Dec 12, 2015

Historc Paris Climate Accord reached

In Paris delegates from hundreds of nations have approved landmark Climate accord. 

It is for the first time that such an agreement has been reached between participating members, earlier summit in Copenhagen collapsed owing to the mutual differences between two of the world's biggest Carbon Emission countries US and China. 

It is too early to say what the future holds for this accord, but the leaders have pledged to agree to follow the pact in letter and spirit.

As for now there are now no legal bindings on the member countries to present before any public authority any data related to emissions. 

But come 2020 the nations are legally bound to present the data to public authorities, thus creating a "name and shame" kind of policy to indicate the violators of pollution norms established by the just reached Paris Accord.

In the United States there is stiff opposition to the Climate politics where every Republican candidate have questioned the science of Climate Change and voiced opposition to the Climate Change policies of the Obama administration.

The Accord means a major shift from the existing business policies moving away from investments in Oil and Gas, Coal and other Fossil fuel based energies to clean energies like Solar, Wind and Nuclear Energy with zero carbon emission.
Nations approve landmark Climate accord in Paris - NYtimes 

India, Japan sign bilateral treaties

India and Japan sign bilateral treaties after the meeting between both the nations in the national capital.

Japanese President who is here on a three day visit will also visit Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of PM Modi.

Bullet train treaty which Japan had promised to implement during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan has been signed today in New Delhi. And Nuclear deal has also been envisaged.

The project costing about 98,000 KM to connect Mumbai to Ahmedabad in 3 hours.

Visa on arrival for Japanese citizens from March 1 2016 

PM Modi, Shinzo Abe put bullet train and Civi Nuclear Agreement on track

National Herald Case Development

Shanti Bhushan claims to have some shares in AJL and reportedly has said will question the transfer of shares to YIL. But Kapil Sibal refuted those allegations.

Delhi Pollution

Government schools to be shutdown from 1 Jan till 15 Jan in the national capital according to the latest media reports.


Dec 11, 2015

Yuvraj Singh, the flamboyant India Cricket star celebrate's his 34th Birthday

Yuvraj Singh who turns 34 today, has already accomplished the laurels one can achieve in a glittering cricketing career where the star batsman has led the nation to many victories in many encounters.

He is a treat to watch in the middle order building on the Indian innings, and giving it all every time he came to the crease. He is a batsmen of huge calibre. Especially the visiting teams used to be scary about him, and always used special fielding arrangements to contain the star. It was very hard to containg Yuvraj especially on the Square leg boundary, the ball simply dissappeared once he sights the ball in the slaught. It was amazing to see the natural free flow of his bat.

Yuvraj Singh won the Man of the Series tournament at the World Cup 2011 edition which India won, it was his allround performance which gave India the strategic depth to take strong teams like South Africa, Australia and Pakistan. 


Dec 7, 2015

7.2 magnitude Earthquake hits Tajikistan's Karakul area

7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Tajikistan according to USGS , the resultant tremors were felt as far away as Pakistan and Delhi, in India. There's been reports of tremors shaking the Kashmir valley, but no information regarding any damage has been reported yet


Dec 5, 2015

Delhi needs underground metro, trams and more buses. Cycling should be encouraged for short distances.

Delhi pollution levels rose to astonishing levels this year and the city is engulfed with thick smog, bringing down the visibility too. Delhi's pollution comes from excessive use of private transport, no cycling and pedestrian pathways not enough lung spaces for the vibrant but choking city. PM2.5 at the time of writing this post was 699 at Anand Vihar which is hazardous to health. With PM2.5 in California, LA being about 173 at the same time. Mumbai at 153 and Hyderabad at 136 are the two other major pollution borne cities in the country.
 Delhi court noted the city's pollution saying ' it looks like a gas chamber' and asked the Government to implement a new strategy by Dec 21. The ruling Aam Aadmi party in Delhi hence introduced the Odd-Even formula, successfully implemented in several other world's big time polluting cities such as China and Bogota etc.,

Delhi's metro system is already crowded and there aren't enough buses on the road for people to consider it as a viable commute to work. There are no trams even in developed areas of the city.

