NEWS – 29/8/16
NEWS – 29/8/16 – INTERNATIONAL
A historic midnight ceasefire on Sunday is set to end a 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and FARC rebels.Hundreds of thousands of Colombians have died since 1964 as rebel armies and gangs battled in the jungles .The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday issued the order for its fighters to observe the ceasefire from midnight .“I order all our commanders and units and each one of our combatants to definitively cease fire and hostilities against the Colombian state from midnight tonight” top FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez said in a declaration before the media in Cuba, where peace talks were held.On the government side, President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday ordered the Colombian national armed forces to halt military operations against the FARC. This is one of the biggest combats.
A bomb exploded at the Brussels Institute of Criminology in the north of Brussels on Monday but the building was empty and no one was wounded. .A car rammed through the barriers at about 3 a.m. local time and one or more attackers exploded a bomb near the laboratories which caught fire.
BRASILIA, BRAZIL: Brazil’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff will confront her accusers on Monday in a dramatic finale to a Senate impeachment trial likely to end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s biggest country.Rousseff’s testimony will come just hours before a final vote to decide her fate, with everything pointing to her being convicted.
Rousseff, 68, is accused of having taken illegal state loans to patch budget holes.
The first female president of Brazil, who says she did nothing worthy of impeachment, will speak for about half an hour, then face questioning.
But it was unclear whether Rousseff will repeat her explosive claim on the Senate floor that the trial is a coup d’etat aimed at destroying her Workers’ Party and restoring the right to power.
The day before he was to travel to his birthplace Kerala to join a medical college more than a decade ago, Peter Jacob told his parents:. “I am doing this for you. My mind is elsewhere.” His father, Jacob Peter asked him to cancel the trip and pursue the goal in his mind.Mr. Jacob’s mind was in social work since his childhood and, at 31, has made him run for the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District. Mr. Jacob’s grassroots campaign has gained momentum and attracted hundreds of volunteers in what is considered a Republican-dominated district. He does not take any donations
NEW YORK: The world population will reach 9.9 billion in 2050, increasing by 33% from an estimated 7.4 billion now, the latest report from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has predicted.If the assumptions underlying 2050 projections by the PRB’s World Population Data Sheet are applied to subsequent years, the world population would hit the 10 billion mark in 2053, with set to Asia gain about 900 million to 5.3 billion.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: An Australian aid worker who was kidnapped in Afghanistan four months ago has been freed and is “safe and well”, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Monday.
Katherine Jane Wilson, who goes by the name Kerry and is reportedly aged around 60, was grabbed in the city of Jalalabad, close to the border with Pakistan, in late April.
She had been visiting the city for a women’s embroidery project when gunmen abducted her.
He said she was taken before dawn from the home in which she was staying by “unidentified gunmen” who were disguised as police.
“I confirm that Kerry Jane Wilson, who was abducted in Afghanistan in April this year, has been released, and she is now safe and well,” Bishop said in a statement.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Bangladesh on Monday to discuss security cooperation after a series of killings by Islamist militants, as well as economic development and human rights.Mr. Kerry will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Opposition and civic leaders during the one-day visit, his first to Bangladesh as Secretary of State.While security cooperation between the United States and Bangladesh is not new, the Bangladeshi government has insisted the latest attacks, including the recent killings at a cafe that targeted non-Muslims and foreigners, are the work of home-grown groups.Washington believes the killings carry the hallmarks of Islamic State and al-Qaeda, and worries that such attacks could drive away investment in a country fighting widespread poverty.Islamic State claimed responsibility for the July 1 attack on the cafe in the capital Dhaka in which 22 people were killed, mostly non-Muslims and foreigners, including one American. It was the worst militant attack in the country’s history.
MARAWI: Muslim extremists who support the Islamic State group staged a daring jailbreak in the southern Philippines, freeing 23 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes, officials said Sunday.
About 50 heavily armed members of the Maute group raided the local jail in the southern city of Marawi on Mindanao island on Saturday and freed eight comrades who were arrested barely a week ago, police said.
A restaurant in a Paris suburb who apparently refused to serve two Muslim women sparked anger in France and called for protest. .A video, widely shared on social media, showed the restaurateur telling the hijab-wearing women: “Terrorists are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists,” The incident took place at Le Cenacle restaurant in Tremblay-en-France on Saturday.On Sunday, the restaurateur apologised to a group who had gathered outside.
