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Honda begins sale of zero-emissions car

Japanese auto giant Honda Motor Co. on Thursday began the sale of its new Clarity Fuel Cell, the world s first five-passenger sedan-type fuel cell vehicle (FCV) which has zero carbon emissions as it runs on hydrogen. The Clarity vehicle features a cruising range of around 750 km, meaning a driver can drive for up to that distance on a full tank, which marks an increase of about 30 percent compared to the previous FCV model, the company announced.

That range puts Clarity in the top class cruising range among zero-emissions vehicles, and its hydrogen tank takes about three minutes to refill, EFE news reported.

Its priced in Japan at $67,510 and for the first year of Clarity s launch, the company will aim for lease sales mostly to local government organizations or businesses Honda has earlier worked with in trying to popularise FCVs.

Honda plans to begin selling the new vehicle in Europe and the US before the end of the year.

'23 Jump Street', 'Men in Black' crossover movie in the pipeline …

The world of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill s film 23 Jump Street might merge with the Men in Black franchise for a crossover film 23 Jump Street-Men in Black . James Bobin, director of The Muppets and Flight of the Conchords , is in early talks to direct the action comedy, said sources, adding that Sony Pictures Studios plans to start its production in June, reports variety.com. However, a spokesman for the studio had no comment regarding the news.

Hill and Tatum will return to reprise their roles as Jenko and Schmidt, respectively. They are also producing the film. As for Agent Jay and Agent Kay, makers have already made it clear Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be reprising the roles they made famous, as the studio is aiming to relaunch the franchise with younger and fresher faces.

Bobin will reportedly be stepping in for Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed the first two movies but are unable to direct the crossover due to their commitment to the Han Solo , which they re helming at Disney.

The idea of intertwining both franchises into one film came to light during the Sony hack crisis in the winter of 2014 when a leaked email from former co-chair Amy Pascal surfaced, containing information regarding Hill s involvement in the hybrid.

The plot details of the film are under wraps.

EU unveils sustainable energy security package

The European Commission, or the executive body of the European Union (EU), unveiled its energy security package with necessary proposals to equip the EU for global energy transition as well as to be prepared for possible energy supply interruptions. The package sets out a wide range of measures to strengthen the EU s resilience to gas supply disruptions, Xinhua cited a commission statement as saying on Tuesday. These measures include moderating energy demand, increasing energy production in Europe (including from renewables), further developing a well-functioning and fully integrated internal energy market, and diversification of energy sources, suppliers and routes.

Furthermore, the proposals bring more transparency to the European energy market and create more solidarity between the EU member states, the statement said. Energy security dimension is one of the cornerstones of the energy union strategy, a key political priority of the Juncker commission. Today s package focuses on the security of our supply but touches upon all three overarching goals.

By reducing our energy demand and better managing our supply from external sources we are delivering on our promise and enhancing the stability of Europe s energy market, Vice-President responsible for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic said.

The commission said it calls on the European Parliament and the council of the EU to turn Tuesday s proposals into legislation very quickly as a matter of priority to increase Europe s resilience to potential energy disruptions.

Need governor's report on UP, says BJP

The BJP on Wednesday said Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik should send a report on the deteriorating law and order situation in the state to the central government. The Bharatiya Janata Party demanded the expulsion of Kairana legislator Nahid Hasan over Shamli shooting incident. The goons of the Samajwadi Party have destroyed the law and order situation in the state and police have become mere spectators, BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said here.

A 10-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet during celebratory firing at a rally held by supporters of a man who had won a local election with the backing of the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh.

The governor should take cognizance of it and send a report to the union home ministry over the law and order situation in the state, he added.

The family members of the 10-year-old boy identified the main accused but he is roaming freely, he added.

Now, France asks Facebook to stop sending user data to US …

In another setback to Facebook in Europe, the French data protection authority has ordered the social networking giant to stop sending user data to the US and comply with the European data protection law. According to a report in technology website Tech Crunch, Facebook has been given three months to make the changes deemed necessary by the data protection authority CNIL and failing to do so will incur heavy fines. Specifically, the data protection agency is unhappy that Facebook collects the browsing activity of internet users who do not have a Facebook account.

The company does not inform Internet users that it sets a cookie on their terminal when they visit a Facebook public page (page of a public event or of a friend). This cookie transmits to Facebook information relating to third-party websites offering Facebook plug-ins (e.g. Like button) that are visited by Internet users, the CNIL notice read.

