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Barack Obama authorised air strikes against ISIS militants in Syria

The US President, Barack Obama for the first time, authorized US air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Syria. He also asked to increase the airstrikes in Iraq. This will be the first unrestricted bombing crusade of the US against jihadist ISIS militants in Syria. As per the strategy, the airstrikes will be a organized crusade of against the group.

Obama held that the air strikes were essential counter-terrorism action to stop the ISIS group to become a threat for the US in future, thus his order doesn’t need congressional approval. ISIS militants have seized a swath territory in northern parts of Iraq and Syria.

Apart from this, the key ten Arab countries have agreed to help the US in its fight against the jihadist group, Islamic State (IS). They have assured to offer military backing and humanitarian assistance to the US to stop the flow of funds and foreign fighters to ISIS. Only, the NATO member, Turkey declined to join in the group of Arab nations that will support the US.

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Sania-Soares win US Open mixed doubles title 2014

Sania-SoaresSania Mirza won US Open mixed doubles title with her new partner Bruno Soares (Brazil). The pair defeated the combination of Abigail Spears (US) and Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) 6-1, 2-6, 11-9 in an exciting mixed doubles final.

This was was Sania Mirza’s 5th mixed doubles final match at the Grand Slam level. This was her career’s 3rd Grand Slam title having won the Australian Open in 2009 and the French Open in 2012, both with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.

Sania had also reached the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open this year but ended runners-up with partner Horea Tecau (Romania).

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“Road Traffic Act” to replace Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

A new Road Traffic Act will be brought in the winter session of Parliament this year, which will be at par with international Acts in the Road Sector, this was held by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari. He held that the prevailing Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 has outlasted its usefulness and in the fast changing traffic situation, a holistic Act is desirable. A draft of the recommended Act is already reaching closing stage and it will have characteristics of the best practices of developed nations like USA, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the UK.

The Minister grieved that every year 1,38,000 people are killed in road accidents, the total social cost of which is estimated to be around Rs 1 Lakh Crore. Additionally, 63 % of the road crash deaths occur on National and State Highways. The major difficulty faced in urban areas in addition to road safety is unparalleled growth of vehicles leading to traffic jamming and increasing road traffic violations.

Due to deficiency of effectual road engineering, faulty DPRs were made leading to rising road accidents and casualties. There is need to fix responsibility at the top level for such large number of accidents. There is also a requirement to lay pressure on execution and education for attaining preferred results on the ground.

The Minister valued the role of Institute of Road Traffic Education regarding capacity building of road traffic management based upon 25 years of their study.

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