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River Princess stirs up politicians

River Princess, the vessel lying off Candolim coast for the last ten years, after threatening the environment and ecology is now threatening to kick up a political storm with the issue of its removal getting politicised.

Former Minister Suresh Parulekar has now joined the issue demanding a thorough probe into the process of tendering the work of its removal and also threatening to take up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Mr. Parulekar has questioned the locus standi of Madgavkar Salvage participating in the tender process given the fact that one of its partner was a member of the sub-committee looking after the issue.

UK PM promises quicker visas to Indians

Mr. David Cameron, Prime Minister of Britain, on Thursday promised to set in place a system to issue visas to Indians at a quicker pace and cheaper rate.

Speaking to UK tourism industry representatives on the need to increase Britain’s revenue from tourism, Mr Cameron said “measures to help the industry would be speeding up the process of getting visitors’ visas for the UK in India and China,” according to media reports

The reference to India is significant because it now provides the largest inflow of tourists from any Asian country, having overtaken Japan.

Infosys manager arrested for murder

HR Manager with Infosys Satish Gupta has been arrested by the Bangalore police for allegedly murdering his 30-year old wife Priyanka who was teaching at the Delhi Public School. According...

Mumbai Port partially opens for traffic

The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), which have been closed for traffic due to the floating and sunken containers from MSC Chitra, partially opened for traffic as ship convoys escorted by naval helicopters and warships with side sonar equipment held them to navigate the channel.

According to MbPT Chairman Rahul Asthana, small and medium ships were allowed to use the channel while JNPT Chairman N N Kumar opined that it will take another week for the channel to be fully operational.

Australian Police accused of Racism

A cab driver of Indian origin Gurpreet Singh Ashreja has accused the Australian police of racism claiming that they just “smiled” when he approached them for help after a group of passengers refused to pay him the fare.

“I was stunned when the Australian police did nothing as they listened to the passengers racially abusing me just outside the Chelsea police station,” said Gurpreet.

He said he drove to the police station for support when his passengers refused to pay $47 in fares. “Instead, he alleges he received a loud dressing down and a lecture about use of the ‘f-word’,”

British College under the scanner for selling certificates to Asians

A college in Britain is reportedly under investigation for allegedly selling English language certificates to immigrants particularly from Asia, in order to help them “cheat” to get UK citizenship.

The probe reportedly began after reports last year that hundreds of students from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were studying at poorly regulated private colleges that had found ways to exploit the loopholes in immigration laws of England.

ISI using D-Company

India has found more evidence of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence interfering with the country’s affairs following the evidence gathered by Bangalore police of ISI using gangsters to contact the Naxalites in India.

Bangalore police thwarted an attempt by Chota Shakeel’s gang to ferment trouble in South India through the Naxalites who have been wrecking havoc in Northern India where law and order has become an issue.

In a joint operation with the Andhra Pradesh Police, the Bangalore police foiled the attempt and arrested five persons from whom it is learnt that Chhota Shakeel was acting on behalf of Dawood Ibrahim who is known to have close links with the ISI.

BlackBerry finally relents

RIM, the makers of BlackBerry finally agreed to provide technical solutions allowing lawful interception of its messenger service even though the same was a commitment it had made two years ago.

While the government will be enabled to intercept its messenger service, the company officials reportedly did not budge on the BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) which provides corporate e-mails.

Sources revealed that RIM promised to first address the security concerns associated with the messenger service and then work out a different solution for the BES.

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Single Common Exams for Medical Seats

For the next academic year, there will be only one common entrance test for the medical seats in the country disclosed the Union Ministry of Health to the Supreme Court. This would mean that there will be only one entrance exam for the over 30,000 MBBS seats and over 11,000 MD seats in the government and medical colleges in the country.

Hitherto students aspiring to take up medicine had to answer at least five or six entrance exams for the various colleges in the country and had to undergo tremendous stress co-ordinating the travel to the examination centres besides also worrying about clash of dates of examinations.

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Micky permitted to travel abroad

Even though it is the monsoon season, the sun apparently  is shining upon beleaguered former tourism minister Francisco alias Micky Pacheco who was today permitted by the court to travel outside the country whereby he has got back possession of his passport that was seized by the police.

It may be recalled that Micky Pacheco dominated the headlines of the media in Goa following the death of his friend Nadia Torrado in what many termed as a media circus. Micky Pacheco went up to the Supreme Court to secure anticipatory bail and as he did not receive any reprieve in the courts had to spend a number of days in police lock-up.