PM inaugurates new CBI Building

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday inaugurated the new state-of-the-art headquarters of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here. "It is an impressive structure and I congratulate all those who have contributed to its construction. I am sure this new building will provide all of you a congenial and comfortable habitat to work in," Singh said. Built at the cost of186 crores by National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited, the 11-storey building will house all branches of the premier investigating agency under one roof. It is spread in around 7,000 sq mt and equipped with modern communication systems, advanced systems for maintaining records, fitted storage space and computerised access control along with a provision of add-on facility for new technology. Interrogation rooms, lock-ups, dormitories and conference halls are also provided at various floors.
The new CBI headquarters offer to its staff a large cafeteria which can accommodate 500 persons, separate gyms for men and women, a terrace garden and a double level basement parking for about 470 vehicles. An advanced fire-fighting system, as well as power back-up is provided. Besides, there is a well designed Press Briefing Room and Media Lounge. A gallery showcasing the history and land-mark achievements of the CBI is also a part of the building.

AMU shut down after violence

Aligarh Muslim University(AMU) was today shut down indefinitely after violence erupted in the campus on Friday night as students of two rival groups clashed with each other. Reports said that one group belonging to Bihar and eastern UP and the other to western UP and some others parts pelted stones at each other and ransacked university property. At least 12 students were injured in the clashes. The western UP has sought the removal of deputy controller of the university alleging “serious irregularities” in admission procedure. On the other hand the Bihar lobby is throwing their weight behind the deputy controller. Anil Kumar, District Magistrate of Aligarh, has confirmed the firing in the campus. “After a clash between two groups, The AMU has been closed indefinitely” AMU spokesman Rahat Abrar said. All the Exams have been postponed, he said. In view of the incident security has also been beefed up in and around the campus, a police office said, here. No arrests have been made so far, he added.

Tillakaratne alleges match-fixing in Sri Lanka‎

Former Sri Lankan captain, Hashan Tillakaratne, has jolted the cricket fraternity, claiming match-fixing has been a part of cricket in his country. He warned that the team could be in serious trouble in the near future, just like Pakistan who suffered recently in England's spot-fixing scandal. Taking to the Lankan press, Tillakaratne stated, “I say this with responsibility. It (match-fixing) is just like a relay. I run my lap and hand over the baton to you, you complete your lap and give it to another. This is a network. No one can ever go out of it and no one can come into it. This situation was always there.” However, the former player didn’t allege the team of fixing in the ICC World Cup 2011. He said, “I am not saying that this match (The world cup final) was fixed. But anyway match fixing is something which has been in this country over a period of time. This has spread like a cancer today.”
According to Tillakaratne, the situation has become much worse compared to the past and the reason behind it was corrupt administrators and politicians, who have remained silent for their own gains. Tillakaratne claimed of knowing all the people involved in match-fixing and threatened to reveal some big names in the near future. He said that there was still some time to stop Sri Lanka from becoming Pakistan. Cricket in Pakistan has also suffered a lot in the recent past due to fixing scandals. Three top cricketers, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were proved guilty of spot-fixing in January this year. They were charged with lengthy bans and heavy fines. There were some other players questioned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over match-fixing, but were able to prove their innocence to the board. Although things appeared to be headed towards the right direction, Pakistan’s former wicketkeeper batsman Zulqarnain Haider claimed the opposite. The 25-year-old left the team during a series against the Proteas in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and revealed later that some players were still involved in wrong doings. He didn’t take any names back then in London, but later blamed Kamran Akmal of having links with bookies.

Rajasthan register royal win against Mumbai

Rajasthan Royals win by 7 Wickets against Mumbai Indians in 34th IPL Match played today at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Rajasthan royals have been awesome today. This victory takes Rajasthan to No. 2 in the points table. Mumbai are still No 1.
Score Summary:
Mumbai Indians 94/8 (20/20 ov)
Jacobs 15
Symonds 17
Rajasthan Royals 95/3 (18.1/20 ov)
Watson 26
Botha 45

HeadMaster Jobs by RPSC Ajmer, Rajasthan

Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) Ajmer has announced 2093 Head Master Recruitment project for Government Secondary Schools in Secondary Education Department, Govt. of Rajasthan. Candidates who are qualified and eligible can apply for this recruitment project online at official RPSC website before: 25th May, 2011.
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Rajasthan University Revised Exam Schedule 2011

University of Rajasthan has revised the Time-Table or schedule for its various examinations after their dates clashed with competitive entrance tests. "Almost 19 examinations of various postgraduate courses, BCA and BPEd, scheduled between April 30 and May 25, have been resheduled considering the student's concerns," informed the university's public relations cell. The detailed information will be published on the university's website. With the changed dates, the exams will be held till June 10. The examinations scheduled on April 30, May 2, May 3, May 13 and May 25 will now be held between May 6 and June 10.

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Who will be Successor of Sai Baba ?

Sathya Sai Central Trust on Thursday ruled out chances of inducting Satyajit, Sathya Sai Baba’s caretaker, in the trust. “Satyajit was a student of the Sathya Sai University. He was chosen by Baba to do some personal service. He is an employee of the trust,” V Srinivasan, trust member, told reporters. “The next head of the trust would be selected from among existing trustees. A decision will be taken shortly. I don’t think he (Satyajit) will be made a trustee.” It was said that Baba’s family members were not in favour of making Satyajit the trustee head, succeeding Baba. But Baba’s nephew and trust member RJ Ratnakar denied this. “We have no differences with him. We have a reasonably good rapport,” Ratnakar said.
There are now six people who can win the control of the The Sathya Sai Central Trust.
1. Trust secretary K Chakravarthi
2. SV Giri, Trust members
3. PN Bhagwati, Trust members
4. Indulal Shah, Trust members
5. Venu Srinivasan, Trust members
6. RJ Ratnakar, Trust members

Sibal lays foundation stone of Central University of Rajasthan

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal lays foundation stone of Central University of Rajasthan(CUR) at Bander Sindri Village near Kishangharh in Ajmer district of Rajasthan with MoS and Ajmer MP Sachin Pilot, Kishangarh MLA Nathuram Sinodia and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot. Addressing a function after laying the foundation stone for the Central University of Rajasthan, Mr. Sibal said public-private partnership would be put into action in a big way for establishing 1,000 new universities and 45,000 colleges across the country in the years to come. As part of an ambitious plan for improvement in educational standards, the Union Government would frame new rules and launch a national vocational education framework next month, said Mr. Sibal.
The Central University of Rajasthan, functioning from a temporary campus in Kishangarh since 2009 when it was established, would shift to the new campus in a phased manner and start functioning regularly from August this year. The university has been conducting eight courses in the past two academic sessions. Union Minister of State for IT and Communication Sachin Pilot, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Rajya Sabha MP Prabha Thakur, Vice-Chancellor M. M. Salunkhe, Kishangarh MLA Nathuram Sinodia and State Higher Education Minister Jitendra Singh were among those present at the function. Mr. Sibal said while 31,000 colleges and 600 universities would be linked with the National Knowledge Centre during the next two years, the Central Board of Secondary Education would separately provide a vocational degree to the students of 9th and 12th standards. The Union Minister praised Mr. Gehlot for promptly allotting land near the Jaipur-Ajmer highway and providing infrastructure facilities for the sprawling campus of the first Central varsity in the State. Mr. Gehlot said works for construction of roads, installation of power supply lines and arrangements for water supply on the campus would be completed shortly at a cost of Rs.30 to 40 crore. He said an atmosphere facilitating higher education was gradually evolving in the State and requested Mr. Sibal to announce establishment of a world-class university in Jaipur. Mr. Pilot said the Central University would be a lively symbol for the 21st century in Rajasthan and prepare a new generation of well-informed and erudite youngsters. The varsity, he added, should develop itself in an eco-friendly manner and introduce new courses to serve the specific needs of the desert State.

