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In the beginning of the year, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of the Home Ministry revealed just how unsafe the city was. 489 rape cases were reported in Delhi in 2010 against the previous year’s figures of 459. Mumbai and Bhopal came in second on the list with 189 and 117 cases respectively. As per the records, abduction and molestation of women also increased in Delhi. 1379 out of total 3544 cases of abduction took place in the capital. Reports also stated at that time that a woman was raped every 18 hours or mo-


lested every 14 hours in the capital. A number of cases go unreported as well. The question remains, what will this year’s statistics reveal? In the latest incident to come to light, a cab driver employed with a private cab company allegedly raped a 22 year old who had hired the cab to take her to her home in Vasant Kunj from Gurgaon. This occurred in the early hours of Tuesday after the victim finished a late shift at work. (Story on page 3)


Another rape reported, adding to the city’s notoriety for being unsafe.

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National AMRI's Dhakuria unit

suspends medical treatment

Kolkata, Dec 13 (IANS) Four days after the fire that left 93 dead, AMRI Hospital Tuesday night decided to suspend medical treatment at its entire Dhakuria unit in south Kolkata citing "lack of congenial working atmosphere", hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee faced angry protests from hospital employees who shouted at her not to take away their jobs. While the Annexe 1 building, ravaged by fire, had seen its license cancelled by the authorities, the Annexe

2 building was also shut down after the tragedy. Only the main building was operational till Tuesday where some of the survivors of the blaze and other patients were being treated. "Now there is not a single indoor patient. Some of the patients have been discharged, some sent to our Women and Child Care hospital at Mukundarpur (in the city's southern outskirts) and our hospital at Salt Lake. A few have been shifted to other hospitals,' said an AMRI source.

Mullaperiyar Dam: Apex court seeks centre's response New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the central government to respond to Tamil Nadu's plea seeking a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) shield for Kerala's Mullaperiyar Dam that serves the neighbouring state. It also warned both the state governments to refrain from inflaming the passions of people on the issue. The court pulled up the Tamil Nadu government for using its oral observations reported in newspapers in an advertisement for political gains. The court's direction came after

IN BRIEF Replica of Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Mumbai Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) A replica of the Sai Baba temple in Maharashtra's Shirdi town will be recreated here as part of a four-day festival starting Dec 15, an organiser said Tuesday. The replica of the temple will have a 24-feet-tall idol of Sai Baba, the biggest ever created so far in Mumbai, which will be put up at the sprawling Bandra-Kurla Complex grounds for the Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan festival. It would offer prayer opportunity to those devotees of Sai Baba who cannot travel to Shirdi, nearly 300 km from here.

Mayawati's key confidante under Lokayukta's scanner Lucknow, Dec 13 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's confidante and high profile multi-

Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval said that he had no instructions from the government on this point. Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been at loggerheads over the dam, built under an 1886 accord between the then Maharaja of Travancore and the erstwhile British Raj. While it is located in Kerala, the dam's water serves Tamil Nadu, which also manages its affairs. The court asked the Tamil Nadu government to ensure that the water level in the dam did not exceed 136 feet as directed by it in an earlier order. portfolio minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui is now under the Lok Ayukta's scanner - the fifth minister in the state to be probed for corruption. According to the Lokayukta, Siddiqui was accused of amassing huge assets far beyond his legitimate sources of income through misuse of his position as minister.

Samajwadi Party leader expelled for protests against Rahul Gandhi Lucknow, Dec 13 (IANS) Samajwadi Party general secretary Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday expelled a party leader for indulging in vandalism and showing black flags to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Aligarh. The move is seen as a subtle retort to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's oft-repeated proclamation that hers was the only party in which action was taken even against the high and the mighty within the party if they were found indulging in unlawful acts.

Wednesday, 14th December, 2011

Government okays key anti-graft bills to counter Anna threat

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Pushed into a corner by an aggressive opposition and the looming threat of Anna Hazare, the government Tuesday okayed a slew of anti-graft bills to tackle corruption at high places, including in the judiciary, and arrived at a "broad consensus" on the Lokpal Bill with its United Progressive Alliance (UPA) allies. The cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, the Grievances Redressal Bill and the whistleblowers' protection bill, a slew of anti-corruption legislations expected to help blunt criticism from the opposition and Team Anna about the government's resolve to fight graft. The three bills were cleared even as Hazare has demanded that grievance redressal should be part of the Lokpal bill and the judiciary should also be brought in the ambit of the antigraft ombudsman. The cabinet decision came on a day when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati refused to back the government on the Lokpal bill in its current form. Keen on building wide political consensus on the Lokpal bill, with the opposition joining hands with

to arrive at a "broad consensus". "There is a broad consensus in the UPA on its approach to the Lokpal," Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters after the meeting. The home minister was hopeful the all-party meeting would be "productive" and "would reach conclusions on the amendments to the draft Lokpal bill and bring it before Parliament". The Congress core too group met earlier in the day. Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan, however, termed the three bills as "mere window-dressing". "The issue is if government is serious about bringing down corruption. Just having bills is not enough," Bhushan said in a discussion on a news channel. An Indian family waves national flags "It obviously in only window as they ride on a bike during a rally dressing." in support of social activist Anna The 74-year-old Hazare also reitHazare in Mumbai. erated his threat to resume protests Hazare to oppose some recom- from Dec 27 if a strong Jan Lokpal mendations of the standing com- bill was not passed in the winter mittee, the government also tried session of parliament. to bring its allies on board so the Hazare went on a daylong fast UPA presents a united approach at Sunday and found backing from the all-party meeting on the Lokpal leaders of several parties, includWednesday. ing the BJP, the Communists, the Manmohan Singh discussed the Janata Dal-United, Biju Janata Dal Lokpal issue with the UPA leaders and Telugu Desam Party. PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP


Shanti Bhushan CD row: Court pulls up police for laxity New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) A court here Tuesday pulled up the Delhi Police for not recording the statements of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh to verify the contents of a controversial

CD purportedly containing their conversation with lawyer and Team Anna member Shanti Bhushan. During the conversation, Shanti Bhushan allegedly promised Mulayam Singh that a judge could be influenced for a price and suggested

that his son and lawyer Prashant Bhushan would facilitate this.The CD appeared after Anna Hazare ended his anti-graft fast here in April and Shanti Bhushan was appointed co-chair of the Lokpal bill joint drafting committee.

No diktat, but open to all-party meet on TV content: Soni New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) With members of parliament voicing concern over objectionable content on TV channels, the government Tuesday said it was open to an all-party meeting to discuss the issue, but made it clear it was against issuing any diktat. "I have no objection if a law is made after an all-party meeting is convened

by the prime minister in which views of everyone are taken in writing," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said while replying to a supplementary during question hour in the Lok Sabha. "We are getting views. After collating the views, we want to bring a law which is beyond the self-regulatory

body which has been set up," she added. Soni informed the upper house that a draft Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill has already been posted on the ministry's website and a final bill could be brought for parliament's consideration after getting feedback from various stakeholders.

