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Modi living in different time and world: Khurshid New Delhi, Dec 2 : External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday criticised Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for saying there should be a debate on the pros and cons of Article 370 of the Constitution. "I don't understand what debate is he asking for on Article 370. When the chief minister presented his view on Article 370, the BJP immediately started criticizing him. Is it a way to debate? The idea of a debate is to put your views in front, and then you let the public judge it," Khurshid said. "Modi is living in a different time and world. You cannot talk about the future, when you yourself are living in the past. I don't think there is anything left to say about him now," he said. He further added, "Article 370 has a very serious and
important history. It is part of an overall efforts made by India, not just in Kashmir alone but in different parts of the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable and confident. If they have any reservation and doubt about the ability to live their lives with some sense of freedom in the country, then we should give them that comfort. I cannot buy land in any other state or in the tribal belt of the country because we have to preserve some local flavor and have to ensure that people coming from different parts of the country does not ruin it. This is the reasonable and logical balance," "But where is the debate? The CM (Omar) of the state puts forward his views on the topic; he is immediately run down by the BJP. He is also an elected leader of a state and therefore has a right to put forward his views," he said in defence of Jammu
Conspiracy to sidestep Jagan's agitation Hyderabad, Dec 2 (IPT) : Accusing the Congress of popping up the Rayal-Telangana issue, the YSR Congress today dubbed it a 'conspiracy' to scuttle the 'Samiakyandhra' agitation. Party deputy floor leader Sobha Nagi Reddy told reporters here that it was a meek effort of the Congress to stop the groundswell of popularity of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.' Bringing up the Rayal-Telangana issue is only to water down the Samaikyandhra agitation as the Congress and TDP put together are unable to face Jagan politically. This conspiracy will not stand as people could see through the dubious designs of divide-and-rule. ' ' Creating a wedge between the people of Rayalaseema and splitting it to balance arithmetic is not an acceptable fact as no public opinion was sought on the division of the four districts of the region. Some leaders may have been propagating the idea for personal gains, but the larger interests of the people are ignored as three leaders - Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy, TG Venkatesh and JC Diwakar Reddy - cannot be the voice of the entire Rayalaseema, ' she asserted. Instead of solving one problem, the Centre had been trying to create more problems and complicate the issue, she said adding, The Centre has no right to divide Rayalaseema. None has asked for it and there was no demand for such meaningless division. '' The Congress is unable to specify the basis on which it is splitting the state. If backwardness is the reason, Rayalseema is more backward. If sentiment is the reason, it is very strong in favour of a united state, ' she opined.
and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who took on Modi via twitter. "I challenge him or any of his minions to reproduce verbatim the section of Article 370 that determines the JandK state subject law," Omar had tweeted. On Sunday, Modi in his 'Lalkar' rally in Jammu, had said there should be a thorough debate on issue of Article 370, which gives special and autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He also made a reference to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, saying: "Nehru had said that in the future, the importance of Article 370 will fade out," Criticizing the Congress, he said: "The Congress has sown the seeds of a 'separate state but the BJP Government will transform Jammu and Kashmir into one of the super states of the country."
Metro to be differently abled-friendly Hyderabad, Dec 2 (IPT) : Physical barrier will be no deterrent in Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) with the system being designed and executed as differently abledfriendly. Special care is being taken to build Metro stations and trains to cater to the needs of people with mobility impairment (wheelchair passengers), visual impairment (blind people), hearing impairment (deaf), speech and cognitive impairment (dumb), an HMR said in a release here today. Stations are designed to provide barrier-free environment for physically challenged and ramps are provided at the road level of Metro stations to facilitate wheelchair movement up to the lifts. Bigger lifts are provided to easily accommodate and manoeuvre wheelchairs, while lifts will have hand rail inside for the aid of physically challenged and elderly people.
Rs. 2 Locals thrash man for trying to rape minor
Devotees gather on the occasion of "Somvati Amavasya" at "Har Ki Pauri', in Haidwar on Monday.
Gujarat government has a legacy of collusive cover ups: Tewari New Delh, Dec 2 : Minister of Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari said the Gujarat Government has a legacy of collusive cover up operations, which have been attempted periodically. The Gujarat Government recently described the snooping scandal as a state issue and asked the home ministry not to interfere. "If the allegations are correct, and the snooping was carried out across the state boundaries, it does not remain a state issue. People were followed in aeroplanes across state borders and
their phones were put under surveillance. If it was put under surveillance who granted sanction?" asked Tewari. He added that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) still hasn't answered this question and the issue of the surveillance of telephone is germane to the entire issue of fundamental human rights, as it impinges upon issues of life and liberty."If the party has nothing to hide or the mythical sahib or the sahibzyada is upfront, then why are they running way from the investigation? The state has been complicit in an alleged cover
up. If you look at the 2002 Gujarat foreground, the only convictions that were secured happened in those matters where trials in the first instance had to be transferred outside Gujarat," he said.Furthermore, Tewari said if they actually carried out the operation for security of a person, they should open themselves up for a transparent investigation. Earlier on Sunday, Shinde had said a probe would be conducted. He also said that the investigating agencies have been authorized to take action against snooping.News portals
Cobrapost and Gulail had aired an alleged taped conversation between former State Home Minister of Gujarat Amit Shah, and police officer G.L. Singhal. In the alleged taped conversation, Shah was instructing Singhal to closely monitor the movements of the woman referred to in the report as "Madhuri", not her real name.The Gujarat Government headed by Narendra Modi, has set up a two-member panel of former judge Sugunaben Bhatt and retired bureaucrat K. C. Kapoor to probe charges.
