Bajaj Auto sales marginally up at 404624 units in June

first_imgNew Delhi: Bajaj Auto Ltd Monday reported a marginal increase in total sales at 4,04,624 units in June as against 4,04,429 units in the year-ago month. Total domestic sales were at 2,29,225 units last month as compared to 2,34,576 units in June 2018, a decline of 2 per cent, Bajaj Auto said in a statement. Motorcycle sales in the domestic market were down 1 per cent to 1,99,340 units in June as against 2,00,949 units in the same month a year ago, it added. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Similarly, commercial vehicle sales in the domestic market also declined by 11 per cent to 29,885 units last month as compared to 33,627 units in June last year. Total exports in June, however, grew by 3 per cent to 1,75,399 units from 1,69,853 units in the same month last year. Bajaj Auto said its motorcycle exports grew by 11 per cent to 1,51,951 units in June this year from 1,36,803 units in the year-ago month. Commercial vehicle exports were, however, down by 29 per cent at 23,448 units as against 33,050 units in the same month last year, the company said.last_img read more

UN to complete review next month

The members of the panel were Marzuki Darusman of Indonesia (chair), Yasmin Sooka of South Africa and Steven Ratner of the United States. They began their work in September 2010. (Colombo Gazette) The internal review is part of a recommendation by the panel of experts appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to look at some of the incidents during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. The committee involved in the review is being headed by Charles Petrie after former committee head Thoraya Obaid had to step down for personal reasons. UN Secretary general Ban Ki-moon had decided that he will respond positively to the panel’s recommendation for a review of the UN’s actions regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates during the war in Sri Lanka – particularly in the last stages – and its aftermath.The three-member panel of experts was set up following the Joint Statement made by Ban and President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the Secretary-General visited Sri Lanka shortly after the end of the conflict. The United Nations (UN) will complete a review on its actions in Sri Lanka during the war by next month, a UN spokesman said.UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said that the review started in April 2012 and will be completed by July 2012 or thereabouts. read more

Merkel says Germany will reduce migrant influx but sticks to stance that

Merkel says Germany will reduce migrant influx, but sticks to stance that ‘we will manage it’ KARLSRUHE, Germany – Germany will reduce its migrant influx, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised her conservative party Monday, insisting that she’s still confident her diplomatic efforts will work and Europe will pass the “historic test” posed by the refugee crisis.Germany has seen about a million asylum-seekers arrive this year. Merkel has declared that “we will manage it,” but some in her conservative bloc have urged a tougher approach.“We want to, and will, appreciably reduce the number of refugees, because it’s in everyone’s interest,” Merkel said in a confident speech to her Christian Democratic Union that was greeted with a standing ovation.Still the chancellor — who last week was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year — stuck to her optimistic mantra, insisting that Germany can handle the migrant crisis “because it is part of the identity of our country to do great things.”Her decision in early September to let in migrants who had piled up in Hungary was “no more and no less than a humanitarian imperative,” she added.Merkel has made clear that she wants to reduce the influx but has resisted calls to set a specific limit on the number of refugees Germany can take, arguing that she would risk making a promise that she can’t keep. She stresses instead the importance of finding a diplomatic solution for the crisis with the rest of Europe and with Turkey, which is hosting as many as 2.2 million Syrian refugees.Ahead of Monday’s conference, CDU leaders made some rhetorical concessions to members worried about Germany’s ability to absorb more newcomers. The motion on the crisis presented to delegates said the party is determined to reduce the refugee influx through “effective measures,” since “a continuation of the current influx would in the long term overburden the state and society.”That was enough to persuade the party’s youth wing to withdraw a motion calling for a limit on refugee numbers and quell speculation about a possible party rebellion.The leadership motion won delegates’ overwhelming support but still didn’t satisfy everyone. Senior lawmaker Arnold Vaatz said it sent “much too weak” a signal to migrants.“We must create the possibility to turn back people at our borders who are evidently not politically persecuted,” he said.In her speech, Merkel noted moves by her government to make it easier to send home people from Balkan countries such as Albania and Kosovo, and underlined German officials’ insistence there are “safe areas” in Afghanistan to which some migrants can go.She has made little headway in persuading other European countries to share the refugee burden but insisted that “Europe so far has always passed its tests” in the end.“We insist on European solidarity,” she said. “I know that the European wheels grind slowly, but we will get them grinding.”Merkel doesn’t face re-election as party leader at this congress, and despite this year’s tensions still faces no serious rivals. The 61-year-old has been Germany’s leader since 2005 and her party’s biggest electoral asset for years, with popularity ratings that remain solid even though they’ve slipped amid the refugee crisis.___Moulson reported from Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks past the party logo during a party convention of the Christian Democrats (CDU) in Karlsruhe, Germany, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Germany will reduce the influx of migrants coming in, Merkel promised her conservative party on Monday, insisting that she’s still confident her approach will work and Europe will pass its “historical test.” (AP Photo/Michael Probst) by Geir Moulson And Christoph Noelting, The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2015 6:42 am MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Russian TV thrown out of Salisbury hospital after trying to undermine spy

