31 August 2016
Delhi, Gurgaon Rained in; Traffic Snarls, Massive Waterlogging in Capital
New Delhi: 31 August 2016
Delhi and adjoining areas woke up to heavy rain and thunderstorm on Wednesday morning. Heavy rain across the national capital region has caused traffic snarls and affected transport networks.
The MET department has said that the NCR region is experiencing moderate thunderstorms which will continue for the next few days.
Roads leading to Gurgaon from Vasant Kunj area are completely jammed due to the rains. More jams are also expected across the capital.
Flight operations have also taken a hit with due to bad weather. Indigo has tweeted that to & fro flights have been affected and delays are expected.
Yogeshwar Dutt's London Olympic Bronze May Be Upgraded to Silver
New Delhi: 30 August 2016
Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt's bronze medal from the London Olympics may be upgraded to silver amid reports that the silver medallist from the 2012 Games-- deceased Besik Kudukhov of Russia--has been stripped off his medal for using banned substance.
As per Russian agency, flowrestling.org, the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Kudukhov, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, has been found positive for dope test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
As a result, Yogeshwar, who had bagged a bronze medal in men's 60kg freestyle category in London Games, may move up from bronze to silver and join Sushil Kumar as another silver medallist from the 2012 Olympics.
However, the official confirmation will have to come from the United World Wrestling (UWW) and the International Olympic Committee.
On whether and when Yogeshwar, who had bowed out in the first round of men's 65kg freestyle at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games, would be handed a silver medal will be confirmed only when the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) gets it in writing from the World body (UWW).
Pakistan embarrassed as Baloch activists in Germany chant anti-Pakistan, pro-Modi slogans
NEW DELHI:Neelakantan Aug 28, Even as Pakistan has begun to internationalize its Kashmir campaign+ , the country was hugely embarrassed after dozens of exiled Baloch activists in Germany came out on Saturday to chant anti-Pakistan protests and to laud Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his stirring call to end atrocities in the beleaguered province, Times Now reported.
Many of the Baloch activists were flying the Indian flag and shouting pro-Modi slogans at a rally they held in the town of Leipzig, Times Now reported. This protest came even as Nawaz Sharif announced that he has appointed a 22 MP 'K' squad to tour the world with a Kashmir agenda.
"We respect PM Modi, are thankful to him. Unlike Pakistan he treats us with humanity," one protester Hooran Baloch said, according to Times Now . He added that Pakistan has again launched search operations in areas where Balochis live, and taken away "our brothers".
Two weeks ago, in what is being seen a a big strategic shift, PM Modi began to call out Pakistan for its so-called hypocrisy in commenting about Kashmir even as it continues to oppress people within its borders. And now, Baloch activists in Pakistan and those forced into exile abroad are rallying around Modi's stirring speeches against Pakistan's atrocities in the Balochistan province and in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
"We want freedom", ''Free Balochistan'', "Balochistan Zindabad' and "Go ahead Modi" were some of the slogans raised during the Leipzig rally, ANI reported. "We are fighting for our nation. How many people will you kill? We believe in humanity, there is nothing higher than that to us," Hooran Baloch said. "Our protest is for the people of Balochistan and for the human rights violation happening in Pakistan+ by the Pakistani state," said another protester.
"The time has come when Pakistan shall have to answer to the world for the atrocities committed by it against people in Balochistan and PoK," PM Modi said at an all-party meet in the second week of August. He bolstered his comments by again referring to the issue during his Independence Day Speech+ August 15.
The PM in his speech said that the Baloch people in Pakistan have thanked him+ for his firm stand against terror and for highlighting attacks against them by people within Pakistan.
"Baloch nation hopes that the United States and Europe will join Prime Minister Modi and hold Pakistan accountable for the crimes against humanity and the war crimes it has committed against the Baloch nation in 68 years of its occupation of Balochistan and during the five wars that the Baloch nation has fought with Pakistan to win its national freedom," said Khalil Baloch, chairman of the Baloch National Movement, a day after the PM's speech.
Pakistan army committing 'tsunami of rights violations' in Balochistan: Brahumdagh Bugti
WASHINGTON:27 August 2016
Pakistani forces are engaged in a "tsunami of human rights violations+ " in Balochistan+ , a top Baloch leader alleged on Friday as he sought the help of the international community including India in the Baloch nationalist movement.
Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party and the grandson of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti who was killed in an encounter with the Pakistani army 10 years ago, also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for recently raising concern over the situation in Balochistan.
