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MNP Launched

With the aim of taking customer service and satisfaction to the next level the MNP was launched by the Prime Minister, Manmohan Siingh, on thursday.

MNP will allow a user to change his mobile operator keeping his mobile number same, however, it is not all that simple. TRAI has set certain guidlines to the MNP use and process along with a mobile number clearing house, which has a major role between the operators.

Following are the basic requirements that a customer should fulfill:

1. The customer should be at least 3 months old in active mode with the previous operator.

2. The number should not be involved in any legal matter in court.

3. He should have cleared all dues, both billed and unbilled with the previous operator .


Think before you decide to change your mobile service provider

Changing the mobile service is not like changing clothes. Once a number has been ported from one operator to the other, the customer will have to wait for at least 3 months to port back again or to any other operator. Also, the credit limit, bill delivery, collection pick up and other such factors would be according to the new operator's policies and procedures. Your existing operator identifies and knows you, which the new operator will take some time to.

Portability comes with an aim of allowing a customer to choose an operator for better service, however, with so much competition in the market, none of the service providers can afford to give a bad service. There are some plus points with one, and negatives too and same is the case with each one of them. In case you have a service issue, the best idea would be to discuss the same with the existing operator and then take a step. It might happen that you switch operator for one reason and then the new operator makes you uncomfortable again for some other reason.

Talking about the UP West region, Vodafone and Idea hold the major market share of good service for Post paid whereas in Pre Paid, Airtel stands the market leader with its lucrative deals. Idea, has the strongest network in the region. Being leaders in the market, they too have customers who are not completely satisfied. As consumers, we need to understand that it is in our nature to expect more always, however, discussing our needs with our existing operator should be the first step.

Three caught with Gaanja

 Rishikesh police arrested three people with around 20 KGs of Gaanja on Chandrabhaga Marg on Tuesday morning, hours before sunrise.

Triveni ghaat police while on late night move arrested three people, reported as Sitaram, Ganganand and Ranmchandra. Early morning at around 4:30, when the trio saw police approaching, they tried to run and were caught by the Sub Inspector D S Rawat and his team. When searched, 20 KGs of ganja was recovered from them.

The three were produced in front of the court the next day morning itself where the trio was sent to jail. It is also mentioned that the three had no residence or relatives and were usually seen moving around the place in the same attire.

Kama Sutra virus alert

There is a new malware virus which is affecting the computer on internet very fast. This new virus is called Kama Sutra virus alert. It had affected a large number of systems back in 2006 and is now back with a new definition.

This time, the virus comes through a PowerPoint presentation called “Real kamasutra.pps.exe." These viruses are tougher to get rid of once you are infected.
The file, called 'Real kamasutra.pps.exe,' masquerades as a legitimate PowerPoint deck but the minute you open the file to browse, your computer runs a program that lets hackers remotely control your computer.
Once the file downloaded , PowerPoint deck serves as a decoy while malwarequietly installs itself in the computer. The malicious code gives hackers a backdoor to your PC, which they can they use to execute any number of unwanted tasks.
Hackers can access your every computer file, watch your every keystroke, steal your passwords to online bank accounts and steal your identity.
All are requested to update your Virus Scanners and in case you have already seen such a file on your system, scan thoroughly. The virus can be deleted from the registry, however do not try it on your own as registry is sensitive.

Uttarakhand gets colder

Dehradun: Cold tightened its grip in Uttarakhand with the higherreaches receiving heavy snowfall, while rainfall coupled with hailstorm lashing the plains.

There was heavy snowfall in Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas including Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Auli, Nandadevi, Munsyari and Dharchula.

The two major hill stations, Nainital and Mussoorie did also receive some amount of snow.

Rainfall coupled with hailstorm in lower hills and plain areas intensified the cold conditions in the state.

The state capital Dehra Dun, which also received a hailstorm followed by rainfall, recorded a maximum temperatureof 14 degree C, four notches below normal with a low of 3 degrees.

However, it was a warm day in Delhi with the minimum temperature rising to 10 deg C, three notches above normal,from yesterday''s 6.1 deg C.

Talking about other nearby areas, Himachal received intermittent snowfall coupled with sleet and rains which caused a lot of vehicular disturbance.

National highway was closed beyond Sanjauli near Shimla due to heavy snowfall, which also cut offroad communication in the entire area beyond Manali in Kullu. A large number of vehicles were stranded between Dhalli,Kufri, Narkanda and Kingal as the road is covered under 45 cmto 60 cm of snow. The flights between Shimla, Kullu and Delhi were also suspended due to foggy conditions.

