Hyderabad: The Hajj pilgrims might face inconvenience like 2006 and 2009 Hajj camps because there seems to be no interest of Hajj Committee in making proper arrangements. The pit adjacent to Hajj House bulding is yet to be filled up. Hajj committee Chairman, Mr. Syed Khaleeluddin seems to be
Lapses in Hajj arrangements – Pilgrim face difficulties
helpless in arranging a few things for the Hajj pilgrims. It is reported that catering arrangements were assigned to one of the relatives of the member of Hajj committee. There were many complaints against him Enquires were also made. By the
TMJAC to observe ‘fall of Hyderabad’ Paying tributes to the exemplary and remarkable achievements of Asaf Jah VII Nizam Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur during his 39 year old rule, Telangana Muslim JAC will observe ‘fall of Hyderabad’ on September 17 at the shrine of Asaf Jah VII Nizam Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, located at King Kothi Masjid Judi, after Zohr prayers. A delegation of TMJAC led by Mr. Mohammed Mushtaq Malik president Telangana Muslim Joint Action Committee will pay floral tributes to the great ruler.
Department of Minorities Welfare. This time, catering arrangements have been given to some responsible persons. The arrangements pertaining to erection of tents, lighting etc., are being targeted this time. Efforts are being made to give this contract to a relative of Congress member of Hajj Committee. He was blacklisted by the then Chairman of Hajj Committee Mr. Hafiz Peer Shabbir Ahmed. During the Hajj Camp of 2008 also this contract was given to a supplying company recommended by a member. On receiving complaints, his tender was cancelled within (8) days and another company was allotted this work. Instead of rectifying the previous mistakes, Hajj Committee is trying to repeat the same mistakes. If the same blacklisted supplying company is given contract, Hajj Committee will have to face the same difficulties this year also. In case, the same decision is taken, a member of Hajj Committee has threatened to approach the court of Law against it.
RTC all set to hike bus fares Following increase in the diesel prices, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is all set to increase the bus fares. In an informal chat with the media persons at Bus Bhavan here on Friday, RTC Managing Director AK Khan said that the hike in diesel prices by Rs 5 per litre would put an additional burden on the RTC by Rs 350 crore. Presently, the RTC is spending Rs 2,500 crore per annum on diesel. However, the present hike would increase
the spending on the diesel by nearly 15 per cent including taxes and other levies. Khan said that the RTC Board would study the impact of diesel price hike and would take a decision on the increasing the fares. However, he said the hike in fares would be imminet to prevent the corporation from further losses. When asked about the RTC exploring the options of introducing battery-operated and CNG buses, he said both the options could not be implemented in near future.
Dengue fevers hit Hyderabad again The health authorities also said that private hospitals should avoid confirming dengue cases till samples come positive. The health authorities have confirmed 12 cases of dengue, out of 63 suspected cases reported in the State capital that were sent for testing to Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM). Intermittent showers have created the right conditions for the dengue virus to thrive in the city. However, there were no fatalities reported, authorities clarified. PG
Hollywood calling for Zarine Khan!
While appealing to public to take preventive measures, health officials have requested private clinics and hospitals to notify suspected dengue cases. Barring a few, a majority of private hospitals, clinics and nursing homes here are not reporting suspected dengue cases.
“A month ago, we had sent notices to associations representing private hospitals asking them to notify dengue cases. Reporting suspected cases will help us take preventive measures in areas where the cases have originated,” says District Surveillance Officer, Dr. D. Sriharsha. The health authorities also said that private hospitals should avoid confirming dengue cases till samples come positive from Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) and Veterinary Biologi-
Jagan to be in jail till September 28
Is Telangana Being Betrayed Once More?
cal Research Institute (VBRI). “The WHO guidelines stipulate that samples should undergo IGM ELISA test, which are available only at IPM and VBRI,” Dr. Sriharsha advises. Senior physicians maintained that there was no need for the public to panic. “The Aedes mosquito responsible for dengue, is a day time biter. Measures such as getting rid stagnant fresh water at home and surroundings are simple ways to avoid dengue. Major-
ity of dengue cases are self-limiting and can be managed,” former Superintendant of Gandhi Hospital, Dr. B. Balraju said.
Western embassies stormed as protests spread
If all goes well, Zarine Khan will go Hollywood for Daniel Silva’s “Chimera”, starring Billy Zane of Titanic fame. However, Zarine is yet to give her final answer. Confirms the actress, “I have been offered the film but I am thinking about it.” “It is a thriller called ‘Chimera’ opposite Billy Zane. I have read the script but I am still thinking about it,” she added.
