LA RINCONADA

News4u-Travel Desk- La Rinconada in Peru is an old gold-mining camp in the remote Peruvian Andes that has grown to ‘major city’ status. Over 50,000 people live in this mountainous city at an altitude of 16,732 ft or 5,100 m.

It lays claim to the title of the ‘highest city in the world’. Despite having an economy fuelled almost entirely by the nearby gold mine, its infrastructure remains poor. The city has no plumbing and no sanitation system, and there is significant contamination with mercury due to mining practices.

Almost all the residents of this city are workers who emigrated to the remote location hoping to secure work and stake their claim in the riches. They work through a peculiar system of payment called cachorreo. Employees work for 30 days without payment, and on the 31st day, they are allowed to take as much ore from the mine as they can carry.

Whatever the miners are able to extract from that ore is theirs. Despite companies utilising such a non-traditional system of payment, miners continue to flock to the region. The population of La Rinconada has skyrocketed over 230% in the last decade.Agencies


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The November Man (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- An expert former CIA agent is coaxed out of retirement to return to the international circuit for one more secretive and needless to say, dangerous mission. But in the tangled world of international espionage, who can he trust?

Peter Devereaux (Brosnan) is the cool-headed but hardened CIA killer and a veteran of many international espionage missions while his protege David Mason (Bracey) is impulsive and has an easy trigger finger. The flashback opening shows Mason botch a mission that he and Devereaux are on, by shooting a civilian. Things subsequently get a bit messy between the two. This is when the teacher-student relationship goes sour. This messed-up dynamic underscores much of the rest of the film.

In the present, Deveraux is coaxed out of his isolation in picturesque Switzerland by a handler called John Hanley (Smitrovich) and tasked to protect and escort a woman out of Russia. She knows the dirt on one Arkady Federov (Ristovski), who is to become the next Russian president. The whole thing goes awry however in true thriller movie style when Mason enters the scene again. Additionally, the woman Devereaux is assigned to protect is killed by an assassin. But as luck would have it, Devereaux finds another woman called Alice (Kurylenko) who has various secrets of her own.

Amidst the many gunfights and car chases on narrow roads, a bit of tough love-style romance is hinted at between Devereaux and Alice. While Mason still subconsciously seeks Devereaux’s approval, he also nurses a lethal grudge. Jibes are exchanged between the two; they even manage snatches of nasty phone conversations between chases.

Donaldson has an impressive pedigree when it comes to this genre (*The Recruit* and *The Bank Job* to name a few) but he doesn’t inject much in terms of innovation in this by-the-numbers spy thriller. The sometimes-cluttered plot aside, this slickly-shot film manages to pass muster. A big reason why you might want to see this film is because Pierce Brosnan is in it. And indeed, it is on his able shoulders that this movie rests. Courtesy toi…


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Identity Card (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- The film attempts to decipher the plight of Kashmiri civilians and local law enforcement officials who often get caught between the India-Pakistan conflict and militant menace in the region.

TV journalist Nazia, her friend Ajay and local tourist guide Raju get abducted in Srinagar, only to find themselves locked in a Special Task Force (STF) cell. With no identity cards on them, rigorous interrogation sessions begin. While the trio claims innocence, the counter-terrorism unit thinks otherwise. Is this a case of mistaken identity or are the three really at fault?

*Identity Card* predominantly tries to highlight human rights violations of Kashmiri civilians in the form of forced disappearances, torturous interrogations and extrajudicial killings. It also tries to comprehend the psyche of terrorists, police and the STF who struggle to differentiate between innocents and suspected insurgents, given the volatile circumstances.

However, Rahat Kazmi’s ambitious film tries to bite off more than it can chew. While the director’s intention is sincere and noble, he fails to evoke a reaction, owing to his vague execution. Performances are decent but they prove to be futile, given the incoherent script. Especially given the gravity of the topic, solid research was required. The climax too disappoints, given the characters’ wishful thinking and over-simplistic conclusion.

Also, throughout the film, you keep wondering if it was intended to be a short dramedy or a gut-wrenching tale of suffering. In either case, it fails to make an impact. After all, you can’t merely ‘touch upon’ an issue as sensitive and intricate as Kashmir.

We don’t know about identity but the film lacks substance for sure. Courtesy toi…


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Renovation work of George Orwell’s birthplace launched

News4u-Features Desk- Bihar Art and Culture Minister Vinay Bihari on Thursday formally launched the renovation and beautification work of the birthplace of famous author, journalist and critic George Orwell at Motihari in East Champaran district of Bihar, around 165 km from Patna.

Orwell, the author of novels like Animal Farm and Ninteen Eighty-Four, was born Eric Arthur Blair at Motihari on 25th June 1903.

His father R W Blair worked in the Opium Department of the Indian Civil Service.

Orwell was just one year old when his family returned to England, but the house survived in a dilapidated condition.

The repair and renovation work would be done at a cost of Rs 59.5 lakh keeping the original structure of the house intact.

A park, water supply, public amenities, external and internal lighting as well as a cafeteria would be added to it along with a museum on Orwell within the premises.

