Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Swift 2011 Unveiled: Specifications and Price


NEW DELHI, INDIA  — Maruti, one of the leading car maker has unveiled New Swift 2011. The new car flaunts a sporty and attractive looks. The car is a luxurious family car with loads of new features and facilities.
The car is powered by different sports engine starting from 1.2 liter and 1.4 liter direct injected petrol engine to a 1.5 liter K Series petrol engine. The car supports keyless ingition and more freshening than the previous models.
A smoother dash, a built in retractable screen, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, and a USB port are incorporated in the new generation Suzuki Swift 2011.
The new unit of Swift adds a new 1.2 liter petrol engine that allows Dual VVT to expand 69kW at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 118Nm. The mileage of the car is also noteworthy as it consumes only 4.16-litres per 100km.
Length: 3,850mm
Width: 1,695mm
Height: 1,510mm
Wheelbase: 2,430mm
Front Track: 1,490mm (15 inch)/ 1,480 (16 inch)
Rear Track :1,495mm (15 inch)/ 1,485 (16 inch)
Minimum turning radius: 4.8(15 inch)/ 5.2 (16 inch)
Minimum ground clearance: 140 mm
Type: K12B
No. of cylinders: 4
No. of Valves: 16
Bore x stroke: 73.0x 74.2
Maximum output: 69/6.000 kW/rpm
Maximum torque: 118/4,800 Nm/rpm
Fuel destruction: Multipoint injection
No. of door: 3 or 5
Engine: Petrol (1.2L WT), Diesel (1.3L DDiS)
Drive system: 42
Steering: LHD/RHD
Seating capacity: 4
Fuel tank capacity: 42 L
Maximum speed: 165 km/h

Sonia concerned over poor roads in Manipur


UPA Chairperson and AICC president Sonia Gandhi has expressed concern over problems being faced by the Manipur public due to the deplorable condition of the National Highways connecting the State with the rest of the country.
A five-member delegation of Women’s Development Organisation Manipur led by it’s president L Phajabi met the AICC President at her New Delhi residence on August 23 and lodged a complaint on the deplorable condition of Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar Highway (NH 53), an alternative lifeline to the State’s Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati Highway (NH 39).
“She (Sonia Gandhi) heard our complaints and said the matter has been discussed with the Prime Minister and Home Minister”, Kambam Seityajit, a social worker, who was part of the delegation, said.
Sonia also assured that the matter relating to the deployment of permanent security forces along the two highways will be looked into in time, he added. Earlier, the Union Home Secretary GK Pillai had also informed the visiting Manipuri delegation that the Centre has chalked out a project costing Rs 360 crore for improving NH-53 which will be completed by 2013.
The NH 53 has become an important supply route after Naga bodies of the State extended the economic blockade on the two highways.

