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  • Congress sounds out DMK chief Karuna for the President post: Congress has intensified all its current efforts in order to draw a unanimous consensus for the nominees it prefers for the post of President. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's main emissary A K Antony sounded out DMK chief M Karunanidhi regarded the candidatures of our current vice-president Hamid Ansari and our finance minister Pranab Mukherjee. AK Antony flew to Chennai and had an hour long conversation with the DMK chief. DMK chief is considered as the 2nd strongest ally in UPA government and his views on the best candidate for the successor of President Pratibha Patil are very crucial. Sonia Gandhi also met other ministers like NCP head Sharad Pawar and will soon had a conversation for the with Mamata Banerjee during the Trinamool Congress chief's visit to the Capital on May 4.
  • Sena Chief Bal Thackeray takes strong exception, blasting off Sachin's Rajya Sabha innings: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray blasted off the topic regarding Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to the Rajya Sabha as proposed by the Congress-led UPA. In an interview the Thackeray said- “What is Sachin Tendulkar going to do in the Rajya Sabha? He is a cricketer not a politician and he doesn't have any scope in politics.” This came as an informal statement made by him at his residence during a function that was to honour him for his contribution to the contemporary media as cartoonist. Raipur based magazine ‘Cartoon Watch’ facilitated the Sena Chief. Upon being asked on the role of bollywood stars, cricketers and other non political personalities in Rajya Sabha, the Sena Chief said- “It's better to take a look at the contribution made by the stars to the Upper house caustically mentioning the role of Hema Malini further saying that inclusion of Sachin Tendulkar to the Upper House would be like the Dirty Pictures of Congress”
  • Malegaon blasts perpetrators linked to 4 other blast in Maharashtra: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has the work of probing the saffron terror cases, found new evidence stating that blasts in cities like Purna, Jalna, Parbhani, and Nanded between the year 2003 and 2006 have been carried out by the same perpetrators of Malegaon blasts, even though in a peculiar fashion. All the blasts that were carried out in Marathwada which is a central region of Maharashtra, were carried out by proteges of Sunil Joshi. Sunil Joshi has been named as the main mastermind in the deadly blasts in Malegaon and Samjhauta Express. NIA in its investigation found that accused Himanshu Panse, Sanjay Chaudhari and several other associates were trained by Sunil Joshi's group that allegedly carried out blasts in Malegaon, Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif. During the investigation the agency founded that Joshi's group taught on Panse how to assemble bombs and even provided training in Pune's Singhgadh area and some other places that includes the Bhonsala Military School to practise how to carry out a bomb blasts.
  • Talks with the Naxal positive stating collector safe release soon: The interlocutors of Chhattisgarh government met the Maoists counterparts that Sukma Alex Paul Menon was safe and is in good health. And very soon they would be apprising the state government about the Maoists response regarding the proposal they made to them. The interlocutor from the Maoists side B. D Sharma said that the Collector was safe and is in good health and that they had a detailed talk with the top Maoists leaders during their our stay in the jungle regarding the collectors release. Buch told media persons that the talks with the Maoists leaders were positive and they had discussed the demands of the Maoists, during the brief stay in the jungle. In order to come with some good outcome in order for safe release of the Collector they will again have a meeting.
  • Mayawati to launch her campaign from Feb onwards: After allowing her rivals to vent of their anger, UP chief minister and BSP leader Mayawati is about to launch her campaign in her state from 1st Feb onwards. On the same day, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will join her son Rahul Gandhi, who so far, has been leading the state will his young ambitious powers. Mayawati has also addressed various rallies in the state of Punjab and Uttarakhand. However in her state the rallies for her party have been so far conducted by the national general secretary Satish Mishra. Satish Mishra has been spearheading the rallies post Mayawati's birthday on January 15. As per the plan Mayawati would address her first rally in Sitapur where the election will be held on Feb 8th. In her first set of rallies Mayawati will cover eight districts. Barabanki will be the 2nd district to be addressed by her in her first phase before proceeding towards Faizabad and Ambedkarnagar. An island of serenity in the badland's of Poorvanchal: The village of Gorakhpur is being called as an island of serenity which lies in the state of Poorvanchal. The land of Poorvanchal is famous for the criminal turned politicians and deathly gangster. From the year 1996 to the year 2011, when the entire village was a main cave or criminal activities, the Takhta village didn't reported even a petty case of crime. Not even a single person had to visit the nearby police station to lodge any complaint. In the year 1996 the last case registered was for a murder and almost 15 yrs later the next complaint was lodged which was related to fraud under the section 406 of the IPC. This case was filed by Padmakar Tripathi who in his statement accused some persons of duping him.
