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porters as she left the court premises. The Supreme Court had reserved its order on April 19, 2012, on the plea of Bhullar’s family, which had filed a petition on his behalf pleading that his capital punishment be commuted to life imprisonment as there has been “inordinate” delay in deciding his mercy plea and he is not mentally sound. It was submitted that prolonged incarceration of a death row convict awaiting his/her execution amounted to cruelty and violated the fundamental right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution. Bhullar was awarded death penalty for triggering a bomb blast in Delhi in September 1993, killing nine people and injuring 25 others, including then Youth Congress president M.S. Bitta. The Supreme Court had on March 26, 2002, dismissed Bhullar’s appeal against the death sentence awarded by a trial court in August 2001 and endorsed by the Delhi High Court in 2002. He had filed a review petition, which was also dismissed on December 17, 2002. Bhullar had then moved a curative petition, which too had been rejected by the Supreme Court on March 12, 2003.
CM’s ‘Indiramma Kalalu’ tour programme on today Hyderabad, April 12 (IPT) : The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy will reach Bangalore International Airport from Hyderabad by regular flight at 9.40 am on Saturday. He will then reach the helipad near Sri Venkateswara Veterinary polytechnic, Madakasira, Anantapur District by helicopter at 10.30 am. As part of ‘Indiramma Kalalu’ programme, the Chief Minister will reach Haresamudram Colony by car and interact with SCs and STs from 10.40 am. The Chief Minister will reach the meeting place near the helipad and lay foundations and participate in the inaugural functions, address public meeting on Indiramma Kalalu, distribute assets and join the community lunch with SCs & STs from 11.15 am to 1.20 pm. He will reach the helipad near Sri Venkateswara Veterinary Polytechnic, Madaksira at 1.25 pm and then reach the helipad at S Venkatapuram village, Badvel Mandal, YSR District at 2.45 pm and arrive at S Venkatapuram village by car and interact with SCs & STs from 2.55 pm. He will reach the meeting place at S Venkatapuram at 3.25 pm and lay foundations and participate in inaugurations, address public meeting on Indiramma Kalalu and distribute assets.
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Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal with wife Madhu coming out of Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala in Tirupati on Friday. Tirumala, April 12 : Union Minister for Railways Pavan Kumar Bhansal offered worship to Lord Venkateswara at the world famous temple here early today. On his arrival at the temple Mr Bhansal was given a warm reception by Tirumala
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SC rejects Bhullar’s mercy plea
New Delhi, April 12 : The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) terrorist Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar’s plea for commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment on ground of delay in deciding his mercy plea. Delivering the verdict in a packed courtroom, a bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and S.J. Mukhopadhaya said that the petitioners failed to make out a case for commutation of sentence. Today’s decision will pave the way for his hanging and is likely to have an impact on 17 other convicts on the death row, including those held guilty in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Bhullar’s Canada-based wife, Navneet Kaur, who was present in the court when the bench read out two sentences of the operative portion of their verdict, looked dejected and refused to respond to questions from re-
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Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Chairman K Bapi Raju.Later, the minister was given the Lord's offering (prasadam) and a silk cloth, as per the temple tradition, by Mr Raju the temple's Deputy Executive Officer Chinnamgari Ramana. Vedic pundits blessed the minister hanting hymns.
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Intra-regional, inter-regional cooperation holds key to tourism sector's growth: Chiranjeevi Hyderabad, April 12 (IPT) : Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi on Friday said intra-regional and inter-regional cooperation holds the key to the growth of tourism sector. Chiranjeevi, who inaugurated United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Conference on sustainable tourism development at Hyderabad, said that in the coming years, the Asia and Pacific regions with their vast range of destinations and products can achieve higher growth in tourism by developing synergy to promote tourism products and destinations jointly. "Intra-regional and interregional cooperation holds the key to the growth of this sector. Further, the tourism industry with its established contributions towards economic growth, employment generation and social integration, will have to be made sustainable for drawing the benefits over a longer period of time," he said.Chiranjeevi further mentioned that while it is important to create platforms for building informed consensus; it is equally important to communicate the importance of sustainability. "The policy makers should establish effective communication channels for sensitizing the masses and taking the stakeholders along. The local self-governments, the local communities and the youth can be an instrument and the force to
AP leading in domestic tourist arrivals in country: CM Hyderabad, April 12 (IPT): The thre day 25th Joint meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Commissions for East Asia and Pacific and South Asia and the UNWTO Conference on sustainable Tourism Development hosted by the Tourism Ministry in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh Government kicked off today. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who was Chief guest at the conference, said his government was committed to develop tourism in the state as a prime growth engine to secure economic development and equitable growth.Andhra pradesh state continued to be the leading state in terms of Domestic Tourist arrivals, the Chief Minister said, adding 153 million (18 per cent) domestic tourists and 0.26 million (4.12 per cent) international tourists visited the state in year 2011. The state government realised one of the major spin off of development in the tourism sector was employment generation, he said. Hyderabad was the best city to hold international conferences, the Chief Minister said and recalled that one of the biggest International conferences like the bio-diversity conference was successfully held in the city and won encomiums from all over the world.
N. Kiran Kumar Reddy Chief Minister participating the Inauguration of UNWTO Conference on Friday Jubilee Hills. Dr. K. Chiranjeevi Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Vatti Vasant Kumar, Minister for Tourism and other delegates are also seen. take forward the agenda of sustainability," he said. The Tourism Minister said India is one of the first countries to have developed guidelines for sustainable tourism and guidelines for hotel classification encouraged the industry to adopt eco-friendly practices. Speaking as the chief guest, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy mentioned that the city of Hyderabad is now a host to a number of leading conferences."The goal is to attract tourists to visit the city again," he said,
while mentioning that travel is now for business and leisure and the world is becoming a global village.Reddy hoped that the discussions in this city of pearls and Nizami culture and heritage will benefit the tourism sector. The Secretary General of UNWTO, Taleb Rifai, in his opening address referred to Hyderabad as the city of smiles.Rifai mentioned that 2012 was a historical year, which saw 1035 million people crossing international borders."While the tourism sector saw a growth of 4 per-
cent the Asian region saw a growth of 7 percent and accounted for 25 percent of world traffic," he said, and predicted a growth of 3.5 to 4 percent for the tourism sector worldwide and a growth of 5-6 percent for the Asian region.Rifai mentioned that more growth must mean more sustainability."Over the period of 62 years the number of people crossing international borders has grown from 25 million to 1035 million which requires more responsibility," he added. The inaugural function was at-
Bengal governor apologises for Presidency violence New Delhi, April 12 : Addressing the students of the Presidency University in Kolkata on Friday West Bengal governor MK Narayanan apologised to the students for the violence that took place on its campus two days ago. "I apologise for what has happened in Presidency University," said Governor Narayanan who is also the chancellor of the university. I have failed to fulfill my responsibility towards you as the Chancellor, he said. Two days ago Presidency University was ransacked
and vandalised by a group carrying Trinamool Congress flags. Strongly criticising the incident which took political overtones, Narayanan had on Thursday said that those who ransacked the institution should be treated like criminals. Vice chancellor of the university Malabika Sarkar had said that those who vandalised various departments carried TMC flags. TMC secretary general and industry minister Partha Chatterjee, however, said that those who were involved
did not belong to the party. The registrar said that vice chancellor had immediately apprised the Governor of the incident before talking to the media. The registrar also took part in a protest march with students and alumni of the university on Thursday. The historic Presidency University was vandalised by miscreants who broke into the campus and ransacked the Baker laboratory and unleashed panic among students during selection tests on Wednesday forcing the authorities to close the institution for the day.
