Archive | May, 2010

Economy upbeat, grows by 7.4 per cent in 2009-10

Posted on 31 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Tuesday 01 June, 2010.

New Delhi,  (PTI) India’s economy grew by a better than estimated 7.4 per cent in 2009-10 on the back of double digit expansion in manufacturing sector and not so dismal showing by farm sector.

In fact, the economy grew by a robust 8.6 per cent in the fourth quarter, fuelled by 16.3 per cent expansion in manufacturing sector.

China, the only large country with higher growth rate than India, witnessed 11.9 per cent growth in the same quarter, while the fragile recovery in most countries, particularly Europe, is under threat from a sovereign debt crisis.

Earlier, the Central Statistical Organisation had estimated the Indian economy to grow by 7.2 per cent for 2009-10.

The economic growth had slowed down to 6.

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Jharkhand issue: BJP seeks time, Cong says it does not have numbers

Posted on 31 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Tuesday 01 June, 2010.

Ranchi,  (PTI), May 31 (PTI) BJP sought a day’s time for its view on the prospects of government formation, while the Congress said it did not have the numbers when Jharkhand Governor M O H Farooq today sought their opinion following Chief Minister Shibu Soren’s resignation.

Soren, whose government was reduced to a minority after BJP had withdrawn its support, quit last night after failing to get the support of Congress and its ally JVM(P).

BJP state president Raghuvar Das who met the governor twice in the morning over prospects of government formation told reporters that he has sought time till tomorrow.

He said he would consult with leaders and MLAs and place the governor’s proposal before them. “The governor will be informed about whatever decision is taken,” Das said.

To a question that most MLAs were for exploring possibilities of government formation, he said, “The state leadership has no such information.

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Monitoring of GHG emission

Posted on 31 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Monday 31 May, 2010.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests is planning to monitor the Green House Gas emissions in the country as well as in the Globe. The Ministry is also planning to have a dedicated satellite with the support of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for such monitoring. The Department of Space (DOS) has proposed to setup a new Institute called National Institute for Climate and Environment Studies, (NICES) in which the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) will be involved. Besides this, as a part of Indo-French Space collaboration, Indian Space Research organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch “Megha Tropiques” satellite in polar orbit within a year. This satellite will provide data on atmospheric humidity, greenhouse gas monitoring and radiation budgeting.

Earlier the Government has conducted research on Green House Gas (GHG) emission. This research which was done through many institutes established the carbon dioxide general profile of India’s energy sector. The Government of India supported a number of organizations undertaking studies on India’s GHG emission profile and included, inter alia, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), Integrated Energy Planning & Development (IRADe), National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and Jadhavpur University. The Government’s role was to give a platform and to ensure that studies are fact based and objective. From the finding of the studies it was observed that there was a broad convergence in the estimate of India’s GHG emissions and per capita GHG emission in the next decades. This major study on GHG emissions was brought out in 2006 report of the Expert Committee on India’s Integrated Energy Policy.


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Diesel Locomotive works – Building power houses on Rails

Posted on 31 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Monday 31 May, 2010.

Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi , a production unit under the Ministry of Railways, is one of the very few factories in the World which can be truly called an integrated diesel locomotive manufacturing plant.  The complete engine, underframe, superstructure, fabricated bogies and over 2000 components are manufactured under one roof starting from such basic construction materials like plates, sheets and pipes.  DLW produced 258 locomotives during the year 2009-10 whereas it produced 112 locomotives in the year 2002-03.

Set up in 1961 in technical collaboration with American Locomotive Company (ALCO) of USA for manufacture of diesel-electric locomotives.  DLW has since then manufactured over 4500 locomotives.  With a capacity of building 150 locomotives per year, DISEL locomotive works is today one of the world’s largest diesel locomotive manufacturer outside North America.

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22 bodies identified in Express train derailment

Posted on 29 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Sonday 30 May, 2010. Twenty-two bodies of the victims of the Gyaneswari Express derailment have so far been identified at the hospitals where they were sent for post-mortem, South Eastern Railway sources said today.

One coach of all up and down EMU locals of SER were earmarked today to transport relatives and family members of the dead and the injured, they said.

While 15 coffins were being sent to Kharagpur to bring back the bodies, arrangements were being made to send 40 more coffins.

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced an ex- gratia of Rs five lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs one lakh for the injured, besides statutory dues. In addition, she announced that one member of the victims’ families would be given employment.

The West Bengal government has also announced a compensation of Rs three lakh each for the victims’ families.

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Maya reviews development works

Posted on 29 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Sonday 30 May, 2010 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today directed Divisional Commissioners and District Magistrates to hold weekly meetings to review projects related to development of basic amenities.At a high-level meeting here, she took a serious view of “poor quality” of roads constructed in Varanasi. The Chief Minister directed stern action against the guilty persons, officials said.

The Chief Minister directed stern action against the guilty persons, officials said.

Directing a high-level technical examination of the completed work, she said if any shortcoming in quality was detected, action should be taken against concerned officials.

Mayawati reviewed various development works including construction of bridges and roads in Varanasi, Allahabad, Ayodhya and Faizabad and issued necessary directives to the officials.

