Madhes protest:UDMF submits memorandum to PM

News4u-News Desk- The agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) leaders on Friday urged Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli to address their demands at the earliest.

During the meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence, the UDMF submitted a memorandum, including the issues of national concern and the 11-point demand of the Front, to the Prime Minister.

Oli said that the issues of Madhes were the problems of the entire country and urged the UDMF leaders to find a way out to settle the problems together, reports Kathmandu Post.

The Prime Minister issued the directive after the leaders of the UDMF informed him that those who were injured during the protest were not getting free treatment and the concerned authorities had not yet started a process to withdraw the cases filed against the protesters.

Prime Minister Oli also issued a directive to the concerned authorities to provide free treatment to those injured during the protest and withdraw cases filed against them. (ANI)

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Yo Yo Honey Singh thinks Badshah is Nano in front of him

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh, who is making a comeback from his 18 month hiatus with his flick ‘Zorawar,’ thinks that rapper Badshah is nano in front of him.

During the trailer launch of his upcoming flick, when the 32-year-old rapper was asked if Badshah has taken over the music scene in his absence, he said, “Have you driven a Rolls-Royce? There is a difference between a Rolls-Royce and a Nano.”

Further, talking about his absence from the industry, the ‘Lungi Dance’ hit-maker said, “It’s a long story, I had disappeared for almost 18 months. There were lots of rumours about where I was. But today I’ll talk about my movie, very soon I’ll give an interview where I’ll tell you the entire story about what had happened with me. That’s an important phase of my life.”

Singh also cleared the speculations over his rift with Shah Rukh Khan and said that he has a great relationship with SRK.

Yo Yo has previously acted in Himesh Reshammiya’s ‘The Xpose,’ but ‘ Zorawar’ will mark his debut as a lead actor. (ANI)

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Background checks for gun purchases can save lives

News4u-News Desk- Not much research has been done on the effectiveness of gun control laws, but a new study has pointed out which gun laws actually work.

The nationwide study analysing gun-control laws in the USA has found that just nine of the 25 state laws are effective in reducing firearm deaths. The research suggests that if all the US states were to expand the three laws that have the strongest effect on gun deaths - universal background checks for purchasing guns and ammunition and firearm identification, the national rate of gun deaths could be cut by over 90 percent.

Lead author Dr Bindu Kalesan from the Boston University said that the study is the first to examine the impact of specific gun laws on gun-related deaths across the USA while taking account of a range of other factors such as gun ownership and unemployment.

Kalesan added that the findings suggest that very few of the existing state gun-control laws actually reduce gun deaths, highlighting the importance of focusing on relevant and effective gun legislation. Background checks for all people buying guns and ammunition, including private sales, are the most effective laws we have to reduce the number of gun deaths in the USA.

More than 90 people are killed every day by guns in the USA. In 2010, 31672 gun deaths were recorded, equivalent to 10.1 deaths per 100000 people. Hawaii recorded the lowest rate of gun deaths (45 deaths per year) at 3.31 per 100000 citizens, while Alaska (144) topped the table at 20.3 per 100000.

The US states have introduced a range of gun laws to strengthen or deregulate the main federal gun control law, the Brady Law, which requires background checks for gun purchases from a federally-licensed dealer. However, around 40 percent of all gun sales in America are estimated to be private transactions that do not require background checks.

The findings show that nine laws are associated with a reduced likelihood of gun deaths, nine with increased gun deaths, and seven did not show any conclusive association (figure page 4). For example, laws that restrict firearm access to children (eg, locks and age restrictions) were shown to be ineffective, while stand-your-ground laws that allow an individual to use deadly force in self-defence significantly increased gun-related deaths. These findings persisted even after removing the effect of other factors that might affect gun deaths such unemployment and gun exports.

Although not the final word, the study by Kalesan and colleagues is a step in the right direction of trying to bring more scientific evidence to bear on the types of policies that could be most effective in reducing the serious gun-violence problem in the USA.