Rajasthan Govt working for welfare of People - Gehlot

Free medicines for all, power surplus by 2013-14, long-term solutions for water and a metro system for the state capital... Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot says his government is simultaneously working on all sectors to further its commitment to the welfare of the people. In a major healthcare move, the government will provide free medicines at government hospitals to all sections of society, Gehlot said in a freewheeling interview to IANS covering a wide range of topics. The project, which will cover every one below and above the poverty line categories who register for treatment at government hospitals, will be launched Oct 2. "However, if we are able to complete all the modalities, we may introduce it even earlier," Gehlot said. "We are committed to the welfare of the people in every section of society. Our effort is to provide a transparent government with sensitivity towards the poor and weaker sections."
Detailing other welfare schemes, he said a housing policy had been launched to provide 500,000 houses to the economically weaker sections (EWS) and the low income group (LIG) in the next five years. There have also been steps taken to improve infrastructure, especially in the electricity and water sectors, the chief minister said. The government, he said, is committed to making Rajasthan a power surplus state by 2013-14. Projects involving more than 10,000 MW of power are under implementation at various stages. At present, the total power capacity is 9,053 MW and the current deficit is 10-15 percent depending upon the season.

B.Com students can appear for TET, B.Ed

Union ministry of human resource development on Tuesday issued a circular to National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) making B Com-B Ed students eligible for appointment as a teacher in government schools. Earlier, on August 23, 2010 NCTE released a circular specifying that a person with BA/BSc-B Ed with 50% marks is eligible to appointment as a teacher. The circular had excluded persons with B Com-B Ed qualified for appointment as a teacher. This decision had created an uproar in the country, including Rajasthan. This order will make thousands of B Com graduates eligible for teaching jobs in government schools.

India main source of black money - WikiLeaks founder

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today said there are Indian names in the Swiss bank data list that are going to be made public."Yes, there are Indian names in the data that we have already published or are going to publish. I can''t remember specifically whether there are Indian names in the coming publication. But I have read Indian names," Assange told Times Now.Indicating that there are bigwigs among the Indians having their accounts in Swiss banks, he said, "Similarly, in these private Swiss banking concerns, where you need at least a million dollar, which is a significant amount of money...not an average Indian..." Asked whether the names will come at any point, he said on "that, you should absolutely not loose hope".He, however, declined to reveal anything more on the issue at this stage.Noting that he has come to know through a report that there are more Indian deposits in the Swiss banks than any other nationality, Assange said, "there is no reason why India should not be aggressive." Praising German government for its aggressive approach to unearth black money stashed offshore, he said that India "should be more aggressive because India seems like it is loosing per capita much more tax than Germany." Assange alleged that Indian government''s response to the WikiLeaks cables was "one of the worst in the world" and a "clear attempt to mislead the nation on what the cables were".He said that response by the Indian government left a lot to be desired.Assange also dismissed contention of the Indian government that accords on double taxation were coming in the way of tracking the trail of black money."Double taxation does not have anything to do with asset hiding. It doesn''t simply cover asset hiding," he said.Assange said that issue of stashing blackmoney in foreign banks was much worse than just local corruption as when money is pushed offshore, ".....then everytime they are selling rupees and the result is that the currency of the nation is debased...everything for all Indians become more expensive as a result of that transfer." Assange had earlier claimed that he was handed over documents of bank accounts by a former banker Rudolf Elmer and the whistleblower also claimed that the names in the documents came from "US, Britain, Germany, Austria and Asia -- from all over," and include "business people, politicians, people who have made their living in the arts and multinational conglomerates -- from both sides of the Atlantic".

CUR Foundation stone laying ceremony today

Central University of Rajasthan(CUR) foundation stone laying ceremony to be held today at Bandersindri, Kishengarh on Jaipur-Ajmer Expressway today by Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal.The construction work had begun much earlier and the university is now all set to start its new academic session in the new campus. Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal will be the chief guest at the event. He will be joined by Union minister of state for communications and IT Sachin Pilot and chief minister Ashok Gehlot.
The university that has started eight courses in the past two academic years, is introducing six new courses this session."Rajasthan has limited number of medical colleges, and near the area where our University has been established hospitals are only in Ajmer and Kishangarh. If a medical college and hospital is established at the University it will also be of great help to the rural areas in the vicinity," Prof M M Salunkhe, Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Rajasthan said here today.He said given the fact that the Minister for HRD and other top officials would be converging at the university, it would be an opportunity to take up the demand for the grant of a medical college."The state government has already given a proposal for additional land for a medical college.

RAS Exam 2008 result declared

RAS Exam 2008 result is declared based on scaling by RPSC Ajmer. Vinay Pathak Top RAS Exam 2008. Result is declared for 384 Post.

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Nawang Gombu passes away

Nawang Gombu, the first person to climb Mt Everest twice, died in Darjeeling at his residence Monday morning after a brief illness, family sources said. Being the youngest Sherpa to reach South Col during the first successful expedition in 1953, Gombu first climbed Mt Everest along with Jim Whittaker during American Everest Expedition in 1963. He then set a new record when he scaled the world's highest peak again in 1965 along with Capt Awarae Singh Cheema as members of Indian Everest Expedition. The South Col usually refers to the southern route between Mount Everest and Lhotse, the first and fourth highest mountains in the world. Other Himalayan peaks climbed by Gombu included Makalu, Sakang, Saser Kangri, Nanda Devi, Cho Oyu, Koktang and Ratong.
Gombu was part of the first group of Sherpa mountaineers who along with Tenzing Norgay completed a guide course in Switzerland in 1954. They became the backbone of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), an idea pushed by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He retired from HMI as its Director of Field Training after more than 40 years of service. For his climbing and teaching accomplishments, Gombu was awarded Padma Bhusan, Padma Shree, the Arjuna Award, the Indian Mountaineering Foundation Gold Medal and the Tenzing Norgay Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation medal from Her Majesty and Hubbard medal from National Geographic Society.

Rajasthan''s first CM Tikaram Paliwal remembered

Rajasthan's first Chief Minister, late Tikaram Paliwal, was remembered today on the occasion of his 104th birth anniversary.Rich tributes were paid to Paliwal as leading government functionaries including Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot assembled at the state assembly secretariat to remember the former leader.Gehlot and other cabinet members paid floral tributes to Paliwal at the ceremony that was also attended by his family members.Paliwal was born on April 24, 1907, and was the first elected chief minister of Rajasthan in 1952.

Sarpanch shoot dead in Kota, Rajasthan

Sarpanch shoot dead in Checat Police station area in Rajasthan's Kota district by group of people. As per new sources Budhpura Sarpanch Ramesh Joshi killed in morning when he was going for his farm house. This is one more incident in last two month. Unstoppable murder instances in rajasthan definitely show the failure System in state. Youth leaders murder in Bikaner, Kishangarh MLA Sinodia's son Murder, Attack on Police van in Bilwara, Engineering Student's murder in Jaipur and now sarpanch shoot dead in Kota. Police is looking for Murderers.

Suresh Kalmadi arrested in CWG scam

Suresh Kalmadi was today arrested by the CBI over alleged irregularities in the conduct of the sporting extravaganza. Official sources said 67-year-old Kalmadi, who was called to the agency's new swanky headquarters for questioning earlier in the day, was put under arrest in the evening. The CBI's action came following the visit to London by a two-member team of the agency in connection with Queen Baton Relay (QBR) scam. Kalmadi''s arrest was announced after his day-long questioning at the CBI headquarters, the fourth since December last, in connection with the alleged irregularities related to the award of contract for Timing-Scoring-Result (TSR) System for the Games to Swiss Timekeeping. Kalmadi was arrested for "conspiracy to favour a private firm based in Switzerland by awarding contract of Timing Scoring and Result System at inflated cost of Rs 141 crore," a senior CBI official said.
The CBI claimed to have gathered fresh leads after the trip of its team to London in connection with cases related to alleged irregularities in hiring of AM Films and AM Car and Van Hire Limited during QBR held in 2009 at exorbitant rates. The team has spoken to the London-based owner of both the companies -- Ashish Patel -- who has provided information and documents with regard to the allegedly overvalued deal, the sources said.

