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IDF News on Health Guide distribution

HEALTH GUIDE DISTRIBUTION TO ALL REGISTERED INDIAN ASSOCIATIONS.

The Indian Doctors Forum continued to exercise its community welfare activities on Friday 8th February 2013 at the Kuwait Medical Association, Jabriya, by distributing the recently released Health Guide Volume – 9 under the theme of “GLOBESITY” to most of the Indian Associations registered at the Indian Embassy amidst the prestigious presence of H.E. Shri. Vidhu Nair, Charge D’Affairs, Indian Embassy, Kuwait.

The gracious evening began at 7:30pm, when the Presidents & /or General Secretaries of around 50 Indian Associations assembled together at the Kuwait Medical Association Hall for this prime ceremony. The arrival of the Chief Guest H.E. Shri. Vidhu Nair, Charge D’Affairs, Indian Embassy, Kuwait marked the onset of the official function which started with the Welcome Address by Dr. Jaganath R C, General Secretary of IDF. He welcomed the Chief Guest who managed to dedicate & spare some time despite his hectic and tight schedules. He also expressed immense happiness at the secular and complete representation as there were noted individuals from most of the different associations belonging to various states of India like Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujrat, Assam etc. This was then followed by the Presidential Address by Dr. Amir Ahmed, who detaield out the various community welfare activities carried out by IDF. He also shared his immense happiness over the recent recognition that IDF received in the form of the PravasiBharatiyaSamman Award, which is the highest order to be received from the Government of India for any NRI Association. He added that this award was meant for all of us and it is entire through the cooperation and the assistance availed from all the Indian Associations, that the Health Screening Camps have beceom so popular and successful.

H.E. Shri. Vidhu Nair, Charge D’Affairs, Indian Embassy, praised all the activities of IDF carried out, either towards its members or the community at large. He said that he was fascinated to see so much of talent displayed by the Indian Doctors Forum in carrying out whatsoever activity they undertake, be it cultural or quiz or community service. He further endorsed IDF as one of the leading associations in Kuwait which has set an example for other like minded association to to follow.

Prof. P.S.N. Menon then introduced the Health Guide Volume – 9 themed as “GLOBESITY” to all present and informed all about the seriousness of the condition and the various avoidable damage that it does. He also stressed on the rising incidence of Childhood Obesity that is being seen at an alarming rate not only in Kuwait but also in India and many other parts of the world. He emphasized on the importance of healthy lifestyle and eating habits, are the two strong pillars that could avoid Obesity in most of the cases.

This was then followed by an Interactive session with the various associations present, where in the audience were asked to kindly bring forth suggestions or clear any queries they had regarding any community service activity carried out by IDF. Mr. SiddiqueValiykad, Former President of Federation of Indian Muslim Association,Mrs. Muriel Alphonso, Presdient of Indian Women’s Association, Mr. Dinesh Kamtekar from Maharashtra Mandal and some other leaders from different associations while appreciating the services rendered by IDF, also voiced their opinions, comments and suggestions on the health camps which has been a great help and humanitarian service of IDF.

 

 was the first one to come forward and praise the activities of IDF. He reminded all that FIMA was the first association in Kuwait to carry out such health screening camps, which was conducted in 2001, which was a great success. He also highlighted the various sacrifices an IDF member has to make, when he has to sacrifice his Friday for the sake of providing health assistance to all the low socio-economic people instead of spending valuable time with his/her family.The evening came to an end with the Vote of Thanks delivered by Dr. Vinod Grover, Vice President, Indian Doctors Forum. During his dialogue, he underscored the enormous backing and help received by IDF from the Indian Embassy and all the Indian Associations in conducting these camps successfully. He continues to say that our contributions and actions could only be complete because of the aid received from all present as it is always a joint effort. The function concluded with dinner catered by Winners Restaurant. Few copies of the health guide was distributed free of cost to the community leaders to be circulated among their members. The health guide can be accessed from IDF website – www.indiandoctorsforum.org


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"Incredibly important’’ Gandhi letter to be auctioned in UK

"Incredibly important’’ Gandhi letter to be auctioned in UK
A letter written by Mahatma Gandhi, described as “an incredibly important document in world history”, is to be auctioned in Britain next week. However, given its significance, its low floor price — between £10,000 and £15,000 — has surprised collectors.

