Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Prevent head injury

Always use safety  equipment during activities that could result in head injury. These include seat belts, bicycle or motorcycle helmets, and hard hats.

Obey traffic signals when riding a bicycle. Be predictable so that other drivers will be able to determine your course.

Be visible. Do NOT ride a bicycle at night unless you wear bright, reflective clothing and have proper headlamps and flashers.

Use age-appropriate car seats or boosters for babies and young children.

Make sure that children have a safe area in which to play.
Supervise children of any age.

Do NOT drink and drive, and do NOT allow yourself to be driven by someone whom you know or suspect has been drinking alcohol or is otherwise impaired.

Never keep conversing on mobile phone while driving, whether four wheel or two wheel

Indian PM urges developing countries to stand united for IMF overhauls

BEIJING,May 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is urging developing countries to stand united, in order to foster reforms at the IMF, and other Bretton-Woods institutions. He adds that this process is not a "one-shot operation."
He said, "The reform of global institutions, and that includes the Bretton Woods institutions, has been high on the agenda of developing countries for a long time. But we have also to recognize that international relations, beyond a point, our power relations, and that those who wield power do not wish to yield ground very easily.
So, I am not very well-informed about what is going on with regard to the successor, to the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, but I do recognize that the struggle for the transformation of global institutions, including the Bretton Woods institutions, is not a one-shot operation. It is a long process, in which all the developing countries have to stand united."
(Source: CNTV)

France's Lagarde seeks support for IMF candidacy in Brazil

2011-05-31 09:08:47

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 30 (Xinhua) -- France's Finance Minister Christine Lagarde met on Monday with her Brazilian counterpart Guido Mantega to "explain my candidacy and to listen what the Brazilian authorities expect from the Fund and its directorship."
Lagarde is visiting several emerging countries in search of support for her candidacy as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She will travel to China, India, and countries in the Middle East.
The minister said she is committed to the reforms foreseen for the IMF, which would give emerging countries like Brazil more participation in the decisions. According to her, the Fund must represent all its members.
"The IMF does not belong to anyone in particular, but to all its members," she said. "It is important that a great emerging country such as Brazil is well-represented."
Mantega said Brazil will hear all candidates to the position before deciding who to support. Another candidate, Mexican Central Bank governor Agustin Carstens, is expected to visit Brazil later in the week.
The final decision on the IMF directorship will be made by June 30. Former head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned from the position after being charged with sexual assault against a hotel maid in the United States.

63 killed in police raids on anti-gov't protesters in S Yemen: doctors

English.news.cn   2011-05-31 09:00:45

SANAA, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces overnight Monday in Yemen's southern province of Taiz rose to at least 63, doctors told Xinhua.
Up to 800 others were injured and dozens of them with gunshot injuries were still in critical conditions, doctors said.
Witnesses said police forces and armed government backers used bulldozers to clear the remaining tents after the forces used live ammunition, tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters from their sit-in area in downtown Taiz.
Taiz, the second largest city located about 200 km south of the capital Sanaa, has been the scene of almost daily clashes between police and protesters demanding immediate end to the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Meanwhile, human rights activists said several bodies of physically handicapped protesters were found after they were trapped in the fire which was set on the tents by police and government supporters.
The scattered protesters gathered again on Monday evening and tried to march forward their sit-in area dubbed Freedom Square, but police forces dispersed them again, killing at least one protester.
Police forces then occupied the protest sit-in square, said the witnesses.
Human rights activists also said security forces arrested dozens of protesters overnight.
Since February, daily clashes between police forces and anti-government protesters broke out in Yemen's major cities.
The impoverished Arab country is trying to cement a ceasefire to end a recent tribe rebellion in the capital Sanaa that killed at least 127 people, as government forces have been shelling militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing after the latter took over the southern troubled province of Abyan on Saturday.
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Delhi Cabinet to examine splitting of MCD

Posted on 30 May 2011 by admin
(File photo:Sheila Dikshit:Wikipedia)

New Delhi: Faced with stiff opposition from within Congress on splitting the MCD, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is likely to discuss with Cabinet tweaking the original proposal to placate those opposing the move.

There is indication that the government may go for trifurcation of the MCD instead of splitting it into five smaller bodies as decided by the Cabinet last month. The government may also reverse its decision to increase the number of wards to 408 from current 272.

The indication to review the original decision comes three days after Dikshit met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi during which she had strongly pushed for splitting the MCD ahead of next year’s municipal polls.

The Cabinet is expected to discuss making changes to the original decision as a cabinet decision can only be reversed or tweaked by the Cabinet, said officials.

Although Dikshit has been strongly advocating for splitting the MCD, DPCC president J P Aggarwal and several other leaders are opposing it tooth and nail saying majority in the party was not in favour of the proposal.

Sources said government was not going to fully reverse its original decision but may make some adjustments. They said the government may go for reserving 50 per cent seats for women from current 33 per cent even if number of wards is not increased.

Last month, the Cabinet had accepted recommendations of a high-level committee, headed by Health Minister A K Walia, which suggested splitting the civic body into five smaller municipalities. The committee had also suggested increasing the total number of wards from current 272 to around 408.

