in the Pargwal area of the Jammu district,” a police officer said here.

The officer said three BSF outposts were affected due to the firing.

“Pakistan firing started at 11.50 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) night for a brief period, but today (Thursday) morning at 4 a.m., Pakistan Rangers started firing again which continued till 5.55 a.m.,” the officer said.

The Border Security Force (BSF) troopers gave befitting reply, he added.

These two ceasefire violations occurred hours after the BSF and Pakistan Rangers held a battalion commander level flag meeting in the same border area to defuse tensions between the two sides.
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Gaza ceasefire reached with Israel

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | 8:24 PM

A senior Hamas official on Tuesday said a ceasefire has been reached with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 people.

The official said the deal calls for an “open-ended” ceasefire, and an Israeli agreement to ease its blockade of Gaza to allow relief supplies and construction materials into the war-battered territory.

Talks on deeper issues, such as Hamas’ demand to reopen Gaza’s airport and seaport, would begin in a month.

There was no immediate Israeli comment.
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WHO says Ebola outbreak unprecedented

The World Health Organization on Tuesday said that the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been unprecedented in many ways. A high proportion of healthcare workers are among those infected with the virus. 

So far, over 250 healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, have contacted the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone and over 120 have died, IANS quoting Chinese news agency Xinhua, reported. 

According to the WHO, the virus has taken the lives of doctors in Sierra Leone and Liberia, depriving these hard-hit countries not only of experienced medical care but also of inspiring national heroes. 

The UN health agency noted that shortage of personal protective equipment or its improper use and working beyond the number of hours recommended as safe contributed to the high proportion of infected medical staff. 

"In many cases, medical staff are at risk because no protective equipment is available, not even gloves and face masks. Even in dedicated Ebola wards, personal protective equipment is often scarce or not being properly used," it said. 
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India get details from swiss bank

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, August 24, 2014 | 9:52 PM

Tax investigators pursuing instances of blackmoney stashed abroad by Indians have finally been able to circumvent the Swiss secrecy code by asking over 100 such account holders to submit on their own details of personal balances in these banks, brought under the tax net recently, for lesser penal action for evasion.

The tax effect in these cases could be about Rs 50-80 crore, according to sources.

Faced by non-cooperation from Switzerland owing to the alpine nation’s “domestic legal barriers” and “treaty limitations”, the Finance Ministry’s probe wing under the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) confronted the people who were named in the secret list of at least two Swiss banks that was provided to them “through both official and unofficial channels” during the last financial year, the sources said here.

The CBDT later asked Income Tax department sleuths to pursue these suspect account holders with the bargain that they would be charged under tax evasion laws but not under the ‘wilful tax evaders’ category thereby saving them from harsher penal action.

Over 100 such account holders, according to an official note, spread in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Chandigarh and Banglaore among others agreed to the new mechanism which helped India crack some of the tough cases of black money and illicit funds stashed abroad.

“The tax effect in these cases could be about Rs 50-80 crore and this instance is one of the few where secret bank data of an Indian client was obtained despite strict secrecy laws of Swiss authorities in force in this regard,” sources privy to the development said on condition of anonymity.
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4.5 lakh students appeared for upsc

The preliminary examination consist of two papers (Paper I and Paper II) of two hours duration each.

Over 4.5 lakh students on Sunday appeared in civil services preliminary examination which passed off incident-free at various centres across the country after bring mired in controversy following protests over change in pattern.

4,51,602 candidates took the examination, about 1.27 lakh more than the last year, at 2,137 centres in 59 cities.

“There were no incidents of protest from any of the centre in the country. We are very happy that the examination went off peacefully and without any law and order problem,” Union Public Service Commission Secretary Ashim Khurana told PTI.

He said none of the chief secretary of states, where the examination was conducted, reported any incident of protest.

“All officials of UPSC, Department of Personnel and Training and chief secretaries successfully coordinated for peaceful conduct of the examination,” he said.

A total of 9,44,926 candidates applied for the examination and of these, 6,80,455 downloaded their admit cards for appearing in the test.
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Hamaz executed 18 in Gaza

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, August 22, 2014 | 8:20 PM

Hamas gunmen executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel in the heart of Gaza City on Friday, as the deadly war between the Islamist movement and Israel reached day 46.

The Palestinian emergency services say another 75 people have died in Gaza since hostilities resumed on Tuesday following a nine-day truce. In Israel, two civilians have been wounded by direct rocket attacks.

European governments, meanwhile, are seeking UN action to stop the bloodshed after frantic Egyptian diplomatic efforts failed to secure a durable ceasefire to the worst fighting in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2000-05 intifada.

Israel has vowed to continue its campaign of air strikes until it can guarantee the security of millions of citizens who live in daily fear of rocket attacks, and Hamas is defiant over demands that the Jewish state end an eight-year blockade on the narrow Palestinian coastal enclave it controls.
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Irom Sharmila arrested again

Social activist Irom Sharmila was rearrested on Friday morning by about 30 women constables from the shed of the Save Sharmila Organisation where she has been undergoing fast along with other women activists.

"She has been rearrested on charges of attempt to commit suicide," Manipur ADG Santosh Macherla said.

After her release on Wednesday from a make-shift prison in Imphal, Ms. Sharmila supported by hundreds of womenfolk and social organisations had walked free from the make-shift prison at J N Government Hospital where a room has been converted into a jail for her. Soon afterwards she had begun her fast at a place near the hospital.
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