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Science Express flagged off to mark science and technology cooperation between India and Germany

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel flagged off “Science Express”, a special exhibition mounted on a train at Safdarjung Railway Station today.

The exhibition is the result of a partnership in science and technology between India and Germany, at Safdarjung Railway Station today.

The exhibition on wheels explains how scientists have uncovered some fundamental understanding of nature.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Manmohan Singh was lavish with his compliments for the design teams, Department of Science and Technology and the Indian Railways for planning such a science exhibition that would reach people in 57 places.

Chiranjeevi’s Acceptance Of Daughter’s Marriage Shows His ‘Dignity’

Telugu filmstar ChiranjeeviIn a message, Chiranjeevi, Telugu filmstar has declared that he and
his family members were really happy for his newly-wed daughter, Srija
and son-in-law, Sirish.

At present, Srija and Sirish are in New Delhi under police protection.

In his letter to the Court and Srija’s attorney Pinky Anand,
Chiranjeevi again pointed out that Srija and her husband won’t face up
any troubles from him and other family members.

“It’s quite unnecessary to drag this issue to Court when I already
gave assurance from my side. I was terribly disappointed with this act
from Srija,” he said in that letter.

Pakistan likely to issue visas to Indian pilgrims

Islamabad, Oct 30 : The Pakistan Government is considering the issue of giving visas to Indian pilgrims to visit four of their holy sites.

A meeting presided by Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao was held in this regard on Monday.

Sources said that a formal proposal in this regard would be made to India in the next round of talks between the Interior Secretaries of the two countries. They said that the decision’s implementation was subject to India’s reciprocity.

The meeting had rejected the idea of treating pilgrims as tourists under the current visa policy, sources said.

Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq was unaware of the move, and said that the issue was under discussion at diplomatic levels.

Ashok Leyland, Nissan Signs $500 Mn Deal To Set Up 3 JVs

Ashok Leyland and NissanChennai: Ashok Leyland (ALL), the Hinduja Group flagship has entered
into a master co-operation contract with Japanese auto major Nissan for
construction and sale of light commercial vehicle (LCV) and powertrains
with the total investment of $500 million.

In conformance to the agreement, the companies would form three JVs
for constructing LCVs, powertrain making and technology growth.

TVS Motor Files Rs. 250 Crore Defamation Case Against Bajaj Auto

TVS Motor Ltd.TVS Motor Company has filed a Rs 250 crore defamation suit in the Bombay High Court, against Bajaj Auto Ltd.

The case is related to Bajaj’s allegation that TVS had infringed its patented DTSi (digital twin spark plug ignition) technology for its 125-cc bike `Flame' launched in August 2007.

Bajaj had patented its DTSi technology in 2002.

In a declaration related to this court case, TVS spokesperson stated, “We have gone ahead with a Rs 250 crore suit in the Bombay High Court, and have nothing more to say at this point of time. The suit was filed last week.”

Assam’s Bhut Jolokia declared world’s hottest chile

Bhut JolokiaWashington, Oct 27 : Researchers at New Mexico State University have announced the discovery of the world’s hottest chile pepper, Bhut Jolokia, a variety found in Assam, India.

The variety of chile pepper has won Guiness World Records’ recognition by beating the previous champion Red Savina.

In replicated tests of Scoville heat units (SHUs), Bhut Jolokia reached one million SHUs, which is almost twice the SHUs of Red Savina, which measured a mere 577,000.

A K Antony to review security situation in J-K

Defence Minister A K AntonySrinagar, Oct 27 : Defence Minister A K Antony will review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir today.

Antony on Friday said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was improving compared to the past, and expressed the hope that it would improve further in the coming days.

"The situation is improving. Look at the past, compared to the past, the situation is much better. I am sure that things will improve further. As the situation improves we will take all possible measures to improve the atmosphere there and we will try to find a solution to many of their genuine difficulties," he said

‘Declaring Gilgit a part of Pakistan is violation of UN resolution’

Srinagar, Oct 26 : Coming down strongly on Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf for declaring Gigit Baltistan region as a part of Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNNP) chief Bhim Singh has said that it is a complete violation of the 1948 United Nations (UN) resolution.

Singh expressed apprehensions that the declaration would threaten the peace prospects in South Asia.

“Converting the Gilgit council in to a Legislative Assembly and proclaiming the city to be popular city of Pakistan is unacceptable and uncalled for,” the NPP chief said at a recent press conference here.

He added that the 28000 sq kilometre area forms a part of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, which could not be ceded away from it.

Foreign Wrestlers Agitate After Event Cancellation, Attack Journalists

Ludhiana: Wrestlers treated violently with the media persons on Thursday, on cancellation of the wrestling competition destined for October 28, 2007 in Ludhiana.

When the competition got cancelled owing to some technical problem, the wrestlers do not control their anger and start beating journalists.

The Canadian company, Universal Wrestling Stars Inc. (UWSI), had recently made the announcement of an international wrestling championship ‘India vs. Rest of the World - War of Legends’ at Patiala plus the scheduled venues of Ludhiana and Jalandhar.

India, China to set up working group to resolve border dispute

Harbin, Oct 26 : India and China have decided to set up a working group to prepare the framework arrangement to resolve the longstanding border dispute, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said today.

