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French defence minister meets PM Modi, talks 'Make in India'

Saturday, October 28 2017

French defence minister meets PM Modi, talks 'Make in India'

The Minister for the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly calling on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi . Image: PIB New Delhi : French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. On Friday, Parly held wide-ranging talks aimed at further boosting defence and security ties, with a focus on co-development of military platforms, and enhancing cooperation in the maritime sphere, with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The two defence ministers also decided that India and France will jointly conduct naval exercise 'Varuna' from next year. Parly, who is in India on a two-day visit, is expected to lay the ground for French President Emmanuel Macron's upcoming trip to India. Parly is also likely to push for a follow on order of additional Rafale fighter jets, after the delivery of 36 jets under a Rs 58,000 crore deal finalised last year. The French Embassy had said in a statement that Parly's visit is aimed at strengthening all aspects of France's "fast developing" defence cooperation with India, its foremost Asian strategic partner. SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Designate Pak as country of particular concern: US Senators to Tillerson

Saturday, October 28 2017

Designate Pak as country of particular concern: US Senators to Tillerson

Designate Pak as 'country of particular concern': US Senators to Tillerson Designate Pak as 'country of particular concern': US Senators to Tillerson Source : SIFY Last Updated: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 17:19 hrs Washington : Six influential United States Senators have urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to designate Pakistan as a "country of particular concern" on the issue of religious freedom violation, saying its discriminatory laws continue to result in prosecution of individuals due to their faith. Senators Bob Menendez, Marco Rubio, Chris Coons, Todd Young, Jeff Merkley and James Lankford wrote a letter to Tillerson ahead of the November 13 deadline before which the State Department needs to notify Congress on its country of particular concern designations. In the letter to Tillerson, who has just concluded a visit to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, the bipartisan group of Senators said that they believe "the State Department should designate Pakistan as a CPC as long recommended by US Commission on International Religious Freedom. "The government of Pakistan continues to perpetrate and tolerate systematic, ongoing and egregious religious freedom violations. Discriminatory constitutional provisions and laws, including the country's blasphemy and anti-Ahmadiyya measures continue to result in the unjust prosecution and imprisonment of individuals due to their faith," the Senators said in their letter to Tillerson. "At least 40 people are currently sentenced to death or are serving life sentences for blasphemy. Religious minority communities, including Christians, Hindus, Ahmadis, and Shia Muslims also experience religiously motivated and sectarian violence perpetrated by terrorist organisations and societal elements with relative impunity," said the letter. Additionally, provincial textbooks with discriminatory content against minorities remain a significant concern, the Senators said in the letter dated October 27. The Frank R Wolf International Religious Freedom Act requires the president to make CPC designations no later than 90 days after the release of the annual report and that Congress be notified no later than 90 days after these designations about the parties responsible for the violations prompting the designations, the actions the US government has taken in response, and the effectiveness of these actions. "We therefore expect to receive CPC designations by November 13, 2017, and the notification of the responsible parties, actions taken, and the effectiveness of these actions by February 11, 2018. "We believe promoting freedom of religion and belief is a moral imperative and encourages peace, stability and economic vibrancy. We look forward to working with you to help ensure this precious freedom has a central role in US foreign policy," the Senators added. The Senators also sought the CPC designation of Myanmar over the issue of Rohingyas. Tillerson has urged the Myanmar army to help the government end violence in the northern Rakhine state where unrest has forced over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.

