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PM Narendra Modi urges for 'close coordination' on black money issue in G-20 Summit

PM Narendra Modi urges for ‘close coordination’ on black money issue in G-20 Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue of black money during the ninth G-20 Summit meeting on Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged every jurisdiction, especially tax havens, to provide information for tax purposes in accordance with treaty obligation. Narendra Modi said, “The new global standard on automatic exchange of tax information would be instrumental in getting information of unaccounted money hoarded abroad and enable its eventual repatriation. Close global coordination is important not just for addressing the challenge of Black money, but also security issues like terrorism, drug trafficking and smuggling.”  PM Modi is also expected to unveil a statue of the iconic freedom fighter in Brisbane’s Roma Street Parkland.

Aditya Verma to send Supreme Court report to ICC ethics panel

Aditya Verma to send Supreme Court report to ICC ethics panel
Aditya Verma to send Supreme Court report to ICC ethics panel

Aditya Verma to send Supreme Court report to ICC ethics panel

The BCCI has decided to call an emergent working committee meeting in Chennai on November 18 to decide whether to postpone only the board’s election, or the annual general meeting as well

Buoyed by Supreme Court naming BCCI’s suspended president N Srinivasan on Friday, the petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing case and Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma said he will write to the ethics panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) and all the 30 members of the Indian cricket board urging them to join hands to save international cricket.
Srinivasan is the chairman of ICC.

Verma has been awaiting the copy of the Justice Mukul Mudgal panel report, which is likely to be delivered on Monday. He said he will enclose it along with his appeal to the ICC and ask them to initiate proceedings to remove Srinivasan from the post of chairman.

“As per Clause 2.1 of ICC’s code of ethics which states that an executive member can be removed if he is guilty of misconduct, neglect of duty etc,” Verma said.

Verma added he will also send a copy of Srinivasan’s ‘misdemeanour’ along with his personal appeal to all the 30 members of BCCI, asking them to come together in order to get rid of present misrule.

The BCCI has decided to call an emergent working committee meeting in Chennai on November 18 to decide whether to postpone only the board’s election or the annual general meeting as well. Verma questioned the motives of the Srinivasan group and insisted that country’s cricket body is not a property of any individual.

“Is there only one administrator in India to run the cricket affairs?” Verma said. “How can a tainted man be allowed to even attend any of BCCI meetings?”

The chorus against Srinivasan is getting louder by the day. The big question now is if and when Sharad Pawar will come out in open to announce his candidature for the BCCI’s top post. That would somehow provide shelter to all those floating votes — six to eight — who are eager to jump the sinking ship of Srinivasan.

Clause 2.1 of ICC’s code of ethics states:
Directors shall not engage in any conduct that in any way denigrates the ICC or harms its public image’ and clause 4.11 (F) of the ICC’s constitution, by which an ICC director can be removed as a member of the Executive Board on any one of the following grounds: (1) he is guilty of any dishonesty, gross misconduct or wilful neglect of duty (whether by act or omission); or (2) in the reasonable opinion of the Executive Board, he commits (whether by act or omission) any act which brings or would tend to bring the Council into disrepute; or (3) he conducts himself in a manner materially adverse to the interests of the Council,” Verma read out lines from ICC code of ethics.



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Canada parliament shooter made video, driven by ideology

Canada parliament shooter made video, driven by ideology
Canada parliament shooter made video, driven by ideology

Canada parliament shooter made video, driven by ideology

The man who killed a Canadian soldier and attacked the country’s parliament building last week made a video of himself before hand, evidence he was driven by ideological and political motives, police said on Sunday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement they were conducting a detailed analysis of the video made by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau and could not release it at this time.

Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, stormed into the parliament building with a rifle last Wednesday after shooting and killing Corporal Nathan Cirillo at a nearby monument to Canada’s war dead, police said. Zehaf-Bibeau was shot dead in the building.

The federal police force said on Sunday it believed a knife carried by Zehaf-Bibeau was retrieved from his aunt’s property, but added it was still looking into the origin of the gun he used.

“It is an old and uncommon gun. We suspect that he could have similarly hidden the gun on the property but our inquiries continue,” the statement said.

The RCMP also said Zehaf-Bibeau had worked in Alberta’s oil fields and used the money he made to finance his activities in the days leading up to the attack. He had been living in an Ottawa homeless shelter just before the shooting.

