Delhi BJP unit seeks action against AAP for indulging in violent acts

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP’s Delhi unit Tuesday filed a complaint with the Chief Electoral Office in Delhi and sought action against the Aam Aadmi Party, which it alleged was “indulging in violent acts” and violating the model code of conduct.In its complaint, the BJP accused the AAP of burning the 2014 manifesto of the saffron party which had photos of its leaders. They alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with other party leaders had burnt BJP manifesto on March 13. Other party leaders Manish Sisodia, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Kailash Gahlot and Pankaj Gupta were among those who led had party workers in burning copies of the party’s manifesto, the BJP alleged. The manifestos were burnt by the AAP to attack BJP on the issue of full statehood to Delhi. “The AAP leaders are violating MCC by either not seeking permission for such events from Election Commission or they have sought permission for election meetings from EC and misused such permission to violate MCC by burning BJP’s manifesto,” the letter said. The letter, written by SN Verma, co-convener of the legal department of BJP Delhi Pradesh, said orders should be issued to leaders and workers of AAP to “cease and desist from such violent acts”. Five complaints have been made against the BJP and the AAP for organising gatherings to burn manifestos without permission, officials from the Chief Electoral Office of Delhi had said on Monday.last_img read more

Macedonias name change – what does the country have to do

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonia is changing its name to North Macedonia in return for Greece dropping its objections to its northern neighbour joining NATO to settle a nearly three-decade dispute. But what does a country have to do, practically, when it changes its name?Greece’s parliament ratified the deal on Friday, in one of the final steps needed to end the disagreement between the two neighbours. Some procedural steps remain, including Greece signing its northern neighbour’s NATO accession protocol, before the name change comes into effect.Changing a country’s name is by no means unprecedented — many nations have done so, generally following political upheavals or at the end of colonial periods: think Burma to Myanmar, Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, Zaire to Congo and, more recently, Swaziland to eSwatini.Many things in Macedonia will have to change, from passports to government letterhead to schoolbooks. But some others, such as internet domain names, will remain the same. Here’s a look at the path ahead:____WHAT IS CHANGING?The country adopted the name Republic of Macedonia after it declared independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991. It has been recognized as such by more than 130 countries, but not by the United Nations, NATO or the European Union, due to Greece’s objections. Greece argued use of the term “Macedonia” usurped its own ancient heritage and implied territorial ambitions on its own northern province of the same name, birthplace of the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great.So the country’s official name was the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYROM.Once the name change is complete, that will change to Republic of North Macedonia, or North Macedonia for short.____WHAT HAPPENS NOW?Once the deal comes into effect, the country will inform the rest of the world, including the United Nations, that it is now called North Macedonia, and will apply to join NATO and the European Union.The U.N. step could prove tricky. Russia, a U.N. Security Council member, has slammed the name change process as a crude violation of Macedonian law under pressure from the West so the country can join NATO. Russian officials, however, have stopped short of saying whether Moscow will recognize the new name.____WHAT ELSE WILL CHANGE?The government in Skopje will have a five-year grace period to implement practical changes, such as altering official letterhead, and changing passports and car license plates. The deal stipulates two transitional periods, one technical and one political.The five-year technical period is for official documents and materials for international use, while the five-year political period is for documents and materials used domestically. The latter process could actually take many more years.Passports will have to be amended, and the new versions are expected by the end of this year or in early 2020. Car license plates, which until now bore the international code MK, will change to either NM or NMK within five years.However, the country will retain its current codes of MK and MKD, assigned by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), for all other purposes, such as internet domain names and sports events.____STATUES AND MONUMENTSThe construction of monuments has played a big role in the dispute with Greece. Macedonia’s former prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, ordered a plethora of statues and monuments, including of ancient Greeks, to festoon the capital, Skopje, and other areas. Skopje’s main square is dominated by a towering statue of a rider on a horse — and few had any doubts it was of Alexander the Great. A statue of Alexander’s father Philip is a short walk away.Once the name change takes effect, Macedonia will have six months to “review the status of monuments, public buildings and infrastructures on its territory, and insofar as they refer in any way to ancient Hellenic history and civilization …. shall take appropriate corrective action.”Within six months it will also have to stop using the sixteen-rayed Sun of Vergina, a symbol in ancient Greek art and associated with Alexander’s dynasty, which Macedonia formerly displayed on its first national flag after independence.____COMMERCE AND TRADEHere the issue becomes less clear. For usage in commercial names, trademarks and brand names, the deal says Greece and Macedonia agreed to encourage their respective business communities to ” institutionalize a sincere, structured and in good faith dialogue … (to) seek and reach mutually accepted solutions.”An international expert panel is to be established including representatives of both countries to implement this.____SCHOOLBOOKS AND HISTORYThe two sides have a year from the signing of the agreement in June 2018 to ensure that school textbooks or other materials such as maps, atlases and teaching guides do not contain any irredentist or revisionist references. A committee of experts on historic, archaeological and educational matters, supervised by the foreign ministries of each country, is to review the materials.____Becatoros reported from Athens, Greece. Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.Konstantin Testorides And Elena Becatoros, The Associated Press read more