“We will complete the work within five months and develop the birthplace into a memorable one for visitors. Orwell was British but his heart was Indian. The state government is dedicated towards conserving the place,” said Bihari.

The minister added that more funds would be allotted in the coming phases to upgrade Orwell’s birthplace to a memorial of international standards.

The renovation work was being executed by the Building Construction Department (BCD) and would be spread over 2.48 acres of land.

A Satyagrah Park over another 2.5 acres adjacent to it would be developed to commemorate the launch of Satyagrah Movement in the country by Mahatma Gandhi from the undivided Champaran district.

Three years ago, former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, during his visit to Motihari, had expressed his worry over the neglect of Orwell’s birthplace and had asked officials to chalk out a plan to restore and renovate it. It is now a state protected monument.


George Orwell’s birthplace

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Flying Squirrel captured

News4u-Features Desk- A Flying Squirrel, an endangered species, was captured by the forest department officials at Balijharan village in Jagannathpur sub-division of West Singhbhum district.

The Flying Squirrel was spotted under a tree near a primary school building and was captured on Tuesday, forest Ranger (Noamundi) Anand Behari Singh said.

He said, “It is on the verge of extinction.”

Following the capture, the forest officials conducted a medical check on it and sent it to Birsa Zoological Park, Ranchi, Singh said, adding that the health of the flying squirrel was found to be alright.

The local tribes call it ‘Oraal’ and pay respect to this animal.


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Modi govt completes 100 days; Economy rebounding, inflation moderating

News4u-News Desk- As the Modi government completes 100 days, encouraged by marked improvement in the GDP numbers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said growth rate would accelerate further on back of improvement in investor confidence and moderation in inflation.

With government taking quick decisions to relax FDI norms and push infrastructure investment, he said the manufacturing curve has turned and services sector is looking up.

“All I can say is the government is very clear whether it is social sector schemes, or other significant decisions, surely we will be moving in right direction.

I am optimistic that as more and more decisions in this direction comes, we will be able to help the economy to grow a little faster,” Jaitley said, while addressing his first press conference to mark 100 days of the NDA government in office.

Reflecting improvement in the economy, the GDP growth rate in the April-June quarter of 2014-15 improved to 5.7 percent, the highest in nearly two-and-half years. The GDP growth rate remained sub-five per cent in the last two consecutive fiscals.

“In the first quarter (April-June), a 5.7 percent growth rate is encouraging.

With the long-term impact of all the new initiatives setting in, I am sure the impact in the coming quarters will be much larger,” he said.

Listing decisions taken in first three months in office, Jaitley said FDI restrictions in defence and railways have been eased, decision making hastened, special mechanism created to resolve tax dispute and steps taken to increase investment in manufacturing and infrastructure.

“The new government was clear about the direction in which it was to move. We wanted to expand economic activity, hasten decision making, easing doing business in country, open up significant sectors, expedite decision making, while maintaining the social sector expenditures in most areas,” he added.

On future agenda, the Minister said the government would soon roll out disinvestment plan, push Goods and Services Tax (GST) and try to get the insurance bill through in the ensuing Winter Session of Parliament.


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India, Japan sign MoU to develop Varanasi into ‘smart city’

News4u-Business Desk- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan on Saturday began on a significant note with a pact being signed under which his constituency Varanasi will be developed as a ‘smart city’, with cooperation and experience of Kyoto, the Japanese ‘smart city’ which is a confluence of heritage and modernity.

The signing of the Partner City Affiliation MoU, which marks the launch of smart heritage city programme, between the two countries, was overseen by Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who made a special gesture of flying Kyoto from Tokyo to meet his Indian counterpart.

The pact was signed by Indian Ambassador to Japan Deepa Wadhwa and Mayor of Kyoto Daisaku Kadokawa soon after Modi’s arrival in Kyoto for his two-day first leg of his visit.

Abe received Modi at the Kyoto Guest House before the signing ceremony.

The MoU provides for cooperation in heritage conservation, city modernisation and cooperation in the fields of art, culture and academics, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters

This marks the launch of Smart heritage city programme between the two countries, he added.

The pact is in line with Modi’s vision of building 100 smart cities across India.

Under the MoU, a detailed roadmap of cooperation will be prepared which will form the base for further understanding.

Both cities shall endeavor to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the agreed fields based on principles of equality and mutual respect and benefit and continuously exchange information and opinion in the agreed areas and cooperate in important fields.

Modi, Abe meet over dinner, pitch for robust future in ties

Setting the tone for their formal Summit on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe tonight spoke about a “strong and robust future” for the bilateral ties, with the Indian leader hoping that the two sides would strive to achieve in five years the unrealised potential of five decades.

Meeting over a dinner hosted in Kyoto by Abe in honour of Modi in the elegant setting of the Imperial Guest House, the two leaders underlined the importance India and Japan have for each other.

“The discussions covered economic issues, and the opportunities that both countries had,” a PMO statement said.

They talked about the need to seize the opportunities presented by their respective strong political mandates to inject new momentum and energy in their economies.

“They spoke with great optimism about a strong and robust future for India-Japan economic partnership,” it said.

