Fighter plane crashed near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan

Indian Air Force fighter plane crashed near Jaisalmer on Monday, but both the pilots were safe. The Sukhoi crashed near Jathegaon, about 40 km from Jaisalmer. The pilots ejected to safety. Air crashes have been bogging down the IAF, with Defence Minister A.K. Antony recently informing Rajya Sabha last week that 12 aircraft, including seven fighters, had been lost this year. The fighters included the frontline Su-30MKI, which crashed over Jaisalmer in April killing one of the pilots. The others were three Russian-built MiG-27s and MiG-21s each. The crashed trainer aircraft included the HPT-32 and Kiran Mk II. A transport aircraft was also lost over Assam.

Indian Economy grows 7.9%,

Indian economy grew by a significant 7.9 per cent in the second quarter of this fiscal, up from 6.1 per cent in the previous quarter, essentially due to a good showing by the industry and the services sector. The growth compares favourably to 7.7 per cent recorded in the July-September quarter in the previous year. The economy rose by 7 per cent in the first half ending September 30 of the current fiscal on the back of stimulus packages and revival of domestic demand, giving hopes that final figures for the year could be much higher. The government, including Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the Reserve Bank and the Planning Commission had predicted a growth of about 6-7 per cent, while global agencies and analysts forecast it to be even lower.
Analysts were expecting a growth rate of 6.1-6.6 per cent in the second quarter. The economic growth of close to eight per cent in the second quarter is also remarkable in the context of just 0.9 per cent expansion in farm production due to a weak monsoon and continued contraction in exports due to slackening demand overseas. However, the manufacturing sector grew by 9.2 per cent in the July-September period compared to 5.1 per cent in the corresponding period of last fiscal and mining and quarrying by 9.5 per cent versus 3.7 per cent recorded in FY09. Community, social and personal services expanded by double digit at 12.7 per cent against nine per cent.

Former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda arrested

Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda arrested today by the state police's vigilance wing in connection with a case of disproportionate assets. The arrest followed Koda's failure to respond to the state vigilance investigation bureau's second summons to appear before it on November 28 for interrogation. Koda has also ignored as many as three notices from the Enforcement Directorate to appear before it on November 11, 15 and 19 for interrogation. The ED has been probing charges of money laundering involving Rs 5,500 crore by Koda during his 23-month tenure as state CM.

Vinita Kamte's Book "To The Last Bullet" in controversy

Vinita Kamte, wife of IPS officer Ashok Kamte who died fighting terrorists during 26/11 Mumbai attack, has criticized Joint Police Commissioner(Crime) Rakesh Maria, for denying that he did not guide her husband to Cama hospital. In her book titled "To The Last Bullet", Vinita has questioned why Maria, who took charge of police control room during the 59-hour siege, had denied knowledge of how Ashok, Additional Police Commissioner (East), went to Cama Hospital. The book was released on Tuesday by noted social activist Aruna Roy and former Mumbai Police commissioner Julio Rebeiro in Mumbai. According to wireless excerpts between the control room and the eastern region, Vinita, who accessed the conversations using RTI Act, said Maria had asked Ashok to go to Cama hospital as firing was on by the terrorists.
The martyred IPS officer's widow also claimed that her husband Ashok Kamte had been directed by Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor (currently DG-housing) to head towards Trident Hotel, another place attacked by terrorists. Gafoor too stirred a controversy recently in an interview to a news magazine, where was quoted as saying "a section of senior police officers refused to be on the ground and take on the terrorists. By doing so, they chose to ignore the need of the hour." "When I met Hasan Gafoor, the commissioner said he was not aware as to how Ashok landed up at Cama hospital, when he himself had summoned him to the Trident Hotel. But somehow, beyond a point, Gafoor appeared unwilling to go into the details. I was disappointed," Vinita said. After the release of her book, she said there were still many unanswered questions about the circumstances in which her husband was killed.

BJP looking for Leader after lossing Civic poles in Rajasthan

After loosing civic poles in rajasthan, now BJP is loosing base in state. It’s been over a month since Vasundhara Raje resigned from the post of leader of the opposition in Rajasthan, but no replacement has been found till now and BJP is looking for a better replacement who can bring some smile on BJP face at State. BJP not only lost all four mayoral posts in Jaipur, Kota, Jodhpur and Bikaner, it suffered the ignominy of ceding the job for the first time in Jaipur and Kota. Elections for the post of the mayor in these four municipal corporations were held directly.
From 11 municipal councils, Congress bagged six while BJP had to rest content with a mere three. Vasundhara loyalists complain that the former Rajasthan chief minister, who was forced to step down from the opposition leader’s post on October 23, was deliberately kept away from campaigning for the party in the municipal polls. In the absence of any charismatic or powerful leader to steer BJP’s campaigning, it just wilted under the Congress onslaught. Local RSS leaders, who were instrumental in having Ms Raje removed from their way, have been pushing the name of former state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria, but the BJP’s central leadership is not said to be in favour of the proposal. BJP may bring some surprising name in State.