Gotabaya remarks on India’s role unacceptable: Narayanasamy Chennai, April 12 : India today disapproved of a top Sri Lankan official’s reported remark regarding terrorism in that country, saying the armed conflict there was a result of Colombo denying rights to Tamils there. Responding to Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s reported remark that India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in his country, Union Minister V. Narayanasamy said the statement was unacceptable. “As far as India is concerned (late Prime Ministers) Indra and Rajiv Gandhi supported Tamils. We even lost Rajiv Gandhi (assassinated by members of LTTE), who sent Indian Peace Keeping Force to help Tamils. Rajapaksa’s statement is unacceptable. Sri Lanka is responsible for terrorism as Tamils took to terrorism because their rights were denied,” he told reporters at the Chennai Airport here on Firday. New Delhi did not support any kind of ter-
rorist activities, he added. India has a duty to protect Tamils wherever they are and it had pressed for independent and credible investigation into alleged war crimes by Sri Lankan army at the UNHRC, he said. “Unfortunately, the state political parties are concealing that. The truth will come out ultimately,” the Minister of State in the PMO, added. Mr. Narayanasamy also denied the Centre was not acting on attacks on fishermen from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lankan Navy. Indian consular officials were immediately asked to work for the release of fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, he said, adding that only talks between fishermen of the two countries could ensure a lasting solution to the matter.The Minister also called for increased patrolling by the Indian Coast Guard and Naval ships in the area to prevent attacks on local fishermen.
tended by about 100 international delegates from 24 member countries, stakeholders from the travel and hospitality industry, senior officials from the central and state governments and representatives from the media. The Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh Government is hosting the 25th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commissions for East Asia and Pacific and South Asia and the UNWTO Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development in Hyderabad from April 12 to 14.
Body of Indian software engineer fished out in USA Guntur, April 12 : The body of P V Sarath Kumar of Guntur district, who was working as software engineer in Washington DC, was fished out from a cascade today, the family members said here today. Family sources told media that Sarath Kumar had gone missing in the US since March 31. The police found his body in the Niagara cascade today and informed the matter to them. The deceased was working with the TCS in Chicago. He along with his family members went to Niagara waterfalls. His family members returned home after looking for him everywhere in the vicinity of the waterfalls. When his family couldn't find him, they assumed that he had gone home early. But when they couldn't trace him they lodged a missing complaint. Mr Sarath's body was found in the Niagara waterfalls today. The actual reason behind his death was yet to be ascertained. The police were investigating to find out whether it was a case of drowning or a mischief. The US police informed the matter to the parents here.
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eBiz: Easing Business Delving deep inside the maze of a thought of initiating a new business or setting up a new industrial unit in India is a cumbersome process. This is because of a complex and entangled web of hard fact that it requires multiple licenses and clearances and related services from a number of government agencies across various strata of government. Moreover, an investor thinking of procuring all the relevant information about these services often gets messed up in multiple acts, rules and procedures which are found scattered across multiple websites. As a result, an average investor is confused and hence feels defeated because of proper lack of information; thereafter being getting dependent on middlemen for guidance. This is not the end to his quest. The endless tunnel to cross after obtaining the relevant information through secondary research and middlemen is more harrowing as the investor has to commence a protracted series of interactions with multiple government agencies to move ahead. The business user needs to apply for each service individually with the respective agency and make payments through restricted set of banks authorised by the agency. Apart from this, the user has to repeatedly submit largely similar information again and again. This clearly reflects that the current process is extremely time-consuming, expensive and clumsy. The Union Minister for Commerce, Industry & Textiles Shri Anand Sharma recently launched an eBiz portal, which is touted as India’s Government-to-Business (G2B) portal to enable businesses and investors to save time and costs and to improve the outlook of business environment in the country. The eBiz project, being executed by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and Infosys Limited, is one of the 31 Mission Mode Projects under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). eBiz is a transformational project taking e-governance beyond online transactions to a transformation in the approach of the government in delivering services to investors and businesses throughout the business lifecycle. Infosys, as part of the ten-year programme, will rollout the various services of the project in a phased manner. During the first phase, Shri Sharma launched the License & Permit Information Wizard. The License & Permit Information Wizard provides relevant information pertaining to investors and businesses by providing answers to queries in an interview style format. The wizard has information on more than hundred services of Central government, pilot states and the private agencies.