Manipur follows the North


There is a sharp reduction in the sex-ratio of girl child in Manipur. Especially in districts such as Imphal West and Senapati, state social welfare department has expressed apprehension of seeing no girl child in these two districts by 2020 . In the last few decades sex-ratio of girl child had declined sharply as compared to boys in Manipur. Social Welfare Department observed it was due to the increasing practice of prenatal sex determination and feoticide of girl child. The department observed that the sex-ratio of girls in Manipur was 957 for every 1000 boys which is very low as compared to the national child sex-ratio. Analysis of the district wise ratio, the condition is more serious in the two districts of Imphal West and Senapati than in the other remaining five districts. In Imphal west district, the sex-ratio of girls which was 985 for every 1000 boys in 1991and this was reduced to 945 in 2001 . If the process of gender discrimination is continue unabated without appropriate measures to curb the menace of female foeticide, by 2020, girl child may be out of sight in these two districts, the officials cautioned. The ratios in other districts were found better even though the ratio remained poor. The social welfare department expected further decline in the sex-ratio after the 2011 census operation observing a sharp increase in the prenatal sex determination. Prenatal sex determination is not allowed under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994 which is in force in the state like in other parts of the country. The law prevents sex determination tests and elimination of unwanted sex. A total of 38 healthcare centres are registered under PNDT (RPM) Act in Manipur. Among them seven are hospitals, two laboratories and 25 genetic clinics (ultra sound clinic). Even though prenatal sex determination and female foeticide are reported in these registered bodies, there were no reports of actions taken by the government authorities to check the practice. In India, the sex ratio stands at 933:1000 (i.e. for every 1000 male births, there are 933 female births), with the Union Territory of Daman and Diu dropping to a pathetic 710:1000 which showed an alarmingly decrease in the girls sex-ratio. According to various analysis reports, female foeticide is the reason that "between 35 and 40 million girls and women are missing from the Indian population" . For the country female infanticide is one of the issues that is gaining much prominence from all quarters these days. A 2001 government census revealed that there were 795 women for every 1000 men in Punjab but the numbers were no better in the posh neighbourhoods of South Delhi. Despite a law banning sex selective abortion is in force for a decade, as many as half a million female foetuses.are aborted each year in the country. Hundreds of clinics in the lanes and by-lanes of the capital carry out sex determination tests illegally though a board outside the clinic reads "No Sex determination tests done here". The problem is that most of the clinics carry out such tests undercover. No one comes forward and complains in this regard. So until and unless the doctors stop adhering to such practices, things are not going to change. Even in the national capital, Delhi, the sex ratio began showing a sharp decline with the 1991 census figure of 827. The last two years have been the worst yet for the capital, with figures dropping steadily. A healthy ratio, according to world standards, is considered to be 952 females for every 1,000 males.

Assam govt to raise special force for boundary protection

Making the stand of the Assam government clear on the boundary dispute with the neighbouring states, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today announced raising a special task force and a special cell to protect the borders of the state. Following some recent skirmishes at the borders of the state with the neighbouring states, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday made the government’s stand clear on the issue. Addressing a press conference, the chief minister said that the government would never make any compromise on the state’s constitutional boundary. His reaction came in the wake of the border skirmishes at Charaipung on Assam-Arunachal border, Merapani at Assam-Nagaland border and Langpih at Assam-Meghalaya border. The chief ministers announce the decision of the government to raise a special protection force and a special cell for monitoring the encroachment in the border areas. While admitting that the manpower shortage and hilly terrains had hampered the patrolling of the inter-state border areas, Gogoi hoped that the new move would help in protecting the boundary of the state from further encroachment by the neighbouring states. At Charaipung of Assam’s Sibasagar district, some miscreants from Arunachal side had last month had attacked some villagers along the border, creating panic among the local people. Similar skirmishes are often reported at Merapani sector. A few months ago, a clash occurred at Langpih of Assam-Meghalaya border in which five Meghalaya villagers were killed in Assam Police firing.

Naga organisations welcome reconciliation move


DIMAPUR, Sep 21 – The Nagaland Baptist Church Council, Naga Hoho and various other organisations have welcomed the September 18 Summit of the top leaders of the NSCN-IM, NSCN-K and NNC.
The Nagaland Baptist Church Council congratulated the Forum for Nagaland Reconciliation (FNR) and the highest level leaders of the Naga political groups for the epoch-making summit. “We welcome this landmark in the reconciliation process. We are confident that the top level leadership are capable to navigate through all the difficulties and reach the ultimate goal with their consorted efforts”, a press note issued by Rev L Kari Longchar, Director, Peace Affairs, NBCC, said.
Stating that, since the 1990s NBCC has been praying and working relentlessly along with all the church bodies for peace, unity and reconciliation of different Naga groups supported by all the churches and civil societies, the apex Baptist church body said it was encouraged to see that FNR is making headway towards unity and reconciliation of the Nagas political groups. Echoing FNR’s stand that reconciliation must be inclusive of all Naga organisations, it also encouraged every organisation to be a part of this Common Journey.
The Naga Hoho termed the ‘historic day of September 18’ as another red letter day in the annals of Naga political history, wherein the three leaders sat across the table in the spirit of hammering out their past differences.
The Naga Hoho also earnestly appealed to other groups who are yet to join the Reconciliation process to ‘renew their vision and tolerance and to partake in the nation building’. ‘Or else, it would be a political tragedy and may lead to missing of another caravan in the long sought peace process’, it asserted. The Hoho, moreover, expressed its appreciation to FNR for their yeoman services.
The Chakhesang Public Organisation (CPO) has also applauded the leaders of the three Naga national political groups for demonstrating their commitment before God and the Naga people while congratulating the FNR for enabling these historic events to take place, a press note by CPO president Sovenyi said.
Meanwhile, the N-NagaDAO (Network of Nagaland Drugs and AIDS Organisations) media cell, has expressed immense happiness over the highest level Summit. Stating that it is a promise of a new dawn for the Naga society, the Network also appreciated the ‘never say die’ spirit of the FNR.

