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Desist from seeking votes in name of religion, caste: EC to parties

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 09:16:18 AM
The Election Commission today directed political parties to desist from seeking votes in the name of religion and caste saying it amounts to violation of the model code even as it reminded them of a recent Supreme Court order which said such appeals amount to corrupt practice.In a separate letter to chief electoral officers of all states, the Commission said any activity of seeking votes in the name of religion and caste by or on behalf of any candidate or political party would now amount to violation of the provisions of the Mode Code of Conduct. The CEOs have been asked to inform the grassroots level election officials and ensure the compliance of the SC orders during elections.On January 2, the apex court had held that any appeal to vote or to refrain from voting for a candidate on the ground of religion, caste, race, community or language of the candidate, election agent, any person making the appeal with the consent of the candidate or on the ground of the religion, caste of the electors would amount to corrupt practice.Detailing the broad points of the judgement delivered by a Constitution Bench, the Commission has now asked the parties to ensure "strict compliance" of the judgement."The political parties may also suitably brief and inform their lower formations and party cadres and all their candidates about the ruling of the Supreme Court and ask them to desist from any activities that would amount to soliciting votes in the name of religion, caste, etc in any manner, in their own interest and in the interest of the party."Such appeals may also fall within the ambit of... Model Code of Conduct," the letter addressed to top brass of all recognised national and state political parties said.

Woman 'thrown out' of running train in Bengal

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 08:40:26 AM
A woman was critically injured after she was allegedly thrown out of a running train by unidentified miscreants near Haroa station in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, the GRP said today.The incident occurred around 10.30 pm last night when the 35-year-old woman, who works as an ayah, was on her way to Sealdah station from Basirhat in North 24 Parganas by the last train.She was spotted this morning lying near the railway track by the locals who rushed her to Barasat Government Hospital.Hospital sources said she was critically injured in her head and leg. The woman, the mother of two, was travelling alone and it was yet to be ascertained what prompted the miscreants to throw her out of the moving train, the Government Railway Police said.The woman, a resident of Joynagar in South 24 Parganas district, had been away from home since Sunday. She has a 10-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter.Investigation into the case was on, the GRP said.

Akhilesh launches campaign with tainted Prajapati by his side

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 08:33:16 AM
Having won the intra-party battle and cobbled together an alliance with Congress, Akhilesh Yadav today hit the campaign trail, targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his achhe din promise and asserting the new coalition will win over 300 of states 403 assembly seats.However, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister set tongues wagging as he kicked off his campaign with controversial Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati by his side, drawing ridicule from BJP, which dubbed the "tainted" minister the new SP chiefs brand ambassador.Akhilesh not only shared the stage with Prajapati, but went a step further by telling the audience that he (Gayatri) would not only win his seat, but ensure victory of other SP candidates in the adjoining areas."Gayatri Prajapati is sitting on the stage. He will not only win his seat (Amethi), but also ensure that other SP candidates in the nearby constituencies come out triumphant," the Chief Minister said in his new role as the SP national president.Taunting Akhilesh, state BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said that by sharing dais with Gayatri and by praising him, the Chief Minister has proved that "Gayatri is his brand ambassador and corruption is his (CMs) priority."Under the SP-Congress alliance, SP will contest the Amethi seat and Prajapati, who was sacked by Akhilesh from the post of mines minister over his alleged involvement in a mining scam, will be its candidate.Addressing the election rally, Akhilesh targeted the Modi government at the Centre, saying in order to take credit it will incorporate in the Union Budget some of the ambitious schemes of UP government and promises made in SP manifesto.The SP National President also sought to ridicule the achche din promise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying instead of good days, people got jhadu (broom) or were asked to do yoga."Our manifesto has so many ambitious schemes for women and youth. I think the Union Budget might incorporate some of them so that BJP can take credit," he said and made a scathing attack on BJP for its demonetisation decision because of which people in the rural areas were facing severe hardships.Akhilesh, who took over the mantle of SP president last week, said, "Now after alliance with Congress, we will bag over 300 of the 403 Assembly seats."Having won internal power game in the Samajwadi Party, the Chief Minister said he had faced many ups and downs and whatever stand he took was meant only for the welfare of the people.He dwelt at length on the SPs manifesto and reminded the people that whatever promise he had made in 2012 had been fulfilled.Akhilesh highlighted the achivements of his government during the past five years to drive home the point that he believed in development "while others believe in doing dirty politics".

