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Centre's move to affect lives of millions: Pinarayi

Saturday May 27th, 2017 03:03:23 PM
Beef fests were held in Kerala on Saturday, as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan shot off a letter to the prime minister seeking withdrawal of restrictions on cattle trade.This comes a day after Vijayan hit out at the Centre over new curbs on the sale of cattle for slaughter.He sought to protect the "lives and livelihood of millions", and safeguard the fundamental principles of the Constitution. The move amounted to an "intrusion" into the rights of the states, he said.The chief minister, in his two-page letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the constitution of District Animal Market Monitoring Committees and an Animal Market Committee to monitor cattle trade would "jeopardise" the free hand trade of cattle between farmers. "Legitimate fears are also being raised if they would take upon themselves the role of Gau Rakshak Samitis which have attacked cattle traders and transporters in the recent past," he said.Vijayan pointed out that such restrictions imposed just before the start of Ramzan would appear to certain communities as a direct attack on them."More than 2.5 million people work in India's leather industry and most of them are Dalits, especially those engaged in skinning carcasses. Hence, this prohibition will severely affect our disadvantaged sections in terms of both their lives and livelihood," he said.Several state-owned meat processing industries would also become unviable. The chief minister said the restrictions, implemented without taking the states into confidence, would prove to be a challenge in upholding the nation's plurality and essence.Senior Congress leader A K Antony said the notification should be "torn to bits" and "dumped in a dust-bin".

Farmer can sell cattle to abattoir, says govt

Saturday May 27th, 2017 03:01:23 PM
A day after its rules triggered widespread concerns in the meat industry, the Union environment ministry clarified that animals for slaughter will have to be purchased from the farmers directly."Some representations have been received on Saturday regarding certain provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules, 2017. The representations will be duly examined," the ministry said in a statement.The rules, notified by the ministry on May 23, prohibit the sale and purchase of cattle in the animal market for slaughtering. According to these rules, written undertakings are required from the buyer and seller to confirm that the animal is not traded for meat.The notification sparked an intense debate on how some of the provisions could be exploited to prevent even direct selling of the animals to the meat processing units.For instance, definition of the animal market includes any lairage (a place where cattle or sheep are rested before slaughter) adjoining a market or a slaughterhouse. Since all meat processing units have lairage next to them, the same set of rules could be used to curb the standard practice of the farmers selling old age cattle to the meat processing companies.The meat sellers also argued that the new rule will prevent the farmers from price negotiations in the animal market. In an effort to assuage the frayed nerves, the ministry said the prime focus of the regulation was to protect the animals from cruelty and not to regulate the existing trade of cattle for slaughterhouses.

$500m credit to Mauritius announced

Saturday May 27th, 2017 02:59:34 PM
India on Saturday announced a $500 million fresh Line of Credit to Mauritius as the two nations agreed to take the bilateral relations forward with renewed focus on maritime cooperation.In addition, the two nations signed four agreements, including one on improving the maritime security in the Indian Ocean region, which has emerged as the world's most important economic route."The agreement on a $500 million Line of Credit from India to Mauritius is a good example of our strong and continuing commitment towards the development of Mauritius. It will also help in the implementation of priority projects," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after meeting his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, who is in Delhi on his first foreign tour after assuming the office in January 2017.The maritime security cooperation agreement would focus on securing the high seas from piracy threats as well as preventing drug and human trafficking, besides stopping illegal fishing. Modi said India would also renew the life of the Mauritian Coast Guard ship, Guardian, that was provided by India.The cooperation and support of island nations like Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and Sri Lanka are essential for India to have an edge in the Indian Ocean region, where New Delhi is vying for supremacy with the growing Chinese naval power.Jugnauth said the two countries enjoyed a strong bilateral cooperation in defence and security matters. With Mauritius being a popular tourist destination, the flag carrier airlines of the two sides agreed to enhance their code sharing arrangement to new destinations. This, too, is expected to lead to greater tourism and people-to-people contacts between the two nations.