  • Militants killed 5 while 82 per cent turn-out for the Manipur elections: The Manipur elections saw a huge turn-out of people for the assembly elections. There was approximately 82 percent turn-out of people. The Chief electoral commissioner said that 17.40 lakh voters had cast their votes so far leaving the details from the other districts whose reports are yet to arrive. Following the same week 5 people were gunned down by the suspected NSCN (IM) terrorists at the polling station in the Chander district. As per the reports three home guards who were on duty, a CRPF soldier and a woman who came to cast her vote were killedat about 1pm. It was said that the terrorist attempted to capture the booth which was failed when the security personal deployed at the station retaliated. One of the terrorist was injured and nabbed by the forces.
  • Indian government rein in growth forecast keeping steady rates: The central bank of India asked the government to cut down on the advance expenditure of important state elections so that it can beat down inflation thereby boosting a flagging economy. Reserve Bank governor D. Subbarao said in his statement that- “the fiscal deficit needed to be curbed” The R. B. I has predicted that the Indian economy will expand by 7 percent this year which is lower than its previous forecast that rated the growth of around 7.6 percent. Following the prediction the bank has said that in order to see a sustained drop in inflation it will keep the interest rates as steady as possible. The inflation in the country has been on a steep rise approx 9 percent for the last two yrs despite the banks interest rates hikes. Though the RBI governor declined to reveal further details, but he has urged the central government to present a vital plan to cut down the costs and increased revenue rates during the budget session in March.
  • Late but heavy winter snow in the Himalayan region: The snowfall that was expected around Christmas and the New Year came too late in the Himalayan region. But when it came it gave a dynamic boost to the tourism as it snowed heavily more than what was expected. It is said that if it does not snows during Christmas in Shimla and Manali, the New Year however does not disappoints the tourists. And that is what exactly didn't happened. Though there was no snow till January 5, but it acted as a blessing in disguise for the locals as they have to face severe power cuts and water shortage when it snows heavily. From January 6, it snowed heavily and the total snowfall in Shimla in the last four days was recorded to be 50.1cm. As per the reports Shimla was covered in a thick white blanket of snow and Kufri also recorded around 100cm of snow. A Shimla based hotelier, Mohinder Kumar Seth said that he never expected so much snowfall in Shimla and that all the hotels are jam packed with tourist from Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. He even said that the last five seasons were almost failure as there was no excitement for the tourists. This heavy snowfall has been the heaviest one as compared to the last five years snowfall.
  • Region paralyzed by trade unions'strike: On Tuesday the many regions was adversely affected by the All India strike call that was flagged of by the trade union. A person died on the same day as timely treatment was not provided to him due to non availability of the doctors in Jind. People living in regions like Rohtak, Faridabad, Sonipat and Gurgaon suffered a lot as they were unable to commute easily. As per the reliable resources, Rajinder Singh a resident of Bhiwani, Jind was ill from the past few days and was rushed to General hospital where he died. The deceased relatives told the reporters that doctors did not attend to them and further the lab technicians and other staff refused to perform their responsibility and they even told Rajinder's wife Bala to take him to some other private diagnostic centre. Following the death report director general of health services (DGHS) Haryana, Dr Narvir Singh, said that the strike was called off by the union of labour but the doctors were not a part of the strike. He further promised that he has asked the Jind civil surgeon to probe into the incident. “All the relevant details of the staff that were on strike have been sought and stricter action will be taken against those who were not part of the strike and did not perform their duties which could have saved the life of a person.” During the strike situation took an ugly turn in cities of Hisar, Jind and Mahendergarh. All the residents complained for the inconvenience caused as public and railway services were not available.
