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South Dakota Plane Crash

Brule County State’s Attorney Theresa Maule said 12 people were on the plane. The pilot and two children are among the dead. Three survivors were rushed to a Sioux Falls hospital and remain in critical condition. The aircraft took off in Chamberlain and was headed to Idaho Falls, Idaho. Maule praised first responders as “heroic.”

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Rains to lash in South India

latest weather outlook for India

The Northeast Monsoon will bring isolated to widespread heavy rain and thunderstorms over Southern India for the next five days.

A cyclonic circulation and related low pressure will form about 400km southwest of Cape Comorin over southeast Arabian Sea on Saturday 30th. The low will move northwestward over Lakshadweep on Sunday and Monday.

Subsequently, heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely over Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala on Saturday. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible over Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, interior Karnataka and Lakshadweep on Sunday.

24-hour precipitation accumulation of 100mm is possible over Tamil Nadu on Saturday. 48-hour precipitation accumulation of 75mm to 120mm is likely over Tamil Nadu on Saturday and Sunday. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely over Tamil Nadu, Kerala, interior Karnataka and Lakshadweep on Monday. There is no threat of heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Another cyclonic circulation and related low pressure system will form over Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining southwest Arabian Sea on Saturday and the low pressure is forecast to move westward.

A cyclonic circulation is over Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday and brings isolated snow or rain over Arunachal Pradesh until Tuesday.

Max temperatures are lower than average over Northern, North Western and North Central India in this forecast period. Max temperatures over Southern, Eastern and North Eastern India are near average or slightly higher than average during the next five days.

Min temperatures are higher than average over Western, Southern Central, Eastern and North Eastern India in the same time period.

Saturday – Nationwide Rain Forecast

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely over Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

Scattered rain and thunderstorms are expected over Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Isolated rain is possible over Arunachal Pradesh and Karnataka.

Dry weather is likely over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sikkim, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.

Sunday – Nationwide Rain Forecast

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely over Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

Scattered rain and thunderstorms have been forecast over Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Isolated rain is possible over Arunachal Pradesh and Karnataka.

Dry weather is likely over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sikkim, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.

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Best to Invest, Entrepreneurs

Best Entrepreneurs Believe it or not Asian 3 nation top in entrepreneurship 1. Japan 2. Germany 3. US 4. Switzerland 5. UK 6. Canada 7. Sweden 8. South Korea 9. Australia 10. Singapore 11. Netherlands 12. Norway 13. Denmark 14. Finland 15. Belgium

Best countries to invest in, 2019. 1. Uruguay 2. Saudi 3. Costa Rica 4. Luxembourg 5. India 6. Poland 7. Qatar 8. Vietnam 9. Slovenia 10. Chile 11. NZ 12. Latvia 13. Malaysia 14. Singapore 15. Denmark 16. Russia 17. Lithuania 18. Indonesia 19. Italy 20. Brazil (US News)

Most powerful countries, 2019. 1. US 2. Russia 3. China 4. Germany 5. UK 6. France 7. Japan 8. Israel 9. Saudi 10. S Korea 11. UAE 12. Canada 13. Iran 14. Switzerland 15. Australia 16. Turkey 17. India 18. Italy 19. Iraq 20. Singapore (US News and World Report)

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Memorial lecture for Ram Jethmalani

ANZ LAWz organised a grand memorial lecture of tribute for Sh. Ram Jethmalani

30.11.2019, New Delhi:A grand memorial lecture was organised to pay tribute to the legendary Sh. Ram Jethmalani at Teen Murti Bhawan, New Delhi. Event saw galaxies of legal luminaries and people across different walk of life. Justice A. K. Sikri, International Judge, Singapore and Former Judge Mk Supreme Court of India were the chief guest. Along with him the event was graced by the presence of Mahesh Jethmalani, Senior Advocate and a proud son, Sanjay R. Hegde, Senior Advocate, Ms. Lataa Jethmalani, wife of Ram Jethmalani, S. Ganesh, Senior Advocate, Osama Suhail, Advocate, convenor of the event, and Senior Partner of ANZ LAWZ, including many other prominent personalities.

