Monday, August 29, 2011

Bhattarai elected Nepal PM

Maoist leader Bhattarai elected Nepal PM-Maoists Vice-Chairman Baburam Bhattarai has been elected as Nepal's new prime minister on Sunday, returning the former rebels to power after the Terai-based Madhesi alliance extended crucial support to end the political uncertainty plaguing the country.

India educated Bhattarai, who has a doctorate from New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, polled 340 votes, while Nepali Congress rival R C Poudyal secured 235 votes.

The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), the alliance of Madhesi parties that is the fourth largest political force in the Assembly, decided to support 57-year-old Bhattarai, who is considered a moderate face in the Maoist party.

Most of the smaller fringe parties also supported Bhattarai. "Baburam Bhattarai secured 340 of the 574 votes cast, giving him a majority," Speaker Subash Chandra Nemwang announced after the voting in the House.

President Ram Baran Yadav directed the Parliament to choose a new prime minister after Jhal Nath Khanal, who was elected premier after 17 rounds of polls in Parliament over a period of seven months on 3rd February, resigned on 14th August for failing to make "concrete" process in the peace process.

Anna Hazare breaks fast and roadmaps

2011-08-29 06:35:40 - Nksagar at Sagar Media Inc-:Anna Hazare on Sunday August 28 broke his 12-day long fast. Anna broke hunger strike, celebrations erupted at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi and across the whole nation.Anna broke his hunger strike by taking tender coconut water mixed with honey offered by two little girls Simran and Ikra

Thousands of supporters, descended the ground to catch a glimpse of the anti-corruption crusader, chanted slogans and cheered for their real 'hero'. Standing Committee would consider Anna's three demands - including the lower bureaucracy in the Lokpal's purview, a central law for creating Lok Ayuktas in states and a citizen's charter for government departments providing public service>Arvind Kerjirwal for his efforts and what he has brought-Just-understand, it is him who brought all the people-together and made the movement what it is today. He is the one who reached-out to Anna Hazare and Prashant, Baba Ramadev and others to form India
Against Corruption.Lokpal mean Public authority meant to be the monitoring and intervening authority who keeps an eye if all is not
well in democracy and in case of any authority not doing their duties or deflecting from their democratically established paths has to undergo through the advise of the Lokpal authority to put all authorities under check at all circumstances.Lokpal bill must ensure that all Public post and authorities needs to have Monitoring committee and all democratic institutions must have an autonomy and their monitoring authorities must be from the civil society which ensures the democratic set up and governs or runs the institution and its chief with due diligence without any ulterior or biased motive needs to ensure that the system works for the welfare of masses and all classes .Those not following the due diligence and found to be indulging in corrupt practices needs their ouster.Corrupt officers need not to be jailed or given harsh punishment because an early check will ask them to quit their jobs as it is practiced all over the world when found in any illegal or corrupt practices they are asked to quit from Public life.For those officers DM,SDM,LT Guv,Guv and Commissioners etc who are found to be not fulfilling their duties or are found to be deflected from their paths of governance and fulfilling their personal greed: Indian democracy where Public is Supreme as after the term of parliamentarian expires go to the public to seek their appointment is the final resort so when any matter take the shape of National importance then it must have the Public Referendum which is solely missing from our constitutional jurisprudence and we need to re-look on this stand as all levels of chief administrative post needs to be have civil society Monitoring Committee to act as intervening authority as watchdogs: Janlokpal with NO Right to Recall corrupt Lokpal clause" asked for suggestions on what can stop Lokpal from becoming corrupt. And we True Recallists requested them to add RTR-Lokpal clauses. Anna and Company refused to add RTR-Lokpal clauses in their Janlokpal draft. Their refusal exposed them before activists if not public. Please request Team Anna to be True Recall by asking them all to add RTR-Lokpal clauses and raise demand of RTR-PM, RTR Supreme Court judges, RTR Reserve Bank Governor etc demands.Salient features provided for the Lok Pal bill is not adequate as the important terms such as definition of Corruption, transparency. accountability. dereliction from duties and other terms needs to be defined from the civil society point of view for the well being welfare scheme for the poor rural and downtrodden to reach its end level.Provision of Public Referendum,Public trial and Public committees needs to be defined in the interest of civil society to act as watch dogs from Local- city and district to national levels.Janpal Lok Pal Bill is of the people,for the people, by the people, in order to gain fruits of democracy:Posted by Nksagar


AIRASIA X CONQUERS MOUNT FUJI-CEO, Azran Osman–Rani leads Altitude X team to scale Asia’s highest peak. Dedicates success to the spirit, determination and belief of the people in Japan:TOKYO, 27 August 2011- At 5.30am (+9GMT), while most of Asia is still asleep, AirAsia X CEO, Azran Osman-Rani and adventurer, Khoo Swee Chow stood tall atop Mount Fuji after successfully scaling Asia’s highest peak.

The climb was part of Project Altitude-X, a mountaineering expedition launched in May 2011. It kicked off with the ascent up the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest and extends to eight of the highest peaks within AirAsia X’s network across China, London, Paris, Iran, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand.Mr Julio Cardenas, Deputy Chief of Mission of Peru in Tokyo, Mr Agustin Palacios, Consulate of Peru and the AirAsia X social media contest winners were also part of the group.

Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X said, “I am very thrilled and proud to be a part of the Mount Fuji, Altitude X experience. The spirit, determination and never say-die belief that we faced in our ascent towards the peak of Mount Fuji, also embodies all we at AirAsia X stand for, believe in and live by everyday. I would also like to dedicate this success to the people of Japan and the spirit, determination and belief that they have shown us in getting themselves and their country back on their feet after the devastation that engulfed the country.”

Azran adds, “While we share this achievement with our friends in Japan, I would like to assure the people of Japan that AirAsia X have and will continue to be a loyal friend of Japan for years to come. AirAsia X recently launched flights to Osaka, our second destination after Haneda as our commitment towards Japan. We aim to provide better connectivity and want to encourage more traffic into Japan and help the people and the economy get back on its feet”.

Altitude X is also part of a series of campaigns and initiatives of To Japan with Love, an AirAsia Group wide initiative in support and solidarity for the people of Japan affected by the earthquake which engulfed the country recently.

To-date over 4 Million Japanese Yen have been collected through the sale of merchandise and collection from donation boxes on all AirAsia flights which have been channeled to Japan Platform for humanitarian and relief efforts across Japan.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Parliament to debate Lokpal Bill along with Jan Lokpal Bill

Parliament to debate Lokpal Bill along with Jan Lokpal Bill other suggestions today

The Parliament will discuss Lokpal Bill along with Jan Lokpal Bill and other suggestions in this regard today. Briefing newsmen on Friday night, the leader of the House in Lok Sabha, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee said that the House will debate the bill after he initiates it.

He said that he will first give his speech in Lok Sabha and after that the discussion will follow. Mr. Mukherjee once again urged social activist Anna Hazare to end his fast.

AIR correspondent reports that Mr. Mukherjee will address the Lok Sabha at 11.00 AM. The Rjaya Sabga will take up the debate at 12.00 noon.

Amid demands from Team Anna, a move to take up a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Lokpal issue turned contentious with BJP-led NDA opposing the debate under rule 193, which does not entail voting, forcing adjournment of the House for an hour.

Later briefing newsmen, Mrs. Susma Swaraj alleged that the goverment is taking such a serious matter very casually.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tripoli falls to rebels

Rebel fighters streamed into Tripoli as Muammar Gaddafi's forces collapsed and crowds took to the streets to celebrate, tearing down posters of the Libyan leader.A convoy of rebels entered a western neighbourhood of the city, firing their weapons into the air. Rebels said the whole of the city was under their control except Gaddafi's Bab Al-Aziziya-Jazeera stronghold.

Gaddafi made two audio addresses over state television calling on Libyans to fight off the rebels. "I am afraid if we don't act, they will burn Tripoli," he said. "There will be no more water, food, electricity or freedom."

Gaddafi, a colourful and often brutal autocrat who has ruled Libya for over 40 years, said he was breaking out weapons stores to arm the population. His spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, predicted a violent reckoning by the rebels.

"A massacre will be committed inside Tripoli if one side wins now, because the rebels have come with such hatred, such vendetta...Even if the leader leaves or steps down now, there will be a massacre."

NATO, which has backed the rebels with a bombing campaign, said the transition of power in Libya must be peaceful.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Angela to visit Podgorica

Prime Minister Lukšić visited Chancellor Merkel in Berlin this year-March during the visit,Merkel affirmed her support for Montenegro,“We support the path of Montenegro into the European Union and NATO.”Angela Merkel to visit Podgorica next week, after stops in Zagreb and Belgrade.Merkel to meet with Prime Minister Igor Lukšić to discuss the ongoing process of EU integration. Merkel is traveling with a sixty member entourage, most of whom are business people. This trip will hopefully introduce them to some of the opportunities for business development.

Monk Self Immolated to Protest Against Chinese Rule

Monk Self Immolated to Protest Against Chinese Rule - August 16, 2011
Tension Heightens in Tawu With Heavy Troops and Restrictions - August 16, 2011
in detail:Monk Self Immolated to Protest Against Chinese Rule - August 16, 2011

On 15 August 2011, around 12.30 (Tibetan local time) in the afternoon, 29 yrs old monk Tsewang Norbu of Nyitso Monastery in Kham Tawo, Kandze (Ch: Ganzi) self immolated to protest against Chinese rule in Tibet and ill treatment of the local Tibetans by the Chinese authorities. For 10 minutes he raised slogans like 'Freedom in Tibet' and the 'Return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet' while scattering leaflets with similar messages at Chume Bridge in the center of Tawo.

Since 6 July, there have been severe restrictions and strict vigilance of the area after the local Tibetans defied the government orders and headed by nuns of Gaden Jangchup Choeling Nunnery, they grouped together to celebrate the 76th birthday of H.H the Dalai Lama. The Chinese authorities have cut down water and electricity supply to Gaden Choeling Nunnery and Nyitso Monastery since the celebration last month.

After the monks of the monastery carried back the body of the deceased monk to their monastery to perform the last rites and rituals Chinese troops tried to forcibly take the body from the monks.

Sources say that thousands of Chinese troops has been deployed in and around the monastery and armed guards can be seen everywhere on the street, on the road and in Tibetan neighborhood of Tawo. Restrictions on the movements of the local Tibetans and communications via telephone and internet have been severely tightened.

This is the second incident of a Tibetan monk’s self immolation since 16 March this year in Tibet when monk Phuntsok self immolated for similar reason. Such acts of suicide, in order to free oneself from Chinese rule, prove how miserable and extremely difficult Chinese authorities had made the lives of the Tibetans in Tibet that they are forced into taking their own lives.

