Rajasthan

State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur Slashes Depository Interest Rates

Mumbai: State BankState Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ) annunciated that it has decreased depository interest rates on different maturities wef August 10.

The banking institutions are cutting depository interest rates accompanying the Reserve Bank increasing cash reserve ratio (CRR) proportion of deposits to be parked with the central bank - by 0.5 per cent hike to 7 per cent during July 31 review of the Monetary Policy.

For 91-179 days, the bank cut down its fixed deposits rate by 25 basis points to 6 per cent, whereas for 180 days to one year, the novel rate stood at 7 per cent from 7.5 per cent.


Cairn Receives Govt. Approval To Lay Pipeline Network

Cairn India Ltd.New Delhi: Cairn India has received government’s authorization for laying a pipeline from Rajasthan oil fields to the Gujarat coast to evacuate crude oil.
The planned routing of the pipeline will permit Cairn access to the surviving pipeline infrastructure and refinery system with a final coastal delivery point. Armed with the government sanction, the company is ready to pump crude oil from 2009.


Students get lessons in handling snakes in Udaipur

Udaipur (Rajasthan), Sept 23 : Students in Udaipur are being taught how to handle snakes by a snake catcher with an aim to protect these reptiles.
The credit for the mass awareness goes to snake catcher Chaman Singh.

Students are learning to handle and play with snakes with the objective of dispelling misconceptions about reptiles.


Two held in connection with Ajmer Dargah blast

Aajmer Dargah
Ajmer, Oct 12 : Two people have reportedly been arrested in connection with Thursday’s blast at the Ajmer Dargah.

According to sources, both hail from Bangladesh.

As the investigation is under progress, a bag suspected to have been holding the bomb has also been recovered. Besides, fragments of a mobile phone were also been recovered from the site.

A sketch of the suspects is expected to be released by the police today.

Border Security Force and from police personnel have been deployed as a precautionary measure.


Nine killed, twelve injured in Jaipur road accidents

Jaipur, Oct 15 : Nine persons were killed and twelve others were injured in two separate road accidents here on Monday.

Seven persons were killed and eleven others were injured when a truck collided head-on with the jeep near Chaksu, about 55 kms from here.

According to police, seven persons were died on the spot.

In another road mishap, two persons were killed and one was injured when two trucks collided a head-on at Hindoli in Rajasthan’s Bundi District, about 265 kms from Jaipur.

The injured were admitted to near by hospital. (ANI)


Jet Airways flight makes emergency landing

Jaipur, Oct 16 : A Jet Airways flight, which was on its way to Udaipur from Jaipur, made an emergency landing here on Tuesday.

The flight was forced to make a precautionary landing after being hit by a bird.

Airport Manager Anuj Agarwal said that the Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur flight left for Udaipur after proper check-up, and added that passengers on board were safe and there was no damage to the aircraft.

Superintendent of Police (East) V K Singh said that the incident took place soon after flight took off from Sangner Airport near Jaipur.

Similar kind of incident happened on Monday when a Jet Airways flight, carrying Indian and Australian cricketers, made an emergency landing in Nagpur after hitting a flock of birds. (ANI)


Rescuers killed the leopard, claim Nauwa villagers

Nauwa (Rajasthan), Oct 24 : The villagers of Nauwa in Rajasthan are alleging that lackadaisical attitude of the ill-equipped forest department officials led to the death of a leopard, who in spite of being rescued from a 25 feet well died here on Tuesday.

The rescuers had tied a rope around the leopard’s body, which later slipped and formed a noose around its neck that proved fatal for the big cat.

However, the Forest Department justified tying the leopard with the rope.

"The leopard fell into the well which had water. So we did not tranquilise it. Had we done so, it might have drowned. So we tied a rope around the body and pulled it out," said Chaman Singh, Official of the Forest Department.


Investigation into Jaswant Singh’s ‘opium party’: Jodhpur Court to decide today

Jodhpur, Nov 5 : A special court here today will decide whether investigation should be conducted into a complaint filed against senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh for allegedly using opium in a social function.

A legal complaint was filed against Jaswant and nine other party leaders seeking action against them for allegedly using opium in a social function.

In a complaint, it was alleged that Jaswant welcomed the guests by offering them opium diluted in water. However, all accused denied the charges.

The complaint was filed by a resident Om Prakash Vishnoi, through his counsel Malam Singh Choudhary before the Special Judge, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act cases, under various sections of the law.


Taslima Nasreen's plight evokes mixed reaction

Bangladeshi author Taslima NasreenJaipur/New Delhi, Nov 25 : The recent incidents surrounding exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen have evoked mixed responses here with few coming out in support of her, while others expressing their unhappiness over the controversial author's 'attack' against Islam.

Nasreen is presently in the national capital after she was moved out of Kolkata and sent to Jaipur, and her plight has led to some social activists questioning the role of the West Bengal and Rajasthan governments.


Chopra Committee to submit report to Rajasthan govt today

Jaipur, Dec 15: Justice Jasraj Chopra Committee, constituted by the Rajasthan Government to examine the Gujjar community’s demand of Scheduled Tribe (ST) status, will submit its report to the government today.

The government will then forward the report to the Centre.

BJP state president Mahesh Sharma yesterday said that the report would not affect the prospects of other communities in availing quota benefits under the SC, ST or OBC category in the state.

He further added he did not see possibility of any clash between the Gujjar and Meena communities as the report was unlikely to hurt interests of any community.


Chopra Committee to submit report to Rajasthan govt today

Jaipur, Dec 17: Justice Jasraj Chopra Committee, constituted by the Rajasthan Government to examine the Gujjar community's demand of Scheduled Tribe (ST) status, will submit its report to the government today.

The government will then forward the report to the Centre.

A day before submission of the report, Rajasthan Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kirorilal Meena on Sunday sent his resignation to Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje and BJP state president Mahesh Sharma to pile pressure on the State Government against the report.

According to sources, his resignation letter was delivered by his wife, Golma Devi to the Chief Minister Office and the state party headquarters.


Gurjars mahapanchayat in Bayana today

Gurjars MahapanchayatJaipur, Jan 13: Gurjars demanding scheduled tribe status in Rajasthan will hold a mahapanchayat in Bayana despite BJP government’s offer to place them under the de-notified category.

"Gurjars in Rajasthan only want ST status and nothing short of it. We are fighting for it and will get it", Attar Singh, one of the members of Gurjar Aarakshan Sangharsha Samiti told a news agency after the meeting , at the BJP office in Jaipur.


Traditional handmade paper industry flourishes in Rajasthan

Sanganer (Rajasthan), Traditional handmade paper industry flourishes in RajasthanJan 21 : Traditional handmade paper industry, patronized by erstwhile ruler Sawai Man Singh 400 years ago in Rajasthan, continues to flourish in modern times.

Sanganer is renowned for its handmade paper industry, which is situated around 45 kilometres from Jaipur.

It was started as a cottage industry, which later grew manifolds to become a major business venture of the region, employing around 10, 000 people.


Women commandos of Jodhpur

Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Feb. 9: At least 80 women are gearing up to rub shoulders with their male counterparts in field, as they undergo intensive commando training in Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

Motivated by Tamil Nadu state that has organised country's first all-women commando force, the authorities in Jodhpur decided to coach women to become commandos.

The budding commandos are presently being trained at the Dikshant Parade Ground at Rajasthan Police Training Centre, in tactics ranging from winch-firing to horse-riding to unarmed combat operations.

For officials, it is a challenge to prepare woman commandos for the first time here.


Israeli tourist found dead in Mount Abu

DGP Rajasthan A S GillMount Abu (Rajasthan), Feb 15 : The Mount Abu Police have found a 35-year-old Israeli tourist allegedly murdered in a forest near here.

Stephen Nick is suspected to have died due to head injury inflicted on him by some miscreants after robbing him.

Nick had arrived at the hill resort on Tuesday. He was staying at Hotel Lake Cottage there. After Nick did not return until late afternoon, the owner of the hotel filed a report with the police.


French clowns spread fun and laughter in Rajasthan village

Samode (Rajasthan), Feb 22: Laughter rings in the air in a small courtyard of a house in Rajasthan, as a group of French clowns try to cheer residents up.

Barefooted French and Indian artists with colourful hats and trademark red noses use body action and wordless expression to interact with residents of Samode village.

The seven French artists led by Jathper Menal, a renowned French clown director, and their Indian counterparts are performing in the village as part of a bilateral cultural exchange programme.

Lorence, a French artist, says she has been able to discover India through her acts of clowning.


China to hold joint exercise with India soon: Antony

Laungewal (Rajasthan), Feb 25: Defence Minister A.K AntonyDefence Minister A. K Antony has said that the next joint exercise of India and China would take place in India.

Antony was speaking while on a visit to a forward post on India’s border with Pakistan.

He was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff, General Deepak Kapoor. He also witnessed a demonstration of "The battle of Longewal" that was fought during 1971 war with Pakistan.


Tourists enjoy a slice of real India in Rajasthan

Tourists enjoy a slice of real India in RajasthanJaipur, Mar 7: Rural tourism is in vogue in Rajasthan, as tourists from abroad trek to savour the rustic staying in small houses in remote villages, instead of star hotels.

Apparently, the reason for the preference is the economic package offered and the fact that they also get a feel of a real India.

People in rural areas have converted their houses to guesthouses and the response from the tourists has been phenomenal.


Rajasthan carpet industry upbeat

Rajasthan carpet industry upbeatJaipur, Mar 11: The carpet industry in Rajasthan, famous for its royal carpet designs, is upbeat about its future business prospects.

The growth rate of carpet industry in Rajasthan picked up during the last few years and has been progressing at the rate of around 15 percent per annum.

High quality carpets are the major reasons behind the high demand for Rajasthani carpets.


Foreign observers to witness armed forces exercise in Rajasthan

Indian Air ForcePokhran (Rajasthan), Mar 19: Foreign dignitaries and Defence Attaches of 60-65 countries will witness the might of the Indian Army and the Air Force during Exercise "Brazen Chariots" at the Pokhran field firing range in Western Rajasthan today.

''Brazen Chariots,'' a fire and manoeuvre combat exercise has been set to project the manoeuvre warfare doctrine, which has since been promulgated in the Indian Armed Forces and is seen as a breakaway from the traditional attritionist approach of the Army.


Rajasthan adds zest to festival of colours

Rajasthan adds zest to festival of coloursBikaner, Mar 21: Characters from mythologies and Bollywood flicks got a new lease of life as Rajasthan celebrated Holi, the festival of colours.

Over 40 enthusiasts participated in a friendly soccer match called as 'Phalgunya Football' (spring football) organised as a part of the Holi festivities.

Some of the participants were dressed up as politicians to add a new flavour to the traditional festivities.


Rajasthan’s septuagenarian hopeful of matriculation on 39th attempt!

Rajasthan MapKhori (Bahror) (Ajmer), April 2 (ANI): It’s been about four decades of struggle but Shiv Charan of Rajasthan’s Alwar district is still in no mood to give up in life, as he is taking up standard X exams for the 39th  time!

And, one can meet this 74-year-old struggler at his residence in Khori village under Bahror Tehsil of Rajasthan’s Alwar District. These days he is engrossed in studies ahead of his exams being conducted under Rajasthan Board.

Shiv Charan came closest to being successful in 1995 but mathematics remained his Achilles' heel. He had made his first attempt for the same exams in 1964.


Sonia to address tribals rally in Rajasthan today

Congress President Sonia GandhiDungarpur (Rajasthan), Apr 3: Congress President Sonia Gandhi will address a tribals rally in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan. The rally is seen as the beginning of the poll campaign in the poll bound state.

The state goes to polls later this year, sometime around October-November.

During her visit, Sonia will meet tribals, especially women, who have been given jobs under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).


Did Vajpayee not trust Advani, asks Sonia Gandhi

Did Vajpayee not trust Advani, asks Sonia GandhiBaneshwardham (Rajasthan), Apr 3: Sharpening her attack on Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate L K Advani, Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday questioned his claim that he was not party to send former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh to Kandahar to swap terrorists for hostages, and asked whether Advani enjoyed trust of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee.


UPA Govt committed to improving common man's lot: Sonia Gandhi

Dungarpur (Rajasthan), April 3:Sonia Gandhi Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said the UPA Government is committed to improving the lot of the common man, and added that its policies was reflected in the recently announced loan waiver of 60,000 crores for farmers.

Addressing tribals in Baneshwar in Rajasthan's Durgarpur District, Gandhi said the UPA Government has launched various public welfare schemes.

Gandhi's visit to Rajasthan, a first trip to any tribal area since the passage of the Tribal Rights Bill, is being viewed as a preparatory visit for State Assembly elections to be held later this year.


L&T bags orders worth Rs 1687 crore from various firms

Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (L&T), India's biggest engineering company, has bagged orders worth Rs 1687 crore from the Government of Rajasthan, Bhushan Steel-Orissa, SAIL-Bokaro Steel Plant and the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC).

The construction division of L&T has secured an EPC contract worth Rs 635 crore from the Public Health Engineering Department, Government of Rajasthan, for Design, Supply, Build and Commissioning of Banner Water Supply Project. The project is scheduled to be completed in 18 months.


India sends back two Pakistani boys home

Barmer, (Rajasthan) Apr 18: Two Pakistani boys were handed over to the Pakistani authorities last evening, day after they were arrested for straying across the Barmer border in Rajasthan.

Azhar Ansari (18) and his cousin Zoaib Ali (10) apparently dug the earth below a barbed wire fence on the Indo-Pak border to sneak into Barmer last Saturday. They were apprehended by Border Security Force personnel and handed over to the police.

“A team of officers from the BSF, the RAW, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Rajasthan Police questioned them,” said Additional Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shivraj Meena.


Amer Fort’s renovation puts a month’s break on elephant rides

Amer Fort’s renovation puts a month’s break on elephant ridesAmer, Apr 18 : The renovation of the centuries-old Amer Fort on the outskirts of Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur has led a temporary halt of popular elephant rides.

Over 100 elephants are used to ferry tourists up to Amer Fort.

The ride is a major attraction for the tourists, who are fascinated at seeing the pachyderms move along the serpentine paths to the top of the majestic fort, a luxuary not available in most western countries.


22 dead in Rajasthan van-truck collision

RajasthanJodhpur, Apr 24 : At least 22 people died in a van-truck collision that took place in Rajasthan's Jodhpur District late last night.

The van collided head-on with the truck while on its way to Dechu from Setrawa, Jodhpur Superintendent of Police Sanjeeb Kumar Narzary said.

The accident took place near Kanodia village, about 100 km from here on the Jodhpur-Jaisalmer road at around 12:30 a. m.

According to sources, 19 people died on the spot while three others succumbed to injuries when they were being taken to the hospital.


Open wells being covered to save Asiatic lions in Gir

Lion FamilyRajkot, April 25 : The Rajasthan State government, forest department, NGOs and corporate companies in Sasan Gir have joined hands to prevent lions, cubs and leopards from falling in wells, by constructing parapet walls around them.

The Asiatic lions have been in news in the recent past due to widespread poaching incidents and their declining numbers. Many of them have fallen into wells and died.

In 2007, 24 animals fell into open wells and died.

Corporate companies like Reliance, Essar, Tata Chemicals and Amubja cement have come forward and started constructing parapet walls around the open wells in villages in the Sasan Gir Forest.


Mascarenhas All Set To Play In IPL For Rajasthan Royals

Jaipur: After securing three consecutive victories in the four games of IPL T-20 tournament Rajasthan Royals is set to further strengthen by the inclusion of England all rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas. Mascarenhas will be available for five IPL matches before returning home on May 12.

Mascarenhas said, “The biggest challenge for the Royals from hereon is to achieve consistent winning results. The team has had an amazing run after the first game and the main objective now is to force our way into the semi-finals and then the final.”


Cairn India finally get nod for pipeline project

Cairn India finally get nod for pipeline project

Indian Government has approved Cairn India's proposal to lay a pipeline from Barmer to Salaya in Gujarat for transporting crude from its Rajasthan fields. The company would recover the cost of laying the pipeline from the profits it earns from the sale of oil from the field. The Rajasthan government had earlier opposed the shifting of the delivery point to Gujarat saying it would result in loss of tax revenue.


Modern India reveals investment plan of worth Rs 2000 Crore

Modern India reveals investment plan of worth Rs 2000 Crore

Mumbai-based Modern India Ltd has sketched Rs 2,000 crore investment plans for Rajasthan. Further, it also plans to establish a five-star hotel in Udaipur and a special economic zone (SEZ) in other parts of the state.

Vijay Kumar Jatia, Chairman and Managing Director of the company said, "We have identified land for the for a five-star hotel in Udaipur. We will soon start acquiring land for the 200-room hotel, which would come near a lake."


RDX used in Jaipur terror strikes, HUJI's involvement suspected

Jaipur, May 14 : A senior police official today said that high explosive RDX was used in the terror strike in Jaipur, and pointed finger towards banned Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI) for its involvement in the blasts.

"It was a cent per cent a terrorist attack on the pattern of blasts in the court premises in Uttar Pradesh in November last year. RDX was used in containers tagged to cycles along with timer devices," Additional Director General of Police (Crime) A K Jain said.

"We have collected sufficient evidence from the places of the blasts. They are being analysed by our technical experts," Superintendent of Police, Jaipur, Raghvendra Suhasa said.


Curfew continues in terror-hit areas of Jaipur

Jaipur, May 15 : Curfew continued on Thursday in 14 to 15 police station areas of Jaipur, two days after eight serial blasts rocked the city.

The curfew has been imposed between 9:00 a. m. and 4:00 p. m.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil will visit the city to take stock of the situation.

Patil said he was in constant touch with Home Ministry officials in Delhi to get the latest update on the situation. He was also in touch with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and had assured her of all help from the Centre.


Devotees throng Hanuman Temple near Jaipur blast site

Jaipur, May 15 :Devotees throng Hanuman Temple near Jaipur blast site Hordes of devotees thronged the Hanuman Temple near which several bomb blasts went off in Jaipur on Tuesday evening, sending out a strong message to extremists that their type of violence would not be tolerated.

"We prayed to God that there should be a feeling of brotherhood. Devotees should continue worshipping," said Prem Kumar, the temple priest.

The blasts occurred in a one km radius targeting temple devotees and shoppers. About 65 people were killed and over 200 were injured by the blasts.


Udaipur hotelier claims to have seen Jaipur Blast’ suspected terrorist

Udaipur, May 16 : Rajasthan police questioned a Udaipur based SamorBagh restaurant owner Kamal Joshi today who claimed to have seen one of the suspected terrorists, whose sketch was released by the police.

Joshi told the police on Friday that a person resembling the sketch, released on Thursday night, was seen in his restaurant on Sunday evening. The man was accompanied by a young woman and both of them came to the restaurant at about 4 pm on Sunday.

He further said the woman entered the restaurant wearing a saree but changed into a salwar kameez before leaving with the man, Joshi said, according to the police.

They did not take anything in the restaurant, he said.


Rajasthan police to re-sketch terror suspects

Jaipur, May 20: Rajasthan police today decided to draw fresh sketches of terror suspects in Jaipur blasts after finding the earlier sketches inaccurate.

The earlier issued sketches were drawn after getting details from eyewitnesses and from shopkeepers, who sold bicycles to terrorists that were used during the blasts.

Rajasthan Police Senior Officer A. K Jain said, "There were ten cycles that were used so we are presuming that there are at least ten criminals involved in this."


Rajasthan Police arrest five Bangladeshis for role in Jaipur blasts

Rajasthan Police arrest five Bangladeshis for role in Jaipur blastsJaipur, May 20 : Rajasthan Police confirmed the arrest of five Bangladeshis today for their role in the Jaipur serial blasts.

All of them were booked under the Foreigners Act and sent to judicial custody, police said.

The authorities said they suspected the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul Jehad-e-Islami (HUJI), a radical Islamic group of carrying out the blasts.


Rajasthan Government did not heed intelligence warnings before Jaipur blasts: Sriprakash Jaiswal

Sriprakash JaiswalPune, May 24: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal has blamed the Rajasthan Government for not paying heed to intelligence warnings prior to last week's serial blasts in Jaipur.

Speaking to reporters here, Jaiswal said central intelligence agencies had passed on alerts, but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Government in Rajasthan had failed to act on it.


Army deployed in Rajasthan to contain Gujjar stir

Jaipur, May 24: Army has been deployed in Bayana village of Bharatpur district in Rajasthan, following clashes between members of the Gujjar community and the police last night.

Yesterday, at least 15 people, including a policeman, were killed in police firing and clashes. The Gujjars are demanding Scheduled Tribe status.

Rajasthan Principal Home Secretary V S Singh said that the mob pelted stones and did not disperse even after the police lobbed teargas shells.

The clashes broke out as protesters gathered in the morning at Dumariya village in support of a 'rail roko' call given by Rajasthan Gurjar Arakashan Sangarsh Samiti leader, Kirori Singh Bhainsla.


Gujjar protest: 10 killed in fresh firing in Rajasthan

Gujjar protest: 10 killed in fresh firing in RajasthanJaipur, May 24 : At least 10 people were killed and several others injured when police opened fire on agitating Gujjars in Rajasthan’s Dausa district on Saturday.

SHO Bane Singh of Dausa police station said that the violent mob torched a police station in Sikendra.

Earlier, Army was deployed on Saturday morning in violence-hit Bayana town in the district and nearby villages where clashes between Gujjars demanding Schedule Tribe status and police left 15 people dead.


Gujjars seek talks with Raje, but turn violent

Karwadi (Rajasthan), May 26 : Gujjar leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla today demanded that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should visit the agitation site and hold talks with community members over their demand for Scheduled Tribe status.

Colonel Bainsla said there is no question of "relenting”, adding "if we do, then history will call us cowards".

He was not in favour of holding talks with representatives of the State Government. "Only the Chief Minister should come to talk to us. After all, we are her own people," he added.


Gujjar stir: Bainsla ready to call off strike if demands met

Kirori Singh BainslaBayana (Rajasthan), May 26 : Gujjar leader Colonel (retired) Kirori Singh Bainsla has welcomed Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s recommendation of four to six per cent reservation for the community.

Bainsla, who has been camping with his supporters on the railway track near Dumariya village in Bharatpur district, appreciated the letter written by the Chief Minister to the Prime Minister and said “we must have a copy of the letter and we will call off the agitation.”


Rajasthan High Court issues contempt notice to Gujjar chief Bainsla

Jaipur, May 27 : Gujjar leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla was served with a contempt notice by the Rajasthan High Court today for alleged violation of its order restricting the community leadership from taking the law into their hands.

Bainsla has been directed by Justice Preme Shankar Asopa to appear before the court on May 30 on a petition filed by the State Government, which accuses him of violating the court's order of September 10, 2007.

The court also sought an explanation from the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of Police on the action taken to prevent the breakdown of law and order due to Gujjar agitation demanding Schedule Tribe quota.


Amid Gujjars’ shutdown call, NCR put on high alert

Gujjar CrisisNew Delhi, May 27 : The National Capital Region was put on high alert by Union Home Ministry on Tuesday in view of the call by the Gujjar protestors for “NCR shutdown” on May 29.

Rajasthan Police used tear gas on Gujjar protestors on Delhi-Jaipur Highway and in Tonk district today as the stir spreads to new areas in Rajasthan.

Police fired teargas shells to disperse hundreds of protesters who had blocked the busy Delhi-Jaipur national highway near Kothputli about 130 kms from the State capital, leading to traffic chaos.

Police had earlier lathicharged the agitators.


Honda To Invest Rs 1,500 Cr In New Plant At Rajasthan

Landmark Honda has decided to invest about Rs 1500 crore in its new HondaHonda To Invest Rs 1,500 Cr In New Plantproduction facility in Rajasthan.

The company expects the production to commence by the next two years (2010).

Honda launched its premium segment car ‘Accord’ in Gujarat on May 27. The company anticipates doubling up its sale in Gujarat in the recent year.

The new production facility in Rajasthan will be the company’s second plant after the Noida plant.


Fearing insecurity, doctors refuse to conduct postmortem in Bayana without security cover

Bayana/Kanavar (Rajasthan), May 28 : Fearing insecurity, doctors refused to conduct postmortem without the presence of District authorities and security cover in worst ethnic-violence hit Bayana town of Rajasthan on Wednesday.

Army has been deployed in Bayana town of Bharatpur district where sixteen people including a policeman were killed on Friday in a clash between police and members of the Gujjar community.

Gujjar community is demanding Scheduled tribe status that would ensure them reservation in jobs and educational institutions.

The agitators have refused to allow the postmortem and cremation of the corpse until the matter resolves.


Jaipur blasts fail to affect spirit of brotherhood in the Pink City

Jaipur BlastJaipur, May 28 : The recent serial blast that left people in Jaipur shocked for some time, has failed to affect the spirit and strong fraternal relations shared between Hindus and Muslims.

For centuries, Hindus and Muslim have lived here in complete harmony, sharing festive occasions, trade and a common culture as one big family.

More than anything, the blasts, which killed 68 people and injured over 200 individuals, showcased how humanity defeated the malicious motives of terror mongers.


Two die in Rajasthan police firing

Jaipur, May 30 : Two persons were killed and six others were injured when Rajasthan police fired on Gujjar agitators during a road blockade in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur District. Among those injured were two policemen.

Police fired at the agitators after they had blocked the road at Usali Darra, 12 kms from Sawai Madhopur for the past two days.

Police first lathicharged and teargassed the protesters before opening fire.