In the three-page typed letter, which he wrote to the colonial British authorities while under house arrest at the Aga Khan Palace in Pune in 1943, Gandhiji demanded his and followers’ release arguing that it was “unthinkable” that “thousands of men and women should be kept in detention on mere suspicion” while millions were suffering from “preventable starvation and thousands are dying of it”.

He wrote that if the government thought that “it is only my evil influence that corrupts people” then he would be “quite content to pass my days in any prison” but his other colleagues should be “discharged”.

He accused the British authorities of wasting “public funds” on keeping him under house arrest when they could be used to provide relief.

“The huge place in which I am being detained with a large guard around me, I hold to be a waste of public funds,” he wrote.

The letter, to the additional secretary of the Government of India, is signed and dated: Detention Camp, October 26th 1943. It has two textual corrections in his handwriting.

Describing it as the “most significant” document in Indian history, Richard Westwood-Brookes, the Historical Documents Expert at Mullock’s Auctioneers who are conducting the sale, said : “Letters of Gandhi are highly sought after around the world but this is without question one of the most significant letters. The letters that have appeared in recent years were saying things like ‘thank you for my birthday present’.”

He told The Daily Mail that it was“couched in coded diplomatic terms” and signified Gandhi’s “desire to achieve a diplomatic strategical struggle for independence, and eventual successful establishment of the State of India”.

According to the auctioneers, the letter came from an Indian freedom fighter. It would be sold at a special sale of historical documents at Ludlow Racecourse, Shropshire, on February 14.
 
-The Hindu
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Southampton sinks Manchester City

Southampton sinks Manchester City
Manchester City’s hopes of retaining their Premier League title received a potentially fatal blow after they were beaten 3-1 at Southampton on Saturday.

Goals from Jason Puncheon, Steve Davis and a Gareth Barry own goal sealed City’s fate, leaving them nine points behind leaders Manchester United with 12 games remaining.

Southampton was 2-0 up within 22 minutes through Puncheon and Davis and though Edin Dezko pulled one back, an own goal from Barry just after half-time finished off City’s hopes.

Queens Park Rangers’ hopes of survival suffered another blow on Saturday as they were beaten 4-1 at Swansea City.

Two goals from Michu and one each from Angel Rangel and Pablo Hernandez gave Swansea victory, moving them to seventh and leaving QPR bottom and six points away from safety with 12 games to go.

Chelsea stayed ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal in the race for third place as they beat Wigan 4-1 through goals by Ramires, Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard and Marko Marin.

“We deserved to win,” manager Rafeal Benitez said. “To win is something you have to do. Top sides, if you want to win something, you have to be consistent winning. It’s normal.

“But it’s not the end of the world if you draw a game you deserve to win. The problem for me would be if we don’t create chances; we create chances every game.

“We score goals. We’re making some mistakes, but we have a lot of positives. Today four goals could be six goals at the end.”

Gareth Bale scored both goals as Tottenham stayed one point behind Chelsea in fourth thanks to a 2-1 win over Newcastle.

The Wales midfielder put Spurs in front with a brilliant free kick after just five minutes but Newcastle equalized 20 minutes later through Yoan Gouffran.

Gouffran then had to go off with a nasty shin injury and Bale won it for Tottenham with a cool finish 12 minutes from time.

“It was a great individual performance and it was outstanding to see a player enjoying his football,” Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas said of Bale.

Arsenal survived the sending off of Carl Jenkinson half an hour from time to win 1-0 at Sunderland, Santi Cazorla getting the goal 10 minutes before half-time to keep them within four points of Spurs.

An injury to Jack Wilshere slightly tempered Arsenal’s joy but manager Arsene Wenger said he expected the midfielder to recover quickly.

Stoke City beat Reading 2-1 to climb to 10th place while Norwich City and Fulham drew 0-0 in the other match.
 
