Wednesday, September 29, 2010

US Immigration Authorities Second Time Detained Indian Aviation Minister Praful Patel For Questioning

Chicago (ABC Live): US immigration authorities on Monday have detained second times the Indian aviation minister Praful Patel for questioning at O'Hare Airport in Chicago.

As per information, immigration authorities officers took Praful Patel for questioning as his date of birth matched with a person on their blacklist, did not obliged him even after he had told them he is Indian aviation minister Praful Patel allowed him go only after verifying the facts.

It is to mention that Praful Patel had gone to Chicago to meet his son before attending an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) meet in Montreal.

Indian aviation minister Praful Patel traveling on his a regular passport and not the diplomatic one that normally a Ministers Travel.

Confirmation to this effect was made by Patel that he was detained for crosschecking the facts as his date of birth matched with one with in blacklist, and termed it not a serious issue as he was earlier faced such questing in United States.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SC Refuses to Stay Allahabad High Court's verdict on Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Supreme Court of India has refused to stay on Allahabad High Court's verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid title suit case.

University of Oxford Researchers Discover TRESK Gene Responsible for Migraine

University of Oxford (ABC Live): The Researchers of University of Oxford have found the genes directly responsible for migraine.

Information and confirmation to the discovery of a gene known as TRESK was made by Dr Zameel Cader of the University of Oxford that the discovery was a step forward in understanding why one in five people suffers from migraines.

In this Research study, scientists found a gene known as TRESK was directly attributable as a cause of migraine in some patients.

The study found that if the gene does not work properly, environmental factors can more easily trigger pain centres in the brain and cause a severe headache.

The Research team used DNA samples from families with common migraine to identify the defective gene.

The World Health Organization termed the new discovery as a leading break through in treating the severe headaches.

China Starts Work on Lhasa to Xigaze Railways Line

Lhasa (ABC Live): China has started on construction work on a strategic USD 2 billion rail network to connect the Tibetan capital of Lhasa with the region's second largest city of Xigaze that borders India, Bhutan and Nepal.

The extension of the 253-km railway line costing about 13.3 billion yuan will take four years to complete, Zhang Ping, head of the National Reform and Development Commission said.

Xigaze city, besides being the home of Panchen Lamas, the second highest Tibetan spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism, is also famous for its proximity to Mt Everest which virtually rises up from it.

The sprawling Xigaze prefecture which has an area of 182,000-sq-km neighbours India, Nepal and Bhutan.

The extension from Lhasa to Xigaze, is the first extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, which opened in July 2006 raising concerns in India as it also provided speedier and easier access to Chinese military to move its troops.

China also backed the extensive rail link with network of roads and five airport in the remote region, called roof of the world.

The new section will pass through five counties and over the 90-km long Brahmaputra Canyon, (Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon), to reach Xigaze, a city with a history of more than 600 years and the traditional seat of the Panchen Lamas.

"It will play a vital role in boosting tourism in the southwestern part of Tibet and promoting the rational use of resources along the line," said Liu Zhijun, Minister of Railways.

The extended rail line will be a single line with a speed of 120 km per hour.

Nearly half of the line, or 115 km, will be laid in tunnels or on bridges.

"Laying rail tracks in tunnels in the mountains can avoid passing through the fragile natural reserves in Tibet," Wang Mengshu, a railway tunnel expert and member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, told the China Daily.

In a statement, the Ministry of Railways said the extension line avoids four natural reserves in the area.

In addition, using tunnels can help reduce damage to the railway by earthquakes, since Tibet is prone to earthquakes, Wang said.

"But the tunnels will add to the difficulty of construction, as it will be impossible to lay the tracks as fast as in the previous construction of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, which was built on top of permafrost," he said.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the world's highest railway.

Some 960 km of its tracks are located 4,000 meters above sea level.

About 550 km of the tracks run on frozen earth, the longest of any of the world'

Corus Renames As Tata Steel Europe

Mumbai (ABC Live): Tata Steel has renamed 2007 acquired Corus Company as Tata Steel Europe to make the Tata brand more prominent across Europe and reinforce the Anglo- Dutch Company’s sense of belonging to the Indian conglomerate.

"The Tata Steel name and logo will begin to appear on the company's transactional documents, product deliveries, locations and vehicles," said a company statement announcing the rebranding on Monday.

Tata Steel had acquired Corus in April 2007 for over USD 12 billion in a transaction that created one of the world's largest steelmakers, with a major presence in Europe as well as Asia and had started the rechristening exercise some two years back.

"This is the right time to enter a new era under the Tata Steel name, now that we have successfully returned the company to profit following the global financial crisis," Tata Steel Europe (formerly Corus) MD and CEO Kirby Adams, who has already put in his papers as the head of Corus, said.

The statement further said that Corus is adopting Tata Steel as its new identity from today. The rebranding will be a gradual process and "not everything will change immediately", it noted.

"This brand migration will lead to the Tata Steel name becoming much more prominent and widely recognised across Europe and will reinforce our sense of belonging to the Tata Steel family," Adams said.

Corus is the largest steel producer in Europe with an annual revenue of around 12 billion pound.

This is the second identity change for the company as it was formed following merger of British Steel and the Netherlands' Koninklijke Hoogovens in 1999.

With main steelmaking operations in the UK and the Netherlands, the company supplies steel and related services to the construction, automotive, packaging, material handling and other markets worldwide.

It is a subsidiary of Tata Steel and the combined Group has an aggregate crude steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and approximately 80,000 employees across four continents.

Congress Announces Its 77 Candidates for Bihar Assembly Elections 2010

New Delhi (ABC Live): Congress Party has declared its first list of 77 candidates for Bihar Assembly elections beginning on October 21.

Information and confirmation was made by AICC spokesman Shakeel Ahmed on Tuesday in New Delhi.

All those in this list also included followingLeaders:

1. PCC President Mehboob Ali Kaiser from Simri Bakhtiarpur

2. CLP leader Ashok Ram from Kusheshwar Asthan

3. Lovely Anand, wife of former MP Anand Mohan from Alamnagar

4. Leader of the party in the Legislative Council Mahachandra Prasad Singh from Sahebganj.

5. Asif Gafur, grandson of former Chief Minister Abdul Gaful from Barauli.

6. Former MP Nagmani from Morwa Assembly segment.

Pollinating Insects Declining May Hamper India's Food Security


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New Delhi (ABC Live): A decline in pollinating insects in India due to over usage of pesticides and insecticides and increasing urbanization has endangered the vegetable productivity of India.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

PMO Fires Two NTRO Officers for Leaking Information


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New Delhi (ABC Live): India’s National Technical Research Organization (NTRO),an agency created after Kargil war to do create technical intelligence to support other Indian intelligence agencies suffered shocked when PMO removed two of its senior officers on change of leaking sensitive information.

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CAG Confirms Raja Involvement in 2G Licences Scam

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New Delhi (ABC Live): After Doing insight audit of 2G licences Scam the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has confirmed to the department of telecom (DoT) that majority of 2G licences given in 2008 by it are illegal.

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