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On The Go
Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra), Nov 13 (IANS) Announcing that his core team will be revamped, Anna Hazare Sunday said the committee will be expanded to 50 but would only include members with a “clean background”. “The core team will be revamped and shall have 50 members from all walks of life,” he told reporters here after a meeting of the core team. Hazare said a code of conduct will be framed for the new core committee and a background check conducted before any new members are inducted. Also the activities of the new members will be strictly monitored after their inclusion. Meanwhile, the anti-corruption activist demanded that the Central
Advani’s yatra disrupted, shown black flags in Punjab
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Core team to include members with clean background: Hazare
Social Activist Anna Hazare Bureau of Investigation (CBI) be made an independent body, saying that it is necessary that the agency
is free of government control. He also said that he will work towards empowering and strengthening of Gram Sabhas which is also his aim alongside a corruption-free nation. Reiterating that he was not antiCongress, Hazare said his team will support the ruling party if they bring in the Jan Lokpal Bill. He, however, criticised the party-led United Progressive Alliance government for trying to weaken the Lokpal Bill by proposing to introduce five different bills aimed at tackling corruption. Asked about Swami Agnivesh, who has expressed his desire to apologise to him and rejoin the team, Hazare said the decision over the matter will be taken later.
Omar meets Antony on AFSPA ahead of state cabinet meet
Bathinda (Punjab), Nov 13 (IANS) The Jan Chetna Yatra of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani was disrupted as it entered Punjab Sunday afternoon from this south-west Punjab town. Activists of the Akali Dal-Amritsar, which is led by radical Sikh leader Simranjit Singh Mann, and some Muslim groups protested against the yatra and even showed it black flags.
IN BRIEF On Mumbai’s roadmap: Washroom for women every two km!
Mumbai, Nov 13 (IANS) To improve the sanitary standards in Mumbai, its civic body is planning free-for-use washrooms for women every two km of the city. And if a group of NGOs has its way, they may also be equipped with sanitary pads vending machines and have female cleaners instead of the male staff. “The BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) is planning to build dedicated toilets for women within every two km in the city. After their construction, the maintenance and management of these will be handed over to NGOs,” BMC standing committee chairman Rahul Shevale told IANS.
The Punjab Police took into custody over 50 activists of the Akali Dal-Amritsar. The route of Advani’s entourage had to be changed in Bathinda town to avoid more protests. Advani was given a rousing reception earlier as the yatra, which is against rampant corruption, mis-governance and black money in the country, entered Punjab from Haryana.
Rajasthan ex-minister Maderna hospitalised Jodhpur, Nov 13 (IANS) Mahipal Maderna, who was sacked as Rajasthan minister and suspended from the Congress’ primary membership over alleged involvement in the case of a missing nurse, has been hospitalised here after he complained of chest pain, sources said Sunday. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Saturday quizzed his wife Lila and Congress legislator from Luni constituency Malkhan Singh over their alleged involvement in the case of missing nurse Bhanwari Devi. Bhanwari Devi had gone missing from Jodhpur’s Bilara area Sep1. Maderna was sacked from the cabinet by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Oct 16 over allegations that he had a role in her disappearance. It was alleged that the nurse had started blackmailing Maderna on the basis of a CD showing both of them in a compromising position.
J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
leaders met for almost an hour at Antony’s official residence in the capital, but details of their discussion were not available immediately, sources in New Delhi said. The meeting comes close on the heels of Antony saying the state’s Unified Command core committee headed by Abdullah and comprising commanders of the Indian Army’s 15 and 16 Corps and the state police was empowered to take a decision on the demand for withdrawal of the AFSPA.
PM’s statement shocked Telangana Ex-PM Deve people, says Congress MP Gowda’s ‘threat’ to top cop under probe Bangalore, Nov 13 (IANS) Former prime minister H. D. Deve Gowda’s reported threat to a top police official probing corruption charges against his son is being probed and action will be taken once it is completed, Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said Sunday. The chief minister said that the police official, Jeevan Kumar Gaonkar, an additional director general of police (ADGP), was transferred Nov 10 from the office of Lokayukta (ombudsman) as he felt “embarrassed” to continue investigation into charges against Deve Gowda’s son. He denied that Gaonkar was shifted out of Lokayukta under pressure from former chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa. Gaonkar was supervising investigation into corruption and illegal lands deals cases against Yeddyurappa also. Deve Gowda has confirmed he telephoned Gaonkar Nov 7 to convey his unhappiness about the way probe into his son H.D. Balakrishne Gowda, a retired Karnataka government official, was being conducted. Deve Gowda, however, denied that he had threatened Gaonkar.
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New Delhi/Jammu, Nov 13 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday met Defence Minister A.K. Antony in New Delhi to discuss his government’s demand for withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from parts of the state. The meeting between Abdullah and Antony comes four days ahead of a meeting of the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet on Nov 17 to discuss the repeal of AFSPA from some part of the states. The two
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao (centre) seen here during the protest which took place last month for a separate Telangana state Hyderabad, Nov 13 (IANS) A Congress member of parliament from Telangana Sunday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement on a separate Telangana state has shocked the people of the region. “The people have started feeling that UPA (United Progressive Alliance) has betrayed them,” Madhu Goud Yaskhi, who represents Nizamabad, told IANS. Nine Congress MPs from Telangana, who will meet here Monday to chalk out their future course of action, will be seeking the intervention of party president Sonia Gandhi. “Madam Sonia Gandhi is the last
hope. We will appeal to her to prevail upon UPA to start the process for formation of Telangana state,” Yaskhi said. Ruling out formation of separate Telangana state at least for now, Manmohan Singh said Saturday that nothing would be done in a hurry to do something that will create trouble in the other regions. Reacting sharply to the prime minister’s statement, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao said the prime minister was blind to the sentiments of the people of Telangana.
Monday, 14th November, 2011
In Your City
Slum kids’ take on life through films, photos
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) Showcasing photos and self-made short films on themes like friends, family and school, around 100 kids from slums and shelter homes from seven states in the country have gathered here to express their take on life. Organised by NGO World Vision India, the first ever Child Journalists Summit in the capital was inaugurated on Saturday. It will culminate today. “The summit with its theme - ‘My
life is a story’ - attempts to provide a platform for children living in difficult circumstances to express themselves in front of their urban counterparts, NGOs, policy makers, the media and the nation as a whole,” World Vision India National Director Jayakumar Christian said. The summit began with the screening of short films and a photo exhibition at Dilli Haat - the popular south Delhi hub for handicrafts and delicacies from all over India.
