September 27, 2010

Jr doctors Strike in Kolkata’s Govt Hospital Continuies, Who Care for Patients

In West Bengal, the seize of work by junior doctors at SSKM Hospital in Kolkata has entered the fourth day on Monday. Patients are dying without any treatment, pregnant and babies are also suffering for this.
Junior doctors started indefinite seize of work since Saturday in protest against assault on one of their colleagues following death of a patient.
Junior doctors of Chittarjanjan National Medical College and Hospital has joined them from last night.
Junior doctors of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital also started the seize of work since this morning to show their solidarity with the agitating doctors in the two government hospitals in the city.
AIR Kolkata Correspondent reports that normal services in the government-run hospitals have been severely affected due to agitation of junior doctors. New admission and emergecy operations have virtually come to a halt. Patients and their relatives are facing tremendous hardship. Police arrested five junior doctors for assaulting patient parties at SSKM Hospital last night.
Meanwhile, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mr. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee appealed to the junior doctors to withdraw their seize of work. Mr. Bhattacharjee firmly said that the government will not tolerate unruly behaviour of junior doctors. But they are stand still in their position and also started relay fast on demand for release their co-worker who were arrested last night, for attacking the media.

September 25, 2010

Obama Blasts Iran Leader Over 'Outrageous, Offensive' 9/11 Comments

US President Barack Obama has slammed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's September 11 conspiracy theory comments at the United Nations as ''offensive'' and ''hateful''.
In his first comments on the Iranian leader's statement that the 2001 terrorist attacks on America may have been orchestrated to bolster the US economy and ''save the Zionist regime'', Mr Obama told BBC Persian that ''for him to make a statement like that was inexcusable''.
US and European diplomats walked out of the UN General Assembly hall on Friday when Mr Ahmadinejad delivered his remarks about the September 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon.
Envoys representing Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and New Zealand also left during the speech.
The interview with BBC Persian is part of Mr Obama's attempt to communicate directly with the Iranian people as the US and other nations increase pressure on Mr Ahmadinejad's government to comply with UN demands that it halt uranium enrichment.
''To have a President who makes outrageous, offensive statements like this does not serve the interests of the Iranian people, does not strengthen Iran's stature in the world community,'' Mr Obama said.
The US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia were united last week in telling Mr Ahmadinejad to comply with UN Security Council demands or remain under trade and financial sanctions. The council wants Iran to cease uranium enrichment and answer the International Atomic Energy Agency's questions about whether the effort is designed to achieve a weapons capability.
In his speech to the General Assembly on Friday, Mr Obama said while he was willing to negotiate, ''the Iranian government must demonstrate a clear and credible commitment, and confirm to the world the peaceful intent of its nuclear program''.
Mr Obama told BBC Persian that Mr Ahmadinejad's address ''defies not just common sense but basic sense - basic senses of decency that aren't unique to any particular country - they're common to the entire world''.
He drew a distinction between the Iranian people and their government, saying that when the September 11 attacks took place there was ''a natural sense of shared humanity and sympathy expressed within Iran''.
''It just shows once again sort of the difference between how the Iranian leadership and this regime operates and how I think the vast majority of the Iranian people who are respectful and thoughtful think about these issues,'' he said.

September 21, 2010

USA Report Mention India 3rd Most Powerful Nation

India is listed as the third most powerful country in the world after the US and China and the fourth most powerful bloc after the US, China and the European Union in a new official US report.

The new global power lineup for 2010 also predicted that New Delhi's clout in the world will further rise by 2025, according to 'Global Governance 2025' jointly issued by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) of the US and the European Union's Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).

Using the insights of a host of experts from Brazil, Russia, India and China, among others, and fictionalised scenarios, the report illustrates what could happen over the next 25 years in terms of global governance.

In 2010, the US tops the list of powerful countries/regions, accounting for nearly 22 percent of the global power.

The US is followed by China with European Union at 16 percent and India at eight percent. India is followed by Japan, Russia and Brazil with less than five percent each.

According to this international futures model, by 2025 the power of the US, EU, Japan and Russia will decline while that of China, India and Brazil will increase, even though there will be no change in this listing.

By 2025, the US will still be the most powerful country of the world, but it will have a little over 18 percent of the global power.

The US will be closely followed by China with 16 percent, European Union with 14 percent and India with 10 per cent.

