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NLD ask for security for Suu Kyi’s proposed tour

An alms offering ceremony was held in Mandalay on Monday by the National League for Democracy (NLD) on the 8th anniversary of the Depayin massacre in which scores of party members were killed and injured.The ceremony, held at west Khinmakan Monastery, was attended by about 150 members including Mandalay Division NLD branch chairman Thein Dan, Sagaing Division chairman Bar Bar and central women’s executive committee members who offered alms to 18 monks.

‘The monks performed religious rites for the monks, students and youths who were killed in Depayin incident. The NLD youth members released fish in a pond and offered gold flakes to the Mahamyatmuni Buddha image’, NLD member Myint Maw told Mizzima.NLD central leaders May Win Myint, Khin Htay Kywe, Phyu Phyu Thin, Nai Nai, Myo Nyunt, and Maung Maung Gyi were also present.

The infamous Depayin incident occurred on May 30, 2003. NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi narrowly escaped a mob which included members of the precursor organization of the…

Blast in Pak kills 8

A powerful explosion ripped through a market in Bajaur tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing eight persons, including two anti-Taliban tribal elders, and injuring 12 others.The nature of the blast, which occurred at Pashat bazar in Bajaur region at 10.50 am, could not immediately be ascertained.
Malik Mian Jan and Malik Tahsin Khan, two tribal elders who played a key role in leading an anti-Taliban 'lashkar' or militia, were among those killed by the blast, officials said.The injured were taken to hospitals in Khar, the main town of the region located 65 km from Pashat.Officials said three of the wounded were in a serious condition.
The Pashat market was closed following the attack.
Security forces cordoned off the site of the blast and launched a search operation.
The blast targeted Malik Mian Jan's hotel, where he was meeting other tribal elders, witnesses said.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast.The Taliban have killed dozens of pro-governm…

Developing Managerial Skill for Entrepreneurship in North Eastern Region

Developing Managerial Skill for Entrepreneurship in North Eastern Region
The Ministry of Development of North East Region, DoNER has sponsored a Programme Developing Managerial Skill for Entrepreneurship. The Programme will be conducted by Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong through its Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER). The Ministry has sanctioned an amount of Rs.79.15 lacs for this programme for training 60 youth from the Region. The Course will deal with developing managerial skills among the new generation of entrepreneurs of the region. The program is supported under the Technical assistance and Capacity Building Scheme administer by the DoNER Ministry.

The DoNER Ministry and the North Eastern Council has collaborated with the Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong to offer a range of short term skill development programmes encompassing the different areas of Management, Entrepreneurship, Tourism, Hospitality, among many othe…

Ministry of Railways Issues Notification for Extending Concession to Orthopaedically Handicapped/Paraplegic in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Trains

Ministry of Railways Issues Notification for Extending Concession to Orthopaedically Handicapped/Paraplegic Persons in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Trains

The New Facility to be Effective from 1st June, 2011
Ministry of Railways has issued a notification for extending the concession in Rail fares admissible to Orthopaedically/paraplegic persons in Rajdhani/Shatadbi trains also. This comes as a follow up to the announcement made in Railways Minister’s Budget speech for 2011-12 on 25th February, 2011.

Accordingly, Orthopaedically handicapped/paraplegic persons who cannot travel without the assistance of escort are eligible for 25 per cent concession in 3-AC & AC Chair Car in all inclusive fares of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. The same concession will also be admissible to one escort accompanying the concerned handicapped person.

There is no change in other terms and conditions.

The concession will be effective on tickets purchased on or after 01.06.2011. In case of tickets already issued …

Political prisoners on hunger strike

Nearly 30 political prisoners, including seven women and three Buddhist Monks, are staging hunger strikes to demand better prison conditions.Today, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) reported that 7 of the political prisoners who have been on a hunger strike in Insein Prison have been placed in solitary confinement in military dog cells, which are small cells where dogs are usually kept and notorious for brutal torture and extreme punishment.

AAPP has also learnt that the other political prisoners who have been on hunger strike may be transferred to remote prisons as a punishment.

On 16 May, Burma’s new ruler, Thein Sein, announced that all prisoners would have their sentences reduced by one year, and that those on death row would have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment. This was designed to avoid releasing senior opposition leaders, many of whom were given sentences of 65 years or more after the pro-democracy uprising in 2007. One political prisoner …

Lightning strikes claim 10 lives in B’desh

At least 10 people including two children were killed and 16 others injured on Monday morning in lightning strikes in two Bangladeshi districts.A local official from Chapainawabganj district said eight people including two children, were killed and three others injured in lightning.