Rajasthan Royals win by 8 Wickets against Kochi

Rajasthan Royals wins by 8 Wickets against Kochi Tuskers Kerala(KTK) in 28th IPL Match played today at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Rajasthan royals won the toss and chose to field first and decision comes good for rajasthan royals. Rajasthan royals restrict KTK on the nominal score of 109 in 20 overs and rajasthan royals easily score the winning total in 15th over.
Score Summary:
Kochi Tuskers Kerala 109 (20 Overs)

Patel 32
Jadeja 22
Rajasthan Royals 111/2 (14.1 Overs)

Watson 49
Dravid 44

Faculty Jobs in National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur

National Institute of Ayurveda(NIA), Jaipur, Rajasthan invites applications in the Prescribed Format for the following Faculty Posts in this Institute:
1. Professor : 03 Posts
Age : Maximum 55 years as on 01-01-2012. (Relaxable as per rules)
Discipline :
Panchakarma -01
Shalya -01
Kayachikitsa -01
Pay Scale : Pay Band 4 - Rs. 37,400-67,000 Grade Pay Rs. 8,700 + 25% NPA and other usual Allowances, Gross Salary at the Minimum of the Pay Scale is Rs. 1,03,000 Per Month
2. Associate Professor : 06 Posts
Age : Maximum 50 years as on 01-01-2012. (Relaxable as per rules)
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Kaumar Bhritya - 02
Kaya Chikitsa -01
Prasuti-Stri Roga -01
Shalakya -01
Swastha Vritta -01
Pay Scale : Pay Band 3 - Rs. 15,600-39,100 Grade Pay Rs. 7,600 + 25% NPA and other usual Allowances, Gross Salary at the Minimum of the Pay Scale is Rs. 67,800 Per Month
3. Lecturer : 05 Posts
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Pay Scale : Rs. 15,600-39,100 Grade Pay Rs. 5,400 + 25% NPA and other usual Allowances, Gross Salary at the Minimum of the Pay Scale is Rs. 49,700 Per Month
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Assistant Professor Jobs in GEC, Bharatpur

Government Engineering College(GEC), Bharatpur,invites applications in prescribed Proforma separately for each of following teaching posts:
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Road accident kills 12 in Rajasthan

At least twelve people were killed and 18 injured in two road accidents in Sirohi and Tonk districts of Rajasthan today. Nine people, including four women, were killed and 6 injured a collision between a jeep and a truck near Abu Road in Sirohi district early this morning, police said. The jeep was carrying passengers to a nearby village for participating in a mela from Swaroopganj-Abu Road when it rammed into the truck coming from the opposite direction around 0530 hrs. The injured were rushed to Abu Road for treatment from where some were referred to Udaipur, police added.
In another accident three persons were killed and 12 injured in a collision between a private bus and a truck near Junia bifurcation in Tonk district today. The injured were admitted to the District Hospital at Tonk from where three were referred to SMS Hospital here, trhe sources said.

World celebrates Easter today

Easter, the festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ is being celebrated with devotional fervour and enthusiasm across the world on Sunday. The event, which has a special significance in Christian faith, is celebrated with devotional fervour and enthusiasm. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh greeted people on the occasion of Easter, saying the day marked the triumph of truth, justice and love over despair, hatred and destruction.
In a message, Dr. Singh described Easter Sunday as a day of hope and belief in a better and brighter tomorrow. He hoped that the festival would be celebrated with the traditional spirit of joy and happiness, and strengthens the bonds of friendship among the people.

Sathya Sai Baba passes away

Sri Sathya Sai Baba, whose spiritual clout ran far and wide, passed away on Sunday morning in Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district due to cardio-respiratory failure. Sai Baba, who was 86, breathed his last at 7.40 AM at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, its Director A N Safaya said in a bulletin on Sunday. "Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is no more with us physically. He left his earthly body on April 24, 2011 at 7:40 AM due to cardio-respiratory failure," it said.
The body will lie in state at Sai Kulwant Hall for two days -- Monday and Tuesday, it said, adding that arrangements will be made for darshan after 6:00 pm Sunday at the Hall. "We appeal to all not to rush to the hospital, but to remain calm and have Darshan in an orderly manner," it said. A pall of gloom descended on this town, 450 km from Hyderabad, as the news of Sai Baba's death spread. His family members, four ministers and government officials rushed to the hospital following reports that the Sai Baba's condition had deteriorated further. There has been a complete shutdown in Puttaparthi since morning following reports about deterioration in the condition of Sai Baba. Sai Baba was hospitalised on 28th March following problems related to heart and respiration. Anxious devotees of the Sai Baba, whose followers range from top politicians to industrialists, gathered at 'Prashanti Nilayam', the spiritual resort of the leader, 6 kms from the hospital. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has rushed for Puttaparthi from Hyderabad following the Baba's death. Police, which has been deployed in large numbers here, has put up barricades for crowd control.

Resign if favouritism charges are proved‎ - Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday accused Opposition BJP for making "false" allegations of corruption against him, and said he would not remain in chair "for a second" if charges of favouritism were proven. "If any charge that my family members benefited in any way from our government is proven right, I will not remain Chief Minister for a second," Gehlot said. He said his opposition BJP, when in power in the state, was in a muddle of corruption charges, and it would do better to look into the track record of its own government. Gehlot's first public comments on the issue came at the State Convention of NSUI here, a week after media reports said that the Rajasthan government had awarded contracts to a firm in which his son is employed.
Reacting to the report, former Chief Minister and leader of the Opposition Vasundhara Raje had said that the charges had brought the corrupt nature of the state government out in the public domain. "If a particular company received contracts worth Rs 110 crore during my government, it had received contracts worth Rs 300 crore during the previous government through tenders," he said rubbishing reports that his government favoured the firm where his son works as a legal consultant. "I replied to the charges when they were raised and I am happy that even the media in general did not give much credence to them," Gehlot said. Gehlot said the Raje government was itself facing several charges of corruption. "Their own people have accused them or wrongdoings. It was during their tenure that police fired on protesters during the Gujjar agitation. There has been no such incident during our government, and they do not seem happy about this," he said. "Throughout my political life I have tried to make sure that my family members, my wife and children do not even misuse the official vehicle provided to me," he said. Gehlot had earlier refuted the allegations, but he was speaking on the issue for the first time from a public platform.

Engineering Student killed in Jaipur

A Private Engineering college Student murdered last night in Jaipur by some unknown bikers while returning home. Murder of student shock the pink city after news spread today. As per news sources incident happens when He was returning to home after receiving two friends from Gandhi Nagar Railway station. While returning back to home, three unknown person on other bike hit them with Helmet and stones and run away leaving them in injured condition. Police admit them to SMS Hospital where one of student is declared dead by doctors while two are discharged from hospital after primary medical services. Police registered the case against unknown and investigating the culprits.The deceased has been identified as Jitendra Choudhary, a resident of Haryana’s Bhiwani. He was a B Tech final year student at Gyan Vihar University. The police have rounded up four students — who had hit the streets after getting drunk — on suspicion of their involvement in the incident. "Jitendra, along with another junior student Vikas, had gone to the railway station to pick up a friend, Rinku. On their way back to Jitendra’s rented accommodation in Jagatpura, they went to a bar and got heavily drunk,” said commissioner of police (CP) B L Soni.
In recent two month continuous murder instances in rajasthan definitely show the failure System in state. Youth leaders murder in Bikaner, Kishangarh MLA Sinodia's son Murder by Land Mafia, Attack on Police van in Bilwara and now student's murders show the failure of system in state. The Million dollar question is are we safe ?. A state where economy and employment largely depends on tourism, how can we insure that they are safe and leave a right message of "Padharo Mhare Desh".