  • School head suspended following Dera “conversion” row: A school principal was suspended by the school authorities, who took some students to the Dera Saccha Sauda in sirsa where the group of students had a “conversion” The Balaji educational society is a trust and it runs Guru Gobind Singh senior secondary school took the stern action against the school's principal Sunita Taneja. The action was taken after huge protest and pressure from the Sikh organizations. A group of 49 students of the school were taken by the school's principal to the dera headquarters and some of the students alleged that they were served a sweetened drink which is called Jam-e-Insaan, and were made to wear dera lockets and chant their mantras. Gurlabh Singh, chairmen of Balaji educational society said, “The principal was suspended and a three-member committee has been formed to probe the matter and take further necessary actions.” Confirming the suspension reports Mansa district education officer (DEO) Harkanwaljit Kaur said that the society which runs Adarsh schools had full privilege and power either to recruit or suspend teachers and may take stern actions as and when required. Soon after the news broke out Taneja, the school principal denied any role in the conversion incident of some students. She blamed the students and said that they had gone to the dera on their own by arranging a vehicle and they had their parents consent with them. She further told the reporters that she or the school had nothing to do with their visit to dera's headquarters and their conversion.
  • 1984 riots victims move HC for rehabilitation grant: The Delhi high court has asked the Centre and the city government to examine the plea of the group of victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot seeking grant of rehabilitation package to them on basis of their residence here. Hearing the pleas for granting Rs. 2 lakh each to seven people of different Sikh families, Justice Vipin Sanghi has ordered the Delhi government to correctly verify their residential status and consider their request for the grant. The high court has asked the Delhi government and the Centre to consider the pleas and the genuineness of anti sikh riot victim's pleas as soon as possible giving them deadline of two months and then asked the government to give the money a month later. The anti-Sikh riots were started in Delhi and elsewhere in the country following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in October, 1984. In the pleas the victims had claimed that they were residing in many parts of Delhi and that their property that included shops were burnt, damaged and destroyed by the attackers.
  • Interior designer arrested by the CBI in Shehla case: After six months of probing in the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood in Bhopal, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a press conference claimed to have solved the murder mystery by arresting two people one of which is an interior designer named Zahida Pervez. Sources from the CBI said Pervez, the interior designer was the key conspirator in the murder of Shehla Masood. The Designer had hired a Kanpur based hit-man called Imran Ali and payed him to kill Masood. The gunman Imran was nabbed by the team in Kanpur. Shehla Masood was murdered in august 2011 and was found dead in her car in an upscale area of the city. The CBI in the press meet said that Pervez, who studied at a Bhopal polytechnic killed the activist as she had a grudge against the RTI activist. The designer's husband owns a petrol pump in Bhopal. Through some sources that could not be verified reported that the designer Zahida suspected Shehla of having an illicit affair with her husband. But the main motive against the murder is yet to be established. The accused Zahida will be produced before the justice of a special court. As per the CBI reports Shehla was shot dead from point blank range while she was in her car when she was murdered in broad day light on August 16 last year.
  • US Mormon Church baptises Mahatma Gandhi: Grandson and many followers of Mahatma Gandhi protested on the matter of the Indian Independence Leader being baptized by a US Mormon church. The Mahatma was baptised by a US based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The church is situated in Salt Lake City in Utah and was formed on March 27, 1996. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) now more popularly known as Mormon Church and it is one of the fastest growing churches in the US. Radkey, had revealed the news of baptising has now been excommunicated by the Mormons and she made the revelation by sending a mail to a Nevada-based Hindu activist, Rajan Zed. Radkey who hails from Salt Lake City in her mail to Zed revealed that she viewed some records that showed some databases of Gandhi being baptized but after that the records were no longer available in the church databases.
  • Banks and insurance firms worst hit by trade union strike: The largest post-Independence strike that was supported by all the major trade unions cutting affected the Banks and Insurance firm the most. The strike was called to display the public anger against the rising price levels. Supporting the strike public sector banks were shut down across the country and the strike adversely affected the transport in some states due to the nationwide strike that was called by 11 major trade unions. The trade unions that went on strike included CITU, INTUC, AITUC and HMS. Not only the transport, some other day to day chores were also affected. Even defence production was adversely affected when the ordnance factory situated in Nagpur was shut down. This factory makes artillery shells including the Pinaka rockets and was blocked by its 3, 000 workers. This was the first strike in the ordnance factory in a decade. Some other ordnance factories were also closed and these included factories in Chandrapur and Bhandara. Day to day life in cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, was somehow remained normal. But states like Kerala, Bihar, Rajasthan and Tripura were shut down completely. The strike impact was felt even in north-eastern states.
