May, 2012


Pak tests nuclear-capable Hatf-VIII cruise missile

ISLAMABAD: For the second time in a week, Pakistan today successfully test fired another nuclear- capable Hatf-VIII cruise missile with a range of more than 350 km, the latest in a series of tests of missiles that can hit targets within India. The military described the flight test of the air-launched Hatf-VIII or Ra’ad cruise missile as successful. “The Ra’ad missile, with a range of over 350 km, enables Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability on land and at sea,” a military statement said. The Ra’ad missile has stealth capabilitiesRead More

Row over move to legalize mobile towers

BHOPAL: The Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) move to fill in its coffers by imposing heavy penalty on the mobile companies to legalize their illegal mobile towers have met stiff resistance from the Congress corporators. The mayor-in-council meet held a few days back had proposed for legalizing the illegal mobile towers in the state capital after collection of a penalty of Rs one lakh from the mobile service providers. Ahead of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) council meet, the Congress corporators are opposing this proposal claiming that it would breed corruption.Read More

India’s fourth quarter GDP grows at 5.3%, 6.5% for FY 12

NEW DELHI: India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at a mere 5.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of the financial year as against 7.8 per cent in the same quarter last year. Growth hit a nine year low as the manufacturing sector contracted and a fall in the rupee to a record low suggests the economy remains under pressure in the current quarter. GDP for the September to December 2011 quarter grew at 6.1 per cent. The GDP growth rate was drastically below the consensus estimates of 6.1 perRead More

Bharat Bandh: Shops shut; rail, road traffic hit

New Delhi: The nationwide bandh called by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by BJP and the Left parties against the recent hike in petrol prices has evoked mixed response from different parts of the country. With other political parties and auto tax unions also supporting today’s agitation, normal life has been affected, major shops, commercial establishment are closed and the movement of trains and commercial vehicles has been hit in various states spelling trouble for the common man. As per reports, the main opposition BJP, Left and other regionalRead More

Chinese minister says ‘No’ to Zardari

BEIJING: Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi cut Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari to size by refusing to travel from Islamabad to Karachi for a meeting, according to Pakistani media. At the same time, he promised China’s support for Pakistan’s “independence, territorial integrity and dignity,” it said. Zardari tried to make last-minute change in the venue and invited Yang to meet him in Karachi instead of Islamabad, where the meeting was originally planned. Yang declined, obviously viewing it as a ploy to test China’s dependence on Pakistan for strategic reasons. “However,Read More

Bharat bandh: All united against petrol price rise

NEW DELHI: The unprecedented hike in petrol prices has helped the Left and the right to make common cause tomorrow for a nationwide protest, described by BJP and its allies as Bharat Bandh and by Left as all India protest day. This is the second time that the BJP, Left and other non-Congress parties will be coordinating their agitations since the last Lok Sabha elections to give the impression of a wider opposition unity on issues concerning people. A similar agitation against petrol price hike had happened on July 5,Read More

If PM is an honest man, he should be ready to face probe: Anna

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks that he will quit public life if corruption allegations against him by Team Anna are proved triggered a fresh round of sparring today with the activists insisting on an independent probe, a demand rejected by the government. “If the Prime Minister is an honest man, then he should be ready to face a probe. Inquiry into charges against him should be headed by a former judge,” Anna Hazare told a TV channel. However, Hazare said he always saw the Prime Minister as aRead More

Madhya Pradesh to be made pioneer in organic farming

Bhopal. Farmers’ Welfare & Agriculture Development Minister Dr. Ramkrishna Kusmaria has said that the state offers immense possibilities of organic farming. The State Government has taken several important steps in order to highlight agriculture’s importance in all round growth of state’s economy. Organic farming in India is centuries-old. At present, 21 thousand farmers are doing organic farming. We will have to make wholehearted efforts to promote organic farming. Dr. Kusmaria was speaking at a workshop organised by ASSOCHAM here today. Dr. Kusmaria said that soil’s fertility is decreasing day byRead More

Where there is will, there is way : CM

Bhopal. ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’, These are the words of chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, when he falicitates Gopal Dhakad, Student of a government school of neemuch for scoring highest marks in all the subjects of class XII exam conducted by Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary School. At the function held at his official residence here today, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave away a cheque for Rs. 30 thousand on behalf of Board of Secondary Exams to Gopal. He also handed over anotherRead More

Now ED set to turn the the heat on Jagan Reddy

Hyderabad. After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to turn the heat on MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on charges of corruption. The ED would be filing a petition in the CBI court on Wednesday, seeking permission to question Jagan, as the YSR Congress chief is known, who was sent to judicial custody for two weeks by the court May 28. A team of ED officials have reached Hyderabad from New Delhi and are working with their counterparts to carry out the investigations TheRead More