BenQ expands its offerings in India with LED TV L7000 series crafted for the ultimate viewing experience


Ultra Slim Bezel; Trademark Senseye® Technology; 24P Real Cinema; 8-bit Panel; 1M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio



Features Highlight:<br />
­	32” available in IPS Panel and 37” in  VA LED Panel<br />
­	1M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio<br />
­	Ultra Slim Bezel @ 14mm width<br />
­	1366 X 768 resolution<br />
­	USB Direct Play Supporting all popular movie and music format<br />
­	Two built-in 8W speakers<br />
­	Multiple connectivity: 2 USB, 3 HDMI, & 2 Composite ports<br />
­	Trademark Senseye® Technology  Real Cinema; 8-bit Panel</p>
<p>” src=”<a href=; height=”248″ width=”250″ />New Delhi, INDIA, November 19, 2012 – BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and LED display expert, celebrates today the official expansion of its LED TV L7000 Series, its essential line for home play entertainment which leads the category with unparalleled audiovisual experience.


The BenQ L7000 Series redefines your visual enjoyment with its IPS Panel & Ultra Slim Bezel to match your living room. An ultra-high dynamic contrast ratio of 1M:1 turns everything before you into a splendor with flawlessly rendered details touched by naturally deeper blacks and in depth color details.. For home users the TV comes with a design & technology that adds charm to your audiovisual indulgence. BenQ L32 7000 LED TV has an IPS Panel with 1366 x 768 resolution, 8W RMS X 2 Speakers, 16.7 million color depth, HDMI high-speed multimedia interface, 24P real cinema & with Senseye® – BenQ’s exclusive life like digital image enhancement technology.


“We are increasingly focusing on Home entertainment segment in India and to add to consumer’s festive delight, we are introducing our latest offering in LED TV segment today. The new LED TV L7000 series comes in two sizes 32” and 37”, add to the delight of consumers who want style with substance. Our focus remains on consumers who are looking for a upgrading their television set with best in class technology. We are already the leaders in the projector segment in India and with the introduction of LED TV range we aim to be a complete home entertainment solution provider for consumers at all level” said, Rajeev Singh, Country Head & General Manager, BenQ India.


BenQ L32 7000 faithfully brings out every hue from the brightest whites to the deepest blacks with every detail flawlessly layered and contrasted even in the most complex scenes. The models are aesthetically pleasing in design as they are visually satisfying in performance – bringing harmony and balance to contemporary décor with perfectly layered visual elements complementing their boldly sculptured countenance and a front bezel textured to sooth eyes. Key product features of the L7000 Series include:


·         Ultra Slim Bezel:  Get the perfect mix of truly impressive viewing experience with good looks, BenQ L7000 Series impresses viewers with its designer looks

·         Easy Connectivity with USB Multimedia Play:  With the BenQ L Series, your digital family life just got even better! The built-in USB 2.0 port provides an easy connection to a whole lot of digital fun. Movies, photos, music – everything can now be shared on the big screen with family and friends. And, it’s as simple as Plug ‘n’ Play! with support to all the popular formats.

·         BenQ Senseye®  Human Vision Technology: Experience the truest colors of the world with Senseye® - BenQ’s exclusive lifelike digital image enhancement technology developed to deliver 28 independent color calibrations that purify every hue and provide you with high definition visuals that are deeper and richer than ever.

·         24P Real Cinema: When playing 24P (24 frames per second, progressive) encoded content through HDMI, BenQ’s Real Cinema mode adds duplicate frames in order to reduce the appearance of unnatural artifacts, making impoverished TV-quality image a thing of the past

·         Wide- Angle Viewing: An ultra-wide viewing angle of 178˚/178˚ so sharper details, higher contrast and truly authentic colors can be viewed and shared by everyone from left, right, above and below.

The new series of LED TV comes in two sizes 32” and 37”these are available at a price (MRP) of Rs.25000 & Rs. 32000 respectively across India. For more information, please visit


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§   About BenQ Corporation

BenQ Corporation, a leading provider of networked digital lifestyle devices, is a multi-faceted company with strengths in product design, visual technology and mobile technology. BenQ offers unrivalled breadth and depth of products and integrated technologies across platforms through the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” including digital projector, LCD monitors, laptop PCs, Netbooks, All-in-One PCs, LCD TVs, digital cameras, storage devices, eBook reader, mobile phones, storage media and human interface devices such as mice and keyboards. 



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Anubha Prakash

Shri Bala Saheb wasBheesm pitamah of Hindutva

Shri Bala Saheb was Bheesm pitamah of Hindutv & true nationalist :VHP

New Delhi. Nov 18, 2012. Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal today pays heartfelt tribute to shri Bala sahib Thakre in Delhi. The secretary general VHP Delhi shri Styendra Mohan said that he was the Bheesm pitamah of Hindutva. In his statement the Bajarang Dal chief of Delhi shri Shiv Kumar called him as the true tiger and source of inspirations to all Bajrangis.

            Briefing about the meeting held today in head quarters of VHP Delhi its media chief shri Vinod Bansal said that a resolution was adopted in the meeting to express condolence and grief to the departed soul. The resolution states the “after the demolition the Babri structure in Ayodhya, there was a competition for shrugging the responsibility and condemning the demolition but shri Bala Saheb Thakre came down heavily on all those people and said with courage that ‘yes! I did it. Yes! Shiv Sainiks did it & I am proud of them’. The resolution also states that in the matters like serial bomb blasts in Mumbai, Indo -Pak Match or the Muslim appeasement politics etc, his vision was very clear and straight forward. We pray to the almighty that such kind of people may please be sent to us again and again to infuse courage and nationality in Bharat.

A prayer meeting was also held in A Block Shiv Mandir in Khichdi pur in east Delhi for payinf tribute to the departed soul. Amongst hundreds, the Distt. President of VHP shri Achhe Lal Pandey, Secretary shri Devendra Singh and Bajrang Dal coordinator shri Harish Kumar were also addressed it.




Vinod Bansal

Media Chief

US Prez Obama to begin his historic visit to Myanmar tomorrow

US Prez Obama to begin his historic visit to Myanmar tomorrow
Nov 18

U.S. President Barack Obama is due to begin a historic visit to Myanmar tomorrow. Obama will fly over from Thailand to Yangon for hours-long working visit before proceeding to the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Obama’s trip to Myanmar will be the first ever one to the country in the history by a sitting U.S. president. Obama is scheduled to meet his Myanmar counterpart U Thein Sein and opposition leader and parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, to encourage the country’s democratic reform. Relations between Myanmar and the United States improved after elected President U Thein Sein initiated a series of reforms since taking office in March 2011, including releasing hundreds of political prisoners, signing cease-fire agreements with several ethnic armed groups, and holding parliamentary by-elections on April 1. The reforms prompted the first visit to Myanmar of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in December 2011.



Trinamool Congress chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Saturday that her party will bring a no confidence motion against the UPA govt in the winter session of Parliament.

“Our party’s parliamentary leader in Parliament Sudip Bandyopadhay will move the no-confidence on the first day of the winter session,” Banerjee told a press conference in Kolkata on Saturday after a meeting with party MPs.

Stating that instead of moving notices under Rule 184, which entails voting or 193 which does not, she said “we have decided to bring the no-confidence motion to seek the ouster of the government and formation of a new government through fresh election.”

“I request other political parties support our motion,” she said.

Asked whether TMC would seek the support of former ally BJP, Banerjee said, “If anybody wants to talk to us we are ready. Political parties can talk to political parties. No religious issue is involved in it. This is not a religious issue or alliance issue.”

“This is an issue which involves corruption. Minority and majority we are all together because this is the issue which we have to combat. When Congress talks to BJP, then it is touchable. But when other political parties want to talk to BJP on political grounds it is untouchable,” she said.

“This government which is mired in corruption of thousands of crores of rupees and sold out the country and has taken anti-people decisions one after another arbitrarily like FDI in multi-brand retail, FDI in pension and imposed a cap on subsidised LPG cylinders, must go,” Banerjee, whose party has 19 MPS in the Lok Sabha, said.

“We are ready to talk to the CPI-M and other Left parties on the issue, if they want. Our parliamentary party leader Sudip Bandyopadhay in that case will speak with them,” Banerjee said.

She said that DMK, the UPA’s second largest ally after the departure of the Trinamool Congress had decided to stay away from the ministry and had reservations against the FDI in retail.

She also said that there was nothing wrong in the Samajwadi Party and BSP in attending a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister ahead of the session.

“It is a courtesy. There is nothing wrong. But I also appeal to the SP and BSP to support our motion,” she said describing the decision taken by her party in quitting the UPA government and bringing a no confidence motion against it as bold.

On BSP and SP which have a sizable number of MPs, she said “They may be (outside) allies. It does not mean they will accept when the interests of the common people are in peril because of the anti-people decisions of this government.”

Seeking support of regional parties, Banerjee said “We have many regional friends and they also have a role.”

She said former UPA ally Babulal Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (P), which has two Lok Sabha MPs was with the TMC.

“This government is against the ‘aam admi’. We will bring the no-confidence motion which will see which parties stand where so far as the anti-people decisions of this government is concerned,” Banerjee said, adding that it would require the support of 50 Lok Sabha members to get the motion admitted.

Stating that she had heard that Left parties were planning to move a resolution on FDI in multi-brand retail, she said “I request my Leftist friends not to bring resolution if they are interested to safeguard the interest of the common people and want this government to go.”

“Let them support our motion. And, if necessary they themselves can bring a no-confidence motion which we will support. But there should not be any backdoor deal to save the government,” Banerjee said on Saturday.

Asked whether TMC has established contacts with other parties before deciding to bring no-confidence motion, she said “We are doing this through the local and national media. Referring to the controversial land acquisition bill, she said “No opinion was sought on the land bill.”

Enabling access to justice is crucial to building inclusive societies

Enabling access to justice is crucial to building inclusive societies

Saturday, 17 November 2012: ㉮justice caused through disability of any kind is our focus and requires sustained efforts to ensure that we eliminate all the barriers that result in failure of justice, said Honorable Minister of Law and Justice, Dr. Ashwani Kumar.

He was speaking at a two-day international conference of experts that started today in New Delhi, organized by the Department of Justice in the Government of India and UNDP, to share best practices towards improving access to legal aid for the poor and marginalized.

Outlining the importance of legal aid as a tool of empowerment, the Minister stressed,㔨e right to legal aid is not merely a constitutional directive or statutory right but is an unalienable and integral part of the basic fabric of the Constitution of India.䠼o:p>

The conference has brought together representatives from 20 countries to discuss legal empowerment and exchange views on strengthening the capacity of the institutions responsible for ensuring equitable access to justice.

Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative said, ㉭proving access to justice is essential for expanding poor peopleⳠchoices, ensuring that they benefit from IndiaⳠprogressive legal provisions and are able to break the cycle of exclusion.䠼o:p>

Since 2009, the UNDP-Department of Justice Partnership on access to justice has reached out to over two million people across 87 districts with the aim of improving the institutional capacities of justice service providers. Initiatives focus on ways to empower communities to demand justice and secure entitlements under rights-based legislations and government schemes. Click here for more.

About UNDP

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. With offices in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.  

Photo Caption: (from left  to right) Mr Marcus Brand, Human Rights and Access to Justice Advisor, UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre; Ms Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, India; Dr Ashwani Kumar, Honorable Minister of Law and Justice;  Mr D.K. Sikri, Secretary, Department of Justice (DoJ), Ministry of Law and Justice; Mr Atul Kaushik, Joint Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice.

Harendra Gupta makes his way to top of the leaderboard

Harendra Gupta makes his way to top of the leaderboard

Arshdeep TiwanaⳠgallant 65 propels him to tied second

Aamby Valley City, Maharashtra, November 15, 2012: Harendra Gupta of
Chandigarh fired a 70 to make his way to the top of the leaderboard in
round three of the PGTI Players Championship presented by Aamby Valley
City. GuptaⳠtotal moved to eight-under-208 after round three.
Arshdeep Tiwana of the Golden Greens Golf & Country Club, Gurgaon and
Vinod Kumar of Delhi are in joint second at seven-under-209.

Harendra Gupta (68-70-70), who was overnight tied second, began with a
birdie on the first where he sank a 10-footer. He dropped a bogey on
the fourth after finding the hazard. GuptaⳠwell-placed second shot
earned him another birdie on the fifth. He was two-on on the par-5
seventh green and picked up a stroke on that hole as well. Harendra
bogeyed the 10th but ended up with two-under for the day after
knocking down a nine feet birdie putt on the 16th.

㉴Ⳡbeen a very consistent week for me so far. I hit some accurate
second shots today. However, the placement of my tee shots wasnⴠthat
good in round three. I struggled off the tee due to the wind. The
putts rolled in for me. Putting is the key on this course and I will
need to grab my chances on the greens in the final round in order to
stay on top,䠳aid Gupta.