Antonio Conte sack talk at Chelsea defies belief - Eddie Howe

Saturday, October 28 2017

Antonio Conte sack talk at Chelsea defies belief - Eddie Howe

Antonio Conte sack talk at Chelsea 'defies belief' - Eddie Howe play WATCH: Chelsea's Conte rips into journalist (1:28) Antonio Conte isn't happy being repeatedly questioned on his Chelsea future, stating that all stories around him are false. (1:28) comment Premier League-winning manager Antonio Conte facing pressure for his job "defies belief,'' according to Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. Conte was rumoured to be battling dressing-room unrest and close scrutiny from Chelsea's board owing to three defeats in nine games to start their title defence. Howe remains nonplussed by football's sack culture, and insisted every Premier League boss' job must be on the line if Conte faces an uncertain future. "Well if that's the case we've all got problems,'' said Howe of rumours Conte faced a precarious position, ahead of Bournemouth hosting Chelsea at Dean Court on Saturday. "I don't know where we go from there. That just defies belief really that someone who has done such a fine job at Chelsea can even be talked of in that way. "But that's the modern way it seems, that's the way the game's gone. "I don't like to see managers sacked. Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images "It makes the profession very delicately poised, at all times. "When you're on a losing run there are always questions about your future. "I don't think it's good for the profession.'' Howe hailed Chelsea boss Conte for spearheading a return to wing-back formations and three centre-backs, praising the Italian for his passion and technical nous. "I find him a really enthralling character, someone who is very passionate, he's as passionate away from the touchline,'' said Howe of Chelsea counterpart Conte. "It's fascinating to talk football with him for a period of time. "I think he's brought a great deal to the Premier League, he's played a massive part of that three-at-the-back revolution. "He's brought a lot of passion and drive to the touchline. "He's intriguing to watch tactically, and with how he motivates his team.''

New Ninja 400 – Quick Pictorial View & 31 Pics Gallery

Saturday, October 28 2017

New Ninja 400 – Quick Pictorial View & 31 Pics Gallery

The Ninja 300 replacement has been unveiled by Kawasaki at the Tokyo Motor Show and it looks beautiful. Here is a 31 pic gallery along with a video of the motorcycle which is expected to come to India… Three colours are on offer. Obviously they will differ depending on markets the motorcycle will go to… The promotional and Kawasaki trademark – Lime Green with Black A new-ish Orange Grey with black combination. Looks interesting And the ubiquitous Metallic Black The aggressive fairing has design cues from the flagship H2 That is the new Trellis Frame in action. The new 2018 Ninja 400 gets a new 399 cc parallel twin cylinder engine capable of producing 45 PS of peak power and 38 Nm of max torque… The analogue-digital instrument cluster is borrowed from Ninja 650… Remember this is a different motorcycle than the Ninja 400 Kawasaki sells in Japan which is a downsized version of Ninja 650 The new Ninja gets chunky 41 mm front forks Braking duties are performed by a 310 mm disc brake upfront, a small rotor at the rear and Nissin ABS The new Ninja 400 is significantly lighter (6 kg) than the current Ninja 300 Internationally, it will replace the Ninja 300 and eventually, it is also expected to come to India… Watch the ad and specifically notice the exhaust note. It definitely is a 400 cc parallel twin motor’s call unlike Bajaj’s latest Ad where their Dominar is made to falsefully sound like an inline four…

Kothari storms into the finals of World Billiards Championship - Sportstarlive

Friday, October 27 2017

Kothari storms into the finals of World Billiards Championship - Sportstarlive

Kothari storms into the finals of World Billiards Championship Sourav Kothari wrapped up four games on the trot with complete command to defeat Siddharth Parikh 7-5. Leeds 27 October, 2017 22:57 IST This is the first time that India's Sourav Kothari has reached the finals of the World Billiards, organised by the World Billiards Limited. - K. Murali Kumar Sourav Kothari of India wrapped up four games on the trot with complete command to defeat his fellow countryman Siddharth Parikh 7-5, entering the finals of the LiteTask World Billiards Championship, at the Northern Snooker Center. In the other semifinal played between two former world champions, Dave Causier of England defeated Rupesh Shah of India by 74. This is the first time that Kothari reached the finals of the World Billiards, organised by the World Billiards Limited. He had earlier, reached the finals of the long-up format of the IBSF World Billiards Championship last year held in Bangalore but lost to Peter Gilchrist of Singapore in the finals. Sourav Kothari of India wrapped up four games on the trot with complete command to defeat his fellow countryman Siddharth Parikh 7-5, entering the finals of the LiteTask World Billiards Championship, at the Northern Snooker Center. In the other semifinal played between two former world champions, Dave Causier of England defeated Rupesh Shah of India by 74. This is the first time that Kothari reached the finals of the World Billiards, organised by the World Billiards Limited. He had earlier, reached the finals of the long-up format of the IBSF World Billiards Championship last year held in Bangalore but lost to Peter Gilchrist of Singapore in the finals.

