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Miss Handicapped Beauty Contest in Yangon

Miss Handicapped Beauty Contest in Yangon,Myanmaris oranganised by Physically Handicapped Association (MPHA) hold this Beauty Contest at the Thuwunna Indoor stadium in Yangon.

Next month contest aims at showcasing their ability and confidence and raising moral power of them, according to the MPHA.

The beauty contest for different types of female handicapped is scheduled to take place on Aug. 20.The single female contestants, aged between 18 and 30, are eligible to compete in the contest which allows two participants for each team.

Congress : CBI probe into Odisha mining scam

Congress on Friday demanded a CBI probe into the multi-crore mining scam in Odisha. Chief spokesman of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC), Arya Kumar Gyanendra on Friday said in Bhubaneswar that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has to follow the way of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yedduyurappa once it is probed by the CBI. He said the magnitude of mining scam in Odisha is much bigger than in Karnataka.

He also said, besides Naveen Patnaik, many ministers in his cabinet and a number of senior officials are involved in the multi-crore mining scam. He alleged that the Odisha Chief Minister is trying to mislead the people by asking the vigilance department under him to probe into the mining scam.

Cabinet approves Lokpal Bill draft

In today's Cabinet meet,

Lokpal bill draft government version is approved.

Lokpal to consists of eight members at National level.

Lokpal Bill to be introduced during monsoon session of Parliament.

PM kept out of Lokpal Bill purview.

Autonomy of judiciary to be maintained is out of the ambit Lokpal Bill.

Draft of Lokpal Bill is under purview of standing committee.

All former Prime Minister comes under ambit Lokpal Bill

Justice Shivaraj V Patil appointed new K'taka Lokayukta

Justice Shivaraj V Patil appointed new K'taka Lokayukta

Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Shivaraj V Patil, hailing from Karnataka was on Tuesday appointed the new Lokayukta of Karnataka to succeed Santosh Hegde.

Governor H R Bhardwaj has cleared the name of Patil, who had earlier served as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court as well as Acting Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Raj Bhavan sources said.

71-year-old Patil, replaces Hegde, a former Supreme Court judge who completes his term on August two.

Patil also served as the one-man committee that went into the processes and procedures followed by the Department of Telecommunications in the allocation of licences and spectrum between 2001 and 2009.

A Raj Bhavan communique later said the Governor made the appointment on the advice tendered by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

The Governor has also appointed former Karnataka High Court judge, Justice (retd) R Gururajan as a Upalokayukta, Karnataka, it said.

Imagine TV and Rakhi Sawant's: Gajab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniyaan

Imagine TV and Rakhi Sawant's: Gajab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniyaan
The Funniest, wackiest and most bizarre chat show on TV
hosted by Rakhi Sawant:
- The brand new reality series hits the television screens on 29th July 2011~
Ever heard of a man who has not taken bath for 37 years, or two families who combat each other and use ghosts as their weapons, or a woman who prefers to stay perched on a cell phone tower for days, to avoid getting married to a man her parents chose! Yes, India is a unique country with very unique stories. Gear up to watch the most extraordinary & bizzare stories from our country on -Imagine TV as it launches Gajab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniyaan, hosted by the fun & entertaining - Rakhi Sawant, starting 29th July 2011, Friday – Saturday at 10pm

Produced by UTV, Gajab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniyaan, is a unique showcase of strange stories that highlight the wacky lives and strange beliefs that exist in our country. The show will bring together the funniest stories f…

Rewati Singh & Ashok Argal faced police

Under Cash-for-vote scam,Rewati Singh & Ashok Argal appear before police today.
Samajwadi Party MP Rewati Raman Singh and BJP MP Ashok Argal on Friday appeared before Delhi Police for questioning in connection with the 2008 cash-for-vote scam.

The questioning of Rewati Raman came three days after his former party colleague Amar Singh was questioned by the investigators. Two persons Sanjeev Saxena, former aide of Amar Singh, and Suhail Hindustani, an alleged go-between Amar Singh and BJP were arrested after quizzing.