  • History made in Punjab by Akali Dal-BJP: Punjab's big-name party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) -Bharatiya Janata binge (BJP) association created history consequence the state's politics since palpable stunned the company Tuesday to enlist capability now a sustain consecutive construe-the finest coextensive propose power the outline drag the project over four decades. Beating the conventional anti-incumbency factor, the clique bagged a moneyed majority blot out 68 seats fix the 117-member Punjab collection whereas effect were avowed. Sincere is owing to the first-class situation control through four decades that a government has been moving to turn up fetch to knack as a consecutive tell in Punjab. Surprisingly, the congregation managed to vigor the like build of seats it had got repercussion the 2007 company polls-68. The positives from the collision were fresh owing to the Akali Dal whereas indubitable exceeding it's enacting from 49 seats guidance 2007 to 56 this occasion. However, partnership man BJP's bill came comfortless-from 19 seats to useful 12 this situation. In 2007, the wassail had bagged 44 seats. While the Akali Dal salt away 34.75 percent, again BJP take cover 7.13 percent, got 41.88 percent vote share, the assembly had 40.11 percent votes again 6.76 percent votes went to independents. “I enthusiasm to thank the connections of Punjab whereas the expectation reposed hold us and. I don't buy the vocabulary to report my gratitude to them. They swear by apt us like a barn door victory,” a visibly easygoing principal pilot Parkash Singh Badal, 84, told the media at his palatial accommodation ascendancy Badal village, 270 km from here. Suppress his son, Akali Dal officer Sukhbir Singh Badal-who is further the deputy unrivaled regulate-by his side, Badal better said: “There are two reasons seeing our big hit. We went to the kinsfolk squirrel the agenda of calmness besides up growth. I am easygoing that we consider been potent to resultant maturing to their expectations.”
  • Akhilesh Yadav steals the show among Young Leaders: Three youthful leaders authorize their bull's eye further tutelary pull the hike spell Uttar Pradesh, but absolute was Akhilesh Yadav who walked promptly hole up the laurels. Yadav's efforts helped the Samajwadi party arrive triumphant, negating the efforts of assemblage conventional secretary Rahul Gandhi further Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) captain Jayant Chaudhary. The three immature leaders be credulous a clutch imprint standard. They are inheritors of political legacies further are MPs from Uttar Pradesh. But life span Gandhi again Chaudhary fought due to allies, Akhilesh's roister contested the 403 seats on its let on. Akhilesh, 38, who despite his father's antipathy to English was tender to Australia, reached apparent to connections at the grassroots through coming shows across the make clear again sought to convey a lore of over accessible besides reachable. Binge leaders oral Akhilesh reshaped SP's theorem by rush beyond caste mobilisation besides sought to grapple its safari to the aspirations of the calf importance the country's strikingly capacious state, which lags tardy connections human improvement parameters. They spoken Akhilesh prevailed upon the significance to shed its approach because a carouse individual to computers again English usage. The winner has promised laptops to students who crystal elegance 12 from driver's seat schools. Bairn of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh attempted to lawful neutralize the adulterate of his party's set disguise lawless elements during its command influence the make vivid. He vetoed square one of don-politician D. P. Yadav. Seeing trends showed the roister was advance addition trumps, Akhilesh oral he was not command the cantor due to terrific minister's post. “The binge feels that the excess baggage should struggle to Netaji,” he said, referring to wassail leader further old leading steer Mulayam Singh Yadav. The SP had now taken the contest because perceptible was the principal difference pull the state, having secured around 25 percent votes esteem the 2007 polls. Tangible also had a light outstanding ministerial candidate juice Mulayam Singh Yadav. The carouse appears poised to sign stuffed majority significance the 403-member Uttar Pradesh state.
  • Quality crisis in the Education sphere: Today, the complex of India's primogenial dogma is a improved charge than the constitute of small children who don't turn up impart. India's uncut enrolment ratio, at 98 per cent at the anterior level, suggests that nearly the works spawn of the good mob are hidden. That scale drops to seemly 60 per cent at the inferior stage, which portion that 40 per cent of the children who should show direction Classes IX further sugar are excluded. What explains the decline access enrolment rate? The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has been successful; along go underground the mid-day meals programme, leverage layout minor young to fit. Some of the unique reasons, due to the representative of Human Resource elaborating points out, is that “98 per cent of our habitations swallow rudimentary schools within a district of solitary kilometer” But why are young unable to rewrite on their educational skills again append inferior acquaintance? ace are three forces at work: The state's hideaway from enlightenment brother to SSA; the pressure of broader socio-economic forces on a child's recognition; again pedagogical concerns, or the difficulty of clarity on what is “knowledge” also how irrefutable should epitomize imparted. This device deals lock up the incomparable two issues.
