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India-born Mamnoon Hussain elected as Pakistan's 12th Prez

India-born Mamnoon Hussain, a close aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday was elected as the 12th President of Pakistan and will replace incumbent Asif Ali Zardari in September. Hussain emerged as a clear winner in the one-sided contest with ex-judge Wajihuddin Ahmad of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party, state media reported. Pakistan People's Party withdrew its candidate Raza Rabbani and boycotted the election in protest to the date of polls being changed. The polling started at 10.00 AM amidst tight security arrangements. Born in the historic city of Agra, Hussain, who belongs to an Urdu-speaking ethnic group that migrated from India during partition in 1947, was the candidate of ruling PML-N government. Over 1,000 members of the national parliament and four provincial assemblies cast their ballots to elect largely ceremonial head of the state. The office of the president is ceremonial in Pakistan but he is still the constitutional chief of the armed forces but cannot order dep…
Single Window Clearance To Promote India as A Films Hub and Destination – Secretary (I&B)

I&B Ministry Develops Sop for Film Shooting in India Online Portal and Website to Facilitate Applications Ministry Convenes National Workshop on ‘Single Window’ Clearance
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will be working to mainstream a synchronized ‘Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)’ for obtaining permissions for films shooting in India for both Indian and foreign film producers. This would lead to institutionalization and standardized benchmarks for each critical stakeholder involved in the process. The benchmarks identified in the SOP would clearly identify the responsibility of critical stakeholders in terms of clearances / timelines/ permissions required for films shooting. This was stated by Secretary (I&B), Shri Bimal Julka while delivering his inaugural address at the National Workshop on ‘Single Window Clearance for Film Shooting in India’ here today.

Regarding th…
Coal PSUs Contributes Rs. 125 Crores for Uttarakhand Relief Work
Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) under the Ministry of Coal have so far contributed Rs. 125 Crores for relief and rehabilitation work in Uttrakhnand. Out of this Rs. 92.5 Crore have been contributed towards, Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and Rs.33.5 crore to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

The contribution includes Rs. 50 Crores from Coal India Limited (CIL), Rs. 22.4 crore from Northern Coal Field Limited( NCL), Rs. 27 crore by Bharat Coking Coal limited (BCCL) and more than Rs. 6 crore from Western Coalfields Ltd. The cheques for the noble cause presented earlier to Union Minister of Coal, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal by the PSUs have been forwarded to concerned funds.

Today the Union Minister for Coal, also received a cheque of Rs. 7.7 crore from the South Eastern Coalfields Limited, a cheque of Rs. 7.5 crore from the Eastern Coalfields Limited, and a cheque of Rs. 2.7 Crores from Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd. These…
AirAsia X to take off for Adelaide, Australia Launch fare from as low as MYR199* (AUD99)* one way from Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide Photo Caption 1: Adelaide Fare Reveal (L-R): AirAsia X Crew, Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X and Leon Bignell, South Australia Tourism Minister. Photo Caption 2: The Launch of AirAsia X's latest route to Adelaide(L-R): Leon Bignell, South Australia Tourism Minister, Jay Weatherhill, South Australia Premier, Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X and Mark Young, Managing Director of Adelaide Airport.

