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Suu Kyi to hold talks with Myanmar regime

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will hold another round of talks with the new army-backed government, her spokesman said today, following signs of a thaw in relations.
Friday's meeting with labour minister Aung Kyi in Yangon will be the third since the Nobel Peace Prize winner's release from seven straight years of house arrest last November, shortly after a widely criticised election.
The opposition leader also met President Thein Sein, a former junta prime minister, in the capital Naypyidaw last month, one of several tentative signs that the regime is reaching out to its opponents.
Myanmar is now ruled by a nominally civilian government but its ranks are filled with former generals and the country still has about 2,000 political prisoners.
In an interview with AFP earlier this month, Suu Kyi said there had been "positive developments" in Myanmar, but added that it was unclear whether Thein Sein would be able to carry through his reform …

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Sri Lanka to introduce online prior approval for visa

Sri Lanka is all set to introduce "Electronic Travel Authorization - ETA" or online prior approval of visa to the foreign nationals visiting the island nation. The present 'on arrival visa at the port of entry will soon be a thing of the past in a few month’s time, the tourists, business people and transit passengers will have to apply for travel authorization before travelling to Sri Lanka, for which a non refundable processing fees of at least 50 USD will be charged.

Briefing the media on Wednesday in Colombo, Immigration and Emigration Controller Chulananda Perera said that the “ETA is not a visa but prior approval to travel to Sri Lanka”. He added that the visa will be stamped on the passport on arrival at Colombo; but the passenger will have to log in ahead, and have the authorization slip or the number.

India, Myanmar target to double trade by 2015

India, Myanmar target to double trade by 2015-India and Myanmar have set a target of doubling the bilateral trade by 2015. The present bilateral trade between the two countries stands at 1.5 billion US Dollars. This was announced by Commerce Minister Anand Sharma while chairing the 4th meeting of Joint Trade Commission in Myanmar on Monday.

According to an official release issued in New Delhi, Mr Sharma expressed the confidence that with the implementation of India-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and the Duty Free Tariff Preference Scheme, India can become one of the leading trade partners of Myanmar.

The Commerce Minister also stated that the construction of the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project by 2013 will completely transform the trade between North East India and the rest of the world. The project which is being built at an estimated cost 120 million US Dollars, envisages a direct trade corridor between Indian Ports on the eastern seaboard and Sittwe Port in M…

Bilateral meeting of Justice Ministers of India and United Kingdom

Bilateral meeting between the Justice Ministers of India and United Kingdom
ShriSalmanKhurshid, Minister of Law & Justice and United Kingdom’s Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice ShriKenneth Harry Clarke held a meeting here today to further strengthen the co-operation between the two countries in the field of law. The U.K. Minister was accompanied by a High Level delegation that included: 1.Shri Suma Chakrabarty, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice; 2.Ms. Kathryn Laing, Special Advisor to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice; 3.Shri John Wooton, President, Law Society of England and Wales; 4.ShriKhawarQureshi QC of the UK Bar Council; and 5.Shri Richard Stagg, UK High Commissioner to India. From the Indian side Law Secretary, Shri D.R. Meena; Secretary, Legislative Department, ShriV.K.Bhasin; Secretary, Justice, Smt. NeelaGangadharan and Chairman, Bar Council of India, Shri Ashok Parija were present during the bilateral talks. Earlier ShriSalmanKh…

Irregularities in the resettlement of ex-servicemen.

Defence Ministry has ordered a probe into alleged irregularities in the resettlement of ex-servicemen. The Defence Minister, A. K. Antony has referred the cases to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, SFIO under Ministry of Corporate Affairs for further investigations. Defence Spokesperson Sitansu Kar told media in New Delhi on Sunday that the irregularities were detected in an in house enquiry.

To ensure transparency in functioning of Director General Resettlement (DGR) Office, the Defence Ministry has also initiated a series of measures after the inquiry found substance in allegations regarding subletting of security agencies and obtaining multiple benefits by few ex-servicemen officers.

 DGR is under the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, which is responsible for training and rehabilitation of retired defence personnel and ex-servicemen through various self employment schemes. One of these schemes relate to providing security services to central public sector u…

ISI has contacts with Haqqani network

Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has contacts with Haqqani network but it does not mean that Pakistan Army supports the network, said ISPR spokesman on Saturday night.