Justice A. K. Sikri stated extensively about Ram Jethmalani ji. He made revelation that Ram Jethamalani’s last argument was before him. Mahesh Jethmalani, Senior Advocate takes us to undisclosed path of his life. He told that his father, Ram Jethmalani was advised by his senior that he should go to India to practice at the time of partition considering his security. On the other hand, Ms. Lataa Jethmalani, wife of Ram Jethmalani brought emotional moments although did not say a word. Her eyes were full of his memories.

Sanjay R. Hegde, Senior Advocate paid homage to the man described by him as unparalleled in the legal fraternity. Whereas, S. Ganesh, Senior Advocate also shared words exchanged between him and Ram Jethmalani ji on his 92nd Birthday. He shared motto of life of Ram jethmalani ji was only hard work.

Osama Suhail, Advocate and Senior Partner of ANZ LAWZ highlighted the need of sustaining and disseminating learning of Ram Jethamalani ji. He expressed his shock that Ramjethmalani ji has not been given any civilian award. As per him, Jethmalani Sahab was the real Ratna of India. He went on to say the award needs Ram Jethmalani ji for its credibility. He announced that his firm ANZ LAWz will conduct seminar, moot court, memorial Lecture and publication in the name of Ram Jethamalani.

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Media partnership critical to vaccinate every child:

Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 to be launched

NOIDA, 29 November 2019 – The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in association with UNICEF today held a national workshop with Editors and senior journalists representing prominent national and state media networks on Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 being launched from December 2019 – March 2020.

The day-long workshop focused on the importance of IMI 2.0 and the need for media partnership, particularly for boosting the coverage in low performing areas and among vulnerable populations in 272 High Priority Districts in 27 states and 670 blocks in 109 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. IMI 2.0 is the second phase of Intensified Mission Indradhanush launched by the Prime Minister of India in October 2017 to attain 90 per cent immunization coverage in India by 2020.

Speaking at the workshop, Dr S.K. Sikdar, Additional Commissioner (Immunization), MoHFW, said, “Despite clear evidence around the power of vaccines to save lives and control diseases, many children are missing out on immunization, putting them and their communities at risk of disease and deadly outbreaks. This is unacceptable in a world where affordable, lifesaving vaccines exist. Media is an important partner in achieving the goal of 90 per cent immunization coverage by disseminating critical information on vaccination and encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated, and countering myths and misconceptions around vaccines.”

IMI 2.0 will focus on improved microplanning, intense monitoring, mobilizing communities and strengthened vaccination systems. There will also be focus on tracking and updating due lists to identify children less than two years and pregnant women for vaccination. Help of non-health sectors is being sought to deal with social barriers and gaps in knowledge in communities to create a movement for vaccinating every child and pregnant mother.

Senior representatives and experts from MoHFW, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF updated the journalists representing leading national and regional media from the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, on the status of immunization in India.

The journalists were introduced to IMI guidelines, sensitivities of reporting on immunization, best reporting practices and fact-checking in the era of social media where fake news and misinformation travels fast.

Intensification of Mission Indradhanush has led to an accelerated increase in the full immunization coverage; however, prevailing disparities and inequities have limited the scope of country’s progress towards goals of 90 per cent full immunization coverage.

The media workshop is part of an effort by the MoHFW to bring on-board partners to help increase immunization coverage particularly in High Priority Districts so that each and every child is protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

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INDOOR DANCEWALKS

Dancewalks with Foofwa d’Imobilité
14 December 2019
‘the earth is still going around the sun’ – 13 curated exhibitions.