8 I don't need a Khan: Bipasha
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Are Muslims being scapegoated? Recently the Bangalore police arrested 18 Muslim men, including two from Hyderabad and Maharashtra, for allegedly trying to assassinate several prominent personalities in Karnataka including media persons Vijay Sankeshwar, Vishveshwar Bhat and Pratap Simha. In his article published in outlook Vishveshwar Bhat challenged ‘Let anyone show me a single line I have written in my 23 years as journalist that is anti-Muslim.’ It must be recalled that Bhat had resigned from Vijaya Karnataka (ToI group) on 8th Dec 2010 on the ground that he wanted a three-year sabbatical to go abroad and study which the Jains of Times group were declined to give. However, the press club gossip revealed another version in a hushed tone. This version said that Bhat was promoting right wing nationalism appealing to the majority Hindus, attracting the ire of Christians, Muslims and Communists. It
maintained that they waited for opportunities, highlighted their viewpoints and were able to convince ToI management to push Mr. Bhat to a corner. Ofcourse, Mr.Bhat was taking sides even within the BJP singing to the tune of Ananth Kumar faction. When Bhat was nominated unanimously for an honorary doctorate by the Karnataka University Dharwad (KUD), the Karnataka chapter of Transparency International dashed off a petition accusing the editor of being “primarily responsible for instigating and fuelling communal hatred by regularly publishing extremely volatile and offensive articles and editorials.” The Federation of the Dakshina Kannada Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Unions also launched agitation against Mr. Bhat demanding withholding of the doctorate by the KUD to Mr. Vishweshwar Bhat and had appealed to the administrative board of ToI to relieve Mr. Bhat
of his post. On 27 December 2008, the Mangalore South police station, registered a case (FIR No 343, dated 27-12-2008) in connection with an article written by the noted Kannada author S.L. Bhyrappa in Vijaya Karnataka on 16 October 2008. The case was registered on a complaint filed by P. B. D’Sa, president of the Dakshina Kannada unit of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). In his complaint, D’Sa alleged the article incited communal feelings, in the wake of the attack on churches in Karnataka in September last year. The complaint said the article had hurt the feelings of Christians, and pointed to a number of demonstrations and jathas taken out by Christians against it. The local diocese had termed the article “communally provocative” when it was published. Six days later a complaint was booked by the Mangalore North
police [case (FIR No. 2, dated 21-2009)] which dealt with an article written by Pratap Simha (another journalist allegedly on the target list) a sub-editor with the paper who writes a weekly column published on 20 September 2008. The complainant in this case is James Louis, vice-president of the Bharathiya Crista Seva Sanghatane (BCSS). And here, too, the charges are identical: of endorsing the bashing of the minority community and seeking to create discord among various communities. The report said ‘Predictably, the author of the article (Simha), the editor of the paper (Bhat), the resident editor (Kumaranath) and the printer (Ramesh) have been named in this complaint. But also standing “accused” are five directors of Vijayanand Printers Limited (VPL), the Times of India subsidiary that publishes the paper: Ravi Dhariwal, Chinnen Das, Anand Sankeshwar, Bhaskar Das, and Probal Ghoshal.’
India-Pak foreign ministers could have gone further When Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar suggests that Islamabad is willing to view Kashmir from “another angle” to tackle the thorniest problem and the Indian Foreign Minister, S.M. Krishna, changes the subject, it means that Pakistan has overcome pressures from within. Of course, Foreign Minister Khar’s remark is primarily meant to reopen the problem which remains frozen. Yet, the mere suggestion of “another angle” indicates a new confidence that the tottering Asif Ali Zardari government has assumed. Mohammed Yousuf Therefore, the relaxation in visa facilities, limited no doubt, may be a small step in the long haul to a visa-less environment, but it is, indeed, a positive development. “I promise you a borderless regime,” the late Benazir Bhutto told me a few days before she left London for Pakistan. I am sure she would have tried her best if she had lived, but ultimately she would have been defeated by the intelligence agencies which still rule the roost.
The intelligence agencies on both sides have seen to it that the visa possessors follow the same old humiliating process of reporting at a police station in the midst of jibes and threatening postures. It is apparent that there is no change in their attitude of suspicion and hostility. Several visitors may still be happy because the choice before them has either been a visa or no visa. I believe that senior citizens above 65, who will get visa on arrival, will be exempt from police report. And so will
be children below the age of 12. Yet, the most important point that Indian foreign minister and his counterpart have missed is how to deal with terrorism, which is on the rise in both the countries. Who is more to blame or who started it first does not help at this time because the Frankenstein of a monster is on the prowl. Instead of reviving the joint commission for cooperation in various fields, the two countries would have done better to underline the serious proportions which terrorism has assumed. For this, a joint commission on terrorism alone — pooling of intelligence and fighting against terrorists together — would have given a stern message to the trouble makers. That no such machinery was ever proposed is enough of a proof of the yawning differences over the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. Krishna wanted the perpetrators to be brought to book quickly to soothe the hurt of people in Maharashtra and elsewhere in India. Khar apparently had her own compulsions and merely said: “We will not brood over divergences.” My feeling is that the punishment of the culprits, especially Hafeez Syed, the Lashkare-Taiba chief, is a litmus test for India to judge Pakistan’s earnestness. Once the Pakistan Judicial Commission revisits Mumbai to cross-examine witnesses of 26/11 attacks, the cases should move quickly. Islamabad should be seen to be keen to punish the guilty because the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Pakistan, rightly or wrongly, has got linked to the outcome of the 26/11 cases in Pakistani courts. Krishna, more or less, said so when he was asked by even President Zardari as to how soon would the Indian Prime Minister come to his village near Jhelum in Pakistan? The positive side of the meeting far excels the negative. Things would have proceeded faster, but for the lack of preparations on the part of New
Delhi. My information is that India’s foreign office did not know how far Islamabad was willing to accommodate New Delhi. The Pakistan Army Chief, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, had given the Zardari government, more or less, a cart blanche because Kayani wants to fight against the Taliban singlemindedly. He has even withdrawn troops from the Indian border to put them on the Waziristan front. India realises that it indicates Kayani’s confidence in normalising relations with New Delhi. This was the best opportunity which India should have grabbed with both hands to reach an agreement on Sir Creek, which Islamabad was ready to sign. One thing would have led to another.
A man carries a little girl home from school through a water logged street after heavy rain in Patna.