World Earth Day Today

Earth Day 2011 is celebrated nationwide on Friday with the theme of 'A Billion acts of Green' to promote the spirit of environment conservation. The Day is being observed for the past 40 years to generate awareness about need to protect earth’s environment. Various programmes are being held all over the world including India to mark the occasion. This year’s motto of Earth day is to register at least one billion acts of individual or organizations.
For over 40 years, Earth Day—April 22—has inspired and mobilized individuals and organizations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.

Aruna Roy in Time's 100 most influential list

Aruna Roy in Time's 100 most influential list. Time magazine has announced its annual list of 100 most influential people in the world. The list features five prominent Indians from the field of business, IT, science, sports and social service. Time selects personalities whose contribution has influenced and shaped the region they belong to. The people featuring on the list are, as Time puts it, "artists and activists, reformers and researchers, heads of state and captains of industry."
She started her journey from Tilonia, a tiny village in the deserts of Rajasthan in the 1980s, Aruna Roy began a long campaign to bring transparency to India's notoriously corrupt bureaucracy. Its signal achievement is the 2005 Right to Information (RTI) Act, a law that has given the nation's poor a powerful tool to fight for their rights and has influenced similar measures in other countries. It has also inspired thousands of RTI activists, who have exposed everything from land scams to bank embezzlement to the misuse of public funds meant for the poor. Since then, Roy, 64, has helped shape an ambitious new rural jobs program and a food-security bill that will come before Parliament this year. Many social activists clamor for India to do more for the dispossessed. A former civil servant, Roy doesn't just condemn a broken system; she changes it. Other names includes MS Dhoni, VS Ramchandran, Azim Premji and Mukesh Ambani.
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Kings XI Punjab win by 48 runs against Rajasthan Royals

Kings XI Punjab win by 48 runs against Rajasthan Royals with highest margin in IPL 4 in 23rd Match Played at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh.
Score Summary:
Kings XI Punjab 195/7 (20 Overs)
Gilchrist 28
Valthaty 46
s Marsh 71
Rajasthan Royals 147/7 (20 Overs)
Watson 24
STR Binny 30
Menaria 34

Siddhartha Mukherjee bag Pulitzer Prize 2011

Indian-American physician Siddhartha Mukherjee has become the fourth person of Indian origin to bag the prestigious Pulitzer Prize 2011 in the general non-fiction category for his acclaimed book on cancer, 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.' According to the Pulitzer citation, the book by the New York-based cancer physician and researcher , "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer", published by HarperCollins, was described by the jury as "an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science", said P M Sukumar, CEO of HarperCollins India, "Siddhartha Mukherjee has produced a real tour de force, with 'The Emperor of All Maladies'.
The Pulitzer for general non-fiction is awarded to a "distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category". It carries a USD 10,000 award. India-born Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Centre. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times and The New Republic. In his book, Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories and deaths, told through the "eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out war against cancer". An award-winning science writer, Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective and a biographer's passion.

'Dead Alien' Video in Siberia is hoax

YouTube video of a so-called "dead alien" found in Russia is quickly becoming an Internet sensation. The video, posted to YouTube on Sunday, has attracted nearly 1.5 million views and is now making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook. Uploaded by All News Web, which calls itself "The World's Only Inter-Galactic News Service," the video's description says it shows a "dead alien" found in Russia's Republic Buryatia, at a site not far from an alleged UFO event one month ago in Siberia.
The fuzzy film, apparently shot as two Russian-speaking men walk across a snowy countryside, features a close-up of what is appears to be the shriveled up body of a tiny extra-terrestrial being. Like the aliens of pop culture, the dead creature in the YouTube video has an enlarged gray head and huge, dark eyes. But UFO believers shouldn't get their hopes up too high. Video Is 'Clearly a Hoax," Investigator Says.

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Rajasthan Class 8th Result 2011 on 30 April

Rajasthan Govt to declare result of 70.45 Lakh students for Class 1st to 8th standard on 30 April 2011 and as per "Free and Mandatory Education right for Child" all students will be promoted to higher class in all schools across state which includes Govt schools and by next year privates schools also falls under new govt policy to promote education.
The new rule will definitely improve the school drop-out by children and hope in census 2021 we will not get that much shocking literacy rate which rajasthan got in census 2011.

Rajasthan PTET Exam 2011 Notification

Rajasthan PTET Exam 2011: Rajasthan PTET(Pre Teacher Education Test) Examination 2011 is going to be conducted online by JNVU (Jai Narain Vyas University Jodhpur) Rajasthan. JNVU, Jodhpur will conduct PTET 2011 Exam for consecutive Fourth. PTET Exam 2011 exam process will start from 22 April 2011(Friday) and form will be filled online.
How to apply:
1. Apply online after 22nd april on PTET website.
2. Fill the online form on PTET 2011 website.
4. Take printout of Filled form and Bank Challan.
5. Deposit the fee Rs. 400 in Bank of Baroda or Punjab National Bank's Branch upto 10th May 2011.
6. Submit the Challan Copy and Filled application form to any collection centers of RTET Exam 2011 upto 11th May 2011.
7. PTET Exam will be conducted on 5th June 2011
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BSTC Exam 2011 by GCA Ajmer

BSTC Sanskrit Examination 2011 will be held by Government College Ajmer(GCA), Rajasthan, a premier higher education institute in India. GCA launched official website for BSTC Examination 2011 to be held on 29 May 2011.
BSTC Exam 2011 will invites applications online through its new website launched recently by GCA Ajmer. Nodal agency also decided to not release cut-off list while they prefer Merit list.
Important dates:
BSTC Exam 2011 Last date: 5 May 2011
BSTC Exam admit cards: 16 May 2011 (Online)
BSTC Exam date: 29 May 2011

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Rajasthan to get 5 More Mahila Police Station

Five more Mahila Thana police stations exclusively for women affairs/cases are being opened in Rajasthan. The new police stations are being established in Jaipur, Bundi, Sirohi, Rajsamand and Kota(Rural). Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who also holds the Finance portfolio, has approved proposal for requisite administrative and financial sanctions for the purpose, an official spokesman said here last night. This included sanction for creation of a total of 80 new posts of police personnel and purchase of essential items and equipment, the spokesman said.

Jobs in Jaipur Thar Gramin Bank, Rajasthan

Jaipur Thar Gramin Bank (A Govt. of India Enterprise Sponsered by UCO Bank), Tonk Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan invites applications from Indian citizens for the posts of Group A - Senior Manager (Officer MMG Scale-III), Manager (Officer MMG Scale-II), Assistant Manager (Officer Scale-I) and Group B - Office Assistants (Multipurpose).
1. Office Assistant (Multipurpose)
Total Post: 76 Posts
Pay Scale : Rs. 7200-19300/-
2. Assistant Manager (Officer JMG Scale-I)
Total Post: 13 Posts
Pay Scale : Rs. 14500-25700/-
3. Manager (Officer MMG Scale-II)
Total Post: 11 Posts
Pay Scale : Rs. 19400-28100
4. Senior Manager (Officer SMG Scale-III)
Total Post: 02 Posts
Pay Scale : Rs. 25700 - 31500/-
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* Closing date for ON-Line Registration of Application : 10.05.2011
* Last Date of Receipt of Application Printouts (Including Far Flung Areas) :- 17-05-2011
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Office Assistant (Multipurpose) : 17-07-2011
Assistant Manager (Officer JMG Scale-I) : 24-07-2011
Manager (Officer MMG Scale-II) : 24-07-2011
Senior Manager (Officer MMG Scale-III): 24-07-2011
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Dowry victim takes poison before coming to meet Rajasthan CM

A 20-year-old woman, who came to meet Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to seek his intervention for action in her dowry related case, was admitted to the SMS Hospital here today following sudden illness. Harsha Kanwar of Khatipura reached here at the Chief Minister's residence here this morning along with her mother, to seek his intervention in dowry related atrocities allegedly meted out to her by her Gujarat-based in-laws. Since it was not the day of 'Jan Sunwai', she was directed to a police officer to brief about her case, lodged with the police last month.
She fell sick during the briefing and later it was revealed that prior to proceeding for the Chief Minister's Residence, she had consumed poison at her residence and wanted to ensure that if she died of poison, her in-laws were punished appropriately. The woman also brought a letter with her to inform the officials of her suicide bid and wish. Harsha was rushed to the hospital where her condition was now stated to be out of danger, the police said.

