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Court Commissioner meets Dera management in Sirsa, report on Nov 8

Thursday, November 2 2017

Court Commissioner meets Dera management in Sirsa, report on Nov 8

Court Commissioner meets Dera management in Sirsa, report on Nov 8 Court Commissioner meets Dera management in Sirsa, report on Nov 8 20:01 hrs Court Commissioner appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court K S Pawar on Thursday met the Dera Sacha Sauda management in Sirsa over the appeals made by 17 Deras urging to be kept away from the probe. Speaking to media, retired judge K S Pawar said that the report on the appeal will be provided on November 8. He said, "Collected records regarding appeals by 17 Deras who had appealed that they be kept separate from Sirsa Dera. Report on November 8 (sic)." Vipassna Insan, chairperson of Dera Sacha Sauda, said, "Have submitted records of the matter to Court Commissioner as asked. The matter is sub-judice." In August, Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years of jail in two rape cases. Police had launched a search operation inside the dera headquarters in Sirsa soon after the arrest.

Kharge backs Siddaramaiah in making Kannada compulsory in school

Thursday, November 2 2017

Kharge backs Siddaramaiah in making Kannada compulsory in school

Kharge backs Siddaramaiah in making Kannada compulsory in school Kharge backs Siddaramaiah in making Kannada compulsory in school 20:45 hrs [India], Nov 2 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday supported Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's efforts towards creating an atmosphere for learning Kannada and making it compulsory in primary schools. Speaking to ANI, Kharge said, "The CM of Karnataka has written a letter to the Central Government to make Kannada compulsory in all primary schools." "Many leaders have worked for the integration of Kannadigas and Kannada as a language. This tradition still continues," added Kharge. On Wednesday, Siddaramaiah, while speaking at the 62nd Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrated in Bengaluru's Kanteerava stadium, said that people living in Karnataka should learn Kannada. He had also asked the Kannadigas to be more affectionate towards their state's language.

Indo-Kazakhstan joint exercise

Thursday, November 2 2017

Indo-Kazakhstan joint exercise "Prabal Dostyk" begins

Indo-Kazakhstan joint exercise 'Prabal Dostyk' begins Indo-Kazakhstan joint exercise "Prabal Dostyk" begins 20:46 hrs [India], November 2 (ANI): The Indian and the Kazakh Armies on Thursday commenced a 14-day joint exercise "Prabal Dostyk" in Himachal Pradesh's Bakloh town in Chamba district. The joint exercise is aimed at enhancing the military ties between both the countries. The training contingents comprise of platoon strength from 3rd Battalion of the 11th Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army and a similar strength of the Kazakhstan Army. Senior military observers of both the countries will witness the validation phase of the joint exercise. The aim of the 'joint exercise' is to acquaint both forces with each other's operating procedures in the backdrop of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations under the UN mandate. The overall aim is to enhance the existing military relationship between the Indian and the Kazakhstan armies and achieve synergy for joint conduct of operation as and when the requirement arises. Personnel of both the contingents were hopeful of a fruitful learning experience and were sanguine that the two weeks of training would go a long way in enhancing ties not only between the two armies but also between the people of the two great nations.

NGO opposes Rakesh Asthana's appointment as Spl Director of CBI

Thursday, November 2 2017

NGO opposes Rakesh Asthana's appointment as Spl Director of CBI

NGO opposes Rakesh Asthana's appointment as Spl Director of CBI NGO opposes Rakesh Asthana's appointment as Spl Director of CBI 20:48 hrs [India], November 2 (ANI): A non-governmental organisation (NGO) had filed a plea in the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the Centre's decision to appoint Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Rakesh Asthana as Special Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). On October 26, Central Vigilance Commissioner K. V. Chowdary said a committee headed by him unanimously cleared the elevation of Asthana as CBI special director. "All I can say is that the process has been followed and the recommendations have been unanimous," Chowdary said, while addressing a news conference here. According to Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPE), the CVC-led committee recommends the names of officers for the appointment and extension of their term and following which the CBI director should be consulted by the committee before making any recommendation. Chowdary said the CBI director is an invitee in the CVC selection committee meeting. He said his views has been taken into account and unanimous recommendations have been made to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).