China and Sri Lanka sign loan agreement for Central Expressway

China and Sri Lanka today signed a concessional loan agreement of US$ 989 million for Central Expressway Project – Section I, covering 85% of the total contract price.The agreement was signed between the Ambassador of China to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan, on behalf of the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China, and Dr. R.H.S Samarathunga, Secretary to the Treasure, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government. On a request put forward by the Sri Lankan Government and in view of the welfare of the Sri Lankan people, China decided to provide the concessional fund assistance to the CEP-1 Project, after rounds of fair and professional negotiations, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said. China said that it remains committed to enhancing friendship and cooperation between the two countries, and bringing more and more tangible benefits to the two peoples. (Colombo Gazette) The Central Expressway Project (CEP) connecting Colombo and Kandy, will be part of the national highway network plan, and will play an important role in promoting the Island’s economic and social development. read more

Police officer serving with UN mission in East Timor charged with rape

The office of the East Timor Prosecutor General handed down the indictment on 21 August. The suspect was arrested on 5 July, following an alleged incident that took place at a Dili hotel, and has been held in detention ever since. The trial is expected to take place at the Dili District Court very soon as the prosecutors have asked for an expedited hearing on the case.Meanwhile in election news, the head of UNTAET, Sergio Vieira de Mello, is scheduled to deliver a speech tomorrow to open the third and final election debate in Dili. All 16 political parties along with the national independent candidates have been invited to participate in the event, which is organized by the UNTAET-run TV Timor Lorosa’e (TVTL).Cabinet Member for Foreign Affairs José Ramos-Horta will moderate the debate, which will consist of three sessions. After Mr. Vieira de Mello’s speech, the candidates will discuss issues put to them by the moderator. In the second session, the audience will put questions directly to the participants. And in the third session, East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmão will give a speech and take questions from media and the audience.”We expect a very substantial debate,” said event coordinator Evliana Berani, TVTL Civic Education Officer. “It will have a double effect for civic education, because people can be informed and also contribute.” read more

Middle East UNs top human rights official urges probe into pattern of

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was “deeply disturbed” to learn of the deaths during this morning’s attack by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) on the Bureij refugee camp, according to a statement he released in Geneva.”The current level of violence that causes civilian losses, including of children and elders, is profoundly disquieting,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said, noting that the instability makes the provision of humanitarian assistance “extremely difficult.”The High Commissioner recalled that in recent days, the IDF has demolished a UN World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse and fatally wounded British aid worker Iain Hook, and voiced “extreme” concern for the safety and wellbeing of all civilians, including UN personnel, living and working in the occupied Palestinian territories.Mr. Vieira de Mello repeated his call to the Israeli authorities to refrain from the indiscriminate use of force in civilian areas. “The principle of proportionality must always be applied and all necessary measures taken to avoid loss of life or injury to civilians,” he said, calling on the Israeli authorities to conduct “a full and transparent investigation into this pattern of serious incidents, mindful of human rights and humanitarian law.” read more

Last OSU womens lacrosse player set to leave hospital

The last of six Ohio State women’s lacrosse players hospitalized for a rare but potentially dangerous muscle disorder is set to be released from the hospital at noon Wednesday, Christopher Kaeding, the head team physician for OSU’s athletic department, told The Lantern in an email.  OSU assistant director of athletic communication Alissa Clendenen was not sure whether the six athletes would play in the team’s next game, scheduled for Sunday, but she did say in an email, “once released, players are not expected to miss any time because of their condition.”  On Friday, six OSU women’s lacrosse players were admitted to the Wexner Medical Center at OSU to be evaluated after showing symptoms of rhabdomyolysis, OSU assistant director of athletics communication Alissa Clendenen confirmed to The Lantern. Rhabdomyolysis, a muscle disorder that causes a breakdown of muscle fibers and releases a protein called myoglobin into the bloodstream, can cause kidney damage and in extreme cases, kidney failure. Trainers evaluated the team for symptoms after one athlete complained of not feeling well, according to the release. None has kidney damage, according to media reports. The names of the six players have not been released. In January 2011, 13 football players at the University of Iowa developed the disorder after overexertion during a squat-lifting workout. A report cleared coaches, players, physicians and trainers for wrongdoing but recommended the strenuous workout that contributed to the hospitalizations be dropped from training. All 13 players made full recoveries. The women’s lacrosse team did not have games this past weekend. They next play at Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