The road connecting Sawai Madhopur with Sheopur in Madhya Pradesh had been blocked by the protesters

Earlier, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had made a fresh offer for talks to the Gujjar community to discuss the issue of reservation.


Gujjars from North East to join the protests soon

Vasundra Raje & Karori Singh BainsalShillong, May 31 : Soon, the agitating Gujjars will be joined by their North-Eastern counterparts, which will provide an impetus to their demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

"Rajasthan Government has betrayed the Gujjars. In spite of the protests, both the Rajasthan Government and the Centre have been indifferent so far," Bhai Gujjar, representative of the Gujjars, said on Saturday.

Representatives of the Gujjar community from this region met in Guwahati on Friday for finding ways to join the protests.


Lawyers pray for restoration of peace in Gujjar protest-hit region

Bayana (Rajasthan), June 1 : Lawyers conducted a fire ritual today and prayed for peace in Bayana, the hub of ongoing ethnic protests by Gujjars, who are demanding their inclusion in the list of Scheduled Tribes that will ensure reservation in jobs and seats in educational institutions.

A group of lawyers from Bayana's Bar Council, got together to conduct the ritual on May 31 in the region, and prayed for the restoration of peace in the protest hit region.

"The provincial government has not been able to tackle the issue properly. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should either work towards restoring the peace in the State or should resign," said Giriraj Singh, a lawyer.


Gujjar issue: Post-mortem on police firing victims to be completed today

Gujjar issue: Post-mortem on police firing victims to be completed todayJaipur, June 2 : The post-mortem of 37 victims killed in police firing occurred during Gujjars agitation will be completed today.

Post-mortem is being carried out at Pilupura, Sikandera and Sawai Madhopur district where police firing occurred.

The Government has constituted medical teams for post-mortem and there are two Gujjar doctors in each team.


New Delhi to witness another standstill, warn Gujjars

New Delhi to witness another standstill, warn GujjarsShahjahanpur (Rajasthan)/Etawah, June 2 : New Delhi will have to prepare itself for another violent protest as the Gujjar community has decided to bring it to a standstill again on June 5.

The community from Mahendergarh, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Rewari have decided on staging a major protest in New Delhi.


Law Ministry asks Rajasthan Government to decide on Gujjar issue

Gujjar protestors New Delhi, June 2 : The Union Law Ministry in response to the recommendation letter sent by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has said that giving reservation to any community is a decision to be taken by the State.

It also said that despite the existence of a provision in the Constitution to provide reservation to a particular group, the responsibility for it lies with the State.

To give quota benefits to a community, the State has to approach the Centre with appropriate data, it added.


Gujjar women block key routes, disrupting train services

Jaipur, June 03: Protesting Gujjar women have been blocking the Jaipur-Delhi and Jaipur-Agra rail routes since morning, stranding nearly 40,000 train passengers.

More than 50 trains on that route have been cancelled and this stand-off could continue for the next 24 hours.

Railway tracks at Bandikuian near Dausa, has been blocked leading to cancellation of all trains from Ahmedabad to Delhi. The Ahmedabad-Delhi rail route, which passes through Jaipur, is the main link between North India, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The Rajasthan government is refraining from taking any action against the protesters, as there are signs of the stand-off with Gujjars winding down.


Women block rail tracks as quota protests continue in India

New Delhi - Thousands of women from India's ethnic Gujjar community blocked rail tracks in north-western Rajasthan state on Tuesday, leading to the cancellation of more than 50 trains, officials and news reports said.

The Gujjars have been blocking road and rail traffic across Rajasthan since May 23 to exert pressure on the state government to accept their demand to be classified as a scheduled tribe to qualify for government jobs and quotas in schools.

The 50 million Gujjars, who largely make a living from raising livestock and selling dairy products, want to be downgraded in official social status in order to benefit from India's affirmative action policy.


Gujjars disrupt rail and road transport in Rajasthan

Jaipur, June 4 : Gujjar protesters on Wednesday blocked a railway track in Dausa district of Rajasthan leading to suspension of several trains and disrupting traffic on a highway linking the state with Madhya Pradesh.

The Gujjars in Rajasthan are demanding inclusion in the list of Scheduled Tribes (ST) that will ensure reservation in Government jobs and seats in educational institutions.

For the third day, women protesters blocked Jaipur - Delhi railway track with wooden logs at Shyamlawas, 3 kms from Bandikui railway station in Dausa, collector of Dausa, Rajesh Yadav said . Police arrested twelve women protesters on Tuesday for trying to shut down a market in Bandikui. They were later released on bail, Yadav said.


Sachin Pilot to attend Gujjars' funeral at Dausa

Jaipur, June 7 : Congress MP Sachin Pilot will be in Dausa today after Gujjars demanded his presence as a precondition for the cremation of 20 agitators killed in the May 24 violence.

The Dausa district Gujjar Samaj also wants the release of two rebel Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs, Prahalad Gunjal and Attar Singh Bhadana, currently detained in Central Jail in Jaipur.

The Gujjars have been agitating in support of their demand for being granted Scheduled Tribe status.

Meanwhile, a meeting had also been called by Gujjar leader Colonel Bainsla in Bharatpur to discuss the government's invitation for talks (ANI)


19th century Havelis of Navalgarh in Rajasthan facing ruins

Jaipur, June 7 : Rajasthan’s Navalgarh town in the Shekhawati area is today known for its 19th century Havelis. But most of the Havelis are today in a bad condition due to utter neglect.

With the passage of time, most of the Haveli owners or their descendents have migrated to metropolitan cities to set up their businesses there. There ancestral Havelis are today locked or being used for various purposes.

But not many people today know that the Havelis of such a significance are located in Navalgargh town just around 150 kilometers from Jaipur.

And, this has made it difficult to draw local authorities’ attention towards Havelis’ timely maintenance.


Rajasthan Government to hold talks with Gujjars at Bayana

Bayana, June 9: The Rajasthan Government will today hold talks with the Gujjars demanding Scheduled Tribe status at Bayana, a stronghold of the community in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur District.

The first round of dialogue, which is scheduled to begin here, is proposed to be concluded in Jaipur.

On Sunday, Gujjar Arakshan Sangarsh Samiti patron Colonel (retired) Kirori Singh Bainsla said that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had taken a “step ahead” by agreeing to start the dialogue.

Earlier, Bainsla had said that the talks would not be held in Jaipur, and made a fresh appeal to the Rajasthan Government to come to Bayana for talks.


Preliminary round of talks between Rajasthan Govt. and Gujjars leaders end

Gujjar CrisisBayana (Rajasthan), June 9 : The preliminary round of talks between the Rajasthan Government and the agitating Gujjar leaders concluded in Bayana this evening.

Two ministers of the Vasundhara Raje government-- Mines Minister Laxmi Narayan Dave and Irrigation Minister Sanwarmal Jat held talks with a 37-member Gujjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti.

After coming out of the three-hour meeting in Bayana, representatives from both the sides said that the talks were held in cordial atmosphere and now Colonel Bainsala has to decide about sending his representatives for further talks to Jaipur.


Rajasthan Government invites Gujjars for talks to Jaipur

GujjarJaipur, June 10: The Rajasthan Government has asked Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla to send a delegation to Jaipur after he set conditions for initiating second round of talks today.

In a letter to the Gujjar leader, the Government assured that all demands made by Bainsla would be discussed to arrive at a mutually- acceptable solution.

Earlier in the day, Bainsla had gone back on the written commitment given in Bayana during the first round of talks on Monday and demanded release of arrested women activists and withdrawal of murder charges against 20 protestors as a pre-condition for talks.


Gujjars to attend second round of talks in Jaipur today

Jaipur, June 11 : Gujjars will attend the second round of talks with the Rajasthan Government here today.

On Tuesday, the Rajasthan Government asked Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla to send a delegation to Jaipur after he set conditions for initiating second round of talks.

In a letter to the Gujjar leader, the Government assured that all demands made by Bainsla would be discussed to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution.

Earlier, Bainsla had gone back on the written commitment given in Bayana during the first round of talks on Monday and demanded release of arrested women activists and withdrawal of murder charges against 20 protestors as a pre-condition for talks.


Gujjar agitations hit betel farmers in Bayana

GujjarBayana, June 11 : Betel farmers in Bayana have been adversely affected by the agitation of members of the Gujjar community for being classified as scheduled tribes.

The farmers in the region hope that the agitation comes to an end. They are praying for the success of the next round of talks which would bring an end to the agitation.

The agitators have blocked road and rail links of Bayana with the rest of the State, while the government has snapped the supply of electricity and water to them. As a result, farmers have been bearing the brunt and hope that some solution will come out soon.


25 Gujjar women granted bail

Dausa (Rajasthan), June 12 : The Sessions Court here today granted bail to 25 Gujjar women, who were arrested for damaging rail tracks in Bandikui in Dausa last week.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Bhuvan Goel asked them to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 each and a surety of same amount for their release.

On Wednesday, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Rita Tejwani in Bandikui had rejected their bail pleas.

Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla had said that he will not send a delegation to Jaipur for second found of talks till the arrested women were freed.

These women were arrested under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Railway Act.


Gujjars agree to hold talks

Vasundra Raje & Karori Singh BainsalJaipur, June 12 : After the release of 25 Gujjar women, who were arrested for damaging rail tracks in Bandikui in Dausa District last week, the Gujjar representatives today agreed to resume second round of talks with the Rajasthan government in Jaipur.

A 28-member team of Gujjars has left for Jaipur where members from different parts of Rajasthan will assemble at 9 p. m. and will decide the time of the meeting.

Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla will not attend the meeting he said.


Gujjars, Rajasthan govt. to resume talks today

Jaipur, June 13: The Gujjar representatives will resume second round of talks with the Rajasthan Government here today.

A 22-member team of Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, agitating for Scheduled Tribe status, will attend the meeting.

The Rajasthan Government also constituted a seven-member team for discussion with the Gujjar delegation. It includes BJP state president Om Prakash Mathur, BJP national treasurer Ramdas Agarwal, cabinet ministers Sawar Lal Jat and Laxmi Narayan Dave and senior IAS officers S N Jha and Malovika Panwar.

According to sources, the talks will be held at the Officer Training Station.


Gujjars to continue talks with Rajasthan government today

Gujjars to continue talks with Rajasthan government todayJaipur, June 14 : The second round of talks between the 22-member Gujjar delegation and the Rajasthan Government will continue today.

The meeting, which started on Friday, was positive. Both the party representatives said that the talk was going in a positive direction.

Masood Singh Choudhry, who was spearheading the Gujjars, said that the government was taking their demands seriously and they hope that talks would conclude on a positive note.


Gujjars, Rajasthan govt. to resume talks today

Jaipur, June 16: The expected talks between the Rajasthan government and Gujjar leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla will resume here today.

Bainsla was expected to come to Jaipur on Sunday to participate in the talks between the four-member Gujjar delegation and the State Government. But, he refused to come to Jaipur later saying that his participation will depend on the State Government's response to the fresh suggestions given by them.

This development followed a briefing at Pilupura by the four-member delegation on the outcome of its two days of deliberations with the State Government. The team will convey the views of the Gujjar leadership to the government's proposals.


Kirori Singh Bhainsla reaches Jaipur, talks with CM about to begin

Jaipur, June 16 : Gujjar leader Col (R) Kirori Singh Bhainsla has reached Jaipur, but is yet to arrive at the venue where he is slated to hold talks with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia over his community's demand for ST status.

The talks between the duo are expected to take place during the second half of the day. An agreement is expected to be reached today between Bhainsla and the Rajasthan Government, even as the former agreed to hold talks after nearly one-month-long of deadlock.


Last round of talks between Gujjars, Rajasthan govt today

Last round of talks between Gujjars, Rajasthan govt todayJaipur, June 17 : The last round of talks between the Gujjars and the Rajasthan government will begin here today.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is expected to participate in the final round of talks.

Fourth round of talks, which was attended by top Gujjar leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla on Monday, ended on a positive note.

The leader of the Gujjar delegation, Col. Bainsla confirmed that the talks are moving towards a positive outcome.


600-gram hair found in stomach of 12-year-old girl

Bikaner, June 17 : Doctors found a 600-gram lump of hair inside the stomach of a 12-year-old Kausar Parveen from Bikaner after her family asked for a check up on complains about stomach ache.

According to the doctor, this was a rare case in the world.

Parveen, who was in a critical situation, has pledged not to eat hair again in life.

"I have been eating hair for the past seven years because I liked it. It was my habit but I won't eat it again," said Parveen.


Rajasthan Government grants five percent quota to Gujjars in Special category

Gujjar leader sets a Rs.5 crore bounty on Rajasthan CM Raje's headJaipur, June 18 : A committee comprising the representatives of the Rajasthan government and Gujjar community on Wednesday agreed upon allocating five per cent reservation to the Gujjar, Banjara and Rabari communities collectively under special category.

The Rajasthan government also announced 14 per cent reservation to Baniya, Brahamana, Kayasta and Rajput under economically backward class among the upper caste categories.


Thousands of devotees visit Ajmer Sharif for 796th Urs ceremony

Ajmer SharifAjmer, July 7 : Thousands of devotees converged at the revered Ajmer Sharif shrine in Rajasthan on Sunday to offer prayers on the occasion of 796th Urs of Khwaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti, the Sufi saint.

"Urs"marks the death anniversary of Khwaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti who is popularly called "Garib Nawaz", or the "Messiah of the poor. This year the six-day ceremony started on Friday (June 5).

Residents, on this occasion, bedeck the lanes leading to the shrine with colourful decorations.


Dalai Lama offers prayer at Ajmer Sufi shrine

Dalai Lama named freeman of ParisAjmer, July 9 : Tibetan Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama visited the revered Ajmer Sharif shrine in Rajasthan this morning to offer prayers on the occasion of ''Urs'', the 796th death anniversary of Sufi saint, Khwaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti.

The Tibetan Spiritual leader offered prayers at the Dargah Sharif during his two days visit to Rajasthan.

The Dalai Lama said promotion of harmony for lasting world peace has been his life-long commitment.


Rajasthan government tables Quota Bill

rajasthanJaipur, July 14 : The Rajasthan Government tabled the Rajasthan Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Class, Special Backward Classes, and Economically Backward Classes, Reservation Bill 2008, during its special Monsoon Session here today.

The Bill seeks reservation status for four castes, including Gujjars under the Special Backward Classes category, and the poor among the upper castes while making recruitments for state government posts.

The Congress has criticised the bill as "hollow".

The bill is likely to come up for discussion during the next sitting of the House.


Inflation hits hard poultry business in Ajmer

Ajmer,Indian Economy July 23: The poultry industry at Ajmer in Rajasthan is hit hard by inflation.

Due to the increasing cost of poultry feed, it has become very difficult for the poultry farmers to run their business as they are facing severe losses.

Poultry farmers complain that the feed cost has increased two to three times in the past three to four months while the price of eggs have not increased in that ratio.

According to farmers, production cost per egg in today''s scenario amounts to one and a half rupee while it is sold for less than one rupee in the wholesale market.


GurukulOnline joins hands with Government of Rajasthan

GurukulOnline Learning Solutions (GOLS) has tied-up with Rajasthan GurukulOnline joins hands with Government of RajasthanGovernment for providing various skill development programmes like Spoken English cum Employment Readiness Skills to the youth in Rajasthan.


Soon, a microlight aircraft in the budget of a luxury car!

Sikar (Rajasthan), July 30 : Believe it or not, you may soon be able to purchase a microlight plane in the budget of a luxury car!

An aviation company based at Sikar in Rajasthan has assembled a two-seater microlight aircraft which can take-off and land from a stretch of just 300 feet, and can traverse 15 kilometres using one litre of normal petrol.

Manufactured by a newly formed company, West Wind Aviation, it will be available to the customer at around rupees 35 lakhs (Rs. 3.5 millon) only. The company is in the process of setting up an assembling hangar in Sikar.

This aircraft can touch a cruising speed of 200 knots per hour.


Floods wreck havoc in Rajasthan villages

Pichiyag (Rajasthan), Aug 7 : An overflowing barrage has flooded several villages in Rajasthan.

Incessant rains led to the breach of a barrage near the Jaswant Sagar Dam, resulting in the inundation of several villages.

In Pichiyag village, roads, houses and other buildings were submerged.

"People are facing problems due to the flooding of the region. People are stranded. Nobody has come from the government to assess the situation," said Mahendra Kumar, a resident.

According to some residents, the barrage has collapsed before because of heavy rains, but the State Government has not bothered to repair it. (ANI)


Rajasthan villagers plant 105,000 saplings in three minutes 50 seconds

Limca Book of RecordBikaner, Aug. 7 : Residents of Gajrupdeshar and a few other villages under Nokha Tehsil in Rajasthan’s Bikaner District are claiming to have set a new record by planting 105,000 saplings in three minutes and fifty seconds this past week.

Over 8,000 schoolchildren and more than 6,000 villagers participated in the mass plantation drive organized with the objective of encouraging villagers to take up afforestation and bring greenery to the desert State.


Japanese surrogate baby finds saviour in an Indian

Jaipur, Aug 8 : A new born Japanese surrogate baby, Manjhi, has found a saviour in an Indian, who has come forward to feed and look after the 13-day-old infant.

The baby has now found a ''mother'' in Shweta, wife of a friend of her parents, who after having delivered her own baby recently, has come forward to feed Manjhi like her own child.

"I thought about feeding Manjhi because she does not have her mother with her. Everybody is busy making his or her own stories, but nobody is concerned about the child," said Shweta.

The doctors at the hospital are pleased with the development as they feel that now Manjhi will be able to get the all the necessary nutrients that only a mother''s milk can provide to a new born.


Rescue operations begin as 250 pilgrims trapped in Rajasthan cave temple

Kota (Rajasthan), Aug 11 : Rescue operations resumed this morning at the Geparnath temple in Kota District of Rajasthan, where at least 250 people have been stranded after the stairs leading to the Mahadeva temple collapsed leaving one pilgrim dead on Sunday.

The incident took place on Sunday afternoon when the staircase caved in. Nearly 70 devotees were inside the temple when the ladder collapsed due to heavy rush of pilgrims.

The Army has been requisitioned to assist the district administration in rescue operations. Helicopters have also been kept ready in case of any emergency.

Darkness hampered the rescue operation and temporary lights were installed to carry out the exercise, official sources said.


Jaipur witnesses high demand for Lahriya sarees

Jaipur witnesses high demand for Lahriya sareesJaipur, Aug. 14 : Traditional Lahariya sarees are in demand in Jaipur markets, as the festive season is approaching.

Every year during Monsoon (mid-July to August) a large number of women here visit markets only to purchase Lahariya sarees.

Available in various colours and printed designs, Lahariya Sarees have been an all time fascination of women here, and thus, the local markets are flooded with these sarees during these days.


Eight killed, four injured in road mishaps in Rajasthan

jaipur, rajasthanJaipur, Aug 16 : At least eight people have been killed and four others injured in two separate road accidents in Rajasthan today.

According to police sources, six people including two women were killed and two injured when a Tata-Sumo in which they were travelling collided with a truck while overtaking it and overturned in Murena police station on Dholpur-Gwalior national highway in Dholpur district.

The deceased have been identified as Vishwanath, Satwati, Gangadevi, Jaiprakash, Bhupendra, and Vinod Meena.


AIIMS Doctor Detained In Rajasthan Over Blasts

In connection with the May thirteenth blasts in Jaipur, in which sixty people died, AIIMS Doctor Detained In Rajasthan Over Blasts  Rajasthan police together with Central Security agencies detained two persons, including one doctor.

According to the sources in the investigating team said that the doctor, who had completed his internship from AIIMS in July this year, had helped the terror group in procuring the explosive material, Ammonium Nitrate used in the serial blasts.


Sonia Gandhi to visit Rajasthan today

Sonia GandhiJaipur, Sep 8 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi will arrive on a one-day visit to Rajasthan today.

According to sources, she will inaugurate the Barasinghsar lignite mine in Bikaner District.

Later Gandhi will address a public meeting organised by the party''s state unit at Devli in Tonk district, sources said.

The Congress chief is likely to be accompanied by some other members from the screening committee and the AICC observers, besides state leaders, including Rajasthan Congress Party president CP Joshi and former state chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (ANI)


Sonia inaugurates Rajasthan’s first lignite mine

Sonia GandhiBikaner, Sept 8 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi today inaugurated Rajasthan’s first lignite ‘opencast’ mine of a total capacity of 2.1 million tonnes in Barsingsar village in Bikaner district. The lignite mine has been set up by “Mini Ratna” Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) Limited.

The lignite mine will produce 250 Megawatts of power, 2190 million units of electricity per year, through two units of thermal power plant, of 125 MW each. While the first unit of the plant will be commissioned in December, the second would start functioning in March next year.


Nuke deal will put India in league with elite nations: Sonia

Manmohan Singh can be PM candidate, why not, says Sonia GandhiBikaner (Rajasthan), Sept 8 : Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said that the Indo-US civil nuclear pact will put India in the league of elite nations, which dominate the atomic power sector, and enable the country to meet its energy requirements.

After inaugurating the Barsingsar Lignite Mine and Thermal Power Station, 30 kms from Bikaner in Rajasthan Sonia Gandhi said, "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh''s achievement on Indo-US nuclear deal is historic as India would be fulfilling its energy needs in near future."


Rajasthan''s Sambhar salt lake may soon cease to exist

jaipur, rajasthanRajasthan, Sep. 8 : Rajasthan''s famed Sambhar salt lake may soon become history following the absence of proper conservation plans and an acute shortage of labourers.

The lake, which is located about 110 kms from Rajasthan capital Jaipur, has been a good source for acquiring quality salt since the days of the British Raj.

It is said to be one of its kind in Asia.

The heritage lake requires immediate conservation, as it has acquired a reputation for producing the best salt in the country.


Sixth Pay Panel Report To Be Implemented By Rajasthan Govt

On Thursday, the Rajasthan cabinet took the decision to implement the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations from this month, which will definitely prove to be a bonanza for the employees and pensioners of the state government.

It was revealed by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore that over seven lakh government employees and nearly three lakh pensioners would benefit from this decision.

After he had attended the Cabinet meeting the minister said, “The report would be implemented with retrospective effect and would entail an additional burden of Rs 4920 crore annually on the state exchequer.”


Astrologers cry foul over renovation of world famous Jantar Mantar of Jaipur

Jaipur, Sep. 21 : Jaipur’s world famous Jantar Mantar, which is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments and literally means calculation instrument, is attracting wide public attention here following the ongoing renovation at the ancient astronomical observatory. The renovation work has not gone down well with traditional Indian astrologers.

Absence of knowledgeable and experienced astrologers in the supervisory or advisory committee is being cited as one of the reasons, which has led to the vintage historical gadgets and other aids getting disturbed in the renovation process.


At least 40 killed in stampede in Indian temple

Chamunda Devi Temple, JodhpurNew Delhi - At least 40 worshippers were killed and 150 injured after a stampede at a Hindu temple in India's north-western state of Rajasthan on Tuesday, media reports said.

The stampede occurred at the Chamunda temple situated atop a hillock in the Mehrangarh area near Jodhpur city, 350 kilometres west of the state capital Jaipur, the NDTV network reported.


40 killed, 100 injured in Jodhpur temple stampede

Chamunda Devi Temple, JodhpurJodhpur, Sept 30: At least 40 people were killed and over 100 were injured, when a stampede occurred at the Chamunda Devi Temple in Jodhpur today.

The devotees in huge number, especially women, had gathered at the temple from early morning in view of the Navratra festival.

According to sources, out of 40, 30 bodies were brought to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital and the remaining 10 to Mathura Das Hospital here.

The reason for the stampede was not known yet. (ANI)


Over 180 killed in Jodhpur temple stampede

Jodhpur, RajasthanJodhpur, Sept 30 : At least 180 people were killed and several others injured, when a stampede occurred at the Chamunda Devi Temple in Jodhpur today.

According to sources, devotees gathered at the temple situated on a hill top when the tragedy took place after some devotees slipped on a slope causing the stampede.

A huge number of devotees had gathered at the temple from early morning in view of the Navratra festival.

The injured are undergoing treatment at various hospitals.


President, V-P and PM condole loss of lives in Jodhpur temple stampede

Rajasthan, JodhpurNew Delhi, Sep 30 : President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Vice President M. Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Sing have condoled the loss of lives in the stampede that took place at the Chamunda Devi Temple in Jodhpur today.

The President said that she is praying for the early recovery of those who were injured in the tragedy.

Dr. Singh, who is in pains, has expressed shock and grief over the death of devotees in the stampede.

He conveyed his sympathy and condolences to the bereaved families. He also wished a speedy recovery to all the injured.


Rajasthan govt. orders judicial probe into temple stampede

Chamunda Devi TempleJaipur, Oct 1: The Rajasthan Government has ordered a judicial probe into the Chamunda Devi Temple stampede in Jodhpur in which 147 were killed and over 100 were injured.

According to official sources, a retired judge of Rajasthan High Court will conduct investigation and will submit his report in three months.

It being the first Navratra, thousands of devotees had gathered early morning yesterday, at the temple situated on a hill top when the tragedy took place. Some of the devotees slipped on a slope causing the stampede.


Temple doors open after tragedy amid strong police presence

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Vasundra RajeJodhpur, Oct 1 : One day after nearly 150 people were killed in the stampede at the Chamunda Devi temple in Jodhpur, the shrine was today opened for devotees but few people turned up.

Compared to the thousands who had gathered to offer prayers at the temple on the first day of Navaratri festival on Tuesday, their number on Wednesday morning was reduced to just a few, officials said.

