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Maha civic polls: BJP set for decisive gains, Sena has edge in BMC

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 07:57:51 AM
The BJP is set to make decisive gains in civic polls in Maharashtra even as it is locked in a neck- and-neck fight with its bickering ally Shiv Sena in Mumbai, the latest counting trends suggest.The Congress and the NCP were headed for a rout across the state including some of their strongholds like Pune.While the Shiv Sena slightly improved showing in Mumbai and Thane, the BJP is set to retain Nagpur, Akola and wrest Pune and Ulhasnagar from NCP and Nashik from the MNS.But, as the counting progressed into final rounds, it appears that the Sena is unlikely to touch the half-way mark of 114 seats in Mumbai, where the BJP is poised for a big leap after fighting the polls on its own.The BJP is likely to come to power in at least six civic bodies -- Pune, Nashik, Ulhasnagar, Akola, Nagpur and Amravati -- out of the 10 corporations for which the elections were held on Tuesday.Apart from Mumbai, the city corporations which went to polls were Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur.In Pune, the BJP is leading on 74 out of the total 152 seats, in Ulhasnagar on 32 (78 total seats), Nashik-32 (122), Nagpur-72 (145), Amaravati-21 (87) and Akola-31 (73).The Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena is leading on 84 seats in the 227-member BMC, while BJP is ahead on 81.In the 131-member Thane civic body, the Sena has so far won 43 seats, BJP-17, NCP-22, Congress and MIM 2 each, and Independent-1.Though the BJP made major inroads in the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and neighbouring Thane, it is not sure if Sena will be ready for a post-poll pact, after a no-holds-barred fight between the allies, which often turned a murky slugfest.The party is also doing well in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, as per the latest trends.NCP, in the power here in Pune since 2007, is trailing behind the saffron party.In Punes neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, the BJP has dented the NCP by leading on 26 seats and won on 22 seats, whereas NCP is leading only on 14 seats.The BJP appears to have expanded its base in Pimpri Chinchwad, despite fierce competition from the NCP.The results of 10 municipal corporations in Maharashtra, including Mumbai, have seen the Congress plummeting to a new low with the lowest ever tally in the BMC and losing Solapur and Amravati to the BJP.

Freedom251 phone: Ringing Bells MD Goel detained for 'fraud'

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 07:44:10 AM
Mohit Goel, the Director of Noida- based company Ringing Bells which had announced Freedom251 smartphones at an astonishingly low price of Rs 251 apiece, was detained today here on allegations of fraud, police said.Goel has been detained after owner of Ghaziabad-based Ayam Enterprises filed an FIR yesterday alleging that Ringing Bells "defrauded" it of Rs 16 lakh.Ghaziabad Deputy SP Manish Mishra said Goel has been detained for interrogation in the matter.In the FIR, Ayam Enterprises has claimed it was persuaded by Goel and others from Ringing Bells to take up the distributorship of the Freedom251 phones in November 2015."We paid Rs 30 lakh to Ringing Bells through RTGS on different occasions. But it delivered us product worth Rs 13 lakh only. Upon follow-up, we could get products plus money totaling Rs 14 lakh," it claimed in the FIR.The owners of Ayam Enterprises claim that they were threatened with life if they asked for the rest Rs 16 lakh "again and again".Ringing Bells had begun the sale of Freedom 251 handsets, touted as the worlds cheapest, via its website in February last year.It landed in a controversy, however, with some alleging it was like ponzi scheme. The firm had claimed that around 30,000 customers had booked the phone despite some glitch and seven crore people registered for it.

Maha civic polls: Its definitely a setback, says Congress

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 07:40:29 AM
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today conceded that the results so far for the ten municipal corporations, 25 Zilla Parishads and 283 Panchayat Samitis across the state have signalled a setback for the party."The results are mixed with the party doing well in Zilla Parishads while suffering reverses in the municipal corporations. It is definitely a setback," party Vice President and spokesman Ratnakar Mahajan told PTI.He said the results have been unexpected and need to be analysed on the organisational level at the popularity level."Whether there has been a disconnect between voters and the party leaders should be seen," he said.Mahajan said even though the elections should have been fought on local issues, it looked as if the hangover of the 2014 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls remained."The high decibel campaign by the Sena and BJP showed as if the two parties are the only alternative to each other. Due to the aggressiveness of both parties to take on each other, opposition Congress and NCP virtually did not exist,"he said.Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti results are yet to come and Congress is expected to do well in the rural areas, he said.The party could barely manage to win 30 seats in Mumbai while it lost power in Amravati, Solapur civic bodies as well as Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad where it shared power with NCP.

