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Bangladesh scraps caretaker govt for elections

Bangladesh's Parliament on Thursday approved a key constitutional amendment bill that scraps the nonpartisan caretaker system to conduct general elections, a move termed by the main opposition BNP as aimed at rigging polls by the incumbent govt in the country.The approval of 15th Amendment Bill 2011 also retains Islam as the state religion, an issue that has sparked a row with religious minority groups and civil society bodies calling it against the secular spirit of the 1972 constitution.

The parliament passed the bill with a vote of 291-1, well over the two-thirds majority needed in the 345-member popular House.The Bangladesh Nationalist party led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia, which has 38 members, abstained from the voting.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the leader of the ruling Awami League, has dismissed allegations that the amendments are aimed at rigging polls."This is a historic moment for democracy," Hasina said, adding "We can't allow unelected p…

Greece riots seize capital...Athens

Greece fended off a bankruptcy that would have roiled global markets and threatened the future of the euro when lawmakers backed controversial austerity measures in the face of violent protests.More than 100 people were injured.Investors cheered the bill - which aims to cut spending and raise taxes by Euro 28 billion (USD 40 billion) and raise Euro billion (USD 71 billion) in privatizations over five years - but, in Athens, the mood was dark.

In a haze of tear gas, protesters hurled anything they could find at riot police and tried to blockade the Parliament building.A Greek default would threaten the viability of the euro, the EU's common currency, and send shock waves through global markets similar to those that kicked off the global financial meltdown after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.

While world markets rose on the news that the bill passed, Greece is not yet out of the woods.The bill - along with another that must be passed Thursday on implementing the austerity …

Storms kill people in northern Vietnam

Storms kill people in northern Vietnam:The government said storms in northern Vietnam have killed 22 people as five more bodies were recovered and 65 have been injured.

The Floods and Storms Control Department said on its website today that 12 of the victims were killed by lightning.The rest died from falling trees, collapsed houses or were washed away by floods in eight northern provinces before and after Tropical Storm Haima hit the region last week.

Nearly 2,700 homes were destroyed or damaged, and 990,000 acres (40,000 hectares) of rice paddy were inundated.Vietnam is prone to floods and storms which kill hundreds of people a year.

NIT Council Meeting

NIT Council Meeting Held: Shri Kapil Sibal Suggests Review of NIT System

The 2nd NIT Council meeting was held here today under the Chairmanship of Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development. The meeting was attended by distinguished members of Parliament, Chairperson & Directors of National Institute of Technology (NIT) and other Council members. Several important decisions having long-term implications on improving the quality of technical education were taken.

Since the NIT system is going to complete a decade of its existence, the Minister suggested to conduct a review of the system under the Chairmanship of Dr. Anil K.Kakodkar on the lines of the report already submitted by him on IITs.

Reports of various committees constituted by the Council earlier were approved for implementation. The Council also reviewed admission policy for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In particular, foreign student admission through DASA and centralized M.Tech admission…

Congress demands dismissal of Mayawati govt

Congress has demanded the dismissal of Mayawati government for deteriorating law and order situation and spurt in violence against women in Uttar Pradesh. State Unit of the party has handed over a memorandum to Governor B.L. Joshi in Lucknow on Monday. The Congress has also demanded a CBI inquiry into a number of incidents took place recently in the state including murder of a teenage girl by a group of policemen in Lakhimpur Kheri district, killing of two CMOs and mysterious death of a Deputy CMO in Lucknow jail and death of farmers in police firing at Bhatta Parsul villages in Gautam Buddha Nagar district. In its memorandum, the party has alleged that several BSP MPs and MLAs are allegedly involved in different criminal activities and some of them are in jail. AIR correspondent reports that Congress leaders, who were arrested while taking out a Nyaya March in Lucknow on Monday, have been released.
Earlier, state government had clamped prohibitory orders and refused the Congress perm…

UP Police threatened to implicate Tripathi in false case

UP Police threatened to implicate Tripathi in false case
PTI Lucknow:Senior journalist of a news channel was allegedly picked up "forcibly" by police in Hazratganj area here after which journalists staged a demonstration near Chief Minister Mayawati's residence.Shalabh Mani Tripathi, state bureau chief of Hindi news channel IBN7, was picked up by SP (City) BP Ashok and Circle Officer Anup Kumar while he was coming out of his office last evening, Tripathi's colleagues alleged.

They alleged that the police not only manhandled Tripathi, but also thrashed his assistant and took them to the police station forcibly.Police have threatened to implicate Tripathi in false case, they alleged.

Protesting the incident, journalists staged a demonstration near Chief Minister's residence.Meanwhile, principal secretary to UP CM Navneet Sehgal told reporters that "the process for suspension of the two police officers has been initiated."
Media agencies

Burmese prisoners freed from Kolkatta after 13 years

Indian Navy arrested the 36 Burmese on February 11, 1998 and two managed to escaped from custody still their whereabouts are not known. Thirty-four are released from Kolkata Prison on May 19, 2011 and gave their public appearance at Gandhi peace foundation today.

Indian officers lured the rebels to Landfall Island in the Andaman Islands more than 13 years ago. Six revolutionaries were murdered in cold blood and the remaining 36 languished behind bars.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) charged them with illegal entry into Indian maritime territory and possession of arms and explosives, claiming that the arms and explosives were destined for insurgents in Northeast India.
The 31 former rebels are currently living in New Delhi as refugees under the protection of the UNHCR.

Four Bombs explosion in Brumese three Cities

In Maymyo (Pyinoolwin), rumours are circulated that more bombs will be detonated.
A second bomb exploded in Mandalay on 84th Road between 31st Road and 32nd Road at around 3 p.m. on Friday. There were no injuries.

The bomb exploded near the Sainsabelphoo gold shop and a rubbish pile located near Pariyatti Sasana Association. The location is 800 feet from the site of the first bomb explosion around noon.

Three powerful bombs exploded within minutes of each other in Mandalay, Naypyitaw, the capital, and Maymyo on Friday.This was followed by a second bomb explosion in Mandalay a few hours later.Military officers investigate after a bomb explosion destroyed a parked car in front of the Zaygyo Hotel in Mandalay on Friday, June 24, 2011. At least one person was injured in the blast.

Military officers investigate after a bomb explosion destroyed a parked car in front of the Zaygyo Hotel in Mandalay on Friday, June 24, 2011. At least one person was injured in the blast.The first bomb explo…

Somdev sets up clash with Youzhny in Wimbledon 2nd round

Somdev sets up clash with Youzhny in Wimbledon 2nd round

India's Somdev Devvarman sailed into the second round of Wimbledon Tennis Championships after his German opponent Denis Gremelmayr retired hurt midway through their opening match here.

Somdev was leading 6-4 4-2 when Gremelmayr conceded the match to the Indian.

Somdev will next face Russian Davis Cup stalwart Mikhail Youzhny. The 18th seed defeated Argentine Juan Monaco 4-6 6-2 6-2 4-6 6-4 in his first-round clash.

Somdev's booming serve gave him the advantage as he sent down six aces in the very first set, which lasted 35 minutes.

The Indian didn't concede a single break chance to his rival and converted one of the four he earned to nose ahead.

In the second set as well, Somdev had the upperhand after breaking Gremelmayr, who eventually conceded the match after being on court for just over an hour.

Aung San Suu Kyi celebrated her 66th birthday

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi celebrated her 66th birthday on Sunday.The Nobel Peace laureate turned 66,her best gift awaited at Yangon's international airport,arrival of her youngest son, Kim Aris, who lives in Britain and kissed his mother on arrival.Suu Kyi,who has celebrated 15 birthdays in detention or house arrest over the past 22 years, the first in nine years that she was able to celebrate freely with friends, family and supporters.

Ruled by the military since 1962, Myanmar held its first elections in 20 years in November. Suu Kyi was released from seven years of house arrest just days after the poll, which her party boycotted.The junta handed power to a civilian government in March, but critics say it's merely a front for continued army rule.

On her last year birthday ,Suu Kyi was alone, locked in her dilapidated lakeside compound while world leaders called for her release and supporters held somber ceremonies elsewhere in Yangon in her honor.This year she offer a m…

Nirupama Rao meets Suu Kyi in Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi, and Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao met and both expressed a desire for the bilateral relationship to "blossom and grow".Rao, who was here as part of the delegation of External Affairs Minister S M Krishna during his three-day visit to Myanmar that ended on Wednesday, called on Suu Kyi on Monday at her residence, official sources said.

The meeting, which was not part of Rao's schedule, lasted for an hour, during which she "felicitated" Suu Kyi on her 66th birthday which was on Sunday, they said."Both expressed a desire for this relationship to blossom and grow," a source said.

Asked why Krishna, who headed the Indian delegation, did not meet Suu Kyi, the sources said he had a tight schedule and that the Indian Ambassador to Myanmar, V S Seshadri, had met her earlier.Rao's meeting with Suu Kyi was, however, kept under wraps till the Indian delegation left the country.

The sources privy to the conversation that took place between t…

President Sein to visit India

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Wednesday concluded his three day visit to Myanmar during which he held talks with practically the entire leadership of the recently-formed civilian government focusing on security, agriculture and trade among other issues.India also "encouraged" Myanmar on its efforts of national reconciliation which it believes need to be broad based and inclusive."It was a very useful exchange of views," Krishna said when asked about his parleys with Myanmar leaders including President Then Sein.He said India values the bilateral relations and looks forward to blossoming of robust bilateral relationship.

Krishna had also extended President Pratibha Patil's invitation to Sein to visit India which was accepted by him.

Krishna's visit, along with Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, is the first high-level tour from India since the government took over in March after years of military rule.Official sources said the visit was an opportunit…

India gifts 10 modern rice silos to Myanmar

India extending a helping hand to the cyclone prone country,on Tuesday dedicated 10 modern and disaster-proof rice silos in Myanmar to ensure that no one goes hungry during natural calamities.External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, on a three day visit to the country, inaugurated the silos, having a combined capacity of 5,000 tonne storage build with the assistance of India.

India had given USD 2 million for the construction of these silos, whose need was felt after the devastating May 2008 Cyclone Nargis.

"One of the lessons learnt from this catastrophe (cyclone) was the need to have strong and weather-proof rice warehouses located at strategic positions in the cyclone prone area to enable speedy distribution of food grains to the people in times of need," Krishna said while inaugurating three silos in the presence of Myanmarese Commerce Minister Win Myint.

The silos are capable of withstanding wind speeds of 150 km per hour and are earthquake resistant up to eight on the Ri…

Bring back Indian money stashed abroad: Mamata

Banerjee said "if anyone says all politicians are corrupt, then let them join politics." Pressing for a comprehensive package to check the menace of corruption at all levels, Trinamool Congress chief demanded that the moneys illegally stashed abroad should be brought back.

She also suggested that electoral reform measures be carried out by the Election Commission and said state funding of polls would go a long way to curb the use of black money in the electoral process.She also suggested that electoral reform measures be carried out by the Election Commission and said state funding of polls would go a long way to curb the use of black money in the electoral process.

Suggesting a "comprehensive collective package" to fight all lacunaes in the system, she also wanted strengthening of the vigilance machinery to check corruption at all levels.She refused to take a question on Baba Ramdev saying "Ask me questions relating to Bengal and not on Delhi."When her c…

S M Krishna to leave for Myanmar today

Nksagar-Sagar Media Inc: New Delhi Jun 20,2011
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will leave for Myanmar today. He will be accompanied by the Foreign Secretary Nirupma Rao and other senior officials. This will be the first Indian high level visit after the formation of Civil Government in Myanmar in March this year. Broad based exchange on the issues of transportation, connectivity, Information Technology, telecommunication and infrastructure are high on the agenda of the Indian delegation. Our correspondent adds that India will also seek cooperation from Myanmar under its Look East policy. The success of programmes like trilateral highway between India, Myanmar and Thailand, Trans-Asian Railway to connect New Delhi with Hanoi and the Kaladan multi-modal transport project will depend only with Myanmar cooperation. India is also eager to boost its investment in gas and hydro-electricity projects in Myanmar and is eyeing oil and gas fields.

India, Denmark should fight terror together: Meira Kumar

India and Denmark need to pool in their resources to deal with the menace of terrorism. The Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said this during her visit to Copenhagen yesterday. She said India and Denmark, both targets of global terrorism, need to work together to isolate the forces of terror, violence and intolerance and pool their resources to deal with the menace and to build effective defense against it. She is leading a Parliamentary delegation to Denmark where she held discussions with the five member Presidium of the Danish Parliament. The Indian delegation also called on the Queen of Denmark.

Myanmar for role in realizing ASEAN community

YANGON, Myanmar Union Minister of Finance and Revenue U Hla Tun has called for the role of customs departments in realizing ASEAN Community, stressing the need for encouraging commodity flow integration, earning revenue for the state and handling border trade in line with policy and law, an official media reported last week.

U Hla Tun made the call at a senior customs officials meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Nay Pyi Taw , said the New Light of Myanmar.