"The devout are visiting the temple but it is different from what it was yesterday before the tragedy struck. It was like a fair and now is deserted," they said.


Indian temple stampede death toll could exceed 190

Jodhpur, RajasthanNew Delhi  - A day after a stampede at a Hindu temple, police in the north-western Indian town of Jodhpur said the death toll was likely to rise to more than 190.

"We put the death toll at 147 on Tuesday, but many victims whose bodies were taken home directly from the accident site and were not admitted to hospital were not included," Jodhpur police chief Rajeev Dasod said.

"Relatives have been reporting the deaths and we are carrying out a house-to-house survey after which we estimate the toll should be 40 to 50 higher," Dasod said, adding that the exact figure would be available later in the day.


Stampede in Chamunda Devi temple mars ‘Navratri’ festival revelry

RajasthanMehrangarh (Rajasthan), Oct 1 : A day after the stampede that killed at least 147 devotees, a handful of devotees came on Wednesday to offer prayers on the second day of the nine-day Navratri festival at the Chamunda Devi temple in Rajasthan.

The stampede occurred at the Chamunda Devi temple, inside a fort on top of a hill near Jodhpur.

Few devotees came to the temple to offer prayer for nine day Hindu festival of "Navratri".

The devotees who came to offer prayers said that lack of proper facilities in handling large crowds lead to the tragic incident killing many.


India temple stampede death toll rises to 224

Chamunda Devi templeNew Delhi - The death toll from a stampede of Hindu worshippers at a temple in India's north-western town of Jodhpur has risen to 224, making it one of the worst accidents of that kind in India in the recent years, officials said Thursday.

Jodhpur's top administrative official Kiran Soni Gupta said by telephone that 77 more deaths reported by relatives were confirmed by the local administration, adding to the earlier death toll of 147.

"A total of 224 died in the stampede at the Chamunda Devi temple on Tuesday," Gupta said.


Vasundhara Raje's Recent Generosity with Women Employees

Rajasthan Government has become the first State government to Vasundhara Raje's Recent Generosity with Women Employeesimplement the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations from 1st September 2006. In a recent decision the Rajasthan Government has increased maternity leave from 135 days to 180 days and this facility may be availed by employees who are already on maternity leave.


Now, a special ambulance for ships of the desert in Rajasthan

Jaipur, RajasthanJaipur, Oct. 13 : A voluntary organisation in Rajasthan has prepared a special ambulance to facilitate carrying camels seeking medical attention to nearby veterinary hospital.

This is perhaps for the first time that such arrangements have been done in Rajasthan help to shift the ship of the desert ‘Camel’ to hospitals when required.

The facility has been provided due to the efforts of Help In Suffering (HIS), the Jaipur-based voluntary organisation.


Indian girl set ablaze for wearing lipstick, reports say

Jaipur, RajasthanNew Delhi  - An 11-year-old girl was set on fire by a relative in India's northern city of Jaipur for wearing lipstick and being "inappropriately dressed," media reports said Saturday.

The girl suffered burns over 90 per cent of her body. Her chances of survival were bleak, police officers told the NDTV network.

Police arrested her great uncle, who allegedly poured kerosene on the girl and set her ablaze Friday.

Investigators told the PTI news agency that the 55-year-old man, a conservative Muslim, had told the police that he was enraged at the girl wearing lipstick and being "scantily dressed."


Ansal Housing enters Rajasthan; launches ‘Residential Project’

Ansal Housing & Construction, a leading real estate developer has launched its new residential project ‘Ansal town’ in Alwar, Rajasthan.

The project, which has been strategically located on the Alwar Bypass road, is spread over an area of approx 42 acres.

The company is initially offering residential plots in the range of Rs 7 lakh to Rs 25  lakh. Later built - up Villas, G+2 floors and Apartments are also proposed in the township. The company intends to invest Rs 140 crore on the project.

The company stated in a release that this Integrated Township Project will have in-house amenities like Designer entrance Gate, Landscaped Parks, Club House with Swimming Pool, Commercial, School, Children Play Area etc.


18 killed in fire in crackers-making unit in Rajasthan

Bharatpur (Rajasthan), Oct 23 (ANI): At least 18 people were killed and several others injured when five to six houses collapsed after explosions in a cracker-making unit at Deegh in Bharatput district of Rajasthan, last night.

According to the police, the accident occurred at a residential area where firecrackers were being made illegally.

The injured are undergoing treatment at Deeg Hospital, police said

Rescue operations are on. ((ANI))


Fire cracker blast kills 19

At least 19 people, including 10 children, were killed in a fire cracker explosion in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan.

The explosion occurred at Deeg town, 30 Kms from the district headquarter of Bhratpur. Another 18 people were hurt in the explosion According to police sources. 14 of the injuries have been admitted in the hospital. The death toll could further rise as 10 people are feared buried under the damaged house.

The blast occurred before dawn in a house of a firecracker maker. It a caused a major fire in the locality. Subsequently the fire spread to near by areas and engulfed few houses.

People in that locality were busy in making firecrackers as the blast rocked the whole area. They do this illegally said a police officer.


Blast at illegal fireworks factory kills at least 27 in India

RajasthanNew Delhi  - At least 27 people, including 12 children, were killed in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in the western Indian state of Rajasthan.

The explosion Wednesday night was so powerful that six houses collapsed, the PTI news agency reported.

Ten people who were accused of being involved in illegally manufacturing fireworks were arrested, and 16 injured people were taken to hospital, PTI said, citing police.

Investigators were seeking to determine what caused the blast. (dpa)


Jumbos face the global meltdown in Jaipur

Jaipur, RajasthanJaipur, Oct. 23 : There has been a low turn out of visitors to the Jaipur city this time round. And, one of the most affected have been the jumbos whose owners are finding it tough to care for them in this difficult time.

One month into the tourist season has passed but one can find many jumbos standing idle in queue at Hathi stand in Amer village of Jaipur to carry them to historical Amer Fort. The village has about 100 elephants.

It takes about a thousand rupees a day to feed an animal whereas the daily earnings around rupees 300-400.


Fireworks factory explosion in Bharatpur claims 22 lives including kids

rajasthanBharatpur (Rajasthan), Oct. 23 : At least 22 persons including 12 children died and 35 injured in a tragic explosion that ripped through an illegal fireworks factory at Deeg in Bharatpur region of Rajasthan today.

The explosion took place in a house of a firecracker maker in the Deeg town. The blast caused a major fire, which engulfed a few houses in the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, 10 people allegedly involved in illegal manufacturing of firecrackers were arrested after the explosion at Deeg. The explosion affected six other houses which collapsed due to the impact of blast.


Peenya to take over Chandryaan-1 after its launch

Peenya to take over Chandryaan-1 after its launchChandrayaan-1 will be taken over by Peenya in Bangalore, for keeping an eye on its operations, after the launch at Sriharikota. 

For the next two years, the main centre to tracking and controlling Chandrayaan, would be the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (Istrac) at Peenya, where hectic activities have already begun. 


Firecracker explosion kills 29 in Rajasthan

The death toll in fire cracker explosion tragedy in Deeg of Bharatpur district has touched 29. It includes 11 children. Several other seriously injured persons have been hospitalized.

The explosion took place at Darukuta Mohalla in Deeg town in the house of two brothers, Sukha and Badle Jatav, while they were making crackers.

Bharatpur superintendent of police Rohit Mahajan said, "Preliminary investigations indicate that the blast might have been caused by a spark while crackers were being manufactured in the house."


Gujarat’s eco-friendly Oreva motorbike to reach other States very soon

Ajanta LimitedRajkot (Gujarat), Oct. 27 : Oreva, an eco-friendly motorbike, which has been indigenously designed and manufactured by a Morbi-based Ajanta Limited Co. of Gujarat, is all set to hit the roads in its neighbouring States here.

The company apart from Gujarat has targetted its e-bikes for the States of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

According to the manufacturers, their trendy looking and battery powered Oreva is the cheapest two-wheeler available in the e-bike segment. The motorbike is battery powered.


Global meltdown hits sandstone industry of Rajasthan

rajasthanJaipur, Oct. 27 : With global meltdown in financial markets beginning to shake the Indian stock markets badly, the sandstone industry of Jaipur has also come under its affect.

Major clients in the U. S and U. K have cancelled their orders following which the local markets of sandstone in Rajasthan are facing recession.

About a million people, related to the sandstone industry, are confronted with the possibility of getting badly affected here. The number of people directly or indirectly faced with the crisis amounts to 70 per cent of the total workforce involved in this industry.


Unity Infraprojects wins order worth Rs 375.25 crore

Unity Infraprojects wins order worth Rs 375.25 croreUnity Infraprojects has received an order worth Rs 375.25 crore from Pink City Expressway Pvt. Ltd.

The scope of work involves Widening and Up gradation of Existing 4-Lane Road to 6-Lane Road under Contract Package IV from Km 144+770 (Mardha Village) to Km 181+300 (Antela Village) in the state of Rajasthan.

The order is scheduled to be completed within 30 months. 


Five killed in bus mishap in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Oct 29 : At least five people were killed and 18 others injured when the bus in which they were traveling collided with a trailer truck near Khokra village in Pali district last night.

According to Police, the bus was going to Pilani from Mount Abu.

Injured have been admitted Pali, Jodhpur and Sojat hospitals. (ANI)


Election Commission reviews poll arrangements in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Oct 31 : Election Commission (EC) today reviewed poll arrangements for the Assembly elections in Rajasthan.

Chief Election Commission N. Gopalaswamy, Election Commissioners S. Y. Qureshi and Naveen Chawla addressed the meeting of state election officers.

The team is also scheduled to meet Chief Secretary, DG (Police), Home Secretary, besides meeting the representatives of political parties.

Assembly elections will be held in the State on December 4. Filing of nominations will start from November 10. (ANI)


Amitabh Bachchan visits a temple in Rajasthan

Amitabh Bachchan visits a temple in RajasthanUdaipur, Nov 9 : Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan visited the famous Shrinathji temple in Udaipur in Rajasthan for the first time after recovering from recent illness on Sunday.

His wife Jaya Bachchan, his friend and politician Amar Singh, and industrialist Anil Ambani accompanied him.

Amitabh, who is recuperating from his illness, arrived in Udaipur on Tuesday.

He was discharged from hospital on October 17, almost a week after he was admitted to a Mumbai hospital.


Rajasthan Assembly poll nominations today

Jaipur, Nov 10 : Nominations for Rajasthan Assembly polls, which are slated for December 4, will begin from today.

The last date for the filing of nominations will be November 17 and scrutiny will take place on November 18.

The last date for the withdrawal of names would be November 20.

There are over 3.62 crore eligible voters in 200 assembly segments where 42,212 polling booths are being set up.

The opposition Congress party has so far declared the names of 164 candidates. The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) has declared 192 contestants and the Samajwadi Party (SP) 24. (ANI)


Rajasthan polls: BJP releases first list of candidates

Rajasthan polls: BJP releases first list of candidatesThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday released a list of 95 candidates for the Rajasthan assembly polls.

But in a surprise move 12 of the sitting MLAs didn’t figure in the list. Names of 24 MLAs repeated for this time also.

The list includes 15 women, 10 candidates from Scheduled Tribes and 19 from the Scheduled Castes.


Oberoi Udaivilas Of Udaipur Brings Unique And Memorable Moments Indulgence

Oberoi Udaivilas Of Udaipur Brings Unique And Memorable Moments IndulgenceThe Oberoi Udaivilas, set on the picturesque banks of Lake Pichola, is much more than a luxury deluxe hotel.

The top-notch facilities offered at ‘Oberoi Udaivilas’ charm travelers into a make belief world that is a mixture of present day luxuries with mediaeval splendor and regalia.

The ‘Oberoi Exotic Vacations’ package provides the ideal opportunity to embark on a trip of revival in the comfy and nurturing environment of The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur.  


Rebel BJP MP joins Congress

Rebel BJP MP joins CongressA day after he resigned as Lok Sabha MP as well as from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleging that party tickets were being sold ahead of the Rajasthan polls, Rebel BJP MP Vishvendra Singh joined the Congress ahead of assembly polls in Rajasthan, with the approval of party Chief Sonia Gandhi.


BJP likely to give 10 seats to allies in Rajasthan

BJP likely to give 10 seats to allies in RajasthanBJP is considering its options to give 10 assembly seats to its allies in Rajasthan.


Congress releases list for Rajasthan polls

Congress releases list for Rajasthan pollsCongress has released a list of 19 candidates for up coming Rajasthan polls.

BJP MP Vishwendra Singh who joined the Congress on Friday will contest from Deeg-Kumher. Singh left the BJP on Thursday. He had alleged that party tickets were sold for assembly polls.

Former MLA Mohan Lal Rathore will take on Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje from Jhalrapatan.

Former BJP MLA Atar Singh Bhadana has been fielded from Nagar.

On the other hand, the ruling BJP while releasing the second list of candidates had left 10 seats for its alliances.


Bikaneris seek a committed candidate

rajasthanBikaner, Nov. 17 : Although election fever has gripped the Bikaner constituency, the voters in this Rajasthani city are wary of political outfits and their local leaders.

The main contenders in the State Assembly elections are Congress party and Bharatiya Janata Party, whose candidates have started door-to-door campaign to woo the voters who are reluctant this time to oblige.

Bikaner is famous for its big Havelis and the lip smacking crunchy-munchy snacks like Bhujia and Namkeen. Local residents here are not so enthusiastic this time to exercise their electoral franchise and choose a new State Government.


International conference on accounting profession in Jaipur

Jaipur, Nov 20: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) will organise an International Conference on "Accountancy Profession- Shining Bridge Between Global Economies" here today.

The five-day conference will be inaugurated by Minister of Corporate Affairs Prem Chand Gupta.

It will be a congregation of renowned experts in the area of accounting, auditing and management from International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA), the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and other international bodies including leaders from Trade and Industry of India.


Former Princess of Bikaner lends a royal touch to Rajasthan Assembly polls

Jaipur, RajasthanBikaner, Nov 22 : Erstwhile Princess of Bikaner Siddhi Kumari, who is in the electoral fray as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate, brings about a royal touch to the state polls.

Rajasthan boasts of royal legacies and now these royal families are all set to make a mark in the state polls as well.

Such is the attraction to power that the former princess has made a foray into the land of the common man from her royal palace and is walking on foot to get to know the locals and garner votes.


Marble industry of Rajasthan hit by recession

RajasthanKishangarh (Rajasthan), Nov. 24 : The ongoing recession has bruised the real estate sector and the marble industry of Rajasthan.

Kishangarh, which was a leading town in marble processing till recently, has been forced to bear the brunt of recession.

Hundreds of marble miners and processors here have been affected by stagnancy.

According to the Kishangarh Marble Industry Association, the downward trend has resulted in sales falling by 10-15 per cent. Quarry owners and processors of marbles, granites and other stones fear that the global recession can drastically affect their business.


2,194 contestants for Rajasthan polls

2,194 contestants for Rajasthan pollsIt's final. A total of 2,194 candidates are going to contest Rajasthan assembly polls.

Rajasthan has a 200 member assembly which will go to polls on Dec 4.

Out of 200 seats going to polls, the ruling BJP has fielded 193 candidates, Opposition Congress 200 followed by BSP 199.

Besides recognized parties, altogether 1,019 Independents are contesting the upcoming polls.

Of 2,194 contestants this year, there are 2,052 male and 142 female candidates. BJP and Congress fielded 32 and 23 women contestants respectively.


Protest strands thousands at Bangkok's besieged airport

Protest strands thousands at Bangkok's besieged airportBangkok  - Thousands of travellers were stranded at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport Wednesday after their flights were cancelled by a siege on the facility by anti-government protestors.

Serirath Pasutanond, Airports of Thailand director in charge of Suvarnabhumi, estimated that 3,000 passengers had missed their flights after the airport was forced to stop departing flights Tuesday night.

Altogether, 73 flights, including 43 arriving aircraft and 30 departures, had been "impacted," Sirirath said.


Rahul Gandhi says terrorism can only be tackled by remaining united

Rahul GandhiKishangarh (Rajasthan), Nov. 27 : Congress party general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that terror attacks in the country could only be tackled if the people remained united.

Speaking before addressing a party rally here, Gandhi said: "This is the time to remain united to face the challenge of terrorism."

He claimed the all terrorists wanted to divide the country, but people and the government should face up to their challenge and thwart their evil designs.


Chidambaram says blasts not likely to impact markets for long

P. Chidambaram Udaipur (Rajasthan), Nov 28 : Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday said that the Indian markets are capable of withstanding the effect of the coordinated militant attacks in Mumbai.

Chidambaram''s statement in Udiapur came even as the commandos were still battling heavily armed militants holed up in Mumbai''s luxury hotels along with hostages for more than 40 hours.

Chidambaram said that India continues to be an attractive investment destination and it would be able to convince the investors.


People of Bharatpur seek government support to promote tourism

rajasthanBharatpur (Rajasthan), Dec 1 : As the Assembly elections are approaching in Rajasthan, people of Bharatpur are demanding political support to promote tourism in the city, which is renowned for its World heritage site-Keoladeo National Park, formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Every year thousands of tourists visit this sanctuary to watch thousands of aquatic birds from all across the globe, especially from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia.

But, due to water scarcity, the lakes in the sanctuary are unable to attract the birds as well as the tourists.


India will leave no stone unturned to fight terror: PM

Manmohan SinghJaipur, Dec 1 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said that no stone would be left unturned to fight terrorism while addressing a public rally here on Monday.

In the backdrop of the Mumbai terror attacks that killed at least 197 people and left 295 wounded, the issue of terrorism is bound to dominate the polls in Rajasthan.

“I also want to promise you that the Central Government will not leave any stone unturned in fighting terrorism. There is a request to all countrymen and political parties to help us in this fight against terrorism, and in maintaining law and order in the country,” said Dr. Singh.


Campaigning for Rajasthan Assembly polls ends today

Jaipur, Dec 2 : The campaigning for the Rajasthan Assembly polls in all 200 constituencies will come to an end today.

The polling to elect a new state Assembly will take place on December 4. The counting of votes will take place on December 8.

The assembly elections in Rajasthan and five other states are expected to be a run down to the forthcoming general elections in early 2009.

Many leaders from different political parties are scheduled to campaign today. BJP President Rajnath Singh will address three election meetings in Kekri, Mauwah and Shahapura.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is also scheduled to address eight public meetings.


Rajasthan go to polls on Thursday

Jaipur, Dec .3: Rajasthan is all geared up for election. The state is going to polls on Thursday (December 4). Arrangements are in the last phase for Thursday’s polling for 200 assembly seats in the state.

Unprecedented security arrangements have been made for the election in wake of the terrorist attack in Mumbai last week.

Over 42, 000 polling booths have been set up for 3, 62, 19,481 eligible voters to exercise their franchise in the state.

The ruling BJP has fielded candidates for 193 seats, while the opposition Congress, has fielded candidates for all the 200 assembly seats. There are also 1023 independent candidates in the fray.


EC notice to Raje

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje ScindiaThe Election Commission of India has issued notice to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia for alleged violation of the model electoral code of conduct.

The notice was issued on Monday and the Commission sought her reply by Tuesday evening.

The notice against Scindia came after the Commission took cognizance of a report in Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar that she gave Rs.500 to a child of Hunari Bai of village Bharia Mahuda in an election campaign meeting held at Chhoti Sarwan in Banswara district Nov 25 to solicit votes.


Polling begins in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Dec 4 (ANI): Polling has begun in Rajasthan for 200 assembly seats in the state.
 
Voting is on in around 42,500 booths spread over 33 districts in the state. Counting will be held on December 8.

Over 3.62 crore voters, including 1.72 crore women, are likely to decide the fate of 2,194 candidates.

The ruling BJP has fielded candidates for 193 seats. The opposition
Congress has fielded candidates for all the 200 assembly seats,
followed by BSP 199, NCP 39, CPI (M) 34 and CPI 21. There are also 1023
independent candidates in the fray.


Rajasthan polls today

Rajasthan polls todayFinal Stage is set for the assembly polls in Rajasthan on Thursday. Over 3.62 crore voters, including 1.72 crore women, are likely to exercise their franchise to elect 200 members to the House from among 2194 contestants.

Congress has put up candidates in all 200 constituencies and BJP in 199. As many as 1019 Independents are also in the fray.

The Election Commission had announced for single day polling for Rajasthan.


Rajasthan records 68% polling

Rajasthan records 68% pollingAs many as 68 percent voters exercised their franchise for assembly polls in Rajasthan on Thursday.

"The polling percentage is expected to be around 68 percentages as we are still compiling the figures," election commission officials said. Same percent turnout was registered in the 2003 Assembly elections.

There were 43,000 polling stations in 33 districts where 43,000 EVMs were used. Mechanical problems were reported in about 150 EVMs which were replaced immediately, they said.

Rajasthan has a 200 seated assembly with 3.62 crore-strong voters.


Rajasthan re-polling on Dec. 7

Rajasthan re-polling on Dec. 7The Election Commission of India has announced that re-polling will be held in Rajasthan on 7th December.

Earlier, the date was fixed on 6 Dec.

Chief Electoral Office has recommended in Jaipur on Friday that repolling in about three dozen polling booths in the districts of Ajmer, Bharatpur, Bhilwara, Dausa, Dholpur, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Kota and Sawaimadhopur.

Repolling was recommended by the respective returning officers after complaints of rigging, EVM malfunctioning, and booth-capturing during polling in the desert state on Thursday.


Re-polling to be held in Rajasthan tomorrow

Re-polling to be held in Rajasthan tomorrowJaipur, Dec 6 : Re-polling will be held in Rajasthan on December 7 instead of December 6 as announced earlier by the Election Commission, official sources said here today.

The Chief Electoral Office had announced in Jaipur on Friday that re-polling would be held in about three dozen polling booths in the districts of Ajmer, Bharatpur, Bhilwara, Dausa, Dholpur, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Kota and Sawaimadhopur.

The respective returning officers announced re-polling after getting complaints of rigging, EVM malfunctioning, and booth capturing during polling on Thursday.


62% turn out in Rajasthan re-polling

Nearly 62 pc electorate exercised their franchise during the re-polling in 130 booths across 16 districts of Rajasthan. 

The re-polling was necessitated due to complaints of rigging, booth capturing and malfunctioning of EVMs in the 4th December assembly polls in the state. 

The constituencies where repolling were held included Todabheem, Deeg-Khumher, Pushkar, Khanpur, Kolayat, Kota-South Kotputali, Civil Lines (Jaipur), Sanchore, Bilara, Khandela, Mundawar, Nokha, Dholpur, Sawaimadhopur, Mandalgarh, Dausa Bandikui, Baran-Atru, Fatehpur, Bari, Mehava, Gangapur and Karauli.  

The re-polling was marred by a caste clash between two communities in Todabheem assembly constituency, injuring eight persons, official sources said.  


Rajnath Singh: Delhi results are “Quite Unexpected" and "Shocking”

Rajnath Singh: Delhi results are “Quite Unexpected" and "Shocking”Stupefied by the Congress victories in Delhi and Rajasthan assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh described the victory as "quite unexpected" and "shocking".

Speaking from the BJP headquarters, Rajnath Singh said, "In Delhi the results were quite unexpected and shocking; the Delhi results are surprising as we had expected a majority." Mr. Singh said that the BJP also considered the loss of Rajasthan "unexpected".


India's Congress in poll wins despite terrorist attacks

India's Congress in poll wins despite terrorist attacksNew Delhi - India's ruling Congress Party Monday won three of the five state elections that were seen as a political barometer for the country's upcoming general elections against the backdrop of terrorist attacks and the economic slowdown.

Results from the Election Commission showed the Congress Party retained power in the national capital New Delhi for a third five-year term while it recorded a landslide victory in the north-eastern state of Mizoram.


Raje promises to work as constructive opposition

RajasthanThe outgoing Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje has accepted the mandate of the people. She had promised to work as a "constructive opposition". "I respect the mandate of the five-and-a-half crore people of the state. We will play the role of a constructive opposition and will not allow any hurdles in the development of Rajasthan," she said following the poll results in Jaipur on Monday.

"The people's choice is final. They think well before deciding. I respect that," Raje, who was born to a royal family of Madhya Pradesh, said.


Ashik Gehlot to be Rajasthan CM

Ashik Gehlot to be Rajasthan CMAshok Gehlot was chosen to be the new Chief Minister of Rajasthan.

57-year-old Gehlot, a former chief minister, was unanimously elected leader by the Congress Legislature Party after intense consultations with MLAs, AICC observer Digvijay Singh, said.

The chief minister-elect said later that he would work to provide an "able, transparent and competent" government that will cater to all the sections, castes and communities.

Gehlot had spearheaded the Congress campaign to reinstall its government defeating BJP in Rajasthan.


BJP summons its Rajasthan leaders to Delhi

Vasundhara RajeNew Delhi, Dec. 12 : Central leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday summoned former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhare Raje and state unit chief Om Prakash Mathur to Delhi to sort out their differences prior to the 2009 general elections.

Party sources said BJP president Rajnath Singh and senior leaders L K Advani and M Venkaiah Naidu will counsel both Raje and Mathur to set aside their personal differences and work to ensure the party’s victory in the general elections.


Ashok Gehlot sworn-in as Rajasthan CM

Ashok Gehlot sworn-in as Rajasthan CMJaipur, Dec 13 : Congress Legislature Party leader Ashok Gehlot was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan here this morning.

State Governor S. K. Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to him at a ceremony in Raj Bhawan.