Terminals at Los Angeles International Airport were evacuated briefly late on Sunday before police determined that reports of gunfire in one of the terminals were only “loud noises”, the latest false alarm at a busy US airport.
No injuries were reported in the incident but an investigation was underway, Andy Neiman, commanding officer of media relations for the Los Angeles Police Department, said in a Twitter message
Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus, mostly among foreign construction workers, and said it expected more cases to be identified.
All but seven of those infected had fully recovered, the Health Ministry and the National Environment Agency said in a statement on Sunday. The seven remain in hospital.
Turkish shelling and air strikes killed at least 40 Syrians on Sunday, in the first significant civilian casualties in Turkey’s intensifying campaign in northern Syria.the army had killed 25 Kurdish “terrorists” in air strikes as part of its unprecedented operation inside Syria.The bombardments came after Ankara suffered its first military fatality since it launched the two-pronged offensive against the Islamic State group and Syrian Kurdish militia inside Syria on Wednesday.
BEIJING: China is moving its new largest carrier rocket, which will be used for lunar and Mars probes, to its launch base in southern Hainan from northern China’s Tianjin Port.
Long March-5 rocket, carried by two special rocket- carrying ships Yuanwang-21 and Yuanwang-22, will arrive at Qinglan Port in Wenchang, Hainan Province early next month.
As the country’s strongest carrier rocket, the Long March-5 has a payload capacity of 25 tonnes in low Earth orbit and 14 tonnes in geostationary orbit.
The rocket is planned to carry the Chang’e-5 lunar probe in 2017 and will be used to launch China’s space station modules and Mars probes.
Bullish on expanding economic ties with India, the U.S. on Sunday said bilateral trade has reached $ 109 billion and it will get a further boost from new reforms including GST even as it flagged persisting concerns American firms have on issues related to business climate in the fast-growing economy.U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, who will be on a 3-day India visit from Monday, also said that travel and tourism and sub-national engagement have been identified as two new areas of focus to drive commercial cooperation between the two countries in 2017, under which the focus would shift from India and the U.S. to Chennai and Charleston.
The United States and Russia failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough deal on military cooperation and a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria, saying they still have issues to resolve before an agreement could be announced.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, addressing a joint news conference after more than nine hours of off-and-on talks in Geneva, said teams from both sides would try to finalize details in coming days in the Swiss city.
Kerry said the talks with Lavrov had “achieved clarity on the path forward” but together they offered few details on how they planned to renew a February cessation of hostilities and improve humanitarian assistance.
NEWS – 29/8/16 – NATIONAL
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hosted national sports awardees, including Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu and bronze winner Sakshi Malik, at his 7 Race Course Road residence here.The Prime Minister greeted the athletes on the eve of the National Sports Day. Ace shooter Jitu Rai and gymnast Dipa Karmakar were also in attendance.All the four athletes will be conferred with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday.
Air travel expenditure incurred by a star campaigner to propagate the programmes of a political party cannot be included in the election expenses of a candidate, the Supreme Court has ruled.If leaders of a political party pay for their use of helicopters and chartered planes, the candidate need not declare them as part of his poll expenses to the Election Commission, a Bench of Justices J. Chelameswar and A.M. Sapre said in a recent judgment.The case concerned an election petition against Ajay Arjun Singh, who won from Churhat in Madhya Pradesh. Mr. Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi were the “star campaigners” who travelled across the State during the elections held in 2013.
NEW DELHI: A 15-year-old boy was allegedly killed by three of his classmates over a dispute on who would collect water first from a public tap in northeast Delhi’s Sriram Colony.
The incident occurred on August 25 when, according to the relatives of the deceased, Mohammad Azeem, he was brutally beaten up by three of his classmates, all juveniles, when he had gone to get water from the tap that morning, police said.
Azeem had injuries in his private parts, police said.
Those present at the spot at the time of the incident had initially thought it was a minor scuffle but when Azeem collapsed, they realised it was serious.
He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.
The three juveniles, aged around 13-14 years, have been apprehended and a case registered.
SRINAGAR: Authorities on Monday lifted curfew from Kashmir after 51 days since the ongoing unrest began on July 9, officials said.
“Curfew has been lifted from the entire Valley. But, it will remain in force in Pulwama town and in areas under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta and M.R.Gunj police stations in Srinagar,” a senior police official said.