International trade fair begins today New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) The 31st edition of the annual India International Trade Fair (IITF) that opens today is expected to attract 6,000 exhibitors and nearly 1.5 million visitors. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, along with Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, is scheduled to inaugurate the 14-day event to be organised at Pragati Maidan, the country’s largest fair and exhibition venue. IITF is organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), under the commerce minis-
IN BRIEF International meet on vaccines to begin today
try. It is the largest integrated trade fair in the country with both B2B (business to business) and B2C (business to consumer) components. The first five days of the fair (Nov 14-18) will be reserved for business visitors only. The fair will open for general public from Nov 19-27. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Indian handicrafts - The magic of the gifted hands’. The fair will host products from 230 exhibitors from 26 countries, in addition to 27 Indian states, 31 central government ministries and around 260 private companies. on vaccines here from today, where issues of research and disease prevention through immunisation will be discussed. “More than 100 world-leading experts from disparate fields of vaccinology in both its human and veterinary domains will participate in it. They will put forward valuable ideas and approaches among researchers often narrowly focused on their specific diseases or methods,” said a statement from the department of biotechnology.
Four killed in Delhi warehouse fire
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) In one of the first events of its kind, India will host a four-day long international symposium
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) Four people, including two children, were burnt to death and two critically injured when a warehouse in central Delhi caught fire on Sunday morning, a fire department official said. The fire broke out in the threestorey warehouse on Asaf Ali Road near Ajmeri Gate. Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the blaze was doused after an hour, according to the official.
On The Go
Surgeons conduct north India’s first cartilage transplant
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) Vineet Tomar, a 21-year-old engineer from the capital, would now be able to walk again after doctors at a hospital here on Sunday performed a cartilage surgery on him, a first for north India. “The patient suffered a knee injury and was on the verge of losing mobility. Doctors conducted a cartilage surgery where we obtained cartilage cells (cells that make up the tissues) from a healthy part and re-implanted them into the patient’s injured part after harvesting them in a culture lab,” said Raju Vaishya, senior consultant, orthopedic and joint replacement department at Apollo Hospital. The cells were sent to a laboratory for cultivation and multiplication before being transplanted back to the patient’s injured joints for healing. The surgery was performed live at the first Congress of Indian Cartilage Society. The post-operative care includes physiotherapy and exercise under guidance. Since the cartilage has been grown from the patient’s own cells, there is no foreign material implanted and thus no chances of rejection.
Kids run as part of Children’s Day celebrations
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) Live rock music, folk dances and poem recitals! It was a carnival at Central Secretariat Grounds in central Delhi’s, Chanakyapuri, where over a thousand kids from all walks of life gathered to participate in a run to motivate their underprivileged counterparts. Organised by NGO Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre Society as part
India to host meet against drug trafficking
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) For the first time, India will host the “Paris Pact Meeting” beginning today, that will focus on devising international cooperation against drugs trafficking. The two-day meeting is being organised here by India’s finance ministry in association with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), an official statement said on Sunday. The event will be coordinated by the Central Bureau of Narcotics, Gwalior. The Paris Pact initiative is a partnership of more than 55 countries and international organisation’s aimed at combating Afghan opiates trafficking, consumption and related problems in the affected priority countries along the Afghan opiates trafficking routes. The partnership mechanism is supported by UNODC.
of celebrations to mark Children’s Day today, the ‘Run For Children’ was joined by kids from public and government schools as well as shelter homes and slums running together. “This is the first time that I have participated in such an event and I am very excited,” said 10-year-old Chandan Verma, a student of Birla Vidya Niketan in south Delhi’s
Pushp Vihar. Children from eight to 18 years completed the four kilometre stretch in about an hour. “We want children from the underprivileged sections with amazing strength and grace to try and create a niche for themselves in the society,” Amod Kanth, general secretary, Prayas JAC, told IANS.
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Mario Monti is Italy's new PM
Rome, Nov 14 (IANS) Mario Monti, an eminent economist and former European commissioner, was on Sunday appointed as Italy's new prime minister. President Giorgio Napolitano has asked Monti to head the new government after Silvio Berlusconi resigned from office Saturday. Monti is expected to push through austerity reforms asked by the European Union (EU) to cut Italy's massive debt and regain market confidence. Earlier last week, Berlusconi had lost majority at the parliament's lower chamber and promised to resign as soon as the austerity measures
Iranian lawmakers call for review of cooperation with IAEA makers' views that Iran may walk out of the NPT, Soltanieh said that Iranian lawmakers may have their own independent views. However, the ways of cooperation with the IAEA in the future depends on the decision of the Islamic Republic's high-ranking officials, he said. On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi criticized the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on his country's nuclear program saying that the UN watchdog has abandoned objectivity on the issue. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the international community that Iran's nuclear ambitions endanger "the peace of the entire world." Netanyahu called on all nations to stop what he referred to as "Iran's race for nuclear weapons." Tehran has completely rejected the report, calling it â€œunbalanced, unprofessional and politically-motivated."
India, LTTE met 'secretly' before Sri Lanka truce: Eric Solheim Oslo, Nov 13 (IANS) Indian officials met in "secret" with the LTTE ahead of Sri Lanka's 2002 truce although New Delhi considered the Tamil Tigers a terrorist group, Norwegian cabinet minister Erik Solheim has revealed. The former envoy to Sri Lanka also said - confirming for the first time ever an IANS report of 2008 - that India played a covert role in events that led to the Tamil Tigers and Colombo signing a ceasefire agreement (CFA) nine years ago. If true, this would be the first known
Eurozone crisis may cloud Durban climate talks
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) Ahead of the Durban climate change talks beginning Nov 28, experts are worried that Eurozone crisis may curtail the billions of dollars of funding from industrialized countries to their poorer counterparts to adapt to climate change. Money is expected to be a bone of contention between developing and developed countries at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties 17 (COP 17) Nov 28-Dec 9. With financial crisis deepening in Europe -- spreading from Greece to Italy -and the US economy also going through a troubled phase, the money pledged by developed countries is nowhere to be seen. "The financial crisis in Europe will definitely affect the flow of money promised by
the rich countries and this is going to be a big fight in Durban," Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general of the Centre for Science and Environment, told IANS. According to Bhushan, with the troubled financial scenario in the West, developing countries can forget about any money coming their way, at least in the near future. At the 2010 Cancun climate summit, developed countries had re-confirmed a commitment to raise $100 billion annually by 2020 for the longer term. India's official stand has been that success of the Durban conference will depend on the operationalisation of the Cancun agreements. To this end, some comfort can be sought from the communique issued after a G20 summit earlier this month.
