Gujjar/ Gurjar gets 5% and Brahmin, Rajput and other economically backward classes(EBC) gets 14% Reservation in Rajasthan

Governor S K Singh on Thursday signed the Rajasthan Reservation Bill-2008, ending the deadlock over the Gujjar quota issue, which had claimed over 70 lives in violent protests for the past two years. With this, the overall quota in government jobs in the state now stands at 69%. The Bill proposes 5% reservation for Gujjars and other three castes under the most backward category and another 14% reservation to EBCs (economically backward classes). The governor signed the Bill after the state cabinet reportedly made a suggestion that the stamp will resolve the issue for ever and also that the Bill was as per the agenda of Congress, which too had promised reservation to the economically weaker sections. The Bill had been passed by the state assembly in August last year during the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP regime and was awaiting the governor’s signature since then. “We welcome the governor’s decision,” Col Kirori Singh Bainsla, the convener of the Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, told TOI soon after the Bill was signed on Thursday. He said he was grateful to the government, chief minister Ashok Gehlot and also to former chief minister Vasundhara Raje. “Iam especially thankful to Vasundhara Raje as it was she who conceived the Bill,” he added.
Gehlot said Congress was never opposed to reservation for Gujjars and also for the economically weaker sections (EWCs). “In 2003, the government led by me had requested the NDA government at the Centre to make constitutional changes for quota on economic status basis, so we had at no point of time opposed the Bill,” the CM added. He said the governor took legal opinion on the issue and signed the Bill once he was satisfied. Leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje termed it a victory for BJP. “The Bill had been passed unanimously. Even after that the governor was not signing it citing some reason or the other. But all is well that ends well and I welcome the fact that the governor has signed the Bill ultimately,” Raje said. She added that the governor should have done it earlier, which could have averted uproarious scenes witnessed in the state assembly recently

Jaipur Rajmata Gayatri Devi passed away

Rajmata Gayatri Devi’s grandson Devraj Singh and his sister Lalitya Kumari will not only inherit her wealth — estimated at anything between Rs 750 and Rs 1,000 crore — but also that of their late father Jagat Singh, which had been a matter of raging dispute three years back. It is learnt that Gayatri Devi has left a will. the will will come up for execution soon. huge royal property dispute erupted in 2006 when the purported will of Jagat Singh barred his two children from inheriting his property. In this purported will Jagat Singh, who had married a Thai princess and later divorced her, apparently disinherited his two children. This, the two challenged in a Jaipur court. The purported will reportedly left all of Jagat Singh’s property to his mother, Gayatri Devi. In court, Gayatri Devi had claimed that through the will, Jagat Singh had made her the sole inheritor.
Jagat Singh, the only son of Gayatri Devi, had married Thai princess Rajawongse Priyanandana Rangsit. She had two children — Devraj and Lalitya — with him, but later the two divorced, and she shifted to Bangkok. Jagat Singh died in 1997. Rangsit in 2006 moved court, claiming that her children were the legal heirs of Jagat Singh’s estates and Gayatri Devi was trying to prevent them on the basis of a ‘forged will’, which made the Rajmata the sole inheritor.

New Nuclear Power plan for Rajasthan

The government has accorded approval for setting up nuclear power plants in Gujarat and Rajasthan with a combined generating capacity of 2,800 MW, parliament was informed Thursday. The plants will be located at Kakrapar in Gujarat and Rawatbhata in Rajasthan and will each have two units of 700 MW each, Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Prithviraj Chavan said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. Both sites are already home to nuclear power plants, with the one at Rawatbhata generating 740 MW of electricity and the one at Kakrapar generating 440 MW. 'Similarly, in principle approval has been accorded for sites at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu and Jaitapur in Maharashtra for setting up light water reactors through imports,' Chavan said. A nuclear power plant with four reactors of 1,000 MW each is currently being constructed at Kudankulam.

Gujjar may soon get 5% reservation in rajasthan

Gurjjar agitation continue in rajasthan for fourth day and finally gurjar leaders agree to talk with State government. After a round of talks with Gujjar leaders on Tuesday over the reservation Bill passed by the Vasundhara regime, the state government seems to be veering around to the idea of bringing another Bill for providing 5% quota to the community. Though there was no official word yet, home minister Shanti Dhariwal indicated as much when he met media persons after the meeting. Higher education minister Jitendra Singh is likely to call on governor S K Singh on Wednesday and apprise him about the possibility of a new Bill.
According to sources, the talks between a 51-member Gujjar delegation and the government was held in a cordial atmosphere. The government was represented by home minister Shanti Dhariwal, higher education minister Jitendra Singh, transport minister Brij Kishore Sharma and principal secretary home, S N Thanvi. During the talks, which went late into the night, the government cited complications in the Bill passed during the BJP regime in 2008. Apart from the reservation for Gujjars, the Bill had another 14% quota for the economically weaker sections, to which Congress objected. “The Bill passed during Vasundhara government is highly complicated and can’t be approved. There are several constitutional lapses in the Bill which the BJP leaders themselves should be aware of,” said chief minister Ashok Gehlot after the talks on Tuesday. So Gujjar may soon get 5% reservation in rajasthan but Bhrahman may oppose this decision, let see what will be outcome from talk.

Three BJP MLAs suspended from Rajasthan Assembly

Three BJP MLAs were suspended for one year for unruly behaviour in the assembly House. Speaker Deependra Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday suspended Gyan Dev Ahuja, Hem Singh Bhadana and Bhawani Singh Rajawat for one year. While BJP has decided to boycott all the parliamentary committees of the state assembly and also of the government. “We are going to boycott House committees and also the government functions until the suspensions are revoked,” said leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje. She said the action of the Speaker was unwarranted and should be revoked immediately.
The House had witnessed unprecedented scenes on Monday as the slogan-shouting Opposition members stormed the well of the House, throwing files and jumping over the tables of the support staff after the Speaker sought the help of marshals to run the House. There was pandemonium with BJP leaders demanding the Governor’s immediate approval of the special quota for Gujjars and the economically backward among forward castes that the Raje regime had cleared. Congress MLA Pratap Singh Khachariawas then demanded action against the Opposition MLAs for misbehaving with the Speaker and the watch and ward. Suspension passed by voice vote.

J&K CM Omar Abdullah quits on sex scandal issue

The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, resigned on Tuesday after an opposition lawmaker accused him of involvement in a sex scandal. An angry Abdullah denied the allegation but said he couldn't continue in office until the issue was resolved. The scandal, in which girls, some of them minors, were said to be supplied to politicians, bureaucrats, police officials, sparked weeks of violent protests across the Himalayan region in 2006 after it was uncovered. "I cannot work as the chief minister until my name is cleared. It is a blot on my character," the 38-year-old Abdullah, the troubled region's youngest chief minister, said.
The resignation came shortly after Muzaffar Hussain Baig, a leader of Kashmir's main opposition People's Democratic Party, said Abdullah was involved in the scandal in a speech in the state assembly. In 2006, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the country's federal police probing the sex scandal, arrested two former state ministers and lawmakers but later freed them on bail. The scandal is still under investigation by the authorities.

Bangladesh win ODI Series against west Indies

Bangladesh claimed their first one-day series success over a current test-playing nation with a three-wicket victory over West Indies to secure a 2-0 lead with one match remaining. The triumph adds to the successful tour of the Caribbean for the Tigers who have also enjoyed their first test series win overseas. Travis Dowlin struck his maiden international century as the weakened West Indies side racked up an impressive 274 for six in their 50 overs. Bangladesh had never chased down such a total in any of their previous 199 ODI games but once again skipper Shakib Al Hasan produced a match-winning performance. Al Hasan (65) and Mohammad Ashraful (64) put on 74 for the fourth wicket in just 10.3 overs - a partnership that turned the match in Bangladesh's direction.