PM Modi pitches for political transparency, thanks media for adopting Swachh Bharat

Saturday, October 28 2017

PM Modi pitches for political transparency, thanks media for adopting Swachh Bharat

PM Modi pitches for political transparency, thanks media for adopting Swachh Bharat PM Modi pitches for political transparency, thanks media for adopting Swachh Bharat Source : SIFY 15:44 hrs New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that it was important for a true democratic spirit and transparency to develop within political parties and that this issue should be debated and discussed in the country. Addressing a Diwali Milan at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi, Modi said that democracy in political parties is a subject that people in the country must know about. Country has witnessed the positive role played by media in making the Swach Bharat Mission a success: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/EJ7s7jIGKq — ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2017 Urging journalists to study the process of the formation and various decision making process of political parties, he said, “I feel that the people of the country are not very familiar with the democratic process in political parties. You (journalists) should study whether democratic values are at the core of the political parties of the country or not. This should also be debated and discussed in the country.” Further emphasing the need for the public to know about the function of political parties, Modi said , “there is debate about political funding of parties but no discussion about their formation, new recruitments in the party, their values and ideologies or even reasons for the shortcomings of a party.” “People must know how a party takes shape, how their Karyakartas (workers) are groomed,” he added. Also speaking about the flagship Swachh Bharat Abhiyan of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, Modi lauded the role of the media in making the campaign a success. “In the past few days I saw the constructive role the media can play in this campaign. Be it print media, electronic media, or media houses across the country, all have attached themselves to this mission and this has proven to be favourable. The media has made it their own mission and I thank them for it,” he said.

