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News Brief Talks down to the wire at Copenhagen: Swedish minister Copenhagen, Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren Monday predicted “tough talks down to the wire” at the UN climate change summit, saying China and the US need to offer more on emission cuts. The talks in Copenhagen, scheduled to end Friday, aim at preventing global average temperatures from rising more than the potentially dangerous twodegree Centigrade limit. “It is impossible to solve the climate problem unless China makes more emission reductions above the scope they have offered,” Carlgren told Swedish radio.

Ganges ‘sounds like a disease’, American commentator Washington, The Ganges, a river held sacred by the Hindus, “sounds like a disease”, a Fox News commentator has said, drawing protests from the Hindu community. Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck criticised the Ganges in his opinion show “The One T h i n g ” , reported. He said: “One big river they have there, that sounds like a disease. Come on, it does. I mean if somebody said, I am sorry, you have a really bad case of Ganges.”

Thai court detains crew of aircraft carrying weapons Bangkok, A Thai court Monday ordered a 12-day detention period without bail for one Belarus national and four Kazakh citizens who landed a cargo plane with 35 tonnes of weapons at a Bangkok airport on the weekend. The Russianmade IL76 cargo plane landed at Don Mueang Airport Saturday for refueling after a flight from Pyongyang, Nor th Korea. Acting on a tip from US intelligence ser vices, Thai authorities boarded the plane and discovered 35 tonnes of weapons, including missiles and rocket-propelled grenades. Police impounded the plane and detained the five crew members, who were identified as Kazakh passpor t holders Alexandr Zr ybnev, 53, Viktor Abdullayev, 58, Vitaliy Shumkov, 54, Ilyas Issakov, 53, and Belarus national Mikhail Petukhov, 54. Petukhov, the pilot, told police that he was unaware of the weapons in the shipment, which he claimed was bound for Ukraine.

Political deadlock continues in AP Hyderabad, The political deadlock in Andhra Pradesh over the proposed division of the state continued Monday with ministers and legislators from Telangana region holding a meeting after the state assembly was adjourned sine die amid uproar. As the protests in Andhra and Rayalaseema continued for the fourth day against the central government’s decision to initiate the process for formation of a Telangana state, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and the central leadership of the Congress stepped up their efforts to resolve the impasse. In what is seen as some respite for Rosaiah’s government, the ministers from Andhra and Rayalaseema re-

gions Monday decided not to go ahead with their decision to resign. Minister for municipal administration Anam Ramnarayan Reddy told reporters that the chief minister had conveyed to all the 20 ministers from the two regions that he would not accept their resignations. The ministers who met Sunday evening had agreed to review their decision on the request of the chief minister. However, the ministers and party legislators from Telangana region began a separate meeting to chalk out their future course of action after speaker Kirankumar Reddy adjourned the house sine die amid uproar. Ministers from Telangana, after a meeting Sunday night, had

announced that they would not resign as the decision had come in their favour. They advised their counterparts from the other regions to abide by the decision of the central leadership. The speaker adjourned the house amid uproar by legislators from Andhra and Rayalseema region, opposing bifurcation of the state. Congress party sources said this was done to avert a crisis as these legislators were mounting pressure on the speaker to accept their resignations. As many as 138 legislators from the two regions had submitted their resignations during the last three days to protest the decision to initiate the process of formation of Telangana and move a resolution in the assem-

bly. The legislators include 80 from the Congress party. Indicating that all the par ties stand divided along regional lines, the legislators from Telangana belonging to the main opposition Telugu Desam Par ty (TDP) are also holding a meeting to chalk out their strategy. Two legislators have already quit the par ty protesting the leadership’s flip-flop over the issue. Chief Minister Rosaiah was also holding a series of meetings with leaders from Andhra and Rayalaseema to persuade them not to precipitate the matters and wait for the final decision of the central leadership. In New Delhi, the Congress core committee is also expected to meet and discuss the issue.

Senior BJP leader and Member of Parliament from Darjeeling Jaswant Singh with supporters participating at a dharna to demand separate Gorkhaland in New Delhi on Monday.

Gorkhaland demand High voter turnout in Jharkhand TDP’s Telangana leaders so far despite Maoist boycott call now want party split brings Jaswant, Advani together

New Delhi, The demand for a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out of West Bengal brought senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran L.K. Advani and expelled par ty leader Jaswant Singh together in parliament Monday. Leader of Opposition Advani responded positively to Darjeeling MP Jaswant Singh’s request in Lok Sabha Monday to support his demand that the government take steps to end the hunger strike by activists seeking the creation of Gorkhaland. Recalling his threedecade long association with Advani and addressing the BJP MPs as his “former colleagues” during zero hour, Jaswant Singh said: “I appeal to my former colleagues to join me in my appeal to the government.” “In our manifesto, we have mentioned it (a separate Gorkhaland state). In the evening a delegation will meet me,” Advani said in the house, addressing Jaswant as “my colleague”. Raising the matter during zero hour, Jaswant Singh asked the government to appeal to the agitating Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) activists to end their hunger-strike and shutdown in the region till the talks between the GJM leaders and the central government are held. The GJM has been

spearheading a movement for a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out from parts of northern West Bengal. Jaswant Singh said the people of Gorkhaland are nationalists who sacrificed their lives for the country and now “they are emotionally separated”. Dajeeling is one district that shares three international borders, he said. “Listen to the voice of humans. Don’t separate them and don’t isolate them,” the MP said.

Ranchi, The ongoing assembly polls in Jharkhand have recorded high voter turnout in areas considered Maoist strongholds despite a boycott call by the rebels. The election commission and the police say people could come out and vote in large numbers thanks to the security cover and infrastructure in place. The fourth phase of polls Saturday saw a turnout of 64.3 percent, according to the final tally of the poll percentage released by the Jharkhand election commission Sunday evening. The initial

report had put the tally at 59 percent. While the first phase Nov 25 saw 53.1 percent voting, the number was 58.8 in the second leg Dec 2. The third phase Dec 8 recorded 57.2 percent. The final stage of polling is to be held Dec 18 and votes will be counted Dec 23. In the first phase, voting took place in 26 constituencies where Maoist rebels had negligible presence. In the second (14 seats), third (11 seats) and four th (14 seats)phases, nearly 80 percent of the constituencies where voting took

Congress admits divisions within on Telangana New Delhi, The Congress admitted Monday that it was plagued by divisions on the proposed state of Telangana. Par ty spokesman Shakeel Ahmed also agreed in retrospect that the launch of the process to lead up to the new state appeared to have been taken “in some haste” due to the fastunto-death by Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader K. Chandrasekhara Rao. “It is true there is no consensus. There are two kinds of views (in the party) on the formation of Telangana. Leaders from Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra do not

want a new state,” Ahmed told IANS. He sought to pass the buck on Telangana by saying that fur ther progress was only possible if there was a resolution from the Andhra Pradesh assembly. “We have to wait for the resolution to take further steps,” he said, adding that the Congress was not wavering from the commitments made so far for the formation of the new state. He said the government acted “in some haste” due to the situation created by the fast of TRS chief. “The situation was alarming. The govern-

ment did not want any untoward incident to take place,” he said. Ahmed said that Telugu Desam Par ty (TDP), which was earlier supporting the birth of Telangana, had changed its stance. On the turmoil within the Congress, he said the party leadership was talking to MPs and legislators opposing the new state. Asked about the demand for forming a State Reorganisation Commission, Ahmed said the party had no objection to it if there was a consensus. “If there is a consensus, the government will take a decision in its wisdom,” he said.

place were in areas considered Maoist strongholds. The election commission is justifiably happy with the high turnout. “We ensured heavy security cover, which seems to have created confidence among the voters. We had also launched awareness campaigns and took the help of Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to create awareness among voters,” Ashok Kumar, Joint Election Commissioner of Jharkhand, told IANS. In the fourth phase, highest polling was seen in two constituencies Bharagora and Ichagarh with 76.16 and 75.31 percent, respectively. Also, the rural voter turnout was higher in comparison to urban voters. The Ranchi constituency witnessed the lowest turnout with 32.4 percent. According to an election official, the turnout of voters in urban areas was between 45 and 50 percent and the rural voter turnout was between 55 and 60 percent. In the first four phases, the number of Maoist attacks were lower in comparison to previous elections. Jharkhand police had pressed six helicopters and around 40,000 security forces to ensure peaceful polling. The forces also guarded the connecting roads by taking positions atop trees and conducting marches on highways to keep Maoist guerrillas away.

Hyderabad, The main opposition Telugu Desam Par ty (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh stood divided over the issue of a separate Telangana state with the legislators from the region Monday demanding the bifurcation of the party. TDP legislators from Telangana held a meeting here and passed a resolution urging Naidu to open a separate branch of the party for the region. “We have passed a resolution appealing to our par ty president to open a separate branch for Telangana,” TDP’s deputy leader in the state assembly Nagam Janardhan Reddy told reporters. The demand was made even as Naidu was addressing a separate press conference at the party headquarters blaming the Congress for complicating the issue of separate Telangana by making an announcement without consulting anybody. Naidu admitted that the issue had divided all the parties along regional

lines but hoped that his par ty would come out with a solution in a couple of days after a thorough debate. The central government had last week announced that it would initiate the process of formation of Telangana state and that a resolution would be moved in the state assembly. Accompanied by other TDP legislators from the region, Janardhan Reddy raised slogans of “Jai Telangana” and said they would fight to achieve the separate state. Janardhan Reddy, who is also a former minister, demanded that the Congress-led government in New Delhi move a bill in parliament to carve Telangana state. “Passing a resolution in the assembly is not necessary. It is a delaying tactic by the Congress. It should immediately table a bill in parliament,” he said. The TDP legislators held a meeting after assembly Speaker Kirankumar Reddy adjourned the house sine die amid uproar over Telangana.

Nine out of 10 disasters this year due to weather

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma shakes hands with Claudio Scajola, Italian Minister for Economic Development during the inauguration of India-Italy Business Forum in New Delhi on Monday.

Copenhagen, Of the 245 natural disasters in the first 11 months of 2009, 224 or 91.4 percent were due to weather, a UN study has found, underscoring the need for a strong deal at the ongoing climate summit to reduce and handle these disasters. Of the 58 million people affected, 55 million were affected by weather-related disasters, which accounted for $15 billion out of the $19 billion spent in coping with these disasters. A joint study by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the World Health Organisation has found that half of these disasters - mainly storms and floods - have taken place in Asia, Debarati Guha-Sapir of Brussels-based CRED said. And this year’s data does not include the loss due to drought because that takes longer to account for.

Saying that the data collected and analysed by her “clearly showed a rising trend in climate-related disasters and victims from 1975,” Guha-Sapir told IANS: “We have found this is due to global warming, (weak) political systems, urbanisation, weak infrastructure, population increase and deforestation”. WMO head Michel Jerraud said the study once again underlined the “critical importance of reaching a strong agreement” at the Dec 7-18 climate summit here. “We have to cap emissions of greenhouse gases because they produce greater risk of disasters,” he said. Greenhouse gases - mainly carbon dioxide - are causing the climate change that is already affecting farm output, making droughts, floods and storms more frequent and more severe, and raising the seal level. Ahmedabad, Page 1







Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi hospitalized after attack Rome,

Miss Gibraltar, Kaiane Aldorino (C), is crowned Miss World 2009 at the finals pageant in Johannesburg, South Africa, South Africa, 12 December 2009. Miss Mexico, Perla Acosta (L) was crowned first princess and Miss South Africa, Tatum Keshwar (R) was crowned second princess. EPA/UNI

First official results confirm Pinera-Frei runoff in Chile Santiago, Conservative millionaire Sebastian Pinera and ruling-party candidate Eduardo Frei Sunday led the first round of Chile's presidential election, according to the first preliminary official results. Pinera got 44.67 percent of the votes to Frei's 32.08 percent, with more than 12 percent of the ballots counted, Chile's electoral commission said. If the final official results confirm this trend and none of the candidates gets more than half the votes Sunday, Pinera and former Chilean president Frei (1994-2000) would clash in a runoff vote Jan 17. According to preliminary official results, independent leftist Marco Enriquez Ominami got 17.78 percent of the votes, to leftist Jorge Arrate's 5.45 percent.

