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Obama sounds alarm bell on jobs
Washington Sounding an alarm bell over the challenge from "hungry" Indian and Chinese students, US President Barack Obama has asked Americans to focus more on science, mathematics and technology to ensure that "jobs of future" stay within the shores.

Acknowledging that American firms are having a tough time finding the right candidates for jobs in science and technology, Obama, travelling to Durham in North Carolina, said it is not a good sign for the future ... Read More
Long road ahead for Asian women workers' struggle for equality
Babs Verblackt

While much achievement has been made in the past decades, women workers across Asia still struggle for more rights and equality. They need to find more ways to make their voices heard, such as engaging in politics, speakers at a seminar in Bangkok said in the run up to International Women's Day (March 8). "Women found their voices. Power must come from within," Jurgette Honculada of the Committee for Asian Women (CAW) said ... Read More
Census in India a window into a changing nation


Hunched over a clipboard, squinting in the pale yellow glow of a street camp, Shika Shrivasta surveyed the grimy, wiggly boy in front of her.

“Address?” she asked, and he gestured vaguely at the park around them. She frowned at her papers: runaway nine-year-olds, jittery from solvent sniffing, do not have a category in India’s census.

In the developed world ... you can post out the census form and people fill ... Read More
India on the front lines in the battle to eradicate polio

DELHI: Through the heaving crowd of a Delhi railway platform, Vandana Saini spots a sleeping toddler slumped on her mother’s shoulder. She darts forward brandishing a tiny squeeze bottle. “Polio?” she hollers over the screech of train brakes, inspecting the baby’s fingernail for the tell-tale ink mark that shows the recently vaccinated. The mother shrinks back for a moment, then recognizes Ms. Saini’s yellow vest, the sign of India’s 2.3-million volunteer vaccinators. She ... Read More
Railway budget 2011-12: Highlights
New Delhi: The following are highlights of the railway budget for 2011-12 presented in the Lok Sabha Friday by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee:

* No increase in fares.

* Earnings for 2010-11 set to exceed Rs.1 lakh crores.

* Working expenditure during 2011-12 estimated at Rs.87,000 crore.

* Outlay of Rs.57,630 crore for 2011-12, the highest investment in one year.

* Rs.10,000 crore to be raised through railway bonds.

* Budget combines ... Read More
LUCKNOW: Justice eludes the victims of sexual assault and girl-child abuse due to lack of political will to bring about legislation to check such cases and the United Progressive Alliance government is not according priority to this issue.

This was stated by Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat at a seminar on “violence against women and the role of administration and media” here on Friday.

Ms. Karat was critical of the country's growth ... Read More
Afghan civil servants to be trained in India
New Delhi: Afghan civil servants will now be trained at the Jindal University at Sonepat in Haryana.

The university will welcome the first batch of senior Afghan civil servants in the next few months, it said in a statement.

These civil servants hold the ranks of director general to deputy directors in various Afghan government ministries.

"These civil servants will be trained ... in topics like leadership, human resource management, law and justice, organisational change, good governance and ... Read More
He makes Basmati rice flower
K. Vadivel (38), a cook at a biriyani hotel, in Tirupur, with the artistic excellence of a flowering plant in a vase he created using basmati rice grains without any support of rods or tapes.

During the day, K. Vadivel (38), a cook at a hotel in the city, is busy preparing specialised dishes. Back in his room after work, Mr. Vadivel uses grains of Basmati rice, used in the preparation of biriyani and other ... Read More
Manjhi warning to seven union ministers of no entry in Bihar
Source : PTI
Patna: Known for his controversial remarks, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday again evoked a sharp criticism when he charged the Centre with ignoring the interest of the state and said seven Union Ministers from the state would not be allowed entry if they failed to bring desired assistance for the region.

Referring to the seven ministers as "Sat Bhaiya" (seven brothers) at a function on the occasion of the 'World Toilet ... Read More
BJP practicing divisive politics, says Rahul Gandhi
Source : ANI

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of practicing divisive politics, while claiming that the Congress party believed in uniting people and moving forward together.

"People in our opposition want to divide people, they are practicing politics of dividing people. They think that practicing divisive politics will benefit them. This kind of thing is hurting the nation. We want to unite people, we believe in moving forward together," ... Read More
Smriti Irani could be made Delhi CM candidate
by Tarique Anwar

Will Smriti Irani be the dark horse in the Delhi chief ministerial race?

While her name has not figured in public speculation over the BJP’s many choices for the top job, insiders say the top leadership may spring a surprise by choosing the Union Human Resources Development minister for the job.

“The top leadership of the party is considering surprising Delhi voters by appointing Smriti Irani as the chief minister. The BJP top ... Read More
Bihar: RJD, JD-U merger likely ahead of state assembly polls
Patna: Bihar will witness the biggest political realignment of the decade ahead of the assembly polls in 2015 with likely merger of Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the ruling Janata Dal-United to counter the surging BJP.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (right) and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar. PTI

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (right) and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar. PTI

"After results of Haryana and Maharashtra assembly polls, Lalu Prasad and JD-U president Sharad Yadav and ... Read More
New colleges to 800,000 jobs: Here's how Kerjiwal is wooing Delhi youngsters
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday launched the party's Delhi Dialogue campaign and wooed the national capital's youth by promising 8,00,000 jobs, vocational training, stadia, new colleges and Wi-Fi across the city.

Delhi is headed for elections after the assembly was dissolved in November. The polls are likely to be held in 2015.
Arvind Kejriwal. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Addressing a gathering of around 5,000 people at Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital, the ... Read More
Centre gives in-principle nod for Chennai monorail project
The Ministry of Urban Development has given its ‘in-principle’ approval for the Chennai Monorail Project (CMP) Phase-1.

According to its officials, the services will be provided between Poonamallee and Kathipara with a link from Porur to Vadapalani, covering 20.68 km.
... Read More
Ashram siege ends with Rampal's arrest, 6 deaths
Source : IANS
Chandigarh/Barwala: Haryana Police finally arrested elusive self-styled godman Rampal Wednesday evening from his fortified Satlok Ashram near Barwala in Haryana. At least six people lost their lives in the stand-off as Rampal eluded the police, while many of his key aides and around 450 supporters were also arrested.

Rampal was Wednesday whisked away in an ambulance by police.

The deaths of five women and an infant occurred during a stand-off and violent clashes between the ... Read More

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