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Why no action on PM’s 2G letter to Raja: Supreme Court

chief minister in south India, quit July 31 after the state Lokayukta (ombudsman) recommended his trial for graft in the illegal mining scam. He is now busy attending courts to fight several cases of corruption and illegal land dealings filed against him.

Hisar turnout over 70 percent, all by-polls peaceful New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Over 70 percent ballots were believed cast in the Hisar Lok Sabha by-poll, where Team Anna had campaigned against the Congress candidate, while turnouts varied in five other assembly constituencies in five states. Polling was peaceful throughout. “No incidence of violence was reported in Hisar. We are expecting the turnout to cross the 70 percent mark,” a poll official from Hisar told IANS. Political rivals and analysts are

IN BRIEF Peaceful polling for Telangana’s Banswada seat Hyderabad, Oct 13 (IANS) About 65 percent polling was recorded Thursday in the by-election to the Banswada assembly seat in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, an election official said. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the constituency, with the election authorities making massive security arrangements. As reports of final turnout are yet to be received from many polling stations, the overall percentage would be known later. The by-poll, fought on the strong sentiments for separate Telangana state, was held at a time when a general strike has been on in the region for one month disrupting regular services in the region.

awaiting the outcome in Hisar, where counting of votes will be held Oct 17, to assess whether the call by civil society leader Anna Hazare will be a “game changer” to trigger an antiCongress wave as happened during the Jayaprakash Narayan movement in the mid-1970s. Political circles feel that Hazare’s appeal, carried through video CDs, might have caused the 70 percent voting - a high figure for a by-poll.

Karnataka speaker accepts Reddy supporter’s resignation Bangalore, Oct 13 (IANS) Karnataka assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah Thursday accepted the resignation of former state health minister and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker B. Sriramulu, a close associate of Bellary mining barons Reddy brothers. With the party’s state unit president K. Eshwarappa Tuesday firmly ruling out Sriramulu’s induction in the new cabinet as he was indicted in the mining scam, Bopaiah acted on the resignation letter. Besides Sriramulu, Reddy brothers - G. Janardhana and G. Karunakara - who were ministers in the Yeddyurappa cabinet, were also named in the Lokayukta report.


Bangalore, Oct 13(IANS) The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday was evasive on whether scam-hit former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa will take part in senior party leader L.K. Advani’s rath yatra in Karnataka. Yeddyurappa “remains our front ranking leader in the state”, state BJP general secretary C.T. Ravi said at a press meet to announce the Karnataka schedule of Advani’s nation-wide public awareness campaign. Ravi was asked whether Yeddyurappa will join Advani’s yatra that enters Karnataka on Oct 30 from Kerala. Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s first


Advani yatra: BJP non-committal on Yeddyurappa’s role

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday asked why no action was taken on a letter from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to his then telecom minister A. Raja on award of airwaves and felt that the severity of the case in question otherwise could have been different. Hearing the bail pleas of two corporate executives accused in the second generation (2G) spectrum case, Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice H.L. Dattu also observed that the gravity of the alleged crime could have been different if action had been taken on the letter. The letter written Nov 3, 2007 had raised several questions on the manner in which Raja was proposing to

allocate the precious airwaves to telecom players and had also conveyed the industry’s apprehensions in this regard. The letter favoured auction of airwaves. But a reply the next day from Raja, now in judicial custody as the prime accused in the case, clearly said he will not change the policy of first-comefirst-served to allocate the scarce resource but assured full transparency in the process. Both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said the apex court’s observations were serious and demanded a full explanation on the matter from the government.

No difference between Congress and BJP, Anna tells Digvijay New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Anna Hazare Thursday said there is no difference between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in dealing with corruption and both are misleading the people on the issue. “Both parties do not speak on removing corruption,” Hazare said in his letter to Congress leader Digvijay Singh. The letter came in response to the Congress general secretary’s open letter Tuesday, accusing Hazare of links with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). Anna denied any links with the RSS and swore no RSS worker attended his anti-graft fast at the Ramlila Ground in Delhi in August. “You have tried to link me with RSS and BJP. By showing the dispute between them (Congress and BJP), they are trying to mislead the people of this country,” said Anna. “You think that by my anti-Congress campaign, the BJP will be benefited, but why is the Congress giving them (BJP) a chance?” he asked. “If RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said his organisation supported my movement, I think they are trying to

defame me,” said Hazare. In his eight-page letter, written in Hindi, the 74-year-old activist wondered whether Singh was not aware his party was tainted as it has many corrupt people. “Today, many Congress leaders are in jail. Was your party unaware that they were corrupt? But it seems that the party was in the habit of carrying these corrupt people along. This is the reason corruption has widely spread in the country,” he said. Anna Hazare (FILE PHOTO) “In such a situation, there is no difference between the in the Congress to bring the Jan Congress and any other party,” he Lokpal bill, he said and added he said. “derived no pleasure in agitating Stating that he had no wish to be repeatedly”. president of India, Hazare said both Stating he will not join any party the Congress and the BJP appeared till his last breath, the activist said to be flying kites on the issue. there was need for public pressure There is a “lack of willingness” to strengthen democracy. Copyright: Rajvaddhan


Will try for amicable Kudankulam solution: Narayanasamy New Delhi/Chennai, Oct 13 (IANS) The centre would try to find an amicable solution to the anti-nuclear plant agitation in Kudankulam, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy said Thursday, on a day agitating workers stopped the project’s employees from going for work. “We will try to convince the villagers (who have resumed the agitation and stopped the project employees). We have an open mind,” the minister told reporters in New Delhi. The agitation in Kudankulam, which was suspended earlier on an assurance from Narayanasamy, had resumed four days ago.