Former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawt and former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje were present on the occasion.

Gehlot, born on May 3, 1951 in Jodhpur, is a leader of Indian National Congress party. He was the Chief Minister of Rajasthan from December 1, 1998 to December 8, 2003.


Gehlot to induct Ministers in his cabinet today

Gehlot to induct Ministers in his cabinet todayJaipur, Dec 19 : Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will induct Ministers in his new team here today.

State Governor S. K. Singh will administer the oath of office and secrecy to new Ministers at a ceremony in Raj Bhawan.

Gehlot was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan on December 13. He alone had taken the oath of the office and secrecy. (ANI)


Eleven cabinet, two state ministers take oath in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Dec 19 : Eleven cabinet and two ministers of state were inducted in the newly constituted Ashok Gehlot-led Congress Government in Rajasthan today.

State Governor S K Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to the ministers at a ceremony in Raj Bhawan.

The cabinet ministers are Immuddin "Durumyim", Bharat Singh, Bina Kak, Brij Kishore Sharma, Harjiram Burdak, Hema Ram Choudhary, Mahendrajit Singh Malviya, Mahipal Maderna, Master Bhanwar Lal, Prasadi Lal Meena (independent) and Shanti.

R K Saini and Golma Devi were sworn in as state ministers.

Gehlot was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan on December 13. He alone had taken the oath of the office and secrecy. (ANI)


Cairn India discovers new oil field in Rajasthan

Cairn India discovers new oil field in RajasthanCairn India has discovered an oil and gas in Western India. It is good news for India as the country still depends on oil import to satisfy its domestic and industrial needs. It pays huge sum as crude import bill from its state exchequer.

The newly discovered area is located approximately 1.5 km east of the Raageshwari 1 well which is a commercial and approved field development plan. The Mangala, Aishwariya Raageshwari and Saraswati development area, nearby the discovered field, are already producing oil.


Tomato prices decline in Rajasthan

Tomato prices decline in RajasthanJaipur, Dec 22 : Tomato growers and traders in Rajasthan feel the heat of the plummeting prices of the perishable commodity following suspension of exports to Pakistan as the border has been sealed in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks.

Tomato crop, which was earlier, exported to Pakistan via Wagah boarder is now landing in the local markets leading to overflow of tomato. As a result, the tomato business is incurring huge losses.


BJP unites in defeat, Raje is Oppn leader

BJP unites in defeat, Raje is Oppn leaderFormer Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje was unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party in the Rajasthan Assembly in Jaipur. BJP has made no other changes in the State unit for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Venkaiah Naidu, incharge of the State; Ramdas Agarwal, National Treasurer and the State President O P Mathur were present at the meeting. Senior BJP leader and former Home Minister, Gulab Chand Kataria proposed Raje's name which was unanimously approved.


Rural Rajasthan eclipses communalism

rajasthanAjmer, Dec. 26 : It is often said the real India lives in villages and so does the original beauty of secularism.

The fact is well evident in nearly a dozen and half villages in Ajmer region of Rajasthan where residents identifying themselves as part of the Cheetah community follow the tenets of Hinduism and the Islam with equal reverence.

It is heartening to notice the Cheetah community of Ajmer which looks wedded to communal amity. The society here is an example of different faiths including social traditions, living in harmony.


Hit-to-Kill Anti-Tank Missile ‘Nag’ Successfully Test Fired At Pokhran

Hit-to-Kill Anti-Tank Missile ‘Nag’ Successfully Test Fired At Pokhran Indian missile scientists successfully test fired the third generation hit-to-kill anti-tank missile, Nag, at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan on Friday.

This marks the first in a series of winter trials to be conducted by the Army till this month-end. The winter trials would be followed by summer trials.

In his remarks, Nag's Progra Director and Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) Director P. Venugopalan said, “The trial was 100 percent success.”


Compucom Software gets order worth Rs 7.67 crore

Compucom Software gets order worth Rs 7.67 croreCompucom Software Ltd has pocketed an order worth Rs 7.67 crore from Secondary Education Department, Rajasthan for supply of various Software Packages of Microsoft in 2500 Govt. Schools of Rajasthan.

In this regard, the company has signed a MOU with Secondary Education Department.

Recently, Compucom Software Ltd has issued Bonus Shares in the ratio of 1:1 (i.e. One Bonus Share for every One Equity Share held).

The shares of Compucom Software were finally settled the day at Rs 9.15 on BSE, after intraday high and low of Rs 9.90 and Rs 9.15.


Camel fair attracts tourists in Bikaner

Camel fair attracts tourists in BikanerBikaner, Jan. 11 : Tourists visiting the Bikaner city of Rajasthan are having a great time at the ongoing camel fair here, as they are getting a chance to watch the ships of the desert performing several acts they are generally not known for. 

The three-day annual camel fair kicked off in Bikaner on Saturday (Jan. 10). It began with procession of beautifully ornamented camels heading towards the open sand grounds on the outskirts of Bikaner city. 

Rajasthani folk dances and music have added to the appeal of annual fair. 


Tourists enjoy `Royal Rajasthan on Wheels'' splendour

Tourists enjoy `Royal Rajasthan on Wheels'' splendourUdaipur (Rajasthan), Jan. 18 : A group of 23 foreign and domestic tourists enjoyed the spectacular view of India''s northwestern desert state Rajasthan on a luxury train ''Royal Rajasthan on Wheels'' on its maiden run.

''Royal Rajasthan on Wheels,'' a joint venture of Indian Railways and Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) was flagged off from national capital New Delhi on January 11.

An epitome of luxury ''Royal Rajasthan on Wheels'' has two resto-cum-bars, which offer lavish Indian cuisines with blended wines.


India successfully test fires land version of BrahMos missile on Tuesday

http://www.topnews.in/files/BrahMos.jpg " alt="BrahMos " title="BrahMos Missile" width="172" height="135" align="left" />New Delhi, Jan 20 : In a move to assure its accuracy for future battles, the Army, on Tuesday, tested the land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile near Pokhran in Rajasthan.

The test was declared as successful, having met all the parameters.

Earlier, on December 18, an air-breathing missile, with a strike range of 290-km, was tested for the first time from a vertical launcher fitted on a moving warship in the Bay of Bengal.

The government inducted the first battery of the BrahMos land-attack cruise missile (LACM) in July 2007.


Jaipur Literary Fest Kicks Off In A Style!

Jaipur Literary Fest Kicks Off In A Style!One of the leading literature events of the Indian sub-continent, the fourth DSC Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off in a grand style with the inauguration by the Governor of Rajasthan, S K Singh.

Since its beginning, the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival has been hosted by the Diggi Palace Hotel. In order to celebrate the festival opening, the whole palace was packed with an enthusiastic crowd.


Sonia says neighbouring country spreading terror

Sonia GandhiJaipur, Feb. 3 : Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday accused the neighbouring country (Pakistan) of spreading terror in the country but emphasized that Indians were strong enough to fight the menace.

While addressing a thanks-giving rally in Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan, where Congress returned to power during Assembly elections after trouncing Bharatiya Janata party, Sonia Gandhi said that people of India would never allow its enemies to succeed in their endeavor of spreading terror.


Salman’s Upcoming Film ‘Veer’ Faces Fresh Trouble!

Salman’s Upcoming Film ‘Veer’ Faces Fresh Trouble!Salman Khan’s upcoming film ‘Veer’ has got another reason to be back in the news. The film has been charged for damaging the Historic fort of Amber.

An accident happened on the sets of ‘Veer’, when a 20 foot long wall collapsed injuring nearly 15 people.

Out of these 15, nearly seven injured people were taken to the nearby Sawai Man Singh Hospital, while all the others injured were rushed to a government hospital.


Sallu’s ‘Veer’ To Resume Shooting At Amber Fort!

Sallu’s ‘Veer’ To Resume Shooting At Amber FortAfter being charged for damaging the Historic fort of Amber, Salman Khan’s upcoming film ‘Veer’ has got permission from the Rajasthan High court to resume its shooting again at the fort.

The court, during the last week, issued a stay order on the filming of ‘Veer’ in the fort after an accident happened on the film sets, when a 20 foot long wall collapsed injuring around 15 people.


Global meltdown takes the sheen off Indian carpets

Jaipur, Feb 21: Recession in the US and Europe has badly affected India''s carpet industry.

For the last few years Rajasthan''s carpet industry was growing at a red hot 15 percent every year, but global meltdown clipped it badly.

According to exporters, the industry is passing through its worst phase.

"Carpet being a kind of a luxury item was the first hit (by the economic meltdown) because people cannot live without the daily necessities but carpet is one thing they can do without," said Rajesh Jagetia, an exporter.

America and Europe, which are worse hit by recession, were the biggest buyers of Indian carpets. Now that demand has slashed.


Red tape cuts short horse academy ride

Plans for first civilian academy proposed at Jhunjhunu dist hangs fire

Plans of the British Horse Society (BHS) to support the first civilian equestrian academy in Rajasthan have been inordinately delayed due to official inaction. The Jhunjhunu district administration has failed to complete the formalities for land allotment due to which signing of the MoU with BHS has been delayed as the land allotment issue is still hanging fire. 


Students go on a rampage in Ajmer

A number of agitated students and their parents gathered at the building of Central Academy School in Ajmer and staged a protest on Monday. The angry students and their parents also damaged parts of the school building situated in Christian Ganj police station area in Ajmer and allegedly set a school bus on fire.

The parents were agitated over the fact that the school management had claimed that the institute is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), but they were unable to acquire the affiliation till date, alleged Suresh Kumar Tak, a parent.


Laid back and positive

yoga session“Mr Vyas, can we have a yoga session tomorrow at the Birla House at 7.30 in the morning?” “Yes madam, I will be there.” It is unusual of me to go to someone’s place and teach yoga, but in this case I made an exception because this was a request from no other than Lekha Poddar, herself—the scion of the Birlas, a great family, which helped me at the most critical phase of my life. Lekha is the daughter of GP Birla and sister of CK Birla, eminent industrialists of the country.

She is a pioneer in Rajasthan, turning heritage properties into hotels. She is extremely brilliant, sharp with a heart of gold. It made me nervous to think of teaching her yoga.


UN lends a helping hand

State govt signs pact for proper implementation of welfare schemes

Rajasthan has become the first state in the country where experts from the United Nations (UN) will help in implementing the welfare schemes under district plans. The experts deputed by the UN will be advising on avoiding overlapping of efforts and wastage of time and funds while implementing the welfare schemes related to maternal health and primary education etc.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed recently between the government of Rajasthan and the UN for adopting a convergent approach in five districts namely Barmer, Sawai Madhopur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Sirohi.


Honda Siel's Rajasthanunit on hold

Halves Greater Noida output to 200/day

Honda Siel Cars India has put on hold "indefinitely" the commissioning of its second manufacturing facility in Rajasthan amid a sales slowdown. The company has already halved production at the existing plant (Greater Noida) to 200 cars a day on a single shift basis against 400 being produced earlier and is using only about 55,000 units of the one lakh unit installed capacity at the site.

No wonder then that work on its Rs 1,000-crore facility coming up at Tapukara has been suspended for now.


Ten more ministers inducted into Rajasthan Cabinet

Ten more ministers inducted into Rajasthan CabinetJaipur, Feb 28 : Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expanded his two-and-a-half month old cabinet on Saturday.

State Governor S K Singh administered the oath of secrecy to ten ministers - two of cabinet rank and eight ministers of state at a ceremony in Raj Bhawan.

Dr. Jitendra Singh and Rajendra Pareek were sworn-in as cabinet rank ministers while Ram Lal Jat, Bharosilal Jatav, Ashok Bairwa, Mangilal Gharasia, Pramod Jain Bhaya, Babulal Nagar, Ameen Khan and Gurmeet Kunnar were inducted as ministers of state.


Braj areas should be developed: NGO

Claiming a success in influencing the Rajasthan government to ban all kinds of mining operations in the spiritually and culturally significant Deeg and Kaman tehsils of Bharatpur district of Rajasthan, the Braj Foundation, an NGO , has demanded a master plan for the Rajasthan part of Braj region.

Addressing a press conference in the city on Friday, the chief executive officer of the foundation and senior journalist Vineet Narain, advocating on the need of developing these regions in Rajasthan said, "Our foundation played a vital role in ensuring ban on mining in Rajasthan portion (Kaman and Deeg) of Bharatpur district. That is just the beginning."


Modi faces acid test

It could be the moment of truth for Lalit Modi. The high profile chairman of the Indian Premier League is locked in an acrimonious battle for the reins of the Rajasthan Cricket Association. Sanjay Dixit, a senior IAS officer in the Rajasthan government is providing Modi the kind of resistance that even Jagmohan Dalmiya could not pose to his authority.

A win or defeat may not immediately affect Modi's twin positions — the vice-presidency of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the chairmanship of IPL — but an adverse result would be an embarrassment for the jet-setting administrator of Indian cricket.


Lalit Modi humbled in Rajasthan Cricket Association elections

 Indian Premier League Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi New Delhi, Mar 1 : Indian Premier League Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi on Sunday lost the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections held for the post of President to Sanjay Dixit, an Indian Administrative Services officer.

Required to get 17 votes to secure a win in the election with majority, Modi could manage just 13 of the total 32 votes. Dixit, on the other hand, bagged 18 votes.


Newly wedded Dalit boy brings home his bride by chopper in Rajasthan

Newly wedded Dalit boy brings home his bride by chopper in RajasthanJaipur, March 2 : Hundreds of people in Jaipur were astonished on Saturday when they witnessed a newly wedded boy of Dalit community, a low caste group of society, bringing along his bride to his home in a chopper!

As the bridegroom Surinder Sawariya, who is in his early twenties, landed near his house in Rundal Village here with his bride, it was quite a draw for a large number of people.


Dhariwal gets home ministry

Jitendra is in charge of energy in latest portfolio reshuffle

Shanti Kumar Dhariwal is the new home minister of Rajasthan and Jitendra Singh the energy minister. Two days after his first cabinet expansion, chief minister Ashok Gehlot reshuffled the portfolios among his team on Monday lavishing Dhariwal with some important departments that he had kept with himself, until now.

Gehlot who earlier had 38 ministries with him has retained finance, planning and civil aviation portfolios. After the reshuffle, he now has 12 ministries with him.


New BrahMos missile successfully tested, hits target

New BrahMos missile successfully tested, hits targetPokhran, Mar. 4: A new version of the BrahMos cruise missile was successfully tested on Wednesday, hitting its target at the Army’s test range in Pokhran, Rajasthan.

On January 20, the BrahMos Block II, during an earlier test, took off successfully, but deviated from its path and landed away from its target.

Official sources claimed a small defect in the software of the homing device of the missile prevented the hit then, defect has since been rectified.


Indian Air Force displays its strike capabilities

Indian Air Force displays its strike capabilitiesPokhran (Rajasthan), Mar 4 : India''s frontline fighter aircraft bombed simulated targets in the northwestern desert areas of Rajasthan.

Awesome strike capabilities of Indian Air Force (IAF) were on display as frontline fighters from South Western Air Command (SWAC) took part in a training exercise in Pokhran range here on Tuesday.

The fighter aircraft fired a vast array of precision and non-precision area weapons onto simulated targets, demonstrating their firepower.


Areva T&D bags order worth Rs 60 crore; stock soars 4%

Areva T&D bags order worth Rs 60 crore; stock soars 4%Areva T&D India Ltd, the Indian arm of French energy firm Areva SA has signed a contract worth Rs 60 crore for Hybrid Gas-Insulated Substation with Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (RRVPNL) for Indira Gandhi Nagar substation (Jagatpura) at Jaipur.

A company official said, that this is the first 145 kV hybrid GIS order for AREVA T&D in India and only the second order of its kind in the country.


President to address convocation of University of Rajasthan today

President to address convocation of University of Rajasthan todayJaipur, Mar 5 : President Pratibha Patil will address the 25th convocation of the University of Rajasthan here today.

The President will also give away degrees to D. Sc, D. Lit students and will honour at least five persons with honorary Ph. D degrees.

Rajasthan Governor and Chancellor S K Singh and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will also address the convocation function. (ANI)


Gulal gota to add a new hue this Holi

Gulal gota to add a new hue this HoliThe world is going ‘royal’ in the real Pink City style on this Holi. Many non-resident Indians (NRIs) in Europe, Middle East and USA will play Holi with the famous gulal gota made of lac and filled with eco-friendly arrarote gulal.

The trend has got the fancy of many in Jaipur, as people bored of throwing water balloons on each other have cling to the eco-friendly way of playing Holi with gulal gota.


Jodhpur plays host to a vintage car rally

Jodhpur plays host to a vintage car rallyJodhpur, Mar 8 : Around 70 vintage cars rolled out at a rally here on Sunday.

The Jodhpur Heritage Car Club hosted the rally.

An array of classic and vintage cars were first lined up at the famed Umed Bhawan Palace of the erstwhile Maharaja (ruler) of Jodhpur from where they were flagged off to Khimsar, a village on the outskirts of the city.

The cars will head back to Jodhpur in the evening and would assemble at Mehrangarh Fort, where a prize distribution ceremony is scheduled to be held.


Nine killed in Rajasthan road accident

  Nine killed in Rajasthan road accident  Dausa (Rajasthan), Mar 9 : Nine people were killed and five others injured when a vehicle in which they were travelling collided head on with a truck here on Monday.

The incident took place in Mahua town of Dausa district in Rajasthan.

According to police officials, the injured were admitted to a nearby hospital. (ANI)


Over 50 injured during Rajasthan''s stone pelting festival

Over 50 injured during Rajasthan''s stone pelting festivalSaagwada (Rajasthan), Mar 12 : Over 50 people were seriously injured during a bizarre stone pelting festival in Rajasthan on Wednesday.

Unlike other parts of the country where revelers indulge in fun and frolic by sprinkling colour on each other during Holi, the villagers of Saagwada in Rajasthan''s Dungarpur district celebrate Holi by pelting stones at each other.

The festival forms an integral part of Saagwada village culture. It is conducted with great enthusiasm, resulting in injuries to scores of villagers every year.


Traders in Rajasthan perform rituals to appease Goddess of wealth

RajasthanJodhpur, Mar 17 : Traders here are performing a ritual in honour of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, to ward off global recession.

The nine-day ritual being held at the central grounds here commenced on Friday and will conclude on March 21.

Over 400 priests have been performing the rituals amid Vedic chants which reverberate in the entire neighbourhood.

According to head priest Prakharji Maharaj, the ritual would release latent energies of intellectuals and enable them to solve the global recession.


Massive fire guts down over hundred shops in Jodhpur

Jodhpur, Mar 18: A massive fire gutted down over hundred shops in Jodhpur during the early morning hours of Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses said that 150-200 shops were completely destroyed.

Residents said that the police team arrived on time. However, the fire had spread and became uncontrollable when the fire brigades reached the spot.

"At around 3:00 a. m. fire was raging in this area. Police officials came on time, but the fire brigades arrived late. By the time the fire brigades came, the fire had already spread. The loss is estimated to be to the tune of Rupees two crores," said Mohammad Ali, an eyewitness.


Jaipur gears up for Gangaur festival

 Jaipur gears up for Gangaur festivalJaipur, Mar 24 : In anticipation of the much awaited annual Gangaur festival, shops in Jaipur have starting stocking the idols of Hindu God Shiva and her consort Gauri.

Gangaur festival is one of the most important festivals in Rajasthan and is observed throughout the state with great fervour and devotion by womenfolk who worship the idols of Gauri for the welfare of their life partners.


5.3 magnitude earthquake hits Rajasthan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits RajasthanJaisalmer, Apr 9 : An earthquake measuring 5.3 on Richter scale rocked Jaisalmer in Rajasthan on Thursday morning.

According to sources, the quake occurred at 7:17 a. m. There were no reports of any casualty.

The quake caused cracks to appear on the walls of buildings, forcing people out of their homes in panic. (ANI)


Independent candidate dresses as a dacoit in Jodhpur

Independent candidate dresses as a dacoit in JodhpurJodhpur (Rajasthan), Apr 18 : An independent candidate dressed in black clothes and holding a gun while sitting on a horse went to file nomination papers in Jodhpur on Saturday.

Gopal Jadugar, accompanied by two bodyguards walking alongside the horse and a group of supporters holding banners, marched to the district magistrate''s office for filing the papers.


Domestic BPO companies in Rajasthan unaffected by recession

Domestic BPO companies in Rajasthan unaffected by recessionJaipur, Apr 18 : In Rajasthan, the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies dealing in domestic market have not been affected by the economic slowdown so far.

Most of the domestic BPO companies here are dealing in telecom, power, banking, financial and government sectors. According to the market players, these sectors have not been affected by the ongoing recessionary trends, which is why there is enough buoyancy in local BPO market.


Rajasthan HC issues notice to Lalit Modi in cheating case

Rajasthan HC issues notice to Lalit Modi in cheating caseJaipur, Apr 24 : The Rajasthan High Court on Friday issued a notice to IPL Chairman Lalit Modi in connection with alleged forgery in issuing a cheque of Rs six crore to the Chief Minister Relief Fund for disbursement among victims of May 13 Jaipur serial blasts.

A single bench comprising Justice S P Pathak on issued notice to Modi to explain why his bail should not be cancelled for leaving the country without its permission.


Shree Cement to spend Rs 1,000 crore on Expansion

Shree Cement to spend Rs 1,000 crore on Expansion  Rajasthan-based Shree Cement Ltd has decided to invest Rs 1,200 crore in the current financial year to expand its production capacity, including setting up two greenfield plants and installing four captive power plants.

According to company officials, the investments would be made in two grinding units in Rajasthan and Uttaranchal, and two power plants of 50MW each at Bangur city.


Jaipur restaurant sends out social messages with mouth-watering dishes

Jaipur restaurant sends out social messages with mouth-watering dishesJaipur, Apr 25: A restaurant in Jaipur has initiated an awareness drive to motivate people to exercise their franchise in the ongoing elections.

The restaurant, ''Virasat'' apart from offering mouth-watering dishes, sends a unique mind-boggling social message with each dish served to its guests.

There is a separate team of cooks in this restaurant which makes special dishes and garnishes the message on the top of a delicacy which says "Cast Your Vote" and "Vote Do".


Jaipur on alert following bomb hoax on plane

Jaipur on alert following bomb hoax on planeJaipur, Apr. 29: Jaipur Airport was placed on a state of high alert on Wednesday evening after air traffic control was informed of a bomb on board flight number IC-661.

Air traffic control said they had received an anonymous call from Mumbai informing them of the bomb onboard.

The plane had left from Mumbai for Dubai. It landed at Jaipur as soon as the hoax call was made. Passengers were asked to disembark and escorted into the airport lounge and provided with refreshments. They were asked not to panic.


Pilot killed in MIG-21 crash in Pokhran

rajasthanPokhran, Apr 30 : A MIG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday crashed in Pokhran in the Thar deserts of Rajasthan, killing its pilot.

According to reports, the crash took place near Raj Mathai in Pokhran.

Further details are awaited. (ANI)


Sonia Gandhi calls Third and Fourth Front leaders “power hungry”

Sonia Gandhi calls Third and Fourth Front leaders “power hungry”Sriganganagar (Rajasthan), May 1: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has slammed the Third and Fourth Fronts for having "sole aim to grab power" without being least concerned about the welfare of the country.

Addressing a poll rally in at the Ramlila Maidan in Sriganganagar, Gandhi said the Congress wanted to serve the people even without chair and power.


Cairn India to start commercial production by month-end

Cairn India to start commercial production by month-end Cairn India, the UK-based Cairn Energy's subsidiary, which has commenced test runs of its wells in Barmer district, Rajasthan, will likely begin commercial production of crude oil by the end of May, after the approval of the $2.4 billion development cost from its field investments' partner ONGC, and demand from prospective buyers.

Cairn India is the operator of the Rajasthan block of the refineries, and holds a 70 percent stake, with ONGC holding a 30 percent stake.


Shree Cement posts robust growth; Q4 net profit soars 474%

Rajasthan-based Shree Cement Rajasthan-based Shree Cement on Saturday announced its results for fourth quarter ended March 31, 2009.

The company reported a surge of 473.72% in its net profit to Rs 235.63 crore for the fourth-quarter (Q4) ended March 31, 2009, compared to Rs 41.07 crore in the March quarter of FY'08.

Further, the company witnessed a jump of 22.19% in its total income, which rose to Rs 811.64 crore in the quarter from Rs 664.24 crore in the corresponding year-ago period.


MIG-27 fighter aircraft crashes, seven injured

MIG-27 fighter aircraft crashes, seven injuredJodhpur: May 15 : A MIG-27 fighter aircraft crashed near Jodhpur today during a training sortie, reportedly injuring seven persons.

The pilot ejected safely.

According to defence sources, the crash took place around 8:30 am. in Konkani village in Luni, 42 km from Jodhpur.

According to SP (Rural) Jodhpur, Sharad Kaviraj, seven persons were injured in the mishap, one of them seriously.

An inquiry has been ordered into the accident. (ANI)


Indian fighter jet crashes, 7 injured

Mig 27 Fighter JetNew Delhi - An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-27 fighter jet crashed in a village in the north-western state of Rajasthan on Friday, injuring six adults and a child, news reports and officials said.

The pilot ejected out of the cockpit just before the aircraft, which was on a training sortie, crashed near the central Jodhpur city, IAF spokesman NN Joshi told the PTI news agency.

The IAF headquarters in national capital New Delhi also confirmed the accident but said details were awaited.