INDOOR DANCEWALKS – RETROPERSPECTIVES AND VOYAGE
4 December 2019, 6 PM onwards at Khoj Studios

The indoor Dancewalk is a paradox that will be an initiation to the outdoor Dancewalk. The local and indoor Dancewalk let’s one apprehend with intimacy, the freedom of traveling through dance, in body and spirit, but within enclosed space(s). It is also an analytical and historical account of the 600 kilometers danced around the world by Foofwa d’Imobilité since 2015.
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OUTDOOR DANCEWALK – Khirkee 6 December 2019, 3:30 PM onwards In the outdoor Dancewalk interaction with the city, the landscape becomes poetry. The audiences walk along or join the Dancewalk, shattering the dividing line between performer and spectator. Each person in the energetic and joyous group can reaffirm their dancing personality.
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SAVE THE DATE ‘the earth is still going around the sun’ – 13 curated exhibitionsOpening 14 December 2019, 6 PM onwards at the India International Centre, New Delhi Khoj International Artists’ Association in partnership with Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi is pleased to announce the opening of ‘the earth is still going around the sun’ – 13 curated exhibitions. The exhibitions open at 6pm, on the 14th of December, 2019 at the Art Gallery at the India International Centre, New Delhi. More details 
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Kensville Golf & Country Club, Ahmedabad


Sunit Chowrasia fires second straight 67 to join Shamim Khan at the top in round two

Kensville Golf & Country Club, Ahmedabad, November 29, 2019: Kolkata’s Sunit Chowrasia shot a second straight five-under-67 to join Delhi’s Shamim Khan in the halfway lead at the Kensville Open 2019 Presented by TATA Steel PGTI, a Rs. 40 lakh event, being played at the Kensville Golf & Country Club near Ahmedabad.

Sunit and Shamim, who carded a 68 on Friday, had identical totals of 10-under-134 after 36 holes.

Pune-based Udayan Mane (67) and Delhi’s Arjun Prasad (70) were two shots off the lead in tied third place.

The cut fell at two-over-146. Fifty professionals and two amateurs made the cut.

Sunit Chowrasia (67-67), who was in third place and one shot off the lead after round one, was exceptional around the greens on day two as he produced a second straight 67. Chowrasia enjoyed a solid start as he made a chip-in for par on the 12th followed by a tough two-putt for par on the 13th and an eagle chip-in on the 14th.

The 25-year-old Sunit, the nephew of Indian golfing legend SSP Chawrasia, added four more birdies and a bogey thereafter which included a 12-feet birdie conversion on the third to end up with the day’s joint lowest round.

Sunit, who turned professional in 2018, said, “I didn’t strike the ball as well today as compared to round one. Nonetheless, I managed to get a good start thanks to my short-game as I made two chip-ins early on that lifted my confidence. I played well on the par-5s today having made an eagle and two birdies.

“I had not been finishing my rounds well earlier in the year and that affected my results. But I’ve fared much better on that front recently and that reflects in my top-20 finishes at the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational and the IndianOil Servo Masters Golf.

“The experience of having done reasonably well at Kensville last year with a tied 11th finish, has given me the confidence to perform well at this venue once again. My course management has been good so far this week.”

Shamim Khan (66-68), the round one joint leader, continued in the lead on day two after draining six birdies at the expense of two bogeys. Khan was four-under and error-free through his first 11 holes thus staring at an outright lead. But two birdies and bogeys each over the next five holes slowed down his progress.

Shamim said, “I did not finish the round as per my expectations so I’m a little disappointed. But I’m still well-placed and have a good platform to build on for the last two rounds.”

Arjun Prasad, the round one joint leader, slipped to tied third at eight-under-136 after a flawless 70 on Friday. Udayan Mane fired a 67, the day’s joint lowest score, to join Prasad in tied third place.

Delhi-based Naman Dawar made an eagle-two on the 12th during his round of 68 that placed him fifth and seven-under-137.

Amateur Jay Pandya was the highest-placed among the Ahmedabad-based golfers. Pandya was in tied 13th at three-under-141.

Defending champion Tapy Ghai of Gurugram was a further shot back in tied 18th.

