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November 2011

Essential Tagore nominated best book of year

"The Essential Tagore", a new anthology of Rabindranath Tagore's translated literature and art works, has been nominated the "book of the year-2011? by eminent American philosopher, writer and critic Martha Nussbaum. The book is a tribute to the Nobel laureate on his 150th birth anniversary. An ambitious collection, "The Essential Tagore" has been hailed by critics as the largest single volume of the poet's work available in English. It tries to represent the extraordinary achievements of Tagore in…

British public sector strike promises travel chaos

London : More than two million British public sector workers are expected to strike on Wednesday over proposed pension reforms, threatening chaos for travellers using London's Heathrow Airport. Nine out of ten of state schools will close, refuse will remain uncollected and hospitals will have skeleton staffing as workers walkout in Britain's largest industrial action for three decades.Passengers arriving at London's Heathrow airport, one of the world's busiest air hubs, have been warned to expect delays getting their…

No consensus at all-party meeting on retail FDI

IANSNew Delhi, Nov 29: With consensus eluding an all-party meet on the government's move to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, both houses of parliament were again adjourned Tuesday following opposition protests on the issue.Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee chaired the meeting at the parliament annexe to arrive at a consensus over allowing FDI in the retail sector and getting all political parties to let the two houses to function. But the meeting failed to reach a breakthrough. It was attended…

It can’t be business as usual with US: Gilani

Islamabad : Prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said there could not be "business as usual" with the US after the NATO airstrike that left two dozen Pakistani soldiers dead near the Afghan border. Gilani on Monday said that Pakistan would reassess its arrangements with NATO and ISAF and its relationship with the US can only continue with mutual respect and mutual interest, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.As many as 25 Pakistani soldiers were killed and 13 injured when NATO fighter jets and helicopters bombed two…

Team Anna unhappy over final Lokpal bill draft

IANSNew Delhi, : Expressing unhappiness over the draft Lokpal bill prepared by the parliamentary panel, Team Anna members said Tuesday it was useless if the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the lower bureaucracy was kept out of its ambit."The draft, as I am being told, provides for the CBI to be kept under government control. If the CBI is under government control, then the Lokpal will remain an empty tin box," Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal told reporters.Kejriwal was also upset over the Parliamentary Standing…
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