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Australia killing heatwave

Thousands of homes and businesses have been left without power in eastern Sydney, Australia, electricity company Ausgrid reported on Thursday.


Australia’s Blistering heat is shattering records with heat records are dissolving over large parts of Australia in what could end up as the nation’s hottest summer on record. An especially fierce heat spike swept across the nation’s south and east late this week, pushing wildfire risk to extreme levels.

At least 28 locations hit all-time highs on Thursday. In Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, the official West Terrace station rocketed to 46.6°C (115.9°F)—the highest temperature ever recorded at the designated reporting sites for any of Australia’s state or territorial capitals. About 200 miles away, the city of Port Augusta hit its all-time high on Thursday with a blistering 49.5°C (121.1°F). That’s unnervingly close to the nation’s all-time high of 50.7°C (123.3°F), notched at Oodnadatta, South Australia, on January 2, 1960.

The incident also left several people trapped in elevators and disrupted traffic, after 23 traffic lights in the area were shut down, police said. The cause of the outage that was reported in Randwick, Bondi Junction, Bondi, Kensington, Waverley, Double Bay and Woollahra areas is still to be determined.

Power was restored to some 10,000 out of the 45,000 affected homes on Thursday afternoon. Sydney is currently battling a heatwave with temperature rising above 35 degrees °C (95 °F).

The furnace blast of hot air was being pushed eastward across southern Australia by a strong upper-level trough in the Southern Ocean and a surface front pulling hot air toward coastal regions from the torrid Outback. On Friday, the heat was predicted to spike in Victoria, where Melbourne—the state capital and the nation’s second largest city—was expecting a high of 44°C (111.2°F). The city hit 35°C (95°F) at 7:36 am Friday, which appears to be the earliest hour in the day such heat has ever been observed in Melbourne, according to Trewin.

Melbourne’s average high in January is only 26°C (79°F), but most days are cooler than that, chilled by the proximity of the Southern Ocean, while a smaller number of days dominated by offshore flow are much warmer. The city’s all-time high of 46.4°C (115.5°F) is probably safe at least through Friday.

Another capital city—Hobart, Tasmania—is predicted to hit 37°C (98.6°F) on Friday. Hobart’s all-time high is 41.8°C (107.2°F).

Extreme heat engulfed much of Australia earlier this month. As reported by weather.com, the four days from January 12 to 15 were among the ten hottest days on record for the nation as a whole. All-time highs during that period included Tarcoola in South Australia, which hit 49°C (120.2°F) on January 15, its highest temperature in 116 years of recordkeeping. Even that high was broken with 49.1°C (120.4°F) on Thursday, January 24.

Noona recorded a daily minimum temperature of 35.9C (96.6°F) on January 18. According to Herrera, this is the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, and the highest recorded anywhere on Earth during any January.

Among other all-time highs in recent weeks:

  • Cairns hit 43.6°C (110.5°F), on 26 November, beating 43.2°C (109.8°F) from 1923.
  • Alice Springs hit 45.6°C (114.1°F), on December 29, beating 45.2°C (113.4°F) from January 3, 1960.

 

This summer’s brutal heat is having major impacts on thousands of feral horses, donkeys, and cattle, among other creatures.

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Spain: Release of journalists

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The Spanish government on Thursday demanded the immediate release of journalists working for the Spanish news agency EFE who were arrested in Venezuela. Madrid “strongly condemns” the detention in Caracas of four members of a team from Spanish news agency EFE by Venezuela’s state intelligence agency Sebin, the Foreign Ministry said.

Spain demands that “the competent authorities release them immediately,” it said, adding that Madrid “again asks the Venezuelan authorities to respect the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms.” The three EFE journalists – a Spanish reporter, a Colombian videographer and a Colombian photographer – were arrested along with their Venezuelan driver on Wednesday, media reports.

Two French journalists from the TV channel TMC were detained on Tuesday as they filmed the presidential palace in Caracas and have not been heard from since, Venezuela’s main journalists’ union, the SNTP, said. Two Chilean journalists who were also arrested on Tuesday near the presidential palace “were kicked out of Venezuela” on Wednesday, it added.

