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1,200 feared dead as super typhoon
Haiyan ravages Philippines Tacloban (Philippines), Nov 9 : One of the most powerful typhoons in history is believed to have killed 1,200 people in the Philippines, the Red Cross said on Saturday, as rescue workers raced to reach towns devastated by tsunami-like waves. A day after super typhoon Haiyan whipped across the central Philippines with Deadliest typhoons in the Philippines maximum sustained winds of around 315 km an hour, a picture emerged of entire communities having been flattened. Authorities said that, aside from the ferocious winds, storm surges of up to three metres (10 feet) high that swept into coastal towns and deep inland were responsible for destroying countless homes."Imagine a strip one kilometre deep inland from the shore, and all the shanties, everything, destroyed," Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said after visiting coastal towns in Leyte, one of the worst-hit provinces in the east of the archipelago."They were just like matchsticks flung inland. All the houses were destroyed." The official government death toll on Saturday night was 138.But with rescue workers yet to reach or communicate with many ravaged communities across a 600-kilometre stretch of islands, authorities said they were unable to give a proper assessment of how many people had been killed. hilippine Red Cross secretary general Gwendolyn Pang said her organisation estimated 1,200 people had died, while a UN official who visited Leyte described apocalyptic scenes. "This is destruction on a massive scale. There are cars thrown like tumbleweed and the streets are strewn with debris," said Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, the head of a UN
disaster assessment coordination team. "The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami," he said, referring to the 2004 disaster that claimed about 220,000 lives. Stampa made his comments after arriving in Tacloban, the destroyed capital of Leyte with a population of about 220,000 people.More than 100 bodies were littered in and around Tacloban's airport, according to the facility's manager.AFP journalists who arrived in Tacloban on a military aircraft encountered dazed survivors wandering amid the carnage asking for water, while others sorted through what was left of their destroyed homes. One resident, Dominador Gullena, cried as he recounted to AFP his escape but the loss of his neighbours. "My family evacuated the house. I thought our neighbours also did the same, but they didn't," Gullena said. Eight bodies had been laid to rest inside Tacloban airport's chapel, which had also been badly damaged, according to an AFP photographer. One woman knelt on the flood-soaked floor of the church while holding the hand of a dead boy, who had been placed on a wooden pew.Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla reached the fishing town of Palo, about 10 kilometres from Tacloban, by helicopter and said he believed "hundreds" of people had died just in that area.Pope Francis tweeted his support for the typhoon victims: "I ask all of you to join me in prayer for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda especially those in the beloved islands of the Philippines."
India needs to produce lakhs of PHDs to become technical superpower: Prez
New Delhi, Nov 9 : Stressing that India needs to produce lakhs of PhD for India to become a technical super power, President Pranab Mukherjee today said the road map laid down by the Kakodkar committee for comprehensive reforms in Indian Institutes of Technology should be expeditiously followed to ensure that India emerges as a leader in the field of research, innovation and patents.Addressing the Annual Convocation of The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, the President said,"The Government had appointed a Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr Kakodkar for comprehensive reforms in Indian Institutes of Technology." The Committee has laid down a roadmap to increase the number of PhD students in IIT system ten-fold in about ten years and also to increase the number of faculty in IIT system to 16,000 in about ten years, the President stated. "The road map should be expeditiously followed to see that India emerges as a leader in the field of research,
innovation and patents. This country needs to produce not thousands but lakhs of PhD for India to become a technical super power. IIT Delhi through its innovative schemes can really take a lead in this direction and become a role model for other institutions to follow." Mr Mukherjee said. Noting that in India, against the total student strength of 71,000 in National Institutes of Technologies, there are only about 4000 PhD students while in IITs, against the total student strength of 60,000 there are only around 3000 PhD students, the President said it indicated that bright students are not taking up research and innovation in adequate numbers . "If we can orient these students towards the research, then later on they can join as faculty in IITs and other institutes of national importance. This may help us in meeting the faculty shortages faced by our technical institutions, including IITs,"the President said. The President said that India ranks 12th amongst top 20
countries, in terms of publications on science and technology. "India has 119 researchers in R and D per million people, as compared to 715 of China and 468 of the United States. We need to improve ourstanding in terms of publications and researchers employed in R & D field. This is possible only if the brightest students take up research and development at young age,"Mr Mukherjee said. He said IITs in general and IIT Delhi in particular, are now laying emphasis on producing quality engineers and scientists. He urged IIT students to emphasize research and development. "I understand that IITs in general, and IIT Delhi in particular, are now laying emphasis on producing quality PhD engineers and scientists. I urge graduating undergraduates to rethink about their careers options. The satisfaction, the excitement that you can get by generating new knowledge can never be matched by financial benefits,"the President said.
Missile Avionics Lab Director to get award Hyderabad, Nov 9 (IPT) : Mr G Satheesh Reddy, Outstanding Scientist and Director, Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Avionics hub of DRDO's Missile Complex, has been conferred with the Indian Science Congress Association Homi J Bhabha Memorial Award for the year 2013-14. The award has been bestowed on him for his contribution leading to the development of science and technology in the country, specifically in the realm of Electronics and Communication Engineering, according to a DRDO statement here today. The prestigious Award carries a gold medal to be presented by Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, during the inaugural ceremony of 101st Indian Science Congress to be held at Jammu on February 3, 2014. Mr Reddy is a B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from JNTU, Anantapur, and holds an MS (ECE) from JNTU, Hyderabad.The renowned Avionics Scientist also holds the rare distinction of Full Academy Member Diploma of the Academy of Navigation and Motion Control, Russia.
Bhanwar Lal,IAS.,CEO is seen holding a meeting with Recognized National & State Political Parties on Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls,2014 at secretariat on Saturday.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attempts a hand gesture used in Indian classical dance as she poses with students during a visit to the Asha Sadan children's home in Mumbai on Saturday.
