Exide plans Rs.100 crore investment in this fiscal

Kolkata, July 17:The country’s largest lead acid battery maker, Exide Industries, will invest around Rs.100 crore in 2009-10 on augmenting its capacity by 15 percent, a top company official said here Friday.

“The investment will go into our plants in Haldia and Hosur and 50 percent of the money will be spent on increasing our industrial battery output,” Exide managing director T.V. Ramanathan told reporters on the sidelines the company’s annual general meeting.

Six foreigners, two US marines killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, July 14 (DPA) Six foreign civilian contractors were killed in a helicopter crash Tuesday in southern Afghanistan after two US marines were killed in an insurgent attack in the same region, officials said.

The contractors were killed in the Sangin district of Helmand province, a NATO spokesman in Kabul said.

“We can confirm that all six contractors on board were killed in the incident,” said the spokesman, who asked not to be named.

Workshop on Bright Educational opportunities in USA and How to Fight Recession.

Hyderabad,July 12:Experts from different fields delivered lectures at Free Workshop on Bright Educational opportunities in USA and How to Fight Recession held today at Siasat Premises.

Dr Biju Mathew Associate Professor (Rider University) delivered a lecture on reputed universities in US Offering admission opportunities to Indian Students.

King of Pop Michael Jackson gets royal send off

Los Angeles, July 08:From the fleet of Bentley limousines that transported his family, to the endlessly fawning comments of television anchors throughout the blanket coverage, Michael Jackson, the late King of Pop, got a send-off Tuesday that was fit for royalty.

King of Pop Michael Jackson gets royal send off

Los Angeles, July 08:From the fleet of Bentley limousines that transported his family, to the endlessly fawning comments of television anchors throughout the blanket coverage, Michael Jackson, the late King of Pop, got a send-off Tuesday that was fit for royalty.

King of Pop Michael Jackson gets royal send off

Los Angeles, July 08:From the fleet of Bentley limousines that transported his family, to the endlessly fawning comments of television anchors throughout the blanket coverage, Michael Jackson, the late King of Pop, got a send-off Tuesday that was fit for royalty.

King of Pop Michael Jackson gets royal send off

Los Angeles, July 08:From the fleet of Bentley limousines that transported his family, to the endlessly fawning comments of television anchors throughout the blanket coverage, Michael Jackson, the late King of Pop, got a send-off Tuesday that was fit for royalty.

‘Gossip girl’ actress’ sex tape reaches $1 mn bid

New York, June 24:A sex tape starring American drama TV series “Gossip Girl” actress Leighton Meester has sparked a bidding war on the Internet, touching the $1 million mark.

Hollywood.com reports that Kevin Blatt, the dealer behind socialite heriess Paris Hilton’s sex tapes, has said he is surprised by the level of interest in the footage, as the bids for the Meester video have exceeded $1 million.

Blatt also revealed that the footage features a younger Meester performing a striptease for a boyfriend.

Techie cuts cook’s husband into pieces, arrested

New Delhi, June 24:A 26-year-old software professional was arrested Tuesday for allegedly murdering the husband of his cook, with whom he had illicit relations, Delhi Police said.

Rahul Dev, who is from Bokaro in Jharkhand, was arrested when he was stuffing his victim Diwakar Choudhary’s body into a gunny bag in his rented house in Pitampura in northwest Delhi around 2.30 a.m.

Police said Rahul, who is currently jobless, first slit Choudhary’s throat and then stabbed him with a butcher’s knife.

Satyam Computers is now Mahindra Satyam

Hyderabad, June 21:Two months after taking over scam-tainted Satyam Computer Services, Tech Mahindra Sunday renamed the IT major as Mahindra Satyam.

The logo will be adopted from the Mahindra Group. “This strategic move paves the way for the emergence of a robust brand, which draws from the core values of the Mahindra group and the inherent strength of the Satyam brand,” said a company statement here Sunday evening.

Real life ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ couple held for cheating Archies

New Delhi, June 21:A Darjeeling-based couple did a “Bunty Aur Babli” on two Archies outlets in the capital, conning them in the style of the hit Bollywood movie. The accused couple has been arrested, police said Sunday.

Sushant Dhillon, 38, and his wife Kajal, 28, were arrested Saturday for allegedly cheating Archies galleries in Connaught Place and Jwala Heri markets.

They were arrested after a complaint by Sumit Pal Soni, who runs the Archies Gallery in Connaught Place, in central Delhi.

BJP plateauing even in its strongholds: Advani

New Delhi, June 21:Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Sunday expressed concern that the party was “plateauing” even in its strongholds, while stressing on the need to expand its base in several other big states and strengthening the organisation.

“It is a matter of concern that our party seems to be plateauing in some states, which are our strongholds, and have actually suffered big reversals in some others,” Advani said in his concluding remarks at the party’s two-day national executive here.

Don’t alienate Muslims and lose votes: Naqvi appeals to BJP

New Delhi, June 21:Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Sunday appealed to party leaders to ensure that Muslims don’t get alienated and become the cause of the party’s electoral defeat in future again.

