India to send 224 athletes in Glasgow Commonwealth Games

News4u-Sports Desk- India will field a strong 224 member contingent, its second largest ever, in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games to be held from July 23 to August 3, with athletics forming the biggest squad of 41.

The sports ministry has cleared the 224 athletes from 14 sporting disciplines, including seven para-athletes, at government cost, along with a contingent of 90 officials, coaches and support staff.

The Glasgow Games will have 17 sports and 261 medal events and India will not be fielding athletes only in three disciplines — netball, rugby sevens and triathlon.

The para-athletes will compete separately in a record 22 events in five different sports (athletics, cycling, lawn bowls, swimming and weightlifting).

2010 Delhi GWG had 21 sports and 271 medal events and India had fielded 495 athletes, the country’s largest ever participation. India had won a record 101 medals ( 38 gold, 27 silver, 36 bronze) and had finished second behind Australia.

After the track and field athletes, who are expected to win between eight-10 medals, hockey players make the second largest contingent with 32 (16 men and 16 women players). Shooters, who are expected to win a major chunk of medals, form the third largest contingent with 30 marksmen.

Archery and tennis, which contributed a chunk of medals for India in 2010 Delhi CWG, have been removed from the Glasgow Games. In wrestling, Greco-Roman section will no longer be there in Glasgow and shooting medal events will also be dropped from 44 in 2010 to 19 in Glasgow.

Despite the reduction in medal events, Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said he was confident of winning more or less the same number of medals in Glasgow.

“I feel we will win more or less the same number of medals,” he said after signing a sponsorship deal worth Rs one crore with leading dairy product brand Amul.

The programme was attended by Indian hockey team members, including captain Sardar Singh and P R Sreejesh, and Glasgow-bound wrestlers.

IOA treasurer Anil Khanna said the entire amount of Rs one crore will be spent on the CWG-bound athletes.


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TRAI amendment bill introduced in Lok Sabha

News4u-News Desk- Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday introduced Trai amendment bill to appoint its former chief Nripendra Misra as Prime Minister Narendra’s Modi’s principal secretary in Lok Sabha amid chaos in the House.

Misra was appointed as the principal secretary in May after the government promulgated an ordinance to amend a law that could have prevented him from getting the key post.

“We are pushing this bill based only on merit,” Prasad told the House while tabling the bill.

The Bharatiya Janata Party had issued a whip to its MPs to be present in the House for discussion on the bill.

The TRAI Act prohibits its chairman and members from taking up any other job in the central or state governments after demitting office.

“The chairperson or any other member ceasing to hold office as such, shall — (a) be ineligible for further employment under the Central government or any state government or (b) not accept any commercial employment, for a period of two years from the date he ceases to hold such office,” says the TRAI Act of 1997 available on the law ministry’s website.

To circumvent this section which would have barred Misra from taking up the assignment of principal secretary to PM, the Modi government had promulgated an ordinance amending it.

The ordinance amended this section to read as: “The chairperson and the whole-time members shall not, for a period of two years from the date on which they cease to hold office as such, except with the previous approval of the Central government, accept — “(a) any employment either under the Central government or under any state government; or “(b) any appointment in any company in the business of telecommunication service.”

Under Misra’s chairmanship, TRAI had recommended in August 2007 that spectrum should be auctioned.

After the 2G spectrum scam broke out, Misra had deposed as a prosecution witness before a Delhi court hearing a matter in which former telecom minister A Raja was an accused.

Misra will succeed Pulok Chatterjee, who served in Manmohan Singh’s PMO.

The principal secretary to the PM is a key post and acts as main link for coordination among Prime Minister’s Office, cabinet secretariat and secretaries of ministries.

Misra is a post-graduate in political science and public administration and belongs to Uttar Pradesh.

He has served in several key posts in central government ministries during his tenure.


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Heavy rains cause traffic snarls in Mumbai, local trains disrupted

News4u-News Desk- Water logging due to heavy rains that continued to lash the city for a second consecutive day on Friday causing major traffic snarls and also disrupted the suburban train services.

“There is water logging in low lying areas like Dadar, Parel, Sion, Kurla, Ghatkopar and the Western Express Highway which has caused severe disruptions in vehicular traffic along the stretches. The MCGM is trying to pump out water from these areas so that the situation can be normalised,” a senior official of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) said.

