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Congress’s former Andhra chief joins TRS

D. Srinivas, a senior Congress leader in Telangana, on Thursday quit the party and announced his decision to join the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The former chief of the Andhra Pradesh unit of the Congress, who was sulking for some time for being sidelined by the party leadership, told reporters it was a sad day for him to quit a party with which he was associated for four decades. “It’s a sad day because I worked in the party since the days of Indira Gandhi,” he said. Srinivas, also a former minister in the undivided Andhra Pradesh, said he worked for the Congress will full commitment and dedication. He said while the party entrusted him with many positions, he also worked hard to do justice to these. Srinivas, who was once considered close to party chief Sonia Gandhi, thanked her for having confidence in him and giving him an opportunity to serve the organisation and the people. He denied that he resigned from the Congress over not being re-nominated to Telangana legislative council. He, however, hit hard at Digvijaya Singh, the Congress general secretary who is in charge of the party affairs in the state, for not even consulting him before announcing the party candidate. Stating that he is joining the TRS at the call of his conscience, he vowed to work for the welfare of backward classes and weaker sections of the society. He clarified that he is not joining the TRS for any post. The senior leader, who on Wednesday called on Telangana Chief Minister and TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao, said people acknowledge that Telangana became a separate state thanks to the efforts of Sonia Gandhi but it was Chandraskhar Rao who played the biggest role. Srinivas, a backward class leader, twice served as the president of the Congress’s Andhra Pradesh unit. His resignation dealt a blow to the party in Telangana as many leaders, including five legislators have joined the TRS ever since it came to power in the newly-created state last year. Srinivas is the second former chief of the Congress’s Andhra Pradesh unit to switch loyalties. Last month, Botsa Satyanarayana joined the YSR Congress party in Andhra Pradesh.

Cabinet approves national policy on skill development

The union cabinet has approved India’s first integrated National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, an official statement said on Thursday. The policy acknowledges the need for an effective roadmap for the promotion of entrepreneurship as a key to successful skills strategy. “The vision of the policy is to create an ecosystem of empowerment by skilling on a large scale at speed with high standards and to promote a culture of innovation-based entrepreneurship, which can generate wealth and employment so as to ensure sustainable livelihoods for all citizens in the country,” the statement said. Skill development and entrepreneurship programmes for women are specific focus areas of the policy, it said. To achieve this vision, the policy addresses key obstacles to skilling, including low aspirational value, lack of integration with formal education, lack of focus on outcomes and low quality of training infrastructure and trainers. It also seeks to align supply and demand for skills by bridging existing skill gaps, promoting industry engagement, operationalising a quality assurance framework, leverage technology and promoting greater opportunities for apprenticeship training. Equity is also a focus of the policy, which targets skilling opportunities for socially/geographically marginalised and disadvantaged groups. The previous National Policy on Skill Development was formulated by the Ministry of Labour and Employment in 2009 and provided for a review after five years to align the policy framework with emerging national and international trends.

HP Judge suspended over sexual harassment complaint of colleague

A judge in Himachal Pradesh has been suspended following a sexual harassment complaint by a woman judge. The judge faces the accusation of his colleague of harassing her on June 8, during a trip to Manali hill town for a conference on drug abuse, reports saidon Thursday. Both are trial court judges. The complainant says the judge tried to force her to go with him to a resort and teased and harassed her. The state Chief Justice has put under suspension the judge pending a detailed inquiry to be completed within two months.
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    Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Pledges His $32 Billion to Charity

    Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Pledges His $32 Billion to Charity

    Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud.RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday pledged his entire $32-billion (28.8-billion-euro) fortune to charitable projects over the coming years. The prince said in a statement that the “philanthropic pledge will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world.” He said the donation “will be allocated according to a well-devised plan throughout the coming years” but stressed there was no time limit on when the donation would be spent. Alwaleed said he would head a board of trustees tasked with spending the money, adding that his pledge would still be used after his death “for humanitarian projects and initiatives”. The magnate belongs to the Saudi royal family and is a nephew of king Abdullah, who died on January 23. In the conservative Islamic kingdom, Alwaleed, who holds no government rank, is unusual for his high profile and periodic comments about economic issues. At a press conference, he said his pledge was modelled on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other philanthropic funds in the United States. “This is very much separate from my ownership in Kingdom Holding,” Alwaleed told reporters on the 66th-floor headquarters of the publicly listed company which he chairs. As well as media investments, Kingdom Holding has interests ranging from the Euro Disney theme park to Four Seasons hotels and Citigroup. – Agence France-Presse
    Busted Pak firm ‘sold 1,198 fake degrees to Saudis’

    Busted Pak firm ‘sold 1,198 fake degrees to Saudis’

    Police raid the office of Axact software company in Karachi, Pakistan, in this May 19, 2015 photo. (AP) RIYADH: A Pakistani firm under investigation for fraud allegedly sold 1,198 fake degrees to Saudis between 2011 and 2015, a local publication reported on Wednesday. Pakistani authorities have already arrested the owner of Axact Company, Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh, in Karachi for allegedly selling thousands of fake degrees to customers worldwide during this period. Saudis received 1,198 fake degrees from nonexistent universities, for between SR50,000 and SR100,000, the report stated. Axact allegedly forged the certificates, with several consulates and government offices in certain countries around the world attesting these documents. Jasim Al-Khaldi, Saudi chargé de a’ffairs in Islamabad, said the embassy and cultural mission were following up on the investigations. He said the Saudi government wants to know the names of citizens who obtained degrees from the company, and those of Pakistanis working in the Kingdom using these bogus qualifications. Khayyam Akbar, Pakistani chargé de a’ffairs in the Kingdom, said his government would provide the Saudi government with the names of its citizens with fake degrees as soon as investigations are completed. The multimillion-dollar fake degree scandal was first scooped by Arab News in 2009. Pakistan’s top investigative agencies launched a probe after the New York Times ran a report in May this year detailing what Arab News had already revealed. Arab News had followed up on a report that a certain Rochville University had awarded a master’s in business administration to a bulldog named Chester. The application had been made by the dog’s owner, Vicky Phillips, founder of GetEducated.com, in an attempt to expose the fake university. Rochville’s physical location was a mystery and Arab News learned from a courier company official in Dubai that the degree originated from Axact’s office in Karachi. When the story was published in Arab News, it received a legal threat from Axact’s lawyers, and the article had to be removed from the Internet. There was, however, no retraction in the print edition and Arab News stood by the story. – ARAB NEWS
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    Taliban commander among 6 militants killed in Afghanistan

    Six militants, including a Taliban commander, were killed and three others injured in a clash that erupted in Afghanistan’s Takhar province on Thursday, an official said. Security forces began a crackdown against Taliban hideouts in Khawja Ghar district early today (Thursday) morning and so far six rebels, including their commander Qari Tayeb, who served as Taliban shadow governor in Takhar province, have been killed,” Mohammad Omar, the governor of Khawja Ghar district, told Xinhua news agency. Three more militants were injured in the clash, he added. Without disclosing the number of casualties among the security forces, the official said the operation would continue till all insurgents were wiped out from the district. Taliban militants captured Dasht-e-Arch district last week and have been fighting to overrun the neighbouring Khawja Ghar district.

