France helped Libyan rebels with arms

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French military has confirmed that France has helped Libyan rebels fighting against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s troops in Western Libya though air-dropped weapons. France has started with dropping humanitarian aid which include food, water and medical supplies but it also dropped light arms and ammunition to help Berber tribal fighters in the Nafusa mountains in earl June for self-defence and to prevent massacred. A leading newspaper Le Figaro also reports about helping rebels with rocket launchers and anti-tank missiles. Local media reports say 40 tonnes of weapons were sent to western Libya, including “a few light tanks” that were smuggled in across the Tunisian border.
Russia has strongly criticized France for dropping weapons to Libyan rebels and demanded an explanation from Paris. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “If this is confirmed, it is a very crude violation of UN Security Council resolution 1970.” The Afrian Union has also criticized this action by France.

Iran secretly testing missiles capable to carry nuclear weapon

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UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday that Iran is doing tests of missiles capable to carry nuclear weapon. Iran also wants to enrich the uranium level (triple its capacity to produce 20% enriched uranium) which is not good for peaceful nuclear energy. Enriched uranium can be used for peaceful civilian nuclear purposes, but also to make atomic weapons. It is the contravention of a U.N. resolution 1929. Although Iran has claimed that it has right to develop peaceful nuclear technology but International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says it cannot verify the fact that Tehran’s nuclear program remains entirely peaceful. Iranian news agencies recently reported that country’s military had successfull test-fired 14 missiles. Development of missile and nuclear fuel technology has resulted in U.N. sanctions on Iran.

100% Cut-off for Admission in DU college

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Shri Ram College of Commerce, DU

First cut-off for admission in Delhi University colleges is out. This year cut-off is all time high. There is big surprise and high frustration among many sharp candidates, as college like Sri Ram College of Commerce has cut-off of 100% for admission in B.Com (commerce) course. So a student is below 100%, he/she can’t get admission. Other colleges also have very high cut-off. Like Hindi college has cut-off of 99% and Lady Sri Ram College has cut-off of 97%. Even college like Khalsa has about 92 % cut-off. Vice Chancellor of Delhi University said,”high cut offs are due to high percentages students have received in their board examinations. This year about 2000 students got above 95% mark and among them 800 are from Delhi. With this high cut-off it is very difficult for non-commerce student to opt for Commerce degree in these colleges. How Principal of SRCC Dr PC Jain had said that such cut-off is has not been deliberately done to keep the non-commerce students out of SRCC. In the list of applicants only one science student has 100 % marks and he may never take commerce in SRCC as there is provision of reducing some percentage of mark if candidate is not from commerce stream.

The HRD minister, Kapil Sibbal, and Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, Dinesh Singh, are not happy with such a high cut-off. At a press conference, Sibbal has openly criticized prestigious Delhi University college for declaring unbelievable 100 % cut-off for commerce course and said that cutcut-offs are “irrational” and “exclusionary.” Delhi University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh was also present in the press conference. “I request VC and college to take note of it and I want to tell the parents that they should not worry we will take care of this irrationality,” Sibbal said.

However there may be some hope for the students in 2nd and 3rd cut-off list. DU releases up to five cut-off list depending on the availability of unfilled seats as many students apply in almost all colleges but take admission only in one college. But hope is little if we consider colleges like SRCC.

World’s Most Dangerous Countries for Women

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A Thomson Reuters Foundation expert poll shows that the Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan are the world’s most dangerous countries for women. These countries have high number of crime on women. Fourth and fifth countries in the list is India and Somalia.  The survey was conducted by TrustLaw which asked 213 gender experts from five continents to judge the countries taking in consideration six risk issues – health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, cultural or religious factors, lack of access to resources and trafficking.

More information can be retrieved for TrustLaw analysis website (http://dangerpoll.trust.org)

A scheme to lift millions out of poverty in Brazil

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A welfare scheme to fight against extreme poverty is launched in Brazil. Aim is the lift the lifestyle od millions of people facing poverty by 2014. A current social programme (which is already running) was able to raise 20 million Brazilians out of poverty over the past decade. This new scheme will be build on this which will hopefully help another 16 million people still live in extreme poverty.  They have defined poverty as people earning 70 reais ($44; £27) or less a month. According to the 2010 Census, 16.2 million people – 8.5% of the population – are classified as being in extreme poverty.

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