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KBC winner awaits `5 cr, Big B says cheque ready New Delhi: Bihar’s Sushil Kumar, who made headlines when he became the first contestant to win Rs.5 crore on ''Kaun Banega Crorepati 5'', hasn’t received his prize money yet. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, host of the show, says the former's cheque is ready, but he wants it at the CNN-IBN Award ceremony. “People asking why Sushil Kumar not paid his KBC win.. cheque ready, but he wants it at CNN-IBN Award ceremony in Delhi on 16th ..,” tweeted Big B. “Also as per terms and conditions of Sony, they have to pay within 60 days of on air broadcast... So still time for expiry!” he further posted. The episode, in which the lady luck seemed to have smiled at the simpleton, was telecast on November 2. Sushil Kumar reportedly told a tabloid that people have been constantly approaching him for financial aids ever since he emerged victorious on the reality game show. However, he isn't able to offer any help as he hasn’t received a single penny of the jackpot money he won. "I haven't received a single paisa yet. Nor have I got any intimation or call from the channel as to when the money will reach me. I don't even know how much I'll get after tax deduction, etc. Basically, I am being flooded with requests to share the fund that I don't even have," the tabloid quoted him saying. Ever since the news flashed, people have flooded the micro-blogging site Twitter with queries. Before his big win on KBC, Sushil Kumar used to work as a computer operator and tutor, earning a meagre Rs.6,000 per month. The 27-year-old is married and lives in a big joint family with five brothers, five nieces and a nephew in East Champaran district in Bihar.

Navy chopper catches fire in Mangalore New Delhi: Thirteen servicemen had a miraculous escape when a fire that broke out on board an Indian Navy helicopter at Mangalore airport was quickly doused, an officer said. The Sea King helicopter had landed at the Mangalore airport while on a flight from Kochi to Mumbai. "The fire was reported when the helicopter was on the ground. It was extinguished using the resources of the Mangalore airport," the officer said. "All 13 navy personnel on board, including three crew members are unhurt," he added. The navy has ordered an investigation into the incident.

Dazzling meteor shower tomorrow New Delhi: Startling streaks of multi-coloured Geminids meteor shower will brighten up the sky tomorrow night enthralling astronomy enthusiasts. One of the most spectacular meteor showers, Geminidsproduce up to 60 shooting stars. "Astro lovers are expected to see shooting stars whizzing past in the skies as the Geminid meteor showers will be seen on the night of December 14 and 15, Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) President CB Devgun said. As the point of origin of the shower lies in the direction of the constellation of Gemini, they have been named Geminids. The source of the meteor shower is not a comet but a rocky asteroid named 3200 Phaethon, which is in a highly elliptical 1.4 year orbit. The best time to view these multi-coloured bright, medium-speed meteors in the mesmerising night skies will be from 10:05 pm to midnight in the eastern horizon on Wednesday. The ZHR (Zenithal Hourly Rate which is a measure of how many meteors one can see in an hour) for Geminids is about 50-100, which is quite high, he said. This year, unfortunately the shower will be occurring during the time of a waning gibbous moon, which will pretty much squelch all but the brightest meteors. Meteors are startling streaks of light that suddenly appear in the sky when a dust particle from outer space evaporates high in the Earth's atmosphere. The light phenomenon in the atmosphere is called a "meteor", while the dust particle is called a "meteoroid".

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Maya: Lokpal OPPN: PM MUST in present form BE UNDER LOKPAL not acceptable

New Delhi: The UPA is under extreme pressure to include the Prime Minister under the ambit of the Lokpal Bill as after Team Anna, the Opposition parties, too, have said that they will take up the issue in the all-party meet on Wednesday. Congress Core group is meeting on Tuesday ahead of UPA meeting on the Lokpal Bill. The BJP and BSP have planned to oppose the Standing Committee's Lokpal Bill draft in the all-party meeting. The BJP also plans to move an amendment motion on Lokpal if their demands are not met. The BJP will press for the inclusion of the Prime Minister, lower bureaucracy and Citizens' Charter under Lokpal at the all-party meeting and will move amendments in the Bill after consultation with other parties in case the government does not accept its proposals. "Tomorrow the government has called an all-party meeting on Lokpal Bill. Our members have already given a dissent note before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal Bill. We will press for that in tomorrow's meeting. If they don't agree, then we will try and bring amendment in the Lokpal Bill after consultation with other political parties," BJP

support the bill in its current form," Mayawati said on Tuesday. She also alleged that the UPA was not bringing a strong Lokpal Bill in Parliament as such a move will affect the Congress the most. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called an all-party meeting on Wednesday to evolve a broad consensus on the Lokpal Bill and ensure its passage during the current session of Parliament that ends on December 22. Meanwhile, sources say that UPA allies will meet the Prime Ministeron Tuesday at his residence for dinner and perhaps plan out a strategy for Wednesday's all-party meet on the Lokpal draft. Also, this comes after the heated Lokpal debate at Anna Hazare's one-day token fast, where apart from the Congress, even allies chose to stay away. Team Anna's Core Committee will also meet in New Delhi for two days from WednesPrime Minister Manmohan Singh day to chalk out future plans, including the proposed RamlilaMaidan agitation, if a leader SS Ahluwalia said. strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the onMeanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister going winter session of Parliament.Sources and BSP leader Mayawati also made it clear have said that under pressure, the governthat her party will not support the bill in its ment may consider including the Prime current form. "We will make this clear in the Minister and Group C bureaucrats with all-party meeting tomorrow, the BSP will not some riders under the Lokpal Bill.

Kolar: Some members of the Karnataka RakshanaVedike met yesterday and removed T ANarayanaGowda, present president of the pro-Kannada organisation. Around 20 office-bearers of the Vedike met yesterday and took the decision. They alleged that Gowda fleeced and extorted people in the name of struggle for

Narayana Gowda

Kannada. “He indulged in militant activities with the sole intention of making money,” said KRV general secretary JayadevaPrasanna. He said that Gowda, who used to live in a rented house just few years ago, is now worth around Rs 40-50 crore. “His brothers are in money-lending business. They use arm-twisting techniques to extort people. They too are worth several crores now,” they al-

Major fire at agarbathi unit Bangalore Beat Bureau

Rakshana Vedike evicts its president Narayana Gowda Bangalore Beat Bureau

Lucknow: Pressing for the inclusion of the prime minister and group 3 and 4 government employees in the Lokpal bill, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati declared Tuesday that her BahujanSamaj Party (BSP) would oppose the legislation in its present form. "Our party is going to oppose the bill in its present form," Mayawati said at a press conference, appearing to back the stance of Team Anna. Mayawati, whose BSP has 21 MPs in the LokSabha and 18 in the RajyaSabha, also On Sunday, Anna Hazare went on a said she wanted the Scheduled Castes to daylong fast in the national capital and be given due representation in the Lokpal found backing in eight parties but not the (Ombudsman). BSP.

leged. “Gowda has registered the KRV office in his personal name. Even the Vedike accounts have been opened in his name. He has failed to provide accounts for the last several years and no account books have been maintained. Vedike members have alleged that Gowda had harassed and acted in an authoritarian manner against them,” he said.

