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Last batch of Haj Pilgrims leaves for Soudi Arabia
ex-police chief slams CM Hyderabad, Oct 8 : Former Andhra Pradesh police chief V. Dinesh Reddy Tuesday levelled serious allegations against Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, saying he did not want the formation of a Telangana state.The former director general of police told reporters here the chief minister did not extend his term in office as part of a conspiracy to shield his brother Santosh Reddy allegedly involved in land grabbing. The former police chief made these sensational allegations a day after the Supreme Court rejected Dinesh Reddy's petition for extending his term by an year. He claimed the chief minister brought pressure on him
SC allows Srinivasan to take over as BCCI chief New Delhi, Oct 8 : The Supreme Court today permitted N Srinivasan to take charge as BCCI chief. A bench comprising Justices A K Patnaik and J S Khehar, however, directed that Srinivasan will have no connection with IPL affairs. The court also ordered a fresh probe into IPL 6 spotfixing scandal.Retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana high court Mukul Mudgal will head the 3-member panel.The other two members are Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao, a former Ranji trophy player and member of Assam cricket association Nilesh Dutta.The panel shall conduct an independent investigation and submit its report within four months.The apex court today rejected the 2judge panel report giving a clean chit to Srinivasan's son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, in the spot-fixing scandal.Meiyappan had been accused of betting and cheating by Mumbai police.
to say that if Telangana was created, the Maoist problem would resurface. "As a conscientious officer I refused to say this," said Dinesh Reddy, who hails from Nellore district of coastal Andhra. Dinesh Reddy said the chief minister also brought pressure on him to allow a meeting of employees of Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) in Hyderabad. He claimed that Kiran Reddy also questioned his decision to seek central paramilitary forces before the announcement on carving Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh. "I want to tell people how safe we are in the state when for the chief minister his per-
sonal agenda is more important than the law and order and public interest," he said, alleging that the chief minister humiliated him by abruptly ending his term after promising extension. Dinesh Reddy retired as the state police chief Sep 30 after attaining the age of superannuation as both the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and the state high court dismissed his petition seeking directions to the government to extend his term. Last month, the Supreme Court ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into Dinesh Reddy's alleged illegal assets, following a petition moved by another Indian Police Service officer, Umesh Kumar. After
Dinesh Reddy's allegations, leaders of the Congress party from Telangana and other parties urged the central government to sack the chief minister and order a CBI probe against him and his brother. Former minister and Congress legislator P. Shankar Rao called for a thorough probe into what he called the chief minister's scams. Shankar Rao wanted to know if Dinesh Reddy got him arrested in a land case at the chief minister's instance.Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader K. Taraka Rama Rao said Dinesh Reddy's allegations proved that Kiran Reddy was acting as a leader of Seemandhra. He asked the central government to immediately sack him.
New Delhi, Oct 8 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Tuesday gave credit for the successful party workers' conclave in Bhopal last month to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He. however, made no mention of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who was the main speaker. In the latest post on his blog "No full stops in BJP", Advani said over six lakh workers had registered for the "Karyakarta Mahakumbh".He said about 10 people were drawn from each of the 53,896 polling station areas spread over 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh. The rally was held Sep 25, the birth anniversary of BJP ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. Advani said his first yatra, from Somnath to Ayodhya, had also started Sep 25 in 1990. "If September 25 of 1990 was important for us in the BJP because of the Somnath to Ayodhya yatra, the same date this year, that is just last month, will always remain etched in our memories because of the all time record number of party activists who assembled at Bhopal, and that too activists of just one state - Madhya Pradesh."Advani said all central leaders were present at the conclave."Assembled in front of them were as many as 649,702 party workers, who had formally registered themselves for this unique conclave, with average of at least 10 drawn from each of the 53,896 polling stations spread over 51 districts of the state. It is what I witnessed this day in Bhopal that made me sincerely feel that for the BJP, there are no full stops," he said.Advani said preparations for the workers conclave had been going on for several months but the public had not been invited."The Bhopal conclave planned by Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Narendra Singh Tomar (BJP MP unit chief) was a karyakarta sammelan (workers' meeting). The public was not invited. I doubt if any other political party in the country has even the capability of achieving anything of this kind," he said.
Hyderabad, Oct 8 (IPT) : In the wake of the indefinite strike by over electricity employees for Samaikyandhra, South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager A K Mital today advised officials to accord top priority for running Mail, Express and passenger trains utilizing the available resources. At a review meeting here, He said in case of any shortfall in the supply of power to Railways, the movement of goods trains shall suitably be curtailed to facilitate the movement of passenger carrying trains.However, all efforts should be made to keep goods trains also moving during times of adequate availability of Power and using Diesel locos whenever necessary. The GM also directed officials to maintain a continuous watch on the power supply position to Railways in close liaison with the state government officials and also the movement of trains 24 x 7 from the emergency control rooms at Rail Nilayam HQ and in the Divisions.
Advani ignores Modi, praises Chouhan for Bhopal conclave
'Give top priority for running Mail/ Express trains':GM
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with her daughter Priyanka Vadra at a meeting of District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee in Raebareli on Tuesday.
Seemandhra remains without electricity for third day Hyderabad, Oct 8 (IPT) : Many parts of the Seemandhra region remained without electricity for the third day Tuesday as employees of power entities continued their indefinite strike to protest the central government's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. Ignoring the state government's appeal to end the strike in view of the hardships caused to people, about 30,000 employees in all 13 districts of Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) continued their strike, almost paralysing electricity generation and transmission. The strike has plunged several towns and hundreds
of villages into darkness, causing severe hardships to patients in hospitals, affecting the drinking and irrigation water supply, leading to cancellation of trains and disrupting internet and ATM services. Hundreds of industries have also shut down production. People have lost contact with the outside world as their mobile phones ran out of charge. In many towns, people were not even able to draw money from ATMs. The strike has brought the generation of electricity to a standstill in all major power plants in Seemandhra. The strike has also impacted Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana
with authorities imposing power cuts to tide over the shortage. The state has a demand of 11,000 MW, but only 7,200 MW is being supplied. According to officials of Andhra Pradesh Generation Corporation (AP Genco), generation of 3,870 MW has come to a halt. The authorities are purchasing 24 million units from outside the state to make up for the deficit.As the strike continues, threat still looms over production in the southern grid. The grid collapse may disrupt electricity supply in all southern states. The authorities are taking steps to prevent grid collapse by purchasing additional power to maintain grid frequency.
