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News Brief Crucial Trinamool parliamentary meet begins Kolkata, A crucial meeting of the Trinamool Congress's parliamentary party slated to take "hard decisions" in response to the UPA government's dual decisions of diesel price hike and FDI in retail began here Tuesday. The meeting, attended by all Trinamool members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha along with senior party leaders and ministers of the state cabinet, is being held at the historic Town Hall auditorium. West Bengal Chief Minister and par ty supremo Mamata Banerjee, who has already reached the venue, will discuss various options with party leaders at the meeting.
Odisha clears industrial projects worth Rs.26,000 crore Bhubaneswar,
26 die in Mexico gas plant fire Mexico City, At least 26 people died in Mexico Tuesday when a huge fire broke out at a gas plant, authorities said. The plant is owned by state-run energy giant Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), and is located in Tamaulipas state, Xinhua reported. The fire, which broke out at 11 a.m., was doused about an hour later, Pemex said in a statement. Dozens of people were injured. About 700 people were working at the facility when the fire broke out.
New Delhi, Any rollback of the recent reform measures like allowing foreign investment in multi-brand retail and hike in diesel prices to reduce subsidy would raise questions about the government's ability to take policy decisions and dampen business sentiment, a leading industry lobby said Wednesday. “The government should not roll back... It will send a signal that the government is not capable of taking decisions,” said R V Kanoria, president, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
Kanoria said the growing controversy over the government's decision to allow overseas investments in retail and aviation sectors was unfortunate. The government last week took a decision to allow upto 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail and opened up the aviation sector to 49 percent investment by foreign airlines. The government has also announced the sharpest ever Rs.5 per litre or 12 percent increase in diesel price. These decisions have created political turmoil in the country with a key ally of the United Progressive
Alliance (UPA) government Mamata Banerjeeled Trinamool Congress deciding to pull out from the government demanding a rollback. Opposition par ties have called nationwide strike Thursday protesting against the government's decision. Addressing a media conference here, FICCI president urged political parties to reconsider their decision to go for the strike saying it would cause huge loss to the economy. “FICCI urges all parties to reconsider such proposed actions as these will result not only in national
Washington, The US State Department said Tuesday that it will shut down the USAID mission in Russia.The announcement was made after Moscow informed Washington of its decision to end the activities of USAID in Russia, Xinhua reported. Noting that Washington was proud of what USAID has done in Russia over the past woman Victoria Nuland said the US wanted to continue its cooperation with Russian NGOs although the USAID's physical presence there would end.
losses which the nation can ill-afford, but also directly affect mainly the poorer sections of society and daily wage earners,” he said. Kanoria claimed that the FDI in retail would help create jobs and benefit consumers. “There is a large consumer base in India which is capable of buying,” he said. “We urge the government to consider proceeding with much needed deeper reforms, as the steps taken in the past week have signalled just a start to a comprehensive reforms process,” he said.
Congress states to Congress didn't try to raise cap on subsidised reachKolkata, me: Mamata Railway Minister Mukul LPG cylinders Roy also rubbished reDenying that the Consubsidised cooking gas New Delhi,
The Congress has asked party-ruled states to raise the cap on subsidised cooking gas cylinders from six to nine, it was announced on Wednesday. The decision was taken by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at the party's core group meeting here. "Wherever we have a government, they will get three more LPG cylinders at subsidised prices," party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said after the Congress Core Committee meeting. This was also reiterated by Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, who said the Congress chief had told party-ruled state governments that they should raise the cap on subsidised cooking gas cylinders by three cylinders at the rate of Rs. 399 a cylinder. Non-subsidised cooking gas cylinders shall be made available at Rs. 750 a cylinder. Last week, the government capped availability of
cylinders per family to six per year. The decision evoked immediate opposition from UPA allies, the opposition parties and various sections of society.
Two injured in firing in Lucknow Lucknow, Two people were injured when the gun of a security guard of a private bank accidentally went off here Wednesday, police said. The injured were the driver of a van and a 22-year-old woman n e a r b y. B o t h h a v e been admitted to the trauma centre with gunshot wounds. Police officer Dinesh Yadav told IANS that the guard slipped while walking towards the bank. His double barrel gun went off after hitting the ground. Police have booked the guard for carelessness and causing injury.
gress tried to reach her on economic reforms, Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee Wednesday accused some news channels of spreading misinformation. "I must make it clear that there has been no effort from the Congress to reach me. A section of negligible channels is spreading misinformation and disinformation at the behest of vested interests," she told the media.
Washington, US current account deficit decreased to $117.4 billion in the second quarter, down from $133.6 billion in the first quarter, reported the Commerce Department. Most of the decline was due to a decrease in the deficit on goods and an increase in the surplus on income, reported Xinhua. The deficit on goods and services decreased to $139.3 billion in the second quarter from $148.4 billion in the previous quarter. The surplus on income increased to $55.5 billion from $47.4 billion in the first three months of the year. Meanwhile, the net unilateral current transfers were $33.6 billion in the second quarter, up from the $32.7 billion in the first.
Narendra Modi has lost his balance: Anand Sharma
AHMEDABAD: Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma today lambasted Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his comments on Rahul Gandhi saying that "he is rattled and has lost his balance". "Comments were made for Rahul Gandhi that he should contest election from other country. Why? People of this country have elected him. These comments were uncalled for, and it shows that Modi is rattled and has lost his balance," Shamra said addressing reporters. Modi, recently reacting to a Congress statement
that Rahul Gandhi had a national stature while he was a state leader, had said that Rahul was an "international leader" who can also contest elections in Italy. With the state elections approaching, calling names has become an order of the day in Gujarat. "Rahul Gandhi has never said that he wanted to become Prime Minister of India. He has dedicated his work for the people, for the organisation. He is also a leader, who got elected with 3-4 lakhs margin," Sharma further said. "If Modi has really lost his balance then this is a very serious matter, not
ports that the Congress leadership tried to contact Banerjee through him on the issue of economic reforms that forced the Trinamool to quit the UPA Tuesday. "As a cabinet minister I have often interacted with the prime minister but regarding this issue I have never been communicated by the prime minister to tell or communicate anything to our party supremo. This is very clear," said Roy.
US current account deficit narrows
USAID to shut down mission in Russia only for Gujarat but for the whole country," Sharma said. "I would love to give him one advice. If he thinks that his stature is so big, his ideology is great, then though I would not suggest him to go out of the country, as he would not even able to go to some nations, let him go to Uttar Pradesh or Bihar to contest the elections," Sharma said. "Rahul Gandhi can contest elections in Gujarat and can win it also. But if he (Modi) dares to contest elections from Bihar then he should think on how Nitish Kumar will react," the minister quipped.
People carry idol of Lord Ganesha to their homes to celebrate 10 daylong festival “Ganesh Utsav”, in Mumbai. UNI
Arrogance may hurt Congress: Mulayam New Delhi, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav warned Wednesday that the "arrogance" of the Congress was going to hurt it badly. Speaking to reporters a day after the Trinamool Congress said it was pulling out of United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Mulayam Singh said that the government should be wise as there was pressure on the common man due to the hike in diesel prices. "The government's stubborn behaviour will do it no good. Congress will become weaker because of it," he said. Speaking to IANS on telephone, the Samajwadi Party chief urged the Congress to look
into the issues raised by the allies and supporting parties. The time has come for the Congress-led UPA to get its act together, he said, "Ab Congress ki akal theek ho jaani chahiye" (It's high time the Congress learnt its lessons), he said. "The Congress should introspect what it has given to farmers and people of the country." Asked if Congress leaders were in contact with his party after the Trinamool move, Mulayam Singh said: "Rajneeti mein to baat cheet to chalti rahti hai." (In politics, discussions and dialogue continue). Mulayam Singh said a final call on continuing support to the UPA will
1962 can't be repeated: Army chief New Delhi, There can be no repeat of 1962, when China defeated India in war, army chief General Bikram Singh said Wednesday. At a media interaction here, Gen Singh said India had adequate military plans for its borders to counter any misadventure by any force. "Nahi hoga! (It will not happen)," he said when asked if a repeat of 1962 was possible. "I am assuring the nation that 1962 will not be repeated," Gen. Singh said. He said his mandate was "to safeguard the territorial integrity of the
country". "That's the assurance I am giving. We will not let any enemy enter our territory. Plans are afoot on all borders," he said. He said necessary defences and military infrastructure along the northern borders of India were coming up. "Our frontiers are being guarded well," he said, pointing out that roads, bridges and other structures were coming up as part of military capacities in the northern borders. "Our preparations are going on adequately," he said. "The capacity of our forces are built not keep-
Don't foil strike plans, CPI-M tells Mamata Kolkata, The Left Wednesday asked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee not to foil a strike called Thursday to protest against a string of economic decisions. "She had also protested against the diesel price hike and retail FDI. Yesterday she announced she is withdrawing support from the UPA regime. So I would request her not to protest against our strike as we have called the strike on the same issues," CPI-M leader Surya Kant Mishra said. The Left has announced a 12-hour general strike in West Bengal Thursday against the hike in diesel price and allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in multibrand retail. But Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was opposed to the strike. "Calling shutdowns do not solve any problems," she said. Mishra said Wednesday: "We hope she would not play a pro-active role like on previous occasions to make shutdowns called by the Left a failure. We hope that this time she would not do such thing as she is also protesting against the same issue."
ing any specific country in mind. We are doing it for building our defences keeping our own national security," he said. He was referring to the Indian Army's plans to have a mountain strike corps, an offensive formation for mountain warfare, in the northeast. The mountain strike corps is meant to counter the Chinese forces across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that divides Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet. Asked about the government returning a file c o n t a i n i n g t h e s t r i ke corps proposal, Gen Singh said the plans were presently going through "a process of validation" and the plans have not been shelved. "We will get back to the government to the observations made," he said. "These are proposals keeping in mind the national security." Asked about Chinese forces venturing into Indian territory, the army chief said the military teams from both sides patrol up to their nation's perception of the LAC. "In such cases, these issues are taken up at the appropriate level through the existing mechanism. These issues are taken care of." When the troops on either side come face-toface, they carry out a banner drill and return to their territory. "The patrol teams disengage and go back."
be taken after the Samajwadi Party Parliamentar y Board meets Thursday. He said his par ty would go ahead with the Thursday protests planned against allowing foreign direct investment in multibrand retail and the hike in diesel prices. Samajwadi Party's support to the UPA has become crucial after the Trinamool Congress decision to pull out of the government. The Samajwadi Party has 22 MPs in the Lok Sabha and provides outside support to the government. The Trinamool Congress decision to pull out has brought the UPA's own strength in the Lok Sabha below the half-way mark.