'The growing number of issues on the international agenda, and their complexity, is outpacing the ability of international organisations and national governments to cope,' the report warns.

This critical turning point includes issues of climate change, ethnic and regional conflicts, new technology, and the managing of natural resources.

The report also highlights the challenges proponents of effective global governance face.

On one hand, rapid globalistion, economic and otherwise, has led to an intertwining of domestic politics and international issues and fueled the need for more cooperation and more effective leadership.

But on the other hand, an increasingly multipolar world, often dominated by non-state actors, have put a snag in progress toward effectual global governance, it said.


September 15, 2010

Google's Awesome Tribute to Agatha Christie On Her 120th B'day

The search engine's multicoloured logo has been replaced with an elaborate scene adapted from one of the crime author's many detective novels.
Each of the logo's letters has been replaced with a character taken from her novels. For example the letter "G" has been designed in the form of her Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.
Google's Tribute to Agatha Christie

It has been created more than 30 years after her death, in January 1976, in Wallingford, Oxon.
The author, who also wrote under the pen name Mary Westmacott, was born in Torquay, Devon on September 15, 1890.
She wrote more than 90 books, mostly detective novels, which have sold an estimated four billion copies worldwide.
Christie is considered the best selling writer of books of all time and is only outsold by the Bible and William Shakespeare.
She also wrote several successful West End performances, including The Mousetrap, the world’s longest running play.
The design is the latest in long line of doodles that celebrate key events or anniversaries.
Last week Google fuelled online speculation by releasing a mysterious new interactive doodle for a second consecutive day. In that doodle users could "type" in the colours of the search engine's logo.
It followed a design the previous day that sparked similar mystery on the web. That design featured dozens of coloured balls amid suggestions the interactive logo was part of its 12th birthday celebrations.
Earlier this month, Google marked the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the "buckyball", a spherical dome of exotic molecules of carbon, with a special moving design. Users could move around an orange sphere using their mouse.
Another interactive Doodle was produced in May, celebrating the 30th birthday of Pac-Man.
That design, which went public on Friday, May 21, 2010, was the first doodle to be fully interactive. The Pac-Man character could be moved by using the arrow keys on the user's keyboard.
Google Doodles have become newsworthy in their own right after the firm started using the customised versions of its logo to mark what it considered significant occasions.
The first of them was used in August 1998 when Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the firm's founders, designed one for the Burning Man Festival.
In October 1999, it produced a Halloween doodle: the first after the firm switched to a new logo.
The first "Christmas card" doodle was presented in 1999, on Christmas Day, featuring a snowman and flakes drifting onto the name.
Mother's and Father's Day doodles appeared in May and June 2000 respectively before the firm started noting more esoteric and, let's face it, interesting occasions.
On October 7, 2009, it did "Google" as a bar code to recognise the anniversary of its invention in 1948 by Bernard Silver, which some saw as a significant shift away from human language and towards machine language.
On Saturday, June 5, 2010, a hologram replaced the logo to honour Dennis Gabor, the inventor of holograms.
Most recently the firm marked the 71st anniversary of the Judy Garland film The Wizard of Oz with a doodle of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow walking down the Yellow Brick Road towards a landscape with "Google" on it. Perhaps it's a metaphor.
Mary Shelley, the British author of Frankenstein, had the 213th anniversary of her birth celebrated by a spooky Google Doodle late last month.


September 14, 2010

18 Killed & More Than 75 Injured in J&K Violence

Curfew was on Tuesday extended to all major towns of the Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure after violent clashes left 14 people dead and over 50 injured, official sources said here. 
Air services to and from Srinagar have been suspended for three more days. Air services in Srinagar were earlier under suspension since September 3 due to renovation work on the runway, but were otherwise operating from the military airport at Awantipora in Pulwama. The services have now been been stopped due to bad security situation in the Valley. 
A mob defied curfew in north Kashmir's Khanpora in Baramulla district on Tuesday morning and indulged in heavy stone pelting on the security forces. The police used tear smoke shells to disperse the mob. One protester is reported to have got injured. Heavy pelting was going on the security forces till last reports came in. 
Srinagar city, Anantnag, Bijbehara, Awantipora, Lethpora, Pampore and Pulwama towns in south Kashmir and Sopore town in north Kashmir were already under curfew since Sunday. 
The new areas that have been brought under the ambit of prohibitory orders include Budgam town, Choon, Mirgund, Ompora, Narkara, Shekhpora, Humhama, I.G. Road, Gulwanpora, Nadir Gund, Chadoora and Wathoora in central Kashmir's Budgam district. 

