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Quake 6.9 - HITS KURIL ISLANDS

Quake 6.9 -  HITS KURIL ISLANDSMagnitude6.9 MwpDate-Time28 Feb 2013 14:05:51 UTC 1 Mar 2013 00:05:52 near epicenter28 Feb 2013 18:05:51 standard time in your timezoneLocation50.934N 157.339EDepth52 kmDistances85 km (52 mi) SE of Ozernovskiy, Russia233 km (144 mi) SSW of Vilyuchinsk, Russia251 km (155 mi) SSW of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia260 km (161 mi) SSW of Yelizovo, Russia2205 km (1367 mi) NE of Tokyo, JapanLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 15.9 km; Vertical 9.6 km
Naresh – Brace yourself. If congressional Republicans don’t act by tomorrow February 28, 2013 by sagarmedia
Naresh –
Brace yourself.
If congressional Republicans don’t act by tomorrow, we’re going to be hit by a series of devastating, automatic budget cuts called the sequester.
It’s a sledgehammer to the budget, our economy, and millions of Americans across the country — and the most frustrating part? It doesn’t have to happen.
The majority of Americans support President Obama’s balanced approach to deficit reduction — add your name if you do, too.
So far, congressional Republicans are refusing to compromise — all because they don’t want to close tax loopholes for millionaires, billionaires, vacation homes, and corporate jets. Seriously.
This has very real consequences.
On the chopping block are 10,000 teaching jobs, more than 70,000 kids’ spots in Head Start, $35 million for local fire departments, $43 million to make sure seniors don’t go hungry, and acces…
Budget is deceptive for majority of Indian. February 28, 2013 Union Budget is deceptive for majority of Indian.
CPI Gurudas Dasgupta, budget is a “lollypop election budget” with minor additional investments, “There is a lot of noise but in reality is different,”
Main opposition leaders Arun Jaitley described the budget document is of   “extremely low on substance”.Arun added it is “a bit of jugglery” to cut down on expenditure. Sushma Swaraj find, “it is unimaginative, dull and boring and there is nothing for the women, youth and poor. Neither is there anything for boosting the agriculture sector nor for controlling prices.”
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalaithaa today said it was full of rhetoric and lacked any tangible steps to tackle the fiscal crisis, “The Union Budget presented in Parliament today has turned out to be an uninspiring damp squib, full of rhetoric, without any tangible steps to tackle the deep crisis confronting the Indian economy toda…
Union Budget 2013-14 presented by Finance Minister February 28, 2013 Finance Min P Chidambaram announced a sharp increase of Rs 1.25 lakh crore in agriculture credit target to Rs 7 lakh crore for next fiscal and allocated additional Rs 10,000 crore in subsidy for implementing the Food Security Bill.
Following are some of the key highlights of the Union Budget 2013-14 presented by Finance Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament.
*No change in income tax slabs *Relief of Rs 2,000 for tax payers in tax bracket of Rs 2-5 lakh *10 pc surcharge on persons with taxable income of over Rs 1 crore *Tobacco products, SUVs and mobile phones to cost more *Income limit under Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme raised to 12 lakh from Rs 10 lakh *First home loan of up to Rs 25 lakh to get extra interest deduction of up to Rs 1 lakh *Duty free limit of gold import increased to Rs 50,000 for male passengers and Rs 1 lakh for female passengers *India’s first women’s bank to be set up by Oct…


During the flag-off of the BCIM rally on Wednesday, Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh announced that the Centre has decided to provide Visa on arrival at Moreh for the Myanmarese Nationals seeking medical treatment.