-The Hindu
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Stars rain down on city, turf war today

Stars rain down on city, turf war today
 
Amma Kerala Strikers to take on Mumbai Heroes at 7 p.m.; tickets for the event sold out
 
The third edition of the Celebrity Cricket League will be kicked off with a glamourous inaugural event on Saturday at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in the city.
 
Superstars of Indian cinema, including actor Salman Khan, are expected to take part in the inaugural show of the event, blending star power and cricket.
 
Bollywood stars of the Mumbai Heroes team descended on the city late on Friday evening for their opening match with Amma Kerala Strikers.
 
The first match of the Twenty20 league will be between Chennai Rhinos and Bhojpuri Dabanggs, which is one of the two new teams joining the league this year. Veer Marathi is the other new team.
 
The inaugural function to be held at 6.30 p.m. will feature several stars of Indian cinema. Director Priyadarshan will introduce the four teams playing on the day.
 
Full house expected
 
Tournament organisers expect a full house for the opening ceremony and the match featuring the home team which will begin at 7 p.m.
 
Officials said the tickets for the event had been exhausted. The police have also put in traffic restrictions in the city for the day of the match.
 
The Kerala and Chennai teams, meanwhile, hit the field for a practice session on Friday. A huge crowd waited outside the stadium to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars arriving at the stadium.
 
Fans outside stadium
 
Loyal fans waited throughout the session hoping for a star’s autograph. Those who expected to be let inside the stadium to watch the practice session left disappointed.
 
Actors Indrajith (vice-captain), Nivin Pauly, Rajeev Pillai, Vinu Mohan and Bineesh Kodiyeri were among those from the home team who took the field. The practice session was supervised by team captain Mohanlal and team manager Idavela Babu. The actors stretched and warmed up before going on to practise their shots, bowling and fielding.
 
Final 11 not announced
 
The final 11 who will start the campaign for Kerala Strikers has not been announced.
 
Eight new stars have also joined the Amma Kerala Strikers this year. Team coach Chandrasenan said he expected a better performance from his team this time around as they had more practice compared to last year.
 
The Kerala team will also have the backing of the home crowd for the match.
 
-   The  Hindu
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90,000 on travel ban list – Unpaid debts main reason

90,000 on travel ban list – Unpaid debts main reason
KUWAIT: Thousands of people in Kuwait are under travel bans and are not able to leave the country, even if they had necessary issues to solve abroad. According to a source at the Ministry of Interior the number reached 90,000 people till the end of last week. About 48,000 of them are Kuwaiti citizens and about 42,000 are expats from 12 different countries. The source also said that the most common reason for the travel ban was their inability to pay back their financial debts.
 
Those who were banned from travelling due to the unpaid financial debts, can pay the amount at the airport and then travel immediately. This option is currently not available at the land borders, although some of the working staff have proposed it. Mohammed K, an employee at a land border noted that they meet passengers with travel ban on daily bases. “It never happened that during my shift I didn’t meet a passenger with travel ban. In fact this issue usually causes traffic jams at the border as we don’t have the service of paying the debt and leaving, so people wait here for some time, till they find somebody of their relatives or friends to pay the amount for them at the airport. I have suggested providing this service here. But the officials didn’t respond to my suggestions that would relieve the border from the jam,” he told the Kuwait Times.
 
Mohammed also met some cases where the travel ban was applied by mistake. “I remember that about a week ago one university student who studies abroad was banned from travelling for the same financial amounts that he previously already paid. He had to pay it again just to be able to travel as he had exams at the university. So sometimes mistakes happens in the service, so people have always to keep the receipts of their payments,” he added. He also said that the number of Kuwaitis are much more than the expats, and that those banned from travelling are mostly men for financial debts mostly for telecommunication companies. He also remembered a woman who was banned from travel for huge amount reaching thousands of dinars as her maid had not paid the fines for her illegal stay in Kuwait for many years.
 
Eisa, 29 years old expat is banned from travelling due to a court case against him for not paying alimony to his divorced wife. He was not able to pay the amount that reached KD 1055 as he lost his job. “My cousin is getting married in Lebanon and I can’t attend the wedding because of the ban. If they agreed to postpone the payment till when I find a job, I would be able to pay later without missing the wedding,” he complained. Some people were screwed with the travel ban just for their good will and intention. “My aunt came to know about the ban when she was about to travel with her family on during a vacation.
 