Karnataka: OPDs of all private hospitals to remain shut tomorrow

Thursday, November 2 2017

Karnataka: OPDs of all private hospitals to remain shut tomorrow

Karnataka: OPDs of all private hospitals to remain shut tomorrow Karnataka: OPDs of all private hospitals to remain shut tomorrow 21:46 hrs [India], November 2 (ANI): All Out-Patient Department (OPD) services in the private hospitals across Karnataka will be non-functional tomorrow in protest against the proposed medical bill. The protest has been called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and is supported by several private doctors' associations. They will be protesting the proposed amendment that empowers the government to fix prices of various medical services and prescribing punishment, including imprisonment, for doctors in case of irregularities in pricing matters. The IMA and private practitioners are demanding the state government to consider the recommendations made by the committee headed by former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Vikramajit Sen. Dr B S Ajaikumar, president, Association of Healthcare Providers India, said "The state government is propagating such a derogatory bill only to pull in votes."

Venezuela arrests head of oil firm PDVSA's Bariven unit - sources

Thursday, November 2 2017

Venezuela arrests head of oil firm PDVSA's Bariven unit - sources

Venezuela arrests head of oil firm PDVSA's Bariven unit - sources Venezuela arrests head of oil firm PDVSA's Bariven unit - sources 20:23 hrs By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - The head of Venezuelan oil company PDVSA's subsidiary Bariven was arrested this week, according to two sources and an internal message seen by Reuters, as a graft investigation in the OPEC member swells. Francisco Jimenez, the head of procurement arm Bariven, was detained on Tuesday afternoon at PDVSA's Caracas headquarters, the internal message read. Another executive, Joaquin Torres, was detained alongside him, according to the message. PDVSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the arrests. Chief prosecutor Tarek Saab was due to make an announcement on "legal advances in the Bariven case" later on Thursday. About two dozen high-level executives have been arrested in recent weeks, ridding PDVSA of much of its top brass. Last week, Spanish authorities arrested a former Venezuelan deputy minister and three former executives at state companies for alleged links to money laundering and international corruption. Bariven has been in the spotlight since 2015, after U.S. authorities arrested two prominent Venezuelan oil businessmen on charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Both men have pleaded guilty to bribing PDVSA officials in order to win juicy contracts with Bariven. Socialist-run Venezuela originally slammed the investigations as sabotage by the U.S government, its ideological foe. But in a turnaround, PDVSA said in July last year it was actually a victim of fraud and Bariven then asked a U.S. court to order the two businessmen to compensate it for $600 million in losses. President Nicolas Maduro's government and PDVSA, which is formally known as Petroleos de Venezuela SA, have repeatedly vowed to take steps to combat corruption, which has affected the nation and its oil industry for decades. Opposition leaders say PDVSA has been crippled by malfeasance under 18 years of socialist rule. They say sporadic arrests are the result of infighting among rival government factions. Sources close to PDVSA say the arrests owe more to turf wars for control of the company, which is the financial motor of Venezuela's ailing economy, than a wholesale effort to clean up graft. Several oil industry sources have said workers at PDVSA are increasingly nervous about the spreading graft probes. (Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer; editing by Susan Thomas) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Fed's Powell rose to top of Trump's list as safe, business-savvy choice