Warriors in the East Adjoining the flowing Hooghly, straddling roughly between two iconic structures, Howrah Bridge and Vidyasagar Setu, stands a fortified citadel famously known as ‘Fort William’ since the latter half of the 18th century, which was once the military headquarters of British India.Ironically, unlike most forts of yesteryears, Fort William in its present ‘avatar’ never once stood any siege. Famed cannons that once dotted its ramparts but never once fired, today embellish its historical significance as it houses the present day headquarters of one of Indian Army’s sword arm, the Eastern Command. The pre eminence of Fort William, once the symbol of British military, also did not diminish despite shifting of the capital of British India from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911. The aura of Fort William, still held in awe, is unmatched by any other military formation in the country. With the rising sun as its ‘Coat of Arms’, Eastern Command’s rich and varied history goes back many centuries to the days of the Mughals and the East India Company.Having played a key part in the process of evolution of the pre and post Independence Indian Army, many illustrious formations such as 4 Corps (raised in May 1942) that fought their way to victory in the Burma Campaign, continue to serve in Eastern Command even today while some others like 15 Corps, have moved to other parts of the country. Retaining its splendour as the seat of military might, and subsequent to the restructuring and demobilisation of the Indian Army after First World
War, Eastern Command was formed on November 1, 1920 in Lucknow (Nainital being its summer HQ). Its territorial jurisdiction extended over Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, Bengal and further east beyond Assam. Nearly two decades later, the advent of Second World War led to redesignation of Eastern Command as Eastern Army in April 1942, with the additional operational responsibility of the Burma front included. With the creation of 14th Army in October 1943, and with operational responsibility limited up to river Meghna (now in Bangladesh), it reverted back to its earlier status of being Eastern Command and has remained so till date. At the time of Independence, Eastern Command was located in Ranchi. In 1955, It moved back to Lucknow, and eight years later to where it really belonged - Fort William in Calcutta. It has remained in the renamed Kolkata city with territorial jurisdiction signifying multi-faceted operational and administrative challenges. Conflicts Crises and Glory Post Independence, the crisis in North Eastern Frontier Agency (NEFA), the parts of north-eastern India in Arunachal Pradesh as it was then called, in 1962, was to prove a cathartic event in India’s history. Valuable politico-military lessons relevant till date were learnt during the crisis. HQs 4 Corps that was disbanded after the Second WorldWarwasre-raisedatTezpur, Assam on October 4, 1962. In 1971, Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora, then GOC-inC, Eastern Command, ac-
Pentagon Says Nuclear Missile Is in Reach for North Korea A new assessment by the Pentagon’s intelligence arm has concluded for the first time, with “moderate confidence,” that North Korea has learned how to make a nuclear weapon small enough to be delivered by a ballistic missile. The assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency, which has been distributed to senior administration officials and members of Congress, cautions that the weapon’s “reliability will be low,” apparently a reference to the North’s difficulty in developing accurate missiles or, perhaps, to the huge technical challenges of designing a warhead that can survive the rigors of flight and detonate on a specific target. The assessment’s existence was disclosed by Representative Doug Lamborn, Republican of Colorado, three hours into a budget hearing of the House Armed Services Committee with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. General Dempsey declined to comment on the assessment because of classification issues.But late the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., released a statement saying that the assessment did not represent a consensus of the nation’s intelligence community and that “North Korea has not yet demonstrated the full range of capabilities necessary for a nuclear armed
missile.” In another sign of the administration’s deep concern over the release of the assessment, the Pentagon press secretary, George Little, issued a statement that sought to qualify the conclusion from the Defense Intelligence Agency, which has primary responsibility for monitoring the missile capabilities of adversary nations but which a decade ago was among those that argued most vociferously — and incorrectly — that Iraq had nuclear weapons. “It would be inaccurate to suggest that the North Korean regime has fully tested, developed or demonstrated the kinds of nuclear capabilities referenced in the passage,” Mr. Little said. A spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry, Kim Min-seok, said early Friday that despite various assessments. “we have doubt that North Korea has reached the stage of miniaturization.” Nonetheless, outside experts said that the report’s conclusions could explain why Mr. Hagel has announced in recent weeks that the Pentagon was bolstering long-range antimissile defenses in Alaska and California, intended to protect the West Coast, and rushing another antimissile system, originally not set for deployment until 2015, to Guam. Also Thursday, Mr. Clapper sought to tamp down fears that North Korean
rhetoric could lead to an armed clash with the United States, South Korea and regional allies, and a high South Korean official called for dialogue with North Korea. Mr. Clapper told a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee that in his experience, two other confrontations with the North — the seizure of the Navy spy ship Pueblo in 1968 and the death of two military officers in a tree-cutting episode in the demilitarized zone in 1976 — stoked much greater tensions between the two countries. The statement by the South Korean official, Unification Minister Ryoo Kihljae, was televised nationally, and it represented a considerable softening in tone by President Park Geun-hye’s government. Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, was scheduled to arrive in Seoul on Friday and to travel to China and Japan after that. He has two principal goals on the last leg of a six-nation trip: to encourage China to use its influence to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program while reassuring South Korea and Japan that the United States remains committed to their defense. The report issued by the Defense Intelligence Agency last month was titled “Dynamic Threat Assessment 8099: North Korea Nuclear Weapons Program.” Its executive summary reads: “D.I.A. assesses with mod-
erate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles; however the reliability will be low.” A spokesman for Mr. Lamborn, Catherine Mortensen, said the material he quoted during the hearing was unclassified. Pentagon officials said later that while the report remained classified, the one-paragraph finding had been declassified but not released. Republicans in Congress have led efforts to increase money for missile defense, and Mr. Lamborn has been critical of the Obama administration for failing to finance it adequately. North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests, including one this year, and shot a ballistic missile as far as the Philippines in December. American and South Korean intelligence agencies believe that another test — perhaps of a midrange missile called the Musudan that can reach Japan, South Korea and almost as far as Guam — may be conducted in the coming days, to celebrate the birth of Kim Ilsung, the country’s founder. At the Pentagon, there is particular concern about another missile, yet untested, called the KN-08, which may have significantly longer range. “North Korea has already demonstrated capabilities that threaten the United States and the security environment in East Asia,” Mr. Clapper told the House Intelligence Committee.
