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CIA chief warns of Istanbul-type attack in the US

CIA has warned that the Islamic State terror group may carry out large-scale attacks in the US similar to the one in Istanbul. CIA Director John Brennan said in Washington that the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport bears the hallmarks of the Islamic State’s depravity.

Brennan said while to replying to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations, a top American think-tank. that the United States, is leading the coalition to try to destroy IS inside of Syria and Iraq, so it would be surprising if the terror outfit is not trying to hit the country.

As many as 42 people were killed and hundreds wounded yesterday after suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs attacked Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport . Turkey government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group.

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EU: UK must honour free movement of people

European Union leaders have warned that the UK must honour the principle of free movement of people, if it wants to retain access to the single market after it leaves the bloc. European Council President Donald Tusk said, UK could not pick and choose.

The French and German leaders also made clear that the freedom of movement of EU citizens was non-negotiable. Immigration to the UK, particularly from poorer EU countries, was a key issue in the referendum campaign. Some campaigners for ‘Leave EU’ sent a clear message that the vote was about controlling immigration levels.

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PM to hold meeting Ministers amid talks of reshuffle

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with his Council of Ministers in New Delhi this evening. The meeting is expected to review the government’s decisions in the recent past. Union ministers are likely to make presentations on work done by their ministries in the last two years.

AIR correspondent reports, the meeting assumes significance amid the talks of an imminent cabinet reshuffle. The speculation has intensified over the change in the cabinet following Prime Minister’s meeting with BJP President Amit Shah last night. The possible reshuffle will coincide with an organizational changes in the BJP as Mr. Shah is yet to reconstitute his team in his second term as party chief.

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Boris Johnson has pulled out of the Tory leadership

Boris Johnson has pulled out of the Tory leadership contest. Michael Gove to contest.

Speaking at a conference on Thursday, he was expected to announce his intention to run become Britain’s next prime minister after David Cameron resigned last week.

His surprise announcement comes after fellow Brexiteer and Justice Secretary Michael Gove said he no longer supported Johnson and would be running for the leadership himself.

On the leadership, Johnson said: “Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in parliament, I have concluded that that person cannot be me.”

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India successfully test-fires surface-to-air missile

India today successfully test fired a new surface-to-air missile, from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur at around 08.15 hours. Official sources said, the medium range missile, a product of joint venture between India and Israel, was successfully test launched. The missile, which was initially proposed to be tested yesterday, was deferred in the last moment for today.

Earlier, Indian Navy had successfully test launched the long range surface-to-air missile. These missiles would be inducted in all three services after user’s trial is completed. The local administration had temporarily displaced more than 3500 people residing within 2.5 kms radius of the ITR for security reasons ahead of the test.

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42 dead in Yemeni suicide bombing attack,

Four explosions rocked security checkpoints in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla, killing 43 people and injuring 24 others. The blasts occurred at sunset, as soldiers broke their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Thirty-eight soldiers died in the attacks. Women and children were among the injured, according to Mukalla Now news agency. The suicide bombers reportedly posed as distributors of Iftar, the evening meal during Ramadan. Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.

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UN General Assembly elects non-permanent members

UN General Assembly on Tuesday elected Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden to serve during 2017-2018 in the UN Security Council, while the contest between Netherlands and Italy has yet to be officially resolved.

The two countries vying for one of two seats representing the Western European and others Group (WEOG) agreed to split the two-year term and balloting was “suspended until further notice” shortly after 5 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT). Sweden resoundingly won the other WEOG seat on the first ballot.
 
The elected five are to join on Jan. 1, 2017 the five permanent members of the 15-nation council — Britain, China, France, Russiaand the United States and replace the five non-permanent members elected in 2014 to serve during 2015-2016 — Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela, who are ending their two-year terms on Dec. 31.
 
The 193-member General Assembly mandated in 2014 that elections beginning in 2016 for non-permanent Security Council seats be held six months in advance of the term in order to give the elected countries more time to prepare for their new responsibilities. Previously balloting was held in October.
 
Before the meeting was suspended, Norway, as chair of WEOG, announced a meeting for 10 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) Wednesday to discuss the proposal which would have to be approved by the group and then voted on by the General Assembly where a more than two-thirds majority of those voting is required for election.
 
