Congress mouthpiece criticizes Nehru and Sonia Gandhi; Editor sacked

The content editor of Maharashtra Congress Mouthpiece ‘Congress Darshan’ was sacked on Monday following the publication of articles that criticized Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi.

The December issue of Congress Darshan carried articles that described father of Sonia Gandhi as a member of the fascist forces in Italy and also talked about how she became the Congress Party president 62 days after she joined the party as a primary member in 1997.

Some of the articles also critiqued Jawaharlal Nehru’s policies and reiterated the suggestion that he should have taken advice from his Deputy PM Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It says, had Nehru taken into account the views of Sardar Patel, who was also the home minister, the fate of Kashmir would not have been what it is today.

One of the articles read, “Despite Patel getting the post of deputy prime minister and home minister, the relations between the two leaders remained strained, and both had threatened to resign time and again,”. Further, it said, “If Nehru had embraced Patel’s foresight, many problems in international affairs would not have existed.” The article also cites a letter that Patel allegedly wrote to Nehru in 1950 cautioning him about China’s policy against Tibet.

The controversy surfaced on a day when the Congress party is celebrating the 131st anniversary of its existence. Embarrased by the situation, the party said it would be taking ‘corrective measures’ soon.

Mumbai Regional Congress Committee Chief and editor of the journal Sanjay Nirupam told ANI,“ Some words that have been used in the articles of Congress Darshan are certainly objectionable, I accept the mistake. Action will be taken against people in editorial team who are responsible for this mistake.

SOURCES: Hindustan Times NDTV

Guptill on fire as Kiwis topple Sri Lanka

Christchurch: Martin Guptill smashed a 30-ball 93 and guided New Zealand to a 10- wicket victory over Sri Lanka at the second One Day International at the Hagley Oval on Monday.

Guptill scaled his half century in just 17 balls and wrapped the match in just 8.2 overs, with 250 balls to spare .

The 29-year-old fell short of AB De Villiers’ 16 balls record, but beat his skipper Brendon McCullum, who had earlier scaled 50 in 18 balls. Sri Lanka, who chose to bat first were bowled out for 117in 27.4 overs, with Matt Henry (4-33) and Mitchell McClenaghan (3-32) striking. Guptill, opening with Tom Latham, was dropped on zero, and then went on to destroy the tourists with an innings including nine fours and eight sixes.

“It was a superb innings. You can’t describe it,” said captain Brendon McCullum, praising Guptill. “It’s something you witness only once or twice in your life and there are very few guys in the world who can play like that,” he added.

New Zealand are now leading the five match ODI series 2-0. The next match is scheduled on the 31st at Nelson.


Source: NDTV


Syrian city of Homs was subjected to a large bomb blast killing at least 14 people and leaving many wounded severely, today. The state media reported that the terrorist explosions that destructed the central city and also hit Al-Zahraa neighborhood has tolled up to 132 people wounded and 14 dead.

A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt attacked al-Zahraa’s main square and the other explosion was caused by car bombs.

The citizens of Al-Zahraa region comprise of mostly Alwaites who are the minority bracket of the Syrian ruling clique.

On the other hand, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights observed 32 people to be dead as confirmed by their monitoring group. The ISIS has grasped considerably large parts of the Homs province including the ancient city of Palmyra. The attack came in after a short gap, where the ISIS had claimed responsibility for the explosions in the same vicinity killing 16 people.

Beginning in 2011, the Syrian War has claimed lives of more than 250,000 people accompanied by anti-government protests which has grown up to be a blood bath. The city of Homs is also said to be “the capital of revolution” which succumbed to full government control after a ceasefire with the opponents.

News source: NDTV

China passes new anti-terror law

Beijing, 28 Dec 2015 – China on Sunday passed a new counter-terrorism law that allows it to obtain decrypted data from technology firms, along with dispatching of its military to foreign territories in anti-terror missions.

The law addresses the growing threat of violence from terrorists and militants, especially in Xinjiang province, where several hundred Chinese citizens have lost their lives in the last few years.