Several trains cancelled due to power stir Hyderabad, Oct 8 (IPT) : The indefinite strike by electricity employees in Seemandhra to oppose the Centre's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh continued to hit train movement in the state with railways cancelling several trains for the third day Tuesday. About 20 trains, including some express trains originating from Visakhapatnam, were cancelled. The cancelled trains include VisakhaSecunderabad Janambhoomi Express, Visakha-Tirupati Tirumala Express, VisakhaSecunderabad Garib Rath, VisakhaHyderabad Godavari Express, VisakhaSecunderabad Duronto Express and Visakha-Nizamuddin Link Express. The South Central Railway has also can-
celled Visakha-Vijayawada Ratnachal Express, Koraput-Visakha Inter City Express, Visakha-Nanded Express, Visakha-Guntur and other passenger trains. With the electricity transmission from grid to the railways being affected, railways already cancelled many trains on Vijayawada section. All goods trains between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada have also been cancelled. The authorities are running some key trains with diesel locomotives.The movement of trains between Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram in north coastal Andhra was badly hit by the strike. Many trains were stranded at various stations, causing severe inconvenience to passengers.The movement of trains between Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar and Secunderabad was affected.
Botcha seeks Sonia to call for all-party meet on AP division
Supporters of “United Andhra Pradesh” join hands and shout slogans during their hunger strike at the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat in Hyderabad.
Hyderabad, Oct 8 (IPT) : Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President and Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana today requested the party high-command Sonia Gandhi to call for an all party meeting to resolve the current stand-off in the state following the recent cabinet's decision to carving separate Telangana statehood. Addressing a press conference here, Mr Botcha said he will write a letter to Ms Gandhi requesting for an allparty meeting to resolve the present issue. 'Parties like TDP and
YSRCP, who were misusing the public by talking of equal justice, will be exposed to the public over their actual meaning of equal justice, If a meeting is convened, he opined. Parties in the state have announced decisions to pamper sentiments of people and are now looking for political benefits', he alleged. He took exception to charges of 'lack of commitment' among Congress leaders on the high-command's decision, after swearing that they will abide by the highcommand's decision on Telangana. He said, "it is not proper to say that we lack commit-
ment to our high-command's decision. It is in the Indian tradition to abide by elder's decision. But that cannot be taken as a final word." Supporting the ongoing Seemandhra agitation in Coastal Andhra and Rayalassema, the PCC President said "the Congress has lost its face with its decision to bifurcate the state as it is natural in a family that even if the father allows partition between sons, the sons can convince their father again. "Since our high-command is like a father to us, we will try to convince our leadership."
Hyderabad, Oct 8 (IPT) : The Social Chartered haj flight left here this evening carrying 300 pilgrims including 298 from the neighboring Karnataka. So far 7,792 pilgrims have left by 24 flights for the Saudi Arabia from Hyderabad. Union Minister of State for Transport Sarvey Satyanarayana flagged off the 24th batch of Haj pilgrims at the Haj House. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Satyanarayana requested the pilgrims to pray for the welfare and development of the country as well as the state.Karnataka Minister Mohammed Qamar Ul Islam, who was present on the occasion, appealed to the pilgrims to pr a y f o r t h e unity and intergrity of the nation. Secunderabad MLA Jayasudha and MLC Prabhakar wished the pilgrims a successful and comfortable journey.
Fake currency racket busted: 3 held Hyderabad, Oct 8 (IPT) : The city police today busted a fake currency racket with the arrest of three people and recovered counterfeit Indian currency notes in the denomination of Rs 100 with a face value of Rs two lakh and scanner cum printer from their possession. East Zone Task Force team arrested Pittala Muninder (32), Pittala Anil (22) and Bommavaram Srinivasa Rao (29) all hailing from Karimnagar District when they were trying to exchange the fake currency at Tarnaka, according to Task Force Additional Deputy Commissioner B Limba Reddy. Mr Reddy said accused Muninder and Anil are brothers and another accused friend of Anil. Munider and Anil prepared fake currency with the help of scanner cum Printer and circulated the same in the market for his day to day needs, he said. About two months ago, Srinivasa Rao got an order for 3 lakh fake currency in the denomination of Rs 100 notes from one Arjun of Gulbarga. On that Munider prepared 3 laksh fake currency in the denomination of Rs 100 notes and handed over to the same to Srinivasa Rao, who went to Gulbarga to deliver them to Arjun and collect Rs 1 lakh original currency, the police officer said and added after receiving the fake currency, Arjun and not give any amount to Srinivas Rao and threatened that they will inform the Police. Due to the fear of Police, he returned back empty handed. Again, one week ago Srinivasa Rao informed his friend Anil that, he will arrange a party in Hyderabad and asked them to bring two lakh fake currency.While they were searching for the party to exchange the fake currency, police intervened and arrested them, Mr Reddy added.
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Dr Singh WON'T resign For everyone who expects a political thunderstorm in the Congress party this week, a prediction: Dr Manmohan Singh will NOT not drive down to Rashtrapati Bhavan a few hours after he returns from New York and submit his resignation as prime minister.The Congress president and her son will call on Dr Singh and strongly reiterate their belief in his leadership and apologise for the hurt caused by the party vice-president's tantrum at the Delhi Press Club on Friday. The division of authority in the United Progressive Alliance has been demarcated from the start in June 2004: Dr Singh runs the government; Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president and UPA chairperson, manages the byzantine politics involved in operating the ruling alliance.The ordinance that provoked Rahul Gandhi to take a rare stand was not conceived by Dr Singh; it was crafted by Sonia Gandhi's political advisors as insurance after the next general election when the Congress party will certainly need fresh allies if it has any hope of staying in power.Dr Singh, as it is infuriatingly clear to his admirers and critics, rarely takes a keen interest in politics. He leaves the complexities of dealing with allies and likely supporters to Sonia Gandhi and her team who have many years of understanding the eddy currents of Indian politics. For most of UPA-2, Pranab Mukherjee -- with whom Dr Singh apparently still has the kind of relationship moulded in the finance ministry's kiln of the early 1980s when the former was minister and the latter a mere satrap -- ran the political show along with Ahmed Patel, Sonia Gandhi's political secretary, with the prime minister looking on mostly as a disinterested observer. Rahul Gandhi knows that well, and Friday's display of rage -- whether manufactured or genuine -- was not directed at the prime minister for he is well aware that Dr Singh and his senior ministers merely executed what Patel and like his cohorts mandated in the Congress party's future interest, but at his mother’s team who he feels constantly thwart what he and his team desire for the party. The real political story then is not Narendra Modi's daily monotonous tirade against the Congress and the Nehru family, or Rahul Gandhi's supposed fusillade against the prime minister, but the war of nerves within India's oldest party as it prepares for an election where it could either swerve sharply away from the road to perdition and stage an improbable recovery or, more likely, be decimated for a half-generation.
