BangaloreBeat Vol. 1, Issue 254 n Thursday n April 28, 2011
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Former deputy Prime Minister L K Advani inaugurates the BJP state unit’s new office at Malleswaram this morning. He is flanked by BJP national general secretary Ananth Kumar, state party president Eshwarappa and chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
BJP gets brand new oﬃce Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Former deputy Prime Minister L K Advani inaugurated the state BJP office at Malleswaram this morning. The new office has been named Jaganatha Bhavan. Advani, who arrived in the city at around 9 am visited Kadu Malleshwara temple and offered Pooja to lord Shiva along with chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, state BJP president K S Eshwarappa, BJP national general secretary H N Ananth Kumar, Karnataka in-charge secretary Dharmendra Pradhan, MPs D B Chandregowda, D V Sadananada Gowda and many others. After the inauguration of the new office, Yeddyurappa said the BJP has come to power through the dedication of seniors who were involved in building the BJP and the dedication of party workers. “The BJP is committed to uphold the integrity and sovereignty of the nation. The BJP does not have any intention of holding on to power like the Congress. That party has made the entire country its vote bank.” The new office is a four storeyed building and the cost of the building is estimated to be Rs 5 crore. Tourism minister Janardhana Reddy was conspicuous by his absence.
PORTAL IS BACK in new avatar
Trust to choose end life over Baba successor DISPUTE
3 of family
ʻCoffin not bought earlier to Babaʼs deathʼ
Woman, 2 grownup, married children throw themselves before train
Bangalore Beat Bureau Puttaparthi (Anantapur): Is Sathya Sai Baba empire worth Rs 40,000 crore? Was the spiritual leader dead long before the announcement came on April 24? Was the air-conditioned coffin bought much earlier? Though all these intriguing questions about debatably the biggest spiritual leader from the country remained unanswered, all members of the Sathya Sai Trust came out in the open to give clarifications on a lot of issues here this morning. They said the exact value of the empire is not known as they are yet to value it. It was the first time in 20 years that the trust members came out in the open to discuss issues concerning the godman. All the eight members of the trust came before the media and said there are no differences among them. They said the successor to the throne left vacant by Sai Baba would be decided by the trust members and that Satyajit would not be the natural heir as is being rumoured. “He has been working with the organization for the last 20 years,” they said. Asked whether Sai Baba had left any will, they said since the properties were not in his name, he would not have been able to do it. The entire property is in the name of the trust, they added. The trust members said the godman himself chose the doctors who treated him. “We presume that Sai Baba was treated for ailments and like anybody else, and not left to treat himself,” said trust member Venu Srinivas. He denied that truckloads of silver and gold were transported out of the Sai Baba ashram here. “The trust conducts financial audits every year and we are up to date with our accounts,” he added.
Family members of Lakshmamma, Gangaraju and Sumitra grieve near Srirampura railway gate this morning. The three committed suicide by throwing themselves before a running train over a family dispute last night.
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Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba light candles to pay tributes to the godman at Gangtok. The members said all the records have been maintained properly and that audit is done by experienced and qualified charted accountants. The trustees said they never sought financial help from the Andhra Pradesh government and neither government representatives allowed to be part of the trust. A detailed report of trust’s assets has been uploaded on the trust
website. The trustees said they would never sell any of the trust properties, nor, they would use them for commercial activities. The trust has been monitoring two super specialty hospitals – one at Puttaparthi and another in Whitefield, Bangalore. The Puttaparthi facility was built in 1991 at Rs 65 cr on a campus spread over 105 acres and the White field hospital
Passengers fume as pilotsʼ strike grounds 53 A‑I ﬂights
Portal 2 is bigger and better. The amazing visuals, though are not central to the game are stunning. The game itself is quite enjoyable and intelligent. ...Page 5
Now in Mysore
Hurley’s learning from her son P8
‘Govt meddling in NHRC’ P3
New Delhi/Mumbai: Passengers continued to suffer as 53 Air India flights were cancelled today with the strike by around 600 pilots, earlier serving the Indian Airlines, entering the second day in defiance of a stay ordered by the Delhi High Court. As per information available at airports across the country, 53 flights, mainly out of the national capital and Mumbai, were grounded Thursday; some 50 flights were either cancelled or rescheduled the day earlier. Thursday also saw the cancellation of some international flights, including those from the capital to Kathmandu, Kabul and Dubai. Continued on page 4
Passengers wait in front of ticket counters at Sardar Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad as air services were disrupted due to Air India pilots strike.
was build in 2001 at Rs 52 crore on 52-acre campus. The trust has also been monitoring the airport and five higher education institutions. Apart from Srinivasan, other trust members Chakravarthy, former IAS, Indulal, P N Bagawathi, former Chief Justice of India, Naganand and R J Ratnakar, nephew of Sai Baba, were present at the press meet.
Bangalore: In a heartrending incident, a woman and her two grownup children committed suicide by throwing themselves in front of a running train at Yelahanka last night. A family dispute led to the suicide of Lakshmamma (40) and her children Gangaraju (21) and Sumitra (19), the police said. Gangaraju and Sumitra were married to the same family about two months ago. The two families had a running dispute since the wedding, the
police added. But a note found by the railway police at the suicide spot did not make any mention of the dispute between the two families. It only said the victims were facing a family dispute and were fully responsible for their act. It did not blame anyone for the extreme action. They were residing at Telecom Layout in Hegde Nagar. They committed suicide near Srirampura railway gate near Yelahanka. A case has been registered with Sampigehalli police.
2 NIGERIAN SMS FRAUDSTERS CAUGHT IN CITY Bangalore Beat Bureau
Pasha, who was lured into the trap, sent Rs 8,15,000 over a period of time Bangalore: The Bangalore police have through ICICI, State Bank of India arrested two Nigerians who were try- and Kotak Mahindra banks over a ing to swindle a person from the city period of time. The swindlers had through SMS fraud. The arrested have told Pasha that they have to pay the been identified as Kevin Otubu and money to the customs department Nafiu loqman, both from Lagos. and the Reserve Bank of India before The two had sent spam messages reaching the money to him. Pasha, afacross mobile networks in India, say- ter realizing that he had been swining the receivers of the message had dled, filed a complaint with the Shivwon 100,000 pound prize money in the ajinagar police on April 8. After that the name of a reputed cola company. But swindlers contacted Pasha again, sayAkram Pasha from Shivajinagar fell ing he has to give them Rs 25 lakh cash victim to the ploy and had contacted for the money to reach his account. the fraudsters. The police laid a trap and arrested
the two when they came to collect the money. The police have recovered a mobile phone, a fake passport, a laptop and a data card from them. The police said they were part of an organised gang from Nigeria that is operating in North India. They would get mobile SIM cards by submitting fake documents and would send group SMSes about the fake prize. This gang made illegal use of RBI and other bank logos in their mails to dupe their victims, the police added. The kingpin of the racket, Jack, is in New Delhi and has been absconding, the police added.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Mandya GP CEO: Villages took steps on cleanliness L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: Efforts of villagers here to construct separate toilets for men and women, rain water harvesting systems and installation of dustbins to keep the environs clean have been recognised and commended. The Mandya gram panchayat, the biggest in the state with eight villages coming under its jurisdiction, was given the Nirmal Gram Puraskar for 2010 at a grand function here on Monday. This is the third time that this gram panchayat is being given the award for commendable cleanliness and sanitation drives. The GP consists of Belakavadi, Belur, Bevinahalli, Budanuru, Gopalpura, Haluvadi, Santhekaslgera, Thaggahalli and Yeliyuru. The success is due to effective delivery of funds to targeted families, said gram panchayat CEO Vasanth Kumar. Below poverty line families were
Mahesh Candor Schoolʼs ambassador
Bangalore: India's ace tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi, was yesterday appointed as the brand ambassador for Candor International School, projected to be the country's first green school. Bhupathi said his role with the institution would be a twopronged one: He would be associated with the building of the sports infrastructure at the school and in training students in tennis through the Mahesh Bhupathi tennis academy, which has over 30 centres in India. Bhupathi yesterday welcomed the growing importance given to sports in educational institutions and said it would help in providing a holistic development to the child. "I would like to see myself involved in more than just the role of an ambassador and a consultant. I would like to support Candor in helping these youngsters to excel in sports, share in the team aspects of sports and become involved in making a difference", he said. Pradip K Das, principal of the school said that for holistic development of students, besides academic excellence, promoting of a sense of physical wellness through active engagement in sports was very essential. The school would also offer coaching in other sports apart from tennis, he said. PTI
Mandya gram panchayat chief executive officer Vasanth Kumar holds the Nirmal Gram Puraskar trophy that he received in the city.
given Rs 3,700 to construct toilet and other sanitation facilities. The allocation is an increase from Rs 3,000 till last year. “It was a big challenge for our staff and me to handle the nirmal gram project. We got good support from the health, social welfare, rural and women and child development departments,” he said. Asked how the gram panchayat managed to bag the prize this time too, he said, “The funds allocated under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme were apportioned to villages in the right manner. The villages in turn did a commendable job in executing the projects. The focus was on health and hygiene.” Villages constructed separate toilets for girls and boys at anganwadis and schools. In some of the new structures, rain water harvesting systems too were built in. Dustbins too were kept at these educational institutions to main-
tain cleanliness, he added. Regular awareness campaigns were held at all the eight villages. The gram panchayat administration got into the act and recruited pourakarmikas, who are normally seen only in municipalities and corporations. “That is when the cleanliness drive was taken to the next level and the achievement is quite evident. We worked almost round the clock to ensure cleanliness,” he said. P Bore Gowda, mission director, state water and sanitation mission, rural department and panchayat raj department, told Bangalore Beat, “The state received Rs 1,57,305 lakh under the NREGA scheme. That was only the first tranche, and the state will get two more installments of funds this year. We urge gram panchayats to make the best use of the funds apportioned to them. Though it is good to see a number of villages getting the award, it is still commendable to acknowledge the achievement of Mandya gram panchayat.”
