Asal Uttar (Khem Karan Sector), Sept. 9: Civilians as well as defence personnel today saluted Param Vir Chakra awardee Company Quarter Master Havaldar Abdul Hamid on the 43rd anniversary of his martyrdom at this border village, the name of which means `befitting reply'.
It was on this day of the 1965 Indo-Pak War, the Pakistan Army launched a major attack on India in the Khem Karan sector. A brave Abdul Hamid of the 4th Battalion of the Grenadiers Regiment, blew up three Pakistani Patton tanks single-handedly and disabled a fourth, before attaining martyrdom on September 10, 1965.
For his unprecedented bravery and supreme sacrifice, Hamid was conferred with the country's highest gallantry award posthumously.
Bangkok - Thai shares started strong Wednesday but ended down 3.49 per cent as investors reacted to declines on other bourses in Asia and Europe.
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index ended at 384.15, down 13.89 points or 3.49 per cent.
"The market is still filled with short-term players who bought in the morning and then sold in the afternoon when they saw European markets were down," said Mongkol Phuangphaetha, an analyst at Adkinson Securities.
"There is no stability for the market," he added. (dpa)
Ravi Baswani, the talented comedian-actor has passed away on July 27, 2010, marking a sad day for the entire Bollywood industry. The actor showcased his talents in such Bollywood gems like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and Chashme Buddoor. He was 64 and died out of a huge heart-attack while returning from Shimla.
Filmmaker Sai Paranjpe who earlier had directed Ravi Baswani uttered his fright with the death of the actor. He said that Ravi was an introvert and was immensely talented. He, however, never got the right kind of justice in the film industry when he was alive.
Ranchi, Oct 15 - The United Progressive Alliance government's job guarantee programme under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) may be pro-poor but will work only if state governments implement it well, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi said here Thursday.
New York, March 10 - Higher oil prices and continued concern about violence in Libya pushed down major US stock indices Wednesday.
The situation in the north African nation has weighed on markets since the violence began there last month and concern was renewed as Muammar Gaddafi's regime conducted air strikes against the oil-rich city of Ras Lanuf. Broadcaster Al Jazeera reported that three bombs were dropped on an oil site near the city.
But analysts warned the uncertainty in the region will not affect the two-year-old bull market in the long run.
New Delhi - At least five separatist rebels were killed in an encounter with government troops in India's north-eastern state of Assam Monday, a news report said.
The combat between rebels belonging two separatist militant outfits, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland and Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam and the army took place in central Sonitpur district, the PTI news agency reported quoting defence sources.
Sydney - Car salesmen, real estate agents and investment bankers are the least secure jobs as the economy careens toward recession, research firm IBISWorld Australia said Tuesday.
Also at risk of the dole queue are those engaged in selling luxury products like yachts and seafood.
Among the safest places to work in light of the global economic slowdown is the Defence Force.
Australia has been short of soldiers, sailors and airmen for years and has eased its entry requirements to tempt more people to sign up. (dpa)
London, July 7 : India and China would have to play leading roles in the discussions on climate change at this year's Group of Eight Summit in Hokkaido, Northern Japan, said U. S. President George W. Bush on Sunday.
The London-based Financial Times quoted Bush, who has reached Japan, as saying after his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda that he was prepared to be "constructive" in the discussions on climate change, but insisted that any agreement is contingent on New Delhi and Beijing's participation.
Baghdad, Dec 11 : A consortium led by Britain's Shell and Malaysia's Petronas energy companies Friday won rights to develop Iraq's massive Majnoon oil field, the Oil Ministry announced.
The field, with 12.8 billion barrels of proven reserves, was one of the two biggest prizes on offer in a live auction in Baghdad that saw energy giants from 23 countries compete for 10 oil and gas fields. Bidding will continue Saturday.
Shell and Petronas asked for $1.39 dollars barrel in exchange for boosting production from 46,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.8 million.
Brussels - European Union-wide voting for the European Parliament continued Friday, with polls opening in Ireland and the Czech Republic - two of the member states that have provoked the most headaches in Brussels.
Polling in Ireland began at 7 am (0600 GMT) and was to continue until the evening. Czech voters started voting in the afternoon, with polling stations closing on Saturday.
Friday's round of voting was taking place a day after citizens cast their ballots early in Britain and the Netherlands.
New Delhi, Apr 10 : Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari is returning home this afternoon after a week long successful tour of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
The tour has opened new hopes of cooperation in hydrocarbon sector. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Turkmenistan on oil and natural gas and Kazakhstan's readiness to turn proactive on projects in the key sector were the highlights of Ansari’s visit to Central Asia.
Ansari reviewed the situation about trouble spots in South and Central Asia with Kazakh and Turkmen leaders.
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