Indo-Russia defence ties: From buyer-seller to co-producer of future weapons

New Delhi, Nov 11 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Moscow will envisage upgrading the predominant buyer-seller relationship between India and Russia in the defence sector to a new level of joint partnership for co-developing state-of-the-art future weaponries.

After reports of a new chill in the bilateral ties, particularly after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to meet his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee during latter's visit to Moscow recently, Indian Defence Minister A K Antony's October visit to Russia just after it, gave a new boost to the bilateral ties.

Kiran Aamir Khan Makes Entry To Bollywood

Don’t miss Aamir’s upcoming movie ‘Taare Zameen Par,’ if you want to see Aamir & his wife Kiran acting together.

According to the sources Kiran Rao, Aamir’s second wife, has a blink and miss appearance in the film. Kiran will be seen in a song with Aamir.

The sources also said, “It wasn’t planned, but it happened impromptu. It’s a song that takes place at an annual function at school. Kiran will be seen with other parents, attending the annual function with their children.”

Also, Aamir and Kiran have been credited as 'singers' in TZP.

The film's creative director Amol Gupte didn’t confirm the news.

TZP is the first film directed by Aamir. Kiran Rao was an assistant director to Ashutosh Govarikar before her marriage to Aamir.

Manmohan Singh to embark on Russia visit today

Prime Minister Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Nov 11 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will embark on a two-day visit to Russia this afternoon for summit-level talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

During his visit, ways to improve bilateral trade, expand energy cooperation and fine-tune defence ties are expected to be outlined in several bilateral pacts to be signed by the two sides.

The visit, which is coming at the invitation of Putin, is in continuation of annual Summit meetings between India and Russia institutionalised since the first visit of Putin as President to India in October 2000.

King Khan To Inaugurate ‘International Film Festival 2007’ In Goa

New Delhi: Bollywood Baadshah, Shahrukh Khan would inaugurate the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2007 starting on November 23 in Goa.

Karuna, Shahrukh’s spokesperson told, “Yes, Shahrukh Khan has accepted the invitation to inaugurate the ten day long festival.”

The occasion will witness best of cinema from India as well as overseas. It would be started with the far-famed Romanian film director Cristian Mungiu’s film “Four Months, Three Weeks and Two days,” which already won the esteemed Golden Palm prize at Cannes early this year.

Karuna, on behalf of SRK, who is presently out of the country, said, “Shahrukh is pleased to do the honour on behalf of the film industry.”

Smart Health Cards For School Children

New Delhi: All school children in India, above class V, will be screened for diseases once a year.

Union Health Minister, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss has announced smart cards for health for school children as a part of a new National school health programme.

The health cards will contain the health information and children will be screened by doctors, either from public or private hospitals for free-check up of blindness, deafness, diabetes, dental and cardio vascular health, vitamin deficiencies and anemia. If found any suffering, they will be immeidtely referred for further treatment.

Officials from health ministry and HRD have already held talks with next one scheduled for mid-December.

Temptation Foods Gets Hold Of CFCL's Food Processing Arm ‘Everfresh’

Mumbai: The fruits and vegetables processing firm, Temptation Foods has announced that it has bought ‘Everfresh,’ the food processing division of Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals (CFCL).

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed yet.

The company will fund the recent acquisition from the amount (Rs 114 crore) lifted through its recently completed QIP (qualified institutional promoters) issue.

Canadian Pension Fund To Invest $1.7 Bln In Indian Realty Sector By 2012

New Delhi: Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ), Canada’s biggest public pension fund is all set to make investment in the prospering Indian realty segment.

The pension fund, set up in 1965, plans to invest around $1.7 billion by 2012.

This would be CDPQ’s initial investment in India.

The company sources said that CDPQ’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Paul Campbell, will came to India to fulfill the obligatory conditions related to the deal.

CDPQ would concentrate on building up real estate opportunities in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad, the sources added.

CDPQ would make Indian investment under its SITQ division that specializes in the investment and management of office buildings.

IEA’s India Energy Outlook To 2030; China Calls It ‘Wrong’

International Energy AgencyIn its ‘World Energy Outlook,’ the International Energy Agency (IEA) has projected that India will turn out to be the world’s third major net oil importer before 2025. The report also highlighted the following:

- India’s primary energy demand will be increased over two-folds by 2030. The demand will grow at an average of 3.6% annually because of strong economic growth. Electricity generation will be the answer for much of the increase.

Moreh Under ‘Dengue Fever’ Turmoil

Dengue FeverImphal: An unknown disease, which resulted into various deaths in the Moreh region in the last few weeks, has been confirmed to be dengue fever.

The state health authorities said that the samples of patient’s blood that were examined at a Mumbai science laboratory have been found positive for dengue.

The hospital's Chief Medical Officer had sent off an SOS to the state health organization about the outbreak to take immediate steps for bringing the infection under control.

Moreh-based civil society groups have also taken the initiative to aware the community and spread awareness of precautionary measures.

Kashmir gets swanky Haj House for pilgrims

Bemina (J-K), Nov 9 : The Jammu and Kashmir Government has set up the state’s first state-of-the-art Haj House for the stay of Haj pilgrims, ahead of the beginning of the annual pilgrimage on November 11.

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated the swanky lodging at Bemina, on the outskirts of Srinagar, on Thursday.

The Haj House has arrangements for absolutions, foreign exchange, immigration and other passenger amenities under one roof.

Azad said that the Haj House would be beneficial because in the coming years the pilgrimage would take place during winters, when the pilgrims would be required to reach the airport in early morning hours and may have to face flight delays due to bad weather.