SC stays Gauhati HC verdict holding CBI unconstitutional New Delhi, Nov 9 : The Supreme Court Saturday stayed a Gauh a t i H i g h Court order holding the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) unconstitutional after quashing the April 1963 home ministry resolution setting up of the agency under the Delhi Spe-
cial Police Establishment Act, 1946. An apex court bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai stayed the high court order after a 19-minute-long hearing at the former's residence Saturday evening. The order came after At-
torney General G.E. Vahanvati mentioned the petition by the ministry of personnel and training, the CBI's administrative ministry. The government Saturday morning filed a petition challenging the high court order and seeking an ex-parte stay. The government sought an
PM attacks BJP over Maoist attack, development failure Raipur, Nov 9 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday attacked the BJP government in Chhattisgarh over its failure to prevent the May 25 Maoist attack which wiped out the frontline Congress leadership in the state. Manmohan Singh also said that the ruling party in the state had failed in development.Paying tributes to the Congress leaders and security men who died in the May 25 attack in Jhiramghati area of Bastar region, the prime minister said: "It was an attack on our democracy. But we will not be cowed down by such incidents." "The incident showed how the law and order situation worsened during BJP rule,"
he said.The prime minister was addressing Congress workers here ahead of the first phase of assembly polls in Chhattisgarh Nov 11. He said the state government had failed in other areas like health care, education and infrastructure as well, and asked Congress workers to tell the people about the development work done by the United Progressive Alliance government at the centre.He highlighted welfare legislations like the food security act, the land acquisition act and the right to education act. The prime minister pointed out that in several areas, there had been no progress during the 10 years
of BJP rule in the state, and said the government misused central funds. Making a comparison of the UPA rule and the rule of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance 1998-2004, he said the ruling combine at the centre faired better in almost all areas like economic development, per capital income and attempts to reduce poverty.Taking a dig at the BJP, he said Congress workers should caution voters of the communal agenda of the BJP and its attempts to mislead people by redefining secularism. The Congress, he said, worked for the development of all sections of society and all regions of the country.
Peace pre-requisite to prosperity: Omar Jammu, Nov 9 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the launch, construction and commissioning of hundreds of development projects during the tenure of present coalition dispensation, largely owe its existence to the peaceful situation and brotherhood prevailing in the State. "Despite attempts on peace and amity, the people of the state helped the government in nipping the evil in the bud and restoring normality," Mr Abdullah said while addressing a public gathering at Kunjwani in city outskirts after laying foundation of Rs 50 crore maternity hospital at Gandhi Nagar. The Chief Minister also inaugurated Rs 26 crore Shastri Nagar 33/11KV, 10 MVA Receiving Station and
opened Rs 19 crore SatwariKunjwani Four-Lane Road Project. "The disturbances during the militancy in the State has put all spheres of development at halt and economy in shambles," said the Chief Minister added that "whenever there is security and law and order challenge the government's attention on development gets shifted to providing security to the people and controlling the situations." "Some people for political reasons do not want to count the glaring achievements of my government and attempt to divert the attention of the people from the gigantic development process taking place across the state," he said. The does not believe in propaganda because the
work done on the ground itself speaks for its author and his government's report card would be made available to every citizen to judge the performance of his government. On power development, Mr Abdullah said that selfreliance in power generation is imperative for economic welfare and holistic development in a State like Jammu and Kashmir. The Chief Minister however, also announced launch of neurosurgery unit in Jammu Super Specialty Hospital to provide critical neurosurgery treatment to the patients there and relieve them from the burden of travelling outside the state while he later announced construction of subways on the SatwariKunjwani road project for the benefit of pedestrian.
urgent hearing of the matter. While staying the high court order, the apex court issued notice to Narendra Kumar on whose petition the high court had pronounced its verdict. The notice has also gone to the home ministry and the CBI. The next hearing is scheduled Dec 6.
Hyderbad accused detained at Delhi Airport
Hyderabad, Nov 9 (IPT) : The Immigration officials at the New Delhi Internatinal Airport today detained Jahangair Ali Mujahid who was an accused in Cr.No.291/2013 U/s 498(A), 406 IPC , Sec 4 & 6 of D.P. Act of Women Police station, CCS, DD, Hyderabad. On the request of Additional DGP, CID, here the Bureau of Immigration, New Delhi issued an LOC on September 4, 2013 against the accused Jahangir A l i Mujahid (32) of Aditya Nagar Colony, Tolichowki, CID-Hyderabad Additional Director General of Police T Krisha Prasad said in a release here today. Mr Prasad said the Immigration officials also requested to send a team to take the accused into custody for further prosecution.
Last rites of AVS performed at Punjagutta cremation ground Hyderabad, Nov 9 (IPT) : Mortal remains of Telugu actor and director Amanchi Venkata Subramanyam (AVS) were consigned to flames at the Punjagutta cremation ground here this afternoon. Mr AVS passed away yesterday. Several film personalities visited the residence of the actor in Manikonda and paid their last respects to him. For the convenience of the people, the body of Mr AVS was shifted to the Film Chambers this morning.
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Mayawati seeks to make the most of Samajwadi's decline With the ruling Samajwadi Party facing the heat in Uttar Pradesh, BSP supremo Mayawati is focussing all her energy to win the most number of Lok Sabha seats from the sprawling state of nearly 200 million people. Her confidants say the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister is busy in Delhi fine-tuning the Bahujan Samaj Party's election strategy for the 2014 general elections. Mayawati is, however, yet to launch her campaign - in contrast to the Samajwadi Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress whose leaders have begun addressing large gatherings across the country. In Uttar Pradesh, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has held rallies in Jhansi and Kanpur and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has spoken at Aligarh, Rampur, Hamirpur and Salempur. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has kick-started the party's campaign from Azamgarh, which has a large concentration of Muslims."Mayawati knows that by concentrating her energies on Uttar Pradesh, her home state, she can emerge stronger and powerful," a senior BSP leader told .With this in mind, Mayawati is holding daily meetings with party leaders, Lok Sabha candidates and coordinators of her party. The aim is to regain ground lost to arch rival Samajwadi Party in 2012, when the latter took power in India's most populous state, which sends a record 80 members to the Lok Sabha. Old timers in the party say that Mayawati continues to keep away from modern political tools, including social networking sites, as well as high blitz campaigns.She remains wedded to traditional campaign methods. "She believes in keeping her ears to the ground and taking direct feedback from BSP workers. The connect has been re-established after the disaster of 2012 when a handful of bureaucrats had completely cut her off from her cadres," says a long-term loyalist. Mayawati has already distributed party ticket to all the candidates and is now keenly watching the other parties.According to a state BSP leader, although Mayawati did tour the western Uttar Pradesh areas of Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Meerut after the communal riots in September, her network in the region was alive and kicking.
'Modi'fication of foreign policy A tough line towards Pakistan, greater attention to building of Brand India, and a bigger role for the states in foreign policy-making are the proposed modifications of foreign policy put forward so far by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. His promise to allow states a bigger say in strategising and building foreign policy is unexceptionable. The states which have special links with certain countries, either because of a common border or cultural and commercial affinities, should be consulted in framing policies towards those countries, he said. As examples, he gave the links of Gujarat with Africa, West Asia, China and Japan, Odisha with Indonesia, Goa with Portugal, Pondicherry with France, Tamil Nadu with Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia and Bihar with Buddhist countries. One could add Kerala and the Gulf countries, West Bengal and Bangladesh, Bihar and Nepal and Mauritius. Most states have links with the United States because of the large number of immigrants from these states. As stakeholders in India's relations with the countries concerned, it is only legitimate that these states be consulted and kept informed of developments. The Gujarat chief minister did not question the constitutional position on foreign policy, which is crystal clear. It is within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Centre and there is no mechanism to consult the states. Some people believe that the IndianState is only quasi-federal because of the lack of autonomy given to the states in certain vital matters.
