38 arrested, curfew remains in force in Saharanpur

News4u-News Desk- An uneasy calm prevailed on Sunday in violence-hit Saharanpur where 38 people were arrested as a political blame game erupted with BJP accusing Samajwadi Party of indulging in vote-bank politics and Congress blasting the UP government for lapses.

Curfew and shoot-at-sight orders remained in force for the second day on Sunday in the wake of clashes between two communities over a land dispute with some indulging in arson.

“38 persons have been arrested in connection with the incidents of violence,” Saharanpur District Magistrate Sandhya Tiwari told reporters.

“The situation is moving towards normalcy,” she said, adding, three persons were killed in the violence that also left 33 injured.

She said 22 shops were gutted or damaged and 15 four- wheelers torched in the incidents.

Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukul Goel said in Lucknow, “No fresh incident has been reported since yesterday. Curfew is in force and is being enforced strictly.”

He said steps were being taken to normalise the situation at the earliest.

“It has been directed that action should be taken against whosoever is found guilty,” he said.

The violence triggered a political blame game with BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain saying, “The UP government has completely failed to run the administration in the state. The people ruling the state themselves want that there is communal tension so that they do vote-bank politics”.

“BJP wants amity and peace. Every person has the right to worship and nobody has the right to interfere in that. But Akhilesh Yadav’s government is weak on every front. A message has gone that there is nothing called government in the state. Whenever there are such tense situations, the government proves to be incompetent.”

Blaming the local authorities for “administrative lapse”, Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi said that if it was a fact that there was a court judgement on the issue and police help was sought by one side, then it was the responsibility of the officials to find a solution by making both sides understand that the court order must be implemented.

Manoj Jha of RJD alleged that there has been a rise in such incidents since BJP has come to power at the Centre.

Reacting to the charges, Samajwadi Party said there was an effort to “disrupt peace in the state” and that there was “no place for communalism, anti-social elements”.

SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary said that if the opposition tried to do politics on the issue, then the law will take its own course.

Prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC have been invoked in the district and curfew was clamped in six areas, according to Commissioner, Saharanpur, Tanveer Zafar Ali.

Officials in Lucknow said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has sought a report from the district authorities regarding the incident in Saharanpur, which is nearly 170 km from Delhi and 560 km from Lucknow.

Yadav has termed the incident as unfortunate and said that those responsible will not be spared.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on Saturday had spoken to the Chief Minister on phone and asked him to ensure communal harmony in the state. He offered all help to contain the situation.

Trouble began when members of one community started construction work at the site in Kutubsher area in the wee hours on Saturday, which was objected to by the other group.

Both the sides indulged in heavy brick-batting, arson and opened fire, police said. Police had fired rubber bullets to control the situation as mobs went on the rampage, setting several shops afire.

Additional forces, including from PAC, CRPF, RAF and ITBP have been deployed in the troubled areas.

Five policemen and a city magistrate were among the injured. A constable was stated to be in serious condition in Chandigarh PGI after suffering a bullet injury.

Rajnath Singh calls up Akhilesh Yadav; asks to ensure peace

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday asked Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to ensure communal harmony in the state in the wake of violence in Saharanpur and offered all help to contain the situation.

Singh telephoned Yadav and expressed his concern over the violent clashes that broke out between two communities in the Western UP town and asked the Chief Minister to take all possible steps to ensure peace in the state, particularly in Saharanpur, official sources said.

The Home Minister, who is personally monitoring the situation in Uttar Pradesh, also conveyed to the Chief Minister that the Central government would provide all assistance, including paramilitary forces, to the state government to maintain law and order.

Two persons were today killed and at least 12 others injured as violent clashes broke out between two communities over a land dispute in this western Uttar Pradesh district with mobs indulging in brick batting and arson, prompting authorities to clamp curfew.

Tension prevailed in the district and a large contingent of security personnel including those of police, Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) has been deployed in the area and paramilitary forces have also been called.

