Pakistanis arriving in India give mixed reaction to emergency

Wagah Border (Punjab)/ Sonauli,Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Nov 7 : Pakistanis arriving on the Indo-Pak peace bus in Amritsar have given a mixed reaction to President General Musharraf's decision to impose a state of emergency across their country.

Some of the passengers on board the bus backed Musharraf's decision.

"The government was helpless. There were many things to be considered, many lives were at stake. Democratic process in the country was moving at a great speed," said Aliya Imam, a professor from Pakistan.

Others, however, termed Musharraf's decision as wrong.

Land Acquirement For Videocon’s Wagholi SEZ Stops

VideoconPune: The MIDC’s land acquisition for Videocon’s projected 2009-acre special economic zone (SEZ) at Wagholi-Kesnand has stopped up following up the interference of Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, who told that the verdict is in proportion to the centre’s order that asked that no governmental agency will purchase land for any private company.

While lecturing at a public conference of farmers at Wagholi, Mr. Pawar has ordered MIDC to start a de-notification route of the 5,000 acres bought at Wagholi and the neighboring villages of Bakori, Lonikand and Kesnand.

Swiss President begins India visit, pays homage at Rajghat

Swiss President Micheline Calmy-ReyNew Delhi, Nov.7 : Visiting Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey was given a ceremonial welcome in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning at the start of a four day state visit to India which is aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation in areas like energy, climate change, science and technology, besides  trade and investment.

Pranab Mukherjee to open first India-Africa Hydrocarbon Conference

New Delhi, Nov 6 : External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the first India-Africa Hydrocarbon Conference here today.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora will deliver a special address during the inaugural session.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dinsha Patel in the afternoon.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, FICCI and UNCTAD are jointly organising a two-day conference.

The primary objective of this initiative is to provide a platform for exploring mutually beneficial partnership opportunities between Africa and India in the hydrocarbon sector.

India beat Pak by 5 wickets to take 1-0 lead

Guwahati, Nov 5 (ANI): The Men in Blue today started the five-match one-day international series against Pakistan on a winning note, beating the visitors by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead at the Nehru Stadium here.

India might have registered narrow victories against the archrivals in their previous two international encounters, but this time Pakistan was outplayed in all the departments of the game.

After winning the toss this morning, Pakistani captain Shoaib Malik decided to bat first on what looked as a flat batting wicket. But after the opening stand of 44 runs between Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt, the Pakistani batsmen never really looked to trouble the Indian bowlers, as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

250 visas per match for Pakistan cricket fans

Karachi, Nov 3 : As many as 250 visas will be issued to Pakistani fans for each cricket match to be played between the two arch rivals in India, Indian Deputy High Commissioner Manpreet Vohra has said.

Cricket visas will be issued to ticket holders, he told reporters here.

Vohra said that the media officials and guests of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would be issued extra visas.

Those holding a one-day cricket match ticket will be able to stay in India for four days and those with test match tickets would be allowed a seven-day stay.

Surprisingly, Vohra said the Indian diplomatic office had received only a few queries on the visa-issuing procedure and required documentations.

India, Pakistan get set to liberalise visa regime

Karachi, Nov 3 : Indian and Pakistan will soon review their bilateral visa agreement and this will be further liberalized, Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Manpreet Vohra, has said.

The new visa agreement will have sufficient leverage and flexibility, and will make special concessions for categories like senior citizens and create more categories, Vohra told reporters here.

Under the present visa regime, there is no tourist visa category, he added.

“But we have been liberal in issuing visas and our policy actually outstrips the visa agreement,” The News quoted Vohra, as saying.

Doctors At SafadarJung Hospital On Strike!

Safdarjung_HospitalNew Delhi: Junior doctors at Safdarjung hospital went on strike alleging that relatives of a patient misbehaved with a physician.

Rohit Tyagi, General Secretary of Safdarjung Resident Doctors Association, said, “We have gone on a flash strike. There is no security for doctors and other medical staff in the hospital.”
Tyagi said that they were forced to go strike as the security provided by hospital authorities is ‘not sufficient.’

Power Grid To Set Up Base In Dubai

New Delhi: Power Grid Corporation Limited (PGCIL) has announced publicly that it would set up base in Dubai, and is also considering 20 percent stake in Philippines National Transmission Company for $800 million.

While discussing the growing prospects and added plans, R.P. Singh, PGCIL Chairman and Managing Director stated that the scheme to build up a base in Dubai was to target West Asian projects that are liked to consultancy and infrastructure.

Additionally, Mr. Singh said that the company was looking at Saudi Arabia and Africa, comprising South Africa for running system operations and handling transmission and distribution projects.

Infiltration continues in Kashmir: Lt. Gen. A.S. Sekhon

Srinagar, Nov 2 : Lieutenant General A.S. Sekhon, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 15 Corps, has said that infiltration still posed a threat in Kashmir.

Lieutenant General Sekhon said rebels continue to cross over the military ceasefire line from areas under Pakistan’s control.

"The attempts are still being made. So, that means there are people in sufficient numbers, some may be under their control, some may not be under their control. But the fact remains that the infrastructure is still there," Sekhon said on the sidelines of a seminar on Thursday.

He further said that army has vacated schools and hospitals occupied by them.

Court Justifies Divorce From HIV+ Person

New Delhi: A person whose spouse is found to be HIV positive is justified in seeking a divorce, said a local court while taking note of marriage as anathema without sex.

