HRD Panel will inspect IITR and IIM Rajasthan Sites after objections

After many objections raised by the management of the Indian Institute of Technology-Rajasthan (IIT-R) over the location chosen by the state government for the premier institute, a high-power committee of the union HRD ministry will visit the proposed IIT-R and IIM sites on October 8 and 9. Headed by ministry additional secretary Ashok Thakur, the committee will visit the locations suggested by the state government-constituted Vyas committee. The Vyas panel had identified Karwad, Jhipasni and Ghadav villages, some 22 km from Jodhpur town on Jodhpur-Nagaur NH-65, as location for IIT-R. The other members of the committee will be director, IIM-Ahmedabad, Dr SK Barua, acting chairman of AICTE, SS Mantha, higher education secretary, Rajasthan, Vipin Chandra, and IIT-R director PK Kalra.
Besides Jodhpur, the panel will visit Udaipur, where the state government had recommended the IIM. According to sources, the current management of the IIT-R has expressed reservations over its location at Jodhpur citing three reasons. First, the representatives of French government, who are the collaborators in setting up the IIT, were not happy with Jodhpur as its location. Secondly, there is no proper connectivity to Jodhpur from major cities of the country. Besides, the city has plenty of dust, which can hamper the proper functioning of the instruments and the labs.

Rajasthan Government granted benefits of the sixth pay commission to teachers

The Rajasthan Government has granted benefits of the sixth pay commission to teachers, librarians, physical education teachers in government colleges, universities and government aided educational institutions. A government proposal for the purpose was approved by the state cabinet at its meeting held here today. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot presided over the meeting at which several other vital decisions were taken. As per the proposal approved by the cabinet over 8000 teachers and other staff of the above institutions would get the revised pay scale' benefit with effect from January 2006 which would lead to additional financial burden of Rs 230 crore per year to the government. While the increased pay would be paid in cash with effect from October 2009, the arrears for the period between January 2006 and September 2009 would be deposited in the GPF account of the beneficiary in two installments, an official spokesman said. Besides, the cabinet had also approved proposal of effecting a hike in the salary for Chairman and members of the Rajasthan Human Rights Commission and the Rajasthan Public Service Commission(RPSC). Accordingly, the Human Right Commission Chairman would get a salary of Rs 90,000 instead of present Rs 30,000 per month while the commission members would now get Rs 80,000 per month. Likewise, the RPSC Chairman would get Rs 80,000 per month and members would get Rs 67,000 per month, the spokesman said.

13 Killed and Many injured in two accident at Hanumangarh

13 people were killed and 35 others injured in two road accidents in Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan overnight. Nine passengers were killed and 28 injured when the video coach in which they were travelling overturned after colliding with a truck near Rawatsar in the district early today while four persons were killed and seven injured when a jeep overturned near Pillibanga in the district last night. The ill-fated bus was heading to Hanumangarh from Jaipur when it collided with the truck between Rawatsar and Pallu around 0500hrs the police said. Seven passengers died on the spot while two injured succumbed later. The injured were admitted at hospitals in Rawatsar and Hanumangarh, the police added.

Bunker Roy from Tiloniya gets Robert Hill Award

Noted environmentalist and Barefoot College, Tilonia, Founder Director Bunker Roy has been conferred with the prestigious 2009 Robert Hill Award for his innovative barefoot approach to solar electrifying remote rural inaccessible villages all over the world. Roy is the first Indian to be recognised by the Global Solar Community at the 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Hamburg. The award was conferred upon him at the conference on September 25 last, a Barefoot College spokesperson said.
The barefoot teachers and engineers at Tilonia carry out this feat of imparting knowledge without using the written word. Instead, they use a combination of hands, sight and sounds and by identifying parts by the colour. The grandmothers trained in Tilonia now know how to fabricate charge controllers, invertors and solar lanterns and can carry out all major and minor repairs instantly. With this, the first technically and financially self-sufficient solar electrified villages have been set up in India, Bhutan, Africa and Afghanistan. The award has been instituted in memory of Professor Robert Hill (1937-99) who worked on many aspects of photovoltaics, including technical and policy issues. One of his most abiding passions was the appropriate use of photovoltaics to improve the quality of life, especially where access to electricity could transform prospects for health, comfort and prosperity.

Four Student suspended at Maharaja College Jaipur

Four Student suspended for indefinite time at Maharaja College Jaipur in recent raging case. College administration also suspended these students from gokhale Hostel of University. All the four students Rakesh, mukesh, sandeep and bhagirath belongs to BSC First year.

Microsoft released free computer security software

Microsoft on Tuesday released free software that people can use to protect computers against viruses, spyware and other malicious codes in arsenals of cyber criminals. Microsoft Security Essentials is available for download at and is built on technology that the global software giant uses in computer security programs it designs for businesses. "With Microsoft Security Essentials, consumers can get high-quality protection that is easy to get and easy to use, and it won't get in their way," said Amy Barzdukas, general manager for consumer security at Microsoft. "Consumers have told us that they want the protection of real-time security software but we know that too many are either unwilling or unable to pay for it, and so end up unprotected."
Microsoft hopes that the free software will be broadly adopted, particularly by those who have not been vigilant about protecting computers from hackers, and thereby "increase security across the entire Windows ecosystem." More than 90 percent of the computers worldwide run on Windows operating systems made by the US technology firm.

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14 bodies found, many others missing after boat capsizes in Khagaria, Bihar

Bodies of 14 persons, who drowned after an overcrowded country boat capsized at Baghmati in Bihar's Khagaria district have been fished out, even as many others were yet to be traced, police said. The bodies of 14 persons, including 7 minor girls and two women have been recovered, Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Neelmani said. The ADGP said the National Disaster Response Force personnel have been pressed into service to locate the bodies, he said. The boat carrying more than 50 people was returning from a fair on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami when it got caught in gusty wind and torrential rain in midstream and capsized. Five bodies were recovered from the spot last evening, while around 25 persons swam to safety.
Latest Update: Bodies of 26 people who drowned after two boats capsized in Bihar were recovered on Tuesday even as a search was on to trace around 50 missing people, police said. Eighteen people drowned and 45-50 others were missing when an overcrowded country boat, carrying over 100 people, capsized in the Bagmati river near Fultora ghat last evening, Superintendent of Police of Khagaria district, Indranand Mishra said

Grand Salute to Rashida Begum, who killed Lashkar Terrorist in J&K

A humble Muslim woman in a remote Jammu village slew a dreaded Lashkar terrorist single-handedly. Exhibiting astonishing, raw courage, Rashida Begum took on the two terrorists who had barged into her home late Sunday night in Thana Mandi village in Rajouri district. The woman, in her early forties, grabbed an axe and swung it wildly, killing one of the armed terrorists and injuring the other. Seeing his partner meet a bloody end, the other terrorist fled in sheer dread. Terrorists wanted to hold family hostage. Rashida Begum of Thana Mandi village in Rajouri district of Jammu killed a Lashkar terrorist who had barged into her home on Sunday. Seeing his partner meet a bloody end, the other terrorist fled. A Rajouri-based police officer said the two terrorists of LeT, the Pakistan-based group that carried out the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, had entered Noor Ahmad’s home around 9pm with the intention of holding the family hostage.
Police said the two also wanted information on some local targets that Noor and his family members refused to provide. Angered by the resistance, the two began beating them up, threatening to eliminate the family, when Noor’s wife, Rashida, took them by surprise, pouncing on one of them from behind. She brought down an axe in powerful blows, killing the terrorist on the spot. She then charged at his partner who, nonplussed, was trying to gather his wits.

Vijender Singh first Indian Boxer to becomes world's no 1

Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh has achieved yet another first for Indian boxing by becoming the world's top-ranked pugilist in the middle weight (75kg) category. The 23-year-old Bhiwani boxer, who won India's maiden World Championships medal in Milan earlier this month, has 2700 points and is ranked higher than the reigning champion Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan. Atoev, to whom Vijender lost in the World Championship semifinals, is third in the list with 2100 points and Olympic silver medallist Emilio Correa Bayeux (2500) of Cuba occupies the second spot in the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) list updated after the Milan event. "I am obviously elated at being ranked the highest in the world. It's a fantastic feeling and would motivate me to do better in future events," Vijender, who broke India's Olympic jinx with his bronze in the Beijing Olympics. Among the other Indians, former world youth champion Thokchom Nanao Singh has slipped three places to eighth with 1400 points in the light fly weight (48kg) category.

