May, 2010


Govt Sanctions Rs 3000 Cr for Construction of Main Roads in Districts

The state government is going to construct 2100 kms long stretches of main roads in several districts with funds of Rs 3000 crore under ‘annuity system’, said media reports. An official spokesperson said that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan presided over a meeting of MP Road Development Corporation (MPRDC) at the Mantralaya in which proposals to construct main road under annuity system were sanctioned, reports said. Under the ‘annuity system’, a contract is offered on the condition of maintaining the road for 15 years inclusive of one-and-half to two yearsRead More

Villagers Team up to Fight Forest Officials in Bandhavgarh

Apprehending restrictions on tourists in Bandhavgarh Park following death of a tigress, natives who depend on the reserve for their living have teamed up together to combat officials, who they charged were hiding the truth behind the feline’s death, said media reports. They are insisting that an investigation into the incident should be carried out by the CBI, reports said. Officials have attributed death of tigress to a hit by a vehicle which was carrying tourists. Nevertheless, villagers alleged that it was the vehicle of the Forest Reserve that hadRead More

Another AI Mishap Averted

Another Air India flight had a narrow escape from an aerial mishap on May 26 when the pilot lost control over the aircraft which subsequently plunged a great height, said media reports. “As many as 112 passengers of the Air India Express Dubai-Pune flight IX-212 miraculously escaped unhurt. The pilot lost control of the aircraft and it did lose some height,” Air India spokesperson was quoted as saying. The flight suddenly experienced decompression due to loss of altitude, reports said. “How much height the aircraft lost is a matter ofRead More

BJP, Cong Ask for Time for Installation of Govt in Jharkhand

A day after chief minister Shibu Soren resigned and Governor MOH Farooq subsequently asked for their opinion on the prospects of government formation, the BJP has sought a day’s time for its views while Congress has simply said that it doesn’t have numbers, said media reports. Soren stepped down last night after failing to garner support of Congress and its ally JVM (P). BJP state president Raghuvar Das called on governor twice in the morning over prospects of government formation and told media persons that he asked for time tillRead More

CPI-Maoists or Front Group Triggered Gyaneshwari Derailment: PC

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has said that CPI-Maoists or front organizations of CPI-Maoists could be behind derailment of Gyaneshwari Express in West Bengal last week, said media reports. “The needle of suspicion in the attack on the Gyaneshwari Express in West Bengal points to the CPI-Maoists or a front organization for the CPI-Maoists,” the minister was quoted as saying. In derailment of the express train, over 140 passengers were killed last week and many more injured. Chidambaram’s statement is in contradiction of what Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said. SheRead More

Goa Minister Pacheco Runs into Trouble as Woman Partner Dies

Goa’s Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco, already facing bigamy charges, has run into another trouble with a 28-year-old woman, allegedly his third partner, passed away at a Chennai hospital, reports said. Nadia Torreado died on Sunday, 15 days after she consumed rat poison. Women activists and the Opposition have demanded a thorough probe into her death, reports said. “It is not mere suicide. Nadia’s case should be investigated as murder,” Tara Kerkar, an activist based in south Goa, was quoted as saying. “She was later shifted to a clinic in MumbaiRead More

Reliance Media, CBS Corporation to Jointly Launch Entertainment Channels

Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Media World is going to start an equal joint venture with iconic American media company CBS Corporation to launch a network of television channels under the brand BIG CBS, said media reports. The two companies agreed on the venture and are likely to announce in the regard this week, reports said. Rules put no cap on foreign investment in TV channels, except news. Reliance Media World is a Mumbai-listed company. According to reports, the joint venture will become operational from January next year and a slew ofRead More

Prez Concludes China Visit, Leaves for Home

President Pratibha Patil has concluded her six-day state visit to China, being considered as one of the most high-profile trip by an Indian head of state to that country, said media reports. After visiting a Jade Buddhist temple in Shanghai and gifting a statue of Buddha to it, Patil left for home, reports said. She addressed a meeting of Indian and Chinese businessmen before departing, said reports. In her six-day visit started May 26, Patil met almost all top Chinese leaders, including president Hu Jintao and premier Wen Jiabao. ChineseRead More

Police Following Guru Ravi Shankar Case as Incident, Not Attack

In the case of attack on spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Bangalore police has said that it is pursuing some leads in the case but treating it as an incident not an attack, said media reports. “We won’t consider this as an attack as the shot was not aimed at him. No one has seen attacker. A case filed under the Arms Act and the ashram security will be stepped up,” DGP Ajai Kumar Singh was quoted as saying. Singh revealed that the weapon used in the attack wasRead More

Pak Court Lifts Ban on Facebook

A top Pakistani official has said that the ban on social networking website Facebook has been lifted, reported AFP. Najibullah Malik, secretary of the country’s information technology ministry, said that the Lahore High Court lifted the ban as Facebook removed a page which was encouraging people to draw image of Prophet Muhammad, report said. He said that the website also tendered apology for the page, which was offensive to many Muslims who deem visual depiction of the Prophet as blasphemous, said report. According to report, access to Facebook was stillRead More