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he slide in the Indian rupee continued today, dropping to another all-time low at 53.21 per dollar intra-day due to fears over a slowdown in the domestic economy and cascading effect of the sovereign debt crisis in Eurozone. The Indian currency had dropped to 52.84 to a dollar Monday after data on industrial output that reported a decline of 5.1 percent in October, worse that what industry and experts had earlier feared. Eyes are now on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as to whether it will intervene again in arresting the rupee's decline like it did in September and October. The central bank had sold $845 million and $943 million in September and October respectively to support the currency, according to data available with the RBI. (IANS)

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IN BRIEF Ajit Singh joins UPA, may soon get cabinet berth New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh has formally joined the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said Monday. Ajit Singh's joining the UPA has led to speculation of his likely induction in the union cabinet. He might get the coveted civil aviation portfolio, said sources. The entry of RLD, which has five members in the Lok Sabha, could help the Congress in western Uttar Pradesh during next year's assembly elections.

India to boost democratic practices in Myanmar New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) A parliamentary delegation from Myanmar Monday called on Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who assured the Southeast Asian country of India's support in evolving its own parliamentary procedures and norms. India has welcomed the reforms process initiated by the Thein Sein government over the last few months and intensified its diplomatic and economic initia-

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NDMA to lay down guidelines for hospital fires The chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, holds a candle as she pay her respects to the people who lost their lives in the fire. ternational hospitals would also be looked into before the safety standards guidelines are framed. NDMA, India's apex disaster management body, strangely maintain that they concentrate only on natural disasters and, when it comes to manmade disasters, only nuclear, biological and chemical disasters are their concern - not fire mishaps. NDMA had sent a team of 49 NDRF officials immediately to the accident spot in Kolkata to check whether there was any chemical, radiological and biological radiation. tives with the gas-rich Southeast Asian country. Marking a new high in its relations, India announced $500 million for a host of development projects in Myanmar.

Apex court to hear plea linked to Manipur blockade New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear a plea seeking directions to the central and Manipur governments to prevent a repeat of the just-concluded over threemonth blockade of the national highway running through the state. An apex court bench said it would hear the plea Tuesday along with a case involving the rail and road blockade by protestors from the Jat community in Jind district of Haryana earlier this year. Members of the Jat and other dominant communities from Jind had blocked the highways and railway tracks in January in the wake of the prosecution of people from their community for alleged involvement in an arson attack on Dalit settlements in Mirchpur in Hisar district last year. The petition on Manipur was moved by former Uttar Pradesh police chief Prakash Singh seeking directions to the central and state governments that they should take steps to ensure that there was no recurrence of such a blockade.

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The Congress Monday hit out at Anna Hazare for his attacks on party chief Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi, terming the remarks "unfortunate". The party also alleged that Team Anna's anti-corruption agitation was being used to further "communal politics." Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury, referring to Hazare's remarks, said they reflected the "sorry state of affairs." "It is unfortunate that political opportunism over rules the practice of democracy and personal attacks on individuals are only a sorry state of affairs. We

can only pity those who believe that this is the way to establishing their own credibility," Chowdhury said. Hazare has attacked Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of pressurising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to go back on an assurance to include his demands concerning Lokpal bill. Hazare Saturday also made a mention of Sonia Gandhi not keeping well and said her "condition may deteriorate if we say anything". Asked if the government made a mistake in dealing with Hazare, Chowdhury said the party's decency had been misinterpreted.

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National New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Two days after more than 90 people were killed in a fire that ravaged a hospital in Kolkata, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said they will consult health ministry officials and come out with safety guidelines for hospitals across the country. "We will soon have a meeting with health ministry officials as it is the nodal ministry and we will review the medical guidelines and disaster preparedness of the hospital across the country," NDMA vice chairman Shashidhar Reddy told IANS. "At present we don't have any disaster management guidelines which have specifics on how to manage a fire mishap inside a hospital premises. We need to work on that," Reddy admitted. The fire at Kolkata's well-known hospital broke out early Friday and toxic fumes quickly spread to other floors, suffocating to death 93 patients and staffers. Reddy said best practices by in-

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Apex court seeks clarification on Lokpal, Lokayukta powers New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday sought a clarification from the central and state governments on whether a Lokpal at the centre or the Lokayukta in the states would have a bearing on implementing its directions on police reforms. An apex court special sought the clarification after it felt that some areas of policing activities sought to be covered under the proposed Lokpal bill may impinge on the directions passed by it on a

plea related to police reforms. "We don't want that at the end of the day we may not be told that some law has come and our certain directions are covered by it," the court said. The apex court directions on police reforms were issued Sep 22, 2006 in the wake of a petition by former Uttar Pradesh police Chief Prakash Singh. The seven directions for initiation police reforms involved functional autonomy for the law

enforcing agency by making appointments and transfers more transparent, fixed tenures for a group of officials and a grievance redressal mechanism. Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, said that these were areas where there was no conflict. "What ever form it may come it (Lokpal bill) does not effect general directions of the court on the functioning of police."

PM, Group C employees may be brought under Lokpal ambit

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Keen to silence criticism by the opposition and Team Anna over its resolve to fight corruption, the government is likely to take up several anti-graft measures at a cabinet meeting Tuesday and may accept the demand for including the prime minister within Lokpal's ambit with some conditions, as also group C

employees. Official sources said that the cabinet is expected to consider the landmark food security bill and a slew of anti-corruption legislations Tuesday aimed at conveying government's "determination" to fight graft. They said the legislation likely to be considered by the cabinet include the whistleblowers protection

CBI gets time till Jan 15 to probe Maoist leader's killing New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday granted the CBI time till Jan 15 next year for completing its probe into the alleged staged shootout killing of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and journalist Hem Chandra Pandey in Andhra Pradesh in 2010. While perusing the investigating agency's status report, the apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice R.P. Desai said that one or two conclusions do "not support the theory of the encounter being fake". Azad and Pandey were killed in an alleged staged shootout by police past midnight July 1, 2010 in a forested area of Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh. The court was told by the CBI that the reports from the firearm and ballistic experts were awaited.

bill, the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, the Prevention of Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, the grievance redress bill and the electronic service delivery bill. The sources said that cabinet will meet again after Wednesday's allparty meeting to give a final shape to the Lokpal bill.