Amateur Anshul Patel was only the second Ahmedabad-based golfer after Jay Pandya to have made the cut. Patel’s total of two-over-146 placed him tied 43rd.

PGTI Order of Merit leader Rashid Khan of Delhi missed the cut by one shot as he totaled three-over-147.

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Quake hit Myanmar-India Border

Sagar media inc

Mag: 4.6 – Depth: 55 km – UTC 01:12 – Myanmar-India Border Region – EMSC Info:

Low intensity 4.5-magnitude earthquake strikes Myanmar-India border region.

Magnitudemb 4.6
RegionMYANMAR-INDIA BORDER REGION
Date time2019-12-02 01:12:44.9 UTC
Location23.12 N ; 93.66 E
Depth60 km
Distances207 km NE of Chittagong, Bangladesh / pop: 3,921,000 / local time: 07:12:44.9 2019-12-02
117 km SE of Āīzawl, India / pop: 266,000 / local time: 06:42:44.9 2019-12-02
23 km N of Falam, Myanmar / pop: 5,500 / local time: 07:42:44.9 2019-12-02

May be another tremor expected

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Skinnari Team visit to Toronto

Minister Skinnari to lead a Team Finland visit to Toronto

Ministry for Foreign Affairs  29.11.2019 

Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will lead an export promotion visit to Toronto, Canada, on 2 December. During his visit, he will attend the opening of the Toronto Office of Business Finland. The Minister will be accompanied by a business delegation representing Finnish expertise in the bioeconomy and circular economy sectors.

Canada and Finland share the concern about climate change, and both countries are committed to the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Finland’s ambitious aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 requires bold reforms, one of which is the transition from the traditional, linear economy to a low-carbon circular economy. The World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF), which is a global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, will be hosted by Canada in 2020.  Finnish companies have state-of-the-art expertise in circular economy, and Canada is particularly interested in solutions related to forestry, mining and the utilisation of waste and secondary flows. 

The Team Finland visit aims to promote awareness of Finnish circular economy expertise and knowledge of Finnish companies in Canada. The business delegation’s programme is part of the activities of the Smart Energy Finland Program and Circular Bioeconomy of Business Finland. In the framework of the programme, ecosystems have been developed in Canada for a longer time.

“Finnish companies are at the leading edge in developing solutions that support the Government’s ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. This visit gives an excellent opportunity for deepening the trade relations between Finland and Canada and for presenting Finnish circular economy expertise,” says Minister Ville Skinnari.

During his visit, Minister Skinnari will discuss topical bilateral questions with representatives of the Canadian federal government and the administration of the Province of Ontario. He will also meet representatives of the Board of Directors of the Canadian-Finnish Chamber of Commerce. The Minister will also attend a business seminar and speak at the official opening of Business Finland’s Office in Canada on 2 December.

“Expanding the activities of Business Finland’s network to Toronto will significantly strengthen Finland’s Team Finland work in Canada and it is a sign of Canada’s growing importance to Finland. Physical presence in Toronto will make it possible for Business Finland to create permanent networks and to seize local business opportunities,” says Minister Skinnari.

The business delegation will have additional programme in Toronto on 3 December and in Montreal on 4 December. Both cities will organise seminars on forestry, bioeconomy and circular economy, to be attended by local stakeholders. In addition, the business delegation will have meetings with potential partners and other important local actors. 

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Finn action in the Arctic region

Climate change calls for action in the Arctic region

Ministry for Foreign Affairs  27.11.2019 

Sustainable Arctic and Antarctic policies play an integral role in combating climate change. In the seventh part of the “Sustainable Foreign Policy” series, Petteri Vuorimäki, Finland’s Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs, tells us about Finland’s expertise in dealing with cold conditions and its active role in polar policy.

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Petteri Vuorimäki is the Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The Arctic and Antarctic are facing significant challenges today.  Climate change clearly affects polar regions more powerfully than the rest of the world.