Tejas sensors checked during night flying Bangalore: The indigenous light combat aircraft- Tejas, fitted with advanced sensors like multi mode radar (MMR) lightening pod (day and night imaging sensors), was checked out during night flying, Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) said yesterday. These sensors when integrated with the on board weapon system, makes it a potent multi-role combat aircraft. The first phase of the night evaluation in which six night flight sorties were conducted was held yesterday. “The preliminary results indicate that the integrated system performed very well, meeting the requirements of night operations. Flight trials were conducted by the national flight test centre at ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency)”, the statement said. In addition, the avionics suit includes the state of the art helmet mounted
display system (HMDS) and instrument landing system (ILS), it said. To prove Tejas’s night operational capability, all these systems needed to be tested and evaluated following a detailed flight test programme during night flying in moon phase as well as dark phase, it said. LSP-5 aircraft, which has the required cockpit lighting standard to support night flying, was used for these trials, the statement added. The night flying was started after a series of ground evaluations of the integrated system in static as well as taxi phase under different lighting conditions, it said. With the conclusion of the first phase of night evaluations, the mood is upbeat in team Tejas. Success of the current phase of trials augurs well for achieving night attack capability for Tejas in the near future, it said. PTI
Yuva Shakti president Kamal Singh Dugar yesterday announced a free health checkup camp at Vanhi Towers on SP Road on Sunday. Labourers and common public can make use of this opportunity.
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Bangalore: Assocham has urged the state government to undertake a detailed review of iron ore mining leases and highlight the needs of steel units before the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee while framing new rules. Mining should be moved from unorganised sector to organised if it is to be done in a legal, scientific and environment-friendly manner, it said. But any interruption in supply of iron ore to steel industry will throw lakhs of employees out of jobs and their dependents will suffer, said the Associated Chambers of ommerce and Industry of India. The mines in Karnataka supply iron ore to several large steel plants like JSW, Kirloskar Ferrous, Mukand Ltd and Kalyani Steels. The state also supplies raw material to units located in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and dozens of small and medium-sized sponge iron units. “Absence of iron ore supply would be a death blow to the steel industry which is already grappling with numerous other problems,” said Assocham’s secretary-general D S Rawat in a communication to chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
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HINDI One of the observations made by the Lokayukta is that several mines entered into raising contracts and transferred mining leases without the state government’s permission in contravention of Rule 37 of the Minerals Concession Rules 1960. “There is apprehension that in case a conclusion is arrived at by the apex committee without studying individual agreements and makes a prima facie determination of illegality, it could result in wrongful closure of many mines,” said Rawat. Steel, iron and other industries have invested Rs 62,000 crore in the landlocked Bellary-Hospet region as it has abundant availability of iron ore. “Shutting down of these industries will
also cause loss of immense magnitude to the state exchequer.” Assocham fully supports the government in ensuring effective implementation of rules and regulations by adhering to systems and procedures as stipulated by various governmental agencies. “We would like to re-emphasise that a decision regarding closure of any mine should be done judiciously after investigating all aspects,” said Rawat. Keeping in view the huge investments, employment of lakhs of workers, social responsibilities and dependency of industries on iron ore, Assocham earnestly requests uninterrupted availability of iron ore limps and fines to meet industrial requirement while framing policies, he said.
Bangalore: SGBS Trust of Sadanandanagar has organised a free vocational training programme from Saturday. The programme will run for 70 days. Men and women who are above 18 years can take part. The association will also find jobs for the trained youngsters, a press release said. For details, contact: 25384642.
Health checkup Assocham urges state to camp on SP Rd review mining leases
health and will also conduct echo cardiogram test on those Bangalore: Yuva Shakti, the taking part. Those who wish to youth wing of the Bangalore make use of the opportunity can Electronic Dealers’ Association, contact Dilip on 9844446444 has organised a free health check- and register themselves. up camp for daily wage labourers Dugar said Yuva Shakti, since and general public on SP Road it came into existence in 1999, on Sunday. has been conducting regular The camp has been organised blood donation, health checkup, in association with BGS Global free book distribution and other Hospital at Vanhi Towers from programmes regularly. The or9 am till 3 pm, said Yuva Shakti ganisation has associated itself president Kamal Singh Dugar. A with social welfare activities and team of 15 doctors with sophis- has raised funds too during natBangalore: The Bangalore As- ticated equipment will check ural and other calamites, he sociation for Science Education blood pressure, sugar, general added. and Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers have organised a star gazing programme at Nehru Planetarium on Sunday at 6.30 pm. For details, visit Train No. Train Name Station Arrival B’lore Departure B’lore www.taralaya.org or call 22266084/ 22379725. 638 ERS SBC SPL Ernakulam Jn 0430 000
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MR. PERFECT (U) Prabhas, Kajal Aggarwal Anjan (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Chandrodaya (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Lakshmi (Tavarekere) (10.30 am, 1.30, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Mukunda (5.30 pm, 8.30 pm) Manasa (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Murlai (Gokula) (11 am, 2.30, 6,30, 9.30 pm) Pallavi (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) PVR (10.20 am, 12.50,
Pawan Kalyan, Trisha Krishnan Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Fame (Forum Value Mall) (12.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (10 am, 3.40, 6.25, 9.15 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (4.10 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 3.30, 9.10 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (3.40, 9.15 pm) PVR (12.20 pm, 6.10 pm) Radhakrishna (11.30 am, 2.45, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Srinivasa Gowdanapalya (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Tirumala (10 am, 1.45, 5.30, 8.45 pm) Vinayaka (Marathahalli) (6.30, 9.30 pm)
MANCHIVAADU Tanish, Bhama Balaji (Chikkasalandra) (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9 pm) Kamakya (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Srinivasa (SG Palya) (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm).
Thursday, April 28, 2011
CITY EVENTS General
um, Indian Institute of World Culture, Basavanagudi, 6 pm.
BJP: Launching of its newoffice Jagannath Bhavan by L K Advani, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Ananth Kumar to participate, 48, 1st Main Road, Temple Street, 11th Cross, Malleswaram, 11 am.
Hudugata Ranga Troupe: Play ‘Neerina Thaana’ directed by N Manjunath, ADA Rangamandira, opp Ravindra Kalakshetra, J C Road, 6.30 pm.
Christian Group of Institutions: Inauguration of newcollege campus by Governor Bhardwaj, Minister V S Acharya, former minister G Parameshwara to participate, 11 am. Oath taking ceremony of nursing students: Justice N Santosh Hegde to participate, 150/6, Horamavu Agara,Hennur Main Road, Horamavu Post, 5 pm. All India Consumer Rights Protection Trust: Felicitation to recipient of Kempegowda award by C V Mane, Deputy Commissioner of Police, 45, Talreja House, Nanjappa Road Cross, Shanthinagar, 3.30 pm. Adichunchanagiri Biotechnology and Cancer Research Institute: Launch of Nutrablaze Biotech an Indo-US Venture, websitewww.nutrablaze.com, by seer Balagangadharanath of Adichunchanagiri Trust, SJB Auditorium, BGS Global Health and Education City, Uttarahalli Road, Kengeri, 11 am. Karnataka Bank, Way2 Wealth Centre: Launch of unique customer initiative by V G Siddhartha, Chairman of Coffee Day Co, Mosre HallI,ITC Royal Gardenia, 1, Residency Road, 3 pm. Don Bosco Institute of Technology: Inauguration of national conference on Recent Trends and Applications in Electrical and Electronics Systems, BHEL Executive Director G GanapathiramanMBajantri Jnt GM Defence Electronics, Larsen and Toubro to participate, Institute premises, Kumbalgodu, 10 am. Karnataka Vocational Training Skill Development Corporation Limited: Awareness workshop on accreditation criteria for VTPs, S R Uma Shankar Commissioner for Employment and Training to participate, Conference Hall, Koushalya Bhavan, near Dairy Circle, Bannerghatta Road, 10 am. Bal Bhavan Society SC/ST Employees’ Association: Ambedkar Jayanthi, Sri Basaveshwara Jayanthi, Minister A Narayanaswamy, C C Patil to participate, Rangamandira premises, Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park 11.30 am.
