Jaipur Literature Festival 2011 from Jan 21

Pink City Jaipur is all set for upcoming Literature Festival 2011. About 210 authors from across the globe, including 2 Nobel laureates and 7 Booker prize winners, will participate in the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival to be held at the Diggi Palace premises here between January 21 and 25. ''The annual event--a celebration of National and International writers--will present a wide range of activities including debates, discussions, book readings, music and workshops'', an organiser spokesman said here today.
Carrying forward the philosophy of the festival, JLF this year will hold session on various topics including international affairs foreign policy, caste and racial issues, naxals, cinema, religion, gender, the environment, democratic traditions, among others. A Special focus on writing from the north-east India and from the United States will be the key components for 2011. The festival continues to showcase the strength and diversity of writings in the Indian languages. It includes sessions in Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Tamil, Bangla, Assamiya, Odiya, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Nepali, Bhojpuri and Rajasthani. The five-day festival promises to be amongst the finest literary events for 2011 with over 400 accredited press from across the world, delegations from the UK and US and book lovers from across Asia and abroad.

RSS leader Indresh Kumar appears before CBI

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday questioned Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar in connection with the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case. Kumar, who appeared before the CBI at its office here, alleged that he was being framed in the case and pleaded innocence. “I am sure I will be fully proved innocent,” he said before walking into the CBO office. Nine people were killed in the blast in 2007. Five others were killed in police firing following the blast.
Alleging that it was a ‘political conspiracy by the Congress party’, Kumar said, “I am not aware why they have called me. As a law abiding citizen I have come here to answer whatever question they have.” “I am innocent. I have full faith in the judiciary and the people of my country,” he added. Kumar’s name had appeared in the 2007 Ajmer blast, but he was not among the accused. The charge-sheet had said that Kumar had presided over a secret meeting between the key conspirators in Jaipur. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who is an accused in the Malegaon blast case, was also present in the meeting. Swami Aseemanand and Sunil Joshi, who was murdered in 2007, were the brains behind the Ajmer blast, the charge-sheet had stated. Three persons were killed in the 2007 Ajmer blast.

ND Tiwari to undergo DNA test

Rejecting veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari's plea, the Delhi High Court today directed him to undergo a DNA test to ascertain the veracity of a young man's claim that he is his biological son. Justice S Ravindra Bhat said, "There is imminent need for him to give blood sample to conduct the scientific test." The court turned down the 85-year-old former Andhra Pradesh Governor's plea that he cannot be forced to undergo the DNA test, saying it is the right of a child to know his or her biological father.
In his petition, 31-year-old Shekhar had demanded that Tiwari should be made to undergo a DNA test and publicly apologise and declare him as his son. Tiwari has consistently denied having had any physical relationship with Rohit's mother Ujjwal Shekhar and said this was an effort to malign him.

Rajasthan Jat Mahasabha issue statement on Bainsla's Remark

Rajasthan Jat Mahasabha issue statement on Bainsla's Remark. Gujjar agitation leader Kirori Singh Bainsla’s recent remark could leads to Jat- Gujjar Clash in Rajasthan. Yesterday Bainsla told reporter that “The government should make up the 5% quota demanded by Gujjars by drawing 4% from the OBC category,”. Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla’s statement that his community’s quota demand be met by digging out 4% from the OBC’s 21% quota has irked the Jats, who are a major beneficiary of the reservation under this category. Soon after the Rajasthan high court extended the stay on 5% quota for Gujjars and three other communities for a year on Wednesday, Bainsla demanded that the state government should pull out the share of Gujjars—which he thinks is 4%—from the OBC and club it with the 1% quota given to the community as special backward class (SBC) in May this year.
The news travelled like wildfire from the Raseri rail tracks near Bayana and within hours the Rajasthan Jat Mahasabha issued a statement at Jaipur strongly objecting to Bainsla’s demand. “We will not allow division of the OBC quota at any cost. Gujjars are just 3% and they cannot be allowed to hold the 97% population of the state at ransom,” the Mahasabha’s president Raja Ram Meel reacted. Unmoved by Meel’s reaction, Bainsla launched another attack on the Jats by questioning the manner in which the latter community was included in the OBC category. As unconfirmed news travelled Raseri that the high court has denied the Gujjars even the 1% quota recently granted to them under the SBC category, Bainsla demanded to know, “Why these commissions and committees are mentioned only when Gujjars demand reservation; under which commission or committee report were the Jats given reservation?”

Gujjar Agitation: RSRTC, Rail services badly hit in Rajasthan

There were long queues at enquiry counters at the Jaipur railway station on Tuesday as passengers looked confused and anxious about the position of their trains. On the second day of the protest, more than 30 trains were diverted as the Gurjars were sitting on the tracks near Bayana. Now the Gurjars in Bhilwara are also planning to stop trains in the place on December 25. Gurjars in Ajmer are also planning to step up their agitation. The agitation could affect the rail and road traffic in these areas.
On Tuesday, three routes of the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) including Dausa-Mahavirji, Bayana-Karauli and Bayana-Hindaun remained affected as no bus was allowed to move on these routes. RSRTC managing director Manjit Singh said, "The buses on other routes of the state are plying normally." Besides, the Central West Railway (CWR) have cancelled trains including Janshatabdi Express and Jamuna Bridge Express as the Bharatpur-Sawai Madhopur section remained affected because of Gurjar agitation, sources said.

Gujjar agitation: Additional force deployed in Rajasthan

The Home Ministry today dispatched 1,500 personnel of central paramilitary forces to Rajasthan to assist the State government to deal with the situation arising out of the ongoing Gujjar agitation. The central forces will be deployed along with Rajasthan Police personnel to maintain law and order and foil any attempt by any one to disturb peace, sources said. Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai also spoke to Rajasthan Chief Secretary Salauddin Ahmed and discussed with him the prevailing situation in the State and assured him all central help to maintaining normalcy.
Rail and road traffic remained affected as the agitators continued to squat on rail tracks and blocked roads in Bharatpur district. Gujjars have been agitating for the last two days in support of their demands, including quota in jobs. The Ashok Gehlot government has said it was ready for talks to end the impasse.

Gujjar to raise protest to higher level

Gujjars have stepped up their agitation and plan to choke major rail and road links a day after the Rajasthan High Court kept on hold the state government's Reservation Act giving five per cent extra quota for Gujjars in government jobs and educational institutes. Angry Gujjars are sitting on railway tracks, leading to the diversion of nearly 40 trains. Protesters are threatening to block major highways in eastern Rajasthan. They have called for a bandh on Friday in Dausa and Ajmer district. The administration is taking no chances. Paramilitary forces have been summoned to handle the situation. "All the rail tracks and highways will be blocked all over the state soon and we are also asking Gujjars in Delhi to stop milk supply in support of our demands," he added.

Gujjar Reservation decision - Rajastha HC deny special reservation

In a setback to agitating Gujjars, the Rajasthan High Court today held that members of the community could not be given special reservation in government jobs. A division bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Mahesh Bhagwati held that Gujjars cannot be given special reservation and an act of 2008 has no substratum of quantifiable data that could justify the reservation. The move to provide reservation by government could not, therefore, be acted upon, the judges said.
The court also directed the state government to carry out an exercise within a year to establish the backwardness of Gujjars, Raikas, Raibari and Gadiya Lohar communities in the fields of education and government employment. Gujjars have been agitating for the last two days in support of their demands, including quota in jobs. The Ashok Gehlot government has said it is ready for talks to end the impasse. The High Court had earlier stayed the quota as it was exceeding the 50 per cent limit. Rail and road traffic was disrupted in Rajasthan's Bharatpur district due to the Gujjar stir. The agitation which began in 2007 has claimed over 70 lives so far. A year ago, Gujjars in Rajasthan fought police and members of another caste that already qualified for job reservations. After the protests, the State government said it would spend Rs 2.8 billion on improving schools, clinics, roads and other infrastructure in Gujjar areas. But Gujjars rejected this option.

