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27 July 2016

TM Krishna, Bezwada Wilson Win Ramon Magsaysay Award
Manila: July 27, 2016
Karnataka-born Bezwada Wilson, a prolific campaigner for eradication of manual scavenging in India, and Carnatic singer T M Krishna from Chennai, were chosen for the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2016 on Wednesday. Apart from the two Indians, four others have been selected for the award — Conchita Carpio-Morales of the Philippines, Dompet Dhuafa of Indonesia, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and 'Vientiane Rescue' of Laos.
Wilson, the national convener of the Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA), has been named as an awardee for "asserting the inalienable right to a life of human dignity", while Krishna was chosen for the award under the 'Emergent Leadership' category for bringing "social inclusiveness in culture".
"Manual scavenging is blight on humanity in India. Consigned by structural inequality to the dalits, India's 'untouchables', manual scavenging is the work of removing by hand human excrement from dry latrines and carrying on the head the baskets of excrement to designated disposal sites," states Wilson's citation.
"A hereditary occupation, manual scavenging involves 1,80,000 dalit households cleaning the 7,90,000 public and private dry latrines across India; 98 per cent of scavengers are meagerly paid women and girls. While the Constitution and other laws prohibit dry latrines and the employment of manual scavengers, these have not been strictly enforced since government itself is the biggest violator," the citation read.
Fifty-year-old Wilson, born into a dalit family involved in manual scavenging in Kolar Gold Fields township in Karnataka, was the first in his family to pursue a higher education. "Treated as an outcast in school and acutely aware of his family's lot, Wilson was filled with great anger; but he would later channel this anger to a crusade to eradicate manual scavenging," the citation said. Wilson has spent 32 years on his "crusade, leading not only with a sense of moral outrage but also with remarkable skills in mass organising, and working within India's complex legal system."
"In electing Bezwada Wilson to receive the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognises his moral energy and prodigious skill in leading a grassroots movement to eradicate the degrading servitude of manual scavenging in India, reclaiming for the dalits the human dignity that is their natural birthright," the citation said.
The other Indian awardee, 40-year-old Krishna has been hailed in the citation as "showing that music can indeed be a deeply transformative force in personal lives and society itself."
Krishna, born to a privileged, Brahmin family in Chennai, was trained from the age of six in the aristocratic Carnatic music, under masters of the form. "Though he earned a degree in economics, Krishna chose to be an artist and quickly rose to become a highly-admired concert performer of Carnatic classical music," his citation said.
"An ancient vocal and instrumental musical system, Carnatic music started centuries ago in temples and courts but was subsequently 'classicised' to become the almost exclusive cultural preserve of the Brahmin caste — performed, organised, and enjoyed by the elite who have access to it," the citation said.
"While grateful for how Carnatic music has shaped his artistry, Krishna would question the social basis of his art. He saw that his was a caste-dominated art that fostered an unjust, hierarchic order by effectively excluding the lower classes from sharing in a vital part of India's cultural legacy," it said.
During the period 2011-2013, Krishna brought his passion and artistry to war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka, the first Carnatic musician to tour that region in three decades, and launched two festivals to promote "culture retrieval and revival" in that country.
"While much of his work is still ahead of him, he is embarked on an important path. Krishna is resolved to break barriers of caste, class or creed by democratising music, cultivating thought-processes and sensibilities that unite people rather than divide them," the citation said. "In electing Thodur Madabusi Krishna to receive the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, the board of trustees recognises his forceful commitment as artist and advocate to art's power to heal India's deep social divisions, breaking barriers of caste and class to unleash what music has to offer not just for some but for all," it said.
Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is considered Asia's highest honour. It celebrates the memory and leadership example of the third Philippine President after whom the award is named, and is given every year to individuals or organisations in Asia who manifest the same selfless service and transformative influence that ruled the life of the late and beloved Filipino leader.

Japan knifing suspect had said he was willing to kill disabled: Official
Tokyo, July 26, 2016
The suspect in a fatal stabbing spree in Japan on Tuesday had been hospitalised early this year after expressing a willingness to kill disabled people if the government approved, a city official said.
Police in the town of Tsukui near Tokyo contacted the suspect, Satoshi Uematsu, and he was involuntarily committed to hospital on Feb. 19 after he had tried to present a letter to the speaker of the lower house of Japan's parliament, said an official from nearby Sagamihara city who declined to be named.
Uematsu told police he would kill many severely disabled people if the national government approved such an action, the official told Reuters by phone. He was discharged on March 2 after a doctor deemed his condition had improved, the official said.
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Nineteen people were stabbed and killed in their sleep and at least 25 wounded at a facility for the disabled in Sagamihara in the early hours of Tuesday.