Italy and Netherlands were tied 95-95 after a total of five rounds of secret ballots to determine which country will join the other five non-permanent council members — Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay, whose two-year terms will end on Dec. 31, 2017. 

Bert Koenders(L), foreign minister of Netherlands, speaks during the election of non-permanent members of UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York. June 28, 2016. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
 
“The signal of this assembly this afternoon has been quite clear and I think it was reflected in the last vote this afternoon 95 votes for Italy and 95 votes for the Kingdom of the Netherlands,” said Foreign Minister Bert Koenders of Netherlands. “That means it is a clear signal that you appreciate both our countries in representing you in the Security Council.”
 
“Therefore, my colleague (Italian Foreign Minister Paolo) Gentiloni and myself would like to put forward a proposal following subject to full endorsement of WEOG that we would like to split the term,” said the Dutch foreign minister.
 
He proposed Italy to serve the first half, next year, and the Netherlands would serve in 2018 subject to WEOG endorsement and approval of the General Assembly.
 
Koenders’ proposal was greeted by applause.
 
“I confirm on behalf of the Republic of Italy what my colleague and friend Bert Koenders just said,” Gentiloni said, expressing thanks to the assembly for “your patience and your support.”
 
“We wanted maybe to give also a message of unity between European countries and so we took the opportunity of this perfect parity, 95-95 vote, to decide a proposal that gives also this message,” said Gentiloni, adding that the campaign “was an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen relations with all UN countries.”
 
“The competitive election has many negative things but it has an extraordinarily positive thing in that it gives an opportunity to know better all the membership of the UN,” the foreign minister said.
 
He later told reporters outside the great hall of the assembly. “We have no doubt this agreement will be implemented.”
 
Asked if the European unity message was an “anti-Brexit” message, referring to last week’s UK referendum decision to exit the European Union, he said “This is not anti-Brexit, it is pro unity.”
 
Netherlands’ Koenders told reporters the Italy-Netherlands accord came at “a very, very complex time in the UN Security Council. We both campaigned for a strong United Nations, we need a strong UN in a time of geopolitical complex conflicts, disarmament discussions, discussion on the development goals and more than ever unity is needed in the Security Council to solve the problems of the world.”
 
Earlier, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom of Sweden said after her nation’s election, “We will now do what we promised to do; we will work on prevention, peacekeeping, peacebuilding; we will work on security issues and climate and new threats to security; we will work on women’s peace and security.”
 
“I will instruct my staff here to work on a transparent and inclusive way to talk with countries, not only about them,” she added. “We are now ready to serve and we will do it based on the values and principles of the UN Charter.” Media agencies 

 

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A Seminar at Policy BootCamp with Jayant Sinha and Ravi Shankar Prasad

 

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 Vision India Foundation organised a day-long seminar on Good governance today as part of its leadership developement program-Policy BootCamp in the presence of Sh. Jayant Sinha, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad and Sh. Anil Swarup. The seminar comes in the mid of 3 week, immersive residential program where the young minds from the country and the world are engaged in developing a panoramic understanding of ‘Nation Building’. Sh. Jayant Sinha addressed the Seminar on role of youth in policy-making. He began his address by highlighting the fundamental questions in the policy space and priorities of the Central government. “We are a pro-poor government and that’s why we are a pro-market government. That’s not a contradiction rather it is the only way forward.” Sh. Jayant Sinha said commenting upon the approach of the current government. The minister also emphasized the policy of the government which is driven by a focus on empowerment rather that creating an environment of entitlement. He He characterized the functioning of the government as “policy driven, rule-based and discretionless.” He re-affirmed the commitment of government towards Swadeshi but at the same time dismissed the adoption of any protectionist and isolationist measures.