50 Employees hospitalised at Kaiga nuclear plant

About 50 workers at the Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka have been hospitalised after suffering radiation poisioning. Reports said the employees were taken ill after drinking contaminated water in the plant. The employees working in the first maintenance unit of the plant were treated for increasing level of tritium after they drank water from a water cooler in the operating area on November 24, official sources said on condition of anonymity. Tritium, also known as Hydrogen-3, is used in research, fusion reactors and neutron generators. Urine examination of the employees in the unit is done everyday as a matter of routine and during such a test four days ago it was found that the tritium level was more than the normal level. They were taken to the plant hospital in Mallapur and treated immediately, the sources said. “The contents of the water in the cooler are being investigated,” the sources said.
Kaiga is one of India’s newer nuclear plants and has three atomic power units of 220 MW each. A fourth unit is ready for commissioning anytime.

Online CAT exam disrupted on servers crash

The first computer-bases CAT Exam for admission to IIMs on Saturday got off to a troubled start with the server crashing in some centres, forcing the authorities to reschedule the examination for those affected. Nearly 2.41 lakh students across the country would take the exam for getting entry into seven IIMs and other B-schools in 105 centres in 32 cities in the next 10 days. "It has certainly not been cancelled in any of the test centres," Soumitra Roy, Managing Director, India, Prometric, the agency conducting the test, said. "As a result of isolated technical issues some candidates are being rescheduled and provided with a new appointment via email and SMS," Roy said.
He said that thousands of tests were successfully delivered in hundreds of test centres throughout the country. "To accommodate the maximum number of candidates, Prometric and IIMs delayed the start of the morning session by about half an hour," he said. Students complained of glitches in certain centres in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Delhi, Mumbai , Kolkata and Bhopal.

MTS to offcer internet services to Schools in Rajasthan

MTS, the mobile telephony services brand of Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL), is planning to forge a tie up with Rajasthan government to provide Internet services to educational institutes in rural areas. MTS Rajasthan chief operating officer Sandeep Yadav, on the sidelines of a press conference to announce the launch of mobile-high speed data services, Mblaze in Rajasthan. MTS officials said "We are willing to offer our services at confessional rates so that browsing facilities reaches to rural students as well,”. company can also offer free hardware if the state government enters into long term association.
MTS is betting big on data services. The company aims at garnering 35 per cent of its total revenue from data services in next two years. “Our major focus would be data services. We expect to corner 35 per cent share of data services in the state and clock a double-digit market share at national level in next two years. We would be launching our services in all the major cities of the state and covering national highways by the end of this fiscal. The post paid services will be launched after some time,” Mr Yadav said. With this launch, MTS would be offering its data services in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bhiwadi and Delhi in North India as well as southern cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchy, Kochi, Calicut, Trivandrum, Mysore, Mangalore, Bengaluru and Belgaum.

Veer Movie release date - 22nd January 2010

The New Year / January 2010 will witness a new chapter in Indian cinema with the year’s most awaited film Veer starring super star Salman Khan set to release on 22nd January 2010. An Eros International worldwide release, produced by Vijay Galani and directed by Anil Sharma, the epic saga stars Salman Khan in a never seen before avatar along with leading lady - newcomer Zarine Khan. Audiences will be treated to a glimpse of the film with the theatrical trailer hitting the silver screen with De Dana Dan on 27th November.
Veer, Salman Khan’s brain child that has lived with the actor for over 20 years is a legend of heroism and bravery of a Pindari soldier. The film is a period drama with the theme of love versus duty. It speaks of bravery exemplifying the courage of every oppressed Indian fighting for justice and independence. The film has been directed by Anil Sharma, a master at big canvas and historical projects.
Directed by Anil Sharma
Written by Salman Khan
Music by Sajid-Wajid
Cinematography Gopal Shah
Editing by Salman Khan
Distributed by Eros International
Star cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Salman Khan, Sohail Khan and Jackie Shroff
Veer Movie release date - 22nd January 2010

Indian defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 144 runs

India needed just one and a half sessions on Day 4 to complete the formalities and defeat Sri Lanka by an innings and 144 runs to win the Kanpur Test and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series. India have now won 100 off their 432 Tests and thus becomes the sixth country to win 100 or more Tests after Australia (332), England (310), West Indies (152), South Africa (120) and Pakistan (102). Resuming at 57/4, the Lankans started off with a positive approach but were never in with a chance as the Indians polished off the remaining six wickets despite some resistance from the Thilan Samaraweera-Ajantha Mendis partnership.
The Indians, who scored a massive 642 in their first essay after winning the toss and electing to bat first, were required to bat only once as the visitors could manage just 229 and 269 in their first and second innings respectively. This was also India’s biggest Test victory against Sri Lanka and their third largest victory margin ever.

Congress wins Civic election in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Kota

The ruling Congress in Rajasthan notched up further victories in the state on Thursday, sweeping the civic body elections. The party even wrested mayoral posts from the BJP’s traditional bastions of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Kota. After the counting ended on Thursday for civic bodies and for the first time their heads as well, the Congress candidates won as either presidents or chairpersons in 25 other civic bodies. While the BJP managed 10, the BSP and an Independent managed one victory each. The Congress is set to form the boards in 25 bodies, the BJP in 16 and Independents in the remaining.
For the first time in the state, the electorate voted to choose the head of their respective civic body, and the Congress managed a clean sweep. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday said the mandate of the people was clear since the Congress had won the Assembly elections last year, the Lok Sabha elections in May, and now the civic body elections.

Rajasthan's 220 MW unit of Atomic Power generation started

The newly installed 220 MW unit of the Rajasthan Atomic Power Plant(RAPP) was synchronised for power generation today. Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar, Atomic Energy Corporation Chairman-cum-Managing Director SK Jain and RAPP Site Director CP Jhamb were present on the occasion.
This is the fifth 220 MW power unit at the RAPP and will be used as fuel, imported Uranium which has been procured under the Indo-US Nuke deal. Accordingly, the RAPP has become the first beneficiary of the nuke deal with the US. This new unit is expected to start power generation within a fortnight, RAPP sources said.

2 More deaths in Rajasthan from swine flu, toll rise to 28

Two more swine flu deaths were confirmed on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 28 in the state. During the day, 66 new cases were confirmed in Rajasthan, among them 43 are children, including 33 kids from Jaipur. "One of the deceased patients was a 42-year-old lady admitted at Mathura Das Mathur hospital in Jodhpur, while another person was a 70-year-old man from Harmada who died a couple of hours after being admitted to a private hospital in Jaipur. Both the patients died on Tuesday," said a senior health official. Till now, 12 swine flu patients have died in Jaipur while 11 deaths have been confirmed in Jodhpur. However, in comparison to the 755 reported positive cases in Jaipur, there have only been 90 cases reported in Jodhpur. Following the high mortality in Jodhpur, principal health secretary G S Sandhu is on a two-day visit to the division. On Wednesday, he inspected the treatment facilities and held a meeting with the district collector to inquire about the plan of action.
Among the 922 persons who have tested positive for H1N1 across Rajasthan till date, 494 are males and 428 females. However, the high prevalence of the disease among the younger population has been a major cause for concern for the administration. More than 50% of the reported cases are children. Of the 592 children who tested positive so far, 337 are students from over 100 educational institutions in Jaipur.

4-lane Chittorgarh byepass opened for traffic

The 30 Km 4-lane Chittorgarh byepass road constructed with an investment of Rupees 210 crore has been opened for traffic. Leading private construction company Ashoka Buildcon-Velecha Engineering has completed the project within stipulated time and the same is now being handed formally to the state government, company director Sanjay P Londhe said here today. Besides laying 30 Km long 4 lane road, the project involves construction of other road related structures including one embedded bridge, two fly-overs 16 under-passes and concrete pavements, Mr Londhe said. This is the second project completed by the group in Rajasthan.

282 Years of Pink City Jaipur

Jaipur, the pink city was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, a Kachhwaha Rajput, who ruled from 1699-1744. Initially his capital was Amber, which lies at a distance of 11kms from Jaipur. He felt the need of shifting his capital city with the increase in population and growing scarcity of water. Jaipur is the first planned city of India and the King took great interest while designing this city of victory. He consulted several books on architecture and architects before making the lay out of Jaipur.
With a strategic plan, the construction of the city started in 1727. It took around 4 years to complete the major palaces, roads and square. The city was built following the principles of Shilpa Shastra, the Indian Architecture. The city was divided into nine blocks, out of which two consist the state buildings and palaces, whereas the remaining seven blocks were allotted to the public. In order to ensure the security, huge fortification walls were made along with seven strong gates. Today pick city is 282 years old and still riding on tech, tourism and becomes leading metro of India.

