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Six additional judges appointed to Calcutta High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Indrajit Chatterjee, Mr Shib Sadhan Sadhu, Mr Sudip Ahluwalia, Mr Tapash Mookherjee, Mr Ranjit Kumar Bag and Mr Ishan Chandra Das, as Additional Judges of the Calcutta High Court.
 
An official press release said here today that the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective office. 
 
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ABP sells Businessworld to Anurag Batra, Vikram Jhunjhunwala

Anurag Batra
Anurag Batra
 
The Anand Bazar Patrika (ABP) Group, which owns English newspaper The Telegraph and Bengali daily Anand Bazar Patrika, today said it had sold its business magazine, Businessworld, to Mr Anurag Batra of Exchange4media and investor Vikram Jhunjhunwala.
 
"Anurag Batra and Vikram Jhunjhunwala have bought the Businessworld business from ABP on behalf of some undisclosed investors," Mr. D D Purkayastha , MD & CEO of ABP said in a statement.
 
"We have divested the Businessworld business. The brand and the publication will continue under the new owners with Prosenjit Datta as the Editor," he said.
 
The statement did not give any details of the transaction.
 
Mr Datta said: “I expect the magazine and the brand to scale newer heights.”
 
Businessworld began publication in 1981 and is the second oldest business magazine in the country. It became a fortnightly in February this year after nearly a decade as a weekly magazine.
 
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Mukherjee confident economy will return to high growth path soon

President Pranab Mukherjee being felicitated at the 160th Annual General meeting of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Kolkata on September 14, 2013. Also seen is the the Governor of West Bengal M.K. Narayanan.
President Pranab Mukherjee being felicitated at the 160th Annual General meeting of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Kolkata on September 14, 2013. Also seen is the the Governor of West Bengal M.K. Narayanan.
 
President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed confidence that the country's economy will return to a high growth trajectory soon as a result of the various measures taken by the Government to contain the current account and fiscal deficits and to boost investment.
 
Addressing the annual general meeting of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry here yesterday, on the occasion of the 160th foundation day, he voiced concern over the slow growth of the economy.
 
Mr Mukherjee said that, during 2008-09, the growth rate came down from 9 plus to 6.7 percent.
 
Thereafter the economy grew at a rate of 8.7 per cent and 9.3 percent during 2009-10 and 2010-11, respectively, he said
 
He said that there has been a slump as the world economy did not fully recover from downtrend of 2008-09.
 
"Our economy is going through a difficult phase due to the slowing down of world economy and persistent crisis in Euro zone; but there is no room for gloom and despondency," he said.
 
"Our growth scenario has had a chequered history since 1951 to 1979 when the growth rate of 3.5 per cent which gradually increased to 7.9 per cent during last decades despite three extremely bad years since 2008-09," he said.
 
He attributed this to certain fundamentals of the Indian economy but underlined the need for corrective measures to address the problem of rupee depreciation, high inflation, slow employment generation, and so on.
 
Mr Mukherjee expressed his confidence regarding the recovery of India’s economy because of the record production in agricultural sector and also the new manufacturing policy which envisages the manufacturing sector to increase its contribution from 15-16 per cent to 25 per cent of GDP.
 
He also noted that the government ha passed certain legislations to instill confidence among investors and indicated many more steps would follow in due course. 
 
Mr Mukherjee said that, normally, the President did not attend any functions of chambers of commerce but an exception was made to attend this event because of his long association with this city and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce, which is perhaps the oldest in the country. 
 
Referring to the strategic location of West Bengal as the gateway of trade and commerce to East/North-east of India and South East Asia, the President urged the chamber to utilize the opportunities in Asian countries which can provide new vistas to boost the economy. 
 
Those present at the function included West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan and Bengal Chamber of Comerce and Industries president Kallol Dutta. 
 
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Two judges appointed in Calcutta High Court

 
The President has appointed Mr Justice Asim Kumar Mondal, and Mr Justice Toufique Uddin, Additional Judges of the Calcutta High Court, as Judges of that High Court.
 
An official press said here today that the appointments would be with effect from the date they assume charge of their office. 
 
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Cabinet okays establishment of International Centre for Drinking Water Quality at Kolkata

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The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to a proposal for establishing the International Centre for Drinking Water Quality in Kolkata.
 
The Centre will be registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, with the requisite manpower, building and support infrastructure, an official press release said.
 
It said the Centre would work in the area of identification, mitigation and management with focus on research and development on drinking water quality related problems in India (both urban and rural) with a focus among other contaminants, also on arsenic and fluoride. 
 
The Centre will also provide policy advice on request to the Central and State Governments as also to other countries on demand on water quality issues. 

Minor earthquake shakes South 24 Parganas region of West Bengal

 
An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale, shook the South 24 Parganas region of West Bengal this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 22.1 degrees North and longitude 88.7 degrees East, occurred at 1858 hours at a depth of 28 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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CCEA okays new major ports in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved a proposal of the Ministry of Shipping for setting up a new major port at Sagar Island in West Bengal.

This will be done through the public-private partnership (PPP) mode by following the extant procedures for project appraisal/approval, including obtaining environmental clearances, and so on, an official press release said.
 