ADELAIDE, 29 JULY 2013 – AIRASIA X BERHAD, the long-haul, low fare affiliate of the AirAsia Group is headed for Adelaide, with direct flights between the city and Kuala Lumpur set to take off on 30th October 2013 from just MYR199* (AUD99*) one way. AirAsia X will fly four times weekly from its hub in Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide International Airport, providing affordable travel for guests from the AirAsia group network to connect to the capital city of South Australia. …
All Members, Macroeconomic and Monetary Developments: First Quarter Review 2013-14 Growth is expected to improve slowly as the year progresses, but recovery is likely to be slow. Various surveys indicate further drop in business confidence with the Reserve Bank's Industrial Outlook Survey showing weakening of business sentiments in Q1 of 2013-14 to a three year low, though expectations showed improvement for Q2. WPI inflation has moderated to below 5%, while consumer price inflation has remained at an elevated level of near double digits. Upside risks persist with recent rupee depreciation and rise in crude prices amidst geo-political uncertainties in the Middle East . Professional forecasters outside the Reserve Bank project modest recovery in 2013-14 at 5.7%. The latest forecast is a downward revision from 6% in May 2013. Their average WPI inflation projection of 5.3% for 2013-14 marks a sharp downward revision from 6.5% in May 2013. Summary of macroeconomic and monetary development…
Thimphu new government installed28072013
King of Bhutan has installed the new government on Saturday ,27 July 2013. People Democratic party has won 32 seats in parliament out of Total strength of 47 in lower house of the parliament.Election were held on 13 July 2013.
Tobgay installed PM with his members of cabinet ministers by the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel.

Korean War agreement celebration

People in North and South Korea are marking sixty years since the suspension of hostilities between them. North Korea is celebrating the anniversary of the Armistice Agreement with a show of military strength. The ballistic missiles were on display in a parade through Kim Il Sung Square in the center of Pyongyang.

North describes the signing of the agreement in 1953 as a victory against the United States.

Korean War broke out in 1950 when North Korean troops invaded the South. UN forces, led by the US, backed the South Korean military. China supported the North Korea and  fighting lasted for three years.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un stood along with  Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao on a balcony to watch the anniversary parade.
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Moscow cannot extradite Snowden:25072013 In response U.S. Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul request to hand over Snowden. Russia could not extradite fugitive U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden under any circumstances, head of the Presidential Human Rights Council said Thursday. “The extradition is impossible,” Interfax news agency quoted Mikhail Fedotov as saying. Fedotov said a person who has asked for political asylum cannot be extradited in line with international law. In addition, from a legal point of view, Russia had nothing to do with the U.S. refuge-seeker, he said. “The problem is that, although Snowden is physically in Russian territory, legally he is not here. While he is in an airport’s transit zone, he hasn’t crossed Russia’s borders. So Russia cannot extradite him or do anything at all with him,” Fedotov said. Meanwhile, Fedotov said Russia would not violate international law in the situation he described as a dead-end. “We can do nothing to satisfy our U.S. partners ev…

K Chiranjeevi launched the Project “Clean India Campaign” at Taj Mahal,

Ministry of Tourism, Government of India Tourism Minister Shri K Chiranjeevi launched the Project “Clean India Campaign” at Taj Mahal, Agra today. Taj Mahal is the second heritage site to be covered under this project. Sri. S Vasudev, ONGC CMD, Pravin Srivastava, Director-General of the ASI, Sanjiv Saran, secretary for UP tourism, Parvez Diwan, secretary for tourism (GOI) accompanied the minister who was welcomed by Pradeep Bhatnagar, commissioner of Agra, and NK Pathak, superintending archaeologist. —@  launch of Campaign Clean India at TajMahal
India’s Poverty Ratio declines to around 22% in 2011-12 (The percentage of population below poverty line in 2011-12 has been estimated at 25.7% in rural areas, 13.7% in urban areas).
The poverty estimates for 2011-12 released by Planning Commission (68th Round NSS-2011-12) reveals that there has been a reduction in poverty levels across the country. The percentage of population below poverty line declines to 21.9% in 2011-12 from 29.8% in 2009-10 and 37.2% in 2004-05. The overall rural poverty has declined to 25.7% in 2011-12 from 33.8% in 2009-10 and 41.8% in 2004-05, whereas the urban poverty has declined to 13.7% in 2011-12 from 20.9% in 2009-10 and 25.7% in 2004-05.
It is encouraging to note that most of the northern and central states have been able to reduce their poverty numbers significantly over the period of two years. The percentage of population below poverty line in Bihar declined by around 20percentage points and Rajasthan by about 10 percentage points. Chhattisgarh, Haryan…