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Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide

Posted on 21 October 2014 by admin

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by a South African judge who cited the “gross negligence” he showed when he shot her multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.

Judge Thokozile Masipa also sentenced the double-amputee Olympian to three years in prison for unlawfully firing a gun in a restaurant in a separate incident weeks before Steenkamp’s 2013 shooting death. She ordered that sentence to be wholly suspended.
Pistorius killed Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year, shooting her through a toilet door in his home. Pistorius testified that the shooting was an accident because he mistook his girlfriend for a nighttime intruder.

Masipa convicted him of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, but acquitted him of murder.

Pistorius stood as the judge announced his sentence, and then left the courtroom and walked down a flight of stairs that lead to holding cells. His sentence starts immediately.

Legal experts said the section Judge Masipa quoted when she handed down Pistorius’ sentence provides that his prison term be a maximum of five years and the runner could be eligible for house arrest after serving eight months in jail.

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Maharashtra, Haryana assembly election results today

Posted on 19 October 2014 by admin

Seats Declared: 0/288
Parties Leads Won Total
(L + W)
BJP+ 1 0 1
SHS 0 0 0
Cong 0 0 0
NCP 0 0 0
MNS 0 0 0
Others 0 0 0

Results of the 288-seat Maharashtra assembly and 90-member Haryana house to be declared today.


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Current Affairs India-Diesel Price Deregulated

Posted on 19 October 2014 by admin

Government today deregulated diesel prices, a move that will result in a price cut of Rs 3.37 a litre with effect from midnight tonight.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Cabinet in its meeting today decided to deregulate or free diesel prices. Retail rates will now reflect international movement in oil prices.

As a result, rates will be cut by Rs 3.37 a litre with effect from midnight tonight.

This is the first reduction in diesel rates in over five years. Diesel rates were last cut on January 29, 2009 when they were reduced by Rs 2 a litre to Rs 30.86.

Diesel prices were last raised by 50 paisa on September 1 and cumulatively risen by Rs 11.81 per litre in 19 installments since January 2013.

There couldn’t have been more opportune time for the decision. Oil prices are near a four-year low and two major state elections are out of the way.

Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan has recently called on the government to “seize this moment”, while inflation is the lowest in five years and refiners are selling at a profit for the first time ever.

Brent crude has fallen 25 per cent this year to around USD 83 per barrel and expectation is that it may not cross USD 100 barrel anytime soon.

The process was set in motion by the previous UPA government when it eliminated controls on petrol prices in 2010 and in January last year decided to raise diesel prices by up to 50 paisa a litre every month.

The result has been that petrol prices have moved in tandem with global cost and retail rates being reduced on five occasions since August on falling oil rates. Prices have cumulative come down by close to Rs 7 per litre in last two-and-half months.

On diesel, the entire under-recovery or loss has been eliminated and oil firms started making profit from second half of September. The over-recovery or profit has since reached Rs 3.56 per litre.

Deregulation would mean that the government and state-owned explorers including Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) are no longer subsidising diesel.

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2014 Prize in Economic Sciences

Posted on 13 October 2014 by admin


The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2014 was awarded to Jean Tirole “for his analysis of market power and regulation”.

Press Release

13 October 2014

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2014 to

Jean Tirole
Toulouse 1 Capitole University, France

“for his analysis of market power and regulation”.


The science of taming powerful firms

Jean Tirole is one of the most influential economists of our time. He has made important theoretical research contributions in a number of areas, but most of all he has clarified how to understand and regulate industries with a few powerful firms.

Many industries are dominated by a small number of large firms or a single monopoly. Left unregulated, such markets often produce socially undesirable results – prices higher than those motivated by costs, or unproductive firms that survive by blocking the entry of new and more productive ones.

From the mid-1980s and onwards, Jean Tirole has breathed new life into research on such market failures. His analysis of firms with market power provides a unified theory with a strong bearing on central policy questions: how should the government deal with mergers or cartels, and how should it regulate monopolies?