    Security Council urges Libyan parties to agree on government of national accord

    Reiterating that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged the parties to the conflict to agree on a Government of National Accord and sign the proposal presented by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) “in the coming days.”
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    Colourful Karnataka Day Celebrated in Jeddah

    Colourful Karnataka Day Celebrated in Jeddah - Jul 02 2015

    Caption : Event manager Sabu chandran welcoming the guest, sitting on dice are left to right president of the forum Roshan Rodrigues, Guest of honor Vishwanath Hegde, Chief guest Dr. Irshad Ahmed Consul Press and Information, Guest of Honor Shoaib Saeed, Gen Secretary Syed Nasir Khursheed and Joint cult Secretary Mohsin khan can be seen (Photo by Praveen netrekar)The Indian community expatriates from the southern state of Karnataka celebrated the “Annual Karnataka Day” on the 15th of May 2015 at the Indian Consulate in Jeddah. This program was organised by the Karnataka Non Resident Indian (KNRI) Forum, Jeddah. The audience was treated to an action packed evening filled with awards, lucky draws, music, dances, folklore, games, quiz and dinner. The Consul for Press and Information, Dr.Irshad Ahmed graced the event as chief guest, Mr.Vishwanath Hegde, MD of Intermodel Services SA and Mr. Shoaib Saeed of REDTAGwere the guests of honour. Speaking on the occasion, Dr.Irshad Ahmed complemented the KNRI forum for all the activities they have undertaken for the poor and the needy and for organising a mammoth crowd for the event. The president of the forum, Roshan Rodrigues spoke about dedication of the forum members towards a social cause despite their busy schedule. Mr. Syed Nasir Khursheed, General Secretary of the Forum delivered a detailed presentation of the activities of the forum right since its inception. Sabu Chandran, the event manager officially welcomed the guests and audience,while program was started with recitation of holy quran by Mr. Saoud sheikh. The entertainment session began with the traditional Kannada opening hit from yesteryear film GandhadaGudi sung by Mohammed Kaleem and followed by a group song from the 1950s hit song YehDeshhai veer jawanonka from NayaDaur sung by Kaleem, Mohammed Saif and Mohammed Nawaz Shareef.MadhuriManjappa, AnithaJangal, Vijayalakshmi, ShalmaliSudhir, Jaya S,KavithaNaik, Kaleem and Nawaz rendered the tradition welcome song in Kannada. 2 dances performed by children of different age groups were choreographed by renowned dance instructor Pushpa Suresh, one of which showcased the antiquity, culture and the heritage of Karnataka and the other was a colourful and a foot tapping dance from the state of Rajasthan. Ms. Sudha Raju choreographed 2 dances, one of which was based on a medley of Hindifilm music and the other a patriotic number performed by children. There were three more dances choreographed to the tune of popular Bollywood numbers, TuTuTuMeri from the film Bang Bang and Lovely from the super hit film Happy New Year and Sari kefallsa from the film RRajkumar. There was also a unique action song performed by various artists choreographed by MovinRego. All the dance items were a great hit among the packed audience. Kaleem, Saif, Nawaz Shareef, Mohsin Khan and RehnaSaleem treated the audience to some melodious and foot tapping hindi and kannada songs from old and new movies. Popular numbers like “Meri Man Ki Ganga” from the 60s hit Sangam, “AajKalTereMere PyarKeCharche” from the ShammiKapoor starrer Brahmachari,Jaanekaise jab kahan from the Dilip Kumar-Amitabh Bachchan starrer Shakti, new songs, “Muskuraanekiwajah tum ho” from City Lights, SunonaSange mar mar from Youngistan, songs from the movie Khamoshiyan and Kannada songs from Bindaas and Navagraha were a big hit with both the young and the old in the audience. President Roshan Rodrigues also sang a song from his music album, Alshellon, which was penned and composed by him. Aijaz Ahmed, Syed Haseeb, FaizeeShaikhand AlokPattarwelcomed the audience. Manzur Ahmed and Habeebullah were responsible for food and refreshments. Mohammed SaleemKhalifa, Imtiaz Ahmed, Mukaram Khan and Shakeel Ahmed distributed the prizes after the raffle draw. Praveen Netrekar was the official photographer for the event. Niaz Ahmed, one of the anchors of the program conducted the popular Karnataka quiz with attractive prizes for the winners. A “scratch a recharge card” contest was held where the prize were recharge cards from the 3 mobile phone operators, STC, Mobily and Zain. Games for children with attractive prizes were conducted by Krish Jangal and Peter Mascerhanhes. Sahana Manjappa joined Niaz in compering the program. Mohammed Arif co-ordinated the event at the venue. A raffle draw was held at the end of the event with attractive prizes sponsored by EMax,bumper prize of LED was received by Masoodsoherwardy hailing from Gulbarga. Organising committee thanked Golden sponsors starting with REDTAG and Intermodel Services SA Co-sponsors were also thanked starting with Emax, joyalukas, RF Developers, India Gate Restaurant, Premier Food corporation, AB Industrial Supply,Master trading and contracting, Innovative Media Access Solutions IMAS, Binzagar andJamyatulFalah. The forum commended Mr IlyasMomin for his efforts in introducing Kannada as a language in the Indian International School,Jeddah and appreciated Mr.Vishwanathkarkera for his helping hand towards the forum. Regional Manager of the RedtagMr.Shoebsaeed expressed happiness with activities and cultural program delivered by KNRI Forum, he said Karnataka residents have achieved good name in the kingdom by their discipline and I feel satisfied as sponsor to this event. Mr. VishwanathHegde GM of Intermodel Services SA and chief patron of KNRI Forum appreciated the initiative taken by KNRI Forum to introduce the Kannada subject in IISJ with coordination by school authority; he also praised Principal Mr. Syed Masood for considering the request for Kannada language. Yashwanth Amin delivered the vote of thanks and event was concluded with recitation of National Anthem. – Yahind.com
    Visit visas continue throughout year

