Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson
Mandela passes away at the age of 95.
- Union Cabinet approves creation of
Telangana with ten districts.
- Prohibition of Employment as Manual
Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act comes into force from today across the
- Supreme Court favours harsher punishment
including life term for people indulging in milk adulteration.
- Bombay High Court directs UPSC and Centre
to implement three per cent quota for disabled in Indian Administrative
Africa beat India
by 141 runs in the 1st one dayer at Johannesburg.
win right to host Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017.
South Africa's anti-apartheid icon
Nelson Mandela has passed away early this morning, at the age of 95. In a
statement on national television, South Africa's President, Mr Jacob
Zuma informed about the demise of the Nobel laureate. He said that their nation
has lost its greatest son.
Mr. Zuma said, Mandela would receive a
full state funeral, and flags would be flown at half-mast until the state
funeral. Mandela's body will be moved to a mortuary in Pretoria, and the funeral is likely to take
place on the 14th of this month. Nelson Mandela was one of the world's most
revered statesman for preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years.
Tributes for Mandela began pouring
in from around the world immediately after the announcement. US President
Barack Obama said, the world has lost one of the most courageous and profoundly
good human beings. Obama said, he could not imagine his own life without the
example Mr. Mandela set.
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon
hailed Mandela as a giant for justice who had inspired freedom movements the
world over. The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has
expressed condolence over Mr. Mandela's death. He said, a giant among men has
passed away. Dr Singh said, this is as much India's
loss as South Africa's and he was a true
Gandhian. He said that Mandela's life
and work will remain a source of eternal inspiration for generations to come. Now
a tribute to a departed leader :
"Mandela was not only a persistent
untiring activist who pushed to end apartheid in South Africa, but was also a
peacemaker and a quiet achiever even during his 27 year long confinement in
prison. By transcending the limits of race, he showed the world that a
righteous and well organised popular movement could not be crushed. He was the
first black South African to hold the office of the President, and the first
elected in a fully representative multiracial election.
His government focused on dismantling the
legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and
inequality and fostering racial reconciliation. As a leader, he took on
unpopular causes, became a global advocate for HIV/AIDS sufferers and spoke out
for nuclear disarmament and against the Iraq war. The recipient of Bharat
Ratna and Mahatma Gandhi peace award. Mandela received more than two hundred
and fifty awards over four decades, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He
was a visionary, dreaming of a rainbow government for South Africa.
Needless to say that his pivotal role in South African politics changed the
tide of African and world history. Mandela is no more, but he will remain
immortal as an anti-apartheid icon. SANJAY MATOO FOR The NEWS DESK."
The nation pays homage to Dr. B R
Ambedkar on his 58th Mahaparinirvan Diwas today. Floral tributes will be paid
to the Father of the Indian Constitution at his portrait in Parliament House
complex. Several functions are being organized across the country to recall his
contribution to the nation building.
Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and
their Rehabilitation Act 2013 comes into force from today. The Law prohibits
the employment of manual scavengers, the manual cleaning of sewers and septic
tanks without protective equipment, and the construction of insanitary
latrines. It also provides for
rehabilitation of manual scavengers and alternative employment for them within
a time bound manner. Construction or maintenance of insanitary latrines has
become an offence now and no one can be employed or engaged as manual
scavenger. Our correspondent reports that under the law each local authority,
cantonment board and railway authority is responsible for surveying insanitary
latrines within its jurisdiction. They
shall also have to construct a number of sanitary community latrines. Besides,
every occupier of insanitary latrines shall be responsible for converting or
demolishing the latrine at his own cost.
If he fails to do so, the local authority shall convert the latrine and
recover the cost from him.
The Supreme Court has favoured
punishment of life imprisonment to people indulging in production and marketing
of adulterated milk and has asked the state governments to make amendment in
A bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan
and A K Sikri yesterday said punishment of six months jail term mentioned in
Food Safety Act is grossly inadequate and asked states to amend the law as has been
done by the Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and
The bench was hearing Public-Interest
Litigations seeking its direction to state governments to stop practice of milk
adulteration which is rampant in various states.
Bombay High Court has directed the
Union Public Service Commission and the Centre to implement the three per cent
quota for the disabled in the Indian Administrative Service as per provisions
under the Persons with Disability Act.