Jobs in Rajasthan Power Sector Companies

Common Recruitment Examination for Recruitments in Accounts Cadres by Power Sector Companies of Rajasthan. Power Sector Companies of Rajasthan invites Applications “On-Line” from the eligible candidates having requisite qualification for appointment on the following vacant posts in 5 Power Sector Companies of Rajasthan :
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Gujjar agitation day 3: Threaten to block Road after Train

The rail-roko on Delhi-Mumbai route by Gujjar protesters to press for five per cent special quota and other demands to continue for the third day as there was no talk on tuesdays and rajasthan high court to take decision on reservation today at jaipur. Rajasthan government expressed faith in wisdom of Gujjar leaders and readiness to hold talks for amicable solution. The Gujjars agitators also held demonstration outside the RPSC head quarters in Ajmer and blocked Bayana-Hindon Road in Karauli district. CM Ashok Gehlot and home minister Shanti Dhariwal’s statements that the state government won’t put the announced recruitments on hold, as demanded by the Gujjars, too prompted the community leaders to declare an intensification of the agitation. “We will block national highways 11, 8 and 3 until the government stops the recruitment drive,’’ Bainsla’s close aide Har Prasad said. Bainsla supported his statement saying, “I am responsible for all their (protesters) actions.’’ Sticking to the demand for freezing recruitments till the quota issue was settled, Bainsla said, “The government has been saying it has given us 1% quota as special backward class and also under the OBC category, but the promise hasn’t been fulfilled.’’

Road accidents kills 10 man in Jodhpur

Ten people were killed and three injured in two road accidents in this district overnight, police said here today. Seven people were killed and a minor girl injured when the camel cart on which they were travelling was hit by a truck-tanker on the outskirts of the city on the Jodhpur-Nagaur Road last night. According to Police sources, the victims hailing from nearby villages were going to attend a religious programme at nearby village kurwad when the speeding truck tanker hit their camel cart from the rear.
Six persons, including four women, died on the spot while a boy succumbed to his injuries later in the hospital, the sources said adding that the injured girl was admitted to Ummaid Hospital here. In another incident, three women were killed and two others injured in a collision between a van and a private bus along Kaparda near Bilara in the district this morning, the sources added. The victims were coming to Jodhpur from Ajmer to attend a hearing at the Family Court when their van rammed into the bus, sources said.

Railways Train No changed to 5 digit from 4

Indian Railways on Monday "smoothly" migrated to a five digit number scheme to monitor movement of passenger trains more effectively and facilitate management of train information scientifically for public convenience. "The migration went of smoothly as the date upgradation was carried out in the systems overnight to cause least inconvenience to passengers," said a Railway Ministry official. The pan-India 139 rail enquiry system has also added a new number '7' in the system to enable passengers find the new train numbers. The migration to five digit number had also become necessary as the four digit numbering scheme had got exhausted with the Indian Railways running more than 10,000 trains every day, the official said.
To make the transition smooth and simple, only a prefix of the digit 1 (one) has been added to the four-digit numbers of the existing trains. They include all scheduled and regular express or mail and superfast trains including the Durontos, Yuva Trains, Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Jan Shatabdi, Garibrath and Sampark Kranti Express trains. For example, under the new scheme, the number of Kolkata Rajdhani from now on would be 12302 and 12952 for Mumbai Rajdhani.

Prasar Bharti CEO Lalli suspended

President Pratibha Patil tonight ordered the suspension of Prasar Bharti's controversial CEO BS Lalli, who is in the eye of a storm facing allegations of irregularities in the country's largest public broadcaster. The order for the suspension has been signed by Patil, official sources said tonight. The order came on the eve of the President's deparature to Hyderabad for the annual winter sojourn. The Presidential action came after the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) forwarded to Patil the letter by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry recommending the suspension of 63-year-old Lalli, a 1971-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.
According to the Prasar Bharati Act, the Chairman or a Member of PB can only be removed by an order of the President on the ground of misbehaviour after the Supreme Court holds an inquiry following a reference to it. Member (Executive) is the Chief Executive of the public broadcaster. Pending inquiry, the CEO can be placed under suspension as per the provisions of the Act. Prasar Bharati was formed in 1997 as a public service broadcaster. This is the first time that its CEO faces the prospect of being removed from the post and is a test case of sorts.

Gujjar agitation hits Rail services, Rajasthan HC hearing on wednesday

Train services between Mathura in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan's Bharatpur was disrupted on Tuesday by Gujjars who have been asking for five per cent reservation in government jobs. A section of Gujjars, led by Kirori Singh Bainsla, last night revived the agitation for five per cent quota in government jobs and educational institutes in Dausa. They blocked the Delhi-Mumbai rail route in Bharatpur. As a result 25 trains on the Kota-Mathura line had to be diverted. The worst affected were the services on the Delhi-Mumbai trunk route.
The Western Railway (WR) has diverted several trains: Bandra-Jammu Tawi, Mumbai Central Ferozpur, Ahmedabad-Patna, Bandra-Amritsar and Golden Temple Mail. "I have directed my people to begin agitation across the State and will call it off only after the state government fulfils our demands of five per cent reservation, withdrawal of the cases against Gujjar agitators and their release from jail," Bainsla told reporters. "The government has been dilly-dallying over the issue for too long. Now Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has even announced that they will go ahead with recruitment before the quota issue for Gurjjars is settled," Bainsla added. The agitation which began in 2007 has claimed over 70 lives so far.

Fresh Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan, Delhi Mumbai Train service affected

In Rajasthan, hundreds of Gujjar activists led by Col. Kirodi Singh Bainsla has staged a dharna on rail track in Pilupura village of Bharatpur district. Earlier, the Gujjar activists started their march from Raseri to Pilupura, after the deadline of 4.00 pm set by Col. Bainsla was over.AIR correspondent says, the Delhi-Mumbai rail track is likely to be disrupted following this Dharna. Gujjars are demanding quick implementation of five per cent reservation to their community, withdrawal of cases against their activists and payment of compensation to widows of those killed during the last agitation. The New Delhi-Mumbai railway track has been blocked, forcing unscheduled halts and diversions of as many as 17 trains. railway traffic was disrupted in the section with several trains forced to halt at unscheduled stops while others were diverted. Trains like Lucknow-bound Avadh Express had to be diverted via Sawaimadhopur, Jaipur, Bandikui, Bharatpur and Agra. Even the Doon Express was diverted through the Sawaimadhopur route while the Janshatabdi had to take the Bharatpur-Bandikui-Jaipur route. “Due to security reasons, the railway authorities have stopped Nizamuddin-Kota Janshatabdi Express at the Bharatpur railway station,” sources said.

RU allowed Mallika to attend fest, but not dance

Rajasthan University has cleared the way for Bollywood siren, Mallika Sherawat to appear at the inauguration of the office of the students union on Monday. However, she was not allowed to dance to the tunes of latest Bollywood songs. The decision was taken by vice-chancellor, B L Sharma amid pressure from the students on Monday. On Sunday he had told TOI because of fear law and order situation going out of hand this programme will not take place on the campus. The V-C but he was not available for comment. This decision comes as a disappointment for students who were keen to see the glam girl dance item numbers. In the evening, they again requested the administration to allow the actress to perform, but in vain.

Temp further down in Rajasthan, Mount Abu at -3

Night temperatures plummeted in parts of Rajasthan with Churu in the plains recording a temperature of 2.9 degree Celsius whereas Mount Abu, the sole hill station in the state, settled at minus 3 degree Celsius. Jaipur, Dabok, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Ajmer recorded night temperatures of 6.2, 6.9, 7.5, 8.7 and 9.2 degrees respectively while Barmer and Kota recorded 10 and 10.6 degree Celsius. Sriganganagar recorded night temperature of 4.2 degrees. According to the MeT department, mercury would further dip in North Rajasthan while cold conditions would remain the same in other parts of the state.

Ranji Trophy Quarter-final - Rajasthan Vs Mumbai

Defending champions Mumbai will take on Rajasthan in the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy according to the release issued by BCCI on Saturday. Mumbai, who topped Group A of the Super League, will travel to Jaipur for the December 24-27 game and will be the favourites against the finalist of the Plate League. Rajasthan have had a good run this season thanks to imports, former India internationals, Hirishikesh Kanitkar and Aakash Chopra, but the 39-time Ranji Champions are expected to make the semi-finals without much trouble.
Mumbai, coached by former Test batsman Praveen Amre, boast of several players who have been part of the Indian dressing room over the years like skipper Wasim Jaffer, his deputy Ajit Agarkar, pacers Avishkar Salvi and Dhawal Kulkarni, batsman Rohit Sharma, offie Ramesh Powar and all-rounder Abhishek Nayar. In the other quarter-finals, Tamil Nadu will travel to Haryana, Baroda will host Railways and Karnataka will head to Indore to take on Madhya Pradesh, the other Plate League finalist.

Lanco Infra to solar power project in Rajasthan

Lanco Infratech Ltd today announced financial closure of its 1,320 MW thermal power project, being developed by its unit Lanco Vidarbha Thermal Power Ltd, in Maharashtra, with the company securing a debt of Rs5,549 crore from a consortium of banks. The project, estimated to cost Rs6,936 crore, would be financed through Rs5,549 crore of debt and an equity of Rs1,387 crore, the company said in a statement. In a separate development, the company said it has got letters of intent to develop a 5-MW solar PV project and a 100-MW solar thermal project in Rajasthan under the first phase of the National Solar Mission (NSM).
The company said it has plans to develop 200-300 MW of solar power in the next two years. "The recent wins under NSM, especially the 100 MW in solar thermal, goes well with our strategy to develop 200-300 MW over the next two years across the nation and emerge as a leading developer in the country and globally," its subsidiary, Lanco Solar's CEO Sai Baba said in the statement.