cepted history’s greatest surrender since the end of Second World War. It was indeed a red-letter day in the history of the Indian Army. The Indian Armed Forces had achieved a stunning and memorable victory, leading to the liberation of Bangladesh. Audacity and speed of operation knocked the adversary off balance. Over 93,000 personnel of the Pakistan Armed Forces were taken as ‘prisoners of war’. The victory epitomised the glory of the Indian Armed Forces, and since then, December 16, the day of ‘Instrument of Surrender’ was signed by Lt Gen AAK Niazi of Pakistan Army, is celebrated as “Vijay Diwas”. The Vijay Diwas event is celebrated in a big way in Fort William under Eastern Command. Mukti Jodhas and Indian veterans are hosted by Eastern Command on the occasion every year. In the celebrations held in December last, Veer Nari Smt Balamdina Ekka and son Vincent Ekka, family members of the sole Param Vir Chakra (PVC) recipient in the eastern theatre, martyr Lance Naik Albert Ekka, also graced the event. Quest for Peace Since Independence not all crises in the north-eastern region were gnawing threats from adversaries, some of them were from within. The insurgency of Nagaland was the first to begin, setting tone for others in the region to follow. While Nagaland came into being a state in 1963, 8 Mountain Division was raised the same year to counter insurgency in the state. A Counter Insurgency and Jungle warfare (CIJW) School was established at Vairangte, Mizoram to impart pre-induction training to all the incoming units. Today, it can be mentioned that the CIJW School has become a ‘centre of excellence’ where foreign troops are regulars, either for training or joint drills, in the global quest for peace against insurgency-related actions. To counter the growing powerful underground organisations such as the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), HQs 3 Corps was raised in February 1985 to ensure a coordinated employment of all troops combating insurgency. Army units have carried out endless cordon and searches of villages, interceptions and raids to maintain a strike rate higher than the insurgent’s ability to recoup. More importantly, formations of Eastern Command have initiated many steps to win the hearts and minds of the people. In December last month, the current GOC-inC, Lt Gen Dalbir Singh who also previously commanded the 3 Corps, hosted and feted children from the Kuki tribe of Nagas at Fort William during a ‘Sadbhavna’ excursion for the 30-odd students organised by the Army. It may also be mentioned that similar excursions from Jammu & Kashmir are also routinely hosted here. The insurgencies in Mizoram and Tripura also ran a similar course. The undercurrents of frustration among the youth in the Mizo Hill Districts were akin to the ones in Nagaland. Relentless operations by the Indian Army quelled Mizo National Front (MNF) activities that had become very hostile. Meanwhile, emergence of Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) activi-
ties in Manipur were among the other internal threats that the Army units under Eastern Command had to counter in the quest for peace in the region. The resentment of the presence of ‘foreigners’ by ethnic population of Assam beginning with agitations also gave birth to a secessionist organisation who tried to acquire a Robin Hood image, albeit with the knowledge of making improvised explosive devices (IED) and the power of media. The signing of ‘Assam Accord’ in 1985 did nothing to curb their hostile acts. The Army’s efforts in quest for peace has mostly helped peace return to the beleaguered state. The complexities of insurgency in the north-eastern states notwithstanding, Eastern Command and its formations have dealt with a vitiated internal security situation with a firm yet patient and understanding hand. Restrain and the minimum necessary force was always resorted to only when it was unavoidable. Successive Commanders at all levels have always sought to reduce the Army’s presence and primacy so that other organs of the state attend to the root causes of the insurgency. Golden Milestones The Eastern Command has been operationally committed since Independence. Their sacrifices have justly earned them many distinctions, honours and awards. General K Cariappa, OBE, who became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief on January 15, 1949 (now celebrated as Army Day), was also the first GOC-in-C of Eastern Command for a short spell after Independence. He was later conferred the rank of a Field Marshal in 1996. Similarly, Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw, MC, who led the Indian Army to victory in 1971 and became India’s first Field Marshal in 1975, was yet another of its illustrious Army Commanders. Besides, the current Chief of the Army Staff, General Bikram Singh was the Eastern Army Commander, others who preceded him included Generals PP Kumaramanglam, AS Vaidya, VN Sharma and VK Singh. Paving the Way Onwards In addition to the complex challenges of national security and land borders with five neighbouring countries, and CI operations in many northeastern states, Eastern Command will continue to play an important role in the years ahead. It therefore, continues to engage in the dynamic process of preparing to face the future challenges. The external and internal threats demand a high degree of operational readiness and the ability to deliver a decisive response from the formations and units serving under Eastern Command. With a strong dissuasive posture and a restrained minimum force in conjunction with other security forces and the civil administration, the military might of Eastern Command is competent to quell any threats from within. To forge ahead to effectively face all challenges, the Eastern Command relies on the well-deliberated modernisation programme of the Indian Army that has been further set into motion by the current Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh.
Polio-free world by 2018 possible 'unless funds dry up' An ambitious global plan to eradicate polio, a disease that once paralyzed and killed millions, has the backing of more than 400 eminent scientists from 80 countries. Despite security threats and doubts about funding, scientists said the aim to end polio so that 'no child will ever again be crippled by this disease' is achievable. According to the Independent, launching the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication, they called on governments, international organisations and philanthropic individuals to fund 5.5 billion dollars to help eliminate the few remaining cases of polio and end transmission of the disease by 2014, so that the world may be declared polio-free in 2018. The goal is remarkably close. After a quarter century of eradication efforts the number of cases has fallen more than 99 percent, from 350,000 in 1988 to 223 in 2012. There are just three countries remaining where the disease is still endemic, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, compared with 125 in 1988. But there remain huge barriers. The global eradication effort has already missed four deadlines for elimination of the disease - often because funds fell short and polio resurged, the report added.
Semen allergies 'more common than thought'
Semen allergy can make sex unbearable for about women, who may experience symptoms like swelling, burning and hives. The problem is estimated to affect about 20,00040,000 women in the US.Jonathan Bernstein, MD, an allergy and immunology expert at University of Cincinnati told ABC News that semen allergies also known as Seminal plasma hypersensitivity are "not common like asthma, but more than people realize, the New York Daily News reported. This type of allergy is usually treated by identifying which of the proteins in the man's semen are causing the woman's allergic reaction, then using a desensitization process to build up tolerance. According to seminalplasmaallergy.org, a site that is maintained by Bernstein, people suffering from seminal plasma hypersensitivity may experience any or all of the following symptoms up to 60 minutes after intercourse: hives, soft tissue swelling, chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing, diarrhea, dizziness or loss of consciousness. More common causes of skin and tissue irritation from sex include sensitivity to latex in condoms or the chemicals used in spermicides, lubricants or other personal care products.
