Let us work for world peace together: Modi on Hiroshima day

News4u-News Desk- On the anniversary of dropping of atom bomb on Japanese city Hiroshima, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pitched for collective efforts for the cause of world peace so that such a day is never seen again.

“Today we remember all those people who lost their lives in Hiroshima. I hope humankind never sees such a day ever again,” Modi tweeted.

“Let us all work together and further the cause of world peace and make the world a happier and more peaceful place in the years to come,” he added.

On this day in 1945, an atom bomb was dropped by the US on Hiroshima in one of the final chapters of World War II.

It had killed an estimated 140,000 by December that year.

 

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Cabinet nod to FDI in defence, railway infra

News4u-News Desk- Pushing ahead with the reforms agenda, the government on Wednesday approved raising FDI limit in the defence sector to 49 per cent and opened up the railway infrastructure segment for foreign direct investment.

The decisions were taken at the Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources said.

The FDI ceiling in the sensitive defence sector has been hiked to 49 per cent from current 26 per cent, with the condition that control in joint ventures for manufacturing of defence equipment will remain in Indian hands.

The move is aimed at boosting the domestic industry, which imports up to 70 per cent of its military hardware.

In relation to the railways, the Cabinet approved allowing 100 per cent FDI in areas such as high-speed train systems, suburban corridors and dedicated freight line projects implemented in PPP mode.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech for 2014-15 had announced plans to increase FDI in the defence sector and open up the cash-starved government-owned railways. The Cabinet today gave approval to the announcements made in the Budget.

 

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156 dead in Nepal landslide; search called off

News4u-News Desk- Nepal government on Wednesday declared dead the 123 people missing in the country’s worst landslide in over a decade, taking the death toll from the disaster to 156, as the search for the bodies buried under the debris was called off.

The landslide, triggered by heavy rains, hit Sindhupalchowk district on Saturday after the Sunkoshi river, which flows across the border into Bihar as the Kosi river, was blocked creating an artificial lake near Nepal-Tibet border.

Chief District Officer Gopal Parajuli confirmed that all 123 missing in the landslide were dead on the basis of data submitted by local people. “The missing persons were declared dead after the nature of the site showed no possibilities of finding the bodies,” said Parajul.

He said rescue work has been called off for the time being as the deployment of heavy machinery and earth pullers may trigger more landslides.

Earlier, 33 were pulled out from the rubble laid bare by Nepal’s worst landslide in over a decade.

Police and army personnel carried out search and rescue operations for the past five days to locate the missing persons. They drained out water from the artificial lake using controlled explosions.

About 5,000 people across 11 districts have been affected due to the landslide; more than 1,000 have been displaced.

Over 60 houses in three villages were swept away and dozens of other structures damaged. T

he government has distributed Rs 40,000 as relief to the families of dead and missing in the disaster. Those whose houses were damaged were given Rs 5,000.

Eighteen people were rescued by Nepal Army. The district has been evacuated and some 600 stranded tourists, including Indian nationals, have been moved to safer locations.

In July 2002, over 150 people were killed when multiple mudslides struck two villages in the eastern district of Khotang.

 

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18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting from today

News4u-News Desk- Environment Ministers of BASIC countries will meet in New Delhi to discuss important issues relating to current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.

The two-day 18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting, to be held from tomorrow, will provide an important opportunity to BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) to enhance coordination on important issues under consideration in Climate Change negotiations and arrive at a common position.

The 18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting will be held on August 7-8, 2014 at New Delhi.

“The two day meeting will discuss important issues relating to the current UNFCCC negotiations specially on matters pertaining to the Adhoc Working Group on the Durban Platform discussion on 2015 outcome,” a statement from Environment ministry said here today.

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar, Zhenhua vice chairman, Minister National Development and Reform Commission, China, Teixeira, Environment minister of Brazil and Molewa, Environmental Affairs minister South Africa would be participating at the Ministerial meeting on August 8.

The 17th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held in Hanzghou, China in October last year.

Issues related to Warsaw COP, Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Standing Committee on Finance, the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) were discussed during the meeting.

India hosted the 14th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change on in February 2013 at Chennai which was attended by representatives from Brazil, South Africa, India and China.

“The BASIC ministers have been meeting regularly since Conference of Parties (COP) Copenhagen to exchange views and evolve a coordinated approach on important negotiating issues,” the statement said.

The meetings are hosted by rotation in member countries during each quarter of the year.

 

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Mathura: Fire breaks out at ISKCON temple

News4u-News Desk- A fire broke out in the administrative complex of an ISKCON temple in Mathura late on Wednesday night destroying many important documents and items.

According to fire officials, fire engines were immediately rushed to the spot and the blaze was doused after more than three hours of firefighting.

There was no casualty in the fire, the officials said.

 

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8 injured in blast at NTPC plant

News4u-News Desk- Eight persons, including two engineers, sustained burn injuries in a blast on Wednesday evening in a pipeline at one of the units of an NTPC plant in Korba district of Chhattisgarh, police said.