Before Tirole, researchers and policymakers sought general principles for all industries. They advocated simple policy rules, such as capping prices for monopolists and prohibiting cooperation between competitors, while permitting cooperation between firms with different positions in the value chain. Tirole showed theoretically that such rules may work well in certain conditions, but do more harm than good in others. Price caps can provide dominant firms with strong motives to reduce costs – a good thing for society – but may also permit excessive profits – a bad thing for society. Cooperation on price setting within a market is usually harmful, but cooperation regarding patent pools can benefit everyone. The merger of a firm and its supplier may encourage innovation, but may also distort competition.

The best regulation or competition policy should therefore be carefully adapted to every industry’s specific conditions. In a series of articles and books, Jean Tirole has presented a general framework for designing such policies and applied it to a number of industries, ranging from telecommunications to banking. Drawing on these new insights, governments can better encourage powerful firms to become more productive and, at the same time, prevent them from harming competitors and customers.

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

Posted on 10 October 2014 by admin

The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.
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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60% of the present population is under 25 years of age. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected. In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.

Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain. He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.

Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzay has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.

The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism. Many other individuals and institutions in the international community have also contributed. It has been calculated that there are 168 million child labourers around the world today. In 2000 the figure was 78 million higher. The world has come closer to the goal of eliminating child labour.

The struggle against suppression and for the rights of children and adolescents contributes to the realization of the “fraternity between nations” that Alfred Nobel mentions in his will as one of the criteria for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Oslo, 10 October 2014

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2014 Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to Patrick Modiano

Posted on 09 October 2014 by admin


The Nobel Prize in Literature 2014 was awarded to Patrick Modiano “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.


The Nobel Prize in Literature 2014

Patrick Modiano

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2014 is awarded to the French author Patrick Modiano

for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.

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2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Posted on 08 October 2014 by admin

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 was awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”.

Press Release

8 October 2014

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2014 to

Eric Betzig
Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, VA, USA,

Stefan W. Hell
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, and German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany


William E. Moerner
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

“for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”


Surpassing the limitations of the light microscope

For a long time optical microscopy was held back by a presumed limitation: that it would never obtain a better resolution than half the wavelength of light. Helped by fluorescent molecules the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2014 ingeniously circumvented this limitation. Their ground-breaking work has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension.

In what has become known as nanoscopy, scientists visualize the pathways of individual molecules inside living cells. They can see how molecules create synapses between nerve cells in the brain; they can track proteins involved in Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases as they aggregate; they follow individual proteins in fertilized eggs as these divide into embryos.

It was all but obvious that scientists should ever be able to study living cells in the tiniest molecular detail. In 1873, the microscopist Ernst Abbe stipulated a physical limit for the maximum resolution of traditional optical microscopy: it could never become better than 0.2 micrometres. Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner are awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 for having bypassed this limit. Due to their achievements the optical microscope can now peer into the nanoworld.

Two separate principles are rewarded. One enables the method stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy, developed by Stefan Hell in 2000. Two laser beams are utilized; one stimulates fluorescent molecules to glow, another cancels out all fluorescence except for that in a nanometre-sized volume. Scanning over the sample, nanometre for nanometre, yields an image with a resolution better than Abbe’s stipulated limit.

Eric Betzig and William Moerner, working separately, laid the foundation for the second method, single-molecule microscopy. The method relies upon the possibility to turn the fluorescence of individual molecules on and off. Scientists image the same area multiple times, letting just a few interspersed molecules glow each time. Superimposing these images yields a dense super-image resolved at the nanolevel. In 2006 Eric Betzig utilized this method for the first time.

Today, nanoscopy is used world-wide and new knowledge of greatest benefit to mankind is produced on a daily basis.

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Nobel Prize in Physics 2014

Posted on 07 October 2014 by admin

2014 Nobel Prize in Physics

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources


Press Release

7 October 2014

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 to

Isamu Akasaki
Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan and Nagoya University, Japan

Hiroshi Amano
Nagoya University, Japan


Shuji Nakamura
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

“for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”


New light to illuminate the world

This year’s Nobel Laureates are rewarded for having invented a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source – the blue light-emitting diode (LED). In the spirit of Alfred Nobel the Prize rewards an invention of greatest benefit to mankind; using blue LEDs, white light can be created in a new way. With the advent of LED lamps we now have more long-lasting and more efficient alternatives to older light sources.

When Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura produced bright blue light beams from their semi-conductors in the early 1990s, they triggered a funda-mental transformation of lighting technology. Red and green diodes had been around for a long time but without blue light, white lamps could not be created. Despite considerable efforts, both in the scientific community and in industry, the blue LED had remained a challenge for three decades.

They succeeded where everyone else had failed. Akasaki worked together with Amano at the University of Nagoya, while Nakamura was employed at Nichia Chemicals, a small company in Tokushima. Their inventions were revolutionary. Incandescent light bulbs lit the 20th century; the 21st century will be lit by LED lamps.

White LED lamps emit a bright white light, are long-lasting and energy-efficient. They are constantly improved, getting more efficient with higher luminous flux (measured in lumen) per unit electrical input power (measured in watt). The most recent record is just over 300 lm/W, which can be compared to 16 for regular light bulbs and close to 70 for fluorescent lamps. As about one fourth of world electricity consumption is used for lighting purposes, the LEDs contribute to saving the Earth’s resources. Materials consumption is also diminished as LEDs last up to 100,000 hours, compared to 1,000 for incandescent bulbs and 10,000 hours for fluorescent lights.

The LED lamp holds great promise for increasing the quality of life for over 1.5 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity grids: due to low power requirements it can be powered by cheap local solar power.

The invention of the blue LED is just twenty years old, but it has already contributed to create white light in an entirely new manner to the benefit of us all.

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The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014

Posted on 06 October 2014 by admin

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 goes to three persons named

Edvard I. Moser, May-Britt Moser & John O’Keefe

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 was divided, one half awarded to John O’Keefe, the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser ” for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”.

Press Release


The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute has today decided to award

    The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

with one half to

John O´Keefe

and the other half jointly to

May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser

for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning
system in the brain

How do we know where we are? How can we find the way from one place to another? And how can we store this information in such a way that we can immediately find the way the next time we trace the same path? This year´s Nobel Laureates have discovered a positioning system, an “inner GPS” in the brain that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function.

In 1971, John O´Keefe discovered the first component of this positioning system. He found that a type of nerve cell in an area of the brain called the hippocampus that was always activated when a rat was at a certain place in a room. Other nerve cells were activated when the rat was at other places. O´Keefe concluded that these “place cells” formed a map of the room.

More than three decades later, in 2005, May-Britt and Edvard Moser discovered another key component of the brain’s positioning system. They identified another type of nerve cell, which they called “grid cells”, that generate a coordinate system and allow for precise positioning and pathfinding. Their subsequent research showed how place and grid cells make it possible to determine position and to navigate.

The discoveries of John O´Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser have solved a problem that has occupied philosophers and scientists for centuries – how does the brain create a map of the space surrounding us and how can we navigate our way through a complex environment?

How do we experience our environment?

The sense of place and the ability to navigate are fundamental to our existence. The sense of place gives a perception of position in the environment. During navigation, it is interlinked with a sense of distance that is based on motion and knowledge of previous positions.

Questions about place and navigation have engaged philosophers and scientists for a long time. More than 200 years ago, the German philosopher Immanuel Kant argued that some mental abilities exist as a priori knowledge, independent of experience. He considered the concept of space as an inbuilt principle of the mind, one through which the world is and must be perceived. With the advent of behavioural psychology in the mid-20th century, these questions could be addressed experimentally. When Edward Tolman examined rats moving through labyrinths, he found that they could learn how to navigate, and proposed that a “cognitive map” formed in the brain allowed them to find their way. But questions still lingered – how would such a map be represented in the brain?

John O´Keefe and the place in space

John O´Keefe was fascinated by the problem of how the brain controls behaviour and decided, in the late 1960s, to attack this question with neurophysiological methods. When recording signals from individual nerve cells in a part of the brain called the hippocampus, in rats moving freely in a room, O’Keefe discovered that certain nerve cells were activated when the animal assumed a particular place in the environment (Figure 1). He could demonstrate that these “place cells” were not merely registering visual input, but were building up an inner map of the environment. O’Keefe concluded that the hippocampus generates numerous maps, represented by the collective activity of place cells that are activated in different environments. Therefore, the memory of an environment can be stored as a specific combination of place cell activities in the hippocampus.

