nurses freed from Iraq return to Kochi
i. Air India special aircraft,
AI 160, ferrying them along with the remaining 137 evacuees made a smooth
touchdown at 11.52 a.m. as a motley crowd of relatives, friends, officials, and
the media gathered outside the international terminal.
Cochin International Airport on Saturday as 46 Indian nurses briefly held
hostage by ISIS militants arrived in a special Air India (AI) flight around
unscathed,” said Marina Joseph, one of the abducted nurses.
whom many in the group termed “bearded boys” — never misbehaved with
often changed the guard (who kept watch on the nurses). So, it was tough to be
friendly with them.
a big problem. There was a Bangladeshi employee in the hospital (in Tikrit
where the nurses worked) who knew Arabic. We used to travel with her,” she
led by chief minister Oommen Chandy was present at the airport sharing the joy.
He attributed their smooth return to the deft and meticulous diplomacy of the
Centre and State governments. “It’s a victory of Indian diplomacy,” thundered
US on Independence Day
among 40 people who were honoured for their contributions to the US in the
annual great immigrants tribute in New York on the country’s Independence day.
executive Satya Nadella, comedian and actor Aasif Mandvi, Carnegie Mellon
University president Subra Suresh and former president of the University of
West Georgia, Beheruz Sethna were honoured along with 36 others, the Wall
Street Journal reported.
moved to England before migrating to the US when he was 16. He became
famous as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” where he was known for
his satire on issues such as Islam, the Middle East and South Asia.
scientist, was born in Chennai and moved to the US to work on a postgraduate
science degree, graduating in 1979. He is the ninth president of the Carnegie
2013. Appointed by US President Barack Obama, he led the federal science agency
in its mission to advance the fields of science and engineering research.
and served as the sixth president of the University of West Georgia ? the first
Indian-American to lead a university in the US.
about finalizing its plans for replacing the Governors appointed during the
previous UPA regime.
a call from Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami on Friday morning asking him to
resign, official sources said.
resignation of Wanchoo, a former chief of elite Special Protection Group, will
be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for acceptance.
1976-batch IPS officer, Wanchoo’s resignation came a few days after former
National Security Advisor M K Narayanan quit from Governorship of West Bengal.
was quizzed by CBI as a witness in connection with AgustaWestland deal bribery
scandal as was Narayanan just before his resignation.
(Nabard) and the Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) have signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly implement schemes for the
promotion of farm producer organisations (FPOs).
equity grant and credit guarantee fund for FPOs set up by SFAC to ensure that
finance for producer companies flows smoothly, an Agriculture Ministry release
collaborate with SFAC at the national, State and district level by
participating in the Food Security Mission. The bank said it had a fund of Rs. 50 crore for supporting such producer organisations.
actively collaborate with the SFAC at the national, State and district level by
participating in the Food Security Mission. Nabard said it has a fund of Rs. 50 crore for supporting producer organisations.
President Macky Sall sacks PM Ms Aminata Toure
Aminata Toure after her ruling party was beaten in local elections.
ii. 51-year-old Ms. Toure, heading
the Alliance for the Republic, APR, was named Prime Minister last year and
replaced incumbent Abdoul Mbaye in September.
iii. Her departure comes less than a
week after preliminary results from the June 29 local elections showed defeats
for the APR in Dakar and a number of key cities across the country.
Germany beat France 1-0, reach fourth successive semifinal
i. Mats Hummels’ first half header proved decisive as
Germany marched into the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup for a record fourth
time in a row with a 1-0 win over fellow European giants France in Rio De
Janeiro on Friday.
the two European powerhouses lacked spark and Hummels’s 13th minute strike
spelt doom for France at the iconic Maracana stadium.
keeper Manuel Neuer was also outstanding under the bar as he made two
spectacular saves in each half to deny France the equaliser.
also made a last-second save when he pushed Karim Benzema’s strong left-foot
strike from the left to send his side into the World Cup semi-finals for fourth
World Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 victory over Colombia but the tournament hosts
saw star striker Neymar carried off in agony.
Tuesday’s semi-final against Germany after he followed up his first World Cup
goal with his second yellow card of the tournament.
time in 12 years and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is one step nearer his vow to
win the cup for a sixth time.
Silva booked and faces an anxious wait for news of Neymar who was reportedly
taken to hospital for tests.
clattered by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga. Globo television said the
Brazilian star was taken away in an ambulance.
Wimbledon, Petra Kvitova to clash with Eugenie Bouchard for Women’s Singles
i. Sixth seeded Czech player Petra Kvitova will clash with
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada for the Women’s Singles title at Wimbledon today.
ii. In the semis, 20-year-old
Bouchard defeated third seed Simona Halep of Romania to enter the final of the
prestigious Grand Slam for the first time whereas Kvitova beat Czech compatriot
giant Roger Federer has set up title clash with top seeded Novak Djokovic of
Serbia after defeating Milos Raonic of Canada in the semi final Friday.
partner Radek Stepanek crashed out of the semi finals of the Men’s Doubles.