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CS asks banks to formulate credit plan quickly for agrl lending Hyderabad , May 29 (IPT) : Chief Secretary P K Mohanty today said asked the banks under the leadership of Andhra Bank, the SLBC Convenor, should quickly formulate the credit plan for agriculture lending in view of fast approaching of Khariff Season in the state. The existing crop loans extended during the year 2013-14 may be rescheduled since drought and cyclones hit the state during the year, Mr Mohanty said while addressing the executives of
the banks operating at the 183th SLBC Meeting convened here to discuss specific issues relating to agriculture credit and to draw upon an action plan for disbursement of loans to the farmers in the ensuing Kharif season."Since this is the last meeting for the combined state, a brief review of the State Credit Plan 2013-14 will also be taken up in today's meeting," he said Keeping the tradition, bankers have surpassed the credit plan targets this year
also. Against a target of Rs.99,894 Crs, the achievement has been Rs.1,04,347 Crs (104.46 per cent), he said.Including disbursals under Non Priority Sector, the achievement has been 147.08%, he said and expressed happy that the State has done well in lending under Agriculture during the year 2013-14.Against targeted Rs.67,224 Crores, the disbursals have been to the order of Rs.73,494 Crs, thus achieving 109.33% of the target, he said.
PM unveils ten-point agenda for 'Good Governance'
SIT on black money to hold first meeting on June 4
New Delhi, May 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled a tenpoint agenda for 'Good Governance' including transparency in government functioning and addressing problems in economy and infrastructure building. The ten-point agenda includes : --Building confidence in bureaucracy, --Welcoming innovative ideas, --Prioritise education, health and water sectors, --Bring transparency in Government functioning, --Set up a mechanism to resolve inter-Ministerial issues, --Put a people-oriented system in place, --Address concerns on economy, --Bring reforms in infrastructure, --Implement policies in a time-bound manner --Bring sustained stability in Government policies The Prime Minister also asked his Cabinet colleagues to set a 100-day agenda with focus on good governance in keeping with his promise of 'Minimum Governance' and 'Maximum Government.'
New Delhi, May 29 : The first high—level meeting of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on the issue of black money and special probe into cases of unaccounted funds stashed away abroad by Indians will be held in New Delhi on June 4. Officials said the Department of Revenue under the Finance Ministry has issued invite to all the 11 members of the SIT after obtaining the consent of the Chairman and retired Supreme Court Judge M B Shah and Vice Chairman Justice (retd) Arijit Pasayat for convening the meeting. The first meeting will be held on June 4 and all the members have been asked to participate, official sources said. The government notified the SIT on May 27 after the Supreme Court had last week granted it one week to constitute the high—profile team comprising top bosses of the country’s premier investigation, enforcement and intelligence agencies. The meeting, the sources said, is expected to discuss the policy matters on combating the menace of black money and the status of ongoing probes and available inputs with all the departments in this regard. The officers who would form part of the SIT include Secretary of the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance, a Deputy Governor of RBI, Intelligence Bureau Director, Director of Enforcement Directorate, Director CBI, CBDT Chairman and Director General Narcotics Control Bureau. DG Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Director Financial Intelligence Unit, Secretary Research and Analysis Wing and Joint Secretary (Foreign Tax and Tax Research) in the Finance Ministry will be its other members. The terms of reference for the SIT stipulate that it “shall have jurisdiction over all the cases, where investigation has already commenced or pending or awaiting to be initiated or have completed” with regard to instances of black money and illicit funds generated and sent to overseas destination and tax haven nations. The SIT, the terms of reference said, “shall report to the Court and shall inform the Court of all major developments by filing periodic status reports from time to time and for this purpose, the Union of India shall accord all the necessary financial material, legal, diplomatic resources both inside and outside the country to the SIT”.
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TRS Chief KCR to be sworn in on June 2 Hyderabad , May 29 (IPT) : TRS Supremo K a l v a k u n t l a Chandrasekhar Rao will be sworn in as the first Chief Minister of the Telangana state on June 2 at 0815 hrs at Raj Bhavan. This was announced by the Raj Bhavan through a press communique here today.Eatala Rajender and other MLAs of Telangana Rashtra Samithi Legislature Party called on the Governor on May 18 and conveyed about the election of K Chandrasekhar Rao as the leader of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi Legislature Party.Congratulating KCR, on his election as the Leader, Governor ESL Narasimhan had sent him an invitation to form the Government. The President of India was being addressed separately for revocation of the Presidential proclamation, the communique added.
5,300 pilgrims from AP to leave for Haj this year Hyderabad , May 29 (IPT) : As many as 5,300 Haj pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh will leave on sacred journey this year and the Haj committee is making foolproof arrangements, says AP State Haj Committee Special officer Prof S A Shukoor. Addressing the training programme of the field trainer here today, Mr Shukoor said the committee is making efforts for the all round training of the Haj pilgrims of the state and in this direction, field trainer have been appointed in all the districts. He asked field trainer to train the Haj pilgrims not only about the rituals but for the rules and regulations of the Customs, Immigration and other aspects of the journey. In the return journey, the Ahajis should refrain from bringing more luggage and contraband items.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a round in the PMO in Delhi on Thursday.
Modi vows to serve Ganga Maa, seeks a 100-day action plan New Delhi, May 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi vacated Vadodara parliamentary constituency and retained Varanasi, as he stated, to serve Ganga Maa, directing his Council of Ministers to prepare a 100-day action plan. This afternoon, Modi talked to Li Keqiang, his Chinese counterpart, to upgrade India-China ties. 'Resigned from Vadodara LS seat. 'Due to people's affection, got elected by historic margin. I will represent Varanasi in Lok Sabha & I look forward
to this wonderful opportunity to serve Ganga Maa,' Modi said in a post on Twitter. Modi took a round of the sprawling PMO (Prime Minister's Office) this morning and talked to the staff for personal touch and cohesive administrative rapport. It was an action-packed day in which Parliament prepared to convene from June 4.Modi's ten-point agenda to his team to get cracking included: building confidence in bureaucracy,welcoming innovative ideas, prioritise education, health and water sectors, bring transparency
in Government functioning and set up a mechanism to resolve inter-Ministerial issues. He also sought to put a people-oriented system in place, address concerns on economy, bring reforms in infrastructure, implement policies in a time-bound manner and bring sustained stability in Government policies Premier Li told Modi that Beijing desired to establish a 'robust partnership' with New Delhi. Modi conveyed his keen desire to work in concord with the Chinese leadership
Containing inflation priority for government, says Venkaiah Naidu New Delhi, May 29 : Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday that containing inflation is a priority for the newly-formed government. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a cabinet meeting, Naidu said that it is an obvious priority for the government to contain price rise."There is no need to elaborate. What is priority, it is a question of common sense. Naturally price rise is a priority," said Naidu. He also downplayed the controversy surrounding the
appointment of former TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi."There is no controversy at all. The law had a lacuna which was rectified and Misra was appointed on the basis of his competence and track record," he said. Naidu confirmed that the first session of 16th Lok Sabha will be held from June 4 to June 11. Naidu said that former parliamentary affairs minister and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath will be the
Protem Speaker, who will perform the duties of the office of the Speaker till the election of Speaker. "During the inaugural session of the 16th Lok Sabha, newly-elected members to Lower House will take oath on June 4 and 5," Naidu said. The first session will also witness election of the new Speaker and the joint address by the President to the two Houses.The Rajya Sabha session will begin on June 9 with a joint address by the President Pranab Mukherjee, Naidu said.
