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Odisha to provide cash to students for purchase of Cycle Bhubaneswar : The school students will be hence forth provided cash for purchase of Cycle, instead of supplying Cycles. The School and Mass Education Minister Pratap Jena told here on Friday that it has been decided to stop supply cycles to the school students and to provide Cash to the beneficiary students to purchase Cycle. The beneficiary student can purchase cycle from the market as per their choice. The government will provide Rs2,600/- to the beneficiary student for purchase of a cycle through Bank Account or Cheque. The beneficiary will be compelled to show the purchase memo and cycle to the Head Master of the School and if necessary to the officers of the department. The beneficiary student will be bound to come to the school by cycle regularly. The government will bear Rs 70 Crore per annum.
New Delhi : Senior Indian Police Service officer Sanjiv Bhatt, whose affidavit has implicated Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riot cases, says he has never backed down from the truth, but he fears for his family's safety. "I filed an affidavit on 14th of this month (April, 2011) in the Supreme Court. I have gone on oath when recording this statement. This time the SIT summoned me under CrPC. I recorded my statement and my statement was recorded on March 23. Whatever I had to say, I have said in the affidavit to the Supreme Court. There is no question of resigning from the service. I have lot of tasks to do," said the police officer. Bhatt claimed that he never revealed about the meeting where Narendra Modi categorically issued instructions that Hindus should be allowed to express their anger and Muslims should be taught a befitting lesson so that incidents like the burning of Sabarmati Express never happen again in Gujarat because he was never summoned by any forum to appear. "I was never summoned by any forum to appear before this. It was for the first time that I was summoned by SIT in 2009. I was an intelligence officer and was privy to a lot of information at that time," said Bhatt, who was the
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Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence, State Intelligence Bureau, Gandhinagar, from December 1999 to September 2002. "All I am doing is keeping the truth. I am telling what I know as and when I am called and asked about. I am duty bound. I have taken a stand, I have given the statement under oath. I am not worried at all. I know I am giving out what is the truth," he said. "I was intrigued why I was never contacted. I did not write to anyone as I was not supposed to. My immediate boss was aware what had happened.
Odisha Minister directs OAS officers to submit property lists in 7 days Bhubaneswar: All OAS officers in the Revenue Department have to submit their property lists within seven days to the Government. Revenue Minister SN Patro on Wednesday issued a direction in this regard to his department official. The order said any failure to honour the direction
would invite disciplinary action. Thought there is a standing provision that OAS officers should submit their property lists in every three years, many officers are found deviating from the practice.
Govt to study SC order before responding on Niyamgiri mining Bhubaneswar : The Odisha government on Thursday said that it would study the notice served to it by the Supreme Court on the case relating to bauxite mining proposal at Niyamgiri in Kalahandi district. We have not seen the Supreme Court direction yet. We will study the order before replying to it, chief secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik told reporters here. He said that the state government was not aware what the Apex Court wanted to know from the state government. After getting the order copy we will decide which department will answer, the chief secretary said. If queries are relating to Forest Rights Acts, the department of Schedule Tribe and Scheduled Caste development would reply, he said adding that the steel and mines department might reply on the queries on mining issues while forest and environment department would respond to environment related subjects. Meanwhile, managing director of the state owned Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) Saswat Mishra was optimistic on getting justice from the apex court. OMC had moved the SC challenging the Ministry of Environment and Forest's (MoEF) decision of rejecting environmental clearance to the mining project at Niyamgiri hills. Though the MoEF had earlier given in-principle approval to the project in 2007, it rejected it on August 24, 2010. OMC in a joint venture with Sterlite (a sister concern of Vedanta) was about to start mining operation at Niyamgiri when the MoEF rejected the earlier approval.
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Circuit House neglected Kabita Mohanty Nilgiri : The only Circuit House in Nilgiri is being neglected by the district administration. The subcollected diputed from Balasore Mr. Kulamani Mishra who is occasionally visiting is not serious about the negligency of the circuit house. The connecting road to Nilgiri is also in a dilapilated condition by which most of the VIP Programmes are being cancelled. Sources said that owing to non-payment of electricity bill by the NAC authority most of the time electricity line is not in normal supply conition.
Maoist poster found in Kokasara area Sailesh Kumar Bhawanipatna : Maoist poster found in Kokasara area. The people in the area are in fear. he Maoists have threatened local Sarpanch and Panchayat Secretary in the poster. Local Police has seized the Posters and investing the matter.
Chief Secretary reviews Integrated Action Plan in 15 Maoist prone districts Bhubaneswar : A meeting held in the Odisha Secretariat under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary Bijaya Kumar Patnaik to
Cheating Practice of Tata Steel Samarendranath Das Keonjhar : The tribal dominated village Namira in Joda Block has been cheated by Tata Steel. Much publised by Tata Steel in the field of CSR (Corporate Social Resonsiblity) by erecting a water tank, where there is no water and the electricity used for the pump is an illigal connection by looking from the L.T. Line. In the hot sun the tribal area is always in short of water and how far this water tank is going to help the tribal people is to be watched.
Three hardcore Maoists arrested in Mayurbhanj.
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review on the progress of the Integrated Action Plan in 15 Maoist prone districts . As per the information in the meeting Out of Rs 375 crore financial assistance Rs 341 crore has already been utilized and the works of 7,587 projects in progress. It is expected to take up projects of Rs 450 crore in the next year. Including Development Commissioner Rabinarayan Senapati, Secretaries of Water Resources, Rural Development, Special Secretary of Planning and Coordination Department were present. It was emphasized to prepare the guide line as per requirement of the people, and to alternate arrangement if any project not applicable. After the meeting the Chief Secretary Bijaya Kumar Patnaik told the mediapersons that the first phase of Rs 477 crore will be completed by the month of June. It is to be mentioned here that the Government has sanctioned Rs 25 crore each to 15 Collectors in the year 2010-11 and has been instructed to utilize by June.
