New Delhi: The perpetrators of today terror strike in Punjab are suspected to have sneaked into India from Pakistan.
Amritsar: Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has termed the terror attack as a "dastardly act".
Chandigarh: In a bid to make the city pollution-free, the administration has chalked out a plan to make three major areas of the city no-vehicles zones. Sources said that the decision in this regard has been taken at a meeting held for preparing the action plan of climate change. The UT Administration has received grants from the Centre to decongest the traffic by focussing on the non-motorised vehicles. Under the plan, it is proposed to make the plaza area of Sector 17 no-vehicle zone. Battery-operated vehicles will be available for the residents to move within the areas.
The visitors will have to park their vehicles in the periphery area of Sector 17 and will use the battery-operated vehicles for movement. The other areas where the battery-operated vehicles will be introduced include Panjab University and Punjab Engineering College. The administration is making efforts under its preparation for smart city in which the participants will have to ensure that it has intention to take steps to reduce the pollution level to improve living conditions. Adviser to UT Administrator Vijay Kumar Dev while taking to Daily Post said that the administration is committed to reducing the pollution level by taking various measures.
He has asked the MC to improve functioning of the sewerage treatment plants to reduce the BOD level of water. High court had earlier instructed the Chandigarh Administration to make Sector 17 as a no vehicle zone by restricting entry of vehicles in the area. In the last hearing of the case, the high court had taken a serious view of non-utilisation of underground parking. The order said that non-utilisation of the space in Sector 17 amounts to criminal wastage of valuable space and public money, the bench also asked the UT authorities to prepare the plan for Sector 17, which at least can be helpful for the next 15-20 years.
Chandigarh: The dry and parched southern Haryana can look forward to more water irrigating an additional 65,027 hectares
Shimla: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today condemned the terror attack in Punjab's Gurdaspur district.
Ahmedabad: In the wake of a terrorist attack in Gurdaspur district of Punjab today, Gujarat police has been asked to be on alert especially the border district police as the state shares land border with Pakistan.
New Delhi: The Indian Government will ensure that P-Notes are not adversely affected by any regulatory action.
She has been a performer her entire life, and she says that art is a part of her soul. She is Pernia Qureshi. A quick look at her profile tells that she has many labels to her credit. From a stylist, to a designer, a classical dancer and now an actor, the multi-talented personality is trying her skills in many different fields. As we catch up with Pernia, she talks about her debut in the upcoming film Jaanisaar, and much more.
“I’ve been a performer my entire life, yes acting is the new addition to it, but art has always been a part of me,” begins Pernia. Debuting as an actor is not a sudden drift for Pernia. “I’m not surprised by my career drift. Muzzaffar sir has seen me dancing many times and he used to tell me that he sees an artiste in me. The reason that I was approached for the role is my artistic caliber,” she shares.
The actress says that she never thought of becoming anything that she is today but she was always open about new ideas. “I don’t want to restrict my career options and I just want to go with the flow. For Jaanisaar, I was a bit skeptical, but the dancer in me convinced me to go for the role.” Talking about her role and chemistry with Creature star, Imran Abbas, she says, “I’m playing a girl named Moon and the film is a story of time before independence. Moon is not a regular girl.
She is way ahead of time. She is a strong person who involves herself to solve the problems of the nation. “And chemistry with Imran was great. I didn’t feel that we are working together for the first time. Even the character that he is playing is very vulnerable and innocent,” she smiles. Though Pernia mostly has spent her life in the US, she says that speaking Urdu in the film was not a tough task for her. “I have done my schooling in America but at home we always spoke Urdu, so I was comfortable with Urdu phrases.”
The fashionista-turned-actress seems quite confident about her maiden leap and says that she has tried her best to justify with the girl she is playing. “I really enjoyed acting and currently my focus is only acting. And yes since childhood, I’ve been a huge movie buff, so I think I’m on a right track,’ she grins. Pernia, who admires actresses like Rani Mukharjee, Madhuri Dixit Parineeti Chopra and Alia Bhatt, says that she will never take any of them as a competitor but will learn good things from them. “I like to compete with my abilities and that’s the only challenge which I will keep fighting for the rest of my life,” she says signing off.
