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Suu Kyi delivers eloquent plea for peace Saturday, 16 June 2012 18:29 Mizzima News Aung San Suu Kyi delivered what Nobel Prize officials are calling one of the most historic addresses in the prestigious history of the awards in Oslo on Saturday.

Her personal Nobel Peace Prize speech – delayed for 21 years because she was under house arrest when it was awarded – included touching moments from her early life in England, historic moments of glory and tragedy in Burma and an eloquent discourse on the nature of peace

Recalling hearing the first news of the award on the radio, she said, “It did not seem quite real because in a sense I did not feel myself to be quite real at that time.” She said the prize took her out of a feeling of imprisonment and served “to draw me once again into the world of other human beings.”

In awarding the prize, the Nobel committee “was recognizing that the oppressed and the isolated in Burma were also a part of the world, they were recog…

Nik Wallenda crosses Niagara Falls on tightrope

Nik Wallenda began to walk slowly on the metal tightrope about 60 meters in the air from the US side of Canadian Falls on Friday.Canadian Falls, the largest of the 3 waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls, separate the United States and Canada.

Challenged by sprays of water, Wallenda walked more than 500 meters on the tightrope. He reached the Canadian side of the falls about 30 minutes after he started.Loud cheers rose from crowds of tourists who watched Wallenda's challenge on both sides of the falls.

US TV networks broadcast live the stunt, the first of its kind over Niagara Falls since 1896.
Wallenda's family was been with circuses since the 18th century. He started tightrope walking in his childhood
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said Tehran expects that its right to nuclear technology, including uranium enrichment, be recognized during the upcoming talks with the world powers in the Russian capital Moscow.

State media today quoted Jalali as saying Iran welcomes dialogue and has always been open to cooperation and talks with different countries on a wide range of issues, including cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. He said if the world powers are also committed to a similar strategy, a similar approach, then the prospects for the Moscow talks will be promising.

Jalali said Iran will look at this round of talks with optimism if the agreements reached in Istanbul and Baghdad are honored. The talks between Iran and the P5+1 - the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany - are slated for June 18-19 in Moscow. Iran and the six powers held the last round of nucle…
Gujarat talked about as next big investment destination at China CEOs of top Chinese enterprises excited about Gujarat.Indian Embassy at Beijing organized a road show on Vibrant Gujarat.Chinese companies keen to invest on infrastructure projects and in heavy engineering &; equipments, renewable energy and auto sector.Chinese companies look to partner with Gujarat-based companies.Beijing – Impressed with excellent infrastructure, and road, rail, air and port connectivity,24-hours quality power supply, plenty of skilled manpower, business environment and good governance in the state of Gujarat, CEOs of big Chinese companies started serious dialogue with State Government officials to make Gujarat as their next big investment destination and manufacturing base. The stage set by Hon’ble Chief Minister during his last visit to China in November, 2011 has started paying rich dividends. In the last six months, Gujarat has become a big brand name in China and now, Chinese comp…

In the Indonesian Super Series Badminton Championship on Saturday, P Kashyap and Saina Nehwal will play in the Men’s and Women’s Semifinals in Jakarta.

Saina will meet world no. 10 Korean, Ji Hyun Sung, who she had beaten thrice before while P Kashyap will take on seventh seed Indonesian player. Ace Indian Shutteler Saina Nehwal reached the semi-finals of the Indonesian Open Super Series. In the quarter finals on Friday, Saina beat China’s Si Xian Wang 21-17, 21-23 and 21-19. P Kashyap also reached the semi-finals in mens singles at the Indonesia Open. The Indian ace beat unseeded Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark in straight games to reach the last four.

Prez poll: BJP core group to meet, decide future course

The BJP core group will meet this evening to discuss the Presidential election and decide its future course of action in the wake of Congress declaring Pranab Mukherjee as its candidate.

The BJP is expected to finalise its stand in the core group meeting. This will be conveyed to the NDA which will meet on Sunday. The scenario changed for the BJP when SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav extended support to Mukherjee. Earlier he had been pitching for APJ Abdul Kalam. When Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party floated the name of Kalam, BJP saw an opportunity to lend its support to the former President. According to reports, key NDA ally JD (U) may suggest a consensus on Mukherjee's candidature keeping his stature in mind and also as the opposition lacks the numbers. The BJP-led NDA meeting on Friday had failed to come up with a candidate. Immediately after the announcement of Mukherjee's candidature by Congress President Sonia Gandhi at the UPA meeting on Friday, Prime Ministe…
French and Italian leaders have reconfirmed that they want Greece to maintain austerity measures and stay in the eurozone.French President Francois Hollande visited Rome on Thursday and held talks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.

After the meeting, Monti expressed hope that Greece will respect its promise of financial reconstruction and stay in the eurozone. Greece will hold a fresh election on Sunday.Hollande said he had told Council President Herman Van Rompuy about his proposals for resolving the European debt crisis.

The proposals consist of respecting economic growth in rebuilding finances, and deepening unity among eurozone members by harmonizing their financial policies.