Manuel Duran Ortega―founder of Memphis Noticias, a Spanish-language publication in Memphis, Tennessee―was arrested in April for disorderly conduct and obstructing traffic while covering a local protest. Duran Ortega was one of several journalists covering the protest, was wearing his press badge, and yet was the only journalist arrested.

Two days later, the Memphis Police Department dropped the charges against him. But instead of releasing Duran Ortega, Memphis officials turned him over to ICE. He was subsequently transferred to a detention center in Louisiana―separated from his family in Memphis.

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 BJP wins Jind bypoll

The ruling BJP won the high-stakes Jind bypoll in Haryana on Thursday with party candidate Krishan Middha defeating his nearest rival, Digvijay Singh Chautala of JJP, by over 12,000 votes. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar expresses confidence that BJP will win the constituency, says the party will increase lead when votes of urban segments are counted

The BJP wrested the seat from the main opposition INLD, which was decimated in the by-election.
Middha won by a margin of 12,935 votes, Jind deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer Amit Khatri said.
The JJP was floated last month by Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala after a split in the INLD following a family feud.
The Congress, which had fielded its senior leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, an MLA from Kaithal, ended up at the third spot.
Middha (48) is a BAMS doctor, whose father’s death necessitated the bypoll.
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Researcher Fellow entitled to HRA

CSIR Media brief

All Researcher Fellow also entitled to HRA as per Central Government Norms.

All researcher need to enhance Quality of Phd,

Fellowship and global standards with faculty to be attractive  for the youngsters

Fellows are to have incentives in form of  fiscal and are entitled to HRA as per central Gov norms.

60 K Researcher get 25Kto 28 pm is total basic corpse fund is required and others fund with amenities  and obligation which ride on basic as per domino effect with specialization reach center levels are key to each ministry locating its sectors.

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Congress wins the Ramgarh assembly seat

Congress wins the Ramgarh assembly seat with a margin of 12228 votes. Congress candidate Shafia Zubair garnered a total of 83311 votes. BJP’s Suwant Singh garnered 71083 votes.
The results of assembly election in Rajasthan’s Ramgarh and bypoll in Haryana’s Jind are likely to be read as important indicators ahead of the national election, due by May.
BJP candidate Krishan Middha is leading by 15,481 votes in the Jind bypoll. The stakes are high for both the ruling BJP, Congress in these polls, though other state players like the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Rajasthan and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Haryana are also in the contest.
As many as 20 candidates contested the Ramgarh election, which could not be held along with other constituencies due to the death of the BSP candidate Laxman Singh before the December 7 state polls.
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Anna refuses to meet Maha govt envoy:  

Social activist Anna Hazare’s hunger strike entered the second day on Thursday as he remained defiant on his demand for appointment of anti-corruption watchdogs at the Centre and in Maharashtra and resolution of farmers’ issues.

A bandh was also observed by locals in Hazare’s native Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district in support of his demands. Hazare is sitting on a hunger strike in his village since Wednesday against “non-fulfilment” of assurances by the Centre and the Maharashtra government on the appointment of Lokpal and passage of the Lokayukta Act in the state.
The 81-year-old Army man-turned-activist has also been demanding appointment of Lokayuktas in states where such statutory anti-corruption watchdogs do not exist. He has also been demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations on ways to address agrarian distress, besides some electoral reforms. Locals of Ralegan Siddhi village issued a statement on Thursday to local tehsildar, as an official representative of the state government, to look into Hazare’s demands. Doctors conducted a check-up of Hazare and asked his caretakers to monitor the activist’s condition closely.
“He is over 80 years’ old. He needs to be looked after,” the doctors told Hazare’s close aides. Hazare had earlier declined to meet state government envoy and minister Girish Mahajan for talks over his demands. However, Mahajan said on Wednesday that talks were going on with Hazare and his supporters. — PTI
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Exim Bank celebrates Mahatma Gandhi’s life and legacy through exclusive paintings by traditional Indian artists

New Delhi, January 30, 2019: In an innovative move to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) has worked with rural artisans from across the country to develop paintings on his life and legacy in their traditional art forms. Exim Bank had engaged fifteen traditional artists to develop the paintings, based on different events from Mahatma Gandhi’s life exclusively for Exim Bank.