High Court grants conditional bail to Maoist leader Sriramulu Cuttack: The Odisha High Court on Thursday granted bail to top Maoist leader of Andhra Pradesh Sriramulu Srinivasulu, who is now lodged in Malkanigiri jail for his alleged involvement in an attack on the Odisha police. The single judge bench of Justice CR Dash granted bail to Sriramulu for a bail bond of Rs 30,000 and two sureties of like amount. The court, however, has imposed some strict conditions on the release of the Maoist leader who was arrested in July, 2007 from Bariguda forest in Kalimela area of Malkangiri district.
The High Court has asked Sriramulu to leave Odisha within 24 hours of his release and not to enter into the State unless and until he is summoned by any court of Odisha. One of the conditions imposed by the High Court is that during Sriramulu’s travel to Odisha to face the trial in local court, he shall be escorted into Odisha border by Andhra Pradesh police and shall also leave the state under Andhra police escort, informed Sriramulu’s counsel P K Jena. Sriramulu, a hardcore Maoist shall not indulge himself in any activities of any banned organisation during the bail
period, the High Court said, adding that he shall also cooperate with the investigating police officer whenever required. His release was one of the demands of the Maoists in Malakangiri Collector R V Krishna’s abduction case in February, 2011.A former chief of Revolutionary Writers’ Association, Sriramulu was also facing at least six dacoity cases in Odisha and in all these cases he had been acquitted by the Malkangiri court earlier.
Odisha decides to create separate MSME department Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government decides to create separate department for micro, small, medium enterprises from Industries department. This was decided at a high level meeting held in the Odisha Secretariat under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. A committee of officers framed under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary Bijaya Kumar Patnaik . The committee will submit their report within one month. After receipt of the report of the Committee , the steps will be taken to separate the MSE from Industries department and a separate Directorate will be created. Development Commissioner, Industries Secretary, Secretary of Textiles are the members of this committee. There are 1 lakh 10 thousand MSME units in the state. Out of which only 500 to 600 units have been registered through District Industries Centres and invested 500 to 600 crore.
Odisha Police seized huge quantity of explosives from Deomali area Dilip Mohanty Koraput : Police has seized huge quantity of explosives from Deomali area this morning. As per the direction of the SP Anup Kumar Shoo a special Team seized 50Kgs of Ammonia powder in two containers,180 Gelatin sticks,30 Mrs. wire, and 4 Detonator from Deomali area. The Western Circle DIG Saumendra Priyadarshini expressed in a press conference that It was layed on 21st of last month for the Samabesh of Chasi Mulia Adibasi Sangathan targeting Police. SP An up Kumar Shoo, SDPO Y.Jaganath Rao, IICs of Koraput, Semiliguda and Potangi were present .
Staff deficit hampers work in Labour Office Shradhanjali Pradhan Balasore : The office activities and enforcement of labour laws here have come to a standstill with several key posts lying vacant for the last few years in Balasore labour office. Sources said of the 22 sanctioned posts, 14 are lying vacant since last two to four years. The vacant posts include some of the key posts like ALC, ALO and RLI besides senior clerks. A vehicle which was provided for easy communication of officials has also been withdrawn. The labour office is responsible for enforcement of labour laws, maintaining industrial peace, conducting labour welfare activities and looking after national child labour programme besides prevention and settlement of industrial disputes. There is only one assistant labour officer against the sanctioned posts of three and same is the case with rural labour inspectors with two out of the three posts lying vacant, said the source. Similarly two posts of steno, one head clerk, two senior clerks, two junior clerks, two peons and one statistical officr are lying vacant. The absence of adequate manpower and improper monitoring has resulted in pilling-up of cases related to labour laws.
More than 15 White Crocodiles in Bhitarkanika National Park Kendrapara : Bhitarkanika National Park - Considered one of the most impressive wildlife sanctuaries of Asia and Wonder of World. 'Gori', 35 years old female white crocodile is the attraction of the foreign Tourist. Now another white crocodile found in Bhitarkanika National Park. It can not live ,if it will left in a water source. So it has been kept in a separate pond in Damgamal .Besides, there are more than 15 white crocodiles are living in the water sources of Bhitarkanika surroundings. But it is not possible on the part of Forest Department to locate them.
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2G scam: five corporate Indian Journalists Union (IJU) Elects President and Secretary General leaders sent to jail New Delhi : A special CBI court on Wednesday rejected the bail application of the five corporate leaders accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case and sent them to 14 days of judicial custody. All the five accused - Reliance executives Gautam Doshi,
Bhopal, April 19 : Mr. S.N. Sinha of Delhi and Mr. Devulapalli Amar of Andhra Pradesh were declared elected unanimously as President and Secretary-General respectively of the Indian Journalists Union (IJU), the premier and most representative organization of working journalists in the country for a two year term. In a press issued here on Tuesday, Mr. L S Hardenia, Central Returning Officer (CRO), Indian Journalists Union Elections-2010, said here received only one nomination each for the posts of President and Secretary-General upto 7th Aril 2011, the last date for filing of nominations from several State Unions as S.N. Sinha D.Amar per the schedule drawn by the National Executive Committee of President (IJU) Secretary General (IJU) the Indian Journalists Union (IJU), "In the scrutiny held on 10th April 2011, both the nominations were found in order. After the stipulated time for withdrawal of nominations ended on Tuesday, 19th April 2011, there is only one nomination of Mr. S.N. Sinha for the post of President and only one nomination of Mr. Devulapalli Amar for the post of Secretary-General. Hence I declare them elected unanimously," Hardenia added.