Arshdeep TiwanaⳠ(72-72-65) gallant seven-under-65 accounted for the
dayⳠbest score and propelled him from overnight tied 22nd to tied
second place. TiwanaⳠround featured a magnificent eagle on the 14th
as well as five birdies. He holed his third shot (9-iron) from a
distance of 145 yards for eagle on the par-5 14th hole. Arshdeep holed
a 25-footer for birdie on the third and sank birdie putts from 15 feet
on the eighth and 15th. He landed his approach shots within three feet
for birdies on the ninth and 16th.

Tiwana said, ㉴ was a perfect day of golf for me. I hit all fairways
and made 16 greens in regulation. The putter was hot as I converted
five putts from a range of 15 to 25 feet, including two to save par.
This round has put me in contention and I will look to play it shot by
shot and hole by hole on the final day without getting ahead of
Vinod Kumar (70-69-70) fired a 70 on Thursday to join Tiwana in tied
second place. VinodⳠround featured four birdies and two bogeys.

AustraliaⳠAnthony Choat is placed fourth at six-under-210.

DelhiⳠRashid Khan, the overnight leader, slipped to tied 12th
position in round three after shooting a 76.

Laureus World Sports Awards 2013

Laureus World Sports Awards 2013

Olympic Teenage Stars Set The Pace For Laureus World Breakthrough Award

·       Golden newcomers Gabby Douglas, Kirani James, Katie Ledecky, Ruta Meilutyte and Ye Shiwen among hopefuls for 2013 Laureus Award

·       Britain’s Andy Murray in contention after winning Olympic gold and silver medals plus his first ever Grand Slam success

·       Brazilians Sarah Menezes and Nabarette Zanetti hoping for Nomination after gold medal success in London

·       Laureus Global Media Selection Panel to vote for SIX Nominees

·       For more details on possible contenders go to

·       Laureus World Sports Awards to be held in Rio de Janeiro


LONDON, November 15, 2012 – A group of brilliant young teenagers from the London Olympic Games are among the leading contenders for Nomination for the 2013 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award.

Gymnast Gabby Douglas, 400 metres runner Kirani James and swimmers Katie Ledecky, Ruta Meilutyte and Ye Shiwen all won gold medals in London and showed potential for amazing futures.

Also in the mix for Nomination could be Britain’s Andy Murray, aged 25, who won the Olympic singles tennis gold medal and mixed doubles silver and also his first ever Grand Slam at the US Open. And New Zealand’s phenomenal Lydia Ko, the youngest ever winner of a professional golf event at the age of 14 years 280 days.

The Laureus World Sports Awards is recognised as the premier honours event in the international sporting calendar and the Awards Ceremony provides a high profile focus as stars of the sporting world come together to salute the finest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year. The winners will be unveiled during a globally televised Awards Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports more than 100 community sports projects around the world that have helped to improve the lives of over one-and-a-half million young people.

Andy Murray made his own personal breakthrough in 2012, winning the US Open, his first ever Grand Slam event, and also a gold and silver medal at the London Olympic Games. His US Open victory, beating Novak Djokovic in a five-set final, made him the first British player since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a Grand Slam tennis event. In the Olympic men’s final he had a straight sets win over Roger Federer and also won a silver medal with Laura Robson in the mixed doubles.


American Gabby Douglas, 16, became the first woman to win individual and team all-around gold medals – competing on four pieces of equipment – at the same Olympics. Before the Olympics she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Time and after she won her gold medals a giant mural depicting her achievement was painted in her home town of Virginia Beach.

At 19, Kirani James won the Olympic 400 metres gold medal in a time of 43.94 secs to earn the Caribbean island of Grenada its first ever Olympic medal. Thousands lined the streets when he returned to Grenada and President Tillman Thomas said a commemorative stamp would be created in his honour, a new stadium named after him and he would be appointed a tourism ambassador.


Katie Ledecky, aged 15, won the Olympic 800 metres freestyle gold medal in her first major championships, beatingfavourite Lotte Friis and defending champion Rebecca Adlington. She won by four seconds in 8 mins 14.63 secs – the second fastest in history. Ledecky was the youngest Olympian on the 529-strong American team and is now second youngest swimming gold medalist in US history.


At just 15, Ruta Meilutyte won the 100 metres Olympic breaststroke gold medal, beating celebrated American swimmer Rebecca Soni. It made her the first Lithuanian swimmer since independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 to win an Olympic swimming medal. She is also the youngest Lithuanian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. She led from start to finish, beating Soni by 0.08 secs.


Ye Shiwen, aged 16, was one of the sensations of the Olympic Games, winning both 200 metres and 400 metres individual medley gold medals. In the third heat of the 400 metres, she swam 4 mins 31.73 secs, an improvement of two seconds over her previous best time at the 2010 Asian Games, then in the final she broke the world record, held by Stephanie Rice since the 2008 Olympics, with a time of 4:28.43, an improvement of a further three seconds.

Two Brazilian athletes made significant breakthroughs at the London Olympics. Sarah Menezes, 22, became the first Brazilian woman to win an individual judo gold at an Olympic Games with victory in the under-48kg final. The second-seeded Menezes dethroned reigning Olympic champion Alina Dumitru of Romania, producing the winning throw in the final minute. And Arthur Zanetti’s flawless routine in the men’s rings to win Brazil’s first ever gymnastic Olympic gold medal was celebrated in Brazil as if he had scored a winning goal in the World Cup. Going last, he beat favourite Chen Yibing, captain of the Chinese men’s team into the silver medal position.

There were many other noteworthy Olympic Games performances. France’s Yannick Agnel, aged 20, in his first ever Olympic Games, won three medals – two gold and a silver. He produced one of the outstanding swims of the London Games to win the 200 metres freestyle gold, 1.79 secs ahead at the finish. He also won gold in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay and silver in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay.

British rower Katherine Grainger at last won a double sculls gold medal in London at the fourth attempt, after taking silver medals at the three previous Olympiads – Sydney, Athens and Beijing. She finally won the gold medal she had dreamed about, at the age of 36, with partner Anna Watkins. It left Grainger and Watkins unbeaten in 23 races. Another Briton, Laura Trott, aged 20, one of the youngest members of the highly successful British cycling team, won two gold medals, in theomnium and team pursuit. She is now reigning double European, world and Olympic champion in both events.

And no one can forget the efforts of Niger’s Hamadou Djibo Issaka, called ‘Issaka the Otter’ by the enthusiastic spectators at the rowing course in London who cheered him on, despite him finishing his two Olympic single sculls races more than a minute behind his competitors. Because of his positive and determined approach, he became one of the unsung heroes of the Olympic Games. A few months before the start of the Games, Issaka, aged 35, was a gardener and swimming pool attendant in his country’s capital Niamey, then he took up rowing and trained in an old fishing boat. He now plans to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Golf provided two of the outstanding individual performances away from the Olympic Games in 2012. New Zealand’s Lydia Kobecame the youngest ever winner of a professional golf event in January when she won the New South Wales Open at the age of 14 years 280 days, breaking the record of Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa, who was 15 years 8 months when he won his first tournament. In August, she became the youngest winner of an LPGA Tour event at the CN Canadian Women’s Open at 15 years 4 months.

China’s Feng Shanshan won the LPGA Championship in June, at the age of 22, to become the first golfer from the mainland of China to win a Major Championship. She was also the first woman player from the Chinese mainland on the LPGA Tour, which she joined in 2008. Feng was born in Guangzhou and started playing golf at the age of ten.

The Laureus World Sports Awards recognise sporting achievement during 2012. The names of the six Nominees for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award, as voted by the Laureus Media Selection Panel, comprising leading sports editors, sports writers, broadcasters and online journalists from around the world, will be announced in Rio de Janeiro on December 13. The eventual winner will then be chosen from this shortlist by the 46 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living legends of sport honouring the greatest athletes of today.

Laureus World Sports Academy Member and swimming legend Mark Spitz, who famously won seven gold medals in one Olympiad in Munich in 1972, said: “The London Olympic Games really came alive in the pool with so many great performances and so many great new faces. I don’t recall so many young swimmers making such an impact before. Katie Ledecky, Ruta Meilutyte and Ye Shiwen were the best of the bunch, but I think they will have a fight on their hands in what looks an extremely competitive category. It will be fascinating to see which six names the world’s media vote for as Nominees.”

Among the winners who have received Awards at previous Awards Ceremonies have been Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Alex Ferguson, Lewis Hamilton, Rafael Nadal, Pele, Oscar Pistorius, Steve Redgrave, Ronaldo, Michael Schumacher, Kelly Slater, Serena Williams and Zinedine Zidane. Guests attending the Awards Ceremony have included His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, David and Victoria Beckham, Sean Connery, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Morgan Freeman, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey,

Members of the Laureus World Sports Academy volunteer their time to act as global ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, whose mission is to use sport as the means to combat some of the world’s toughest social challenges facing young people today such as juvenile crime, gangs, HIV/Aids, discrimination, social exclusion, landmines awareness, education and health problems such as obesity. Since its inception Laureus has raised over €55 million to support projects around the world.

For further information, please contact:

Gerald Meier,

Head of Global Communications

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The Patron of Laureus is Nelson Mandela.  At the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, President Mandela said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.” This has become the philosophy of Laureus; the driving force behind its work.

Laureus is a universal movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good.  Laureus is composed of three core elements – the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards – which collectively celebrate sporting excellence and use sport as the means to promote social change.

The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy are: Giacomo Agostini, Marcus Allen, Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Ian Botham, Sergey Bubka, Bobby Charlton, Sebastian Coe, Nadia Comaneci, Yaping Deng, Marcel Desailly, Kapil Dev, Mick Doohan, David Douillet, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sean Fitzpatrick, Dawn Fraser, Cathy Freeman, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Mika Häkkinen, Tony Hawk, Mike Horn, Miguel Indurain, Michael Johnson, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Dan Marino, Edwin Moses (Chairman), Nawal El Moutawakel, Robby Naish, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, Alexey Nemov, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Morné du Plessis, Hugo Porta, Steve Redgrave, Vivian Richards, Monica Seles, Mark Spitz, Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba, Steve Waugh and Katarina Witt.

The Laureus Academy members volunteer their services as global ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which was set up to promote the use of sport as a tool for social change. The Foundation addresses social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Since its inception, Laureus has raised over €55 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people. The mission of the Laureus Foundation is to use sport as the means to combat some of the world’s toughest social challenges facing young people today such as juvenile crime, gangs, HIV/AIDS, discrimination, social exclusion, landmines awareness and health problems like obesity. The Academy is supported in its work by the members of the Laureus Ambassadors programme, a select group of current and retired sportsmen and sportswomen who have achieved sporting greatness, plus non-sporting personalities who have made significant contributions to the sporting community during their careers.

The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier global sports awards honouring the greatest sportsmen and women across all sports each year.  The winners are selected by the ultimate sports jury – the 46 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living legends of sport honouring the great athletes of today.  The Awards are presented at an annual Awards Ceremony, attended by global figures from sport and entertainment, which is broadcast to 120 countries and territories.

There is a two-part voting process to find the winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards.  Firstly, a Selection Panel of the world’s leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters from over 120 countries votes to create a shortlist of six Nominations in various categories, including Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, Laureus World Team of the Year, Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year and Laureus World Comeback of the Year.  Then the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy vote by secret ballot to select the Award winners from the shortlist. The Laureus Academy Members also vote for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disabilityand the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year, the Nominations for which are made by specialist panels.

Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which supports over 100 community sports projects around the world.  The 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards were held in London on February 6.

Laureus was founded by its Patrons Richemont and Daimler and is supported by its Global Partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen.


Mercedes-Benz, the world’s oldest automaker, can look back on a unique tradition. It is the most valuable automotive premium brand which stands for quality, safety, comfort, design and sustainable mobility. Mercedes-Benz enjoys an excellent reputation, particularly in the field of safety. Many pioneering technical innovations that are standard automotive features today were first seen in a Mercedes-Benz car. The Mercedes-Benz engineers will in the future consistently reinvent the automobile – with the same enthusiasm and innovation as Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz in 1886. Moreover, Mercedes-Benz has been actively supporting professional and amateur sport for decades and has become established as a dependable partner in the fields of motor sport, football, golf, horse riding and tennis.  Mercedes-Benz is a Global Partner of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Since the beginning of the Foundation’s operations in 2000, Mercedes-Benz has shared and supported the goals and values of this worldwide charity programme where sports play the core role in the fight against social issues – Laureus has become a vital element of the corporate social responsibility programme of Mercedes-Benz.

IWC Schaffhausen

With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing watches of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of Haute Horlogerie at its finest, combining supremeprecision with exclusive design.

‘Transition in America & China:

cordially invited to Vimarsha the monthly discussion series of Vivekananda International Foundation.

Amb .Prabhat P Shukla ( Former Ambassador to Russia)

will speak on
 Transition in America & China: Implications for India’


on Tuesday, 27th November 2012 at 6:00pm 

Venue : Vivekananda International Foundation,
Plot no. 3, San Martin Marg
New Delhi-110021

The talk will be followed by an interaction.

Please join us for tea at 5.30 pm.