Nation remembers parliament attack victims New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Vice President Hamid Ansari Tuesday led members of both houses of parliament in paying tribute to martyrs on the 10th anniversary of the attack on the Indian parliament. The leaders observed a minute’s silence in remembrance of the victims. On Dec 13, 2001, five heavily armed gunmen stormed the Indian parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine people instantly. The victims included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper, two parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener. A journalist who was injured died later. All five terrorists were shot dead. A year later, four accused, including Afzal Guru, who were arrested for the attack, were found guilty after a trial. Guru, who is said to be a Jaish-e-Mohammed militant, was the only accused to be awarded the death penalty. His mercy petition is pending with the president.


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p.m. and 4 a.m. and you could see beautiful fireworks in the sky but as this time it is happening three days after full moon, so visibility is likely to be hampered.” “You need a simple telescope to watch the meteor showers. People in the capital should move to the outskirts to have a clear look as the morning sky these days is covered with fog,” he said. A meteor shower occurs when the earth passes through debris left behind by a passing comet or asteroid. As the earth moves around the sun, the debris get pulled by the earth’s gravitational force and fall with long bright tails visible to the naked eye. The celestial phenomenon is called Geminid showers as they seem to emanate from the Gemini constellation.

Lok Sabha MPs complain about Delhi’s Master Plan New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) and then discusses ways to auThe Lok Sabha Monday thorise them in the house. passed the National Capital He further said that around Territory of Delhi Laws (Spe20-25 percent population of the cial Provisions) Second Bill city lives in unauthorised colo2011 which extends for annies. other three years the special Asking the status of governprovisions for review of the ment’s announcement to reguMaster Plan for Delhi, 2021 larise the unauthorised coloamid concern by members nies, Hussain said houses built over implementation of the by DDA for economic weaker master plan and housing for sections of society are selling the poor. for crores of rupees today and The bill was introduced by are beyond the means of the Urban Development Minisbeneficiaries. ter Kamal Nath. Kamal Nath said the bill was The national capital celrequired as the population of ebrated its 100 birth annithe city increased 100 percent versary Monday. It was on from what it was in 1980. Nath Dec 12, 1911 that Delhi was said the city added 74 lakh peoproclaimed as the new capital ple to its population in the past of India at the Delhi Durbar two decades and this requires and the capital shifted from sufficient planning. Kolkata (then Calcutta) to “The revised MPD 2021 Delhi. would not only cover unauthorBharatiya Janata Party ized colonies, villages, the vil(BJP) leader Shahnawaz Huslage-abadi areas, but the whole sain said the government A bird sits on a statue of King George V as Emperor of of the National Capital Territohad sought an extension of India at the Coronation Park in the Capital.New Delhi ry of Delhi,” said Nath adding: one year in 2010 and again marked its 100th birthday on Monday, December 12 “It is expedient to introduce a wanted an extension for three without any official celebrations of a day that revives legal framework to ensure that memories of British rule over the country. years for the master plan imno hardship is imposed on plementation. people until the revision of the “There are many shortcomings in ernment does not construct enough Master Plan is completed, besides fathe MPD,” he said. houses to meet the growing demand, cilitating its smooth implementation He charged that while the gov- it allows unauthorised settlements on the ground.” AFP PHOTO/Maral DEGHATI/ FILES

In Your City New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Sky gazers can look forward to an exhibition of celestial fireworks as the night sky will be lit up by Geminid meteor showers that are expected to peak Wednesday. A rare celestial event, the Geminid meteor shower will be visible across India and people can see over 60 shooting stars every hour for the next couple of nights with the largest number early Wednesday. “People can watch out for the meteor showers from late Tuesday to dawn on Wednesday morning. There will be fireballs in the sky,” said Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) director C.B. Devgun. Explaining the method to observe the meteorites, Devgun said: “Look up at the sky between 10

NHRC seeks report on quacks

Sheila Dikshit discharged from hospital New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who was admitted to a city hospital last week following high fever and viral infection, was discharged Monday, a close aide said. According to hospital chairman Ashok Seth, Dikshit was dehydrated but her temperature had normalized and her condition was stable the next day. But she was advised bed rest by doctors for complete recovery.

Four-year-old raped by elderly man New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) A four-year-old girl was raped by an elderly man who lived in the same building in west Delhi’s Mongolpuri area, police said Monday. According to the police, the incident took place Sunday evening when the senior citizen allegedly lured the child on the pretext of giving her some eatables. The child was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed rape. Her condition is said to be stable.

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New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Monday sought a detailed report from the Delhi government on clinics run by quacks and the action taken against them. The order comes after the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) submitted a list of 28 clinics operating in Burari in north Delhi which were found to be run by quacks or unqualified doctors, an NHRC spokesperson said. In a statement, the NHRC said it has asked the chief secretary of Delhi government for a detailed report on such clin-

ics in Delhi and action taken against them. It was informed that necessary action for their closure and registration of FIRs has been initiated, the statement said. The Chief District Medical Officer to Delhi has referred another six cases of suspected quacks to the Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad and Board of Homeopathy System of Medicines for necessary action. The Commission also observed that running of clinics by quacks appears to be a serious problem and needs to be checked across Delhi.


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ures were much lower. The party, however, denied the rally was in response to Saturday’s protest, saying it was to celebrate Russia’s Constitution Day. “This meeting was planned long before the rally at Bolotnaya Square, as part of the Constiution Day celebrations,” senior party member Andrei Vorobyov said. Opposition leaders said antigovernment protests will continue Dec 24.

Pakistani parliament passes two bills for protection of women

Islamabad, Dec 12 (IANS) Pakistani parliament's upper house, the Senate, on Monday unanimously passed two landmark bills meant to protect women from negative customs and traditions and seeking severe punishments for violators, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported. The bills, which have already been passed by the lower house, the National Assembly, were moved by Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar. These bills seek to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedures, 1898.

Pentagon policy chief to step down

Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) US Under Secretary of Defence for Policy Michele Flournoy has decided to quit the job, the Pentagon said on Monday. Flournoy, the highest-ranking female at the Pentagon, has agreed to stay on until early next year to enable a smooth transition, Xinhua reported quoting the statement. Confirmed by the Senate in February 2009, Flournoy is responsible for all matters on the formulation of national security and defence policy, the integration and oversight of Pentagon policy, and plans to achieve national security objectives.

