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Russia successfully test-launches ballistic missile

Russia successfully test-launches ballistic missile-Russia on Saturday successfully test launched its Bulava inter-continental ballistic missile to its maximum range of 8,000 km, in a boost to the country's defence capabilities.The missile was fired successfully by the White sea-based Russian nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky, the Defence Ministry said today.The successful launch of the Bulava came after a string of setbacks suffered by this programme.Only eight of its previous 15 launches were officially declared successful.

"The regular launch of the missile was conducted at 7:20 am Moscow time from a submerged position from the regular carrier in line with the state flight development tests at a maximum flight range of the missile," a defence ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by Russian news agency Ria Novosti.The missile successfully reached its target in the Pacific Ocean in accordance with the necessary shipping security measures, the spokesman said.

The succe…

Hazare's fast enters 11th day, doctors says he seems healthy

Hazare's fast enters 11th day, doctors says he seems healthy-As Anna Hazare's fast entered the 11th day on Friday, the Gandhian lost seven kg of weight but doctors said he appeared to be healthy.

"He has lost seven kg till now. His blood pressure and heart beat are okay. He seems to be healthy. He is holding up," Dr Ravi R Kesliwal, who examined Hazare, told reporters in New Delhi.He said doctors were constantly monitoring his health.

Doctors Thursday night said the Gandhian's condition was "stable" but there is reason to worry.

Euro remains under selling pressure in Asia

TOKYO: The euro faced continued selling pressure in Asia on Friday as a tumbling global stock market continued to erode risk appetite and push the European single currency down, dealers said.
The euro fell to $1.4312 in Tokyo morning trade from $1.4337 in New York late Thursday.Against the Japanese yen, the euro stood at 109.65 yen, unchanged from New York but down from 110.26 yen late Thursday in Tokyo.

Despite moves to stall its rise by the Swiss central bank, the Swiss franc strengthened to 1.1381 francs per euro, compared with 1.1464 francs late Thursday in Tokyo.But it fell to 0.7953 against the dollar from 0.7936.

"In general, players are avoiding taking unnecessary risks," said Sumino Kamei, senior analyst at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. "I don't see any reasons for supporting the euro above $1.45 now."

NAC's lokpal bill-by-NCPRI member Aruna Roy

Srinivasa Murthy wrote:

Arvindji, Kiranji,
Please be wary of the Government's machinations. The politician appointed civil society (called NAC) is being used to subvert the process. The message Government is trying to convey is 'even civil society members are not unified about Jan lokpal bill' and create confusion among the common man. I am sure you thought about that-#NCPRI member Aruna Roy,  who is also in the NAC, said: "The prime minister's office should come  under the Lokpal bill. We have suggested some safeguards for this in our  version of the bill."
Burma’s president meets opposition leader Suu Kyi Friday, 19 August 2011   Burmese President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met for the first time on Friday in Naypyitaw at an unknown location, according to the local journal 7 Days.

Burmese President Thien Sein, shown here in traditional Burmese dress while speaking in Parliament, met with opposition leader Suu Kyi on Friday in Naypyitaw, as relations between her and the newly formed government improve. Photo: Mizzima "They met at 1 p.m.," said a source close to officials, when Mizzima asked for confirmation.

The opening ceremony of a national-level workshop on poverty and economic development was delayed for one hour due to their meeting, the journal said.

Suu Kyi was officially invited to attend a national-level three-day workshop that ends on Sunday. High-level government officials, members of political parties and business representatives were invited to the workshop.

Participants in …

Aung San Suu Kyi support of Indian activist Anna Hazare’s campaign

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken in support of Indian activist Anna Hazare’s campaign against corruption in India.

Aung San Suu Kyi came out in support of Anna Hazare's protest against corruption in India, saying everyone should be concerned with eliminating corruption in governments. Photo: Mizzima

Aung San Suu Kyi came out in support of Anna Hazare's protest against corruption in India, saying everyone should be concerned with eliminating corruption in governments. Photo: Mizzima
Speaking in Rangoon to a reporter from The Times of India, Suu Kyi said everybody should be concerned about corruption, noting it pervades much of society.

The interview was conducted a few days before the arrest of Anna Hazare who has been pursuing a Gandhi-like protest in New Delhi against corruption, including periods of fasting. The 74-year-old social activist was arrested and jailed on August 16, but the authorities have just released him, according to media reports. He has…

Thein Sein meets opposition leader Suu Kyi

Suu Kyi was officially invited to attend a national-level three-day workshop that ends on Sunday. High-level government officials, members of political parties and business representatives were invited to the workshop.President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met for the first time on Friday in Naypyitaw at an unknown location, according to the local journal 7 Days.
Suu Kyi have gradually improved following two meetings recently between Suu Kyi and government Minister Aung Kyi. Participants in the workshop told 7 Days that they had not yet seen Suu Kyi who arrived in Naypyitaw on Friday.