Manash Bhattacharjee
Asst. Secretary


” Without knowing the facts and figures the leaders in the Government and Congress Party are defending the Govt. on FDI in Retail.” The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) today advised them to first obtain the true facts and figures otherwise they themselves will weak their already weaked case. The CAIT has also advised the Chief Ministers of Congress ruled States who have deemed to understand that Notification of the Govt has come into operation and one by one the CMs look more eager to extend invitation to global retailers in their respective States whereas the said notification and amendment in FEMA rules by RBI are yet to be passed by both the houses of Parliament .
Alleging the Government for supressing some of the important and true facts and figures, the CAIT National President Mr. B.C.Bhartia and Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal has raised 11 questions with the Government.
1. Is it not a fact that FDI policy papers laid down by Commerce Minister Shri Anand Sharma on the floor of the Parliament on 25th November,2011 and Notification issued by the Government on 20th September,2012 do have major deviations ?
2. Is it correct that the Government came to know about the true facts and figures of food wastage in India through CIPHET study report on post harvest losses in September, 2010 ?
3. If this is true, what were the compelling circumstances which forced the Government to repeatdly quote incorrect figure of 40% food wastage till now. Why the said figure was quoted in Union Budget 2012-13 ?
4. What figure of food wastage was quoted in the Cabinate Note on which the Cabinet took decision of allowing FDI in Retail ?
5. If this figure was quoted as 40% then why not the Minister of Food Processing and Minister for Agriculture did not raised objection and corrected the figures of food wastage,since they knew the true and correct figures ?
6. Is it not correct that Minister of State for Food Processing Mr. Harish Rawat and Mr. Charan Das Mahant did quote the reference of the true facts and figures as stated in CIPHET report  in September, 2010 ?
7. Is it not correct that development of “cold storage and modern transport system” was assigned as one of the major reason of allowing FDI in Retail then why the words “cold storage and modern transport system” were not explicitly included in the definition of backend infrastructure as defined in the Notification. ?
8. Is it not correct that inspite of knowing the fact that FEMA rules needs to be amended before making any notification, Why the notification was issued in great haste ?
9. Is it not correct that the solemn assurance made by the then Hon’ble Minister for Finance to consult the stakeholders before taking a decision has been flouted by the Government ? If stakeholders are consulted, the Govt should spell out the names with whom the consultations were made ?
10. Is it not correct that under Multi Brand Retail, the trading of unbranded grains and pulses have been allowed. If so, what are the reasons to include unbranded produce in Multi Brand Retail. ?
11. Is it not correct that before taking such a major decision which will have vital impact on livelihood of crores and crores of people of the Country, no extensive study,/survey has been conducted by the Government before taking a decision ?
Both Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that so far the Government has advocated only the advantageous argument not supported by any logical and conclusive material. In the larger interest of the nation. The Govt must reveal the logical facts. The CAIT has also sought an appointment with UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi on this issue.



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AirAsia’s Kuala Lumpur – Solo makes a comeback!

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AirAsia’s Kuala Lumpur – Solo makes a comeback!

Business plans in Indonesia realigned and the world’s best LCC set to go in full force!



SEPANG, 16 NOVEMBER 2012 – AirAsia is set to blaze the trail in Indonesia by making the Kuala Lumpur – Solo route available once again, after announcing a brief pause in operations early this year as part of the airline’s realignment of business plans in Indonesia.

Flights for this route will re-commence on 21 December 2012 with 3 weekly flights onTuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

To celebrate, AirAsia is offering promotional all-in-fares from as low as RM99 one-way from Kuala Lumpur – Solo, from now until 25 November 2012 with the travel period from 21 December 2012 until 30 September 2013.  The promotional fares are exclusively available online


Indonesia is a very important market and presents many opportunities for the airline to expand and prosper. The momentary breather on Kuala Lumpur – Solo early this year was a part of the realigning process of its business plans in Indonesia, in order to effectively capitalize on the prospects presented by the market.

With Indonesia enjoying sustained economic growth, demand for flight services have increased and AirAsia is set to tap into this enhanced demand. With superior business plans in place, the airline is confident to be a leader in the market.

AirAsia have flown more than 9 million guests from Malaysia to Indonesia so far, and is dedicated to further development of Malaysian-Indonesian routes which will bring positive economic impacts through more business and tourism activities.

Solo, the heart of Javanese Culture, is located in Central Java. The vibrant city is 1 hour drive from Yogyakarta and 2 hours drive from Semarang (the capital of central java). The city boasts two beautiful Javanese palaces called Kraton Mangkunegaran & Kraton Kesunanan, while the surrounding countryside is home to some of Indonesia’s most glorious ancient temples. Solo is also popular for its batik industry, while Triwindu antique Market is famous among Tourists for its antique hunt.

Besides re-commencement of Kuala Lumpur – Solo, AirAsia is increasing flight frequencies fromPenang to Medan to 24x weekly starting from 1 December 2012.

Promotional all-in-fares from as low as RM79 one-way are available on fromnow until 25 November 2012, for the travel period from 1 December 2012 until 30 September 2013.


Guests are encouraged to pre-book their check-in baggage allocation online along with their flight bookings as they are able to save up to 66% as compared to checking-in their bags over the airport counter.

Apart from that, guests are also able to pre-book their in-flight meals with a wide variety of hot meals available on board with an option to book up to two meals for each guest. Check-in baggage allocation, in-flight meals, Pick-A-Seat, travel insurance and more are all available online and guests are able to add or make changes to their booking very simply through ‘Manage My Booking’.

For more updates on AirAsia’s latest innovations, as well as promotions, activities and contests, connect with the airline via Twitter ( or Facebook (


Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Solo (SOC) flight frequencies:

Origin Destination Flight Depart Arrive Frequency
KUL SOC AK 1335 6.55am 8.25am Tue, Thu, Sat
SOC KUL AK 1337 8.50am 12.15pm Tue, Thu, Sat

Departure and arrival time are shown at local time

Penang (PEN) – Medan (MES) flight frequencies:

Origin Destination Flight Depart Arrive Frequency
PEN MES QZ 8079 7.25am 7.15am Tue, Thu, Sat
PEN MES QZ 8077 11.20am 11.10am Daily
PEN MES QZ 8073 4.35pm 4.25pm Daily
PEN MES AK 1580 6.30pm 6.20pm Daily
MES PEN QZ 8078 5.15am 7.00am Tue, Thu, Sat
MES PEN QZ 8076 9.10am 10.55am Daily
MES PEN QZ 8072 2.25pm 4.10pm Daily
MES PEN AK 1581 6.45pm 8.30pm Daily

Departure and arrival time are shown at local time

For media enquiries, please contact:

Nazatul Ekma Mokhtar

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पश्चिमी दिल्ली में दो जगहों पर आईएसी की जनसभा

पश्चिमी दिल्ली में दो जगहों पर आईएसी की जनसभा
दिल्ली, 15 नवंबर. आईएसी के वरिष्ट कार्यकर्ता अरविंद केजरीवाल, कुमार विश्वास और गोपाल राय ने दिल्ली में पश्चिमी दिल्ली के पूठ कलां और नजफगढ़ में जनसभा की. अरविंद केजरीवाल और कुमार विश्वास मेट्रो ट्रेन से रोहिणी पश्चिम स्टेशन उतरे और वहां से एक कार व बाइक रैली पूठ कलां गांव के सभास्थल सरदार पटेल झील लिए रवाना हुई. अरविंद केजरीवाल, गोपाल राय और कुमार विश्वास ने पूठ कलां में जनता को संबोधित किया.
अरविंद केजरीवाल ने बिजली-पानी के दामों में हुई बेतहाशा वृद्धि पर सरकार को आड़े हाथों लेते हुए शीला दीक्षित को नसीहत दी कि वह महंगाई से पिस रही जनता पर रोज-रोज एक नई चोट करना बंद करें. अरविंद केजरीवाल ने कहा, “जिस सरकार के दिल में जनता के लिए ममता नहीं रह जाती उस सरकार को जनता ज्यादा दिनों तक बर्दाश्त नहीं करती. शीला दीक्षित सरकार की उल्टी गिनती शुरू हो चुकी है. दिल्ली का आम आदमी अपना अधिकार लेकर रहेगा.”
जनसभा के बाद पूठ कलां में विधानसभा कार्यालय का उदघाटन भी हुआ.
आईएसी के कार्यकर्ताओं ने जनता से व्यवस्था परिवर्तन के संघर्ष में शामिल होने की अपील करते हुए दिल्ली की जनता से 26 नवंबर को जंतर-मंतर आने का न्योता भी दिया. 26 नवंबर 2012 को आईएसी एक राजनीतिक दल के गठन की औपचारिक घोषणा करेगा.
पूत कलां के बाद आईएसी कार्यकर्ताओं ने नजफगढ़ के फर्नीचर मार्केट में भी एक जनसभा को संबोधित किया.

India, Afghanistan inks four MoUs

India, Afghanistan inks four MoUs

India and Afghanistan decided to intensify their cooperation, especially in the economic sector as they inked four pacts, including one on cooperation in development of coal and mineral resources and Indian aid for implementation of small development projects.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held discussions with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is in India to seek investments in his war-torn country, on the entire gamut of bilateral ties as well as challenges confronting the region.

“We also discussed changes in the security and political situation in and around Afghanistan. I expressed to President Karzai our belief that sustained international support and cooperation in all respects, including in combating terrorism emanating from the neighbourhood, will help Afghanistan meet these challenges,” Singh said at a joint media event.

Reaffirming the “shared vision of a stable, strong, united, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan”, he said India remains committed to supporting Afghanistan in its development efforts and noted the country’s development assistance toAfghanistan currently stands at approximately $2 billion.

“We discussed the need to develop a strategic economic partnership, which will build on our economic synergies for mutual benefit. I also reiterated to President Karzai our belief that Afghanistan’s regional economic integration will contribute to overall prosperity and stability in the region,” Singh said.

Thanking India “for the generosity they have shown to us in the past many years”, Karzai said, “In particular India has been a very generous frontline partner and supporter toAfghanistan’s reconstruction and development. India has strived with us for the hard-earned income of its people and the difficult walk that we had for development and reconstruction.”

He also made it clear that this time he was here to woo investors.

“My visit here this time is focused in talking to and asking and requesting Indian business to come to Afghanistan”.

“Investment opportunities in Afghanistan today are better. A country that is more confident of its future and is willing to receive investments from its friends, specially from India. And I was happy to see today the signing of certain agreements and MoUs in this regard.”

The four pacts inked were Indian Grant Assistance for Implementation of Small Development Projects through local government bodies, community organisations, cooperation in the field of fertiliser sector, cooperation in youth affairs and cooperation in the field of development of coal and mineral resources.

The two sides also decided to intensify the cooperation with a special focus on deepening their economic engagement in areas ranging from agriculture and small businesses to mining and infrastructure.

The Prime Minister also noted that India has expanded its programmes for capacity-building, institution-building and human resource development.

Karzai, who landed in Mumbai on Friday, had told India Inc not to be “shy” when it comes to investing in his mineral-rich country and pointed out to them of the gains reaped by the Chinese who invested early in the war-ravaged country.

“Indian businesses need not be shy when thinking ofAfghanistan,” he said in Mumbai.

Asserting that his administration will do all things possible and accord special treatment to Indian investors, the Afghan President had said, “We would like to give you a better platform. We would like to welcome you on a red carpet and others on a grey carpet. But you need to arrive on the red carpet. If you don’t arrive on the red carpet, it will get dusty. Therefore, do hurry up in coming and take advantage of the opportunities in Afghanistan.”

In 2011, a consortium of Indian companies won the bid to develop Afghanistan’s largest iron ore deposits. Afghanistan is believed to have mineral reserves worth at least $3 trillion which could generate billions of dollars in tax revenue.

Rohan Bopanna joins forces with Rajeev Ram

Rohan Bopanna joins forces with Rajeev Ram


Announces partnership with American Rajeev Ram for the 2013 season

13th November, 2012: As the curtains close on the 2012 ATP season, Rohan Bopanna late last night announced his partnership with American Rajeev Ram for the next season. With a combined experience of 17 years on the pro-circuit, the pair is excited about the challenge that the next year presents.

Rohan and Rajeev, who have been friends on and off the tour for over a decade, had decided a few months ago to combine forces to make what they believe an extremely formidable partnership, given their complementary styles of play and strong service games. Rohan had a successful year with Mahesh Bhupathi, which included two titles at Dubai and Paris and runner-up finish at the recently concluded season-ending London Masters. Rohan had also attained his career-best ranking of 8 in March this year. Speaking about his decision to change partners, Rohan said, “I played with Mahesh in 2012 with a special focus on preparing for the London Olympics and now that it’s over, I want to concentrate on the ATP circuit and am eager to build a strong, sustainable partnership. Rajeev is a great player and given our individual strengths, and his command of the deuce court, I believe that we can complement each other very well on the court.”

With a career best doubles ranking of 33, 28-year old Rajeev, with his booming serve and solid groundstrokes, has maintained a fine balance between the singles and doubles circuits, choosing to however spend the last few years limiting his single appearances and concentrating on his doubles game. Partnering Scott Lipsky frequently over the last couple of years, Rajeev has won titles at Delray Beach and San Jose in 2011 and has won the St Petersburg Open in September of 2012 while partnering Nenad Zimonjic. Looking forward to the new partnership, Rajeev said, “I am very excited to play with Rohan in 2013. He is not only one of the best doubles players in the world but also a good friend. It is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to it.”