16th Lok Sabha's first session June 4-11
Prakash Javadekar takes charge as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment & Forests, in New Delhi on Thursday.
New Delhi, May 29 : The first session of the 16th Lok Sabha will be held June 4-11, said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ve n k a i a h N a i d u h e r e Thursday, adding that its agenda, among other t h i n g s , i n c l u d e s n ew members taking oath and election of the speaker. Briefing reporters after a meeting of the union cabinet, Naidu said the swearing in of the new members will take place June 4 and June 5. He said Congress MP Kamal Nath will be the protem speaker and three other senior Lok Sabha members will assist him in getting new
members sworn in. "The election of the speaker will take place June 6," Naidu said. He said President Pranab Mukherjee will address a joint session of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha June 9 and the motion of thanks to the president's address will be on June 10-11. Naidu said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reply to the discussion on the president's address in both houses of parliament. The Rajya Sabha will convene for the joint session June 9. He said Kamal Nath was
the "seniormost among the members" and will be sworn in by the president as the pro-tem speaker. Asked if the Congress leader in the house will get the status of the Leader of Opposition given the party could secure only 44 seats in the Lok Sabha, Naidu said the government was studying various precedents and was discussing the issue. "There is still time to take that call," he said. Asked if some parties could join hands to become the largest group in opposition, Naidu said that there was "no precedence of coalition of opposition".
to deal with outstanding issues in bilateral relations by proceeding from the strategic perspective of developmental goals and long-term benefits to the people of the two countries. Li congratulated Modi over phone on becoming the PM. Modi told him that China was always a priority in India's foreign policy, a spokesman of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said. Party president Rajnath Singh picking up from para one, line one of DI40, PM-Modi-Ganga Ma Two Last New Delhi.
Interest of Telecom Consumers to be given top priority: Prasad New Delhi, May 29 : Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today laid stress on consumer issues to be given top priority. Interacting with the senior officers of the Department of Telecommunications at Sanchar Bhawan, Mr Prasad advised the Ministry officials to follow the objective of national interest, economic growth and consumer interest. The telecom Minister advised the officials to come out with new ideas and initiatives so that this government could make itself known for a broadband highway revolution. Mr Prasad asked the officials to shun any fear in decision making and said that the government shall fully back honest decision making. He laid down three main criteria for better governance that should include prompt decision making, fairness and transparency and having clearly laid down rules of business. The minister also promised to look into the issues connected with the human resources of the Ministry.
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How Munde missed a huge opportunity After winning Beed in Marathwada for the second time, one would have expected the Bharatiya Janata Party's Gopinath Munde to be centre-stage. He was, after all, the planner and manager for the Maha-Yuti alliance of the Shiv Sena-BJP-Republican Party of India-Athavale in the state. This was an opportunity for Munde, a Vanjara, who spent over most of his career in the shadow of his Brahmin brother-inlaw Pramod Mahajan. Nitin Gadkari, a strong rival of Munde, tried to surpass him and get the support of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. It made the BJP look stupid, which gave Munde the edge. After winning Beed by a margin of 126,313 votes against his Nationalist Congress Party rival Suresh Dhas, Munde should have been the number one BJP leader in Maharashtra. Gadkari too contested and won from Nagpur. But he did not stay back in the state after the election. Munde was visibly absent from the stage. He began sending feelers and speaking off-the-record that he was more interested in state politics, which was a shortsighted approach. Moreover, it was like taking voters for granted. He was elected to get Narendra Modi as prime minister and fulfill the goal of representing Beed at the Centre. Munde has always dreamt of becoming Maharashtra chief minister. He has had a tumultuous relationship with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and also interfered a bit too much in the party's running at the state level, so he was sent to Delhi. Munde got a huge ego-boosting post of being a leader of the party in Parliament. One would have expected Munde to network, hobnob with important leaders of other parties, develop a lobby within Delhi. But somehow he is still a misfit. On the other hand, Gadkari on the very next day after the first phase of the election, which included Nagpur, went to join Modi at his rallies. From the day of the results, Gadkari was seen all over the television channels, speaking with RSS leaders and speaking to Modi. Munde was stuck in Beed, recuperating! Munde could also have exploited the anger in the BJP at the resurgence of the Shiv Sena. BJP leaders feel the only reason that the Sena revived is solely due to Modi, but the party has now become a big headache for the BJP. A senior RSS leader said Munde lost the chance of telling Modi and the RSS how Gadkari's miscalculated moves will now cause trouble ahead for the BJP.