She was very upset and disappointed, as she couldn’t leave with them, as the amount was huge. She couldn’t just pay it at the airport. And all of this happened just because she sponsored a friend, who left the country without paying some installments. So the duty of paying the debts laid on my aunt,” stressed 26 years old Fatma.
 
 
 
-Kuwait Times
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Today on Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 @6:00 PM---Invitation for Public Awareness Program for Residents of Salmiya...

Coordination Committee of Indian Residents of Salmiya

(A welfare group to co-ordinate the concerns of Salmiya Residents)!

 

This is to bring your attention that the above mentioned Coordination Committee 

invites you all residents of Salmiya to attend 

Public Awareness Program 

In the presence of

Col. Bader Al-Mutairi (Salmiya Area Commander)

and other distinguished guests from the Ministry of Interior, State of Kuwait

on Saturday, 09/02/2013  

Timing 6.00 PM till 7.30 PM 

at Salmiya Indian Community School-Senior.

We look forward for your presence and support.

 

We hope that the distinguished guests will address the challenges faced and detail the precautions to be taken, in the current social environment in Salmiya.

NB:    If you have any suggestions, or any incidents to report, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can also bring it in writing and drop it in suggestion/complaint box at the venue.   Please include your full contact details.

Requesting you all to pass this message to all your contacts who are residing in Salmiya Area.

Campaign launched to promote safe riding – 500 motorcycles participate

Campaign launched to promote safe riding – 500 motorcycles participate
KUWAIT: Over 500 motorcycles and thousands of enthusiasts participated in a campaign yesterday to promote safe motorcycles riding in Kuwait. The event, organized by Radisson Blu Hotel (Dubai) with The Palms Beach Hotel Spa and Resort (Kuwait), started early morning from Al-Shaab Park (Gulf Road) down to Al-Bidaa area in Salwa.  A huge celebration was held inside The Palms Beach Hotel wherein family members and their friends were treated with lots of valuable gifts, prizes and sumptuous food.
 
Ghuzan Al-Khalid, one of the organizers, emphasized the importance of making people aware of safety procedure for riding motorcycles. He urged the Ministry of Public Works to construct tracts or special lane for the use of motorcycles for their safety and convenience while driving. Khalid Abul Jebeen, a member of the Founding Committee of Kuwait Riders Team, said they already have around 300 members carrying out several activities from social to civic approach. Abul Jebeen noted they hope to carry out the message to members and even non-members.
 
“Safety in riding motorcycle is always our number one priority. If members are aware of the safety procedures then many will be saved and could avoid regretful incidences on the road.” Chairman of the Organizing Committee Hussam Abu Lughud expressed pleasure for organizing the safety campaign which could help limit  road accidents and motorcycle fatalities.  “Awareness is very important. Riders must be taught of wise decision while riding a motorcycle so as to avoid  harming others and limit road accidents,” he said.
 
Supervisor general of BMW Kuwait and Club for Ducati Motorcycle said the number of their members is now 550 while Ducati grew from just 50s to 155. “With the number of members, of course, we are very proud. The sport is gaining popularity in Kuwait. So it deserved our attention and perhaps more appropriate  action from the government level,” he said. He added that his team continued to carry out several cultural programs, sports and donation drive programs for the benefit of others. “I call upon everyone to respect laws of Kuwait while riding motorcycle,” he added.
 
Director of The Palms Beach Hotel Rabi Al-Sukhnun said the activities like this one is important for the benefit of the society as a whole. Participants Abdullah Al-Hasheen, 26, said, he loves being with the people with the same hobby, but just like many others, he loves to riding motorcycle safely. “I am 26, and I still have lots of plan in the future, but riding a motorcycle sometimes in Kuwait is very dangerous, so a campaign like this one could help. I like bike because it can get me through places where the typical car would not be able to reach. I enjoy bike riding every day,” he admitted.
 