Another official from Pabna district said two farmers were killed and 13 others injured in thunderbolt. All the lightning victims were admitted to local hospitals.
At least 16 people were killed and a score others injured by lightning in a tropical storm in seven districts of Bangladesh in May last year.

11th Conference to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad

India to host 11th Conference to the Convention on Biological Diversitynd

2011-05-24 06:01:11 - India is hosting the eleventh Conference of the Parties (CoP-11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the sixth Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (CoP/MoP-6) to the Cartagena Protocol on Bio-safety to be held on 1-19 October, Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh:India

The Ministry of Environment and Forests and Convention on Biological Diversity organized one-day Stakeholders’ Consultations and Launch of the UNDB for Asia and Pacific in New Delhi today. The event was presided over by Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister for Environment and Forests. Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the CBD Secretariat based in Montreal also attended the event. The Vice-Minister
of Environment, Japan representing the CoP-10 presidency, Ministers of Environment from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan participated. Ambassadors / High Commissioners of Delhi based Missions also atte…

Vijay seventh Indian shooter to qualify for London Olympics

Vijay Kumar became the seventh Indian shooter to qualify for next year's London Olympics by clinching a silver medal in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event of the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA.The 25-year-old Indian missed the gold by a whisker to German Christian Reitz, an Olympic bronze medallist from the Beijing edition, who won the match with an overall score of 29 hits.

Vijay joins rifle shooters Ronjan Sodhi, Gagan Narang, Hari Om Singh and Sanjeev Rajput, and fellow pistol shooters Rahi Sarnobat and Annu Raj Singh to clinch a quota place for the London Olympics.More than 600 athletes coming from 70 countries are participating in the third ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup stage of the year.

Tune Hotels Kicks off

Tune Hotels Kicks off RM2/Rp20.000 Sale
Guests save more with Add-on Packages and Removal of Admin Fee
PETALING JAYA, 21 May 2011 – From Monday, Tune Hotels rooms will go on sale from as low as RM2 for hotels in Malaysia and from Rp20,000 for their Indonesian hotels, giving further value to travelers after announcing their Comfort and Plus Packages and No Admin Fee earlier this year.

Karen Thong, General Manager - Marketing & Corporate Communications of Tune Hotels said “We’re delighted to announce our latest promotion in line with our promise of Great Value, Great Savings. Guests can further save 20% if they purchase their add-ons such as towel & toiletries and air condition credits known as the Comfort Package or 30% for television and in-room wifi named the Plus Package allowing guests to spend more on their shopping or what have you during their travels.”

The booking period is from 1200hrs (Malaysian time) on Monday, 23 May till 2359hrs (Malaysian time) on Friday, 3 June…

China asks Pak to mend its fences with India

A media report in Islamabad said, China has asked Pakistan to mend its fences with all its neighbours, including India. Beijing expressed concern over terrorists still flourishing in centres on Pakistani soil.The message from the Chinese leadership was conveyed during Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's visit to China that ended yesterday.The News daily quoted diplomatic sources as saying, the Chinese leadership asked Islamabad to make efforts for the "removal of irritants with Washington and New Delhi.The Chinese leadership expressed regret that terrorists were flourishing in various centres and Pakistan had yet to take an effective action to remove such centres. It added that this was an obvious reference about madrasas.

Land Acquisition Civil society deliberation

Gandhi Peace Foundation meet on Tuesday May 24, 5 - 8.30 pm. Focus: Noida - Greater Noida Land Acquisition. Amendments to Land Acquisition Act of 1874:
Gandhi Peace Foundation meet on Tuesday May 24, 5.30 - 8.30 pm.
Tea - Soft Drink at 5 pm.
Follow up of Sept 19, 2011 - Theme then: 'Kisano ka Hak'
Focus: Noida - Greater Noida Land Acquisition. Amendments to Land Acquisition Act of 1894 Kindly reserve above time in your calendar, as this will be a Landmark brainstorming cum policy event, to which you are cordially invited.

Vyavastha Parivartan Gathbandan, Dehat Morcha, Kisan Shangharh Samiti,
2011 'Do Bigha Zamin Movement' - latter a follow thru by NNFI

Oommen Chandy sworn in as Kerala CM

Senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of Kerala at the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.Along with Chandy, six floor leaders of the UDF coalition were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor R S Gavai at the lawns of the Raj Bhavan.
The UDF unseated CPI(M)-led LDF by securing a thin majority of 72 seats in the 140-member House after 13th April Assembly polls.

