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updates for 30.11.2011

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  2. 2.  DMK MP Kanimozhi was secreted away from the Tihar Central Jail premises here on Tuesday evening much to the disappointment of a battery of photographers, correspondents and well-wishers who waited outside. Among her well-wishers were Rajya Sabha MPs, MLAs from Tamil Nadu and DMK workers who had arrived here two days ago. “This is only the beginning, we will get justice when the case finally ends. This is justice…it has been delayed long enough,” said Rajya Sabha member Vasanthi Stanley. “We have been waiting for this moment for around 190 days…she has undergone unnecessary pain. At last, we are getting to celebrate and enjoy this moment. The party will be revived to its former glory after this victory,” said Saravanan Nambi, DMK representative from Avinashi in Tamil Nadu, who had been waiting outside Gate No. 3 of the jail since 4.30 p.m. To reach Chennai on December 3 Chennai Special Correspondent writes: Ms. Kanimozhi will reach Chennai on December 3, the DMK announced on Tuesday. She will be in Chennai on December 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 and 11. Again she will be in Chennai from December 24 to 31 when the court closes for holidays, a party release said.
  3. 3. Oil marketing companies review meet today; no change likely in prices of diesel, LPG and kerosene The continued economic acrimony in the eurozone and the continued slowdown of the U.S, economy has softened the international crude oil prices, raising hopes of another petrol price cut by the oil marketing companies (OMCs) when the matter comes up for review on November 30. With the Indian basket averaging around $107 per barrel, the petrol prices are likely to be cut by another one rupee, the second reduction this month. The OMCs on November 16 cut the fuel prices by Rs. 2.22 per litre. Petrol now costs Rs. 66.42 in Delhi. “The oil prices are to come up for fortnightly review on November 30 and another reduction can be expected,” a senior OMC official said. This would be the second reduction in petrol price since January 2009 when rates were cut by Rs. 5 per litre. Before that, the then Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora made oil firms slash the petrol price by an equal proportion in December 2008. However, no change is likely in the prices of diesel, domestic LPG and kerosene, which continue to be subsidised heavily.
  4. 4.  As the row between Tamil Nadu and Kerala on the Mullaperiyar dam is generating a lot of heat both inside and outside Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is said to have hinted that the Centre is trying to work out an amicable settlement, including convening a meeting of between Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Jayalalithaa and Oommen Chandy. The Prime Minister is said to have told various delegations from the two States on Tuesday that the Centre was concerned as the issue involved the interests of the people of both the States and it would do whatever possible to resolve the matter at the earliest. He would discuss the issue with Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and see what could be done next. Earlier MPs from Kerala and Tamil Nadu, cutting across party lines, disrupted the Parliament proceedings, shouting slogans for and against a new dam and later sat on dharnas separately in front of the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex. Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi Lok Sabha member Thol. Thirumavalavan alleged that the new dam slogan was a ploy by Kerala to hoodwink Tamil Nadu people and deprive water later.
  5. 5.  Welcoming the decision of the Indian government to allow foreign direct investment in the multi-brand retail sector, the United States said that it will “deepen” the India-U.S. economic cooperation. “We welcome India‟s decision. We think economic reforms such as these will further strengthen business-to-business ties between our two countries,” State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, told reporters. Single-brand retail will now be open to 100 per cent foreign direct investment. “While this threshold for FDI in multi-brand retail serves as an excellent starting point for India‟s retail sector, continued relaxation of the FDI cap will serve to maximize investments in supply chains, bring foreign expertise to farming and food safety practices, and offer the best prices and choices for consumers and producers alike,” USIBC (U.S. India Business Council) said.
  6. 6.  An official says an earthquake with a magnitude of 6 shook the capital and parts of the northern Philippines. There are no immediate reports of damages or injuries. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology chief Renato Solidum says movement in the Manila Trench off the country‟s west set off the earthquake on Wednesday but it occurred deep under the ocean floor and did not cause any destruction. Mr. Solidum says the quake was felt in metropolitan Manila and in the nearby provinces of Zambales, Bulacan, Pangasinan and in the mountain resort city of Baguio. The Philippines is located in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common. A 7.7- magnitude quake killed nearly 2,000 people in Luzon in 1990.
  7. 7.  The White House has asked Pakistan to attend the crucial international meet on Afghanistan in Bonn early next month. Islamabad had on Tuesday decided to boycott the conference in Bonn to protest the killing of its 24 soldiers by NATO forces in a cross-border fire on the AfPak border over the weekend. “We certainly urge Pakistan to participate in this conference. It‟s very important for the future of Afghanistan,” White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters. “Pakistan obviously will play an important role in the future of Afghanistan, and we urge them to participate in the conference,” Mr. Carney said in response to a question.
  8. 8. Rohit puts the host on victory path with an impressive innings Rohit Sharmas brilliant 72 and useful contributions from the lower-order helped India battle back from the brink and script an exciting one-wicket win against the West Indies in the first One-Day International at the Barabati Stadium here on Tuesday. Chasing West Indies 211 for nine in 50 overs, India was tottering at 59 for five when Rohit and Ravindra Jadeja joined forces. The sixth-wicket pair raised 83, easily the best phase of the Indian innings. At the end of the day, the two fast bowlers also turned match-winners for India with their last-wicket partnership. Incidentally, this was Indias 10th . consecutive win at home, and its third against the West Indies at this venue.
  9. 9. Called Gliese581g, theexoplanet islocated 123trillion milesaway from Earth  Scientists claim to have discovered a potentially habitable planet which has an environment much similar to that of the Earth and may contain water and even life.  The exoplanet, called Gliese 581g, is located around 123 trillion miles away from the Earth and orbits a star at a distance that places it squarely in the habitable or the Goldilocks zone, the scientists said.  The research, published in the Astrophysical Journal, suggests that the planet could contain liquid water on its surface, meaning it tops the league of planets and moons rated as being most like Earth, they said. Compelling case  “Our findings offer a very compelling case for a potentially habitable planet,” said lead researcher Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  “The fact that we were able to detect this planet so quickly and so nearby tells us that planets like this must be really common,” Prof. Vogt was quoted as saying byDaily Mail.  The new findings are based on 11 years of observations of the nearby red dwarf star Gliese 581 using the HIRES spectrometer on the Keck I Telescope by a team from UC Santa Cruz and the Carnegie Institution of Washington.  The team reported the discovery of two new planets around Gliese 581. This brings the total number of known planets around this star to six, the most yet discovered in a planetary system outside of our own.  Like our solar system, the planets around Gliese 581 have nearly-circular orbits, the team said. Gliese 581 has a mass three to four times the Earths and orbits its star in just under 37 days.  Its mass indicates that it is probably a rocky planet with a definite surface and enough gravity to hold on to an atmosphere, they said.
  10. 10.  Alok Kumar beats back Jason Williams challenge A stoic and unfazed Alok Kumar weathered Canadian Jason Williamss challenge at 4-2 in Group E in the IBSF World snooker championship on Tuesday on a day which began badly for Indians. India thrashes Poland Tushar Khandekar and Yuvraj Walmiki scored two goals each as India spanked Poland 7-0 to enhance its chances of finishing on top of Pool „A in the Champions Challenge hockey tournament here on Tuesday. India now has seven points from three matches. India 7 bt Poland 0; Japan 2 bt Canada 1; Argentina 5 bt Malaysia 2 .
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