Under a special arrangement, a government security team appeared at Suu Kyi’s home in Rangoon at 9.a.m. local time led by Special Branch Police commander Colonel Win Naing Tun and accompanied her to Naypyitaw.

Saina 5thJwala-Ashwini move into top 20

Jwala-Ashwini move into top 20 in rankings, Saina 5th-World Championship bronze medallist Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa broke into the top 20, while Saina Nehwal jumped a place to fifth in the latest world rankings released on Thursday.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jwala and Ashwini, who created history by becoming the first Indian women’s pair to win a bronze in World Championship last week, jumped four places to 17th.

“We are happy to break into the top 20. Reaching the semifinals of the World Championship was a good feeling, especially because nobody has done that in India but we would love to reach the finals. We have broken some barriers but we would love to win a gold,” Ashwini said.

Environmental Damage:A-Study-of-CPCB-IITD-MoEF

Environmental Damage
In a recent study carried out by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD) under the aegis of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to assess the environmental pollution of 88 industrial clusters (indicating combined effect of all industries in the area) in different parts of the country, the internally generated Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI) using the same methodology indicate that the pollution level of the coal mines are much lower compared to the total pollution level of the clusters identified by CPCB. This information was given by the Minister of State for Coal Shri Pratik Prakashbapu Patill in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

The Minister said that it is pertinent to mention here that the Environment Management Plan (EMP) for each project is prepared taking into account the likely impact on environment, ground water, human beings etc which involves the holding of Pu…

CCPA meets over Anna and Justice Sen

CCPA meets over Anna and Justice Sen-Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, CCPA, today met in New Delhi. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh chaired the meet.

AIR correspondent quoting official sources, reports that Anna Hazare's detention and Justice Soumitra Sen's impeachment issues were discussed in the meeting.

Suu Kyi’s visit to Pegu

Aung San Suu Kyi on a one-day political trip out of Rangoon that helped the pro-democracy leader test her political room to maneuver.Little fanfare surrounded the day trip of the secretary general of the National League for Democracy to Pegu (Bago) to open two libraries and offer a donation to thousands of victims of flooding in the region.Suu Kyi said in her speech, she stressed the importance of reading and how it was necessary to help young people become mentally strong. One of the programmes of her party is to provide educational help, and Suu Kyi herself has spent much time talking and giving speeches to youth. She, herself, is a voracious reader.

But the trip was also an opportunity to test the water with the Burmese government. Since her release from house arrest last November, fears have been voiced for her safety if she travels outside of Rangoon due to violence she and her supporters experienced in Depayin in May 2003.At least 70 people associated with her party were killed …

Poonia wins gold in IAAF event in USA

Ace Indian discus thrower Krishna Poonia has won the Gold medal in the Annual Athletic Meet at Portland in the United States. Taking part in the first competition of her training stint in the USA, she hurled the discus to 58.88 metres today to bag the yellow metal. Poonia's performance in the IAAF-event was also her best performance of the season.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Poonia had four throws above 58 metres while her two efforts recorded 57.61 metres and 57 metres.

In October, Poonia will participate in another IAAF-approved event at Chula Visa in California where she recorded her personal best of 63.69 metres in April last year.

Corrupt in Ruling Class are inevitably JITTERY

Corrupt in Ruling Class are inevitably JITTERY when there is a People Bonding against Corruption.It can be seen that our Political class most expectedly, wants no Anti - Corruption watchdog. Instead they seek Red Beacon lights on their cars to make People fearful, when they move around.
Today, we can see the Anna Hazare movement is being stifled, in discussing trivialities like where& for what duration the Aug 16, 2011 fast be held, no.of People (the 5000 outer limit), duration etc.
These pre-conditions, some 22 by Delhi Police itself, babudom at work, are alarming; in what way we-are projected to the World as a Free & Fair Democracy, under a vibrant Constitution.It is indeed shocking that after our War of Independence in 1947, we have by 2011, reduced ourselves-to a situation that we are ready for a Confrontation within, due to Greed, Corruption & Miss Management
& cover up. Both our Ruling class & main Opposition having their finger in the Diminishing pie. Reddy…

