Monday, October 31, 2011

Manipur: SHDC withdraws blockade

Imphal, November 1, 2011(Tehelkanews)

One of the two outfits behind the crippling 93-day economic blockade on two national highways in Manipur lifted it at midnight after the State government's assurance to it that the district status will be accorded to Sadar Hills.

Official sources said on Tuesday that the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC), which had launched economic blockade on two national highways — Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati (NH 39) and Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar (NH53) — to press their demand for conversion of Kuki-majority Sadar Hills area in Naga-majority Senapati district called off the economic blockade after talks with the government.

However, the blockade by the United Naga Council (UNC) on the two highways opposing the demand of the SHDC was still continuing, sources said.

Representatives of the SHDDC and the government held discussions over the issue last night, the sources said adding the government had agreed to grant district status to Sadar hills area after receiving the report of the District Reorganisation Committee headed by Chief Secretary D.S. Poonia.

Sources said the committee would study the boundaries of all the districts in the State before taking any decision on Sadar Hills issue.

While SHDDC had launched economic blockade on portions of the two highways since August 1, the United Naga Council (UNC) had launched a stir demanding that they should be consulted before the government took any decision on the matter, also launched economic blockade on the same highways since August 21.

Reports from Senapati district said civil organisations have appealed to the UNC to call off the economic blockade since the SHDDC lifted the economic blockade but, so far, there was no response from the UNC.

Official sources said more than 400 trucks bringing in essential items from outside the State used to ply everyday but during the economic blockade only 300 to 400 trucks plied once or twice in a week with security escort.

Prices of essential items have sky-rocketed due to economic blockade.

Market reports said there may not be much change in prices since UNC was still continuing the blockade.

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Will resume fast if strong Lokpal Bill is not passed: Hazare

Mumbai, November 1, 2011(Tehelkanews)

Anna Hazare has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, warning that he would resume his hunger strike if the government fails to pass an effective Jan Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament.

"I will begin my hunger strike agitation on the last day of the Session, if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed in the House," Mr. Hazare said in the letter.

His close aide Datta Awari told PTI over phone from Ralegan Siddhi that in the letter, Mr. Hazare has reminded the Prime Minister that he had called off his indefinite hunger strike, which he began on August 16 at Ramlila Maidan, following a written assurance from the Prime Minister, which was conveyed to him by Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

"If an effective Jan Lokpal Bill is in place, it would help the country to get rid of corruption and also help utilise more funds towards development work," Mr. Hazare has said in the letter.

The 74-year-old activist, who is observing vow of silence at his native village since October 16, had on Monday indicated that he might discontinue the 'maun vrat' over the next couple of days as he wants to hold "open discussions" with his supporters.

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We’re seven billion now

Chennai, Nov 1, 2011(Tehelkanews)

Baby Nargis, the world\'s seven billionth person, born in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, and the 102-year-old Hilla Sorab Billimoria of Kolkata represent, between them, two ends of India\'s complex population story.

At one end are the staggering numbers. With an estimated 1.21 billion people, India is a "population billionaire," next only to China (1.34 billion), as the UN Population Fund described the country in a recent report titled 'India@7 billion.\'

By 2025, India will overtake China to become the world\'s most populous country, with the numbers expected to exert enormous pressure on national resources.

That 11 babies of the 51 born in India every minute are, like Baby Nargis, born in UP, among the lowest ranking Indian States on the human development index, highlights the imperatives for Indian planners: providing access to food, water, health, shelter, sanitation, education and jobs to all; at the same time, balancing these against scarce resources, safeguarding the environment and protecting against climate change.

But India\'s decadal population growth rate, which touched a high of over 24 per cent in the 1970s, is slowing down. According to the 2011 census, it was 17.64 per cent in the last decade. That presents both opportunities and challenges.

The opportunity is the demographic "dividend" of a "youth bulge": 50 per cent of India\'s population is under the age of 25. That means more working hands, especially as women join the work force in greater numbers.

But the UNPF has warned that this "opportunity clock is ticking fast." The youth bulge witnessed a peak in 2000, and its effects will be felt only until 2025, when the number of dependents, aided by decreasing mortality rates, begins to rise.

India will not only need to keep its young population usefully employed, but also needs to plan for an ageing population.

In 2001, there were 80 million elderly people in India. Ms. Billimoria belongs to the Parsi community, which represents a separate problem of a vanishing people: Parsis now number around 60,000 in India; Kolkata counts only 600 among its residents.

Ms. Billimoria lives in a family of four living generations. But others are not so fortunate. The UNPF estimated that in 2001, as many as 30 million elderly lived alone. The number of elderly is expected to increase to 173 million by 2026. This highlights the need to build support systems for the aged.

The other, perhaps more important, challenge is the falling sex ratio and the "vanishing" girl population. The 2011 census showed a steep fall in the sex ratio, from 927.31 girls for every 1000 boys in 2001 to 914.23 a decade later. The shaming numbers underscore the fact that laws have done nothing to curb female foeticide or change the cultural preference for a boy child.

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India welcomes world’s seven-billionth child

Mall (UP), October 31, 2011 (PTI)

The world's population touched another milestone on Monday as India and the Philippines welcomed "symbolic" seven billionth babies.

A baby girl, born to 23-year-old Vinita and Ajay at a local community health centre at 7.20 am at Mall in Uttar Pradesh, was welcomed as the seven billionth baby, Bhagyeshwari, executive director of NGO, Plan India, which is conducting the exercise, said.

The girl has been named Nargis, she said.

The Philippines also welcomed a seven billionth baby at a government hospital in Manila. Danica May Camacho was born just after midnight (local time).

'We are seven billion strong'

As the world's population touched the landmark seven billion mark, U.N. Secretary—General Ban Ki-moon called for "unity of purpose" among people across nations to address problems of climate change, economic crisis and inequality.

"Some say our planet is too crowded. I say we are seven billion strong. But we will only be able to use that strength for the benefit of all if our societies are built on mutual respect and understanding," Mr. Moon said.

Mr. Moon said the world must come together "on this special day... in the name of the global common good."

UN Population Fund's (UNFPA) Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said actions taken now will decide whether the future of the seventh billion baby will be healthy, sustainable and prosperous or marked by inequalities, environmental decline and economic setbacks.

"The world must seize the opportunity to invest in the health and education of its youth to reap the full benefits of future economic development or else face a continuation of the sorry state of disparities in which hundreds of millions of people in developing nations lack the most basic ingredients for a decent life," Mr. Osotimehin said.

He said planning and the right investments in people will empower them to make choices that are not only good for themselves, but also for a world of seven billion.

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Governors\' panel mooted for farmer-industry ties

NEW DELHI, October 31, 201.

Prepare concept paper to bring about an "evergreen revolution"

Having underscored the need to address issues to pull out the agricultural economy from problems, President Pratibha Patil on Sunday suggested a Committee of Governors to evolve mutually beneficial models for a farmer-industry partnership, focussing on rain-fed area farming.

The Committee would make suitable recommendations and also prepare a concept paper to bring about an "evergreen revolution to harness the full potential of the agriculture sector,\'\' the President said in her concluding remarks at the 43rd Governors Conference at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

On Saturday, Ms. Patil asked the Governors to come up with new and innovative ideas and experimentations that could lead to an initiative for a second green revolution in dry-land farming considering that 60 per cent of cultivable area was rain-fed.

Education was the other area of focus with Ms. Patil stating that the Governors recommended that they be provided with a climate to discharge statutory duties as Chancellors of State Universities, in a more positive and effective manner, and also in imparting clarity to the expected interface between Governors and Central Universities in general, and as Chief Rectors in particular.

Referring to her recent State visit to Switzerland, the President said she was impressed with the vocational education-industry linkage there and suggested similar attempts here between Industrial Training Institutes and vocational training institutes in order to create a dynamic partnership with the manufacturing and service sectors.

Stressing on the need to increase enrolment in higher education, she said, steps must be taken to use the infrastructure on the existing large campuses of old and new universities, she felt that the capacity of nearly 600 Central/State-funded universities was being under-utilised.

This infrastructure could be upgraded to accommodate more students, to augment the enrolment ratio, without compromising on the quality of education, she said and suggested that India learn from other countries that support a larger density of students on small-sized campuses.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh re-emphasised the major threat to internal security from Left Wing Extremism and said steps to tackle it by sending additional Central forces, raising specialised forces and training the State police in counter-insurgency could be successful only through coordination between the States and the Centre.

On the 5th and 6th Schedules, he said, the Governors had a special responsibility for the administration of Scheduled areas that require further encouragement to participate in the democratic process. He urged the Governors to take an active interest in the implementation of development programmes for the Scheduled Castes/ the Scheduled Tribes, the Other Backward Classes, religious minorities, women and children.

As Chancellors of State Universities, Dr. Singh said the Governors should take active interest in toning up the quality of administration of higher education and said they had a special responsibility to ensure that the menace of ragging was rooted out.

Turing to agriculture, he said there was need for focussed research and development in the eastern parts to increase yields.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said implementation of the proposed Food Security Act would be the joint responsibility of the Centre and the States and both would have to work together to procure the required quantity of food grains and ensure their distribution to beneficiaries through an effective delivery system.

Referring to the situation in the North-East, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said, "there has been a dramatic improvement there and stressed that the primary responsibility in fighting Left Wing Extremism lies with the State Governments, with his Ministry extending every possible help."

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Law & Justice and Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed, Tribal Affairs Minister V. Kishore Chandra Deo, Minister of State (independent charge) for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari and Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur made presentations, a Rashtrapati Bhavan release said.

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पैन कार्ड में अब नहीं होगा फरमाइशी नाम

नई दिल्ली,(31/10/11)(Tehelkanews)

आम आदमी से लेकर कारोबारियों तक, सबके लिए जरूरी आय कर विभाग के परमानेंट अकाउंट नंबर (पैन) के लिए वित्त मंत्रालय ने फार्म और नियमों में बदलाव किया है। वित्त मंत्रालय के एक अधिकारी ने बताया कि विभिन्न मंत्रालयों एवं विभागों से मिले फीडबैक के आधार पर इनकम टैक्स रूल 1962 में कुछ बदलाव किए गए हैं।महत्वपूर्ण बदलाव यह है कि कार्ड पर फऱमाइशी नाम दर्ज नहीं होगा। पहले फार्म में एक कालम होता था- \'नेम यू वुड लाइक टू प्रिंट आन कार्ड\'। नए फार्म में इस कालम को हटा दिया गया है।

इसके अलावा अवयस्कों (माइनर) के लिए कार्ड बनवाना आसान कर दिया गया है। माइनर की पहचान और पते के लिए जमा होने वाले कागजात उनके माता-पिता या अभिभावक के ही मान्य होंगे। पहले अवयस्कों के लिए ये कागजात अलग से जुटाने पड़ते थे। विभाग ने पता के लिए बिजली बिल, टेलीफोन बिल, डिपोजिटरी एकाउंट स्टेटमेंट, क्रेडिट कार्ड स्टेटमेंट, किराया रसीद, नियोक्ता का प्रमाणपत्र आदि को मान्य करार दिया है। पहले कहा जाता था कि उपरोक्त कागजात छह माह से ज्यादा पुराना नहीं होना चाहिए। अब यह शर्त नहीं है। कंपनियों के लिए भी नियमों में कुछ संशोधन किए गए हैं। (ब्यूरो)

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नोकिया के इस फोन के नाम दर्ज है सबसे अनोखा रिकॉर्ड!


