Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

India - Japan; Modi's visit to Japan


 It will be Mr. Modi's first bilateral visit outside South Asia since taking office, signalling the importance of a nation he said offered "immense scope for cooperation". Mr. Modi visited Japan twice when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat state, and met Mr. Abe on both occasions.

Here's 10-point cheat-sheet to what's on the PM's agenda.

Ø     PM Modi, 63, will first meet host Prime Minister Shinzo Abe privately in the historic city of Kyoto before holding official talks in Tokyo, seeking to boost trade between Asia's second and third largest economies.
Ø     Both premiers are right-wing nationalists elected on a pledge to revive their countries' economies, and lead countries embroiled in territorial disputes with China. The United States, Japan's key ally, is concerned about Beijing's growing economic and military clout, and would welcome a closer relationship between New Delhi and Tokyo, which geographically bookend China.
Ø     In a statement released yesterday, PM Modi said he is keenly looking forward to the visit.  Calling Japan one of India's "closest partners in political, economic, security and cultural realms," he added that he is confident that his visit will "write a new chapter in the annals of the relations between Asia's two oldest democracies and take our strategic and global partnership to the next higher level."
Ø     Mr. Modi is traveling with a large delegation studded with some of India's biggest industrialists including Reliance's Mukesh Ambani and software giant Wipro's Azim Premji. The PM will seek Japanese support in infrastructural developments.
Ø     This could include Japanese investment for the high-speed 'bullet' trains that the PM has promised. His government has said the country's dilapidated railways needed an "immediate course correction".
Ø     India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about nuclear proliferation.
Ø     India has been pushing for an agreement with Japan on the lines of a 2008 deal with the United States under which Delhi was allowed to import U.S. nuclear fuel and technology without giving up its military nuclear programme.
Ø     But Japan wants explicit guarantees from India, which has not signed the international Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, to strictly limit nuclear tests and to allow more intrusive inspections of its nuclear facilities to ensure that spent fuel is not diverted to make bombs. An agreement is not expected to be sealed at the bilateral summit, but progress in negotiations is likely.
Ø     The two leaders will agree to have their countries jointly produce mixed rare earth minerals and metals, key elements in defence industry components and modern technology.
Ø     Mr. Modi and host Prime Minister Abe are also expected to strengthen defence ties, speeding up talks on the sale of an amphibious aircraft to the Indian navy.

National Sport Awards 2014





Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award ( medal + Rs. 7.5 lakh)
----NIL----
Arjuna Award (statuette + citation + Rs. 5 lakh each)
01
Abhishek Verma
Archery
02
Tintu Luka
Athletics
03
H N Girisha
Para-athletics
04
V Diju
Badminton
05
Geethu Anna Jose
Basketball
06
Jai Baghwan
Boxing
07
R Ashwin
Cricket
08
Anirban Lahiri
Golf
09
Mamta Pujari
Kabaddi
10
Saji Thomas
Rowing
11
Heena Sidhu
Shooting
12
Anaka Alankamony
Squash
13
Tom Joseph
Volleyball
14
Renubala Chanu
Weightlifting
15
Sunil Kumar Rana
Wrestling
Dronocharya Award (statuette + citation + Rs. 5 lakh each)
01
Mahabir Prasad
Wrestling
02
N. Lingappa
Athletics – lifetime achievement
03
G. Manoharan
Boxing – lifetime achievement
04
Gurcharan Singh Gogi
Judo – lifetime achievement
05
Jose Jacob
Rowing – lifetime achievement
Dhyan Chand Award
01
Gurmail Singh
Hockey
02
K.P. Thakkar
Swimming-diving
03
Zeeshan Ali
Tennis
Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar
01
 Employment of sports persons and sports welfare measures
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
02
Community sports–identification and nurturing of budding/young talent
Jindal Steel Works
03
Establishment and management of sports academies of excellence
Guru Hanuman akhara
04
Other forms of sports activities not covered in the categories mentioned in the schemes
Child Link Foundation of India–Magic Bus
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy
01
Punjabi University, Patiala
Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards
01
Subedar Jagat Singh
Land adventure
02
Passang Tenzing Sherpa
03
MWO Surender Singh
Air adventure
04
Wg. Cdr. (retd) Amit Chowdhury
Lifetime achievement

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dog's love



A dog in Chennai, Tamil Nadu has displayed endearing loyalty to its owner. The late Bhaskar's brown mongrel sat at the teenager's grave for more than a fortnight....The 18-year-old boy died in a road accident and the dog he had adopted sat by his grave, refusing to eat and braving the sun and rain.
Blue Cross of India volunteers spotted the dog at the open burial ground near Avadi Bridge. When they tried to take the dog away, it refused to budge, pawing the grave and whining. After some inquiries, the volunteers found out about Bhaskar, and later managed to locate his mother, Sundhari.
The 50-year-old construction worker said the dog, Tommy, was her son's pet for five years. "It disappeared after Bhaskar died," she said.

Sundhari, a widow, said life became meaningless after the death of her only son. "However, Tommy's undying affection for Bhaskar gave me the impetus to move on."

