February, 2013


Pakistani Court dismisses petition against Asif Ali Zardari

Lahore: A Pakistani court has dismissed a petition seeking an order to bar Asif Ali Zardari functioning as the President. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Farid Piracha had said that contended Zardari had been disqualified in the light of a recent Supreme Court judgment that bars the President from engaging in political activities. The petitioner claimed Zardari had been persistently carrying on political activities as the head of the state as well as the leader of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party. He said a full bench of the Lahore High Court had onRead More

Bangladesh admits presence of Lashkar-e-Taiba in country

Dhaka: Bangladesh said Pakistan-based banned terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba is active in the country but law enforcement agencies have kept them under “security vigil”. Law enforcement agencies had earlier said LeT and several other extreme right-wing militant groups were still active in Bangladesh while they used Bangladesh territory mainly for transit to neighbouring India for years together until 2006 but began to gradually lose their strength amid stringent security clampdown. Earlier media reports said the militant organizations operated almost undisturbed from 1991 to 1998 and then between 2001 and 2006, theRead More

Pope Benedict XVI held his last appearance in St Peter’s Square

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday held his last audience appearance in St Peter’s Square before tens of thousands of pilgrims on the eve of his historic resignation. Benedict toured the Vatican plaza in his famous “popemobile”, stopping to kiss children and waving to the crowd of more than 100,000 gathered under a bright, cloudless sky. “The Lord gave us days of sun and of light breeze, days in which the fishing was good. There were also moments when there were stormy waters and headwinds,” the pope said. “ButRead More

Chidambaram presented Budget 2013-14 in Parliament

New Delhi: The Finance Minister P Chidambaram is presenting one of the most highly anticipated budgets of recent years on Thursday, a blueprint for austerity that forms the centrepiece of India’s efforts to stave off a damaging credit ratings downgrade. It is a challenge for the Finance Minister to strike a balance between pragmatism and populism as this will be last budget before the Lok Sabha elections. Cheaper: Jewellery, leather goods – Expensive: Cigarettes, cigars, high-end mobiles – Duty on imported bike hiked – Duty on SUVs hiked from 27Read More

Major fire in Kolkata building, 22 killed, 6 injured

Kolkata: Twenty people were killed and six others injured in a devastating fire on the first two floors of a building housing a market, in the early hours of Wednesday. West Bengal Disaster Management minister Javed Ahmed Khan told reporters here that 20 persons were killed in the blaze and six injured, with the condition of two critical. According to fire department officials, plastics, paper and cloth were stored in the godowns in the building. The ground floor and the first floor which sustained the maximum damage housed 200 shops.Read More

Government’s proposed to appoint JPC probe in VVIP Chopper deal

New Delhi: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Kamal Nath on Wednesday moved a motion in the Rajya Sabha for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) enquiry into the VVIP chopper deal issue. Earlier, the House saw a debate during which the opposition accused the government of inaction for over a year into the Rs 3,600 crore deal for 12 helicopters with AgustaWestland which has got into a controversy after allegations that kickbacks to the tune of Rs 362 crore were paid to bag it. – See more at: http://post.jagran.com/chopper-scam-governments-proposal-to-appoint-jpc-approved-in-rs-1361970570#sthash.MDAkLpYr.dpuf Revealing that heRead More

Convert hailstorm-affected farmers’ short-term crop loans to medium term

Bhopal: All district collectors in the state have been directed to convene meeting of District Coordination Committee (DCC) at the earliest with a view to providing relief to farmers affected by recent hailstorm in the state. Agricultural Production Commissioner Shri M.M. Upadhyay has written a letter to this effect to district collectors. The collectors have been directed to provide relief to farmers immediately in view of hailstorm in their respective districts. For this, short-term crop loans of farmers should be converted to medium-term ones. The Agricultural Production Commissioner said thatRead More

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan feeds “kheer” to children, celebrates birthday

Budni: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan fed “kheer” to small children as part of “Anna Prashan” and celebrated their birthdays with fervour. On the occasion, the Chief Minister also honoured two girls on Tuesday. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan inspected a departmental exhibition at the venue of Antyodaya Mela at Budhni. At the stall of Women & Child Development Department, Shri Chouhan performed all rituals of Mangal Diwas and lovingly blessed children. The children celebrated their birthdays by cutting a cake with the Chief Minister. Incentive amount sanctioned: At AntyodayaRead More

Fifth Exportech at Bhopal from March 1 to 3

Bhopal: The fifth Madhya Pradesh Exportech (reverse buyer-seller meet) is being organised at Hotel Amer Green in Bhopal to facilitate Madhya Pradesh’s entrepreneurs export their products. Exportech will be held from March 1 to 3. A conference of micro, small and medium entrepreneurs of Bhopal and Narmadapuram divisions will be held at Bhopal on March 1 at the same venue. About one thousand entrepreneurs will participate in the conference. Both the programmes will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at 10 am. Industries Minister Shri Kailash VijaywargiyaRead More

Hamid Karzai asks US troops to leave Afghan province

Kabul: Afghanistan’s President has ordered US special forces to leave a strategic province as he seeks tighter control over Afghan militia. “We’re looking at those allegations, we didn’t find any evidence and we will talk to our colleagues and Afghan partners to find a solution,” Brigadier General Gunter Katz, spokesman for the US-led NATO mission, told a news conference. Relations between Karzai and Washington have long been troubled, and with the bulk of NATO’s 100,000 combat soldiers due to leave and the Afghan president to step down next year, thereRead More