Government firms up draft Land Acquisition Bill

Government firms up draft Land Acquisition Bill-Government has firmed up the draft of Land Acquisition Bill that makes consent of 80 per cent land owners mandatory before purchase of the land. Briefing the reporters after a meeting with Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh in New Delhi today, N C Saxena, member of Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council, NAC said that the new Bill is expected to be unveiled in the next few days. He added that the ministry has improved the draft by raising the consent bar of land owners to 80 percent which was kept at 70 percent by NAC. Mr. Saxena also said the proposed bill will enable the state governments to acquire zero to 100 percent land depending upon the project. Mr. Saxena noted that there will be special provisions for acquiring land of Scheduled Tribes. He also informed that the Ministry has also agreed to NAC's recommendation to integrate different bills of land acquisition and rehabilitation into one.

Pak won’t accept any country’s hegemony: PM-Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani

Pak won’t accept any country’s hegemony-Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said Pakistan will not accept any country’s hegemony in the region.Talking to newsmen here at PM Secretariat after presiding over 13th annual awards ceremony of National Highways and Motorway Police, the Prime Minister said, “We don’t want any Chaudhry (regional chief) in the region.”

Prime Minister was responding to statement of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which she urged India to match its economic progress by taking a more assertive political role in Central and East Asia. Gilani said, Pakistan will not accept hegemony of any country in the region.On-Replying to another question about the resignations of MQM Ministers, he said the resignations tendered by Sindh Governor, provincial and federal ministers of the MQM had not been accepted therefore, their status as ministers is still intact.

Referring-to question about the arrest of Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, head of Kashmir Center in Washing…

Afghan national has been arrested in Germany

Afghan national has been arrested in Germany Suspected al Qaeda recruiter on suspicion of recruiting or fundraising for international militant groups al Qaeda and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.Young 21yr- identified as Omid H.,alleged to have published articles and videos on an Islamic Internet site glorifying terrorist attacks with the intent of recruiting new members or raising money for the networks, prosecutors said.Some 60 articles and videos uploaded to the site by Omid H. over the past year were aimed to "incite ... radicalism and ideological-motivated violence," they said.Omid H. was arrested near Kassel in western Germany on Wednesday, the prosecutor's office said in a news release.

Bhushan, Anna, Kejriwal aur 20,000 Scou

Bhushan, Anna, Kejriwal aur 20,000 Scou – Very Very Special


In Arabic fictional tale Ali Baba and 40 thieve, Ali Baba over heard the secret treasure of 40 thieves, his intelligent slave ‘Margina’ managed to kill all the thieves and her master Ali Baba was the only left who knew the secret to access the treasure.
In recruiting 20,000 Lokpal Special Staff Bhushans want to create Indian Gestapo or KGB version that is even more powerful could Interrogate PM and Judges.
Bhushan, Anna, Kejriwal wants 20,000 Scou to help them to unlock the treasures of THIEVES but difference is for every thief they want 20 Scou. Here I am assuming just top 1000 thieves hold 90% recoverable treasure, unlike ‘Smart Margina’ they had requisitioned 20 Scoundrels on full time employment to access treasure held by each BIG thieve.

Scoundrels because firstly they shall come from most Corrupt Police Departments and 20,000 shall be empowered to ‘Arrest, Interrogate, T…

Uranium find in Andhra Pradesh

India's state of Andhra Pradesh find one of the largest reserves of uranium in the world, the country's chief nuclear officer says.Initial Studies,reports Tummalapalle in Kadapa district may have reserves of 150,000 tonnes of the mineral, Atomic Energy Commission chief S Banerjee said.

India has estimated reserves of about 175,000 tonnes of uranium.Analysts say the new reserves would still not be sufficient to meet India's growing nuclear energy needs.

Portfolio allocation-to-Sachin Pilot, Milind Deora

Portfolio allocation of Minister of State for IT and Communications,Milind Deora. He is given the charge of the Telecom Department.
Sachin Pilot,to take care of IT and Postal issues.
The 34-year old Deora, a two-time Congress MP from South Mumbai,had taken charge as Minister of State for IT and Communications.
Minister for IT and Communications Kapil Sibal has decided the responsibilities of both Ministers of State, official sources said on Monday.