Thursday, November 2 2017

Fed's Powell rose to top of Trump's list as safe, business-savvy choice

Fed's Powell rose to top of Trump's list as safe, business-savvy choice Fed's Powell rose to top of Trump's list as safe, business-savvy choice 21:23 hrs By Howard Schneider and Jonathan Spicer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jerome Powell was not on President Donald Trump's early radar as a possible successor to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and was angling instead for a job as the U.S. central bank's vice chair for supervision. But when he was passed over for that position last summer, it was one in a chain of events that left the 64-year-old Fed governor and investment banker on the cusp of taking over as head of the world's most powerful central bank. Trump is expected on Thursday afternoon to nominate Powell to replace Yellen when her term expires in February. Other contenders fell for different reasons, as Trump soured on top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, decided against reappointing Yellen despite largely approving of her policies, and came to view two others as posing risks to the economy. In the end it was Powell, a Maryland native, avid cyclist, and guitar hobbyist, who checked all the boxes that mattered but carried none of the negatives. If nominated by Trump and then confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Powell would become the first person without an advanced economics degree to hold the job since William Miller in the late 1970s. A lawyer who lists personal assets of between $20 million and $60 million on government disclosure forms, Powell has worked in investment banking and served on corporate boards as a managing partner at the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm. But he has also burrowed deep over the last five years into the nuts and bolts of central banking, and schooled himself on broader monetary policy issues. "Jay does not come with baggage ... He has never been at the extremes," said Steve Bell, who worked with Powell at the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank and when Powell was at the Treasury Department in former President George H.W. Bush's administration. When compared to other possible nominees, who called for sometimes sweeping but ill-defined changes at the Fed, Powell took "a straight tactical line" that offered a continuation of Yellen's policies, a moderate approach to bank regulation and, perhaps most importantly, the prospect of no surprises, Bell said. Powell's private-sector experience likely appealed as well to Trump's preference for business figures over those with Phds. "He is not a guy who has a rule named after him. He is not a guy who has said in the past we'll have a bad reaction to quantitative easing and it is a disaster," Bell said in a reference to Stanford University economist John Taylor and former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh. Taylor, who developed the "Taylor Rule" for guiding monetary policy, and Warsh, who resigned over the Fed's massive bond-buying stimulus program which many now credit with spurring the U.S. economy after the 2007-2009 recession, were interviewed for the Fed job. They arguably had a head start, the backing of conservatives, and steady support from the Wall Street Journal's editorial board. But they also carried the risk of financial market volatility, with investors regarding each as somebody who could tighten monetary policy at the Fed. That is something Trump has indicated he wants to avoid. TRUMP CARDS A former Fed official, contacted over the summer as part of the White House's Fed chief search, said it was clear the administration wasn't interested, for example, in Taylor and his reliance on "rules" that generally call for interest rates to be higher than they currently are. The administration officials vetting Fed candidates were "very much opposed to Taylor-type rules and systematic policy," said the former official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Warsh, meanwhile, became the target of an aggressive grassroots campaign that highlighted what some critics viewed as a history of bad calls on inflation during his tenure as a Fed policymaker, portending a tough confirmation fight. Powell also benefited from burgeoning relationships through his work on the technical aspects of markets and his assumption of the role as the Fed's regulatory point person after the resignation of former Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo in April. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin became a strong advocate of Powell's nomination. Fed Governor Randal Quarles, a friend and colleague who got the vice chair job that Powell had wanted, also was an additional ally in the mix. But it was Powell's support of the Yellen Fed's policies, often credited with paving the way for a 4.2 percent unemployment rate, steady economic growth and calm markets, that may have been his strongest advantage in the race. "Trump is savvy enough to look at the numbers and who is in the chair," said Peter Conti-Brown, an assistant professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Powell solves the problem of a Republican administration that wants "the Yellen Fed without Yellen," Conti-Brown said. (Reporting by Howard Schneider; Editing by Paul Simao) SEARCH