Bangalore: A major fire broke out at an incense stick factory at Banashankari here early this morning, causing losses running into several lakh of rupees. There was no loss of life. The fire at Balaji Incense Stick factory was notice around 4 this morning at the factory at Kadirenahalli Cross, situated near Vinayak Nagar. Immediately, four fire engines were rushed. Assessing the extent of the fire, 15 more fire engines were sent to the spot. Over 80 fire brigade officials fought fire for more than five hours before bringing the blaze under control. Fire officer Hampagowda said, “The cause of the fire could be aromatic compounds, used in incense sticks, stored at the factory. Inflammable material caught fire easily and it spread fast through the factory.”

The unit has three floors. The police, fire brigade and Bruhat Bangalore MahangaraPalike officials said that the factory owner had not obtained no-objection certificate to start the agarbathi factory.

Govt to set up `1,000 cr credit risk fund: PM New Delhi: The government is mulling setting up aRs 1,000 crorecredit risk guarantee fund to encourage banks to give loans to the poor, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today, even as he asserted that policies cannot have one-sizefits-all approach towards both big and small cities. "To encourage banks to lend in signifi-

cant volumes to the economically weaker sections and low income groups, we are considering the establishment of a Credit Risk Guarantee Fund with a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore in the current year," Singh said in his speech at the nationalconference on JNNURM. He maintained that the experience ofJawaharlal Nehru National Urban

Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has been "mixed" since it was launched in December 2005. "But we are encouraged by the good work that has been done and also the lessons learnt. Perhaps, the most important achievement of JNNURM is that there is much greater awareness today of the need to plan for urban habitats consistent with aspira-

Vishnuvardhana goes to Tollywood, Bollywood Sharadha Srinidhi Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Sudeep's recently released Vishnuvardhana is a big success. Kicha, known as an angry young man, is now appreciated for his funny act in the film. The movie had created a controversy over its name as Bharati Vishnuvardhan, wife of the late acting idol Vishnuvardhan, had said the name is being misused by movie producer Dwarakish. It is also learnt that Vishnuvardhan's close friend Ambarish watched the film last Friday. Ambarish was curious what part of the actor’s life has been reflected in the film that created the controversy in the first place. The veteran actor appreciated the film and congratulated the movie crew for dedicating it in the memory of his late friend, who passed away two years ago. He is known to have said that the movie depicts Dwarkish’s love for his friend. The latest we hear is that Sudeep will now direct Vishnuvardhana in Telugu with Ravi Teja playing and the lead. NICE managing director Ashok Kheny is keen to remake it in Hindi with Aamir Khan.

tions of modern India," Singh said. The government had appointed two committees- headed by ArunMaira and IsherAhluwalia- and is likely to implement some of the recommendations made by them to improve JNNURM. Referring to Ahluwalia's recommendations, Singh said, "Some of these include introducing a local bodies finance list in

Mars water may have life form

Sydney: Patches of Mars sub-surface could contain water and sustain a rudimentary form of life, such as martian microbes, reveals a study. "Our models tell us that if there is water present in the Martian sub-surface, then it could be habitable," said doctoral student Eriita Jones from the Planetary Science Institute of the Australian National University. "We know that there is a hot, deep biosphere on Earth that extends to around five kilometres. If there is a hot deep biosphere on Mars, our modelling shows that it could extend to around 30 kilometres," study co-author Charley Lineweaver added. The same scientists had modelled the earth earlier and identified water that was inhabited and water that was not, the Astrobiology Journal reported. They applied the same technique to Mars and found that a large fraction of the Martian sub-surface could be harbouring habitable water, according to a statement.

the Constitution, empowering the bodies with exclusive taxes and unlocking land value by putting in place a transparent and accountable mechanism of public land..." He cautioned against having an all-encompassing policy. "Our policies cannot have a one-size-fits-all approach towards both big and small cities," Singh said.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rs 1 lakh cr IT exports targeted in FY 2012

Bangalore: Karnataka expects IT exports from the state to touch Rs 1 lakh crore in the current financial year, a key official of the state government said today. Karnataka recorded IT exports of about Rs 85,000 crore during the 2010– 11 financial year. "IT in the state is growing at about 22 per cent and we hope to touch Rs 100,000 crore of IT exports during the current fiscal," State IT Department Principal Secretary M N Vidyashankar told PTI here. IT companies, including MNCs, that have set up shop in Karnataka find the talent to be of global standards, he noted. Research and development activities have increased tremendously, he said, adding that a greater number of companies are expanding their operations and hiring young talent in the state. "The IT industry in Karnataka has provided direct employment to about eight lakh persons, which is expected to touch nine lakh by 2012," Vidyashankar said. He said the government is taking the necessary steps for initiating the tender

process for selection of a Master Developer for the proposed Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) project in the state. The ITIR, an integrated IT city covering a geographical area of about 40 sq km, is proposed to be developed in the vicinity of the Bangalore International Airport, near Devanahalli. The state government would take up the project in two phases, he said. "In the first phase, about 2,000 acres of land would be acquired. The project would be developed on a PPP mode. The ITIR project is expected to attract investment of over Rs 1 lakh crore, with potential employment of about three million," Vidyashankar said. He also said the government has submitted a proposal to the Centre for establishing an Indian Institute of Information Technology at Dharwad, in North Karnataka, under the PPP mode through a partnership between the government of India, state government and industry. Officials said the state government had already allotted 50 acres for the proposed campus.

hire new employees, compared to what they had hired in previous 3-4 months," Kumar said. He noted that the infrastructure sector is seeing robust hiring activities and and the recruitments have gone up on a monthon-month basis too. The infrastructure and IT sectors are followed by the automobile, manufacturing and FMCG segments, in terms of hiring optimism for the Januarymarkets appear to be heading The report said the infrastruc- March 2012 quarter. in the right direction," MyHir- ture sector has the most bullish At the same time, the hiring CEO Rajesh Kumar hiring plans, with a net employ- activities may witness a decline said. ment outlook of an impressive in the banking and financial The survey, which was con- 20 per cent for the January-March services, and telecom sectors ducted among over 4,000 em- period of 2011. from the levels in the year-ago ployers, found that all nine secThe hiring intentions have im- quarter. tors and all four regions of the proved considerably for the inA region-wise analysis also country have positive hiring plans frastructure, as also the IT and predicted a strong labour market for the next quarter. ITeS sector, from the levels seen for all the four region for the However, the employment out- in the year-ago quarter. fourth quarter of FY'12, with the look for some sectors has weak"... After a long wait-and- South region leading the pack ened vis-a-vis the year-ago peri- watch, now IT/ITeS industry is with a net employment outlook od. having very aggressive plan to of 31 per cent for the period.