Cultural Kannada Sahitya Parishat: Presentation of various endowment awards by poet B R Lakshman Rao, Sugama Sangeetha Parishat President Y K Muddukrishna to participate, Parishat premises, Chamarajpet, 5 pm. Haridasa Sampada Trust: Haridasa Habba, presentation of Prasannavenkata award, release of book Haridasa Darshana, Dasavanai by Vidyabhushana, Gayana Samaj, 5 pm.
National Institute of Advanced Studies: Kathak by Sushmita Banerjee, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS IISc campus, 6 pm.
Sri Ramanavami Sri Rama Seva Mandali: Vocal by Anupama Srimali, 5.15 pm. Vocal by Mudu Mohan, Vyasamurthi Katti Rajendra Nakod, Fort High School, Chamarajpet, 7.15 pm. Sri Seshadripuram RamSeva Samithi: Devotional music by Naganandani Viswanath, 5.15 pm. Saxaphone by Lavanya: open air theatre, Seshadripuram College premises, Seshadripuram, 6.30 pm. Sri Madananda Theertha Pravachana Samithi: Discourse on Mahabharatha by Vyasanakere Prabhanjanacharya, Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, 6th Cross, Amarjyothinagar, 7 pm.
Religious Gandhi Sahitya Sangha: Discourse on ‘Geethamalikeyalli Brahmageetha,’ by S Ranganath, 8th Cross, Malleswaram, 6.30 pm. Gramabhivruddhi Sangha and Gramastharu: Sri Seetha Lakshmana Hanumathseetha, Sri Ramachandraswami Brahmarotsava, Jaraganahalli, 2 pm.
Govt meddling in NHRC: Saldanha L.Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: Commenting on the working of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), M F Saldanha, former judge of the high court of Karnataka said,” there is many flaws present in the working of the National Human Rights Commission, from the way it operates to the membership rules.” Saldanha who has guided various nongovernmental organisations in their survey to get a full fledged report on the functioning of the human rights institution in the country said it gives a disturbing account of the blatant violation that is taking place. “I am speaking in the best interest of those who are oppressed and subjected in various ways, said justice Saldanha, who added that next month on May 23 the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has to appear in sub-committee on accreditation (SCA) of International co-ordinating committee (ICC) of the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI). It has also been argued that if the NHRC was functioning under the Paris principle set right in 1960’s, then India would have got voting rights with the ICC and the IHRC and bestowed and ‘A’ status. M F Saldanha This shows the politicians and bureaucrats are playing havoc with the system. Saldanha said,” they just don’t want adding to the suffering of the people. different type of institution, judging for to safeguard human rights in the fullest Nothing can be reformed instantly, the itself what is best and ensure proper form since NHRC has been in existence government should stop interfering.” functioning in all the 620 districts of the from 1993 having played with the law NHRC needs to be first completely a country.
Exhibitions Apparao galleries: Apparao Galleries presents Yesterday Once Again, a collection of paintings by Sakhi Burman, representing his life from his early years until the present. Presidency, 82 St Marks Road, G-Floor, adjoining Bishop Cottons Boys School, 11am
Members of the Samatha Sainik Dal (SSD) protesting at Anand Rao circle demanding the renovation of the Devanahalli Tipu fort this morning.
Body seeks renovation of Tipuʼs fort 2 more held in blinding case Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore Beat Bureau Sri Shankara Jayanthi Mandali: Discourse on ‘Bhagawad Geeta,’ by Ganesh Bhat Hobli, Sri Shankara Krupa, 45, Sri Shankar Krupa Road, 16th Cross, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, 6.30 pm.
night ago, had arrived here for Anusha’s wedding when some of her relatives assaulted him after bundling him into a car. One of the assailants had tried to gouge out Raghu’s eyes. He now faces the danger of losing sight in one of his eyes. Recently, some women welfare and human rights organizations protested in the city against tardy investigation into the incident.
Channapatna: Two more persons related to the case of blinding a gym instructor have been arrested by the police here. The police this morning picked up gym instructor Raghu’s former girlfriend Anusha’s father Rajanna and brother Anjan. With this, the police have arrested four persons in the gruesome incident. Raghu, about a fort-
Bangalore: “The Devanahalli Tipu fort is one of the many historical forts in the state. In recent times the fort has gradually disintegrated and has now become an illegal hub where activities like prostitution, use and sale of drugs are going on, all this must be stopped and renovative measures initiatied” said BR Hemant Sriram, Bangalore north taluk president, demanding the renovation of the Devanahalli Tipu fort by the state government at the protest by the Samatha Sainik Dal at Anand
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Pratima’s Art Gallery: A solo exhibition of paintings by Prabhakar Wagh.104, Andrews Building, Near Joyalukkas, M G Road, 11am to 8pm Mahua Art Gallery: An exhibition by four female artists from Bhopal who aim to exhibit their work the world over. The second group show will exhibit nine ceramists, also from Bhopal. A short film will be shown from 5.45 to 6pm. 344/8, 4th Main Road, Sadashivnagar.
Manjula Naidu, former president, Bal Bhavan Society addressing the gathering at Bal Bhavan on the occasion of the 128th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar this morning.
Veda Art Gallery: Personal Freedom is an art exhibition by eleven artists, who give you a rich and varied insight into life and the experiences that make it what it is. 1, Kumara Park Palace View Building, next to BDA and Jagdish Travels, 11 am to 6 pm
Oﬃcials boycott 128th birth anniversary of Ambedkar Bangalore Beat Bureau
Dastakar Andhra Marketing Association: Exhibition of natural dye textures in Andhra weaves and Kalamkari products, the Lady Jahangir Kothari Memorial Hall, 15, Queen’s Road, 10.30 am. Dhatri Pustaka: Release of Gopal Vajpayee’s book ‘Santhyaga Ninthaan Kabir’ by journalist Ravi Belegere, Nayana J C Road, 6 pm. Karnataka Rakshana Vedike: Kempegowda Jayanthotsava music by Shamith Malnad, Gayathrinagar, Tarasu Main Road, 7 pm. Gallery Rasa: Exhibition of artworks by renowned artists, 93, B Muninagappa Arcade, 1st Floor, 3rd Main, 7th Cross, Chamarajpet, 11 am. Venkatappa Art Gallery: Exhibition of Kantharaj metaphorical paintings, Gallery premises,KasturbaRoad,10am. Crimson Art Resource: Exhibition of artworks curated by Giridhar Khasnis, The Hatworks Boulevard, 32, Cunningham Road, 10 am. Veda Art Gallery: Exhibition of various artistes artworks, Gallery premises, 1, Kumara Park Palace ViewBldg, next to BDA, 10 am. Ranga Shankara: Play Necessary Targets, directed by Prakash Belawadi, J P Nagar, 7 pm. Ankita Books: Release of Agni Sridhar’s book ‘Dadagiriya Dinagalu 1’, by advocate H Hanumantharaya, Wadia Auditori-
Rao circle this morning. He further added that the walls of the fort have been scribbled with obscene pictures and words, making it an unpleasant sight to look at. “We request the state government to take the necessary action and develop this heritage site so that it can be made available to the public,” said Sriram The protesting members of the Samathan Sainik Dal said that they will be submitting a requisition letter to the state governor, HR Bhardwaj to take the necessary steps to restore the Devanahalli Tipu fort.
Renaissance Gallerie: A group show of paintings by Srirama Santosh and Bala Shanmugam from Chennai and Tanvi Mani from Bangalore, along with an exhibition of sculptures by Chennai-based sculptor J Vasanth. 104, Westminster, Cunningham Road.
Music Hard rock café: Groove to Blues Before Sunrise, Bangalore city's very own contemporary blues band as they give you their take on the classics. 40, St. Mark’s Road, 8.30 pm Fort High School Grounds: A concert by Anupama Srimali and party followed by a Hindustani vocal performance by Muddu Mohan, Vyasamurty Katti and Ravindra Yavagal, as part of the Sree Ramaseva Mandali’s . Krishna Rajendra Road, Chamarajpet, 5 pm and 7.15 pm.
Dance National institute of Advanced studies: Spic Macay Bengaluru Chapter presents Mudra 201— a Kathak performance by Vidushi Sushmita Bannerjee on the occasion of International World Dance Day. M.S. Ramaiah Hospital entrance, 6.30 pm Ranga shankara: Necessary Targets, written by Eve Ensler, directed by Prakash Belawadi and performed by Suchitra's Centre for Film and Drama. It is about with five civilian women in a refugee camp, dealing 6.30 pm.