Source: Zee News

New sex scandal forces France to confront macho politics

30 MAY 2011 - 23H28  
AFP - Who will be next to fall? That's the question on many French lips after one of President Nicolas Sarkozy's ministers resigned over rape accusations amid heated debate over the chronic machismo of Paris politics.
"What if the Georges Tron affair were the first in a long series of aftershocks that will follow the earthquake on May 14 in the Sofitel in Times Square?" wondered Liberation newspaper in an op-ed article.
Tron, who was Sarkozy's civil service minister, resigned Sunday after a legal probe got under way into claims -- which he denies -- by two women that the foot massages he forced on them turned into sexual harassment and rape.
The resignation came two weeks after New York police arrested the International Monetary Fund's then chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges that he tried to rape an African chambermaid in his Sofitel hotel suite.
Strauss-Kahn's arrest shocked France and sparked anguished soul-searching about whether strict privacy laws and alleged media complicity let politicians, top businessmen and celebrities get away with unacceptable behaviour.
Now Tron's departure has sharpened the debate and sparked widespread speculation that more women are going to emerge to denounce sexually predatory politicians.
One of the women who accused Tron of sexual harassment and rape said last week she was encouraged to speak up after Strauss-Kahn's sensational arrest.
"When I see that a chambermaid was capable of taking on Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I tell myself I don?t have the right to stay silent," said the woman, who was not identified by name.
The Journal du Dimanche newspaper wrote Sunday of a "before and an after DSK," as Strauss-Kahn is popularly known in France.
If sexism and macho behaviour is widespread across French society, then it is particularly concentrated in the world of politics, said Caroline Ressot of the Observatoire de la Parite, a government body that promotes sexual equality.
French political parties have traditionally been indulgent about the sexual behaviour of their members, she said.
"There is a certain number of elected representatives -- on both the left and the right -- who have been convicted of sexual aggression and who have not been expelled from their parties, for example," she told AFP.
Chantal Brunel, the head of the Observatoire and a member of parliament in Sarkozy's UMP party, said she herself was often subjected to sexually "inappropriate" comments from a male colleague at the French parliament, but she declined to elaborate.
Monday's Le Parisien newspaper however carried a report on one woman deputy -- whom it did not name -- who said she was regularly treated to remarks such as this one made just last week: "If you dress like that then don't be surprised if you get raped."
Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno has said she wears trousers when in parliament, where around 100 of the 577 deputies are women, because when she wore a skirt this sparked salacious remarks from male colleagues.
Socialist deputy Sandrine Mazetier said that at the National Assembly there "reigns a form of paternalism, an infantilization of women that I have never seen anywhere else."
Most commentators and feminist groups agree that male politicians got away with such behaviour because female politicians, like ordinary Frenchwomen, feared they would not be taken seriously if they complained.
"In France in 2010 there were 10,100 registered rapes. But it's estimated that only one rape victim in 10 will speak of her ordeal," said Brunel.
But that era may well be coming to an end, she noted.
"It's as though the sky has fallen down on the heads of men," she said, adding that "as regards violence towards women, the Strauss-Kahn affair changes a lot."
"Few men in France believed that the head of the IMF could end up in prison (while awaiting trial) for a case of sexual aggression," and this means that now there will be less tolerance "for men who cross the line," said Brunel.
On Monday the French media was agog with speculation that a new era might be dawning in France.
Liberation summed up the mood, saying in an editorial that the recent high-profile sex scandals could sound the death knell for the "everyday machismo, the male domination, the phallocracy" that characterises French politics.
"From now on, charges can be pressed and be judged legitimate. Even in France," it said.
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2G scam: Order reserved on Kanimozhi's bail plea, Karim Morani sent to jail


NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Monday reserved its order on bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar. 

Earlier, Cineyug Films Director Karim Morani , an accused in the 2G spectrum case, was on Monday arrested and taken into judicial custody after a Delhi  court rejected his bail plea. 

Special CBI Judge O P Saini refused the plea of Morani who is charged with facilitating the transaction of Rs 200 crore from DB Realty to Kalaignar TV, in which DMK MP Kanimozhi holds 20 per cent stake. 

The CBI had alleged that Morani took six crore for facilitating the Rs 200 crore transaction. 

The court did not accept the plea of the accused that he was entitled for bail as he was not arrested during the investigation of the case. 

Morani had filed his regular bail plea on May 24 after the court had denied anticipatory bail and directed him to appear before it. 

CBI, in its second chargesheet in the 2G case, had alleged that Swan Telecom and Dynamix Realty Promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka channeled Rs 200 crore to DMK-run Kalaignar TV through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd and Morani's Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd. 

The court had earlier dismissed Morani's anticipatory bail plea on medical ground, saying that as per the May 19 reports received from the department of Cardiology and Neurosurgery of Mumbai's J J Hospital, his condition is "stable and normal". 

Opposing the bail plea of Morani, CBI had said all other accused, involved in the transaction of Rs 200 crore from DB Realty to Kalaignar TV, are already in judicial custody. 

Order reserved on bail of Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar 

Justice Ajit Bharihoke, after hearing detailed arguments on the bail applications of Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar, said the order on their pleas would be pronounced later. 

Senior advocate Altaf Ahmed, appearing for 43-year-old DMK MP and Sharad Kumar, contended that the transaction of Rs 200 crore from DB Group to Kalaignar TV was a valid loan transaction and their was nothing "dubious" about it. 

"All the documents are in the custody of CBI and hence there is no point in keeping us in jail," Ahmed said. 

Senior advocate and special public prosecutor U U Lalit opposed their bail pleas saying the accused have attempted to create "smoke screen" by projecting the bribe trail of Rs 200 crore as a loan transaction. 

"No contemporaneous documents were executed by any of the companies which were part of the money transaction. It was nothing but the transaction of the bribe amount," Lalit said. 

The court had earlier issued a notice to CBI on the bail pleas of both the accused and asked the probe agency to file a status report detailing the stage of investigation and the judicial proceedings in the case. 

Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar had approached the high court on May 23 after their bail applications were dismissed by a special CBI court on May 20.