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Friday, October 20, 2017

10 Sops Announced By Gujarat Govt After EC Declared Himachal Pradesh Poll Dates on October 12,2017

The Opposition has launched an all-out attack over the delay in the announcement of Gujarat election dates, but it has not stopped the state government from loosening its purse strings. 

The EC on October 12,2017 had announced that the polling for the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will take place on November 9, but had not announced the Gujarat poll schedule.

Since then, the BJP government in the state has launched a number of big-ticket projects, doled out sops for government employees and balanced political equations. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made four visits to the state over the last month and is scheduled to make his fifth on Sunday when he is expected to inaugurate and lay the foundation for several development projects worth Rs 1,140 crore in Vadodara. 

The Congress claims the slew of announcements shows that the BJP pressured the EC to delay the announcement for its own benefit. The model code of conduct would have come into immediate effect in Gujarat had the poll schedule been announced along with Himachal Pradesh, it said. 

10 major things done by the Gujarat Govt since EC announced Himachal Pradesh election dates: 

- Projects worth Rs 750 crore either declared open or laid foundation and more are in the offing.

- Rs 6000 crore Memorandum of Understanding signed with United Phosphorous to procure agricultural fertilizers.

- Seventh Pay Commission benefits announced for 15,000 nagar palika employees in the state. Next of kin of those employees who die on duty to get jobs.

- CM Vijay Rupani flagged off 40 buses out of 575 new buses being inducted in the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) and gave appointment letters to conductors. 

- Zero-interest crop loans up to Rs 3 lakh for farmers. The move is expected to benefit at least 25 lakh farmers.

- Foundation stone of Aquatic Life Sciences and Robotics Gallery laid in Science City.

- Lion safari park at Ambardi in Amreli district thrown open to visitors, nearly 17 years after the idea was first mooted. 

- 22 cases filed against farmers of Nalkantha area withdrawn by Home department.

- 468 cases against Patidars withdrawn. These cases were filed by police during the reservation stir.

- 21 DSPs promoted to the rank of Additional SPs. This is the first time that a new post of Additional SP has been created. Eight of the 21 promoted are Patidars.

2017 Pakistan and Sri Lanka in UAE 5-Match ODI Series - Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka Fourth ODI @ Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah Friday Oct 20,2017

5-Match ODI Series Results

First ODI @ Dubai Oct 13,2017
Pakistan 292/6 in 50 Overs
Sri Lanka 209/8 in 50 Overs
Match Result - Pakistan won by 83 Runs
MOM - Shoaib Malik(Pakistan)for his 81(61 Balls 4x5 and 6x2)

Second ODI @ Abu Dhabi Oct 16,2017
Pakistan 219/9 in 50 Overs
Sri Lanka 187/10 in 48 Overs
Match Result - Pakistan won by 32 Runs
MOM - Shadab Khan(Pakistan)for his 52*(68 Balls 4x1)

Third ODI @Abu Dhabi  Oct 18,2017
Sri Lanka 208/10 in 48.2 Overs
Pakistan   209/3 in 42.3 Overs
Match Result - Pakistan won by 7 wickets
MOM - Imam ul Haq(Pakistan) for his 100(125 Balls 4x5 and 6x2) - Century on ODI Debut

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first


Pakistan Playing 
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Junaid Khan

Sri Lanka
 Niroshan Dickwella(w), Upul Tharanga(c), Dinesh Chandimal, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage

Sachin Tendulkar's 'Ulta' Birthday Tweet for Virender Sehwag Friday Oct 20,2017

Virender Sehwag is world famous for his quirky tweets, to wish cricketers from all over the world. 

But on his 39th birthday, the former Indian batsman got a taste of his own medicine. Sachin Tendulkar, who was his opening partner in the ODIs for sometime, put up a birthday message for him, upside down.

The message read,"“Happy birthday, viru! have a great start to the new year. you’ve always done ulta of what i have told you on field. so here’s one from me."