Ahmadinejad promises Hamas continued support against Israel Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Sunday promised the Palestinian militant group Hamas continued support in their fight against Israel, state television reported. In a meeting with visiting Hamas politburo head Khaled Meshaal, Ahmadinejad said that Iran would constantly stand besides the Palestinian nation until what he called "imminent collapse of the Zionist regime (Israel)." Iranian TV quoted Meshaal as saying that Hamas would continue its fight against Israel and its supporters "until final victory."

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was bloodied and knocked to the ground by an attacker shortly after a political meeting in the Italian city of Milan Sunday. Berlusconi, who was hit in the face and bleeding profusely from the mouth, was rushed to Milan's San Rafaelle hospital. Conflicting witness reports said Berlusconi was either punched in the face or struck by a miniature replica of the Milan Cathedral. A medical examination revealed that Berlusconi had suffered damage to two teeth and also had cuts around his mouth. The prime minister never lost consciousness, but was being held in the hospital overnight

while further tests were conducted. Media reports identified the alleged attacker as Massimo Tartaglia, a man in his early 40s. Tar taglia allegedly approached the 73-year-old prime minister as he was leaving a rally of his People of Freedom party. Tartaglia, a graphic ar tist employed at his father's firm near Milan, had been receiving treatment for psychological problems for at least 10 years, media repor ts said. Berlusconi's spokesman Paolo Bonaiuti, who accompanied the premier to the hospital, said the attack was the result of "tensions" in the country caused by the repeated criticism of the premier by the centre-left opposi-

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tion. According to Bonaiuti, it was a concern expressed earlier in the day by Berlusconi himself, while the premier was travelling to Milan to attend a rally in the northern city in advance of regional elections in March. "There is a climate of hate. I hope nothing will happen," Berlusconi told Bonaiuti, the spokesman said. "Unfor tunately, he (Berlusconi) turned out to be a good prophet," Bonaiuti said. Reform Minister Umberto Bossi described it as a "terrorist act". The attack was also condemned by opposition parties.

Protestors carry stop watch symbols as they join a rally in Copenhagen to press for an agreement on how to protect the world from calamitous global warming.

Khamenei warns opposition against undermining establishment



The governments of Cuban and Venezuela bolstered their bilateral cooperation with the signing and negotiation of 285 new projects for 2010 worth $3.15 billion, including the creation of eight joint ventures. Cuban President Raul Castro and his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, presided in Havana on Saturday at the close of the 10th Binational Committee, which coincides with the summit of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, or ALBA, the Venezuelan leader's response to the since-derailed US proposal for the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Castro and Chavez emphasized in their addresses the exemplary character cooperation - which they referred to as "without precedent" - between the two countries. During the meeting at the Convention Palace in Havana, where almost all the Venezuelan Cabinet was in attendance, authorities of the two nations signed 264 contracts worth $2.9 billion and it was announced that the remaining pacts will be signed before the end of the year. The new projects will be carried out in the sectors of computers and communications, iron and steelmaking, transportation, sugar, basic industry, food production, pharmaceuticals, mining, health and culture, among others. The two leaders also signed memoranda of understanding to create mixed companies in the areas of civil aviation and hydrocarbons.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sunday again warned the opposition over its efforts to undermine the ruling Islamic establishment. His warning on state television came after protests in which images of him and Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution, were burned by opposition supporters. Khamenei said opposition leaders should stop their antagonistic approach towards the establishment and prevent their supporters from insulting the system's sanctities, in an apparent reference to Khomeini. The protests last Mon-

day angered Iran's clergy. Khamenei, who according to constitution has the final say on all state affairs, however called on the people to remain calm and allow the judiciary to deal with the offenders. Opposition leader MirHossein Moussavi Moussavi, who was prime minister during the Khomeini era, on Saturday expressed doubt that his suppor ters - the Green Movement - would have committed such acts. The political turbulence in Iran begam after the disputed June 12 presidential election which led to re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The opposition led by

Sri Lanka denies surrendering Tamil leaders were slaughtered Colombo,

The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari paying floral tributes to the martyrs of the Parliament attack, in New Delhi. The Speaker, Lok Sabha, Smt. Meira Kumar, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries are also seen.

US Senate passes $1-trillion federal spending bill Washington, The US Senate Sunday passed a $1trillion spending bill that will keep federal agencies and social programmes operational until the end of September 2010. The measure, which already passed in the House of Representatives and combines six separate spending bills, was approved by a 57-35 vote largely along par ty lines with three Democrats voting against it and three Republicans suppor ting it. It has now to be signed by President Barack Obama. The bill includes funding for federal agencies in the areas of law enforcement, health, education as well as mandatory programmes such as Medicare for the elderly, Medicaid for the poor and Social Security. It includes $447.4 billion for agencies

and depar tments, with the remaining going to social benefit programmes. Republicans attacked the budget increases in the bill. "Washington is out of control in its spending," said Florida Senator George LeMieux, a Republican. "We have a $12trillion debt, a debt that our children and grandchildren are going to have to pay," he said, criticizing the 12-percent spending increase, Bloomberg news repor ted. But Democrats said the bill would provide much-needed funds for key programmes struggling in tough economic times. "It represents the priorities of our nation. It invests in students, veterans, and law enforcement, just to name a few," said Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat.

The Sri Lankan government Sunday denied claims by a former army chief, who has turned presidential poll candidate, that orders had gone out not to spare rebel leaders who were willing to surrender during the final phase of the civil war which ended in May. The final phase of the bloody war, which killed tens of thousands, concluded on May 18 after the rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed. But other senior members of the rebel Tamil Tigers were killed in the final week. Since then diplomats, Tamil politicians and foreign jour-

Accenture dropsTiger Woods sponsorship Washington, M a n a g e m e n t consultancy firm Accenture Sunday announced that it would discontinue its sponsorship agreement with scandal-tainted golfer Tiger Woods. "Given the circumstances of the last two weeks ... the company has determined that he is no longer the right representative for its adve r tising," Accenture said in a statement. "For the past six years, Accenture and Tiger Woods have had a very successful sponsorship arrangement and his achievements on the golf course have been a powerful metaphor for business success in Accenture's adve r tising," the statement also said. Woods, one of the world's most famous athletes, announced Friday that he was taking an indefinite break from professional golf to "repair the damage" caused by his marital infidelity.

Woods, 33, said he had reached the decision "after much soul searching" and that he needed to focus his attention on "being a better husband, father and person." "I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children," Woods wrote on his website. "I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness." Once seen as a squeaky clean athletic role model, Woods has been tainted by allegations of serial infidelities with as many as 10 women around the US including various waitresses, nightclub hostesses and porn stars. He has been the focus of tabloid inquiry since he crashed his car outside his house in the early hours of Nov 27 amid allegations of a massive fight between him and his wife, who apparently used a golf

club to break the window on his car. Woods and his wife Elin Nordegren, 29, have two children, a two-yearold daughter and a 10month-old son. Since the accident, Woods has not been seen in public and he withdrew from his own t o u r nam ent in T h o u sand Oaks, California, just days after the accident. Woods has had a phenomenal career, earning more than $1 billion in his rapid 13year rise, commanding h u g e fe e s fo r s p o r t s endorsements and revolutionizing spor ts marketing. Already prime time television ads featurnig Wo o d s have stopped. Some of his biggest sponsors include Nike, Gilette and AT&T. Pe p s i d i d c o n f i r m that it was discontinuing a Tiger Wo o d s branded energy drink, but the move had been announced before the scandal broke.

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nalists have said that some of the rebels in a desperate attempt contacted them to surrender in the final stages of the battle. Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told a news conference in Colombo that the claim of the former army chief, General Sarath Fonseka, was false. Fonseka has opted to contest the upcoming presidential elections against the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Fonseka has fallen out with President Rajapaksa's government after he was abruptly removed from the army chief's post, two weeks after he concluded the war, and was given another post which was considered a ceremonial office. The rebels were carrying white flags in an attempt to fool the army and continue with the war, but they were not trying to surrender, Samarasinghe insisted. Fonseka was quoted in the Sunday Leader newspaper as saying that orders were given by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to the field commanders that any of the rebel leaders trying to surrender should not be spared.

Moussavi and former parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi accused Ahmadinejad of election fraud. Their supporters have since staged several protests, the last marking Students' Day. Khamenei said that the election was over and none of the opposition leaders could prove their claims of fraud. He said that although the elected president might not be perfect, it was the duty of society to respect him and the people who voted for him. Khamenei termed the protest rallies illegal and called on Moussavi and other opposition leaders

to call on their supporters to refrain from participating. There had been speculation on opposition websites Sunday night that following the recent protests leading opposition members, including Moussavi himself, might be arrested. Opposition supporters have warned they would gather in large numbers to protest in Tehran if arrests were carried out. Due to a ban on media coverage of the protests or contact opposition figures, all related reports could be independently verified.

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz to advise Myanmar Yangon, Nobel laureate and former chief economist at the World Bank Joseph Stiglitz is due to visit Myanmar this week to advise the government on its development policies, media reports said Monday. On Tuesday the renowned economist is to attend a seminar in Nay Pyi Taw, the military's new capital, which will also be attended by Myanmar Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Soe Tha and Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation U Htay Oo, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP) said in a statement. In an email message to the Myanmar Times, an English-language weekly, Stiglitz said he was hopeful the militaryrun government would heed his advice on economic policy, particularly on access to rural credit. "Growth that does not benefit all of society is not ultimately sustainable," Stiglitz said. "It's impor tant that government take policy measures that include all sectors of the population, especially in rural areas."

Myanmar, which has been under military dictatorships since 1962, is ranked as a least developed developing country by the UN. Stiglitz's visit was at the invitation of Noeleen Heyzer, under secretary general of the UN and executive secretary of UNESCAP. UNESCAP has contributed money to his airfare and some expenses, but the renowned economist said he was providing his services free of charge and he would cover most of the expenses on his trip, which is also to take in irrigation projects and the temples of Bagan. "Many people in our position fund their own travel to low-income countries because it is not fair to ask the people in those countries to pay," he said. As chief economist of the World Bank from 1997 to 2000, Stiglitz played a key role in the publication Rethinking the Asian Miracle, which examined the reasons behind the dramatic growth of eight Asian economies. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001.

Women participate in a run on the occasion of the “Nupee Lal Day� (Women’s Uprising) when in 1939 women revolted against the British rule against hike in taxes, in Imphal





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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar welcoming Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari at Patna airport Mr. Kiminobu Tokuyama, MD & CEO, Nissan Motor India (P) Ltd at the new delearship in city today. Ahmedabad, Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd (NMIPL) in an endeavour to achieve maximum customer outreach has opened its ninth dealer in the country. With the inauguration of Petal Nissan, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd follows its plans of expanding its network of authorized dealers. More than expanding the number of sales outlets, Nissan is

committed to offer its high quality service standards to guarantee consumer satisfaction. The dealership in Ahmedabad also marks the automotive major’s ability to reach commercial coverage in more than 39% of the national territor y. Currently, 7 states of the country have Nissan dealerships. In the process of establishing the Nissan

Brand in India, NMIPL in partnership with Hover Automotive India, its marketing, sales, aftersales service and dealer development arm - is rapidly preparing its dealer network structure to support the up-coming growth in the country. This new dealership operates under the aegis of Mr. Sukhbir Bagga (Director, Petal Motocon Pvt Ltd).