How will Modi factor Japan in his China policy? With Narendra Modi taking oath as the 15th prime minister of India, speculation ishigh regarding fine-tuning of India’s China policy. By inviting the leaders from neighbouring countries of the Indian subcontinent, he has already indicated that strengthening relations with immediate neighbours will be a key issue for the Modi-led National Democratic Alliance. Foreign media, particularly the Chinese media, comprehensively covered the 2014 Indian election for the simple reason that Modi's coming to power is bound to bring about changes in India’s foreign policy outlook. Though his foreign policy priorities are not finalised at this stage, it is apparent that China will be the one of the top priorities for the new prime minister. Contrary to the popular perception that Modi will adopt a hard-line approach vis-a-vis China, Modi, who is famous for devising his economic policies in Gujarat, will reach out to the Chinese leadership. It is noteworthy that during his term, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee consolidated the basis for a strong yet realistic India-China relation. Seemingly, Modi will not be departing from Vajpayee’s policies towards India’s neighbours. One may argue that given that China’s direct investment to India is still limited, Modi who had visited China as Gujarat’s chief minister thrice would be interested in exploring greater opportunities for seeking investments
from the Chinese side. His last visit to China was in September 2011 when he signed a MoU worth Rs 400 crore with a Chinese firm for setting up high voltage transformers and reactors’ plant in Gujarat. In fact, in March 2014, he stated that, “the ministry of external affairs should focus on ‘trade treaties’ rather than strategic issues." Essentially, in all likelihood, the scope of IndiaChina economic cooperation will be expanded under the tenure of Modi. However, there is another side to it. There is a possibility that Modi will be assertive with regard to India’s protracted border dispute with China. This is likely if there is a border clash between India and China in the next few months. Modi was quoted saying during his election campaign in Arunachal Pradesh that “China should abandon its ‘mindset of expansionism’ while dealing with India”. China maintains that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of China and refers it to as ‘South Tibet’. It’s already been a year since the military deadlock at Daulat Beg Oldi happened. On April 15, 2013, Chinese platoons entered 19 km inside the Indian side of Line of Actual Control and established tents for three weeks. After a month, in May 2013, Chinese Premier Li Keiqiang, who took charge in March 2013, paid his maiden foreign visit to India. Initiation of Confidence Building Measures and attempts to address lingering issues such as limiting stand-offs at border by
signing the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement and touching the issue of huge trade imbalance tilted in favour of China by holding strategic economic and financial dialogues marked the year 2013 with respect to India-China bilateral relations.Given that the Modi government holds more than half the seats in India’s lower house, he will be better placed to take tough decisions, without depending on the opposition; a factor that has the potential to change India’s approach towards China and India-China relations. Additionally, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s statement about reviewing India’s ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy might be an indication towards India’s tougher stand on the boundary issue. As far as the Chinese leadership is concerned, they have expressed optimism with regard to the new leadership in India. The statement by the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, on the day of the election result is a testimony to that. On May 16, he stated, '[China is willing to make joint efforts with the new Indian government, maintain a high-level of exchanges, deepen exchanges and cooperation in all areas and bring the India-China strategic partnership to new heights.' Moreover, academia in China is also quite hopeful that Modi’s approach towards China will be pragmatic and his policies will inch India and China closer. In fact, Modi is being regarded by the Chinese me-
dia as Richard Nixon who was the key role player in the China-US rapprochement in 1972. However, two gamechanging factors have the potential to change the course of India-China ties beyond imagination: the role of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and hard-liners in the BJP as also the NDA coalition members like the Shiv Sena, and India’s ties with Japan. Japan has been supportive of a greater role for India in Asia as well as at the international level. Moreover, Japan has the potential to uplift the Indian economy by massively investing in India’s infrastructure, energy, education and defence sectors -matters close to Modi’s heart and the NDA’s agenda. Already, India is one of the top beneficiaries of Japan’s Overseas Developmental Aid. Japan’s remarkable success in executing the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the ongoing Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor have strengthened its reliability in India; something which China has failed to achieve so far. In fact, apart from China, Modi has visited Japan twice in 2007 and 2012. These visits were aimed at opening avenues for investments in Gujarat. Given that economic cooperation between India and China is one of the founding stones of the bilateral relationship, in all likelihood, India’s policies towards China will remain unchanged. However, the new government’s approach would be two-pronged.
and goods across political boundaries. This would require efforts in three directions. First, there is a need to sharply increase investment in physical connectivity -- rail, road, power and communications -- that links the northeast, Jammu and Kashmir and central India to the rest of the country. Insurgency in these areas is more a consequence than a cause of their weak connectivity to the rest of the country. By failing to establish connectivity, the Indian state continues to play into the hands of those advocating separateness. Connecting these regions to the rest of the country will, therefore, mitigate the sense of ‘otherness’ that exists currently. Two, though the Constitution guarantees free mobility across state borders, numerous Indian states have put in residential and language requirements in matters of employment and admission to educational institutions. The man who will be chief minister of India’s youngest state, Telangana, openly declares that residents of Seemandhra will not be eligible for jobs in his state. T he courts’ pronouncements have lacked coherence, especially in guarding the principle of common citizenship against rank political opportunism. For the first time, young people from the Northeast have been studying and working in large numbers in India’s metros. But their treatment -- as of stu-
dents from Kashmir -- has often been shameful, which exposes the deep prejudices in Indian society and risks further alienating those that the country wants in principle to integrate. Similarly, migrants from Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh face discrimination in many parts of India -- the BJP’s ally, the Shiv Sena, plays an especially pernicious role in this regard. One of the less-heralded achievements of Gujarat, which helped build support for the BJP in North India, was the word-of-mouth publicity generated by migrant labourers whose lives improved compared to what they faced at their places of origin. Interstate migration should be seen as a tool of national integration and not something to be bemoaned, and migrants’ safety and rights need much stronger safeguards. Three, a uniform tax regime needs to be implemented to create a common market throughout the country. A system of differential tax rates has led the states to impose protective barriers to inter-state trade. The goods and services tax can help reduce transactions costs and boost overall tax revenues. Importantly, over the long term, its most beneficial impact will be to leverage the large common market that is India. Fragmented markets lead to fragmented identities. Therefore, the impact of the GST can be as
much social and political as economic. A second major policy instrument for strengthening national social solidarity is education. And if the National Democratic Alliance government believes that the first step in this direction is to revise school textbooks, then it will simply score similar self-goals as the UPA regime. Instead, it should consider three long-term policy changes. One, it should broaden the remit of affirmative action in matters of college admission by moving to a system of preferential admissions for students whose parents have never attended college, and second preference to those students whose mothers have not attended college. This is a uniform and secular principle and will automatically give greater representation to poor and socially marginalised groups -whether Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes -- irrespective of religion, as well as those from any community whose human capital is weak. If inter-group inequality was India’s biggest challenge in the 20th century, in this century intra-group inequality will be increasingly important. Two, there should be a rethink of the role of higher education in nation-building. More than a half-century ago, India’s higher education institutions were the petri dishes of a budding cosmopolitanism, but the state universities in particular have re-
gressed to narrow provincialism. Central funding should ensure inter-state diversity among students and faculty in both central and state universities by mandating that half of students in the former and at least a fifth in the latter are from states other than the one where that college is located. This can be done even while preserving reservations for specific social groups whose social identities have less salience in other states. Three, the discourse on rights should be broadened to include obligations. Unlike other countries, India has eschewed national service as an instrument of nation building. It needs to consider if college students who have benefited from public subsidies should be required to perform public service for a year as a prerequisite for graduation. Indian state agencies face a dearth of human capital. If graduates from the national law schools are asked to practise in the district courts as assistant prosecutors or government pleaders, or graduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology to serve in the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Indian Space Research Organisation or the Public Works Department, or freshly minted chartered accountants to audit the accounts of panchayats and urban local bodies, it would send a signal to future Indian elites that citizenship is not a one-way street.