Could Nawaz Sharif deliver Dawood Ibrahim? Ionesco can rest assured in his Parisian grave. The Theatre of the Absurd is alive and doing very well in India, thank you. All you need to do is flick television channels during a developing story like the prime minister's meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, and you can enjoy absurdities that could give Rhinoceros a run for its money. On Sunday, one anchor demanded to know if Dr Singh would confront Nawaz Sharif and ask why the Pakistani leader had called him a dehati aurat. For Arnab's sake! Do the prime ministers of the world's most bitter enemies have nothing better to discuss? The meeting was difficult to set up as it is. What with the military scrutinising one leader's every move and word, and the other's people allergic to any interaction with the prime minister of a country who had waged an insidious war for over 30 years. The inanities on television and in the Twitterverse flowed almost instantly after the New York encounter ended, with commentators quick to pass judgment that it was a flop, of no consequence, a waste of time. Diplomacy is best conducted away from the media glare, and Dr Singh's government has been clever in disguising its many moves to improve
India's relations -- be it the 2005 opening up with the United States; the Track II discussions with General Musharraf that ensured a corresponding reduction in violence in the Kashmir valley; or the persuasive negotiations in Riyadh to let go of Indian terrorists, to cite but three instances. Prime Minister Vajpayee memorably mentioned once that one could choose one's friends, but not one's neighbours. Dr Singh's diplomacy has been underscored by the philosophy that if India's borders remain tranquil, his government can concentrate on the economy and improving the lot of the Indian people. This is not to say, that all has gone according to plan. Like neighbours in a Mumbai building, there have been many provocations and countless squabbles, but one of the Singh government's unheralded triumphs has been the diplomatic victories it has scored in the neighbourhood, without tom-tomming it. So it is unlikely that we will know what really transpired at the New York Plaza hotel on Sunday. More likely, the two prime ministers gave their broad assent to what had been worked out in advance between their negotiating teams. The move to restore calm on the Line of Control was the only actionable
initiative the two sides could have gone public with. Afghanistan would certainly have been discussed -- nothing worries India's national security establishment more than what will unfold in Kabul after the Americans leave next year. India is determined that the moderates in Kabul -whom New Delhi has backed vigorously and invested in -- do not cede any ground to the Taliban or the Haqqani Network. Indian diplomats and national security mavens are also apprehensive that the terrorists whom Pakistan's military control and do not control will drift eastward and cause India's security environment to deteriorate badly. Nawaz Sharif, as the discourse in this country does not often recognise, is truly the last man standing in Pakistan. His government stands between some semblance of stability in that country and terrifying chaos. Even though the Pakistan military is still suspicious of Sharif (after all, he was ousted in a military coup 14 years this month), it knows that among all of Pakistan's politicians -Imran Khan included -- he has, given his past relationship with the Islamists, the best chance of reining them in somewhat. Ironically, for a man who began his political career under General Zia-
ul Haq, the dictator who wove Islamism into the tapestry of Pakistani society, Nawaz Sharif has consistently sought a better relationship with India, perhaps recognising, like the businessman that he is, that that would make it possible for Pakistan to focus on the economy and growth. So what can we expect in the short term from the New York guftagu? Likely, some more action from the Pakistanis in delivering Indian terrorists who have caused mayhem here in recent years but outlived their utility to the ISI. Men like Abdul Karim Tunda, for instance, or Yasin Bhatkal. There is talk that the next big capture for India's intelligence agencies may be India's MOST WANTED himself. Will the ISI ever let go of Dawood Ibrahim, who has been privy to so much of its diabolic plans against India, or will the ISI thwart the civilian government and bump the gangster off, the way he murdered so many? Just for a moment, consider the possibility: Dawood Ibrahim captured a few days before the next general election. It would be Dr Singh and the Congress's Osama moment. What answer could Narendra Modi possibly have to that?
Chaotic oil power Libya far from partition This weekend’s U.S. military raid to snatch a top suspected al Qaeda operative from Tripoli only underscored how Libya’s turmoil may make it easier for Islamist militants to find safe haven there. Two years after civil war ended the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi, federalist ambitions complicate Zeidan’s fragile control over former rebels still jostling for more power. A thousand miles to the east, armed protesters had seized ports disrupting oil shipments into the Mediterranean in support of local activists who appointed a de facto prime minister. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s Libya sounds like a country on the verge of splitting into a jigsaw of rebellious enclaves each with their own government, militias and, importantly, their own share of OPEC member Libya’s oil. This weekend’s U.S. military raid to snatch a top suspected al Qaeda operative from Tripoli only underscored how Libya’s turmoil may make it easier for Islamist militants to find safe haven there. Two years after civil war ended the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi, federalist ambitions complicate Zeidan’s fragile control over former rebels still jostling for more power. His challenge is clearest in the east, where protesters claiming to protect Libya’s oil from corrupt elites have closed ports, dug in and threatened to sell oil independently for their Cyrenaica re-
gion, long an anti-Gaddafi stronghold. There, the main city Benghazi has already set up its own council demanding to run local affairs, and called for state oil company NOC to return to an area that was once Libya’s economic heartland. “The government and congress exploit Libya’s wealth and use it to serve their agendas,” said Ibrahim al-Jathran, the former head of an oil protection security unit who defected and seized eastern ports as a self-styled federalist chieftain. Yet as chaotic as Libya appears, it is far from partition or from taking the path of Iraq, where federalism splits oil revenue between Baghdad’s Arab-led government and a Kurdish enclave that runs its own administration and armed forces. Rather than a widespread popular movement, Libya’s autonomy protests have grown out of Tripoli’s lack of control, tribal loyalties and a series of unresolved local grievances over security, corruption and poor services that have festered since the
2011 revolution. Independence declarations by Cyrenaica and more recently by the southern Fezzan region change little on the ground politically, analysts say, as they have no mass support for now, and carry no authority under Libya’s transitional arrangement. But the risk is that such demands could drive Libya deeper into chaos, with a weak government paralyzed by inertia and armed militias with little popular support holding Tripoli to ransom by shutting down oil in the name of federalism. That scenario has already drawn comparisons to Nigeria, where militants with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) have attacked oil installations, kidnapped foreign workers and siphoned off crude for sale under the banner of fighting for the oppressed people of the Niger Delta. Without a clear central government response, Libya may still slowly fragment with competing regions and cities, loyal to rival tribal and ethnic groups, vying for con-
trol of local oil and gas resources.“They are trying to use this power as a bargaining tool with the state. They want to disrupt the current political process and to do so they threaten to break off from Libya,” said International Crisis Group’s Claudia Gazzani. “Whether this becomes an armed confrontation that leads to greater autonomy depends very much on how the government responds to these peoples’ demands.” EAST MOST PROBLEMATIC Libyan federalists play upon old divisions dating back to before Gaddafi came to power in 1969. They point to 1951 when power was devolved to Cyrenaica, the southern province of Fezzan, and Tripolitania in the west. A shaky central government’s failure to wrest control from rival militias and provide security in most parts of Libya, and even over parts of Tripoli, only feeds federalist ambitions. The east’s Benghazi was the cradle of the uprising against Gaddafi with longheld grudges its people were mistreated and have since not seen their share of postrevolution spoils. Libya is still without a new constitution. It must be drafted by a committee chosen from the three regions, who will have to account for rival federalist claims, tribal demands and ethnic pressures.Iraq, in contrast, already has a federal system that calls for autonomous Kurdistan to ship its oil through the central government’s pipelines and
in return receive a percentage of the federal budget, although unresolved tensions remain. “Kurds are a majority in Kurdistan. As for Libya, whether in the south or the east, those demanding autonomy are small groups,” said Hadi Belazi, director of Petro Libya, a Tripoli oil services company. “In Libya, in some cases 10 or 15 people can close a pipeline and it’s not ... even a whole tribe.” The federalists do not have widespread support for full autonomy, and often appear to use federalism more for leverage against Tripoli, according to analysts, local officials and diplomats. Southern Fezzan’s tribes declared autonomy two weeks ago but rivalries between groups who backed Gaddafi and those who opposed him would scuttle that proposal, say locals, even if discontent with Tripoli was strong. “Fezzan is a source of gas, water, farming and wealth that goes to the north and the capital. Not one nail has been hammered in here,” said Khalil Mohammed, a nurse in a local hospital in Sabha town in Fezzan. In the more populated west, demands of the powerful Zintan tribe, who had shut the major El Feel and Sharara oilfields, were addressed by pay increases, managing local concerns and by promising more cash for community projects. “Federalism in the east is a more serious issue and is more plausible. But the amount of support is very limited and if the government
can sort out security and spending money, I think federalism will fall away quickly,” said one diplomat. Yet, Libya’s eastern area is far from under control. Benghazi, where militants attacked a U.S. consulate in 2012, remains chaotic. Turf warfare among rival militias is aggravated by a strong presence of Islamist hardliners in the city. In the remote desert oilproducing areas, several thousand armed militiamen led by the federalist leader Jathran hold facilities that account for almost sixty percent of the country’s oil wealth. It is unclear how much support Jathran can draw upon for a real push for autonomy in the east, or whether he would end protests if Tripoli offered more concessions. The central government has warned it could turn to force, but appears reluctant to confront the armed federalists. For the moment, his eastern oil protesters are keeping their hard line. But starting exporting oil independently to market though the Mediterranean without any agreement with Tripoli will be tough for Jathran’s men. The government has threatened to attack any tankers illegally exporting oil. “One thing is certain, Jathran and his people will not be able to sell oil, nobody is interested,” said John Hamilton at CBI, a business consultancy focused on Africa and energy. “That ship would be marked, this would be oil stolen from Libya.”
How specific 'high fat' diet can actually help fight obesity A new research has found that a diet high in a certain type of fat may actually increase metabolism.After studying genetically modified mice, the discovery by Texas Tech University nutrition scientists could lead to supplements and a diet regime that will increase metabolism and decrease muscle fatigue in humans. Chad Paton, an assistant professor of nutritional biochemistry in the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing, said that he and his colleagues were curious why skeletal muscles of obese people contained a certain type of enzyme that breaks down saturated fats.To test what that enzyme did, Paton's lab and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin - Madison genetically modified mice so that their muscles would constantly produce the enzyme. "We used a transgenic mouse model, and we took the gene that makes the enzyme that's not normally expressed and took away it's regulation to make it active all the time," Paton said. "What we found in those animals is they had a hypermetabolic rate compared to the wild mice, increased energy consumption and greatly increased these animals' exercise capacity," he said. The enzyme, called SCD1, converts saturated fat into monounsaturated fat, which is easier to metabolize. The liver will produce this enzyme depending on the fat content of the food consumed, he said. Fatty adipose tissue produces it all the time as a way of regulating itself.Only in heavily exercised muscle tissue or in the case of obesity does skeletal muscle produce the enzyme, he said. After looking at skeletal muscles of the genetically modified mice compared to that of the wild mice, Paton and his team discovered higher levels of polyunsaturated fats, particularly linoleic acid, gotten only through diet. Higher levels of linoleic acid could only mean one thing - the modified mice were eating more food. But Paton's team found that the modified mice weighed less than the wild mice. On top of that, their ability to exercise increased. The research is published in the peer reviewed journal, The Journal of Lipid Research.
Cold weather affect joints: Survey
Not only does cold weather makes people lazy but it effects the body's joints too. Studies show that four out of 10 adults travel to sunnier places as they feel that extreme cold is bad for their health. A poll was conducted by joint health brand Regenovex on 1,000 people aged 35 to 75 - all with joint health problems. They were questioned about their experiences with weather-related joint issues. Almost 72 per cent of respondents said they suffered more from joint problems such as discomfort and stiffness because of the weather. "Joint discomfort and joint health issues are a huge problem in the UK with millions of us struggling in silence," femalefirst.com quoted independent nutritionist Emma Derbyshire as saying.. The survey also revealed that the knees are the most affected by cold weather, followed by back, fingers, hips, hands and neck.
Hire them, heal them: NGO on leprosy patients
A voluntary organisation announced Sunday it would launch a nationwide campaign to clear misconceptions about leprosy, which still causes people to attach a stigma to the disease.The campaign HEAL India (Hire. Educate. Accept Leprosy-affected) will be launched by the Leprosy Mission Trust India Oct 10. Leprosy, a bacterial disease treatable with a six-month course of medication if diagnosed early, is believed to have originated in India in about 2000 BC. Medical evidence from skeletons of the time have pointed to its prevalence then.In 2005, India officially declared that the disease has been eradicated romm the country. In the years since that declaration, however, the disease has resurfaced, afflicting greater numbers in the poorest states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra.India now accounts for 58 percent of the new leprosy cases worldwide.The campaign by the Leprosy Mission Trust India will seek to clear misconceptions about the disease that cause those afflicted to be stigmatised, unable to gain employment or acceptance in society. The campaign is slated to reach over a million people by bringing together corporate houses, governments, entrepreneurs, children, schools, celebrities, NGOs and people affected by leprosy. India creates approximately seven million jobs every year, but people affected by leprosy struggle to find one.The HEAL India campaign will open avenues of employment for them by building their skills, connecting them to employment opportunities and creating an inclusive hiring environment through a corporate charter with industry bodies, a release issued Sunday said.HEAL India will be reaching out to people in Delhi National Capital Region through 40,000 schools children and youth in colleges. Workshops, films, music contests, and parent-teacher associations will be used for the campaign. Leprosy Mission Trust India said it is advocating for leprosy awareness to be part of school curricula.
