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Jul 28 2012 (10:26AM)  Google doodles London 2012 archery competition - The Times of India (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Google doodles London 2012 archery competition
TNN | Jul 28, 2012, 10.04AM IST
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As the Olympics kicks off with archery competition after the opening ceremony, Google has dedicated a doodle to this sport.
NEW DELHI: Google's spirit for London Olympics 2012 seems to be unending as it put up a new sport-centred doodle on its homepage on Saturday. As the Olympics kicks
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off with archery competition after the opening ceremony, Google has dedicated a doodle to this sport.
The London 2012 archery is the second Google doodle in this week to show its endorsement towards Olympics. The doodle displays a female archer aiming on a green field. The Olympic Archery competition at the London 2012 Summer Olympics is being held at Lord's Cricket Ground, which has long been seen as the home of cricket.
From India, a team of 81 athletes, which comprises 6 archers, participated at the Olympics. The 6 Indian archers are: Rahul Banerjee, Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar, L Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Chekrovolu Swuro.
On Friday, Google displayed a doodle depicting five athletes on track holding the letters of Google which also symbolises the logo of Olympics. The doodle features the sports football, basketball, swimming, fencing, running, and javelin throw.
  
Jul 25 2012 (7:06PM)  Mamata downs Left wall, Saumitra, Mithun agree to accept state film award - Indian Express (www.indianexpress.com)
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With veteran actors Saumitra Chatterjee and Mithun Chakrabarty agreeing to accept awards from the state government for their contribution to Bengali cinema , the Chief Minister’s efforts to move closer to artistes of Tollywood irrespective of their Marxist leanings seems to be bearing fruits.
The award-giving function is going to be held tomorrow at Science City auditorium.
While Chatterjee along with Sabitri Chatterjee and Supriya Devi are going to receive awards for lifetime achievement in films, Mithun becomes the first actor to receive the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Sanman.
All four will receive a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh each along with a medal and a citation. “I have received the invitation and I am going to attend the function,’’ Saumitra Chatterjee, recipient
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of Dada Saheb Phalke award this year, said.
On July 18, when Mamata had announced the awards, she said she wanted to bridge the gap between those who owe allegiance to her and those who have strong leanings towards Marxists. “One can follow a particular political ideology (among the film fraternity and artistes) but that does not mean that his or her contribution to the field of culture can be ignored,’’ said Mamata.
Since then feelers were sent to these artistes from Mamata’s office and her close quarters requesting them to attend the function.
Apart from the first two categories, prizes will be given in the special categories of acting, music direction, film direction, cinematography, art direction and story writing. In all, 41 people, which include such personalities like film maker Gautam Ghosh, music directors Rabindra Jain and Bappi Lahiri, will be given awards which will comprise, apart from a citation and medal, a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.
  
Jul 21 2012 (1:09PM)  Western Railway motormen on flash strike; train services disrupted (news.in.msn.com)
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The services have been disrupted and there is a significant delay in the operations. We are negotiating with the striking motormen and are hopeful of an early resolution of the issues," a Western Railway spokesperson told PTI.
He did not give give details about the number of services cancelled.
Thousands of commuters were stranded at various stations due to the sudden stir.
The Western Line is the busiest of the three suburban lines in the metropolis and carries on an average of over 3.4 million on its 1,250 services on both directions every day.
  