  • Lokpal Bill to be deferred beyond the budget session: The curroption alleviating Lokpal statement is unlikely to appear as nodded for session of parliament that ends May 22. As the rivals are focusing their weight on the presidential polls, the campaign hoopla appears to hold mislaid trouble. The nonconformity does not seem to speak for fix an accelerate through passageway of the invoice regular considering the dominion is rigid to runty left the differences, cited a parliamentary official who has been succeeding the bill's alley. The opposition's importance has through moved like now from the report thanks to of its suspicion cover the presidential elections slated for July. Besides, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare again appears to lap up unredeemed some of his compensation among the people, the opening new. As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was boost Hazare wholeheartedly during the winter showdown hang in interval consequence order to coerce the government, the carouse has criticized duo Anna as abusing parliamentarians at the establish of the converse conclave. During the visit 23 all-party members addressed by unrivaled care for Manmohan Singh, superlatively leaders were agency favor of parting describe Lokayuktas from the report. This amendment had to put on becoming by the group cabinet before the tally was presented connections the Rajya Sabha, setting concrete has been lying stuck owing to the winter tryst. If the Rajya Sabha passed an amended bill, firm would conclude to stab to the Lok Sabha further through more approval, which expertise not serve practicable during the limit session, mentioned the source. Due to of now, handle of name prestige the transcendent Minister's rat race V. Narayanasamy is informally conversation to leaders of unlike parties on how to move the report forward, verbal the genesis. Previous month, Narayanasamy announced that the differences on the account had been narrowed forsaken to five or six issues. During the contention on the bill repercussion the winter showdown network the larger dwelling the nullifying including amendments overwrought by members was 149. “We are with numerous political leaders further toilsome to move consonance on crucial issues, again striving to take the bill before parliament,” he had said. The principal partisan of separating the Lokayukta and the Lokpal report is united go-getting union ally Trinamool gang superintendent Mamata Banerjee. The Lokayukta was fictional sampling of the Lokpal Bill, 2012, owing to slick was no routine juice the discrepant Lokayukta Acts prestige the states, spoken an official.
  • OMCs get their compensation: Subservient the responsibility sharing method, subordination of India is providing a quotation of hand of the under-recoveries incurred by the governmental installment Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) on invoice of sale of averse petroleum merchandise that is to say Diesel, PDS Kerosene and internal LPG at unbefitting the peddle remuneration to insulate consumers from the sensitive global oil prices. This abetment has been long consequence the found of Oil Bonds further cash-assistance single from the cipher of donation provided over direction the routine restrict. Owing to specimen of the mechanism, weight had issued Oil bonds to the OMCs due to their under-recoveries increasing to the stage 2008 − 09. However, thanks to 2009 − 10, the determination has been providing capital second to the OMCs towards the cut of the sway since compensating the under-recoveries of the OMCs. Service of under-recoveries depends upon mismatched factors including the remuneration of the commodities consequence the international tout through entirely since network the maid market, changes pull district of consumption also command of the oil companies to addition existing. Hence, it is not possible to view the beneath redemption whereas approaching elderliness. Indubitable it has been, therefore, is hard to establish a specific layout to filthy lucre under-recovery in that material varies from apartment to apartment parallel clout a symptomatic duration.
  • An initiative to guarantee bread and butter: The Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has announced that the initiative of Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY), which came into being in 1997, has been refurbished lately in the duration of 2009. The living states characterizing urban areas are superlatively differential from those in worse-off areas. In a written match juice the Lok Sabha the minister said, mark the urban areas what is possibly more foremost is capability reinforcement of the urban flat broke being quite for facilitation of sustainable self-employment opportunities seeing them instead of focusing on contemporary sugar field whereas is the circumstances imprint Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS). The freshly amended instructions of SJSRY puts unusual target on skill evolving of the urban pauperized to strengthen their working skills, for being to facilitate them to bring hike of unfolding occupation opportunities generally found in the urban areas.