Earlier, State Advisory Council chairman Satish Chandra Mishra informed her about various development projects being executed in Allahabad, Faizabad and Ayodhya.

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Gyaneswari Express Tragedy: 114 dead so far

Posted on 29 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News,Sonday 30 May, 2010. The toll in the Gyaneswari Express disaster today climbed to 114 with the recovery of more bodies from the mangled coaches, South Eastern Railway sources said.

“The rescuers have found 15 bodies from underneath the engine of the goods train which rammed into Gyaneswari Express. The toll till 4.30 pm stands at 114,” the sources told PTI.

Pointing out that the engine was entangled between coaches S-5 and S-6 of the ill-fated train, the sources expressed fear that the toll would rise ’substantially’ as more bodies were trapped beneath coach S-5.

The sources said that a nor’wester, accompanied by heavy rains, lashed the mishap spot this afternoon, slowing down rescue work for some time. “The wind speed was about 80 kmph, but the rescuers continued the work, although at a slow pace.

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Shri Kapil Sibal Meets with Education Ministers of Bihar, up and W. Bengal: Discusses Implementation of the Right to Education Act

Posted on 28 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Saturday 29 May, 2010.

Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, today held one to one separate meetings with the HRD Minister for Bihar, Shri Hari Narayan Singh, the Basic Education Minister for Uttar Pradesh, Shri Dharam Singh Saini and the West Bengal Minister for School Education, Shri Partho Dey to discuss teacher related issues with reference to the ‘Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009’ in these States. The State Ministers underlined the need for additional funds to fulfill the RTE requirements. Shri Sibal assured the States of all possible support for implementation of the Act.

Shri Sibal impressed upon the three Ministers the need for recruiting qualified and trained elementary school teachers. He under scored the need for rational redeployment of teachers to fulfill pupil teacher ratio (PTR) mandated by the RTE. All three States on their part stated that State rules have been drafted and would be notified soon.

It was decided that the two year diploma in primary education (DPE) run by IGNOU for Bihar and UP teachers would be suitably revised to address the concerns on quality. Bihar informed that the academic authority for the State as per section 29 of RTE, would be the SCERT, Bihar. The State has already prepared the curriculum and re-written books for classes I, III and V which are being trialed.

For West Bengal, a specific issue raised during discussion was the need to transit from the present structure of I to IV as primary and V to X as part of secondary to the three tier structure of I to V as primary, VI to VII as upper primary and IX to X in secondary. The West Bengal Minister stated that the State had commissioned a study by IIM Kolkota to give a road map for education for the State. This issue is also to be studied as part of the report which would be submitted in November. West Bengal also informed that they are setting up more upper primary schools to correct the existing skewed ratio between and primary and upper primary in the State.

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71 killed as Mumbai-bound train derails

Posted on 28 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Saturday 29 May, 2010.

Kolkata,  (PTI) Seventy-one passengers were killed and 149 injured in the derailment of the Gyaneswari Express in West Midnapore district today, a railway official said.

With rescue and recovery operations still on, the toll was likely to rise further, South Eastern Railway CPRO Soumitra Majumdar said.

Putting the tally of the injured at 149, the official said 78 of them were admitted to the Kharagpur Railway Hospital, 39 to the Midnapore State General Hospital and 25 to Kharagpur Government Hospital.

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Change ‘derogatory’ name of village, NHRC tells Ministry

Posted on 27 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Friday 28 May, 2010.

New Delhi: Pose the famous Shakespearian query “what’s in a name” to the residents of a nondescript Rajasthan village and the reply unanimously is “a lot”. Residents of ‘Chamaron Ka Vas’ (home of cobblers) have been fiercely opposing the name given to it 23 years ago and approached the National Human Rights Commission in 2006 to intervene and direct authorities concerned to give it a suitable one. The residents of the village, in Hingota Panchayat of Dausa district, have been pleading for the past four years with the State Government and the Centre to change its name, which which originally ‘Kuwan Ka Vas’ (home of wells). But, their requests were caught in a “bureaucratic rigmarole”, the NHRC which recently heard the matter, said. “It is highly frustrating that a matter which was represented against in the year 2006 has dragged on, due to the bureaucratic rigmarole…” the Commission observed. “If enough sensitivity had been displayed, the name of the village could have been changed much earlier and the feelings of a particular community could have been assuaged,” it observed and asked the Union Home Ministry to get the matter expedited and inform about the decision it takes on the matter “as early as possible”. The Commission took up the case on the basis of a complaint filed by one Khem Chand and other residents of the village in 2006.The complainants alleged that a ‘Lekhpal’ (official) of the area gave a derogatory name to their village in land records due to “ill will”. The village is largely inhabited by Berwa, a scheduled caste community. The Commission noted that the case was in direct conflict with the “Constitutional mandate” and the village was given such a derogatory name despite the Constitution clearly prohibits any discrimination on the basis of caste, religion or language. “… The name of the village ‘Chamaron Ka Vas’ is not only derogatory but, perhaps, also constitutes criminal offence under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989,” it noted. (Pioneer 19/5/10)

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