Jul 20 2012 (8:44AM)  Railway Board chairman stresses on more ticket counters and toilets during Kumbh - Times Of India (articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Railway Board chairman stresses on more ticket counters and toilets during Kumbh
TNN Jul 19, 2012, 05.24AM IST
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ALLAHABAD: Railway Board chairman Vinay Mittal on Wednesday reviewed the preparations being made by the Railways for the upcoming Mahakumbh. Mittal inspected Allahabad railway junction and Naini junction. He was accompanied by member engineering AP Mishra and member traffic KK Srivastava. He also held a top level meeting with the railway officials at the North Central Railway headquarters to take stock of Mahakumbh preparations.
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pilgrims during Mahakumbh. He also emphasised on the need to increase the number of ticket counters and toilets during the Mela period. Further, for making additional arrangements for extra rush, special care should be taken for the safety and security of passengers, he added.
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North Central Railway general manager Alok Johri discussed the performance of the zone through power-point presentation. He also described about the progress of various ongoing railway projects and the future projections. During the presentation Vinay Mittal, Chairman, Railway Board said that special impetus should be given on completion of all priority projects. He also expressed the need to speed up the works of limited height subways so that to ensure the speedy removal of level crossings.
In the morning, Chairman of Railway Board Vinay Mittal inspected Allahabad railway junction from 9:00 am onwards. The inspection started from platform number 1 of the railway junction. He went inside the waiting hall located at the junction. He suggested for installation of more exhaust fans in the waiting hall to make it more airy for the benefit of the passengers. He also inspected the linens that are being used in the AC coaches of the trains.
Later, he went to the city side of the Allahabad railway junction. The general manager of NCR Alok Johri and divisional railway manager of Allahabad division Harendra Rao apprised him about the various details pertaining to the Mahakumbh. He was told about the Tower Control which is located on the topmost part of the junction. The movement of the trains would be controlled from this tower during the junction.
General manager of NCR Alok Johri described about the enclosures for passengers and other preparations through diagrams to board members. He inspected the site where the enclosures would be made and facilities for booking of tickets and catering would be made.
He also inspected the foot over bridge of Allahabad junction and gave instructions that all the overhanging cables should be properly covered and not visible during the Mahakumbh. He also inspected the place where the elevator would be built on the bridge. Chairman, Railway Board also checked the facilities at station including crew lobby, concourse and Jan Aahar etc.
While speaking to media persons Mittal expressed satisfaction about the cleanliness arrangements at Allahabad station and said that special care will be taken with respect to hygiene during Kumbh Mela. He also told that there will be 6 separate enclosures having the facilities of ticket windows, drinking water and toilets for passengers of various directions. He also informed that the state of art lighting facilities will be provided during Kumbh Mela period.
While speaking about the new tatkal arrangements he said that very encouraging feedbacks are coming out of it and number of tickets of tatkal booking through internet has also increased. He also told that a master plan of second entry from Civil lines is also being drafted and it will be given shape soon. After the inspection of Allahabad junction, Chairman, Railway Board also inspected the Naini, Prayag and Rambagh statio
  
Jul 13 2012 (3:50PM)  The Hindu : Sport News : Gagandeep puts SCR in semifinals (www.thehindu.com)
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Gagandeep puts SCR in semifinals
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Gagandeep Singh’s 68th minute goal enabled South Central Railway (Secunderabad) secure a 1-0 victory over ICF in a lacklustre quarterfinal encounter of the IOB-Syed Ahmed Memorial hockey tournament on Thursday.
The first half witnessed some careless play from both sides. Despite the railway team having the measure of its opponent, it rarely flexed its muscles.
One particularly eye-catching moment, among several poorly-directed passes, came midway through the first session.
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Manjeet Kullu’s sally down the left flank was nicely trapped by M.G. Poonacha. However, the latter’s swift back-hander sailed over the goal. The game’s pace continued to sag in the second period as neither team looked like scoring a goal.
There was no dearth of penalty corners (South Central Railway had nine while ICF had three) but conversion was made difficult largely due to the efforts of the goalkeepers.
When a penalty corner came ICF’s way, Ashok Kumar’s strike was kept out by South Central Railway custodian Pfokrelo.
Udayakumar more than matched his counterpart’s efforts on a few occasions. South Central Railway came close to scoring through its sixth short corner but V. Ramesh brought out a goalline clearance.
The elusive goal finally came through Gagandeep (off a penalty corner) after he nudged home a deflection. ICF ‘keeper Udayakumar was adjudged man-of-the-match.
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In another quarterfinal, Indian Bank upset Western Railway 4-1, via tie-breaker, after the score was tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation time.
V. Raja and Deepak scored for Indian Bank while Suresh Sana and Osaf Ur Rahaman scored for Western Railway in full-time.
In the tie-breaker, Mariya Stalin, Philip Martin, V. Raja, and Santhosh Kuamr scored for Indian Bank while Vinod Singh converted for Western Railway. Santosh Kumar of Indian Bank was declared man-of-the-match.
The results (quarterfinals):
South Central Railway (Secunderabad) 1 (Gagandeep Singh) bt ICF 0.
Indian Bank bt Western Railway 4-1, via tie-breaker (full-time: 2-2).
  