Rajasthan Sanskrit University trains Hindu priests

Rajasthan Sanskrit UniversityJaipur, June 3 : In an attempt to preserve Hindu rituals, a Sanskrit University in Rajasthan has initiated a diploma in Hindu priesthood. The diploma would certify that the students can organize and conduct any Hindu ritual.

Pundit Yugal Sharma, Vice Chancellor, of the University believes that there is dire need of good priests for conducting Hindu rituals, and this diploma will enable the university produce good priests.


ONGC gives nod for increased investment in Cairn oilfields

ONGC gives nod for increased investment in Cairn oilfields Cairn India may increase investment into joint venture Rajasthan oilfields, the largest crude oil well in India, as the board of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has given its necessary approval for the plan on Monday, ending all speculations of state run firm's participation in the JV.


Jaipur organisation works for repatriation of missing children

Jaipur organisation works for repatriation of missing childrenJaipur, June 12  A voluntary organisation in Jaipur is working towards reuniting lost and destitute children with their families, in order to ensure a secure future for them.

The initiative named ''Tabar'', brings children mostly from railway stations, and provides them shelter till the time their families are located. But for those children whose families either do not accept them back or cannot be found, they are sent to organisations where they can stay till they are 18, and self reliant.


H&R Johnson to spend Rs 100 crore on expansion

H&R Johnson to spend Rs 100 crore on expansionThe county's largest tile maker, H&R Johnson has decided to invest Rs 100 crore on the set up of a new floor tiles plant in Rajkot.
 
According to a company official, the new floor tiles facility, with estimated capacity of 15,000 square metre per day, will alone absorb investments of around Rs 50 crore.
 
However, the balance amount will be spend on expansion of the capacity of  existing wall tiles unit situated in Rajkot, which will grow to capacity of 24,000 sq metre per day, against present capacity of 12,000 sq metre per day, in next one year.
 


Dry lakes spell doom for Udaipur’s tourism industry

Dry lakes spell doom for Udaipur’s tourism industryUdaipur (Rajasthan), July 9 : Tourist arrival in India's `City of Lakes'-Udaipur-have declined following reports of lakes drying up.

The city's five lakes -- Udai Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Rajsamand Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, and Jaisamand Lake-- are all rain-fed. They are normally water-filled, but this year's dry season has taken its toll.

The prevailing situation has affected the tourism industry.

The city welcomes nearly 700,000 domestic and foreign tourists each year, but this year Udaipur bears a deserted look.


Government may import Cheetahs

CheetahsThe Indian government will introduce a multimillion-pound plan to import Cheetahs, a species on the verge of extinction, for Indian grasslands. Jairam Ramesh, the Minister of State for Environment and Forests, said: "We have to get cheetahs from abroad to repopulate the species. We soon hope to do so."

The minister said that the government had failed to check the rampant killing of tigers, despite reserving a sum of £93 millions for the protection of the national animal of the country.


Security beefed-up in Jodhpur after intelligence alarm

Security beefed-up in Jodhpur after intelligence alarmJodhpur, July 11 : Security of the Jodhpur city has been beefed up, following inputs from intelligence agencies suggesting that Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba was planning to strike the city.

"A high alert was sounded for three days after we received information. We held a meeting yesterday with local people, shop owners, hotel owners and businessmen alerting them to inform us about suspicious vehicles, item or persons," said Giriraj Meena, SSP, Jodhpur.


Raj Oil Mills IPO to open on July 20

Raj Oil Mills IPO to open on July 20  Raj Oil Mills Ltd, a company engaged in the business of crushing and oil filtration, has decided to go public with an initial public offering (IPO) of 95 lakh equity shares of Rs. 10 each.

The price Band of the issue has been fixed between Rs.100 and Rs.120 per share, which will open on July 20 and will close on July 23.

The proceeds from the proposed Issue are expected to be deployed for brand promotion, expansion of Marketing & Distribution network, for setting up various Research and Development facilities at Maharashtra, Rajasthan.


Ramsarup Industries wins order worth Rs 62 crore

Ramsarup Industries wins order worth Rs 62 crore Ramsarup Industries Limited, a leading steel wires company with expertise in Infrastructure and T&D, bagged orders worth Rs 62 crores from the Rajasthan Urban Sector Development Investment Program (RUIDP-Phase-II) for laying of sewerage lines at Jhunjhunu and Nagaur districts in northern Rajasthan.

The company has been carrying out successfully several similar projects in Rajasthan. The current order book of Ramsarup stands over Rs 500 crore.


Centre signs tripartite agreement with Rajasthan and NTCA to conserve Tigers

Centre signs tripartite agreement with Rajasthan and NTCA to conserve TigersSariska (Rajasthan), July 26 : The Union Government, has signed a tripartite agreement with the Rajasthan Government and the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for the conservation of tiger in the Sariska and Ranthambore tiger reserve.

The pact was signed after a two day all India meet of field directors of tiger reserves in Sariska on Saturday.


Jodhpur celebrates Lord Shiva wedding

 Jodhpur celebrates Lord Shiva weddingJodhpur, July 29 : A large number of people in Jodhpur on Tuesday witnessed the wedding of Lord Shiva on the occasion of holy Shravan month (July-August) and sought happiness and prosperity for all.

The ritual of organising Lord Shiva's wedding and taking out a religious procession on this occasion has become an annual affair here at a few major Shiva temples and it draws thousands of devotees.

Ardent devotees of Lord Shiva converged at the Dudheshwar Mahadev temple, near Swasti Gate of Jodhpur.


Rajmata Gayatari Devi of Jaipur passes away

Rajmata Gayatari Devi of Jaipur passes awayJaipur, July 29 : Charismatic former royal, Rajmata Gayatri Devi (90), who had an eventful stint in politics and was jailed during the emergency, died at a hospital in Jaipur on Wednesday following prolonged illness. According to sources, a blockage was diagnosed in her intestine. This was treated with balloon dilate. It was said that there was a polypoid growth in her colon.

Gayatridevi recently underwent intestinal endoscopy treatment.


Gujjar leaders meet Rajasthan Governor over job-quota demand

Gujjar leaders meet Rajasthan Governor over job-quota demandJaipur, July 29 : A delegation comprising State ministers and Gujjar leaders of the farmer community of Rajasthan, on Wednesday met the State Governor S. K. Singh to request his assent on the Reservation Bill relating to job quotas.

"Today, we met the honourable Governor of Rajasthan and requested him to give his assent to the bill, which provides for five percent reservation to Gujjar and other backward communities. we request him to approve the bill as soon as possible," Jitendra Singh, State Energy Minister of told media after the meet.


GAIL inks pact with Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam

GAIL inks pact with Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam GAIL (India) Limited, country's largest gas transmission and marketing company, has signed a Gas Sales and Transmission Contract (GSTC), with Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RRVUNL) for supply of natural gas for 160 MW gas power plant of RRVUNL at Ramgarh.

Apart from latest development, GAIL also signed a Gas Sales and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) with the SGL consortium- the contractors of RJ-ON/6 block for supply of natural gas from the onland block in Rajasthan.


Rajasthan’s Hindaun town gains popularity with its trademark sandstone

 Rajasthan’s Hindaun town gains popularity with its trademark sandstoneHindaun (Rajasthan), Aug. 10 : A small town in Rajasthan has made a remarkable growth in the last one decade. It could be possible due to its sandstone industry, which has brought this place popularity not just across India but also in different parts of the world.

Today Hindaun town in Rajasthan’s Karauli district holds a prominent position on global map for processing fine quality sandstone. It is exported to foreign countries in a good quantity.


Poll debacle: fix responsibility from top, Raje asks BJP leadership

r Vasundhara RajeJaipur, Aug 15: Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said on Saturday that the responsibility for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) debacle in the general elections has to be fixed from the top.

Even a day after L. K. Advani snubbed over 50 MLAs supporting Raje, by refusing to meet them in New Delhi, she showed no signs of relenting.

Raje refused to step down as Leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly on the directive of the party high command and made it clear that she alone couldn’t be blamed for the party’s poor performance in the state.


Raje may not resign for now, say her supporters

Raje may not resign for now, say her supportersJaipur, Aug17 : The crisis within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over Vasundhara Raje’s resignation as Leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly deepened on Monday with her supporters saying that she may not resign for now.

According to Raje’s supporters, she would call a meeting of the legislature party by August 26 to decide on the issue.

According to sources, Raje’s supporters decided against her stepping down.


Loyalist insisted Raje to hold opposition leaders’ position

Loyalist insisted Raje to hold opposition leaders’ positionRajasthan BJP MLAs have insisted rebellious Vasundhara Raje to hold her position as opposition leader in assembly.

In a meeting on Monday, Raje’s supporters have made a decision to keep her at the post till next assembly elections.

However, the final decision has been left on her.

BJP’s highest decision-making body, the parliamentary board, on Sunday, decided that Vasundhara Raje should now resign as the leader of opposition in assembly.


Cairn's Rajasthan oil fields to soon produce oil

Cairn's Rajasthan oil fields to soon produce oilCairn India, the Indian arm of the UK-based energy major, will soon start production from its Barmer block find in Rajasthan. However, the pipeline is not ready yet and customers have to wait for some time to get gas from the fields through pipelines.

Rahul Dhir, CEO, Cairn India, said, "We are ready to produce immediately. Commercial agreements have been done. But we cannot put a precise production date." The company also has oil wells at Ravva field off the coast of Andhra Pradesh.


BJP to boycott Rajasthan Assembly session

BJP to boycott Rajasthan Assembly sessionJaipur, Aug 26 : The legislature party of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajasthan Unit on Wednesday unanimously decided to boycott the State Assembly session commencing from August 27 to press for the revoking of suspension of three of its MLAs.

The legislature party held its meeting here on Wednesday to finalise the strategy for the Assembly session. Leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje chaired the meeting, which was attended by more than 70 MLAs.


Tour operators complain setback to tourism industry due to swine flu

Tour operators complain setback to tourism industry due to swine fluJaipur, Aug. 26 : As if global economic slowdown was not enough, the emergence of several swine flu cases is discouraging tourists to visit popular tourist places like Jaipur in Rajasthan.

With the H1N1 virus gripping people in different parts of the world, Jaipur’s tourism industry is witnessing a huge plunge.


Income tax officers raid Jaipur financier''s premises, seize Rs 10 crore in cash

Income tax officers raid Jaipur financier''s premises, seize Rs 10 crore in cashJaipur, Aug. 26 : Income tax officials on Wednesday recovered Rs. 10 crore in cash during raids on the office and residence of a leading share broker here.

The share broker was identified as Damodar Modi, and he has been accused of evading tax to the tune of Rs. 22 crore.

The raids were conducted at five premises which included two private safe vaults. Lockers at the safe vaults were hired by the broker on fictitious names.

The search of these lockers led to the seizure of Rs 10 crore.


Raje says she is still Rajasthan’s Leader of Opposition

Senior BJP leader Vasundhara RajeJaipur, Aug 26 : Senior BJP leader Vasundhara Raje today said that she had not resigned from the post of Rajasthan Assembly’s Leader of Opposition.

“Nothing so,” she told reporters here when asked whether she had already submitted her resignation to the party high command before returning from Delhi.

Raje, who chaired a meeting of BJP legislature party, which was attended by 70 of the 78 MLAs, said: “It is my duty to hold the legislature party meeting.”


Manmohan Singh to inaugurate Mangala oil field in Rajasthan today

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate Mangala oil field in Rajasthan todayBarmer (Rajasthan), Aug 29 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate a terminal for the supply of crude oil at Cairn India''s Mangala oilfield in Barmer, Rajasthan on Saturday.

According to company sources, the supply terminal to the Mangala field, the second largest oil discovery in the country in two decades, will be a giant step towards curtailing the country''s oil import bill.

With an initial 30,000 barrels capacity per day (bpd), Cairn India plans to add another 1,00,000 bpd over the next 18 months.


Manmohan Singh backs success of Pokhran II tests

Manmohan Singh backs success of Pokhran II testsBarmer (Rajasthan), Aug. 29 : The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday said that a needless controversy had been created over the Pokhran II nuclear tests that took place in May 1998.


Mangala oil processing terminal activation a historic achievement: Deora

Mangala oil processing terminal activation a historic achievement: DeoraBarmer (Rajasthan), Aug. 29 : Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora on Saturday described the activation of the Mangala Processing Terminal ( MPT) as a historic achievement, as the crude oil production from this block will meet about 20 percent of the nation''s current crude oil production.

He said this will enable the country to save seven percent of the crude oil import bill and reduce import dependence.


Rajasthan Government demands lion''s share in Cairn project

 Rajasthan Government demands lion''s share in Cairn projectBarmer (Rajasthan), Aug. 29 : The Government of Rajasthan on Saturday demanded a lion''s share of the value added tax (VAT) that would be generated from the extraction of crude oil from the Mangala Processing Terminal ( MPT) here.

According to sources, the issue will be settled later when state government representatives meet the officials of this Cairns Energy India-ONGCjoint venture.


PM urges Pakistan to do something concrete

PM urges Pakistan to do something concrete

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, speaking at a function in Rajasthan, ruled out possibilities of any composite dialogue with Pakistan adding that atmosphere is not conductive for such talks to be held.

Lashing out some elements in Pakistan who are stumbling blocks for peace between two nations, Dr. Singh urged Pakistan to reign these elements for both countries to go ahead with peace process.

Dr. Singh added, "I want our relations to improve. If relations between India and Pakistan improve, a lot of things can happen."


Four children given HIV-tainted blood

Four children given HIV-tainted bloodThe recent case of the four children who were given HIV-tainted blood once again put the question-mark on the reliability of medical services in small towns. Negligence of doctors has put four children on the risk of HIV.

Four children underwent blood transfusion in the Shyam Nursing Home. The blood given to them was brought from Goyal Pathology Lab in Rajasthan's Sriganganagar district.  

This issue came to limelight when one of the donors who donated blood at the lab tested positive for HIV.  The parents of the children informed the Anoopgarh subdivision magistrate.


Swine Flu: India Toll Rises To 105

H1N1 in RajasthanOne more person succumbed to H1N1 in Rajasthan, raising the total number of swine flu fatalities in India to 105.

Health officials informed the media persons that a 26-year-old pregnant woman named Sheela Khandelwal, admitted to Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital with flu-like symptoms on August 19 died on August 21.

This is the first swine flu fatality in Rajasthan.


Lab owner arrested for supplying ‘HIV+ blood’ in Rajasthan

HivAn alleged case of an HIV positive person donating blood to four children between the ages of 8 to 14 in Sri-Ganganagar has rocked the entire state of Rajasthan.

The police arrested a pathology lab owner on the charge of collecting blood from donors without proper tests and supplying it to a nursing home in the district.

Confirming the development, Jaipur SP Umesh Chandra Dutta said: “The laboratory owner, Hetram Goyal, was arrested under sections 420 and 269 of the IPC on Saturday.”

Goyal has been remanded in police custody.

However, the owner of the nursing home, Bharat Bhushan, is still absconding.


Swine Flu: Gujarat toll rises to 8

rajasthanOne more person succumbed to H1N1, raising the total number of swine flu fatalities in Gujarat to 8.

Health officials informed the media persons that a 23-year-old pregnant woman named Vaishali Kalal, admitted to Rudraksh private hospital in Naroda on August 28 died on Saturday morning.

Speaking on this, Dr Nainesh Giani, MD, Rudraksha Hospital said: “Her condition became critical on Saturday. A medical team from the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation collected the swab samples of the patient at 2 am on Saturday. The patient also had a history of TB.”


Rajasthan Govt directs public servants to pay proper respect to MPs, MLAs

Rajasthan Govt directs public servants to pay proper respect to MPs, MLAs Jaipur, Sep. 2 : In a bizarre move, the Rajasthan government has directed all the government employees to properly welcome and see off visiting MPs and MLAs.

Among other things, the directive requires government employees to stand up when a lawmaker comes to visit them.


Income tax officials seize jewellery worth millions in Jaipur

Income tax officials seize jewellery worth millions in JaipurJaipur, Sep 9 : Income tax officials on late Tuesday seized jewellery worth Rs 93 lakhs during a raid on the office of a private locker agency in Ganpati Plaza complex in Jaipur.

During the raid, IT officials found the jewellery, 1000 dollars in cash and some papers.


Admission Announcement For Work Integrated Learning Programmes From BITS Pilani

BITSFor the Work Integrated Learning Programmes, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani) has invited applications for new admission to Session 2009-2010.

The new session will be started in December 2009.

The Institute provides the following Work-Integrated Learning Programmes for HRD requirements of industries:

Integrated First Degree Programmes:

Normal duration: 6 semesters


‘BOSM-2009’ Kicks Off At BITS Pilani

bitsThe 24th Annual Sports Meet, 'BITS Open Sports Meet' (BOSM-2009) got off to an impressive beginning in Pilani on Wednesday 16th September. The 5-day occasion will see the involvement of over 1100 sportspersons symbolizing 45 colleges from all over the country.

The inaugural ceremony was graced by Ms. Surbhi Misra, the Chief Guest for BOSM-2009 and also an under-19 National Squash Champion and Bronze Medalist at the World Junior Open 2009. She was the first Squash player from Rajasthan to win three junior national titles continuously.


Spurt in sale of luxury cars in Jaipur

Spurt in sale of luxury cars in JaipurJaipur, Sep 21 : The sale of upmarket and luxury cars of international brands in Jaipur has seen a spurt, as the goldsmiths and real-estate dealers have helped develop the standard of living of residents here.

According to a recent report presented by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on the sale of Luxury cars, the average sales growth across the country is between 12 to 15 per cent per year, while the figure almost doubles in Jaipur.


Recession affects sale of effigies during "Dussehra" festival in Jaipur

Recession affects sale of effigies during "Dussehra" festival in JaipurJaipur, Sept 26 : Recession has badly affected the sale of effigies of demon King Ravana and others, burnt during the Dussehra festival, in Jaipur.

The artists are reducing the size of the effigies this year, in order to meet the budget of the buyers.

"Recession has definitely affected the sale. There is financial crunch in the market. Everybody wants to buy effigies at low cost," said Jagdish Mahraj, an artist.


Intense heat wave leaves Jaipur panting

Intense heat wave leaves Jaipur pantingJaipur, Sep 28 : Even as winter is around the corner, Jaipur continues to reel from an intense heat wave.

The mercury is hovering between 40-45 degree Celsius in the month of September, making life difficult for locals.

Business in the city has also received a jolt thanks to the heat wave.

The tourist, influx into the Pink City has been severely affected.

According to shopkeepers, the excessive heat this year has reduced business to less than 50 percent in spite of festivals like Navaratri and Eid passing by.


Nine killed in bus-truck collision in Rajasthan

Hanumangarh (Rajasthan), Sept 30 : Nine people were killed and 28 others injured when a bus in which they were travelling was hit by a truck in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district on Wednesday.

According to police, the accident took place near Dhannasar village when the private bus was on its way to Ganganagar district.

Seven persons were killed on the spot, while two succumbed to injuries on their way to a hospital, they added.

The condition of ten injured was stated to be critical. (ANI)


Sonia Gandhi to address a public meeting in Rajasthan today

Sonia Gandhi to address a public meeting in Rajasthan todayNagaur (Rajasthan), Oct 2 : Congress President Sonia Gandhi will address a public meeting here this afternoon to mark the golden jubilee of the launch of the Panchayti Raj program.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Union Minister C P Joshi and state cabinet Ministers will also attend the function.

Mahatma Gandhi championed the cause of Panchayati Raj, a decentralized form of Government where each village is responsible for its own affairs. His term for such a vision was "Gram Swaraj". (ANI)


Rajasthan's dying folk music finds a voice

Rajasthan's dying folk music finds a voiceJodhpur, Oct 5  Traditional folk music from the remote villages of Rajasthan is finding high-profile voices to carry it mainstream.

A five-day Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), which began Oct 1 at the sprawling Mehrangarh Fort, is promoting "unheard of music from the desert villages that is dying a slow death due to lack of patronage and popularity".


Finding the right antique

It could be a Maharani’s chunri or her maid’s — Maharani’s chunri or her maid’s for it came down from a Rajwada family. Hemmed in by dusty chandeliers, camel-bone pendants, faded maps, and 19th century books, we’re being persuaded by an antique dealer to buy the royal relic at a throwaway price of Rs 50. We are in a basement shop at Hauz Khas village where antique lovers are enticed by streets decked with film posters of classics like Sholay, Shree 420 and Mughal-e-Azam (and also Slumdog Millionaire). Most traders obtain originals from collectors.


Child marriages still child’s play

Child marriages They have altered the tradition to keep the social ill going.

Akha Teej, or Akshaya Tritya, an auspicious day in Hindu calendar, was the chosen day for child marriages in Rajasthan. A revised law and a watchful administration have seen fewer children, some as young as one, being married off on the day, but underage marriages are rampant across the state (see box).

Two years after the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 was notified, fewer marriages are solemnised on the day.


JSW Energy to establish 10 power plants in Rajasthan

Mr. Sajjan JindalJSW Energy, a group company of Jindal South West (JSW) group headed by Mr. Sajjan Jindal, has decided to establish 10 power plants with a capacity of 1350 MW in all in Rajasthan's Barmer district.

The company stated in a communiqué that the project is being implemented by Raj WestPower Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of JSW energy Ltd, and would be completed in two phases.

Under the first phase, the project will generate capacity of 1080 MWs comprising 8 units of 135 MW each, while in the second phase, the capacity will be 270 MWs comprising of 2 units of 135 MWs each.


Shree Cement enters Power Sector

H.M. Bangur, President of Cement Manufacturers' AssociationKolkata-based Shree Cement has announced that it has entered into commercial power business and will soon make an investment of Rs 1,200 crore in the coming two fiscals with the aim to install 300 Mega Watt thermal power facility in Rajasthan.

As per official sources, the company has decided to award the contract in order to build up the power plant. The company is presently having final talks with four firms - one each from the US and China and two domestic entities.


Idea comes up with per-second billing option in Rajasthan

Idea CellularHere’s good news for those who are using Idea Cellular services in Rajasthan.

Idea Cellular on Thursday has come up with a per second pulse rate for its subscribers in Rajasthan.

As per the scheme, Idea users in the state will be offered 1paisa per second on any local and STD numbers.

Existing Idea customers can avail the “Per Second Calling” plan by purchasing “Super Seconds” voucher for Rs. 24.

However, new subscribers will have to pay Rs. 55 for a period of one year service to avail this service.


MRPL gets 1st parcel of crude from Rajasthan fields

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals LtdONGC's subsidiary Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd got its first consignment of crude from Cairn India's prolific Rajasthan fields on Friday. Cairn Energy India Ltd supplied the 29,000-ton parcel of Mangala crude transported via Kandla port at Gujarat to New Mangalore Port through tanker Cougar.

Sushil Kumar Pillay, DGM (marine operations and regional manager), Cairn Energy India Ltd, handed over the first parcel to U K Basu, MD, MRPL under the National Exploration Licensing Policy of the central government.


Seven killed after drinking tainted liquor in India

RajasthanNew Delhi - At least seven people have died after drinking contaminated liquor in India's north-western state of Rajasthan, a news report said Saturday.

Five locals including a woman and a girl died on Friday evening while two more villagers died on Saturday in the central Ajmer district, the PTI news agency reported, quoting police officials.

Two more people were hospitalized but their condition was stated to be stable, Himmat Abhilash, a local police officer told the news agency.

The villagers had complained of vomiting and stomach pains after consuming the liquor on Thursday night.


Medicine scheme for poor, can also cure sick PSUs

MedicineQuality medicines at affordable price- that’s the objective of the government’s Jan Aushadhi (medicine for masses) programme.

Launched in the twilight phase of the UPA’s first term, it’s still in a fledgling stage, not for any lack of potential, but the absence of a decisive push- expected anytime soon.

Like a double action tablet, it could restore to financial health sick public-owned pharmaceutical companies, besides putting essential drugs within the reach of the poor and the lower middle class.


Smokeless firecrackers manufactured in Rajasthan

Smokeless firecrackers manufactured in RajasthanJaipur, Oct 13 : Firecracker makers in Jaipur introduced a new range of smokeless crackers.

Manufacturers said that it was the need of the hour as pollution levels in the environment are increasing everyday. Smokeless crackers are made by reducing the quantity of chemical content that emit smoke.


Rajasthan High Court stays Gujjar quota

Rajasthan High Court stays Gujjar quotaJaipur, Oct 13 : The Rajasthan High Court has stayed the job and educational quota provided to the Gujjars and economically backward classes (EBCs) in the state and issued a notice to the government to state why it should not be scrapped.

Taking cognizance of a letter of some students, the division bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Bhalla and Justice M. N. Bhandari Monday stayed the reservation as it exceeded the overall 50 percent limit fixed for reservations. The interim order was signed Tuesday.


Shilpa Shetty visits Jaipur with late MJ''s brother

Shilpa Shetty visits Jaipur with late MJ''s brotherJaipur, Oct. 14 : Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty accompanied Jermaine Jackson, the elder brother of the late pop start Michael Jackson, to Amber Fort in Jaipur on Wednesday.

Shilpa and her fiancé Raj Kundra accompanied Jackson and his wife Halima to the fort.

She said that she wanted to show her friends how beautiful India was.

"My friends wanted to see how beautiful India was, so, I thought that which place but Rajasthan. Jaipur and I have an old connection,"said Shetty.


Arabian cottages become a major tourist attraction in Pushkar

Arabian cottages become a major tourist attraction in PushkarPushkar (Rajasthan), Oct 15 : Cottages built on the pattern of Arabian architecture has become a major tourist attraction in Pushkar in Rajasthan.