Narinder Modi forerunner for BJP President

Gujarat Chief Minister Narinder Modi have been shortlisted for the office as the term of current BJP President Rajnath Singh ends in January as per source. Some party leaders have even asked BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani to convince Modi to lead the party as its chief. They have also conveyed a message to the BJP’s patron organisation, Rashtriya Sawavemsevak Sangh (RSS), that Modi is a leader with a “mass appeal” who could be a big morale booster for the cadres.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has recently hinted to elevate little known Gadkari to head the BJP. But BJP leaders say Modi, 59, fits Bhagwat's requirements – that the new BJP president should be in the age group of 50-60 who pursue the Hindutva values of the RSS.

Police have seized 500 g of brown sugar at Jaipur

Police have seized 500 g of brown sugar, worth Rupees 50 lakh in the international market, concealed in a South Africa-bound parcel at a courier company office here, police said today. The parcel was seized by the police yesterday. The parcel of books and other such materials was booked by a youth at the courier company's Behror Road office in Alwar and reached at the company's state office here for forwarding to South Africa, they said.
Sensing some foul play during the checking of the parcel here yesterday, the courier company staff informed the police which recovered a packet of the contraband concealed between the books. The youth of foreign origin, who had allegedly booked the parcel, was also arrested in New Delhi last evening, the police added.

Blast in Scrap at Kota, 3 Dead 5 Injured

Blast on Mal Road at Kota shock the city at 9.00 am by some unexpected terror in the city. Police seal the whole area just after the blast happen. The source of blast was scrap where some people were working. This blast claims 3 life while 5 other people injured. Most of people belongs to a 'Luhar' family who was working there.
Police is looking for the cause of accident but at first sight it is looking like some live blast material was there in scrap material on which people working there hit by mistake.

Entrance test introduced for PhD at Rajasthan University

Rajasthan University will conduct an entrance test to those seeking admission to PhD programmes from the next academic session as per the meeting of the academic council on Saturday. "The initiative would increase the quality of research," said Bhupendra Shekhawat, spokesperson, RU. The entrance test will be conducted by the concerned department to judge the candidate's knowledge on the subject. Admission will be on the basis of the marks secured in the test, he said. To maintain transparency in the system, every department have to publish the number of seats on the university's website. Seats will be allotted to the candidates on the basis of the merit.
The decision was taken after the University Grants Commission directed all universities to introduce entrance test for research scholars. It has also been made compulsory for the scholars to upload their thesis on the university website along with the links to the published journals. The new system would remove the irregularities in the research programmes. "Often professors conceal the actual number of seats so that they can accommodate their own candidates. This will not happen in future," said an official.
Related News: No Entrance test this year for PhD at Rajasthan University

Rajasthan Ranaji Team announced, Rohit Jhalani will lead

Rajasthan cricket appears to have returned to a semblance of normality with the state board announcing a 15-man squad for the first two games of the season. However, missing from that list is the name of Hemang Badani, who had originally joined the team after cutting ties with the ICL. Manoj Prabhakar, who had been signed as coach before the season, has been replaced by former India player Parthasarthi Sharma. The Rajasthan government had last month been forced to intervene in an ugly spat between two warring factions in the state's cricket board (RCA) in an attempt to settle the confusion over team representation. An 11-member ad-hoc committee, appointed by the state government, removed Prabhakar from his role and appointed Sharma for three months. Badani is currently playing league cricket in Bangladesh. Rajasthan play their first match of the Plate League against Assam in Guwahati starting November 3.
Rajasthan Team: Rohit Jhalani (capt), Gajendra Singh, Pranay Sharma, Rajesh Bishnoi, Robin Bist, Vinod Chanawaria, Nikhil Doru, Madhur Khatri, Gagan Khoda, Kuldeep Singh, Ankit Lamba, Sumit Mathur, Pankaj Singh, Vineet Saxena, Vivek Yadav.