IDEA introduced 8058, a new number series in Rajasthan

First time in country today a new 10 digit no is introduced in rajasthan having start digit "8". IDEA numbers in Rajasthan will be of “8058” series. IDEA has introduced special introductory offers along with the new number series to make its world class mobile telephony services available to a larger number of people in Rajasthan. Mobile users in Rajasthan will be amongst the first in the country to get the new series of mobile numbers starting with ‘8’. IDEA Cellular will launch the new series of numbers on its network in Rajasthan on the auspicious occasion of ‘Ashtami’. For over 15 years, Indian mobile users have identified with numbers starting with ‘9’. With this launch, IDEA subscribers in Rajasthan will be the first owners of this special number series which will be available throughout its widespread retail network across the state. The ‘8’ number series is available for new connections in both pre paid and post paid category on the IDEA network.

Happy Dussehra | Happy Vijayadashami.

Wish you all a very happy Dussehra or Vijayadashami.

Dussehra Fair Kota, Rajasthan

Dussehra is celebrated all over India in the months of September-October, which corresponds to the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu calendar. In the year 2009, Dussehra will fall on 28th September. But, Kota Dussehra is quite different and unique, as, here it is not just a beginning of festive period, but much more than that. Dussehra is a very auspicious and sacred day for Hindus as it symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It marks the victory of Lord Rama over demon Ravana and it also symbolizes the triumph of warrior Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura. Days and months before Dussehra, craftsmen engage themselves in making huge effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhakaran and son Meghnath. Over the years the height of these effigies has been rising. These days very tall effigies, upto 75 feet tall are made.
On the day of Dussehra, a huge fair is organized in large gardens called “maidans”, where villagers gather in colorful clothes to worship Lord Rama and celebrate his victory. The effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhakaran are burnt. Normally loud crackers are put inside them that produce deafening noises when ignited. It is a huge fair, where thousands of people gather from Kota and nearby places to witness this grand celebration of Dussehra. For children it’s an outing with fun, drama, toys, eatables and programs. While, these effigies are burnt, a small child is made to dress like Rama and he hits the effigy of Ravana with his bow. This is not merely an enactment of an event in the past, but works as a live lesson for children and even adults that it is “good” that ultimately wins, however strong evil might be.
How to Reach Kota:
By Air: Kota is well connected by air. Jaipur, 245-km away is the other convenient airport.
By Rail: Kota is lying on the Delhi-Mumbai route, Kota is well served by regular super fast rail services.
By Road: Good network of road connections link Kota with many important cities inside and outside the state. Some notable distances are: Udaipur 270-km, Bundi 40-km, Delhi 504-km, Ahmedabad 522-km.


Govt. telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is planning to come with IPO on the stock exchanges, the government is working on a plan to trim the company's bloated employee size before firming up plans to list state-owned telecom service provider A proposal finalised by the company's administrative ministry, the department of telecommunications, says about two-thirds of BSNL's employees would be shifted to a newly created PSU, the National Optic Fibre Authority (Nofa).
BSNL now has over 3 lakh employees, of which around 2 lakh would be shifted to the proposed Nofa, which would have the mandate to lay optic fibre across the country and then lease that network to telecom firms for providing broadband services. "We are planning to transfer around 2 lakh employees of BSNL to the proposed National Optic Fibre Authority," . The government would set up the authority to lay over 12 lakh km of optic fibre throughout the country, spending around Rs 40,000 crore. "The mix-and-match would be perfect. BSNL needs to shed staff while the newly created PSU would need people," the official said. The biggest contributor to BSNL's miserable financial position has been the stupendous wage bill of Rs 10,000 crore.

* This just a one of proposal, readers are requested not to take it as final decision, as there is no official announcement

4 live grenades found in Ajmer

Four live grenades were found in the bushes below a hill at Hathikheda village, five km from Ajmer on Sunday. All the four had ‘Made in Kanpur’ written on them besides ‘HE-36’ and some serial numbers. The police seized the shells and called experts to identify their origin. Police have contacted army officers in Nasirabad cantonment and officials of CRPF group centre. The CRPF centre is just 2 km from where the explosives were found. Cops suspect the grenades were stolen from the centre. A home guard, a resident of Hathikeda, had spotted the explosives while grazing cattle at the foot of Hathikeda hills and informed his senior.

President, Vice President, PM wish Nation on Dussehra

President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and PM Manmohan Singh wished the Nation on the occasion of Dussehra-the festival which symbolises victory of good over evil, to be celebrated across the country on Monday. "On the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, I extend my greetings to all my fellow citizens and wish them success, prosperity and happiness," Patil said in a statement.
Expressing hope that this year's festival inspires the people to work for the unity and well-being of the country and strengthens the moral foundation of society, she said, "the festival of Dussehra celebrates the triumph of truth over untruth and the power of ethical and moral values so deeply ingrained in our country since time immemorial." Ansari said "Dussehra celebrates the epic victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, symbolising the triumph of good over evil

Jinnah was the biggest communal ghost of 20th century - Acharya Dharmendra

Terming Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah as the biggest communal ghost of 20th century, senior VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra on Sunday said that people glorifying him will not succeed in winning praises. "No one can falsify that Jinnah was the biggest communal ghost of 20th century and responsible for partition of the nation," Dharmendra told reporters here. Mahatma Gandhi was against the partition and offered Jinnah the post of nation's Prime Minister or President. But he did not agree, he noted. "The people praising him are not worthy of praise themselves," he said.
Dharmendra further alleged that senior BJP leader L K Advani had committed a blunder by visiting the mausoleum of Jinnah in Pakistan in 2005. "His visit to Jinnah's mausoleum was a big blunder," he said. Criticising expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh for writing a book on Jinnah, the VHP leader said that Jinnah was not secular at all.

Air India executive pilots on Strike, Many flights cancelled

The Air India executive pilots' strike entered its third day on Monday with the pilots refusing to get back to work until the controversial pay-cut order is completely withdrawn. The strike by its executive pilots continues even after Air India decided to set up a committee to look into concerns of pilots who are on a strike protesting against a 20 per cent cut in their incentives. On Monday morning, a total of 12 flights were cancelled, of these ten are domestic and two international. In Delhi, one of the representatives of the agitating pilots said the management's decision is an eyewash and that pilots of Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai would be reporting sick.
According to the airline, the committee will look into the incentive cuts and all other grievances and incentive cuts won't apply till committee takes decision. "We have been assured that status quo will be maintained on incentives and PLI (Performance Linked Incentive) till the committee works out the modalities," said Captain Sanil, an executive pilot with Air India. The national carrier is already reeling under huge losses. A proposed turnaround plan has also run into turbulence. The last two days saw executive pilots reporting sick as a result of which flight schedules were affected and passengers left anxious.

Chokhi Dhani Resort Jaipur Rajasthan

Chokhi Dhani Resort Jaipur: Chokhi Dhani is an Ethnic Village Resort Capturing the spirit of Rajasthan and ensuring the perfect Rajasthani experience is Chokhi Dhani, a unique Village Resort. Chokhi Dhani literally means a “fine hamlet” i.e. a quintessential village that offers an ideal pastoral experience. Away from the urban life the quaint mud and thatch dwellings in the resort give the right blend of traditions - modern amenities in typical ethnic environment. In the magical land of Rajasthan where the heat shimmers like phantom water, where the things you see are not really there and where the things that vanish behind veils of illussion, stands Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village resort with a blend of rustic environment and modern amenities making it an important destination in Pink City.
How to reach: It is Located at Jaipur Tank Highway around 18 km from Jaipur city center and 6 Km from Airport.

Apani Dhani Restaurant Udaipur, Rajasthan

Apani Dhani Restaurant Udaipur: This exotic restaurant is located in a very peaceful area, just 25 mins away from the city. The restaurant is designed on the theme of traditional Rajasthani village. so different and the food is really very delicious. You can have lunch & dinner there. Every evening you can witness the rope dance, Rajasthani folk dance & music performances. Food & the serving is the main highlight of the evening, firstly food very delicious, lot of variety - dal bati churma, makka roti, bajara roti, kadi chawal and much more. They serve all the guest with a very warm feeling just like we serve to our own family members. The whole experience is so amazing that you'll feel that you really are enjoying the evening in a village. If you are in Udaipur then you must spent a lovely evening at Apni Dhani.
Budget: This is available at nominal charges of Rs. 300 + 5% VAT Per Person
Other attraction: Music and Folk dances in Evening
How to reach: This restaurant is located on hill, just 1 Km. away from Pratap Nagar Bipass in Udaipur.

