World’s largest chartered private yacht

Abu Dhabi, July 31: 4Yacht Arabia, one of the region’s leading yacht brokerage and charter firms, has announced the presence of the world celebrated mega yachts ‘Alysia’ and ‘Lauren L’ at the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The yachts are set to arrive in the capital in October 2009, and will be moored at Yas Island. Mega Yacht Lauren L is the world’s largest private yacht available for charter, and at a staggering 90m (296 feet), boasts an extensive guest area of 1,800 square meters (19,400 sq feet) and can accommodate up to 40 guests.

2nd swine flu death in KSA

Riyadh, July 31: A 28-year-old Indonesian woman died of swine flu in Dammam Thursday, the second death in the Kingdom.

The woman was admitted to Dammam Central Hospital on Monday (July 27) and was diagnosed as having A-H1N1, said a Ministry of Health statement.
She was placed under qualitative treatment, but her condition deteriorated and she died Thursday morning at 9.00 A.M., said the statement.

The ministry reiterated that it will provide information with all transparency on swine flu, and appealed to all residents not to follow rumors.

Main features of Right to Education Bill

New Delhi, July 31:The salient features of the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education Bill are –

– Free and compulsory education to all children of India in the six to 14 age group;

– No child shall be held back, expelled, or required to pass a board examination until completion of elementary education;

– A child who completes elementary education (upto class 8) shall be awarded a certificate;

– Calls for a fixed student-teacher ratio;

– Will apply to all of India except Jammu and Kashmir;

Court asks why poor student was denied admission

New Delhi, July 31: The Delhi High Court Friday issued notices to the Delhi government and a private school for denying admission to a poor student under a quota for the economically weaker section (EWS).

Justice Anil Kumar issued notice to the Delhi government and the Taksila Public School, in Shahdara area, and directed them to explain by Aug 10 why Apurva Sharma was not given admission.

Do we need deemed universities, asks Supreme Court

New Delhi, July 31: The Supreme Court Friday asked the government if the country needs any deemed universities, which have mushroomed amid complaints that instead of imparting quality education many of them have been fleecing students.

‘Why deemed university at all? Don’t you think the status of deemed university should be abolished in all the states?’ asked a bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Mukundkam Sharma, while hearing a lawsuit of 2006 questioning the misuse of the deemed university status by many institutes.

Former student slaps teacher in Chandigarh school

Chandigarh, July 31: Three former students of a government school here who were under suspension entered the school and one of them slapped a teacher while she was taking a class, police said.

According to police, a case was registered against the three teenaged boys Friday after a formal complaint was received from the principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Thursday.

‘We have registered a case and started our investigation. We are raiding their possible hideouts and very soon we will arrest the culprits,’ said Anokh Singh, investigating officer of the case.

4 girls held in Chhattisgarh for running sex racket

Raipur, July 31: Eight people, including four girls, were arrested here Friday for their alleged involvement in a sex racket, police said.

Acting on a tip off, a police team led by Additional Superintendent of Police, Shashimohan Singh, raided a house in Raipur’s posh Devendra Nagar, and arrested eight people, including four girls, on charges of operating a sex racket.

Police said two girls belonged to Mumbai while two belonged to Mana locality on Raipur’s outskirts.

They were operating a sex racket from a rented house. All the accused are in their early twenties, police said.

Musharraf’s Emergency unconstitutional: Pak SC

Islamabad, July 31: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday in a judgement stated unequivocally that the November 3 imposition of Emergency in the country under the rule of the then military dictator President General Pervez Musharraf was against constitutional norms.

The verdict came today even as the ex-President ignored summons of the apex court and failed to appear on Wednesday and Thursday before it. The legal team assisting him in the case went to the extent of saying that it had received no such notice by the court.

‘Minor disputes’ lead to realtor’s murder

Hyderabad, July 31: A builder was shot dead in his office allegedly by his relatives over some property disputes in the upmarket Banjara Hills locality here on Thursday night. Two rounds were reportedly fired at the builder with a bullet piercing through his lungs resulting in his death. The victim, Aiyaz Ahmed (42), was the owner of real estate and construction firm SMD Constructions and also the SMD Mall opposite Hyderabad House on Road No 3, Banjara Hills. He resided on Road No 2 in Banjara Hills.

Beggars, most organised lot in our city

“Kya aap Hindi bolte hain?” comes the innocuous question from the man of slender build, as you spot his family of three trailing behind, at the busy intersection adjoining Secunderabad Railway station. Garbed as any average commuter, the man would then explain that they are from Maharashtra or Gujarat as the case may be, and have got their money stolen. “We have managed to get some money but could you spare Rs 50 for us to buy a ticket back home?” he would ask, often succeeding in convincing a passerby to part with some cash.

Elderly woman’s throat slit, jewellery removed

Hyderabad, July 31: An elderly woman was murdered and her gold ornaments stolen by unidentified persons at her residence in Baghlingampally on Thursday afternoon. The woman, Shankaramma, lives with her daughter and son-in-law who is an advocate, and 10-year-old grandson.None of the other family members were at home when the incident took place.