The incident occurred at around 9 P.M. at Unit No.7 of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plant when labourers and engineers were at work there, a senior police official told reporters.

As per the sources more injuries likely to come out soon.

 

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Nothing sustains forever: Kailash Kher on Honey Singh

News4u-Entertainment Desk- New Delhi: Yo Yo Honey Singh`s rap songs are a rage, but people have also criticised them for their crass lyrics. Playback singer and composer Kailash Kher feels it`s all a phase as every place has “good and bad things” and “Hindi music industry has quality content too”.

Asked about his reaction to Honey Singh`s popularity amongst youth, Kher said: “It`s no big deal, it is a phase, it will also pass on. What happens is we make too many opinions and judgments about things. Nothing survives and nothing sustains forever except love and purity.

“Today we are in one phase, tomorrow we will be in another. Whatever you are marketing or writing about too much, would also reflect in creating the phase. People are liking and disliking everything and anything.

“There are good and bad things today. If the type of music you are naming is being loved, then rest of the musicians should be at home and should be unemployed. But everyone is busy - so in a way (all kinds of) people are there. Everyone has a share of audience and a share of receptiveness.”

Honey Singh`s chartbusters include ‘Party all night’ and ‘Lungi dance’ and now he has shot with actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Ajay Devgn for the song ‘Aata majhi satakli’ in the forthcoming film ‘Singham Returns’.

Kher says “there are good and bad things in every area” and that “we have quality content also”.

“If we don’t have quality then definitely we won’t survive. Nature has its own course of balance and you cannot do anything extreme. The moment you do something extreme, it balances on its own. So if you have bad things in name of creativity you will also have good things to balance it out,” said Kher, whose music style is influenced by Indian folk music.

He rose to fame with his superhot track ‘Allah ke bande’, and has grown to sing in 18 languages for Indian films, and in over 300 songs for Bollywood.

His famous tracks includes ‘Teri deewani’, ‘Tu jaane na – unplugged’ from the film ‘Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani’.

The singer recently appeared as a guest on MTV Indies show ‘The Ride’. It`s a quirky chat-show hosted by Indie personality Rishu Singh who will, every week, invite Indie celebrities from various fields and discuss their personal interests, passions, their take on today’s music, family, friends and a lot more. IANS


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Tagore’s Gitanjali part of WW-I commemorative event at UN

News4u-Entertainment Desk- A poem from Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s masterpiece ‘The Gitanjali’ was recited by Indian Ambassador to the UN Asoke Kumar Mukerji as part of a commemorative ceremony held here marking 100 years of the outbreak of the World War I.

Mukerji was among the 15 UN envoys who chose, recited and recorded poems related to the war by authors from their respective countries.

The poems and their recordings were displayed at an interactive exhibition organised by the UK’s mission to the UN Monday as it took over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of August.

Mukerji read verse 96 from ‘The Gitanjali’, a collection of Tagore’s poems originally published in 1910.

“When I go from hence, let this be my parting word,that what I have seen is unsurpassable,” reads the first para of the poem by the legendary Indian philosopher.

The Indian delegation said as the shadows of an impending world war were gathering, Tagore’s poems encapsulated a simple faith in man and divinity, a refuge from the crass materialism that was engulfing the world.

It said the spirit of Tagore’s poems appealed to an entire generation, affording solace, faith and hope by rediscovering truth and beauty in the world. Among the poignant instances of the popular appeal of Tagore’s poetry in war-torn Britain is the story of trench poet Wilfred Owen. After the death of her son on the warfront, Owen’s mother Susan got his personal possessions back.

In the notebook that Owen carried in his pocket, he had written poem 96 from Gitanjali with Tagore’s name inscribed below.

Owen had recited lines from the poem when he had bid goodbye to his mother.

Owen’s mother had written to Tagore in August 1920 recounting the experience, moved by the power of the poem that reverberated in her mind in the voice of her lost son.

As part of its presidency of the Security Council, UK’s mission to the UN would be focusing on conflict prevention and commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the war.

In July, India had co-sponsored a commemorative event on the World War I at the world body’s headquarters.

The courage and sacrifice of millions of soldiers, including thousands from India, who fought in the war was remembered at the event titled’Learning from War to Build Peace.’

The event highlighted the importance of reconciliation through diplomacy and dialogue.

During the event, a short film showing images of the World War I was screened.

The film had particularly moving images of the Indian soldiers fighting in the battlefield across the world.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon had said that as the world marks the 100th anniversary of the “war to end all wars,” nations continue to see horrific violence on many fronts.

Mukerji had said apart from the soldiers and medical personal from India who played a key role in the war, a large number of technical support troops during the war also hailed from India.

During the event, excerpts from letters and diaries of soldiers and nurses as they lived through the war were also read by UN interns and staff.

Among the three letters that were read was one by Indian soldier Gholam Rasul Khan, who was one of over a million volunteer Indian soldiers serving in the war as part of Indian Expeditionary Forces.

Khan had written the letter from France on May 24, 1916 to his father Mahmood Navas Khan in which he had said he hoped to soon return to his homeland.


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