POSCO To Start Work On Orrisa Steel Plant By April Next Year

Posco, Ku-Taek Leethe world’snavin-patnaik fourth-biggest steel maker gave strong indications of commencing work on its planned 12-million-tonne steel plant in Orissa, by April 2007.

After meeting the Orissa Chief Minister, Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Mr. Ku-Taek Lee, Chief Executive Officer of the company, said, “We have had a very positive and productive meeting regarding land and mining issues and POSCO is committed to setting up the steel plant in India.”

Telugu Filmstar’s Daughter Elopes, Marries Her Boyfriend

Telugu superstar ChiranjeeviTelugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s younger daughter, Srija (19), ran off with her boyfriend, an engineering graduate, and got married at an Arya Samaj temple in the city on Wednesday morning.

Later on, Srija alleged that her family members had caught her in a room for two months before she managed to run away.

In a declaration, Srija said, “We are both adults and there is nothing that can stop us from marrying.”

The groom, Shirish Bhardwaj, is a Brahmin whereas the girl belongs to the powerful Kapu community.

Saif Kareena In Love!

Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali KhanFollowing rounds of extreme rumor about their supposed link, Bollywood celebrity Saif Ali Khan has confessed that he was dating Kareena Kapoor.

They both were spotted together on various functions and tabloids went home about an intense affair developing between them. Finally the hot couple was seen together at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai on Wednesday night.

Saif said, “Yes, we are not exactly shouting from the rooftops but yes, clearly we are together. And we are happy together.”

RPL’s Jamnagar Refinery Towards Completion Mode

Reliance Petroleum LtdMumbai: Reliance Petroleum Ltd (RPL) has officially acknowledged that the 70% work of its Jamnagar refinery has been completed.

RPL stated that the 27-million-tonne plant would be finished before December 2008 deadline.

In a communiqué to the stock markets, RPL stated that work on its projects went speedily in the previous quarter.

Its engineering efforts reached a close-out phase with more than 97 percent cumulative progress. The company’s overall procurement progress was more than 92 per cent during the quarter.

India, China will outpace other countries with the help of nuke power by 2027: IAEA official

Shanghai, Oct.16 :  A senior International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) official has said that China and India will outpace other countries in the next two decades with the help of nuclear power.

"In China, in India, you have very definite plans for increasing the nuclear capacity six to 10 times for 20 years, this is really fast growth.The growth of the world is not so fast," said Yury Sokolov, IAEA's Deputy Director-General and the Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy.

Wockhardt All Set To Acquire US Pharma Co. Morton Grove

Wockhardt LimitedNew Delhi: According to the sources, pharma major Wockhardt Ltd has entered the final stages of buying US drug maker Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals Inc., which makes prescription liquid pharmaceutical products.

A related source told that Wockhardt is projected to declare the transaction shortly.

But the Mumbai-based pharma company declined to comment on the recent deal. “We do not respond to any speculations or rumours,” a company spokesperson replied.

The sources also said that the deal price is in the range of $50 million to $70 million.

NACO Set Up Sub-Office In Guwahati To Fight AIDS

National AIDS Control OrganisationNew Delhi: In order to fight AIDS in the northeast region, the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has launched its sub-office at Guwahati in Assam.

The five year plan backed with an $8.9 million funding from the Australian administration will be mutually followed out with the help of U.N. delegacies.

The project will also get $650,000 from the Swedish government for three years.

Indo-Pak talks on conventional, nuclear CBMs on Oct 18, 19

Islamabad, Oct 15 : India and Pakistan will hold talks on conventional and nuclear confidence-building measures (CBMs) on October 18 and 19 in New Delhi.

During the talks, the two sides are expected to finalise agreements on inadvertent border crossers and accidents at sea, which will give a major boost to the ongoing peace dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi.

Sources said that two separate teams of experts led by Foreign Affairs Ministry officials would visit New Delhi to hold talks with Indian experts.

Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, the Director General for South Asia at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, will lead the first team, which will include five officials, mainly from the Foreign Office, the Daily Times reported.

Srinagar gunbattle ends, both militants killed

Srinagar Gun Battle
Srinagar, Oct 12 : Security forces today killed a second Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist, who had launched a suicide attack at the headquarter of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) battalion.

Two militants had hurled into the compound, and followed it up with firing on the patrol post at the main gate of the headquarters of 144th CRPF Battalion, which is housed in a hotel along the banks of the famous Dal Lake here on Thursday evening.

On Thursday, a militant was killed at the hotel’s main entrance. The other managed to sneak into the camp.

India and Brazil should have inclusive cconomic growth, says Brazilian Minister

New Delhi, Oct.11 : Economic growth in India and Brazil should be with social inclusion, said Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Minister for Strategic Planning, Brazil at a session on ‘India and Brazil: organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here on Tuesday.

Brazil is constructing an alternative model of development towards a collaborative relationship with India said the Minister. “These alternatives do not suppress opportunities for entrepreneurs but create new opportunities. Ideas about economic growth and social securities in India and Brazil presently exclude the majority of people”, he said.

Survey Articulates 0.28 % HIV Prevalence Rate

aids_in_indiaNew Delhi: According to the National Family and Health Survey-3, the HIV prevalence rate in country is 0.28 per cent, but the National AIDS Control Organization claimed the rate at 0.36 per cent several months ago.

Men have higher prevalence rate with 0.36 per cent, than the women with 0.22 per cent. For both men and women, the prevalence is highest in the 30-34 year age group and the rate is 40 percent more in the cities than in rural areas.