Rajasthan government will recruit 5,000 police constables

The Rajasthan government will recruit 5,000 police constables and the process for the purpose will begin soon. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who also holds the Finance portfolio, had accorded the requisite financial sanction to the Home Department's proposal for the purpose, an official spokesman said here last evening. The recruitment was being made against the announcement made in the State Budget for 2009-2010. The recruitment, to be completed in phased manner till next year, would fill around 2100 newly created posts and around 2850 vacancies due to be created by the next year, the spokesman said.

Pakistan beat India by 54 runs in ICC Champions Trophy

India were beaten by Pakistan in an International Cricket Council (ICC) event as they lost their Group A match by 54 runs in the Champions Trophy here Saturday. Riding on Shoaib Malik's robust century Pakistan posted a challenging 302 for nine after skipper Younis Khan decided to bat. With the second consecutive win from their two matches, Pakistan stayed in contention for a semi-final berth. Chasing a huge target of 303, India were all out for 248 runs in 44.5 overs after half centuries from Gautam Gambhir (57) and Rahul Dravid (76). But, India must be ruing their indifferent bowling, barring Ashish Nehra (4-55), and loss of wickets at crucial juncture in a the match which they could have won.
It was always going to be tough chase for the Indians under light, and Sachin Tendulkar (8) departed early after he edged teenaged fast bowler Mohammed Aamer to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. But Gambhir and Dravid, making a comeback after two years, added 67 runs for the second wicket to consolidate the run chase. Gambhir looked in fine touch but a direct hit from Younis ended his 46-ball stay in 13.5 overs. Virat Kholi (16) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (3) departed in quick successions, forcing Dravid to anchor the innings. The former India captain played a typical innings and held fort at one end during his 103-ball stay.
Earlier in the day, Malik made his seventh hundred in one-dayers as Pakistan recovered from poor start to set a tough target for India in the day-night match. Malik received valuable support from veteran Mohammad Yousuf, who made a brisk 88-ball 87 and together the duo added 206 runs for the second wicket, which was Pakistan's best fourth wicket stand against India in one-dayers. Both Malik and Yousuf dominated the Indian bowlers with their attacking shots and Malik brought up his century in the 43rd over by cutting off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for a four. Pakistan started aggressively with Imran Nazir and Kamran as they raced to get 50 runs in less than nine overs. malik and Yousuf applied themselves cleverly and put their team in a comfortable position. Pakistan were 217 for three in 40 overs. But Indian bowlers did well to pull back things in their favour as Pakistan managed 85 runs in the last 10 overs losing six wickets.

Difference between KBps and kbps ?

First of all is there a difference ? Yes, There is. There are key concepts that we must understand before explaining which is the difference.
bit: minimum unit that handles a computer. (zero a one).
byte: it is a set of 8 bits and represents a character.
bps: (bit per seconds) unit of measurement of information transference.
bytes/s: (bytes per seconds) unit of measurement of transference of information in byte per second.
1 KB/s = 1024 bytes per second
1 kb/s = 1000 bits per second
1024 kb = 1 mb (megabyte)
The Internet connection speed is measured in Kilobits (Kb) which is different from Kilobytes (KB) the later being used to measure file sizes on a system.
Therefore if you ask for a 1Mbps broadband connection, it will take minimum 8 seconds to download a 1 MB file from the internet. Most Broadband companies define 1K as 1,000 and not as 1,024 which is the used for computing. So next time you are looking in to your internet speed do keep this in mind.
You can also install a bandwidth monitoring software that will track your internet usage behind the scenes and assist you diagnose slow internet connections and whether the ISP is giving your the promised speed or not.

Centre Govt may take over dargah management in Ajmer

Centre is likely to decide next week whether to takeover the management of the 800-year-old dargah in Ajmer dedicated to the revered 12th century Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. According to reliable sources, the state police and intelligence agencies have recommended that the affairs of the shrine be managed by a trust under the direct control of the Centre. The recommendations were discussed at a meeting in Delhi held by Salman Khurshid, minister of state independent charge Union ministry of minority affairs. The suggestions forwarded by agencies also recommended the shrine be managed by a trust akin to the Tirupati Venkateswara Temple Trust model. This would bring about transparency in the day-to-day functioning of the dargah. The present management of the dargah has been accused of mismanagement of funds.
Investigations by intelligence agencies have disclosed many sordid aspects of the dargah management. The dargah is visited by thousands of devotees, politicians and celebrities from all over the world and receives crores of rupees for which no account is maintained. Many khadims are millionaires with assets that are spread all over the world for instance a lot of khadims own real estate and properties overseas. At the moment there are over 5,000 khadims with about 1,900 in the voters’ list in the dargah who are in the profession due to lineage or being sheer disciples of the Khawaja. “We do have a functional trust as per the Dargah Khwaja Saheb Act of 1955 governing the Ajmer shrine. The government can’t change the custom that has been continuing for years.”
Among other things of concern were the porous security arrangements at the dargah, wherein very recently there was a case of stabbing in the dargah premises. It is likely that the decision to pass on the responsibility of security arrangements at the dargah from the state police to Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) would also be finally decided in the meeting. The Government should consider clearing the entire area and creating a dedicated corridor like at Tirupati, Golden Temple and the Vaishno Devi Temple at Dargah also so that visitors will not get problems in Dargah.
Source: TOI News

Mansoon season end in Rajasthan - Met. Department

India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Friday that the Southwest monsoon has withdrawn from many parts of West Rajasthan. The withdrawal process has been in the making for some time with the skies over Rajasthan and large parts of northwest India clearing up and the mercury consistently peaking to beyond the 40 deg Celsius. On Friday, weather charts showed the large anti-cyclone (high-pressure area within sinking motion of air that retards cloud formation) sneaking in from across the northwest border. The withdrawal line passed through Ganganagar, Churu, Jodhpur and Barmer. The monsoon is likely to withdraw from more parts of northwest India during the next four days in fairly fast progression.
The process could get bogged down just over central India as easterly flows from a lately activated Bay of Bengal fill large parts of peninsula and even parts of central India. The anticipated low-pressure area is expected to materialise over the Bay by Sunday even as a much stronger system is forecast to brew over the South China Sea concurrently. The Bay system would be forced to let go of some moisture that would feed into the stronger South China Sea system, according to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). After walloping the Indo- China coast for a landfall, the South China Sea system could yet again set the Bay on fire, with ECMWF projecting the formation of another `low' during early October. In this manner, the withdrawal process of the monsoon from the rest of the mainland India may get affected indefinitely.

Blame and Power game continue in RCA

A controversy has arisen over the control of the Rajasthan Cricket Association, with a group backed by Lalit Modi claiming on Sunday to have removed the incumbent, Sanjay Dixit, through a no-confidence motion. Dixit - who defeated Modi in the election - called the move unconstitutional and said he was still in charge. Dixit had suspended two members of the RCA, Jaipur District Cricket Association (JDCA) president Bimal Soni and Cricket Players' Association of Rajasthan secretary Shamsher Singh, on Saturday and, prompted by the constant tussle between the two factions, called off the annual general meeting scheduled for Sunday.
The rival faction, however, went on with the AGM, and during it moved a no-confidence motion against Dixit that was passed by a 20-member house. Modi had in March lost the election to the post of RCA president - which he had held since 2005 - to Dixit, a bureaucrat. He has been at the centre of controversy ever since the Rajasthan government changed hands in a recent election. Modi had close ties with the previous administration and was facing charges of forgery and fraud.

Rajasthan Govt announce Bonus for employees on Diwali

The Rajasthan government today announced annual bonus for its employees for fiscal year 2008-09, an official spokesman said here. Non-gazetted employees in the grade of Rs 8000-13,500 and Grade pay of Rs 5400 would be eligible for the bonus, the spokesman said quoting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's order.
The beneficiaries would get bonus around Diwali, which will be equivalent to their basic pay of one month, he said. Bonus will also be paid to employees working with Zila Parishad, Panchayat Samiti.

Brightest Young Climate Leaders ( BYCL ) summit 2010 New Delhi

2010 Brightest Young Climate Leaders ( BYCL ) summit - Creativity Competition
Location: New Delhi
Organizer: The Sacred Fig Foundation &
Last date to send the application: October 15, 2009
Prize distribution at New Delhi: October 24, 2009
For More Details
Email Address:
Eligibility: Open to people in the age group of 18-28.
About BYCL: The Sacred Fig Foundation has announced the Brightest Young Climate Leaders Summit. It is a 2 day summit to be held in February 2010 in New Delhi.This summit brings together Young Entrepreneurs with business ideas ,Top business leaders and Government leaders.This is a launch pad for Indian youth leaders and entrepreneurs/social entrepreneurs to participate in the mitigation of the biggest challenge facing us today – climate change. The BYCL aims to provide a platform for young India to receive mentorship, networking, resources and funding to take their entrepreneurial ideas from concept to implementation. It sets of a chain of projects that spin off to make an impact on climate mitigation.It is a pltform for final year students, young professionlas and Entrepreneurs who wish to make a sustainable change in the field of climate change.
As part of this summit, a creative contest is being organized.This is a joint initiative of and The Sacred Fig Foundation to mark the International day of Climate action on October 24.The contest invites people in the age group of 18-28 to show their creativity towards the cause of climate change in the following ways: Essay, Poster & Collage or Photo album.This is a great chance to win great cash prizes and an opportunity to participate at BYCL.More details can be found on the website given.