Editorial Made in the United States India has buckled to outside pressure by allowing in the multinational retailer — the only beneficiary of this move For U.S. President Barack Obama there could be nothing more cheering. The ‘underachiever’ now goes to the presidential polls with a lot of confidence — India’s decision to open up FDI in multi-brand retail comes as a shot in the arm for the beleaguered American economy and will obviously boost his poll prospects. Mr. Obama certainly knows what is good for the U.S. economy; Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also knows what is in America’s interest. Mr. Obama, for instance, wanted to stop outsourcing to protect U.S. jobs. No amount of persuasion from India changed his mind. Similarly, knowing how important FDI in retail is for him, he had pitched for a new wave of economic reforms. It was surprising to see Mr. Obama telling India what is good for us. Aided and abetted by TIME magazine and credit rating agencies like Standard&Poor’s, Fitch and Moody’s, India finally buckled under global pressure. What is little known is that India was also under a G-20 obligation to remove all hurdles to the growth of multi-brand retail. But is FDI in retail really good for India? Will it improve rural infrastructure, reduce wastage of agricultural produce, and enable farmers to get a better price for their crops? While a lot has been said and written about the virtues of big retail, let me make an attempt to answer some of the big claims. Agriculture: The Prime Minister has repeatedly projected FDI in retail as a boon for agriculture. Unfortunately, this is not true. Even in the U.S., big retail has not helped farmers — it is federal support that makes agriculture profitable. In its last Farm Bill in 2008, the U.S. made a provision of $307 billion for agriculture for the next five years. . Where is the justification for such massive support if big retail was providing farmers better prices? And let us not forget, despite these subsidies studies have shown that one farmer in Europe quits agriculture every minute. The second argument is that big retail will squeeze out middleman and therefore provide a better price to farmers. This is again not borne by facts. In the U.S., some studies have shown that the net income of farmers has come down from 70 per cent in the early 20th century to less than four per cent in 2005. This is because big retail actually brings in a new battery of middlemen — quality controller, standardiser, certification agency, processor, packaging consultants etc. It is these middlemen who walk away with the profits and the farmer is left to survive on the subsidy dole. Monopolistic power enables these companies to go in for predatory pricing. Empirical studies have shown that consumer prices in supermarkets in Latin America, Africa and Asia have remained higher than the open market by 20 to 30 per cent. And finally, the argument that multi-brand retail will provide adequate scientific storage and thereby save millions of tonnes of food grains from rotting. I don’t know where in the world big retail has provided backend grain storage facilities? FDI is already allowed in storage, and no investment has come in. Let it also be known that even the 30-per-cent local sourcing clause for single-brand retail has already been challenged and quietly put in cold storage by the Ministry of Commerce. Employment: The Indian retail market is estimated to be around $400 billion with more than 12 million retailers employing 40 million people. Ironically, Wal-Mart’s turnover is also around $420 billion, but it employs only 2.1 million people. If Wal-Mart can achieve the same turnover with hardly a fraction of the workforce employed by the Indian retail sector, how do we expect big retail to create jobs? It is the Indian retail sector which is a much bigger employer, and big retail will only destroy millions of livelihoods. In India, we are aware that Wal-Mart alone had spent Rs.52 crore in two years to lobby, as per a disclosure statement made in the U.S. It has certainly paid off.
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Jagan to be in jail till September 28 The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned till September 28 the bail plea of YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy in the alleged multi-crore disproportionate assets scam being probed by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate. A bench of justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai, however, directed the CBI to place before it the application moved before a special court in Hyderabad for purportedly summoning key witness, Y. Suryanarayana Reddy, in the alleged scam. The apex court passed the direction after senior counsel Gopal Subramaniam and counsel Gopal Shankarnarayan pleaded for the bail on the ground that Jagan was in judicial custody and already three charge sheets have been filed against him by the agency. Mr. Subramaniam also assailed the summoning order issued by the special CBI judge to Mr. Suryanarayana Reddy, to record his statement under section 164 CrPC. The counsel contended that if such an order is passed by the special
judge, it is unheard of as there is no provision under 164 CrPC to issue summons to a witness. In other words, it was argued that a statement under 164 CrPC can be recorded only voluntarily and not through summons. At this stage, the bench said it would examine the said summoning order and accordingly directed the CBI to place on record before it the application moved by the agency before the special judge for summoning of the witness. During the argument, the bench also observed that “Mr Gopal Subramaniam, with your wide experience you know that resourceful persons even while sitting in the jail can
get their things done outside.” Additional Solicitor General Mohan Jain appeared for the CBI. On September 11, while opposing Mr. Jaganmohan’s bail plea, the CBI had claimed that the trail of his alleged disproportionate assets extended not only to different states but also to several countries. “The respondent submits that the case against the petitioner A—1 (Jagan) and other accused has a large magnitude not only confined to the state of Andhra Pradesh but also extends to the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Delhi and several foreign countries. “Therefore, the public perception in the rule of law and majesty of justice will suffer dilution. In the present case, the petitioner and other accused have impoverished the state exchequer with several thousand crores and the petitioner in particular has enriched himself to a large magnitude only through resorting to illegal and corrupt methods. “In a short span of time to be precise within a period of five years the petitioner herein has enriched himself to several thousands of crores illegally and by subversion of the
‘Jai Andhra’ Meet Leads To Tension—Vasantha Arrested September : Tension prevailed for some time when ‘Jai Andhra JAC’ has tried to hold a public meeting on Friday here. The police have obstructed Jai Andhra JAC honorary president and former Minister Vasantha Nageswara Rao and the activists when they were proceeding in a rally to attend the public meeting, at National Highway. The activists picked up an argument with the police officials, to allow them to go to the public meeting, and squatted on the National Highway. As a result, the traffic came to a standstill on highway. Following the traffic jam, the police have arrested Nageswara Rao. Samakyandhra JAC activists also reached there and raised slogans in favour of United Andhra Pradesh. The police have whisked them away from there. (NSS)
AP CM announces sops for physically challenged persons Mahbubnagar : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today assured the physically challenged persons that the government will extend all help to them to stand on their own feet by utilizing the welfare schemes. While interacting with physically challenged people at Devarakadra during his sixth leg of 'Indiramma Baata' here, the Chief Minister said the government was committed to address all issues of disabled persons in a phased manner and the government has released Rs 212 crore for their welfare in the budget. The government had set up 40,000 Disability Self Help Group in the State to redress their woes on the lines of women SHGs, he said, adding the government had provided three percent reservation to disabled in the government jobs. It was ready to give Rs 50,000 to those who marry physically challenged persons as financial assistance, he also assured them that the government would provide direct loans from banks for those who are interested in taking up self employment schemes to stand n their own feet.