Curfew was also imposed in Ganderbal and Kangan towns, Kulgam, Qoimoh, Shopian town, Baramulla town, Tangmarg, Kupwara town, Tregham, Kralpora, Handwara, Chotipora, Kulangam and Bandipora town. 
A police spokesman said a mob took out the belongings and bedding of police personnel from a police post at Khanabal-Pahalgam Road in Anantnag town on Monday night and set them on fire. 
A troops carrier of the state police was torched at Charier Sharief in Budgam district, he said. 
Fresh violence erupted in Kashmir on Monday, leaving 17 dead, including a policeman and over 70 injured with mobs torching several government properties and a private school after a television report alleged desecration of a holy book in the US. 
The state cabinet yesterday condemned the alleged act of desecration and made a fervent appeal to the people not to take law in their own hands. 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Monday voiced concern over the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. He also sought to reach out to the people in the state, saying their grievances have to be addressed and promised talks within the Indian Constitution with those who abjure violence. 


September 11, 2010

9/11 & Story of Muslims

Nearly every Sept. 11 since Sept. 11, Hadidjatou Karamoko Traoré has made sure that her three children were dressed in their best clothes, and taken them from their tidy brick home in the Bronx to the pit where the World Trade Center stood, and where her husband, their father, worked and died.

After the attacks, all that was found of Abdoul-Karim Traoré, a cook at the Windows on the World restaurant, were his leather wallet, his identification cards and a few coins.

“I like to go down there and pray and see the place and remember,” said Mrs. Traoré, a native of Ivory Coast who came to the United States in 1997. “When I go there, I feel closer to him. And him to me. I pray for him, too.”

When she prays, she calls God Allah. Mrs. Traoré, 40, says praying in the pit feels entirely natural, even if some of those standing with her — widows and widowers, parents and children — blame her religion for the destruction of that day.

“That’s not fair,” she said. “It’s not because of Allah that these buildings fell.”

Mrs. Traoré is the widow of one of roughly 60 Muslim victims — cooks, businessmen, emergency responders and airline passengers — believed to have died on 9/11. It is a group that has been little examined, and no precisely reliable count of their ranks exists. But their stories, when told, have frequently been offered as counterweights in the latest public argument over terrorism and Islam.

Mrs. Traoré works the overnight shift as a nurse’s assistant at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. She loves to cook: peanut sauce and doughy fritters are her specialties. She has a wide smile and a raspy laugh. Her life, a juggling act of homework, bills and prayer, is one Sept. 11 story — the kind of personal account Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and others have sought to highlight amid the debate over a planned Islamic community center near the pit where Ms. Traoré prays every September.

Over the past nine years, Mrs. Traoré has lived a kind of dual life. She is a 9/11 widow struggling to raise her children, cope with her loss and tame her anger. The trials of her days would ring familiar to single mothers and fathers from Staten Island to Washington. But she is also a Muslim woman, both devoted to her faith and conscious of the discomfort it can evoke in her adopted homeland.

She wears Western clothes when she shops at Costco. But she wears a robe and head scarf when she visits her mosque in the Bronx. When she is in her religious attire, she can sense a shift as people on the street appear to regard her with suspicion.

“When people run away from me, I feel sad,” she said. “But I understand why they’re doing that. What happened was terrible.”

Her two sons, Souleymane, 11, and Siaka, 9, attend a Roman Catholic school near their home. During prayer, they sit in the back of the classroom with the few other non-Catholic students. They feel comfortable there, but they, too, have hidden their religion from schoolyard bullies. Mrs. Traoré received government money from the Sept. 11 compensation fund, and she said she was both unsurprised by and grateful for the American generosity.

Mrs. Traoré is also frustrated and troubled, she said, that so many Americans find it impossible to separate the pious of her faith from its fanatics. But it has not buckled her beliefs.

“I’m proud to be Muslim,” she said. “I’m going to be Muslim until God takes my spirit.”

Africa and New York

Mrs. Traoré met her husband in 1990 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was a handsome mechanic, she worked at a health clinic, and they quickly fell in love. They married in 1992, and she was pregnant the next year. Before their daughter was born, however, Mr. Traoré moved to New York in search of a better life. Mrs. Traoré followed four years later.