In his letters to the chief ministers, Pandit Nehru often took the regional leaders into confidence on some aspects of foreign policy, more to educate them than to consult them. Foreign policy advocacy by certain states was not uncommon even then. But with the advent of coalitions, in which the regional parties had the power to make and unmake governments, state leaders began to play a decisive role in foreign policy. With globalisation and economic reforms, ethnic, immigration and economic issues and even simple prejudices of regional leaders began to play a role. The most recent dramatic instances were of Mamata Banerjee holding up the Teesta water-sharing agreement with Bangladesh, and Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi pushing India to vote in favour of a US-sponsored human rights resolution on Sri Lanka. The Tamil Nadu legislature even passed a resolution asking the Government of India to move the United Nations Security Council to ask for a referendum in Sri Lanka on establishing a Tamil Eelam there. In its latest resolution, the Tamil Nadu legislature has demanded that India should boycott the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo. It was not long ago that the Kerala legislature passed a resolution against the India-US nuclear deal. Less dramatically, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu slowed down the Jaitapur and Kudankulam nuclear projects, Odisha forced a revision of a South Korean project and Kerala made it hard for the Centre to deal with the Italian marines, who killed two fishermen off the state’s coast.
There have been other state interactions with neighbouring countries. Pakistan announced its readiness to buy power from Gujarat, the Bihar chief minister has been hosting dinners for Nepal politicians and the chief minister of Punjab has received a gift of a buffalo from the chief minister of Pakistani Punjab. Taking these into account, the noted columnist, Nitin Pai, has suggested the setting up of a Subcontinental Relations Council, headed by the prime minister and comprising the external affairs minister and the chief ministers of all states that have external borders. The way to deal with the situation is for the Centre to subsume the interests of the states. Coalition politics cannot be permitted to sway foreign policy beyond a point. Trade agreements are particularly important, when products, which are special to different states, are covered in such agreements. The virtual veto given to the states on the issue of FDI in retail is a case in point. Jammu and Kashmir is, of course, a special case when it comes to foreign policy. The state leaders have always been consulted on our policy towards Pakistan. Moreover, the state has used our differences with Pakistan to push for its own autonomy in various ways. The special privileges that Kashmir enjoys are a consequence of our foreign policy preoccupations. The role that Hurriyat plays in relations with Pakistan is significant. The Hurriyat leaders meeting Pakistani leaders in India has almost become routine. In the name of Pakistani sensitivities, the state adopts
positions, which the other states will not be permitted to do. Of late, chief ministers and others have begun to visit foreign countries to canvass investments, to seek changes in immigration policies and to smoothen trade regulations. Increasingly, foreign dignitaries too have begun to visit the states to win potentially powerful regional leaders. Hillary Clinton chose to visit Mamata Banerji in Kolkata and Jayalalithaa in Chennai. She made a policy statement on the US rebalancing in the Pacific not from Delhi, but from Chennai. A day may come when foreign dignitaries will do their business in the states and go to Delhi only to pay homage to the Father of the Nation and to receive the ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan! The foreign consulates have stepped up their activities in several states. Requests for appointment of honorary consuls have multiplied. The states have also begun to push for internationalisation of education to gain benefits abroad. Turning to Kerala, there has been sustained interest in foreign affairs in the state, but it was confined to sending some Menons, Nairs and Panikkars to South Block and trusting them to take care of Kerala’s interests. Today, Kerala pressurises the Centre to send Malayali envoys to the Gulf, in the expectation that they would look after the Kerala labour in those countries better. The possibility of the forced return of Kerala workers from the Gulf creates tremors and Kerala ministers rush to the Gulf even when two central ministers from Kerala deal with the issues.
formula appear to be in its cross-hairs. On October 14, Paris-based Danone Corp said it would replace managers in China after stateowned CCTV broadcast a report that the company’s formula unit — Dumex — had bribed doctors in the northern city of Tianjin to gain better access for its product.Dumex China expressed “deep regret” over what it called “lapses” and promised “full accountability.”The same day, local officials said 13 medical workers in Tianjin had been dealt a range of punishments from warnings to dismissals.Big formula’s practices in China have also caught the attention of U.S. regulators. In August 2012, Pfizer Inc and its unit Wyeth agreed to pay more than $45 million combined as part of separate settlements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).In its complaint, the SEC charged that between 2005 and 2010, Wyeth paid bribes to officials outside the United States, including those in Chinese stateowned hospitals, to encourage them to recommend Wyeth’s nutritional products and to gain access to records of new births that could be used for marketing, and then disguised these payments as expense claims. Under the terms of the settlement, Wyeth neither admitted nor denied the allegations. Infant formula is controversial in many countries,
and China is no exception. In the 1970s, growing concern that formula marketed to mothers in developing countries was contributing to malnutrition led to a global boycott of Nestle products. It prompted the World Health Assembly, the WHO’s decision-making body, to pass a code curbing the marketing of baby formula. Since then, 103 countries, including China, have introduced legislation to implement parts of this code. While campaigns promoting the benefits of breastfeeding have tainted formula’s image in the West, in China, public debate about formula is mostly about safety. In 2004, at least 50 children died from malnutrition after drinking fake infant formula with little nutritive value. Four years later, formula sold by local brand Sanlu - laced with the industrial chemical melamine sickened nearly 300,000 infants and killed six, fueling national outrage over government food safety controls. The stain of Sanlu has proven hard to erase. Because many Chinese parents still doubt the quality of domestic brands, international formula makers can charge a premium to domestic brands. Foreign formula firms now control about a third of the Chinese market, according to consultancy Euromonitor International. In 2012, two of the three bestselling brands were foreign. Mead Johnson has a 14 percent market share, Danone controls 9 percent and Nestle
7.5 percent. China is fertile ground for formula makers. A traditional Chinese belief that women should rest for the first month after delivery gives older family members greater say in the feeding and care of newborns. Relatives often prefer formula as it helps babies sleep for longer stretches. Many families, moreover, prize pudgy babies, who are seen as healthier. Formulafed infants gain weight more quickly, studies show. China’s high rate of cesarean sections - the world’s second highest at 46 percent of all deliveries - leads more mothers to start their babies on formula. Mothers fear drugs used in the operation will affect their breast milk. There is also a common belief that China’s chronic air pollution is harming mothers’ milk supply. Government surveys show a low breastfeeding rate - just 28 percent of Chinese women were exclusively breastfeeding at six months as of 2008, down from 51 percent in 2003. Independent researchers suggest the real figure is much lower. One study published in the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition in 2010 found exclusive breastfeeding rates at six months in parts of China were as low as 0.2 percent.With infant formula sales in the United States declining because of a falling birth rate and a rise in breastfeeding, developing nations - China foremost among them - are formula companies’ biggest
opportunity.In 2008, China surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest formula market. Euromonitor expects sales of infant formula in China to double from $12 billion last year to $25 billion in 2017. Under China’s 1995 code, companies may not distribute free formula or samples to pregnant women, their families and hospitals. They can’t sell products at a discount. Nor may they offer hospitals funding, equipment or information in order to promote their product. The regulation bars hospitals and academic institutions from accepting gifts or help from formula companies or promoting infant formula products. It requires medical institutions to “actively advocate” the advantages of breastfeeding. Penalties for violations, however, are lenient - the maximum fine is 30,000 yuan ($4,900). Enforcement is complicated by its division across several government bodies: the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, and the General Administration of Press and Publication.Public awareness of the regulation is low. Chinese research firm Beijing Shennong Kexin Agribusiness Consulting counts hospitals as one of the four primary channels for sales of infant formula, alongside supermarkets, baby product stores, and the Internet.
