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2G spectrum scam – Raja quizzed for 2nd day

NEW DELHI: Former telecom minister A Raja was on Saturday called for questioning by the CBI for the second consecutive day in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The DMK leader was on Friday quizzed by the agency on the controversial preponement of dates for allocation of spectrum and alleged funding of some of the telecom companies by his ... Read More »

PM gives Rs 400cr, Naidu fasts

Dec. 21: The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday announced a relief of Rs 400 crore from the National Calamity Fund as an ad hoc advance to the rain-hit farmers of Andhra Pradesh. He cleared the fund after 28 Congress MPs from the state called on him and also promised more aid once he receives the report of the ... Read More »

India successfully test-fires Prithvi-11 ballistic missile

India on Wednesday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed and nuclear-capable Prithvi-II ballistic missile, which has a striking range of 350 km, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off the Orissa coast.”The missile mounted on a mobile launcher was test-fired from the launch complex-3 in the ITR at around 0815 hours”, defence sources said. The test-firing of the missile, ... Read More »

Abu Dhabi hotel regrets $11M Christmas tree

The Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi is trying to distance itself from what is largely believed to be the world’s most opulent Christmas tree.The tree, which fills the luxury hotel’s lobby, will stay there for the rest of the holidays. But the hotel’s owners say they’re not responsible for the gold, ruby and diamond ornaments that cover the 13-metre-high ... Read More »

Mercury hits 9.8ºC, lowest since 2005

Hyderabad, Dec. 19: A cold wave warning has been issued for a majority of districts in the Telangana region, including the state capital, for the next two days. Minimum temperatures continued to dip further in other parts of the state too. The minimum temperature in Hyderabad was 9.8ºC on Sunday, the lowest since 2005 when Hyderabad recorded a minimum temperature ... Read More »

WikiLeaks Founder Is Jailed, Secrets Still Flow

LONDON — WikiLeaks published a new set of cables Wednesday, and in a defiant message posted online the secret-spilling website promised that the leaks would keep on flowing despite the arrest and jailing of its founder on sex allegations. WikiLeaks is under pressure on many fronts: its editor-in-chief Julian Assange is in prison fighting extradition to Sweden. Nearly simultaneous moves ... Read More »

Embrace open source philosophy, Kalam tells scientists, researchers

The concept of Free Software, wherein knowledge is created by the community for the community, without being driven by commercial interests, must be extended to research to solve problems in health care, agriculture, energy and safe drinking water, the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, said. He was speaking at the inauguration of the three-day National Convention for Academics and Research ... Read More »

CBI raids too little, too late, says BJP

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Wednesday slammed the Congress-led UPA Government for the belated action of conducting raids in the 2G spectrum scam case. “It is too late and too little,” said BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar. The raids were merely a farce, as it allowed enough time for those against whom raids were conducted to cover up everything, he said.  ... Read More »