They lived, at first, in the Parkchester section of the Bronx. She braided women’s hair and spent most of her time with other West Africans. She felt comfortable in the city and never felt the need to hide her religion.

Mr. Traoré first worked delivering groceries; later he got a job as a cook at the restaurant inside the American Museum of Natural History, and then came the opportunity at Windows on the World. He worked the 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. shift, which allowed him to make extra money delivering USA Today in the early morning.

Mr. Traoré never met his daughter, Djenebou, a quiet 17-year-old who now looks after her brothers as something of a surrogate parent. Unable to move to the United States with her mother, she grew up with relatives in Ivory Coast, and came to New York in 2002 after receiving “humanitarian parole.”

Their home, a jumble of New York and Africa, is filled with the laugh track of Disney Channel sitcoms and the smell of peanut stew. A pile of shoes lies by the door — leopard-print Timberland boots, shiny high-top sneakers, slippers, sandals and high heels.

Mrs. Traoré keeps hand-drawn Mother’s Day cards taped to her bedroom door and posters of Mecca taped to the living room walls. Those walls could use a fresh coat of paint, and the ragged carpet has seen better days. But the family is busy, and the house is well loved, a refuge from the rough streets of Hunts Point outside.

Mrs. Traoré is strict — she keeps her children indoors or in their small backyard — and she tries to limit television to an hour a day. Djenebou spends much of her time checking Facebook and juggling instant messages, but her sessions are routinely interrupted by the call to prayer, which Mrs. Traoré has set to issue from the family laptop’s speakers.

Mrs. Traoré wants her children to pray, but that can take some nudging. They pray together in her bedroom, and they have long, quiet conversations about their religion. And on Fridays, they visit a ground-floor mosque nearby on Southern Boulevard that sits opposite a graffiti-covered junkyard, down the street from El Mundo Department Store.

“I tell them we have to believe in God, you have to pray,” she said.

While she finishes her overnight shift at the hospital, the children get themselves up and prepare their bowls of cereal. She calls when she is five minutes away so they can jump in the car and race to school. “We’re always late,” she said. “Always, always.”

She sleeps until 3 p.m., and then picks them up from after-school programs, prepares dinner, reviews homework and checks backpacks before leaving for another night shift.

“I’m the father and mother now,” she said.

‘He Went to Work’

Mrs. Traoré can barely discuss Sept. 11, 2001, without tears pooling in her eyes. “He went to work,” she said. “That’s it.”

She remembers her husband praying and getting dressed for his first job of the day, delivering newspapers, but it was too early for them to speak. She woke up at 8 a.m. for what was to be her second day of formal English classes. Though she had spent four years in New York, she knew only rudimentary phrases.

As she was hurrying to leave, her brother-in-law called to ask if Abdoul had gone to the World Trade Center. Yes, of course. Like always. He told her to turn on the television.

She saw the towers burning, but she could not understand what the newscasters were saying. She began crying, dialing her husband’s cellphone “again, again, again.” Relatives rushed to the apartment to translate the TV for her.

For two weeks, Mrs. Traoré barely slept. She called her husband’s phone repeatedly and visited a string of hospitals in search of him. She did not tell her children what she most feared.

“I just said he went away,” she remembered. “I said he’s coming, he’s coming.”

Souleymane, then 3, struggled. He insisted, for whatever reason, on sleeping on sheets that were perfectly white. A social worker advised her to tell the children what happened, and nine years later they still have not made peace with their father’s death.

“I want to ask why they did that,” Souleymane said on a recent afternoon. “If they were mad at somebody, they could have sorted it out instead of starting a war.”

Mr. Traoré’s remains were never found, but his wallet was recovered intact, as if he had only forgotten it on the nightside table. For years, Souleymane kept it as a totem.

Soon after the attacks, the family moved from Parkchester to a three-story home in Hunts Point that Mr. Traoré had found before he died. His brother, a taxi driver, lives on the top floor. A family friend from Ivory Coast lives on the second floor. Mrs. Traoré has support. She is not one to live in the past, even if her busy life allowed for more reflection.

“Life has never been normal, but it’s better,” she said. “I still miss him. But it’s not horrible like before.”

‘Everything Has Changed’

If the attacks forever upended her family, they also altered her understanding of America, and her place in this country.