“The prime minister has taken the intitiative on the issue,” Narayanasamy said. While the prime minister had told a delegation from Tamil Nadu the security concerns of the villagers will be addressed, he sent a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Wednesday stating that the state’s industrialisation would be impacted by the non-availability of electricity if the 2,000 MW Kudankulam nuclear power project was scrapped. Tamil Nadu is to get 925 MW from the project. People’s Rights Movement coordinator S. Sivasubramanian told IANS: “For the past five days, 106 people are

on fast demanding scrapping of the nuclear power project. The government doesn’t seem concerned with the protest while some officials are passing uncharitable comments about the protest. Hence, we have decided to take up the issue with the workers.” The relay fast is being held at Idinthakarai village near Kudankulam in the district, around 650 km from Chennai. Various groups of women blocked the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) workers and asked them to go back home as the project would endanger their lives and also affect their livelihood, he said.


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In Your City IN BRIEF Delhi to get three new hospitals New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Delhi is set to have three new hospitals with the state government on Thursday announcing it would initiate their construction. Heath Minister A.K. Walia said: "The government will initiate the construction of 200 bedded hospitals at Ambedkar Nagar and Chattarpur and a 100 bedded hospital at Sarita Vihar as almost all formalities have been completed."

IAF to hold employment fair for its ex-staff

Court issues notice to Delhi government on child labour New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Delhi government, seeking its response to a report that children below 14 years were employed in various trial court complexes. The division bench of acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Siddharth Mridul sought the reply from the Delhi government's labour department after taking suo moto notice of the media report. "The government should make their stand clear by Nov 3," said the court. The report pointed out that children below 14 could be found working as tea vendors, aides to notary public and food vendors in and around Tis Hazari, Patiala House, Rohini, Dwarka, Karkardooma and the Saket court complexes.

Delhi power firms warned against cuts New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The Delhi government on Thursday said strict action will be taken against power distribution companies if they resort to load-shedding despite sufficient availability of power. "In a meeting held today (Thursday), the Delhi Energy Regulatory Commission has warned all the

School official shot at

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) A senior functionary of a private school was fired at in west Delhi, police said on Thursday. However, he escaped unharmed. The incident occurred on Wednesday night when Rajender Gautam, 54, vice chairman of St. Thomas School in Dwarka, was on his way to home in west Delhi's Janakpuri area. "He had reached Sector 18 in Dwarka when two motorcycle borne assailants came from behind and opened fire at his car," a police officer said. However, Gautam managed to escape the attack unharmed and called the police. The attackers are still untraced.

Lawyers demand action against Bhushan attackers New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) will organise an employment fair here on Saturday for its retired personnel in an effort to find a second career for them. Defence Minister A.K. Antony will inaugurate the fair that will be held at the Air Force Auditorium near Dhuala Kuan, when he will also release a pension handbook for the retired personnel, an IAF release said here Thursday.

IGNOU celebrates International Year of Chemistry New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) A two-day national conference on chemistry was launched on Thursday at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry. The conference, titled "Chemistry: Education and Research Frontiers", was inaugurated by eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao and is being attended by around 250 students and teachers from various schools and colleges.


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New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The Bar Association of India (BAI) on Thursday condemned the attack on lawyer Prashant Bhushan and demanded strict action against the right-wing attackers and the organisations they are affiliated to . "We urge the authorities to take stern action against the miscreants and the organisations they represent within

the parameters and due process of law," BAI president and advocate Anil Divan said in a statement. Bhushan, a key member of Team Anna, was on Wednesday attacked by three members of right-wing organisations for remarks that he made in Varanasi two weeks ago supporting a referendum in Kashmir.

LeT, Babbar Khalsa planned blasts in Delhi: Police New Delhi/Ambala, Oct 13 (IANS) The explosives found in a car in the parking lot of the Ambala Cantonment railway station in Haryana was procured by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and were meant for the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) to set off bomb blasts in the capital, Delhi Police said on Thursday. Unfolding the sequence of investigations that led police to seize five kg of explosives from the car in Ambala, Kampani said they got inputs from intelligence agencies ten days ago about activities of the LeT module and that the BKI and LeT jointly planned to carry out terror attacks. Police sources said a terror

outfit based in Nepal was giving directions to the LeT module in the valley. The information was "sketchy" and that the explosives were to be taken to a north Indian city, the sources said. The information about car was shared with officials of Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana Police. The search for the car began from Wednesday morning in Ambala. Meanwhile, a forensic team from Haryana and the National Security Guard team visited Ambala and gathered evidence, after which the Delhi Police brought the car to the capital. The samples of explosives have been sent for a forensic test.

discoms not to resort to load-shedding if power is available in the capital," Power Minister Haroon Yusuf told reporters. He added that the Central Energy Regulatory Commission has warned the Uttar Pradesh government against overdrawing power so that frequency in the grid can be maintained.

"All discoms have been asked not to under-draw power. Apart from that, instructions have been issued to them to make alternative arrangements to fulfill the demand of power in the capital," added the minister. He said discoms will have to announce the schedule of load-shedding if they go for it.

Court revokes order for extra seats in medical colleges

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday set aside its earlier order directing the Medical Council of India (MCI) to grant an increase in the additional intake of students from 100 to 150 to three private medical colleges for this academic session. While setting aside the Sep 29 judgment of a single judge bench,

Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Sunil Gaur asked the board of governors of the council to consider the applications of the medical colleges and take a final decision on merits within a week. "The corrective course warranted is to give a direction to the board of governors to consider the inspection reports and such other relevant material and take a decision on merits whether or not the admission capacity has to be increased," said the bench. The court order came while disposing of the MCI's plea against the single judge's order for increase in the number of additional intake from 100 to 150 in each college.



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New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to China has been noted in strategic circles in India, with a BJP MP saying Russia’s increasing cooperation with China and Pakistan should be “a matter of concern” to India. “In a post-cold war era, Russia’s increasing cooperation with China and Pakistan is a development that India can’t ignore and its implications on our security must be a matter of concern for us,” Tarun Vijay, national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a Rajya Sabha member, said here in a statement. Alluding to Putin’s just concluded high profile three-day visit to Chi-


Russia’s growing ties with China matter of concern: BJP MP

na, Vijay said that India should keep “a vigilant watch over changing geopolitical equations”. During the visit, Russia and China struck 16 economic and trade cooperation deals worth more than $7 billion in new energy, mining, machinery, vehicle, electronics and agricultural sectors.

quent search unearthed 61 more explosives, The Sun reported Thursday.

