NEWS 30/1/17 INDIA
Seeking reservation in government jobs for the community, members of Jat organisations on Sunday started their agitation in most districts of Haryana.The call for the fresh stir has been given by some Jat outfits, especially those owing allegiance to the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti(AIJASS) headed by Yashpal Malik.Members of the Jat community are staging peaceful dharnas at Ramayan village near the Hisar-Bhiwani railway track, Jolilath village on Sonipat-Gohana road, Jassi village on Rohtak Highway, Rasalwala Chowk in Jhajjar, Umrakheri village near Panipat-Shamli road, Bala village near Assandh road in Karnal, Malik told
The Election Commission has said that it was not feasible to extend alternative voting rights to ‘domestic migrants’ as of now on the lines of service voters or overseas Indians.A report prepared by a committee for the Commission on the issue said since it is difficult for it to track the movement of such migrants, extending them alternative voting rights such as e-ballot is not feasible at present, sources said quoting the document.The Commission is of the view that ‘domestic migrants’ can register themselves as voters in the area they move for employment. The rules, sources in the Commission said, are easy for anyone to register as voter. As per rules, the day a person moves in at a new address, he or she is free to apply as a voter. But such options can be explored when stronger and better data are available on such voters, sources said quoting the report.
Nepal will host in the first week of February the next meetings of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).Eight member states of SAARC have agreed to attend a meeting of the programming committee in Kathmandu to be held on February 1 and 2 while the foreign secretaries of BIMSTEC member-countries will hold a daylong meeting in Kathmandu on February 7.
The Government has sent a stern message to the Central Government departments asking them to respond with utmost priority to the enquiries made on any subject by the Parliamentarians. Minister in-charge of PMO Affairs Jitender Singh has also written to the Ministers of all the departments concerned after some MPs complained to the PMO regarding the delayed response from Government departments to queries sent by them.“The Prime Minister’s Office has been receiving references from some of the MPs that they are not receiving timely acknowledgement and responses from the Ministries/departments in response to their letters. I would be grateful, if you could issue suitable instructions to ensure prompt reply to the letters of the MPs and also like to consider setting up of a mechanism to periodically monitor progress in disposal of references received from the MPs,” Singh said in his communication to the Ministers and Head of the Departments.
The EC took serious exception to RBI’s communication on Friday that it did not think increasing cash withdrawal limit was desirable or possible. “It appears that the RBI had not realised the gravity of the matter,” the EC wrote to the central bank. The possibility of the election watchdog using its power under Article 324 of the Constitution to issue a directive to the RBI to ensure compliance unless the central bank acts soon cannot be ruled out.
Stating that RBI seemed to have dealt with the matter in a cursory manner, the EC communication said, “It is reiterated that it is the constitutional mandate of the ECI to conduct free and fair elections and provide a level playing ground to all candidates. ECI had desired that current limit on cash withdrawal for candidates for the forthcoming elections may be enhanced in order to ensure that candidates are able to defray election expenses up to statutory limits.”
At the last hearing, the Bhiwandi magistrate’s court had granted him a bail after he appeared before it. The court had adjourned the hearing to January 30.
In a bid to give more stress on agriculture, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided to set up weather stations in 660 districts of the country by 2019. In the first phase, the IMD plans to set up the system in 130 districts which have already been shortlisted.The IMD has also tied up with the Ministry of Agriculture to use the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the districts, as weather forecasting observatories.Weather forecasts will be issued four days a week between Monday to Thursday. In the present scenario, country has weather forecasting system in 130 districts which gives forecasts for a cluster of neighbouring districts. Soon this will be diversified and every district will have its own weather forecast.This will further get into the block level, with the department, giving predictions, keeping in mind the rain-fed and non-rain-fed areas to give crop specific advisories.
To plug tax loopholes, the I-T Department will use Big Data analytics to track down evaders by collecting information such as common address, mobile number and e-mail to establish relationship between their multiple PANs.The department, with support from private firms, will analyse the voluminous data available post-demonetisation for checking relationships between PAN holders.