Applications invited

Bangalore: The Bangalore University Pre-Exam Training Centre has invited applications from candidates who are taking up KAS preliminary competitive exams. Eligible SC/ST and backward class candidates should apply before December 15, states a press note. For more information, call: 229612790.

Rudseti training

Bangalore: The Rudseti has organised a free training programme on fast food preparation from January 2. The last date for applying is December 31. In another programme, starting from January 11, vehicle repair, beauty parlour management. The last date for applying is January 5. The institution is also starting a free training programme to make paper covers and paper bags in February. Applicants should be between 18 and 45 years of age. For more information, call: 08256236404.

Elected Bangalore: Balakrishna B G has been elected vice-president of the High Court Advocates’ Association at a meeting held by the Bangalore Advocates’ Association. The meeting also elected vice-presidents, joint secretaries and other office bearers for four groups.

Member chosen

Bangalore: The state government has appointed Antony Mendonca, a retired KAS officer, as member of the Christian Welfare Committee, a press statement from the government stated.

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Bangalore: The Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) organised the fifth edition of the National Productivity Summit 2011 yesterday and today at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Tumkur Road, Bangalore. The inauguration was a highprofile event that witnessed the presence of some of the renowned industry names like SSandilya, chairman,Eicher Group, and Peter Walsh, founder, Lean Enterprise Australia among others. Coming back to Bangalore after four years, the summit had a huge turnout in 2007 and the response was much bigger this year. The summit showcased best productivity improvement projects through four key notes and 11 case studies from metal working industries and also features a concurrent exhibition – ‘Productivity Shop’ which displays the latest innovations in metal

working in the form of productivity aids and equipment, product samples and publications. Addressing the gathering, IMTMApresidentVikramSirur said, “Going forward, productivity will continue to dominate the attention of all manufacturing strategies. More significantly, it would go beyond to include productivity enhancement in shop-floor practices; supply chain coordination; eco-system management; as also our emphasis on HR and soft skill Development – the latter being Indian industry’s key area of concern at present.” The summit showcased some of the best productivity improvement projects from companies like Maruti Suzuki, L & T Komatsu, Hero MotoCorp, Godrej & Boyce, Titan Industries, Sundram Fasteners, Sona Koyo Steering Systems, Areva T & D, Kirloskar Brothers, Laxmi Oil Pumps, ReliableAutotech were presented at the event.

Govt warns action against PU teachersʼ body office‑bearers Bangalore: The government has decided to act against office-bearers of the state PU College Lecturers’ Association, who have been on agitation demanding pay parity. Though the teachers are ready to get back to work, association members are not allowing them to, affecting the studies of students, sources within the government revealed. As per KCSR rules, the protesting teachers can be dismissed or subjected to tough action. Today is the last day for their protests. The government has patiently listened to the demands by the striking teachers. It is not right on their part to continue the agitation, an officer said.

The teachers have decided to continue the strike after the talks between the association representatives and legislative council members failed yesterday. BJP MLCs Ganesh Karnik, MohanaLimbikai and ShashilNamoshi and state planning commission deputy chairman RamachandraGowda were present at the meeting. Association coordination committee president Muniraju, association president ThimmaiahPurle and others were present from the agitating teachers’ side. “Since there were no assurances from the government delegation, we have decided to continue with the strike,” said association general secretary G K Sriram. The government has to face serious consequences, if it decides to act against

agitating teachers, said MLCs BasavarajaHoratti, Mari ThibbeGowda and Puttanna warned. The agitating teachers are ready to even go to jail for their demands, they said. Puttanna asked why the government has not made public a report prepared by the education department secretary on the pay disparity between high school teachers and pre-university college lecturers. When the lecturers had boycotted evaluation during April-May this year, then chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and primary and secondary education minister VishweshwaraHegdeKageri had assured the lecturers that their demands would be met within 45 days. The government has to honour its commitment, he said.


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Hiring activity to accelerate IMTMA organises productivity meet in Jan‑March quarter of ʼ12 New Delhi: Job market is set to get a boost in the next quarter — the three-month period between January and March of 2012 — led by increased hiring in sectors like infrastructure and information technology, says a survey. As per the survey of prospective employers conducted by recruitment tendering platform, the country's net employment outlook — an indicator of hiring intentions — stands at 29 per cent for the quarter ending March 31, 2012. This marks an improvement by 9 percentage points from the year-ago quarter and an increase of 11 percentage points on the quarter-on-quarter basis. "Job seekers will be going to get more opportunities as our data shows the India's employment markets will experience recovery in the fourth quarter. The good news is that many

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PANCHAMRUTHA (U) Raghu Mukherjee, Srinagara Kitty, Ravishanker PVR Cinemas (7.10 pm)

MR DUPLICATE (U) Prajwal Devaraj, Diganth, Sheetal

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HINDI STAND BY (U) Adinath Kothare, Siddharth Kher

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pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (11.30 am, 9.35 pm) Inox (J.P.Nagar) (10.10 am) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (12.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (2.45 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (7 pm) Vaibhav (11.30 am, 2.30 pm)

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Road) (10.15 am, 3.30, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (5 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (4.45 pm, 7.35 pm) Innovative Multiplex (10 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (9.40 pm) PVR Cinemas (10 am, 1.05, 4.10, 9.50 pm) Urvashi (9.30 pm) Vaibhav (6 pm, 9.30 pm)



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Anupam Kher , Ashish Nayyar Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (3.30 pm)


NOT A LOVE STORY (A) Ajay Gehi, Mahie Gill, Deepak Dobriyal, Urmila Matondkar Fame (Value Mall) (10.05 am) Fun Cinemas (10.45 am, 4.15 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta

CHATUR SINGH TWO STAR (U/A) Sanjay , Ameesha Patel, Kher Abhinay (4.30 pm, 7.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (12.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (2.45 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (7 pm) PVR Cinemas (12.05 pm, 5.35 pm) Vaibhav (6.15 pm, 9 pm)

TELUGU 9.30 pm) Pallavi (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Renukaprasanna (10.30am,1.30pm)

DAGGARAGA DURANGA Sumanth, Vedika, Sindhu Tolani Anjan (10.30 am, 1.30pm) Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30pm) Radhakrishna (11.30 am, 2.45 pm) Renuka Prasanna ( 5.30, 8.30 pm) Srinivasa (SG Palya) (11.15 am, 2.30 pm) Vinayaka (Maathahalli) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Venkateshwara (KRPuram) (6.15 pm, 9.30 pm



Siddharth Raj Kumar, Aishwarya Cauvery (6.00 pm, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (3.45 pm, 9.10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (7.20 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10.45 am, 4.20 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (2.10 pm) Murali (Gokula) (6.15 pm,

J D Chakravarthy, Bramanandam, Anjan (4.30, 7.30 pm) Chandrodaya (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 12.20, 4.50, 7.10, 9.30 pm) HMT Cinemas (4.15 pm, 7.30 pm).


