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Myanmar military rule ends, Army retains grip

Myanmar's military handed power to a nominally civilian government after almost half a century of army rule today, as the junta was disbanded and a new President appointed.The army hierarchy retains a firm grip on power in the resource-rich Southeast Asian country, and many analysts believe Senior General Than Shwe will attempt to retain some sort of control behind the scenes.The handover came after controversial elections last November-the country's first in 20 years which were marred by the absence of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and claims of cheating and intimidation.Quoting an order signed by strongman Than Shwe, Myanmar state television reported the junta's State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) "has been officially dissolved".

Than Shwe, who has ruled with an iron fist since 1992, is apparently no longer in the hitherto most powerful position of head of the army.But Myanmar analyst Aung Naing Oo said, "Everyone will be required to report to him…

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand enter ICC- W C Finals

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 5 wickets to enter ICC World Cup Finals: SLanka bundle out NZealand for a modest 217 in 48.5 overs despite Scott Stryis's fighting half-century, in the first semi-final of the cricket World Cup in Colombo on Tuesday.Pace spearhead Lasith Malinga and spinner Ajantha Mendis, with three wickets each, were the wreckers-in-chief, while Muttiah Muralitharan finished with two salps as New Zealand's innings lacked the thurst needed to power them to a challenging total.

Batting first after winning the toss, Styris struck 57 off 77 balls, an innings that was laced with five boundaries, before becoming Muralitharan's final ODI victim.The match at the Premadasa stadium is the veteran off-spinner's final ODI on home soil.Apart from Styris, Martin Guptill contributed 39 while Ross Taylor made 36.New Zealand didn't set the stage ablaze and preferred to play safe at the start.

A run-rate of just about 4 by the time the mandatory powerplay ended was an…

Focus on Rural Tourism

Union Tourism Minister Shri Subodh Kant Sahai has called for enhanced focus on Rural Tourism. Presenting the National Tourism Awards for 2009-10 here today he said that the Ministry of Tourism will carry out an audit of its Rural Tourism Projects to ensure that this important initiative is not lost. He said that Rural Tourism while providing a varied and vivid experience can also expose the visitors to different ways to live life.
Shri Sahai said that the key for the development of tourism in future would be research, collaboration, innovation, public private partnership and sustainability. “While culture and heritage is going to remain as mainstay of India tourism, the world is going to find our new products like Wellness and Medical Tourism, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) Tourism, Adventure and Sports Tourism including Golf and Polo very attractive”, the Minister added.
Stating that India is an excellent destination for making films, Shri Sahai called up…

Japan Nuke Crisis deepens Workers evacuated from Japan's N-plant

With Japan Nuke Crisis deepens the workers were evacuated from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant today after radiation levels surged 10 million times higher than usual, dealing a major blow to efforts to avoid a meltdown of the reactors.The radiation in the water is 10 million times higher than that seen usually in the No.2 reactor complex, according Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the plant, 250-km north-east of capital Tokyo.

"We are examining the cause of this, but no work is being done there because of the high level of radiation," said (TEPCO), which later retracted the radioactivity result as it was taking another sample to get accurate levels.It said the data for iodine-134 announced earlier in the day was actually for another substance that has a longer half-life.Emergency workers trying to cool the nuclear plant were temporarily evacuated. Hidehiko Nishiyama, spokesman for Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), said the…

Kids’ Fashion Show by Lilliput Kidswear

New Delhi, 26th March 2011: Lilliput, a dominant player in the Indian Kidswear industry, showcased their Spring–Summer Collection 2011 at the Kids’ Fashion Show, held at Roots to Wings School’s Annual Day Function. Kids were delighted to walk the ramp in smart Lilliput Collection which made them look stylish & fashionable. The Spring-Summer Collection flaunts the liveliness of spring and the warm kiss of summer. No wonder, the audience was surprised to see such little wonders walk the ramp with full enthusiasm & passion.
Lilliput Fashion Show witnessed 25 little champs displaying the fabulous collection ranging from ‘a tale of action and adventure’ for boys to ‘sunny delight’ for girls. The ramp walk of a charming little girl in ‘Glitterati’ outfit can give any adult model a run for their money. A delightful little boy in colourful ‘Soccer Player’ outfit accompanied by an attractive girl in ‘Rosy Glow’ dress made a perfect little pair of the show. The charm of the young model…

