Aurangabad Students Shine In CS Examination
- AURANGABAD : Saloni Munot, who secured the 14th all India rank with a score of 340 and Anushka Dharurkar who achieved 22nd all-India rank having scored 324 marks are city students who have excelled in the foundation programme exam for company secretaries. The exams were held on December 3 and 4, 2016 and results were declared on Wednesday. A total of 185 students gave the exam from the Aurangabad centre, of which 104 passed.
- An official release said that the passing percentage was 56.22%. "I followed the preparation module that the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) provided me and kept solving all the question banks. I never bothered about the outcome, but decided to give my cent per cent during preparations," Saloni said. In the meantime, Anushka said all the hard work she had put in had finally paid off in her success. ICSI is a premier national professional body constituted under an Act of Parliament to develop and regulate the profession of company secretaries in India.
- The institute has its headquarters at New Delhi and four regional offices at Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai and 69 chapters across the country. Chairman Vijay Harikishanji Baheti and secretary Rohini Haridas of the Aurangabad chapter of ICSI have have congratulated the successful students. The next computer-based exam for the company secretaries foundation programme will be held on June 3 and 4. At Ahmednagar centre, 58 students passed out of 88 appeared for foundation exams with overall passing percentage of 65.91%.
- Saurabh Vinay Gundecha, who has secured All India Rank 19th topped the examination by scoring 330 marks (82.50%). In Jalgaon Centre, 35 students have passed out of 64 appeared for foundation exams. The centre registered pass percentage is 54.69% with Tanisha Purwar achieving All India Rank 22nd. She topped from Jalgaon centre with 324 marks (81%), a release said.
India-UAE Strategic Oil Reserves Deal : 10 Things To Know
- India's quest for energy security got a major push on Wednesday, after a pact with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that will flow in as much as one sixth of the India's total emergency oil reserve. Here's what you need to know about India's strategic oil reserves.
- India signed a deal with the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday that allows the Gulf OPEC country to fill half of an underground crude oil storage facility at Mangalore, Karnataka.
- The deal is part of New Delhi's strategic petroleum reserve system, an emergency underground storage of 36.87 million barrels of crude oil which can supply about 10 days of the country's average daily oil demand.
- UAE's Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) will store about 6 million barrels of oil at Mangalore, taking up about half of the site's capacity.
- This is the second agreement signed between Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited and ADNOC in the area of storage and management of oil at strategic facilities in India. Crude oil supplies from ADNOC will begin in the last quarter of 2017.
- Three years ago, India began talks to lease part of its strategic storage to ADNOC. Under those discussions in 2014, India was to have first rights to the stored crude oil in case of an emergency.
- Strategic petroleum reserves have become indispensable to safeguard the economy and to help maintain national security in the event of an energy crisis. These crude oil inventories (or stockpiles) can be held by the government of a particular country, as well as by private industry.
- In fact, India has already filled the other half of the Mangalore storage facility with 6 million barrels of Iranian oil. The country has another storage site in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh with 7.55 million barrels of Iraqi oil and a third such facility in Karnataka's Paduran, with a storage capacity 18.3 million barrels.
- According to the United States Energy Information Administration, approximately 4.1 billion barrels of oil are held in strategic reserves globally, of which 1.4 billion is government-controlled. The remainder is held by private industry.
- The US has the world's largest reported Strategic Petroleum Reserve with a total capacity of 727 million barrels. If completely filled, the US reserves could theoretically replace about 60 days of oil imports.
- China has built its crude oil stockpile through government-controlled strategic reserves complemented by mandated commercial reserves. It plans to increase its strategic petroleum reserve to 90 days of supply by 2020.
Sena Medal For 3 Soldiers Who Gunned Down Hizbul Terrorist Burhan Wani
- SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI : Tucked away in the remote hills of south Kashmir, it is jubilation all around at the Rashtriya Rifles unit as three of its personnel have been awarded Sena Medal for having gunned down dreaded terrorist Burhan Wani+ . As details of the July 8 operation last year emerge, it transpires that young Major Sandeep Kumar, who led the crack team following "actionable" intelligence input that Sartaj Aziz and two other militants were hiding in a house in Bumdoora village, showed nerves of steel and exemplary restraint in the face of extreme provocation in neutralising them.
- The village, 18 km southeast of Anantnag, was cordoned off but the news of Army's presence got leaked, making their task all the more daunting. It was a long wait for Major Sandeep Kumar, Captain Manik Sharma and Naik Arvind Singh Chauhan before they could lead their team in storming the house where the militants were holed up. Protesting crowds began swelling by the minute, shouting slogans and pelting the Army contingent with stones. Leading the assault team, Captain Sharma and two others even made an attempt to enter the house as Major Kumar stood behind them, ready to provide cover fire.
- However, they had to retreat amid heavy stone-pelting by the villagers. "We were counting every minute and even planning to throw a cordon around the house as dusk approached fast and with it the milling, restive crowd carrying stones," recalled a police officer who was in touch with the Army contingent from the district headquarters. Major Kumar and his team made another attempt to storm the house and the militants opened a burst of gunfire. Aziz made an unsuccessful attempt to escape, but was shot dead. Time was running fast and two more militants, who were believed to be inside, were to be accounted for. As violent protests grew more and more intense, Major Kumar sent for the local 'Imam' whose services were to be used to calm the villagers.