Hillary Clinton arrives Monday in New Delhi

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive in New Delhi on Monday to attend the second round of Indo-US strategic dialogue on Tuesday.A host of key bilateral, regional and international issues including situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and security cooperation in the backdrop of recent Mumbai blasts will be discussed during the talks.Hillary, who will be in India for a two-day official trip, will hold talks with her counterpart External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, apart from calling on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and meeting National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon.

On Tuesday, the US Secretary of State will hold a breakfast meeting with the National Security Adviser followed by the Indo-US dialogue after which she will call on the Prime Minister and will meet several senior political leaders including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Clinton will be travelling to Chennai on Wednesday where she is likely to meet representatives of US companies.

Besides situation in th…

Monsoon session of Parliament from August 1

Monsoon session of Parliament from August 1:
The monsoon session of Parliament will begin on August 1 and is likely to continue for about six weeks. Subject to exigencies of government business, the session is likely to conclude on September 8. This was announced by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat in a press release. Lok Sabha Secretariat had made the announcement

Chilean students-protest

SANTIAGO: At least 32 officers were wounded and 54 demonstrators were arrested here Thursday in a mass protest demanding more funds for public education, police said.
Riot police used water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse the tens of thousands of demonstrators, who fought back by hurling rocks, sticks, and plastic bottles filled with paint.Santiago Police Chief Sergio Gajardo told reporters that 32 officers were wounded "as a result of the extremely violent actions that took place at the end of the march."

EL Nino effect in Burma.

According to observations recorded by 25 El Nino watch groups around the world, there is a 50 per cent probability in August and a 70 per cent probability in November.Dr. Tun Lwin said that only a strong El Nino could affect Burma.“The epicenter of El Nino is far from Burma. The epicenter is located near Peru and Ecuador in South America,” Tun Lwin told Mizzima. An El Nino leads to drought and very high temperatures.El Nino condition is based upon the Oceanic Nino Index. When water temperature is 5 degree Celsius higher than normal temperatures in the sea, an El Nino can occur. If it is nine degree higher than normal, a strong El Nino will occur.In 2010, lakes, ponds and wells dried up in Mon, Arakan, and Shan states, Rangoon, Pegu, Irrawaddy, Sagaing, Mandalay and Magwe regions because of El Nino. Temperatures reached 47 degree Celsius in Myinmu in Sagaing Region, 46.5 degree in Myinchan in Mandalay Region, 45 degree in Monywa (Sagaing Region) and Magwe (Magwe Region), and 44.8 degre…

Kyaw Win, official at the Burmese embassy in Washington, D.C.Reports

Kyaw Win, official at the Burmese embassy in Washington, D.C.Reports
Jul 13 2011
Tags: burmese human rights

Senior diplomat writes to Secretary of State Clinton, saying he has lost hope that his country's leaders will effect democratic change.Kyaw Win, the second-ranking official at the Burmese embassy in Washington, writes in a July 4 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his efforts to push for reform have been rejected and he fears prosecution if he returns to Burma. United States to maintain targeted economic sanctions against the Burmese leaders and their businessmen allies, and to press for an international council of inquiry to investigate Burmese human rights abuses.The diplomat confirmed his resignation and request of asylum in the United States by telephone to a reporter for VOA's Burmese service.

Futher adds,Burma's military would ease its grip on power and move Burma to greater political pluralism. But, he says, the military has retain…

US suspends 800 million US dollar aid to Pakistan

US suspends 800 million US dollar aid to Pakistan

Angered by Pakistan's reluctance to go full throttle in the war against terror, the US has disclosed that it has suspended 800 million US dollar worth of military aid to it.

White House Chief of Staff Tom Donilon while confirming the suspension of the aid, described the relations with Pakistan as difficult and that it must be made to work overtime.