IN BRIEF 23-year-old woman ages 50 years in just days! London, Oct 13 (IANS) A 23-yearold woman claims that she aged by 50 years in just days. Her story has sparked an internet debate asking if such rapid ageing is possible and medical experts are divided on what could have triggered it. Vietnamese woman Nguyen Thi Phuong now looks like a septuagenarian after the affliction took hold following an allergic reaction to seafood, it’s claimed. Until now she has apparently been forced to wear a mask in public to hide her appearance from prying eyes, but now doctors are attempting to establish what caused her sudden and horrifying ageing.

87 bombs found at British nudist beach London, Oct 13 (IANS) A total of 87 bombs, some dating back to the late 19th century, washed ashore at a nudist beach in Britain, as stunned naturists gawked during a two-day sweep of the sands by the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy was called in after 26 bombs, including two submarine depth charges and at least six 10-pound mortars, washed up on the beach. A subse-

$74 bn lost in Fukushima disaster Tokyo, Oct 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Financial loss from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan has been estimated at $74 billion, the Japanese Nuclear Safety Commission said on Thursday. The special government-backed fund set up after the disaster will finance the project. The fund is financed with money from the state budget and contributions from financial organisations and other utilities.

42 killed in Nepal bus accident Kathmandu, Oct 13 (IANS) At least 42 people were killed on Thursday when a passenger bus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge in central Nepal. The bus landed on the bank of Sunkoshi river at Riththebhir, Sindhuli district, after its 700-metre plunge around 10.30 a.m. Police said they counted 40 bodies, including those of 13 women, while two others died on their way to hospital. About a dozen others were seriously injured.

Punakha (Bhutan), Oct 13 (IANS) The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan Thursday crossed yet another historic threshold with its 31-year-old King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk entering into a wedlock with his commoner heartthrob, 21-year-old student Jetsun Pema at a lavish ceremony. The Buddhist marriage rituals were held at the 17th century monastic fortress in Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, with the Oxford-educated king coming down from his throne to place the crown on the head of the stunning Pema. Punakha is about 80 km from capital Thimphu. And immediately the fortress reverberated with chants of Buddhist hymns by monks clad in maroon and yellow robes as the newlywed Pema was escorted by the king to the throne. Former king Jigme Singye Wangcuk, who abdicated the throne

in favour of his son and ushered in transition from absolute monarchy in the Himalayan kingdom, and his four queens as also the entire royal family was present to bless the newlyweds. Jigme Singye Wangcuk, flanked by his four wives, handed the blessed, colored scarves to the nervous-looking bride. The young groom wore a crown adorned with a raven’s head during the rituals in keeping with the tradition. Pema comes from the Bumthang Pangtey family and her father, Dhondup Gyaltshen, is an airline pilot for the past 22 years. Indian guests at the royal wedding included Jyotiraditya

Scindia, ambassador Pavan Varma, former foreign secretary Shyam Saran, former ambassador Dileep Mehta, the late Arjun Singh’s grandson Aishwarya Singh and his wife Devyani Rana, and journalists Karan Thapar and Malvika Singh.

India, US education partnership to meet challenges ahead

Pakistan urges US to avoid hostile statements

Washington, Oct 13 (IANS) India and the United States on Thursday set out to forge a new collaborative relationship in education with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling it a “driving force” in the India-US strategic partnership. “For those of you watching the great rise of India, I hope you share our excitement,” she said inaugurating a daylong education summit she is co-chairing with India’s Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal. “This largest democracy, this wildly pluralistic nation is on the path to providing greater benefit to their citizens within the context of freedom and opposition,” Clinton told over 300 higher education leaders, government and private sector representatives participating in the summit. Clinton also assured potential Indian students that the United States would do everything possible to help them sort out real and sham institutions in the country. “We have expanded our advisory services for Indian students and their families to help sort out misleading offers that come over the internet.” Agreeing with Clinton, Sibal said: “It’s only through education that we hope to involve populations across the globe to confront the challenges of the 21st century.” Sibal told the gathered educationists that they must create an appropriate environment to help the young “face the challenges of tomorrow to reshape the world in a globally inter-connected, mutually inter-dependent world.”

Islamabad, Oct 14 (IANS) Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday urged the US to exercise restraint in making public statements that were adverse to bilateral relationship. Zardari, during a meeting with US envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman, also emphasized the need to develop a cooperative and joint roadmap to overcome the trust deficit, said the president’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar. He claimed that no country had made greater contributions and sacrifices in fighting terrorism than Pakistan. Zardari said that Pakistan was committed to pursuing fight against militants till its logical conclusion. The enemies of peace will continue to sabotage peace process but we should not let them hold the governments in the region hostage, he added. Zardari said that ironically the militants and terrorists gained the most from verbal assault and fingerpointing at Pakistan or questioning our commitment to fighting extremists. The president said that it only damaged the relationship between the two countries and undermined the common objective of defeating extremism and terrorism. “It was high time for the verbal assault to cease and the rhetoric to cool so that serious and meaningful dialogue between the two countries could resume in earnest,” President Zardari stated.

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Washington, Oct 14 (IANS) US President Barack Obama on Thursday vowed to apply the “toughest sanctions” on Iran and to garner international support to further isolate the Islamist state. He made the statement in the wake of the recent revelation of an alleged plot to assassinate Saudi ambassador to Washington. “What “we’re going to continue to do is to apply the toughest sanctions and continue to mobilize the international community to make sure that Iran is further and further isolated and pays a price for

this kind of behavior,” said Obama during a joint press conference with visiting South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. Two men --Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old naturalized US citizen holding both Iranian and US passports, and Iranian Gholam Shakuri -- have been charged by the US Justice Department Tuesday for their alleged participation in the plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US. The US alleged that the plot was directed by senior members of the Quds Force, an elite division of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for foreign operations.


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HCL Infosystems launches Rs.10,490 tablet in India New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS): HCL Infosystems Thursday launched its seven-inch Android based tablet -- X1 -- for Rs.10,490 in the Indian market. “The tablet sports a trendy user interface that enables consumers to navigate the Android device smoothly and comes power packed with pre-loaded handpicked applications,” the company said in a statement. “The innovations incorporated in the









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new product stemmed out of the detailed market survey and resonates with the pulse of the Indian consumer,” it added. Powered by the Android 2.3 operating system, the tablet is packed with local applications, 1Ghz processor, 2 MP camera and 512 MB storage capacity with an internal memory of 4GB expandable to 32GB. It also provides users an option of data connectivity through USB dongles.

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Gurgaon, Oct 13 (IANS): Maruti Suzuki has suspended production at its factory here for two days from Friday in view of the strike at its component supplying plant in Manesar, a company spokesperson said Thursday. The company will review the situation Sunday.The decision was taken as workers at Suzuki Powertrain India Limited (SPIL), which supplies diesel engines and transmissions to Maruti

Suzlon Energy completes sale of stake in Hansen Mumbai, Oct 13 (IANS): India’s wind turbine manufacturing major Suzlon Energy Thursday said it has completed sale of its remaining 26.06 percent stake in Belgium-based firm Hansen Transmission to German engineering firm ZF Friedrichshafen AG for Rs.890 crore. “Suzlon closed sale of its 26.06 percent equity interest in Hansen Transmissions International NV, Belgium, and received sale

Washington, Oct 13 (IANS): As the protest movement against corporate America grows bigger by the day, Citigroup’s Indian American CEO Vikram Pandit thinks the sentiments of the Occupy Wall Street protesters are “completely understandable”. Several hundred people tied to the movement marched on the New York City homes of various Wall Street figures, including billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson and JP Morgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon Wednesday. Four people were arrested outside Dimon’s offices as protesters called in vain for a meeting with him.

mained low on Thursday. The factory produced only 600 vehicles as against its normal daily production of 2,800. Workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant went on strike Friday demanding reinstatement of 44 suspended co-workers who were not taken back after an earlier 33-day impasse with the management ended Oct 1. The plant continues to remain captive in the hands of the striking workers.

BlackBerry services limping back to normal

Britain to help develop Kolkata as financial hub

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Dubai, Oct 13 (IANS/WAM): DP World, one of the world’s major marine terminal operators based in Dubai, has sought close trade ties with India.”Indian exporters and importers have been among DP World’s most valued business partners and will remain so for a long time to come,” said Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director of the company

cars, has halted production to express solidarity with the striking workers at Maruti’s Manesar plant. While models like M-800, Omni, Eeco and Gypsy are not dependent on component supplies from SPIL, the spokesperson said: “Operating the plant only for these models will be unviable. The production loss for these models can be recovered once the production resumes.” Meanwhile, production at the Gurgaon plant re-

‘Occupy Wall Street’ growing bigger by the day EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP

DP World seeks close trade ties with India

cent duty credit to exporters under a new Special Focus Market Scheme. The government has also introduced a new scheme to provide special assistance to engineering, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors for the period of 6 months. The new Special Bonus Benefit Scheme will cover 50 products, including hand tools, gas compressors, motorcycles and goods vehicles, carbon black, potassium iodide, niacin amide, erythromycin and its derivatives and ciprofloxacine. Under the scheme, duty credit of one percent will be given. The scheme is applicable from Oct 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.

Maruti suspends production at Gurgaon plant

proceeds of about Rs.890 crore,” the company said in a regulatory filing.


Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma Thursday announced the annual review to the Foreign Trade Policy 2009-14. The minister announced several schemes to keep the growth momentum in the foreign trade. “We have been able to secure interest subvention of two percent on rupee export credit, which has been extended up to the end of the current financial year,” Sharma said. The subsidy will be available to exporters with retrospective effect from April 1, 2011, until March 31, 2012. The earlier interest subsidy scheme had lapsed at the end of last fiscal. To promote market diversification, the minister said the government would provide four per-


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New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS): The Indian government Thursday announced various incentives, including interest subsidy, worth around Rs.1,700 crore to boost the growth of exports in view of the slowing demand in the US and European markets. “It is difficult to put the number, but my guess is the total financial outgo will be around Rs.1,700 crore,” Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar said at a press conference here. He said nearly half the financial outgo would be in the form of interest subvention or subsidy on interest. “Interest rate subvention itself will cost around Rs.800-1,000 crore. Other schemes will cost roughly around Rs.800-900 crore,” he said.

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Kolkata, Oct 13 (IANS) Britain will assist West Bengal in improving infrastructure, capacity building and modernization of markets in Kolkata to develop the capital city as a financial hub. “I am here to see how we can help develop your wonderful city into a financial hub,” Lord Mayor of London Michael Bear told media persons after holding talks with state Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra at the state secretariat here. Bear, who led a delegation of experts, said Britain will look at all range of infrastructure

development needs of the city - from delivering roads and maintaining roads to airport and riverside development. “And also to look at your markets, how you can improve your markets, make them more modern while retaining the heritage that is so important in your city,” he said. “I hope we will now be able to write down all these wonderful milestones that we have been talking about, with the memorandum of understanding, to determine a route plan to make Kolkata one of the centres of corners of industry and finance,” he said.

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Canadian BlackBerry maker, Research in Motion (RIM) Thursday said its services have been restored in most parts of the world but Canada and Latin America may face a little trouble and it hoped to resume normal services in these areas very soon as well. “BlackBerry services are operating well globally. BlackBerry support teams continue to monitor the situation around the clock to ensure ongoing service stability,” said RIM in a statement. “Some customers in Canada and Latin America who are sending messages to other regions may see intermittent message delays. Support teams are actively addressing this,” it added.



