- Bihar CM Nitish Kumar rejects FDI in Retail
- Delhi to raise Funds by auctioning Fancy Registration Number for Vehicles
- Woman sold to 4 Different Men rescued in Rajasthan
- Media People manhandled at Anna Hazare Fast Venue
- Millions crippled by Power Failure in North India
- Anna Hazare remains stable on 2nd day of His Fast
- Indian High Commission at Trinidad starts Ayurveda Center
- Tamil Nadu Express Fire Accident might be pre-planned
- Paddy Crop badly hit by Insufficient Rain in Bihar
- Sunny Leone says NO to Big Boss again
Posted: 30 Jul 2012 05:30 PM PDT
CM of Bihar Nitish Kumar has again opposed FDI in Retail Sector. He said that he was not in favour of foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail in the state and virtually made it clear that he was with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in opposing it.
“I am not in favour of FDI in retail and there is no question to accept it in Bihar,” Nitish Kumar told reporters here.
Nearly a week after Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi of the (BJP) ruled out FDI in retail in the state, the chief minister said that it will badly hit local small retailers.
Nitish Kumar said that he had written to Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textile Anand Sharma in this regard.
“It is our considered view that as the domestic retailing is underdeveloped and is in a nascent stage, it is important that this sector is allowed to grow and consolidate first before any liberalisation,” said his letter.
Nitish Kumar said that the case for opening up of the retail sector to FDI did not seem to be justifiable and was converse to our policy of growth with justice.
In his letter, Nitish Kumar pointed out that the entry of large global retailers would slowly but surely marginalise domestic retailers.
“We must accept that unorganised retailing in India is a means of livelihood and not of profit,” he said.
Nitish Kumar said the central government should reconsider its decision for liberalisation of the FDI policy in multi-brand retail in the interest of farmers, retailers and consumers.
Posted: 30 Jul 2012 04:30 PM PDT
Delhi Cabinet has approved allotment of fancy registration numbers for four wheeled private vehicles through auction. The proceed funds will be used for public welfare purposes.
“The amount such accumulated would be transferred to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for enhancing the sphere of grant during natural calamities and for the needy persons facing hardships,” sheela dixit saus at a press briefing after Monday’s cabinet meeting.
Under the new system, the minimum reserve price (MRP) for the number 0001 will be Rs.5 lakh. Similarly, MRP for category 2 numbers 0002 to 0009 will be Rs. 3 lakh each, while that for category 3 number like 0010 to 0099, 0786, 1111, 7777 and 9999 will be Rs.2 lakh each.
The MRP for the last category which includes fancy number like 0100, 0111 upto 8000, 0108, 1008 and 1313, will be Rs.1 lakh each. Any other specific number, which doesn’t belong to any of the above categories, will have an MRP of Rs.20,000.
According to Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, every motor vehicle must be registered and carry a registration number. However, to facilitate the new system of registration of vehicles, a new rule — 34 A — will be incorporated in the Delhi Motor Vehicles Rules, 1993.
Under the new system, the vehicles of the VIPs as well as the vehicles of state and union government departments will be entitled for allotment of fancy numbers without payment of additional fees.
Diskhit said that the new system will overcome the ongoing irregularities and would ensure overall transparency.
Posted: 30 Jul 2012 03:30 PM PDT
A 30-year old woman was sent to a shelter home in Rajasthan’s Dholpur Monday after she was rescued from a human trafficking gang which had sold her to four different men over the past one year, police said.
A case of rape has been registered against at least six men, they added.
“The woman was rescued from Basaidaang area of Dholpur district Sunday. We had acted on a tip-off. No one could be arrested from the house as its occupants had fled at the time of the raid,” a police officer told IANS.
The officer said that the woman had eloped with a man whom she identifies as Rakesh Kumar about a year ago.
“However, Rakesh sold her to a man called Jeetu. It has come up during investigation that Jeetu sold her to four different men in Basaidaang area over the past one year. Each of them kept her for some time and then handed her over to Jeetu again. She has registered a case of rape against Rakesh, Jeetu and the four men,” said the officer.
He added that the woman’s statements were recorded before a magistrate Monday in Dholpur, over 200 km from Jaipur.
“She was then sent to women shelter home here. Police teams have been rushed to various places in search of the members of the human trafficking gang,” said the officer.
Posted: 30 Jul 2012 02:30 PM PDT
Around 150-200 people present at Jantar Mantar, the venue of the protest by Anna Hazare, allegedly broke down barricades and manhandled media persons late Monday, according to a reporter present at the spot.
The incident occurred after Team Anna member Shanti Bhushan claimed that media was not giving proper coverage to the protest, said the reporter who did not want to be identified.
IAC members Manish Sisodia, who is on fast at the venue, and Kumar Vishwas later tried to pacify the crowd.