Players go on a procession before the inauguration of the fifth junior national dodge ball championship for boys and girls, organised by the Karnataka Dodge Ball Association, at Sahakarnagar this morning. The event will be held on the Corporation Grounds at Kodigehalli till Sunday.
I know nothing about Infy after Murthy: Azim Premji Bangalore: IT czar Azim Premji yesterday declined to offer comments on Infosys Technologies Ltd, post retirement of its chairman N R Narayana Murthy, saying he has no “privileged knowledge”. “Really, I cannot comment on what I know of at the moment. That's an honest truth. I have no privileged knowledge on it”, the Wipro chairman told reporters when asked if Infosys is going to be the same post Murthy's retirement and his view in this regard. Premji said that newspaper speculation is that Murthy is becoming chairman emeritus. The media picks up information from past and present employees just as much as we do, Premji remarked adding that the wait till 30th of April is not that far. Infosys founder is stepping down as the company's chairman in August this year. The nomination committee of Infosys is set to announce Murthy's successor on April 30. Being both headquartered in Bangalore, Infosys, the country's second largest software exporter behind TCS, is often compared with Wipro, the third largest. Infosys is listed on the NASDAQ, while Wipro on New York stock exchange. Some also refer them as city-based rivals in IT space. PTI
Wipro to hike wages by 12‑15 pc for staﬀ in India Bangalore: The country’s third largest software exporter Wipro yesterday said it will hike salaries for its employees in India by 12-15 per cent as it looks to counter high attrition. The wage hike, effective June 1, will be to the tune of 24 per cent for onsite staff. Announcing Q4 2010-11 results, the company said wage hike will impact its operating margins in the first quarter this fiscal. Wipro, which has been competing with domestic and global rivals like Tata Consultancy Services and IBM, has witnessed high levels of attrition over the last few quarters. “We have announced wage hikes effective June 1, 2011, which would have an impact on the operating margins... It will be 12-15 per cent for offshore and 2-4 per cent for onsite employees,” Wipro executive director and chief financial officer Suresh Senapaty said. Wipro added 2,894 people in the IT services vertical during the quarter ended March 31, 2011, and 14,314 people during the year.
It had 1, 22,385 employees as of March 31, 2011. However, we have been able to bring down the attrition through the year. When you go back a couple of quarters, we were at a level which was north of 23.5 per cent and from there, we have been able to bring it closer to about 20 per cent,” Wipro human resources vice-president Pratik Kumar said, adding that voluntary attrition came down to 20.9 per cent in Q4, FY’11, from 21.7 per cent in the preceding quarter. Rival TCS had said it plans to hike wages by 12-14 per cent for India-based employees this fiscal. Wipro today posted muted fourth quarterly numbers. While its consolidated net profit grew 13.77 per cent to Rs 1,375.4 crore in Q4 FY’11, net income from sales increased 18.33 per cent to Rs 8,302.4 crore. For the fiscal ended March, 2011, Wipro registered 15.34 per cent growth in net profit at Rs 5,297.7 crore, while net income from sales in 2010-11 fiscal grew 14.51 per cent to Rs 31,098.7 crore. PTI
not shown any sign of rectifying the damage in its premises, Bangalore: Reacting to the al- where a construction lorry had leged distribution of circulars rammed into a floor causing a for boycotting the 128th birth huge pit to form. Last week a anniversary celebrations of BR person had fallen into the pit, Ambedkar, Venugopal, state and accumulated serious inpresident of driver’s federation juries. “ I received a letter which said,” It is illegal and if we pro- stated that I should boycott this cure proof we can lodge a crim- function, in fact many politicians inal case against the officials have purposefully stayed back who sent a notice not to attend from this function, if we are not the event, it is against humanity going to remember such icons if they are not interested they of our country, it is a shame.” should not come.” Many people present at the He further added that the ad- function alleged that they had ministrative authorities at Bal been given circulars not to attend Bhavan has been negligent and the function.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
BCCI petition sent to SC larger bench New Delhi: The Supreme Court today referred to a larger bench a petition by former Indian cricket board president A C Muthia challenging the amendment to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rules that permitted its office-bearers to own IPL T20 teams. The apex court bench referred the matter to a larger bench following a divergence of views between Justice J M Panchal and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra. Justice Panchal dismissed the petition challenging the amendment, which permitted BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan to own Chennai Superkings. On the other hand, Justice Misra allowed the appeal saying if Srinivasan wanted to continue to hold the franchise of Chennai Superkings he would have to give up his position in BCCI. BCCI rules prohibited its officebearers from engaing in activities that conflict with the
Jawan kills 4 colleagues in camp Srinagar: An Army jawan opened indiscriminate fire allegedly killing four of his colleagues and injuring another inside a camp in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district early today. The jawan, who was arrested soon after the incident, fired at his colleagues at the 42 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Bijbehara, 45 kms from here, an Army spokesman said. A junior commissioned officer (JCO) and three jawans were killed while another jawan was injured in the incident, the spokesman said. The spokesman did not divulge the name of the arrested jawan or his victims. He said an investigation has been launched to ascertain the circumstances which led the jawan to open fire. Senior army officials have rushed to the spot.This is the first incident of fratricide in the Army in the Valley in the past nearly two years. PTI
commercial interest of the cricketing body. However, this provision was amended to facilitate its officebearers from having stake in IPL T20 teams. Justice Panchal said the matter may be placed before Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia for necessary directions. IANS
ROEMER RESIGNS FOR FAMILY COMMITMENTS
New Delhi: US Ambassador Timothy Roemer today announced his resignation from the key diplomatic post citing personal commitments. 54-year-old Roemer, a political appointee, said he has accomplished all of the strategic objectives set two years ago and he wants to go back home to look after his family. Roemer, who was nominated by US President Barack Obama in May 2009, is expected to leave by June. “Ambassador Roemer’s departure is for personal, professional and family considerations,” the US embassy said in a statement here. “When I accepted the job two years ago, I told President Barack Obama that I will serve for two years, but that family considerations would be the front and centre after that,” Roemer said. Roemer said the US-India relationship is on a “positive historic trajectory” to-
and was leaving feeling part of a family, he said, “For me and for my entire family the two years have been a time of incredible experiences, warm friendship, meaningful partnership”. “The US-India relationship – what my friend President Obama calls the defining partnership of the 21st century – has progressed to the global stage.I am very proud to have led the team responsible for deepening and broadening the strategic partnership of this critical bilateral relationship, which is one of the cornerstones of our foreign policy. wards a global partnership. “The US India relationship is on a pos“The horizons of our relationship truly itive historic trajectory towards a global no limits,” he said. partnership that is changing the way our The US envoy said his two sons will two nations create economic opportunity be leaving for college in the next 14 for our citizens, educating the leaders of months and he would like his parents tomorrow, and ensuring safe and secure and in-laws to spend more time with his communities,” he said. children. Roemer said the Indo-US relationship Noting that he came as a diplomat has been further strengthened by the
PAC meets, 2G scam on the agenda
New Delhi: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) met here today with its Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi saying the report on 2G spectrum scam was on agenda and will be discussed on merit. “The report will be discussed on merit,” Joshi told reporters here before the meeting. The attendance at the meeting was almost total with a vote expected on the finalisation of the report. An all out political war has broken out with the draft PAC report coming down heavily on the PMO, Cabinet Secretariat and faulting the Prime Minister in the 2G scam. Congress and DMK have hit back demanding Joshi’s resignation. Riled by critical comments against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the ruling coalition accused Joshi, a veteran BJP leader, of having “malafide intentions” to destabilise the government after he circulated a draft report of the Committee which criticised the PMO and Cabinet Secretariat for not taking
long the process. The draft report also attacked the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram for recommending to the Prime Minister to “treat the matter as closed” instead of taking action against those responsible for loss to the exchequer. The voluminous report had “corrective action”. some unpleasant words for With the strength of the two Singh, who had kept his office sides delicately balanced in the at “arm’s length” in 2G spectrum 21-member committee, the role issue which helped Raja “to exof SP and BSP, which have a ecute his unfair, arbitrary and member each on the PAC, will dubious designs”. be important. The report says the Prime MinThe PAC has seven represen- ister on January three, 2008 wanttatives from the Congress, four ing to keep the PMO at “arm’s from BJP, two each from AIADMK length” seemed to have given and DMK, and one each from an “indirect green signal” to Shiv Sena, BJD, JD(U), SP, BSP Raja to go ahead and “execute and CPI(M). his unfair, arbitrary and dubious Joshi is keen on pushing the designs”. report before the term of the curThe controversial distribution rent Committee ends on Satur- of licences and spectrum was day. But the ruling coalition taken by the DMK representative members are expected to stall in the Cabinet on January 10, the report by seeking further dis- 2008, which the CAG had esticussion and calling more wit- mated a presumptive revenue nesses, including former Telecom loss of over Rs 1.76 lakh crore. Minister A Raja in a bid to pro- PTI
Stop child marriage, says Patil Mysore: “Due to the illiteracy, poverty and superstitious beliefs today child marriage has increased,” said former high court judge and chairman of child marriage prevention core committee, Shivaraj V Patil, who was in Mysore this morning. Patil held a meeting with the officials regarding the issue. The child marriage is more in practice in north Karnataka like Uttar Pradesh, Rajastan and Bihar states. The government officials and the NGO’s should take steps to stop this. Awareness should be created among the poor people who practice child marriage. Even through this are many laws to control this. Mindset of the people should change in this regard where a lot of education programs is to be done to control this. “Many parents think the marriage of their children is a big responsibility, but educating them and giving them bright future is the main responsibility,” Patil said.