The duo had earlier made an appearance as a team at the Australian Open in 2008, where as an unseeded combination they proceeded to the pre-quarters defeating higher ranked teams along the way. With a total of 14 ATP doubles titles between them, Rohan and Rajeev are looking to recapture the magic in 2013. Commenting on the upcoming season, Rohan said, “2012 has been a good season for both of us and we hope to continue the momentum into 2013. However, we really want to focus on one match at a time.”

Given the highly competitive nature of the ATP circuit, Rajeev was also cautious of looking too far ahead. “Looking at the first month of the year, there are two big events in Chennai and the Australian Open so there is no need to look any further than that” he opined. “We haven’t played together since Australia in 2008 so it has been a while. I just hope to continuously improve so that we can reach our full potential,” he added.

Rohan and Rajeev will open their campaign in 2013 at the Chennai Open, where Rajeev won the title in 2009 partnering Eric Butorac. With their strong friendship off the court and shared love for grass surface, the duo is gunning for a great year on the tour.

Current Talibani Assault on the Pakistani

Current Talibani Assault on the Pakistani

November 12, 2012

Pakistan’s seemingly uncontrollable slide into a sectarian nightmare appears to have gained further momentum. The militant Deobandi Islamists have now launched a clear campaign to cow down sections of the media that have so far been standing up to them, and such other sources of potent social and political resistance as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). What is very worrying is that in this phase of Deobandi onslaught the Army is clearly abandoning its earlier pretense of readiness to take the Islamic zealots head on and sections of the establishment seem more willing now to be just silent accomplices.
A number of leading Pakistani journalists have come out openly with complaints of being threatened by the Deobandi oriented Tehriq-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and, more sinisterly, of the Pakistani establishment doing nothing to protect them against the onslaught from the former. Journalists Hamid Mir, Javed Chaudhary, Mohammad Maalik, Iftikhar Alam, and others have openly alleged to have been threatened by TTP through calls on their land-lines and cell phones as well as through e-mails. To their despair, the government agencies have chosen not to take any action on their complaints despite their having provided call/mail details to them. Hamid Mir even alleges that in this latest attempt to intimidate the media into silence or submission, the TTP and the official agencies (an euphemism for ISI) seem to be acting in tandem. Hamid Mir further contends that on October 5, the Crisis Management Cell of the Ministry of Interior itself had informed various federal and provincial security agencies that Hakimullah Mehsud has sent instructions to TTP units in the rest of the country to stop operations against the Pakistan Army and, instead, start targeting the media. TTP spokesman Ehshamullah Ehsan and the TTP’s spokesman in Swat Sirajuddin have clearly told targeted journalists that anybody who supports the government would be treated as opposing the Taliban and would be liquidated. In this regard any support or sympathy for the 14-year old victim of Taliban cruelty, Malala Yusufzai, has been taken as an anti-religion conspiracy and threatened with dire consequences.

It is not just the journalists who are the targets of the latest Talibani onslaught. Socio-political groups like the MQM are also sought to be targeted, since MQM and its leader Altaf Hussein have taken a strong and active stand against Islamic radicals of the TTP variety over the Malala incident. The MQM had earlier announced its plans to hold a referendum across Pakistan to let the people choose between a Pakistan as per Jinnah’s vision or a Talibanised Pakistan. Though the proposed referendum was postponed ostensibly because of the IDEAS 2012 Defence Exhibition in Karachi, MQM cadres did take to streets after the shooting of Malala Yusufzai to protest against religious extremism.

The Taliban did not take it lying down and their spokesman in Karachi, Umar Farooq, a former Jamaat-e-Islami functionary, declared “We are a group of Islamic warriors fighting against infidels” and that “Karachi is our base and we will target anyone our leader Hakimullah Mehsud tells us to”. TTP’s surrogate body of madrassas in Karachi, Wifaqul Madaris, has on its part warned MQM, whose cadres are predominantly Barelvi, to desist from prying into the functioning and affairs of its affiliates. Many MQM cadres had been alleging that an overwhelming number of inmates of these madrassas were Pashtun and Afghans and some of them were being trained in the handling IEDs of inside the seminaries.

Karachi is an ethnic tinderbox and sectarianism makes it even more explosive. Perhaps, a pointer to things to come in Karachi is the bombing of the Rangers Headquarters by a truck-bomb on November 7. Such attacks have been the hallmark of Taliban attacks in Islamabad and Kabul in the past and, therefore, it was hardly any surprise that Mullah Fazalullah’s faction of the TTP eventually claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban threat in Karachi cannot be minimized. According to Sindh Police and CID, the Taliban have been involved in 131 bank robberies out of a total of 134 in Karachi since 2008. The Police claims to have arrested 721 Taliban cadres in the city and busted 143 gangs. The Taliban have retaliated by bombing and attacking policemen who are leading operations against them. Right now the Taliban seem to be concentrating in uprooting the Awami National Party from the Pashtun areas of Karachi and have targeted many local ANP leaders and cadres.

The Islamic radicals not only want to assert their supremacy in the strong pockets of remaining anti-Deobandi radical sentiments in the country (Taliban and their Deobandi cohorts already dominate FATA, north Baluchistan and parts of Punjab), but they also seek to cow-down the inconvenient media and further push their influence in the rest of the country by espousing such emotive Islamist causes as anti-Americanism, the West’s perceived assault on Islamic culture and education. According to knowledgeable Pakistani journalist Khaled Ahmed, in the post-Osama bin-Laden period, the Al-Qaeda/Taliban want to exploit the clerical consensus that already exists in Pakistan on the issue of education, particularly that of girls. The Taliban though contend that they are not against girls’ education, but to secular education in general, and that Malala was punished for eulogizing secular education and she and her father were in contact with US diplomats as also Jewish film makers (a clear allusion to the makers of theInnocence of Muslims).

The Pakistani state, particularly the Army, is either incapable of, or more likely unwilling to, confront the Taliban over this latest upsurge in their activities. No less a person than President Asif Ali Zardari has been reduced to merely wringing his hands in despair in public over the weakness of the state to go after the attackers of Malala Yusufzai. He admitted to a delegation of the South Asia Free Media Association (October 21) that he could do nothing to avenge the near fatal attack on Malala as Pakistan was not ready for the extremist blow-back if North Waziristan were attacked. He indicated that there were three reasons for this: Pakistani political parties were not united over the implications of the attack on Malala; the extremists ready to join hands with Al-Qaeda/Taliban were too strong and widespread to risk challenging by going after North Waziri Taliban; and Pakistan was in a different situation today than in 2009 at the time of the launch of the Swat operations.

While Zardari appeared to be at pains in putting the direct blame for the state’s inaction on politicians and the lack of political consensus, others were quick to underline the Army’s reluctance to intensify its conflict with Islamic radicals due to an unholy nexus that seems to exist between the two. Hamid Mir alleged that some Generals had entered into secret deals with Taliban factions to either secure the release of captured Pakistani servicemen or for preventing Army units from being targeted. Apparently, these deals have been cemented by transferring large amounts of money to Taliban commanders. In other instances, the spirit of camaraderie between the two sides emerges under the influence of GHQ’s propensity to treat Taliban factions –the Good Taliban” – as its ‘strategic assets’. Apparently, it is Hamid Gul who controls the GHQ’s mind-set, even though Kayani is the commander in uniform. The assassination of Major General Faisal Alvi of the SSG in Islamabad (November 2008) is once again reverberating in the Pakistani press, as he was killed after he had written to Kayani against two of his senior generals for their complicity with the Taliban and their conspiracy to have him sacked for his refusal to play along. Many Pakistani observers had pointed out that the weapons used in Alvi’s assassination and the clinical manner of the attack suggested it to be an inside job by sections of the Army rather than a terrorist attack by Taliban or their local supporters. It is worth noting that soon after Zardari’s statement to journalists, in separate statements Jamiat-ul Ulema-e-Islam’s Maulana Fazl-ur Rehman and Jamaat-e-Islami’s Munawwar Hassan warned the Army against going after the Taliban in North Waziristan.

The Pakistan Army is the only national institution that is still intact and retains its cohesiveness and, therefore, it was expected to protect Pakistan from internal and external threats. Any hopes of Pakistan pulling out of the present sectarian crisis required the Army to not only keep the Islamic zealots under check, but also to support and protect the winds of moderation. However, the Pakistan Army is neither willing to play this role any more, nor seems to have any faith left in its own capabilities. It appears to be readying itself into throwing the towel down. It also does not seem to have the nation behind it as in the past. It is not only President Zardari who is implicitly criticizing the Army, but the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary is also emphasizing the judiciary’s constitutional predominance over all other institutions, including the Army. This attack has forced Kayani to advise all and sundry, including the judiciary, that assuming more than one’s own due role would set “us back”. This open polemics between the various pillars of the Pakistani state, including the Army, is a new phenomenon in Pakistan and does not augur well for the country’s fight against Islamic sectarianism and radicalism and for upholding moderation.

This has implications for India as well. While it may not be possible to hold back on contacts with Pakistan’s establishment of the day, India needs to wait and watch how far the Taliban’s Deobandi/Wahabi/Salafi influence would grow and if, at all, when and to what extant the Pakistani establishment is going to strike back.

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Homestead Infrastructure announced its Association with Maria Sharapova for their next Luxury Boutique Property

New Delhi, 12th November, 2012: Homestead, the London-based real estate player, an expert in branded luxury residences, announced yet another exciting project in association with top Sports Icon, Maria Sharapova yesterday, in one of the prime sectors of Gurgaon, Northern India, which will epitomize the highest standards of living with ᥬegance⠡nd ᳴yle.⠼/span>


The project will stand apart in being yet another Residential Space par excellence, delivered by Homestead which will personify living in a world class facility built to perfection in a design which will stand out in the neighbourhood.༢r> 
After successfully creating a niche and a high with its first project, ፩chael Schumacher World Tower,⼯b> that was endorsed and supported by Michael Schumacher himself, as the name suggests, just about a fortnight back, Homestead once again, along with Maria Sharapova, at a Press gathering, at Taj Palace, New Delhi, proudly spoke about their second upcoming luxury residence where Maria Sharapova lends her association to the companyⳠnew project that boasts of the backing of renowned experts from the world over. UHA-London, Indian architect DFI, structural consultant, Halvorson & Partners are some names to reckon with, who have extended their work brilliance to the forthcoming new Residence, which would be an architectural marvel after its completion!

The project is a concept of lifestyle which will be the only one of its kind in the country with an element of glamour and class woven into the resident ownerⳠlives. The proud owners of this project would get attached to an international tag and celebrity status to their address. This unique offering not just boasts of a fantastic location preference but offers a living that exemplifies 㥬egance, style and perfection.伢r> 
Homestead Infrastructure believes in creating value through boutique properties, in addition, it is a pioneer in branded residences, with innovation and design being the key aspects.ɴⳠinternational expertise and vision achieves the objective of enhancing the quality of life of residents. Furthermore, its projects are environment friendly apart from being luxurious.

Mr. Manoj Shrivastava, COO, Homestead Infrastructure Development Pvt. Ltd. said, ㈯mestead Infrastructure has come together with one of the biggest sports icon of its times, Maria Sharapova, and is in the process of presenting another design marvel that will create a buzz in the Indian Real estate market. This project would be located in one of the prime sectors of Gurgaon and the current product personifies the character of elegance, style, class, perfection and hence who better could we think of other than Maria Sharapova herself, to become the brand ambassador.ࠁs promised, we are offering yet another luxury project after the success of MSWT, to our customers with an added celebrity status value attached.伢r> 
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The formal announcement was followed by a scintillating Fashion Show in the evening, wherein Fashion Designer Duo Rohit and Rahul, showcased their fashion statements with models walking the ramp, to promote HomesteadⳠupcoming new Luxury residence and Maria Sharapova was the show-stopper for the evening.

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Mukesh Kumar in the ascendancy in round three

Mukesh Kumar in the ascendancy in round three

Pune, November 9, 2012: Mukesh Kumar of Mhow took control in round
three of the PGTI Players Championship presented by Poona Club Ltd.
after he carded a five-under-66 on Friday. MukeshⳠtotal thus moved
to 12-under-201. PuneⳠRajiv Datar was placed second at

Mukesh Kumar (68-67-66), who was overnight joint second, was in great
form with the putter in round three. He sank birdie putts from 10 feet
and five feet on the fourth and fifth respectively to replace Rajiv
Datar at the top of the leaderboard. The 45-year-old seasoned
campaigner then produced a magical approach shot from 100 yards out on
the ninth that stopped one foot from the pin and led to a birdie.

A fantastic bunker shot on the 10th gave Mukesh his fourth birdie of
the day. The Mhow-based professional, currently ranked sixth on the
2012 Rolex Rankings, knocked down a 20-footer on the 11th and a
30-feet putt on the 13th for two more birdies. He finished with a
round of 66 after dropping the only bogey of the day on the closing
18th where he found the hazard with his tee shot.