India, China to be main drivers for greater energy demand by 2030: Expert

London, Nov.8 : Rapid economic growth in China and India would be the main drivers for a rise in the global demand for energy through to 2030, a top energy official has warned.
The BBC quoted Nobuo Tanaka, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), as saying that energy needs in 2030 could be more than 50 percent above current levels, with fossil fuels still dominant.

Tanaka, who was speaking at the launch of the IEA's World Energy Outlook report, warned that such a rise would threaten energy security and accelerate climate change.

One militant, one soldier killed in Pattan gunbattle

Pattan (J&K) Nov 8 : A militant and a soldier were killed and two others injured in an overnight gunbattle here on Wednesday.

"We received information that five foreign militants were hiding in a house. We responded immediately and cordoned off the area. When we reached, they started firing which left one army personnel injured”, said Brigadier M. K. Muthuna of 10 Sector, Rashtriya Rifles.

“In the morning one militant, who was running towards the railway line was shot dead. There are unconfirmed reports that two militants might have died. We are waiting for confirmation”, added Muthuna.

Iranian Interior Minister meets Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi, Nov 8 : Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, who is on a two-day visit to India, met External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday.

Mohammadi is in New Delhi to participate in the Second Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that commenced on Wednesday.

Fifty-two countries from the Asia and Pacific Region are participating in the two-day conference.

Thirty-three country delegations are led by their respective Ministers. The total country delegates are 150. In addition, over 100 experts and 50 NGOs are also participating in the event.

The outcome of the conference will include a "Delhi Declaration" on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Xenitis Rolls Out Its ‘Rock100’ @ Rs 19,990

The Xenitis group, Xenitis' Rock100 bikeon Wednesday, has launched its 100cc motorcycle “Rock100” worth Rs 19,990.

The company’s new bike ‘Rock100’ has been designed and developed by Global Automobiles’ R&D. Its other features include a 4-stroke engine, electronic self-start and kick-start facility, aerodynamic headlight with halogen bulb and sporty indicators and many others.

Kamal Hassan Celebrates 53rd Birthday!

Kamal HassanThe name ‘Kamal Hasan’ needs no introduction. Everyone knows that he is one of the best, methodical and multitalented actors of the Indian cinema, whether it is Bollywood, or Kollywood (Tamil film industry).

Kamal Hasan has carved his name all over the world through his vast acting style, directorial capability, high production values, lifetime achievements and precious contribution to the Indian cinema.

The actor, who acted each role with serenity and keenness, has turned 53 on Wednesday.

All That Glitters Is Gold, Gold & Gold

Gold CoinsA big part of Delhi’s population has blocked jewellery shops on Wednesday, to purchase gold on the auspicious occasion of ‘Dhanteras.’

This gives a huge fillip to trade in the metal that has crossed all its previous record highs throughout the world.

Jewellers told that gold prices have climbed Rs 210 per ten gram at Rs 10,650 since last ‘Dhanteras.’

Jewellers were anticipating that the rising gold rates would have an effect on festival sales, but their projection goes wrong when some of them reported over 40% increase in earnings against Dhanteras last year.

In-Car GPS Based Navigation Device Launched By MapmyIndia

MapmyIndia, a leading navigable map data supplier, has launched a Global Positioning System (GPS) based in-car navigation device, named as “MapmyIndia Navigator.”

MapmyIndia Navigator makes use of orbiters to decide a user’s location anywhere within the country. It directs users, turn by turn, along with visual map directions supported by voice prompts.

While driving, the device can either be mounted on the windscreen or dashboard, or carried in hand while sitting in the backseat of the car.

Rakesh Verma, managing director of CE Info Systems (promoters of MapmyIndia) said, “With GPS technology, and accurate MapmyIndia maps telling you exactly where to take your next turn, unnamed roads or unclear road signs are no longer an issue.”

Sterlite Ind To Raise Funds For Power Generation Biz

Mumbai: The flagship company of Vedanta Group, Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd said that it would take part in coal-based power generation projects and other ancillary actions through its subsidiary, Sterlite Energy Ltd.

The company said that it would raise funds to support its recent plans, and it is looking at different financing alternatives for these projects, which includes issuance of equity and incurrence of debt.

In a declaration, the company said that the power generation projects may comprise ultra-mega power projects declared by central as well as state governments or state-owned utilities.

The projects would be developed independently by Sterlite Energy and have total capacity of 10,000 mega-watts.

Airtel, RIM Rolls Out ‘BlackBerry Pearl 8120’ In Indian Market

BlackBerry Pearl 8120New Delhi: Bharti Airtel and Research in Motion (RIM) have made announcement of their new launching of the ‘BlackBerry Pearl 8120’ smart phone in the Indian market.

The new phone would cost around Rs 24,990 at all Airtel Relationship Centers and sales outlets.

Bharti said that their new phone is specifically designed for corporate users.

The Blackberry ‘Pearl 8120’ is a small and trendy smart phone, which comes with great voice and data traits together with a 2 mega pixel camera with 5x digital zoom.

Surgical Operation On ‘Eight-Limbed Girl’ Successful

Eight-Limbed girl LakshmiBangalore: A two-year-old girl named Lakshmi, who born with eight limbs, underwent an extensive surgical operation by a group of 40 medical doctors on yesterday night to leave her with a normal body.

Lakshmi suffers from ischiopagus that means she is joined to a parasitic twin, which blocked up growth in the mother’s womb. The developing foetus wrapped up the limbs, kidneys and other parts of the body.

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