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Former US President Bill Clinton says that he won't stop paid speeches May 06, 2015 19:39

Former US President Bill Clinton shakes hands with the crowd after the 20th Remembrance Ceremony, the anniversary ceremony for victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Former US President Bill Clinton said on Monday he would continue to give paid speeches while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president amid criticism of the income her family draws from people, including foreigners, with business before the US government.He also said he may consider stepping down or taking "less of an executive role" at the Clinton Foundation should his wife become president. The Clintons' political opponents have criticized the foundation for accepting funding from foreign governments for its endowment and for its charitable work abroad."I gotta pay our bills," Clinton told NBC News from Kenya when asked about his speeches, for which he sometimes charges more than $500,000, in an interview taped over the weekend. "We do our best to vet them. And I have turned down a lot of them. If I think there's something wrong with it, I don't take it."His decision to emerge from the sidelines and speak out about the Clinton Foundation reflects concerns about getting Hillary Clinton's campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination back on a sound footing after it took a pounding in recent weeks.The former first lady, also a previous secretary of state and former senator from New York, has attempted to present herself as a candidate who would fight for everyday Americans.But her campaign has been on the defensive over questions about foreign donations to the family's charitable organization and whether her work as President Barack Obama's first-term secretary of state was influenced by the donations.In response to the attacks, her campaign plans to unveil a website, called "The Briefing, which it described as a "one-stop shop to provide the facts about Hillary Clinton's positions and her record."Campaign Chairman John Podesta said in an Internet posting that the website would provide the public with direct access to Clinton's policy agenda "as well as the facts needed to debunk false attacks."Scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation has focused on foreign donations as well as on Bill Clinton.The former president described the controversy as old news."There's been a very deliberate attempt to take the foundation down," Clinton said."There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy," Clinton said. "That just hasn't happened." There was nothing sinister in getting wealthy people around the world to donate to a charity that focuses on helping poor people, he said.The Clinton Foundation and an associated charity confirmed to Reuters in March for the first time that they failed to adhere to central parts of an ethics agreement Hillary Clinton signed with the White House that required heightened transparency while she was secretary of state.A State Department spokesman said on Monday the department was "not aware of any evidence" that donations to the foundation influenced the actions that Clinton took as secretary of state. - Manohar

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Modi government had a good start May 06, 2015 18:24

The first year of the new BJP government is one of the best years for India in terms of liberalisation and economic reforms, a top US expert has said. "While we cannot claim this has been a perfect year in terms of liberalising the economy, it has been one of the best years on record. Certainly well ahead of the first year of either the Vajpayee or the Singh governments," said Rick Rossow, senior fellow and Wadhwani Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies - a prominent think-tank. "Though we can say that the focus has largely been on economic decisions, with a prospective effect, with less attention on issues that had previously caused investor concerns," he said while appearing before US International Trade Commission which held a hearing on trade policies in India.He said the new government has had a mixed record of "fixing" those policy issues that had been the source of tension to the American business community, and made a few key missteps that have been the cause of new concerns to foreign companies. "Overall, this year has clearly been net positive." At the end of February 2015, foreign direct investment for the most recent 12 month period is $32.5 billion. That is up 38 percent over the previous 12 month period, he said. At the end of February 2015, US - India trade for the most recent 12 month period is $67.3 billion. That is up 5.1 percent over the previous 12 month period, he noted. At the end of April 2015, foreign institutional investment for the 12 month period is $47.2 billion. That is up 640 percent over the previous 12 month period, he said.While reviewing some of the biggest reforms actually carried out in the Modi government's first 11 months in office, Rossow said some of these focus on market access, and others broadly relaxing rules allowed both foreign and domestic firms to compete more effectively.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a high bar - he wants India to move on the World Bank's 'Doing Business' index from number 142 to number 50.By Premji

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Terrorists haven Pakistan accuses India of terrorism May 06, 2015 16:48