Plans to heat up car market Chennai, "By the end of this month we will be adding three more, taking the total dealerships to 11. By 2012 we will have 55 dealers to cover 85 percent of the Indian car market. That is a conservative number as we may increase the numbers later," Kiminobu Tokuyama, managing director and CEO, told IANS in an interview. "It is not the number of dealers that is important. What is important is to have right number of dealers at right places so that each dealer is able to achieve operational success," he added. On the products side in India, Nissan will be

using a mixed strategy of impor ting completely built units (CBU) and locally made cars at its fast coming up Oragadam plant near here and the ones to be made by Bajaj Auto at Pune. According to Tokuyama, next year the company will be launching its sports car C702 and one more model. "In all there will be four CBUs and five locally rolled models, taking our total product portfolio to nine in the Indian market. That is the proof of our seriousness about the Indian market," he added. Joining the CBUs XTrail, Teana, C702 and an unnamed one - will be the much expected com-

pact car to be rolled out of its Oragadam plant next May. The first car from its Indian plant will be a hatchback built on V platform. Two more models on the same platform will be built, of which one will be a sedan and the other is expected to by a utility vehicle. He said the company has no plans for the A segment as of now. "Globally Nissan enjoys a market share of 5.5 percent and we should be able to achieve more than that here with our model line up and dealer network. We have strategic plan for India as it is important in Nissan's global strategy," he said.

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Drunk adults have unsafe sex during festivities London, Adults, under 35 years, may be exposing themselves to greater risk of pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases during the festive period, says a new research. Nearly half the respondents, aged 18-34 years, stated that they

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drink more alcohol over the festive period compared to other times of the year. More than a quarter admitted to having unprotected sex because they were too drunk to use contraception. “The combination of alcohol and the festive party spirit may reduce inhibitions, and lead men and women to make decisions about their sexual behaviour that they may not have made if sober,” said Lindsay Davey, sexual health nurse at Marie Stopes International, which organised the survey. “This type of sexual behaviour can be dangerous. It only takes one act of unprotected sex to catch a sexually transmitted disease or become pregnant,” concludes Davey. Nearly half admitted to having sex under the influence of alcohol that they wouldn’t have had if sober. More than two in five have had sex that they regretted the morning after it happened.


Nandan’s Collaborative Research on Jatropha inaugurated in state Ahmedabad, Nandan Biomatrix Limited has commenced its collaborative research activities with Sardar Krushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University (SDAU), Dantiwada, Gujarat. Formal inauguration of the research programme took place at Jatropha Research Station, Deesa on 13th of December 2009. This is to materialize the MoU signed by Nandan and SDAU on 20th May 2009 (During Krushi Mohatsav) for the purpose of collaborative research, extension and education on Jatropha. Broad objectives of

this understanding are to establish a Jatropha Information Center, implement a plant varietal improvement programme, set up a Jatropha demo block, a Nursery Production Center and to do the soil analysis and mapping of lands suitable for the Jatropha cultivation in Gujarat. This is to facilitate the implementation of Nandan’s proposed Jatropha project for the state with an innovative implementation methodology, Bio Investment Eco Industrial Zones (BIEZ- a seed for sustainable development). The project would integrate the entire value chain of Jatropha from

seed to oil over a period of ten years by bringing one million acres of marginal lands under Jatropha plantation, generating one million jobs and producing one million tons of Bio diesel in the state. Ms. Anandiben Patel inaugurated the Research program. Vice Chancellor Shri R.C.Maheshwari, Director of Research Shri S.B.S.Tikka and other senior scientists and officers, grace the occasion. Mr. Rituraj Pathak, (Director, Vitale Nandan) and Mr. C.S.Jadhav (Director Marketing, Nandan Biomatrix Limited) hosted the launch, alongwith Senior SDAU Officials.

Cross-breeding leading to native livestock decline in Orissa Bhubaneswar, A breed of cows native to Orissa which are less than one meter in height and said to be good hill climbers are facing extinction along with 20 other livestock breeds in the state. "The state has identified five breeds of buffaloes, five poultry breeds, four breeds of cattle (cow, bull and ox), two breeds of sheep and five breeds of goats," Bishnupada Sethi, the director of the Fisheries and Animal Resource Department, told IANS. "The populations of these native breeds found in specific areas of the state are steadily on the decline. They are under threat of extinction," Sethi said. "Indiscriminate cross-breeding during the past few decades has led to the decline in the number of our indigenous breeds," Sethi added. The government has issued instruction to all its veterinary officials to initiate steps for conservation of the 21 breeds. The government is soon set to launch a conservation programme

with the help of the local community with an investment of about Rs.20 crore. "We will identify operational areas to improve the population of the breeds and train manpower so that they work for their conservation," he added. The government has planned to set up a project cell in Bhubaneswar for the overall monitoring and implementation of the programme. "The livestock population in the state is about three crore, and of them about ten lakh are rare native breeds," Sushanta Das, a professor of the Orissa Veterinary College of the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), told IANS. "The population of native breeds was around 30 lakh around 30 years ago," Das said. Most of the identified breeds have evolved naturally through adaptation to agro-ecological conditions in the state and have been contributing to the livelihood of the farmers since generations. They derived their

names from the place of their origin or on the basis of prominent characteristics. A species of cow seen in Motu area of Malkangiri district are less than one metre in height and, according to Das, they are not found anywhere else in the world. Another prominent species under threat of extinction is a breed of buffalo found near world famous Chilika Lake have unique characteristics of consuming saline weeds. They usually go deep into the lake and can put their head in the water for about 30 seconds to get the weeds. "The populations of this variety of buffaloes are now 30,000 against about one lakh 30 years ago," he said. Another breed facing extinction is a special variety of sheep found in the coastal districts of Orissa from Konark to Bhadrak area which produce twins and triplets. The population of this breed has come down from over a lakh, 30 years ago, to a paltr y 20,000.

Opium cultivation on the rise in Golden Triangle Bangkok, Opium cultivation in South-East Asia rose 11 percent this year as soaring prices in Laos and political instability in Myanmar drew more farmers to the illicit poppy crop, a UN report revealed Monday. Cultivation increased to 33,811 hectares from 30,388 hectares last year in the Golden Triangle comprising parts of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand which two decades ago accounted for more than 70 percent of the world’s supply of heroin, a refined derivative of opium. After years of cropsubstitution and development projects that reduced the acreage under cultivation in the region, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) now

acknowledges a “worrisome” trend towards increased cultivated in the illicit crop since 2006. “We are worried about the trends, especially in Myanmar where we see potential for an unravelling of much of what containment has produced over the past two decades,” said Gary Lewis, UNODC regional representative for the Asia Pacific. According to the report Opium Cultivation in South-East Asia, between 1988 to 2006, poppy growing in Laos, Myanmar and Thailand dropped from 157,900 hectares to 24,157 hectares in 2006. But cultivation has since been on the rise, increasing 47 percent in Myanmar and 19 percent

in Laos. Thailand, historically a minor opium grower although a major conduit for heroin from the Golden Triangle, saw its cultivated acreage drop 27 percent this year to only 211 hectares. Myanmar accounts for the lion’s share of opium cultivation in the region, with more than 50 percent coming from the Shan State, a base for several ethnic minority groups such as the Wa and the Shan. “The eastern Shan State has seen a really dramatic increase in opium cultivation over the past four years, from 3,000 hectares to 11,000 hectares,” Lewis said. In Laos, where opium sells for $1,327 per kg, up 8 percent from 2008, the increase in cultivation is market driven.

Chandigarh, Since its formation Nov 1, 1966, Haryana has broken all records in paddy production this season (October 2008-December 2009), according to the state’s food and supplies department officials. Haryana registered a production of over 45.55 lakh tonnes of paddy, more than the previous highest of 45.11 lakh tonnes notched in 2005, the officials said here Monday. The record production has been achieved despite not so favourable weather conditions this year with the state experiencing less-to-scanty rainfall. Neighbouring Punjab has also recorded a bumper yield this season with procurement of over 143 lakh tonnes. “All the paddy arriving in the ‘mandis’ (grain markets) of the state has been purchased either by government agencies or rice millers and dealers,” said Haryana Food and Supplies Minister Mahender Pratap Singh.

Sensex ends 31 points lower (Second Lead) Mumbai, Profit booking Monday pulled down a benchmark index of the Indian equities markets, which ended trade 31 points lower after gaining more than 156 points during the day. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 17,118.14 points, shut shop at 17,087.99 points, down 31.04 points or 0.18 percent from its previous close at 17,119.03 points. At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader 50-share S&P CNX Nifty ended at 5,102.05 points, against the previous close at 5,117.3 points, a gain of 15.25 points or 0.3 percent. Broader market indices, however, went slack with the BSE midcap index ending 0.68 percent lower and the BSE small cap index closing 0.46 percent down.

IIT Rajasthan to leave Kanpur campus Lucknow, The Indian Institute of Technology, Rajasthan (IIT-R), which has been operating from the IIT Kanpur campus for the past two academic sessions, is set to shift to Jodhpur. According to an IIT official, the human resource development ministry has identified around 700 acres along the Jodhpur-Nagaur road in Rajasthan for setting up IIT-R. However, till the upcoming campus is ready to start its operations, IIT-R will function from a Jodhpur-based government engineering college affiliated to the Jai Narain Vyas University, also in Jodhpur, the official added. “After the 2009-10 academic session is over and the counselling of next year’s students gets completed, IIT-R will be shifted to the M.B.M. Engineering College in Jodhpur in June 2010,” said IIT Kanpur registrar S.S. Kashalkar. Authorities at the Kanpur institute have left it to the faculty members to decide whether they want to move to IIT-R. “We will not object to any faculty member who wish to move to IIT-R,” Kashalkar, who has additional charge as IIT-R registrar, told IANS over telephone. According to officials, 240 students are enrolled at IIT-R, and the number is likely to go up to 450 once the Jodhpur institute starts operating. In the 2008-09 academic session, 112 students were enrolled at IIT-R, which rose to 128 in the current session. Though IIT-R kicked off in 2008-09, the central government decided to run it from the Kanpur campus due to non-availability of land in Rajasthan. In fact, students were even accommodated in vacant flats of the faculty.

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Sex racket: Delhi hotel manager is Bangladeshi national, says cops Rajkot, The Delhi-based hotel manager, who was arrested from a Rajkot hotel on Wednesday night along with a sex worker from Uzbekistan, is a Bangladeshi national. On Thursday, the city police had said that the arrested man, Shanker Mishra, was a native of Assam. But further investigation revealed that his real name was Jahangir Hussain Safiulla. The police said Safiulla had come to India on a tourist visa, but managed to get a job in a Delhi hostel. He had allegedly been running a sex racket from the National Capital. He was arrested under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, and letter sent to police remand. His passport was seized, while the Uzbek women was allowed to go back to Delhi. “On the tourist visa obtained for 2007 to 2009, Safiulla had visited India 15 times. He reportedly had not revealed his identity to the owner of Dreamland Hotel in Delhi,” said a police officer. He added they would seek extension of his remand to find out if he is involved in any anti-national activity.