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Chandigarh: If you believe the hyperbole coming out of the Obama Administration, and one would be wise not to accept its every word, the recent agreement reached with the government of Iran concerning its undeniable rogue nuclear weapons programme is a ‘great one,’ so the current propaganda spin goes. In remarks Obama made officially announcing the pact with Iran before the world, he said, “This deal meets every single one of the ‘bottom lines’ that we established when we achieved a framework earlier this spring. Every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off.
And the inspection and transparency regime necessary to verify that objective will be put in place. Because of this deal, Iran will not produce the highly enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium that form the raw materials necessary for a nuclear bomb,” “Because of this deal, we will, for the first time, be in a position to verify all of these commitments. That means this deal is not built on trust; it is built on verification. Inspectors will have 24/7 access to Iran’s key nuclear facilities.”
The truth, however, is far different. As with so much of what Obama claims, it is what he does not say which is where the most vital details truly exist. Put another way, for this agreement to genuinely work as Obama is now confidentially saying that it will, Iran’s radical regime will have to stop doing what it has always done, which is lie and cheat.
Put another way, Iran will have to wholly transform its ways, which if this happens, inevitably means real regime change. Obviously, the hate driven Ayatollahs who run Iran and continue to abuse and suppress its people, deny basic human rights such as genuine freedom of speech and a free press, publicly executes homosexuals, denies women equal rights and the freedom to wear whatever they like; continues its foreign policies along the lines of its infamous slogans: ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel,’ will have to evolve into something that has never existed in the country’s long history.
For it is beyond obvious that the radical, terrorist sponsoring extremists who control Iran’s government will violently resist genuine reforms and kill anyone (as they have for decades) who opposes them as they have always done since they rose to power.
While la la liberals and Iran’s current regime apologists are always eager to cite the huge number of people its former dictator, the Shah of Iran, executed during his decades as ruler; they predictably ignore the fact that Ayatollah Khomeini and his successor, the current real power figure in Iran as of this reporting, Ayatollah Khameini, have murdered even more innocent men and women than the CIA installed Shah ever did. Just as important, Iran continues to sponsor worldwide terrorism.
Contrary to what can only be called a lie by Obama that, “this deal is not built on trust; it is built on verification. Inspectors will have 24/7 access to Iran’s key nuclear facilities,” the truth is exactly the opposite. For nowhere in the wording of the agreement does it specifically state that inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will have either the right to unfettered access nor are they given the all important, vital powers to carry out what are called ‘snap inspections’ - which means inspections that can be made in an instant, whenever and wherever they like.
This inconvenient truth completely destroys Obama and Kerry’s ‘credibility’ as they have articulated this issue. That Obama has made a point to brazenly lie on this critical point should not be ignored. Yet it likely will be disregarded by much of the lamestream media, especially by the Democrats, and of course Obama and Hillary Clinton’s supporters, since Hillary is now busy rushing in trying to claim some ‘credit’ for the fact that any agreement was signed.
The undeniable evidence that proves Obama has indeed lied exists in the actual wording of the ‘agreement’ that has been reached. Instead of granting inspectors ‘snap access,’ it drones on about giving advanced notice, and if there is a dispute, Iran has agreed to ‘consultations.’ Gee, how ‘generous’ of them!
Another brazen lie by Obama in his speech is when he boasted that, “Inspectors will have access to Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain - its uranium mines and mills, its conversion facility, and its centrifuge manufacturing and storage facilities. This ensures that Iran will not be able to divert materials from known facilities to covert ones. Some of these transparency measures will be in place for 25 years.” The dishonesty and cold, calculating wordsmithing here is worthy of disgraced President, Republican Richard M Nixon, to put this issue bluntly. Obama, a trained professor, surely knows this, which is arguably why he chose these weasel words (or at least approved them) instead of just admitting the truth.