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Handloom Fabrics – Our Heritage H andloom fabrics are an essential part of the heritage of India and show the richness and diversity of our country and the artistry of the Indian weavers. Hand-woven fabrics are the products of Indian tradition and the inspiration sought from the cultural ethos by the weavers. Handloom is nonpareil in its flexibility and versatility, permitting experimentation and encouraging innovation. The strength of Handloom lies in introducing designs which cannot be replicated by the Power loom sector. Innovative weavers, with their skilful blending of myths, faiths, symbols and imagery, provide the fabric an appealing dynamism. During the freedom struggle Gandhiji, appealed to use hand-woven cloths – a step was taken to help the then poor weavers. Thus, after the independence, the government was resolved to take required step for the progress of the Handloom sector. Therefore, since 1976, various schemes for the promotion and development of the Handloom sector have been launched by the office related to Employment generation, Modernization of technology, Input support, Marketing and Infrastructural support, Publicity, Welfare measures, Composite Growth Oriented Package, Development of Exportable Products; and Research and

development. All the schemes are weaver-oriented. If we want to keep this heritage of our country alive,

then it is important to improve the socio-economic status of weavers by updating their skills and providing them with essential inputs. Various schemes and programs are launched by the government that cater to the needs of the handloom sector both at the micro and macro level. Some ongoing schemes are “Deen Dayal Hathkargha prot-

sector and the organized mill sector. By providing direct and indirect employment to more than 30 lakh weavers, handloom sector has become the largest economic activity second only to agriculture in India. The handloom industry is the most ancient cottage industry of India. Its prevention for posterity will ensure a preservation of our cultural herit-

sahan Yojana”, “Mill gate Price Scheme “and “Input support” The Handloom (Reservation of Articles for production) Act, 1985 aims at

age. Hence, undertaking Research & Development in this sector was very essential. Under the Research & Development programs, assistance was released to different weavers’ society centers, National Handloom Development Corporation, institutions engaged in Research and Development work for the development of Handloom sector . The importance of the handloom sector in the national economy cannot be over-looked. On account of having an advantage and flexibility of also being capable to be run as a small scale industry, its uniqueness, innovation and adaptability, this sector can contribute towards export earning of the country, in a big way. Export of handloom products has, therefore, been identified as the thrust area for the overall development of the sector. The government has been exploring the possibilities of making an optimal use of the resources to enhance production capabilities of exportable products. Indian fashion is known for its rich and diverse heritage as each province has its own traditional apparel. Indian fashion designers tweak these various trends in the most innovative ways and give them an indo-western touch. The handloom textiles constitute

protecting millions of handloom weavers from the encroachment on their livelihood by the power loom

a timeless part of the rich cultural Heritage of India. The element of art and craft present in the Indian handlooms makes it a potential sector for the upper segments of market – domestic as well as global. However, the sector is beset with manifold problems such as obsolete technologies, unorganized production system, low productivity, inadequate working capital, conventional product range, weak marketing link, overall stagnation

of production and sales and, above all, competition from power loom and mill sector. As a result of effective Government intervention through financial assistance and implementation of various developmental and welfare schemes, the handloom sector, to some extent, has been able to tide over these disadvantages. But I believe a lot more is yet to be done for the promotion of the handloom fabrics of India.


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Ah, the eternal debate rears its ugly head once again! Microsoft and Apple have been at loggerheads for as long as we can remember and most Apple lovers say that the only edge Microsoft has over Mac is that Windows is older- a comment that Microsoft supporters scoff at and that’s when the argument usually kicks off. Are they right? Let’s find out! Disclaimer- We aren’t going to make things worse- we just want to lay down certain facts and leave the ultimate decision to you.

Get Your Facts Right! The fact that Apple borrowed another company’s idea probably shouldn’t even feature in this debate but it should be mentioned that a certain Mr. Jobs grabbed an opportunity that the original company wasn’t exploiting and launched a successful product. Even though most people are under the impression that Windows came before Macintosh, the truth is that Apple introduced the first GUI (Graphical User Interface) in 1984 whereas Microsoft Windows was launched only in 1985.

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall… … Who is the fairest of them all? In all fairness, it has to be said that Apple wins this round hands down. The iMac as well as the various Macbooks are stunning, to say the least. A devoted gizmo geek would say that they’re beautiful inside and out- and he’d be right because not only are they sleek to look at but because they don’t have any buttons crowding the interface, they appeal to uninterested users as well. Unlike Microsoft’s PC, the Mac doesn’t have two buttons flanking the mousepadwhich makes it less complicated and more straightforward.

Which is More Successful? Apple successfully monopolized the market for a good 10 years but Microsoft got the edge during the 90s when Bill Gates tied up with IBM. This is when Windows burst back into the scene with a vengeance and left only a small percentage of the market share to Apple. That said, Microsoft dominates a large chunk of the market even today and it isn’t difficult to figure out why- Windows is compatible with various hardware, including those manufactured by popular companies like Dell, Sony, HP and IBM. Apple, on the other hand, is not, because the operating system is only compatible with its own hardware.

Who Is More Popular? If we are to talk numbers, Windows would unquestionably win the popularity contest because it holds 91% of the overall market share. Apple lovers have their own arguments in this regard but fact remains that Microsoft is more popular and by the looks of it, it will remain this way for some time to come.

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What About the Features? As far as fundamental features are concerned, the two Operating Systems aren’t all that different but yes, if we are to talk about specific elements, this argument may get a little heated because as mentioned, Apple focuses on the creative side of things whereas Microsoft is slightly no-nonsense in its ‘behavior’, so to say. This point was brought out by a series of Apple advertisements wherein the Apple Man was dressed casually and shown to be relaxed and chilled out. The Microsoft Man, on the other hand, was suited up and clearly represented the quintessentially boring corporate man.

The verdict is clear- Microsoft wins fair and square because in addition to the above mentioned points, Windows PCs are also more affordable. The MacBook Pro (15 inches) is priced at 1,04,900 INR whereas a 15 inch Dell laptop starts at 33,000 INR. As far as usability is concerned, the general consensus is that the creative field is more comfortable with the Mac because it offers much more than Windows in terms of designing options. However, the corporate field prefers Windows because it’s more ‘serious’ and less ‘fancy’.

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Milk-Health Benefits We have news! Your mom was right… drinking milk is good for health. What she didn’t tell you is all the health benefits that it has - milk can help you lose weight, gain muscle & reduce the risk of heart related problems. We’ll tell you about that. Studies have shown that subjects who consumed 3 daily servings of dairy lost more belly fat than those who did not. Milk contains a combination of muscle building proteins- whey protein & casein protein. Whey Protein is the fast absorbing protein that your muscles use for repair and growth after your workout. That’s why the best protein supplements contain the highest amounts of whey protein. Milk with whey protein supplement makes a great pre-workout and post workout snack. Casein protein is a slow absorbing protein. So, a glass of milk before you sleep supplies your muscles with protein all through the night, for repair and growth activity.

Studies show that people who drank milk were 10 to 15 percent less likely to have heart disease and 20% less likely to suffer a heart attack.

For those people that are lactose intolerant, yoghurt benefits you just like milk does. If yoghurt doesn’t work, you can try soy milk. Note that over consumption of soy has side effects on your hormones.

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Chocolate milk is fine after an intense workout as the simple carbohydrates supply much needed glycogen to your muscle, but otherwise, it can make you gain weight due to its sugar content.

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Delicious Deserts to satisfy your sugar cravings Looking for new desert options? Keep reading and take your pick!


Surprise your guests by serving hot coffee cover chilled ice-cream, which is simply divine to taste. Preparation Time: a few mins. Cooking Time: 5 mins. Serves 1.

Ingredients 1/2 tsp cinnamon (dalchini) powder

For the garnish Icing sugar to sprinkle Strawberries


8 Place the ice-cream in a coffee cup or mug. 8 Boil the water in a pan, add the coffee and sugar and mix well. 8 Add the brandy and pour over the vanilla ice-cream. 8 Serve immediately, garnished with the cinnamon powder.


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Apple Jalebi

Hot batter-fried crispy apple rings coated in a fragrant saffron syrup.


8 Add the yeast and 2 pinches of sugar to 1/2 cup of lukewarm water. Mix well. Preparation Time: 15 min. 8 Sprinkle 2 pinches of flour on top. Cover Cooking Time: 20 min. and keep for 3 to 4 minutes. If the cup is Makes: 12 jalebis. full of froth, the yeast is ready to use. 8 Mix the flour, sugar, melted ghee and yeast liquid and some warm water until the mixture has the consistency of a thick batter. 8 Cover and keep for 40 to 50 minutes. Mix well again. 8 Dip the apple rings in this batter and deep fry in oil both sides until crisp. 12 apple rings Drain. 1 cup plain flour (maida) 1/4 tsp dry yeast For the sugar syrup 1 tbsp melted ghee 8 Dissolve the sugar in 1 cup of water and 1 tsp sugar boil for 5 minutes. oil for deep-frying 8 Warm the saffron in a small vessel, add a little milk and rub until the saffron For the sugar syrup dissolves. Add to the syrup. 1 cup sugar 8 Add the rose water. 1/2 tsp saffron (kesar) strands 8 Keep the syrup warm. The syrup should 2 tsp rose water be of 1 thread consistency.


For the garnish 1/2 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder 1 tbsp blanched and sliced pistachios rose petals (optional)


How to proceed

Remove the hot syrup from the flame and drop apple rings into it. Soak for 1 minute and drain. Sprinkle with the cardamom powder, pistachios and rose petals. Serve hot.

As this batter is a little difficult to handle, make sure it coats the apple rings evenly. Persevere and the results will be worth the trouble.


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FIH expected to announce Indian TV rights deal


New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is expected to announce a new fouryear broadcast deal in India for 20112014. The federation has invited offers for its inventory of events, which include World Cups, Champions Trophy tournaments and the new World League which inaugurates in 2013. "We expect to announce a groundbreaking deal as we have received some very good offers and we will shortly conclude one of them," Steven Morris, FIH head of marketing and communications, said in a statement. The deal begins with India's participation in the Champions Challenge, which runs in Johannesburg from Nov 26-Dec 4.

My company’s ties with players not commercial: Kumble

IOA wants strict action against dope offenders: Malhotra


New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Former India Test captain Anil Kumble said his firm Tenvic is a player management company which does not benefit commercially from the players' success. Rather, it works on its own expense to mentor the youngsters. Kumble denies any case of conflict of interest and said had he been running a talent management company, he would have gone for top cricketers and not budding talent, adding the benefit goes only to the player and not to his company. "I would like to clarify that I am no player-manager, nor is my company a talent management company. That needs to be very clear. If I was a businessman, if I was looking after a talent management company, then I would go after the top international stars," Kumble said in an interview to CNNIBN. One of the directors of the Kumble's company was quoted as saying: "It does not make sense for us to mentor

Anil Kumble the player if we are not going to look after his commercial interest". Kumble dismissed this as "only incidental."

National Tennis: Vishnu, Yuki breeze into semis

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Thursday called for strict action against the sportspersons caught for doping, saying there should be “zero tolerance for those who test positive”. IOA expressed serious concern over the reports of 10 Kabbadi players and three athletes tested positive and asked the concerned federations to show no leniency against the offend-

ers. The IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that he is surprised these sportspersons have failed the dope test barely couple of month after some top sports persons were caught for a similar offense and punished. Malhotra also asked the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) to take swift action against the guilty.

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New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Top seed Vishnu Vardhan proved too good for S.V. Abhishek, winning 6-2, 6-3 on his way to the men’s singles semifinals of Fenesta National Tennis Championship at the DLTA complex on Thursday. Vishnu, fresh from his Davis Cup debut against Japan in Tokyo last month, dominated the match with his serve and searing ground strokes to outpace his 19-year-old state mate from Andhra Pradesh. The 24-year-old from Secunderabad ran away with the first set with breaks in the second and eighth games and needed just an early one in the second set to close the match in a little over an hour. Vishnu next plays Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash, who dispatched Kaza Vi-

nayak Sarma 6-3, 7-5. Second seed Yuki Bhambri made short work of Ankit Sachdeva, winning 6-1, 6-3 to enter the semifinals. There won’t be any Delhi players for Yuki in the semifinals, where he squares up against Andhra’s Saketh Myneni. Myneni, who is back after playing on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), continued his domination over third-seeded N. Vijay Prashanth, defeating him 6-3, 6-1. In the women singles, Isha Lakhani’s dream run continued as she rallied to defeat Sheetal Goutham 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. The 34-year-old Rushmi Chakravarthy, the most experienced player on the circuit, stamped her class on Shivika Burman, winning 6-0, 6-2.