㍹ putting was exceptional today. I also hit 16 greens in regulation.
I started off well with birdies on the fourth and fifth. The three
successive birdies from the ninth through the 11th really lifted my
game. A three-stroke lead is generally a comfortable position ahead of
the final day but I⬬ have to keep in mind that Rajiv Datar my
closest competitor is playing on his home course. His local knowledge
can easily offset my three-stroke advantage,䠳aid Mukesh, a winner at
the Poona Club Golf Course during the 2010 PGTI season.

Rajiv Datar (66-68-70), the overnight leader, slipped to second
position on day three after returning a one-under-70. His round
featured six birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.

Mandeo Singh Pathania (70-70-65) of the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort,
Greater Noida, shot the dayⳠbest score of six-under-65 to move into
third place with a total score of eight-under-205.

Sri Lankan Mithun Perera is placed fourth at seven-under-206.

China inflation falls to lowest level in three years

China inflation falls to lowest level in three years

The rate of inflation in China has fallen to its lowest level for nearly three years. Official figures show that consumer prices rose by 1.7 per cent in the 12 months to October. After years of efforts to contain inflation, the Chinese government last year shifted its policy towards trying to prevent a rapid economic slowdown.

Quake in Myanmar: Death toll rises to 13

In Myanmar death toll following a powerful earthquake 6.8-magnitude quake which hit central part of the country has mounted to 13 and 40 others were taken to hospital. The death toll from the 6.8-magnitude quake included four labourers on a bridge and two people killed in a monastery collapse in an area north of Mandalay, Myanmar’s second biggest city, the aid group said in a report. It said a further six people were killed in Sint Ku township in Sagaing region, while one died in Mandalay.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that the shallow 6.8-magnitude quake hit around 116 kilometres (72 miles) north of Mandalay at a depth of just 10 kilometres. It initially put the magnitude of the quake at 7.0. It was followed by a series of strong aftershocks. The USGS issued a yellow alert, saying some casualties and damage are possible but that the impact should be relatively localised. The quake was felt in neighbouring Thailand, including in the capital Bangkok, according to reports on social media websites. It struck around 572 kilometres east of the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, one of the world’s biggest cities. Earthquakes are relatively common in Myanmar.

Bihar CM gets red carpet welcome in Pakistan :

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was accorded a red carpet welcome in Karachi on Friday as he arrived in Pakistan on a week-long visit, hoping to augment contacts and cooperation between the two neighbours.

Kumar was received at the airport by Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, and senior members of the provincial cabinet and other high-profile personalities from the business and trade community.

The Bihar chief minister, who is leading a high-level delegation will also visit the Mohenjodaro remains and the Sadho Belo Temple in interior Sindh during his week-long visit.

Chief Minister of the Indian state of Bihar‚ Natesh Kumar visited mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi on Saturday morning and laid floral wreath and stood silent for a while to pay homage to the founder of Pakistan.
Later, talking to media Natesh Kumar said that he is visiting Pakistan with a message of goodwill‚ fraternity and love from the people of India for people of Pakistan.
He expressed hope that his visit would help further normalizing ties between the two countries as well as to bring their people closer to each other.

Petraeus resigns as CIA chief


CIA Director DaviPetraeus resigns as CIA chief d Petraeus today resigned over an extra marital-affair, saying his behaviour was “unacceptable”.


The top intelligence official of the US submitted his resignation to US President Barack Obama during a meeting at the White House.

“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgement by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behaviour is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organisation such as ours,” he said in a statement, according to a news agency. The director of the Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus has dramatically resigned from his post, after admitting that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer.

Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’ biographer has been named as the woman he had an affair with.

Obama accepted his resignation and praised Petraeus on his extraordinary service.

“I am completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and I have the utmost confidence in Acting Director Michael Morell and the men and women of the CIA who work every day to keep our nation safe,” he said “David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades.

By any measure, he was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end,” he said.

“By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger,” Petraeus said. Before joining the CIA, Petraeus successfully headed the US army operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Leaders don’t step out of the AC

November 10, 2012

Just a day after the Congress session in Surajkund was marked by austerity, reports have emerged of a party MP embarrassing it with his remarks praising RSS workers for their dedication and criticising Congress workers for staying in air-conditioned chambers.

Congress MP from Dewas Sajjan Singh Verma said RSS workers are better than Congress leaders because they work with dedication.”RSS workers work for their party with dedication, surviving on `chana‘ (gram), while our leaders don’t step out of AC chambers,” he said addressing party workers at Neemuch two days ago.

Sonia: Tell achievements of the UPA

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Congress President, Sonia Gandhi on Friday called for balance between the responsibilities of the government and those of the party workers.  

Addressing Party’s Samvaad Baidhak at Surajkund in Haryana this morning Mrs. Gandhi noted that there may be differences between the decisions taken by the government and the aspirations of the party.
But then, there should be a continuous dialogue to ease out the differences. Her message to party workers was clear that they must explain to the people of the country the compulsions of the government behind its tough economic decisions.
She also urged party to tell the people the achievements of the UPA in last eight years.
Complementing the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for steering the nation through these tough global economic scenario, she said that UPA government has done well on social front by schemes for welfare of common man and poor.
She asked the party men to ready themselves in the next 18 months for the next Lok Sabha polls.
In her message to the government, Sonia Gandhi said that it must fulfil the unmet promises of 2009 manifesto by full force.
She asserted that those party workers who are in the government should strive hard to fulfil unfulfilled promises in the 2009 manifesto.
She also targeted the opposition for trying to grab power by any means and at any cost.
Gandhi said that their greed would weaken democracy and secular values.
The Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh spoke on economic challenges faced by the country.
Later Finance minister P Chidambaram initiated a discussion on the economic situation.

Vijay-Mallya all set to sell United Spirits to Diageo

Vijay-Mallya led UB Group is understood to have reached a deal with world’s largest spirit maker Diageo for a stake sale in United Spirits.

According to sources, the deal will be announced on Friday.

In a filing to BSE, two groups confirmed that the UK-based company is in discussion with it and United Breweries Holdings in respect of possible transactions to acquire an interest in the liquor firm.

USL is the world’s second largest spirits maker after Diageo and markets various liquor brands including Signature, Bagpiper, Antiquity, Royal Challenge, Signature in the country.

Bogged down by the troubles of group firm Kingfisher Airlines, Mallya has been forced to seek ways to raise funds as lenders to the carrier have refused to sanction further loans.

State Bank of India, the largest lender to the airlines, wants the airline’s promoters to bring in a minimum of USD 1 billion (about Rs 5,400 crore) from any source by month-end for its revival.

Already the country’s aviation regulator has suspended operating permit last month.


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Obama to travel to South East Asia including Burma, Cambodia

by sagarmedia on November 9, 2012



US President Barack Obama would travel to India’s eastern neighborhood Burma, Cambodia and Thailand later this month.


The announcement of the first overseas trip of the US President, days after his re-election, along with the fact that the Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would also be visiting the region this month, is reflective of his Administration’s new emphasis towards the Asia Pacific area.

Obama during his travel from November 17 to 20 would be participating in the East Asia Summit in Cambodia, besides making the historic trip to Burma and travelling to Thailand, the White House said.

“In Thailand, he will meet with Prime Minister Yingluck to mark 180 years of diplomatic relations and reaffirm the strength of our alliance,” the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

“In Burma, the President will meet with President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi and speak to civil society to encourage Burmas ongoing democratic transition,” he said.

Carney said that in Cambodia, the President will attend the East Asia Summit and meet with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

“During his interactions in the region he will discuss a broad range of issues including economic prosperity and job creation through increased trade and partnerships, energy and security cooperation, human rights, shared values and other issues of regional and global concern,” Carney said.

Simultaneously, the Pentagon announced that the Defence Secretary Leon Panetta would be making his fourth trip to the Asia Pacific region taking him to Australia, Thailand and Cambodia.

“The Secretary’s visit to the region, along with that of Secretary Clinton, reflect the commitment of the United States to the Asia- Pacific rebalance. Secretary Panetta has made this one of his highest priorities because he believes that it is the right strategy for the future security and prosperity of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region,” the Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

Panetta looks forward to this opportunity to further advance Americas long-term strategy of rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific, he said.

The first stop on his trip will be Perth in Australia, where he will be joined by Clinton, and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey for the annual US-Australia ministerial.

This is Panetta’s first trip to Australia as Secretary of Defence.

“It will provide him with an opportunity to express to the Australians his gratitude for their contribution to our efforts in Afghanistan,” he said.

From Australia, Panetta will travel on to Thailand.

“This will be his first visit by a Secretary of Defence to Thailand since 2008. The important US-Thailand alliance has served both our countries well for nearly 60 years, and our two governments are eager to establish a forward-looking strategic vision for this alliance that builds on our already-close cooperation,” he said.

The final stop will be Cambodia, where the secretary will join 10 of his Association for Southeast Asian Defence -ASEAN counterparts at their annual retreat in Siem Reap, the Pentagon official said.

“Panetta will emphasize the importance of ASEAN unity for regional stability and will communicate US support for ASEAN-led defence cooperation,” Little said

Congress leaders take bus ride to Surajkund for party session

Congress leaders take bus ride to Surajkund for party session

Congress party graph and their popularity is at lowest levels because of their leadership resorting to liberalized policy issues and paying no heed to social issues with black flags waiting for their welcome has put the party in back foot and their policies to notch fiscal gain in every aspect of life has made the Congress party of riches instead of common man’s party.
In this back drop the Top Congress leaders are meeting on Friday in Haryana’s Surajkund to discuss strategy for better coordination with Government to implement promises.Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and several top congress leaders are attending a day-long strategy session of the party.

Against the backdrop of opposition’s criticism over decision on FDI, hike in diesel and cap on LPG cylinders, Prime Minister is expected to highlight the reasons for these tough decisions.

He is expected to underscore that these decisions were necessary as the country’s economy is facing testing times on account of international situation and slowdown domestically.

Review of its functioning to overcome limitations of coalition government is high on the agenda.

Leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul travelled in the bus. They were accompanied by senior party leaders Ahmed Patel and Ambika Soni.

Ministers including A K Antony, P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad and C P Joshi were also in the same bus. Two buses are taking the Congress top brass to Surajkund.

The day-long “dialogue session” is likely to chalk out the strategy ahead. It may also take a view on the issue of alliances in different states.

Party sources said that the dialogue meeting (Samvad Baithak) will virtually set the agenda for the larger brainstorming at Chintan Shivir, which is likely to be organised in January next year.

The dialogue session comes after the public meeting in here on November 4, which saw Sonia and Rahul strongly backing the economic reform measures initiated by the Prime Minister.

The session will discuss three topics – present political situation, economic challenges and status of implementation of 2009 party manifesto.

On a visit to Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday met common people and heard their local problems.Sonia Gandhi, who was on a two-day visit to her Parliamentary constituency since Wednesday, met more than a thousand people and 37 delegations in the morning.

Later she inaugurated the Smile Train at Simhains hospital in the Rae Bareli city before chairing the meeting of the District Vigilance and Monitoring committee at the Collectorate.

She left for New Delhi after giving proposals for improved sewage and drinking water supply in the constituency.

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Stop repression against peoples movements

Stop repression against peoples movements

India Against Corruption expresses deep concern about the recent incidents of repression against peoples movements across the country. It is ironic that while some of the biggest scams on public money are not investigated and the most corrupt politicians and officials allowed to go scot-free, police and administration are overzealous in prosecuting those who raise peoples’ voice. The last few days have witnessed several instances from Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
In Jharkhand, the police re-arrested Dayamani Barla, a leading adivasi activist, as soon as she was released on bail. She has been involved in a popular protest against forcible acquisition of land near Ranchi involving police firing against the protesters. In Maharashtra, activists Suniti S. R., Maruti Bhapkar, Prasad and 70 others have been arrested for leading the protest of Lavasa, Tata and Wang dam affected people. They have been sent to Yeervada jail without being informed of the charges.  In Chhindawada, Madhya Pradesh, Advocate Aradhana Bhargav and other activists, involved in protest against Adani Power Plan were arrested. Even more shockingly, Medha Patkar and her colleagues, who came to support the protesters, were picked up from the private residence of Advocate Aradhana Bhargav and the judicial magistrate refused to entertain their bail application.
We are also disturbed by mounting evidence of the judiciary succumbing to pressure from the government in silencing the peoples movements. The recent decision by the District and Sessions Judge, Baitul, M.P. to award life imprisonment to Dr Sunilam is another sad example. This case pertains to police firing against farmers demanding compensation for damaged crops in 1998 under the leadership of Dr. Sunilam, a socialist activist. As many as 24 farmers were killed in police firing. While no one has been punished for these 24 deaths, the government has vigorously prosecuted the farmers for death of a fire tender worker. Dr Sunilam has been awarded life imprisonment in this case on the charge of having “commonality of interest” with farmers and that too based on the evidence by those involved in the massacre of farmers. It is to be noted that Dr Sunilam has been opposing the misdeeds of the Congress and the BJP governments in the state and carrying out vigorous campaign against Adani Power Plant and other corporate projects.
India Against Corruption expresses solidarity with all these peoples’ struggles and the activists – particularly Dr Sunilam — who have been subjected to state repression. We demand that false cases against these activists be withdrawn and Dr Sunilam be released on bail. These cases once again bring out the collusion of all the major political parties with one another and with corporate interests and underline the need for an alternative politics to challenge this collusion.

