South Korea President launches staunch attack against North Korea’s nuclear ambitions

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, in a Parliament address on Tuesday, launched a bitter verbal attack on the North Korean government, underlining the “stronger and effective” measures that her government will take so as to make its controversial neighbour aware of its impending collapse, if it continues to harbour its nuclear ambitions.

The speech significantly comes a week after South Korea’s suspension of its operations in an industrial park in Kaesong, North Korea – seen as the former’s response to the supposed long-range ballistic missile rocket test conducted by the latter on February 7.

Moreover, a nuclear test was also conducted by the historically isolated country in January.

The recent developments take North Korea on the path to realising its nuclear ambitions, as it is being alarmingly watched over by the US and South Korea.

The President, in her speech – which was unusually direct in its attack and employed the use of harsh language – also urged for a unity in South Korea as regards her government’s stand against its neighbour. She was quoted by the Associated Press as saying, ““Aiming the point of a sword back to us and splitting us up are something that must not take place.”

This comes after the suspension move was criticized by some South Korean stakeholders as not only entrenching bilateral tensions, but also as ineffective,  hurting South Korean businessmen and counter-productive.

News source: Indian ExpressNDTV

RSS worker hacked to death

THIRUVANTHAPURAM, KANNUR: Tension gripped north Kerala’s Kannur district, for the RSS-CPM clashes, after the murder of an RSS activist on Monday night. The 27-year-old Sujit, RSS worker was hacked to death in front of his aged parents in Kannur district in poll-bound Kerala.

According to the reports, BJP slammed CPI-M for last night’s murder of the RSS worker, Sujit, the Marxist party has denied it, saying it was the fallout of a local incident relating to insulting a girl. However, police has taken into custody ten CPIM sympathizer for further questioning and investigation.

Kodieryi Balakrishnan , the CPI-M State Secretary claiming the incident to be purely a local issue, has stated that the attack has nothing to do with the party. The BJP state President Kummanam Rajasekharan, has however said that the attack cannot be considered as an ‘isolated’ incident.

The state has witnessed such cases in the recent past also. On December 1, 1999,  a similar incident happened where K P Jayakrishnan Master, a BJP leader was hacked to death, allegedly by the CPI-M workers, in front of his students while he was taking class.


Corpse of missing girl found near UP Chief Minister’s house

LUCKNOW: The decomposed body of a 17-year-old was discovered at a drain near Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s official residence. The girl was reported missing five days ago by her parents, when she did not return home after appearing for her board exam.

The class-12 student of Rani Laxmi Bai College was the daughter of a private construction company employee. The post-mortem reports suggest that the girl was brutally raped and sodomised before she was murdered. Two persons have been detained in connection with the murder, but the perpetrators are yet to be caught by the police.

The body was discovered by Deepu, a local rickshaw-puller, in a drain near between the Chief Minister’s house and DGP Headquarters. Deepu claimed that earlier he and one of his friends had found the girl hanging from a eucalyptus tree from a scarf. However, the body was not there when police reached the spot; it was only after sniffer dogs were brought in, that 12 divers pulled out the body from the drain.

The news was strongly condemned by the opposition (Bahujan Samaj Party) leader, Swami Prasad Maurya, who expressed his disappointment with the lax in the Police department, with regards maintaining law and order in the city. The account has left the city folk shocked and the police in a tizzy.


Australia crush Kiwis by an innings

Wellington: Australia defeated New Zealand by an innings and 52 runs on the fourth day of the first Test at Basin Reserve on Monday. Nathan Lyon (4/91) and Mitchell Marsh (3/73) starred in bundling up the hosts with a day to spare.

Scoring 562 as against the Black Caps’ 183, Australia’s Adam Voges (239) and Usman Khawaja (140) set-up their team’s highest lead in first innings in New Zealand. Being given a target of 379 on day three, Kiwi openers Tom Latham and Martin Guptill set out to reach the mark, with Henry Nicholls chipping in 59 runs at number four. The middle order saw a slump, with Corey Anderson walking back with a duck and Brendon McCullum falling for just 10 runs. Josh Hazelwood, Lyon and Marsh destroyed the Kiwi batting line-up, which eventually made them surrender for 327 runs. This was Zealand’s first innings defeat at home since 1997.