May-Britt and Edvard Moser find the coordinates

May-Britt and Edvard Moser were mapping the connections to the hippocampus in rats moving in a room when they discovered an astonishing pattern of activity in a nearby part of the brain called the entorhinal cortex. Here, certain cells were activated when the rat passed multiple locations arranged in a hexagonal grid (Figure 2). Each of these cells was activated in a unique spatial pattern and collectively these “grid cells” constitute a coordinate system that allows for spatial navigation. Together with other cells of the entorhinal cortex that recognize the direction of the head and the border of the room, they form circuits with the place cells in the hippocampus. This circuitry constitutes a comprehensive positioning system, an inner GPS, in the brain (Figure 3).

A place for maps in the human brain

Recent investigations with brain imaging techniques, as well as studies of patients undergoing neurosurgery, have provided evidence that place and grid cells exist also in humans. In patients with Alzheimer´s disease, the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex are frequently affected at an early stage, and these individuals often lose their way and cannot recognize the environment. Knowledge about the brain´s positioning system may, therefore, help us understand the mechanism underpinning the devastating spatial memory loss that affects people with this disease.

The discovery of the brain’s positioning system represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of how ensembles of specialized cells work together to execute higher cognitive functions. It has opened new avenues for understanding other cognitive processes, such as memory, thinking and planning.

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India won asian hockey gold medal 2014 Asian Games

Posted on 02 October 2014 by admin

17th Asian Games

Asian Games 2014: India men win hockey gold; qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics

In a nerve-wracking contest, India beat Pakistan 4-2 in penalty-shootout to clinch the coveted hockey gold at the Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday.

This triumph ensures the Indian hockey team a berth at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In a match between the arch-rivals and in the presence of a sell-out crowd, the two teams were locked at 1-1 at full time. Pakistan drew first blood when unmarked Mohammad Rizwan broke from the right and sounded the boards in the 4th minute.

India equalised in in the 12th minute through Kothajit Singh.

In the one-on-one shoot-off, Akashdeep Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Birendra Lakra and Dhramvir Singh scored for India, while Manpreet Singh failed to convert.

But India’s custodian and vice-captain P R Sreejesh produced breathtaking saves in the shoot-off to deny Pakistan’s Abdul Haseem Khan and Muhammad Umar Butta. Muhammad Waqas and Shafqat Rasool scored the goals for Pakistan.

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UN Security Council Adopts Binding Resolution against ISIS

Posted on 25 September 2014 by admin

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2178 (2014) at a special sitting of the UNSC where most members were represented by their heads of state and the meeting itself was chaired by President Obama.ScreenClip[22]

The resolution was passed under Chapter VII of the UN Charter which makes it binding on all member states. The resolution emphasizes on international cooperation to undertake counter terrorism measures to stop the ISIS threat. It places specific obligations on member states to take steps to stop the flow of foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) to the area of conflict. The resolution also calls upon the UN agencies to play their part in helping nations assess and curb the threat of FTF. The resolution is a milestone because it requires the member to take affirmative action to prevent recruitment and movement of FTF instead of merely condemning FTF.

Earlier, in August, Resolution No. 2170 (2014) was adopted by the UNSC which condemned violence and the abuse of human rights by extremist groups like ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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Cu Chi tunnels – Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam

Posted on 18 September 2014 by admin

Historic Cu Chi tunnels of Vietnam was in news because the President of India Pranab Mukherjee visited it on 17 September 2014.Cu Chi tunnel located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam is one of the most bombed, shelled and devastated areas of world in the military history.

The tunnels are a network consisting of over 200km of tunnels that is connected with one another like a cobweb. From this underground village, the revolutionary forces staged the 1968 general offensive against the US. The tunnels were also used during the Ho Chi Minh campaign in April 1975 to liberate South Vietnam.

The tunnels facilitated communication and coordination between the Viet Cong controlled enclaves, isolated from each other by South Vietnamese and American land and air attacks.

The tunnels have kitchens, food and ammunition storage caches, medic care chambers, meeting chambers, commanding rooms and others. The secret underground passages also allowed the Viet Cong to mount surprise attacks wherever the tunnels went- even within the perimeters of the US military base at Dong Du and to disappear suddenly into hidden trapdoors without a trace.

