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Saturday, January 28, 2006

weekly news round up no. 4

This is the 4th set of News involving India and Indians as reported in five leading newspapers during the period 22nd January to 28st January 2006 -

The Times of India - Bhel to set up 500 MW power plant in Sudan - NEW DELHI: India on Monday okayed a loan of $392 million in two Lines of Credit through Export-Import Bank (EXIM) for setting up a 500 MW power plant and a transmission line project in Sudan. ….. This would make India’s second largest investment in Sudan after ONGC Videsh Ltd's (OVL) $1 billion plans in Sudan. …. (read more)

The Times of India - UK babus feel Indian job takeaway pinch - LONDON: British civil servants and their government are in conflict over plans to off-shore a sizeable chunk of official work to India, in the first large-scale government operation of its kind. ….. The plans, leaked by the Public and Commercial Services Union, the UK's largest civil servant union, are aimed at saving the British exchequer one-billion pounds …. (read more)

The Hindu - India ranks low in environment performance - New York: India ranked among the 20 lowest-scoring countries in meeting a set of critical environmental goals such as clean drinking water and low greenhouse-gas emissions, according to a study by two U.S. universities. ….. The pilot study `2006 Environmental Performance Index' jointly produced by the Yale and the Columbia Universities, shows that just six nations — led by New Zealand, followed by five from northern Europe — have achieved 85 per cent success in achieving such goals. ….. (read more)

The Daily Telegraph - Mission to Mars goes 3D - Museum SET TO UNVEIL 25-SEATER THEATRE - Bees fly by so close that you fear they will sting you. Rocks explode and you duck instinctively, only to realise it’s just a movie. …… “True 3D” is coming to the city next week — not at a theatre near you, but at a museum. Birla Industrial and Technology Museum (BITM) is set to unveil its three-dimensional theatre with a mission to Mars.
“This will be the first of its kind, high-resolution 3D theatre in the country,” said Jayanta Sthanapati, director of BITM. While Science City also has a 3D viewing system, the quality is not comparable in any way, Sthanapati added. …. (read more)

The Indian Express - ‘India Everywhere’ at Davos - NEW DELHI, JANUARY 22: No one would be able to miss the Indian presence at the World Economic Forum’s annual summit at Davos this year. The Indian economic community has come together under a initiative, spearheaded by the CII, the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) and Ministry of Tourism. The initiative stresses on a focused communication campaign to enhance the Brand India ‘‘touch points’’ through special events and promotions. This includes an advertising campaign to position India as the ‘‘fastest growing free market democracy’’. …. (read more)

The Deccan Herald - Flower power at Lalbagh! - There is no better time to step into Lalbagh than right now, thanks to the glass house that is bursting with blooms of myriad hues. ….. The Republic Day Horticultural Show, organised by Mysore Horticultural Society kickstarted on Friday, with the floral carpet of the pink cassias, golden acacias, purple jacarandas and flame-orange gulmohars beckoning visitors in hordes ….. (read more)