"Pak forces are engaged in tsunami of human rights violations. We do not want to live with Pakistan anymore," said Switzerland-based Bugti as he demanded a referendum of Baloch people under the supervision of the United Nations.
Speaking over phone from Switzerland where he had gone for a commemorative event to pay homage to his grandfather, Bugti urged the international community, including the US, NATO countries, Israel and India, to help them fight their cause including political and military.
He said he is ready for a dialogue with the Pakistani government but insisted that there is no going back on freedom movement.
Balochistan, of the size of France, is Pakistan's largest province which has been under 'illegal Pakistani occupation for the last seven decades', he said.
Bugti said Modi's recent remarks during his Independence Day is the "most powerful statement" in the last seven decades.
"It is for the first time that an Indian Prime Minister has spoken. We believe that India should have taken this step a long time ago," he said, adding that he is convinced about Balochistan freedom.
"I am thoroughly indebted to Prime Minister Modi. I thank Prime Minister Modi for speaking raising the voice of Baloch people in his Independence Day address+ ," he said and alleged that Pakistani crime against people are a shocker to the global community.
Use of aerial bombardment, use of gases have become routine, he claimed and added that Balochistan is the world capital of missing people.
"We are political people. We want to solve this with peaceful means. But there is no way we are going to be part of the Pakistan any more. We want freedom of Pakistan. We are not fools to try our luck again and again with Pakistan. We are ready to negotiate through peaceful means," Bugti said.
Stating that his immediate course of action would be to create awareness in the international community, Bugti, at the same time, also called for military assistance to the Baloch freedom struggle.
"So far we have never received any support from any international countries including India. We want to request India and other countries to help Balochistan. It is genocide of (the) Baloch (people) in Pakistan going on," he said.
Rajnath to Hold Talks With Civil Society Groups, Curfew Continues in Kashmir
Srinagar:August 25, Curfew and separatist shutdown continued in Kashmir on Thursday for the 48th consecutive day as the death toll in the ongoing unrest rose to 66. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a two-day visit to review the security situation in the Valley, will meet members of the civil society on Thursday.
Amid tight security, Singh drove through the tense city roads dotted with para-military forces who ensured he did not have to face any protesters.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will also address the media and will talk about the ongoing unrest in the Valley since July 9.
"Violence has not changed anything in Kashmir but only brought miseries and bloodshed to the state. Unfortunately, some sections of the youth resorting to violence are impeding the resolution process instead of facilitating it," she said at an event.
She said violence has changed nothing on political spectrum of Jammu and Kashmir, but brought mayhem, miseries, economic disaster, academic breakdown and social disorder to the state. Curfew is in force in five police station areas of downtown city and Batamaloo and Maisuma areas in uptown, a police official said. In south Kashmir, curfew was imposed in Pulwama district while it continued in Anantnag town as well today to maintain law and order.Curfew was imposed in Pulwama in view of killing of a youth in security forces action in the district on Wednesday during clashes.
Shops, private offices, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport continued to be off roads.
The attendance in government offices and banks was also affected, the official said.
Mobile Internet also continued to remain suspended in the entire Valley, where the outgoing facility on prepaid mobiles remained barred.
The separatist camp, which is spearheading the agitation in the Valley over the civilian killings during the protests against Wani's killing, have extended the strike call in the Valley till September 1.
Over 20,000 pages of classified data on India's Scorpene submarine leaked, says report
Sydney, August 24, 2016
The French shipbuilder which earlier this year won a A$50 billion ($38.06 billion) contract to build Australia's next generation of submarines has suffered a massive data leak, raising doubts about the security of one of the world's biggest defence projects.
France's DCNS Group beat out Germany's ThyssenKrupp AG and a Japanese-government backed bid by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries , in a blow to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to develop defence export capabilities as part of a more muscular security agenda.
The leak, which was first reported in The Australian on Wednesday, contains more than 22,000 pages outlining the secret combat capability of six submarines that DCNS has designed for the Indian Navy.
The documents cover the Scorpene-class model and do not contain any details of the vessel currently being designed for the Australian fleet.
"As a serious matter pertaining to the Indian Scorpene programme, French national authorities for defence security will formally investigate and determine the exact nature of the leaked documents," a DCNS spokeswoman said in a statement.
"The matters in connection to India have no bearing on the Australian submarine programme which operates under the Australian government's arrangements for the protection of sensitive data."
A spokesman for the French embassy in Canberra declined to comment when reached by Reuters. A spokesman for the Indian High Commission in Canberra also declined to comment.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sought to deflect concerns about the leak, touting the high security standards in Australia, where the submarine will be built. The Australian reported that the leak occurred in France in 2011.
