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North Korea reopens hotline with South, seeks weekend talks
North Korea reopened a Red Cross hotline with South Korea on Friday and invited officials from Seoul to talks over the weekend, a further sign the North wants to improve ties after a barrage of threats to wage war this year. On Thursday, North Korea proposed talks to normalise commercial projects, including a joint industrial zone it shut down at the height of tension in early April.
North Korea's moves come ahead of a summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obamaon Friday in California.
North Korea's actions, including its latest nuclear test in February and threats to attack South Korea and the United States, are likely to be high on the agenda.
North Korea had stopped responding to calls on the Red Cross hotline in March. Another hotline, used by military officials, remains down. "We appreciate the fact that the South side promptly and positively responded to the proposal made by us for h…
Nawaz Pakistan PM declares his cabinet minister portfolio By sagarmedia on June 8, 2013| Edit Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif deciding to retain Pakistan’s foreign affairs portfolio, former minister Sartaj Aziz will play a crucial role as his advisor in charting a way forward on issues such as relations with India and the US.
The Cabinet Division has notified the appointment of the 84-year-old Aziz as Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Aziz served as both finance and foreign minister in Sharif’s last term as premier in the late 1990s. Over the past few weeks, Aziz has been advising Sharif on foreign policy issues and participating in meetings with foreign envoys and visiting leaders. Sources in the PML-N said Aziz will play a major role in shaping the new government’s policy for relations with India and the US and for the endgame in neighbouring Afghanistan. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will be the new government’s point man for dealing wi…
Hindu Sena protest in front of Advani residence8062013 BJP three days National Executive meet in Goa has reached its zenith crescendo when on the second day,Advani skipped the meet on ill health. BJP president Rajnath gave impressive speech asking all party workers to be prepared  for ensuing elections in five states and for national snap polls. Addressing media Javadekar the summary of President Rajnath speech which is duly circulated.   Questions were raised on various leaders absentia the spokesperson said the leaders has their own compulsion and letter of regrets has been received by the president. Hindu Sena,frontal organisation of BJP today appeared in front of the Delhi residence of LK Advani demanding Narendra Modi to given free hand o lead and elevation in the party along with his blessing. Publicly protest by one of saffron frontal organisation is crystal clear push and pull inertia between RSS and BJP,the groups without any marking is finding to pave way for Modi to tread …
Threat of Islamist militancy spreading in west AfricaJune 7, 2013 by admin
Filed under newsletter-lead Leave a Comment Sudan, June 06, 2013: No country in West Africa is safe from the threat of Islamist militancy. This was the stark warning by Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama last week in the wake of an unprecedented twin suicide bombing in Niger. Mr Mahama referred back to the takeover of northern Mali by al-Qaeda-linked groups last year and said that the episode showed how the whole Sahel region had “become an attractive foothold for insurgents”, warning: If we allow that foothold to consolidate, then it could affect the stability of our entire region. He said that military intervention led by France had helped to restore stability in Mali but the crisis was not over. Citing twin suicide bombings in Niger – the first of their kind in the country – on 23 May, Mr Mahama said: There is the danger of asymmetric attacks like we saw in Niger… and so it is a matter that worries all of u…
Naresh --

Last summer, President Obama took action to give more than a million young people a shot at the American Dream when he announced "deferred action" -- providing legal protection for undocumented young people who were brought to America through no fault of their own.

These are the "DREAMers," named after the DREAM Act.

And yesterday, 224 members of the House of Representatives, including almost every Republican, voted to take that protection away and resume the deportations.

Congress needs to know that the American people don't support that -- and the hopeful young people they've now put in jeopardy need to know it, too.

