India

Ambika Soni apprises Manmohan about Ram Sethu affidavit issue

New Delhi, Sep 20 Union Culture Minister Ambika Soni today met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and has apprised him about the course of events taken place in connection with the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in relation to the Sethu Samundram Project

"I have explained to the Prime Minister the course of events. I have submitted all the papers. He heard me patiently. I am content with the meeting," Soni told reporters.

"I am a loyal Congress worker and would abide by the decision of the Congress President," she added.

Yesterday, Soni called off her visit to the US, saying she wanted to meet the Prime Minister.

Appeal against Lalu's acquittal in DA case maintainable: Patna HC

Lalu Prasad Yadav
Patna, Sept 20 The Patna High Court today said that a Bihar Government's petition challenging the acquittal of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi in a disproportionate assets (DA) case was maintainable.

Justice Ramesh Kumar Datta, who had earlier reserved his order on the maintainability of the petition, fixed September 24 as the next date for the case.

Students in Indore protest ragging-driven suicide

Indore, Sept 19 : Students clashed with police in Indore on Wednesday, as they staged a protest against a ragging-driven suicide by a college student a day before.

Hundreds of students, mobilised by unions, gathered outside the Pioneer Institute of Professional Studies, whose student Durgesh Shukla hanged himself on Tuesday.

A suicide note found on the crime scene indicated Shukla felt demoralised after a session of what was supposed to be harmless ragging by his seniors.

Sunita Williams' family, relatives celebrate her birthday

Ahmedabad, Sept 19 : The family and relatives of Indian-origin American astronaut Sunita Williams celebrated her birthday with fanfare in Gujarat today.

In Ahmedabad, Williams' father Dipak Pandya cut a cake.

"I wish her success in her coming up expeditions for exploration of space," said Pandya.

Students of the nearby Nelson School were present at the residence of Williams' uncle Vitthal Pandya.

Students of Tagore Bal Niketan School in Haryana's Karnal, where Kalpana Chawla studied, also extended their wishes to her.

US Hopes To Work Jointly With India On Global Peace, Safety & Economic System – Richard Boucher

Richard BoucherWashington: The United States on Wednesday told that it desires to work jointly with India in arenas of international peacekeeping operation, regional foreign plan, safety and financial system.

The Bush government stated that it is rather responsive to what the demands of India are in pioneering technologies and remains much focused on what has to be done.

India To Hold Nuclear Discussions With IAEA In October

According to the news reports, India is likely to hold discussions with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for precautions relating to its nuclear agreement with the United States.
 
The sources said that the Indian administration would like to hold talks with IAEA after the middle of October.

India-specific safeguards are crucial for the operationalization of the nuclear deal and New Delhi is required to hold negotiations with the IAEA by the middle of next month if it is to get the agreement cleared by early next year.

AIIMS Convocation Postponed To October 25

New Delhi: According to Health Ministry sources, the AIIMS convocation in which the medical students were to be granted degree certificates has been delayed to October.

Now, the students were to be honored their degree certificates by Union Health Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, on September 25.

The sourced stated, “The Minister has prior appointment on September 25 and the date of convocation was fixed without his consent.”

J&K Is An Integral Part Of India -- Govt To Tell Pak

Mumbai/Delhi: Pakistan on Monday formally dissented to India decision to open Siachen glacier and Saltoro ridge to trekkers.

The Pakistan foreign ministry representative stated that the Indian deputy high commissioner was summoned to the foreign office and a protestation was lodged with him.

"The Indian deputy high commissioner was told that the Indian plans to open up the disputed territory for tourist purpose was viewed with deep concern by Pakistan. The area remains a conflict zone and the reported move by India to open up Siachen for tourism could aggravate the situation with serious consequences that could vitiate the atmosphere for the ongoing peace process,” the spokesman added.

“Power Will Be Made Available To All In The Country By 2012” – The Union Power Minister

Deepanjalinagar (Visakhapatnam DT.) – The Union Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, who was here to lay the foundation for stage II of NTPC Simhadri Super Thermal Power Project involving an investment of Rs.5,038 crore, on Sunday promised that ‘power will be made available to all in the country by 2012’.

India donates Bangladesh 10 million dollars for flood relief

Dhaka, Sept 16: The Indian government today donated Bangladesh flood assistance worth about 10 million US dollars.

The Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Pinak Ranjan Chakraborty, formally handed over the cheque to Bangladesh's foreign affairs adviser, Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, here.

This donation would be used for flood relief and post-flood rehabilitation.

The Indian government earlier in June offered the assistance when rain-triggered mudslides killed at least 125 people in the country's south-eastern Chittagong city.