Amar Singh denies role in alleged CD Hari Nair and Sanjay Pipara along with Unitech's Sanjay Chandra and DB groups Vinod Goenka - had moved interim bail applications, seeking seven days' time to surrender. Rejecting the bail plea, Special Judge OP Saini said, "I am satisfied that in the case of this magnitude, non arrest of the accused by the police is of no consequence and bail is to be considered as per the facts and circumstances of the case. On the face of it the instant case is that the charges are of grave magnitude. There are incriminating evidence on record, CBI has expressed the apprehension that accused may tamper with evidence and influence witness. These apprehensions cannot be dismissed and hence I am not inclined to enlarge (release) the accused on bail." The CBI had opposed the bail of all the five accused who are not in custody, including Reliance executives. The defence lawyers of the accused argued that since the CBI didn't feel the need to arrest them during the investigations, they shouldn’t be taken into custody even now. However, the CBI counsel argued that they could tamper with evidence. "Denial of bail cannot be seen as punishment. Bail ought to have been granted in this case...cannot make general allegations like witnesses will be tempered," said Mukul Rohatgi, lawyer for Vinod Goenka.
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Meera’s role WITH another round of key appointments in the pipeline, South Block is abuzz with the future role of Meera Shankar, India’s ambassador to the US. Shankar, who along with foreign secretary Nirupama Rao retires on July 31, could be rewarded with a post- retirement assignment, given her proximity to the powersthat- be. Her case could get a boost if Pulak Chatterjee is appointed the next Cabinet Secretary.
Yechury, not Karat Being CPM’s general secretary may have its advantages, but not in Bengal. Party leader Prakash Karat’s three- day campaign schedule in the state has been restricted to two speeches a day, that too in and around Kolkata. But Sitaram Yechury, the party’s other visible face, was told to fan out in remotest parts of the state to address election meetings.
CM’s weight loss PRITHVIRAJ Chavan has apparently lost 10 kilos after taking over as the Maharashtra chief minister. While Chavan is thrilled with the weight- loss, the reasons for this happy development are said to be political. With Ajit Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party ( NCP) as his deputy, the Maharashtra CM does not have a moment of rest and leisure.
A role model Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan has found another admirer in highways minister CP Joshi. The minister has proposed to have a technocrat as head of the National Highways Authority of India. At present, only a secretarylevel bureaucrat can head it.
Varanasi: Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Sunday denied Prashant Bhushan's claim that he was 'prima facie involved' in the alleged CD, which purportedly contained telephonic conversation of eminent lawyer Shanti Bhushan, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and him. "Whatever Prashant Bhushan is talking about cut and paste job in the alleged CD is something that I have been already fighting against in similar cases... Prashant and Shanti Bhushan were then against me," he told reporters. Singh said that he has a version of the alleged CD which he would on Monday hand over to the Delhi Police and ask for a probe into the matter.
Oscar-nominated director killed in Libya Misrata:Two Western photojournalists, including an Oscar-nominated film director, were killed on Wednesday in the besieged city of Misrata while covering battles between rebels and Libyan government forces. Two others working alongside them were wounded. British-born Tim Hetherington, co-director of the documentary 'Restrepo' about US soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan, was killed inside the only rebel-held city in western Libya, said his USbased publicist, Johanna Ramos Boyer. The city has come under weeks of relentless shelling by government troops. Chris Hondros, a New York-based photographer for Getty Images, was also killed. His work appeared in major magazines and newspapers around the world, and his awards include the Robert Capa Gold Medal, one of the highest prizes in war photography.
PM takes graft war to babus’ lair New Delhi:PUSHED by the public outrage against corruption, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday gave anti- graft tips to India’s top civil servants and conceded that people’s patience has run out with the “ ineffective” systems of the state. The PM’s inaugural speech at the Civil Services Day was an insight into the political responses of the academic- turnedadministrator who trampled his opponent, L. K. Advani, less than two years ago on the strength of his clean image and now stands charged with heading a government tainted with corruption scandals. While he asked bureaucrats to go to the start for cleaning up the system even if they had to shun and ostracise their corrupt colleagues, he admitted that the present system has been ineffective in combating corruption. “ There is a growing feeling among the people that our laws, systems and procedures are not effective in dealing with corruption. We must recognise that there is little public tolerance now for the prevailing state of affairs,” Singh told the country’s top bureaucrats at the 6th Civil Services Day function in Delhi. These were rather self- deprecating words from the PM, who was introduced to the audience by cabinet secretary K. M. Chandrasekhar as one who has been the “ source of inspiration” for civil servants across the country.
Sarkozy tells Libya rebels 'We will help you' Paris: France promised Libyan rebels on Wednesday it would intensify air strikes on Muammar Gaddafi's forces and send military liaison officers to help them as fighting raged in the besieged city of Misrata. Rebels said they fought pro-government troops for control of a main thoroughfare in the port city that is the insurgents' last stronghold in the west of the country. Eight people had been killed the previous day, mostly civilians. In Paris, President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged stronger military action at his first meeting with the leader of the opposition Libyan National Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the Elysee presidential office said in a statement. "We are indeed going to intensify the attacks and respond to this request from the national transition council," it said, quoting Sarkozy as telling Abdel Jalil: "We will help you."