"As a first step towards easing of restrictions, the government has decided to provide Visa on arrival at Moreh for the Myanmarese," he said at Kangla Fort on Wenesday morning. Singh said the restrictions in the movement of goods and services and people across the border need to be eased. "We are looking at the opening up of road and rail passages to Bangladesh through Tripura so that our goods can be exported by using the ports of Bangladesh," the chief minister said. The rally on Wednesday set off on its sixth stage from Imphal to Ka Lay in Myanmar. CII chairman (eastern region) R K Agrawal hoped that the rally would revive ancient links and also forge new ties. "It would also highlight the pot…
USA SC:No challenge to FISAPosted on February 27, 2013 United States Supreme Court will not let Americans challenge a provision in a foreign intelligence law that lets the federal government secretly eavesdrop on the intimate communications of millions of Americans. On Tuesday, the top justices in the US said the country’s highest court will not hear a case in which Amnesty International and a slew of co-plaintiffs have contested a provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, or FISA, that lets the National Security Agency silently monitor emails and phone calls [.pdf]. Under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA), the NSA is allowed to conduct electronic surveillance on any US citizen as long as they are suspected of conversing with any person located outside of the United States. That provision was scheduled to expire at the end of 2012, but Congress voted to re-up the bill and it was put back on the books for another five years. Along with human rights workers an…
Egypt hot air balloon crash kills 19 Asian, European tourists February 27, 2013 Posted on February 27, 2013 by sagarmedia At least 19 people, mostly Asian and European tourists, were killed on Tuesday when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed near the southern historic Egyptian city of Luxor.
The hot air balloon carrying 21 people caught fire mid-air before crashing to the ground, General Mamdough Khaled, director of security for Luxor Governate said in a statement.
Luxor International Hospital received 19 badly burned bodies, Khaled said. The balloon was operated by a company named Sky Cruise, state-run news agency reported.
Ahmed Aboud, who runs another balloon company, was quoted by the media as saying that gas tanks ignited the balloon about 1,000 feet.
Two people survived, a tourist and the pilot, Aboud said.
Both are in critical condition, the statement from Khaled said.
Passengers in the balloon included 19 foreign tourists, nine from Hong Kong, four…
Classic Golf Resort:Shamim & Rashid hold the joint lead in round one Classic Golf Resort, Mewat, Haryana, February 26, 2013: The Delhi duo
of Shamim Khan and Rashid Khan shot scores of six-under-66 to hold the
joint lead in round one of the PGTI Players Championship at the
Classic Golf Resort in Mewat, Haryana. Gaurav Ghei, another Delhi
golfer, is a stroke behind the joint leaders in third place.

Shamim Khan, who had a bogey-free round, made a terrific start with
birdies on the first two holes as he landed his shots within six feet
of the pin. The 2012 Rolex Rankings champion collected four more
birdies on the back-nine. He sank a 30-footer for birdie on the 11th
and drained birdie putts from 12 feet and 15 feet on the 12th and 15th
holes respectively. Shamim also two-putted from the edge of the green
for birdie on the 14th.

Shamim said, ㉠sank all putts today and was particularly sharp on the
back-nine with three long birdie putts. The good start was crucial as
it set up the roun…
Reformist and forward looking budget: PM Dr Singh February 26, 2013 Indian Railways to join 1 billion tonne select club with China.Educational tourist train”Azadi Express” proposes Eight more companies of women RPF personnel to be set up.Several measures taken to deal with fire accidents.17 distressed bridges sanctioned for rehabilitation to be completed over the next year.Train Collision Avoidance System to be put to rigorous trials.Railways will strive to work towards zero accident situation.Rail Minister calls for paradigm shift in approach to tariff and non-tariff segments of earnings.Passenger earning target Rs 32500 crore this year.Freedom fighters to renew their passes only once in 3 yrs.Complementary passes for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Olympic awardees.Coach making facilities at Bhilwara and Raebarelli.Indian Railway Financial Management Institute to be set up at Secunderabad.Coaches to be made wheelchair friendly.Hostel facilities for all single women railway e…
Indian Railways and BHEL Sign MOU for setting up of Memu Coaches Manufacturing facility at Bhilwara
In the presence of the Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal and the Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Shri Praful a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed here today between Indian Railways and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) for setting up of Greenfield MEMU coaches manufacturing facility by BHEL at Bhilwara in Rajasthan. The signatories to the MOU were Shri Kul Bhushan, Member Electrical Railway Board, and Shri B. P. Rao, CMD, BHEL.