In landmark verdict, Supreme Court allows rape survivor to terminate 24-week pregnancy
New Delhi, July 25, 2016
In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court today allowed a rape survivor to terminate her 24-week pregnancy due to an abnormal foetus. The law prohibits termination beyond 20 weeks.
Citing the report submitted by a Mumbai-based hospital's medical board, the apex court said the continuance of pregnancy would gravely endanger the life of the mother.
The alleged rape survivor had challenged the constitutional validity of the provisions of the abortion law which prohibits termination of pregnancy after 20 weeks even if there is a fatal risk to the mother and the foetus.
In her petition, the woman had alleged that she was raped by her former fiance on the false promise of marriage and became pregnant and sought a direction to quash the section of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 to the extent that it puts a ceiling of 20 weeks for an abortion.
The woman's plea contended that the ceiling is unreasonable, arbitrary, harsh, discriminatory and violative of the right to life and equality.
Entering her plea, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice JS Khehar asked the medical board to examine the woman at King Edward Memorial College and Hospital at Mumbai and submit its report by Monday.

Munich shooting: 10 dead, sole shooter might have shot himself dead
Munich, July 23, 2016 

The death toll has reached 10, with 9 victims and 1 suspected gunman dead. Officials believe that he was the sole gunman who shot himself to death about a km from the mall.
Munich police have confirmed shots fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre and said they've not got reports of shooting at any other place. The Munich Police also requested people not to speculate and said "that would help us a lot" in a tweet. Munich Police's official Twitter handle has been tweeting in four different languages - German, French, Turkish and English.
Munich police have confirmed shots fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre and said they've not got reports of shooting at any other place. The Munich Police also requested people not to speculate and said "that would help us a lot" in a tweet. Munich Police's official Twitter handle has been tweeting in four different languages - German, French, Turkish and English.
According to a report by Reuters, the man found dead near the scene of a bloody shooting at a Munich shopping centre shot himself in the head and was likely the sole shooter in the attack, a spokesman for the Munich police said.
The gunman was an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had both German and Iranian citizenship, Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae said today.
10 people have died, including the suspected gunman.
Earlier the police suspected 3 gunmen but evidences point at a sole gunman activity.
Authorities have evacuated people from the Olympia mall.
Munich's daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper says city's transit system was shut down following the incident.
On Facebook, Munich police asking people to remain in their homes or seek shelter in nearby buildings.
Munich police asking people to refrain from posting pictures of police on scene of attack.
Munich police believes that there was only 1 gunman who shot himself to death about a km from the mall.
Munich police spokesman has ruled out any indication of Islamic terror attack.
TV images showed dozens of emergency vehicles outside the mall.
Munich transport authorities said they have halted several bus, train and tram lines.
Motive still unclear behind the shooting, say Munich police.
According to an AFP report, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will convene a security council meet to address the shooting.
The shopping centre is next to the Munich Olympic stadium, where a Palestinian militant group Black September took 11 Israeli athletes hostage and eventually killed them during the 1972 Olympic Games.
UK foreign ministry updates travel advice on Germany after attack in Munich shopping centre, urges Britons to avoid area and follow advice of local authorities.
"Many shots were fired," an employee inside the Munich shopping centre has told the Reuters news agency.
The gunfire began inside a McDonald's restaurant at the mall, said public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk.

BSP Leader Announces Reward of Rs 50 Lakh for Dayashankar's Tongue
New Dehli, 21 july 2016
The Bahujan Samaj Party is leaving no stone unturned in its attack on the expelled Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dayashankar Singh over his 'prostitute' remark against Mayawati. The BSP's Chandigarh chief has announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh to a person who gets her Singh's tongue.
BSP Chandigarh chief Jannat Jahan said will give reward of Rs 50 lakh to person who gets Dayashankar's tongue.
Earlier in the day, thousands of BSP workers stepped up protests against Singh in Lucknow for comparing their party chief Mayawati to a prostitute.
Angry BSP workers protested in front of the Ambedkar statue at Hazratganj in Lucknow demanding Singh's arrest for the derogatory remarks. Party workers also broke police barricades and shouted slogans against the BJP while burning Singh's effigies.
The Uttar Pradesh Police also raided the residence of Singh but he is not traceable.
In derogatory remarks against Mayawati on Wednesday, Singh had said, "Mayawati is breaking the dream of Kanshi Ram into pieces. Mayawati is selling tickets like a prostitute."
"Mayawati gives tickets for Rs 1 crore and if there is someone who can give Rs 2 crore than she sells it for Rs 2 crore within an hour. If someone is ready to give Rs 3 crore by the evening, she gives the ticket to him. She is even worse than a prostitute," he said.

