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Capture RELIEF Campaign in Bengal as New Delhi Witnesses Jagajivan Ram Legacy Once Again Quoting Woman`s EMPOWERMENT!

Capture RELIEF Campaign in Bengal as New Delhi Witnesses Jagajivan Ram Legacy Once Again  Quoting Woman`s EMPOWERMENT!

Troubled Galaxy Destroyed Dreams: Chapter 244
Palash Biswas
Congress sources say that there is every likelihood of the Lok Sabha going for its first woman speaker.
Writer Kamala Das passes away

Pune (PTI): Well-known Indian writer Kamala Das Suraiya, who courted controversy with her unorthodox views, died here on Sunday.

She was 75 and is survived by three sons.

The Malayalam writer and poetess, who earned fame for her works in English, breathed her last in a city hospital where she had been admitted on April 18 following a complaint of respiratory distress.

Ms. Kamala, winner of many national and international literary awards, had settled down in the city a few years ago, leading a secluded life.

Known for her frank and explicit expression on matters of sexuality, Ms. Kamala focused on love, betrayal and the resultant agony in her writings that unsettled the orthodox readers.

Ms. Kamala hit the headlines when, though born in a conservative Hindu Nair family in Kerala with a royal lineage, she embraced Islam in 1999 at the age of 65, assuming the name Kamala Suraiya.

The conversion, just as the themes of her stories, generated much heat and dust in social and literary circles.

The writer who loved to tread the unorthodox path, had also made a foray into politics and floated 'Lok Seva Party' aiming at social and humanitarian work, providing asylum to orphaned mothers and to promote secularism. She unsuccessfully contested a Lok Sabha election in 1984.

A prolific author who was widely acclaimed for her short stories and novels in Malayalam, Ms. Kamala also became famous for her poetry in English that won her many international awards.

Her books in English include Summer in Calcutta, The Descendants, The Old Playhouse, Alphabet of Lust, My story, etc.

A writer who shocked custodians of conventional values


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              This Morning I talked to Raj of Dalit Reds, Tamkur, Kranataka and discussed Dalit Panchayats and Women`s Empowerment of Women in India. I have written so many things on this topic and I would not repeat!
              Capture RELIEF Campaign in Bengal as New Delhi Witnesses Jagajivan Ram Legacy Once Again  Quoting Woman`s EMPOWERMENT! Meira Kumar, 64, the water resources minister in the new government, is expected to be the Congress choice for the post of the Lok Sabha Speaker, party sources said. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday stuck to her demand that central assistance for the devastating cyclone in West Bengal should be routed through panchayats instead of the state government.


              On the other hand, the government is keen to pass the Right To Education Bill in the budget session of Parliament in July, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said today.


              Once again Blind Nationalism makes the space of Hard Core Hindutva as Universal Society of Hinduism (USH) in a statement from Nevada, USA demanded that Mr. Rudd should immediately tender a formal apology on national television for these incidents. I have already written how War  agianst Terror has been converted into DOLLAR HEGEMONY in this divided Bleeding Geopolitics making Indian Ocean Peace zone sick with War and civil War. It also intensified HATRED Campaign against Aboriginal,Indigenous and Minority Communities already being subject to ETHNIC Cleansing by the LPG Mafia!


              In the backdrop of racial attacks on Indian students in Australia, a leading Hindu organisation has demanded apology from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and adequate compensation to the victims. The organisation demanded that Mr. Rudd visit the Royal Melbourne Hospital where victim Shravan Kumar Theerthala is battling for life. To ensure that racial attacks on Indians do not recur, the USH urged that Mr. Rudd should assure Indians and other minorities that urgent measures would be taken to prevent such incidents. The statement has been issued by Rajan Zed who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism.


              Meanwhie, Hundreds of Indian students in Australia have embarked on a peace rally aimed at curbing racist violence. The march comes in response to a recent spate of violent attacks on Indian students.


              More than 300 protesters left the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Sunday afternoon. They will march to Parliament house.


              The Federation of Indian Students in conjunction with Melbourne University's Graduate Student Association has organised the rally.


