Dutch university stops accepting donations from China \
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Dutch university stops accepting donations from China

21-Jan-2022
Amsterdam [Netherlands], January 21 (ANI): The VU University in Amsterdam, a university that was under government radar for the possibility of spying for the Chinese government, will no longer accept donations from China to support a human rights centre. This comes after the revelation by a Dutch public service broadcaster NOS.
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China fumes over France’s Xinjiang resolution, says it could cause damage to bilateral ties \
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China fumes over France’s Xinjiang resolution, says it could cause damage to bilateral ties

21-Jan-2022
Paris [France], January 21 (ANI): The Chinese embassy in France on Thursday opposed a resolution that the French Parliament adopted over human rights issues in China's Xinjiang province, and expressed concerns over the "damage" it could cause to bilateral relations.
21-Jan-2022 World
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French Parliament pans China’s pogrom of Uyghur Muslims \
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French Parliament pans China’s pogrom of Uyghur Muslims

20-Jan-2022
Paris [France], January 20 (ANI): France parliament slammed China's "genocide" of its Uyghur Muslim people on Thursday, in a resolution that could sour relations between Paris and Beijing only two weeks before the Winter Olympics.
20-Jan-2022 World
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Fifth day of trial in blogger’s murder case: British-Pakistani man’s relationship with middleman in focus \
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Fifth day of trial in blogger’s murder case: British-Pakistani man’s relationship with middleman in focus

20-Jan-2022
London [UK], January 20 (ANI): On the fifth day of trial in the case of the British-Pakistani man Muhammad Gohir Khan, charged for conspiring to kill Netherlands-based blogger and activist, Ahmad Waqass Goraya, on Wednesday, Khan took the stand and gave evidence of his relationship with the Pakistan-based middleman.
20-Jan-2022 World
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Kirloskar Brothers Limited wins Indias Most Ethical Company Award \
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Kirloskar Brothers Limited wins Indias Most Ethical Company Award

20-Jan-2022
MUMBAI India Jan 20 2022 PRNewswire -- Kirloskar Brothers Limited KBL a world leader in providing fluid management solutions has won the prestigious Indias Most Ethical Company Award for the Ethical Company in Industrial Manufacturing category by CMO Asia CMO Asia is an independent and not-for-profit body guided by an Advisory Council The Indias Most Ethical Company Award reaffirms KBLs core belief and philosophy of conducting business with a moral responsibility in tandem with a conscious driven approach KBL is one of the worlds best and biggest pump manufacturing companies with an expertise in engineering and manufacturing of systems for fluid management Established in 1888 and incorporated in 1920 KBL is the flagship company of the 21 billion Kirloskar Group KBL has established the Ethics Committee and appointed Head Ethics Counsellor and Regional Ethics Counsellors for all of their manufacturing locations that look after the implementation of the Code of Ethics All KBL employees are trained in the organisations anti-corruption policies and procedures through Code of Ethics Every year the group conducts an online certification cum affidavit module which is mandatory for all employees to go through Ms Rama Kirloskar Joint Managing Director Kirloskar Brothers Limited said the Indias Most Ethical Company Award is a reflection of the honesty with which KBL conducts its business Since our inception we have always been driven by our values we nurture and are accountable to all our shareholders in maintaining and increasing their wealth KBLs Code of Ethics is a guideline for employees while addressing legal and ethical issues that come up during any employees journey of business dealing for KBL she said As per the process of the KBL Code of Ethics eLearning Module employees need to complete a multiple-choice question test based on the Code of Ethics of the company These mandatory tests were devised and rolled out in January 2013There are four sections such as compliance business conduct relationship and enforcement The process helps employees in being aware of their responsibilities vis--vis the companys Code of Ethics established in December 2009 This latest award is yet another feather in the KBL cap as the company was also honoured by the World CSR Congress 2014 Award under the category Indias Most Ethical Company in the Industrial Manufacturing About Kirloskar Brothers Ltd KBL KBL was established as Kirloskar Brothers in 1888 from which various group companies emerged later Kirloskar Brothers Limited was incorporated as a limited liability company on January 15 1920 A global conglomerate it provides complete fluid management solutions for large infrastructure projects in the areas of water supply power plants building construction process industries irrigation oil gas and marine defence It engineers and manufactures industrial agricultural and domestic pumps valves and hydro turbines It is also Indias largest centrifugal pump manufacturer with eight manufacturing facilities in India along with other international subsidiaries and operations in the Netherlands South Africa Thailand the United Kingdom and the United States of America KBL has over 12000 channel partners in India and 80 overseas and is supported by the best-in-class PAN-India network of authorised service and refurbishment centres All manufacturing plants of KBL have the necessary Quality Environment Occupational Health Safety and Energy standard certifications under the Integrated Management System ISO 90012015 ISO 140012015 ISO 450012018 and ISO 500012018 The companys Kirloskarvadi plant is a state-of-the-art integrated manufacturing facility which houses Asias largest hydraulic research centre with a testing facility of up to 5000 kW and 50000 m3hr KBL is the only pump manufacturing company in India and the 9th in the world to be accredited with the N and NPT certification by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME PWR PWR
20-Jan-2022 National
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Omicron vaccine could be available in Netherlands by April: official \
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Omicron vaccine could be available in Netherlands by April: official