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US apologizes for frisking Kalam in New York New Delhi/Chennai, Nov 13 (IANS) Former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was frisked by the airport authorities in New York Sep 29, resulting in a strong Indian protest and a subsequent US apology for the breach of protocol. India Sunday said both countries will soon frame "mechanisms for facilitating airport procedures for dignitaries" to prevent such incidents in the future. Saying the external affairs ministry had immediately lodged a protest over this incident with the US, external affairs ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said: "The US Government has promptly written to former President Kalam express its deep regret over the incident and has assured us that it is taking corrective steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents in the future."
were approved by both the houses of parliament. He handed in his resignation on Saturday after the lower house passed the austerity measures. The package was cleared by the upper house Friday. Monti, 68, served as a lead- Newly nominated Italyâ€™s Prime Minister ing European Commission Mario Monti (R) speaks to the press after being appointed by the President. member between 1995 and 2004, gaining a reputation as a highly capable and tireless worker. The next elections are due in 2013. He is now due to present the list There is no official time limit for of the cabinet ministers to the presi- the government, although predicdent and then face a parliament con- tions say that Monti will make way fidence vote as soon as Monday or for polls once he carries through the Tuesday, according to local media. measures asked by the EU. VINCENZO PINTO / AFP
World Tehran, Nov 13 (IANS) Iranian lawmakers said on Sunday that after the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on the country's nuclear programme, the cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the UN nuclear watchdog needs to be reviewed. Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday that the Iranian lawmakers will soon start reviewing the ways of the country's future cooperation with the IAEA, reported Xinhua. After the IAEA's "hostile" nuclear report against Iran, the parliament believes that "it is necessary to review Iran's cooperation with the Agency," Larijani said when addressing a parliament session on Sunday. On Wednesday, Iran's permanent representative to the IAEA AliAsghar Soltanieh said that Iran was likely to reconsider means of its cooperation with the IAEA. Asked about some Iranian law-
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Former Indian President A.P.J Abdul Kalam "The two governments are also planning to hold discussions to explore appropriate mechanisms for facilitating airport procedures for dignitaries, in accordance with national regulations," he said in New Delhi.
meeting between Indian officials and the LTTE since New Delhi banned it in 1992 for assassinating former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi a year earlier. Solheim also added that contrary to public knowledge, the Indian government, then led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), played a key behind-thescenes role in the framing of the Norwegian-sponsored CFA. The CFA ushered in months of peace in Sri Lanka before falling apart. The LTTE and the Sri Lankan regime went to war again in 2006, leading to
the decimation of the Tigers in May 2009. LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, who met Solheim about 10 times in all, starting in 2001, was an "absolute amateur" in international politics even though he was a "military genius", the minister said. Balasingham also complained to Solheim that both Prabhakaran and LTTE intelligence chief Pottu Amman insisted for months that their group had no role to play in Rajiv Gandhi's killing.
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Kolkata, Nov 13 (IANS): Prior to the meeting with the Kingfisher Airlines board, the bankers have asked for more details regarding the operations of the airlines apart from an equity injection of Rs.400 crore before restructuring of loans is considered. Kingfisher, India’s second largest airline, is currently facing the biggest ever crisis mainly the high interest cost on its Rs.7,057.08 crore debt. The civil aviation ministry has sought the finance ministry’s help in reviving the airlines through restructuring its debt by the state-run banks. But the bankers, including the biggest lender State Bank of India (SBI), have asked the Vijay Mallya-owned airlines for more detailed information about it before a meeting Tuesday. “Possibly Kingfisher has approached the government for foreign investment. We have already told them what they have to do before the bankers take a view on further lending to them. We have called them for a meeting on Tuesday,” SBI chairman Pratip Chaudhuri told reporters on the sidelines of a programme organised by industry chamber Assocham here. Chaudhuri said the airlines has to come up with a lot of information like what was the condition of their fleet, how many of them were airworthy and what was the assurance of their fleet’s landing at different airports. Stating that as of now there was no plan for increasing the equity of the banks in Kingfisher Airlines, he
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Banks seek more details on Kingfisher’s operations
said: “We are not investors actually, we came in as part of restructuring.” He, however, said debt restructuring, if at all it happened, will take place with the endorsement of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). “The promoters (of the airlines) have committed to bring about Rs.800 crore and so far they have brought only Rs.400 crore,” he said. “The company needs equity and promoters do not have so much of equity. In case of other airlines, the promoters have increased their equity. Unless another airline joins in, we do not see much of value being added to Kingfisher Airlines. The company is also committed to bring in equity from other businesses. Their liquor and other businesses are doing well,” Chaudhuri said.
Coal India to implement new pricing system
Kolkata, Nov 13 (IANS): Coal India is likely to implement gross calorific value (GCV) based pricing from January 2012, a top official of the Maharatna company has said. “As per the direction of the coal ministry, the company is taking measures to equip itself to adopt the new price mechanism - GCV - from January next year,” Coal India Limited chairman N.C. Jha said after announcing the second quarter results Saturday. Among major coal producing countries, India is
the only country which is yet to take GCV standards. “The new mechanism is expected to expand the range of both the product and price. The higher the GCV content, the higher will be the price,” Jha said. An official of CIL, the largest coal miner in the world, said: “The GCV-based system will allow a larger number of offerings with a narrower bandwidth of energy content. This may increase the cost for some consumers while other consumers may pay less.”
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS): Global credit rating agency Moody’s is scheduled to discuss India’s sovereign ratings with the country’s economic policy makers here Monday, just a few days after downgrading its outlook on the nation’s banking system. A team from the US-based Moody’s is scheduled to hold consultations with officials of India’s finance ministry here to discuss the overall economic scenario as well as the sovereign ratings, a senior bureaucrat in North Block said, requesting anonymity. The review is scheduled Tuesday. Earlier, the agency had downgraded
its outlook on India’s banking system to “negative” from “stable” in the report released Nov 9. The rating agency defines a “negative” outlook as one characterized by volatility and uncertain conditions. Analysts said the ratings agency was likely to make some critical observations about the country’s sovereign ratings in view of the out of control inflation and fiscal deficit coupled with slumping growth and a little progress on economic reforms. “Definitely, there are causes of concern -- inflation is out of control, the fiscal deficit target is unlikely to
be met and now the growth is slowing down,” said Sanjeev Krishan, executive director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). “But any downgrade will be premature at this stage,” Krishan told IANS, pointing out that the current rating -- which is not exactly quite positive -- will continue given the prevailing economic situation and the overall domestic and global outlook. Moody’s has assigned India “Baa3” rating, which is the lowest in the investment grade. Ratings downgrade makes borrowings costlier for the country and its industry.
