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It's official: The list of ministers in Narendra Modi's government 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
New Delhi: Arun Jaitley has turned out to be the most important person in the new government after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with three heavy portfolios of finance, defence and corporate affairs, it was announced on Tuesday. The Rashtrapati Bhavan released the portfolio allocation of 46 ministers, including 24 cabinet ministers, of the government sworn in Monday evening. Sushma Swaraj is the new foreign minister and Rajnath Singh will head the home ministry. Modi has kept with him, like some of his predecessors, the portfolios of personnel, public grievances and pensions as well as the departments of atomic energy and space besides any other department not allocated to any minister. He will, as the presidential communique states, be in charge of "all important policy issues". New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) talks with his new cabinet ministers Rajnath Singh (2nd L) and Sushma Swaraj (2nd R) during an oath of office ceremony in New Delhi on May 26, 2014.Pic: AFP Rajnath Singh, the BJP ...
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BEST bets big on CNG cylinders 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
In a bid to make the city’s road transport more environment friendly, the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) has recently increased its fleet of buses that run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Of the 4,200 buses that BEST boasts of, around 600 buses are grounded on any given day, due to various maintenance work. File photo However, they clearly didn’t see one hurdle: Every time engineers run routine inspection on these buses, they take away the CNG cylinder that powers the buses, for a thorough check up. This check up takes a week, during which the buses are grounded. To solve this problem, BEST has now placed a bulk order for 132 CNG cylinders. Three types of CNG cylinders differing mainly on their capacity to take in water will be bought at a cost of around Rs 20 lakh. Speaking to sunday mid-day, BEST officials explained that as per guidelines, each CNG cylinder in a bus has to undergo hydraulic tests or replacements every three years. During this time there are inspections on the ...
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Sensex hits record high, crosses 24,000 points mark 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
A benchmark index of Indian equities markets continued its record run for the third consecutive day Tuesday when it reached a fresh high of over 24,000 points. This surpassed its previous record of 23,573 points hit Monday as the exit polls showed the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies closing in on a majority in just-ended country's general elections. All the sectors were trading in green. The rally was led by capital goods, banking, oil and gas, metal, consumer durables, auto, IT and technology, media and entertainment (TECK) sectors. The prominent gainers so far were: Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, up 11.41 percent at Rs.221.10; ONGC, up 4.14 percent at Rs.373.25; Tata Power, up 3.92 percent at Rs.84.80 and Reliance Industries Ltd, up 1.31 percent at Rs.1,042.40. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 23,729.78 points, was trading at 24,007.61 points in the pre-noon session, up 456.61 points or 1.94 percent from the previous day's close at ...
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Tackle climate change before too late: UN chief Ban Ki-moon 27.12.2013 Mid Day: International
Abu Dhabi: From the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the poorest countries to the richest, climate change impacts are already widespread, costly and consequential, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, urging stakeholders gathered in the UAE capital to consider concrete actions to tackle the phenomenon now before it is too late. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "Climate change is the defining issue of our time. If we do not take urgent action, all our plans for increased global prosperity and security will be undone," said the UN chief in opening remarks to the Abu Dhabi Ascent Sunday, which he is co-hosting with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to prepare for and build commitment ahead of the UN Climate Summit set for Sep 23 in New York. More than 1,000 participants, including 100 UAE government ministers, have gathered in Abu Dhabi for the two-day event to chart new routes for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate resilience. Sultan ...
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World's first solar-powered toilet set for launch in India 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
New York: A revolutionary toilet fueled by the sun that is being developed to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe and sustainable sanitation would be unveiled in India this month. “The self-contained, waterless toilet has the capability of heating human waste to a high enough temperature to sterilise human waste and create biochar, a highly porous charcoal,” informed project principal investigator Karl Linden, professor of environmental engineering at University of Colorado Boulder. Representational picture The biochar can be used to both increase crop yields and sequester carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. The project is part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's 'Reinvent the Toilet Challenge', an effort to develop a next-generation toilet that can be used to disinfect liquid and solid waste while generating useful end products. Linden’s team is one of the 16 teams around the world funded by the Gates 'Reinvent the Toilet ...