38 arrested, curfew remains in force in Saharanpur

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Shreyasi clinches silver as shooters fetch more medals

News4u-Sports Desk - Young markswoman Shreyasi Singh notched up a silver medal while Mohammed Asab clinched a bronze as Indian shooters continued their medal-winning feats to add two more to India’s collection on the fourth day of competitions in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Shreyasi gave ample display of her potential by winning the silver in the women’s double trap event as the shooters accounted for nine medals in India’s overall tally of 19 so far.

Mohammed Asab was the other shooter who provided some cheer for the strong Indian contingent by claiming the bronze medal in the men’s double trap event at the Barry Buddon Centre at Dundee.

With the addition of two more medals, India’s overall medals tally climbed to 19 with five gold, eight silver and six bronze and continued to maintain their fifth position on the medals table.

Powerhouse Australia continued to top the chart with a tally of 19-14-21 followed by England (18-14-15), Scotland (11-6-8) and Canada (7-3-6).

Shreyasi shot down a total target of 92 to bag the silver, two shots behind gold winner Charlotte Kerwood of England.

Another Englishwoman Rachel Parish won the bronze with 91 points, after a shoot-off with Cynthia Meyer of Canada.

A not-so-impressive first round of 22 points saw Shreyasi trailing at the third spot after the third and penultimate round but the Delhi shooter recovered some lost ground in the final round. to win the silver at the Barry Buddon Centre at Dundee .

With Kerwood, in whose name the Commonwealth Games record of 106 points (at 2006 Melbourne) stands, struggling in the final round, Shreyasi was in with a chance to go for a shoot-off for the gold but missed the double target twice to settle for the white metal. Shreyasi had rounds of 22, 24, 23, 23.

The other Indian in the fray, 20-year-old Varsha Varman finished fifth with 88 points (22, 19, 24, 23).

In the men’s double trap event, the 26-year-old Asab from Meerut shot 26 in the finals to pip Nathan Xuereb of Malta, who managed 24.

Asab was placed fifth in the qualifications while another Indian shooter in the event, Ankur Mittal had to be contend with a fifth-place finish in the finals. Mittal qualified second for the finals.

The Indian women’s table tennis team, runners-up in Delhi four years ago, failed to win a medal after losing the bronze play-off to Australia at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

23-year-old Ziyu Zhang starred for Australia by winning her two singles, against the experienced Shamini Kumaresan and Madhurika Patkar respectively.

Zhang’s come from behind victory in the fourth rubber against Patkar helped Australia seal the tie 3-1.

Patkar and Kumaresan had lost the preceding doubles rubber against Jian Fang Lay and Miao Miao to trail 1-2 in the match.

Zhang gave Australia the early advantage by packing off Kumaresan 11-5 2-11 11-6 11-9 in the opening singles.

The chubby-looking Chinese-born paddler used her expansive forehand to good effect and was equally potent with her backhand.

For India, the long bright spot was Manika Batra’s convincing win over Fang Lay, an opponent more than double the Delhi girl’s age.

The 19-year-old foxed the 41-year-old Australian with smart use of pimples for a 11-5 8-11 11-8 11-7 win.

The men’s team, led by Sharath Kamal, takes on England in the semifinals later today. India blanked hosts Scotland 3-0 in the quarterfinals yesterday. Holders Singapore face Nigeria in the other semifinal.

Indian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal qualified for the semi finals of the 50m men’s breaststroke event after finishing third in his heat at the Tollcross Swimming Centre.

Sejwal finished third in Heat 3 with a timing of 28.17 seconds behind Mark Tully of Scotland (27.22s) and Kiwi Glenn Snyders (27.45s) to secure his place in the semifinals to be held later in the day.

India’s Sajan Prakash finished a disappointing sixth in Heat 5 of men’s 100m butterfly event.

CWG 2014

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Nigeria on red alert after first Ebola death

News4u-News Desk- Nigeria was on alert against the possible spread of Ebola on Saturday, a day after the first confirmed death from the virus in Lagos, Africa’s biggest city and the country’s financial capital.

