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Nation remembers Baba Saheb

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Nation  remembers Baba Saheb on his 121st birth anniversary
Nation is celebrating the 121st birth anniversary of the architect of the constitution of India, Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar on Saturday.

Several commemorative functions are being held across the nation to mark the occasion. President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA Chariperson Sonia Gandhi, Senior BJP leader LK Advani and other dignitaries paid floral tributes at his statute at the Parliament House. Tributes were also paid at the Central hall of the Parliament. A jurist, political leader, philosopher, thinker, historian and prolific writer, Dr Bhimrao Ambedkarspent his whole life fighting against social discrimination and caste system. He was the chairman of the constitution drafting committee and the first Law minister of Independent India. Ambedkar was posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna in 1990.
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Gujarat Chief Minister sends letter objecting to Centre’s move to ‘Create a State within a State’by sagarmedia on April 14, 2012
Narendra Modi warns Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against giving wider powers to BSF to arrest and search anybody, anywhere in India Ahmedabad, Saturday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today warned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against amending the Border Security Force Act, 1968 to give wide powers to BSF to arrest and search any body in any part of India.
In a strongly worded letter, Mr. Modi objected to the unwarranted move, especiallywhen the Chief Ministers of different states are meeting  in New Delhi on April 16, 2012.
Mr. Modi described it as yet another systematic move to ‘Create a State within State’ or a ‘Second State’. He recalled that he had sent letters to thePrime Minister earlier too, opposing the Centre’s unilateral and arbitrary move to create National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and give wider powers toRailway Protect…
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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi speaks at the inaugural function of the silver jubilee celebrations of the seven Zonal Cultural Centres of India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi inaugurated celebrations with the ceremonial beating of drums here on Friday. Sonia Gandhi recalled that the first Zonal Cultural Centre was conceived and established by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at Patiala in November 1985. A choreographed amalgamation of different cultural streams of India titled “Mati ke rang” was presented. "
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurating the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Seven Zonal Cultural Centres, at Panchkula, Haryana on April 13, 2012. The Chairperson, National Advisory Council, Smt. Sonia Gandhi, the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Culture, Kum.…

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Welcome to Palestine: "Even Prisoners Are Allowed Visits"
What difference will it make to the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank when the world meets their demands for freedom and self-determination? One difference it will make: like other peoples of the world, the Palestinians will get to decide who they can invite to visit them.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/welcome-to-palestine-even_b_1423773.html

A Contrarian Optimist View of the Upcoming Iran Nuclear Talks
When President Obama nominated global health superhero Dr. Jim Young Kim to lead the World Bank, Harvard development economist Dani Rodrik remarked, "It's nice to see that Obama can still surprise us." Is it possible that Obama could pleasantly surprise us in the upcoming talks with Iran over its nuclear program? Much of the media coverage would sugg…
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INDO-PAK LEADERS STRIVE FOR OPEN BORDERS
INDO-PAK LEADERS STRIVE FOR OPEN BORDERS AS BADAL- CHIDAMBARAM INAUGURATE ICP AT ATTARI

Attari (Amritsar) :-

India Pakistan moved a major step ahead in becoming active trade partners of Central Asian countries with leaders of both countries endorsing the call of Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal to remove all artificial barriers between both the countries as Union Home Minister Mr P Chidambaram, Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Baal, Union Commerce Minister Mr Anand Sharma, Commerce Minister of Pakistan Mr Makhdoom Fahim and Chief Mnister of Eastern Punjab Mr Mohamed Shabaz Sharif formally jointly inaugurated the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari Border today.

As Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal described ICP as gateway for both countries to prosperity, peace and mutual brotherhood, the Union Home Minister Mr Chidambaram strongly endorsed the demand of Punjab CM to allow import and export of all goods …
P. Chidambaram Inaugurates ICP at Attari; ICP to Boost Bilateral Trade P. Chidambaram Inaugurates ICP at Attari; ICP to Boost Bilateral Trade
Union Home Minister Shri P. Chidambaram Union Home Minister inaugurated the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari in Punjab this evening in the presence of Chief Minister ofPunjab, Shri Parkash Singh Badal, Union Commerce Minister, Shri Anand Sharma,Pakistan Commerce Minister Shri MakdoomAminFahim;Chief Minister of Punjab province of Pakistan Shri Shahbaz Sharif; Minister of State Shri Ashwani Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Shri Sukhbir Singh Badal; Ministers of Punjab, diplomats and other dignitaries. Salient features of ICP Attari are as under: ØICP Attari has been constructed at a cost of about Rs. 150 crores and is spread over 118 acres. ØPassenger terminal building measures 9600 sq mts ØThere are all together 16 Immigration counters and 12 Customs counters on Arrival & Departure side of Passenger terminal building. ØX-ray baggage …
Lame Duck Hydro Power Projects in HP, J&K & UK(C) April14, 2012 Honorable Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh Cc to Honorable Chief Minister of HP Shri Prem Singh Dhumal Honorable Chief Minister of J&K Shri Umar Abdullah, Honorable Chief Minister of UttarKhand Shri Vijay Bahuguna,
Respected Sir,
Executive Summary: - When dams are backbone of any civilization – Storing Water for Irrigation, Municipal Supplies and Industry, Generating Power, Flood Control, Recreation, Navigation, Fish Production, Road Bridges and House Boats etc., Dam being built in our hill states with tremendous hydro power potential are Most Expensive Lame Duck Hydro Projects operating or Planned to Operate at less than 39% Load Factor. Satluj River Basin upstream of Bhakra Dam has 105 BU of Electric Energy in Himachal Pradesh – over 140 BU including River Basin in China so at 80% efficiency India should be producing 84 BU to 112 BU (with China Collaboration) of electricity every year. As per latest CE…