Manmohan Undergoes Surgical Operation At AIIMS

New Delhi: For benign enlargement of the prostate gland, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today went through a surgical operation at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Sanjaya Baru, Manmohan’s Media Adviser stated that the operation took place to treat benign prostatic dysplasia of the prostate gland.

“The Prime Minister was recovering and has had a stable post operative course,” Mr. Baru added.

For the next two days, Mr. Singh will stay at hospital, and it is likely that he will go back home by Monday morning.

ZTE Looking For Indian Mate For R&D

Shenzhen (China): ZTE is making exploratory survey for Indian partners in order to start research and development in broadband and internet protocol TV (IPTV) products.

The communications equipment provider has already entered in an advanced stage of discussion with a private Indian telecom equipment manufacturer.

During a discussion on the company’s plan for broadband products, Xu Ming, ZTE President (Broadband Products) said, “We are in discussion with an Indian company (telecom equipment manufacturer) to develop ADSL products and undertake R&D.”

Mr. Ming, however, declined to reveal the name of the Indian company citing the privacy clause the negotiating companies have signed early this year.

Two ASI Officials Suspended Over Ram Setu Controversy

New Delhi: Two functionaries of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have been suspended over Ram Setu affidavit controversy.

One of the suspended officials was the director administration whereas the other was of the grade of assistant director.

Both were accountable for the drafting of the affidavit with the divisive citations to Ram that resulted to a storm of protestations.

Another Case Of Lady Teacher Sexually Harassing Girl Student

After a controversial false TV sting operation that kicked up public fury in the capital over a fortnight ago, one more sex case came up Friday, in which a woman teacher has been charged with sexually harassing one of her girl pupils.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (south Delhi), N.S. Bundela said, “We have registered a case of sexual abuse against Meena Tuli, a teacher with Gargi Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in south Delhi, after one of her students made the accusation.”

The girl’s father filed the complaint late Thursday at the Hauz Khas police station.

The 16-year-old victim, who lives in Netaji Nagar, had failed the Class 8 examinations two times.

Household Paints Contain Alarming Levels Of Lead – A Study Reports

New Delhi: Household paint samples taken from Delhi and Mumbai markets, are tested positive for presence of heavy metals’ high levels.

On Wednesday, a non-government organization “Toxics Link” released the study: “A Brush with Toxics: An Investigation on Lead in Household Paints in India.”

The study claims to have found high levels of lead in household paint samples. The samples were tested in as Indian laboratory as well as in New York Laboratory.

Dr Reddy's Gets Final FDA Nod For Ranitidine 150mg Tabs

New Delhi: Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) has received final approval for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Ranitidine 150mg pill by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

DRL is the only generic maker to get FDA authorization for this Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) product accompanying the expiry of innovator's patents.

According to a statement, the company will distribute the 150 mg potency in blister counts of 8 and 24’s plus bottles of 50, 65 and 95 counts.

Indian Apex Court Clears Dismantling Of "Blue Lady"

Blue LadyNew Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, allowed a divisive Norwegian cruise liner to be demolished despite more than a year of objections by conservationists who said that the ship has toxic waste.

Ecologists, comprising Greenpeace, stated that the 46,000-tonne Blue Lady has over 900 tonnes of toxic waste like asbestos, threatening the physical condition of poorly equipped workers at the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat.

AMD Unveils Quad-Core Processor

AMD's Opteron processorBangalore: As pricing force screws up in the microprocessor section, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is marching ahead against its rivals, mainly chief opponent Intel Corp.

A day later its worldwide launch, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), yesterday uncovered its quad-core microprocessor Opteron for different servers utilized by data centres and business enterprises in the subcontinent.

SAIL-Posco Form Joint Group

Kolkata: The public sector steel giant SAIL and the Korean steel major POSCO have formed a combined team to give a concrete shape to their recently declared coalition. Despite allocation of best practices, the grouping could open the prospect of POSCO utilizing SAIL’s immense marketing network through use of the latter’s stockyards crosswise the country.

Mr. S K Roongta, chairman SAIL said, “We have formed a working group which will have four members each from SAIL and POSCO to look into various areas in which the two companies can form alliances.”

Stock Markets To Trade Positive On Monday – Stock Analysts

Ashwin Gada, Stock Marketdealer, Networth Stock Broking, said that on Friday, the stock market was flat, it closed down 25 points. It opened strongly but slipped into negative zone accompanying the imperfect Asian markets and also there were some rumours about promissory note that forced the market down. Volumes was very dry, there was not much buying seen at the stock exchange on Friday.

Mr. Gada anticipates the market to trade positive on Monday (Sept. 10). He is bullish on market persuasions and pointed out that, market may touch 16000 level by the closing of next week. He is optimistic on the pharmaceutical segment and commends Divis Laboratories for trading.

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