Clinton urges all countries to abandon ties with Syria

Hillary Clinton urges all countries to cut political, economic ties with Syria-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged all countries to cut their political and economic ties with Syria. She said buying oil and gas from Syria and exporting arms there were giving President Bashar al-Assad "comfort in his brutality". Mrs Clinton's comments came as large anti-government protests continued despite a harsh army crackdown. Activists said at least 16 people died yesterday as protesters came under fire in towns and cities across the country. More than 1,700 people have died and tens of thousands have reportedly been arrested since the uprising against the 41-year rule of Mr Assad's family began in March. Washington has stopped short of calling for Mr Assad to stand down, instead seeking unity in the international community so Mr Assad cannot say it is only the US or the West that is against him. The US has imposed sanctions against Damascus and has said these could be…

Jwala, Ponnappa storms into semis:World Badminton Championship

The pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwani Ponnappa have reached the semifinal of the Women's Doubles World Badminton Championship after defeating Indonesian pair of Vita Marissa and Nadia Melati 17-21, 21-10, 21-17 in quarter finals in London today. The Indian pair will now meet fifth seeded King Tiyan and Yunli Zhao of China in tomorrow's semifinal.

Earlier on Friday, Saina Nehwal lost the quarterfinals of the women's singles to Jing Wan of China 21-15, 21-10.

C W C Modernizing Its Flood Forecasting Network

Central Water Commission Modernizing Its Flood Forecasting Network
Central Water Commission (CWC) is modernizing its Flood Forecasting Network using INSAT satellites based on real time telemetry system for collection & transmission of Hydro-meteorological data. So far 223 stations have been installed and another 222 stations are under installation.

During current monsoon, rivers Brahmaputra, Jiabharali, Beki, Dhansiri (South), Barak, Katakhal, Kopili, Desang, Dikhow, Burhi Dihing, Puthimari, Subansiri, Sankosh, Manas flowed above warning level in Assam till now. Rivers Ganga, Ghaghra, Gandak, Burhi Gandak, Bagmati, Adhwara group, Kosi, Mahananda, Sone, Kamala Balan flowed above warning level in Bihar.

The CWC has been issuing flood forecasts to different user agencies such as Revenue & Disaster Management Departments, District Administration, Irrigation and Water Resources Department of respective states as well as to Central agencies such as Railways, Defence, Ministry of Hom…

The details of new routes Air Connectivity

Air Connectivity-The details of new routes starting during the last three years and the current year are as follows:2008-2009 ---------
2009-10 -------
Delhi-Mangalore-Calicut & VV
Delhi-Ludhiana-Pathankot & VV
Mumbai-Latur-Nanded-Mumbai and Delhi-Ludhiana-Pathankot & VV routes have been modified as Mumbai-Nanded-Mumbai and Delhi-Ludhiana-Delhi.
At present, there are 370 scheduled flights per week operating in the North Eastern Region. Number and and percentage of flights increased in the NER from summer scheduled 2010 to summer scheduled 2011 are as under:

SS 10 WS 10 SS 11

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No. of flihgts 286 348 370

% increas…

CBI conducts raids at CWG officials

CWG contract irregularities: CBI conducts raids at 16 places
The CBI on Tuesday conducted raids at 16 places in Delhi, Ghaziabad and Jaipur in connection with the alleged irregularities in awarding contract for renovation of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex for 2010 Commonwealth Games. Several incriminating documents and records were recovered during the searches. CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra told reporters that the investigating agency had also registered a case against eight CPWD officials, two Delhi-based private firms and other unknown officials of CPWD for criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

CBI has alleged that the accused by abusing their position as public servants, in conspiracy with the private parties, considered inadmissible factors to artificially jack up the reasonable price so as to justify the award of work to the firms.

No cause of concern over oil spill: Natarajan

Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natrajan has said, there was no need to be alarmed about the oil spill off the Mumbai coast. Talking to reporters in New Delhi today, she said that the situation was being dealt with by the Coast Guard.Cargo vessel MV Rak, which sank off Mumbai three days ago, is leaking oil and Coast Guard ships sprayed dispersants today to contain the oil spill, which has spread to about seven nautical miles around the ship.

A Ministry of Environment and Forests press release said,according to the Maharashtra Government, the spill on the Juhu coast is a localised phenomenon due to some other reasons and not due to the RAK spill. The RAK had about 290 tonnes of furnace oil and 50 tonnes of fuel oil apart from 60000 tonnes of coal and the incident happened at about 25 nautical miles away from the coast.