Court rejects Bangaru Laxman's plea in graft case New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman's plea seeking direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to re-arrest an approver in a graft case against him. The court dismissed the plea to

re-arrest T. Satyamurthy, a co-accused who was granted pardon by the trial court after he turned an approver in the case. The former BJP president sought the re-arrest of Satyamurthy, saying that legal provisions required an approver to remain in jail till the conclusion of the trial.

Laxman sought the quashing of the first information report (FIR) lodged by the CBI, after he was caught on camera taking money from an undercover journalists, posing as arms dealers, for recommending to the defence ministry the purchase of their wares for the army.

Wednesday, 14th December, 2011

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Parliament attack recalled, families want Afzal hanged

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The nation on Tuesday paid homage to the martyrs of the Parliament House terrorist strike 10 years ago that led to a flare-up on the India-Pakistan borders, while families of the victims demanded expeditious execution of Afzal Guru, the surviving conspirator sentenced to death for the audacious crime. “Till the time Afzal Guru is hanged, there will be no honour for the martyrs in the parliament attack. When the Supreme Court of India has given a death penalty to Afzal Guru, why has he not been brought to book,” asked 23-year-old Bipin Adana, the son of Delhi Police head constable Vijendra Singh, who was killed in that terror attack. “For all the families who lost their dear ones, the main issue is Guru. Why is the traitor not being punished? This is really sad,” said Adana, who runs a petrol pump allotted to him by the government as compensation for having lost his father at a young age. On Dec 13, 2001, just around 11 a.m. when the two houses of parliament assembled for the day’s sitting, five heavily armed gunmen posing as security detail of a VVIP stormed the Indian Parliament House and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine people instantly. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Ad-

IN BRIEF Court tells police to trace, reunite minor boy with mother New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the police to present before it by Dec 15 a two-year-old boy whose mother alleged that he had been forcibly taken away by her husband due to their marital discord. The child’s mother, who lives separately from her husband in a rented house in west Delhi’s Dwarka, told the court that she was illegally deprived of her son’s custody.

vani, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and other members attended a ceremony held in the parliament complex. The leaders observed a minute’s silence in memory of the victims.

Big B gives voice to documentary on parliament attack New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has lent his baritone to soul-stirring words penned by Prasoon Joshi in “13 December”, a documentary made for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Indian parliament. The documentary traces the planning and execution of the terror attack, in which five heavily armed gunmen stormed the parliament house complex and opened indiscriminate firing, killing nine people on the spot. Joshi’s words are dedicated to the iron will and strong determination of the Indian security men who fought off the attack, said a press statement. M.G. Shastry has made this film, which has been shot in different locales in Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar and other parts of the Valley.

DDA proposes regularising excess area in Games Village

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has proposed to “regularise” the excess area constructed in the Commonwealth Games village apartments after the builder pays the amount for the extra construction, parliament was informed on Tuesday. “A proposal has been received from DDA to regularise the excess area built by the project developer after he pays market price for such excess area built by him. The proposal of DDA is under active consideration of the government,” Minister of State for Urban Development Saugata Roy said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. DDA has informed since the completion certificate for the CWG village flats is yet to be issued, the handing over of the flats to buyers could not be started, he said.



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Woman raped by cab driver in south Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) In yet another incident that proves how unsafe the National Capital Region (NCR) is for women working late, a 22-year-old woman, working as a pub attendant in Gurgaon, was allegedly raped by a cab driver in south Delhi, police said on Tuesday. Shiv Kumar, aged around 30 and a resident of Khanpur in Delhi, was arrested on Tuesday evening after

the victim lodged a complaint. According to police, the incident took place at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday in Mehrauli area when the victim after finishing her shift in a pub in the suburban town of Gurgaon hired the cab. “She hired the Indigo cab to take her to her residence in Vasant Kunj in south Delhi. However, the driver took her to a deserted spot in Chattarpur area in south Delhi and

raped her,” said a police official. “He later dropped her at an isolated spot and threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the matter to police,” said police. The victim hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh town and came to Delhi last year. She was residing in a rented accommodation in Vasant Kunj whereas the accused is employed with a private tour company.

‘Delhi Metro can use land for property development ‘ New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has the right to use the land acquired for the project for property development also, Minister of State for Urban Development Saugata Roy informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. “Three hectares of land were acquired by DMRC under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 from a private party for Viswavidyalaya Metro Station. Out of this, two hectares have been leased out to M/s Young Builders for residential development,” the minister said in a written reply.

Restart night shelters immediately: HC to Delhi govt.

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Irked over the closure of 84 temporary night shelters in the national capital against its orders, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the city government to reopen them immediately. Directing the government to restart the shelters, a division bench of acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw pulled up the Delhi government for shutting down the night shelters citing low occupancy. The judges also directed the government to equip the night shelters with all basic facilities. The direction of the high court came a day after the Supreme Court ordered all state governments to provide night shelters in order to ensure that no person died of the cold. The court rejected the contention of the Delhi government that a majority of the night shelters in the capital were lying unused and there was no need to construct further shelters. The shelters had been shut down in summer.

Roy said DMRC had informed the developer to plan his development strictly as per approvals from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and other civic authorities. In another written reply, Roy said DMRC has given some land plots on lease for commercial use to private parties. “The land pockets were given on lease and concession through open tenders. In cases, where no responses were received to tenders, the leasing was done through negotiation,” Roy said.



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Four dead, 75 hurt in Belgium attack

Brussels, Dec 13 (IANS) At least four people were killed and 75 injured Tuesday when an armed man opened fire and threw several grenades at a crowded city square in eastern Belgium’s Liege city, media reports said. According to BBC, the gunman -- identified as Nordine Amrani -opened fire and threw the grenades into the Place Saint Lambert from a rooftop before blowing himself up with a grenade. The attacker was known to police for firearms offences. Earlier, citing Belga news agency,

Xinhua reported that three men were involved in the attack. They first began to shoot at the crowd and then threw the grenades at a bus stop. Officials later said the attacker acted alone, and that it wasn’t a terrorist assault. Television images showed blood splattered across the cobblestones of Place Saint Lambert. Doctors at a city hospital were trying to save the life of an 18-monthold boy injured in the attack. Six others are also reported to be in serious condition.

Moscow, Dec 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The chief executive officer and the editor-in-chief of Russia’s Kommersant Vlast magazine have been fired for publishing photos with offensive remarks targeting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. CEO Andrey Galiev and Editorin-chief Maxim Kovalsky were fired by the magazine’s owner, Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov. “These materials are comparable to hooliganism,” Usmanov was quoted as saying by A law suit may also be filed against Kovalsky for the publication, he said. Demyan Kudryavtsev, chief executive officer of the Kommersant publishing house, Tuesday apologised for the publication. “Internal procedures and rules of the Kommersant publishing house, the standards of professional journalism and the law of the Russian

IN BRIEF Police, militants clash in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 13 (IANS) Clashes erupted Tuesday between police and at least 50 armed militants in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region after the outlaws ambushed a police convoy, a media report said. At least five policemen were injured in the incident in Budhbeer area of Peshawar, Xinhua reported citing Urdu TV channel ARY.

Indian-origin duo killed over parking dispute London, Dec 13 (IANS) An Indianorigin uncle-nephew duo was gunned down by a 20-year-old Bangladeshi national following an argument


Russian journalists fired for photos targeting Putin

Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin Federation have been violated. The executive group of the Publishing House regrets this and would like to apologize to readers and partners,” Kudryavtsev wrote in his blog. The magazine published Dec 12 several photos accompanying an article about the Dec 4 State Duma elections. One photo depicted a vote ballot with an obscene remark aiming Putin, written in red ink across it. over his car being blocked by a van parked outside the Indian family’s hotel, a court has heard. Ayub Khan shot dead 52-year-old hotelier Amarjit Singh Tiwana and his 25-year-old nephew Rajinder Singh Tiwana at point-blank range with a MAC-10 pistol capable of firing 1,000 rounds a minute, the Daily Mail reported.

Super vaccine could knock out 70% of cancers London, Dec 13 (IANS) A super shot that could knock out seven out of 10 lethal cancers is on the way. It shrunk breast tumours by 80 percent during tests and could also tackle prostate, pancreatic, bowel and ovarian cancers, according to researchers. The experiments were based on mice but researchers hope a trial on people within two years. If successful, the vaccine, could be available by 2020.

Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Monday hoped that the US will be able to mend its strained ties with Pakistan, because a stable relationship with Islamabad is key to win the US war in Afghanistan. Panetta said that restoring the strained relationship with Pakistan is critical to the long-term progress in Afghanistan, reported Xinhua. The US defense chief conceded that the US relationship with Pakistan has been “difficult and complicated”, while emphasizing that “it is an important relationship, and it is one we have to continue to work at”. Panetta emphasized that the mis-

sion of fighting terrorism supports both the US’ and Pakistan’s interests. Meanwhile Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday asked NATO to answer the “disturbing questions” about last month’s air strikes on two Pakistani army border posts that killed 24 soldiers. NATO is still investigating the Nov 26 strikes in Pakistan’s Mohmand tribal region bordering Afghanistan. “We expect the US-NATO-ISAF inquiry that is being undertaken to come out clearly with the facts and provide answers to the disturbing questions that our own investigations have raised,” Online news agency quoted Gilani as saying.

Mars rover begins space research

Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) NASA’s car-sized Curiosity rover has begun monitoring space radiation during its eight-month trip from Earth to Mars, the US space agency said Tuesday. Curiosity was launched Nov 26. The research will aid in planning for future human missions to the Red Planet. It carries an instrument called the Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) that monitors high-energy atomic and subatomic particles from the sun, distant supernovas and other sources. These particles constitute radiation that could be harmful to any microbes or astronauts in space or on Mars. The rover will monitor radiation on the surface of Mars after its August 2012 landing. “RAD is serving as a proxy for an astronaut inside a spacecraft on the way to Mars,” Xinhua quoted Don Hassler, RAD’s principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, as saying.

Bhutanese PM to speak in India on gross national happiness

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) After successfully implementing gross national happiness -- an alternative development indicator -- in his country, Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigme Y. Thinley will be speaking on the concept in India. Thinley will deliver the fourth Hiren Mukerjee memorial annual parliamentary lecture on Dec 20 on the theme “Gross National Happiness: A Holistic Paradigm for Sustainable Wellbeing”, according to a parliament spokesperson. In the Buddhist nation, happiness, not material success, is a way to measure well-being. GNH measures quality of life or social progress in holistic and psychological terms than only the economic indicator of gross domestic product (GDP). Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will attend the Bhutanese prime minister’s lecture, besides governors, chief ministers, presiding officers of state assemblies, MPs and a large number of invited dignitaries.

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta(R) Gilani said the attacks constituted a “huge setback” to the prospects of much-needed cooperation between all important stakeholders.

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Islamabad, Dec 13 (IANS) Several members of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan Tuesday joined cricketerturned politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, a media report said. Sikh leader Sahib Singh made the announcement at a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club, Online news agency reported. Sahib Singh said he and his community expect security of the rights of the minorities. Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, political advisor to party chief Imran Khan, welcomed the newcomers.

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Energy subsidies unsustainable, reforms needed: Experts New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS): Energy sector experts Tuesday warned the government that the current levels of subsidies for petroleum products were unsustainable and called for reforms in the segment to promote investments. "The political leadership will not be able to sustain this level of subsidy for long. They will be forced to initiate reforms in the energy sector as in the 1990s," said S.C. Tripathi, a former petroleum secretary, at the 10th Petro India conference. The government in the current fiscal will have to bear a energy subsidy burden of more than Rs.180,000 crore, which might increase due to a depreciating rupee. Though the government

had in June last year decontrolled petrol prices, it continues to dictate retail rates of diesel, cooking gas (liquefied petroleum gas) sold to households and kerosene sold through the public distribution system (PDS). The government was currently providing a subsidy of Re.0.82 per litre on kerosene and Rs.22.58 per cylinder of cooking gas in the current fiscal. It provided Rs.44,371 crore to the oil marketing companies (OMCs) through cash assistance, freight subsidy and natural gas subsidy in 2010-11. According to the experts, the subsidies on petroleum products cost more than Rs.200,000 crores which is expected to throw the public finances into a big mess.

State-run banks have lent Rs.6,901.86 crore to Kingfisher Airlines New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS): The government Tuesday said state-run banks have lent Rs.6,901.86 crore to the cashstrapped Kingfisher Airlines. Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said public sector banks (PSB) had so far an exposure of Rs.5,792.66 crore through fund-based and nonfund-based limits in the airline. Also, they had put in Rs.1,109.20 crore through investment in cumulative redeemable preference shares (CRPS) and non-convertible cumulative redeemable preference shares (NCCRPS), Meena said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. Defending the lenders, including the State Bank of India, who have been alleged to have bought overvalued shares of Kingfisher as collateral, the minister said this was done under the master debt recast arrangement (MDRA) with the airline. "There was no overvaluation to accommodate the airline," he said. "In terms of MDRA, a portion of the debt was carved out and issued as CRPS, which was subsequently converted into equity shares of Kingfisher Airlines at a price of Rs.64.48 per share March 31, 2011, as against the prevailing market price of Rs.39.90 per share." The minister said the banks took 11,63,30,639 equity shares of the airline. The minister added that the banks had made an

investment of about Rs.750.10 crore in the airlines shares and that the market value of these shares on Dec 7 stood at Rs.298.39 crore.

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) India's vertising campaigns. "I have planned mobile marketing space, which some to stay extremely close to India, as the analysts estimate at Rs.600 million potential really is here," Ohrling said ($11 million), will grow 10-fold in about the country, which has 881 milthe next five years, says the Finnish lion mobile phone connections. Mopioneer of the concept. bile marketing is a service "Mobile marketing has that subscribers opt for as started to grow rapidly opposed to pesky SMSes. in India as the brands see "India is a tremendously the opportunities beyond interesting market and it just internet options. My can change the mobile marestimation is the marketket also globally." place in mobile marketing Does that mean he would in India will grow 10-fold now focus on taking the Blyk within the next five years," concept to the next level? Antti Ohrling, co-founder "Mobile is personal, diin 2005 of the Blyk mobile rect, interactive and an Antii Ohrling, marketing company, told always-on channel to IANS in an e-mail inter- the pioneer of the nearly 75 percent of the mobile marketing view. While Ohrling has world's population. That's concept. now decided to move on an incredible opportunity from Blyk, he plans to maintain a to communicate with and do busiclose connect with India, where he in- ness with the entire world. I believe troduced the company a year ago and that mobiles will become the biggest where it has over one million opted-in marketplace in the world in years to users and has delivered 40 mobile ad- come," he said. IANS

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IN BRIEF Supreme Court permits export of endosulfan formulation New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS): The Supreme Court Tuesday permitted the export of 2,698 kilo litres of endosulfan formulation, used for manufacturing the pesticide, lying with different companies. An apex court bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, Justice A.K. Patnaik and Justice Swatanter Kumar said: "We hereby permit the 34 units of manufacturers and formulators (of endosulfan)…to export the existing

stock of 2698.05 kl of endosulfan formulation...". The exports would be subject to conditions specified in its Sep 30 order, the court said.

India main market for Russian satellite navigation Moscow, Dec 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti): India and Latin America are the priority markets for Russia's Glonass satellite navigation system, similar to the US' Global Positioning System, a top Russian official said Tuesday. Glonass -- or the Global Navigation Satellite System -- is operated for the Russian government by the Russian Space Forces, the military wing responsible for space operations. It is designed for

US stocks drop for second straight day New York, Dec 14 (IANS): US stocks dropped all early gains and ended lower for the second straight day Tuesday after the Federal Reserve offered no immediate measures to boost the economy, Xinhua reported. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 66.45 points, or 0.55 percent, to 11,954.94. The Standard & Poor's 500 was down 10.74 points, or 0.87 percent, to 1,225.73. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 32.99 points, or 1.26 percent, to 2,579.27. In a statement after the last rate-setting meeting this year, the Fed left its interest rates on hold and gave no hint on any quantitative easing plan for the time being. Meanwhile, the Fed acknowledged "some improvement in overall labour market conditions" but the tone of the statement was relatively downbeat given better-than-expected recent data.

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Cabinet approves National Electricity Fund New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS): The cabinet Tuesday approved the creation of a National Electricity Fund (NEF) to provide interest subsidy of Rs.8,466 crore for electricity distribution projects for a period of 14 years. "The National Electricity Fund is being set up to improve the distribution network for areas not covered by the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana and restructured accelerated power development and reforms programme project area," a statement issued after a meeting of cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA).



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100 years since Kolkata lost the crown

The Victoria Memorial Hall located in Kolkata is a memorial building dedicated to Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India. Kolkata (Calcutta) is the capital of West Bengal and a former capital of British India. The memorial currently serves as a museum and a tourist attraction

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unplanned. The city now has only six percent of road space. Economist Bipul Malakar said the transfer of capital turned the city into a 'colonial relic'. "The city and the state have suffered the most in infrastructure. Had it continued to be the capital, all the development that Delhi has seen over the years would have been here. Kolkata is nothing more than a colonial relic now," said Malakar. The communists gained in strength and came to power in West Bengal in 1967, as the largest ally of the United Front government. The regime supported militant trade unionism. Flight of capital from the state began, marking the decline of the once industrially strong West Bengal. During the communist led Left Front rule 1977-2011, the trade union movement grew stronger. Despite successes on the rural front during its 34-year rule, the Left Front drew flak for the city's falling medical services and politicisation of education. On Jan 1, 2001, Calcutta tried to toss away its colonial past by changing the name and adopted its Bengali equivalent Kolkata. Political analyst Sabyasachi Basu

Roy Chowdhury said the decision to shift the capital to Delhi hindered the political development of the region. "The British trend to marginalise leaders from Bengal continued even after independence with leaders from the north denying the centrestage to those from here." "As the political dominance of the state diminished, a decline on several fronts, especially on the industry front began, ultimately hindering the state's overall growth," said Roy Chowdhury. Footballer Chuni Goswami who captained India to the Asian Games Gold Medal in 1962 said the decision was a loss for Kolkata. "Look at Delhi, it is flourishing. Had Kolkata been the capital, it too would have developed. People would have made big investments," 74-yearold Goswami told IANS . Eminent Bengali author Sirshendu Mukherjee, however, said Delhi was more suitable to be the capital. "Though it was certainly a loss for the city, I think Delhi was the right choice. It is not only centrally located but also a planned city which has enabled it to house the numerous offices which a capital of the country requires," he said. Anurag Dey (IANS)

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hundred years have passed since India's capital was shifted to Delhi from Kolkata. Some say the transfer was a 'blessing in disguise', but many say it turned this city into a 'colonial relic' and hampered its development. King Emperor George V Dec 12, 1911 at the Great Coronation Durbar at Delhi announced: "We have decided upon the transfer of the seat of the government of India, from Calcutta to the ancient capital of Delhi..." Historian P.T. Nair, called the 'Chronicler of Calcutta' who has penned over 50 books on the city, said the decision was a blessing in disguise and gave the city space to grow educationally and culturally. "Indian Nobel laureates, from Rabindranath Tagore to Amartya Sen, are from the city and they all got the recognition only after 1911, with Tagore becoming the first Asian winner of the award just two years later," said Nair. The establishment of the country's first Indian Institute of Management in 1961 was a case in point, he said. Calcutta, then capital of undivided Bengal, was a hotbed of the revolutionary movement and the transfer came only months after the British government had to annul its plan to partition Bengal, following intense protests led by the Indian National Congress and also Tagore . "Bengal, especially Calcutta, had been politically very conscious. The revolutionary movement and the overall freedom movement had its seeds in Bengal. To counter this, they shifted the capital and the fact that Delhi was centrally located also helped," said Nair. Calcutta, on the east bank of river Hooghly, became the capital under British East India Company rule in 1772. The city flourished politically and commercially. Other than the first multidisciplinary modern university in South Asia - the Calcutta University in 1857 - the city also got Asia's first college of European medicine - the Medical College Bengal in 1835. The first printed English newspaper in the subcontinent came out of the city in 1789 when James Hicky published The Bengal Gazette . Later, the partition of the country in 1947 dealt a blow as a large chunk referred to as East Bengal went to Pakistan. Calcutta, which became the capital of West Bengal, got a huge influx of refugees from East Pakistan which continued even after the 1971 Bangladesh war. Successive governments struggled to cope with the population pressure as infrastructure and civic amenities deteriorated. Hawkers took over the pavements, development was

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Think about all the things you didn’t like when you were younger. Eating certain foods, wearing certain clothes, going to bed before you were ready to do so. Back then, you understood authority figures had the upper hand. You weren’t - or didn’t believe yourself to be - in a position to argue or negotiate. Now, you find yourself not only being told what to do but expected to undertake a steep learning curve of some kind. Soon, you’ll be grateful for what appears to be enforced.

Someone’s big enough to look after themselves, aren’t they? Surely, they don’t need you to check up on them and make sure they’re ok. After all, you’ve got more important - er, maybe I should stop there. Perhaps a certain person is able to take care of themselves but would live nothing more than to receive even the tiniest gesture that you care and are thinking about them. Think about whom you know who lives at a distance and who could use some TLC. The sky does insist there is someone in your world fitting this description.

In the same way we all had an older brother, sister or school bully when we were younger who couldn’t resist pressing a bruise we had, you’re being reminded of certain past events that have been stored at the back of your mind for a reason. As integral to where you are now these events were, they’re still capable of bringing resentment or an emotion or two to the surface. Recognize how certain situations helped you and how much wiser you are now.



Magicians go to great lengths to ensure audiences are unable to see how their tricks are done. All it takes for a well practiced trick to be ruined is a glimpse of a wire, mirror or trap door. Once seen, there’s no going back on a magician’s part. You’re going to have to apply just as much caution where a plan is concerned. Although in early stages now, you will have to make sure you’ve left no gaps or loopholes that will expose you in some way soon.

Some boundaries need to be pushed from time to time. Even the tiniest amount of pressure in an area can open opportunities unlikely to be presented otherwise. If you’re willing to break a certain level of monotony in an area of your world by testing it and seeing how it reacts to a bit more pressure than it’s used to, then you can uncover a hidden opportunity. This will bring something worthy of pursuing further.

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What has changed? There’s something you’re likely to be able to see that has undergone transformation. If you can’t see it, then a detectable feeling of insecurity will be your first clue that you’re adjusting to a shifting scenario. Transformation planet Pluto in the area of commitment has been busy and isn’t finished yet. You can trust though that change that has occurred is by no means a backward step. Something has moved forward and will continue to do so.

The sky speaks of ‘incompleteness’ now. You probably don’t need the sky to tell you that something is incomplete. You’re painfully aware of a gap that exists where you would prefer it didn’t. One of many interesting things about nature is it abhors a vacuum. Where gaps exist, nature finds a way to fill them eventually. You, on the other hand, want and need immediate progress or at least reassurance that a result is forthcoming. Prepare for a noticeable shift.

The sky is giving you the celestial equivalent of an umbrella now, not with a view to protecting you from current aspects because the majority occurring now are positive but to shield you from a few looming around the corner that could have otherwise caused concern. You’re waiting for a result of some kind, perhaps an announcement or declaration that has direct implications on you. You needn’t brace yourself. Protection you’re being offered now will bring a big sigh of relief.

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Complacency loves the way days to turn to weeks, weeks to months and months to years. It hates being confronted or questioned and has reason to be concerned now with your willingness to break a routine of some kind. Changes within your circumstances are causing you to look closely at how you’ve done something and how you’re going to have to do it future. You’re being encouraged to explore options considered previously and the benefits to doing so are many.

Once again we find you asking the question ‘What about me?’ You appear tied to a commitment of some kind that takes all focus from you and puts it squarely on a certain individual who believes their needs are greater and more important than your own. You appear willing to be understanding and helpful but could do with help or attention coming your direction for a change. This is being noticed by others. Just bide your time and help you need will come.

In order for us to interpret anything correctly, we rely on information provided to us to be accurate or helpful on a basic level. If we aren’t provided with any information or clues, then we are only able to apply guesswork. Or, even worse, we make assumptions. Before you begin convincing yourself that you are making correct interpretations about something, consider the fact that you don’t have as much information available as you ought to have. Allow this to come to you now.

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A banker by profession, a social activist by choice and an artist at heart! She has never had any formal training in art and yet when she stands in front of her canvas, she is able to capture on it sceneries and landscapes, some from places she has been to and others from those she is yet to set her eyes upon. Over the past few years Elizabeth Anthony or ‘Elzy’ has been painting as a hobby and it wasn’t until recently that she decided to exhibit her works of art. But for those who are unaware of the artist’s background, these paintings reveal nothing but

an experienced hand and a creative mind. She was born and educated in a sub-urban village in Kerala and committing to the usual pressures of society decided to take on a career in banking starting off in the post of a junior clerical staff. Over time, as she rose up the ranks, she attempted to maintain a balance between a full time job and her responsibilities at home and with that her passion took a back seat, that is, until she retired recently. From the cozy comforts of Kerala to the bustling fast lanes of Delhi, her paintings infact divulge her position at the crossroads of

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nature on one hand cusing on: Creating Art for me is and urban change on a general awareness a tool that I the other. about the disease am using to It was four years and creating a sense ago when she decid- draw attention to of shared responsied that she would try bility amongst the and contribute more the causes and the public. to society and estab- values for which I “Art for me is a lished the Navoothan stand. The fact that tool that I am using Charitable Foundato draw attention it is also my passion tion dedicated to to the causes and the upliftment of the values for which definitely helps. underprivileged fam- -Elizabeth Anthony I stand. The fact ilies and individuals. that it is also my One of the key areas passion definitely that the foundation helps.” According is presently working on is supportto Elizabeth, the money earned from ing cancer victims who are unable the sale of all her paintings together to afford the treatment. In a bid to will barely be able to cover the treatdraw awareness to the plight of these ment of but a handful of patients, patients and raise enough money to and yet she hopes that the awareness aid them, Elizabeth decided recently generated through her exhibitions to sell most of the paintings she has and her work will be a wakeup call done over the years and donate all for society. the proceeds to this cause. There are Visit or two areas which her foundation is for more information.