The Anti-Women Practices bill, consisting of five clauses, seeks to penalize evils such as the so-called marriage with the holy Quran, forced marriage and depriving women from inheritance. Besides the bill proposed prohibition of depriving woman from inheriting property, prohibition of forced marriage and prohibition of marriage with the holy Quran. The violators will be handed over either imprisonment or a fine of Rs. 500,000 for each crime.

Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) Admitted Pakistani spy Ghulam Nabi Fai has claimed that he was in regular touch with Indian cabinet ministers and Indian embassy officials here over the last 20 years in a bid to resolve the Kashmir issue. Fai, 62, who last week pleaded guilty in a US court here to federal charges of being a paid agent of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) made the claim in a statement issued at the Alexandria Court House, Virginia.

No response has been received so far from the Indian Embassy to a request from IANS for comments on Fai’s claims. “Meeting with Indian officials was fundamental to my strategy in communicating with New Delhi to find the means by which we as Kashmiri Americans could contribute to peace in that part of the world and in resolving the crisis in Kashmir,” he said in the statement entitled “Why Kashmir is important to me”.

India, US iron out n-liability issue, discuss Af-Pak New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The US Monday underlined that it shared India's commitment to "full implementation" of the civil nuclear agreement as both countries discussed ways to resolve differences on the nuclear liability law and also discussed the volatile situation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. US Deputy SecUnited States Deputy Secretary of State retary of State William Burns (L) with Indian Foreign William Burns Minister S. M. Krishna Monday held talks with National Security Adviser Shivshankar and said that one cannot expect Menon and Foreign Secretary "dramatic breakthroughs" in Ranjan Mathai. He also called the relationship every day. on Prime Minister ManmoHe discussed an entire gamut han Singh and External Affairs of bilateral relations with IndiMinister S.M. Krishna. an officials, including on civil Burns underlined the "shared nuclear cooperation and the stakes" of India and the US in situation in the Af-Pak region economic and defence areas and Middle East. PRAKASH SINGH / AFP

World Moscow, Dec 12 (IANS/ RIA Novosti) More than 25,000 supporters of President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gathered outside the Kremlin Monday in response to the biggest opposition demonstration in Moscow in years, police said. Members of the country’s pro-Kremlin youth movements chanted pro-government slogans and brandished banners including “We PUT IN our Votes!”, “We have voted! We have won!” The pro-Kremlin demo comes two days after the biggest antigovernment rally since the fall of communism. United Russia managed to hang onto its parliamentary majority but opponents claim its real fig-

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“During the past twenty years, I along with Ambassador Yusuf Buch, former Senior Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General and late Dr Ayub Thuker, President, World Kashmir Freedom Movement, have met with various Indian cabinet ministers, belonging to the administrations of prime minister Chandra Shekhar, prime minister (P.V.) Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and current Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.

IN BRIEF Liquor gives a kick, but may also kick in unsafe sex Toronto, Dec 12 (IANS) Alcohol consumption, which gives a high, has long been associated with unsafe sex. Now, a new study directly relates it to HIV infection. In spite of substantial efforts to prevent unsafe sex, HIV incidence in most high-income countries remains more or less unchanged over the past decade. Alcohol consumption affects decisionmaking, and that this impact rises with the amount of alcohol consumed. The more alcohol that participants consumed, the higher their willingness to engage in unsafe sex.

US to freeze $700 mn aid to Pakistan

Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) In the midst of a tense standoff with Islamabad, a Congressional panel has agreed to freeze $700 million in US aid to Pakistan unless it helps in the fight against homemade bombs in Afghanistan. The freeze on US aid was agreed to by leaders of the armed services committees from both parties in the House as part of a defence bill expected to be passed this week.


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Automatic approval to FDI in greenfield pharma projects to continue: RBI

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS): The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will continue to allow overseas capital up to 100 percent in greenfield pharmaceutical projects through the automatic route, but existing companies would need the government’s approval for the same. “FDI (foreign direct investment) up to 100 percent, under the automatic route, would continue to be permitted for greenfield investments in the pharmaceuticals sector,” said Rashmi Fauzdar, RBI chief general manager, in a notification on foreign investment in the sector. The apex bank added

that FDI of up to 100 percent would be permitted for investing in existing companies under the government approval route. The government had last month mandated overseas investors to take prior approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for any merger or acquisition. Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Srikant Jena had said the overseas companies interested in India have to demonstrate the value addition that they would bring in for getting the government’s approval in brownfield investments.

India, Switzerland to cooperate in local governance New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS): India and Switzerland signed an agreement on Monday to increase their cooperation for strengthening local governance. The agreement aims at “establishing projects to encourage transference of competence between India and Switzerland for strengthening local self-governance, focusing on areas relating to e-governance, local governments’ performance appraisal, public service delivery through local bodies, solution-sharing and mobilization of resources,” according to a statement issued by the embassy of Switzerland in India. Swiss Ambassador Philippe Welti signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kiran Dhingra, Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, here. As part of the agreement, Switzerland will help Indian stakeholders learn systems of inter-governmental fiscal transfers, assignment of functions across different tiers of local governments and methods to promote direct democracy. Switzerland is recognized across the world for its effective and efficient system of direct democracy. The support included

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New York, Dec 13 (IANS): US stocks pulled back across the board Monday as initial enthusiasm about last week’s EU compact faded, Xinhua reported. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 162.87 points, or 1.34 percent, to 12,021.39. The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 18.72 points, or 1.49 percent, to 1,236.47. The Nasdaq Composite Index lost 34. 59 points, or 1.31 percent, to 2,612.26.

with a structural deficit of less than 0.5 percent of gross domestic product. Meanwhile, the leaders also agreed to bring forward by a year the creation of the 500 billion euro European Stability Mechanism so it should be ready by July 2012. What’s more, the leaders agreed to increase the resources of the International Monetary Fund by 200 billion euro in bilateral loans to ensure it has enough resources to intervene again in the euro crisis if needed.

