Category: India

In race for ICC awards

Seven persons are in the race for each of the categories for the ICC awards as the nominees list was released today. India’s Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and M S Dhoni are nominated in all three major individual categories – Cricketer of the Year, Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year.

Go slow on Bhopal compensation: US to India

United States has stepped up pressure on India to drop its demand for Rs. 1,500 crore compensation for the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy that occurred in 1984. US officials have reportedly asked India to resolve it and move ahead.

Media reports indicate that a senior official of the US Administration dashed an e-mail to Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia that this issue could have a “chilling effect” on India US relationship.

Sonia okays salary hike for MPs

Indian National Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has given her nod to the bill seeking to hike the salaries of Members of parliament.

The Union Cabinet was scheduled to discuss the bill at its meeting earlier this week but deferred it at the last minute as a result of which there were heated debates in the ongoing Parliamentary session with RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav leading the brigade demanding a pay hike for MPs.

12 deaths in 14 hours in beggars’ rehabilitation centre

Mystery shrouds the death of 12 persons including three women at the Beggars’ Rehabilitation Centre near Sumanahalli in Bangalore. And even while the minister has ordered a probe into the mysterious deaths, 11 of the dead persons have already been cremated without even a post mortem.

Vendata deal raises eyebrows

The petroleum Ministry has pulled a wet blanket over Vedanta group’s celebration for acquiring Cairn India as the ministry said it will approve the deal only if the interests of ONGC and minority investors are protected and total compliance with the production sharing contract Cairn India has with ONGC.

Blackberry sales drop

Sales of BlackBerry have been affected due to the spat between the Indian government and its manufacturer Research In Motion as some dealers in Mumbai have stopped ordering fresh stock of the mobile phone that has emerged as a status symbol for the rich and upcoming.

PM Shining, babus shaming

Even as Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was voted “the leader other leaders love” by Newsweek magazine, Indian government officials have brought shame to the country for corruption and inefficiency as revealed in the Parliament.

According to a reply furnished by Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Prithviraj Chavan, the country’s officials have been found to be least efficient among 12 Asian countries in a survey conducted by Hong Kong based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy.

Bomb hoax at AP Secretariat

Andhra Pradesh police were kept on their toes with five phone calls warning of a bomb planted in the State secretariat building which houses the office of the Chief Minister and other ministers.

The bomb disposal squad combed the building for nearly two hours before concluding that the calls were a hoax.

Ex-Satyam chief gets bail

Former Satyam chief B Ramalinga Raju, the prime accused in the multi-crore Satyam scam was granted bail by the Andhra Pradesh High Court with a condition to co-operate with the investigators and not to leave the country. He has also been asked to furnish two sureties of Rs. 20 lakhs each.

Mr. Raju languished in jail since January 2009 after he confessed to a Rs. 7,800 crore fraud in Satyam Computer Services Ltd., a company founded by him.

British Airways, Kingfisher tie up

A codeshare tie up between British Airways and Kingfisher Airlines which is on the anvil would facilitate seamless travel for passengers who could also enjoy benefits while travelling on their...