Saturday, March 31, 2012

SKorea to work with US to reduce Iran oil imports

Barack Obama speaks in Seoul, South Korea. The president is moving ahead with tough new sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's oil exports after determining there is enough crude on world markets to take the step without harming U.S.

SEOUL, South Korea
South Korean officials say they will continue working with the U.S. to reduce oil imports from Iran after President Barack Obama greenlighted potential sanctions against countries that continue to buy Iranian oil.

South Korea is one of several major importers of Iranian oil that have not received exemptions from the U.S. sanctions.

Foreign Ministry officials in Seoul said Saturday that they expect to reach an agreement with Washington by late June on reducing oil imports from Iran. The officials declined to be named because discussions were still under way.

South Korea has already restricted financial dealings with more than 200 groups and individuals with suspected links to Iran's nuclear program. Seoul relies on Iran for up to 10 percent of its oil.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Maharashtra: Naxals blow up CRPF bus in Gadchiroli, 11 killed

Mumbai: Naxals struck again in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra killing at least 11 CRPF men and injuring 29 others by triggering a landmine blast. The death toll is likely to rise as the blast targeted a bus full of CRPF personnel. The blast took place at an area under Dhanora police station near Pushtola killing the personnel belonging to the CRPF's 192 Battalion.

The 40 CRPF personnel were a part of a road opening party and were travelling from Pushtola to Gatta in the district, which has Chhattisgarh on its east, Andhra Pradesh in the south and Madhya Pradesh on the north. The area around Pushtola, where the blast took place, is isolated and therefore, it is difficult for relief and rescue to reach the area immediately.
A rescue helicopter reached to spot and the injured were being flown to Gadchiroli.
The Maharashtra state DGP headed to Gadchiroli immediately after the news of the incident. CRPF Chief K Vijay Kumar is on a tour of Maharashtra and was in Gadchiroli area after he started from Nagpur this morning, CRPF officials said, adding he was now on his way to the attack spot.
This is not the first time that Naxals have struck in the area. In 2009, 17 people were killed, while in 2011, four policemen were killed in the area.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Obama heads to SKorea for nonproliferation summit

President Barack Obama has departed for Seoul, South Korea, for an international summit
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP)President Barack Obama has departed for Seoul, South Korea, for an international summit on keeping nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists.
More than 50 world leaders are expected to attend the gathering on Monday and Tuesday.
Obama's visit comes amid new tension with the North over a planned long-range rocket launch. The U.S. has said the plan jeopardizes a deal to provide American food aid.
Obama's first stop on Sunday morning will be at the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. His visit is likely to be read by the North as a special show of strength to its new, untested leader.
Air Force One took off from Andrews Air Force Base after midnight.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Sankarankovil SC Bye Election 2012 Latest Results News and Election Updates

Sankarankovil  - Sankara Narayanar, Gomathi Ambal Temple 
Sankarankovil is one of the main constituencies of the district Tirunelveli. The results of Sankarankovil candidates from major parties contested in Tamil Nadu state assembly by poll election 2012 are listed.

Velladurai.P                             Independent
Nageswara Rao.K.SSP
J JawaharSuryakumarDMK

Sankarankovil SC Bye Election 2012 Latest News and Election Updates: The Sankarankovil Bye Election 2012 is to be held on 18th of March 2012, Sunday as announced by the Election Commission of India in a report. The Tamilnadu Sankarankovil Bye Election 2012 will be conducted on behalf of the death of C. Karuppasamy death on... Read More about SNKL

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Earthquake in Japan: Strong tremor felt but no apparent damage

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake first struck the southern coast of Hokkaido island in the evening, causing a small tsunami.
TOKYO: A series of earthquakes rattled Tokyo and northeastern Japan on Wednesday evening but caused no apparent damage or injury in the same region hit by last year's devastating tsunami.

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake first struck the southern coast of Hokkaido island in the evening, causing a small tsunami. Tsunami advisories were issued along the northern Pacific coast, prompting some communities to advise residents to evacuate coastal homes.

A swelling of 20 centimeters (8 inches) was observed in water at the port of Hachinohe in Aomori about an hour after the tremor, with smaller changes reported elsewhere. The agency lifted all tsunami advisories within about 90 minutes.

Within about three hours, a magnitude-6.1 quake shook buildings in the capital. It was centered just off the coast of Chiba, east of Tokyo, at a rather shallow 15 kilometers (9 miles) below the sea surface. Read More...


Monday, March 12, 2012

Massacre makes Obama "more determined" to leave Afghanistan

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama said on Monday the massacre of 16 villagers by a U.S. soldier increases his determination to get American troops out of Afghanistan, while a U.S. official said the accused staff sergeant previously had suffered traumatic brain injury.

Sunday's shootings triggered angry calls from Afghans for an immediate American exit. Obama said there should not be a "rush to the exits" for U.S. forces who have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001 and that the drawdown must be carried out in a responsible way.

The accused U.S. Army staff sergeant walked off his base in the southern province of Kandahar in the middle of night and gunned down at least 16 villagers, mostly women and children.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the death penalty could be sought in the U.S. military justice system against the soldier, whose name has not been publicly disclosed.