Delhi witnessed 19th MTNL Perfect Health Mela

Delhi witnessed 19th MTNL Perfect Health Mela
November 8, 2012

New Delhi, 7th November 2012: Much awaited MTNL Perfect Health Mela has now started from today, DelhiⳠHealth Minister Dr. A. K. Walia has inaugurated this mela and officially announced that the festival of health is begin for delhiites, now itⳠthe time for everybody to be a part and know the sutras (formula) of Good Health.

MTNL Perfect health mela is the brainchild of Padamshree & B.C. Roy awardee Dr. K. K. Aggarwal and Heart Care Foundation of India, organizing this mela for last 19 years continuously with the support of༯span>

MTNL Perfect Health Mela is health awareness platform for everybody.

Inaugurating the mela,༢>Dr. Ashok Walia,Hon⢬e Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Delhi said to reduce the menace of increasing lifestyle disorders in the society, we must say no to junk food and avoid eating a combination of white sugar, white rice and white maida. He said that one should not use trans-fat in the diet as it can lead to abdominal obesity

Cleantech Finland & EBTC

Greater Noida Expo Centre, 7th November 2012: Energy security and fast adoption of energy technologies were the key topics of the day at the India Cleantech 2020-REnergizing SMEs’ – a Cleantech Finland & EBTC joint forum that was held today on the sidelines of 6th Renewable Energy India Expo. The seminar jointly organized by Cleantech Finland and European Business and Technology Center (EBTC)was aimed at tackling initiatives and plans for renewable energy promotion in India.

Distinguished panelists discussed India’s Cleantech mission 2020 and how the integration of policy, technology,finances and markets are helping to shape that future beyond borders. Finland has emerged as a leader for clean technology products and solutions and India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change has laid out a target of generating 15% of total power from renewable sources by 2020, starting with 5% in 2010.
“Energy efficiency and energy security are essential in meeting the demands of a growing economy. Finland is one of the top nations in the world in environmental performance and energy efficiency and has a very strong technological know-how in the use of renewable energy sources.” said Ms Mari Pantsar-Kallio, from the Ministry of Employment and Economy of Finland, on the occasion of the Renewable Energy India Expo where she is attending together with a delegation of leading Finnish energy technology companies.

Rapid development of clean technologies is crucial and the success will be critically dependent on how we can leverage new technologies and new innovations. India’s energy consumption is the fifth largest in the world and it exceeds production by 12.7%. Rapid economic and population growth mean that the need for energy will continue to grow in the future, so the challenge is to guarantee energy security.

Finland is actively developing cooperation between Finland and India in promoting clean technology.
Cleantech Finland, a network of Finnish cleantech experts, and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation – Tekes are taking part in India’s primary Renewable Energy event with the aim to create new contacts and identify potential business and R&D partners.
The Renewable Energy Expo is a great platform to leverage the expertise and showcase the best of renewable technologies that benefit the world at large. Being one of the leading countries in energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in the world Finland can offer a broad range of expertise in support of India’s growth and development.


• India’s most advanced 26- seater Bus
• World’s largest Monocoque Panel Van Bus
• Best in Class Fuel Efficiency- Traveller 26 is 15% more efficient
• Safest Drive in class: Disk brakes on all wheels

New Delhi, November 7, 2012: Pune based automotive major Force Motors launched the world’s only 26-seater Monocoque Panel Van at a grand event today. The Traveller 26 is loaded with several path breaking and novel features offered for the first time in mid size bus (20 – 30 seats) segment.

Traveller 26 is powered by the 129Ps / 295 Nm, Common Rail engine made under license from Daimler AG., Germany. It boasts of the highest power to weight ratio in its category of 18 kW per tonne as compared to 12kW per tonne of comparable models.

Dual Mass Fly Wheel Technology has been used for the first time on an LCV in India – this absorbs low end vibrations and ensures smooth ride even at low speeds.

The advanced 5 speed synchromesh gearbox, offers low friction and smooth transmission. The special clutch lining is designed for frequent start-stop operations common in short distance bus operations.

Traveller 26 offers best in class fuel efficiency, it is 15% more fuel efficient than comparable models.

Traveller 26 is the only 26 seater with monocoque construction offering outstanding structural strength and unmatched durability.
Traveller 26 is also the only vehicle in its class to adopt the Cathodic Electro Deposition Dip (C.E.D) painting process for primer application thus offering the highest levels of rust protection. The sixth generation paint shop ensures car like top coat finish and gloss retention.

Traveller 26 is the only vehicle in its category with ventilated disk brakes on all wheels ensuring top class and sure stops braking. The HI circuit, Load Conscious Regulating Valve (LCRV) and newly offered electronic indicators for wear and tear of brake pads set new standards for passenger safety.

With several more firsts like lowest floor height for easy entry and exit, lowest center of gravity for superb ride stability, lowest NVH levels for car like ambience, the Traveller 26 offers unmatched seating comfort with wide body interior of 2.2 meters, a wide aisle, full standing height and ample leg room.

UN imposes sanctions against Pak-based Haqqani network

November 6, 2012
UN imposes sanctions against Pak-based Haqqani network

The UN Security Council, under India’s presidency, has imposed global sanctions against the dreaded Pakistan-based Haqqani militant network and the group’s chief of suicide operations.


The Council’s Afghanistan/Taliban Sanctions Committee on Monday added the Haqqani group and Qari Zakir to its list of entities which face an assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.

The move comes the same day that the US State Department designated Zakir as a “global terrorist” and imposed financial sanctions against him.

The UN committee said the Haqqani network, which has been responsible for suicide attacks and targeted assassination as well as kidnappings in Kabul, is linked to al-Qaeda, Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and Jaish-I-Mohammed.

On Zakir, it said the group’s chief of suicide operations for the Haqqani network is in charge of all operations in Afghanistan’s Kabul, Takhar, Kunduz and Baghlan Provinces.

He oversees training of suicide attackers and provides instructions on how to construct improvised explosives devices.

India assumed the rotating Presidency of the UN Security Council for this month on Thursday.

The designation comes during Pakistan’s current membership of the UN Security Council.

The UN sanctions list now contains 131 individuals and three entities.

Welcoming the move, US Permanent Representative to the UN Susan Rice said the UN Security Council action confirms the international community’s resolve to end the Haqqani network’s ability to execute violent attacks in Afghanistan.

“It also reflects the Security Council’s commitment to use and enforce sanctions against those who threaten peace in Afghanistan, in conjunction with a strong commitment to support Afghan-led peace and reconciliation,” Rice said.

She said the “powerful worldwide sanctions” would put all UN member states under obligation to implement an asset freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo on the Haqqani network and Zakir

Resolve KG ,3G and CMIE Reports

Resolution of problems related to natural gas production at the Krishna-Godavari basin and re- farming of telecom spectrum are necessary to revive India’s economic growth, industry body chamber said.

Power plants and fertilizer units are not able to operate because of the shortage of natural gas, it said, adding that gas pricing and production issues related to the KG basin must be tackled quickly to address fuel shortages facing these crucial sectors.

Refarming (or reallocation) of airwaves has been recommended by telecom regulator Trai. It has said that existing operators give up the spectrum in 900 MHz band when their permits come up for renewal starting November, 2014.

The operators will be given the option to buy replacement airwaves in the 1800 MHz band, believed to be less efficient.


“For tackling issues like high inflation, the monetary and fiscal authorities must also work in tandem,” it said, adding that handling inflation in the middle of slowdown remains one of the biggest challenges for regaining the growth momentum.
It has suggested free movement of agriculture commodities and support to various industries in augmenting the supply of goods and services for reducing the inflation.
Besides, it said that in the forthcoming Budget 2013-14, the government should aim at spurring growth rather than enhancing revenues.
“The forthcoming Budget should primarily aim at growth and not on revenue generation to the exchequer,” it said, adding that the growth of the economy will naturally result in higher revenue for the government, thus bridging the fiscal gap considerably.Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has said.

Net investment announcements by the private sector at Rs 35,368 crore and by the government at Rs 23,126 crore were the lowest since September 2004 quarter, CMIE said in a monthly review.
Barring Kerala, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, investment announcements during the April-September period this year remained substantially lower than the average in the last four quarters, CMIE said.
All industries with the exception of steel, electricity distribution and road transport saw a sharp fall in new investment announcements.
New investment announcements have been falling for the past three years. The prime reason was huge pipeline of projects since 2004-05 when the capex boom started.
From Rs 3 lakh crore in 2003-04, new announcements peaked at Rs 22.6 lakh crore in 2008-09.
Promoters went slow there onwards, and announcement fell gradually to Rs 16.6 lakh crore in 2009-10, Rs 15.08 lakh crore in 2010-11, Rs 10.3 lakh crore in 2011-12 and further to Rs 3 lakh crore in the first half of 2012-13, according to CMIE.

Tendulkar presented with Order of Australia membership


Veteran cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was on Tuesday conferred with the membership of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to India-Australia relations by promoting goodwill, friendship and sportsmanship through the sport.

The award was conferred on the 39-year-old master batsman by the Australian Arts Minister Simon Crean in Mumbai.
He was presented with a medal and a cricket stump.
Tendulkar became only the second Indian after former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee to get the honour.
Sorabjee was made an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for service to Australia-India bilateral legal relations” in 2006.
Tendulkar is the fourth non-Australian cricketer to be made an Order of Australia AM, the other three being West Indian legends — Brian Lara, Sir Garfield Sobers and Clive Lloyd.
Lara was made an honorary member in 2009 while Lloyd was conferred with the award way back in 1985.
Sir Garfield Sobers got the award in 2003.
Tendulkar is considered as one of the greatest batsman the game has ever produced with more than 30,000 international runs under his belt.
He has scored 15,533 runs in 190 Tests besides a mammoth 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs.

Canadian PM meets Pranab

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday called on President Pranab Mukherjee and discussed a host of bilateral issues, including Canadian investment in ensuring India’s food security.

Mukherjee, during the meeting, told Harper that both the countries need to build a firm partnership as he said there is a “need to encourage more investment in both directions, from Canada in India’s infrastructure and from India in Canada’s resources sector.”
The President, according to a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement, said “cooperation with Canada in the field of agriculture is crucial to India’s food security”.
“India imports 40 per cent of its pulses and 25 per cent of its potash requirements from Canada. With India’s large and growing population, food security in the coming years is a strategic imperative for India and Canada can be an important partner in this regard,” Mukherjee said.
The Canadian Prime Minister said there is a need to focus on a few areas and deepen the engagement between the two countries.
He said India has needs which can be best served by Canada and for Canada, there is no emerging market more compatible than India to expand its engagement.
Harper specially lauded the cooperation between India and Canada within G-20 and said many important achievements have been made by the grouping due to the joint leadership of the two countries.
The President also recalled the historic ties between the two countries.
“India and Canada share fundamental values as inclusive democracies wedded to federalism, pluralism, individual liberty and human rights,” Mukherjee said.
The President expressed happiness that Canada is home to 1.5 million people of Indian origin.

The Canadian PM is on a six-day visit to

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012


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  Mobilizing the Global Business Community to Achieve Sustainable Prosperity


Worldwatch Institute explores ways to transform and engage corporations to move toward a green, inclusive, and responsible economy

Washington, D.C.—-Transnational corporations are now so numerous and in some cases so well capitalized that their global influence now rivals and in many cases exceeds that of governments, according to research published by the Worldwatch Institute.


Around 80,000 transnational corporations (TNCs) operate worldwide, a mere 147 of which control 40 percent of the total value of all these corporations’ value. Any vision of a sustainable future must include full recognition of the role that TNCs play in shaping the planet’s human and ecological destiny, authors argue in the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity.


Because corporations operate with a primary purpose of increasing value for their shareholders, they have often tended to de-prioritize other fundamental concerns. In the worst instances, the pursuit of profit by corporations worldwide has led to neglect for their employees, lack of accountability in their societies, and indifference in their contribution to negative environmental effects. These failures have come under particular scrutiny since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008 and the realization that financial corporations deemed “too big to fail” pose a serious threat for the economy.


In their chapter, “Reinventing the Corporation,” in State of the World 2012, Allen White and Monica Baraldi of the Tellus Institute outline four areas of needed transformation for the modern corporation:


Purpose. A company is not required to have a statement of purpose in countries that have common law traditions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. The B Corp (or “benefit” corporation) is a U.S. example where participants are required to have a corporate purpose to create material positive impact on society and the environment.


Ownership. Ownership systems such as trust ownership, hybrid social enterprises, and cooperative ownership have much more potential to align their goals and values for the benefit of society and to realize that their actions form part of the larger economic system. These alternative ownership structures are flourishing around the world and provide testament to the ability of corporations to operate successfully while contributing to the benefit of society.


Capital. Historically, capital markets operated without regard to long-term social or environmental impacts or regulations. Recent efforts to embed sustainability within the investment decision-making process show that it is possible to generate significant changes in corporate sustainability behavior.


Governance. If boards can shift from a narrow focus on increasing shareholder value to a more comprehensive view of the corporation and its impacts, progress toward sustainable development can be achieved. While far from sufficient, corporate reporting is a first step in improving governance through increased transparency and long-term goal setting.


In critically thinking about corporations, it is necessary to remember that they are not islands: corporations operate within a vast economic system that includes a multitude of players and variables. Sustainable development can become a viable future when transnational corporations recognize that with their position of global influence comes responsibility to the societies and environments in which they are embedded.


The current global economic model is socially narrow and environmentally predatory, placing private interests above public ones. As such, it is unable to address the dire needs of a world burdened by a population of 7 billion people, let alone the looming threat of climate change and alarming levels of poverty. What is needed is a new economic model that draws from a new paradigm of development that is not based solely on economic growth, but rather integrates and embraces the natural limits of our planet, the need for reducing inequalities of income and opportunity, ethical principles, and the preservation of the rights of future generations.


In their State of the World 2012 chapter, “Mobilizing the Business Community in Brazil and Beyond,” authors Jorge Abrahao, Paulo Itacarambi, and Henrique Lian (all members of the governing body of the Ethos Institute) advocate for internalizing a variety of multilateral commitments to bring the world closer to the ideal global economy. These include:


Payment for Ecosystem Services. Natural resources and environmental services should come with a quantifiable, concrete price tag in order to change perceptions and the way markets function. The goal is to close the production loop—-by using renewable energy inputs and generating no waste outputs—-and to fully acknowledge the shared benefits from biodiversity.


Establishment of Minimum Operation Standards. Businesses—-domestic and international alike—-should be required to obey a certain set of standards that governs decent work, inclusion of minorities, socio-environmental practices, sustainable development, and closed-loop production.


Promotion of Sustainable Production and Consumption. Governments must take the lead in lifting the pressure off of natural resources, cutting carbon emissions, and facilitating decent work conditions through innovative strategies such as sustainable government procurement policies, research and development programs, and tax regimes. This in turn can encourage sustainable production patterns that are effectively paired with behavioral changes that start with the consumer.


Worldwatch’s State of the World 2012, released in April 2012, focuses on the themes of inclusive sustainable development discussed at Rio+20, the 20-year follow-up to the historic Earth Summit of 1992, also held in Rio de Janeiro. The report presents a selection of innovative ideas and practices to achieve global environmental sustainability while meeting human needs and providing jobs and ensuring dignity for all. 



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India all set to host the 1st ever REX – Ideas for Action


India all set to host the 1st ever REX – Ideas for Action

The mother of all knowledge & culturetainment events to churn

King-size thought leadership for change


New Delhi : November 06,2012 :  Over the past decade iCONGOInternational Confederation of NGOs  has created numerous action oriented ideas & citizen movements which  include THE JOY OF GIVING (to encourage philanthropy for social justice from 2003) , KARMAYUGA the RIGHT EVERY WRONG generation (to promote Individual Social Responsibility – ISR a term coined by iCONGO)ࠬ (the first people reporting and whistle- blowing news / views social media portal)  Karmaveer-ʧlobal awards for social justice & citizen action, Karma Kurry for the mind body heart & soul a series of books with inspirational stories and simple weaponry to help citizens combat corruption on a daily basis. iCONGO has also been organizing the RIOGHT every WRONG conclave. This has now been rechristened and is all set to be launched as REX- IDEAS FOR ACTION the one and only platform beyond social, political and economic boundaries of a country to churn King-size thought leadership for change. Over the past 7 years ideas created at REX have led to action for addressing socio-political issue like combating corruption, creating electoral reforms, addressing climate change and creating other social panacea for causes like HIV, Disability, Poverty, communal harmony, corporate governance, CSR, Humane Capitalism, ethical entrepreneurship, proactive volunteering, whistleblower protection, community service and social ventures.


Being organised jointly, with CtrlS -AsiaⳠlargest Tier 4 Data center, REX is positioned to become the Asian equivalent of TED and is based on the Eastern Philosophy and indigenous traditional progressive wisdom.  REX is partnered by the UN, VSO India, Avesthagen IndiaⳠleading Biotech Company, SOAP and and also supported by Swaransoft, Regional PR, Kyazoonga, BBDO, TiE, Indian Angel Network and Mahindra Spark the Rise.

Elaborating the vision behind REX, Jeroninio Almeida founder & curator of REX and iCONGO༯span>said, 㼢>㙯u can kill, harm, exile, imprison, destroy/ defame a person but not an idea. You can co-opt/ corrupt a person but not an idea that becomes a collective movement & ideology. This collective ideology cannot be killed, harmed, exiled imprisoned destroyed, defamed, co-opted or corrupted. This shall always prevail and stay as an ideology of the people collectively. REX is a simple and austere platform aiming at enabling partnerships between grassroots community, industry workers and people from media, government, businesses and citizens at large to generate ideas for action that can make a difference in our world and bring about a༯span>change for the greater good of humanity.䠁s was said by Gautam Buddha㮠An༢>idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an༢>idea that exists only as an༢>idea and thus REX is based on the Eastern Ethos of creating ideas emerge from nothingness and traditional wisdom based on pure philosophy and the will to make things happen for the benefit of the community and society. I shall be speaking about how citizens can help stop corruption in our country through which is power in the hands of people to fight corruption and  right every wrong.

Highlighting the role of corporate citizen in nurturing ideas to create success stories, P Sridhar Reddy Chairman CtrlS and founder member REX said, び citizens of the world, the crying need of the hour is to marshal our resources to bring about positive change for global good. Collaborating in a truly human manner to impact the world around us and bring about a transformational change for the better, REX serves as a powerful platform to engage people, share ideas, inspire others and drive change. At CtrlS we are proud to be associated with and to share the same passion that REX has been demonstrating towards this profound initiative.”


Present on the occasion, Mr. Marco Carrano, Architect building energy friendly said, 㒅X, through the effort of its devoted members, offers a platform for social motivated ideas to be heard and discussed on the solely reason to create a better society.䠼/i>


び an educator I want young people to believe with passion that none of us is ever powerless. As citizen we can all drop our little pebble in the water so that the ripple we make combines with others to create a wave added Mark Parkinson, educationist & Executive Director & Head of School for Kunskapsskolan Eduventures


Over the past 7 years ideas created by  have led to action for addressing socio-political issue like combating corruption, creating electoral reforms, addressing climate change and creating other social panacea for causes like HIV, Disability, Poverty, communal harmony, corporate governance, CSR, Humane Capitalism, ethical entrepreneurship, proactive volunteering, whistleblower protection, community service and social ventures.


The Three pillars of REX are R- Right every wrong actions, E- Empowering and entertaining ideas, X- Xocial Innovations and Entrepreneurs. These 3 pillarstogether create acommon melting pot of ideas where the best of the thoughts will be put on action by likeminded social soldiers and champions of change. The REX format is conceived to provide 15 minutes Rockstar speeches by global thought leaders, founders of think tanks, social entrepreneurs, international celebrities, authors, movie stars, sports stars, cultural performers  and artists who shall present alternative performances related to Sufi music, classical dances and music from across the globe.


REX will have several Rock Star speakers, each taking the stage for 15 minutes and 12 rockstar alternative performances to be held in New Delhi. The 3 days knowledge forum will also have 7th Karmaveer Puraskaar on 26/11 i.e. the Citizen Action Day. Several eminent speakers have been lined up for REX 2012 some of whom include, Mary Mangte Kom (IndiaⳠOlympic winning champion), Alecca Carrano (International Fashion Designer & Entreperenur), Mark Parkinson (Internationally renowned educationist), Michael Norton (global philanthropist & author) ,Jaaved Jaaferi (IndiaⳠmost loved actor and comedian with a squeaky clean image) , Gul Panag (erstwhile Miss India , actor and Founder of SOAP to promote corporate volunteerism), Dr. Villoo Patell (CMD- Avesthagen), Josy Paul (Chairman BBDO),  Meera Sanyal (Banker and CEO of RBS), Amala Akkineni (Actor & Animal activist) , Vijay Mehta (global Philanthropist, author and Peace Ambassador) , Swaroop Sampat (Actor and Social Activist), Marco Carrano (Global Architect working on energy friendly cities with his concept of Citergy),ࠈansal Mehta (Bollywood Movie Director), Arjun Sajnani (Movie Director and renowned theatre personality &࠰laywright), P. Sridhar Reddy (CMD- CtrlS) and several other globally eminent speakers and alternative performers (music, stand up comics, sufi artistes like Rekha Surya, Lorraine Aloysius, Olavo Rodriques, Arka Mukopahyaya, Saqlain Nizami and others)


Reminiscing back to the roots Mr. Jeronino Almeida who launched the Right every Wrong movement in the year 2006 said that ever since the movement has gained traction across the globe attracting a large number of a supporter with an increasing number of illustrious individuals taking part as speakers every year. These speakers are all champions of change who are making a huge difference in our society.༯span>In 2012 the Right every Wrong movement takes a new avatar and is to be called REX. REX is the Latin word for KING and has been churning king-size thought leadership for many years now.


REX is Supported and co-founded by renowned personalities including actress, former Miss India and activist ༯span>Gul Panag, Indian film actress & animal welfare activist༯span>Amala Akinneni,༯span>chairman and MD, Ctrl-S Mr. Sridhar Reddy along with Lynn Desouza (Chairperson Lintas Media Group & one of IndiaⳠtop 10 most influential women),࠼b>Rakhi Sarkar (Social Development Worker), Meenu Chopra (ED- iCONGO), Jyoti Nanda (Life Coach & Author), Reeti Sahai (Performance Coach, Marathon Runner & Adventurer), Dr. Rakesh Kumar (Retired IAS bureaucrat & LegalAid activist) , Pradeep Gupta (Chairman Cyber Media Group & Activist), Arjun Bhagat (Filmmaker &activist), Gregory Roberts – Shantaram (Author of Shantaram & Activist), Siddharth Ray (Entrepreneur & Philanthropist), Vikrant Bhargava (Globally renowned Entrepreneur & Philanthropist) ༢>Hunar Brar (Director- iCONGO) , Vivek Sood (PR Guru), Yogesh Huja (Web Guru), Marco Carrano(International Architect who works on efficient cities), Christopher Doyle (Former CEO Economist Intelligence Unit and MD Dynamic Results India), Josy Paul (Chairman BBDO India & Activist).༯span>


REX is being prepped to be the mother of all knowledge & culturetainment events from 2012 and scheduled to be held on 25th, 26th and 27th November at Jesus Mary College Auditorium in Chanakyapuri, at New Delhi.  Donor delegate invitations may be availed on or  From next year REX shall also have other features like, yREX ਹouth), cREX (corporate) and REX Fellowships where in young adults will be chosen as fellows for their innovative ideas and actions to make a difference. REX Karmaveer is designed to leverage the REX Community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an outstanding human being who receives the trophy, citation and, much more important, the granting of “One Dream to Change the World.䮼/b>


REX shall also have complimentary delegate bursaries for NGO workers, CSR Foundations officers, Media professionals, government employees and students from schools colleges & B-schools.


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Virender Sehwag launches VS319, a cricket bat collection by SG exclusively retailed through


New Delhi, November 6, 2012: Virender Sehwag, Zen master of modern cricket today unveiled VS319 collection which is brought by SG Cricket, India’s biggest cricket equipment manufacturers. The collection which will be exclusively retailed through, comprises of four different range of bats- VS 319 Dasher, VS 319 XLR8R, VS 319 Prot駩 and VS 319 Excel and are priced from Rs 1599/- to Rs 5999/-. The collection is highly inspired by the record breaking score of Virender Sehwag of 319 runs in a test match. This remarkable collection will be exclusively retailed through for all the cricket lovers of the country.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Manu Kumar Jain, Co- founder, said, “We are delighted to launch this amazing cricket bat collection with the legendary cricketer Virender Sehwag himself. has had a long association with SG Cricket and has become the exclusive online retail partner for launching this collection. India has a lot of cricket fanatics and we are sure that this collection is going to be a hit amongst our customers. has already become a fad amongst the youngsters and this collection will strengthen our offerings in the sports section, making us one of the leading fashion & lifestyle portals in India.” He further added “In just a few months, has become the fastest growing and the no. 1 E commerce company in the fashion and lifestyle domain. The website has become one-stop-shop for all fashion and lifestyle needs for online customers in India providing a widest assortment of over 500 brands and more than 50, 000 products in the offering (the largest in the E commerce space).”


Mr. Paras Anand, Director, SG Cricket said, “We are pleased to launch this exciting cricket bat collection here on this platform with Virender Sehwag. India is known to be a cricket loving country with cricket crazy fans and we have been manufacturing cricket equipment for the past 8 decades. We are confident of our association with and are sure that it will result into a mutually beneficial relationship. is a young and youthful brand that synchronizes best with our offerings and mission. We are very excited about this launch and with we would be able to supply our bats in every nook & corner of the country”.