Reverse decisions or quit, CPI-M tells Congress New Delhi, The Congress-led government should quit if it does not reverse its decisions on hiking diesel prices and allowing FDI in multi-brand retail trade, CPI-M leader Prakash Karat said Wednesday. Karat told a news conference that the wide ranging opposition to the government decisions last week showed that the central government did not enjoy majority support in parliament on these issues. "FDI in multi-brand retail trade is opposed by the majority in parliament," the Communist Party of IndiaMarxist general secretary said here. "So the government should not proceed with this. Nor should it proceed with the increase in diesel prices or limitation in (supply of cooking) gas cylinders (at subsidised rates). "If the government does not roll back these measures, it has no right to continue in office," he added. Karat said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to study the implication when it was decided to let foreign direct investment in single brand retail trade. The CPI-M was then backing the UPA-I regime. "Despite all this, Manmohan Singh has gone ahead with this announcement, which is true to his character. Ahmedabad, Page 1
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Odisha Tuesday approved industrial investment proposals worth Rs.26,076 crore in the state including a mega project wor th Rs.16,345.89 crore by state-run National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO). A high level committee led by Chief Minister Navin Patnaik approved the project proposals in a high level meeting at state capital Bhubaneswar. The projects were approved by the High Level Clearance Authority (HLCA), the state's highest approval body and included a project by Nalco, a senior state official told IANS.
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Good step to speed up investments Finance minister P C Chidambaram has hit the nail on the head with his prescription for a National Investment Board (NIB) under the Prime Minister for faster implementation of infrastructure projects that have been held up for what he has characterized as a “want of truly final decisions”. It is an obvious result of valuable lessons from the past. The 11th Plan targets, for instance, were not achieved despite a panel on infrastructure headed by the PM and serviced by the Planning Commission. No one was held accountable as one ministry was incharge of the final decision. For instance, 500 projects are said to have been held up for want of environmental decisions. It is amazing how things were left suspended while invaluable funds borrowed for projects lay idle and interest was paid on the loans. This is why a “truly final decision” did not emerge for many years as each ministry worked in majestic isolation and just passed the buck to the other. The NIB as envisaged by Mr Chidambaram, will take this “final decision”, and after this no other ministry, or department, or authority, should be able to interfere with that decision or delay its implementation. This is a great idea and one looks forward to the details of how the NIB will work under the PM. After all, the PM and the Planning Commission were overseeing the lagging targets of the 11th Plan, as the finance minister himself said. Will this NIB take decisions on issues like land, environment, etc that have been holding up projects? Will the NIB be given a time-line for implementation and subjected to accountability for achieving its target? Who will be the members of the NIB? The success of this NIB will be predicated on the right answers. Of course, this is primarily about getting projects off the ground and creating a climate of confidence that would attract foreign investment. The fiscal and current account deficits, as the Prime Minister said, are the two important things that have to be brought down to attract foreign investment. For this the government will have to plug loopholes and end the humangous corruption that leads to leakages in subsidies. If these can be curbed, it would lead to a significant drop in subsidies while seeing that the targeted families get their entitlements. This is where the utmost political will is needed and that will has yet to be seen.
Trinamool ditches UPA, blasts Congress Kolkata, An aggressive West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday withdrew her Trinamool Congress' support to the Congress-led UPA government. Banerjee told a news conference that Trinamool's six ministers - one cabinet and five ministers of state -- would submit their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday. "Our ministers will submit their resignations to the prime minister. We are withdrawing our support from UPA-2," Banerjee said, speaking mainly in Bengali. The decision was taken at a three-hour meeting of Trinamool leaders following a hike in diesel prices, allowing FDI in multi-brand retail and capping the number of subsidized cooking gas cylinders to consumers. The Trinamool, with 19 members in the Lok Sabha, was the second largest constituent in the multi-party UPA. The decision brings the
UPA's effective strength in the 545-seat Lok Sabha from 273 to 254, which is slightly below the half-way mark. This would make the UPA more dependent on the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, both of which extend outside legislative support to the UPA regime. At her presser, Banerjee lashed out at the Congress, saying the FDI decision was unveiled to divert attention from the coal blocks allocation controversy involving the government. She accused the Congress of acting unilaterally, without giving due respect to its allies. "We cannot tolerate this." l be a disaster," she said. The Trinamool chief demanded to know why the government was not making efforts to bring back the huge volumes of black money allegedly stashed by Indians in foreign banks. "Somebody has to bell the cat," she said, explaining her decision.
This incredible image (above right) shows the imprint of Sundara, an eight-year-old Asian elephant, where it fell asleep (above left) in the sand at Chester Zoo. Staff at the zoo were amazed when they ventured into the elephants' enclosure and found the perfectly-preserved impression of the animal's head in the ground. The indentation is so clear, it even shows the fine detail of the ridges on the animal's trunk, as well as its ear and eyes.
Government doesn't protect whistleblowers: Activists
On Sep 2, Nandi Singh, 40, was hacked to death in a remote village in Assam. His crime: he blew the whistle on misappropriation in the local public distribution system (PDS). His killing in Dhemaji village came even as a bill for protection of whistleblowers was listed in the Rajya Sabha both during the budget and monsoon sessions but could not be taken up as parliament was continually disrupted during both sessions. The entire monsoon session, in fact, was washed out by BJP protests over the allocation of coal blocks. Nandi Singh had raised the red flag against a fair price shop under the PDS in his village. He was killed in his home in front of his
wife.This is only one of several such incidents. On July 7, a school teacher, Barun Biswas, was shot dead in 24 Parganas of West Bengal. Biswas had raised his voice against the accused in a gangrape case and also lodged an FIR in the case in 2000. Due to his efforts, six of the accused had been sentenced to life imprisonment, but the others remained absconding. In another incident in July, K. Rajmohan Chandra, who had filed several cases against politicians and businessmen, was hacked to death by a gang in Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. As such attacks on whistleblowers keep occurring, activists feel the government is not serious about safety of people who
expose corruption. "You would expect the government to show some urgency in such matters, but they appear apathetic to this," Anil Bairwal, National Coordinator of National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms, a whistleblowers group, told IANS.RTI crusader Subhash Agrawal, a Delhi-based activist, feels he is safe primarily because he is based in the national capital."The whistleblowers killed are mostly in far-flung areas. Perhaps living in Delhi makes it safe," Agrawal told IANS. "After some recent RTIs I got abusive calls. At one point of time, I had filed some RTIs about the Nigambodh ghat cremation ground. There was an attack on a team from Doordarshan that was
making a programme based on the RTI... I escaped by chance," he said. The need for legislation to protect whistleblowers is a long pending demand. Activists started demanding the legislation after the murder of Satyendra Dubey, a project director at the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Dubey had written to the Prime Minister's Office exposing corruption in ongoing Golden Quadrilateral highway construction p r o j e c t . T h e whistleblowers' protection bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in December 2011 after many years. It is now pending in the Rajya Sabha and more amendments are expected in the bill which has already been through a parliamentary standing committee.jha
Poland drought reveals 400year-old sunken treasure London, Thanks to a drought that dried up a Polish river, more than 10 tonnes of marble statues, fountains and palace pillars looted from Polish rulers, believed to be 400 years old, have been found stuck in mud at the bottom of the river. The 10-tonne haul is believed to have been left behind by 17th century Swedish invaders during the Second Northern War in 1655, the Daily Mail reported.The treasure was found on the bed of the River Vistula as its waters receded over the summer. The Swedish invaders had loaded the treasure onto barges to transport home, but experts told the Daily Mail the masonry proved too heavy for their wooden warships that eventually sank under the weight. The cargo remained stuck in mud at the bottom of the river for more than 400 years. The period is known in Poland as "The Deluge". One of Europe's most powerful armies, Swedish warlords swept through
Commuters jostle to secure a foothold on a governent-run bus on the second day of the private bus strike, demanding upward revision of fare following the fuel price hike. In Kolkata.
eastern Europe pillaging everything in their way. The armies also plundered Poland's riches. Warsaw was so badly ravaged that its pre-war population of 20,000 was reduced to 2,000 by the time the Swedes set sail for home, the report said. The drought also revealed unexploded mines from World War II and Jewish gravestones. Historians believe the Swedes planned to move the looted cargo up the Vistula to Gdansk, where the river joins the Baltic Sea, and from there transport it home. There is still no explanation as to why the boats sank on the way.
Power Minister Veerappa Moily Tuesday said that the country's GDP growth would soon return to 9 percent as the power sector is set to deliver a good performance. After meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Prthviraj Chavan, Moily, however, said: "If you want 9 percent GDP growth, you ought to produce 8 percent of power. If you aspire 10 percent GDP growth, your power production should be at 9 percent." Moily said that during the 11th Five-Year Plan 54,000 MW of power was added and the target for the 12th Plan is 84,000 MW. He added that approximately 60 percent of the power produced is thermal.Moily also said that the central government has prepared a Debt Restructuring Plan for the State Electricity Distribution Companies, which have run up combined losses of approximately Rs.2,00,000 crore. "It will not be a bailout package," Moily said. "The restructuring will involve modifying the repayment schedule of debt owed by state electricity boards."
BJP to consult allies on special session to prove UPA majority New Delhi, The BJP Tuesday termed the Manmohan Singh government basically a "Congress government" following decision of Trinamool Congress to withdraw support and said it would talk to its allies on whether a special session of parliament should be called for the government to prove its majority. BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad termed the Congress as "arrogant" and said the government had not talked to its own allies on decisions such as hiking diesel prices and allowing foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail. "Not to speak of opposition, even allies were not talked to. There is arrogance. There is arrogance in Congress DNA," Prasad told media persons here He said Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had said that recent economic decisions
had been taken to divert attention from the "coal scam.""We also said that...Decisions have been taken in hurry. Manmohan Singh government is now basically a Congress government," he said. Prasad said the party will talk to allies to see if there was need to make a demand for calling special session of parliament to ask the government to prove its majority."It's (government's) other decisions will also cause trouble to people," he said. Prasad also told Times Now channel that the countdown for the government had begun. withdraw support to the Congress-led UPA government. She told a news conference in Kolkata that Trinamool's six ministers -- one cabinet and five ministers of state -- would submit their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday.
Crazy Horse report that the show, to be performed in a purpose-built venue on the Southbank, consists of distinct choreographed acts, among them legendary Crazy Horse classics as well as new, original creations by French star choreographer Philippe Decouflé.