landmark 2009 visit and White House dinner honouring Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the history making trip by President Obama to India in 2010. President Obama committed America’s support to India for a permanent UN Security Council seat and removed nine Indian companies from the entities list. “We have entered into a strategic dialogue on Afghanistan and a new joint economic partnership for capacity building,” he said. Roemer said he was proud to have worked with the Indian government to sign the counter-terrorism cooperation initiative providing groundbreaking joint US-India work on mega-city policing, forensic lab training, intelligence sharing, and sharing best government-wide practices. He noted that during his tenure, the US-India defence partnership expanded exponentially.
House burgled in morning at R.R Nagar Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: A house was burgled in the morning and jewellery, cash and other valuables worth over Rs 1.5 lakh were stolen at Rajarajeshwari Nagar yesterday. House owner Venkat Rao has complained to the police that he had locked the house and gone to a coaching class close to his house around 10 am. As he was nearing the coaching class a woman approached him and asked whether his household needed a maid. She walked away when he refused. When he returned home at 11.10 am, he found the locks of the door broken open and valuables stolen.
Passengers fume as pilotsʼ strike grounds 53 A‑I ﬂights Continued from page 1 Chaotic scenes were witnessed, particularly at the terminals in Delhi and Mumbai, as passengers frantically sought alternatives. “I can understand the management’s dilemma. But why should I be informed just the last moment that my flight is cancelled. I could have made some alternative arrangements,” Sandeep Goyal, a passenger bound for Mumbai, said in the capital. “Now the private carriers are taking advantage of the situation. A ticket that should cost around Rs 6,600 at the last moment, is now being sold for Rs 8,800. I had booked days in advance. Even with full refund, my loss is much more,” Goyal said. Members of the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), once on the rolls of the erstwhile Indian Airlines, struck work midnight Tuesday demanding parity in pay with their counterparts in Air India and other issues related to work conditions. They also demanded that the airline reinstate the six pilots
who were sacked and two others who were suspended Wednesday, and want the union to be recognised again and its offices de-sealed. Appeals by Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi and Air India chairman and managing director Arvind Jadhav, asking pilots to end the strike and come to the negotiating table, were in vain. “We have decided to rope in 150 management pilots to keep the operations as smooth as possible,” a spokesperson for Air India said, referring to the senior executive pilots who are now also tasked with administrative duties. But the striking staff members said some of these pilots had reported sick Thursday. The civil aviation ministry has decided to fully back the Air India management and the minister said a section of the pilots, whatever be their grievances, cannot hold the carrier to ransom, especially when it is going through difficult times. Ravi said the pilots should work with the expert committee constituted under a retired
Supreme Court judge, Justice C S Dharamadhikari, to examine employee issues such as pay parity between the staff of the two airlines. This panel had started its work on Monday. Chairman Jadhav even wrote a strong letter to the 35,000 employees of the carrier and said the striking pilots were behaving irresponsibly and were unconcerned about inconvenience caused to passengers, especially in these testing times. “Why are some pilots being impatient, being irresponsible, being unreasonable and being adamant on tarnishing the image of the company and being totally unconcerned towards the convenience of our esteemed patrons and passengers?” But the pilots said they had been left with no option but to resort to the strike. “It is the management that has forced us. We are the third union to get derecognised,” said the association’s general secretary Capt. Rishab Kapoor. Wednesday also saw the Delhi High Court slamming the Air India management.
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Lens‑less microscope produces sharp 3‑D images Washington: A lens-less microscope small enough to sit on the palm of your hand has enough punch to create 3D images of miniscule samples. The technique demonstrates a lens-free optical tomographic imaging on a chip for the first time, capable of producing high-resolution 3-D images of large volumes of microscopic objects. “This research clearly shows the potential of lens-free computational microscopy,” said Aydogan Ozcan, senior study author and associate professor of electrical engineering at University of California-Los Angeles School of Engineering and Applied Science. “Wonderful progress has been made in recent years to miniaturize life-sciences tools with microfluidic and lab-on-a-chip technologies, but until now optical microscopy has not kept pace with the miniaturisation trend,” the journal proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports. An optical imaging system small enough to fit onto an opto-electronic chip provides a variety of benefits, according to a California statement. Because of the automation involved in onchip systems, scientific work could be sped up significantly, which might have a great impact in the fields of cell and developmental biology. Besides, the small size not only has great potential for miniaturising systems but also leads to cost savings on equipment. The optical microscope, invented more than 400 years ago, has tended to grow larger and more complex as it has been modified to view ever-smaller objects with better resolution. The system takes advantage of the fact that organic structures, such as cells, are partially transparent. So by shining a light on a sample of cells, the shadows created reveal not only the cells’ outlines but details about their sub-cellular structures
as well. IANS
This supercomp can process tsunami of data! Washington: Gordon, a cutting-edge supercomputer, can process a tsunami of digital information, besides tackling new challenges in data storage and massive datasets. “Gordon is a supercomputer that will do for scientific data analysis what Google does for web search,” said Michael Norman, director of San Diego Supercomputer Centre (SDSC), University of California, which is designing and developing the system. Gordon will have 250 trillion bytes of flash memory. It will be capable of handling massive databases while providing up to 100 times faster speed when compared to hard drive disk systems for some queries, according to a California statement. “Digital data is advancing at least as fast, and probably faster, than Moore’s Law,” said Michael Norman, director of SDSC. Moore’s Law refers to the computing belief that the number of transistors which can be placed cheaply on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every 18 months. This makes Gordon ideal for data mining and data exploration, where researchers have to churn through tremendous amounts of data just to find a small amount of valuable information, not unlike a web search. These findings will be presented at the 3rd Annual La Jolla Research & Innovation Summit this week. IANS
f the original Portal had an element of surprise, with its style of first personbased puzzle gameplay, then Portal 2 rarely falters. The world is bigger, the story thicker, and the character development more surprising. The mania of Glados – the murderous robotic villain and the facility’s operator is molded into unexpected form alongside a host of other funny personalities. The history of the Aperture Science Facility is filled in, character origins discussed, and, though its pacing suffers as it occasionally strikes a more serious tone, the game is filled with an abundance of cruel jokes that ensures that it does not lose its charm. Players get to play as Chell who is dragged into Aperture after the events of the first game and meet Wheatley, a spherical robot, who provides help through the initial stages. It's easy to be just as concerned about missing lines of dialogue as about progressing through the puzzles, especially during Wheatley and GLaDOS' verbal sparring matches. The attention to detail throughout is nothing short of stunning. The facility is in a state of disrepair at the beginning. Once GLaDOS whirrs into action, so does the facility, becoming an extension of her body and personality. When you enter a room, mechanized crane arms and wall plates spin and shift with an urgency like you walked in on them with their pants down. As Portal 2 progresses, the environments expand from claustrophobic test chambers to yawning underground chasms. Metal girders and structural supports break and crash into each another, snapping apart in chaotic and natural ways, consistently serving not only to entertain the eye but to expand our understanding of the game's characters. The core appeal of something like Portal will never be the visuals, but it's still impressive. According to Anirudh Pillai, EA games, Hyderabad; “Though there's a much bigger emphasis on story and character development in Portal 2, you'll spend a lot of time tangling with spatial reasoning puzzles in test chambers. Valve brings back the same portal gun while greatly expanding the number of gameplay toys. The gun shoots two linked portals through which you and objects can pass and momentum is maintained. To get from one test chamber to the next and through the guts of Aperture's vastness, you'll use your portals to redirect energy beams, coat surfaces with globular gel that makes you bounce or run at high speeds, pass over gaping pits with bridges of light and manipulate cylindrical tractor beams. “Arriving at a solution will require quick reaction just as often as clear thinking, as portals sometimes need to be repositioned while soaring through the air or before timers run out. This isn't a first personshooter in the traditional sense, but at times it can feel like one as you zoom in with your portal gun to spy distant targets and frantically adjust your aim and fire with precision.” No matter how complicated the puzzles get, the solutions are always sensible. Other times you'll have no idea what to do, exhausting seemingly all possible options until, eventually, a solution so plainly obvious sparks in your brain and you curse yourself for being such a dolt. Valve does an excellent job of presenting you with all the necessary clues without slapping a set of instructions onscreen to explain the way forward. Each of the robotic cooperative characters carries a portal gun, which means two guns and four portals. Valve takes full advantage of the increased capacity for dimensional holes by raising the level of challenge and coordination required. Portal 2 is a first-person thrill ride from beginning to end that challenges you to think without failing to entertain.
