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Five-day state mourning in India to respect Nelson Mandela
Report dated 07/12/2013 @ 4:59 PM
At a special meeting of the Union Cabinet, who condoled the death of Nelson Mandela, the government of India announced a five-day state mourning as a mark of respect to the great anti-apartheid icon.
Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari said the entire nation is one with the South African people in condoling Mandela's sad demise.
A widely loved global symbol of resistance who liberated South Africa from much-despised apartheid, and served as its first black president, Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95, at his home in Johannesburg after battling a protracted illness.
Mandela was a recipient of India's highest civilian award the Bharat Ratna, in 1990.
Police ‘rehabilitate’ child beggars by beating them up !
Report dated 07/12/2013 @ 4:46 PM
Police who were assigned to assist the women and child welfare department in a campaign to reform and rehabilitate child beggars, instead beat up children begging at a temple, as well as their mothers in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh.
Eyewitnesses said the child and women empowerment officer and police officers went to the temple complex to remove the child beggars, but instead the police began thrashing the at least nine children as they forced them into a single car. When the mothers protested, the cops assaulted them as well.
The welfare department official and devotees at the temple also protested against the brutal treatment of the children by the police officers.
Police authorities are now looking into the matter and say action will be taken against the high-handed cops.
India to host 2017 U-17 World Cup
Report dated 07/12/2013 @ 4:43 PM
India has won the hosting rights to the 2017 U-17 Football World Cup.
The decision was taken at the FIFA executive committee meeting held in Brazil. India beat out Ireland, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and South Africa.
An elated All India Football Federation president Praful Patel called it historic and thanked the FIFA committee for their trust in India to host the event. He also thanked the Indian government for their support and providing the necessary guarantees to make it possible for India to bid for the event.
The tournament in which 24 teams will take part will be held in six venues to be selected from eight prospective cities - Delhi, Goa, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochi and Guwahati.
The last edition of the tournament was hosted by the United Arab Emirates. The next edition will take place in Chile in 2015.
PM Singh : No possibility of Pakistan wining war in my lifetime !
Report dated 06/12/2013 @ 1:54 PM
Responding to a statement allegedly made by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a daily newspaper, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated unequivocally that "There is no scope of Pakistan winning any war against India in my lifetime".
The report said PM Sharif called Kashmir a flash point which can trigger a fourth war with India.
PM Sharif's office denied that he had made the statement, saying he had never uttered those words in his address to the Pak-occupied Kashmir Council. The report was described as baseless, incorrect and based on malafide intentions.
Indian prices for Apple iPhone 5S highest in the world !
Report dated 05/12/2013 @ 5:47 PM
According to a study by technology website Mobiles Unlocked, the iPhone 5S costs Indians the most globally, when compared with their purchasing power.
In effect buyers in India have to dole out 22.3% of the national gross domestic product per capita. This also means Indian buyers shell out over 22.3% of their disposable incomes if they purchase the iPhone 5S.
China, Apple's fastest growing market stands fifth on the list and there it costs buyers less than 10% of their purchasing power.
While iPhone 5S is the most expensive for Indians it costs the least to citizens of Qatar, who only pay 0,76% of their disposable income for the device. In the US buyers only have to pay 1.36% of their income for the model.
Despite the price factor, Apple has had its best-ever sales for the iPhone 5S in India, and the model has been out of stock since it was launched in the country.