2003 Mumbai twin blasts case: Three accused found guilty

A special POTA court on Monday convicted three persons of carrying out bomb blasts at the Gateway of India and the Zaveri Bazaar here on August 25, 2003, killing 52 people and injuring 184. This is the biggest judgment in a terror-related case since 100 people were convicted of the 1993 serial blasts two years ago. Judge M.R. Puranik announced that Haneef Sayyed (46) and his wife Fahmeeda (43) from Marol and Ashrat Ansari (32) from Juhu Galli would be sentenced on August 4. The three were held guilty of carrying out a bomb blast in a bus at Ghatkopar on July 28, 2003, which killed two people and injured 60, and of planting a bomb, which however did not explode, in a bus in the Santa Cruz Electronics Export Processing Zone.
They were convicted under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 427 (damaging property) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. They were also convicted under Sections 3 (damaging property) and 4 (damaging property by fire or explosive) of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act; Sections 3 (causing an explosion to endanger life) and 4 (making an explosive to endanger life) of the Explosive Substances Act; and Sections 5 and 9B (licence for the use of explosives) of the Explosives Act.

Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla agree to talk on reservation bill

Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla agreeing on Monday to talks with chief minister Ashok Gehlot, and with the CM willing to accept their demand for a 5% special quota, the chances of the community’s agitation taking an ugly turn have receded for now. But the Gujjars have not called off their agitation yet and are continuing with their “mahapadav” (grand siege) at Hindaun in Karauli district. Bainsla’s meeting with Gehlot on Tuesday at 5 pm has come as a major relief for the government as the issue may now be sorted out amicably, unlike in the previous two years when the agitators blocked road and rail traffic for more than a month and several were also killed in police firing.
The Gujjar leader had three days back ignored Gehlot’s request to meet him and had proceeded with his mahapadav call. He had met home minister Shanti Dhariwal and higher education minister Jitendra Singh. Being Gujjar by caste, Jitendra Singh is playing a crucial role in trying to broker peace. On Sunday, Gujjars led by Bainsla had given the state government 24 hours’ time to say whether the Governor would pass the Bill. Minutes after the deadline for the mahapadav ended at Pechla, a large number of Gujjars were planning to lay siege to Hinduan City. But Bainsla met senior officials of the district administration and agreed to talks to find an amicable solution. The decision to march towards Hindaun has also been postponed. The day began with Governor S K Singh calling on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. After the meeting, the Governor only said, “People in Rajasthan are peace loving. I do not anticipate any trouble.” He, however, refused to divulge what had transpired in the meeting with the Prime Minister. Sources said the Congress leadership also met in Delhi (some prominent MPs from Rajasthan were also present) to chalk out an action plan.

Economy slightly better; can grow 6.5%: RBI

The RBI today said it has ensured ample liquidity in the system through a series of rate cuts in the last 10 months, hinting that it may keep policy rates unchanged in its quarterly credit policy review tomorrow. The comfortable liquidity resulted in pick-up in economic activity, evident from the central bank revising growth forecast upwards to 6.5 per cent for FY’10 from the 5.7 per cent it had estimated in April. “Since mid-September 2008, the policy repo (overnight lending) rate has been reduced by 425 basis points, the reverse repo (borrowing) has been brought down by 275 basis points” resulting in liquidity injection of over Rs 5,61,700 crore, RBI said in its macro-economic report released a day ahead of its first quarterly credit policy review.
RBI noted that core infrastructure sector growth accelerated to 4.8 per cent in the first quarter against 3.5 per cent a year ago, led by growth in electricity, cement and coal, while industrial output rebounded sharply. Services sector too showed positive signs, with a surge in lead indicators such as railway freight and new mobile connections, besides improvement in tourist arrivals.

Heavy rain in Delhi/ NCR

The rain-starved national capital on Monday came to a crawl after heavy showers inundated many low-lying areas and affected vehicular movement and air traffic while at least 10 people were trapped when a wall collapsed due to the downpour. The uninterrupted showers resulted in water-logging and traffic snarls in many areas, including India Gate, ITO, R K Puram and localities in West Delhi and East Delhi. Rain gauges in the city measured 69 mm of rains from Sunday evening till 8:30 p.m. on Monday. The city received 29.4 mm of rains between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., a senior official at MeT Department said.
The central control room of MCD received complaints of water-logging from areas like Model Town, Azadpur, Munirka and Dwarka. Reports of falling of trees were also received from some areas while another wall collapsed in Jahangirpuri in west Delhi, the civic body said. while 10 killed, 9 injured in Noida wall collapse accident in NCR.

BSNL JTO 2009 Result

BSNL India Ltd recuitment of JTO (Junior Telecom Officer) answer key will be announced soon. BSNL JTO exam was conducted by BSNL india ltd. on Jun-21-2009. This JTO 2009 recuitment to recruit about 3945 post. Result will be available soon here. For Resule Click here
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Gurjar Agitation in Rajasthan Continue, Governer agree

Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsla on Sunday issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the state government, asking it to clarify its stand on Gurjar reservation in state. He was addressing crowd of around 10,000 at Gurjar Mahapanchayat, later it was converted into Mahapadav near Hindaun City in Karauli at eastern rajasthan. Bainsala Said “We will stay here for the next 24 hours and in the meantime, the government has to make its stand clear. It’s either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ from them. After that we will decide on the future course of our agitation,”. “It is up to Ashok Gehlot to get the reservation Bill signed by the governor. A lot depend on this and we have given the government enough time to act,”. While gurjar leader said “Colonel saheb (Bainsla) would now only talk to the CM. We will not entertain any middlemen,”.
While Gehlot said that it agreed in principle for providing 5% reservation to Gujjar, Rebari, Bajare, Gadiya Luhar and other communities under ST category, but its implementation could be achieved only through legal and constitutional process. Gehlot issued a statement in the evening thanking the community for a peaceful mahapadav and invited Bainsla for talks once again. Gurjar reservation is pending at Governer SK Singh from last 6 Month. Today governer is also agree to sign the reservation bill so now gurjar may get reservation in state.

India will soon launch first nuke submarine

The Indian Navy will soon launch the indigenously-built nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant at the naval dockyard of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam. Prime Minister will arrive at the ENC's airbase INS Dega in Visakhapatnam by a special Indian Air Force plane along with his wife at 11 am and drive straight to the naval dockyard to commission INS Arihant into the sea. The launch of the submarine coincides with the Vijay Diwas -- marking India's triumph over Pakistani intruders in Kargil. With the launch of the submarine, India will join the exclusive club of United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom with similar capabilities. The ENC headquarters in Visakhapatnam has been decked up for this historic event, Navy sources said. INS Arihant has been built under the Advanced Technology Vessels Programme at a cost of $2.9 billion at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam.
India previously used a leased Russian-built nuclear submarine INS Chakra under then Captain R N Ganesh from January 1988 to January 1991. The ATV will give India the additional power of a nuclear weapon strike from the sea, apart from surface and air which it currently possesses.

10 Year to Kargil war, Nation pays tribute

Its all 10 year to kargil war; Nation and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday led the nation in paying homage to the martyrs of the Kargil war on its 10th anniversary. "I join the entire nation in paying homage to the martyrs of the Kargil war. They sacrificed their lives in defence of Indian unity and integrity," the Prime Minister wrote in the visitor's book at Amar Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi. "The best tribute we can pay to the gallant officers and jawans is to dedicate ourselves to the gigantic task of nation building and work steadfastly to protect the unity and integrity of our nation," he added.
This was the first time in the last five years of UPA government's rule that the political leadership has also participated in the Kargil war day celebrations. Singh was accompanied by Defence Minister AK Antony, Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Army Vice Chief Lieutenant General Noble Thamburaj and Air Force Vice Chief Air Marshal PK Barbora. Soon after the ceremony, the Prime Minister left for Vishakhapatnam where he will be launching the indigenously developed nuclear submarine INS Arihant for sea trials. To mark the tenth anniversary of the Operation Vijay, the Army is holding a series of events in the Kargil-Dras sector, which are being attended by the officers who took part in the war, gallantry award winners and their families and senior Army officials. "Army and Air Force personnel will be heli-dropped on the recaptured peaks, which will be lighted during the night and photo exhibition, beating retreat and felicitation of war awardees will be the highlights of the programme," Army officials said. As many as 533 jawans and officers had sacrificed their lives while re-capturing 13 hill points from Pakistani troops after they had sneaked into Indian posts and occupied the heights in 1999.