Indian economy a stabilizing force: Anand Sharma
Mumbai, Nov 13 (IANS): Emphasizing that the Indian economy has been a stabilizing force even as the world grapples with economic crises, union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma Sunday warned against protectionism at a time when sovereign debt crisis is engulfing some European nations. “The fulcrum has shifted... when it comes to economic growth, the emergence of India and other economies is a factor of stability and growth” he said while speaking at the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum organized here by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). “In difficult times, the tendency is to look inwards, to have protective measures. This is something the G-20 must reassure the
India’s forex reserves slump by $5.72 billion
Mumbai, Nov 13 (IANS): India’s foreign exchange reserves dropped by $5.72 billion to $314.66 billion for the week ended Nov 4 due to decline in the value of gold reserves and foreign currency assets, official data showed. The forex reserves kitty has declined for the first time in the last five weeks under review. Foreign currency assets, the biggest component of the forex reserves kitty, declined by $3.87 billion to $280.57 billion for the week ended Nov 4, according to the weekly statistical supplement of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The RBI does not provide any reason for the change in the foreign currency assets. It says the assets expressed in US dollar terms include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the pound sterling, euro and yen held in the reserves. The value of gold reserves slumped by $1.77 billion to $26.89 billion. All the components of the forex reserves kitty registered decline during the week under review. India’s reserves with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) fell by $32 million to $2.64 billion and the value of special drawing rights (SDRs) declined by $54 million to $4.55 billion.
world that it will not happen,” Sharma added. Sharma said that the world economy has been in recession for five years now and full recovery is not in sight yet. He said G-20 as a group has played a key role in ensuring that large scale job losses do not take place across the world. Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma “G-20 today is an inclusive and representative platform, historical imbalances to make the new as the new emerging economies like economic order more equitable and China, India, Brazil, Russia have been more accessible. He also underlined part of the discussion process,” he the need for reforming the Bretton said. Sharma called for completing the Wood institutions - the International ongoing WTO negotiation and correct Monetary Fund and the World Bank. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP
IN BRIEF India has seen jobless growth, says top adviser New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS): India may have grown at over eight percent, but a top adviser has expressed concern over the “stagnant employment situation”, saying the country with 40 million unemployed people witnessed “jobless growth” during the Eleventh Five Year Plan period from 2007-08 to 2011-12. “The only explanation for an almost stagnant employment situation is simply that not enough jobs are available in the economy, even with an eight percent plus growth rate,” National Advisory Council member N.C. Saxena told IANS in an interview.
Gulf turmoil hit Indian tea exports Kolkata, Nov 13 (IANS): Political turmoil in the Middle East and confusion over the mode of payment for imports by Iran have taken a toll on India’s tea exports, which have
fallen by over 14 million kg during January-August 2011 compared to the year ago period. “The main reason for the decline in tea export is the Iran payment crisis. Tea export to Iran is being held up because certain payments are held up. And also now export to Iran cannot happen directly,” Kamal Baheti, director of world’s largest tea producer McLeod Russel, told IANS.
Recession affecting pets in Britain London, Nov 13 (IANS): It seems global recession is taking a heavy toll on pets’ lives in Britain. Animal welfare charities here have warned of pets rapidly becoming the forgotten victims of the economic downturn. According to Britain’s oldest and popular home for dogs, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the number of people handing pets over for financial reasons has doubled in the past year, the Daily Express reported.
recent incident of a student stepping forward to videotape an important function set me thinking about the goodness and generosity of youth in today’s world. Sometimes we only look at our kids in terms of performance, but kindness stands out on its own. While the richness of this boy’s spirit moved me, I felt deeply guilty. Guilty because in class I had raved and ranted at him for not doing his work on time. Children’s Day is also an occasion for teachers to walk up to erring students and tell them they are precious and make amends. The distance between a student and teacher varies according to incidents and the value of a student’s work. Sometimes we forget that a child is also heart and not only mind. The great Saint John Bosco said; education is a matter of the heart and not only the mind. In Buddhism, the symbolism of a lotus is often used to speak of divinity and the ability to rise above all else. A card to a teacher had a lotus with the teacher’s name on it. In many ways this card reflected a great leap of faith on the part of the student. Why is a lotus so important? "The lotus is an Asian water lily known for the delicate beauty of its water flowers. It possesses an amaz-
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THE GURU AND THE LOTUS Children’s Day Special
ing ability to flourish in a variety of environments ranging from clear ponds to muddy marshes. It is also known for its exceptionally hearty seedpods, which often plant themselves far from its source, bringing the beauty of the lotus blossoms everywhere." We teachers can make our children become the lotus flowers in our schools. Like the bud that begins to grow on top of the stem, we can expand and grow larger and larger in goodness and graciousness, finally bursting into full bloom. Through our acts of inspiration and kindness we can teach children to stand beautifully above the petty smallness of the world.
The selfless intent of a teacher, the idea of transcending all and creating a new world for a student can equate a child’s being with the white, fragrant and beautiful lotus.
Everyone loves great students, but it takes many years for a teacher to realize that each child is precious. A teacher’s duty is to draw out the core of brilliance or genius in a child, and when that happens everyone will marvel at your act! A child’s deter-
mination to grow like the lotus out of the muddy pond reminds us of the Buddha and his journey towards Enlightenment. Each child is a beautiful white lotus flower, and our role is to remind people to rise above their small issues and sufferings, to bloom
and spread the essence of creation. Through the eyes of a child there is more to the world. They are the future, the tender fabric of tomorrow.
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Gora badan lighting mare, goggle pahne taadhe saare… The above lyrics from the lead song of the new album by rock band Euphoria reveal the focus of their new album aptly named ITEM. The band has also teamed up with online digital music platform ArtistAloud.com that had a launch cast for the band last Friday on their portal. I had a chance to speak to the lead singer of the band Palash Sen who calls himself a ‘Greedy Person’ i.e greedy for good and meaningful music!
Here are some excerpts from the interview… SV: ‘Item’ is a very unusual name for a music album isn’t it? PS: Not really! If you see around in our daily life, this word is all over the place and has too many meanings to it. Yes, one might argue that it is often referred to a girl who is hot looking or so on, but in reality it has a bit of everyone of us inside it. If some guy wears some funky clothes, then we call him item, if a friend acts foolish then we refer them as item. In short, it is a word for and of common people. Being a common guy that i think i am, the title is well suited. SV: So can this album be termed as – made by people? PS: Absolutely! This album has nine songs to it and each one of them is inspired by what is happening in our daily life and the discomforts that we face, directly or indirectly. For instance, there is a song titled ‘Kabootar’, which is inspired by rich people and their intolerable attitude. Another one is ‘Mujhe Jeene Do, which talks about the agony of ‘aam aadmi’ (common people) who has nothing to do with terrorists and terrorism but is still affected by it. I have tried to take reality into the world of words & beats, and I am sure it would be appreciated by music lovers. SV: Any song that stands out in the album as per you? PS: (Smiles) There is one, that is titled – Ghum Sum (lost), that I think is perfect for our Prime Minister Mr. Singh as he is always lost and hardly speaks . Being a leader of the nation, I think people expect him to express himself more. However, I hope the song is taken in the right spirit and if there is anything to learn from it, it always adds on, isn’t it?
SV: Euphoria chose to compose rock music with Hindi lyrics, a very unusual step considering people always associated rock with English lyrics. PS: That is where we scored didn’t we? I actually started writing songs in English, but when the idea of Euphoria came in frame, we thought of doing something different with it. Something that was virgin. Also, do you think Jimmy Hendrix singing a ghazal would appeal to people? Indian audience has a taste and acceptance level of its own and we just went by the simple rule of practicality.
SV: But has rock music evolved ever since you started? PS: I don’t think so! It is very stagnant and to an extent filmy music is to be blamed for it. People like asso-
ciating with filmy music and that is where they see the scope of generating more money. I wouldn’t believe even a bit if someone tells me that there is a dearth of talent in the market that can make a solo album hit. But because the opportunities are so less for individual work, singers and composers are getting diverted towards movies.