How we can build 'Indianness' One of the most difficult challenges facing the new government is to weave a stronger fabric of ‘Indianness’, with a shared sense of destiny and social solidarity, while respecting the multiple threads that form the beliefs and cultures that constitute the multi-hued Indian fabric? The elections themselves constituted one of the strongest glues that bind the country: that is, democracy. That electoral democracy has taken such deep roots in India is among Jawaharlal Nehru’s (and the Congress party’s) most cherished legacies. However, in recent decades, the Congress became more adept in deploying too clever by half ‘carve out’ policies for specific groups. Granting Other Backward Class status to Jats or minority status to Jains exemplifies the party’s cynical electoral calculus in sharp relief, but all to no avail. Nowhere is this more evident than in the predicament of India’s Muslim community, which has been used by all political parties to further their own political ends. Instead of guaranteeing the community its rights as citizens by providing broad public goods, improving human capital and ensuring physical well-being, policies have ensured a further ‘us’ versus ‘them’ divide. The Sachar Committee laid out in stark terms just how under-represented Muslims were in government services. Seven years after the
report was released, the situation worsened, a shameful indictment of the United Progressive Alliance’s professed commitment to this cause. The Minority Concentrated Districts, based on the committee’s recommendations, continued to lag, due to both improper assessment of development challenges and the insufficient allocation of funds. Though an independent review of the Sachar Committee report and follow-up action concluded that only broad institutional reforms, and not Muslim-specific ones, could improve their status in society, the UPA government continued to pursue precisely the latter. Instead of undertaking policies that would ensure that more Muslims graduated from high school so as to enlarge the base eligible for college (and, therefore, for government employment), it promised an Aligarh Muslim University campus in Murshidabad -- as if to say, “give them some sops, but keep them isolated”. One of the iron rules of politics is that it is easy to divide but much harder to unite -- a lesson that India’s political parties across the political spectrum, including the Bharatiya Janata Party, need to reflect upon deeply. But what long-term policies might help deepen national social solidarity? The first step is to strengthen India as a common market by removing barriers to the free flow of people
Kill cynicism, be positive for better brain health Be positive is not merely a motivational punch line. People with high levels of cynical distrust are more likely to develop dementia and other health problems, a new study reveals.Cynical distrust, which is defined as the belief that others are mainly motivated by selfish concerns, has been associated with other health problems, such as heart disease. "These results add to the evidence that people's view on life and personality may have an impact on their health," said study author Anna-Maija Tolppanen from University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio. "Understanding how a personality trait like cynicism affects risk for dementia might provide us with important insights on how to reduce risks for dementia." For the study, 1,449 people with an average age of 71 were given tests for dementia and a questionnaire to measure their level of cynicism.Based on their scores, participants were grouped in low, moderate and high levels of cynical distrust. A total of 622 people completed two tests for dementia, with the last one an average of eight years after the study started.During that time, 46 people were diagnosed with dementia. Once researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect dementia risk, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking, people with high levels of cynical distrust were three times more likely to develop dementia than people with low levels of cynicism.Of the 164 people with high levels of cynicism, 14 people developed dementia, compared to nine of the 212 people with low levels of cynicism.The study also looked at whether people with high levels of cynicism were more likely to die sooner than people with low levels of cynicism. But it found no link between cynicism and earlier death.The study was published the online in the journal Neurology.
Diet variation may lower gut bacteria diversity
A rainbow of dishes may satiate your taste buds but they may lower the diversity of bacteria in your gut making your body vulnerable to a plethora of diseases. Researchers have discovered that the more diverse the diet of a fish, the less diverse are the microbes living in its gut. Fish that are picky eaters - focusing on just one type of food such as small crustaceans or chironomid insect larvae - have more diverse microbial communities in their intestines, the findings showed. In contrast, fish eating a more diverse mixture of foods have less diverse microbes in their intestine. If the effect is confirmed in humans, it could mean that the combinations of foods people eat can influence the diversity of their gut microbes.Low diversity of bacteria in the human gut has been linked to a plethora of diseases.There has been a lot of work done showing that what people eat influences what gut microbes they have, and that can affect risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other things," said Daniel Bolnick, professor in The University of Texas at Austin in the US. They used two species of fish the threespine stickleback and the Eurasian perch, to model the human gut.The study appeared in the journal Ecology Letters.
Indians play major role in mapping human protein
The existence of several novel proteins in the human body that were never observed or predicted has been uncovered in a two-year project conducted by a group of Indian American scentists and their counterparts here, creating what has been described as a "catalogue" that is now available as an interactive web-based resource. It was more than a decade ago that scientists published the draft human genome sequence - an inventory of all the genes in humans - under the Human Genome project. However, an equivalent map for the human "proteome" with direct measurements of proteins and peptides did not exist so far.The "proteome" project that involved cataloguing the proteins was led by Akhilesh Pandey and co-workers at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in the US and Harsha Gowda and his team at the Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB) here. Over 70 scientists - most of them Indians - were involved in the study. The team made the most unexpected finding that 193 novel proteins that they found actually came from those regions of the DNA - the so-called non-coding regions that are not supposed to code for proteins, suggesting that the human genome is more complex than previously thought.In all, the team identified proteins encoded by 17,294 genes, accounting for approximately 84 percent of the total annotated protein-coding genes in humans."To our knowledge it is the largest coverage of the human proteome reported so far," Pandey told IANS in an email interview.In what should be a matter of great honour for Indian science, the proteome projecthas been featured on the cover page of the May 29 issue of the prestigious "Nature" journal."This project is a fifty-fifty partnership (of scientists of the two countries)," with funding from agencies of both governments Pandey said.Studying proteins is far more technically challenging than studying genes. And a mere list of existing proteins would not be very helpful without accompanying information about where in the body those proteins are found.Pandey compared the human body to a huge library where each protein is a book. So far, scientists did not have a catalogue that gives the titles of the available books and where to find them. "We think we now have a good first draft of that comprehensive catalogue," Pandey said.
