Union Cabinet has given its nod to NDA government's flagship smart city project, but no city of Maharashtra has yet been included in the program as the Centre's guidelines are awaited for it, an official said. "Till now, no city has been included in the smart cities scheme. We have to first shortlist cities for the scheme in the first phase. They will then need to compete with other cities to get selected," the official in the state Urban Development department has said. "However, states cannot shortlist their cities until the Centre issues guidelines pertaining to the criteria of a smart city. We are still waiting for the guidelines and expecting them to be issued soon," he said. "Decent living option to every resident and offering sustainable economic and employment opportunity to a wide section of its residents would be the main focus of smart city," he said. "At the beginning, the Centre may put a cap of 2 - 3 smart cities per state," the official said. "The cities will have to compete on several parameters to become eligible. The parameters are likely to be vision, progress under 'Swachh Bharat Mission', payments of salaries to municipal staff on time, information and grievance Redressal mechanisms, self-financing abilities of the cities, service level and track record in implementing reforms," he added. A total of 100 cities will be selected for the project through a ‘Smart City Challenge’ competition. The visionary program is appreciated and is expected to develop India as the best place to live in. The smart cities will have all the facilities including electronic connectivity, which will make the city with all facilities at the finger tip. By Premji
There were reports that Saudi Arabia has taken a “strategic decision” to acquire “off-the-shelf” nuclear arms from its close ally Pakistan. The government of Pakistan has rejected the reports as “baseless” any such move to sell atomic weapons. Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalillulah said “Pakistan’s nuclear program is purely for its own legitimate self-defense and for maintaining a credible minimum deterrence”. “Pakistan’s nuclear program is meant for its security and there is a strong command and control system over it. Pakistan is aware of its responsibilities as a nuclear state,” Khalillulah said. “All parties to the NPT have the right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This right has been granted to them by the Treaty. It is, therefore, not for me to comment on that”, he added. “There has been an entirely baseless and mischievous campaign in the international media regarding Pakistan’s indigenous nuclear program,” said Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah. “The Sunday Times story appears to be part of that malevolent campaign and is utterly unfounded,” foreign office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah added. Pakistan has expressed concerns over the shelling from Yemen on Najran, a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen. “About 15,000 Pakistanis are living in Najran. We have requested the Saudi authorities to ensure their safety and they have assured us that all possible measures will be taken in this regard,” he added. Rebuffing the report as mere “speculation”, a Saudi defense ministry official, said such reports were not new. “I don’t understand what the story is. This has been in the news for 18 years and will continue to be for the next 15 years.” By Premji
In a gruesome incident, a 25-year old girl severely injured in an acid attack in Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh on Friday while the accused killed himself immediately after committing the crime. The victim was suffered with 50% burns after a middle aged stalker threw acid on her early on Friday. She is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the city. Police said the accused, identified as Sanjay Patil, 47, stabbed himself with a knife at the incident spot after the victim was rushed to trauma centre. But, nature of injury points to foul play and raise questions on the suicide theory. The incident took place within just 80 feet from a local police station. The victim said she knew the accused for the past five-six years and lately he had started irritating her. Meanwhile, victim's mother Minu said had police initiated action, the incident wouldn't have happened. According to police, when they arrived at the crime scene, they saw Patil lying dead on the ground. Police said the family had twice registered complaints against Patil. Patil's autopsy report is awaited. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited the private hospital where the acid attack victim is being treated and assured the family of all help. The state government will bear all medical expenses of the victim, the CM said.