Republicans Formally Nominate Donald Trump For US Presidency

Donald Trump was formally nominated for the presidency by Republican delegates here on Tuesday night, a landmark moment in American political history that capped the business mogul's surprising conquest of the GOP.

Trump formally reached the threshold of 1,237 delegates at 7:12 p.m. Eastern time, with votes cast by delegates from his home state of New York.

Trump's clinching votes were cast by his own son, Donald Trump Jr., who spoke for the New York delegation.

"It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight," he said. "Congratulations, Dad, we love you!"

The convention then broke into applause, as a band played Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York," with the jumbotron in the Quicken Loans Arena displaying the words "Over the Top".

The political drama had long ago drained out of this day, after Trump's primary victories had erased the prospect of a contested convention - and after Trump's allies had squelched "Never Trump" delegates' efforts to disrupt the convention itself.

But it was still a remarkable moment. A little more than a year before, Trump had seemed like an afterthought: a reality-TV star with no political experience, facing a deep field that included more than 10 current and former Republican officeholders.

But Trump had a message that defied GOP tradition on trade, and defied the party's own advice to make inroads with Hispanics: He called for ripping up U.S. trade deals, building a wall on the border with Mexico, and deporting undocumented immigrants en masse. There was only one Trump in the race.
And now, there is only Trump.

Anti-Trump delegates have said they plan to try to hold up Trump's nomination by walking out, and trying to deny Trump a sufficient number of votes. But that effort - like the "Never Trump" movement's other last-ditch efforts this week - failed.

Trump's name was formally entered into nomination by an early backer, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Ala. His nomination was then seconded by two of the elected officials who were first to endorse the mogul's unlikely candidacy.

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., the first House member to endorse Trump, called him "not merely a candidate. Donald Trump is a movement."

Then South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMasters, R,) gave a speech that veered from unbridled happiness about Trump to deep pessimism about the state of the country Trump wants to lead.

"Weakness, decline, and ultimately, chaos and oblivion. We feel an eerie unease," McMaster said, describing the state of the nation under President Obama. "But, ladies and gentlemen, that is about to change."

Later in the evening, delegates are expected to nominate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as Trump's running mate. There will also be speeches by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and two of Trump's children.

The speakers will also include the president of a waterproofing company in the Bronx, Andy Wist. Wist, who has little political experience, will speak on an evening dedicated to economic themes, under the title, "Make America Work Again."

All of those speakers will hope to reset and refocus the GOP convention after a lackluster first night on Monday. On that night, Trump counterprogrammed his own convention, by callling in to Fox News and preempting an emotional speech by a woman whose son was killed in the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. A speech by rising GOP star Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) was pushed too late for prime-time TV, and given to a largely empty arena.

And a speech by Trump's wife Melania turned out to contain passages very similar to passages in the 2008 convention speech by Michelle Obama.

Charges that Melania Trump had plagiarized cast a shadow over Trump and his campaign on the second day of the convention here in Cleveland, where Republicans are making the case to a skeptical country that the celebrity billionaire -the most unconventional and impulsive major-party standard-bearer in modern history - could be a credible and steadfast leader at a time of terrorist threats abroad and senseless tragedies at home.

Trump's campaign and allies rushed to defend Melania Trump on Tuesday morning, even as other Republicans worried that the fresh controversy would eclipse Tuesday's emphasis at the convention on Trump's economic message.
Melania Trump had previously indicated that she wrote the speech herself.

On Tuesday morning, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort denied that there had been any plagiarism, despite clear similarities between the two speeches. Some parts of the speeches appeared to be the same, word for word. He made the rounds of an empty arena Tuesday morning, going between television sets on the convention floor as he made his case, looking tired and insisting that the plagiarism was being overstated and overplayed.

"There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech. These were common words and values that she cares about, her family, things like that," Manafort said on CNN's "New Day" Tuesday morning. "She was speaking in front of 35 million people last night, she knew that, to think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama's words is crazy."

He added that he does not believe "Trump feels that there's anything to fire someone about" during an interview on CBS.
Elsewhere within the Republican establishment, however, reaction was starkly different.

"Talking to operatives here, the mood is something between grim resignation and the Donner Party," said veteran GOP consultant Mike Murphy on Tuesday morning.

Roger Stone, a Trump friend, called the speech very "effective" and "good." He said he didn't know who wrote the speech or was responsible for what he called the "alleged plagiarism."
Stone said he had not spoken to Trump or Manafort yet Tuesday, but intended to speak with the latter sometime later in the day.

Asked whether someone should be fired or reprimanded for the speech, Stone said: "Not for me to say other than this is really bad staff work."

