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Another terror attack in New Delhi
Report dated 08/09/2011 @ 9:03 PM
Over ten people were killed and over 60 injured in a powerful blast outside a Delhi High Court gate at 10.15am (Sept 7). The explosives were packed in a briefcase left at the high court reception area.
The government is investigating an email allegedly sent by the Pakistan-based terrorist group Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, claiming responsibility for the medium-intensity bomb blast.
Police have cordoned off the area that is not far from Parliament and the Prime Minister's Office.
The blast was the second explosion at the high court this year. On May 25, a small explosion that appeared to be a failed car bomb hit the court parking lot.
'Guidelines on NRI Marriages' booklet by Overseas Affairs Ministry
Report dated 08/09/2011 @ 6:01 PM
In a comunication presented to the Lok Sabha, the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs confirmed it had introduced a booklet in 2007, entitled "Marriages to Overseas Indians". The guidebook contains information on safeguards available to deserted wives of NRIs, legal remedies, authorities accessible for redressals, etc.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) also introduced a pamphlet entitled "Problems Relating to NRI Marriages - Dos and Donts" that described possible problems and precautionary steps for Indian women considering marriage to an NRI or PIO.
Minister Vayalar Ravi confirmed that no proposal exists at the present time, to publish any fresh guidelines on the subject.
Hockey Federation strips India from Champions Trophy
Report dated 07/09/2011 @ 6:02 PM
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has stripped India from hosting this year's Champions Trophy due to ongoing problems with the governance of hockey in the country.
The hockey fraternity in India expressed dismay and described the move as a big setback that will hamper the growth of the game.
The schedule and line-up of the Trophy will be determined and a new host announced, but the event will take place on the same dates of December 3 - 11. As India is no longer hosting the Trophy, the country has been invited to take part in the Champions Challenge in South Africa in November.
The FIH President Leandro Negre said they regret that they have to move the Champions Trophy from India but they feel this is the only way to maintain the integrity of the sport.
According to the IOC statutes followed by the FIH, there can only be one governing body for any one sport in any country with exclusive authority and responsibility to govern, organise national competitions and enter teams in international competitions. In India, Hockey India (HI) and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) have been at loggerheads for a long time over control of the running of the game in the country.
Sports Minister Ajay Maken said he will try to convince Negre to change the FIH decision when they meet shortly. The Indian Olympic Association also called FIH's decision 'uncalled for' and hope to have it rescinded.
Kerala is highest consumer of meat - 5000 tonnes a day
Report dated 07/09/2011 @ 6:01 PM
Kerala, India's leader in literacy is also India's leading meat eating state with a daily consumption of over 5000 tonnes.
The animal husbandry department does not find the figure surprising as 80 percent of Keralites are non-vegetarians.
However, Kerala's domestic production of meat is around half the quantity required, the rest is imported from other nearby states.
e-auction of human hair offered by Tirumala devotees
Report dated 06/09/2011 @ 8:21 PM
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), an autonomous body that manages the affairs of Tirumala temple, one of India's richest shrines, has decided to go global with an e-auction of the human hair offered by the hundreds of thousands of devotees who visit the shrine.
The process of the e-auction will be undertaken by the Metal Scrap Trading Corporation Ltd. a Government of India organisation.
At the present time the temple board has 0.471 million kgs of hair available for e-auction.
In the past the authorities followed offline tenders for disposal of the human hair. The global e-auction will allow foreign bidders to participate in tenders and increase TTD revenues.