May, 2014


IPL returns to Brabourne after three seasons

Mumbai: Brabourne Stadium of the Wankhede Stadium, will play host to the Indian Premier League after a gap of three seasons when holders Mumbai Indians clash with Chennai Super Kings in the Eliminator on Wednesday. MI had made the Cricket Club of India, that owns Brabourne, a veritable fortress then — similar to the way they made the Wankhede last year — as they won six out of seven games there, the only loss coming against Royal Challengers Bangalore. But Mumbai had another venue to host IPL games then, theRead More

Pakistan promises free trade with India

Islamabad: Pakistan would grant India the status of Non-Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA) to facilitate enhanced bilateral trade, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastigir Khan has said. Talking to the media after addressing members of Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI), Khan described Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India this week as positive and said he did not indulge in reactionary diplomacy. Bilateral trade between India and Pakistan touched USD 2.6 billion in 2012-13, an increase of 34.4 percent over last year’s USD 1.94 billion. Various sections in Pakistan, especially theRead More

Modi, Rajapaksa meeting will be the milestone for India-Lanka ties

Colombo: Terming the meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa as very successful, a senior minister in the Lankan government said the trip by country’s President to New Delhi has turned a new leaf in Indo-Lanka ties. “It is not the practice to release in public what the two leaders had discussed,” de Silva said. He said that Sri Lanka welcomed the appointment of Sushma Swaraj as the new External Affairs Minister. “She is someone who is aware of our situation,” the Minister said.Read More

Mark Zuckerberg gift USD 120M to schools

Menlo Park (US): Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is donating USD 120 million to the San Francisco Bay Area’s public school system. The couple’s gift will be spread over the next five years and is the biggest allocation to date of the USD 1.1 billion in Facebook stock the couple pledged last year to the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The first USD 5 million will go to school districts in San Francisco, Ravenswood and Redwood City and will focus on principal training, classroom technology and helping students transition from theRead More

World bank gives USD 1,006 mn loan for Sarva Shiksha abhiyan

New Delhi: World Bank has signed an agreement with the government to provide a loan assistance of USD 1,006.20 million for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan III. “The loan agreement for World Bank (IDA) assistance of USD 1,006.20 million for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan III has been signed between the government of India and the World Bank here today,” an official statement said. The overall goals of the programme include universal access and retention, reducing gender and social category gaps in elementary education and enhancement of learning levels of children. The World BankRead More

Priyanaka Gandhi seeks withdrawal of SPG security at airports

New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi on Friday asked the SPG to withdraw the exemption given to her and her family from normal security checks in the airports, a plea that comes in the wake of reports that government is considering cancellation of such a facility to her husband Robert Vadra. Priyanka said Vadra’s inclusion on that list came about at the instance of previous SPG chiefs and Delhi Police and not upon any request by “either of us who were informed after the fact”. Share +1 Tweet PinShares 0

Prime Minister oppose the move to include chapter on his life

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday strongly opposed the move by Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to include lessons on his struggle in life in school curriculum and said living individuals should not be a part of the school syllabus. “I firmly believe that the life story of living individuals should not be included as a part of the school curriculum,” he tweeted Noting that ‘India has a rich history of several stalwarts who made India what it is today’, Modi said, “Young minds shouldRead More

Widespread campaign needed to inform about ill effects of tobacco

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that widespread campaign is needed to inform about ill effects of tobacco and serious diseases caused by it. CM Shri Chouhan released folder for public awareness here today. it has been published under the caption “Tambakoo Aj Mauj Kal Majboori Aur Phir Maut” by Indian Medical Association Madhya Pradesh. He also released brochure “Tambakoo Kuchh Tathya” published by the association. It has been informed in the folder and brochure that consumption of tobacco-based gutkha, paan masala and smoking of cigarette, bidi,Read More

Madhya Pradesh selected for SKOCH Financial Inclusion and Deepening Award

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh has been selected for SKOCH Financial Inclusion and Deepening Award-2014. State has been selected in Best State category. Madhya Pradesh will be conferred SKOCH Order of Merit certificate next month in New Delhi. Madhya Pradesh has written a new chapter of progress through inclusive growth in rural areas. Special attention has been paid to availability of banking services in remote rural areas. Rural areas’ progress and villagers’ economic upliftment can be ensured only through financial inclusion. With this in view, ultra small banks are being opened inRead More

Modern techniques to be used to strengthen internal security

Bhopal: Modern techniques should be used to strengthen internal security. Chalk out phased scheme to install CC TV cameras in 61 cities of the state. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan directed this during review of Home and Jail departments here today. Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur was also present at the meeting. Shri Chouhan also reviewed 100-day action plans of the departments. He said that Dial-100 scheme for strengthening internal security should be started by November 1 next. A mechanism should be evolved to give strict punishment to cyberRead More