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Narendra Modi speaking white lies on development: Arvind Kejriwal 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
Ahmedabad: Accusing Narendra Modi of speaking "white lies" on development in Gujarat, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal today said he would meet the Gujarat Chief Minister to discuss the development claims. The former Delhi Chief Minister said he has raised 16 questions on development claims on Gujarat and wants to discuss all the issues with Modi if he has the time. Kejriwal, who is on a four-day visit to Gujarat to 'verify' the development claims on the home turf of Modi, also raked up the gas pricing issue. "Modi should make his point clear on the issue of gas pricing," he said, adding, "Gujarat government has demanded that gas pricing should be USD 16. Earlier, UPA government had given a go ahead to raise the price of gas from USD 4 to USD 8". He also alleged that Gujarat government is purchasing solar power at Rs 15 per unit, while the price elsewhere is Rs 8 per unit. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal waves to supporters following his arrival in Ahmedabad on March 5. Kejriwal, whose new ...
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How to eat right, stay fit and be calm during exam season 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Health & Fitness
Diet >> Eat Right Exams mean three aspects from a nutrition perspective: a diet that keeps your brain cells alert, lots of fluids to transmit nutrients to the brain, and adequate sleep to absorb nutrition and overcome fatigue. If all three are fulfilled, the student will be more attentive, will be able to absorb lessons faster and won’t need to cram up. Ideal diet: . Keep It Light: Concentrate on light nutritive foods and snacks; don’t give the child heavy meals that will make him/her lethargic. Eggs, Upma or oats khichdi are good breakfast choices. Lunch and dinner should be light, containing a dal, sabji, roti and raw salad, and there should be two snacks or mini-meals — one containing a handful of nuts which are essential brain food, and one containing fruits. So, an assorted fruit chaat is a good option. . Munch It Right: Fruits contain antioxidants that help the brain stay alert. If you’re non-veg, chicken for lunch is a good option. A lot of kids study ...
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Arvind Kejriwal attacks Narendra Modi on Reliance gas issue 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
New Delhi: Training his guns on  BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate again over the Reliance gas issue, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today asked Narendra Modi whether he will bring down the gas price if he comes to power. Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal. Pic: AFP In a letter written to Modi by former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the party has asked him to make the election expenses of the BJP public and also the people who fund the party's election campaign. "You are a Prime Ministerial candidate, but why are you still quiet over the issue. A common man wants to know whether if your party forms government and you become the Prime Minister, would you bring down the gas price from 8 dollar per unit to 4 dollar?" said the letter, which Kejriwal read out to the media in a press conference. He also questioned the silence of the BJP and the Congress over the issue and wondered whether they were quiet because of their close relations with Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman ...
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Arvind Kejriwal goes back to being an Aam Aadmi 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
New Delhi: Forty-nine days after he took charge of the Delhi government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned yesterday along with six of his cabinet ministers following a tumultuous day in the state assembly where combined Congress and BJP legislators “defeated” his party’s attempts to introduce its signal Jan Lokpal Bill, which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) says was meant to curb corruption in high places. I Quit! Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal holds his resignation letter as he addresses supporters, as Manish Sisodia looks on. Kejriwal said it was more important to fight corruption than run a government. Pic/AFP In a massive political embarrassment for the AAP government, Kejriwal introduced the bill amid din in the assembly, but an aggressive Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders became strange bedfellows to force Speaker MS Dhir to go for voting. In the voting, 42 members voted against the introduction of the bill, while only 27 MLAs — all AAP leaders ...
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Kejriwal orders probe into gas pricing, targets Moily, Deora, Mukesh Ambani 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
New Delhi: Asking the Centre to put on hold the decision to hike price of gas, to be implemented from April 1, Arvind Kejriwal told a press conference that the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) of his Government has been asked to file a criminal case under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Kejriwal, whose government survives on Congress support, has been needling the party by launching probes into alleged corruption in Commonwealth Games projects and other issues. But this is the first decision in which he has sought to target ministers at the Centre and a high-profile corporate. Former DG, Hydrocarbons, V K Sibal and RIL will also be arraigned in the case which will be based on a "common complaint" filed by former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subrmanian, former Navy Chief Admiral R H Tahiliani, eminent lawyer Kamini Jaiswal and former Union Secretary EAS Sarma. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference in Delhi where he accused the Reliance Industries (RIL) of raising the ...