Naqvi, speaking on the second day of the party’s two-day national executive meeting here, said: “We know that we don’t get the votes of Muslims, but we must ensure that Muslims don’t become the cause of our defeat.”

Mumbai’s Bandra-Worli Sea Link ready, to open by month end: Minister

Mumbai, June 21 (IANS) The Rs.1,600-crore (Rs.16 billion), 5.6 km Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL), which will connect the suburban Bandra with Worli on the south here, is ready and will be open to the public by the end of June, a Maharashtra minister said Sunday.

Maharashtra State Roadways Development Corporation (MSRDC) Minister Vimal Mundada said the inauguration of the link would be “as per the schedule, by June-end”.

Wimbledon girls are there to sell sex: former champion

London, June 21: Women tennis players have reacted with fury after a leading sports commentator and former Wimbledon champion accused them of “selling sex”.

Michael Stich, an expert commentator with BBC Radio 5 Live and the 1991 Wimbledon champion, said the role of female tennis stars is as much about “selling sex” on court as it is about their sporting prowess.

The Mail on Sunday newspaper said Stich made the comment Saturday night during an argument over the loud grunting of many of the game’s top women.

Traffic curbs at langar houz

Hyderabad, June.21:- The City Traffic police has restricted movement of vehicular traffic from June 21 to August 4 in the Old City in connection with the construction of flyover at Langar Houz.

According to the Traffic police officials, the heavy vehicles, including buses and military trucksl, would not be allowed from the side of Moghal-ka-Nala towards Langar Houz and from Fateh Darwaza and Talab Katta towards Langar Houz.

Minor raped by cousin and his friend in Punjab

Mohali (Punjab), June 20 (IANS) A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her cousin and his friend in a Punjab village, police said Saturday.

“The accused took the victim to a vacant house on the pretext that her friends were waiting there for her. They managed to flee from the village after committing the crime,” said Dalbeer Singh, station house officer of Kharar town, which is 10 km from here.

The incident took place in Chandu village near Kharar.

KCR withdraws resignation on ‘public’ demand

Hyderabad, June 20:The mercurial TRS leader, Mr Kalwakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao, has withdrawn his resignation “respecting the sentiments of the General Body” meeting of the party which ended on Saturday afternoon amid high drama.

Soon after the news that he had offered his resignation, hundreds of supporters descended on Hyderabad and sat in indefinite fast at the Telangana Bhavan, asking him not to do so. Another party leader and MP, Ms Vijaya Santi said that she would quit all her posts including the chairman of the Political Affairs Committee, if KCR quit the party leadership.

I year polytechnic diploma courses from june 29

Hyderabad, June 20:The classes for first year Polytechnic Diploma courses will commence from June 29.

The Secretary, State Board of Technical Education and Training, Mr P T Prabhakar, in a press release here on Saturday, stated that all the candidates who got admission through CEEP-2009 examination should pay the requisite fees on or before June 25 and report to the principals of the respective Polytechnics on or before June 29.

The candidates, who failed to pay the fees and report at the institutions before the prescribed date would forfeit their seats, he added. (NSS)

Octopus files charge sheet in Gokul chat blast case

Hyderabad, June 20:The elite anti-terrorist force of the State police, OCTOPUS, here on Saturday filed a voluminous charge-sheet in the sensational Gokul Chat Bhandar bomb blast case in the Court of First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Nampally.

Free medical camp for women

Hyderabad, June 20:A free medical camp for women will be held at the Indus Hospitals, located near the Gaddi Annaram Municipal Office and opposite Kothapet fruit market on June 21 from 10 am to 3 pm.

According to a pressnote from the Hospitals, Dr Arti, MD, DGO and Dr Meenu Mittal, MD (OBG/Gynic) will examine the patients. While ECG would be conducted free of cost, the patients have to pay 50% of the charges for blood tests and ultra sound scanning.

CPI discusses strategy for GHMC Poll

Hyderabad, June 20 (NSS): -The CPI State Council, which met here on Saturday, held a post mortem on the performance of the party in the recent general elections and discussed strategy to face the coming GHMC elections.

The national CPI general secretary, Mr A B Bardhan, and senior leader, Mr D Raja, arrived here to participate in the meeting which was held in Makhdhoom Bhavan.

With wealth &power come sex:Kerala nun-author

New Delhi, June 17:Money, power and even sex are corrupting the church and anybody who dares speak up is gagged, says a Kerala nun who left her congregation last year amid much controversy and whose autobiography has just been published in English.

“The rot in the church has set in because of affluence and power. The spirit of Jesus is depreciating. The greed for money and power is allowing all sorts of evil to creep in,” said Sister Jesme, 52, who had left the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel in Kerala On Aug 31, 2008.

Ball tampering charges frustrate Younis

London, June 16:Pakistan skipper Younis Khan called the extra scrutiny of the ball by umpires during their game against Ireland in World Twenty20 as “embarrassing.”

Umpires checked the ball after every over at the Lord’s Monday following the unproven ball-tampering allegations raised by New Zealand against seamer Umar Gul. The Pakistani fast bowler demolised the New Zealanders with his record five for six, getting the new ball to reverse swing, during their first Super Eight game at The Oval.