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70 died in Bengal Komen cyclone

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, August 2, 2015 | 10:37 PM

The depression has reached Gangetic West Bengal. Rain will continue but intensity likely to be less. Heavy rains have been predicted for the next 24 hours.

Incessant rain has not only sunk large parts of capital Kolkata but also 12 districts, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Five of the districts are on high alert.

Over 2 lakh people have ended up in relief camps after 1.8 lakh houses were damaged. Farmland of over 21 lakh hectare has been submerged, she said.

Claiming Jharkhand is releasing water and so is Damodar Valley Corporation from its dams, she said, "DVC is doing business in Bengal. We love them but they can drown Bengal".
The aftermath of Cyclone Komen has hit large parts of Bengal, Odisha and Manipur, causing floods and landslides in which around 70 people -- 48 of them in Bengal alone -- have died so far.
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Venkaiyya Naidu says sympathising Memon disservice to nation

Union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday expressed disappointment over few people trying to politicize issues of death sentence and terrorism and said it would be "a disservice to nation" by sympathizing with Yakub Memon, who was recently hanged in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

"... Unfortunately, some people are trying to politicize everything," Naidu said here, adding that death sentence and terrorism are two different things and people can debate on it.

"But, as far as fighting terror is concerned we must do it with all our might. We are becoming worst casualty of terror. They are aiming to subvert our economy and weaken our country. There should not be any scope for any sort of leniency or softness, as far as dealing with terrorists is concerned," he said.

On the recent debate over the death sentence of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon, he said, "I am really amazed over the way some people debated over (death sentence to) Yakub Memon. He is a traitor, he is a terrorist and he has done immense damage to the country. After giving a fair trial and opportunity he was given the punishment and it has been implemented."
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Fadnavis says laws will take its course

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 7:36 PM

Law will take its own course on the issue of execution of Yakub Memon, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here today.

"Law will take its own course. I appeal to everyone to maintain restraint," Fadnavis told reporters at Vidhan Bhawan.

Meanwhile, a top government functionary said, "So far, we have not received any instructions not to go ahead with it (Yakub's execution)."

"In absence of any specific directives not to go ahead with the execution, if Yakub is not hanged tomorrow, the state government will be in trouble for not implementing the death warrant," he said.

The Supreme Court today refused to stay the execution slated for tomorrow of Memon, the lone death row convict in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, rejecting his last ditch plea to escape the gallows.

Twelve coordinated blasts had rocked Bombay, as the city was then known, on March 12, 1993, leaving 257 dead and over 700 injured.
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Dr.Kalam's body being flown to Delhi

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | 8:51 AM

Several leaders including chief minister Tarun Gogoi and senior IAF officials joined in paying tribute here to India's 'Missile Man' whose death has plunged the nation into overwhelming grief.

Wrapped in tricolour, the casket carrying his body was taken inside the aircraft as mournful hymn played in the background.

Kalam, who would have turned 84 in October, died after suffering a massive cardiac arrest during a lecture at the IIM Shillong on Monday.

He was confirmed dead more than two hours after he was wheeled into the ICU of Bethany Hospital in a critical condition following the collapse at around 6.30 PM.

The body of the late former president was then shifted to the Military Hospital in Shillong, Defence Public Relations Officer Amit Mahajan said.

The Union Cabinet is to hold a special meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday to condole his death.

The government has announced a seven-day state morning in honour of Kalam, who became affectionately known as the 'people's President.

He became the 11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007.
The body of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away in Shillong on Monday evening, was being flown to Delhi from Guwahati on Tuesday by a special aircraft.Respects were paid to the late former President at the tarmac of the airport after his body was brought to Guwahati from Shillong by an Air Force helicopter.
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The Legend No More

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, July 27, 2015 | 9:34 PM

GUWAHATI: Former President of India and rocket scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was hospitalized in a very critical condition after he fell ill during a function at IIM-Shillongon Monday.

Kalam, 84, was at Indian Institute of Management Shillong to attend a function on Livable Planet Earth there.

An IIM-Shillong faculty said that Kalam was rushed to hospital after the former president collapsed at the function.

Sources said that he was admitted in extremely critical condition.
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Love affairs and drug cause farmer suicide

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, July 24, 2015 | 10:57 PM

Soon after Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh made a statement in Rajya Sabha on Friday citing love affairs, impotency, drugs and dowry among reasons for rising farmer suicides, he was forced to clarify later to come out of the foot-in-mouth situation he himself got into following opposition pressure.

"According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), causes of (farmer) suicides include family problems, illness, drugs... dowry, love affairs and impotency," India Todayquoted Singh as saying. However, the minister did not rule out financial burden as one of the reasons for the suicides.The statement caught BJP in an embarrassing situation as it ironically came from the agriculture minister himself.

Opposition parties, sensing an opportunity, lashed out at the minister for his remarks. "I advise the PM to tell his ministers to go to the house of farmers and see what's going on," said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. "The Central government is kisan virodhi...Modiji is only concerned about 5 or 6 of his industrial friends" he said.