Govt ban Export of Onion to bring down prices

The government on Monday decided to suspend onion exports till January 15 following skyrocketing prices at around Rs 60-70 a kilo due to "hoarding and speculation". Agriculture cooperative major Nafed, which along with 12 other agencies regulates onion exports, have been asked to stop giving fresh clearance to exporters from Tuesday morning till January 15 next year. "There will be voluntarily suspension of issuance of No Objection Certificates (NOCs) by NAFED, NCCF and other STEs for exports", an official statement said.
It said NAFED and NCCF (National Consumer Cooperative Federation ) will sell onion at cheaper rates from tomorrow through their retail outlets. The government has more than doubled minimum export price (MEP) to USD 1,200 per tonne from USD 525 for exporters who have already got no objection certificates (NOC). "The NOCs which have already been issued till today will be effected only on USD 1200 per tonne cost and freight," the statement added. Asked about the reasons for the sharp rise in onion prices, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said: "price rise is because of hoarding. There is enough stock of onion in the country". However, traders in Delhi's main wholesale market at Azadpur said the rise in prices were due to shortage of supply from the main producing regions.

Rajasthan University VC deny permission to Mallika Sherawat show

Students in rajasthan university are looking sad not because of upcoming exams but because Vice chancellery of University of Rajasthan has denied permission to Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat's performance in a cultural programme on the campus fearing a law and order problem Mallika Sherawat was supposed to perform some item songs in Rajasthan university as star performer and chief guest to inaugurate Rajasthan University Students' union office for research scholars as per TOI Report. "In the application seeking permission, they misled us by not mentioning Mallika's performance and the number of invitees," said B L Sharma, VC. He said the students should have invited some eminent academic for the event rather than someone from Bollywood.
While rajasthan university Cultural fest organizing body says they had given all information like date, time, venue and occasion in the application. "However, it is not the business of the V-C to decide on kinds of cultural programme we are organising,". "It's unfortunate that new RU V-C is making a mountain out of mole hill. They are taking this city back to middle ages. On the one hand, they talk about Jaipur as an emerging world class city and on the other, refusing an actress to perform in the university,".

TDP call Bandh in AP, Chandrababu Naidu admitted to hospital

Telugu Desam Party president Chandrababu Naidu was forcibly shifted to hospital this morning as his health condition deteriorated due to his protest fast. Naidu's blood sugar level is believed to have dropped on Sunday night, forcing the government to act and shift him to the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences. The TDP chief has been fasting since Friday to demand more compensation for farmers who had lost their crop in the recent rains. The party workers, who shouted slogans against the government as Naidu was being shifted, have called for a bandh in the state today. Chandrababu Naidu, had decided to go on an indefinite hunger strike in protest against the ''inadequate relief package announced by the state government for farmers who lost their crop in the recent rains.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Kiran Kumar Reddy, and Chandrababu Naidu have been having a duel over farmers' relief package over the past few days. Last Monday, Naidu had staged a dharna at Goshamahal police stadium outside the Assembly in Hyderabad to focus on issues concerning farmers. On Thursday last week, the Andhra Pradesh government enhanced the input subsidy from Rs. 4,500 to Rs. 6,000 per hectare to farmers who lost their crops in the recent rains in the state. The government had also announced waiver of interest on farm loans disbursed this season, resulting in a relief of Rs. 350 crore to distressed farmers. Announcing these measures in the Assembly, Chief Minister Kiran Reddy said the hike in input subsidy would provide relief to farmers who lost crops like paddy, sugarcane and cotton in over 10 lakh hectares.

Congress unveils action plan against corruption

Congress on Sunday unveiled a five-point action plan to deal with corruption and counter attacked BJP by demanding probe into "links" between RSS and its affiliates and terror. A party plenary attended by over 15,000 delegates held against the backdrop of 2G spectrum, Adarsh and CWG scams heard Congress President Sonia Gandhi as well as her son Rahul Gandhi calling for strict and speedy action against corruption, including those involving politicians and bureaucrats in a "defined time-frame". In her Presidential address on the opening day of the two-day conclave at Burari on the outskirts of Delhi, Sonia Gandhi unveiled a five-point action plan to battle corruption by fast-tracking all cases against public servants including politicians "like us".
She called for taking forward the proposal of State-funding of elections, legislative and clear procedures to ensure transparency in public procurement and shedding of discretionary powers by Chief Ministers and all Ministers, including at the Centre, especially in land allotments as they "breed corruption". An open competitive system of exploiting natural resources was also needed, she said. Sonia Gandhi having laid the roadmap to battle corruption, the government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to follow up by taking executive action.

ISRO postponed launch of GSAT-5P launch

The launch poof country's latest communication satellite GSAT-5P on Monday from the spaceport of Sriharikota, was deferred on Sunday after a minor leak in the Russian cryogenic engine on board the GSLV-F06 launch vehicle. The leak was identified during the pre-countdown checks for the launch by the home-made Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F06) powered by Russian cryogenic engine, ISRO spokesperson S Satish said. "Due to a minor leak in one of the valves of the cryogenic stage the launch has been postponed..", he said.
The satellite was planned to be launched from Sriharikota on December 20 at 4:01 pm and the 29 hour-countdown sequence was scheduled to commence at 11 am on Sunday. But due to the leak in the cryogenic engine, the Launch Authorisation Board, which met today to review the results of pre-countdown checks, did not authorise it, he said. The revised schedule for the launch would be firmed up after ascertaining the cause for the leak, remedial actions and due verifications, he added. The rocket, seventh mission of GSLV-FO6, has major changes incorporated as compared to the previous flights. It includes loading 15 tonnes of propellants in its third stage of flight and uprating of the third stage thrust by 26 per cent, ISRO said.

Katrina Kaif Visits Ajmer Dargah For TMK

Katrina Kaif offered the religious 'Chaadar' on the mausoleum of the Sufi saint Khwaja Mouinuddin Chisty and prayed for the success of her upcoming film Tees Maar Khan(TMK). In 'Tees Maar Khan', Kaif is portraying a comedy role opposite akshay Kumar.
The actress has now made it a ritual to visit the Ajmer Shariff Dargah to bring good luck to her films. Katrina Kaif earlier Visits Ajmer Dargah For Rajneeti film also. The golden girl of box-office is also a good girl we say. The film release is scheduled on 24 December.

Rajasthan enters Ranji Trophy quarter final

Visitors Rajasthan booked themselves a place in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals on the virtue of their massive first innings lead of 292 in the Plate division semi-final match against Maharashtra here today. In reply to Rajathan's mammoth score of 641/7 declared, Maharashtra were bowled out for 349. The visitors chose not to impose the follow-on and were 203/2, when skippers of both the teams agreed for a draw.
Opener Aakash Chopra, who scored 302 not out in the first innings failed to add to his heroics and was dismissed for 3. However, former India all-rounder Hrishikesh Kanitkar made full use of the opportunity as he completed his century and remained unbeaten on 100 (178b 4x13 6x2). He was well-supported by Vineet Saxena, who made 79

Former UP Minister Raja Bhaiya arrested

Uttar Pradesh former minister Bhaiya have been arrested in Pratapgarh district for their involvement in block election problems. Police also arrested MP Shailendra kumar and MLA Vinod Saroj as per media report. Total 8 man arrested in this case which also includes Raja Bhaiya's brother. Raja Bhaiya alias Raghuraj Pratap Singh, a Samajwadi Party MLA from Kunda , Shailendra Kumar, an MP from Kaushambi, Akshay Pratap Singh, an MLC, and Vinod Kumar Saroj, another MLA from the party have been arrested in the night and booked for attempt to murder, kidnapping. Mukesh Shukla, a BSP supported candidate who is contesting the block head election scheduled for December 22 was allegedly intercepted by Raja Bhaiya and his supporters at around midnight. Raja supporters fired almost around 10 rounds and later on the police reached the spot and arrested Raja and six others.

