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291 candidates in fray in Manipur elections

Election office said there would be 2357 polling stations in the state and except 160 of them the rest has been declared hyper-sensitive and sensitive. Manipur has a 60-member Assembly. Over 290 candidates are in the fray for the Manipur Assembly elections scheduled on 28th January, election office said on Friday. Scrutiny of nomination papers was completed on Thursday and 291 of them were found valid after rejecting others. Withdrawal of nomination has been fixed for Saturday and the exact number of candidates who would remain in the poll fight would be known on Saturday evening if reports from concerned returning officers are received by then, the sources said.

Pakistan National Assembly meet today

Pakistan National Assembly will again meet today to discuss the situation arising out of the Supreme Court order over high profile corruption cases.

An urgent meeting of the Assembly was called on Thursday, but the house was adjourned after paying obituary references to the members who passed away in the last session.

The Supreme Court will hear on Monday the high profile cases including charges of corruption against President Zardari.

The apex court also came down heavily on Prime Minister Gilani for not taking action in such cases and threatened to take action against him. President Zardari, who had flew to Dubai on Thursday, has returned to Islamabad.

Pak Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani held a key meeting with top commanders on Thursday against the backdrop of an escalating row with the civilian government over the memo scandal.

VHP thanks EC to ban Muslim Reservation

VHP thanks EC to ban Muslim Reservation New Delhi. Jan 12, 2012. Vishwa Hindu Parishad today welcome the
decission of the election commission to ban reservation to Minority in
five states and sent a letter of thanks to the cheif election
commission (CEC) today for admitting VHP demand in the interest of the
nation. In his letter of thanks VHP Central secretary Dr Surendra Jain
said that this act of EC would have historic impact and would save the
nation from divisive politics of the UPA Govt.

A high level VHP delegation comprising its Int'l Vice President shri
Om Prakash Singhal, the newly elected international Secretary General
Vishwa Hindu Parishad shri Champat Rai, secretary of the organization
Dr Surendra Jain and state Media chief Vinod Bansal meet EC on Dec 29.
The delegation elaborated the CEC that The Central Government's
decision to carve out a 4.5% sub-quota for Minorities from within the
27% reservation for OBC's, just before the announcement of the polling

Kim Hyong-O Calls on Shri Mallikarjun Kharge

Kim Hyong-O Calls on Shri Mallikarjun Kharge
Kim Hyong-O Calls on Shri Mallikarjun Kharge.Mr. Kim Hyong-O, former Speaker and currently Member of the 18th National Assembly of Republic of Korea today called on Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge and discussed the matter of mutual bilateral interest. Speaking on this occasion the Minister said relation between India and Korea rest n strong historical ties based on a strong foundation of shared cultural heritage, commitment to democracy and desire to establish a long term cooperative partnership. Also, the two countries recognise the importance of developing an open and inclusive Asian regional architecture based on the principles of mutual benefit and shared opportunity. We need to closely cooperate in “East Asia Summit” (EAS) and ‘Asia Europe Meeting’ (ASEM) as well as in World Trade Organisation (WTO) and in matters related to Climatic Change, etc. Expressing the hope of enhanced coo…
Industrialization of Animal Agriculture Jeopardizes Food Security, says Humane Society International NEW DELHI (January 11, 2012) —Humane Society International has released a report critical of the idea that inhumane confinement of animals in industrial production facilities somehow enhances food security. In reality, the HSI report demonstrated, the industrialization of animal agriculture does just the opposite, jeopardizing food security by degrading the environment, threatening human health, and diminishing income-earning opportunities in rural areas. “There is strong scientific evidence of the negative impacts of these animal factories on people and animals,” said Chetana Mirle, Ph.D., director of farm animal protection for HSI. “We must do a better job of supporting small-farmer led and animal welfare-friendly agriculture, as well as implementing stronger environmental and farm animal welfare regulations.” In India, 140 to 200 million egg-laying hens are confined to b…

World Series of Boxing by Aiba

World Series of Boxing by Aiba In an interview with SportzPower’s Javed Farooqui, Raja says 2011 has been a year of learning for the federation.we have understood what are our strength and capabilities. It has also been an eye opener from the point of view that with the introduction of World Series of Boxing by Aiba, the old style of boxing has come back into play which is more of  hard punches, body movements. Boxing has become a different game altogether and if we have to be in the reckoning for the Olympics, World Championships etc we have to develop this (old style boxing) part of it so that our boxers are strong who have the courage, endurance and the hitting power. In the past 15-20 years the Aiba has brought so many rules which were more suited for ‘touch-and-go’ or the points system. The actual boxing which the likes of Muhammad Ali played was more of attacking. To bring back the beauty of the game, Aiba has brought back the scoring system. So this has been the bi…

Scientific Temper Statement Revisited-2011

Scientific Temper Statement Revisited-2011 The Palampur Declaration
Recapitulation of the 1980s Spirit The concept of Scientific Temper was articulated first by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1946 in his book Discovery of India, referring to it as "a way of life, a process of thinking, a method of acting and associating with our fellowmen". The tradition of skepticism and humanism is not new to Indian intellectual tradition. Such notions go back to antiquity – Jain, Sankya, and Buddhist traditions have repeatedly emphasized the spirit of enquiry. During the Indian renaissance many leaders popularised the notion of scientific enquiry and gradually it became part of Indian ethos. Nehru was instrumental in laying the foundations for building the infrastructure for science and technology in India – the Universities, the IITs, the CSIR labs, etc. These became the 'hardware' of science and technology in India, while Scientific Temper among the people of India was to be the ‘softwa…

Poll cash seized in UP

Uttar Pradesh, more than 14 crore rupees allegedly meant for election purposes, have been seized till now by the surveillance teams deployed to check misuse of money power to influence election process.

 Lucknow correspondent reports that more than 4 crore rupees has been seized on Monday in Ghaziabad , Lucknow , Kanpur , Lakhimpur Kheri, Mathura , Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar and Prabuddha Nagar districts.

Enforcement agencies have also recovered more than one lakh litres of illegal and country liquor from different districts. Several persons have also been arrested in this regard. Teams of officials have been deployed to check transportation of liquor from neighbouring states.

He said that several illegal factories for preparation of country liquor have been unearthed in many districts. He said that state Excise department and police have launched joint drive against illegal transportation and production of liquor across the state.

S.M.Krishna to meet Israeli President in Tel Aviv

External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna will meet the Israeli President Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv on Monday.

The two leaders are expected to hold talks on wide ranging issues.

Focus will be on increasing co-operation in anti terror measures, trade and commerce.

Extradition treaty and transfer of sentenced persons are the two important agreements likely to be signed during the visit.The trade volume between the two countries has grown up from 2 billion to 5 billion US dollars by the end of last year.

The visit also commemorates two decades of establishing diplomatic ties between India and Israel .