Defence Ministry clears procurements worth Rs 1,10,000 crore, of which 90 % is under ‘Make in India’ campaign

News4u-News Desk- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that Defence Ministry has cleared procurements worth Rs 1,10,000 crore, of which 90 per cent is under ‘Make in India’ campaign.

Ahead of French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s visit, India said that negotiations for procurement of Rafale fighter jets for IAF will begin this month and the multi-billion dollar deal will be finalised “as early as possible”.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the government to government committee will be set up which will begin negotiations on the deal.

Refused to set any deadline to seal the much hyped deal claiming “since it is government to government procedure, the deal would be quick”.

The French Defence Minister is expected to be in New Delhi on 6th May to finalise the modalities for the negotiations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to France last month had signed an agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets for over USD 6 billion.


Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Govt committed to clean & green environment: Prakash Javadekar

News4u-News Desk- In an exclusive interview to DD News, Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar said his government is committed to clean and green environment.

He said government’s policies have helped change environment ministry’s negative image.

The minister also said the clearance processes for projects have been simplified by making them online.

He further added that development without destruction is government’s agenda.

Prakash Javadekar also called for people’s participation in the clean environment movement.


Prakash Javadekar

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

PM emphasises that human welfare can be ensured by Buddha’s compassion, peace and non-violence

News4u-News Desk- On the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that his teachings of compassion were the answer to the ongoing turmoil in the world.

Addressing the International Buddha Purnima Diwas celebrations at Talkatora stadium in New Delhi on Monday, the Prime Minister wished that “beloved” Nepal bounces back soon from its current crisis created by the devastating earthquake.

The Prime Minister said we should share the pain and wipe the tears of people of Nepal.

A one-minute silence was also observed in the memory of those who lost their lives in the earthquake.


On the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Arabian Travel Market opens in Dubai

News4u-Travel Desk- Arabian Travel Market has opened its doors at the Dubai International Conference & Exhibition Centre, bringing together some of the biggest names in the travel and tourism business for the Middle East, showcasing their latest news and developments.

The 2015 show is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai.

Now approaching its 20th year, the show has grown to become the largest showcase of its kind in the region and one of the biggest in the world.

This year’s four-day event is set to highlight tech growth within the industry, as online travel bookings in the MENA region increased by ten per cent in 2014.

According to YouGov data, 31 per cent of those surveyed booked all of their travel requirements online, an increase of ten per cent over 2013.

Of those surveyed a quarter used their smartphones to BOOK HOTELS online while mobile usage to access online travel guides or to book leisure activities rose by six per cent.

“Throughout the region, we are witnessing major growth in online bookings as airlines, tour operators AND HOTELS develop ever-more sophisticated digital platforms and social media strategies to ensure they reach out effectively to both existing and potential guests,” said Nadege Noblet, exhibition manager of Arabian Travel Market.

“The industry as a whole is embracing technology like never before, to compete in a digital market place where accessibility and speed are critical to the demands of today’s tech-savvy travellers, especially mobile compatible sites FOR HOTELS, tour operators and leisure attractions,” added Noblet.

Recent figures unveiled Dubai-based Arabian Travel Market generated over $2 billion worth of business deals at annual 2014 May event; total World Travel Market Portfolio contributes $6.5 billion of additional revenue to the global travel industry.

Research conducted by Reed Travel Exhibitions in London, has revealed that the annual Arabian Travel Market, which takes place in Dubai each May witnessed more than 2,700 exhibitors sign business deals worth more than $2.1 billion with 23,500 visitors at the 2014 event.

Family centric travel, which accounted for more than 12.5 per cent of the $1.07 trillion global tourism market, has been selected as the official show theme for this year’s event, which takes place at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre from 4th-7th May 2015.

Arabian Travel Market is a part of The World Travel Market Portfolio, consisting of four leading business-to-business travel trade events, which has facilitated more than $6.5 billion (£3.9 million) the latest research has revealed.Agencies


Arabian Travel Market opens in Dubai

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

India welcomes UN assurance to take up Lakhvi release issue

News4u-News Desk- India has welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s assurance of taking up the issue of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi’s release at its next meeting, and questioned Pakistan’s “sincerity” in the matter.

Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said the international community is united in the fight against terror and any act by Pakistan to defy the spirit will be condemned by all.

He said New Delhi had sent a clear message to Islamabad that it is not happy with the way Lakhvi case is being handled. Rijiju said the Pakistani government did not produce the facts against the Lakhvi in the court properly which led to his release from jail.

Earlier, a committee of the UNSC has assured India that it will take up the issue of Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi at its next meeting.

India had expressed concern that Lakhvi’s release from a Pakistani jail violates the provisions of the United Nations. The next meeting of the committee is expected to take place in the next few days.