first_imgEmergency services in biohazard suits work at the scene where Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found in critical condition on March 4 Credit:BEN STANSALL/AFP Salisbury District Hospital condemned what it described as “appalling behaviour” by the Russian TV, accusing it of trespassing and harassing staff in the middle of the night “with no warning and without asking for any permission”.A spokesman for the hospital said: “Our staff, who have been rightly lauded for their recent efforts, working tirelessly to give all of our patients high quality care, deserved better.”A spokeswoman for Wilshire Police said: “Officers attended and spoke to two men in the reception area, who were believed to be news reporters. They were asked to leave the hospital and did so. No arrests were made.” However the report is likely to be seized on by the Russian government and conspiracy theorists as further undermining Britain’s account of the botched assassination attempt on the Skripals. Emergency services in biohazard suits work at the scene where Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found in critical condition on March 4  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Khanin also tries to question two passing nurses about Col Skripal’s treatment, only for one of them to wave him away with the comment: “No, sorry, I don’t know anything. We just look after the newborns in this hospital.”The crew then encounter two police officers who, according to Mr Khanin, “just shrugged their shoulders” when asked where he can find out about Col Skripal’s condition, “and then left”.Shortly after however they are approached by security guards who request they delete their film and leave the premises.Throughout it is clear the REN crew, which managed to retain a rough copy of their footage for broadcast, were unable to access any medical wards or get close to where Col Skripal is being treated. A Russian TV crew has been thrown out of the hospital where former spy Sergei Skripal is still receiving treatment, after attempting to cast doubt on the nerve agent scandal.A reporter and cameraman from REN TV were stopped by hospital security guards and asked to delete their film after being caught wandering through corridors at Salisbury District Hospital.In an apparent attempt to undermine the Government’s claims that Russia was behind an assassination attempt on the former spy and his daughter Yulia, REN TV said the footage showed the British authorities had taken few obvious measures to ensure his safety.But NHS sources dismissed the fears, saying no secure areas or patient wards had been entered.The report broadcast on Wednesday came the day after it was announced that Ms Skripal, 33, had been discharged from the hospital on Monday evening. After walking through a number of largely empty corridors Mr Khanin comes across a closed door, behind which, he claims, Co Skripal is being treated.He tells viewers: “It’s the microbiology department, the door is sturdily closed and there is a sign here, [saying] ‘Don’t enter, Stay back’. By all appearances, this is the only protection from that lethally dangerous substance, which in England they’re calling “Novichok”, that the authorities in this facility thought up for their visitors.”As it happens the sign on the door actually reads: ‘Danger, slippery floor’. The pair had been widely predicted to die after they were exposed to Novichok nerve agent, which the British government says came from the Russian military’s chemical weapons programme.But the Russian state and its backers in the heavily controlled media have repeatedly questioned Britain’s account of events.The REN TV team arrived at the hospital in the early hours of yesterday [Wednesday] morning and filmed their reporter Vitaly Khanin walking through a number of corridors at the sprawling NHS complex, on the outskirts of the Wiltshire cathedral city.In dramatic tones Mr Khanin tells viewers he is free to walk around the hospital, although he appears to make no attempt to walk onto wards and sticks to public areas of the building routinely used by staff and visiting relatives. Her transfer to a secret location, more than five weeks after being left critically ill by exposure to a nerve agent, has led to accusations from the Russian embassy she has been abducted.Doctors at Salisbury hospital said Ms Skripal and her father, 66, had responded “exceptionally well” to treatment and that he was also expected to be discharged in the future. At one stage Mr Khanin tells the camera: “By all appearances, the central hospital in the city of Salisbury is not guarded at all. At least, there’s not a single person at the entrance, and a little ways away only one police car is on duty. Nothing is taped off, and the treatment of local residents is continuing here.”He then appears to contradict himself, stating: “Even though it appears to be a friendly place, with a large number of coffee machines and drawings on the walls, there are nonetheless many closed doors here.”last_img read more