Can't predict, says police chief on Maoist problem Hyderabad, Dec 2 (IPT) : Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy may be opposing the bifurcation of the state on the ground that this would lead to spurt in Maoist activity but the state police chief B. Prasada Rao is not willing to make any such forecast. The director general of police Monday said Maoists may strike whether the state remain united or divided. "I will
not say this way or that way," he said to a request for comment on Kiran Reddy's repeated statement. Talking to representatives from the national media here, he said there were different perceptions on the issue but the ground realities were same."All I can say is that we are fully geared up. We are alive to situation and geared up to tackle it by strengthening our machinery," he added. The police chief pointed out that there had been many incursion attempts by the Maoists from neighbouring states like Chhattisgarh and Odisha. "In united Andhra there have been several attempts on part of extremists from Chhattisgarh and Odisha to enter the state. Some offences also took up. Our
forces on borders thwarted many attempts.""It can happen anytime," he said while refusing to predict if formation of Telangana state would lead to spurt in Maoist activity.Replying to another query, he said while most of the leaders of Communist Party of India-Maoist were from Telangana, the outfit had recruited many locals in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and other states. He said the unmanned aerial vehicle stationed at the Begumpet airport here has been helping the ground forces to track Maoist movement. "The aircraft is under the command of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) but the footage relayed by the aircraft is being used by all the partner states," he added. Rao said the police had
received no alert from the central government to beef up the security in view of imminent bifurcation. He also denied reports paramilitary forces were deployed in Seemandhra in anticipation of trouble during the introduction of Telangana bill in parliament. He said the police had been tackling protests in Telangana from 2009 and in Seemandhra for the last four months. "It is a continuous process," he said while refusing to give details of the deployment of forces. He pointed out that police dealt with the situation for last four years without a single person being killed in police firing. He said 360 people were killed in police firing during the protests for Telangana state in 1969.
Devolution of governance to local level a must : Hamid Ansari New Delhi, Dec 2 : India with its huge size and diversity has no option but to devolve its governance to the grass roots to deal with local issues and services, which required solution and active participation locally, Vice-President Hamid Ansari said today. Releasing the book, 'Status of Panchayat Raj in the States and Union territories of India 2013' by Dr George Mathew, General Editor, Institute of Social Sciences, here, Mr Ansari obJapan's Emperor Akihito waves to the students during a visit at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on Monday. served that the Panchayat
Raj Institutions (PRIs) in the country had three million directly elected representatives including one million women.The 737-page volume traces the history of rural local governments from the colonial era to the present day.The introduction in the book gives an overview of the PRIs and has special articles on issues like appraisal of Panchayats in 5th Scheduled Areas", Panchayats and Women" and "Fiscal Decentralisation. "Rajya Sabha MP and former
Panchayat Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar who has written a foreword in the book said the electoral representation of 1.4 million women in the PRIs was more than anywhere in the world put together.The publication deals in details on blocks, talukas and mandals and districts based on the 2011 and 2011 Census along with maps, demographic data on the districts and blocks as also the socio economic profiles of each State and Union Territory.
Hyderabad, Dec 2 : A 40-year-old man was beaten up and later handed over to the police by the public today for allegedly trying to rape a minor in Rajendranagar area in the city. Bhairang, a resident of Erraguda, took the 13year-old girl, who also lives in same area, to a toddy shop in the afternoon and purchased toddy, according to police.The 40-yearold man gave the sometoddy to the girl and consumed the same himself and allegedly attempted to rape her while she was in an 'intoxicated' state, police stated . A local noticed the act and suspecting that he may have tried to rape the girl, caught hold of Bhairang and with the help of other residents thrashed him up and later handed him over to police, During investigations, it was revealed that the girl's service for purchasing toddy was utilised by the residents after paying her some amount and also that she was habitual consumer of toddy, police said.The girl approached Bhairang today and asked him to give her some money to have toddy after which he took her to the a toddy shop and allegedly tried to rape her, the police added
Conclave 2013 in New Delhi from Dec 13 Hyderabad, DEc 2 : Andhra Pradesh Minister for IT and Communications Ponnala Lakshmaiah today said the capital possessed immense growth potential in the real estate industry and ruled out any negative impact due to Telangana issue. Addressing at a press conference here after releasing the brochure of Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI) conclave ' Housing the Game Changer - leading to Double-Digit GDP Growth ' in New Delhi on December 13-14, he denied the appreciations that there was a degrowth in business in the state due to Telangana issue. The Minister claimed the business growth in the state capital during the past three years was good and the last year alone registered a growth of Rs 64,000 crore, two per cent higher against the national growth. Admitting that the property tax collection in the state was high against other states, he said, ' We are looking into it and also focusing on dubious land issue in the state. ' Speaking on the occasion, CREDAI national president C Shekar Reddy said propelled by the rapid urbanisation, the urban population is poised to grow to 590 million by 2030 and required Rs 72 lakh crore investment to meet the needs of the population.
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Price correction in the offing Real estate prices in the country are ripe for a correction in 2014 as the sharp slowdown in demand coupled with the highly leveraged balance sheets of developers will force players to slash prices to stimulate demand. Over the last couple of years, residential real estate prices have increasingly become unattractive to unaffordable for buyers. . In the National Capital Region (NCR), for instance, average home prices were nearly 30 per cent higher in the first half of this year compared with the second half of 2010. This is true of most other markets as well — during the same period, prices rose by about 21 per cent in Pune, nearly 33 per cent in Bangalore and around 9-11 per cent in Chennai and Mumbai. Among major markets, Hyderabad (down 9.5 per cent) was the only exception to this trend during this period because of the uncertainty caused by the agitation for a separate Telangana State. Unsurprisingly, demand has been a casualty of this decline in affordability. In the NCR region, demand is down an estimated 10 per cent in 2013 over and above a 12 per cent fall in 2012. Likewise, demand is down around 8 per cent in Mumbai. Investors too are in waitand-watch mode. There are numerous factors responsible for this sharp slowdown in absorption, prominent among them being weak macro-economic conditions, high inflation, slower income growth, and high interest rates for home loans. Slower economic growth has impacted the demand for real estate, particularly in Tier-1 cities. Income growth has not only slowed down but has also become uncertain due to the weak economic environment Both WPI and CPI inflation remain at high levels and we do not see any respite in the short-term. CPI inflation, which is more relevant to the home buyer, is currently a high 10 per cent and is likely to stay elevated . To curb consumption and bring down inflation, the Reserve Bank of India raised the repo rate to 8 per cent in November. Consequently, home loan rates are also unlikely to come down significantly. At the same time, fresh launches by developers over the last 2-3 years coupled with large unsold inventory has eventually forced many developers into a corner . As home sales slow and cash flows dry up, several developers, particularly small and mid-sized players, are finding it difficult to repay their debt. The aggregate debt of the companies considered in our analysis stood at Rs.620 billion as of March 2013. Bank borrowings account for around 42 per cent of debt, and the set of players considered constitute about 21 per cent of the total banking debt of the industry.
