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  1. 1. Wel come to AVLIBRARY’sCurrent Awareness Service Updates for 24.11.2011
  2. 2. Cyrus P. Mistry is Ratan Tatas heir apparent Cyrus P. Mistry (43) will be crowned chairman of Tata Sons – and king of the Tata empire – when Ratan N Tata formally retires in December 2012 on reaching the age of 75. Considered a dark horse, Mr. Mistry is at present Managing Director of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group. He is also on the board of Tata Sons, the holding company which controls the Tata Group. One of Indias largest conglomerates with interests in diverse sectors such as telecom, automobile, engineering and hotels, the group is worth more than $70 billion dollars. Mr. Ratan Tata has been its chairman since 1991. ―The appointment of Mr. Cyrus P Mistry as Deputy Chairman of Tata Sons is a good and far-sighted choice. He has been on the board of Tata Sons since August 2006. I have been impressed with the quality and calibre of his participation, his astute observations and his humility. He is intelligent and qualified to take on the responsibility being offered, a release quoted Mr. Ratan Tata as saying.
  3. 3. Congress still struggling to get toehold in U.P. Inept handling of Hazare issue, Rahuls inability to sustain an effective campaign keeping party down Earlier this year in July, when Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi came to address a mahapanchayat of farmers in Aligarh, close to the site of the agitation against land acquisition in the village of Tappal, locals say, it looked as though the party was actually poised for flight. ―There was a certain buoyancy in the air; farmers had come from across the State and they listened raptly to Rahul,‖ recalls Tariq Hasan, a journalist. But two things happened subsequently, he says: the arrest of Anna Hazare and the clumsy handling of the matter, and Mr. Gandhis inability to keep the spotlight on an issue that had great resonance across the State. ―Rahul,‖ says Mr. Hasan, ―has demonstrated repeatedly that he cant stay with an issue, that he is not able to take an issue to its logical conclusion, despite his obvious sincerity.‖ Inept handling of the Anna Hazare issue, high prices, Rahul Gandhis inability to sustain an effective campaign focussed on farming issues, the lack of an organisation and the failure to win the favour of the Muslims is keeping the Congress down in U.P. The question now is: can the Congress reverse any of this before polling day to its own advantage?
  4. 4. ‘Public sentiments no basis of jaildeny bail’ Supreme Court lets five corporate executives out to in 2G case Declaring that the right to bail cannot be denied merely because of the communitys sentiments against the accused, the Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to five corporate executives, accused in the 2G spectrum case. A Bench of Justices G. S Singhvi and H. L. Dattu directed the release of Unitech managing director Sanjay Chandra, Swan Telecom director Vinod Goenka and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group executives Hari Nair, Gautam Doshi and Surrendra Pipara on their executing a bond with two solvent sureties, each for a sum of Rs. 5 lakh, to the satisfaction of the special judge, Central Bureau of Investigation. The Bench said: ―We are conscious of the fact that the accused are charged with economic offences of a huge magnitude. We are also conscious of the fact that the offences alleged, if proved, may jeopardise the economy of the country. At the same time, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the investigating agency has already completed the investigation and the charge sheet is filed. ―Therefore their presence in custody may not be necessary for further investigation. We are of the view that the appellants are entitled to the grant of bail, pending trial, on stringent conditions in order to allay the apprehension expressed by the CBI.‖ The appellants should not directly or indirectly make any inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the case so as to dissuade him from disclosing them to the court or any other authority. The Bench granted the CBI liberty to seek modification/recall of this order if, for any reason, the appellants violated any of the conditions.
  5. 5. James Murdoch quits as director of U.K. titles In a surprise move, seen as a prelude to a major shakeup in Rupert Murdochs crisis-hit British media group, News International, his son James Murdoch on Wednesday quit as director of the companies that publish The Times, The Sunday Times, and the Sun. The move sparked speculation that the group might be preparing to sell off its British newspapers to stop the phone-hacking scandal from ―destabilising‖ the parent company, News Corporation. News International confirmed that Mr. Murdoch had ―stepped down from the boards of a number of NI subsidiary companies, including News Group Newspapers (NGN) and Times Newspapers Ltd (TNL)‖. News International sought to play down the significance of his resignation. Sources were reported as saying that he was required to spend more time in America following his appointment earlier this year as deputy chief operating officer of News Corporation. They also insisted that the group remained ―committed‖ to its British titles.
  6. 6. India, UAE step up security cooperation Agreement signed on mutual transfer of sentenced persons Taking cooperation in security-related matters to a higher level, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday signed two key agreements — on security cooperation and the transfer of sentenced persons. While the agreement on transfer of sentenced persons provides the framework to allow convicted prisoners to serve the remainder of their sentences in their respective home countries, and thereby facilitate social rehabilitation, the one on security cooperation seeks to strengthen and develop the existing bilateral framework in areas such as combating terrorism in all forms, addressing activities of organised criminal groups, drug-trafficking, and illicit trafficking in weapons, ammunition and explosives. The two sides also stressed their commitments to stepping up cooperation in the investigation of mutually relevant criminal cases and the sharing of relevant information in this regard, the spokesperson said.
  7. 7. Schoolboy killed in freak mishap TIMES NEWS NETWORK Mumbai: In a freak incident, a nine-year-old schoolboy died on Wednesday afternoon in Sion after hishead hit a hoarding that was dangling from an electric pole. Viraj Parmar had stuck his head out ofthe schoolbus window and was waving to his friends when it grazed the hoarding, an eyewitness told TOI. The collision was so strong that the hoarding‘s wooden frame broke off and got detached. Sion po-VirajParmar (9) was hit by a hoarding while leaning out of the bus to wave to his friends lice officers said thehoarding had been initially placed 12 feet from the ground. But after an earlier accident where a vehiclehit the pole, it had dropped to seven feet—the level of the school bus window. Viraj, the only child of his parents, was rushed to the nearby Sion Hospital by the driver, teachers andprincipal of Shreevallabh Ashram English Medium School in Sion (West) in a taxi. Doctors at the hospital‘strauma ward tried to resuscitate him and also put him on a ventilator. ―He was already dead by the time hewas brought here, but we still tried our best to revive him. He had lost a lot of blood,‖ said a doctor. Bythe time his parents reached the hospital, it was too late. The accident took place a few metres from the school gate. Viraj, a Pratiksha Nagar resident, occupiedthe last seat of the bus that left the school premises at around 12.30pm, packed to capacity. ―The incidenthappened within minutes of the bus leaving the school,‖ said a Sion police officer. Distraught fatherblames school for son’s death A case under Indian Penal Code sections for negligence, rash and negligent driving has been registeredagainst the driver.
  8. 8. Windies in command as Bravo hits another ton Darren Bravos regal stance evoked a ‗Brian Lara-Part II placard in the stands. The southpaw needs to traverse miles before he can be anointed as the cricketing successor to his famous relative but Bravos third hundred in his last four Tests including the latest at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday and a style reminiscent of Lara, ensured that the comparisons continued unabated. Bravos 166 (284b, 17x4) extended the West Indies first innings to 575 for nine on the second day of the third and final Test while the Indians gaped at a knock that strengthened the visitors unfinished 720-minute tenure at the crease since Tuesday morning. West Indies — 1st innings: A. Barath c Dhoni b Ashwin 62 (148b, 8x4), K. Brathwaite c Kohli b Ashwin 68 (184b, 8x4), K. Edwards c Dhoni b Ishant 86 (165b, 13x4), D. Bravo c Dhoni b Aaron 166 (284b, 17x4), K. Powell c Dhoni b Ojha 81 (149b, 9x4), M. Samuels c Dravid b Ashwin 61 (103b, 9x4), C. Baugh b Aaron 4 (6b, 1x4), D. Sammy c Dhoni b Aaron 3 (6b), R. Rampaul c Kohli b Ashwin 10 (14b, 2x4), F. Edwards (batting) 7 (22b, 1x4), D. Bishoo (batting) 2 (7b); Extras (b-8, lb-15, nb-2): 25; Total (for nine wkts. in 181 overs): 575. Fall of wickets: 1-137 (Barath), 2-150 (Brathwaite), 3-314 (Edwards), 4-474 (Powell), 5- 518 (Bravo), 6-524 (Baugh), 7-540 (Sammy), 8-563 (Rampaul), 9-566 (Samuels). India bowling: Ishant 30-9-72-1, Aaron 28-4-106-3, Ojha 48-10-126-1, Ashwin 51-6-154- 4, Sehwag 16-1-61-0, Kohli 2-0-9-0, Tendulkar 6-0-24-0.
  9. 9.  Federer routs Nadal, books semifinal berth Roger Federer crushed old rival Rafael Nadal 6-3,6-0 as the defending champion swept into the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals on TuesdayDoubles: Group A: Mahesh Bhupathi & Leander Paes bt Jurgen Melzer & Philipp Petzschner 7-5, 6-3. Group B: Max Mirnyi & Daniel Nestor bt Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Marcin Matkowski 6-4, 6-3.  Umar Akmal guides Pakistan homePakistan rode on Umar Akmals unbeaten 61 and Misbah-ul Haqs 66 earlier on in the innings to defeat Sri Lanka by three wickets with more than two overs remaining and win the ODI series 4-1 here on Wednesday night.Scoreboard Sri Lanka: Total: (for nine wkts. in 50 overs) 218.  Ozbey fires in four goals for East Bengal East Bengal recovered from its derby defeat on the weekend in emphatic fashion, walloping HASC 8-1 at the Football Stadium here on Wednesday.The result: HASC 1 (Hamza 16) lost to East Bengal 8 (Robin 8, Okpara 26, 36, Ozbey 49, 59, 71, 86, Baljit 75).  Nehwal suffers first round defeat in China Open Fourth seed Saina Nehwal made a shock first round exit from the China Open as the Indian challenge ended in the singles events of the prestigious badminton tournament here on Wednesday. Saina made a strong start by winning the first game but went on to lose 21—15— 22—24 15—21 in the women‘s singles after battling for one hour and one minute.
  10. 10. Gujarat lokayoukt : Thursday is judgement day for trial. The case against Gujarat state and the Rajyapal was in trial court and the judgment was left for Thursday RTI activist Amit Jethwa ‘s murder case Amit‘s father submitted 500+pages evidences to HC Gujarat. He also make charge of murder to junagadh‘s MP Dinu Solanki ‗s involvement to this murder case. It is notable that Surendrenagar police SP went for khaba Amit‘s home town to meet his father and friends to cooperate police for investigation. Gujrats Avi Barot named U-19 cricketer of the year
  11. 11. Mumbai RTI activist left in Surat afterabduction and assault Surat: An RTI activist from Mumbai, who had sought information on various issues including the Adarsh Society scam, was admitted to Surat civil hospital after he was found lying unconscious on the roadside in Palsana in the district, police said on Sunday. Santosh M Tiwari, 42, a former employee of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), was found in Palsana this morning by a passer-by. After coming around, Tiwari told police that he was abducted by a gang of `Dilawar from Mira Road area in suburban Mumbai on Friday. Tiwari works as a security consultant for a firm there. Tiwari alleges this was the fall-out of his RTI applications, which could expose big politicians including those involved in Adarsh scam. Police said that had informed Mumbai police in this regard.
  12. 12. 3-day Gunotsav kicks off today Gandhinagar: The three-day Gunotsav 2011 campaign, under which chief minister Narendra Modi, ministers, bureaucrats and other senior officers will evaluate the quality of education and infrastructure in thousands of schools, is all set to start from Thursday. The state government claims that level of primary education in the state has improved significantly as a result of Gunotsav and its concentrated efforts. This year, the state government has also roped in Pratham, a NGO which works in the field of education, for evaluating the campaign. They will also hold talks with management committees of schools in villages and discuss ways to improve the level of education. The schools across the state will be graded based on quality of education, valuation of other education- related activities, its existing infrastructure, and other factors. The schools not faring well in the evaluation process would be encouraged to improve their grade.