Wednesday, December 31, 2014

International News

Fate of 98 people on board Norman Atlantic ferry still unknown

Italian authorities still do not know the fate of 98 people who were on board the Norman Atlantic ferry from Patras in Greece to Ancona in Italy on Sunday when a fire broke out on its car deck. Earlier, 40 people were considered missing, TASS reported. The Greek government’s Marine Accidents Investigation Commission said it would investigate the accident, in which a total of 10 people have so far been confirmed dead.

London woman detained over Syria terror offenses

A woman from Haringey in north London has been arrested at Luton Airport on suspicion of Syria-related terror offenses, the BBC reported, citing police. The 25-year-old was held at 11:30 GMT after a flight from Istanbul in Turkey as part of an intelligence-led operation. She is being questioned at a police station in the West Midlands on suspicion of preparing for terrorist attacks, according to West Midlands Police.

Italian coastguard saves 970 migrants abandoned by smugglers

The Italian coastguard service has rescued 970 migrants after smugglers abandoned them on a cargo ship in rough seas, AP said. The migrants, most of them believed to be Syrians, arrived in Gallipoli, in Apulia, southeast Italy, before dawn Wednesday. More than 100 migrants were treated for hypothermia. A passenger sent out a distress call while the ship was off the Greek coast. Six Italian coastguard workers had been lowered by helicopter onto the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M. There was no crew aboard and the ship’s engine was shut off. Smugglers frequently abandon migrants at sea.

Burundi confirms 35 killed in clashes between army & rebels

At least 35 people are confirmed to have been killed in clashes between Burundi’s army and members of an unidentified rebel group near the Democratic Republic of Congo border, AFP reported. “On our side, we have lost one soldier,” a top Burundian army official said Wednesday. Officials and witnesses said the group of around 200 rebels crossed into Cibitoke province north of the capital, Bujumbura, overnight Monday.

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AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ 8501 UPDATE

AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ 8501 UPDATE


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ 8501 UPDATE
AS OF 31 DECEMBER 2014 20:00 HRS LT (GMT+7)

SURABAYA, 31st DECEMBER 2014 – AirAsia Indonesia wishes to update that The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia and other relevant authorities continue to search and recover the passengers of QZ 8501 in the Karimata Strait area.

Earlier today, Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and AirAsia management visited the military base in Pangkalan Bun to meet with key stakeholders of the SAR operations. Fernandes met with Deputy Governor of Central Kalimantan, Achmad Diran; Deputy of Potential Search And Rescue (SAR), Marsekal Muda TNI Sunarbowo Sandi;  Joint Operation Chief Territory II, Marsekal Muda TNI Abdul Muis; Joint Operation Chief Territory I, Marsekal Muda TNI Agus Dwi Putranto; Central Kalimantan Police Chief, Brigadier General Hermanu and Deputy of Operation Search And Rescue (SAR), Marsekal Pertama TNI Supriyadi.

Fernandas said: “I continue to be humbled and touched by the incredible efforts and professionalism put forth by BASARNAS, Army, Navy, Air Force and Police of Indonesia. The search and rescue operations were unfortunately hampered by bad weather today but I am hopeful they will be able to resume the search tomorrow.”

To date, BASARNAS has confirmed to have recovered a total of seven remains, which were transported to the military base in Pangkalan Bun, Borneo. Two of the seven remains were transported to Bayangkara Hospital in Surabaya for identification by Disaster Victim Identification of Police Department Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI).

AirAsia’s main focus remains on the wellbeing of the families affected by this tragedy.

Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available. An emergency call centre has been established and available for families seeking information.

Family members of QZ8501, please contact:
Malaysia: +60 3 21795959
Indonesia: +62 2129270811
Singapore: +65 63077688
Korea: 007 98142069940

Animesh Chauhan appointed Managing Director, Oriental Bank of Commerce

CORPORATE OFFICE, GURGAON
 PRESS RELEASE
31 - 12 - 2014


Pursuant to the notification dated 31st December, 2014 issued by Government of India, Shri Animesh Chauhan has been appointed as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Oriental Bank of CommerceShri Chauhan assumed charge of the Bank on 31st December, 2014. 

Shri Chauhan was born on 30th June, 1957. He started his career on 17th January, 1979 in Bank of Baroda as Direct Recruited Officer.  He is an experienced banker and has worked in various capacities.  He has the experience in handling Overseas operations, as he headed London (Main) branch for over three years. He was Zonal Head/SLBC Convenor of Rajasthan Zone from 02.06.2011 to 05.08.2013.