Revealed: What goes on in many newsrooms The Tarun Tejpal controversy has only made people realise the scandals that exist in mainstream media. It won't be an exaggeration to say that most newsrooms have sordid tales hidden in their corridors. The fact is we are and will be for many generations a patriarchal society and it is then but obvious that such incidents pervade across the systems in our country. Moreover today, where ideology has been obliterated in a systematic manner in an absolute corporate environment, to expect newsrooms to have morals and ethics is a tall ask. Editors are known to have coteries and young girls hanging around them, which does boost their ego, also perpetuates the very patriarchy that we live in. 'If one takes patriarchal government to be the institution whereby that half of the populace which is female is controlled by that half which is male, the principles of patriarchy appear to be two-fold: The male shall dominate the female, the elder male shall dominate the younger,' Kate Millet 1969, in her paper Theory of Sexual Politics. The various experiences I recount here which are mine, those of friends and colleagues, tell us the kind of crimes that have existed in news organisations. Forget the guidelines as
per the new law, that is another story altogether. When I joined the media way back in 1990, the environment in a leading daily made me realise how unprepared I was as a girl stepping into a wild media world. I felt like being thrown to the wolves. With every passing year on the job, I became more and more feminist. Although in the 1990s there was a strong sense of duty and beliefs among journalists and editors, the corporate environments made it more politically volatile. If the editors and journalists really speak out, the sordid tales may just shock people of the kind of scandals that have been brushed under the carpets and kind of cover ups that have been undertaken. It is no hidden fact that many male journalists and editors enjoy watching porn in offices. Women's bodies, their sizes, their sexual lives are always of immense curiosity. In a television news channel at every editorial meeting, editors and senior male journalists would make references to sex and women. In fact, an editor of a television channel is known to encourage young, goodlooking girls to send their photographs in bikinis and no wonder they are preferred over others. In fact, some are known to have elaborate closed-door
meetings in their cabins, when other staff were disallowed from approaching and able secretaries who would in cryptic sentences ensure that the 'meeting' was urgent! One editor at the time of hiring journalists for a tabloid to be launched actually told a female journalist, 'Forget this job interview, I would like to give you a great massage on the beach in Goa.' The shocked journalist shared this with seniors who told her she should have slapped the editor. He was known to have a keen eye, always. One senior editor of a newspaper was known to have warmed up to several young attractive women journalists. Telling them after close encounters to keep it between them. In the same newspaper, a rather dude editor would share gossip during pillow talk with his girlfriends and they would spread the gossip in the newsroom. One needs no rocket science to know who is favoured in newspapers, magazines or channels. Suddenly the favoured are promoted, get more powers and they get exclusive visibility on front pages or top news. These girls get prominent positions and are included in core groups. Other subtle forms of sexual encounters are seen and heard when we see mentoring of young
girls, a word that has always scared me. I do not believe in this and always suspected that this mentoring in our field always crossed that blur line of crossing over to sexual encounters. Many a marriage in news organisations have broken up due to such mentoring. These, of course, are rubbished as office rumours and flushed out from memories. The other ways of being favoured is to do work for the editors, like doing their children's homework, getting dropped at home, hanging around at parties, eating the food the editor likes and reading books that he discusses, or even shopping for the boss's spouses. None of these examples are a figment of my imagination. Every female journalist has faced one of these experiences. The fact is women are left with little choice in journalism. Either one needs a godfather because mentors make or break you, or become a member of a coterie or get close to an editor or the only other option is to battle it at every level and live the label of being aggressive. It is not to hold against those who choose not to battle. Journalism is a die-hard cut-throat field, where survival isn't easy at all. For any lady journalist who resists or opposes such advances aren't wanted in news organisations.
Saudis have few options as they push tougher foreign policy Saudi Arabia seems to have few viable options for pursuing a more independent and forthright foreign policy, despite its deep unease about the West’s tentative rapprochement with Iran. Upset with the United States, senior Saudis have hinted at a range of possibilities, from building strategic relations with other world powers to pushing a tougher line against Iranian allies in the Arab world and, if world powers fail to foil Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, even seeking its own atomic bomb. But alternative powers are hard even to contemplate for a nation that has been a staunch U.S. ally for decades. Russia is on the opposite side to Riyadh over the Syrian war and China’s military clout remains modest compared with the United States’. Robert Jordan, U.S. ambassador to Riyadh from 2001-03, said there would be limits to any Saudi alliances with other powers. “There is no country in the world more capable of providing the protection of their oil fields, and their economy, than the U.S., and the Saudis are aware of that. We’re not going to see them jump out of that orbit,” he told Reuters. While Jordan was a senior diplomat in the adminis-
tration of President George W. Bush, some Saudi analysts also say the kingdom is well aware of what major foreign policy shifts would involve - particularly any pursuit of nuclear weapons. This could end up casting Saudi Arabia as the international villain, rather than its regional arch-rival Iran, and Riyadh has no appetite for the kind of isolation that has forced Tehran to the negotiating table. “Saudi Arabia doesn’t need to become a second Iran,” said a Saudi analyst close to official thinking. “It would be a total reversal of our traditional behavior, of being a reliable member of the international community that promotes strategic stability and stabilizes oil markets.” Diplomatic sources and analysts in the Gulf say the kingdom, while unsettled, will not risk a breach in relations with its main non-Arab ally and will explore, however warily, a purely diplomatic response to the Iranian opening. Top Saudis are nevertheless furious with Washington. Senior U.S. officials held secret bilateral talks with Iranian counterparts for months to prepare for last month’s interim nuclear agreement between six world powers and Tehran, raising Gulf Arab rulers’ fears that Washington
is willing to go behind their backs to do a deal with Iran. Saudi leaders were taken unawares by the content of the deal that was struck in the early hours of November 24, despite an earlier promise by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to keep them informed of developments, diplomatic sources in the Gulf said. In Washington, a senior State Department official said Kerry had been in close contact with his counterparts throughout the two rounds of negotiations in Geneva, and had talked to Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on November 25. “The agreement was reached in the middle of the night and Secretary Kerry spoke with the Saudi Foreign Minister soon afterward,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The agreement offers Tehran relief from sanctions that are strangling its economy, in return for more oversight of its nuclear program. Riyadh, along with its Western allies, fears this is aimed at producing weapons, a charge Tehran denies. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif suggested on Sunday the deal should not be seen as a threat. “This agreement cannot be at the expense of any country in the region,” he told reporters in Kuwait. “We look