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

BIFFes announces

CITY EVENTS General Geological Society of India: Monthly lecture on ‘Gas Hydrates in India: Potential and Development’ by Dr Kalachand Sain, Gas Hydrate Group, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, at No, 63, Kavita Apartments, Basappa Layout, 12th Cross, Gavipuram, 4 pm. Beach.

Cultural Swastik: Staging of play ‘Badaku Jataka Bandi’ by Rajguru Hosakote, Rangashankara, JP Nagar, 7:30 pm Carmel Pre-University College: Rendezvous 2011, intercollegiate festival of talents, No. 14, 4th Cross, II Block, II Stage, West of Chord Road, Basaveshwarnagar, 5 pm

Music Annie and Michael Devine Live: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Take 5, No 54 MSK Plaza, Defence Colony, 2nd Stage, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar A night of jazz, blues and easy listening with Annie and Michael Devine performing classic tunes from years gone by.

Eating Out Power Lunch: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City, No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Now be connected even during the quick business lunch. Free wi-fi access while you fill up in the middle of the day. Delectable starters with a variety of veg/ non veg main course options along with draught beer. Weekday Lunch Buffet @ ManU: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Manchester United Restaurant Bar, The Manchester United Restaurant and Bar launches a weekday lunch buffet priced at Rs 350 plus taxes right from starters to desserts. ‘The Kari Culture’ at Blue Ginger: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Blue Ginger, The Taj West End, 23 Race Cource Road , Blue Ginger creates an interesting way to learn about Vietnamese ingredients and how to create some of the popular culinary innovations. ‘The Kari Kulture’ is for all the ladies who want to learn the finer aspects of Vietnamese cuisine, supervised by Chef Rishi. This is followed by a meal at the restaurant, where the guests taste what they cook. The Grand Indian Lunch Buffet @ Turquoise: uesday, August 30th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Turquoise, No 9, 2nd & 3rd Floors, 17th A Main, Koramangala Experience the Grand Indian Lunch buffet consisting of over 35 dishes every weekday with around 5 starters, 4 vegetarian gravies, 2 non vegetarian gravies , 7 desserts and lots more.

Nightlife Hip Hop night: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. Hypnos, Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, DJ Sid plays the latest hip hop tracks from around the world. Open Mic Night @ Kyra: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kyra Theatre, No 2001 Kattima Center, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar The Open Mic Night aims to bring out new talent - whether it’s music, stand up comedy, poetry or dance. Funky Tuesdays with DJs Prashant and Darsh: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Coco Bongo, 4th Floor, Commercial Complex, National Games Village, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala DJs Prashant and Darsh spinning hip hop & RnB this Tuesday at Coco Bongo. There’s a 1+1 offer on drinks all night. Karaoke Night with KJ Val: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Xtreme Sports Bar, 4th Floor, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar Test those vocal chords at karaoke night with KJ Val. Happy Tuesdays with DJs Pallemoni and Akso: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Beach, No 1211, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar DJs Pallemoni and Akso spinning deep house, disco and electronica this Tue @ The

Shopping Rio by Titan Eye+: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Titan Eye+, Safina Plaza, Infantry Road, A trendy, fashionable collection for the young and young at heart. The frames are available in a host of bright colours. Puma Faas Collection: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Puma, A fun, technologically advanced range of running shoes by Puma. Fall Winter 2011 Collection: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Esprit, No 10 Ananda Bhavan, Vittal Mallya Road, Stripes, florals, wool, tweed, retro and preppy come together in Esprit’s new Fall Winter 2011 Collection. OWW Sale: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. One Wit Wonders, No 32 ACR Towers, Residency Road, Flat 50% off on selected products at One Wit Wonders. Lustrous Moon Collection: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Collage, No 21/1, Wood Street, Ashoknagar The Lustrous Moon Collection by Bharathi Raviprakash pays homage to the glow of the moon. The collection includes gold jewellery with pearls in colours of golden, black and chocolate, and diamonds as well.

Special Events Tuesdays with the Bard: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 7 p.m. Urban Solace - Cafe for the Soul, No 32, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road, Ulsoor Lake Tuesdays with the Bard is an initiative to create opportunities for poets and poetry lovers to get together. It features poets reading their creations in a new experience every Tuesday. Members of the audience are encouraged to come forward and share poems as well.

Exhibitions Creative Perspectives: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. noon to 11:30 p.m. Caperberry, No 48/1 Ground Floor, The Estate, Dickenson Road, Artwork by Gopal Dey, Shan Re, Kishore Chand, Ashok Kumar G, Hiremath, Parmesh D Jolad, Ranjan Paul, Ram Onkar, Mini Arora and more. Colours & Hues: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallerie Third Eye, No A1 Epsilon Office Block, Yemalur Main Road, Yemalur A group show by artists Kanthraj N, Rima Ray & Rakesh Mandal at Gallerie Third Eye. Synesthesia: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Galleryske, No 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town A group show featuring works by Andrea Anastasio, Luigi Anastasio and Avinash Veeraraghavan. The works are displayed in the house-like space of the gallery, so that they are approached without demarcations and distinctions thus making the viewer experience the works in one continuous alternation of media from video and painting, to photography and sculpture. Solo show @ Apparao: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Apparao Galleries, No 82 The Presidency, St Marks Road, Apparao Galleries presents an exhibition of paintings by T. Vaikuntam. The Eye of Graciela Iturbide: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tasveer, No 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road, A collection of black and white pictures shot by Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, in locales across the world. Now and Tomorrow : Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kynkyny Art, No 148 Embassy Square, Infantry Road, An exhibition by eleven emerging artists, which travels into contemporary territory and throws up a commentary on the rapidly changing, continually shifting here and now of modern India. Group Show @ Renaissance: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Renaissance Gallerie, No 13 Westminster, Cunningham Road, An exhibition of paintings by Shraddha DD, Deepa Vedpathak, Shama Rane and Shivaji Chavan.