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Sudan says it declined Iran air defense offer after attack Dubai, May 29: Sudan turned down an Iranian offer to set up air defenses on its Red Sea coast after a 2012 air strike Khartoum blamed on Israel, fearing they would upset Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia, Sudan's foreign minister was quoted as saying on Thursday. In an interview with the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper that seemed aimed at improving frosty ties with Riyadh, Ali Karti played down Khartoum's links to Iran and to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is outlawed in Saudi Arabia. "Iran, in truth, offered to set up air defense platforms on the Western coast of the Red Sea after the latest Israel raid, but Sudan rejected that because this would require Iranian arms experts (on the ground)," Karti said during a recent visit to Saudi Arabia, al Hayat reported. "We rejected that because it is an Iranian presence against Saudi Arabia, something which we do not accept," he added. The 2012 air strike killed four people and partially destroyed an arms factory in Khartoum. Sudan blamed Israel, which did not comment at the time on the accusations. Israeli officials have in turn accused Sudan of funneling weapons from Iran to the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Iranian officials were not immediately available for a comment on Karti's comments. Sunni-powerhouse Saudi Arabia, a key regional ally of the United States, has been locked in a contest with nonArab Shi'ite power Iran for influence in the Middle East. The rivalry has effectively di-
vided the region into two camps, with countries either allied to Saudi Arabia or to Iran. Sudan has been entangled in a complex web that put it at odds with Saudi Arabia when the world's top oil exporter tried to shore-up Egypt's military-backed government in its struggle with the Muslim Brotherhood after the army ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi from power last year. Sudanese media have said Karti traveled to Saudi Arabia two weeks ago for talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal to improve 'lukewarm' ties between the two countries. Karti denied that Khartoum supported the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been outlawed by Egypt as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Brotherhood's embrace of the ballot box challenges the principle of dynastic rule in the Gulf. "There is a belief in the Gulf states that we have feelings towards the Muslim Brotherhood in any country in the Gulf or even in Egypt. But Sudan has refused to join the Muslim Brotherhood group," Karti said, according to al-Hayat. Sudan said last month after a visit by Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani that Doha would deposit $1 billion at Sudan's central bank as part of an aid package to Khartoum - a move likely to be seen in the region as evidence of Sudan's ties to Qatar, an ally of the Brotherhood. In his interview with alHayat, Karti also played down Sudan's relationship with Tehran. "Our ties with Iran are quite ordinary," Karti said.
Gas price row talks set for Friday as Ukraine cut-off deadline looms
Supporters of presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt's former military chief, hold his posters during a celebration at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. El-Sissi appeared well on his way to a landslide victory over his sole opponent, according to partial election results announced, after voting was extended for a third day in an attempt to prevent an embarrassment over low turnout. Arabic reads "viva Egypt, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi for Egyptian presidency.
Pakistan PM demands prompt report on Putin creates ex-Soviet trade 'honour killing' of pregnant woman bloc, denies new USSR
Islamabad, May 29: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has demanded to know why police apparently stood by while a pregnant woman was stoned and beaten to death by her family in front of one of the country's top courts, his spokesman said on Thursday. Farzana Iqbal, 25, was attacked on Tuesday, police said, because she had married the man she loved. Sharif had taken notice of the "brutal killing" in the presence of police, his press office said in a statement, adding that a "totally unacceptable" crime had to be dealt with promptly by law. "I am
directing the chief minister to take immediate action and a report must be submitted by this evening to my office," it said, quoting Sharif. Iqbal's husband said that police did nothing during the 15 minutes the violence lasted outside Lahore High Court. "I begged them to help us but they said, this is not our duty," Muhammed Iqbal told Reuters. "I took off my shirt (to be humble) and begged them to save her." In parts of Pakistan, a largely Muslim nation of 180 million people, women are expected to agree to arranged marriages and refusal can mean an "honour killing". Many Paki-
Ukraine separatists down army helicopter, 14 killed Donetsk, May 29: ProRussian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army helicopter on Thursday, killing 14 soldiers including a general, as government forces pressed ahead with an offensive to crush rebellions in the east swiftly following the election of a new president. After weeks of accusations from Kiev of Russian involvement in the uprising, a rebel leader in the eastern city of Donetsk acknowledged that some of his fighters who died in the government offensive had been "volunteers" from Russia, saying their bodies were being returned home across the border. In Kiev, acting president Oleksander Turchinov said
the helicopter, which had been carrying supplies in eastern Ukraine, had been brought down by anti-aircraft fire from near the town of Slaviansk, which has been under the control of separatists since early April. It was one of the heaviest losses inflicted by the separatists on the army in two months of unrest in Ukraine's eastern regions, and followed a fierce assault by government forces in which 50 or so rebels were killed earlier this week. "I have just received information that terrorists using Russian anti-aircraft missiles shot down our helicopter near Slaviansk. It had been ferrying servicemen for a change
Brussels, May 29: Talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission will go ahead on Friday, the Commission said, as time runs out to solve a gas price dispute that Moscow has warned could make it cut off supplies. The Commission, the EU executive, has already brokered two rounds of talks in Berlin following Moscow's threat it would stop supplying Kiev with gas if it fails to make a prepayment for June supplies by June 2. At talks on Monday, Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said the two governments would study his proposal that Ukraine pay off part of the debt Gazprom says it owes. It is not yet clear whether Russia and Ukraine are willing to accept that plan, but Commission spokeswoman Sabine Berger told Reuters a third round of talks will take place in Berlin on Friday afternoon. Gazprom has said Ukraine's debt for gas supplies will have risen to about $5.2 billion by June 7 unless Ukraine begins to pay it off, while Ukraine has countered that Gazprom owes it natural gas because of Russia's seizure of Crimea. Oettinger said on Wednesday he was working on getting Russia and Ukraine to agree on "a fair price" over the coming days, but some of the related issues would be too complex for a quick solution. Apart from relying on Russia for its own energy needs, Ukraine is the transit nation for around half of the gas Russia sells to the European Union. If Russia cuts off Ukraine's gas, it therefore raises the risk of knock-on disruption to the EU.
of duty," Turchinov told parliament. The bodies of some of the separatists killed this week when the Ukrainian military tried to regain control of Donetsk international airport were being prepared for return to Russia on Thursday, the rebel leader said. In a stark admission that the rebels were being supported by Russian militia fighters, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, said: "Those who are volunteers from Russia will be taken to Russia today." Interior minister Arsen Avakov accused the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin of being behind the airport violence.