2G: Cheating charge against promoters of Essar group

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed the third set of formal charges in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation case Monday -- this time alleging criminal conspiracy and cheating by three firms and five people, including some promoters of the Essar group. The document, running into 105 pages and over 22,000 annexures -- the second set of supplementary charges -- was filed by the agency in the special court hearing the case. It has asked for prosecution under the

Indian Penal Code (IPC) for alleged cheating and criminal conspiracy. They were slapped charges related with offences only under the IPC as the CBI did not find enough evidence to prosecute them under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The three companies named in the documents are Essar Teleholdings, Loop Telecom and Loop Mobile India, while the five individuals are Essar Group’s Anshuman Ruia, Ravikant Ruia and Vikas Saraf, and the promoters of Loop, Ishwari Prasad

Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan. With this, the number of individuals accused in the case rise to 19, while the companies against which charges have been framed add up to six. The fresh set of charges alleged that Essar Group used Loop as a front company to acquire telecom licenses in 2008. Essar, which already had a 33 percent stake in Vodafone, held substantial equity in Loop and thus violated telecom license norms, the charge sheet said. The Essar Group, however, denied any wrongdoing.

As industrial output contracts , industry clamors for lowering rates

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS): India Inc Monday called for gradual easing of monetary policy and incentivizing investment after industrial production saw a staggering decline in October, with official figures released Monday showing a 5.1 percent negative growth in output. Growth in factory output, measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), was logged at 11.3 percent in October 2010-11. Industrial production has been sluggish for more than a quarter, with India Inc. blaming rising interest rates, which shot up after successive rate hikes by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and a slowdown

IN BRIEF partnerships with state training institutions for capacity development of elected representatives, training of front line functionaries who work with the Panchayati Raj Institutions, strengthening select training institutions in training curriculum development, faculty improvement and infrastructure provisioning and, policy research and advocacy.

The decline came after Friday’s rally as 17 eurozone members plus up to nine non-eurozone EU states basically agreed to join the compact based on “inter-governmental treaties” to take unprecedented measures to oversee national economies, with sanctions for governments that run up high deficits. Under the deal, nations will make a constitutional commitment to balanced budgets

Government to free diesel, LPG prices after weighing impact New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS): The government would deregulate diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) prices only after considering their impact on the weaker sections of the society, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas R.P.N. Singh said Monday. “We as policy makers and politicians have to mediate between the social, economic and environmental attributes of energy. We have

in overall investment activity because of uncertainty in the global economy. In the month under review, manufacturing output registered a growth of minus-6 percent, while mining activity declined to minus-7.2 percent. During the month under review, electricity output was the only positive news, registering growth of 5.6 percent. “The manufacturing growth in India has now reached crisis level. The situation is likely to worsen further as predicted by latest FICCI manufacturing survey,” said Rajiv Kumar, secretary general, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). According to

to move cautiously to ensure that our decisions are equitable and lead to balanced growth,” said Singh, addressing the 10th Petro India conference here.

FICCI’s survey, 87 percent of the 384 manufacturing units said they expect growth to moderate in the third quarter of 2011-12 . “RBI should immediately bring down the interest rates so as to stimulate investments and revive consumer durable demand. Also, it is high time that government reintroduces investment allowance and restores the fiscal stimulus by making the necessary fiscal space,” added Kumar. The poor IIP figures had a negative impact on equity market sentiments. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange closed over 343 points lower.

Gulf Air announces discounted fares to select destinations

Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS): Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air Monday announced a 40 percent discount from India to select new destinations in Europe and Africa to mark the New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS): National airline’s four decades of operation in carrier Air India has appointed S. the country. The discounted tickets Venkat as its director of finance, an can be booked till Dec 16 from all official said Tuesday. “S. Venkat has four Indian destinations -- Mumbai, been promoted as director of finance New Delhi, Kochi and Chennai-- to Air India. He knows the organizaGulf Air’s recently opened services tion and its problems, and will be in Europe and Africa, the airlines able to solve it,” a senior Air India Chief Commercial Officer Karim official told IANS on phone from Kakhlouf said. These include Rome Mumbai. and Milan in Italy, Geneva in Swit“Venkat will be joining the Air India zerland, Copenhagen in Denmark, board soon,” he added requesting Entebbe and Nairobi in Africa, he anonymity. told media persons here.

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ist hangover. This generation has seen the massive opportunities that beckon it, the potential for development that the economic liberalization of the country has ushered in and they are hungry to be upwardly mobile, economically strong and socially progressive. Take for instance the example of thousands of graduates of Indian Schools who innovate their way to global, corporate and government leadership every year (say for examples, Indira Nooyi or Vikram Pandit), or even the thousands of young rural employees of rural BPO companies like Desicrew and B2R. From rural villages to urban cafes, the youth of the country, millions and millions of them are hungering for progress, and will, through their work and votes, usher in change that benefits them economically and socially, and

strengthens India’s democratic institutions. If power lies instead in potential, then India’s future looks even more robust. From M.S. Dhoni to Chetan Bhagat (both of whom were named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2011), India’s got some of the world’s best talented youth that boast of Booker awardees and CEOs of multinationals and international sportspersons. India’s talent shows on television, her students that win International Olympiads and competitions and multitude others who, through their own hard work, persistence and self-belief overcome challenging circumstances to achieve personal greatness—all bear witness to the incredible potential that India as a country holds in every field of human endeavor. India has historically had a spirit of entrepreneurship; its legions of merchant traders have risen from small villages to form companies like TATA and Reliance. Its sportswomen like Mary Kom have broken social barriers and its academicians have taught the world everything from the invaluable mathematical concept of zero to the methods of international development. Indian youth have been bequeathed a legacy of great potential and they are proving themselves to be worthy bearers of the tradition of excellence of this country. If power, above all, comes from a desire and ability to create social change, then

Indira Nooyi India’s future is unstoppable! If one needs evidence to believe this rather grand proclamation, then how about the thousands of young, spirited men and women, with their candlelight marches and sincere slogan, displaying solidarity for Anna Hazare, in independent India’s biggest civil movement? Or how about the nearly 1000 fellows of Teach for India, dedicated to addressing India’s education crisis? Youth leaders like Rustam Sengupta and Anand Shah, among countless others are addressing social problems that for years had seemed intractable, and are developing ingenious, sus-

tainable ways to tackle them. Those generations-old maladies of India— corruption, lack of education, failure of governance systems, all seem trivial in the face of resolute will of young idea to create social change through individual initiative and community efforts. I’m a youth in this country and even if I say this myself, I have seen, experienced, and been a part of the Power of the Youth of India and even though the challenge to create a truly free, fair and developed India is huge, we are ready! Adhar Maheshwari

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f power lies in numbers, then the youth of India represent a massive army that could deconstruct and reconstruct Rome in a day! If not that, then they could at least build a strong and stable future for India with certainty. With almost 50% of India’s population below 30 years of age, India’s greatest strength is the sheer number of people available to work, in business or government, in industry or service sectors. With an increasingly globalized, interconnected world, private sector jobs are moving to India, where the economy has withstood the assault of the financial meltdown. The large number also indicates an expanded voter base that is socially conscious, and wary of the bureaucratic lethargy and inefficiency of their parents’ generation which is still suffering from a social-

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As children, we’re acutely aware of how open closet doors or space beneath beds are portals for monsters to enter. A leg dangling over the side of a bed is at risk of being grabbed by a hairy or scaly claw. Clothing can appear ghostly in moonlight. Once sunlight illuminates a room, all fears disappear. A fear you’ve been nurturing is about to be revealed as nothing more sinister than a sock draped over a chair. You really can relax now.