Modi to PM: Involve states in climate change policy process Gandhinagar, Chief Minister Narendra Modi has requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to involve all the state governments in the process of preparing any policy frame-work for reduction in carbon emissions, “since it will have a major impact not only on developmental activities, but also on the future of the Five-Year plans of the country.” In a letter written to the PM on Friday, Modi expressed concern over the stand to be taken by India at the Copenhagen summit on climate change, and said the majority of the activities in relation to the carbon emission reduction are directly linked with state governments. Any announcement on the climate change policy will have a major compact on various development activities initiated by the state governments. In the letter, he said the country needs an integrated strategy on climate change which needs open discussion with state governments. Modi also urged the PM to make available to the states the analysis report prepared by the Planning Commission, based on which the Government of India is likely to make an announcement in Copenhagen.

GSRTC bans tobacco products at bus stations Ahmedabad, The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) has banned sale of all tobacco products including cigarettes, bidis and gutkas at all bus stations in the state. The GSRTC authorities today further said the shops and stalls at its bus stations would stop selling tobacco products with immediate effect. According to GSRTC officials, the pan shops will be converted into shops selling other essential and consumer goods. The officials said the decision was taken to minimize the health risks and also to comply with the law related to ban on tobacco items in public places. They further said that this was also an effort by the corporation to celebrate the golden jubilee year of Gujarat state. The railways have already banned tobacco products inside the train and on railway platforms in the state.

New colleges to be affiliated with GU:Trivedi Ahmedabad, As per the new directive by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), new Arts, Science and Commerce Colleges in 374 districts across the Union Territories in India will now be affiliated with the Gujarat University, said the GU Vice-Chancellor, Parimal Trivedi. “I received a letter from the MHRD. It has been drafted as per UGC recommendations after considering the poor state of higher education and lack of opportunities in the UTs. A large number of standard XII passouts there discontinue education,” said Trivedi. Tivedi said the decision to affiliate new colleges to GU is taken because of its quality education and as it is the only university in the country to run a study abroad programme under the Prime Minister Scholarship scheme.

Surat civic body to develop three ponds as picnic spot Surat, The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has identified three ponds in the city to develop them as picnic sports at the cost of Rs 1.15 crore. The water bodies in the Unn, Godadara and Puna areas will be developed on a pilot basis. Details of the proposed project were given to the municipal commissioner in the Tender Security Committee meeting on Thursday evening. Now, the proposal will be sent to the standing committee for its approval. Municipal Commissioner S Aparna said, ”The ponds will be developed in such a way that people will like to visit the place and enjoy the surrounding.”

Sugarcane scam: Court rejects Nal Sarovar film city’s first studio anticipatory bail plea of 10 accused to be ready in six months Ahmedabad, “Our new proposed film city near Ahmedabad will provide opportunity to thousands of youths of Gujarat,” bollywood star Jacky Shroff said yesterday in Ahmedabad addressing a press conference. Jacky is brand ambassador for proposed film-city project near Ahmedabad. Shroff said, Mumbai’s film studios are monotonous but Ahmedabad film city will change its look every three months. Thus it will make difference. The proposed Rs 500 crore film-city will come up near Nal Sarovar according to Mihir Pandya, Director of Om Land Realty Pvt. Ltd, promoter company of Nal Sarovar City, a residential township near Nal Sarovar in Ahmedabad district. Pandya said Rs 200 crore will be spent on infrastructure of Eco-


friendly city in which Ecofriendly material will be used instead of traditional material such as stone, metal and plastic. “Facilities such as tennis court, hotel, joggers park, swimming pool etc will be available in proposed film-city. Total 18.75 acre land has been selected. Of this 3.75 acres land will house three-floor studio.our target is to com-

CM asks industry to go for healthcare research, development works in state Ahmedabad, The 61st Indian Pharmaceutical Congress kicked off on Friday with Chief Mistier Narendra Modi and state Health Minister Jai Narayan Vyas urging the industry to do quality research and development in the state. They also asked the sector to look at the holistic healthcare industry which is coming up in a big way in developing countries. Speaking at the inauguration of the conference, which is being held in Gujarat after 23 years, Modi said: “The platform should be used for creating awareness about the quality medicine being

manufactured in Gujarat.” He added: “The new era of holistic healthcare is coming up where people will not eat medicines. The industr y should also look at that.” Assuring in full suppor t against the substandard and spurious drugs, he said: “Gujarat government is ready to extend all help inputting an end to this kind of practice, provided it should be brought to the notice of the government.” Vyas said despite the quality and the volume, the industries should think about increasing the value of the drugs. “Indian pharma industry


funders. So it will happen soon but there is no time line,” Professor Basant said, “We are trying to create a social venture fund, initially a small one and if it works, then a larger one.” CIIE is an incubation centre established under IIM-A, which helps startups -- new businesses -marked their products and establish networks and also assist them in research and development, besides providing funds. Till date, CIIE has been incubating largely high-technology start-ups -- ranging from internetbased ventures to robotics companies. It also has a similar programme

stands at third position in terms of size. But when it comes to value, its rank is 13th. To perform better on this front, the industry needs core and extensive focus on R&D activity,” he said. The conference was attended by the big pharmaceutical companies, including Sun Pharma, Zydus Cadila, Cadila Pharma and others. A souvenir and an abstract of research work by the pharmacists and experts were also released at the function. The 62nd conference of the Indian Pharmaceutical Congress will be organized at Manipal University in Karnataka.

Gujarat is educationally backward, says Govt Ahmedabad, Amid shining on economic front, 20 of the 26 districts in Gujarat are educationally backward. This was admitted by the Gujarat government before the University Grants Commission (UGC). Of the 20 educationally backward districts, eight are predominantly tribal inhabited districts of Dahod, Kutch, Narmada, Panchmahal, Surat, Bharuch, Dangs and Valsad. Criticising the Narendra Modi govern-

ment for not giving attention to improve gross enrolment ratio in colleges, Congress leader Manish Doshi has urged the government to take initiative to open more colleges in backward districts with liberal central assistance. The Centre was going to double the assistance to states in higher education during the 11th Five Year Plan and Gujarat should focus on education sector, said Mr Doshi, who is also Gujarat University Syndicate

Police foils child marriage Rajkot, Timely action by police saved a minor girl from being married off in Ambedkar Nagar area of the city after a close relative tipped the police. Hetal (about 15-year-old), daughter of Ravji Sondarva, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar area, was to marry Pravin, son of Soma Bagda. The marriage par ty from Jamkandorna had arrived here yesterday. After police intervened, the parents of the bride and groom agreed and gave written assurance to the police that the marriage would take place only after the girl reached the eligible age, the sources said. The prospective groom’s party returned to Jamkandorna without the bride, police said.

CIIE develops social enterprise fund for entrepreneurs The IIM-Ahmedabad’s incubation wing is in the early stages of putting together a seed fund to develop social enterprises - wrongly defined as a business whose main purpose is social good. Chairperson of the Center for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIIE) executive committee Professor Rakesh Basant said there was “strong interest” among faculty colleagues -- Professors M S Sriram and Ankur Sarin -- and the idea is being developed. “We have been talking to people and there seem to be a fair bit of interest among the potential

plete the first floor in next six months. It will be ready for shooting then after,” Pandya added. It should be mentioned here that film stars: Shatrugna Sinha and Paresh Raval had signed MOU with state government for setting up film studios in Gujarat, however there is no progress on the ground so far after MOUs.

for start-ups in renewable energy called RE-Search. Details of how to fund will function or what kind of social enterprises will be chosen for incubation are not yet ready and still “very much in the realm of ideas”, sand Professor Sriram, who reaches Social Entrepreneurship at IIM-A and coauthored the book -- Beyond Microcredit; Putting Development Back Into Micro-finance. “The broad idea is to find incubate and fund social businesses -- the ones that work for a purpose, on chimerical lines, but do not distribute profits,” he said. Once the fund is ready, CIIE will look at

new ventures, not established ones. A mechanism for ensuring accountability will also be developed. Professor Basant said, “The issue of accountability is a big one. We will certainly be looking at self-sustaining models.” The new initiative is hoped to provide experience for the institute’s students as well, as CIIE’s incubate traditionally work with the students. “We will write cases on hem and then do research on them. So, combining research, teaching and incubation will remain. Only the nature of enterprises would change,” Professor Basant said.

member. The GPCC spokesman, however, arraigned the state government for its failure to fully utilise central assistance of Rs 85 crore provided during 2005-06 as only Rs 18 crore was spent during the three year period for implementing technical qualitative education improvement programme. The gross enrolment ratio in Gujarat was about 7 compared to national average of 14 for the 1823 age group, he said. Mr Doshi said the UGC had identified a total of 374 districts across the country as educationally backward. The Centre had given approval for opening a model degree college in each EBD at a cost of Rs 8 crore with the Centre providing Rs 3 crore and the state government contributing Rs 5 crore. The Gujarat government should take benefit of the scheme to remove the state’s backwardness on education front, he added.

The Vadodara District Sessions Court rejected anticipations of the 10 accused in the sugarcane scam wor th Rs 18.7 crores. Police officers in Karjan and Bodeli said the accused kingpin and former chairman of the Vadodara District Sugarcane Grower’s Union (VDSGU), Jaykant Patel and former Vice-Chairman of the Cooperative, Devendra Thakkar, have been declared absconders. After the arrest of the

former managing director, B M Patel on Tuesday, Vadodara police have been able to nab only two officials out of the 30 accused. “Of the 30 accused, 10 had forwarded anticipatory bail applications which were rejected by the court. Although there are no new findings in the investigations, we hope to arrest all the accused soon,” said Bodeli Circle Police Inspector, V I Patel. Meanwhile, Karjan Police have raided the factory premises of Jaykant Patel. “So far, we have got about 50

coupons and some of the account ledgers belonging to the cooperative from Patel’s Gandhara Sugar Mills,” said Inspector, M N Parmar. Among those whose bail applications have been rejected by the sessions cour t include, Subhash Patel, Pravin Patel, Kesrisinh Raj, Bhupendra Bhatt, Kishorsinh Parmar, Bhaskar Bhatt, Kaushal Sharma, Chandrakant Patel and two others. Police said all the accused were office-bearers of the cooperative.

Court acquits six in 2006 conspiracy case Ahmedabad, The Ahmedabad Rural Court on Friday acquitted six people accused of having links with Lashkar-e-Toiba and hatching a conspiracy to blow up some buildings in Ahmedabad in 2006. Principal District Judge G N Patel declared them of charges, as the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) failed to provide evidence and prove the charges brought against them. The ATS had arrested Nooruddin, Peer Ali, Haarish, Junaid, Zahid Khan of Ahmedabad, and Altaf Sheikh, a Vadodara resident, in 2006. Three years ago, the ATS had filled a complaint against

them for allegedly having links with the Pakistanbased terror outfit. It further said the suspects had surveyed some city buildings and hatched a conspiracy to blast them. According to ATS, Peer Ali had gone to Hyderabad to collect explosives prior to his arrest in February 22006. However, defence lawyers B M Gupta and C B Gupta argued that charges against their clients were false. “Between April 2002 and October 2006, Pir Ali was serving a jail term, then how can he be in Hyderabad?” said Gupta. During cross-examination, the jail authorities

had confirmed that Ali was in the Sabarmati Central Jail during the period when ATS claims he was in Hyderabad. He further said: “Haarish, Junaid and Zahid Khan were also in jail till 2003, so how can they hatch the conspiracy?” According to Gupta, the ATS had filed the case on the basis of the witness who in his deposition in some other case had said he was forced by the ATS to give the statement against the accused. Gupta said that some 23 witnesses were examined during the trial and five others still shown as absconders in the chargsheet filed by the ATS.