The suspended aid is about one-third of the 2 billion US dollar in annual American security assistance to Pakistan.

A Big Thank You’ for making AirAsia number ONE again!

‘World’s Best Low Cost Airline’ award
Sepang, 11 July 2011 – AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline for three consecutive years (2009, 2010, 2011) presents another irresistible promotion offering low fares to exciting domestic and regional destinations.

The promotion, aptly named the ‘A Big Thank You Sale’ presents guests with fares from as low as *RM3 to destinations from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Sibu, Kuching, Bangkok, Hat Yai and Phuket. Also offered are flights via AirAsia’s East Malaysian hub, from Kota Kinabalu to Clark.

Booking period for this must-not-miss promotion starts at 12am on 12 July – 17 July 2011, for the travel period between 6 February – 20 June 2012. Log on for more information on this promotion and other similar, enticing deals.Kathleen Tan, Regional Commercial Head, AirAsia Berhad said, “We are proud to be recognized as the world’s best low-cost airline for three consecutive years. However, this amazing fea…

PM defends crackdown on protesters

Kuala Lumpur,-Prime Minister Najib Razak on Sunday defended the government's handling of the demonstrations, saying "we dislike chaos".Najib also accused opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for masterminding the protest to drum up support for his political aspirations. People came out in large numbers yesterday for the opposition-backed rally to bring pressure on Najib's long ruling coalition to usher in electoral reforms and more transparency ahead of national polls early next year.Police fired tear gas and detained more than 1,600 people during the protest.Addressing more than 6000 supporters in Kuala Lumpur, Najib lashed out at Anwar, saying he is prepared to sacrifice his principles to achieve his dream of becoming prime minister.

He accused Anwar of masterminding the protest march held by NGO Bersih 2.0, the opposition coalition and called him an opportunist.He described the Bersih (meaning clean in Malay language) rally as a desperate plan by Anwar to manipulate th…

Congress search next DMK Minister

Dayanidhi Maran's exit from the Union Cabinet over the 2G scam issue, senior Congress leader and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee discussed the current political situation with DMK chief M Karunanidhi in Chennai today.Emerging from over an hour-long meeting with Karunanidhi at his residence, Mr. Mukherjee told reporters that the alliance is there, the alliance will continue and it will be strengthened.

Mr. Mukherjee said it was his practice to call on the DMK leader whenever he was in the city. Noting that this was his first visit to Chennai after the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, he said he took the opportunity of calling on him and explained the current political situation and shared views.Dayanidhi Maran was present at the meeting, also attended by Union Minister V Narayanasamy and TNCC President K V Thangkabalu.

SP may be offered ministerial along with Lallu to get berth in next cabinet reshuffle to add solid numbers in Congress coalition intact after various scams.

SC restricts opening of Thiru Temple vaults

The Supreme Court on Friday restrained the seven-member committee from opening vaults of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, which according to various estimates contains wealth worth over Rs one lakh crore.A bench of justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik on Friday asked the petitioner Raja Marthanda Varma, erstwhile Prince of Travancore, and the Kerala government to come out with appropriate suggestions for ensuring sanctity and security of the ancient temple which has come to the limelight following discovery of the huge wealth.

The apex court while restraining the opening of vault (B) and also the vault (A) posted the matter for further hearing on next Thursday.During the arguments, senior counsel K K Venogopal, appearing for the erstwhile prince, clarified that the temple was a public property and no member of the royal family claims any ownership or right over the huge property.

"The royal family is not claiming any ownership. It is a public temple. It i…

China releases new set of documents on 'Nanjing massacre'

China releases new set of documents on 'Nanjing massacre'
China has released a new collection of documents on the 1937 "Nanjing Massacre" in which over three lakh Chinese were killed allegedly by Japanese troops in eastern Jiangsu Province.The provincial government has released the collection of historical documents which were complied during the last 10 years by more than 100 experts and scholars, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The collection, jointly released by Jiangsu People's Publishing Limited and Phoenix Publishing and Media Group on Wednesday, was the most elaborate and systematic historical works on the incident, said Zhang Xianwei, chief editor of the collection.