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China dismisses worries over Turkey missile deal Beijing, Oct 8 : China's Foreign Ministry dismissed concerns about Turkey's decision to co-produce a missile defense system with a Chinese firm, saying on Tuesday that the United States and others were needlessly politicizing a purely commercial deal. Both the United States and NATO have expressed worry about the $3.4 billion deal, saying the system would not be compatible with those of Turkey's other allies. Some NATO diplomats have also said integrating a Chinese system into NATO's defenses would raise cybersecurity concerns and issues about NATO swapping technical data with a Chi-
nese firm. But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said there was nothing to worry about, especially as China had very strict rules on arms exports to ensure no impact on regional or global peace and stability."The cooperation between the Chinese firm and Turkey is normal military cooperation between the two countries," she told a daily news briefing in Beijing. "We hope that all relevant parties can objectively and rationally view this cooperation, and should not politicize normal commercial competition." Turkey has said it is likely to sign the deal, though its decision is not yet final. Turkey's Defense Ministry
said last month it favored China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp's (CPMIEC) FD-2000 missile defense system over more expensive rival systems from Russian, U.S. and European firms. The United States announced sanctions on CPMIEC in February for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act. Turkey has said the selection was not politically motivated, and that the Chinese offer met Turkey's main demands of price and the ability to place much of the production in Turkey. For China, the deal would be a breakthrough in its bid to become a supplier of advanced weapons.
Libya militants seek to avenge al Qaeda leader capture Dubai, Oct 8 : Libyan militants have called for the kidnapping of American citizens in Tripoli and for attacks on gas pipelines, ships and planes to avenge the capture of a senior al Qaeda figure by U.S. special forces in Libya last week. Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name Abu Anas al-Liby, is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians. He was snatched on the streets of Tripoli on Saturday and is being held aboard a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea, U.S. officials said. Messages posted by Libyan jihadists on the Internet and monitored by the SITE service included a Facebook page called "Benghazi is Protected by its People". It told Libyans to close off entrances and exits to the capital and kidnap citizens of the United States and its allies in order to use them to bargain for the release of imprisoned militants. It also urged them to damage pipelines exporting gas to Europe, and target ships and planes. "Libya today is still a place of disbelief that is ruled by something other than the Shariah of Allah; thus, there is no security for disbelievers there," the message said. In another message posted on forums and
social media, a group called "the Revolutionaries of Benghazi - al-Bayda, Derna" condemned the al Qaeda leader's capture. It accused Libya's leaders of having prior knowledge of the operation, although Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said at the weekend that the government had asked the United States to explain the raid. The group vowed to fight "everyone who betrayed his country and involved himself in this conspiracy. We say that this shameful act will cost the Libyan government a lot and it will be as you will see and not as you hear." Since Muammar Gaddafi's fall, Islamist militants, including groups linked to al Qaeda, have used Libya to smuggle out weapons and as a base for fighters. North Africa is home to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other Islamist affiliates who either cooperate with the network or sympathize with its ideology. Liby is wanted by the FBI, which gives his age as 49 and had offered a $5 million reward for help in capturing him. He was indicted in 2000 along with 20 other al Qaeda suspects including Osama bin Laden and current global leader of the militant network, Ayman al-Zawahri.
Rebels freed as Myanmar gives amnesty to 56 political prisoners Yangon, Oct 8 : Myanmar released 56 political prisoners on Tuesday in a presidential amnesty mainly for members of ethnic minority armies with which the government is seeking peace deals, activist and official sources said. The release is the second since the country's reformist President Thein Sein made a promise during a trip to Britain in July that all prisoners of conscience would be freed by the end of the year. A total of 73 were released on July 23. Thein Sein is attending a regional summit this week in Brunei. The prisoners were set free on Tuesday from at least a dozen detention centres across the country, said a senior Home Ministry official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorised to talk to the media. Myanmar's decades-long refusal to free activists, journalists, political opponents and even comedians and artists deemed threats to the army-run state were the main justification for years of Western sanctions on the country. Under the junta, which ceded power in March 2011, the number of political prisoners was estimated to be as high as 2,500. Hundreds of those have since been released under Thein Sein's quasi-civilian government and in response, most sanctions by the United States, Europe and Australia were suspended to allow the resumption of investment and development aid. According to Bo Kyi of
the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP), a body that monitors prisoners of conscience held in Myanmar, most of those released on Tuesday were former members of either the Shan State Army or the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The two rebel groups are among about a dozen that for decades fought the central government in pursuit of greater autonomy in the mountains and jungles along the borders with China and Thailand. To meet another condition to end sanctions, Thein Sein's government launched a complex and ambitious peace process in 2011. Though a preliminary peace agreement was made with the Shan group, the far stronger KIA has yet to come on board and conflict with the military is still going on. Talks between a government delegation and the KIA were due to take place in the Kachin State capital, Myitkyina, on Tuesday. Previous rounds have all ended in stalemate. Bo Kyi, who is also a member of a panel tasked with establishing which inmates were jailed for political reasons, said the AAPP's research had found Myanmar was still holding 133 political detainees and 232 activists were awaiting trial. "We have asked the president for the unconditional release of all remaining political prisoners. I just don't know why he released only 56 today," said Bo Kyi, who was himself once a political prisoner.
Kayani made interim chief of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Islamabad, Oct 8 : Pakistan Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Tuesday assumed additional charge as the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee until a replacement is made for the top post. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said appointments to the posts of Chief of Army Staff and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee will be made in accordance with the Constitutional framework. Responding to queries, Mr. Rashid said currently Chief of the Army Staff is holding the acting charge of the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) and this position will be filled within 30 days as per Constitutional requirement. Being the senior-most in Pakistan military, Gen. Kayani, 61, took the charge after Gen. Khalid Shameem Wynne retired on Monday.Hours before Gen. Wynne retired on Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the new CJCSC and Army chief would be chosen together after â€œcomprehensive considerationsâ€?. Gen. Kayani has already announced that he would step down at the end of his term on November 29, 2013. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister had said on Monday, â€œWhile expectation regarding announcement of the successor to the outgoing CJCSC before October 8 is reasonable, the issue needs a comprehensive consideration due to the fact that office of the COAS is also falling vacant soon.