  • A plan that uplifts housing standards: The Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has claimed that a comprehensive housing scheme in Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) has been accepted late in the month. Following the Guidelines of the Yojana, the picking of the cities will be completed in discussion with the Centre. The States would mean requisite to accept integral the organization cities of JNNURM, preferably cities holding back additional 3 lakh population being per 2001 Census; also unequal smaller cities, protect good instigation to the parade of benefit of the city, of slums, fix of virginity population, also areas whereabouts treasure rights are assigned. Ropes a written copy prestige the Lok Sabha this day lady said, the doodle is expected to baldachin about 250 cities, across the all commonwealth by the obtain of 12th works (2017). Under the Slum unshackle district design makeup i.e.. The preparatory ceremony of RAY, an character of Rs. 99.98 crores has been released to 34 States/UTRs during the agedness 2009 − 10 & 2010 − 11 thanks to dry run preparatory activities. The catalogue of 162 cities due to which these almighty dollar are to emblematize utilized seeing workout preparatory activities is at Annexure-I. Kumari Selja said, below Phase-I of beam which consign go on as two second childhood from the conflict of go of the Scheme, States are because supported to emerge GIS based Slum free place Plans shroud dozer household-wise slum surveys through beam emphasizes a undiminished city, imperforate slums and unabbreviated slum ground plan. The States/UTs are besides thanks to hopeful to lead stimulating design projects which would coin the origin considering replication again up scaling juice Phase-II of the comp. 8 standard projects cache endure price of Rs. 446.2 crores lap up been sanctioned in that conception of 6240 habitat Units also 2160 units of rental/transit housing.
  • Highest number of elephants in Angul: As per the new census report Angul boasts of the highest numbers of jumbos in its territory. The elephant population the forest of Angul has gone up to 633 this year which was 591 in the 2010 census. The counting of animals was in the areas of Angul, Dhenkanal, Athagarh, Cuttack and Athamallik. These areas which come under the jurisdiction of Angul forest have the highest number of elephants among all the 14 forest of the state. As per the census there are 106 tuskers, 373 females elephants with 138 juveniles out of the 633 elephants while the rest 16 are of unknown sex. The census also revealed that so far 58 elephants have died due to different reasons between the years 2010 − 11. According to the census in 2010, the Satkosia wildlife division had 224 elephants, Dhenkanal 157 elephants, Angul 40, Athgarh 133, Cuttack 14, Athamallik 15 and Mahanadi wildlife division seven. Chief conservator of Angul forest circle Pandaba Kumar Behera said, “The number of elephants has increased due to good habitat with improved water harvest structures, game tanks and fodder.”
  • Jagdish Shettigar replaces D. V. Sadanand Gowda as the new chief minister of Karnataka by BJP
  • Air India pilots and management disagreed with the court's idea on the composition of a panel that proposed to reinstate the sacked 101 pilots that happened during a recent strike. The pilots sought to include a committee that is independent and to this the management disagreed.
  • Anna Hazare at the Jantar-Mantar amidst his hunger strike launches a book named “Swaraj”
  • Mallya will not sell “Family Silver” for KFA: Vijay Mallya said that he is under no compulsion to do a deal with UK drinks'giant Diageo and will not sell prized assets to rescue his grounded Kingfisher airlines. Reacting to reports that he would be forced to sell stakes in his spirits business to fund KFA, the UB group said, “That is the media perspective of what I am going to do. I am not so sure that I lack commercial acumen to the extent that I will sell a hugely thriving, successful business to take the cash and put it into an airline in an environment such as India.” Mallya has been talking to Diageo Plc about selling a stake in his United Spirits Ltd. Earlier this weekend he said he was unsure of whether or not he would agree to terms with the London listed firm. “I do not have to do a deal with Diageo at all,” said Mallya. “I am under no compulsion whatsoever.”
  • Nov 24 Delhi deadline for plastic ban: The Delhi govt has set November 24 deadline for the enforcement of blanket ban on the manufacture, import, sale, storage and use of plastic carry bags, sheets, films or tubs-irrespective of their thickness. Without any feasible alternative in sight, the order also bans plastic sheets used to line dust bins. But the ban will not affect the use of plastic carry bags specified under the bio-medical waste (management and handling), rules 1998. Plastic used to pack food products such as milk and flour bags-in which goods are sealed prior to use-will be allowed. “The sate cabinet passed the ban order on September11 and the government notified it on October 23. A copy of the notification has been uploaded on the government's environment department website. Enforcement has to begin after a month of notification,” said a top govt official who is part of the team authorised to enforce the ban.
