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The 15th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas is being observed throughout the country today ( 26 July) to remember the sacrifices of jawans who laid down their lives in Kargil war in 1999. The day started with a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Drass War Memorial led by Lt Genl DS Hooda, GOC-in-C Northern Command of the Indian Army. This was followed by a pledge taken by all present at the function to rededicate them to the cause of the Nation. The armed conflict broke out in Kargil when Pakistani soldiers infiltrated into India crossing the LoC. The Army fought bravely in the high altitude Kargil hills and forced Pakistani troops to beat a retreat.
US has asked Russia to stop the flow of heavy weapons like rocket launchers and artillery from the country into strife-torn Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry stated this during a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. "He (Kerry) did not accept Foreign Minister Lavrov’s denial that heavy weapons from Russia were contributing to the conflict," said the State Department official. Kerry also provided an update on his meetings in the Middle East and Paris this past week and the ongoing efforts to achieve a ceasefire, the official added.
The government has said that Monsoon is expected to be normal in the coming weeks and there is no need to be alarmist. Union Minister of State Science and Technology and Earth Science Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the deficiency of monsoon in the first six weeks was 43 per cent. Addressing a conference at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday, he said, the deficiency has now gone down to 32 per cent. Dr Singh said that monsoon has consolidated and increased eleven per cent country wide. He said, in coming weeks, especially in central as well as northeast India, the forecast is that monsoon will be normal.
Washington: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Washington in late September 2014. The US Congressmen are agog with his visit. A senior Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Sherman is spearheading an effort along with Congressmen Ted Poe and Eni Faleomavaega to request that Congressional leadership invite Modi to address a Joint Session of Congress during his visit to the US in late September. "In each of the last three decades, a Prime Minister of India has addressed a Joint Session of the Congress, and the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Modi will allow us to continue that tradition," said the letter. More lawmakers are expected to sign the letter, which would soon be sent to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Beijing: Employees of call centres need to be aware of getting type 2 diabetes, reveals a research work carried out by a Chinese University. An analysis of 12 studies in which 2.25 lakh people were involved revealed that due to problems in sleep due to shift duties, the body clock gets disturbed. At the same time the capacity of the body to maintain balance becomes less and less. The findings are published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The reasons for this finding are not clear, say the authors headed by Professor Zuxun Lu of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhun, Hubei, China. It is thought that daytime levels of the male hormone testosterone are controlled by the internal body clock, so repeated disruption may affect this.
The Lok Sabha today passed the Finance Bill, 2014-15 with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asserting that the approach of the government will be to resolve tax related disputes and end arbitrariness. He also said that NDA government is not a high tax government and it will not impose taxes retrospectively. Referring to the black money stashed abroad, he said, there is no need to wait for long as the government has already initiated measures, including the setting up of SIT, to bring it back. He said the government is in touch with the French government to get more information about Indian deposits. He said the government will also cooperate with the Supreme Court in sharing the information about black money. The legislation with regard to GST will be brought within this year.