Four dead, thousands evacuated after Typhoon Fitow hits eastern China Shanghai, Oct 8 : Four people were killed and hundreds of thousands evacuated after Typhoon Fitow hit eastern China, destroying houses and farmlands and closing ports and airports. Packing winds up to 151 kms (94 miles) per hour, Fitow hit Fuding city in Fujian province early on Monday before weakening into a tropical storm later in the day, the official Xinhua news agency reported. At least four people have been killed and four others were still missing, Xinhua said on Tuesday. Flight and train services in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, were suspended on Monday. In Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province, the storm destroyed over 1,700 houses and 46,800 hectares of crop land, the report said.
Women walk past the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the mainly Shiite neighborhood of Zafaraniyah in southeastern Baghdad, Iraq. Deadly attacks in Iraq killed tens of people. The attacks are the latest in a relentless wave of killing that has made for Iraq's deadliest outburst of violence since 2008.
US target in Somalia plotted serial Kenya attacks: spy report Nairobi, Oct 8 : Ikrima, the militant targeted by U.S. special forces in a failed weekend raid, is a Somalibased thinker, planner and operator who has relentlessly plotted attacks on neighboring Kenya, intelligence services and analysts believe. Kenyan and Western security agencies have identified Ikrima - the nom de guerre of Abdikadar Mohamed Abdikadar - as the link man for commanders of the al Shabaab Islamist group in Somalia with al Qaeda and Kenya's home-bred militants. They have not established that Ikrima, a Kenyan of Somali origin who spent several years in Norway, was involved in last month's attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed 67 people, for which al Shabaab has claimed responsibility. However, he plotted to attack Kenya's parliament, assassinate top Kenyan politicians and hit U.N. offices in Nairobi, according to a Kenyan intelligence report leaked to media and also obtained by Reuters. These plans failed, but so too did the U.S. Navy SEALS mission into Barawe, a militant stronghold on Somalia's
southern coast. The special forces team pulled out after a gun battle without capturing Ikrima, named after a figure in Islamic history who first fought against Prophet Mohammad but then converted to become one of his most valiant commanders. "He is a planner who is relentless in coming up with operations in Kenya," said Matt Bryden, a former coordinator of the United Nations Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group. "He is one of the thinkers, planners, operational practitioners." One defector from al Shabaab, who now works with Somali intelligence, described Ikrima as a well-connected man in his 30s able to mastermind operations across the border into Kenya. In 2004, he travelled to Norway where he applied for asylum but left in 2008 before there was a decision on his application, Norway's TV2 reported. When in Norway, he lived in the Oslo area but visited Somalia, it said. Norway's foreign ministry and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration declined to comment. Experts say he was mentored by al Qaeda operatives Fazul Mohammed and
Putin demands Dutch apology for diplomat's alleged beating Nusa Dua, Indonesia, Oct 8 : Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded an apology from the Netherlands on Tuesday after what Moscow says was an attack on a Russian diplomat in The Hague by armed men in camouflage over the weekend. Russia has lodged a formal diplomatic protest over the incident, in which it said a minister-counselor at its embassy in the Netherlands, Dmitry Borodin, was badly beaten in his home in front of his children by the unidentified assailants. "We are awaiting an explanation, an apology and also punishment of those responsible," Putin said at a news conference after an Asia-Pacific summit in Indonesia, calling the incident a "very rude violation" of diplomatic rules. "Depending on how the Dutch side conducts itself, we will react," Putin said.A Dutch police spokeswoman in The Hague, Ellen van Zijl, confirmed there had been an incident involving a Russian diplomat, adding: "This man is fine. He is not in the hospital." She declined to give further details. The Dutch Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment. Dutch news agency ANP said po-
lice had visited the home of Borodin, who is number two at the embassy, after receiving a complaint from neighbors about his treatment of his children. A spokeswoman for the Russian embassy in The Hague, Sofia Sarenkova, said she believed such a complaint was "one of the pretexts" for the incident. Sarenkova said the men who visited Borodin's apartment were "wearing something like police uniforms" but that they did not identify themselves. She said they pushed Borodin to the ground and beat him with a baton before taking him to a police station. In Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Dutch ambassador on Tuesday to demand an "exhaustive explanation". The incident adds to tensions between Russia and the Netherlands, which are already at odds over the prosecution on piracy charges of environmental activists involved in a protest against Arctic oil drilling. Last Friday, the Netherlands launched legal proceedings against Russia over the detention of Greenpeace activists on a Dutch-registered ship after their protest at an oil rig off Russia's north coast.
Saleh Nabhan, both now dead, who played roles in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi and a 2002 attack on an Israeli hotel and passenger jet in the coastal city of Mombasa. Mohammed was seen as the lynchpin of al Qaeda in east Africa before Somali government forces killed him in 2011, while Nabhan died in Barawe in 2009 when U.S. special forces staged a helicopter-borne strike. One U.S. official said Ikrima was known to Washington as a major al Shabaab plotter. Another called him an "external operations" planner but said the United States had no specific intelligence linking him to the September 21 attack on the Westgate shopping mall. Intelligence agencies have not revealed when Ikrima crossed from Kenya into Somalia. He appeared on U.N. investigators' radar around 2009 when he was believed to be part of a small circle of foreign fighters who won influence within al Shabaab. Since then, he is believed to have continued to nurture links with al Hijra, a Kenyan group aligned to al Shabaab. "He is known to have travelled back and forth
between Somalia and Kenya. Some of the people he associated with were known to be operational leaders of al Hijra," said Bryden, who is now director of Sahan Research, a Horn of Africafocused think tank in Nairobi. Ikrima's relationship with al Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane, is unclear, although Godane is known to hide sometimes in Barawe where the U.S. forces landed on Saturday. An al Shabaab spokesman said no senior figure was present when they arrived. Since taking control in 2008, Godane has purged al Shabaab of dissenters to his leadership and, experts say, has tried to rebrand the group as a global player in the al Qaeda franchise with the Westgate attack. "It sits alongside al Shabaab's strategy of leveraging the old al Qaeda in east Africa network in order to stage their attacks abroad," said Natznet Tesfay at risk consultancy IHS. That could have made Ikrima useful for Godane, although command structures in al Shabaab are opaque. One U.S. official said Ikrima may have operated independently of Godane. J Peter Pham of
the Atlantic Council think tank said Ikrima had a range of links including with another active group, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). "Ikrima seems to have his own connections both to al Hijra and to al Qaeda, including what is left of the central leadership in Pakistan and AQAP in Yemen," he said. In a security document leaked a week after the Westgate raid, Kenya's National Intelligence Service warned that suspected al Shabaab militants were in the country. The NIS detailed plots masterminded by Ikrima to attack parliament, a restaurant popular with Somali officials, the U.N. headquarters in Nairobi and Kenyan politicians. The plans, the NIS said, had been sanctioned by al Qaeda in Pakistan. Among Ikrima's accomplices, Kenyan intelligence said, was Samantha Lewthwaite, a British Muslim convert labeled the "White Widow" by the British press. Interpol have issued a "red alert" arrest warrant for her. The report also linked him to Jermaine Grant, another Briton awaiting trial in Mombasa charged with planning an attack in Kenya in December.
