India signs civil nuclear deal with South Korea

first_imgIndia on Monday signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal with South Korea, allowing a framework for Korean companies to participate in atomic power plant projects in the country.The agreement was signed after a meeting between President Pratibha Patil with her South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-Bak.South Korea has become the ninth country which had signed nuclear agreement with India after it got the waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) in 2008.The others are the US, France, Russia, Canada, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Argentina and Namibia, an official said.South Korea operates 20 nuclear plants that generate some 35 per cent of its electricity needs, and is keen to export its technology to fast developing countries like India.”The two countries have just concluded and signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy,” said Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs.”It is like other civil nuclear agreements signed between India and other countries. We look forward to Republic of Korea for becoming one more partner in the development of civil nuclear energy in India,” the official said without divulging further details on the agreement and its mandate but termed the deal as a “win-win” for both the nations.Both India and South Korea decided to start talks on civil nuclear cooperation during a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South Korean President Lee on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Hanoi in October last year.The nuclear agreement was signed by Dr Srikumar Banerjee, Secretary Department of Atomic Energy and Kim Sung Hwan, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea.advertisementEarlier, Patil and her South Korean counterpart Lee held a 20-minute restrictive meeting followed by a delegation level talks for over an hour at ‘Blue House’, official residence of Korean President.Patil is on a week-long tour of Korea and Mongolia.Besides the agreement on nuclear cooperation, the two sides also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on media exchanges and another agreement on administrative arrangements to provide social security to people working in India and Korea.The MoU on media was signed by Singh and Choung Byoung-gug, Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism.The third agreement for administrative arrangements for social security was signed by Skand Ranjan Tayal, Ambassador of India to South Korea and Chin Soo Hea, Minister of Health and Welfare.Briefing the media on the deliberations between the two Presidents, Singh said both the countries also discussed the expansion of defence cooperation.”Increased naval and coast guard cooperation was a possibility that was touched upon in the discussions. They deliberated on issues pertaining to co-production of defence equipment, transfer of technology and joint Research and Development,” the Secretary said.”They also discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. India looks forward to once again launching Korean satellites on Indian rockets,” Singh quoting Patil as saying to the President Lee adding that “our facilities are of high quality and are available at competitive price.”Patil also invited Korean companies to invest in India and explore business opportunities.”Rashtrapatiji conveyed to President Lee that the investment environment in India is improving rapidly and invited more Korean companies to invest in India and make it their base for manufacturing operations including for export to third countries,” Singh said.She pointed out that Indian pharmaceuticals and IT services are of high quality and requested the government of Republic of Korea (ROK) to enhance market access for these Indian products in the Korean market.Both the Presidents agreed to encourage greater people-to-people exchanges and stressed to start more direct flights between India and South Korea.”For this purpose, we have to amend our Civil Aviation Agreement so as to grant each other’s carriers fifth freedom rights. They agreed to do this soon,” the official said.They also talked about India’s proposal of revival of Nalanda University besides discussing regional and national issues.”They decided to increase cooperation and coordination in the East Asia summit process and also the issues pertaining to Asia pacific,” he said.Patil will leave for Mongolia on July 27.The visit to both the east Asian nations is part of the country’s ‘Look East Policy’ to further mutual cooperation.Patil also offered floral tributes to a bust of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore near here on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to launch on August 23, sale likely to start from September 15

first_imgAlmost nothing is left to reveal about the Galaxy Note 8 as the phone has been subjected to numerous leaks and rumours in the recent past days. The tipster Evan Blass has even revealed the full specs of the Note 8. The phone is expected to  launch on April 23 in August and now there are reports that the phone will hit the stores on September 15.According to the report from etnews, Samsung has decided to release the Note 8 in South Korean market on September 15, the same date when LG plans to bring its LG V30. ” We are going to sell Galaxy Note 8 starting from the 15th of September. Its price has not been set yet.” the report cites a mobile company representative.While the dates for pre-order for Note 8 still remains a mystery, the report states that the company could keep the pre-order period for as long as 10 to 14 days so that users could have ample of time to decide before buying the phone.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is going to be one massive deviceEvan Blass only days ago revealed the full specs of the phone. If the news from Blass is to be believed then the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 could come with some really big upgrades. To begin with, Blass claims that the phone could come with IP68 water and dust resistant as seen in the Note 7. Samsung’s upcoming flagship Note 8 could be one big massive device sporting a 6.3-inch infinity display. Here are some of the other important speculations made by Blass and other tipsters:advertisementNote 8 to come with 6GB RAM and 128GB memory: A Chinese tipster only today has said that the phone could come with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The tipster further dismisses the possibility of any 8GB RAM variant of the Note 8.Dual rear cameras: Blass in his full specs copy notes that the phone could come with dual rear cameras- 12MP + 12MP rear sensors. The primary lens is mentioned to have f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel autofocus while the secondary could come with f/2.4 aperture and 2X zoom and both the lenses would support optical image stabilisation.  An 8MP camera with f/1.7 aperture is expected on the front.3,300mAh battery: Blass claims that the upcoming Note 8 cpould be backed by a 3300mAh battery and support fast charging via USB Type-C . Further, the phone could support wireless charging which was speculated before also.Note 8 colour options: There could be four colour options for Note 8- Deep Sea Blue , Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, and Maple Gold. Price: The Note 8 could be priced around Rs 75,000.last_img read more