No police case has been registered.
Posted: 30 Jul 2012 02:02 PM PDT
The Worst Power Failure in India since Independance has left Millions of Indians shocked. The Life was made to standstill. Rails, Metro and Civic Bodies were halted.
Seven states in north India saw power trip off at 2.32 a.m. Monday due to a major breakdown in the Northern Grid – an interconnected transmission network that delivers electricity from various power generating stations to distribution utilities.
The last time such a crisis took place was in 2001, when it took 16 hours to restore normalcy.
Apart from the national capital Delhi, supplies were badly affected in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir, said V.V. Sharma, general manager of Power System Operation Corp Ltd.
The power failure also hit water supply with water treatment plants unable to operate.
By evening, the electricity supply was “almost fully restored”, Sharma told IANS.
The power trip had occurred near Agra, the city of the Taj Majal, but officials were unable to say what caused the massive breakdown. “The reason is yet to be ascertained,” said Sharma, adding that a three-member committee formed to probe the cause would suggest remedial measures.
The company, a subsidiary of the state-run Power Grid Corporation of India, which manages the grid, got power supply from the western and eastern regions, as also Bhutan.
The Northern Grid supplies power to nine states and at this time of the year, requires around 34,000-35,000 MW, said Sharma.
The power trip left many trains stranded in north India and saw thousands of early morning passengers of the Delhi Metro, including college and school students, crowd stations waiting for train services to start.
Power to the railways and Delhi Metro was restored by 9 a.m.
According to the company, parts of Badarpur in south Delhi, Narora and Simbhauli in Uttar Pradesh and Bhinma in Rajasthan were not affected by the tripping.
By afternoon, a semblance of normalcy was restored with most areas in north India getting electricity supply.
“It was such a relief to get the electricity back. We immediately put on the water pump as there was no water in the house,” said Sharda Gupta, a housewife in Rohini.
Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde denied that essential services were hit.
Delhi Power Minister Harun Yusuf accused neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana of overdrawing power which he said led to the collapse.
A Delhi Metro official said they received hydel power from Bhutan on a priority basis, and added that Delhi Metro was amongst the emergency services, including the prime minister’s residence and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), that were provided power.
The power failure also led to a majority of traffic signals not working in most areas, causing massive traffic jams during office hours. However, traffic policemen were seen at many intersections in the national capital manning the morning traffic.
According to a Northern Railway spokesperson, nearly 100 trains were disrupted. Many important trains like the Lucknow-Delhi Mail and overnight trains plying between New Delhi, Lucknow, Allahabad and Varanasi, Moradabad, were stranded en-route. Many of the trains were brought to the nearest stations by diesel engines, a railway official said in Lucknow.
Railway traffic was back to normal by 8 a.m. Around 45 local trains in Delhi were also affected.
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport functioned normally with the help of generators.
The blackout also severely hit business activities. Chandrajit Banerjee, director general of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), termed it “extremely unfortunate” and said the government must push reforms in the power sector and ensure adequate supply of coal to thermal plants. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) said the blackout had “severely impacted” business activities.
All government hospitals were put on emergency services and generator back-up, an official said.
Hydro-power generation in Himachal Pradesh resumed Monday morning more than seven hours after the Northern Grid collapsed and stopped electricity production.
Posted: 30 Jul 2012 07:30 AM PDT
Anti-Corruption activist Anna Hazare continued with his indefinite hunger-strike Monday with a low turnout at his ongoing anti-graft rally at Jantar Mantar.
The 75-year-old Hazare looked fit on the second day of his fast that he started Sunday.
According to a health bulletin issued by the India Against Corruption (IAC), the group that supports Hazare, the septuagenarian’s blood pressure was recorded normal with pulse rate stable at 89.
His blood sugar level was normal at 98.
Hazare and his core team members Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai and Prashant Bhushan reached the venue around 11 in the morning with his supporters raising slogans of “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, “Vande Mataram” and “Inquilab Zindabad”.
Kejriwal, Sisodia and Rai went on an indefinite fast July 25.
The activists want the government to concede the demand for a more stringent Lokpal law that would create an all-powerful anti-graft ombudsman in India.
They also want the government to create a special probe panel to investigate graft allegations against 15 ministers, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
This is the fourth time that Hazare has launched an indefinite fast since April last year.
According to IAC, five of Hazare’s supporters who were also fasting were hospitalised Sunday night after their health deteriorated.
Posted: 30 Jul 2012 06:30 AM PDT
Indian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago has launched a centre for ayurveda following a growing interest in the Caribbean in the traditional Indian system of medicine.
The centre was inaugurated by Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Local Government Surujattan Rambachan a few days ago.
He said this would be the second such academic programme to be launched at the university, the first being the Chair of Asian Studies.
