Ambika Soni, Subodh Kant Sahay, Mukul Wasnik quit ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

 Ahead of Sunday's reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers, three Cabinet Ministers and a Minister of State resigned on Saturday, saying they want to work for the party.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik and Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai and MoS Justice and Empowerment Mahadev Khandela met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and submitted their resignations. External Affairs Minister S M Krishna quit the government on Friday.

The ceremony for swearing-in of new ministers is scheduled at 11.30 hours at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday when a number of new faces are likely to be inducted.
SM Krishna
S.M. Krishna resigned as the Minister of External Affairs on Friday.

Prominent among them are actor-turned politician Chiranjeevi from Andhra Pradesh and A H Khan Chowdhry, MP from West Bengal, who is also the brother of the late Ghani Khan Chowdhry.

The possible names of the successors in the External Affairs Ministry include Commerce Minister Anand Sharma

Sahai's name had cropped up in a controversy following media expose that he had recommended for allocation of coal block a company in Jharkhand in which his brother was a Director.

Offering their resignation, Soni, Wasnik and Sahai said they will work for the party. Soni was Congress General Secretary for several years and was Political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi while Wasnik was handling the dual responsibility of Congress General Secretary as well as Union Minister.
Ambika Soni and Mukul Wasnik
Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik quit the Cabinet on Saturday.

Before meeting the prime minister, Sahai said on Friday that Congress President Sonia Gandhi called him to draft him for party work.

"It is an honour to work for the party. I am offering my resignation to Prime Minister. Party President (Sonia Gandhi) and others want me to work for the party so I will be working to strengthen the party as the party is supreme.We are in the government because of the party. Party is supreme and will always be supreme," he said.

Soni said, "I have taken Prime Minister's permission to resign. It is not appropriate if I do it on my own so I have taken his permission and explained it to him".

Asked if she was willing to work for the party, she said, "I think it is an honour".

Wasnik said, "I have been working for the organisation for the last several years and I would like to work for the organisation".

The reshuffle of the Union Cabinet, which could be the last before 2014 Lok Sabha elections, is expected to see induction of new faces in the government.
(From Left) Sonia Gandhi, PM Manmohan Singh and P. Chidambaram
(From Left) Sonia Gandhi, PM Manmohan Singh and P. Chidambaram.

Chiranjeevi is being rewarded for his help in ensuring stability of the Congress government in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh by lending the support of 18 of his MLAs after the merger of his party PRP.

The other changes could include ministers holding dual portfolios shedding one of their responsibilities.

Younger ministers like Sachin Pilot, Milind Deora and Jyotiraditya Scindia are likely to be upgraded.

There have been berths vacated by DMK representatives A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran in the last two years after their names cropped in the 2G scam.

However, DMK President M Karunanidhi had recently made clear that his party will not not like to reclaim their lost berths.

Whether Rahul Gandhi would join the government is still a matter of conjecture even as the Prime Minister held consultations with Congress President Sonia Gandhi the day before on Friday, apparently to give final touches to the exercise.

There is speculation that some young faces, considered close to Rahul, like Manicka Tagore and Meenakshi Natarajan could be inducted into the council of ministers.
Source - INDIA - TODAT

Cars being launched this Diwali

Upcoming cars in diwali 2012

Chevrolet New Spark
Chevrolet New Spark
Hatchback, Small, Manual
The Chevrolet Spark has been around for quite some time now and it has not got any changes and unlike big brother the Beat, it is not exactly a futuristic looking car. Those things might change when GM introduces a new look Spark by end of this year. This is not a all new model or having any engine changes but a mid-life facelift to spruce things up a bit.
Expected Launch Date : 25th October 2012
Expected Price : Rs 3.00 L - 4.15 L

Chevrolet Sail
Chevrolet Sail
Hatchback, Small, Manual
Chevrolet Sail was first showcased as a concept version in Shangai Auto Show 2005. The car got recently launched in the Chinese market and is expected soon to be there in India. Chevy Sail is expected to come in both Petrol and Diesel option in the entry level sedan segment.
Expected Launch Date : 2nd November 2012
Expected Price : Rs 4.00 L - 6.00 L

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster
Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster
Convertible, Luxury, Automatic
The SLS AMG is a stunning sportscar that pays homage to the magnificent 300SL with its gullwing doors. Now the SLS AMG is already dripping with the wow factor but with Merc taking the top off, its got even higher. Okay the gullwing doors are gone now but without the roof the SLS AMG is one of the prettiest cars on sale today. Mercedes showed of the SLS AMG Roadster at the 2012 Auto Expo and the good news is that it will burn rubber on Indian roads soon.
Expected Launch Date : 5th November 2012
Expected Price : Rs 2.00 Cr - 2.70 Cr