A provision in the draft law included that tech firms to install security ‘backdoors’ to monitor user data and maintain servers within the country. However, the final law excludes such a provision and now requires tech companies to assist authorities by providing decrypted sensitive information when required.

U.S President Barrack Obama expressed concern over the new law with Chinese President Xi Jinping, stating possible violations in human rights along with the cyber provisions. In response, Li Shouwei, Deputy head of the parliament’s criminal law division under the legislative affairs committee, said that China was only mirroring what Western countries were already practicing, by seeking assistance from tech firms in combating terror threats. He added, these firms did not have to worry about breaching confidence by including backdoors or giving up on their intellectual property rights.

The new law also grants the People’s Liberation army to conduct anti-terror operations overseas, however experts suggest that the feasibility of such an operation is not practical.

News source: Reuters

Snapdeal to invest more in logistics and tech for faster delivery

Mumbai : Snapdeal’s co-founder, Rohit Bansal stated on Monday that the company, backed by finances and support from Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp and others will invest more in logistics and technology to better compete with the country’s leading online retailers- Flipkart and Amazon India.

With $500 million in funding received in August from Alibaba (China), SoftBank and Foxconn; co-founder Bansal told Reuters that the company would spend more on demand forecasting and better data

analytics for faster delivery times. He stated that the company was able to reduce delivery times by over 70 percent in the last year due several acquisitions and investments made in the field of technology/supply chain and payments.

Valued at $4.5 billion in Gross Merchandise Volumes, Snapdeal acquired FreeCharge- a mobile wallet company for around $400 million in April. Adding to that, it has spent nearly $35 million to buy 50 percent stake in the logistics firm GoJavas.

With the advent of cheaper smartphones, online shopping in India has grown to become popular among the masses. E-retailers have found it difficult to meet growing demand and compete with others in quicker delivery times. In a report by Bank of America Merill Lynch, the e-commerce market in India is estimated to raise to $220 million, in the value of goods sold by 2025.



Satya Nadella to sign MoU with Andhra Pradesh

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella met Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday morning, promising to initiate a partnership in the fields of education, agriculture and citizen services.

Nadella, who is in town on a personal visit, also visited T-Hub, the country’s largest startup incubator devised by the Telengana government. During his visit, Nadella stated that it is Microsoft’s goal to encourage local start-ups and empower them. He further added that Microsoft would like to work with T-Hub to build accelerators and develop start-ups.

He was shown around the facility, situated in International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT- H) by Telengana’s IT Minister K T Rama Rao.

This is Nadella’s second visit to his hometown after he took charge of the software giant. He earlier visited the city in September last year, when he addressed the company’s employees at its India Development Centre in the city. He had made no commitments during his last visit to either of the states regarding any investments.

Nadella was born in Hyderabad, although his family hails from Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh.

Source: FirstPost

Nitish Kumar directs officials to set up emergency operation centers in all districts of Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, directed his officials to set up a super emergency operation center with the latest equipment as well as resources in Bihar, on Sunday. Heading the review meeting for disaster management at his official residence, the CM also directed the officials to  start emergency operation centers in other districts of Bihar.

Mr. Kumar has also asked Disaster Management Department and Disaster Management Authority to present a proposal to the Bihar government regarding the necessities of the super emergency operation center.

He directed the officers to arrange customary operating procedures for cir

cumstances arising out of storm like one in place for flood, drought, earthquake, water crisis and fire and told that there should be District Disaster Management Plan apart from the to Disaster Management Plan in all government officials to manage natural calamities.

The Bihar Chief Minister mentioned several resources such as life jacket, , GPS set, inflatable emergency lighting system, tent, box, utensil, boat, net, inflatable motorboat, ambulances as the basic supplies required while for managing disasters. As food is the most important requirement after relief material during the times of disaster, the Chief Minister has declared that the ‘Shatabdi Ann Kalash Yojana’  will continue being functional.

He also told the officials to impart knowledge to the public to deal with disasters. Apart from this he has also asked the officials provide training to quick response teams and set rules for police officers and doctors, so that that disaster management system is not hindered in case of transfers.

A code of conduct will be set for the operation of the emergency center which is expected to be placed at the under-construction Police Bhawan.


Source: The Hindu