India plans to launch 10 satellites every year

Bangalore, March 31: Indian space scientists and engineers are bracing up to launch an average of 10 satellites per year to meet the rising demand for various space applications, including communications and remote sensing, a top space scientist said.

‘We are planning to launch 10 satellites per year, beginning fiscal 2010-11. We have a series of satellites and launch vehicles at various stages of preparation,’ Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Radhakrishnan told IANS.

‘CPI (Maoist) will build nationwide struggle’

Hyderabad, March 31: The CPI (Maoist) will build country-wide people’s struggle to avenge the killings of Maoist leaders Sakhamuri Appa Rao and Kondal Reddy.

In a statement today, CPI (Maoist) Central committee spokesperson Azad said that the struggles are intended to “sweep away the fascist regime led by Sonia-Manmohan-Chidambaram gang.’’ “Let us pay our red revolutionary homage to Appa Rao and Kondal Reddy pledging to carry forward their cherished dreams.

GHMC rolls out plastic road experiment

Hyderabad, March 31: Plastic roads have made a foray in the city, with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) laying out a plastic-bitumen stretch at NGO’s Colony in the BN Reddy Nagar locality of LB Nagar.

On an experimental basis, the GHMC went in for more stretches, costing about Rs 20 lakh, with the help of the Bangalore-based KK Plastic Waste Management Ltd (KKPWM) a few days ago.

Non-Brahmin staff face discrimination

Vijayawada, March 31: Sri Kanaka Durga temple authorities’ decision to allow only Brahmins in ‘prasadam’ section here stirred up a controversy today.

Several non-Brahmin workers, who have been preparing prasadam for the past several years, staged a protest at the temple in protest against the decision.

The temple which invites tenders every year for making pulihora, laddus, chakkerapongali and other prasadams, issued the tender a month ago specifying that only Brahmin community people would be allowed to work in prasadam making and packing section.

No conspiracy behind violence: Opposition

Hyderabad, March 31: Legislators and Floor Leaders from the Opposition parties, at an all party-meeting called by Chief Minister Rosaiah at the Assembly today, urged him to see to it that Congress leaders desist from public utterances on a “conspiracy’’ behind behind the riots in Old City as this would only aggravate the situation.

Rosaiah puts off Delhi visit

Hyderabad, March 31: If trouble in Old City of Hyderabad had really been orchestrated with an intention to throw a spanner in the exercise Chief Minister K Rosaiah has undertaken to reshuffle his Cabinet, the perpetrators of the orgy of violence seem to have succeeded to some extent.

As the communal contagion which broke out in the Old City last Saturday night spread to areas in the new city on Tuesday, the Chief Minister has put off his tour to Delhi to seek approval for his proposal for additions and subtractions in the Cabinet.

NJR’s brother seeks protection for his family

Hyderabad, March 31: Former chief minister and Congress Parliament Member N Janardhan Reddy’s elder brother N Padmanabha Reddy has charged the former with attacking his educational institution and wanted protection for his family.

Padmanabha Reddy today met Chief Minister K Rosaiah in his chamber and submitted a memorandum in this regard. He came along with Union Minister of State for Textiles Panabaka Lakshmi and her husband P Krishnaiah.

Mild tremors felt in Vizag, Srikakulam

Vishakapatnam, March 31: An earthquake, measuring 6.4 on the richter scale, on the Andamans caused mild tremors in Visakhapatnam and some parts of Srikakulam district on Tuesday night.

The tremors were felt in MVP Colony, Maddilapalem, Venkojipalem, NAD Junction, Seethammadhara, Marripalem, Kancharapalem, Madhavadhara, Muralinagar, Gajuwaka, Nakkavanipalem, Lawsons Bay Colony and other places here in the city and even Anakapalle. The first tremor lasted for 8-10 seconds and the second, which occurred after a gap of 10 minutes, lasted for 6-7 seconds.

Student held for making hoax bomb calls

New Delhi, March 31: A Class 12 student has been arrested for making hoax calls claiming that bombs had been planted onboard Indigo flights, police said Wednesday.

Debasish Banerjee, 18, was arrested from Kolkata for making two hoax calls from his mobile phone March 12 and March 13. He claimed that a bomb had been planted on Indigo flights at Delhi’s domestic airport.

Temple pays respect to a departed Muslim

Hyderabad, March 31: In all this din and bloodshed I found a temple, a Balaji temple, with a Hanuman shrine within, which shut its doors on Tuesday evening, as a mark of respect for an old Muslim neighbour who passed away.

And that too, on a day celebrated as Hanuman Jayanthi. And for a moment one felt the peace and quiet and happiness within. Thank goodness some things are not too visible. Not too audible. Like this temple in a colony I reside in.

Business graduate, 4 others held for robberies, thefts

New Delhi, March 31: Five men, including a business graduate, have been arrested here for their involvement in over 50 cases of robberies, snatching, vehicle thefts in Delhi and its suburbs, police said Wednesday.

Parveen Shanker, an MBA from Symbiosis University, Pune, Manoj Kejriwal, a graduate in history from Ranchi University, Rahul Anand, a BSc drop-out from Patna University, and Hari Om and Mahesh Kumar were arrested Tuesday from Geeta Colony area of east Delhi.

One semi-automatic pistol, two country-made pistols and 19 live cartridges were recovered from them, police said.