Patil to visit Mizoram, Manipur


AIZAWL, Sept 22 – Elaborate security arrangements have been made here for the two-day visit of President Pratibha Patil beginning tomorrow, officials said today.
Additional forces have been deployed for Patil’s visit and no parking orders issued for the Aizawl main road to facilitate free passage for the President’s carcade, district SP Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said.
Security has been beefed up in and around the capital especially near Raj Bhavan and Mizoram University, he said.
Patil would attend a public reception at Raj Bhavan tomorrow and meet members of the Council of Ministers.
The President, who is also the Visitor of Mizoram University, would attend its convocation on Friday.
AGARTALA: A thick security blanket has been thrown out in the capital town here in view of President Pratibha Patil’s two-day visit from Friday, police said today.
The entire town has been divided into 11 security sectors and senior officers will supervise and monitor the security of each sectors, DIG (Police Control) Nepal Das said.
Security at the airport is being looked after by paramilitary Tripura State Rifles (TSR) and CISF while police personnel have been deployed in the entire town.
Some Quick Reaction Teams have been kept ready and the Border Security Force has been asked to completely seal the 856 km long Indo-Bangla border so that no unwanted elements can sneak into Indian territory from across the border.
President would arrive at the Agartala airport by a special flight from Mizoram on Friday morning after which she would be given a civic reception by the Agartala Municipal Council in the evening.
The function would be presided over by Governor Dr D Y Patil while the Chief Minister would grace the function as the chief guest.
On Friday, she will deliver a lecture in the 4th convocation of the Tripura University and would return to Delhi later in day. – PTI

India confident of holding safe, successful C’wealth Games: Govt.


New Delhi, Sep.25 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs here on Saturday said that the Government of India has taken effective measures to ensure safety and security of all during the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and is confident of conducting a safe and successful sporting event.
Speaking on the security situation in India, in reply to a question today, the Official Spokesperson said: " We have seen the statement, purportedly on the lines of a travel advisory issued by Australia. Terrorism in an unfortunate reality in today''s world which recognizes no political borders. It is incumbent on all countries to join hands to tackle this scourge.”
“The Government of India has taken effective measures to ensure safety and security of all during the forthcoming CWGs. We are in close touch with all participating countries, including Australia about the steps we are taking. We are confident of having a safe and successful sporting event,” the spokesperson stated.
On Thursday (Sep.23), Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said: “Our travel advice has made clear that there is a high risk of terrorism in New Delhi and since 2000 there have been at least 14 major terrorist attacks... The decision on whether to attend the Games is obviously a matter for individuals. As the government, we seek to provide people with the best possible travel advice. But I do remind Australians that for a considerable period of time, our travel advice for people in relation to India has asked Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in India.” (ANI)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Stolen Indian bikes power boats in Bangladesh