Jul 13 2012 (3:49PM)  Auto drivers create chaos outside railway station - The Times of India (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NAGPUR: City traffic police and Nagpur Municipal Corporation have failed to enforce the directives of the high court that the patch between Jaistambh Chowk and Manas Chowk should be a no-parking zone.
Today the entire 500-meter stretch is encroached by unauthorised vendors. Adding woes to the traffic is illegal parking of autorickshwas outside the railway station premises. In fact, autorickshaws continue to block both, the entry and exit gates of the station. As a result, motorists face tremendous hardships.
On Friday morning, TOI spotted dozens of autorickshaws, cycle rickshaws and private taxis parked illegally outside the entrance of the railway station gate. In fact, during morning hours when around 20 trains arrive, traffic congestion is intense. Autorickshaws crowd near the exit gates to cater to the rush of the passengers. Besides this,
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three-and six seater auto rickshaws were also seen parked near Jaistambh Chowk thus making the stretch one of the most congested roads in the city. Though cops have been deployed to prevent illegal parking near railway station, they hardly make any difference.
In 2010, the high court had issued directives to both NMC commissioner and city police chief to ensure smooth movement of vehicles on the road. The court had also asked the city police to declare the stretch as no-parking zone. Both the agencies had also declared the road as a no-parking zone and also removed hawkers from the road and pavements. For a few days, the traffic cops eased congestion on the road, later the situation has remained as it was earlier.
  
