July, 2010


Price Rise Issue Stalls RS Proceedings

Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were stalled for the second consecutive day on Wednesday as a united Opposition reiterated its demand for a discussion on price rise under a provision that entails voting, said reports. Soon after a member was sworn in, the Opposition including NDA, Left and AIADMK and some parties supporting the government from outside like SP, RJD and BSP vociferously raised the issue of hike in prices of essential commodities. The Opposition, demanding discussion under Rule 168 which entails voting, was countered by the ruling benches whichRead More

25 Deaths Confirmed as Pak Passenger Plane with 152 Onboard Crashes outside Islamabad: Reports

Pakistani officials have confirmed that a passenger plane, with 152 people – including six crew – onboard, has crashed in bad weather near Islamabad, say media reports Authorities have so far recovered at least 25 bodies and expect the death toll to rise. Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik said five injured people have been taken to the hospital. The plane operated by private carrier Airblue slammed into the Margalla Hills near the capital, where smoke was seen rising out of the trees. Officials say the plane was traveling from KarachiRead More

Ujjain Civic Body, other Polls Today

The Madhya Pradesh government had declared a local holiday in the cities and towns tomorrow where civic polls are to be held today. The polls are to be held for the Ujjain Municipal Corporation and City Panchayats of Dhuvara, Chhattarpur, Chakghat, Rewa, Koter Satna, Suvasara, Mandsaur, Lanji and Balaghat, an official release said. Share +1 Tweet PinShares 0

Centre May Inclde Three More MP Cities to Solar Initiative

The Central Government could consider the inclusion of Bhopal, Jabalpur and Rewa to the solar city programme, said Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farookh Abdullah in response to a missive, seeking such a move, sent to him by UAD Minister Babulal Gaur. The Central Government has selected 60 cities, including Gwalior and Indore, for the Solar City initiative that aims to bring down the consumption of traditional electricity at these centers by promoting solar power as a cost effective and environment friendly alternative. Gaur, however, thought that justRead More

Accident Kills Nine on Bhopal Outskirts

Bhopal:  At least nine people were killed and several others injured when the jeep they were traveling in was involved in a collision with a truck in the Obaidullahganj area on the outskirts of the State capital on Sunday afternoon. The vehicles crashed at the Shahganj traffic intersection on NH 12. Six of the nine deceased were later identified as Shalabh Tiwari, Anubha, Ram Lal, Shafique, Amit Yadav and Qayyum while efforts were underway to ascertain the identities of the remaining three. Three of the injured were named as Kalpana,Read More

French Hostage killed, Says North African Qaeda Offshoot

An al-Qaeda offshoot in North Africa has said it has killed a 78-year-old French hostage being held in Mali, in an audio statement broadcast by al-Jazeera. Leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Abdelmalek Droukdel, said Michel Germaneau was killed on Saturday in revenge for a failed rescue raid by French and Mauritanian troops. Six militants were killed in the cross-border operation on Thursday, he added. French officials said there was no confirmation of Germaneau’s death adding that the reports werebeing investigated. President Nicolas Sarkozy would hold an emergencyRead More

Afghan Taliban Claim One US Soldier killed, Another Captured

US and Nato forces continued a massive search of eastern Afghanistan yesterday for two missing US servicemen, after the Taliban claimed to have killed one and captured the other. The two disappeared in what the US military described as “an unusual circumstance”. The pair left their compound in Kabul on Friday in an armoured car and drove to the Charkh district of southern Logar province. Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed the two were ambushed, with one dying in a firefight and the other surrendering. He said the local TalibanRead More

19 Killed at Germany Love Parade

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded an “intensive” investigation into the deadly stampede at the Love Parade music festival in Duisburg that killed 19 people and injured another 340 odd on Saturday. Merkel said she was “appalled” by the tragedy, adding that everything must be done to ensure such deaths did not happen again. The crush outside a tunnel at the entrance of the festival caused the deaths, survivors say the organizers were responsible for the tragedy. They said the site was too small and warnings of overcrowding had beenRead More

Working Sunday in Kashmir Valley

Normalcy returned to the Kashmir Valley on Sunday thronged markets, public transport plied the roads and schools and businesses reopened after a week of separatist-sponsored shutdowns and restrictions imposed on the movement of people. People in valley had a full working day, despite it being a holiday on Sunday as schools, colleges, banks, offices, schools and colleges reopened, marking the return of a fragile calm. This is for the second time in nearly a month that normalcy returned to the valley. On July 17, shops, schools and commercial establishments reopenedRead More

Anti-Maoist Encounter in Jharkhand

A fierce encounter took place on Sunday night between security forces and Maoists in the forests bordering Khunti district of Jharkhand, said reports citing the police in Ranchi. Though, officials confirmed the encounter, they added that details were yet to reach the State capital. The forces from the State police, CRPF and the anti-Naxal Jaguar Force have been in action against the Maoists in the forests near Bundu, some 40 km from Ranchi. Kundan Pahan, accused of masterminding the beheading of Special Branch officer Francis Induwar in October last year,Read More