Portal 2 is bigger and better. The amazing visuals, though are not central to the game are stunning. The game itself is quite enjoyable and intelligent.
Now websites can track your IP address London: A new online tracking system will allow websites to pinpoint your location to within a few hundred metres, without your permission. Internet sites will be able to work out where users are within an average of 690 metres, using information about their internet connection. At the moment they can only track users’ locations to within a radius of about 200 km, but the new technique will narrow this down to as little as 100 metres, the Daily Mail reports. The development comes as privacy concerns were also raised about iPhone users having their locations and movements secretly tracked and stored. Researchers discovered that the Apple devices save the user’s latitude and longitude along with a
time and date stamp that can be easily accessed. The tracking method will allow online advertisers to target web browsers with tailored messages, but it has raised concerns about privacy. Similar techniques of mapping the internet protocol (IP) address that every computer has are already in use, but are far less accurate. The new system, which has been designed by American and Chinese researchers, compares the time it takes to send data to computers to the time it takes to send to computers it knows the location of using Google Maps. Using a rough estimation of how far away the computer connection is, the system locates nearby landmarks, such as universities and schools, and compares their location to narrow down the computer’s
whereabouts. On an average, the method gets to within 690 metres of the target, but it can be as close as 100 metres, good enough to identify the location of the computer to within a few streets. To locate computers to this accuracy has previously required people to agree to share location, but the new system does not need any particular software on the computer to work or even the user’s permission. Yong Wang, one of the researchers who designed the method, said: “This is a client-independent method. The client does not need to approve anything.” The tracking system will be particularly valuable to advertisers who will be able to target browsers with advertisements for shops and service just down the street. IANS
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
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CIA, ISI are best of partners: Haqqani
Washington: Amidst reports that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of late do not see an eye to eye, Pakistan’s envoy to the US Husain Haqqani said both are best of partners in the war against terrorism. “Actually, contrary to public perception, CIA and ISI are the best of partners,” Haqqani told the MSNBC news channel in an interview. “Just as there are people who don’t want to believe the birth certificate even if it exists, similarly, there are people who don’t want to believe that the ISI is a partner of the CIA. And that causes a lot of problems,” Haqqani said referring to the controversy surrounding the birth certificate of President Barack Obama. “The truth is that, in the last few months, we have really worked at bridging the gap. Last week, Pakistan’s foreign secretary was in town. We had intense meetings. Ambassador Grossman, President Obama’s new special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is headed
The important thing is Pakistan needs the US, and the US needs Pakistan. We are allies. We are partners, and we will work together,” Haqqani said. The Pakistani Ambassador down played the recent statement by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, that elements in ISI has links with the terrorist Haqqani network. “What he did was he actually asserted an intelligence assessment over which Pakistan and America have disagreed over a long time. Now, it is something that is a subject of an ongoing discussion between us. We intend to clear it up. We want Afghanistan to be a stable state in our neighborhood. We want the United States to succeed in Husain Haqqani Afghanistan, and we intend to work to Pakistan,” he said. with the US,” Haqqani said. Haqqani said the CIA and the ISI “There’s a long history here. The new have already worked out an arrangement democratic government that took over whereby they will be able to have meas- in 2008 has come a long way in building ures that will enable each other to trust a strategic partnership. It will take us a each other on certain specifics. little more time to overcome the burden “We have overcome the rough patch. of history,” Haqqani said. PTI
Ex‑Costa Turkey to build Rican Prez canal thru Istanbul given 5‑yr to aid sea traﬃc jail term San Jose: Costa Rica’s former president Miguel Angel Rodriguez has been sentenced to five years in prison for taking kickbacks for granting a lucrative contract to French telecoms company Alcatel. He governed the Costa Rica from 1998-2002. Rodriguez, an erstwhile head of the Organisation of American States, on Wednesday turned the second former Costa Rican president to be convicted on corruption charges. Another former Costa Rican president Rafael Angel Calderon was sentenced in 2009 for actions that occurred after his 1990-1994 presidential term. The court in San Jose, the third-largest city in California, acquitted Rodriguez on four other charges, but included in his sentence a 12year ban on holding any public office.
Istanbul: Turkey has announced a plan to build a 50-km canal through Istanbul that would connect the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea. T he canal will be dug through the European part of city, in one of the largest projects of the 21st century that will help solve the problem of the overloaded Bosporus Strait, Xinhua news agency reported. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there were many cities in the world with a river passing through them. However, Istanbul was the only city with a sea passing through it. The Bosphorus Strait forms part of the boundary between “It is the time to gain the fruits of work,” Marzouq added. Europe and Asia. It is the world’s the negotiations and reach agreement A source told Xinhua that Egypt narrowest strait used for interbetween Fatah and Hamas,” said will invite Palestinian National national navigation that connects Moussa Abou Marzouq, deputy chair- Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud the Black Sea with the Sea of man of the political bureau of Hamas, Abbas, Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal Marmara, and thereby to the in a joint press conference. and other Palestinian factions to Mediterranean Sea. The Bospho“We have handled all the contro- Cairo within a week to sign the rus Strait is 31 km long, with a versial remarks regarding the Egyptian final agreement which aims at width of 3,329 metres at the northproposal like the date of elections and ending the political split between ern entrance and 2,826 metres the election committee, forming a theHamas-controlled Gaza Strip at the southern entrance. government of independents, and re- and the West Bank ruled by the The prime minister unveiled sumption of the legislative council Fatah-led PNA. the plans for the “Canal Istanbul”
Fatah, Hamas reach pact on reconciliation Paris Hilton poses at US Weekly’s Annual Hot Hollywood Style Issue event in Los Angeles.
Cairo: Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas yesterday signed a preliminary agreement on reconciliation during talks in Cairo, a step which paves the way for the formation of an interim government to prepare for elections. The agreement was on all controversial issues, including the elections and the formation of the interim government, MENA news agency quoted senior Egyptian officials as saying. “We have agreed to form a govern-
ment composed of independent figures that would start preparing for presidential and parliamentary elections,” said chairman of Fatah parliamentary bloc Azzam al-Ahmed, adding elections will be held within one year. The interim government will be responsible for internal issues, while the interim committee for Palestinian fractions will deal with foreign affairs, Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar said.