Gurjar Mahapanchayat on July 26, Govt to act in time

Gurjar or Gujjar Mahapanchayat is called on July 26 at Todabheem, near Karauli district in eastern Rajasthan. The Mahapanchayat has been called by Col Kirori Singh Bainsla, convener of the Gujjar Arkashan Sagangharsh Samiti (GASS), spreadheading the Gujjar agitation for the past three years, which saw the killing of about 80 persons in police firing, this time Govt have to act in time and take some tought decision in time. The revival of Gujjar agitation for reservation on Friday rocked the State Assembly on Friday forcing Speaker Deepender Singh Shekhawatat, amidst pandemonium and uproarious scenes to adjourn the House thrice, before finally adjourning it for the day. Members of the main Opposition BJP, continue to sit in the well of the House till evening even after the adjournment, to press the Governor to impress upon the Government to give its nod to the Bill, unanimously passed by the House during the BJP Government which provided five per cent reservation to the community on the basis of its economic backwardness.
State government’s effort to make peace with the agitating Gujjars demanding reservation received a major setback as the meeting between Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla and chief minister Ashok Gehlot could not happen on Friday. Led by Leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje, BJP MLAs on Friday submitted a memorandum to governor’s secretary in Bainsla’s absence demanding the approval of reservation Bill. Gehlot said Bainsla had been misled by BJP who forced him not to find a solution to the reservation issue. “If there is any bloodshed in the name of reservation, the leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje and the BJP state unit chief Arun Chaturvedi would be held responsible. The BJP should either direct Bainsla to hold talks with the government or stop him to lead another agitation. A Bill on Rajasthan SC/ST/OBC, Gujjar, EBC reservation passed by Vasundhara Raje government was still pending with the governor. Both parties are playing vote bank game and no one want clear solution in reservation issue and this time if government will watch the drama, people will loose life in this clash.

Ban all wheat and rice exports - Pawar

Indian govt finally acting tough on possible drought situation after low mansson in country. As contingent measures to deal with the deficient rainfall, the Centre on Friday said it will stop all exports of non-Basmati rice and wheat, and bear half of the subsidy on diesel offered to farmers by the states. These decisions were announced by Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in the Rajya Sabha, a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his cabinet colleagues were briefed on the monsoon situation and Kharif sowing. Pawar said, "Stock position is quite comfortable. We have sufficient stock position for 13 months in our kitty".
While Pawar was worried over runaway rise in prices of Arhar dal to Rs 95-100 a kg, he said "this will be a temporary phenomenon". A financial support for states is under consideration to help in this regard. Elaborating the measures to tide over the situation, Pawar said exports of non-Basmati rice and wheat which was allowed through diplomatic channel would be completely banned. "We are going to stop it. We will take the financial burden," he said, replying to a Calling Attention Notice. He said Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Haryana, Assam, Manipur and parts of some other states are likely to be affected by the deficient rainfall.

Sourav Ganguly elected Captain of KKR in IPL Season 3

Sourav Ganguly is finally elected as Captain of KKR in IPL Season 3. Former captain Brendon McCullum decided to opt for national duty over cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), former India captain Sourav Ganguly will again take charge of the struggling Kolkata outfit for the IPL season three. Sourav Ganguly led the side in the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League in 2008. But he was unceremoniously ousted by the KKR think-tank led by former coach John Buchanan just before the start of the second edition in 2009.
Six New Zealand cricketers including skipper Daniel Vettori and vice-captain Brendon McCullum have signed the new contracts for the 2009-10 season, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Friday. The players, who represent their respective teams in the lucrative Indian Premier League were given extra time to make a decision as their was a clash in the schedule of the IPL and the players’ national commitments. Other players to have signed the contract include Kyle Mills, Jesse Ryder, Jacob Oram and Ross Taylor. IPL’s third season will start from March next year will clash with the schedule of Australia’s tour of New Zealand.

Teej festival celebrated across india

Indian women are celebrating the Hindu festival of Teej with great devotion and fervor all across the country on Friday by fasting and praying for marital bliss, well-being of household and children. There is great enthusiasm among women in celebrating the “Sawan Festival”. It follows the Hindu ritual of fasting and feasting, applying beautiful henna designs on palms and wearing colorful bangles.
The festival of Teej is devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Married women pray to Goddess Parvati for the well being of their spouse. In India, there are many states that get together to celebrate Teej like – Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Bihar.

Srilanka beat Pakistan by 2-0 in test series

Srilanka beat Pakistan in 3 match test series by 2-0. In Third test match Kumar Sangakkara hit an unbeaten century to steer Sri Lanka to a draw in the final Test against Pakistan in Colombo on Friday and win his first series as captain. The left-hander made 130 not out as Sri Lanka, faced with a world record target of 492, defied the Pakistani bowlers to finish with 391-4 on the fifth day at the Sinhalese sports club. Sangakarra's 19th Test century featured a fourth-wicket stand of 122 with Thilan Samaraweera (73) and 114 for the unbroken fifth with Angelo Mathews (64 not out).
Sri Lanka clinched the series 2-0, their first at home against Pakistan after five unsuccessful attempts, and provided Sangakkara with a winning start as captain after he took over from Mahela Jayawardene in April. No team has achieved this high a target in the fourth innings to win a Test match. The highest successful chase so far is 418-7 by the West Indies against Australia in Antigua in 2003. The two teams went into the last session of the match with Sri Lanka needing 154 runs from a possible 38 overs to record a record-breaking win and Pakistan requiring six wickets. The hosts gave an indication they would prefer to settle for a draw when they made just 76 runs from 26 overs in the two hours after lunch. This was worst performance by Pakistan in recent time against srilanka.

Global film festival 2009 at Indore from 8th October

Global film festival 2009 will be held at Indore, Madhya Pradesh this year from from 8th to 15th of October. last year this festival was organized at Goa. The eight-day-long festival will showcase important films by national and international filmmakers and will also honour best actor and actresses for their good work in film industry. this was decided finally and a meeting in this regard was held in Bhopal in the presence of State's Culture and Public Relations Minister Laxmikant Sharma, Secretary Culture, Manoj Shrivastava and Film Federation of India's President, Jitendra Jain. He said that the festival will be organised in the city at par with international film festivals.
The state has number of prominent religious, tourism and natural spots where film making process can be encouraged, Sharma added. The Culture Secretary has already held a discussion with cinema halls and hotel owners in Indore in this regard and discussed modalities for showcasing the event, the sources added. this will be a good move for MP Government to show the rich culture and tourism of Madhyapradesh.

4 Engineering college student died at kota

In recent accident at Kota 4 Engineering student died at Bhanwar Kunj, a spot near the Chambal river on the Kota-Rawatbhata route. Eleven students from Presidency Engineering College in Ranpur, came to Bhanwar Kunj for a picnic. The area is a favourite picnic spot because of a rain-fed rivulet which falls into the Chambal. Ignoring warning signs, six students got into the water.
Accident happen at bhanwarkunj drain on Kota-Rawatbhata road. 4 bodies are recovered in morning by district, administration officials and army divers. One of the witnesses said the students were holding hands but one of them slipped and the rest fell into the water and were swept away. Some student managed to come out of the water but the other four fall in water.

Udaipur Dy SP suspended

The Rajasthan Government has sought explanation from Udaipur Superintendent of Police and suspended a Dy SP for delay in arrest of a British woman rape case convict despite directives from the Supreme Court. Home Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal said today that Deputy Superintendent Brijpal Soni, who was heading the special team constituted to re-arrest the convict, had been placed under suspension. Besides this, explanation had been sought from the district police chief and a new team of officials, headed by Zonal Inspector General of Police.
The convict --owner of a guest House--in Ambamata police station area in Udaipur was convicted by the fast track court last year for rape on a British woman. However, the Rajasthan High Court later ordered suspension of his sentense and granted him bail too. In appeal the apex court had ordered his re-arrest and directed the police in January this year, to arrest him soon. However, he could not be arrested so far and the Supreme Court on Monday made serious observations against the police.