.ǝɯ ɯoɹɟ ǝuo s,ǝɹǝɥ os ˙😜pןǝıɟ uo noʎ pןoʇ ǝʌɐɥ ı ʇɐɥʍ ɟo ɐʇןn ǝuop sʎɐʍןɐ ǝʌ,noʎ ˙ɹɐǝʎ ʍǝu ǝɥʇ oʇ ʇɹɐʇs ʇɐǝɹƃ ɐ ǝʌɐɥ ¡nɹıʌ 'ʎɐpɥʇɹıq ʎddɐɥ

2017 New Zealand General Election on Sep 23,2017- Labour's Jacinda Ardern set to become prime minister Thursday Oct 19,2017

Jacinda Ardern, leader of the Labour Party, is set to become prime minister after the minority New Zealand First party chose a coalition.
The announcement on Thursday Oct 19,2017  comes one month after the election ended in a stalemate.
The charismatic 37-year old Ardern almost single-handedly dragged Labour back into the race after taking over the party's leadership in August. She won 35.8 percent of the votes, claiming 45 seats.
By comparison, the ruling conservative National Party - led by outgoing Prime Minister Bill English - took 46 percent and 58 seats, three less than the required 61 needed to govern.
New Zealand First won nine seats.
Because there was no clear winner, it was down to Winston Peters of the minority New Zealand First party to choose which two parties would form a coalition government. 
Peters sided with the liberals, the Labour Party.
"The people of this country did want change," Peters told reporters. "And we have responded to that."
Ardern is yet to comment and the Green Party is expected to meet to decide whether it backs the Labour-New Zealand First coalition.
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and leader of the Labour Party was quick to congratulate Ardern on Twitter. 
"Congrats to Jacinda Ardern and the NZ Labour team. After many nail-biting days, a great result!" she wrote on Twitter

Nissan to to suspend vehicle production for the Japan market at all Nissan and Nissan Shatai plants in Japan Thursday Oct 19,2017

Nissan Thursday Oct 19,2017  said it was suspending all production destined for the local market, as Japan’s number-two automaker grapples with a mounting inspection scandal that has already seen it recall some 1.2 million vehicles. "Nissan decided today to suspend vehicle production for the Japan market at all Nissan and Nissan Shatai plants in Japan,” it said in a statement, referring to an affiliate.
The announcement comes weeks after the company announced the major recall as it admitted that staff without proper authorisation had conducted final inspections on some vehicles intended for the domestic market before they were shipped to dealers.
Today, it said a third-party investigator found the misconduct had continued at three of its six Japanese plants even after it took steps to end the crisis. "Nissan regards the recurrence of this issue at domestic plants — despite the corrective measures taken — as critical,” it said.
“The investigation team will continue to thoroughly investigate the issue and determine measures to prevent a recurrence.”

Nissan president Hiroto Saikawa offered a blunt assessment, saying that “old habits” were to blame. “You might say it would be easy to stop people who are not supposed to inspect from inspecting,” he told reporters. “But we are having to take (new measures) in order to stop old habits that had been part of our routine operations at the factories.”

Earthquake at 6.1 magnitude strikes off the coast of Japan Thursday Oct 19,2017

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck off southern Japan on Thursday Oct 19,2017, the United States Geological Survey said.

The quake struck 424 miles off Japan's island of Kyushu at a depth of 6.2 miles, the agency said.

There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

This comes two weeks after a similar earthquake, at 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit 180 miles east of Iwaki, south of Fukushima, Japan.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Quebec in Canada bars women wearing face covering veils from using public services like ambulances, buses and libraries

  • Quebec in Canada  will become North America's first province to ban its citizens from wearing face coverings

  • The Quebec National Assembly moved to adopt Bill 62 on Wednesday Oct 18,2017

  • The bill bans anyone from covering their face while giving or receiving public services such as medical care, public transport or using the library

  • The legislation passed 66 to 51 with the majority Liberal party pushing the law

  • Montreal's Mayor Denis Coderre denounced the bill, saying his city will be affected the most by the new legislation

  • Critics also say that Bill 62 targets a small minority for nothing more than political gain

  • Supporters of the bill say the law enshrines respect for public discourse and communication