How Big Formula bought China In the two days after Lucy Yang gave birth at Peking University Third Hospital in August 2012, doctors and nurses told the 33-year-old technology executive that while breast milk was the best food for her son, she hadn’t produced enough. They advised her instead to start him on infant formula made by Nestle. “They support only this brand, and they don’t let your baby drink other brands,” Yang recalled. “The nurses told us not to use our own formula. They told us if we did, and something happened to the child, they wouldn’t take any responsibility.” For Nestle and other infant formula producers, there is one significant complication for their China business: a 1995 Chinese regulation designed to ensure the impartiality of physicians and protect the health of newborns. It bars hospital personnel from promoting infant formula to the families of babies younger than six months, except in the rare cases when a woman has insufficient breast milk or cannot breastfeed for medical reasons. Nestle told Reuters it supports this code and has tried to strengthen its implementation. Peking University Third Hospital declined repeated requests for comment. Most women have enough breast milk to feed their infants, scientific studies show. The World Health Organization advocates exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, start-
ing within an hour of delivery. Breastfeeding leads to better health for babies and mothers, including protection against infection for infants and lower rates of breast and ovarian cancer for women, WHO says. A Reuters examination reveals that global infant formula companies have found ways to skirt and violate the 1995 code, which they support publicly. Reuters interviewed nearly two dozen Chinese women who have delivered babies at hospitals around China over the last two years. Like Lucy Yang, most experienced the aggressive tactics of formula makers.Until very recently, enforcement of China’s 1995 regulation had been rare. Neither WHO nor UNICEF can point to a single instance where fines had been imposed since it was introduced. Reuters contacted five prominent Chinese law firms and - underlining the regulation’s obscurity in Chinese legal circles - not one was familiar with it. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, one of the government bodies charged with enforcing the regulation, did not respond to a question about its enforcement. Neither did the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which also has enforcement authority.But the enforcement climate may be changing. The new Chinese government that took office this year is in the midst of a widespread crackdown on corruption, and the practices of big
Its official! Nibbling on chocolates can help you fight the flab Researchers have scientifically disproven the old belief that eating chocolate is fattening, as their new study has shown that higher consumption of chocolate is associated with lower levels of total fat (fat deposited all over the body) and central fat (abdominal), independently of whether or not the individual participates in regular physical activity and of diet, among other factors. University of Granada researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences determined whether greater chocolate consumption associated with higher body mass index and other indicators of total and central body fat in adolescents participating. The study involved 1458 adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years and results showed that a higher level of chocolate consumption associated with lower levels of total and central fat when these were estimated through body mass index, body fat percentage. These results were independent of the participant's sex, age, sexual maturation, total energy intake, intake of saturated fats, fruit and vegetables, consumption of tea and coffee, and physical activity.Principle author Magdalena Cuenca-Garcia explained that chocolate is rich in flavonoids-especially catechins-which have many healthy properties: "they have important antioxidant, antithrombotic, anti-inflammatory and antihypertensive effects and can help prevent ischemic heart disease"
How eating 'jamun' can be beneficial for diabetics
Jamun not only acts as a powerful antioxidant that helps to improve immunity but its most profound benefit lies in its being of special use in the treatment of diabetes. The fruit is acidic and astringent in nature and has a sweet taste. Glucose and fructose are the major sugars found in the ripe fruit, it is also laden with minerals, and provides fewer calories, as compared to other fruits, Diabetic Living India reported. Jamun is believed to be of special use in treatment of diabetes. In Unani and Ayurvedic systems, it is used for digestive disorders. The leaves, bark, and seeds are the most useful parts among which the seeds are popular for their anti diabetic properties.In traditional Ayurvedic medicine Jambolan was used to help with thirst, diarrhoea, and in healing of wounds. The key ingredient that shows anti-diabetic action is jamboline (a chemical) in the seeds. Extracts of the bark, seeds and leaves have been found to cause a marked prolonged decrease in blood sugar and glycouria (sugar in urine).Several studies have shown that jamun has hypoglycemic effects with up to 30 percent reduction in blood sugar. Seeds are rich in alkaloids which have the hypoglycemic effects.Diabetic patients can consume jamun fruit daily to control their sugar levels, which certainly helps to enhance the insulin activity and sensitivity.In addition, seeds powder can be taken as an adjuvant both for type-2 diabetes, insulin dependent or non-insulin dependent. The real benefit is at the stage of IFG (Impaired fasting glucose) which can be well-controlled with jamun, both with fruit as well as the seed powder. Regulation of IFG prevents the early onset of diabetes and further conditions.Since it is a good source of vitamin A and C, so is very beneficial for eye and skin health. Jamun acts as a coolant and also possesses anti-diarrhoeal properties, so is beneficial for the digestive system.It is also used in the treatment of sore throat and asthma in Ayurveda. Jamun leaves were used for healing pus-filled wounds in the ancient days, which suggests that it has anti-bacterial and healing properties too.Being rich in antioxidants, it improves immunity and helps to prevent cancer..