Some people love the sound of their own voice. They will talk for hours on end, oblivious to the fact that the human brain can only absorb forty-five minutes of information in any hour. This means that, for fifteen minutes of every hour, each person in their audience is away with the proverbial fairies. Someone seems keen to overload you with verbal information. It’s going to be up to you to explain there’s only so much you want – and need – to hear.

There are some types of dancing particularly popular among certain older age groups. These involve stepping carefully in unison to music, focusing intently upon timing, positioning and posture. You and a certain person now have to ‘go through the motions’ in some way to achieve something. There might be more fun to be had doing others things together but, for now, apply yourself and do what needs doing.

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We’re encouraged to make effort to see ‘the bigger picture’. Your situation is interesting now in that, as important as the need to recognize what a ‘bigger picture’ offers, it’s what’s happening on a more basic level that can make a bigger and more immediate difference. There are issues requiring attention and decisions here and now that the sky’s encouraging you to address. Once done, you’ll be able to tackle the ‘bigger picture’ more easily.

Resentment is playing a part in delays associated with a plan or something close to your heart. You can choose to nurture this and convince yourself and possibly others of why you believe you have reasons to feel resentful or you can decide to push resentment aside. Scorpion stubbornness could be playing a part in your inability to do this but you will see an immediate difference in a slow-moving scenario if you’re prepared to forget and, if appropriate, forgive.

Once again, we see you with an angel on one shoulder and the Devil on the other. You are being presented with a choice that, at first glance, appears straightforward and not requiring further thought. If it wasn’t for the fact that there’s something about this decision that could cause you to feel a tiny bit guilty, you’d have made the decision without hesitation. There is a way forward that shouldn’t involve you feeling guilty in any way. Ignore the Devil.

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If you’re confused, then you can (hopefully) understand why one or two others might be a bit on the confused side as well. You believed you knew what or whom you wanted, were prepared to pursue a particular plan of action but now it appears you’ve changed your mind. What was top of your priority list has been knocked down a notch or two in place of something else. Never mind criticism you receive. You know what you’re doing because it now feels right.

Someone has baited the equivalent of a hook and thrown it your direction. They appear delighted with the fact that you’ve taken a huge bite and are willingly being dragged toward them. You’re aware of the implications of being ‘hooked’ into a situation. You feel you have no choice. As one-sided as something may appear, you can change a balance of power by stating openly and honestly how you truly feel about someone or something. Do that and you will feel less ‘trapped’.

Something is growing increasingly wearisome. A tedious situation keeps repeating itself and you could be forgiven for wanting to distance yourself from it. The problem is, you’re connected in ways that make distancing yourself difficult if not impossible. You have an obligation to whatever or whoever is the source of frustration. Once this saga has played itself out, the sky promises you can breathe a sigh of relief with the fact it will never involve you again on the same level in future.

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Authority figures appear to be playing a prominent – and frustrating – role in your world now. You appear to be at the mercy of and beholden to certain individuals or possibly an organization intent on telling you how things are going to be. To some extent, you’re willing to play the game and go along but much depends on how far someone is prepared to go in order to retain control over you. They will soon have reached their limit. You will be able to distance yourself very soon.

Confronting someone will eliminate any further need on your part to put two and two together in the hope of getting an accurate answer. However, you appear aware of the implications surrounding confronting a certain fiery person who won’t take kindly to being confronted. So where does this leave you? All you want is an honest answer. If you pose your question honestly, then someone will have no option but to respond honestly.

You can proceed with a ‘full steam ahead’ mentality where a plan is concerned but, in the same way steam engines don’t come to a halt immediately, you could end up struggling to slow down when the time comes to do so. Clearly, your keenness to move forward so intently with something means you’re probably unlikely to want to even consider the plan slowing down but the key to its success surrounds your ability to maintain control of it. Take something slowly and practically.

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Conspiracy Theories That May Leave You in Suspense!

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Conspiracy theories are speculations that attempt to explain certain happenings or events that were too ambiguous to begin with.

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1 . Global Warming is a Hoax This conspiracy theory first surfaced in a documentary titled “The Greenhouse Conspiracy” in the year 1990 after which a number of similar films have been made. It implies that global warming crisis is nothing but a result of a rumor that has now lead to mass hysteria of sorts. Supporters of the theory say that the ‘problem’ cropped up quite suddenly and the entire world didn’t question it and the rest, as they say, is history. Another theory is that because we are constantly being encouraged to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere- which is only possible if factories halt production of well, everything- it could also be a rumor started by political or environmental activists.

According to a book written by Bill Kaysing who supports the conspiracy theory, NASA along with Walt Disney directed the entire operation and created an archive of fake photographs, tapes and rock samples and of course, paid off some witnesses. There are a number of motives that support this theory, one of which says that NASA had run out of money at the time and since the

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entire operation received funding of about $30 billion, they used the money to stay afloat and avoid embarrassment.

3 . The Royal Family killed Princess Diana Diana, Princess of Wales, died on 31 August 1997 in a car crash. According to this conspiracy theory, Princess Diana’s alleged relationship with Egyptian billionaire Dodi Fayed was proving to be too dangerous for the reputation of the monarchy- which is why the Royal Family hatched a plot so as to distract the driver as the car passed through the now tragically famous Paris underpass. The driver’s blood sample was then supposedly tampered with to make it seem like he was drunk at the time and hence, responsible for the accident. It is also said that a member of the British Intelligence Service was pretending to be a papparazo when the accident took place. No proof of the same has ever been made public.