India Australia ODI shifted from Jaipur to Vadodara

The first match of the seven-ODI series between Australia and India has been shifted from the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur to the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara. The move, announced during the BCCI AGM on Thursday, was prompted by the current power struggle within the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). "We have shifted the first ODI from Jaipur to Vadodara," BCCI president Shashank Manohar said at the board's AGM in Mumbai. A controversy had arisen over control of the RCA with a group backed by Lalit Modi claiming on Sunday to have removed the incumbent, Sanjay Dixit, through a no-confidence motion. Dixit - who defeated Modi in the election earlier this year - called the move unconstitutional and said he was still in charge. Interestingly, the last ODI at the Reliance Stadium involved the same teams in October 2007. The series kicks off on October 25 and will run through till November 11.
The Rajasthan players are reportedly irked by the state of affairs and the Cricket Players Association of Rajasthan (CPAR) have demand the state government's intervention to sort out the issues. "Both the factions of the RCA were invited to the AGM. This action sends out a wrong signal, that both parties have been recognised by the board," Shamsher Singh, the CPAR secretary, told the Hindustan Times. "It leaves the players in the lurch." "We are pessimistic about the elections as we think the issue might get stuck in court. So we have decided to meet Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to set up an ad hoc body. The state government has the power to intervene as the RCA is governed by the Sports Act of the government of Rajasthan."

Rajasthan: "The Incredible State of India"

For the past few years, India has gone on a major hype tom-tomming itself as an incredible destination. There can be no denying that the tourism City Palace, Jaipur products of the country are indeed incredible. Taking a cue from the country's tourism blitz - Rajasthan has termed itself as "The Incredible State of India". And why not? Here is a State which is about history and culture , monuments and colour, deserts and wildlife sanctuaries.If India is a unique destination in the world; Rajasthan is what adds the unique flavour to the country . Aside of the sea-beaches , the State has all the tourism products one could think of. Add to that the friendly, amiable nature of the Rajasthanis -- and we have with us the model tourism destination . Even a cursory glance at the arrival of the tourists to Rajasthan is the barometer of Rajasthan's growing prowess as a destination . The domestic tourists increased from 1.25 crores in 2003 to a whopping 2.84 crores in 2008. Similarly, the foreign tourists increased from 6.29 lakhs in 2003 to 14.78 lakhs in 2008. What was even more surprising was that the number of arrival of both domestic and foreign tourists increased despite certain odds. For instance, the advisories issued by different countries did not deter the tourists.Nor did the bomb blasts, agitations, 26/11 outrage or for that matter the swine flu. The tourists continue to come. While the resilience of Rajasthan and its people is praiseworthy --the enthusiasm of the visitors is also to be appreciated for their fierce desire to visit Rajasthan. Said the Secretary Tourism, Usha Sharma, "We're hardselling Rajasthan to the tourists,and the result will be all-too apparent in the times to come. Along with the trade and industry, the department has participated in the road-shows in many cities of the country to woo domestic tourists."

Saif Kareena in udaipur to celebrate b’day and Eid

Bollywood’s hot couple Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan must be having a blast of a time in Udaipur today. Saif-Kareena are in the city of lakes to celebrate Bebo’s 29th birthday and also the festival of Eid. When the couple arrived here on Saturday, their admirers could be seen waiting eagerly at the Maharana Pratap Airport in Udaipur. The eager crowd got too excited, much to the discomfort of the security personnel of the actors. While Kareena looked classy in a black sleeveless top and large shades, Saif sported a white kurta with a trendy blue scarf on his head.
A source revealed that Saif-Kareena have basically come to the city to participate in a Kingfisher magazine photo session. However, the couple has been maintaining a low profile on who all are there in their guess list for the special celebration. Well, as long as loving beau Saif is with Kareena on her special day, guess she would prefer not to be disturbed by anyone!

Gehlot assure Pawar about 25 October India-Australia Jaipur ODI

Afraid that the ongoing feud within the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) might jeopardise the India-Australia ODI scheduled for October 25 in Jaipur, chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday telephoned former BCCI president Sharad Pawar. Gehlot sought Pawar’s assurance against a possible shifting of the match from Jaipur, said sources. In view of the excitement among youths for the onedayer, the match should not be called off or shifted elsewhere, Gehlot told Pawar. Responding to Gehlot’s call, the Maratha strongman assured the CM that Jaipur won’t be robbed off the match and the scheduled tie will take place as decided. “The assurance from Pawar has come as a sigh of relief to all the fans, who, amid all the speculations, were wondering if the match would be called off. The CM took the initiative in the larger interest of the followers of the game in the state,” said a CMO official. He said the CM took the matter to Pawar after he was briefed by one of the factions about the ongoing powerstruggle within the RCA and its possible repercussions on the Jaipur ODI.

Ramesh Kumar wins bronze in World Wrestling

India's Ramesh Kumar created history by clinching India's first medal when he won the bronze in the freestyle 74 kg category, in the prestigious World Wrestling Championship after a gap of 32 years. The Uttar Pradesh wrestler did what Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Sushil Kumar failed to achieve, clinching India's first medal in the prestigious event after a gap of 32 years. Kumar defeated Alexandr Burca of Moldova on technical points after the repechage round ended with both the wrestlers tied at the score of 7-7 on Wednesday night at Herning, Denmark. Kumar, however, started the bout on a disappointing note, trailing 0-3 after the first period. He then came back strongly in the second session to score two points and then finished off the final period picking up five points as against his opponent's four to finally come out victorious on technical points.
Kumar had earlier defeated Dustin Schlatter of the US 3-2 in the opening round. His next casualty was Great Britain's Michael Grundy, whom he beat 4-2 and then prevailed over Kiril Terziev of Bulgaria 7-4 in the quarterfinal. Kumar, however, lost out on the gold medal opportunity, going down 0-5 to Chamsulvara Chamsulvarayev of Azerbaijan in the last-four stage to set up a repechage encounter against Burca. The gold in this category was won by Denis Tsargush of Russia.

Chandrayaan Confirms Water on Moon

Moon Mineralogy Mapper, a NASA instrument onboard Chandrayaan-I -India's maiden moon mission, has detected evidence of water across the lunar surface, scientists announced on Thursday. Describing as "path-breaking" the evidence of water on Moon by India's Chandrayaan-1 mission, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said no lunar odyssey so far had given a "positive" conclusion. "There is confirmation of traces of water. It is a path-breaking event as far as Chandrayaan-1 mission is concerned. It is very very significant. So far, no mission has confirmed the presence of water positively," he said. Moon Mineralogy Mapper, a NASA instrument onboard Chandrayaan-I, detected wavelengths of reflected light that would indicate a chemical bond between hydrogen and oxygen in materials on the thin layer of upper soil. The Moon Mineralogy Mapper or M3 has confirmed existence of water on moon by analysing the data collected from Chandrayaan-I. The finding ends four-decade long speculation on whether there is water on moon. Scientists first claimed that water existed on moon about 40 years ago after they analysed rock samples brought to earth as souvenirs by Apollo astronauts.
The lunar maps created by M3 could provide mission planners with prime locations for extraction of water from the lunar soil. Nair said ISRO would make a formal announcement and disclose detailed analysis on Friday following the publication of findings in a science journal and announcement by NASA scientists.

Srinath becomes match referee in Champions Trophy

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that former India pacer Javagal Srinath will officiate as match referee in the upcoming Champions Trophy slated to be held from September 22 in South Africa. Srinath will officiate in the September 23 match between Pakistan and West Indies, September 25 match between Sri Lanka and England, the September 27 game featuring New Zealand and Sri Lanka and the September 30 Australia vs Pakistan encounter. Announcing details of the umpire and match referee appointments for the group stage of the September 22-October 5 Champions Trophy yesterday, ICC said Srinath will join former New Zealand captain Crowe and ex-Sri Lanka batsman Mahanama to officiate in the elite eight-nation tournament. The on-field responsibilities will be shared by eight of the ICC Elite Panel Umpires Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Ian Gould, Daryl Harper, Tony Hill, Asad Rauf and Simon Taufel, ICC said in a statement. He is today match referee in match played between Pakistan and West Indies at SA.