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A Muslim man burns a U.S. flag during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam, outside a mosque in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.
Scam-hit industry throws 5,000 lives out of gear
India's inflation soars to 7.55 percent in August
The lives of an estimated 5,000 labourers, daily wage earners and other employees of the cotton processing industry in Adilabad town lie woefully scattered following a major industrialist house going bust recently.
New Delhi: Driven by a sharp increase in food prices, inflation rose to 7.55 percent in August from 6.87 percent in July, government data showed Friday.
The sudden closure of some big factories in the wake of a financial scam by the industrial house in question has brought untold miseries to the poor families working in these units.
Is Telangana Being Betrayed Once More? Hyderabad: "Is it possible to a politician to succeed without any act of betrayal?" The destinies of many movements have one lingua franca- the "collective political babble of history" and the ongoing Telangana movement is no exception. Telangana people have been displaying their aspirations in different forms in protest, anger, aggression, conciliation, pride or apology since long. These faceless voices, thousands of which have faded away in the annals of time, have been led by some singular opportunist political cries that still resonate through history. Guess who has been whining these days, unmindful of the confusing statements of Delhi bosses that a solution was not possible in the near future on Telangana, KCR, the torch bearer of the present Telangana Movement has been Camping in New Delhi, pursuing for appointments with Congress high-command to place merger proposal in exchange of a "favorable statement" repeat only a "Favorable statement" on Telangana. Please. KCR if you can't get a good excuse to merge and once again subject Telangana people for another betrayal, get a good political adviser to draw your strategies.
Politics is choreographed by music notes of rhetoric. But of late, KCR's plaintive voice (till the other day he was roaring) weeping in the wilderness of political misery is an echo of the dampening spirit of his party
and the movement he is leading.
Those who demand to observe liberation day on Sept. 17 are inhuman Hyderabad : Not only in Hyderabad but in the entire Andhra Pradesh, the month of September is labeled as
Muslims were made homeless and Masajid and Dargahs were dismantled. The tragedy is
should be ashamed of demanding such thing as most of the water they drink, the roads on which they travel, the bridges
More than three decades after the 1969 movement, tragedy is being repeated as farce. This is the Telangana movement's weakest period in contrary to all the speculations of the month of September might witness intensity of the Movement. The region, once known as "Land of revolutionary movements" is now on its knees, desperately in search of a united voice to roar in hope and challenge, with all the main protagonist political parties speaking in different voices to suit their own political interests.
"We shall fight till the last breath, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall shake the Delhi edifice, we shall achieve Telangana at any cost"; it was a goose pimple moment in Telangana history, when KCR and his ilk roared while launching "sakal Janula samme" the so called "Ultimate war" for Telangana. KCR,the figurehead of a four crore people, instead, retreated, wrapped in the tattered sheds of his dignity by preferring silence over answers, by preferring rest in the farm house over taking the movement to streets.
‘sitamgar’. Elders of Hyderabad say that the month of September has always been proved disastrous for the state. Not only the incidents of flood, natural disasters, communal riots but the greatest tragedy in the history of India, the police action, also occurred in the month of September. In the name of merging Hyderabad into Indian union, lakhs of Muslims were massacred, women were dishonored, cities, towns and villages were completely destroyed, lakhs of
known in the history as Muslim genocide and police action. Today the miscreants and communal forces demand to observe liberation day on September 17. They say that on September 17 Hyderabad state got freedom from Asaf Jahi rulers. While the other broad minded and secular personalities like Caption Pandu Ranga Rao assert that the communal forces
through which they pass by and the hospitals in which they go for treatment and the university in which their children are attaining education are the bestowal of Asaf Jahi rulers. 17th September is not the liberation day but the black day in the history of Hyderabad which was preceded and followed by Muslim genocide, the implications of which can be felt even today and those who demand declaring the day as liberation day are inhuman.
The more-than-expected rise in inflation dashes hopes of a rate cut Monday when the Reserve Bank of India meets to take stock of monetary policy keeping in view of the India's slowing economic growth. It is now widely believed that the inflationary pressure would increase following Thursday's diesel price hike would have a cascading effect on prices and may force the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to leave key rates unchanged. RBI Governor D. Subbarao has said inflation remains above the central bank's perceived comfort level of 5 per cent and needs to fall further or risk more damage to the economy. Inflation, based on wholesale price index (WPI), was 9.78 percent in August 2011. According to data released by the ministry of commerce and industry, a sharp increase in food items like pulses, wheat, potato and some other vegetables had stoked inflation up in August. During the month under review, potato became costlier by 68.86 percent year-on-year, while prices of pulses surged by 34.39 percent. Wheat became costlier by 12.85 percent and prices of rice increased by 10.29 percent.