Main Line Electric Multiple Unit Trains, popularly known as MEMU trains were first introduced in Indian Railways in the Year 1994-95, as a mode of rapid transit system, to cater to non-suburban passengers, residing in small towns and villages surrounding urban and industrial centres. MEMU trains have higher passenger carrying capacity and higher average speed as compared to conventional loco hauled passe…
New Look Mahindra Racing Completes Second Solid Test in Jerez
Mumbai, February 25, 2013: Mahindra Racing has completed its second pre-season test for the 2013 Moto3™ World Championship in promising style. The group-test at Spain’s Jerez circuit, venue for the third round of this year’s MotoGP season, saw the Indian team’s two new riders complete the test with the fifth and eighth fastest times of the 33 Moto3 participants. Three trouble-free days for Mahindra’s all-new MGP-3O (pronounced three "o") were marred only by rain on the final day that led to an early finish for the team, who had achieved most of their objectives.
Portuguese teenager, Miguel Oliveira, recorded the fifth fastest time of the test (1’47.958). The 17 year old from Pragal near Lisbon, was also impressively quick in the wet conditions of Thursday despite having a small fall. “I'm really happy that we had the opportunity to continue the job started in Valencia,” he commented. “I'm pleased with the way…
Smriti Mehra looks forward to a second consecutive title at the third leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour 2013
Mumbai, 25th Feb 2013: Veteran Delhi golfer Smriti Mehra will look forward to her second consecutive title at the third leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2013. The third leg will be played at the par 70 Bombay Presidency Golf Club from the 26th – 28th February 2013. Smriti who was the winner in the second leg of the HWPGT 13 currently leads the Hero Order of Merit with a total earning of INR 1,90,000 from the first two legs.
DLF Golf & Contry Club’s golfer Vani Kapoor who stormed the circuit with some aggressive and exceptional golf in her rookie season will be eager to get her first winners cheque on the tour forthis season. Kolkata Golfer Neha Tripathi, who had a great start to the season winning the first leg of the Hero Women’s Golf Tour 2013 will be hopeful of a good show in the third leg.
Hero MotoCorp sponsored golfer, Sharmila Nicollet will be anothe…

Anwar Ibrahim on a new era for Cosmopolitans

Malaysia's opposition unveiled election manifesto on Monday  with pledges to eliminate authoritarian rule, corruption, promising lower fuel prices other sweeteners lure

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on a new era for cosmopolitans  and economically vibrant country, which has been governed since independence in 1957 by essentially the same ruling coalition.He said, "This is about the rise of the people. We, as leaders, are only the catalyst," Anwar said in a speech after the manifesto's release."We are responsible for returning human dignity and pride to the people."

Elections are due by late June but Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to call a fresh vote within weeks.
Michelle Obama presents Best Picture Award Michelle Obama made a surprise and unprecedented appearance on Sunday's Oscars telecast when she presented the award for Best Picture, the first time a president or first lady has ever presented an Academy Award.
Appearing live on screen from the White House in Washington, almost 3,000 miles (4,800 km) from the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood, Obama praised the work of the movie industry before announcing the Iran hostage drama "Argo" the Best Picture winner. Wearing a silver evening dress, Obama said this year's nominated films had "made us laugh, made us weep and grip our armrests just a little bit tighter." Obama added: "They reminded us we can overcome any obstacles if we dig deep enough and hard enough. They are especially important for young people. Everyday they engage in the arts, they learn to open their imaginations ... and strive to reach those dreams."
"Argo" director and…
Nicos Anastasiades President of Cyprus President-elect of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, vowed on Sunday to sign a bailout deal with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as soon as possible. "We will cooperate with our European partners in order to conclude the agreement as soon as possible. We will be absolutely consistent and fully comply with all our obligations,” the president-elect told on state TV.
He vowed extensive structural reforms needed to restore economic stability and ensure growth.
With all the votes counted, Anastasiades, 66, of the main opposition Democratic Rally party, garnered 57.5 percent of the vote while left-wing rival and former health minister Stavros Malas, 45, won 42.5 percent of the ballots. Mediterranean island,  on the brink of bankruptcy, needs a bailout of 17.5 billion euros $23 billion.The president elect's inauguration ceremony is about to begin at a stadium in Nicosia.
Tata, Airtel and SingTel under CBI scanner February 25, 2013 CBI has registered a case in a Delhi court against Bharti Airtel Ltd, Tata Communication Ltd and Singapore Telecommunications Ltd for allegedly causing a loss of nearly Rs 48 crore to the govt since 2004 by illegally providing ILD services.All the three telecom companies have been booked on charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating under the Indian Penal Code and also under the Indian Telegraph Act for violating the Department of Telecommunications’ licencing norms.The FIR has been filed in a local court on a complaint of Ministry of Communications and IT..When contacted, Bharti Airtel had no comments to offer while Tata Communications said it would not comment on speculation.The complaint said it had come to the notice of DoT that there is an unauthorised/illegal international long distance service provider M/s Singapore Telecommunications Ltd which was selling unauthorised ILD services to Indian…

South Korean first women President Park Geun-Hye

Park Geun-Hye, the daughter of South Korea's late military ruler, will be sworn in as the country's first female president on Monday in a ceremony shadowed by North Korea's recent nuclear test. challenges, including the belligerent regime in the North, a slowing economy and soaring welfare costs in one of the world's most rapidly aging societies.