He said 128 pumps had been pressed into service till 10.30 AM to clear water out of the streets and that the civic body plans to install pumps in more areas if the downpour continues. “There was a high tide in the city until noon and water will now start to recede. Another high tide is expected after 5.30 PM, when waves up to 3.96 metres are likely to lash the city,” he added.

Heavy monsoon showers affected suburban train services on the Central Railway’s Main and Harbour lines due to water logging on the tracks. “There is water logging on tracks in areas like Kurla, Chunabhatti, Bhandup, Dockyard and Sion, which is affecting the services of trains. Trains on the Central and Harbour lines are running late by about 25-30 minutes,” a senior railway official said.

Another railway official said trains on the Western line are running late by about 10-15 minutes.

“There has been a revival of monsoon. We are expecting heavy rains for the next 48 hours not only in Mumbai, but in the entire Konkan region,” V K Rajeev, director of weather forecasting, Mumbai MeT department, said. Till 8.30 AM today, Colaba received 101 mm rainfall while Santacruz recorded 47.8 mm downpour.


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Delhi becomes world’s second most populous city

News4u-News Desk- Delhi has become the world’s second most populous city in 2014 after Tokyo, more than doubling its population since 1990 to 25 million, according to a UN report.

The 2014 revision of the World Urbanisation Prospects launched yesterday said that India is projected to add the highest number of people to its urban population by 2050, ahead of China.

The Indian capital is expected to retain the spot of the world’s second most populous city through at least 2030, when its population is expected to rise swiftly to 36 million.

Tokyo topped UN’s ranking of the most populous cities in 2014 with 38 million inhabitants and while its population is projected to decline, it will remain the world’s largest city in 2030 with 37 million people.

Mumbai, which ranks sixth on the list of the world’s most populous cities in 2014, is projected to become the fourth largest city in 2030 when its population would grow to 28 million from the current 21 million.

Tokyo and New Delhi were followed by Shanghai with 23 million, and Mexico City, Mumbai and Sao Paulo, each with around 21 million inhabitants in 2014.

The report said that the largest urban growth will take place in India, China and Nigeria between 2014 and 2050, with the three countries accounting for 37 percent of the projected growth of the world’s urban population.

By 2050, India is projected to add 404 million urban dwellers, way more than China’s projection of 292 million.

Nigeria will add 212 million to its urban population.

India’s current urban population is 410 million people and this will grow to 814 million by 2050. China currently has the largest urban population of 758 million. India and China account for 30 per cent of the worlds urban population.

The two Asian giants along with the United States, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan and Russia currently account for more than half of the world’s urban population.

About 54 per cent of the worlds population currently lives in urban areas and this proportion is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050, with the maximum increase taking place in the urban areas of Africa and Asia.

The world’s urban population is now close to 3.9 billion and is expected to reach 6.3 billion in 2050,according to the UN report. The rural population of the world has grown slowly since 1950 and is expected to reach its peak in a few years.

Approximately 3.4 billion people currently livein rural areas around the world. However, sometime after 2020, the world’s rural population will start to decline and is expected to reach 3. 2 billion in 2050.

India currently has the largest rural population at 857 million, followed by China (635 million).

Together, these two countries account for 45 per cent of theworld’s rural population. Between 2014 and 2050, the number of rural residents in India is expected to decline by 52 million.

Four of India’s cities Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, with 5 to 10 million inhabitants presently, are projected to become megacities in thecoming years for a total of seven megacities projected in the country by 2030.

India’s major cities Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, Pune and Surat will add a total of 27 million people to its population in 2030.

Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad will be among the world’s top 30 cities by 2030.

Much of the expected urban growth in the world will take place in countries of the developing regions, particularly Africa. As a result, these countries will face numerous challenges in meeting the needs of their growing urban populations, including for housing, infrastructure, transportation, energy and employment, as well as for basic services such as education and health care.

“Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century. Our success or failure in building sustainable citieswill be a major factor in the success of the post-2015 UN development agenda,” Director of the Population Division in the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs John Wilmoth said.

The report notes that in 1990, there were ten “mega-cities” with 10 million inhabitants or more, which were home to 153 million people. In 2014, there are 28mega-cities worldwide, home to 453 million people or about 12 per cent of the world’s urban dwellers.