Trinamool quits UPA, Mom gene linked to Mamata blasts Congress key parenting skills Kolkata/New Delhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday withdrew her Trinamool Congress party's support to the UPA government, but both she and the Congress indicated a last minute patch up may still be possible. Banerjee announced the unexpected decision after a three-hour meeting of party leaders in Kolkata, four days after the central government unleashed a wave of reforms aimed at kickstarting a stagnant economy. At her aggressive best, Banerjee told the media that Trinamool's six ministers -- one cabinet and five ministers of state -- would submit their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi Friday. "We can't be a party to anti-people decisions. We had expected the government would roll back their decisions. But they have decided against it. "So we ... are withdrawing our support from UPA2," she said, speaking mainly in Bengali. "This government has lost its credibility," she
added.However, Banerjee gave a lifeline to UPA, saying she would reconsider withdrawal of support if the government took back its decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, cut the hiked diesel prices by Rs.3, and raised the number of subsidised cooking gas cylinders each household can get in a year to 12. Simultaneously, the Congress said Tuesday night that it still viewed the Trinamool as a valuable ally. "Till a final decision is taken, we consider the Trinamool a valuable ally," Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.The Trinamool, with 19 members in the 545seat Lok Sabha, was the second largest constituent in the multi-party UPA. This would make the UPA more dependent on the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Par ty, which extend outside legislative support to the UPA regime. Within minutes, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked the government to prove its majority
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in the Lok Sabha. Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury suggested that Banerjee could still go back on her decision. "We should wait till Friday," added Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad. At her presser, Banerjee lashed out at the Congress, saying the FDI decision was unveiled to divert attention from the coal blocks allocation controversy involving the government. She accused the Congress of acting unilaterally, without giving respect to its allies. "We cannot tolerate this.""If FDI is allowed in retail market, where will the retailers go? There will be a disaster," she said. Banerjee said she spoke to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi four days back, requesting her to persuade the government to roll back the decisions on FDI, diesel and cooking gas cylinders. The Trinamool chief demanded to know why the government was not bringing back the huge volumes of black money allegedly stashed by Indians in foreign banks.
Washington, What does it take to be a great mom? Of course there’s love, devotion, nurturing, and maybe the right gene. Researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York say they’ve found a single gene that could be responsible for motivating mothers to protect, feed and raise their young. “The novelty of this study is that it shows that silencing this gene in one specific area of the brain abolishes many aspects of maternal behaviour,” said Ana Ribeiro, who led the study, in an interview Tuesday. In 1970s, scientists discovered the preoptic area of the brain is involved in certain behaviors in mice including aggression, sexual receptivity and maternal care. In this study, researchers took it one step further, suppressing the gene by lowering the ER alpha levels found in the preoptic area to observe how female mice would behave with the lower levels. They noticed mice with
lower ER alpha levels spent less time licking, nurturing and caring for their young, but their levels of aggression didn’t change. "Our studies certainly show that the type of receptor, or the total lack thereof, alters the ability to be a ‘good’ mother,” Ribeiro said. The findings could help uncover genetic links to good parenting in humans as well. “Mice and women express different versions of these receptors, and it is hypothesized that different versions are associated with different maternal capacities,” Ribeiro explained. “There is also evidence from mice, that there are modifications that occur in young pups that determine what type of mother a female pup will become.” Researchers also found decreasing the ER alpha levels significantly decreased sexual behaviour in female mice as well. The study was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Ganpati festival at Airtel Corporate office : Team members decorated the office with beautiful rangoli and leaves. All 4 days there are various cultural events that will take place and employees will participate and have fun and enjoy themselves. Keeping in mind the environment the decor and murti are eco friendly too.
Request for Proposal for Selection of Surveyor 1. Gujarat State Road Development Corporation Limited (GSRDC) invites bid (the “Proposals”) from consultants/surveyor for selection of a Surveyor (the “Surveyor”) who shall undertake the demarcating the proposed Right of Way (ROW) from the Joint Measurement survey (JMS) Sheet and capturing ROW lines (along with its UTM co-ordinates), all utilities (electric line, cable, pipe line on/below the ground), properties, buildings, temple/deri etc. coming in the ROW and for preparing land acquisition proposals for following road projects. 2. Request for Proposal (RFP) is invited from eligible Surveying/ Engineering Consultancy Individuals/ Firms/ Companies/ Joint Ventures for discharging of their duties as Surveyor for undertaking transferring the alignment of the followings projects. Sr.No.
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Name of Projects
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Four laning of Dakor-Sevalia Section of Km. 9/120 to 112/194 of SH-12 and Km 93/380 to 94/850 of old NG-59) in the state of Gujarat on BOT basis
Four laning of existing Surat-Olpad-Kim Section of SH-6 between Km 9/800 to 29/200 and SH-65 between Km 1/000 to 14/200 in the state of Gujarat on BOT Basis.
3. The Interested Consultancy / Survey agencies can obtain the RFP Documents from the below mentioned address during the stipulated time and date : 1) Request for Proposal (RFP) Documents
To be purchased from GSRDC office from 14/09/2012 to 03/10/2012 up to 1200 Hrs.
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Rs.5,000/- in the form of Demand Draft (DD) in favour of Gujarat State Road Development Corporation Payable at Gandhinagar.
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General Manager (Projects) Gujarat State Road Development Corporation Ltd. Gr. Floor, Nirman Bhavan, Sec. 10-A, Gandhinagar-382010. Gujarat Phone : 079-23252912, 23252915, Fax No. 079-23252090
India carrier's trial snags blamed on faulty boilers Moscow, Sea trials of an Indian Navy aircraft carrier refitted at a Russian shipyard were unsuccessful due to design failures in the vessel's boilers, a former Russian official has said. The ship's handover to the Indian Navy was put back from December 2012 to at least October 2013 after propulsion failures occurred when the INS Vikramaditya for merly the R u s s i a n Navy's Admiral Gorshkov underwent
sea trials in the White Sea last month. Oleg Shulyakovsky, former director of Baltisky Shipyard, told Russia's Vedomosti daily Tuesday that three of the carrier's eight boilers failed, but the ship still managed to stay underway and reached 23 knots, below its design speed of 29 knots. He said boiler failures were a legacy of the original vessel's design, with propulsion snags being a persistent feature of the four Project 1143 carriers built in the Soviet Union in the 1970s. The carrier's boilers lasted just 20 percent of the design life stated by their makers, he said. The replacement boilers installed as part of the vessel's $2.3 billion refit were guaranteed for just 10 months, which expired before the ship took to sea, he said. Specialists from the Baltisky Shipyard and
boiler design bureau are already at Sevmash Shipyard, where the carrier will arrive in the next few weeks. Engineers are focusing on the boilers' heat insulation as the core of the problem. Repairs could take from four months to a year depending on the damage to the insulation, he said. Shulyakovsky said the worst case would be damage to the pipes carrying steam from the boilers. The pipes are made from a special steel which is no longer made in Russia. The steel used in Vikramaditya's pipes was made in Ukraine. A defence industry official, who prepared the Vikramaditya for sea trials, told Kommersant newspaper the reason for the boilers' failure was that India refused to use asbestos to protect the boilers from heat, fearing that the material was dangerous for the crew. Instead, it used
firebrick, which had poorer insulating properties. The purchase and refit of the Vikramaditya has experienced a long-running catalogue of failures and setbacks.
Coal India ready to sign modified FSA with power firms Kolkata, Public sector Coal India Limited (CIL), the world's largest coal miner, Tuesday said it is now ready to sign the modified Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) with power firms on the cost-plus basis as its board approved the final draft of the model. The coal miner said it is waiting for customers' responses on price pooling mechanism as the model has been referred to Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and independent power producers (IIPs).
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Devotees carrying newly purchased Ganesh Idols on Ganesh Chaturthi in Ahmedabad. (Photos : Subodh Patel)
Team Anna is divided: Bedi Surat, Former IPS officer and member of erstwhile Team Anna, Kiran Bedi, conceded that the decision to form a political party left the team a divided lot. “Since Arvind (Kejriwal) announced formation of a political party. Team Anna got divided in two groups. There are few who want to join politics, while some are against the decision. I had no plans to join politics since beginning and I am against forming a political party,” said Bedi.
Lion cub run over Rajkot, A lion cub was runover by a goods train near Uchaiya village of Rajula taluka in Amreli. The six-month-old female cub was crossing the railway track on Dhola-Rajula stretch when it was hit by the train. “The carcass lay in the middle of the track while its severed head lay some metres away. A lioness had given birth to two cubs six months back and this cub who died in the accident is one of them,” said an official.There are at least 30 lions in the coastal parts of Rajula and Jafrabad talukas. Activists are concerned over the wild cat moving into the industrialized areas along the coast.
VHP protests against ban Ahmedabad, More than 70 members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) staged a protest outside the city police commissioner’s office in Shahibaug on Tuesday over the ban on immersion of Ganesh Idols. The leaders demanded the removal of the ban, which they said hurt the sentiments of devotees. The group was not allowed to enter the premies of the commissioner office. The group was greeted with nearly 100 policemen led by five officers. The VHP members showed black flags. Ranchhod Bharwad, general secretary of VHP, Ahmedabad, said: “When it comes to Hindus, why do they think of artificial tanks and banning of immersion? Every festival has curtailments for one reason or another. We will continue our protests against the policy.”
Pay Rs 10L for cancelling my admission Vadodara, In a first of its kind case, a girl student aspiring to take admission at M S University’s faculty of law, has sought Rs 10 lakh as compensation from the university, alleging that her provisional admission was illegally cancelled by the faculty. A resident of Karjan, Tanvi Shah, through consumer association Jagruti Nagrik has sent notices to MSU vice-chancellor and dean of MSU’s faculty of law seeking compensation amounting to Rs 10 lakh, including Rs 5 lakh as compensation for mental harassment and Rs 5 lakh as compensation for jeopardizing her year.Shah’s name had appeared in the first list of the candidates provisionally admitted to Master of Law (LLM) part I, business law group for the academic year 201213 issued on August 13. But for want of provisional eligibility-certificate (PEC), the faculty had not accepted her fees.
Paan shop owner held for plotting criminal’s murder Rajkot, With the arrest of four persons, the Rajkot rural police have solved the murder case of 42-yearold histor y-sheeter Mukesh Bavaji. Bavaji was murdered on July 19 at his house in Bhayavadar village in Upleta taluka of Rajkot district. Police said that Bavaji was killed by his wife’s ex-husband Jayesh Dalsaniya and his associates. Jayesh lived opposite Bavaji’s house in Bhayavadar. After Bavaji was released from jail, he fell in love with Jayesh’s wife Sheetal and started living with her . Later, Sheetal got divorced from Jayesh,” said Prem Vir Singh, superintendent of police, Rajkot. Jayesh started conspiring to kill Bavaji ever since his wife left him. He then approached a farm
labourer, who he had befriended, and hired him to bump off Bavaji. According to police, Jayesh gave Rs 1.50 lakh to Dinesh Muniya (36), a resident of Gangarda village in Garbada taluka of Dahod district, to kill Bavaji. Dinesh took help of three of his tribal friends, Mohal alias Sardar Mohaniya (26), a resident of Chajoi village of Dahod district Shanker Meda (32), a resident of Dhavliya village of Alirajpur taluka of Madhya Pradesh and Suniyo. “All four tribals were staying in Bhayavadar village since six years and were engaged in agricultural work. Jayesh ran a paan shop in the village and these fur persons frequently visited his shop,” said V J Rathod, police inspector, local crime branch, Rajkot rural.
