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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.

Pachauri case: Chargesheet within 15 days, police tells HC …

Police on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that it was likely to file a chargesheet within 15 days in the sexual harassment case registered in February last year against environmentalist R.K. Pachauri by a former TERI colleague. Delhi Police said it has prepared the draft chargesheet which is now being scrutinised by the prosecution branch.

Justice S.P. Garg, who is hearing a plea filed by the complainant seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to Pachauri, asked police to submit the file related to the case by February 15. Justice Garg also reserved the order on the complainant s plea.

During a brief hearing on Thursday, advocate Prashant Mediratta, appearing for the complainant, told the court that one TERI employee, who has now resigned, had filed a police complaint on January 12 saying senior officials of TERI were pressurising him to have the matter settled by the woman with Pachauri. Delhi Police, represented by Sanjay Lau, told the court that the colleague of the 29-year-old woman research analyst approached police and said that in July 2015, TERI director Sanjay Joshi called him to his office and asked him to talk to the woman if the matter can be settled out of court. The researcher told police that area convener Reena Singh had also spoken to him saying that he must reach out to his woman friend and get her to settle the matter out of court.

Lau said the researcher also said that in October last year, director Alok Adholeya had also spoken to him on the same issue. On being interrogated, Joshi said it was a very casual conversation with the researcher to save the image of the organisation before the media , police said. Joshi said he was never asked by Pachauri and any other person of TERI to talk about settling the matter and he had not pressurised him, police said in their affidavit.

Adholeya could not be examined because he is currently out of India, police said. Reena Singh was also interrogated in her office, and she said she never talked about any settlement, police said in their status report. Police also said the researcher told them that TERI offiacials never pressurised him.

Advocate Ramesh Gupta, appearing for Pachauri, told the court that TERI officials did not talk to the man on Pachauri s behalf, adding that he never exercised any pressure upon TERI and its officials . After the woman employee filed a sexual harassment complaint, Pachauri denied the charge but stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February last year and proceeded on leave from TERI where he was the director general. Later, Pachauri was removed as TERI head in July and Ajay Mathur appointed in his place.

In November, the woman researcher who accused him of sexual harassment quit her job at TERI, alleging she was treated badly.

TERI denied the charge.

Pachauri has now been appointed executive vice chairman of the organisation despite the ongoing inquiry in the sexual harassment case.

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.

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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.