BMC results: Shiv Sena victorious on 84 seats; BJP gets 80

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 07:32:50 AM
The Shiv Sena today emerged as the single largest party in the cash-rich BMC winning 84 seats, closely followed by BJP which bagged 80 seats, as results for the 225 seats poured in.Congress was relegated to the third position in the civic body tally with 31 seats followed by NCP with 9 seats. MNS won 7 seats, AIMIM-3, SP-6, Akhil Bhartiya Sena-1 and others-4.However, the results for two seats in the 227-member House are still awaited.

First time voters in Manipur want an end to blockade politics

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 07:16:59 AM
Fist time voters in poll-bound Manipur want an end to the politics of blockades and bandhs and demand better educational and job opportunities in the state.Every youth that PTI spoke to here wanted blockades to end and peace to return to strife-torn Manipur."Since my childhood I have been hearing and reading about political unrests, blockades and shutdowns. I think the time has come when we should move forward towards creation of more jobs and educational opportunities leaving behind this era of bloodshed," said a student who did not wished to be named."A single blockade cripples our daily life as prices soar and we hardly get fuel to run our scooters. I think we need peace and prosperity in our state. We dont want blockades and unrest," another student said.The indefinite economic blockade by United Naga Council (UNC) since November 1, 2016 in Manipur against the state governments decision for creation of seven new districts. It has severely hit supply of essential commodities including fuel.Better educational and employment opportunities is the other important demand by young voters, many of whom had to move to Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata or Bengaluru."Most youths leave Manipur after completing their higher secondary or graduation. This is because Manipur has no proper higher educational facilities or job opportunities," said B Sarat, a first time voter.With unemployment being one of the biggest problems of the north eastern state, most youths want Manipur to be developed as an IT and education hub."In Manipur good jobs means either government service or few private jobs where you wont earn more than Rs 7000 to Rs 10000 a month. Had there been BPOs we could have earned more," said Prashant Singh, another first timer.According to Election Commission there are 45642 voters in the state who are 18-19 years old and would exercise their franchise for the time in the March polls. With youths comprising a hefty 35 per cent of the states population both ruling Congress and opposition BJP are trying to woo them with promises of employment opportunities. All political parties have stressed on formulating a comprehensive policy for creating jobs in the state.Congress in its manifesto has announced creating a minimum employment of at least three lakh educated youths through skill development in the next five years.BJP on the other hand promised that it would provide livelihood opportunity to at least one person per household.Bijay, a first year college student said he has decided to vote for any candidate who would provide better roads and street lights in his locality. "For me the candidate is important and not the party. The candidate whom I think is better for my area, I will vote for him," he said.Students from North East facing harassment in various parts of India is another area of concern for the first time voters.Perky, who works in Kolkata, said "I think whichever party comes to power should ask the central government to come out with a specific policy to ensure the safety of north east students and youths working or studying in various parts of the country. We are being taunted and this has to stop."Polling for the 60-member Manipur assembly will take place in two phases on March 4 and March 8. Results will be declared on March 11.



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Mosul offensive: Iraqi forces recapture airport in bid to retake city

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 11:13:28 AM
The airport is a key location in the government's bid to drive IS militants from Iraq's second city.

Paris protests: Students tear-gassed by police

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:56:04 PM
Schools are blockaded in protest against alleged police brutality, including the reported rape of a black man.

Trump rescinds transgender bathroom rules from Obama era

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 06:14:21 AM
The previous guidelines let transgender students use toilets matching their gender identity,

Mexico's foreign minister rejects Trump deportation policy

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 04:51:22 AM
Two top US officials are in Mexico to discuss the measures with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Pakistan blast: At least six dead in Lahore

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 11:58:43 AM
Police are investigating the cause of the blast, which ripped through a shopping area.



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Trump revokes Obama guidelines on transgender bathrooms

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 05:51:32 AM
(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama.

Malaysia may expel North Korean envoy over airport killing comments - source

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 10:10:36 AM
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia is considering expelling North Korea's envoy to the Southeast Asian nation or shutting its embassy in Pyongyang, as tensions escalate over the killing of the estranged half-brother of the North's leader Kim Jong Un, a senior government official said.

North Korea raps old ally China after China's ban on coal

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:06:35 PM
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea issued a rare reproach of China on Thursday saying its main diplomatic backer was "dancing to the tune" of the United States for halting North Korean coal imports because of its nuclear and missile programmes.

Land rush around Pakistan's Gwadar port triggered by Chinese investment

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 11:15:02 AM
LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani real estate giant Rafi Group made a ten-fold profit last year from its sale of hundreds of acres of land in the remote fishing town of Gwadar, acquired soon after the government announced plans for a deep-sea port there.

