- Indian Soldiers to be honored for UN Peace Keeping Operations
- For Scarlett Wilson , Bollywood is Aishwarya Rai Only
- First Dummy Fuel removed from Kudankulam Nuclear Plant
- ITC posts a 26 percent rise in net Quarterly Profit
- BJP decides to Campaign for Clean Ganga
- Gurdeep Kohli calls for Fun and Family Shows for Kids
- Nandigram to get a brand new Rail Wagon Factory
- BJP to Protest against Fuel Price Hike using Bullock Carts
- Army Chief V K Singh clarifies row about his Show Cause Notice
- Justice Katju compares Mamta Bannerjee to Dr B C Roy
Posted: 26 May 2012 07:35 PM PDT
Three Indians who were killed during UN peacekeeping operations will be among over 100 security personnel to be honoured at a ceremony at the UN Headquarters here.
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers will be observed May 29 when the UN will honour more than 100 Blue Helmets who lost their lives. Commemorative activities will be held at UN Headquarters in New York, as well as at UN peacekeeping operations and offices around the world.
The 112 peacekeepers – military, police and civilians — who lost their lives in 2011 while serving with the UN as a result of hostile acts, accidents and disease, will posthumously receive the Dag Hammarskjold Medal, said a press communique.
The Indians to be honoured are: Rifleman Lundup Gailpo, who died March 24, 2011, while serving in Lebanon; Major Jaidev Singh Guleria, who died Oct 7 while serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo; and police constable Pritam Singh, who died Aug 6, 2011, also in Congo.
India is currently the third largest contributor of military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping, with more than 8,100 uniformed personnel serving in nine operations – in Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, the Middle East, South Sudan, and Timor-Leste.
Posted: 26 May 2012 06:40 PM PDT
British model Scarlett Mellish Wilson, who has done item number “Imported Kamariya” in the forthcoming film “Shanghai”, says she relates the Hindi film industry to Aishwarya Rai.
“I love her (Aishwarya Rai), she defines Bollywood for me. She is the definition of Bollywood. Her acting, her beauty, she is such an amazing dancer. I think she is the ultimate, I love her,” Scarlett told reporters.
Scarlett is also a big fan of Aamir Khan.
“I like Aamir Khan, I have seen a few of his movies. I saw ‘Taare Zameen Par’ and I loved that. There’s another movie I watched, I can’t remember the name,” she said adding that she also “loved other Hindi films like ‘Housefull’ and ‘Dostana’.”
Composers Vishal-Shekhar have composed music for “Shanghai” and it hits theatres June 8. The film stars Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin, Abhay Deol and Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee.
Posted: 26 May 2012 04:33 PM PDT
Working towards commissioning the first unit of the two 1,000- megawatt Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) in August, scientists have removed one assembly of the dummy fuel from the reactor vessel, an official said.
“We have removed one assembly out of the 163 dummy fuel assemblies today (Friday). In four-five days, the entire dummy fuel would be taken out and then inspections will be carried out,” R.S. Sundar, site director at the KNPP, told IANS over phone.
Dummy fuel is similar to the real fuel in terms of specifications but without the enriched uranium.
A team of nuclear experts from HRID Ltd, Croatia along with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) scientists will inspect the reactor pressure vessel and other systems. Following this, the reports would have to be submitted to the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) which in turn would decide on giving its consent for loading the real fuel.
After that, permission has to be sought to increase the power generation in stages till the full capacity can be reached.
A team of Croatian experts is already at the KNPP and another team is expected next week, Sundar said.
India’s atomic power plant operator NPCIL is building two reactors with Russian equipments at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district, around 650 km from here.
On May 10, the NPCIL got the permission to open the reactor pressure vessel of the first unit and the work towards that began soon after that.
The first unit was to become operational last December but hit a hurdle when residents of surrounding villages opposed the project fearing for their lives and the state government passed a resolution urging the central government to stop all project-related works. To resolve the issue, the central and state governments set up two panels.