Your smiles per hour are being smuggled out to Bangladesh. Carburetors that make 100-135cc motorbikes run 60-70 km per liter on road are helping modified country boats in Bangladesh derive substantial mileage. Blame it on a network of bike smugglers operating from Gurgaon to Goa to Garo Hills in Meghalaya.
The Meghalaya police had in May arrested two Bangladeshi nationals from the state’s West Garo Hills bordering Bangladesh. The two had with them a couple of engines removed from motorbikes.
“They confessed to smuggling bikes and other commodities from India to Bangladesh,” said West Garo Hills district police chief Dalton Marak. Their confession, he added, led to the busting of a racket headed by one Kala Mian.
The gang had lifted at least 50 bikes from Meghalaya, Assam and West Bengal in July. Registration plates recovered from their hideout also revealed that stolen bikes were being supplied from Haryana and Goa, too.
Meghalaya police officials said Bangladeshi buyers prefer engines of motorbike brands that give high mileage. Engines command a minimum price of R10,000 depending on the on-road mileage of the bikes.
Confirming the bike-smuggling menace, Border Security Force (BSF) spokesman Ravi Gandhi said the felons have been using unfenced sectors and riverine borders to move across the international border. “But we have foiled many attempts, at least six times this year,” he told HT.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Political dialogue with Kuki militants to begin soon: CS Source: Hueiyen News Service


Manipur Chief Secretary DS Poonia has said that political dialogue with the Kuki militant groups maintaining ceasefire with the government forces under the tripartite agreement on Suspension of Operations (SoO) will start soon.

"We have good conditions in which to start a political dialogue with the signatory outfits (under SoO) and try to solve all the issues.

The dialogue with the 18 Kuki militant outfits, signatories to the tripartite SoO agreement with the Central and state government will be initiated at the earliest," the Chief Secretary said.

He was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural function of the "Camp Ebenezer", the designated peace camp of the Kuki National Front today in Sadar Hills in Senapati district on Thursday.

Local MLA of Saikhul Assembly constituency, Doukhomang Khongsai, president of Kuki Women's Union, Manipur, Prof Rose Mangsi Haokip attended the inaugural function held at the designated camp.

"Terms and conditions of the dialogue will be chalked out in the next round of tripartite talks scheduled on September 29 in which progress of implementation of the agreement arrived at last meeting held in New Delhi will be reviewed," DS Poonia said.

The separate tripartite Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and the United People's Front (UPF) and the Central and the State governments on one side that has been existing since 2008 August 22 has been extended by 45 days during a meeting held in New Delhi on August 22 last.

The next round of talks is to be held for further extension of the agreement which expires on October 6 next and it will also chalk out the modality of the political dialogue with the two umbrella organisations, government officials said.

Among others, the agreement included cadres of all signatory outfits confining themselves within their designated camps opened in different places and having to deposit their arms to be kept under double lock by September 20 which would be kept in the camp armoury or with the nominated Police/SFs.

Construction of 10 designated camps has so far been completed and cadres have entered the camps and deposited their arms with the double lock armouries.

Prof Rose Mangsi Haokip, who spoke on the occasion, appealed to the government not to do anything which would demoralize the cadres after they have been lodged at the designated camps and after depositing their arms.

"Governments should treat them with regard as they have not surrendered but taken a step towards peace in the region," Prof Rose Mangshi Haokip said and expressed hope that the political dialogue expected will be a fruitful and meaningful one.

Mangsi, while exhorting the cadres present there, said that they too should not feel demoralized thinking that they are unarmed.

"There are many things that they can do for the welfare of the Kuki people.

Your struggle is marching towards achieving the ends when you entered the SoO agreement with the governments," she said.

Leaders of the KNF reiterated that the signing of SoO agreement and depositing of arms should not be treated as an end to the struggle of the outfit and appealed for sincerity of the Central government in bringing a settlement through political dialogue.

Reiterating their demands, they said a separate state for the Kuki people in the hill areas of Manipur will be one among other agenda to be included in the political dialogue.


* This news is as published by respected news daily at Imphal, whose name is duly marked as 'Source'. E-Pao! is not responsible for it's sanctity & originality.