By 2030, the world is projected to have 41 mega-cities. The report notes that a successful urban planning agenda would require that attention be given to urban settlements of all sizes. Well managed cities offer important opportunities for economic development and for expanding access to basic services, including health care and education for large numbers of people. Providing public transportation, as well as housing, electricity, water and sanitation for a densely settled urban population is typically cheaper and less environmentally damaging than providing a similar level of services to a dispersed rural population, the report said.


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World Population Day 2014: Investing in Young People

News4u-News Desk- World Population Day is being observed today, an annual event on 11 July to raise awareness of global population issues.

Established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, it was inspired by the interest in Five Billion Day on 11 July 1987 – approximately the date when the world’s population reached five billion.

This year, the theme is “Investing in Young People.”

GLOBAL POPULATION FACTS:

#As of 1 January 2014, the world’s population was estimated to be 7,137,661,030, and increases by 2.3 people every second.

#The total number of people who have ever lived has been estimated by the Population Bureau to be around 108 billion.

#The world population is estimated to have reached one billion in 1804, with two, three and four billion in 1927, 1960 and 1974 respectively.

#These figures mean that about one fifteenth of all the people who have ever lived are alive today.

#Vatican City (800) and Nauru (9,378) are the states with the lowest populations.

#30% of the world’s population generally eat with chopsticks.

#China, India, USA, Indonesia, Pakistan and Brazil account for half the world’s people.

#More than one in three people are Chinese or Indian.


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Obama formally invites Modi, wants ‘defining partnership’

News4u-News Desk- Extending a formal invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a visit to the US, President Barack Obama has expressed keenness to work closely with him to make the bilateral relations a “defining partnership” in the 21st century.

Thanking Obama for the invitation, Modi said he looks forward to a result-oriented visit in September with “concrete outcomes” that impart “new momentum and energy” to the strategic partnership.

Obama’s letter of invitation was handed over to Modi by Deputy Secretary of State William Burns when he called on him in New Delhi.

In his letter, Obama reiterated his invitation to Modi to visit Washington in September and to work closely with him to make India-US relations a “defining partnership” for the 21st century, a PMO statement said on Friday.

While receiving the letter, Modi said he looked forward to a “result-oriented visit with concrete outcomes that impart new momentum and energy to India-US strategic partnership”, the statement said.

The Prime Minister was of the view that re-energising the partnership between India and the US would send an important message to the region and beyond.

Articulating his vision for India-US relations, Modi said that the relationship between the world’s oldest and largest democracies should not only be for the benefit of the two countries, but “should emerge as a powerful force of good for peace, stability and prosperity in the world”.

Burns conveyed Obama’s desire to strengthen economic relations, including in next-generation technologies and manufacturing sector; cooperate in enhancing energy security; deepen security cooperation, including in maritime security, counter-terrorism and intelligence exchange; expand consultation and coordination on Afghanistan; and, work more broadly for security and prosperity in Asia.

Modi saw immense opportunities for deepening cooperation across the full spectrum of the relationship and laid special emphasis on involving youth in creating new avenues of promoting cooperation between the two countries.

The Prime Minister reiterated his desire to strengthen relations with all neighbours, the statement said.

Modi recalled Obama’s telephone call soon after he became the Prime Minister in May and expressed his appreciation for the President’s detailed and thoughtful letter.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, US Charge d’Affaires Kathleen Stephens and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal were also present in the meeting.


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I am in awe of Salman Khan: Nargis Fakhri

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Delhi: After matching steps with Salman Khan in a special song from the upcoming film `Kick`, model-actress Nargis Fakhri says she was bowled over by the superstar`s personality and energy.

The 34-year-old beauty said she was nervous initially to shake a leg with the `Dabangg` star. “It was ecstatic to work with Salman but at the same time I was nervous because he is one of the biggest stars of the industry and I thought I would mess-up everything on the set.

“But once I got to the set and met him all those worries faded away. He has an amazing sense of humour and imparted so much positivity. I am in awe of Salman. I had a great time with him and the entire team of the film,” Nargis said.

The item number `Yaar Na Mile` is composed by rapper Honey Singh and is choreographed by Ahmed Khan. While rehearsing for the edgy dance number, Nargis had been nursing a ruptured knee ligament and a torn hamstring injuries but that did not deter the `Rockstar` actress from giving her best shot.