Park inaugural speech is expected to focus on job creation, welfare expansion and national defence, while appealing for national unity at a time of growing concern with income and wealth disparity. Park had campaigned on a promise of greater, "trust-based" engagement with Pyongyang and her speech will be closely parsed for any indication of how she intends to handle North Korea at the beginning of her five-year term.Park is taking office a little more than 50 years after her father, Park Chung-He, seized power in a military coup. He went on to rule the country with an iron fist for the next 18 years u…
Italy goes for voting for a new governmentFeb 24 Posted by February 24, 2013 Italy goes for  voting for a new federal government beginning Sunday,  and the country’s European partners anxious the results for weeks.
Nearly 47 million Italians are eligible to vote, public is angry at austerity measures and do not want to skid like Greece.Voting is taking place over two days, with polling stations closing 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) Monday.
The election is likely to produce another format of  coalition government led by Bersani, Monti’s centrist party, the probable results  favoured by global markets and the euro zone.
 Berlusconi, former prime minister, of  a centre-right coalition in the election and polls indicate he will come second to the centre-left.Italy facing worst recession in two decades, unemployment is above 11% and rising, while the public debt mountain as a proportion of GDP is second only to Greece in the eurozone.

Pentagon grounds its entire fleet of F35 fighter jets The US military temporarily grounded its entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets - used in Air Force, the Navy and the Marines - as a precautionary measure after a routine inspection detected a crack on an engine blade.

All F-35 flight operations have been suspended until the investigation is complete, the Pentagon said on Friday. "It is too early to know the fleet-wide impact of the recent finding," it said, adding F-35 Joint Program Office is working closely with Pratt & Whitney and Lockheed Martin at all F-35 locations to ensure the integrity of the engine, and to return the fleet safely to flight as soon as possible. The Pentagon said a routine engine inspection revealed a crack on an engine blade of the F-35 engine installed in F-35A aircraft AF-2 operating at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Engineering teams are shipping the engine's turbine module and its associated hardware to Pratt & Whitne…
Bangladesh, Japan strike deal for Dhaka metro rail With an endeavor to ease the traffic problems that create havoc mainly in the capital city, Bangladesh on Wednesday signed a loan deal with a Japanese development agency for construction of the country's first-ever metro rail system.

Traffic in the country’s capital, home to 15 million people, is among the slowest in the world with commuters spending three-to-four hours in jams daily. A mix of 200,000 motor vehicles and another half-million cycle-rickshaws clog the roads. Officials said the proposed 20.1-kilometre ground and elevated railway will stretch across Dhaka from north to south with 16 stations and will ferry four million commuters every day, easing the jams substantially. The project will cost an estimated USD 2.8 billion, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Bangladesh chief Takao Toda said, adding that his agency will finance 85 per cent of the cost at an interest rate of 0.01 per cent. "The …

Hero Hockey World League Round Two - Bangladesh VS Fiji 8-4

23.02.13 : New Delhi: Hero Hockey World League Round Two - Bangladesh VS Fiji Bangladesh – Fiji 8-4 (half-time: 3-2) Mamunur Rahman Chayan’s four goal corner burst eventually put paid to Fiji’s hopes of a first win from a spectacular men’s Hero Hockey World League Round Two 2013 in Delhi. It helped Bangladesh land their third win from four games and, with a game against India to come, are hopeful of causing  an upset to try and make it through to round three.Things looked to be relatively comfortable when Krishno Kumar Das scored twice in the opening eleven minutes, first with a tidy one-on-one finish, next when he guided home Md Mosiur Rahman Mosiur’s whipped pass. Kamruzzaman’s excellent rising effort made it 3-0 before Fiji stormed back into contention.  Jerome Edwards scored their first with a very smart piece of work down the right, lifting it in from a narrow angle. And Adrian Smith scored his second of the competition from the same corner that succeeded against China for 3-2 at hal…