Al-Hasheen is just one of many Kuwaitis participating in the safety campaign in riding motorcycle. There are participants from different parts of the world including motorcycle enthusiasts from Europe, US, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
By Ben Garcia, Staff Writer
 
- Kuwait Times
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Google pays tribute to Jagjit Singh on 72nd birth anniversary

Google pays tribute to Jagjit Singh on 72nd birth anniversary
New Delhi:  The latest Google Doodle commemorative logo pays tribute to ghazal king Jagjit Singh on his 72nd birthday on Friday.
 
A drawing of Singh dressed in kurta-pajama sitting down with his harmonium is placed in the middle of the Google logo. The legendary singer passed away in October 2011 due to brain haemorrhage.
 
According to Google Search Trends, the late singer also topped the list of popular singers in this genre.
 
In India, netizens of Ludhiana, Bhopal and Indore searched the most for queries related to Singh. Pankaj Udhas came in second place in his online popularity in India, whereas it was Ghulam Ali worldwide.
 
Globally, the Indian subcontinent searched the highest for Jagjit Singh, followed by Pakistan, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates.
 
The top five ghazal singers globally are- Jagjit Singh, Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan, Pankaj Udhas and Talat Aziz.
 
Singh is best remembered for numbers like 'Jhuki jhuki si nazar', 'Tum itna jo', 'Koi ye kaise bataye', 'Yeh tera ghar yeh mera ghar', 'Tumko dekha toh yeh khayaal', 'Kaagaz ki kashti', 'Hoshwalon ko khabar kya', 'Koi fariyaad' and 'Chitthi na koi sandesh'.  
 
- Manorama Online
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Facebook has about 50 mn duplicate user accounts

Facebook has about 50 mn duplicate user accounts
Hyderabad: Social networking site Facebook has said it is having approximately 50 million duplicate accounts besides 22 million of misclassified and undesirable accounts.

According to a Facebook's statement as on December 31, 2012, it has 1.06 billion monthly active users (MAUs) worldwide including 71 million in India.

"We estimate, for example, that "duplicate" accounts (an account that a user maintains in addition to his or her principal account) may have represented approximately 5.0 per cent of our worldwide MAUs as of December 31, 2012," Facebook said in its report to Securities and Exchange Commission of USA.

Facebook said it identifies "false" accounts, by way of dividing into two categories-- user-misclassified accounts, where users have created personal profiles for a business, organisation, or non-human entity such as a pet and undesirable accounts, which represent user profiles that are determined as intended to be used for purposes that violate the site's terms of service, such as spamming.

"As of December 31, 2012, for example, we estimate user-misclassified accounts may have represented approximately 1.3 per cent of our worldwide MAUs and undesirable accounts may have represented approximately 0.9 per cent of our worldwide MAUs," the report said.

Facebook said it believes the percentage of accounts that are duplicate or false is meaningfully lower in developed markets such as the US or Australia and higher in developing markets such as Indonesia and Turkey.

"As such, our estimation of duplicate or false accounts may not accurately represent the actual number of such accounts. We are continually seeking to improve our ability to identify duplicate or false accounts and estimate the total number of such accounts, and such estimates may change due to improvements or changes in our methodology," the report added.

Facebook claimed to have 1.06 billion MAUs as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 25 per cent from December 31, 2011.

"Users in Brazil, India and Indonesia represented key sources of growth in fiscal 2012 relative to the prior year," the report said.

"We had 67 million MAUs in Brazil as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 81 per cent compared to the same period in 2011; 71 million MAUs in India as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 54 per cent compared to the same period in 2011; 60 million MAUs in Indonesia as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 25 per cent compared to the same period in 2011, it added.

Additionally, the site had 174 million MAUs in the US as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 8 per cent compared to the same period in 2011.  
 
- Manorama Online
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US keen to jointly develop, export arms with India

US keen to jointly develop, export arms with India
Washington: India not only wants to co-develop and co-produce arms with the US, but also wants to jointly export them, a top Pentagon official has said adding that the United States supports such Indian aspirations.
 
"The Indians don't want to just buy weapons systems from us, they want to co-develop and co-produce systems of mutual value...that we can jointly export," US Deputy Defence Secretary Ashton B Carter has said following his recent meeting with National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, in Germany on the sidelines of the 49th Munich Security Conference.
 