SV: And who are the talents that we are talking about? PS: Guys like Mohit Chauhan, Rabbi, Atif from Pakistan, and many more. They are such gifted artists but due to the hesitant approach of producers towards individual albums or something similar they are limited to singing in movies. This is what I mean about aam aadmi and the situations that he/she faces.
SV: Is this what the album is all about? A not so perfect society? PS: Sandeep... I am an aam aadmi first and then an artist. But when I combine these two things, which is actually my only identity, no matter what, I will have an outburst. It is not only about filmy music, but also how things happen in the society that bothers me. A class that is common but has the knowledge to serve the society for its betterment is always pushed back by people who have no idea of what life is all about. That is how it has been, and trust me when I say that things aren’t going to change anytime soon. SV: But you are still in the battle field, taking it to a whole new level. PS: (Laughs) Yeah we can call it
one. But with helping hands like ArtistAloud.com and Universal, reaching larger section of the audience has become easier, and non filmy music can now get much more exposure! SV: What according to you is the USP of the album? PS: The very fact that it is made up of life of common people makes it different. It has its own share of humor to it and a bit of social message. All I can say is, ITEM is a replica of common people. Sandeep Verma email@example.com
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Rock star Tom Petty once said he receives sack loads of mail from people around the world who were inspired by his classic hit ‘I Won’t Back Down’. An artist whose work affects people in such a way couldn’t ask for more. In a similar way, you could inspire more than one person through your refusal to give way or back down on a particular issue. The sky insists that, if you can hold your ground, then you and more than one person will be pleased with a result.
Variety is the spice of life!
Some leading dishwasher and washing machine manufactures redesigned their products in order to make them louder. After investing huge sums of money in designing them so they weren’t as noisy, people didn’t believe their dishwashers or washing machines were as effective as noisier brands and bought them instead. People sometimes believe that whatever’s ‘loud’ has clout and authority. Someone in your world is making a point loudly and confidently. That doesn’t necessarily make them more knowledgeable.
There are many online game and puzzle websites that are fun to play but impossible to do. One in particular involves trying to place your mouse over a shape. Each time you get within millimeters of it, the shape moves. After a minute or so of this, it’s easy to give up and find something better to do. A situation in your world keeps changing or moving every time you think you’re nearer to a resolution. Very soon, you will conquer it.
Don’t underestimate influence you have where a certain person is concerned. The message from the sky couldn’t be clearer where your relationship with someone is concerned. You appear to have the power to dramatically affect an outcome of some kind. They know the proverbial ball is in your court and so do you. Use your ability to dictate how a scenario progresses or finishes wisely and bravely.
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Most people have experienced the Late Night Dripping Tap scenario. As you lay awake in bed, an unseen sink tap drips with infuriating regularity. Eventually, you must throw back a duvet and remove yourself in darkness from the comfort of your bed to sort it out. Something in your world is causing a similar reaction but constantly chipping away at your patience. To sort it will require you to make yourself uncomfortable briefly but you can resolve it, once and for all.
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Is someone being true to their word? Is your faith in what you’re being told or can see with your own eyes misplaced? Both questions currently being asked of you now imply that a certain person isn’t being honest with you but it’s important to understand this is unlikely to the case. You have reason to be doubtful about what someone is telling you. Trust that they’re doing all they can to make an unsatisfactory scenario better.
Ah, the ‘Finger of Blame’. Rarely does a day go by when it isn’t used by someone. Blame is, all too often, pointed in the wrong direction. People sometimes blame others in order to draw attention away from themselves. You might believe you have reason to blame someone else for a situation that’s less than satisfactory. If you’re truly honest with yourself though, might it be fair for some of the blame to be pointed your direction too?
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Remember, when you point a finger at someone else three are pointed back at you!
The third Little Pig, through recognizing the benefits of building his house with bricks, could have gone to more extreme lengths by installing a state-of-the-art security system. What he did invest time in proved to be more than adequate to solve a problem presented by a certain carnivorous creature. You too could go to extremes in order to protect or safeguard yourself in some way. Trust that doing so is unnecessary. You don’t have nearly as much to worry about as you believe.
We often perceive ‘out of the blue’ developments to be negative. We see them as curve balls thrown to us by life that we have had little time to prepare for. We prefer to know where we stand and be the instigators of change if we feel change must happen. A sudden development could cause you to reassess what you believed to be finalized and sorted but you can trust that it is intended to be a gift that should not be seen as cause for concern.
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Whether at work or college, your routine is probably hectic and demanding, so sometimes you might overlook some important aspects, like food for example! Most of us take the easy way out by going to the canteen or binging on junk food just because it’s the easier and speedier option. This ends up weighing heavily on your pocket as well as your belly. But a little planning can always make sure you eat good, healthy and inexpensive food every day. So stop ignoring your health and start budgeting!
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Is it Lunch time already? Eating out regularly will never help you in being fit and healthy. The best option is to carry your lunch from home. Either pack your food at night itself or wake up earlier in the morning. Buy a thermos and a lunch box that will keep your food fresh until you are ready to dig in, and you lunch breaks could be a little happier .
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You want to become a gamer? Why shouldn’t you? Once you enter the virtual world of the Playstation 3 there’s no going back. If you’re a novice gamer then the list of the 5 best PS3 games may vary but those who have played religiously during the last 3 years will be able to differentiate between the good games from the stellar ones. A variety of gaming consoles are available but the decision to go in for the PS3 above any other would be due to the on-board blu-ray player. Man oh man is it worth it!
5 Modern Warfare-2 Activision and Infinityward, combined together in Modern Warfare 1 to bring to the audience the noisiest, loudest and a fierce single and multiplayer first person shooter. The experience is addictive as well as immersive! Modern Warfare 2 was basically more of the same experience provided to gamers as was in the first edition and this familiarity itself was one of the leading reasons for the game to do so well. The multiplayer of Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most complete, rewarding and challenging experiences one can hope for from a multiplayer game.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
This may be disputed, but many will agree, Batman: Arkham Asylum re-invented the comic book super hero gaming genre as much as Batman Begins and Dark Knight re-invented the comic book super hero movie genre. The book was inspired from the similarly titled graphic novel, and delved into the world of Arkham where insanity was the norm and Batman was trapped inside his worst nightmare. A fantastic looking game, with awesome stealth fighting mechanics, this game is a must play for all Batman fans, who just love kicking some bad guy behind.
3 Burnout: Paradise City Criterion Games developed a sand-box free roaming racing game which can still boast of one of the largest online racing gaming communities in the world. This game’s rawness and ‘replayability’ makes it the best racing game, ever made. You can free-burn all over the map, with ‘DJ Atomica’ in the background telling you where the best races are. Whether in online mode or offline mode (switching between the two is absolutely seamless), this game is a viewing and playing pleasure.