Suresh Prabhu discusses bilateral trade issues with US

Saturday, October 28 2017

Suresh Prabhu discusses bilateral trade issues with US

Suresh Prabhu discusses bilateral trade issues with US Suresh Prabhu discusses bilateral trade issues with US Source : [USA], October 28 (ANI): Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has had a productive discussion with US Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and his team at the 11th Trade Policy Forum (TPF) meeting in Washington DC. During the meeting on October 26, discussions were held on issues related to bilateral trade between the two countries, areas of mutual cooperation, market access in agriculture, non-agricultural goods and services and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Prabhu noted that the TPF serves as a robust platform that contributes towards promoting bilateral trade and investment between India and the US. On the US concerns related to trade deficit with India, Prabhu pointed out that the issue of trade deficit should be viewed in the larger context of the growing economic and strategic partnership between the two countries that has grown and strengthened in recent years. India has made significant investments in the US and Indian skilled workers and students make important contributions to the US economy. He also said that as Indian economy grows and with the renewed emphasis on reviving US manufacturing, there will be greater opportunities for US exports to India. In this context, Prabhu pointed out that India has already started to import crude oil and new Liquefied Natural Gas exports are expected to commence early next year. Indian aviation companies such as Spicejet and Jet Airways have placed orders for over 300 aircraft valued at several billions of dollars. Prabhu also noted that these developments will go a long way in fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump's desire to have a free, fair and balanced trade between India and the US. Both Ambassador Lighthizer and Prabhu welcomed these positive developments and reiterated the growth potential for bilateral trade. On market access in areas of interest to each other, Prabhu called for progress on issues like ground handling operations, import regulations relating to poultry, export of pork to India, that have been raised by the US side. He also sought easing of procedure for export of Indian mangoes and pomegranates and market access for Table grapes from India. Prabhu strongly took up the Indian concern with regard to problems faced by Indian services companies in obtaining H-1B and L-1 visas. He requested the US to ease the movement of skilled professionals, which has over the years contributed towards making US companies more competitive. He also took up the issue of mismatch between the US visa and the US social security regimes, wherein Indian professionals making social security contributions do not receive their due benefits upon their return to India. He urged the United States to revisit its position and work towards achieving a totalisation agreement. Prabhu also highlighted the series of economic reforms undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi such as Goods and Services Tax, Make in India, Startup India and 'Fund of Funds for Startups' (FFS), Digital India , e-commerce, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, FDI reforms, improved business and investment climate which have led to significant investment inflows into India. On the issue of IPR in India, the minister drew attention to the National IPR Policy 2016, which lays down the roadmap for future development in the field of IPRs, and is a major step towards strengthening the IPR ecosystem in India, including improvements in procedures, timelines and resolution of disputes. While responding to the US concerns on price controls on medical devices, he mentioned about the need to bring about a balance between providing optimum medical facilities and affordable health care to its citizens. India desires to address the concerns of providing health care to its citizens at reasonable costs and balancing it with the need to introduce high end technology. He encouraged American companies and manufacturers of medical devices to establish manufacturing facilities in India. He also pointed out that the Draft Pharmaceutical Policy addresses many of the US concerns and sought comments from industry stakeholders on the draft policy. Prabhu also sought the support of the US to India's proposal on Trade Facilitation in Services Agreement which has been tabled by India at the WTO. At the conclusion of TPF, both Ministers decided that the two countries will continue to work towards building strong trade and investment ties to realise mutual gains from the partnership. The talks were held in a friendly and cooperative environment, with both sides expressing desire to reduce the existing gaps and work towards resolution of the outstanding issues before the next round of the TPF.(ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

No relief for victims after 12 years of PoK earthquake

Saturday, October 28 2017

No relief for victims after 12 years of PoK earthquake

No relief for victims after 12 years of PoK earthquake No relief for victims after 12 years of PoK earthquake Source : 08:46 hrs [Pakistan], Oct 28 (ANI): People in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir are angry with the government's sluggish attitude in compensating the victims of 2005 earthquake. A protest was held in the Muzaffarabad city under the banner of J&K Students' Liberation Front (JKSLF) as protestors accused Islamabad of fraud in distributing relief to the victims. In an estimate, more than $5.4 billion in aid arrived from all around the world, but even after 12 years of the disaster the victim families have failed to receive any help from the government. The severe earthquake in October 2005 killed over 80,000 people and destroyed property worth millions of dollars. The protesters said the federal government and the Government of Azad Kashmir looted money, which was provided by the international community for the relief and rehabilitation of the quake-ravaged region. They demanded an action against Lieutenant-General Nadeem Ahmad, who was the Chief Military Coordinator for the Military Wing of the Federal Relief Commission (FRC) at the time of the calamity. Ishtiyaq Hussain, leader of All Party National Alliance in PoK said, "The people are still homeless, dozens of government hospitals still remain in ruins. Those who went missing because of the earthquake, still remain untraced. The promises made by the government fail to get fulfilled". As another winter season is approaching, the earthquake-affected families in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have no option but to wait until any assistance reaches them.(ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Football Goalkeeper Max Crocombe Urinates On The Field During Live Match, Gets Red Card

Sunday, October 29 2017

Football Goalkeeper Max Crocombe Urinates On The Field During Live Match, Gets Red Card