Govt may act tough on "Sach ka Saamna" TV Show

Hours after a furore in the Rajya Sabha over the alleged “obscene content” of television game show Sach Ka Saamna, the government slapped a show-cause notice on broadcaster Star Plus — for “offending good taste and decency, (showing what is) not suitable for unrestricted public exhibition, and for obscenity in words”.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has called a meeting with broadcasters’ bodies Indian Broadcasting Federation and News Broadcasters Association at noon on Thursday to discuss the issue. Soni has so far favoured self-regulation over an imposed content code, but the ministry may now tell broadcasters clearly that failure to regulate content would leave the government with no option but to bring in a content code.

Cris Gayle and other players return to WI Team

West Indies cricket players returned to work on Tuesday under an agreement that saw former Commonwealth Secretary General Sir Shridath Ramphal, appointed mediator in their bitter pay dispute. One day after Bangladesh players completed a two-Test series sweep of the West Indies for their first overseas series triumph, West Indies players agreed to resume representing the region. Players have been fighting the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over pay but returned after the appointment of Ramphal at a meeting convened by Guyana's President, Bharrat Jagdeo, at the request of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).
Jagdeo is the current chairman of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom). “It was agreed that, in light of the mediation agreement the parties expect to lead to the resolution of outstanding issues, all the players will make themselves available for selection,” they said in a joint statement. WIPA and WICB have also agreed to each nominate a facilitator to assist Ramphal in his work. “The mediation team, with assistance from the Caricom secretariat, would begin work immediately,” they said in the statement.

Top tax payer in indian cricket, sachin top again

India’s star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar at the top in the tax payers list among Indian cricketers. For long, there has been talk of skipper MS Dhoni being the more sought after by the advertisers but if the amount of income tax paid is anything to go by, Sachin comfortably beats his teammates. While Dhoni is placed at the second spot, hard-hitting batsman Virender Sehwag is playing catch up at number three. Sachin, who has performed consistently with over Rs. 8 crore in tax money for the past three years is at the top spot while Rahul Dravid, who was third last year has dropped to fifth.

Sterlite Energy plans 1000 MW plant in Banswara Rajasthan

After a long time there is good news for rajasthan industry. After oil and gas plant in barmer by Cairns india and ONGC now UK-based Vedanta group is planning to set up a 1000 MW power plant in the state through its subsidiary Sterlite Energy Limited. As per news from times of india, Vedanta group chairman Anil Agarwal said, “We are doing a feasibility study to put up a 1000 MW power plant, possibly at Banswara. We have outlined an investment of up to Rs 5,000 crore and the project will be completed in three years’ time.”
This will be used for commercial purposes. Last week, Sterlite Industries, the Indian mining flagship of Vedanta Resources, had raised about Rs 7,200 crore ($1.5 billion) in ADRs to part finance its power generation plans and other planned capital expenditure programmes. Currently, the Udaipur-based Hindustan Zinc Ltd, another Vedanta group firm, produces about 500 MW power for captive use.

American Airlines apologizes to Kalam on frisking issue

America’s Continental Airlines has apologised for frisking former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam at the Delhi international airport three months ago. The airlines called the incident a misunderstanding/inconvenience after the government filed an FIR against it for allegedly breaching Indian aviation rules. "Our intention was never to offend Dr Kalam or the sentiments of the people of India. Continental Airlines takes great pride and is honoured to have flown a respectable leader such as Dr Kalam," said the statement. Kalam has refused to comment on the security check he was asked to undergo by Continental’s employees before taking a flight to Newark, US, on April 21.
Kalam was made to take off his shoes, hand over his belongings for scrutiny, and asked to wait before being frisked. Rajya Sabha MPs on Tuesday condemned the security check and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel called the incident “unpardonable”.

Longest solar eclipse in India

Country rose early to see the eclipse that was to begin at the earliest at 5:29 a.m. and end at 7:41 a.m. in India. It was to have been cleary visible in places like Surat, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi, Patna, Taregna near Patna, Daman, Darjeeling, Dibrugarh, Gangtok, Gaya, Itanagar, Ujjain and Vadodra. A partial eclipse was to have been visible in many other towns and cities. A total eclipse occurred when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, completely obscuring the sun. During the eclipse, totality is visible only from a narrow track on the surface of the earth. In the event however the solar eclipse could be watched clearly only over Varanasi, where thousands gathered along the Ganges.
In rajasthan, partial solar eclipse was expected but cloudy sky bar maximum cities of state. Some people at jaipur able to watch solar eclipse in cloudy sky.

One more killed at DMRC Site, third accident in Month

After recent accident at DMRC Site, one more killed today at DMRC Site. One man on Wednesday morning died when a beam fell on him at a Delhi Metro construction site in Punjabi Bagh in New Delhi, the third incident in two weeks involving the modern transport system in the national capital. The incident took place at 5.45 am at Ashoka Park in Punjabi Bagh area when the labourer was hit by a girder which was being lifted.
This is the third accident in the last two weeks at metro construction sites in the national capital which raises questions over safety at such sites. On July 12, six persons were killed and 15 others injured when a pillar at an under-construction Metro bridge collapsed near Lady Sri Ram College in South Delhi's Lajpat Nagar

Right to free and compulsory education bill passed by Rajya sabha

Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Right of Children to free and Compulsory Education Bill 2008 with minor amendments making it obligatory on the Government to ensure a system to make this a reality. The Constitutional Bill piloted by Human Resources Minister Kapil Sibal provides that ''every child from six to 14 years of age has a right to full time elementary education of satisfactory and equitable quality in a formal school that satisfies certain essential norms and standards''.
The Bill says free education will mean that no child especially from under-privileged classes pay any fees, charges or expenses which may prevent him from pursuing and completing his elementary education. The Bill also spells out duties and responsibilities of the Governments, Local Authorities, parents, schools and teachers in providing education for children ranging from six to 14 years of age.

Two killed in Army recruitment clash in Chandauli UP

Two was killed when applicants gathered for Army recruitment in Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh clashed with security personnel on Sunday. The casualty occurred when the latter fired at the job aspirants. While there is rumor that around 5 person killed in the clash. The State government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. It is alleged that trouble erupted when security personnel roughed up some applicants, following which they threw stones and bricks. Security personnel then opened fire to disperse them resulting in the death of one person. The government has asked the Defence Ministry that coordination with local authorities be sought for recruitment exercises in future, Mr. Singh said.

CCTV Cameras and JDA-BSNL row

The third eye of city for terror is now days down. BSNL takes rough step against JDA after JDA unable to pay charge on time for CCTV Cameras. CCTV Cameras are installed in Jaipur to enhance security in city by JDA. Area traffic control (ATC) project, under which 23 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras had been installed to monitor the traffic on the stretch between Khasa Kancothi Circle and Transport Nagar in the city, is lying completely defuncthese days. Reason is not too far to guess: The BSNL, which used to provide leased lines connecting these cameras for transfer of data, scrapped its services recently as JDA failed to pay the service charges to the networking company.
These cameras are used to handle terror and keeping an eye on the traffic movements and helping the police curb violation of traffic rules, the CCTVs were to provide information during terror attacks as they cover the main road along the most crowded markets in the city like Khasa Kothi Circle, MI Road, Ajmeri Gate and Ghat Gate. During investigations into the recent Mumbai and Delhi terror strikes, the CCTVs played a vital role in identifying some of the terrorists and provided evidences against them.

Longest Solar eclipse on 22nd July 2009

The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century on 22nd July as it will provide a rare opportunity to witness the grand event for the people in west, central, east and north-east India. A total eclipse occurs when the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon. The intensely bright disk of the Sun is replaced by the dark silhouette of the Moon, SPACE President C B Devgun said. During the total eclipse, totality is visible only from a narrow track on the surface of the Earth. The countries to witness the path of the Moon's umbral shadow are India and Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China.
In India, the shadow sweeps over the cities of Surat, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi and Patna. Travelling across Bhutan, the eclipse will be visible in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Burma(Myanmar), before reaching China at 06:35 IST, he said. China's largest city Shanghai will experience the total solar eclipse for five minutes, he said, adding across the East China Sea, the eclipse will sweep over Japan's Ryukyu Islands and Iwo Jima. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crosses Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality will be 6 min 38 sec.