If you are looking forward to loose weight, then here is the healthy and best tip. The researchers have proved that found that skipping meals can ultimately result in abdominal weight gain which is another big problem that troubles women. “This does support the notion that small meals throughout the day can be helpful for weight loss, though that may not be practical for many people," said senior author of the study Martha Belury, professor of human nutrition at The Ohio State University in the US. "But you definitely do not want to skip meals to save calories because it sets your body up for larger fluctuations in insulin and glucose and could be setting you up for more fat gain instead of fat loss," Belury explained. During the research, the mice that ate all of their food as a single meal and fasted the rest of the day developed insulin resistance in their livers. When the liver does not respond to insulin signals telling it to stop producing glucose, that extra sugar in the blood is stored as fat. These mice initially were put on a restricted diet and lost weight compared to controls that had unlimited access to food. The restricted-diet mice regained weight as calories were added back into their diets and nearly caught up to controls by the study's end. But the fat near the abdomen area which is equivalent to human belly fat weighed more in the restricted diet mice than the other mice that were free to nibble all day long. So, experts suggest skipping meals to loose weight is not a healthy way as it actually increases belly fat. By Lizitha
The study conducted by fertility expert Kshitiz Murdia of the Indira Infertility Clinic and Test Tube Baby Centre has revealed that rise in lifestyle diseases causes infertility in women. The study stated that links between the lifestyle diseases and infertility were gaining validation and Adenomyosis, Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOM) are the three most severe diseases that leads to infertility. In Endometriosis, the tissue lining inside uterus grows outside the uterus. PCOS is also a similar disease that leads to enlargement of the ovary. The symptoms were prevalent during menstrual cycle in the form of infrequent, prolonged or excessive bleeding accompanied with pain. The signs of these diseases also involve abdominal cramps and blood clots. In case of PCOS, excessive hair growth, acne and obesity can also be witnessed. "There is strong evidence that factors like age, weight and smoking have adverse impacts on the general health and reproductive capability of a woman," said the study. "The most important thing to be done right now is not to let such disease go undiagnosed," said the study. There was an urgent need to pay heed to the problem as in many cases people do not get to know about it. By Lizitha
Coffee can boost your romantic life. The researchers from the University of Texas, men who drink two to three cups of coffee a day are less likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED). "We saw a reduction in the prevalence of ED with men who were obese, overweight and hypertensive. That was not true of men with diabetes. "Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for ED so this was not surprising," explained David S Lopez, lead author and assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston. The researchers found that men who consumed between 85 and 170 milligrams of caffeine a day were 42 percent less likely to report ED. Those who drank between 171 and 303 milligrams of caffeine a day were 39 percent less likely to report ED compared to those who drank zero to seven milligrams a day. This trend was also true among overweight, obese and hypertensive men. Data for the study came from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and ED was assessed by a single question during a computer-assisted interview. The study appeared in the journal PLOS ONE. By Lizitha
A recent research conducted by global risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft advises on the threat of a terror attack in almost any urban setting around the world, has put 64 cities across the world at extreme risk of an attack. Baghdad, which has survived 380 terror attacks topped the list, making it the world's highest risk urban centre, followed by Mosul, Al Ramadi, Ba’qubah, Kirkuk and Al Hillah. The research was done, based on the intensity and frequency of attacks that have taken place in these cities in the last 12 months up to March 2015 and is combined with the long-term record of attacks in the previous five years. According to the analysis of the terror risk to 1,300 commercial hubs and urban centres around the world, populations and businesses in 113 Indian cities are also identified with some risk of high, medium or low risk of facing terrorist attacks. Two Indian cities - Imphal (ranked 32) and Srinagar (ranked 49) are being named as "extreme risk" of a terrorist attack, mainly aiming to cause mass casualty and destroy public transport networks. The third Indian city that faces a terrorist threat is Chennai, but has been marked as medium risk. Bangalore is the fourth placed at 204th in the global threat list and is followed by Pune and Hyderabad at 206th and 207th respectively. Cities like Nagpur (ranked 210) and Kolkata (212) have been found to face a higher risk of a mass attack by terrorists than the usually expected targets like Delhi (447) and Mumbai (298). Verisk Maplecroft Charlotte Ingham said, "Just because a city in India hasn't seen a terrorist attack in a while does not mean it isn't potentially facing one. The rankings are based on the frequency and intensity of attacks." "The risk level in Paris is representative of a wider trend for Western countries, including Belgium, Canada and Australia, where the level of risk in key urban centres is substantially higher than elsewhere in the country, in part due to the significant PR value attached to such high profile targets by militant Islamist groups," the study found. By Premji
Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah on Friday accepted the resignation of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam and invited AIADMK leader J.Jayalaltihaa to form the ministry at the earliest, a Raj Bhavan statement said. In two different statements issued, Raj Bhavan said Rosaiah accepted the resignation of O. Panneerselvam and his council of ministers. Panneerselvam steps down as Tamil Nadu CM "The Governor has requested the Chief Minister and his present council of ministers to function until alternative arrangements are made," the statement said. Rosaiah has also invited AIADMK general secretary and the leader of legislature party Jayalalithaa to form the ministry at the earliest. Rosaiah also requested Jayalalithaa to send the list of people to be appointed as ministers with their portfolios. It was a day of fast paced political development on the expected lines within in the ruling party since morning. At 7 am, the lawmakers of AIADMK at their meeting the party headquarters elected Jayalalithaa as the leader of the legislature party. Panneerselvam proposing Jayalalithaa's name as the leader of the legislature party, much to the clapping of all the law makers, also said he would resign as chief minister and leader of legislature party. "It was a short meeting mainly to elect Amma (Jayalalithaa) as the AIADMK's legislature party leader," a party leader told IANS. It is also expected that Jayalalithaa would be sworn in as the chief minister on Saturday, according to party sources. Party cadres in large numbers assembled at the AIADMK headquarters here since early Friday morning. Later in the day, Jayalalithaa would offer floral tributes at the party founder late M.G. Ramachandran's (MGR) statue, DMK founder late C.N. Annadurai's and Dravidar Kazhagam founder late E.V. Ramaswamy's statue here. Jayalalithaa had to leave the position of chief minister and assembly seat (Srirangam constituency) after she was convicted and given a four-year jail term along with Rs.100 crore fine by a trial court in Bengaluru in a disproportionate assets case. The Karnataka High Court upheld her appeal against the conviction and acquitted her recently. On May 17, P. Vetrivel, a party legislator representing Radhakrishnan Nagar assembly constituency, resigned from his post and the same was accepted by the speaker. It is expected that Jayalalithaa would contest for re-election from Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency. With Vetrivel's resignation, the AIADMK's strength in the 234-member Assembly comes down by one to 150, excluding the speaker.
Geelani, who is a pro-Pakistan Hurriyat leader, had applied for a passport to visit his ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia. Many political parties have supported Geelani and urged the government to issue him a passport on "humanitarian grounds", while some others opposed any such move by the Centre. Geelan a known baiter of India and a staunch supporter of Pakistan is a shameless man to apply for an Indian passport while he tells that he is not an Indian. This eunuch traitor was not having any dignity while taking help from the India forces during the floods in Jammu and Kashmir. "We have seen media reports of Syed Ali Geelani's passport application. An incomplete passport application was received from him. Fees were not paid and the biometric details and photographs not submitted," Spokesperson in MEA Vikas Swarup said. "Passport is the right of every Indian citizen and is issued by the Ministry of External Affairs after following due process. In case any applicant applies for the passport, he should fulfil all the formalities before his case is processed. As and when the matter is referred to the Ministry of Home Affairs, we will process the case on merit," a Home Ministry spokesperson said. PDP said that it will approach the Central government for issuing a passport to Geelani on "humanitarian" grounds, while BJP said, he should not be given the travel document till he "apologises" for his anti-national activities. Defense minister Manohar Parrikar said ,“Geelani should declare he is an Indian to get a passport. If he wants to apply for a passport, he will have to fill the form and declare he is Indian." By Premji
India is aimed at intelligence-backed "targeted kills" against terrorists in J&K while militarily is dominating in the Line of Control with Pakistan, which has forced a 30% drop in cross-border ceasefire violations as well as infiltration bids. "The situation is pretty much under control. Our proactive attitude is to identify terrorists and then effectively neutralise them. Every case is handled firmly with clear-cut intelligence for targeted killings, ensuring minimal, if any, collateral damage," defense minister Manohar Parrikar said. Parrikar clarified that "terrorists should be neutralised by terrorists" or "kante se kanta nikalna (remove a thorn with a thorn)" and he did not mean covert operations being undertaken by "our own people". "Many terrorists are drawn into terrorism because of financial allurements, they are paid money for it. If such people are there, why not use them? What is the harm is using terrorists against terrorists? Why should our soldiers be in the front?", he said. The Army has been asked to undertake surgical strikes against terrorists, rather than conducting random operations. The Army has neutralised 110 terrorists in 2014, the highest such tally in the last four years. While talking about Pakistan’s dubious attitude, the defense minister said "the situation actually depends on how we react to it", India's "very firm" response to cross-border firing and abetment to terrorism is paying dividends. As per defense ministry figures, there has been a decline of 32% in Pakistan-initiated ceasefire violations and a decrease of 28% in "successful infiltrations" since the Modi government came to office in May last year. After the takeover of the new government, Pakistan is very much concerned about the retaliation it may get if they try any misadventure. During cease fire violations the India Army gave a befitting reply and the Pakistan Army was forced to wave white flags. By Premji