Weapons collected at the airport after the rebels were forced out by airstrikes and a paratroop assault had been brought in from Russia, he said. "These are not our weapons - they were brought from Russia. Serial numbers, year of production, specific models ... I am publishing this photograph as proof of the aggression of the Putin regime," Avakov wrote on his Facebook page. Kiev's leaders have long asserted that Russia, which annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March, has fomented the separatist rebellions in the east of Ukraine with a view to bringing about dismemberment of the country.
An Iraqi woman past past damages in the aftermath of a car bombing in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraq. A series of bombings and attacks across Iraq killed and wounded scores of people, authorities said, as politicians prepared to start negotiations to form a new government following parliamentary elections.
stani families think it dishonourable for a woman to fall in love and choose her own husband. But Lahore police chief Shafiq Ahmad said no police were present. "They arrested the father, the main accused, a few moments after the incident," he said. "... by the time police reached the scene, the lady had been murdered." Police initially said Farzana had been stoned, but Iqbal told Reuters that relatives had swung bricks, not thrown them. All the suspects, except the father, who has been detained, have disappeared. A police officer on Tuesday quoted the father as saying it had been an honour killing. The 25-year-old had offended her family by marrying Iqbal instead of a cousin selected for her. Honour killings are common in Pakistan, but the brutality of this case caused outrage around the world, although in Pakistan itself reaction was more muted - in stark contrast to the public grief and outrage caused by the gang rape and murder of a 2 3-year-old woman in
neighbouring India in 2012. In the capital Islamabad, about 40 activists protested against brutality against women, shouting "Hang the killers of Farzana!" and "We don't accept this injustice". "Violence against women is on the rise. Women are being killed in the name of honour," said Farzana Bari, an activist. "The criminal justice system doesn't work. This particular incident was very brutal. Police were there and the poor woman was killed." In Lahore, police said her father, two brothers and a former fiance were among the attackers. Muhammad Aurangzeb, Farzana's 20year-old stepson, described how one relative had tried to shoot her, then grabbed her head scarf, causing her to fall over. While a member of Iqbal's party wrestled the gun away, a f e m a l e c o u s i n grabbed a brick and hit Farzana with it, he said. "She was screaming and crying 'don't kill me, we will give you money'," said Iqbal. He said he tried to save her but the mob of more than 20 beat him back.
Astana, May 29: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Kazakhstan and Belarus on Thursday creating a vast trading bloc which he hopes will challenge the economic might of the United States, the European Union and China. Putin denies the forging of the Eurasian Economic Union with two other former Soviet republics, coupled with Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, means he wants to rebuild a post-communist Soviet Union or as much of it as he can. He does, however, intend the alliance, with a market of 170 million people, a combined annual GDP of $2.7 trillion and vast energy riches, to demonstrate that Western sanctions imposed over the crisis in Ukraine will not isolate Russia. But the world's major economic powers may not be quaking in their boots. Ukraine has snubbed the union, other ex-Soviet states are wary of joining a body that
could give Moscow leverage over them again and Kazakhstan fiercely defended its sovereignty during negotiations, forcing Putin to water down his ambitions. "Our meeting today of course has a special and, without exaggeration, an epoch-making significance," Putin said of the treaty, signed to loud applause from rows of seated officials in the modern Kazakh capital, Astana. "This document brings our countries to a new stage of integration while fully preserving the states' sovereignty." Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, seated at a long white table at which he, Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko signed the treaty, said he envisaged the new union as being a major competitive force. "The main mission of our union in the first half of the 21st century is ... first, to gain a natural competitive advantage as an economic bridge between the East and the West, between Europe and Asia," he said.
among liberal youth, and calls for a boycott by Islamists. "These elections were just an act, a farce," said Mahmoud Ibrahim, 25, a resident of the sprawling Imbaba district who did not vote. "Turnout was low, but the media will lie to the people, all for the sake of the one man."The stock market .EGX30, which fell 2.3 percent on Wednesday as some players said the turnout was a disappointment, closed down 3.45 percent on Thursday, after the finance minister approved a ten percent tax on stock market profits. On the black market, the Egyptian pound weakened slightly. Mohamed El Sewedy, chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Industries, said, however: "The business community is very happy about the results. We need real reform and opportunities ... a guy with courage to take decisions.â€? Sisi is seen by supporters as a strong figure who can end the turmoil that has convulsed Egypt for three years since the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power. Critics fear Sisi will be another autocrat who will preserve
the army's interests, quash hopes of democracy and mismanage the economy. Sisi enjoys the backing of the armed forces and the Interior Ministry, as well as businessmen who thrived under Mubarak and are still highly influential.Sisi also has the support of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, which see Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood as an existential threat. Gulf Arab states pumped billions of dollars into Egypt to keep the economy afloat. "Egypt and Saudi Arabia can work together to face threats, either internally like the Muslim Brotherhood, or externally like Iran and its supporters in the area," said Mohammed Zulfa, a member of Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, an appointed body that advises the government. "I think the Saudis will do all they can to support Sisi now he has been elected as he was supported by the Egyptian people," he added. Diplomats said Saudi Arabia was committed to help Sisi overcome Egypt's crisis by maintaining financial aid to help him shore up an economy shunned by tourists and investors.