              Graduate Student Association president Paul Coats called on the Australian Government to immediately implement policy aimed at curbing a growing culture of racial intolerance.


              "It was the mission of Rajiv Gandhi that money should go from PM (prime minister) to DM (district magistrate) because the grassroot level organisation is panchayat, which are local level elected bodies," Ms. Banerjee told reporters in Kokata.


              The West Bengal government, which has sought Rs 1000 crore as central assistance has, however, opposed the demand and is insisting that funds should be directly given to it.


              The Railway minister said that she would have to go to Delhi on Monday, but would monitor the situation from there.


              All the six union ministers from her party, Ms. Banerjee said, would submit reports to her on the situation, apart from the zilla parishad and the district magistrate's report.


              "After compiling them, I will give a report to the Centre," she said, alleging that the state government had done nothing to mitigate the plight of the affected people.

               More indications were available on Sunday that Union Minister Meera Kumar is all set to become the new Lok Sabha Speaker, though a formal announcement was still to come!India is set to get its first woman Lok Sabha speaker with the Congress zeroing in on Water Resources Minister Meira Kumar, daughter of late former deputy prime minister and veteran Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram.


              On the other hand, DRAVID nationality movemnet deep in the Dravid land, Tamilandu has been reduced to DYNASTY Rule barahaminical where the Resistance hegemony is also led by an AYYAR Brahamin  J Jailalitha!Capture RELIEF Campaign in Bengal as New Delhi Witnesses Jagajivan Ram Legacy Once Again  Quoting Woman`s EMPOWERMENT! Meira Kumar, 64, the water resources minister in the new government, is expected to be the Congress choice for the post of the Lok Sabha Speaker, party sources said.


              This is the All round Destiny of the Majority Suffering Indigenous, Aboriginal, Minority Masses in Shining India of Killing Fields countrywide where the Desi Illuminaty rules the Economy as well as the political system of the Peripherry under TRIBLIS Zionist Global Order!


              Wild celebrations erupted outside Stalin's residence in the heart of Chennai after Governor Surjit Singh Barnala issued a statement appointing the 56-year-old as deputy chief minister on the advice of Karunanidhi.


              Hundreds of DMK cadres including legislators and MPs, converged at Stalin's residence, presenting him garlands, bouquets and shawls. Some touched his feet in reverence.


              Many more people celebrated outside, bursting crackers on the streets. Even some police officers came and shook hands with Stalin.


              A five-time MP, Meira Kumar won from Sasaram in Bihar, while she had been elected earlier from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.


              She quit the Indian Foreign Service which took her to embassies in Spain, Britain and Mauritius, to take to politics in 1985. A law graduate, Meira Kumar also holds a masters degree in English literature.


              She was a cabinet minister for social justice and empowerment in the previous Manmohan Singh government.

