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BSE Opens On High Note

The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex on Friday opened higher by 79 points on buying by funds in bluechips, especially banking and PSU stocks. The 30-share index gained 79.23 points,...

Rupee Gains Against The Dollar

The rupee appreciated by 15 paise to Rs 46.62 a dollar in early trade on the Interbank Foreign Exchange today, supported by fresh capital inflows by foreign funds and stronger...

Superbug A Ploy To Kill Medical Tourism: Healthcare Experts

Healthcare experts in Bangalore smelled a rat in the warning of an antibiotic-resistant Indian superbug going endemic which hit the world headlines yesterday.

While some said the report was an exaggeration and propaganda to kill medical tourism in the country, others termed it a ploy by multinational pharma companies to introduce more drugs and stronger antibiotics into the Indian market.

“We can expect more ‘superbugs and superviruses’ linked to India. This is just the beginning and a lot more is yet to happen to the Indian healthcare industry which is emerging as a medical tourism destination,” said Dr Devi Shetty, chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya.

Pentagon Slams Wikileaks

U.S. defense officials responded angrily to WikiLeaks’ plan to post additional Afghan war logs, with Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggesting that the move could further endanger the lives of Afghans who helped the U.S. war effort.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaking to a group in London by video link on Thursday, said his group had gone through 7,000 of the 15,000 documents the group has so far withheld from publishing. WikiLeaks had said it was withholding posting those documents until it had time to review them to block out the names of sources contained in the documents.

Opposition Presses on Caste Issue

The Opposition and OBC parties mounted pressure on the union government to take up the caste headcount in the second phase of the census exercise, instead of the biometric stage.

After an uproar led by the members belonging to the OBC in the Lok Sabha, leaders of BJP, SP, JD-U, RJD and BSP met finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and home minister P Chidambaram. They told the ministers that taking up caste census in the biometric stage would defeat the purpose as it would be a long-drawn process.

According to sources, the two leaders said that they will place the proposal of caste enumeration during the second phase before the Cabinet. The Opposition is confident that the government will find it difficult to turn down its demand on the premise that it cannot afford to anger ‘Backward Classes’.

Act Against Terror: Krishna Tells Pakistan

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said in the Rajya Sabha that the biggest “confidence building measure” that Islamabad can take was to prevent any future terrorist attack on India. He also asked Pakistan to take “credible and firm action” against terrorist groups, including the Jaamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), and its leaders like Hafiz Saeed.

But “unfortunately, Pakistan becomes subjective whenever we bring Saeed and others in discussion. We certainly would like Pakistan to be helpful and cooperative with India so that we can live in peace with each other,” he told the Rajya Sabha. “Terror is our core concern whenever we have talks with our counterparts in Pakistan,” he said.

Munaf to replace an overworked Ishant

Less than a week after returning from Sri Lanka, Munaf Patel is back to join his teammates for the tri-series. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Munaf will join as an “additional member” of squad for the tri-series. Munaf’s addition to the 15-member squad that boasts of four medium-pacers indicates that not all is well with Ishant Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun, both of whom were overworked during the three-Test series against the hosts.

Now the CWG Committee under the scanner

It’s not just the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) that is being investigated for financial irregularities. For the first time, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has named Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennel and CEO Mike Hooper, besides OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi, as party to a dubious selection process for consultants for international broadcasting rights.

Cars Replace Feet in Delhi for Queen’s Baton

When the Queen’s Baton arrives in Delhi the relay will take place in cars rather than on foot as is the norm.

To avoid undue traffic congestion on a weekday the baton arrives in the city from Haryana on September 30, which is Thursday the baton will be driven straight to the OC headquarters in Connaught Place. There will be a VIP contingent comprising political leaders and officials of the OC and IOA waiting to “welcome it”. This will be followed by a cultural programme.

IHF, IWHF to Form One Association

The merger process for the Indian Hockey Federation and its women’s counterpart was formalised on Thursday when the KPS Gill-led IHF and the Indian Women’s Hockey Federation were amalgamated into a single body following government directions for the same. With this, the new body formed — retaining the name Indian Hockey Federation — has taken the first step towards regaining national and international recognition as the sole authority to govern the sport in the country.