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)