India News

India News

Special dispensation in teaching jobs for Jharkhand tribes


Ranchi : The Jharkhand government has decided to appoint candidates from primitive tribes as school teachers as long as they have completed school themselves.

"We have decided to appoint the candidates belonging to primitive tribes as primary school teachers. The only condition is that the candidate should have Intermediate qualification," Bandhu Tirkey, state human resource development minister told reporters here Saturday.

He said: "The decision has been taken to bring the primitive tribes in the mainstream of the society and check extinction of the tribes."


Pranab invites Rice, shares 'difficulties' in n-deal


New Delhi/Washington : With the Left parties refusing to relent in their opposition to the India-US civil nuclear deal, the Manmohan Singh government has conveyed to Washington its “difficulties” but indicated that efforts were still under way to forge political consensus on the deal.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee conveyed the government's “difficulties” in the face of the allies' continuing opposition to the deal when US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice rang him up Friday evening, reliable sources said here.


From Pokhran-II to nuclear deal, it's been a long journey


New Delhi : "I have an announcement to make: today at 3.45 p.m. India conducted three underground nuclear tests at the Pokhran range," said Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his undertone on the sizzling afternoon of May 11, 1998.

The revelation literally dropped like a bomb on the journalists who had turned up in large number at the lawns of the Indian prime minister's official residence at 7, Race Course Road.

It was a terse statement that announced India's entry to the elite nuclear club. It sent shockwaves globally.


India's Sri Lanka power project runs into Tamil storm

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, IANS,

New Delhi : An Indian project that seeks to provide electricity to Sri Lanka's war-hit east has run into rough weather amid allegations that it will displace Tamils who have lived in the area for generations.

Indian arguments that the coal-based plant is meant to benefit locals in Trincomalee are having no effect on rights activists and the thousands who fled the region after fighting between the Tamil Tigers and the military.


Bhimani to lend voice to Nobel laureate's work

By Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, IANS,

Mumbai : Harish Bhimani, the voiceover talent of India, has been signed on by a US-based company to narrate the audio book, "Siddhartha", penned by German Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse.

"After an elaborate search for a perfect voice all over the world, I was chosen from among 17 others short-listed for the job," Bhimani told IANS about being selected by the company Alpha DVD.

Ten years on, turnaround in Australia-India ties

By Neena Bhandari, IANS,

Sydney : Australia-India bilateral relations have a whiff of spring about them as the two countries strive to take the relationship to a "new level" 10 years after the frosty snapping of defence ties in the wake of the 1998 Pokhran nuclear test.


For health and happiness, India looks to soybean


New Delhi : India, the fifth largest producer of soy, is about to toast the wonder bean - which actually falls in the oilseed category - at an international conference this year.

With "Soybean for Human Health and Happiness" as its theme, the meet will be held at the Soy Processing and Utilisation Centre of the Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.


No clues to Jet Airways hoax bomb call; Khalistanis suspect


Toronto : There are yet no clues to a hoax bomb call that delayed a Jet Airways flight to India from Pearson International Airport here early this week.

The police for Peel Region, under which the airport falls, confirmed that the hoax call was made about two hours before Jet Airways Flight 225 was to take off at 8.30 p.m. Monday.

The plane was thoroughly checked before it was allowed to take off many hours later early Tuesday. The police said they knew that this was most likely a hoax call but still grounded the plane for a thorough search.

Rice, Mukherjee discuss stalled nuclear deal

By Arun Kumar, IANS,

Washington : With the Indian coalition government's leftist supporters still holding up the India-US civil nuclear deal, US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has again discussed the issue with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Rice spoke to Mukherjee Friday as part of a series of calls to foreign leaders to urge them to use whatever leverage they have with Yangon to reach humanitarian supplies to cyclone ravaged Myanmar, State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters.


ED RDSO Inaugurates Customer Web Page at BHEL Bhopal Unit

By Pervez Bari,,

Bhopal: M. C. Pant, Executive Director RDSO, in a simple function organized at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, (BHEL), Bhopal unit inaugurated Customer web page which addresses the requirements the customer in terms of Maintenance manuals, Service bulletin, Fault tree, and status of major orders & other areas of customer interest.