movie screening schedule

Bangalore: The Bangalore International Film Festival has come out with the schedule for the movies to be shown at the festival, which is being held from December 15 to 22. 180 movies from 40 countries are taking part in the festival. The movies will be screened at Rejoice at Malleswaram, Suchitra Film Society at Banashankari, VarthaSoudha on Infantry road, Badami House, Inox at JP Nagar and Fame Lido, said festival art director H N NarahariRao. Due to time constraints, all movies cannot be screened at all theatres. The schedule has been drawn up as per the time available, he added. Karnataka Film Academy president T S Nagabharana said that Kannada film artists, directors, producers and technicians will inaugurate different seminars and workshops, which are part of the festival. Buses have been organised to all theatres from VarthaSoudha on all days of the festival, he added. Information and Kannada and culture department secretary Basavaraj said all preparations

have been made to run the festival smoothly. The festival will provide a global platform for Kannada movies and will help the Kannada film industry grow, he added. “The government has released Rs 2.5 crore for the festival. If the need arises, more funds would be sought,” he said. Festival ambassador and actress Tara inaugurated the festival’s Signature Film. Information department directorMuddumohan and Kannada Film Chamber of Commerce president K V Chandrashekar were present. Those interested in taking part in the festival can register themselves at Rejoice, Badami House, Suchitra Film Society, Kannada Film Chamber of Commerce, Lido and information and publicity department. The public delegates have to pay Rs 500, members of the film industry Rs 200 and students Rs 100 for registration, Nagabharana said. For online registration and details, visit:

Indian employers most Homage paid to martyrs of bullish on hiring: Survey Parliament attack

New Delhi: Notwithstanding concerns of an economic slowdown, Indian employers are the most bullish worldwide when it comes to hiring, with robust recruitment plans for the next three months, especially in the services sector, says a survey. "Indian employers report the most optimistic hiring intentions among the 41 countries and territories where the survey is conducted," global HR firm Manpower said in a report released on Tuesday. With a net employment outlook - an indicator of hiring intentions - of +41 per cent, Indian employers are bullish about their recruitment plans for the first three months of 2012. Reflecting better labour market conditions, the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey revealed the outlook has improved in six out of seven industry sectors for the March, 2012, quarter, compared to the previous three months. As per the report, the services sector (+49 per cent) and mining and construction sector (+47 per cent) present the brightest hiring opportunities for job seekers in the next

three months. Manpower India Managing Director Sanjay Pandit said that despite uncertainties in global markets, hiring plans will bounce back after a slight decline in the final quarter of 2011. "... Employers in India are anticipating a vigorous hiring pace in the next quarter. This trend is being led by the IT, banking and manufacturing companies, especially multinationals and large national corporations, which are planning to hire aggressively in the first quarter of 2012," he noted. Going by the findings based on survey of

4,556 employers across India, the wholesale and retail trade sector had one of the weakest recruitment outlooks (+30 per cent), though it was "solid". The report said that employers in all four regions of India reported positive hiring plans for the next three months. "With a net employment outlook of +44 per cent, employers in the South, East and West regions report the most robust hiring plans, with employer optimism in the North region trailing only slightly with a similarly booming outlook of +40 per cent," it added. Globally, the Manpower Group's survey showed that hiring expectations are positive in 31 of 41 countries and territories for the quarter ended March, 2012. "Hiring intentions for the first three months of the new year are strongest in India, Brazil, Taiwan, Panama and Turkey...," the survey said. On the other hand, the weakest hiring intentions were reported from Greece, Hungary and Italy, where a greater percentage of employers are planning to trim payrolls rather than hire staff, the report noted.

Supreme Court allows endosulfan export New Delhi:The Supreme Court today allowed export of unused stock of Endosulfan insecticide, while retaining the complete ban imposed by it in on its production, sale and use in the country. While allowing the export, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said the "dilution, packaging and export" of the agrochemical will be handled by public sector unit (PSU) Hindustan Insecticide Ltd. The bench also said its previous order of September 30 in which it had proposed mechanism for packaging and export of the insecticide will be followed. The court, in the last hearing on December 9, had sought explanation from CPI-M's youth wing Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), which has filed petition for ban on manufacturing of the insecticide,

the pesticide to meet their contractual obligations while maintaining the ban on its use and production. The court had on May 13 imposed a complete ban on production, sale and use of the pesticide holding that human life is more important than anything else and it did not want even a single child to suffer. The court's order came on a petition filed by DYFI seeking a ban on Endosulfan on the ground that it was causing health hazards, including genetic disorders, in Kerala where it is widely used. The apex court had on August 5 asked an expert panel appointed by it to explore the possibility of exporting the unused stock of Endosulfan manufactured in the country. The expert committee had recommended its export.

Had to resign as I was not heard: Kumble New Delhi: Former India captain Anil Kumman when ble, who on Monday resigned from his poI was not sition as National Cricket Academy (NCA) b e i n g chairman, said he was left with no other heard. I option after his proposals were repeatedly had no othignored by the BCCI and other committee er option members. but to move "I had a three-year vision to make NCA on in life," better. I had made 10 presentations during he added. my tenure as chairman with the hope that The 41my vision could be accepted. Even on Sunday year-old I had discussed this at the NCA meeting in former Chennai. But it was not in alignment with spinner hoped to work for the better of the rest of the committee," Kumble told. cricket in his capacity as the president of "I felt that it made no sense to be a chair- the Karnataka State Cricket Association. "As

president of the KSCA I can take decisions in the interest of the game and cricketers. I will do whatever best I can do in this regard," said Kumble. Earlier in the day, Kumble tendered his resignation from the chairmanship of the National Cricket Academy, almost two months after a controversy broke out over an appararent conflict of interest. Kumble's resignation has been accepted by the BCCI's Working Committee, which met here. Punjab Cricket Association's general secretary M P Pandove will be the caretaker chairman of the NCA till a full-time appointment is made.

to say so."Swaraj said, "We come here every year to remember all those killed in the attack. There are two sides to the issue, one is to pay homage to those killed and the other is to carry out the sentence granted by the Supreme Court on the man responsible for being behind the attack conspiracy. "Despite the Supreme Court confirming the sentence, the man is still out... The nation wants to know, why are we hesitating in punishing those guilty for the Parliament attack," she said. Referring to Guru's case, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "When the entire legal process has been confirmed by the Supreme Court, why the delay in Afzal Guru's (case). How long? Why? I think, the sooner that verdict is executed, it will be the biggest homage to those great warriors..."

