Monday, 17 June 2013

BJP-JD (U) marriage over bickering on

PTI

PATNA

Wading in the Bharatiya Janata Party politics, accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday his estranged ally of ' treason ' and ' curves ' elders in the party in an oblique reference to the deadly sting of LK Advani on the issue Narendra modes.

"Those who have betrayed and cornered their own elders have no right to point fingers at others. Those who cannot respect their elders and sidelines them within the party have no right to accuse us, "Kumar told reporters that out of his ' Janata ke darbar me Mukhya Mantri ' (Chief Minister on people the meeting) program in his hometown here. Advani was miffed about the party campaign Committee Chief modes are anointed, an event that the split within the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is activated.

Asked if the fate of veteran Socialist leader George Fernandes in JD (U) similar to that of Advani was, Kumar said, "it's not true. He (Fernandes) is bedridden and every now and then we visit him to know about his health. " Some of his so-called wellwishers advised him to fight the 2009 Lok Sabha elections (from Muzaffarpur in Bihar) despite his poor health. These supporters walked away from him after his defeat. " "Later I approached him and asked if he'd like to Rajya Sabha to which he agreed and accordingly JD (U) sent him to the House of Lords," he said adding, "JD (U) believes in respect for elders." Rejection of the BJP charges of treason, Kumar blamed the Saffron party "creating an environment" in which his party had to leave the NDA and criticized for his old speech on a railroad feature in Gujarat voted in favour modes wrong.

Meanwhile, bitter about Janata Dal (U) "magnetic" 17-year-old Alliance, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday decided to "duplicity" by Nitish Kumar about Narendra Modi by publicly releasing CDs of his speeches in which he "consistently praised" expose his counterpart since the Gujarat riots in 2002.

"We have a number of CDs in which Kumar has publicly praised his counterpart and uninhibitedly Gujarat and even praised him to the effect that its services and leadership to the country will be beneficial.

We have collected all these CDs for display for the people of Bihar so that his duplicity can be thoroughly exposed, "BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters, a day after the BJP and JD (U) stopped.

The BJP leaders will visit villages and all nook and corner of Bihar and play all CDs in which Franklin had praised several times since the post-Godhra riots Modes, he said.

Sushil Nitish, said at a function in Kutch on 13 December 2003 had downplayed the riots in Gujarat a year earlier and the impressive development said in that State should take precedence over the incident that is to be buried once and for all. Defend himself, Tyler, who was the Minister of railways at that time, problems with the said protocol for his comments.

"The protocol says that according to the Government, a Minister of the Union is not intended criticism of a Government." "As a Minister of the Union we are supposed to be political speech at an official function?" he asked.

PM revamps Cabinet as UPA readies for polls

AFP

NEW DELHI

India's embattled ruling Congress Party aligned on Monday for next year's elections with a Cabinet facelift, enhanced by a bitter split over the height of a Hindu Development Institute in the opposition.

Four veteran Congress politicians were in the closet, sworn in as the party prepared for a tough fight to try to win a third term in Office amid a series of graft scandals, policy malaise and the slowest economic growth in a decade.

Four other party loyalists was junior posts in the three-tier Ministerial Council headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Government officials said portfolios of the eight new ministers would be announced later.

A previous railways Minister resigned over accusations his cousin took a $ 160,000 bribe by a public official in Exchange for a plum post in the State-run network.

His successor also served in his pieces together with the Minister of sport for Monday in the cabinet reshuffle.

The press trust of India (PTI) quoted Singh as saying that his Government headed by the Congress United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was confident of a hat-trick in the 2014 polls.

' Is there a third go as UPA and people will again rest their faith in us, "said the premier.

PTI said Singh also hoped that Rahul Gandhi, Scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, the UPA Coalition administration would lead. "I will be very happy to see him step in my shoes ...I hope he will cause the Alliance UPA, "he added.

His comments came a day after the Congress of the left her campaign Committee, with members picked from a wide range of areas across the country revealed.

But in a new blow to the Government, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) left its key lending rate unchanged, underscoring the challenges it faces as it tries to kickstart business investment and stimulate the economy.

The RBI kept rates steady, say that the sharp fall in the local currency can negatively impact already high inflation in Asia's third largest economy. "The central bank has pushed the ball back in the Court Government to promote reforms," said Siddhartha Sanyal, Chief India economist with Barclays Capital.

In further concern about the State of the economy, new figures show India's trade deficit widening, as imports of gold continue to rise, while exports dropped.

The UPA government has pursued by a string of corruption scandals that have derailed efforts to push through promised reforms, curb pro-market current account deficit and recovery of the economy.

Qatar 7th in the world in fibre optic network

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK

DOHA, QATAR is ranked seventh in the world and second in the Middle East in the field of the dissemination of fibreoptic networks at household level, the report of a study released, in Doha, on Monday said.