Major General Athar Abbas in a statement said that ISI has contacts with the Haqqani group but it does not mean that it supports the network.

Major Abbas said having contacts with any group just for the sake of peace was entirely different from supporting anyone. He added that maintaining ties with rival groups was necessary for intelligence agencies.

Pakistan is not the only country, which has contacts with Haqqani network, he said, adding; "We have solid information that several countries have contacts with the group."

He said dens of Haqqani network were in Nooristan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan.

He added that any unilateral US operation inside Pakistan would provoke severe anti-America sentiments.

Sensex dips 200 pts

The BSE Sensex fell 200 points as sell-off in equities continued globally amid grim growth outlook in the US and debt troubles in Europe.
Falling rupee added to the woes of the sectors that depend on imports.
The rupee fell to 28-month low at 49.90 per dollar and became the worst performer among Asias 10 most-traded currencies, brokers said.
Sensex, which suffered biggest loss of 704 points in over 26 months yesterday, fell another 199.09, or 1.22 per cent to 16,162.06.
In a volatile trade, the gauge touched an intra-day high of 16,368.41 and a low of 16,052.47 as investors rushed to shift from one sector to another to protect their money.
Sensex has tumbled 21 per cent this year on a host of negatives such as high inflation, rising interest rates, Europes debt crisis and slowing US economic growth.
Similarly, the NSE index Nifty lost 55.90 points to 4,867.75 with stocks in metal, capital goods and auto sector falling sharply.
A weakening trend in the Asian region and continu…

Twin blasts kill 4 at Makhachkala in Russia

At least four people were killed and 60 others, mostly policemen, injured in twin blasts in Russia's southern city of Makhachkala.
The explosions within metres (yards) of each other rocked the capital of the North Caucasus region of Dagestan yesterday.The car bombs filled with shrapnel went off shortly after midnight near the city's central square, with an interval of some 15-17 minutes, police said. The second blast targeted the police convoy which rushed to the scene of the first explosion, RIA Novosti reported.A police Lt Colonel was among the killed, NTV channel reported. According to state-run Rossiya 24 news channel, up to 40 kg TNT equivalent explosives were used in the improvised explosive devices probably planted in the two parked cars or kept under them. A total of 60 people, including 44 policemen, were injured in the blast. Two persons, one of them a police officer, are in critical condition. The republic of Daghestan bordering…

Press conference Dr Oetker India _Sagar31News_2245_

Press conference Dr Oetker India _Sagar31News

Modi begins his 72 hrs fast Saturday

Modi begins his 72 hrs fast
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will begin 72 hours fast in Ahmedabad on Saturday morning. According to the official press release, the 3 days fast starting on his 61st birthday is aimed to strengthen Gujarat's environment of peace, unity and harmony.

State Congress has severely criticised Narendra Modi’s fast. Senior Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela and State Congress President Arjun Modhwadia announced that they will also sit on fast out side Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram with their supporters. Mr.Vaghela said that we will begin fast one hour before and end the fast two hours after Mr.Modi’s fast ends.

WikiLeaks: Than Shwe complained Suu Kyi stuck to ‘old ideas’

WikiLeaks: Than Shwe complained Suu Kyi stuck to ‘old ideas’ Thursday, 15 September 2011

In a meeting with former Singaporean Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, former Burmese junta leader Than Shwe complained that Aung San Suu Kyi stuck to her “old ideas.” He said he would meet with her only if she urged foreign countries to lift sanctions against Burma and ended her obstructive actions, according to a US diplomatic cable released by the website WikiLeaks.

The cable, sent from the U.S. embassy in Rangoon to the State Department in Washington, was released on August 30. 

Than Shwe, now retired, said that he was forced to make a choice between national stability and accommodating Suu Kyi’s demands. 

During the one-hour meeting, Than Shwe told his “old friend” Goh Chok Tong that the general elections in Burma in 2010 would be free and fair. 

The Singaporean ambassador to Burma briefed the diplomatic corps on Goh Chok Tong’s meetings with Than Shwe and then-General Thein Sein,…

Changes possible now in Burma

Thursday, 15 September 2011 –  National League for Democracy (NLD) General-Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi said in a speech on the International Day of Democracy that Burma is now in a condition where political changes can occur.