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More to change than mere laws INDIANS seem to have a love affair with laws. They imbue them with talismanic properties, and so they have laws for the right to information, the right to education, to prohibt dowry, pre- natal determination of a child’s sex, child labour, and a basic law on the right to work. A law to guarantee food for all is currently being debated within government.And now there is a demand for a law to fight corruption. No doubt the fertile National Advisory Council has some more exciting laws in mind for the future. All this is despite the experience which shows that laws, especially those that seek to alter social behaviour, don’t always work — think of the continuing problem of dowry, female foeticide, caste discrimination and child labour. Looked at one way, there could be an argument that this faith in the letter of a law is born out of a desire to force the pace of modernisation. In today’s India, sadly, it also reflects a bureaucratisation of politics, where social reform and entitlements are dished out by a benevolent government and bureaucracy, rather than through a process of politics that shapes society and is in turn shaped by it. In that sense, it represents an atrophying of our mainstream political parties who are content to rule through grandstanding, usually to TV cameras, rather than undertake the hard work of educating and mobilising public opinion towards desired end.
APOTENT Lokpal will no doubt put in place a new mechanism to deal with the corrupt but this in itself may not be enough. Certain legal provisions concerning prosecution and some Supreme Court judgments setting binding precedents may frustrate attempts by the Lokpal to effectively deal with the menace of corruption. The provisions mandating prior sanction to proceed against public servants, granting immunity to legislators even for certain criminal acts, giving the executive exclusive right to choose a prosecutor and some other laws creating procedural hurdles would have to be reviewed and revisited to ensure equal application of criminal laws to all. The proposed Lokpal will have jurisdiction
laws and Supreme Court judgments touching upon procedural and other aspects of trial could hinder the fight against corruption even after a good investigation. In the 2006 Rajiv Ranjan Singh ‘ Lalan’ case where it was specifically alleged that the prosecutor had been changed to help the accused politicians, the Supreme Court in a 2: 1 judgment stressed that the “ appointment of advocates, Public Prosecutors, etc. is the prerogative of the Government in power and the court has no role to play.” The importance of a prosecutor can be judged from the fact that there have been instances where special public
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In greater measure it represents a lack of understanding of the fact that the elimination of social evils, and affirmation of human rights, are products of social, political and historical processes, not merely laws. A law is just the codification by a legislative body to a social or political demand. These thoughts come to mind as we look at the Anna Hazare phenomenon. Corruption has been a slow burning fuse in India. But in 2010, it flared up with the revelation of a spate of scams and scandals across the country. It began, arguably, with the IPL episode that led to the downfall of Lalit Modi and Shashi Tharoor, and was followed up in quick succession by the longplaying CWG fiasco, accompanied by the CAG’s confirmation of the scale of the 2G spectrum scam, the UP humongous food scam and culminating in the arrest of Hasan Ali, who had allegedly stashed tens of billions of dollars abroad for corrupt politicians and officials. To the horror of the middle class even the revered Indian Army got embroiled in the process through the
Sukhna and Adarsh society scams. Many have commented on the middle class nature of Hazare’s support. Perhaps this is a fact, if so, it is probably what persuaded the government to compromise. Revolutions are a middle class phenomenon as the English, French and even Russian revolutions reveal. The middle class was central to the upsurge against Indira Gandhi in the early 1970s. And it was the class which gave us the independence movement and our first wave of reform in the late 19th and early 20th century. Progressive : In some ways India is at the point where the United States began its Progressive movement, whose emphasis was on rationalism, pragmatism and democracy, an effort whose bottom line was to create a political apparatus which could meet the needs of a country that had undergone profound economic and social change. Process : By World War I, it had helped break up business monopolies, regulated railroad competition, created vast national parks, modernised municipal governance, promoted direct elections to the US Senate and strengthened the power of the federal government. It was in this era that the steel baron Andrew Carnegie began a trend when he sold his business and gave away his entire fortune for education, research and peace.
over Parliamentarians but this would be meaningless in some glaring cases of corruption in view of the liberal interpretation of Article 105 of the Constitution which grants immunity to MPs from prosecution in respect of anything said or any vote given in Parliament. A Constitution bench of the Supreme Court in the 1998 P V Narasimha Rao case virtually expanded the scope of immunity envisaged under Article 105 by holding that an MP could not be prosecuted even if he or she took a bribe before voting or raising an issue in Parliament. The judgment by a majority of 3: 2 is also a binding precedent for interpretation of Article 194 which sets out immunities and privileges for members of state legislatures. In view of the interpretation by the Supreme Court, MPs and MLAs can claim immunity from prosecution before a criminal court if they actually speak or vote in the House after taking a bribe for the job.The effect of the verdict would be nullified only if it is overruled by the Supreme Court itself or there is an amendment to the Constitution. Though the Anna Hazare- supported Jan Lok Pal Bill has a clause which states that it would “ override the provisions of all other laws”, it will hardly make a difference to the 1998 ruling as it does not involve interpretation of any law but a provision in the Constitution. Besides, this clause will not be of any help with respect to aspects on which the Bill is silent. Another factor which could undo the serious effort put in by the Lokpal is the low conviction rate in the country. Though it is expected that dedicated people will be selected as members of the Lokpal, investigation into cases of corruption is likely to be conducted by the same set of officers who would be taken in from the Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI). Further, some
prosecutors in politically sensitive cases have been changed with the change in government. The court in the Lalan case also refused to interfere with the Centre’s decision not to file an appeal against ITAT decision in favour of Lalu Prasad. In another judgment in 2010, the Supreme Court gave a strict interpretation to section 378 of the Code of Criminal Procedure ( CrPC) to hold that the Bihar government — which had in fact suffered a loss — had no right to file an appeal against acquittal in a case investigated by the CBI. WITH THIS, a 2006 decision by the trial court in the illegal assets case against Lalu became final with the CBI not filing an appeal against the then union minister. The Narasimha Rao, Lalan, Bihar and other similar judgments in which technicalities seemed to have overweighed the interest of justice have the potential to put an end to corruption cases without scrutiny at various levels. No doubt, some of these judgments were not unanimous. Justice S H Kapadia, recording his dissent in the Lalan case, said: “ In the end it may be stated that true value of a decision lies in its propriety and not in the decision being right or wrong.” It is imperative to determine whether an accused is corrupt or not corrupt and procedural technicalities should not leave the question undecided by preempting a trial or an appeal. The Lalan and Narasimha Rao decisions may have laid down the law of the land but the strongly- worded dissent in these judgments inspires more confidence.Such judgments need to be revisited to ensure that the battle against corruption is not lost without a fight.
The high, low Ketosis diet The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequateprotein, low-carbohydrate diet and mimics aspects of starvation by forcing the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fuelling brain function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source.The diet provides just enough protein for body growth and repair, and sufficient calories to maintain the correct weight for age and height. The classic ketogenic diet contains a 4:1 ratio by weight of fat to combined protein and carbohydrate. This is
achieved by excluding foods high in carbohydrates such as starchy fruits and vegetables, bread, pasta, grains and sugar, while increasing the consumption of foods high in fat such as cream and butter. The science behind the diet is simple. Carbohydrates in the diet cause an insulin (a "storage" hormone) output in the pancreas. It is used to store glycogen, amino acids into muscles, while causing excess calories to be stored as fat. So common sense asks, "How can one try to break down fat, when your body is in a storage-type mode?" Difficult to do, indeed. That is why it makes perfect sense for step one to be cutting carbs.
Boredom makes women gain weight Bored women are 'auto-eating' their way into a bigger dress size in weeks by eating as much calories as a Big Mac in a single day, found a study. The study of 5,000 adults, carried out by slimming aid firm APPEsat, revealed that a quarter of the food eaten each day is consumed by people who are not even hungry. Typically, women are overeating by 520 calories a day, piling on 7lbs – equal to a dress size – in as many weeks. A Big Mac contains 492 calories. Men also eat an extra 650 calories a day. And researchers have found that boredom is the main reason for auto-eating. Women are more prone than men, especially if they are also upset. "Controlling what you eat is not simply a matter of willpower, it is about being aware of the desire to eat and understanding your your relationship with food," the Daily Express quoted nutritionist Mary Strugar, who coined the auto-eating term.
Parents - Handle them with care Parents are never the easiest to please, they have their own set of sky-high expectations from their children. Arguments are a part of any parent-child relationship. But how you handle it as a child is important. Talk out the rules: There will be all sorts of rules — what is the deadline to come home, phone usage, how much of TV can be watched, rules about friends coming over or stay overs with friends, how often you can party, etc — the list is endless. Follow the rules : Now that the rules have been set, ones that both of you have agreed to, stick to them. This is especially important in case of deadlines as your parents will begin to worry if you've not returned home at the promised time. Communicate : This is the key to solving most arguments. But communication is not just a problem solver, take time out to spend with your family telling them about your day and asking them about theirs.
4 Hours of TV a day raises heart risk Scientists have found that spending too much leisure time in front of a TV or computer screen dramatically increases the risk for heart disease and premature death from any cause, perhaps regardless of how much exercise one gets. Study data show that people who devote more than 4 hours each day
on screen-based entertainment like watching TV, using the computer or playing video games, are more than twice as likely to have a major cardiac event that involves hospitalization, death or both compared to those who spend less than 2 hours a day. The research also suggests metabolic factors and inflammation may partly explain the link between prolonged sitting and the risks to heart health.
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WATERMELON MINT SMOOTHIE Watermelon is a total feel good fruit. Puree two cups of watermelon chunks with one tbsp of honey and one tbsp of mint leaves in a blender or food processor. Don’t over blend. Add one cup of lemon yogurt and a dash of cinnamon just until smooth. Garnish with a slice of watermelon and some mint leaves and serve chilled. MANGO PANNA Wash two raw mangoes and cut them into chunks. Mix them with half cup sugar and boil them till the mangoes turn soft. Blend and add half tsp of cardamom powder and one fourth tsp of saffron strands. Boil it and keep it for cooling. Serve with mint leaves. ORANGE COOLER Mix two cups of orange juice with two cups cold water and two cups of orange sherbet. Add one teaspoon vanilla extract and a cup of sugar. Top it up with three cups of crushed ice. In a blender, blend the orange juice, water, orange sherbet, vanilla, sugar, and ice until smooth. ICED GREEN TEA Boil two pitted and sliced peaches. Place six green tea teabags in a teapot and pour water and peaches over it. Steep the teabags for 6 minutes and then add sugar. Set the tea aside to cool. Keep for refrigeration until chilled. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve. FRUIT POWER SMOOTHIE Put one ripe banana, three fourth cup of milk and a half cup of ripe strawberries in a blender. Add one fourth cup of yogurt, one teaspoon of honey and a half teaspoon of vanilla extract. Whisk all ingredients, pour into glass and top it with walnuts. Serve with an orange wedge on glass. HONEYDEW LIME COOLER The flavours of sweet honeydew, lime and grapes combine in this drink. Cut one honeydew melon in half, scoop out seeds, peel, and cut into 1- inch cubes. Wash half cup of red grapes well. Freeze melon and grapes. Put frozen melon, grapes, half cup fresh lime juice and half cup honey in a blender. Puree until smooth, adding water as needed.
DAILY STRESS BUSTERS WALK OR JOG : as exertion helps take your mind off tension and releases feel good chemicals. It also stretches your muscles, relaxes your mind, and improves alertness. READ FICTION : to take your mind into a different world and help you forget everything that’s bothering you. You can also watch a funny video or listen to the radio. PUNCH : at a pillow or punching bag to help vent your frustration.Think of a problem each time you punch SIP HERBAL TEA : such as jasmine and chamomile as and feel the stress go. these lower the MEDITATE : to help clear your mind of all level of stress clutter. Just stop your work for a while, hormones, called sit back and concentrate on a calming cortisol, in the image, word or phrase. Also take deep body. Having a breaths from your stomach and exhale cup daily can through the mouth to relax. rejuvenate you.
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Nalco hands over new share certificates
GoM headed by Pranab to meet soon on Vedanta-Cairn deal The meeting of the Group of Ministers -headed by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee -- regarding the USD 9.6 billion acquisition of Cairn India by Vedanta Resources would be held soon, a top government official said here today. "The meeting of GoM that has been constituted to consider the issue should be held sometime soon," Secretary, Ministry of Oil and Petroleum Natural Gas (MoPNG), S Sundareshan said. Cairn and Vedanta Resources had set a deadline of May 20 for concluding the transaction. "The GoM will be considering issues such as royalty on oil produced from the Rajasthan oilfields, besides government''s first right of refusal," an ONGC official said. "The Cairn and Vedanta deal issue is being considered by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), which decided that considering the complex nature and variety of issues involved, it will be considered on first instance by a GoM," Sundareshan said.
Essar Steel posts record crude steel production in March Steel major, Essar Steel, today said that it has clocked its highest-ever monthly crude steel production at 3.8-lakh tonnes in March, up 24.04%, as compared to 3.07-lakh tonnes in the year-ago period. The company's finished steel production also rose 25.41% at 3.97-lakh tonnes in March this year as against 3.17-lakh tonnes in the year-ago period, a press release issued here stated. Essar Steel is close to completing its expansion of steel-making capacity to 10 MTPA. As a part of this expansion, Essar Steel has already commissioned two iron making units- a blast furnace with a capacity of 1.73-million tonnes and a DRI unit of 1.74-million tonnes, a conarc furnace of 2.5-million tonnes, a continuous caster of 1.45-million tonnes and a CSP mill of 3.5 MTPA. On completion of the expansion, Essar Steel will be the largest flat steel producer in a single location in the country, the release said. Further, the company also recently commissioned Indiai's first 5-m wide plate mill with a capacity of 1.5 MTPA, it said.
Govt. to Transport department:collect tax on line instead of cash collection Bhubaneswar : The Chief Secretary Bijaya Kumar Patnaik has directed the Transport department to collect on line tax instead of cash collection. A meeting held in the Odisha Secretariat under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary Bijaya Kumar Patnaik. The Chief Secretary directed the Transport department to collect on line tax instead of cash collection. The Principal Secretary of Finance Department Jugal Kishore Mohapatra expressed the information regarding collection of Taxes so far. As per the information in the meeting 31% excess collected during the year 2010-11.During the year collection is Rs 15thousand391 crore as against Rs 12 thousand 194 crore during the year 2009010.
All-time record in revenue collection to 15,931 cr Bhubaneswar: The State Government has achieved an all-time record in revenue collection in the year 2010-11 posting a growth of 31 per cent over last year. Chief Secretary BK Patnaik reviews the progress of this in a high-level meeting at the Secretariat on Wednesday. Principal Secretary of Finance Jugal Kishore Mohapatra put the facts for discussion. Total revenue collection in 2010-11 amounted to Rs 15,931 crore against Rs 12,194 crore in 2009-10. While the target for tax revenue collection was fixed at Rs 11,000 crore in 2010-11, the achievement was Rs 11,206.44 crore recording a growth of 25 per cent. Similarly, in non-tax revenue collection, the growth rate was 47.83 per cent with an amount of Rs 4,748.46 crore against a target of Rs 3,500 crore.
Odisha announces no power cuts in this summer Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Wednesday announced that there would be no power cut this summer. This was aannounced by Chief Secretary Bijoy Patnaik. He told too mediapersons that despite the fact that there was a short fall in demand and requirement during the peak hours, the State Government would take all precautionary measures so that there is no power cut this summer. He said at present the availability of power during the peak period is around 2,800 MW against the demand of 3,300 M. However, steps are being taken to manage to procure required power from the independent power projects, central power projects, captive power plants and Central Grids to meet the short fall during the summer.
Bhubaneswar: Consequent upon the capital restructuring of the National Aluminium Company Ltd (Nalco), its CMD BL Bagra handed over the new share certificate to Union Minister of Mines Dinsha J. Patel in New Delhi in the presence of Secretary S Vijay Kumar and SK Secretary SK Srivastava of the Ministry of Mines. Post restructuring, the Government of India holds 2245998540 equity
shares of `5 each, constituting 87.15 per cent of the company's total paid-up equity capital of `1,288.62 crore. The company has also made a provision for Employees Stock Option Plan (ESOP) by amending the Article of Association. The ESOP is planned to be issued to the executives of the company as part of performancerelated payment, a component of the revised pay package.