यूं तो मोबाइल हैंडसेट बनाने वाली तमाम कंपनियों की तरफ से आज एक से बढ़कर एक बेहतरीन स्मार्टफोन बनाया जा रहा है। ये हैंडसेट्स नए नए रिकॉर्ड भी बना रहे हैं। किसी हैंडसेट के नाम पर सबसे पतले फोन का रिकॉर्ड दर्ज है तो किसी के नाम पर सबसे हल्के हैंडसेट होने का। लेकिन क्या आपको पता है कि सबसे ज्यादा बिकने वाले हैंडसेट का रिकॉर्ड किस मोबाइल फोन के नाम पर दर्ज है? अगर नहीं पता तो चलिए हम आपको बता देते हैं। यह हैंडसेट है 'नोकिया-1100'।

हाल ही में बाजार में जब एप्पल के नए 'आईफोन 4एस' को पेश किया गया तो इसके लांच के महज 3 दिन के अंदर 4 मिलियन ऑर्डर बुक हो गए। लेकिन आपको जानकर बेहद हैरानी होगी कि जब नोकिया 1100 को बाजार में लांच किया गया था तो इसकी लांच के चंद दिनों के भीतर ही बिक्री का आंकड़ा 25 करोड़ के स्तर को भी पार कर गया था। और इसकी बिक्री के रिकॉर्ड को आजतक कोई भी हैंडसेट पार नहीं कर पाया है।

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\'\'हमारे और राडिया के तीन सालों से बेहतरीन संबंध रहे हैं\'\'

नई दिल्ली(31/10/11)(Tehelkanews)

वैष्णवी ग्रुप की प्रमोटर और मालिक नीरा राडिया ने कम्युनिकेशन कन्सल्टेन्सी के कारोबार से अलग होने की घोषणा के रिलायंस इंडस्ट्रीज ने कहा है कि राडिया और उनकी टीम से तीन वर्ष से भी अधिक समय से हमारे बेहतरीन कारोबारी संबंध रहे हैं।राडिया ने एक बयान में कहा कि पहले से तय निजी पारिवारिक प्राथमिकताओं तथा स्वास्थ्य को देखते हुए मैंने किसी नए क्लाइंट से न जुड़ने तथा कम्युनिकेशन कन्सल्टेन्सी के कारोबार से हटने का फैसला किया है। यह काफी कष्ट देने वाला निर्णय है। इसे मैंने काफी सोच-विचार के बाद किया है।

2जी विवाद के मामले में नीरा पिछले कुछ समय से सुर्खियों में रही हैं। उन्होंने पिछले वर्ष टैप लीक होने के बाद मीडिया का ध्यान अपनी ओर खींचा था। हालांकि उनके खिलाफ कोई आरोप नहीं हैं। लेकिन उन्हें जांच एजेंसी ने एक गवाह के रूप में नामित किया है।रिलायंस इंडस्ट्रीज के प्रवक्ता ने कहा कि कम्युनिकेशन्स कन्सल्टेन्सी का कारोबार छोड़ने के नीरा राडिया के फैसले पर हम खेद जताते हैं। राडिया और उनकी टीम से तीन वर्ष से भी अधिक समय से हमारे बेहतरीन कारोबारी संबंध रहे हैं।

राडिया के फैसले पर हैरत जताते हुए टाटा ग्रुप के अध्यक्ष रतन टाटा ने कहा कि उनका समूह नीरा की निजी इच्छा का सम्मान करता है। उन्होंने कभी मामूली सी कंपनी रही वैष्णवी को एक बड़ी कंपनी में बदल दिया।

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मोबाइल के मामले में फिल्मी सितारों की नहीं, दोस्तों की सुनते हैं

मोबाइल फोन खरीदने वाला महंगे विज्ञापन, फिल्मी सितारों की अपील से अधिक अपने दोस्तों की सलाह को तव्वजो देता है। यही नहीं, मोबाइल फोन अब मात्र आपस में बातचीत करने का ही साधन नहीं रहा है। नए एप्लीकेशन के प्रति बढ़ता लगाव, उनके नए फीचर और स्टाइल ऐसी बातें जिसकी वजह से करीब 39 प्रतिशत लोग हर दो साल में अपना मोबाइल फोन बदल रहे हैं।उद्योग संगठन एसोचैम के एक ताजा सर्वे में यह तथ्य सामने आए हैं। एसोचैम ने यह सर्वे दिल्ली, मुंबई, कोलकाता, चेन्नई, बंगलुरू, हैदराबाद में किया और इसमें 20-30 तक के 1370 लोगों को शामिल किया गया था।

सर्वे के मुताबिक हैंडसेट की घटती कीमत और लोगों की खर्च करने की बढ़ती ताकत से मोबाइल हैंडसेट उद्योग लगातार विकास कर रहा है। शहरों में जहां 59.1 करोड़ तो वहीं ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों में 30.1 करोड़ मोबाइल ग्राहक हैं। एसोचैम के महासचिव डीएस रावत कहते हैं कि सर्वे के आधार पर हैंडसेट निर्माताओं को समझना चाहिए कि उन्हें अपने आप को मुद्दों और अवसरों से जोड़ना होगा जिससे ब्रांड स्थापित करने में मदद हासिल हो पाए।

सर्वे के मुताबिक पहला नया फोन खरीदते वक्त 39 प्रतिशत लोग ब्रांड को अहमियत देते हैं जबकि 17 प्रतिशत दाम और 10 प्रतिशत नवीनतम मॉडल को अहम मानते हैं। लेकिन दूसरा सेट खरीदते समय सबसे अधिक 15 प्रतिशत गुणवत्ता को अहमियत देते हैं। सर्वे के अनुसार नए एघ्लीकेशन, जीपीआरएस, ब्लूटूथ, बिल्ट इन कैमरा, एफएम रेडियो, एमपी3 घ्लेयर, वीडियो रिकार्डिग एंड स्पीकर फोन कुछ ऐसे कारक है जो युवाओं को आकर्षित करते हैं।

खासकर ऐसे वर्ग को यह लुभाता है जो सोशल नेटवर्किग, म्युजिक सुनने, गेम खेलने, न्यूज जानने, चैटिंग, नेट खंगालने, मोबाइल पर बैंक एकाउंट की जानकारी हासिल में रुचि रखते हैं। सर्वे के मुताबिक 39 प्रतिशत के साथ नोकिया अभी भी हैंडसेट बाजार का सरताज बना हुआ है। इसके बाद सैमसंग 17.2, माइक्रो मैक्स 6.9 प्रतिशत के नाम है। इसके बाद अन्य सभी ब्लैकबेरी,एलजी, जी-5, कार्बन, स्पाइस, मैक्स, सोनी एरिक्सन को पसंद करते हैं। एसोचैम के इस सर्वे ने माना है कि दोहरे सिम कार्ड वाले मोबाइल फोन आने वाले समय में हैंडसेट बाजार में एक निर्णायक कारक साबित होंगे।

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Normal production levels at Manesar only by December-end: Maruti

New Delhi, October 31, 2011(Tehelkanews)

Hit by repeated incidents of labour unrest, Maruti Suzuki India expects car production at its Manesar plant to reach normal levels only by the end of December this year.

Speaking to analysts on Monday, a Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) spokesperson said the company was ramping up output at the Manesar unit following a tripartite agreement between the management, workers and Haryana government to end a 14-day strike on October 21.

"The situation at Manesar is normal... By the end of this quarter, we will reach the normal level of production at the plant," the official said.

The Manesar plant was rolling about 1,200 cars every day before the first strike hit in June. The unit produces Maruti Suzuki's Swift, A-Star and SX4 models.

The 14-day-long strike at the plant, causing an estimated over Rs. 700 crore loss, was called off following a tripartite agreement that reinstated 64 dismissed permanent workers and took back 1,200 casual workers. However, 30 permanent workers remain suspended.

"Lots of initiatives were taken while reaching the agreement, which is targeted for a long-term solution. The atmosphere was positive and constructive when it was signed," the spokesperson said.

As per the agreement, a 'Grievance Redressal Committee' and a 'Labour Welfare Committee' would be set up.

Talking about work practices at the Manesar plant, the official said, "Fundamentally, there is nothing wrong in the practices, as the same have been there in Gurgaon for the last 30 years. Probably there was some misunderstanding and miscommunication... We could have done a better job there."

Earlier, in June, workers at the Manesar plant went on a 13-day strike demanding the recognition of a new labour body, Maruti Suzuki Employees Union. The stir had resulted in a production loss of 12,600 cars, valued at about Rs. 630 crore.

From August 29, the company again witnessed a 33-day standoff when the management prevented workers from entering the plant without signing a 'good conduct bond'

Talking about sales, MSI Managing Executive Officer (Marketing and Sales) Mayank Pareek said sales in October will be low due to the labour unrest.

In addition, rising interest rates and high fuel prices are affecting consumers' decisions to purchasing cars.

To push its sales, the company offered heavy discounts in the last quarter. The average discount during the July-September period increased to Rs. 13,500 per car from Rs. 9,500 per car, MSI Chief Financial Officer Ajay Seth said.

On production capacities, Mr. Pareek said MSI was hiking the output of its compact car Swift to 16,000-17,000 units per month from the existing 10,000-12,000 units a month.

MSI is also ramping up the production capacity of its sedan DZiRE to 10,000-11,000 units a month from 7,000-8,000 units.

When asked about demand for diesel cars, Mr. Pareek said the industry has witnessed demand for diesel cars rising by 24 per cent in the last six months, while the same for petrol cars has fallen by 11 per cent.

Last week, MSI posted a 59.81 per cent fall in net profit to Rs 240.44 crore for the quarter ended September 30, mainly due to production losses at Manesar because of the labour unrest and foreign exchange losses.