TCHRD is extremely anxious and worried about the conditions of Tibetans in Tibet, including Kandze. The Center pleas and urges the International Human Rights bodies, the United Nations, the European Union and others to intervene in order to improve the human rights situation of Tibet under China.

Tension Heightens in Tawu With Heavy Troops and Restrictions - August 16, 2011

Following the 15 August incidents of self immolation of monk Tsewang Norbu in Tawu, Kandze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP), while the monks of the Nyitso Monastery were carrying the body of the deceased to the monastery heavy troops were deployed in and around the monastery to restrict entrance. Yet around 10,000 local Tibetans had flocked at the monastery gate. As they tried to access entrance by pushing Public Security Bereau (PSB) police and People Armed Police (PAP) at the gate, nearly 1000 could get inside. The remaining locals surrounded the monastery and performed prayers.

At that time a local called Gyaltsen was severely beaten and arrested. The public gathered there shouted for the release of Gyaltsen. Hence, he was released this morning.

Entrance and exit of the monastery is extremely tightened. All those who are inside the monastery are like not allowed to leave and neither is anyone allowed in.

This morning (16 August), Lui Dao Ping, the Party Secretary of Kandze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP) reached Tawu. All schools, restaurants and cafes in the area were shut down today. Liu Dao Ping ordered to stop the religious rituals and rite for the deceased. He further ordered for the immediate disposal of the dead body.

There are around 270 monks at Nyitse Monastery. Locals and residents of nearby areas fear possible severe crackdown on the monastery by Chinese authorities. Many have come to the monastery to show solidarity and in order to support the monks. Thus, all roads toward Tawo have been blocked by PSB and PAP especially, Nawa Bridge is tightly patrolled and travellers are sent back to their places. One main road on the east, Tsuro Bridge which leads to Tawu is also blocked.

With PSB and PAP patrolling on all streets and at every corner restrictions are ever more escalading in Tawu County. The situation in Tawu is highly tense at the time. The biggest concern, if such curfew on the monastery is to continue for long, is the fear that those held inside the monastery might face water scarcity since drinking water are obtained from outside the monastery.

TCHRD will continue to investigate the situation in Tawo, Kandze. Moreover, the Center expresses serious concern at the plights of Tibetans in Tawu County and urges the international community to pressurize the Chinese Government into restoring normalcy.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gagan Narang to be conferred Khel Ratna

Gagan Narang to be conferred Khel Ratna on 29th Aug-Ace shooter Gagan Narang will be conferred the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by President Pratibha Patil on 29th August, as the govt officially announced the list of awardees on Thursday.

The names of the sportspersons to be conferred Arjuna, Dhyan Chand and Dronacharya Awards for the year 2011 were also announced on Thursday though the list of the recipients was already out last month.

Ace Indian shooter Gagan Narang, who notched up four gold medals at last year's Commonwealth Games, will receive the country's highest sporting honour -- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna -- from the President at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

The 28-year-old rifle shooter, who was the first Indian marksman to qualify for next year's London Olympics with a bronze in the World Championships last year.

Nineteen sportspersons -- Zaheer Khan (Cricket), Rahul Banerjee (Archery), Preeja Sreedharan (Athletics), Vikas Gowda (Athletics), Jwala Gutta (Badminton), Suranjoy Singh (Boxing), Sunil Chhetri (Football), Rajpal Singh (Hockey), Virdhawal Khade (Swimming), Tejaswini Sawant (Shooting), Ashish Kumar (Gymnastics), Somdev Devvarman (Tennis), Ravinder Singh (Wrestling), Ravi Kumar (Weightlifting), Sandhya Rani (Wushu), Prasanta Karmakar (Swimming), Sanjay Kumar (Volleyball), Rakesh Kumar (Kabaddi) and Tejaswini (Kabaddi) -- have been chosen for the Arjuna Awards.

Normally not more than 15 Arjuna awards are given in a calendar year.

But the scheme of Arjuna Awards also provides that keeping in view the performance of Indian sportspersons in the Commonwealth, Asian Games and Olympic Games during a particular year, the awards exceeding 15 in number may be allowed with proper justification and approval of the Sports Ministry.

Clearance to 216 Coal Blocks

Clearance to Coal Blocks 216
216 coal blocks with geological reserves of about 50 billion tonnes have been allocated to eligible public and private companies under the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973. Of these, 24 coal blocks have been de-allocated. Of the de-allocated coal blocks, two coal blocks were re-allocated to eligible companies under the said Act. In view of above, the net allocated blocks are 194 with geological reserves of about 44.44 billion tonnes. This information was given by the Minister of State for Coal Shri Pratik Prakashbapu Patil in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

The Minister said that the responsibility of developing the coal block as per the prescribed guidelines and milestones rests entirely with the allocattee companies who are required to obtain the statutory clearances including forestery and environmental clearance for both mining as well as end-use project. It is informed that at the time of advertising the coal blocks for inviting applications from eligible companies, the Ministry of Coal places in its official Website at all the relevant details of each coal block considered for allocation including the location of the coal block (longitudes and latitudes), estimated coal reserves, estimated coal grade etc. well in advance. Further the guidelines for allocation of coal blocks are also placed in the Website of Ministry of Coal. It is for the companies to exercise due diligence before making application for allocation of a particular coal block.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

NATO condemns Libya's use of scud missile

NATO condemns Libya's use of scud missile against rebels-NATO has condemned Libya's use of a scud missile in its battle against rebels who are advancing toward Tripoli to oust Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. NATO spokeswoman Carmen Romero said the Gadhafi government's use of the short-range ballistic missile shows that it is desperate as the rebels close in on the capital. In a news conference today in Brussels, Romero said many civilians could have been killed when pro-Gadhafi forces used the missile to attack Brega on Sunday. Meanwhile, Libyan rebels are capturing key towns to the south and west of Tripoli and trying to cut off supply routes to the capital in their bid to force Mr. Gadhafi from power. The rebels say they control most of Zawiya, a strategic town 50 kilometers west of Mr. Gadhafi's power base in Tripoli. Rebel fighters entered Zawiya on Saturday in their closest approach to the capital since the early weeks of the uprising.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Prime Minister's Independence Day Address

Prime Minister's Independence Day Address:-
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed the nation today from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of the 64th Anniversary of Independence of the country.
“My dear countrymen,
I heartily greet 120 crore Indians on the 64th anniversary of our independence.
I have been addressing you from the historic Red Fort for the last seven years. In these seven years, our country has achieved much. During this period, we have travelled rapidly on the path of development and have seen success in many areas. However, I am also well aware that a lot remains to be done. We have to banish poverty and illiteracy from our country. We have to provide the common man with access to improved health services. We have to provide employment opportunities to each one of our youth. The road ahead is long and arduous. Particularly, the prevailing situation both inside and outside the country is such that if we do not act with understanding and restraint, our security and prosperity can get adversely affected. The world economy is slowing down. The developed countries especially America and countries of Western Europe are facing economic problems. There is unrest in many Arab countries of the Middle East. There are some people who want to create disturbances in the country so that our progress gets stalled. All this can have a negative impact on us. But we will not let this happen. I know that if we work together, we can face any challenge. However, it is necessary that we rise above personal or political interests and build consensus on issues of vital national importance. We are building the edifice of modern India on the foundation of the hard work and sacrifices of our soldiers, our farmers and our workers. We will not let their hard work and sacrifices go waste. We will convert the dreams of our freedom fighters into reality. In the last seven years, our government has strived for political stability and social and economic progress. We have established an environment of communal harmony in the country. In these seven years, the pace of our economic development has been rapid. We have achieved this success despite the global economic slow-down of 2008 and rising prices of energy and commodities in world markets.We have strived for reducing inequalities in the country. In the last seven years, we have taken special care of the needs of our brothers and sisters from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, minorities, women and children.We have enacted laws which would guarantee our people their basic entitlements. After the rights to education, employment and information, we will soon enact a legislation for providing food security to the people.In the last seven years, our relations with various countries of the world have strengthened and deepened. It is only the result of our hard work that today we have much more self respect and self-confidence in ourselves.These successes are not ordinary. Today the world recognizes our potential to be one of the major economic powers globally. But the problem of corruption is a big obstacle in such a transformation.In the last few months many instances of corruption have come to light. In some cases, functionaries of the Central government face allegations of corruption. In other cases, it is the functionaries of various State governments.We are taking the strictest possible action in cases of corruption that have surfaced. These cases are sub-judice and hence I will say nothing more on this subject.It is essential that when we consider these issues, we do not create an atmosphere in which the country's progress comes into question. Any debate on these matters should reflect the confidence that we can overcome these challenges.
Corruption manifests itself in many forms. In some instances, funds meant for schemes for the welfare of the common man end up in the pocket of government officials. In some other instances government discretion is used to favour a selected few. There are also cases where government contracts are wrongfully awarded to the wrong people. We cannot let such activities continue unchecked.

I believe that there is no single big step which we can take to eradicate corruption. In fact, we will have to act simultaneously on many fronts.

We will have to improve our justice delivery system. Everyone should know that quick action will be taken against the corrupt and punishment meted out to them. If our system delivers justice in an effective manner, government officials would think twice before committing a wrong act out of greed or under political pressure.
We want a strong Lokpal to prevent corruption in high places. We have recently introduced a Bill in Parliament to achieve this. Now only Parliament can decide what type of Lokpal legislation should be enacted. I am aware of the differences of opinion on some aspects of the Bill. Those who don't agree with this Bill can put forward their views to Parliament, political parties and even the press. However, I also believe that they should not resort to hunger strikes and fasts unto death.
It is not appropriate to bring the judiciary under the ambit of Lokpal. We believe that any such provision would go against the independence of the judiciary. However, we do need a framework in which the judiciary becomes more accountable. It is with this aim that we have introduced the Judicial Accountability Bill in Parliament. I am confident that this Bill will be passed soon.
An alert press and an aware citizenry can be very helpful in the fight against corruption. The Indian press is known for its independence and activism throughout the world. The Right to Information legislation that we have enacted has enabled our press and people to keep a strict watch on the work of the government.
Today many government decisions, which in the absence of this Act would escape public scrutiny, are coming to light. I believe that this is a big step forward in eradicating corruption.

Many times, government discretion is misused in allocation of scarce resources and in the grant of clearances. We have examined this issue. We will put an end to such discretionary powers wherever possible.

Any government awards contracts worth thousands of crores every year. There are frequent complaints of corruption in these decisions. We had constituted a committee to suggest measures to reduce corruption in government purchases. The committee has recommended that, like many other countries, we should also have a public procurement legislation which lays down the principles and practice with regard to government purchases. We will introduce a Bill in Parliament by the end of this year to enact such a law.