at a meeting themed “Turkey’s ready goals 2023, Istanbul’s ready goals 2023”, Xinhua said. The 50-km canal will be 25 metre deep, with a surface width of 145-150 metre and an underwater width of 120 metre. Erdogan said the canal will be able to support the largest ships in the world, with weight of 300,000 tonnes. “This is an energy, transport, city-planning and scientific project at the same time, as well as a project for employment and environmental protection. It will help protect the nature of Istanbul, the environment, sea, water resources, flora and fauna,” the prime minister was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti news agency as saying. The cost of the project, which is expected to be completed within two years, is being kept secret, Erdogan said. Turkish media reported that the estimated construction cost may reach $20 billion. A new airport to become the largest in Turkey will also be built close to the channel. IANS
US couple donates $110m to Tai chi can aid Half of US breathes Low iodine levels in teen university patients of polluted air: Report
Los Angeles: A philanthropist couple in the US has donated $110 million to the University of Southern California (USC) to fund full tuition and four-year undergraduate scholarships. The donation, which came from USC engineering school alumnus John Mork and his wife Julie, is the largest gift in the university’s history for undergraduate scholarships, the USC said. The gift will create the USC Mork Family Scholars Programme, which will support current and future generations of students in the science, engineering, social sciences, arts and humanities, and other fields, Xinhua quoted USC President C L Max Nikias as saying. “Through their exceptional generosity, the Mork family have demonstrated their tremendous passion for higher education, ensuring that the life-changing gift of education will be available to many young men and women now and into the future,” Nikias said. “Their gift forever changes the educational landscape at USC, and will help us attract the most talented and deserving students.” The scholarships will cover recipients’ tuition, which will be $42,162 next year, with an extra $5,000 in annual spending money. Students will be chosen based on academic promise, not financial need, and will be required to maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.5 while at USC. Mork Family Scholars will also include students from the USC Family of Schools, 15 neighbouring schools that surround the University Park and Health Sciences campuses, where USC students and employees provide outreach and public service. Mork told reporters earlier that he hoped the donation would help as many young people as possible to obtain a university education as the ticket to a middle-class life. “Public and private education has gotten more expensive over time. I think this will allow the very best kids to get a degree at USC, whether they can afford it or not,” he said. Mork, 63, is chief executive of the Denver-based Energy Corp. of America, which controls vast leased acreage and thousands of wells in Appalachia, the Texas coast, the Rockies and New Zealand. He graduated from USC in 1970 with a degree in petroleum engineering. Mork was elected to the USC Board of Trustees in 2006. Julie Mork is a director of Energy Corporation of America, and managing director of the ECA Foundation, a private corporate foundation with a focus on youth and education. IANS
US state may ban discussing homosexuality in schools New York: The US state of Tennessee will soon vote on a bill that would prohibit school teachers from discussing human sexuality “other than heterosexuality” in schools. School teachers could even lose their jobs for discussing homosexuality with students, Fox News reported. The state senate will vote on the bill termed “Don’t Say Gay” - that would prohibit educators from “teaching or furnishing of materials on human sexuality other than heterosexuality in public school grades”. The senate education committee has passed the bill. The author of the bill, state senator Stacey Campfield, has been trying to advance the bill for several years as member of the House. Campfield said the bill aims to stop gay-rights activists from pushing their agenda. IANS
Washington: The ancient Chinese exercise of tai chi can perk up mood and prospects of patients with chronic heart failure. “Preliminary evidence suggests that meditative exercise may have benefits for patients with chronic systolic (when the heart contracts) heart failure; this has not been rigorously tested in a large clinical sample,” wrote the study authors. Gloria Y Yeh of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and colleagues evaluated 100 outpatients with systolic heart failure who were recruited between May 1, 2005 and Sep 30, 2008. Fifty patients were randomly put in a 12-week tai chi-based exercise intervention group, and the other 50 were put in a time-matched education group, the journal Archives of Internal Medicine reports. The tai chi intervention group consisted of onehour group classes held twice-a-week for 12 weeks. The education sessions were also held twice-a-week for the same duration as the tai chi lessons, and were led by a nurse practitioner, according to a Harvard statement. The two groups were generally similar in demographics, clinical classification of heart disease severity, and rates of comorbidities. At the completion of the study, there were no significant differences in change in six-minute walk distance and peak oxygen uptake when comparing the tai chi and control groups, however, patients in the tai chi group had greater improvements in quality of life. The tai chi group also showed improvements in exercise self-efficacy -- confidence to perform certain exercise-related activities with increased daily activity, and related feelings of well-being compared with the education group. IANS
Los Angeles: Air pollution poses a threat to the health of about 154 million Americans or more than half of the US population, the American Lung Association (ALA) stated yesterday. The air is so polluted in some areas that it is often dangerous to breathe, Xinhua quoted the ALA stating in its annual report on air quality across the US. About 48 percent of US residents live in counties where smog (ozone) is too high, 20 percent live in areas where there are too many short-term spikes in pollution and six percent live in areas with harmful year-round soot (particle pollution), said the report. About 17 million Americans live in areas afflicted by all three air pollution hazards, the report noted. The report listed California as the most polluted state, where people are breathing some of the worst air. Compared with other states, California has more polluted
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places, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Riverside, Bakersfield and Fresno, the report said. Research suggests air pollution threatens human health — and not just the lungs. Small particles of pollution can lodge deep in the lungs, triggering an inflammatory process that, over time, can spread elsewhere in the body and damage blood vessels and the heart, said Norman Edelman, the ALA’s chief medical officer. In addition to posing both long-term and short-term risks, pollution can also contribute to low birth weights, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and, ultimately, shorter life spans, he warned. IANS
London: Two-thirds of teenage girls have low iodine levels, potentially jeopardising the health of their future children, according to an expert. A study of more than 700 schoolgirls in Britain found almost 70 percent were deficient in iodine, which is key to brain development in the womb. The deficiency may not affect a girl’s own health, but can stunt the intelligence of any children she has. Teenage girls were studied because, as potential mothers-tobe, their iodine levels are seen as the most critical, according to a Daily Mail report. Mark Vanderpump, consultant physician in diabetes and endocrinology at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London, who led the study, believes teenage girls are so short of the mineral because they are not drinking enough milk. He warned: “Iodine deficiency
Britain, he found that 69 percent were classed as deficient by World Health Organisation standards. And 18 percent were classed as having “very low” levels of iodine – no more than half the recommended amount – the Society for Endocrinology’s annual conference heard. IANS
Worldʼs first HIV may be risk e‑glasses to factor in heart failure replace bifocals
Washington: Patients with HIV infection without a prior history of coronary heart disease may be at a higher risk of developing heart failure. “Heavy alcohol consumption, which is more prevalent among HIV-infected people, is also an established risk factor for heart failure,” the study authors write. Adeel A Butt from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and colleagues analyzed data from HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected veterans enrolled in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study Virtual Cohort, the journal Archives of Internal Medicine reports. The objective was to determine whether HIV infection was independently associated with an increase risk of heart failure (HF), according to a Pittsburgh statement. A total of 8,486 patients were
included in the analysis, of whom 2,391 were HIV- infected and 6,095 were HIV-uninfected. During the median (midpoint) 7.3 years of follow-up, there were 286 new heart failure events and 1,096 deaths. “Participants with HIV infection were more likely to have Hepatitis C virus co-infection and cocaine abuse or dependence and higher reported rate of current smoking, but were less likely to have hypertension or diabetes,” the authors report. Compared with HIV-uninfected veterans, those who were HIV-infected had an increased risk of heart failure, and this association was also present among veterans who did not have a coronary heart disease event or a diagnosis related to alcohol abuse or dependence before the heart failure event. IANS
Calcium supplements not good for women? Sydney: There is growing evidence that calcium supplements increase the risk of heart attacks among older women, say researchers. Calcium supplements are often prescribed to older (postmenopausal) women to maintain bone health. High blood calcium levels are linked to calcification (hardening) of the arteries, which may also help to explain these results. Though the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study, a seven-year trial of over 36,000 women, found no cardiovascular effect of taking combined calcium and vitamin D supplements, but a team led by Prof Ian Reid at the University of Auckland, re-analysed the WHI results to evaluate the effects of calcium supplements, with or without vitamin D, on the risk of cardiovascular events, the British Medical
is one of the main preventable causes of mental impairment and studies show that if the mother’s thyroid is underactive then the baby can be born with an IQ that is 10 to 15 points lower,” the report says. When Vanderpump measured iodine levels from 737 girls in their early teens from around
Conversely, in women who were taking personal calcium supplements at the start of the trial, combined calcium and vitamin D supplements did not alter their usual cardiovascular risk.The authors suspect that the abrupt change in blood calcium levels after taking a supplement causes the adverse effect, rather than it being related to the total amount of calcium consumed. Further analyses – adding data from 13 other trials, involving 29,000 people altogether – also found consistent increases in the risk of heart attack and stroke associated with taking calcium supplements, with or Journal reports, citing an Auckland start of the trial and found that those without vitamin D. varsity statement. allocated to combined calcium and These analyses led the study authors Reid’s team analysed data from vitamin D supplements were at an to conclude that these data justify a 16,718 women who were not taking increased risk of cardiovascular events, reassessment of the use of calcium personal calcium supplements at the especially heart attack. supplements in older people. IANS
London: A company has developed electronic spectacles that promise to allow bifocal wearers to switch between different prescription settings for reading and more distant viewing. Part of a new line of electronic eye glasses called emPower, the lenses contain a thin layer of liquid crystal that changes its alignment when prompted, thereby changing the strength of focus. People who wear bifocal glasses know all about how the distorted view they get when looking downwards at the ground, reports the Daily Mail. All the emPower wearer needs to do is tilt his head downward or manually touch the frame and the reading prescription is activated – and vice versa. emPower manufacturer PixelOptics promises the new glasses will be “fabricated in all prescriptions... and will be available
in numerous high-fashion styles, shapes, sizes and colours”. The glasses were unveiled last month during the International Vision Expo East in New York and are set for a US release this summer. Each eight-hour battery charge allows for two-to-three days of switching between focus settings. The frames have three settings – automatic, manual on and manual off – allowing the wearer to remain fully in control. One potential drawback is their cost – a pair will set you back between $1,000 (approx Rs 45,000) and $2,060 (Rs 90,000), although that includes the frames, lenses, coatings and charger. PixelOptics has been developing its emPower glasses for 12 years and has filed 275 patents in the US during the process. IANS
Thursday, April 28, 2011
ctress Jennifer Aniston is set to splash out $5.9 million on a luxurious New York apartment which comes with an 800-square foot terrace. The “Just Go With It” actress is close to finalising a deal on the luxurious Manhattan property after deciding to relocate to the city from her current home in Los Angeles, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Although the 1,200 square foot penthouse apartment has just one bedroom and one bathroom, it comes with an 800-square foot terrace with views of the New York Harbour to the Empire state building. “I have been looking and looking and looking. I grew up here (New York City). I miss it,” she said. The property which is on the 18th floor of a pre-war building with a doorman, also has a new open-plan kitchen, dining room, living room, hardwood and poured concrete floors as well as four closets.
usic composer Anu Malik alleges that Pritam Chakraborty has lifted the entire tune of his “Mohabaat naam hai kiska” from “Ajnabee” and used it in the song “Character dhila hai”. The song features in director Anees Bazmee forthcoming movie “Ready” and is picturised on Salman Khan and Zarine Khan. “The full tempo, the full tune has been taken and ripped off,” Anu told IANS. “I had liked the song and had called and congratulated Aneesji for such a fantastic song. Then I found that I was clapping for my own song,” he added. Anu may file a suit for plagiarising his song. “We have to take a legal opinion and then take a call. I will talk to my lawyer first as it is a straight rip-off of my song,” said Anu. He wonders why Pritam didn’t bother to give credit to R.D. Burman for using his composition in the title song of Rohan Sippy’s “Dum Maaro Dum”. “First of all they copied Panchamda’s tune and called it their own. ‘Dum maro dum’ is actually Panchamda’s composition. They don’t even give credit. It’s terrible. You cannot copy other’s composition and call it your own and then get away and get applause,” he said.