at Saudi Arabia as an important and influential regional country and we are working to strengthen cooperation with it for the benefit of the region.” Diplomatic sources in the Gulf say Riyadh is nervous that the deal will ease pressure on Tehran, allowing it more room to damage Saudi interests elsewhere in the Middle East. The conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom is at odds with Iran’s revolutionary Shi’ite leaders in struggles across the Arab world, including in Lebanon, Iraq, Bahrain and Yemen. Most of all, Riyadh sees Iran’s open support for Syrian President Bashar alAssad in fighting a rebellion backed by Gulf states as a foreign occupation of Arab lands. Two Iranian Revolutionary Guard commanders have been killed in Syria this year, and rebels have also said Iranian fighters are on the ground, although it is unclear whether they are there in any great numbers. The Lebanese Shi’ite movement Hezbollah, which is allied to Tehran, has also sent fighters to help Assad’s forces, although these are Arabs. BOLD DECLARATIONS Riyadh has expressed lukewarm support for the nuclear deal, couched along-
side caveats that it was a “first step” and that a more comprehensive solution required “good will”. But some prominent Saudis have made bold declarations that Riyadh will develop a tough new foreign policy, defending its interests in keeping with its status as the richest Arab state and birthplace of Islam. Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, the Saudi ambassador to London, told The Times newspaper that “all options are available” to Riyadh, including seeking its own atomic weapon, if Iran managed to build the bomb. But diplomatic sources in the Gulf and analysts close to Saudi thinking say the main problem in turning such rhetoric into action is the lack on an obvious replacement for the U.S. security umbrella in the Gulf, or for the American military’s role in advising, arming and assisting the Saudi armed forces. “There’ll be more contact with the Russians and Chinese than in the past. They’ve gone elsewhere for weapons before and we’ll see some more of that, but the overall environment will be America-centric,” said Jordan. A Western adviser to Gulf countries on geopolitical issues said senior Saudis have looked at ways of reducing the kingdom’s long-term re-
liance on the United States. France is one option, albeit one that remains firmly in the Western camp notwithstanding past differences with NATO allies. Riyadh has worked closely with Paris in recent months on both Syrian and Iranian issues, and has awarded it big naval contracts. That said, the Saudi armed forces and economy are so closely tied to the United States that any serious attempt to disengage over the longer term would be prohibitively costly and difficult, diplomatic sources in the Gulf say. Washington remains much closer to Riyadh on every Middle Eastern issue than any other world power at present except France, which has taken a hard line on Iran. In Syria - the issue over which there is the greatest disagreement between Riyadh and Washington, the kingdom is already arming and training some rebel groups which the United States, wary about arming jihadists, views with caution. Diplomatic sources in the Gulf say these efforts will continue and may expand, but logistical challenges will hinder any rapid attempt to increase training much beyond the thousand or so rebels now working in Jordan with Saudi special forces.
High cholesterol fuels breast cancer: Expert High cholesterol can lead to growth and spread of breast cancer, says a report. According to the members of Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke, a byproduct of cholesterol functions like the hormone estrogen to fuel the growth and spread of the most common types of breast cancers. "A lot of studies have shown a connection between obesity and breast cancer, and specifically that elevated cholesterol is associated with breast cancer risk, but no mechanism has been identified," said senior author Donald McDonnell, chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke. "What we have now found is a molecule - not cholesterol itself, but an abundant metabolite of cholesterol - called 27HC that mimics the hormone estrogen and can independently drive the growth of breast cancer, added McDonnell. It is also said that there is a strong link between high cholesterol and breast cancer, especially in post-menopausal women, reports femalefirst.co.uk.The hormone estrogen feeds an estimated 75 percent of all breast cancers. In a key earlier finding from McDonnell's lab, researchers determined that 27-hydroxycholesterol behaved similarly to estrogen in animals.
Benefits of New Nordic diet revealed
The New Nordic diet, which consists of seasonal berries, cold-climate vegetables, wild meat and fat-rich fish has been hailed by both foodies and health experts. According to Sydney-based dietitian Geraldine Georgeou, the easiest way to reap benefits of the Nordic diet is by replacing wheat with rye as it is packed with slow-digesting fibre and prevents sharp rises in blood sugar that create food cravings, Stuff.co.nz reported. Switching to rapeseed oil, which is an integral part of the diet, is beneficial as it is low in saturated fat and rich in omega-3 fats. The Nordic diet includes oily fish like herring, mackerel and salmon as it helps in weight loss and is also recommended by the National Heart Foundation.Georgeou added that blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and bilberries, which are a part of the Nordic food, are packed with vitamins and antioxidants and are known to help with anti-ageing and should be consumed frequently. The diet also features venison, elk and reindeer rather than beef as game meat is great for iron and provides long-lasting energy. The Nordic diet has vegetables such as kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts which have great diseasefighting antioxidants and are packed with B-group vitamins. According to a five-year research project on the New Nordic Diet, those following it lost significantly more weight on an average than those eating the average Danish diet.
Meat, egg and dairy products necessary for brain development
The deficiency of asparagine synthetase, which is found in meat, eggs and dairy products, caused by rare genetic disorder affects development of the brain. Since Asparagine is naturally produced by the body, it was considered non-essential until now. However, researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital found that the amino acid is essential for normal brain development. "The cells of the body can do without it because they use asparagine provided through diet but it is not well transported to the brain via the blood-brain barrier," senior co-author of the study Dr. Jacques Michaud said.In April 2009, a Quebec family experienced the worst tragedy as their 1-year-old son died of a rare genetic disease causing congenital microcephaly, intellectual disability, cerebral atrophy, and refractory seizures. The most tragic part of the event was that it was their third infant to die in this family from the same disease. This led Dr. Michaud to discover the genetic abnormality responsible for this developmental disorder. The team identified the gene affected by the mutation code for asparagine synthetase, the enzyme responsible for synthesizing the amino acid asparagine. "In healthy subjects, it seems that the level of asparagine synthetase in the brain is sufficient to supply neurons but in individuals having the disability, the enzyme is not produced in sufficient quantity, and the resulting asparagine depletion affects the proliferation and survival of cells during brain development," Michaud said. The potential solution is that knowledge about gene mutations can be used to develop treatments. "The results not only open the door to a better understanding of the disease but they also give us valuable information about the molecular mechanisms involved in brain development, which is important for the development of new treatments, Michaud added.