The direction was given by a bench
headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah, while hearing a petition filed by National
Confederation for Development of the Disabled.
The quota would have to be applied in
both recruitments and promotions.
Union Cabinet has approved the
Telangana draft Bill. The proposed Telangana state will consist of ten
districts and Andhra Pradesh 13 districts. Briefing reporters after the meeting
in New Delhi
last evening, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that the Cabinet has
approved the recommendations of the Group of Ministers in this regard.
"Union Cabinet has
approved the recommendations of the Group of Ministers to set up look after
into the issue regarding the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and the creation of
a successor state of Telangana. The Union Cabinet also approved the draft
reorganisation bill prepared on the basis of the recommendation of the Group of
The Home Minister said that Hyderabad will be common
capital for both the states for a period of ten years. Mr. Shinde said that the Bill will be sent
to the President soon after making a
reference to the State Assembly.
unrelenting on its tough stand, the WTO launched hectic efforts to salvage the
trade talks in Bali yesterday.
WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo
held un urgent meeting with Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, US
Trade Representative, Michael Froman and Indonesian Trade Minister Gita
Mr. Sharma told reporters after the
meeting that he is not ready for any compromise on the food security issue. He
made it clear in the press conference that India was prepared for a deadlock,
as he said it is better to have no agreement than to have a bad agreement.
"India is committed to a
positive outcome in Bali, but also to a balanced and a fair outcome, and I am
making it clear particularly with regard to public stock holding for food
security. It has to be a fair and balanced agreement. It is better to have no
agreement than to have a bad agreement.
bomber and gunmen attacked the heavily guarded defence ministry compound in the
Yemeni capital, Sana'a, killing 52 people. According to an official government
statement, 167 people were wounded in the attack. Most of the casualties
occurred at the ministry's hospital where doctors and nurses reportedly were
killed. Yemeni state TV showed images of dead gunmen. Witnesses said grenades
and automatic weapons were used by the assailants.
Hosts South Africa produced a clinical
all-round performance as they defeated India by 141 runs in the first one day
international taking a 1-0 lead in a three match series in Johannesburg last
night. This is the second biggest margin of victory by the South Africans
in the ODIs played between the two teams. South
Africa set a target of 359 runs for India. However, the visitors were all out for 217 in
The second ODI will be played on Sunday.
In a landmark development for Indian
football, the country has been awarded the right to host the 2017 Under-17 FIFA
World Cup. The decision was taken in a meeting of the FIFA Executive
Committee at Salvador de Bahia in Brazil
By virtue of being the host country, India will take
part in the 24-nation tournament for the first time in its history.
AIFF President Praful Patel described
the development as historic and said this is the moment for which they have
The Hindustan Times on its front page
writes that a last minute attempt by the UPA government to revive the 8 year
old communal violence bill is headed for trouble despite a move to tone down
controversial provisions that give the Centre the power to intervene.
An enquiry by the Supreme Court into the
Sexual harassment allegation against Justice A K Ganguly has held the retired
judge prima facie guilty of "unwelcome behaviour" and "unwelcome
conduct of sexual nature" with the
young lawyer who was interning with him in December 2012 writes the Mail
Quoting the exit poll prediction the
Asian Age writes that in Chhattisgarh the BJP will fall short of the half-way
mark and will get 43 seats in a house of 90, the Congress will get 42 seats and
there will be a neck to neck fight between the two parties.
According to the Indian Express the CBI,
which is probing the coal blocks allotment scandal has handed over to the
Supreme court a 'Diary' it recovered from the offices of Aditya Birla Group
that lists about a 1000 payments purportedly made to politicians and MPs of
several parties by a Birla company trust over a 10 - year period. The CBI has
recovered the crucial missing files pertaining to Coal block allocations done
between 2006 and 2009 writes the Times of India.
The Annual Education development index
for 2012-2013, like previous years, betrays a yawning gap between South and
North India as the Hindi heartland continued to languish at the bottom of the
heap writes the Hindustan Times.
At the time the government was observing
austerity, the Election Commission expenses on foreign travel jumped by eight
times as compared to just a 10 % jump in the cost of domestic travel reports
the Hindustan Times.
According to The Times of
India. UNESCO's inter-governmental committee for "Safeguarding of
Intangible Heritage" has unanimously declared the craft of making Jamdani
saris an 'Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.