Also present at the occasion, the renowned cricketer, Virender Sehwag said, “It feels excellent to be a part of this exclusive launch. I am honored to have a collection after my name and that recalls my highest score in a test match. I have been associated with SG for a long time and this association with will definitely be fruitful for both brands.”


The collection will be available for patrons across India from November 06, 2012 onwards at

About is one-stop-shop for all fashion and lifestyle needs for online customers in India. The fastest growing e-commerce website for online shopping of fashion & lifestyle products has 500+ brands and more than  50, 000 products in the offering. With a keen eye on the latest fashion trends offers the widest assortment of fashion and lifestyle brands across categories such as shoes, apparel, bags, accessories, fragrances, home and living, sports-wear etc. In a few months since its launch, is the most trafficked e-com site in India (as per traffic stats). As per the Com-Score report of May 2012, has the second highest amount of traffic coming to its site.

About SG Cricket
Sanspareils Greenlands Pvt. Ltd. started marketing its branded cricket gear under the name SG in the year 1982 and slowly went on to become the largest cricket gear manufacturing unit in the world. Over decades, we’ve been esteemed with the privilege of sharing associations with cricket marvels like Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Suresha Raina and many more. SG’s global foothold can be estimated from International tie-ups with brands like Kookaburra, Slazenger, Gray Nicolls, Gunn & Moore, Adidas and Reebok. Not just that, over the last 25 years, SG has earned countless accolades from the Sports Goods Export Promotion Council of India, New Delhi. Association with SG brings with it an already established brand name in sports goods industry along with a rich history of 8 decades.

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The issue of FDI in Retail Trade of India has become crucial for national economy and will have far reaching impact on the life of every citizen. The Government is laying all stress to establish that FDI in Retail is the ultimate solution of all problems of the Country. The Prime Minister, UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Congress General Secretary Mr. Rahul Gandhi and other politicians within the Congress are relentlessly advocating the benefits of FDI in Retail without substantiating their arguments with logical reasoning and apparently the Government has not conducted any proper research to determine the impacts of the FDI in Retail. The opposing voice of the majority of political fraternity and that of stakeholders has been deeply ignored by the Government. Though Government is able to put forth its view whether right or wrong before the public through various resources at its command, the reasoning of opposition to FDI in Retail has not been reflected in its right perspective though the media has done his best to highlight the issue.
Under the circumstances, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) while taking an unusual step today appealed the media of the Country to hold a “comprehensive open debate” for sufficient duration of time in a structured manner by inviting votaries of both sides to place their view point with proper reasoning supported by relevant facts and figures in order to bring the real truth of the controversial issue before the people of India. The CAIT also suggested that to monitor the debate a panel of eminent and distinguished citizens not belonging to any side may be formed to ensure impartial debate.  
The CAIT is officially writing communications to different media for holding such a debate so that the issue may go down the last man of the Country and to make people aware of the pros and cons of FDI in Retail-informed CAIT National President Mr. B.C.Bhartia and Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal in a joint statement issued here today. The policy which seems to be beneficial to about 150 corporate houses at the cost of 120 crore people of the Country needs a public scanning.
Quoting former US President Thomas Jefferson saying that “If it were left to me whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without the government. I should not hesitate to prefer the latter” both Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that it is the primary function of the press to provide comprehensive and objective information on all aspects of the issues concerned with a common man since democracy is not only a form of government but also a way of life where public opinion is an important aspect. There is a need to inform the people of things around them so that there is a check on the Government. In a country like India where most of the people are non participant in framing the policies, public opinion needs to be generated and media is competent enough to perform the duty. it has to present what is true, advocate what is necessary and enable the people to sift the essence from material.
The CAIT leaders hoped that since the issue has been made confusing due to incorrect information and illogical arguments which are being floated without going in to the depth of the issue to mislead the Country, the media will certainly rise to the occasion and will hold “open debate” on the issue. “The CAIT is ready to participate in any such debate”-said Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal

36 Hours Assam Bandh

36 Hours Assam Bandh

Dated the 6th November, 2012
               The passion to have Boroland State into reality is not only deep rooted but also wells up in the blood of every Boro people of all the ages. It is beyond contradiction that from the point of view of history, ethnic identity, language & culture and constitutional provision they have every right to have a state of their own. During the last forty five year’s movement for Boroland, thousands have sacrificed their lives and are still ready to sacrifice themselves for the cause. The Government of India should realize the fact that the demands of separate state of the indigenous peoples of the North East can never be resolved by any alternative arrangements. The arrangements given to the Boro people by two Boro Accords (1993 and 2003) are the glaring examples. The Government of India attempted and experimented to solve the problem by giving autonomous rule as the option to the Boro people but is proved failure. The movement for statehood is taking again its bold footing in a speedy pace and will continue till Boroland state is achieved.
               We are aware of the fact that the National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive) is taking up the cause of the Boro people’s demand for a separate state. It has been knocking at the door of the Government of India for the last seven years and demanding to create Boroland as per the provision of Articles 2 & 3 of the Indian Constitution. The Peoples’ Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM) an umbrella organization of 52 organisations belonging to various communities of Assam is determined to intensify its movement for the Separate State of Boroland and it will never ever compromise on the issue of Separate State.
               In demand to expedite the dialogue with the NDFB (P) and to intensify the Boroland movement vigorously as well as to demand to take decision to solve the Boroland issue during the forthcoming Winter Session of the Parliament, the Peoples’ Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM) hereby declare 36 Hours Assam Bandh starting from 5:00 A.M. of 9th November, 2010, till 5:00 P.M. of 10th November, 2012. The essential services such as electricity, press and electronic media, medical services milk supply and social functions like wedding, traditional religious ceremonies or functions will be exempted during the bandh.
               We would like to appeal the people of all circles to support and cooperate with us for the greater interest of bringing a permanent peace in the region by granting Boroland State to the Boro and other indigenous peoples living in the north bank of Brahmaputra.
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S Korea shuts nuclear reactors, warns of power shortages

SEOUL: South Korea has been forced to shut down two nuclear reactors to replace components provided with fake quality certificates, a minister said Monday, warning of “unprecedented” power shortages.
Knowledge Economy Minister Hong Suk-Woo stressed that the “non-core” components posed no safety threat and were unrelated to a string of systems malfunctions at reactors this year that triggered calls for a safety review.
The two affected reactors at the Yeonggwang nuclear complex in the southwest may have to remain offline until early January, as engineers replace more than 5,000 fuses, cooling fans and other parts provided by eight suppliers.
“Comprehensive safety check-ups are necessary at these two reactors where the uncertified parts were used extensively,” Hong said.
“It’s inevitable that we will experience unprecedented power shortage during the coming winter with the two reactors shut,” he added.
Hong said prosecutors had been asked to investigate the suppliers who faked the quality certificates as well as possible collusion by officials of the state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power.
South Korea operates 23 nuclear power reactors which meet more than 35 percent of the country’s electricity needs. It plans to build an additional 16 reactors by 2030.

Sandy faced a new crisis in New York


NEW YORK: Tens of thousands of people whose homes were destroyed or damaged by superstorm Sandy faced a new crisis in New York on Sunday as temperatures plunged, raising the specter of people freezing to death.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg estimated that 30,000-40,000 homes in the city alone had been left unusable by the October 29 storm as the cold intensifies.
Sandy pummeled 15 states with fierce winds and a huge tidal surge that killed at least 109 people in the United States and Canada and a damage bill running to tens of billions of dollars.
More than two million homes in seven states are still without power and a new storm predicted to hit on Wednesday is bringing more heavy rain and winds.
“It is starting to get cold, people are in homes that are uninhabitable,” New York state governor Andrew Cuomo told a press conference. “We are going to have tens of thousands of people who need housing solutions right away.”
“This is going to be a massive, massive housing problem,” the governor said.
Bloomberg compared the crisis to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. “I don’t know that anybody has ever taken this number of people and found housing overnight,” the under-pressure New York mayor said.
Tens of thousands fled New Orleans because of the storm. “In this case people are staying in New York City and it’s a challenge for us,” Bloomberg said.
Cuomo said that some people may have to wait two weeks to get power back, and reaffirmed a vow to make sure utility companies are held “accountable.”
More than 200,000 meals are already being handed out each day to the elderly and others in need in New York. The city is again laying on special buses and urging homeless people to go to emergency evacuation centers that remain open.
Poorer parts of the city, including the Rockaway and Staten Island districts were worst hit by the storm, and Bloomberg was the target of expletive-laden rants by inhabitants when he went there Saturday.

India inks 320-million dollar loan with World Bank for road projects in Assam

India has signed a 320-million dollar loan agreement with the World Bank for road projects in Assam.

The agreement was inked by Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Prabodh Saxena and Country Director of World Bank, Onno Ruhl in New Delhi on Monday.

The Assam State Roads project aims to enhance road connectivity in the north-eastern state by helping the Public Works Department to improve state connectivity and facilitate regional integration. It will be implemented over a period of six years.

AIR Correspondent reports, the project will have three components including improvement, modernization and safety management of roads.

Day 4: 3rd Mahindra Youth Football Challenge U-14



Day 4: 3rd Mahindra Youth Football Challenge
U-14 Inter-School Tournament, Delhi
St. Xavier School, Navyug School & N.K. Bajoria Public School won their respective matches played in Delhi
New Delhi, November 5, 2012: St. Xavier School defeated Faith Academy School 3-0 in the first round match of the 3rd Mahindra Youth Football Challenge Delhi-leg played at Ganga International High School, Hiran Kudna today.
St Xavier School took an attacking stance since beginning and managed to score two goals in the first half. Yatin Uppal and Bharat scored in 18th & 24th respectively.
Himanshu also scored a goal in 37th min to seal the victory for his team. The team will now play in the pre-quarter-final stage of the tournament.
Results: St.Xavier School (Yatin Uppal 18th, Bharat 24th, Hussain 37th) bt Faith Academy School 3-0
Match 2:  In a battle of nerves, Navyug School defeated Summer Fields School 1-0. A lone goal by Navyug School’s V.S.V Rao in 37th min gave a sign of relief to the team in last moments of their match against Summer Fields School. Both the teams were giving a tough competition. They had now qualified for a next round of match to be played from tomorrow.
Results: Navyug School (V.S.V Rao 37th) bt Summer Fields School 1-0.
Match 3: N.K. Bajoria’s Prashant Keshwani scored a goal in 20th min to beat St. Marks School 1-0.
Results: N.K.Bajoria School (Prashant Keshwani 20th) bt St, Marks School 1-0.
Match 4: Apex Public School’s Ayush scored a brace to defeat ITL School 2-0. The goals were scored in 19th & 30th mins.
Results: Apex Public School (Ayush 19th, 30th) bt ITL School 2-0.

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Ajeetesh Sandhu takes centrestage in round two of the DLF Masters 2012

Gurgaon, November 2, 2012: Ajeetesh Sandhu of Chandigarh posted a
sizzling six-under-66 to take the lead in round two of the DLF Masters
2012 being played at the DLF Golf & Country Club. Ajeetesh now leads
the field by three strokes at eight-under-136. Gaurav Pratap Singh of
Noida is in second place at five-under-139.

The cut was declared at five-over-149. Fifty-three professionals made the cut.

Ajeetesh Sandhu (70-66) got off to a cracking start with a birdie on
the first where he converted an eight-footer. He then landed his tee
shot within six inches for birdie on the third. The 24-year-old
collected another birdie on the fourth thanks to a brilliant second

Ajeetesh, currently ranked 22nd on the Rolex Rankings with five
top-10s in the season so far, missed an eagle opportunity from five
feet on the sixth. However, he managed to bag a birdie on the sixth.
The Chandigarh-based professional sank birdie putts from eight to ten
feet on the eighth and 14th to end up with a bogey-free 66.

“Even though I shot a 66, I feel I could’ve done better since I missed
quite a few birdie chances. My hitting was accurate, especially with
the wedges and I putted well from a range of eight to 10 feet. My
ball-striking has been good this season and I’ve been very consistent
through the year. I’ll look to convert more putts in the next two
rounds,” said Ajeetesh, who is yet to win his first professional

Gaurav Pratap Singh (71-68) made six birdies against two bogeys in his
round of four-under-68 on Friday that placed him overall second.

Harmeet Kahlon (74-66) of Chandigarh made a good comeback in round two
after having shot a 74 on the opening day. His 66 was the joint best
score of the day along with Ajeetesh’s score. Kahlon’s round featured
an eagle on the 18th, five birdies and a bogey. He is now in tied
third along with defending champion Himmat Singh Rai (69-71) of the
DLF Golf & Country Club at four-under-140.

Sri Lankan Anura Rohana is a further stroke back in fifth place while
pre-tournament favourite Jyoti Randhawa, Patna’s Md Islam, round one
leader Toran Bikram Shahi of Nepal, Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain
Mollah and Australian Kunal Bhasin are in joint sixth place with
identical totals of two-under-142.