“Now I believe that [the country] is in a condition that changes are likely to take place,” said Suu Kyi, during a 10-minute speech to mark the International Day of Democracy at NLD headquarters in Rangoon.She said that everyone who wants democracy needs to work for peaceful changes in a smooth process that harms no one.

“The changes need to be smooth, peaceful and dignified. They should not harm the people, the country and the government that gave up power. The changes should not give unnecessary privileges to the coming government. Everything must be balanced,” she said. In her speech, Suu Kyi urged NLD members who are working to establish democracy to think about what they can do to personally contribute to democratic change.

In August, Suu Kyi …

Saina reaches quarter finals of China Masters Super series

Saina reaches quarter finals of China Masters Super series
India's Saina Nehwal has reached the quarter finals of the China Masters Super Series badminton tournament in Changzhou. In the pre-quarter finals, Saina beat Ayane Kurihara of Japan 21-11, 18-21, 27-25. She will now meet top seed Wang Yehan of China in the semi-finals.

India's V.Diju and Jwala Gutta have also earned their berth in the mixed doubles quarter final, beating Korea's Yong Den Li and Jung Yun Ha 21-19, 21-17. For place in the last four, Jwala and Diju will clash with Robert Blair of Scotland and England's Gabriel White.

CWG : CBI registers new case, carries out searches

CBI has registered a fresh case in connection with alleged irregularities in construction of indoor courts at Sri Fort sports complex for Commonwealth Games and carried out searches in Delhi and Mumbai on Wednesday.
After registering the 15th FIR in the CWG scam, teams of CBI officials reached 21 locations in Delhi, Mumbai and NCR to carry out search operations Wednesday morning. This the first case registered by the agency after a Special Investigation Team was constituted last month to study the Comptroller and Auditor General's report on the Games and to see whether any fresh case could be registered. The SIT, headed by a Joint Director, collaborates with other investigating agencies like the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate, CBI sources said. According to sources, the CBI has accused DDA officials, Contractors B.E.Billimoria Company Ltd. and retired Chief Engineer of DDA V.K.Panchal in the case. The estimated cost of the construction of squash and badmint…

India beat Pak 4-2 win Asian Champions Hockey

Goalkeeper S Sreejesh stole the limelight with two crucial saves as India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 4-2 via penalty shootout in a nerve-wrecking final to clinch the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament in Ordos (China) on Sunday.
The high-voltage summit clash was marred by Pakistan coach's unwarranted action of constantly abusing Indian players from the roof of the stadium. Whenever there was an infringement from the Indian side, he used the 'F' word liberally. And whenever the umpires blew against India, he hollered 'Thank You'. Rajpal Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Yuvraj Walmiki and Sarvanjit Singh scored for India in the penalty shootout while Muhammad Rizwan and Waseem Ahmed sounded the board for Pakistan after both the sides were locked goalless in the normal and extra time. India started the shootout on a wrong note when Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Shah saved the shot from Gurwinder Singh Chandi. Sreejesh then came to the fore with a sav…

Floods in Odisha affect over 1 million people

Floods in Odisha affect over 1 million people- Odisha, million people  affected by a devastating flood in the Mahanadi river systems. More  areas are likely to be gripped in the downstream coastal pockets of the state in the next couple of days. As many as 2,550 villages have so far been either marooned or affected in 19 of the 30 districts of Odisha. More than 60,000 persons have been evacuated from low lying areas to safer places. Though officially there has been 8 casualties in the current flood it is expected to be more. Helicopter services from Indian Navy and other sources are likely to be pressed into the relief and rescue operation from today.

AIR correspondent reports, the flood situation in Odisha continues to be grim. Thousands of people in Cuttack, Puri, Bargarh, Nuapara, Deogarh, Kendrapara and Jajpur distrticts are bearing the burnt of the flood in Mahanadi and its tributaries. Many people living in the low lying areas are fleeing to nearby roads and emban…

Government's Efficiency

Government's Efficiency Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the
middle of a desert.

Government said," Someone may steal from it at night." So they created a night watchman position and
hired a person for the job.

Then Government said," How does the watchman do his job without instruction?" So they created a
planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to
do time studies.

Then Government said," How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?" So they
created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the

Then Government said," How are these people going to get paid?" So they created the following positions,
a time keeper, and a payroll officer, then hired two people.

