Tuesday, April 12, 2005

12 apl 2005 / Court admits plea on casting `negative vote' / World-class shipbuilding hub for Kochi / Tonesex: mobile interrupts coitus

Court admits plea on casting `negative vote'
By Our Legal Correspondent

NEW DELHI, APRIL 11. The Supreme Court today admitted a petition seeking a
right for the voter to cast a "negative vote" in an election by pressing the
"none of the candidates" option in the electronic voting machine.
A Bench, comprising the Chief Justice, R.C. Lahoti, and Justice G.P. Mathur,
admitted the petition from the People's Union for Civil Liberties seeking
such a right and posted the case for final hearing after the summer
Counsel for the Election Commission, S. Murlidhar, produced documents to
show how this negative option was prevalent in other countries and in what
manner the system was working there.
The Attorney General, Milon Banerjee, said he would produce some more
materials on this issue. Senior counsel for the PUCL, Rajinder Sachar,
wanted the matter to be heard expeditiously.
The Bench posted the case for hearing after summer vacation.


World-class shipbuilding hub for Kochi
By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, APRIL 11. The Shipping Ministry has proposed the setting up of two
shipbuilding hubs, including a Rs. 2,100-crore world-class facility in Kochi
contiguous with the special economic zone proposed on land owned by Cochin
Port Trust.
The Union Minister for Shipping, T.R. Baalu, told a press conference here on
Monday that the Hindustan Shipyard in Visakapattinam and the Cochin Shipyard
had been asked to prepare plans to expand their current facilities and to
set up green field building facilities.
The Kochi facility is expected to come up on the land owned by Cochin Port
Trust and possibly within the proposed special economic zone, said Mr.
Baalu. He was in Kochi to perform the steel cutting for India's first
indigenous aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy at CSL.

Tonesex: mobile interrupts coitus
It's the ringtone of dread. Coitus interruptus has found it's way onto the

A recent global survey has found that nearly 20% of cell phone users have
interrupted their sex act to answer their phones. Does it mean that users
are ready to throw away their phones to save their sex life? Not if you go
by the response of 52% of those surveyed who say that they use the hand-held
device to flirt.

The survey - 'Wireless Works: Exploring New brand Connections' - was
conducted by BBDO and Proximity, both subsidiaries of the Omnicom Group.

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