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Japanese-Indian artists promote education through painting 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
The picturesque village of Ganjad, almost 13 km from Dahanu Road station, is bustling with activity. The usually quiet Ashram School in the village is filled with laughter, with students who evidently prefer painting their classroom walls rather than studying. Artist Yusuke Asai with his Earth painting. Pics/Shadab Khan The school is currently hosting a group of Japanese and Indian artists, who have come together to paint the school walls. This is an initiative by The Wall Art Project, a non-profit organisation (NPO) from Japan, whose aim is to promote education and enhance a child’s creativity through painting. Students look as figures from Warli art are drawn on the walls Project For the project, the artists are painting five classrooms and a school corridor, using different techniques such as oil painting and traditional Gond painting from Madhya Pradesh (MP). Previously, the NPO had completed similar projects in Niranjan School in Bodh Gaya, Bihar and Jeevan Shikshan School ...
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Nerul LPG blast: 7-year-old got people to come out, but could not get out of the way in time 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
Residents of Panchratna building in Nerul have a young Soham Pawar to thank for saving their lives. A week ago, an LPG cylinder exploded and ripped a portion of the wall in a second-floor apartment. The broken portion of the wall crushed two residents, killing them. However, Soham was lucky enough to survive despite having come under the fallen wall. Soham Pawar suffered brain injuries and scalp wounds after the portion of the wall fell on him Soham had suffered brain injuries due to the incident. What helped the boy survive was his quick transportation to a hospital and the timely medical attention he received. Doctors believed that had the boy not reached in time to the hospital, he could’ve died. MiD DAY visited the boy in Shushrusha Hospital, Nerul, where he was being fed by his mother Sushma. “It’s like a second life for Soham. We are homeless, but I’m thankful to God that Soham lived,” said Sushma. Little saviour The boy maturely handled the situation ...
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Nerul LPG blast: Seven-year-old got people to come out, but couldn??A?A?t get out of the way in time 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
Residents of Panchratna building in Nerul have a young Soham Pawar to thank for saving their lives. A week ago, an LPG cylinder exploded and ripped a portion of the wall in a second-floor apartment. The broken portion of the wall crushed two residents, killing them. However, Soham was lucky enough to survive despite having come under the fallen wall. Soham Pawar suffered brain injuries and scalp wounds after the portion of the wall fell on him Soham had suffered brain injuries due to the incident. What helped the boy survive was his quick transportation to a hospital and the timely medical attention he received. Doctors believed that had the boy not reached in time to the hospital, he could’ve died. MiD DAY visited the boy in Shushrusha Hospital, Nerul, where he was being fed by his mother Sushma. “It’s like a second life for Soham. We are homeless, but I’m thankful to God that Soham lived,” said Sushma. Little saviour The boy maturely handled the situation ...
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Navi Mumbai tragedy: Cylinder blast blows up kitchen wall, kills two 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
It was supposed to be a simple job of replacing an empty cylinder with a filled one. But, things went horribly wrong for a family in a Nerul apartment. The incident occurred at the CIDCO-built Panchratna society in Sector 16, Nerul. Around 11 pm, Shalaka Tondwalkar and her husband replaced the empty cylinder with a new, filled one. However, they didn’t place the regulator properly and gas started leaking On Monday night, around 11 pm, Shalaka Tondwalkar (51) ran out of gas. She asked her husband, Ravindra, to help her exchange the empty cylinder with the fresh one. After doing so, the couple didn’t realise that the regulator on the new cylinder had not been affixed properly. Gas started leaking from it, and about 20-25 minutes later, the family realised it. About 20 minutes later, the family realised that LPG gas had leaked. But their son Sachin made the mistake of switching off the electricity supply. The spark from the switch triggered the blast However, their son, Sachin ...