The health ministry said Friday that a 40-year-old Liberian man died at a private hospital in Lagos from the disease, which has now killed more than 650 people in four west African countries since January — the deadliest outbreak in history.

The victim, who worked for the Liberian government, collapsed at Lagos international airport after arriving on a flight from Monrovia via the Togolese capital Lome on Tuesday, according to the Nigerian government.

He did not come into contact with the public in Lagos other than health workers before being isolated at the hospital, they added. The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that efforts were being made to track down people the victim may have come into contact with on his journey from the Liberian capital.

“Contact tracing under way — Liberia, Nigeria, Togo. WHO deployed staff to Nigeria to help w/ this & safe handling of remains,” the global health body’s African region said on its Twitter account @WHOAFRO.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu had previously said all passengers who travelled with the victim on the Togo-based carrier ASKY from Lome had been traced.

Meanwhile an emergency operations centre has been set up, coordinated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (CDC), and all hospitals have been equipped to handle emergencies and suspected cases, the minister added. Borders have not been closed but health specialists have been deployed to all sea ports and international airports to identify any passengers displaying symptoms associated with Ebola.

In Lagos, Yewande Adeshina, the special adviser on public health to the Lagos State governor, said: “We have taken delivery of 30 personal protective equipment (sets) from the federal ministry of health and they have promised to give an additional 220 for our medical personnel to protect them from any risks… “We are also reaching out to private clinics, hospitals and health facilities in the state to promptly report any suspected case to the authorities.”

Information Minister Labaran Maku said a radio and television public awareness campaign about Ebola has been running for several months on state media and would continue.

Nigeria on red alert after first Ebola death

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- As murder, fascism and war surround, can Gustave and his iconic hotel survive?

Wes Anderson is Hollywood’s Lewis Carroll - and The Grand Budapest Hotel is his Wonderland. Set in the imaginary Eastern European republic of Zubrowska, in the delicately hysterical years between two World Wars, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a lacy handkerchief of nostalgia, a naughty piece of silky lingerie - and a dagger soaked in blood.

Monsieur Gustave (Fiennes) is the supremely stylish concierge of the Grand Budapest who watches the 1930s hotel’s luxuries “like a hawk with a horsewhip”, frequently delighting its rich ladies with room service in bed. His wide-eyed lobby boy Zero Mustafa (Revolori, later Abraham) shadows Gustave with adoring admiration - even when Gustave’s imprisoned, accused of murdering millionaire Madame D. (Tilda Swinton) by her son Dmitry (a deliciously dark Brody) who unleashes his feudal Frankenstein Jopling (chilling Dafoe) on a trail of chopped fingers, sawn-off heads and a thrilling ski chase. Framed by Dmitry and pursued by Fascists, can Gustave, Zero and the Grand Budapest Hotel survive?

Anderson is famous for his richly picturesque films and TGBH reaffirms this. Every scene is like a painting come alive, some characters straight out of Edvard Munch, scenes - slender lanes that twist archly as they draw you into their misty embrace - like a Van Gogh with people walking within. Alongside, the humour - don’t miss the ‘Kunts Museum’ - is trademark Anderson, ironic, witty, Martini-dry.

Ralph Fiennes is perfect as Gustave of the silken manners, large heart and bedroom eyes, while Revolori is a revelation as poignantly pure Zero, with only Gustave and Agatha (Ronan), his baker girlfriend, to call his own. Alongside, several cameos - Jude Law as a pipe-chomping writer suffering ‘Scribe’s Fever’, Bill Murray from a stewards’ society that channels Wodehouse, Jeff Goldblum as a monochrome lawyer, golden-haired Owen Wilson as ‘Monsieur Chuck’ - divertingly tease.

But it is the story of the Grand Budapest that stars, for this is an ode to an age of beauty and brutality, velvet and crystal, puddings and pomade, based on ‘the Bureau of Labour and Servitude’ - which discards its diamonds and puts on its war boots.