According to the study conducted by Arthur D little company for innovative Consultancy, Qatar is considered one of the fastest growing countries in the world in terms of fiber optic network expansion, noting that 33.3% of houses in Qatar can access fibre optics, while about 6.3 per cent of homes with fiber optic network are linked during the current year.

The report, published on the sidelines of a press conference held by Ooredoo, based on numbers and statistics of the "Fibre to the Home" (FTTH), the data provided by the operators of telecommunications services, and Arthur D Little company estimates.

The research also found that the pace of implementation of the fiber optic network by Ooredoo performed better than its counterparts in the countries of the region. It is also pointed to the need to the telecom sector, Governments and fibre optic regulatory authorities in support of economic growth in the future approach in the development of the infrastructure of the ' broadband ', which will have many benefits, including more jobs and increase household income, as well as a permanent increase in GDP.

Qatar Holding Porsche sells 10% interest back to founders

REUTERS

DUBAI/BERLIN QATAR Holding, the investment arm of the Gulf State sovereign wealth fund, has sold its 10 percent stake in Porsche to the luxury car manufacturer family shareholders, four years after it first invested in the company.

Qatar Holding, which owns interests in some of the world's largest companies, said it was the ordinary shares in the car maker sold to the families Porsche and Purcell. It not to mention the value of the transaction.

The sovereign fund arm said it remained committed to the integrated Automotive Industry Holding including Volkswagen and Porsche through its 17 percent stake in VW. Europe's largest car manufacturer sealed last year the purchase of the Porsche car-making business after a merger not in a tangle of legal disputes.

"This transaction results as a logical step after the creation of the integrated Automotive Industry Holding Company between Volkswagen and Porsche AG when completed in 2012," Qatar company said in the statement.

Neither party gave no details of the price paid for the stake.

Porsche SE shares were trading at 60.76 euros per share on Monday, up 0.36 percent on the day.

Porsche was forced to sell a 10-percent vote importance on keeping Qatar in 2009 as a way to prop up its strained Finances. The sale of Qatar gave outsiders participate in the debt saddled family-controlled auto-group for the first time since it began construction of Porsche cars in 1948.

The Porsche holding company, controlled by the families Porsche and Purcell, still has about 51 percent of VW ordinary shares, making it one of the three major interest in the Group of German car.

VW, Porsche now owns in return all of core business, the automotive division that models such as the iconic 911 sports car and the Cayenne sport-utility vehicle makes.

QA orders nine more Boeing 777 aircraft

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK

An order for nine Boeing 777 passenger aircraft Paris QATAR AIRWAYS on Monday announced on the opening day of the Paris Air Show.

With the new order for Boeing 777s the airline outstanding order rise by seven to sixteen, boosting its current fleet of 35 triple Sevens 51 aircraft.

The additional aircraft will help the airline open new routes and add capability to existing markets in its rapidly growing network.

Monday's announcement is for the 777-300 ER (Extended Range) version of the aircraft.

Addressing a press conference at the Le Bourget, venue of the Paris Air Show, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar al Baker said, "with its reliability, economy and range capability, the 777 will continue to play an important role in State of Qatar Airways to operate more direct non-stop flights from our hub in Doha to destinations in many markets, including Australia and the United States.

"We have already shown a desire to open up new destinations in the US and the Boeing 777 will continue to have in our plans for expansion in this part of the world, in addition to the ever more frequently to other destinations.

"As Qatar Airways with taking deliveries of Boeing 777s in November 2007, we quickly started this fleet, which to important destinations to all parts of the World-Europe, South Africa, Asia, North America and South America and selected cities in the Middle East flying extended. That a plane of choice, the 777 has proved popular with our passengers and has a positive effect on our activities, now established as the flagship aircraft of our long flying program. " Of the current Qatar Airways 777 fleet works a mix of passenger and cargo aircraft, Boeing 777-300ERs, 22 nine 777-200LRs (Long Range) and four Boeing 777 Freighters, with a fifth cargo plane set to be delivered to the airline this month. Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said, "it is a great honour for me have Qatar Airways operate the 777 as its flagship long-haul aircraft. The 777s unmatched economy and customer-preferred passenger experience make it a cornerstone of Qatar Airways√Ę € ™ success. " The Paris Air Show, held every two years is one of the world's biggest aerospace events and takes place at Le Bourget, a private jet business aviation airport on the outskirts of Paris, France.

Qatar Airways has its latest aircraft, a 787 Dreamliner, static display at Le Bourget have flown directly from Boeing plant in Seattle yesterday to the French debut at the Paris Air Show.

The new addition takes the number of Dreamliners the carrier to six aircraft.

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