.xxx Domains Available for Registration Now

The controversial .xxx top level domains are finally available for registration almost 11 years after the extension was first proposed. On Friday, the porn-only address was added to the domain name system's root servers – through a convoluted process that involves box-ticking from domain overseer ICANN, the US Department of Commerce, and VeriSign – and the first .xxx domain names started working around midnight. Right now, surfers can visit websites such as and, both of which are – for now – place-holders with safe-for-work generic content. The company contracted to run the domain registry, ICM Registry, has also moved its corporate web site to and
The .XXX domain will be open to the majority later on in the year, but some people in the industry aren’t fans. Some claim that branding adult-themed websites in this way is a form of segregation, and that it bands the wide spectrum of Adult content under one label.

ISRO PLSV-C16 launched successfully

ISRO’s PSLV—C16 rocket today successfully launched into orbit the latest remote sensing satellite Resourcesat—2 that would study and help manage natural resources along with two nano satellites. ISRO’s homegrown workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle placed in a ‘Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit’ Resourcesat-2, Youthsat and X-Sat about 18 minutes after it blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre launch pad here, 90 km from Chennai, at 10.12 am. “PSLV-C16 Resourcesat-2 mission is successful,” a jubilant Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Radhakrishnan announced shortly after all the three satellites were hurled into space one after another 822 km above earth in a text book launch. The ISRO chief’s announcement was cheered by the battery of scientists at the mission control centre who heaved a sigh of relief as they were gripped by an added anxiety following two successive failures of GSLV missions last year.
Apart from carrying three sophisticated cameras, the satellite also carries additional equipment called AIS (Automatic Information System) from COMDEV, Canada, for the surveillance of ships in the VHF band to derive their position and speed, among others. "With the launch of Resourcesat-2, ISRO will have 10 remote sensing satellites in orbit- Resourcesat 1, TES, Cartosat 1, 2, 2A and 2B, IMS-1, RISAT-2, Oceansat-2," S. Satish, ISRO's director (Publications and Public Relations), said. With the largest civilian remote sensing satellite constellation in the world, India is a global leader earning a sizeable amount vending imageries in a variety of spatial resolutions, spectral bands and swaths.

Rajasthan University student commits suicide in Hostel

Rajasthan University comes under halt when news spread that a girl student commits suicide in Hostel. A 25-year-old student committed suicide by hanging herself in her room in Mahi girls hostel of Rajasthan University (RU) on Tuesday evening. The deceased,Indu Solanki,was a second year masters student in Law College,RU.She was a resident of Aakarbhatta town in Sirohi district.The incident came to light when another student,who was staying in the next room,found that she had locked the room from inside for a long time and was not responding to her calls. Following the incident,chief warden Asha Hinger,and warden of Mahi Hostel Nidhi Singh were suspended. Indu had completed her Masters in Mass Communication from RU.Thereafter,she enrolled for a Masters degree in Law College.

Monsoon prediction for 2011 is Normal - Met Department

The country is expected to receive normal monsoon this year. The meteorological department’s first monsoon forecast for the season has raised hopes of sustained farm growth and economic expansion this fiscal year.The met department expects 98% of average rainfall during this year’s monsoon season, which is well within the normal range.
The Met department said that there is “very low probability’’ of rains being deficient (below 90% of the long period average) or excess (above 110%). If the prediction holds, the country will have normal monsoon rains for the second year running, after a shortfall of 21% in 2009. Making the announcement, minister of earth sciences P K Bansal said the monsoon is expected to arrive on time–June 1 in Kerala. The forecast, however, comes with several caveats and uncertainties. The IMD report admits that “climate forecasts prepared at this time of the year (April) have large uncertainty”.

Rajasthan farmers threaten fast unto death

Rajasthan farmers threaten fast unto death over land scam if their demands were not met by the Rajasthan government. The farmers held a 'mahapadav' in Baap sub-tehsil and issued an ultimatum to the government that if their 11 demands, including abolition of the 'anywhere registration system', were not met within 15 days, they would start a fast unto death. They also submitted a memorandum favouring the Governor, chief minister and the revenue minister.
They demanded revocation of all the deals, strict action against the government staff involved in the 'racket' and providing of record of land deals of the region of past two years. Former MP of Jodhpur Jaswant Singh Bishnoi, who also attended this meeting, said that it was a huge racket in which almost entire Baap sub-tahsil (17 villages) has been sold and the farmers have lost their only source of income.

Two Policeman, Gangster killed in Rajasthan

Two policemen and a notorious gangster were killed and four police personnel injured when a group of miscreants started firing indiscriminately in Bijolia area of Bhilwara district at midnight last night, police said. The police party headed by a Sub-Inspector was escorting a notorious gangster Bhanupratap from Udaipur jail to Jhalawar in a mini bus when a group of assailants intercepted the police vehicle in two cars in Bijolia region around 0030 hrs last night, the police said. Police suspect the miscreants opened fire to kill the gangster.
The miscreants resorted to indiscriminate firing in which sophisticated weapons were also used. The firing left gangster Bhanupratap and two policemen dead and four others injured, police added. The miscreants later fled towards Chittorgarh. The injured were admitted to hospital in Kota where the condition of two was stated to be serious, the police said.

Rajasthan-Gujarat join hands to promote tourism

Gujarat government Monday signed an agreement with Rajasthan to jointly promote tourism in western India through road shows and events in the country and abroad. "It is better to showcase a region on an international level rather than to promote just a state. In this way we will be promoting the whole of western India," said Vipul Mitra, principal secretary, tourism and civil aviation, government of Gujarat. "We are also in talks with the Maharashtra government for the same while Punjab and Karnataka have already been roped in," he added. Mitra said Gujarat is building a film city on the lines of one in Hyderabad and is in talks with Bollywood for the promotion of state tourism.
"We have a docile crowd here unlike in many other states, so film companies can easily set up the sets of different states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and do their shooting without any disturbance," he added. The tourism corporation of Gujarat has also acquired 400 acres of land and is in talks with a Surat-based company for the same. "The work will start shortly." Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan is the brand ambassador of Gujarat tourism.

Binayak Sen released from Raipur Jail

Human rights activist and pediatrician Binayak Sen released today at 7:00 PM from raipur central Jail. He has been in a Raipur jail after being convicted for sedition and sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment by a Chhattisgarh court on December 24, 2010. The Chhattisgarh Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge BP Verma directed that Sen be released on a personal bond and surety of Rs 50,000 each. He also has to surrender his passport, he can't leave India without prior permission and he has to appear before the Chhattisgarh High Court for the trial whenever required.
His battle for bail began on January 24, 2011 when the Chhattisgarh High Court began hearing on suspension of his sentence. But on February 10, 2011, the High Court dismissed his bail plea. The Supreme Court on March 3, 2011 admitted a special leave petition (SLP) and issued notices to the Chhattisgarh government, giving it four weeks to reply on Sen's bail plea. On March 11, 2011 the prosecution asked for more time. Finally on April 15, 2011 a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court granted him bail.