West Indies Win Test Series After Drawn Zimbabwe Test

Thursday, November 2 2017

West Indies Win Test Series After Drawn Zimbabwe Test

West Indies Win Test Series After Drawn Zimbabwe Test West Indies won the two-match Test series 1-0. © Twitter Sikandar Raza’s 89 and Regis Chakabva’s unbeaten 71 allowed Zimbabwe to hold off the West Indies in the second Test and earn their first draw in 12 years on Thursday. With Raza making his third major contribution of the match and Chakabva batting out almost 50 overs in an unbroken stand of 91 with captain Graeme Cremer, Zimbabwe reached 301 for seven in their second innings before the two teams shook hands on the draw. The West Indies had looked the likeliest side to secure victory on the final day, when Raza’s dismissal left Zimbabwe on 210 for seven, leading by just 88 runs with nearly 64 overs still left in the day. But Chakabva and Cremer shut up shop and the West Indies were unable to break the partnership, forcing them to be content with a 1-0 series victory. SHARE

‘Surprised’ Juan Martin Del Potro Closes In On World Tour Finals

Thursday, November 2 2017

‘Surprised’ Juan Martin Del Potro Closes In On World Tour Finals

4 ‘Surprised’ Juan Martin Del Potro Closes In On World Tour Finals Juan Martin del Potro is relishing the ‘battle’ to qualify for the World Tour Finals after beating Robin Haase 7-5, 6-4 in the Paris Masters last 16 on Thursday. The former US Open champion can take the eighth and final qualification spot for London from Pablo Carreno Busta if he reaches the semi-finals at Bercy, and he will face either John Isner or sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the last eight. “It’s going to be a good battle next round trying to qualify for London,” said Del Potro. “But anyways, I think I have two ways to take, one is London, one is my home and vacation. “Both ways are great to me, but of course, I would love to reach London once again .” The 13th-seeded Argentinian had little trouble in seeing off Dutchman Haase, who had notched his first win over a top-five player against Alexander Zverev on Wednesday. Three successive breaks of serve left Del Potro serving for the first set, which he took on his fourth set point. The 29-year-old grabbed the crucial break in game five of the second set, before closing out a comfortable victory. Del Potro, who was 47th in the ‘Race to London’ standings before the US Open, is now one win away from reaching his fifth semi-final in six events. His incredible run of form included a victory over Roger Federer en route to the last four at Flushing Meadows and a second straight Stockholm Open title. If Del Potro reaches the Paris semis, Frenchman Lucas Pouille would have to win the tournament to deny him a spot at the year-ending eight-man event for the first time since 2013. Del Potro has suffered from a long list of injuries since he broke through with US Open glory eight years ago and was ranked 590th at the end of 2015, but he now stands on the brink of a return to the world’s top 10. “It could be a fantastic moment for me,” he added. “I didn’t expect to get this close to qualifying for London. “And everything is very amazing after all my problems, all my injuries… I love to surprise myself, and that’s what I’m doing now.” Veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco knocked out Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem with a 6-4, 6-4 victory to reach his first Masters quarter-final since 2012. The 33-year-old left-hander had never previously been past the third round in Paris, but he progressed to a last-eight clash with either American Jack Sock or Pouille, who play later on Thursday. Spanish great Rafael Nadal takes on Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, having already secured the year-end world number one ranking. SHARE

ISL announces change in schedule for 2017-18 season

Thursday, November 2 2017

ISL announces change in schedule for 2017-18 season

ISL announces change in schedule for 2017-18 season ISL announces change in schedule for 2017-18 season Source : Last Updated: Thu, Nov 02, 2017 19:27 hrs New Delhi: The organisers of the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament on Thursday announced that the final of the 2017-18 season will be held in Kolkata. As a result, the opening game of the season which as per the earlier fixture list was to be played at Kolkata on November 17 will now move to Kochi. "The decision has been taken post reviewing the grand success of Kolkata hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup final concluded recently. ISL started its journey from Kolkata in October 2014 with a glamorous ceremony, the city of Kolkata for the first time will play host to the ISL grand finale on Saturday, March 17," the organisers said in a statement. "The reverse game between Kerala Blasters FC vs ATK earlier scheduled in Kochi will now be played in Kolkata on February 9, 2018," the statement added. "All other fixtures remain unchanged." The 2017-18 season of the ISL will see 10 teams compete for top honours -- two more than the previous editions -- and will run for around five months, much longer than earlier. Stay updated on the go with Sify Live Scores App. Click here to download it for your device SEARCH

