- Designers romp for Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week
- India to develop Renewable Energy in Pakistan
- Illegal Drinking Party busted in Pune
- Supreme Court to decide over Kasab’s Death Sentence Today
- Former Army Chief Suffers Initial Loss in Defamation Case against him
- Apex Court orders States to Formulate Missing Children Action Plan
- Bangalore Nano 2012 to highlight Business Opportunities in Nanotechnology
- RBI to introduce Rs 1000 notes with new Rupee Symbol
- Halkat Jawani song from Heroine storms Youtube
- Wipro to develop Client Software using Google Apps
Posted: 28 Aug 2012 04:30 PM PDT
As many as 11 top-notch designers will participate in the forthcoming Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week at New Delhi and they gave a sneak peek into their special creations at an introductory event.
Sonakshi Sinha was the special guest at the fashion event, which kick started with Miss India World Vanya Mishra walking the ramp in designer JJ Valaya’s A-line burgundy-coloured suit with golden embroidery.
The five-day fashion show will be opened by Tarun Tahiliani in Mumbai Sep 12.
Also, Vikram Phadnis, designer duo Shantanu-Nikhil, Meera-Muzaffar Ali, Ashima-Leena, Narendra Kumar Ahmed, Falguni-Shane, Anjalee-Arjun Kapoor, Mandira Wirk, Jyotsana Tiwari and JJ Valaya, who is the closing designer, are participating in it.
Talking about grand finale, Valaya told IANS: “What I showed here was actually Burgundy and obviously red is intrinsic to the whole bridal thing, but my collection will see a lot of turquoise, a lot of flame colours.”
The event took a starry turn when Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha sashayed down the ramp in a red net sari with a thin golden border created by Jyotsna Tiwari.
Asked when does she plan to get married, the 25-year-old said: “I don’t know what I am doing day after tomorrow, how can I say that? Right now I am just glad wearing these beautiful bridal outfits.”
The Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week has also announced the date for the fashion event in 2013 – it will take place in the capital from Aug 2 to Aug 7 and in Mumbai, will be held between Sep 20 to Sep 25.
Posted: 28 Aug 2012 03:30 PM PDT
Renewable energy development can be another area of cooperation between India and Pakistan.
A visiting Pakistan delegation led by Zafar Mahmood, secretary in Pakistan’s water and power ministry held talks Tuesday with officials in India’s ministry of new and renewable energy.
The high-ranking Pakistan official said that renewable energy being a relatively new area in Pakistan, the interaction had been extremely useful and provided an opportunity to learn from the Indian experience.
Gireesh Pradhan, secretary in the ministry of new and renewable energy, gave the Pakistan delegation a detailed overview of India’s journey in the development and application of renewable energy. The focus of the presentation was on solar, wind, biomass and small hydro sectors.
India’s achievement in installing over 25,000 MW of grid-connected renewable energy was lauded by the Pakistan delegation.
The Pakistani officials were informed about Indian Electricity Act 2003 and Tariff Policy provisions with reference to the renewable purchase obligation for renewable energy, which makes it mandatory for all power distribution companies to purchase a minimum percentage of power generated through renewables.
The provision is an effective instrument for promoting the use of renewable energy.
The visiting delegation was also informed about fiscal and financial incentives given by the union government to promote renewable energy.
Posted: 28 Aug 2012 01:30 PM PDT
Pune A weekend drinks party allegedly going on at a resort of the relative of a Maharashtra politician was busted here last week and over 750 underage people detained for consuming liquor and smoking.
“We had been receiving complaints from parents stating that their children hold such parties and pressurise them to grant permission to attend the said parties. They had approached us requesting if we can bust such parties and send the children home,” an official from the Pune Police’s Social Security Cell told IANS.
These parents had also provided the address where the party was being organised. Acting on this tip-off, police raided the party where over 750 youngsters were seen drinking and smoking.
“Most of them were underage. They were mostly school students. Only a few of them were above 18,” the official said.
Considering their age, the children were let off with a warning. Most students were brought to the police station and then handed over to their parents, who thanked the policemen for taking their children to task for attending such parties where alcohol was consumed.
Police had also detained two of the seven organisers of the party and six boys above the age of 18, who were let off later after they paid a penalty.
The entry fee for the party was Rs.400 each and had two themes. In the “Happy Hour” theme, students could buy alcohol for half the price while in the “Bladder Full” theme, they could drink for free unless they used the washroom.
Posted: 28 Aug 2012 12:30 PM PDT
Supreme Court is today likely to pronounce verdict on a petition filed by the 2008 Mumbai terror attack convict and Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab challenging the Bombay High Court judgment upholding his death sentence.
The high court upheld Kasab’s death penalty Feb 21, 2011.
Kasab was sent to the gallows by a Mumbai trial court May 6, 2010. Besides other charges, he was convicted for waging war against the nation.
An apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice C.K. Prasad reserved the verdict on the conclusion of arguments that spread over nearly three months, starting Jan 31.