The police were still investigating Zehaf-Bibeau’s interactions with numerous people in the days before the attack to find out whether these could have contributed to or facilitated his crime.

Security in normally relaxed Canada has been tighter in the days since the shooting. Two days earlier another man described by police as radicalized drove over two soldiers in Quebec with a car, killing one.

The attacker, 25-year-old Martin Rouleau, was shot and killed by police.

The attacks, which police said were the work of Canadian citizens who were recent converts to Islam, came the same week as the government sent additional jet fighters to the Middle East to take part in air strikes against Islamic State militants.

Canadian officials vowed to keep up their involvement in the military campaign despite the attacks and planned to reopen the parliament building to the public on Monday, though they said they would begin locking the doors overnight.

Headed for Saudi Arabia, not Syria

The mother of Zehaf-Bibeau denied in a letter to the Canadian news agency Postmedia an RCMP statement that she had told them her son had intended to travel to Syria, a hotbed of militant activity.

Her son, who came to Ottawa from Vancouver seeking a passport, had wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia to study the Koran, Susan Bibeau said in the letter.

The nation also prepared for two funerals, with Ottawa victim Cirillo to be laid to rest in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on Tuesday. A funeral for 53-year-old Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was set for Saturday, November 1, in Quebec.

On Sunday, about 100 police, firefighters and other emergency workers held a disaster-response drill in downtown Toronto’s deserted financial district.

The drill had been long planned and was not a reaction to the twin attacks, though some acknowledged it took on a more urgent tone in the wake of the incidents.

“We had to be very specific with our strategic briefing after what happened in Ottawa,” said Daniel Martin, a staff sergeant with the Toronto Police Department. – Reuters, October 27, 2014.


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China considers abolishing death penalty for 9 crimes

China considers abolishing death penalty for 9 crimes
China considers abolishing death penalty for 9 crimes

China considers abolishing death penalty for 9 crimes

China is considering trimming nine crimes from the list of offences punishable by death, state media said on Monday, as the ruling Communist Partyconsiders broader reforms to the country’s legal system.

Rights groups say China uses capital punishment more than any other country, raising public concern of irreversible miscarriages of justice.

A draft amendment to China’s criminal law, which includes the use of the death penalty, was submitted for initial review to the country’s National People’s Congress, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Crimes that would be exempt from capital punishment under the amendment include “smuggling weapons, ammunition, nuclear materials or counterfeit currencies; counterfeiting currencies; raising funds by means of fraud; and arranging for or forcing another person to engage in prostitution”, Xinhua said.

The crimes of “obstructing a commander or a person on duty from performing his duties” and “fabricating rumours to mislead others during wartime”, are also under review, the news agency said. Officials had previously said that China would review the application of the death penalty, which applies to 55 offences, including fraud and illegal money-lending.

China guards the number of people executed every year as state secrets.

The San Francisco-based Dui Hua Foundation, which seeks the release of political prisoners in China, estimated that 2,400 people were executed in 2013. By comparison, 39 people were executed in 2013 in the United States, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The reduction in death penalty crimes, however, is not expected to greatly reduce the number of executions per year, scholars have said.

The Communist Party, worried about rising social unrest and anger over land grabs,corruption and pollution unveiled legal reforms aimed at improving judicial independence at a key meeting last week. The Party has stressed that it will remain in overall control of the judiciary, and despite the move to implement legal reforms, few analysts expect significant political change any time soon.

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AIBA suspends Indian boxer Sarita Devi

AIBA suspends Indian boxer Sarita Devi
AIBA suspends Indian boxer Sarita Devi

AIBA suspends Indian boxer Sarita Devi

Taking a strict action, AIBA has provisionally suspended India’s woman boxer Laishram Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games podium ceremony.

Protesting against a controversial verdict, Sarita in an unprecedented move, had refused to wear the medal around her neck as she broke down on the podium during the ceremony for the 57-60 kg category.

“The AIBA also provisionally suspended Sarita’s coaches (Messrs Gurbakhsh Singh Sandhu, Blas Iglesias Fernandez and Sagar Mal Dhayal) as well as Indian chef-de-mission in the Incheon Asiad, Adille J. Sumariwalla and will not allow any of them to participate at all levels of competitions, events and meetings until further notice,” an AIBA statement said.