All to be screened for cancer in 5 yrs

New Delhi: The government plans to screen the nation's entire population in next five years for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and strokes for early detection and treatment of the for objecting to the proposal for allowing ailments, Health Minister Ghuthe export. lamNabi Azad said today. "Why do you want the poison to remain He said during Question Hour in the country? There should be commonin the RajyaSabha that a pilot sense approach. If it can be exported, then project has been launched in let it happen," the court had said. 100 districts of 21 states for preThe bench had earlier on September 30 vention and early detection of allowed the company manufacturing Encancer, cardiovascular disease, dosulfan to export nearly 1,100 tonnes of diabetes and strokes. "India will be the first country in the world to screen the entire population in next five years," he said. 9, had sought explanation from CPI-M's Under the pilot project, the The court had on May 13 imposed a comyouth wing Democratic Youth Federation plete ban on production, sale and use of government has provided equipof India (DYFI), which has filed petition for the pesticide holding that human life is ment and human resource for ban on manufacturing of the insecticide, more important than anything else and it detection and treatment. "As per for objecting to the proposal for allowing did not want even a single child to suffer. the latest estimates of Indian the export. The court's order came on a petition filed Council of Medical Research, the "Why do you want the poison to remain by DYFI seeking a ban on Endosulfan on prevalence of cancer in the counin the country? There should be common- the ground that it was causing health haz- try is about 27 lakh," he said. sense approach. If it can be exported, then ards, including genetic disorders, in Kerala let it happen," the court had said. where it is widely used. The bench had earlier on September 30 The apex court had on August 5 asked an allowed the company manufacturing En- expert panel appointed by it to explore the dosulfan to export nearly 1,100 tonnes of possibility of exporting the unused stock of the pesticide to meet their contractual obli- Endosulfan manufactured in the country. gations while maintaining the ban on its The expert committee had recommended use and production. its export.

Supreme Court allows endosulfan export New Delhi: The Supreme Court today allowed export of unused stock of Endosulfan insecticide, while retaining the complete ban imposed by it in on its production, sale and use in the country. While allowing the export, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said the "dilution, packaging and export" of the agrochemical will be handled by public sector unit (PSU) Hindustan Insecticide Ltd. The bench also said its previous order of September 30 in which it had proposed mechanism for packaging and export of the insecticide will be followed. The court, in the last hearing on December

New Delhi: Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, LokSabha Speaker Meira Kumar and leaders of political parties today paid homage to martyrs of the Parliament terror attack on its tenth anniversary. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, BJP leader L K Advani, Leader of LokSabhaPranab Mukherjee, leaders of opposition in both Houses, SushmaSwaraj and ArunJaitley, along with other MPs paid floral tributes at the photographs of Parliament's watch and ward and security personnel killed in the December 13 terror strike. As security personnel saluted the martyrs, parliamentarians stood in silence for a minute. A blood donation camp was also organised on the occasion. Recalling the December 13, 2001 attack, Advani said, "If even one of them had succeeded in entering Parliament House, it would have been horrific." On Afzal Guru, who is facing death sentence in the Parliament attack case, Advani said, "Afzal Guru has given his own evidence...If someone has created an impression that no justice has been done to him, it is wrong

The incidence of new cancer cases every year in the country is about 11 lakh and about five lakh people die every year from the ailment, he said. The government, he said, provides free cancer treatment for people living Below Poverty Line (BPL). Under RashtriyaArogyaNidhi, up to Rs 1.5 lakh per case is provided as assistance to all BPL patients. Further, the Health Ministry gives financial assistance in cases where assistance sought is more than Rs 1.5 lakh in each case. "However, this assistance is available only for BPL patients taking treatment in Government hospitals," he said. In addition, financial assistance is given to poor patients up to Rs 50,000 in each case, Azad said adding that during the current year, 2,202 cancer patients have been given financial help.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

US lawmakers freeze $700m aid to Pakistan

Struggle against graft will go on: Anna Hazare

Iraq to grow faster than Kolkata fire: 2 more AMRI India, China, says Obama officials held

Team Anna core committee will meet tomorrow

Islamabad: A crisis in relations looked set to deepen after a US House-Senate negotiating panel agreed to freeze $700 million in US aid to Pakistan until it gives assurances it is helping fight the spread of improvised explosive devices in the region. Pakistan is one of the largest recipients of US foreign aid, and the cutback announced is only a small proportion of the billions in civil and military assistance it gets each year. But it could presage greater cuts as calls grow in the United States to penalise Islamabad for failing to act against militant groups and, at worst, helping them, following the secret US raid on a Pakistan military town in which alQaida leader Osama bin Laden was

Washington: As Iraq moves forward on the path of reconstruction and economic revival with the end of war and withdrawal of American forces from the country, it is expected to grow much faster than the two Asian giants, India and China, US President Barack Obama said on Monday. "In the coming years, it's estimated that Iraq's economy will grow even faster than China's or India's. With oil production rising, Iraq is on track to once again be one of the region's leading oil producers," Obama said at a joint news conference with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Obama said as in the coming days the last American soldiers will leave its borders, Iraq is now forging new ties of trade and commerce with its neighbours and Iraq is assuming its rightful place among the community of nations. "For the first time in two decades, Iraq is scheduled to host the next Arab League summit. And what a powerful message that will send throughout the Arab world," he said. "People throughout the region will see a new Iraq that's determining its own destiny, a country in which people from different religious sects and ethnicities can resolve their differences peacefully through the democratic process," he said, adding that the US will a long-term partnership with Iraq.

killed. Home-made bombs or improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are among militants' most effective weapons against US and coalition troops in Afghanistan as they struggle to fight a resurgentTaliban insurgency. Many are made using ammonium nitrate, a common fertilizer smuggled across the border from Pakistan. The freeze on US aid was agreed as part of a defense bill that is expected to be passed this week. The United States wants "assurances that Pakistan is countering improvised explosive devices in their country that are targeting our coalition forces", Representative Howard McKeon, a House Republican, told reporters.

The United States has allocated some $20 billion in security and economic aid to Pakistan since 2001, much of it in the form of reimbursements for assistance in fighting militants. But US lawmakers have expressed increasing frustration with Pakistan's efforts in the war. There have been numerous proposals to make US aid to Pakistan conditional on more cooperation in fighting militants such as the Haqqani network Washington believes operate out of Pakistan and battle US troops in Afghanistan. But Pakistan's civilian leaders have in the past warned against aid cuts, saying it would only harden public opinion against the United States. It says it is doing all it can to fight al-