Discounts, offers make ‘Gujarat card’ scheme attractive Ahmedabad,

With the offer of discounts to the holders of ‘Gujarat card’ in selected hospitals, hostels, jewellery shops, other showrooms and even at foreign exchange countries, its demand is picking up. Introduced by the Gujarat State Non Resident Gujaratis’ Founda-

tion (NRGF) under NRI depar tment, close to 2,000 ‘Gujarat cards’ have been issued. As large number of NRIs visit the state during winter, the demand for the card at the NRGF’s Gandhinagar office has increased. However, the cards are not free. The seekers have to pay a fee of

Gujarati encyclopaedia in 25 volumes ready Ahmedabad, After a quar ter centur y effor t, the Gujarat Vishvakosh Trust has come out with a set of 25 volumes of Gujarati encyclopaedia covering a whole range of subjects. A total of 1,700 writers have contributed to the unique encyclopaedia containing about 125 lakh words on 169 subjects. It has about 7,965 entries in humanities, 7,935 entries in science and 7,190 in social science bringing the total to 23,090 write-ups. The 25-volume encyclopaedia will be formally released by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at a function here on December 15, according to its Chief Editor Dr Dhirubhai Thaker and Modulator Dr Kumarpal Desai. They told reporters here today that the project has given a new dimension to identify Gujarat in terms of language and culture. There are short sketches amounting to 6949, 538 prevading articles, 11298 pictures and 248 translated articles. The Trust has also undertaken various other activities like preparation of ‘Baal Vishvakosh’ (Children’s Encyclopaedia). It has also started work on ‘Charitrakosh’ four volumes covering about 1000 life sketches. The work on ‘Natyakosh’ and ‘Paribhashakosh’ is also going on.

Rs 225 or US $5. An NRG also needs to furnish his/her residential and identity proof, apart from domicile status like the information about the place of origin in Gujarat. The maximum takers of the card, according to NRGF, are people to Gujarat settled in South India. According to officials, the ’Gujarat Card’ scheme has opened up an access channel for Gujaratis scattered over India and overseas, many of whom are either second or third generation Gujaratis living away and have not visited the state even once. “The ‘Gujarat card’ system helps in strengthening the NRGs’ bond with their native state and reach to their roots,” said NRGF managing director Sanjay Patni. The officials said they are trying to attract NRGs not only for money, but because of their political influence in the places they are settled. It will help in lobbying for the country at international platform. It was because of the influence of NRGs that former US President Bill Clinton visited the ear thquake-ravaged Kutch and extended a helping hand to the quake victims, they said.

Govt clears Nirma cement plant in Mahuva Rajkot, The Gujarat government has given a green signal to Nirma Industries to set up a cement plant at Mahuva following the recommendations of a committee constituted to look into the controversy. The government decision has come despite a public agitation led by BJP Mahuva MLA Kanu Kalsaria, some Gandhians and farmers of the region opposing the acquisitinof lands in the region. Meanwhile, Kalsaria has rejected the committee’s claim that environment concerns have been taken care of. He said the protest will continue and if needed, the farmers will prevent the work from being executed at the sites.

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State Finance Minister Vaju Vala, who was the chairman of the committee, said on Thursday that the plant will not cause any environmental problem. The villagers are agitating against construction of Nirma Industries’ Rs 2,500-crore cement plant with a capacity to produce one million tonne cement in a year. Giving details about the committee repor t, Vala said the government has basically taken four steps, which will solve the problem of salinity ingress feared by the villagers. According to the report, the measures taken to address the environment issues are; (1) The Nirma, under supervision of the state Irrigation De-

partment, will create a water body on 63 hectors with a capacity of 21.33 million cubic feet water. (b) Of the allotted 268 hectares, Nirma will have to return 54 hectares in south of the proposed site to save Samadhiyala water body. (c) The depth of the land to be returned will be increased further by 28 metres to store 14.14 million cubic feet extra water. For this, Nirma will have to carry out the work at its own expense under the supervision of the Irrigation Department. (d) Recharge canal will be built and canal connecting Samdhiyala Dam will be spread. The report also said the project will provide employment to 9,500 people in the area where

agriculture is the sole source of employment. The availability of 800 million tonnes of limestone in Mahuva belt can support the cement plant. In view of the development of the Pipavav port at Rajula, which will facilitate export of cement, the industrial growth of the region cannot be curbed. On the other hand, Kalsaria said that no committee members has ever visited the site. “We will continue with the agitation. There will be a huge public meeting at Vangar village on Sunday,” he said. In Ahmedabad, Chunibhai Vaidya, the veteran Gandhian heading Gujarat Lok Samiti also said that now they were left with no option but to agitate.



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Kashmir reports first swine flu death, India toll 699 New Delhi,

Women voters stand in queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the fourth phase of Jharkhand assembly elections, in Kolebira in Ranchi

A 21-year-old woman succumbed to swine flu in Srinagar, becoming the first victim of the H1N1 virus in Jammu and Kashmir. One death each in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat during the day took India's toll from the virus to 699, health authorities said here Sunday. Muskan from Tullamulla region in Kashmir was admitted to the Soura Medical Institute Dec 1 after she developed acute respiratory distress. Doctors at the institute admitted her to the intensive care unit

Retaining ovaries linked to longevity Washington, Thousands of women and pet dogs undergo a hysterectomy and have their ovaries removed along with their uterus. Now, research looking at longevity may challenge almost decades of standard operating procedures used in women and in pets. The team led by David J. Waters, executive director of the Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation, studied more than 29,000 women who underwent a hysterectomy

for benign uterine disease. Waters’ work is the first investigation to look for a link between retaining ovaries and reaching exceptional longevity in mammals. The findings showed that the upside of ovary removal - protection against ovarian, uterine and breast cancer - was outweighed by increased mor tality from other causes. As a result, longevity was cut short in women who lost their ovaries before the age of 50 com-

pared with those who kept their ovaries for at least 50 years. “For the last 35 years, most doctors have been routinely advising women undergoing hysterectomy to have their ovaries removed to prevent ovarian cancer,” Waters said. “We believe that such an automatic recommendation is no longer warranted.” Research shows that the same is also true of female dogs. The study, exploring the factors that favour successful aging in pet dogs, was con-

Scientists grow real human bones to track how they form Washington, Researchers have created a process that grows real human bone in tissue culture, which can be used to investigate how bones for m and grow. “We have manufactured a structure that has no synthetic comp o n e n t s ,” s a i d M a r k Clarke, associate professor at the University of Houston’s (UH) health and human p e r fo r m a n c e d e p a r t ment and principal study investigator. “ I t ’s a l l m a d e b y the two cell type bones star t with ins i d e t h e b o d y. W h a t you end up with is a piece of material that is identical to newlyformed, human, trabecular bone, including its mineral components, its histology and its growth factor content.” Being in a microgravity environment causes astronauts’ bodies to lose more bone mineral than they can replace, which makes them vulnerable to fractures and breaks. Even when they retur n to ear th, the bone loss continues as their bodies slowly

begin the process of replacing the bone mineral content. The NASA-funded study, which included Clarke’s collaborators at NASA-Johnson Space Centre, Neal Pe l l i s a n d A l a m e l u Sundaresan, used human osteoblasts and osteoclasts, the two major cell types involved in the formation of and breaking down of bone. The 3-D bone constructs allowed for ideal conditions to investigate how bone forms and, more impor tantly, how bone is lost in environments such as space flight and conditions present in post-menopausal women and spinal cord patients. Clarke has worked with NASA on other bone loss studies. He served as a principal investigator in a NASA study of microfabricated skin patches that collect sweat for analysis of biomarkers of bone loss, like calcium, a U-H release said. His research on bone formation is proving to be marketr e a d y, a s a n e w l y for med s t a r t - u p, OsteoSphere, exam-

ines ways the breakthrough research can be used in a clinical setting for applications such as spinal fusions, facial reconstructions following bomb blasts or the regrowing of an individual bone outside of the patient. “U-H has now licensed the technology to OsteoSphere Inc. which is looking at ways to commercialise the technology in a clinical setting, including culturing an individual’s own bone for subsequent transplantation back into the patient...,” Clar ke said.

ducted by a team also led by Waters. They collected and analysed lifetime medical histories, ages and causes of death for 119 canine “centenarians” exceptionally long-lived Rottweiler dogs living in the US and Canada that survived for 13 years, which is 30 percent longer than average Rottweilers. “A female survival advantage in humans is well-documented women outnumber men by 4:1 among those who reach 100,” said Waters, also a professor in veterinary clinical sciences. “Like women, female dogs in our study had a distinct survival advantage over males. But taking away ovaries during the first four years of life completely erased the female survival advantage.” The research was published in Aging Cell.

(ICU) and her samples were sent to Delhi for examination. The woman, however, died Saturday and a senior doctor of the institute confirmed that she had tested positive for swine flu. "We got the report and it is positive. The woman had reported at the institute with acute chest infection, distress and cold," the doctor said Sunday. With one death each in three other states, the casualty figure in Maharashtra has jumped to 240, 57 in Gujarat and 94 in Rajasthan. After Maharashtra, Karnataka with 123 deaths is number two in terms of toll from H1N1. In Delhi, authorities said there are no fresh deaths but 95 fresh infections were repor ted throughout the day. With these, over 7,300 people have already been in-

fected due to the virus, of which 39 have succumbed to it. Seven more people, including two doctors of a premier hospital, have tested positive for swine flu in Chandigarh. "We had collected the nasal and throat swab samples of these patients yesterday (Saturday) morning and their reports have come positive. Among these positive cases, two are doctors working at PGIMER (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research)," said G.C. Bansal, officiating nodal officer of swine flu in Chandigarh. Besides, the union health ministry said there are 175 fresh cases across the country. Apart from 95 fresh cases in Delhi, there were 22 cases in Rajasthan, 15 in Haryana, 14 in Karnataka and 16 in Uttar Pradesh.

Low-carb, high-fat diets spell significant cardiac risk London, People who follow a low-carb, high-fat diet (LCHF) are more susceptible to cardio-diseases, says a study. The research was lead by Steven Hunter from the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. “High-fat diets have become popular because they seemingly promote more rapid weight loss and because of their palatability,” said Hunter. “However, we now have proof that they do not help people lose weight any faster than more conventional diets, and the potential negatives of increased cardiovascular risks far outweigh the potential positives,” added Hunter. It shows that the risks of LCHF diets far outweigh the potential benefits gained by the obese through weight loss, including improvements in blood pressure and risk factors for coronary heart disease. The results are particularly important for nearly a quarter of the UK adult population, and 16 percent of the child population, now classified as obese and at risk of Type 2 diabetes — 80 percent of all people diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes are overweight. Type2 diabetes is the result of inadequate insulin production and/or insulin resistance, which means that the right levels of glucose (our main source of energy from food) are not maintained naturally by the body.

Thiruvananthapuram, Will legalising prostitution, an issue raised by the Supreme Court, end the exploitation of thousands of women pushed into the flesh trade and help curb the spread of

Lok Janshakti Party activists raising slogans during their ‘Akrosh March’ in Patna on Sunday protesting against the demolished of huts of Dalits.