Indian Team for ICC World Cup 2011

The BCCI announced the much-awaited list of 30 probables for the 2011 World Cup in Mumbai on Saturday. This list of 30 probables would be forwarded to the ICC on Sunday and in a month's time the squad would be trimmed to 15.
30 probables squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthick, Wriddhiman Saha, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, Saurav Tiwary, Yuvraj Singh, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Murli Vijay, S Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan

Bainsla warns to revive Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan

Accusing the government of not keeping its promise, Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla today threatened to revive the agitation in support of the community's demand for reservation, from December 20 in Rajasthan. Bainsla, who spearheaded the Gujjar agitation demanding 5 per cent quota to Gujjars, today called a meeting in Karauli today and planned to revive agitation. "The state government has cheated us. We were assured that a best lawyer will be hired for expeditious hearing of the case pending with the high court to accord us 5 per cent reservation, but nothing progressive was done by the government," Harprasad Gujjar, a close aide of Bainsla, told PTI over phone from Karauli. He said, "We were promised one per cent reservation under the 50 per cent limit, and speedy hearing of the case.
"The agitation will be peaceful but we will block roads and stop trains from December 20 if our demands are not met," he said. Gujjars are demanding 5% reservation under SBC which included Bajara, Raika, Rebari and Gadia Luhar community and also a stay on recruitment in state services till the reservation issue resolves. The high court-appointed IS Israni committee to look into the reservation demand of Gujjars in Rajasthan has also recommended the government to grant quota and special backward class status to the community. The high court had last year, however, struck down the 5% reservation for the community (as recommended by the Jasraj Chopra Committee) observing that the measure would exceed the 50% reservation cap.

Farmer KK Jakhad wins RJ Dalmia Environment Award

The Fourth Ramkrishna Jaidayal Dalmia Environment Award will be conferred upon Sangaria (Hanumangarh) based farmer Krishna Kumar Jakhad. The award instituted by Ramkrishna Jaidayal Dalmia Seva Sansthan, Chirawa (Jhunjhunu) carrying a cash reward of Rs One lakh and citation, will be given to Mr Jakhad for his work in the field of environment and water conservation, Selection Committee Chairman Prof Manohar Singh Rathore said. Besides this, five divisional level awards would also been given for works on water conservation/harvesting and environment projection, Mr Rathore said. The awards would be presented at a function in Chirawa in Jhunjhunu district on January 12 next, he added.

Five JDA Engineers suspended after Sting operation

Rajasthan govt suspended Five JDA(Jaipur Development Authority) Engineers after Sting operation held by TV News channel Aaj Tak on late night. Congress Govt comes into action after Video tape is released from channel taking bribe for contracter.

DELL woman employee found murdered in Bangalore

A 29-year old woman employee of computer maker DELL here was found murdered in her apartment in the city today, police said. Payal Surekha (29), who was working as a technical associate with DELL, was found lying on the bed with her throat slit. Surekha, a native of Assam, was married to Ananth Mishra of Orissa for the past five years.
The murder, the motive of which was under investigation, occurred when she was alone at her residence and Ananth was away in Orissa, police sources told PTI. "It does not appear to be a murder for gain as the ornaments she was wearing were intact and nothing seemed to be missing from the house," they said.

Delhi NCR created highest Jobs in India during 2010

Delhi NCR(National Capital Region) created highest in India during 2010 as per recent survey. The organised sector in India created 7,39,064 jobs between January and September 2010 and 3,94,700 more jobs will be added in the current quarter, according to the latest results of Ma Foi Randstad Employment Trends Survey. Ma Foi Randstad, a leading integrated HR services provider in the country, has been conducting the employment trends survey since 2004. This study is the largest job market study on the organised sector employment in the country, claims the survey.
Amongst the cities surveyed, Delhi & NCR has reported greatest employment generation by creating 113,897 jobs in the year 2010. This region has created 44,183 jobs during the period of October to December 2010, which is the highest in the year so far. Large scale hiring was in place during the third quarter 2010. Commonwealth Games 2010 was also a significant contributor for the region in terms of hiring activities in the third quarter of 2010.

WikiLeaks hit indian politics, leaks on Rahul, Sonia Gandhi

The shocking expositions by whistleblower WikiLeaks on Dec 17 seem to create trouble for Congress. First it revealed the controversial statement of Rahul Gandhi on Hindu terror, now it took a hand on Congress president Sonia Gandhi. WikiLeaks' revelation: Rahul said Saffron terror is more dangerous than LeT The website published that a US embassy cable in Nov 2007 criticised Sonia Gandhi sharply over her "failure" to handle the oppositions in regarding the India-US nuclear deal issue. "With the future of Indian foreign credibility hanging in balance, Sonia Gandhi has been unable to show principled leadership even when it might benefit her party at the polls," the website quoted a cable by Ted Osius, currently the US deputy chief of mission in Jakarta as saying. WikiLeaks also quoted the Cable as stating, "Mrs Gandhi never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity."
The Cable has also been quoted as stating, "Deeply hurt by personal tragedy, she (Sonia) has erected a strong and stoic persona to prevent public access to her personal space." "She presents an intriguing enigma of a warm private personality that remains concealed and is available only to her closest confidants and family members," he added.

New beginning in India China relationship - Wen Jiabao

The Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today pleaded for turning over the page and starts a fresh chapter of cooperation in India China relations. He observed that media can play an important role in this direction and called upon the media from the two countries not to sensationalize the issues .This he said will help in removing misunderstandings. Responding to the points made by the Cultural icons and journalists from the two countries in New Delhi before leaving for Pakistan, he admitted that there was a bad patch in the bilateral relationship besides some misunderstandings. On the boundary question Wen Jiabao said it will have to be dealt with patience as building trust and confidence is essential. People to people contact and cultural exchanges can play an important role in this regard. He added that the two countries will have to be good neighbors to pave the way for greater engagement. He reiterated that China and India are partners and not competitors and announced a million dollar aid for Nalanda University in Bihar. The university has served a bridge between India and China for a long time.
Speaking at the function to mark the conclusion of 60 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries last evening, the Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh said that India and China will march together as friends and not as rivals. Dr. Singh asserted this century belongs to Asia and that there is enough scope for the two countries to grow and fulfil development aspirations of the people. Expressing satisfaction over his talks with Chinese Premier, Dr. Singh appreciated his role in advocating the need to strengthen strategic partnership between the two countries. The Chinese Prime Minster also called for bridging the information gap between the two countries. He has left for Islamabad after the visit.

India South Africa tour Schedule 2010-11

Date Local GMT IST Match Details Venue
16-Dec-10 10:30 8:30 14:00 South Africa vs India, 1st Test Centurion
26-Dec-10 10:30 8:30 14:00 South Africa vs India, 2nd Test Durban
2-Jan-11 10:30 8:30 14:00 South Africa vs India, 3rd Test Cape Town
9-Jan-11 14:30 12:30 18:00 South Africa vs India, 1st T20 Durban
12-Jan-11 14:30 12:30 18:00 South Africa vs India, 1st ODI Day Night Match Durban
15-Jan-11 14:30 12:30 18:00 South Africa vs India, 2nd ODI Day Night Match Johannesburg
18-Jan-11 14:30 12:30 18:00 South Africa vs India, 3rd ODI Day Night Match Cape Town
21-Jan-11 14:30 12:30 18:00 South Africa vs India, 4th ODI Day Night Match Port Elizabeth
23-Jan-11 10:00 8:00 13:30 South Africa vs India, 5th ODI Centurion

Hero Honda split, its Now Hero and Honda

The two partners in Hero Honda Ltd have finally decided to ride off on their own in different directions. Their journey in the next few years will be closely watched as it could have a profound effect on the booming market for two wheelers, say industry experts. The Hero Honda board met on Wednesday to give its stamp of approval on a deal to end a 26-year-old partnership that began when India was tentatively opening its doors to multinational investment and a growing middle class was coming into its own. “This is the most important announcement I have made in the last 25 years,” said Pawan Munjal, Hero Honda’s managing director and chief executive officer.
The Munjals of the Hero group will buy out the 26% stake held by Honda Motor Co. Ltd for an undisclosed amount, in a deal that will likely be funded by debt. The purchase will be done in a “phased manner” in 2011 through two or more promoters, said senior Hero Honda officials. Financiers said this is an indication that the Munjals would first raise a bridge loan, and then go in for a term loan or bring in private equity firms at a later stage. Hero Honda proved to be one of the most successful of a bunch of similar collaborations between Indian and Japanese automobile companies in the early 1980s, though the separation seemed to be on the cards ever since Honda set up a wholly owned unit, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Ltd, in 1999. It was the only one of three Honda joint ventures in India that endured a testimony to the success of the venture. The two companies will face unique challenges in the years ahead as they rebuild their strategies.