Qaida and the Taliban and has lost thousands of soldiers since it joined the US-led war in 2001, some of them at the hands of coalition troops. Islamabad has accused NATO of deliberately killing 24 Pakistani soldiers in an air strike near the Afghan border last month and shut down supplies for foreign troops in Afghanistan in anger. The decision to freeze aid could prompt Pakistan to harden its stance towards Washington. "I think the Pakistan side will understand the type of signal that is coming, which shows it's not only a question of aid," said former general and security analyst TalatMasood. "The whole attitude of the US and the relationship will be affected by

we have started that," the Prime Minister said. Meanwhile the Obama Administration on Monday notified to the Congress of its intent to sell Iraq a second tranche of 18 F-16s. "This sale is another indication of the continuing US-Iraqi security relationship and cooperation. It also illustrates the progress Iraq has made in providing for its own security, and its determination to protect its sovereignty and independence," a senior Administration official said. Responding to questions, Obama said the US will be working to set up effective military-tomilitary ties that are no different from the ties that it has with "This is in keeping with our US will not end with the depar- countries throughout the region strategic framework agreement, ture of the last American sol- and around the world. and it will be like the close rela- dier. "The Iraqi government has altionships we have with other "It only started when it was ready purchased F-16s from us. sovereign nations," he said. signed in 2008, in addition to We've got to train their pilots "This is a historic moment. A the withdrawal treaty, the strate- and make sure that they're up war is ending. A new day is upon gic framework agreement for the and running and that we have us. relationship between our two an effective Iraqi air force. And let us never forget those countries," he noted. "Iraq now You know, we both have inwho gave us this chance: the has become reliant completely terests in making sure that the untold number of Iraqis who've on its own security apparatus sea lanes remain open in and given their lives; more than 1 and internal security as a result around Iraq and throughout the million Americans, military and of the expertise that it gained region. And so there may be occivilian, who have served in Iraq; during the confrontations and casion for joint exercises," he nearly 4,500 fallen Americans the training and equipping, but said. who gave their last full measure it remains a need of cooperation "We both have interests in of devotion; tens of thousands with the United States of America counter terrorism operations that of wounded warriors and so in the security issues and infor- might undermine Iraqi sovermany inspiring military families," mation and combating terrorism eignty, but also could affect US Obama said. and in the area of training and interests. And we'll be working The Iraqi Prime Minister said the area of equipping which is together on those issues," Obama that the relationship with the needed by the Iraqi army, and said.

New Delhi: Anna Hazare on Tuesday said he will go ahead with his proposed fast here from December 27 if a strong Lokpal Bill is not enacted in the current session of Parliament. The activist said he and his these measures because they know supporters were working to eradPakistan will not be in a position to icate corruption from the country control the smuggling. " US lawmakers as well as building a strong rural said that many Afghan bombs are made India. "Our struggle against corrupwith fertilizer smuggled by militants across the border from Pakistan into tion is on. I will sit on a fast Afghanistan. "The vast majority of the from December 27 in Ramlila. material used to make improvised ex- You (government) bring the Jan plosive devices used against US forces Lokpal Bill," he told reporters in Afghanistan originates from two fer- in New Delhi. He said the way in which tilizer factories inside Pakistan," Senator John McCain, a Republican, said in the things are being done it will not Senate last week. A Congressional Re- help in the development of the search Service report in October said country. "We have to spend 70 per cent the Pakistani factories, owned by one of the country's biggest companies, of the money in development Pakarab, have been producing over and 30 per cent for management. 300,000 metric tonnes of ammonium Otherwise it won't work," he said, adding youth of the country nitrate per year since 2004.

New Delhi: Team Anna's Core Committee will meet here for two days from Wednesday to chalk out future plans, including the proposed Ramlila Maidan agitation, if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament. Hazare will chair the meeting which is expected to take a final call on his decision to go on an indefinite fast from December 27 if a Lokpal law which addresses his concerns is not passed in Parliament. Team Anna sources said the Core Committee will also discuss how to go ahead with their campaign in the five poll-bound states if the situation warrants. "There will be preliminary discussions on all these issues," a Team Anna member said. Sources said the Core Com-

have committed to the development of the country. His close associate Kiran Bedi said Team Anna has been totally focused on the Lokpal Bill. Asked about Congress leaders' criticism for attacking Rahul Gandhi, she said, "What others do or say, it is not our focus." Hazare has threatened go on an indefinite fast from December 27 at Ramlila Maidan if a strong Lokpal bill is not passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament. He had sat on a one-day fast in Jantar Mantar on Sunday, which apparently turned out to be an anti-Congress platform with opposition sharing dais with him, protesting against the Lokpal report of Parliamentary Standing Committee, which he alleged was watered-down at the instance of Rahul Gandhi.

mittee will decide on the mode of Ramlila agitation like whether Hazare should sit on a fast or not and how to mobilise support for the protest, which will be held in chilly winter days. There are also concerns about Hazare's health and all these factors will be considered while deciding on the protest mode, sources said. Hazare has stepped up attack on the government on the issue bringing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in the direct line of fire, saying the former "does not take any decision" and the latter was "watering down" proposals. Congress has been insisting that Hazare should wait till Parliament passes the bill before going on a protest.