Those sworn in as ministers were P K Kunhalikutty (IUML), K M Mani (Kerala Congress-M), K P Mohanan (SJD), T M Jacob (Kerala Congress-J), K B Ganesh Kumar (Kerala Congress-B) and Shibu Baby John (RSP-B).The ministry will be expanded on 23rd May with the induction of nine Congress nominees, three representatives of IUML and one more from Kerala Congress (Mani).

Chandy's predecessor and CPI (M) veteran V S Achuthanandan, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, Union ministers Mullapally Ramachandran and K C Venugopal were among those who attended the ceremony.A larg…

Quit Office, Devegowda Tells CM, Speaker

Quit Office, Devegowda Tells CM, Speaker

Bangalore, May 17 (PTI) Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda today demanded the resignation of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah in view of the Supreme Court verdict quashing disqualification of 16 MLAs, including 11 BJP rebels.

The JDS supremo said after the Supreme Court passed "strictures" against the Speaker, he had no moral right to continue in office.

He said the apex court in its order had also referred to "how the Chief Minister used the Speaker" to manipulate the Vote of Confidence on October 11 last year to save his government and demanded that he too quit office.

In this background, the ruling BJP should elect a new legislative party leader, Devegowda sai

Politburo introspection meeting of CPI ( M )

CPI-M politburo introspection meets in New Delhi today to discuss poll debacle in West Bengal. The meet will initiate the process of analysing the reasons behind the party’s defeat. While the party lost power in West Bengal after a continuous 34-year-rule, it failed to lead its Left Democratic Front (LDF) to victory in Kerala although it won 45 seats by itself to emerge as the largest single party formation in the new 140-member Assembly. AIR correspondent quoting party sources reports, after its near-complete rout in West Bengal, the CPI-M state secretary and Left Front Chairman Biman Bose's role is expected to come under special scrutiny in the process of a thorough analysis of the Assembly poll results.
The CPI too will hold its high-level meetings to analyse the poll results and the overall performance of the Left Front, beginning with a Central Secretariat meeting on Wednesday. CPI general secretary A B Bardhan yesterday speaking to AIR has described the drubbing of the Left …

Kevin Rudd in Thailand meet Burmese HR Organization

Kevin Rudd former PM now MP of OZ tweets that 'Spent this morning with representatives of Burmese human rights organisations here in Thailand." Further adds in social networking site,'Big challenge is some half million displaced Burmese on both sides of border. Conditions often atrocious, incl. human trafficking.'Kevin writes,'Also been speaking with Thai Foreign Minister on Burmese regime’s human rights performance post Aung San Suu Kyi release.' KRudd

IIFCL Net increased by 138 percent

IIFCL Net increased by 138 percent
Nksagar-Sagar Media Inc-New Delhi; India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL)has reported a y-oy growth of 138%of its net profit during the year ended 31 March Profit of the company for the year ended stood at rs 228.44 Cr compared to Rs 95.91 Cr.Total income for the year registered a growth of 23% led by increase in interest income from lending operations.Income from the lending operations posted a growth of 66% over the corresponding period last year. IIFCL has NIL NPAs on its balance sheets as on 31 March 2011. The sanctions conveyed by the company registered a stellar growth of 30% as at the end of year ended the cumulative gross sanctions to rs 31,778 Cr to 176 infra projects involving a total project cost of rs 2,70,921 Cr. Recognizing the need for bringing about innovative financing approaches to meet the infra financing gap,the company is currently evolving a framework for undertaking Credit Enhancement of bonds issued by i…

AirAsia introduces two new booking features

AirAsia introduces two new booking features

SEPANG, 12 May 2011 – AirAsia’s guests can now breeze through their flight booking process with the introduction of two new booking features on both its web and mobile platforms for AirAsia members – the ‘Family & Friends List’ and ‘1-Click Card’. Both features are available from 13 May onwards.

The ‘Family & Friends List’ enables guests to store up to ten guests’ information in their AirAsia member account. No more rush for guests to key in their family and friends’ details or panic when someone’s date of birth is missing, as it will all be available conveniently in the ‘Family & Friends List’ when guests log in to

AirAsia members are also able to save their credit card details securely in the ‘1-Click Card’ feature. Guests can further speed up their booking process as all they need is a click to complete their payment with this new feature.

Guests can sign up to be AirAsia members by visiting www.airasia.c…

5th Meeting of the Advisory Council on Artificial Recharge to Groundwate

Recharge to Groundwater Concludes with many Suggestions
The 5th meeting of the Advisory Council on Artificial Recharge to Ground Water concluded here today under the Chairmanship of Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister for Water Resources. Organized by the Ministry of Water Resources at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, the meeting was attended by eminent NGOs, VOs and Principal Secretaries of the State Governments, besides senior officers from the Ministry of Water Resources and Organizations attached to it. Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources, was also present.