Iraqi forces storm Mosul airport, military base

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:05:59 PM
SOUTH OF MOSUL (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport on Thursday, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive Islamic State from the western half of the city.



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NYC lowers cost estimate for presidential protection

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:39:00 PM
NEW YORK (AP) " New York City has lowered its cost estimate for guarding President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence.Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill has written to New York's Congressional delegation to seek reimbursement.He says it cost about $24 million to guard the Trumps and Trump Tower during the 2 � months between Election Day and Inauguration Day.The original estimate was $35 million.When the president is not in New York City, the [...]> ......

US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:39:00 PM
BAGHDAD (AP) " Backed by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State militants.The two-pronged advance is part of a major assault that started earlier this week to drive the Islamic State group from the western half of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest cityThe Iraqi federal police [...]> ......

Low-cost Norwegian Air promises bargain flights to Europe

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:39:00 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) " Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is promising cheap trans-Atlantic flights when it starts service to Europe this summer from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York's Hudson Valley.Norwegian announced Thursday that it's opening new flight crew bases at Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport and Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York. Year-round flights from those airports to Edinburgh, Scotland, begin in June, and to Ireland and Northern Ireland in [...]> ......

The Latest: Iraqi forces take control of IS 'sniper' village

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:39:00 PM
BAGHDAD (AP) " The Latest on the Iraqi government forces' battle to take the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group (all times local):3 p.m.A military spokesman says Iraqi special forces have captured a key village southwest of Mosul from where Islamic State group's snipers and shelling had been slowing the government offensive.The village of Tell al-Rayan fell to the Iraqi troops amid a major push on Thursday that saw federal police forces enter the grounds [...]> ......

Protests erupt after off-duty LA officer clashes with teens

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:39:00 PM
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) " Dozens of people, including children, were arrested early Thursday after clashing with Southern California police outside a home where a Los Angeles policeman fired a single round during an off-duty tussle with a 13-year-old boy.Hundreds of people had gathered hours earlier after videos surfaced showing the incident between the officer, whose identity has not been released, and a group of youths.The incident occurred Tuesday over ongoing issues with [...]> ......



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Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 09:47:43 AM
A new report says that using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a highly flawed policy.

Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 06:00:12 PM
Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star - a record number.

'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 12:15:14 AM
A third runway at Heathrow can only be justified if it does not breach climate change laws, MPs say.

Plane flies along Antarctica's giant Larsen crack

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 04:46:33 PM
New video is released of the Antarctic ice crack that promises to produce a giant berg.

Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 04:18:14 AM
Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", a conservationist group warns.



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Next steps after NASA discovers 7 Earth-size planets

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:50:00 PM
NASA announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets around a star about 40 light years away from Earth. All seven could have water, which is key to life like ours, and three of them fall in the habitable zone. Michio Kaku, CBS News science and futurist contributor and physics professor at the City University of New York, joins "CBS This Morning" with more on this new discovery. ......

SpaceX Makes Good on Space Station Delivery a Little Late

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:47:00 PM
SpaceX made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station on Thursday, after fixing a navigation problem that held up the shipment a day.   Everything went smoothly the second time around as the station astronauts captured the SpaceX Dragon...

Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association Selects Jack Henry Banking's SilverLake System

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:46:00 PM
MONETT, Mo., Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY) is a leading provider of technology solutions and payment processing services primarily for the financial services industry. Its Jack Henry Banking division today announced that Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association has selected the SilverLake System to provide enterprise-wide automation. The bank will implement the core processing system through JHA OutLink Processing Services™ (JHA OPS), Jack Henry Banking's outsourced offering. Baltimore, Md.-based Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association, with $826 million in assets and eight branches, was in search of a technology partner that could support...

Efore signs representation agreement with Meridian Technical Sales

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:46:00 PM
EFORE PLC Press Release February 23, 2017 at 3.05 p.m. Efore Plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Meridian Technical Sales as its' new Representative firm in the Silicon Valley, Northern California and Northern Nevada. Meridian Technical Sales brings over twenty-five years of experience and outstanding support to serve the needs of high technology companies. Highly recognized and well...

Jenoptik receives Patriot order worth approximately 13.8 million US dollars

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 01:46:00 PM
Jenoptik supplies important components for the Patriot integrated air and missile defense system. The order was issued at the beginning of this year continuing the Jenoptik's sequence for Patriot assignments from 2016. The latest order includes the delivery of electrical generators, spare parts packages and test equipment for operating the missile defense systems over several years. It will contribute to the result of Jenoptik's Defense & Civil Systems segment in 2017. The...



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