The reality remains that no one except Iran knows its, as Obama put it, “entire nuclear supply chain.” Indeed, as history has proven during the decades that Iran has made a point to lie and deceive the world, secretly building not only Uranium enrichment sites but also smuggling in dual use equipment; for all of Obama’s bragging and false ‘bravado’ about imposing those “tough sanctions” on Iran, none of them obviously prevented Ayatollah Khameini from managing to achieve what he has today - breakout nuclear weapons capability. Iran can now make a nuclear bomb anytime it desires, and as Obama even admitted in his ‘feel good’ speech, Iran already has enough enriched Uranium to make ten nukes.
Put another way, while under the ‘watchful’ eyes of Obama and these “tough sanctions,” Iran has reached the critical juncture of now being at breakout point. Moreover, without knowing what Iran’s real “entire nuclear supply chain” really is, unless one is 100 percent ‘psychic,’ (and no human being is), it is not possible to truthfully state, as Obama deceptively has now, that, “Inspectors will have access to Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain.” The logic of this is beyond obvious - unless your name is either Barack Obama or John Kerry it seems.
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has consistently said that, “No deal is better than a bad deal.” While Obama agreed with him on this point in principle, and Kerry even gave lip service to it, Netanyahu is right, this deal with Iran is not only a bad one, it doesn’t go far enough. Regardless of what Obama says, it still leaves Iran with the capability of making nukes, either secretly at sites which are not subject to inspection, or years from now, especially as the ‘oversight’ lessens as per the terms of this pact.
Put another way, this is not real nuclear non-proliferation nor is it really even prevention, it simply moves the proverbial goal posts and stalls for time. The blunt truth is that unlike what other countries have undergone, such as Libya when its rogue nuclear weapons programme under its maniacal dictator, Ghadaffi, was wholly disarmed, this isn’t even a close approximation. It is not even as thorough nor as complete as what Syria’s present dictator, Bashar Assad, had to endure when he was forced to give up his weapons of mass destruction in 2013-14.
Netanyahu’s points are straight forward and simple, which means that neither Obama nor Kerry comprehend them. Israel, understandably, obviously doesn’t want to see Iran get nuclear weapons. The way you guarantee this from happening is to destroy its entire infrastructure that makes this even a possibility. To use an apt analogy, you never leave cancer in a body, you kill or remove it before it kills you.
By holding firm on their refusal to eliminate their rogue nuclear weapons making infrastructure, Iran has compelled Obama and Kerry to blink first, and they dutifully have cowered. They’re crying to anyone who will listen now, that they have “no choice” in this manner, and instead can only ask Iran to destroy “most” of its enrichment centrifuges.
This is because they made a fatal mistake that may very well now cost much of the world dearly. Their error was the plain stupid and arrogant idea that in their dealings with Iran, that it ‘needs’ a deal more than the United States does. Sensing and seeing this obvious weakness and penchant for always saying that the glass is ‘half full’ instead of being half empty, Iran has exploited this dynamic and they did so using its best and most cunning and deceptive personnel.
It is not a ‘coincidence’ that Iran’s current President, Rouhani, led much of this effort to force Obama and Kerry to sheepishly submit. For it was Rouhani who devised and spearheaded Iran’s secret and illegal rogue nuclear weapons programme in the first place, the one which has succeeded spectacularly during Obama’s presidency, despite those ‘tough sanctions’. Rouhani did all of this under the direct orders of Ayatollah Khameini of course.
Under the ‘secure’ terms of Obama’s new agreement, Iran will be allowed, legally now, to continue carrying out research and development on much faster, more advanced centrifuges (its new IR-6 and IR-8 designs) that can make nuclear fuel for weapons even quicker. The physics in this is obvious: fewer centrifuges will be needed going forward. Instead of entire cascades of inferior ones, now far fewer physical units will be needed, and with each year that passes as Iran continues to fine-tune its bomb making capabilities, the fact that ‘oversight’ will weaken as per the terms of this agreement is an outright dangerous and irresponsible dynamic.
From Iran’s perspective, it’s no wonder that it is beside itself with joy now, celebrating the ‘victory’ over America that Obama and Kerry have handed to it on a proverbial silver platter. Iran will become (because of Obama and Kerry) the Middle East’s largest economy, run by a ‘religious’ radical Islamofascist dictatorship and group of extremists and doomsday nuts who don’t value human rights and remain committed to the destruction of America and especially Israel. Unless Iran’s regime truly changes its very nature and reason for its existence, Obama and Kerry might as well have written a blank check to either al-Qaeda or the Islamic State.