Hillary Clinton will meet PM and Delhi University Students

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet PM Manmohan Singh and Foreign affairs minister S M Krishna on Monday, to discuss the entire range of bilateral issues. She will also meet the Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Leader of opposition L K Advani. Hillary said the networking of terrorists is a global threat and the problem requires a combined cohesive response from the world. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Pakistan is housing a syndicate of terrorism and Washington is watching the actions being taken by Islamabad against the scourge. Clinton, who is scheduled to meet the Indian leaders at New Delhi on Monday noted that she realises the syndicate of terrorism in Pakistan is troubling India, besides the US. Talking to reporters at Gurgoan in the outskirts of Delhi on Sunday, she expressed hope that perpetrators of Mumbai attacks will be brought to justice.
Before beginning her meeting with top Indian officials on the last leg of her India visit on Monday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address a select gathering of students and professors at Delhi University in the morning amidst tight security. Clinton will give a lecture at the Convention Hall in the Old Vice Regal Lodge in Delhi University in North Delhi in the morning. The seating capacity of the Convention Hall is around 700 and invites have been sent to some students to attend the lecture.

Rajasthan University, B.A Part III Result declared

Rajasthan University, B.A Part III Result declared.

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Class 8th DIET Banswara Result 2009 declared

Class 8th DIET Banswara Result 2009 declared today.

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Trouble in INLD, Four leaders join congress in Haryana

INLD led by former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala is in new trouble when four leaders, including one MLA and two former ministers, on Saturday quit the party and joined the ruling Congress in Haryana. INLD's deputy leader in the legislative assembly Sushil Kumar Indora, ex-ministers Muni Lal Ranga and Bahadur Singh and another leader Krishan Chand Karsa joined the Congress in the presence of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Welcoming them into the party fold, Hooda said all of them had joined the party unconditionally. All the four expressed their faith in the leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Hooda.
Earlier this week, senior INLD leader and former Haryana Finance Minister Sampat Singh quit the party and sources close to him said he was likely to join the Congress. Two-time MP Indora, apparently miffed over denial of party ticket for Sirsa Lok Sabha seat, also resigned from the state assembly. Indora, who was elected to the House from Ellenabad (SC) constituency, had quit and his resignation had been accepted by the Speaker, a Vidhan Sabha spokesman said.

Jagannath Pahadia appointed Governer of Haryana

Senior Congress leader Margaret Alva and former Rajasthan Governor Jagannath Pahadia were among four new Governors appointed by the Centre. Pahadia has been appointed as the Governor of Haryana, where assembly polls are due by early next year, in place of A R Kidwai. Pahadia, also a former union minister, had served as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan in early 1980s.
Some other changes are:
* Congress leader Devendra Nath Dwivedi was appointed as Governor of Gujarat.
* Governor of Jharkhand Syed Sibtey Razi was moved to Assam
* Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan was shifted to Ranchi.
* Alva will be the first woman Governor of Uttrakhand.
* Congress leader Iqbal Singh was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.

AICTE Member arrested by CBI in Bribe case

The CBI on Thursday swooped down on top officials of AICTE and has arrested a member secretary besides registering corruption cases against its Chairman and others. While Member Secretary, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) K Narayan Rao was arrested by the CBI here in national capital for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs five lakh for inspection and approval of an engineering college in Hyderabad, the agency has registered corruption cases against AICTE Chairman R A Yadav, Advisor H C Rai and Deputy Director Robinder Randhawa in a separate corruption case. He alleged that Regional officer of AICTE had demanded money for processing a case of increase in intake of seats of a Faridabad-based engineering college. The owner of the college brought the alleged illegal demand of the regional officer Sriom Dalal to the knowledge of AICTE Chairman, Advisor and Deputy Director, but no action was taken by them and Dalal allegedly continued to harass the owner for money.
In fact, it is more specific than whispers. Aravali Institute of Management is based in Jodhpur and when it didn't obtain AICTE approval (a bribe was demanded), it went public with its allegations. This was probably the first time anyone went public with an allegation and offered to tender evidence. The bribe demanded was Rs 5 lakhs. AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education), an authority to control the quality education in india. The recent case of taking bribes by some of AICTE officers vanish the whole image and faith in education system.

President's rule in Jharkhand extended for six more months

Parliament has approved extension of President's rule in Jharkhand by another six months with RS approving the measure after an assurance by the govt that assembly polls would be held there "at the earliest opportunity". Earlier Home MInister P Chidambaram had informed Lok Sabha that elections in the state should take soon. However, the Home Minister said practical difficulties in holding elections during monsoon in the state have to be taken into account. "I have to provide forces," he said.
“We will hold elections at the earliest opportunity. Whether the House is dissolved or kept in suspended animation, it is necessary to extend the President's rule", Home Minister P Chidambaram told the Upper House while replying to the discussion on the motion for extension of the Central rule. Holding the Centre responsible for political stalemate in Jharkhand, BJP and the Left parties on Friday demanded immediate dissolution of the state assembly and holding of fresh elections.

First Man who get Tata Nano - Raghunath Vichare

Tata Nano hit the roads on Friday with Mumbaikar Raghunath Vichare becoming the proud first owner of the world's cheapest car from the stable of Tatas. "I hope that the Tata Nano will bring motoring pleasure to those who will be buying their first car as also those who currently own a car but want a modern, contemporary and emission-friendly city car," Tata Motors Chairman Ratan Tata said after handing over the key of the first Nano to Vichare in Mumbai. Vichare has bought a Tata Nano LX (lunar silver), the top-end model. With Tata handing over the top-end model to Vichare, the delivery process of first one lakh cars have started, which would be completed by March next year.
Along with Vichare, Ashish Balakrishnan, an HDFC Bank employee, and Kores India also received their Tata Nano LX (sunshine yellow), and Tata Nano LX (lunar silver) respectively. Nano was commercially launched on 23rd March this year. It has received 2.06 lakh bookings. Tata Motors has already selected over 1.55 lakh customers for delivering the car, of which the first one lakh cars are price-protected.

PTET 2009 Counselling Notification

PTET 2009 Counselling Notification

RPET 2009 seat allotment for Out of Rajasthan candidates through AIEEE Rank

Rajasthan technical education announced the list of candidates who secured admission in rajasthan engineering colleges though AIEEE Rank. The Provisional Allotment of Out of Rajasthan candidates through AIEEE Rank is mentioned below.

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400 Luxury buses for Jaipur

There is one good news for jaipurites, Jaipur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL) finalized work order for buying 400 luxury buses. The Rs 120-crore order is bagged by Ashok Leyland. It includes 20 air-conditioned, lowfloor and semi-low floor buses. The work order has removed uncertainty over the implementation of the project. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot in his budget speech had indicated review of the project. Though the order has been placed now, BRTS operations are expected to begin by 2010. The bus manufacturers are said to have expressed their inability to deliver these busses quickly as a large number of orders have been placed by urban development departments of nearly 50 cities.
JCTSL officials are assured of an early commencement of the bus service. “The delivery of buses will be made in batches and accordingly they will be deployed. There are issues of availability but having placed the order in due time, we are hopeful that the service will be initiated by year end,” said a JCTSL official. The Union urban development ministry had earlier instructed the respective state urban development department of various states to finalise the bus purchase orders by June 30. However, owing to under supply, the deadline has been extended till December, 2009.

Rajasthan Assembly apology game finally end

The three day long apology drama finally end yesterday in the assembly with Leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje taking the lead to broker a truce. The proceedings had been stalled overome derogatory remarks made in the House. Assembly House opened with blame game on Thursday with both Congress and BJP MLAs trading charges and raising slogans. This forced Speaker Deependra Singh Shekhawat to adjourn the House within a few minutes. As the uproar continued, the House was adjourned for the second time almost immediately after the proceedings began again.
The House resumed again at 1:11 pm when Raje volunteered to read out her statement on the BJP’s decision to cooperate. However, as soon as she began to read her statement, Congress MLAs raised slogans against her and demanded an apology. Raje’s statement was tabled and the house adjourned in the next couple of minutes. “The ball is in their court. The BJP has agreed to cooperate to conduct the proceedings unconditionally. We do not want anybody’s apology. Swallowing an insult, I have taken this decision,” Raje told a press conference, soon after the third adjournment. While CM Ashok gehlot said “I don’t think any member of this House did anything deliberately. At times, things do go out of hand and MLAs make statements they don’t mean to. Keeping in mind that we are not leading a good example for the future, we have to ensure such things never happen again.”