Football Goalkeeper Max Crocombe Urinates On The Field During Live Match, Gets Red Card English soccer goalie got red card for peeing during the game © Reuters Australia cricketer Matt Renshaw became the talking point in February earlier this year in the first Test of the series against India, after he was forced to take a ‘toilet break’ just after his partner David Warner was dismissed in the first innings. It was an act of desperation that certainly didn’t amuse his skipper Steven Smith and he was not allowed to come back again to bat at that time, though later he went on to make gritty 68 for his team. Another incident was witnessed on Saturday, this time in a football match. During a national league north game in England, Salford City Goalkeeper Max Crocombe was shown red card in the 87th minute of the match against Bradford Park Avenue for urinating near the goal post. His desperate desire to answer the call of nature on the field was spotted by eagle-eyed officials and the referee duly wielded the red card. Initial bemusement as to the reason for his sudden departure turned to amazement when Bradford Park Avenue tweeted: “We can confirm that Crocombe has been sent off for urinating during the game. We are not joking.” 87′– We can confirm that Crocombe has been sent off for urinating during the game. We are not joking. #greenarmy (1-2) — Bradford Park Avenue (@BPAFCOfficial) October 28, 2017 Twitterati went berserk and posted witty comments after hearing this funny news. Urine denial. — Sean Mullan (@SDMullan) October 28, 2017 Surely that’s taking the piss…

Australia's Queensland calls snap election in test for far-right candidates

Sunday, October 29 2017

Australia's Queensland calls snap election in test for far-right candidates

Australia's Queensland calls snap election in test for far-right candidates Australia's Queensland calls snap election in test for far-right candidates Source : Last Updated: Sun, Oct 29, 2017 13:19 hrs * Queensland premier calls election for Nov. 25 * Polling suggests possible wins for far-right candidates * Adani's Carmichael coal mine to feature on campaign trail By Alison Bevege and Jane Wardell SYDNEY, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Australia's Queensland state on Sunday called a snap election after the ruling centre-left Labor Party lost its legislative majority, a poll that could give far-right nationalists a chance to boost political representation. State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called the election for Nov. 25 after her party expelled a rogue lawmaker over misconduct on Friday, which left her with a hung parliament alongside the conservative Liberal National Party (LNP). "I'm calling this election to give business and industry in our great state the certainty they need as we approach 2018," Palaszczuk told reporters in Brisbane. The campaign launch comes just days after a citizenship scandal engulfed federal politics when the High Court ruled that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four other lawmakers were ineligible to remain in parliament because they held dual citizenship. One Nation, a party founded by far-right politician Pauline Hanson who holds a seat in the federal Senate, has already flagged plans to field candidates across at least two-thirds of the constituencies represented in Queensland's unicameral parliament. One of the disqualified federal lawmakers from Friday's High Court ruling, One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts, said after his dismissal that he intends to stand for the party in the Queensland election. A Newspoll published by SBS News earlier this month showed One Nation at 16 percent primary support in Queensland, likely stealing some voters from the LNP's traditional electorates. One Nation's state leader, Steve Dickson, said on Sunday the party would field 60 candidates across the 93 seats of the Queensland parliament, and could add more. "Maths says clearly we'll get the balance of power in Queensland," Dickson told Sky News, adding that his party was riding a global backlash against establishment political parties. However, some political analysts caution against high expectations for One Nation, pointing to the Western Australia state election results in March where the party failed to secure an expected swing in political influence. Palaszczuk's press briefing on Sunday was briefly interrupted by protestors against Indian mining giant Adani Enterprises’ proposed $4 billion Carmichael coal mine in the state's north, which could shape up to be a significant campaign topic. Opposition to Adani’s Carmichael mine could give a boost to minority groups such as the Greens, an environmentalist party, and One Nation, which opposes foreign investment. Environment groups say the mine would contribute to global warming and damage the Great Barrier Reef. Adani says the project would pay billions of dollars in royalties and taxes, create jobs and export coal to India help bring electricity to rural regions. The LNP supports the mine but is considering plans to ensure Adani’s corporate structure makes its tax liability similar to Australian companies before it is given a proposed A$1 billion loan from the federal government. (Reporting by Alison Bevege and Jane Wardell; Editing by Sam Holmes) SEARCH

West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Manchester City - Four Talking Points From the Game | ht_media

Sunday, October 29 2017

West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Manchester City - Four Talking Points From the Game | ht_media

West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Manchester City - Four Talking Points From the Game en Rishabh Choudhary 29 Oct 2017 Manchester City continued their thrilling run of form after recording a 3-2 win at the Hawthorns. The first fifteen minutes saw three goals being scored, as City took the lead two times, subsequently going on to win the game. Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling made it to the scoresheet for the Citizens as Jay Rodriguez and Matt Philips fizzed two at home against the mighty league leaders. Here are the major talking points from the game.