              If elected, Meira Kumar, daughter of the late Jagjivan Ram, will be the first woman to preside over the Lok Sabha.
              Marxist Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is thrown into the DELTA of poverty and calamities to Capture the RELIEF Campaign almost HIJACKED by Railway Minister Ms Mamata Bannerjee and her Brigade!
              We know CONGRESS has been habitual to play the Politics of DIVIDE inherited from the Colonial Rulers.
              MK Gandhi Succeeded to sideline Netaji as well as Ambedkar to ensure BRAHMIN Bania Raj dethroning the RAJPOOT Community! Manusmriti Rule for thousands and thousands years sustain itself for its GRADED Structure as every caste is Higher of lower than others.
              Post Ambedkarites misexplained Ambedkar ideology based on Economics, history and culture.
              Ambedkar never pleaded for Caste Rule to make any caste Face the Political destiny of India! He tried his best for ANNIHILATION of caste!
              Nehru adopted the policy of Co Opting, Appeasement and Segregation to maintain the Divide. Babu Jagajivan Ram was the original  DALIT face of the Manusmriti Hegemony ruling India due to the Pune pact aborting Communal reward for SC and ST communities.
               Jagajivan ram legacy helped Congress to hold on the SC ST Vote bank until the Americanised Lohiate JP Movement, which threw Caste Equations of Power Politics and thus, JP followers like Lalu, Nitish, Mulayam, Sharad, George, Ram Bilash Paswan followed by Mayawati transformed the Liberation Movement for the Indigenous Aboriginal communities in Power Sharing without Empowerment!
              We know that Meera Kumar, an IFS officer imported in Politics was elected to Loksabha for two times from BIJNORE, but she did nothing for the most backward district of UTTAR Pradesh.
              Interestingly, She is being groomed as the First Dalit Woman Speaker to overthrow Social Engineering set up of Mayawati as well as the Backward and Muslim base of Mulayam singh Yadav. The lady has been the Central Minister of Social Welfare and virtually did nothing for the SC<ST and Minority Communities!
              We know, Mrs Indira Gandhi, a woman RULED India better than any man since 1966 to 1977 until she was defeated in the Midterm election in 1977. Then She returned with greater Power in 1980. But DEMISE of Mrs Indira Gandhi is interlinked with the Plight of Indian Sikh nationality and Ethnic cleansing of Sikhs in India.
              We know Sarojini Naidu was the first governor of UTTAR PRADESH. We must remember a Bengali lady, Mrs sucheta Kriplani who became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the centre of Hindi heart land! We also may remember Nandini Satpathi, Jailalita, Uma Bharati, Vasundhara Raje,Sheela Kaul, Sushama Swaraj and Mayawati as chief minister in different times and places.
              We have a Lady, Mrs pratibha Devi Singh Patil as the Head of the State, the President of India as we already had a Dalit President KR Narayan.
              What has been the RESULT?
              What happened to our Indigenous, Aboriginal, Minority Communities and Vertically half of the Indian Population branded as SHUDRA in accordance with MANUSMRIT, COMBINED?

              The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is readying for the first session of the 15th Lok Sabha from Monday with the formal swearing in of the 543 newly elected MPs. Two days have been earmarked for the procedure that will be followed by the election of the Lok Sabha Speaker and the joint address to Parliament by President Pratibha Patil.


              Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's full Cabinet has met to finalize the President's address to Parliament. It is expected to focus on his government's moves to strengthen welfare schemes and boost the economy.
              The President's address, extensively worked on by Manmohan Singh himself, will unveil the government's agenda for the year in tune with the policies and programmes of the Congress party and its allies.
              Soon after securing a decisive mandate, Manmohan Singh promised a 100-day action plan for his government and he is expected to give emphasis to the UPA's unfinished agenda.
              Among other issues that will figure prominently in the President's address are strengthening of key social sector programmes like the National Rural Employment Guarantee and Bharat Nirman schemes.

              There will be a debate on June 5, 8 and 9 on the President's address after which the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, which convene on June 4, will pass a motion of thanks before adjourning.

              The Budget session of parliament is likely to begin in the first week of July.
              Cyclone Aila FOLLOW Up

                 The death toll in the havoc caused by Cyclone Aila rose to 125 Saturday, while there were reports of enteric diseases breaking out in the worst hit South 24 Parganas district
              Visiting the cyclone-affected South 24 Parganas district on Sunday, West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had to
              face protests from angry villagers who alleged that relief remained inadequate even a week after the disaster.

              The villagers asked the chief minister why he had come to the block so late. "Why is it that the government has not been able to send relief to us even a week after the cyclone struck?" said a youth when Bhattacharjee reached the office of the block development officer in a large convoy of cars.

              The chief minister, however, dealt with the situation in a composed manner and assured the villagers that there would be no dearth of relief material. Bhattacharjee later boarded a launch from Sonakhali and reached Bali-II under the worst-affected Gosaba block.

              The chief minister visited a relief camp housed at Adarsha Vidyamandir and spoke to the victims and district officials.

              "Everything will be normal soon. Don't worry. We are making all arrangements," the chief minister told the cyclone-hit victims.

              During his meeting with officials, Bhattacharjee discussed issues concerning immediate relief and long-term restoration plans with regard to roads, powers and embankments.

              The chief minister said his government was trying to ensure that the central government declared the tragedy as a national calamity.

              A television channel carried a report that some relief workers were kept confined in a tin room at Sonakhali for hours by the district administration on the plea of the chief minister's safety, but officials denied the report.

