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Egypt: Islamists press generals to fire government

News4u-News Desk-Cairo, (PTI) Egypt has ruled out any additional nuke commitments unless Israel signs NPT, even as it asked for making the West Asia a nuclear free zone.
Egypt rejects calls for additional commitments on the shoulders of non-nuclear Arab countries before Israel signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit was quoted by the ministry’s spokesman as saying during a meeting with International Commission on NPT and Disarmament (ICNND) co-chairs Gareth Evans and Yoriko Kawaguchi.
The minister called upon the ICNND to include Arab demands to establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the West Asia, stressing the importance of pressuring Israel to join the treaty.
He also stressed the importance of preserving NPT member states’ right to develop national nuclear programs for peaceful use. Israel is the only country in the Middle East so far to own nuclear heads.

News4u-News Desk-Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood -led parliament has begun drawing up a no-confidence motion against the military-appointed govt, further escalating the Islamists’ increasingly public power struggle with the country’s ruling generals.

The Islamists were also squabbling with liberal and secular groups over the commission that is to draw up the nation’s new constitution.

After the Brotherhood took a clear majority on the 100-member body for itself, 25 other members resigned.

The latest was the representative of Al-Azhar, the pre-eminent institute of Islamic learning in the Sunni Muslim world.

Yesterday, a meeting between the Islamists and liberals chaired by military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi produced no compromises.

Liberals fear the Islamists plan to impose their religious agenda on the constitution.

Islamists say liberals are a minority who have no popular support.

Relations between the military and the Brotherhood have deteriorated in recent weeks, as the fundamentalist group has pushed for the army to fire the Cabinet for alleged incompetence.

The Brotherhood wants to form a new government, a task it claims is urgent because of Egypt’s deteriorating security and economic situation.

During a heated session in parliament yesterday, lawmakers lambasted Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri’s government for its performance, accusing it of wasting billions of dollars of public funds.

Six Cabinet ministers stormed out in protest.

Lawmakers also started drafting a motion for a vote of no confidence in the government, said parliamentarian Hussein Ibrahim.

He said that parliament, where the Brotherhood and other Islamists hold nearly 75 per cent of the seats, will vote on the measure within two weeks.

“No one can give a kiss of life to a dead government,” lawmaker Osama Yassin said.

While Egypt’s interim constitution does not give parliament the power to dismiss the Cabinet, a no-confidence vote would be a sharp blow to the ruling generals and make it difficult for them to continue backing el-Ganzouri’s government.

 

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Delhi joins cities with utilities on digital format

News4u-News Desk-New Delhi,  The national capital today joined an elite group of cities like New York, London and Paris when Delhi Government unveiled a unique portal comprising all the over ground and underground utilities like telephone lines and water pipes in three dimensional digital format.
Inaugurating the portal, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the project, one of its kind in India, was a giant leap towards making Delhi a new age city as digitisation of all underground and over ground assets would improve urban planning and governance to a great extent.
“The availability of underground utilities in digital form would enable the concerned line departments to undertake preventive maintenance programmes as well as locate the fault in the underground utility with precision,” she said.

News4u-News Desk-New Delhi,  The national capital today joined an elite group of cities like New York, London and Paris when Delhi Government unveiled a unique portal comprising all the over ground and underground utilities like telephone lines and water pipes in three dimensional digital format.

Inaugurating the portal, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the project, one of its kind in India, was a giant leap towards making Delhi a new age city as digitisation of all underground and over ground assets would improve urban planning and governance to a great extent.

“The availability of underground utilities in digital form would enable the concerned line departments to undertake preventive maintenance programmes as well as locate the fault in the underground utility with precision,” she said.

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Airtel joins tariff war; introduces pay-per-second plan

News4u-Business Desk-Joining the tariff war, India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel on Friday introduced a “pay per second” plan across the country.
In this plan, called Freedom Plan, Airtel customers will be charged one paise per second for all Local and STD calls to Airtel numbers and 1.20 paise per second for local and STD calls to other networks.
Some of the new operators, however, are offering pay per second tariff plan across networks.
The plan will be available initially only to pre-paid subscribers of Airtel, an Airtel statement said.
This will be one of the tariff plans besides others already existing.
“As the undisputed leader in the Indian telecom industry, we are committed to delighting our customers through superior network, great customer service and best value for money.”
“Today, our network covers 110 million customers, has 100,000 sites and is available across 4.25 lakh towns and villages in 1.5 million outlets,” Atul Bindal, President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel, said.

News4u-Business Desk-Joining the tariff war, India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel on Friday introduced a “pay per second” plan across the country.

In this plan, called Freedom Plan, Airtel customers will be charged one paise per second for all Local and STD calls to Airtel numbers and 1.20 paise per second for local and STD calls to other networks.

Some of the new operators, however, are offering pay per second tariff plan across networks.

The plan will be available initially only to pre-paid subscribers of Airtel, an Airtel statement said.

This will be one of the tariff plans besides others already existing.

“As the undisputed leader in the Indian telecom industry, we are committed to delighting our customers through superior network, great customer service and best value for money.”

“Today, our network covers 110 million customers, has 100,000 sites and is available across 4.25 lakh towns and villages in 1.5 million outlets,” Atul Bindal, President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel, said.


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Bipasha Basu joins the cast of ‘Raavan’

News4u-Entertainment Desk- It is confirmed by her publicist that Bipasha Basu has joined the cast of Raavan, which stars Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Govinda, south star Vikram and Nikhil Dwivedi. The dusky actress will be playing Abhishek’s (Raavan) wife Mandodari and will join the cast in the end of September. In mythology Mandodari was the Lankan’s king’s favourite wife! The film is presently being shot at Malshej Ghat near Pune.

Reportedly, Sushmita Sen and Shilpa Shetty had turned down the offer by director Mani Ratnam. Interestingly some not- so-big names were also considered for this part, like model-turned-actor Sheetal Menon. The dusky actress was almost finalised for the part but Mani Ratnam decided to go in for a bigger name and Basu stepped in. The other actresses who also auditioned for the part were Shweta Salve, Gauhar Khan and Tupur Chatterjee. But the actresses need not fret. Raavan is scheduled to be complete by November 6 and release sometime next year.


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Condoleezza Rice joins 2 private US golf clubs

News4u-News Desk-Birmingham,  (AP) Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined two exclusive golf clubs in Alabama.

Rice is a native of Birmingham and has family there, though she does not own a home in the city. Chief of Staff Colby Cooper says the golf memberships at Greystone Golf & Country Club and Shoal Creek golf club are part of an effort to reach out to citizens of her home state.

Shoal Creek came under fire for having no black members in 1990 as it prepared to host a major tournament.

Rice has visited the Birmingham area twice in the past four months. She was in town last week researching a book about her parents and found time for golf at Shoal Creek with club president Bobby Luckie.

Rice is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution public policy research group at Stanford University.


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Harbhajan joins hands with Neo Sports channel

News4u-Sports Desk-Mumbai,  Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was today signed up by broadcaster Neo Sports as its brand ambassador to promote cricket in the country.

Harbhajan, who starred with his five-for in the final of the tri-series against Sri Lanka, was happy with his new role.

“It is a privilege to be associated with Neo Cricket as their brand ambassador. We share a common passion which is cricket. The channel is bringing cricket to the homes of every Indian cricket fan.

“I am glad to be the medium of reaching out to the cricket crazy fans of India to promote the cricketing season on Neo Cricket,” he said.

Abhishek Verma, Head, Marketing and Communications, Neo Sports said, “Choosing a seasoned cricketer like Harbhajan as the brand ambassador of our channel was obvious as his competent personality and sportsman spirit complements with our brand persona.


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Hyundai joins hands with IndusInd for car finance

News4u-Business Desk-New Delhi, The country’s second largest car maker Hyundai Motor India today said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with private-sector lender IndusInd Bank for providing retail financing facilities to its car buyers.

“We are glad to partner with IndusInd Bank as through this tie-up we will be able to introduce multiple customer centric initiatives for the benefit of the customers,” HMIL Senior Vice-President (Marketing and Sales) Arvind Saxena said.

During the last six months, the company has also tied-up with Punjab National Bank, Syndicate Bank and Corporation Bank among other public sector banks to leverage its product range with easy financing options, he added.

IndusInd Bank has a network of 180 branches, spread across 147 locations in 28 states and union territories. The lender also has 484 distribution outlets across the country.

Hyundai joins hands with Indusland

Hyundai joins hands with Indusland

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