Pakistan's military, in rare public criticism has accused India's main intelligence agency of whipping up terrorism in Pakistan. The accusation came after a meeting of the army's top commanders at the military's headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi to review an offensive against militants in the northwest and other security issues. "The conference also took serious note of RAW's involvement in whipping up terrorism in Pakistan," the army said in a statement. Pakistani army officers often privately accuse India of meddling, it is rare for the military to accuse the India's spy agency in an official statement.Pakistan believes India is supporting separatists in resource-rich Baluchistan province, as well as militants fighting against the state. It also sees India as fuelling strife in the volatile city of Karachi. India denies interference in Pakistan, but accuses Pakistan of supporting militants who launch attacks in India and fight in Indian Kashmir. India has also accused Pakistan of backing the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistan denies those accusations. "It was unanimously felt that India is providing all kinds of support to Pakistan's enemies, be they the (Pakistani) Taliban, or elements in Karachi or in Baluchistan," said an Army official. "There is documentary proof. All evidence is there and we will bring it in the open soon."Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said in a television interview aired later that RAW was "an enemy organisation". "RAW has been formed to undo Pakistan and to wipe Pakistan off the map of the world," Asif said.Pakistan known for its proximity towards terrorists is a haven for them. The Pakistani Army and ISI trains, hosts and support terrorists and use them against India, since Pakistan Army does not have the guts and capability to fight with the India forces. The Army and ISI use terrorists in the proxy war against India. It is laughable for such a rogue state to accuse India in the name of terrorism. On one side Pakistan is waging a proxy war against India using terrorists and on the other side Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accused India of failing to respond to Pakistan's desire for good relations.Pakistan, which is a country of unrest and the citizens of that country suffering from all kinds of economic disaster, does not care for the citizens, but groom terrorists and cries as a victim to extort financial support from the world over. The dubious attitude of Pakistan has made the country a non-trustworthy nation.By Premji

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Hyderabad Airport authorities stopped 14 students from flying to Syria May 06, 2015 16:17

According to intelligence agencies, 14 students, who were on their way to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State (IS) were stopped at Hyderabad airport, said a news report on Wednesday.The state and Central intelligence agencies had began verification of students with suspicious links after Ateef Waseem from Mancherial in Adilabad district died while fighting for Islamic said.Quoting senior officer, the report said ,"The police had counselled 11 youths while they were trying to join the Islamic State, after nabbing them at the airports."The officer further added that the youths belong to different engineering colleges. However, keeping watch on them is possible only when they are in the region and not once they flee the country.According to deccan chronicle report, Operation Chakrayuh has been started by the Intelligence Bureau  to counsel the youth who try to join the IS and are under constant surveillance.A day ago, an engineering graduate from Hyderabad, who joined the terror group ISIS, has died "while fighting in Syria," Intelligence sources on Tuesday said quoting his family members.Mohd Haneef Waseem, 27, had reportedly joined the ISIS in Syria in February this year, they said.In January this year, A 32-year-old US-returned engineering graduate was arrested in Hyderabad when he was allegedly on his way to Dubai to join the Middle East terror group ISIS.Besides, a 19-year-old woman from the city who was residing in Qatar and had flown to Turkey, allegedly wanted to join the ISIS but had come back to India in December last year after seeing the conditions there. - Manohar

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Female journalists treated as like sex objects May 06, 2015 15:11