Threats to biodiversity, new sea routes and the negative side effects of tourism all present challenges to our understanding of how the Arctic and Antarctic regions should be protected. In addition, the international community’s interest in the Arctic region has increased from the point of view of geopolitics, among other perspectives.

What issues does Finland consider important in Arctic and Antarctic policy?

“Finland is one of the five countries that are both permanent members of the Arctic Council and consultative parties to the Antarctic Treaty. We have first-class expertise when it comes to polar areas,” says Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs Petteri Vuorimäki.   

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Petteri Vuorimäki.

“Finland’s long-term objectives in the Arctic and Antarctic regions include protecting the environment, strengthening meteorological cooperation, reducing black carbon emissions and, in the case of the Arctic region, strengthening regional cooperation. Finland’s expertise in cold conditions has also been an important factor in our export promotion,” Vuorimäki summarises.

The Arctic Council is the most important actor in terms of Arctic policy. The Council is an intergovernmental forum consisting of eight member states. Six organisations representing Arctic indigenous peoples have permanent participant status and are actively involved in the Council’s work. In addition to these, the Arctic Council has more than thirty observers who participate through their engagement in the Council’s working groups.

“The Arctic Council aims to promote sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. It is very important to ensure that the significance of Arctic policy is understood widely throughout Finnish society. Arctic issues cannot be compartmentalised into areas such as foreign, climate, science or industrial policy,” says Vuorimäki.

“I represent Finland as a Senior Arctic Official in the Arctic Council and participate in the work of Finland’s Arctic Advisory Board. I also represent the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the steering group preparing the new Strategy for the Arctic Region in Finland,” says Vuorimäki.

In addition to Arctic policy, Vuorimäki’s duties include matters related to the Antarctic. Antarctica does not belong to any single country, and it has no permanent population except for people working in research centres. How is Antarctic policy connected to the Ambassador’s other work?

“I am the Ambassador responsible for both Arctic and Antarctic issues. This is important because the state of the environment is causing concern in both Arctic and Antarctic regions due to the melting of ice, changes in biodiversity and the negative side effects of tourism, among other challenges,” Vuorimäki sums up.

“Many people are surprised to learn that Finland is one of the countries conducting top-level research in Antarctica. Aboa is a Finnish research station in Antarctica that conducts world-class research in areas such as gravity, the composition of the upper atmosphere and atmospheric aerosol processes. It is very important for Finland to better understand what is happening in the Arctic and Antarctic as a result of climate change,” Vuorimäki says.

Antarctic issues will be a central topic of discussion particularly in the coming spring. The Arctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM), which will take place in Helsinki in May–June, will bring nearly four hundred representatives from over 50 countries to the city to discuss the implementation of the Antarctic Treaty. Decisions at the meeting will be made by 29 Consultative Parties, including Finland. Vuorimäki will chair the event.

“Finland has been a member of the Antarctic Treaty since 1989. We are one of the countries making decisions, and we are also known our wide-ranging expertise on how to operate in cold conditions. Finnish icebreakers are internationally known, but we also have special cold weather expertise related to housing construction, transport and high-level communications technology, and our expertise is valued,” Vuorimäki says.

How has the importance of the Arctic grown in EU policy, and has this been visible during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU?

“From the point of view of the visibility of Arctic policy, developments have been moving in the right direction in recent years. The EU has issued three Arctic Communications, the most recent of which was in 2016. Awareness of Arctic issues has increased, especially due to climate change,” says Vuorimäki.

During the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Finland has sought to keep Arctic issues high on the EU agenda and has proposed updating the 2016 Communication.

“We should be more active in raising issues related to the Arctic region. With this in mind, it is important that we invest in the implementation of the new national Arctic strategy in Finland, too. We must therefore work together to ensure the development of our polar know-how. People around the world will continue to be interested in our expertise in the future, too,” Vuorimäki says.

Vuorimäki has worked with the EU’s external relations for a long time. Before serving as Ambassador, he worked in the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels.