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Iraq parliament vote on Sunday - 3/6/2010

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Baghdad, Iraq - Iraqis will go to the polls Sunday to elect a 325-member parliament, a vote marred by violence despite heavy security.

It is Iraq's fifth nationwide vote since 2003, but only the second for a full four-year-term parliament.

Three attacks happened Thursday during early voting for those who will be unable to cast ballots Sunday, such as military and security personnel, detainees, hospital staff, and patients.

A total of 12 people were killed and dozens were wounded. There have been warnings of further insurgent attacks around the vote.

The last time the country had a national vote was in 2005, when the Sunni Arab population boycotted the elections and the political process. A Shiite-led government emerged and the Sunnis, feeling disenfranchised, went on to form the main part of the insurgency.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq calls the elections an "important milestone in Iraq's democratic progress," serving to strengthen the country's sovereignty and independence as the United States draws down its military presence there.

Sunday's elections were supposed to happen in January but were delayed because of political disagreements and a delay in passing the election law that paved the way for this vote. 

There are 18.9 million eligible voters, casting ballots for 325 seats in the Council of Representatives, as Iraq's parliament is called. The seats represent Iraq's 18 provinces.

The number of seats is increasing from the previous 275. Seat allocation was based on 2005 population data from the Ministry of Trade and adjusted for a 2.8 percent annual growth across all governates.

Voting for Iraqis abroad also is happening in 16 countries starting Friday -- including the United States, United Kingdom, Turkey, Iran, Canada and others in the Middle East and Europe. There are no exact figures for those eligible to cast ballots abroad. Estimates on turnout have ranged anywhere from 300,000 to 3 million.

Around 6,200 candidates from more than 80 political entities are vying for seats. At least a quarter of the positions -- 82 -- are guaranteed to go to women, and eight more have been allocated for minorities. They include five set aside for Christians and one each for the Shabak, Sabaeans (Mandaeans), and Yazidis.

It is the first parliamentary vote to use an open list, in which the voters vote for political entities and, if they want, also can vote for candidates within those entities, according to the U.N. Assistance Mission.

Although open lists complicates the training of election staff and the counting of votes, the system enhances the role of the voter in the election beyond casting a vote simply for a political party, the assistance mission says.

At least 25 percent of the candidates on the ballot list of each political entity must be women.

The assistance mission is providing technical assistance to the Independent High Electoral Commission, which is organizing the vote.

The commission has ordered that all political campaigning must end as of 7 a.m. Saturday.

A number of other special measures are being put in place for security reasons. Since Monday, there has been a ban on motorcycles and bicycles in Baghdad until further notice, and on Sunday a two-day ban on any vehicles in cities will begin, Iraqi authorities announced on state television.

Provincial borders will be sealed, preventing movements between provinces, from Saturday to Monday. And international borders and all airports will be shut from midnight Saturday.

A curfew will be in place in cities from midnight to 5 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, officials said. Civilians may not carry weapons on those days, they said.

More than 47,000 polling stations will be open across the country, each one able to accept a maximum number of 420 voters. Polling stations are clustered into polling centers.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. All those in line at the time the polls are open will be able to vote.

About 300,000 trained election staff -- mostly teachers, principals, and lawyers -- will be on hand at polling sites.

There will be more than 494,000 local and international observers, according to the Independent High Electoral Commission. The number includes about 500 to 600 international observers, according to the United Nations.

Voter turnout figures should be available shortly after polls close, and preliminary results are expected by Tuesday or Wednesday, the United Nations said. Results will start emerging for each province as soon as 30 percent of polling centers in that province are tallied.

Counting will take place at the polling stations at the end of voting, under the gaze of observers. Ballots will be counted twice to ensure accuracy.

The number of ballots cast will be reconciled with the number of ballots issued to each polling station, and in case of a significant discrepancy, the station will be audited.


Government committed to women's empowerment: PM - 3/6/2010

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Affirming his commitment to women's empowerment, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the Government is moving towards providing one-third reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures.