Postponement of Ayodhya verdict inexplicable: Karat


The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday said it was “inexplicable” why the Supreme Court deferred by a week the Ayodhya title suits verdict as the matter could not be settled out of court.
“It is inexplicable why the bench of the Supreme Court has decided to defer the verdict being given as there is no possibility of any settlement outside the court on this issue,” CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat told PTI here.
Reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to defer by a week the title suits verdict, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury has also said that while negotiations and reconciliation were always welcome, “in all these years this has not been achieved. How can one expect to achieve this, that too within a week?”
“How much we may wish that it will happen and if really happens, it is very good. But in that pretext, I do not think we can go on and postpone an issue which can be counter-productive. We don’t want (that) to happen. So we are appealing that no one should get provoked. Whatever the judicial verdict, in a secular democracy, everyone should accept it,” Mr. Yechury had said on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

State sponsored murder with the pen


The arbitrary deletion of names from select tribal districts of Manipur in the census 2011 by none other than the state government is a massacre, only it is done with the pen. The proverbial strength of the pen being mightier than the sword cannot possibly have a better illustration than in this ridiculous act of the government and its district machineries. As if the killings with the muzzle were not enough, tribals are being written off the face of the earth, and for what reason?

It may be understandable if this occurred in communist China where the prescribed norm for one child per couple could perhaps be used to gauge the expected growth based on the number of married couples and the people in the marriageable age. Even that would have been highly inaccurate. The government’s action would also have been more acceptable had the enumeration been carried out by some private entity with vested interests to bloat the population of the tribals. But nay, the census enumerators are all carefully drafted government functionaries in some or other capacity. If the government has to discount their enumeration, they must first dismiss those enumerators from government service for breach of faith, for what the reduction in population figures implies is a total lack of faith on those enumerators. But how would the government prove their suspicion on their employees? Other than a recount, by a third party, there will be no credible evidence for the government to prove their distrust on their enumerators. This was perhaps why they have not chosen to act against their employees.

But that cannot justify the percentage reduction of names of people who live in the land and has, as a citizen of the country, as much right as the District Collector or the Chief Minister himself, helpless as he may appear in the garb of a non-literate tribal in a remote village who would not even be aware of his official murder. None of the DCs, neither the CM nor the cabinet together has the right to deprive any person of their existence and it being recorded in the national census. It also defeats the very purpose of a census if someone in power were to decide the population of an area or district and its growth rate at their whim and fancy.

On the other hand, the affected people must also produce verifiable evidence by way of living persons whose names were deleted from the census figures instead of resorting to hartals and disruptions of public life. The government after all is supposedly one of the people, for the people and by the people. Both sides must refrain from throwing stones in the dark.

If the government has reasons to believe that the census figures have been bloated in certain districts, its duty is to verify the figures, not arbitrarily slash the numbers. The public anger primarily arose perhaps from the denial of the benefits that should have accrued to the tribals through the delimitation exercise based on census 2001, whereby the hill districts stood to gain three additional seats in the state Assembly with the valley losing three. The state political leadership needs to retrospect on the neutrality and bias of their policies towards the tribals of the state for a healthy co-existence in future. And murdering tribals with the pen and annexing tribal land through arbitrary and murky alterations of district boundaries are not exactly reflective of such a benign retrospection to bring about peace and harmony between the tribal and majority non-tribal people of the state.

As for the tribal representatives in the state Assembly and the ADCs, it will be a pleasant surprise if they even understand the issues at stake. Spineless compromises and ignorant representations are what often triggered prolonged strife in society, and it is now that the tribal representatives are required to take a principled stand on the twin issues of tribal land and population, all for a more congenial relationship between the dominant community and the Hill tribals in times to come. If they are found trying to weasel their way out with evasive positions, then they have no business of representing the tribal people.

- courtesy  kukiforum

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ambassadors and high commissioners arrive in Manipur

A seven-member team of New Delhi-based ambassadors and high commissioners from South East Asian countries has arrived in Manipur to assess the trade relations between the countries and India, officials said today. After arriving yesterday, the team leader and Malaysian Ambassador Dao Tan Seng Sungh said that the ASEAN diplomats would study whether international trade and commerce through the border town of Moreh in the state's Chandel district could be realised or not. Myanmarese ambassador Kyl Thei said that the trip was aimed at assessing the ground situation for opening international trade via Manipur. The team, which met Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh yesterday evening at his office, would visit Moreh, about 120 kms from here and return to Imphal, the officials said.