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Thai PM calls for talks as police use rubber bullets on protesters Bangkok, Dec 2: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Monday she would "open every door" to find a peaceful solution to a political crisis gripping Bangkok as police used rubber bullets against protesters seeking to topple her government. The violence is the latest twist in a conflict pitting Bangkok's middle class and royalist elite against the mostly poor, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a populist former prime minister who was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and lives in self-imposed exile. Yingluck told a news conference that police would not use force, but the national security chief later said rubber bullets were being used as protesters threatened to advance on Yingluck's office, the focal point of the demonstrations since the weekend. The number of protesters was well down on the 30,000 dispersed around various sites on Sunday, but hardcore elements had broken through concrete barriers set up around Government House, Yingluck's office in the heart of Bangkok. After using round upon round of teargas to repel them on Sunday, police stepped up their response on Monday. "We are alternating between the use of water cannons, teargas and rubber bullets. Rubber bullets are being used in one area only and that is the bridge near Government House," Paradorn Pattanathabutr, the head of the National Security Coun-
An Anti-government protester waves Thai National Flag under water cannon fired by police during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand. cil, told Reuters. Officials at the nearby Ramathibodi Hospital declined to confirm media reports that two people had been admitted with gunshot wounds. They said a statement would be issued in the evening. Teargas was also used against protesters trying to tear down barriers at the Bangkok metropolitan police headquarters. However, they pulled back in the late afternoon, a Reuters reporter said, at around the same time the protest movement said leader Suthep Thaugsuban would make an announcement at 7:30 p.m. (1230 GMT). Suthep met Yingluck late
on Sunday but insisted there had been no negotiations to end the worst political crisis since bloody unrest in 2010. He said the meeting was arranged by the military, a powerful institution in Thailand that has taken sides against Thaksin-allied governments in the past and put down a pro-Thaksin movement in 2010, when more than 90 people were killed. The government at the time - in which Suthep was a deputy prime minister gave the military powers under an emergency decree to clear pro-Thaksin "red shirts" from central Bangkok. This time the army has carefully tried not to get involved, only
Operator of Japan's Fukushima plant wins rare praise, hurdles remain Tokyo, Dec 2: The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant won rare praise from monitors on Monday for its efforts to decommission the site, but the specialists also said the company still faced steep challenges, particularly in managing contaminated water. A huge earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 triggered three meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, and exposed a lack of preparation by Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco. The company has floundered for much of the last 2-1/2 years in dealing with several problems at the site, including a series of leaks of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. But it has proceeded with initial decommissioning steps, including the tricky removal of spent fuel rod assemblies from a badly damaged reactor building. The entire process is likely to take decades and costs ten of billions of dollars. "It's nice to see the good progress Tepco has made in the last several months," Dale Klein, a former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, told a meeting of the Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee. "There's obviously a lot more work to be
done, but it's very positive progress....Spent fuel movement at (reactor) No. 4 went very well. You have demonstrated a very positive approach to safety culture." But Klein added: "You've also made good progress in water management. But again water will continue to be a challenge at the Fukushima site." The Monitoring Committee, which includes four members from outside Tepco, was set up in September 2012 in response to calls for independent experts to monitor pledges to raise standards of safety culture. It held its fifth meeting on Monday. Barbara Judge, a British-based nuclear expert, also pointed to "extremely good progress" by the company. "...But nuclear safety is a long proposition. And it's only beginning," she said. "I'm disappointed that it's not going as fast as we would have liked it to. There is still reluctance by some of the members to ask the hard questions." The plant is located 220 km (130 miles) northeast of Tokyo. Judge praised improvements in working conditions for those overseeing the clean up and decommissioning process, saying the efforts would make "working at Fukushima easier for them and better for the company and better for the country".
China punishes 20,000 officials for being too bureaucratic Beijing, Dec 2: China has punished almost 20,000 officials in the last year for breaching rules to cut down on bureaucracy as well as pomp and ceremony, the government said on Monday. President Xi Jinping ordered the crackdown late last year when he became head of the ruling Communist Party, seeking to assuage public anger at waste and extravagance, particularly officials seen abusing their position to illegally amass wealth.Xi demanded meet-
ings be shortened, over-thetop welcoming ceremonies ditched and wordy, meaningless speeches be abandoned, as he sought to cut red tape and make the country's bureaucracy more efficient and less prone to graft. The party's anti-corruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said the officials found breaching these rules had mostly been given administrative or internal party punishments. It did not give
details.More than 5,000 officials were found to have breached rules connected to the use of official cars, while 903 were guilty of organizing overly elaborate celebratory events, the watchdog said in a statement on its website. Others were singled out for being "mediocre" or "indolent", the statement said. Xi has said that endemic corruption threatens the party's very survival and has vowed to go after high-flying "tigers" as well as lowly "flies".
reluctantly providing unarmed back-up for police. "The military has positioned itself as neutral and it wants to see a peaceful way out," Yingluck told the news conference. Three people were shot dead at the weekend, including two government supporters who had been at a rally to the east of Bangkok and a student from a nearby university. The remains of a fourth person have been found in a burnt-out bus near there, police said. Suthep, 64, who resigned as a Democrat lawmaker to lead the protests, wants a vaguely defined "people's council" to replace Yingluck's government and a
China journalist slams state TV for airing public confession Beijing, Dec 2: A producer for China's state broadcaster CCTV said on Monday that he had been fired after he criticized the network's role in a controversial crackdown on online rumors. Wang Qinglei made the statement in an open letter, which has since been scrubbed from Chinese social media. He took issue with China Central Television's airing of a confession by ChineseAmerican venture capitalist Charles Xue in which he said he irresponsibly spread gossip online. CCTV often airs confessions by thieves, prostitutes and other petty criminals, but in recent months, a string of high-profile suspects have confessed to crimes on air, often wearing handcuffs and jumpsuits. Critics say public confessions deprive the accused of the right to a fair trial. Wang echoed this criticism in his letter, saying that while fighting legitimate gossip is laudable, the media should not decide who is innocent or guilty.Critics say China's campaign against online rumors is nothing more than censorship. Several well-known commentators have been caught in the crackdown, and high-profile microbloggers have said they are more reticent to post for fear of repercussions. "The news media is not a court," Wang said. "What authority do we have to meddle with the law to judge who's a Big V and what is a rumor?"
parliament made up of nominated worthies. "The protesters' demands are impossible to meet under the framework of the constitution," Yingluck told the news conference.Suthep has set a Tuesday deadline for her to step aside and his movement has called for civil servants to go on strike. "Government workers are still tools of the Thaksin regime. Today we have to take care of this so that civil servants will stop serving Thaksin. They can do this by stopping work," Akanat Promphan, Suthep's stepson and a spokesman for the Civil Movement for Democracy protest group, said on Monday.