Demi Moore no poster girl for age gap relationships London, Hollywood actress Demi Moore says she doesn't know why she is considered a "poster girl" for age gap relationships after her marriage to actor Ashton Kutcher, who at 31, is 16 years younger than her. "I'm certainly not the first person to be in a relationship with a younger man, but somehow I was plucked out as a bit of a poster girl. I don't know why that is. But I just kind of step back sometimes and say, 'There is some reason, and what is it that I have to share in a positive way?'," she was quoted as saying by

When Bono wrote a song for Sinatra London, U2 rocker Bono once wrote a song for music legend Frank Sinatra and serenaded him with it in a Mexican restaurant. The pair became friends after Sinatra invited Bono to appear on his 1989 Duets album and the Irish rocker took it upon himself to write a song especially for the former, reports Bono seized the moment to showcase the track, "Two shots of happy, one shot of sad", during a night out with Sinatra in Palm Springs, California. "We went out with Frank to a Mexican restaurant and drank margaritas. I wrote a song for him, and sang it to him at the Mexican restaurant. Sadly he never recorded it," he said. Bono and bandmate The Edge did get a chance to perform the song for Sinatra again at a special TV tribute to the star on his 80th birthday in 1995 and his disappointment was further appeased when the icon's daughter Nancy recorded a version of the track for her 2004 album Nancy Sinatra.

Zeta-Jones wants to star in onewoman play London,

RJD Chief Laloo Prasad at an election campaign rally at Daltanganj

Should prostitution be legalised or decriminalised? By Sanu George

The Navy Queen finalists from (L to R)Ms Tinu Menacherry, Second Runner Up, Mrs Dilruba Pande,Navy Queen, Rose Lona, First Runner Up in Kochi. UNI

HIV or would it be better to decriminalise it? On Wednesday, Justices Dalveer Bhandari and A.K. Patnaik of the apex court told SolicitorGeneral Gopal Subramaniam on the matter of prstitution that "when you say it is the world's oldest profession and when you are not able to curb it by laws, why don't you legalize it? You can then monitor the trade, rehabilitate and provide medical aid to those involved." Kerala Education and Culture Minister M.A. Baby said there are countries that have legalized the world's oldest profession "but in a place like ours which has a rich cultural ethos, this certainly cannot happen". "In order to tackle HIV, basic education has to be provided to all with special emphasis on adult education at the Plus 2 levels. The present employment guarantee scheme should also be spread across the length and breadth of the countr y. Child marriages should not take place and land reforms should be undertaken," Baby told IANS. S.K. Harikumar, behavior physician and a leading consultant in HIV/

AIDS, said that legalizing and decriminialisation are two different issues. "As far as I see this, decriminalization of multi-partner sex among both males and females should take place. This should no longer be a criminal act. The right to privacy in sexual acts, urges and desires should be vested with the individual. Legalising this will in no way guarantee anything," Harikumar said. According to the latest figures, Harikumar said there are more than 55,000 prostitutes in Kerala and the pattern over the years is that it has been showing consistent growth. Fr Paul Thelakat, spokesperson of the Syro Malabar Catholic Church in Kerala, said there is no guarantee that HIV can be eradicated by legalizing prostitution but would instead aggravate it. "We are living in a world where man and woman are equal with full dignity of a son and daughter of god. A nation must engage in greater efforts to help free women from the abuses against human dignity that result from prostitution. The state must not make prostitution a form of employment but provide other

dignified employment opportunities," Thelakat told IANS. Nalini Jameela, 56, who has been a sex worker since 1978, is in the news because of her Malayalam book, translated into English as "Autobiography of a Sex Worker", which sold 13,000 copies within 100 days of its release in 2004 and went through six editions. Attending a conclave of sex workers in Bangalore, Jameela said she has to literally fight every day against the stigma attached to her profession. "We have done our best to be part of various other mainstream groups, but we are still stigmatised," lamented the author and sex workers' rights activist. Nalini feels the biggest battle for her community is to make the profession legal. "Once our profession is legalised, nobody can harass us," Nalini told IANS. "On one hand, police use force and violence against us. Society also discriminates against us because of our profession. All this violence and discrimination will end once our profession is legalised," she said.

Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is looking to expand her career on the stage with a one-woman play. The actress who made her debut on the New York stage for the first time last month admits she'd love to be the centre of attention in her own solo show and all she needs for that is to come up with the perfect storyline first, reports "One of my biggest dreams is to do a one-woman show, with dancing and singing. I just have to figure out the concept," she said.

Westlife members skipped meals to get drunk! London, Members of Irish boy band Westlife have revealed they used to skip meals to get drunk. The group admitted that their advancing years has restricted them from partying longer and harder as they used to and can't believe how they used to behave, reports "It you think back to when we were 21, it was like, 'Who cares about food? Just get a bottle of vodka down your neck by 12 o'clock'. Now that we're hitting 30, it's different," said singer Nicky Byrne from the band. Added his bandmate Shane Filan: "The older we get, the more we prefer a good restaurant to a club. But as long as you have a drink and a laugh..."

Zac Efron bought new house to skateboard indoors! London, "High School Musical" star Zac Efron has revealed he bought a house so he could skateboard indoors. The actor bought his first property earlier this year and admits he had it designed specifically so he can indulge in his favourite pastime without going out in public, reports "It's unique, very modern, very clean, very simple, with concrete floors so I can skateboard inside the house," he said.

This Brit woman fears veggies! London, A 22-year-old British student suffers from an unusual problem -- she fears vegetables. Vicki Larrieux, from Portsmouth, gets panic sticken even if she sees a pea or sprout. The fear of vegetables is called lachanopobia and approximately affects a few thousand people in Britain. “I have always had an irrational fear of vegetables. Even as a child I used to properly freak out if some carrots or a few peas were on my plate,” the Daily Express quoted Vicki assaying. “But as it continued into adult life I started to think it might not just be a dislike of vegetables but an actual phobia. Ahmedabad, Page 5







Shun violence to prevent 'irretrievable damage' to West Bengal: Governor Kolkata, Urging all political parties in West Bengal to shun violence, outgoing Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi Sunday said the state will suffer "irretrievable damage" if peace was not restored. "Unless all inter-party, inter-cadre or inter-supporter violence is halted, West Bengal will suffer irretrievable damage. All political organisations must together bring West Bengal out of the debris of bhangchur (destruction), bandhs (shutdowns) and bomabaji (bombings)," Gandhi said in his farewell message to the

people on his last day in office. The governor, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, returns to Chennai Monday. "No par ty should countenance the use of unauthorised arms. All provocations, in word and deed, across the political spectrum, should cease," the message said. Gandhi regretted that distrust between different political entities and personalities, as also within institutions such as the universities was "disfiguring life" in the State. "We have to rectify this situation by changing

our conditioned mindsets. The state has known healthy political debates which sparkle but do not ignite. That tradition needs to be maintained," he said in the message. "The choice before West Bengal should not be between the wrongdoing of one and the counter wrong-doing of another. The choice should not be between the vengeance of one and the return vendetta of another. The choice has to be between chaos and civility, disorder and decorum," read

Andhra MP Rajagopal arrested at Hyderabad airport Hyderabad, Congress MP from Vijayawada L. Rajagopal was arrested Monday at the airport here soon after he landed to launch an indefinite fast to oppose the proposed division of Andhra Pradesh, police said. Tension prevailed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Air por t at Shamshabad on the city outskirts as Rajagopal's supporters tried to resist the arrest. Police have taken Rajagopal to an undisclosed location in view of threats by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), student bodies and Congress leaders from Telangana region to stop him from launching any protest here. The industrialist, whose Lanco Group of companies has huge business interests in Hyderabad, is against the

central government's decision to give separate statehood to Telangana region, which comprises 10 districts including Hyderabad. As tension was mounting in the city following TRS' allegations that Rajagopal was bringing hired goons from Vijayawada to create trouble in Hyderabad, po-

lice Sunday night raided several hotels and lodges in the city and arrested several supporters of the MP. Andhra and Rayalseema regions of the state are witnessing protests for the last four days against the government's decision to initiate the process for granting separate statehood to Telangana.

19 dead, 21 injured in Bengal bus-trailer crash Kolkata, At least 19 people were killed and 21 others injured as a bus and truck-trailer collided head-on at Kulgachia in West Bengal's Howrah district Sunday night, police said. "We recovered 12 bodies from the spot. Seven others died in the hospital. The toll may go up as 14 of the injured were serious," said Howrah district Superintendent of Police Harikishore Kusumakar. The dead included two women and a child, said a police officer. According to eyewitnesses, the accident occurred on National Highway (NH) 6 as the driver of the 10wheel trailer suddenly changed lanes on the Mahishlekha Bridge and collided with the Gadiarabound bus from Howrah. The injured have been admitted to the Uluberia sub-divisional hospital.

the message. Referring to the criticism heaped on him from some quarters during his five-year stint at the Raj Bhavan here, Gandhi said he bore no resentment. "My experience of life would have been onesided had my tenure not received the dart of criticism from personalities in our public life. I shall assume that I have deserved such criticism. But I would like to say that I bear no resentment whatsoever about it," he said. Gandhi suggested that the state's political organisations view the Maoist crisis through nonpolitical lenses and involve social welfare organisations and bona fide NGOs in ushering in development in the forest areas in the western districts.

Not in favour of Vidarbha, says Chavan Ranchi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan Sunday said that he was not in favour of a separate Vidarbha state. "I am not in favour of a separate state," said Chavan, responding to the demand for a separate Vidarbha state, while addressing a press conference here. The Maharashtra chief minister was in Jharkhand to campaign for Congress nominees in the ongoing state assembly polls. Chavan said that all possible help would be extended to Jharkhand for development. "Maharashtra is ready to extend all support to Jharkhand for development. If needed, Maharashtra will not hesitate in signing a state to state memorandum of understanding (MoU) for development of Jharkhand," he said.

The members of the local Indian community carry the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi throughout the streets of Banjul, in Gambia.

This is our final battle for Gorkhaland,says Bimal Gurung Siliguri, Describing the ongoing agitation in Darjeeling Hills as the "final battle" for a separate Gorkhaland state, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) Sunday threatened to resort to violence if it was pushed to the brink even as the administration tightened security ahead of the 96-hour shutdown beginning Monday. "This is our last battle. We will carry out a peaceful and democratic movement to achieve our goal," GJM president Bimal Gurung told mediapersons. However, when asked

Vijayan defends Maudany, Kerala police Thiruvananthapuram,

The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Chowdhury Mohan Jatua addressing at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the New Line between Jaynagar Majilpur and Raidighi, in West Bengal.

Political impasse continues in Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad, The political impasse in Andhra Pradesh over the Telangana issue continued Sunday but state ministers from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions have decided to reconsider their decision to resign following an appeal of the chief minister. Out of 20 ministers who Saturday decided to quit, 13 met here Sunday evening following an appeal of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and state Congress chief D. Srinivas not to press their resignations. After the meeting, Minister for Municipal Administration Anam Ramnarayan Reddy said they discussed the chief minister's appeal. Since seven ministers could not attend the meeting, it was decided to meet again on Monday and convey their views to the chief minister. The ministers Saturday announced their de-

cision to quit Chief Minister Rosaiah's ministry to protest the central govenment's move to divide the state to carve out a proposed Telangana. The ministers also decided to attend the assembly Monday. Thirteen ministers from Telangana region, who were also planning to resign, met here separately. After their meeting, Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy met the chief minister to convey their views. The ministers, however, rejected the proposal for a joint meeting with their counterparts from the two regions. Congress sources had earlier said that the ministers of all the three regions would hold a joint meeting to resolve the crisis. The proposal came amid growing speculation that the state could come under president's rule. Rosaiah Saturday

conveyed to the par ty's central leadership the ministers' decision to resign. Sources said the leadership asked Rosaiah to convince the ministers not to take any hasty step as this could lead to imposition of president's rule. As many as 138 legislators, including 80 of the Congress party, from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions have already submitted their resignations to the assembly speaker. State Congress president Srinivas appealed to all those who have resigned to withdraw their resignations to aver t a crisis. Ta l k i n g t o r e p o r t ers, Srinivas said the central leadership would address their concerns. Srinivas said he had no information that the par ty leadership wa s sending emissaries to resolve the crisis.

Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan Sunday defended Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Abdul Nazir Maudany, now under the police scanner for his links with alleged South India chief of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) T.Nazeer, as well as the state police's investigations. It was Vijayan who was largely instrumental in roping in Maudany to campaign for the Left Democratic Front in the May 2009 Lok Sabha polls, much against the wishes of Chief Minister V.S.Achuthanandan, who refused to share the platform with the PDP chief. "There was no agreement between the Left and the PDP. After the elections, our central committee found out that the sharing of the platform with the PDP did not do any good," said Vijayan but refused to criticise Maudany. "Maudany, after being exonerated and released from the jail (2007)in the Coimbatore blast case, said that he is turning a new leaf and will not go the way he took prior to 1998. It was the Congress and their allies who

sought Maudany's help in the 2001 assembly elections. Then he was an accused in the case. After they won the elections, leaders like Oommen Chandy went and visited Maudany in jail to thank him for the support," Vijayan said. Complimenting the Kerala police for naming Maudany's wife Sufiya as an accused in the 2005 bus burning case, he said it was not the Karnataka police but the Kerala police which implicated Sufiya. Media persons contended before him that Kerala police were forced to name her after the Karnataka police had found out her links with Nazeer. "Why did not the Congress government do anything in the bus burning case which happened in 2005 when they were in power? It was just because our government is committed to root out terror that a strong stand was taken," said Vijayan. Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (CPI) state secretary Veliyam Bharghavan said with the exposure of links of PDP leaders with terror activities meant the Left was right in its stand to keep away from Maudany's party.

to react to union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's comment that news states would not be created everywhere, Gurung shot back: "What Pranab-babu has said is based on his political understanding. We will tell Pranab-babu we don't want to resort to violence. But if the government wants to resort to violence, then they have to take responsibility for the consequences." "If the government pushes us like this, we will be forced to take up violence. I will request Pranab-babu not to push us in that direction," Gurung said. He also brushed aside the rejection of Gorkhaland by the Congress, Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) and the Trinamool Congress. "The CPI-M, its leader Buddha-babu (state Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee), (Trinamool chief) Mamata (Banerjee), have the right to say they are opposed to Gorkhaland. Similarly, we also have the constitutional right to demand Gorkhaland," he said. "The government must concede our demand," Gurung added. The GJM chief said

his party would take part in the Dec 21 tri-partite talks in Darjeeling on the vexed issue, but stressed that it should discuss only the granting of Gorkhaland. Meanwhile, both the GJM and the administration were gearing up in view of the party's call for a 96-hour shutdown in the hills from Monday. GJM assistant general secretary Benoy Tamang said all units of his party have been directed to ensure peace during the shutdown. He said even police and district administration vehicles would not be allowed to ply. "On earlier occasions, we had given relaxation during shutdowns. But this time we will ensure strict enforcement. Only emergency services and the vehicles of the district superintendent and the district magistrate will be allowed to move. Twowheelers cannot hit the streets," Tamang said. Inspector General of Police (North Bengal) K.L. Tamta told IANS that the police were fully prepared to tackle any eventuality. "But we are more concerned about Sikkim. We will ensure that it is not cut off." During previous shut-

downs, the GJM activists have blockaded the crucial National Highway 31A, the lifeline of the tiny Himalayan state of Sikkim, cutting it off from the rest of the country. GJM workers Sunday continued their protest rallies and fast-untodeath protests in various parts of the hills areas for the third day. One party worker on hunger strike was repor ted to have taken sick. The GJM has been spearheading a movement for a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out from parts of nor thern West Bengal, besides opposing special status to the hill governing body Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC). The central government in 2005 offered the Sixth Schedule status to the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF)-led Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC), ensuring greater autonomy to the governing body. The GJM organised indefinite shutdowns twice in the hills last year and once in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls this year, severely hitting tea, timber and tourism - the bread and butter of the region.

Telangana ministers,MPs not to resign Hyderabad, Ministers and Members of Parliament of Congress par ty from Telangana region Sunday decided not to resign to counter the resignations of their counterparts from other regions of the state. They appealed to ministers and MPs from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions to abide by the party president Sonia Gandhi's decision to initiate the process for formation of separate Telangana state. "We will not resign as the decision has come in our favour," Minister for

Information and Public Relations J. Geeta Reddy told repor ters Sunday night after the meeting. They also appealed to the people and leaders of the other regions to maintain peace and recalled that they never resorted to violence during the movement for separate state. The ministers and MPs thanked Sonia Gandhi for her decision. "We thanked Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress core committee for meeting the longpending demand of the

people of Telangana," she said. They urged ministers, MPs and state legislators from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions to abide by the party's decision. "The Congress Legislature Party meeting and the all party meeting had authorised Sonia Gandhi to take the decision and hence we should all abide by it," said MP Sarve Satyanarayana. Geeta Reddy condemned the incidents of protesters in Andhra tearing the posters of Sonia and said they would not tolerate any attempt to insult her.

MBA student held, freed on bail after minor accident New Delhi, A 26-year-old engineer pursuing his Master's in Business Administration was arrested but later released Sunday after his car collided with an auto-rickshaw in south Delhi injuring three people, police said. The accident occurred when Apoorv was driving his Audi car back home early morning from a friend's place in Vasant Kunj and an auto-rickshaw, coming from the wrong direction, collided with it near the Savitri Cinema traffic signal in Chirag Delhi. Two women in the auto-rickshaw - Bimla, 55, and Meera, 48 - suffered injuries on their legs, while the driver Kishor also suffered minor injuries. They were admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where Kishor was discharged after first aid. The women were also discharged later Sunday evening. According to police, the women were returning to their Tri Nagar home in north Delhi after attending a religious function.The police arrested both Kishor and Apoorv but they were later released on bail. Apporv's father is a contractor with one of the civic agencies in the capital.

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Career Guidance session in progress during the Youth Development Session on the second day of the Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign, at Perambalur, Tamil Nadu.





Arindam stars in India's fifth SAFF Cup triumph Dhaka,

Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya put up some excellent saves as India under-23 team defeated defending champions Maldives 31 via the penalty shootout to lift their fifth South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup title here Sunday. The young boys, in front of a packed Bangabandhu Stadium, took sweet revenge of the senior team’s 2008 loss in Colombo. It was also the second time in the year that a goalkeeper starred for India in a final. If it was S u b ra t a Pa u l w h o shone in the Nehru Cup triumph earlier in the ye a r, S u n d ay i t wa s Churchill Brothers’ goalke e p e r A r i n d a m ’s chance to hog the limelight in his first major international tournament. Arindam, a reserve goalkeeper in the

national team, was also adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Arindam saved shots from Ahmed Toriq and Nasser Mukhtar while star striker Ali Ashfaq shot wide as the Maldives surrendered the title. Fazeel Ibrahim could get the only goal in the shoot-out. Jibon Singh, Denil Fra n c o a n d S u b o d h Kumar were on target while Nirmal Chettri shot wide as India picked up the prize money of $50,000. It was a creditable performance of the under-23 team against the big boys in the sub-continent. In the final, the Maldives were tipped to be the favourites, having defeated India 0-2 in the group stage. But the young Indian team put up a brave effo r t t o s t r e t c h t h e

match to penalty shootout. Both teams had their fair share of opportunities to finish off the game in the regulation time, but lacked a good finisher. After a dull goalless first-half, both teams showed enough urgency to break the deadlock in the second half. I n d i a ’s a t t a ck lacked the firepower but their defence was rock-solid with an acrobatic Arindam under the b a r. A n d bu t fo r Arindam, India would have suffered its second consecutive SAFF Cup loss. There was no coordination between India strikers Sushil Kumar and Balwant Singh and the former missed as many as three clear chances. At last, it was the heroics of Arindam that saved the day for India -- and earned it the trophy.

Italy’s Manfred Moelgg clears a gate during the 1st round of the the FIS World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom in Val-D’Isere, French Alps.



India under-23 beat Maldives to lift fifth SAFF Cup title Dhaka,

Indian football team pose for a photo after beating defending champions Maldives 3-1 via the penalty shoot-out to lift South Asian Football Federation Cup in Dhaka.

Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya made two scintillating saves as India under-23 team defeated defending champions Maldives 3-1 via the penalty shoot-out to lift their fifth South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup title here Sunday. The young boys, in front of a packed Bangabandhu Stadium, took sweet revenge of the senior team's 2008 loss in Colombo. It was also the second time in the year, a goalkeeper starred for India in a final. If it was Subrata Paul who shone in the Nehru Cup triumph earlier in the year, Sunday it was Churchill Brothers' goalkeeper Arindam's chance to announce his arrival in the international stage. Arindam saved shots from Ahmed Toriq and Nasser Mukhtar while star striker Ali Ashfaq shot wide to surrender the title. Fazeel Ibrahim could get the only goal for the Maldives in the shootout. For India, Jibon Singh, Denil Franco and Subodh Kumar were on target while Nirmal Chettri shot wide. It was a creditable performance by the under-23 team against the big boys in the subcontinent.

Arsenal likely to sue Dutch FA for Van Persie injury London, Arsenal are planning to sue the Dutch Football Federation, the KNVB, for compensation over the injury suffered by Robin van Persie when he was on international duty - and the step is likely to transform the face of international football. The Guardian repor ted that the Dutch now will miss most of the remainder of this season, having damaged his ankle ligaments during a friendly against Italy last month. But he is expected to be fit for the World Cup. Aresenal manager Arsene We n g e r fe e l s that the international federations are treating clubs disdainfully and they are often left to pay hefty wage bills when their employees are put out of action representing their country. "We are working on


this with our lawyers at the moment and we are definitely going for it. I expect financial compensation for the damage it can make to the championship and the salary involved. It is especially frustrating to lose your players for the rest of the season in a friendly game. The question has to be raised," Wenger was quoted as saying by the daily. Wenger was less than impressed by the treatment Van Persie received with Holland, and claims the injury was misdiagnosed. "Initially, the Dutch FA said it was a small problem and Robin called me to see if he could go and see this Serbian wonder doctor and it was OK. It was only when he came back here that we realised there was much more damage. In Holland they have a fight

between the national doctor and the guy that did the surgery on Robin. We just want to go for it because there are a lot of things that have not been done properly after he was injured." The Arsenal manager wants an overhaul in the balance of power, which he believes favours international federations over the clubs. "I am not against the national teams. But at the moment we sit here and they can do what they want," he said. "The players are paid by their clubs and get injured playing for another team. I am happy if England wins, but if we lose because England wins nobody cares about me. There is something completely wrong with the system. I want the power to be rebalanced



more in favour of the clubs. " The issue of compensation has been raised before, notably in a long-running case bet we e n Spor ting Charleroi and Fifa, in which the Belgian club, backed by Europe's top club sides in the form of the now-defunct G14, sought compensation from the world governing body for an injury sustained by Abdelmajid Oulmers while he was playing for Morocco in a friendly against Burkina Faso in N ove m b e r 2 0 0 4 . T h e case, however, was discontinued in early 2008 when the European Club Association superseded the G-14. Under an agreement with European body Uefa and Fifa, clubs were to be handsomely compensated for players taking part in the finals of the European Champion-

ship and World Cup. But no such compensation package is there for players who take par t in qualifiers, friendlies or continental championships outside E u r o p e. T h i s i s w h a t could change if Arsenal are successful, though poorer federations might then not call up their best players for fear of having to pay huge sums in compensation in the event of injury. Wenger also wants the banning of friendlies during the season, and the rescheduling of match-days during international breaks to Friday-Tuesday instead of the traditional SaturdayWednesday. "When you go to Sunderland and your players have just come back on Thursday night or Friday morning how can you prepare properly? It is impossible," he said.