The meeting also approved appointment of the transaction advisers and legal consultants and initiation of the bidding process for award of the project and finalization of the the project structure in consultation with the West Bengal government and the Planning Commission.
 
The CCEA also approved the commissioning of techno-economic feasibility reports for the new major port at Dugarajapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

CCEA nod for 4-laning of Ghoshpukur-Falakata-Salsalabari section of NH-31D in W. Bengal

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday gave its approval for four- laning with Paved Side Shoulders (PSS) of the Ghoshpukur-Falakata-Salsalabari section of National Highway (NH)-31D in West Bengal under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase II.

The project will be implemented on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis in Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) (Toll) mode of delivery, an official press release said. 
 
The cost is estimated to be Rs.3119.6 crore including Rs.907.60 crore towards the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of road will be approximately 155 kms, it said.

Calcutta High Court judge transferred to Rajasthan High Court

The President has, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, transferred Mr Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia, Judge of the Calcutta High Court to Rajasthan High Court. 

As per the communique issued in this regard, the transferred judge has been directed to assume charge of his office in the Rajasthan High Court on or before April 25, 2013, an official press release added.
 
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Railways launch wi-fi facility on Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express

File photo of a Rajdhani Express
File photo of a Rajdhani Express

For the first time, the Indian Railways today launched wi-fi facility on the Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express that will enable passengers to access the internet on the moving train.

The facility was launched by Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on the Rajdhani Express between Delhi and Rajdhani in both directions (trains 12301 and 12302).
 
An official press release said the provision of the facility was a major technological challenge, considering that the train passes through all types of terrain and in all kinds of weather.
 
The Railways have opted for a satellite communication link to th train and wi-fi connectivity to different coaches and have successfully completed technical trials.
 
Presently, this facility is being extended free of cost to the travelling passengers, the release said. It has been set up at a total cost of Rs 6.30 crore, covering all three rakes of the Howrah Rajdhani Express.
 
The satellite communication link is arranged through satellite hub facility, set up by Indian Railways.
 
Initially, 4 Mbps download bandwidth and 512 Kbps upload bandwidth is earmarked for internet facility in the moving train.
 
The satellite antenna is placed in one of the two power cars of the rake. This is linked through wi-fi radios provided outside each coach. This is further distributed inside the coaches through indoor access points. This will help passengers of the Rajdhani Express train to access internet during their journey, the release said.
 
For accessing the internet facility, bonafide passengers will have to access Indian Railways' wi-fi network. Passengers will be able to register by providing the PNR and other details like mobile number and so on.
 
On validation of the data entered by the passengers, as per extant Department of Telecommunications (DoT) guidelines, the log-in ID and password will be sent through SMS to the registered mobile telephone number. These will remain valid for the entire journey, the release said.
 
The Railways plan to extend this service to other Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto express trains progressively based on customer feedback and acceptance, the release added.
 
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CBI arrests Central Excise superintendent in Kolkata in bribery case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a superintendent of Central Excise (Anti-Evasion) in the Haldia Commissionerate, Kolkata for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 3.50 lakh from the manager of a resort in Port Blair.

A press release from the agency said that the agency had, based on a complaint by the manager of the resort, registered a case alleging that the official had demanded illegal gratification from him for not imposing penalty on the service tax payable by the resort.
 
The CBI laid a trap and the official was allegedly caught red-handed while demanding and accepting a bribe Rs.3.50 lakh from the complainant.
 
According to the release, during a search of the accused, cash worth Rs 1.17 lakh was recovered from his possession. Cash worth another Rs 7.98 lakh, fixed deposits, national savings certificates and other investments aggregating Rs 75 lakh, bank balance of Rs 30 lakh in 14 bank accounts and documents relating to immovable properties worth Rs 80 lakh were recovered from his residence, it said.
 
The official was produced yesterday before the Designated Court at Kolkata and remanded to 14 days in judicial custody, the release added.
 
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PM says education, skill development crucial for sustaining economic growth

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday underscored the need to pay attention to education and skills development to meet the needs of India's rapidly growing economy.

Economic growth proportional to quality education: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today underscored the need to pay attention to education and skills development to meet the needs of India's rapidly growing economy.

"Without this, the country cannot sustain its economic growth rate," he said after laying the foundation stone of the Ghani Khan Choudhary Institute of Engineering and Technology at Malda in West Bengal.
 
Dr Singh said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government understood this fully and had, therefore, increased the allocation for education from 3.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to 4 per cent.
 
He also pointed out that the Government had set up several new institutions of higher learning in the country in recent years, including 16 Central Universities, 7 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), eight Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs), 10 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and 5 Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISER).
 
He also said the Government had launched a national skills development programme which would benefit more than 5 crore young men and women across the country.
 
Dr Singh said the Government was simultaneously paying greater attention to the quality of education
 
"We want world class education for our youth. Our scientists and engineers must earn a name for themselves in the world," he said.
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Among others, National Advisory Council (NAC) chairperson Sonia Gandhi and West Bengal governor M K Narayanan were present on the occasion.
 
Dr Singh paid rich tributes to former Union Railways Minister A B A Ghani Khan Chaudhury, after who the institute is named. He said the late Mr Chaudhary had worked tirelessly for the development of the area.
 
