India

  • Low-cost laptops set to roll out
    NEW Delhi, june 9 (Agencies): Six years after it was conceived, the first lot of 10,000 laptops - the HRD ministry calls it low-cost access-cum-computing device - would be delivered to IIT-Rajasthan in late June, and over the next four months 90,000 more would be made available at Rs 2,200 apiece. Ministry officials said once the supply of one lakh devices is made, each state would be given 3,000 pieces. The Centre would subsidize 50% of the cost. Effectively, a student would have to p
  • ICICI Bank and NISM to offer 1 yr PGCSM programme
    Kohima, June 9 (MExN): National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM), an educational initiative undertaken by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), and ICICI Bank Limited, India’s largest private sector bank, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a specialised programme in “Post Graduate Certificate in Securities Markets” (PGCSM).The partnership represents a unique tie-up between industry and academia. The MoU was signed by Vishvesh G. Bh
  • Tsg DPDB informs on 13th Finance Commission
    Tuensang, June 8 (DIPR): The monthly meeting of Tuensang District Planning and Development Board for the month of June was held on June 6 under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner and Vice Chairman DP & DB, Y. L. Jami, IAS, Tuensang.Regarding the 13th Finance Commission, Deputy Commissioner directed all the Administrative Officer to mobilize all Village Council Chairman in their respective area/areas to open joint Bank Account with Deputy Commissioner in the SBI, Tuensang withi
  • HC rejects bail plea of Kanimozhi, Sharad
    New Delhi, June 8 (PTI): The Delhi High Court today dismissed the bail plea of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar, accused in the 2G spectrum case, saying there are prima facie evidences against them.  “There are certain prima facie evidences against the accused. Considering the complicity of the accused in the offence, the bail applications are dismissed,” Mr Justice Ajit Bharihoke said. Ms Kanimozhi’s mother Ms Rajathi Ammal and DM
  • Govt slams Ramdev for saying he’ll build an army
    Supporters watch as Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev who is on a hunger strike, sit at his ashram, near Haridwar, June 8. Ramdev and a Gandhian social activist staged twin hunger strikes Wednesday to demand the government take immediate steps to fight an entrenched culture of corruption that has plagued India for decades. (AP Photo) New Delhi, june 8 (Agencies):  Baba Ramdev’s remark that he will raise an army of 11,000 men and women who will be trained to attack if action
  • Godhra riots: IPS Bhatt to be cross examined
    Ahmedabad, june 8 (PTI): The Nanavati Commission, probing the 2002 riot cases, on Wednesday rejected application of IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, challenging his cross examination by other parties, including the state government. Commission, comprising retd Justices G T Nanavati and Akshay Nanavati, in its order said that Bhatt had no problem when he was cross examined by an NGO Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM), Central Relief Committee and the Congress Party.However, he developed reservations w
  • BJP attacks PM Manmohan and Sonia Gandhi, says government has lost balance
    NEW Delhi, june 8 (Agencies): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday accused the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of “having lost its balance” in dealing with Baba Ramdev. Speaking in Haridwar, she said neither Prime Minister Manmohan Singh nor Congress president Sonia Gandhi had visited those injured in the police action on Ramdev and his supporters at the Ramlila Ground in Delhi June 4 night.In Delhi, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain
  • India plans ‘major upgrade’ to prevent terror strikes from seas
    NEW Delhi, june 8 (Agencies): Terrorists trained like marine commandos to dive and slip through harbour protection systems could one day unleash havoc by planting underwater bombs or mines at a major port. This is no longer in the realm of fiction in the backdrop of the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai as well as last month’s Taliban attack on Mehran naval airbase in Karachi, both of which involved some training of the jihadis by Pakistani marine commandos. To tackle such threats,
  • Adani power synchronizes 2nd Supercritical power unit
    Kohima, June 7 (MExN): Adani Power Ltd, a subsidiary of Adani Enterprises – India’s leading integrated infrastructure conglomerate, on Monday announced a successful synchronization of its second supercritical unit of 660 megawatt (MW) at its state-of-the-art power plant in Mundra, in Kutch district of Gujarat, taking its total generation capacity to 2,640 MW. In a media release, Gautam Adani, Chairman Adani Group, said, “I am happy that our project team has been estab
  • Cong demands Sushma’s resignation
    BJP leader Sushma Swaraj dances to a patriotic song during the party’s ‘satyagrah’ against corruption at the Rajghat in New Delhi on Sunday night. NEW Delhi, june 7 (PTI): Congress today demanded the resignation of Opposition Leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj after visuals showing the top BJP leader dancing at Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi Rajghat sparked a controversy. “By dancing at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, Sushma Swaraj has not only insulted Gandh