Myanmar Earthquake

More than 60 people were killed and 90 injured in the strong earthquake that struck Myanmar Thursday near its border with Thailand and the affected areas still remained cut off.Tremors were felt as far away as Bangkok, almost 800 kilometres from the epicentre, Hanoi and parts of China. The US Geological Survey measured the magnitude 6.8.A Myanmar official said dozens of people were killed in areas close to the epicentre and more than 240 buildings had collapsed.Deaths were mainly reported from Tarlay, Mine Lin and Tachileik townships. About 90 people were injured from those areas. Efforts are on to reach some more affected areas.Across the border, Thai authorities said a 52-year-old woman was killed in Mae Sai district after a wall in her house collapsed.Terrified residents across the region fled their homes after tall buildings swayed during the quake, hospitals and schools were evacuated during the tremors.
7.0 Mw - MYANMAR Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude7.0 Mw
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India developing 5000 km-range Agni missile: Antony

Defence Minister A K Antony said today that India is developing a 5,000 kilometers-range Agni ballistic missile. Addressing a conference of heads of DRDO laboratories in New Delhi, he said, India has reached an appreciable level of competence in missile technologies, with a reach capability of 3,500 kilometres. He said, Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO is developing Agni missile with a capacity to reach 5000 kilometres. The Agni-series also includes missile variants with ranges between 700 and 2,500 km.The 5,000 km-range Agni-V is a further advancement of the existing systems and is expected to be test-fired later this year. Other missiles developed by the DRDO are the Prithviand its variants with ranges upto 350 km, surface-to-air Akash missile defence system with a range of 25-30 km and the short- range anti-tank NAG missile.
The Trishul air defence missile system programme was scrapped by the DRDO after it was marred by delays. In his address, the Defence Ministe…

Yuvraj knock carry into semis final

India knocked defending champions Australia out of the cricket World Cup with a thrilling five-wicket victory to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash against arch rivals Pakistan in Ahmedabad on Thursday.Team India after restricting Australia to 260 for 6, largely built around Ricky Ponting's 104, the Indians held their nerves to overhaul the target with 14 balls to spare with Yuvraj Singh 57 not out, Sachin Tendulkar 53 and being the star batting performers.A scintillating of a contest,where fortune fluctuated from one team to the other before Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina 34 with their steady knock put balance in India's favour with an unbeaten 74 run partnership to send a capacity crowd at the Sardar Patel stadium into a frenzy in Ahmedabad: A clinical display by the Indians as they ended Australia's reign as world champions and have given a huge boost to their campaign to regain the coveted trophy after a gap of 28 years.Yuvraj Singh slammed Brett Lee to the bounda…

TKDL-Livelihood of Large Population in World

TKDL crossed many hurdles and impediments and have been successfully negotiated and benchmarks created and set in place. TKDL team with its organized and objective activity has brought TKDL to this stage of international acceptability. More than 150 experts in the area of traditional medicine, Information Technology, IPRs and Scientists spent almost ten years for this task.Speaking at the inaugural session of the International Conference on Utilization of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) as a model for the protection of Traditional Knowledge here today, Union Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Vice President, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, said, “Today, India is well equipped to protect 2lakh,26 thousand formulations within a time range of ‘days and weeks’ and without any cost, whereas in the cases of ‘Neem’ and ‘Turmeric’ the country had to incur huge cost and it took more than 10 years to get the ‘Neem’ patent revoked at EPO. TKDL …

Power lines connected to all six reactors at Fukushima

Japanese workers struggling to avert a nuclear disaster have succeeded in reconnecting all six reactors to power lines at the quake-hit Fukushima plant. This was disclosed by Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the plant. However, the company cautioned that a lot of work still needs to be done before electricity can actually be turned on at the plant. The workers are checking all additional equipment for damage to make sure cooling systems can be safely operated.

The critical restoration work at the plant was stalled yesterday after smoke rose from No 2 and No 3 reactors, fuelling fears of fresh radiation leaks from the area rocked by the March 11 quake of magnitude 9 and devastating tsunami.