He said that the 11th round of talks between the Special Representatives of India and China decided to set up the working group.

"We have discussed it at the 11th round of special representatives meeting that took place. It was successful and they have decided to set up a working group to prepare one framework arrangement. Let us wait for the recommendation of the working group," said Mukherjee after a 50-minute meeting with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.

Hizbul Mujahideen militant surrenders in Kashmir

Rajouri, Oct 23 : One Hizbul Mujahideen militant surrendered in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri District on Sunday.

Karim Sheikh had been associated with terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen for past three-four months, but had become disillusioned with terror activities, said the officials.

“He was working with (Hizbul) Mujahideen for past three to four months. Upon interrogation he revealed that he had got tired of the terror activities and when he came across security forces, he decided to surrender," said T R Katoch, Superintendent of Police. (ANI)

Students protest killing of Kashmiri teacher

Srinagar, Oct 23 : Scores of students staged a protest in the campus of Kashmir University in Srinagar on Monday against killing of a teacher allegedly by army personnel.

Students holding banners marched through the campus, chanting anti-army slogans.

They demanded a swift inquiry into the matter. The protestors blamed the authorities for turning a deaf ear towards the incident.

“Through out protest we want the authorities to know that such an incident has happened," said Mudasir Ali, a student.

Students condemned the alleged violent act by the Army. They said that the Army personnel needed to learn some lessons on non-violence.

Jamia To Have A Dental College In Campus Shortly!

Jamia_Millia_IslamiaNew Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia is all set to have a new dental college for its campus shortly. The Delhi Health Ministry has given “No Objection Certificate” to the university regarding that, and the Univ. is expected to commence the classes for a degree in Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the next academic year.

Jamia has got special grant of Rs.22 crore from the University Grants Commission (UGC) to construct the building for the new dental college.

Second round of Indo-Pak Anti-Terrorism Mechanism talks today

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf
New Delhi/Islamabad, Oct 22 : India and Pakistan will hold the second meeting of the Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism (JATM) here today, during which Islamabad is expected to raise the issue of Samjhauta Express blast inquiry report.

External Affairs Ministry Additional Secretary (International Organisation) KC Singh will lead the Indian delegation, while Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry Additional Secretary (UN and EC) Khalid Aziz Babar will lead his side.

Fifth UPA-Left meet on Indo-US N-deal today

New Delhi, Oct 22 : A crucial meeting between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Left parties will be held here today in an attempt to end the impasse over the much-touted Indo-US civilian nuclear cooperation agreement.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury yesterday said that concerns expressed by the Left Front needed to be met before arriving at a consensus on the contentious civilian nuclear deal.

"Monday's meeting may not be the last meeting," he said.

"Till the meetings are over and till our concerns are taken on board, we expect the government not to proceed (in operationalisation of the deal)," he said.

Sankararaman murder case hearing today

Jayendra Saraswathi
Puducherry, Oct 22 : A Puducherry sessions court will today hear the Sankararaman murder case, in which Kanchi Sankaracharyas, Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior Vijayendra Saraswathi are the main accused.

Earlier, only 10 out of 24 accused were present during the hearing before Principal District Sessions Judge D Krishnaraja. Those, who were absent included Jayendra and Vijayendra.

Charges of murder have been filed against Jayendra, Vijayendra and 22 other accused.

Crucial UPA-Left meet on Indo-US nuke deal tomorrow

New Delhi, Oct 21 : The crucial meeting between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Left parties will take place here on Monday to end the impasse over the much-touted Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation agreement.

The UPA-Left Committee set up to look into the concerns expressed by the Communist leaders on the nuclear deal held its last meeting on October 9.

Yesterday, Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary A B Bardhan asked the government to clear its stand on the deal. His remarks came in the wake of a statement made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the bilateral deal was very much alive and a consensus was needed to be built over it.

Second Indo-Pak Anti-Terrorism Mechanism meeting on Monday

New Delhi, Oct 21 : The second round of India-Pakistan talks on the Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism (JATM) will be held here on Monday, during which Islamabad is expected to raise the issue of Samjhauta Express blast inquiry report.

External Affairs Ministry Additional Secretary (International Organisation) KC Singh will lead the Indian delegation at the meeting, while Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry Additional Secretary (UN and EC) Khalid Aziz Babar will lead his side.

Delhi to host 4th International Conference on Federalism on Nov 5-7

New Delhi, Oct 21 : India, which will host the fourth International Conference on Federalism in the first week of November, is all set to take and give suggestions on the issue to the participating countries.

The country, being run by a coalition government, will share its experience on the Federal Government structure with other nations at the three-day conference to be held here from November 5.

This conference is the fourth in a series organized in partnership between host governments and the Forum of Federations. The earlier conferences were held in Canada 1999, Switzerland 2002 and Belgium 2005.

Nation celebrates Dussehra with full fervour

New Delhi, Oct 21 : Dussehra, a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, is being celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety across the country today.

A tight security arrangement has been made for the festival in the wake of recent terror attacks in some parts of the country.

Meanwhile, President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have greeted fellow citizens on the occasion of Dussehra.

In her message, Patil said: “On the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, I send my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad.”

“May peace, goodwill and prosperity abound in the country and may we all work for the unity and well being of our nation," she added.

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