Lucknow recorded a maximum temperature of 10 deg C, whileVaranasi recorded 11 deg C. Fatehgarh at minimum 5.7 deg C wasthe coldest place in the state. .

Cold conditions eased in Punjab and Haryana with minimum temperature rising by 7 deg C above normal in the region.

Chandigarh recorded a minimum of 12.7 deg C, up by 7 notches above normal.

In Haryana, Ambala recorded a low of 12.3 deg C, six degrees above normal. Hisar settled at minimum 9.1 deg C, followed by Karnal at 11 deg C and Narnaul at 8.5 deg C.

In Punjab, Amritsar saw minimum temperature going up by 7points to settle at 9.6 deg C, while Ludhiana and Patiala registered 9 deg C and 9.8 deg C respectively.

Bikaner at minimum 5 deg C was the coldest place in Rajasthan. Churu recorded a low of 6.2 deg C, Jaisalmer 7.8 deg C, Dabok 8.6 deg C, Ajmer 10.2 deg C, Jaipur 10.7 degC and Kota 14.2 deg C.

Monday, Jan 17 is expected to open partly cloudy with mild temperature throughout the day with temperature around 17 degrees during the day and around 5-6 degrees at night.

Western Disturbance enters Uttarakhand

As per Dr. Anand Sharma, Director  Weather Department the western disturbance has entered Uttarakhand on Thursday, 13 Jan 2010.

Rain has been forecasted in almost the entire state and snowfall in certain areas leading to massive fall in the temperature.

He has also warned that this will be followed by a cold wave and has urged the people to be ready for the same and keep themselves properly covered.

An adult leopard had to be tranquilized before rescuing it from a trap at Govindnagar, Sahastradhara Dehradun

An adult leopard had to be tranquilized before rescuing it from a trap at Govindnagar, Sahastradhara, in the evening of 13 Jan. 

According to sources and local people of Govindnagar a leopord was found trapped in Govindnagar, Sahastradhara in Dehradun. They immediately informed the police control room. 

DFO Ram Gopal Verma, SDO VD Singh, Ranger DP Kukreti, Deputy Ranger ER Badoni along with Dr Parag Nigam of the WII reached the spot and had to tranquilize the animal to remove it from the trap. It was given first aid on the spot. The leopard was estimated to be of age between 5-6 years and has sustained injuries on the paws.


There are doubts of this being a poaching attempt as the trap seemed man made and was a properly designed snare.

Max Healthcare to open 4 hospitals this year; one in Dehradun

Max Healthcare on Friday said it is in the process of investing nearly Rs 540 crore to open four new hospitals in North India by September this year. 

"Max Healthcare will be opening four new hospitals with an average bed capacity of 250-300 with an average bed cost of nearly 45 lakh," Max healthcare CEO and managing director Pervez Ahmed said. 

The new hospitals, which will be multi-speciality, = would come up at Shalimar Bagh in Delhi, Bhatinda and Mohali in Punjab and Dehradun. 

These would focus on heart diseases, trauma and cancer, he said, adding the hospitals at Bhatinda and Mohali would be under a public-private partnership mode with the Punjab government. 

Max Healthcare, which presently runs six hospitals and two centres, is also planning to enter into medical education in near future. 

"We are also planning to foray into medical education space but that would be three years from now," Ahmed said. 

One of the prominent hospital chains in the country, Max Healthcare at present has a capacity of over 930 beds.

India wins gold, silver in Alpine Menís Giant Slalom event

India today clinched gold and silver medals in the Alpine Giant Slalom skiing event in men’s category after the second and the last leg of South Asian Federation (SAF) winter games kicked off here today.

Arif Khan won the gold with a timing of 2 minutes and 21.60 seconds, while Jamyang who took 2 minutes and 21.74 seconds to settle for a silver.

Bronze medal was bagged by a Pakistani, who helped his country open its account in SAF winter games by registering a timing of 2 minutes and 21.75 seconds.

Earlier, all the medals in ice—skating events were won by India only, which was held in Dehra Dun from Jan 10—12.

Meanwhile, earlier today, the official inauguration of the skii event here was delayed as Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank could not reach the hill station on time due to bad weather.

In the morning, some parts of Uttarakhand received intermittent rainfall.