He noted that Myanmar has formed National Window System Leading Committee which will join ASEAN window system via ICT tools as it is one of pivotal pledges of ASEAN nations.

Dr. JP to address IIM and Public Meeting in Bangalore

Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan will be addressing students and faculty of two institutes of technology and management in Bangalore on June 16 and 17.He will be chief guest at the graduation ceremony of the Reva Institute of Technology & Management on June 16. He will be taking part in a seminar on the ‘The Role of youth in Politics and Nation Building’ at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM) on June 17.Dr JP will be addressing a public meeting on 17th at 5pm on the anti-corruption campaign at Rotary House of Friendship, Lavelle Road, Bangalore. Loksatta Party, Karnataka, would like to invite you to meet and interact with Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan (Dr. JP), the National President of Loksatta Party, and the serving MLA from Kukatpally constituency in Andhra Pradesh.
Dr. JP has been an important figure in the long and emerging national consciousness against corruption in public office, and has a stellar record of promoting reforms in government and poli…

Mamata unhappy with food department officials

Mamata unhappy with food department officials reports PTI West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited the Food Department headquarters here today, said essential items were not reaching the poor and threatened to sack the officers responsible for it."Those from whom food is not reaching the people must be sacked," Banerjee told the department's officers when they informed her that items meant for PDS were not reaching the beneficiaries because of a section of Food Department staff and some businessmen.

Describing the food department as one 'without a father and a mother,' she said "nothing is monitored here. Funds are being spent on food items but it is not reaching the common people. This cannot be allowed to continue."

Warning the officers that they would be monitored, she said, however, that the government would not victimise anyone."We will all have to work together.

Mamata unhappy with food department officials

(PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited the Food Department headquarters here today, said essential items were not reaching the poor and threatened to sack the officers responsible for it.

"Those from whom food is not reaching the people must be sacked," Banerjee told the department's officers when they informed her that items meant for PDS were not reaching the beneficiaries because of a section of Food Department staff and some businessmen.

Describing the food department as one 'without a father and a mother,' she said "nothing is monitored here. Funds are being spent on food items but it is not reaching the common people. This cannot be allowed to continue."

Warning the officers that they would be monitored, she said, however, that the government would not victimise anyone.

"We will all have to work together.

China Brahmaputra's dam to adopt interest of downstream countries.

A day after India sought details from Beijing on its plans to divert waters of the Brahmaputra by building a dam on it in Tibet, China today said it will adopt a "responsible" attitude taking into "full consideration" the interest of downstream countries."China adopts a responsible attitude towards the development of cross border water resources," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei told a media briefing here.He was answering a question on concerns in India over Beijing's plans to build a dam on Brahmaputra resulting in diversion of waters.

"We adopt a policy that protection goes together with development, and take into full consideration the interests of downstream countries," he said.

Congress' critical role in warmaking decisions

House of Representatives passed a new defense bill two weeks ago that strips Congress' critical role in warmaking decisions, and forces the armed forces to take on a new mission as judge, jury and jailor of all future foreign terrorism suspects. The Senate Armed Services Committee will decide whether to follow suit or change course starting this Wednesday.

Tell the Senate Armed Services Committee to protect Congress' role in deciding whether to go to war and limit the mission of our armed forces to prosecuting wars, not people. Not only are such choices smarter national security, they uphold the rule of law and American values.

The House version of the defense bill would:

Strip Congress of its critical role in warmaking decisions by ceding to the president unfettered authority to use military force anywhere in the world;
Force the military to become the judge, jury and jailor for all future foreign terrorism suspects, expanding the failed experiment at Guantanamo; and

A silent march on 18 June from Rajghat to the office of the NH RC

New Delhi11 June 2011
Rashtriya Swabhiman Andola (RSA) appeals to all anti-corruption activists to join hands. We have convened a meeting of different organisations active nationwide in the fight against corruption on 25 June, the day Emergency was imposed on this country. We are confident that a common strategy can be evolved for the forward march. The fight against corruption demands that members of civil society should overcome ideological untouchability and act as per people’s sentiments to reign in the virus of corruption.

RSA has also decided to organise a silent march on 18 June from Rajghat to the office of the National Human Rights Commission to highlight the plight of the people oppressed by a despotic government. Holding peaceful demonstrations to protest the flaws in the system is their democratic right. RSA appeals to all to participate in this march in big numbers to register people’s serious objection to the atrocities of the authority.