How obesity and heart disease lead to high blood pressure
A new University of Iowa study has identified a protein within certain brain cells as a communications hub for controlling blood pressure, and suggested that abnormal activation of this protein may be a mechanism that links cardiovascular disease and obesity to elevated blood pressure. "Our study identifies the protein called mTORC1 in the hypothalamus as a key player in the control of blood pressure. Targeting mTORC1 pathways may, therefore, be a promising strategy for the management of cardiovascular risk factors," said Kamal Rahmouni, UI associate professor of pharmacology and internal medicine, and senior study author. The hypothalamus is a small region of the brain that is responsible for maintaining normal function for numerous bodily processes, including blood pressure, body temperature, and glucose levels. Signaling of mTORC1 protein in the hypothalamus has previously been shown to affect food intake and body weight. The new study showed that the mTORC1 protein is activated by small molecules and hormones that are associated with obesity and cardiovascular disease, and this activation leads to dramatic increases in blood pressure. Leucine is an amino acid that we get from food, which is known to activate mTORC1. The UI researchers showed that activating mTORC1 in rat brains with leucine increased activity in the nerves that connect the brain to the kidney, an important organ in blood pressure control. The increased nerve activity was accompanied by a rise in blood pressure. Conversely, blocking this mTORC1 activation significantly blunted leucine's blood pressure-raising effect. This finding may have direct clinical relevance as elevated levels of leucine have been correlated with an increased risk of high blood pressure in patients with cardiovascular disease. "Our new study suggests a mechanism by which leucine in the bloodstream might increase blood pressure," Rahmouni said. Previous work has also suggested that mTORC1 is a signaling hub for leptin, a hormone produced by fat cells, which has been implicated in obesity-related hypertension. Rahmouni and his colleagues showed that leptin activates mTORC1 in a specific part of the hypothalamus causing increased nerve activity and a rise in blood pressure. These effects are blocked by inhibiting activation of mTORC1."Our study shows that when this protein is either activated or inhibited in a very specific manner, it can cause dramatic changes in blood pressure," Rahmouni said."Given the importance of this protein for the control of blood pressure, any abnormality in its activity might explain the hypertension associated with certain conditions like obesity and cardiovascular disease," he added.
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Al-Bashir arrives in South Sudan for the first time since 2011 Johannesburg, April 12 : Sudanese President Omar alBashir arrived in Juba for talks with his South Sudanese counterpart on Friday. He was accompanied by several ministers, including those responsible for the security and oil. Al-Bashir will hold talks with his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, as the two nations are being urged to resolve their outstanding differences and find a permanent peace. “The visit of President al-Bashir to Juba is welcomed by (the) Juba government and people,” said Sudan’s ambassador to the south, Mutrif Siddiq, according to the state-run Suna news agency. Dubbing the two nations “sister countries,” Siddiq added
that the visit “comes in a positive atmosphere and time witnessing a remarkable breakthrough in relations between Khartoum and Juba.” The trip follows on the heels of the two governments reaching agreements in March on resuming southern oil production and exporting the crude via northern pipelines. The sides have also formalized other deals, including for a demilitarized buffer zone.Last weekend, the south announced that oil production had resumed for the first time in more than a year. “This marks another major step in the normalization of relations between Sudan and South Sudan, as well as a turning point in the economic fortunes of both
countries, which have suffered greatly since oil production was halted in 2012,” said African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. South Sudan became independent after decades of civil war in July 2011 — the last time al-Bashir was in Juba. At the time, the two countries had failed to agree on the exact demarcation of their borders, citizenship arrangements and oil revenue sharing. Several months later the countries had to be pulled back from the brink of an all out war. The AU has since been mediating to find a way to stabilize EastAfrica. Dlamini-Zuma urged both sides “to use the opportunity afforded by this visit to address the remaining outstanding issues between them.”
Britain's Cameron brings family for Germany talks
German President Joachim Gauck, right, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, shake hands prior to a meeting at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany.
Yemen shake-up positive but could US agency says North Korea has shield officers from the law: HRW nuclear weapon but seen unlikely
Dubai, April 12 : Human Rights Watch on Friday applauded this week's shake-up of Yemen's army and security leadership but expressed concern that putting key figures into diplomatic posts would make it harder to call them to account for potential past crimes. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Wednesday removed the son of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Brigadier General Ahmed, from his post as commander of the elite Republican Guard and appointed him ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Hadi also appointed two nephews of Saleh who had served in the Presidential Guard and the intelligence service as military attaches in Germany and Ethiopia. The commander of an armored division that split from the army in 2011 over antiSaleh protests was made a presidential advisor. "While shuffling these men out of the country's security forces is a positive development, shuffling them into cozy diplomatic posts abroad where they may be immune
from prosecution could take them away from justice," Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement on Friday. "If President Hadi is to break with the impunity of the past, he should ensure an independent investigation into the role of these men in the terrible crimes against his countrymen." The shake-up was part of a U.S.backed and Gulf-brokered power transfer deal signed in Saudi Arabia in 2011, which allowed Saleh to hand over power to his deputy, Hadi, ending months of political turmoil.Restoring stability in Yemen has become a priority for the United States and its Gulf allies, concerned about al Qaeda militants operating in a country that adjoins top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and overlooks major global shipping lanes. Human Rights Watch said it had documented evidence of serious abuses involving forces under the command of Saleh's relatives, including attacks on peaceful protesters, arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearances.
Pakistan court extends bail to Musharraf Islamabad, April 12 : A Pakistani court on Friday extended by six days the bail granted to former president Pervez Musharraf, who faces charges of placing judges under house arrest when ruling the country, his party officials said. Mr. Musharraf appeared before Islamabad High Court where his lawyer requested a two-week bail extension over concerns about his client’s security. “The court set the bail at 500,000 rupees ($ 5,090 dollars), directing him to again appear on April 18,” said Asad Mahmood, a spokesman for Mr. Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League party. Television footage showed Mr. Musharraf arriving at the court complex in a black
armoured SUV amid strict security, including the deployment of dozens of police and paramilitary personnel. During a previous court appearance in Karachi last month, a lawyer hurled a shoe at Mr. Musharraf but did not hit him. Mr. Musharraf is facing a total of three cases and bail for all three expires next week. He has also been asked to defend himself in another case in the Supreme Court relating to a set of five identical petitions seeking his prosecution for treason for abrogating the constitution in 2007. His legal aides are expected to argue on the Supreme Court petition in a hearing set for Monday. Mr. Musharraf returned to Paki-
stan on March 24, after living for nearly four years in self-imposed exile, to contest the May 11 polls. He has already been cleared to contest the election for a National Assembly seat in Chitral, a northern town. Mr. Musharraf, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1999, faces several allegations including failure to provide adequate security to former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in a gun-andbomb attack after an election rally in December 2007. He is also wanted in connection with the killing of a Baloch tribal chieftain during a 2006 military operation. Mr. Musharraf rejects the cases as “baseless and politically motivated,” and vowed to defend himself in the courts.
Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf, center, gestures as he leaves the High Court building in Islamabad, Pakistan. Musharraf appeared in the court during a hearing pertaining to the judges detention case. Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday ordered Musharraf to respond to allegations that he committed treason while in power and barred him from leaving the country only weeks after he returned.