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You may only be interested in burgers, pizzas and fries but let it be known that a simple Taco or Burrito is much better for you and your stomach. People are sometimes under the misconception that Mexican food calls for a bad stomach; however there is no real truth to it. The only time Mexican food can be a little dicey is when it’s eaten in Mexico, but blame the un-purified water for that, not the food and its ingredients. Mexican food contains onions, tomatoes, peppers and corn that are very healthy and are usually present in almost all Mexican recipes. So you get the core ingredients along with all the veggies!

Traditional Mexicana! Traditional Mexican recipes were made with whatever was available, chilli, peppers, tomato, avocado, rice to name a few. Evolution of this cuisine brought in new ingredients like Chicken, , pork, garlic ,( and in our case : Paneer) beans and wine. Mexican dishes presently feature a perfect blend of the old with the new. Mexican Food also has a very Caribbean influence in many of their recipes.

Why Mexican Food? Mexican food is a bit under rated in India and the possible reasons for this could be heavy concentration by people on either junk food or fancy restaurant food and ultimately for most people Mexican food falls in neither category. Mexican food is a delight not only because of it being a complete meal but also because it offers a lot of variety in both, food and beverages. Drinks like the Margarita and Tequila and food like Chilli corn carne, chimichanga and enchilada’s are known yet not valued much. But it surely deserves a better chance to be tasted by the food lovers in India.

Do the Salsa! If you could compare Indian food with any other cuisine in the world what would it be? Our bet- Mexican Food! This is because like Indian food, Mexican food is spicy and vibrant as well as healthy.

So now we know how brilliant Mexican Food is, but the best has not yet been discovered. I am talking about Salsa! Everyone has eaten salsa at least once with Nacho’s so let’s break it down. Salsas are sauces made with red tomatoes, avocado, chilli and jalapeño. Mexican food remains incomplete without this very tasty and prominent relish. So next time you decide to cook Mexican food don’t forget to use fresh ingredients, the more the freshness the more the flavour and ultimately a fresh aroma. Salsas are not the only dip/sauce that can be used, sour cream, guacamole are also other popular and rich options to make your Mexican trip a joyful one. - Nandita Shamlal (



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New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) India's Saurav Ghosal played the short game to his advantage to beat Julian Illingworth of the US 12-10, 11-4, 11-2 in the opening round of the $165,000 Punj Lloyd PSA Squash Masters on Tuesday. It is often said getting a lead in the match is crucial for a players' chances and this worked in favour of 29th-ranked Ghosal. Though Ghosal played to his strengths in the first set, he gave four free points to Illingworth by coming in his way while the American was attempting a shot. Yet, the Kolkata player managed a 6-4 lead courtesy some brilliant drop shots and crosscourt volleys. Illingworth came back to take the next four points but at 11-10, Ghosal's backhand smash found a nick and there was no way Illingworth could get hold of the ball. From there on, Ghosal ran away with the contest with Illingworth


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failing to match his pace. Illingworth, who beat the Indian in their last meeting in the World Team Championships at Padderborn, Germany, said he was "hesitant" in his game and Ghosal took advantage of that. Illingworth's frustration was also evident when he expressed displeasure over a referee's decision at the end of the first set. Ghosal, on the other hand, was happy to register a win in his home tournament and said he executed his game plan to perfection. Ghosal faces world number seven Peter Barker of England in the prequarterfinals on Thursday.


Ranji Trophy: Mukund puts Tamil Nadu in strong position New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Centuries by Abhinav Mukund and Subramaniam Badrinath have put Tamil Nadu in the driver's seat against hosts Gujarat on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Division on Tuesday. Mukund, who missed out on a berth in the Indian Test squad for Australia, has once again proved why he is one of the frontrunners for the coveted slot after ending the day unbeaten on 150. Mukund and Badrinath (102) steered Tamil Nadu to 288/2 at stumps. They shared a stand of 223 runs after opener Murali Vijay was out early. In Kolkata, Delhi is in a spot of bother after losing 8 wickets on the first day with the score on 252. Ashok Dinda starred with the ball taking four wickets. A gritty 79 by Shikhar Dhawan was the saving grace for Delhi. Bengal, who are languishing at the bottom of the points table in Group B, are desperate for a win while Delhi too are battling hard to book their place in the knockouts. Defending champions Rajasthan, playing at home, are in a strong position against Saurashtra. The hosts were 369/7 after the first day's play courtesy centuries from Vineet Saxena (127) and Puneet Yadav (108), however, a four-wicket

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Abhinav Mukund haul by Siddharth Trivedi provided some respite for the visitors. Group A leaders Karnataka could manage to take only four Punjab wickets with the score on 278 when stumps were called. Sarul Kanwar (89) and Karan Goel (71) impressed on the first day at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. In a lackluster bowling effort by the home team, Neravanda Aiyappa was the only bowler who troubled the batsmen.

Bhopal, Dec 13 (IANS) Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has written to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressing his desire to establish a sports academy and school in the state to promote talent, an official said on Tuesday. Dhoni said he wishes to groom the state's talent with complete dedication and commitment not only in the field of the cricket, but in other sports too. Requesting Chouhan to make the suitable sites available for establishment of these institutions, Dhoni wrote: "Many

youths wish to bring laurels to the state and the country as well. And our efforts would make their dreams come true." "Several youths and sports persons of the country wish to represent the country in different fields. However, they could not deliver the goods due to non availability of proper infrastructure and training facilities," he said in his letter, the official said. Dhoni added that he wishes to set up a sports school where children could attain excellence in the field of sports and in education as well besides develop discipline, commitment and spirit of hard labour.


Dhoni seeks to set up sports academy in Madhya Pradesh

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Aslam Sher Khan elected president of Olympian Association New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Olympian Association of India has been formed here with hockey Olympian Aslam Sher Khan elected as president while Randhir Singh, secretary general of the Indian Olympic Association, will be the chief patron. The first meeting of the association, formed Monday, was held on Tuesday at the Olympic Bhawan here and the office bearers were elected. Balbir Singh (senior) and Milkha Singh will be patrons of the association.