RSA appeals to Swami Ramdev to …

Campaign against Hazare, Ramdev

Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev this year has created absolutely awareness in public domain to scuttle the rein of corruption and money laundering in foreign banks with media doing its own investigation and scams emerging every month by which the ruling party is in back foot trying to defence its governance model and thus Congress launches campaign against Anna Hazare, Yog guru Ramdev

Kolkata, Jun 12 (PTI) The Congress today launched a campaign to counter the anti-graft movement by Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev and accused a section of civil society of trying to weaken democratic institutions.

"The Constitution has given the power to legislate only to Parliament and the state Assemblies. If 5,000 or 6,000 people dictate from outside what the Parliament ought to do, this will weaken democracy," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told a press conference.

Mukherjee, who released a document in English containing his party's views on the issue, said the Congress was launching an a…

India beat WI in Antigua to clinch five-match ODI series

India beat West Indies by three wickets in the third one dayer at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua last night to clinch the five -match ODI series.Chasing a victory target of 226, India made 228 for 7 in 46.2 overs. Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten at 86.For West Indies Andre Russell remained not out at 92. Amit Mishra and Munaf Patel took three wickets each.Rohit Sharma scored a fantastic unbeaten 86 under pressure as India beat West Indies by three wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series in Antigua on Saturday. Except Parthiv Patel (46, 56 balls, 4x4, 1x6), none of the top-order batsmen showed intent although Virat Kohli got a poor leg-before decision when the ball seemed to be traveling down leg-side.

Chasing a target of 226, the visitors were reeling at 92 for six but Rohit (86 not out, 91 balls, 5x4, 2x6) along with senior-pro Harbhajan Singh (41, 64 balls, 1x6, 1x4) added 88 runs as India finally got home rather comfortably with 22 balls to …

CWG Delhi 2010 lacked mechanism,transparency,accountability

10.6.2011 New Delhi Nksagar- Sagar Media Inc;
Hazards Centre successfully organised the Press Conference on the Commonwealth Games 2010 at Indian Women’s Press Corps, New Delhi from 2pm-5pm on 10.6.2011.

Mr. Dunu Roy threw light on the issues that Commonwealth Games was part of an ad-hoc violation of the planning process and without public disclosure of and debate on all the decisions related to the Games. Who then are the real players? Because eventually the expenditure of the Games will be paid for by this “nation” whether it “watched” the Games or not. What were the steps taken by the State on the apprehensions and projections that were made in the report and, if not, then why?

Summary Note
While exploring the phenomena of Big Games, Hazards Centre published a report in 2007 titled “2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi: How much does national prestige cost?’’, in which the historical record of Big Games was examined. Thus, in the 1968 Olympics Mexico had plunged into a debt for 25 to …

Ramdev protest: UP Congress leader resigns

Ramdev protest: UP Congress leader resigns
PTI / Wednesday, June 8, 2011 14:48 IST
A local Congress leader here resigned today from the party in protest against police crackdown on the camp of Yoga guru Baba Ramdev in Ramlila ground in Delhi.A local Congress leader here resigned today from the party in protest against police crackdown on the camp of Yoga guru Baba Ramdev in Ramlila ground in Delhi.
Pramila Vashishtha, vice-president of district Congress committee, resigned from her post in protest against alleged cruelty on women during forceful eviction of yoga guru Baba Ramdev from the Ramlila ground.Condemning the crackdown in her resignation letter, she extended full support to Ramdev's anti-corruption drive.
Meanwhile, the police crackdown is drawing flak from people from all walks of life here.Leaders of various social, political and religious organisations, have strongly deplored the midnight police action against Ramdev and his supporters at Ramlila Ground in Delhi.All Ind…

Disagreement of Lokpal panel

Disagreement of Lokpal panel for drafting the Lokpal Bill is situation of ego clashing rather than any positive step to move forward,bill drafting is legislature prerogative and civil society is nowhere mentioned to be part of the bill drafting panel but the bill needs to be brought in public domain for hearing an the procedure civil society to be heard by the elected members is getting murkier each meet. A day after boycotting the meeting of Lokpal bill drafting committee, Anna Hazare-led team has made it clear that they had no intention to quit the joint panel.Activist Arvind Kejriwal said civil society members will attend the next meeting and contended that if they leave the ten-member committee, it will have "no credibility" as it will only remain a government panel with five ministers.

