Ford launches a new model in India

Chennai, Sept. 26 : Premium carmaker Ford launched the Ford Fiesta1.6 Fida in Chennai on Tuesday.

The new edition with a 1.6 litre duratec engine is available in new copper rust and panther black.

The car is priced at 6.6 lakhs.

Scoot Mcormack, Vice President (Marketing), Ford India, put the sales figures for the earlier version at 55,000, and said he expected good demand during the forthcoming festive season.

10-day Ganesha Chaturthi festival comes to an end

Mumbai, Sept 25 : Hundreds of thousands of devotees participated in the immersion ceremony of the idols of Lord Ganesha as the 10-day Ganesha Chaturthi festival came to an end today.

In Mumbai, thousands of people crowded the streets to see their beloved god being immersed amidst beating of drums. Men and women danced as they paid their respects to the god seeking his blessings.

Nepal Maoists want new political agreement to return to Govt

Kathmandu, Sept 25 (ANI): The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M), which recently withdrew from the Government, has indicated of a patch up provided there is a new political agreement among the coalition parties.

Nepal Maoist chairman Prachanda has said the Maoists will not return to the government unless there is "new political understanding".

‘Open’ school education for Assamese kids

Dalbama (Assam), Sept. 25 : Sitting amidst trees and chirping of birds, children in Assam are learning lessons in an open environment. This is a new initiative by the State Government to bring school dropouts back to the classroom.

These kids, belonging to impoverished families in Dalbama village of Kamrup District, are taught their lessons mixed with a healthy dose of fun to keep their interest levels high.

Homeopathic preparations replace pesticides in Uttar Pradesh

Soraav (Uttar Pradesh), Sept 25 : Homeopathic medicines, which were so far being used for curing human diseases, are now being used by farmers in Uttar Pradesh as a substitute for chemical pesticides.

Homeopathic medicines cost much less then chemical based medicines, and according to farmers, it also gives better results.

Swami Parmanand's homeopathic medicines for crops have become popular among the farmers living around Soraav division of Allahabad District.

EU delegation meets Jammu and Kashmir Governor

Srinagar, Sept.25 : Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen (Retired) S K Sinha today feared that if Jehadis got an upper hand in Islamabad, the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan might get adversely affected.

"Jehadis are no doubt vocal, but do not appear to dominate the Pakistani majority who like Indians are forward looking and peace loving," Sinha said in an interactive session with European Union delegation here.

he Governor had a two-hour-long free and frank exchange of views on issues like Indo-Pakistan relations, evolution of fundamentalism in Pakistan during the rule of General Zia-ul-Haq, Indo-Pak peace process, special status to Jammu and Kashmir in Indian constitution and the prevailing security scenario in the Valley.

UK Minister for Trade and Investment to host business networking lunch in Mumbai

London, Sept.25: Lord Digby Jones, Minister for Trade and Investment, and Vicki Treadell, British Deputy High Commissioner, in association with the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC), are hosting a networking lunch in Mumbai exploring India-UK business partnership opportunities.

The CBC, in association with the London Stock Exchange, is organising workshops in India targeted at companies that are seeking to raise capital overseas.

President to inaugurate 53rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference

New Delhi, Sept 25: President Pratibha Patil will inaugurate the 53rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Conference here today.

Parliamentary Affairs, and Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi will lead the Indian Parliamentary delegation.

Indian delegation will take part in various workshops in the next few days on the matters related to women empowerment, global warming, environment, women's role in Parliament, sustainable water development, Opposition's role in Parliamentary system among others.

Three-year-old prodigy captivates music lovers in Rajkot

Rajkot, Sept 23 : At a tender age of three years, Shivam Singh of Gujarat’s Rajkot District is a little wonder. The child prodigy sings melodiously and plays traditional Indian musical instruments with as much ease and aptness as he recites his nursery rhymes.

His expertise in music is evident in the effortless manner with which he renders both melodious hymns and classical music, and taps apt rhythms on tabla and plays harmonium.

The only son of Ashwin Singh, a music teacher at the city's SNK School and Madhuri Singh a housewife with immense interest in classical music, Shivam is creating waves in Rajkot with his talent.

"I am a grown up now. I sing, play the tabla and also the harmonium. Thank you very much," says Shivam.

PCB team inspects Guwahati stadium ahead of Indo-Pak series

Guwahati, Sept 23 : A two member team of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) visited Guwahati on Saturday to examine the venue and security arrangements made for the Pakistani team for the one-day-international match scheduled to be held in November this year.

The team comprised of PCB's technical officer Zakir Khan, who is also a former Test cricketer, and security expert Sohail Khan.