Seoul, April 12 : A U.S. government agency said North Korea has a nuclear weapon it can mount on a missile, adding an ominous dimension to tensions on the Korean peninsula as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks in Seoul on Friday. However, the assessment by the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) was swiftly dismissed by several U.S. officials and South Korea. Asked if war was imminent, a U.S. official in South Korea said: "Not at all". Washington's greatest concern, the official said, was the possibility of unexpected developments linked to the inexperience of North Korea's 30-year-old leader, Kim Jong-un. "Kim Jong-un's youth and inexperience make him very vulnerable to miscalculation. Our greatest concern is a miscalculation and where that may lead," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "We have seen no indications of massive troop movements, or troops massing on the border, or massive exercises or anything like that that would back up any of the rhetoric that is going on." Kerry was due to meet South
Korean President Park Geun-hye and top brass from the 28,000-strong U.S. military contingent in the country. Park, meeting officials from her ruling Saenuri Party before her talks with Kerry, struck a conciliatory note by suggesting Seoul should at least listen to what North Korea had to say. "We have a lot of issues, including the Kaesong industrial zone," local media quoted her as saying. So should we not meet with them and ask: "Just what are you trying to do?'" The president was referring to North Korea's closure this week of the jointly run Kaesong industrial park, with the loss of 53,000 jobs. In Washington, Republican Representative Doug Lamborn quoted the DIA as saying it had concluded with "moderate confidence" that North Korea had developed a nuclear bomb that could be fitted on a ballistic missile, but added such a weapon would probably be unreliable. South Korean and U.S. officials say Pyongyang appears set to test-launch a medium-range missile as a show of strength linked to the anniversary on Monday of the birth of North Korean state
Myanmar court jails Muslim shop owners after anti-Muslim riots Yangon, April 12 : A Muslim businessman, his wife and an employee have been sentenced to prison after an altercation at their gold shop led to anti-Muslim riots in which at least 43 people were killed in Myanmar last month. Shop owner Tun Tun Oo, his wife Myint Myint Aye and an employee, Nyi Nyi, were each jailed for 14 years on Thursday for assault and theft after an argument with a customer turned violent, according to the state-run Kyemon newspaper. "That incident led to the outbreak of riots in Meikhtila," the newspaper said on Friday. Sectarian violence threatens to derail political and economic reforms in Myanmar, which was ruled for decades by military regimes that brutally suppressed dissent. Lifting restrictions on freedom of speech has allowed political dialogue but has also unleashed anti-Muslim rhetoric by radical Buddhist monks, delivered in speeches and then distrib-
uted through DVDs. Witnesses said monks led some of the mobs and took part in the killings in the central Myanmar town of Meikhtila. Witnesses told Reuters that on March 21, Tun Tun Oo slapped a Buddhist woman who had accused employees of damaging a gold hair clip she wanted to sell. The woman's husband was pulled outside, held down and beaten by three of the shop's staff, according to the couple and two witnesses. A mostly Buddhist crowd gathered, hurling stones and shouting antiMuslim insults, eventually destroying the shop and neighboring businesses. Later that day, four Muslim men killed a Buddhist monk and Buddhist mobs went on the rampage. By the time the government declared a state of emergency three days later, at least 43 people were dead, 86 injured and almost 13,000 Muslims were homeless, their houses and businesses burned to the ground.
founder Kim Il-Sung. North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests, but it was not believed to be near weapons capability. In Pyongyang, Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party, said North Korea would never abandon its nuclear weapons program, made necessary by the "invariable ambition of the U.S. to militarily invade" North Korea."Strong is the will of the DPRK to strengthen the nuclear deterrence for self defense...," it said, referring to the country by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "The DPRK will hold tighter the treasured sword, nuclear weapons." South Korea's Defence Ministry maintained it did not believe North Korea could mount a nuclear warhead on a missile. Despite the DIA report, the Pentagon's spokesman and the U.S. national intelligence director both said it was "inaccurate" to infer Pyongyang had the proven ability to launch a nuclear missile. The DIA was criticized after the start of the Iraq war in 2003 for being too bullish in predicting Baghdad might have weapons of mass destruc-
tion. Its conclusion about North Korea follows more than a month of rising tension on the Korean peninsula. China, North Korea's only major diplomatic ally, denied reports that it was staging military drills along the North Korean border. Asked about the U.S. reports that Pyongyang may have developed a nuclear weapon, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said: "China upholds the maintenance of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and pushing for its denuclearization via talks and consultations. No matter what changes there are in the situation, we will uphold this direction." North Korea, claiming the United States is planning to invade, has threatened Washington and Seoul with nuclear war, although most experts say Pyongyang has no intention of starting a conflict that would likely bring its own destruction. The United Nations sanctioned North Korea for its third nuclear test on February 12, sparking a furious response from Pyongyang. The North has also called annual military drills between U.S. and South Korean forces a "hostile" act.
London, April 12 : British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Germany on Friday to press for reforms of the EU, but in an unusual move Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited him and family to stay at her official residence. Cameron, who cut short a trip to Spain and France on Monday after the death of former premier Margaret Thatcher, will be accompanied by his wife Samantha and their three children, his Downing Street office said. His spokesman said Cameron would discuss "all aspects" of European Union reform with Merkel, as well as the forthcoming G8 summit in June hosted by Britain and the conflict in Syria. "It is part of the ongoing strong, very good working relationship that the Prime Minister and the German Chancellor have," the spokesman said. Merkel's office said she and the Camerons would stay at a government guest house in Meseberg, 50 miles (80 kilometres 50 miles) north of Berlin. The British and German leaders would have dinner on Friday and further talks on Saturday, it said in a statement. "The discussions will focus on current questions related to European policy as well as international issues such as the situation in Syria and the upcoming G8 summit under the British presidency," the statement said. Cameron alarmed fellow EU leaders in January when he set out plans to wrest back powers from Brussels, and to then to put Britain's reshaped membership to an in-out referendum by the end of 2017. In an interview with five European newspapers that was published on Monday, Cameron called on the EU to bring in "change that all of Europe can benefit from" including on competitiveness and spending. But the British Premier also said he believed that treaty change in the 27-member EU would be necessary in future -- something that European leaders already bogged down in the eurozone crisis are keen to avoid.
Malaysia frees 32 Filipinos held over incursion Kuala Lumpur, April 12 : The Malaysian police said they had released 32 armed Filipinos arrested earlier this week on suspicion of trying to join an incursion by Islamic militants in an eastern state, media reports said on Friday. Sabah state police chief Hamza Taib was quoted by Malaysian media saying the 32 men would be deported back to the Philippines after investigators concluded they had no link with the ongoing incursion. More than 200 armed followers of a self-styled sultan landed in the state of Sabah on Borneo island in February, reviving a centuries-old land claim by the longdefunct Sulu sultanate, once based in the southern Philippines. Fighting between the militants and security forces has killed at least 68 Filipinos and 10 Malaysian security personnel, authorities have said. But Hamza said police determined that the 32 men, who were caught in a wooden motor boat off Sabah armed with guns and
machetes, were part of a team of campaigners for a mayoral election in the southern Philippines whose boat had veered off course. "Those who enter Sabah illegally bearing weapons will be detained and investigated... although we know that in the Philippines, people having guns and weapons is like us having a handphone," Hamza was quoted saying by the website of Malaysia's The Star newspaper. Authorities are still trying to flush out scattered militant remnants and their sympathisers to end Malaysia's worst security crisis in recent years. For centuries, people have moved back and forth across the porous sea border separating Sabah and the adjacent southern Philippines, known for its lawlessness and Islamic insurgencies.The Sabah incursion has aroused heated sentiments on both sides, with Malaysians outraged by the territorial breach, while many in the Philippines have voiced support for the militants.
Russia warns US on human rights law, seeks to limit damage
Blagoveshchensk, Russia, April 12 : The forthcoming publication of a list of Russians barred from the United States over alleged human rights abuses will severely strain relations, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Friday, but he also sought to limit the damage. "The appearance of any lists will doubtless have a very
negative effect on bilateral Russian-American relations," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "At the same time, these bilateral relations are very multifaceted, and even under the burden of such possible negative manifestations ... they still have many prospects for further development and growth. "President Barack Obama
must by Saturday submit a list of Russians to be barred entry to the United States under a law penalizing Moscow for alleged human rights abuses. Their assets in the United States will also be frozen. The Magnitsky Act is named after Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in prison in disputed circumstances while awaiting trial on fraud.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
MARK INDIA, Hyderabad 4 killed, 7 injured as autorickshaw collides with lorry in AP
Actress Shriya Saran (L) with designer and a model at Delhi's first edition of India International Jewellery Week (IIJW) in New Delhi on Friday.
Khammam, April 12 : Four people, including three women and a child were killed on the spot when the autorickshaw they were travelling in collided with a lorry coming from opposite direction near Dummugudem village in the district today. According to police, the autorickshaw was proceeding to Khammam from Beerolu village when the mishap occurred. The deceased were identified as T Ramamma (60), T Eedamma (50), K Bhadramma (55) and G Devendhar (6). The injured were shifted to Khammam Government hospital for treatment, the police said.
India, Germany agree to broaden bilateral cooperation partnership.Assisting projects with innovative approaches in the mutually identified priority areas of energy, environment and sustainable economic development support India’s inclusive development and poverty reduction programmes, the statement said. Germany and India expressed satisfaction at the deepening comprehensive bilateral relations between India and EU and “recognise that both India and EU, as long-standing strategic partners, are committed to working together to reinforce the relationship in all areas”. “The leaders underline their strong commitment to a successful outcome to the EU India negotiations for a broad based, ambitious and balanced Free Trade Agreement that will generate jobs and growth in both countries and their hope for final agreement in 2013,” the statement said.It added that Germany and India will seek to inten-
sify consultations within the G20 and strengthen the G20’s role as the premier forum for international economic and financial cooperation. “Both sides will therefore make strenuous efforts to achieve a consensus on trade facilitation by a balanced package of issues this year at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference so as to ensure there is still a prospect of bringing the Doha Round to a conclusion,” it said. On the security front, both sides agreed to intensify further their exchange of views and experience on combating terrorism as well as their practical cooperation in this connection, also in the Indo-German Working Group on Counter-Terrorism as well as multilateral forums.“In the light of new security challenges both sides are keen to intensify their security policy dialogue and exchange of views.
Sibal presides over signing of tripartite MoU on ROW and NOFN
Khalistani terrorist Bhullar needs more treatment: Doctor
Berlin, April 12 : India and Germany on Friday agreed to broaden their cooperation and “shape the future” with focus on trade, bilateral investment, energy, hi-tech and defence even as both sides committed themselves to EU-India negotiations for a “broad based, ambitious and balanced” FTA. Besides agreeing to greater cooperation at all international bodies, both sides agreed to continue working together to prepare the ground for India to accede to the export control regimes as a full member and thereby strengthen the international non-proliferation regime. “The Indo-German cooperation opens up excellent prospects for developing both countries to the benefit of their peoples. “Germany and India share the view that new initiatives in the area of trade, bilateral investment, energy, energy security, the environment, culture, education, training,
New Delhi, April 12 : The Central Government has approved a project to create National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) connecting all the 2, 50,000 Gram Panchayats (GPs) in the country through Optical Cable (OFC). The Central Government, through Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), is funding the project while the contribution of State Government would be by providing free Right of Way (RoW) for laying OFC. The project envisages signing a tripartite MoU for
research, technology and defence can catalyse and activate the great potential of their bilateral ties,” said a joint statement released at the end of the Indo-German intergovernmental consultations held in Berlin. The meeting was cochaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany and India are determined to further expand their cooperation in higher education, research and technology -- dynamic core areas of the Indo-German Partnership -- and to open up new and innovative areas of cooperation, the statement said. The statement titled ‘Shaping the future together’ noted that close trade and investment relations are a core dimension of bilateral partnership and of great importance for the development of both the Indian and the German economy.“Both Gov-
free Right of Way (RoW) among Central Government, State Government and Bharat Broadband Network Limited, BBNL (the SPV incorporated for execution of the project). 16 states/union territories have already signed MoUs on 26.10.2012. Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and 3 Union Territories viz. Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Puducherry. This arrange-
ernments will strongly back a further intensification of Indo-German business cooperation. Both sides would encourage cooperation in the field of rare earths on mutually beneficial terms. Both Governments recognize that expanding high technology trade and cooperation is key to deepening the strategic content of their relations. “Both sides agree to consult regularly on advancing this objective and to this end form a High Technology Partnership Group including both government and business,” it said. Both sides emphasised that freedom of movement for business visitors and professionals is important for the sustained growth of trade and investment flows. Both sides agreed to work together to facilitate such movement between the two countries. Germany and India reaffirmed that they will continue their successful development cooperation in a spirit of
ment covers 1,40,727 GPs to be provided with Optical Fibre Network in these States and UTs. Tripartite MoU were signed in the presence of Union Communications and IT Minister of Kapil Sibal with further 10 states/union territories today: Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A total of 85731 Gram Panchayats will get covered by Optical Fibre Network in these states and union
territories.The number of Gram Panchayats to be covered in these states and union territories are 79,650. Assam: 2,206 Gram Panchayats, Bihar: 8,474 Gram Panchayats, Gujarat: 13,883 Gram Panchayats, Himachal Pradesh: 3,243 Gram Panchayats, Jammu and Kashmir: 4,098 Gram Panchayats, Maharashtra: 27,906 Gram Panchayats, Nagaland: 1,110 Gram Panchayats, Odisha: 6,236 Gram Panchayats, Punjab: 12,425 Gram Panchayats and Andaman and Nicobar Islands: 69 Gram Panchayats.