Admission Announcement from BITS Pilani 2009-2010

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani) invites applications for new admission to Session 2009-2010 starting in December 2009 for the Work Integrated Learning Programmes. The Institute offers the following Work-Integrated Learning Programmes for the human resource development needs of industries.
Integrated First Degree Programmes
Normal duration : 6 semesters
B. S. Engineering Technology (ET) : Input requirements : Employed professionals holding a Technical Diploma or an undergraduate degree such as B. Sc. with minimum two years relevant experience in Engineering industries.
Higher Degree Programmes
Normal duration : 4 semesters
1. M. S. Manufacturing Management (MM)
2. M. S. Software Systems (SS)
Input requirements: Employed professionals holding an Integrated First Degree of BITS or equivalent such as B. E./ M. Sc with minimum one year relevant experience in Engineering Industries (for MM) and IT industries (for SS)
Application form and programme details can be downloaded from the BITS Website
Deadline for submission of duly completed application form (along with the requisite processing fee of Rs 1000/- to be paid as per procedure specified in the form) is 5 pm on October 30, 2009.
About BITS Pilani: Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani) is an all India university established under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. It has the main campus at Pilani and additional campuses in Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai.
For any clarifications regarding the release, please contact Dr M Ishwara Bhat, Unit Chief, Publications and Media Relations, BITS Pilani Cellphone +91 9414082462

Marathi film "Harishchandrachi Factory", India's official entry to Oscars

Marathi film "Harishchandrachi Factory", by theatre-veteran Paresh Mokashi has been selected as India's official entry to this year's Oscars in the Foreign Film Category. The two-hour-long film depicts the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, to make 'Raja Harishchandra' in 1913, India's first feature film. "Harischandrachi Factory" beat off competition from 15 films including Bollywood movies like "New York" and "Delhi 6" to get selected for the honour. The nomination of the Marathi film was announced by The Film Federation of India (FFI) and the jury was headed by noted actress Asha Parekh.
Paresh Mokashi, the writer and director of the film was elated on hearing the news. Mokashi said he will have to submit the prints to the Oscar Academy by 1st October. "The film was completed in December last year. We plan a grand release all over Maharashtra and rest of the country in Marathi and Hindi with English sub-titles by this year-end," Mokashi told a news agency. "The film is totally based on facts. It is the first ever attempt to bring the making of the first feature film made in India on celluloid," Mokashi said. "Harishachandrachi Factory" is the second Marathi film after "Shwaas" in 2004 to be selected as India's official entry to the Oscars

ONGC may consider Refinery plan for Rajasthan

Chairman of Oil and Natural Gas corporation (ONGC) and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd (MRPL) R S Sharma has said a proposal to set up MRPL's refinery in Rajasthan was still under consideration. Addressing a press conference after the 21st AGM of MRPL at Bala near Surathkal last evening, he said a study was still going on about the proposal made by the Rajasthan Government. A high power committee was also set up to look into the feasibility, ways and means and suitable stakeholders for the project. Clarifying that the MRPL could not take up the project on its own, he said the high power committee is expected to meet next month to finalise on various issues pertaining to the proposed project, including the financial and technical aspects.
To a query, he said the ONGC and MRPL had got the approval for setting up 1100 and 500 retail outlets respectively in various parts of the country. However, at present this proposal was withheld following denial by the petroleum ministry to provide any subsidy. Even several oil companies, including HPC, IOC and HPL, were running their outlets with great difficulty, while, the private companies have closed their petrol bunks due to loss.

IIT, IIM Professors reject Pay Scale order

Professors of IIMs and IITs have come together for the first time to reject the latest proposals of the Human Resource Development Ministry on pay scales and autonomy, terming them an “infringement” on academic freedom. The faculties are working on a joint charter of demands to be submitted to Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal. The demands include pay hike and more autonomy. “It is for the first time that IIT and IIM professors are sitting down to discuss what is there in the Sixth Pay Commission, and how it is affecting us,” according to Bharat Sheth, a professor of the IIT, Mumbai.
The IIM-Ahmedabad faculty council met in Ahmedabad on Saturday and opposed the Ministry’s order on pay structure. It asked the institute director to delay its implementation by a month. “The faculty council has termed the recent orders on pay structure an infringement on academic freedom and asked the institute director to postpone its implementation by a month,” a senior faculty council member said after the meeting. The council voiced disappointment over the Ministry’s response to the demand for a pay increase made earlier by the IIM and IIT professors.

ISRO will Launch PSLV-C14 on 23rd September from Sriharikota

The T-51 hour countdown for the launch of PSLV-C14 on 23rd September from the spaceport of Sriharikota commenced at 0900 hrs on Monday. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) sources told a news agency that the launch would take place at around 1153 hrs on 23rd September. ISRO Scientists, putting behind the Chandrayaan-1 debacle, whose mission was cut short in ten months, were gearing up for the launch of the core alone PSLV-C14, which would carry India's 960 kg ocean monitoring satellite Oceansat-2 and six nano satellites from abroad.
The launch campaign has gathered momentum and various tests were being carried on. ''The satellites are mated with the launch vehicle and the pre-launch activities are proceeding normally and smoothly without any hitch,'' the sources said. Apart from Oceansat-2, the other micro satellites included four Cubesats and two Rubinsats. The Oceansat-2, to be placed in a sun-synchronous orbit 720 km above the earth, would supplement the work of its predecessor Oceansat-1 and facilitate climatic study, including sea surface temperature.

11 dead as jeep falls into Canel at Barmer

In a shocking incident at Pongal near Barmer in western rajasthan, 11 dead as Bollero jeep falls into Indira gandhi Canel last night Police found 11 dead bodies, which include 5 member from a family. 3 People manage to save themself and later they inform in village. During incident canel was flowing fast with 15 feet water. This incident happen when these people are coming from Bheru ji Visit and total 14 people was there when accident happen.

RCA President Sanjay Dixit Removed

Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president Sanjay Dixit was on Sunday “removed” from his post by the rival faction, which claims to have majority now. While the Lalit Modi-backed rival group claimed that 20 out of 33 members present in the annual general meeting (AGM) supported Dixit’s “removal”, the latter termed the AGM “unconstitutional” and alleged that money was used to woo the member districts. Dixit had defeated Lalit Modi on March 1 with tacit support of the state government, as Modi’s fate was much anticipated after change of guard in the state. However, Dixit’s “removal” on Sunday brought to the fore the cracks within the Congress too as two prominent leaders came out in the open supporting rival factions. Revenue minister Hemaram Choudhary, who is one of the RCA patrons, addressed a press conference along with Dixit to ridicule Sunday’s developments while Jaipur MP Mahesh Joshi, as representative of the Jaipur Cricket Association, was present during the AGM and supported Dixit’s removal.
The RCA infighting getting murkier may cost the state dearly as Jaipur has been asked to host the second ODI between India and Australia scheduled for October 25. As both the factions now claim to have majority, the BCCI will have a tough time deciding which faction should be allowed to host the match

Rajasthan High Court Issue Notice to Cairns India

The Rajasthan High Court has issued notices to the Government of India, Cairns India and others for shifting from Barmer to Salaya(Gujarat) the outlet supply point of the crude oil being produced in Cairns Mangla Oilfield in Barmer. The High Court division bench comprising Justices NP Gupta and DN Thanvi issued notices while hearing a public interest litigation filed by one Kailash Bhandhari.
The petitioner stated that as per the MoU of the project, the supply outlet for sale of the crude oil was to be set up in Barmer itself but the Petroleum Ministry had allowed the shifting of the same to Salaya in Gujarat without taking the Rajasthan Government in confidence. This would cause loss of the VAT revenue to the state government, the petition contended. The notices issued by the court are returnable within four weeks.

Conflict in RCA between Sanjay Dixit - Subhash Joshi

The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) split into two on Sunday, with a dissident group holding a meeting to "sack" RCA president Sanjay Dixit. The rebels, led by chairman Subhash Joshi, met for a scheduled annual general body meeting despite Dixit calling it off, and passed a resolution to dismiss the president. They also selected office bearers and decided to hold elections on October 14. The faction, which has links with ex-RCA chief Lalit Modi, claimed the support of 20 of the 33 district units. But the Dixit faction held an executive meeting at the RCA office, which declared the rebel meet illegal and dismissed Joshi as chairman. They also said Dixit would represent the RCA at a BCCI meet on September 24.
Now it is expected that a new raw may rise in the RCA after Modi-Dixit raw last yaer. It is expected that we can see some split on Friday when it will come that who represents the RCA at the BCCI meet.