India’s best cities Awards Gujarat bags five awards, Vadodara ranked overall best emerging city *** Gandhinagar, Surat and Rajkot also awarded in different categories New Delhi:Gujarat has been adjudged with five prestigious “India Today- Best City Awards-2013” in different categories at a function held here. While Vadodara bagged the award for overall best emerging city, Gandhinagar and Surat ranked best cities in category of Crime & Safety, Rajkot for Housing & Transport and Vadodara again for Public Services. All the five awards were received by Shri I.P. Gautam, Principal Secretary (Urban Development) of Gujarat Government from Union Minister for Urban Development Shri Kamal Nath here. The cities were ranked on a primary survey of 50 cities and out of these, 17 cities were shortlisted with five from Gujarat state. Gujarat has received a number of national and international awards in last decade for Good Governance. Under the leadership of S…
Boeing, Dream liner brand 787s remain groundedPosted on February 22, 2013 by sagarmedia Boeing, Dream liner brand 787s remain grounded under instructions from the US aviation authorities following a series of systematic error, problems in  a battery fire, malfunction.
Japanese transport ministry’s order on Friday is in response to two cases of fuel leaks in January involving 787s operated by Japan Airlines. One happened at Boston’s Logan Airport, and the other at Japan’s Narita Airport.Transport ministry officials blame the leak in Boston on a foreign object stuck in a fuel tank valve, which prevented the valve from closing.They say the leak at Narita Airport was due to an unnecessary coating job on a motor switch for a separate valve, which caused the switch to malfunction.The ministry’s order for pre-flight checks covers Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.
Boeing official said, partial changes to its assembly process to prevent faulty coatings, ministry says…
Egyptians to vote for new parliament in AprilFebruary 22, 2013

Egyptians to elect their new parliament beginning 27th April. The election will be held in several phases and the entire electoral process will be over by June .The new People’s Assembly will be formally convened after the polls on July 6.
A Presidential decree to this effect was issued by the Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in Cairo yesterday.
The announcement of elections is being seen as yet another attempt by the President Mursi to tide over the ongoing political and economic crisis in the country. The ruling Muslim Brotherhood feels that the move will help stem the protests by the opposition.The umbrella opposition , the National Salvation Front, led by the former IAEA Chief Mohamed El Bardei is yet to react on the move.
However one of the major political players, the left wing Popular Currant led by the former Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, the opposition Dostur party and a group of revolutio…
SC sets up special team to examine contents of Radia tapes
A six-member special team comprising five from the CBI and one from the Income Tax department was today constituted by the Supreme Court to examine the contents of tapped telephonic conversations of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with politicians, corporate honchos and others.

A bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya said the working of the team will be supervised by two officers of the CBI who will report to Superintendent of Police, CBI dealing with the 2G matter.
The bench said that the overall supervision will be under the Deputy Inspector General, CBI who is looking after the case.
The bench said that the team shall submit its report in four months from today.
The apex court on February 13 had sought names of officials of CBI, IT department and the Enforcement Directorate for setting up of a team to enquire into the tapped telephonic conversations of Radia with others to ascertain element of…
Putin Meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II February 20, 2013 President Vladimir Putin and Jordan’s King Abdullah II met in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss bilateral cooperation in the trade, economic, military technology, investment, energy and humanitarian sectors, the Kremlin reported.
According to earlier reports, the two leaders were supposed to discuss in particular the proposed Russian participation in a project to build Jordan’s first nuclear power plant (NPP), but it was unclear from a statement on the meeting posted on the Kremlin’s website whether that particular topic was discussed and to what extent.
The Kremlin said earlier that “the heads of state will discuss the possibility of Russian participation in the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the Kingdom of Jordan, as well as infrastructural development and mining.”
Jordan first announced plans to build its own nuclear capacity and exploit the country’s uranium resources in 2008. Rus…
Indian Trade Unions’ two-day strike to hit transport, bankingPosted on February 20, 2013 The country braced for a two-day nationwide strike called by 11 trade unions from Wednesday in support of their demands with banking, insurance and transport sector likely to be affected in some states.

As fresh appeals were made on Tuesday to the trade unions to call of the strike, leading industry body Assocham warned that the economy would take a hit of between Rs 15,000 crore and Rs 20,000 crore due to disruption in economic activity.
The government renewed its appeal to the bank employees including from the RBI not to join the strike saying there is “really no reason” for them to go ahead with it.
Normal life is likely to be crippled in states like Kerala and Tripura where workers from various sectors including transport and banking are set to join the protest.
States like West Bengal, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka and parts of Uttar Pradesh …
Naresh --

Maybe you've seen firsthand how gun violence can rip apart a family and a community.

Or maybe you're concerned by what you see on the news.

Whatever your reason, those in Congress who oppose sensible change need to hear from you: Share your personal story or views on why Congress should act right now to help protect our kids and reduce gun violence.

Your story will inspire others to speak out and show legislators that now is the time.

President Obama said it: "More than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun" in just the two months since the tragedy in Newtown.

Each of those families deserves a vote by Congress on commonsense measures to help protect our kids.

But we need to demand it.

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