Fun Foods new plant in Rajasthan soon

Germany-based Dr Oetker Group who owns Delhi-based Fun Foods is now looking at increasing its manufacturing capacity and setting up a new plant in Bhiwadi in Rajasthan by end-2012. “The new plant will not only take care of the existing product portfolio, but will also manufacture Dr Oetkar’s food products which we will launch in a few months’ time. At present we have three plants — two in Uttarakhand and one in Rajasthan,” said Oliver Mirza, managing director of the newly christened Dr Oetkar India & Fun Foods. The company makes popular condiments including sandwich spreads, mayonnaise and sauces. “The land for the plant is already in place. It is six times bigger than the area of the three existing plants put together. I would not be able to divulge the exact size and capacity now. But this plant will take care of the foods division of Dr Oetkar Group,” said Mirza. He did not divulge the investment involved for the upcoming plant. Dr Oetker India & Fun Foods is expecting to close this financial year at Rs 70 crore. Last financial year, the company had recorded revenue of Rs 53.4 crore. Almost 50 per cent of the company’s business comes from the B2B segment.

WikiLeaks: Rahul Gandhi warned US of Hindu extremist threat

Rahul Gandhi, the "crown prince" of Indian politics, told the American ambassador last year that Hindu extremist groups could pose a greater threat to his country than Muslim militants. In comments likely to cause a storm in India, Gandhi, who is considered a likely prime ministerial candidate, warned Timothy Roemer that though "there was evidence of some support for [Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba] among certain elements in India's indigenous Muslim community, the bigger threat may be the growth of radicalised Hindu groups, which create religious tensions and political confrontations with the Muslim community".
The 40-year-old son of the Congress party president, Sonia Gandhi, said that "the risk of a 'home-grown' extremist front, reacting to terror attacks coming from Pakistan or from Islamist groups in India, was a growing concern and one that demanded constant attention". His words were revealed in one of 4,000 leaked U.S. diplomatic cables sent from Delhi. The cables reveal a difficult but increasingly warm relationship between a prickly emerging power and a superpower keen to be friends but on its own terms.

CCTV Cameras for Fateh sagar Udaipur

Fateh sagar Udaipur will gets CCTV Cameras soon to monitor security issues and also to catch people who through waste and garbage in lake. This decision was taken in collector meeting with Lake conservation committee.

McDonald’s in Udaipur soon

World’s largest fast-food chain McDonald’s is opening shortly in Udaipur-The City of Lakes in next few days. The exact date and location is still undisclosed but it may be opened before Christmas. Udaipur is getting admired every day because of its rare combination of cosmopolitan and old culture. The nature is already showering its blessings on Udaipur, be it a favorite wedding destination, tourist spot or a favorite shooting location for Hollywood. It’s a right time to have McDonald’s in Udaipur for both locals and McDonald’s itself. McDonald’s is serving in 160 restaurants in many Indian cities like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Baroda, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nasik, Pune, Surat and Vapi. Now it’s time to conquer Mewar’s capital Udaipur.

Rajasthani Films to get subsidy from Govt

In the wake to promote rajasthani films, Govt will now provide Rs. 5 Lakh subsidy and also releief in taxes to promote rajasthani films. At present Rajasthani films only gets exemption in entertainment taxes, these new relief in taxes will boots ailing rajasthani film industry.

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt may get married in Jodhpur

Hollywood's golden couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, are planning to join the celebrity bandwagon and tie the knot the Indian way in Rajasthan, according to reports. Earlier this year, Brad Pitt had legally adopted Angelina's children. And the couple now seek to strengthen their bond through Hindu nuptials, to be held in Jodhpur. It is also reported that Brangelina are looking to have the grand Indian wedding sometime in the New Year.
The couple has reportedly chosen their spiritual guru Ram Lal Siyag to supervise their wedding. Siyag and his disciples have neither confirmed nor denied these rumours. Siyag practices Siddha yoga, and is said to have played harmoniser in the life of this power couple. He has visited the couple in America and provided guidance and clarity for the two. In the last few years, Rajasthan has emerged as a glamorous wedding destination for many celebrities. Besides Russell Brand and Katy Perry, who got married in November this year, Rajasthan has also played host to the Big Fat Indian Weddings of Arun Nayyar - Elizabeth Hurley, Vikram Chatwal - Priya Sachdev and Raveena Tandon with Anil Thadani.

Shilpgram festival Udaipur 2010 to begin from 21 December

The much awaited cultural extravaganza of Shilpgram is all set to begin from December 21st. The Ten day festival cum fair will display the cultural opulence of not only Udaipur but also that of west India as Udaipur is the cultural capital of 7 west Indian states including Maharashtra, Gujrat, Goa, Daman, Dieu, Daadra Nagar Haveli, and of course Rajasthan. This festival is being held here for many years now and Udaipurites and many foreigner tourists have become habitual to this celebration. No need to mention that this is the peak season of tourism here in Udaipur. So tourists plan in a way that they can enjoy shilpgram festival which gives them the real taste of India. “Inauguration of the fest will see a fusion of Kathak and Lawni from Maharashtra on 21st. The set tune will then be refined by a folk dance from the performers of Jammu and Kashmir along with a singing presentation the next day. Then over 100 artistes of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur will represent the state as they will perform “Gatha Rajasthan Ri” on 23rd.
The folk ambience will then meet the Soofi music as the Bhandhu GROUP from Raipur ,Chaattisgarh will perform on 24th,” informed Vilas Janve, the Program officer. “25th will be a Christmas celebration day and Bishop of Udaipur will readout his message. The folk performances will resume from 26th as representative performances from MP, Gujrat, and Goa will keep the audiences stick to their seats. A major event called Jankar will conclude the 10 days long celebration,” concluded Janve. The literal meaning of Shilpgram is craftsmen's village and this place lives the value of name very well. The property is spread in a sprawling area of approximately 70 acres at the foothills of Aravallis comprises of 26 huts where the daily household items ranging from the terracotta and the wooden materials can be seen everywhere. Each part and each thing seems to have wrapped into ink of culture.

Rajasthan's eData Center inaugurated in Jaipur

The first eGovernance Data Center today started functioning in the new Rajasthan IT Bhawan here. The Center was inaugurated by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at a function in the State Planning Bhawan complex. The center has been set up by the Information Technology and Communication Department and state government body RajComp under the National eGovernance Project. This is the first center established under the project in the country. Speaking on the occasion Mr Gehlot said that his government was according top priority to the application of information technology for promotion of eGovernance.
He said that good governance was not possible without the eGovernance and hence the state government was taking measures to promote use of IT. Mr Gehlot said ''former primer minisgter Rajiv Gandhi has dreamt to transform India as developed and prosperous nation through application of IT in the 21st century and this dream could be realised only when all worked to achieve targets in a timebound manner. State Information Technology Minister Jitendra Singh, Chief Secretary S Ahmad and several dignitaries were present on the occastion.

Rajasthan Govt to open 730 ITIs, 30 polytechnic colleges

Rajasthan government plans to open 730 Indian Technical Institutes (ITI) and 30 polytechnic colleges across the state. Technical Education Minister Mahendarjeet Singh Malviya said the government has sent a proposal to the Centre and work will begin as soon as the approval is received. Speaking in a review meeting in Polytechnic college in Jodhpur, the minister said at least R 6 crore will be spent on each of these it is. The government also plans to open 30 polytechnic colleges in the state, he added.The state government is also preparing to get R 3 crore grants for the polytechnic colleges.
Reacting to complaints that more than 600 posts of teachers are vacant in the existing polytechnic colleges in the state, Malviya said the government had issued approval for 240 recruitments and the 200 posts vacant at polytechnic colleges will also be soon filled. Other 500 posts are likely to be filled on contract. Former Chief Administrative Secretary of Ministry of Labour & Employment Manoharkant said Cairn Energy has sent its proposals to invest in the colleges in Jodhpur. Technical Education Director AK Anand , Sirohi District Chief Chandnsinah Deora, Reoder Principal Mrs. Padam Kanwar, were also present apart from other senior leaders from across Jodhpur.

Rajasthan's Mount Abu at Minus 2 Degree

Cold spell gave no let up to people at Mount Abu the only hill station in Rajasthan-, with the mercury further dipping by one degree to touch minus(-)2 Degree Celsius last night. The tourist destination in the desert land has been exposed to icy northerly winds and was recording sub zero temperature for past about 10 days, Meteorology office said here today.
In plains, Churu which recorded lowest minimum temperature yesterday, again turned to be the coldest place in the plains a Rajasthan as the mercury touched of 3.9 Degree this morning. Jaipur also shivered at 6.9 Degree last night turning it to be the coldest night of the season in the Pink City. Elsewhere in the state, Ganganagar recorded minimum temperature of 5.9 Degree, Udaipur's Dabok airport 6.6 Degree, Sikar 7 Degree and Jodhpur recorded 8.1 Degree, the weather man said.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Udaipur For The National Youth Festival 2011

The National Youth Festival (NYF) 2011 is definitely the next big thing in town to talk about, a crowd of more than 5000 young and energetic participants from all over the India, many national and internationally acclaimed artists, foreign dignitaries and local politicians will be here in Udaipur for 6 days. With the caravan of all prestigious and high profile community heading to Udaipur, one who certainly has ability to steal the entire show is Mr. Rahul Gandhi, Politician and Member of Parliament.
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi- the one most celebrated youth icon of India. Rahul might be attending the 16th National Youth Festival 2011 in Udaipur, informed by a very confidential source. Though it is not yet officially announced by both state and central authorities who are directly involved in the management of this event.
NYF2011 will become historical if Rahul Gandhi will visit the city of lakes.