Adam Voges was declared the Man of the Match for putting Australia on the pedestal with his incredible knock of 239 runs. The second Test is scheduled to take place in Christchurch on Saturday, which will also be the last international match for Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum.


SOURCES: Sydney Morning HeraldESPNCricinfo

Film by Nagaland villagers on conservation efforts gets awarded

KOHIMA: A film by Nagaland villagers, ‘Nagaland is changing,But...’ on conservation efforts won the Golden Beaver Best Film Award at the 6th National Science Film Festival, 2016 held in Mumbai.The festival had been organized by Vigyan Prasar of the Department of Science and Technology. Furthermore, the film had been awarded for technical excellence at the festival for the best sound design.

M Lokeswara Rao,the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest said that Gurmeet Sapal, the director of the film had received the award from the renowned filmmaker M S Sathyu, on Sunday in Mumbai. The film had been produced by the Nagaland State Forest Department in 2015, in collaboration with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi.

Rao further exclaimed the communities of Nagaland are the real champions, who had been working extensively to protect and conserve the areas . He said that through the screening of the film at the 6th National Science Film Festival, the viewers were made aware of the efforts of these communities towards the conservation of the environment and the areas that are rich in carbon pool.

The film revolves around the Nagaland’s community conservation areas at Sendenyu village, Kohima district and Sukhai village in the Zunheboto district.

Source: TOI  Hindu
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‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ record release in Chinese version

Rajanouli’s sensational hit Bahubali: The Beginning has done enough wonders in India and has amazed the audience worldwide, and now it is planning to be released in the People’s Republic of China in May 2016. The film will be released with a rollout to over 6,000 theatrical screens.

As per reports, a deal has been confirmed between the licensor of the film’s global distribution rights, Arka Mediaworks International and E Stars Films, to manage the release of Bahubali in the theatres of the mainland. Since 2000, E Stars Films had been the distributing over 100 foreign films in China.

The Chinese audience, however, will be seeing the international version of Bahubali edited by Vincent Tabaillon, which will be running 20 minutes shorter than the original edited by Rajamouli. The original version was 2 hour and 39 minutes long.

While Francois da Silva, the head of Arka International, confirmed the deal for distribution in China,he however declined to reveal details about the acquisition price. Also, the marketing budget was not disclosed pertaining to the fact that it was too early to settle on the exact number of theatre screens to be allotted for the film’s screening. It is being said that the screen counts would be confirmed a few days prior to the opening of the film in China.

Moreover, Francois confirmed that the leading cast as well as the producing team would be carrying out promotional appearances in the mainland to support the China release, as per their availability. The film’s sequel, Bahubali: The Conclusion, is currently being produced in India.

Source: Forbes

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“Command and exit policy” of Army upheld by Supreme Court

On Monday the Supreme Court’s decision upheld the 2009 “command and exit policy” of the Indian Army which permits preferential promotion for the command unit and the officers serving within it. Also in its verdict, the court asked the government to create supplementary vacancies of 141 posts to facilitate the promotion of combat unit officers.

The decision came in light of the fact that since a young profile of the fighting arms had to be maintained, the personnel of the combat unit actually serve for quite a short span of time. The decision comes almost a year after the Armed Forces Tribunal called the policy as ‘discriminatory’ and violative of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution, which promotes equality for all, and struck down the policy. In 2009, the Defence Ministry had first approved this policy.

Even after all this however, the policy of “command and exit” was not put into effect since it was challenged in terms of legality, and policymakers were accused of being unjust towards the rest by showing favorability towards the combat unit.

The Supreme Court has therefore now instructed the Defence Ministry to be fair in promotions and adopt measures for the same, which includes promotion for those categories of defence personnel who are not entitled to periodical change in work stature and pay.

Source: IBN Live