Seven arrested for killing cows in Delhi

New Delhi, March 31: Seven people were arrested from a south Delhi slum area Tuesday for killing cows, which is banned in the Indian capital. The police also recovered nearly three tonnes of beef from the arrested men.

The accused – Sazid, Sahzad, Mohammad Arfin, Mohammad Tayab, Zahid, Alam and Salauddin – were arrested from the R.K. Puram area.

Minority panels’ conference to be held Wednesday

New Delhi, March 31: The annual conference of minority commissions is being held here Wednesday to ascertain the needs of Indian minority communities, identify solutions for the issues related to their socio-economic problems and facilitate focus of governmental action towards them.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will inaugurate the day-long state minorities commissions’ conference organised by the National Commissions for Minorities.

Yahoo email accounts hacked in China, Taiwan

San Francisco, March 31: Yahoo email accounts of some journalists and activists whose work relates to China were compromised in an attack discovered this week, days after Google announced it would move its Chinese-language search services out of China due to censorship concerns.

Several journalists in China and Taiwan found they were unable to access their accounts beginning March 25, among them Kathleen McLaughlin, a freelance journalist in Beijing. Her access was restored on Wednesday, she told Reuters.

Shoaib Malik courts trouble over old wedding

Hyderabad, March 31: A day after television channels and newspapers carried the celebrity marriage report between Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik, problems have surfaced to haunt the couple.

In the latest development, father of Ayesha Siddiqui- the Hyderabad based girl who has in the past alleged that she was married to Shoaib, threatened to take legal action against the Pakistani cricketer.

Ayesha’s father said, “Shoaib must legally divorce her daughter only then he can marry Sania Mirza.”

Ready to discuss women’s reservation, N-liability bills: PM

New Delhi, March 31: Breaking his silence on the controversial Women’s Reservation and the India-US Nuclear Liability Bills which are facing obstruction in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said he was ready to discuss them both with all parties.

The Women’s Reservation Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha last month amidst much uproar from Opposition. The government failed to bring it in the Lok Sabha in the first leg of the Budget session of Lok Sabha, fearing severe opposition.

Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets

New Delhi, March 31: Murali Vijay slammed a quick-fire 39-ball 78 to guide Chennai Super Kings to a 5-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League encounter at Chepauk on Wednesday.

After a late wobble when Chennai lost three wickets in quick succession, Suresh Raina (44 not out) made sure that the hosts won the match with an over to spare in the end.

Raina hit four fours and a six in his 35-ball inning.

For Bangalore, Anil Kumble (1-16) and Dale Steyn (1-20) bowled superbly but failed to turn it into a favourable result.

US can’t rule the world alone: Sarkozy

Paris, March 31: FRENCH President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for US economic reforms and, in comments echoing Franco-American spats of the past, said Washington cannot “run the world” alone.

The French leader used a visit to New York today, where he met with students at Columbia University, to deliver what he called “home truths” to his hosts.

Sarkozy, accompanied by his wife Carla Bruni, a former supermodel, was in New York a day before meeting President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington on Tuesday.

Curfew relaxation in two phases

Hyderabad,April 01:In the first phase, curfew would be relaxed from 8 am to 10 am in Charminar, Hussaini Alam, Kamatipura, Bahadurpura, Kalapathar, Bhavani Nagar, Kanchanbagh, Madannapet and Santoshnagar police station Limits

In the phase curfew would be relaxed from 11 am to 1 pm in Chandrayangutta, Falaknuma, Shahalibanda, Moghalpura, Dabeerpura, Mir Chowk and Rein Bazar police station limits.

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Osmania University to postpone exams again

Hyderabad, March 31: The Osmania University has once again postponed its examinations. The exams of university and its affiliated colleges have been postponed to April 7.

The decision to postpone the exam was taken in view of the communal riots and curfew in Hyderabad. The exams were scheduled to start from today. The the three year degree examinations and MCA exams (first semester of first year and second year) have also been postponed.

Earlier, on several occasions the university had to postpone the examinations due to Telangana agitation.

-Agencies

Nikah in Hyderabad, walima in Lahore

Hyderabad, March 31: Sania Mirza to marry Shoaib Malik, nikah in Hyderabad, walima in Lahore. Indian tennis sensation twenty years old Sania Mirza is soon going to be possessed by Pakistani star cricketer Shoib Malik. The two reportedly dated for the last three months since they first met in Australia earlier this year.

The reports suggest that the two moved fast to get their marriage be performed as soon as possible.

In the dark shadows of Charminar

Hyderabad, March 31: Hyderabad a city of rich cultural heritage, a melting pot of different religions, nationalities and civilizations and bearer of a unique style of communication is sending a different message to the world today. It is turning out to be the battle ground for vested interests and fanatical politics. For long there was peace and prosperity and it was visible in every sphere of life. President Clinton’s visit made it a city of reckoning on the world map. Unfortunately, for some this scenario of amity and good-will was too much to bear.

Pakistan Cricket Board snubs banned Younus Khan

Karachi, March 31: The Pakistan Cricket Board today refused to give any explanation to former captain Younus Khan for the indefinite ban imposed on him for indiscipline.

Younus, through his lawyer Ahmed Qayyum, sent a notice to the PCB last week asking it to explain the charges on the basis of which the board banned him.

The board sent its reply to the senior player making it clear that it was not compelled to give any explanation for the ban.