              "Nothing of that sort happened. The relief workers had taken shelter in the room," said Inspector General of Police (South Bengal) Surajit Kar Purakayastha.

              Railways Minister and opposition Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, however, came down heavily on the state's Left Front government and said the incident showed it was not ready to accept any criticism.

              "These poor people were kept confined in a room so that they can't articulate their grievances. They (the government) are afraid of people. They do not believe in democracy and lack a human approach," Mamata said.

              So far, 125 deaths have been reported in the cyclone which tore through extensive parts of the state Monday levelling houses, uprooting trees, snapping power cables and leaving a trail of destruction in 13 of the 19 districts.

              Nearly 600,000 houses have been fully or partially damaged in the calamity which has affected over six million people.

              South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas districts have been the worst-hit and hundreds of villages continued to be marooned with salt water intrusion destroying the paddy crops.
              The enteric diseases have already claimed one life in the district, a top official said.

              'Delay in clearing of carcasses and shortage of drinking water may be the causes,' said District Magistrate Khalil Ahmed.

              With sea water entering the villages, most tubewells are filled up with saline water, aggravating the drinking water crisis, he said.

              West Bengal Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta said there were eight more deaths since Friday evening, taking the toll to 125.

              Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee said the central government will send relief material for the cyclone victims, besides dispatching a team to assess the extent of devastation.

              Speaking to a Bengali television news channel in New Delhi, Banerjee said the decision was taken at a meeting of the union cabinet Saturday.

              She said that during the cabinet meeting, she had pointed to the sufferings of the cyclone victims and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had given instructions to send relief material to West Bengal.

              The prime minister also asked her to discuss the matter with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P. Chidambaram, said the Trinamool Congress chief.

              'The three of us then sat together and decided that relief material will be sent immediately. But I have suggested that the relief be given directly to the district magistrates. If it is given to the state government, it will digest it and the victims won't get anything,' she added.

              'The relief can then be distributed through the panchayats (village councils) as they work at the grassroots level,' she said.

              The central government will also send a team of officials to assess the devastation and decide on a long-term financial package for the rehabilitation of the victims.

              Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress ministers in the central government Saturday visited the cyclone-affected districts.

              Minister of State for Shipping Mukul Roy, Minister of State for Urban Development Sougata Roy and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting C.M. Jatua visited South 24 Parganas district.

              Minister of State for Tourism Sultan Ahmed toured the devastated areas in Hooghly and Howrah districts, while Minister of State for Rural Development Sisir Adhikari visited East Midnapore district.

              Roy alleged that the Left Front government in the state had adopted a partisan attitude in relief distribution.

              The cyclone tore through extensive parts of the state Monday levelling houses, uprooting trees, snapping power cables and leaving a trail of destruction in 13 of the state's 19 districts.

              Nearly 600,000 houses have been fully or partially damaged in the calamity which has affected over six million people.

              South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas districts have been the worst-hit and hundreds of villages continued to be marooned with saltwater intrusion destroying the paddy crops.
              CPM demands Rs 4.5 lakh crore public investment
              The CPM on Sunday demanded public investment of more than Rs 4,50,000 crore for generating jobs and thereby stimulating the economy
              through demand, asking the government not to bother about things like fiscal prudence in times of downturn.

              "You hike public investment to the extent that you generate jobs and through that generate domestic demand and that will be the real stimulus. Public investment should be to the tune of at least 10 per cent of GDP.

              "That will be about 4,50,000 crore. Unless you plan big, we cannot really beat the depression," CPM Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said.

              He said the talk about fiscal concerns in these times of slowdown borders on "foolishness".

              "Please put aside concerns on (fiscal) deficits. In March, your industrial growth rate was negative 2.3 per cent. And manufacturing dropped by 3.3 per cent.

              "That is where employment is generated and that will be pressure on this government also in this budget," Yechury said, adding that fiscal deficit could be taken care of when the economy starts growing to eight per cent.