1,30,000 Candidates to Appear KIITEE '11 on 24th April KIITEE ’11, the All India Test for admission into different courses of KIIT University, will be held on 24th April 2011 at various test centers across the country. A total of 1,30,000 students from different parts of India and as many as 20 countries have applied for KIITEE '11. Bihar tops the number of applicants with 40,000 applications received for this reputed national level entrance test. While Uttar Pradesh accounts for 25,000 applications, 20,000 applications each have been received from Odisha and Jharkhand. It is the first time in the country that so many students are writing entrance test of
any single institution. The test will be conducted in 120 centers of 61 cities and towns across the country, out of which 20 are in Odisha. About 12,000 applicants will write the test in KIIT Centre. Students will be admitted into coveted Bachelor and Master Degree programmes of KIIT University in Technology, Computer Application, Biotechnology and Law through this entrance test. Admission into MD, M.B.B.S., B.D.S., B.Sc. in Nursing, B.B.A. and BF&TP (Film & Television Production) will also be done through KIITEE ’11. The University authorities have made application to this test free of cost and online for last two years. This
has relieved the guardians of financial burden. An increasing number of students are eager to pursue their higher education in KIIT due to its excellent campus placement, modern teaching methods and green eco-friendly campus. Like last year, 25% seats in KIIT are reserved for the students of Odisha. For smooth conduct of the test, biometric system will be used for verifying identity of the candidates. The KIITEE '11 result will be declared on 15th May and counseling for admission will start from 1st week of June, informed the Admission Department of KIIT University.
TATA power creates self employment opportunities for women in Odisha Cuttack : Tata Power, India’s largest integrated private power company is making significant inroads into the hearts of people of Naraj Marthapur and the surrounding villages through focused and well conceptualized community initiatives. Mr. Purushottam Thakur, General Manager, Projects, Tata Power, inaugurated a “Tailoring training centre” in Marthapur village near Cuttack. The training centre has been established with the primary objective of empowering and creating self employment opportunities for the women in the region. Speaking about the various initiatives Mr. Purushottam Thakur, General Manager, Projects, Tata Power, said, “Tata Power endeavours to provide a comfortable livelihood to the residents which has
garnered whole-hearted acceptance and is progressing well. We are confident that these initiatives will go a long way in improving the skill levels as well as the morale of the villagers of Naraj Marthapur and the surrounding areas. Our philosophy is to build a symbiotic and fruitful association with the communities in and around our areas of operations.” The first batch of Twenty Four girls and women will undergo a six month training programme. The successful students from this batch will be provided employment opportunities under the Entrepreneurship Development Programme. These women will be provided with piece rated job for stitching of petticoats, blouse and other ladies items. Movement for
Urbanization (MFU), an NGO in Orissa will provide the necessary support for the marketing and brand creation for the clothes created by women trained at the centre. Apart from the tailoring training centre, Tata Power is training the first batch of 20 women on Phenyl preparation and marketing. The company is further extending all support through another city based NGO which is involved in managing the marketing, training and facilitation of group activities such as group formation, book keeping, accounting and bank linkages among others.
23-29 April 2011
Yuvi surprised MI took 20 overs to win Sri Lanka reject BCCI request on IPL players Colombo: In what could strain the relations between the BCCI and Sri Lanka Cricket, the Lankan government and SLC have decided to stick to their decision of calling back national cricketers playing in the IPL by May 5. Early this month, they had ordered the players to return to the country to prepare for the upcoming England tour. Though no meeting took place between the BCCI and SLC, Indian officials did speak to their Lankan counterparts on the matter and requested them to let their players play in the Twenty20 event at least until May 15.
Gayle missing Pak series irks WICB Newcastle draw St John's (Antigua) : Former captain Chris Gayle's decision to give the entire home series against Pakistan a miss for the lucrative IPL has angered the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), which described the opener's move as "unacceptable and disappointing". In a statement, the WICB on Wednesday confirmed that it had granted No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Gayle to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL after "he had officially notified the board of his decision not to make himself available for selection for the Pakistan leg of the Digicel Series." "Gayle informed the WICB that he had received an offer to participate in the IPL and applied to the WICB for a No Objection Certificate to cover the entire duration of the IPL which clashes with the Pakistan leg of the Digicel Series," the statement read.
slows down Man Utd in EPL race Newcastle : Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Newcastle on Tuesday night, slowing the Premier League leader's title charge. Manchester United (20-10-3) have a sevenpoint lead over second-place Arsenal (18-5-9) heading into the Gunners' game at fifth-place
MS Dhoni leads India's five among Time 100 Washington :Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who inspired the country to its first World Cup title in 28 years, found himself ranked above global football icon Lionel Messi and US President Barack Obama in the Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2010. Dhoni, ranked 52nd in the chart, was the only Indian sportsperson to make the list which also included four of his compatriots in "Titan of Industry" Mukesh Ambani (61), "Brain Mapper" VS Ramachandran (79), "Philanthropist" Azim Premji (88) and "Change Agent" Aruna Roy (89).
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Giant-killers Kochi beat Knight Riders
Kolkata : Ravindra Jadeja came up with a brilliant all-round display to help the resurgent Kochi Tuskers Kerala halt Kolkata Knight Riders three-match winning run with a narrow six-run victory in a low-scoring Indian Premier League clash here on Wednesday. Jadeja was the star for the Kochi team as he scored 29 from 18 balls to help his team post 132 for seven and then scalped two wickets as the Tuskers restricted the Knight Riders to 126 for nine at the Eden gardens here. Put into bat, Kochi had a flying start, thanks to the in-form pair of Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene but the Knight Riders restricted them to 132 for seven with a fine bowling effort by Yusuf Pathan (3/20) and Shakib-Al-Hasan (3/28). Defending the total, the Tuskers bowlers Jadeja (2/25), Rudra Pratap Singh (2/25) did a tidy job and was supported well by their bowling colleagues as Kochi halted Kolkata's three-match winning run at the Eden Gardens here. With 12 runs required from 26 balls, RP conceded 12 runs from his fourth and penultimate over of the match to bring the equation to 14 from the last one.