PPP projects are thriving Architect’s version of in Gujarat, says UK review vibrant Bali on canvas London,
Terming the Gujarat government as “fiscally credible”, a two-year review of the Indian Infrastructure sector conducted by London’s financial district lauds the state’s performance in implementing public-private partnership (PPP) projects. The review by the City of London, released last evening during a seminar on India, said that the legal framework for PPP In the state is “solid”, and that the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Act (1999) sets a “comprehensive framework” for a variety of projects. During the seminar attended by leading lights of India’s business and financial sectors, development in Gujarat as described as “amazing” by Nasser
Munjee, Chairman of Development Credit Bank. The City of London refers to a small par t of London and often stands for the UK’s financial services industry. The city has an office in Mumbai to strengthen trade and investment links between India and the UK. The Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB) oversees PPP projects and provides a “relatively high standard of expertise and judgement”, the review said. Institutionally, Gujarat has a strong system, with a clear delineation of responsibilities between the GIDB, and the line departments of procuring government agencies. The technical exper tise of GIDB is also adjudged to
be high,” it added. The GIDB provides a fair and clear mechanism for the selection of concessionaires, and “in practice, this system typically works well,” the review said. “In terms of financing, Gujarat is in a strong position, having emerged as a top investment destination in India; the government is also fiscally credible, meaning that payment risk is considered very low,” it said. The Gujarat State Guarantee Redemption Fund (initiated in 2010) acts as a cushion for contingent liabilities arising out of state guarantees, the review adds, and quotes a recent report of the Asian Development bank that the state is the “best destination” in India for PPP projects.
Ahmedabad, When Hiren Patel’s fixation for the magnificence of his surroundings could not be constrained by designing landscape architecture, he moved on to yet another medium of expression: the canvas. Having often travelled to the exotic island of Bali on business trips, and being surrounded by artist friends, Patel’s conversion graduated from personal sketchbooks with miniature doodles to 60x40 inches paintings in watercolours. His exhibition ‘Characteristic Bali’ at Ahmedabad ni Gufa, though not an exact replica of the tourist town, screams of vibrancy and life and all that’s Bali. From sprawling coconut palms to the sparkling
emerald seas, the ruby red heloconia flowers and the long-tailed macaque -Patel’s vision of Bali steps out of his comfort zone. “I was always intrigued by the natural beauty of the island and couldn’t help documenting it in a more personal way. Moreover, the energy of the artists who I’m surrounded by made me want to experiment with the canvas too. But I was nervour about displaying my art to the public, having never painted on such a large surface before,” revealed patel of Hiren Patel Architects. However, his friends and family finally coaxed him into putting up an exhibition and his collection of watercolour paintings that span over the last six
months. Patel has combined nature and spirituality through the use of bright, almost violent colours that captures the essence of Bali probably as good as a photograph. A massive piece titled ‘Passage’ that fills the corner of the Gufa shows a corridor emerging from a yellow and pink door that opens out the ocean. Another piece titled ‘offering’ shows a Shivling half hidden in the foliage, also symbolic to Balinese Hindu culture. “Working double shifts - an architect by day and an artist by night -- has not been easy. But I have found in painting a different kind of bliss and I intend to continue this passion,” said Patel.
High court forbids sale of Danta court can decide meat during Paryushan on Tulsiram chargesheet Ahmedabad, A single-judge bench of the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday permitted sale of chicken and fish during Paryushan, but a division bench cancelled the order late in the evening. After the Supreme Court order in 2008 banning slaughter of animals during the Jain festivals to respect sentiments of the religious minority, the state government issued notification directing the civic bodies across the state to close slaughter houses and meat shops. Accordingly, a communique was issued on August 17 with prohibitory orders. This was implemented by the Vapi municipality by issuance of a circular on September 6 and banning slaughtering of animals and sale of meat during Paryushan. The chicken and fish traders including Anvarhusein Bulekha moved the high court contending that the authorities did not have powers to pass such prohibitory orders on sale of meat,
chicken and fish. Justice R M Chhaya admitted the petition and passed an interim order
Cops gear up to halt liquor inflow Vapi, Daman administration has assured south Gujarat police of all support in controlling the liquor trafficking from the union territory, which is expected to increase as assembly polls near.Liquor flows freely, especially in rural areas of south Gujarat, as politicians try to woo the voters, sources said.On Monday, interstate co-ordination meeting to maintain law and order was held between senior Daman administration officials and south Gujarat range inspector general of police H a s m u k h Patel.Development commissioner and secretary (excise and taxation) Mohanjeet Singh, DamanDiu and Dadra and Nagar Naveli IGP Rajesh Kumar were present in the meeting.
MSU in fix over giving access to 6,500 Jain manuscripts Vadodara,
M S University (MSU) seems to be caught in a dilemma over the issue of giving access to a large number of manuscripts to a Jain organization from the Oriental Institute for digitization. The organization has been seeking the manuscripts since the last couple of years, but MSU is yet to decide on it. Samast Jain Sangh had recently written to MSU again seeking the manuscripts and the issue was put before MSU syndicate for its approval. The syndicate discussed the issue, but did not take a call on it and it was postponed to the next meeting.
Oriental Institute of the university has over 28,000 manuscripts collected since its establishment by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. The Jain organization want across around 6,500 manuscripts and digitize them. MSU officer on special duty (registrar) Amit Dholakia said the organization has purposed to digitize these at the Oriental itself and keep a copy of the digital copies and hand over another to the university. Officials said most of these manuscripts have been given to the institute by a Jain saint around the year 1960.
granting permission to the traders to sell chicken, fish and meat that are in stock, but the court made it clear that slaughtering cannot be permitted. After giving permission for sale of chicken and fish in Vapi, the court kept final hearing on October 28, said petitioner’s counsel. Within hours, the municipality rushed before a division bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala against the single judge’s order. The hearing on the municipality’s appeal took place in VJ’s chamber and lasted till 8 pm. After hearing the municipality and the petitioner, the division bench quashed the interim order. While cancelling the permission for sale of meat, chicken and fish stock granted by the single judge’s order, the division bench said that if the sale is permitted during the Jain festival, the very object of prohibition will be frustrated.
Ahmedabad, The Danta magisterial court on Tuesday held that it is competent to take cognizance of the chargesheet filed by the CBI in the Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case. However, the court has not yet taken cognizance of the chargesheet, and kept further proceedings in this regard on September 27, said a defence counsel who opposed the CBI bid to file chargesheet against 20 people, including former minister of state for home Amit Shah, in the Danta magisterial court. Judicial magistrate Geeta Ahir accepted CBI’s contention that since the offence had taken place in Danta court’s jurisdiction and earlier probe agency CID (crime) too had filed two reports with this court, she is authorized to act upon the probe report. The CBI also argued that the Gujarat high court notification says that the Ahmedabad CBI courts are designated for anti-cor-
ruption cases only. After the court held that it is competent to accept the chargesheet, some accused sought a stay on court’s order till they move higher court. However, the court refused to stay its order. Meanwhile, five of the accused -- former minister Amit Shah, former DGP P C Pande, then CID (crime) head O P Mathur, ADGP Geetha Johri and former investigator and DSP R K Patel filed appli-
Probe agency outlines roles of Pande, Johri Ahmedabad, P C Pande, a former DGP; and additional DGP Geetha Johri have been accused of criminal conspiracy and murder along with other offences for toeing the line of former minister Amit Shah in the investigation of the Sohrabuddin fake encoun-
Solar water heaters must for all Surat buildings Surat,
Surat could well become the first city in India to make solar water heating in all buildings, residential and commercial, mandatory. Earlier, this year, the Union urban development ministry had made it mandatory that civic bodies of all 58 cities identified to be made “solar cities” change their construction bylaws to make solar energy compulsory for water heating systems. The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will make the necessary changes in the bylaws of construction within a month. There are 10.2 lakh houses and nearly 65,000 commercial build-
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ings in the city, which will have to switch over to solar water heating. “We are ready with draft master plan with a detailed mechanism for solar water heating,” said Jatin Shah, city engineer SMC. However, solar water heating is just one of the s t e p s b e i n g t a ke n t o make Surat a ‘solar city’. The civic body plans to undertake photovoltaic roof top programme, installing solar panels atop all its vital installations and replacing regular street lights with CFLs and tube lights with T5 lights. “We are aiming to bring down the conventional energy usage by at 10-15
cations that without obtaining permission from the state government for criminal prosecution under section 197 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), they cannot be arrested because they are public functionary and government servants. The court has kept hearing on these applications on September 27 with observation that since it is not taken cognizance of the charger sheet, the accused have nothing to lose.
per cent in the next two years,” he added. In the next five years, it aims to use at least 30 per cent solar power in place of electricity. SMC has also scheduled a meeting with New Delhi-based World Institute of Sustainable energy (WISE), which was appointed as consultant in advisory capacity by the Centre, to chalk out the implementation plan for solar water heating systems. Dr Omkar Jani, principal research scientist at Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) said, “We will replicate the Gandhinagar’s solar city model in Surat too.”
ter case. CBI has claimed that these senior cops did not permit the then investigating officer, V L Solanki, to question Tulsiram. As for Pande, the chargesheet says that it was well within his knowledge that Tulsiram was the third person travelling with Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauserbi at the time of their abduction. The Supreme Court had ordered a probe, but Pande authorized only an inquiry and not a full-fledged investigation despite the fact that the offence was grave and could invite even the death sentence.CBI also has claimed that Pande might have decided to go slow on the accused expecting post-retirement benefits from the state government. CBI says that his appointment as the chairman of Police Housing Corporation indicates his proximity with politicians. In the case of Johri, CBI curbing the probe by de p e r m i s Tu l s i ra m in Udaipur was part of the conspiracy. Before denying permission, she alongwith her superior G C Raigar discussed the matter with the former minister, who angrily ordered them to restrain the probe.
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Chinese observe Japan invasion anniversary Beijing, People stood in silence and cars pulled to roadside to honk in China's Shenyang city at 9.18 a.m. Tuesday as wailing air defence sirens kicked off nationwide observance of the 81st anniversary of the Japanese invasion of nor theast China and mourning for the war dead. On Sep 18, 1931, Japanese troops blew up a section of the railway under its control near Shenyang, then accused Chinese troops of sabotage as a pretext to mount attack. They bombarded the barracks of the Chinese troops near Shenyang the same evening, starting a large-scale invasion of
Mumbai celebrates Ganesh festival Mumbai, Mumbai Wednesday welcomed its favourite elephant-headed Lord Ganesh as the 10-day Ganpati festival began here amid tight security. The 'aarti' and 'sthapan puja' (devotional worship) were held in various pandals (associations) to mark the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.Millions of Mumbaikars remained awake through the night making last minute preparations for the installation of gigantic, medium and small idols of Lord Ganesh in different public venues, housing complexes and homes. idols started arriving in the city from artists' studios in different parts of 12,500 registered associations, apar t from the 40,000 private housing complexes, have been preparing for the past few weeks for the popular festival.
northeast China, Xinhua reported. Four months later, Japanese troops occupied about 1.28 million km of Chinese territory in northeast China, 3.5 times the land mass of entire Japan. The incident was followed by Japan's full-scale aggression of China and the rest of Asia, and triggered a 14-year war of resistance against the Japanese. While most residents recalled histor y and mourned the war dead at homes, workplaces and public facilities, hundreds of protestors near the Japanese Consulate General expressed their dissatisfaction over the Japanese government's socalled "purchase" of the Diaoyu islands.