The decision to lift curfew was taken at a high-level security meeting on Sunday evening, sources said.
An all-party delegation comprising senior leaders of political parties is slated to visit Kashmir on September 3.
Union Home minister Rajnath Singh is likely to accompany the delegation.
An eye in the sky is better than several feet on the ground. The Maharashtra government is convinced about this and has deployed drones for the first time on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway to stop wayward drivers in their tracks.The 95-km road has acquired a reputation for becoming a ‘death zone’, as reckless drivers cut lanes and ignore the speed limit.Operating from four base stations, the drones will be at work round-the-clock, whirling over traffic to check rash driving and overtaking.Drone-based enforcement was demonstrated over the weekend, and resulted in fines for 20 drivers for lane-cutting, police said. “We conducted the demonstration on Saturday and Sunday, between noon and 4 p.m. and used two drones in the ghat section to monitor traffic on both sides,” said Amol Tambe, Superintendent of Police (Highways), Pune region
CHANDIGARH: The “guru of bling”, Ram Rahim Singh, who heads the rich Dera Sacha Sauda sect in Haryana has been gifted 50 lakhs of taxpayers’ money by Anil Vij the state’s sports minister. Ram Rahim, 49, says the money given to him will be used to train “players in all Olympic sports” and not just for a unique blend of kabaddi, kho kho and wrestling that he has created.
That mix of sports, the “Tiranga Rumaal Chu”, was performed over the weekend when Mr Vij visited the sect headquarters, which supports the ruling BJP. Ram Rahim is being investigated on charges of rape and murder. “The Opposition’s work is to oppose, what can I say about it,” said Mr Vij after commissioning wide criticism through the financial donation to the sect.
Worried over the health conditions of their spouses languishing in Pakistan jails, the wives of three Indian fishermen have requested to be granted visa to visit their husbands.The three women — Gangaben, wife of Bhagwan Solanki from Tad village in Gir Somnath district; Amritaben, wife of Amritlal Vaishya from Wanakbara of Union Territory of Diu, and Vanitaben, wife of Dipakbhai Bamania from Kotda village in Gir Somnath — have written a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his help in getting them visa on humanitarian grounds to go to Pakistan.In the letter signed by the three women, they have pleaded with the Prime Minister to take up the issue with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif and request him to grant visas to them so that they can visit their husbands and enquire about their health.
NEW DELHI: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitching for the rights+ of those living in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir+ and Gilgit-Baltistan regions+ of Pakistan, the government has proposed a Rs 2,000-crore package for people displaced from PoK living in India.
The home ministry is expected to place the details of the package before the Cabinet for approval soon, senior ministry officials said.
It is learnt that J&K government has identified 36,348 such families which will get around Rs 5.5 lakh each. Refugees from Pakistan + , mostly from PoK, were settled in different parts of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts over a period of time. They do not have the status of permanent residents.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said whosoever is ready to reject violence and help in restoring peace should be engaged in a dialogue to address the Kashmir problem.
At the same time, she said a “conducive atmosphere” needs to be created for a dialogue to take place and the “bunch of people” provoking youth to “gherao and attack” security camps should stop abetting violence.Ms Mufti, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to discuss the future course of action, also emphasised that the format of dialogue should be better than in the past when the central governments had nominated interlocutors and set up working groups.
Eager to meet the April 1 target to roll out the landmark Goods and Services Tax (GST), the government may advance Winter Session of parliament by a fortnight to get supporting legislations passed, leaving sufficient time for implementation of the new indirect tax regime.
Winter Session of parliament is normally convened in the third or fourth week of November but this year the government is looking at starting the month-long session immediately after the end of festive season.An early Winter Session would help get the Central GST (CGST) and Integrated GST (IGST) legislations, that will pave way for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), to be approved within November or latest by early December, government officials said.
In a major electoral reform aimed at protecting the secrecy of votes and shielding voters from potential harassment, the government has decided to discontinue the practice of revealing booth-wise results within constituencies.
Under this initiative, “totaliser machines” will mix the votes polled in different electronic voting machines in individual constituencies, insulating voters from pre-poll intimidation or post-poll victimisation or favouritism based on voting patterns. The proposal has been cleared by the law ministry and amendments will be made to the provisions of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961. This would mean the decision can be put into effect at the earliest as it does not require any amendment to the Representation of the People Act, sources said.