3 major projects to be ready before 2014: Kiran
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy announced that all the three major lift irrigations schemes - Kalwakurthy, Bheema and Nettampad - taken up under Jalayagnam in the district would be completed before the 2014 Assembly elections. Addressing an impressive meeting after inaugurating the first phase of Nettampad lift irrigation scheme, the Chief Minister said 31 lakh acres additional ayacut would be created by June 2014 in the State. He said over 8 lakh acres of land
would be brought into cultivation in the perennially drought-hit district of Mahabubnagar by spending Rs. 6,500 crore. Nettampad project alone aims at irrigating 2 lakh acres in Gadwal and Alampur constituencies. The Chief Minister on his first day of the three-day tour as part of Indiramma Bata in the district announced several sops, some for physically challenged persons and listed out the programmes being taken up by the government for their welfare.
Demonstrators form a human pyramid in the waters of the Bay of Bengal as they shout slogans during a protest near the Kudankulam nuclear power project in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Demonstrators are protesting against the country’s largest nuclear power project, over fears about the plant’s safety.
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UPA government plays big bang reform card, Trinamool Congress, Opposition fume New Delhi: In the boldest decision taken by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in UPA-II, the government has bet big on crucial reforms that are bound to bring a big cheer from industry. However, the move has also put the government in troubled water politically with the Opposition and some key allies voicing strong differences. Just like Manmohan Singh had put the survival of his government at stake over the Indo-US nuclear deal in UPA-I, he once again stood firmly to push bold economic reforms.
At the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), the government on Friday cleared foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, single-brand retail, aviation, broadcasting and power exchanges. In multi-brand retail, an issue that has been troubling the government for quite some time, the Cabinet decided to allow 51 per cent foreign direct investment. However, unlike the last time, the government has let individual states decide whether to allow it or not. There is an opt-out clause in the FDI in multi-brand retail, which says, "Retail sales outlets maybe set up in those states which have agreed or agree in the future to allow FDI in multi-brand retail under this policy. This is an enabling clause. This means that no FDI in retail will be
allowed in any state unless the state explicitly agrees to come on board and agree to the policy." The Cabinet also approved the proposal of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion for amendment of the existing policy on FDI in single-brand product retail trading. The government permitted FDI, up to 100 per cent, in single brand product retail trading, subject to specified conditions. Relaxing the norm in singlebrand retail where FDI is above 51 per cent, the government said that while 30 per cent of the sourcing would have to be done from Indian companies, they may not be from medium and small scale, village or cottage industry. However, it said that it should preferably be done from them. Notably, it was earlier mandatory in case of FDI over 51 per cent that 30 per cent sourcing should be done from small and medium scale, village and cottage industry.
President Pranab Mukherjee being presented a momento by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a public reception programme organised by the West Bengal government in Kolkata.
PS burnt down after Quran's desecration Ghaziabad: Irate community members set fire to a police station in Masuri town of Ghaziabad district Friday night, after a Holy Quran, with its pages splashed with abusive graffiti, was discovered, police said. The attack on the police station ensued after police allegedly ignored the complaint of the desecration of the holy book.
BJP Mahila Morcha activists demonstrating against decision to limit supply of subsidised cooking gas cylinders, in Ahmedabad on Friday.
MP Council expanded Bhopal, Sep 14 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today expanded his nearly four-year-old Council by inducting former premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee's nephew and Legislator Anoop Mishra, besides elevating Ministers of State (Independent charge) Rajendra Shukla, Paras Jain and Ranjana Baghel to Cabinet rank. Governor Ram Naresh Yadav administered the oath of office and secrecy during a simple ceremony at the Raj Bhavan.
Bombay HC pulls up police for action on cartoonist Mumbai, Sep 14 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today heavily came down on Mumbai Police for arresting cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on 'frivolous' grounds and 'without application of mind', saying its action breached his freedom of speech and expression.
Jt Interrogation CelI to quiz IC-814 hijacker Jammu: Top militant Mehrajuddin Wani, suspected to be involved in the 13-year-old Kandahar hijack case will be sent to the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) for thorough questioning to know more about his role in various terror attacks besides the IC-814 hijack.
Activists of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam indulging in vandalism outside US consulate during the demonstration to condemn an alleged anti-Muslim film, in Chennai .
"A member of our community saw the defiled pages of the Quran on which objectionable and abusive words were found written along with a mobile number. He took the pages to senior community members in Masuri town who in turn took them to the police station. The
Coal controversy likely to have impact on PAC meet New Delhi :The political heat generated by the CAG report on coal block allocations is likely to have its impact on the meeting of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee next week when government auditor briefs the panel on the issue. Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai and his team of officials will brief the PAC on the auditor's findings on coal block allocation which virtually washed out the entire Monsoon session of Parliament following disruptions by BJP-led opposition. Soon after CAG's presentation on September 20, officials of the Coal Ministry will face the PAC on the issue of allocations. In its August 23 meeting, PAC had decided to examine the four latest reports of the CAG, including the one on coal block allocation. The other CAG reports are on Delhi International Airport Ltd, Ultra Mega Power Plants and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).
police personnel, instead of taking action, ignored the complaint," said advocate and local Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Ayub Ali. The irate mob set the police station alight. Police finally had to use force to disperse the mob. A senior police officer confirmed
the incident. "Yes the mob have set the police station afire," said Deputy Inspector General, Meerut, Zaki Ahmad, but did not give further details, saying he was on the spot only. --IANS
No plans of joining politics New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi, about whom there has been speculation that she will contest next Lok Sabha elections, says she has no plans of joining politics. "I am not joining politics. I am looking after my mother's constituency as I did from 1999 to 2004 without being in politics," she has said in an SMS to a television channel. Gandhi, daughter of Sonia Gandhi, has also said that there was nothing new in her interacting with workers in Rae Bareli and Amethi, the constituencies represented by her mother and brother
Rahul, in the Lok Sabha. "I have been doing so since 1991. As there have been organisational issues lately, I will be travelling to Rae Bareli now and then to look into them,"she said. This is the first public response of Priyanka over intense speculation in media about the possibilities of her contesting the 2014 general elections from Rae Bareli.