3 southern districts top the list in atrocities against Dalits in Tamil Nadu

Madurai district stands 17th in the Dalit population in Tamil Nadu, but it is ranked first in atrocities against the community. According to the data of the National Crimes Record Bureau for 2013 published recently, the district, including the city, recorded 318 cases. Next is Tirunelveli, another caste-sensitive district, with 224 cases, followed by Virudhunagar 119. Thanjavur (93) and Dharmapuri (79) are the other toppers. It is a cause for concern that the top three districts are in the south.
How does one interpret the data? Increased awareness among the downtrodden sections had enabled the victims to file police complaints. This was not the case in the past, Dalit activists say.
A. Kadir, executive director of Evidence, a Madurai-based NGO, said that of the 4,630 cases pending in courts across the State, only 106 had resulted in conviction. The police closed many cases citing “mistake of facts”. In a way, this resulted in the acquittal of the accused.
R. Satyamurthi, an advocate said that, while the police registered 4.93 lakh cases in 2013 for cognisable offences, the cases against Dalits (1,845) accounted for just 0.37 per cent.
Activists appealed to the government to speed up these cases, adopting the fast-track court model, to achieve higher conviction rates. This would embolden the weaker sections to fight oppression.

Satyamurti said that, for the murder of a Dalit, though the government had to rehabilitate the family by giving it a job or agricultural land, it was not being done. In the past 25 years, only 20 families would have got the benefits after the murder of their breadwinners.

Richard Attenborough (1923-2014)

Richard Samuel Attenborough, an English actor, film director, film producer, and entrepreneur was passed away. He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

As a film director and producer, he won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983. He also won four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for his roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, 10 Rillington Place, Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park. In 1983, Attenborough was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award.


Coal scam: SC says since 1993 it was illegal (both BJP& Cong)


By-polls a setback for BJP










Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sahitya Akademi Award Winner – 2014


Winners of Bal Sahitya Puraskar
Language
Genre
Title
Winner
Konkani




Stories
Bhurgyanlo Samsar
Surya Ashok
Manipuri
SanaKokchao Amasung Bhut Ningthou
Rajkumar Bhubonsana
Nepali
Junkiri
Munni Saptoka
Punjabi
Rajkumar Da Supna
Kulbir Singh Suri
Rajasthani
Jaadoo Ro Pen
Neeraj Dahiya
Tamil
Vigghana Vikramaathithan Kathaigal
Era. Natarajan
Telugu
Anandam
Dasari Venkataramana
Bodo




Poetry
Gothosaforni Rao
Kaushalya Brahma
Dogri
Pardhe Nyaane Gurdhe Syaane
Dhian Singh
Hindi
Gayain Geet Gyan-Vigyan Ke
Dinesh Chamola Shailesh
Maithili
Hamar Athanni Khaslai Van Me
(Late) Jeevakant
Santali
Bachra Bayar
Kanhailal Tudu
Urdu
Rangarang Phulwari
Mahboo Rahi
Kashmiri
Novel
Haari Jang
Hamid Siraj
Assamese
Essay
Bijnanar Anupam Jagat
Dinesh Chandra Goswami
Bengali
Total Contribution to Children Literature

Gouri Dharmapal
English

Subhadra Sen Gupta
Gujarati

Ishwar Parmar
Kannada

Anand V. Patil
Malayalam

K.V. Ramanathan
Marathi

Madhuri Purandare
Odia

Dash Benhur
Sindhi

Vashdev ‘Sindu Bharati’

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Winners of Yuva Puraskar
Language
Genre
Title
Winner
Bengali









Poem
Mati (Earth)
Abhimanyu Mahato
Bodo
Thwinikhruibw Gwjasin Nwngni Gaba
Shanti Basumatary
Gujarati
Savaar Laine
Anil Chavda
Hindi
Barish Mera Ghar Hai
Kumar Anupam
Kannada
Dhyanake Thaareekhina Hangilla
Kavya Kadame
Maithili
Visdanti VVarmal Kalak Rati
Praveen  Kashyap
Manipuri
Ngayonba Asheiba
Wangthoi Khuman
Nepali
Paitalataltira
Tika Bhai
Odia
Pidaparba
Narendra Kumar Bhoi
Punjabi
Ikalla Nahin Hunda Banda
Gagan Deep Sharma
Rajasthani
Chal Bhatooliya Ret Rama
RajuRam Bijarniyan Raj
Santali
Namal
Anpa  Marndi
Urdu
Chikne Paat
Iltefat Amjadi
Assamese


Short Stories
Jahar- Mahar
Manika Devee
Konkani
Gauman
Naresh Chandra Naik
Malayalam
Chumbanasabdatharavali
Indu Menon
Sanskrit
Samparkah
Paramba Shree Yogamaya
English
Novels
Windhorse
Kaushik Barua
Marathi
Svatahala Faltu Samajnyachi Goshta
Avadhoot Dongre
Tamil
Kaalkal
R. Abilash
Telugu
Essay
Seema Sahiti Swaram Sri Sadhana Patrika
Appireddy Harinath Reddy