ʻCharacter dhila haiʼ is a copy of my song: Anu Malik
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bhishek Bachchan tries to don different avatars in all his films since he feels audiences will get bored if he keeps doing just one thing because now people don’t hero worship actors. “You have to do something different. It will be terribly boring if you have to do the same thing every day. Today’s generation will get really bored if they see actors doing the same thing again and again. “They want to see their actors doing new things. I think the time of hero worshipping actors and being content with just one image of theirs has gone. Today, audiences want to see variety,” the 25-year-old actor said. After “Game” and “Dum Maaro Dum”, the actor will be seen in Abbas Mastan’s “Players”.
omposer Pritam Chakraborty says “Ready” album is Salman Khan’s work. “This is completely Salman Khan’ s music. Very enjoyable. He is always involved in everything related to a film.
He knows what exactly works with him, so he was all through in the making of the music,” the composer said. “Ready”, directed by Anees Bazmee and also starring Asin Thottumkal, has four tracks and four remixes.
exican actress Fernanda Romero, who was charged with fraudulently getting married to obtain legal status in the US, will have to spend a month in prison for lying during her trial. Federal Judge Manuel Real ruled that Romero and husband Kent Ross will serve their identical sentences on 15 consecutive weekends starting June 24. In addition, the actress will have to perform 1,000 hours of community service. Romero is “relieved” to be finally putting this matter behind her, her lawyer, Michael Nasatir, said in a communique. “She is disappointed at the court’s decision to impose this jail time on the weekends, but she will comply with it,” Nasatir added. The couple, who faced a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison if found guilty, pleaded guilty to providing false information to the authorities. They admitted having provided false information in documents they filled out in December 2007 and lying to authorities when they confirmed that they were living together in 2005 and 2006. Romero and Ross, who will spend the next five years on probation, were arrested in April 2010 and their initial trial ended in a hung jury. They wed in 2005, but never lived together as a couple.
Actress sent to jail for Green Card marriage
inger Christina Aguilera has praised her boyfriend Matthew Rutler even as she doesn’t wish to talk about their relationship in detail. The 30-year-old singer has been romancing with set designer Rutler since they met while working on her movie “Burlesque”. And she admits she is delighted to have found love again after splitting from husband Jordan Bratman last October, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Christina, whose divorce was finalised earlier this month, said: “There is someone very lovely in my life. Yes.”
gambler has placed a bet on Kate Middleton wearing the Queen’s over 90-year-old diamond tiara at her wedding with Prince William, a media report said Tuesday. If the gambler’s hunch is right, The Sun said that it would mean Kate has borrowed the Queen’s priceless tiara. Wearing it would make Kate Friday the first “commoner” to use it for her wedding. The tiara was made in 1919 for Queen Mary and it is formally known as the George III Tiara. A middle-aged woman tried to lay the 6,000 pounds wager at Ladbrokes in Ascot, Berks. She was turned away as the manager was convinced she had inside information. The woman then travelled to nearby Egham, where she obtained odds of 12-1, the media report said. In case she is right, she stands to gain 72,000 pounds - making it the largest stake on the wedding so far. Till now, Kate was tipped to wear flowers. Betting firm Ladbrokes has closed the book on this bet. “If the punt comes home, we’ll lose a fortune. This woman either has more money than sense, or she is very well informed,” spokesperson Alex Donohue was quoted as saying.
THE BETʼS ON – KATE TO AGUILERA PRAISES BEAU wear Queenʼs diamond tiara
Thursday, April 28, 2011
ready to accept her slim self
scar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, who has shed around 40 kg of weight in just two years, is mentally unable to accept her slim figure and she still picks up clothes of extra-large size. “I’m still not used to my new self yet, so I’m figuring out who I am right now. Like, how do I want to be perceived? Who am I? Along with a physical change, it is also a mental change, so my mind has to play catch up with what everybody else sees. I haven’t got there yet. I go shopping and pick up an outfit in an extra-large or large. Physically I might be right, but not mentally,” Hudson told Look magazine. While the 29-year-old has shed the weight slowly and sensibly, she still finds it difficult to embrace her new physique, reports contactmusic.com.
inger Beyonce Knowles has been accused of putting 70 people out of work after “abruptly abandoning” plans for a video game “on a whim”. According to a complaint filed on Tuesday in New York, the agreement fell apart during a “crucial moment in the project’s development” because Beyonce made “an extortionate demand” for more cash. She allegedly “destroyed Gate Five’s business, and drove 70 people into unemployment”. The bosses of the firm claimed that they were set to release a game with the singer called ‘Starpower: Beyonce’, but the deal fell through when she suddenly pulled out of the project last year, reports contactmusic.com. Now Gate Five chiefs want to recover the $6.7 million investment they put into the venture and more than $100 million in profits they claim the game would have made.
Itʼs a boy for TONI COLLETTE
ctress Elizabeth Hurley has learnt how to understand men through her nine-year-old son Damien. She has enjoyed several highprofile relationships, including romances with actor Hugh Grant, businessman Arun Nayar, and her current love affair with Australian cricket ace Shane Warne. But adamant men remained a mystery for Hurley, until her son gave her an uncensored insight into the male psyche, reports dailystar.co.uk. “Now I’m learning about boys. I think I’ve learnt much more about men through my son. And it’s not flattering, to be honest. I hadn’t realised how simple they are. I mean just basic, simple needs. Since I’ve seen that, a lot of things have fallen into place about them,” she told The Sunday Times Style magazine.
ustralian actress Toni Collette has given birth to her second child, a babyboy, Arlo Robert Galafassi. The “Little Miss Sunshine” actress, who already has a three-yearold daughter Sage with husband David Galafassi, gave birth to the baby-boy Friday, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Collette married David Galafassi in 2003. They have their homes in Australia and Ireland and split their time between the two.
ctress Tina Fey will never take fashion advice from designers as most of them don’t wear their own catwalk creations. The “30 Rock” star, who is currently pregnant with her second child, believes it’s better to have a look at what designers are wearing rather than wearing their collection, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “A wise friend once told me, ‘Don’t wear what fashion designers tell you to wear. Wear what they wear’. His point being that most designers, no matter what they throw onto the runway, favour simple, flattering pieces for themselves,” she said.
No fashion advice for HAVE LEARNT MORE about men through my son: Hurley
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roubled actress Lindsay Lohan, who was sentenced to 120 days in jail, recently owned up to her mistakes on a television show and said that she is now looking forward to putting the past behind. “Being young and being in a position that I was in, you don’t really take the time to appreciate what you have. It’s all kind of a whirlwind, people make decisions for you. (But) I’m not a kid anymore. I’m 24. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I recognise that. But I’m in the clear now and I feel like as long as I stay focused, I’ll be able to achieve what I want to achieve,” Lohan said during an appearance on “The Tonight Show”. The 24-year-old was ordered back to jail for a fourth time April 22, after a Los Angeles judge ruled that she had violated her probation stemming from a 2007 driving under the influence (DUI) charge, reports dailystar.co.uk. Now, the actress is hoping to get her career back on track with an upcoming role in “Gotti: Three Generations” with actor John Travolta.
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inger Jennifer Lopez’s threeyear-old daughter is already showing signs of becoming a fashion icon as she always plans what she wears. “When I get ready for work, we lay everything out - the pants, shoes, earrings, belts. Emme says, ‘Okay, I need pants’ and ‘That matches. I need a barrette’. It’s crazy!,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Lopez as saying. While Emme is into fashion, her twin brother Max is more masculine. “He is into breaking things, tearing things down, punching and then saying, ‘I’m hitting in a fun way’. He’s that guy,” she said.
already into fashion!