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AsiaEurope Trade to See Further Rate Turmoil

first_imgzoom The Asia-Europe trade route is bound to experience further rate turmoil during 2017 as carriers from three new alliances are set to phase additional vessel capacity into the trade starting from April, according to Alphaliner.The three new alliances, including 2M-HMM/HS, OCEAN and THE Alliance, will provide 17 weekly strings between Asia and North Europe, one more than currently offered by the four existing alliances 2M, G6, CKYE and O3.With these changes, the total weekly capacity to North Europe will increase by 9.6%, compared to the services offered now.Alphaliner said that the biggest increases are to come from the 2M, which will not only fully upgrade its existing loops to the 18,000-20,000 TEU scale, but also mount a sixth weekly string from April. The 2M carriers’ average capacity on the Asia-North Europe route will thus increase by some 23%, from 83,500 TEU to 103,000 TEU.The 2M’s capacity increase is partly motivated by the extra volumes to be brought by HMM and Hamburg Süd, who will take about 6,000 TEU and 4,000 TEU, respectively, of weekly slots on the alliance’s services from April 1. These slots account for 12% of the capacity increase, while Maersk and MSC will still see their net weekly capacity increase by some 11%.The two other new alliance groups – OCEAN and THE Alliance – will offer six and five weekly strings, respectively, with a combined weekly capacity of 155,000 TEU. They will provide the same total number of weekly sailings as that offered currently by the G6, CKYE and O3, while total weekly capacity is increased by about 9%.last_img read more

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Whats Wrong With Stephen Curry