Shri Chauhan has also worked as Chairman of The Nainital Bank Limited, Nainital from 27.12.2007 to 28.05.2011.

Shri Animesh Chauhan joined Central Bank of India on his elevation as Executive Director on 5th August, 2013 and he was overseeing the portfolios such as Retail Banking, Information Technology, Transaction Banking, Priority Sector, MSME and Recovery.

Oriental Bank of Commerce presently has Business Mix of over Rs.3,30,000 crore with a Pan India network of 2200 Branches, 2468 ATMs and a customer base of over  24 million. The Bank has 34 (Thirty Four) Regional Offices across the country and One Representative Office in Dubai.

Place: Gurgaon
Date: 31st Dec, 2014

5.3-magnitude earthquake hit Bushehr Province, Iran


A 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit Iran’s southern Bushehr Province near the country’s nuclear power plant on Tuesday, IRNA reported on Tuesday. After the town of Shonbeh was hit at 03:49 GMT, several buildings were damaged, but no casualties were reported. The quake jolted a sparsely-populated district, and the epicenter of quake was in the Shonbeh district, some 120km southeast of Bushehr, the home to the country’s first nuclear power plant, Iran’s state TV said.

Quarter million flee due to Malaysia flooding


Malaysia’s worst flooding in a decade has forced nearly a quarter of a million people from their homes, Reuters quoted officials as saying on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the government came under fire for its perceived slow response. “Exceptionally high” water levels had cut off rescuers from relief centers as the death toll rose to 21 across the northeast, according to the National Security Council. Fifteen people have been killed in neighboring southern Thailand.

Philippines storm Jangmi left at least 29 people dead

Flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi left at least 29 people dead and 10 missing in the Philippines, AP quoted officials as saying Tuesday. Jangmi, packing winds of 65 kilometers an hour and gusts of 80 kilometers an hour, dumped heavy rains Monday on southern Mindanao Island, sending thousands of residents to evacuation centers. The storm then pushed its way through eastern and central islands of the Philippines, where most of the deaths occurred Tuesday. As of Tuesday afternoon, the eye of the storm was 108 kilometers southwest of central Iloilo City, moving west at 19 kilometers an hour toward the western Palawan Island.

Syria govt, opposition may hold talks in Moscow on January 27-29

Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has said that the Syrian government may hold talks with opposition representatives in Moscow on January 27-29, RIA Novosti reported. Russia has already made contacts regarding the talks, he told Kyodo news agency. It is reported that representatives of Syrian opposition groups will meet with Russian public figures in Moscow on January 27. The meeting may be followed by negotiations between the opposition and Syrian government officials on January 27-29.

AirAsia flight overshoots runway near Boracay, Philippines


An AirAsia Airbus A320 plane reportedly overshot the runway at Kalibo International Airport near Boracay, a popular Philippines tourist destination, on Tuesday evening. Posts on social media showed emergency slides being deployed from the plane, which appeared to have come to a halt on a grassy field, the Straits Times reported. Passengers said the plane came to “a very abrupt stop.” No injuries were reported. The flight was scheduled to depart at around 4.15pm on Tuesday, but was delayed by almost two hours due to bad weather, according to the paper.

Suicide car bomber rams Libya parliament HQ

A suicide car bomber has rammed his vehicle into the outer gate of the headquarters of the Libyan parliament, AP reported. No one was killed in the attack in the eastern city of Tobruk, according to parliamentarian Abu Bakr Baeira. The assembly has been forced to convene in the city since Islamist-allied militias seized the capital, Tripoli, over the summer and revived a rival government. No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Russia won’t leave ‘unfriendly US steps without response’


Moscow will not leave unfriendly steps without response, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a comment on the expansion of US sanctions. The ministry’s spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, described the inclusion of four Russian officials on the Magnitsky list as “politically motivated.” He also criticized as “groundless” restrictions imposed on Russian companies based on the US law on sanctions against Iran and Syria. The US actions question the “perspectives of bilateral cooperation in solving many acute international problems,” he said

New airstrikes hit ISIS targets in Syria, Iraq


The US and its allies conducted 15 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Several units of fighters and buildings were hit, the US-led Combined Joint Task Force said. Seven strikes hit in Syria and eight in Iraq.