Jul 13 2012 (3:49PM)  Mamata's silent strike: West Bengal CM still exerting influence on Centre - despite keeping quiet from the sidelines | Mail Online (www.dailymail.co.uk)
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Mamata's silent strike: West Bengal CM still exerting influence on Centre - despite keeping quiet from the sidelines
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PUBLISHED: 00:32 GMT, 13 July 2012 | UPDATED: 00:32 GMT, 13 July 2012
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Mamata Banerjee may not be making her usual noises, but even in her silence, she is proving to be a difficult customer for the UPA government at the Centre.
Ever since Mulayam Singh Yadav stole her thunder with the presidential snub,
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Mamata has confined herself to speaking out her mind only through Facebook.
But on Thursday, she made a quiet return to thwart yet another policy change at the Centre. Having already forced the government on the back foot on several policy decisions such as the FDI in retail and land acquisition Bill, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief has now got the Centre to defer the forward trading Bill.
Silence is golden: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
Fearing that the TMC might play spoilsport in the presidential and vice-presidential elections, the Cabinet has put on hold the forward contract regulation amendment (FCRA) Bill. Sources in the TMC said railway minister Mukul Roy informed the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) that the Bill requires further discussion and that the party has reservations about it.
Roy, who is touring the North-East, did not attend the Cabinet meeting.
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The government was forced to put 51 per cent FDI in retail on hold in the face of stiff opposition from key ally Trinamool Congress. The party also opposed FDI to boost the aviation sector.
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In March, the Trinamool opposed its own rail minister Dinesh Trivedi when he hiked train fares. Mamata forced him to resign and cajoled
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lieutenant Mukul Roy in his place. Most prices were rolled back later by Roy.
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The Trinamool Congress was not satisfied with the partial rollback of petrol prices. Mamata had warned of agitation and a dharna in front of Parliament and even protests during Parliament’s monsoon session until prices are brought down to the earlier level.
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Mamata refused to give consent
to 50/50 water-sharing formula for the Teesta river to Dhaka last September.
Subsequently, the Bill, listed as agenda No. 5 in the meeting, was quietly dropped. TMC sources said that in principle they are opposed to the Bill as it would lead to inflation and encourage large scale hoarding, which is detrimental to the interest of the farmers.
But government sources said the Bill would have empowered the regulator of the forward market commission, whose job is to control the commodity trade. They said the Bill would in turn have helped the farmers get a better deal.
The Bill, they said, also includes cover for the farmers in case of loss of crop due to natural calamities. But this is not the first time that the Bill has met with opposition. Twice it was introduced in Lok Sabha and both times it had to be put on hold.
This time though the food ministry was hopeful that the Bill would be passed, but then the TMC had other ideas. Minister of state for food, K.V. Thomas said: 'All I can confirm is that the Bill has been deferred.'
But the government seems to have had enough of Mamata's tantrums and is planning for life without the troublesome ally. Sources said that following the presidential polls, the government is expected to push forward with its reforms agenda, which means going ahead with the FCRA Bill, FDI in retail and a few other measures, and if the TMC refuses to play ball, then it was free to leave the government.
Sources further said that if the TMC does not support the UPA's presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee, morally it would be untenable on its part to remain in the government.
And in case that happens, the Congress seems confident that it could muster up the requisite numbers in Lok Sabha. Congress sources said if the 19- member TMC withdraws support, it would pose no threat to the UPA government as the Samajwadi Party (SP), with its 22 members, has already declared its support to the Centre.
'And if the SP acts pricey and withdraws support, the government will survive with the backing of the 19-member BSP and the Left parties, who have 24 members in the House,' a party general secretary said.
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Jul 13 2012 (3:48PM)  AICC writes to Trinamool MLAs, MPs: ‘Back Pranab’ - Express India (www.expressindia.com)
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Kolkata A day after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee decided to send Railway Minister Mukul Roy to the UPA meeting in Delhi on July 14 to decide on the vice-presidential candidate, the AICC has written to MLAs and MPs of Trinamool Congress seeking support for the UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee.
Pradyot Guha, Mukherjee’s aide, told The Indian Express from Delhi: “The AICC has written on behalf of Pranabda to all 5,000 MLAs and MPs — and they include those from parties like the Trinamool Congress and the BJP, which are not supporting him — to cast their vote in his favour.”
Some Trinamool Congress MPs have received the letter, Kunal Ghosh, Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP who is travelling with Mamata in north Bengal, said. “But we are all loyal soldiers of the party and will abide by the decision of our leader Mamata,” Ghosh added.
The AICC letter reportedly states that Mukherjee has his roots in Bengal. The President is above party politics and an upholder of the Constitution, it adds.
Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien, who received a copy of the letter, told PTI that Mukherjee appealed for support for his candidature. In the letter, Derek said, Mukherjee spoke of his long political career and experience.
Trinamool sources said the letter should have been sent to party chief Mamata, who will take the final decision regarding who to vote for in the presidential poll.
  
Jul 13 2012 (3:47PM)  Trinamool to attend UPA meeting July 14 (www.newstrackindia.com)
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Kolkata, July 12 (IANS) Days before the crucial presidential polls which have generated much bad blood between alliance partners Congress and the Trinamool Congress, the latter would attend a meeting of the centre's ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in New Delhi July 14.
Railway Minister Mukul Roy will represent the Trinamool Congress at the meeting, said a party Rajya Sabha member.
"(Trinamool chief) Mamata Banjerjee has asked Roy to attend the meeting," the Rajya Sabha member said.
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