Another sand-box game is what you will think when you play infamous for the first time, but as the game progresses, you will get more and more immersed in what you will realise is the first game which plays out like a fantastic graphic novel. The protagonist in this game is a bike messenger who acquires superhuman powers through a catastrophic event. The game begins with him discovering his powers, while at the same time giving you the choice as to whether he takes the good or evil direction. The choice of whether to be famous or infamous.
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The Uncharted 2 gaming experience is better viewed than described, because words cannot describe the visual beauty or the gaming appeal of this game. Whether it be the scenic beauty of Nepal or the fantastic missions throughout the game, Uncharted 2 feels and works more like a summer blockbuster than a video game. The game starts with a bang where you are hanging off a train going over the side of a cliff, and thereafter it goes into flash-back mode and you play on till you reach the point where the game began .It has everything you would want in a game and more, and the multi-player isn’t bad either. It could very well be the best game ever made. Unchartered 3: Drakes Deception is Nandita Shamlal to be released in November 2011. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Spa Retreats in India India is a kaleidoscope of inherent cultures, breathtaking attractions, living traditions and warm hospitality. What makes it more interesting is the flourishing spa industry mushrooming throughout the country catering to those seeking nothing but pure leisure. Here’s a list of six such bright names leading this segment of lifestyle and taking charge of redefining the age old theories of luxury.
Kalari Kovilakom, Kerala
Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
nuggled in the woods at the foothills of Himalayas, Ananda is a palatial resort and spa, deep rooted in medieval opulence and hospitality. Rejuvenate and unwind at this tranquil haven as you step closer to nature and indulge in some intriguing ayurvedic therapies. De-stress your mind and cleanse you spirit of doshas (toxins) allowing energy to infiltrate you during an intensive Abyanga therapy. Or treat yourself to a rich Himalayan honey and rose facial for lasting glow and beauty. Experience pure bliss and more at Ananda in the Himalayas.
heltered in the dense green canopy of coconut groves, the Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort features a bunch of traditional bungalows overlooking the Chowara Beach at Thiruvananthapuram. With a whopping number of ayurvedic therapies on offer, Somatheeram Spa seems to have a treatment for almost every ailment on this planet, ranging from severe headaches and hypertension to skin disorders, obesity and spondilosis. Just pack your bags and leave the city behind. Come to Somatheeram and treat your senses.
The Oberoi Udaivilas Spa, Udaipur
he Oberoi Udaivilas Spa is set against the spectacular Lake Pichola. Rich in the splendor of a bygone era, the Udaivilas Spa offers a lavish menu featuring royal treatments and therapies along with signature ayurvedic rituals and Hungarian body wraps designed for holistic rejuvenation. You can opt for a Chakra Balancing session and tune your chakras to the rhythm of divine energy or pamper those tired muscles with a Balinese massage therapy. Indulge in all this and more at the Udaivilas Spa, a regal retreat.
nsconced in an erstwhile palace at the state of Kerala is the Kalari Kovilakom Spa that practices ancient Ayurveda and its long lost rarities. Staying true to this science, the spa bases all its treatments on freshly picked ingredients obtained from indigenous plants grown at the property. There’s peace to be regained, extra pounds to be lost and energy to be found through the therapies administered at Kovilakom. The star on the menu is the Rasayana Chikitsa Treatment known to work wonders in the process of anti-aging.
Amatrra, The Ashok, New Delhi
he Amatrra Spa at Ashok Hotel is a cosmopolitan oasis amidst the concrete jungles of the capital city New Delhi. A serene space treasuring abundant energy within its walls, the Amatrra synchronizes astronomy with its treatments to achieve desirable results in each therapy. Apart from this, treatment rituals are largely based on a fusion of ayurvedic and oriental ways of wellness to target areas in need of attention. All you need to do is take a break to visit Amatrra and lay back to recharge your drained aura with the colors of positivity.
Kayakalp Spa, Agra
t’s time to rewind and relive in the opulence of the medieval era at ITC Mughal Hotel’s Kayakalp Spa. Kayakalp looks back in history to recreate the luxuriant traditions of rejuvenation that were once accessed only by the emperors of the Mughal dynasty. Get a rich taste of Persian hospitality in an elaborate Hamam therapy and attain a dazzling complexion after treating your skin to an elixir of pearls and precious rubies. Fall in love with luxury and romance yourself at the Kayakalp Spa, where there’s no end to indulgence.
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Roebuck has committed suicide: South African police
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India opt to bat against West Indies in Eden Test
Renowed cricket writer and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) commentator Peter Roebuck
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Kolkata, Nov 14 (IANS) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat against the West Indies in the second Test at the Eden Gardens on Monday. West Indies made two changes; Kemar Roach came in for injured Ravi Rampaul, who is down with a stomach bug, while opening batsman Adrian Barath came in for Kieran Powell. India leads the three-match series 1-0. India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/ wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha and Umesh Yadav West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (wicketkeeper), Darren Sammy (captain), Fidel Edwards, Devendra Bishoo and Kemar Roach.
Score At Noon: India 169/2 (40.0 ov) Rahul Dravid(rhb)
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Doubles Team Ranking points, taking them to fifth in the year-to-date standings.
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Bopanna-Qureshi win Paris Masters
Paris, Nov 13 (IANS) India's Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam-ulHaq Qureshi captured their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title when they outclassed Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Masters final on Sunday. The Indo-Pak Express was too strong for the French wild cards. This has been an eventful week for the duo as this win comes close to the heels of them becoming the seventh team to qualify for the prestigious Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. "This win gives us a lot of confidence, it is our biggest title by far," said Bopanna. "All the hard work over the years has paid off." Bopanna and Qureshi had taken out No. 2 seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic and No. 3 seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor to reach their first Masters 1000 final together. As champions, they earned 1000 ATP
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Pakistani Aisam-Ui-Haq Qureshi (L) and teammate Indian Rohan Bopanna pose with their trophies after winning their double final against French Nicolas Mahut and French Julien Benneteau during the Paris Tennis The seventh seeds made a strong start to Sunday's final at the Palais Omnisports, racing to a 5-2 double break advantage before closing out the first set in 29 minutes. In the close second set, they broke down their French opponents in the ninth game before serving out victory in 64 minutes. They won 92 per cent of points behind their first serve and did not face a single break point. The 2010 US Open runners-up were contesting their 11th tour-level final together and improved to a 4-7 mark. It was their third trophy of the season, following victories in June at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle and at last month's If Stockholm Open.
Cape Town, Nov 13 (IANS) Former Somerset captain and well-known commentator and journalist Peter Roebuck has committed suicide, the South African police said. Roebuck, aged 55, died at his hotel in Newlands, Cape Town where he was covering the current Test series between Australia and South Africa. South African police released a statement confirming that Roebuck took his own life, reported ESPN Cricinfo. “This office can confirm that an incident occurred last night at about 21:15 at a hotel in Claremont where a 55-year-old British national
who worked as an Australian commentator committed suicide,” the statement said. “The circumstances surrounding this incident are being conducted. An inquest docket has been opened for investigation,” it said. “He was spoken to by local police on his return to the Southern Sun Hotel Newlands on Saturday night after he had been out to dinner,” the report said. A statement issued by the hotel said “an incident that occurred at Southern Sun Newlands” was currently under full police investigation.
