Mohammed Mursi sworn in as Egypt’s President
In Egypt, Mohammed Mursi has been sworn in as the first freely elected President of the country. The swearing in ceremony took place before the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo on Saturday. He will be addressing the nation for the first time as the President of Egypt before Cairo University shortly.
The oath taking ceremony took place before 19 member Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo a short while ago. In a symbolic move Muris had sworn in at Tahrir Square in front of his supporters where he pledged to form a civilian, nationalist and constitutional Government where power flows from the people of Egypt -Muslims and Christians alike.
60 years old Mohammed Mursi is a US educated Engineer from Nile delta who rose from a humble background to the highest ranks of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. The first civilian President of Egypt will have to contend with the military which has assumed sweeping powers.
Centre to soon launch a unified National Health Mission
The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has indicated that the centre will soon launch a unified National Health Mission to ensure all round development of the country’s health care system. Delivering the convocation address of the Jawarharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research in Puducherry today, he said the successful implementation of the National Rural Health Mission in the last seven years has yielded results as health indicators have improved at primary and secondary levels.
Stating that much more needs to be done as there is a large unfinished agenda of providing affordable healthcare for all, the Prime Minister said the centre has decided to continue the National Rural Health Mission for the next five years. He said a new National Urban Health Mission will be launched shortly in order to focus on the health challenges in towns and cities.
Ashok Chavan blames Vilasrao for Adarsh scam
Jun 30, 5:40 PM
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has blamed his predecessor Vilasrao Deshmukh for the Adarsh Housing society scam in Mumbai.
Deposing before the two member probe panel in Adarsh Housing Society scam on Saturday, Chavan told the panel that the matters related to government allotment of land in Mumbai city, its suburb and Pune, and the decisions comes under the Chief Minister’s jurisdiction.
Deshmukh was the Chief Minster at the time of controversial allotments while Chavan was the revenue minister.
Chavan said that all the key decisions related to land allotment were taken by Deshmukh and he had no right to sanction any land allotment in Mumbai.
Chavan said that a Revenue Minister is guided by the Principal Secretary, who first studies all the proposals.
He said when a proposal is mooted by the Revenue department, that proposal goes to the Chief Minster for final approval.
BJP’s high level delegation to visit flood hit Assam
The BJP on Saturday constituted a high level delegation to visit the flood affected areas of Assam to asses the situation.
A three member delagation to be headed by party General Secretary Vijay Goel, has been set up by the BJP President Nitin Gadkari.
According to a release issued by the Party, the delegation will stay for two days in the state to asses the situation in flood affected areas.
It will submit its report to the Party President for taking appropriate and immediate actions in this regard.
Abu Dhabi wealth fund to continue hiring
The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is looking to expand its private equity team despite a slowdown in activity
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Sports Affairs -International
EURO Cup 2012 Final: Spain vs Italy
Euro 2012 Football tournament reaches its climax today at Kiev, when defending champions Spain will bid to hold off an Italy side who have steadily eased into form in trademark fashion.
Having beaten strongly fancied Germany 2-1 in Thursday’s second semi-final in Warsaw, 1968 title-winners Italy will contest a Euro final for the first time since their extra-time loss to France in 2000.
Reigning world and European champions Spain are seeking to become the first team in history to win three consecutive major titles. The defending champions scraped into the final via a penalty shoot-out win over Portugal after they were held to a 0-0 draw after extra-time.
Spain and Italy drew 1-1 in their opening Group C games after Cesc Fabregas cancelled out Antonio di Natale’s opener.
Sports Affairs -National
Tendulkar Greatest Batsman: Lillee
Australian fast-bowling great Dennis Lillee has described Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest batsman to have ever played cricket while admiring the iconic Indian’s hunger for the game despite achieving unparallelled success.
“Sachin is a very humble man. He is the greatest player and batsman to have ever played. He just amazes me on many counts, his eye for the game, hunger for the game and continued success,” said the 62-year-old Lillee, who bids adieu to the MRF Pace Foundation after 25 years of service.
Lillee felt a bit embarrassed now in the thought that he had rejected Tendukar’s ambition to become a fast bowler in the late 1980s but said he did the game of cricket a “big favour” by doing so.
“I actually feel very embarrassed because I rejected him as a fast bowler,” Lillee said recalling his first meeting with Tendulkar when the batsman came to the MRF Pace Foundation with an ambition to become a fast bowler.
“I think I did him and the game of cricket a favour. I am just joking, but I will never forget (the incident),” he said.