Navy spokesperson Manohar Nambiar said,the Coast Guard, being the designated national agency for management of oil spills, has stationed their oil…

G7 pledges to support financial stability

Financial chiefs and central bankers of the G7 nations pledged to take all necessary measures to support financial stability and growth as nervous global markets re-opened. A statement issued by them said, they were committed to taking coordinated action where needed, to ensuring liquidity, and to supporting financial market functioning, financial stability and economic growth.

The European Central Bank, ECB said, it would make major purchases of Eurozone bonds in the latest move to stem a debt crisis that has world leaders scrambling for a global response. The ECB said, it would actively renew the bond purchases after Italy and Spain announced new measures and reforms to boost their economies and France and Germany pushed for full and rapid implementation of terms agreed at an emergency summit last month.

India On Verge of Major Upheaval – Subramanian Swamy

By K.B.NAIR-CERRITOS , CA – In a hard hitting speech Janata Party Leader, Dr Subramanian Swamy lashed out at the Congress administration and its role in the several corruption scandals which are rocking India and proclaimed that the country is on the verge of a major upheaval in which by the end of the year many in the present Government would find themselves out of power and behind bars. He made this statement at a public meeting organized by the Bhartiya Vichar Manch in the Sierra Room of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on July 31. He went on to state that the strong movement against corruption is gaining momentum and predicted it would lead to elections being called early next year.

Dr Swamy started his address following the screening of a short video titled “ India- Republic of Scams” which briefly outlines the state of affairs in India resulting from alleged large scale scams and urges people to get involved in saving the country from disaster. Against this background…

Myanmar unable to contain insurgents

Myanmar’s security forces are finding it difficult to contain insurgents at the ground-level creating serious security implications in India, the Assam Rifles said today.“The government of India and Myanmar are cooperating to fight insurgents. But they (Mynmarese security force) are finding it difficult to convert this cooperation into action at the ground-level,” AR’s Director General, Lt Gen, Rameshwar Roy said here. He was responding to the recent blast at Imphal, Manipur and the AR’s operations to counter insurgency.

Operating freely,organising in Myanmar, Northeast-based insurgent outfits just have to sneak into India through the 1643-km long hostile and unfenced Indo-Myanmar International border running along Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

The Assam Rifles (AR) patrols this long unfenced border,frequent infiltration of insurgents groups like United National Liberation Front, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (K & I-M) and others from Myanmar has raise…

Dikshit discusses CAG report

With pressure mounting on Delhi government following the reported irregularities pointed by CAG in certain CWG projects, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday held hectic parleys with her cabinet colleagues and top officials and discussed the issue.

A meeting held at Dikshit's official residence, in the morning was attended by PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, Transport and Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and Power Minister Harun Yusuf besides Chief Secretary P K Tripathi and some other officials.

Later she also held couple of meetings with officials and believed to have discussed the situation arising out of the reported allegations leveled against her and the government by the CAG.

Sources said the government will react to the CAG report only after it is tabled in the Parliament.

The CAG has reportedly pointed out that Spageage Switchgears, one of the disqualified firms bidding for street lighting project, was declared qualified "irregularly" after it made a…

U.S. House approves debt ceiling bill

U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan bill to avert a massive debt default and reduce trillions in government spending, paving way for the austerity measure to face a Senate vote.The Budget Control Act of 2011 was passed by the House of Representatives by 269-161, a day after leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties and the White House reached an agreement.

The voting in the House was marked by the dramatic appearance of Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in January.Giffords voted yes for the bill, receiving a standing ovation from her colleagues in the House.
The bill is scheduled to be voted by the Senate tomorrow.

Once passed by the Senate, it would go to the White House for U.S. President Barack Obama to sign into law, which would prevent the government from defaulting on its debt.

The measure seeks to raise the debt ceiling from $ 14.3 trillion and cut deficit by $ 2.4 trillion over 10 years.

Following the vote, the…

Airstrikes kill 40 pro-govt Yemeni tribesmen

Government airstrikes in southern Yemen targeting al-Qaida-linked militants accidentally killed 40 pro-government tribesmen, a Yemeni security official and a tribal chief said.Airstrikes reflect the deteriorating security situation that has spread across the impoverished, heavily armed country since the popular uprising against longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh began six months ago.

Armed tribesmen are battling government forces in a number of areas around the country, and Islamist militants, some linked to al-Qaida, have overrun entire towns in the country's restive south and are now fighting government forces and tribes that remain loyal to Saleh.The president has clung to power despite the months of protests and being seriously wounded in an attack on his palace compound in the capital, Sanaa, on June 3.