Roebuck was being questioned for sexual assault Melbourne, Nov 13 (IANS) Cricketer turned commentator Peter Roebuck, who committed suicide on Saturday, was being questioned by police about an alleged sexual assault, according to media reports. Cape Town police captain Frederick van Wyk confirmed police was investigating the death of Roebuck, 55, who died about 9.15 p.m. Saturday, reports Herald Sun. “It is understood he had been spoken to by Cape Town police, who were reportedly investigating sexual assault claims,” the report said. “In 2001, the former Somerset captain was given a suspended jail sentence after admitting caning three young cricketers he had of-
fered to coach.” Asked if Roebuck had been interviewed about sexual assault allegations, van Wyk was quoted as saying in the report: “I cannot comment on that. We are investigating the death. I have nothing more to say.”. Sydney Morning Herald, for whom Roebuck was covering the series, reported that he “fell to his death from a hotel window in Cape Town after being questioned by police about an alleged sexual assault”. “A Cape Town detective and a uniformed police officer from the sexual crimes unit began speaking with Roebuck, 55, in his room at the Southern Sun Hotel, Newlands, about 9 p.m.,” the paper reported.
“Roebuck, who was agitated, asked a fellow cricket journalist for help.” “Can you come down to my room quickly? I’ve got a problem,’ he said.” He asked for help to find a lawyer and for contact to be made with the students, that he helped to house in Pietermaritzburg, near Durban.” “Minutes later Roebuck fell to his death from a window. It is believed only the uniformed officer was in the room. Paramedics rushed to the hotel but Roebuck was pronounced dead. Police established a crime scene and took personal items from the room, including a laptop,” the newspaper report said.
Federer wins his first Paris Masters 1000 title Paris, Nov 14 (IANS) World No. 4 Roger Federer has claimed his first BNP Paribas Masters 1000 title with a 6-1, 7-3 (3), victory over sixth-seeded Frenchman Joe Wilfried Tsonga. The Swiss superstar will take a 12-match unbeaten streak to defend the Barclays World Tour title he won last year in London.
This is also the first time in Masters 1000 history that all nine champions during the season were ranked in the top four in the world. Federer came under some pressure early in his match Sunday, but fought off two break points in the opening game and proceeded to break Tsonga in the next.
Federer, the first player to contest the final of all nine Masters 1000 tournaments, has now won 18 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns (18-12 in finals), tying him with Andre Agassi for second on the list of title leaders behind Rafael Nadal with 19.
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Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi Grand England upset Spain Prix, both Force Indiaâ€™s in top-10 1-0 in football friendly
Abu Dhabi, Nov 13 (IANS) McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won his first race since July after Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel retired in the opening lap of the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix here on Sunday. Force India ended up with a double-point finish only for the third time in the season. Hamilton crossed the chequered flag
ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and teammate Jenson Button for his third win of the year. The day-night race started in a dramatic fashion with newly-crowned World Champion Vettel spinning his Red Bull at the second corner due to a rear tyre puncture which resulted in his first retirement of the season.
Force India's Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta, who started ninth and tenth on the grid, gained a place each from Vettel's retirement and managed to hold on to it till the end of the 55-lap race. Force India earned six points from the race and are hanging on to their sixth place with 57 points, 15 clear of the seventh-placed Sauber team.
Klose fit for Germany's friendly against Netherlands
The 33-year-old could be paired up front with Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez in what would be an experiment by coach Joachim Loew. Loew usually prefers to start with one striker up front, Xinhua re-
ported. Loew also welcomed the return of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and midfielder Marco Reus, who both sat out the 3-3 draw with the Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine, the former being rested and the latter because of flu.
dominated the game for long periods," Lampard was quoted as saying by Xinhua. It is the fourth time Spain have lost in a friendly since their World Cup triumph in 2010, following on from defeats against Italy, Portugal and Argentina. However, Del Bosque denied his team had taken England lightly. "Yes, we have had four defeats, but I don't think we have taken any of these games lightly. You could see the intensity that the Spanish players competed with tonight. We played at 100 percent, at full pace. "England only got near our goal with one chance from the free-kick. We dominated the game to a great degree."
Bolt, Pearson named IAAF athletes of the year Monaco, Nov 13 (IANS) Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Australia's Sally Pearson, the world 100m hurdles champion, were named IAAF athletes of the year here. Bolt, the Olympic 100-metre champion, wins the award for the third time after being honoured in 2008 and 2009. This year the 25-year-old notably retained his 200m crown at the world championships in Daegu where he also helped Jamaica defend the 4x100m relay in a new world record time of 37.04 seconds. In South Korea, Bolt squandered his chance to defend his world 100m crown when he was disqualified from the final for a false start,
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Berlin, Nov 13 (IANS) Miroslav Klose has returned to the German squad for Tuesday's friendly match against the Netherlands after missing the friendly against Ukraine owing to an inflamed tendon in his left knee.
London, Nov 13 (IANS) A Frank Lampard goal in the 49th minute was enough to secure an upset 1-0 win for England over world and European champions Spain in an international football friendly late Saturday. The usually sublime Spaniards struggled to match their elite billing as Lampard's second-half goal condemned the visitors to just their second defeat in 10 matches. Lampard's winner came when the Chelsea midfielder headed in from close range after Darren Bent's effort from a James Milner free-kick spun back off the post. Lampard paid tribute to England's team spirit but said the squad was keeping their feet on the floor. "For everyone it is a lift, but we have to be realistic. We know they
allowing compatriot Yohan Blake to succeed him. It was in Daegu that Pearson, 25, produced the fourth fastest time in history, and the fastest in 19 years, for the women's hurdles event which she dominated in a time of 12.21 seconds. She becomes the first athlete from Oceania to be honoured by the IAAF since the awards were introduced in 1988. Pearson won 10 of her 11 competitions and produced seven of the season's quickest 11 performances. Both athletes will pick up cheques for $100,000 besides the award.
Kidnapped Venezuelan baseball player rescued Caracas, Nov 13 (IANS/EFE) Venezuelan baseball player Wilson Ramos, who was kidnapped last week, has been found alive in a mountainous region, a minister has announced. Ramos was found in an isolated area in Carabobo state, Communications Minister Andres Izarra wrote on his Twitter account. "Baseball player Ramos found alive by security forces in mountainous Montalban region, Carabobo," Izarra
wrote. The 24-year-old Washington Nationals player was kidnapped last week from his mother's home in Valencia, capital of Carabobo state. He was attacked by several armed men and forced into an SUV, authorities said. Three people have been arrested in this connection. One of them is of Colombian nationality.
