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Amethi Can Be Rechristened: SC

It was a sweet political victory for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati as the Supreme Court ruled that Amethi can be renamed Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar district while vacating the earlier order of the Allahabad High Court.
The decision in favour of the Mayawati government came in view of the fact that High Court had dismissed a similar petition earlier.

A bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and H L Gokhale said that the high court bench which passed the interim order on August 18 should have taken into account the order of August 11 of its own bench.

Legalise Sports Betting In India Suggests Court

While observing that police have not been able to stop illegal betting, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma of Delhi Court suggested that the government should consider legalizing sports betting so that not only transfer of funds would be monitored but revenue could be generated for the welfare of public.
“It does not need divine eyes to see that ‘satta’ in cricket and other games is reaching an alarming situation. The extent of money that it generated is diverted to clandestine and sinister objectives like drug trafficking and terrorist activities,” said Dharmesh.

Villiers Dethrones Dhoni as Top Batsman

South African batsman AB de Villiers has displaced India’s captain MS Dhoni as the top ODI batsman according to the latest ICC ratings. de Villiers, who averages 43.56 in 101 ODIs, had a prolific season that took him to 805 points in the ratings, nine clear of Dhoni. Michael Hussey, the Australian batsman, was third on the list with 792 points.
de Villiers amassed 667 runs in his last 10 ODIs, which included four centuries and two fifties against top opposition. Three of those centuries came in consecutive games, in Gwalior, Ahmedabad and Antigua. Though de Villiers did not play in August, Dhoni’s patchy form in the Sri Lanka triangular series, where he scored only 140 runs in five outings, led to the swap at the top.

Trawlers Block River Mandovi

Around 200 trawlers of members of the Mandovi Fisheries Marketing Co-operative Society on Wednesday morning blocked River Mandovi by anchoring the vessels in the middle of the river.
Mechanised fishing has suffered a major setback this year as labourers from other states who used to work on the vessels have not come to Goa this year. As a result many of the vessels remain anchored at the jetty as they cannot venture into the sea.
This has caused a space constraint due to which trawlers owners anchored their vessels in the middle of River Mandovi.

Velim Villagers Rebuff Govt Overtures, Sit on Dharna

Velim villagers rejected the obvious sop of holding the land acquisition process in abeyance and went ahead with the planned dharna in front of Velim panchayat on Wednesday morning.
The villagers were demanding that the government drop the proposal to acquire 30,000 square metres of land near the Cutobona fishing jetty to set up a fish meal plant.
Reacting to the demand voiced at the Gram Sabha meeting held on 22nd August wherein the villagers had threatened to sit on a dharna on 1st September,

ESG Governing and General Body Re-Constituted

The Governing Body and General Body of the Entertainment Society of Goa has been reconstituted with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat continuing as the Chairman of the Governing Body.
While Filipe Neri Rodrigues has been nominated as the Vice Chairman of the Governing Body, Speaker Pratapsing Rane is the permanent invitee. Members of the Governing body are Chandrakant Kavlekar, Chief Secretary S K Srivastava, Secretaries Narendra Kumar, Raajiv Yadhuvanshi, Mrs. Anju Timblo, Mrs. Ranjana Salgaocar, Mrs. Nalini de Souza, Vishnu Wagh and Raju Naik. Manoj Srivastava is the Member Secretary.

Exports Grew by 13.2%

Exports from India grew by 13.2 per cent to touch US$ 16.25 billion in July this year, as compared to corresponding figures of last year. However, imports too have risen...

Maruti Suzuki Sales Up By 24%

Maruti Suzuki, the country’s biggest car manufacturer recorded its highest ever monthly sales in the month of August 2010 by selling 1,04,791 vehicles thereby registering a 23.85 per cent jump.
Last year sales figures for the same month were 84,808 units, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement.

It was the third time in this fiscal that the company’s monthly sales figure has crossed one lakh mark. MSI had reported its highest ever monthly sales at 1,02,175 units in May, the first time when the company had crossed the one lakh units in monthly sales.

Garment Cos Hunting in European Markets

Indian garment companies that used to shy away from European markets because of high valuation and now invading those markets as the values have dropped substantially. This can be seen in the fact that Naru Exports India could get the Italian Ciao Ciao World chain for a fifth of the price that was quoted earlier.

“This is the right time to buy if you want to take the big leap forward,” says Devendra Bajaj owner of Naru Exports India and now  the new owner of Ciao Ciao World, which has 100 stores and owns three brands.

Church Under Fresh Fire

The Church in Kerala is now reeling under another ‘sexual’ expose following the dark secrets of convent life revealed by Sr. Jesmi.
A new book titled Here is the Heart of a Priest authored by a former priest K P Shibu
who left the Vicentian Congregation after 11 years, is autobiographical and slams the “indulgent and licentious life-style of a section of the clergy”. Writing about his days with the congregation, Shibu (38) alleges, “Homosexuality and adult films had become a part of their lifestyle… a section of priests and nuns were driven by lust for power and money. Mismanagement of funds was also rampant in institutions under the order.”