The duo, accompanied by Suru Nayak of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), also visited the hotel where Pakistani team will stay.

Violence erupts in Kolkata over murder of a Muslim youth

Kolkata, Sept 22 : Violence erupted in Kolkata on Saturday following the murder of a Muslim youth.

An irate mob of over hundred people clashed with police in the city, and also blocked roads after rumours spread of the murder.

Police had to resort to tear-gassing to bring the situation under control.

Two vehicles were burnt and property was damaged before the mob was dispersed by the police.

India to sign production sharing pact for 3 deep water exploration blocks in Myanmar

New Delhi, Sept 22 : ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) will sign Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) for three deep water exploration blocks with the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), a Myanmar government's undertaking.

Petroleum Minister Murli Deora, who is leaving on Sunday for a two-day visit to Myanmar, will also attend the signing of the contract.

Deora will be accompanied by Petroleum Secretary M S Srinivasan and OVL MD R S Butola.

British memorial plaque invites Meerut resident’s fury

Meerat, Sep 22 : A church in Meerut, the nerve centre of the 1857 uprising against British rule by Indian soldiers, has rejected a plaque presented to it by a group of visiting Britons to commemorate the valour shown by British soldiers.

Britons, including seven successors of the British soldiers who suppressed the rebellion, visited St. John's Church.

This church is adjacent to the former British parade ground.

The church refused to accept the plaque saying it would hurt the sentiments of Indians.

Vajpayee’s statement on comeback puts BJP leadership issue in deep freeze

New Delhi/Bhopal, Sep 22 : With former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee opting out of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive meet citing health reasons, party’s veteran L K Advani was all set to take the lead, but the former’s recent open letter to his party men has once again put the issue of party leadership in deep freeze.

South Indian Communicates Chikungunya To Italy

New Delhi: The health officials stated that an unnamed chikungunya-infected tourist, visiting relatives in Castiglione town of Italy’s Ravenna region, from south India has been found responsible for the spread of the tropical disease in the region.

Experts from the European Centre for Disease Control told, “Just before visiting Italy, the Indian tourist travelled across Kerala, one of the worst affected states with chikungunya, where he was bitten and infected by the local Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes.”

Congress releases N-deal booklet, as US watches political debate in India

London, Sept 21: Lava flow could have covered features on Mars that appear to have experienced catastrophic flooding, and this could make future landing missions for search of past water on the Red Planet more troublesome, according to a new NASA study.

The results follow the detailed examination for more than three months by the agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the valley system called Athabasca Valles, which has long been interpreted as having been carved out by sudden, catastrophic flooding.

Ganesha festival brings Hindus and Muslims together

Mumbai, Sep 20 : In many areas of Mumbai, Muslims joined Hindus in celebration of Ganesha Chaturthi, the festival that marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha.

Dozens of Muslims prayed together with Hindus at many temples in the city, offering flowers and performing religious rituals.

The men belonging to the two communities have been visiting mosques and the temples to pray.

Salim Khan, a Muslim devotee said they are all one regardless of religion or caste.

`We must promote a Kashmiri interest,' says JKLF leader

London: People of Jammu and Kashmir must think and act as Kashmiris and should not promote national interest of either India or Pakistan, said Dr Shabir Choudhry, a prominent leader of the London -based Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front at a seminar held at the UN Human Rights Council building in Geneva.

The seminar was organised by Interfaith International and the title was: Towards a confederation of Peoples in South Asia, and the Seminar was moderated by Dr Charles Graves.

Lashkar-e-Taiba Activist Shot Dead In Rajouri District

A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) activist was shot dead in a gun fight with military forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri area.

The so-called militant commander was identified as Abu Asrar also called Gaffari.

Superintendent of Police, T R Katoch, Rajouri District, stated that an investigation was on to nab two confederates of the slain militant.

Mr. Katoch said, “It was a group of three militants. One has been eliminated, while a search is on for others. In this encounter, there had been Special Operation Group party and an army of 60 Rashtriya Rifles personnel.”

One AK-47, three magazines, 90 rounds and one grenade were recovered from Gaffari’s possession.

Haryana Tops The List In Terms Of Per Capita Investment

Chandigarh: Centre for Monitoring of Indian Economy (CMIE) has reported that Haryana has topped the state list in terms of per capita investment in the existing fiscal.

The report has detailed that the overall investment figure under implementation is Rs 1,86,045 crore, as of June 2007.

According to the report, the state ranked 14th ten years ago and was placed at 13th place five years ago in terms of per capita investment.

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