IIBF to declare JAIIB/CAIIB/DB&F today

The Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF) will announce the result for JAIIB/CAIIB/DB&F on January 15, 2010 i.e Friday.

Students can view their IIBF result at following link: http://www.iibf.org.in/#.

However, the exact timing of result declaration has been not available at the IIBF website but it seems that it will be available after 12.00 pm.

Students are advised to keep visit the website for result.

Samaylive bring the result declaration news as soon as it declares. Apart from this, The online applications(on the web) for examinations are accepted only for JAIIB/CAIIB courses presently.

Rathore deposits passport in court

Chandigarh: Former Haryana police chief S.P.S. Rathore on Thursday deposited his passport in a local court as part of the conditions it imposed while extending his post-conviction bail in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case till Feb 8.

Additional district and sessions judge Raj Shekhar Attri extending the bail Wednesday, asked Rathore not to leave the country and deposit his passport in the court within seven days.

Rathore’s wife and counsel Abha Rathore submitted the passport in the court on her husband’s behalf.

The court announced it will hear the case continuously for three days – Feb 8, 9 and 10.

Rathore had filed an appeal against his conviction in the molestation case by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court in Chandigarh Dec 21.

The CBI court had held Rathore guilty of molesting 15-year-old Ruchika, a budding tennis player, in Panchkula town Aug 12, 1990 and sentenced him to six months’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs.1,000. He was granted bail immediately after his conviction.

Two more student suicides in Mumbai

Mumbai: Two more students committed suicide in Mumbai Thursday evening, taking to nearly 20 the number of such incidences in the past 12 days.

A Class 12 student, Suraj Nair, 16, hanged himself at home in Virar suburb in Thane.

An 18-year-old girl jumped to her death from the 5th floor of her home in Matunga in central Mumbai. She was a first year BA student of SIES College, police said.

The reason for the suicides is not known, police said, adding that they are investigating.

World comes together to help Haiti quake victims

A young earth quake survivor sits on debris following a major earthquake in Haiti. Photo Courtesy: AP

A young earth quake survivor sits on debris following a major earthquake in Haiti.

India on Thursday announced a cash assistance of USD one million to earthquake-devastated Haiti for immediate and emergency relief purposes.

“India is deeply saddened at the death and destruction caused by the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010. Government has also decided to give 1 million US dollars in cash to Haiti for immediate and emergency relief purposes,” a External Affairs Ministry statement said in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, announcing a $100 million support to Haiti relief effort, US President Barack Obama said one of the largest relief works in recent history is moving towards the Caribbean nation, which has been devastated by earthquake early this week.

“It’s important that everybody in Haiti understand, at this very moment, one of the largest relief efforts in our recent history is moving towards Haiti,” Obama said in a White House statement as he gave details of the relief work being undertaken by the US and the international co-ordination effort it is doing right now.

“Today, I’m also announcing an immediate investment of $100 million to support our relief efforts. This will mean more of the lifesaving equipment, food, water and medicine that will be needed. This investment will grow over the coming year, as we embark on the long-term recovery from this unimaginable tragedy,” he said.

The United States has launched a massive aid operation, including specialists, Coast Guard cutters, helicopters, transport planes and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, along with 2,000 Marines deployed.

Obama, however, acknowledged that given the calamity it is difficult to move things at a desired pace.

“Even as we move as quickly as possible, it will take hours and in many cases days, to get all of our people and resources on the ground. Right now in Haiti, roads are impassable. The main port is damaged. Communications are just beginning to come online and aftershocks continue,” he said.

Also, the World Bank on Thursday announced an additional $100 million in emergency grant fund to Haiti for recovery and reconstruction efforts.

“This is a shocking event and it is crucial that the international community supports the Haitian people at this critical time,” said World Bank President Robert B Zoellick.

“The World Bank is mobilising significant financial assistance and sending a team to help assess damage and reconstruction needs. Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti, our staff, and our UN colleagues,” Zoellick said.

Besides new initiatives, the World Bank may use its existing projects in Haiti, including education and community-driven development for quick and effective relief.

The multilateral development lender is also sending experts to work with the government and its international partners to assess losses and plan for reconstruction.

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) has allocated $250,000 for this assessment, the bank said in a statement.

The World Bank is also planning to provide seed resources to establish the Haiti Reconstruction Fund, a multi-donor trust, to mobilise international support for reconstruction process, it said.

Pak Taliban chief Mehsud killed in US drone attack?

Pakistani army soldiers. Photo Courtesy: AP

Pakistani army soldiers. Photo Courtesy: AP
A massive US missile strike in Pakistan’s lawless Waziristan tribal region on Thursday killed at least 15 militants and triggered speculation that new Tehrik-e-Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud could be among the dead.

The intense speculation by Pakistani media came as Mehsud, according to Taliban, was in Basalkot village, 70 km south of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan agency, which was hit by four missile fired by US drones.

Military authorities neither confirmed nor ruled out the possibility that Mehsud was among the dead. Several other key commanders were also reported to have been killed in the strike, the seventh this month in the area said to be infested with fighters of Haqqani network of the Taliban.

At least four missiles were fired early this morning at a house and the compound of a seminary in Basalkot village, which is located in an area along the boundary between North and South Waziristan.

Reports said some key militant commanders and foreigners were among the 15 dead. Several others were also injured.

A security official, who spoke to PTI on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to the media, said there were reports about Mehsud’s presence in the area targeted in today’s drone attack.

However, Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq claimed Mehsud, who became the chief of the outfit after the killing of his predecessor Baitullah Mehsud in a US drone attack in August last year, was safe and had left the area minutes before the missile strike.

The house targeted in the attack was destroyed. The compound that was struck was reportedly being used by the Taliban as a training camp.

Local residents said they had seen four to six drones hovering over the area after the strike.

Militants cordoned off the area after the strike and prevented people from approaching the site, local residents said.

This was the seventh drone strike in North Waziristan this month. The US has intensified drone attacks in North Waziristan after a suicide strike in the adjacent Khost province of Afghanistan killed seven CIA operatives on December 30.

A video of the suicide attacker beamed on Pakistani and Arabic TV channels showed him in the company of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

However, Pakistan has warned that any increase in drone attacks or ground operations by US forces inside its territory could undermine relations between the two countries.

Following a meeting with US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke yesterday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said: “I said despite the partnership that we enjoy… Pakistan feels that it will undermine our relationship if there’s expansion of drones and if there are operations on ground.”

Maha Kumbh starts, thousands take dip in Ganga

Devotees hold prayer lamps as they perform evening rituals on the banks of the river Ganges at Haridwar. Photo Courtesy: AP

Devotees hold prayer lamps as they perform evening rituals on the banks of the river Ganges at Haridwar. Photo Courtesy: AP
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Braving the winter chill, thousands of devotees today took a holy dip in the Ganga here heralding the start of the three-month-long Maha Kumbh, considered the largest religious congregation that takes place once in 12 years.

With the sun rise at about 0645 hours, devotees, who had started lining up along the streets of Haridwar leading to various ghats, took the dip on the occasion of ‘Makar Sankranti’ — known as Uttarayan in other parts of the country, the day when the sun starts to move northwards marking the decline of winter.

Men, women and children outnumbered the sadhus, who are expected to throng the city only after January 26 as the official entrance of the ‘akharas’ will begin then.

The first ‘shahi snan’ or royal bath is scheduled for February 12 when the akhara chiefs also join the devotees. Many foreigners who were seen in the queue also took bath.

“I was in Jaipur where I was told about this mega religious event.I came down to be a part of it,” Victor Schendia from Switzerland, who lined up near the main ghat ‘Hari Ki Pauri’, said.

The roads leading to nearly 300 ghats have a heavy police presence that has turned the Haridwar into a fortress. Barricades have been set up to control the flow of crowds. The traffic in the city has come to a halt with no vehicles being allowed to ply.

“It is something that I always wanted to do. I never got a chance but now I have closed my business till February 12 and have come here with my family.The water is very cold but I am happy that I undertook this journey,” Vijai Raj Shankar Sharma, a devotee from Uttar Pradesh, said.

People with folded hands and a prayer on their lips walked along the roads as the ghats echoed with Vedic hymns, bells and conch shells, leaving an enchanting spell.

District administration said their aim is to give at least five minutes to each devotees to take his bath.

The Kumbh mela goes back to the Vedic ages and, according to Hindu mythology, the places where Kumbh is observed are the ones where four drops of ‘amrit’ (nectar) fell from the ‘kumbh’ (pot) at the four places when Lord Vishnu’s ‘vahan’ (vehicle) ‘Garuda’ was escaping from the demons who also wanted the nectar.

Belief is that the river Ganga also acquires certain properties of the nectar during Kumbh.

Instructions about safety arrangements were also given out on the public announcement systems, which have have been set up all across Haridwar town.

“We have kept blankets, boats and even made arrangements for bonfire in case any of the devotee taking the bath suffers from hypothermia. Steps are all in place to ensure that any needy person is taken to the hospital fast,” Chief Mela Officer Anand Bardhan told PTI.

Spread over an area of 130 sq km, the Kumbh has been divided into 12 zones and 32 sectors with heavy presence of police personnel.

Thirty-four police stations and 42 makeshift posts have been set up besides the 36 temporary fire stations.

Software crash hits air traffic at IGI airport

The Air Traffic Control (ATC) system at IGI airport crashed during peak hour on Thursday disrupting flight operations for around two hours and creating chaos on a day when fog had already thrown air traffic out of gear.

The navigation system software crashed leading to landing and take-off delays involving around 40 aircraft of various airlines compounding the misery caused by disruption of 100 flights due to fog affecting thousands of passengers.

A software glitch was being blamed for the crash and it took about two hours to reboot the entire system to make it functional once again, airport sources said.

The air navigation system, which was being upgraded, failed bringing flight operations to a halt at around 6 pm, the sources said.

The software, installed by a US-based company Raytheon for automation and surveillance systems of air navigation, failed while being upgraded and ATC people got in contact with the company to rectify the fault.

“The automation system and display units of ATC failed at the IGI airport around 1744 hours. However, communication and Radar system were working normal,” Airports Authority of India, Executive Director, Air Traffic Management, V Somasundaram said.

ATC personnel resorted to manual handling of flights over the Delhi and adjoining air space including Srinagar, Lahore, Khajuraho and Lucknow. Some landings and departures were also handled in this manner.

By manual handling of flights, the distance between two aircraft in the airspace, which is generally 5 to 10 nautical miles while being handled in automated mode, was increased to 80 nautical miles to ensure there was no compromise on safety.

Normalcy in flight operations was resumed around 8 pm, sources said.