Sisi wins election, faces economic challenges Cairo, May 29: Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a landslide victory in a presidential election on Thursday but a low turnout may have deprived him of the strong mandate he needs to fix the economy and face down an Islamist insurgency. Sisi won 93.3 percent of votes cast, judicial sources said, with most ballots counted after three days of voting. His only rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, gained 3 percent while 3.7 percent of votes were declared void. But a lower-than-expected turnout figure raised questions about the credibility of a man idolized by his supporters as a hero who can deliver stability. The stakes are high for Sisi in a country where street protests have helped topple two presidents in three years. Since a series of television interviews he gave ahead of the vote, many Egyptians feel Sisi has not spelled out a clear vision of how he would tackle Egypt's problems, instead making a general call for people to work hard and be patient. He has presented vague plans to remedy the economy, suffering from cor-
ruption, high unemployment, and a widening budget deficit aggravated by fuel subsidies that could cost nearly $19 billion in the next fiscal year. "All in all the weak turnout will make it harder for Sisi to impose painful economic reforms that international institutions and investors are demanding," said Anna Boyd, an analyst at Londonbased IHS Jane's. Investors want Sisi to end energy subsidies, impose a clear tax regime and give guidance on the direction of the exchange rate. Turnout was about 46 percent of Egypt's 54 million voters, the government said, less than the 40 million votes, or 80 percent of the electorate, that Sisi had called for last week. It was also less than the 52 percent turnout secured in the 2012 presidential election by Mohamed Mursi, the Islamist leader Sisi ousted last year after mass protests against his rule.A tour of polling stations suggested turnout was low. Many Egyptians said voters had stayed at home due to political apathy, opposition to another military man becoming president, discontent at suppression of freedoms
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Modi gives up Vadodara, retains Varanasi New Delhi, May 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thrsday announced he has given up his Vadodara Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat and retained the Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh. "I will represent Varanasi in (the) Lok Sabha and I look forward to this wonderful opportunity to serve Ganga Maa and work for Varanasi's development," Modi said in a series of tweets. "I assure (the) people of Vadodara I will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Vadodara's development scales newer heights in the years to come." In another tweet, the former Gujarat chief minister
said: "Resigned from Vadodara LS seat. Due to people's affection, got elected by historic margin. Will always remain grateful to people of Vadodara." Modi, who had contested from both the seats in the Lok Sabha election, had told the electorate of Varanasi that if he won he would prefer Varanasi over Vadodara. After leading the BJP to a huge victory nationwide, Modi visited Varanasi and stressed his commitment to clean up the Ganga and develop Varanasi as a centre for culture, heritage and tourism. He had won from Varanasi by over three lakh votes against his nearest ri-
Modi's guidelines to ministers
Naidu encouraging vindictive politics: YSRCP
New Delhi, May 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given guidelines to his ministers to improve governance. These are: - Prepare a time-table for the first 100 days spelling out priorities. - The main issue is good governance. - Attention to efficiency in work and to delivery and implementation of programmes. - Quick response to representations sent by states. State proposals should not be pending for long. - Early resolution of issues raised by parliamentarians. - Issues kept pending by the previous government should be implemented on priority basis. - Cabinet ministers to take ministers of state into confidence and give them proper work. - Union ministers to select their personal staff from the general pool.
val, AAP leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. In Vadodara, Modi won by a margin of 570,000 votes. Modi's decision to retain Varanasi is seen in political circles as another hint that the BJP will step up its campaign against the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh.The BJP won 71 of the 80 seats in the state, while its ally Apna Dal won another two seats. With Modi's decision, it is after 10 years that India again has a prime minister elected to the Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1988-2004) was the MP from Lucknow.
Hyderabad , May 29 (IPT) : YSR Congress party today alleged that setting aside its tall talk of development and welfare TDP has changed the agenda to settling political scores and has misled the Governor by giving reports with concocted details. "Chandrababu Naidu has forgotten his agenda of developing the state and even before being sworn-in, he has started the witch-hunt by targetting political adversaries and his complaint to the Governor ESL Narasimhan naming YSRCP leader as accused in the Alipiri attack case is politically motivated," YSRPC leader B Srikanth Reddy and Srinivasulu said in a joint press conference here. "We are seeking an appointment with the Governor to put the record straight but we condemn the TDP leader's tone, tenor and provocative speeches which are aimed at targetting political adversaries," he said. "The TDP leader digging out the name of Gangi Reddy, accused number 34 in the Alipiri incident, in a complaint to the Governor now shows his vindictiveness. "The court has absolved him of all the charges and bringing up his name now is nothing short of misleading the Governor, they said adding that they will also meet the ESL Narasimhan and submit the true picture. "Naidu seems to have taken up the vindictive agenda but we will be vigilant and thwart every move of his in a peaceful and democratic manner. Checking the smuggling of redsanders is the need of the hour and very influential people of TDP are involved in the operation," they added.
Rajnath flags internal security as priority New Delhi, May 29 : Keen to fast-track key issues, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked his officials to come up with out-of-the-box ideas for internal security and better coordination between the Centre and States. Directing his Ministry to prepare an actionable blueprint, he said this should also contain ideas to resolve border disputes with neighbouring countries without compromising national interests, official sources said. During a three-hour interaction with senior Home Ministry officials, Singh said internal security is his top most priority area and asked them to think innovatively. Crucial divisions like Internal Security, Naxal Management, Centre—State,
North—East and Jammu and Kashmir have been directed to prepare a roadmap to improve internal security architecture in the next few days. During the familiarisation exercise, the new Home Minister, who took charge on Thursday, asked officials heading different divisions to make individual presentations. 62—year—old Singh told the officials to let him know what kind of intervention he can make for inter—ministerial coordination, sanction of funds and ensuring cooperation between Central and State Governments. Singh was briefed about the problems along the international border, like infiltration from Bangladesh and dispute with Pakistan on Sir Creek, and how to resolve them.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar at the launch of BMW X5 in Pune on Thursday.
Girls outshine boys in Class 12 CBSE exams New Delhi, May 29 : Girls have again outshone boys in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 examinations, the results of which were declared Thursday. The girls have recorded a pass percentage of 88.52 percent, while boys have a pass percentage of 78.27 percent."The difference between the pass percentage of girls and boys is 10.25 percent, with the girls doing much better," CBSE public relations officer Rama Sharma told. Expressing happiness at girls performing better than their male counterparts, Kiran Mehta, principal of Salwan Public School, Mayur Vihar in Delhi, told : "This reflects women empowerment. I feel ex-
tremely proud seeing girls outshining the boys." A total of 1.02 million students registered for the Class 12 examinations this year. "This amounts to an increase of about 8.91 percent candidates over that of last year," the CBSE said in a statement.The overall pass percentage for 2014 - 82.66 percent - recorded a marginal increase of 0.5 percent over last year's 82.10 percent. In the national capital, boys recorded a pass percentage of 82.09 percent, while the girls recorded a pass percentage of 91.72 percent."Delhi's pass percentage is 86.78 percent," Sharma added.The highest pass percentage, 94.26 percent, was from Thiruvananthapuram in
Kerala, followed by Chennai in Tamil Nadu at 91.63 percent.Of the 294,120 registered students in the national capital, 290,463 appeared for the examination and 252,074 passed. In Thiruvananthapuram, boys recorded a pass percentage of 91.96 percent, while the girls had a pass percentage of 96.72 percent. Dehradun at 72.77 percent had the lowest pass percentage; the boys recorded a pass percentage of 67.43 percent, while the girls' pass percentage was 81.93 percent.A total of 85.59 percent of government school students cleared the exams, with 88.78 percent of the students of government schools clearing the exams in Delhi. The national capital reg-
istered the maximum number of cases of using unfair means at 13. It was followed by Patna with seven cases, Bhubaneswar (six), Dehradun (five), Panchkula (five), Guwahati (three) and Chennai and Allahabad with one case each. The CBSE Thursday announced the results for Delhi and Dehradun regions, and six other regions a day earlier.Students can access the results on w w w. r e s u l ts . n i c . i n , www.cbseresults.nic.in, www.cbse.nic.in and also through SMS and an Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS).The CBSE is the national board of education for public and private schools and conducts final examinations for Class 10 and 12.
