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Kerala State Budget: Tax hike on liquor by 200%, beef 100% Kerala State Budget: Tax hike on liquor by 200%, beef 100%
- February 02, 2018

The difference between the amount allocated exclusively for women last year and the amount allocated this year is nearly nil - the Kerala Budget 2017 had set aside Rs 1,266 crore for women including over 64 schemes. "Video conferencing will be made use of to reduce travel expenditure for official meetings". Use of landline telephones should be reduced with stress on shifting to cost effective packages of mobile phones, he added. (more...)
Myanmar Rohingya crisis: Mass graves with corpses 'burned away by acid' unearthed Myanmar Rohingya crisis: Mass graves with corpses 'burned away by acid' unearthed
- February 02, 2018

After more than 200 soldiers swept into Gu Dar Pyin about noon, Mohammad Sha, 37, a shop owner and farmer, hid in a grove of coconut trees near a river with more than 100 others. He said the report "underscores the need for the United Nations to have access to Rakhine". The AP said the mass graves it uncovered are just the latest piece of evidence of genocide being carried out by Naypyidaw. (more...)
India to become $5 trillion economy soon: Arun Jaitley India to become $5 trillion economy soon: Arun Jaitley
- February 02, 2018

While countries like France heavily subsidise health care for the poor, India's existing Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana scheme, implemented in 2008, only offers low-income Indians hospitalisation coverage of up to Rs30,000 per year. The medical insurance is an important vertical of the healthcare sector. Rajeev Boudhakar, CEO, Bhatia Hospital, also highlighted the need for timely payments to service providers. (more...)
Officials see 'evolution' in Syrian chemical weapons Officials see 'evolution' in Syrian chemical weapons
- February 02, 2018

Moscow has even claimed that the rebels staged the attacks to discredit the Syrian regime and whip up worldwide condemnation. He agreed to give up his stockpile of chemical weapons as part of 2013 deal after a sarin attack in Ghouta killed about 1,400 people. (more...)
Three soldiers killed in Kupwara avalanche Three soldiers killed in Kupwara avalanche
- February 02, 2018

However one of the soldiers died on the spot while two succumbed while being evacuated to the hospital. The deceased soldiers were identified as Havaldar Kamlesh Kumar, Naik Balbeer and Sepoy Rajinder. North Kashmir faces the maximum impact of avalanches. Eleven people including an official of Border Roads Organization (BRO's) Project Beacon were killed after massive avalanches struck at two different places on the high altitude Sadhana Top along the strategic Srinagar-Tangdhar highway in ... (more...)
USA senior diplomat Thomas Shannon announces retirement
- February 02, 2018

The U.S. State Department's third-ranking official, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon , is stepping down from his post, the State Department said on February 1. The forcing out of many senior diplomats, the failure to nominate or to win Senate confirmation for officials to fill key agency roles, and a perception that Tillerson is inaccessible have eroded morale, according to current officials. (more...)
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT Poster Lands Ahead Of The Trailer MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT Poster Lands Ahead Of The Trailer
- February 02, 2018

And with companies spending up to $5 million for each commercial, you can bet that each studio is going to put their best - or at least blockbustery - film out there. It will be released on July 27. No plot details have emerged for the movie just yet aside from IMDb's description of: "Ethan Hunt and his International Monetary Fund team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong". (more...)
'O Canada' will become gender neutral 'O Canada' will become gender neutral
- February 02, 2018

Only one line in O Canada was amended, from "True patriot love in all thy sons command" to "True patriot love in all of us command". "Oh, ok", Doocy sarcastically noted. This may be small, it's about two words, but it's huge ... It was perhaps assumed that in any major conflict it would only be young men who would carry our national banner and pride into battle, but in fact, both men and women from Canada proudly took part in the First World War. (more...)
Wiarton Willie sees shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter Wiarton Willie sees shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter
- February 02, 2018

We took a look at the most popular Groundhogs who made their predictions this morning, and unfortunately for us they all agreed that Spring will not be coming early this year. It simply says: "If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year". The groundhog's prediction is typically contained in a short poem. (more...)
Umbrella Activists Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Umbrella Activists Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
- February 02, 2018