This case has been sent for review by the AIBA Disciplinary Commission and it means that Sarita Devi, the above mentioned coaches as well as Sumariwalla, will not be allowed to participate in the AIBA women’s world boxing championships in Jeju Islands (Korea), 2014, the statement added.

Even though the AIBA had taken note of her written apology, the international body surprisingly decided to suspend the boxer and the national coaches.

The medal, which Devi had refused to accept, was handed over to India’s chef de mission Sumariwalla. It is understood that a battery of Indian officials, including chief boxing coach Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu, pressured Devi into writing an apology.

AIBA’s tainted history

This is not the first time that such an allegation has been levelled against the world body. Some officials are terming Devi’s actions an emotional outburst. But there’s more to it.

In the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Park Si-Hun, who is now the head coach of the South Korean boxing contingent, won the gold medal in the light middleweight category in controversial fashion. Even then, not a single observer believed that Park had won, for he had received a terrific pummelling at the hands of Roy Jones Jr of the United States.

The verdict of three of the five judges was that Park was the winner, while two judges had picked Jones. It was officially recorded that Jones had landed 86 punches against Park’s 32. One judge even admitted after the bout that the decision was wrong. Two of the three judges who voted for Park were later banned for life.

Later, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) investigation concluded that three of the five judges had been brought around with inducements. Interestingly, Jones was awarded the Val Barker Trophy in 1988. This trophy is given to the boxer who exemplifies style at every Olympic Games. But the gold is still in the drawing room of Park.

During the 1986 Seoul Asian Games, South Korea rigged the boxing bouts and walked away with each of the 12 gold medals on offer. Four Indian boxers — Birajdar Sahu, Jayaram Seera, Daljit Singh and Jaipal Singh — were among the finalists, nay victims, of South Korea’s foul play.

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Brutal assault on ACP: Have criminals lost all fear of Delhi Police?

Brutal assault on ACP: Have criminals lost all fear of Delhi Police?
Brutal assault on ACP: Have criminals lost all fear of Delhi Police?

Brutal assault on ACP: Have criminals lost all fear of Delhi Police?

New Delhi: What’s wrong with the Delhi Police? Criminals in the capital seem to have lost all fear, let alone respect, for the men in khaki. On Thursday evening, an ACP of the Delhi Police Special Cell was brutally assaulted by unidentified men near Lodhi crematorium in South Delhi on 16 October. However, that’s only the latest in the series of such attacks. Check this out.

* Five unidentified gunmen shot dead a constable, Jagvir Singh, and injured another in Outer Delhi’s Vijay Vihar area in wee hours on 13 October. The incident occurred around 500 metres away from a police station.

* Just two days before the last incident, two cops on duty were fired upon by three assailants riding on a motorbike at Shankar Market in Connaught Place on 11 October. One constable suffered injuries in the assault.

* Three men on a bike opened fire in Sector 21, Dwarka. A home guard also suffered injuries in the attack. The criminals, who were later nabbed, stole the cop’s service pistol.

* A constable was shot at while chasing alleged gangster Firoz, who was killed in the encounter, on 15 June.

* A sub-inspector was attacked and looted at Paharganj locality in Central Delhi on 17 February, 2013.

No sex in the time of Ebola, not even for the cured: Here's why

No sex in the time of Ebola
No sex in the time of Ebola, not even for the cured: Here's why

No sex in the time of Ebola, not even for the cured: Here’s why

Sex could keep the Ebola epidemic alive even after the World Health Organization (WHO) declares an area free of the disease, one of the discoverers of the deadly virus said on Tuesday.

The WHO is hoping to announce later this week that Nigeria and Senegal are free of Ebola after 42 days with no infections — the standard period for declaring an outbreak over, twice the maximum 21-day incubation period of the virus.

However, it appears the disease can last much longer in semen.

“In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70 days; one study suggests persistence for more than 90 days,” the WHO said in an information note on Monday.


“Certainly, the advice has to be for survivors to use a condom, to not have unprotected sex, for 90 days,” said Peter Piot, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a discoverer of Ebola in 1976.

“If we would apply the rule for double the time, that would be 180 days — six months. I think it (90 days) is probably a compromise, for practicality,” he told a news conference in Geneva.

Ebola spreads via bodily fluids such as blood and saliva, but it has also been detected in breast milk and urine, as well as semen, the WHO says. The whole live virus has never been isolated from sweat, however.

More than 3,400 people are already known to have died in the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record, the vast majority of them in three West African countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

With inputs from Reuters