May, 2009


Chouhan Likely to Expand Cabinet before Assembly Session

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has given indications that the state cabinet may be expanded before assembly session. “The expansion of cabinet is certain, but so far I have not discussed the issue with the party organisation. After talking to the senior party leaders only a decision will be taken whether to expand the Cabinet before the assembly session or after it,” Chouhan said. In response to a query about the dismal power situation in the state, he said that a lot still has to be done in theRead More

Three Assembly, Two RS Seats Up for By-polls in MP

Bhopal: After the general elections in which two MLAs got elected as MP from Madhya Pradesh, the stage is set for by-elections in three state assembly and two Rajya Sabha seats. Besides the vacation of two assembly seats by these MLAs, third is lying vacant due to killing of an MLA during electioneering. Congress MLAs Sajjan Singh Verma and Uday Pratap Singh got elected from the Dewas-Shajapur and Hoshangabad constituencies respectively. Verma and Singh had defeated veteran BJP leader Thawardchand and sitting BJP MP Ram Pal Singh respectively. The thirdRead More

Indian Students Hold ‘Peace Rally’, Demand Justice against Racial Attacks

Moved by, and united against racial violence on Indians, known as “curry bashing” in Australia, thousands of Indian students took out a rally in Melbourne chanting the popular patriotic slogan ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai Ho’ (Long Live Mother India) on Sunday. The non-violent demonstration, called ‘peace rally’, was an expression of their demand for justice to victims of recent attacks. The ‘peace rally’, organized jointly by Federation of Indian Students in Australia (FISA) and National Union of Students, commenced from outside the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where 25-year-old Shravan Kumar isRead More

Irked Villagers Gherao Buddhadeb for ‘Inadequate’ Relief

A mob of angry villagers, affected by cyclone Aila, gheraoed West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and blamed that the relief provided by state government was not adequate. “Why have you come so late. Why no relief has been sent by the government till now to the affected people in South 24 Parganas district when the cyclone hit the district on Monday,” villagers asked the chief minister. Bhattacharjee, accompanied by Irrigation Minister Subhas Naskar, was visiting the BDO office to take stock of the situation when irked villagers staged gherao.Read More

Sen Accuses Chh’garh Govt of “Structured Violence” on Adivasis

Civil rights activist Binayak Sen has charged that the Chhattisgarh government is “exercising structured violence” on poor adivasis to transfer their land to industries. Sen was released from the Raipur jail after two years of imprisonment – without an evidence to prove the charges labeled – on May 26. “The Chhattisgarh government has become guarantor of the transfer of the state’s mineral and forest resources from the poor to the rich,” he told reporters. Sen, who was in prison for reportedly teaming with Maoists, said that a company had wantedRead More

Meira Kumar to Be First Woman LS Speaker

Going by the latest indications, Meira Kumar, who was sworn in as a Cabinet minister after UPA’s overwhelming victory, might become first woman Lok Sabha Speaker. The indication came as Meira Kumar met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence on Sunday, a day after the assumption that UPA, which installed Pratibha Patil as country’s first woman President during its first term, is considering to give Lok Sabha its first woman Speaker. Needless add, besides Meira Kumar, the name of Girja Vyas was also doing the rounds for the covetedRead More

Pak Army Tracks down Taliban Leadership as Victory Nears

Pakistan’s defence secretary has said that the month-long army offensive against Taliban militants in North-West Frontier Province is likely to come to an end within a few days, as defence forces tracked down the militant leadership. According to an army announcement make late Saturday, government has regained its control over Swat valley’s main town Mingora. In addition, Syed Ali told a security forum in Singapore that three targeted districts of northwest are now nearly free of Taliban militants.   “Operations in Swat, Buner and adjoining areas have almost met completeRead More

Britain Optimistic of UN Actions on North Korea

Britain has expressed hope that the United Nations Security Council will bring a resolution against North Korea providing for tougher financial sanctions in the wake of the isolated state’s nuke test carried out last week. “There is a genuine world concern, and hopefully a consensus will come from that,” Ann Taylor, British Minister for International Defense and Security, said. Britain joined the United States, Australia and East Asian defense ministers in slamming North Korea’s latest military moves at the Asia Security Conference in Singapore. Robert Gates, US Defence Secretary, whileRead More

Australian Minister Admits Racist Attacks as a “Problem”

Describing attacks on Indian students as a “problem, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has given an assurance that the government would do all it can to stop recurrence of the violence. “We have a particular current problem with Indian students,” Smith said. “We’re doing everything that we can, both with the Indian community in Australia and India itself … but also working very closely with the relevant state authorities,” he said. Australian daily Sydney Herald reported that the minister’s statement came following outrage and concern in India on the allegedRead More

Katni Kid Brings First International Chess Medal to State

Saurabh Dharmeshwari Bhopal: He is just seven, a class third kid. Of late, he has pulled off an international feat in an indoor game not very popular in this belt, something no body from the state ever has. What’s more, it is the outcome of merely an eight months practice at what we call intellectuals’ gymnastics – chess. And, not to surprise, he is doing equally well in academics. Anshuman Singh, encouraged by his parents, goaded on by his coach, took part in World Chess Championship held in Greece andRead More