November, 2013


weightlifters hit century of medals at Commonwealth Championships

New Delhi: Indian weightlifters continued to break records at the Commonwealth Youth, Junior and Senior Championships, taking their overall medal tally to an unprecedented 102, including 53 gold, on the penultimate day of the event in Penang, Malaysia on Friday. Earlier on Wednesday, K Shireesha and Joti Mal swept all the three gold on offer in the junior women 58kg and youth girl 58kg categories respectively. Sireestha lifted 73kg in snatch and 95kg in clean and jerk for a total of 168kg while Joti Mal had a total of 160kgRead More

Thailand protestors target army, demand resignation of PM

Bangkok: Thousands of protesters in Thailand forced their way into the army headquarters as anti-government rallies demanding resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra entered the sixth day on Friday. Yesterday, Yingluck asked demonstrators to end the street protests, after surviving a no-confidence vote in Parliament. The no-confidence motion was filed by the opposition which alleges widespread corruption in government and accuses Yingluck of acting as a puppet for her brother, the ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. In a televised address, Yingluck said that the protesters should negotiate with the government.Read More

Gen Raheel Sharif assumes charge as Pakistan’s new Army Chief

Islamabad: General Raheel Sharif on Friday assumed charge as Pakistan’s new Army Chief at a ceremony in Rawalpindi. On the occasion‚ a contingent of armed forces presented farewell guard of honor to Kayani, who retired after serving as the chief of Army for six years. The 57-year-old Sharif, who is considered an old India hand and whose elder brother died in the 1971 war with India, was chosen by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to end several months of speculation. The appointment of Sharif comes amid tensions on the border withRead More

Either self regulate or face other measures: Vice President

New Delhi: Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Friday said there was a need for “self-regulation” of the media or “external corrective” measures. The Vice-President was speaking at the release of a new book ‘Journalism: Ethics and Responsibilities” at his residence and called it “timely”. He said changes are occurring in the media and therefore people in it must acknowledge the “need for corrective” measures, either a “self-corrective” or if needed, an “external one”. Citing Leveson Inquiry in the UK, Ansari said it held “lessons for us” that we (Indian media) were “lessRead More

Can’t afford slow decisions if we want to develop faster: Pranab

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said that a ‘slow decision’ making process is not acceptable if we want our country to develop faster “If we want our country to develop faster, we cannot afford to be slow in taking decisions. I am not saying that decisions have to be taken in a haste. But to prolong or avoid taking decisions is not acceptable. Informed decisions based on facts, figures and realistic assessment to the best of one’s ability are sine qua non for good governance,” Mukherjee said. “IfRead More

Sonia Gandhi India’s most inspiring woman politician: Survey

Kolkata: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been voted as India’s most inspiring female political leader who has been able to strike a perfect balance between her career and family life, according to a survey. In the survey held by matrimonial service portal, 36.2 percent people voted for Sonia Gandhi, while BJP leader Sushma Swaraj was a close second with 33.6 percent votes. In the field of sports, Mary Kom (33.5 per cent) was voted as the ‘Most Successful Sportstar’ followed by Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza and PV Sindhu. FromRead More

Vote counting process to be transparent

Bhopal: Date for counting of votes for Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha election is drawing closer. A transparent, impartial and independent policy has been framed for simultaneous counting of votes of all 230 Vidhan Sabha constituencies. Better and foolproof arrangements are being made in all districts to prevent any error by government machinery which might lead to some accusations. Random selection of staff will be made for counting of votes to ensure impartiality in the task. Due to randomisation, no employee will be able to know till last time as toRead More

National Lok Adalat/Mega Lok Adalat on November 30

Bhopal: National Lok Adalat and Mega Lok Adalats will be held on November 30. As many as 15 lakh cases will be put up for disposal at different district courts at all the district and tahsil headquarters. The number of case might increase till holding of Lok Adalats. Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court Justice Shri Manikrao Khanvilkar has issued detailed guidelines and directives regarding disposal of cases at the National Lok Adalat. The cases to be disposed of at Lok Adalats include civil and criminal cases, cheque bounceRead More

Prevention of Deforming of Property Act enforced strictly during Vidhan Sabha elections

Bhopal: Prevention of Deforming of Property Act under model code of conduct was enforced strictly during Vidhan Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from removing wall paintings, posters, banners and flags from government and private buildings, 2 lakh 58 thousand 502 cases of misuse of loudspeakers-mounted vehicles, holding of public meetings and speeches without government permission and cash seizure were registered to ensure free and fair elections. FIRs were registered in 322 cases. As many as 2 lakh 19 thousand 775 electioneering materials were removed from government buildings and 131Read More

Goa Police raided at Tarun Tejpal’s Delhi residence

New Delhi: Goa Police reached the residence of Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal, who is accused of sexually assaulting his junior colleague, in the national capital on Friday morning. According to police sources, the Tehelka founder-editor was not at his residence. The police suspect that Tejpal could be at his residence in Himachal Pradesh. According to reports, Tejpal’s family members refused to divulge his whereabouts. Earlier, Tejpal wrote a letter to the Goa Police saying that he is ready to cooperate in the probe and sought two days time to appearRead More