Rahul meets Saharanpur victims

Saturday May 27th, 2017 02:57:32 PM
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met the victims of the Saharanpur violence, and blamed the BJP government in the state for the situation.Rahul, who was denied entry into Saharanpur by the district administration, met the victims at a roadside eatery along the Uttar Pradesh and Haryana border, and promised them all possible assistance.Accompanied by a large number of Congress workers, Rahul tried to enter the district and proceed towards Shabbirpur village, where clashes had occurred between the Dalits and upper caste Thakurs a few days ago. However, officials denied him entry, citing law and order situation.An angry Rahul was seen arguing with the officials. "Under which law are you denying me entry?" he said.Police officials said no politician was allowed to visit the strife-torn district. "The state government is responsible for the violence. The law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh has deteriorated under the BJP rule. People are scared," Rahul said.

After child's evidence, SC upholds woman's life term for killing hubby

Saturday May 27th, 2017 02:55:53 PM
Going by the witness statement of her 12-year-old son, the Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence of a woman for killing her husband."We cannot lose sight of the fact that the child witness was not deposing against another family member or a stranger, but his own mother. It would call for courage and conviction to name his own mother, as the child was grown up enough to understand the matter as a witness to a murder," a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Navin Sinha said.The apex court rejected the contention of the appellant Anita that her husband was killed elsewhere and his body was later dumped at home to implicate her, saying it is "too far-fetched for consideration".The court agreed with the state counsel's argument that seeking corroboration of a child witness is not an invariable rule of criminal jurisprudence, as it found no reason to interfere with the conviction and life term for the woman and two others for killing her husband as pronounced by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.Applauding the evidence of the child witness, the court said both the high court and the trial court found his evidence reliable and convincing."The witness has clearly mentioned that his mother was present in the room when the assault was taking place and she asked him to leave the room on the bidding of one of the assailants," it said."We do find it a little strange, according to normal human behaviour, that at the dead of the night, the appellant, after witnessing assault on her own husband, did not rush out and send her son to the house of one of the witnesses," the bench further noted.The fact that she did not create a commotion, or shout for help, reinforces the prosecution case as such a behaviour is unnatural, the bench said.



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G7 talks: Trump isolated over Paris climate change deal

Saturday May 27th, 2017 03:50:10 PM
Germany called the climate change talks "very unsatisfactory", describing them as "six against one".

Iraq starts new assault on Islamic State group in Mosul

Saturday May 27th, 2017 02:57:32 PM
The militants are pushed deep into the Old City, but there are continuing fears about civilians.

Philippines' Duterte under fire for second rape joke

Saturday May 27th, 2017 05:48:47 PM
The Philippines president said soldiers were allowed to rape up to three women.

Gregg Allman, rock trailblazer, dies at 69

Saturday May 27th, 2017 08:57:26 PM
Allman died at home in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday, his official website announced.

Kushner 'discussed secret line to Moscow' - US media reports

Saturday May 27th, 2017 09:51:58 AM
Donald Trump's son-in-law reportedly sought to use Russian facilities to reach Moscow officials.



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Egypt launches air raids on Libya after Christians killed

Saturday May 27th, 2017 12:38:11 AM
MINYA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egyptian fighter jets carried out strikes on Friday directed at camps in Libya which Cairo says have been training militants who killed dozens of Christians earlier in the day.

Exclusive: Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy - sources

Saturday May 27th, 2017 01:18:17 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.

Dozens dead in Afghanistan violence as Ramadan begins

Saturday May 27th, 2017 03:20:29 PM
KABUL (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber killed as many as 14 people in Afghanistan on Saturday and fighting between militants and security forces left at least 36 people dead on the first day of Islam's holy Month of Ramadan.

Pakistan says Iranian mortar attack kills civilian

Saturday May 27th, 2017 11:36:22 AM
QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Iranian mortar fire on Saturday killed a Pakistani civilian in the western Baluchistan province that shares a long border with Iran, a regional Pakistani official said.

Islamic State claims deadly shooting of Egyptian Christians

Saturday May 27th, 2017 12:29:20 PM
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State said on Saturday that its fighters had carried out a shooting that killed dozens of Egyptian Christians on Friday, according to a statement from the group.