20-Jan-2022
The Hague [Netherlands], January 20 (ANI/Xinhua): A vaccine adapted to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 could be available in the Netherlands by the end of April, Dutch Health Minister Ernst Kuipers wrote on Wednesday in a letter to the parliament.
20-Jan-2022 World
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Details of transfer in Pak bank account emerge in blogger’s murder conspiracy \
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Details of transfer in Pak bank account emerge in blogger’s murder conspiracy

19-Jan-2022
London [UK], January 19 (ANI): The case of the British-Pakistani man Muhammad Gohir Khan, charged for conspiring to kill Netherlands-based blogger and activist, Ahmad Waqass Goraya, entered its fourth day of the trial on Tuesday when the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) produced further evidence about Khan's communication with a Pakistan-based middleman.
19-Jan-2022 World
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Study finds impact of obesity on the heart for young obese children \
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Study finds impact of obesity on the heart for young obese children

19-Jan-2022
London [UK], January 19 (ANI): A team of researchers has found the impact of obesity on the heart's anatomy for young obese children.
19-Jan-2022 Science
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Beijing Olympics App ‘My2022’ has security flaws: Canadian cybersecurity group \
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Beijing Olympics App ‘My2022’ has security flaws: Canadian cybersecurity group

18-Jan-2022
Ottawa [Canada], January 18 (ANI): The Beijing Winter Olympics app, 'My2022' mandated for use by all Game attendees, contains security issues that might lead to data breaches, according to Canadian cybersecurity group Citizen Lab, which issued a warning on Tuesday, reported Sputnik.
18-Jan-2022 World
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Govt to use Supreme Court order to counter Devas enforcements in international fora FM \
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Govt to use Supreme Court order to counter Devas enforcements in international fora FM