Total income from operations during the quarter under review also declined by 14.38 per cent to Rs. 7,831.62 crore.

Mr. Seth said the company suffered an impact of about Rs. 100 crore due to Forex losses.

"We were under cover for the second quarter as we had hedged our yen exposure, but we are not hedged beyond October 30. Fortunately, yen is correcting now. So we may not have much impact in coming quarters," he added.

The company's board, meanwhile, has approved the purchase of up to 1,500 acres of land in Gujarat to set up manufacturing facilities.

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Inflation to ease soon, says Pranab

New Delhi, October 31, 2011 (Tehelkanews)

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said inflation will start easing soon as the government's efforts to remove supply-side bottlenecks have started yielding results.

"The current inflation pressures are mainly because of supply-side constraints of agricultural products. Necessary steps have already been taken. I hope it will have its impact and from November-December onward... the rate of inflation will be moderating," Mr. Mukherjee told reporters here.

Food inflation shot up to 11.43 per cent during the week ended October 15 on the back of costlier vegetables and fruits.

Headline inflation, which also factors in manufactured items, has been above the 9 per cent-mark since December, 2010. It was 9.72 per cent in September this year.

On the RBI's decision last week to raise key policy rates for the 13th time since March, 2010, to tame the rate of price rise, Mr. Mukherjee said, "There was some liquidity excess which was required to be mopped up and through the adjustment of interest rates, efforts have been made to mop it up."

Following the global financial crisis in 2008, several governments across the globe have provided a stimulus to give a boost to their economies, resulting in excess liquidity in the system.

In order to check inflation, the RBI raised the short-term lending and borrowing rates by 25 basis points to 7.5 per cent and 8.5 per cent, respectively, on Tuesday.

Answering questions on the euro zone crisis, Mr. Mukherjee said, "...Emerging economies are looking at the Cannes Summit with great expectations. The basic problem is solvency issues. Leaders will send some strong message."

The G-20 leaders will be meeting at Cannes later in the week to work out a solution to the euro zone's sovereign debt problems.

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Arab League submits plan on Syria crisis

BEIRUT, October 31, 2011(Tehelkanews)

An Arab League committee has submitted a plan to end the bloodshed in Syria and a response from Damascus was expected on Monday, Qatar's Foreign Minister said.There were no details on what the plan entailed, but the announcement comes amid intensified efforts by the 22-nation body toward resolving the deadly seven-month confrontation between the regime of President Bashar Assad and protesters demanding his overthrow.The Arab League panel held a "clear and frank" meeting with a Syrian delegation in Qatar on Sunday, said Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim.

An Arab diplomat in the league headquarters in Egypt meanwhile said the Arab League will hold an extraordinary session to discuss the unrest-torn nation on Wednesday. The ministers will receive a report on the mission to Syria and a "plan of action," said the official, who asked that his name not be used because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The uprising against Mr. Assad began in mid-March during a wave of anti-government protests in the Arab world that toppled autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The U.N. says that Mr. Assad's crackdown has left more than 3,000 people dead.

While the specifics of the proposal were unknown, the opposition's stance on dialogue with the regime is mixed. Some influential figures in the opposition have refused to talk to the Assad regime while the military crackdown continues; others see dialogue as a way out of the crisis.

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Yingluck Shinawatra hopes flood drainage can be sped up

BANGKOK, October 31, 2011 (Tehelkanews)

Thailand's prime minister said on Monday that she hopes the process of draining floodwater through Bangkok can be sped up now that peak high tides that saw the city's main waterway rise to record levels have passed.

Higher than normal tides pushing up the Chao Phraya River from the Gulf of Thailand in recent days have complicated efforts to drain the floodwater that has been surging through the city as it makes its way from provinces that have been submerged and suffering for up to two months.

The runoff from the country's worst flooding in more than a half-century has put extreme pressure on the pumps, sandbags and dikes protecting Bangkok, though they have largely held and most of the capital remained dry.

"If there is no more additional water, the current runoff might not cause heavy flooding in Bangkok," Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said, though she noted there was still a massive amount of water that needs to pass through the capital's complex network of rivers, canals and tunnels as it makes its way to the sea.

While that will come as welcome news to people in Bangkok's dry downtown core who had been bracing for possible flooding all weekend, it will be little relief to those in the city's far north and west who have seen floodwaters rise and spread.

Fifteen of the Bangkok's 50 districts have now seen flooding, and people in six districts have been told to evacuate.

"The water that came in our neighbourhood was massive and had immense power," said 29-year-old Yibporn Ratanawit, who lives in Thonburi on the Chao Phraya's western bank. "As we were stepping out of our gate to evacuate, one of our walls totally collapsed to the neighbour's side and the water rushed into their house. It was like a nightmare."

"I think the Thonburi side will all be gone eventually because the water has not stopped rising," she said.

While much of the government's attention in recent days has been focused on protecting Bangkok, Thailand's political and economic heart, there have been growing complaints that those in areas north of the capital, some of whom have been underwater for weeks or months, have been forgotten.

Ms. Yingluck sought to address those concerns Monday with a post on her Facebook page.

"The government is concerned about every individual who has experienced flooding, as well as those facing a lengthy period of floods," she said. "The government has emphasized with the provincial governors to exhaustively take care of the people."

The floods, which began in late July and were exacerbated by heavier than usual monsoon rains and a string of tropical storms, have killed 381 people and affected more than a third of the country's provinces. The water has destroyed millions of acres (hectares) of crops and forced thousands of factories to close.

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Cash-for-votes: Court seeks police response on bail plea of accused

New Delhi, October 31, 2011(Tehelkanews)

The Delhi High Court on Monday sought response from the police on the bail pleas of four accused, including Sudheendra Kulkarni, a former aide of BJP leader L.K. Advani, and two ex-BJP MPs in the cash-for-vote scam.

Issuing notice to Delhi Police, Justice M.L. Mehta sought its response by November 14 on the bail pleas of Mr. Kulkarni, former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahabir Singh Bhagora and alleged BJP activist Suhail Hindustani.

Justice Mehta also sought a status report from the police by the next date of hearing.

The four accused approached the High Court challenging the order of the trial court dismissing their bail pleas.

Mr. Kulkarni, who is in jail since September 27, has challenged the trial court's order which had rejected his bail plea saying that he was the "guiding star" and "facilitator" of the conspiracy aimed at mocking the Republic of India.

In the petition filed through advocate Mahipal Ahluwalia, Mr. Kulkarni claimed that he, along with the BJP MPs, got involved in the sting operation, conducted by a private news channel only to expose the "horse trading" that was going on to save the then UPA-I government in the vote of trust in the Lok Sabha on July 22, 2008.

Claiming themselves to be "whistle blowers" who helped in exposing corruption, the accused pleaded that the trial court had wrongly dismissed their bail pleas and that order should be set aside.

Meanwhile, BJP MP Ashok Argal, an accused in the case, has also moved the Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the case and his bail plea is likely to be heard tomorrow.

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We are 7 billion strong: Ban Ki-moon

United Nations, October 31, 2011(Tehelkanews)

As the world readies to welcome its seventh billion inhabitant on Monday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for "unity of purpose" among people across nations to address problems of climate change, economic crisis and inequality.

"Some say our planet is too crowded. I say we are 7 billion strong. But we will only be able to use that strength for the benefit of all if our societies are built on mutual respect and understanding," Mr. Moon said.

The world's population will reach the landmark seven billion mark today.

Mr. Moon said the world must come together "on this special day... in the name of the global common good."

He said while the world has made remarkable progress as it has aged, with more of its children surviving and more people living under democratic rule of law, the progress cannot be taken for granted.

The world is "under threat from climate change, economic crisis, joblessness, inequality and intolerance. Around the world, too many people live in fear. Too many people believe their governments and the global economy can no longer deliver for them," he said.

The answer to the current turbulent times is "unity of purpose."

"Global problems demand global solutions. They compel all nations to unite in action on an agenda for the world's people."

The U.N. Chief said the challenge for nations is to build a more just, tolerant and inclusive world.

"We all have something to give and something to gain by appreciating each other's diversity and working together in common cause." he added.

Meanwhile, UN Population Fund's (UNFPA) Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said actions taken now will decide whether the future of the seventh billion baby will be healthy, sustainable and prosperous or marked by inequalities, environmental decline and economic setbacks.

"The world must seize the opportunity to invest in the health and education of its youth to reap the full benefits of future economic development or else face a continuation of the sorry state of disparities in which hundreds of millions of people in developing nations lack the most basic ingredients for a decent life," Mr. Osotimehin said.

He said planning and the right investments in people will empower them to make choices that are not only good for themselves, but also for a world of seven billion.

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Good governance cannot co-exist with corruption, says Advani

BANGALORE, October 31, 2011 (Tehelkanews)

"Good governance cannot co-exist with corruption. If we want to fight against corruption outside, we cannot compromise with it amongst ourselves…" This was Bharatiya Janata Party veteran L.K. Advani\'s message to the Karnataka unit whose prominent leaders, including Ministers, are in jail following allegations of corruption at a time when he has launched a nationwide campaign against graft.

Addressing a public convention amid heavy rain at the National College Grounds here as part of his Jan Chetna Yatra, Mr. Advani touched upon the embarrassing episode of corruption in Karnataka even as political circles, including BJP\'s own cadre, were curious to see how he would react to the situation. The gathering, which braved the rain, applauded when Mr. Advani took a tough stand against corruption among the party leaders in Karnataka.

Stand on graft

He indicated that there was no change in his stand with respect to corruption in Karnataka and recalled that he had touched upon it during his last visit to the State in April this year. "If I have to criticise the Congress for certain faults, I cannot accept the same faults in our own party."

At the same time, he maintained: "A person will not become guilty just because charges have been made against him. Allegations have to be proved to call him guilty. However, we [in Karnataka] acted as soon as the Lokayukta submitted his report on illegal mining." This was in reference to the replacement of B.S. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister.

Interestingly, Mr. Advani did not take anybody\'s name, and desisted from giving any specific instructions on what the party should do with respect to those facing corruption charges.

Pat for Chief Minister

He said Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda was headed in the right direction. "I had a brief conversation with him and from that I can make out that he is going in the right direction. Through such action, I am sure that he will give good governance."

As for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said: "I had respect for him prior to him becoming the Prime Minister. But now, I am sad to say that I have never seen such a corrupt government."

He termed the cash-for-vote case as the most shameful incident in Independent India.

Nearly Rs. 25,000 crore of black money from India was estimated to have been stashed away in Swiss banks, he said, and added that it could be possible to provide all necessary infrastructure in the six lakh villages in India if that money was brought back.