China launches its first military academy website Beijing,
Parents Lauren and David Perkins, from Pearland, Texas, saw their four-and-a-half-month-old sextuplets reunited yesterday in their first joint photo together. Texas Children's Hospital hosted a send-off party for Leah (fourth from left), who had had the toughest battle of the siblings. She has had three major intenstinal operations during her stay in neonatal intensive care. Her brothers and sisters, from left Benjamin, Allison, Levi, then Leah herself, Andrew and Caroline, joined the party where they were snapped together for the first time.
UPA may remain in power with others' support: Mamata Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Tuesday admitted that the UPA government could continue in power, even without her party's support, for some months by taking support of other parties. "Despite our par ty leaving the UPA, they may stay in power for three to six months by holding the hands of other parties," Banerjee told the media after announcing her party's decision to withdraw support to the central government's ruling coalition in protest against the diesel price hike, restriction in number of subsidised cooking gas cylinders and FDI in retail. Unsparing in her attack on the Congress, she said it had the habit of seeking new partners whenever
there was a quarrel with old allies. "It is the Congress's game to take support of Mayawati if they have a fight with Mamata. Then if they have a fight with Mayawati, they go to Mulayam Singh Yadav. If they have problems with DMK, they go to the AIADMK. And if they have a separation with Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United to hold the hands of Rashtriya Janata Dal's Lal's Lalu Prasad." "We have seen a lot of such blackmailing tactics", she said. "But let me tell you, those who cannot be friends with us, cannot be friends with anybody else." Banerjee complained that her party never got the minimum respect from the Congress, despite being the second largest UPA constituent.
IMG deallocates 8th coal block, Plan panel for privatising mining New Delhi, The inter-ministerial group (IMG) on coal block allocations Tuesday recommended de-allocation of Macherkunda block and deduction of bank guarantees of the Jitpur block and Chitarpur coal block in Jharkhand. Macherkunda block was allocated to Bihar Sponge Iron Ltd in August 2008, while Jitpur block in Jharkhand was allocated to Jindal Steel and Power in February 2007. Chitarpur North was allocated to Corporate Ispat. The government also Tuesday deallcoated three more coal blocks on the recommendations of IMG's review last week. These blocks include one alloted to SKS Ispat and Power Ltd in which Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai's brother allegedly had a link, and another jointly alloted to Jindal
Steel Works. The IMG had recommended deallocation of three blocks - Gourangdih ABC Coal Block allotted to Himachal EMTA Power and JSW Steel, Rawanwara North Coal Block allotted to SKS Ispat and Power and New Patrapara Coal Block allotted to Bhushan Steel Ltd. The government approved deduction of bank guarantees in the cases of Nerad Malegaon Block jointly allotted to Gupta Metaliks and Gupta Coalfields Ltd, Lohari block allotted to Usha Martin, Radhikapur East coal block allotted to Tata Sponge Iron and others, and Bijahan Coal Block allotted to Bhushan Ltd With this, the total number of coal blocks deallocated by coal ministr y due to insufficient progress rose to seven. The IMG is currently re-
viewing coal block allocations which has provoked a major political storm. The four blocks whose allocations were cancelled last week are Bramhadih Block in Jharkhand allocated to Castron Mining Ltd in 1996, Chinora and Warora (southern part) blocks in Maharashtra given to Fieldmining and Ispat in 2003 and the Lalgarh (North) block in Jharkhand allotted to DOMCO Smokeless Fuels in 2005. Meanwhile, Planning Commission Tuesday called for privatisation of coal mining, saying government should have a consistent policy for the energy sector as third party sale is allowed for petroleum and natural gas in the country."The policy for energy sector should be consistent. We have not nationalised petroleum and natural gas.
China has launched its first military academy website for which a trial was held this past week. The website -- www.cdsndu.org -- of the College of Defence Studies of the National Defence University (NDU) of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) will highlight a good image of the Chinese army, People's Daily reported Tuesday. A trial operation ceremony for the website was held Sep 14. The site's content is available in five languages -- Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The foreign versions are based on the Chinese edition with more consideration for cultural background and reading habits of overseas netizens. The College of Defence Studies of the NDU is the highest organisation of China's foreign military training. Nearly 500 senior officers and government defence officials from 100-odd countries and regions come to the college for study and military exchanges every year. So far, more than 4,000 students have graduated from the college.
Doha gets another Indian school Doha, There's a new addition to the list of Indian schools in Qatar. The Scholar's International, which will follow the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum, has opened it's doors for students in Doha's Muaither area. In its inaugural year, the school will cater to Class I to IV students, Dr. Wandoor P. Aboobacker, chairman of the school, was quoted as saying in the Gulf Times. The Scholar's International will function from a 4,000-square metre building, owned by Qatar Charity, which used to house the Tunisian National School.
UK told to free prisoners over breach of human rights London, Prisoners deemed "potentially dangerous" and who had been jailed indefinitely in Britain could now be set free after the European Court of Human Rights said it was a breach of their human rights. The European court ruled that jailing dangerous prisoners indefinitely on the grounds of risk, without giving them access to rehabilitation courses was a breach of human rights, the Daily Express reported. More than 6,500 offenders are currently in British jails without any fixed date for their release due to protection of public safety. The case came to the attention of the court after three Britons -- Brett James, Nicholas Wells and Jeffrey Lee -- were sentenced in 2005. The report said a failure to ensure the prisoners had access to courses in prison harmed their ability to show they were rehabilitated and able to be released.
Japan-China spat: India Patents law provisions hopes for amicable solution conflicting, Novartis tells SC New Delhi, pute, India has always
She separated from her husband, tax lawyer David Mills, after he was accused of taking a bribe from Silvio Berlusconi - but yesterday Dame Tessa Jowell (pictured right with him at the time of their separation) admitted that the couple were reconciled. Breaking her silence about her marital woes for the first time, Dame Tessa, 65, said that parting from Mills, her second husband, broke her heart.
India Tuesday said that China has informed it of its position on its latest dispute with Japan over some contested islands, and hoped that the issue is resolved in "an amicable manner". "We have been made aware of the Chinese position on this issue," Syed Akbaruddin, the spokesperson of the external affairs ministry, told reporters here. He was responding to a question on whether China has approached India to present its side in its latest standoff with Japan over the latter's alleged purchase of the five Diaoyu islands, known as Senkaku in Japan. The spokesperson made it clear that in such matters of maritime dis-
Braveheart girl on Chandigarh cops' receiving end over FB comments Chandigarh, She fought robbers as a 10-year-old in 2000 and got a national bravery award from the prime minister for it after her brave act led to the gang being busted. But when she came face to face with police after her SUV was stolen in Chandigarh recently, Heena Bakshi finds herself on the wrong side of law after being slapped with a criminal case. Bakshi, 22, a resident of Panchkula town adjoining Chandigarh, is facing the heat from an over-zealous Chandigarh Police which has slapped a case against her under various sections of the Information Technology (IT) Act after she posted "abusive" and "objectionable" comments on police functioning in the city.Daughter of a serving army colonel, who is posted in Ladakh, Bakshi, frustrated by the Chandigarh Police's inaction in tracing her stolen SUV, posted her comments on the Facebook
page of the Chandigarh Traffic Police. "My white Safari registration number CH-O3R0808 was stolen from outside my friend's house in Sector 18.....you people kill us with your 'nakas' n check points. Harassing us if we are just driving around at night. When we are driving our own cars bought with our own money. But you have no f****n clue when somebody steals that car from under your eyes n vanishes into the blue!! What policing are u ppl doing?? U challan our a**es outa. I want to know a u are the freakin authoritiesa I am a respectable citizen paying my taxes n driving by the rules n not breaking the law....The police started questioning me aif I was making this whole shit up or if someone actually stole it?? Why don't you catch the real culprits n bring them to justice rather than screwing our lives with your stupid worthless policing? Who stole my car
from under your noses??" What upset Bakshi, as per her comments, was that lower rung police officials started questioning her about her stolen SUV instead of giving her any information about their own efforts to trace the vehicle."Her comments on Facebook were out of frustration and were general in nature. She did not intend to be abusive to anyone in particular. Police found one particular word objectionable," Bakshi's father, Col.P. Bakshi, who specially flew down from Leh to sort out the matter after police slapped a case against here, said at his house in Panchkula's Mansa Devi complex area. Col. Bakshi said that he had met senior Chandigarh Police officers Monday in this regard.However, the Chandigarh Police, under fire from society and media for harassing the young woman instead of improving policing and lowering the city's crime rate, espe-
cially car thefts and snatchings, is unwilling to admit its mistake in hurriedly registering a case against Bakshi. "The matter is under investigation. We will look at all aspects," Chandigarh's Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naunihal Singh told media Tuesday, before walking off when asked a probing question regarding police over-doing in Bakshi's case. Many in the city believe that the Chandigarh Police are going overboard. "Police, instead of tracing Henna's car and checking the increasing crime rate in Chandigarh, are busy registering cases and harassing common people like her. As a 10year-old child, Bakshi had received the Geeta Chopra national bravery award from the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee after she had caught hold of a robber inside her house in Haryana's Ambala Cantt, 45 km from here.
maintained a policy of not taking sides. "We hope these issues are resolved by the parties concerned in an amicable manner," he said.eporters here that the embassy's minister counsellor was planning to approach the Indian external affairs ministry to convey that Beijing considers Japan's "purchase" of the Diaoyu islands to be "totally illegal and invalid". China is seeking to mobilise international opinion against it to pressure Japan in "correcting its mistake".
