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Thai goes to polls on Sunday

Thailand goes to polls on Sunday since last year's violent protests that left over 90 people dead and hundreds injured. Former premier Thaksin Shinawatara's sister Yingluck of the opposition Pheu Thai Party has emerged as the front runner in what is seen to be a tightly-fought contest against incumbent Prime Minister and Democratic Party leader Abhisit Vijjajiva.

Shinawatra was deposed by a 2006 military coup and has fled the country to escape a jail sentence for corruption. The election will be Thailand's 26th since it became a democracy in 1932, and has experienced 18 military coups, the latest being in 2006.

African Union talks on a plan to end the Libyan conflict-if Qadhafi left

Nksagar-Sagar-Media-Inc:African Union talks to plan to end the Libyan conflict were suspended early Friday with no agreement as the rebels insisted that Moamer Qadhafi had to quit for any attempt at a political solution.African leaders sought backing for their roadmap at closed door talks on the first day Thursday of their summit in the Equatorial Guinea capital, where delegations from the rebels and Qadhafi’s regime were present.

The plan envisages a ceasefire, humanitarian aid, a transition period, reforms towards democracy and elections, but the details and the position of Qadhafi have not been made clear.The rebels insisted outside of the talks that Qadhafi had to quit after more than 30 years in power. “He must leave,” National Transitional Council representative Mansour Safy Al-Nasr told journalists.

Asked if he thought the conflict would be ended through a political or a military means, he said: “We are ready for anything.” The rebels were prepared to end hostilities if Qadhafi…

New degree colleges to come up in JK

The Jammu and Kashmir Government has approved setting up of 22 new degree colleges in the state, Higher Education Minister Abdul Gani Malik has said.The degree colleges will be set up under the centrally sponsored scheme 'Establishment of Model Degree Colleges in Educationally Backward districts'.

"In all, 22 new degree colleges will be set up in the state and this will revolutionise higher education scenario in the coming years," Malik said.

He said a comprehensive survey was conducted to ascertain viability of setting up these colleges, keeping in view the genuineness and geographical educational backwardness of the area.The colleges will come up in Damhal Hanjipora in Kulgam district, Tangmarg in Baramulla district, Chrar-i-Sharief in Budgam district, Zanaskar in Kargil district, Marwah in Kishtwar district, Mahanpur in Kathua district, Surankote in Poonch district, Kalakote in Rajouri district, Nobra in Leh district and Sarah Bagha Mahore in Reasi district, Malik…

US supports NSG clean waiver for India: Roemer

US strongly supports NSG clean waiver for India: Roemer

The United States has said it "strongly and vehemently" supports the NSG clean waiver for India and hoped that the civil nuclear deal between the two countries will continue to move in a positive direction.

"I want to say that the US and the Obama Administration strongly and vehemently support the clean waiver for India. The 123 civil nuclear legislation also underscores our support for India in this debate that is going on and our law also points to the clean waiver for India," US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer told reporters in New Delhi on Thursday.

On his last day in office here, the US envoy was asked about the American support for India to get the clean waiver from the Nuclear Supplier's Group.

The 46-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the elite nuclear club, last week decided to push for more stringent norms that govern technology transfer for reprocessing technology.

"With India's…

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Appointments by ACC

Appointments by ACC-The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following appointments:

1.Shri Alok Rawat, IAS (SK:77), presently Secretary, UPSC, as Secretary (Coordination and Public Grievances), Cabinet Secretariat in the vacancy of Shri Ajit Kumar Seth, IAS(UP:74).

2.Shri K. Jose Cyriac, IAS (KL:77), presently Special Secretary, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, as Secretary, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, in the vacancy of Shri M. Raman, IAS (TN:76) (Retired).

3.Shri R.S.Gujral, IAS (HY:76) presently Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways as Secretary, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, vice Shri Sunil Mitra, IAS (WB:75), on his retirement on 30th June, 2011.

4.Shri A.K. Upadhyay, IAS (BH:75), presently Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, as Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways vice Shri R.S.Gujral, IAS (HY:76), on his reli…

Calgon Carbon conducts water treatment seminar for U.S. Senate committee

Calgon Carbon conducts water treatment seminar for U.S. Senate committee

PITTSBURGH — On June 24, Calgon Carbon Corporation conducted a technical information seminar for the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, according to a press release.

Members of Calgon Carbon’s staff presented technical and cost information to the committee’s professional staff related to the use of and applications for activated carbon, UV light disinfection, ion exchange technology systems and a wide variety of other biological and physical water treatment technologies.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to present technical and cost information based on our real life experiences to the professional staff of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee,” said John Stanik, president and CEO of Calgon Carbon. “We would like decision makers to have factual and relevant technical and cost information, and we look forward to the on-going opportunity to contribute our experience and persp…

Lee-Hesh lose Wimbledon men's doubles

Indian veterans Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi blew away a strong start to make a shock exit from the men's doubles event of the Wimbledon championships as they lost the second round 6-2 3-6 7-6 (1) 4-6 to Arnaud Clement and Lukas Dlouhy in London on Saturday.

The third seed 'Indian Express' pair dominated the opening set but allowed their unseeded rivals to make a strong comeback.The defeat means that Paes and Bhupathi will now try to win their first Grand Slam together after rejoining forces at US Open, the last tennis major of the season.

The French-Czech pair broke the Indians twice -- third and ninth games -- in the second set to draw parity and then nosed ahead by winning the third set via tie-breaker.The fourth set could not have started on a worse note for the Indians as they dropped serve in the very first game.That mini lead was enough for Clement and Dlouhy, a former partner of Paes, and it provided further impetus to the momentum gained by them and they close…

Uma meets Sonia on Ganga river issue

Uma Bharati said,"Four months ago, I was disturbed to see the state of Ganga river,I had written a letter to the Prime Minister and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh. My demand is that Ganga should be declared a national river," "Four months ago, I was disturbed to see the state of Ganga river. I had then written a letter to the Prime Minister and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh. My demand is that Ganga should be declared a national river," Uma Bharti while addressing to the reporters after her brief meeting with Gandhi."I am overwhelmed that Sonia Gandhi has kept the issue of Ganga separate from politics and given me time. She read out portions from a book by Jawaharlal Nehru and told me that her family has faith in Ganga. She has assured me that she will talk to the Prime Minister and Ramesh regarding my demands, and also ask them to meet me."

Uma firebrand BJP leader said though the government announced formation of the Ganga Basin Authority,but …