Low salt, more vegetables key to heart and kidney health
A new study has found that reducing salt intake and increased consumption of vegetable protein provide clear benefits for the heart and kidney health of patients with chronic kidney disease. The findings point to the power of salt restriction in potentially prolonging kidney disease patients' lives. Excessive salt intake is consistently linked to increased risk of heart disease and worsening kidney function. People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may be particularly susceptible to salt's detrimental effects due to the kidney's important role in controlling salt balance and their increased risk of dying from heart disease. Until now, though, the effect of salt restriction in these patients has not been well explored. The findings suggest that salt restriction is an inexpensive, low-risk and effective intervention for reducing cardiovascular risk and risk of worsening kidney function in people with CKD.Due to poor kidney function, toxins that are normally excreted in the urine can build up in the blood of individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD).Research shows that compared with animal protein, vegetable protein intake in patients is linked with lower production of such toxins. However, it is unclear whether consuming more vegetable protein prolongs CKD patients' lives. After controlling for various factors such as age, smoking, and BMI, the researchers found that for each 10 gram increase in vegetable protein intake per day, participants had a 14 percent lower risk of dying by the end of 2006."Interventional trials are needed to establish whether increasing vegetable protein will decrease mortality in the CKD population," they wrote.
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Iran, powers extend talks to clinch elusive nuclear deal Geneva, Nov 9 : Iran and six world powers extended high-stakes talks over Tehran's nuclear program into an unscheduled third day on Saturday, as their top diplomats labored to hammer out a long-sought deal to end a decade-old standoff. The United States and Iran were cautious and tight-lipped after a five-hour trilateral meeting between their foreign ministers and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who is coordinating talks with the Islamic state for the six powers. They were searching for an agreement to ease international fears that Iran is seeking the capability to make nuclear weapons and, in exchange, offer the Middle East nation limited relief from sanctions that are hurting its economy. The aim is to take a first step towards resolving a pro-
tracted dispute that could otherwise plunge the volatile and oil-rich region into a new conflict. "We're working hard," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters as he arrived at his hotel shortly before midnight (6 p.m. ET) following the meeting with Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. A senior State Department official said: "Over the course of the evening, we continued to make progress as we worked to the narrow the gaps. There is more work to do." Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said: "It was productive but still we have lots of work to do." The negotiations, originally planned as a two-day meeting for Thursday and Friday, will continue on Saturday morning.Unlike previ-
ous encounters between Iran and Western powers in the past decade, all sides have remained quiet about details of the negotiations, without the criticism and mutual allegations of a lack of seriousness that were typical of such meetings in the past. Diplomats involved in the talks say this is a sign of how serious all sides are. Midway through the second round of talks since Iran elected a moderate president who opened doors to a peaceful solution to the nuclear dispute, Kerry joined fellow big power foreign ministers in Geneva to help cement a preliminary accord. Israel warned they were making an epic mistake. Kerry said he would try to "narrow these differences but I don't think anybody should mistake there are some important gaps that have to be closed."
Growing New Zealand backlash targets online sex braggarts Wellington, Nov 9 : Anger is growing in New Zealand against a group of teenagers who bragged on Facebook about having sex with drunk, underage girls, with nationwide public protests being planned for next week. The small South Pacific country has been rocked in the week since disclosure of the activities of a group of 17- and 18-year olds two years ago in Auckland, its biggest city. The men called themselves the Roast Busters and named the girls involved on Facebook, but have since gone into hiding. "We do believe there needs to be something done about this, as what they have done is wrong, disgusting and a shame to many people," said Jade Schutte and Ash Hilton, the creators of a Facebook page looking to organize protest marches on November 16 in New Zealand's three main
cities.Police, who say there is not enough evidence for the men to face criminal charges, have drawn much of the anger. They initially said they had received no complaints, but then conceded to having interviewed a 13-year-old, though without getting enough evidence for court action. "Prosecuting these matters before the court requires a veryhighthreshold,andweonlyget one opportunity to get it right," Police Commissioner Peter Marshall said in a statement. "This means it is absolutely critical for victims that we have the strongest case possible, backed by the appropriate evidence before we can proceed."Marshall said the parents of some of the women told police they did not want to make complaints, and though some of the men were interviewed, the online boasts would not stand up in court.
Debris litter the road by the coastal village in Legazpi city following a storm surge brought about by powerful Typhoon Haiyan in Albay province, about 520 kilometers south of Manila, Philippines. The strongest typhoon this year slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, setting off landslides and knocking out power and communication lines in several provinces.
Pakistan govt says can't reopen graft cases against Zardari Islamabad, Nov 9 : The Pakistan government has informed the Supreme Court that it cannot reopen multimillion dollar graft cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari in Switzerland because the issue is "hopelessly time-barred". Attorney General Munir Malik told the court that reviving the graft cases against Zardari over the alleged laundering of USD 60 million was not possible because the government's appeal was "hopelessly time-barred" and the decision to close the cases by the former attorney general in Geneva in 2008 had become final, Dawn daily reported. But a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, which had taken up all cases closed under a controversial graft amnesty issued by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, expressed disappointment over what it said
was a violation of its order. The government was still waiting for a court order instead of taking practical steps in the matter, the court observed during the hearing yesterday. On June 26, Malik had told the court that while the previous Pakistan People's Party-led government had written a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen the cases, it had also sent a secret letter to the law firm it had engaged, asking for official confirmation of the Swiss authority's inability to revive the cases. Malik recalled that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had in July constituted a two-member inquiry committee comprising Cabinet Division Secretary Sami Saeed and Intelligence Bureau chief Aftab Sultan, to investigate missing records and documents related to a letter sent to Swiss authorities for closing the graft cases against
Zardari. He said the committee found that former law secretary Yasmin Abbasi was directly responsible in the matter. At this, the Chief Justice said: "This is mismanagement on your part." The apex court has adjourned the matter till November 20 after the Attorney General sought time to seek instructions from the government. The Chief Justice asked the Attorney General what had happened to the inquiry and whether it had been shelved. He said due to the conduct of Abbasi, the country has suffered colossal loss but she was still in the service of the government, which was reluctant to take action against her. Swiss authorities have rejected a petition by the government to reopen the cases against Zardari because the time limit to do so had passed. Law Secretary Raza Khan last month said the government had filed an
appeal against the decision to close the cases in June. The decision to close the cases was made on February 4. In April 2010, Swiss Attorney General Daniel Zappelli stated that since Zardari as President enjoyed immunity under international law, Swiss courts could not entertain any request to reopen cases against him. In their latest response, Swiss authorities reiterated that the time to re-open the cases against Zardari had lapsed. Zardari, who was the first elected President in Pakistan's history to complete his constitutional tenure, stepped down in September. He had a long run-in with Pakistani courts over the graft cases in Switzerland. One casualty of the struggle was former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was sacked by the apex court for refusing to ask Switzerland to reopen the cases.