UNSC

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Indian cinema a soft power: Jaitley

News4u-News Desk- Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said Indian cinema’s reach in the western nations has made it a component of the country’s “soft power” worldwide.

Jaitley, who was addressing the gathering at the 62nd National Film Awards in New Delhi, said that Indian movies have found “increasing acceptance” on the international forum.

“Our cinema is also a component of our soft power internationally. We lead the world average in the number of movies produced each year. Indian movies have found increasing acceptance at the international forum,” he said.

“We all know there are simultaneous international releases of Hindi films happening now. Spread over the fruitful 100 years of Indian cinema, the saga has been that of a spirit of entrepreneurship,” Jaitley added.

The minister hailed last year’s releases ‘Queen’ and ‘Mary Kom’ for their women-centric themes and for striking a chord with the audience. “The changing social mores and aspirations also found a voice in this medium. We witness the triumph of the spirit of liberation and empowerment of women-centric themes on the silver screen. The success of movies such as ‘Queen’ and ‘Mary Kom’ are testimony to this. Social values have influenced our cinema and similarly our cinema has also had a great impact on our social values,” he said.

As Indian cinema has come a long way, Jaitley also pointed out the increasing influence of technology in Indian films. “The times to come would witness the disruption of the familiar paradigm due to rapid strides in technology and its increasing presence in the space of our daily lives,” he said.

Jaitley said it was “heartening” to see Haryana and Bodo films entering the coveted list of National Award winners for the first time. “It is heartening to learn that for the first time, a Haryana film and a film in the Rabha language from the Bodo region of Assam have won National Awards. ‘PAGDI: The Honour’ has not only won the best Haryanvi film but also the best supporting actor award for Baljinder Kaur,” he said.

The minister noted that the non-feature category is “immensely important as it deals with interesting and critical subjects”. “The government has played its part in producing and showcasing them, thereby strengthening the documentary film movement,” he said.

Jaitley also congratulated Dadasaheb Phalke winner Shashi Kapoor and child prodigy Uthara Unnikrishnan.


Nigeria moves 275 Boko Haram hostages to relief camp

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

SEBI asks bondholders of two Sahara firms to submit their claims

News4u-Business Desk- Making a fresh bid to locate Sahara INVESTORS eligible for refunds, capital MARKETS regulator SEBI has asked the bondholders of two Sahara firms to submit their claims along with the proof of investments.

The latest exercise follows two similar attempts made by the Securities and Exchange Board of India in the past.

The first exercise began in August 2014, when the investors were asked to submit their refund claims by September 30, followed by a similar exercise in December when the bondholders were required to approach SEBI with their applications by January 2015.


SEBI

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Japan’s maglev train creates new world speed record with top speed of 603 km/h

News4u-Features Desk- Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad.

The seven-car maglev train short for “magnetic levitation” hit a top speed of 603 kilometres an hour, and managed nearly 11 seconds at over 600kph, operator Central Japan Railway said.

The new record came less than a week after the company recorded a top speed of 590 kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581 kph.


Japan’s maglev train

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Nigeria moves 275 Boko Haram hostages to relief camp

News4u-News Desk- Kano: Nigeria`s military authorities on Sunday moved 275 women and children to a relief camp, days after rescuing them from Boko Haram`s stronghold in the Sambisa forest, the state-run emergency agency said.

The freed hostages, among almost 700 women and children rescued from Boko Haram`s clutches last week, had been traumatised and malnourished by their ordeal, the military said.

They were taken to the camp in Yola for profiling, counselling and rehabilitation.

“The 23 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army based in Yola, Adamawa State, has handed over 275 rescued women and children from the insurgents in Sambisa forest to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for rehabilitation,” the agency said in a statement.

NEMA chief Muhammad Sani Sidi said the agency had made the necessary arrangements for trauma counselling and other forms of assistance to enable the hostages to recover and return to normal life.

Sani Datti, the spokesman for the agency, told AFP that some of the women and children had been injured in the rescue operation and were being treated in hospital.

“Eight women and 15 children have been taken to the hospital for treatment for injuries they sustained during the rescue operation,” he said.

He also said the personal details of the hostages had been recorded.

“Their personal data, including names, age, and place of origin were taken,” he said.He said most of the hostages were traumatised by their ordeal in Boko Haram camps.

“Most of them looked tired and traumatised. They were unkempt. From their looks they haven`t had a bath for days,” he said.

The women and children were provided with food, mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, soap and detergents.

Nigerian troops rescued almost 700 hostages from their captives in Sambisa forest between Tuesday and Thursday last week, promising to go on and free all those still in captivity.

The defence quarters said in a statement on Sunday that 260 women and children who were stranded after fleeing from Boko Haram had been located in Adamawa state.

“They have now been conveyed back to their various communities in Madagali after undergoing the normal security profiling,” spokesman Chris Olukolade said.