Stone added that the campaign is still going through growing pains, an indirect jab at Lewandowski.

"Sadly, the campaign lost several months under the wrong leadership, and they are still in the recruitment phase," said Stone. "They're not even at full strength and they need to be."
Still other were optimistic that the controversy would blow over soon.

Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour called the controversy a "nothingburger" during an interview with The Washington Post. The former Republican National Committee chairman defended Melania Trump and said that the speech appeared heartfelt. "If I took the 10 most significant things that happened last night, I would not include this in the list," he said.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry said during a brief interview in Cleveland that he believes the controversy is being overblown and will soon pass.

"I think that in a 24/7 news cycle, you all have to have something to talk about," Perry said when asked about the controversy. "My bet is . . . this will be gone probably by mid-afternoon. There will be something said on the stage that is probably more interesting for you."

60 Killed In Turkey Coup Attempt; President Erdogan Says He Is In Charge
ISTANBUL: 16 july 2016
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the nation Saturday that his government is in charge after a coup attempt brought a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the capital that left dozens dead and at least 150 people wounded.

Government officials said the coup appeared to have failed as Turks took to the streets overnight to confront troops attempting to take over the country. However, the sounds of huge blasts, including at least one bomb that hit the parliament complex, continued to echo across the capital, Ankara, and Istanbul throughout the morning.

Addressing crowds outside Istanbul Ataturk Airport on Saturday morning, Erdogan told a crowd assembled there: "They have pointed the people's guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people, is in charge. They won't succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything."

Earlier, Erdogan said the government was arresting coup supporters in the military and warned "they will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey," according to a transcript of his remarks provided by his office. "Those who stain the military's reputation must leave. The process has started today, and it will continue just as we fight other terrorist groups."

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency, said more than 120 arrests were made and has called all legislators for an emergency meeting Saturday.

Erdogan, who said his general secretary had been abducted by the coup plotters, flew into Ataturk airport early Saturday and was greeted by large crowds. Hours earlier, as the coup attempt got underway, his office declined to say where he was, and he was forced to give an interview over FaceTime to a television station.

The chaos capped a period of political turmoil in Turkey which critics blamed on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule, which has included a government shake-up, a crackdown on dissidents and opposition media and renewed conflict in the mainly Kurdish areas of the southeast.

Turkey, a NATO member, is a key partner in U.S.-led efforts to defeat the Islamic State group, and has allowed American jets to use its Incirlik air base to fly missions against the extremists in nearby Syria and Iraq. A coup against the democratically elected government could make it difficult for the United States to continue to cooperate with Turkey.

U.S. President Barack Obama urged all sides in Turkey to support the democratically elected government. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and called for respect for democracy.

The coup attempt began late Friday, with a statement from the military saying it had seized control "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for law and order to be reinstated."

Fighter jets buzzed overhead, gunfire erupted outside military headquarters and vehicles blocked two major bridges in Istanbul. Soldiers backed by tanks blocked entry to Istanbul's airport for a couple of hours before being overtaken by pro-government crowds carrying Turkish flags, according to footage broadcast by the Dogan news agency.

But the military did not appear unified, with top commanders taking to television to condemn the action and order troops back to their barracks.

"Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this," Gen. Zekai Aksakalli, the commander of the military special forces, told the private NTV television by telephone.

Fighter jets under the control of loyalist forces were flying over the capital to strike at helicopters flown by coup supporters, the Anadolu news agency said. NTV reported that one helicopter was shot down. Gunfire and explosions rang out.

Erdogan called on Turks to take to the streets across the country, and many did, marching through the streets of Izmir and Istanbul, waving Turkish flags and gathering in the main square in Ankara. The Dogan news agency reported that soldiers fired on a group of people trying to cross the Bosporus bridge to protest the attempted coup, and that some people have been hurt. TV footage showed people running for cover amid gunfire.

Troops also fired in the air to disperse a growing crowd of government supporters at the Taksim monument in Istanbul as military helicopters flew overhead. A nearby mosque made an anti-coup announcement over its loudspeakers. Several blasts and the screech of fighter jets were heard in central Istanbul as dawn approached.

At least 42 people were killed in the capital, NTV quoted the prosecutor's office as saying. Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman said a bomb hit one corner of a public relations building inside the parliament complex, injuring some police officers.

In Istanbul, an official at Haydarpasa Numune Hospital said at least 150 people were admitted with wounds but would not comment on whether there were fatalities. NTV reported six dead had been brought to that hospital. An official at Istanbul's Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital said they had also received dead and wounded. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to comment publicly.

In his TV address, Erdogan blamed the attack on supporters of Fethullah Gulen.