The artists representing 12 different traditional art forms from Dahanu in Maharashtra (for Warli painting), Kotra Sultanband near Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh (for Gond painting), Kamrup in Assam  (for North East weaving), Chandanpur in Odisha (for Pattachitra painting), Srinagar in J&K (for  Papier Mache art), Triplicane in Tamil Nadu (for Tanjore painting), Mathura in Uttar Pradesh (for Sanjhi craft), Paschim Medinipur in West Bengal (for Pattua painting), Srikalahasthi in Andhra Pradesh (for Kalamkari painting), Ahmedabad in Gujarat (for Mata-Ni-Pachedi) and Bhilwara in Rajasthan (for Phad painting)  and Madhubani in Bihar (for Madhubani painting) were commissioned for the project, who developed 25 exclusive paintings for Exim Bank.

“We shared the concept about the project and left it to the artisans to develop the paintings according to their own interpretation of important events from Mahatma Gandhi’s life. The three monkeys, which is a pictorial maxim of ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,’ was one of the favourite themes of the artists and it was manifested in several paintings of the Gond artists who worked on the project. All the paintings have a story to tell and the artists worked for over two months on them,” said Mr. Vikramaditya Ugra, General Manager, who led the project. “The paintings reflect the vision of the common people of India, who played the most significant role in Gandhi’s journey from a lawyer to the Father of the Nation,” he added.

These paintings have been used in the desktop calendar of Exim Bank for 2019. To provide a bigger platform to these traditional Indian art forms and in furtherance of its efforts to pay homage to the Father of our Nation, Exim Bank is also organising exhibition of the traditional paintings across various centers in the country. The first such exhibition is being organized at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in New Delhi from January 30-February 02, 2019. This exhibition will be a non-commercial event and the paintings on display will be solely for the purpose of educating the audiences about the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi through various traditional Indian art forms. From Delhi, the exhibition will travel to Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Exim Bank believes in promoting all round development of the Indian economy and also supports enterprises and artisans based out of rural areas of the country. Exim Bank has over the years supported artisans under its grassroots initiatives and market advisory programmes in getting domestic and international orders.

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“22nd Report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs on Sino-India Relations”

Monday, February 4, 2019

TIME6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Registration: 5:30 PM)

LOCATION WWF Auditorium, Lodi Road, New Delhi

SPEAKERSDr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament and Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs
Mr. Mohammad Salim, Member of Parliament and Member,  Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs
Lt. Gen. S. L. Narasimhan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd), Member, National Security Advisory Board
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Amending, un-amendable Brexit

Former head of MI5, Eliza Manningham-Buller

BBCWorldatOne: “If we leave without a deal, we’re going to be less safe” warns a former head of the Intelligence Services #MI5,

Eliza Manningham-Buller, on the UK’s security after #Brexit.

Dear Naresh
The only amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement that made it through last night were those by Graham Brady and Dame Caroline Spelman. The latter was a signal that there isn’t majority support for ‘no deal’, but beyond that, it wasn’t binding, so has little true meaning.

The Graham Brady amendment, asking May to return to Europe and renegotiate was the most cynical example of putting party before country. It allows May to keep the European Research Group on-side for a little longer but creates even more uncertainty for the country.

So the can has been kicked down the road again. Nothing has changed. Theresa May will return to EU who will return with the same answer: no change to the backstop.

Only when there are no other options will the government agree to extend. All this has given the Prime Minister is some time to gather support for the next step.

It is highly likely that this will be an extension to Article 50 in late March with the promise of a vote afterwards. We suspect that this will be a general election rather than a People’s Vote, but could, of course, be wrong.

We are preparing for every eventuality, but we need your help. If you are not yet a member of the UK’s most exciting political force, join us today to become part of the movement.

