January, 2013


Poll says, Obama’s popularity highest in four years

Washington: US President Barack Obama’s popularity has hit 60 percent, according to a poll released on Wednesday. The survey by ABC television and The Washington Post was made public just a little more than a week after the president’s formal swearing-in was witnessed by an estimated one million people in Washington and millions more across the nation. Obama’s favorability rating at the start of this second term is higher however than that of his predecessor George W Bush at the same point during his tenure. The 60 percent popularity representsRead More

NASA launches new communication satellite

Washington: NASA on Thursday launched a new communication satellite to stay in touch with the International Space Station astronauts. “TDRS-K bolsters our network of satellites that provides essential communications to support space exploration,” said Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator for Space Communications and Navigation at NASA Headquarters here. “It will improve the overall health and longevity of our system,” Younes said in a NASA statement. The TDRS system provides tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services for numerous science and human exploration missions orbiting Earth. These include the InternationalRead More

Amid crisis, Pakistan army chief Kayani meets Prime Minister

Islamabad: Pakistan’s army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani held a two-hour meeting with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Wednesday. The one-on-one meeting was arranged “on an emergency basis”, the report said. The meeting was prolonged and Ashraf was delayed for about an hour in reaching parliament for a group photograph with members of the outgoing National Assembly. Kayani will travel to London tomorrow to participate in a trilateral summit of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Britain hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron. He also discussed this meeting with Ashraf, the reportRead More

Shiv Sena asked NDA to decide PM candidate soon

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray asked the NDA to decide its Prime Ministerial candidate well in advance before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “There should be no confusion at the last moment. The election for the PM’s post is due in April-May next. If at that time we are required to have a PM candidate, what is the harm in starting the discussion now? All should come together and decide the candidate. What is the problem?” Uddhav said. He expressed these views in the concluding part of an interviewRead More

Cabinet clears amendment to Lokpal bill

New Delhi: The government on Thursday amended the controversial Lokpal Bill by accepting 14 of the 16 recommendations made by the Rajya Sabha Select Committee. The approval of the official amendments paves the way for consideration of the bill afresh by the Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session expected to begin towards the end of February. After getting a nod from the Upper House, the bill with amendments will go back for fresh approval to Lok Sabha where it has already been passed. Among the recommendations accepted by the governmentRead More

Vishwaroopam row: Kamal Hassan rules out to SC for now

Chennai/Mumbai:  Actor Kamal Haasan on Thursday virtually ruled out moving the Supreme Court for now, saying he was thankful to Jayalalithaa’s offer to break the impasse over ‘Vishwaroopam’. “I thank the Chief Minister. I am grateful to her. She has been kind enough to offer her help… now that she has helped us why should we go (to the Supreme Court),” he told a press conference in Mumbai after the premiere of the Hindi version of the film releasing on Friday. Breaking her silence a week after the ban explodedRead More

Free medical tests in government health institutions from today

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh government has taken yet another step towards making state’s people healthy. Free medicine distribution and free transport services for patients are already available in the state. Important initiative has been taken to inter-connect health officers, employees with workers by providing them special SIM cards. In the same series, the State Government is introducing facility for free medical tests in all government hospitals from February 1, 2013. Facility for free pathological tests will be available from district hospitals upto sub-health centres in the state. Test facilities will beRead More

7 MoUs signed at Skill Summit in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal: On day-one of the first-ever Skill Summit in the state, 7 MoUs were signed. The MoUs pertain to increasing participation and collaboration in developing skilled manpower in Madhya Pradesh. At the summit, 1603 appointment letters were also given to applicants. At the summit, the State Government signed MoUs with Agriculture Sector Skill Council, Automative Skill Development Council, Capital Goods Sector Skill Council, Healthcare Sector Skill Council, Media and Internet Skill Council, Retailers Associations Skill Council of India and Security Knowledge & Skill Development Council. On day-one of the summit,Read More

State’s economy to be made vibrant by linking youths with employment : CM

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh’s economy will be made vibrant by linking youths with employment after equipping them with skills. ITIs in the state will be developed as brands. Employment exchanges will be made multi-purpose. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing Skill Summit at Lal Parade Ground here today. Former Union Minister Shri Venkaiah Naidu was specially present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that every village in the state will start getting 24-hour power supply from May this year. As aRead More

Militants targeted polio vaccination team, killed policeman

Islamabad: Suspected militants targeted a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s restive northwest on Tuesday, killing a policeman who was protecting the vaccinators, officials said. Additional police forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. No group claimed responsibility for the attack though the Taliban have for long opposed the polio vaccination campaign. On January 1, six women and a man working for a NGO involved in polio vaccinations were shot dead in Swabi district. Last month, eight volunteers involved in a polio vaccination campaign were gunned down inRead More