Govt approves 51% FDI in multi brand retail New Delhi: After battling stiff opposition, government Friday allowed 51 percent foreign investment in multi-brand retail but left it to the states to permit global retailers open stores. It has also tweaked the sourcing norms for FDI exceeding 50 percent in single brand retail, requiring foreign firms, which want a relaxation of the 30 percent procurement norms, to set up manufacturing facilities in the country. After considering various aspects and discussions with various stakeholders and states, it has been decided to go ahead with the decision to allow 51 percent FDI in multibrand retail, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma told reporters after the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh. "The response has been a mixed one but the UPA had tried to evolve a consensus," he said. The cabinet had in November last year approved 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail but had to put it on hold due to opposition from
political parties, including UPA ally Trinamool Congress. Sharma also reiterated that foreign retailers planning to enter the multi-brand segment would have to invest a minimum of USD 100 million with 50 percent of it in rural areas.
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Exercise helps you cope with stress, anxiety Moderate exercise not only keeps one fit and healthy but also helps him or her to cope with anxiety and stress, suggests a new study. "While it is well-known that exercise improves mood, not as much is known about the potency of exercise's impact on the emotional state," explains J. Carson Smith, assistant professor of kinesiology, University of Maryland School of Public Health, who led the study.
A model on the ramp displaying Jyotsna Tiwari creations during Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2012, in Mumbai.
"We found that exercise helps to buffer the effects of emotional exposure. If you exercise, you'll not only reduce your anxiety, but you'll be better able to maintain that reduced anxiety when confronted with emotional events," said Smith, the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise reports. Smith, whose research explores how exercise and physical activity affect brain function, aging and mental health, compared how moderate intensity cycling versus a period of quiet rest (both for 30 minutes) affected anxiety levels in a group of healthy college students, according to a Maryland statement. He assessed their anxiety state before the period of activity (or rest), shortly afterward (15 minutes after) and finally after exposing them to a variety of
highly arousing pleasant and unpleasant photographs, as well as neutral images. Smith found that exercise and
play an important role in helping people to better endure life's daily anxieties and stressors.
10 Easy Ways to Save LPG With the government deciding to limit the number of subsidised LPG cylinders to six/ year, a move that will lead to a spike in fuel cost for the aam admi, here are practical ways to soften the impact on your monthly budget. 1. Wipe utensils dry before placing them on the burner. A minute or two of gas that will be needed to evaporate excess water can be saved. Added together
the saving would be substantial. 2. Before commencing actual cooking, prepare and collect all raw materials that would be needed. Chop vegetables and keep spices ready at hand to avoid wasting time once the flame is lit up. 3. Thaw frozen foods before cooking, the heat energy that would be needed to bring down the food's temperature to room temperature can be saved.
4. Once the cookware gets sufficiently heated up, put the burner on medium or slow mode as the amount of heat required to cook is less than what is need to keep it up heated at high temperature. Also, food cooked on low flame tends to have better nutritional value. 5. Avoid open vessel cooking as far as possible, a lid on the vessel ensures that the energy is used more efficiently there by leading to huge savings. 6. Cook using pressure cooker as it consumes less time and energy. 7. Don’t use too much water while cooking as evaporating off the excess water will mean more use of LPG.
8. Those who own a microwave but are averse to use it for cooking Indian dishes, they can go for the hybrid model. Use the microwave to semi cook vegetables/meat and then transfer it to a pan on the burner. This way cooking is faster without the use of LPG. 9. If water needs to be boiled for beverages multiple times a day, use a thermos bottle instead. 10. Check the regulator, pipes, burner for leaks and also ensure that regulator is switched off after cooking to eliminate any chance of wastage due to small leaks.
‘Assess individual departments, not entire university’ Universities should not be evaluated as whole by National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC), instead individual departments should be assessed, suggested M.I. Savadatti, former Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University.
He was delivering the keynote address at the University Grants Commission-sponsored national seminar on “Higher education 2020 – new strategies for empowerment and growth” here on Thursday. About the disadvantages of the affiliation system, Prof. Savadatti cited the recommendations of various committee reports that also validated this. “We have not been able to quantify — measure the growth, excess, quality, innovation and excellence. It is difficult to measure them in the affiliation system,” he said. On the NAAC grading system, Prof. Savadatti, who was a member of the brainstorming group that evaluated the feasibility of NAAC, said, “Evaluate a university department-wise. Right now, the assessment team spends a maximum of 15 minutes in each department.” About teachers, he said that those in coaching classes were paid better than teachers in colleges and universities. A roadmap for teachers should be drawn up, he suggested. On the phenomenon of brain-drain, he said only five per cent of those who went abroad are researchers and well-paid workers. “The rest are highly paid but not researchers,” he added.
Bollywood Actors Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and Director Karan Johar during the launch of the fourth season of upcoming TV show ‘India’s Got Talents’ in Mumbai.