They became well known after the "umbrella movement" brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill for almost three months in mid-2014. Rubio and Smith are chair and co-chair, respectively, of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a bipartisan advisory body that focuses on human rights and rule of law issues. (more...)
'Enough is enough:' Alberta to suspend electricity purchase talks with BC 'Enough is enough:' Alberta to suspend electricity purchase talks with BC
- February 02, 2018

She's sending a letter to the premier telling him Alberta isn't going to talk anymore about buying existing B.C. electricity. Notley said the issue has already been decided, and the already-delayed project needs to move forward. Greenpeace called Tuesday's measures a “major blow” to Kinder Morgan, while Alberta Premier Rachel Notley lashed out at her western neighbor on social media, saying British Columbia was “grasping at straws” in its attempt to overrule federal jurisdiction. (more...)
Israel says anti-Semitism rising in Poland as Holocaust row simmers Israel says anti-Semitism rising in Poland as Holocaust row simmers
- February 02, 2018

The legislation , titled "Act on the Institute of National Remembrance - Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation", effectively imposes a three-year prison sentence for statements that "publicly and against the facts ascribe responsibility or co-responsibility for the crimes perpetrated by the Third German Reich to the Polish nation or the Polish state". (more...)
Supreme Court makes public system for allocation of cases
- February 02, 2018

CJI has made a decision to keep the Public Interest Litigation cases against himself. On January 12, four judges - Justices Chelameswar , Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph - who felt that they were being sidelined in allocation of important cases, called a press conference and alleged that the situation in the Supreme Court was not in order and that many "less than desirable" things had taken place in the last few months. (more...)
Ex-President calls Ex-President calls "to avoid confrontation" as SC ruling creates havoc
- February 02, 2018

The court ordered the immediate release of high-profile prisoners and held that "the prisoners were free until fair trials could be conducted without undue influence". The main opposition party, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) hailed the ruling and described it as a "death knell for President Yameen's corrupt and criminal dictatorship". (more...)
Leaders of all parties express anger over allocations of funds to AP Leaders of all parties express anger over allocations of funds to AP
- February 02, 2018

Addressing media, the minister said , "People and the party are disappointed with the Union Budget presented today". The State's party TDP also believed that centre is not willing to give adequate funds for its new capital Amravati. The leader of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) that allies with the ruling BJP to form the government in the state said that the state has not seen any progress in past 4 years. (more...)
Local activist group hosts event to start Black History Month Local activist group hosts event to start Black History Month
- February 02, 2018

Through out the month the organization is holding film screenings, speaking events, and other activities themed around the unknown people, places, events, and ideas surrounding black history. The theme of this year's celebration is " African Americans in Times of War ". "It's important to reaffirm who we are and acknowledge where we came from and where we want to go", said Senior Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston. (more...)
Wisconsin Girl in Slender Man Stabbing Sentenced to Mental Facility Wisconsin Girl in Slender Man Stabbing Sentenced to Mental Facility
- February 02, 2018

Doctors who evaluated Geyser have different opinions on her mental health . Prosecutors had asked the county judge to sentence Geyser to 40 years in a mental institution, the maximum amount allowed, according to CNN affiliate WTMJ . (more...)
National Basketball Association announce dunk, three-point and skills challenge contestants National Basketball Association announce dunk, three-point and skills challenge contestants
- February 02, 2018

Past participants include: Victor Oladipo - 2015; Dwight Howard - 2009, 2008, 2007; Darrell Armstrong - 1996; Nick Anderson - 1992 and Otis Smith - 1991. All three events are slated for February 18 leading up to the 67th All-Star Game the following day at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Gordon is making his third appearance. (more...)
Israel strikes Hamas in Gaza after rocket fired Israel strikes Hamas in Gaza after rocket fired
- February 02, 2018

An army spokesperson said the suspects were under IDF surveillance from before they crossed the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip. The State Department said in a statement that Haniyeh, along with two Islamist groups active in Egypt and one in the Palestinian territories, were listed as specially designated global terrorists. (more...)
Dadow Twin Found Not Guilty of sister's murder Dadow Twin Found Not Guilty of sister's murder
- February 02, 2018

Authorities said the women were fighting over the steering wheel on a narrow highway before the vehicle plunged over the cliff, killing Anastasia Duval . While its 65 miles long, it takes at least two and a half hours to drive without stopping, across dozens of narrow one-lane bridges, where cars must yield to oncoming traffic or slow to 10 mph around curves where the road meets the cliffs that drop hundreds of feet to the Pacific. (more...)

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