              Confirming that Meera Kumar  would be the speaker, newly appointed Congress spokesperson Mohan Prakash said: "It would be formalised in parliament after the election for the speaker."
              Another Congress leader, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, told a television channel that the "Congress has always encouraged Dalits, women and minorities to grow."
              Congress sources said party president Sonia Gandhi decided to pick 64-year-old Meira Kumar for the post preferring her over tribal leader from Andhra Pradesh V Kishore Chandra Deo and Rajasthan's Girija Vyas.
              Meira Kumar, who met the Congress chief Sunday afternoon, had only two days ago taken charge as the minister for water resources in the new government.
              Her chances to become the speaker brightened after party leader from Orissa and Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Srikant Jena declined to join the council of ministers since he was a cabinet minister in the past.
              Since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could not expand his ministry further, Meira Kumar could thus make way for Jena, the only MP from Orissa to have found representation in the government.
              Asked who was expected to be her replacement, Mohan Prakash said: "This will be decided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
              "It could be anybody, yes it could be him," he said, in reply to a question if Jena was the candidate.

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                  • At least 100 small shops gutted in a massive fireANI - 07:50 PM

                    At least 100 small shops were gutted in massive fire causing damage worth millions of rupees in Kanpur.

                  • Now, graphic warning on tobacco productsANI - 07:50 PM

                    New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Smokers may think twice before lighting up from Sunday. Starting May 31, the World No Tobacco Day, all tobacco products will carry graphic pictorial warnings to highlight the hazards of tobacco intake. The pictorial warning would occupy 40 percent of the space on the front of all packets of tobacco products.

                  • Free and compulsory education bill to be passed in July: SibalIANS - 07:47 PM

                    New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Enlisting his priorities, new Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal Sunday said his ministry's top agenda will be ensuring the passage of the pending free and compulsory education bill in parliament by July.

                  • Mamata for central relief funds being given through panchayatsPTI - 07:29 PM

                    Kolkata, May 31 (PTI) Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today stuck to her demand that central assistance for the devastating cyclone in West Bengal should be routed through panchayats instead of

                  • Noted writer Kamala Das passes awayANI - 07:10 PM

                    Thiruvananthapuram, May 31 (ANI): Noted Malayalam and English writer Kamala Das, also known as Kamala Suraiya, passed away in a Pune hospital on Saturday night due to pneumonia. She was 75.


                  • 15th Lok Sabha begins first session MondayIANS - 07:25 PM

                    New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) The first session of the 15th Lok Sabha begins Monday as a resurgent Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was set to start a new innings and an humbled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it will play the role of a 'constructive opposition.'

                  • Sena, BJP to fight Maharashtra Assembly polls togetherPTI - 07:13 PM

                    Mumbai, May 31 (PTI) Amid reports of strained relations, Shiv Sena and BJP today asserted that the two parties are "united" and will contest the Assembly elections in Maharashtra together.

                  • Advani alone not responsible for BJP's poll debacle, says VenkaiahANI - 07:10 PM

                    New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Defending Lal Krishna Advani from being blamed for the recent poll debacle, senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said it was wrong to blame any one leader, as different States behaved separately.

                  • Bickering LDF, Lavalin scam did us in Kerala: CPIIANS - 06:34 PM

                    Thiruvananthapuram, May 31 (IANS) The Communist Party of India (CPI) Sunday said the debacle in the recent Lok Sabha polls in Kerala was a result of infighting within the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), SNC Lavalin scam and the tie-up with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

                  • BJP campaign hurt JD-U: Sharad YadavIANS - 05:34 PM

                    New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav Sunday said there was a 'difference between the pre-poll alliance and now' and added that the BJP election campaign hurt his party.


                  • Rehabilitated Asiatic black bears adapt quickly to the wildPTI - 02:48 PM

                    Manas (Assam), May 31 (PTI) After being in captivity as pets, three Asiatic black bears are back in the wild of Manas National park, exploring the forests of adjoining Bhutan.