“After 9/11, everything has changed,” she said. “At the beginning after 9/11, they were saying terrorists are all Islamic people. But terrorists and the religious people are different. God doesn’t say kill people.”

At home, the river of mail and bills never stops, a deluge her husband managed so smoothly. She still struggles with English. Perhaps the one part of her world that has remained fixed is her faith.

“My children are Muslim and my parents are Muslim,” she said. “I read the Koran and I am proud.”

Islam, indeed, acts as the ballast of her life. “It puts me in the right direction, and it protects me from doing bad things,” she said.

She does not blame God for her husband’s death. “That was my husband’s destiny,” she said.

If they had stayed in Ivory Coast, she reasons, perhaps he would have fallen fatally ill. “I’m praying to God to make me strong to protect them and raise them,” she said of her children. “I believe God is helping me because my children here are growing and they’re healthy and I’m doing my work.”

“I move closer to prayer, closer to God, and I thank him,” she said. “I keep praying to God to make me strong.”

On Friday, she will have a birthday party for Siaka. He has asked for ice cream cake. On Saturday, Sept. 11, the family will return to ground zero. And she will pray to Allah.


September 10, 2010

Three Accused Pakistani Cricketers Return Home Today

Three Pakistan cricket players questioned by British police over claims they were involved in a fixing scandal will return home on Friday, the London legal firm representing them said. 
"The Metropolitan Police has been notified that Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt will return to Pakistan later this morning," said a statement from Addleshaw Goddard. 
Police had questioned Test team captain Butt and bowlers Aamer and Asif over claims in the News of The World newspaper that they took money to deliberately bowl no-balls in a Test match against England at Lord's last month. 
The players, who have denied wrongdoing, were released without charge after being quizzed at a London police station on September 3. 
Despite their return to Pakistan, the lawyers' statement said the cricketers "remain available to co-operate fully with the police investigation and have each given undertakings to return to the UK if required to do so." 
"The players are looking forward to being reunited with their families," it said. 
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police in London confirmed it was aware that the trio were leaving Britain and said the players had promised "through their solicitor to return to assist the Metropolitan Police Service inquiry in due course."


September 9, 2010

Ground Zero Rebirth Masks New Tensions

New towers are finally rising from Ground Zero, but disputes over plans for a nearby mosque and a Florida pastor’s vow to burn the Holy Quran ensure this Saturday’s 9/11 anniversary will be unusually bitter.
If rebuilding the World Trade Centre was all that mattered, Americans might be able to move on from the trauma of September 11, 2001, when Islamist terrorists used hijacked airliners as guided missiles to kill almost 3,000 people.

The Ground Zero

After nine years of embarrassing delays, the lower Manhattan site no longer resembles a vast bomb crater in the middle of some of the world’s most expensive real estate.
The first 36 floors of the 106-story One World Trade Centre tower have been built and a 9/11 memorial featuring two waterfalls and a park of 400 oak trees is on schedule to open by the 10th anniversary next year, with a museum opening the year after that.
“It’s hard to think back on the tragedy that took place on 9/11 but how we came out of that is something that all Americans should be proud of,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.
Yet that achievement — and even the sombre, annual ritual of reading out every victim’s name — is likely to be overshadowed this Saturday by a nasty and politically charged uproar over Islam.
The main flashpoint could be far from the 9/11 sites — in Gainesville, Florida, where an evangelical pastor plans the public burning of the Muslim holy book, the Holy Quran.
Everyone from top members of the administration of President Barack Obama, who will attend a ceremony at the Pentagon on Saturday, to the Vatican, has condemned the plan, but there appears to be little under US free speech laws that can be done to stop it.
If it goes ahead, the Holy Quran burning has the potential for provoking worldwide Muslim unrest similar to the turmoil sparked by the publication in a Danish newspapers of cartoons blaspheming.
But the threatened the Holy Quran desecration is only the most lurid element in a wider debate rooted in plans for a mosque and Islamic community centre two blocks from Ground Zero.
A demonstration against the centre, known as Park51, is planned on Saturday, breaking an unwritten rule against politicizing 9/11 anniversaries. Another rally, this time in favour, will be staged late Friday.
The imam and entrepreneurs behind Park51 say the project represents a chance to integrate moderate Muslims into US society.
“Our objective has always been to make this a centre for unification and healing,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf wrote in The New York Times on Wednesday.
He has the support of Bloomberg, among others, and Obama has defended the right of Muslims to build the mosque.
Opponents, though, have the backing of other senior national politicians portraying the Islamic centre as an affront to what they call “hallowed ground” at the World Trade Centre.
It’s an argument gaining traction ahead of November 2 midterm elections in which Republicans could deal Obama’s Democrats serious losses.
With US troops bogged down against the Taliban in Afghanistan and domestic security services uncovering a steady stream of alleged bomb plots, Americans are not in a relaxed mood.
As the hawkish independent US Senator Joseph Lieberman, says, “the threat of a domestic terrorist attack on Americans, therefore, remains as real today as it was nine years ago.”
The mosque issue was almost unknown a few months ago but breathless media coverage and electioneering has pushed it to the front burner. Polls show growing numbers of people — including two thirds of New Yorkers — oppose the location.
Away from the furore, the nation will pause as always for ceremonies marking the moments when airliners slammed into the Twin Towers, another hit the Pentagon outside Washington, and a fourth crashed into a Pennsylvania field.
Vice President Joe Biden will represent the White House in New York, where each year survivors of those killed in the World Trade Centre read out the names of the dead from a podium at Ground Zero.
Many of the bodies of the 2,752 people killed in the fiery collapse of the Twin Towers have never been identified and this summer city forensic experts conducted a 1.4-million-dollar search through mountains of debris for even the tiniest human fragments.
Nine years on, laying to rest the ghosts of 9/11 has gotten no easier.