Afghan men investigate at the site of an shooting incident in Kandahar province, March 11, 2012.
Referring to Sunday's massacre, Obama said in an interview with KDKA, a CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh: "It makes me more determined to make sure we're getting our troops home."

"It's time. It's been a decade, and, frankly, now that we've gotten (Osama) bin Laden, now that we've weakened al Qaeda, we're in a stronger position to transition than we would have been two or three years ago," Obama added, referring to the al Qaeda leader killed by U.S. forces last year in Pakistan. Read More...

India Vs Pakistan semifinals World Cup 2011 was fixed? UK newspaper's sting operation with bookie

World Cup 2011 World Cup semi-final clash between India and Pakistan at Mohali being fixed emerged on Sunday. According to a report in Times of India

Allegations of the high-profile World Cup 2011 World Cup semi-final clash between India and Pakistan at Mohali being fixed emerged on Sunday. According to a report in Times of India, an undercover journalist of England’s Sunday Times has taped a conversation with a Delhi-based bookie named Vicky Seth in a sting operation.
The bookie has revealed in the conversation that bookies used unnamed Bollywood actress to lure cricketers to fix the most awaited match of the entire championship. The report also added that the game’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), was aware of the involvement of the Bollywood actress - a claim denied by the ICC.
The bookie stressed that the amount of money involved in cricket will always be a motivation for illegal activities.
Seth further added that English county is becoming a thriving market for fixing matches owing to the lesser scrutiny of the low profile matches played in England’s domestic cricket.
The bookie also asserted that huge money is there to be made in Test matches and the Indian Premier League (IPL).
According to statistics revealed by the report, batsmen can earn up to £44,000 for slow scoring and bowlers can earn £50,000 for conceding runs in set patterns, with another £750,000 on the table for a player or official who can guarantee the outcome of a match.
In the light of the sting operation, questions and doubts are bound to be raised about certain suspicious happenings, including the reprieving of Sachin Tendulkar four times in that semi-final.
The undercover reporter who carried out the sting operation is the one who also exposed three Pakistani cricketers, who were later convicted of “spot-fixing” in a Test match in England in 2010.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

2012 fundraising: Congressional races get more attention from GOP

Republican fundraisers and strategists alarmed at the course of the 2012 presidential campaign are increasingly focusing their attention on congressional races, as the party’s chances of unseating President Barack Obama appear to grow more remote.

Thanks to a long, damaging nomination fight and shifts in the Senate landscape, top Republican donors are becoming more concerned about their ability to hold seats in the House and recapture the majority in the upper chamber.

Gone is the triumphalist thinking of a year ago, which imagined the GOP extending its 2010 wave and easily installing a Republican president. Even among Republicans who believe that remains possible, few think it is likely — or easy to achieve. Conservative commentator George Will gave voice to these concerns in his Sunday column when he urged his party to retrench and shore up congressional candidates.

Leading Republicans are now pondering how best to head off a successful Obama reelection campaign that keeps the Senate in Democratic hands and allows the president’s party to gain ground in the House. Read More...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Earthquake in North India, strong tremors in Delhi

An earthquake felt across north India has shaken buildings and sent office workers running into the streets in the Indian capital, New Delhi
New Delhi Strong tremors were felt in Delhi and its surrounding areas at 1.10 pm today. In South Delhi's Greater Kailash Part One, where the NDTV studio is located, the building could be felt shaking. Viewers in Gurgaon also said that they could feel the tremors. However, there were no reports of any casualty or damage. No aftershocks were reported.

Initial reports placed the earthquake's magnitude between 4.9 and 5.2 on the Richter scale. The epicentre was reportedly Bahadurgarh in Haryana. In Delhi, some cellphone networks went down for a bit.

"In Vasant Kunj (South Delhi) we felt the tremors for about 6-7seconds," said NDTV viewer Shahida Khan. "I work in DLF Cybercity in Gurgaon and the earthquake was pretty strong here," posted Pankaj Sachdeva on our forum. (Post your comments here) In Sector 49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon, people ran out of offices. "It felt stronger here compared to recent tremors we've felt in Delhi and nearabouts. The floor shook hard on the third floor," said Tia Mohan who works at Electrolux.

" Yes, in my office too at South Delhi (Jasola). We all felt tremors with good strength. Chairs, lifts were shaking," shared Shyama.

A portion of a school's roof crumbled in Rohtak due to the earthquake, but no injuries were reported.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Syria 'green lights' aid into hard-hit Baba Amr

Aid w\orkers are given the "green light" to evacuate the wounded, the ICRC says
(CNN) -- Aid workers were given the go-ahead by President Bashar al-Assad's government to begin evacuating the wounded and delivering supplies Friday to the shattered rebel stronghold in Homs as reports emerged that Syrian forces turned attention to other targets in the city.
Opposition reports of shelling and sniper attacks in Sunni-dominated neighborhoods follow news that Syrian forces seized Baba Amr, a flashpoint in a nearly year-long uprising that has left thousands dead.
The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have "received the green light" to enter Baba Amr, Carla Haddad Mardini, an ICRC spokeswoman, said.
She predicted the humanitarian aid and evacuation operations would be made more complex because snow was falling in the city.
Even as the Syrian government agreed to allow aid into the neighborhood, the U.N. Security Council unanimously called on al-Assad to grant immediate access to its humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos. Read More...