40 female political reporters in a petition demanded an end to "roving hands" and "lewd remarks", by male politicians. France's male politicians must end their sexist, lecherous ways, a group of leading female political reporters has demanded in a petition entitled Get Your Paws off Me!, published in a Liberation newspaper. 40 female journalists said they had had enough of Gallic macho male politicians' "roving hands" and "lewd remarks" and felt obliged to speak out. One journalist describes waiting in the National Assembly's famous Quatre Colonnes hall, where MPs come to issue press statements, only to be told: "Ah, but you're on the game, hustling for a client." Another recalls an MP running his hands through her hair, because "spring is in the air", and a minister's adviser asking a journalist upon her return from holiday if she was "tanned all over". Such sexist behaviour crossed the entire political spectrum of France, they said. Anecdotes included a "friend of the president" declaring that journalists are "much more interesting when they have big breasts", while a political spokesman was said to have taken photos of sleeping female journalists on board a plane during the last presidential campaign.Little has changed, the women journalists lament, since the downfall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief and one-time French presidential favourite, whose sexual appetite was notorious. "We thought that the DSK case had shifted the line and that chauvinist attitudes were on the verge of extinction. Alas!" declare the petitioners.More recently Le Canard Enchaine, the satirical weekly, recounted an episode in which Bernard Roman, a Socialist MP, asked Marisol Touraine, the health minister, whether she knew the difference between a clitoral and a vaginal orgasm. "Give me two minutes, and I'll explain," he said. Ms Touraine threw a glass of water over him, to applause, but back in parliament she endured chants of "Marisol, two minutes".In the petition, the journalists described insistent text messages offering "info for an apero", late-night meetings or popping into a nearby hotel "for a bit of fun". One official, they said, would only keep his hands to himself after the reporter threatened to press charges for sexual harassment. The petition was signed by 16 reporters from top French media organisations including Le Monde and Le Parisien newspapers, Radio France International and Agence France Presse. A further 24 journalists preferred to remain anonymous due to their "complicated professional situation". Male politicians' claims, that their behaviour is just a bit of "saucy fun" or represents "the art of seduction a la francaise" no longer wash, the petition warns.By Premji

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Salman Khan sentenced to five years in jail in 2002 hit and run case May 06, 2015 13:47

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years of imprisonment in 2002 hit and run case. He was held guilty of all eight charges in the case. He will have to approach High Court for bailSalman Khan’s driver Ashok Singh faces perjury charges. 12.55 pm: Baba Siddiqui trying real hard to reach Salman Khan standing near the dock. ‘Salman Khan has a stress induced health condition which can aggravate if sent to jail,’ claims Defence.The medical report of the same is submitted by the Neurophysician. Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan gets interim bail in 2002 hit-and-run case. This enables Mr. Khan be on bail till Friday. The Dabaang Actor has been sentenced to five years in prison for culpable homicide and other charges. He was found guilty this morning of Drunk and Drive driving his SUV over homeless men sleeping on a pavement in Mumbai 13 years ago. One man had died and four were injured in the accident.Senior Lawyer Harish Salve, who is arguing the case in the High Court has had to seek bail as the actor has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. - Manohar

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s funding under watch May 06, 2015 13:14

After screwing Greenpeace India and the Ford Foundation, the home ministry has turned its gaze on to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the eponymous non-governmental organisation founded and run by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. The home ministry is looking into the foundation's role into the funding of a prominent Indian health body following inputs received by it from intelligence agencies, but insisted the exercise was an informal one and is in preliminary stages. "It is not a formal inquiry. It's only a look into the affairs after certain information has come to our notice and we are in the process of checking it out," the home ministry official said.The official insisted that the exercise is different in intensity and scope from the ministry's recent actions against Greenpeace India, whose FCRA licence (which enables it to access foreign donations) has been suspended and Ford Foundation, which has been placed under the 'Prior Permission' category under which the government vets donations made by it to Indian organisations. A spokesperson for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it was unaware of the home ministry's move. "We have not been approached by the government of India," the spokesperson said.The foundation is the largest private organisation of its kind in the world which is set up by Bill Gates in 2000 and is a major donor to many Indian NGOs and associations. Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), an American NGO was pulled up by a parliamentary standing committee in 2013 after the death of seven tribal girls in 2009 in Andhra Pradesh. PATH had conducted observation studies for cervical cancer using drugs and the study was sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation funds several organisations as part of its work on public health and all these organisations partner drug companies in some form or the other, raising questions of conflict of interest. Both Bill and Melinda Gates, are ranked among the most influential people in the world and were awarded the Padma Bhushan last January for their contribution to social work, a recognition that will likely to weigh on the government's demeanour towards their organisation.By Premji

