Live: New campaign against corruption from January, says Hazare

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 10, 2012 12:34 hrs

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Anna Hazare Saturday announced that he would start a national campaign against corruption Jan 30, 2013, the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

"Today (Saturday) there was a meeting among 13 old members of our group for over five hours. Soon there will be a national campaign against corruption. I will start a nationwide tour from Jan 30, 2013," Hazare told reporters after the meeting.

"It is a misinformation that the team has ended. We have formed a 13-member team which will take forward the movement," Hazare said.

The activist also said he will inaugurate his new office at Sarvodaya Enclave in south Delhi Sunday.

"We need to unite the country against corruption, we need a revolution to change the system," he said.

Among those who attended the meeting were Kiran Bedi, N. Santosh Hegde and Medha Patkar.

"This movement is back. This movement won't stop until our investigating agencies become independent and non-participant," Bedi said.

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Kerala government nurses can wear churidhars

Nurses in Kerala's government-run hospitals would now be able to wear the traditional churidhars while on duty, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar announced Saturday.

"Nurses of government hospitals have been demanding that they be permitted to wear churidhars while on duty. From now on they can wear the outfit," said Sivakumar at a conference in Palakkad, around 350 km from here. 

Kerala has about 1,255 hospitals of varying size under the directorate of health services with more than 8,000 nurses working in them. The number of male nurses in Kerala hospitals is minuscule. 

"We are happy with the decision because wearing a sari while working is cumbersome. This is certainly a welcome move," said a nurse after the minister announced the government decision. 

All the private hospitals in the state had long ago allowed nurses to wear churidhars.

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Don't link this deal to KFA: Mallya

Though Vijay Mallya may have managed a neat cash pile with the Diageo deal, something he desperately needed at this point, he refused to provide clarity on whether the debt-laden Kingfisher Airlines was financially stable.

For about a year, Mallya has been scrambling to raise funds for Kingfisher, prompting speculation he may offload stake in United Spirits or United Breweries.

To put to rest speculation on what the Diageo deal would mean for Kingfisher, Mallya simply said, "We have multiple businesses, and each business operates independent of the others. There is no cross-contamination. There never has been, there never will be."

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Didn't sell family silver, embellished it: Vijay Mallya

After protracted discussions on whether he will finally sell majority control of United Spirits to Diageo, Vijay Mallya, finally bit the bullet on Friday and decided on a transaction in which Diageo will get to control a significant 53.4% stake in the UB Group flagship United Spirits. In an discussion with the Indian media from London, Mallya detailed how he finally structured the deal.

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Have Bieber and Gomez split?

Singer Justin Bieber and his actress girlfriend Selena Gomez made a perfect couple, but they have reportedly parted ways.

The news comes after Bieber, 18, was seen chatting up models backstage at the Victoria's Secret show Wednesday, and this could have been the reason behind the split, reports 

According to a source, the duo broke up about a week ago. They were last spotted together Oct 20, and packed schedules also perhaps took a toll.

"Because of their crazy schedules, it was getting harder and harder to maintain a relationship," said the source.

The couple started dating 18 months back.

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Harvard students send hamburger into space

A group of five Harvard University students sent a hamburger soaring up to 100,000ft, to film its adventures in space as part of their “Operation Skyfall.”

This video that was uploaded to YouTube by Nyassin14, shows how the students managed to do it.

First, they coated a hamburger with lacquer, to make sure that it stood a fighting chance of withstanding the elements on its trip into space, the Telegraph reported.

The hamburger was then connected to a camera and a GPS system before being attached to a helium balloon.

It reached an altitude of almost 100,000 feet before the balloon burst and sent the burger hurtling back to Earth.

Several days later, the students found the hamburger and camera stuck up in a tree just outside Boston. Both were still intact. 

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Petrol price likely to be cut

The price of petrol may go down over the next few days, reports said.

On Friday, Indian Oil Corporation chairman R.S. Butola said the company would take a decision regarding the revision of petrol prices over the next few days.

Though he did not specify a figure, buzz is that the price could be reduced by around Re 1 a litre.

A host of factors including international market prices of the fuel and the rupee-dollar exchange rate play a role in determining petrol prices.

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Indian envoy assures 'total security' for Pakistan team during India tour

Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal has assured the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that its team would be provided complete security during its tour to India, as well as to players if selected for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Sabharwal, in a meeting with PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, discussed security measures which will be taken during the upcoming series and said that the series will improve cricket relations between the two countries, reports The Express Tribune.

Sabharwal expressed optimism that maximum number of Pakistani fans will be issued visas to visit India to watch the matches. He gave firm assurance that maximum number of spectators will be accommodated.

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Warm welcome & tight security for Nitish

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who is on a visit to Karachi along with a 12-member delegation in an effort to strengthen ties between the two nuclear-powered countries, have been given a warm welcome and the highest level of security.

Kumar was accorded a red carpet welcome as he arrived here on Friday on a week-long visit. Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah received him at the airport.

For moving around Pakistan's financial hub, Kumar has been given a black bulletproof limo that President Zardari uses when he is in Karachi. Moreover, the five-star hotel that he'll be staying at over the next three days has been transformed into a fortress.

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Indian American Ami Bera widens lead in California poll

Dr Ami Bera, a Los Angeles-born physician son of Indian immigrants, has increased his lead in the race for California's 7th Congressional district bringing him a step closer to making history.

If he wins, Bera will only be the third Indian-American elected to the US House of Representatives after Dalip Singh Saund in 1952 and current Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal in 2004.

Running for the second time the seat around Sacramento, Bera was ahead by a razor-thin 184 votes against Republican incumbent Dan Lungren, with 88,406 votes to Lungren's 88,222 when the polling ended Tuesday making the race too close to call.

With "tens of thousands of absentee and provisional ballots" still being counted three days after the Nov 6 election, Bera has increased his lead against Lungren to 1,779 votes, the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters announced Friday.

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Amit Shah, 7 others appear in Mumbai court in Sohrab case

Out of the 19 accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, eight including former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah on Friday appeared before a magistrate's court in Mumbai.

The trial of the case has been shifted by the Supreme Court from Gujarat to Mumbai. The local court, three days ago, had issued summons to all the accused.

After the court on Friday marked the presence of the eight accused, the Central Bureau of Investigation filed an application seeking fresh production warrants against remaining 11, including former IPS officers D G Vanjara, Rajkumar Pandian and Abhay Chudasma, who are lodged in Ahmedabad's Sabarmati jail.

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Malala Day being observed across the world today

The United Nations has announced to observe ‘Malala Day’ today (Saturday) under its supervision across the world in the honour of child activist from Swat, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has extended his support to the young girl and her fight for education, describing her as the “global symbol” of every girl’s right to an education.
Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for Global Education, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said November 10, a month after Malala was shot at by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan, has been declared Malala Day.

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CIA director David Petraeus quits over extramarital affair

David Petraeus, the retired four-star general renowned for taking charge of the military campaigns in Iraq and then Afghanistan, abruptly resigned on Friday as director of the CIA, admitting to an extramarital affair.

The affair was discovered during an FBI investigation, according to officials briefed on the developments. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. It was unclear what the FBI was investigating or when it became aware of the affair.

Petraeus' resignation shocked Washington's intelligence and political communities. It was a sudden end to the public career of the best-known general of the post 9/11 wars, a man credited with salvaging the US conflict in Iraq and sometimes mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate. His service was effusively praised on Friday in statements from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

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