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This conspiracy theory states that the medical community has in fact, been successful in finding cures for a large number of fatal diseases but because pharmaceutical companies need people to be sick in order to thrive, these ‘secrets’ haven’t been made public and may never be. What supports this theory is that pharmaceutical companies supposedly make staggeringly high profits every year.

5. Advertisements Have Subliminal Messages Advertisements , particularly logos, have been said to have hidden messages, with some even leaning towards the inappropriate. Clean subliminal advertising, however, can be supposedly be seen in the amazon.com as well as the Fed Ex logo amongst others. Apparently the logo has an orange arrow curved into what seems like a smile. However, if you

look closely, it actually starts at the ‘a’ and curves till the ‘z’ so as to imply that the website offers everything from a to z! The Fed Ex logo, on the other hand, has a ‘hidden’ arrow between the E and the X which is said to imply the direction and speed in the services that the company offers.

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Care for the feet

As your feet do a lot of weight bearing, it is understandable that they tend to be prone to roughening, developing calluses and corns, cracking, developing fungal or bacterial infections, etc. The key to avoiding these pitfalls and to maintaining beautiful feet includes; washing your feet properly and scrubbing to remove dead skin followed by an adequate moisturizing routine. In addition, they also need exercise to keep them supple and need comfortable footwear that supports the arches and tendons in all ranges of normal movement. Footwear should be such that the feet are relaxed and have adequate ventilation so as to prevent development of fungal infections.

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Our feet carry the weight of our entire body but are often one of the most abused and least cared for parts. Feet support our weight and get us places and, in addition to this, they also indicate if and how much we care for ourself. Similar to our hands, they are also part of our body language and hence, influence other’s perception of us. Even if one is unconcerned about how one is perceived by one’s feet, any disorder that affects these two extreme appendages can throw life out of gear considerably. Foot care is very important in order to keep the feet healthy and beautiful. The skin on the feet is very delicate and skin care for the same on a regular basis is a must if one wants the feet to look healthy and beautiful.

A few tips to keep one’s feet healthy and beautiful are as follows: Gently rub the thickened areas on the feet with a pumice stone after showering or bathing to help skin feel smoother and softer. Don't overdo it, though: you can't make all the thick skin go away at once. Smooth on a rich moisturizer after each shower or bath. At night, use lotion or Vaseline, then pull on a pair of cotton socks to keep the cream from rubbing away on your sheets. Check your feet daily with a 30 seconds inspection to rule out any redness, discoloration, cracks, or other abnormalities. Wear the appropriate size footwear. Your toes should be able to wriggle comfortably in the shoes that you wear. Keep the area between the toes dry and check for peeling skin or unnatural moistness on a daily basis.

Cutting nails should be undertaken after a bath or after soaking feet for some time to ease the process. If sitting for long periods of time, ensure that you move your feet and ankles frequently so as to keep the circulation active. Avoid exposing feet to extremes of temperature. Never try to remove a corn, ingrown toenail or callus by yourself. Self-surgery gone wrong can be costly in terms of health and finances. Regular or daily exercise should also have a component of foot exercises. Do not ignore pain. Identify the cause and eliminate it. If the pain persists, it is essential to consult your doctor for an adequate evaluation. In case an infection or injury or any abnormality does occur, do seek medical attention immediately.

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Cricketer Harbhajan Singh robbed in Haryana

Karnal (Haryana), Dec 12 (IANS) Thieves broke into cricketer Harbhajan Singh's car while he had stopped by at a popular cafe near Karnal town Monday evening and took away his laptop and other belongings, police said. The thieves broke the window panes of Harbhajan Singh's Ford Endeavour sports utility vehicle (SUV) on the busy National Highway No. 1 (NH-1) near Karnal town in Haryana, 130 km from state capital Chandigarh, police said. They are said to have taken away his laptop, passport and a bag containing credit cards and other documents. The incident took place around 6 p.m. on Monday outside Cafe Coffee Day outlet at Madhuban near here. The cricketer had stopped at a popular cafe near Karnal town while on his way from his hometown Jalandhar in Punjab to New Delhi. Harbhajan was inside the cafe

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Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh when the SUV was vandalized by the thieves. While the cricketer, who was recently dropped from the Indian test and ODI side owing to poor form, proceeded towards New Delhi after the incident, the police said that it was investigating his complaint.

Kabul, Dec 12 (IANS) Afghan President Hamid Karzai Monday eulogized Afghan national cricket team over winning Asia Cricket Council (ACC) T20 Cup in Nepal. "Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a telephone call to Afghan national cricket team on Sunday night congratulated its victory in the match, saying the people of Afghanistan honour your recent success in the Asia Cricket Tournament," Karzai said a statement released by his office. Despite raging insurgency, lack of funds and having no proper cricket pitch, the war-torn Afghanistan embarked on an extraordinary rise in cricket in recent years, Xinhua reported. The Afghan team lifted the ACC T20 Cup after defeating Chinese Hong Kong in the final match Sunday. In the tournament that kicked off Dec. 3, Afghanistan defeated the Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal before the final.

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Kumble steps down as NCA chief over conflict of interest New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Former India cricket captain Anil Kumble stepped down chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on Monday after Indian cricket board members at a meeting raised the question of a "conflict of interest" in his wearing multiple hats. Kumble, though, publicly defended his role as director of player management firm named Tenvic, and said it did not come in the way of his holding administrative posts either in the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) or in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). "I had a three-year vision, a holistic approach for the NCA that was not in alignment with that of the rest of the committee. It didn't make sense to me to just be a figurehead in this kind of a situation. So I thought it was better that somebody else take over," Kumble was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com. Critics pointed out that Kumble, who is the KSCA president, chairman of the NCA and a mentor with the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Royal Challengers Bangalore, is in a position

to influence the selection of players managed by Tenvic. At the meeting, Kumble apparently had a brush with senior board officials over the issue before he offered to quit and his resignation was accepted. Former BCCI treasurer M.P. Pandove, chairman of Specialised Academies, has been named interim NCA chairman. The "conflict of interest" was highlighted by Outlook magazine, citing that India mediumpacer from Karnataka Vinay Kumar and state new ball bowler Sreenath Aravind, who was in the India sqaud for the England series, were signed by Kumble's management firm. Kumble launched Tenvic, coined after Kumble's Perfect Ten in an innings in 1999, in January to promote not only cricket but all sports, along with his brother Dinesh and former table tennis player Vasanth Bharadwaj as its driectors. Denying that there is any conflict of interest, Kumble said his positions with the KSCA and the NCA are honorary in nature and that he had to take care of his interests at this stage of his life.