Modi observed that the relationship was far below potential and expressed hope that the two sides would strive to achieve in five years the unrealised potential of five decades.

Abe spoke with great enthusiasm and strong conviction about India and the importance of India-Japan relations for his country and the region.

Modi described Japan as one of India’s closest and most important partners and spoke about his own admiration and affinity for Japan and his high hopes from the relationship.


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Police blocks road leading to Nawaz Sharif’s Lahore residence

News4u-News Desk- Fearing backlash from anti-government protesters, roads leading to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Lahore residence, where he is currently residing, have been blocked and heavy contingent of police deployed.

The move came after Imran Khan and moderate cleric Tahir-ul Qadri’s supporters were baton-charged outside the prime minister’s official residence in Islamabad. One woman was killed in police firing and over 350 others were injured.

The Lahore police in wee hours of todayplaced containers on Raiwind Road leading to the palatial Jati Umera residence of Prime Minister Sharif here. Sharif hadleft the prime minister house in Islamabad for his Lahore residence, which is sprawling on acres of land, on Fridayalong with his personal staff.

“Sharif had vacated the prime minister house fearing it might come undersiege from the protesters,” a source in the ruling PML-N told PTI. His brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is also living there.

“Sharif will not move to the prime minister house in Islamabad till thepolice manage to clear the area from Khan’s Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf and Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tahreek,” the source said, adding Sharif and his family members would not travel by road in thepresent circumstances.

Meanwhile, the protesters clashed with police at famous Liberty Chowk and the Mall Road here. Half a dozen protesters suffered injuries and were shifted to hospitalwhere their condition is stated to be out of danger.

On the other hand, a group of Khan’s supporters gathered outsidethe residence of Defense Minister Khawaja Asif in Sialkot, some 150 km from Lahore, and pelted stones at it.

Police, however, managed to disperse them. In Multan, some 350 km from here, the Tehrik-e-Insaf activists blocked the motorway road for several hours. Police used baton to disperse them.

Tehrik-e-Insaf Punjab president Ejaz Chaudhry said: “Today we will block all entry and exit pointsof Punjab province. We will bring the life to standstill to pressure Nawaz Sharif to resign.”


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Modi gifts books on Vivekananda, copy of Bhagawad Gita to Abe

News4u-News Desk- Warm vibes between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe were at display on Saturday as the Indian leader arrived in Kyoto on five-day visit with an aim of raising the ties to a new level.

Modi, who has been “excited” about the visit, gifted books on Swami Vivekananda and a copy of Bhagawad Gita to Abe who made a special gesture of travelling Kyoto specially to meet the Indian Prime Minister in this historic city before their formal Summit meeting in Tokyo on Monday.

Abe, who has said “India has special place in my heart”, received Modi at the guest house soon after the Indian Prime Minister reached here after landing at airport in neighbouring Osaka and driving down a journey of about two hours.

Modi presented to Abe a special commemorative edition of ‘Swami Vivekananda and Japan- excerpts from the life and works of Swami Vivekanand and ‘Vivekananda in Japan’ by Swami Medhasananda’ and a copy of the Bhagawada Gita.

In addition to the Sanskrit version, a Japanese version of the Bhagawad Gita was also presented to Abe.

The two leaders also jointly participated in a Japanese ritual called ‘feeding the fish’, which is considered to be auspicious beginning.

They went to a pond and gave the feed to the fish in it. Abe then hosted a dinner for Modi.

Japanese Prime Minister will also treat Modi to special ‘Chai’ (tea) on Monday in Tokyo.

Ahead of the visit, the two Prime Ministers took to Twitter two days back to reach out to each other and the respective countries.

While Modi tweeted in Japanese language to strike a chord with the Japanese people, Abe responded hours later by saying “India has a special place in my heart”.

Modi had earlier said he was eagerly looking forward to meeting Abe whose leadership he “deeply respects”.

The Prime Minister will tomorrow visit the famous Toji temple.


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Japan to work with India in finding Sickle Cell Anaemia remedy

News4u-News Desk- Japan on Sunday agreed to work with India in inventing treatment for the Sickle Cell Anaemia after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought help for finding remedy to the deadly disease commonly found among tribals in India.

Modi, who has been keenly looking for a remedy to the disease since his days as Chief Minister of Gujarat, discussed the issue with Nobel Prize winner for Medicine (2012) S Yamanaka when he visited the Kyoto University.

The Prime Minister, on the second day of his tour, raised the issue during his visit to the Stem Cell Research facility and discussed whether Japan could be of help in this regard.

The Prime Minister discussed the possibility of cooperation in finding a treatment for the disease, said External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin.

Sources said the Japanese side said it would work with India in jointly finding the treatment. The sources said Modi, since his days as Gujarat Chief Minister, has been trying to see if any solution could be found to the disease but has been helpless as no cure has been invented yet.

Sickle Cell Disease is a serious disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells. “Sickle-shaped” means that the red blood cells are shaped like a crescent.

Normal red blood cells are disc-shaped and look like doughnuts without holes in the center. They move easily through blood vessels. Red blood cells contain an iron-rich protein called hemoglobin. This protein carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.


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