To support our cause in other ways, please consider donating to Renew. Your generosity will help us to fight for a radically different political future and put an end to the shambles in Westminster

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Discuss Converges

20181014_18221027th Convergence India 2019 expo, the 3rd Internet of Things 2019 expo, and EmbeddedTech India 2019 expo opens with a special address by Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu
Shri Vinay Thakur, Director – Project Development, National eGovernance Division, Ministry of Electronics and IT, addresses select audience on day 2 at the 27th Convergence India 2019 expo
  • Government transferred around Rs. 5.6 lakh crore so far to beneficiaries of NREGA, LPG subsidies, etc. using AePS.
  • This facilitated 9.1 crore electronic transactions through e-governance platform.
  • Out of 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country, Govt. has reached to about 1.22 lakh through BharatNet.
Panel discussions also had speakers talking about the importance of digital and financial literacy at the rural level, and developing a dynamic fintech start-up ecosystem
New Delhi, January 30, 2019: The 27th Convergence India 2019 expo and conference has seen industry leaders and government representatives discuss important topics and trends pertaining to areas like digitisation, fintech, telecom, IoT, cloud and big data, mobile technologies, and digital transformation in India. The three-day exhibition and concurrent conference sessions have focused on the digital landscape of the country, along with the roadmap to ensuring better connectivity of each citizen and facilitating better delivery of key services of governance.

Shri Vinay Thakur, Director – Project Development, National eGovernance Division, Ministry of Electronics and IT, said during a panel discussion titled ‘Digital transformation in India: Progress and challenges’, “Good governance through the Aadhaar-enabled Payment System (AePS) has been an area of focus for the government in the last four years. We have transferred a total of around Rs. 5.6 lakh crore across to beneficiaries of NREGA, LPG subsidies, etc. using AePS. In addition, we are currently facilitating 9.1 crore electronic transactions such as passport services, land records, etc. through the e-governance portal. The government is also focusing extensively on developing BharatNet to bridge the digital divide between the urban and rural areas of the country. Out of around 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country, we have reached about 1.22 lakh, and our aim is to reach each and every household across all the regions. Moreover, the government has deployed more than 7,000 websites and 960 key applications on the cloud for faster delivery of services and improvements in the tech infrastructure.”

Dr. Subi Chaturvedi, Senior President, YES Bank, said, “The internet is a great leveller since it brings both men and women online, which holds great significance for the growth of the digital ecosystem. The focus of digitisation should be on interoperability between different service providers. For this, we need to start preparing start-ups to follow the principles of interoperability while developing technologies or solutions. Furthermore, being a part of the global economy and market, our start-up ecosystem needs to be integrated with the rest of the world with a focus on creating and following good practices by itself, and not just the best practices prescribed by others.”

Dr. Chaturvedi further added, “We need to create a workforce of the future along with adopting AI, and emphasise on re-skilling the current force. The transformation that is about to take place will require higher investments towards digital capacity building. Finally, we need a stable regulatory and policy environment, as well as a collaborative ecosystem comprising businesses, governments, academia, the media, and the citizens to achieve a successful holistic transformation of the society.”

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Speaking during a panel session on ‘Fintech: Mobile and Digital banking changing the face of money’, Shri Nitin Jain, Co-founder, Ofbusiness, said, “Technology is changing how we operate as well as the element of trust in the financial services and banking industry. From the first phase of digital transformation, which focused on being asset-light and connecting buyers and sellers, we are moving to the second phase which is that of decentralisation. Blockchain is one of the most promising technologies that can bring about true decentralisation of banking and finance. However, these are very early days for this technology. The defining technologies over the next five years are artificial intelligence and machine learning.”

During the same panel discussion, Shri Probir Roy, Co-founder, PayMate India, said, “India is set to reach approximately $450 billion worth of transactions by 2022. The retail lending sector has the biggest untapped opportunity and fintech will play an important role in developing the market for digitally driven lending services. However, it will be imperative to improve digital and financial literacy to tap into the rural sector, where the scale of opportunity is comparatively greater than the urban markets where the presence of fintech is more widespread at present.” On India’s digital growth vis a vis China, Shri Roy said, “There is certainly a lot we can learn from China in terms of how to boost digital transactions among consumers and make it widespread. But we need to realize that the industry model in China and India is vastly different. While the former has a fintech industry dominated by two conglomerates, the Indian market needs to foster multiple fintech players who should both challenge as well as collaborate with the traditional banking sector.”

Organized by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and Exhibitions India Group, the event builds upon Government of India’s ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives through a display of a vast array of products pertaining to fields such as ICT, IT & ITeS, broadcast & digital media, emerging technologies & enterprise solutions, virtual & augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, cloud services, semiconductor manufacturing, etc.

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