Swaraj helps couple get passports for their differently-abled daughters

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 08:29:55 AM
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was at it again, this time helping out a septuagenarian couple from Andhra Pradesh get passports for their differently-abled daughters.Swaraj, who is known to react promptly to SOS messages on Twitter, responded equally to a petition on, an online platform for social change, and sent the passport officials to the couple for assistance.The couple - Rallapalli Rama Subba Rao and Subbalakshmi - from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh was overjoyed when officials of the regional passport office came knocking on their door today to enable their differently-abled daughters get their passports at their home.Rao, a retired tehsildar, filed a petition on yesterday about the plight of his polio-affiliated daughters and their difficulty in making a personal appearance at the passport office.The Union Minister, in response, last night tweeted, "I have gone through your petition. We will definitely help" and sought his personal details.Accordingly, officials from the RPO contacted the couple at their residence while the district Special Branch police too completed the necessary formalities.The couple, which took care of the two daughters for over 40 years, now wanted to send them to the care of their brothers settled abroad and hence the need for passports."We are overjoyed that Sushma Swaraj ji responded to our petition. We are deeply grateful to her for offering help in getting our daughters passports," Rao said.Passport officials have already contacted us and taken the details, he said."Sushma jis prompt action restores our faith in good governance and I am really happy that our ministers are helping people," the retired tehsildar added.

Two LeT militants killed in encounter in J&K's Ganderbal

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 07:35:04 AM
Two foreign militants of Lashkar- e-Toiba (LeT) were killed in an encounter with security forces in Ganderbal district of central Kashmir today, officials said here.Security forces launched an anti-militancy operation in the wee hours in Hadoora area of Ganderbal district, 25 km from here, following information about presence of militants in the area, an army official said.He said as the security forces were closing in on the position of the militants, the latter opened fire on the troops who retaliated."In the ensuing gun battle, two militants were killed," he said.The official said the slain militants have been identified as Abu Anas and Abu Ali, both foreigners, who were associated with the Lashkar outfit.The official said two AK assault rifles, ammunition and hand grenade were recovered from the possession of the slain militants."It (killing of militants) is a good success for the security forces especially as it comes ahead of the January 26 (Republic Day)," he said.The official said the security forces followed the standard operating procedure while dealing with the militants to ensure that the civilians and their property did not suffer any damage during the operation.This is second major encounter in Kashmir this year.Security forces killed three local militants in an encounter in Pahalgam area of south Kashmir on January 16.

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China hits back at US over South China Sea claims

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 11:07:33 AM
A Trump spokesman sparked alarm by saying the US would protect its South China Sea interests.

Model Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she is intersex to 'break taboo'

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 01:37:55 PM
Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she was born with undescended testicles, saying it is "not a big deal".

Trump 'to advance controversial pipelines'

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 03:02:24 PM
President will back Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, according to US media.

Rigopiano Hotel avalanche: Six bodies found, 14 still missing

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 01:56:42 PM
Six more bodies are found, but firefighters hope there may be survivors behind a concrete wall.

UK government loses Brexit vote appeal

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 01:46:33 PM
Parliament must vote on whether the government can start Brexit, the Supreme Court rules.

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U.N. "racing" to prepare emergency aid ahead of battle for western Mosul

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 01:23:42 PM
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it is "racing against the clock" to prepare emergency aid for hundreds of thousands of endangered civilians in Mosul with an Iraqi army offensive looming to oust Islamic State from the western half of the city.

Parliament must vote before UK can trigger Brexit, top court rules

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 02:09:12 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May must give parliament a vote before she can formally start Britain's exit from the European Union, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, giving lawmakers who oppose her Brexit plans a shot at amending them.

Pakistan tests second nuclear-capable missile this month

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 01:41:30 PM
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan successfully tested a new nuclear capable surface-to-surface missile on Tuesday that is able to deliver multiple warheads and evade radar detection, the army's media wing said.

China says will protect South China Sea sovereignty

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 12:45:08 PM
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it had "irrefutable" sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea after the White House vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway.

Iran, Russia, Turkey say will jointly enforce Syria ceasefire

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 12:15:57 PM
ASTANA (Reuters) - Iran, Russia and Turkey will establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance with the ceasefire in Syria, prevent any provocations and determine exactly how the ceasefire will work, the three nations said in a joint statement.