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Breaking News :Scotland votes ‘no’ to independence in historic referendum

Posted on 18 September 2014 by admin


Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence in historic referendum .
Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom — along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland — following a historic referendum vote.

By 55% to 45%, a majority of voters rejected the possibility of Scotland breaking away and becoming an independent nation.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed Scotland’s decision in a televised statement outside 10 Downing Street, saying it was a clear result.

“Like millions of other people, I am delighted,” he said.

Cameron said he would have been heartbroken to see the United Kingdom broken up — but paid tribute to the efforts of both sides in the campaign.

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain.
Capital: Edinburgh
National animal: Unicorn
Currency: UK £
Population: 5.295 million (2011)
National anthem: Scots Wha Hae, Scotland the Brave, Is There for Honest Poverty, Highland Cathedral, Flower of Scotland


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Justice RM Lodha .The Next Chief Justice of India

Posted on 11 April 2014 by admin

Justice RM Lodha to be sworn-in as next Chief Justice of India.

New Delhi: Justice RM Lodha, the seniormost judge of the Supreme Court, has been recommended as the next Chief Justice of India, the Law Ministry said on Friday.

Lodha will be sworn-in as the 41st Chief Justice of India on April 27.

He will succeed Justice P Sathasivam, who retires on April 26. The CJI had sent the communication recommending Justice Lodha’s name to the Union Law Ministry.

According to reports, the recommendation would be processed and the notification for appointment would be issued within two weeks.

Justice Lodha, the son of Justice SK Mal Lodha, former Judge of the Rajasthan High Court, took his law Degree from University of Jodhpur and enrolled with Bar Council of Rajasthan in 1973.

He started practicing Law in the Rajasthan High Court and dealt with all branches of law.

On January 31, 1994 he was elevated as Permanent Judge of Rajasthan High Court and was later transferred to the Bombay High Court where he assumed office on February 16, 1994.

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GK Todays News Capsule ! October 27.2013

Posted on 27 October 2013 by admin

World News and Current affairs at a Glance

October 27.2013        Top Headlines Today

Germany to send intelligence officials to Washington amid spying uproar

Germany is sending senior intelligence officials to Washington, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saturday, amid outrage over claims the U.S.

Small tsunami reaches Japan after earthquake

A small tsunami triggered by a quake has hit Japan’s eastern coast – where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located – but no damage is reported.

Iran hangs 16 rebels ‘in reprisal for border deaths’   

Sixteen rebels have been hanged in Iran in retaliation for the deaths of at least 14 border guards in an ambush, say Iranian news agencies.

Pakistan supports Saudi stand on UN Security Council seat

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan says it fully agrees with the government of Saudi Arabia’s decision not to join the UN Security Council after being elected to its non-permanent seat for the term 2014-2015.

Post 9/11, NSA spying virtually unchecked: Experts

NSA has pushed the envelope in its digital snooping after being granted sweeping powers by Congress in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Pakistan Army chief to visit China on Monday

Islamabad: Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will travel to China next week on a three-day visit, likely to be his last before he retires next month.


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G20 summit.World leaders arrive in St Petersburg ,Russia

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

World leaders have begun arriving in St Petersburg, ahead of this weekend’s G20 summit.

The 7th summit of the G20 leaders is being held at the city’s Constantine Palace and security around it is tight.

The main topic of discussion, although not on the summit agenda, is sure to be the conflict in Syria, which is causing tension between the US and Russia. Barack Obama had already pulled out of a one-to-one meeting with host Putin after Moscow granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum.

The G20 was set up to discuss global financial and economic issues – so banking reform, taxes and trade are officially what everyone’s there to talk about.

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Usain Bolt overtakes Carl Lewis in world track championship history

Posted on 19 August 2013 by admin

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt sprinted past Carl Lewis into the world track championship record book by completing a triple gold-medal performance Sunday in Moscow while anchoring Jamaica to victory in the 400-meter relay.

His march to greatness continues, and Bolt says he’s not going to slow down.

“I’ll continue dominating,” said Bolt, who earlier during the meet won the 100 and 200. “I’ll continue to work hard. For me, my aim is to continue hard into the greatness thing.”