This whimsical tale oozes charm while brisk editing lets you enjoy - but not be overwhelmed by - cakes like mountains and mountains like cakes, chandeliers, perfumed men and Persian pussies.

Hitchcock, Rembrandt and Orwell are some of the guests at The Grand Budapest Hotel.

If you like them, you will like this Wonderland.Courtesy toi…

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Kick (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Shaina loves Devi who loves anything that gives him a kick - what happens when Devi discovers the highs of low crime?

Straight on, Kick is Bollywood biryani, a masala movie spiced with the superstardom of Salman Khan, garnished by charming Jacqueline, smouldered over the wry talent of Randeep Hooda. Kick is not for lovers of fine filmi foie gras, but for those who want a hearty Eid banquet to enjoy.

Shy Shaina (Jacqueline) meets eccentric Devi Lal (Salman) who will do anything - including beat up eve-teasing “micro-terrorists ki gang” - for a kick. The couple’s love blossoms in a blaze of golden confetti but withers as Devi is unwilling to hold down boring jobs despite Shaina - who is a “magaz ki doctor” or psychiatrist - pleading.

As Devi walks away, even hot Inspector Himanshu (Randeep), who visits Shaina and her diplomat dad (Saurabh Shukla) in Poland, is unable to charm the broken-hearted girl. What happens when an amnesia-struck Devi shows up? And when he mysteriously appears in the super-robbery case Himanshu’s determined to crack?

Kick is vintage Salman Khan, the star flipping from fun-loving Devi to dead-serious Devil with goofy, yet deadly grace. Salman’s clearly having fun here - he drawls, “Meri cat, mujhi pe attack” with creamy cattiness, while in the stiltedly sexy Marjawan featuring Nargis Fakhri, where he’s togged up as a devil, Salman grins sideways, as if he knows just how ridiculous this is. But if Salman’s getting his kicks, so are the others. Randeep Hooda matches Salman with his restrained, velveteen performance as Inspector Himanshu whose coat, he explains, “isn’t Armani but sarkaari”, while Jacqueline is best-in-lipsticks so far this year, carrying off librarian-hot with grace, her Shaina beautifully elegant - until she throws off her jacket and burns the screen in Jumme ki Raat.

As Shiv Gajra, criminal head of a charitable trust, Nawazuddin tries too hard to be bad. His Faster Fenay-like ‘tock’ and hammy laugh get on your nerves but his role’s sharp and small, restricted to “Pollen-d” and a bank sequence with, well, a shocking end.

But shocks aside, Kick has laughs too. A jail sequence involving Devi’s pitaji (Mithun) is LOL-hilarious while there’s unintended comedy too, including animation featuring Salman with a body suspiciously like Hrithik’s and a Polish chase sequence involving a London Kings Cross bus. At times, the plot resembles the bus itself, wobbling madly until the next killer line.

However, these are small quibbles in a fun film. As Devi would say, “Dr. Psycho, chillati kaiko?” Just enjoy this cheese-Kick.Courtesy toi…


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Gaza death toll tops 1,000 as Israel extends temporary truce

News4u-News Desk- Gaza residents used a temporary humanitarian truce agreed to by Israel and Hamas on a UN request to pull out bodies from mounds of rubble and metal of bombed homes, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict rose to over 1,000 with mostly civilian casualties.

Israel and Hamas agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce which the Jewish state later extended by four hours till midnight local time. But shortly after the original truce expired at 1700 GMT, the Israeli military reported three mortar rounds fired from Gaza.

Hamas said it fired several rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, after the initial 12-hour truce ended. It said there was “no agreement” on an extension. “There is no agreement on a four-hour truce,” its spokesman said in a statement.

During the original 12-hour ceasefire, Palestinians, frantically scoured through rubble with medics saying over 130 bodies had been retrieved across the Gaza Strip.

The discovery of the bodies under mounds of rubble had pushed the Palestinian death toll to over 1,000 in the coastal enclave since the conflict began on July 8. About 5,870 Palestinians have been wounded in the 19 days of fighting, Gaza health officials say.