Addressing the meeting, Shri Salman Khurshid emphasized the importance of an integrated approach to Ground Water management and said effective recharge of Ground Water is crucial to ensuring a continuous and sustainable water supply. He suggested that future meetings of the Council should be held in a place where a successful Ground Water Recharge project is running – whether by Governmental effort or by individual/orga…

PGTI Feeder Tour event Madhuban Meadows Golf Course Karnal

Karnal, Haryana, May 10, 2011: Praveen Kumar Bhadana of Noida shot a magnificent six under 63 to seize the lead in round one of the PGTI Feeder Tour event being held at the Madhuban Meadows Golf Course in Karnal. Bhadana’s opening round effort helped him set a new course record for a single round at the par-69 Madhuban Meadows course. The previous course record of five under 64 was jointly held by Suleman Ali, Dinesh Kumar and Arshdeep Tiwana.Manoj Kumar and Kapil Kumar are tied second at five under 64.

Praveen Kumar Bhadana had a slow start as he made pars on the first five holes. He then turned it on with four straight birdies from the sixth through the ninth thanks to some brilliant ball-striking and consistent putting. The 26-year-old continued his good run on the back nine making three more birdies besides his only bogey of the day on the 15th.

Praveen said, “I was striking it well today and therefore set up a number of birdie opportunities. The birdie on the 11th was special be…

Bangladesh committed to fight terrorism

Bangladesh has assured India that its territory will not be allowed to be used by elements working against the interests of any country.

Addressing a programme to commemorate the 150th year of Rabindranath Tagore's birth anniversary in New Delhi on Saturday, Planning Minister of Bangladesh A K Khandekar said his countrymen cannot forget India's support to their freedom struggle.

Khandekar, a retired Air Vice Marshal, who had also participated in the 1971 war for the freedom of Bangladesh said, "The spontaneous support that we received from the government and the people of India can never be forgotten by the people of Bangladesh."

"The courage, the spirit of sacrifice, the spirit of the people of India particularly the visionary leadership of Indira Gandhi (the then Indian Prime Minister), who announced her recognition of Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign nation even before the war ended can perhaps never be fully reciprocated by the people of Bangladesh…

United Nations invites summit Economists,Edu,Adm,Manufacturers,,NGO

United Nations invites to a Four-day summit of Economists, Educationists, Administrators,Manufacturers,Researchers,Non-Governmental
Organizations,Religious Leaders, Community Organizations, individuals from the public and Private Sector from 21 - 24 May, 2011 in London (UK) to assess the worst global economic down turn since the Great Depression.The aim is to identify emergency and long-term responses to mitigate the impact of the crisis, populations, and initiate a needed dialogue on the transformation of the international financial architecture,taking into account the needs and concerns of all countries of the world.

The United Nations summit coming up in May was mandated at the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development, held in June 2009 in New-York. Member States requested the General Assembly to organize the meeting "at the highest level".
Date: 21 - 24 May, 2011
Venue: International Convention Centre London, United Kingdom.
Conference Theme: Imp…

The happening in Burma

Media reports the Out of bound site in the ethnic states of Burma, where journalists and diplomats are banned from visiting, the dictatorship has stepped up attacks against ethnic minorities.

Last month we received reports from local organisations in Shan State, Eastern Burma, telling us how the Burmese Army has been gang-raping women, torturing villagers, executing them, and firing mortar bombs into their villages. Many are taken as slaves to carry supplies for the Burmese Army.The new attacks started when the dictatorship broke a ceasefire agreement and with an armed ethnic political party, the Shan State Army ­ North. They had refused to join the Burmese Army, and so they were attacked. And as usual,the Burmese Army targeted civilians, raping, looting and killing.
What is happening in Burma is similar to what has happened in Libya and
Syria ­ a brutal regime targeting civilians. But the response could not be
more different. On Libya there is international action, on Syria there is

Kalmadi and two others on 14 days judicial custody

Former OC CWG chairman Suresh Kalmadi and two others were remanded to judicial custody on Wednesday after the Central Bureau of Investigation told a Delhi court that it did not need the arrested persons for further investigations. CBI, argued the three should not be let out on bail since the charges against them were serious and their free movement could "compromise the investigation". The trio have been sent to the high security Tihar Jail that houses some of the most notorious criminals in the country.Kalmadi and his to aides, OC joint director general (Sport) ASV Prasad and OC deputy director general (procurement) Surjit Lal, arrested on charges of cheating, conspiracy and corruption in the award of Games related contracts, are now on 14 days judicial custody."The investigation of this case is at a crucial stage. Some important witnesses are yet to be examined. The role of accused persons Kalmadi, Prasad and Lal is of serious nature," the CBI lawyer was quoted b…

Khandu's body,copter wreckage found

After Five days the chopper went missing on its flight from Tawang to Itanagar, Arunachal Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu's body was found in Luguthang in Tawang district bordering China.The four others on board the ill-fated helicopter - two pilots, the Chief Minister's security officer and a female politician have also been confirmed dead."The Chief Minister and four others are dead," Union Minister for Development of North-eastern Region BK Handique told a press conference in Itanagar on Wednesday evening.