“It was extremely painful but I didn`t let the golden opportunity go from my hand. So, I managed somehow to get it complete in four days because I did not want to let go the opportunity,” she said.

This would be the actress` second item number after `Dhating Naach` with Shahid Kapoor in `Phata Poster Nikla Hero`. But Nargis says she would now stay away from such special numbers because she might get typecast as an item girl.

“I don`t want to be known as an item dancer. I want to be known as an actress only. Dance is something which I like to do but acting is my passion. I would like to do good and meaty roles. I am in talks with directors also but nothing has been finalised yet,” she said.PTI


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DU’s 4th cut-offs out; most colleges close popular courses

News4u-News Desk- Delhi University announced its fourth cut-off list Thursday night, with most colleges closing admission to popular undergraduate programmes, but a few others reopening admission to some courses after withdrawals.

Admissions to popular courses such as Economics, English, B.Com (Honours), BSc (Honours) in Computer Science were closed in most colleges.

Hansraj (96.5- 97.25 per cent), Hindu (96.75-98.25) and Kamala Nehru (95.5-97.75) were among the nine colleges where B.A (Honours) in Economics is still being offered.

Eleven colleges, including Gargi, Ramjas and IP, announced cut-offs for B.Com (H) course, while English was still available at Hansraj, Hindu, Miranda House and five other colleges. Seven colleges were still offering B.Sc (H) in Computer Science.

Acharya Narendra Dev, ARSD and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, the three off-campus colleges which had put the ceiling at 100 per cent for admission to the programme in the first cut-off list, also closed admissions to the popular course.

Surprisingly, Hansraj still has most of its courses open. Only B.Com (H) and B Sc (H) in Physics and Zoology were closed for admissions.

Withdrawal of admission in some colleges, which had closed admission for the course in the third cut-off list, have resulted in the reopening of admissions in the colleges in the fourth list.

Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Daulat Ram, Deshbandhu, ARSD and Dyal Singh were among such colleges.

Students can take admission into colleges based on fourth cut-off list from Friday till 12th July.


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Kerry cites frank cyberhacking talks with China

News4u-News Desk- US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday said that the United States and China had a frank exchange on the issue of cyberhacking during this week’s “Strategic and Economic Dialogue” in Beijing.

Kerry said the loss of intellectual property through hacking had a “chilling effect on innovation and investment,” and said such activity is hurting US companies.

He made no mention of a news daily report suggesting significant Chinese hacking of information about US government personnel.

Chinese foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi described cybersecurity as a “common threat facing all countries.”

Speaking through an interpreter, Yang said the issue required mutual trust.

“Cyberspace should not become a tool for damaging the interests of other countries,” he said.

The two countries have been at odds over US indictments of five senior Chinese military officials.

Washington accused the officials of stealing trade secrets from US companies and giving them to Chinese competitors.

China has rejected US efforts to restart a working group on cybersecurity, which Beijing suspended after the indictments were unsealed.

Yang said it was up to the United States to first create the proper conditions for renewed dialogue on the matter.


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Neymar to join Brazil for third place play-off

News4u-Sports Desk- Brazil’s injured striker Neymar will attend Saturday’s third place play-off when the battered World Cup hosts take on the Netherlands.

Brazil were consigned to the ignominy of fighting out a game Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has attacked as “unfair” after their 7-1 semi-final mauling by Germany.

Neymar’s absence dominated the build-up to Tuesday’s humiliation. The Barcelona striker missed out after fracturing a vertebrae in the quarter-final win over Colombia.

“Neymar will come here (to Brazil’s World Cup base), he’s going to accompany the team to Saturday’s match,” confirmed Brazil football federation spokesman Rodrigo Paiva to R7.com. Paiva announced the news at Brazil’s World Cup headquarters in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro.

The Barcelona superstar’s absence and as importantly that of suspended defender and captain Thiago Silva contributed to Tuesday’s shocking Belo Horizonte battering by a Germany side that now faces Argentina in Sunday’s final.

Van Gaal’s Holland find themselves in the play-off after Wednesday’s 4-2 penalty shoot-out loss to Argentina.

Afterwards van Gaal attacked the play-off, saying: “I think this match should never be played. “It’s unfair also because we have one less day to recover, so that’s not fair play but the worst thing is that chances are you lose twice in a row.”


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