Later, in the day the seminar hosted Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad who began his remarks by highlighting that India is at a cusp of revolution. “Digital India is meant to bridge the divide between digital have’s and have’nots.” Sh. Prasad said commenting upon the focus of the Digital India scheme. Laying out the roadmap and vision of the government, Sh. Prasad gave out the following formula-“India Tomorrow=India’s Talent + Information Technology” The Minister also focused on the need to enhance digital literacy as the “Canvas of the country was changing as the citizens are getting the opportunity to participate in the change.” Remarking on the change in the mindset, Sh. Prasad said-“The Indian first observes the technology, then tries to know the technology and then, finally adopt the technology.” The day began with an address by Sh. Anil Swarup on “Enhancing transparency in governance through technology.” He shared his experience of spearheading the coal allocation process in the aftermath of the corruption-ridden coal sector. He remarked that the empowerment can only take place when the state allows- “Systems to take over, devolve individual power.” “Coal cannot be wished away in India but it can certainly be washed.” Sh. Swarup said while commenting upon the need to strike a balance between the energy interests of India and its commitment to renewable energy. Like the last edition, Policy BootCamp 2016 has been hosting high-impact leaders like parliamentarians, social reformers and subject experts, who share their knowledge and insights with the aspiring minds of today. The program focuses on making an impact through panel discussions, focused debates, field visits, case studies, creative ideation sessions and designing of innovative implementation models.

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Ethiopian 1st Airline in Africa to Receive Airbus A350XWB and First in the World to fly it in African Skies -28 June, 2016

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and the largest African airline, stands as 1st Airline in Africa to take delivery of Airbus A350XWB on 28 June, 2016, in Toulouse, France.

Ethiopian is proud to be the first airline from Africa to take delivery of the A350 and excel in offering its passengers the ultimate travel experience on-board this aircraft ahead of other carriers. Ethiopian is also pleased to make all Africans proud by being the first airline in the world to fly this ultra-modern airplane in the African skies.

Ethiopian A350 XWB was built for passengers comfort and well-being. Wider seats in both Business and Economy classes, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting enhance the comfort while reducing fatigue after a long flight.

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“The fact that we are ushering in another first to Africa in a span of four years is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation. It is also a testimony of our commitment to give our passengers the very best travel experience, with the latest industry products and services. On behalf of all my colleagues at the Ethiopian family, I am delighted to see Ethiopian to continue making Africa First in Aviation Technology,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian.

All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels. Inflight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the future. Passengers with smart devices can connect to the world while others can use the smart individual touch screens on their seats when the internet service goes operational.

All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels. Inflight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the future. Passengers with smart devices can connect to the world while others can use the smart individual touch screens on their seats when the internet service goes operational.

The A350XWB’s innovative technology improves performance in operation. Its revolutionary airframe and simplified systems have optimized fuel burn, maintenance costs and reliability, and its engines have the lowest carbon dioxide CO2 emissions of any in the wide body category.

Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350XWB aircraft and will continue receiving the remaining 13 soon constantly raising number of Airbus aircraft in the fleet ensuring the extra comfort.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 92 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet

includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

For more information about this press release, please contact:

Mrs. Hanna Atnafu

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Milind Soman to run 570 km for ‘The Great India Run’

New Delhi, 28th June 2016: ProSportify, conceptualisers of India’s first ever multi city marathon ‘The Great India Run’ today announced the inclusion of Silvassa as a special route. The destination that has been included as a pilot route, will see celebrity runner Milind Soman cover a distance of 570 kilometres from Ahmedabad to Mumba via Silvassa, starting on the 27th of July.

The entire event, scheduled from the 17th July 2016 –6th August 2016 will see 15 of the best Ultra Marathoners from India and the world pass through six states viz; Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, including Mahrashtra and Delhi covering a total distance of 1480 Kms, to promote running as a sport in the country. Milind Soman will cover 570 kilometres of the run from Ahmedabad and reach Mumbai via Silvassa. Silvassa, the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is known for its breathtaking scenery, water sports as well as the Endurathon which is an Ultramarathon that takes place at the city.  

“I am happy to hear that The Great India Run will pass through Silvassa. It will create a lot of excitement for endurance running in the region and personally, I am looking forward to running in that beautiful place.” said Milind Soman

Running enthusiasts from New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Silvassa and Mumbai can register for the 5Km Fun run or the 21 Km half marathon of ‘The Great India Run’, online, through the event site www.thegreatindiarun.com and also by downloading the Mobiefit application available on both Android and iOs devices. Registration fee start at INR 350 for 5 km and INR 600 for 21 km.

ProSportify & MobieFit plan to make ‘The Great India Run’ an annual event. The objective would be to contribute to the cause of developing and supporting the endeavours of future Olympians every year by donating the revenues to a charitable trust for sports development. The revenue generated from the inaugural edition will be donated to ‘Go Sports Foundation’ to further the cause of Olympians in the country. 

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