Meanwhile, seawater pollution in the region has expanded, but the country's nuclear safety agency said there are no immediate health threats. The amount of radioactive iodine reached 80.3-fold of the standard level at the point 8 km south of the plant and 16.4-fold at the point 16 km…

Pakistan beat Aussies

Australia’s unbeaten 34-match run in the World Cup was brought to halt by Tea Pakistan thus ascended top spot on their group table:Pakistan bowlers opened the attack with left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman from one end, forced an early breakthrough when Gul bowled opener Shane Watson for nine later Umar Gul took three for 30 to help Pakistan dismiss Australia for 176 their lowest World Cup total since 1992:
Pakistan beating the defending champions by four wickets in their final match of the Group A here at the R Premadasa Stadium on Saturday.Pakistan, champions in 1992, will play the fourth placed team in Group B, while Australia (nine points) finished third behind Sri Lanka (nine points) on run-rate and will play the second placed team from Group B.

This was Australia's first defeat in the World Cup since losing to Pakistan by 10 runs in Leeds in 1999.Oz the champions, spearhead Brett Lee (4-28),fought hard and twice raised hopes of an unlikely win.

Pakistan were cruising along on 98-…

Dr. Oetker Fun Foods India

Product Launch Dr. Oetker Fun Foods India

1. Sandwich Spread Classic- Net Wt: 300g
USP: Sandwich Spread Classic makes the tastiest, creamiest and easiest sandwich. Its mild flavour enables you to be creative whether you add lettuce, cheese, ham, fish or pickles, it only adds to the taste. Making kids eat food was never this easy. Another use is to make a mixture of sandwich spread & your favourite fillings as stuffing in hollowed bread rolls.
Sandwich Spread Classic contains ingredients such as vegetable (carrots and cucumber) bits and tomato paste and other ingredients mixed with Classic Mayonnaise to make a spread which can be eaten in sandwiches & parathas alike.

2. Tartare Dip- Net Wt: 300g
USP: Tartare Dip was invented by the French but is enjoyed all over the world. This dip tastes great with cucumber & onion inside. It's made keeping in mind the vegetarian sensibilities. You can dip in it, yummy pakodas, french fries, potato chips.

Vegetarian
Zero Trans Fat
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WHO conference "Partners for Health in South-East Asia"

Sagar Media Inc:Press Release :16 March 2011, New Delhi
nt more affordable. “The sheer challenge of reducing mortality on account of Non Communicable Diseases and enhancing quality of life of our people makes this a risk worth taking’, he elaborated . The Minister informed that a revamped and synergised ‘National Program for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, CVD & Stroke’ is being implemented in 100 Districts across 21 States during the 11th Plan period. Eventually it will be extended over all the 640 districts in the country. For Diabetes, screening of over seventy million adult population (30 years & above) and pregnant women of all age group and children would be undertaken initially in six districts and eventually this scheme will also be extended to the entire country. This is perhaps the largest such exercise in the world, he noted. The Minister added that as policy makers we have to tackle these growing issues comprehensively and devise appropriate strategies.…

Launch "MTS Pulse" Smartphone

Launch "MTS Pulse" Smartphone
MTS Crosses 10 Mn Customer Launch MTS Pulse Smartphone MTS, Tuesday launched a new new MTS brand MTS Pulse from HTC in Smartphones category: Leonid Musatov, Chief Marketing Officer, Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd., “We are excited to unveil the new MTS brand, in line with MTS’ global strategy. MTS has recently been ranked as the 72nd most powerful brand in the world by Millward Brown. In keeping with our endeavor to delight our customers, we have adopted a disruptive approach to marketing that would redefine the way Smartphones are sold in India. The latest in our range of Smartphones is MTS Pulse from HTC is powered by Android 2.1, with impressive stylish and technology together with incentive scheme free calls, data usage and SMSs”identity designed the need of the hour and catching attention of today’s youth, the tag, “A Step Ahead”. This launch comes at a time when MTS has crossed the 10 million subscriber mark in India. Telecoms service prov…

Buddha Temples and Heritage Sites

Development and promotion of tourism including Buddhist and the heritage sites is primarily undertaken by the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. However, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, provides Central Financial Assistance to the project proposals identified in consultation with them subject to availability of funds and inter-se-priority under various schemes of the Ministry.
Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned central financial assistance of Rs.117.39 crore for 34 Tourism Projects during 11th Plan including current financial year for Government of Uttar Pradesh. This includes Destination Development of Varanasi-Sarnath-Ramnagar, Phase-II.