"The two had a positive discussion concerning issues of mutual interest," a Pentagon spokeswoman told after the Carter-Menon meeting.
 
"We support that aspiration in India. That's the way we want to do things, too," Carter told American Forces Press Service aboard his aircraft during his return flight following his six-day international trip that took him to Paris, Munich, Turkey and Jordan.
 
Carter had last visited India in July last year, soon after the visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.
 
It is during this trip that Panetta had announced that Carter had been entrusted with the task of working with Indian officials to reduce bureaucratic hurdles to increase defence trade between India and the United States. In his meeting with Menon, Carter discussed progress that has been made on these efforts.
 
During his India trip, Carter had also visited the facilities in Hyderabad where India's Tata Advanced Systems Limited and US-based Lockheed Martin produce parts for the C-130J, the "Super Hercules" four-engine military transport aircraft that Lockheed produces.
 
"The Indians are buying the C-130J, but they're also building the C-130J...and that's a perfect example of the kind of project we want to do with India," Carter said. 
 
- Manorama Online
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Ratan Tata elected to National Academy of Engineering

Ratan Tata elected to National Academy of Engineering
Washington: Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata along with eight Indian Americans has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, which is the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer in the US.
The National Academy of Engineering in a statement said that Ratan Tata has been elected as one of the 11 new foreign members of the academy for his outstanding contributions to industrial development in India and the world.
 
The top American engineering institute also announced election of 69 new members of which eight are eminent Indian American engineers.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
 
Academy membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education. "
 
Anant Agarwal, president, edX (online learning initiative of MIT and Harvard University) and professor electrical engineering and computer science department in Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been elected for his contributions to shared-memory and multicore computer architectures.
 
While Murty P Bhavaraju, senior consultant PJM Interconnection has been elected for probabilistic reliability evaluation tools for large electric power systems; Ashok Gadgil, director and senior scientist, environmental energy technologies division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been elected for engineering solutions to the problems of potable water and energy in underdeveloped nations.
 
Ganesh Kailasam, research and development vice president and global research and development director, performance materials division, Dow Chemical Co, has been elected for development of processes for production of high-performance polymers including polyetherimides.  
 
Vijay Kumar, UPS Foundation Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, has been elected for his contributions in cooperative robotics, networked vehicles, and unmanned aerial vehicles, and for leadership in robotics research and education.
 
While Bal Raj Sehgal, emeritus professor of nuclear power safety, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden has been elected for his contributions to predicting accident behavior of nuclear reactor systems; Pradeep Sindhu, vice chairman, chief technical officer, and founder, Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, has been elected for his contributions to technology and commercialization of Internet Protocol routing.
 
Krishna Singh, president and chief executive officer, Holtec International, Marlton, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for engineering and business leadership for increased power plant efficiency and improved safety of spent nuclear fuel storage worldwide.  
 
- Manorama Online
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Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru hanged, buried in Tihar jail

Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru hanged, buried in Tihar jail
Afzal Guru, convicted in the audacious attack on Parliament in 2001, was on Saturday hanged in Tihar Jail, in an operation shrouded in secrecy.
 
 
The mercy plea of the 43-year-old Guru, who was sentenced to death in 2002 by a special court and later upheld by the Supreme Court in 2004, was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee a few days back, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokespeman Venu Rajamony said.
 
Reminiscent of the hanging of Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab on November 21, 2012 Guru’s execution was kept under wraps in a top secret operation.
 
The family of Guru residing in Sopore in north Kashmir was informed about the decision of the government that his mercy petition has been rejected.
 
Guru was buried inside the prison complex soon after his execution.“He (Guru) was buried near jail number three,” a top Tihar Jail official told PTI.
 
Curfew was imposed in the Kashmir Valley in the wee hours of Saturday. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, DGP Ashok Prasad and other senior officers flew from Jammu to Srinagar early this morning to keep a close watch on the law and order situation.
 
Pro-Pakistan separatist groups have given a call for a three-day shut down in the Valley.
 
Guru was convicted on charges conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament.
 
On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.
 
They included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener.
 
