US dollar ends cheaper against rupee

Mumbai, January 27:The US dollar ended cheaper against the Rupee at Rs 45.57/58 per dollar but the Pound Sterling turned higher at Rs 72.67/69 per pound at the close of the Interbank Foreign Exchange Market (Forex) here today.

The Following are the Interbank Forex and RBI rates:

(In Rupees Per Unit) Unit Interbank RBI Reference US Dollar 45.57/58 US Dollar Rs 45.57 Pound Sterling 72.67/69 Euro Rs 62.46.

Euro 62.55/57 Japanese Yen (100) 54.


Four hundred students of Indore college arrested

Indore, January 27:Four hundred students of an engineering college here, who were protesting against the management, have been arrested today, police said.

The “preventive” arrests were made fearing breach of peace at the campus of Sri Govindram Seksaria Institute of Technology and Science (SGSITS), police said.

The students were against changes in the exam evaluation procedure, fearing that it will affect the results.


Yeddyurappa in confessional mode, promises no more mistakes

Mysore, January 27:A contrite Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Thursday acknowledged he had made mistakes and said he would not repeat them.

“I have committed several mistakes. I will not commit any more mistakes,” he told reporters here after attending a ‘yagna’, a Hindu ritual offering oblations to fire god ‘Agni’.

Yeddyurappa said: “From now on I will take everyone, including those criticizing me, along and work for the development of the state.”

Sonawane’s widow demands CBI probe; government staff strike work

Mumbai, January 27:The widow of additional collector Yashwant Sonawane, Vijaya, Thursday demanded a CBI probe into her husband’s killing even as 1.80 million Maharashtra government employees struck work and residents of Manmad city observed a total shutdown in protest against the incident.

Vijaya told mediapersons that she had no faith in the state police and said that an impartial probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was needed to unravel the conspiracy behind her husband’s killing.

Prisoner dies in Jharkhand jail

Ranchi, January 27:A prisoner died in mysterious circumstances in Jharkhand’s Khuti district jail, an official said Thursday.

Turi Ram Munda, arrested under the provisions of the Arms Act and in the jail for last one and half months, died late Wednesday, according ot a jail official.

“After eating his dinner, Munda fell unconscious. He was taken to Sadar hospital where doctors declared him dead,” the official said.

The cause of his death is yet to be ascertained.

This is second death of a prisoner in Khuti jail in the last one month.


Blast in Davos hotel ahead of WEF meet

Davos (Switzerland), January 27:A small blast took place at a hotel close to the site of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, breaking the windows of the premises, a media report Thursday said.

A session focusing on organised crime – “Criminals Without Borders” – was scheduled for the hotel at noon Thursday, with speakers including Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and Robert Wainwright, director of Europol, or the European Police.

Himachal proposes Rs.3,300 crore plan for 2011-12

Shimla, January 27:Himachal Pradesh has proposed Rs.3,300 crore annual plan for the next fiscal (2011-12) with roads and education as areas of focus, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said Thursday.

Discussing the plan with legislators, he said roads, education and health have been accorded topmost priority as tehse would generate resources and employment opportunities.

Expressing concern over the 13th Finance Commission’s recommendations, Dhumal said it did not take into account the liabilities of the state because of pay scales revision, pensions and interest.

Bread may actually be good for you

London, January 27:Nutritionists have declared that bread, far from being something to avoid, is actually beneficial for your health.

It comes with vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals, especially if you choose wholegrain varieties with added nuts, seeds or dried fruits.

But even white sliced bread has some nutritional value, as it’s a great source of calcium (essential if you’ve cut out that other modern dietary bogey, dairy).

Eden Gardens scrapped as venue for India-England World Cup tie

New Delhi, January 27:The International Cricket Council Thursday scrapped Kolkata’s Eden Gardens as a venue for the India-England match slated for February 27 in the World Cup due to the stadium’s unpreparedness.

A venue inspection team comprising tournament director Ratnakar Shetty, members of the Central Organising Committe (COC) and the ICC reported on the readiness of five outstanding venues after visiting the facilities. The team inspected Eden Gardens Tuesday.

30,000 rural youths to be trained as security guards

Mumbai, January 27:The ministry of rural development has tied up with city-based security solutions company Topsgrup to provide professional security training to over 30,000 rural youths across India, an official said Thursday.

“The fast-paced growth of the security industry in India is creating a huge demand for talented resources. To meet the burgeoning demand, we have an enormous human resource talent pool in rural India waiting to be tapped,” Topsgrup’s managing director (India) Ramesh Iyer said.

Vitamin D pills advised for under-fives to avoid rickets

London, January 27:All children aged between six months and five years should be given vitamin D supplements to prevent rickets, especially during winter.

Such children are at risk of developing the condition because of their couch potato lifestyles, said Sally Davies, director general of research and development in the UK.

Rickets causes the bones to become soft and weak. In extreme cases it can lead to fractures and deformities such as bowed legs and curvature of the spine.

Kirsten may coach Mumbai Indians after World Cup

London, January 26:India cricket coach Gary Kirsten might take up a similar role with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians after the World Cup in the sub-continent.

Kirsten’s contract with the Indian team ends after the World Cup and he is unlikely to renew it as he wants to spend more time with his family in South Africa. But a coaching job in the month-long IPL is something that he might fancy.

Chinese city to put GPS in government vehicles

Beijing, January 26:Government vehicles in China’s Guangzhou city will have Global Positition System (GPS) to curb misuse and reduce unnecessary expenditure, an official said.

A satellite positioning terminal will be installed on each official vehicle, the China Daily cited the Guangzhou Daily as reporting Wednesday.

Su Zhijia, secretary of the City Commission for Discipline Inspection, said that through GPS a government car’s position can be checked at any time and would show on the map.

Maoists blast school building

Ranchi, January 26:Maoists blasted a school building and hoisted black flags in Jharkhand’s Palamau districts during Republic Day Wednesday, police sources said.

The guerrillas used detonators to attack the building in Rajharaa Khutti village. Black flags were put up on two schools.


March was to defy anti-India elements: Gadkari

New Delhi, January 26:Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Nitin Gadkari Wednesday denied that his party was trying to derive political mileage from the flag-hoisting march to Srinagar as it was a rally to “defy anti-India elements in Kashmir”.

“Some people say there is politics in hoisting the national flag at Lal Chowk (in Srinagar). What politics was involved in hoisting the flag. This is not politics but our duty,” Gadkari told reporters after hoisting the tricolour at the party headquarters here.

Over 130 corruption cases in 2 years: J&K Vigilance

Jammu, January 26:Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Organisation (JKSVO) has registered 131 cases of corruption within two years, out of which 97 cases of prosecution were presented in the courts.

As many as 70 FIRs were registered in 2010 and rest in 2009, an SVO spokesperson said here today.
57 cases were booked in 2010 as against 40 in 2009.

Many multi-crore scams were exposed, an SVO spokesperson said.

As many as 46 Public servants were caught demanding and accepting bribe while four of them were convicted last year.

Sehwag, Sangakkara bat in UN campaign to combat AIDS

United Nations, January 26:Rivals of the field, Indian cricket opener Virender Sehwag and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara are batting together against a common enemy in a United Nations-backed campaign to fight HIV/AIDS.

The players feature in a public service announcement, released Tuesday and available free to all broadcasters across the globe, encouraging young people to “get the facts, protect yourself” as part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Think Wise partnership with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to promote HIV prevention.

India seeks diversified cooperation with Nepal on R’Day

Kathmandu, January 26:India celebrated its 62nd Republic Day in Nepal Wednesday by wishing for diversified India-Nepal cooperation in the days to come.
“India remains steadfast in its commitment to extend assistance for Nepal’s economic development and institutionalisation of multi-party democracy,” the Indian ambassador to Nepal, Rakesh Sood, said.

“It is our wish that India-Nepal cooperation is further diversified in the coming years for mutual benefit.”

India’s Islamic, Buddhist heritage on display

New Delhi, January 26:Be it Sufi traditions or Bidri art, India’s Islamic heritage was highlighted at the Republic Day parade here Wednesday, an event watched by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation.

The tableaus from Bihar and Karnataka showcased a Sufi shrine and Bidri craft, a field dominated by Muslim artisans, while Gujarat showcased its little known Buddhist heritage at the parade in the capital.

All three states are ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Mike Tyson welcomes eighth child

London, January 26:Boxing legend Mike Tyson has welcomed his eighth child, a healthy baby boy, who was born in a Las Vegas hospital Tuesday.

The boy is the second child of the former heavyweight champion and his wife Lakiha.

“Mike and Lakiha are very happy and everyone is doing great,” quoted a source close to the boxer as saying.

The couple, parents of two-year-old Milan, have not named their new addition yet.

The good news came in just 18 months after the tragic death of Tyson’s daughter Exodus, who was four.

Shashi Kapoor gets Padma Bhushan

New Delhi, January 25:Shashi Kapoor, one of the most charming actors of his time, was Tuesday named for the Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third highest civilian award, on the eve of Republic Day.

The 72-year-old, who is not keeping well and moves in and out of hospital in Mumbai, charmed Hindi moviegores with films like “Jab Jab Phool Khile”, “Waqt”, “Silsila”, “Deewar”, “Kabhi Kabhie” and “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”.

He also featured in international projects titled “The Householder”, “Shakespearewallah” and “Heat and Dust”.

Seven killed in Lahore blast

Lahore, January 25:At least Seven people were killed and several others were injured in a blast in Pakistan’s Lahore city Tuesday evening

Three held for kidnapping girl

New Delhi,January 25: Three men, including two BPO drivers, have been arrested for kidnapping a teenaged girl, whom they threw off from their vehicle on seeing police pickets, police said here Tuesday.

The three accused – Santosh Kumar, Kasim and Titu – were nabbed Monday night, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) V. Renganathan said.

“They allegedly kidnapped a minor girl from her house Sunday night after bashing up her father at Kirti Nagar in West Delhi on Sunday,” said Renganathan.

Waheeda Rahman gets Padma Bhushan

New Delhi,January 25:The ethereal Waheeda Rehman, best known for her performances in movies like “Pyaasa” and “Guide”, has been chosen to receive the Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third highest civilian award, on the eve of Republic Day.

Waheeda, currently not in India, was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, in 1972.

Born into a Muslim family in Tamil Nadu, the 74-year-old veteran started her tryst with Indian cinema with Telugu film “Jayasimha” in 1955 and a year later made her debut in Bollywood with “C.I.D”, in which she played a small role.

President awards customs officer who worked in Africa

New Delhi, January 25:Debi Prasad Dash, an Indian Revenue Service officer who was a member of the UN’s Security Council panel of experts to monitor arms embargo in Sudan from 2005, was Tuesday named for the President’s Award for specially distinguished record of service on the eve of Republic Day.

Dash was appointed as a member of the UN’s Security Council panel of experts on Sudan (Darfur) by the then secretary-general Kofi Annan to monitor arms embargo and other sanctions.