Apart from this, a loan agreement has been signed with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Government of India on March 31, 2005 for Uttar Pradesh Buddhist Circuit Development project. The scope of the project covers improvement of roads, public utilities, site development and support programmes etc. at sel…

Denmark and Latvia Support UN Burma Inquiry

Two more European countries have expressed support for international investigations into human rights abuses in Burma, following protests in London targeting six European countries. Latvia stated it supports a UN Commission of Inquiry; ‘in principle’, while Denmark stated it; ‘supports in principle the establishment of an international investigation into human rights abuses in Burma… a Commission could be a possible model for an international investigation.”

One-hundred people joined protests today at the Swedish, Latvian, Luxembourg, Norwegian and German Embassies. The protest at the Danish Embassy was cancelled following their expression of support for a Commission. The protests were led by Wai Hnin, Campaigns Officer at Burma Campaign UK, and daughter of Ko Mya Aye, whose 44th birthday is today. Burma Campaign UK today also published a briefing on how the detention and treatment of political prisoners in Burma constitutes crimes against humanity.

The Danish Ambassador Birger Riis-…

Morocco to vote for new constitution

Morocco's King Mohammed VI announced a "comprehensive constitutional reform" to be put to the people in a referendum, in his first speech following uprisings across the Arab world.Less than a month after protests erupted in Morocco demanding more social justice and limits on his powers, the king pledged to draw up a new draft constitution by June."We have decided to undertake a comprehensive constitutional reform," King Mohammed said Wednesday, underlining his "firm commitment to giving a strong impetus to the dynamic and deep reforms... taking place."

The monarch announced the formation of a commission to work on the constitutional revisions, with proposals to be made to him by June. A referendum would be held on the draft constitution, he added.The live broadcast was the first time the king has delivered an address to the nation since thousands of people demonstrated in several cities on 20th February demanding political reform and limits on his pow…

Postal services to be more people friendly: Sibal

Union minister for communications and information technology Kapil Sibal today said the government is committed to make the postal services more people friendly. Inaugurating an e-post office in New Delhi, Mr. Sibal said the e-post office is an ambitious project of India post. E-post office is the e-commerce portal of India Post. The portal will enable the customers to transact postal business any time and from anywhere using either debit card or credit card through the medium of internet.

Mr. Sibal said it would enable its customers to carry out postal transactions through the internet, from customers homes or offices. One of the focus areas of the first phase of e-post office is on the money order service.

AIR correspondent reports the first phase of the e-post office launched will now offer electronic money order, instant money order, sale of philatelic stamps and tracking of express and international shipments. India post has collaborated with agencies in the public and private se…

EU Calls Burma For Reform

EU asked four key demands to the Burma rulers Summarized, for genuine dialogue, credible free and fair elections, more engagement with the international community to work towards a peaceful transition to democracy, and to end violations of international law. Are these demands were met, and in some instances the situation actually got worse.Official position is that the EU will; ‘revise, amend or reinforce the measures it has already adopted in light of developments on the ground.’

“Given that human rights abuses and violations of international law have increased, rather than decreased, and that the dictatorship is trying to consolidate, not end its rule, if the EU were to follow its own policy it would be discussing increasing, not decreasing, the sanctions,’ said Zoya Phan, Campaigns Manager at Burma Campaign UK.

The briefing paper also calls on the European Union to engage with the NLD on how sanctions can be modified, as requested in its sanctions policy review. The paper argues th…

Kiran Walia Delhi Health Min- On International Women day Celebrations

Prof Iftikhar Mohd Chishti -Delhi 2050

A civil war in Libya 74 killed

Libya Saturday plunged into a civil war with see-saw battles going on between Muammar Gaddafi loyalists and rebels for territorial gains, leaving 74 dead in one of the bloodiest day of fighting as the country's opposition held its first conclave apparently to form a parallel government.The efforts to form a self-declared national-council comes as US and western countries as well as world bodies have virtually derecognised the Gaddafi regime and interpol has issued warrants against him and his family for genocide.

Rebels says that they have formed local councils in cities they control in the eastern region with an aim to lead the nation into election, local media reports said.As ding-dong heavy battles and explosions continue across the country, the US and NATO forces warships and fighters were positioned of the strife torn country's coast.

US President Barack Obama has said that the primary mission of the task force is to undertake humanitarian evacuation, "but all optio…

Dang Thi Hoang Yen-Chairwoman:India Asean Business Conclave 2011

Nandan Nilekani: 83rd FICCI AGM