Inaugurating the women's leadership summit here, he said Government is committed to social, economic and political empowerment of women, whatever effort and resources the task might take.

The Women's Reservation Bill providing for 33 per cent reservation of seats for women in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies is expected to come up in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. Observing that reservation for women in local bodies has revolutionised governance at the grass-roots level, he said, "We hope to give this movement of political participation of women further fillip by increasing the number of seats reserved in Panchayats and city and town governments to 50 per cent.

"More significantly we are moving towards providing one-third reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures," the Prime Minister said. He decried the low female literacy rate as well as the maternal mortality rate besides the exceptionally low sex-ratio.

"The gender disparity on the economic front is reflected in the low female work participation rate of 25.7 per cent as compared to 51.0 per cent for males," he said. "While we have shown improvement in these indicators over the years, the progress has been much slower than what we would have liked," he said at the summit attended by eminent women personalities and representatives from different walks of life.

Singh said violence against women was another issue which needed to be addressed urgently. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, in a message read out by Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath, said women in the country have broken glass ceilings but those in rural areas have not been able to avail of many opportunities. "Our sisters in rural India also need to enjoy such opportunities," she said.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said that though Indian tradition provides high status to women by worshipping them as Gods, the practise is reversed in society. "Women are solely responsible for all household chores and their contribution to GDP is also not taken into consideration".

She said there was a need to take a re-look at the present educational system as the problem of dowry even exists in educated societies. Observing that the ratio of women in the work force is not according to their ratio in the population, Kumar said, special efforts are on to earmark one-third of funds in Panchayats for development of women. The Speaker favoured a legislation to prevent violence against women.

The three-day summit being held as part of women's day celebrations would be attended by women achievers from all fields. As part of the celebrations, Tirath felicitated women who have made a name for themselves in their field.

Those honoured included actress Sharmila Tagore, politician and social worker Mohsina Kidwai, former NCW chairperson Mohini Giri, danseuse Yamini Krishnamoorthy, mountaineer Santosh Yadav and media baron Indu Jain.

Mumbai: Shiv Sena attacks Maharashtra governor - 3/6/2010

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Mumbai, March 6 (IANS) The Shiv Sena has now trained its guns on Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan for his Mumbai for all remark. These rubber stamp white elephants should not be sticking their noses anywhere, the party said.

In a sharp editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna Saturday, the Shiv Sena said: Governors are in decorative but dangerous posts.

These rubber stamp white elephants have to be borne for years at taxpayers' expense. They should not be sticking their noses anywhere. What was the need for him to speak for outsiders? it asked.

The party ire was directed at Sankaranarayanan's statements before a media gathering Friday that Mumbai was for all and anybody could come, live and work in the city.

Accusing the governor of treachery, the editorial claimed that the present sad state of Mumbai was only because of migrants.

Governors live in the sprawling, luxurious Raj Bhavan on the shores of the Arabian Sea. They are cut off from the ground realities. Congressmen from outside the state come here on pension', enjoy the cool sea breeze and go away, it said.

Even Sankaranarayanan is here today and will go away tomorrow. So what was the need for him to invite migrants to Mumbai, it said.

If he is concerned about them (migrants), then he should take some of them to his home state Kerala and bag an award of national unity from Sonia Gandhi, the party said.

Would he have done the same thing if he was, say, governor of Karnataka or Tamil Nadu, and invited outsiders to Bengaluru or Chennai? Why something that does not work anywhere else should be thrust on Mumbai, it demanded of Sankaranarayanan.

It further sought to know whether Mumbai was some kind of ashram or an orphanage for migrants.

The editorial challenged the governor to get himself appointed in Jammu and Kashmir and invite people from all over India to come and settle there.

We (Indians) are not allowed to work or live there though it is a part of India and nobody goes to save it (Kashmir) in the name of national integration, it pointed out.

It asked the governor when the Constitution gives the right to people to come and settle anywhere, does it mean on footpaths, under bridges and grabbing any open space.

Alleging selective interpretation of constitutional rights, it said all rights come with responsibilities.