Swiss pharma company Novartis Tuesday told the Supreme Court that there cannot be conflicting provisions in a patents statute where one provision recognises innovation in drug development and another knocks it down. Novartis told an apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai that once the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) had accepted that beta crystalline form of compound imatinib
Two days to cross 15 km in Chennai: Steel traders Chennai, Steel wholesalers here complained Tuesday of nearly a 50 percent drop in business because of traffic congestion on the roads leading to the Chennai Port Trust owing to the changes made in allowing container trucks into the port. "Owing to the traffic pile-up on the road leading to Chennai Port Trust, it takes two days to traverse a distance of 15 km. On an average 5,000 tonnes of steel and iron used to be transported from our godowns to various client sites. Now it has come down by half," S.A. Azeez, honorary secretary, The South India Iron and Hardware Merchant Assocation told, said Tuesday. According to him, the Chennai Port Trust does not allow parking of container trucks inside the port. Hence, the trucks have to wait on the roads in a long line in North Chennai area. "Our trucks have to be in that line for nearly 15 km before they can go client sites. Our drivers and other workmen take two days off as they spend two days in the truck," he said. According to him, some steel traders have
shifted their godowns to other areas in the city from Sathangadu market, where the steel godowns are located."Steel traders operate around 500 trucks per day," J. Raja, joint secretary at Chennai Steel Yard Trailer Owner Association, said.
mesylate was an innovation under 2(j) and 2(j)a) of the Patents Act, then it could not be asked to reestablish its patentability under Section 3(d) of the law. "Can there be a situation that a product is an innovation under sections 2(j) and 2(j)a) and sought to be denuded of invention under section 3(d) in terms of pharmaceutical efficacy," senior counsel Gopal Subramanium, appearing for Novartis, told the court. "Section 3(d) is not intended for invention but discovery of a new form. It deals with a known substance with known efficacy," Subramanium told the court. The apex court was told this during the hearing on a petition by the pharmaceutical giant challenging the IPAB verdict declining patent to Novartis anticancer drug Glivec (imatinib mesylate) used for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and malignant gastrointes-
tinal stromal tumors (MGST). The IPAB asked the pharmaceutical company to prove the enhanced therapeutic efficacy of its pharmaceutical product Glivec under 3(d) of the Patents Act, 1970. The Section 3(d) of the Patents Act seeks to thwart the "evergreening" of the phar maceutical products with minor changes in the content and form without any innovation. Section 2(j) and 2(j)(a) deals with the grant of innovation to the product claimed to be an original and a novelty. As Subramanium sought to point to the fine distinction between Sections 3(d) and 2(j) and 2(j)(a), Justice Alam asked him if these were not the two sides of the same coin. Responding to the quer y from the cour t, Subramanium said: "Section 3(d) is an exception to 2(j) and 2(j)(a) and has a restricted meaning and can't be used to destroy each other."
Adelaya Boardman, 33, allowed her two pet cats to become infested with fleas - and animals, including a dog, were forced to sleep and eat under piles of rubbish in her home in Plymouth. Shocked vets who discovered the animals unfed and sick, said her home was unfit for animals or humans, Plymouth Magistrates Court in Devon heard. She admitted three charges of failing to meet the needs of three ferrets by not providing a suitable diet, a proper environment and protection from a flea infestation. Ahmedabad, Page 5
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Trinamool's pull-out vindicates our strike call: Left Kolkata, In the wake of Trinamool Congress withdrawing support from the UPA government, the Left Front Tuesday said its stand to call a strike in protest against hike in diesel prices and FDI in retail had been vindicated. "After this decision, we believe that the Trinamool Congress will stop opposing the 12hour general strike called by the Left Front against these anti-people policies of the centre," Front chairman Biman Bose said. The Left Front Sunday had announced its decision to observe a 12 hour general strike in West Bengal Sep 20 to protest against hike in diesel price and allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. However while announcing her party's decision to withdraw support from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was opposed to the strike.
Police baton charge anti-Islam film protesters in Chennai Chennai, Police carried out a baton charge to disperse a large gathering of people protesting against the US-made anti-Islam film here Tuesday. According to police, a large number of Muslims gathered on the city's arterial Anna Salai shouting anti-US slogans and started proceeding towards the US consulate, around two km from the protest venue.As the protesters tried to take out a procession past the barricades, police sought to restrain them and then baton charged them to disperse the crowd.
CPI-M's Mollah salutes Mamata's bold decision Kolkata, CPI-M's West Bengal lawmaker and former minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah Tuesday saluted Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee for taking the "bold decision" of withdrawing support to the "anti-people" UPA government. "I offer her 'blue salute' (Banerjee's favourite colour) to Mamata Banerjee for her bold decision of withdrawing support from the anti-people UPA government," Mollah told IANS. of Left activists and supporters. Banerjee, also the West Bengal chief minister, Tuesday withdrew her party's support to the UPA government, but both she and the Congress indicated a last minute compromise may still be possible.Mollah's comment is completely opposite to that of Communist Party of India-Marxist's (CPI-M) central committee member Mohammed Salim, who mocked Banerjee's decision to pull out from the government by saying that she still kept a window open till Friday for "reconsidering" her decision.
Pope to meet top Syrian opposition leader
'Changes in Myanmar open new opportunities for India'
Pope Benedict XVI will meet a top leader of the Syrian opposition at his summer residence near Rome. George Saba, member and spokesman of the Syrian National Council, will be one of 120 delegates to a gathering of international Christian democrats who will be received by the pope.Saba's attendance at the gathering follows a request delivered by the papal envoy in Lebanon, Monsignor Gabriele Caccia, during the pontiff's three-day visit to the country last week. During his visit to Italy, Saba will also meet other senior Vatican officials. Benedict made an appeal for peace in Syria during an open-air mass in Beirut.
Recent changes in Myanmar have created new opportunities for enhancing relations with India, according to an expert."The recent changes in Myanmar have created new opportunities for enhancing Indo-Myanmar ties," director general of Indian Council of World Affairs Rajeev Bhatia said at a seminar on "IndoMyanmar Relations and Development of India's Northeast" here.Bhatia said that while the development of the country's north eastern states was India's internal affair, and improvement in Indo-Myanmar ties a separate issue, "Both the benefits can accrue better if they are looked at in a connected way". The seminar was jointly organised by the Eastern and North Eastern Council of World Affairs, New Delhi.Over 200 officials, business leaders, scholars and students attended the six sessions of the seminar Monday and took a critical look at the political and economic situation in the northeast and the enhancement of IndoMyanmar ties.Several participants dwelt on how the northeast can be developed further by leverging the "Look East" policy of the central government to ensure a prosperous northeast and better connection with southeast Asia.
Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav with a delegation of Small Traders talking to reporters in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan after submitting a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee on the issue of FDI in retail sector, in New Delhi. UNI
BJP MPs walk out of 2G JPC meet, say no point in continuing New Delhi, scam,” Sinha said, adding BJP members of a parliamentary panel probing the 2G spectrum allocation walked out of a meeting Tuesday against the chairman's refusal to call Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to depose, saying they felt there was no point in continuing to be members of the committee. A final decision on whether to continue or withdraw from the joint committee will be taken later, Bharatiya Janata Par ty (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha said. “There is no point in continuing in the JPC. The way it is functioning, it is quite clear JPC is not any more an instrument for uncovering truth but for putting a cover on the
a final decision will be taken after the party-called Sep 20 Bharat Bandh (India shutdown). "Immediately after Bharat Bandh, we will decide on future course of action; whether we have to continue in the committee or leave," Sinha said at a press conference at the party's national headquarters here. The JPC, which is probing the contentious 2G spectrum allocation, was formed on the opposition's insistence after the entire winter session of parliament in 2009 was lost to protests demanding a JPC. Sinha said the BJP members were not allowed to speak, and accused JPC chairman P.C. Chacko of having a "dictatorial atti-
tude". "As soon as the meeting began, the chairman said, 'I have received a letter from Yashwant Sinha and have sent a reply... Let us call the witnesses now',” Sinha said giving an account of events."(BJP member) Ravishankar Prasad then raised his hand, and Chacko said if it is about the list of witnesses, he will not allow any discussion," Sinha said, adding that their members repeatedly asked if the issue will be taken up later, but the chairman did not allow them to speak at all. "He behaved in a totally dictatorial manner, reminiscent of the Emergency. We are sorry to say, he did not behave like the chairman of the committee but acted like spokesperson of
Congress. So, we walked out of the committee," he said. This is the second time when the BJP has walked out of the JPC. Earlier, at a meeting of the committee Aug 22 during parliament's monsoon session, BJP members walked out from the committee after a member from the Congress accused them of making it a “Kangaroo court”. from the committee, the JPC chairman said since P. Chidambaram, who was the finance minister at the time, he need not be summoned as his position was same as that of Subbarao. Apart from the prime minister, the BJP members had also been demanding Chidambaram be summoned.
Trinamool pullout increases Congress dependence on SP, BSP New Delhi, The Trinamool Congress' decision Tuesday to withdraw support to the UPA government has made it vulnerable and more dependent on outside suppor ters Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) for survival, said Congress sources. Though Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee had been an mercurial ally, the Congress was apparently more comfortable in dealing with her than with SP
and BSP, which are its electoral adversaries in Uttar Pradesh. The party is likely to make more efforts now to keep SP and BSP on its side, said the sources. The SP has 22 MPs and BSP 21 MPs in the Lok Sabha and support of two parties would make up for Banerjee pulling out support of her 21 MPs to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. The SP has however joined hands with the Left on issues of diesel price hike and FDI in multi-
Chennai varsity students win prizes in space contests Chennai, A mother and her three children carrying newly purchased Ganesh Idols on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi at JLN Marg in Jaipur. UNI
'Chewing betel leaf may help fight cancer' Kolkata, Chewing 'paan' or betel leaf could help fight a form of bone marrow cancer, a group of Indian researchers say. A molecule derived from betel leaf may be beneficial to patients suffering from a cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many white blood cells and the body refuses to respond to common drugs, said a study by scientists in Kolkata and Mumbai. An alcoholic extract of the betel leaves helps patients suffering from chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) -- the most common form of leukaemia in adults in India -- holding out hope of improved treatment. The research was carried out by the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), the Institute of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, Kolkata,
and Piramal Life Sciences, Mumbai. "We have conducted a study and seen that the c o m p o u n d hydroxychavicol (HCH) is the major component of the alcoholic extract of the betel leaves and it might contribute, at least in part, to the observed anti-CML activity of the leaf extract," Santu Bandyopadhyay of the department of Cancer Biology and Inflammatory Disorders at IICB, an institute under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, told IANS. The research was based on a 2011 report in journal Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition). According to the study, published this year in the Cancer Science journal the official journal of the Japanese Cancer Association - HCH and its analogues not only induced killing of the cancerous
CML cells but also led to the death of the drug-resistant cancer cells with minimal harm to normal human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). PBMC are blood cells that are an important component of the immune system. CML is principally an adult disease with a yearly incidence of one in 100,000 in India. Men are affected more often than women. The slow-progressing blood and bone marrow disease usually occurs during or after the middle age, and rarely occurs in children. The leukaemia cells can build up in the blood and bone marrow. So there is less room for healthy white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. When this happens, infection, anaemia or easy bleeding may occur.
