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Monthly Archives: July 2011

B.S.Yeddyurappa shifted deadlines before walking to Raj Bhavan

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa thrice shifted in three days the time for tendering his resignation, keeping his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on tenterhooks and apparently buying time to force it to accept his terms. Late Friday, the 68-year-old first BJP chief minister in south India said in a statement he will resign July 31 “forenoon”. On Saturday, he changed ...

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Metro’s phase 1 execution excellent: Japanese agency

Delhi Metro’s implementation of its first phase of construction has been rated as excellent by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which financed 60 percent of the project, a statement said Sunday. The JICA conducted the study which rated the project execution effort at ’3′, the highest possible grade, indicating that the performance of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was excellent. ...

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Yeddyurappa resigns, wants Sadananda Gowda as successor

 Scam-hit B.S. Yeddyurappa, who resigned Sunday as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) first chief minister in Karnataka, insisted on Lok Sabha member D.V. Sadananda Gowda as his successor, blocking the party’s efforts to evolve consensus. “I have proposed Sadananda Gowda for the post of the new chief minister. It is for the party’s high command to decide. I hope Gowda ...

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DSIIDC to float liquor trade firms

The Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) has decided to float four new companies, including one for imported liquor trade and another to run the liquor vends, its chairman and managing director Chetan Sanghi said here Sunday. “While one of the four companies will take care of maintenance of industrial estates, another will be importing choicest of liquor ...

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I always wanted to work in Bollywood, Says Devi Sri Prasad

After the success of “Dhinka Chika” song from Salman Khan starrer “Ready”, southern composer Devi Sri Prasad, who was always keen to work in Bollywood, is now keen to sign new projects and take forward his alliance with Hindi films. “There are lots of offers started pouring in from Mumbai. I am definitely keen on taking them but I am ...

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Bihar stocks RSS books in government schools: Upendra Kushwaha

The Bihar government led by Nitish Kumar, utilising government funds for school libraries, purchased books propagating the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology a rebel Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader alleged Sunday. “It is dangerous and alarming because these books only teach hatred,” said Upendra Kushwaha, convenor of the Bihar Nav Nirman Manch, a new political outfit floated by JD-U rebels. Books ...

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Egyptian President trial venue changed due to security concerns

The venue for the trial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will be moved from a Cairo convention centre due to security reasons. The trial – due to open Wednesday – will now be held at a police academy further from the city centre. Mubarak, 83, has been under arrest at a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh coastal resort town since ...

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Indian leads spiritual healing project in Britain

Hospitals in Britain under the National Health Service are offering patients “spiritual healing” under a project led by an Indian-origin man. The 205,000-pound research project features “healers” who pass their hands over the patient’s body to channel “healing energy” to affected areas in a 20-minute session. Sukhdev Singh, a consultant in gastroenterology is coordinating the research. He said he has ...

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Tamil Film ‘Veppam’ lacks punch

Film: “Veppam”; Cast: Nani, Karthik Kumar, Muthukumar, Nithya Menen, Bindu Madhavi; Director: Anjana Ali Khan; Producer: Photon Kathaas and RS Infotainment (Gautam Menon); Composer: Joshua Sridhar; Cinematographer: Om Prakash; Rating: ** “Veppam” is yet another movie attempting to depict the world of underprivileged and the inevitable underworld that thrives along. Debutant director Anjana, who made ad films before joining Goutham ...

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Delhi hosts Slut Walk, flays sexual violence

The blood-curdling shriek of a girl rang through the road leading to Jantar Mantar here Sunday morning. She was being raped — in a street play. Stunned, the audience looked on, as the other actors — both men and women — asked them why no one steps forward as scores of women in the city are sexually assaulted every day. ...

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This pinch is going to hurt him

A British businessman on holiday in Singapore faces jail or lashing with a cane for allegedly pinching a woman’s bottom, a media report said. Austin Cowburn, a 34-year-old recruitment consultant, allegedly pinched and squeezed the woman’s bottom while partying at the China One nightclub in Singapore’s Boat Quay area in April, the agency said. Cowburn works as a senior executive ...

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Another ship stuck at Mumbai’s Juhu beach

 In the second such incident in six weeks, a huge ship Sunday drifted to and ran aground at Juhu beach here, officials said. The ship is oil tanker, laden with 10 tonnes of fuel oil and another 10 tonnes of gas oil, an defence official said here. The 21-year old ship, MT Pavit, flying a Panama flag, drifted here from ...

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Wrongly produced plant biofuels can be harmful

Replacing petrol and diesel with plant-based biofuels may be crucial in curbing climate change but the manufacture of such fuels could leave hazardous chemicals, new research says. The study can predict the level of toxicity of biofuels on the basis of computer analysis, says chemist Solvejg Jorgensen from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Jorgensen’s calculations also show that biofuels produced ...

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Motorcycle helmets could make you hard of hearing

Motorcycle helmets may be protecting bikers’ brains but they could also be leaving them vulnerable to hearing loss. Kennedy O. Adetifa, M. Carley, N. Holt and I. Walker, researchers in mechanical engineering, management and psychology from the universities of Bath and Bath Spa, Britain, mapped the airflow and noise patterns to find out why. The distinctive roar of a Harley’s ...

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