15-09-2012 to 22-09-2012 Protesters climb walls of the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen Apprehending spread of anti-US protests after weekly Friday prayers today over a film deemed offensive to Islam, the Obama Administration said that it has beefed up security of its missions across the globe and was closely monitoring the situation.
US asks nations to act as antiAmerican protests spread Washington: As anti-American protests over an anti-Islam video spread to some 20 nations across the Muslim world, the US sternly warned them to stop the violence, but Google declined to block the offending clip. Calling YouTube clips from the film "Innocence of Muslims" as an "awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked the nations to act and seek justice against those attacking its diplomatic missions, or else the United States will. "The people of Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob," she said Friday
during a ceremony in which the bodies of the four killed in Benghazi, including US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, returned to the United States. Reports of anti-American protests - some peaceful, some violent came in Friday from Tunisia, where two people were killed and more than 20 wounded, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon among others. There also were protests in Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey England, Israel, Nigeria, Malaysia, Bangladesh and India.
Pak factory fire: Rs 500 Western embassies stormed as protests spread protesters stormed the Khartoum is currently the target of attacks by aggressive protest- eral Ban Ki-moon. penalty for 314 lives lost! Angry German and British embassies ers,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a stateIn Lebanon’s northern city of
Islamabad: The factory owner in Karachi will have to pay a measly Rs 500 penalty for negligence, said a media report after nearly 300 people were killed in a blaze in Pakistan's port city.
Under the Factory Act 1934, the owner will have to pay only Rs 500 in penalty over negligence in the protection of workers, Geo News reported on Friday. Changes had been made in the
Factory Act 1934 that had been promulgated during British rule. But it was not completely changed.
in Khartoum as anti-U.S. protests related to an anti-Islam
The Act states that if the factory owner commits negligence second time, the penalty will be Rs 750 and the penalty will be increased to Rs 1,000 in third time. The fire in a garments factory in Karachi on Tuesday broke out just hours after another blaze engulfed another factory in Lahore. The combined toll crossed 300. The Karachi fire was one of the worst industrial infernos in the country. IANS
video spread across the Arab world after Friday prayers. “The German Embassy in
ment. “The Sudanese ambassador was summoned this morning. His nation’s duty to protect diplomatic missions was clearly explained to him,” Mr. Westerwelle said, adding that diplomats were safe. According to broadcaster Al Jazeera, protesters replaced the German flag with a black one. Security forces used tear gas to disperse the crowd, which was trying to set the building alight. Angry mobs took to the streets of cities across West Asia and North Africa, ignoring an earlier plea for calm from U.N. Secretary-Gen-
Tripoli, at least one person was killed and 25 wounded during clashes with police.
Protesters vandalised a KFC restaurant in the port city before setting it on fire, the official National News Agency (NNA) reported. The violence comes as Pope Benedict XVI was on a three-day “peace pilgrimage” to Lebanon. In Cairo, where the protests first started, worshippers gathered after noon prayers and chanted slogans against the United States.
Furore over Kate’s topless photos Royal family considering legal action against magazine after it published private pictures of Duchess
Striking South African miners say they are rejecting a Lonmin platinum mine wage offer of a 900 rand ($112.50) increase that would give new-entry workers a basic monthly salary of 5,500 rand ($688).
LONDON: A French magazine Friday published what appeared to be photos of Prince William’s wife Kate sunbathing topless at a private house in southern France, prompting a strong condemnation from the royal family. Officials said the royal family was considering legal action for a “grotesque and totally unjustifiable” invasion of privacy in the same country where William’s mother Princess Diana died while fleeing paparazzi.
How Haitham Al Kouatly pulled off Dubai’s biggest rental scam DUBAI: Haitham Mahmoud Al Kouatly, the 34-year-old prime suspect in a subleasing con exposed by XPRESS last week, has pulled off one of city’s biggest rental scams ever. An investigation reveals it took the conman at least 24 months to lay the groundwork for the swindle that left hundreds of families penniless — and, soon, homeless. Some of them had even paid him up to two years’ rent in advance.
How did he end up duping wellheeled people? XPRESS can reveal that Al Kouatly even lost money initially to earn the trust of his victims eager to strike a rental bargain. Some people allege Al Kouatly is related to Shukri Al Kouatly, Syria’s president from 1943 to 1949 and from 1955 to 1958. Others claim Al Kouatly said his parents lived in Switzerland, and that he had a villa in Emirates Hills. The US-educated conman also claimed to be hanging out in Eurpoe and Lebanon. These claims cannot be independenty verified. Some of them have posted pictures of his BMW X6 on the Shamyana Victims’ Facebook page. ?Hundreds have approached the police. Meanwhile, a senior official has urged Shamyana victims to lodge a case
with the Rent Committee. Mohammad Ahmad Al Shaikh, general secretary of the Rent Committee at the Dubai Municipality, said: “So far only a few have come forward to open a case with us. When a case is filed, both parties must be heard in order to pass a proper judgment. During the hearing, the tenancy contract is crucial. All judgments are passed according to what the contract stipulates.” Al Shaikh said they have heard over 2,000 cases so far this year, more than half the total of 3,388 cases for all of 2011. Al Kouatly, meanwhile has eliminated all trace of himself in the digital world and though a global manhunt has been launched, he’s not yet on Interpol’s wanted list.
French magistrates take into account when the person is flaunting themselves on camera. Kate Middleton will get damages because she’s not behaving in this way.
The couple was “saddened” by the use of the photos, which appear genuine, royal officials said. The first major press incident involving William and Kate brought back memories of Diana being hounded by paparazzi in France in the hours and days before her fatal car crash there in 1997.