                  • Prem Chopra takes first step into HollywoodPTI - 01:15 PM

                    Kripa Krishnan New Delhi, May 31 (PTI) After stars like Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher and Anil Kapoor it is now Bollywood's original villain Prem Chopra who is going the Hollywood way with

                  • When Lata wanted to marry SaigalPTI - 01:15 PM

                    New Delhi, May 31 (PTI) Legendary singer K L Saigal was so much revered by the Mangeshkar family that only his songs were allowed to be sung at their home and a young Lata even dreamt of

                  • Blunder or plunder?HT - 08:45 AM

                    IT'S the oldest trick in the book on how to make money -inflating invoices. Administrators at Aruna Asaf Ali Government Hospital in Civil Lines did exactly this by inflating bills of things they purchased by over 300 per cent.

                  • Culture, not religionHT - 08:45 AM

                    since its birth in 1947, Islam and anti-Indianism have been the two master narratives of Pakistan's polity. Islam itself has taken two forms; as a cultural idea, and a religious one. But in both forms, Islam's power to unite Pakistan's disparate communities has fallen short.


                  • Petrol bomb hurled on Indian student in OzHT - 08:45 AM

                    Rajesh Kumar was reading a book on May 24 when a lit bottle of petrol hit him. The missile, thrown from the rear his home, caught the 25-year-old hospitality graduate from Haryana in the head and burnt 30 per cent of his body. Kumar is in intensive care at a Sydney hospital.

                  • Woman stabbed to deathHT - 08:45 AM

                    Two men stabbed a housewife to death with beer bottles and decamped with Rs 3 lakh in cash and jewellery in Paschim Vihar on Thursday.

                  • 'Three mishaps in Gurgaon daily'HT - Fri, May 29

                    Elevator mishaps happen on a large scale in Gurgaon, but are seldom reported for fear of being penalised and bad publicity. Gurgaon has about 3,000 elevators in residential and commercial buildings like malls and office complexes, district fire officer H.S. Sihag said.

                  • 4 killed in Assam communal clashHT - Fri, May 29

                    FOUR PERSONS were killed in clashes between two communities and police firing in Assam's Kokrajhar district, official sources have said. The army has been called in to assist the police in quelling the violence even as a spontaneous shutdown was observed in the Gossaigaon sub-division on Thursday, the sources said.

                  • Nine UPA ministers have criminal cases against themPTI - Fri, May 29

                    New Delhi, May 29 (PTI) Nine ministers of the Congress-led UPA government have criminal cases pending against them, including one who faces a serious charge of theft, as per their Lok Sabha


                  Lok Sabha elections 2009 IANS
                  Team Manmohan gets to work
                  2009-05-29 17:50:52

                  New Delhi: A day after all members of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's council of ministers got their portfolios, many attended office Friday to familiarise themselves with their ministries while those who retained their old jobs reviewed their unfinished agenda.

                  The 78-member three-tier ministry, which Manmohan Singh described as a mix of energy and experience, has been asked to set benchmarks. United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi stressed that everyone would be judged by their performance.

                  Manmohan allocates work to all ministers, wants benchmarks set

                  Vayalar Ravi, who retains charge of the overseas Indian affairs ministry, got to business straight away, saying his immediate task was to protect the Indians in Australia after a spate of allegedly racial attacks this week.

                  He said the government was seriously considering "an institutionalised mechanism" to prevent racist attacks on Indians abroad.

                  "The government has taken the matter seriously. My immediate task is to ensure the safety of Indians there. I have asked for a report from the Indian High Commission in Australia," said Ravi.

                  ‘Australia has assured protection to Indian students’

                  Murli Deora, who retains the petroleum and natural gas ministry, announced a new scheme for distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in villages.

                  Kamal Nath, who now heads the ministry of road transport and highways, said regulations covering India's road network will be overhauled and promised to change the physical landscape of the country's transport infrastructure.

                  "We need to look at the old regulatory framework in an entirely new way and that will call for a complete change of mindset. We are looking at new models," Kamal Nath said.

                  DMK leader T R Baalu's leadership of the ministry earlier had come under widespread criticism.

                  "Policies cannot be measured - there can be a number of policies," said Kamal Nath, the former commerce and industry minister. "But roads and highways can be physically measured. This is a major infrastructure area. Results will be seen... I have been given a challenging task."