Three Israeli soldiers were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of today before the humanitarian truce began, the army said. The new deaths raised the losses on the Israeli military side to 40, along with two civilians and a Thai worker killed during 19 days of conflict.

Israel said it would continue to “locate and neutralise” Hamas tunnels during the pause. So far 31 tunnels have been discovered, with about half destroyed. Before the truce began at 0800 local time, Israeli strikes killed at least 19 Palestinians overnight at a family home near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Images showed relatives weeping as the bodies of five children were taken to a local morgue. The Iron Dome defence system intercepted three rockets fired towards the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon overnight.

The truce came as international efforts to negotiate a longer ceasefire continued with foreign ministers from the US, UK, Turkey and Qatar meeting in Paris today.

“We all call on parties to extend the humanitarian ceasefire currently in force, by 24 hours that could be renewed,” France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters after the meeting, which lasted more than two hours.

“We all want to obtain a lasting ceasefire as quickly as possible that addresses both Israeli requirements in terms of security and Palestinian requirements in terms of socio-economic development,” said Fabius.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Fabius met with their counterparts from Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar and Turkey, as well as a representative from the European Union.

As the truce took effect, Palestinians returned to areas where heavy Israeli bombardment had taken place to look for bodies and also started to stock up food supplies.

Gaza death toll tops 1,000

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Salman reveals he follows Doordarshan guidelines in his movies and interviews

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Bollywood actor Salman Khan says that he gives special attention while selecting movies. The ace actor in an exclusive interview to Doordarshan after a gap of 25 years said he wants that his films be viewed by people of all age groups.

Salman spoke at length about untouched aspects of his life in an interview to DD News Correspondent Manoj Tibrewal Aakash for the programme ‘Ek Mulaqat’ .

Salman Khan revealed that he always follows Doordarshan guidelines in his movies and interviews that he gives.

The Bollywood super star said he even ask his co-stars to follow Doordarshan guidelines.

Salman said he has no plans of entering politics. He said he is happy with the social work that he is carrying out through his organisation ‘Being Human’.

He also plans to adopt few places to work for the betterment of the children living there.

As always, Salman Khan fans remain curious to know when is their favourite star plan to settle down in life.

Salman clarifies, he has no plans of marrying and he might not even marry in his entire life.

Salman has no plans of becoming a film Director and wants to continue doing acting.

The entire interview will be telecast at 9:30 pm on Saturday and repeat telecast on Sunday at 11:30 pm on DD News programme ‘Ek Mulaqat’.

Salman Khan

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CWG shooting: India win two golds, three silver

News4u-Sports Desk- Indian marksmen returned with a rich haul of five medals, including two gold through Rahi Sanorbat and Apurvi Chandela, from the shooting ranges to completely dominate the event so far in the 20th Commonwewalth Games on Saturday.

After yesterday’s one gold and one silver, the Indians bagged two gold and three silver today to accumulate seven medals (3, 4, 0) from shooting so far.

India could not win a medal in only men’s and women’s skeet and newly introduced Queen’s Prize pairs and bagged at least a medal in all the five events held so far.

It was an all-Indian affair in the women’s 25m pistol event and Sanorbat beat Anisa Sayyed in the gold-medal match 8-2 to cap a brilliant second day of shooting competitions at the Barry Buddon Centre ar Dundee near here.

Australia’s Lalita Yauhleuskaya bagged the bronze medal. Earlier, 23-year-old Sanorbat and Sayyed, 33, finished first and second in the semifinals to set up an all-Indian final.

Sanorbat had won two gold medals in 2010 CWG in Delhi besides also becoming India’s first pistol shooter to win gold medal in World Cup, in South Korea, last year.

Sayyed had also won two gold medals in 2010 CWG.

Young Rajasthan girl Apurvi, earlier, got India its second gold from the shooting range winning the 10m Air Rifle event today as compatriot Ayonika Paul boosted the medal tally with a silver.