Rajasthan named world's 19th dream destination

Rajasthan with its royal forts and palaces amid the sand dunes and the beautiful backwaters of Kerala have eclipsed India's iconic Taj Mahal in an international survey that rated the world's top 133 tourist places. The survey, conducted by National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations, has appeared in the latest issue of Traveler magazine. While Rajasthan is considered the world's 19th dream destination, the backwaters of Kerala have been rated 23rd. The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri together have found 30th place in the survey. One of the panelists has opined that Rajasthan is India's Tuscany, a region in North-Central Italy known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy.
According to the survey, Rajasthan has a "strong sense of cultural identity" and "remarkable appeal and mystique". However, the survey expressed its concern about the tourism benefits not reaching the local communities. "Improved tourist facilities fuelled an eight-point jump from five years ago, though concerns remain that tourism benefits are not reaching local communities," it said. The lakes, rivers and canals in the southern Indian state of Kerala, "on which visitors ply aboard houseboats, present a unique travel and cultural experience". However, the survey said "the number of boats is not so large" that environmental degradation is feared.

Mandore Express derails near Jaipur, 10 dead

The Delhi-bound Mandore Express which was on its way from Jodhpur to Delhi derailed this morning with some portion of the track penetrating its AC compartment, leaving 10 passengers dead and over 30 injured at Banskho, 40 kilometers from jaipur. Fifteen coaches of the train derailed at 1:30 a.m., after the train left the Pink City, said sources from the North West Railway. Following the derailment, a segment of the tracks pierced the AC compartment and probably hit the passengers, they said. Welders are being use to remove the iron rods. While three of the dead have been identified as Sonal Singh (18) of New Delhi, S Kumar of Jodhpur and Ujjawal Vadhwa (27) of Jaipur. The other three bodies are yet to be recognized. Nineteen of the injured, including a New Zealand national Ana Elizabeth, have been admitted to the Sawai Mansingh Hospital here. State-owned buses have been pressed into service to take the passengers to their destination.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced an exgratia of Rs 5 lakh to the family of those killed. A sum of Rs one lakh would be given to the critically injured and Rs 10,000 to passengers who have received trivial injuries, said the Spokesperson of North West Railway. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also declared a recompense of Rs two lakh to the family of the dead and Rs one lakh to those seriously injured. A sum of Rs 50,000 will be given to those who have received minor injuries. West Zone Railway Protection Commissioner Prashant Kumar and GM NWR R M Verma visited the accident site.

Swine flu hit tourism destination rajasthan, Condition under control

The swine flu cases cross the mark of 80 after some new new cases of influenza A (H1N1) have been reported in Rajasthan, taking the number of positive cases of swine flu in the state to 455, an official said Friday. "On Thursday, we had taken samples of 173 suspected people, of which 75 were found to be positive," a senior medical and health department official told. Swine flu has been on the rise particularly among school children. "Out of these 455 cases, 179 are children from 46 different schools, majority of which are situated in Jaipur," the official said.
As a precautionary measure, a seven-day holiday has been declared in schools here. According to official data released Thursday, 20 people have died of H1N1 virus in Rajasthan. This does not include a woman who was suspected to have died of swine flu Thursday. Meanwhile, the state government has started outpatient department (OPD) in four satellite and 13 private hospitals in Jaipur. "We have also set up isolation wards in two satellite hospitals," Jaipur District Collector Kuldeep Ranka said.
Now, Rajasthan's tourism industry is worried. They feel the swine flu scare would hit the sector. Foreign tourist arrivals in Rajasthan may drop by 30 percent due to the swine flu scare, industry players say. "We may not be able to meet last year's figure mainly on account of swine flu scare and recession in the western world," said Navendu Goswami, a city-based tour operator dealing mainly in inbound tours to Rajasthan. "In fact, the figure would be 20-30 percent lower than last year." Around 1.4 million foreign tourists visited the state last year and on an average, one out of four foreign tourists coming to India visit Rajasthan. Condition under control of govt and there is no more scarcity for tourists in rajasthan.

Swine flu claims 2 life in Rajasthan

In fresh swine flu Two people died at jaipur and jodhpur while more than 50 tested positive in rajasthan. This took the total number of patientsidentified so far in the state to near 300. A 28-year-old woman, admitted to the SMS Hospital jaipur, and one patient in a hospital in Jodhpur, died of the H1N1 virus yesterday. With this, 19 deaths due to the Influenza A have been reported in the state. As many as 41 children were suffering from the disease in the Pink City, and eight schools have decided to remain closed for sometime to prevent spread of the infection.
While state govt hospital authority are now looking for some of the H1N1 people's address because of insufficient information at hospital authority and some cases detected at private hospitals.