Ukrainian protesters block main govt building Kiev, Dec 2: About 1,000 protesters blocked off the Ukrainian government's main headquarters on Monday and surrounding streets, preventing employees getting to work, in further protests at Kiev's policy U-turn away from integration with Europe. In response to an opposition call for a nationwide strike over President Viktor Yanukovich's policy switch back towards Russia, protesters blocked the main approach road to the government building with trash bins, metal containers and even flower pots. "Employees can not get into the building. Negotiations are going on with protesters to allow employees in," a spokesman for Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said. He added that Azarov had not yet arrived for work. Protesters focused their attention on the government building after an opposition-led rally of about 350,000 people in the capital on Sunday, marred by violent clashes between police and protesters.There was no immediate word from Yanukovich who is due to leave on an official visit to China on Tuesday. His press service said employees at his administration were working normally but it declined to say where he himself was. Opposition leaders are demanding the resignation of Yanukovich and the government after he backed away from signing a landmark trade deal with the European Union, following years of careful preparation, and switched trade policy back towards Russia, Ukraine's former Soviet master. There were violent clashes on Sunday near the main presidential administration building - Yanukovich's seat of power with riot police using tear gas, stun grenades and batons to disperse crowds. Police later clashed with a group of masked protesters trying to pull down a monument to Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin. The opposition has called a nationwide strike from Monday though it was not immediately clear what support this was receiving in state concerns or private businesses across the country. The National Bank, which is close to the government building, was working normally, but city hall was still occupied by protesters and its employees were told to stay at home. Former interior minister Yuri Lutsenko, now an opposition figure, said: "What is happening now around the government building is a strike." Alexei Ostrovsky, 36, who works in advertising, said: "I decided I have to be here. I think my bosses will understand that and don't fire me. Annoyingly my company is still working. But I understand them, some cannot allow themselves to strike - they have to feed their families."Oksana, 22, cafe worker, said she sympathized with those who had gone out onto the streets to protest, but she needed the money and had to go to work. A government employee who tried to enter the building said: "We were told to go back home and await further instructions. We simply could not get to work. All the doors are blocked," Kiev's main thoroughfare and approach roads to its main Independence Square - focal point of Sunday's rally and the centre of the "Orange Revolution" protests nine years ago - were closed to traffic. Protesters, who were chased from the square by riot police early on Saturday, had re-established themselves there in a makeshift encampment.
Six Qaeda-linked militants, three soldiers killed in Yemen clashes Aden, Dec 2: Six suspected al Qaeda militants and three Yemeni soldiers were killed in clashes in Yemen's eastern region of Hadramout on Monday, the defense ministry said. Last year, the Yemeni army, with U.S. backing, drove al Qaeda militants and their allies from some of their southern strongholds. But the insurgents have since regrouped and mounted attacks on government officials and installations. Maintaining stability in impoverished Yemen, which is also struggling with southern separatists and northern rebels, is a priority for Washington and Gulf states because of its proximity to major shipping routes and Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter. The militants attacked an army checkpoint at the western entrance of Sayoun, Hadramout's second-largest city, killing three soldiers. Six suspected al Qaeda fighters also died in the exchange of fire, the defense ministry said on its website. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is one of the most active branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden, and militants have launched attacks from there against the West.
Nigeria imposes 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri after attack
Maiduguri, Dec 2: Nigerian authorities imposed a 24-hour curfew in the main northeastern city of Maiduguri on Monday after suspected Islamist militants staged an attack there in the early hours. Baba Ahmed Jidda, a spokesman for the government of Borno State, of which Maiduguri is the Kampala, Dec 2: The new life into the process ... hour, Congo blamed media- capital, announced the curDemocratic Republic of Uganda would implore DRC tor Uganda, accusing it of few in a statement, but provided no details about the Congo's president, Joseph to sign this agreement with supporting the rebels. Kabila, flew into Uganda on the rebels," Uganda governThe Kinshasa attack and did not say Monday for talks aimed at ment spokesman, Ofwono government's accusations whether there had been any reviving a peace deal be- Opondo, told Reuters. against neighboring Uganda casualties."The imposition of tween his government and M23 are the latest incar- and its failure to conclude a the curfew is necessitated by rebel fighters, a Ugandan of- nation of Tutsi-led insur- political deal highlight the an attack in Maiduguri by ficial said. gents who have fought deep-rooted regional ten- people suspected to be Kinshasa and the M23 Congo's government in sions that are complicating Boko Haram members in the rebels failed to seal a deal eastern regions near the efforts to end Congo's most early hours of today," he last month after wrangling border with Uganda and serious rebellion in a de- said."Borno state government pleads with all citizens over what it should be called Rwanda for years, amid cade. - the rebels were ready to unrest fuelled by ethnicity, Kabila's visit to Uganda, to remain calm and law abidsign a peace agreement, but local politics and compe- where he will meet with his ing until the situation is put Congo's negotiators wanted tition over land and mineral Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri under control." The Nigerian to call it a declaration reflect- wealth. Museveni, comes after a 10- military has periodically imWhen November's deal day tour of the main towns posed curfews on Maiduguri, ing the rebels' defeat. "I think birthplace of the Boko Haram (Kabila) wants to breathe was called off at the eleventh in eastern Congo. insurgency, but it is rare for the state government to make such an announcement. In May, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Borno and two other states, ordering an all-out offensive against the Islamist group, which is fighting to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country split roughly evenly between Christians and Muslims. Initially the campaign appeared to temper the violence as soldiers wrested back control of towns, cities and stretches of semi-desert in the northeast from the militants.But they have retreated to remoter areas, including the forested Gwoza hills near Cameroon, from where they have mounted deadly counter-attacks and have stepped up killings of civilians they accuse of collaborating with the authorities. The military said last Friday it may have killed more Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit with Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi at an election meeting in New than 50 Islamist insurgents in an air strike on one of their Delhi. main bases in Gwoza.