Khan said he will do his best for the welfare of the sportspersons of the country. Gurbhachan Singh Randhawa (Athletics) was elected senior vice president, Harbinder Singh (Hockey), Balbir Singh (Hockey) and Gurbir Singh Sandhu (Shooting) as vice presidents, Ajit Pal Singh (Hockey) secretary and Sanjeeva Kumar Singh (Archery) joint secretary. Other members of the association are Rupa Saini (Hockey), Manjit Dua (Table Tennis), Karnam Malleswari

(Weightlifting), Leander Paes (Tennis), Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Shooting), Sushil Kumar (Wrestling), Vijender Singh (Boxing), Abhinav Bindra (Shooting), Ashwini Nachappa (Athletics), Jagbir Singh (Hockey), Subhash Verma (Wrestling), Shiva Keshvan (Luge-Winter Games), Sumangla (Archery), Charles Borromeo (Athletics), S.S. Hakim (Football) Ram Singh (Athletics), Capt. Srichand Ram (Athletics), Anwar Sultan (Shooting) and Kunju Rani (Weightlifting).

Rome, Dec 13 (IANS) Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saved Francesco Totti's second-half penalty as Juventus registered a 1-1 draw at Roma to extend their unbeaten run in Italian Serie A football to 14 games. Daniele De Rossi had put the hosts in front in the sixth minute, but Giorgio Chiellini equalised on the hour mark. Roma had a chance to go in front two minutes later but Totti's spot kick was saved by Buffon. Roma head coach Luis Enrique admitted that he had expected

Totti to score the penalty. "I clearly expected it to be a goal," he said. "I thought Francesco would do AS Roma’s forward Francesco Totti (R) vies with what he knows best, Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal to score a goal. But he was faced with say we are doing extraordinary Buffon, who is an intimidating things, well beyond expectations at goalkeeper." the start of the season," said AntoThe Turin giants climbed back nio Conte, Juventus head coach. to the top of the standings with "The fact people think Juve the draw and are level on 30 points should win all the time shows we with Udinese, Xinhua reported. have become an important team," "If I look at the table, then I can he said.

Acted in compliance of contractual obligations: Nimbus New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Sports broadcaster Nimbus, whose contract with the Indian board was terminated on Monday on grounds of defaulting payments, said on Tuesday that it had "acted in compliance of its contractual obligations". The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) terminated its contract, that ran till 2014, and also seized the bank guarantee amount of Rs.2,000 crore, after Nimbus defaulted on payments. Nimbus also failed to pay the BCCI 50 percent advance payment for both the England and the West Indies series "Given the confidentiality provisions of such contracts, Nimbus is unable to discuss details with the media, but can confirm that it has

acted in compliance of its contractual obligations and variations agreed between the parties from time to time," Nimbus said in a statement. "Obviously, it has fully reserved all its rights and options, including invoking the arbitration process if need be. No further statement will be made by Nimbus in this regard till its discussions with BCCI are concluded in the coming weeks," it further said. Nimbus first signed a four-year deal in 2005-06 and renewed it in 2009 for a whopping Rs.2,000 crore after being offered the first right of refusal. They had had paid Rs.24 crore ahead of the working committee meeting here Monday morning but there was still an outstanding amount of Rs.88 crore.

Intensity against India will be high: Warner New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Australian opener David Warner, who made his maiden Test century and was named man-of-the-match against New Zealand in the first cricket Test at Hobart on Monday, is looking forward to being selected for the Test series against India and expects it to be a most competitive series. "It was nice to get to the milestone of a Test hundred but it was disappointing not to be able to help Australia over the line," Warner said from Hobart, hoping that the century and the show of character would secure him a place in the side against

India. "The Boxing Day Test match is always special and, more so, against India. Hopefully we can play well." Warner recalled that there was much intensity during India's last tour of Australia and does not expect the coming series to be very different. "Lots of things were going on when India toured Australia the last time in 2007-08 but that is what makes cricket. Everyone likes to play very seriously and that alone should ensure that none changes the attitude on the field. There are always a couple of players who like to chat up a bit and get under people's skins," he said.

Gavaskar slams BCCI for u-turn on his contract

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has blasted the cricket board after its refusal to pay him $1 million fee per season for media activities involving the Indian Premier League (IPL). The decision was taken at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) working committee meeting on Monday. "BCCI has made a u-turn on my contract. I am baffled after reading reports that BCCI has refused to pay me my dues and my faith in BCCI has been shaken," Gavaskar told NDTV. Gavaskar said he got an assurance from BCCI president Sharad Pawar that his dues will be cleared. "Sharad Pawar and Arun Jaitely both promised me on phone that my dues will be cleared. In fact, Sharad Pawar and Lalit Modi had promised me a Rs.4 crore IPL contract in 2007," he said.


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New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Delhi boy Sumit Nagal won the under-14 boys American Cup Tennis Championship at the Miccosukee Tennis Club in Miami, Florida. Sumit defeated Canada's David Volfson 1-6, 6-1 and 10-6 in an intense battle on Saturday that lasted nearly two and a half hours. Sumit got off to a nervous start before settling down and using his power to control the points with his forehand. "I was inconsistent in the first set, I just wanted to calm down and play the way I know I can play in the second and third sets and I






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did that," Nagal, who splits his time of training between Delhi and Toronto with his coach Bobby Mahal, said in a statement. Mahal is the first Indian player to win the event. Some top players like Fernando Gonzalez (1994), Marcos Baghdatis (1999), Andy Murray (2000), Novak Djokovic (2001) have won the tournament in past. Sumit now gets ready for the 50th Annual Junior Orangebowl in Miami, Florida, December 1723. Mahesh Bhupathi said Sumit is an exciting talent for Indian tennis.

Injured Cilic drops out of Chennai Open

Chennai, Dec 13 (IANS) Twotime Aircel Chennai Open singles champion Marin Cilic of Croatia has been ruled out of the 2012 edition of India's only ATP World Tour event due to a tendon injury. The tournament will be held here from Jan 2 to 8 and will see in action an impressive line-up of Indian and international players, including World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia and No.10 Nicolas Almagro of Spain, defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland and former champion Xavier Malisse of Belgium. Cilic, winner of the singles title in 2009 and 2010, suffered a patella tendon injury which has ruled him out of the Chennai Open as well as the season's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open. Karol Beck of Slovakia, ranked No.100, has been included in the main draw. "Having started the previous five seasons at the Chennai Open, the city is a home away from home for me. Only an injury could have kept me away from the tournament," Cilic said in a release. Fernando Soler, tournament di-


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Marin Cilic of Croatia rector and head of tennis at IMG Worldwide, said: "We will miss Cilic's sprightly presence. He has been a crowd favourite, a regular over the past five years. The field, however, is solid with three top-25 players, including two from the top-10."