  • Prime Minister asks Ministers to declare assets
    New Delhi, June 7 (PTI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked Ministers to declare their assets as also those of their spouses and dependents along with any business interests, as per the annual exercise. The Ministers have been asked to furnish the details by August 31 in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Ministers. “I have been directed by the Prime Minister to apprise you of the declarations required to be made by a member of the Union Council of Ministers in accordan
  • Indian Army probes reports of its UN peacekeepers fathering kids in Congo
    Chandigarh, June 7 (Agencies): An entire battalion of the Indian Army is in the dock after allegations in Congo that Indian peacekeepers fathered around a dozen children while posted there on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in 2008. Based on the allegations, the Army has ordered a Court of Inquiry against the 6th Sikh Battalion, which comprises 12 officers and 39 jawans. A UN probe into the matter had been inconclusive.The CoI is being conducted at Meerut, where the 9th Infantry
  • Sikh man in US punched by man who called him “Osama’s brother”
    NEW YORK, June 7 (PTI): In a “bias” attack, a Sikh man lost three of his teeth after being sucker-punched in a moving train in the US by a man, who accused him of being related to slain al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. Jiwan Singh, who came to America 30 years ago and is an employee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), was attacked on the US Memorial Day on May 30, The New York Daily News reported.“He was saying, ‘You are the brother of Osama,̶
  • No intention to quit Lokpal panel:Hazare team
    NEW Delhi, june 7 (PTI): A day after boycotting the meeting of Lokpal bill drafting committee, Anna Hazare-led team on Tuesday made it clear that they had no intention to quit the joint panel and hit out at HRD Minister Kapil Sibal for attacking them. Activist Arvind Kejriwal said civil society members will attend the next meeting and contended that if they leave the ten-member committee, it will have “no credibility” as it will only remain a government panel with five mini
  • Project “Axshaya” launched in Mkg
    Mokokchung, June 4 (MExN): A district level project “Axshaya”- the Global Fund to fight for AIDS, TB and Malaria and Round- 9 Project was formally launched at Mokokchung district. A press release received here stated that the project was launched by Dr. N. Bendang Jamir, Chief Medical Officer, Mokokchung on June 3 at District TB Centre organized by the Catholic Health Association of India in Collaboration with Development Association of Nagaland and RNTCP. Dr. Bendang said
  • No breakthrough in talks, Ramdav to go ahead with fast
    Renowned yoga guru Baba Ramdev reacts as he is surrounded by media personnel after a meeting with government representatives, a day ahead of his proposed fast against corruption, in New Delhi, June 3. Ramdev said that he will go ahead with his plan of fasting from Saturday June 4, 2011 to protest against corruption and what he says is the Indian government’s inaction in bringing back black money stashed abroad. (AP Photo)NEW Delhi, june 3 (PTI): Talks between Baba Ramdev and the
  • Jayalalithaa government scraps DMK’s pet projects
    CHENNAI, june 3 (agencies): Reversing the DMK regime’s pet projects, the Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu on Friday scrapped housing and insurance schemes named after M Karunanidhi and announced a probe into alleged irregularities in the construction of new assembly-cum-secretariat complex. Apparently targeting the Maran brothers, who own a media empire, the government also said it would nationalise the multi-crore rupees cable TV business, over which they have near monopoly
  • Par panel raps HM over arms policy
    New Delhi, june 3 (PTI): A Parliamentary committee has strongly criticised the Home Ministry for hurriedly implementing many new features of the existing arms policy without seeking its formal approval and violating a decades old practice. “The committee fails to understand as to why the Government had not felt it necessary to seek formal Parliamentary approval before enforcing various new features of the Policy, which included inter-alia amendments to the Arms Acts and the Arms
  • Tihar jail awaits how many more high profile?
    New Delhi, June 3 (Agencies): Never before in Indian history have so many powerful people been sent to jail on charges of corruption and denied bail week after week. On Monday last, Cineyug Films director Karim Morani became the latest high-profile accused in the 2G spectrum case to enter Tihar jail after his bail plea was rejected by a special CBI court.Till this case and the Commonwealth Games scam erupted and the courts were seized of the matter, the Kanimozhis and Kalmadis of India
  • CM BS Yeddy wins vote of confidence
    NEW Delhi, june 2 (Agencies): Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday proved his majority on the floor of the assembly and won his 4th trust vote, according to Times Now. The Yeddyurappa government won a trust vote in the assembly by 119 votes in favour and none against amid walkout by the Congress and boycott by the JDS. The opposition attacked the Karnataka speaker saying that he must vacate the chair for granting the chief minister a win in the vote.A decision that Yeddy