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37 people killed this year in land conflicts in Brazil

Saturday May 27th, 2017 09:44:00 PM
A leading Brazilian news outlet says nearly 40 people have been killed in land conflicts since the beginning of the year in Latin...

British PM May's lead halves to 6 pct points - ORB poll

Saturday May 27th, 2017 09:44:00 PM
British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the opposition Labour Party has narrowed to 6...

Jet owned by Elvis auctioned after sitting 30 years

Saturday May 27th, 2017 09:43:00 PM
A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years. The plane sold for $430,000 on Saturday at ......

Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies at age 69

Saturday May 27th, 2017 09:43:00 PM
Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom, has died at age 69. ......

5 Ohio teachers resign after leaving school camp to drink

Saturday May 27th, 2017 09:43:00 PM
Five Ohio teachers have resigned after they slipped out of a sixth-grade camping trip for drinks and dinner. The Blade reports (http://bit.ly/2s2dWwz ) the Washington Local Schools in Toledo announced ......



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Britain's great explorations now online

Friday May 26th, 2017 12:16:35 PM
The Royal Geographical Society is releasing films of its scientific explorations from the early 20th Century.

Terrorists' moral judgment probed in psychology test

Friday May 26th, 2017 06:27:52 PM
Researchers say their study identifies "cognitive factors" that might lie behind brutal acts.

Juno peers below Jupiter's clouds

Thursday May 25th, 2017 06:09:53 PM
Scientists say the Solar System's biggest planet is showing itself to be far more complex than anyone thought.

New Zealand space launch is first from a private site

Thursday May 25th, 2017 08:41:39 AM
The first ever launch from New Zealand is a step towards making it cheaper to get cargo into space.

Schiaparelli: Crashed lander was ill-prepared for Mars

Wednesday May 24th, 2017 04:55:22 PM
The crashed European spacecraft Schiaparelli was ill-prepared for its attempt at landing on the surface of Mars, a report suggests.



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Juno sees something familiar looking out from Jupiter's rings

Saturday May 27th, 2017 09:40:00 PM
Imagine that you're standing on an alien world, far out in the galaxy. You look up and see a brilliant bed of stars above you, blanketing totally foreign sky.  But what if you were on a different planet a little closer to home? What would you see then? A new photo beamed back from Jupiter by NASA's Juno probe, gives us a good idea of what that could be like....

Doctor Who: The Pyramid at the End of the World review

Saturday May 27th, 2017 09:15:00 PM
(credit: Simon Ridgway/Des Willie/Ray Burmiston/BBC) This is a post-UK broadcast review of Doctor Who: The Pyramid at the End of the...

CSIS Mourns the Loss of Zbigniew Brzezinski

Saturday May 27th, 2017 09:06:00 PM
May 26, 2017 The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) mourns the death of Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, CSIS counselor and trustee and national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter. 'Dr. Brzezinski's intellectual contributions and influence at the Center for Strategic and International Studies cannot be overstated,' said John J. Hamre, CSIS President and CEO. 'He will not live to guide us through this perilous time, but he has left behind hundreds of analysts and followers who will pick up the challenge to guide America. He will be greatly missed, but through these students and colleagues,...

US nuclear lab's future up in the air after recent fire

Saturday May 27th, 2017 08:46:00 PM
According to the report, the board is unsure if the lab is fit to continue to operate and handle increasing quantities of plutonium in coming years after a series of problems with management in the maintenance and cleanup of the dangerous materials. "Fattening up our already bloated nuclear weapons stockpile is not going to improve our national security," said Jay Coghlan, the director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico, in a news release issued Friday. New Mexicans desperately need better funded schools and health care, not expanded plutonium pit production that will cause more pollution and threaten our scarce water resources. ......

Here is why your pool may make you sick this summer

Saturday May 27th, 2017 08:21:00 PM
Why Your Pool May Make You Sick This Summer Before you go swimming in a public pool this summer, health officials want to offer one piece of advice: Don’t drink the water! If for some reason you end up swallowing some (even just a mouthful), don’t be surprised if you end up sick for weeks with unple......



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