He said the Centre had given an aid of Rs 26 crore for the institute, which would help education and employment in Malda and the surrounding districts.
 
The institute will offer post-graduate, graduate, diploma and certificate courses in engineering and technology with special focus on food technology and sericulture.
 
Dr Singh said the Government wanted to see the institution develop into one of the best engineering colleges in the country and would do everything possible to help it attain this goal.
 
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CCEA nod for multipurpose and mechanised berths at Haldia

A view of the Haldia Docks complex
A view of the Haldia Docks complex

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved projects for the development of multi-purpose berths and mechanized berths with allied facilities at Haldia Docks in West Bengal.

The projects will be taken up for a period of 30 years on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis at Haldia Dock II (North) at an estimated cost of Rs. 821.40 crore and at Haldia Dock II (South) at a cost of Rs. 886.10 crore, an official press release said.
 
The projects will enable Kolkata Port Trust to enhance its capacity by 23.4 MTPA and meet the demand for coal and other bulk cargo in the hinterland of Kolkata Port, it said.
 
According to the release, industrial development, commerce and trade of the eastern and north eastern parts of India are inseparably linked with the growth of Kolkata Port. 
 
"These projects are critical for meeting future needs for export and import of dry bulk cargo by various steel industries, power utilities and coal and iron ore mines and other local industries. The two projects will also lead to the socio-economic development of the region and thereby generate more employment," it added.
 
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19 killed in major fire in Kolkata market complex

At least 19 people were killed in a major fire that broke out in an old six-storeyed market complex in the congested Sealdah area of Kolkata in the early hours of Wednesday.

 
Fire engulfs a six-storey market complex in Kolkata, 11 feared dead

At least 19 people were killed in a major fire that broke out in an old six-storeyed market complex in the congested Sealdah area of Kolkata in the early hours of today.

About ten others suffered injuries and were admitted to the state-run Medical College Hospital and the NRS Hospital. The condition of some of them was stated to be critical.
 
Kolkata Fire Brigade sources said their teams had removed at least 19 bodies from the building, that was completely gutted in the blaze.
 
According to various sources, the fire broke out around 3.50 am and caught many workers, who were sleeping in the building, unawares. About 30-40 workers, who hail from different parts of West Bengal and who travel home only at weekends, normally spend the night in the building.
 
About 25 fire tenders rushed to the scene and managed to bring the flames under control after  nearl three hours, though there were small pockets of fire in different parts of the building. Smoke could be seen emanating from different parts of the building.
 
Ambulances were seen rushing the injured to hospitals and rescue teams were trying to ascertain if there were any more people still trapped in the building. 
 
The building, located on the Surya Sen Street, houses many shops and godowns, including several dealing in paper and plastic items.
 
West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services Minister Javed Ahmed Khan told mediapersons at the scene of the fire that the building was an unauthorised one and that thousands of such buildings had come up during the more than three decades of rule by the Left Front in the state.
 
He said there were more than eight lakh buildings in the city alone and it was difficult for official agencies to monitor all of them. He said the present Trinamool Congress government was trying to address the problem.
 
Similar sentiments were echoed by Chief Minister West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, who said the tough measures announced by the state government after the devastating AMRI Hopsital fire of December 9, 2011 in which 93 people, mainly patients, had died, but they had not been implemented on the ground.
 
Ms Banerjee also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh for the next-of-kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the incident. She also ordered a police inquiry into the tragedy and asked for its report within three days.
 
Official sources said the cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained, but there was speculation that it could have been set off by an electrical short circuit. Tangles of electric wires could be seen hanging outside the building as well as in the dark and narrow corridors inside.
 
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Several feared killed in major fire in Kolkata market complex

Several people were feared killed in a major fire that broke out in an old six-storeyed market complex in the congested Sealdah area of central Kolkata in the early hours of Wednesday.

 
Fire engulfs a six-storey market complex in Kolkata, 11 feared dead

Several people were feared killed in a major fire that broke out in an old six-storeyed market complex in the congested Sealdah area of central Kolkata in the early hours today.

West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services Minister Javed Ahmed Khan told mediapersons at the scene of the fire that fire brigade personnel had removed 11 persons in an unconscious state to hospital, but he could not confirm the number of deaths caused by the fire.
 
Another official at the scene said at least five or six people had died in the blaze. Media reports put the toll at around 15.
 
According to various sources, the fire broke out around 3.50 am and caught many workers, who were sleeping in the building, unawares. About 30-40 workers, who hail from different parts of West Bengal and who travel home only at weekends, normally spend the night in the building.
 
About 25 fire tenders rushed to the scene and managed to bring the flames under control after three hours, though there were small pockets of fire in different parts of the building. Smoke could be seen emanating from different parts of the building.
 
Ambulances were seen rushing the injured to hospitals and rescue teams were trying to ascertain if there were any people still trapped in the building. The injured were taken to the state-run NRS and Medical College hospitals.
 
The building, known as the Surya Sen Market, houses many shops and godowns, including several dealing in paper and plastic items.
 