Chiragh Kumar New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Unheralded Chiragh Kumar of India fired an eight-under-par 64 to take a surprising one shot lead in the first round of the Hero Indian Open golf on Thursday. Kumar upstaged the stellar Asian Tour stars gathered at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) with a flawless round highlighted by eight birdies in the $1.25 million event.

Veteran Zaw Moe of Myanmar was a further stroke back with Scotland’s Ross Bain and Lin Wen-hong of Chinese Taipei, who is eyeing to make amends from his disqualification in the final round of the Yeangder TPC last week. Kumar, 27, a 2006 Asian Games team silver medalist, could have extended his lead by two but missed a 15 foot eagle putt on the last.

SCORES AFTER ROUND 1 64 - Chiragh Kumar (IND), 65 - Lin Wen-hong (TPE), Ross Bain(SCO), Zaw Moe (MYN), 67 - Scott Barr(AUS), 68 - David Gleeson (AUS), Angelo Que (PHI), Adilson Da Silva (BRA), 69 - Om Prakash Chouhan (IND), Tjaart Van Der Walt(RSA), Himmat Rai (IND), Chapchai Nirat (THA), Rikard Karlberg(SWE), Gurki Shergill (IND), S.S.P. Chowrasia(IND), Atthaphon Prathumannee(THA), Young Nam (KOR), Jbe Kruger (RSA), Baek Seuk-hyun (KOR), Simon Griffiths (ENG), Namchok Tantipokhakul(THA).



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Kolkata, Oct 13 (IANS) The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) which is awaiting governmental clearance for organizing the Oct 25 one-day cricket match between India and England is apprehensive of losing the match owing to procedural bottlenecks. "We have been informed by the Public Works Department (PWD) that only after an inspection by them is completed and they are satisfied, will we be given the clearance. The match is not our responsibility only. If the government is not supportive

dium here. Cook does not agree that Indian team is weak despite losing its key players to injuries. Cook feels that despite being ranked as the number one Test team, England have a long way to go in the one-day format. "We have not played very well in the last two years or so (in ODIs). Admitting that picking the team from 15 talented players is a "headache", he said he was delighted to have such a problem. "Selecting the team from 15 is a tough call for a captain


Sri Lanka one gold behind leader India in South Asian Beach Games

Colombo, Oct 13 (IANS) Sri Lankan swimmers swept all the gold medals in the life-saving event at the first South Asian Beach Games allowing the hosts to almost catch up with regional giants India. The hosts narrowed the gap to only one gold behind India at the end of the fifth day of the tournament being held in Hambantota, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

The life savers of Sri Lanka, who had collected three golds at the end of the fourth day, managed to secure three golds. However, India, who topped the medals tally at the end of the fourth day with seven golds, as many silvers and a bronze, managed only to take one more gold, a silver and four bronze on Wednesday.

and coach," he said. However, India will be looking for revenge as they take on England. After a whitewash in the recent Test and One-day series in England, India will be looking to return the compliment against a confident but cautious side. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will be under pressure to arrest the slide, feels the series would be a great opportunity for the freshlooking bowling line-up in familiar conditions.

Spot-fixing very sad episode of my tenure, says Butt

Repairing country's cricket image new PCB chief's top priority Islamabad, Oct 13 (IANS) Zaka Ashraf, the newly appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), said his top priority is to uplift the national team's status in the world besides reviving international events at home. Ashraf was appointed the head of the PCB on Tuesday night by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, the chief patron of the Board. Talking to media persons here, Ashraf said: "I will work day and night to live up to the president's expectations and pay back the confidence he has placed in me." Ashraf, a banker-cum-businessman, replaced the controversial Ijaz Butt, whose tenure ended Saturday.


Hyderabad, Oct 13 (IANS) England captain Alastair Cook feels his team will have a tough challenge on hand when it takes on India in their fivematch One-day International (ODI) series, beginning today. "The challenge is massive ahead of us. Historically, India has been strong at home, but we are confident that we can produce a challenge. The last 10 days of practice has been fantastic. Two good workouts and warm-up games and we are ready to go," Cook told reporters ahead of the first ODI at the Rajiv Gandhi International Sta-

then I am afraid, the match might not happen," CAB joint secretary Biswarup Dey said on Thursday. A section of media on Wednesday had reported that the CAB has been denied clearance for the match. Dey later denied the reports and said there was no requirement for such a clearance as the prior authorization by the department was still valid. The PWD on Thursday conducted an inspection of the Eden Gardens and instructed the organizers to carry out some repair works.

Salman Butt Karachi, Oct 13 (IANS) Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt called the spot-fixing incident a "very sad" episode during his tenure, and hoped the measures taken by the board will curb the menace in the future. The spot-fixing trial involving three Pakistani cricketers, former skipper Salman Butt, fast bowler Mohammad Asif and teenage bowler Mohammad Aamir is now on at London's Southwark Crown Court. Butt and Asif are facing charges of

conspiracy to cheat, and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, relating to the Lord's Test in August last year. They allegedly conspired with agent Mazhar Majeed, teenage fast bowler Aamir and other unknown people to bowl pre-determined no-balls. Butt and Asif deny the charges. Speaking over former skipper Shahid Afridi's fallout with the board, Butt said they had not hesitated in taking action against those who breached the discipline.


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New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS): Shah Rukh Khan has credited his fans for making him who he is and believes it's their love that had made him a superstar. The 45-year-old actor is touring India to promote his dream project "Ra.One" and is connecting with the masses by traveling to cities he has never been before. "City tours continue. Feel a head rush when I see people all around me. Want to give my life performing for them. Movies don't make me people do," Shah Rukh posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. Shah Rukh recently visited Vadodrara and Jaipur and is currently in Bhopal. After this, he will head to Kolkata Oct 15, Bangalore Oct 16 and Delhi Oct 18. "Jaipur done.. now onto Bhopal. Danced my knee and heart out with little kids who taught me to act u have to remain a kid forever," he posted.

media schools, students, social activists, individual international and Indian film makers and production houses. The last date for entry is Dec 1. To foster inclusivity and reach, the SCRIPT festival will be free, both for the filmmakers entering their films and audiences viewing these. This year, the competition is open in five categories -- international, film makers, students, documentaries and mini/ad films with a social message (two minutes' duration). All categories have a first prize of Rs.25,000 and a second prize of Rs.15,000 with the Golden Halo awards.