First Tata Nano to First Customer TODAY

Five years after his promise to build a people's car, Ratan Tata will hand over the key of his dream project the Nano to its first customer today. From the birth of the dream in 2003, to its launch in 2008 and finally its delivery in 2009, the Nano's journey has been anything but smooth. The car, first showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo last year, was at the centre of much controversy as its proposed plant site in West Bengal became a rallying point for Mamata Banerjee and her party to gain political mileage. The controversy surrounding the site led Ratan Tata to abandon Singur and shift the Nano's production to Gujarat. But the overwhelming support for Tata's dream car was evident when the booking opened early this year. Despite the slowdown in the auto sector, the car attracted over 2.05 lakh bookings.
In the first lot over 1.55 lakh cars would be delivered and the first one lakh will be sold at the announcement price of Rs 1 lakh, making it the cheapest four-wheels in the world. Tata had earlier said that 'a promise is a promise' and keeping his promise he would hand over the first car tomorrow at the price-protected rate.

Hillary Clinton in India on 5-day visit today

Hillary clinton is today in india for her first visit to India as the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh as well as pay tributes to the martyrs of 26/11 terror attacks. On her maiden visit to India as the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton will arrive in Mumbai on Friday. The five-day visit by the former first lady of the US, is the first visit by a US Secretary of State to Mumbai in nine years, the last being by Madeleine Albright in 2000. On the eve of her maiden official visit to India, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the two sides would hold their "most wide-ranging" strategic dialogue ever and hoped to engage New Delhi on the "difficult issue" of global and regional regimes on WMD, particularly nuclear weapons.
"We are delighted that our two countries will be engaging in a very broad, comprehensive dialogue. It is the most wide-ranging that I think has ever been put on the table between India and the US," said Clinton, whose five-day India visit begins on Friday with Mumbai being her first stop-over. "It (the bilateral partnership) has six pillars to it, one of which, of course, is foreign policy, strategic challenges, along with, you know, other matters like health, and education, and agriculture and the economy," she said. Clinton has a packed schedule on Saturday, which includes a meeting with Indian business leaders and visit to a centre of the Self-Employed Women's Association.

Navy free 14 Hostages from Somali pirates

Indian and French Navies together ensured the safe release of 14 Indian hostages whose dhow (wooden ship) was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia. "The close coordination between the two Navies helped in freeing 14 crew members of an Indian dhow 'MV Nafeya' after it was hijacked by pirates off Boosasso near Somalia at 1100 hours on July 10 by seven pirates armed with RPGs and AK47s ," Indian Navy officers said in New Delhi. The dhow, registered in Porbandar, Gujarat and operating n UAE, was hijacked by the pirates after it had dropped cargo at a Somalian harbour and was proceeding towards Dubai.
After capturing the Indian dhow, officials said, the pirates attempted to hijack a Liberian tanker ship 'MV A Elephant' near Bab-el-Manbeb on July 13. "The attack was thwarted by a French warship belonging to the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), which was in the vicinity," officers said.

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Student Union demands Election in Rajasthan Universiy

Student unions from Rajasthan university protest demanding student union election in Rajasthan university which is ban from some years by University. Student union wings demonstrates on Wednesday, and demanded government intervention on the decision to hold students union elections. Protest rally was organised by Vishwaya Vidhyalaya Chatra Sangarsh committee (VVCS) and they marched from Rajasthan University gate (RU) to the Vidhan Sabha.
“We have submitted a memorandum to the higher education minister, Jitendra Singh and sought his intervention on the issue of union elections. The minister has assured to fulfil our demands, as promised in their manifesto,” Vijay Singh Choudhary, general secretary, VVCS. ABVP and other party leaders also organized protest for the university election.

Michael Jacksons Ghost appears on car bonnet

A ghostly image of Michael Jackson's face has been spotted on a car bonnet by a builder in Stafford. A builder from Stafford claims the King of Pop's face appeared in a photograph of his car bonnet, a day after the singer's death. Gary Sloggett, 43, says he only noticed the spooky image on his Rover 200 once the snaps were uploaded to his computer. It follows a report by US television network CNN in which a shadowy figure appears to walk past a doorway at the star's Neverland ranch in California. Michael Jackson died at his apartment in Los Angeles on June 26, aged 50.
Michael A builder was stunned when he discovered a ghostly image of Michael Jackson on his car bonnet. It appeared to show that the 'King of Pop' had made a swift ascent to the heavens after his death. 'It's quite extraordinary,' said Gary, of Stafford. 'The obvious explanation is that it seems to be some sort of cloud formation that just happened at the time.' 'But I've shown the picture to quite a few people and without prompting they all say: 'That's Jacko.'

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Flintoff announces Test retirement

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is to retire from Test cricket at the end of the Ashes series against Australia because of persistent injury problems, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday. The 31-year-old will continue to make himself available for one-day and Twenty20 fixtures, the ECB said. "My body has told me it's time to stop. Since 2005 I've had two years when I've done nothing but rehab from one injury or another," Flintoff said. "It's been something I've been thinking about for a while and I think this last problem I've had with my knee has confirmed to me that the time is now right."
Flintoff's participation in the second Test at Lord's, which starts on Thursday, remains in doubt after he suffered his latest injury in the first Test, when he bowled 35 overs. The Lancashire all-rounder had surgery for a torn meniscus in April, cutting short his time in the Indian Premier League. The news is a big blow to England as Flintoff is not only a key strike bowler and destructive batsman but a huge personality who lifts his team mates and the crowd. Australia captain Ricky Ponting said on Wednesday he thought it had been a risk using Flintoff as one of only three seamers in Cardiff but added: "He showed the galvanizing effect he can have on the second afternoon (in Cardiff), when his spell after lunch really got the crowd going." Flintoff made his England debut in 1998 and has played 76 Tests and 141 one-day internationals. He averages 31.69 in Tests and has taken 219 wickets.

Reliance Big Entertainment sign deal with steven Spielberg's Dreamworks

Anil Ambani's Reliance Big Entertainment and Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg on Wednesday announced $825-million funding for their Los Angeles-based production house Dreamworks Studios to make six films a year for global audiences. Ambani and Spielberg, in a joint global conference call from New York, said the movies produced by Dreamworks will be distributed by Walt Disney globally, while the exclusive rights for India will be with Reliance Big Entertainment. "Clearly, the outlay of $825 million is what we are aiming at in the next three years - $325 million will be in the form of equity, $150 million will come from Disney, while the rest will come from banks and others," Ambani said.
"There is no scaling up or scaling down of investment. We will begin with $825 million and this is the largest in recent times," said the Mumbai-based industrialist, whose aides had earlier indicated an investment outlay of as much as $1.5 billion for Dreamworks. Spielberg said he was looking forward to films produced by Dreamworks as also to visit India soon to meet with filmmakers, scriptwriters and actors to see how they can all collaborate.

Govt hikes DA for PSU and Central govt employee

The government on Wednesday announced a hike in dearness allowance(DA) of CPSE executives, giving them a minimum rise of Rs 4,634 in DA a month. The revision is applicable from July 1, the Department of Public Enterprises said in an office memorandum. Central Public Sector Enterprises executives holding board level post, below board level post and non-unionised supervisors will get benefit from the decision. Employees with basic pay of up to Rs 9,500 will now get DA at the rate of 105.4 per cent subject to a minimum of Rs 12,018 per month.
Those with a basic pay of up to Rs 3,500, the DA will be 210.8 per cent subject to a minimum of Rs 4,634. Employees with basic pay between Rs 3,500 and Rs 6,500, the DA is 158.1 per cent of their pay subject to minimum of Rs 7,378. DA will be 126.5 per cent for those whose pay is between Rs 6,500 and Rs 9,500. In this category, the minimum DA is Rs 10,277.

