Archive | March, 2011

India’s literacy level is 74 per cent: 2011 census

Posted on 31 March 2011 by admin

AIHRA News, Friday 01 April, 2011.

(PTI) India’s literacy level has increased by 9.21 per cent in the past 10 years to reach 74.04 per cent, according to provisional data of the 2011 census released here today.

According to the data, literates constitute 74 per cent of the total population aged seven and above and illiterates form 26 per cent.

The literacy rate went up from 64.83 per cent in 2001 to 74.04 per cent in 2011 showing an increase of 9.21 per cent.

Interestingly, females literacy level saw a significant jump as compared to males between 2001-2011.

While female literacy in 2001 stood at 53.67 per cent, it has gone up to 65.46 per cent in 2011. The male literacy in comparison rose from 75.26 to 82.14 per cent.

Kerala with 93.91 per cent continues to occupy the top position among states in the field of literacy while Mizoram’s Serchhip (98.76 per cent) and Aizawl (98.

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A Very Good Article about heart…

Posted on 31 March 2011 by admin

AIHRA News, Friday 01 April, 2011.

A very good article which takes two minutes to read. I’m sending this to persons I care about……. .I hope you do too!!!

This is a very good article. Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about Heart Attacks. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating.

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this ’sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

Common Symptoms Of Heart Attack…
A serious note about heart attacks – You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting . Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.

You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this message sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life. Read this & Send to a friend. It could save a life… So, please be a true friend andsend this article to all your friends you care about.

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Ex- Galleon employee admits giving tips to Rajaratnam

Posted on 30 March 2011 by admin

AIHRA News, Thursday 31 March, 2011.

(PTI) A former trusted colleague of Raj Rajaratnam told the jury that he dug up insider information to give “an edge” to his boss, the Galleon Group founder, who is the main accused in the largest insider trading case to hit the US in decades.

Adam Smith, the first Galleon employee to testify, said that he obtained confidential information like companies’ quarterly earning, which was like “cheating on a test” because it gave an unfair advantage in decisions related to buying and selling stock.

Smith, who is the US government’s third key witness in the case, had pleaded guilty in January.

The 39-year-old, a Harvard Business School graduate, said that he received insider tips about the acquisition of ATI Technologies Inc, a graphic design company, by Advanced Micro Devices Inc, a microchip-processing company from Kamal Ahmed, a former Morgan Stanley investment banker.

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Obama nominates two Indian American to key posts

Posted on 30 March 2011 by admin

AIHRA News, Thursday 31 March, 2011.

(PTI) US President Barack Obama has nominated two Indian American women to key posts in his administration, according to a White House statement.

Chicagoan Deepa Gupta was nominated as member of National Council on the Arts, while Nisha Desai Biswal has been named as member, Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China, it said.

The release also announced nomination of seven others to key administration posts.

“I am grateful these accomplished men and women have agreed to join this Administration, and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years,” Obama said in a statement.

Gupta is a Program Officer for Media, Culture and Special Initiatives at the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation in Chicago.

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‘PM should use India trip to resume bilateral series’

Posted on 29 March 2011 by admin

AIHRA News, Wednesday 30 March, 2011.

(PTI) Pakistan’s top ruling and opposition leaders have urged Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to use his trip to India for the World Cup semi-final to open the doors for international cricket’s return to the country.

The politicians said Gilani should ask his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh to help Pakistan cricket by clearing the way for a short tour by the Indian cricket team to Pakistan.

“This opportunity should not be wasted. Pakistan cricket has suffered a lot because of foreign teams not visiting the country since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

“But now this is a good opportunity for us to urge the Indians to tour Pakistan if not for a series but for just one or two matches as it will pave the way for other teams to resume touring Pakistan,” said PML Q leader, Tariq Azeem, also a former minister.

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Pak to allow Indian team to probe 26/11 terror case

Posted on 29 March 2011 by admin

AIHRA News, Wednesday 30 March, 2011.

(PTI) After dilly dallying for months, Pakistan today agreed to allow an Indian commission to visit the country in connection with 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case probe there, setting a positive backdrop for the Prime Ministerial meeting in Mohali tomorrow.

Pakistan, which had been dragging its feet on allowing Indian investigators on its soil in relation to probing the source of the Mumbai attack, expressed its readiness during a meeting between Home Secretaries of the two countries which ended today.

A joint statement issued at the end of the meeting reiterated the commitment of the two sides to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reaffirmed the need to bring those responsible for such crimes to justice.

“The meeting was extremely positive. It had moved forward in reducing trust deficit (between the two countries) significantly,” Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai said after the meeting.

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Sibal seeks assistance of PM, FM for bank loans to telcos

Posted on 28 March 2011 by admin

AIHRA News, Tuesday 29 March, 2011.

(PTI) Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal today held a joint meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee seeking their intervention to ensure bank loans to telecom projects in the wake of the 2G spectrum scam.

“Yes we have met,” Sibal said when asked if he met FM and PM in the morning. He however, did not elaborate the details of the meeting.

Sources in the know however said they discussed the issue of de-freezing of loans to the telecom firms by the banks and other financial institutions.

Earlier this month, Sibal had written to Prime Minister on the difficulties being faced by telecom companies to raise loans from the banks saying if not remedied swiftly, it could embroil the sector in a financial and legal quagmire.

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Gilani, Singh expected to meet before the match

Posted on 28 March 2011 by admin

AIHRA News, Tuesday 29 March, 2011.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani are expected to hold a meeting before the World Cup semi-final match between their two cricket teams in Mohali on Wednesday.

While officials here are refusing to tag the meeting as “formal”, the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral issues following which Gilani will join Singh to watch the Indo-Pak cricket match.

Sources said Gilani will not be coming to Delhi and is expected to reach Chandigarh on Wednesday morning same as Prime Minister Singh, who has a public engagement here that morning.

Refusing to give further details, the sources said the programme is being finalised.

It will be “more of cricket and less of diplomacy”, sources said when asked about the issues the two Prime Ministers will be discussing.

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NATO takes immediate command of Libya campaign

Posted on 28 March 2011 by admin

AIHRA News, Monday 28 March, 2011.

- NATO took full command Sunday of military operations in Libya from a US-led coalition, enabling the alliance to strike at forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi should they threaten civilians.

Pressed by Western powers, notably the United States and Italy, to take the helm as swiftly as possible, ambassadors from the 28-nation alliance approved the transfer after overcoming French and Turkish concerns.

“Our goal is to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack from the Kadhafi regime,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

“NATO will implement all aspects of the UN Resolution.

Nothing more, nothing less,” he said.

Rasmussen said operational commander for Operation Unified Protector, Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard of Canada, was instructed to “begin executing this operation with immediate effect.

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Magnitude-6.5 quake off Japan; small tsunami alert

Posted on 28 March 2011 by admin

AIHRA News, Monday 28 March, 2011.

(AP) A magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook eastern Japan off the quake-ravaged coast this morning, the US Geological Survey reported, prompting Japan to issue a tsunami alert.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but the Japan Meteorological Agency announced that a tsunami of up to 1.6 feet may wash into Miyagi Prefecture.

The tsunami alert was localized to Japan. The U.S.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no wave was expected in Hawaii or on the US west coast.

The alert was prompted by a quake that the U.S.

Geological Survey measured at 7:23 a.m. Monday Japan time (2223 GMT Sunday) near the east coast of Honshu.

The USGS said the quake was 5.9 kilometers deep.

A magnitude-9 quake off Japan’s northeast coast on March 11 triggered a tsunami that barreled onshore, triggering a humanitarian disaster that is thought to have killed about 18,000 people.

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