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Monorail's Monday joy-ride 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
The experience of travelling on the Mumbai monorail at 9 am is completely different from that of travelling in a Mumbai local or a Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) bus. While the former may be impossibly crowded at peak hour time, on the monorail, one patiently waits at the station — with fewer commuters — to enjoy an air-conditioned and rather stylish ride to one’s destination. India’s first monorail was inaugurated on February 1. Pic/Shadab Khan After its celebrated inauguration on Saturday, February 1, the monorail saw few office-goers yesterday (Monday) at 9 am at Wadala. Though the ticket queue got longer and snaked out of the designated monorail stations later during the day, at 9 am the monorail commuters comprised mainly students, the elderly and anyone who was going along just for the ride. All the major stops on Phase I span industrial areas and residential colonies, and there is little movement from the office crowd. It was a joyride ...
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US begins easing economic sanctions on Iran 27.12.2013 Mid Day: International
The US on Monday started to ease some of the economic sanctions on Iran after the Islamic republic took "concrete actions" in curbing its controversial nuclear programme. US Secretary of State John Kerry has approved waivers, offering limited sanction relief on Iran's oil exports, financial transactions and trade in gold and precious metals, among others, Xinhua quoted the US State Department as saying. The US has taken the steps to pause efforts to further reduce Iranian crude oil exports, allowing the six current customers of Iranian oil to maintain their purchases at current reduced levels for six-month duration of an interim deal on Iran's nuclear programme, it said. Washington is working with its partners and Tehran to establish financial channels to enable Iran to make payments for humanitarian transactions and medical expenses, university tuition payments for Iranian students studying abroad, and the payment of Iran's UN obligations, the State Department said in a statement. ...
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CNG hike:Kejriwal smells a rat; BJP wants roll-back 27.12.2013 HBL: Home
A day before Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal is set to take oath as Chief Minister here, the political scene in Delhi has heated up over Thursday’s hike in CNG prices in Delhi-NCR. ...
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Kazakh banker's wife returns to Rome after expulsion row 27.12.2013 The Guardian -- World Latest
Alma Shalabayeva's deportation in May and subsequent detention in Kazakhstan caused uproar in Italy The wife of a Kazakh banker wanted for fraud in three countries received a warm personal greeting from Italy's foreign minister on Friday when she flew back to Rome months after being summarily expelled. Alma Shalabayeva's husband, Mukhtar Ablyazov, is an adversary of the Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. He denies charges that he embezzled billions of euros from his former bank, but Kazakhstan has demanded that Ablyazov return from France, where he is currently held. In May Shalabayeva and her daughter Alua, who had been living in Italy, were arrested in a stealth police operation and dispatched on a private plane to Kazakhstan where they were detained. The case created uproar in Italy, with opposition politicians and the press accusing the government of disregarding normal judicial and diplomatic procedures to please Kazakhstan, a major oil producer. Since the furore the ...
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Reports of damp soar in social housing as residents avoid turning on heating 27.12.2013 The Guardian -- Front Page
Condensation dampness – regarded as major public health risk – is said to be increasing, with experts blaming rising energy bills An explosion in reports of damp and mould in social housing because tenants on low incomes can no longer afford to switch on their heating has emerged as the latest unwelcome sign of Britain's cost-of-living crisis. Social housing maintenance experts say a new condensation damp phenomenon – which was considered a marginal issue for social landlords until a few months ago – is a direct result of increasing poverty and rising energy bills. Condensation dampness – regarded as a major public health risk because it can exacerbate respiratory diseases such as asthma – has emerged as a particular problem in northern England and rural areas where social housing tenants have been hit worst by welfare reform policies. One housing association, Aragon, recently started to monitor reports of damp and mould and discovered they had more than tripled over the past year, a ...
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Wildlife panel unhappy with Oil India Limited for violating green norms 27.12.2013 ET: Oil & Gas
Days after Moily took over additional charge of Environment Ministry, a wildlife panel has come down heavily on Oil India Limited for violating green norms.
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