Singh to discuss pending reforms with cabinet today

New Delhi: Two more officials manded to police custody by a of south Kolkata's AMRI Hospital city court till December 20. have been arrested over Friday's Another arrested director R S fire tragedy that left 91 people Agarwal was not produced before dead. court as he has been admitted S Upadhay, senior vice-presi- to hospital. dent and the hospital safety comWest Bengal Chief Minister mittee chairman and Sanjiv Pal, Mamata Banerjee had also canAdministrative Officer, of the celled the registration of the hos- New Delhi: The Prime Minister allies will convene a meeting of key hospital were arrested on Tues- pital. chose to day, Joint Commissioner of Police s t a y The six directors of the hospital infrastructure ministries on Tues(Crime) Damayanti Sen said. away. - including RS Goenka of Emami day to discuss pending reforms. The two officials would be and SK Todi of Shrachi - were Though, CNN-IBN is told that NCP's produced before a city court later remanded to 10-day police cus- it's a routine meeting but it gains Sharad significance as it comes on the in the day, he said. Pawar tody on Saturday. Nine persons have so far been and NaMamata on Saturday had heels of the industrial output arrested in connection with the also ordered a judicial inquiry figures. tional Sources have said that right fire mishap. Earlier the police into the AMRI Hospital fire, Conferhad arrested seven directors of even as the hospital came after the cabinet meeting, UPA ence's Fathe AMRI Hospital in connection out with a statement, promising allies will be meeting the Prime rooq Abwith the fire. dullah to set up of a five-member en- Minister at his residence for dinThe six arrested directors R S quiry committee to probe into ner and perhaps plan out a strat- have said that the bill should be egy for Wednesday's all-party discussed in Parliament. government think are especially Goenka, S K Todi, Prashant Goen- the tragedy. At Wednesday's all-party It was at 3:30 am on Friday meet on the Lokpal draft. important right now - for exam- ka, Manish Goenka, Ravi Todi Also, this comes after the heat- meet, contentious issues like inple, making sure that oil pro- and Dayanand Agarwal were morning that the devastating fire duction is ramped up, and we charged mainly with culpable claimed 91 lives began in the ed Lokpal debate at Anna Haz- clusion of Prime Minister, CBI are helping to encourage global homicide not amounting to mur- basement of the AMRI Hospital are's one-day token fast, where and Group C bureaucrats will apart from the Congress, even be discussed. investment in that sector," he der and negligence and were re- in Kolkata. said. "Our goal is simply to make sure that Iraq succeeds, because we think a successful, democratic Iraq can be a model for the entire region. We think an Iraq that is inclusive and brings together all people - Sunni, Shia, Kurd - together to build a country, to build a nation, can be a model for others that are aspiring to create democracy in the region," Obama said. Mumbai: The government finances are the day on Tuesday and clear the Food Sestretched and some effort would be needed curity Bill. This is expected to cost the taxto stem the fall. payer another Rs 1,50,000 crore. The Indian rupee hit an all-time low at The high government expenditure 53.30 to the US dollar on Tuesday. It opened on food, fuel and fertilisers stretches at an all-time low of 53 .19 to the US dollar the fiscal deficit and puts pressure on the shedding 0.7 per cent over the previous currency. This is because the government has to borrow money from Reserve Bank of lion hard drives in the December close on Monday. The fall in the index for industrial proIndia. quarter. The rupee has already shed over 20 per Seagate's Thai plants have duction in October 2011 by 5.1 per cent has cent since July 2011. been largely unaffected by the hurt the sentiment. Exports is a key demand A drastic decline in the value of the rupee catastrophe, but production has driver for the manufacturing sector. Any fall hurts foreign institutional investor sentiment. been curtailed due to tight com- in output indicates low demand for export It has adversely affected FII inflows. Analysts ponent supplies as factories of of goods. To add to that the government don't expect the central bank to step in to some key suppliers were flooded. said over the weekend that it overstated the support the rupee. Intel Chief Financial Officer export data by $ 9bn. Other key issues that concern currency "The dollar is strengthening against most told investors on the call that he emerging currencies. So, it's not only that expects the shortage to accelerate traders include the sharp rise in subsidies. INR is depreciation which is why calls for the adoption of solid-state drives The finance minister said last week that an RBI intervention is getting postponed," as the main storage devices in subsidies would surge over Rs 1,00,000 crore. Rohit Srivastava, Fund Manager, Sharekhan PCs. The cabinet is expected to meet later in said. Made with NAND semiconductors, solid-state drives are much faster than hard drives but are also a lot more expensive and are currently used only in high-end PCs like Apple's MacNew Delhi: Rabindranath Tagore's 83The 'Gitanjali' author presented the Book Air. year-old notebook will be auctioned in 152-page book to a family friend and Intel said quarterly revenue New York on Tuesday. early patron in the mid-1930s through is now seen at $13.7 billion, plus The legendary poet and Nobel Laure- whose family it has descended. or minus $300 million, below a ate's notebook, back from 1928, contains The manuscript is said to reflect the previous forecast of $14.7 billion. drafts of his poetry and songs along with way Tagore worked. Analysts' average forecast is some amended drafts of his later pubThis is the first of its kind auction in $14.65 billion, according to Thomlished works. 25 years connected to Tagore who became son Reuters I/B/E/S. Covered in red cloth, the 1928 notebook the first Asian to win a Nobel Prize in Intel said non-GAAP gross containing 12 poems and lyrics for 12 1913, according to the auction house. margin is expected to be around songs by Tagore in Bengali, some being A poet, novelist, playwright, and com65.5 per cent versus previous exheavily amended drafts of subsequently poser artist, Tagore was also a prolific pectations of 66 per cent. Intel published works, is estimated to fetch painter. Many of his paintings have shares were down 4.8 per cent USD 150,000-250,000 at the December fetched strong prices at auctions in Lonto $23.82 in afternoon trading 13 auction. don last year. on Monday.

Wonʼt have military bases: Obama Washington: The US would have no military bases inside Iraq once it withdraws its troops from the country but will continue to have a strong presence in the Middle East, US President Barack Obama has said. "We're taking all of our troops out of Iraq. We will not have any bases inside of Iraq. We will have a strong diplomatic presence inside of Iraq," Obama said at a news conference along with the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. However, he warned regional players against trying to interfere in the affairs of Iraq, contending that "our strong presence in the

there should be no doubt, the drawdown in Iraq has allowed us to refocus our resources, achieve progress in Afghanistan, put al Qaeda on the path to defeat, and to better prepare for the full range of challenges that lie ahead," he added. The US President said following the withdrawal of troops the Middle East endures" and the goal is to have a comprehensive US would never waver in defence relationship with Iraq that inof its allies and partners. cludes everything from expand"Just as Iraq has pledged not ing trade and commerce, to scito interfere in other nations, entific exchanges, to provide other nations must not interfere help in infrastructure. in Iraq. "What may be discovered is, Iraq's sovereignty must be re- that there are certain issues that spected," he said. "Meanwhile, Prime Minister Maliki and his

Rupee hits all‑time low at 53.30 to US dollar

Drive shortage hits sales: Intel California: Intel Corp warned that hard-disk drive supply shortages would hurt its current-quarter revenue, the latest heavyweight in the PC industry to caution about the effects of flooding that has crippled factories in Thailand. The warning sent shares of the world's top chipmaker down 4.8 per cent and weighed on Wall Street. Hundreds of people have died in flooding in Thailand that has caused billions of dollars in damages since late July and disrupted international supply chains in the PC and automobile industries. PC makers have been scrambling to buy increasingly scarce hard drives after the flooding shut down factories in the country, which is the world's No 2 exporter of the components. "In the last two weeks, as the supply became more apparent, we saw a substantial change in our order rate. Most of our customers are concerned the shortage will continue - especially through the early part of the first quarter," Intel Senior Vice President Tom Kilroy told analysts on a conference call. Major PC makers including Hewlett Packard, Dell, Lenovo

and Acer since October have warned to varying degrees that they may build fewer PCs as they use up the current stock of hard drives and struggle to replace them. Intel said its customers are reducing their stock of chips in anticipation of the hard drive shortage continuing early next year, although it said it still expects sales of PCs to be up in the fourth quarter. "This is Intel coming to terms with it," said Stifel Nicolaus analyst Kevin Cassidy. "I think Intel sees a lag effect as inventory gets worked down. Then they'll see an accelerated effect as inventories rebuild." Cassidy and other analysts

pointed to graphics chipmaker Nvidia as among the only big players in the PC supply chain that have not warned investors about the effects of the drive shortage. Its shares were down 3 per cent at $14.45. Damage caused by the floods is expected to shrink global hard drive output by about a third in the current quarter. Western Digital, the hard drive manufacturer hit hardest by the floods, this month resumed production and warned of tight global supplies into next year. California-based Western Digital, which vies with Seagate Technology for the title of the world's largest maker of hard drives, expects a world shortage of 60 mil-

Tagore's notebook to be auctioned today

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