Students of the SRM University near here have won prizes in two international student aerospace competitions held in the US and China, an official said here Tuesday. An eight-member team led by Sweety Prakash Pate, a final year aeronautical engineering student, won the third prize in the Undergraduate Space Transpor tation Design Competition 2011-2012 organised by American Institute of Aeronautics (AIAA). The AIAA one of the world's largest technical societies dedicated to the global aerospace profession. It conducts student design competitions and conferences all around the year to inspire and nurture young talent in the field of aeronautics and astronautics. "The competition organised by the AIAA required participants to design and produce a business plan for commercial Earth-to-Orbit passenger vehicle. The vehicle should be capable of taking paying customers from earth to orbit and back for a variety of research and tourism pur poses," M. Ponnavaikko, vice chancellor of SRM university
told reporters. "This competition is an effort to encourage space tourism where not only astronauts but the common man can also take space rides safely," he said.
CWG media officer gets interim bail
brand retail and will join the protest Sep 20. It also criticised the Congress-led government after Trinamool's decision, with party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said the UPA's way of working was not right and the Congress was behaving as if it had two-thirds majority. However, he indicated his party's decision on continuing support to the government will not be influenced by Trinamool's step. The Congress has shared "on and off" relationship with SP and BSP with which it fought a bitter electoral contest in Uttar Pradesh earlier this year. The two parties have bailed out the government in tricky situations. The SP also came forward to support the UPA-I government when the Left withdrew support over the Indo-US nuclear deal. Mayawati has spoken out against the subsidy cut in LPG and diesel price hike but has given the Congress time till the second week of October when she would decide on their course of action.
NHAI, Gurgaon expressway operator settle dispute New Delhi, The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Tuesday informed the Delhi High Court that it would withdraw a termination order issued to the D e l h i - G u r g a o n Expressway's concessionaire as they had sorted out their differences. The termination order was issued in February to the concessionaire for its failure to improve services at the 32-lane toll plaza of the expressway. Justice S. Muralidhar said: "A memorandum of understanding (MoU) as agreed to by the NHAI, Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity (concessionaire) and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd. (IDFC) and other plaintiffs (collectively referred as lenders) has been signed today.""With
the signing of the MoU, it is understood by the parties that the termination notice dated Dec 7, 2011, and the subsequent termination order dated Feb 18 issued by the NHAI to the concessionaire stands withdrawn," the cour t said.The cour t earlier granted time to the NHAI and the DGSCL, operator of the expressway, to settle their differences and consider an out-of-cour t settlement.The DGSCL approached the court after the NHAI issued a preliminary termination notice to it Dec 7 last year and a termination order Feb 18. Disposing of the petition, the court said: "The parties will act in terms of the MoU and will be bound by the terms of the MoU and will perform their obligations mentioned thereunder."
Traders to beseech Lord Ganesha against FDI in retail Lucknow, Even as political parties oppose the UPA government's decision to allow 51 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, a group of traders here has decided to knock at the doors of Lord Ganesha, the god of success. Beginning Wednesday, a massive puja pandal in the city celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi would pray to Lord Ganesha, seeking his "blessings" to stop the central government from "imposing" its decision on them, the local traders union said. The 10-day Ganesh festival that kickstar ts Wednesday would begin at the Chaupatia Shubh Sanskar Samiti pandaal before a "FDI Ganesha" that has been made on special order. The 4.5-foot Lord Ganesha would be offered traditional sweets and then propitiated to intercede on behalf of the traders so that retail giants "do not step into the Hindi hear tland", said an organiser. "We will be holding special prayers with spe-
cific mantras seeking the mercy of the almighty and the removal of the UPA regime, which has taken these decisions," said Riddhi Kishore Gaur, one of the organisers. A team of women has been roped in for the special puja. Banwari Lal Kanchal, a leader of the traders, said that people in distress often knocked on the doors of god. "We have learnt that when in trouble, seek the intervention of god. If someone is doing that, it is very normal," he said. Naresh Gupta, another trader, said that only the gods can stop the "modern-day East India Company from coming into India", alluding to the entry of foreign retail brands. Over three-dozen marquees are coming up in the city for the Ganesh Chaupatia, Qaiserbagh, Aminabad, Narahi and Alambagh.Traders against FDI in multi-brand retail have been protesting across the state. In Kanpur, traders took to the streets Monday with empty gas cylinders and utensils. In Lucknow, they took out processions as beggars.
New Delhi, A Delhi court Tuesday granted interim bail to a media officer of the Organising Committee (OC) of Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010 till Sep 20 for attending memorial ceremonies for his father, who died earlier this month. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gautam Manan granted interim bail for two days to OC deputy director-general (protocol and media relations) Nachiketa Kapur, arrested on charges of using a forged degree to get the job."Keeping in view of the fact that the father of the accused expired on Sep 7, terim bail on furnishing of personal bond and surety bond on the sum of Rs.50,000 for two days till Sep 20 so to enable him to attend the 'Tehravi' of his father and to perform the rites," said the judge.
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INSCRIBED IN STONE: Inscription on the dome of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi reads “This Last stone was Laid by His Excellency The Lord Irwin Viceroy and Governor General of India on the 6th Day of April A.D. 1929”. UNI
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India Cements eyes Hockey India League franchise New Delhi, After owning the most successful India Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings, India Cements looks set to add a Hockey India League (HIL) franchise. A top executive of India Cements told IANS that the corporate is seriously considering a proposal from Hockey India (HI) for fielding the Chennai franchise in the HIL, starting January 5. Sahara India, Jaypee Group, Patel-Uniexcel Group and Wave Group have already taken up the Lucknow, Punjab, Ranchi and Delhi franchises respectively. The names of the other two franchisees will be made known well before next monthâ€™s players' auction. HI remains tight lipped on the prospective owners of the remaining
two franchises from any of three cities of Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore. India Cements, who had bought the Chennai Super Kings for $91 million, are the front runners in owning a hockey franchise in Chennai. India Cements official Kasi Viswanathan told IANS that they have received a proposal from Hockey India (HI) in owning a franchise. "We have received a proposal and we are evaluating it. Hopefully we will decide it in the coming few days," said Viswanathan said. Hockey India (HI) secretary-general Narinder Batra refused to divulge any details but said talks are on. "The remaining two franchises will be named in the couple of weeks," said Batra.
Ajantha Mendis spins Sri Lanka to thumping win Hambantota, Sri Lanka started their World Twenty20 campaign in convincing fashion, spinning a clueless Zimbabwe out of the game by 82 runs here Tuesday. Off-spinner Ajantha Mendis took six wickets for eight runs, the best figures in T20 Internationals. Zimbabwe's decision of putting Sri Lanka in backfired as the hosts went on to make 182 for four with the bulk of the runs coming from Kumar Sangakkara (44)and Jeevan Mendis (43 not out). The visitors then looked rattled against the Sri Lankan spinners, folding up with 100 all out in 17.3 overs. The Zimbabwe batsmen were most troubled by the guile of finger-spinner Mendis, who produced a lethal spell in his first international game since January. With the stupendous effort, Mendis bettered his own record of the best figures in this format. He had taken six for 16 against Australia at Pallekele last year. The off-spinner meant business straight away, using his trademark carom ball to remove opener Vusi Sibanda (11) and opposition skipper Brendan Taylor (0) in his first over. He bowled Hamiton Masakadza (20) with a googly in his next over to leave Zimbabwe reeling at 43 for three. Striding out: Fernando Torres training following his angry exit at Loftus Road.
Pietersen left out of England Test squad for India tour London, Kevin Pietersen's name was missing from the English squad for India tour that was announced by the selectors Tuesday, who looked to the future with call-ups for Nick Compton of Somerset and Yorkshire opener Joe Root. Pietersen will now have to wait for the ODI tour to India in early January or the trip to New Zealand in February to get back into international cricket. Managing director of English Cricket Board (ECB) Hugh Morris said: "Both ECB and England team management have
had meetings with Kevin Pietersen to address the issues which led to his omission from the final Test match against South Africa. These discussions remain private and confidential, and as there are issues still to be resolved Kevin has not been considered for selection for the India tour."The selectors clearly feel his presence would destabilise team unity in India, which will be one of the toughest trips undertaken during Andy Flower's tenure as England coach. With Andrew Strauss now retired, England will look to Compton or Root
to push their case in the three warm-up matches before the first Test in Ahmedabad Nov 15. This will be Compton's first England tour at the age of 29 after a summer of heavy run scoring for Somerset. He averaged 99 in the championship and now has the ch for England.Ravi Bopara has been dropped by England and does not feature in any of the three squads announced (the Performance Programme and the Hong Kong Sixes were also named), paying the price for a miserable run of form in the second half of the summer.
Barca start on long road to Wembley
Next year will be my last on Tour: Bhupathi Mumbai,
Tennis veteran Mahesh Bhupathi Tuesday made the All India Tennis Association (AITA) decision to ban him for two years look silly by announcing that next year would be his last on the Tour. Lashing out at AITA for banning Rohan Bopanna and him, Bhupathi said the apex tennis body in the country had always been "dictatorial" and somebody should step in to end the "disaster that the Indian tennis administration is". "I played my last match for India in the present circumstances (London
Olympic Games) and next year will be my last on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour definitely. A lot of people celebrated on the day we lost at the Olympics," he said. Asked why he chose to break with Bopanna, Bhupathi said since next year would be his last, Bopanna would get enough time to find a younger partner. "Rohan still has a good 8-10 years to play," he said. Bhupathi wants either the Sports Ministry or the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to intervene. "There are powers like
the IOA or Sports Ministry who can take action. I don't know who to complain to. If it is the Sports Ministry or IOA or somebody, it needs to step in for the sake of Indian tennis," he said. Launching a scathing attack on AITA, Bhupathi said it was detrimental to the growth of tennis in the country and he has no choice but to accept the two-year ban slapped on him by the "dictatorial" association. "We will definitely pursue the legal route. (My) lawyers are deciding the course of action, though I can't say much right now," he said.
The long road to Wembley starts Wednesday night as FC Barcelona kick-off their Champions League campaign at home against Spartak Moscow. Wembley has a special place among Barcelona fans given that the club has won two of its Champions League titles at that ground in London, with the last being in 2011 against Manchester United, reports Xinhua. With this year's final again returning to the ground, there is an added incentive for Barca to make it through to the final.Barca coach Tito Vilanova will be looking for a positive start against Spartak, who are coached
by former Valencia boss Unai Emery and his team go into Wednesday's match full of confidence after four wins in four matches in the BBVA Primera Liga. Their absence could open the door for David Villa to make his first start since breaking a leg in December. Villa has been working his way to full fitness and scored the fourth goal Saturday after coming on as a second half substitute. Lionel Messi is also going to start after being rested in Getafe, where he too appeared as a second half substitute, while Pedro Rodriguez looks likely to continue hiss excellent start to the campaign on the right.
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News in a Nutshell Couple married for 50 years commit suicide together
London, A 71-year-old woman, suffering from terminal cancer, committed suicide along with her husband of more than 50 years because they could not face living without each other. Bowel cancer victim Maureen Read found out that her condition was incurable, and was prescribed a strong painkiller to cope with the pain, the Daily Mail reported.She and her 76-year-old husband John were found lying dead side by side by their children at their home in Bideford, North Devon.They were holding hands, their heads were together on the pillow, and they had left notes addressed: "To my loving family". The couple killed themselves by taking an overdose of the painkiller the woman had been given.