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Chief of the Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor receiving his Nepal counterpart General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung for a meeting in New Delhi on Monday.

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About 100 climate protesters detained for Copenhagen march Copenhagen, Danish police apprehended about 100 activists Sunday for holding an unauthorised protest in downtown Copenhagen against a United Nations' climate change conference. The demonstrators, described by one policeman as "hardcore" protesters from several European countries, were blocked before they could reach the corporate headquarters of Maersk, the world's largest shipping company, TV2 news reported. "Hit the production" was one of their rallying cries. Police said activists caught staging unauthorised protests had been warned in advance that they would face consequences. Sunday's clampdown came a day after police arrested nearly 1,000 protesters during a huge demonstration in the Danish capital attended by tens of thousands of people. All but a handful of them had been released by Sunday morning.

Twelve dead, 25 injured in bus-trailer crash in Bengal Kolkata, At least 12 people were killed and 25 others were injured as a bus and truck-trailer collided head-on at Kulgachia in West Bengal's Howrah district Sunday night, police said. "We have recovered 12 bodies from the spot. The toll may go up as 15 of the injured were serious," said Howrah district Superintendent of Police Harikishore Kusumakar. According to eyewitnesses, the accident occurred on National Highway (NH) 6 as the driver of the 10-wheel trailer suddenly changed lanes on the Mahishlekha Bridge and collided with the Gadiara-bound bus from Howrah. The injured have been admitted to the Uluberia sub-divisional hospital. The trailer driver was among the dead.

Punjab to have autonomous sports school: Badal Chandigarh, In a bid to promote sporting talent in the state, Punjab has proposed to set up an autonomous school of sports with its three centres of excellence at Mohali, Jalandhar and Bathinda towns. "Punjab has lagged behind in sports partially because of lack of focus, thin spread of resources and faulty administration of various sports bodies headed by non professionals," Deputy chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who holds the sports portfolio, said Sunday. "We will identify 10 national games in which Punjab can win medals in the international competitions. Each centre of excellence would have requisite infrastructure of international standards, to handle three to four of these games," he added. These centres will be constructed with private participation and they would be financially self-sufficient. The proposed sports policy will be notified in the first week of January. Badal also directed the sports secretary to work out an incentive system for the players, coaches and sports administrators to boost their morale.

Four held in Chhattisgarh with leopard skin Raipur, Four people were arrested in Chhattisgarh with a leopard skin, police said Monday. The arrests were made Sunday in Tarapur area in Raigarh district, about 240 km from here. Police sent a decoy customer who struck a deal with the four poachers at Rs.150,000, Amrita Sori, sub-divisional police officer, told IANS by phone. The four people were arrested while they finalised the deal with the policeman who was posing as a customer.

75 Rajya Sabha MPs seek impeachment of Dinakaran New Delhi, Seventy-five Rajya Sabha members from non-Congress par ties Monday submitted a notice to Chairman Hamid Ansari seeking the removal of Karnataka Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran, who faces allegations of land grabbing. “Notice of the motion signed by 75 members of the Rajya Sabha under Judges (Enquiry) Act 1968 for removal of Justice P.D. Dinakaran was presented to the Chairman Rajya Sabha today (Monday),” an official statement said. “The matter is being examined as per the provisions of the act and the rules framed thereunder,” the statement added. Informed sources said that should the notice be accepted, a three-member committee would be set up to take the matter forward. A petition seeking to launch impeachment

Muslims construct Hindu temple in Bihar Patna, In a rare example of communal harmony, Muslims are constructing a Hindu temple in a Bihar village. Three decades ago, Hindus constructed the tomb of a Muslim saint in the same village. Mohammad Fakhrul Islam, a resident of Kadarabad village in Begusarai district, about 125 km from here, donated about 2,700 sq ft land for construction of a Hindu temple. Two Muslim villagers, Mohammad Hashrat and Mohammad Wasi, along with other Muslims, began constructing the temple at Kadarabad ghat. “Muslims have laid the foundation of the new temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in the village,” Hashrat told IANS. “We will construct the temple to send a strong message of harmony,” Wasi said.

proceeding needs to be signed, under the law, by at least 50 MPs of the Rajya Sabha or 100 MPs of the Lok Sabha. After securing the required signatures, the petition is to be submitted to the Rajya Sabha chairman or the Lok Sabha speaker, as the case may be. Once the Rajya Sabha chairman gets the signed petition, he/she is required to constitute a committee of three people - a sitting Supreme Court judge, a high court chief justice and a jurist to inquire into the charges and submit their report to the house. If they find the judge guilty and recommend his removal, the matter is sent for voting to parliament where it has to be approved by a two-thirds majority of each house (present and voting) and an absolute majority of the total membership of each house.

Manmohan Singh to attend Copenhagen summit New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will leave for Copenhagen Thursday to participate in the heads of state meeting at the climate summit, officials in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. “Yes, he will leave Thursday and it will be a small team that will accompany him. He will also be leaving in a smaller aircraft to send a bigger message on improving India’s carbon footprint,” said a senior PMO official. Speculation was rife that the prime minister would not attend the summit and that India would be represented by Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh and the prime minister’s special envoy for climate change, Shyam Saran. But, according to the PMO, there had been a rethink and it was decided that Manmohan Singh

would travel to Copenhagen. “He will be there for two days. Shyam Saran is expected to return Wednesday and will be accompanying the prime minister on the trip,” said an official. India has already announced that it would consider an emission intensity cut of 20 to 25 percent by 2020, but would not be forced into accepting unilateral cuts decided by developed countries. US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao have also expressed their intention to attend the 15th conference of signatories to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change that began Dec 9. The conference, attended by at least 65 world leaders, intends to produce a new global climate change treaty on limiting emissions of greenhouse gases.

Khwaja said. The five men in their 20s from the US state of Virginia were arrested in Sargodha, about 160 km west of Lahore, days after they travelled to Pakistan in a group. One of the suspects left behind a videotape that appeared to be a farewell statement, accompanied by references to the conflict between the West and the Muslim world. Pakistani investigators alleged that the five university students were planning to participate in jihad in Afghanistan, and

were trying to contact militant outfits for basic training in Pakistan’s restive tribal region near the Afghan border. Interior minister Rehman Malik hinted over the weekend that the country might extradite the five men to the US, if they were found not guilty of violating any Pakistani law. The US nationals - of Pakistani, Egyptian, Yemeni and Eritrean origin - were questioned by officials of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US embassy in Islamabad.

No change in climate stance without parliament approval New Delhi, There will be no change in India’s stance on tackling climate change without taking parliament into confidence, the Rajya Sabha was assured Monday. “ Ye s ,” M i n i s t e r o f State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said while replying to a supplementary during question hour on whether parliament would be taken into confidence in case of a change in I n d i a ’s stance, even as he stressed there would be no change of heart. “ I n d i a ’s s t a n d a t (the) Copenhagen (climate change summit) is ver y clear : We will not accept any legally binding emission cuts and nor will we accept any international scrutiny of our effor ts (to r e d u c e e m i s s i o n s ) ,” Meena contended. “The negotiations are on, let us wait for the outcome. I can assure you, the country’s interests will be protected,” added Meena, who was previously the minister of state for environment and forests and was replying on behalf of the current

incumbent, Jairam Ramesh, who is leading the Indian delegation at Copenhagen conmference. “The minister (Ramesh) will apprise the house (of the Copenhagen outcome) if parliament is in session,” Meena stated. The ongoing winter session of parliament will conclude Dec 21, while the Copenhagen meet will end Dec 18. Meena, however, dodged a question whether he agreed with a World Bank report suggesting that India would require millions of rupees to enforce a voluntary 25 percent reduction in emission intensity that New Delhi has voluntarily announced. “There are several estimates. Whatever expenditure is required will be handled domestically,” he said, adding the reduction was “voluntary and not binding internationally”. “India has also developed programmes relating to adaptation to climate variability in the areas of agriculture, water resources, health and sanitation, forests and coastal zone infrastructure,” the minister pointed out.

Russia eyeing 12-14 reactors in India New Delhi, Russia Monday said it has no issues about transferring enrichment and reprocessing technologies (ENR) to India and set an ambitious target of setting 12-14 nuclear reactors in India, days after the two countries inked an accord on civil nuclear cooperation. “We don’t have domestic laws as strict as in some other countries. We don’t see many problems in this field,” Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin told reporters here when asked about Moscow’s stand on the transfer of the sensitive ENR technologies to India. Lauding India’s record in non-proliferation as “flawless”, the Russian envoy said Moscow will act according to international conventions, but these will not impede cooperation with India in the full nuclear cycle. “Some modus operandi will be worked out so as not to prevent us from pursuing full nuclear cooperation with India,” the envoy replied when asked about the status of Russia’s reprocessing pact with India. Russia’s readiness to finalise reprocessing arrangements with India comes at a time when India and the US are still quibbling over the language of the text of the draft agreement on reprocessing. The stringent US laws on the transfer of ENR technologies led to India and the US in their 123 bilateral agreement to conclude a separate reprocessing pact under which New Delhi will set up a dedicated facility for reprocessing spent fuel under international safeguards. Describing the India-Russia pact on peaceful uses of nuclear energy signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Moscow last week as a “pioneering agreement”, Kadakin stressed on scaling up atomic cooperation with India.

Two policemen killed in landmine blast in Jharkhand Ranchi, Two policemen were killed and one was injured when Maoist rebels detonated a landmine in Jharkhand’s Lohardagga district Monday, police said. “Maoist rebels detonated a landmine between Banjri and Rosad village which comes under Kisko police station of Lohardagga district,” officials said. “The policemen were travelling on a bike and fell into the landmine trap which caused the death of the two policemen and injured one,” police spokesperson V.H. Deshmukh told IANS. “After the landmine blast a gun battle took place between para-military troopers and Maoist rebels which lasted for more than three hours. Search operations are on in the area,” Deshmukh said. The injured policeman has been admitted to a local hospital. His condition is said to be serious. Lohardagga is about 70 km from Ranchi.

Islamabad, A Pakistani cour t Monday blocked the repatriation of five American Muslims arrested on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks last week, a lawyer said. The high court in the eastern city of Lahore asked the interior ministry and other relevant authorities to submit a report on the detentions Dec 17, said attorney Khalid Khwaja, a rights activist who filed a petition on his own initiative. “We had requested in our petition that since these five men were detained in Pakistan under Pakistani law, so they should be tried under Pakistani laws and, if found guilty, must be given sentence in Pakistan,”

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Three held with counterfeit currency of Rs.70,000 New Delhi, Police here have arrested three men for running a unit counterfeiting currency notes in the capital and seized fake currency of Rs.70,000 from them. A team of Delhi Police Special Cell arrested the three men Sunday from Jhilmil in east Delhi for making and circulating counterfeit currency notes, a police officer said. “The arrests were made following some specific information about the gang. The gang was operating in the capital for quite some time,” the officer said. Delhi Police conducted a raid at the unit and seized computer, paper, ink and other materials used for printing fake currency.

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