Prakash Najappa had got a silver in the 10m Air Pistol event.

21-year-old Chandela led from the beginning to win the yellow metal with a score of 206.7 while Ayonika finished a creditable second with a score of 204.9.

It was only fitting that the Jaipur girl, who started shooting only six years back after watching Abhinav Bindra get gold in the Beijing Olympics, won in the legendary shooter’s pet event.

Apurvi Chandela & Rahi sarnobat

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Putin Isolated as EU Prepares Tougher Sanctions on Russia

News4u-News Desk- European leaders are considering their toughest sanctions yet on Vladimir Putin as the U.S. says there’s evidence that Russia plans to supply rebels with heavy weapons including multiple rocket launchers.

With Ukraine and Russia trading accusations of shelling across each other’s borders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing European Union leaders to sign off on new sanctions next week. Merkel wants “to intensify the sanctions” and wants “quick decisions on this,” Georg Streiter, a German government spokesman, said yesterday. The Italian government, which chairs the EU Council, expects a deal on sanctions by next week, an EU official said.

“The shooting down of the airliner was a tipping point that’s changed the EU constellation,” Joerg Forbrig, senior program officer for central and eastern Europe at the Berlin bureau of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., said in a phone interview. “Putin has crossed a line and misread the mood in European capitals to close ranks on new sanctions.”

The drive by Merkel, who had so far taken a cautious approach to sanctions on Russia, shows how the downing of a Malaysian jet last week over east Ukraine is further isolating Putin in the international community. While he denies arming pro-Russian rebels, the U.S. says its intelligence shows that the missile that destroyed MH17, killing all 298 passengers and crew, was supplied by Russia.

Unsecured Site

European outrage has been fueled by the fact that MH17’s crash site still hasn’t been secured nine days after the disaster. The Netherlands, which lost 194 of its nationals on the flight, and Australia, have sent forensics experts to Ukraine and are considering deploying police at the site. Australia says some of its police will be armed.

The Dutch Safety Board may have a technical report with the first factual crash findings ready by the end of next week, Sara Vernooij, spokeswoman of the board, said by phone today.

“We have indications the Russians intend to move large-caliber weapons to the separatists,” U.S. Defense Department spokesman Steve Warren told reporters at the Pentagon yesterday. Deliveries of arms such as multiple-launch rocket systems are “imminent” as part of a “continuing flow” of weapons to the pro-Russian rebels, he said. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it had no comment on Warren’s statement.

Russian Shelling

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said today that Russian forces shelled Ukrainian government positions six times overnight and that Russia continues sending troops and military vehicles across the border to aid the rebels. Ukrainian troops “liquidated” several sniper positions and have seized a large number of small arms, mortars, grenades and advanced Russian-made sniper rifles, the Defense Ministry said.

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 20 wounded in the past 24 hours, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. Nine civilians were killed and 29 were wounded in fighting in Luhansk over the past 24 hours, according to the city council’s website.Ukrainian forces have advanced into the suburbs of Horlivka in the Donetsk region, the Defense Ministry said.

Rebel groups are increasingly in discord, especially the Vostok group and a group calling itself the Russian Orthodox Army, the Defense Ministry said.The rebel stronghold of Donetsk, less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the border, awaits a possible onslaught by Ukrainian government forces.

Mayor Killed

The mayor of Kremenchuk, in central Ukraine, was shot dead by unknown assailants early today, the Interior Ministry said. Unknown attackers fired a grenade at the mayor’s house in the western city of Lviv last night, according to the city council’s website. There were no casualties.

The number of Russian troops on the border has risen to 12,000 from about 10,000, the Pentagon spokesman said.The U.S. State Department first raised allegations of Russian cross-border fire two days ago. Russia rejected those accusations yesterday, with the Foreign Ministry saying in a statement that no evidence was provided to support the “false” claims because “it simply doesn’t exist.”

In turn, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters in Washington yesterday that the U.S. has “seen no indications of Ukraine firing back into Russia.”