A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead.
 
- The Hindu

Indian Classical Music Concert Held at Embassy of India

Indian Classical Music Concert Held at Embassy of India

An Indian classical music concert featuring Maestros Kala Ramnath on the violin, Rupak Kulkarni on the flute and Yogesh Samsi on Indian drums (Tabla) was held at the Embassy of India auditorium on 7 February 2013. Maestro Kala Ramnath began playing the violin at the tender age of three and is amongst the most outstanding instrumental musicians in the North Indian Classical style. Maestro Rupak Kulkarni is a disciple of renowned Flute Maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia under whose tutelage he has matured as an outstanding exponent of the instrument. Maestro Yogesh Samsi born in a family of musicians was initiated into Tabla when he was four years old. He is a disciple of the legendary Maestro Ustad Allah Rakha under whom he trained for twenty three years. The event was hosted by the Ambassador of India Shri Satish C. Mehta.

A large number of Kuwaiti dignitaries, Ambassadors and members of the Indian community in Kuwait attended the concert. The scintillating performance by the Maestros received spontaneous applause from the appreciative audience time and again. The spell-bound audience gave the Maestros a standing ovation upon conclusion of the performance. The event was organized by the Embassy of India in cooperation with Indian Business Council Kuwait, National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters and Dar Al-Aathaar Al-Islamiya.

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Strong aftershock disrupts Solomon Islands aid efforts

Strong aftershock disrupts Solomon Islands aid efforts
 A 6.6-magnitude aftershock has forced an aid flight to turn back on its way to Lata in the Solomon Islands, local news reported.

The relief flight was carrying supplies and the Solomon’s Prime Minister from Honiara to the worst affected areas.

The delay in aid efforts comes as officials discover the tsunami damage is much worse that originally indicated.

The shallow aftershock southeast of Kirakira follows a powerful 8.0 earthquake on Wednesday, which sent a devastating tsunami over the island of Lata.

The 1-metre wall of water swept away whole villages in the flat region and killed at least nine people.

The area of destruction is much larger than first thought with up to 20 villages badly damaged or destroyed.

Television New Zealand’s Barbara Dreaver was on the plane and said it was just about to land in Lata when the aftershock damaged the runway and forced it to turn back.

Prime Minister Gordon Lillo is declaring a state of emergency for the areas around Lata in the Santa Cruz area.

An aerial reconnaissance team from Australia is surveying the damage.
 
-The Hindu
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Investor sues Apple in battle for cash hoard

Investor sues Apple in battle for cash hoard
Activist investor David Einhorn sued Apple in a bid to force the giant technology company to distribute more of its 137 billion dollars in cash to investors.

Einhorn, the billionaire hedge fund manager of Greenlight Capital, filed the lawsuit in New York.

He wants the court to order Apple to allow a separate shareholder vote about the company’s ability to issue preferred shares that would yield a dividend payment to shareholders.

Einhorn claimed that proposals scheduled for the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting scheduled for February 27 would make the issuance of preferred shares more difficult.

Apple’s cash holdings represent nearly a third of the company’s total value. But the company has never provided investors with a clear explanation of why it holds such large sums in low-yielding investments rather than returning it to shareholders.

Last year the company announced plans to return 45 billion dollars of that stockpile back to shareholders and in a statement on Thursday said it had already returned 10 billion dollars and was looking at ways of increasing the returns.

“As part of our review, we will thoroughly evaluate Greenlight Capital’s current proposal to issue some form of preferred stock,” Apple said. “We welcome Greenlight’s views and the views of all of our shareholders.”
 
-The Hindu
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Bank of Ceylon in Chennai attacked

Bank of Ceylon in Chennai attacked
A group of men attacked the Bank of Ceylon branch in Egmore on Thursday afternoon, causing injuries to some employees and police personnel on duty.

Police suspect the attack was in protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India on Friday.

Around 1.30 p.m., 12 masked men arrived in autorickshaws and motorcycles at Jarret Gardens 2nd Avenue, Casa Major Road, where the bank in located in a two-storey building, police said.