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Kochi, Oct 13 (IANS): A film festival with a difference -- only entertaining short films and documentaries with social relevance, the second edition of SCRIPT (Social and Corporate Responsibility International Promotional Theatre) 2012 -- has invited entries from film makers. The festival, an initiative of Rotary International District 3201 covering parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and is organized by the Rotary Club of Cochin Metropolis, will be held here Jan 20-21, 2012. Short films submitted for SCRIPT 2012 could be made by governmental/non-governmental agencies, voluntary organisations,


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Women dominate at bigger, better Mumbai film fest

Mumbai, Oct 13 (IANS): The 13th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) that kick started Thursday has an impressive line-up of over 200 films from 60 countries, but one stunning difference. Of the films in the highly coveted international competition, almost half are from debut women filmmakers. From the 14 films in the highly coveted international competi-

tion, which is for first-time film directors, six films are by women filmmakers - truly a first. Even the festival organizers weren't aware of this fact. "While talking to you I realized that one of the most unprecedented things for any festival is that in competition we have six debut women filmmakers vying for the many prizes," Rashid Irani, senior film critic and a selec-

tion committee member told IANS. "And each one of them is such a stunning debut that you have to see it to believe it," he added. Festival director Srinivasan Narayanan is happy to see so many women filmmakers in this competition. "Last year we had an all women's jury and this year we have women dominating the competition section. What more could we ask for?"

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"My parents took me to see the films and I saw all of them," Bardem said, adding he expects the experience to be a lot of fun. "They chose me to play this man (the villain)," Bardem said without revealing any more details about the still-untitled project, which will be directed by Sam Mendes and feature Daniel Craig as 007 for the third time. Filming of the 23rd installment in the Bond saga is expected to begin in November 2012.

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Los Angeles, Oct 13 (IANS/EFE): Spanish actor Javier Bardem has told the ABC network he will play the villain in the latest installment of the James Bond series. The winner of a best-supporting actor Oscar for his role as a sociopathic killer in the Coen brothers' 2007 film "No Country for Old Men", Bardem said he was "very enthusiastic" about the chance to appear in the saga of the fictional British Secret Service agent.

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London, Oct 13 (IANS): Hollywood couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who are the proud parents of two daughters, are now expecting a baby boy. The couple have two daughters - Violet, 5, and Serephina, 2. Affleck and Garner got married in 2005. "Ben's thrilled at the prospect of a little sports buddy. He can't wait to take his son to baseball games and play catch with him," contactmuisc. com quoted a close friend of the couple as saying. However, Jennifer, 39, is said to be somewhat anxious about having a son after being used to daughters. "She feels like she won't know what to do. She's close to her two sisters, and her instincts were spot-on with the girls. But she never had a brother and doesn't know the drill," the friend added.



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New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS): Hrithik Roshan's small screen debut as a judge on reality dance show "Just Dance" has garnered the maximum television rating points (TRPs). Even the charisma of Salman Khan in "Bigg Boss 5" and the rugged Akshay Kumar in "Khatron Ke Khiladi 4" couldn't pull his popularity down. Hrithik, 37, was one of the judges on show with choreographer-turned-filmmaker Farah Khan and choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant. The show opened at a cumulative rating of 4.7, which is the highest opening of a reality show this year, media research agency TAM said. The finale was watched by 97 million viewers Oct 1. The much anticipated "Bigg Boss 5" with Salman and Sanjay Dutt opened at 4.3 and Akshay's "Khatron Ke Khiladi 4" opened at 3. London, Oct 13 (IANS): Singer Britney Spears has become the sixth person in twitter history to reach the milestone of 10 million followers. "OOOMMMGGG, I just realized that I hit 10 MILLION FOLLOWERS! Words can't even begin to express the love I feel for all of u," posted her tweet. "I gotta do something special for u guys! Let me think of something fab to show my appreciation," she further posted. Spears has joined the league following Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, Barack Obama and, most recently, Kim Kardashian.

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BeyoncĂŠ to create maternity range London, Oct 13 (IANS): Singer BeyoncĂŠ Knowles, five months pregnant with husband Jay-Z, is all set to create a range of maternity clothes through her label House of Dereon. "All I see now are clothes that are flattering on a pregnant woman. It has been so exciting for me! I love figuring out designs that make me feel edgy and sexy while pregnant," quoted her as saying. The 30-year-old says she does not go out shopping anymore and prefers to do all of her purchasing online. "I spend too much money shopping on the internet," she said.

Mahima wants to dance like Hrithik Mumbai, Oct 13 (IANS): Unlike other actors who refrain from revealing their weak side, Mahima Chaudhry is different. The actress accepts she is not a good dancer, yet she would love to shake a leg like Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan. "I wish I had taken some dance classes, I would love to be a female Hrithik Roshan," Mahima said at an event here. The 38-year-old actress, who rose to fame with her performance in "Pardes" wishes she had learnt dancing before joining Bollywood. "Dancing is not my strong point. I think when I was doing modeling and getting film assignments, I should have enrolled myself and learnt some dance forms," Mahima said.

Swank regrets attending Chechen Republic President's party London, Oct 14 (IANS) Actress Hilary Swank regrets attending the birthday celebrations of Chechen Republic's President Ramzan Kadyrov, insisting she did not have a "full understanding" of the event. The 37-year-old was amongst the few guests who attended the bash happened in the country's capital Grozny last week. However, her participation infuriated human rights activists, who accused Kadyrov of brutality and torture against his own people. Now Swank has apologized for turning up at the party and admits she should never have attended the controversial bash. "I deeply regret attending this event. If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone," contactmusic. com quoted Swank as saying.

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