In recent years, we have established independent regulatory authorities in many areas. These authorities discharge many responsibilities which were earlier in the domain of the government itself. We have no legislation which would enable monitoring of the work of these regulatory authorities and make them more accountable, without, however, compromising their independence. We are also considering enactment of such a law.
I have said so much on corruption because I know that this problem is a matter of deep concern for all of us. However, this is a difficulty for which no government has a magic wand. We are taking simultaneous action on many fronts in our fight against corruption. We want all political parties to stand shoulder to shoulder with us in this fight. To eradicate corruption, we have introduced, and will introduce, many Bills in Parliament. I hope that all political parties will cooperate in the process of converting these Bills into statutes. On the issue of corruption, I would like to say in the end that we can win the fight against corruption only when each and every citizen of India cooperates in it.

I congratulate the country's farmers for their achievements this year. The production of foodgrains has been at a record level. Wheat, maize, pulses and oilseeds have all seen record levels of production. It is because of the hard work of our farmers that today there are proposals for export of foodgrains, sugar and cotton.
We need a second Green Revolution in agriculture. We can tackle the problem of rising food prices only by increasing agricultural production and productivity. We also need to increase agricultural production to implement a food security law. We will accelerate our efforts in this direction in the 12th Plan.

Today, I wish to assure our farmer brothers and sisters, particularly those who are small and marginal, that we will continue to take care of their special needs. It will be our endeavour to ensure that our farmers have easy access to fertilizers, seeds and credit. We also want to provide the best possible irrigation facilities to the farmers so that their dependence on rains is reduced.
Our country is passing through a phase of sustained high inflation. Controlling rising prices is a primary responsibility of any government. Our government fully understands this responsibility. We have continuously taken steps to rein in prices. Some time we have been confronted with a situation in which the reasons for rising prices lay outside the country. The prices of petroleum products, foodgrains and edible oil have risen steeply in international markets in recent times. Since we import these products in large quantities, any rise in their prices adds to inflationary pressure in our country. Sometimes we have been successful too in controlling inflation. But this success has not proved lasting. A few days back, the people's concern at rising prices was also reflected in a discussion in Parliament. I wish to assure you today that we are continuously monitoring the situation to find out what new steps can be taken to arrest rising prices. Finding a solution to this problem will be our top-most priority in the coming months.

I am fully aware of the tensions caused in some parts of the country because of acquisition of land for industry, infrastructure and urbanization. Our farmers have been especially affected by such acquisition. Land acquisition is no doubt necessary for projects of public interest. But it should take place in a transparent and fair manner. The interests of those whose livelihoods are dependent on the land being acquired should be fully protected. We will ensure that no injustice is done to anyone in the process of land acquisition. Our government wants to replace the 117 year old land acquisition law by a new Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation law which is forward looking and balanced. We have already prepared a draft legislation and have initiated steps to build consensus on it. We will soon introduce a Bill in Parliament to this end.

We are satisfied with our achievements in the last seven years in the areas of education and health. Whether it is elementary education, secondary education or higher education we have taken concrete steps for improvements at all levels. This has shown good results. In the last few years, fundamental changes have taken place in the area of education. Today every citizen has a right to elementary education. We are now considering universalization of secondary education. Vocational education and skill development have acquired a new importance. In view of these major changes, it is necessary that we consider all aspects of education in a comprehensive manner. Therefore we have decided to appoint an education commission to make recommendations for improvements at all levels of education.

I have often referred to the 11th Five Year Plan as an education plan. We will lay the same emphasis on health in the 12th plan as we laid on education in the 11th plan. I will propose to the National Development Council that the 12th plan should be specially focused on health. I also promise that funds will not be a constraint in the important areas of education and health.
For a long time our country had no facility for health insurance for workers in the unorganized sector. In 2008, we began the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana for workers in the unorganized sector who are below the poverty line. In the last year we have covered those getting employment under Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Act and also domestic workers, street vendors and beedi workers under this scheme. Today the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana covers about 2 crore 50 lakh workers. Our government will endeavour to cover as many unorganized sector workers as possible under this scheme.

We are continuously strengthening the physical infrastructure in our country. This is an area which requires very large investments. It is for this reason that in the last seven years we have pursued policies which encourage investment in infrastructure. As a percentage of GDP, investment in this area has grown more than one and a half times in the last seven years. There have been improvements in our capacities in the petroleum sector and power generation, and in our airports, roads, especially rural road, and ports. As an illustration, the capacity in power generation that we are going to add in the 11th plan will be twice that of the 10th plan. In the 12th Plan, we will further accelerate investment in infrastructure. We will pay special attention to the remote areas of our country and to rural areas. Connecting such areas by rail and road will get the top most priority.
We have taken a major step this year for our poor brothers and sisters living in cities. Recently we have approved the Rajiv Awas Yojana. We want to make India slum free through this scheme. We want the slum dwellers to get ownership of clean houses and have access to basic amenities like water and electricity. We will implement the Rajiv Awas Yojana as a national mission together with the States.
Malnutrition in our women and children is a matter of concern for all of us. We have taken a number of steps to tackle this problem, including two new schemes. We have also decided that we will start implementing an improved Integrated Child Development Services scheme within the next six months so that the problem of malnutrition in children can be effectively addressed.

The figures of census 2011 show improvements in most areas. But it is a matter of deep regret for us that the sex ratio has shown a decline from the level of the last census. For an improvement in this state of affairs, it is not only necessary to implement the existing laws effectively but it is also essential to change the approach with which our society views girls and women. I would especially appeal to the State governments and social service organizations to take steps for empowerment of women and for improving their status in society.
Last month's terrorists attacks in Mumbai warn us that there cannot be any slip up in our vigilance as far as the fight against terrorism is concerned. This is a long battle to be fought jointly by the Central Government, the State Governments and the common man. We have been steadily strengthening our intelligence and security agencies and will continue to do so in the future also.
We are also taking all possible steps to overcome the challenge of naxalism. We want to eradicate the very reasons which give rise to this problem. Therefore we have started a new scheme for the accelerated development of 60 backward and tribal dominated districts. An amount of Rs. 3300 crore will be spent on this scheme in a period of two years.
Preserving our environment even as we develop rapidly is a huge challenge for us. Climate change poses a threat to both our development processes and our natural resources. We have established eight missions on climate change and are working hard to implement these missions. We have set up the National Ganga River Basin Authority for the protection and cleaning of river Ganga. We have also established the National Green Tribunal for quick disposal of cases involving environmental issues. In the coming months, we will constitute an environmental assessment and monitoring authority to streamline the process of environmental clearances.
Our society and country are changing rapidly because of our fast economic growth. Today our people look towards the future with new hope. They have higher aspirations. Our young men and women strive for path breaking achievements. We should all build an environment in the country in which the energy and enthusiasm of the people are channelised into activities of nation building. Our institutions should encourage constructive utilization of the potential of our people. Our entrepreneurs and businessmen should not feel constrained in their activities. Our industrialists should have the opportunity to set up new industries so that our youth can get additional avenues for productive employment. We should all stay away from politics that create suspicion or apprehension amongst those connected with industry, business and investment.
It is not an ordinary achievement for our democracy with a population of 120 crore and so many religions, languages and cultures to march rapidly ahead on the path of development. I congratulate the people of India on this achievement. But we must ensure that inequalities do not increase even as we develop rapidly.
We have embarked on a journey to transform our huge and diverse country through rapid development. A development which benefits every citizen of the country. It is natural that tensions would sometimes arise in this process of change. In a democracy, such tensions also become issues of political polarization. We should endeavour that even as political parties oppose and engage in debate against each other, the pace of our progress does not get affected.
We should also have faith that our democracy, our institutions and our social ideals and values have the capacity to deal with any difficulty. We should all have faith in ourselves. The faith that we can build a promising future for ourselves. The faith, that united we can do the most difficult of tasks. Let us all resolve to build a bright future for our country.

World Badminton :Jwala, Ponnappa wins Bronze

World Badminton : Jwala, Ponnappa wins Bronze-Indian duo Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa had to content with a Bronze when they lost to Chinese fifth-seeded pair of Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei 21-14,21-16 in semi-final of the World Badminton championship women’s doubles in London .

The Commonwealth Games gold medalist pair etched their names in history books on Friday when they became the first Indian duo to ensure a medal in the tournament. Jwala and Ashwini's performance also ended India's 28 year medal drought in the flagship event.

India's only other medal in the championship came in 1983 Prakash Padukone bagged the men's singles bronze in Copenhengen, Denmark.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

UN vote on Palestine boosts two-state solution: Abbas

PPalestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said a UN vote on an independent Palestine boosts the principle of the two-state solution with Israel. The official Palestinian news agency today quoted Abbas as saying, going to the U.N. doesn't contradict with the core of the peace process and it is not a unilateral measure that aims at isolating Israel. Abbas told members of his Fatah party during a factional meeting that the Palestinian decision to ask the U.N. General Assembly to vote on the establishment of a state next month came as a result of the Israeli refusal of all attempts to start serious negotiations to end the occupation.

U.S-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were halted in 2010 over differences on the resumption of settlement building in the West Bank, which Israel occupied in 1967. Israel has recently approved new housing projects in Jewish settlements built on occupied lands in East Jerusalem, which has sparked mass criticism from the Palestinians.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

45 billion euro plan aims to balance Italy's budget

Italy has announced a fresh round of austerity measures after an emergency cabinet meeting. The 45 billion euro plan aims to balance Italy's budget by 2013, a year earlier than had been planned by slashing public spending and jobs. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said the measures were painful but unavoidable.

On Monday the European Central Bank announced it would buy Italian debt in a successful effort to lower its cost of borrowing. The new measures come on top of a previous round of spending cuts announced in July which aimed to balance the budget by 2014. Italy's borrowing costs rose sharply before the move as investors lost confidence in the government's ability to reduce its deficit.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

National Sports Development Bill, 2011

New Sports Policy There is no proposal to have a new sports policy, as the National Sports Policy, 2001 is already in existence. This was stated by Shri Ajay Maken, Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, in the Rajya Sabha today, in a written reply to a question by Shri N. Balaganga. The Minister further said that however, with the objective of formulating a suitable legal framework for national sports development including good governance among sports bodies, the Government proposes to enact national sports legislation, namely National Sports Development Bill, 2011. The draft Legislation has the following broad principles:

(i) Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance` endorsed by the XIII Olympic Congress, which include fair and transparent election process; age and tenure limit in respect of office bearers; and participation of athletes in decision making process.

ii) Anti-doping regulations compliant with WADA code to be given legislative backing . As a signatory to the UNESCO convention, India has shown highest commitment to movement against doping . It is a member of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and has constituted its own National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) on the lines of WADA.

(iii) Measures to prevent sexual harassment of women following the guidelines enunciated by the Supreme Court in the Vishakha judgment.

(iv) Foolproof guidelines for detection and prevention of age fraud in sports. (v) Effective and speedy resolution of sport-related disputes , including redressal of athletes’ grievances , through conciliation and mediation process by appointing a National Sports Ombudsman.

There is already a provision for 5% vacancies of direct recruitment quota in Group ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’ posts being reserved for appointment of meritorious sportspersons in Central Government Offices. There is no proposal to increase the quota for sportspersons in Central Government Offices, the Minister added.

Civil Nuclear Cooperation Deal

Civil Nuclear Cooperation Deal,the agreement between the government of the Republic of India and the Government of the French Republic on the Development of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy signed on 30.09.2008 has entered into force with effect from 14.01.2010.

The Agreement with France is a general agreement covering wide areas including nuclear reactors, nuclear fuel and nuclear fuel cycle management to be followed by specific agreements between the Parties or persons designated y the Parties, provides for technology transfer on industrial or commercial scale between the Parties or designated persons. It also provides for facilitating fuel supplies for the lifetime operation of supplied nuclear power plants, establishment of long-term contracts between designated entities of the Parties, developing a strategic reserve of nuclear fuel and reprocessing consent.

Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and in the Prime Minister’s Office gave this information in a written reply to a question by Shri Francisco Sardinha in Lok Sabha today.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

London riots, recall of Parliament

PM David Cameron pledged to restore order, recalling Parliament on Thursday in response to the "sickening scenes". Reports BBC.Cameron in the Met Police's Gold command in Lambeth on Tuesday afternoon, speaking to emergency service personnel in Croydon condemned the "sickening scenes of people looting, vandalising, thieving, robbing". Met Police said 525 arrested and more than 100 people being charged.

Cameron added further"You will feel the full force of the law. And if you are old enough to commit these crimes, you are old enough to face the punishment."The recall of Parliament will allow MPs to "stand together in condemnation of these crimes and to stand together in determination to rebuild these communities", he said.
Prime minister returned early from his holiday in Tuscany to discuss the unrest, which first flared on Saturday after a peaceful protest in Tottenham over the fatal shooting of a man by police

London sight a wave of "copycat criminal activity" over the past three days,  Met Police said.
Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol are among the cities where violence broke out.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sibal-urges Opposition not to stall proceedings of Parliament

 The government has urged the opposition parties not to stall the proceedings of the parliament so that important legislations could be passed. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi today, HRD minister Kapil Sibal said the government wants discussion on every important issue in the Parliament. Mr Sibal said opposition too has a responsibility towards Parliament's functioning. He said the CAG report does not indict the Delhi government.
Corroborating Mr Sibal's view, Law minister Salman Khursheed said, nothing can be achieved without discussion in Parliament. Mr Khursheed said every issue needs to be debated.

RBI monitoring situation impact US crisis

 Reserve Bank today said it was closely monitoring the situation and would continuously assess the impact on the Indian economy and financial markets, RBI also said the entire policy and regulatory framework of the country must be prepared to respond to turbulent financial market conditions arising out of external developments.

The RBI said, it will respond quickly and appropriately to the evolving situation. A sharp fall in US equity markets on Thursday was followed by a downgrade in the long-term US sovereign rating by rating agency Standard & Poor's from triple 'A" to double A plus.

The RBI said, the US downgrading has raised concerns of continuing turmoil in global financial markets, as investors re-allocate portfolios in response to heightened risk perceptions stemming from both developments.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Brazilian mayor gunned down

Antonio Luiz Cesar de Castro, mayor of Nova Canaa do Norte town in Mato Grosso state, member of the Democrats party, was shot five times in front of one of his daughters by a assailant, Saturday-who fled on foot after the attack, the police said.

Police have not  made any arrests. Public Safety Secretariat said a police tactical unit will assist with the investigation and pursue the killer.Media-agencies

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Round 3 report of the PGTI Feeder Tour event - Patna.

Round 3 report of the PGTI Feeder Tour event - Patna.
Md Islam wins in a playoff amid high drama-Md Nawab, Karan Vasudeva & Rajesh Kumar Rawat are joint runners-up

Patna, August 5, 2011: Md Islam of Patna registered a historic win at his home course on Friday in the final round of the PGTI Feeder Tour-event played at the Patna Golf Club. A new record was established on
the PGTI as Md Islam triumphed against Md Nawab, Karan Vasudeva and Rajesh Kumar Rawat in a marathon playoff encounter that was decided on-the eighth playoff hole. This was the longest running playoff in the-five-year history of the PGTI.

Md Islam (73-66-67) ended the regulation 54 holes of the tournament with a total score of four under 206 after shooting a three under 67 in the final round that included four birdies and a bogey. Md Nawab
(72-65-69), another Patna-based golfer who also happens to be Islam’s younger brother, along with Delhi’s Karan Vasudeva (68-69-69) and Lucknow Rajesh Kumar Rawat (69-68-69) also ended up with a total of
four under 206 after the completion of 18 holes in the third and final round and thus joined Islam in a four-way sudden death playoff to decide the winner.

The playoff was held on the 18th hole. The players were to repeat the18th hole until there was a clear winner.

Rajesh Kumar Rawat was the first casualty in the playoff as he bogeyed the first play off hole while the other three golfers made pars on thesame hole. Karan Vasudeva put up a gallant fight till the fifthplayoff hole but was edged out by Islam and Nawab after he found thegreenside bunker on the fifth hole and as a result made bogey.Vasudeva’s exit meant the two brothers from Patna were left to slug itout for the title. Finally, it was the 49-year-old Islam who prevailed over the 31-year-old Nawab, after the latter missed a two feet putt
for par on the eighth playoff hole.

Md Islam, who won the seventh title of his professional career onFriday, said, “I’m delighted to have won in front of my home crowd. My ball-striking was great all day. A crucial birdie putt from 10 feet on
the 18th hole (final hole of round three) helped me get into theplayoff. I then played some consistent golf by making pars on all the eight playoff holes and kept myself in contention.

“The idea was to hit it to the right of the flag to set up a decentbirdie putt. However, the putts were not rolling for me. Finally, itwas my experience and patience that paid off as Nawab lost focus andmissed an easy par putt on the eighth playoff hole that led to my victory. Mental strength is very important in such close encounters and that’s what helped me win the title.”

Md Islam took home the winner’s cheque worth Rs. 76, 290.

Md Sanju of Kolkata claimed fifth place with a total of one under 209.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sadanand Gowda takes Oath of office C M of Karnataka

Sadanand Gowda was today administered oath of office as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The function was held at Raj Bhawan in Bangalore this evening.

Sadanand Gowda was elected as Legislative party leader yesterdayHe replaces B.S.Yeddyurappa who had to step down following his indictment by the Lokayukta in a minning case.

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Public Interest suit filed against Sadananda Gowda within one hour of his swearing in as Chief Minister of Karnataka.

2008 cash-for-vote scam

Delhi Police said,there is no sufficient evidence against the former Samajwadi party leader or any other politician to arrest them in the case. Delhi Police placed-before Apex Court on Wednesday charged the police for its "callous" probe into the 2008 cash-for-vote scam.

No evidence to prove that any political leader got in touch with alleged middleman Suhail Hindustani.Sanjeev Saxena, known to Amar Singh, alleged that Amar Singh was behind the episode.No case against Amar Singh in cash for vote, the police has arrested Saxena and Hindustani-are behind bars.Supreme court may intervene.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

IT department "very lenient" to BCCI, says Parl panel

Accusing the Income Tax Department of being "very lenient" to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), a Parliamentary panel on Tuesday said it allowed the cricketing body to "enrich its coffers at the expense of the exchequer".

Headed by former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, the Standing Committee on Finance has asked the IT department, Reserve Bank of India and Corporate Affairs Ministry to expedite their investigations into the affairs of the BCCI and the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The report of the Committee, which was tabled in Parliament, also regretted that the much-loved cricket -a gentleman's game is getting "sullied and embroiled in transgressions of law off the field".

The BCCI, which sponsored the IPL, has drawn strong criticism on account of allegations of economic and financial wrongdoings, violation of tax laws, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Company Law and RBI regulations.

Noting that ITD has been very lenient in taxing BCCI, the Committee said, the matters should be "thoroughly probed and an action taken report (be) furnished to the Committee within one month".

It further said that all pending tax assessment case of BCCI should be finalised on the strength of the Department's decision to withdraw exemption originally granted to the cricketing body.

Although the tax exemption granted to BCCI was withdrawn in December 2009 with retrospective effect from assessment year 2007-08, the ITD has not been able to complete scrutiny assessment for some years, the report said.

The Committee said the grounds on which the tax exemption to BCCI was withdrawn seems to be purely 'technical' and 'specious' rather than invoking the determining substantive issue of commercialisation of cricket, which has over the years been turned into a money-spinning business.

"It is a matter of surprise that when the crass commercialisation of cricket was visible to the entire world, the Income Tax Department chose to ignore it. When they finally woke up from their slumber and decided to withdraw the tax exemption, it was on a mere 'technical' ground of promoting other sports," the report said.

The Committee further said that it expects the income tax assessment relating to BCCI-IPL for all the relevant assessment years are taken up on priority and finalised in a coordinated manner after taking necessary inputs from investigating agencies as well.

The Committee, the report said, gathers that investments made by certain IPL franchisees, namely Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians have been routed from outside Indian through entities located in countries such as Mauritius, Bahamas and British Virgin Island.

"Strangely enough, it was not thought fit by these entities to seek approval from RBI, FIPB or other agencies concerned", the Committee noted.

"The Committee would like the Government to thoroughly investigate the a fore-mentioned violations committed by BCCI and other specified IPL franchises," the report said.

Russia offers to set up disaster crisis centre

Russia has offered to help India establish a National Disaster and Crisis Management Centre, the government informed Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

During the visit of the Indian delegation headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram, Russia had highlighted the need to rapidly concertise cooperation under the Inter Governmental Agreement on Disaster Management signed in December 2010 and urged early setting up of the joint commission envisaged under it, Minister of State for Home Mullapally Ramachandran said.

"Russia further offered to help India establish a National Disaster and Crisis Management Centre. The details of the proposal for setting up a crisis management centre in the country are being ascertained," he said in Lok Sabha while replying a question.

The Russian National Crisis Management Centre carries out operational management of on-duty forces in emergency situations and ensures population warning in case of major accidents and disasters.

It further integrates the unified information network of all the structures involved in emergency prevention, forecasting and response.

The Russian Emergency and Disaster Management Command Centre (EMERCOM) deploys GLONASS signals.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Strong quake shakes Japan's Fukushima

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Japan's Fukushima prefecture, home to a crippled nuclear power plant, on Sunday, but there was no risk of tsunami, seismologists said.

Local police said they had no immediate reports of casualties or major damage from the tremor which hit at 3:54am (1854 GMT Saturday).

The quake was centred around 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-southeast of Fukushima city, Japan Meteorological Agency and the US Geological Survey said, at a depth of about 40 kilometres.

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