Russian Rates

Amid the threat of broader EU sanctions, Russia’s central bank unexpectedly increased borrowing costs yesterday for a third time this year. The bank raised its one-week auction rate to 8 percent from 7.5 percent.

“The U.S. sanctions and the sanctions now being decided by the EU are going to have a strong impact on Russia’s economy,” Fredrik Erixon, director of the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels, said in a phone interview. “An escalation of financial sanctions, not including trade sanctions, will shave 10 percent to 15 percent off the Russian economy in the next two to three years.”

Merkel is pushing EU leaders to sign off on measures against Russia by the end of next week and is prepared to accept curbs on her country’s technology exports to win support, according to two German government officials who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

EU Commission

The European Commission, the 28-nation EU’s regulatory arm, drew up detailed proposals late yesterday for broader sanctions after getting the go-ahead from national governments. The sanctions may be phased in, and their full weight may not hit at once.

In a statement, Commission President Jose Barroso spoke of “an effective, well-targeted and balanced package providing the flexibility to adjust our reaction to changes on the ground.”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the EU’s move shows Europe wants to end cooperation with Russia on anti-terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and organized crime. “We are convinced that these decisions would be welcomed by the international terrorist community,” the ministry said on its website.

EU governments have already agreed to go beyond existing travel bans and asset freezes on individuals and companies deemed responsible for the unrest in Ukraine. The next wave may stop state-owned banks from financing themselves in Europe and prevent Russian companies buying high-tech equipment to develop energy resources, according to a document obtained yesterday by Bloomberg News.

Kiev Parliament

Ukraine’s parliament will hold a special session of parliament on July 31 after the collapse of the ruling coalition and the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

The move, announced late yesterday on President Petro Poroshenko’s website, came after Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk, the speaker of parliament, Oleksandr Turchynov and leaders of the parties in the legislature met to discuss how to carry on until a new coalition is formed.

Lawmakers plan to vote on two government-proposed bills, including one on funding the military and cutting social spending required under Ukraine’s $17 billion International Monetary Fund aid deal, that failed to gain approval before they went into a recess. They’ll also hold a vote of confidence in Yatsenyuk’s government.Bloomberg News

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Tremendous mood swing, positivity on Modi govt: Indian CEOs

News4u-Business Desk- After the formation of the Narendra Modi government, there is a tremendous mood swing and positivity in the country, a visiting delegation of Indian CEOs from CII said describing its maiden budget as visionary.

The delegation of Indian CEOs from Confederation of Indian Industry in an interaction with the Washington audience at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace yesterday highlighted the growing sense of optimism amongst both the public and industry in India following the recent election results which brought BJP to power with a landslide majority.

Ajay Shriram, CII President described the unique nature of the recent elections, in which the BJP came to power solely on the campaign promise of growth and development, which speaks to the aspirations of India’s young people. Describing the 2014-15 annual budget as visionary, Shriram commended the new government for moving very actively to ease and facilitate the way business is done in India. “Success in India will come with leadership, mindset change, philosophy and action,” he said. In his remarks, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII also appreciated the government’s vision and receptivity to new ideas and thoughts, especially from industry.

Naushad Forbes, vice president, CII and director, Forbes Marshall Pvt Ltd focused on the promising steps being taken in India’s education sector and the increasing role of the market in this sector which is having a net positive impact on issues related to quality and equity of access. He also specifically mentioned the community college model in the US as one worth looking at in India as well. Vikram Kirloskar, vice chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, highlighted the importance of the manufacturing sector and pointed out that the role of industry in this sector related to enhancing quality, competitiveness and innovation.

Rajan Navani, chairman, CII National Committee on India@75 and managing director, Jetline Group of Companies spoke about the need for India to channelize the power of India’ youth through skilling and leadership development. He also spoke of the use of technology as a major potential game changer in India. The wide ranging discussion that followed came at a critical time in India’s engagement with the US, with the resumption of several stalled bilateral dialogues , beginning with the US-India Strategic Dialogue in Delhi next week.PTI


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