The central panel submitted its final report Jan 31. The Tamil Nadu government set up an expert committee, which too favoured the project.
In March this year, the state government gave its green signal to the project and also announced Rs.500 crore for local area and infrastructure development. Following that, work at KNPP was restarted.
The anti-KNPP agitators under the banner of People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy have demanded safety drills for locals before commissioning of the reactor.
Posted: 26 May 2012 03:31 PM PDT
Diversified conglomerate ITC Friday posted a 26 percent rise in net profit at Rs.1,614 crore for the quarter ended March 31 against Rs.1,281.5 crore during the like period of the previous financial year.
The total income stood at Rs.7,162.5 crore during the quarter under review, up 18 percent against Rs.6,063.4 crore during the year ago period, the company said in a statement.
The non-cigarette fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) segment registered revenue growth of 23.6 percent and continued to demonstrate improving profitability.
The hotels business, however, was impacted by the weak economic environment in global source markets and slowdown of the domestic economy.
The agri business profits grew 13.6 percent driven by better realisations and higher volumes. Paper and Pulp investments leveraged to improve value capture.
The board also recommended a dividend of Rs.4.50 per share for the year ended March 31, 2012.
At the Bombay Stock Exchange, shares of the company closed 0.75 down at Rs.231.75.
Posted: 26 May 2012 03:29 PM PDT
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has now taken up the cause of preserving the river Ganga and announced a panel Friday led by its firebrand leader Uma Bharati.
The initiative will focus on restoring the cleanliness and continuity of the river which is held sacred by Hindus.
The saffron party passed a resolution, starting a campaign “Nirmal Ganga, Aviral Ganga” (clean Ganga, continuous Ganga). It also stresses on smaller run-of-the-river dams, which don’t obstruct the flow of the river.
“We are not against development, but the river should not be affected adversely,” party leader Gopinath Munde said.
The party also announced a panel Friday led by its firebrand leader Uma Bharati for the cause.
The campaign will focus on the four states through which the Ganga flows — Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
Posted: 26 May 2012 01:25 PM PDT
Kids should be catered to with quality family shows which entertain and impart learning at the same time, says actress Gurdeep Kohli, who will be seen in the second season of Disney Channel’s “Best Of Luck Nikki”.
“When I used to do saas-bahu shows, I think the shows were not worthwhile to watch and learn from. A show like ‘Best Of Luck Nikki’ caters to the content need for kids,” Gurdeep told IANS over phone from Mumbai.
“It is funny, yet tells people to love themselves. It leaves a smile on your face. The success of the first season proved there’s space for quality content for children, and so we have come back with the second season,” she added.
The comedy show, which centres around the everyday trials, tribulations and triumphs of a busy family of six, will go on air June 3 at 10 a.m.
In the new season, viewers will witness what happens when baby Nikki turns two, begins toilet training, goes to school and inadvertently causes hiccups and hurdles in the lives of her siblings, Dolly, Rohan and Sunny and her parents Himani and Avatar Singh.
Gurdeep plays the role of Himani.
Other than this show, Gurdeep, who became popular thanks to shows like “Sanjivani” and “Sinndoor Tere Naam Ka”, doesn’t want to take much on her shoulders.
“I don’t intend to do any other show as of now. My daughter is my first priority now and taking up another show would take away time from me. I want to first take care of her,” said Gurdeep, who married actor Arjun Punj in 2006.
Posted: 26 May 2012 11:13 AM PDT
Nandigram wil get a brand new Rail Wagon Factory.Steel Authority of India and Burn Standard Company have signed an agreement in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for a joint venture to produce wagon components at Nandigram.
Total investment in the 50:50 joint venture would be Rs 201 crore and commercial production would begin from 2014, Steel Authority of India (Sail) chairman and managing director C S Verma said.