Erdogan has long accused the cleric and his supporters of attempting to overthrow the government. The cleric lives in exile in Pennsylvania and promotes a philosophy that blends a mystical form of Islam with staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue.

By Saturday morning, a top Turkish official said the coup attempt appeared to have been repelled. The senior official told The Associated Press that all government officials were in charge of their offices. The official requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

As the crisis unfolded, there were reports that access to popular social media sites like Twitter and Facebook had been blocked within the country. Facebook declined comment, but Twitter said it suspected "intentional" interference with its service.

80 Killed As Truck Ploughs Through Crowd In Nice; Terrorist Act, Says France

NICE, FRANCE: 15 july 2016

A truck smashed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 80 people in what President Francois Hollande on Friday called a "terrorist" attack on revellers enjoying a Bastille Day fireworks display. (Pictures)

The driver was shot dead after barrelling the truck two kilometres (1.3 miles) through the festive crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies.

Authorities said they found identity papers belonging to a 31-year-old French-Tunisian citizen in the truck, as well as "guns" and "larger weapons".

The attack was of an "undeniable terrorist nature," a sombre Hollande said in a televised national address, confirming that several children were among the dead as families came together to celebrate France's national day.

The bloodshed came on Bastille Day, a celebration of everything France holds dear, its secular republic and the values of "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite" (Freedom, Equality, Fraternity).

The attacker struck after a day of military pomp and ceremony in Paris -- where armed forces, tanks and fighter jets swooped down the Champs Elysees avenue -- and spectacular firework displays.

"France was struck on its national day ... the symbol of freedom," said Hollande.

- 'Truck driver fired pistol several times' -

The truck driver who rammed his vehicle into a massive crowd in Nice fired a pistol several times before being shot dead by police, a local official said Friday.

"At the moment that he was shot dead by police, he had fired several times," said president of the region Christian Estrosi.

A source close to the investigation said an "inactive" grenade was found inside the 19-tonne truck, as well as "several fake rifles".

Regional lawmaker Eric Ciotti described "terrifying images, a scene of absolute horror, with many children among the dead".

"Families who were sharing a moment of leisure were targeted. It was a symbolic day in a symbolic place. That... motivated the attack," he said.

At least 80 people were killed in the attack when the truck barrelled into a crowd after a fireworks display for Bastille Day.

People were watching Bastille Day fireworks when the incident took place. (Reuters photo)

A photograph showed the front of the truck riddled with bullet holes and badly damaged, with burst tyres.

A lone doll lay abandoned on the promenade where families celebrated the holiday just hours earlier.

Robert Holloway, an AFP reporter who witnessed the white truck driving at speed into the crowd, described scenes of "absolute chaos".

"We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around. I had to protect my face from flying debris," he said.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters on the scene that the death toll stood at 80, with scores injured including 18 in "critical condition".

On Twitter, people mobilised fast, with citizens offering safe refuge under the hashtag #PortesOuvertesNice (Nice Open Doors).

An account called SOS Nice was set up where desperate pleas for news of missing loved ones went out with pictures of a young girl with braces or a teenager pulling a funny face among those posted.

Some were quickly tracked down, according to relieved tweets.

- 'Horrific terrorist attack' -

The attack is the third major strike against France in less than 18 months and prosecutors said anti-terrorist investigators would handle the probe.

It comes eight months after Islamic State attacks on Paris nightspots left 130 people dead, dealing a hard blow to tourism in one of the world's top destinations.

US President Barack Obama condemned "what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack", although no group had yet claimed responsibility.

Hollande announced he would extend France's state of emergency for three months in the wake of this latest attack and "step up" the government's action against jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

"We will continue striking those who attack us on our own soil," he said, in reference to the Islamic State group.

He also called up army reservists to bolster the country's security services that are stretched to the limit.

France has been under a state of emergency ever since the November 13 Paris carnage, which came after 17 were killed in another attack in January at various sites including the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket..

The truck driver was shot dead by the police. (AFP photo)

ISIS has repeatedly singled out France as a prime target for its military actions against the group in Iraq and Syria, and hundreds of jihadists have left France to go and fight in its ranks.

- 'He crushed a lot of people' -

The Mediterranean city of Nice, with its pebble beaches and clear blue water, has been a magnet for sun-seekers and the jet-set since the 19th century.

A witness named Nader told BFM television he had seen the whole attack from start to finish, and had initially thought the driver had "lost control".

"I was in the street. He stopped just in front of me after he (crushed) a lot of people. I saw a guy in the street, we were trying to speak to the driver to get him to stop.

"He looked nervous. There was a girl under the car, he smashed her. The guy next to me pulled her out," he said in broken English.