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced that Amma parks and Amma gymnasiums will be set up in rural areas.
“Amma parks would be established in village panchayats at a cost of Rs 100 crore in this financial year. The parks would have good drinking water facility, toilets, play equipment, cement benches. Children, women and senior citizens can spend time in these parks which will also contain green grass,” Jayalalithaa said in the assembly.
A teenager died while 45 others were injured after nearly 35 vehicles rammed into each other amid fog on the Jaipur-Agra National Highway on Sunday.”The accident took place between Bassi and Kanota near Jaipur when one of the vehicle’s driver applied brakes all of a sudden and hit a truck. Due to poor visibility, one after the other vehicles collided,” SHO Kanota Police Station, Gauri Shankar Bohara told PTI.A total of 35 vehicles were involved in the collision. He said the vehicles were coming from Bassi to Jaipur.
Four policemen posted at an important intersection in Lucknow were caught fighting on camera on Sunday morning. Eyewitnesses said the fight was over division of bribes collected from trucks and other vehicles that pass through the area.
NEWS 30/1/17 WORLD
US arms sales to India and China-India border disputes are among the top six “sensitivities” senior Chinese officials have listed for the new Donald Trump administration, Michael Pillsbury, senior adviser to the US president, said in a conversation with TOI here. The US-China relationship in the Trump era will be of critical interest to India, affecting its own grand strategy.
An incredible 1,186 cyclists have set the Guinness World Record for the longest line of moving bicycles after travelling together in a single file line down a highway in Bangladesh.The large-scale event was organised by BDCyclists, a non-profit social community that aims to promote healthy living as well as reduce congestion and pollution in the area by encouraging locals to cycle to work.”We are general people like students, a service holder, a business person having a common goal of staying healthy in this stressful life and ride for recreation, commute, health, and sheer fun – which is a community initiative,” said a spokesperson for the organisation.Participants were required to ride continuously for a minimum of 3.2 kilometres, ensuring that no significant gaps opened up in the enormous chain.
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered at airports across the US to protest the ban announced by President Donald Trump on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, extending solidarity to those affected as chaos and fear gripped individuals trying to enter the country.As news of immigrants, even those holding green cards, being held and banned from flying into the US and entering the country spread, people started gathering at the nation’s airports, holding banners opposing Trump’s action.For hours, the crowds stood outside the arrival terminal of city’s busiest John F Kennedy international airport, raising slogans blasting Trump’s order.
There is a possibility in the future of including Pakistan in the list of countries from where immigration has been banned, a top White House official indicated on Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that Pakistan was under consideration to be put in that category.
“The reason we chose those seven countries was, those were the seven countries that both the Congress and the Obama administration identified as being the seven countries that were most identifiable with dangerous terrorism taking place in their country,” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, told CBS News.
Trump has issued a controversial executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Somalia.Dog lovers, rejoice! Scientists have for the first time developed two new vaccines for canine influenza that may not only protect your furry friends but also keep you safe from the infection.Dogs that have been infected with multiple influenza viruses have the potential to act as “mixing vessels” and generate new flu strains that could infect people, researchers said.Today, veterinarians use vaccines that include inactivated or killed flu virus, but experts say they provide short-term, limited protection.Scientists led by Luis Martinez-Sobrido from University of Rochester in the US created two “live-attenuated” vaccines against H3N8 canine influenza virus, which is currently circulating in dogs in the US.
Dog lovers, rejoice! Scientists have for the first time developed two new vaccines for canine influenza that may not only protect your furry friends but also keep you safe from the infection.Dogs that have been infected with multiple influenza viruses have the potential to act as “mixing vessels” and generate new flu strains that could infect people, researchers said.Today, veterinarians use vaccines that include inactivated or killed flu virus, but experts say they provide short-term, limited protection.Scientists led by Luis Martinez-Sobrido from University of Rochester in the US created two “live-attenuated” vaccines against H3N8 canine influenza virus, which is currently circulating in dogs in the US.
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