Showing posts from February 12, 2012

India, US working together on Maldives: Nuland

Welcoming efforts of "all sides" to find a peaceful way forward in Maldives, US has said it was working closely with India in resolving the political impasse in the island nation.

"We welcome the efforts that all sides appear to be making to find a peaceful way forward," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference. "We also welcome the ongoing dialogue among Maldivians regarding the role of a unity government in addressing these issues and possibly creating the conditions for early elections. We're continuing to urge all parties to work together to find a way through this," she said. Nuland said US has been closely coordinating with India, which has "traditionally played a strong role". "Our understanding is that we are pretty well in lockstep with India in terms of calling for unity and calling for a democratic, peaceful path forward," she said. Assistant Secretary of Sta…

EU lifts travel bans on Myanmar officials

European Union has lifted travel bans on Myanmar President Thein Sein and other top officials.

The EU announced on Friday that it was lifting restrictions on 87 officials, saying it has seen historic changes as Myanmar moves toward democracy.

The Myanmar government has stepped up reforms recently, releasing political prisoners and allowing opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run in a parliamentary by-election in April.

Earlier this week, the EU sent Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs to Myanmar to offer support.

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton will also visit Myanmar after the April by-election.

The EU is considering lifting all the economic sanctions it has imposed on Myanmar since 1996.



New Delhi Feb 17, 2012. Annoyed by the union agriculture ministry’s
proposal to planning commission to lift ban on beef export, Vishwa
Hindu Parishad(VHP) sent a letter to the prime minister Dr Manmohan
Singh seeking immediate rejection of the recommendations made therein.
The letter signed by the senior adviser shri Ashok Singhal, vice
president shri Omprakash Singhal & the int’l secretary general of the
organization shri Champat Rai has also been sent to the deputy
chairman of the planning commission shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
Terming the recommendation shameless, mindless, audacious & sad, VHP
wrote that it is a hostility perpetrated against the Dharmic,
spiritual, holistic, altruistic and syncretic worldview of the
It is to note that the GOI Working Group on Animal Husbandry &
Dairying for 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) has submitted a report to
the Planning Commission, Government of India. The Report, audaciously
asking for permiss…

Obama discuss Human rights situation in China with Xi Jinping

US President Barack Obama took up with visiting Chinese Vice President, Xi Jinping, his concerns over the human rights situation in China which has experienced a recent surge in unrest among the Tibetan community.

Even as a red carpet welcome was accorded to the Chinese leader, in line to become the next President, top officials of the Obama Administration told him that the US had concerns over deterioration in human rights situation in certain areas and the "plight of several very prominent individuals".
The issue was brought up by US President Barack Obama and Vice President, Joe Biden, themselves when they held lengthy meetings with Xi, who arrived here on Monday on a five-day visit to the United States.
"As was brought up by the President in his meeting with you and my meeting with you as well, we see our advocacy for human rights as a fundamental aspect of our foreign policy and we believe a key to the prosperity and stability of all societies," …
Eurozone to decide on 2nd Greece bailout on 20th FebEurozone leaders to decide on 2nd Greece bailout on 20th Feb
The eurozone finance ministers will take a final decision on the second bailout package for Greece at their meeting in Brussels on Monday, Chairman of the euro group Jean-Claude Juncker has said.

Greece has made "substantial progress" towards fulfilling the conditions set by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to receive the proposed 130 billion euro (USD 170 billion) financial rescue package, which was offered by the EU leaders last October to avert a bankruptcy and to help stabilise the nations crippled economy. "On the basis of the facts that are currently on the table, I am quite confident that the euro group can take the necessary decisions on February 20," Juncker said in a press statement at the conclusion of a three-hour conference call of the finance ministers. Earlier, the leaders of Greeces main politic…

Shankar Das leads team to Pro-Am win at Avantha Masters 2012

Shankar Das leads team to Pro-Am win at Avantha Masters 2012
Gurgaon, Feb 15: Two-time winner on the 2011 PGTI calendar, Shankar Das announced his presence amid a sea of global golf stars here today, by leading his team of Chandanjit Arneja, Venkat Sunderam and Simarjeet Singh to a narrow one-point victory in the morning edition of the Avantha Masters 2012 Pro-Am.  The event was played on a Medal format and the winning team finished with a score of minus 23.
The Pro-Am teed off the Euro 1.8 million Avantha Masters 2012, which being staged at the Arnold Palmer designed DLF Golf & Country Club this week. Rahil Gangjee who is considered a serious title contender this week, and his team of Ateet Gaur, Rahul Khanna and Capt. Cheema finished a close second at -22.  American, Barry Henson and his team of Raj Jain, Sanjiv Rai and Astha Mittl finished third at minus 20.
Abhishek Misra registered the ‘Longest Drive’ on hole 5 with a stupendous 330 yard effort from the tee while the ‘Closest-to-…

Official center of Spanish teaching in Maharashtra.

Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi

Febrero de 2012 / February 2012

El Instituto Cervantes firma un convenio con el Shyndeham College para impartir clases de espaƱol en Mumbai
The Instituto Cervantes has signed an agreement with the Shyndeham College to teach Spanish in Mumbai
The Instituto Cervantes of New Delhi in collaboration with the Consulate of Spain in Mumbai has signed an agreement with the Shyndeham College to teach Spanish at their center becoming the only official center of Spanish teaching in the state of Maharashtra.

From now one the SIMSREE students have the opportunity to learn the secondlargest spoken language in the world under the Instituto Cervantes methodology and teachers.

Star players take first look at DLF before Avantha Masters

Star players take first look at DLF before Avantha Masters
 Gurgaon, February 14:The visiting players had their first taste of a full practice round on the eve of the third Euro 1.8 million Avantha Masters at the DLF Golf and country club.
With many of the visiting players arriving into India from either Dubai, where the European Tour finished with the Desert Classic, and the Philippines, where the Asian tour played out the Philippine Open on Sunday, it was the first full day for them in India.
 It was a foggy day in the morning with little sun but the players had a good look at the course, which was playing well. The fairways came in for some praise, though the players were still trying to understand the breaks and the speed of the greens.
 Among the players who went out in the morning was John Daly, who enjoyed himself out there. Sporting his multi-coloured trousers and he went about his business with his caddie. He had a good look at the course, where he could drive the ball really lon…

38th ATW Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards

38th ATW Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards SINGAPORE, 13 FEBRUARY 2012 – AirAsia, the world’s best low cost airline was named “Value Airline of the Year” at the 38th ATW Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards. The highly prestigious award were presented to Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia’s Group Chief Executive Officer at a gala dinner and presentation ceremony attended by the very top of the world’s airline management.  ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards, is the longest running and most respected airline industry awards event. These awards go to airlines that have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance, innovation, and service. ATW have attributed their choice of AirAsia as the winner of the “Value Airline of the Year” category due to the low cost carrier’s trailblazing efforts in the low-cost aviation industry through innovative solutions, efficient processes and a passionate approach to the business of connecting people, and serving the…

Salman Khurshid: Ensure rights of backward muslims

Sticking to his stand on minorities, Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said he would ensure the rights of Pasmanda Muslim community.

Addressing an election rally in Khatakpur locality last night, the Law Minister had said that even though the EC had censured him, he would ensure that people of Pasmanda community get their rights.
"Can't I even say that Pasmanda Muslims would get their due?" he said, adding that Congress was set to hoist the tricolour in the state Assembly after 22 years.
The Election Commission had censured Khurshid for his remarks on sub-quota for minorities, finding them to be a violation of the model code of conduct for elections.
Khurshid, while campaigning for his wife Louise, a Congress candidate from Farrukhabad Assembly constituency in Uttar Pradesh, had promised the electorate last month that the party would increase the sub-quota for minorities to nine per cent, out of the 27 per cent Other Backward Classes (OBC) reservation.

Mawana Sugars Indian Open Marathon

Mawana Sugar Indian Open Marathon ,one of the oldest marathons, with the status of National Championship by AFI, has seen a large number of entries as the date of the race is scheduled  on Sunday,February 19 to be flagged off from India Gate at 7.30AM ,the race will run through some of the most scenic parts of the capital before and winds its way to the India gate for the finish.

The leading runners entered this year are Ranjit Singh, Elam Singh, P.S Meena, Shamsher Antil and Pritam Singh.The women's defending champion, Shastri Devi will, to be at the start line to try and keep her title

"Giving men and women equal prize money is part of our policy and commitment to provide equal opporunity and empowerment to women sportsperson," said Mr Sidharath Shriram,Chairman,Mawana Sugar Limited.

The last date for entry is februrary 13,2012 and the entry fee has been kept at nominal Rs 50 per runner.
Marathon is open to all men and women above the age of 18 Years as on 1…