Additional district Judge Rajnish Bhatnagar, who delivered the judgment, said that a person cannot live “merrily” with a spouse who has AIDS or is HIV positive.  

The court granted divorce to a man whose wife is HIV positive, saying her ailment had prevented him from leading a “happy married life” as the disease is sexually transmissible.

Court said, “The HIV status of the wife no doubt resulted in non-enjoyment of sexual intercourse between the parties and marriage without sex is anathema.”

Doctors Students On Strike; Medical Teachers On Casual Leave

Mumbai: The 3,500 doctors of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) have decided to go on strike in all large public hospitals on Thursday to protest de-recognition of the departments in premier medical colleges among other things.

Patients face a bad time as in last 10 days, this is the third agitation of doctors, and is followed to last week’s protests by medical teachers in government hospitals and resident doctors from suburban hospitals.

MARD is protesting departments’ de-recognition in medical colleges and opposing government’s compulsory three-year bond to serve in rural areas after completing post-graduation.

Indian Air Force gives wings to Kashmiri youth

Indian Air ForceSrinagar, Nov 1 : A large number of youth here are turning up for a five-day recruitment camp organised by Indian Air Force (IAF).

"With the help of the State Government and Deputy Director (Employment), the IAF has successfully organised this employment rally in Jammu and Kashmir. In the future, we have plans to organise more such employment rallies," said Wing Commander Shaibu Philip of the Airmen Selection Center.

The aspirants showed lot of zeal and were quite upbeat about the prospect of joining air force.

India Slips To 48th Position In WEF Ranking

World Economic ForumNew Delhi: Amid the amazing promotion made by record foreign fund inflows and soaring expansion rates, India went down six notches to 48th position in the most recent annual rankings of the Global Competitiveness Report issued by World Economic Forum (WEF).

In its review, the WEF stated that India fails to attain higher
ranking because there is a lack of macroeconomic stableness and
appropriate infrastructure facilities in the country.

The United States headed the ranking list as the world’s most
private-enterprise economic system. In terms of domestic market size,
India has been ranked third.

Security beefed up along Indo-Nepal border following drugs seizure

Sonauli (UP), Oct 31 : Police has stepped up security along the Indo-Nepal border after a huge haul of hashish was made on the Indian side of the border.

During a recent seizure, Indian police seized about two quintals of hashish being trafficked through vehicles in secret cabinets.

"After searching the car, we located secret compartments, where we found one quintal, 94 kilograms of hashish (extract of cannabis plant).  It is one of the biggest seizures ever made. The value of the seizure in the international market is about 508,582 dollars," said R P Chaturvedi, Superintendent of Police in the Siddhartha Nagar District of the state.

Doha Round Should Be Concluded Soon, Says Kamal Nath

Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath said that the Doha Round of world trade discussions is closer to conclusion.

“It is closer than ever before to being closed,” Mr. Nath said.

While lecturing at the Fortune Global Forum, a meeting of superior Fortune 500 CEOs, Nath sounded out, “I believe the Doha Round can be closed successfully by respecting each other’s sensitivities. I understand the United States has sensitivities on certain issues. On the other hand, a large number of developing and vulnerable economies also have some concerns that need to be respected.”

Henry Paulson, US treasury secretary, who also addressed the meeting, told that the Doha Round is the single vital topic on which both the United States and India can get together.

India, Bangladesh close to solve border disputes

New Delhi, Oct 30 : India and Bangladesh will soon solve their border disputes, it has been learnt.
The disclosure comes after the end of the five-days bilateral border talks between the two South Asian neighbours.
New Delhi has requested Bangladesh to destruct over 140 Indian rebel camps that are operating from that country, the BBC said in a report.
Dhaka has given assurances that it will destroy bases of Harkatul Jihad Islamist militants, Indian officials said.
Dhaka has also requested New Delhi to hand over some 1,600 wanted criminals who are taking refuge in India.

“Science Express” launched by India and Germany

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said that the “Science Express”, an exhibition which is the result of a partnership in science and technology between India and Germany, will build new bridges of understanding and goodwill between India and Germany.

Flagging off the “Science Express”, a special exhibition mounted on a train at Safdarjung Railway Station today, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Singh said: “It will symbolise the exciting partnership between our scientists that befits the 21st century. It will symbolise and showcase our cooperation in the popularisation of science and its importance to our relationship.”

India asks Bangladesh to hand over 112 North-East rebels

New Delhi, Oct 30 : India has given Bangladesh a list of 112 separatist rebels from the North-East, who have allegedly crossed the border, urging it to hand over them to New Delhi.

The request was made at a meeting between officials of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in Shillong, the BBC reported.

Senior BSF official Suresh Kumar Dutta was quoted as saying that the list handed over to the BDR contained names of rebels, about whose presence in Bangladesh the BSF has “fool-proof evidence.”

Assamese separatist leaders, Arabinda Rajkhowa, Paresh Barua and Anup Chetia figured in the list among others, Dutta added.

India visit will boost bilateral ties: Angela Merkel

New Delhi, Oct 30 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is on her first trip to India, today said that her visit will boost the economic, scientific and strategic partnership between India and Germany.

"I hope that my visit will be giving a contribution to further enhancing the very strong relationship between India and Germany. It will enhance strategic partnership in political field as well as in science and technology," said Angela Merkel after receiving a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who welcomed Merkel here, said that India is looking forward to having discussion with Merkel on bilateral, regional and global issues.

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