WikiLeaks founder Assange gets bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has succeeded in securing a bail at a British court where he appeared in connection with a case of sexual misconduct. The embattled whistleblower who was accused of sexual misconduct by two women in Sweden is resisting an extradition claim by the country.
Granting him bail on an amount of 240,000 pounds (Over Rs 1.5 crore), the court ordered Assange to adhere to strict bail conditions. The 39-year-old Australian, who has earned the wrath of the US for leaking a huge cache of secret diplomatic documents, has been imprisoned for a week now after he gave himself up to Scotland Yard in London.

Sports University in Gujarat soon - Narendra Modi

Chief Minister Narendra Modi has promised to build a Sports University in the state that will produce champions in future. Modi made this announcement at the closing ceremony of Khel Mahakumbh 2010 at Police Stadium in Shahibaug, Ahmedabad on Wednesday. "Gujarat has been contributing a lot to the country's progress. Now let us produce sportspersons also. To make it happen, we plan to build a sports university in Gujarat where our national star performers over the years will be faculty members," announced Modi, who received thundering applause from the 10,000 plus sports aficionados who had gathered for the grand finale of the state's sports extravaganza.
Modi admitted that till date sport was neglected in the wealthiest state of the country. "Generally sports used to be last of all the priorities (in government). But enthusiasm of these youngsters have now put it at the top and we would like to take it to next level," he said.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg named Time magazine's Person of the Year 2010

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2010. At 26, Zuckerberg is the youngest "Person of the Year" since the first one chosen, Charles Lindbergh; he was 25 when he was named in 1927, Time said Wednesday. Zuckerberg beat out Britain's Queen Elizabeth II by just two weeks: She was 26 when she was named in 1952. Incidentally, Queen Elizabeth II has recently joined Zuckerberg's social networking behemoth. Zuckerberg has put himself on the map not only as one of the world's youngest billionaires, but also as a prominent newcomer to the world of philanthropy.
Earlier this year, he pledged $100 million over five years to the Newark, N.J. school system. Now, he's in the company of media titans Carl Icahn, 74, Barry Diller, 68, and others who have joined Giving Pledge, an effort led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett to commit the country's wealthiest people to step up their charitable donations. Zuckerberg owns about a quarter of Facebook's shares. Zuckerberg has built Facebook into an international phenomenon by stretching the lines of social convention and embracing a new and far more permeable definition of community. In this new world, users are able to construct a social network well beyond what would ever be possible face-to-face. "I'm trying to make the world a more open place," Zuckerberg says in the "bio" line of his own Facebook page.

Haryana Govt to construct 'North-South' corridor

Haryana government Tuesday announced that it will construct a 156-km long 'North-South' corridor highway through the state to connect it with other states. Haryana public works minister Randeep Surjewala said the project will stimulate economic growth in the most backward regions of the northern states. The corridor will provide connectivity between states like Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra and north Indian states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
He added that the Planning Commission had approved the project and agreed to fund 20 per cent of the total project cost of over Rs.12 billion (Rs.1,201.70 crore). Starting from Rai Malikpur village on the Rajasthan-Haryana border, the corridor will connect National Highway (NH) No.8 (Delhi-Jaipur) with NH-10 (Delhi-Hisar).

Rajasthan Royals all set to play in IPL 4

The High Court here today cleared the decks for the Rajasthan Royals franchise to participate in the fourth round of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament. The Court dismissed an appeal by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) challenging the stay by the arbitrator and allowed Rajasthan Royals to participate in the IPL 4 auction that will be held on January 8 and 9. The court also directed the Rajasthan Royals to deposit $2.83 million as a guarantee amount with the BCCI for the contract and another $18 million as bank guarantee for the players.
BCCI sources said here late Tuesday evening that the board plans to challenge the high court ruling in the Supreme Court. The high court also directed the Rajasthan Royals franchisee to file an affidavit before it by January 3 giving complete details of its ownership pattern and mode of control. Justice Vazifdar said it was necessary to establish the bonafides of the three owners - Emerging Media (IPL) Ltd, Tresco International and Bluewater Estates Ltd - and the BCCI was also entitled to ask the full disclosure of ownership under its franchisee agreements. The Rajasthan Royals' affidavit must also give clear details for the mode of control, and statements by the three company owners that they are in complete control of their investment companies.

Digvijay asks BSNL for call details of 26/11

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh strongly advertised the statement that he had a conversation with ATS chief Hemant Karkare on phone, two hours before he was killed in 26/11 mumbai terror attack. Digvijiaya has disclosed the mobile number that used, to speak with Karkare.
Digvijay said, “we both (Karkare and Digvijaya) spoke from a BSNL number +919425015461. I have asked the BSNL service provider to give the call record details of Nov 26, 2008, but they said that they won't maintain the record of more than 13 months. However, I requested authorities to help with the details,” he added, “why should I lie in such a matter?,” reported by the Indian Express.
Digvijay told he passed this number to his personal staff after using for sometime. Digvijay claimed that ATS chief Karkare called him on 26/11 and told he was frightened by the threat calls from some people, who didn't like him probing into Malegaon bomb blast in which Hindu extremists were accused. Digvijay also added, there is no doubt in that, “Karkare was killed by Pakistan terrorists.”

Petrol Companies hikes petrol prices by Rs 3

Oil ministry today gave the three companies a go-ahead to raise petrol prices by 3 Rs/ Ltr after international crude oil prices touched USD 90 per barrel. BPCL, the second largest fuel retailer in the country, took the lead to raise petrol prices by Rs 2.96 a litre to Rs 55.87 per litre in Delhi, sources privy to the decision said. Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the largest fuel retailer in the country, and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) will do the same by an equal measure tomorrow, sources said.
State-run oil companies are taking turns to increase prices so that they are not accused of acting as a cartel in revising price of a commodity which had been freed from government control. Sources added that the three are losing about Rs 4.17 per litre on selling petrol below import cost. Sources said a Rs 2 per litre hike in diesel prices is on the agenda of an Empowered Group of Minister headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee when it meets on December 22.

Ayodhya verdict: Sunni Waqf board to move Supreme Court

The Sunni Wakf Board today moved the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits, contending that the judgement is based on faith and not on evidence. The Board submitted in the appeal that the judgement dividing the 2.77 acres of disputed land into three parts among Muslims, Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara is not acceptable to it. “We have challenged the verdict of the High Court on the ground that the High Court has committed an error in holding that the building was at the place of birth of Ram,” the Board said in its petition.
The title dispute on Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid structure has already reached the Supreme Court with Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) challenging the Allahabad High Court’s verdict and Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha filing a caveat to pre-empt any ex-parte order on the Ayodhya title dispute. Challenging the verdict of the High Court’s Lucknow bench, the JUH too had submitted in the appeal that the judgement is based on faith and not on evidence. “It is humbly submitted that the mosque was illegally demolished. However, the ruins still exist. The foundation of the mosque is still intact. Title would not extinguish by demolishing the mosque. “Therefore, it was incumbent on the court to uphold the rule of law and not to validate an illegal act,” the appeal filed by Anis Suhrawady of JuH had said.

Haryana wins best state award in Energy Conservation

Haryana has bagged the first prize in the 'Best States' category for its performance in the Energy Conservation Programmes in 2009-10. Haryana had become the only state in the country to have bagged the national award for energy conservation for three consecutive years, a spokesman of the Haryana Renewable Development Agency (HAREDA) said in Chandigarh on Monday. He said that the award would be given by Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Power Minister at the 'National Energy Conservation Day' function to be organised at New Delhi on 14th December.
To recognise efforts made by state governments for mainstreaming energy conservation through various regulatory, promotional and awareness programmes, the Union Ministry of Power, has instituted awards in the 'Best State's' category at the national level, he said. "Various steps taken by Department of Renewable Energy, Haryana and HAREDA in its capacity has resulted in the saving of 165 megawatt of electricity in the state during the year 2009-10," he said. He said the Haryana government had announced a five year State Energy Conservation Action Plan in December 2007 with a target of achieving energy savings of 500 MW by the year 2012.