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Donald Trump says that 'environmentalism is out of control'

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
Donald Trump, at meeting with car maker executives has said he intends to cut regulations and said...

Donald Trump expected to push forward Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines with executive actions

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive orders that would move forward the construction of the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. Mr Trump's order to advance the $3.8bn project outside the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North...

Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homes

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 02:58:00 PM
JERUSALEM Israel said Tuesday it approved 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, signaling a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose election has emboldened the settlement movement. Trump is widely expected to be more sympathetic to Israel's settlement policies than the fiercely critical Obama administration, and has also vowed to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem. Israel's nationalist government has welcomed the prospective change in policy, but it also risks...

The Latest: Trump to take executive action on oil pipelines

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 02:58:00 PM
WASHINGTON The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 9:48 a.m. President Donald Trump is expected to take executive action Tuesday to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. That's according to a person with knowledge of the action. The president is scheduled to sign orders at the White House late Tuesday morning. Former President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in late 2015, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts...

List of Academy Award nominations

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 02:57:00 PM
Best Picture “Arrival” “Fences” “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell or High Water” “La La Land” “Lion” “Manchester by the Sea” “Moonlight” Director "Arrival," Denis Villeneuve "Hacksaw Ridge," Mel Gibson "La La Land," ......

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Flood prevention being ignored - MPs

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 12:06:39 AM
Ministers accused of not tackling concerns over home insurance, building rules and planning.

Cambridge scientists consider fake news 'vaccine'

Monday January 23rd, 2017 05:10:53 AM
Concern at fabricated stories on websites prompts a psychological study to help people spot fake news.

'Warrior of high status' was buried at Scottish Viking site

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 12:44:11 PM
The excavation of a rare, intact Viking boat burial in western Scotland has been set out in detail for the first time.

Project aims to grow a 'city of trees'

Saturday January 21st, 2017 02:40:55 PM
A project aims to plant three million trees - one for every man, woman and child - in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

Larsen ice crack continues to open up

Friday January 20th, 2017 01:55:51 AM
The crack in Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf that looks set to spawn a giant iceberg has spread a further 10km.

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Bangladesh plants million trees to cut lightning toll

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 02:56:00 PM
More Dhaka (AFP) - Bangladesh has begun planting one million palm trees nationwide to help prevent hundreds of people being killed by lightning strikes every year, a top official said Tuesday. Authorities last year declared lightning a natural disaster as official tallies recorded more than 200 deaths in 2016, with 82...

2017 Oscar Nominations Revealed: La La Land, Moonlight and Arrival Lead the Pack

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 02:55:00 PM
The 2017 Academy Award nominations are here and there are very few surprises: La La Land led the board with a whopping 14 nominations,...

Austrian Teenager Admits Building 'Test Bomb' in Germany: Minister

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 02:55:00 PM
An Austrian teenager arrested on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack in Vienna has told...

Adaptive, Cognitive, Predictive: Sopra Steria anticipates threats with a SOC based on intelligence management and announces a partnership with ThreatQuotient (Sopra Steria Group SA)

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 02:50:00 PM
(Source: Sopra Steria Group SA) Paris, 24 January 2017 European leader in digital transformation, Sopra Steria is developing its cybersecurity offer and confirming its leading position in France in the field of Security Operation Center (SOC) field by introducing a new-state-of-the art, fruit of an innovation approach and powerful industrial partnerships. A recognised Trusted Services Operator, 'in the process of qualification' by ANSSI for incident detection services, Sopra Steria offers a global, industrial and scalable solution for managing intelligence, in order to move from a reactive to a predictive mode. To support this offer, Sopra Steria announces an industrial partnership with...

Salesfusion Expands Global Reach with 120 percent Growth in EMEA January 24, 2017 (Salesfusion Inc)

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 02:50:00 PM
(Source: Salesfusion Inc) Atlanta, GA - January 24, 2016 -Salesfusion, the provider of a no-fail approach to marketing automation, significantly expanded its global presence in 2016, achieving 120 percent revenue growth in EMEA last year, the company announced today. The company credits much of the success in EMEA to recent customer wins, including Digitonic, Oxford Instruments, ISG Technology, CitNOW, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP, BrightInfo and Procura Consulting. According to the Economist, nearly nine out of 10 European marketers believe the structure and...

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