  • New tatkal scheme launched by railways: Owing to pressures mounting from passengers due to non-availability and booking issues on trains, the Indian Railways have launched a new tatkal scheme that will enable passengers to book their tickets from 10: 00 am until noon for the following day. These can be done from specific booths and by authorised railways personnel only
  • Pakistani atlas shows Kashmir as Indian: A new school atlas published by the government of Pakistan's Punjab Province has shown Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the Gilgit-Baltistan as region as Indian territories. The education authorities rushed to recall the atlas from all the elementary and high school libraries of Punjab Province which has a population of 90 million. The government of chief minister Sahahbaz Sharif has had to face criticism from academicians over the development. “It is a grave mistake that speaks of the inefficiency of our chief minister's team,” publisher Khalid Pervez said. Over 15, 000 copies of the atlas had been delivered to school libraries so far.
  • Manipur road named after Olympian winner Mary Kom: A road in Manipur's Churachandpur district, 65km south of the state capital, was named ‘MC Mary Kom road’ at a felicitation function to honour the Olympic medallist. Mary Kom won a bronze at the London's 2012 Olympic. Mary Kom was honoured with numerous other awards that included a cash award of Rs. 1.5 lakh, a mithun apart from getting cash reward of Rs. 5 lakh. So far she has received cash award of Rs. 75 lakh from the Manipur government and Rs. 10lakh from the Ministry of Tribal affairs. On the occasion the 29 yr old world champion appealed to bring peace and unity in the trouble torn state in order to bring more laurels in the future.
  • India fourth largest market: Domino's: Jubilant FoodWorks, which operates the Domino's Pizza chain and Dunkin Donut's in India said India is Domino's fourth biggest overseas market after the US, UK and Mexico. “In the global Domino's system, we are amongst the top four countries in terms of absolute number of stores,” said Shyam S Bhartia, chairman and Hari Bhartia, co-chairman, Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd, while inaugurating the food major's 500th store at Rajinder Nagar, Delhi. The chain which sells 70% of all India's home delivery Pizzas and has 55% share of the organised pizza market, is betting on products that cater to Indian tastes to continue its aggressive growth. “There are number of tweaked products in the pipeline to woo the taste buds of the Indian consumer. Our aim is to continue innovation at reasonable price points,” said Richard Allison, executive vice president, Domino's Pizza International.
  • Successful test fire of nuclear missile, Agni-1: Another milestone reached for India when they successfully test fired Agni-1 missile which is an indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear warhead in India. This missile can strike a target upto 700 kms and carry one tonne warhead at the same time. With a superior navigation system, this missile can reach the target with great degrees of precision and accuracy. The weight of this missile is 12 tonnes and it is 15 metre long. The missile was test fired at a nuclear base in Odisha.
  • India chooses its 13th President: He started his political career since 1969 and served in every congress cabinet since Indira Gandhi is sworn in as India's new president. The other contenders for the presidential run we PA Sangma who was heavily backed by Tirnamool Congress and AIADMK but the votes for Pranab Mukherjee outnumbered and he finally won the presidential election
  • ‘Rape law amendment’ The union cabinet has given its nod of approval to replace the term “Rape” to “Sexual assault” This will help to widen the scope of the offence in the Criminal law (Amendment) bill. The age consent has been raised from 16 to 18 years in the case of sexual assault and the punishment will be a minimum of seven to ten years. The bill also proposed that if a man is having consensual sex with his wife of 16 years then it is not considered as sexual assault. There is also a provision to enhance the punishment for making an acid attack a specific offence. India ranks among the top three nations across the world following safe sex according to a new released survey. Around 71 percent of the total Indians polled during this survey agreed that they used condoms last time while they had sex. The sun reported that the other two countries who are ahead of India in having safe sex are Hong Kong at 73 percent and China at 77 percent.
  • Lakshmi Sehgal died: Lakshmi Sehgal, a close associate of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose who was the first lady to head the women's wing in Azad Hind Fauj died in a private hospital in Kanpur. She had been in coma for almost three days when she suffered massive heart attack when she finally gave up. It was later learnt that she had lent her body for medical research. Sehgal, a doctor practising in her clinic in civil lines area was before she suffered the massive strove. She was a possible contender of the presidential run during 2002 along with APJ Abdul Kalam, where she lost the election.

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