Mumbai: Declining borrowing costs, improving employment outlook and availability of affordable housing projects are encouraging prospective home buyers to purchase new properties in 2015.
Washington: Many new mothers do not receive advice from physicians on aspects of infant care such as sleep position, breastfeeding, immunisation and pacifier use, says a new study. Health care practitioner groups issued recommendations and guidelines on all these aspects of infant care. "As a physician, these findings made me stop and really think about how we communicate important information to new parents," said first author Staci R Eisenberg, a paediatrician at Boston Medical Center.
"Earlier studies have shown that new mothers listen to their physicians," said Marian Willinger from pregnancy and perinatology branch at National Institutes of Health (NIH). "This survey shows that physicians have an opportunity to provide new mothers with much-needed advice on how to improve infant health and even save infant lives," Willinger said in the journal Paediatrics.
The team surveyed a sample of over 1,000 new mothers, inquiring about infant care advice they received from doctors, nurses, family members and the news media. Around 20 percent of mothers said they did not receive advice from their doctors regarding current recommendations on breastfeeding or on placing infants to sleep on their backs a practice long proven to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
More than 50 percent of mothers reported they received no advice on where their infants should sleep. Room-sharing with parents but not bed-sharing is the recommended practice for safe infant sleep. "We may need to be clearer and more specific in telling new mothers about safe sleep recommendations. From a public health perspective, there is a real opportunity to engage families and the media to promote infant health," Eisenberg said.
Los Angeles: Models Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne are reportedly considering a joint reality TV show. The models are reportedly both interested in teaming up for the series that would document their successful careers, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "Kendall and Cara both think doing the show would be a blast. It's been pitched as 'The Simple Life' for a new generation, except with two of the world's most popular supermodels.
"They'd be giving the cameras an all-access pass to their fabulous lifestyles, from who they're dating to their careers," Life & Style magazine quoted a source as saying.
Producers also think that "Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star and Delevinge, who are close friends, will create a lot of mischief all over the world. "Cara is known for getting into trouble, which would make for great TV," the source added.
London: After a successful mission to Pluto last week, scientists are preparing to launch a probe to search for life on the icy moons of Saturn and Jupiter, media reports said. Earlier this week, the European Space Agency announced that it would collaborate with aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus to launch a space probe in 2022 to look for extra-terrestrial existence on the four icy moons Titan, Saturn's largest moon and the ocean-bearing worlds of Europa, Ganymede and Callisto of Jupiter, the Telegraph newspaper reported on Saturday.
Dubbed as the "Juice" (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) spacecraft, the mission will look whether the frozen worlds that surround the two giant gaseous planets could support extra-terrestrial life. "All our current exciting and fascinating space missions have been dealing with either understanding the origins of life and our Solar System or finding exoplanets (planets that revolve around a star other than the Sun) that might host Earth-like planets," Daniel Brown, an astronomy expert from Nottingham Trent University, was quoted as saying.
"But, life doesn't have to exist on planets like Earth, it could also have developed in oceans within icy moons around Jupiter like gas giants," he added. It is hoped that micro-organisms or even fish-like creatures may be present in deep-water hydrothermal vents, known as 'black smokers', which are known to harbour life on Earth. "Juice will be exploring the Titan and three Galilean moons of Jupiter thought to harbour oceans under their surface. It will give us a much better understanding what lies beneath the icy crust and how it could offer an environment for life to develop."
The probe will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket which would spend seven and a half years slingshotting around Earth, Mars and Venus to pick up enough speed to get to the Jupiter system with as little fuel as possible. For three and a half years, the spacecraft will sweep around the giant planet, exploring its turbulent atmosphere, enormous magnetosphere, and tenuous set of dark rings, as well as studying the icy moons Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto. The probe will start with Callisto before making two fly-bys of Europa, where it will study the icy surface.
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