ASA Draws Attention to Farm Bill Infrastructure Biodiesel and Trade in State

first_imgST. LOUIS (January 28, 2014) – Responding to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this evening, American Soybean Association President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser took the opportunity to highlight several of the association’s priorities and how they compare and contrast with the plans laid out by the President.“A common theme in tonight’s State of the Union address from the President was the concept of finding ways where Republicans and Democrats can work together; policies and priorities on which the two parties share at least some common ground. We are happy to point out that the President need look no further in that effort than the Agricultural Act of 2014 on which the House of Representatives will vote tomorrow,” said Gaesser. “The farm bill is the product of more than three years of collaborative work between Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow and Chairman Lucas and Ranking Members Cochran and Peterson, and represents a bipartisan and bicameral step toward legislation that works not only for farmers and rural Americans, but for our suburban and urban neighbors. As we urge the House and Senate to pass the bill, we also urge President Obama to embrace the farm bill as an example of how both parties can work together to benefit all Americans.“The President also mentioned several plans designed to create jobs and put Americans to work. While the agricultural community and its related industries put more than 23 million Americans to work every day, there are specific initiatives within our industry that can create even more jobs right away. One is the pair of waterways infrastructure bills passed by the House and Senate and currently in conference. These bills provide critical investment in the locks, dams, river channels and ports that farmers need to move their products to market. We thank the President for mentioning these bills specifically. They are in lock step with the Fix it First initiatives he outlined in last year’s State of the Union, and we encourage Congress to move forward with the conference committee and pass a bill on for the President’s signature.“The second job creator that the soybean industry in particular can contribute is from the burgeoning biodiesel sector. Biodiesel—the majority of which is made from American soybean oil—creates and supports more than 62,000 jobs, and while the President repeatedly cites a desire to pursue his ‘all of the above’ energy strategy, the policies of his administration tell a different story. The EPA has proposed a potentially devastating cut in the amount of renewable, clean-burning, American biodiesel to be produced under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014 and 2015. The levels proposed would stifle the growth of biodiesel, a fast-growing industry capable of producing nearly 2 billion gallons annually. If the President is truly committed to all energy options, we encourage him to recognize what soybean farmers already know: biodiesel is a viable and available alternative that helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil, lower greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.“Finally, the President has repeatedly emphasized his desire to expand our nation’s trading relationships with both new and existing foreign partners, and tonight he noted our record farm exports in his opening remarks. As our nation’s leading farm export, trade is vital to the success of soybean farmers, and we applaud this emphasis from the President. Trade, and agricultural trade specifically, supports more than a million jobs here at home. Trade agreements, like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, into which Japan is being considered for admission, hold great promise for the soybean industry, and we commend the President for recognizing both in his remarks, but also note that these partnerships function only if they are established in such a way that takes into account the nature of our domestic industry and the modern methods and tools with which we farm.“We certainly echo the President’s call to work together, but we remind him that the issues championed by soybean farmers, including the farm bill, trade, infrastructure and biodiesel, are ones that require—and thankfully enjoy—bipartisan and bicameral support. American agriculture has always been about all of us; Republicans and Democrats, urban and rural, working together to meet the country’s needs. We call on the President, on the House and on the Senate to mirror that cooperation and work with farmers on these and other key issues in the year to come.”last_img read more

Rain Lack Of Wind Slows Funny River Fire Growth

first_img(Image courtesy Alaska Inter-Agency Management Team)Fire crews Wednesday morning mapped the Funny River fire out to be nearly 183,300 acres.Tom Lavagnino, with the incident management team, says the rain has helped a little bit, but it’s not the biggest reason the fire’s growth has slowed.“The bigger factor, probably, is there’s lack of wind,” Lavagnino said. “The first couple days and the aggressive growth period were due to wind-driven fire, and that hasn’t happened yesterday.”Lavignino says the fire line along the western edge is well-established and secure. He also says a fuel break established by the community over the past several years has played a large role in containing the northern edge of the fire.“Kudos to them,” Lavagnino said. “They’re very successful in stopping the fire and having retardant being able to reach the ground at that point and mitigate the fire so the hand crews can come in in the fire trucks and suppress the fire a little more – and safely.”For now, most of the fire crews’ efforts will be on the northeast and eastern borders of the fire.There are 713 personnel working on the Funny River fire.All evacuation advisories in the area have been lifted.There is a community meeting scheduled Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Funny River Community Center.last_img read more

Eerie clip of LAPD helicopters encountering UFO goes viral Video

first_imgPixabayA recent video uploaded to YouTube by popular conspiracy theory channel ‘Third Phase of Moon’ is now the hottest debating point among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts. In the video, three Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) helicopters can be seen encountering a black UFO that seems to be staying intact in the sky.Interestingly, the incident happened in broad daylight, and we can clearly see the black UFO staying stationary in the skies just in front of the police helicopters. “Three helicopters and a dot. That’s a UFO right there. The helicopters are facing that dot,” said the unnamed eyewitness who shot the event on the camera.The video uploaded by the Third Phase of Moon soon went viral on YouTube, and it has already racked up more than 40,000 views.”We are wondering if this is a standoff between extraterrestrial existence, a craft from another world and LAPD helicopters. Basically, this might be some kind of Mexican standoff. What the heck is going on in the skies over LA? This video does not look like an edited video, and there are no traces of tampering,” said conspiracy theorists Blake Cousins in the YouTube video.After watching the video, most of the viewers of this conspiracy theory channel admitted that alien life is a reality, and some people even went a step ahead and argued that extraterrestrials are now gearing up for disclosure.”With these helicopters viewing these craft, it makes me wonder what they are and if possible what they are recording from the choppers. We are living in strange times where we are now seeing things in plain daylight, it can’t be ignored or covered up anymore,” commented Damen Rebel, a YouTube user.”They know extraterrestrials exist, it’s obvious. They also do appear to be very hesitant about them. With the immense technology, some aliens have ( in our solar system), then no wonder,” commented Frank Hall, another YouTuber.However, some sceptics suggested that the weird UFO in the skies and helicopters encountering it could be actually a progressing film shooting. Some others claimed that the UFO might be a balloon.last_img read more

Actor Shrinivas Kulkarni turns producer

first_imgShrinivas KulkarniPR HandoutBeing an actor is not an easy task but dedication and hard work always makes it worth. Not only acting but any creative work needs a lot of passion and dedication. Actor Shrinivas Kulkarni is one of the best examples of this dedication. A simple small town boy who has the degrees of M.B.A. and M.C.A. came to Mumbai and chased his dreams. First he becomes actor and then this self made actor turns producer. What? When ? How? Let’s take look at his journey.Shrinivas has worked in several films as an actor with plenty of well known actors. He has played prominent characters like Malji in film ‘Sawai Sarjachya Navana Changbhala’ along with leading star cast Sharad Ponkshe and Rahul Solapurkar.Later he did a film titled ‘Vartamaan’ where he played a character role as Suresh Patnayak along with other popular actors like Subodh Bhave, Tejaswini Pandit, Avtaar Gill, Kuldeep Pawar. In his other film ‘Hichyasathi Kay Pan’ he played a side role as Vikram (Mangesh Desai’s friend) but yet he managed to make his impression. In this film he worked with popular actors like Vijay Chavhan, Mangesh Desai, Bhargavi Chirmuley, Kushal Badrike, Nirmitee Sawant.He even has a popular play to his account titled ‘Gaav Bilandar Bai Kalandar’ with actors Raghvendra Kadkol and Jaimala Inamdar. He has produced a song titled ‘Mann He Wede’ which was sung by Hindi singer Anvesha and that song is amongst the most popular songs today. Not only this, but soon he is about to produce a new Web centric film. Story is finalized for the film and the shoot will commence soon. This movie will have established actors, but along with them, some fresh faces will also be launched.last_img read more

Genetically modified moths pass greenhouse testing ready for the wild

first_img Parasitoid larvae in caterpillars affect behaviour of moths Diamondback moth. Credit: Olei/Wikipedia/CC-BY-SA-2.5 and GNU FDL Citation: Genetically modified moths pass greenhouse testing, ready for the wild (2015, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 (—A team of researchers at British company Oxitec has developed a genetic approach to controlling diamondback moth caterpillars and report that trials in greenhouse conditions has gone so well that they are ready to conduct tests in the wild. In their paper published in the journal BMC Biology, the team describes their technique, how it works, how safe they believe it is and their hopes that their efforts will lead to reduced crop destruction by the caterpillars Diamondback moth caterpillars are one of the world’s worst insect pests—they eat holes in the leaves of kale, cabbage, canola, broccoli and cauliflower, killing the plants and causing billions in dollars of losses for farmers around the world each year. Efforts to curb them have been mixed and the caterpillars appear to be winning—they have developed immunity to most chemicals applied to kill them. For that reason scientists have looked to other ways to tackle the problem, one of which is genetic modification. The team at Oxitec, has come up with a way to cause female offspring of the moths that parent the caterpillars to die before they can reproduce, slowly causing a drop in population when they are released into a native group.In coming up with their self-limiting gene approach the team added another piece of usefulness—an off switch. The gene only self-limits in the absence of tetracycline, such as when the moth is out in the wild. To grow a community of the moths, the team need only feed them food with the chemical added. They note that their technique allows for targeting just diamondback moths, thus other insects would not be harmed—and neither would birds or other animals if they eat the moths or caterpillars.The team at Oxitec report that greenhouse environment testing has gone very well—so well in fact they are ready to test their technique in the wild—in limited releases, of course. Officials with the Department of Agriculture in the U.S. have given the go ahead for new outdoor trials in New York State. This would not be the first testing of its kind, similar genetic engineering on mosquitoes has been tested in Panama, the Cayman Islands and Brazil—in such trials insect populations have been reduced by 90 percent.center_img Journal information: BMC Biology Explore further More information: Pest control and resistance management through release of insects carrying a male-selecting transgene, BMC Biology 2015, 13:49 DOI: 10.1186/s12915-015-0161-1 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Dept to include fire safety norms in school syllabus

first_imgKolkata: The state Fire and Emergency Services department is planning to include fire safety and security measures in the school curriculum. “It is important for everyone to have knowledge about safety and security from the fire. So we are working on introducing it in the school syllabus,” state Fire and Emergency Services minister Sovan Chatterjee said at a programme on Fire Services Week at Academy of Fine Arts on Saturday. According to Chatterjee, the state government has given a major boost in developing the infrastructure of the Fire department and has set up as many as 70 fire stations across the state since 2011 after the Trinamool Congress came to power. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We have identified some fire-prone areas and some regions where the fire tenders face difficulty to enter because of narrow lanes and bylanes. We have procured modern equipment and are still continuing to do so to fight the fire at places where it is difficult to reach,” Chatterjee said.He added that under the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the department is procuring ladders for better fire-fighting in the high-rises. “We have already floated the tender for procuring ladders,” he said.Officials from the fire department demonstrated how preliminary fire-fighting measures may be implemented to prevent it from spreading. A number of school students and commoners were present during the demonstration. Director General of Fire Services department Jagmohan also attend the event along with other senior officials of the department.last_img read more

Middleclass rage sparks protest movements in Turkey Brazil Bulgaria and beyond

first_imgAs protests raged in Turkey and were set to explode in distant Brazil, Asen Genov sat in his office in Bulgaria’s capital on the cloudy morning of June 14, about to strike the computer key that would spark a Bulgarian Spring.Only months earlier, public outrage over high electricity bills in the country had brought down a previous government, but Genov saw more reason for anger when the new administration tapped a shadowy media mogul to head the national security service. Furious, Genov posted a Facebook event calling for a protest in Sofia, the nation’s capital, though he was dubious about turnout for a demonstration focused not on pocketbooks but on corruption and cronyism in government.“We made bets on how many would come. I thought maybe 500,” said Genov, a 44-year-old who helps run a fact-checking website.But as he arrived in Sofia’s Independence Square, they were streaming in by the thousands, as they have every day since, with the snowballing protests aiming to topple the government.“We are all linked together, Bulgaria, Turkey, Brazil. We are tweeting in English so we can understand each other, and supporting each other on other social media,” said Iveta Cherneva, a 29-year-old author in Sofia, who was one of the many people protesting for the first time. “We are fighting for different reasons, but we all want our governments to finally work for us. We are inspiring each other.”Around the globe, this is the summer of middle-class discontent, particularly in the developing world. From Istanbul to Rio de Janeiro, from Bulgaria to Bosnia, the pent-up frustrations of an engaged citizenry are being triggered by a series of seemingly disparate events.Government development of a park in Turkey has erupted into broad unrest over freedom of expression in a society that, under a devout and increasingly authoritarian leader, is witnessing the encroaching power of Islam. A hike in bus fares in Brazil, meanwhile, has touched off an uproar over official waste, corruption and police brutality. But what do they have in common? One small incident has ignited the fuse in societies that, linked by social media and years of improved living standards across the developing world, are now demanding more from their democracies and governments.In the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, thousands of furious residents across ethnic lines united on the streets this month, at one point blockading lawmakers inside parliament for 14 hours to protest government ineptitude in clearing a massive backlog of unregistered newborns. Public anger erupted after a Facebook posting — about a 3-month-old baby whose trip to Germany for a life-saving transplant had been delayed by the backlog — went viral.Thousands of protestors, including an outpouring of middle-class citizens, are expected in Cairo’s Tarhrir Square this Sunday. They return to the touchstone plaza of the Arab Spring in a nation that exchanged a dictator for what many Egyptians now see as a new government unwilling or unable to fix a corrupt bureaucracy and inefficient economy.Indeed, on the heels of the Arab Spring, Spain’s “indignados” and the U.S. Occupy movement, some observers see a new class of protest emerging among the global citizenry. If the 1960s were about breaking cultural norms and protesting foreign wars, and the 1990s about railing against globalization, then the 2010s are about a clamor for responsive government, as well as social and economic freedom.“These are a group of people who are better educated and more connected through technology,” said Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House, the London-based think tank. “In parts of the developing world, this is a new middle class, where the definition of success is not survival. It’s about quality of life, about future opportunity and freedom of expression.” No related posts. Brazil heats upCecilia Siqueira de Oliveira, a 33-year-old design student living in the teeming Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo, had never seen herself as a street protester. Yet she found herself gripped by news this month of the uprising in Turkey. She was especially touched by a photo she’d seen from faraway Istanbul, of a man calmly playing the piano amid a huge throng of agitated demonstrators.Posting the photo on her Facebook page, she wrote, “Wouldn’t it be good if Brazilians did that?”A few days later, Brazil was on its feet.A series of protests were playing out on Paulista Avenue, one block from her two-bedroom apartment. What was originally a movement against high bus fares was morphing into mass demonstrations against ingrained corruption, shoddy public services, high taxes and rising inflation.Like other Brazilians, Oliveira had been disgusted by recurring political corruption scandals, a lackluster transit system and poor public services. She also felt the current and past governments had exaggerated the improvements in Brazilian lifestyles during a now-ebbing era of high growth. What burned her most, though, were the images of violence she was witnessing on television, with riot police firing rubber bullets and gas canisters at the crowds — a response that only brought more demonstrators out.Finally, on June 17, she decided to join the hordes who were filling the streets.“There were all kinds of people — the suits, the elderly, young people, families with children,” Oliveira said. As she marched, she recalled how emotional she felt watching people throwing shredded paper from their windows and turning their lights on and off as a sign of solidarity with the protesters below.Three days later, more than 1 million Brazilians were on the streets of cities across the country. In the past, she and her friends had commiserated about how the only things that brought Brazilians together were soccer and carnival. That had clearly changed.“People realized it was worth going into the streets,” Oliveira said. “It’s incredible that in a country mad about soccer, that will host the World Cup, people are not talking about matches on social media. They are discussing politics and economics.”‘Get to Gezi Park’Serkan Zihli, a 32-year-old public relations consultant for an array of glamorous Istanbul art galleries and fashion designers, had just landed from a Mediterranean vacation when his smartphone lit up. “Get to Gezi Park,” said the text from a friend. “They’re coming.”For months, Zihli had been part of a group of activists seeking to block a government plan to mow down the park and build a shopping mall in the only green space left in Taksim, a night-life district in the glittering metropolis that literally straddles East and West. But this was not just about protecting trees.Turkey had seen years of surging economic growth, but a growing number of middle-class Turkish citizens felt it had produced willy-nilly construction that came with zero thought to urban planning, as well as backroom deals with untold levels of graft. Taking a cue from the U.S. and European Occupy movements, protesters entered Gezi Park with tents, intent on blocking the bulldozers.The fight was already emerging as a bigger symbol for secular Turks who felt increasingly boxed in by the ruling party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The government-backed plan called for building a shopping mall inside a reconstruction of a long-demolished army barracks remembered by progressive Turks as a place where, in 1909, religious conservatives sought to stage a coup against reformers.The plan followed what Zihli and others called a pattern of Erdogan’s Islam-tinged and ever more authoritarian government. Erdogan had railed against birth control while his ruling party floated curbs on legal abortions. Journalists critical of the government have been arrested. Just last month, Turkey’s parliament passed sweeping new restrictions on alcohol, banning night sales and liquor advertising. In a country that once prided itself on its secular identity, Erdogan suggested ayran, a salty yogurt, replace raki, an anise-flavored alcoholic beverage, as Turkey’s national drink.As security forces moved in to clear Gezi Park, Zelhi — more used to gallery receptions in fashionable Istanbul circles — suddenly found himself engaging in running battles with police. The government response went ignored or underplayed by cowed segments of the Turkish media, leaving word to spread through Facebook, Twitter and other social media, with rage against official repression drawing massive new support for the still-ongoing civil unrest.Shot by a rubber bullet and doused by water cannons, Zelhi kept coming back, feeling more and more empowered. Protestors grew more enraged as Erdogan took to national television, denouncing them as foreign-sponsored rabble-rousers.“I’m not a very political person, but for the first time in my life, I felt I could understand what was lacking in our democracy,” Zelhi said. “Democracy isn’t just about having elections. It’s about respecting the points of view of all your citizens; it’s about freedom and not forcing your will.”Repeatedly, Erdogan, addressing his faithful, sought to paint the protesters as debauched and morally bankrupt, claiming they had entered a mosque near the protests and drank alcohol. The allegations were quickly denied by a mosque official, who was then promptly hauled in for six hours of questioning by Istanbul’s anti-terrorism police.“All Erdogan does every day is prove our point with his actions,” Zelhi said. “This is about our love for our country and our love for freedom, and no, we’re not going to stop.”Faiola reported from London and Moura reported from Sao Paulo. Washington Post staff writer Juan Forero in Bogota, Colombia, contributed to this report.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentscenter_img Protesters stand in front of various objects set on fire during a demonstration in Ankara, Turkey, on Wednesday. The head of Istanbul’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games said he was proud of the young protesters who have flooded the streets of Turkish cities in recent weeks and did not think the demonstrations would harm the city’s chances of hosting the event. Adem Altan/AFPlast_img read more

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"But.strategies for the United States to fully enter the Syrian civil war would most likely draw the United States into an unwinnable quagmire and unsustainable nation-building project" THE CURRENT CAMPAIGN A US war planner from Central Command expressed confidence in the seven-month old wars course during a Feb 19 background Pentagon briefing "Our mission has not changed in terms of the degradation dismantle and eventual defeat of ISIL" he said "It remains true to form And it is generally unfolding as we had planned" But he stressed as the Pentagon has repeatedly that the fighting will likely continue well on into the future with no termination date yet penciled in "This is going to take time" he said "The degrade phase alone we knew would be a long period of time" Dempsey estimated Feb 19 that it would take up to three years for Iraq to regain its territorial integrity (he didnt offer a timetable for Syria) "But I think the issues will be generational20 30 yearsbecause there is an internal conflict within Islam and within the Arab world between moderates and radicals that just isnt going to end because they stop fighting" he added The US strategy is plain: halt ISISs advance by pounding it from the air until local ground forces with some US help are ready to attack and retake the land andmost criticallythe cities under its control The initial goal is to push ISIS out of Iraq and then go after them inside Syria The US and its allies have dropped more than 8200 bombs and missiles in close to 2500 air strikes on ISIS targets roughly split between Iraq and Syria The weapons range from 20-pound warheads atop Hellfire missiles fired from Predator and Reaper drones to 2000-pound GPS and laser-guided behemoths dropped from B-1 bombers and other warplanes The US and its allies attack ISIS targets wherever theyre found Pentagon officials say But there werent that many to begin with and many have been destroyed ISIS fighters hide amid civilians in towns which reduces the chances theyll be attacked "Militarily ISIL is in decline" the Central Command briefer said The constant bombardment has curbed ISISs plans to expand and its options "He’s in the land of `ors versus `ands now" The US-led air strikes and the Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces have penned in ISIS "This is an enemy that we still assess to be in a defensive posture" Rear Admiral John Kirby the Pentagon spokesman said Feb 13 While ISIS boasts of its expanding caliphate it only represents moves "into more ungoverned spaces in Syria" he added "The way you govern is you’ve got to have people to govern So the population areas are the most important areas that we’re focused on" A key challenge will be beefing up the now-disappeared Iraq-Syrian border to keep ISIS out of Iraq once it is pushed back into Syria Even now the Central Command briefer said "the safe havens that he has in Syria and his ability to migrate back and forth still gives him that micro-offensive capability" shown by the recent attack on the western Iraqi town of Baghdadi Through Feb 4 allied air strikes had damaged or destroyed 4817 ISIS targets ranging from tanks (62) to Humvees (257) to "fighting positions" (752) basically fancy foxholes The strikes also focused on decapitating ISISs command hitting 26 "leadership buildings" and 102 "HQ buildings" The list isnt the kind of "target-rich environment" the US Air Force likes There are few strategic targets listednearly two-thirds are troops foxholes and the vehicles used to get the troops to those foxholes "Those are things that ISIL no longer has" Kirby told reporters "They’re gone They’re destroyed They can’t use them anymore And this is an enemy that has a limited ability to reconstitute strength at least material strength" But the notion of ISIS is a hierarchical organization misses a key point Even as it is under daily attack it has evolved into "a decentralized diffused aspirational social movement that follows few orders and few chains of command" Dafna Rand who served on Obamas National Security Council staff told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Feb 12 Syria remains the big issue just as Pakistan remained a key drag on the US effort in Afghanistan because it offered sanctuary to Taliban militants fighting US troops just across the border "What we’ve learned from Vietnam forward is you cannot defeat an insurgent group if it has a refuge in a neighboring country" James Jeffrey who served as the US ambassador to Iraq from 2010 to 2012 told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Feb 12 "You have to do something about Syria and you can’t do anything about Syria without having a better policy towards Assad" Training sites for the Syrian rebels are being established in Jordan Qatar Saudi Arabia and Turkey Iraqi Sunnis also are being trained in Anbar province "It may not be as fast as some would like but the inclusion of the Sunni tribes the inclusion of the Sunnis writ large is an absolute critical component to this all working" the Central Command briefer said Feb 19 "And the leadership in Iraq is moving in the right direction to accommodate that" Military force cant defeat ISIS by itself "US military action must be tied to a civil-military strategy that offers the best possible hope of producing a stable and friendly nation as its ultimate outcome" Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies wrote Feb 13 "No amount of tactical victories in the field and no amount of US military force that merely defeats the immediate enemy threat will create that stability" THE NARCISSISTIC VIEW OF WAR Americans are skeptical of another military mission in Iraq following the years and US lives expended in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11 But one of the Armys pre-eminent thinkers urges his countrymen not to take the wrong lessons from those campaigns "The lesson is not that these kinds of missions are impossible" Army Lieut General HR McMaster told Time Feb 19 "One of the key lessons is we made it just about as hard on ourselves as we could have by not acknowledging the need to consolidate gains in either Afghanistan or Iraq" McMaster an incumbent member of the Time 100 says inadequate pre-war planning doomed the effort to preserve the "fragile victory" that the US had achieved in Iraq He expresses concern that despite the videos Americans arent paying enough attention to the foe "I wish we could get the American people more interested in who were fighting" he says with a touch of exasperation "When you hear statements like `Americans are weary of the effort and so forth sometimes we don’t spend enough time talking about the nature of our enemies" The Germans hid their death camps during World War II But thats not the case with ISIS who uses video to recruit and instill fear in prospective enemies "ISILs brutality is so apparent now because theyre promoting themselves" McMaster says "Its not our reporting that got the American people to say `Damn its really worth fighting these guysits their own propaganda" Part of the problem McMaster says is that the US public views war through too narrow a lens "We don’t even focus on our enemies; we talk in terms that sometimes could be criticized as narcissistic" he says "We define these conflicts in relation to us rather than pay due attention to the nature of our enemies whats at stake and why its worth the effort" RETAKING MOSUL The first real test for the US and its allies will be the fight to retake Mosul which ISIS seized from the Iraq army last June The Pentagon is "still shooting for" an April-May launch of the battle to retake the countrys second-largest city But thats optimistic and "we have not closed the door on continuing to slide that to the right"into the futurethe Central Command official said Feb 19 Iraqi forces have conducted 20 smaller ground offensives in recent months and most of them have been "very successful" the Central Command official said Small numbers of US troopsdozens to hundredscould actually accompany Iraqi forces on that mission to call in air strikes gather intelligence and advise the Iraqi forces That decision assuming a late-spring offensive is only weeks away "I would not rule out using American ground troops to take territory if that’s necessary to defeat ISIS" Jeffrey said But he would rule out a "long-term American presence on the ground as we saw in Iraq in Afghanistan in Vietnam It does not work" Obama "is clearly very nervous about the use of military force particularly ground forces without a lot of allies without a lot of legal backing without the support of you and everybody else" Jeffrey said at that Feb 12 hearing ". 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Indian player Leander Paes has partnered with multiple players to take the circuitous route, in her post match comments.little discernible impact on administration?partly because they were so legalised A highly legalised system of complaints redress could have several unintended effects The possibility of imposing significant penalties on bureaucratsthe ease of filing cases and the lack of penalties for frivolous claims could combine to create a temptation to use grievance redress systems as venues to advance personal agendasas has been the case with PILs and the legal system in general Like the courtsthe system could become so backlogged that individuals could lose the incentive to file formal grievances And emphasising time-bound limitscombined with the threat of penaltiescould create an incentive for public authorities to skimp on quality when they deliver services Incorporating quality standardswhich are harder to make legally precise than time limitsinto citizens charters would take some timebut would be a useful exercise for authorities Overallthe bill is a step in the right direction But it could be amended to promote policy-level accountability Firstthe data public authorities collect and release could include more detail on the content and geographic location of complaintsand could be released to the public in a form that NGOsthe media and others might utilise Detailed public release might help social accountability processes complement bureaucratic accountability Secondpublic authorities could be asked to review the portfolio of complaints on a regular basis Thirdthe government may want to reconsider the highly legalised nature of the complaints system if frivolous or politically motivated complaints begin to emerge in larger numbersor if contentiousness begins to impair organisational learning The writer is senior economistDevelopment Research GroupWorld BankUS For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUpdated: February 19 2014 9:46 am Related News Concerns over age limits and number of chances for civil services are overblown Transformative change is so difficult to achieve in practice that we often settle for piecemeal improvements However incremental reform even if well-intentioned is always dissatisfying and often counterproductive The changes made to the scheme and structure of the civil services examination (CSE) between 2011 and 2013 squarely illustrate how even overdue improvements can have unintended consequences that act as a drag on the larger reform project While the first change in 2011 did not attract too much dissent since it modified only the qualifying preliminary examination scheme last year’s changes led to more concerted protests as they affected the main examination stage which actually counts when the final merit list for some of the most prized jobs in government is drawn up No one can deny that these jobs hold prestige and attraction for a large swathe of the aspirational Indian middle class There is also anecdotal evidence that candidates spend many years preparing for the exam and the inevitable rush to implement reform by modifying the examination pattern perhaps did not adequately account for the vehement social and political opposition that this could potentially draw from candidates and their well-wishers The clamour for “postponing” the effects of the reform received wide publicity and last week the Central government approved two additional attempts for all categories of candidates with effect from 2014 and with consequential relaxation of the maximum age limit if required Now a general category candidate can make six attempts at the examination between the ages of 21 and 32 (as counted on August 1 of the exam year) Candidates belonging to other categories are allowed different and somewhat more relaxed upper age limits It is now possible for a general candidate to enter service at the age of 33 while relaxed provisions in particular cases can theoretically allow a candidate pushing 40 to join as a civil service probationer (in CSE 2011 about 13 per cent of the successful candidates across all categories were above 30) Individual — and perhaps even deserving — cases apart the concern with age limits and number of chances is motivated first by fears about the “trainability” of older qualifying candidates For example a report of the second administrative reforms commission (ARC) held that around the age of 23-24 an individual makes the transition from an open and receptive phase in life to a phase where she gets “set” in her views which “makes it difficult for a civil servant entering at a later age to adapt to and internalise the core and intrinsic values demanded of a civil service” More pragmatically it has been argued that late entry impedes a civil servant from reaching the top of the pyramid (the grail of secretary to the government of India) since she has fewer years of experience to show in a merit-cum-seniority scheme when it comes to the crunch (this is demonstrably more so for SC/ ST officers some of whom may have entered at an even later age) It has been argued that this in turn discourages altruism and could even encourage the pursuit of self-aggrandisement and private profit On the other hand the poor access of candidates from rural and backward areas and communities to educational facilities and infrastructure in comparison with their urban counterparts makes it necessary to offer countervailing relaxations in the interests of equity diversity and representativeness It is also certainly true that “late blossomers” (Kothari Committee 1976) and others who wish to improve their credentials would be denied an opportunity to enter the civil service if the upper age limit were kept too low as it was pre-1970s (24 for general category) Without adequate data the debate between these two positions is potentially endless The ARC’s pragmatic recommendation was to adopt 25 as the upper age limit for general candidates allowing a relaxation of three and four years for OBC and SC/ ST/ differently-abled candidates respectively This was based on the need to avoid three undesirable outcomes of late entry: one it works against the interests of the weaker sections in the long run; second it does not enable recruitment of the best candidates at a “malleable age”; finally it puts a premium on rote learning and coaching institutes What has been lost through the relaxation of the upper age limit and the increase in the number of chances is the opportunity to minimise these undesirable outcomes In privileging the reform of examination content over process and indeed in even segregating the two and pushing one without due consideration for the impact this will have on the other another opportunity to institute meaningful reform appears to have been wasted CSE reform ought to have been an easy enough place to begin the arduous task of administrative reform It turns 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