Monday, June 15th, 2009


Electricity Companies in MP to Appoint 400 Engineers, Other Technical Staff

The four electricity companies, carved out of the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB), are going to take on as many as 400 employees to make power sector efficient in the state. “The four companies, Madhya Pradesh Central Power Distribution Ltd (MPCPDL), MP East Power Distribution Company Ltd (MPEPDCL), MP West Power Distribution Company Ltd (MPWPDCL), and MP Power Transmission Company Ltd (MPPTCL), are going to recruit around 400 employees,” MPSEB officiating Chairman, R K Verma said on Monday. These 400 vacancies are for engineers and technical staff including line-men,Read More

Cong Henchmen More Influential in MP after LS Polls: Mehta

Some regional henchmen of the Congress party have enhanced their hold and some others have passed down their legacy to thier heirs in the state in the wake of recently concluded parliamentary elections, said a political analyst. “Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh emerged as the most powerful constituency while that of his political guru, Arjun Singh has passed on to his son, Ajay Singh,” political analyst, BD Mehta said. Nevertheless, Mehta said that in the constituencies of Union ministers, Kamalnath and Jyotiraditya Scindia and State Congress president, SureshRead More

PM’s Visit to Russia: Singh to Meet Zardari among Other Leaders

Embarking on his first tour abroad in his second term, Indian premier Manmohan Singh has left on a three-day visit to Russia, saying that India is prepared to play its part in global endeavours to triumph over economic downturn. During the visit, Singh is slated to meet world leaders including Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari while participating in Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC) and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summits in the Russian city Yekaterinburg. “India is among the fastest growing BRIC economies, and we are ready to play our part in coordinating internationalRead More

H1N1 Influenza: Govt Issues Advisory, Asks to Suspend Tours Overseas

The Union Health Ministry has recommended not journeying oversea given the epidemic outburst of H1N1 influenza called commonly as swine flu. With six more flu cases being recorded across the country on Sunday, the total number of cases has gone up to 23.  Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that educational institutions should hang up tours and trips to other part of the world till the influenza subsides. “We are requesting people to temporarily suspend foreign visits till the virus is controlled globally,” Azad said, while simultaneously assuring that thereRead More

Netanyahu’s Endorsement of Palestian State a Step Forward: EU, US

The European Union and the US have termed the Israeli prime minister’s conditional approval of a Palestinian state as an important step toward achieving peace in the Middle East. In a policy speech delivered on Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state, with strict conditions though. He said that he recognizes Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people and would accept a Palestinian state as long as it has no military force. Nevertheless, Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian PresidentRead More

Iran Faces Diplomatic Attack for Suppressing Demonstrators

Iran is drawing sever diplomatic criticism for cracking down on opposition protests who, like the US and Israel, doubt the validity of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s weekend re-election as president, saying it was ‘rigged’. Germany’s foreign minister, upset with inhuman handling of protestors by the police on Saturday and Sunday, called Iran’s ambassador for a telling off on the issue. “The actions of the Iranian security forces are completely unacceptable,” Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was seen as saying on public television. On allegations of irregularities in election, Steinmeier asked Iran to clearRead More

Bollywood Actor Shiney Ahuja Arrested for Raping Domestic Aide

Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja was arrested early Monday for allegedly raping his domestic help after preliminary tests conducted on his maid confirmed sexual assault, said a police official. Later in the day, he was sent to a judicial custody till June 18. Police officials informed that the actor has been booked under sections of the IPC for rape (376), criminal intimidation (506) and wrongful confinement (342). The Oshiwara police had detained Ahuja on Sunday evening for interrogation. The maid, aged 18, had been working with Ahuja for one-and-a-half month, saidRead More

Congress Wants President’s Rule in U’khand as In-flight Grows in BJP

The Congress party has demanded that President’s rule is imposed in Uttarakhand keeping in view the state facing political instability and the infighting in the ruling BJP hindering the development. “The BJP Government is facing severe crisis. In such a scenario, President’s rule is the best option,” State Congress chief Yashpal Arya said in the backdrop of BJP dissidents seeking removal of Chief Minister B C Khanduri. The MLAs belonging to the Opposition led by former Chief Minister B S Koshiyari has been loudly demanding Khaduri’s removal since BJP failedRead More

Amarnath Yatra Begins with the First Batch of 900 Pilgrims

The annual Amarnath yatra commenced as the first batch of 900 pilgrims left for the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas on Monday morning from Jammu. According to officials, state Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora flagged off the batch comprising of 607 men, 229 women and 64 children for two-month-long pilgrimage from the base camp at Bhagwati Nagar. The pilgrimage, which has been delayed from June 7 due to heavy snow on its traditional Pahalgam-cave route, is being conducted through the shortest Baltal route. Keeping inRead More

Union Budget to Be Tabled on July 6, Railway Budget on July 3

The central government will present the budget for current year 2009-10 on July 6, three days after the tabling of Railway budget on July 3, as per the decision taken early Monday before PM Manmohan Singh’s departure for the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, said an official. A senior official in railways ministry told that the decision would be announced later in the day. “The date was decided early Monday morning before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was to leave for Yekaterinburg to attend the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) andRead More