"But clearly, it is a reminder that, particularly in this digital world, cyber security is of critical importance," he told the Seven TV network.
INDIA, MALAYSIA, CHILE TO BEAR THE BRUNT
The breadth of detail in the documents creates a major strategic problem for India, Malaysia and Chile, all of which operate the same submarine, an Australian political source with decades of experience in the global arms industry told Reuters.
Excerpts published in redacted form on the newspaper's website contained highly sensitive details of the submarine including technical manuals and models of the boat's antennae.
"If it's 22,400 pages, it's a major stuff-up," the source said. "It's a huge deal.
"It allows them to understand everything about the submarines. What speeds it can do; how noisy it is; what speeds the mast can be raised at ... all of that is just devastating."
Japan had been seen as early frontrunners for the contract, but its inexperience in global defence deals and an initial reluctance to say it would build in Australia saw it slip behind DCNS and ThyssenKrupp.
Tokyo called the decision "deeply regrettable" and demanded an explanation from Australia of why its bid failed.
The leak comes as Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne announced that she would visit Japan this week for meetings with her Japanese counterpart, Tomomi Inada, the first visit by an Australian defence minister since the winning bid was announced.
Kannada actor-politician Ramya faces sedition charge for 'Pakistan not hell' remarks
New Dehli, 23 August
1Actor-politician Ramya faces sedition charge for her 'Pakistan not hell' remarks.
2Pakistan people are just like us, the 33-year-old Congress leader said.
3The case will be heard on Saturday.
A petition has been filed against actor-politician Ramya at the office of the Judicial Magistrate of First Class Court at Somavarapete in Karnataka's Madikeri, demanding that she should be booked under the sedition law for her comments on Pakistanis.
Referring to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's recent remark "going to Pakistan is like going to hell," the 33-year-old former Congress MP had said, "Pakistan is a good country, not hell. People are just like us. They treated us very well. Manohar Parrikar's comment is not true."
Advocate Vithal Gowda has filed the case against Ramya, apparently "appalled" that she praised a country that India blames for promoting terrorism in India. Ramya had made the statement on August 20.
The case will be heard on Saturday.
PV Sindhu Returns Home to a Rousing Reception
Hyderabad, 22 August : India's Silver Olympian PV Sindhu returned home to a rousing reception on Monday along with her coach Pullela Gopichand after a successful show at Rio.
Several ministers and political leaders greeted the 21-year-old "silvern" shuttler with bouquets, shawls and selfies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad.
Sindhu, who is accompanied by her family members, is heading towards the Gopichand's academy in an open deck double-decker bus of Mumbai's BEST.
Telangana government has announced Rs 5 crore cash reward to Sindhu, a 1,000 square yard housing site near the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Gachibowli and suitable government job, if she is willing.
Telangana government has also announced cash prize of Rs 1 crore to Sindhu's coach P Gopichand.
On August 19, the 21-year-old from Hyderabad lost to world no-1 Carolina Marin of Spain 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a pulsating final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes.
Sindhu, the two-time World championship bronze medallist, became the first Indian woman player to clinch a Silver in the Olympics and fifth woman player from India to win a medal in the quadrennial games.
China blame 'fierce' competition after Rio flop
RIO DE JANEIRO: Aug 21, 2016,China blamed fierce competition for their Rio flop and promised to examine their "shortcomings" after slumping to their worst Olympic performance in 20 years.
China sent 410 athletes, their biggest team at a foreign Olympics, but by the penultimate day they had won just 24 gold medals, their fewest since Atlanta 1996. Worse, China trailed not only the United States but also Britain on the medals table, a fact that has prompted splutterings of indignation in Chinese media.
China topped the table in 2008 and were second in 2004 and 2012, but Chinese Olympic committee chief Liu Peng said rising standards had taken them by surprise. "There are a few problems we cannot overlook. In the Rio Games we didn't win so many medals... we didn't assess objectively the challenges we might face at these Games," said Liu.
"In recent years more countries have attached importance to the Olympic Games, so the level of play internationally has come up and the competition has become fierce. We need to employ a new mentality and new understanding how to improve our performances and ability. We need more experiences and learning."
Liu said inexperience particularly had cost China, whose team was young with three-quarters of them competing at their first Olympics. "We have trained these athletes but the training isn't enough," he said. "Because when these athletes are facing fierce competition and challenges they have to too much to think about and too many mental burdens and they didn't play at their highest level."