Chinese city's strict anti-smoking law has little effect Beijing, A new regulation, giving law enforcement personnel in a Chinese city stringent powers to penalise individuals without prior warning for smoking in public places, has still failed to cause expected impact. Earlier, officers had to first warn smokers and could fine them only if they ignored the warning, China Daily reported.The revised regulation, turing effective from Sep 1 in Guangdong province's Guangzhou city, authorises Chengguan officers who enforce city laws, to immediately issue a 50 yuan ($8) fine for smoking at public places. But the new regulation had little effect because of the lax enforcement in some areas and strong resistance among smokers.
Early sex causing cancer of cervix in Chinese women Beijing, Due to an early exposure to sex life, the incidence of cancer of the cervix among Chinese women is on the rise, according to experts. Medical experts told a conference Tuesday that the incidence of cervical cancer among Chinese women has increased from less than five percent 20 years ago to 30 percent now due to early exposure to sex life, Shanghai Daily reported. They said public education on cancer of the cervix and popularisation of screening were the most effective ways to curb the spread of the disease, which is so far the only preventable and treatable cancer. Most of the Chinese women, however, are unaware of the prevention and clinical screening is lacking, doctors said. China reports about 140,000 new cases each year, one third of the world's total.
The unusual footage suggests these primates from Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada, would be just as delighted as us to sit down and watch one of David Attenborough's shows. One gorilla even bats his companion's head away from the animal - whether to get a better look or fend off greedy advances, it is not clear.
Mamata's intolerance thrusting celebrity status on commoners Kolkata, One can call it Mamata Banerjee's Midas touch. The maverick West Bengal chief minister's intolerance is making heroes out of faceless people in the crowd. After a chemistry professor, a scientist and a college student, it was the turn of a poor marginal farmer, Shiladitya Choudhury, to face the chief minister's wrath, leading to his arrest and subsequent celebrity status as sympathy poured in from all quarters for the "injustice" done to him. Choudhury, who hails from a small village in West Midnapore district, had to
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spend 14 days in jail just because he dared to ask Banerjee in a public rally: "Farmers are dying because they have no money to buy fertiliser. Empty promises are not enough. What are you doing for farmers?" A visibly infuriated Banerjee immediately branded him a Maoist, following which Choudhury was detained, released and then arrested. "I had gone there to inform didi (elder sister, as Banerjee is called) about the problems farmers were facing. But I was branded a Maoist. Everybody in Bengal now knows my case and people will at
least recall my ordeal before raising their problems," Choudhury told IANS."My life will never be same again. The entire state now knows who I am, with some suspecting that I am actually a Maoist c a d r e , " s a i d Choudhury,who has been hounded by television channels and the print media for bytes and interviews since his release. Earlier this year, it was a little known chemistry teacher of Jadavpur University, Ambikesh Mahapatra, who got instant stardom after being roughed up by Trinamool workers and arrested by the police. His crime?
Karisma my biggest critic, liked my 'Heroine' performance: Kareena New Delhi,
Law students staging a rail roko at Chennai Central Railway Station on Tuesday to protest against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse visit to Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh. UNI
Obama leads Romney nationally: Poll Washington, Amid a political row caused by Mitt Romney's controversial remarks that 47 percent of Americans looked themselves as victims, a new poll showed President Barack Obama leading his Republican challenger nationally by 5 points. While a NBC/WSJ survey released Tuesday showed Obama leading Romney by 50 percent to 45 percent among Americans judged "likely" to vote nationally, a Washington Post poll indicated he had an eight point lead over Romney in the crucial battleground state of Virginia. According to the latest NBC/WSJ poll, fuelled by increased optimism about the economy and nation's direction, Obama now sees his job-approval rating reaching the 50 percent threshold for the first time since March. Among a wider sample of registered voters, the president's lead is 6 points, 50 percent to 44 percent up from Obama's 4-point edge last month, 48 per-
cent to 44 percent. "It's clear to me that Barack Obama has moved a . step ahead," Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff, was quoted as saying by NBC. For his part, McInturff added that the presidential race may very well have seen an inflection point. "The president is in a stronger position than he was before the convention." But noting similarities between the current numbers and those from the 2004 George W. Bush vs. John Kerry race, he suggested that this contest could be just as competitive. The NBC News/Wall Street poll also shows 38 percent believing the country is better off than it was when Obama became president, which is a 7point increase from August. But a plurality of voters - 41 percent - maintain that the country is worse off; 21 percent say it's in the same place. Virginia by two per-
centage points in the 2008 election, becoming the first Democrat to carry the state in a presidential contest since 1964.
Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, who is busy promoting her forthcoming film "Heroine", says elder sister actress Karisma is her biggest critic. "Karisma saw the film Sunday night and after seeing her positive reaction, I felt I have done my job. She is my biggest critic. She was crying for ten minutes after watching the film. For me, that was the most special moment of my life," said Kareena, at a press conference here Tuesday to promote "Heroine", depicting the ups and downs in the life of a superstar named Mahi Arora. The film’s director Madhur Bhandarkar was also present on the occasion. The film also stars Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hoda, Shahana Goswami and Divya Dutta. Praising Kareena’s performance in the film, Bhandarkar said: “She has never played a character like this and I am sure people will like her work. Her character is very complex and edgy. And moreover, ‘Heroine’ is an intense but a very entertaining film.” The 31-year-old actress, who is reportedly getting married to actor Saif Ali Khan Oct 16, is keeping mum about the wedding date and other preparations, saying it is not the right time to talk about it. “I have been hearing all kinds of news from people and everyone is asking about it but whenever me and Saif will plan to do it, our fans will get to know about it 100 percent,” she said. She denied it was due to “Heroine” that she was not talking much about it. “No, it is not so. This is not the right time to talk about it. I want people to talk about my work and films. Whenever we decide, we will never hide,” she said.
Mahapatra was pulled up for online circulation of 'defamatory' cartoons which included photographs of Banerjee and Railway Minister Mukul Roy showing the duo discussing how to get rid of Dinesh Trivedi - who was forced by Banerjee to give up the railways portfolio.Mahapatra was practically an unheard of man - even the university vice chancellor told journalists that he had not known anybody by that name taught in the university before the controversy broke out. And now, he is a household name in Bengal and a popular face in several television debates.
Researchers can now observe and track masses of cellular movement under 3D microscopy, potentially speeding up drug discovery and monitoring rogue microbes. Researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), followed an unprecedented 24,000 rapidly moving cells over wide fields of view and through large sample volumes, recording each cell's path for as long as 20 seconds. "We can very precisely track the motion of small things, more than a thousand of them at the same time, in parallel," said Aydogan Ozcan, electrical engineering and bioengineering professor at UCLA, who led the research, the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported. "This latest study is an extension of truly novel and creative work," said Leon Esterowitz, the National Science Foundation biophotonics programme officer who has supported Ozcan's efforts, according to an UCLA statement. The same approach may also enable scientists to study quick-moving, single-celled microorganisms. Many of the dangerous protozoa found in unsanitary drinking water and rural bodies of water have only been observed in small samples moving through an area that is roughly two dimensional.
Triple suicide bombings kill 18 in Afghanistan Kabul, Three suicide bombings rocked three places in Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul, killing at least 18 people, including eight South Africans and three attackers. The other attacks took place in Gereshk district in the southern Helmand province, a former stronghold of the Taliban, and in the eastern Kunar province, Xinhua reported. In the first attack at 6.45 a.m. in the fortified capital city, at least 12 people including eight South African nationals were killed, when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a bus carrying foreign staff-
NIA seeks stricter charges against Delhi blast accused New Delhi, The Delhi High Court Tuesday issued notice to Wasim Akram Malik, an accused in the 2011 blast near the court's gate, on a plea that the trial court charge him with conspiracy to wage war against the government. Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice S.P. Garg sought a response by Oct 16 from Malik on the National Investigation Agency's plea challenging the trial court's Sep 4 order refusing to frame charges against him under penal provisions for waging war against the government. Fifteen people were killed and 79 injured in the Sep 7, 2011 blast outside Gate No.5 of the high court complex. NIA Special Judge H.S. Sharma had found sufficient evidence against Malik under penal provisions dealing with criminal conspiracy, murder and attempt to murder and various terror charges but not waging war against the
government.The NIA in its plea in high court said: "Direct the special court to frame charges under sections 121 (waging war against the government of India), 121-A (conspiracy to commit waging war against the government), 122 (collecting arms with intention of waging war against the government), 123 (concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war) of Indian Penal Code and under sections 3 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act, 1908." The trial cour t had dropped against Malik the charges dealing with waging war against the government and conspiracy and collecting arms to wage a war against the country. "The evidence on record shows that the intention of the conspirators including the present respondent (Malik) was to organise terrorist attack on institutions which are symbols of the sovereignty and authority of the government of India," the NIA said.
Trinamool to go on nationwide stir against diesel hike, FDI Kolkata, Stating that shutdowns served no purpose, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday asked the Left parties to withdraw their Sep 20 general strike, even as she said her Trinamool Congress will go on a nationwide stir to demand a roll back of hike in diesel prices and FDI in retail. "Some parties have called shutdown in protest but I do not think there is any need for such a step. Problems cannot be solved through shutdowns but they are solved by taking decisions, which we have taken," said Banerjee while announcing her party's decision to withdraw support from the UPA government at the centre.
"We will oppose any move of strike and urge the common people not to be a part of it. We are already under huge debt and a shutdown causes a loss of nearly Rs.2,000 crore. So please do not suppor t a shutdown," added Banerjee. "I urge all the political parties which have called the shutdown to withdraw it for the sake of the state," she said.She also said her decision to withdraw support should not be a reason to celebrate for other par ties.The Left Front Sunday had announced its decision to observe a 12 hour general strike in West Bengal Sep 20 to protest against the diesel price hike and allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.
ers of a local company. In Gereshk, two people, including an Afghan soldier, were killed and five other soldiers were injured.A terrorist driving an explosivespacked car blew himself up near a military base in Haiderabad area of 0 p.m., an army officer said.In Kunar's Watapor district, a man with an explosive device strapped to his body blew himself up near an under-construction bridge, where several people were gathered. In a statement released by his office, Afghan President Hamid Karzai blamed the "enemies of peace" for the attacks.
The agency added that the special court erroneously did not appreciate the fact that in the present case an institution like the Delhi High Court was a target. "As a logical corollary, the collection of explosives for the aforesaid purpose and clandestinely fabricating and causing explosive of improvised explosive device would amount to the commission of offences under sections 122 and 123 of the IPC," the plea said. on the framing of charges against Malik, who is in judicial custody, fixed Sep 21 to pass the order.Malik is the first accused against whom the charges would be framed. The NIA in March filed a charge sheet against six accused, including a minor.
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