- With light fading away fast, there were no signs of villagers' aggression or numbers diminishing. The valiant Major and his men then decided to storm the house but came under a hail of fire from two militants who attempted to escape. Militant Pervaiz Ahmad Lashkari was seen firing while shielding a man and pushing him towards a nearby apple orchard. Lashkari was gunned down in retaliatory fire by the crack team, which also challenged the lone surviving militant. He, too, was soon sprawled on the floor, dead. It was later discovered that the last militant killed was Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani+ , who carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
Real Madrid Fall To Celta Vigo In King's Cup Quarters
- MADRID : An excellent Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick couldn't prevent Real Madrid from being dumped out of the Copa del Rey as a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Wednesday allowed the hosts to progress to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate. Hampered by a series of injuries, Real's hopes of turning the tie around were dealt a huge blow when Danilo's own goal handed Celta to lead on the night just before half-time. Ronaldo gave Madrid hope with his first goal in the Copa del Rey for two years. However, Daniel Wass restored Celta's lead five minutes from time before Lucas Vazquez's stoppage time header at least prevented Madrid from suffering a third defeat in four games. Celta join Alaves and Atletico Madrid in Friday's semi-final draw.
- Barcelona take a 1-0 lead over Real Sociedad into the final quarter-final, second leg on Thursday. "We are out and disappointed. Most of all I am disappointed because the boys played so well," said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. "We lacked just a few minutes more or one move (to score the third goal), but it wasn't to be." By contrast, Celta are now just three games away from a first ever major trophy. "The players were capable of knocking out a giant like Real Madrid," said Celta boss Eduardo Berizzo. "We knew we would have to suffer. Madrid oblige you to have an almost heroic game in defence. Then when you have the chance to do them damage, you have to take it." Madrid faced a huge challenge to turn the tie around with Zidane missing seven first-team regulars through injury.
- However, it was the visitors who enjoyed the better chances early on. Celta 'keeper Sergio Alvarez made a stunning save to turn Ronaldo's header onto the bar before the World Player of the Year hit the post with the goal gaping on the rebound. However, it was Celta who made the breakthrough just a minute before half-time as, despite Kiko Casilla's best efforts to deny John Guidetti, the loose ball cannoned off the helpless Danilo and into his own net. It was the second consecutive Cup game away from home that the much-criticised Brazilian had opened the scoring with an own goal.
- Yet, just when the tie was beginning to look beyond the European champions, Ronaldo brought the game back to life with a stunning free-kick that flew into the far corner from 25 yards just after the hour mark. Madrid came within inches of levelling on aggregate moments later when the normally deadly Sergio Ramos headed wide from point-blank range. Karim Benzema and another Ronaldo free-kick also flew just wide as Real hunted a second away goal. However, they were caught out at the back when Jozabed teed up Wass to slot into the far corner.
- Once again Real responded as substitute Vazquez turned a flick-on past Alvarez as the game entered stoppage time. But it was too little, too late as Real's hopes of a first ever treble were extinguished. Earlier on Wednesday, Atletico secured their place in the last four despite resting star forward Antoine Griezmann with a 2-2 draw at Eibar to progress 5-2 on aggregate. Jose Maria Gimenez's header early in the second-half left Eibar needing to score five to go through, but goals from Sergi Enrich and Pedro Leon had them at least heading for victory on the night until Juanfran's late equaliser.
Federer Edges Wawrinka Thriller To Reach Final
- MELBOURNE : Roger Federer edged a five-set thriller against his fellow Swiss and close friend Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open on Thursday to become the oldest Grand Slam finalist in 43 years. The 17-time Grand Slam champion saw off the world number four 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours and five minutes and will face either Rafael Nadal or Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday's final. It will be 35-year-old Federer's sixth Australian final and 28th Grand Slam decider in total, and caps a marvellous comeback after the second half of last season was ruined by a knee injury. The four-time Australian Open champion becomes the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Australia's Ken Rosewall (39 years 310 days) at the 1974 US Open.
- In an enthralling contest, Federer won the opening two sets before Wawrinka clawed back to take the semi-final into a fifth, only for Federer to prevail with a service break in the sixth game. "Yes, it is real now. I can talk about playing in finals for the first time," Federer said on court. "I have been dodging that bullet for the last few days now talking about the next round and the next round but this is the last one. "So I will leave it all out here in Australia and (even) if I cannot walk for another five months, I will give it all I have." Wawrinka, who beat Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open final, was bidding to reach his fourth Grand Slam final and his second in Melbourne.
- The two Swiss jockeyed in the opening games with Federer having three break points in Wawrinka's second service game and Wawrinka getting two break points, but all were saved. Wawrinka had another break point saved in the 11th game but he paid for a netted forehand in his next service game to drop the opening set in 50 minutes. Wawrinka netted a backhand on break point in the sixth game of the second set and angrily smashed his smash in reaction, receiving a code violation warning from the chair umpire. The match turned quickly for Wawrinka as Federer raced to a two sets lead after holding three set points. Wawrinka left the court for a medical timeout and returned to the court with tape around his right knee.
- But Wawrinka hit back with two breaks to take the third set in just 26 minutes as Federer became loose, giving his Swiss friend the chance to play his way back into the contest. Wawrinka broke again in the opening game of the fourth set with a beautiful backhand return winner, but Federer broke straight back. Wawrinka earned three break points in the ninth game with some splendid groundstrokes and on his third break point he rifled a forehand cross-court winner to break, and then served out for a fifth set. But Wawrinka cracked with a poor service game and a double-fault on double break point gave Federer a crucial 4-2 advantage. Federer held his two remaining service games to win on the first of his three match points.