Short Eats: July 9

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Jul. 9 – Short Eats – a roundup of small tasty bites of Indian news straight from the nation’s dailies.

India to Launch Nuclear Submarine
India will showcase its naval power this July by launching its first indigenous nuclear submarine by the end of the month. The vessel is based on the Russian Akula-I class submarine and is powered by a single pressurized water reactor. Its nuclear reactor has been developed at the Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research at Kalpakkam in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Auto Sales Increase by 14% Year-on-year
New models, discounts and easing retail finance helped car sales grow for the fifth month in a row, with June sales up 8 percent. The Times of India reported that overall, automobile sales in the month were up 14 percent year-on-year. According to wholesale data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), market leader Maruti led the charge and accounted for more than half of the sales.

Overseas Workers Return Home Due to Crisis
An estimated 150,000 Indian workers have come back home from the United Arab Emirates due to economic crisis and recession, the Lok Sabha was told on Wednesday. Overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi informed the House that an estimated 50,000 to 150,000 workers have returned to India as result of the delay in execution of projects due to economic slowdown and recession in the UAE. He said most of the workers have returned to India on leave without pay with the expectation that they would be able to go back to the Gulf country once the situation improves.

Death Toll Rises in Bootleg Liquor Tragedy
Ahmedebad police have detained one suspected bootlegger Harishankar Kahar alias Hariom, who allegedly supplied spurious liquor in the Majoor Gam and Odhav areas where 65 people died as a result of drinking the liquor. According to the Times of India, minister of state for home Amit Shah had on Tuesday announced the formation of an inquiry commission headed by Retd High Court Justice Kamal Mehta to probe into the hooch tragedy and the report has to be submitted by November 30, 2009.