Tuareg rebels killed in Hackers expose Asia's battle with Malian troops weak cyber defences
First lady Michelle Obama pretends to dance to music as she arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington at a workshop for high school students from Washington, New York and Boston about careers in film.
Afghan troop deaths climb but US says transition on track Washington, Nov 9 : Afghanistan troop casualties climbed 79 percent during key fighting months this year as the still-resistant Taliban kept up the pace of its attacks and NATO forces moved into a support role in preparation to end their combat mission, the Pentagon said on Friday. The data came in a Defense Department report to Congress that also showed NATO casualties falling 59 percent during the April-September period under review. The Pentagon did not provide the number of casualties for either year. Despite the jump in Afghan casualties and high attrition rates in the Afghan army, the report was broadly upbeat about the Afghan National Security Forces, or ANSF. It
said they had proven their ability to hold hard-won gains from the 12-year-old war, even as NATO forces pulled back from the front lines. It also cautioned that Afghan forces would be at risk without continued international support after NATO wraps up its combat mission at the end of 2014. "After 2014, ANSF sustainability will be at high risk without continued aid from the international community and continued coalition force assistance," the report said. "With assistance, however, the ANSF will remain on a path towards an enduring ability to overmatch the Taliban." The report's release came ahead of the assembly later this month of Afghan tribal elders, who are due to weigh
a bilateral security pact with the United States, including a contentious provision giving immunity to U.S. forces. Without the pact, Washington has threatened a complete pullout of its forces after 2014 - the so-called zero option. The United States now has about 48,500 troops in Afghanistan, a figure set to fall to 34,000 by early next year. The report said the Taliban insurgency kept the same tempo of operations during the April-September period as seen in the past three years, maintaining influence in rural areas "that serve as platforms to attack urban areas." It had also consolidated gains in some of the rural areas where it traditionally held power.
Bamako, Nov 9 : Three people were killed on Friday during clashes between the MNLA Tuareg separatist group and the Malian army in the north of the country, the MNLA said in a statement, accusing the Malian army of violating a ceasefire agreement. The MNLA said on its website that the Malian army arrested "several civilians, and executed three of them, wounding three others," near Menaka. The Malian defense ministry, however, describing the same incident, said a group of armed bandits had attacked a Malian army patrol in the same area. "Three were killed and four were wounded. A vehicle, arms, ammunition and communications equipment were seized," the defense ministry said in a statement late on Friday. Tuareg rebels seized control of the northern town of Kidal and some surrounding areas after a French-led military offensive in January drove out Islamist militants who had occupied northern Mali. The army has clashed several times since with the rebels, despite a June ceasefire deal to allow presidential elections to go ahead in the remote region in Mali's desert north, while MNLA fighters had agreed to remain in barracks in Kidal. A Malian army official told Reuters that MNLA fighters attacked a
joint patrol of Malian and U.N. troops near the town of Menaka early on Friday. "The MNLA fighters fired first. The patrol returned fire. There were up to three killed among the MNLA," the official in Gao - northern Mali's biggest city - told Reuters by phone earlier on Friday, requesting not to be identified. Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Mali, confirmed the incident. "There was at least one death on the MNLA side. Two suspects were arrested and one vehicle with arms on board was seized," Salgado told Reuters by phone from the capital, Bamako, saying it was possible more than one Tuareg fighter was killed. He said the circumstances of the incident were being investigated. Menaka resident Aliou Chabane said the army was ambushed while on its way to respond to an earlier MNLA attack on a truck transporting civilians. "MNLA opened fire on the army, who retaliated. Three MNLA fighters were killed," Chabane said. Menaka is about 400 km (249 miles) south of Kidal, but still in Mali's vast desert north. Mali imploded last year when the Tuareg rebels took up arms in the north, triggering a coup in Bamako. Islamists took advantage of the chaos and seized the north.
Singapore, Nov 9 : A rash of website hackings in the Asia-Pacific has exposed weak cyber defences which must be improved to help the region deal with more sophisticated and sinister threats, particularly from criminal organisations, analysts said. Hackers claiming to be from the global activist group Anonymous compromised several government and commercial websites in Australia, the Philippines and Singapore recently, and vowed to mount wider attacks. In the latest incident, Anonymous hackers on Thursday hijacked a section of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's official website, just a day after he vowed to "spare no effort" to hunt down anyone who attacks the regional financial centre's technological network. Cloud computing, the proliferation of mobile devices and the increasing use of social media have allowed an escalating volume of data to flow through multiple channels, giving hackers a wider field to ply their trade, analysts said. They warned that Anonymous, which carries out attacks to highlight issues such as Internet freedom and corruption, is just one of the groups involved, and others with a more sinister agenda could inflict serious damage. "The more sophisticated group that government and business should fear are the cyber-criminal organisations who have much greater resources at their disposal," said Tan Shong Ye, information technology risk and cyber security leader at global business consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Their targets could be valuable intellectual property and critical infrastructure, including military and state secrets, Tan said. Shadowy hackers who have long targeted the West are turning their sights on Asia's fast-growing economies. "As countries become wealthier, they have more assets and therefore are more likely to become targets," said Nina Laven, director for economics and country risk at consultancy group IHS. "We will likely see the region attracting more attacks," she said. Southeast Asia and the wider Asia Pacific region "are growing in significance in terms of cybersecurity issues" as Internet usage becomes more pervasive, said Caitriona H. Heinl, a cyber security specialist at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. "These increasing levels of connectivity are raising the probabilities of cross-border cyber-related threats such as transnational cybercrime," she said. Research firm Euromonitor said there were more than 389 million smartphones and nearly 30 million tablets and other portable computers in the Asia Pacific in 2013. Mobile Internet subscriptions alone reached over 712 million, it said.
Miami, Nov 9 : President Barack Obama said on Friday that it may be time for the United States to revise its policies toward Cuba, against which it has had an embargo for more than half a century. "We have to be creative and we have to be thoughtful and we have to continue to update our policies," he said at a fundraising event in the Miami area. "Keep in mind that when Castro came to power I was just born, so the notion that the same policies that we put in place in 1961 would somehow still be as effective as they are today in the age of the Internet, Google and world travel doesn't make sense," he added, referring to Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution. Incremental changes in U.S. Cuba policy have allowed greater communication with people on the island and the transfer of remittances, Obama said. "But I think we all understand that ultimately, freedom in Cuba will come because extraordinary activists and the incredible courage of folks like we see here today," he told a small audience at the home of Jorge Mas, a telecommunications equipment executive. "But the United States can help." A younger generation of U.S. politicians and Americans of Cuban ancestry are likely more open to finding "new mechanisms" to bring about change on the island, he said. The U.S. embargo against Cuba is controversial internationally and the United Nations in October voted for the 22nd time to condemn it. Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, said the fact that the embargo has been in place for more than half a century is "barbaric." Obama said before taking office that he wanted to recast long-hostile U.S.-Cuba relations, but his efforts have been a disappointment to the Cuban government, which hoped he would do more to dismantle the embargo.