In the Mumbai terror attack, Kasab was one of 10 Pakistanis who illegally sailed into India and launched the Nov 26-29 mayhem that killed 166 people, including many foreigners.
The court will also pronounce its verdict on Maharashtra government’s appeal challenging the acquittal of Fahim Harshad Mohammad Yusuf Ansari and Sabauddin Shaikh. They were accused of providing topographical details to the Mumbai terror attack accused.
Kasab contended that he was denied a fair trial as he was not provided legal assistance as mandated under in terms of Article 22 (1) of the Indian constitution.
Senior counsel and amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran, who appeared for Kasab, told the court that “denial of right to counsel at the earliest stage and denial of right to protection against self-incrimination” together vitiated a fair trial.
Defending Kasab, Ramachandran told the court that “if he had the lawyers’ assistance right from the beginning, one wonders if a confessional statement would have been made”.
Senior counsel Gopal Subramanium, who appeared for the Maharashtra government, said that “legal aid was provided to him right from the word go”.
The 26/11 attack was an “attempt to wage war against the country and its people and not just the government”, he said.
Kasab and his nine associates who had sailed from Karachi reached Mumbai after they hijacked private Indian ship M.B. Kuber and killed its navigator Amar Chand Solanki.
Posted: 28 Aug 2012 11:29 AM PDT
Former Army Chief Gen. V K Singh suffered an Initial Loss in Defamation Case against him when a Delhi Court refused to change in the nature of trial of the defamation case. Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja dismissed the application.
The court was hearing a defamation case filed against the former army chief by Lt. Gen. (retd) Tejinder Singh.
“In my view, no useful purpose is likely to be served by converting the present summons case into a warrant case and subjecting the complainant and his uninitiated (about army’s internal procedure) witnesses to a dual examination by the advocates for the accused,” the court said.
A warrant case means a case relating to an offence punishable with death, imprisonment for life or imprisonment for a term exceeding two years. The rest are broadly called summons case. The two differ in terms of the trial procedure.
The court was hearing a defamation case filed by Tejinder Singh against the former army chief and four other officers for allegedly making libellous statements against him to the media and accusing him of bribery in an all-terrain truck purchase deal of the army.
Alleging that the officers misused their official position, power and authority to level false charges against him, Tejinder Singh named Army Vice Chief Lt. Gen. S.K. Singh, Director General Military Intelligence Lt. Gen. B.S. Thakur, Additional Director General Public Information Maj. Gen. S.L. Narsimhan and Directorate General of Public Information Staff Officer Lt. Col. Hitten Sawhney.
Former army chief V.K.Singh had disclosed in a press release that he was offered a kickback of Rs.14 crore by a retired defence officer in exchange for clearing a tranche of 600 all-terrain Tatra trucks for the army, which he described as sub-standard.
Denying all the allegations, Tejinder Singh had said that in the press release of March 5 the army headquarters publicly accused him and a group of serving officers of the military intelligence of conspiring to create a rift between the army chief and the government.
Posted: 28 Aug 2012 09:52 AM PDT
Supreme Court has asked the governments of states and union territories to file their response to a petition seeking the formulation of a National Action Plan for missing children and to make kidnapping of children a non-bailable offence.
A bench of Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice J. Chelameswar gave the states four weeks time to file their response to the plea seeking investigation into the missing children, their recovery and counselling.
The petition by the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan has also sought putting in place a standard operating procedure (SOP) for law enforcement agencies on coordinating their efforts.
The four weeks’ time has been given to the states which had not responded to the notice that was issued in March this year on the plea for the recovery and rehabilitation of missing children and deterrent punishment for those engaged in the kidnapping of the children.
The petition has also sought the formulation of suitable definition of ‘missing children”. It has also sought direction to the states to treat the offence of kidnapping or trafficking of children as a non-bailable and cognizable offence.
Seeking direction for the preparation of national data base of missing children, the NGO said that from January 2008 to January 2010, as many as 117,480 children had gone missing in 392 districts in India. Out of these, 41,546 are still untraced.
Expanding this figure to all 640 districts in India, the number of missing children in India is almost 90,000 every year with more than 30,000 remaining untraced, said the petition by the NGO.
The NGO identified Maharashtra with maximum number of missing children followed by West Bengal, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. Similarly, the instances of untraced missing children are maximum in the state of West Bengal followed by Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh.
“… the issue of missing children has a national magnitude which requires coordination of various central and state authorities and also of civil societies all across the country to tackle the menace of missing children,” the NGO said.
One of the major problem in tackling the issue of missing children in India is the fact that the term “missing children” has not been defined in any statute, the petition said adding that the “cases of missing children are not properly handled by the authorities and the fate of such children are completely dependent on the whims and fancies of the authorities”.
“The problem of missing children is also not covered as crime under Indian Penal Code, 1860. At best, the statute only recognises the offences of ‘kidnapping’, ‘abduction’, and other related offences, which are not sufficient to tackle the issue of missing children,” said BBA.
Posted: 28 Aug 2012 09:48 AM PDT
Bangalore The fifth edition of Bangalore Nano 2012, the premier nanotechnology event during December 6-7, will focus on business opportunities in the sunrise sector, which helps in improving the quality of life and environment.
“Nano will explore business opportunities in nanotechnology, healthcare and medicine, aerospace and defence, electronics and MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), food and agriculture, energy and environment and water management/solutions,” Principal Secretary, Science and technology I.S.N. Prasad told reporters at a preview of the upcoming trade show.
Organised by the state government in collaboration with the industry and academic associations, the two-day annual event will enable experts, scientists, researchers, industry and start-ups to deliberate on the future of nanotechnology and its applications to improve manufacturing, processing and discovering new products and solutions.
As the new frontier of science, nanotechnology deals with manipulation of materials, devices and structures in atomic and molecular scale less than 100 nanometres.
“As one of the most innovative technologies of the last decade, nanotech has made inroads in crucial areas for the betterment of humankind, with major benefits in manufacturing, water purification systems, energy conservation systems, better food production methods for nutritious foods and infrastructure pre-fabrication,” Prasad said.
According to renowned scientist C.N.R. Rao, nano-applications can bring about a paradigm shift healthcare, environment, energy, agriculture, ICT, engineering and consumer goods sectors.
“The government’s ‘Nano Mission’ will bring about a sea change and unfold huge opportunities for Indian & multi-national firms to invest in the niche sector.
“India’s strength in core technology and biotechnology will fuel the growth of nanotechnology. With sound policies and government support, nanotechnology will flourish in India during this decade.” Rao pointed out.
Rao is also chairman of the scientific advisory council to the prime minister and president of the state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research located here.
Besides trade expo, the event will have plenary and conference sessions on a range of issues pertaining to research, technology development, skills requirements, risk factors, regulatory and governance structures, investments and collaborations between academia and industry.
“Over 100 international and domestic firms are expected to participate, with over 100 delegates from Australia, Japan, US and other countries,” Prasad said.
The event will also feature a ‘poster session’ for scientists and researchers to share their innovations and research in nano-science and nano-technology with industry, research institutes and venture capitalists.
Startups in the field will be allowed to make presentations on nanotechnology innovations that are commercially viable in the research-industry collaboration hub (RICH) programme.
Posted: 28 Aug 2012 04:30 AM PDT
India will now have the new Rupee symbol printed on all currency notes of Rs 1000 domination.
Reserve Bank of India has said on Tuesday it will soon issue Rs.1,000 denomination notes with the rupee symbol and improved security features.
A RBI statement said the new notes will have the letter ‘L’ in both the numbering panels.
These notes will bear the signature of RBI Governor D. Subbarao. The year of printing 2012 will be on the reverse.
“The design of these notes is similar in all respects to the Rs.1,000 bank notes in Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005 issued earlier,” the RBI said. The existing Rs.1,000 notes will continue to be legal tender.
Posted: 28 Aug 2012 03:59 AM PDT
Kareena Kapoor’s peppy number “Halkat jawani” from “Heroine” is grabbing eyeballs. The video was officially put on the site Aug 16, and has received a stupendous response.
From Ganesh Acharya’s choreography to Kareena’s svelte looks, viewers have praised the song for all its aspects. ”Heroine” will release on September 21.
The entire movie revolves around the life of a once successful film actress, Mahi Arora, whose career is on the decline, the film features Kareena Kapoor as the protagonist along with actors Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda and Rakesh Bapat.
The trailer of Heroine w was released on July 25, 2012. After the release of the trailer, a controversy arose. In the film's promo a dialogue of Kareena Kapoor: "If a heroine buys a car, it's gifted to her by a businessman.
If she goes to LA (Los Angeles), she's getting plastic surgery done and, god forbid, if she goes to Dubai, you people make a rate card for her," was not appreciated by the people of Dubai. To avoid hurting sentiments, Director Madhur Bhandarkar has had the offending statement censored in the Dubai version.
Posted: 28 Aug 2012 02:38 AM PDT
Wipro Technologies has declared that it would start developing applications using Google Apps, the cloud computing platform started by Search Engine Giant Google.
“As every product or IT service will be on cloud platform in future, our integrated cloud solutions and research and development (R&D) services team will leverage Google’s platform for our global clients,” Wipro chief technology officer Anurag Srivastava said here Monday.
As internet-based computing, a cloud platform enables sharing of resources, including software and hardware for accessing information and data across computers.
“The Google cloud platform will enable us to help clients develop new cloud-based solutions that drive their success in the IT and product R&D by building on its power,” said Srivastava.
The platform also offers the global software major a set of application development, cloud storage, largescale computing and huge data capabilities to serve customers with desired business variability and rich user experience.
The programme includes services partners such as systems integrators, IT consultant firms, developers, web designers and other professional services firms to help clients design, develop and manage new cloud-based solutions.
“Our clients will benefit by engaging with us as we have invested in developing skills needed to build these solutions on top of Google’s cloud platform,” Srivastava added.
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