Rajendra Singh, director of the Arabian Resort, said that the ambience of Pushkar resembled Arabia in many ways, which encouraged him to come out with this resort.

"The ambience of Pushkar resembles Arabia in many ways. We have sand dunes and camel cart. So, we thought of building the cottages built on the lines of Arabian architecture in Pushkar," said Singh.


Residents blame mobile tower for health hazards in Kota

 Residents blame mobile tower for health hazards in KotaKota (Rajasthan), Oct. 19 : A cell phone tower installed atop a house has become a health hazard for residents of a railway housing society in Kota.

Many elderly people staying in this colony have complained that they are suffering from a number of diseases because of radiation.


Salman Khan’s visit enthralls movie buffs in Rajasthan’s Sumerpur town

Salman Khan’s visit enthralls movie buffs in Rajasthan’s Sumerpur townSumerpur (Rajasthan), Oct. 20 : Thousands of ecstatic movie buffs assembled in Sumerpur town of Rajasthan to have a glimpse of their favourite Bollywood actor Salman Khan.

Salman visited Sumerpur on Monday (Oct. 19) on the invitation of Rajasthan’s Tourism Minister Beena Kak who had promised her electorate of bringing the macho star to this place if she was voted to power in the legislative assembly elections.


Rajasthan urged to make industrial development master plan

Rajasthan urged to make industrial development master plan Jaipur, Oct 20 : The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) Tuesday urged the Rajasthan government to "urgently prepare" a master plan to develop the areas falling under the purview of the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

The industry lobby's newly elected president Swati Piramal told reporters here that such a master plan was required "to boost industrialisation in the state".


SAARC delegation visits Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan

Sariska (Rajasthan), Oct. 21: A team of ministers and officials of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations is on a visit to the famed Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan to know about the country''s success in tiger conservation.

The delegation visited the sanctuary on Tuesday night and is also scheduled to go around the sanctuary to get a first-hand experience on India''s efforts in conserving tigers on Wednesday (October 21).

The SAARC ministers, who have come to India to take part in the two-day meeting on climate change being hosted in the national capital, New Delhi, were welcomed at Sariska in traditional Indian way.


Reliance Infrastructure secures order worth Rs 590 crore

Anil Ambani Group-controlled Reliance Infrastructure, has secured an order worth Rs 590 crore from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for Jaipur-Reengus highway project in Rajasthan.

Under the arrangement, Reliance Infrastructure will invest in design, engineering, finance, construction, operation and maintenance for 4/6 laning of Jaipur - Reengus Section.

The 53 km long highway stretch falls on NH-11, connecting Jaipur to Bikaner via Sikar and would be operational by March 2011. The project is carried out under NHAI's National Highways Development Programme (Phase III).

The company officials stated that on completion of project, the highway will facilitate smooth ride of vehicles on Jaipur-Rengus-Sikar-Bikaner corridor.


Jaipur doctors save world’s lightest baby

Jaipur doctors save world’s lightest babyJaipur, Oct. 24 : Doctors in Jaipur have successfully saved the world''s lightest baby, who was kept on a ventilator for over a month since his birth.

The baby, who was born on July 21, weighed 682 grams at the time of birth, which decreased to 447 grams due to a lung infection.

“The male child''s weight during treatment reached to 447 grams making it the world''s lightest baby. We believe that during that period it faced many problems as its lungs were immature because of which we had to inject surfactant injection.


Fire rages in Indian Oil depot in Rajasthan, nine dead

Jaipur, Oct 30 - The fire at the Indian Oil depot here continued to rage Friday morning, a day after it broke out, with six people still trapped and officials saying nine people could have been killed and nearly 150 injured.

The blaze, which broke out at 7.15 p. m. following a minor earthquake, has engulfed the nearby Agro food centre and a power grid. The fire, at the Sitapur industrial area near Jaipur, was of great intensity and the flames could be seen from a distance of over 15 km.

Oil and Petroleum Minister Murli Deora visited the injured at the government-run Sawai Man Singh Hospital here and said it would be another day or two before the blaze could be brought under control.


IOC fire continues raging, death toll reaches 9

IOC fire Three more dead bodies were recovered from the burning Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) depot in south Jaipur on Saturday morning, taking the death toll to eight in the massive blaze that has been burning for almost two days.

Meanwhile, Army and Jaipur Municpal Corporation personnel are digging a ditch two feet deep and one foot wide around the depot premises in Sitapura Industrial Area. Superintendent of Police (Jaipur City East) Biju George Joseph said the channel would control the fire from spreading on the ground after it reached the bottom of the oil tanks.


IOC fire in Jaipur renders many daily wage earners jobless

 IOC fire in Jaipur renders many daily wage earners joblessJaipur, Oct. 31 : The continuing blaze at the Indian Oil Corporation fuel depot near Jaipur has not only destroyed property worth crores of rupees, but also rendered many daily wage earners jobless.

Since the fire erupted on Thursday, all business activity near the oil depot has stopped.

Some daily wagers have started migrating in search of jobs as they fear it will take a few more days before fire is brought under control and business activities return to normal.


Indian Oil depot fire continues, toll 11

Indian Oil depot fire continues, toll 11Jaipur, Nov 2 : Loud explosions were heard Monday from the Indian Oil depot here that caught fire as the blaze continued to rage for the fourth consecutive day with the toll rising to 11 after one person succumbed to burn injuries.

Flames leapt out from four of the 11 tankers containing petrol and diesel while the fire in seven tanks had died out, though the black smoke they emitted formed dark clouds in a two-three kilometre radius around the depot.


Jaipur fire: Union Petroleum Ministry Committee begins probe

Jaipur fire: Union Petroleum Ministry Committee begins probeJaipur, Nov 2 : A probe into the Indian Oil depot fire in Jaipur that claimed 11 lives began on Monday with a committee set by Union Petroleum Ministry visiting the site to ascertain the cause of the fire.

The committee is headed by former Chairman and Managing Director of HPCL M B Lal, while other members of the committee are Executive Director of Oil Industry Safety Director (OISD) J P Verma, State''s principal secretary for mining and petroleum Govind Sharma and two experts from oil industry.


Jaipur fire: FIR lodged against IOC officials for negligence

Jaipur fire: FIR lodged against IOC officials for negligenceJaipur, Nov 3 : A private company has lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against the officials of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) depot in Jaipur for their alleged negligence in the outbreak of the devastating fire, which broke out on October 29 and is still not completely extinguished.

Genus Overseas Private Limited, which is about 200 metres away from the IOC complex in Sitapura industrial area, lodged the complaint against the IOC officials on Monday for the destruction and human damage caused by the fire.


Rajasthan asked to detail steps to control oil fire

Rajasthan asked to detail steps to control oil fireJaipur, Nov 3 : The Rajasthan High Court Tuesday asked the state government to detail what steps it was taking to control the fire that has been raging in the Indian Oil Corp (IOC) depot near here since Oct 29.

Responding to a public interest litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Bhalla and Justice Manish Bhandari asked the state government to furnish a reply in the form of an affidavit by Nov 9.


Jaipur IOC depot fire may abate by Wednesday evening

Jaipur, Nov 4 - The fire in the Indian Oil Corp (IOC) depot that has been raging since Oct 29 might finally abate by Wednesday evening, officials here said.

The fire at the depot in Sitapura, about 20 km from here, broke out last Thursday, killing 11 people and injuring over 150. It seems to be abating now, with only two of the 11 tanks ablaze, said Jaipur District Collector Kuldeep Ranka.

"The fire is raging now in two tanks," Ranka told IANS, adding that the fuel in one of the tanks had almost burnt out while the blaze in the other tank should be extinguished by late Wednesday.

"Once the fire is extinguished we will start our search operations inside the premises," Ranka said.


BJP, Congress fight it out in Rajasthan by-polls

BJP, Congress fight it out in Rajasthan by-pollsJaipur, Nov 6 - Rajasthan's ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) face each other in two assembly by-elections in Todabhim and Salumber Saturday.

The by-elections were necessitated by the two legislators -- Todabhim's independent Kirori Lal Meena and Congress' Raghuveer Meena -- being elected to the Lok Sabha.


Polling begins in Rajasthan

Polling begins in RajasthanJaipur, Nov 7 - Polling Saturday began in the two assembly constituencies of Todabhim and Salumber in Rajasthan, an official said.

"The voting began at 8 a. m. and will continue till 5 p. m. We have made elaborate security arrangements for peaceful polls," an official of the Rajasthan electoral office told IANS.

"We have set up 482 polling booths for the two constituencies," he added.


24-year-old girl dies of swine flu in Kota

Kota, RajasthanAccording to the reports, Rajasthan has recorded one more human swine flu-related death on Friday.

This time, a twenty-four-year-old girl has succumbed to the fatal H1N1 virus in Kota.

While confirming the news, the health functionaries stated that swine flu threat is increasing among school kids in Rajasthan.

The reports of the victim, which came today morning, confirmed the presence of H1N1 virus in her blood samples.

In the meantime, swine flu is spreading among pupils with 8 out of the 12 new cases recorded in the desert state today including them.


Rajasthan school that gives women a voice

Rajasthan school that gives women a voiceSalanchal (Rajasthan), Nov 8 - On the edge of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, 14 children cram chemical formulae under a tree in the compound of a village school. Seven of them are girls.

Around 40 km from district headquarters Alwar, the community-based experiment to educate poor girl children in this remote village of the Thana Gazi block in Rajasthan is unique in many ways.


Five-year-old falls into borewell near Jaipur, rescue work on

Five-year-old falls into borewell near Jaipur, rescue work onJaipur, Nov 9 : A five-year-old boy fell into a 250-300 ft deep borewell on Monday while playing in Jagatpura village which is nearly 40 kms from Jaipur.

According to sources, the borewell, which belongs to the boy''s family, was closed earlier. But yesterday his father and grandfather got 13 pipes of 20 feet each out from the borewell.

"After completing the task last night they left it open and were to fill it with debris and soil. But before that, the boy fell into it," sources added.


Congress, BJP get seat each in Rajasthan by-poll

Congress, BJP get seat each in Rajasthan by-pollJaipur, Nov 10 - The by-election spoils were equally divided between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling Congress in Rajasthan Tuesday with each winning one seat.

While the BJP's Ramesh Chand was declared elected from Todabhim, defeating his nearest Congress rival Shivdayal Meena by 8,200 votes, Basanti Meena of the Congress bagged the Salumber seat. She defeated Amrat Lal of the BJP by a margin of over 3,000 votes.


75 new swine flu cases in Rajasthan

75 new swine flu cases in RajasthanJaipur, Nov 13 - As many as 75 new cases of influenza A (H1N1) have been reported in Rajasthan, taking the number of positive cases of swine flu in the state to 455, an official said Friday.

"On Thursday, we had taken samples of 173 suspected people, of which 75 were found to be positive," a senior medical and health department official told IANS.

Swine flu has been on the rise particularly among school children.

"Out of these 455 cases, 179 are children from 46 different schools, majority of which are situated in Jaipur," the official said.


Five killed as train derails near Jaipur

Five killed as train derails near JaipurJaipur, Nov 14 - Five people were killed and 19 injured when 11 coaches of a train derailed in Rajasthan early Saturday, a railway official said.

The Jodhpur-Delhi Mandore Express derailed near Bassi, more than 40 km from state capital Jaipur, at 1.30 a. m. The injured have been admitted in Jaipur SMS Hospital.

"The accident occurred at around 1.30 a. m. between Jhar and Jathwara station when four air conditioned and seven sleeper coaches got derailed. Five persons have been killed and 19 others injured in the accident," a railway spokesperson said. (IANS)


Mandore Express derails, seven dead

Mandore Express derails, seven deadJaipur, Nov 14 : The Delhi-bound Mandore Express which was on its way from Jodhpur to Delhi derailed this morning with some portion of the track penetrating its AC compartment, leaving seven passengers dead and over 40 injured at Banskho, 40 kilometers from here.

Fifteen coaches of the train derailed at 1:30 a. m., after the train left the Pink City, said sources from the North West Railway.

Following the derailment, a segment of the tracks pierced the AC compartment and probably hit the passengers, they said.

Welders are being use to remove the iron rods.


Seven killed, 25 injured in train wreck near India's Jaipur

Seven killed, 25 injured in train wreck near India's JaipurNew Delhi - Seven people were killed and 25 injured when several coaches of a train derailed near the northern Indian city of Jaipur Saturday, news reports said.

The Mandore Express was en route from Jodhpur town in the northern state of Rajasthan to Delhi when 11 coaches derailed about 40 kilometres south-east of state capital Jaipur, NDTV news channel reported.

Both Jodhpur and Jaipur are popular winter tourism destinations.

"Four air-conditioned and seven sleeper coaches got derailed," a railway spokesman said.


With 75 New H1N1 Cases; Rajasthan Toll Reaches 455

 H1N1 virusRajasthan reported 75 new H1N1 cases on Thursday, taking the toll in the state to 455.

As per reports, all the cases have been reported from Jaipur, out of which, 47 were school kids.

According to a senior medical and health department functionary, "On Thursday, we had taken samples of 173 suspected people, of which 75 were found to be positive."

The deadly H1N1 flu has been rising continuously especially among school kids.

"Out of these 455 cases, 179 are children from 46 different schools, majority of which are situated in Jaipur," the official added.


Rajasthan track cleared, trains run again

Smokeless firecrackers manufactured in RajasthanJaipur, Nov 15 : Train services have resumed on the Jhir-Jhatwara sector in Rajasthan where a train derailment a day earlier left six people dead and 11 still in hospital Sunday.

The railway operations returned to normal Saturday night, some 21 hours after the Saturday 1.30 a. m. accident involving the Jodhpur-Delhi Mandore Express near Bassi, about 40 km from here.

Fifteen the train's 22 coaches derailed Saturday. Four of them were air-conditioned cars.

Six people were killed and 20 injured in the accident, a railway spokesperson said.


Three Die Of Swine Flu In Rajasthan, Toll Touches 33

Kota, RajasthanThree persons, comprising two women and a kid, on Friday lost their lives owing to the deadly H1N1 flu in Rajasthan.

Mr. O. P. Gupta, Director (Public Health) said that out of three new cases, two fatalities, Santosh and Shahnaz Bano, have been reported from Jodhpur and one death, Divya Jain (10), was from Udaipur.

Jaipur's Maharani College will be shut till Monday following one of the first-year pupils being tested positive for the flu on Friday.


3 injured in fire at Jodhpur’s handloom showroom

Ashok GehlotJodhpur, Nov 21 : At least three people were injured and properties worth millions were gutted following a fire in a building which houses the National Handloom Corporation Showroom in Jodhpur on Saturday.

Several fire tenders were pressed into service to put out the flames.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who came to take stock of the situation, said that he would stop construction of commercial buildings in the residential areas.

“The people are renting their houses in residential areas, which then are converted into shops, which should not be there. We are going to prevent it,” Gehlot said.


Rahul Gandhi visits Rajasthan to draw out youth support

Rahul Gandhi visits Rajasthan to draw out youth supportSawai Madhopur (Rajasthan), Nov 24 : Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday commenced his two-day tour of Rajasthan by interacting with the youth from state’s Sawai Madhopur district.

Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister C P Joshi and MP Bhanwar Jitendra Singh.

He began his mass contact programme in the state by highlighting the changes made in the internal election process of the National Student''s Union of India (NSUI) and the Congress party.


No political background needed to be a MP: Rahul Gandhi

 Rahul GandhiJaipur, Nov 25 : Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who is on a two-day tour of Rajasthan with an aim to mobilize the youth of the state to join his party, on Wednesday said that it is not necessary to have political background to be a party member.

Rahul Gandhi spoke about the recent internal reforms undertaken by his party to enroll more youths into the political system of the country.


BITS Pilani Helps A Student To Finish Graduation After 30 Years

bits Because of the flexible academic regulations at Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS), Pilani, an engineering student of 1977-1982 batch who quitted the studies after finishing 7 semesters in the Institute, was admitted again to the university in the year 2007, and he finished the BE (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) in 2009 by attending classes regularly for 4 semesters together with current students.

The 51-year-old Alam Ali Khan, a Rajasthan Board topper hailing from Ranasar Village, Churu District, Rajasthan, got the merit admission to the Institute in 1977.


Sukhoi crashes near Jaisalmer, pilots survive

Sukhoi crashes near Jaisalmer, pilots surviveJaisalmer, Nov. 40 : An Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter plane crashed near Jathegaon, 40 kilometres from Jaisalmer city of Rajasthan, on Monday.

As the Sukhoi crashed, the pilot and co-pilot ejected themselves to safety and survived.

Defence Minister A. K. Antony, recently in Rajya Sabha informed that 12 aircrafts, including seven fighters, had been lost this year.

The list included the frontline Su-30MKI, which crashed over Jaisalmer in April killing one of the pilots. The others were three Russian-built MiG-27s and MiG-21s each. (ANI)


Patel heads field in first round of PGTI Qualifying

golfJaipur, Dec 2 : Devendra Patel led the field at the end of round one of the Aircel-PGTI's Pre-Qualifying I for the 2010 season at the Rambagh Golf Club here Wednesday.

Patel, who hails from Bhopal, fired a two under 68 to be placed at the top of the leaderboard with birdies on the first, eighth, 13th and 16th holes while he bogeyed the 11th and 18th.

Gast Ram of Delhi was placed second at even par-70, with Kapil Kumar, Ajay Baisoya, Sudhir Sharma, Kaka Kohli, Arjun Lall, Mohd. Yamin and Kuldeep Singh tied third at one over 71.

A total of 38 players and ties will qualify from Pre Qualifying I for the Final Qualifying Stage(IANS)


US terror suspect Headley visited Pushkar in March 2009

 US terror suspect Headley visited Pushkar in March 2009Pushkar (Rajasthan), Dec. 3 : David Coleman Headley, the US citizen now detained on charges of having links with Lashkar-e-Toiba, the terrorist outfit of Pakistan, visited Pushkar, the tourist town in Rajasthan, in March 2009.

Kailash, the owner of Oasis Hotel in Pushkar, confirmed this on Thursday that a US citizen by that name had stayed in his hotel for two days.


US terror suspect Headley visited Pushkar in March 2009

US terror suspect Headley visited Pushkar in March 2009Pushkar (Rajasthan), Dec. 3 : David Coleman Headley, the US citizen now detained on charges of having links with Lashkar-e-Toiba, the terrorist outfit of Pakistan, visited Pushkar, the tourist town in Rajasthan, in March 2009.

Kailash, the owner of Oasis Hotel in Pushkar, confirmed this on Thursday that a US citizen by that name had stayed in his hotel for two days.


Family seeks gutsy spy’s posthumous recognition

Ravindra Kaushik went to extremes in his zeal to serve the country. But he died unhonoured and unsung in a Pakistani prison.

His family, virtually ignored by the Indian government, now wonders if his effort was really worth it. Kaushik became an undercover agent in 1975, at the age of 21, just after he graduated.

As a spy in Pakistan, he took enormous pains to conceal his identity. He first converted to Islam, taking the name, Nabi Ahmed. He enrolled in a law college, duly graduated, and married a Pakistani girl.

He applied to the Pakistan army, underwent the gruelling entrance test and got himself selected. All the while he continued supplying intelligence to India.


Joshi and Modi to head for RCA

CPJoshiUnion Minister, Mr. C P Joshi and IPL commissioner, Mr. Lalit Modi, both have filed their nomination papers for the post of Rajasthan Cricket Association's president, for which elections will be conducted on December 7.

According to the directions of the Supreme Court the elections for the RCA will be held under the observation of retired Justice Mr. N M Kasliwal.

This is the second time in the same year when the RCA is conducting elections, as Sanjay Dixit, who had defeated Modi in the previous election in March, was not able to carry on as the head, and after a lot of persuasion the state government had formed an ad-hoc body till the elections.


Unruly scenes at RCA polls as Modi takes on Joshi

C. P. JoshiJaipur, Dec 7 : Unruly scenes were witnessed at Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections here Monday as supporters of former president Lalit Modi and union minister C. P. Joshi clashed with each other.

The elections for the president's post have become a talking point as it is a straight fight between Modi, who is the Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner and cricket board vice-president, and union rural development minister Joshi.

It is the first time in the history of RCA that a leader of the stature of Joshi is fighting for the top post.


Modi loses RCA election; Joshi is new president

Lalit ModiJaipur, Dec 7 : Union minister C. P. Joshi Monday defeated Indian cricket board vice-president Lalit Modi in a much-talked-about election for the post of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president.

Joshi defeated Modi, who is also the chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL), by a margin of six votes. Joshi secured 19 votes while Modi was able to garner only 13 of the district association votes.

It is for the second time in less then a year that Modi has lost elections for the top post of RCA. In March, Modi had lost to a Rajasthan-based bureaucrat Sanjay Dixit, who this time was selected as the RCA secretary.


CP Joshi elected new RCA President

CP Joshi elected new RCA PresidentJaipur, Dec 7 : Union Rural Development Minister and President of Rajasthan Congress CP Joshi becomes the new President of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) by defeating his rival IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi by six votes in the RCA elections held here today.

Earlier, a brawl took place mid-way between the supporters of the two high-profile candidates CP Joshi and Lalit Modi.

A large number of rowdy supporters gathered both inside and outside the venue of the elections. But despite their scuffles, the voting continued undisturbed.


C.P.Joshi humbles Lalit Modi in Rajasthan Cricket Association election

C.P.Joshi humbles Lalit Modi in Rajasthan Cricket Association electionJaipur, Dec. 7 : Jubilation erupted in the camp of C P Joshi, Union Minister of Panchayat Raj after he was elected as the President of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) in Jaipur on Monday.

Joshi defeated the powerful Lalit Modi of IPL (Indian Premier League) fame in the elections to head the State''s cricket apex body.

Joshi polled 19 votes in his favour as against the 13 secured by Modi.

B L Gupta, Election Officer of RCA declared the results of the elections to the various top posts.


Commodity prices shoot up in Jaipur

Commodity prices shoot up in JaipurJaipur, Dec 9 : Resident of Jaipur are facing problems due to the price rise of general commodities by 40 to 50 percent.

Prices of essential food items, vegetables and items like sugar, ghee or clarified butter, rice and pulses have been witnessing a sharp increase.

Upset at being unable to manage her kitchen budget Dr. Amisha Jain, said it is difficult to compromise on the kitchen items; hence she has cut down on other accessories and shopping sprees.


Jumbos in Jaipur usher prospective business for insurance sector

Jumbos in Jaipur usher prospective business for insurance sectorJaipur, Dec 11: Around 117 tamed elephants at Amer Fort on the outskirts of Jaipur are not only proving to be cash cow to their owners, but also lending good businesses to the insurance companies too.

The latest trend in the city is to insure the elephants on account of increasing number of accidents during joy rides, which has become a boon for the insurance companies.


WiMAX Service Launched by BSNL

bsnl-wimax-serviceIndia's state owned telecom services provider BSNL has launched its very first commercial WiMAX Wireless Broadband Service which boasts up to 7 mbps speed in the rural areas across India. This 4th Generation service was launched in Rajasthan.

This new venture from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, which is also the first company to launch this service in India, is aimed towards rural empowerment and offers multiple business - oriented services like video conferencing and tele-education, and also includes other services through the local administrative body and also offers a very fast speed of about 7mbps at a surprising distance of 15 kms.


Jaipur to get India's first monorail

Smokeless firecrackers manufactured in RajasthanRajasthan capital Jaipur would be the first city in India to get a monorail.

The state government has issued the letter of intent to a Malaysian company MRails International for setting up the monorail project to be executed under build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis.

MRails president Jeya Kumar and other company officials officials met chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state urban development minister Shanti Dhariwal on here on Saturday.


Kashmir''s security situation improving: Omar Abdullah

Kashmir''s security situation improving: Omar AbdullahAjmer (Rajasthan), Dec 21 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, has said that the withdrawal of 30,000 troops from the State showed the improvement in the security situation during the last one year.

Talking to reporters after offering prayers at the Ajmer shrine on Sunday, Abdullah said: "For the last one year, there has been improvement in security situation in the Valley. As a result of that we are withdrawing 30,000 troops from the State and sending them to borders."


Rajasthan police busts major fake drugs preparation racket

Rajasthan police busts major fake drugs preparation racketJaipur, Dec 23 : The Rajasthan Police on Wednesday busted a huge fake drugs preparation racket under the labels of reputed pharmaceutical companies.

According to police two people have been arrested in connection with the racket. The police are interrogating the arrested to ascertain the details of the people behind the racket.

A number of fake antibiotics and analgesics were seized at the site, the majority of which were liquid in nature.


Four killed, six injured as bridge collapses in Rajasthan

Kota-Rajasthan-mapKota (Rajasthan), Dec 24 : Four people were killed and six injured as an under construction bridge on the Kota-Udaipur by-pass road on the Chambal River collapsed in Rajasthan, an official said Thursday.

The district administration said that at least 50 others are feared trapped in the debris.

"We have till now been able to recover four bodies. Chances of more dead under the debris are high," a district administration official told IANS.


India seeks divine intervention against global warming

Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan), Dec 28 : A holy fire ritual was held here on Sunday in which 151 priests from all parts of the country chanted Vedic hymns to reduce the ill effects of pollution on the environment.

"Basically, this fire ritual is organized for development of human race and mainly for curbing the increasing amount in pollution in the world as the ingredients used in the holy performance will have a good effect on the environment," said Raghuveer, one of the priest.