US airstrike kills senior militant leader in Somalia

A leader of al-Qaeda linked militant group Al-Shabaab was killed in a US airstrike, Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency said Tuesday. "With the help of the Somali national security and intelligence agency and its US counterpart, an Al-Shabaab leader was killed last night,” the agency said in a statement. On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed it had launched an airstrike, targeting an unidentified leader of the Islamist group in Saakow, some 330 kilometers west of Mogadishu. The militants have been attempting to overthrow western-backed Somalian government. In September, the US killed the group’s top leader, Ahmed Godane, in an airstrike.

 53 killed in Philippines after flash floods, mudslides

Flash floods and mudslides have killed at least 53 people in the central and southern Philippines, Reuters reported. Tropical storm Jangmi prompted the evacuation of more than 86,000 people in Surigao del Sur, Bohol and Cebu provinces before weakening into a tropical depression, the national disaster agency said on Wednesday. Days of heavy rains have also hit neighboring Southeast Asian countries.

Greece parliament dissolved ahead of snap election


Greece’s parliament was dissolved Wednesday ahead of an early election, AFP reported, and the vote scheduled for January 25. The date was earlier announced Monday by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. The new parliament will reconvene on February 5.

Essebsi sworn in as new president

Tunisia’s Beji Caid Essebsi has been sworn in as president after a second round of voting in landmark polls in the country, Al Arabiya reported. The 88-year-old won the runoff election in December with 55.7 percent of the vote, while interim President Moncef Marzouki garnered 44.3 percent. A total of 27 candidates stood in the first round of the election, which was held in November.

Ordinance on land acquisition will take the country back to 1894


From: media cell aap  Tue, 30 Dec '14 6:43p
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Aam Aadmi Party chief spokesperson Yogendra Yadav issued the following statement on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 :
The AAP is opposed to the ordinance approved by the union cabinet on Monday to amend the Land Acquistion Act, 2013. The party has five major objections to this ordinance :  

1)  The amendment will nullify the hard earned gains of movements against forced acquisition and displacement. After a long struggle and negotiation, these movements had forced the government to agree to some basics:
* that the land acquisition must not take place without consent
* that land acquisition must not be permitted in multi-crop land where it goes against food security
* that acquisition must be preceded by an assessment of its impact not just on land owners but on the society as a whole
The government';s amendment would mean that now social Impact assessment, food security assessment & consent of 70% of land owners will not be required before acquiring land for five broad categories that the government has specified (more on these categories in point 2). Thus for all practical purposes, we are back to the draconian 1894 Act which peoples movements had fought to change.
2) The government proposes to exempt five categories of Acquisitions from the procedural requirements of the 2013 Act. These five categories are: defence, industrial corridors, rural infrastructure, affordable housing including housing for the poor and any infrastructure including social infrastructure in PPP mode where the land is owned by the government. Just look at these four categories and imagine what greedy builders, politicians and bureaucrats can do with these five categories. Basically they would be able to fit every acquisition under one of these five categories. so, in effect the Amendment annuls the Act itself.
3)  The Ordinance violates the basic spirit of why ordinance is needed. Ordinance route has been provided for in order to meet an emergency situation in-between two sessions of parliament. What was the emergency in this case? The next session is in the third week of February. Why could the government not wait till then?
4) The Act of 2013 was passed with support from most political parties including the BJP. The parliamentary Committee that cleared the bill was headed by Ms. Sumitra Mahajan, the current speaker. What has changed since then?
5) The Act has not got a fair chance so far. Most states have not framed Rules necessary for its implementation. How come it has been found to be impractical without even a trial?
The simple truth is that the BJP has decided to favour big business and industry in the hope that the farmers will not understand or challenge its move. The onus now is on the farmers to prove this government wrong. (