"The ground reality is that during the last one year of this government, there has been a 26 percent increase in the suicides of Indian farmers," CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.
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Gold to slid down to lowest

Gold slid more than 1 per cent on Friday to its lowest since early 2010 as fresh strength in the dollar prompted another wave of selling, putting the metal on course for its biggest weekly loss in nine months.

Prices have been under pressure since tumbling more than 3 per cent in Asian trading hours on Monday, their biggest one-day drop in nearly two years, in a selloff accompanied by heavy trading volumes in New York and Shanghai.

Spot gold hit a low of $1,077.00 an ounce on Friday and was down 1.1 per cent at $1,079.20 at 1216 GMT. US gold futures for August delivery were down $15.90 an ounce at $1,078.20.

Gold has been hurt this year by expectations that the Federal Reserve is on track to raiseinterest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, boosting the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion while lifting the dollar.

"It feels as though the driver in this market, aside from the impetus we got from China, is that if you get any kind of dollar strength, gold goes down," Natixis analyst Nic Brownsaid. "But the flip side of that simply doesn't support prices."

"It's been very painful this week," he said. "Sentiment remains negative, and the trend does very much appear to be further down."

The dollar rose on Friday after data the previous day showed US weekly jobless claims dropping to their lowest since 1973, while the euro fell on downbeat German and euro zone data.
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Centre directing CBI to stall testimony in Zakia Jafri case

Written By Kvartha People on Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 8:52 AM

Social activist Teesta Setalvad on Tuesday alleged that Centre was directing the Central Bureau of Investigation to repeatedly call her for questioning as it would prevent her from listing the evidence in the Zakia Jafri case on the Gujarat riots, scheduled for a crucial hearing on July 27.

Ms. Setalvad made the remarks after she was summoned for questioning for the fourth consecutive day by the CBI at its regional office here. Her anticipatory bail plea was to come up for hearing at a local court earlier in the day but it was adjourned to Friday, thus extending the interim bail. Soon after, she and her husband Javed Anand were called by the CBI for questioning.

Ms. Jafri, the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, has challenged a lower court order giving a clean chit to Mr. Modi and others in connection with the 2002 riots in the Gujarat High Court and needs to submit the evidence by July 23.
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Quran Fragments, Said to Date From Time of Muhammad, Are Found

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | 11:30 PM

LONDON — Fragments of what researchers say are part of one of the world’s oldest manuscripts of the Quran have been found at the University of Birmingham, the school said on Wednesday.

The ancient fragments are probably at least 1,370 years old, which would place the manuscript’s writing within a few years of the founding of Islam, researchers say, and the author of the text may well have known the Prophet Muhammad.

The small pieces of the manuscript, written on sheep or goat skin, sat in the university’s library for about a century until a Ph.D. student noticed their particular calligraphy. The university sent a small piece of the manuscript to Oxford University for radiocarbon dating.

David Thomas, a professor of Christianity and Islam at the University of Birmingham, said that when the results came back, he and other researchers had been stunned to discover the manuscript’s provenance.

“We were bowled over, startled indeed,” Professor Thomas said in an interview. The period when the manuscript was produced, he added, “could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam.”

Professor Thomas said that, according to Muslim tradition, Muhammad received the revelations that form the Quran, the scripture of Islam, between 610 and 632, the year of his death. Tests by the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit indicated with a probability of more than 94 percent that the parchment dated from 568 to 645.
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Sushma Tweets her into more danger

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, facing heat over allegedly favouring Lalit Modi, a business and sports tycoon living in London, who faces allegations of tax evasion, courted fresh trouble on Wednesday by tweeting that a senior leader of the opposition Congress party had approached her for a diplomatic passport for an accused in the multi-billion dollar coal scam.

Swaraj did not name the Congress leader, but said the passport was sought for Santosh Bagrodia, who is an accused in connection with the allocation of a coal block. Bagrodia, who faces charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating, has been summoned by a special court on August 18.

In her tweets on Wednesday, Swaraj said she will reveal the name of the Congress leader in Parliament.

"A senior Congress leader was pressing me hard to give diplomatic passport to the Coal Scam accused Santosh Bagrodia. I will disclose name of the leader on the floor of the House," tweeted Swaraj.

The opposition Congress party demanded that she disclose the name of the leader.
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Left parties demand action in corruption free govt

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, July 20, 2015 | 7:31 PM

Left parties today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not keeping his promise of giving a "corruption-free" government, and staged nation-wide protests seeking action against senior BJP leaders for their alleged role in Lalit Modirow, Vyapam scam and other controversies.

"On completion of one year of his Government, Modi had boasted that no corruption case surfaced during the period. But, we told them to wait as there were no corruption charges against UPA government too until sixth or seventh year.

"But even before the NDA government could complete a year, we got to see so many scams coming out. Modi had promised a corruption-free government, but it has been failed so early," CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said while addressing the protesters here.

Yechury reiterated the stand of Left parties that senior BJP leaders involved in Lalit Modi controversy like External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief MinisterVasundhara Raje should step down from their respective post until the matter was being probed.
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