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India suffers biggest ODI defeat

Sri Lanka stormed into the finals of the tri-series with a magnificent eight wicket victory and in the bargain humbled India who suffered their biggest ODI defeat in terms of balls remaining.
In what was a totally one-sided game, the Indian team was bundled out for only 103 in 33.4 overs with Thisara Perera proving to be the devastator for Sri Lanka as he took five wickets and gave away only 28 runs.

Nuke liability bill faces fresh storm

With the main Opposition Party Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left parties expressing fears that the amendment to the Nuclear Liability Bill seeks to protect foreign companies in case of a nuclear accident, the bill is facing fresh trouble as both the parties have threatened to oppose any attempt to dilute the suppliers’ liability.

North Korea repeats demand for Japanese apology

Following Japan’s apology to South Korea, North Korea has demanded reparations from Japan for colonising the Korean peninsula for nearly three decades in the beginning of the last century.
Japan should sincerely apologise and make full reparation to the nation for not only it aggression but also the crimes committed against humanity said a spokesman of North Korean government agency.

Muslim structure at Ground Zero evokes rallies

New York Police had a harrowing time keeping the supporters and opponents of the proposed Muslim cultural centre and mosque at the site of the World Trade Center which was reduced to rubble in the heinous September 11, 2001 attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people.

While the supporters argue that the structure would be a symbol of religious tolerance and understanding, the opponents charge that the proposal is insensitive and would result in habouring religious extremism.

Judge’s marathon: Clears 111 cases in one day

The performance of Civil Judge, Junior Division, at Guntur J V V Satyanarayana Murthy cleared 111 cases in one day on Thursday which could be a lesson to other judges battling the over 3 crore cases pending in different courts in the country.
The Judge used his discretion to impose fines while disposing the 111 cases and not a single person was jailed. All the 111 cases pertained to thefts, street brawls and road accidents.

NCP not to give up Benaulim seat

The personal rivalry between PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and ex-Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco has now spilled over to become a battle between the two parties they belong to – the Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.

Briefing media persons on Saturday, NCP spokesperson Trajan D’Mello asserted that the Benaulim Assembly constituency currently represented by Mr. Pacheco will be contested by the NCP at the next assembly elections more than a year-and-a-half away.

Desai Girl for Desi Tourism

I am little surprised and amused at the same time; Prachi Desai – Goa Tourism Ambassador.  According to Swapnil Naik, director, Goa Tourism, “She is fit to be the brand ambassador of Goa which is visited by many youngsters. She is modern and still has traditional values”.

I would like to understand by what yardstick has the new tourism minister, who frankly seems like a fish out of water and director of tourism has measured that Ms Desai is the most suitable brand ambassador to promote Goa.  Prachi Desai hails from Valsad in Gujarat. Isn’t it surprising that we need a Gujarati to promote Goa; I suppose Gujarat Tourism will be looking for Charmaine Shackleton?

TRAI for ten-digit numbers landline

Get ready to remember 10-digit landline numbers as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday recommended that the country migrate to an integrated numbering scheme for both fixed and mobile services by December 31, 2011. This suggestion comes in view of the numbering crunch that mobile operators are facing due to a massive expansion of subscribers every month.

Soros Picks Stake in BSE

George Soros has picked up a 4 per cent stake in the Bombay Stock Exchange for USD 35 million (over Rs 160 crore).
Soros’s Quantum hedge fund bought the stake from Dubai Financial, a part of the state-run Dubai Holdings, for an estimated Rs. 380 per share, sources said.

With a total of 10.4 crore shares, the deal at Rs. 380 per share values BSE at over $800 million (Rs. 3,952 crore). Over 5,000 companies are listed on the exchange.

Rcom – Nokia tie up to offer Ovi Life Tool services

Telecom major Reliance Communications (RCom) on Friday announced its partnership with mobile handset maker Nokia India for jointly offering Ovi Life Tools services.
Ovi Life Tools is a set of mobile information and application services, covering crop prices, education, health, games, maps, music and entertainment.

Nokia’s Ovi Life Tools will be available to RCom users under subscription and pay-per-use models. While education and entertainment services will be offered at Rs. 30 per month, agriculture service will be available at Rs. 60 per month, the company told reporters here.