Then Government said," Who will be accountable for all of these people?" So they created an administrative
section and…

US extends national emergency on terrorist attacks by another year

US President Barack Obama  extended by one more year the national emergency with regard to certain type of terrorist attacks. In his notification, Obama said, because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001 , and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2011 . US intelligence agencies and security forces are currently on a manhunt for three men believed to be planning massive terror attacks in America to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Bigger PATA Travel Mart Opens in New Delhi, Incredible India

Bigger PATA Travel Mart Opens in New Delhi, Incredible India

September 8, 2011, New Delhi: The PATA Travel Mart 2011 opened today in the incredible city of New Delhi, India. Over 1,200 attendees will join the three-day annual travel trade event, September 6-9, organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

The amount of floor space booked, the number of buyer organisations and the number of seller delegates attending is the biggest since 2008.

“The upturn reflects PATA’s new commitment to building the business,” said Bill Calderwood, Interim CEO of PATA. He told media at the opening press conference: “The new PATA that we are creating is changing for the better. Over the past few months the Association has taken bold decisions in order to meet the expectations of our members.”

Calderwood said that there was a unique buzz at the Mart due to it taking place in India where consumer confidence and demand for travel is …

Five killed in sectarian clash in Karachi

Pakistan's commercial hub has now been hit by sectarian violence with at least five people killed in clash between two religious groups, police said today. Clash occurred yesterday between banned Sunni extremist group 'Sipah-e-Sahaba' and 'Sunni Tehrik' at New Karachi area. The police said that unidentified armed men shot dead an activist of Sunni Tehrik, which provoked the group and its supporters launch a counter attack on the rival Sipah-e-Sahaba group Both sides exchanged firing for two hours, which resulted into the death of five people. Later, paramilitary force and police launched a search operation against the rival groups and detained several of their members. Police said that three more people were killed in the overnight firing incidents in Karachi.

US Open: Bhupathi, Paes to clash with Somdev & Filipino in QF

Somdev Devvarman and his Filipino partner Treat Conrad Huey will lock horns with Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes in the US Open Tennis men's doubles pre-quarter final in New York. Somdev and Treat upstaged 14th seeds Argentines Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank 6-3, 6-4. Fourth seeds Paes and Bhupathi beat German Florian Mayer and Rogier Wassen of the Netherlands 7-6, 6-2.

Earlier fifth seeded Indo-Pak pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi beat American James Cerretani and Philipp Marx of Germany 7-6, 7-6 in Men's doubles. Bopanna and Qureshi will take on Paul Hanley of Australia and Belgium's Dick Norman in the quarterfinals. It was a reasonably good day for the Indians as Leander Paes and his Russian partner Elena Vesninaseeded seventh entered the mixed doubles quarterfinals. Paes and Elena defeated the Taipei-Polish pair of Yung-Jan Chan and Mariusz Fyrstenberg 6-2, 6-7, 1-0.

IMF to release $2.1 bn more for Ireland bailout

IMF to release $2.1 bn more for Ireland bailout-The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to release another $2.1 billion of the rescue package for Ireland that was agreed last December.

The IMF said the Irish economy was showing signs of stabilisation, and Ireland had resolutely implemented austerity measures.

Ireland's budget and banking crisis along with those of Greece and Portugal contributed to fears about the stability of the Euro. Spain and Italy have also heavy debt burdens.
HTC INTRODUCES HTC EVO 3D, THE FIRST GLASSES-FREE DEVICE WITH QHD 3D DISPLAY  HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design today unveiled the HTC EVO 3D based on Snapdragon S3 mobile processor at Qualcomm’s signature event, India On 2011. HTC EVO 3D takes the mobile multimedia experience to a new level, providing the ability to capture and not only view in 3D through a brilliant high-definition display, but also share at fast speeds, offering consumers the ultimate glasses-free 3D experience
Built with the Gingerbread (2.3) version of Android™, HTC EVO 3D features first QHD 3D 4.3-inch display and a powerful 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor. HTC EVO 3D also features dual 5 megapixel cameras, which can be used to capture both high-quality conventional and stunning 3D images and videos, opening up new frontiers for user-generated content, social networking and streaming video.
“We are proud to collaborate with Qualcomm to present another te…