Nadr said he saw the driver pull out a gun and start shooting at police.

"They killed him and his head was out the window."

Watch: Moment When Truck Drove Through Crowd In Nice

The Promenade des Anglais was sealed off, crawling with police and ambulances as authorities from the local Alpes-Maritimes prefecture urged residents to stay indoors.

Over the past week, France had been breathing a sigh of relief after successfully hosting the month-long Euro 2016 football championship, which passed off without incident despite fears of attacks.

The tournament brought an all-too-brief burst of joy to a gloomy France, bogged down after the two attacks in 2015, violent anti-government protests, strikes and floods.

European Council President Donald Tusk said: "It's a sad day for France, for Europe, for all of us."

"The subjects of the attack were people celebrating liberty, equality and fraternity."

French Government has set up an emergency crisis number in Nice: +33-8-20-26-06-06
Indian Embassy's Paris helpline: +33-1-40507070



Gujarat polls: BJP, Congress to release manifestos today

Ahmedabad, 3 December. Both the BJP and the Congress are expected to release their respective poll manifestos for the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections today.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jailtley and other leaders will release the BJP’s manifesto in Ahmedabad.
In the poll manifesto, BJP is likely to focus on affordable housing for urban areas and irrigation facilities for agriculture in rural areas. The party is also expected to go aggressive on all completed development projects including the Sardar Sarovar Branch canal.
Meanwhile, senior BJP leader LK Advani today termed Modi as a “role model” of development while appealing to states to imitate him.
“Modi is undertaking great development work in Gujarat. He is a role model for chief ministers of other states on how to rule, govern and take care of even the poorest,” Advani said while addressing election rallies at Kalol and Mansa in Gandhinagar district.
Praising Modi for introducing schemes for tribals and fishermen, Advani said “Prices have risen during the Congress regime while the Union government is facing corruption charges. Scam after scam is being unravelled.”

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Norway child row: Indian couple face jail for scolding son

Oslo, 01  December  : An Indian couple in Norway has been remanded to custody over fear that they will evade prosecution by returning to India, a statement by Oslo Police Department said. 
Chandrashekhar Vallabhaneni and his wife Anupama were arrested by Norway’s police on Monday for chiding their son. 
The couple has been charged with 'gross/repeated maltreatment' of their child by threats, violence/other wrong doing, under Section 219 of Norwegian law, added reports.

The prosecution has reportedly proposed a sentence of 1 year and 3 months for the mother, and 1 year and 6 months for the father of the child. 
The Court of Appeals is in process of hearing the defence's appeal and the judgment will be pronounced in Oslo District Court on December 03. 
Indian authorities are making efforts to seek release of the couple. According to their family, an officer of the Indian embassy met Chandrashekar, who is in police custody, in Oslo on Friday and assured him full assistance. According to information reaching here, the officer collected all the details of the case and spoke to Chandrashekhar, an employee of software giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). 
The couple was arrested nine months after their seven-year-old child Sriram complained to his school teachers that his parents were threatening to send him back to India for wetting his pants. 
Originally hailing from Krishna district in coastal Andhra, Chandrasekhar was sent to Oslo by his company last year to handle a project. The family returned home in July this year. Chandrasekhar again left for Norway on November 23 for work. This time he went only with his wife leaving behind his both sons. A court in Oslo issued summons and later police arrested them. 
Chandrasekhar's parents and other family members here were worried about the couple. They appealed to the state and the central government to intervene to seek their release. 
According to the report, the child welfare authorities took Sriram for a month, but later returned him to his parents. 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy directed Chief Secretary Minni Mathew to get in touch with the officials of the Ministry of External Affairs to seek the release of the couple. 

Manmohan pays homage to Gujral

NEW DELHI, DEC 1: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today paid homage to former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral, remembering him as a “great patriot” and a “great scholar statesman’’.
Gujral’s body has been kept at his 5 Janpath residence here for the public to pay respects. Leaders cutting across party lines also visited his residence to pay their homage. 92-year-old Gujral died at a private hospital in nearby Gurgaon after a brief illness yesterday.
The Prime Minister and his wife arrived at his residence this morning and paid floral tributes.
In his message, Singh said: “In the sad demise of Gujral, our country has lost a freedom fighter, a great patriot and a great scholar statesman. I join the nation in expressing our grief and sorrow at the demise of great son of India.” Union Ministers A.K. Antony, Anand Sharma and Farooq Abdullah, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, BJP’s Ananth Kumar and LJP’s Ramvilas Paswan were among others who visited the residence. Gujral will be cremated in Smriti Sthal later in the day.

Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife to take on Modi

AHMEDABAD, 30 November | The Congress on Friday fielded Shweta Bhatt, wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, spicing up the contest for the Maninagar constituency where she will take on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Ms. Bhatt, flanked by her husband who had alleged complicity on the part of Mr. Modi in the 2002 riots, on Friday started a march along with her followers from Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram here and reached the district collectorate office where she filed her nomination papers before returning officer P.K. Jadeja.
A political novice, Ms. Bhatt will face the hard task to uproot BJP strongman Mr. Modi, who had won the 2007 Assembly election by more than 75,000 votes from Maninagar.
“It is not a fight between equals, I agree...but I am fully confident that I am going with a true heart to say the truth, so people will support me... I don’t have false promises to make,” Shweta told reporters in reply to a question on unequal contest between her and Gujarat CM.
“I have chosen to fight because they had implicated my husband in a very bad way. Me and my family were struggling to overcome it. Then I realised, it was not only my family but many other families who were struggling,” Ms. Bhatt said in reply to why she chose to fight elections.
“Democracy is being destroyed in Gujarat, democracy is not visible in the state,” she further said.
“During our fight (against Modi regime) lot of people came to support us from Gujarat and outside the state,” she added. “My fight is for truth, to establish democracy, please support me,” she said.
In reply to a question on BJP’s allegations of Sanjiv Bhatt being used as a pawn by the Congress party, Ms. Bhatt said, “I had decided earlier that I will contest independently (against Modi)... but now the Congress has given me an opportunity so I am fighting on their ticket,” she said.