Avatar 3D Movie - Third Most Expensive Movie of World

Avatar Hollywood Movie: Avatar is an upcoming 3-D science fiction epic film directed by James Cameron, due to be released on December 18, 2009 by 20th Century Fox. The film is Lightstorm Entertainment's latest project, and Cameron's first narrative film in 12 years, having last directed Titanic in 1997. With an estimated budget of $237 million, Avatar is currently the third most expensive film of whole world.
Directed by James Cameron
Produced by James Cameron
Written by James Cameron
Starring Cast:
Sam Worthington
Zoë Saldaña
Sigourney Weaver
Release date: December 18, 2009
Language English
Budget US$237 million

Prime Minister Greeted Eid-Ul-Fitr to Nation

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has greeted the people on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, describing it as a festival that commemorates "austerity" and "brotherhood". "Id-Ul-Fitr marks the end of the period of fasting during the pious month of Ramzan. The festival commemorates austerity, brotherhood and the spirit of sharing. It reflects the true spirit of our composite culture," the Prime Minister said. "May the festival strengthen our resolve to promote tolerance and peace and live in harmony," he added.

HAPPY Eid-Ul-Fitr to ALL.

How to reach Kumbhalgarh Fort from Udaipur | Jaipur | Delhi

Kumbhalgarh Fort: Set amidst a cluster of thirteen mountain peaks of the Aravali range, the formidable medieval citadel of Kumbhalgarh Fort stands a wary sentinel to the past glory of its kings and princes. Rising from a prominent ridge, 1,914 m above the sea level, the fort was built in 15th century AD by Maharana Kumbha (1419-63 AD) and is the principal fort after Chittaurgarh Fort. Just 85 kms from Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh Fort is fortified with 33 kms of walls, over 25 feet thick, the second longest continuous wall in the world. It holds the distinction of being unconquered and the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the most valiant among Rajput heroes of Rajasthan. Kumbhalgarh tour also offers nature lovers endless acres of greenery, sheltering many forms of wildlife at the game sanctuary, which boasts of panthers, sloth bears, sambhars, wild boar and the rare gray jungle fowls. For the spiritual, at a short distance lie the 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temple that are a fine example of the temple architecture and Charbhujaji. The Rajsamand Lake built in 1660 by Rana Raj Singh offers a spectacular view of the sunset with beautiful 'torans' or arches and chhatris adorning the embankment.
Today, like most forts and palaces in Rajasthan being converted into heritage hotels, the majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort is reputed as one of the best heritage hotels in Rajasthan. Over looking the Kumbhalgarh valley, the Hotel Kumbhalgarh Fort offers a perfect blend of age-old hospitality and modernity. For tourists who travel to Rajasthan to experience the real essence of royalty, the Kumbhalgarh Fort is the perfect place to enjoy. Apart from the historical relics, the tastefully decorated rooms with marble inlay and individual open terrace with uninterrupted countryside are sure to leave you spellbound.
How to reach Kumbhalgarh Fort from Udaipur | Jaipur | Delhi
How to reach By Air: Nearest airport to Kumbalgarh is Udaipur, which is about 84 km from the city. Pre-paid taxi charges about Rs 1600 from Udaipur to Kumbalgarh. Udaipur is connected by air to Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
How to reach By Train: Nearest railhead is Phalna, a junction railway station, which is well connected to Mumbai, Ajmer, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
How to reach By Bus: Rajasthan State Government Roadways ordinary and deluxe buses have stop at Kumbhalgarh. It is connected to Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Pushkar by the state buses.

How to Reach Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary from Delhi | Jaipur

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary: One of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan India. Also known as 'Keoladeo Ghana National Park',Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is famous as an 'Ornithologist's Paradise'. The sanctuary is the only manmade wildlife sanctuary in India, developed by an erstwhile Maharaja of Bharatpur. The sanctuary covers an area of approximately 29 sq km, 10 sq km of which comprises of fresh water marshes, shallow lakes and bogs. The favorable environmental conditions combined with enough nutritious food for the birds at Bharatpur Bird sanctuary attracts thousands of indigenous as well as migratory birds every year including the world-renowned Siberian Cranes. About one third of the total birds here are migrants many of whom come in winter before returning to their breeding grounds as far away as Siberia and Central Asia. The Sanctuary was given the status of the National Park on 10th March 1982, and was declared a World Heritage Site in December 1985.
Flora in Bharatpur: More than 300 species of birds are found in this small wildlife park of 29-sq-kms of which 11-sq-kms are marshes and the rest scrubland and grassland. Keoladeo, the name derives from an ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, which stands at the centre of the park. 'Ghana' means dense, referring to the thick forest, which used to cover the area.
Bharatpur Maharaja and Natural World: While many of India's parks have been developed from the hunting preserves of princely India, Keoladeo, popularly known as Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, is perhaps the only case where the habitat has been created by a maharaja. In earlier times, Bharatpur town used to be flooded regularly every monsoon. In 1760, an earthen dam (Ajan Dam) was constructed, to save the town, from this annual vagary of nature. The depression created by extraction of soil for the dam was cleared and this became the Bharatpur Lake. At the beginning of this century, this lake was developed, and was divided into several portions. A system of small dams, dykes, sluice gates, etc., was created to control water level in different sections. This became the hunting preserve of the Bharatpur royalty, and one of the best duck - shooting wetlands in the world. Hunting was prohibited by mid-60s. The area was declared a national park on 10 March 1982, and accepted as a World Heritage Site in December 1985.
Major Wildlife Attractions: The major attractions of tourists visiting the park are the numerous migratory birds, who come from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia and spend their winters in Bharatpur, before returning to their breeding grounds. Migratory birds at Bharatpur bird sanctuary include, several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc.
Other Travel Attractions:
Bharatpur Govenment Museum : One of the major attention grabber after the Bharatpur sanctuary is Government Museum of Bharatpur, which provides a glimpse of the past royal splendour of Bharatpur.
Bharatpur Palace : Not far from the museum is the Bharatpur Palace, an marvellous structural blend of Mughal and Jat architecture. Bharatpur was Jat Empire in Rajasthan.
Lohagarh Fort : The invincible Lohagarh Fort, which remained unconquered despite several attacks by the British regime.
Deeg Palace : Situated just 32-kms away from Bharatpur is the Deeg Palace. A strong and massive fortress, Deeg Palace was the summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur and houses numerous beautiful palaces and gardens.
Best Time to Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary: Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary is open throughout the year, still the ideal visiting months are from August-November for resident breeding birds and October- February for migrant birds.
How to Reach Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary:
Air: The nearest airport is situated at Agra, which is 56-kms from Bharatpur.
Rail : Regular rail services connect Bharatpur with all the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra. The Bharatpur railway station is 6-kms from the park
Road : An excellent network of roadway services connects Bharatpur to all the major cities of the Rajasthan and its neighbouring states like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana. Bharatpur is well connected by road from Agra (56-kms, 5 hours), Delhi (176-kms, 5 hours) and Jaipur (176-kms, 6 hours), all of which have airport facilities too.
Note: Do not forget to carry a binoculars for watching the birds. Bird watching depend greatly on season, timing, and patience, so its better to visit the sanctuary during the visiting period.

BSNL JTO Result 2009 Declared : Roll No Wise

BSNL JTO Result 2009 Declared Today: 27 October 2009. The result of the Graduate Engineer JTOs(Telecom/Civil/Electrical) Examination 2008 held by BSNL on 21st June 2009 has been declared.
The selected candidates are advised to contact the office of the Chief General Manager of BSNL Telecom Circle from where they appeared for the examination for further instructions. They should contact these offices after To get result follow the link below, keep your roll. no handy.