BJP win Todabhim while Congress win Salumber Seat

The by-election spoils were equally divided between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling Congress in Rajasthan Tuesday with each winning one seat. While the BJP’s Ramesh Chand was declared elected from Todabhim, defeating his nearest Congress rival Shivdayal Meena by 8,200 votes, Basanti Meena of the Congress bagged the Salumber seat. She defeated Amrat Lal of the BJP by a margin of over 3,000 votes.
The Nov 7 by-elections were necessitated after legislator Kirori Lal Meena, an independent from Todabhim, and Raghuveer Meena from Salumber vacated their seats after getting elected to the Lok Sabha. In the 2008 assembly elections Kirori Lal Meena had won from Todabhim by giving a drubbing to both the Congress and the BJP, whose candidates lost their deposits. Raghuveer Meena of the Congress had won from Salumber in 2008. With these wins, the Congress tally in the state assembly has gone up to 102 and the BJP strength is now 79.

30 New swine flu cases reported in Rajasthan

More than 30 people, including eight students of two city schools, tested positive for swine flu in Rajasthan yesterday, official sources said today.Of the eight students, seven are from the SMS School while one belongs the MGD Girls School, the sources said. With this, as many as ten students of the SMS School had been identified with the disease during past three days.
The School management had already closed the institution for a week since Wednesday. With yesterday's new cases, the toll due to the pandemic in the state mounted to 90. Around 12 people have so far succumbed to the H1N1 virus, the sources said.

Bank of Rajasthan to provide home loan @ 7.5%

Bank of Rajasthan on Thursday said it has reduced rates on home loans to 7.5% under its “Apna Ghar Scheme” effective 9 November. For housing loans up to Rs30 lakh, it will charge a floating interest of 7.5% for the first year, 8.5% for the second and third years, and 8.75% from the fourth year, for all maturity periods. For housing loans of at least Rs30 lakh, the floating interest will be 8% for the first year, 9% for the second and third years, and 9.75% for the fourth year onwards, for all maturity periods.

Four Jaipur bomb blast accused arrested from Jabalpur

Accused in the May 13 Jaipur blasts case, was arrested on Wednesday night in a joint operation by the state Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) and the Rajasthan ATS. He was arrested from Tehri Pulia crossing in Lucknow’s Ghazipur while he was returning from Integral University on the Sitapur Road. On January 16, the Rajasthan ATS had procured the arrest warrant against Sarvar from a Jaipur court. It plans to take Sarvar to Rajasthan after seeking a transit remand from a Lucknow court.
According to a state ATS officer, Sarvar had a procured a degree from the Integral University in 2008. A native of Azamgarh, he was the batch mate of Hakim, who was also arrested by the ATS recently. Hakim was an accused in the Delhi blast case and was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh, the officer added. A member of the Indian Mujahideen, Saif had revealed during interrogation that Sarvar had planted the timers used in Jaipur serial blasts.

IOC Jaipur fire and Environmental Impacts continue

Environmentalists were assessing the toxic impact of the devastating fire at the IOC depot in Jaipur on environment, sources said. While Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board has set up a committee for the purpose, the Central Pollution Control Board was also monitoring the situation. ''Environmental damage caused by the fire could be worse as a variety of toxic gases are polluting the environment'', said a State Pollution Control Board official. ''We can not say what the damage has been, but we are monitoring sulphur dioxide, suspended particulate matter (SPM), respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) and oxides of nitrogen. The damage can not be quantified at this point of time, but we have set up a committee to see the combined effect of all the pollutants and take remedial measures'', he said. Officials of Central Pollution Control Board were also working here to assess the damage, the Board sources said.

Rajasthan chief secretary T Srinivasan took charge

Newly-appointed chief secretary T Srinivasan took charge on Saturday. He replaced Kushal Singh, who retired on Friday. Born in Srirangam in Tamil Nadu in 1950, Srinivasan is a 1975 batch IAS officer and had his first posting as a sub-divisional officer (SDO) in Bharatpur in 1977. A post-graduate in biology, Srinivasan was special secretary (PHED) to the state government in 1988 before he went to United Kingdom to pursue an MBA degree at Leads University there. He resumed his duties as special secretary (general administration department) in 1989. In his 34-year-long career as a bureaucrat, Srinivasan has proved his administrative skills serving in various departments in the state. Srinivasan was the additional chief secretary before chief minister Ashok Gehlot entrusted him with the new assignment. Handing over the charge to Srinivasan, outgoing chief secretary Singh said that every minute of her tenure has been interesting. She offered her best wishes to the new chief secretary.