Teacher shot dead in school at Karauli, Rajasthan

In a shocking incident a teacher was shot dead with a mouser by a colleague in a school of the Rajasthan’s Karauli district. The incident occurred on Monday morning when the victim was taking classes at the school ground. In the stampede that followed, at least a dozen students were injured. The teacher who carried out the shooting, locked himself inside a classroom before turning the weapon on himself. The bullet pierced his head and left him grievously injured. He is undergoing treatment at SMS Hospital in Jaipur and is in a critical condition. Motive is still unknown.
According to the police, the incident took place in Shri Mahaveer Jain Upper Primary School in Patoda village near Sri Mahveer Ji town in Karauli district. The private school is run by a trust. The deceased, identified as Chhagan Lal (36), had assembled the students at the school ground for attendance after the morning prayers. “The deceased’s colleague Pradeep Kumar Mishra came to the ground carrying a bag,” Mahendra Singh Chaudhary, SP of Karauli, said. The officer said that Mishra suddenly took out a gun from the bag and fired at Lal.

Civic bodies polls ends peacefully in Rajasthan

Barring stray clashes, Bharatpur and Bhilwara on Monday recorded 75 and 48 per cent polling respectively in a largely peaceful election to nine civic bodies in Rajasthan. "At least 75 per centage voters cast votes in all the eight civic bodies. Polling at a booth in Kaman was stopped for five minutes as supporters of two candidates clashed with each other. It was restarted as the situation was controlled in time," K Kunal, Bharatpur district collector told media. "In Bhilwara, 48 voters cast votes to elect a chairperson, and no untoward incident took place anywhere," District Collector, Manju Rajpal said.
A total of 810 candidates were vying for 180 seats of ward members and 83 candidates for eight seats of chairpersons in eight municipalities in Bharatpur district, while four candidates contested for chairperson seat in the Bhilwara municipality by-poll which was necessitated after the death of the incumbent in a road accident.

Godawari Power to set up 50 MW plant in Rajasthan

Steel major Godawari Power and Ispat Ltd (GPIL) Monday said it has got the mandatory approval for setting up a 50 megawatt (MW) solar thermal power plant in Rajasthan. The company said in its regulatory filing that its request to set up the plant in Parewar village in Jaisalmer district had been selected for issue of letter of intent under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. GPIL is a flagship Company of Raipur-based Hira Group of Industries, which is an integrated steel manufacturer and is having dominant presence in the long product segment of the Steel industry, mainly into mild steel wire.
Today, GPIL is an end-to-end manufacturer of mild steel wires. In the process, the company manufactures sponge iron, billets, Ferro alloys, captive power, wires rods (through subsidiary company), steel wires, Oxygen gas, fly ash brick and last but not the least pallets. GPIL is also awarded rights for Iron Ore and Coal Mining for captive consumption, as a result of which, the company has managed to traverse the entire value chain (raw material to final product) in steel wires and is now a fully integrated manufacturer.

Rajasthan Govt to fill One Lakh post soon, 30% for women

The Rajasthan Government has decided to provide 30 per cent reservation to women in all state services. In this 10 per cent quota will be reserved for widows and seperated women. The Govt will provide 1 lakh jobs in next one year. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot made these announcements at a press conference in Jaipur today on completion of 2 years of his Government. Gehlot announced the abolition of interviews for recent recruitment of 7300 police constables to check corruption in recruitment.
He said that this decision will be implemented in other services also after examining the service structure. The Chief Minister said that the government decided to stop contract recruitment.
He announced to introduce single window system to facilitate investors from 1st Jan 2011. He said that the government will try to regularise 17000 health workers working under contract in NRHM. Mr. Gehlot said that his Government is working with transparency and no allegation has been proved against any of his minister. He alleged that BJP is not playing role of opposition.

Parliament adjourns, winter end in 2G Scam Fog

The winter session of Parliament on Monday ended without transacting any substantial business, going down in Parliamentary history as the only session virtually washed out due to standoff between the government and Opposition over 2G spectrum scam. Parliament could function barely for a few hours during the 23 sittings which began on 9th November, as the united Opposition forced adjournments almost everyday, within minutes of assembling. Opposition members trooping into the well and shouting slogans demanding JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocation became a daily routine in both Houses. Normalcy was seen in the Lok Sabha only on the first day of the session when the Rajya Sabha was adjourned because of death of a sitting member Despite a number of meetings between the government and Opposition, the impasse continued as the BJP-led NDA, the Left parties, AIADMK, SP, TDP and BJD persisted with their demand for a JPC into the 2G spectrum scam.
The Opposition got a shot in the arm after the CAG report, tabled in Parliament on 16th November, said the spectrum allocation in 2008 had caused a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer. The Opposition was not satisfied even though Telecom Minister A Raja quit. The government, on the other hand, continuously rejected the demand for JPC maintaining that the Public Accounts Committee was adequately equipped to probe the irregularities. This session earned the dubious distinction of being virtually washed out, although Parliament had witnessed logjam for 17 days over Tehelka scam in 2001 and disruptions for 45 days over Bofors scandal in 1987. Before adjourning the Upper House sine die, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari conveyed his displeasure stating the 221st session displayed "distinct" features and asked members to introspect. "No debates or discussions on matters of public interest took place; no special mentions were made or laid on the table; no zero hour interventions were sought; no questions were answered orally and no supplementary questions were raised," he said.

JRF Walk-In at CAZRI, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI)invites application for JRF post.
Location: Jodhpur Job Category: Govt Sector, Research Last Date: 20 December 10
Job Type: Full Time Hiring Process: Walk - In.
Walk-in interview on 20th December 2010
Project Name: Pilot Study on Livestock Centric Intervention for Livelihood Improvement in Nagaur District of Rajasthan
1 Junior Research Fellow (for field work)
M.Sc.(Ag.) in Extension/ Animal Husbandry/ Agronomy/ Horticulture or M.Sc. (Bio-science). Desirable: Field experience in Agriculture Extension work/ Basic Computer knowledge.
2 Junior Research Fellow (for Forage Production)
M.Sc (Ag.) in Agronomy/ Agroforesty/ Horticulture or M.Sc. (Botany). Desirable: Basic computer knowledge and Data management.
Remuneration: Rs.12000
Age Limit: 35 years
How to apply: The candidates fulfilling the qualification for the above position are invited to appear for a walk-in-interview to be held at the Dr.A.K. Patel, P.I. & P.S. Division-IV, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Light Industrial Area, Jodhpur – 342 003 (Raj.). The candidate should bring the required documents ((i)Original certificate of educational qualifications and attested copies (ii) Two testimonials of Character from two responsible gazette officers (iii) relevant publication (iv) a brief of research work carried during post graduations (v) No objection certificate from the employer in case of employment elsewhere (vi) Experience certificate in original, if any) alongwith bio-data on plain paper duly signed and pasted with a recent passport size photograph on it. Date of walk-in interview: 20-12-2010 at 11.00 AM
For detail advertisement visit:
http://www.cazri.res.in/jrf.pdf
Job source: http://www.jobkhabar.com/

2 Years of Congress in Rajasthan, BJP says total failure

The opposition BJP and CPI (M) today dubbed the two year rule of Ashok Gehlot led Congress government in Rajasthan as "total failure on all fronts", even as the government praised itself on the eve of completing two years in office. "The government took important decisions in the interest of farmers, for strengthening rural development and Panchayat Raj, attracting investment, and simplifying the process of promoting investment, social security and power generation," a government spokesperson said today. The government claimed that it has created a "new Rajasthan" by bringing development in all the sectors. "Increase in power generation, release of water policy for better water management, water supply in drought affected 21,000 villages through tankers, renewable and repairing of several thousands km roads, setting up of 1800 citizen centers are among some of our achievements," he said.
On the other hand, the opposition termed the state government's two years in office as total failure on all fronts. "Gehlot government is not bothered for the law and order situation, developmental works, progress in education sector but is just involved in rampant corruption. Crime has considerably increased in the Congress regime and this is the fact state Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal acknowledged in SPs conference," deputy leader of opposition in the state legislative assembly, Ghanshyam Tiwari said.

Rajasthan Gujjars hold Mahapanchayat in Karauli

The All India Gujjar Reservation Action Committee today held a congregation (Mahapanchayat) at Garhmora in Karauli district, the Gujjar dominated pocket in Rajasthan. However, no decision could be taken on revival of the stir for pressing upon its six-point demand charter which includes the demand of five per cent special reservation to Gujjars and three other most backward castes(MBC).
The decision on the future course of action would be taken at another meet at the same place on December 18, Action Committee President and former Delhi MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said. ''We neither want confrontation with the Government nor violence in the agitation but I want to convey to the Government that there is widespread resentment among people over delay in acceptance to their demands,'' Mr Bidhuri said.

