PMANE announces indefinite hunger strike from May 1

Chennai: The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) announced that it would resume an indefinite hunger strike from May 1 against the two 1,000 MW plants at Kudankulam. The anti-nuclear activists would resume their indefinite strike that was called off three

10 French nationals accused of Maoits links deported

Patna: The Bihar government ‘deported’ 10 French nationals for their alleged involvement in Maoist activities and visa rule violations. Of the 10 French nationals 6 are women. They have been alleged to have worked with a non-governmental organization that supports Maoist rebels

“No rift in the group”: Anna Hazare

Mumbai: Anna Hazare finally broke his silence and declared that there was no rift in the group regarding either the expulsion of Mufti Shameem Kazmi or over the tie-up with Baba Ramdev for a joint rally. Mr Mufti Shameem Kazmi was expelled after he was allegedly found recording the

In the name of Akshaya Tritiya attempts to privatize India post

Kochi: With Akshaya Tritaya round the corner all roads will lead not only to gold shops but also to Post offices that have begun marketing for Akshaya Tritaya in collaboration with Reliance. Allegations have been raised that this is an attempt to intensify the privatization of Indian Post by the central government

No unilateral withdrawal of troops: Zardari

Islamabad: Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has stated that Pakistan was willing to withdraw troops as long as India agrees to do the same. Zardari however ruled out any unilateral withdrawal of Pakistani soldiers from Siachen.  Zardari while addressing a convention of workers of his Pakistan People Party in Okara district said he was concerned about the dangerous situations faced by the soldiers in Siachen. He was speaking almost a fortnight after an avalanche slammed into a high-altitude Pakistan army camp in Siachen sector, burying 138 people. Zardari said he was worried by the problems of Pakistani soldiers and he believes that India too would be concerned for its troops on Siachen. “There is no doubt that Siachen is the most difficult battlefield in the world … We are aware of the extreme climate and other difficulties at one of the world’s most difficult terrains but the withdrawal can only take place if the two governments decide to pull out from the area jointly,” he said. “Pakistan wants to solve its issues with India through talks,” Zardari said. Islamabad is willing to hold a dialogue with New Delhi on all subjects, he added. Mr Zardari said the federal government would consider proposals for opening a crossing along the border at Head Sulemanki and constructing a road between Multan in Pakistan’s Punjab province and New Delhi to boost trade and economic activities. He said that when he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a daylong private visit to India on April 8, the first point which was discussed was bilateral trade.”I believe trade will bring prosperity for the people of the two countries,” he said

Show “boldness” in decision making; “No witch hunting” in the name of fighting corruption

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who was addressing bureaucrats on the Civil Services Day here today asked them to show “boldness” in decision making, assuring them there will be “no witch hunting” in the name of fighting corruption. He assured the civil servants that they would not be penalized for “bonafide mistakes of errors of judgement”. He asked them to fight the tendency of not taking decisions because of the fear that things might go wrong. “It is our government’s commitment to put in place a system and create an environment in which our civil servants are encouraged to be decisive,” he said

Central government to remove ASG Haren Rawal

New Delhi: The additional solicitor general Haren Rawal who spoke on behalf of the Central government before the Supreme Court shall be removed, said Mr Veerappa Moily. Additional Solicitor General Haren Rawal told the Supreme Court that Kerala police had no jurisdiction to probe the incident or to to detain the ship as the incident occurred in high seas. The Solicitor General’s stand raised questions over the future of the criminal cases against the Italian marines

Mosque boycotts family for conducting circumcision without permission

Kozhikode: The Mosque has boycott a family for conducting circumcision without the permission of mosque authorities. Jalaludin and family has has filed a complaint against the Kottarakara Vilayandoor Mosque. The Mosque decided to boycott the family from the mosque as a punishment for conducting the circumcision without the permission of Jammath administrative committee. Jalaludin, Kunjupareeth Raothar who is the father of Jalaudin, Shajahan who is Jalaludin’s

Pak plane crashed killing all onboard

Islamabad: Pakistan passenger airliner Bhoja Air jet, flight BHO-213 from Karachi to Islamabad that had 121 passengers and six crew on board crash in a residential area near Islamabad international airport. Officials confirmed that there are no survivors. The Bhoja Air flight from Karachi burst into flames after coming down in fields near a village on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital as it tried to land in rain and hail at the city’s international airport. Rescue workers resumed their search of the wreckage in the village of Hussain Abad on Saturday morning

Kerala police has no right to investigate or detain ship: Centre

New Delhi: The Central government told the Supreme Court that the Kerala Police neither had the right to conduct investigations into the killing two Indian fishermen by