While Home Minister R. Ashok, against whom an FIR has been filed in a land scam case, was seated on the dais, several Ministers, who belong to Mr. Yeddyurappa\'s camp, were absent as they had gone to attend the funeral of a seer.

The yatra will proceed from Mangalore on Monday and pass through Udupi and Kumta before entering Goa on Tuesday.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dog Show at Vet Varsity

Ludhiana 30- Oct, 2011

On the special occasion of World Veterinary Year 2011, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University ( GADVASU) organized Ist and 2nd Championship DOG SHOW on 30th October 2011 at Silver Jubilee Complex of College of Veterinary Science. While revealing this information Dr. Kirti Dua Head, Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine shared that a wide range of dogs of different breeds from Punjab and adjoining states participated in this show. The judging was done by the eminent canine judges of national repute. Dr. V.K. Taneja Vice- Chancellor GADVASU inaugurated the dog show. On this occasion he said that dog is a most popular pet as a household animal kept for companionship and a person\'s enjoyment so it is duty of Vet. Varsity that we give awareness for the proper care of these loyal pets. A souvenir was also released by Vice-Chancellor.

About 200 pet owners registered their dogs for competition. There were seven classifications of breeds for competition. Those were Toy, Terrier, Utility, Hound, Gundog, Working and Pastoral groups. About 30 breeds participated in the show and prominent among them were Pekingese, German shepherd, Poodle, Pomrarian, Great Dane, Bullmastiff, Neopolitan Mastiff, Sharpei, Chow Chow and rare breed like Canecorso. For each group different breeds participated and best of breed and reserve best of breed prizes were awarded. Then out of each group three best dogs were given first, second and third out of the group. From all the groups together eight best of show prizes were allocated along with best of show bred in India and best puppy of the show. About 90 prizes were awarded out of which 30 gold medals and 30 silver medals were awarded for best of breed and reserve best of breed respectively. Trophies were given to Ist , 2nd and 3rd winner of the group.

In this dog show all the major pharmaceutical companies of the country dealing with the veterinary products exhibited their products. Besides this there were stalls from the dog groomers and pet food manufactures. Thus this dog show was a very good platform where all the stake holders in the companion animal industry i.e. clinicians, students, pharmaceuticals, pet food manufacturers, dog breeders and pet lovers interacted with each other. In the closing ceremony Dr. H.S. Sandha Director Animal Husbandry, Govt. of Punjab conferred the awards to the winner pet owner. Mr. Harish Rai Dhanda MLA was special guest on the valedictory function. A good number of general spectators along with Dean, Directors, Faculty members, employees and students witnessed the show.

P.S. For any further inquiry contact Dr.S.S.Randhawa 94632-42612 or Dr.Kirti Dua 94631-31314

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These hard-core LTTE members see life through spiritual prism

CHENNAI, October 31, 2011(Tehelkanews)

Having lived under the hangman\'s shadow for years and coming close to the gallows on two occasions, Murugan alias Sriharan, Santhan and Perarivalan, facing the capital punishment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, do not appear overwhelmed by the fear of death.

When jail authorities told them early in September they should be prepared for the worst, the three remained confident that there could still be a way out.

"When we were let out of solitary confinement after the Madras High Court stayed the execution scheduled for September 9, many inmates hugged us with tears of joy. We now continue to live on, with the hope that one day we will be able to walk out free," says Murugan.

At the Vellore central prison, where they are lodged in a high security block, the three have struck an emotional chord with the inmates. Santhan is the priest of the prison temple; he advises inmates on how spirituality, yoga and meditation can help in stress management. While Perarivalan teaches inmates computer applications and maintains the prison library, Murugan plays volleyball and other games with prisoners.

Even as uncertainty prevails and the noose dangles over them, they still talk about a life outside the prison.

"I will straight head to the Himalayas after my release… Going the spiritual way has helped me overcome the trauma of solitary confinement and the fear of execution for years. I am an ardent devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba," says Santhan.

When this correspondent met him on October 25, Santhan, with holy ash spread across his forehead, said he hoped that God would not let him down and handed out a signed photograph of Sai Baba. The Sri Lankan national has no plan to return to his homeland since he has no family there and is not sure whether his parents are alive.

Murugan, also a Sri Lankan national, said he had vowed to visit the Meenakshi Sundareswar temple in Madurai, along with his wife Nalini, whose death penalty was commuted to life imprisonment. "We also want to visit the temple of our 'kula deivam\' [the family deity] near Jaffna. As a husband and father, I have many responsibilities to fulfil. Twenty years of incarceration has deprived my daughter of parental love and care. We hope to unite soon," he says.

Murugan and Santhan, alleged to be hardcore members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam\'s intelligence wing who provided logistics support for the assassination, claimed that they were falsely implicated because of the pressure on the investigating agency to fix them.

'Turning point'

According to Murugan, the investigators assured him that the charges against him warranted only the minimum term in prison. "When we protested our arrest and denied the charges, the investigators assured all the three of us of the minimum term of imprisonment. But what we got was the death penalty. The resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly against our execution is a turning point in the struggle against the capital punishment in India. We are indebted to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for this."

D.R. Kaarthikeyan, former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation who headed the Special Investigation Team that probed the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, feels Parliament should convene a special session to debate and decide on whether or not India should abolish the death penalty.

"We should not be deciding on individual cases, and there should be no influence of language or religion as it would affect the unity of the nation. Personally, I will be happy if the death penalty is abolished in India as it has been done in over 130 countries. Eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth was the rule of law in primitive societies. The reformative style of punishment has come to the fore, of late. It is ultimately the collective responsibility of society to decide on this," he told The Hindu.

When told that the three condemned prisoners desired to meet him, he said: "If they write to me making a request and the prison authorities have no objection to it, I don\'t mind meeting them. I have nothing against them, and I only did my duty."

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India\'s biggest asset is ‘soft power\'

CHENNAI, October 31, 2011(Tehelkanews)

India should leverage its 'soft power\' to tackle its internal challenges like food security and poor infrastructure, former Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor observed here on Sunday.

Speaking to the members of 15 Rotary Clubs of Rotary International District 3230 on "India: an e-Merging Superpower", he said he was not a votary of the term 'superpower\'. "India can\'t be a superpower and super poor at the same time," he quipped, lamenting over the country\'s deficiencies despite becoming economically very strong.

The Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram was categorical that no foreign policy would be efficacious unless it attended to the internal challenges of the nation. And India\'s foreign policy could be justified only if its security, prosperity and the well-being of the people were taken care of. "Our current economic prosperity should be balanced against poverty, poor infrastructure and power shortages." And there should be an earnest attempt to transform Indian villages.

Advocating a more pragmatic approach, he wanted India to maintain cordial relations with the countries that would invest in India and help the country meet challenges such as food security, which was assuming a very grave magnitude. "As food demands are exceeding our capacity, we may even have to acquire tracts of land in other countries to produce more," he added. Mr. Tharoor asserted that India\'s "biggest asset" was its 'soft power\'. Elaborating, he said that despite having military might the US lost in Vietnam. Had it remained only with its military power, it would have just remained a bully. But it had leveraged its 'soft power\' of attracting the people of other nations through its products including Hollywood. There was even a "conscious governmental effort in America to attract people from everywhere".

Mr. Tharoor cited Alliance Française of France, and Confucius Institutes and Beijing Olympics of China as excellent examples of a "conscious governmental effort" to attract foreigners.

At the same time, he admitted India did not have any meaningful government programme to attract people of other nations.

In spite of that, it was emerging on its own. For instance, Bollywood and Indian television had won acclaim and fans worldwide. Yoga clubs and Ayurveda units were proliferating abroad, and even Indian cuisine had become very popular in various parts of the world. He said culture could be very good instrument to improve national resources "but we don\'t leverage them enough".

India should free itself "not only of terrorism but also of the daily terror of poverty" by leveraging its 'soft power\', he concluded.

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Nation remembers Indira Gandhi on 27th death anniversary

New Delhi, October 31, 2011(Tehelkanews)

The country fondly remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 27th death anniversary on Monday with President Pratibha Patil leading the nation in paying rich tributes to the departed leader.

Ms. Patil paid floral tributes at Shakti Sthal, the memorial of Indira Gandhi, here this morning.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were also present on the occasion.

Delhi Lt. Governor Tejinder Khanna, Union Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh, Kamal Nath, K.V. Thomas, N. Narayana Swamy and Krishna Tirath and senior Congress leaders Motilal Vohra, Manishankar Aiyar were also present.

Devotional songs were played at the venue as the dignitaries sat at Shakti Sthal after paying tributes to the late leader. A speech by Indira Gandhi was also played on the occasion.

The former Prime Minister was assassinated by her bodyguards on October 31, 1984, the same year when she had launched 'Operation Blue Star' to crush secessionist movement in Punjab and sent troops into the Golden Temple of Amritsar.

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Willing to appear before JPC again on 2G scam: CAG

New Delhi, October 31, 2011(Tehelkanews)

Against the backdrop of dispute over the figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss in 2G spectrum allocation, CAG Vinod Rai has offered to appear before the JPC looking into the 2G scam once again.

Mr. Rai recently wrote to JPC offering to make himself along with his officials "available" whenever their "assistance" is sought.

Mr. Rai, along with other officials of the Comptroller and Auditor General, had appeared before the JPC on May 30 to brief the panel on CAG report on 2G spectrum allocation.

The CAG said that his officials have made "earnest effort" to supply the JPC with all the documents and records sought by it on the issue.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rai and his deputy Rehka Gupta will explain to Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday on how the CAG arrived at the Rs. 1.76 lakh crore figure.

R.P. Singh, former Director General of Audit (Post and Telecommunications), was the lead auditor in 2G spectrum allocation and had reportedly disputed the loss figure of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore. Mr. Singh had reportedly said the losses were to the tune of Rs. 2,645 crore only.

Singh, who has since retired, has been separately called as a witness before the PAC tomorrow.

In a letter to PAC, Singh has maintained that under RTI, information was sought by an applicant requiring copies of correspondence between him and office of the CAG.

"In this context, I am to state that I just complied with the RTI Act...I have not appeared for any interview to media, print or electronic..." he said.

He also forwarded the draft audit report and other related documents to the PAC.

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Amar Singh discharged from AIIMS

New Delhi, October 31, 2011(Tehelkanews)

Nearly a week after he was granted bail by the Delhi High Court in the cash-for-votes case on "humanitarian grounds," Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh was discharged from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.

Mr. Singh was admitted to the hospital six days after his arrest on September 6 by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for his alleged role in the cash-for-votes scam.