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Salman Khan convicted in 2002 hit and run case: faces jail May 06, 2015 12:12

A Mumbai sessions judge found Bollywood superstar Salman Khan guilty Wednesday of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run after a night out drinking.Judge D W Deshpande convicted the 49-year-old of culpable homicide for crashing his SUV into a group of homeless men in Bandra, Mumbai and then fleeing the scene. Khan, who blamed his driver for the crash, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and was expected to be taken into custody from the court.Khan was convicted in all eight charges, including the most serious charge of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' which could see him behind bars for up to 10 years.Judge D W Deshpande told Khan he was driving the SUV on that fateful night in Bandra when his car ran over people sleeping on the pavement, killing one and injuring four others. He also said Khan was drunk and had no licence to drive. The actor looked dejected and there were also tears in his eyes as the judge read out the verdict.Lawyers now are arguing before court on the quantum of punishment and the sentencing could also be later today.The trial in the case has seen many twists and turns, and today's decision is a bad hit to the Rs 200-crore riding on his films at the moment. A tight security blanket was thrown around the court where sessions judge D W Deshpande pronounced the judgement. Only lawyers, media personnel and court staff were allowed to be present. Last month, Judge Deshpande had asked Khan to be present in court today to hear the verdict. The 'Kick' actor was first tried under the lesser charge of 'rash and negligent driving' -- that carried a punishment of two years -- but a Bandra metropolitan magistrate in 2012 slapped the more serious offence of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' and transferred the matter to the sessions court. This fresh charge carried a punishment of up to 10 years.The actor had claimed he was not at the wheel at the time of the accident which killed one person and left four others injured on the night of September 28, 2002. While the prosecution had insisted a drunk Khan was driving the Toyota Land Cruiser that ran over the victims sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra, the actor claimed it was his driver Ashok Singh who was behind the wheel. Driver Singh has endorsed the defence's claim.The defence also argued that police had not obtained finger prints from the steering wheel to find out who was driving the vehicle. Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat had alleged that Khan was driving the vehicle after consuming Bacardi rum at a bar, a charge denied by the actor, who said he had just a glass of water.Nurullah Mehboob Sharif was killed in the accident while Kalim Mohammed Pathan, Munna Malai Khan, Abdullah Rauf Shaikh and Muslim Shaikh were injured.The defence also disputed the prosecution's contention that there were three persons in the vehicle--Khan, his police bodyguard Ravindra Patil and singer friend Kamal Khan, insisting that driver Ashok Singh was also present. - Manohar

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Salman Khan hit-and-run: Twitter set abuzz with #WeLoveYouSalmanKhan May 06, 2015 10:45

A Mumbai sessions court will pronounce its verdict against Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run-case on Wednesday.If convicted, Salman could face upto 10 years in jail. The judgement in the over 12-year-old case, whose trial saw many twists and turns, can make or mar the career of the actor on whom ride investments of over Rs 200 crore.Fans being fans don't care about the investments. They want to show their support to their star. Some are praying to god on twitter that Salman be spared as he has helped millions with his charity 'Being Human'. Some are saying that they will always stand strong with him forever may whatever happen. - Manohar

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IPL 2015 Mumbai Indians beats Delhi Daredevils by 5 wickets May 06, 2015 10:17