Israeli Envoy meets HRD Minister, invites her to visit country New Delhi, May 29 : Israeli Ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz today called on HRD Minister Smriti Irani and discussed ways to strengthen educational relations between the two countries.The Ambassador also invited the Minister to visit Israel, an official release said here. The two countries have a new Joint Research programme under which they would take up joint research programmes amounting up to USD 5.0 million per year. It was highlighted that in the first round, 66 joint research proposals have been received
and the evaluation by the experts from both the sides will start today and will be completed by June. Recalling the close ties in different fields like Science and Technology, Education, Culture, Economic and Com-
mercial among others between India and Israel, the Minister stressed that education was an engine of growth and collaborative knowledge creation was very important for building a better world.Mr Ushpiz informed
Govt defends bringing ordinance over Misra's appointment New Delhi, May 29 : The government Thursday defended its move to bring an ordinance to pave the way for appointment of Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that proper procedure had been followed.Answering queries from mediapersons here, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said "competence and proven integrity" were factors in choosing Misra for the post.He also dismissed criticism by the Congress on the decision to bring an ordinance, saying that the opposition had no issue.Misra, a former chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, was Wednesday appointed principal secretary to the prime minister.
the Minister that Israel offers 200 Post Doctoral fellowships of which about 80 per cent were availed by the Indian students. Ms Irani was happy to learn that Israel was also launching another scholarship programme of 40 slots for bachelor and 30 scholarships for Masters programmes in Israel. The Ambassador also highlighted that Nobel Laureate Ada E Yonath, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Dr V Ramakrishnan will be visiting India next year.The Minister directed the officials that apart from academic conferences and seminars, they should facilitate meetings with young students who would be inspired and motivated towards research in Basic Sciences due to an interaction with Ms Yonath.
Sahara Group chief to remain in jail; SC reserves order on bail plea New Delhi, May 29 : Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy will have to remain in jail for the present. A bench comprising Justices T S Thakur and A K Sikri reserved its order on the plea of Sahara Group chief seeking bail. The apex court had granted him bail subject to the condition of payment of Rs 10,000 crore to SEBI (Rs 5,000 crore in cash and a bank guarantee of Rs 5,000 crore). The Sahara Group had, earlier, expressed its inability to arrange Rs 10,000 crore. The apex court directed him to come out with some concrete proposal. Roy is in jail since March 4 for not appearing before the court despite rejection of his exemption application. Roy and two directors of the company are in jail for not refunding Rs 20,000 crore to the investors in two real estate companies of the group. Sahara Group has offered a new proposal of paying Rs 2,500 crore immediately and another Rs 2,500 crore within three weeks and a bank guarantee of Rs 5000 crore by June 20. The apex court shall deliver its verdict on this offer which was made earlier.
STBS to be appointed at 207 Rly stations Hyderabad , May 29 (IPT) : South Central Railway (SCR) has initiated the process of appointing Station Ticket Booking Sewaks (STBS) at 207 identified railway stations on the Zone for issuing of tickets from the booking counters of the stations.The initiative is a concrete step to enable functioning of ticketing counters smoothly without any break at small stations by deploying manpower for issuing tickets on outsourcing basis. It also helps in reducing the work-load on Station Masters (SMs) who presently issue the tickets from the station booking counters in addition to their train running duties, SCR said in a release here today.The new scheme of appointment of STBS is for issuing tickets from the present railway counter on commission basis. Applications have been invited from eligible persons for appointing STBS at 207 stations 58 stations in Secunderabad Division; 27 stations on Hyderabad division; 58 stations on Vijayawada division; 13 stations on Guntur division; 37 stations on Guntakal division and 14 stations on Nanded division. Out of these 19 persons have already been appointed as STBS over the Zone.
RIL to acquire control of Network 18 in Rs 4,000 crore deal
Former Army Chief V K Singh takes charge as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of Northeastern Region in New Delhi.
New Delhi, May 29 : In the biggest ever deal in the Indian media sector, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) will acquire control in Network 18 Media & Investments Ltd, including its subsidiary TV18 Broadcast Ltd, for Rs 4,000 crore. The Board of RIL on Thursday approved funding of up to Rs 4,000 crore to Independent Media Trust (IMT), of which RIL is the sole beneficiary, for acquisition of control in Network 18 Media & Investments Ltd (NW18), in-
cluding its subsidiary TV18 Broadcast Ltd (TV18), the company said in a statement. The funding includes open offers to be made consequent to the acquisition, it added. “IMT would use the funds to acquire control over NW18 and TV18 resulting in ownership of about 78 per cent in NW18 and 9 per cent in TV18 and to acquire shares tendered in the open offers,” it added. NW18 is the owner of a
suite of digital internet properties, e-commerce businesses and differentiated broadcast content including In.com, IBNLive.com, Moneycontrol.com, F i r s t p o s t . c o m , Cricket n e x t . i n , Homeshop18.com, B o o k m y s h o w. c o m ; t h e broadcast channels include Colors, CNNIBN, CNBC TV18, IBN7, CNBC Awaaz. “This acquisition will differentiate Reliance’s 4G business by providing a
unique amalgamation at the intersect of telecom, web and digital commerce via a suite of premier digital properties,” RIL said. In January 2012, Network18 Group and Reliance Industries had joined hands for a multi-layered deal, under which the Mukesh Ambani—led corporate giant would sell part of its interest in ETV channels and would get access to content and distribution assets of the electronic media group.
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