But he had warm words for swimmer Fu Yuanhui, whose bubbly personality and frank comments - rare for a Chinese athlete - won hearts at home and abroad. "Her happiness, starting from the bottom of her heart, fully demonstrated her spirit to continue to challenge herself and achieve excellence," said Liu.
"This is something that touched audiences on the very deepest level. Her 'prehistoric strength' as she put it fully demonstrated the modern Chinese athletes: they're confident, they're active and they've fully pushing forward."
Liu also praised China's athletes for competing in the right spirit and not appearing desperate to win at all costs. "We have fully demonstrated our Chinese spirit. We're not arrogant when we win, we don't give up easily and we continue to strive forward," he said.
How Sakshi Malik turned around the match to clinch Bronze at Rio Olympics
Rio de Janeiro: Aug 18, Sakshi Malik brought an end to India’s long wait for a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics, clinching bronze in the Women’s Freestyle 58kg category with a spirited comeback victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan.
The 23-year-old from Rohtak overturned a 0-5 deficit in a hectic second round to script an 8-5 victory in the bronze medal bout at the Carioca Arena 2 on Wednesday.
It was a rousing display of fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude from the Indian.
Sakshi, who had also finished on the podium at the 2015 Asian Championships, created history by becoming the first Indian female wrestler to clinch an Olympic medal.
Aisuluu was clearly the superior wrestler in the totally one-sided opening round, displaying impressive strength and technique to take five points and open up a formidable lead.
But Sakshi -- who has previously shown a knack of staging strong comebacks -- was a totally transformed grappler in the second round, taking eight consecutive points to send the sizable number of Indian fans in the stands into wild delirium.
Read: This is the result of over 10 years of hard work: Sakshi Malik after bronze
The bronze medal bout was off to a hectic start as Aisuluu tried to force the early initiative with an attempted leg hold but Sakshi defended successfully.
The Kyrgyz grappler displayed impressive strength and was more active in the opening stages which forced Sakshi to go on the defensive.
However, the referee invoked the passivity rule against Sakshi which handed the Kyrgyz the first point.
Aisuluu then made a successful takedown to bag another two points. Aisuluu continued to pile on the pressure and bagged another couple of points with another successful tackle to build up a healthy 5-0 lead at the break.
Sakshi made a superb comeback in the second round, turning a defensive position into offensive to bag two points before flipping the Kyrgyz to bag another couple of points.
India's Sakshi Malik, top, competes against Kyrgyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova. (AP Photo)
With the momentum firmly behind her, Sakshi continued to pile on the pressure before drawing level with another two-pointer.
Read: How India celebrated Sakshi Malik’s ‘golden’ bronze at Olympics
With just seconds remaining in the bout, the Indian pulled off another takedown to take the lead and make sure of the win.
Earlier, Sakshi had crashed out of contention for the gold medal after a one-sided 2-9 loss to Valeria in the quarter-finals.
Kaori Icho of Japan won the gold medal in the category while Russia’s Valeria Koblova took the silver.
Eight-time African champion Marwa Amri of Tunisia took home the other bronze medal in the category.
Sakshi’s medal capped another day of heartbreaks for India including an unfortunate injury to Vinesh in the women’s 48kg Freestyle category that forced her out of the competition.
IT Dept Finds Unaccounted Wealth of Rs 130 Crore With AAP MLA
New Delhi:August 9, The Income Tax Department has found unaccounted income and investment worth Rs 130 crore with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kartar Singh Tanwar, sources said on Tuesday.
The department has already seized unaccounted cash and jewellery of nearly Rs 1 crore from Tanwar and his brother. Tanwar has been questioned by the Income Tax Department twice in the recent past after the raid. Reacting to the raids, Tanwar alleged it was a political witch-hunt by the BJP-led Central government. Tanwar was a BJP leader before he joined AAP in 2014. Sources in the IT department said the recent raid revealed that transactions for buying farm houses in Chattarpur and Ghitorni were being done in cash by Tanwar and his associates.
The sources in the IT department added that Tanwar was not paying stamp duty and registration fee on huge land transactions, thus allegedly cheating the Delhi government.
Sources also claimed that Tanwar was fudging his book of accounts by showing money from land transactions as loans and advances in companies controlled by him. He had floated 30 to 35 companies for doing these transactions. The department has also allegedly found a large number of documents showing unaccounted and benami properties. An assessment of the value of these transactions is being done.
IT department is also investigating unexplained and unaccounted expenses on construction of a mall, residential houses, marriage expenses and farm houses having possibility of substantial tax evasion.