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New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) In a bid to reduce the load on Bangalore's National Cricket Academy (NCA), the Indian cricket board will start regional academies in Mumbai, Mohali and Chennai. The decision was mooted by Specialized Academies Committee chairman M.P.Pandove and was accepted by the Board of Con-

trol for Cricket in India (BCCI) at its working committee meeting on Monday. The BCCI is also planning to go on a massive talent hunt programme in the northeastern states. "We will be hold open trials for players in the north east and the best would be trained in the three academies," the official said.

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Chennai, Dec 12 (IANS) Looking refreshed after a welcome break, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at pains Monday to drive home the point that an injury-free Indian team is ready for the forthcoming Test series in Australia. Dhoni also specified that the team will try to stay away from controversy unlike the last tour in 200708. "I needed the break and I am happy that I got it. I am looking forward to the Australian tour. We have enough Indian Cricket Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni time for some preparation also before the start of the in his bowlers while rejecting the first Test match. Hopefully, we do not theory that bowling is one of India's have any injuries before the start of major weaknesses. the Test series," he said at a pre-tour Fielding a question on possible media conference here. "fireworks" like the one on the 2008 Quite typically, Dhoni declined to tour involving Harbhajan Singh and take too much cognizance of Aus- Andrew Symonds, both of whom will tralia's defeat to New Zealand in the be missing this time around, Dhoni Hobart Test, but rather focus on his felt that the likes of Virender Sehwag team and its preparations. would provide all the "fireworks" on The captain expressed confidence the field.

New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell (L) celebrates taking the final wicket while Australian batsman David Warner (R) looks on during New Zealand's victory over Australia Sydney, Dec 12 (IANS) Australia have plenty to think about ahead of the Boxing Day Test against India. They lost to New Zealand at home after 25 years on Monday, prompting captain Michael Clarke to call for consistency in their performance ahead of the highly anticipated India series. Australia collapsed to 233 all out from 159 for two while chasing a 241run target in the second Test in Hobart, letting New Zealand level the two-

Jeev looks to end title drought in Thailand Bangkok, Dec 12 (IANS) Former Asian Tour number one Simon Dyson of England, Indian star Jeev Milkha Singh of India and Kim Kyung-tae of Korea will join the chase for the title at the inaugural Thailand Golf Championship golf starting on Thursday. The trio will be among the strong line-up at the Amata Spring Country Club consisting of Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa and Major winners Darren Clarke and Charl Schwartzel in the $1 million Asian Tour season-ending event. India's Singh, a two-time Order of Merit winner, will be looking to ending a title drought which dates back to 2008. A series of injuries curtailed his season last year but he looks to be returning to his best form as he claimed two tied fourth place finishes on the Asian Tour this season. The winner of the Thailand Golf Championship will earn a spot in the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational 2012.

match series. Australia lost heavily to South Africa in the first Test of their away tour last month, though they managed to salvage pride by winning the second and leveling the series. Clarke said they have to show consistency against top teams. He said it was "painful" to see his team coming up with "very poor performances" after patches of "individual brilliance".

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Another member stated that Nimbus paid Rs.24 crore on Monday morning, but still owed Rs.85 crore to Rs.88 crore and the BCCI did not want to continue with a defaulter. The immediate offshoot of the decision is that there will be no telecast of domestic tournaments. A big casualty is the next round of Ranji Trophy matches which will not be telecast. With no international cricket matches scheduled in India for the next eight months, the board has apparently felt it was the right time to terminate the contract and enter into a fresh deal. Unlike the cricket imbroglio, Nimbus will get breathing space to reschedule the WSH league. The league, a joint venture of Nimbus and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), was to kick off on December 17 here, but with almost all the India players deciding to join the Dec 11-Jan 15 national camp in Bangalore for the Olympic qualifiers, the organizers had no choice but to postpone the highly hyped Rs 10 crore professional league to February 29-April 1. The Olympic qualifiers will be held February 16-25.

Australian batsman Michael Clarke reacts after been bowled without playing a shot from a delivery from New Zealand bowler Doug Bracewell Michael Clarke conceded that out of form Phillip Hughes needed to go back to domestic cricket to regain his touch. Hughes has scored 9, 9, 88, 11, 10, 7, 4 and 20 in his past eight Test innings. Australia play four Tests against India, beginning Dec 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and finishing in Adelaide Jan 28.

Real Madrid look to comeback after El Classico defeat

Madrid, Dec 12 (IANS) Tuesday night sees a round of fixtures in the Spanish Copa del Rey as the majority of the teams from the Primera Liga enter the competition in the round of 32. FC Barcelona, who are in Japan for the World Club Championships, as well as Atletico Madrid and Athletic Club Bilbao, have already played their first leg matches, but Real Madrid and the some of the other sides in the Spanish top flight all play on Tuesday. Madrid will look to regains some lost pride following their defeat at home to Barcelona on Saturday when they Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves (R) vies with Real Madrid's Brazilian defender travel north to play PonferMarcelo (L) radina, who play in Spain's third category, Segunda B. Real Madrid manager, Jose Mour- will want to test their ability against inho will again rotate his squad to top-flight opposition when Espanyol give playing time to players such as visit Balaidos while two Primera Liga Nuri Sahin, Rafael Varene and Este- coaches face worrying nights, under ban Granero, while Gonzalo Higuain pressure Villarreal coach Juan Carlos could start the game, Xinhua report- Garrido takes his side to Segunda B ed. high flyers Mirandes while bottom of Elsewhere Valencia visit Cadiz, the table Zaragoza have a difficult trip there are Andalusia derbies be- to Alcarcon. A defeat for Zaragoza tween Cordoba and Real Betis and could cost coach Javier Aguirre his San Roque and Sevilla. Celta Vigo job. JAVIER SORIANO / AFP

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) It was a double whammy for Nimbus Sports on Monday. The Indian cricket board terminated its telecast rights contract for defaulting on payments and it was also forced to put off its much-touted World Series Hockey (WSH) till after the Olympic qualifiers in February. There was speculation for quite some time that Nimbus would not only lose the TV rights but also may not be able to fund the WSH. It may be a setback for Nimbus as far as telecast rights are concerned, but the postponement of the league must have come as a big relief at this juncture when it has to sink in a huge amount to run it. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), contrary to expectations that it would give Nimbus a little more time to make the payments, chose to scrap the deal and look for a new contract. Nimbus' contract, which was renewed in 2009, was to run till 2014. Nimbus, which has first signed a four-year deal in 2005-06 and renewed it after being offered first right of refusal, said it would react only after hearing officially from the BCCI.