Force Viano
Force Viano
MUV/Minivan, Luxury, Manual
After the successful launch of the Force One SUV, Force Motors is now gearing up to launch the luxury minivan from the Mercedes Benz stable. The Viano van will be launched under the Force Motors brand name in mid or end of 2012 with the same engine as the Force One SUV in the Rs 12 to Rs 15 lakh bracket. The launch should happen by mid 2012
Expected Launch Date : 6th November 2012
Expected Price : Rs 12.00 L - 15.00 L

BMW New X1
BMW New X1
SUV, Luxury, Automatic
Lets face it the X1 has always been destined for success. I mean let's look at it, BMW, SUV and a price-tage below Rs 30 lakhs. If that is not tempting we don't know what is! Obviously the X1 is not alone namely the fantastic Audi Q3 that has just joined this segment and is ready to fight for the crown and looks confident for sure. But BMW has also unleashed this- the new X1. It is not a huge change but some important updates have been done to make it a force to be reckoned with in this segment. Changes include its styling, interiors and features.
Expected Launch Date : 10th November 2012
Expected Price : Rs 22.00 L - 32.00 L

Audi New Q5
Audi New Q5
SUV, Luxury, Automatic
Audi is now riding high in its success in the Indian market and with the Q3 it is going to be even better. But Audi has not forgotten its other SUV's namely the Q5 which till now has been the cheapest Audi SUV that you can buy. You see the Q5 has just got an update and these are the first images. As you can see its more of a small tweak to make the Q5 have a bit of big brother Q7's aggression.
Expected Launch Date : 12th November 2012
Expected Price : Rs 40.00 L - 45.00 L

BMW 3 Series Convertible
BMW 3 Series Convertible
Convertible, Luxury, Automatic
BMW India has confirmed that they will be launching the 3 Series Convertible in India by March or April 2012. The 330D will be the first version in this model line-up to go on sale and will be imported into India through the CBU route. Hence, expect prices to start at around Rs 35,00,000
Expected Launch Date : 13th November 2012
Expected Price : Rs 35.00 L - 37.50 L

Maruti WagonR Diesel
Maruti WagonR Diesel
Hatchback, Small, Manual
With increasing petrol prices, more and more customers are now looking at diesel vehicles at the cheapest possible entry price. Maruti already makes use of the 4 cylinder 1.3-litre diesel engine sourced from FIAT and a 3 cylinder version could be the best bet for cars like the Wagon R. Here is what we feel and think should be the outcome if Maruti does launch a diesel Wagon R in the Indian market
Expected Launch Date : 14th November 2012
Expected Price : Rs 4.00 L - 5.00 L

Porsche New 911
Porsche New 911
Luxury, Automatic
If you happen to be a lucky person having the means to spend Rs 1 crore on a sportscar, your choice has just got more difficult with this- the new 911. The 911 does not need an introduction and it has been recognised as one of the best sports cars in the world for the last 40 odd years. Porsche India plans to launch this along with the new Boxster in India soon.
Expected Launch Date : 15th November 2012
Expected Price : Rs 95.00 L - 1.00 Cr

Audi A3 Sedan
Audi A3 Sedan
Sedan, Luxury, Automatic
Audi will launch its cheapest model yet, the A3 sedan in India by the end of this year. It was first unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The four-seat notchback sedan shown here as concept form will have a attractive price-tag. The Audi A3 Concept is a four-seat notchback sedan which measures 4.44 meters (14.57 ft) long and 1.84 meters (6.04 ft) wide.
Expected Launch Date : 15th November 2012
Expected Price : Rs 20.00 L - 22.00 L

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Kiran Bedi says Anna Hazare to launch new anti-graft team

Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Oct.20 (ANI): Former senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi on Saturday said that veteran ant-corruption activist Anna Hazare will soon launch a new core team to fight the menace.

Bedi said that the new team would consist of individuals of known integrity and those whom he thought could take the anti-graft movement forward.

"Individuals, who are an institution themselves, be it retired civil servants, corporate honchos or artists, Anna is looking for a new inclusive core group with individuals, who are one call away from the powers that be but are known for their non-partisanship and are reformist by nature," Bedi said.

Bedi said three individuals have already been identified, namely, former chief of army staff General V K Singh, former Uttar Pradesh DGP Prakash Singh and Bhure Lal, Amicus Curiae of the Supreme Court on examining social issues.

Bedi said that Hazare would convene the first core meeting of the new panel on November 24 and 25. (ANI)
Source - Yahoo India News

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