Mr Khan said it was an unauthorised building. He said there were thousands of such buildings in the city and it was difficult to monitor all of them.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts border region between West Bengal and Bangladesh

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, shook the border region between West Bengal and Bangladesh in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.4 degrees North and longitude 89.1 degrees East, occurred at 0235 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Air India operates inaugural flight from new terminal of Kolkata airport

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National carrier Air India's flight AI 021 on the Kolkata-Delhi-London sector today became the first commercial flight to take off from the new integrated terminal building of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata.

The airport was ceremonially inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 20.
 
Air India is the first airline to operate from the new terminal. The 172-seater Airbus 321 took wings from the swank, state-of-the-art new terminal at 10 am, with 150 passengers, including 65 bound for London.
 
The flight was operated today as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose -- after whom the airport has been named -- on his date of birth. Regular operations from the new terminal are expected to commence soon, a press release from Air India added.
 
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CBI arrests DRI, Customs officials in bribery case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested a deputy director of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), a superintendent of Customs and the representative of a private firm in Kolkata in an alleged bribery case.

The arested accused persons were produced today before the Special Judge for CBI Cases, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi and were remanded to five days police custody, a press release from the agency said.
 
While the DRI official was arrested from Mumbai, the other two were apprehended from Kolkata,.
 
According to the release, the CBI had registered a case against four officials of the Customs Department, the deputy director of DRI, the representative of the company and others in the case.
 
The officials had allegedly demanded a bribe for processing import and export-related work of the private firm and obtaining permission of the competent authority for allowing the compay to transport consignments from the Kolkata port by railway rake to Nepal through Jigbani in Bihar.
 
The CBI said it had recovered cash of approximately Rs 35 lakh and incriminating documents from the premises of the accused during searches conducted at various places in Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and PUnjab.
 
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Pakistan beat India by 85 runs, clinch series, maintain all-win record at Eden

Nasir Jamshed
Nasir Jamshed

India suffered an embarrassing 85-run loss in the second one-day international (ODI) as Pakistan took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series and maintained their all-win record at the Eden Gardens here today.

Indian batting, chasing a modest total of 251, surprisingly lacked in intent to win and were bowled out for 165 in 48 overs after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained unbeaten on 54.
 
Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was again the pick of the bowlers bagging three for 20 from his full quota while young left arm-pacer Junaid Khan finished with an impressive three for 39. Fast bowler Umar Gul picked up two for 24.
 
It was a clinical performance by Pakistan on the field after they suffered a batting collapse despite a century-run opening stand and were bowled out for 250 with 10 balls to spare.
 
Opening batsman Nasir Jamshed continued his fine form and struck a breezy 106, his third consecutive century. Jamshed was also adjudged as Man of the Match.
 
Unlike Pakistan, India made a poor start and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Gautam Gambhir (11) and Virender Sehwag (31) gave the team steady start with their 42-run stand. But Junaid castled Gambhir with a delivery that was pitched up and wide and the Delhi boy in his attempt to drive played on.
 
Junaid and Gul struck in quick successions as India from 42 for no loss slumped to 70 for four in the space of nine overs and half the side was back in the pavilion for 95 runs in the 26th over.
 
Dhoni played a lone hand remaining unbeaten on 54, but his second consecutive half-century again remained in a losing cause.
 
With India struggling at 103/6, Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja (13) tried to resurrect the innings with their 28-run stand. But Ajmal struck thrice in the 40th over removing Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Ashok Dinda in four deliveries that took Pakistan to the threshold of a series win as India were reduced to 132 for nine.
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In the 48th over, Dhoni smashed Junaid for three fours but the left arm pacer cleaned up Ishant Sharma with the last ball to wrap up the match.
 
Earlier put in, opening batsmen Nasir Jamshed (106) and Mohammad Hafeez (76) gave Pakistan a brilliant start with their 141-run stand in just 23 overs.  
 
But Hafeez's dismissal triggered a batting collapse as Pakistan lost nine wickets for 109 runs.
 
Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma finished with three for 33 while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bagged three for 41.
 
Meanwhile, Jamshed continued his fine form and struck his third consecutive century against India. He hit 12 fours and two sixes during his 124-ball knock.
 
The openers made a mockery of Indian bowling as Pakistan made a fine start and at one stage looked set for a score well beyond 300.
 
But an aggressive Hafeez gifted away his wicket to Jadeja to trigger a batting collapse. Hafeez erred in his timing in his attempt to sweep and the ball knocked off his middle-stumps. Hafeez hit 10 fours during his 74 ball innings.
 
Shoaib Malik (24), Umar Gul (17) and Younis Khan (10) were the other batsmen who got to double figures.
 
Pakistan fielded an unchanged side, India brought in all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for Rohit Sharma.
 
The two teams now travel to Delhi for the third and final ODI slated for January 6.
 
Scoreboard: 
Pakistan:
Nasir Jamshed st Dhoni b Jadeja 106
Mohammad Hafeez b Jadeja 76
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Azhar Ali run out (Dhoni/Sehwag) 2
Younis Khan lbw b Raina 10
Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Ashwin 2
Shoaib Malik c Yuvraj Singh b Sharma 24
Kamran Akmal c Sehwag b Jadeja 0
Umar Gul b Sharma 17
Saeed Ajmal c Sehwag b Kumar 6
Junaid Khan not out 0
Mohammad Irfan b Sharma 0
Extras: (lb 1, w 6) 7
Total: (all out in 48.3 overs) 250
Fall of wickets: 1-141 (Mohammad Hafeez, 23.5 overs), 2-145 (Azhar Ali, 25.6), 3-177 (Younis Khan, 34.3), 4-182 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 35.6), 5-210 (Nasir Jamshed, 41.1), 6-210 (Kamran Akmal, 41.3), 7-236 (Shoaib Malik, 46.1), 8-249 (Saeed Ajmal, 47.5), 9-250 (Umar Gul, 48.1), 10-250 (Irfan, 48.3)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9-0-61-1
Ashok Dinda 7-0-42-0
Ishant Sharma 9.3-0-34-3
Ravichandran Ashwin 10-0-49-1
Suresh Raina 2-0-13-1
Ravindra Jadeja 10-1-41-3
Yuvraj Singh 1-0-10-0
 
India:
Gautam Gambhir b Junaid Khan 11
Virat Sehwag lbw b Umar Gul 31
Virat Kohli c Kamran Akmal b Junaid Khan 6
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Yuvraj Singh c Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 9
Suresh Raina st Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Hafeez 18
Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 54
Ravichandran Ashwin st Kamran Akmal b Shoaib Malik 3
Ravindra Jadeja c Junaid Khan b Saeed Ajmal 13
Bhuvneshwar Kumar lbw b Saeed Ajmal 0
Ashok Dinda lbw b Saeed Ajmal 0
Ishant Sharma b Junaid Khan 2
Extras: (lb 4, w 14) 18
Total: (all out in 48 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Gambhir, 9.5 overs), 2-55 (Kohli, 11.6), 3-59 (Sehwag, 14.4), 4-70 (Yuvraj Singh, 18.5), 5-95 (Raina, 25.6), 6-103 (Ashwin, 31.3), 7-131 (Jadeja, 39.2), 8-131 (Kumar, 39.4), 9-132 (Dinda, 39.6), 10-165 (Sharma, 47.6)
Bowling:
Mohammad Irfan 10-0-46-0
Junaid Khan 9-1-39-3
Umar Gul 7-0-24-2
Mohammad Hafeez 10-0-29-1
Saeed Ajmal 10-1-20-3
Shoaib Malik 2-1-3-1
 
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Pakistan bowled out for 250 after a batting collapse

Nasir Jamshed
Nasir Jamshed

Pakistan suffered a batting collapse after a century-run opening stand and were bowled out for 250 with 10 balls to spare against India in the second one-day international (ODI) at the Eden Gardens here today.

Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma finished with three for 33 while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bagged three for 41.
 
Opening batsmen Nasir Jamshed (106) and Mohammad Hafeez (76) gave Pakistan a brilliant start with their 141-run stand after Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field first.
 
But Hafeez's dismissal triggered a batting collapse as Pakistan lost nine wickets for 109 runs. 
 
Meanwhile, Jamshed continued his fine form and struck his third consecutive century against India. Jamshed struck 12 fours and two sixes during his 124-ball knock.
 
The openers made a mockery of the Indian bowling as Pakistan made a fine start and at one stage looked like they were set for a score well beyond 300.
 
But an aggressive Hafeez gifted away his wicket to Ravindra Jadeja to trigger a batting collapse. Hafeez erred in his timing in his attempt to sweep and the ball knocked off his middle-stump. Hafeez hit 10 fours during his 74 ball innings.
 
Shoaib Malik (24), Umar Gul (17) and Younis Khan (10) were the other batsmen who got to double figures.
 
While Pakistan fielded an unchanged side, India brought in all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for Rohit Sharma.
 
Pakistan won the first ODI at Chennai in the three-match series by six wickets.
 
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New Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

President  Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the inauguration of the 100th session of Indian Science Congress in Kolkata on January 3, 2013. West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan, Union Science & Technology Minister S Jaipal Reddy and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are also seen.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the inauguration of the 100th session of Indian Science Congress in Kolkata on January 3, 2013.West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan, Union Science & Technology Minister S Jaipal Reddy and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are also seen.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, unveiled the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STI) 2013 by presenting its first copy to the President Pranab Mukerjee  at the inauguration of the centenary session of the Indian Science Congress here today.

The STI Policy seeks to send a signal to the Indian scientific community, both in the private and public domain, that science, technology and innovation should focus on faster, sustainable and inclusive development of the people. 
 
The policy seeks to focus on both STI for people and people for STI. It aims to bring all the benefits of Science, Technology & Innovation to the national development and sustainable and more inclusive growth. It seeks the right sizing of the gross expenditure on research and development by encouraging and incentivizing private sector participation in R & D, technology and innovation activities.
 
The policy also seeks to trigger an ecosystem for innovative abilities to flourish by leveraging partnerships among diverse stakeholders and by encouraging and facilitating enterprises to invest in innovations. It also seeks to bring in mechanisms for achieving gender parity in STI activities and gaining global competitiveness in select technological areas through international cooperation and alliances. 
 
The policy goal is to accelerate the pace of discovery, diffusion and delivery of science led solutions for serving the aspirational goals of India for faster, sustainable and inclusive growth.   A Strong and viable Science, Research and Innovation system for High Technology led path for India (SRISHTI) are the goal for the STI policy.
 
The key features of the STI policy 2013 are:
 
---Promoting the spread of scientific temper amongst all sections of society.
---Enhancing skills for applications of science among the young from all social sectors.
---Making careers in science, research and innovation attractive enough for talented and bright minds.
---Establishing world class infrastructure for R&D for gaining global leadership in some select frontier areas of science.
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---Positioning India among the top five global scientific powers by 2020 (by increasing the share of global scientific publications from 3.5% to over 7% and quadrupling the number of papers in top 1% journals from the current levels).
---Linking contributions of science research and innovation system with the inclusive economic growth agenda and combining priorities of excellence and relevance.
---Creating an environment for enhanced private sector participation in R&D.
---Enabling conversion of R&D output with societal and commercial applications by replicating hitherto successful models, as well as establishing of new PPP structures.
---Seeking S&T based high risk innovation through new mechanisms.
---Fostering resource optimized cost-effective innovation across size and technology domains.
---Triggering in the mindset & value systems to recognize respect and reward performances which create wealth from S&T derived knowledge.
---Creating a robust national innovation system.
 
Aspirations of the Policy:
 
The main aspirational elements of the STI policy are:
 
---Raising Gross Expenditure in Research and Development (GERD) to 2% from the present 1% of the GDP in this decade by encouraging enhanced private sector contribution.
---Increasing the number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) of R&D personnel in India by at least 66% of the present strength in 5 years.
---Increasing accessibility, availability and affordability of innovations, especially for women, differently-abled and disadvantaged sections of society.
 
Mechanisms
 
Wide ranging mechanisms are envisaged to be deployed to realize the policy aspirations, a few of these are:
 
---Promoting the spread of scientific temper amongst all sections of society.
---Enhancing skill for applications of science among the young from all social strata.
---Making careers in science, research and innovation attractive enough for talented and bright minds.
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---Empowering women through appropriate STI inputs and investments
---Facilitating private sector investment in R&D centres in India and overseas.
---Promoting establishment of large R&D facilities in PPP mode with provisions for benefits sharing.
---Permitting multi stakeholders participation in the Indian R&D system.
---Treating R&D in the private sector at par with public institutions for availing public funds.
---Bench marking of R&D funding mechanisms and patterns globally.
---Aligning Venture Capital and Inclusion Innovation Fund systems.
---Sharing of IPRs between inventors and investors.
---Modifying IPR policy to provide for marching rights for social good when supported by public funds and for co-sharing IPRs generated under PPP.
---Providing incentives for commercialization of innovations with focus on green manufacturing.
---Closing gaps in the translation of new findings at the grassroots and the commercial space.
---Forging strategic partnerships and alliances with other nations through both bilateral and multilateral cooperation in science, technology and innovation.
---Triggering ecosystem changes in attitudes, mindset, values and governance systems of publicly funded institutions engaged in STI activities to recognize, respect and reward performances which create wealth from S&T derived knowledge.
 
Policy Implementation
 
Implementation of the proposals contained in the Policy will necessitate consultations with different government departments/ministries and agencies besides consultations with overarching, science and engineering academies industry and business associations etc 
 
Accordingly  DST will establish a Policy Implementation Group to expeditiously operationalise the proposals within the next two years.
 
Backdrop
 
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Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had announced the Technology Policy Statement (TPS) at the Science Congress in January 1983. It focused on the need to attain technological competence and self-reliance. Several of the statements of TPS were implemented. Subsequently, a Science and Technology Policy (STP) was announced in 2003, seeking to bring science and technology (S&T) together. It basically called for integrating programmes of socio-economic sectors with the national R&D system and the creation of a national innovation system. The world has changed vastly since then in all spheres of human activity. New paradigms of innovation have emerged, arising, among others, out of the pervasive intrusion of internet and globalization. Even then systems that foster innovation have become country and context specific.
 
India has declared 2010-20 as the “Decade of Innovation.”India's demographics have changed significantly too. The youthful populations have high expectations and aspirations of the nation. The Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STI) 2013 approved by the Union Cabinet is in furtherance of this declaration and aims to bring perspectives to bear on Science & Technology led innovations in the changing context.
 
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PM unveils new Science, Technology & Innovation Policy

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unveiled the new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, which aspires to position India among the top five global scientific powers by 2020, by presenting its first copy to President Pranab Mukherjee at the Centenary Session of the Indian Science Congress in Kolkata on Thursday.

 
PM unveils new science policy in Kolkata

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unveiled the new Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy 2013, which aspires to position India among the top five global scientific powers by 2020, by presenting its first copy to President Pranab Mukherjee at the inauguration of the Centenary Session of the Indian Science Congress here today.

"It is an ambitious goal. It aims to produce and nurture talent in science, to stimulate research in our universities, to develop young leaders in the field of science, to reward performance, to create a policy environment for greater private sector participation in research and innovation and to forge international alliances and collaborations to meet the national agenda," Dr Singh said in his address at the session.
 
The Twelfth Five Year Plan, which was approved by the National Development Council (NDC) a few days ago, outlines a number of initiatives which will make this possible, he said.
 
The Prime Minister had last year been elected as General President of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) in its centenary year.
 
Dr Singh said the theme of the congress, "Science for Shaping the Future of India", reflects the dream of every generation of Indian scientists. 
 
"Faster growth over the next few decades, more sustainable development based on food and energy security, and socio-economic inclusion made possible by rapid growth of basic social services, such as education and health, are all crucial for defining India’s future. Science, technology and innovation all have an important role to play in achieving these objectives," he said.
 
Dr Singh said that, as India seeks a sustained growth of its national income, it must endeavour to harness the tools of science to cater to the needs of the underprivileged and to bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots. 
 
"Nearly 65 percent of our people live in rural areas. The increase in their living standards depends greatly on the growth of agricultural production and productivity. The Twelfth Five Year Plan assumes that a sustained growth of our agriculture at the rate of 4 percent per annum is essential for the achievement of food security for our country. This growth is constrained by shortages of water and also of land. We need new breakthroughs in water-saving technologies of cultivation, enhancement of land productivity and development of climate-resilient varieties. This transformation of agriculture must be the top priority concern of our public policies, including science and technology policies," he said.
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Towards this end, he said, the country must, as a society, enhance the spread of the scientific temper. "Our younger generations must adopt a science-based value-system in order to benefit from what science can offer and to make up for lost time. Complex issues, be they genetically modified food or nuclear energy or exploration of outer space, cannot be settled by faith, emotion and fear but by structured debate, analysis and enlightenment. A scientific approach and understanding of these issues are therefore as vital as our core scientific capabilities," he said.
 
He said that, for this, the country must invest in popularizing science, not only in schools and colleges but also in homes, workplaces and communities through all available communication methods, like the high-speed optical fibre National Knowledge Network. 
 
"Eventually, science must help in establishing an inclusive society that seeks to solve major social problems through the application of science," he said.
 
The Prime Minister said that, secondly, scholarship and research must be informed by a keen awareness of the country's basic social and economic realities. "Given the limited resources that we, as a nation, are able to devote to scientific research, it is imperative that we give priority to meeting those challenges which are fundamental to the transformation of our economy," he stressed.
 
He said that, apart from the need to transform India's agriculture, there were other concerns which required priority attention such as energy security, sanitation, safe drinking water,  labour intensive manufactures and universal healthcare at affordable cost.
 
"Our effort should be to carve out a niche for India’s leadership in some of these areas. Indian industry must play an active part in this process through in-house research centres and, more importantly, through enhanced academia-industry interaction," he said.
 
"Third, a holistic organizational approach is essential. There was a time when science took a lonely road, driven by individual enterprise rather than collective effort. This is sub-optimal in the innovation and knowledge-intensive world that is empowering the growth process today. We need cross-fertilization of disciplines and synergy among stakeholders. Government-sponsored research must be supplemented by research in private labs. Academic and research systems must foster innovation and entrepreneurship and therefore link up with those interested in commercial development," he said.
 
Dr Singh said that, in the last few years, the Government had taken some policy measures in this direction.
 
"We have encouraged sharing of and access to Government-owned data for research. We have also created new mechanisms like Innovation Complexes, Technology Business Incubator and Innovation Universities in an effort to bring about convergence of interests among the various players in science," he said.
 
Fourth, he said, international collaboration was vital for increasingly resource-intensive modern science to progress. 
 
"Economic liberalization and economic growth over the last several years have made it possible for our scientists to collaborate meaningfully and confidently in the international arena. Let me cite only two outstanding examples. There was significant Indian collaboration with the European Centre for Nuclear Research on the Large Hadron Collider, which led to the discovery of what is believed to be the elusive Higgs boson. The other example is our work with a select group of countries on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. 
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"We must partner not only with established leaders in science and technology, but also with emerging innovation powerhouses, many of them in our region. We must also offer our expertise to our neighbours for collective prosperity and progress," he said.
 
"Finally, the quality of our scientific institutions will depend upon the quality of the students we can attract into science, the freedom we give them in pursuing scientific research and the human resource policies we follow in selecting leaders. We must select only the best and we must expand our search to the many Indian scientists abroad who may wish to return to India at least for some years," he said.
 
Dr Singh said that the solution of even the simplest of problems related to humanity’s pressing needs often required first-rate fundamental research.
 
"During the last eight years, we have tried to fill this gap by expanding the infrastructure of our scientific research and innovation. We have established five new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, eight new Indian Institutes of Technology, sixteen new Central Universities, ten new National Institutes of Technology, six new R&D institutions in the field of biotechnology and five institutions in other branches. It is my hope that all this will significantly raise the quality of scientific research in our country," he said.
 
He said that the National Innovation Council had also brought the domain of innovation to the foreground, helping translation of knowledge into usable solutions. 
 
Dr Singh said that an important step in this direction in the Eleventh Plan was the establishment of the National Science and Engineering Research Board as an autonomous funding body. As pointed out in the Twelfth Plan, this institution proposes to invest in researches of proven track record and establish about 200 to 250 centres based on a grant model with performance reward linkages, he said.
 
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Cricket: India opt to field against Pakistan at Eden Gardens

File photo of MS Dhoni. UNI PHOTO
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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and chose to field under overcast conditions in the must-win second one-day international (ODI) against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens here today.

India have made one change bringing in all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for Rohit Sharma while Pakistan have fielded an unchanged side.
 
Pakistan won the first of the three matches at Chennai by six wickets on December 30.
 
The teams:
India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina,  Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain-wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda.
 
Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq
(captain), Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Irfan.
 
Umpires: Billy Bowden and Vineet Kulkarni; 
TV umpire: Ravi
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama
 
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Good record at Eden gives us confidence: Misbah

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said today that he was aware of his team's all-win record in one-day internationals (ODIs) against India at the Eden Gardens and that will boost the confidence of his players to seal the series in the second match here tomorrow.

"We have some good memories as a team. Also our players have done well here. Confidence plays a big role in cricket. If you've good record, it gives more confidence," Misbah said on the eve of their second one-dayer.
 
Though Pakistan's last ODI series win in India was way back in 2004-05, Misbah said he doesn't want to delve in the past.
 
"India-Pakistan is always an important series. We don't remember exactly when we won here. But this is a very important series. We will put together all our energies and planning to play good cricket. Each game is a new game you have to put in your best," he said.
 
Misbah, who is yet to score a century from 107 ODIs, said he is not much bothered about not having reached a three-figure mark. The captain said all that matters is contributing to the team's cause.
 
"I don't think so it makes a difference. It's important what the team needs. Winning is more important, if a century comes then it's most welcome."
 
Misbah, who is called captain cool by coach Dave Whatmore, said it is essential not to show emotions on the field.
 
“As the captain, it is essential that you do not show emotions or anger on the field. On the field there is no place for emotions. The important thing is you give your 100 percent and not think about winning or losing which is not under your control,” Misbah said.
 
Misbah also said that India will miss batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
 
“It is quite natural that when a legend like Sachin retires, the team will miss him. It will take some time before other players perform well enough and the team learns to live without a great player like him,” said Misbah.
 
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India in a must-win situation against Pakistan in second ODI

India are in a must-win situation when they face Pakistan in the second of the three-match one-day international (ODI) series at the Eden Gardens here tomorrow.

For Pakistan, the Eden Gardens has been a happy hunting ground. Pakistan have won all the three ODIs against India played at this iconic venue since 1987.
 
Pakistan also have fond memories of the winning the MRF World Series (Nehru Cup) in 1989 beating the West Indies here. Pakistan's only loss came in the 1997 Independence Cup final against Sri Lanka. 
 
Enjyoing a 1-0 lead in the series, Pakistan are riding high on confidence. India, on the other hand, are still struggling to get a grip on the new ODI rules and batting woes have further added to the misery of the hosts.
 
As the Indian team struggles to cope with the recent retirement of some of the greats - the latest being Sachin Tendulkar, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hopes that the new year will start on a positive note for his team.
 
Under fire for his poor captaincy, Dhoni let his bat do all the talking with a fighting unbeaten 113 in the first ODI in Chennai, although in a losing cause. 
 
At a time when a defeat would seal the series win for Pakistan, Dhoni has to lead with example and his knock in Chennai will be case in point. 
 
Batting has been India's strength but the way the top-order collapsed, at 29/5, in Chennai to left-arm pacer Junaid Khan, who finished with impressive figures of 4/43.
 
In the first game, Dhoni had come good after a top order collapse that saw India tottering at 29/5 at one stage.
 
What has been most disappointing is the dip in form of senior batsman Virender Sehwag. The dashing opener has scored jut 216 runs at an average of 21.6 last year and in Chennai he was out after making just four runs.
 
Problems are aplenty for young Indian batsmen. Suresh Raina, who made some valuable contributions in Chennai, is due for a big knock, Yuvraj Singh is yet to translate his success in Twenty20s to ODI while Rohit Sharma's run drought continues.
 
The injury to Virat Kohli, who has been India's highest run getter in both Tests and ODIs last year, has only compounded the team's worries.
 
Kohli sustained a foot injury while bowling. Though his ligaments are fine, barring a minimal injury fluid in his knee, a decision on his availability will taken only on Thursday morning. 
 
It will be interesting to see if Dhoni retains the same squad or rings in some changes for the crucial encounter. Young batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja are looking forward to lap up every opportunity they get.
 
Bowling has been India's weakness, especially the lack of express fast bowlers. India are not able to take advantage of the new ODI rule that permits two bouncers in ODIs.
 
So much so that, Dhoni said: “Once we get fast bowlers like Umesh Yadav we will try to use it. As of now, we will keep that in our pocket."
 
What has also hit India hard is the absence of a fifth bowler. The part-timers conceeded 80 runs from the 10 overs in the Chennai match.
 
Unlike India, bowling has been Pakistan's strength. Junaid has been tipped as the next Wasim Akram while the towering Mohammad Imran has been equally impressive. Sohail Tanveer and Umar Gul add the experience in the pace attack.
 
The spinners have been impressive as well. The trio of Mohammed Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Shoaib Malik have been miserly in the series so far.
 
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq also have every reason to be confident about his team's batting. Young opening batsman Nasir Jamshed, who struck a match-winning 101 in Chennai, and the veteran Younis Khan are in good form.
 
Misbah, however, would look forward to get back into runs. And what better than the Eden for the Pakistan captain to find the runs and seal the series.
 
Teams (from):
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra and Shami Ahmed.
 
Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz and Zulfiqar Babar.
 
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