Brigadier Bhawani Singh Cremated

Brigadier Bhawani Singh was consigned to flames here today with full state honours. Padmanabh Singh, his grandson, lit the pyre amid the chanting of Vaidik mantras at 'Gaitore Ki Chatriya', the crematorium of royal family at Amber road. The funeral procession began from the city palace and passed through different parts of the walled city before reaching at the cremation ground. It was attended by large number of people and members of the erstwhile royal families including former Jodhpur Maharaja Gaj Singh.
Rajasthan Governor Shivraj Patil, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, PCC president anad Union Minister Dr. CP Joshi, Union minister Namonarayan Meena, Rajasthan Medical and Health Minister Duru Miyan, Rajasthan Assembly Speaker DS Shekhawat were among other dignitaries who were present and paid floral tributes. Singh died after a prolonged illness late on Saturday night at a private hospital in Gurgaon.

Nation celebrates Hanuman Jayanti Today

Nation celebrates Hanuman Jayanti Today with great zeal across the nation to mark the birthday of Lord Hanuman. Shri Hanuman is regarded as the God of power, strength and knowledge. He is known as the ‘param bhakt’ of lord Rama and is the incarnation of Lord Shiva. He was born to Kesari and Anjani on the Chaitra Shukla Purnima (Chaitra Shukla Purnima is the Full Moon Day on the Hindu Calendar Month of Chaitra) that is why, he is known as ‘KESERI NANDAN’ and ‘ANJANEYA’.
The best way to wish your loved ones on the festival is to send them SMS, Scraps and Greetings.
Janam Divas Ram Bhakt Hunumaan ka,
Jalayi Vishal Lanka jisne sirf apni poonch se..
Janam Divas hai uss Balwaan kaa.
Badhai ho Janam Divas Hunumaan Ka

Jobs in Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation Ltd

Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation Ltd.(RSSC), Jaipur invites applications from eligible candidates for filling up following vacancies . Applications should be neatly typed in English / Hindi on A4 size paper as per format.
1. Company Secretary : 01 Post
Pay Scale : Rs. 15,600 - 39,100 + Grade Pay Rs. 5400
2. Plant Manager : 01 Post
Pay Scale : Rs. 15600 - 39100 + Grade Pay Rs. 5400
3. Seed Officer : 28 Posts
Pay Scale : Rs. 9300-34800 with Grade Pay Rs. 4200
4. Machine Operator : 03 Posts
Pay Scale : Rs. 5200-20200 + Grade Pay Rs. 2100/-
How to apply: Application form duly filled and signed in prescribed format along with requisite certificates and fee shall reach the Managing Director , Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation Ltd., Pant Krishi Bhawan , IInd Floor , Janpath , Jaipur - 302 005 (Rajasthan)
Last Date: 26 April 2011
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Two day state mourning in Rajasthan for Brig Bhawani Singh

The Rajasthan Government declared 2-day state mourning to condole the death of the last titular Mahajara of Jaipur Brigadier (Retd) Bhawani Singh who passed away at a hospital in Gurgaon on saturday night. The state government offices would also remain closed tomorrow to coincide with the cremation. The cremation would be performed with full state honours at the royal cremation ground at Gaitor tomorrow. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has condoled the death of Singh.
He lauded Singh's services and contributions as an able Army Commander and diplomat. Mr Gehlot also remembered his contributions as celebrated polo player, sports administrator and in conservation of heritage and culture of Jaipur.

Fire in Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express

Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express (12951) caught fire in the early morning today. Two coaches were affected, but all passengers are safe. Railway authorities said the accident happened at 2:20 am near the Thuriya station between Aalot and Vikramgarh near Ratlam. The fire is reported to have begun in the pantry car and spread to two adjoining coaches, B6 and B7. The pantry car was completely destroyed.
The cause of the fire, which started from the pantry car of the Delhi bound train, is yet to be ascertained. Though none was injured in the incident Railways has declared ex-gratia of Rs 5,000 for the passengers of coaches B6 and B7, which were affected by the blaze, the spokesperson said. Rail traffic has been disrupted in the Nagda-Kota line due the fire. Saxena said all steps are being taken to resume traffic in the line at the earliest and food and water is being supplied to the passengers. There were about 900 passengers including Railway staff in the train. A three-member Railways team consisting of senior railway officials have been dispatched to the spot. The officials in the team are -- Arunendra Kumar, R N Lal and Ashish Malhotra, Saxena said. Railways has also set up helplines at Kota, Ratlam and Mumbai to disseminate information about the incident.
Kota helpline numbers: 0744-2467172, 2467173
Delhi Helpline Numbers: 011-23341074

Brigadier Bhawani Singh passes away

Brigadier (Retd) Bhawani Singh passed away at a hospital in Gurgaon last night. Bhawani Singh, 80, successor of former Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, was not keeping well for sometime and was admitted to the hospital where he breathed his last at around 0100 hrs last night. He is survived by his wife Padmini.
About Brigadier Bhawani Singh: Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh Bahadur,(born 1931) was the last titular Maharaja of Jaipur. He died at age 80 on April 16th, 2011. The title technically ended when royal entitlements were abolished along with privy purses through a constitutional amendment in 1971. In the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Sawai led his troops deep inside Pakistani territory in the Sindh region of Pakistan, attacking and destroying many Pakistani posts. For this, he was awarded India's second-highest gallantry award, the Mahavir Chakra. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier in 1974. Following his retirement from the army Sawai Bhawani Singh contested the Lok Sabha elections in the year 1989 for the Indian National Congress party but lost to the Bharatiya Janata Party leader Girdhari Lal Bhargav.

Great Indian Travel Bazaar 2011 starts today

Towards targeting potential consumers of tourism products from across the globe and India, the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is organizing 'The Great Indian Travel Bazaar '11'- an international tourism conference and exhibition on April 17-19, 2011 at B.M. Birla Convention Centre, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
At least 233 foreign tour operators(FTOs) from 55 countries including US, UK, Russia, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, will participate in the Great Indian Travel Bazaar-11 to be organised here between April 17-19, Rajasthan Tourism Secretary Usha Sharma said. The Tourism Ministry, the State Tourism Department and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry(FICCI) were jointly holding the fourth edition of 3-day international event which during past three years had emerged as popular and eventful fixture, Ms Sharma told reporters here this afternoon. "Tourism sector in India with its diverse product profile is poised for a phenomenal growth. In 2009 the country had earned foreign exchange worth Rs 54,960 crore with impressive foreign tourist arrivals of 5.11 million", she said.
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Ajmer dargah towards Eco-Friendly makeover

The famous Ajmer Sharif dargah in Rajasthan is being turned into an eco-friendly shrine with new initiatives. The holy and world-famous Ajmer Sharif dargah in Ajmer, Rajasthan, is finally getting an eco-friendly makeover. From switching to solar power electrification to recycling the mazaar flowers to make itr (perfume), it is perhaps the first shrine in the world to go green.
Dargah Sharif or the Holy Dargah is one of the most sacred Muslim shrines in India. Revered by both Hindus and Muslims, it is the tomb of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, a Sufi saint who came from Persia and devoted his life to the service and uplift of the poor and downtrodden. Khwaja Sahib arrived in Ajmer at the age of 52 around 1190 AD on his divine mission, unique in the annals of Islam. He made Ajmer his abode from 1192 to 1236 AD and established the Chisti order of fakirs in India.

Rajasthan Govt orders inquiry on uterus removal

Three private hospitals in Rajasthan’s Dausa district removed the uterus of 226 women last year, an RTI application filed by an NGO has found. The NGO claimed that the hospitals earned about Rs 14,000 from each patient. As the private hospitals were recognised for delivery under the government scheme ‘Janani Suraksha Yojna’, the facts were revealed through RTI from the office of State medical and health department. In the wake of the report, the district administration has ordered an inquiry into the matter by a three-member committee led by Chief Medical and Health Officer, Dausa, OP Meena.
On Saturday, State Health Minister Aimaduddin Ahmed Khan said that no FIR has been filed because there is no act governing private hospitals. “Suo motu we cannot take action,” said Khan. Khan informed that the government had set up a committee to probe the incident for any irregularity. “The final report will take some time as members will have to meet all the women,” he said. “The registration of four hospitals has been cancelled, while one was not even registered,” he added. Devender Madan owner of Madan Hospital, one of the implicated hospitals , said, “We have consent letters of the women. They were suffering from complications in their uterus.”