"Kapil Sibal has said that whether we come or not, they will go ahead (with the drafting of the Lokpal Bill). Why did that question arise? We had written to (Finance Minister) Pranab…

India's war on to fight Corruption

Twitter reports janlokpal Janlokpal #SC issues suo motu notice to Govt on forceful eviction of #Ramdev from #ramlila maidan Janlokpal Janlokpal #janlokpal Anna Hazare fasts on 8th June @ jantar mantar, join him, spread the word! janlokpal Janlokpal.

Baba Ramadev movement will become another Tahir Square event, committed this brutal attack and even possibly planned to kill Baba Ramadev ji (as was predicted just few days ago). It is time to wake up.

Wake up India.

Regards,
Satya

LS Speaker advocates increasing duration of Parliament’s session

Jun 4,2011 New Delhi: Nksagar Sagar Media Inc:
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has advocated increasing the duration of session of the house. She says there is need to increase the days of sitting of the session from the current seventy days to at least hundred days in a year for carrying out ever increasing business smoothly in the house. In an exclusive interview to AIR correspondent Manikant Thakur Kumar, she said the increase in working days will sufficient time for debates on various problems facing a vast country like India.

Asked whether she would like to shift the Lok Sabha question hour from 11.am to 2.00 pm as done in Rajya Sabha to avoid repeated adjournments, Meira Kumar said that she is thinking in those terms but no consensus has been achieved on the issue so far.
Expressing concern over the delay in the passage of women's reservation bill, she expressed hope that unanimity amongst various stake holders will be reached.Media agencies

UPA : The most corrupt Government since independence

Lucknow Friday, 3 June 2011:
Bharatiya Janata Party National Executive Committee Meeting Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) June 3rd & 4th 2011:Resolution on Corruption of the UPA Government:
UPA : The most corrupt Government since independence:
The Government of UPA II under the Prime Ministership of Dr. Manmohan Singh has completed its second year in office. On the said occasion both the UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh declared their resolve to take strong action against the menace of corruption. Nothing could be more ironical as this hollow declaration was being made in the backdrop of one of the own erstwhile Ministerial colleague, a senior Congress Member of Parliament and the daughter of the leader of an important constituent of the UPA detained in Tihar Jail on serious charges of massive corruption. It is indeed very important that these arrests were possible only because of a very assertive campaign by the opposition notably the BJP, vigilant media and lastly…

World Environment Day,Instituto Cervantes

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, being India the host country, The Embassy of Spain and Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi, in the presence of the Director of UNIC and the Chief of Communication of UNEP in Nairobi, would like to present“The first ever attempt of a world tour on a hybrid solar electric bicycle”
by Guim Valls Teruel and Nguyen Thuy Anh
Date and time: on 7th June 2011, at 6.30pm.
Place: Conference room at Instituto Cervantes, 48 Hanuman Rd, New Delhi.
Free admission

Japan PM Naoto Kan faces no-confidence vote

No-confidence motion submitted by the opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), along with their coalition partners the New Komeito party and the Sunrise Party, which may be backed by the Communist Party.LDP accused Mr Naoto Kan of unable to handle restructure the required relief efforts following the tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.On Wednesday, LDP leader Sadakazu Tanigaki told Mr Kan,"You have no personal virtues or ability to unite your own party members. I'm telling you to quit."Once you leave, there will be many ways for us to unite, to revitalise Japan beyond party lines." The prime minister Naoto Kan said no intention of stepping down.

LDP has charged Mr Kan of inadequate handling the reconstruction and relief efforts following the tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan rejected charges for his resignation, after opposition parties tabled a motion of no-confidence against him.Thus in case Mr Kan loses the vot…

GDP growth slows down

Confirming fears of a slowdown, India's economy grew by just 7.8 pc in the fourth quarter ending March this year, mainly due to poor performance of the manufacturing sector, as against 9.4 pc in the same three-month period of the previous fiscal.

However, economic growth, as measured by the Gross Domestic Product, improved to 8.5 per cent in 2010-11 from 8 per cent in 2009-10 due to better farm output and construction activities and financial services performance.

Meanwhile, the GDP growth figures for the first and third quarters of FY'11 have been revised upward. While the GDP growth figure for Quarter 1 has been pegged at 9.3 per cent -- as against the earlier estimate of 8.9 per cent -- the Q3 GDP growth has been revised upward to 8.3 per cent from 8.2 per cent.

During the quarter ending March 31 this year, growth in the manufacturing sector slowed down to 5.5 per cent from 15.2 per cent in the same quarter of 2009-10.

In addition, the mining and quarrying sector grew by on…