                  Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, promoted to the cabinet, said India will maintain its exports at $160 billion for the current fiscal and unveil steps in the coming budget to help the sector.

                  "This is a challenging responsibility and I will benefit from my earlier experience. Economic diplomacy is part of global engagement," said Sharma, formerly a minister of state in the external affairs ministry.

                  Sharma said India was ready to sign a host of agreements including a free trade pact with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and economic cooperation pacts with South Korea and Nepal.

                  The minister said the country's export performance was laudable given that the global economy had shrunk since last year. "I am confident we will be able to manage at least $160 billion."

                  Kapil Sibal, the cabinet minister in charge of human resource development, said: "I want to put in place a system where every child and person can have access to resources and education."

                  Former UN diplomat and writer Shashi Tharoor, appointed the minister of state in the ministry of external affairs, said he would work to strengthen India's global stature.

                  "India's place in the world is of great importance. India has had an honoured place in the world. I wish to make my own contribution to strengthening that very honoured place."

                  Preneet Kaur, also a minister of state in the same ministry, said India wanted peace with neighbours but it would never tolerate terrorism.

                  "We always want good relations with neighbours but the one thing we will not tolerate is terrorism and sheltering of terrorists," she asserted.

                  Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said India would focus on developing new vaccines to fight new diseases.

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                  National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah, who heads the new and renewable energy ministry, said his biggest challenge was to tap "new energy".

                  Education IANS
                  48,000 students score 90 pc in CBSE 10th exam
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                  New Delhi: As many as 47,821 students scored 90 percent or above in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) class 10 exams, whose results were announced Friday; 4,933 scored 95 percent and above.

                  There was a whopping increase in the number of students who have scored 90 percent or more this year. In 2008, 29,936 students scored 90 percent or above.

                  Students in the Chennai region topped the list with 15,735 students scoring above 90 percent. Allahabad region stood second with 13,893 getting crossing 90 percent mark.

                  A total of 23,020 girls and 24,801 boys in the six zones from which results have been announced scored 90 percent or above while 4,933 scored 95 percent and above.

                  This year 828,598 students - 343,467 girls and 485,131 boys - took the class 10 exams in India and abroad.

                  The overall pass percentage - at 88.84 - recorded a marginal increase of 1.76 percent from last year. Girls have done better than boys with the pass percentage at 89.78 as compared to 88.18 for boys.

                  The overall pass percentage was the highest in the Chennai region - 95.60 percent.


                  Trinamool-Congress used money power: Left Front
                  2009-05-31 00:05:22

                  Kolkata: West Bengal's ruling Left Front Saturday alleged that the Trinamool Congress-led alliance bagged majority of the Lok Sabha seats from the state by distributing money among voters.

                  "I am hearing from everyone that money bags have worked," LF chairman and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) state secretary Biman Bose said here.

                  Mamata gets back to blame game

                  "They distributed money among the voters," he said.

                  The Trinamool, in alliance with the Congress and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI), won 26 of the 42 seats in the state, handing the LF its worst drubbing in 32 years.

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                  'RIL, Bharti in market capitalisation global 500 list'
                  2009-05-31 17:07:50

                  London: Ten Indian companies, including Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries and telecom major Bharti Airtel, are among the 500 top global companies for 2009 in terms of market capitalisation, according to the Financial Times.

                  The league of 500 companies is topped by American energy giant ExxonMobil followed by oil major PetroChina and US retailer Wal-Mart Stores at the second and third positions, respectively.

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                  Reliance Industries is the lone Indian entity featuring in the top 100 and is ranked at the 75th place with a market capitalisation of $47.25 billion. The entity was placed at the 80th spot last year.

                  Other Indian firms featuring in the list are Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (120th rank), National Thermal Power Corporation (138), Bharti Airtel (188), Infosys Technologies (330), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (345), ITC (362), State Bank of India (372), Tata Consultancy Services (483) and Hindustan Unilever (495)

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                  "The companies are ranked by market capitalisation - the greater the stock market value of a company, the higher its ranking. Market capitalisation is the share price on March 31, 2009 multiplied by the number of shares issued...," the Financial Times sa id in an accompanying report.