Congo's President in Uganda for talks on stalled peace deal
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'Article 370 is the unifying factor in Jammu-Kashmir': Saifuddin Soz Jammu, Dec 2 : Jammu and Kashmir Congress Chief Saifuddin Soz on Monday asked what had the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) done when they were in power on Article 370 that provides subsidised benefits and a special status to the people of the state, while asserting that it is the unifying factor in the state. His reaction came a day after BJP's prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi demanded a public debate on Article 370, while addressing a rally here. "When the BJP came to power, did they do anything with the Article 370? Article 370 is irrevocable. It is an integral part of the Constitution of India; no power is capable enough to remove it completely. It has a permanent nature in India. Article 370 is the unifying factor in Jammu and Kashmir, and the Congress Party fully accepts this factor,' Soz told media here today. Soz further ridiculed Modi saying that he felt sorry for the saffron outfit for choosing a
prime ministerial candidate who is unaware of history or politics."I see Modi's impact on ground and it is zero. This is because he is not an organised politician, and he sometimes doesn't know what he says. I feel sorry for the BJP, as I have known them for a long time, for choosing a candidate who knows propaganda but does not know history or politics,' he said. Soz referred to the Nazi propaganda style associated with Joseph Goebbels, who was considered to be Adolf Hitler's closest aide, and hoped that BJP soon realizes its mistake of naming Modi as its prime ministerial candidate. "In modern times, even Goebbelsian style of propaganda is not acceptable. It is a changed world now. Even Germany there is a sea change. A Goebbelsian practice of speaking facts that is not historically correct,' he said."But I have convinced myself that BJP will realise this mistake that their prime ministerial candidate does not answer the requirements at all,' he added.
Ministry plans changes in juvenile law New Delhi, Dec 2 : In a significant move, Women and Child Development Ministry has proposed that juveniles above 16 years of age involved in heinous crimes such as murder or gang rape should be tried as adults under the Indian Penal Code. The proposal is part of a draft note being prepared by the Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry for Cabinet nod, sources said here.“The proposal is expected to be finalised in next few days,” they added. The proposal is significant given that the juvenile involved in the December 16 gangrape got away with very light punishment despite the victim declaring him as most gruesome among all the perpetrators. If passed, the new WCD proposal to amend the existing law will deny protection to the juveniles aged between 16-18 years under the Juvenile Justice Act.
The decision comes almost a year after the role of the juvenile in the December 16 gangrape case sparked off a debate over lowering the age limit for juveniles involved in heinous crimes and trying them under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code applicable for adults. Official sources said that the Ministry held numerous consultations with experts before reaching this viewpoint.The Supreme Court in July rejected petitions for lowering the age of juvenility from the existing 18 years. However, recently it said it would examine whether juvenility should be considered depending on the gravity of the crime. “More and more juveniles are getting involved in crimes like gang rape and murder and escaping severe punishments on the plea that they have not yet reached 18 years.
Low pressure over Bay to turn into depression Hyderabad, Dec 2 (IPT) : The well marked low pressure area over southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal may concentrate into a depression during the next 24 hours, the Met Office said here today. Under its influence, rain or thundershowers may occur at isolated places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Rayalaseema during the next 48 hours. The outlook for subsequent two days was there would be increase in rainfall over South Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema. No large change in North Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The sky over Hyderabad and neighbourhood would be partly cloudy over the next two days.Fog/mist would occur duringmorninghours. Maximumand minimum temperature would be around 28 and 21 Degree Celsius respectively.
Film actors Tabu and Sonali Bandre at a court in Jodhpur in connection with the Black Buck poaching case.
CPI delegation to participate in China Communist Party meet
P.Balaraju, Minister for Tribal Welfare & RAID is seen in a review meeting on “ST Sub plan” with Nodal Agencies at Secretariat on Monday.
2G case: Accused have filed 1,029 pleas till date New Delhi, Dec 2 : Irked by over 1,000 interim pleas of high-profile accused in 2G spectrum allocation scam trial, a Delhi court on Monday said it is being done to “waste” its precious time and to “force” it to disclose its mind in advance on some crucial issues related to the case. The court also said that till date, 1,029 applications have been filed by the accused facing trial in the case and it seems that they wish to “sink and bury” the court under the “weight of documents.” The remarks came while deciding separate pleas filed by two accused seeking summoning of some documents from the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) relating to the issues of telecom licences and pricing of spectrum and others. “Now the question is: why such applications are being
Probe ordered in Andhra cops' public caning of accused Hyderabad, Dec 2 (IPT) : Police chief Monday ordered a probe in some incidents in Anantapur district where policemen allegedly beat up accused persons publicly. Director General of Police B. Prasada Rao told national media Monday that he has asked the deputy inspector general (DIG) of state police to submit a report. A few days after a police officer publicly thrashed some accused of molestatio0n and other crimes in Anantapur town, a police team Sunday beat up four accused in a murder case in Guntakal town of Anantapur district. A team of policemen led by a deputy superintendent of police caned Sekhar, accused of killing his father-inlaw, and three others at a local bus station. An officer justified the action, saying people were angry over the murder. The police chief said he would look into the matter and disciplinary action would be taken if the policemen were found guilty. "Taking law into their hands by any policeman is unwarranted. This brazen display of brutality is not warranted," the DGP said, adding that sometimes people expect quick reaction from police to local issues like eve teasing. The top police officer said cultural ethos might increase public expectations about police functioning.