18-Jan-2022
New Delhi Jan 18 PTI The government will use the Supreme Court order calling the 2005 deal between ISROs commercial arm Antrix and privately-owned Devas Multimedia a fraud to counter seizure of its properties Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday as she launched a blistering attack on the Congress for handing over airwaves used by the defence to the private firm for pittance It is a fraud of Congress by Congress and for Congress the minister told reporters as she read out paragraphs from the Supreme Courts January 17 decision allowing winding up of Devas because of the fraud Antrix the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO entered into an agreement with Devas for providing multimedia services to mobile users for which it was given a rare S-band satellite spectrum without the knowledge of the Union Cabinet she said The Congress took six years to cancel the deal and the then government did not initiate steps to fight the arbitration proceedings the private company brought against the cancellation she added The Congress-led UPA did not cite national security to fight the arbitrations brought by Devas Sitharaman said and called the party master of corruption Devas initiated arbitration against the annulment of the deal at the International Chambers of Commerce ICC Two separate arbitrations were also initiated under the Bilateral Investment Treaty BIT by Mauritius investors in Devas under the India-Mauritius BIT and by Deutsche Telekom a German company under the India- Germany BIT India lost all three disputes and has to pay a total of USD 12 billion in damages Its shareholders are pursuing Indian assets abroad to recover award and have got a French court order for freezing Indian properties in Paris and got partial rights over funds maintained by Air India in Canada The Supreme Court has given a comprehensive verdict upholding the liquidation of Devas ordered by the insolvency court she said adding this would be cited in the international courts to challenge enforcement actions of the private firm No country which respects rule of law will ignore these facts she said citing the apex court observation that it was a case of fraud of a huge magnitude which cannot be brushed under the carpet as a private lis Antrix had approached the National Company Law Tribunal NCLT seeking liquidation of Devas Last year NCLT ordered liquidation of Devas observing that the firm appeared to have been incorporated with fraudulent intentions Devas appealed against the order before NCLAT which in September 2021 upheld the liquidation Devas filed an appeal before the Supreme Court which also upheld the liquidation she said Calling Congress a master of corruption Sitharaman asked if the partys leader Rahul Gandhi had tore the Antrix-Devas deal papers in 2011 He and the Congress owes answers to the nation she said The minister was apparently referring to the incident of Rahul Gandhi tearing up an ordinance on land acquisition in public in 2013 The ordinance had been cleared by the then UPA II government that was led by Congress The Antrix-Devas deal was a fraud perpetuated by Congress on the nation where spectrum used by defence forces was given for pittance she said This is the level of shameless corruption The 2005 agreement was a fraud on people of India fraud against the country she said adding the government is fighting in every court so that Devas does not get away with Antrix deal fraud and taxpayers money is saved Sitharaman said the commercial terminal award was for a total of USD 1 billion while USD 933 million plus cost and interest was awarded against India under the arbitration brought under the India-Germany BIT Besides USD 1112 million plus cost and interest was awarded in the arbitration under India-Mauritius BIT After nearly 10-11 years of struggle the Supreme Court has come out with the decision on the case This indicates how the Congress party has misused its position when in power the minister said Commenting on the Supreme Court judgment Matthew D McGill Lead Counsel for Devas shareholders said three separate international arbitration tribunals found that Antrix unlawfully breached its obligations to Devas The ruling is a travesty of justice -- the sadly predictable result of the bogus allegations fed by the Modi government to servile domestic courts Our global campaign to enforce Devass international arbitration awards will continue without interruption or delay And we will hold the Government of India to account for its confiscation of Devas Jay Newman Senior Adviser to Devas Shareholders said the Supreme Court decision is not a setback nor is it a surprise It was scripted for months The Modi government will now appeal to global courts waving the NCLT ruling as yet another bogus excuse to evade payment Courts in the US Netherlands Canada and France have seen through the previous sham proceedings and evasion tactics and this ruling is no different Newman said adding that Devas shareholders will continue to identify and seize Indian state assets around the world until the debt has been paid Meanwhile on whether the Supreme Court order would have a negative impact on investors sentiment Sitharaman said it will not have an impact as the investment was a product of fraud and in conflict with the public policy The basic notions of morality and justice are always in conflict with fraud and hence the motive behind the action brought by the victim of fraud can never stand as an impediment she said quoting the order Observing that Congress tried to hide and dragged its feet on this unholy deal she said it took Congress-led government six years from 2005 to 2011 to cancel the deal and a sitting minister of the then government was arrested in the case Attacking the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sitharaman said that ISRO which comes under the Prime Ministers Office was not aware of the deal There was no question of Prime Ministers Office being asked to approve this deal Antrix-Devas It never came to that level she said quoting Singhs statement of February 2011 She also questioned the Congress party for allowing blatant sale of resources of the government and people of India for pittance We are fighting to save taxpayers money which otherwise would have gone to pay for the scandalous Antrix-Devas deal she added Asked about specifics regarding investigations over the fraud Sitharaman said she will be holding meeting with various departments concerned and law enforcement agencies as to how the government can proceed With the backing of Supreme Court order Corporate Affairs Secretary Rajesh Verma said the winding up proceedings will start now Liquidator has already been appointed and the process would be as per the legal procedure he added PTI DP ANZ RAM
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