Argentina's President to undergo surgery on head Buenos Aires, Oct 8 : Argentina's president will undergo surgery today to remove blood between her brain and skull that has been causing new and worrying symptoms, her physicians said. The president's doctors said they had ordered President Cristina Fernandez on Saturday to rest for a month after discovering the subdural hematoma a clot inside her skull pressuring her brain and causing headaches. In some patients, such blood clots reabsorb by themselves over time. But the situation became more urgent after Fernandez felt a weakness and numbness in her upper left arm Sunday evening, according to doctors at the Fundacion Favaloro, one of Argentina's top cardiology hospitals. "Facing these symptoms, the team decided on surgical intervention," the hospital's doctors said in a statement yesterday. The surgery involves drilling small holes through the skull to remove old blood. In a three-paragraph statement released late Saturday that
raised more questions than answers, her doctors attributed the injury to a still unexplained blow to her head she suffered Aug 12. That would have been the day after a primary vote showed a significant drop in support for ruling party candidates, despite her intensive campaigning. As the 60-year-old leader returned to the hospital for pre-surgical exams yesterday, Vice President Amado Boudou made no mention of the planned operation. He said in a speech that top officials would run the country as a team "while she gets the rest she deserves." "What Cristina wants is for us to maintain the administration, and to carry on this project that (her late husband and predecessor as president) Nestor Kirchner began and that Cristina has continued," Boudou said. Boudou didn't say whether Fernandez would formally delegate her executive powers during the surgery or thereafter, during her recovery. The question has hung over the government in part
because Boudou has become unpopular while under investigation for alleged corruption and illegal enrichment. There was no official announcement about a transfer of power, but Boudou reportedly signed a document formally assuming control after his speech, and by last night government websites were describing him as "the vice president in charge of the executive power." Questions left by The Associated Press with the president's spokesman, Alfredo Scoccimarro, were not immediately answered. Argentina's constitution provides for, but does not require, a formal transfer of power in case of health problems, said Daniel Sabsay, a constitutional lawyer. A full medical leave would require congressional approval, but short of that, "she alone decides, according to the problem she faces and her doctors' advice, if she needs to delegate some powers to the vice president," he told Radio Continental. The president's critics said the government should be more transparent.
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Keran operation ends, infiltration attempts from PoK going on: Army Srinagar, Oct 8 : Announcing that one of the most protracted operations to netralise ultras in Keran sector had ended, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt General Sanjiv Chachra, said today that militants, with the help of Pakistani troops, were continuing desperate attempts to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).There would be no inquiry into infiltration in Keran sector, where a number of militants were holed up in the woods, Lt Gen Chachra told reporters at the conclusion of
a four-day visit to LoC and other security installations in Kashmir this afternoon. The search operation, he said, in the more than 3 km forest area has been called off.Seven heavily armed and trained militants were killed and six soldiers injured in the 15-day operation, the Northern Army Commander said. "We have specific inputs from intelligence sources that attempts of infiltration from across the Line of Control (LoC) will continue as militants wanted to sneak into this side before the upper heights receive snowfall."
I assure the people of the nation that troops are on high alert to meet any challenge from across the border," Lt Gen Chachra announced.Yet another infiltration bid from across the LoC was scuttled by troops, he revealed. Lt Gen Chachra said militants waiting in launch pads near the LoC wanted to infiltrate into this side before the onset of winter. "Let us not get into numbers, he said when asked how many militants would in launch pads who wanted to sneak into this side. " We have a strong anti
Sonia launches several projects in Rae Breli constituency Rae Bareli, Oct 8 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi along with her daughter Priyanka Vadra today launched several sops in her Parliamentary constitutuency including laying of the foundation stones of the much-awaited All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and a Railway wheel factory. Earlier in an unscheduled programme, Ms Gandhi, who reached here this morning along with her daughter, laid the foundation for AIIMS and attended the bhumi pujan at Munshiganj Old Sugar Mill campus in the city.Ms Gandhi also chaired the District Vigilance Committee meeting in, which Priyanka attended as a member for the first time. The Congress president also inaugurated eight branches of the UCO bank at Shora village and laid the foundation for a multipurpose City Resources Centre in the city to be developed by HUDCo.The centre would be spread around in 9000 sq mt and HUDCo
SC upholds 3% quota for physically challenged in govt jobs New Delhi, Oct 8: The Supreme Court today upheld the validity of the government notification providing 3 per cent reservation to the physically challenged in government jobs. The bench comprised Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justices Ranjana Prakash Desai and Ranjan Gogoi. The judges ruled that there was no illegality involved in the government decision to provide 3 per cent reservation to the physically handicapped in admission to educational institutions and jobs.
will spent around Rs 12.5 crore for the construction. "Development is a continuous process and it will continue in Rae Bareli as well as in the country," Ms Gandhi said while addressing a function at the Rail Coach factory at Lalganj while laying the foundation stone of the Railway Wheel factory. "These projects are a step towards the development while UPA government has already introduced the ambitious Food Security Act and the Land Acquisition Act benefiting the farmers and poor the most," she claimed.The UPA chairperson said the Centre has approved the second phase of the Prime Minister Gramin Sadak Yojna which will give 3000 km of new roads in Uttar Pradesh. "The Food Security Act would enable more foodgrains to UP. While during the PDS regime the state was getting 67 lakh tonne of wheat, in the Food Security Act, UP will get 96 lakh tonne of wheat," she claimed.