The study appears in the Lancet. (ANI)

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Veto in UN Security Council impedes long-standing Kashmir dispute:Pak

News4u-News Desk- Pakistan has said that the use of veto in the UN Security Council prevented a resolution of the long-lived Kashmir dispute and inhibited implementation of UN resolutions on the same.

Pakistan’s UN Ambassador, Maleeha Lodhi, in the inter-governmental negotiation process on Security Council reform reiterated the country’s opposition to add new permanent members to the Council with or without a veto, reports Dawn.

She said that any privileged role in decision-making would contradict the shared-goal of making the Security Council more democratic, representative and accountable.

Lodhi said Pakistan considers veto as an important issue which needs to be tackled as part of a comprehensive reform of the Security Council.

Pakistan supports expansion of the Security Council only in the non-permanent category, she added.

Pakistan, she said, believed that ideally the veto should be abolished.

She warned the UN that if the values of the 21st century like democracy, equal opportunity and non-discrimination were ignored in reforming the Council, there would be the grave risk of making the United Nations a ‘Divided Nations’.

The Pakistani envoy added that the Council should not remain paralysed and deadlocked over reconciling to accommodate the interests of the five permanent members. (ANI)

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Akram rates Kohli as `world’s best batman`

News4u-Sports Desk- Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has showered praise on Indian prolific cricketer Virat Kohli, describing him as the ‘best batsman in the world’.

The 49-year-old believes Kohli was currently at that phase of his career where the batsmen learn to score runs in every situation.

Admitting that the Indian batsman plays with authority in all the three formats of the game, the former left-arm pacer said that he would have found it extremely difficult to bowl against him, the Express Tribune reported.

Despite agreeing that India have been performing very well, Akram refused to consider them as hot favourites to grab this year’s World T20 title. He said that it was really difficult to predict the winner of the prestigious T20 tournament.

Expressing his views on Pakistan’s dismal performance in the recently-concluded Asia Cup, Akram said that his side were unpredictable and that Shahid Afridi’s side have the ability to surprise any team.

Pakistan will start their World T20 campaign at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on March 16. (ANI)

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We can’t rely only on movies for societal change: Kalki

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin has opined that movies cannot be solely held responsible for bringing about a change in the society.

The ‘Margarita With A Straw’ actress, who was present at the launch of a youth-led program ‘ Campus Ambassador Program; Making Delhi City Safer,’ said that the films can take the society to a better and safer place, but cannot do it all alone.

“There are movies, which are artistic. Such movies have the capacity to bring about a change, but there are movies, which are completely commercial and made for people’s leisure time, which is not at all wrong to have. So, I don’t think that the motive or the responsibility of taking the society to a better and safer place should be only on the shoulders of the film makers or movies,” said Kalki to ANI.

On the occasion of the 100th International Women’s Day, PVR Nest along with Frame Her Right Campaign; and SafetiPin, the country’s only audit based safety application, launched the initiative, which aims at empowering youth to have an active role in developing safer cities.

Apart from Kalki Koechlin, the event saw the presence of H.E. Mr. Richard Verma, the US Ambassador to India and H.E. Mr. Nadir Patel, Canadian High Commissioner to India along with Mr. Ajay Bijli- Chairman & Managing Director- PVR Limited. (ANI)

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US Senate rejects resolution to block sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan

News4u-News Desk- The United States Senate has rejected by a two-thirds vote a resolution to block the proposed sale of eight F-16 aircraft to Pakistan.

Lawmakers voted 71 to 24 against an attempt introduced by Republican Senator Rand Paul to prevent the sale under legislation known as the Arms Control Act, reports Dawn.

President Barack Obama’s administration announced on February 12 that it had approved the sale to Pakistan of the aircraft, as well as radars and other equipment. It drew immediate criticism from India and concern from some members of Congress.

Republican Senator Bob Corker said he would use his power as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to bar the use of any US funds for the deal.