They entered the premises by pushing the two policemen on duty and damaged the guardroom and the bank’s signboard on the ground floor. “They barged into the first floor office and attacked clerk Maria Rajesh and trainee Janakan, a city college student, with clubs and shards of glass. The group shouted slogans against Mr. Rajapaksa and damaged the cubicles. They threw whatever object they could lay their hands on at glass partitions and damaged a wall clock,” said an investigating officer.

The attack lasted only a couple of minutes. Eight CCTV cameras installed at different spots in the branch recorded the incidents from 1.30 p.m. to 1.32 p.m. The men did not go to the top floor, where cash was kept.

Maria Rajesh and Janakan were taken to the Government Kilpauk hospital. Their condition was stable. Janakan suffered cut injuries on his back.

According to a senior police official, the attackers have been indentified as members of an outfit. A hunt is on to apprehend them. Additional police security has been provided for the bank and also to the office of the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner in Nungambakkam, sources said.

In the morning, police arrested a 15-member group that tried to lock the TTD information centre on Venkatanarayana Road in T. Nagar in protest against the visit of Mr. Rajapaksa to Tirupati. They were later released on bail.
 
-The Hindu
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Co-ops found selling expired foodstuff

Co-ops found selling expired foodstuff
 
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 7: During a surprise campaign the Consumer Protection Department of the Ministry of Commerce has reportedly found expired foodstuffs in some cooperative societies, reports Al-Kuwaitiah daily.

This came after several people had complained of these cooperatives selling foodstuffs unfit for human consumption.

It has also been reported the department constantly supervises and controls violations that are committed, especially violations that can cause harm to the health of people.

The administrations of these cooperative societies have been warned not to be negligent in their jobs. They ministry has stressed the cooperatives and other food outlets has a duty to check the validity of the food they are selling to the consumers.
 
- Arabtimes

Delayed project may cause power, water shortage in 2015

Delayed project may cause power, water shortage in 2015
 
KUWAIT: Kuwait might experience electricity and water shortage in 2015 due to the delayed implementation of the North Zour Station project, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources.

Sources revealed the station, once completed, will produce 4,500 megawatts and 200 million imperial gallons of water, which would be enough to cover the need of the country. They cited differences between some political and parliamentary parties as the main reason behind the delay.

Sources added the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) might not be able to supply electricity and water to new residential areas if the project is not implemented.

Meanwhile, the dues to be collected by the Ministry of Public Works from contractors, companies and individuals have reached KD 10.7 million, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting ministerial sources.

They revealed that these dues include fines, which the ministry is supposed to collect from authorities who failed to deliver the projects on time, and fines for damages to its utilities.

They indicated that there are possibilities for these fines to be dropped due to the ministry’s negligence in collecting them.

They requested Minister of Electricity and Water, and Minister of Public Works Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Ibrahim to order the concerned departments to change the method of collecting such longstanding dues.
 
- Arabtimes

Olympic champ reprimanded for breaking rules

Olympic champ reprimanded for breaking rules
Beijing: China's star swimmer and Olympic champion Sun Yang has been 'punished for breaking a series of team rules'.

The Zhejiang College of Sports, to which the dual Olympic champion is affiliated, accused Sun of 'indiscipline' in a statement issued on Monday, Xinhua reports.

The college also withheld a month of his allowance and 'provincially suspended' him from all commercial activities.

The 10-year-long relationship between Sun and his coach Zhu Zhigen turned sour after the swimmer reportedly asked for a new coach.

The 56-year-old coach disapproved Sun's love affair and he believed too many commercial activities had taken a toll on Sun's training.

Sun has been out of systematic training for over 40 days. A scheduled training programme in Australia after the Chinese Spring Festival will have to be cancelled or delayed, and this upset the coach.

'This place is for good athletes, not for the athletes with privilege,' said Li Jianshe, the college dean.

'Although Sun Yang has realised what was wrong with him and he promised to put it right, we have to punish him as everyone is equal when it comes to rules.

'Zhu has been coaching Sun Yang for 10 years and I don't think their bond is so fragile,' said Li.

Sun is one of the most famed stars in China after winning two gold medals at the London Olympics.
 
- Mathrubhumi
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