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Sunday, January 15, 2006

weekly news round up 2

Here is the 2nd set of News involving India and Indians as reported in five leading newspapers during the period 8th January to 14th January 2006 -

India received record 3.9 mn tourists in 2005

NEW DELHI: India witnessed another boom year for tourism in 2005 with double-digit growth in foreign arrivals that hit a record 3.92 million, according to data released on Monday……. "Foreign tourist arrivals during calendar year 2005 has registered an increase of 13.2 percent (over the previous year)," an official statement said.

Rs 100-crore biotech park with IIT help

Chandrakona Road, Jan. 11: State industries minister Nirupam Sen announced today that the government would set up a Rs 100-crore biotechnology park at Kharagpur in collaboration with the IIT there. ….. Sen said the biotechnology park, which would come up on about 100 acres in Kharagpur’s industrial area, will house a state-of-the art laboratory. ….. “We want to set up the biotechnology park for investors in the drug and cosmetics industry, who will be able to avail of the research facilities there. (read more)

Indians protest against drug ‘taint’

WASHINGTON, JANUARY 9: Several hundred persons belonging to the Indian community have held a rally in Decatur, Georgia, to protest against the charges of supplying methamphetamine ingredients levelled by the federal authorities against dozens of South Asian convenience stores, alleging they were racially biased. …. In June 2005, federal agents had arrested 49 persons, including 44 Indians, many with the surname Patel, and charged 16 corporations, most of them in northwest Georgia, in what has come to be known as ‘Operation Meth Merchant.’ They and the stores were charged with selling products to make methamphetamine. Many of the charges have been dropped, some have resulted in guilty pleas and others are yet to be posted for trial. ….. (read more)

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Indian appointed new force commander of UNMIS

Lt. Gen. Jasbir Singh Lidder of India has been appointed as the new force commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). Lt. Gen. Lidder replaces Major General Fazle Elahi Akbar of Bangladesh, who served as Military Adviser to the UN Advance Mission in the Sudan (UNAMIS) before becoming Force Commander in September 2004….. (read more)

Madras varsity to publish teachers' works

Universities of Madras, Mumbai and Calcutta celebrating 150th anniversary
CHENNAI: The University of Madras will involve teachers of university departments and affiliated colleges as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations. It plans to publish and release 150 books authored by the faculty members…… This year (2006-07) is the 150th year of the founding of the universities of Madras, Mumbai and Calcutta. According to Madras University Vice-Chancellor S.P. Thyagarajan, several national and local level events were planned, starting this month. "The 150th year of the three major universities can be deemed as the 150th year of Indian higher education itself. So we want to create a sense of ownership and participation among the teachers…….

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