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India's star Mahesh Bhupathi & World No.5 Daniel Nestor to open their doubles campaign in ChennaiPair will be the Top Seed at Aircel Chennai Open 2013Chennai, December 21, 2012: The Aircel Chennai Open, India and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour tennis event today announced that the country’s ace doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi will be teaming up with World No.5 Canada’s Daniel Nestor to participate in the doubles draw of the top tennis tournament. The event is scheduled to take place at Chennai’s SDAT Tennis Stadium from December 31, 2012 to January 6, 2013. The pair will be the top seed and hot favourites at the forthcoming tournament. Bhupathi won his 50th career doubles title this season and he will look at Aircel Chennai Open 2013 as the ideal platform to kick-start the New Year on a winning note. The 38-year-old Bhupathi teamed up with countryman Rohan Bopanna to compile an impressive 34-22 match record and 2-3 in finals but the duo recently announced their decision to…
India, ASEAN co-operation in maritime Leaders of India and Southeast Asian nations have agreed to strengthen their range of cooperation, including security affairs.  India and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations adopted a vision statement at their summit meeting in New Delhi on Thursday.

 India and ASEAN to elevate their ties to a strategic partnership. It says they are committed to strengthening cooperation to ensure maritime security and freedom of navigation and safety of sea lanes.  Vietnam and the Philippines, both ASEAN members, are engaged in territorial disputes with China over islands in the South China Sea.  During the summit talks, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged India to help peacefully resolve problems in the South China Sea.  India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that his country and ASEAN should intensify their engagements for maritime security in accordance with international laws.Media agencies

US Olivia Culpo crowned Miss Universe 2012

American Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012 at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles, while Philippines' Janine Tugonon was adjudged the first runner-up followed by Venezuela's Irene Esser.

India's Shilpa Singh made it to the top 16 spot but failed to progress further. Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola crowned Culpo as the new Miss Universe at the glittering ceremony held at Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip. As many as 89 beauty queens from around the world descended on Las Vegas on Wednesday night to compete for the title of Miss Universe. The panel of 10 judges included singer Cee Lo Green, Pablo Sandoval of the World Series champion Giants, "Iron Chef" star Masaharu Morimoto and US Olympic beach volleyball gold medallist Kerri Walsh Jennings.

India and the 10-member ASEAN on finalised a free trade agreement

Targeting an ambitious two-way commerce of USD 200 billion by 2022, India and the 10-member ASEAN on Thursday finalised a free trade agreement in services and investments, a move which would give Indian professionals access to the 800 million Southeast Asian market.

Strengthening ties, India and ASEAN also elevated their dialogue partnership to a strategic level.
Following implementation of FTA in goods last year, both the sides were engaged intensely to widen the base of the pact by including services, an area of key interest to India, and investments.
"I am optimistic that our trade will exceed USD 100 billion by 2015 and we should aim for the milestone of USD 200 billion 10 years from now," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in New Delhi.
He said that the summit "today coincides with the conclusion of negotiations for the FTA in services and investments. I am confident it will boost our economic ties in much the same way…

-South Korean president-elect Park Geun-Hye made it clear on Thursday that she would make no concessions on national security while pursuing greater engagement with a "belligerent" North Korea.   In her first policy address since her historic election yesterday as the country's first woman president, Park stressed the "grave" security threat posed by the North as underscored by last week's rocket launch.  "The launch of North Korea's long-range missile symbolically showed how grave the security situation facing us is. I will keep the promise I made to you to open a new era on the Korean peninsula, based on strong security and trust-based diplomacy," Park said. She also promised to work for regional stability in Northeast Asia where South Korea, China and Japan are engaged in a series of bitter territorial disputes. During her campaign, Park had distanced herself from the hardline po…
Say farewell to 2012 in the Czech Republic Who would not wish to celebrate the end of 2012 in style and welcome the New Year in a special way? Prague offers magnificent New Year’s Eve celebrations with fireworks over the Vltava River best viewed from the top of the Petrin Hill, historic Prague Castle, the romantic Charles Bridge or from the river cruise boats that stop near the Charles Bridge to catch the dazzling illuminations. At the Old Town Square huge crowds assemble to enjoy the shared revelry. Also Christmas markets at Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square are still open with vendors in wooden huts selling hot food, warm drinks and local handicrafts.
Choose a restaurant with an all-inclusive night of fine food, drinks and dancing, enjoy the romantic, candlelit dinner in variety of Czech traditional or cosmopolitan international restaurants. The atmosphere in Prague is always fun and relaxed, as you take in the beauty of fireworks over water, with the backdrop of Charle…

6 MLAs have declared that they have charges of rape against themselves in their sworn affidavits submitted with the Election Commission of India at the time of their election.Of these 6 MLAs with declared rape cases, 3 are from SP namely Sribhagwan Sharma, Anoop Sanda and Manoj Kumar Paras from Uttar Pradesh, 1 from BSP namely Mohd. Aleem Khan from Uttar Pradesh, 1 of BJP namely Jethabhai G.Ahir from Gujarat and 1 of TDP namely Kandikunta Venkata Prasad from Andhra Pradesh.36 other MLAs have declared that they have other charges of crimes against women such as outraging the modesty of a woman, assault, insulting the modesty of a woman etc.Of the 36 MLAs who have declared that they have charges of crimes against women, 6 MLAs are from INC , 5 from BJP and 3 from SP.U.P. has the maximum number of MLAs (8) who have declared that they have charges of crimes against women, followed by Orissa and West Bengal with 7 MLAs each…
ITDC and Hindustan Salts Ltd. join hands for Development of Tourism