Expressing happiness at Sail’s gesture, the chief minister said that job opportunities would be created for about 75,000 people in Nandigram. Nandigram in East Midnapur district, where 14 people were killed in police firing in 2007 resisting land acquisition for a chemical hub, was one of the important milestones which led Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress to assume power in the state after over three decades of Left Front rule.
The project would come up at Jellingham on 50 acre within the existing 128 acre of BIFR company Burn Standard, a subsidiary of Railways. Burn Standard managing director D Marandi said Indian Railways was extending support for execution of the project.
“The equity contribution from our end will be Rs 25 crore after adjusting the price of land. Railways will offer Rs 25 crore in a mix of equity and loans to us,” he said. The Railways has also offered assured buyback of 50 per cent for 10 years of production of 10,000 bogeys and couplers. Marandi said once the JV was commercialised the company would propose to convert the land into an industrial park. Railway minister Mukul Roy and state finance minister Amit Mitra were also present during the signing of the
Posted: 26 May 2012 09:11 AM PDT
The BJP today said it has plans to hold protest demonstrations against petrol price hike in a novel way through non-fuel vehicles like bullock carts and camel carts.
“There will be an eight-day mass mobilisation campaign after the Bharat bandh on May 31 all over the country,” BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here after conclusion of the party’s two-day national executive meet.
Party leaders will travel in vehicles like bullock carts to protest the petrol price hike, he said. The BJP will undertake a membership drive from June 1 to July 31, Prasad said. Party leaders Thawar Chand Gehlot will be the chief electoral officer for party organisational elections, while Radha Mohan Singh will be in-charge of the membership drive, he said.
Organisational polls at the local bodies level will be completed in September, at the bloc level in October and at district level by November, Prasad said. Elections for posts of state unit chiefs would be held by December 15, after which the process for electing the national president will be held, he added.
Posted: 26 May 2012 08:09 AM PDT
Army Chief Gen V K Singh has rejected the charge that he was trying to block the promotion of a Lieutenant General, to whom he has issued a show cause notice, and said there was no line of succession in the Army.
Gen Singh also denied that there was any “infighting” in the Army or there was anything wrong with the organisation. “There is no line of succession in the Army. Please stop thinking about it,” Gen Singh said when asked to comment on allegations that he was trying to affect the line of succession in the force by issuing a show cause notice to Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who could be Army Chief in two years.
It is being alleged that Gen Singh has put Lt Gen Suhag under Discipline and Vigilance (DV) ban stopping his elevation to the rank of Army Commander which would result in a change of line of succession in the force.
Asked what was wrong with the Army and if there was any infighting, Gen Singh said, “There is no in-fighting in the Army. I think some things are being blown up unnecessarily in the media and there is no fight.” Commenting on the show cause notice issued to Lt Gen Suhag, Gen V K Singh said, “A show cause notice is issued on certain grounds by a senior officer to a junior officer.
“It is the moral duty of the junior to reply to that rather than running around and go to media and show it to people that he has got a notice. Why he has done it, please ask him.” Gen V K Singh had issued the notice to the 3 Corps Commander on May 19 for a failed intelligence operation by the 3 Corps Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (CISU) in Jorhat in Assam. Asked why only seven days have been given to the Lt Gen for replying to the notice, he said, “Everything has a time. If people want to escape they have to be given a time.”
Posted: 26 May 2012 07:06 AM PDT
Praising West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her integrity, Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju has said thatshe would be remembered by the people just like former chief minister B C Roy.
“I have rarely seen anybody have the level of integrity she has. She works for the people day and night. She has a lot of love and affection for the people who are like family to her,” Katju said at a programme here.
Drawing a parallel between her and former state chief minister B C Roy, he said “Banerjee has the potential to become another B C Roy whom people will remember in the times to come.” On the criticism she is facing on a number of issues, Katju described it as being “unfair” to her. “Everybody makes mistakes. Her qualities far outweigh her mistakes. Everybody has defects,” the former Supreme Court judge said.
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