Friday, 29 June 2012

Bihar News, Latest News from Bihar, News of Bihar, Biharprabha News

Bihar News, Latest News from Bihar, News of Bihar, Biharprabha News

India in talks to extradite David Headly from US to India

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 07:30 PM PDT

New Delhi India  has said it will have to discuss with US the extradition of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Coleman Headley, and termed it the next logical question with regard to the 26/11 suspect, who allegedly carried out a recce of Mumbai ahead of the 2008 attacks.

“I think the further question is whether we will get further access to Headley, whether he would be extradited to India…These are matters to be discussed with US authorities,” Home Minister P. Chidambaram told a press conference called to present the monthly report of his ministry.

Headley now stands convicted in the US pending sentence for his role in the 26/11 attacks that claimed 166 lives, including some Americans.

“As you know, Headley has been convicted by a US court pending sentencing. Only after that exercise is completed, can we say whether Headley will be extradited to India. I am pretty confident that Headley will be given a long sentence in the US,” Chidambaram said.

He also noted that Headley had worked for an US administration’s agency before defecting to Pakistan, to get active as a terrorist.

The home minister pointed out that India had also got access to the 50-year-old Pakistani-American that led to questioning of the 26/11 suspect by Indian sleuths in the US.

Rupee Fall is due to Global Market Instability

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 06:30 PM PDT

Panaji Morgan Stanley Investment Banking India managing director Aisha de Sequeira said that the rupee’s fall was a result of global emerging market instability.

Sequeira was speaking at the annual general body meeting of the Goa Small Industries Association (GSIA) here.

“It is not that the rupee alone is falling. Look at the Brazilian real. Both currencies have depleted considerably. It is a sign of emerging markets being at the receiving end,” Sequeira said.

Sequeira said that the US dollar tended to appreciate when global economies went through both bouyant and unstable phases, because in such business environments, investors immediately veered towards the biggest and the most powerful world economy, which was the United States of America (USA).

“When everyone does well, the dollar does not do very well,” de Sequeira said.

She added that the Indian government’s flip-flops on crucial policy issues like retail “did not create a good impression on the global investor”.

“Clarity on policy is important for creating a good investment environment,” Sequeira said.

New UP Government to give away Unemployment Allowance from July

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 05:30 PM PDT

Lucknow:  New Uttar Pradesh Government will begin disbursing the unemployment allowance to applicants in the state from July, an official said.

A senior official told IANS that work on payment of the allowance was in the final phase. He added that so far 22,000 applications submitted to employment exchanges in different districts of the state have been shortlisted and approved for the allowance.

Officials say that while selection for the allowance would be conveyed to the unemployed next month, the payment would be made into their bank accounts only in October.

Ever since the Samajwadi Party (SP) came to power, the employment offices have been flooded with applicants from all over the state. In the face of heavy rush, the state government has, from time to time, revised the basic prerequisites for the allowance.

The age for the allowance has been fixed between 35-45 years and the basic educational qualification at high school (Class 10) pass.

The government has also fixed an income ceiling for the parents, husband or wife of the beneficiaries. In Lucknow, only 122 forms have met the conditions laid down in the rules for the unemployment allowance.

Santosh Kashyap appointed as new Mohun Bagan Coach

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 04:30 PM PDT

Santosh Kashyap is the new coach of Mohun Bagan for the coming soccer season, the club announced at a media meet Friday.

Exuding confidence of measuring up to the hot seat, Kashyap – a former Air India coach – said he was looking forward to the challenging assignment.

“I am confident of my training and skills. I am looking forward,” he said.

Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra claimed that appointing Kashyap was a “brave decision”.

He said Kashyap was a qualified coach possessing an AFC A licence. “We are confident he will do well”.

The Topic of Satyamev Jayate Episode 9

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 03:58 PM PDT

Satyameva Jayate Aamir KhanThe Episode 9 of Satyamav Jayate would be aired on July 1st, 2012 at 11 AM on Star TV and DD National Channels.

According to a promo of  Episode 9, Aamir asks, “Have you ever seen a Rat transforming into a Lion? I bet you must have seen a Lion transforming into a Rat.