India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), a Government of India undertaking under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism will sign an MoU with Hindustan Salts Ltd (HSL) and its subsidiary Sambhar Salts Ltd. (SSL), a Government of India undertaking under the administrative control of the Department of Heavy Industry. The objective of the association is the proposed development of tourist centres in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.
The MoU will be signed today by Dr. Lalit K. Panwar, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, ITDC and Shri R.K. Tandon, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Salts Ltd.
To explore the possibilities of developing its large land bank at different locations, HSL with its subsidiary SSL is joining hands with ITDC to undertake the development of regions of Khara Ghoda (Gujarat), Sambhar Lake (Rajasthan) and Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) as tourist centres. These regions prov…
PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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With Effective Roadmaps and Political Will, Governments Can Create Healthier, Livable Cities Worldwatch Institute highlights solutions for more inclusive and sustainable urban development Washington, D.C.----By harnessing an innovative mix of tools and approaches, governments can strengthen the economies of urban areas and improve their overall livability, according to research presented in the Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity. Today, nearly 1 billion of the world's poor live in urban areas that are dangerously overcrowded and lack adequate access to basic sanitation and clean water, with wide-ranging health and environmental impacts. But even in wealthier countries, …

The two days national convention of the trade leaders of different states of the Country held under the banner of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) concluded yesterday at Jaipur ended with a firm resolve to fight the controversial issue of FDI in Retail with tooth and nail and to depict the mass protest, the CAIT declared to hold a grand rally at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi in the month of March when Parliament will be in session. The rally will be attended by traders from all over the Country and the senior leaders of all political parties those opposing FDI in Retail will be invited to join the Rally- informed CAIT National President Mr. B. C. Bhartia and Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal in a statement released here today. More than 1…
Rado is the Official Timekeeper of Aircel Chennai Open 2013
Chennai, 18 December, 2012 – Rado is the new Official Timekeeper of the Aircel Chennai Open 2013 which will be held from 31st December 2012 to 6th January 2013 at the SDAT Stadium in Chennai. This is the 18th edition of the tournament and promises to be the best yet with a field consisting of top international tennis stars.

Rado, which has been associated with the ATP World Tour and other international events in tennis, has come on board as Official Time Keeper of Aircel Chennai Open 2013 for the first time. A prominent sponsor and leading official timekeeper in international tennis for more than two decades, Rado is synonymous with precision timing in its products and on the courts.

As the Official Timekeeper, Rado will provide timing and scorekeeping services through the Aircel Chennai Open 2013, guaranteeing the precision and reliability of results. The displays on the Rado corner clocks will ensure that specta…
Google Zeitgeist 2012 unveils the spirit of Indian netizens December 18, 2012 Google Zeitgeist 2012 unveils the spirit of Indian netizens
Indian Web Goes Utilitarian: Communication to Convenience
From net banking to eCommerce: ‘convenience’ drove search for the connected IndiaEntertainment and Education – emerged as trending searches for 2012Mobile searches grow as Indians look for information on the go
INDIA| December 18, 2012: Revealing the local flavours of internet search in the country, Google India today announced its annual Zeitgeist, a look at 2012 through the collective eyes of our nation on the web. Like every year, this year’s Zeitgeist also offers a unique perspective on the major events and hottest trends, based on searches conducted in India. Taking an interesting diversion from the results of 2011, which reflected the emphasis on people and event related searches, internet users in India have now started using the web for their personal needs – shopping…
Kingfisher Plane Impounded December 17, 2012
The Service Tax Department has impounded an aircraft of the grounded Kingfisher Airlines for defaulting tax dues amounting to Rs 63 crore.

The beleaguered airline owes around Rs 190 crore to the Service Tax Department, of which Rs 127 crore are under litigation.
The Vijay Mallya-owned carrier on Tuesday said it has received a notice from the service tax department to which it has already responded.
Kingfisher has been grounded since October 1 following a strike by its pilots and engineers over non-payment of salary dues and its flying license has been suspended.
The cash-strapped airline is also facing eviction from Mumbai airport for Rs 22 crore dues towards parking and navigational charges.
Meanwhile, Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh has said that until and unless DGCA aproves Kingfisher airlines to fly it would not be given permission to fly.
Clinton after fainting recuperating at home
December 16, 2012 US State Department officials say Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is recuperating at home after sustaining a stroke of dehydration on Saturday.
Clinton fell ill due to a stomach virus last week. She was forced to cancel a planned trip to Morocco to attend an international conference on Syria.
She was expected to testify before Congress this week on the attack on the US consulate in Libya in September that killed the US ambassador and 3 other Americans. But she will be unable to appear for the congressional hearings.
Clinton has already made clear her intention to step down. During her 4 years in office, she visited 112 countries, the most as a US secretary of state.

US media have reported that President Barack Obama has picked Senator John Kerry to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has decided to leave office.
They say Obama is expected to make the announcement in a few days.
Counting begins in Japan’s general election Japan’s voting in Sunday’s Lower House election is  to end and the vote counting begin immediately after ballot stations close at 8 PM.The Internal Affairs Ministry said voter turnout was 34.87 percent as of 4 PM. This is 6.93 points lower than the comparable figure in the previous election in 2009.
Authorities at ministry said 12.03-million people cast early votes nationwide. This accounts for 11.54 percent of the total constituents.The number of early voters decreased by nearly 2 million people from the previous figure 3 years ago.Most results will be known later in the evening.Media agencis
Minorities Rights Day interact with the press Shri K Rahman Khan, the Union Minister for Minority Affairs will interact with the press on the eve of Minorities Rights Day as per the following schedule. DATE:December 17, 2012 (Monday) TIME:03.00 P.M. VENUE:Conference Room,ParyavaranBhavan,(B-1Wing,11th Floor),CGO Complex,Lodi Road, New Delhi