BSNL announced 'Bharat PC' in Rural India @ 2,250

BSNL, the Larget Public Telecom service provider company in collaboration with HCL, Microsoft, Intel and Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund announced 'Bharat PC' at cash down payment of Rs 2,250 at a monthly installment of Rs 300 for five years. This scheme has been launched under the National Broadband Peneteration Project (NBPP). Kuldeep Goyal, CMD, BSNL, said: "Availability of terminals to provide broadband service was a challenge in rural India. We have tried to make PC purchase affordable for rural customers. This will help government in meeting its broadband penetration of 20 million by 2010. We were already providing PC with Novartium for our subscribers at price less than Rs 5,000, but it was more urban centric. Bharat PC has been specifically designed for subscribers in rural India."
A total of RS 1500 crore USOF had been provided to BSNL for increasing broadband penetration. The USOF will be providing Rs 4,500 subsidy per broadband connection that BSNL will be rolling out through its existing 27,789 rural and remote telephone exchange. BSNL will also provide 512 kbps subsidized broadband connection alongwith Bharat PC at Rs 99 with free download up to 400 mb and at Rs 150 with free download upto 1 Gb per month. A K Jain, general manager, Broadband, BSNL, said: "We are coming out with lowest broadband tariff. For extra download, an user will have to pay 40 paise per mb of download. We will soon install 30,000 broadband kiosks for those who are unable to afford even subsidized Bharat PC." HCL has set-up two call centres for assistance for Bharat PC consumers. Bharat PC will come with embedded basic Microsoft software, anti-virus solution, Intel's atom processor, 512 mb RAM , 80 GB hard disk and 15 inch CRT (cathode ray tube) colour monitor. This PC could have been offered at much less price than the current total price of Rs 20,250 after subsidy of Rs 4,500 from USOF, on linux OSS platform. Hence, including subsidy from USOF , the total price of Bharat PC is Rs 24,750. Ajay Chowdhry, chairman and CEO, HCL Infosystems justified the price by citing ease of use and five years cost of service to be provided in rural area.

Gambhir wins Castrol Cricketer of the Year Award

Opener Gautam Gambhir has been named as the Castrol Cricketer of the Year 2008 on Thursday. There is a double pleasure for star Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, as he not only won the Castrol Cricketer of the Year 2008, but also was declared fit for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy to be held in South Africa. Gambhir will fly along with the Indian squad for the Champions Trophy. He missed out the Compaq Cup due to injury.
Gautam Gambhir edged out his buddy Virender Sehwag to win the Castrol Cricketer of the Year 2008, which carried a trophy and Rs 5 lakh. Gambhir has scored over 1000 runs each both in Tests and ODIs in 2008. He also won the 'Best Batsman of the Year' award. Harbhajan Singh won the 'Best Bowler of the Year' award.

Police to look into RPMT Issue

Justice R S Rathore of the high court has taken serious note of cheating committed by students who engaged professionals to appear for the exams on their behalf. These students later got admitted to 14 medical colleges in the state. Not “satisfied” with the report submitted by the committee formed by the state government, Justice Rathore wants the matter to probed by a police team headed by P K Singh, IG (personnel), Jaipur. The court constituted a three-member panel headed by Dr Onkar Saxena, former principal SMS Medical College, Jaipur to investigate the allegations that RPMT examination papers contained 15 “wrong” questions.
These orders were passed on two different writ petitions filed by an unsuccessful candidate Jahabar Singh Jat who alleged that a large number of students succeeded in getting admitted to 15 medical colleges of the state by way of the common entrance test where professionals were engaged by the applicants to appear on their behalf. The examination was conducted for around 750 seats for the MBBS course. In an another writ petition, Jat alleged that there were 15 “wrong” questions mentioned in the papers held in year 2009. He also alleged in his writ that during last year’s examination when a similar issue was raised, three committees were constituted by the Medical University to examine the facts. “I deem it necessary to hold the inquiry by a team of police officers, headed by P K Singh, IG police. The probe team may include a handwriting expert from the state forensic laboratory, Jaipur,” Justice Rathore ordered.
“The investigation team shall also mention the invigilators’ names who were present at the examination hall and probe their involvement if any. The special team will submit its report by September 29,” justice Rathore concluded. In the writ pertaining to “wrong” questions, the court also constituted a three-member committee with Dr Onkar Saxena as its head, Dr J C Sharma and Dr V K Pandey as members of the committee among others.

RIL looking to buy Oil from Cairns Rajasthan field

Reliance Industries is keen on buying Cairn India's Rajasthan crude oil but said it cannot take the oil unless the pipeline from fields to Gujarat coast is built. RIL wants 30,000 to 60,000 barrels per day of Cairn crude at each of its two refineries at Jamnagar in Gujarat. "We want Rajasthan crude but have no facility to receive (oil in) tankers," RIL Executive Director P M S Prasad told reporters here. Cairn, which began crude oil production from its prolific Rajasthan fields on August 29, will transport initial volumes to refiners by trucks and tankers. A pipeline from the Barmer district fields to Gujarat coast will be completed by the year-end. "We will be willing to take Rajasthan crude once the pipeline is completed," he said. The government has so far nominated Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Mangalore Refinery to buy the Rajasthan crude.

RBSE Books with communal content to be revised

School books with communal content introduced during the previous BJP rule in Rajasthan will be revised and controversial chapters removed from them. The move has been recommended to the Board of Secondary Education by the Garg committee appointed by the ruling Congress government early this year, a board official said. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has directed the authorities concerned to remove the controversial portions from the books as suggested by the Garg committee, state Education minister Master Bhanwar Lal said.
Headed by Rajasthan University Professor Subhash Garg, the committee has recently submitted a report to the Board of Secondary Education in Ajmer underlining the "objectionable content in several chapters in books being taught in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12 classes in the state", the board secretary M R Sharma said.

50 Year to Doordarshan, A Golden Era of Doordarshan

Though the entertainment and movie industry has reached great heights today, it must be said that the roots and origin of entertainment came from the authentic Doordarshan. Yesterday, the Doordarshan has crossed one benchmark as it completed 50 years of its existence. Doordarshan, the public broadcaster completed its 50th year of existance on Tuesday.15 September, 1959 was the first day when the transmission of television programme begian in India at a make shift studio in the All India Radio building. Pramita Puri was the first announcer who started the programme with “shehnai recital' of Ustaad Bismillah Khan. The programme was transmitted in a radius of 25 kilometers with a small transmitters. From Black& White to becoming colour in 1982 to digital telecast in 2004, the public broadcaster has grown with tune of time. The regular daily transmission started in 1965 as a part of All India Radio. The television service was extended to Bombay and Amritsar in 1972. Till 1975, seven Indian cities had television service and Doordarshan remained the only television channel in India. Television services were separated from radio in 1976. Each office of All India Radio and Doordarshan were placed under the management of two separate Director Generals in New Delhi. Finally Doordarshan as a National Broadcaster came into existence.
National telecasts were introduced in 1982. In the same year, colour TV was introduced in the Indian market with the live telecast of the Independence Day speech by then prime minister Indira Gandhi on 15 August 1982, followed by the 1982 Asian Games being held in Delhi. Now more than 90 percent of the Indian population can receive Doordarshan (DD National) programmes through a network of nearly 1400 terrestrial transmitters and about 46 Doordarshan studios produce TV programs today. The first ever daily soap Hum Log and later on Buniyaad and Nukkad and mythological dramas like Ramayan (1987-88) and Mahabharat (1989-90) glued millions to Doordarshan and later on Bharat Ek Khoj, The Sword of Tipu Sultan and The Great Maratha. Hindi film songs based programs like Chitrahaar, Rangoli, Ek Se Badkar Ek, Superhit Muqabla. Crime thrillers like Karamchand, Barrister Roy, Byomkesh Bakshi, Reporter, Tehkikaat and Janki Jasoos,Suraag were popular among the masses.Presently, Doordarshan operates 19 channels – two All India channels-DD National and DD News, 11 Regional languages Satellite Channels, four State Networks, an International channel, a Sports Channel.

Bonus for all non-gazetted Railway employees

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 75 days wages for all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees. The move will benefit 13.05 lakh employees and it will cost the exchequer Rs 889 crore. Railways were the first departmental undertaking of the Government of India wherein the concept of PLB was introduced. Staffs of Indian railways are classified into gazetted (Group A and B) and non-gazetted (Group C and D) employees. The recruitment of Group A gazetted employees is carried out by the Union Public Service Commission through exams conducted by it. Whereas, the recruitment to Group 'C' and 'D' employees on the Indian Railways is done through 19 Railway Recruitment Boards which are controlled by the Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRCB).