Kambli-sachin controversy, Kambli takes U turn

Vinod Kambli Tuesday denied making any remarks against Sachin Tendulkar after a media report claimed the former cricketer had, in a reality show, accused his childhood friend of letting him down when he was going through a rough patch in his career. Kambli also said he did not say anything against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). "I have not said anything against Sachin or BCCI. When you watch the show you will see what I have said," Kambli told reporters here. "Sachin is a very close friend and he knows that Vinod can never say such things. My family is shattered and so is his. I can understand what Sachin must have gone through if he has come to know of it. I can never say anything like this against him," Kambli said.
While in recent controversy a media report said that on a TV show that goes on air this week Kambli said that "Tendulkar did not lend a helping hand during my downward spiral." It also quoted the left-hander as reportedly saying: "I always felt discriminated against by the cricket board because of my caste and colour." This tv show "Sach ka samna" will start on Star Plus from 15 July 2009.

169 dead in plane crash in Iran

A Passenger aircraft crashed in northwestern Iran on Wednesday on its way to neighboring Armenia and all 168 people on board were killed as per Iranian media. "On board the plane there were 151 adults, 2 children and 15 crew members," said Caspian Airline's representative in Yerevan Arlen Davudyan told Reuters at Yerevan Airport. "15 or 16 minutes after take-off the plane fell near the Iranian city Qazvin about 150 kilometres north of Tehran," he said, adding it was a Tu-154 aircraft and that the cause of the crash was not clear and the black box had not yet been found.
The Caspian Airlines plane was carrying 153 passengers and 15 crew, Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for Iran's aviation organisation, told state television. The plane was travelling from Tehran to Yerevan in Armenia. Crying relatives gathered at Yerevan airport and on one wall a notice listed people who were on board. A senior Iranian provincial official, Sirous Saberi, said the aircraft had experienced technical problems and had tried to do an emergency landing. "Unfortunately the plane caught fire in the air and it crashed," he told semi-official Fars News Agency.

Objectionable remark rock Rajasthan assembly second day also

'Objectionable remarks' against Leader of the Opposition Vasundhara Raje and the wife of a Congress MLA during the general debate on budget on Monday, remained unresolved even as Opposition BJP stalled Question Hour proceeding for the second successive day. As soon as the House proceedings began at 1100 hrs today, unrelenting Kali Charan Saraf, Om Birla (both BJP) and many of their party colleagues stood up to press for demand of an apology from the ruling Congress for making personal remarks by its two members against the Leader of the Opposition.
The interruption from Opposition was protested by Pratap Singh Khachariyawas and others from the Treasury Benches. The pandemonium left Speaker Deependra Singh Shekhawat with no option but to adjourn the House for an hour within five minutes after resumption of today's sitting. the all issue raised on Monday when Minister of State Ashok Bairwa and ruling Congress member Raghu Sharma provocated by BJP member Bhawai Singh Rajawat's comments against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot over liquor policy and culture, made remarks against vasundhara Raje. Now both parties are looking for apology from each other.

ONGC will invest $729 mn in Rajasthan

ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corp.) Ltd will invest $730 million in a Cairn India block in Rajasthan, despite expecting negative returns, Petroleum Minister Murli Deora said Monday. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Deora said that ONGC’s board has not approved investment plans of Cairn India, but it has given approval to its 30 percent share of revised Field Development Plan for block RJ-ON-90/1 in Rajasthan. While the total capital expenditure is $2.4 billion, ONGC’s share will be $729.4 million. “Under the existing set of fiscal terms and conditions, ONGC has negative net present value for its investment in the revised FDP,” Deora said.
According to the reply, the main reason for the increase in cost was due to the increase in plateau production rate from 96,000 barrels of oil per day to 125,000 bpd, change in production method, update cost estimated and increase in service tax.

Sri Lanka win second test, lead series by 2-0

Sri Lanka clinched their first home series against Pakistan after the temperamental tourists suffered a spectacular collapse in the second Test in Colombo on Tuesday. Pakistan, sitting pretty at 285-1 just before lunch on the third day, crashed to 320 all out after the break to leave Sri Lanka a victory target of 171 for a decisive 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Sri Lanka cruised home by seven wickets with two days to spare, skipper Kumar Sangakkara leading the way with a fluent 46 after opener Malinda Warnapura made 54. Of the previous five series between the two nations on Sri Lankan soil, Pakistan had won three and drawn two, but the tourists had only themselves to blame for allowing the hosts to re-write history. Pakistan's meek surrender against the second new ball came after debutant opener Fawad Alam hit a superb 168 and shared a record stand of 200 for the second wicket with skipper Younus Khan (82).

Bangladesh won first test on foreign soil, beat WI by 95 runs

Bangladesh won its first ever test match on foreign soil, and only its second overall, by beating a weakened West Indies team by 95 runs on the fifth and final day at Arnos Vale. Off-spinner Mahmudullah, on debut, claimed 5-51 to help topple the West Indies for 181.
Score card:
Bangladesh First Innings: 238 all out off 88.2 overs (Mashrafe Mortaza 39, Mushfiqur Rahim 36; Kemar Roach 3-46).
West Indies First Innings: 307 all out off 95.1 overs (Omar Phillips 94, Dave Bernard 53, Darren Sammy 48; Mahmudullah 3-59, Rubel Hossain 3-76).
Bangladesh Second Innings: 321-5 off 105 overs (Tamim Iqbal 128, Junaid Siddique 78, Mushfiqur Rahim 37, Shakib-al-Hasan 30; Darren Sammy 5-70, Kemar Roach 3-67).
West Indies Second Innings: 181 all out off 70.1 overs (Dave Bernard 52 not out; Mahmudullah 5-51, Shakib-al-Hasan 3-39).

Heavy rain continue in Mumbai

Heavy rains continued to lash the financial capital for the third day today. However, there was no water logging and road and rail traffic was not disrupted. But trains were running 5-10 minutes behind the schedule on Central route. Flights were also delayed by a few minutes due to poor visibility at the airport. Rainfall recorded in the last 22 hours since 8.30 am yesterday was 240.1 mm, according to the weather office here.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea for the next 24 hours as the sea is rough to very rough with southwesterly to westerly waves, the Met office said. The weather office has forecasted frequent spells of rain or thundershowers with heavy to very heavy rain in parts of the city and suburbs. Strong gusty winds are also likely.

Indra Nooyi named CEO of the year 2009

Indra Nooyi, India-born chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, has been named 2009 CEO of the Year by the Global Supply Chain Leaders Group (GSCLG). Nooyi's key contributions include promoting and supporting socially responsible business practices, including taking on one of the planet's most pressing problems, climate change, the group announced Monday. Nooyi was also instrumental in the company's efforts to provide a wider portfolio of nutritious foods and beverages. Her commitment to global citizenship is evidenced by her multi-year growth strategy, "Performance with Purpose".
"I am honoured that PepsiCo has received this recognition from the GSCLG," said Nooyi. "This award is a testament to the dedication of our 198,000 associates around the world who work tirelessly to grow our business and act as ethical and responsible citizens of the world." The CEO of the Year Award recognises industry leaders who have made extraordinary contributions in the areas of responsible corporate citizenship, the combat against global warming, involvement in social causes and creating jobs in America in a globalised economy.

PM attended french day

India and France on Tuesday discussed cooperation in areas like atomic energy, defence and space as PM Manmohan Singh witnessed a "magnificent parade" as Chief Guest at the French National Day with President Nicolas Sarkozy. Singh, who became the first Indian leader to be the Chief Guest at the French celebrations, said this reflects the friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries and the cordial ties between their armed forces. "India is one of the greatest democracies of the world," Sarkozy said, adding India is a "major power" of the 21st century. "India's involvement is essential in all major global matters."
Their remarks follow an impressive military parade which was opened with a detachment of 400 soldiers from the three defence services of India, who were attired in ceremonial uniforms and marched to the soul stirring tunes of 'Saare Jahan Se Achchha'and 'Kadam Kadam Badhaye Jaa'. "The magnificent parade we have witnessed dramatises its strength and dynamism of this great nation," Singh said in after the event, which was held amid tight security and witnessed by Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni and other dignitaries.