Paul had called Pakistan ‘an uncertain ally’ and other lawmakers expressed concerns about Pakistan’s nuclear program, commitment to fighting terrorist organisations and cooperation in the Afghanistan peace process.

The Senate debated the measure for an hour during which Senator Paul strongly urged other lawmakers to support his move.

The United States identified Pakistan as a key partner in its war against terror following the September 11, 2001, attacks and spent billions of dollars on military aid to help the country fight insurgents.(ANI)

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Sharif praised by US daily for his progressive Pak vision

News4u-News Desk- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been praised for his vision of creating a liberal and progressive Pakistan.

An article appearing in the Washington Post said Sharif thinks a moderate, progressive and liberal agenda can help fulfill his economic agenda. His present political policies are different from those he had in the 1990s.

The Express Tribune quotes the Washington Post article as further saying that Sharif has streamlined the country’s path towards progress.

Citing the analysts and high officials in the government, the article points out that Sharif stunned the powerful clergy of Pakistan by raising the slogan of a more liberal Pakistan in his address to the international business community earlier.

The shift in his rhetoric reflects the influence of his daughter Maryam Nawaz on his thinking.

Sharif’s earlier tenures reflected that Pakistan would enter a stale style of governance, but now, he and his party are challenging the religious community and forging a new path.(ANI)

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3 day World Culture Festival will begin on the banks of Yamuna

News4u-News Desk- In the midst of a trail of uncertainties and suspense, the 3-day World Culture Festival will begin this evening on the banks of Yamuna in Delhi.

The mega cultural event will be attended by over 35 lakh people from across the world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the three-day World Culture festival beginning from today on the banks of river Yamuna in Delhi.

The cultural event is to be attended by about 35 lakh people from India and abroad.

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IRNSS-1F: ISRO’s sixth navigation satellite launched successfully

News4u-News Desk- India successfully put its sixth navigation satellite into the intended orbit in a launch that is just one step away from having its own regional navigation satellite system which will be on par with the US-based Global Positioning System.

With this success, India has now moved closer towards joining a select group of countries, which have their own satellite navigation system.

“Successful launch of IRNSS-1F is an accomplishment we all take immense pride in. I salute the hardwork of our scientists and ISRO,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets moments after the PSLV lifted off with IRNSS-1F.

IMPORTANT FACTS OF IRNSS

The IRNSS will provide two types of services — standard positioning service and restricted service.

The former is provided to all users and the latter is an encrypted service for authorised users.

The IRNSS-1F has been launched into a sub-Geosynchronous transfer orbit with a 284-km perigee (nearest point to Earth) and 20,657-km apogee (farthest point to Earth).

The satellite carries two types of payloads — navigation payload and ranging payload.

The navigation payload will transmit navigation service signals to users while the other consists of a C-band transponder that facilitates accurate determination of the range of the satellite.

IRNSS-1F is the sixth in the series of seven satellites proposed under the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS). The IRNSS has come to be known as the country’s own GPS.

The system comprises of total seven satellites.

The first five satellites of the series namely IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E were launched in July 2013, April 2014, October 2014, March 2015 and January 2016 respectively.

ISRO scientists plan to put all seven navigation satellites into orbit by March 2016.

Once all the seven satellites are in the orbit it will provide accurate position information service to users across the country and the region, extending up to an area of 1,500 kms.

For the IRNSS-1F launch, scientists have used the “XL” variant used in previous launches of IRNSS satellites, given its capacity to carry load.

Similar occasions where rocket with XL configuration were used were during launch of Chandrayaan-1, Mars Orbiter Mission, ASTROSAT besides the five IRNSS satellites.

Along with the navigation payload and ranging payload, the satellite also carries a “highly accurate Rubidium atomic clock” with it.

The payload will transmit navigation service signals to the users.

The 44.4 meter tall IRNSS-1F has a liftoff mass of 1,425 kg. It has a 12 year mission life.

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