Congress appeals for peace in Seemandhra New Delhi, Oct 8 : The Congress Tuesday expressed concern over the ongoing protests in the Seemandhra and appealed to the people of the region "to give up their agitation so that a solution to benefit both sides be arrived at". "We are deeply concerned about the agitation in Seemandhra," Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, in charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh, said in a statement. "The Congress party appeals to the people of Seemandhra to g i v e u p their agitation so that a healthy dialogue process can move forward and a solution t h a t w i l l b e nefit both the
sides be arrived at," he said. The Congress assured the people of Seemandhra that it remains committed to "addressing all their concerns particularly with respect to safeguarding the interests of the people living and working in the Telangana region, the concerns over education and employment opportunities in Hyderabad for their youth, the sharing of river and the power issue". He said a group of ministers formed by the central government would hold detailed consultations with all stake holders on these issues and other sensitive matter.
infiltration grid in place and our troops, who are in high morale, are capable enough to meet any such challenge," he said.He said desperate infiltration attempts are being made as there are now less number of militants in the hinterland.When asked if Pakistani troops were also involved in the recent incursion in Keran sector, Lt Gen Chachra said "troops of our side and Pakistan are eyeball to eyeball on the LoC. It cannot be without Pak army help and support, he said adding," we cannot have to prove it as it is open."
After Mulayam, CBI winds up DA case against Mayawati New Delhi, Oct 8 : Days after it closed a disproportionate assets case against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, the CBI today closed a DA case against BSP supremo Mayawati saying that the FIR in connection with the case was quashed by the Supreme Court last year. CBI sources said the case against Mayawati, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, has been winded up. The CBI was investigating against Ms Mayawati for nearly nine years to determine whether her assets were disproportionate to her declared income. The probe began after allegations of financial irregularities in a project to develop the areas around the Taj Mahal, commissioned when she was the Chief Minister.CBI decided to wind up its probe in the DA case against Mayawati after receiving legal opinion on the Supreme Court orders on the issue.The sources said legal experts of the probe agency were of the view that the case should be closed. CBI on September 20 had filed a closure report inthedisproportionate assets case against Mulayam Singh Yadav citing lack of evidence.
I am happy SC has said I can resume functioning: Srinivasan
A car is driven over the back of a Sikh youth as he displays martial art skills during a religious procession on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Ram Das in Amritsar.
Jagan's indefinite fast enters fourth day Hyderabad, Oct 8 (IPT) : YSR Congress Party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's indefinite hunger strike against the creation of a separate Telangana state entered the fourth day on Tuesday. According to reports, the health condition of Jagan, who began his indefinite fast on Saturday demanding the Centre to review its decision of bifurcating the state, is stable and his vital parameters are normal. Expressing deep anguish over the arbitrary bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, Reddy had earlier blamed Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the 'crisis' in the state and accused her of exploiting sentiments of people to pave way for Rahul Gandhi to be-
come the Prime Minister. "Sonia Gandhi is responsible for the crisis in the state and she has been playing with the sentiments of the people with the singular motive of seeing to it that her son Rahul Gandhi is made Prime Minister," he said. He further appealed to Sonia Gandhi to reconsider the decision, as creating a new state would badly affect the future generations of one region. "The division is arbitrary in nature and does not address all issues that are bound to crop up after the bifurcation," he said. "The motive of the division could be political but Delhi cannot play with the sentiments of the people of one
region. I once again appeal to the Centre to roll back its decision on division," he said, adding that BJP should also take a call on the issue and stand up for a united state. Reddy earlier said his party would approach the Supreme Court, and ask it to tell the Centre to withdraw its arbitrary decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. "Why is no one talking about Bodoland, Gorkhaland or Vidarbha? We will be definitely going to the Supreme Court in protest. We are looking forward for some help, because this kind of arbitrarily doing, it is not helpful for the country. People are splitting this country for the sake of votes and seats," he said
Govt searching escape velocity to escape its responsibilities: BJP New Delhi, Oct 8 : Taking a dig at Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi who used the term 'escape velocity' for uplift of Dalits, the BJP today said the UPA government was "searching for escape velocity to escape its responsibilities". "He (Rahul) is talking about escape velocity. The Congress-led UPA government is searching for escape velocity to escape its responsibilities and problems in the country created by the Congress. But the Congress cannot escape from wrath of the people," BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters.She said the upcoming Assembly polls in five
states will show the Congress an 'exit route'. The BJP spokesperson slammed Mr Gandhi for taking credit of the RTI Act and other schemes. "RTI is not a gift given by the Congress. Several NGOs were working for the RTI. Several state governments had implemented it in different forms. Rahul Gandhi is taking credit for the RTI then he should tell why despite it, 2G, coalgate and other scams took place," Ms Lekhi said.She said Mr Gandhi was taking credit for the RTI, but no information can be received through the RTI about the first family of the Congress.On Mr Gandhi's
statement that the BJP lost the Lok Sabha polls in 2004, 2009 and will lose again in 2014, Ms Lekhi said the country has paid a "heavy price" for re-electing the Congress."The people have no wish to pay the heavy price again as the rupee value has also decreased," she commented. She alleged that the Congress was responsible for the poor situation of Dalits in the country. Ms Lekhi also criticised Finance Minister P Chidambaram who compared Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi with BJP veterans Atal Behari Vajpayee and L K Advani.
Chennai, Oct 8 : An elated Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) President N Srinivasan today expressed happiness about the Supreme Court clearing the decks for him to assume office as President. In the midst of the IPL spot fixing scndal involving his son-in-law Gurunathh Meyappan , who was also in chrge of the Board supremo's IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, Mr Srinivasan was elected unanimously as President again for 2013-14 at the 84th AGM of the Board here on September 22. However, the apex court had put the brakes on him before clearing him to assume office, hearing a petition by Bihar Cricket Association(BCA) contending that he should be prevented from becoming President of BCCI again in the wake of the IPL scandal. 'Iam happy. Supreme Court has said I can resume functioning aand discharge myfunctions', he said as newspersons especially news channels rushed to his residence here for his quotes, after the apex court ruling today.
Seemandhra MP moves court for resignation's acceptance New Delhi, Oct 8 : Congress MP and Seemandhra leader Lagadapati Rajagopal Monday moved the Delhi High Court seeking direction for Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to accept his resignation as member of the house, submitted two months ago. Protesting against the party's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh and form a separate Telangana state, Rajagopal submitted his resignation Aug 2. The matter likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday before Justice V.K. Jain. In his plea Rajagopal, who represents Vijayawada Lok Sabha constituency, said: "Even after expiry of 65 days and repeated requests, the speaker has not acted on the resignation. Rajagopal is compelled to continue as member of Lok Sabha against his will." Rajagopal said in the petition that he tendered the resignation from the lower house voluntarily and out of free will and this was informed to the speaker.
A group of widows are on tour in a boat on the River Hooghli during their trip to Kolkata by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International, in Kolkata.
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