Add your name to say you stand with the DREAMers today -- and let's double down in our fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

Imagine you've done everything right your entire life -- grown up in a community, gone to school, played by the rules, and broken no laws. But you suddenly face the threat of deportation to a country t…
Solar PV - Sunita Narain Senseless Editorial in Down to Earth June07, 2013
It’s a pity Down to Earth is so degraded even its editorials are Bogus Meaningless Outdated and Misleading.
Here in this Editorial like some months earlier Sunita is completely out of touch.
Firstly she doesn’t understand that Solar PV are already commercially viable in countries like India where Electricity Tariff are very high and Sunshine almost twice of EU and North America, Japan.
1 kw Solar Panel produces 2000 units of electricity in a year and over 25 years is expected to generate 50,000 units of electricity that @ Rs.9 per unit DTE Office pay is Rs.4,50,000 worth of lifetime generation. Solar PV costs are under $1 per W Turn Key Installation, 1 kw panel cost is around Rs.60,000 only.
Solar Power is already Viable in 95% of India.
Solar Panels in India are Most Suitable for Offices and Commercial buildings that generally work from 9AM to 5PM – Solar panels reduces grid power consumption, Minimize impact of Inte…
Highest Krishi Vigyan Kendra to be Opened at Nyoma, Leh
Nation’s highest Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) will be set up at Nyoma, Leh district of Jammu & Kashmir at a height of about 14000 feet. The Nyoma Krishi Vigyan Kendra is likely to bring about substantial change in the lives of people of nearby areas who are mostly nomads and rear pashmina goats. This region is extremely cold and dry and therefore, it is a challenge to promote stable agriculture there. The KVK will seek to improve fodder production, provide health care to the roaming animals, introduce vegetable production under protected environment and impart training to women on animal care, etc.

Location where KVK, Nyoma is to be set up.
Anand Sharma Meets Aung San Suu Kyi on Sidelines of Wef on East Asia 2013 
Discusses Energy Cooperation with Myanmar Energy Minister  The Union Minister of Commerce, Industry & Textiles Shri Anand Sharma today met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Myanmar at Nay Pyi Taw. Shri Sharma conveyed to Ms. Suu Kyi that India stands ready to extend all necessary assistance to the people of Myanmar in their developmental efforts. “Myanmar is a vitally important neighbour for us. The relations between our two countries have broadened and deepened in the past two years,” said Shri Sharma to Ms. Suu Kyi. Both the leaders exchanged views on the issues of mutual interests. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expressed keen interest in building linkages with the textiles sector of India. Stressing the preference of the people of Myanmar for natural fiber, Ms. Suu Kyi said that the handloom sector of India has immense potential for Myanmar. Pointing to the conducive ecol…
GAIL and Shipping Corporation join hands for LNG Shipping

New Delhi, June 6, 2013. GAIL (India) Limited and the Shipping of Corporation India Limited (SCI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate for transportation of LNG sourced by GAIL from USA.  The MoU was signed in the presence of Shri B.C. Tripathi, Chairman & Managing Director, GAIL and Shri B.K. Mandal, Chairman & Managing Director and Director (Finance), SCI. Other senior officials of GAIL and SCI were present on the occasion.

Under the MoU, both GAIL & SCI shall cooperate for transportation of 5.8 MTPA of LNG being sourced by GAIL from Sabine Pass and Cove Point terminals in USA. The cooperation would include SCI assisting GAIL in the charter hiring of LNG ships and GAIL assigning step-in right to SCI in the ownership of LNG Ships.

GAIL has signed a LNG Sales & Purchase Agreement with Cheniere Energy Partners, LP  (Cheniere) to procure 3.5 MMTPA of LNG from the latter's Sabine Pass Term…
: Political Parties brought under RTI Act;  Full Bench CIC directs them to provide information under RTI. New Delhi, 4th  June 2013 On 3rd of June 2013, a full bench of Central Information Commission (CIC) comprising of Chief Information Commissioner Shri. Satyananda Mishra and Information Commissioners Shri. M.L. Sharma and Smt. Annapurna Dixit gave a landmark judgment where they ruled in favor of bringing Political Parties under the ambit of Right to Information Act (RTI). In October 2010, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) filed RTIs with various National Political Parties seeking information regarding the contributions (donations) that were received by them. In response to these RTIs all National Political Parties, barring CPI, refused to divulge any information by putting forth the alibi that they didn’t come under RTI. Following this a complaint (CIC/SM/C/2011/000838) was filed with CIC in March 2011 requesting that Political Parties should be declared as public authorities so…