Rambachan said the steps followed several agreements signed between Trinidad and Tobago’s Indian-origin Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh during Persad-Bissessar’s historic visit to India in January.
Rambachan said relations between India and Trinidad and Tobago have moved swiftly from mere cultural and religious to that of in-depth economic, trade and investment.
The former minister of foreign affairs also heaped praises on Indian High Commissioner Malay Mishra, calling him “the entrepreneurial high commissioner”.
Mishra said Trinidad and Tobago was the second country outside India to have an ayurveda centre after Malaysia.
He said people can visit the centre and access all forms of information, brochures, publications and videos on ayurveda.
Anusha Vaideeswaran, an ayurveda practitioner from Mumbai, gave a scholastic overview of the traditional system.
Around 44 percent of Trinidad and Tobago’s population has its genesis from India’s Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states, who came during 1845 to 1917 to work in the agricultural sector after the freedom of African slaves.
Posted: 30 Jul 2012 06:30 AM PDT
Was it an accident or sabotage? The fire in the Tamil Nadu Express which killed 35 people in Andhra Pradesh early Monday was initially believed to have been caused by an electrical short-circuit but the railways would be probing it from all angles.
Railway Minister Mukul Rai has announced a probe by the commissioner-railway safety. Railway officials have not ruled out the sabotage angle.
The fire broke out between 4.30 a.m. and 4.45 a.m. in the S-11 coach minutes after the Chennai-bound train left Nellore railway station in south coastal Andhra Pradesh, about 450 km from Hyderabad.
The reported recovery of a kerosene can in the gutted compartment, the eye witness accounts and the speed with which the fire spread all point a finger towards possible sabotage.
Some witnesses said they heard an explosion before the flames engulfed the entire S-11 coach. They also claimed that three doors of the bogie were locked, making it impossible for people to escape.
Director General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy said that it would be premature to say anything about the cause of the fire without a thorough probe by the railways.
He told reporters that a railway employee near Nellore railway station saw the fire in the running train and alerted the authorities and police.
Posted: 30 Jul 2012 05:26 AM PDT
Inadequate rains have hit paddy cultivation in Bihar as less than 50 percent transplantation of the target area had taken place till date this Kharif season, leaving the state administration worried.
“Paddy transplantation was severely hit across the state due to over 20 percent rainfall deficit. Only 45 percent of paddy transplantation had been completed in the state so far,” an agriculture department official said Monday.
Sowing was severely hit in most districts except Araria, and East and West Champaran.
The agriculture department has earmarked 34.75 lakh hectares for paddy, 2.7 lakh hectares for maize and 1.5 lakh hectares for oilseeds.
“Till date paddy transplantation completed in 14.97 lakh hectares” said the official.
Last year, Bihar had recorded a bumper paddy crop of 114 lakh tonnes, thanks to a normal monsoon.
“Paddy transplantation by July 15 is good for bumper production but paddy transplantation by July 31 result in at least 10 percent less production and paddy transplantation after July is bound to hit production hard,” said agriculture scientist S.S. Singh.
The state had produced just about 46 lakh tonnes of paddy in 2010 because of insufficient rains.
The state has received 357 mm of rainfall against the normal 440.9 mm from June-July 25. Last year, it recorded 437.7 mm rainfall in the same period.
An estimated 70 million people, two-thirds of Bihar’s 105 million population, and nearly two-thirds of all agricultural activity are dependent on agriculture.
Bihar Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh said in view of the deficit rainfall the government had released Rs.13 crore towards diesel subsidy to help farmers to irrigate kharif crops.
Ten days ago, the state cabinet had sanctioned Rs.200 crore as advance from Rs.619.75 crore from the contingency fund, as diesel subsidy.
Posted: 30 Jul 2012 05:16 AM PDT
JISM 2 star Sunny Leone doesnot want to appear again in Big Boss. She though accepts that it was her gateway to Bollywood which she never dreamt of, but she would never think of going back again.
The actress is foraying into Bollywood with “Jism 2″, which was offered to her by Mahesh Bhatt while she was in the “Big Boss” house.
“Bhatt saab came in the house and talked about doing a movie, this idea never crossed my mind. I thought I will exit the house and never come back to India… but complete opposite thing happened,” she added.
Sunny says the reality shows in West are completely different from what we see in India.
“If you compare the reality shows here to there (US), here those who come on the show become very popular and achieve huge success. In America, if you do a reality show, they don’t care. They don’t identify people when they walk on streets, but here it does happen like that,” explained the 31-year-old.
Releasing Aug 3, “Jism 2″ has been directed by Pooja Bhatt and Sunny will be seen romancing Arunoday Singh and Randeep Hooda in it.
Watch her Pole Dance in Big Boss Last Year
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