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<!--emo&:o--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='ohmy.gif' /><!--endemo--> MUMBAI: If this Diwali is just that little bit less noisy, an NGO called Andhashradha Nirmulan Samiti (Superstition Eradication Samiti) can take
some of the credit. Thanks to the samiti’s initiative, well over one lakh students across the state have signed a pledge, promising that they will either not burst firecrackers or drastically cut expenditure on them.

The 'Cracker-free Diwali campaign' was launched nearly two months ago, with samiti activists personally visiting over 500 schools in 16 districts, including Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Latur and Aurangabad, to expound on the ill-effects of firecrackers to students. "We told them that crackers cause tremendous air and noise pollution, trouble animals and senior citizens, and result in fatal accidents. Above all, we impressed upon them the fact that these crackers are manufactured by child labourers in the age group of five to 15," Samiti chairman Narendra Dabholkar told TOI.

The activists were "overwhelmed" by the students' response.
Do these NGO provides substitute to Child labor? They are just destroying one sector.
<!--emo&Sad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo--> AHMEDABAD: Vishva Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia has served legal notice to major mobile service providers for allegedly withdrawing special
schemes on SMS charges during Diwali.

Togadia, in the notice sent through advocate Deepak Shukla, said "the Hindu customers who have bought services of mobile companies based on their advertisements and offers on cheaper or free SMSs are being cheated this way on Diwali."

He said though the service providers have informed their customers that no special schemes related to free or cheaper SMS will be applicable during festivals like Diwali, he claimed they were never informed at the time of buying their services.

He has also sent a copy of the notice to TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) appealing to them to immediately take notice of the issue.

Jawans’ recruitment to go online

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 10

The recruitment of jawans will soon go online and all applicants need to get conversant with using a computer. This was stated by Brig JS Soin, Deputy Director (Recruitment) of the Army, while interacting with mediapersons regarding the ongoing “recruitment fair” here recently.

The week-long recruitment drive started on December 5.

He said the recruitment process would undergo a major change as online tests were likely to be introduced from 2011. Computers would be installed in offices where applicants will be asked to appear in the written test after they clear all formalities, including the physical and psychological tests.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/2009121...ana.htm#10 <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' />

Hereby Antony has asked Gen Kapoor to review his decision of recommending only administrative action on Lt Gen Parkash in sucna land scam.

Gen Kapoor is the 1st chief of Army who has raised the stakes higher for COAS as his statement on international security especially related to Pak was first answered by Pak PM though later on he ducked and let his Generals do the talk.

And come to think of it, Antony collapsed while taking salute on the passing out parade of IMA last year. <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/angry.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':angry:' />
<img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/angry.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':angry:' /> Titled "Shaheed Bhai" - or martyr brother - the paintings of Satwant and Beant along with Kehar Singh, who was the co-conspirator, hang on the walls in the Takanini gurdwara alongside others who have been killed for their Sikh beliefs, the Weekend Herald reported.

It said an inquiry by it has found images of the trio involved in the shooting of Indira Gandhi are honoured as martyrs in the Sikh gurdwara in Manukau, New Zealand.

Satwant and Beant, both bodyguards of the then Indian Prime Minister, fired more than 30 bullets into Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

[size="6"]200 kgs of ammonium nitrate, 600 detonators seized in Gujarat[/size]

AHMEDABAD: A huge cache of explosives, including 200 kgs of ammonium nitrate and 600 detonators, were seized by Police in Vapi.

The seizure comes a day after a blast rocked a popular bakery in Pune killing nine persons and injuring 57 others.

Four bags containing 50 kg of explosive substance ammonium nitrate each and detonators were recovered from four people travelling in a car from Vapi-Silvassa road, they said.

The four have been arrested and the car in which they were travelling has been seized, police said, adding further investigations are on.
[size="6"]Chavan SRK’s bodyguard: Thackeray[/size]

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Saturday accused Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan of behaving like the bodyguard of actor Shah Rukh Khan.

‘‘The CM should stand outside ‘Mannat’ (SRK’s house) and protect the actor,’’ Thackeray wrote in ‘Saamna’, the Sena mouthpiece.

Thackeray was angry with Chavan for allowing the police to act tough with Sainiks protesting against MNIK.

Thackeray, however, spared home minister RR Patil, who had personally monitored the police bandobast.

Patil had watched the film at a Mumbai theatre on Friday to send a strong message to Sena.
<img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' /> As u all know that 17 Indians have been sentenced to death in killing of 1 Pakistani by Shariah court of UAE; I think this step may go a long way to save their lives:

Now, a Facebook page for them

SP Sharma & Rajay Deep

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, April 3

As pressure mounts on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up with the the release of 17 “innocent” Indians facing death sentence for killing a Pakistani, a page has been created on social networking website Facebook to muster larger public support for their pardon.

While cutting across political differences, several parties have joined hands in support of these Indians who have pleaded innocent, page on the Facebook is expected to mobilise further support for their cause. http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100404/punjab.htm#4
Strangely, the crow does not target Ravishankar’s family members or his friends. “When he joined us for his morning walk, the crow would attack only Ravi and not any of us. Now Ravi has given up his morning walk as well,” said Manoharan, his neighbour in the Sungam area of Coimbatore. <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':o' />

Since he cannot be confined to his home, Ravishankar has adopted some protective measures. He wears a full-face helmet, carries a walking stick and even a couple of Diwali guns that fire cap rolls to protect himself and scare away the bird.

But nothing has deterred the crow, which comes swooping down and crackling on spotting Ravishankar. So whenever he needs to go out, he travels by vehicles that drive right up to his front door. http://www.telegraphindia.com/1101215/js...303190.jsp

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