Mumbai: Pune Warriors captain Yuvraj Singh on Wednesday expressed surprise that Mumbai Indians needed all the 20 overs to chase down his side''s modest total of 118 and said the game could have been finished much earlier. "Twenty20 is unpredictable, it can go anywhere, any time. It was a bit surprising. They could have finished the game early, but we bowled and fielded well. We didn't bat well but still made a match out of it," said Yuvraj at the post-match press conference after his side suffered their second consecutive defeat, a seven-wicket loss to the home team at Wankhede Stadium.
Tottenham (14-6-11) on Wednesday night. Manchester United, which has five games left, is seeking a record 19th English league title. United was denied a penalty kick in stoppage time when Javier Hernandez was given a yellow card for diving after being challenged by defender Danny Simpson. "I didn't feel like I touched him," Simpson said. "I feel like he went down too soft." United manager Alex Ferguson criticised referee Lee Probert. "It was a clear penalty. It's an insult because he's booked him," Ferguson said. "I thought the referee had a good game tonight but he's let himself down by booking the player. If it's not a penalty, fine. But to book him is an insult. There is definitely contact, no doubt about that." Ferguson claimed not to see Newcastle's earlier penalty claim, in which Peter Lovenkrands felt he was tripped by United midfielder Anderson.
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23-29 April 2011
Katrina & Imran in "Mere brother ki Dulhan"
Shiney appeals rape conviction
Actor Shiney Ahuja on Tuesday moved the Bombay High Court challenging his conviction for the rape of his maid in June 2009. "Justice A.R. Joshi admitted the appeal challenging Shiney's conviction by a sessions court, which sentenced him to seven years rigorous imprisonment," his lawyer Shrikant Shivade said. Shivade also said that they have filed a bail application pending hearing of the appeal. "It is likely to come up for hearing on 27th April," he said.A Mumbai sessions court on 30th March sentenced the actor to seven years in jail after finding him guilty of raping his maid. Ahuja was arrested in June, 2009 after medical tests on the maid confirmed sexual assault. The Bombay High Court had granted him bail in October 2009. Over a year after accusing Ahuja of raping her, the maid, in September 2010, told the court that the rape never took place, though the medical examination had confirmed rape.
Ranbir shoots music video for 'Chillar Party'
Brooke Mueller in rehab? London: Charlie Sheen's estranged wife Brooke Mueller has reportedly gone back to rehab after she refused to take a drug test last week. The former real estate agent who recently came to a custody arrangement with Sheen about their two-yearold twin sons Bob and Max, is said to have entered an undisclosed facility after she refused a drug test on Friday which she is required to do as part of the custody settlement, reports femalefirst.co.uk. According to gossip website TMZ, Mueller went on a drug binge last week and she decided to go into rehab before Sheen's lawyers raise the issue in court.
Zarine's still on Sallu's radar !
Once a Salman protege, always a Salman protege. If you thought that he had forgotten Zarine Khan who he had launched in Veer, you have another thing coming. She still reaches out to him whether she needs advice/help. And yes, he is guiding her career and has been instrumental in her meeting with key people in the industry. The girl is now starring in his buddy Sajid Nadiadwala's Housefull 2 and has also done an item number in Salman Khan's Ready. Clearly she managed to get these movies only because he is trying to help her find her feet in the industry after her dud-ly debut. Salman can't help but help out these girls.
I loved the 'Dum Maaro Dum' script: Rohan Sippy Film director Rohan Sippy says Fox Star Studios likes the 'original art' of Bollywood without tweaking it for foreign audiences. And he is confident that his new suspense thriller Dum Maaro Dum will have 'universal appeal' beyond Indians abroad. "I do think they would enjoy it," he said. "Obviously, the first audience is always the Indian audience for whom we make our films. But I think it's a film that's pretty comfortable in its own skin." Goa, where the film is set, is also a destination known around the world. "And if people do find it to be a well-told story that becomes more universal in its appeal," Sippy saidin an interview on phone from Mumbai. This is his third film as a director after Bluffmaster and Kuch Naa Kaho.Fox Star Studios, "our partners from the very beginning", told him that "normally they don't like to tailor or tweak it too much" for different audiences, said Sippy, the son of veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy.
I want to work with Rani:Abhi Talking about the film in a recent interview, Abhishek said that he wants to change audiences' perception about him being a non-actor with the film. Abhishek's last release Raavan, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se and Game have been box office disasters and he wishes to set cash registers ringing with Dum Maaro Dum. The actor also candidly talked about how favourite co-stars. He said, "Rani is the best co-star I have ever worked with. She's beautiful and is a brilliant actor." When asked if he would like to work with her again, Abhi promptly replied, "Of course, I would love to work with her."
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New Delhi: Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor has shot a promotional video for kids' film Chillar Party, directed by Vikas Bahl. He plays himself in the video, but his look is that of a tapori (hoodlum) - inspired by one of the characters in the film. The song has a very Mumbai feel and is a mix of street instruments, local voices and dialect. It has been sung by music composer Amit Trivedi and his mother, while choreographers Bosco-Caeser have mixed street dancing with contemporary style for it. "Ranbir Kapoor saw the film and loved it. That's when we requested him if he would do an item song for the kids and he loved the idea, and readily agreed," said a source from the production unit.