Somali Islamists take responsibility for Mogadishu hotel bombing Mogadishu, Nov 9 : Islamist al Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility on Saturday for a bomb that killed six people outside a popular Mogadishu hotel the day before, and said they deliberately targeted government officials and security forces. Police suspected the militants were behind the blast, the latest in a series of frequent attacks in the Somali capital that highlight the challenge the government faces in restoring order to a nation torn apart by two decades of war and chaos. "We were behind the two explosions at the hotel," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters. "We targeted government officials and forces, and killed 15 of them." A senior police officer said on Friday night at least six people, including four policemen, were killed when a suspected car bomb went off outside the Hotel Maka, a popular meeting place for officials. He said at the time the death toll could rise because some injuries were serious, but there was no official word of more deaths on Saturday.
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Bihar blasts: Four sent to jail
M. Dana Kishore, IAS., Commissioner I&PR is seen reviewing with field officers of I&PR Departments today through video conference at Secretariat on the Publicity of Rachabanda Programme Scheduled from 11th November,2013. Sri A.Subhash Goud, Director I&PR is also seen.
BSP to contest 2014 general elections alone: Mayawati Lucknow, Nov 9 : Ruling out an alliance with any political party in the 2014 general elections, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said Saturday her party will emerge as a force to reckon with in four of the five states where assembly elections will be held later this year and the Lok Sabha polls. "We will not have any alliance with any political party," Mayawati told reporters here. People in Uttar Pradesh are fed up with Samajwadi Party's mis-rule and are yearning for a change, the
Low pressure area over North Andaman sea Hyderabad, Nov 9 (IPT) : A low pressure are over North Andaman sea and its neighbourhood. Mainly dry weather will prevail over in all the districts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Rayalaseema during next 48 hours, the Met Office sources said here today. The sky over Hyderabad and neighbourhood would be partly cloudy during the same Mist/Haze would occur during morning hours over the next two days. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 29 and 19 degrees Celsius respectively.The observations recorded till 0830 hours today indicated that Weather has been dry over the state.On Friday, The minimum temperatures changed little over the entire Andhra Pradesh.They were below normal at one or two places over Telangana & Rayalaseema and normal over Coastal Andhra Pradesh.The lowest minimum temperature of 15 degree Celsius was recorded at Adilabad, the sources added.
HHA comes to life
Hyderabad, Nov 9 (IPT) : It appears that hockey is gradually getting its due in the twin cities.After the newly floated Hockey Hyderabad (HH) that owes allegiance to Hockey India (HI), comes the revamped IHF entity, Hyderabad Hockey Association (HHA). A decade old bitter rivalry seems to have ceased following the truce that has been worked out between the warring factions of HHA. This augurs well in the long run as it can give a boost to the sport and comes as a lifeline to the players, who have been denied competitions, and in effect employment opportunities, all these years.
all this will reap rich dividends for the BSP." The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister hoped that with people's support, the BSP will emerge as the No.1 party in the Lok Sabha polls in the state. She also accused the SPBJP of having an "illicit understanding" to foment communal passions in Uttar Pradesh in the run-up to the 2014 polls. As the elections draw closer, the "evil designs" of these two parties will come to the fore, she said. On media reports that
three bungalows have been merged in New Delhi by the Congress to please her before the polls, Mayawati said this was done to accommodate the Bahujan Prerna Sthal as its earlier campus was not big enough. "Reports like this are far from the truth and reflect antiDalit mentality," she said. Mayawati said such barbs against her will grow as elections approach. She reiterated her earlier demand of imposition of president's rule in the state because of what she termed as "jungle raj" (lawlessness).
Third orbit raising manouevre of Mars Orbiter completed
AIRHyderabad to organise RPS on Nov 10
BSP leader added. On the upcoming state assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, Mayawati said her party would emerge as a "balance of power" and will be crucial in government formations in all these states. Assembly elections will also be held in Mizoram, where the BSP doesn't have a presence. Mayawati took a jibe at the media and said the press may take her statement lightly, but they should remember that a decade back,
Chennai, Nov 9 : The third orbit raising manouevre of the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft was successully completed today morning. An Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) release here said the third orbit raising manoeuvre of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, starting at 02:10:43 hrs(IST) today with a burn time of 707 seconds was successfully completed. "The observed change in Apogee is from 40,186 km to 71,636 km", the release said. The on-board motor in the Mars Orbiter was fired for 707 seconds following which the Mars Orbiter orbit went up to 71,636 km apogee (farthest point to the earth). ISRO sources said all the systems of the Orbiter are
the BSP was considered an "also ran" party that later came to power in the state. She termed the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as parties that had grossly disappointed the aspirations of the people of India.Mayawati said the infighting in the BJP will only help her party. Referring to senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and BJP chief Rajnath Singh, the BSP leader said: "The troika of Advani-Modi-Rajnath are busy cutting each other and
functioning normally. The first orbit-raising manoeuvre of the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft was performed on November seven and the second yesterday morning. The Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, India's first inter-planetary spacecraft, was launched into an elliptical earth orbit by PSLV-C25 on November five from the SHAR range Sriharikota, about 80 km from here. Following its separation from the fourth stage of PSLV-C25 about 44 minutes after lift-off, the solar panels and the main dish shaped antenna of the Mars Orbiter spacecraft got successfully deployed. "Subsequently, the other intended operations to accurately stabilise the space-
craft were also performed successfully", the ISRO release said. All systems onboard the spacecraft are functioning normally. Further orbit raising manoeuvres using the 440 Newton Liquid Engine were planned in the coming few days following which the spacecraft would be put on Mars Transfer Trajectory on December one. This enables Mars orbiter spacecraft to travel to the vicinity of Mars in September next year after a 300 day journey in deep space."At that time, the 440 Newton Liquid Engine is fired again to slow down the spacecraft to enable it to be captured by Martian gravity into an orbit around it", the release said.