BoE's Carney says will reassess outlook when there is Brexit clarity

Thursday, November 2 2017

BoE's Carney says will reassess outlook when there is Brexit clarity

BoE's Carney says will reassess outlook when there is Brexit clarity BoE's Carney says will reassess outlook when there is Brexit clarity 18:43 hrs LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England will reassess the economic outlook once it has more visibility on the nature, and transition to, the country's new relationship with the European Union after Brexit, Governor Mark Carney said on Thursday. Carney was speaking after the Bank raised interest rates for the first time in more than 10 years, but said it expected only "very gradual" further increases over the next three years. "The impact of Brexit on the forecast will evolve as negotiations progress," Carney said. "In particular, any resolution of the uncertainty about the nature of, and transition to, the UK's future relationship with the EU insofar as it affects the behaviour of households, businesses and financial market participants, would prompt a reassessment of the economic outlook." (Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge) SEARCH

Gold inches up as investors await Trump's choice of Fed chair

Thursday, November 2 2017

Gold inches up as investors await Trump's choice of Fed chair

Gold inches up as investors await Trump's choice of Fed chair Gold inches up as investors await Trump's choice of Fed chair 18:43 hrs By Peter Hobson LONDON (Reuters) - Gold prices inched higher on Thursday, helped by a weaker dollar and lower U.S. bond yields, as investors waited for the nomination of a new U.S. Federal Reserve chair and the unveiling of U.S. tax reform legislation later in the day. The dollar weakened after the Fed's decision on Wednesday to leave interest rates unchanged, but pared losses on solid U.S. data and a fall in sterling after the Bank of England accompanied its first interest rate rise in a decade with caution about future increases. U.S. 10-year Treasury yields were near two-week lows. Lower bond yields make gold, which offers no yield, more attractive to investors while a weaker dollar makes bullion cheaper for holders of other currencies. "The slightly weaker dollar is the main explanation (for gold's rise)," said Julius Baer analyst Carsten Menke. Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,276.38 an ounce at 1255 GMT after touching $1,281.43, the highest since Oct. 26. U.S. gold futures were flat at $1,277.10 an ounce. Investor focus was moving to the choice of the next Fed chair, said Menke. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected on Thursday to nominate Fed Governor Jerome Powell to replace Janet Yellen as leader of the central bank. Powell is seen as less likely to push for rapid interest rate rises than other candidates. Gold is sensitive to rising interest rates because they push up bond yields and tend to boost the dollar. "If he (Trump) were to pick Fed Governor Powell as expected, gold would likely make slight gains," said analysts at Commerzbank. But Menke predicted prices could fall to $1,200 by the end of the year. "We think further rate rises are on the cards, which should support the U.S. dollar and yields," he said. Markets are pricing a 97 percent likelihood of a rate increase in December, according the CME Fedwatch tool, but are less certain of the pace of rises next year. That pace could be accelerated if tax reform legislation to be unveiled by Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday were enacted and succeeded in speeding economic growth. On the technical side, gold was struggling to break above its 100-day moving average at $1,275.60 and indicators suggested prices will fall, analysts said. "Gold continues to weigh on the downside and still implies a test of the current October low and the 200-day moving average at $1,260.55/$1,260.89," said Commerzbank technical analysts. In other precious metals, silver was flat at $17.13 an ounce. Platinum was down 0.2 percent to $929.30 an ounce and palladium was 0.2 percent lower at $1,000. (Additional reporting by Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru; Editing by Edmund Blair and Mark Potter) SEARCH