Delhi's main polluters include industrial air pollution, thermal power plants and trucks which ply commuting essential commodities to the city and are the life line. Delhi's compounding problems are the satellite towns and cities like, Faridabad and Rohtak in Haryana, Gurgaon and Noida in U.P., and many other suburbs from where people commute daily for work.

In order for Government to succeed it should take pedestrianization and cycling and usage of Trams and other electric mode of transport for short distances in a big manner. Also the city may not be able cope with the present metro rail. I think the city should go for an elaborate well-planned, feasible underground metro system to plan ahead in to the future, keeping in mind the growth trajectory of the city. Administration should initiate tree plantation also in a big manner and sensitize the citizenry of benefits of using public transport.

Government's woes not only comes from the polluting factors but also from lack of understanding between the state and centre who do not see eye to eye on many public issues and may prove difficult to implement it's strategies.


Dec 2, 2015

Active shooter situation in San Bernardino, 14 people killed and a suspect killed

At least 14 are dead in San Bernandino, California in active shooter situation, Latest reports indicate the shooter has been hit. Another 17 people are reportedly injured in the shooting. 

It reportedly looked like a planned mission to assault, the attack took place at a center for developmental disabilities, at the Inland Regional Center according to Police authorities.

Suspects initially attacked and made an escape after which they were waylaid at some distance from the original attack were to assailants look to be subdued by the Police, while the third is on the run.

A police officer is also reportedly injured but the injury is not life threatening.  

San Bernardino is a city 60 Kms east of California. And is the 17th largest city.

For more on this story:

Shooting in San Bernardino, California, at least 14 people reportedly killed - ABC news 

San Bernardino shooting: At least 14 people killed and one suspect killed - CNN 


Nov 28, 2015

Turkish President 'saddened' about downing a flying machine? What about people?

 I think it is just absurd to use the word 'saddened' for the downing of a machine. You deal with it or keep quiet.

 But being saddened about downing a machine, is something just not acceptable. 

What about those millions of people killed in and around your country for almost two decades? Was Turkey and its allies not saddened then? Why not the saddening statements came out then? Bowing before a bigger adversary? 

Turkish President 'saddened' by downing of a Russian plane but won't apologize - CNN

Nov 27, 2015

Five Polish sailors reportedly kidnapped off the coast of Nigera overnight, Polish govt. says

Five Polish sailorss are reportedly kidnapped by the Pirates off the coast of Nigeria.

Sailors were aboard the ship Szafir, when assailants attacked the crew of 16 in the night and kidnapped five of them.

Polish Foreign Minister Mr Witold Waszczykowsky told the reporters in Warsaw that no ransom demand has been made yet. Other crew members are reportedly safe and sound.


Planned Parenthood attacked by a gunman in Colorado, three dead

Preliminary reports indicate three dead including an officer on duty in the attack at parenthood planning clinic.

According to Fox news the gunman is ID'd as Robert Lewis Dear from North Carolina.

Investigations into the incident are awaited.

Gunman ID'd as Robert Lewis Dear - Fox News 


Russia has scrapped visa-free travel with Turkey

Russia reportedly has suspended visa-free travel policy with Turkey due to the ongoing tensions over the downing of the Russian fighter Jet.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that it is Russia to blame for the intrusion into its airspace.

Russsia's Foreign minister Mr Lavrov did not travel to Turkey on a scheduled visit after the incident. And now Russia has taken a series of steps to underscore its disappointment over the issue.

Already the tensions seem to be high in the region after the Paris attacks. Where Russia seem to have escalated attacks against the Syrian opposition who are allied against the President Assad's regime.

Western position looks to be same, even yesterday President Hollande insisted that Assad has no role in Syria's future, but Russia's President is seen strongly backing Mr Assad, saying his future lies in the hands of Syrian people.