Auli has been developed as the world class destination for winter games for skiing events and Uttarakhand government believes that the games would help in attracting sports lovers as well as tourists from home and abroad to the hill state.

Industrial power cuts begin in Uttarakhand

The sources said that as of now, the UPCL has begun emergency rostering with industrial cuts of 2 to 3 hours on a daily basis, UPCL sources said. In rural areas, the power cut is more severe from 4 to 6 hours. Dehradun city has been left out of the power rostering.

The industrial production is getting hit due to the power cuts, said industrial sources.

After the good monsoon last year which saw power scenario improving in the state, Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam limited, the state run power generating company, is currently generating only 9 m to 10 m units of power as the water discharge in most of the rivers fell drastically during the past month. A government official said that "Due to snowfall and cold conditions, the water levels in most of the rivers in Uttarakhand are falling drastically reducing the power generation capacity of the UJVNL.”

Uttarakhand is facing 10 m units of power shortage and is resorting to banking arrangement and buying power from some private companies at higher rates. In addition to this, UPCL is also overdrawing nearly 3 m units of power from the national grid.

CG Foods to invest Rs.100 crore in India, eyes acquisitionsl

New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) CG Foods, a unit of Singapore-based Cinnovation Group, said Tuesday it will invest Rs.100 crore in India during the next three years to expand its manufacturing capacity in the country.

'We plan to set up two new manufacturing plants in India this year and also expand the existing plants. By 2014, we will be investing Rs.100 core in India,' CG Foods' managing director Nirvana Chaudhary said.

CG Foods, makers of the popular noodles brand Wai Wai, plans to open a new manufacturing unit at Rudrapur in Uttarakhand with an initial investment of Rs.20 crore next month and another plant in Gujarat by the end of this year.

'We are also on look out for acquisition opportunities, especially to expand our business in southern and western parts of India,' Chaudhary told IANS on the sidelines of a press conference here.

He said the company was ready to invest upto Rs.1,000 crore on acquisitions in a bid to consolidate its position in the country.

Regarding funding of the expansion activities, the company's chief executive officer G.P. Sah said the company would raise nearly half the money from debt, especially bank borrowings, and the rest from its internal sources.

Sah claimed Wai Wai controls nearly 70 percent noodles market in the northeast region and plans to increase its presence in other parts of the country.

CG Foods has an annual turnover of Rs.150 crore in India. The company targets nearly 40-50 percent annual growth for the next three years, Sah said.

Uttarakhand sets up cabinet committee to popularise Sanskrit

Dehra Dun: Uttarakhand government decided to set up a cabinet committee to suggest ways for promoting Sanskrit in the state.

"The committee headed by state education minister would give its recommendations on several points like developing Haridwar and Rishikesh as 'Sanskrit towns' and naming one village each in Garhwal and Kumaon as 'Sanskrit grams', creating posts of Sanskrit translators in government departments and inscribing name plates of officials and politicians in Sanskrit", Principal Secretary (Home) Rajiv Gupta said after a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

The cabinet also decided to set up a Sanskrit Education Council with its headquarters in Dehra Dun for 84 Sanskrit schools and colleges of the state. The council would also arrange for the training of 'Acharyas' and 'Pracharyas'.

The state has Sanskrit as second official language

Uttarakhand cabinet also withdrew the eligibility of having a B.Ed degree for the promotion to the posts of Lecturer from LT grade, Gupta said.

Uttarakhand Congress President meets Governor, demands ouster of Nishank govt

Dehradun: Congress asked Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva to dismiss the ruling BJP government in the state in the wake of High Court's decision to cancel the controversial Rishikesh housing project.

Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee President Yashpal Arya later told reporters that he along with other senior party leaders met Alva and submitted a memorandum of their demands.

The Uttarakhand High Court yesterday quashed the controversial government order allocating industrial land on the banks of river Ganga in Rishikesh for a housing project to a private developer and observed that bureaucrats "mislead" the Ramesh Pokhariyal government on the issue.

Arya said the High Court in its decision held that the bureaucracy "misled" the state government which resulted in granting permission for land use change to Sturdia developers.

The court also noted that the government may set-up an enqiry to investigate the matter at its level.

In this regard, Arya said since state government officials themselves have been found guilty in the case, only CBI can probe the matter.

The issue sparked off controversy in March this year when the opposition led by Congress disrupted Assembly proceedings accusing Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank of giving undue favour to Sturdia in violation of laws and demanding a CBI inquiry.