Muslim built Hindu temple in Uttar Pradesh

Muslim built Hindu temple in Uttar Pradesh

A devout Muslim Sobrati Nirala has built Shiva temple in Uttar Pradesh. Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and asked him to get the temple constructed. Other Muslims tried to dissuade Nirala without success. A manager with a company, Nirala has been a devotee of Lord Shiva since his childhood. Brahmins and residents presented him with a piece of land free of cost. Everyone irrespective of caste, offered both moral and material support.

After constructing Shiva temple, he became more devoted and got built a temple of Goddess Durga and Hanuman ji. Nirala has also become priest at the temple. He offers prayers, chants shlokas and performs aarti to the Hindu gods and goddesses.

BJP gains majority, sweeps by-poll

BJP gains majority, sweeps by-poll

The ruling BJP in Karnataka on Tuesday gained an absolute majority for its government sweeping the bypolls, winning six of the eight
seats and decimating the principal opposition, the Congress.

The strength of the BJP rose to 116 in the 224-member house and its effective numerical numbers 122 in the wake of its government headed by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa enjoying the backing of six independents.

Wipro to buy Citi unit for $127 mn

Wipro to buy Citi unit for $127 mn

Wipro Ltd, the country’s third-largest software services provider, has agreed to buy Citi Technology Services Ltd, an IT services arm of the US-banking giant Citigroup, for about $127 million (Rs 621.5 crore) in cash.

As part of the deal, Citigroup will source services worth at least $500 million (Rs 2,446.8 crore) over the next six years from Wipro. Citi Technology Services’ revenues are expected to be approximately $80 million (Rs 391.5 crore) in 2008. Apart from strong competencies in infotech services, Citi Technology Services has expertise in cards, capital markets and corporate banking, according to a statement issued by the company.

India cautions Pak against ‘creating war hysteria

India cautions Pak against ‘creating war hysteria

With Pakistan denying any link to the lone surviving Mumbai attacker, India on Tuesday cautioned against “creating war hysteria” and asked Islamabad to address the real issue of “dismantling the terror machine” in that country.

Taking a long-range view, New Delhi also indicated its preference for diplomatic options by asking the international community to intensify pressure on Islamabad to comply with the UN resolutions against terrorism.

Pak to give equal response if India strikes: Kayani

Pak to give equal response if India strikes: Kayani

Pakistan’s armed forces would give an equal response within a few minutes if India carried out any surgical strike inside the country, army chief General Parvez Kayani said.

In a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari, Kayani told him of operational preparedness of the armed forces. The meeting was held in the backdrop of the growing tension between India and Pakistan following the Mumbai terror attacks. Nuclear weapons will not be used: Pak Defence Minister Zardari said Pakistan wanted peaceful and cordial relations with all its neighbours, but the “threatening statements of the Indian leadership were creating an atmosphere of aggression and harming the regional environment”. The meeting lasted 60 minutes.

The media report stated the crux of the meeting was that any further buckling under mounting Indian pressure would prove counter-productive in the sense that it would further encourage New Delhi to build up more pressure on Islamabad. He said all the national security agencies, the army, political leadership and public were completely united to meet any aggression against Pakistan. He said Islamabad was in touch with all friendly countries, which were being briefed about “Pakistan’s peace efforts and the hostility shown by India”.

“We do not want any war with India, as that would prove detrimental to both our nations,” the president was quoted as saying. He said all necessary resources would be provided to the armed forces. He said: “We have the right to defend our borders in case of any aggression.”

Maoist rebels kill 7 in eastern India

Maoist rebels kill 7 in eastern India

Maoists killed seven people, including two policemen, in separate incidents in two states in eastern India. Five villagers returning from work were abducted and then shot in a forest in Gumla district, 170 km from Jharkhand capital Ranchi, police said, blaming suspected members of a small Maoist rebel group. The victims had opposed the Maoists’ anti-government activities in their villages.

Just across the border in West Bengal, suspected Maoist rebels ambushed a police patrol on its way to a community centre, killing two policemen and taking their weapons. The ambush took place near a rebel camp in the insurgency-hit Purulia district, 350 km from capital Kolkata.

Mayawati promises quota for poor among forward communities

Mayawati promises quota for poor among forward communities

On the Tamil Nadu leg of her south India tour, Bahujan Samaj Party leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati promised to provide reservation for the economically weaker sections among the forward communities. Addressing a ‘brotherhood rally’ organised by the Tamil Nadu unit of the party, she said the cadre must take along people belonging to the forward communities to achieve the goal of forming a BSP government in Tamil Nadu.

Ms. Mayawati pointed out that her party had already written to the Central government to amend the Constitution to provide for reservation for the poor among the forward communities. It had also demanded reservation for the backward classes, the scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes in the private sector. Stating that her government is working towards creating an inclusive society, she said if the electorate in Tamil Nadu wanted to create a similar environment, it should vote for the BSP.

World Bank bans Satyam from providing software services

World Bank bans Satyam from providing software services

The World Bank has banned Satyam Computer Services from providing software services to the financial institution for eight years due to alleged malpractices including bribery. A World Bank official said “improper benefits to bank staff” and “lack of documentation on invoices” were the reasons behind the ban applicable till 2016.

World Bank information security chief Robert Van Pulley admitted to the ban during a recent meeting with the officials of Government Accountability Project (GAP), a whistleblower protection organisation in the US, as per the report. The bank has handed over the case to the US Justice Department and the Treasury Department. A Satyam spokeswoman said, “Satyam does not comment on individual clients.”

Satyam started providing IT services to the World Bank in 2003. Two years later, allegations of bribery surfaced. In 2007, an internal World Bank investigation found that former VP Mohamed Muhsin had secured contracts and purchase orders worth $100 million for the Indian firm in return for Satyam’s stock options (ADRs) at preferential prices. However, Satyam was allowed to work for the bank till 2008.

Mumbai’s Taj, Trident Hotels Reopen With Tears, Guns, Defian

Mumbai’s Taj, Trident Hotels Reopen With Tears, Guns, Defian

A steady flow of cars and guests endured traffic jams, gun emplacements and security checks last night as Mumbai’s Taj Mahal and Trident hotels reopened less than a month after terrorists killed 63 guests and employees.

Diplomats, religious leaders and victims of the attacks attended prayers and services to remember those who died. Others came out of curiosity or to dine at the reopened restaurants, which were booked out for the whole evening. For some, including an Aeroflot flight crew that checked in at the Trident, it was simply business as usual.