According to the notice, Facebook collects user data concerning sexual orientation, religious and political views without the explicit consent of account holders . Nor does it inform users on the sign up form with regard to their rights and the processing of their personal data . Facebook is also accused of using the now illegal Safe Harbor data transfer mechanism a longstanding trans-Atlantic data transfer agreement that was invalidated by the European Court of Justice last year, the report added.

According to a Facebook spokesperson, We are confident that we comply with European Data Protection law and look forward to engaging with the CNIL to respond to their concerns. According to CNIL, it has made its notice against Facebook public due to the seriousness of the violations and the number of individuals concerned by the Facebook service . Facebook has more than 30 million users in France.

The social networking giant is facing several privacy-related probes in Europe.

In November, a Belgian court ordered the company to stop using cookies to track the web activity of its users.

As well as investigations by the French and Belgian authorities, Facebook is also being probed by Spanish, Dutch and German (Hamburg) data protection authorities.

India faces acute shortage of nursing staff

Acute shortage of trained nurses is proving to be a major setback to expansion of health services in India, a panel at an ongoing global summit on critical care medicine here has said. Doctors said there was large-scale migration of nurses to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Canada, Australia, the European continent and other countries which offered better salaries and facilities. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) experts said there was a major gap of 50 percent where for every two critical patients least one nurse is needed.

In the private sector hospitals, the gap was more evident due to poor salaries, the experts noted. Doctor Rajesh Pandey of Delhi said though India produced the largest number of trained nurses, it faced the most acute shortage of paramedics. After training and learning English, the market in the developed world offered much better facilities for them.

Trained nurses were integral to running critical care units and trauma centres. India will need to address this emerging problem sooner rather than later, the doctors said. Doctor Tasneem from the UAE said Indian nursing staff was any day better and professionally better equipped and, therefore, got the importance they deserved in UAE hospitals.

Due to better quality of life, if the nurses had a choice in UAE they would prefer to go to the western countries than return to India, Tasneem said. Over 3,500 delegates from India, the US, Britain, China and Pakistan besides other neighbouring countries have come together for the first global summit on critical care medicine being held here from February 3 to 7. Over 150 research papers are scheduled to be presented at the summit.

Besides, workshops on 14 new fields of critical care are expected to be beneficial for attending doctors.

Colombian capital observes first car-free day

Residents in the Colombian capital of Bogota travelled by cycles or public transportation during its first car-free day to promote a low-carbon lifestyle, the media reported on Friday. The measure banning the use of private vehicles on Thursday starting from 5.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., was initiated by the city s mayor Enrique Penalosa, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to Bogota s environment department, the measure aims to reduce air pollution because there are 3 million vehicles on the streets everyday in the capital city. Authorities said private cars and trucks are responsible for about 65 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in Bogota, motorcycles for about 12 percent, but public transportation only accounts for 8 percent. The local bus company TransMilenio announced that it deployed 1,940 large-sized buses for special lanes, while other 6,799 were deployed in the neighbourhoods of the capital as a back-up.

There is currently no metro system in the city.

Counting of votes begins in Hyderabad civic polls

Counting of votes polled in Tuesday s elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) began on Friday afternoon even as repolling continued in one division amid tight security. Counting of votes polled in 149 divisions began at 24 places in the twin-cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad at 3 p.m. An official said postal ballots were being counted first.

This will be followed by opening of the sealed Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Since re-polling was underway in Puranapul division, the results will be announced only after 5 p.m. The state election commission has imposed restrictions on media in covering the counting trends.

Polling held in all 150 divisions on Tuesday recorded 45.27 percent turnout. According to GHMC commissioner and special officer Janardhan Reddy, 33,60,543 voters out of 74,23,980 eligible electors cast their votes. The re-poll in Puranapull division in the old city was ordered following complaints of rigging and incidents of violence.

The polling, which began at 7 a.m., will continue till 5 p.m. The re-polling resulted in the delay in taking up of counting of votes, which was originally scheduled from 7 a.m. All results are expected to be declared by 8 p.m.

The voters have decided political fortunes of 1,333 candidates. This was the first GHMC election after the formation of the separate Telangana state. The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is expected to emerge as the largest party in the 150-member body.

The exit polls conducted by various Telugu television channels have given 70-80 seats to the TRS, which had no representation in the previous body. The ruling party is likely to have post-poll alliance with the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) to have their candidates as mayor and deputy mayor. The exit polls predicted that MIM may get 35-40 seats.

The TDP-BJP alliance is expected to get 25-30 seats, while the Congress is likely to win only 10-12 seats.

In the previous body, the Congress shared power with MIM.