 Trinamool's no-confidence motion rejected by Lok Sabha Speaker

New Delhi, 22 November: 12.56 pm: BJD supports TMC's no confidence motion.
12.52 pm: The BJP on Thursday said that the TMC should have agreed for discussion under 184 first. "Later we would have supported TMC on no-trust," the party said.
12.44 pm: BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Sharad Yadav is an important part of NDA. I won't comment on what he has said. I would only reiterate what the NDA resolved, that we demand discussion under Rule 184."
12.40 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm.
12.38 pm: BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said, "I want to bring to your notice that the parliament has been insulted. I want to remind that the then Finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee gave a statement in the parliament on Decemeber 7, 2011. He said that other parties and leaders will be kept in confidence before going in for FDI. I regret that the statement the former finance minister made, the government has approved 51 per cent of FDI. We should be given an opportunity to express our views under rule 184. Under rule 184 there should be a discussion on FDI in the parliament."
12.36 pm: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar rejects no-confidence motion against the government.
12.35 pm: TMC moves no-confidence against UPA government.
12.33 pm: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said, "I have receieved notices of adjournment motions on FDI. The matter is under my consideration. I have disallowed the notices of adjournment motion."
12.30 pm: Lok Sabha resumes.
12.22 pm: BSP Chief Mayawati said, "We had sought SC/ST quota bill. In Lok Sabha, we will raise deteriorating law and order situation in UP. Centre should impose President's rule in UP."
12.21 pm: Congress leader Harish Rawat said, "The Speaker decides under which rule a discussion takes place. We have to abide by what the speaker says. Most important is the House should function.The Opposition parties have to decide which issue is more important for them."
12.15 pm: On the issue of FDI in retail, Samajwadi Party MP Ramgopal Yadav said that his party was ready for discussion under any rule.
12.11 pm: BJP leader Shanawaz Hussain said, "Some parties did not let the Leader of Opposition speak. MPs who stormed in to the well were UPA allies. BJP wants the House to function. We do not want Parliament's time to get wasted. SP, BSP should have supported the demand for discussion on FDI in retail."
12.09 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12:30 pm.
12.06 pm: BJP leader Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha talks about statement of Pranab Mukherjee made on December 7, 2011 as the Finance Minister on FDI.
12.05 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till Friday over SC/ST quota bill.
11.58 am: BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said, "Voting is important in a democracy. When deciding on such an important matter, you should have majority. Where is the consensus? You did not consult anyone. We are ready for the discussion."
11.55 am: JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Thursday appealed Mulayam Singh and Mayawati that they should let the House function. "BSP and SP disrupted the two Houses. We have all given notices. Let there be a discussion in Parliament. Let there be a discussion on FDI under any motion, be it rule 184 or 193. Business advisory committee or Parliament can decide," he said.
11.45 am: Congress leader Manish Tewari said, "Discussion will only happen when they (Opposition) will let the House function."
11.30 am: Left leader Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said that the government has not consulted any party on the issue of FDI in retail. "The government is unilaterally implementing it which is against the interest of the country. Parliament's opinion must remain supreme," he said.
11.26 am: Rajya Sabha has also been adjourned till 12 noon after an uproar over SC/ST quota.
11.25 am: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 after uproar over FDI in retail.
11.18 am: Rajya Sabha pays tribute to Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray. There was a slight slogan shouting on "Bala Saheb amar rahein (Long live Balasageb)".
11.08 am: President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijeet Mukherjee takes oath as an MP in Lok Sabha.
10.58 am: BJP leader Balbir Punj said, "The Prime Minister is dishonest when he says he want cooperation of all political parties. The government breached assurance when then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee gave statement that any decision on FDI in retail will be taken only after taking all on board. Now there is a trust deficit, therefore his announcement on cooperation is absolutely meaningless. Only the ruling party can not decide the rules under which the discussion can take place."
On TMC's no-confidence motion, he said, "TMC must understand it's a game of numbers. It's only on the issue of FDI in retail there is maximum opinion against the government in Parliament. It will be better to corner the government under relevant rules on this issue."
10.56 am: Telangana MPs protest outside Parliament demanding that the government should abide by its decision on Telangana.
10.55 am: The BJP gives notice for suspension of the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.
10.45 am: TMC MPs protest in front of the Gandhi statue saying that they don't have a Parliament party office within the House. "We have no room," they say.
10.40 am: TMC hands over notice for no-confidence motion to the Speaker's office.
10.36 am: BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, "BJP wants discussion on FDI under Rule 184. Not only opposition, but even UPA's allies want the same. Government should stop being stubborn and agree for the discussion."
10.33 am: Government doesn't allow voting on issues which are not legislative, said Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit. "BJP also didn't allow discussion under 184 on the Gujarat riots, when we wanted it. There is a precedence of BJP itself. Let's discuss all issues. Parliament is a forum for discussion," he said.
On TMC's no-confidence motion, he said, "Let them get 50 MPs that required. We welcome it. It will give us an opportunity to talk about our government."
10.25 am: The Left has given notice for suspension of Question Hour in Lok Sabha to discuss FDI.
10.20 am: Basudeb Acharya, CPI-M, said, "We don't support TMC's no-confidence motion. They don't have the numbers."
10.15 am: The BSP is likely to push for SC/ST Quota Bill in Parliament on Thursday.
10.05 am: Prime Minister Mnamohan Singh said that those in Opposition and government must work together. "Our parliament has a very legislative this winter session. I see cooperation from our colleagues from both houses. We are ready to discuss all issues on the floor of both houses," he said.
"We need to create new jobs, provide healthy environment for investment. Our country faces many economic problems arising from global economic problems. Our Parliament has a very heavy Legislative agenda during the Winter Session. I seek cooperation from my colleagues in the House. We need to create new jobs on a large enough scale to provide gainful employment to our youth," the Prime Minister said.
10.03 am: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives in Parliament.
9.55 am: Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj gives notice under 184 for discussion and voting on FDI.
9.50 am: Congress leader Kamal Nath on Thursday said that the Opposition can't decide date, time of decisions of Parliament. "Speaker will decide whether FDI should be discussed under 193 or 184," he said.
9.45 am: Samajwadi party parliamentary board meeting at 10 am in Parliament.
9.40 am: TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyay will issue the notice of no-confidence motion by 10 am on on Wednesday the behalf of the party.
In a major boost for the UPA government as it gets ready for the Winter Session of Parliament that begins on Thursday, CNN-IBN has learnt from government sources that BSP chief Mayawati has asked her 21 MPs not to side with the Opposition on the FDI in retail issue. Mayawati reportedly took the decision late on Wednesday night.
The opposition has been planning to corner the government over FDI in retail. The government has been claiming it has the numbers. Maya's reported move comes hours before Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress brings a no-confidence motion against the government. It promises to be a stormy session.
The coalgate stand-off washed out the Monsooon session of Parliament. As the MPs meet for 20 sittings of the winter session, signs that it too could go the same route have been looming large. The anxiety in the government camp is apparent.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said, "Parliament belongs to all parties. We will truly work for convergence so we can get out of this mould of disruptions for the past three sessions."
On the government's agenda are 25 bills for consideration. 10 bills have been listed to be introduced. The opposition wants debate on a host of issues from hike in diesel prices, to LPG caps, but topping the agenda chart is the FDI in multi-brand retail.
So, far Mamata's no-confidence motion has found no takers. She may have reached out to the Left Front and the Opposition to topple the UPA 2, but both have indicated that a debate and voting in the house on FDI are better as this would also ensure a consensus among the non-Congress parties and a no-confidence option shouldn't be exhausted at this stage.
Now the fate of this session largely depends upon the government's strategy whether it would allow what it calls is a legislative interference to an executive decision. And what the two UP parties, BSP and SP, who have bailed out the government on several occasions do.


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