This presents a very vague idea about the topic of  Episode 9 of Satyamev Jayate. It can mean two things

1. Aamir refers to the relationship between Husband and Wife. While outside House a Man is Like Lion but in front of his Wife, he has to be weak and submissive like a Rat. The show may highlight some of the misuse of  Anti-Dowry Act by Wives to blackmail their Husband or Inlaws

2. Alternatively, the show may refer to the Local Goons in various Streets of Cities and Towns. While they remain Lion in their Locality, they are nothing more than a Rat outside. The show might try to manifest famous adage   Apni Gali meinKutta bhi Ser hota hai  and refer to the problems generated by these Goons in the Society viz. Eve Teasing, Extortion, Rash Bike Driving etc.

One cannot deny the possibility of any other alternative meaning of the Question asked by Aamir in the Promo. Lets wait till Sunday 11AM to know what Aamir has kept for us. Meanwhile,watch the promo below and decide what could be the topic of the Episode 9 of Satyamev Jayate.

Rajasthan to give away 200 new Generic Drugs Free of Cost

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 03:30 PM PDT

Carrying forward a popular health initiative, Rajasthan has decided to distribute 200 new generic drugs free of cost at government-run hospitals to benefit millions of patients in the state.

Under the Chief Minister’s Free Medicine Scheme launched Oct 2 last year, 414 most-used drugs and surgical instruments are at present available at 14,964 distribution centres in government health centres, dispensaries and hospitals across the state.

Considering the popularity of the programme, which has so far benefited over 44 million patients, the state government recently sanctioned an additional budget of Rs.11 crore to bring another 200 drugs and surgical instruments under it.

“The free medicine scheme has been very well received by the masses and now we plan to make it more beneficial by adding 200 new generic drugs and surgical instruments,” Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot told IANS.

Two of the most common diseases for which free medicines are provided at the distribution centres are hypertension and diabetes. Also available are antacid and analgesic drugs.

“A budget provision of Rs.200 crore was made in 2011-12 and Rs.300 crore in 2012-13 under the scheme,” the chief minister said.

“Quality medicines are purchased by the Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation at low cost and supplied to the drug stores set up in all the 33 districts of the state. Effective arrangements have also been made for the distribution of these medicines,” Gehlot added.

He said the scheme was a major step towards providing social security to citizens.

The popularity of the health scheme can be gauged by the fact that there has been an average 40-50 percent increase in the number of patients coming to government hospitals since its launch.

“In September 2011, we were getting on an average around 4.4 million patients monthly at state government hospitals, but now this figure has reached 6.2 million,” a health department official said.

However, unavailability of medicines and long queues of patients due to lack of counters and shortage of doctors are still major challenges for the project.

“We are working to resolve these problems and soon more steps would be taken to improve the situation,” the official said.

Esha Deol and Businessman Bharat Takhtani tie Knots at Ishkon Temple

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 03:12 PM PDT

Esha Deol Marriage PhotosMumbai Actress Esha Deol Friday married businessman Bharat Takhtani in a traditional South Indian ceremony at the Iskon temple in the Juhu suburb here. Her mother, Hema Malini, says she is “very happy” for her daughter.

Bride Esha was glowing in a red lehenga made of three Kanjivaram saris and gold jewellery, while Bharat looked dapper in white sherwani with zardozi work. The wedding outfits were designed by Neeta Lulla.

The decor at the temple was simple yet beautiful. It was heavily decorated with flowers.

Hema said she will miss her daughter, adding: “It was a normal South Indian wedding, with just slight changes. I am very happy for Esha, she has found the right person. We all are very happy. I will miss her but she is going to be in Mumbai, so I am happy about that.”

She was talking to reporters after the wedding.

The dress code for women was Kanjivarm saris and Hema looked elegant in a orange-red hand woven six yard, which she teamed up with a green blouse and kept her hair neatly tied at the the back. Esha’s dad and yesteryear star Dharmendra kept it simple – he chose to wear white kurta-pyjama.

The ceremony saw the presence of creme da la creme from filmdom as well as politicians and businessmen.

Amitabh Bachchan came with song Abhishek and said: “My best wishes to the married couple.”

Legendary actress Vyjayanthimala, who attened the wedding, looked evergreen in a purple and orange traditional sari and said that she would have “not missed the occasion”.

“Hema is like a younger sister. The wedding has been done in a fabulous way. It is totally traditional. I am here only for Hema, we are like family,” she added.

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha’s wife, Poonam Sinha, also came with her twin sons – Luv and Kush. She looked beautiful in a pink and golden sari.