Cold wave continues in Rajasthan and Northern India

Cold conditions continued to prevail in most parts of North India particularly Punjab and Haryana on Sunday even though the minimum temperature rose between 2-3 degrees, with Narnaul being the coldest place in the two states at a minimum of 4.3 degrees Celsius. The Met department said fog had lifted from most places in the region today, though misty conditions prevailed at some places.
A cold wave also continued to affect normal life in parts of Rajasthan where the mercury plummeted sharply, with Churu in the plains recording a temperature of 4 degree Celsius whereas Mount Abu, the sole hill station in the state, settled at minus 2 degree Celsius. Jodhpur and Dabok recorded minimum of 5.5 and 6 degree Celsius respectively while Barmer and Sriganganagar recorded night temperature of 6.4 degrees, a Met official said. Ajmer, Jaipur and Kota recorded low of 7.4, 8.2 and 10.4 degree Celsius respectively. The Met department predicted no respite from the biting cold in the coming days.

Another gangrape in Delhi, 4 held

Another shocking incident of gangrape reported in Delhi on Sunday, Dec 12 which revealed that the Capital city is not at all safe for women. Sources said that a 18-year-old girl was gangraped in Sultanpuri on Saturday, Dec 11 night while going to pick-up her mother who works in a nearby factory. Police has arrested four people in connection with the rape.
Sources reported that girl was abducted from Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi, and was raped in a moving car. The victim has been admitted to hospital. Police officials said that they are waiting to get details from the girl. The new gangrape case popped up just two weeks after another girl raped in the Capital. The 30-year-old BPO employee from Manipur was abducted and raped in a moving car while returning from job. Later suspects left her in a secluded place in semi-conscious state. Four people have been detained in connection with the incident so far.

Saina Nehwal wins Hong Kong Open title

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal rallied to register a scintilliating three-game victory over Shixian Wang of China to clinch her third Super Series title of the year at the Hong Kong Open in Wanchai on Sunday. The 20-year-old Indian capped her career's fourth Super Series title triumph with a 15-21 21-16 21-17 win over the 3rd seed Chinese in a gruelling one hour and 11 minutes summit clash at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. The girl from Hyderabad won back-to-back titles -- Indian Open Grand Prix, Singapore Open Super Series and defended the Indonesian Super Series -- before clinching the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in October here.
Saina, who dropped to fourth in the world rankings, is likely to inch closer to the number one spot with this resounding victory. Saina played a tactical game after she lost the first game and clawed her way back with some fast-paced rallies and powerful smashes to outwit the Chinese world number 5. In the second game, Saina jumped to 11-5 from 5-5 but Shixian narrowed the gap to 11-10 before the gutsy Indian surged ahead to 19-11 by registering seven straight points. But Saina missed a couple of points on the baseline and nets to allow Shixian close the gap to 19-16. But with the Chinese hitting the shuttle out, Saina was back into the match.

HC Decision on Rajasthan Royals likely on Monday

The Bombay High Court is expected to announce on Monday its verdict in the Rajasthan Royals case, where the BCCI has appealed against the stay granted on the franchise's expulsion by an independent arbitrator. Justice S Vazifdar, who is hearing the case, had granted an interim injunction to Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday, restoring to the team all its rights under the IPL franchise agreement, subject to certain conditions. The similarity between that case and Rajasthan's prompted speculation of a similar judgement today.
Rajasthan had gone to court against the board's decision in October to expel them for alleged violations in shareholding pattern and ownership control, before both parties decided to settle the issue through arbitration. But in a setback for the BCCI, the arbitrator, Justice BN Srikrishna, observed that the board was aware all along of the franchise's alleged violations that formed the basis of the termination, and that Rajasthan had not, in fact, violated the ownership agreement.

Rajasthan Gujjars to hold dharna for reservation

In a bid to revive quota stir, the All India Gujjar Reservation Action Committee will hold dharna at Garhmora in Karauli district tomorrow to press up on its six point demand charter that includes the demand of 5 per cent special reservation to Gujjars and three other most backward castes (MBC). Talking to reporters here today Action Committee President former MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said despite the commitment over the community's demands, by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his predecessor Vasundhara Raje the community's demands still stood unresolved. 'This is true that former Chief Minister Ms Raje made the Gujjar issue complicated by linking quota demand with EBCs reservation but this is also equally correct that the Gehlot Government also failed to make headway to keep commitment over the demands'', Mr Bidhuri said. Besides the reservation quota, demands of withdrawal of cases against Gujjars, release of jailed activists, pension to those who sustained grave injuries during the stir, allocation of Rs 500 crore for development of Gujjar dominated pockets in the state and creation of Gujjar Regiment in the Army, still stood unresolved, Mr Bidhuri said.

Temp further down in Rajasthan, Churu records 1.9 degree C

Churu in Rajasthan became the coldest place in the plains as the mercury dipped to 1.9 degrees Celsius while intense cold in Himachal Pradesh has frozen the entire tribal belt of the state. At Mount Abu--the only hill station in Rajasthan--the mercury was hovering below the freezing point for the past 4-5 days. The temperature, however, rose negligibly from minus -1.6 degrees to minus -1.2 degrees this morning, Met Office said. Icy winds sweeping Rajasthan for the past few days caused further fall of one to three degrees in night temperatures at most places, the weatherman said.
Besides Churu, people in another Shekhawati town of Sikar also shivered under 4 degrees while the adjoining town of Pilani recorded 5 degrees. Likewise, Jodhpur recorded a minimum temperature of 5.4 degrees, followed by Ganganagar (5.9 degrees), Jaipur (7.2 degrees) and Chittorgarh and Jaisalmer (7.6 degrees), the weatherman said. In some parts of Himachal Pradesh the temperature remained below 6 degree Celsius.

Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 4 Contestants List

The biggest extravaganza on television is back with a bang.Jhalak Dikhla Jaa the greatest of the dance reality shows will be back on sony Entertainment Television on Dec 12.There is a lot to look forward to in the forthcoming season of Jhalak Dikhla Ja as twelve celebrity contestants wll fight it out with each other to win the much coveted title of the dancing star.
Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 4 judges: The judges panel of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 including 90’s superstar actress and dancing queen Madhuri Dixit, Malaika Arora Khan and dancer-choreographer Remo D’Souza.
Jhalak dikhla jaa 4 contestants List:
1.Sushant Singh Rajput: reality shows star and television actor,who is popular for his role of Manav in Pavitra Rishta, Sushant Singh Rajput
2.Anushka Manchanda: singer, model, an ex-Channel [V] -VJ Anushka Manchanda.
3.Ankita Lokhunde: Archana in daily TV soap Pavitra Rishta, Ankita Lokhande
4.Ragini Khanna: Govinda’s niece and television actress Ragini Khanna, who is famous as Suhana in television show Sasural Genda Phool, model and TV actress
5.Shekhar Suman : Shekhar Suman is an Indian film actor and a television personality
6.Mahii Vij: Mahi Vij, who is currently acting as Nakusha in Laagi Tujhse Lagan on Colors TV
7.Meiyang Chang: singer, actor and television host Meiyang Chang
8.Akhil Kumar (Boxer): Indian international acclaimed boxer Akhil Kumar are also the part of this dancing reality show.
9.Yana Gupta: item girl Yana Gupta
10.Krushna Abhishek: Krushna Abhishek, who is popularly known for his comic act, also the part of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4.
11.Renuka Shahane: Famous television actress Renuka Shahane
12.Dayanand Shetty: senior inspector Daya in television series C.I.D., Dayanand Shetty also participating in the Indian version of popular dance reality show Dancing with the Stars

Digvijay Singh Fuel controversy over Hemant Karkare's death

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has said that two hours before the first terrorists struck that evening, chief of the Maharashtra ATS Hemant Karkare called him to say that his life was “blighted by constant threats” from those opposed to his probe into the Malegaon blast in which Hindu extremists were accused. Karkare was killed by the terrorists that evening. Days later, then minorities minister AR Antulay had to quit after he said that Karkare could have been a victim of “terrorism or terrorism plus something.” Digvijay Singh said: “On November 26, 2008, at 7 pm, just about two hours before the attacks in Mumbai started, Hemant Karkare, the slain ATS chief rang me on my mobile and told me how his family and his life were blighted by constant threats from people annoyed by his investigations into the Malegaon blasts. It seems Digvijay Singh want to re-launch his career with controversy over Hemant Karkare's death, which is really shameful.