Srivatsan, Vasundhara win NASA Prize

M Srivatsan and Vasundhara Gautham of Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram, Two Class seven students of Chennai have jointly won the second prize with a Romanian team in a competition conducted by NASA this year. Under 'Project IRIS' (International Research and Integration Station), they developed and designed an alternate habitat for human space settlement. The design won recognition for its detailed and in-depth representation of life and its necessities integrated in a space city. Srivatsan said "the project was relatively easier as we imagined how life would be in another planet without the resources that Earth provides."
All basic essentials for sustaining human life - from food, sanitation, shelter and energy was provided. They also conceptualized the way of life - administration, governance, employment, culture and transportation. "Srivatsan and Vasundhara worked for over three hours every day, brainstorming and designing this project. My only contribution was to inform them about the competition I came across on NASA website," said Manivanan, Srivatsan's father. While Vasundhara took care of providing food and other biological aspects, Srivatsan dealt with the technical details. The most important aspect of this project was use of 'quantum computers' which formed a crucial part of the space city and disseminated information to people via indirect interaction using dead human retina. The duo worked on the project for less than six months and plans to participate in the same competition next year. The Sequoia Middle School team from California, U.S.A., bagged the first prize

Nation celebrates Mahavir Jayanti

Nation celebrates Mahavir Jayanti today. President, Prime Minister and Vice-President greets Jain community on auspicious day of Mahavir Jayanti, wishing that it brought joy, happiness, blessings and cheer to all. Mahavir Jayanti, celebrating the birth of Lord Mahavir, 24th tirthankar who established central tenets of Jainism, is the major religious day for Jains. It includes prayers, temples decoration, abhishek, processions, offerings to poor, lectures, meditations, temple visits, etc. 
Jainism, an ancient religion which emphasizes non-violence and which derives its name from jinas (spiritual victors), aims at liberating the soul by freeing it from accumulated karma. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

Wikipedia's Campus Ambassador Program in India

Wikipedia is starting its Campus Ambassador Program in India and plans to commence a large-scale, pilot in Pune covering all colleges and universities in the region, starting May 2011. This program is part of Wikimedia’s Public Policy initiative project through which, it intends to make universities, a part of Wikipedia and improve the quality of content. Students, college faculty and staff members or anyone geographically close to a college or university in Pune can enroll for the program. Those outside Pune can also apply and attend training sessions conducted by Wikimedia Foundation, however there are no plans to extend the Pilot to other regions before September 2011.
Wikipedia campus ambassadors volunteer to train and recruit editors to write for Wikipedia by way of on-campus activities and face to face training programs, including classroom integration. They devote 3-5 hours in a week, for a semester, train and mentor students on Wikipedia editing, and conduct workshops & presentations. The ambassadors do not get paid, however, Wkipedia provides training material, merchandise and stipends for running events in addition to sponsorships to Wikimedia events. The program was first launched in the United States in 2010, with Harvard University, Georgetown University, Indiana University, and UC Berkeley among others.

Rajasthan HC stays RTET Exam

Rajasthan High Court on Friday restrained the state government from conducting the recently-introduced Rajasthan Teachers’ Eligibility Test (RTET) until the next order terming it as unwarranted. It has served notice to the advocate general asking him to apprise the court of the rationale behind conducting the RTET. The court serving the notices to the state government, National Council for Teachers’ Education (NCTE) and Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) has stayed the examination. The court, however, clarified that the state government could continue with the recruitment of teachers under the existing provisions. The RTET was scheduled to be held on May 22.
Justice Gopal Krishna Vyas issued the directive on a petition filed by Gayatri Joshi and 50 others. The court also asked the Advocate General to file a reply in the matter. In the petition it was stated that in August 2010, a notification was issued in accordance with the guidelines of National Council of Teachers Education which called for an eligibility test before recruiting teachers in Rajasthan. Accordingly, the candidates who have BCom and BEd degrees became ineligible to appear in the test.

Kirori Lal Meena calls off agitation

Kirori Lal and his wife Golma Devi on Friday called off their over a-week- long agitation after the Rajasthan government agreed to their demand of a fresh probe into alleged starvation deaths in the tribal region of Udaipur. The stir was called off after Meena held third round of talks with state tourism minister Bina Kak and energy minister Jitendra Singh. The government has agreed to set up a committee to probe the starvation deaths and assured that steps will be taken to curb corruption, the Dausa MP said. The couple had sat on dharna on Thursday last week demanding steps to curb corruption and Devi, a Rajasthan minister, converted her dharna into fast-unto-death on Tuesday. Meanwhile, ten contractual female employees demanding permanent job under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) also called off their agitation after the government assured them of appropriate steps.

KKR win by 9 wickets against Rajasthan Royals

Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir hit impressive half-centuries to guide Kolkata Knight Riders to a 9 wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Friday. South African Kallis top-scored with a 65-ball 80 not out while skipper Gambhir made an unbeaten 75 off just 44 balls as Kolkata achieved a 160-run target with nine deliveries to spare for their second win in three matches. The pair added 152 for the unfinished second-wicket stand to ensure an easy victory for their team. Left-handed Gambhir, caught off a no-ball when on 66, cracked one six and 11 fours, including four boundaries in an over from seamer Amit Singh. Kallis hit two sixes and seven fours in his third successive half-century. It was the first defeat in three matches for Rajasthan, led by former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne.
Score Summary:
Rajasthan Royals 159-4 in 20 overs
R. Taylor 35*
R. Dravid 35
A. Menaria 27
Kolkata Knight Riders 160-1 in 18.3 overs
J. Kallis 80*
Gambhir 75*

Lokpal Bill drafting committee Meeting Today

The 10-member joint committee comprising five ministers and five civil society representatives, for drafting the anti-graft Lokpal Bill will hold its first meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. The meeting of will begin at 11.30 a.m., sources added. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is the chairman of the committee while social reformer Anna Hazare , who went on a 97-hour fast In New Delhi to demand a stronger Lokpal (ombudsman) Bill to tackle corruption, is one of the five members from the civil society. Law Minister Veerappa Moily, Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal and Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed are the other ministerial members. Former law minister Shanti Bhushan, representing the civil society, is the co-chairman.
Besides Hazare and Shanti Bhushan, lawyer Prashant Bhushan, Right To Information activist Arvind Kejriwal and former Supreme Court judge N. Santosh Hegde are also on the committee. All members of the committee are likely to attend the meeting, sources said. "The first meeting is likely to be of an introductory nature," Prashant Bhushan told media.

Agitating Golma Devi ’s health deteriorates

The health of Rajasthan minister Golma Devi and two other agitators, protesting alleged apathy of the state government towards tribals' demands, deteriorated with their indefinite hunger strike entering third day on Thursday. The wife of Dausa MP and Meena community leader Kirori Lal converted her dharna into fast unto death on Tuesday. Ten contractual female employees of National Rural Health Mission had also joined the strike demanding permanent job under the NRHM.
However soaring temperature affected two of the NRHM employees Nirmala Rathore and Madhubala Sharma who fell unconscious while the minister's blood pressure shot up. "The health of two NRHM employees is presently stable and they are placed on drip. They are under constant observation at the agitation spot," said a doctor deployed at the dharna site near civil lines railway crossing. The state government has deployed a medical mobile van at the site to monitor the heath of protesters. District collector Naveen Mahajan and deputy commissioner of police (South) Jose Mohan also visited the dharna site and discussed the issue with the employees and Kirori Lal Meena, who is also on dharna. The officials are took a four-member delegation of NRHM employees to meet principal secretary (Health) B Sharma, an official said.

