Inflation accelerates as onion costs jump

India’s food inflation accelerated to a six-week high, adding pressure on authorities to curb a jump in onion prices that has forced the nation to halt exports of the staple this week. An index measuring wholesale prices of agricultural products including lentils, rice and vegetables compiled by the commerce ministry rose 12.13% in the week ended December 11 from a year earlier, a trade ministry report showed in New Delhi yesterday. The index gained 9.46% the previous week. Opposition parties have criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government for failing to check rising prices and the central bank has raised interest rates to contain inflation that’s triggered labor strikes and public protests. The Bharatiya Janata Party was defeated in local elections in 1998 after a surge in onion prices. “Everyone, irrespective of economic condition, would have to use it on a day-to-day basis and it is a very sensitive item both from an economic point of view and political point of view,” Siddhartha Sanyal, chief India economist at Barclays Bank Plc’s investment banking division, said. “They cannot ignore it.” India will take steps to cool food inflation and onion prices will ease soon, Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar said yesterday. The government said it would buy the crop from abroad.

Indian version of the Guinness soon

Hindi entertainment channel Colors is set to bring an Indian version of the Guinness World Records soon, and Indians will get a chance to showcase talent that can become new world records. “Guinness World Records, Ab India Todega,” to be produced by Miditech Pvt Ltd, will be launched early 2011. The channel is on the lookout for a “Bollywood face” to host the show. Guinness, the globally recognised authority on record breaking, will validate the achievements of the Indian participants as they attempt to break the existing records, and also recognise new world ones. “Guinness ... will provide Indian participants an opportunity to go down in history by having their achievements validated by an internationally recognised institution, a reward more precious than what any other reality show can offer on Indian television today,” Colors Head of Programming Ashvini Yardi said. The Guinness has enthralled viewers in around 90 countries with its TV shows. Now the bosses are excited about the foray into India.

GSLV space rocket explodes after lift-off

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A rocket carrying the GSAT-5P communications satellite exploded seconds after lift-off from a launchpad in the country’s south on Saturday, officials said, in a potential setback for its commercial space business. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) exploded in the first stage of the flight, leaving a trail of smoke and fire. The initial launch of the GSAT-5P satellite had been pushed back because of an engine defect.

Leaders join in Al Istisqaa prayers seeking rain

The prayers were offered in line with the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Abu Dhabi: Prayers seeking rain were offered yesterday in various UAE mosques following the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The call for prayers came after the delay in rains this season. His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, offered prayers for rains (Al Istisqaa prayer) at Al Badie prayer grounds.

Kuwaiti flight in emergency landing..

DUBAI - A Kuwait Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Muscat after smoke was reported in the cabin, local news agency KUNA reported on Friday. The flight was returning to Kuwait City from Kuala Lumpur when smoke began coming from under a passenger’s seat, KUNA reported, citing an airline spokesman.

Angolan airline grounds Boeing 777s after engine problems.

LUANDA - Angolan airline TAAG has grounded its fleet of Boeing 777s after engine problems forced the planes to make two emergency landings in less than three weeks, a company official said Friday. In the latest incident, a Boeing 777-200ER en route from Luanda to Dubai registered engine trouble in its right turbine one minute after take-off Thursday, forcing the plane to return to Luanda with 32 passengers and 13 crew on board, TAAG spokesman Rui Carreira told Angolan state radio station RNA.

Titan Industries unveils Goldplus Nano

Goldplus from Tata, Semi-urban/rural Jewellery brand from the house of Titan Industries Ltd has announced the winning design for Goldplus Nano, the campaign to present World’s 1st ever Pure Gold Jewellery Car. A monumental design that captures a plethora of jewellery techniques that India has

Udupi’s Golden Girl Ashwini Akkunji still waiting for a sponsor..

India’s new track sensation Ashwini Akkunji today rued lack of corporate sponsorship even after winning two gold medals in last month’s Asian Games but still remains upbeat about a podium finish in the 2012 London Olympics. Ashwini wants to become the first Indian woman athlete to win an individual gold in the Olympics but for that to happen she said she needs money to compete in the European circuit and top IAAF events. "I want to become the first Indian woman athlete to win gold in Olympics. I have switched on to 400m hurdles just six months ago and my timing is very good. I can only improve from here. With some improvement in my technique I think I can cut down my timing by another two seconds at least and that should put me in medal contention in London," Ashwini told PTI.

34 trucks of onions arrive from Pakistan

About 34 trucks loaded with onions yesterday reached India as imports from Pakistan continued for the third successive day to check onion prices in the country, officials said. A total of 98 truckloads had arrived here through the Attari-Wagah border Tuesday and Wednesday.

St Mary’s NIMS Trophy champions

NIMS started well in the first quarter as they led 13 against 10 points Dubai: St Mary’s Caholic High School, Dubai defeated hosts New Indian Model School, (NIMS) Sharjah in the finals of 21st NIMS Trophy Inter School Basketball tournament played at NIMS, Sharjah. Score 60-48. NIMS started well in the first quarter as they led 13 against 10 points. St Mary’s fought back in the second quarter and took two point lead at the end of the first half, 22-20.

Six HUJI men convicted for plotting to kidnap Sachin, Sourav.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Pinki pronounced the verdict in the case in which the convicts were also accused of plotting to assassinate former President A P J Abdul Kalam during his visit to Patna in 2002. Delhi police had also charged them with conspiring to attack the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai. The three Pakistan-based militants, Tariq Mohammed, Arshad Khan and Ashfaq Ahmed and two Indians -- Mufti Israr and Ghulam Qadir Bhatt -- were held guilty under the stringent anti-terror law POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act), which has been repealed.

Obituary : Mrs Catherine D�Souza (89) Kallianpur A Ward
Obituary : Mrs Catherine D�Souza (89) Kallianpur A Ward

Obituary : Mrs Catherine D�Souza (89) Kallianpur A Ward

Dec29-30 Second Nitte International Conference

Udupi:Dec,24. Second Nitte International Conference will be held at the Justice K.S.Hegde Institute of Management, Nitte, on 29-30, December 2010. The theme of Conference: Redefining the Roles of Business, NGOs and Governments: A Mission for a Better Global Society. The theme has been chosen considering its relevance in the international level, said Dr. M.S.Moodithaya, Director of Justice K.S.Hegde Institute of Manangement, Nitte. The first International Conference was organized on 29-30 December, 2008 at Nitte.

Gold rush fails to hit home run.

Globally gold might be shining bright but the trend is reversing in India with the yellow metal losing some sheen over the last fortnight as the Indian marriage and festive season nears it close. With the festival and marriage seasons getting over by early January, February futures of gold were trading below the psychological barrier of ` 20,500 per 10 grams, compared to the peak of Rs 20,924 it touched about a couple of weeks back. But gold is climbing in global markets, as investors sought a safe haven from Europe’s debt troubles.

Wanna drink more? Name please......

State Election Commission (SEC) may have revoked the ban on liquor sale on New Year eve, the day the district is facing ZP and TP polls, bringing respite to the revellers. But, it seems the joy is shortlived for them. According to a recent order from Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta who is also the returning officer, if you are buying liquor more than a litre you have to register your name and telephone number, besides producing identity card or election photo identity card, pan card or driving license at the wine stores.

Indian IT industry upset over US healthcare cost burden.

The resilient Indian IT industry on Friday expressed outrage over the latest US law to increase the visa fee on its skilled workers to share the healthcare burden of 9/11 victims. "It’s a retrograde step targeting the Indian IT industry again to meet the healthcare costs in the US. It is a disappointing move," Infosys Technologies Ltd chief executive S. Gopalakrishnan told IANS here. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, passed by the US Congress late Wednesday, is aimed at raising $4.3 billion over the next five years by taxing goods and services sourced from countries like India, China and Thailand. "The latest protectionist move is inconsistent with the ethos that were exchanged during the visit of US President Barack Obama to India," Wipro executive vice-president Suresh Senapathy said.

Lowest in 117 yrs, Mysore shivers at 9.8 degrees Celsius.

People in Mysore went to bed wrapped up in more blankets than usual on Wednesday night with the city experiencing its coldest December night in 117 years at 9.8 degrees Celsius. The Met department has also forecast that several places in north-interior Karnataka will be under the grip of severe cold wave conditions, while moderate cold wave conditions will prevail over south-interior Karnataka in the next 24 hours. The weather forecast for Bangalore city and neighbouring areas is 11 degree Celsius around Christmas. Mysore has never had nights this cold, except on February 14, 2006, when mercury dipped to an all-time low of 8.6 degrees Celsius. The average minimum temperature stays at a comfortable 17 degree Celsius, with the departure from average normal in the last 30 years being a good 7 degrees Celsius. But on Wednesday night, the city literally froze. The maximum temperature in the city during the day stood at 29.9 degree Celsius, which is not too unusual. But due to the severe cold spell, people shivered even after wrapping themselves with layers of woollens and sheets.

DDA scheme brings home prices down.

DDA housing scheme is has come a boon for aspiring home buyers as it has forced even small developers in the National Capital Region (NCR) to dole out hefty discounts and freebies like cars, LCD TVs and international holiday packages to woo buyers. The DDA housing scheme 2010 has a total of 18,235 flats on offer, right from one-bedroom- hall-kitchen (BHK) to four-BHK. Many banks are already financing the bookings and the response from the buyers has also been quite positive. The DDA officials plan to sell as many as 25 lakh forms this year.The catch here is the number of flats on offer, which is almost three times the total number of flats that were offered by DDA’s in 2008. However, this apparent advantage for buyers is proving to be a hurdle for the private developers, especially the small ones.

Inter-State Cricket tourny to be held from today at Nejar ground,Kallianpur
Inter-State Cricket tourny to be held from today at Nejar ground,Kallianpur

Kallianpur: Inter-State Cricket tourny to be held from today at Nejar ground. Ramnu 11 Nejar organising this tournament from 24/12/2010 to 26/12/2010 for three days.

Muslims can take part in non-Muslim festivals - paper.

DUBAI - Muslims can take part in religious festivals of other faiths if the purpose of their attendance is to attract non-Muslims to Islam, a senior Saudi scholar said in remarks published on Thursday in the run-up to Christmas. Dr Ghaith bin Muhammad al-Sheikh al-Mubarak, member of the Council of Senior Ulema (scholars), said by attending festivals of other faiths Muslims could help to “pacify their souls”, according to local daily the Saudi Gazette.

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