NCP may settle for fewer seats in Maharashtra State Election

Maharashtra Politics is now looking somewhat clear, it is expected that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) settle for fewer constituencies in the seat-sharing talks for the Assembly elections in Maharashtra. Party sources have refused to confirm any formula but unofficially it is said the NCP has been offered 114 seats as opposed to the 124 it contested in 2004. This means the Congress gets the remaining 174 seats. However, Congress spokesperson Mohan Prakash told The Hindu that the party had never insisted on numbers and said the seats would be shared as per the delimitation of constituencies. Since Tuesday night the Congress and the NCP have been discussing the seats they would share. They had another round of talks on Wednesday morning and continued parleys in the evening after a break. Unconfirmed sources said 200 of the 288 seats were finalised and the remaining were the contentious ones.
Boosted by its unexpected showing in the recent Lok Sabha polls, the Congress which won 17 seats, took a tough stand right from the beginning. Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre said that after delimitation, the Congress had a claim to 173 seats. He has been saying that the party has a claim to more seats, keeping ground realities in mind. Meanwhile NCP leader Praful Patel, who is part of the talks, told reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday that the deal would be finalised in a couple of days. He admitted his party was willing to give up some seats to the Congress. The NCP had contested 124 seats in 2004 and won 71 of them. The Congress and allies had won 69 of the 164 seats they had contested last time. Its numbers swelled to 75 after Sena rebel Narayan Rane, now State Industries Minister and his supporters switched loyalties to the Congress.

Congress Lost Dwarka and Okhla Seat in Delhi

The Congress Thursday lost two seats in the Delhi by-elections with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal(RJD) winning one seat each. While BJP's candidate Pardymn Rajput defeated Congress' Tilotma Chaudhary in Dwarka, RJD's Asif Mohhamed Khan trumped the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Braham Singh in Okhla. Elections in Dwarka were held on Sep 10, and in Okhla on Sep 15. Both the seats were previously with the Congress. The elections were necessitated when Okhla legislator Parvez Hashmi was elected to the Rajya Sabha, and Dwarka legislator Mahabal Mishra to the Lok Sabha.

Inflation becomes Positive after 13 Week

Inflation edged back into positive territory after 13 weeks at 0.12 per cent, driven by higher prices of essential food items and may rise further on the back of poor farm production. The wholesale prices-based inflation rose 0.24 percentage points for the week ended September five against (-) 0.12 per cent a week before, despite a high base of 12.42 per cent a year ago. Cost of essential items like fruits rose by an exorbitant 17.8 per cent on a weekly basis. Also, prices of poultry chicken rose by 16 per cent, spices by three per cent and some pulses by one to two per cent.
Inflation had been in negative territory for 13 straight weeks due to base effect. Prices of food items, which rose continuously during the period, may rise further on the back of poor rainfall and resultant reduction in farm output. Terming the transition of inflation into positive territory as slightly faster than expected, Crisil Principal Economist D K Joshi said the major driver are the prices of items found in raw form. Both Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as well as Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had earlier said that inflation would turn positive by September.

TCS Cuts variable pay from Trainees Package

India’s largest private sector employer, Tata Consultancy Services is effecting a new salary structure for trainees, wherein it has shrunk the performance-linked variable pay component. The move is a cost cutting measure, the quantum of which TCS did not reveal. Freshers joining TCS will be eligible for a variable pay only after six months of the classroom training programme. The training programme too underwent a change early this year with the company increasing the duration from three to six months. The variable pay component, paid monthly, accounts for 19% of the total pay package of trainees and now they would have to be content with 9.5%.
The annual package of a trainee last year was Rs 3.5 lakh. Of this Rs 5,000 per month was the variable component. Around 1,500 freshers will join TCS this month. The company has made job offers to 25,000 candidates, who will join in due course. Few months ago, TCS had sliced off a small portion of the variable pay component across the board because of the gloomy global economic scenario for India’s outsourcing industry. Though the macro environment has improved, TCS is playing safe.

US Analyst feel " Recession is OVER Now"

On Tuesday, we got some good economic news when the Federal Reserve released its Beige Book economic report. The report indicates that the recession may finally be over. I realize this comes as little solace to the 15 million Americans still out of work, but the report is correct: Things are definitely getting better. This is merely the latest of many signals indicating an improved outlook for the economy. Another good sign came last week when the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) index of purchasing manager sentiment rose to 52.9 in August from 48.9 in July, crossing the important 50 threshold, which indicates the manufacturing sector is expanding. The fact that manufacturing activity is picking up bodes extremely well for future GDP growth (the measure of the total value of all the goods and services produced within an economy in a single year). Wall Street’s forecast for GDP growth in the third quarter is now up to 2.9% from 1.6% back in July. But it’s not just here where forecasts are improving. The International Monetary Fund said that it is revising its global growth forecast to just under 3% in 2010, which is up from the previous forecast of 2.5% growth. Economists at J.P Morgan now expect the euro zone to grow at a nearly 3% annual rate in the second half of this year—substantially higher than their previous forecast of only 0.5% GDP growth less than three months ago.
Its customers include brokerages, institutional investors and issuers of securities. I was pleased to see that Knight Capital is exiting the volatile hedge fund business, and it recently sold its Deephaven Capital Management subsidiary. Business has been very good lately. Knight Capital recently announced that its average U.S. equity trading volume was 3.8 million in July, up nearly 53% in the past year (the data for August should be out soon). The average daily value for trades the company executed in July was $22.5 billion, up 12% compared with a year ago and virtually unchanged from June. Knight Capital’s equity share volume last month averaged 10.2 billion, up 94% compared with a year-ago figure. As investors in general become more active in the coming weeks and months, I expect NITE to continue benefitting from volume increases. What’s more, the company plans to expand into Europe and Asia, which will open up new sources of revenue. It is for these reasons that NITE is a great buy.
Source: NASDAQ - US Stock Market

Accidendtly Bomb dropped near Indira Gandhi Canal, Accident avoided

In the third such instance this year, an Indian Air Force fighter plane managed to drop a bomb on Indian territory, this time miraculously missing the Indira Gandhi Canal that is a lifeline for millions in western Rajasthan and Punjab. A Mirage-2000 aircraft that took off from Gwalior on a routine exercise, mistimed an operation and dropped a 100-pound bomb 12 km from Mohangarh town in Jaisalmer district on Monday night. It was sheer chance that the bomb exploded some 100 feet from the Indira Gandhi Canal. Though the boundary of the canal was damaged, a large chunk of the canal could have breached had the projectile fallen a little closer, flooding nearby towns. A 100-pound bomb can cause damage to life and property up to 200 feet from the spot of explosion.
Confirming the incident, spokesman for the South-Western Air Command Group Captain Manoj Mehta said, “The aircraft had taken off from Gwalior as part of a routine exercise on Monday evening and was to drop the bomb at a target in Chandhan Range, 25 km away from the place where the bomb actually fell.’’ The Pakistan border is 60 km from Mohangarh town. Two other small villages, Hasam Ki Dhani and Hameed Nada, are barely 1 km from the site of the explosion.
The bomb created a 25-feet-wide crater and over 80 trees were burnt.

Yukio Hatoyama elected new PM of Japan

Yukio Hatoyama has been sworn in as the new prime minister of Japan on Wednesday after a landslide victory of his party at the recently held parliamentary elections. Ending the conservative rule for almost all of the post-war era, the new centre-left government of the Democratic Party of Japan registered a stunning victory in the parliamentary election two and a half weeks ago. Hatoyama, a US-trained engineering scholar and scion of a political dynasty, has promised to make politics work for the people and to undo an "iron triangle" that existed between the LDP, big business and the state bureaucracy. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Taro Aso's cabinet resigned en masse after a brief meeting of the cabinet.

No RAS Main 2007 Cut-off release till now, Candidates worried

RAS 2007 mains result is declared and this time candidates are looking for RAS Cutoff Marks but, till now RPSC didn't declare any category wise cut-off. For more than 2,500 candidates whose result of Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS-2007) was declared by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC), Ajmer. There is no merit of order given by the commission to clarify which candidate has been selected for the services. The commission has also not declared the cut-off marks for the reserved categories. For the first time in the history of RPSC categories of candidates have not been given and the matter has now been sent to the department of personnel (DOP) of the state government to decide eligibility for different posts in RAS.
The results have given a jolt to RAS coaching centres and employees of commission. Till now the commission had released RAS results with separate merit list of SCs, STs, general, handicapped and others reserved quota. This made it easy for candidates to know cut-off marks for each category. However, this time it is different.

राजस्थान में मनाया हिंदी दिवस मनाया गया

राजस्थान में मनाया हिंदी दिवस मनाया गया . केंद्रीय मानव संसाधन विकास (एचआरडी) मंत्री कपिल सिब्बल को हिन्दी दिवस को गणतंत्र दिवस, स्वतंत्रता दिवस की तर्ज पर मानने का राजस्थान सरकार ने आग्रह किया. मेघवाल ने भी एक हिन्दी संवर्धन के महत्व पर राष्ट्रीय नेताओं के उद्धरण वाले पोस्टर का विमोचन किया.