Cricketer Harbhajan's stolen bag recovered Karnal (Haryana), Dec 13 (IANS) Haryana Police on Tuesday recovered international cricketer Harbhajan Singh's bag which was stolen from his SUV outside a popular cafe on National High No.1 (NH-1) on Monday evening. The bag was found abandoned in an open area in Sector 13 of Karnal and the police recovered it after someone informed about it, a police official said. Police officials said that Harbhajan Singh's passport and other documents, including ATM and credit cards, were found inside the recovered bag. However, nearly Rs.9,500 in cash were missing.

Some unidentified thieves broke into Harbhajan's Ford Endeavour (SUV) by smashing the windowpane of the rear door on the busy NH-1 on Monday. The break-in took place around 6 p.m. outside Cafe Coffee Day outlet at Madhuban near Karnal. The cricketer immediately called the police for help and later left after filing a complaint about the theft from his vehicle. Incidentally, Harbhajan is himself employed as a deputy superintendent (DSP) with Punjab Police. He was driving to New Delhi from Chandigarh with his friend when the incident happened.




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Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS): Actress Mallika Sherawat has moved to the US, thanks to her international project, but says her heart resides in Bollywood and that people in the West are curious about the Hindi film industry. "I am more of a global actress now but Bollywood is my life. It is my bread and butter," said Mallika here at a press conference to announce her performance at Hotel Tulip Star's New Year's Eve show. Mallika has made US her second home and has been there for the past two years. The actress, who was last seen in Hollywood flick "Politics Of Love", asserts that the West is curious to know more about Bollywood. I have signed 'Lucky Unlucky'. I am playing a Jat sprinter in it and I have signed another movie with Vivek Oberoi, 'Kismat Love Paisa Delhi'. It will be directed by Sanjay Khanduri. Then, there is an international venture that I'm doing." "I'm trying to maintain a balance between both America and India. Right now there is so much curiosity in America about Bollywood and Indian actors," she added.

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Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS): Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff dismisses reports that he gave an interview to a Pakistani website about his sexual preference and clarifies that he is not gay. "Can you believe it? Bas ab yehi baqi reh gaya tha. Logon ko kaam-dhanda nahin hai. Bas, yehi sab‌ For the record, I've never spoken to any journalist on this subject and certainly made no such declaration. Main pagal hoon kya," he said. "In any case, what's the big deal about sexual preference? If one is gay, one is

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London, Dec 14 (IANS) Actress Scarlett Johansson admits she has led a "very charmed life" and doesn't regret about the failed marriage with actor Ryan Reynolds. The 27-year-old divorced Reynolds, 35, in July this year after two years of relationship. "I don't believe in having any regrets. It's a waste of time to regret anything. I own all of my decisions, and I've led a very charmed life up until this point," quoted Johansson as saying. She also admitted that her union with Reynolds was the "best thing" she ever did. "It was the best thing I ever did. I'm a big believer in instinct. Getting married was the right thing to do because it was natural. "It grew out of romance and love and a desire to have a future with somebody, and I was very fortunate that I married somebody who turned out to be the person I thought he would be," Johansson added.

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New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Shah Rukh Khan was upbeat about visiting Patna for the first time Tuesday to promote his upcoming film "Don 2: The King Is Back". But the plans had to be scrapped due to "some security issue", according to the superstar. "Was super excited with my first ever visit to Patna but district authorities said some security issue. Will come some

other time. Damn!!!" Shah Rukh posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. The movie's team kickstarted their multi-city promotion tour in non-metropolitan centres in India Tuesday. Producer Ritesh Sidhwani also tweeted: "Feeling sad couldn't make it to Patna. Was waiting to take off from Mumbai but was told that we cannot land in Patna. Next stop Nagpur!"

gay. If I was, I'd have no qualms in accepting it. But the fact is, I am most certainly not. And I'm surprised at the audacity of the journalist who cooked up this imaginary scandal," added the 54-year-old "My wife (Ayesha) and I had a good laugh over this. I just looked at her and she looked at me. We burst out laughing...." The "Hero" star says that instead of talking about this absurd nonsense about his sexuality, people should remember Bollywood legend Dev Anand, who died last week.

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London, Dec 13 (IANS): Actress Blake Lively, known for teen drama "Gossip Girl", has designed cupcakes for charity. The 24-yearold was spotted at a Sprinkles Cupcakes store in New York Dec 9 making deserts which will be sold to raise cash for charity. "She came in with girlfriends to create it. Blake (Lively) helped design and add her own touches to it. It's a S'mores cupcake. It features a Graham cracker bottom, deep gooey chocolate, and a S'moreslike burned-marshmallowy top," quoted Lively as saying. The cupcake will be launched in January next year and all proceeds will benefit Oxfam International Somalia.

Nevaan too young to be overexposed, says Sonu Niigaam


Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS): Ever since the original "Kolaveri Di" song has been released, several other versions of the number also have hit the web, including one by Sonu Niigaam's son, but the singer does not want to over-expose four-year-old Neevan. "He is too small, he is just four years old, so he couldn't have done this for himself. As his father, I thought I should record his childhood thing. I want to protect him right now. He is too young to be over-exposed," said the 38-yearold singer who began his singing career at the age of three, joining his father on stage for a Mohammad Rafi song. Sonu admits he never thought his son's version would become such a rage. "We did it only for the posterity's sake. We never thought that it will be such a big hit. I knew that if it is put on YouTube, it will have lots of hits, but didn't know that it will become so big," said Sonu at a press conference at the Aamby Valley's annual New Year bash Glitterati 2012.

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Los Angeles, Dec 13 (IANS): Actress Rooney Mara says she is happy to get rid of her feminine signature look for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". She underwent drastic transformation for her role as Lisbeth Salander and according to reports she will have to live with it till at least 2015. "Before 'Dragon Tattoo', I dressed very much like girls. A lot of blush-colored things. Now I literally roll out of bed and put on whatever is there. I have really enjoyed being a boy this last year," she told US Vogue. Mara also revealed that she was given a make-over by makeup artist Pat McGrath, costume designer Trish Summerville and hairstylist Danilo. McGrath created 26 different looks for her. "We went from the whitepowdered sick-clown makeup to stitches in the face all the way to greasy, bloody eyes. I instantly knew how I could make her character so different. And then once the hair was cut in that mad shape, I was like, Well, the eyebrows have got to go. And in the end, it would look now and it would look new,"said McGrath.


Tyra Banks splits from boyfriend

London, Dec 13 (IANS): Supermodel and TV host Tyra Banks has ended her four-year relationship with banker John Utendahl. The 38-year-old, who was dating Utendahl since 2007, is on a "spiritual trip" in Bali to get over her break-up. "Tyra (Banks) has gone away with a female friend and has been island-hopping, visiting Bali and taking a spiritual retreat," quoted Banks as saying. However, after the separation, the banker was reportedly spotted with a Russian model at New York night spot Catch.

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