“Some of them disclosed that they had to abandon their homes to escape from the terrorists when Madagali came under attack, while others were actually abducted,” he said.

He said a number of insurgents were killed and wounded while some weapons, motorcycles and bicycles were recovered.

According to Amnesty International Boko Haram has seized about 2,000 women and girls since the start of last year.

Female former hostages have described being subjected to forced labour and sexual and psychological abuse as well as sometimes having to fight on the frontline alongside the rebels.

The military has released a series of photographs purporting to show some of the rescued women and children at an undisclosed location, huddled on the ground watched over by soldiers.

It was still not clear if any of the 219 girls snatched in April 2014 from their school in the northeastern town of Chibok were among the freed hostages.

The military said they were still screening the freed hostages with a view to establishing their identities.

The mass kidnapping in Chibok prompted global outrage and forced President Goodluck Jonathan to accept international help in the search operation for the missing girls.

Jonathan has come under severe criticism for not doing enough to secure the release of the Chibok girls as well as end the six-year-old Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed some 15,000 lives and forced at least 1.5 million people to flee their homes.

Many analysts believe the protracted Boko Haram uprising was partly responsible for Jonathan`s defeat in the March 28 presidential election to former military ruler Mohammadu Buhari.

Buhari, who is due to assume office on May 29, has vowed to crush the militants who want to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria. AFP


Nigeria moves 275 Boko Haram hostages to relief camp

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

West Indies won the final Test match to level series

News4u-Sports Desk- London: West Indies defied the odds and a wearing pitch to complete a series-levelling five-wicket victory over England on the third day of the third and final Test on Sunday.

Set a daunting target of 192 after the tourists were dismissed for 123 in their second innings, a 108-run fifth-wicket partnership between Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood tilted the match decisively the Caribbean side`s way.

That allowed them to celebrate their first victory over England since the opening match of the 2009 series in Kingston, Jamaica.

Bravo`s controlled knock of 82, his 11th Test half-century, ended when he attempted to make the victory hit off Ben Stokes as Stuart Broad pulled down the catch at mid-off.

It was left to Blackwood to finish off the match in the next over, hoisting Moeen Ali`s off-spin over long-on to finish unbeaten on 47 and complete a team and personal triumph following his first innings top score of 85 out of a total of 189.

He was named man of the match.

“I always try to play my natural game but you have to be mindful of the situation as well,” said Blackwood.

“(Darren) Bravo told me to just keep positive and we would be able to bring it home.”

West Indies seemed on the verge of another capitulation when veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul played on to James Anderson without scoring to leave the home side uncomfortably placed at 80 for four just after tea.

Anderson took the man of the series honours for his 17 wickets in the three matches, lifting his overall Test tally to 397.

“It`s disappointing, but they chased down that target very well,” he said.

Blackwood, who replaced Chanderpaul, capitalised on a significant moment of luck — a missed stumping by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler off Joe Root when only on four — to stay with his senior partner.

Gradually they wore down the England bowlers before unfurling the attacking shots that sped the West Indies to the target that seemed beyond them at the start of the chase given the state of the pitch and the low-scoring nature of the match.

“Losing the toss turned out really well for us. The bowlers performed superbly,” said victorious West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin.

“Anything over 220 would have been trickier, but we had a real belief in our team in this series.”

Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope saw off the early assault from Anderson and Broad, although not without a few anxious moments.

But the introduction of Chris Jordan into the attack brought the breakthrough that England craved as the debutant fell leg-before for nine.

In the very next over, Jordan`s brilliance at slip throughout the series was again in evidence as he held on to a sharp chance left-handed to remove Brathwaite off Ali`s off-spin for 25.

England had started the day brightly, putting on 51 in the first hour for the loss of just one wicket from a perilous overnight position of 39 for five.

Gary Ballance was that early casualty after England resumed in the perilous overnight position of 39 for five.

He became the first of two wickets for Veerasammy Permaul, the left-arm spinner removing the left-hander to a catch at slip and then breaking a 33-run seventh-wicket partnership between Stokes and Buttler via a miscued drive from Stokes (32) that was well held by Chanderpaul at short extra-cover.

Buttler kept on playing positively and was left unbeaten on a top score of 35.

Fast-medium bowler Jason Holder, who dismissed Jordan and Broad off successive deliveries, finished with the best figures of three for 15.

Permaul and pacer Jerome Taylor also picked up three wickets apiece.

“Getting dismissed for 123 in the second innings opened up the match this morning,” England captain Alastair Cook conceded.

“Defending 190-odd, you need to take every chance and we didn`t do that. We`ll have to take it on the chin because we didn`t do enough to win the series.”

England won the second Test in Grenada by nine wickets while the opening game of the three-match series in Antigua was drawn. AFP


West Indies won the final Test match

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter