January, 2010


Mahatma Gandhi Ashes Immersed in Indian Ocean

Sixty two years after his assassination, ashes of the apostle of peace – Mahatma Gandhi, which were preserved by a family friend, have eventually been immersed in the Indian Ocean off the South African coast today, reported PTI. “It was a beautiful ceremony attended by more than 200 people,” Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the sacred ritual, was quoted as saying. She said that the Indian Ocean was selected for the solemn even, for it is which connects the two countries on which Mahatma Gandhi had aRead More

Nearly 11,000 to Appear in CAT Online Retest

More than 11,000 students will appear in the CAT online retest scheduled to be held on Saturday and Sunday in different centres across India, reported Headlines Today. The retest is being organized after the first ever online CAT was marred by technical snags and cancellations. However, still Prometric, the company responsible for administering the test, has not pledged snag-free tests this time, too, said report. It may be mentioned that nearly 40 per cent of the candidates who are being offered a retest couldn’t take the test during the 11-dayRead More

Maoists Abduct, Behead Cop in West Bengal

Maoist rebels have killed a policeman in West Bengal whom they abducted, reported CNN-IBN. Sanjoy Ghosh, who the sole bread winner for his family, was  brutally murdered while he was training at a police camp in Bankura, said report. A Bengal Armed Police constable, Sanjoy was tortured and beheaded by alleged Maoists in Bankura on Tuesday, report said. His body was so badly mutilated that family members were asked not to open his coffin for a last look, said report. Ghosh’s father Tapan Ghosh is 64 years old and aRead More

Violent Protest against Salman-starrer Veer in Jaipur

A Rajput group in Jaipur has violently protested against Salmam Khan starred movie Veer, repoted CNN-IBN. Claiming that the film shows Rajputs in bad light and hurts sentiment of community, the protestors belonging to Rajput Ranvir Sena ransacked Triton Mall in Jaipur, report said. According to a Rajpur Ranvir Sena leader, the film shows the warrior protagonist in poor light and thus hurts the sentiments of the Rajput community, said report. Also, he said that Sena would sue the makers of the film, report said. “We will file a suitRead More

CJI Doesn’t Favour Regional Braches of SC

Chief Justice of India (CJI) KG Balakrishnan has turned down Law Commission’s recommendation for establishing four regional branches of the Supreme Court, saying that he doesn’f favour the ‘disintegration’ of the apex court, reported PTI. “I am not in favour of the disintegration of the Supreme Court. Personally I feel the Supreme Court cannot be in any other part of India. This is the highest court of the land. It is in the capital city of the land,” he was quoted as saying. “It is a final court and weRead More

Soren Rejects Offer of Maoists, Urge to Lay down Arms

In reaction to the Maoists’ offer, Jharkhand chief minister Shibu Soren has said that talks can be held only after rebels lay down their arms and that offensive initiated by the state against them will continue, reported NDTV. It may be mentioned that Maoist rebels operating in Jharkhand and Bihar have offered to talk to Soren through media but have laid down such conditions which the Centre cannot accept. “We won’t lay down our arms. We want the government to stop all operations. If the government agrees to these demands,Read More

Amar Lauds Mayawati, Sonia

In what can be called an attempt to warm up to Mayawati, rebel SP leader Amar Singh has lauded the BSP supremo, saying that she has proved herself against all odds and he can understand her ‘pain’ when she was ‘humiliated’ by Mulayam Singh Yadav, reported PTI. In addition, Singh, who has been sparring with his SP detractors ever since he stepped down from all party posts, also waxed lyrical about Congress president Sonia Gandhi, report said. Singh, who is under pressure to resign from his Rajya Sabha seat, saidRead More

Laden Flays US on Climate Change, Financial Bailouts

Lecturing the US and other industrial nations on climate change in a new verbal assault, al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden has urged a dollar boycott over US ‘slavery’, reported AFP. In a message broadcast on Al-Jazeera television, which coincides with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Laden said, “All industrial nations, mainly the big ones, are responsible for the crisis of global warming.” “Discussing climate change is not an intellectual luxury, but a reality,” he said in the audio recording. The authenticity of the tape could not be immediately verified,Read More

PCB Chief Blames Modi for Exclusion of Pak Cricketers from IPL

Squarely holding IPL commissioner Lalit Modi responsible for ignoring Pakistani cricketers, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ejaz Butt has said that it will not have any long term bearing on sporting ties between the two countries, reported IANS. “This (decision to keep out Pakistani players) has nothing to do with Indo-Pak relations in cricket. This is between IPL and us. They have made a mistake, whether purposefully we don’t know. But I strongly feel it was a wrong decision on their part not to consider any of our boys,” ButtRead More

JAC Demands December 9 Time-frame from Telangana Panel

The Joint Action Committee on Telangana (JAC) said that the committee proposed to be appointed by the Centre to go into the demand of creating separate Telangana state should adhere to the December 9 time-frame, said media reports. “They should commit to the December nine programme and have a clear time-frame. These are our two expectations,” JAC Convener C Kodandaram was quoted as saying. He said that the JAC demanded a definite time frame for implementation of the task by the proposed committee, for it feared that the panel mightRead More