NFHS-3 carried out the survey district-wise, community-based for the first time and it is independent of sentinel surveillance system used by the NACO.

Kolkatans on shopping spree ahead of Durga Puja

Durga Puja
Kolkata, Oct 9 : It's shopping time for devotees in festival-crazed Kolkata ahead of Durga Puja, which is scheduled to start from October 18.

For Bengalis, the nine-day festival is a time for celebration and expenditure.

Markets reflect the festive spirit enveloping the entire city.

"Everybody purchases according to their needs. There is a rush. I have bought clothes and other necessities for the puja," said Purnima Banerjee.

Multinationals use the opportunity to offer discounts and sponsor community pujas. They dole out gifts, organize lucky draws, and even professional music and dance shows.

UP land case: Allahabad High Court to hear Amitabh's petition

Lucknow, Oct 9 : Superstar Amitabh BachchanThe Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court will hear Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan's writ petition today challenging the Faizabad Commissioner's order quashing the allotment of agricultural land at Daulatpur village in Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki District to him.

Earlier, Justice A N Srivastava of the Lucknow Bench had fixed October 9 as the next date of final hearing of petition after Bachchan's counsel filed the rejoinder affidavit.

In his petition, Bachchan had said that the Faizabad court's order exceeded its jurisdiction by not hearing his version and going into the merits of the case.

Service excellence and value addition will make India hospitality sector frontrunner: Tejendra Khanna

New Delhi, Oct.8 : Service excellence should be the priority of Indian Hospitality Industry to make India a preferred destination for the global tourists, said Tejendra Khanna, Lt. Governor, Delhi while inaugurating the first International Hospitality Fair 2007 (IHF), here on Monday.

Net value addition will enrich the experience of a tourist for an everlasting impression of India. Globalisation will bring diffusion of cultures and Indians must preserve the cultural uniqueness of the country, he said. The transformation of India will be catalyst to the growth of tourism in India and the number of inbound tourists will grow in leaps and bound in next few years, Khanna added.

IRDA Committee To Submit Report On Seniors' Health Insurance Issues

IRDACalcutta: Set up by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, a seven-member committee on “issues relating to health insurance for the elders”, will submit a report on health insurance for senior citizens by the first week of November.

B.D. Banerjee, a member of the committee and former chairman of Oriental Insurance Company, said, “The committee will meet in Mumbai between October 9 and 11. The panel was asked to submit its report by October-end. But, I think, we will be able to give our recommendations only by November 7,”

Animal skin worth crores destroyed in Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 7 : Animal skins worth about rupees 10 crore were destroyed in Srinagar today by the state wildlife department on the directions of the High Court.

The animal skins were seized from various fur traders in the Kashmir Valley.

Chief wildlife warden A.K Srivastava said the market value of these animal skins were 9.42 crore rupees in 1997, and today it might be higher than that.

Srivastava also said that by destroying these animal skins the authorities want to preserve the conservation of wildlife in the Valley.

Chief Wildlife Veterinarian Dr Mir Masood said there were many endangered animal skins that were destroyed such as common fox, desert cat, leopard cat, leopard skins, tiger skins among many others.

Kolkatans take to aquaculture with ornamental fishes

Kolkata, Oct.7 : Kolkatans have long been known for savouring fishes as delicacies, irrespective of occasions. But many well-off individuals are developing a penchant for fish-keeping, following beliefs that it ensures prosperity and joy.

Today, there are a good number of homes in Kolkata where one can find attractive aquariums containing a variety of ornamental fish like Red Panda, Flower Horn, Red Fin, Gold Arwana. The price range many vary anywhere from rupees 400 to a 100,000.

Keeping fish as pets is considered to be a rewarding hobby. The intricacies involved in this hobby begin from designing aquarium to choosing the fish and tending them with utmost care.

Ranbaxy Wins DGCI Approval To Export ‘Quetiapine Hemifumarate’ To UK

RanbaxyNew Delhi: Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) has given authorization to Ranbaxy Laboratories to export 10.2 lakh tabs in different quantities of anti-psychotic drug quetiapine hemifumarate to the United Kingdom.

The DGCI allotted no objection certificate to the company last month to export six different drug quantities.

In its sanction letter to the Ranbaxy, DGCI permitted the company to export 1.8 lakh pills of quetiapine 50 mg, 3.6 lakh tabs of quetiapine 25 mg and 1.2 lakh tablets each of quetiapine 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg and 300 mg.

India Provides ‘Great’ Human Resource Prospective, Says Lord Paul

Swaraj_PaulPune: Uk-based industrialist and Caparo Group founder-chairman, Lord Swraj Paul has stated that India provides great human resource prospective that if tackled substantially would be ranked the most excellent in the entire world.

In an unofficial talk with media persons during his visit to two Caparo plants, Lord Paul said that the Indian economic system was performing ‘amazingly’ and was throwing up innovative heads for making challenges all-through the world.

India was poised to take big footsteps in the manufacturing business by 2012 that which would be really tough, he said.

Mumbai Under ‘Conjunctivitis’ Virus Turmoil

ConjunctivitisA possible new virus strain resulting in sore eyes or conjunctivitis that has influenced lots of Mumbai people has turn into a matter of worry among health experts.

Some people have reported problems like ‘corneal involvement’, and the medical diagnosing pointing it to be because of `adenovirus', which has made experts fear that it could be a new type of the ‘conjunctivitis’ virus.

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