filed repeatedly by these accused? The answer is that accused wish to force the court to disclose its mind in advance on some crucial issues one way or the other by forcing the court to decide repeated applications,” Special CBI Judge O.P. Saini said.“Another reason is that these accused wish to drown out, sink and bury the court under the weight of documents, relevant or irrelevant, as some of them have been constantly filing such applications despite knowing the fact that entire material, relevant or irrelevant, immediate or distant, relating to issues in question has already come on record,” the court said. It also said a large number of documents have been placed on record at the request of the accused persons and this process “cannot go on endlessly.” “The third reason for filing such applications is to keep
the court occupied and, thus, waste the precious time of the court so that the court is not able to devote its time to the relevant record of the case, running into lakhs of pages and thereby to delay the trial,” it said. “I may add that accused persons have filed 1029 number of applications, big or small, till date...,” the judge said. Former Telecom Minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi, several top corporate executives and three companies are facing trial in the case. The court, while dismissing the pleas filed by Raja’s then private secretary R.K. Chandolia and private company executive Rajiv Agarwal, said they have filed 37 and 84 pleas respectively till date and “the number of applications itself shows why such a large number of applications have been filed,
that is, just to delay the trial.” It also held the documents, sought by the accused, were not relevant as all the documents, whether connected with the case immediately or remotely, have already been summoned and placed on record. The court, in its separate order, also dismissed the plea filed by private firm executive Asif Balwa, who is also facing trial in the case, for summoning 11 CBI witnesses for further crossexamination.“Accordingly, I have carefully gone through each and every testimony of the witnesses, referred to in the application and for the reasons mentioned above, I do not find any reason to summon any of the witnesses. In relation to all witnesses, I may say that either the documents were already on record or only certified copies from banks have been tendered,” it said.
Criminal cases: SC seeks states response on media briefing New Delhi, Dec 2 : The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from all states and the union territories (UT) about the mechanism followed by their police to brief media in criminal cases during the probe and the trial. A bench of justices B.S. Chauhan and S.A. Bobde issued notices to them and sought their replies within four weeks. The bench, which referred to its earlier order of August 23 in which it had orally raised few questions to be addressed by the Centre and the CBI, said it would also like to have answers from the state governments and the UT administrations on those
issues.The questions on which the states were asked to respond were whether their permission is required by police to speak on certain pending criminal cases, ones related to terrorism or in sensitive cases such as riots when the name of a community may not be disclosed. The bench was concerned on the rank of official who could speak to media as it had observed “we see even head constables and sub-inspectors telling the Press about the progress of investigation?” Additional Solicitor General P.P. Malhotra submitted that though the Centre, CBI, NHRC and Uttar Pradesh Government are before the
court, there was a need to issue notices to all state governments.The News Broadcasting Association (NBA) formed for the self regulation of electronic media is also involved in the matter.The NHRC said though it was preparing by collecting materials about the norms practiced in other countries, it can finally respond to the court only after the Centre and other parties supply documents to it. The court was hearing a PIL filed in 2008 in the wake of media coverage ofAarushi and Hemraj double murder case in Noida in which dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are facing trial for the murder of their daughter and servant.
India not to compromise on food security: Sharma Bali, Dec 2 : On the eve of WTO ministerial meeting here, India on Monday said the interim solution on food security as currently designed is not acceptable and the country won’t compromise its farmers’ interest or succumb to mercantilist ambitions of rich nations. There is a national consensus and complete political unanimity on this matter in India, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said, adding: “It is therefore difficult for us to accept an interim solution as it has been currently designed. “We can no longer allow the interests of our farmers to be compromised at the altar of mercantilist ambitions of the rich. The Bali Ministerial Meeting is an opportunity for the developing countries to stay united in resolve to demon-
strate the centrality of agriculture in trade talks.” Developed countries have proposed an interim solution of four-year ‘peace clause’ during which period India would not attract penalty even if the 10 per cent cap is broken. As per the existing Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) of the Geneva-headquartered WTO, farm subsidy has to be capped at 10 per cent of the total value of the farm production. India has raised issues regarding the way the cap value is benchmarked to the base price. In a statement at a meeting of the G-33 in Bali on the eve of the 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization, Sharma said that for decades, “handful of farm lobbies of some countries” have shaped the discourse and determined the destiny of millions of subsistence farmers of the developing countries.
Hyderabad, Dec 2 (IPT) : A ten-member delegation from Communist Party of India (CPI) will take part in the 15-day of China Communist Party 'Mahasabha' to be held from November 8. Disclosing this at a press conference here, CPI Andhra Pradesh Secretariat Member and Party Floor Leader in the Assembly G Mallesh today said it was the first time for the party for getting an invitation from the Communist Party of China. Mr Mallesh, also a member of the delegation said the invitation from the Communist Party of Chain was extended after division of the Communist Party in India. The other members of the delegation were National Secretariat Members Shamem Fize, Pallabsen, Anil Rajimvalay, Kerala Janayugam paper editor Viswamchinom, Gujarat Samaithi Secretary Kushwah Raj Kumar Singh, Dutta Pekumoni, R Susheela, Lokesh Pamdravalli, Kandragadda Auruna, Mr Mallesh said. The CPI leader also claimed that it would offer a good opportunity for the party to monitor and study with the state, town and village markets and economic system in China. Mr Mallesh said the visit of the party delegation to China would further improve the bilateral relations between India and China.
3 killed, 1 injured as auto hits lorry Hyderabad, Dec 2 (IPT) : : Three persons were killed and another injured when the autorickshaw in which they were travelling in collided with a lorry at Dundigal, near here, today.According to police, the passenger auto was proceeding to Gundimisamma from Bachpalli when the accident occurred.The injured was shifted to near by hospital for treatment, police said.A case was registered and investigation was under way.
BJP appeals to protest RayalaTelangana Hyderabad, Dec 2 (IPT) : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today called upon the people of Telangana to protest the proposal to create 'Rayala-Telangana'. Addressing a press conference here, BJP National Council Member and Former Union Minister Vidayasagar Rao asked the Telangana people to come under one umbrella to fight the proposed 'Rayala-Telangana'. He accused the Congress of 'cheating' the Telangana people with its vote bank politics since 2004 and said the party was still continuing with the latest proposal of 'Rayala-Telangana'. The proposed 'RayalaTelangana,' with the merger of two Rayalaseema Districts of Anantapur and Kurnool, was aimed only at roping in Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) across the country, he alleged. With the apprehension of the BJP getting stronger in Telangana region, the MIM had proposed the 'RayalaTelangana' state, he averred and stated that Telangana would not get an iota of water from the Krishna and the Godavari with the proposed 'Rayala-Telangana'.
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