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Private sector to chip in $500 b for infrastructure

NEW DELHI, December 23, 2010 :nion Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said he saw the private sector chipping in with $500 billion (about Rs.22.50 lakh crore) for development of the infrastructure sector during the XII Plan (2012-17)."We are already envisaging doubling of infrastructure

India successfully tests n-capable Prithvi-II missile

Bhubaneswar, December 22 (IANS): India Wednesday successfully tested its indigenously developed nuclear-capable ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a military base in Orissa, defence sources said.The surface-to-surface missile, which has already been inducted into the Indian armed forces, was blasted

MHRD proposes national level test for entrance to higher education

Bangalore: In a move that could radically change the system of admissions to colleges and institutions of higher learning , the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is contemplating introducing a national-level entrance test for different streams of learning.Speaking at the 17th National An

Manmohan for urgent steps to cool onion prices

NEW DELHI, December 21, 2010 (PTI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday expressed deep concern over the sharp rise in onion prices and said effective steps should be taken to bring down the prices to affordable levels. In a letter to the secretaries of Departments of Consumer Affairs and Agric

India's 150 million Muslims away from extremism: US cable

New Delhi - Strongly endorsing the secular and nationalistic nature of Muslims in India, the United States has acknowledged that India's over 150 million Muslim population is largely unattracted to extremism. Separatism and religious extremism have little appeal to Indian Muslims, and the overwh

Preparations underway for Int'national Tablighi Ijtima in Bhopal

Bhopal - Preparations are underway on a war-footing for the three-day 63rd "Aalami Tableeghi Ijtima" (World Preachers Congregation) to be held here from December 25 to 27 on the outskirts of Bhopal at Ghasipura in Eintkhedi village in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The Ijtima will c

AMP-India to organize Career Fair on 15, 16 Jan

Mumbai - Anjuman -i- IslamandAssociation of Muslim Professionals(AMP)are organizing a two-dayCareer Fair - 'Career Fest 2011 - The next step' in collaboration with Urdu Markaz, Leap India Foundation, Urdu Head Masters Association and All India Ideal Teachers Association (AIITA). The media partners f

New syllabus for BCom, MBA at Mangalore University from next year

Mangalore, December 18 (TNN): The syllabus for BCom and MBA courses of Mangalore University will undergo an overhaul, keeping in mind the present day needs and to match contemporary trends in these subjects. A decision to this effect was taken at the academic council of the university here on Wednes

My parents didn't want me to marry Rajiv, said Sonia

New Delhi/London, December 18 (IANS): Congress president Sonia Gandhi candidly admitted to the California governor's wife that her parents were against her marriage with Rajiv Gandhi, US embassy cables provided by WikiLeaks reveal.Gandhi also told Maria Shriver, wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Aug

Mangalore: Child killed for Black Magic

Mangalore, December 17: In a horrendous crime reported from Sharbatkatte, near Yeyyadi on the outskirts of the city, a four year old girl child was brutally killed by two people, who were engaged in witchcraft and black magic.The victim has been identified as Priyanka, daughter of a Bihari couple Fi

Wikileaks: India 'tortured' Kashmir prisoners

The International Committee of the Red Cross sent evidence to US diplomats about widespread torture by Indian security forces in Kashmir, according to cables obtained by Wikileaks. Visits to detention centres in the region in 2002-04 revealed cases of beatings, electric shocks, sexual abuse and ot

World Urdu Conference and World Urdu Mushaira to be held in Bangalore on Dec 29, 30

Bangalore - The much awaited World Urdu Conference and World Urdu Mushaira, the first-of-its kind in the history of KARNATAKA will be held Insha Allah on the 29th and 30th December 2010 respectively. CONFERENCE: The Conference will be attended by a galaxy of eminent scholars, writers, poets, social

Rahul fears saffron terror a bigger threat to India: WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI: India's political princeling and Congress Party heir apparent Rahul Gandhi feels that the "the bigger threat (to India) may be the growth of radicalized Hindu groups, which create religious tensions and political confrontations with the Muslim community," according to a cable b

28 die as van falls into lake near Mysore

Mysore - Twenty-eight people, most of them women and children, drowned when a maxi-cab in which they were travelling plunged into the Unabattinakere near Marase Gate on the stretch between Mysore and Nanjangud (on National Highway 212), about 10 km from here, on Tuesday. Five people were rescued

Change in Ministerial Portfolios - Acharya, Shobha Get Additional Charge

Bangalore, Dec 11 (PTI): Higher Education Minister V S Acharya was today given additional portfolio of Information Technology and Biotechnology, held by Katta Subramanya Naidu, who quit in the wake of an alleged land scam. The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board will now be under Urban Develo

India watchdog urges scrapping of telecom licences

New Delhi,December 11, 2010m (AFP): India's telecom watchdog has called for the licences of operators caught up in what could be the country's largest corruption scandal to be cancelled, a statement said Saturday. The proposal to cancel 38 permits came as the government reeled under fierce attacks

VC of Darul Uloom Deoband passes away after prolonged illness

Muzaffarnagar - Vice-chancellor of leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Marghoobur Rahman passed away on Wednesday at his native place Bijnor after prolonged illness. He was 99 and bedridden for the past several months, sources at seminary said. His body was brought to Deoband and w

Tata slams Rajeev Chandrasekhar and GSM operators

Ratan Tata hits back, drags BJP into 2G scam NEW DELHI: Tata Group supremo Ratan Tata on Thursday termed as "politically motivated" the efforts of the GSM lobbyists, including Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, saying their endeavour was to embarrass the Prime Minster Manmohan Singh and the rulin