The hospital authorities told the court that he suffered from complications related to kidney transplant, diarrhoea, urinary tract infection, diabetes, dehydration and hypothyroid hypertension. A report from the AIIMS\' Nephrology Department stated that his creatinine level was above normal and for a kidney transplant patient, it required hospitalisation. Also, his heart beat rate had exceeded the normal range. Emerging out of the hospital in a wheelchair and accompanied by his close aide and actor-turned politician Jayaprada, Mr. Singh said he would seek permission from the court for treatment in Singapore, where he underwent kidney transplant in 2009.

Mr. Singh said he had developed a urinary tract infection and was yet to recover from it completely. "Doctors have asked me for a medical check-up on November 3, if necessary. My children are also down with viral fever."

Mr. Singh was taken to his Lodhi Estate residence in an ambulance, where he was welcomed by his relatives and supporters.

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Core committee will be revamped after new constitution: Hazare

Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra), October 31, 2011(Tehelkanews)

A day after Team Anna members said the core committee would not be disbanded, the leader of the anti-corruption movement declared that the panel would be 'revamped\' according to a new constitution.

Mr. Anna Hazare\'s statement on Sunday comes at a time when the movement is embroiled in controversies, besides facing demands from its members for the dissolution and overhaul of the core committee.

Team Anna members Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi met Mr. Hazare here and briefed him on Saturday\'s meeting in Ghaziabad.

While Team Anna continued to put up a united front, they agreed that the time had come for the movement to be 'consolidated\' through a process of selection.

"There will be a constitution for the movement in the future. It will be the basis for who will be part of the core committee [and] the working committee, and how the character of the members should be. There will be provisions to punish those members who commit mistakes," Mr. Hazare said in a written statement read out by Mr. Kejriwal. Mr. Hazare continues to be on a vow of silence (maun vrat).

The existing core committee will continue until the constitution is framed and thereafter it will be reconstituted, according to Mr. Hazare.

Asked why the need was felt for revamping the team, Ms. Bedi said: "The movement was formed with a sense of urgency, and it grew out of a necessity. That is what the situation demanded. It is now heading towards consolidation, through a process of selection."

However, Mr. Hazare said he did not "find it right" that some people were talking about disbanding the core committee. Member Kumar Vishwas had written to him demanding that it be terminated. Another member Medha Patkar had called for an "overhaul."

"Team Anna is very strong and no one can break it. There were talks about disbanding the core committee. I don\'t think it is right. If we flee the ground due to some small allegations, then people will lose faith in us, and it will not be good for the movement. We will fight this together, and we will remain united until the Jan Lokpal Bill is passed," Mr. Hazare said.

He said there were attempts to defame the movement and its members by the government and the Congress, but the movement continued to remain strong.

Bhushan\'s statement

As for Mr. Bhushan\'s statement on holding a plebiscite in Kashmir, Mr. Hazare said opinions of individual members on various issues of national interest should not be portrayed as those of Team Anna. "The movement has people from various walks of life, with different opinions on various issues."

On Congress leader Digvijay Singh\'s allegations that the movement was supported by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Mr. Kejriwal said there was no organisational support to it from the RSS. "There were all kinds of people who joined the movement, and they came as Indians. What is wrong if the RSS wants to join a movement against corruption?

Ms. Bedi added: "Aren\'t RSS people Indians?"

Winter session deadline

Reiterating his deadline for the government to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament, Mr. Hazare said the movement was not against any party. "As the Congress is heading the government at the Centre, they should fulfil their responsibility."

Mr. Hazare said he would tour the five poll-bound States along with team members if the Bill was not passed in the winter session.

He said the Congress was scared because of its defeat in the Hisar Lok Sabha by-election. "We know very well that the winning candidate does not stand for anti-corruption. But our campaign in Hisar was a way to show the government how people can express their anger if the Lokpal Bill is not passed in the winter session."

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LUDHIANA,30th October, 2011.

Two days workshop on "Quantitative Skills for Business Innovations" which was organized by the Post Graduate Department of Commerce and Business Innovations ended on Sunday i.e. 30th October, 2011. The workshop was organized for the benefit of the students of M.Com Business innovations to upgrade their quantitative skills to sharpen their ability to take quick decisions in their management career. In the second day, Dr. Gursharanjeet Singh Eminent Mathematical experts presented his views on functions and parabolas and also shared his experience about latest developments in the quantitative field in the light of development of information technology. Quantitative Expert Dupinder Gujral presented her views on Binomial theorem and its applications in business. The workshop was divided into two segments. The first segment, in the first segments students were involved in the use of quantitative models for decision making. They were given quantitative problems concerning the managerial decisions and were divided into groups to make presentations under the guidance of subject experts. In all eleven quality circles were formed to make presentations and students were evaluated by the experts. The second segment involved the discourses by the subject experts and discussion with the students regarding their practical problems. Both the external and internal faculty of the department was been engaged in conducting the workshop. While giving the details about the workshop, Principal of the College Mrs. Jasbir Kaur Makkar told that department of Business innovations is using modern methodology of teaching which include: workshops, seminars, and group discussion, lecture methods, discourses by the experts both from industry and academic field. Dr. Ashwani Bhalla, Programme Coordinator of the M.Com Business Innovations told that experience of organizing student's workshops on various technical and non-technical issues is giving fruitful results as the personality of the students is grooming day by day and their thought process is developing new ides which is helpful in developing the curriculum and intellectual capital. Dr. Bhalla told that in the coming weeks two more workshops on "Managerial Skills and Personality Development" and Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovations in Business will be organized.

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बाहर आया स्वान का दर्द, बोले एक जीत से जख्म नहीं भरते

कोलकाता (30/10/11)(Tehelkanews)

इंग्लैंड के कार्यवाहक टी-20 कप्तान ग्रीम स्वान ने भारत से एकमात्न ट्वेंटी-20 मैच जीतने के बाद कहा कि एक जीत से वनडे सीरीज की 0-5 की हार के जख्म नहीं भर सकते।स्वान ने मैच के बाद कहा, हमारे लिए यह काफी मुश्किल महीना रहा। हमने काफी खराब क्रिकेट का प्रदर्शन किया लेकिन इस टी-20 मैच में हम एक इकाई के रूप में खेले। स्टीवन फिन पूरे महीने हमारे लिए एक स्टार रहे। जब भी हमें विकेट की जरूरत थी उन्होंने सफलता दिलाई।कप्तान ने साथ ही कहा, लेकिन हम पांच वनडे में काफी खराब खेले और इस जीत से उन पराजयों के जख्म नहीं भर सकते।

अपनी अर्धशतकीय पारी से मैन आफ द मैच बने केविन पीटरसन ने कहा, हमने इस दौरे में भरपूर कोशिश की लेकिन वनडे में हमें कामयाबी नहीं मिली। हम उपमहाद्वीप में भविष्य में बेहतर प्रदर्शन करने की कोशिश करेंगे।
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जैसे ही उठायी अंपायर ने उंगली, भड़क उठे पीटरसन, फिर क्या..

कोलकाता (30/10/11)(Tehelkanews)

इंग्लैंड क्रिकेट टीम के बल्लेबाज केविन पीटरसन को कोलकाता में भारत के साथ खेले गए ट्वेंटी-20 मैच के दौरान अंतर्राष्ट्रीय क्रिकेट परिषद (आईसीसी) की आचार संहिता के लेवल एक के उल्लंघन के दोषी पाए जाने के कारण आधिकारिक रूप से फटकार लगाई गई।

वेबसाइट \'क्रिक इंफो डॉट कॉम\' के मुताबिक, भारत और इंग्लैंड के बीच एकमात्र ट्वेंटी-20 अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मैच शनिवार को कोलकाता के ईडन गार्डन मैदान पर खेला गया। पीटरसन को आईसीसी की आचार संहिता की धारा 2.1.3 के उल्लंघन का दोषी पाया गया जो अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मैच में अम्पायर के फैसले पर असहमति दिखाने सम्बंधी है।

मैदानी अम्पायर सुधीर असनानी, एस.रवि, तीसरे अम्पायर विनीत कुलकर्णी और चौथे अम्पायर के.श्रीनाथ ने पीटरसन को इसका दोषी पाया। यह वाकया उस समय हुआ जब सुरेश रैना की गेंद पर पीटरसन को पगबाधा आउट दिया गया। उल्लेखनीय है कि इस मुकाबले में पीटरसन ने 53 रन बनाए। इंग्लैंड ने इस मुकाबले को छह विकेट से अपने नाम किया।
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बिग बॉस में जमकर शुरू हुई फ्लर्टिंग, शोनाली-सिद्धार्थ में बढ़ी नजदीकियां!


\'बिग-बॉस\' के घर में रहने वाले लोगों ने अब आपस में फ्लर्टिंग शुरू कर दी है। फिलहाल तो इस समय सिद्धार्थ भारद्वाज कन्हैया बने हुए हैं। पहले पूल पार्टी के समय वे विदा समजादाई के साथ फ्लर्टिंग करते हुए दिखाई दिए थे और अब सोनाली नागरानी के साथ चोंच लड़ाते हुए दिखाई दे रहे हैं।ऐसा ही एक वाकया है दिवाली के दिन का, जब सुबह सोनाली अपने परिवार को याद करते हुए बहुत भावुक हो गई थीं।

इस समय सिद्धार्थ उन्हें धैर्य बंधाते हुए दिखाई दे रहे थे। सोनाली का मूड अच्छा करने के लिए वे उन्हें अपने सिली जोक्स भी सुना रहे थे। दूसरी तरफ लक्ष्मी यह सारा दृश्य देख रही थीं तो इसके बाद उन्होंने सोनाली का नाम लेकर सिद्धार्थ को काफी चिढ़ाया भी।\'बिग-बॉस\' के घर में यूं तो लव-स्टोरी शुरू होना कोई नई बात नहीं है। बस, यहां तो देखने वाली बात यह होती है कि कौन सी लव-स्टोरी कितने दिन तक चलती है।
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कुछ इस हालत में आखिर कहां देखे गए रणवीर-अनुष्का, क्या है माजरा!


फिल्म \'बैंड बाजा बारात\' की सुपरहिट जोड़ी अनुष्का शर्मा और रणवीर सिंह भले ही निजी जिंदगी में अब एक दूसरे के करीब न हों मगर उनके बीच की केमिस्ट्री आज भी जबरदस्त है|हाल ही में फिल्म फेयर मैगज़ीन के लिए कराये गए एक फोटोशूट में रणवीर और अनुष्का ने काफी रोमांटिक पोज दिए हैं|फोटोशूट में दोनों को काफी इंटिमेट पोज देते दिखाया गया और अनुष्का का लुक भी काफी बोल्ड है|उन्होंने बोल्ड दिखने के लिए अंग प्रदर्शन से परहेज नहीं किया है|अपनी बोल्ड अदाओं से वह रणवीर को रिझाने की कोशिश करती नजर आ रही हैं| वहीं एक तस्वीर में तो बेड पर लेते हुए भी नजर आए हैं| आप भी देखिए इस हॉट रोमांटिक फोटोशूट की तस्वीरें:
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Commonwealth vows to fight terror, piracy

Perth, October 30, 2011 (PTI)

The group of Commonwealth nations on Sunday collectively pledged to fight terrorism by preventing the use of their territories for terrorist acts or financing and also vowed to accelerate efforts to combat piracy and strengthening maritime security in the Indian Ocean.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, the 54-nation bloc committed to "unequivocally preventing the use of their territories for the support, incitement to violence or commission of terrorist acts".

They also agreed to work towards implementing the necessary legal framework for the suppression of terrorist financing, and preventing the raising and use of funds by terrorists, their front organisations, and transnational terrorist organisations.

They also committed to "accelerate efforts to conclude negotiations on a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism".

The heads of states of the bloc met here for a three-day meeting that ended today. India was represented by Vice-President Hamid Ansari.

Tackling Piracy

On the international security front, piracy was another issue that figured prominently in the communiqué as the group maintained their commitment to a stable and secure national and international environment.

Besides accelerating efforts to combat piracy and to strengthen maritime security, including through enhancing the capacity of coastal states, the communiqué also urged the international community to recognise that the menace of piracy in the Indian Ocean cannot be effectively tackled in the absence of political stability and security in Somalia.

It stressed for "concerted efforts towards strengthening the Transitional Federal Government and other state institutions, including the security sector".

It also called for encouraging the international community to mobilise additional funding for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as also combating proliferation and trafficking of illicit small arms and light weapons.

Other key issues

The Commonwealth leaders advocated the embracing of moderation as an important value to overcome all forms of extremism, as called for in the 'Global Movement of the Moderates' and improving legislation and capacity in tackling cyber crime and other cyber space security threats, including through the Commonwealth Internet Governance Forum's Cyber Crime Initiative.

The group also affirmed support to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and its Seventh Review Conference in December 2011 and pledged to continue tackling the root causes of conflict, including through the promotion of democracy, development and strong legitimate institutions.

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Israel, militants continue attacks for second day

GAZA CITY, October 30, 2011 (AP)

Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian militants launched retaliatory attacks on each other on Sunday and Egypt said that it had launched a failed bid to reach a ceasefire, following a day of deadly, escalated violence.

Nine militants and an Israeli civilian were killed on Saturday in a round of violence set off by a rocket attack earlier in the week. The exchange of fire continued overnight, with Palestinians firing 10 rockets fired into Israel in the early hours of the morning, and Israeli aircraft targeting six militant sites in Gaza, the military said.

Targets included three rocket-launching sites and a tunnel used by gunmen, an Israeli military statement said. Explosions were observed in several sites, it said, suggesting weapons sites were hit.

No casualties were reported by either side, but both sides braced for further attacks.

As a precautionary measure, Israeli officials closed schools in southern communities within 25 miles (40 kilometres) of Gaza, as well as Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba and several colleges, which were to have begun their academic year on Sunday, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Police brought in reinforcements from other areas of the country.

More than 1 million Israelis live within the range of rockets possessed by Gaza militants.

In Gaza, militants who had been emboldened to remove their masks and emerge from their hideouts following a high-profile prisoner swap with Israel earlier in the month disappeared from the streets again. And Hamas scaled back its police deployment, apparently afraid that police positions would be targeted by Israeli aircraft.

Egyptian officials meanwhile said that they had tried to arrange a ceasefire that would have gone into effect at 3. a.m. (0100 GMT), but did not win agreement from factions responsible for the attacks.

Egypt has long been involved in mediating between Israel and Gaza militants, who do not speak directly to each other.

Militants from Gaza's ruling Hamas movement are not believed to be involved in the attacks, which were claimed by smaller factions. But Israel holds Hamas ultimately responsible for all violence against it emanating from the territory.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Israel would step up its retaliatory attacks if necessary, but in the meantime, defence officials said, Israel is holding back in an effort to keep the violence from escalating further.

The defence officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss military operations.

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29 killed in China coal mine gas explosion

Beijing, October 30, 2011 (AP)

A gas explosion rocked a state-owned coal mine in central China\'s Hunan province, killing 29 workers in the latest in a slew of such accidents in the country.

A total of 35 miners were working in the Xialiuchong Coal Mine in Hengyang city when the mishap happened around 6 pm last evening. Six of the miners had been rescued and admitted to hospital, according to authorities.

The death toll reached 29 after rescuers located the body of a trapped worker, the official Xinhua news agency reported today.

Family members and other relatives of the coal mine workers, who were anxiously waiting at the site during the rescue operation, burst into tears after hearing the news of the death of 29 miners.

Luo Lin, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, and Xu Shousheng, Governor of Hunan Province, were involved in directing the rescue operation till this morning.

Xialiuchong Coal Mine, a 40-year-old mining enterprise located in Changjiang township in Hengshan county, is a legally-operating mine with more than 160 miners, according to Xinhua.

This was the second mine accident in the last three days that resulted in casualties due to gas burst.

Seven miners were killed and 11 others were missing after a gas outburst hit a coal mine in central China\'s Henan Province on October 27.

A spokesman with the provincial work safety authorities said the gas rush had happened shortly after the midnight, when 18 workers were operating underground at the Jiulishan Coal Mine in Jiaozuo.

Coal mine accidents continue to take place almost every week in energy-hungry China despite measures initiated by the government to increase the safety.

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Chaos over Qantas flight suspension

CANBERRA, October 30, 2011 (AP)

Tens of thousands of stranded Qantas Airways passengers worldwide scrambled to get to their destinations on Sunday after the airline abruptly grounded its global fleet over a dispute with striking workers. Australia's government sought a court order to force the flagship carrier's planes back in the air.

Australian officials expressed frustration over the sudden action by the world's 10th largest airline and asked an emergency arbitration hearing to order Qantas to fly in Australia's economic interests.

"It's not our place to start allocating responsibility, but what I also know is there is a better way to resolve these matters ... than locking your customers out," Australian Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten told reporters ahead of the arbitration hearing in the southern city of Melbourne. "We want more common sense than that."

About 70,000 passengers fly Qantas each day, and they were stuck in airports around the world trying to make alternate arrangements after Qantas announced Saturday that it had grounded all flights until unions reach an agreement with the company.

Qantas already had reduced and rescheduled flights for weeks after union workers struck and refused to work overtime out of worries a restructuring plan would move some of Qantas' 35,000 jobs overseas.

German tourist Michael Messmann was trying to find a way home from Singapore on Sunday. He and his wife spent five weeks travelling around Australia but found their connecting flight home to Frankfurt suddenly cancelled.

"I don't know the details of the dispute, but it seems like a severe reaction by the airline to shut down all their flights. That seems a bit extreme," said Messmann, 68. "After five weeks of travelling, we just want to go home."

Australian business traveller Graeme Yeatman, however, sided with the airline even though he was also trying to find a new flight home to Sydney on Sunday after his flight was cancelled.

"I think the unions have too much power over Qantas. Even though this is an inconvenience for me, I'm glad the airline is drawing a line in the sand," said Yeatman, 41.

A court heard testimony Sunday in an emergency arbitration hearing called by the government.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the airline could be flying again within hours if the three arbitration judges rule to permanently terminate the grounding and the unions' strike action.

The unions want the judges to rule for a suspension so that the strikes can be resumed if their negotiations with the airline fail.

In testimony to the court Sunday, Qantas executive Lyell Strambi said that suspending the staff lockout for three months could endanger aircraft safety.

He said crews could be distracted or angered by the risk to their future earnings of another lockout, which could cause fatigue and degrade personal performance.

"That could lead to conflicts in the cockpit an array of things," Strambi told the tribunal.

"Action is suspended for a period of time, but the threat of action doesn't go away," Strambi said. "The genie is out of the bottle."

Planes in the air continued to their destinations when the grounding was announced, and at least one taxiing flight stopped on the runway, a passenger said. Among the stranded passengers are 17 world leaders attending a Commonwealth summit in the western Australian city of Perth.

When the grounding was announced, 36 international and 28 domestic Australian flights were in the air, the airline said.

Qantas said 108 airplanes were being grounded at 22 airports, but did not say how many flights were involved.

The lockout was expected to have little impact in the United States. Only about 1,000 people fly daily between the U.S. and Australia, said aviation consultant Michael Boyd.

Booked passengers were being rescheduled on a 24-hour basis, with Qantas handling any costs in transferring bookings to other airlines, said Woodward, the Qantas spokesman.

Bookings already had collapsed after unions warned travelers to fly other airlines through the busy Christmas-New Year period.

Mr. Joyce told a news conference in Sydney that the unions' actions had created a crisis for Qantas.

"They are trashing our strategy and our brand," Mr. Joyce said. "They are deliberately destabilizing the company, and there is no end in sight."

Union leaders criticized the action as extreme. Qantas is among the most profitable airlines in the world, but Mr. Joyce estimated that the grounding would cost Qantas $20 million a day.

The grounding of the largest of Australia's four national domestic airlines will take a major economic toll and could disrupt the national Parliament, due to resume in Canberra on Tuesday after a two-week recess. Qantas' budget subsidiary Jetstar continues to fly.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said her government would help the Commonwealth leaders fly home after 17 were due to fly out of Perth on Qantas planes over the next couple of days.

"They took it in good spirits when I briefed them about it," Ms. Gillard told reporters.

British tourist Chris Crulley, 25, said the pilot on his Qantas flight informed passengers while taxiing down a Sydney runway that he had to return to the terminal "to take an important phone call." The flight was then grounded.

"We're all set for the flight and settled in and the next thing I'm stunned. We're getting back off the plane," the firefighter told The Associated Press from Sydney Airport by phone.

Crulley was happy to be heading home to Newcastle after a five-week vacation when his flight was interrupted. "I've got to get back to the other side of the world by Wednesday for work. It's a nightmare," he said.

Qantas offered him up to 350 Australian dollars ($375) a day for food and accommodation, but Crulley expected to struggle to find a hotel at short notice in Sydney on a Saturday night.

Ms. Gillard said her center-left government, which is affiliated with the trade union movement, had "taken a rare decision" to seek an end to the strike action out of necessity.

