Rampur-Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Dec 13 - It is not yet 5 p. m. but the light has started fading in Rampur-Mathura, a village of barely 5,000 people, in Sitapur district. A group of village elders settle down comfortably in wooden chairs around a small fire lit under a tree.
It is here that they gather every evening to discuss the day's events before retiring for the night. Until now, the village's busybodies used to keep them informed. But now they have a new source of information -- Gaon Ki Awaaz (The Village Voice), a pathbreaking audio bulletin broadcast on their mobile phones that comes for free.
"The wait begins at least 10 minutes before 5 p. m.," says Satyendra Pratap, the village chief and a key link in the rural broadcast.
Moscow - Three Baltic foreign ministers are due to meet informally on Tuesday in the sea resort town of Jurmala in Latvia to discuss a common position on Georgia.
Latvia's Maris Riekstins will meet with Estonia's Urmas Paet and Lithuania's Petras Vaitiekunas to discuss Georgia ahead of the European Union's foreign ministers meeting later this week, the Latvian Foreign Ministry announced Monday.
The Baltic states support a tough EU stance against Russia over the Russian-Georgian conflict that erupted in August. (dpa)
HDFC Bank Ltd has reported a 31 per cent rise in net profit to Rs 1,417 crore during the first quarter of the current financial year compared to Rs 1,085 crore recorded in the same quarter of the previous year.
The impressive growth in the bank’s net profit was mainly due to a strong growth in loans and interest and fee-based income. HDFC’s net interest income rose 22.33 per cent to Rs. 3,484.05 crore, while fee-based revenue increased 24 per cent to Rs1,143.3 crore from Rs922.7 crore in the same quarter of the previous year.
Cancun, Mexico - At least 337 people have died around the world from swine flu, which has infected 80,000 people in 121 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.
Keiji Fukuda, WHO assistant director-general, announced the agency's updated figures at a two-day summit on influenza in the Mexican resort city of Cancun.
"We need to watch very carefully what happens during the current winter season in the southern hemisphere," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said Thursday in opening remarks.
HDFC has posted an increase in net profit of 20 percent in the second quarter backed by increased income from operations and profit on sale of investments for the firm.
The country's largest mortgage lender said that its net profit increased to 9.71 billion rupees from 8.08 billion int eh year ago period and its Income from operations rose to 40.77 billion rupees from 29.07 billion rupees in the second quarter last year.
Mustardseed yesterday traded with the positive node and settled 1.51% up at 4104 on the heels of strong demand of oil meal along with steady trend in other oilseeds. Traders are expecting some more gains in the near term. As per market sources, strong demand of oilmeal in the major mandies prompted the strong crushing demand of mustard seed. The spot prices of mustard seed oil cake augmented by Rs 1000 per quintal in the last one week to trade at around Rs 14500 per quintal.
Washington, May 3 : Researchers at Ithaca College, US, have shed new light on the nature of the adhesive mechanism that snails use to attach themselves onto slippery surfaces, which could lead to developing surgical adhesives that would bind to wet surfaces and be less invasive than suturing mechanisms.
This research follows up on an earlier study that identified the key characteristics controlling this transition from a water-based gel into a powerful yet flexible adhesive.
Wheat yesterday traded with the negative node and settled -0.13% down at 1544 on profit booking after prices gained buoyed by export demand as traders face low stocks. India has decided to make available 1.3 million tonnes of additional wheat for open sale in September and October to ease shortages in spot markets, food ministry sources said on Monday, in a move that is likely to weigh on domestic prices. Millers can now request supplies amounting to up to 1.3 million tonnes out of a total of 3 million tonnes agreed by ministers in July. Until now, only 1.3 million tonnes of that had been released.
Colombo : Civilian volunteers cleared debris and assisted the wounded in the northern coastal strip of Sri Lanka, where at least 400 people were killed and more than 1,200 injured from combat between government troops and Tamil rebels, a doctor in the rebel-held area said Monday.
Medical doctor Veerachchami Shanmuagaraja told the German Press Agency dpa by phone that more injured people had been brought to a makeshift hospital set up in the Mullivaikal junior school, 392 kilometres north-east of the capital.
Washington - US President Barack Obama moved Friday to quell a racial firestorm over his remarks about the stupidity of police, phoning both an angry black Harvard professor and the white officer who arrested him.
Obama stopped short of an apology for his remarks this week, as had been demanded by Massachusetts police unions earlier Friday.
A five year old girl, Emelia Fawbert unearthed the vertebra of an Ice Age woolly rhinoceros which roamed the area about 50,000 years ago during a fossil hunt with her family. The 16-inch long bone, described as a rare find by paleontologists, was poking up from the ground at Cotswold Water Park, Glos.
The girl was accompanied by her father James Fawbert, 33, and grandfather Geoffrey Fawbert, 61 of Cirencester, Glos.
The father said, “It was really exciting when she spotted it sticking out of the clay.....It looked really impressive but, to be honest, none of us had a clue what it was until the experts told us.Emelia, wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up and knows everything about dinosaurs, mammoths and such creatures.
Hong Kong - Corruption complaints made to Hong Kong's anti-graft watchdog surged 23 per cent in the first quarter, the head of the organization said Thursday.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption said it received 811 corruption reports from January to March compared with 659 in the same period last year.
The sharpest rise was in the finance and insurance sector and the building management sector, in which the number of graft complaints rose 46 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively, Commissioner Timothy Tong said.
Dubai, Oct 5 : The Dubai Public Prosecution has reportedly dropped the cases against five Indians who were arrested on charges of violating UAE national security laws after they organised a walk in support of anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare.