The sixth phase of LS polling

24 04 2014
Voters on Thursday turned up in good numbers in many of the 117 constituencies in 11 states and Union Territory of Puducherry in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls in which stakes are high for the Congress, BJP and number of other parties like AIADMK, DMK, NCP and Shiv Sena. 
About 40 percent of the 180 million were eligible to vote on Thursday – in 201,735 polling centres in 11 states and Puducherry. The Election Commission said the entire exercise went on smoothly. However, in Assam, a policeman was killed in Kokrajhar constituency when a mob stoned security personnel. 

Balloting was also low in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital where senior politicians, industrialists, Bollywood actors and the commoners stood in the same queues to vote.

Actors who voted early asked fellow Indian to vote without fail. “I cast my vote. So must every Indian who is eligible. Be responsible,” actor John Abraham tweeted.

But both in Mumbai and elsewhere in Maharasthra, where polling took place in 19 constituencies, Muslims came out in large numbers to vote amid BJP’s claims of a nationwide “Modi wave”.

Actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan as well as Chief Minister Jayalalithaa were among those who voted early in Tamil Nadu, all of whose 39 seats went to the polls Thursday. 

Both AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa and her West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress hope to garner most Lok Sabha seats in their states to play a major role in the event of a hung parliament. 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flew to Assam to vote, and claimed there was no “Modi wave” in the country. 

Among the star contestants in the state are President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee (Jangipur).

The states which saw polling Thursday were Tamil Nadu (39 seats), Maharashtra (19), Uttar Pradesh (12), Madhya Pradesh (10), Chattisgarh and Bihar (seven each), West Bengal and Assam (six each), Rajasthan (five) and Jharkhand (four) and Jammu and Kashmir as well as Puducherry (one each).

In Varanasi, cheered by thousands of supporters, Modi filed his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha battle that will pit him against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and Ajay Rai of the Congress.

A mass of Bharatiya Janata Party activists, many waving party flags and sporting saffron caps, as well as residents walked with Modi as his open vehicle crawled through the streets to the district magistrate’s office. 

With Thursday’s round of balloting — three more are to take place, and the results will be declared May 16 — the Lok Sabha election has ended in seven states. 

WhatsApp crosses half-a-billion user mark

24 04 2014

  WhatsApp crosses half-a-billion user mark
Instant messaging app WhatsApp has crossed the half-a-billion user mark on the back of strong growth in emerging markets like India and Brazil.

The company, which was acquired by social networking giant Facebook in February this year for USD 19 billion, was founded in 2009 by Ukrainian Jan Koum and American Brian Acton. “Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users,” WhatsApp said in a blog post. It has grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico and Russian in the last few months, WhatsApp said. “Our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day,” it said. The firm had around 450 million monthly active users globally and more than 320 million daily active users as of March this year. A Silicon Valley start-up, WhatsApp has been bullish on the use of technology in India for serving the society. “Doctors in India are using WhatsApp to instantly send electrocardiogram pictures of patients who’ve suffered heart attacks, saving valuable time and potentially lives,” the firm said in a post in February this year.

Modi files nomination in Varanas

24 04 2014
Modi files nomination in Varanasi, invokes "Maa Ganga"
Propelled by a sea of saffron on the streets, Narendra Modi on Thursday filed his nomination for Lok Sabha election from this temple town invoking “Maa Ganga” seeking to galvanise support in the Hindi heartland in his bid to steer BJP to power.
Before filing the nomination from Varanasi, the second seat he is contesting besides Vadodara in Gujarat, BJP’s prime ministerial nominee literally took this ancient spiritual centre on the banks of Ganges by storm.

Chanting “Modi, Modi, Modi”, tens of thousands of activists of the sangh parivar accompanied the 63-year-old on a three-hour long road show that wound through the streets of Varanasi in the blistering heat.

“After coming here, I felt nobody has sent me nor have I come here. I am here because Maa Ganga has called me. I feel like a small child on mothers lap. I pray to God to give me the strength so that I can serve this city,” said Modi after the three-hour-long road show. 

Flanked by party leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Amit Shah and Ravi Shankar Prasad, Modi filed his nomination papers before the District Collector but had to wait for around 20 minutes as an Independent was submitting his papers.

His close aide and ‘Man Friday’ Amit Shah, who has been organising party campaign in UP for the last several months, immediately claimed that the road show has proved that the ‘Modi wave’ has turned into a ‘tsunami’.

“The large crowd at Varanasi has reflected that the Modi wave in Uttar Pradesh has turned into a tsunami. The defeat of Congress, SP and BSP is certain in Uttar Pradesh. The impact of the support will be felt in Bihar and other neighbouring states,” Shah told reporters.

Modi’s road show was telecast non-stop by news channels as 117 constituencies went to polls in 11 states and Puducherry, provoking Congress to complain foul.

It lodged a complaint with the Election Commission seeking filing of an FIR against Modi and other BJP leaders for “serious model code violation” and provisions of the election law through live television coverage. 

Modi later tweeted, “I am emotionally touched & moved to see the enthusiasm& hardwork of our Karyakartas. We are very proud of you all.

“My coming to Varanasi is like a child going to his Mother. I have come to this divine land on the call of Ganga Mata.

“Thank you Varanasi. No words will describe the affection you have showered today. Truly touched,” said in tweets in which he also thanked the policemen and security forces who were there for the roadshow and nomination process.

Unveiling a road map for development of Varanasi, Modi wrote on his website that he envisioned the town as a world heritage site to draw both devotees and those who wished to understand and absorb India’s culture.

He said he has plans to clean up the town as well as the river Ganges, besides the uplift of the tourism sector and the welfare of weavers.

Blowing of conch shells rent the air and rose petals were showered, as Modi, riding atop an open truck, waved to cheering people along the three-km route from Lahurabeer to Kacheri. 

Donning Modi T-shirts, masks and holding BJP flags, people lined up the arterial roads and occupied balconies and rooftops to have glimpse of a man they may be electing as PM. 

As the convoy made its way through Muslim-dominated Nadesar, several people from the minority community also greeted the BJP leader who faces challenge from by AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and Congress’ Ajai Rai, a local MLA, besides others. 

Thanking people for showering love and affection on him, Modi said he will try to make Varanasi the spiritual capital of the world and would make sincere efforts to ensure well being of all section of the society including the weavers.

“I am overwhelmed by support and love of people here.” 

Agilent Technologies launch new entity Keysight Technologies

24 04 2014



Agilent Technologies Inc. the world’s premier test and measurement company, today concluded the 8th annual Aerospace and Defense Symposium in New Delhi. The Symposium is an annual property of Agilent Technologies and is India’s biggest technical gathering of Aerospace and Defense engineers and scientists working on cutting edge Strategic Electronics. This year the symposium focused on military communications, electronic warfare and radar systems, apart from detailing the challenges in test and measurement.

The symposium, organized by Agilent in partnership with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Association of Old Crows (AOW)-India Chapter, and IESA (Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association), spanned across Bangalore, Hyderabad and concluded today in New Delhi. Over 600 delegates participated in various technical sessions on radar, electronic warfare, military communication, avionics, navigation systems, among others, which redefine the design and development of aerospace/defense systems.

Mr. Sudhir Tangri, Country Manager, Agilent Technologies Electronic Measurement Group said, “We see huge potential in the Aerospace & Defense segment, which is occupying more and more space in the country’s long term strategic planning. India is an extremely important market for us globally, which is affirmed by our continued focus with the A&D symposium. We will remain focused on delivering industry defining solutions for the sector with the next phase of our evolution, Keysight Technologies.”

Agilent Technologies has been providing the Aerospace and Defense industries with products and services for more than 75 years. For Agilent, the Aerospace and Defense segment is a major contributor to their business in India and worldwide. The Aerospace and Defense Symposium 2014 was attended by key influencers from the aerospace and defense sector. The Symposium was enriched by open forums that featured discussions and demonstrations of the latest products and features by Agilent.


Workshop on City-size Distribution in a Quasi-open Economy:

24 04 2014
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
To Me
Today at 10:44 AM

Dear Friends: 

As part of our Urban Workshop Series, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), Delhi, are delighted to invite you to a Workshop on City-size Distribution in a Quasi-open Economy: The Indian Evidence  by Dr. Om Prakash Mathur of Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi

Date:                Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Time:               3.45 p.m.

Venue:             Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021


24 04 2014

BBC World News


Dramatic CCTV video: Pensioner hit by a high speed train but walks away with minor injuries.

The 77-year-old was filmed walking through a level crossing in the Czech Republic. Police said the man suffered minor injuries and will face a fine of 2500 Czech Crowns ($125) over the incident.


AIR Media news

24 04 2014

* लोकसभा की 117 सीटों पर शांतिपूर्वक मतदान। असम और पश्चिम बंगाल में भारी और अन्य राज्यों में सामान्य मतदान की खबर।

* जम्मू कश्मीर के अनंतनाग में सुबह धीमी गति से शुरू हुए मतदान में बाद में तेजी।

* भाजपा नेता नरेन्द्र मोदी ने वाराणसी लोकसभा सीट से नामांकन पत्र दाखिल किया।

* प्रधानमंत्री ने कहा-मोदी लहर मीडिया ने बनाई।

* गिरिराज सिंह को गिरफ्तार करने के लिए बिहार और झारखंड पुलिस के संयुक्त दल का पटना में उनके आवास पर छापा, लेकिन वे नहीं मिले।

* केन्द्र ने उच्चतम न्यायालय को सूचित किया-वह लोकपाल संस्था के अध्यक्ष और सदस्यों की नियुक्ति के बारे में तुरन्त कोई फैसला नहीं करेगा।

* आईपीएल :आज शारजाह में राॅयल चैलेंजर्स बैंगलोर का मुकाबला कोलकाता नाइटराइडर्स से।


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