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KBC winner awaits Rs.5 crore, Big B says cheque ready

Global attention, not business in focus at IRFW Bambolim (Goa), Dec 11 (IANS): The inaugural edition of India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW) has concluded and the participating designers say the focus was more on brand building and introducing India as a global market for resort wear, rather than doing business. "Any new thing needs time to establish themselves. Since this is the first time an event like this is happening in India, so one can't expect good business. It was more of a formal introduction of resort fashion week to the world. I think there is a huge market for resort wear in India and it's a great opportunity for designers who are solely into resort line," designer Babita Malkani told IANS. "No doubt that the market has potential to get some outstanding business... Resort wear collection in our kind of season is definitely saleable throughout the year and I am hopeful that the next edition of IRFW will be one of its kind in terms of business," she added. The fourday fashion fete, which concluded Saturday evening, saw designers James Ferriera, Shantanu and Nikhil, Manish Malhotra, Shivan and Narresh, Narendra Kumar, Anupama Dayal and Pria Kaataria Puri setting new trends in resort wear. Designer Narendra Kumar says IRFW proved to be an outstanding platform for Indian resort wear designers craving for global recognition.

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London, Dec 13 (IANS): Singer Sarah Harding says that she relied on alcohol to help "numb" her depression. The 30-year-old insist she was "such a mess" when she checked into a rehab clinic in October last year following her split from fiancé Tom Crane. "I've been told by those close to me that was when I hit my worst. I was crying hysterically. I felt ashamed, embarrassed, terrified - my emotions were all over the place," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Harding as saying. "I wasn't in a good state at all. I was very hungover, but the first thing I wanted to do was open a bottle of wine. I know they were really worried about me. I was so down but I just tried to keep busy and, to numb myself, I was drinking more," she added.

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New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS): Footwear company Bata India has collaborated with leading designer Malini Ramani for trendy and contemporary shoes and sandals and she is excited as her creations will now reach a wider section of the people. This is for the first time that the designer has collaborated with a brand. "I am super excited that the designs I have envisioned will reach a very wide audience, thanks to Bata. This is a highly creative and innovative Designer Malini Ramani partnership and I am sure women all over the country will love our offerings," Ramani, known for her trendy prêt collection, said in a statement. The collection, available in hues of onyx black, beige, brown, gold and black, is an amalgamation of traditional Indian Kolhapuri designs and contemporary lightweight wedge heels. The price range starts from Rs.1,999 and the collection is available at Bata stores across Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.

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New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Southern star Dhanush is perhaps the first Indian celebrity whose song "Kolaveri di" has gone viral on YouTube with over 20 million hits so far. But the song is yet to make it as big as international hits sung by the likes of Justin Bieber, Pitbull and Lady Gaga. Nevertheless, Dhanush, sonin-law of matinee id Kart777 ol Rajinikanth, is overjoyed that the song is successfully "breaking language barriers". "Yayyyyyy 20 million views for Kolaveri !! Pa pa papa pa pa papa!! God bless," Dhanush posted on microSouthern star, Dhanush blogging site Twitter. The video for "Kolaveri di" was released on YouTube Nov 16. It's peppy, catchy tune as well as funky lyrics, helped it go viral on the internet, and get more than a million hits on the website within a day of its release. The numbers are only multiplying ever since, and have reached 20,776,894 hits as per Monday morning.

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New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS): Bihar's Sushil Kumar, who made headlines when he became the first contestant to win Rs.5 crore on "Kaun Banega Crorepati 5", hasn't received his prize money yet. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, host of the show, says the former's cheque is ready, but he wants it at the CNN-IBN Award ceremony. "People asking why Sushil Kumar not paid his KBC win.. cheque ready, but he wants it at CNN-IBN Award ceremony in Delhi on 16th ..," tweeted Big B. "Also as per terms and conditions of Sony, they have to pay within 60 days of on air broadcast... So still time for expiry!" he further posted. The episode, in which the lady luck seemed to have smiled at the simpleton, was telecast Nov 2. Sushil Kumar reportedly told a tabloid that people have been constantly approaching him for financial aids ever since he emerged victorious on the reality game show. However, he isn't able to offer any help as he hasn't received a single penny of the jackpot money he won.

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Hrithik Roshan injured again Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS): Hrithik Roshan got injured while shooting for “Krrish 3” at the Filmistan Studios -- he fell down and hurt himself very badly. A member from the unit revealed that Hrithik, who has been assisting his father, Rakesh Roshan, on the sets, attempted to attend to his injury himself. “Hrithik tried to use the first-aid kit to nurse his hand, but then he realized that the injury required professional attention. His skin on his right hand had peeled off and so, he had to take a break from the shoot. Everyone on set was very concerned, but he did not let it affect the shoot,” added the unit member. In October, Hrithik injured his back while shooting for an action sequence for “Agneepath” remake and was taken to the Breach Candy hospital here for treatment.

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London, Dec 13 (IANS): Coldplay frontman Chris Martin admits pop star Lady Gaga writes better songs than him. The 34-year-old met Gaga, 25, when they both performed at the Children in Need Rocks charity show in Manchester. “She’s very sweet. I think what undercuts it all, though, is that she’s talented and she writes everything. I just admire all of the hats and the dresses and the madness and everything because I know that underneath it all she can beat me at writing choruses,” contactmusic.com quoted Martin as saying.

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New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS): Twitter is infectious and even Dilip Kumar couldn’t stay away from it. The Thespian joined the micro-blogging site on his 89th birthday and Amitabh Bachchan is the first to welcome him. Dilip Kumar’s Twitter page is called “TheDilipKumar” and it became operational Sunday, which was his birthday. “Thank you all of you who have made my simple life so rich with all your love,” the legend said in his first tweet. “It is a true blessing to be so loved and a wonderful feeling to wake up and realise one is younger than was yesterday,” he further posted. Amitabh welcomed him saying, “Please welcome the Master, the Thespian, the Ultimate... Dilip Kumar, Dilip Saheb, Yusuf Khan on twitter....ID:@thedilipkumar.”

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