September 6, 2010

Lady Gaga Steals Twitter Crown from Britney Spears

Lady Gaga steals twitter crown from Briney Spears. She beats Britney in twitter followers. First Britney holds the no.1 position in twitter. She had the most of the followers. Gaga was a beat behind of her. But now she had crossed Britney. As per the latest update Britney has 5,854,087 no. of followers. But now Gaga has 6,084,766 followers. As Britney following 4,19,006 no. of people, Gaga is following just 1,47,962. And it's also noticeable that Gaga is listed by many more than Spears. Gaga listed 1,14,977 when Britney just 63,463 times. So there's no confusion that Gaga is now quiet bit ahead of Britney in the social world. Let's see what next in future.


Maoists Release Three Abducted Policemen in Bihar

Maoists today released the three abducted Bihar policemen in Lakhisarai district, bringing an end to the nine-day-old hostage crisis. The three policemen ---- Abhay Prasad Yadav, Rupesh Kumar Sinha and Ehshan Khan, who were taken hostage on August 29, were freed by the ultras this morning on the border of Kajra-Chanan forests and hills, about 165 kms from the state capital.

Bihar C.M Nitish Kumar with Injured Soldire
The Maoists had earlier killed one of the captive policemen, Lucas Tete. His body was found on Friday.
"All the three kidnapped policemen have been released by the Maoists from the Kajra-Chanan forest in Lakhisarai district after the police sealed the escape routes of the ultras in the forests and hills," Director General of Police Neelmani told PTI. Sub-Inspector of Police and Station House Officer of Manikpur police station Yadav, SI Sinha and BMP Havildar Khan were with the Superintendent of Police (Lakhisarai), Ranjit Kumar Mishra, he said. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who had offered talks with the ultras on the hostage crisis and even expressed the state government''s readiness to provide them safe passage for talks, heaved a sigh of relief after Neelmani informed him about the development.

Seven Maoists, including a self-styled area commander and mastermind of the Lakhisarai incident Pintu Das, have been arrested in the last few days during the intense search operations that were launched by the security forces in the hills and forests of Munger, Lakhisarai, Jamui, Banka and Kaimur districts.


September 1, 2010

Kerala Voted Best Travel Destination in Asia

Even as Kerala is named the best travel destination in Asia, we bring you 25 reasons to visit God's Own Country. That is, if you haven't already. Kerala Tourism got a boost when the million-plus readers of the acclaimed travel portal,, placed the state as the best Asian holiday destination ahead of Bali, Phuket and the Maldives in a poll conducted over 3 months across Asia (India, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and the Middle East), Europe and North America.
"This is a phenomenal recognition for Kerala and the people who are working in the tourism sector," said V. Venu, secretary, Kerala Tourism.
The only other Indian destinations to be listed in the top 10 were Rajasthan and Goa - at eighth and 10th spot respectively.
So Book a flight to Kerala, & enjoy the trip. India is beside you always.