"I believe it is warranted in the circumstances we now face with Qantas ... circumstances with this industrial dispute that could have implications for our national economy," Ms. Gillard said.

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese described the grounding as "disappointing" and "extraordinary." Albanese was angry that Qantas gave him only three hours' notice.

All 108 aircraft will be grounded until unions representing pilots, mechanics, baggage handlers and caterers reach agreements with Qantas over pay and conditions, Mr. Joyce said.

"We are locking out until the unions withdraw their extreme claim and reach agreement with us," the chief executive said, referring to shutting staff out of their work stations. Staff will not be paid starting Monday.

"This is a crisis for Qantas. If the action continues as the unions have promised, we will have no choice but to close down Qantas part by part," Mr. Joyce said.

Richard Woodward, vice president of the pilots' union, accused Qantas of "holding a knife to the nation's throat" and said Mr. Joyce had "gone mad."

Steve Purvinas, federal secretary of the mechanics' union, described the grounding as "an extreme measure."

Long-haul budget airline AirAsia tried stepping into the void with what it called "rescue fares" for Qantas passengers. The offer was valid for ticket-holders flying within 48 hours to AirAsia destinations, the airline said.

Malaysia—based AirAsia flies to three Australian destinations, as well as New Zealand.

Qantas infuriated unions in August when it said it would improve its loss-making overseas business by creating an Asia—based airline with its own name and brand. The five-year restructure plan will cost 1,000 jobs.

Qantas also announced in August that it had more than doubled annual profit to AU$250 million, but warned that the business environment was too challenging to forecast earnings for the current fiscal year.

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Indo-Pak secretary level talks in November

New Delhi, October 30, 2011 (PTI)

India will again press for normalisation of trade with Pakistan when Commerce Secretaries of the two neighbouring countries meet here in the second week of November.

The Commerce Secretary-level talks are being held within two months of India-Pakistan trade ministers meeting, which reviewed the bilateral commercial engagement. Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma had hosted his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Amin Fahim in September.

\"Essentially, we will review the progress of the agenda set in Islamabad in April,\" a senior Commerce Ministry official said.

The two countries had resumed economic talks after a long gap in April and had drawn a roadmap for increasing the bilateral trade which has remained at a low level of $ 2.65 billion in 2010-11.

Pakistan Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood would be here for three days from November 14 for comprehensive discussions with his Indian counterpart Rahul Khullar, the official said.

The main roadblock in pushing the bilateral trade is the restrictions on imports of most of the Indian merchandise in Pakistan.

India has been pressing for an arrangement through which the neighbouring country opens trade with New Delhi on all but few items. This is what is followed by India, which allows imports of all Pakistani items excepting a small number of goods in the negative list.

Like in past, India will build further pressure on Pakistan to agree for the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) treatment for New Delhi.

There is a concern among Pakistani Industry that the Indian exporters may flood the neighbouring market with their merchandise once normal trade is allowed.

The feeling comes from imbalance in the bilateral trade against Pakistan.

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Kejriwal, Bhushan, Bedi reach Hazare’s village

Ralegan Siddhi, October 30, 2011 (PTI)

A day after Team Anna ruled out disbanding its core committee, key members Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal reached Anna Hazare's village in Maharashtra and are expected to apprise him about the deliberations.

The team members reached here this morning and are expected to brief Hazare about the discussions held at the meeting held at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh yesterday.

The anti-graft activist is on a vow of silence since October 16 and had stayed away from yesterday's meeting.

The Core Committee of Team Anna has ruled out disbanding itself, saying it will not be cowed down by government's "attempts to target its members".

This is going to be the first meeting the trio will be having with Mr. Hazare after they were enmeshed in allegations.

Mr. Kejriwal was accused of depositing donations for the Lokpal agitation in a trust run by him which does not have have members of Team Anna while Ms. Bedi faced attack for allegedly overcharging her hosts by inflating travel bills.

Mr. Bhushan was attacked by right-wing activists for advocating plebiscite in Kashmir. Mr. Hazare came out in public to denounce Mr. Bhushan's view while he had supported Ms. Bedi and Mr. Kejriwal, saying a "gang of four" in the ruling Congress had been behind the allegations.

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No let-up in pressure on Pakistan: India

NEW DELHI, October 29, 2011,

New Delhi\'s statement comes after Hillary\'s testimony before Senate panel

Indian diplomats have denied that there is any let-up in pressure on Pakistan to rein in the Lashkar-e-Taiba as a consequence of the uptick in relations between the two countries.

In a testimony at a congressional hearing on the U.S. policy on Pakistan and Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was reported to have hinted that her administration was refraining from exerting more pressure on Islamabad to shut down the proscribed terrorist group in the interests of encouraging the dialogue process.

But a senior Indian official told The Hindu on Saturday that New Delhi had made "no request for pressure to be eased in connection with the Lashkar-e-Taiba."

Though the U.S. continued to press for the prosecution of suspects involved in the 26/11 carnage, Ms. Clinton said, its policy "has to be carefully coordinated with Indian concerns." "As you know," she told the Senate\'s Foreign Affairs Committee, "India is trying to improve relations with Pakistan right now and there [are] actually some very productive discussions going on."

Ms. Clinton\'s remarks were made in the course of an exchange with congressman Ed Royce, who voiced fears that a fresh Lashkar attack could lead to an India-Pakistan confrontation, and asked if the administration would consider making action against the Lashkar "a condition in terms of that scorecard that, reportedly, we keep with Pakistan."

The Secretary of State said she did "not want to commit [herself] at this time to taking such a path because I think it\'s important that there be further consideration of all the implications."

Pakistani diplomats have long said they are committed to dismantling the Lashkar-e-Taiba\'s military capabilities, but argue that the country is in no position to engage in a frontal confrontation with the organisation\'s several thousand-strong cadre.

New Delhi-based diplomatic sources, however, said they were aware that India remained concerned at Pakistan\'s failure to prosecute at least seven suspects wanted for the 26/11 attacks, and its rejection of calls to take legal action against the top Lashkar leadership.

The sources, however, acknowledged that India had toned down its public statements on Pakistan\'s links with terrorist groups. India, they noted, had refrained from commenting on the alleged culpability of the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate in harbouring the slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, and made no statement on the reported involvement of a Pakistani Lashkar operative in last month\'s bombing at the Delhi High Court.

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Amar discharged from hospital

New Delhi, October 30, 2011 (PTI)

Former SP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, who was granted bail on medical grounds in the cash-for-vote scam, was today discharged from the AIIMS where he was undergoing treatment for over a month for kidney-related problems.

55-year-old Singh was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) following a rise in creatinine (marker of kidney function) level in his body.

Dr Sanjay Gupta, senior nephrologist with AIIMS, who was attending on Singh said, "He is fit to be discharged. We discharged him today morning."

The Rajya Sabha MP, who was arrested on September 6 in connection with with his alleged role in 2008 cash-for-vote scam, was given bail on humanitarian ground on October 24.

Singh was brought to AIIMS from Tihar Jail on the night of September 12 following complications related to post-renal transplant, diarrhoea, urinary tract infection, diabetes, dehydration and hypothyroid hypertension, Dr. Gupta said.

He had undergone a renal transplant in September 2009 and intestinal surgery 10 years ago.

Dr. Gupta said, "He is in proper condition. His condition is rather better now. His creatinine level was fluctuating when he was brought to us. Along with that he had other health complications.

"All renal transplant patients are on immunosuppresive medications (to prevent rejection of transplanted organs) which make them prone to infections.As a routine, any renal transplant patient showing more than 30 per cent acute rise in Creatinine needs admission for finding cause and managing the same. That is why he was admitted with us."

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Three Cong MLAs quit over delay in formation of Telangana

Hyderabad, October 30, 2011 (PTI)

In a setback to the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh, three party MLAs from Telangana region on Sunday quit the party in protest against the delay in formation of separate state.

T. Rajaiah from Station Ghanpur in Warangal district, Jupally Krishna Rao of Kollapur in Mahabubnagar district and Somarapu Satyanarayana from Ramagundam in Karimnagar district are likely to join Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) led by K Chandrasekhar Rao.

TRS is the most vocal among all votaries in favour of carving out the separate state from Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Satyanarayana, an Independent MLA, is an associate member of Congress in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.

The trio have already submitted resignations from their posts in support of the separate statehood demand.

"The very purpose of resigning from Congress is to build up pressure on the Congress high command and also on the ministers and MLAs of Congress in Telangana region," Mr. Krishna Rao told reporters in Hyderabad.

He hit out at the state ministers from Telangana region for not quitting their posts to mount pressure on the Congress high command.

Training his guns on Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Krishna Rao alleged that Reddy was trying to suppress the separate statehood agitation by filing false police cases against Telangana supporters.

"Unless we build up pressure on the Telangana public representatives and also on high command, the high command will not (take) an early decision. At the same time, the way the chief minister is terrorising, it is insulting the Telangana people. For that reason, we are quitting Congress," he said.

Mr. Krishna Rao claimed that several other Congress leaders are set to follow the suit.

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शाहरुख को ऐक्टिंग नहीं आती, हवाबाज है : ठाकरे

नई दिल्ली,(30/10/11)(Tehelkanews)

दीपावली पर रिलीज हुई शाहरुख खान की फिल्म रा-वन न सिर्फ बॉक्स ऑफिस पर संघर्ष कर रही है बल्कि अब नेताओं के निशाने पर आ गई है। शाहरुख पर पहला हमला शिवसेना प्रमुख बाल ठाकरे ने किया है।ठाकरे ने शाहरुख की फिल्म को खारिज करते हुए उन्हें स्वयंभू निशान-ए-पाकिस्तान कहा है। संपादकीय कौन है रा-वन में कहा गया है कि स्वयंभू निशान-ए-पाकिस्तान शाहरूख खान ने अपनी फिल्म के प्रोमोशन के लिए बहुत हवाबाजी की लेकिन उसकी रूपहली लंका में आग लग गई। लेकिन रा-वन के बहाने अमिताभ बच्चन को विवाद में फंसाने के लिए जो साजिश की गई वो निंदनीय है।

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Willing to appear before JPC again on 2G scam: CAG

New Delhi, October 30, 2011 (PTI)

Against the backdrop of dispute over the figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss in 2G spectrum allocation, CAG Vinod Rai has offered to appear before the JPC looking into the 2G scam once again.

Mr. Rai recently wrote to JPC offering to make himself along with his officials "available" whenever their "assistance" is sought.

Mr. Rai, along with other officials of the Comptroller and Auditor General, had appeared before the JPC on May 30 to brief the panel on CAG report on 2G spectrum allocation.