In a contest between dazzling strokemakers, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu outshone Yuvraj Singh leading Mumbai Indians to a five-wicket victory against Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.Mumbai got to the 153-run target in 19.3 overs as Rayudu (49*) was ably supported by Kieron Pollard (26*).Mumbai got off to an awful start when opener Lendl Simmons was trapped plumb in front of the wicket by Zaheer Khan on the second ball of their run chase and then Hardik Pandya was soon after dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile.The Mumbai run chase was twice interrupted by rain during short passages of play in which they lost the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Harbhajan Singh.Sharma and Rayudu added 60 runs for the fifth wicket to keep Mumbai in the hunt. Sharma smashed three sixes and two fours in his 37-ball 46 before he was clean bowled by Amit Mishra.Sharma's dismissal brought Pollard to join Rayudu at the crease and the duo took the hosts to victory.In a game marred by stoppages due to rain, Mumbai seemed to have lost their way early in the innings.However, after the second rain break, Sharma and Rayudu played with a calm head on their shoulders to resurrect the innings.Even after Sharma was dismissed, Rayudu and Pollard held their nerve to take them home.Pollard landed the decisive blow by thwacking Mishra for a six in the final over as Mumbai climbed to the fourth spot in the points table with their fourth consecutive win.Yuvraj rose to the occasion with a stroke-filled 57 off 44 balls. Earlier, Yuvraj struck a brilliant half-century to lift Delhi Daredevils to a challenging score of 152/6.Yuvraj, the costliest buy at the players' auction at Rs 16 crore, has been woefully out of form barring a score of 54 against Kings XI Punjab at Pune and a lot was expected from him to rally Delhi when they slumped to 50/3 inside 7 overs after electing to bat.The left-handed batsman rose to the occasion with a stroke-filled 57 off 44 balls that included two successive leg-side sixes off Mitchell McClenaghan and seven fours before he departed slashing Lasith Malinga in the last ball of the penultimate over.Delhi's batting was, on the whole, disappointing with skipper Jean-Paul Duminy making the second best score of 28.For Mumbai, Harbhajan Singh was easily the outstanding bowler with superb figures of 2/11 in four overs while Malinga got 2/33. McClenaghan was expensive without a wicket to his name while Jagadeesha Suchith and Hardik Pandya took the other two wickets.Delhi started on the wrong foot when Mayank Agarwal hung his bat out to the first ball from Malinga and edged behind.The duo of captain Duminy and youngster Shreyas Iyer raised hopes of another fight-back when the South African smashed a straight six with good timing off Vinay Kumar and Iyer followed suit by taking 14 runs off McClenaghan.Iyer hit two lofted fours and was lucky when Suchith and Pandya clashed at cover point while chasing a leading edge and reprieved the youngster on 10.And when Duminy swung Vinay Kumar for a second six over mid-wicket followed by a straight-driven four, the score had jumped to 43 off five overs.The introduction of spin in the form of Harbhajan Singh paid rich dividends when Iyer needlessly tried a shot off the first ball and got a leading edge to be taken by Vinay Kumar. At the end of power play, Delhi were 44/2.Duminy, who was looking for a big score, was deceived by Suchith in the next over and drove back to the bowler who anticipated well and grabbed the return catch to leave Delhi struggling at 50/3.Yuvraj, who had trouble reading Harbhajan, and Kedar Jadhav forged a stand of 28 to steady the innings before the latter came out of his crease premeditatedly to the wily off-spinner and was easily stumped as Delhi were reduced to 78/4 in the 12th over.Angelo Mathews joined Yuvraj and the duo took the score past the 100 mark but once again Mumbai made a dent when the former holed out to long off after lofting Pandya for a huge six the previous ball.It was left to Yuvraj to take Delhi to a competitive total and he struck Malinga for three fours in successive balls in the 17th over -- two of those authentic ones in typical Yuvraj style -- and 15 runs were added to the total.Yuvraj then swung McCleghan for a one-legged six over fine leg and then flicked the bowler when he bowled full for another leg-side six in the next over to complete his second half century of the season in 40 balls, with the help of two sixes and seven fours.Yuvraj finally fell after surviving a caught behind appeal off the previous delivery which was taken on the half volley by stumper Parthiv Patel. His stand with Saurabh Tiwary (13 not out) was worth 41 runs.The last five overs were productive for Delhi and yielded 57 runs. - Manohar

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