Hema’s niece and actress Madhoo is happy for her cousin and said: “I want to tell her that marriage in beautiful. Marriage is all about what you do for the other person, so you should never fall into any power struggle. She has gone into a good family and I wish her all the best.”

Madhoo was wearing a golden and maroon sari.

Vinod Khanna, Manoj Kumar, Anu Malik, Esha’s cousin Abhay Deol, Ramesh Sippy, Sandip Soparrkar and his wife Jesse Randhwa were also there to bless the couple.

Rani Mukerji, looking beautiful in a white sari with red embroidery, was among the guests and said: “I am here to wish Esha on her special day. All the best for her married life.” The duo worked together in “Yuva”.

Fardeen Khan said he hopes that the couple should go to a nice place for honeymoon. “Lots of congratulations. I am very happy for her. I hope they go on a good honeymoon to get away from this heat.”

Sahara’s chief Subroto Roy, industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s wife Neeta Ambani and Sunil Rane of Atharva Group of Institutes, who is a family friend, were among the other high profile guests.

Top notch Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders too attended the wedding. From Raj Purohit, Mumbai chief of BJP, to party president Nitin Gadkari to national vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – were seen there.

The family will host a reception Saturday at a prominent five star hotel in the city.

WHO ready to help Bihar in curing Japanese Encephalitis

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 02:59 PM PDT

World Health Organisation has said it was ready to provide all assistance to encephalitis-hit Bihar.

Talking to reporters here, WHO India representative Nata Menabde said that while WHO was ready to provide all assistance for establishing what the virus was, it had not been approached by the government yet.

“We don’t have any specific project at present, but we are open to providing assistance whenever the government approaches us. We have all the expertise,” Menabde told reporters.

She also said that the WHO was providing some assistance based on requests by the Bihar government.

Menabde stressed on including Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in routine immunization.

“JE vaccine should be included in regular universal vaccination programme,” she said.

An encephalitis infection which has already claimed the life of over 200 children and affected nearly 600 in Bihar as per official data, has symptoms of encephalitis but is not Japanese Encephalitis.

Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) had Thursday said that the disease spreading through Bihar called Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), is not Japanese encephalitis. It is yet to be established what the infection actually is.

Railways makes changes to Tatkal Rules

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 02:24 PM PDT

Concerned over large-scale complaints in the sale of Tatkal (emergency travel) tickets, the railways Friday announced changes in the procedure and timing of their sale.

It was decided that from July 10, the booking of tickets will start at 10 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. at present.

The railways also decided that no authorised agents, including those of the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation, will be allowed to book Tatkal tickets in the first two hours — from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, said a statement from the Railway Board.

The existing restriction on agents booking general tickets on the opening day from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. will also continue, it said.

Officials said while there was a huge passenger demand on the Tatkal system during the first few minutes after the booking counters open at 8 a.m., the role of touts has been bothering the ministry despite many steps to curb the menace.

Ranathambore Sanctuary gets 3 new Tiger Cubs

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 11:20 AM PDT

Three new tiger cubs have been spotted at the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, bringing cheer to wildlife enthusiasts.

The cubs of tigress T-17, also known as Sundari, were spotted Friday morning in the Rajbagh area of the park.

“The cubs were spotted earlier in the day today and we have set up trap cameras in the area and increased tracking by forest officials, for their safety,” a forest official said.

According to officials, the park is home to around 24 adult tigers and around 26 cubs, including the three spotted Friday.

The total number of big cats is likely to be officially declared soon as the forest department had conducted a tiger census in May this year.

Other wildlife species at the Ranthambore park include leopards, wild pigs, various types of deer, and monkeys.

“It is indeed a matter of celebration among tiger and wildlife enthusiasts,” Rajasthan Minister of Forests & Environment Bina Kak said of the newborn cubs.

Sundari – the name given to T17 by the minister herself – has been normally seen in the terrain around the Padam Talab, Rajbagh Talab, Malik Talab and Kachita Valley areas of the park.

The park is spread over an area of around 400 sq km. If the adjoining Sawai Man Singh sanctuary is also considered, the total area of Ranthambore National Park comes to around 500 sq km.

The park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957, and was brought under the central government’s Project Tiger in 1974. It was designated a national park in 1981.

With the number of big cats growing in the park, officials hinted that at least two tigresses could be shifted within the state to the Sariska tiger reserve which already has two tigers and three tigresses.

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