:#5: 65th Senior NationalBasketballChampionship


Bhilwara, Rajasthan: After losing to Indian Railways on the opening day, Delhi women found the net repeatedly to outclass Punjab in today morning’s Level 1 League game. Pratima Singh top scored with 27 points for the winners. Defending champions Chhattisgarh women too put behind its loss yesterday to Kerala to register an emphatic 114-41 win over Andhra Pradesh. The balanced scoring attack and selfless ball movement of the Chhattisgarh women had four players score in double digits. Chhattisgarh’s male counterparts unfortunately found themselves on the losing end against defending champions Tamil Nadu. Captain Amjyot Singh recorded a double double for TN with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
In the lower level 2, West Bengal men had back to back wins first over Delhi last evening and today against Uttar Pradesh. S Joshi for West Bengal was spectacular in both games averaging in excess of 30 points in each of these two games.
Earlier this morning, Services fought back against Karnataka men to hand them their first defeat of the tournament so far. In a back and forth game, the experienced Servicemen separated themselves in the second half to win 80-72.
Morning Results from 31-12-2014
Level 1
Women
1)      Delhi (Pratima Singh 27, Raspreet Sidhu 18) bt Punjab (Samriti 24, Kirandeep 13) 84-55 [17-13, 25-18, 23-12, 19-12]
2)      Chhattisgarh (Sangeeta 29, L Deepa 21, Poonam Chaturvedi 20, Sharanjeet 18) bt Andhra Pradesh (A Suryakumari 21) 114-41 [30-8, 36-13, 21-8, 27-12]
Men
1)      Tamil Nadu (Amjyot Singh 21 pts & 11 rbs, Prasanna Venkatesh 14, Arvind A 10) bt Chhattisgarh (V Deshmukh 11)85-37 [23-12, 19-4, 26-11, 17-10]
2)      Services (Dalip K 22, Jayaram Jat 20, Joginder Singh 16) bt Karnataka (Arvind A 22, Anil Kumar 18, Dhiraj Shetty 11)80-72 [16-11, 16-22, 29-25, 19-14]
Level 2
Women
1)      Gujarat (Fatima 16, Sreya 10) bt Goa (Shaheen 14, Piola 6) 44-24 [11-9, 12-4, 11-7, 10-4]
2)      Assam (Anju 11, Shilpy 10) bt Rajasthan (Anita 16, Nisha 10) 50-37 [18-13, 10-7, 14-6, 8-11]
3)      Haryana (Surya 26, Sandhya 14) bt Chandigarh (Kirti 16, Payal 6) 64-35 [15-7, 19-9, 12-15, 18-4]
Men
1)      West Bengal (S Joshi 31, DK Yadav 13) bt Uttar Pradesh (Akash Bhasin 18, Ashutosh Kumar 9, Rakesh Kumar 8)69-56 [15-12, 16-23, 18-8, 20-13]
2)      Delhi (Ajay Singh 12, S Sharma 11) bt Himachal Pradesh (Anoop 20, Deepak 9) 76-56 [24-18, 12-12, 25-13, 15-13]
Late Evening Results from 30-12-2014
Level 1
Women
1)      Indian Railways (R Rajapriyadarshini 17, Sitamani Tudu 14, Anju Lakra 12) bt Tamil Nadu (P Divya 12, R Ramya 10)61-38 [8-11, 25-8, 10-8, 18-11]
Level 2
Men
1)      Gujarat (Vinay 23, Kasi 14) bt Uttar Pradesh (Bhrigendra 18, Ashutosh 13) 72-47 [26-11, 26-15, 2-8, 18-13]
2)      Telangana (LS Reddy 20, J Pankaj 14) bt Andhra Pradesh (Naveen 14, J Tharun 14, G Venkata 13) 65-60 [11-16, 13-16, 17-12, 24-16]
3)      West Bengal (S Joshi 34, DK Yadav 14) bt Delhi (Pravin Doyan 19, Pulkit Sachdeva 19, Y Sharma 10) 72-69 [20-12, 14-18, 15-20, 23-19]
4)      Chandigarh (Syed Mohd 12, Atul 12, Maninder 10, Puneet 10) bt Jharkhand (Nirmal 25, Devendra 10) 70-46 [21-10, 19-14, 23-16, 7-6]
About the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship 2014
The 65th Senior National Basketball Championship 2014 is being held in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. The Championship is being organised by the Bhilwara District Basketball Association in collaboration with the Rajasthan State Basketball Association under the aegis of Basketball Federation of India and IMG-Reliance. Matches are being held at the Sukhodia Indoor Stadium and the two outdoor courts at the Nagar Parishad complex. 27 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams are participating in this event that will be played in a league-cum-knockout format. For this year’s edition, Tamil Nadu men and Chhattisgarh women are the defending champions.
The teams have been divided into two levels: the upper Level 1 and lower level 2. Level 1 teams have further been split into two groups (A and B) while Level 2 teams have been split into four groups. The top four teams from each Level 1 group and the top team from each of the four Level 2 groups will qualify for the knockout stages. A separate knockout tournament (called “Losers Knockouts”) will also be held for the 2nd and 3rd placed teams from each of the four lower level groups that will be knocked out of the main tournament.

 

 
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