The CAG said that his officials have made "earnest effort" to supply the JPC with all the documents and records sought by it on the issue.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rai and his deputy Rehka Gupta will explain to Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday on how the CAG arrived at the Rs. 1.76 lakh crore figure.

R.P. Singh, former Director General of Audit (Post and Telecommunications), was the lead auditor in 2G spectrum allocation and had reportedly disputed the loss figure of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore. Mr. Singh had reportedly said the losses were to the tune of Rs. 2,645 crore only.

Singh, who has since retired, has been separately called as a witness before the PAC tomorrow.

In a letter to PAC, Singh has maintained that under RTI, information was sought by an applicant requiring copies of correspondence between him and office of the CAG.

"In this context, I am to state that I just complied with the RTI Act...I have not appeared for any interview to media, print or electronic..." he said.

He also forwarded the draft audit report and other related documents to the PAC.

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बेमौत मारे गए 29 बच्चे, अस्पताल ने बताया सामान्य सी बात



कोलकाता के बीसी रॉय अस्पताल में चार और शिशुओं के अलावा बर्दवान मेडिकल कॉलेज में भी 12 नवजातों की मृत्यु हो गई। इसके बाद वेस्ट बंगाल में मारे गए बच्चों की संख्या 29 हो गई है।शुक्रवार हुई मौतों के बाद बीसी रॉय अस्पताल में मृत शिशुओं की संख्या 17 पहुंच गई। गुरुवार को यह संख्या 13 थी। इतनी अधिक संख्या में शिशुओं के मारे जाने के बावजूद अधिकारियों ने इसे सामान्य करार दिया है।

बर्दवान मेडिकल कॉलेज और अस्पताल के उप अधीक्षक तापस कुमार ने कहा कि ये नवजात सामान्य से कम वजन होने के साथ-साथ पीलिया, इन्सेफलाइटिस और सेप्टीसिमिया से पीड़ित थे।– उन्होंने कहा कि डॉक्टरों ने उन्हें बचाने की पूरी कोशिश की। लेकिन इतनी बीमारियों से जूझ रहे बच्चों को बचाना काफी मुश्किल हो गया था। वहीं बीसी रॉय अस्पताल के अधीक्षक डी पाल ने कहा कि चार शिशुओं को गंभीर अवस्था में हमारे अस्पताल रेफर किया गया था जिन्हें नहीं बचाया जा सका। गौरतलब है कि स्वास्थ्य विभाग ने गुरुवार को बीसी रॉय अस्पताल को इस मामले में क्लीन चिट दे दी थी।

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यह ह्रदयविदारक दृश्य जिसने भी देखा, उसकी आंख से निकले आंसू


गोधरा के वेगनपुर गांव के पास बीते शुक्रवार को हुई एक सड़क दुर्घटना में 21 लोगों की मौत और 21 से ज्यादा घायल हुए थे। रविवार को 21 लोगों को एक साथ मुखाग्रि दी गई। यह हृद्यविदारक दृश्य जिसने भी देखा, रो पड़ा।बीते शुक्रवार को यह दुर्घटना ट्रक व ट्रैक्टर ट्रॉली के बीच सीधी टक्कर की वजह से हुई थी। ट्रॉली में सवार 40 से भी अधिक लोग यात्राधाम डाकोर से दर्शन करके लौट रहे थे। इसी बीच गोधरा के वेगनपुर गांव के पास रॉन्ग साइड से आ रहे एक तेज रफ्तार ट्रक ने ट्रैक्टर को टक्कर मार दी थी।टक्कर इतनी भयानक थी कि ट्रैक्टर-ट्रॉली में सवार 19 लोगों ने मौके पर ही दम तोड़ दिया था। दुर्घटना में अब तक 21 लोगों की मौत हो चुकी है, जबकि 21 से भी अधिक लोग अस्पताल में भर्ती हैं।

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\'महानायक\' की शान में जुड़े एक और \'हीरा\', बाला साहब ने कुछ यूं की मांग!


शिव सेना प्रमुख बाल ठाकरे ने शनिवार को मांग की कि बॉलीवुड अभिनेता अमिताभ बच्चन को देश के सर्वोच्च नागरिक सम्मान भारत रत्न से सम्मानित किया जाए।ठाकरे ने पार्टी के मुखपत्र \'सामना\' में लिखे सम्पादकीय में कहा है, \"अमिताभ बच्चन बॉलीवुड के अंतिम शहंशाह हैं। बहुत से देशों में लोग यह नहीं जानते कि भारत का राष्ट्रपति या प्रधानमंत्री कौन है लेकिन वे बच्चन को जानते हैं।\"उन्होंने कहा, \"वह भारत के असली रत्न हैं, जिन्होंने देश को बहुत ख्याति दिलाई। वह भारत रत्न के वास्तविक हकदार हैं।\"

ठाकरे ने अमिताभ की तारीफें करते हुए कहा कि कुछ समय पहले भारत रत्न से सम्मानित स्वर साम्राज्ञी लता मंगेशकर ने भी इस सम्मान के लिए अमिताभ के नाम का सुझाव दिया था।उन्होंने कहा कि अमिताभ भारत रत्न के उतने ही हकदार हैं जितने क्रिकेटर सचिन तेंदुलकर लेकिन केंद्र सरकार और कांग्रेस बच्चन व गांधी परिवार के तनावपूर्ण रिश्तों के चलते उनकी अनदेखी कर रही है।मुम्बई से कांग्रेस सांसद संजय निरूपम द्वारा यहां मराठी बनाम उत्तर भारतीय बहस को शुरू करने के बाद ठाकरे की इस टिप्पणी को महत्वपूर्ण माना जा रहा है।निरूपम ने 24 अक्टूबर को कहा था, \"हम मुम्बई पर बोझ नहीं हैं। यदि उत्तर भारतीय एक दिन का भी अवकाश ले लें तो व्यवहारिक रूप में मुम्बई की गति ठप्प हो जाएगी।\"
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चीन: नैतिकता का हवाला, \'बेहूदा शो\' बंद होंगे


समाज में पारंपरिक मूल्यों और नैतिकता को बढ़ावा देने के लिए चीन की सरकार ने अगले साल से कई \'एंटरटेनमेंट और रियलिटी\' कार्यक्रमों पर रोक लगाने की योजना बनाई है.ये योजना पिछले हफ़्ते कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी की एक बैठक के बाद बनी है जिसके तहत सामाजिक नैतिकता को बल देने पर सहमति बनी थी.चीन के टीवी चैनल ख़ासे लोकप्रिय हैं लेकिन जब वे अपना ख़ासा ध्यान एंटरटेनमेंट कार्यक्रमों पर केंद्रित करते हैं तो सरकार उनसे नाराज़ हो जाती है.बीजिंग में बीबीसी संवाददाता मार्टिन पेशेंस के अनुसार, \"इस मामले में नए आदेश रेडिया, फ़िल्म और टीवी विभाग की ओर से आए हैं और इनका मक़सद सामाजिक नैतिकता को बल देना है.\"

सुपर गर्ल कार्यक्रम बंद करायामार्टिन पेशेंस कहते हैं कि टॉक शो, टेलेंट शो, रियलिटी शो और सरकार के अनुसार \'बेहूदा रुझानों\' को बढ़ावा देने वाले कार्यक्रम को निशाना बनाया गया है.नए नियमों के अनुसार देश के 34 टीवी चैनलों पर \'पीक टाइम\' यानी उस समय जब सबसे अधिक लोग इन चैनलों को देखते हैं, केवल नौ ऐंटरटेनमेंट कार्यक्रम प्रसारित किए जाएँगे.पिछले महीने सरकार ने एक टीवी स्टेशन को ख़ासे लोकप्रिय टेलेंट शो - सुपर गर्ल - के प्रसारण को बंद करने का आदेश दिया था और कारण ये बताया गया था कि वह बहुत लंबा है.

लेकिन उस टीवी स्टेशन के एक कर्मचारी ने कहा कि सरकार इस बात से जलती है कि ऐसे कार्यक्रम इतने सफल और लोकप्रिय क्यों है.इस मामले में नए आदेश रेडिया, फ़िल्म और टीवी विभाग की ओर से आए हैं और इनका मक़सद सामाजिक नैतिकता को बल देना है. टॉक शो, टेलेंट शो, रियलिटी शो और सरकार के अनुसार \'बेहूदा रुझानों\' को बढ़ावा देने वाले कार्यक्रम को निशाना बनाया गया है\"
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दिग्विजय ने रामदेव को अन्ना से ज़्यादा ईमानदार बताया, गोविंदाचार्य का पलटवार

नई दिल्ली,(30/10/11)(Tehelkanews)

कांग्रेस महासचिव दिग्विजय सिंह ने अन्ना हजारे पर एक बार फिर हमला बोला है। दिग्विजय सिंह ने सोशल माइक्रो साइट ट्विटर पर टिप्पणी करते हुए कहा है कि राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ (आरएसएस) से रिश्तों को लेकर योग गुरु बाबा रामदेव गांधीवादी समाजसेवी अन्ना हजारे से ज़्यादा ईमानदार हैं। उन्होंने टिप्पणी की है, \'संघ से रिश्ते पर बाबा रामदेव ज़्यादा ईमानदार हैं। ये समझ में नहीं आता कि अन्ना क्यों इनकार कर रहे हैं?\'

इस बीच, बीजेपी के थिंक टैंक रहे दक्षिणपंथी विचारक के.एन. गोविंदाचार्य ने कांग्रेस के महासचिव दिग्विजय सिंह पर पलटवार करते हुए कहा है कि वह अन्ना हजारे के आंदोलन में उनका नाम लेकर राजनीति कर रहे हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि दिग्विजय सिंह के बयान को गंभीरता से लेने जरूरत नहीं है। गोविंदाचार्य ने यह टिप्पणी दिग्विजय सिंह के उस बयान के जवाब में की है, जिसमें उन्होंने कहा था कि अन्ना हजारे को अपने आंदोलन के पीछे छुपे तीन चेहरों-गोविंदाचार्य, अजीत डोभाल और गुरुमूर्ति को कोर कमिटी में शामिल करना चाहिए।

दिग्विजय सिंह अन्ना हजारे से यह मांग करते रहे हैं कि वह संघ से अपना रिश्ता स्वीकार करें। हालांकि, अन्ना हजारे यह कहते रहे हैं कि वे कभी भी संघ की शाखा में कभी नहीं गए हैं और उनका संघ से कोई लेनादेना नहीं है। दूसरी तरफ, बाबा रामदेव ने गांधीवादी अन्ना हजारे पर संघ से रिश्तों को लेकर देश से झूठ बोलने का आरोप लगाया है।

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