Over 13,000 people made offerings for the holy cause.

At least 4.5 tonnes of clarified butter, wood, oil and other things was used in the nine day fire-ritual. (ANI)


Dausa rape case: MP seeking justice arrested

Dausa rape case: MP seeking justice arrestedJaipur, Dec 30 : Dausa MP Kirori Lal Meena was arrested along with 13 others on Wednesday for protesting against the state government''s inaction in delivering Justice to a tribal woman allegedly raped by a senior police officer twelve year ago.

They were arrested under Section 151 of CrPC (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences) and taken to Ajmer Jail, while the others were sent to home.

Extra forces were deployed at the protest site near the Civil Line Railway crossing as a precautionary measure.


Rajasthan launches search for former DIG charged with rape

Madhukar TandonJaipur, Dec 30 : The Rajasthan government has asked the Special Operations Group (SOG) to find former deputy inspector general (DIG) Madhukar Tandon who has been absconding for the last 13 years after he was chargesheeted for raping a tribal woman.

"We have handed over the case to the SOG of the Rajasthan Police. It's a serious matter that Tandon not been arrested since 1997. We want to arrest him and find out why he's not been arrested so far," state Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal told reporters here.    


Dausa MP released from Ajmer jail

Dausa MP released from Ajmer jailAjmer, Dec 31 : Dausa MP Kirori Lal Meena was released from the Ajmer Central Jail here on Thursday morning.

Inspector General of Police (Jaipur Range) B. L. Soni said police arrested Meena on Wednesday.

Emboldened by the justice for Ruchika cry, Meena had staged a dharna in Jaipur on Tuesday to demand justice for a tribal lady who had been harassed and raped by Madhukar Tandon, the then Deputy Inspector General of Police 12 years ago

Rajasthan Government has ordered the Special Operation Group (SOG) of the state police to arrest Tandon, who is currently absconding.


Foreign tourists throng Bikaner for camel festival

Foreign tourists throng Bikaner for camel festivalBikaner, Dec 31 : Foreign and domestic tourists have converged in large numbers at the annual Camel Festival hosted at Bikaner amid ethnic traditions of Rajasthan

They are delighted to witness and experience the colourful cultural heritage of Rajasthan at the ongoing Camel Festival.

An annual three-day long carnival of camels commenced on Wednesday (December30) at the Karni Stadium.

Rajasthan Tourism in collaboration with the Bikaner district administration has organised this festival.


Rajasthan University students welcome the New Year with milk not liquor

Rajasthan University students welcome the New Year with milk not liquorJaipur, Jan 1 : In a deviation from usual practice, the Rajasthan University students celebrated their New Year party by consuming milk instead of liquor.

The students offered cooked milk free of charge to spread the message of good health on Thursday (December 31).


Bikaner camel race fascinates tourists

Bikaner camel race fascinates touristsBikaner, Jan 2 : A camel race organised in Bikaner on Friday as a part of the three-day-long annual camel festival attracted thousands of foreign tourists.

The festival began on Wednesday (December 30) at the Karni stadium named after Maharaja Karni Singh, an ace sportsman and champion marksman of the Bikaner royalty.

This year''s camel festival happened to be the 17th edition that the Rajasthan Tourism department had organised in collaboration with the Bikaner district administration.

Locals, including foreign tourists cheered as they witnessed the camel race.


Habib Hussain''s case to be heard in Jaipur Court

Jaipur, Jan 5 : The bail plea of Habib Hussain, who was caught hiding in the toilet of an Air India flight from Medina to Jaipur, will be heard on Tuesday in a Jaipur court.

Habib Hussain''s escape had triggered a controversy over security arrangements. He had earlier claimed that he was desperate to escape from Saudi Arabia, where he was kept like a bonded slave, his passport being taken away and he was made to work without pay.

Hussain has said that he could afford to eat only once a day and used to survive on alms that were handed to him by pilgrims going to Mecca and Medina.

"There are many who are being mistreated. Brokers take you there and once you are there they don''t pay you and in a way they sell you off," said Habib.


Antelope trapped in a deep well in Rajasthan

Antelope trapped in a deep well in RajasthanRasgan Village (Rajasthan), Jan 6 : The locals of Rasgan village here are trying hard to save a Nilgai (an antelope), which has been trapped inside a deep well for the last three days.

The Nilgai, expected to be around two-years old, fell into the 25 feet deep well while grazing in the field, claim villagers.

Though considered a menace to the farmers, the villagers are putting their best efforts to save the animal from dying. Villagers throw a bunch of grass every time the animal bawls.


Paush Bada celebrations in Rajasthan

Paush Bada celebrations in RajasthanJaipur, Jan 6 : Thousands of people thronged at Jaipur to celebrate the traditional festival of food item called Paush Bada, a typical traditional snack that helps to fight the cold in winter season.

It is a month long festival held during Paush, a month in winter in the Indian lunar calendar.

The festival of Paush Bada is one of the biggest religious festivals in Jaipur. This festival is being celebrated in temples for last 40 to 45 years. It is a holy offering to Gods and devotees from far off places take part in the festival.


Come ye all to Asia’s biggest literature fest

In January in 2004, I was invited to give a reading in Jaipur at a new festival of music and dance that had just started the Pink City. The reading took place in a small room at the back of the university. No one was able to find it and the event was sparsely attended —maybe 30 people, largely elderly aunties, turned up to hear it.

That evening, I suggested to the organiser, Faith Singh, that maybe something could be done to start a small literary festival around her Jaipur Heritage Festival, just as Edinburgh had its Book Festival running alongside the main Edinburgh International Festival.


Negligence in blood transfusion causing AIDS

Negligence in blood transfusion causing AIDSAn act of sheer negligence caused the children a pain for lifetime. What seemed to be an easy transfusion led to cause a severe problem - AIDS. In Rajasthan, due to carelessness the blood of an HIV positive patient was transfused into patients suffering from thalessemia.

When six of the children were detected HIV positive at the Umaid Hospital of Jodhpur, Rajasthan Authorities came in knocking the door to ask the reason for the act.


Negligence on rise – Sufferings for AIDS victims

AIDS Another case of negligence (previously it was Rajasthan based) causing HIV was detected. This time it was School of Tropical Medicine and the victim was a 23 year old pregnant lady.

Everything was going fine till one fine day the Doctors claimed that her blood is HIV+ve. It was misery which heralded from that time and lasted for more than ten months. It was a period of harassment, ostracism and mental torture she went through. It was such a worse scenario that even she was not allowed to breastfeed her new born baby.


Cong accuses Raje of deliberately stopping SC/ST scholarships

Rajasthan Congress on Thursday accused the state BJP government of "deliberately" stopping scholarships for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students.

About 350 scholarships were given by the state government every year but after the Congress regime, no attention was paid to it and was stopped without any thought, leader of opposition BD Kalla said in a statement here.

About 3200 students who got these scholarships were studying for higher degrees and many have got jobs of IAS, IPS and allied services in the country, he claimed.


Honda to set up its second plant in Rajasthan

Honda to set up its second plant in RajasthanAfter Honda Motor cycle and Scooters India (HMSI) threatened the Haryana Government last year to move out of the state if the labour problems stretch over a point, it seems that the company is looking for a future outside Haryana. The company has started to build its second plant in Bhiwadi, Rajastan earmarking a whopping investment of Rs. 1100 crore.


HC cancels women, youth quota

Rajasthan High Court The Rajasthan High Court on Friday ruled that the state government’s decision to provide 50 per cent reservation for women and 20 per cent for youth in elections to local bodies was illegal.

A division bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Bhalla and Justice M N Bhandari observed that the quotas violated Article 14 of the Constitution, which lays down that all citizens are equal before the law.

The bench quashed the relevant provision in the Rajasthan Municipalities Act, 2009 providing the quotas.


Cyber crimes could be solved via new website launched by Vaghela

Sunny-VaghelaBy the end of this month, Sunny Vaghela, a cyber expert will unveil a website, dubbed cybersuraksha. org - under an NGO, CyberSuraksha, on the model of police public networking in Rajasthan. This site will help the victims of cyber crime, whose email account has been hacked to abuse other users or whose company's data has been hacked.

As per Vaghela, "This website is dedicated to solving cyber crimes and create awareness about it."

Vaghela is an expert in the art of cracking codes and gathering information from servers based in other cities.


Phalodi air base to be dedicated to the service of nation today

Phalodi air base to be dedicated to the service of nation today The Phalodi air field in Rajasthan will be dedicated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal P V Naik to the service of the nation today.

The new airfield is considered as a step towards bridging gap in air defense in the western sector. The Phalodi airfield is replete with modern infrastructure.

The distance between the two airbases at Jaisalmer and Jodhpur will be straddle by the airbase which is strategically located between them.


Mindlance Plans To Establish Development Centre In Jaipur

Mindlance Plans To Establish Development Centre In JaipurUS-based IT service provider Mindlance has decided to establish a development centre in the pink city Jaipur as part of its India strategy centering on smaller cities.

Mr. Kamal Sharma, business unit head at Mindlance, said, "Jaipur is fast emerging as a key IT services destination due to its best-in-class infrastructure, an extremely supportive government and availability of talent. It complements our plan to expand our operations in tier-2 cities in India and will deliver competitive advantage to Mindlance."


SPML Infra Bags Order Worth Rs 457.2 Crore

SPML Infra Bags Order Worth Rs 457.2 CroreSPML Infra Ltd, a leading infrastructure company, has pocketed a major order worth Rs 457.2 crore in Rajasthan for construction of civil, hydro-mechanical and electrical works of the Kalisindh Gravity Dam in Jhalawar region.

SPML Infra Ltd has bagged the new order in cooperation with MoU associate Om Metals Infra Projects Ltd, the company said.

The project work is set to begin within 10 days and accomplished within a period of 24 months.


REIL Pockets Rs 300 Crore Deal From Rajasthan Govt

REIL Pockets Rs 300 Crore Deal From Rajasthan GovtRajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has announced that it has bagged a Rs 300 crore contract from the Rajasthan government in order to establish solar power packs in the state.

Out of total Rs 300 crore, central financial aid of Rs 92 crore has been approved by the ministry of new and renewable energy, REIL said.

A solar pack comprises solar-powered rechargeable batteries that can be operated as a stand-alone unit.

The packs will be installed in more than 9,169 panchayats with a total capacity of 11 MW.


Pre-monsoon showers in Mewat region

MonsoonThe recent climatic changes claims of pre-monsoon showers in regions of Mewat region and the annual rains are expected to reach Rajasthan n no time as stated by Met official.

According to the reports laid by Met Director Mr. Singh it has been stated that pre-monsoon activities have started to show in regions of Dholpur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Bhilwara, Karauli, Pratapgarh, and Jaipur district and also it is expected that the South West monsoon would mark its entry in Rajasthan latest by next Monday, claims Mr.Singh.

Few other regions such as Jaipur, Dausa and Sawaimadhopur can expect a mild downpour to night said the Met official.


Infosys All Set To Host Analyst Meet At Jaipur On July 19

Infosys All Set To Host Analyst Meet At Jaipur On July 19IT major Infosys Technologies Limited is all set to host its Annual Analyst Meet on July 19 at its campus in Jaipur.

The Infosys board would talk about the state of the business at the Analyst Meet.

Mr. S Gopalakrishnan, CEO and Managing Director, would deliver the opening address and it would be followed by COO, S D Shibulal's update on Non Linear Initiatives.

Heads of different business section at Infosys would make presentations over different break-out sessions during the day.


Free mobile handsets have been distributed to villagers in Rajasthan

BSNLFree mobile handsets have been distributed to villagers at Phagi in Ajmer district in Rajasthan by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL).

Around 1000 mobile phones with SIM cards have been given to the villagers. BSNL has incurred an expenditure of 12.85 lakh to implement this noble task.

The main reason behind this scheme is to include these villagers in to the majority of the society and bring people aware of telecom services who were so far deprived of these facilities because of poverty. All recipients belong to BPL families.


Rajasthan’s H1N1 Death Toll Rises To 52

Rajasthan’s H1N1 Death Toll Rises To 52The total number of fatalities owing to deadly H1N1 flu in the state of Rajasthan has gone up to 52.

As per reports, three more people died of swine flu in Ajmer and Udaipur on Friday.

Regardless of all attempts by the administration, the illness kept on spreading across Rajasthan and claim more lives.

The flu came forth as a major risk to preggies' as well as kids in the state. Out of the two casualties reported in Udaipur, one was a pregnant lady.


Two More Maternal Deaths In Jodhpur, Toll Reaches 15

Two More Maternal Deaths In Jodhpur, Toll Reaches 15In a shocking development, the death toll in the maternity ward casualties in Jodhpur's Umaid hospital reached 15 on Sunday with one more female succumbing to post-delivery bleeding at the intensive care unit of close by MG government hospital.

Another woman lost her live on Saturday and two others are still combating for life with medical doctors terming their condition too serious.

The 20-year-old Morki Devi of Osian near Jodhpur had given birth to a baby in Umaid Hospital a day after she was taken there.


A streetcar named Nano - for Rajasthan's sterilisation drive

A streetcar named Nano - for Rajasthan's sterilisation driveJaipur, Aug 23 : Will a Rs. 1 lakh car prove to be a million-dollar idea? In an effort to get more people to undergo sterilisation, the authorities in two districts of Rajasthan are offering them a chance to win Tata Nano cars.

After Jhunjhunu introduced the scheme last month, it is now Pali district where one can get sterilised and drive away a Nano.

The medical and health department in Pali recently announced the scheme in which Nano cars will be offered on a lottery basis to people who get sterilised there.


Indo-Japanese ties set to become stronger

Indo-Japanese ties set to become strongerNeemrana (Rajasthan), Aug. 29 : Neemrana in Rajasthan is considered the best place in terms of infrastructure and facilities by Japanese automobile and electronic companies to set up manufacturing units.

The town, whioch is located about 75 miles from New Delhi, has India's first exclusive Japanese investment zone.

Twenty-four Japanese companies have already set up units in Neemrana. A total area of 270 acres has been allotted for Japanese investment.


Delhi blast: Two Kashmiri men detained in Rajasthan

Delhi blast: Two Kashmiri men detained in Rajasthan Jaipur, Sep 10 : Two men from Jammu and Kashmir were detained in Rajasthan on the basis of their resemblance to the sketches of suspects released in connection with the Delhi High Court blast, police here said Saturday.

The two were detained Friday in Alwar district. They belong to Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, a police officer said.

The duo was searching for an accommodation in the inns of Kishangarh Bas area of Alwar, some 140 km from this state capital city.


Border ties between India, China good: Preneet Kaur

 Border ties between India, China good: Preneet Kaur Udaipur, Oct 1 : Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur has said that there exists a border mechanism that ensures healthy relations between India and China.

Addressing media on the sidelines of a function here on Friday, Kaur said: "The frontier line between China and India is not defined and hence the local authorities along the border resolve the matter amicably at their level as such there is nothing to worry.


Love yourself for right body: Yana Gupta

Love yourself for right body: Yana GuptaJaipur, Jan 22 - If you want to look right, you have to learn to love your body, says model-turned-Bollywood item girl Yana Gupta who is also a budding non-fiction writer.

"Love yourself unconditionally. If you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, you don't start it... It all starts with the love, energy and the relaxation that comes into your life with loving yourself," Yana told IANS at the Jaipur Literature Festival.


Fatwas outrageous, laugh for sanity: Iranian writer

Fatwas outrageous, laugh for sanity: Iranian writer Jaipur, Jan 23 - A thousand jokes go around in Iran every day mocking President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the pretensions of the powerful, says Iranian writer Kamin Mohammadi, outraged that Salman Rushdie was forced to cancel his visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival here.

In a freewheeling interview with IANS, Mohammadi said she is overwhelmed by the crowds at the grand literary show in the Pink City on her first visit to India, but is unable to make sense of all this holy brouhaha about forcing Rushdie to stay away from this carnival of the word.


Rushdie to address lit fest via videolink

Rushdie to address lit fest via videolinkJaipur, Jan 24 - Salman Rushdie would be addressing the Jaipur Literature Festival via videolink Tuesday afternoon, festival organiser Sanjoy Roy announced as speculation swirled on whether the controversial author would get the green signal.

Rushdie had called off his visit to Jaipur citing threats to his life from "paid assassins". The Mumbai-born author of "The Satanic Verses" had accused Rajasthan Police of hatching a plot about hitmen to keep him away from the festival where he was expected to be the star attraction. (IANS)


Rajasthan supports FDI in multi-brand retail

Rajasthan supports FDI in multi-brand retailRajasthan has finally announced its unstinted support for foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced the state’s support for FDI in retail in a letter to Commerce & Industry Minister Anand Sharma.

In the letter, Mr. Gehlot said, "I would like to assure the unstinted cooperation and support of the Rajasthan government for liberalising and opening up of this sector.”


Torrential rains force Rajasthan Govt. to seek Army's help

Torrential rains force Rajasthan Govt. to seek Army's helpTorrential rains in some parts of Rajasthan, such as Jaipur and Sikar, forced the state government to seek the Army's help on Friday.

Army personnel under the South Western Command rushed to Madrempura basti in Jaipur and Laxmangarh in Sikar to flush out the rain water.

Floods uprooted hundreds of electricity poles and damaged dozens of houses in several areas, such as Nawalgarh. The heavy rains have affected more than 7,000 people, who were shifted to relief camps.


Rajasthan heritage structures to be freed from mobile towers

Rajasthan heritage structures to be freed from mobile towersAfter the shutting down of 199 mobile towers in locations near schools, hospitals and jails across Rajasthan, the telecom operators will soon be forced to shut down and remove mobile towers from near the heritage structures in the state.

A senior official from the telecom services department said that they were working on a plan to shut down and remove mobile towers that had been installed within the 100-metre area of heritage structures.


Rajasthan may introduce free medical tests in all govt. hospitals

Rajasthan may introduce free medical tests in all govt. hospitalsA year after the launch of the free generic medicine supply scheme, the government of Rajasthan is now examining the viability of introducing free medical tests in all government hospitals.

The plan was revealed by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot during his keynote address "Universal Access to Essential Medicines in India" conference in Jaipur on Tuesday.


IAEA team starts safety review of Rawatbhata atomic plant

ata-Atomic-Power-Plant.jpA team of United Nations' nuclear watchdog IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) on Monday started a safety review of Rawatbhata atomic power station in Rajasthan.

The 12-member team is carrying out an in-depth safety inspection of activities and programs essential to plant operation based on standards set by the IAEA. The team of experts will also carry out a through investigation of the condition of equipment.

The ongoing operational safety review team (OSART) mission is the first in the country that is being carried out at the request of the union government.


Artist attempts to create record by painting for 72 hours non-stop in Jaipur

Manan-Chaturvedi.jpJaipur, Jan 1 : A painter and social worker, Manan Chaturvedi, living in Jaipur, has created a record by painting for 72 hours at a stretch.

An accomplished artist in hand painting, Chaturvedi began her stint on December 30 and hoped to complete it on January 1.

Chaturvedi decided to paint for 72 hours, which coincides with the number of girls in an orphanage, which she runs.


Tata Power discontinue power supply to Rajasthan discoms

Tata Power discontinue power supply to Rajasthan discoms Tata Power has announced its decision to stop power supply to three Rajasthan-owned distribution companies, viz. Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam, Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam and Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam.

The three discoms, which have been getting power supply from Tata Power's subsidiary Coastal Gujarat Power, have defaulted on timely payment of dues that resulted in huge outstandings.


IAF inducts armed Mi-17 squadron in Rajasthan

s/Mi-17V5-helicopter.jJaipur, Jan 7 : The Indian Air Force (IAF) has enhanced its capabilities on the western border with Pakistan with the air chief, Air Chief Marshal N. A. K. Browne inducting an armed Mi-17V5 helicopter squadron at Phalodi air base in Rajasthan Monday.

The squadron will initially operate with 10 helicopters. A squadron's full strength is 16-18 helicopters.

"These choppers fall in the armed helicopter category, with substantial and effective firepower and with the latest and more powerful engines that will greatly enhance their payload carriage capability," a defence source said.


''I blame those who directed army major to remove phone connection lines,'' says V.K. Singh

''I blame those who directed army major to remove phone connection lines,'' says V.K. Singh Jaipur, Jan. 8 : Former Chief of Army Staff General (retired) V. K. Singh appears to have absolved Army Major R. Vikram who entered his residence without official permission purportedly to remove military telephone connection lines, saying that the blame should be laid at the doorstep of those people who ordered him to do so.


Crimes against women blot on our conscience: Sonia Gandhi

/Sonia-Gandhi6Jaipur, Jan 18 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi said here Friday that issues related to crimes against women and children must be promptly dealt with.

"Discrimination against the girl child and atrocities against women are a blot on our collective conscience. Sexual harassment, women trafficking and female foeticide should shake us and awaken us," Sonia Gandhi said at the party's meeting here.

"Gender issues are fundamental and the entire party must bring this to the heart of political activity and change mindsets," she said.


Congress' traditional support bases eroding: Sonia

/Sonia-Gandhi63Jaipur, Jan 18 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Friday expressed concern that "competitors" were making inroads into the party's traditional support bases.

"The Congress is facing increased competition and inroads have been made into its traditional support bases," Gandhi said while addressing the opening of the party's 'Chintan Shivir' brainstoriming session leaders here.


`We have to recognise emergence of a new changing India,'' says Sonia Gandhi

/Sonia-Gandhi76Jaipur, Jan 18 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday urged party leaders and activists to recognise the emergence of a new changing India where the younger generation is becoming more aspirational, more impatient, more demanding and better educated.

Describing this as a natural and welcome outcome of rapid socio-economic change brought about by the success of the programmes introduced and promoted by the UPA Government, Gandhi said:"Our youth is getting more assertive. It wants its voice to be heard and we would have to respect that."


Spirit of Jaipur fest is egalitarianism, says William Dalrymple

William-DalrympleJaipur, Jan 24 : The success of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival owes much to the fact that Jaipur still remains one of the world's most beautiful cities and yet is egalitarian and democratic in spirit, says William Dalrymple, co-director of the event and well-known writer and historian.

"Jaipur in January is a unique celebrations of literature, music and the arts that has grown into something bigger and more wonderful than anything we could ever have hoped when we first conceived this festival less than a decade ago," Dalrymple said.


We're in Jaipur to make friends, say Pakistani writers

Jaipur-Literature-FestivalJaipur, J Jan 24 : We are here to make friends, Pakistani writers M. A. Farooqi and Jamil Ahmed said Thursday on day one of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

"If there is a feeling in India that because of the recent tragic incident, Pakistani writers should not be here, I agree with the sentiment," said M. A. Farooqi, an acclaimed novelist from Lahore, referring to the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.


Cordial relations between India and China essential: Dalai Lama

Cordial relations between India and China essential: Dalai Lama Jaipur, Jan 25 : Revered spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that cordial relations between India and China were essential to maintain a genuine friendship.

The 77-year-old spiritual leader said this on Thursday while attending the opening of the Jaipur Literature Festival in Rajasthan.

He added that China has to learn a lot from its democratic neighbour India.


Jaipur Literature Festival to lose money, sponsors exit

Jaipur-Literature-FestivalJaipur, Jan 25  : The sixth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival is running on a negative budget of over Rs. 1.5 crore (approx $278,000) with several sponsors pulling out in the last three weeks citing financial constraints, said organisers.

"Our budget for this year is between Rs. 5 crore-Rs. 6.8 crore but we managed to garner only Rs. 4 crore in sponsorships," festival producer Sanjoy K. Roy told IANS.


Gayatri Chakavorty Spivak revives debate about India's subalterns

Gayatri-Chakravorty.Jaipur, Jan 26 : Leading international feminist philosopher, teacher of English and cultural theorist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has been trying to decode the soul of the subaltern in the villages of her home state of West Bengal in India for more than 30-odd years since she wrote her iconic essay, "Can the Subaltern Speak". Chakravorty argues that the subalterns - according to the military parlance - are a tribe that takes orders in an India that still battles class apartheid.


FIR registered against Ashis Nandy under SC/ST Act

Ashis-Nandy1Jaipur, Jan 26 : A case has been registered against eminent political critic and sociologist Ashis Nandy, over his controversial `caste remark', under SC/ST Atrocity Act in Jaipur on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Nandy stirred a major controversy by alleging the people belonging to OBC (Other Backward Class), Scheduled Caste (SC) and ST (Scheduled Tribe) for corruption during a discussion at the Jaipur Literature Festival here.


Lot riding on Australia series: Rahul Dravid

Rahul-DravidJaipur, Jan 26 : There is a lot riding on the upcoming India-Australia cricket series since it will help the selectors identify the next generation of players, Rahul Dravid, the team's mainstay till his retirement last yeaer, said at the Jaipur Literature Festival Saturday.

"Each series is significant like the series with England. But like India, Australia too has lost a lot of big players. So both teams are quite similar. But there is a lot riding on the teams. It will help them recognise the next generation of players," he told reporters here after taking part in a session.


Qawwalis, sufi music win foreigner's hearts in Pushkar

Blue-Lotus-Music-Festival1Pushkar (Rajasthan), Feb 16 : Music knows no boundary, nor language - and going by the performances and response at the ongoing Blue Lotus Music Festival here, it holds true as foreign tourists flocked to the town, and swayed and grooved to the tunes of qawwali and sufi music.

The five-day fest, which began Feb 13, is aimed at promoting all kinds of music - nomad singing to qawwali, sufi to sindhi - and foreigners were seen lapping it up Friday night.