The party said if these migrants went and lived in the bungalows and flats of ministers, or even the Raj Bhavan, these very dignitaries would throw them out.

Stating that such statements did not suit him, it said there should be a permit system for outsiders entering Mumbai.

Last week, playback singer Asha Bhosale had expressed similar sentiments as the governor, in Pune, while Bollywood actor Nana Patekar had said he was pained by the controversy over Maharashtrians and non-Maharashtrians.

In the recent past, cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar and industrialist Mukesh Ambani have been at the receiving end of Shiv Sena ire for their comments supporting the idea of residents of other states settling in Mumbai.



Udupi / Mangalore - Manipal Volvo Vajra arrives - 3/6/2010

MCUdupi/Mangalore : Fed up of travelling in rickety private buses between Mangalore and Manipal? try KSRTC Volvo Vajra services! As promised, the KSRTC has got these sterling vehicles to the city and the services will begin as early as 15th March. The trial run will is expected to happen sometime on 8th March which will have few chosen invitees along with the media representatives.

Divisional Controller Mr. P.B. Karumbaiah told Mangalorean.com that the vehicles have arrived and are parked in the depot number 1 at Bejai KSRTC bus stand and were being prepared for the inaugural ride.

It will be 1.15 hours to reach Manipal from Mangalore as fixed by the KSRTC, but these buses can reach Manipal within  55 minutes. Mr. Karumbaiah said the travel timing can be adjusted as per the need with intimation to the Regional Transport Authority.

But there is a very big opposition from the private bus operators as usual to re-adjust the timing of the Volvo services. These buses can beat the private buses hollow in speed, elegance, safety and comfort. The engines of these vehicles are packed with 450 BHP power. When such is the case would it not be a crime to restrict the buses from using its full capacity and reach the passengers early?

When asked one of the senior officials of the Regional Transport Authority said, the dynamics of transport in Dakshina Kannada was totally different, everything in transport in this district of enlightened people depended upon the whims and fancies of the private bus operators, their lobby cannot be broken by the government officials or the politicians for obvious reasons. As far as there are private operators in Dakshina Kannada district, the people are the ultimate sufferers, only KSRTC had the power to break their monopoly he added.

President of the Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedike Mr. Hanumanth Kamath told Mangalorean.com that the private operators were wreaking havoc in the transport scene. They were ill treating the passengers, the crew push around the children, make fun of old people, tease the ladies and pick up fights with the youngsters in the vehicles. Not a day passes without the passengers being harassed for flimsy reasons, Kamath said. They also do not keep the vehicles in good condition and there are buses running at high speeds when they are not  road worthy. “I personally have seen condition of the city buses that have the entire body shaking and the steering wheel column wobbling. I do not know how the Regional Transport Officials allow these rickety buses to run on the roads of Mangalore," he said.

There are several complaints that includes abusing passengers if they ask for the tickets, the conductors throw the tickets on the face of the passengers with a wry and defiant look on their faces and if the passengers ask for the ticket to be handed over they ask them to pick it up from the floor of the buses or get out of the vehicle. There are times when old people are pushed out of the buses when they disembark from the vehicles, these conductors do not have the basic courtesy and treat old people as a burden on their system. They also do not stop for old folk. Many commuters want KSRTC to run city services also, but the RTA is buckling under the pressure of private bus operators and on the other hand the RTA and the RTO are not in a position to stop the attitude of the bus owners and their crew. 



Udupi: Jewellery worth lakhs stolen through window - 3/6/2010

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UDUPI : In a major burglary reported from Kadabettu here, thieves stole jewellery worth Rs 3.6 lakhs by laying their hands on a vanity bag kept on a sofa close by the window. The theft took place in the residence of Rajeshwari of Kadabettu.


It is learnt the thieves who stepped onto the terrace of the house by climbing the compound wall, then escaped with the bag of jewels kept close by the window.


The house owner, reports said had planned to keep the jewellery in a bank safe locker the very next day. A complaint has been lodged with Udupi town police.