On Wednesday morning,the wreckage of Khandu's chopper was spotted from a hilltop near Jung falls in Tawang district and villagers in the area communicated to a control room in Itanagar that three of the five bodies were charred beyond recognition, a Cheetah helicopter that flew over the wreckage site also confirmed spotting the crashed chopper and some bodies.Local villagers could identify the bodies of Khandu and Yeshi Lhamu, the sister of Tawang MLA Tsewang …

UN declared Burma,," the most vulnerable country category"

UN meets to debate on Least Developed Countries in Istanbul, Turkey
A decade after the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the United Nations has convene a meeting on what can be done to assist the 49 ‘most vulnerable’ countries including Burma in their continued struggles to meet MDG benchmarks.This forum is part of a five-day series of meetings on Least Developed Countries (LDC) to be held the second week of May in Istanbul, Turkey. UN declared Burma,is in the ‘most vulnerable’ country category,a LDC in 1987. The designation followed the Burmese government’s claim, in a bid to earn LDC status and corresponding trade and development benefits, that only 20 per cent of the population was literate. Today Burma’s literacy rate is estimated at 90 per cent, and in 1987 was believed to be around 80 per cent.Millennium Development Goals are classified into eight sections: poverty alleviation, universal primary education, gender equality, reduction of infant mortality, im…

Aung San anthology in high demand

Aung San, the revolutionary hero of Burma and the father of Aung San Suu Kyi, never fails to draw the admiration of Burmese.An anthology of political articles recounting the successes and tragic end of his life is still in high demand two weeks after it was published, a Rangoon book dealer told Mizzima. Many young people are buying the book, seeing it as a poignant history of their country. Aung San was assassinated by political rivals in 1947.Published by the Monitor Journal, with a price of US $1, the cover features his photograph and writer Zaw Gyi’s poem about Aung San.

The book features 38 articles including a brief autobiography and photos of his family and historical events. The book, of good quality, was published in April.

The articles originally appeared in the Monitor Journal edited by Myat Khine. The writers who lived in the era of Aung San include Pukalay, Dagon Taryar and Thakhin Tin Oo. Other writers include Ko Pyinnyar (Amarapura), Takkatho Sein Tin, Dr. Kyaw Zaw Win a…

Burma in need of press freedom

Burma military Generals have changed their robes to democracy but the country is in need of Media freedom which is core of democracy.Peoples of Burma on World Press Freedom Day is being watched by the world, Myanmar journalists claim Burma’s new government has not ushered in freedom of the press but superficial change is in the air.United Nations declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness about press freedom and remind all governments about the need for a free press.

Burma media REPORTS,in for strict censorship and under the new government of President Thein Sein, the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division (PSRD) under the Information Ministry recently lifted censorship of some journals and eased their tight control over media coverage of certain subjects.The Burmese authorities allow the publishing of private weekly journals but not private daily newspapers. All private journals have to pass articles through a censorship board led by military officers prior to pu…

PGTI Feeder Tour 2011 starts Rambagh Golf Club Jaipur

PGTI Feeder Tour 2011 gets underway with opening event in Jaipur and Seven events in 2011 with prize purse of Rs. 6 lakh each:Jaipur, May 2, 2011: The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) will stage the opening event of its Feeder Tour for 2011 at the Rambagh Golf Club, Jaipur, from 3-5 May, 2011. The Feeder Tour is set to stage seven tournaments in the 2011 season. Each tournament on the Feeder Tour will boast a prize money of Rs. 6 lakh. These tournaments will have a maximum field of 90 players and will be played over three rounds of 18 holes each with the cut being applied after 36 holes.
Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI, said, “The prize purse for each event on the 2011 Feeder Tour has been raised to Rs. 6 lakh, and two top-60 order of merit players will now be allowed to play in the Feeder Tour events. The objective is to make the tour more competitive and help raise the level at this stage. We are confident that the Feeder Tour will provide an ideal platform for the budding…