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Tony Pulis will rue the missed chances City's stellar attacking prowess didn't deter West Brom from playing an attacking brand of football. They had a remarkable number of shots and chances under their belt, considering the scarcity of possession. Albeit West Brom netted twice, they could have held City to a draw. Rondon and Krychowiak had two headers denied by keeper Ederson, and they proved to be decisive in the fixture.

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The Sensational Sane Leroy Sane provided another Man-of-the-Match performance for his team after scoring the first and setting up Fernandinho for his deflected goal against West Brom. Having played 600 minutes in 10 Premier League games, the 21-year-old has notched an impressive 5 assists and 6 goals. Should he continue his exploits, why, Sane might as well win the PFA Player of the Year this season.

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A tough November for the Baggies Following a poor run of form, West Brom are now 14th in the league with 10 points, just two above the relegation zone. West Brom have four league fixtures in November. After a trip to Huddersfield, they have tough fixtures with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur coming up in the weeks following the international break, before they take on Newcastle United. 4. Can they be the Invincibles Pep Guardiola's men have lost only two points in a home draw against Everton this season, Since then, they have been breath-taking, winning eight games in a row. Having a glimpse at the statistics compels people to compare them to Wenger's Invincibles. Though they are being touted to equal the feat, similar things happened to them last season when their performances dwindled unexpectedly in the second half of the season. Transfer News

Prabhu takes up H-1B, L-1 visa issues strongly with US

Saturday, October 28 2017

Prabhu takes up H-1B, L-1 visa issues strongly with US

New Delhi: Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu strongly took up Indian concerns over the H-1B and L-1 visas with the US, and pointed out the contribution of skilled Indian professionals to make US companies more competitive, an official statement said on Saturday. "The minister for Commerce and Industry strongly took up the Indian concern with regard to problems faced by Indian services companies in obtaining H-1B and L-1 visas. He requested the US to ease the movement of skilled professionals, which has over the years contributed towards making US companies more competitive," the statement said. During the 11th Trade Policy Forum (TPF) meeting, held in Washington on Thursday, Prabhu also took up the issue of mismatch between the US visa and the US social security regimes, wherein Indian professionals making social security contributions do not receive their due benefits upon their return to India. Prabhu urged the US to revisit its position and work towards achieving a "totalisation agreement". The Minister discussed the issues with US Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and his team. Prabhu pointed out that as the Indian economy grows, and with the renewed emphasis on reviving US manufacturing, there will be greater opportunities for US exports to India. "In this context, he pointed out that India has already started to import crude oil and new Liquefied Natural Gas exports are expected to commence early next year," the statement said. On market access in areas of interest to each other, Prabhu noted progress on issues like ground handling operations, import regulations relating to poultry, export of pork to India, that have been raised by the US side. He also sought easing of procedure for export of Indian mangoes and pomegranates and market access for table grapes from India. While responding to the US concerns on price controls on medical devices, the Minister explained the need to bring about a balance between the demand for optimum medical facilities and affordable healthcare to Indian citizens. Following Donald Trump's election on a protectionist platform, the US has announced stricter norms for issuing the H-1B and L-1 visas. Declaring that India would actually be able to buy more from the US in few years, he noted that New Delhi has started buying crude oil from Washington and there was great potential for America in the fast-expanding aviation market in India. Prabhu will also leave for Cuba, and be in Havana from October 28-31 to hold discussions on boosting bilateral trade.