Campaigning ends peacefully in Naxalism-affected areas Raipur, Nov 9 : Campaigning for Chhattisgarh's first-phase Assembly polls, which reached a crescendo in the past three days with political heavyweights registering their presence, concluded peacefully this evening. Eighteen Naxalism-affected constituencies spread over eight districts of tribal Bastar Division (12 seats) and Rajnandgaon (six seats) would witness voting on Monday to determine the fate of 143 candidates including Chief Minister Raman Singh who is seeking re-election from Rajnandgaon for a third term.As many as 29.33 lakh voters, mostly tribal folk, are expected to exercise their franchise at 4,142 booths. Considering the Maoist threat to villagers of dire consequences if they participate
in voting, 2,828 booths were identified as either hypersensitive or sensitive.More than a lakh security personnel have been deployed across the eight districts -- Bastar, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Sukma, Kanker and Kondagaon (all in Bastar Division) and Rajnandgaon. The Election Commission of India (ECI) advanced polling time from 0700 hrs to 1500 hrs in 13 constituencies while in the remainder voting would be conducted between 0800 hrs and 1700 hrs. The ECI also directed shifting of about 250 highly sensitive and virtually inaccessible booths to safer places and arranged for airlifting of polling parties by nearly a dozen Indian Air Force helicopters to avert the risk of rebel attacks on roads and looting of electronic vot-
ing machines. While the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign was spearheaded by the Chief Minister, several saffron party bigwigs -- including its prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh's former chief minister Uma Bharti -- also pitched in. For the principal opposition Congress, its President Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi campaigned in three insurgency-affected districts.Monday's polling would also decide the fate of three Cabinet ministers, seven legislators of the BJP and two of the Congress. Though there are 143 candidates -- including 65 from six national parties, seven women and 38 independents -- the battle is primarily between the BJP and the Congress.
Hyderabad, Nov 9 (IPT) : In a bid to promote listenership by sensitizing the people on the utility of AIR Broadcast, All India Radio (AIR) Hyderabad, will organise 'Raido Prachar Sabha (RPS)' at Bakaram village, Moninabad Mandal, Ranga Reddy district on November 10. Announcing this at a press conference here, AIRHyderabad Deputy Director General Mangalagiri Aditya Prasad said AIR observe Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) Day on November 12 all over the India to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's maiden visit to the studios of AIR, New Delhi. The RPS programme will be held three hours from 1800 hours and proceedings of the programme will be broadcast on AIR-Hyderabad on Novermber 12 at 0715 hours for thirty minutes on the occasion of PSB Day, Mr Prasad said. He said Dr K V Ramanacharya, and wel known mimicry artist mimicry Srinivas would be enlighten the people on the occasion. Former Registrar, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University Dr L Jalapathi Rao will interact with the farmers during the programme, Mr Prasad added. To a question, he said said AIR did not have PRP ratings, however AIR conducted Audience Research Survey (ARS).Through the ARS AIR-Hyderabad's 'Udaya Taranagini' and Saragala Mala took first places on AIR and FM Rainbow respectively, he added.
Patna, Nov 9 : Four of the six people detined by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Bihar's Lakhisarai district in connection with the Oct 27 Patna serial blasts, were sent to jail Saturday. The NIA has detained six people and seized hundreds of bank passbooks, ATM cards and other documents in Lakhisarai, about 150 km from here during raids at several places Friday night following intelligence agencies' information, a police official said. "After interrogation, four of the six were sent to jail on charge of providing financial help to terror suspects after
they were produced in court," the official said.During raids, the NIA recovered 300 passbooks, 30 ATM cards and other documents related to suspicious money transaction, the official said. The NIA suspects that those detained have links with terrorists in and outside the country. "The NIA is also scanning their mobile phone details to ascertain their connection with people based in Pakistan and other countries" police said. According to police sources, the NIA is likely to conduct raids in some places in neighbouring Jharkhand and Karnataka in
Chances of PM's visit to S Lanka recede; MEA says no decision yet New Delhi, Nov 9 : Uncertainty over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Sri Lanka to attend Common Wealth Heads of Government Meeting continued today with the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) saying the process of taking the decision was yet to be completed, though indications given here suggested that the visit was most likely not going to happen. The government is reported to have faced strong opposition to the visit in the Congress core group which met yesterday to consider the issue. There is very little time left for the Summit which is taking place from November 15 to 17. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbarudding while replying to a question on the Prime Minister's visit at a media briefing said here that "As a plural and open democracy we have a process and come to conclusion on cer-
tain inputs. For us diplomats, the process is complete when we communicate to the host composition of the delegation." When asked what was the deadline for such communication, he said when it concerned a head of state, there was no timeline. At the diplomatic level, there was indication of full support for the visit as it was considered that strategically the Prime Minister's participation would have better served the country's interest as a whole and of Sri Lankan Tamilians in particular. On the other hand Tamil Political parties and leaders here are opposing the Prime Minister's participation in the CHOGM arguing that by skipping the Summit in Colombo, he should register India's protest against Mahinda Rajapaksha government's failure to honour the political demands of the people of Tamil origin in northern part of the country.
the coming days. In the past three days, the NIA conducted raids at several places in Bihar in search of the suspects involved in the blasts, police said. Earlier this week, Bihar Police formally handed over investigation of the serial blasts to the NIA.The NIA also raided Muzaffarpur and Motihari in search of suspects. Seven people, including a suspect in the seventh bomb explosion at the Patna railway station, were killed and nearly 100 injured in the blasts ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally.
PM sanctions Rs 1000 cr immediate assistance to AP Hyderabad, Nov 9 (IPT) : Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today announced an immediate advance Central assistance of Rs 1,000 crore relief to Andhra Pradesh towards the damages caused by 'Phailin' cyclone and heavy rain. Dr Singh made this announcement when Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Ministers and leaders met him in New Delhi and sought immediate Central assistance towards the relief works, a CMO release here said.The Chief Minister thanked the Prime Minister for the announcement of Central assistance. The Prime Minister also assured the Chief Minister of releasing Rs 1145 crore Central assistance, due to Andhra Pradesh since 2009, towards drought and cyclone relief already sanctioned but not released.
Fare of monthly MMTS / APSRTC combined ticket revised Hyderabad, Nov 9 (IPT) : South Central Railway (SCR) has revised the combined ticket fare of monthly MMTS/ Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC). In view of the increase in bus fares by APSRTC, the fare for monthly MMTS/ APSRTC combined ticket, issued by Railways at all the Hyderabad/Secunderabad MMTS stations was enhanced from Rs 700 to Rs 800 with effect from today, an SCR release here said.
2 killed, 22 injured as bus over turns in Udhampur
A Model shows creation of designer during Pune fashion week.
Jammu, Nov 9 : Two persons were killed and 22 others injured when their bus skidded off the road and turned turtle on JammuSrinagar National Highway in Udhampur district."A bus was on way from Jaganoo Morh to Udhampur skidded off the road when the driver failed to negotiate a sharp turn," a police spokesman here said.He said one person died on the spot while one of the critically injured was referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital Jammu but he succumbed. Other 22 injured were discharged after first aid at district hospital, he added.
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