Govt Employee should Fly only by Air India - Government

In an effort to shore up revenue streams for Air India, the finance ministry on Monday ordered all central government employees to fly only on the state-owned flag carrier for their official travel-both domestic and international. This is one of the steps the government is taking to lend confidence to a clutch of lenders the airline plans to tap for medium-term loans. Senior finance ministry officials said a revenue stream for the airline was better than leasing planes to augment its fleet, given the weak aviation market leasing would provide little comfort to the lenders.
The order states: "For travel to stations not connected by AI, officials may travel by AI to the point closest to their eventual destination, beyond which they may utilise the services of another airline, which should also preferably be an alliance partner of the national carrier." The order reverses the permission given to government employees to use private carriers, in December 2005. The fiat will also apply to officials in autonomous bodies funded by the government of India. Of the 10.9 million domestic passengers on all carriers in the April-June period, AI has ferried 1.91 million, or 17.5%, according to data released by the government on Monday.

One more accident at DMRC Site, 6 injured

A day after six people were killed and several others injured in a girder collapse at a Delhi Metro construction site, six more workers sustained injuries on Monday when a crane toppled over under its weight. The crane was being used to lift the launcher for clearing the site on the elevated Central Secretariat-Badarpur line at Jamrudpur in South Delhi. The accident occurred after the booms of two other cranes that were working in tandem with this crane snapped.The accident took place around 11.30 a.m. when operations were under way to remove the debris of a massive launching girder that had collapsed on Sunday. “The process is extremely tricky as it is being done in a very congested area and involves dismantling of a launching girder and a completed girder,” said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation chief spokesperson Anuj Dayal. Meanwhile DMRC Chief sridharan visited the accident place.

Udaipur voted world's best city in travel poll

Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East, was voted the world's best city for travelers in 2009 in an online poll by Travel + Leisure magazine, trumping last year's winner Bangkok. The island of Bali in Indonesia topped the Galapagos to be named best island in the annual poll, in which casual and laidback destinations prevailed.
Editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure Nancy Novogrod said this year's poll reflected changing travel interests in a challenging economy, with Udaipur, famous for its canals and palaces, a current tourist favourite for well-heeled Westerners. "Value, intimacy, service, and discovery are top priorities. As for that so-last-August-sounding word, luxury, it's all about enclaves that shelter stealth wealth," she said in a statement. Novogrod said dramatically sited outposts ranging from Jade Mountain in St. Lucia to San Ysidro Ranch in California featured highly this year.
Value ratings for a number of top-ranked cities – Udaipur, Cape Town, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Chiang Mai, and Luang Prabang – were sky-high while other far-flung cities also made a strong showing. However, favourites such as New York City, Florence, Rome, and San Francisco remained in the top 10 overall.

Delhi govt rejects Sreedharan's resignation

Delhi Government on Sunday night rejected the resignation of Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan, who quit the post taking moral responsibility for the death of six persons in an accident on its work site. Sheila Dikshit-led government rejected Sreedharan's resignation as it viewed that his continuation was necessary for successful completion of projects related to Delhi Metro ahead of the Commonwealth Games next year. Sreedharan, who turned 77 on 12th July 2009, announced his decision at a crowded press conference in New Delhi soon after his visit to the site of the collapse.
The accident took place at around 5 am when a pillar of the bridge gave in during some construction work near Lady Sriram College in South Delhi's Lajpat Nagar. Four labourers and a 28-year-old engineer of Gammon India, the contractor of the project, were killed in the mishap, the second such incident in nine months.

Former minister Devi singh Bhati quits BJP

Senior BJP legislator and former Minister Devi Singh Bhati, who had expressed his dissatisfaction over the appointment of Arun Chaturvedi as party Rajasthan unit president, has resigned from its primary membership. ''I had sent my resignation through fax to party President Rajnath Singh yesterday,'' Mr Bhati told newspersons today. However, he clarified that he was at present not contemplating to quit Assembly membership. Soon after the appointment of Mr Chaturvedi as BJP state president in place of Om Prakash Mathur on Thursday, Mr Bhati expressed his dismay and had said appointment of such ''a weak leader who is not even familiar with entire Rajasthan will weaken the party further'' and that he does not want to be a mute spectator to the same. He has claimed that more resignations are likely to come in protest against Mr Chaturvedi's appointment.

Former West Bengal CM Jyoti Basu admitted in Hospital

Former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu was on Sunday admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata following breathing problem and old age related complications. But the doctors attending to him said his condition is stable. Basu, 96, was driven in an ambulance to the AMRI hospital near his Salt Lake residence Indira Bhavan a little before noon after he spent a restless night. "Basu apparently lost consciousness twice in the morning. He has weakness and giddiness. But now he is more stable," the hospital's medical superintendent Debasish Sharma told IANS.
He has been admitted to the intensive cardiac care unit and a panel of doctors has been formed for his treatment, he said. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader was given oxygen on the way to the hospital but "now his oxygenation level is satisfactory", Sharma said. "He is now better," the veteran leader's son Chandan Basu told reporters.

First ashes test drawn by tailenders

England tailenders James Anderson and Monty Panesar denied Australian victory in the first Ashes Test with an heroic unbeaten last-wicket stand before an ecstatic capacity 16,000-strong crowd in Cardiff on Sunday. Victory seemed assured for the Australians when Paul Collingwood was dismissed for 74 after five hours 43 minutes of dogged resistance with England still needing six to make Australia bat again and a minimum 11.3 overs remaining. Australia captain Ricky Ponting put his faith in off-spinners Nathan Hauritz and Marcus North for the final overs after taking pace bowler Peter Siddle out of the attack. Anderson (21 not out) and Panesar (seven not out), playing resolutely straight, defied the bowling with the former negotiating the final over from Hauritz to tumultuous applause.
The day began brightly for Australia when Ben Hilfenhaus, bustling in from the River End, captured the wicket Australia prized most by knocking over Kevin Pietersen's off-stump in the fourth over of the day.

Delhi Metro bridge collapse: Sreedharan resigns as DMRC chief

Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan has announced his resignation owning moral responsibility for an accident at a construction site in Jamrudpur of south Delhi's Lajpat Nagar, which claimed five lives early on Sunday morning. Sreedharan, who turned 77 on 12th July 2009, announced his decision at a crowded press conference in New Delhi soon after his visit to the site of the collapse. "As the head of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, I take moral responsibility for the incident...So I have decided to resign and I have put in papers and I have sent it to Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit," he said. Asked whether his decision will delay the Metro projects which are scheduled to be completed before the Commonwealth Games, he said, "The views you are making may be correct but my personal conviction in this matter cannot be compromised."
Delhi Government said it was not for taking any hasty decision on the resignation of Sreedharan. Sreedharan took "full moral responsibility" of the incident which caused death of five persons, including an engineer and injured 15 others, in the second such incident in eight months. The accident took place as one of the pillars of the bridge gave in when a launcher was being erected close to Lady Sriram College in Dhamrudpur in Lajpat Nagar at around 5 am. Among the dead were four labourers and an engineer of Gammon India, the contractor for the project. The engineer has been identified as Anshuman while the names of the other deceased are yet to be released. The Delhi Metro attributed the accident to a "problem in the design" of the pillar. "We were trying to rectify it. There was a defect in the peer cap which caused the displacement," Dayal said. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit termed the incident as "unfortunate" and said a compensation package will be worked out in consultation with the Delhi Metro.

Michael Jackson was murdered for his 1 Bn pound fortune - Sister

Michael Jackson was murdered for his 1-billion-pound fortune, according to his heartbroken sister La Toya. In an exclusive interview, the former Playboy model, 53, said that she and the family are convinced her brother's apparent drugs overdose was "foul play" by a shadowy group out to get their hands on his 1-billion-pound fortune. “We don't think just one person was involved in the murder. It was a conspiracy to get Michael's money," News of the World quoted her as saying.
La Toya, the closest person to Michael from the whole tight-knit Jackson clan, said that she has vowed revenge on the people she claims murdered her brother Michael. "I know who did it and I won't rest until I nail them," she added. La Toya added: "Michael was murdered. And we don’t think just one person was involved. Rather, it was a conspiracy of people. I feel it was all about money. Michael was worth well over a billion in music publishing assets and somebody killed him for that. He was worth more dead than alive." La Toya's revelations come just two days after the chief of Los Angeles police admitted they were investigating the singer’s death as possible homicide.