The advocate, Purushotham Reddy, lives on the third floor of Flat No 16 in the MIG Quarters at Baghlingampally. His wife, Vijaya Lakshmi, works in Adilabad as an Aids Control Society coordinator and visits the house every week.

Janashakthi leader Amar released on bail

Hyderabad, July 31: Janash akthi leader Amar was today released from the Cherlapally central prison after the High Court granted him bail.

Amar was allegedly involved in several cases, including blasting of police stations and murders.

Artistes of the Jana Natya Mandali and former People’s War (now CPI Maoists) leader Satya Murthy greeted Amar as soon as he stepped out of the prison.

Speaker, Minister regret remarks against Muddu

Hyderabad, July 31: Sanity returned to the State Assembly on Thursday with Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Legislative Affairs Minister K Rosaiah expressing regrets for their harsh comments against a senior member belonging to the Opposition Telugu Desam Party, G Muddukrishnama Naidu.

Budget not beneficial to Telangana: TRS

Hyderabad, July 31: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) today alleged that the budget presented by Finance Minister K Rosaiah was intended to do `injustice’ to the region by sale of its lands and diversion of resources and river waters to Kadapa and Anantapur.

In all, the State Budget would not be beneficial to the Telangana region, the TRS remarked.

Vijayashanti joining Congress ?

Hyderabad, July 31: TRS party’s secretary general and Medak MP Vijayashanti may quit both the TRS and Medak Lok Sabha seat. She is planning to join the Congress and contest as its LS candidate from Medak.

Vijayashanti is now having consultations with her supporters and rebel leaders from the TRS.

In the last general elections, Vijayashanti won from Medak Lok Sabha constituency with an impressive margin.

She is confident that she won the seat based on her popularity. With the support of the Congress, she thinks, her victory is certain.

Babu vows to finish off PRP

Hyderabad, July 31: Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu vowed to finish off Praja Rajyam Party and bring about a binary political system in the State — Congress versus TDP.While eliciting opinions of Rangareddy district leaders on allowing former minister T Devender Goud back into the party, Naidu dropped the names of several leaders who are expected to return to TDP from Praja Rajyam Party (PRP).

Be aware, may be a fake currency in your pocket

New Delhi, July 31: Around Rs 1,69,000 crore of fake money is in the system. And it’s growing. Last month when Maharashtra Crime Branch and Anti-terrorism Squad sleuths caught six persons with counterfeit currency worth over Rs 9 lakh, they themselves couldn’t make out the difference between the fake and genuine notes. “They have 95% features of genuine notes,” says an official. The provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) have been invoked-for the first time against fake currency.

MCOCA relief for Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

Mumbai, July 31: A Nashik Sessions Court hearing Malegaon blast has removed MCOCA on Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur. The court has given a time of four weeks to the Government of Maharashtra to appeal against the order.

The decision has come as a great relief from the order.

The government has also been given time to appeal against the order.

Hindutva leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is the prime accused in the case among others.

—Agencies

IAS officer kills four of family, himself in Orissa

Bhubaneswar, July 31: A senior official of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs was found dead with four members of his family in Orissa early Friday. Police said the officer may have shot himself after shooting his family members.

Jagadananda Panda, 54, was an Orissa cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, posted as protector general of emigrants in New Delhi. He had come to his ancestral village Deogaon in Bargarh district, about 390 km from here, on leave a few days ago.

Anti-communist forces have ganged up to attack CPI-M: Karat

Kolkata, July 31: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Friday alleged that all imperialist forces had teamed up against the communists and were launching concerted attacks on the leftists in India.
“I have seen that many anti-communist groups have ganged up against us and they are launching concerted attacks on the CPI-M led government in West Bengal as well as in other parts of the country,” CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat told a seminar on the occasion of commemorating the birth centenary of late communist leader E.M.S Namboodiripad here.

Kaminey edited, recieves ‘A’ grade

Mumbai, July 31: Vishal Bhardwaj’s directed upcoming flick ‘Kaminey’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra has witnessed some editing by the censor board and the committee has given it ‘A’ certification.

Vishal was upset with the censor board as he wanted ‘U/A’ grade instead of ‘A’ grade for his film but the board did not agree with the director.

News is that film has some explicit violence which will put a wrong impression on general public therefore the censor board has decided to delete the scenes. Vishal is neither ready to delete the scenes nor he wants the ‘A’ certificate.

Katrina Kaif Vs Aishwarya on Google list of celebrities, Katrina hits the top

Mumbai, July 31: Google has come out with the list of top celebrities that have topped their search engine all over India and Katrina Kaif has the topped the list than Aishwarya Rai.

Katrina’s virtuous face, gorgeous smile and down-to-earth attitude make her the hot favourite among the fans. Katrina Kaif will be back with a bang in a chunky role in Prakash Jha’s drama movie “Rajneeti” and dip into with comedy in “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani” and is paired opposite her all time best co-star Akshay Kumar in her forthcoming release “De Dana Dan”.

Former student slaps teacher in Chandigarh school

Chandigarh, July 31: Three former students of a government school here who were under suspension entered the school and one of them slapped a teacher while she was taking a class, police said.
According to police, a case was registered against the three teenaged boys Friday after a formal complaint was received from the principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Thursday.