New Delhi, April 12 : Khalistani terrorist Devenderpal Singh Bhullar, convicted of carrying out a bomb blast in 1993 that killed nine people, requires more treatment, a doctor said here Friday. "Bhullar is still mentally unstable and he is being treated by a panel of five to six doctors," Rajesh Kumar, one of the doctors treating Bhullar at the Institute of Human Behaviour Allied Science (IHBAS), told . Kumar said that the panel treating Bhullar for the past two-and-half years has director of IHBAS Nirmesh G. Desai besides a doctor, a psychologist and a social worker as members. "It is not easy to say that how much time is required for him to be mentally fit. We would share his condition with Tihar Jail officials," Kumar said. The doctor refused to disclose Bhullar's illness. The Supreme Court Friday rejected Bhullar's mercy plea. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2003. Bhullar had sought commutation of his death penalty to life sentence on the ground that there was an inordinate delay by the president in deciding on his mercy plea.He approached the Supreme Court in 2011.
Cong will not protect anyone, Moily on Tytler Bangalore, April 12 : Petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday said Congress would not protect anybody and the law would take its own course on senior party leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. "Our heart goes out to the victims. We are not here to protect anybody. The law will take its own course," Moily told reporters here, while not-
ing that the Congress leadership had owned up "moral responsibility" as far back as in 1985-86 itself on the antiSikh riots issue. Moily, however, said the allegation against Tytler was not "as serious" as against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who had not taken a s i n g l e s tep "to come clean" on the 2002 riots in
Gujarat.Tytler had suffered a setback when a 29-year-old anti-Sikh riots case came back to haunt him with a Delhi court setting aside CBI's closure report giving him a clean chit and ordering reopening of probe into the killing of three persons. In its order on Wednesday, the court had also faulted CBI for not examining the available witnesses.
Disappointed India Inc seeks interest rate cut by RBI New Delhi, April 12 : Expressing disappointment over poor industrial performance, India Inc on Friday pressed for rate cut by the RBI to boost production and further revive the economic growth. Industry chamber FICCI said the RBI should intervene and cut interest rates. “The IIP data for February calls for serious attention. It is important that RBI focuses on bringing down interest rates to stimulate investments which will further boost the demand,” FICCI Secretary General Didar Singh said. Besides, he said, there is a need to ensure speedy approvals for large projects, under the Cabinet Committee on Investments. Sharing similar views, CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said, the industry body hopes the RBI will relook at its monetary policy in the light of latest IIP figures and reduce interest rates. “We hope that the RBI would reduce repo rate and Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) by 50 basis points, each, while announcing the annual monetary policy on May 3,” he said. CRR is the portion of money banks are required to keep with the RBI. Showing slump in the economy, the industrial growth has slipped to 0.6 per cent in February this year mainly on account of contraction in power generation and mining output and poor performance of manufactur-
ing sector.Factory output, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had grown by 4.3 per cent in February last year. Assocham said both the macro economic numbers— industrial production and retail inflation— clearly point to a dismal state of affairs in the Indian economy, requiring urgent and bold steps not only from the Finance Ministry but also from the Reserve bank. “Industrial growth of mere 0.6 per cent in February and a cumulative of 0.9 per cent is hardly a growth. We are almost slipping into the negative zone. Today’s numbers including continuous double digit consumer inflation will add to the problems at the macro level,” Assocham President Rajkumar N Dhoot said. He said an all-out effort must be made to restore investor sentiment and consumer confidence. “Both stand shaken today. While it is true that the global factors have aggravated the situation, there is not much enthusiasm in the domestic economy as well,” he added. PHDCCI President Suman Jyoti Khaitan pitched for 100 basis points (1 per cent) cut in short-term interest rate by the RBI in its forthcoming credit policy, saying such a step was necessary to improve investor sentiments and promote growth.“Tight monetary stance by RBI has impacted investment sentiments in the economy and inflation still remains in an uncomfortable growth trajectory,” he said.
Police men guard in a street during a bandh called by residents demanding rehabilitation before demolition of illegal constructions in Mumbra, Thane in Mumbai on Friday.
‘Low enrolment in higher education worrisome’ New Delhi, April 12 : President Pranab Mukherjee Friday expressed concern over India's low enrolment rate of youths in higher education as compared to Germany and the US.Attributing low enrolment in higher education to absence of institutes, Mukherjee said: "Seven percent of those in the 18-24 years age group enter higher education in India as compared to 21 percent in Germany and 34 per cent in the US. Increasing the reach of higher education to students, especially in remote areas, is critical to boosting the enrolment rate." He was speaking at the 26th convocation of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) here. "The density of educational institutions in India has increased from 10 to 14 institutions per 1,000 square kilometre during the 11th Plan period. But educational institutions are still absent in many places," Mukherjee said. "IGNOU, in a span of 27 years, has become a pioneer for open and distance learning... It meets the education demands of 30 lakh students in India and 43 other countries through 67 regional centres, around 3,350 learner support centres and 82 overseas centres," he said. Minister of State for Human Resource Development Jitin Prasada was present on the occasion.
Family of 3 charred alive in fire mishap Kakinada , April 12 : A family of three was charred to death when their thatched house was gutted last night in Suryaraopet village of Rajanagaram Mandal in Rajahmundry urban police jurisdiction in East Godavari district.Rajanagaram police who registered a case identified the deceased as M Yesu (35), his wife Mani (30) and son Munna (7).The mishap took place when they victims were asleep around 0230 hours.Another family of four living in other portion of the house however had a miraculous escape.The cause of the fire was suspected to be electric short circuit.The bodies were charred beyond recognition, the police said
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