Kanishtha Dhankhar wins Miss India World 2011

Kanishtha Dhankhar (22) from Mumbai won the Pantaloons Miss India World 2011 title at a glittering function in Mumbai tonight. She had earlier won the Pantaloons Femina Miss Body Beautiful. Hasleen Kaur from New Delhi won the Pantaloons Femina Miss India Earth 2011, while Ankita Shorey from Mumbai won the Pantaloons Femina Miss India International 2011. Miss India 2010 winners Manasvi Mamgai, Nicole Faria and Neha Hinge crowned the 2011 winners.
Kanishtha Dhankhar is a model by profession. Her favourite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio and she rates Sachin Tendulkar as her most favourite sportsperson. Ankita Mohapatra from Bhubaneswar won the Bollywood Diva Title. She will act in a forthcoming film under Nadiadwala Grandsons Entertainment banner. Rakul Preet Singh, who was one of the top 5 finalists, won the Miss India Online Poll 2011. She was the first choice of the online audience. The judges of the show included Kangna Ranaut, Fardeen Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Ritu Kumar, Shiamak Davar, Leander Paes, Tarun Mansukhani, Sajid Nadiadwala and Prachi Desai. Tarun Mansukhani, was the first to break the news, when he tweeted, "Judges unanimous winner of the miss india crown is.... Kanishtha Dhankar!!"

Radia links Sharad Pawar to 2G Scam & DB Realty

Corporate lobbyist Niira Radia reportedly linked Union Minister Sharad Pawar to 2G scam-tainted DB Realty firm but the senior leader trashed her claim. Pawar was reacting to media reports which had quoted Radia as telling the CBI that he may be controlling DB Realty and may have pursued the issue of spectrum and license for Swan Telecom with former Telecom Minister A Raja. Her statement was part of the CBI charge sheet but she herself made it clear that it was the perception in Mumbai that she was talking about and she had no documentary proof to back it.
Pawar said, "This is absolutely a lie and foolish statement. Her claim is absolutely irresponsible and a total lie and one should not give too much importance to her statement. "I have no financial interest in this company. DB Realty and that telecom company I have no relations at all. I have no financial, not one 'naya paisa' interest in that company," the minister said. He said he knew DB Realty's Vinod Goenka's father K M Goenka for the last 35 years and he had set up a milk processing unit in Baramati about 20 years back. "We, all farmers, are helping him in getting good quality milk. We have a relationship. There are no two opinions about that but we have no involvement or association with the telecom company," he said. Pointing out that Radia had herself stated that she had no proof to back the charge, Pawar said he had no talk with the corporate lobbyist or anyone else with regard to grant of licence for spectrum use. "I am looking after agriculture of the country, not telecom," he said.

Shane Watson to Join Rajasthan Royals today

Shane Watson to Join Rajasthan Royals in today's match going to play at SMS Stadium Jaipur. Friday’s IPL match between hosts Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the SMS Stadium is expected to be a hit. Hit, not because that this match may witness a packed stadium but it would see a contest between big-hitters Shane Watson of Royals and Yusuf Pathan of KKR. Giving a big boost to the home team that is already oozing with confidence after their consecutive wins over Deccan Chargers and Delhi Dare Daredevils, Watson has joined the Royals. Like his IPL team, Watson is also on a high after his quickfire knocks in the recently-concluded Australia-Bangladesh ODI series. The Royals’ fans would be hoping the Australian to continue his splendid form with the willow. His swashbuckling innings of 185 runs in the second ODI against Bangladesh, which included a world record 15 sixes, has already given high hopes to the Royals.
Besides Watson, all eyes would also be on Yusuf Pathan. It would also be interesting to watch how the Baroda basher, who had played for Royals in the first three IPL editions, performs against his former team. Pathan was bought by KKR at this year’s auctions. Watson’s arrival has in a way made things easy as well as difficult for captain-cum-coach Shane Warne. Easy, because Watson will definitely add depth to the Royals’ batting line-up and difficult, as Warne would have to drop one foreign player to accommodate the Austrlaian all-rounder. Besides Warne, Johan Botha, Ross Taylor and Shaun Tait have performed well in their two matches so far. Chances are that

Nation pays rich tribute to Bhimrao Ambedkar

Nation on Thursday paid rich tribute to Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, architect of an Indian constitution, on his 120th birth anniversary. Rich tributes are being paid to the leader throughout the country. In Parliament too, leaders paid floral tributes to the architect of Indian Constitution and icon of social justice and liberal democracy.

Rajasthan Babus, Bureaucrats declare Assets

Rajasthan Babus, Bureaucrats declare Assets. Navdeep Singh(IPS) is the richest among the bureaucrats whose assets were declared and put up on the state website, following a cabinet decision on Wednesday. The declaration of the assets of the babus comes as a move to give more transparency to the Ashok Gehlot government. The department of personnel posted available property details of the officers as on January 1, 2011 promptly on the website. However, several bureaucrats are yet to furnish their asset details. Navdeep, an IPS officer, is the husband of Param Naveep Singh, Congress MLA from Sangaria. The couple has plots and houses in several cities of the state and Himachal Pradesh.
Some of Babus, Bureaucrats with high Assets:
1. Navdeep Singh(IPS)
2. Chief secretary S Ahmed
3. Additional chief secretary (finance & policy planning) C K Mathew
4. P K Deb, additional chief secretary (home)
5. UDH principal secretary G S Sandhu
6. DGP Harish Chand Meena
7. Commissioner B L Soni
8. R N Mehrotra, principal chief conservator of forest
9. CMD of Rajasthan Small Industries Corporation M K Devarajan

Assembly polls: TN records 75%, Kerala 74%, Puducherry 83% polling

Heavy voters turn out in assembly polls, Tamil Nadu recorded an estimated 75.2 per cent, Kerala 74.4 per cent while Puducherry 83.62 as polling ended peacefully in all the three states on Wednesday evening. In Tamil Nadu, Over 75 per cent of the electorate on Wednesday cast their votes in all 234 assembly constituencies. Though polling had closed at 1700 hours, voters who came before the closing time were allowed to cast their vote, officials said. The polling was by and large peaceful, they said.
In Kerala,an estimated 74.4 per cent of voters exercised their franchise on Wednesday as voting ended peacefully in all the 140 assembly segments across the state. According to provisional figures released by Election Commission after polling ended at 5 pm, a total of 74.4 per cent of the 2.31 crore electorate cast their votes, exceeding the 2006 poll percentage of 72.38.
In Puducherry, around 83.62 per cent of the 8.10 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the Union Territory which went to polls on Wednesday to constitute its 30-member Assembly. Official sources said that of the four regions in the UT, Yanam, an enclave in Andhra Pradesh, recorded 49.52 percent polling during the first five hours of polling.

Rajasthan Govt announce new Land allotment Policy

Rajasthan Government announced cleared a new policy for land allotment at concessional rates, after it had recently curtailed the powers of the cabinet ministers in a bid to curb corruption. As per the new policy, land provided to primary, upper primary schools will be between 2,000 and 3,000 square metre, for senior secondary schools it’s 4,000-6,000 sq m, and for colleges between 2000 and 10,000 sq m. For universities, the land alloted can go up to 30 acre. For small hospital and nursing homes the alloted area will be between 2,000 and 3,000 sq m, for bigger hospitals it stands at 6,000 and 8,000 sq m. For speciality hospitals, the figure is between 4,000 and 6,000 sq m, while community centres and registered institutions can get a maximum alloted area of 4,000 sq m. “Land would be allotted at residential reserved rates for educational institutions and for health and medical services at the level of concerned trust, authority, housing board and local body. The decision to allot land on a rate less than the residential reserved rate will be taken by the government,’’ said Ashok Gehlot while giving details of the new policy.
The local body concerned will be able to make free allotment up to 1,000 square metre for public services such as night shelters, public toilets but the ownership on the proposed land will remain with the local body. Premier institution with a minimum proposed investment of Rs 50 crore over five years will be allotted the land at 50 percent DLC rates, while for a proposed investment of Rs. 100 crore, land will be allotted at 25 percent of the DLC rate. These include universities, professional and technical colleges and national-level schools.