    Visit visas continue throughout year - Jun 28 2015

    If a visitor overstays his visa for the first time, he will be fined SR15,000 followed by deportation. (SPA)JEDDAH: Family visit visas will continue to be issued throughout the year without any interruption, an informed source at the Directorate General of Passports said. Renewal of such visas will also be possible in accordance with the rules laid down by the government, the source added. “The total duration of visit visas will be six months and those could be extended in accordance with prior coordination with the Foreign Ministry.” The source said if the visa was issued by the ministry for a duration of one month, its renewal will be every month and if it is issued for three months it will be renewed every three months. The source explained: “The visa renewal and extension is done through a unified electronic system for all nationalities and individuals and there is no exception for any specific category — like those born in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere. The extension can be done throughout the year through the ‘Abshir’ service of the Interior Ministry. “If a visitor overstays the allowed period, he/she will be subjected to financial penalties, according to the law,” the source said. “If a visitor overstays his visa for the first time, he will be fined SR15,000 followed by deportation. However, if the violation is repeated by the same visitor, the fine will increase to SR25,000 and three-month jail followed by deportation. In case of a third violation, the fine would be doubled to SR50,000 with six-month jail and deportation.” – Arab News
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    Visit visas continue throughout year

    Visit visas continue throughout year

    If a visitor overstays his visa for the first time, he will be fined SR15,000 followed by deportation. (SPA)JEDDAH: Family visit visas will continue to be issued throughout the year without any interruption, an informed source at the Directorate General of Passports said. Renewal of such visas will also be possible in accordance with the rules laid down by the government, the source added. “The total duration of visit visas will be six months and those could be extended in accordance with prior coordination with the Foreign Ministry.” The source said if the visa was issued by the ministry for a duration of one month, its renewal will be every month and if it is issued for three months it will be renewed every three months. The source explained: “The visa renewal and extension is done through a unified electronic system for all nationalities and individuals and there is no exception for any specific category — like those born in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere. The extension can be done throughout the year through the ‘Abshir’ service of the Interior Ministry. “If a visitor overstays the allowed period, he/she will be subjected to financial penalties, according to the law,” the source said. “If a visitor overstays his visa for the first time, he will be fined SR15,000 followed by deportation. However, if the violation is repeated by the same visitor, the fine will increase to SR25,000 and three-month jail followed by deportation. In case of a third violation, the fine would be doubled to SR50,000 with six-month jail and deportation.” – Arab News
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