1992Michael Jordan59.734.75.08.326.4 1985Larry Bird54.023.08.35.018.4 2016Stephen Curry58.916.05.04.38.7 1987Magic Johnson63.127.78.014.032.2 2008Kobe Bryant54.530.04.75.019.9 2000Shaquille O’Neal58.938.718.73.031.7 1991Michael Jordan62.532.78.011.330.7 1989Magic Johnson56.711.73.78.013.0 1997Karl Malone48.026.712.72.318.5 2001Allen Iverson47.635.37.04.321.4 2013LeBron James44.116.712.37.316.2 1993Charles Barkley53.329.014.34.322.7 1984Larry Bird55.427.011.33.321.0 YEARPLAYERTS%PTSREBASTGAME SCORE 1996Michael Jordan58.731.05.35.023.7 1986Larry Bird55.325.710.310.326.0 1994Hakeem Olajuwon50.924.79.34.019.7 TS% = True Shooting PercentageSource: Basketball-Reference.com Best performances by regular-season MVPs through 3 games of the NBA Finals (1984-present) PER-GAME AVERAGE 2015Stephen Curry52.724.05.36.314.4 1998Michael Jordan53.031.33.72.321.1 2012LeBron James55.730.310.34.022.5 As bad as the Cleveland Cavaliers looked going down 2-0 against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the tables were turned in Cleveland’s 120-90 Game 3 rout. Just about everything that had gone poorly for the Cavs in the series’ first two games — from horrific shooting to porous defense — reversed itself, proving once again how hard it is for one NBA team to dominate another consistently at this stage of the playoffs.The Dubs probably shouldn’t fret too much over the 30-point loss; our prediction model still gives Golden State a 77 percent chance of winning the series in the end. But if there is a source of concern for Warriors fans, it might be the ongoing struggles of the team’s best player, league MVP and offensive demigod Stephen Curry.During the regular season, Curry averaged a Game Score (John Hollinger’s method for gauging a player’s performance in any given outing) of 24.6, which led all NBA players. He cracked a Game Score of 20 — and I should note that the scale for Game Score is a lot like points per game, so 20 (games like this or this for Steph) is the benchmark for a good performance — 57 times in 79 appearances, and was held below 10 (like this) only four times.In these NBA Finals, however, Curry is averaging 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 30.7 minutes per game, and hasn’t broken 20 in Game Score even once, though he’s dipped to single digits twice in three games. In fact, his 8.7 average Game Score for the series is easily the worst three-game start to an NBA Finals by a league MVP since at least 1984:1That’s the first season for which Basketball-Reference.com has Game Score data from every game. 2003Tim Duncan55.524.016.05.323.7 The Cavs are slightly better than the typical finals opponent that an MVP faces — at least according to the Elo ratings, our pet metric for estimating team strength — but strength of schedule only explains a fraction of Curry’s statistical downturn.In the finals thus far, Curry’s famous ability to create and make shots he has no business knocking down has been on the fritz. First, he’s “only” shooting for an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) 9 points higher than we’d expect based on the quality of his shots, a subpar showing by his usual standards. (He hit for an eFG% 13 points higher than expected during the regular season, tops in the NBA.) And about that shot quality: According to player-tracking data, the Cavs’ defense has also forced Curry into his fifth-worst three-game stretch of shot selection all season long.Curry’s game revolves around his shooting, so any dip there will have an outsize impact on his effectiveness. But perhaps more than the drop-off in shot making and shot quality when Curry’s number does get called, the Warriors have suffered because he simply hasn’t been able to make many plays for himself or others these past three games. Curry has seen both his usage and assist rates drop precipitously in the finals, and his turnovers are through the roof — more than double his regular-season average, on a per-possession basis.Is it all about Cleveland’s D? Well, Curry has been guarded most frequently by Kyrie Irving, one of the weakest defensive guards in the league, but the Cavs have also switched Irving off of Curry on plenty of screens, in favor of more capable defenders such as LeBron James, Iman Shumpert, Richard Jefferson and even Tristan Thompson (at least on one memorable contested step-back in Game 3). But just as much of Curry’s weak performance in the finals thus far can also be pinned on his own poor decision-making and a lack of support from teammates, like on this ill-fated drive:The good news for Golden State is that Curry has bounced back from games worse than Wednesday night’s in these very playoffs. And Game 3 aside, the Warriors have often been well-rounded enough in these finals not just to beat Cleveland but to rout them, despite down performances from Curry. But even if it’s just with an eye towards the series MVP derby — will Steph really post two league MVP-NBA championship doubles with zero finals MVPs? — it’s an open question whether Curry will be able to regain his usual form down the home stretch of the series.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Ricky Hatton Calls It Quits After Vyacheslav Senchenko Loss

Ricky Hatton, a former two-weight world champion, has announced his retirement for a second time after his comeback defeat to 35-year-old Vyacheslav Senchenko Saturday night.The 34-year-old Hatton previously announced his retirement in July of 2011, but had not fought since 2009. Hatton wanted to see if he could still compete in the sport that he loved.“I needed one more fight to see if I had still got it – and I haven’t” he said. “I couldn’t have done any better.”Hatton started the fight aggressively, but as the match progressed fatigue began to set in and he began to let his guard down. A body shot delivered by Senchenko to Hatton’s ribs in the ninth-round ended the fight and he knew his career was done.“A fighter knows and I know it isn’t there anymore,” Hatton said. “I have got to be a man and say it is the end of Ricky Hatton.”Hatton admitted after the fight that he was in the best shape he could be in, but even if the hit to body would not have occurred, he would have barely been able to finish the fight.“It’s too many hard fights, I’ve burned the candle at both ends, I’ve put my body through the mire in and out of the ring,” he said.This is Hatton’s second disappointing defeat. He was knocked out in his previous fight by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in 2009 and retired following the loss.After the Saturday night defeat, Hatton said he accomplished his goal by seeing if he could mount a comeback without being eliminated in the early rounds.“I have got the answers I needed,” Hatton said. “I can look at myself in the mirror and tell myself I did my best.”Matthew Macklin, the former European middleweight champion, feels Hatton made the right decision.“It is the right thing to do,” Macklin told BBC Sport. “He was a shadow of his former self on Saturday night.”Hatton’s career has had a lasting impression on Macklin and boxing community. Macklin said that instead of mourning his loss, that his career should be celebrated.“We should talk about how good he was,” Macklin said. “He is one of the greatest British fighters, certainly one of the most exciting, and he is a former two-time world champion.”Hatton ends his career with a lifetime of record of 45-3. read more

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