He tied the American sprint legend with his 10th world championship medal. Each has eight gold medals, but the scale tips in Bolt’s favor because he has a pair of silver medals, while Lewis has a silver and bronze.

To hear Bolt talk about the relay victory, it was never in doubt, even though the U.S. was leading before a bad exchange cost the Americans a chance at victory with Justin Gatlin waiting to run the final leg.

“I wasn’t really worried about Justin,” Bolt said. “I knew if he got the baton in front of me, I could catch him. So it was just going out there to run as fast as possible.”

“It’s not just about the talent. It’s about rising to the occasion. He understands what that means,” Gatlin said of the Jamaican’s accomplishments.

Those accolades include becoming the only man to hold the world records simultaneously in the 100 and 200 since fully automatic times became mandatory in 1977 and six gold medals in the last two Olympics.

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NASA’s Hubble discovered Blue Planet 63 light-years Away

Posted on 12 July 2013 by admin

NASAScientists from NASA in July 2013 have discovered a blue planet that possibly rains glass, orbiting a star 63 light-years away.

This is the first time an exoplanet’s true colour has been determined. Astronomers has used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and made visible light observation spotting the planet HD 189733b which is one of the closest exoplanets that can be seen crossing the face of its star.

Scientists continuously observed changes in the colour of light from the planet before, during and after a pass behind its star and observed that there was a small drop in light and a slight change in the colour of the light.

The light was actually becoming less bright in the blue but not in the green or red. Light was missing in the blue but not in the red when it was hidden. Also, earlier observations by scientist reported evidence for scattering of blue light on the planet. The latest Hubble observation confirms the evidence.

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Current affairs .North Korea threatens to shut down Kaesong industrial complex

Posted on 31 March 2013 by admin

North Korea has threatened to shut down the inter-Korean industrial complex in Kaesong, located in the southwestern part of the country.

The jointly-run industrial park is a symbol of cooperation between the 2 Koreas. Some 50,000 North Koreans work for South Korean firms operating in the complex.

Officials in Pyongyang said that the country will close the industrial park without hesitation if South Korea undermines the North’s dignity.

The officials were apparently referring to the South’s joint military drills currently taking place with the United States.

The Kaesong complex is an important means for impoverished North Korea to earn foreign currency. The industrial park has operated normally even after the North severed a military hotline with the South on Wednesday.

The line was used for checking the entry of South Koreans to the special zone. Observers say, that the latest threat may be part of North Korea’s tactics to rattle the South.

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India vs Australia: India look to seal series at Mohali

Posted on 14 March 2013 by admin

India  has got advantage against a depleted Australia side in the third Test match that begins Today at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here.

With only 12 players to pick a team from, Australia are under huge pressure. The onus of ending their two-match losing streak looms large under the backdrop of the suspension of its four players Monday due to breach of discipline.

The Australia team management Monday suspended four of its players including vice-captain Shane Watson for not doing a homework. Along with Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were suspended for the Test.

With Australia trailing 0-2 in the series, all the players were given five days to prepare a feedback on how they could improve. But the four players failed to meet the deadline, and paid the price.

While Watson and Pattinson would have been automatic choices, Khawaja and Johnson also had a strong chance.

The inexperienced Australia batting line-up will have a tough time against the Indian spinners. However, the good news for them is that skipper Michael Clarke is in form. Clarke has scored one century and two half-centuries in the four innings he has played so far.

The big news for India will be the debut of Delhi batsman Shikhar Dhawan who will replace citymate Virender Sehwag, who was dropped after failing in the first two Tests, averaging just nine.

The Indian batting order has put together good performances so far. Led by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli have scored a ton each.

When it comes to bowling, Pragyan Ojha is likely to retain his bench in the pavilion as India will likely retain its winning combination.

Ravichandran Ashwin has been very impressive taking three five-wicket hauls, with a best of 7/103. Harbhajan Singh has taken wickets though not regularly. Lack of wickets could prove to be trouble for him in the future.

Ironically, Ravindra Jadeja has been even more effective than Harbhajan. Firstly, he has taken more wickets than Harbhajan and, secondly, important wickets of men-in-form like Clarke and Wade at crucial junctures of both the matches.

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