U.N. refugee agency’s (UNHCR) special envoy, actress Angelina Jolie, flanked by officials, visits a camp to meet with Syrian refugees in the southeastern Turkish city of Kilis.
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Sindhu stuns Olympic gold medallist Xuerui in China Masters
Deccan Chargers' IPL contract terminated by the BCCI New Delhi: The BCCI tonight terminated the contract of the debt-ridden Deccan Chargers, bringing an end to the suspense on the fate of the beleaguered franchise. The decision to terminate Deccan's contract was taken at an emergency governing council meeting of the IPL in Chennai. The BCCI President N Srinivasan took the final call to end Charger's contract after discussing the issue with other members, a top BCCI official said. BCCI's working committee will meet tomorrow to decide the future course of action.
Sub continent drought in ODI rankings Changzhou (China): Rising Indian shuttler P V Sindhu continued her giant killing spree as she stunned London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui of China to storm into the women`s singles semifinals of the Li Ning China Masters Super Series badminton tournament on Friday. World number 24 Sindhu, who is the lone Indian woman in the fray in the absence of star compatriot Saina Nehwal, won 21-19 9-21 21-16 in a tense 45-minute contest against the second seeded and world number three Chinese.
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have not had the distinction of bagging the top slot in the One Day International (ODI) cricket now for the last 17 years with India last achieving the number one rank in August 1995. However, the bigger worry going by current performance of cricketers from the subcontinent it is highly unlikely that the top slot is achievable in the near future. While strike bowlers from the region have turned increasingly wayward, star batsmen have chosen to embrace zero as the new elixir of life.
Karan excited to watch Shahrukh’s ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’!
Makers of Barfi! in legal trouble!!!
Karan Johar who is a close friend of SRK, said that he is eagerly waiting for ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ as he will get to see a hardcore romantic film after ages. Karan tweeted, “Am the hugest Yash Chopra fan and can’t wait to see ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ Shah Rukh (Khan), Katrina (Kaif) and Anushka (Sharma)!!! A true blue romance after a long time.” ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ is all set to hit screens on 13th november. Karan too is busy with the promotions of his first directorial flick ‘Student Of The Year’ which will release on october 19th.
Just before the release of Anurag Basu’s Barfi!, the film has landed in hot soup when Mumbaibased company Murphy Enterprises sent a legal notice, dated Sept 10, to the producers of UTV Motion Pictures and Ishana Films for trespassing the copyrights of their registered trademarks without obtaining a NOC. Murphy Radio or the Murphy baby were featured in the print advertisements of Murphy Enterprises, in 1960s and 70s. The song ‘A La Barfi’ has words like ‘Murphy’, ‘Murphy Radio’ and ‘Murphy Munna’, which is in the film as well, and have been taken without any written permission.
Bollywood actress Helen with Kareena Kapoor at the location shoot of their upcoming film “HEROINE”, in Mumbai
‘If Ronaldo is not happy at Real Madrid, he has to leave’ Madrid: Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes the club should sell Cristiano Ronaldo if he is unhappy. The current administration took over from Calderon in 2009 with his successor Florentino Perez bringing in the Portuguese maestro for a world record transfer fee. Calderon has been critical of the new regime since his departure and when asked about the Ronaldo situation he insisted the right course of action would be to let 27-year-old leave the club. "If a player is unhappy, they must go," he said in an interview. "It happened to me with Robinho; it was a dramatic saga, but he was bought for •28 million and sold for •48 million, so it was a good deal."
U.S. Olympic 400m sprint gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross takes a picture with U.S. President Barack Obama as the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams visit the White House in Washington.
“I haven’t stripped for Raaz3?: Esha Earlier Esha Gupta had said that she stripped for her scene in Raaz 3! Those who have seen the movie will know the scene where the actress gets attacked by cockroaches and she rips her clothes and runs naked in front of several people. However, Esha Gupta denies saying or doing any such scene.
Nargis Fakhri learns kick-boxing Actress has changed her fitness regime to adapt herself for an action-packed script The former America's Next Top Model contestant Nargis Fakhri is known to be a fitness freak. She's also regular with her yoga and swimming too. But recently, this girl has changed her interest. Nargis has been busy attending kick-boxing classes . Now she's so into the martial art form that she practices it everyday and is very happy with her progress. And turns out this is not just another fad but quite a calculated career move. According to a source, the model-turned-actress prefers to stay stoic about her acting career and is currently reading a couple of scripts and pledges to be seen on the big screen soon. `Nargis is keen to do an action movie. If the right script comes along, we will see her donning a mean avatar.`
I don't need a Khan: Bipasha Bipasha Basu talks about never having a Khan as a co-star in her 12-year Bollywood career and being tired of the 'sexy' tag Bipasha Basu tell us she is on a high these days. Despite critics slamming her recent horror flick, the actress says she has been getting a lot of feedback from people, who have apparently named her the Tigress of Bollywood. She gently reminds us that on the route to completing 12 years in the industry, she has never worked with any Khan. The actress states, `I never belonged to any camp nor worked with any Khan in the 12 years of my acting career. So it is a big achievement that a film that was completely resting on my shoulders has managed to rake in `40 crore in its first week. `The Bengali bombshell feels that actresses like Vidya Balan have kicked off a positive trend in the industry that 30 plus actresses too can be glamorous. `I think you can always look glamorous. However I am tired of being given tags that I am sexy or that people find me hot. I wanted to showcase my acting skills and I think I have fairly managed to do it,` Basu quips. While the actress has been in news for her bitter parting with ex-beau John Abraham, she tells us that currently she is single and is living life to the fullest.