London, Nov 14 (IANS): Britain's Princess Beatrice is a huge fan of "Strictly Come Dancing" and would love to be a contestant on the dance reality show. "I absolutely love 'Strictly...'. The costumes, the glamour - it's a real girly show," femalefirst.co.uk quoted the 23-year-old as saying. "If I were on it, I'd certainly give judge Craig Revel Horwood a run for his money. I mentioned it to dad but it was a stern no," she added.
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Los Angeles, Nov 13 (IANS): Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey was felicitated with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her charitable works and she described it as an "unimaginable" moment. The 57-year-old received the Oscar statuette, given to those who have made an impact in the industry, during the 3rd annual Governors Awards Saturday. Winfrey, who was nominated in the Oscars for the best supporting actress 25 years ago for her role in "The Color Purple", was in tears while receiving the award and called the moment "unimaginable" "I never imagined myself receiving an Oscar, certainly not for doing what I believe is a
part of my calling, a part of my being," hollywoodreporter.com quoted Winfrey as saying. She also credited Quincy Jones for seeing her on a TV talk show in Chicago and casting her in "The Color Purple" saying it was "the only reason I am here tonight". Speaking of her life's journey, she recalled the 2011 movie "The Help", which tells the story of both her grandmother and her mother who both worked as maids. "It's unimaginable that I would be standing before you, voted by the board of governors. So when I say thank you, the thank you comes from a place deeper even than I know, because it's not just from me, it's from everybody who made me," she added.
Panaji, Nov 12 (IANS): Films aside, the organizers of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) aim to leverage the top draw event to beef up international tourism inflows, making it part of the tourism ministry's 'Incredible India' campaign. Speaking to reporters Saturday, IFFI director Shankar Mohan said that the IFFI would also be promoted as a part of the flagship tourism promotion campaign started a few years back. "Incredible India is playing a major role in this festival," Mohan said, adding that the IFFI this year would also be partially sponsored by the tourism ministry. "We have also curated a special segment on tourism related films, which we will be showcasing during the film festival," he said. A memorandum of understanding between the union information and broadcasting ministry - which organizes the IFFI and the union tourism ministry has already been signed in a bid to enhance synergies between the two. "The tourism ministry will promote India as a tourism destination using the IFFI as a medium," Mohan said, adding that Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay would be visiting the IFFI which kicks off in Goa from Nov 23 and goes on to Dec 3.
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New Delhi, Nov 12 (IANS): Transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, who was evicted from "Bigg Boss 5" Saturday, says she is glad to have left with her "dignity and selfrespect" intact. She predicts troublemaker VJ Pooja Missra will end up being one of the top three contenders on the reality show. "My journey in the show was fantastic. When I was nominated this time, I knew it 110 percent that I will be evicted. So I am fine with the public's decision. I am only happy that I have managed to come out without losing my dignity and self respect," Tripathi told IANS over phone from
Mumbai, after leaving the "Bigg Boss 5" house. Tripathi, who is known for her fights for the LGBT community, entered the show Oct 2 with 12 female celebrities and one male celebrity. In six weeks of her stay, she not just came across as a strong, determined and opinionated person, but also proved her point - that transgenders are after all, the same humans as all! Pooja has been the centre of attention this season thanks to her catfights and over-the-top attitude. She has received a lot of flak from her co-participants, but the audience seems to be in love with her melodrama.
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Katie Price receives kidnap threat London, Nov 13 (IANS) Former model Katie Price has increased security of her house after receiving a kidnap threat. Price, who has three children, Harvey, Junior and Princess Tiaamii was left terrified following the threat and has now made sure her estate in Brighton, South England, is completely secure for her family. "I had another kidnap threat this year, quite a bad one. My house is now like Inspector Gadget.com because I'm in the middle of 52 acres on my own," contactmusic.com quoted her as saying. "You name it, my house has got it, from all the gates into my property, cameras inside and out and panic buttons everywhere," she said. She also admitted that she finds it scary to live alone. "I've got Michelle Heaton and her husband Hugh staying with me at the moment," she said.
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London, Nov 14 (IANS): Actor Johnny Depp says that his recently released movie "The Rum Diary" will have a shelf life and the film will create a lasting effect on audience. "The Rum Diary" has reportedly been not doing a great business at the US box office since its release but the 48-year-old insists he never worries about his movies making a lot of money. "It's always a c**p shoot and really if you have that in your head while you're making a movie the process would become something very different. No, I couldn't give a rat's arse (about the money), not really," contactmusic.com quoted Depp as saying. "I believe that this film will have a shelf life. I think it will stick around and people will watch it and enjoy it," He added.
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New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS): Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, whose daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai is expected to give birth mid-November, can't wait to see the new arrival and says he is enjoying the hustle bustle in the house. "The family gathers together from all over as we wait for the 'arrival' ... Greatest joy for me - a full house and the 'chahel - pahel' (hustle bustle)," the 69-year-old posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Charlize Theron loves playing bad roles Los Angeles, Nov 14 (IANS): Actress Charlize Theron, who will be seen helming the role of the evil queen in "Snow White and the Huntsman", says she has always been interested in playing villainous characters. "We have innately bad human behaviors that sometimes we can explain and justify. It's easy to say someone's an as*hole because they had this, this and this happen to them, so we have to forgive them," hollywoodreporter.com quoted the 36-year-old as saying. "But what if someone was just an as*hole? That's interesting to me," she added. Theron will star alongside Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in "Snow White and the Huntsman", which will release June 1 next year.
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London, Nov 13 (IANS): Pop star Lady Gaga, who recently visited India, is reportedly planning to adopt three kids from an Indian orphanage and one from America. Gaga has set up the notfor-profit group Born This Way Foundation to help people worldwide develop a new standard of care towards one another. "...She's already set up her Born This Way Foundation in India and visited two orphanages while she was there last time. The plan is to adopt three Indian orphans before adopting more from around the world. She wants at least one American child, too," dailystar.co.uk quoted a source as saying. "She's always wanted to adopt, ever since she was a little girl. She tells friends she feels she was put on this planet for a reason and since achieving fame she sees it as a sign that she has to give back the good fortune she's received," the source added.
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS): Working in Bollywood is a demanding job, says Hema Malini adding that this is the reason why she was not very keen on her daughter Esha Deol joining filmdom as an actress. "It is difficult to survive in the industry. You have to go through so much in this career. You have to be successful, but if your movies don't work you are sad and then there comes a burden to do much better. You have to keep working harder and harder, emotionally it disturbs a lot," said Hema. "In other professions, it is not noticeable. Here you are immediately in the eyes of people that's why I was not very keen. I wanted her to do something else, something like interior designing, or be a dancer, but she wanted to act and everyone should be given an opportunity. She is indeed a very fine actress," she added. Hema re-launched Esha with her directorial venture "Tell Me O Kkhuda" but the film could not put a lasting impression on the audiences.
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