HOLD - President, PM to witness IAF's firepower display

Pranab-Mukherjee-Manmohan-SinghJaisalmer, Feb 22 : President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Mamohan Singh would be among the top dignitaries who will witness the Indian Air Force's (IAF) largest "day-dusk-night" firepower demonstration in the Rajasthan desert Friday.

Some of the other luminaries include Defence Minister A. K. Antony, Air Chief Marshal N. A. K. Browne and defence attaches of various countries.

Former defence minister Jaswant Singh is also likely to be present at the event, officials said.


Huge turnout at Jodhpur Sufi fest

Huge turnout at Jodhpur Sufi festJodhpur (Rajasthan), Feb 24 : The ongoing World Sufi Spirit Festival (WSSF) is proving out to be a huge crowd puller, especially with foreign visitors flocking here to experience the most dazzling traditions of music.

Hosted by the Royal family of Jodhpur, the Sufi music festival started Friday at the Mehrangarh Fort here and will culminate Feb 27 at Ahichhatragarh Fort in Nagaur.


Security tightened in Ajmer ahead of Pakistan PM’s visit

Security tightened in Ajmer ahead of Pakistan PM’s visit Ajmer, Mar 7 : The Rajasthan Police has made adequate arrangements for the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to the revered shrine of Ajmer Sharif on Saturday.

Senior police officials visited the shrine in Rajasthan to meet management and strategise preparations needed ahead of the VIP''s visit.


Pakistani PM arrives in Jaipur

Raja-Pervez-AshrafJaipur, March 9 : Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Saturday arrived here for a day-long private visit to the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer in Rajasthan.

Senior Rajasthan government officials received Ashraf at the Jaipur airport. He arrived in a Pakistan Air Force aircraft at around 11.55 a. m. with his family members and a delegation.

His cavalcade drove down to Hotel Rambagh Palace amid tight security. He will be hosted for lunch by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in Jaipur before leaving for Ajmer by a helicopter around 3 p. m.


Khurshid, Ashraf meet for lunch, but no official talks

Raja-Pervez-Ashraf-Salman-KhurshidJaipur, March 9 : Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf was Saturday hosted for lunch by Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid here, but there were no official talks between the two sides.

"It was a private visit (of the Pakistani prime minister). It was not an occasion for talks," Khurshid said, addressing reporters here.

Khurshid hosted Ashraf, who is here on a day long private visit to the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer in Rajasthan. The luncheon meeting was held at the Rambag Palace Hotel.


Protests in Rajasthan as Pakistani PM visits Ajmer

Raja-Pervez-AshrafJaipur, March 9 : A group of protestors waived black flags and shouted slogans as External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid hosted a lunch for Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at Hotel Rambagh Palace here Saturday.

Ashraf arrived here Saturdday for a day-long private visit to the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer.

"Despite India's strong protest against the beheading of Indian soldiers, it is unfortunate that the Pakistani PM is getting a VIP treatment in Jaipur," said an activist of Karani Sena, which is protesting against Ashraf's private visit.


Pakistan PM's visit to Ajmer sees many protests

Raja-Pervez-Ashraf1Ajmer, March 9 :  Many people joined protests in this city ahead of the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. At least 35 people were arrested in connection with protests against Ashraf's visit to the 13th century dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti here Saturday.

There was a last-minute change in the route the Pakistani prime minister would take, to evade the protest by advocates. A curfew-like situation prevailed in the dargah bazaar since 2.30 p. m., and most roads were deserted after authorities evacuated the area near the dargah.


Pakistani PM Ashraf prays for peace, better sub-continental relations

Raja-Pervez-AshrafAjmer, March 9 : Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, along with his wife and other family members, Saturday evening offered prayers in Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti's shrine for peace and prosperity in the world and better relations between India and Pakistan, informed sources said.

Wearing a white Pathan suit, Ashraf also offered a 42 meter long green and blue chadar which he brought from Pakistan at the shrine, shrine sources told IANS.

During the prayers inside the dargah, he also promised to return if his "wish" is fulfilled.


U-20 I-League: Prayag United, Salgaocar win

Prayag-United-Salgaocar-FCJamshedpur, March 11 : Match day seven of the sixth edition of the Under-20 I-League saw two exciting encounters being played at the J. R. D. Tata Sports Complex here Monday.

In the first match, Prayag United defeated a struggling United Sikkim FC 2-1. Prayag United took the lead through a strike from Bidhan Bala in the eighth minute. United Sikkim restored parity with a 33rd minute equaliser through Rabin Tamang.


Pune FC begin final phase against Sesa FA

Pune-FCJamshedpur, March 14 : Pune FC take on first-timers Sesa FA in their final phase Under-20 I-League assault at the J. R. D. Sports Complex Saturday.

Having finished second in Group A with nine points, defending champions Pune FC will engage themselves in five rounds of competition that ends March 24. Matches have been scheduled on alternate days, with a one-day rest period, meaning all teams will be in action over nine days.


Blackbuck case: Court reads out charges against Saif, other actors

Saif-Ali-KhanJaipur, March 23 : A court in Jodhpur Saturday read out charges against four Bollywood stars - Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Saif Ali Khan - in the 14-year-old case of blackbuck poaching while shooting for a film. Salman Khan is also charged in the case but was not present at the hearing.

The poaching allegedly occurred during the shooting of Rajshri Productions "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998.


Cairn-ONGC JV starts gas sale from Rajasthan block

Cairn-ONGC-JVJaipur, March 23 : The Cairn-ONGC joint venture (JV) Saturday began commercial sale of gas from its Rajasthan block.

The initial commercial volumes will be about 5 mmscf per day (equivalent to 1,000 barrels of oil per day).

The sale process was inaugurated by Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas M. Veerappa Moily in Barmer, over 550 km from here, in the presence of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Minister of State of Petroleum and Natural Gas P. Lakshmi.


DLF to sell wind power assets in TN, Rajasthan

DLF to sell wind power assets in TN, RajasthanIndia's biggest property developer, DLF has entered into an agreement to sell its assets in the wind power generation industry assets in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.

The company said that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its wind power assets in the two states for around Rs 241 crore. DLF has been selling major assets to strengthen its financial position and consolidate its position in the core infrastructure sector.


Cairn India finds oil again in Rajasthan's Barmer basin

Cairn-IndiaJaipur, April 9 : Vedanta group firm Cairn India Tuesday said it has made the 26th oil discovery in its RJ-ON-90/1 block in Rajasthan's Barmer district.

Technical evaluations indicate nearly 10 metres of gross oil column within Dharvi Dungar sands in Raageshwari-Tukaram area, the company said in a statement.

"We are delighted with the 26th discovery in the block. This reaffirms our belief that an aggressive exploration drilling programme will help harness the full potential of the Barmer Basin in Rajasthan. This is a step closer towards reserve accretion through exploration led growth," said Elango P, board member.


Rajasthan expects eight percent rise in foreign tourists

rajasthan-tourismJaipur, April 15 : Rajasthan, the country's famous tourist destination, expects a growth of about eight percent in foreign visitors in 2013, said a top tourism department official Monday.

"We expect an increase of around seven to eight percent in foreign arrivals in the current calendar year," Rakesh Srivastava, Rajasthan government principal secretary, tourism, said, on the sidelines of the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) here.

Srivastava indicated that the state has ducked negative tourist sentiments that had set in with the global economic slowdown of 2008.


OIL opens turbine power plant in Rajasthan

OIL opens turbine power plant in RajasthanState-owned, Oil India Ltd (OIL) has said that it has opened a new wind turbine power plant with a capacity of 54-MW in the western state of Rajasthan.

The wind turbine power plant project includes 27 wind turbine generator (WTG) units of 2,000 kilo-watt each. The plant will be located at Dangri in Jaisalmer district, according to a statement released by the company.

"The project was completed at a cost of Rs. 360 crore and within 142 days from the date of issuing the letter of award (LOA) to the bidder," it said.


Gehlot to fund kidney transplant of merit student

Ashok-GehlotJaipur, May 10 : Impressed by a 17-year-old student who figured on the state merit list and also cleared the first stage of the IIT entrance exam despite undergoing dialysis twice a week, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Friday said he will bear the cost of his kidney transplant.

Gehlot said he was moved by the story of Jaipur resident Prakhar Deroliya, who secured fifth rank in the merit list of Class 12 (science) results, declared by the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) Thursday, despite currently undergoing dialysis after both of his kidneys failed three years ago.


Miss India Navneet Kaur Dhillon walks the ramp at RFW

Navneet-Kaur-DhillonJaipur, May 11 : Femina Miss India World 2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillon walked the ramp for Bhopal-based designer Shivangee Sharma during the second day of Rajasthan Fashion Week.

Navneet looked stunning in Sharma's creation - an Indo-Western bridal gown, embellished with traditional embroidery and vibrant zari and threadwork.

"The theme of the show 'Senorita' really fascinated me. The bridal gown is a perfect amalgamation of Indian and western cuts. It makes me feel like a princess," she said.


Rahul continues with his feedback mission in Jaipur

Rahul-GandhiJaipur, May 16 : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met party workers and office bearers here Thursday while continuing his task of collecting feedback over the party's prospects in the upcoming assembly and Lok Sabha elections, party sources said.

Gandhi arrived in Rajasthan's Bikaner district Wednesday to hold "feedback meetings" with the party's workers. He left for Jaipur in the evening.

Assembly polls are scheduled in Congress-ruled Rajasthan at the year-end.


Mother's milk bank to rescue of Rajasthan infants

Divya-Mothers-Milk-BankUdaipur (Rajasthan), June 1 : This bank is not about money, just goodwill. India's fourth mother's milk bank in this Rajasthan town is saving the lives of frail or critically ill infants whose biological mothers are unable to feed them for a variety of reasons.

The Divya Mothers Milk Bank (DMMB) in Udaipur, 400 km from state capital Jaipur, has provided 173 units of mother's milk in about two months to infants in immediate need as they have been hospitalized with life threatening diseases or are suffering from other problems.

Each unit contains 30 ml of mother's milk.


Six Rajasthan hill forts in Unesco World Heritage List

Amber-FortJaipur, June 21 : Six hill forts in Rajasthan have been selected to be included in the Unesco's World Heritage List, an official said here Friday.

The hill forts are Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore.

Rajasthan's Tourism, Art and Culture Minister Bina Kak said: "The selection of these forts is a reflection of our work done in the past. We stand by our commitment towards conservation and protection of our rich cultural heritage, of which we are immensely proud."


Need to reverse value erosion in society, says president

Pranab-MukherjeeJaipur, July 10 : Stressing the need to reverse value erosion in society, President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday said students must understand that considerable resource, effort and sacrifice has gone into their education.

Speaking at the convocation of Malaviya National Institute of Technology here, the president asked students to have a clear perspective about what education means to them, what success implies and whether a good career with an attractive salary is the be all and end all in life.


Economy to grow at six percent: Chidambaram

ChidambaramJaipur, July 16 : Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Tuesday said the economy was likely to grow at six percent or slightly more in the current fiscal year.

"This year, by all estimates, the growth rate will be six percent or slightly above. This is not a satisfactory level of growth," he said.

He attributed the low increase in growth to slowdown in advanced economies.

Chidambaram and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad were in the city to address the media.


Reliance completes Rs.556-crore road project in Rajasthan

Reliance-InfrastructureJaipur, July 23 : Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RInfra), part of the Reliance Group, through its Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) JR Toll Road Pvt. Ltd., on Tuesday announced the completion of its Rs. 556-crore road project from Jaipur to Reengus (JR) in Rajasthan. Toll collection has started on the four-laned 52-km road.

The project has been executed on a DBFOT (Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer) basis under the aegis of the National Highways Authority of India. RInfra has been awarded the contract for a concession period of 18 years.


13 crore teenagers to get iron supplement: Azad

Ghulam-Nabi-AzadJaipur, July 25 : The weekly iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation programme of the government will cover 13 crore adolescent boys and girls across the country, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said Thursday.

Under the programme, along with IFA tablets, adolescents and their families will be given information and counselling on nutrition and health education, Azad said inaugurating the programme in Rajasthan at a function organised at Birla Auditorium here. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was also present.


Hero's Innovation Centre to come up near Jaipur

Hero-MotoCorpJaipur, Sep 9 : Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL), one of the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturers, Monday commenced construction of its Rs. 450 crore centre of global innovation and research & design (R&D)' at Kukas near here.

Hero MotoCorp managing director and CEO Pawan Munjal laid the foundation stone of the centre here in the presence of the company's global technology partners -Erik Buell of Erik Buell Racing (EBR), US; Alberto Strazzari of Engines Engineering, Italy and Markus Feichtner of AVL, Austria.


Country on verge of destruction under UPA: Modi

Narendra-ModiJaipur, Sep 10 : The country is on the "verge of destruction", said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi while blaming the Congress for rampant corruption.

Modi spoke at a public rally at Amroodon Ka Baag here Tuesday to mark the completion of 78-day-long election campaigning tours carried out by former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje across the state.


Congress wants to help poor, youth realize their dreams: Rahul

Rahul-GandhiJaipur, Sep 17 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Tuesday his party is working for the welfare of the poor and the youth so that they can not only have big dreams, but also be in a position to realise them.

"The Congress wants to see the son of a labourer flying in aeroplanes. The Congress party's main concern are poor and youth. Youths are a major force in the country at this time.


Asaram's bail plea to be heard Oct 1

asaram-bapuJaipur, Sep 18 : Asaram Bapu, arrested on allegation of sexually assaulting a minor girl, will continue to remain in judicial custody as the Rajasthan High Court Wednesday decided to hear his bail plea Oct 1, police said.

Asaram, 72, filed a bail application before the Jodhpur bench of the high court Sep 13.

The bail application first came up for hearing Monday and since the arguments remained inconclusive, the high court put off the proceedings Wednesday.

Senior counsel Ram Jethmalani appeared for Asaram in the court Wednesday.


UPA committed to welfare of poor, women: Sonia

Sonia-GandhiPachpadra (Rajasthan), Sep 22 : UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi Sunday highlighted the "unique" food security step and the rural jobs scheme to emphasise that the government's focus is on welfare of people from the weaker sections and women.

She was addressing a large gathering after laying the foundation stone of a Rs. 37,000 crore, nine million tonnes per annum-capacity refinery and petrochemical complex at Pachpadra in Rajasthan's Barmer district, some 410 km from Jaipur.


Rohit Sharma reprimanded, handed suspended fine

Rohit-SharmaJaipur, Sep 28 : Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma was reprimanded and handed a $1,000 suspended fine for breaching the Champions League Twenty20 Code of Conduct during the match against Highveld Lions at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here.

Sharma, in the wee hours of Saturday, admitted to the Level 1 offence (Section 1 - A1) of conduct contrary to the spirit of the game.

Hardus Viljoen of the Lions also was reprimanded for breaching the Code of Conduct. Viljoen also admitted to the Level 1 offence (Section 1 - A1/A2) of conduct contrary to the spirit of the game.(IANS)


When a bank helps women, it changes rural lives

HDFC-BankChomu (Rajasthan), Oct 4 : "Izzat se dekhte hain (People look at us with honour)," said Bhagwati Meena, a beneficiary of an initiative of HDFC Bank in a village near this Rajasthan town Friday.

Women at Fatehpura village, who have availed of HDFC's Sustainable Livelihood Initiative (SLI), spoke of how they have become self-reliant and empowered. The village is about 15 km from Chomu.

HDFC Bank managing director Aditya Puri said the initiative "will substitute money lenders and sustain the unorganised sector".


Police officer gave Rahul story about ISI: Modi

Narendra-ModiJaipur, Oct 26 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Saturday claimed a Rajasthan police officer, who wanted to contest elections, had given Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi "information" on Pakistani spy agency ISI contacting Muslim youth victims of Muzaffarnagar riots.

"I tried to gather information who gave him (Gandhi) this ISI story... I came to know that a Rajasthan-based police officer who wants to fight elections on a Congress ticket passed this information to him and he in turn used in his speech," Modi said while addressing a rally in Udaipur.


Modi tears into Gehlot Govt. over poor roads, drinking water supply in Rajasthan

Narendra-ModiAlwar (Rajasthan), Nov 19 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has criticised the Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan Government over poor roads, and lack of drinking water in the state.

Addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Alwar District, the Gujarat chief minister accused the Congress Government of harassing tribals by not providing them with clean drinking water.

"Rajasthan's Congress Government is number one when it comes to troubling tribals. They are also number one when it comes to supplying polluted drinking water," Modi said.


'Divide and Rule is in the DNA of Congress': Modi

Narendra-ModiSawai Madhopur (Rajasthan), Nov 19 : The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) prime ministerial aspirant, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday asked the people of Rajasthan to understand the divisive mentality of the ruling Congress Party.

"Congress makes sharp calculations to divide communities to garner votes of that group, and for them, development takes a backseat,' he said while addressing a rally here in the poll-bound state.


BJP releases populist manifesto in Rajasthan

rajnath-singhJaipur, Nov 20 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday promised five percent reservation to Gujjars and to rehabilitate Hindus from Pakistan in a populist manifesto for the Dec 1 Rajasthan assembly polls.

The manifesto, released in the presence of BJP president Rajnath Singh and Rajasthan's chief ministerial candidate Vasundhara Raje, promises five percent reservation for Gujjars, jobs for youth, development of educational infrastructure for minorities and rehabilitation of Pakistani Hindus among several other things.


Congress works for development of all: Sonia

Sonia-GandhiJaipur, Nov 23 : United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Saturday that her party has worked for the development of every section of society and was not making false promises.

Gandhi was addressing a rally organised in Rajasthan's Kota town, over 250 km from state capital Jaipur. Rajasthan, with 200 assembly seats, will go to the polls Dec 1.

"Due to the development works carried out by the Ashok Gehlot government in the last five years, Rajasthan has moved to the league of fast developing states," Gandhi said.


Congress did nothing for tribals, says Modi in Rajasthan rally

narendra-modiBanswara, Nov 24 : Continuing his tirade against ruling party at the centre, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of not even acknowledging the existence of the tribal population in the country.

Addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Banswara district, the Gujarat chief minister said: "The tribal population exists in this country since the time of Ramchandraji.  It existed during the Independence struggle.  Everyone but the Congress is aware of the existence of the tribes for centuries."


Rajasthan is sinking under Congress rule: Modi

Narendra-ModiKhetri, Nov 25 : Continuing his tirade against the Congress Party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday said the development in Rajasthan has come to a standstill under the Ashok Gehlot Government regime.

Addressing a rally here, Modi criticised the Gehlot Government for shrinking tourism sector in the state and said that tourism industry, which adds to the revenue of the state has been badly hit because of poor governance.

"Due to poor policies of the Gehlot Government, number of tourists visiting the state is decreasing day by day. It is issue of serious concern," he added.


Opposition spreading rumours, says Sonia

Sonia-GandhiSikar (Rajasthan), Nov 27 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday accused the opposition of spreading rumours and asked people to challenge opposition leaders when they come seeking votes.

Addressing an election rally in Sikar, some 120 km from Jaipur, she said the opposition appeared to be adept in levelling baseless allegations even as the Congress was dedicated to people's welfare.

"When they come requesting for votes, you should ask yourself 'Where were they in the last five years?'

"They never tried to understand the problems faced by people. They just want to grab power.


After Sonia poser, Modi hits back

Narendra-ModiSikar (Rajasthan), Nov 28 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday targeted Congress president Sonia Gandhi, asking voters not to be taken in by her concerns for the poor.

"Madam asked where was the opposition for the last five years," Modi told an election rally in this town, 120 km from Jaipur, referring to her poser at a public meeting a day earlier.

"We were using a microscope to find out where the Rajasthan government was," Modi said, triggering peals of laughter and sloganeering.


BJP only ahead in corruption, says Rahul

Rahul-GandhiBanswara (Rajasthan), Nov 28 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday accused the BJP of ignoring the poor and said the only thing the opposition party is ahead in is indulging in corruption.

"We make better and more roads, railway lines and airports. We are ahead of the opposition in everything. I would like to say this from a public platform that they are better in only one thing. It is corruption," Gandhi said addressing an election rally in the tribal belt of Rajasthan's Banswara district, over 500 km from Jaipur.


Vasundhara Raje to take oath Dec 13

vasundhra-rajeJaipur, Dec 10 : Vasundhara Raje, the BJP's chief minister-elect in Rajasthan, will be sworn-in Dec 13. She met Governor Margaret Alva Tuesday and staked claim to form the government in the state.

This would be second time that Raje is to be the chief minister of the state. Her first chief ministerial stint in the desert state was from 2003 to 2008.

The BJP legislature party Monday unanimously elected Vasundhara Raje as its leader. She is also the president of the party's state unit.


Vasundhara Raje inducts 12 ministers

Vasundhara-RajeJaipur, Dec 20 : Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Friday expanded her cabinet, inducting nine cabinet ministers and three ministers of state.

Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 12 ministers.

The cabinet ministers are Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajendra Singh Rathore, Kalicharan Saraf, Kailash Meghwal, Sanwarlal Jat, Prabhulal Saini, Gajendra Singh Khimsar, Yunus Khan, and Nandlal Meena. Arun Chaturvedi, Ajay Singh and Hem Singh Bhadana are ministers of state.

Rathore is considered a Raje loyalist, while Kataria is a senior leader in the state BJP unit.


Jodhpur court records statement of Salman Khan

salman-khanJodhpur, Jan 29 : A court here Wednesday recorded the statement of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the Arms Act case against him in connection with poaching of blackbucks.

"Salman, in his statement, has denied all the allegations and said he neither was carrying illegal arms nor did he poach blackbucks," Salman Khan's counsel Hastimal Saraswat told IANS.

The court has fixed March 10 as its next hearing date.


Nalco commissions wind power project in Rajasthan

Nalco commissions wind power project in RajasthanBhubaneswar, Feb 1 : Central government-owned National Aluminium Company Ltd. (Nalco) Saturday said it has commissioned its second 47.6 MW wind power plant at Ludarva of Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan.

This Rs. 283-crore wind power project was executed through M/s Gamesa Wind Turbines Private Ltd., involving erection of 56 wind turbines, each of 850 KW, the company said in a statement.


Congress runs government for poor: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhiJaipur, March 10 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday said his party runs a government for the poor and would work for their development if voted to power in the Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Devali town in Tonk district, around 100 km from here, he said the Congress-led UPA government got about 150 million people out of the below-poverty line in the last 10 years.

He said his party would work for the welfare of 700 million people in the country who were earlier classified as "poor" but now no longer live in absolute poverty.


Jaswant miffed, seeks ticket from Barmer

Jaswant-SinghJaipur, March 21 : Senior BJP leader Jawant Singh is annoyed over not being considered from Rajasthan's Barmer constituency and "may even consider" contesting the Lok Sabha elections as an independent, a party leader said.

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders have begun to pacify Jaswant Singh, who has threatened to quit the party and contest from Barmer as an independent.

Jaswant Singh, sources said, has expressed his annoyance over the party's decision not to field him from Barmer.


BJP balloon will burst: Rahul Gandhi

JhRahul-Gandhiunjhunu (Rajasthan), April 10 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Thursday the BJP balloon will burst as it did during the 2004 and 2009 general elections.

The Gandhi scion was addressing a rally here. He said the Bharatiya Janata Party misled the nation in 2004 and again in 2009 by suggesting India was shinning, but its balloon burst.

Highlighting the achievements of the UPA government, Gandhi said: "We have taken 15 crore people out of poverty. This is not a small work."

He said the Congress party is for the weak, poor and the farmers.


Congress misusing government agencies to trouble me: Modi

narendra-modiBarmer (Rajasthan), April 12 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Saturday took a dig at the Congress, saying tt had "misused" every government agency to trouble him.

"In the last 10 years, every agency has been misused to trouble me. They worked overtime on this," Modi said at a rally in Pachpadra in Barmer district, in an indirect reference to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

"Your sultanate (government) has gone overtime to trouble Modi. Keep trying the same and people will punish you," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said.


Congress only knows how to rub chillies in the eyes of public: Modi

Narendra ModiBarmer, (Rajasthan), Apr 12 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Congress Party only knew how to make false promises and has acquired a habit of rubbing chillies in the eyes of the public.

"I do not make false promises; I won't rub your eyes with chillies like the Congress. We have seen such leaders in the country who do not even show their faces for five years after being elected," said Modi, while addressing a rally in Barmer.


Jaswant Singh loses in Barmer

Jaswant-SinghJaipur, May 16 : Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who fought as an Independent candidate from Barmer constituency of Rajasthan, lost by a big margin against BJP's Colonel Sonaram.

The BJP candidate, who had joined the party recently from the Congress, defeated the former union minister by a margin of over 87,000 votes. Congress's Harish Chaudhary came third.

Sonaram secured over 4.87 lakh votes while Jaswant Singh was able to get over 4 lakh votes. Chaudhary got over 2.20 lakh votes.

Jaswant Singh represented Darjeeling in the outgoing 15th Lok Sabha.


Former US prez Bill Clinton arrives in Jaipur

Bill ClintonJaipur: Former US President Bill Clinton arrived here tonight on a tour during which he will visit a kitchen being run for schoolchildren by an NGO.

Clinton landed with his delegation at the international airport at Sanganer from where they left for a hotel amidst tight security.

"Clinton is on July 16 scheduled to visit the kitchen in which food is cooked for schoolchildren in the Jagatpura area," said a spokesperson for the NGO, Akshya Patra.

Akshya Patra provides food to a large number of children at government schools as part of the mid-day meal scheme.


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