Hollande also expressed his intention to hold discussions on introducing euro bonds and imposing taxes on financial trading.
France beat Ukraine 2-0 in Euro 2012 France beat Ukraine 2-0 in Euro 2012 Group D matchFrance moved  in the Group D table here on Friday after beating Ukraine 2-0.Second-half goals by Jeremy Menez - who had been brought into the starting line-up by coach Laurent Blanc - and Yohan Cabaye were enough to secure the three points and move on to four points, a point above Ukraine after two games.
The only concern for Blanc may be leading striker Karim Benzema who looked to have suffered an injury during the second-half and was eventually replaced by Olivier Giroud.
England beat Sweden Welbeck and Walcott rescue England KIEV: England remained on course for a place in the knockout rounds of Euro 2012 after coming from behind to send Sweden crashing out of the tournament with a 3-2 victory here Friday.
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck scored a well-taken winner for England in the 78th minute after the introduction of substitute Theo Walcott swung a see-saw Group D battle back i…

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves for two crucial back-to-back international summits on Saturday, India on Friday cautioned against trade restrictive measures and protectionism in the garb of pushing for green economy norms.
United States President Barack Obama spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over phone and discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest, including the raging Eurozone crisis.The two leaders agreed to work to strengthen the global economy to cope with shocks from the Eurozone, the White House said in a statement on 14 June.  "The leaders agreed on the importance of steps to strengthen the resilience of the global economy in response to persistent risks in the Eurozone and elsewhere and on focusing on measures to boost global growth," the statement said. The President and the Prime Minster also agreed to work closely together towards a successful two-day G-20 Summit in Los Cabos,…
YSR Congress has decimated ruling Congress in Andhra

Riding on a strong sympathy wave, jailed MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy's nascent YSR Congress has decimated ruling Congress bagging 15 of the 18 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in by-elections in Andhra Pradesh.

Congress won just two assembly seats, while main opposition Telugu Desam faced a complete rout drawing a blank in a keenly awaited outcome in which the 39-year-old Kadapa MP is fighting a bitter public battle with the Congress over his father and late chief minister Y S Rajsekhara Reddy's political legacy. In the by-polls, touted as the "semi-finals" ahead of the 2014 Assembly elections, the TRS managed to scrape through with a slender margin of 1,562 votes in Parkal, the lone assembly seat in Telangana region, as it faced a close contest from the nominee of the 15-month-old YSRCP. With today's results, the Congress saw its majority reduced to just seven seats having 155 MLAs in a House of 29…
BJP President Nitin Gadkari said on Friday that the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has spoke to him over phone seeking BJP’s support for Pranab Mukherjee, he added that NDA will meet again to take a final decision.

Earlier in the day, BJP-led NDA indicated that it will try to mobilise support of non-Congress parties for A P J Abdul Kalam, whose name has been floated by SP and Trinamool Congress.
It appeared to rule out backing for P A Sangma, who has been propped up by AIADMK and BJD, as the NDA choice for the Presidential election.
After a 90-minute meeting with NDA partners, the coalition's Working Chairperson L K Advani said they did not meet to decide the candidate for President and Vice-President but to exchange notes on the recent developments on the issue and workout the future course of action.
Though the NDA did not spell out any strategy in clear terms, Advani indicated that Sangma may not be their can…
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I am writing to you regarding a media interaction with Yogeshwar Dutt (Wrestler), who has Qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games, we are organizing  on Saturday June 16th 2012 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 Pm at IOS office, F-301 A, Ground Floor, Lado Sarai, Ch. Prem Singh House, New Delhi.
Let me know if you are interested so that we can make necessary arrangements.
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To: Naresh --

This is a make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans -- and anyone who cares needs to watch the speech President Obama made in Cleveland today.

In this election, we face a choice between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy. The path Mitt Romney and his Republican allies want to take us down is exactly the one that led us to the 2008 crisis. We have to reject those policies and embrace the President's vision of growing the economy, not from the top down, but from the middle class out.

Hear from President Obama in his own words, and sign on to the principles he laid out.

The choice couldn't be clearer on the issues most important to ordinary Americans:

    - Better Education: We need to invest in good teachers and help more students go to college and get job training -- not pack kids into classrooms and slash scholarships.

    - More, Cleaner Energy: We need to invest in promising new sources of …
CM launches smart class project in govt primary school

CM launches smart class project in govt primary school of Vataman village of Ahmedabad district.State to implement audio-visual learning process in govt primary schools.CM to visit primary schools of coastal villages in Navsari district on Saturday
Gandhinagar, Friday: In a yet more novel initiative Chief Minister Narendra Modi has launched Smart Class Project, an audio-visual learning process, in government primary school in Vataman village of Dholka taluka in Ahmedabad district today. "In the changing era, with the facilities like 24 hour three phase electricity and internet connectivity, poor children can also take pride of learning in the smart class with the help of technology", Chief Minister said while interacting with people on the occasion of Kanya Kelavni and Shala Pravesh Mahotsav, held at Vataman. All the 32,772 government primary schools are equipped with high class facilities and the state government marked …
Indian Council of World Affairs
cordially invites you to the
Release of the Book
Written by
Abhay K.
Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal Hon’ble Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, Government of India

Thursday, 28 June 2012 at 1700 hrs., at Sapru House, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi.

High-tea (1700-1730 hrs.)
Book Release (1730-1830 hrs.)

RSVP requested by 26 June 2012
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Success sans ethics - S. Gurumurthy

Success sans ethics

By S Gurumurthy 14th June 2012 12:52 AM

The flight from Delhi to Chennai was about to take off. After a central minister, on the other side of the aisle, and I had just wished each other, he suddenly pointed to the passenger in the window seat next to mine and asked whether I knew him. He introduced him to me, went into reading his book. The gentleman was a Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer, known for high integrity. As we began discussing, we could recollect having met long back. Our talk inevitably ended on how the main state actors — politicians and civil servants — had steeply declined in morals. Finally, I asked him a straight question: “Can you point at when exactly did the decline start?” He was equally straight. Political morality, he said, crashed with the “advent” of Indira Gandhi, and business, he added, became buccaneering with the “rise” of Dhirubhai Ambani. That was exactly my view too. A simple comparison of …