Myanmar's southeastern Kayin state hit rains and flood

Flood,heavy rain,hit Hlaingbwe township in Myanmar's southeastern Kayin state for the past several days, a local media reported Tuesday.Most of the areas in the township including paddy fields were under water due to the overflow of water from the Hlaingbwe stream, Myanmar Newsweek said.The flood affected over 20 villages in Bago, destroying paddy fields in the region. Schools were closed and used as shelters for accommodating flood victims.The villagers used boat in crossing from one village to another.Flood had struck Mon state, Bago and Yangon regions earlier this year.Reports media agencies

BJP in favour of bringing PM under Lokpal: Advani

BJP in favour of bringing PM under Lokpal: Advani
New Delhi: New Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Senior BJP leader L K Advani today said that his party is in favour of bringing Prime Minister within the ambit of Lokpal, noting that the 1998 and 2001 drafts prepared by NDA were clear on the issue.
Shri Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition (Rajya Sabha) regarding Lokpal Bill
On the inclusion of Prime Minister

The ministerial draft clearly provides an immunity to the Prime Minister from the jurisdiction of the Lokpal. The Lokpal Bill lays down the procedure for investigation and creates the agency which has the power to investigate. The substantive law of corruption under which the crime is committed is the Prevention of Corruption Act. The substantive law i.e. Prevention of Corruption Act does not grant any immunity to the Prime Minister. If he is investigated by agencies such as the CBI or a State Police, no such immunity is available to the Prime minister. Laws granting Prime Minister’s immunity fro…

Britain to pull hundreds of troops from Afghanistan

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce the withdrawal of at least 500 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012 following a similar drawdown by the United States, reports said Sunday.The move would take the number of British troops in Afghanistan below the key figure of 9,000 and mark a major step towards Cameron's stated aim of having all British combat forces out of the country by 2015.

Cameron would announce on Wednesday plans to withdraw up to 800 troops by the end of next year, the Sunday Times reported. The Sunday Telegraph put the figure at 500 and said they would leave in mid-2012.Britain's Ministry of Defence said that some troops would be brought home early but refused to confirm details."UK force levels in Afghanistan are kept under constant review," a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.

The 25th anniversary of the Mizoram Peace Accord.

Nksagar-Sagar -Media-Inc:July 2nd, 2011
#Aizawl: The Centre’s lack of proper appreciation of social, political and demographic peculiarities of region is responsible for turmoils that have been plaguing the northeastern region, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said here on Friday.”The conflicts witnessed in the North East for decades seem to carry with them an ideal or goal. The projected goal is to preserve ethnic identities, perceived to be in danger of being swamped by culture alien to the people, and to undo the alleged wrong done to them by years of neglect with the resultant economic deprivation,” Lal Thanhawla said at a closing function of a national seminar on ‘Peace and Development in Mizoram : Challenges and Prospects’.The seminar was organised by Zoram Research Foundation, in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research,North Eastern Region and Mizoram University, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Mizoram Peace


Syrian troops operation city Aleppo protests

Friday, July 01, 2011
Syrian troops swoop amid Aleppo protests DAMASCUS: Syrian troops swept into new villages in the northwest on Thursday as the second city Aleppo saw anti-regime protests and as pro-democracy dissidents joined ranks at home and abroad, activists said.Around 60 tanks and armoured personnel carriers entered two villages in the countryside of Idlib province, said Rami Abdel Rahman of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.The operation was the latest in a campaign to quash dissent against the autocratic rule of President Bashar al-Assad as pro-democracy protests gathered steam and opposition figures joined hands to press for reform.
Abdel Rahman said troops leaving the village of Al-Bara split into two units, one heading towards the village of Kafr Nabl and the other to Kansafra.Early on Thursday soldiers stormed Al-Bara, a hamlet known for its Roman remains, Abdel Rahman said."Heavy gunfire rang out, probably to terrorise villagers to prevent them …