Brief Mumbai news with Pictures 05-03-2010 - 3/6/2010

kemmannu.com

Mumbai Mar. 05 :- Indian Cricket team of 1971 under the leadership captain Ajit Wadekar Warriers Felicitation at Nehru Centre,worli in Mumbai.

 

John Sequeira - again Selected as aPresident of Konakan Kalaakaar Mumbai

Mumbai Mar. 05 :- Communist Party of India & their upshoot wing protest against price hike in essential  

item at Hutatma Chowk in Mumbai.

Mumbai Mar.05 :- Huge que for new police constable recruitment last date for form

submission at Azad maidan in Mumbai

 



Karkala / Nakre: Annual Nemotsava celebrated at Nakre - 3/6/2010

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Karkaka, 06 March 2010: The annual Nemotsava of the famous ancient Sri Kodamanitthyaya Brahma Baidarkala Garadi at nacre near Karkala was celebrated in grandeur on 27th and 28th February 2010. The traditionally honoured family deities such as Rajan Daiva Kodamanitthyaya, Kukkinanthaya and others are associated with the original Brahma Baidarkala Garadi.

The Nemotsava began with the 'bhandara' ceremoniously brought to the Sri Kshetra from the Nakre Dadibettugutthu House. Vedamurthi Shri Ravi Kumar Tantri Hendal performed the ceremonies as per the Vedic rituals. The Nema Seve was performed in the name of Dhramarasu, Kodamanitthaya-Kukkinanthaya, Baidarkala, Mahisandhaya, and Dhoomavati-Banta daivas.



Brief Mumbai news with Pictures 03 and 04-03-2010 - 3/5/2010

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Students at the examination centre for s.s.c examination, held by Maharashra state education board across Maharashtra.

Mumbai : Union MInister Dr. Farooq Abdullah during the inaugurated PV+Solar India Expo 2010 in Mumbai.

Add.Chief Secretary for Home,Smt.Chandra Iyengar & Mumbai Police Commissioner D.Shivanandan launch the new  Police Help Line Number 103 during the function held at Police Club near Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Thursday 4 Mar 2010.

Lalit Modi, Chairman & Commissioner, Indian Premier League (IPL) & Ajjay Agarwal, CMD, MAXX Group speaking to the media persons  at the IPL & Maxx group - India's leading provider of new-age mobile phones &  accessories signed on as one of the lead sponsors for multiple properties in IPL 2010, at Hotel ITC Parel, in Mumbai on Thursday.

Mumbai Mar.03 :  File photo of late Pravin Mahajan. Dec.17.Pravin Mahajan brother of B J P  leader late Pramod Mahajan  an accused in Pramod Mahajan murder case today appeare in session court for final judgement in Mumbai.

Mumbai Mar. 03 :- Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray during the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti  celebration( as per Hindu Callender ) at Sahar Airport in Mumbai.

 



Udupi: Person arrested for killing eve, looting jewellery - 3/5/2010

MC

UDUPI: Brahmavar police have arrested one Krishna Marakala (38) of Kokkarne Pejamangur on the charges of looting a woman of her jewellery and then murdering her. Police have also recovered the jewellery from the arrested.


It is learnt, the accused attacked Susheela (28) of Nadoor village, while she was returning home after watching an Yakshagana, near Tantradi in Mandarthi and then killed her and had escaped with her jewellery worth Rs 50,000.


It is learnt, he was a colleague of Susheela and had murdered her for her jewellery and had then dumped the body in a nearby well.


The body of Susheela had been traced recently.


Baindoor: Film festival - 3/5/2010

Udayavani

A n eminent Director can convey a message which can be expressed in hundreds of words through a few seconds of voice and sharp look. Probabilities of visual media are large. Art media will be fruitful when it leads to think and act, thinker P Sheshappayya said.

He participated in Film festival and film review held at Trinetra theatre of Baindoor by Kannada and Cultural Department and Uscorda.

Presiding over the program District Ka.Sa.Pa immediate past President Uppunda Chandrashekhar Holla said that naturality can be found in the film by implementing natural language and scene.

District award winner teacher Thimmappayya was present.



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