October, 2009


Editorial: Our Resolve This Foundation Day

Chief minister Shivraj Singh’s remarks on the even of state’s foundation day that aam admi needs to adopt the feeling the Madhya Pradesh is my state are both rightly timed and rightly expressed. Over the past 50 years, the state has shown some progress and its recent achievements in tourism and investment, with state being one of top five preferred regions in the country, are really encouraging. Shivraj Singh Chouhan wants people to work shoulder to shoulder government in ensuring that the state moves fastly ahead, with everybody saving electricity,Read More

Pak Court Declares Kasab, 13 Other 26/11 Suspect ‘Absconders’

An anti-terror court in Pakistan, hearing the trial of seven suspects in last year’s Mumbai terror attacks, has declared 14 other accused in the case, including Amir Ajmal Kasab, as ‘absconders’ and deferred the hearing till November 7. According to reports, judge Malik Muhammda Akram Awam announced 14 other suspects connected with the attacks including Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist captured alive by Indian security forces during the strikes, as ‘absconders’. Details of 13 other suspects were not available immediately. Khwaja Sultan, the lawyer representing LeT operations commander Zakiur RehmanRead More

Kashmiris Object to Ban on Prepaid Mobiles; State to Take Matter with Centre

Jammu and Kashmir government has said that it will take up the issue of ban on prepaid mobile phones in the state with the Union Home Ministry to ensure that genuine users do not suffer and security is also not compromised. “We will approach MHA and try to work out an arrangement where the genuine user doesn’t suffer and security is not also compromised,” an official spokesman said, terming the ban effective from tomorrow as not a positive development. Yesterday, the central government announced the ban in the wake ofRead More

State Govt to Allot Land for Construction of Buddhist Varsity at Sanchi

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government would allot land for construction of a Buddhist university in Sanchi by Sri Lankan Government. He said that he agreed to the proposal put forth by visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake to establish a varsity at the Buddhist tourist site. Chouhan said that Sri Lankan government would fund building of the university while the role of Madhya Pradesh government would be limited to providing land. He expressed hope that the university, once set up, would be ableRead More

Portfolios of New Ministers to Be Announced Tomorrow

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the portfolios of ministers inducted in the cabinet expansion will be announced tomorrow. “Tomorrow also happens to be Madhya Pradesh Day and the announcement of the portfolios would come as a gift to the ministers,” Chouhan told media persons at his residence. Responding to a query, Chouhan said that he thinks there had been no delay in the allotment of portfolios. It may be mentioned that the first expansion of cabinet took place on Wednesday evening. The Chief Minister, however, admitted thatRead More

China Overpoliticising My Visits, Says Dalai Lama

Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that China was overpoliticising his journeys and claimed that decisions he took on where to go are spiritual in nature, not political. During a visit to Tokyo, the Dalai Lama said that he believed that the Chinese government considered him as a ‘troublemaker’ and had read too much political meaning into his recurrent travels overseas. “The Chinese government considers me a troublemaker, so it is my duty to create more trouble,” he quipped. “The Chinese government politicises too much wherever I go.Read More

K Radhakrishnan Takes Charge as ISRO Chairman

Prominent scientist K Radhakrishnan has taken over as chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram and acknowledged the expectations from him in “carrying on the good work”. “I have now taken over as the chairman and as I have said before this is going to be a huge responsibility and also a lot of expectation for me to carry on the good work with the help and support of all the employees,” Radhakrishnan told reporters. Radhakrishnan took charge as chairman ofRead More

Two Held in Maragao Blast Case

Special Investigation Team has arrested two people in connection with Maragao blast that took place on Diwali eve, which left two members of the Hindu group Sanatan Sanstha dead. According to reports, arrests were made on Saturday morning by the Special Investigation Team in Ponda, situated 30 kms from Panaji. The police are expected to formally announce the arrests later in the day.

One Militant Killed in Gunbattle in Sopore

One militant has been killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Sopore town of north Kashmir. According to reports, a gunbattle took place between militants and security forces in Sopore on Saturday morning in which one militant was killed. Following a specific information about presence of militants, police along with the Army launched an operation to drive them out from Chinkipora, 55 kms from Srinagar, said police. After security forces encircled the area, militants who were hiding in a house, opened fire which was retaliated by the security forces.Read More

Jammu breaveheart Rukhasana Undeterred to Fight Terrorists

Jammu breaveheart Rukhsana Kausar, whose was targeted yesterday by Lashkar militants have said that given the right training, she was prepared to take on militants again. The girl got limelight of national media when she killed an armed Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist with his own AK-47. It may be mentioned that militants hurled grenades at Rukhsana’s house in a clear revenge attack on Friday. The attackers threw grenades at the police picket just outside the house, and fired at it for around ten minutes. At the time, Rukhsana and her family,Read More