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MAYA ANNOUNCES DIVISION OF U.P. INTO FOUR STATES Paschim Pradesh
The announcement by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister came on Tuesday along with a rationale as to why she was taking this decision. A resolution for the same will have to be passed by the state assembly and then sent to the central government and passed by the parliament. "Uttar Pradesh is the country's most populous state with nearly 20 crore, which means that 16 percent of the country's population lives in the state. It has a gigantic area of 240,000 sq km, and that is what makes it unwieldy." Only a division can solve the problems and end inherent imbalances, Mayawati said. The Congress, already wrapped in the Telangana crisis, reacted sharply, saying a division of the state was "a very sensitive issue" and it needed wide-ranging consultations. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called it an "eyewash to befool people". Samajwadi Party leader and former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav vowed to oppose a break up of Uttar Pradesh, his party's political hub.
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Petrol Prices slashed
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IN BRIEF Defamation complaint against Rahul Gandhi Mumbai, Nov 15 (IANS) The Mumbai Samajwadi Party (SP) Tuesday filed a defamation complaint against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his comments in Uttar Pradesh the day before, a party leader said. SP city vice-president Farooque Ghosi lodged a complaint in Bandra East in south Mumbai, protesting against Gandhi’s comments in which he allegedly referred to people of Uttar Pradesh in Maharashtra as “beggars”.
Speaker rejects resignation of 12 Telangana MPs
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar Tuesday rejected the resignations of MPs from Telangana region, including eight from the Congress
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Petrol prices lowered by `1.85 per litre
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) India’s fuel retailers Tuesday cut petrol prices by Rs.1.85 per litre, excluding state taxes and levies, which should make its price cheaper by Rs.2.22 per litre in the national capital from midnight, bringing welcome relief to vehicle owners. The move comes against the backdrop of some allies of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and opposition parties alike criticising the move earlier this month by oil retailers to hike petrol prices by Rs.1.80 per litre. However, IndianOil Corp (IOC), the largest of the three state-run oil
marketing companies (OMCs), said a fall in global crude prices and the rupee remaining stable at 49.30 to a US dollar were the reasons it could bring down prices of petrol. The cut has evoked a mixed political response in West Bengal with the Left Front describing it as a ploy to woo the masses before the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls and
the Trinamool Congress claiming it to be the outcome of its threat to pull out from the central government.
Chidambaram condemns companies for paying Maoists
Minister Ashok Gehlot Oct 16 sacked Water Resources Minister Mahipal Maderna, who allegedly featured on the CD, from the cabinet over allegations that he had a role in her disappearance. Maderna has also been suspended from the Congress party’s primary membership over the allegations of the nurse’s rape, kidnapping and murder. He has since been hospitalized in a hospital in Jodhpur after complaining of chest pains.
Raipur, Nov 15 (IANS) Home Minister P. Chidambaram Tuesday condemned the corporate sector for paying “protection money” to Maoists so that they can operate in mineral-rich areas like Chhattisgarh. “Small contractors or traders paying ‘protection money’ could be understandable because of the situation prevailing in the interior areas but big corporate houses paying ‘protection money’ is highly condemnable,” Chidambaram remarked after presiding over a marathon meet here to review anti-Maoist stratUnion Home Minister P Chidambaram egy in the state. He made the observation when has been a decline in Maoist activities scribes sought his views on the arrest in Chhattisgarh, but cautioned the of a few people linked to Essar Steel, government against complacency, as which allegedly paid guerrillas in the state still reported roughly oneDantewada district. fourth of the country’s total Maoist Chidambaram admitted that there incidents.
and that of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao, parliament sources said. The resignations were “not accepted” by the speaker as they were not in proper format, the sources said. The resignations were not as per rules. The MPs include eight from the Congress and two each from TRS and TDP. The MPs had resigned in July to press for their demand for a separate state of Telangana.
Four Congress leaders booked for thrashing anti-Rahul protesters
Lucknow, Nov 15 (IANS) Four Congress leaders, including two union ministers, were Tuesday booked on charges of assaulting Samajwadi Party activists in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad district during party general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s rally, police said. A case against union ministers R.P.N. Singh and Jitin Prasad, and state legislators Pramod Tiwari and Naseeb Pathan, was lodged Tuesday night at the Jhunsi police station. All the four had roughed up a handful of SP workers who broke through the security cordon of Gandhi, who was holding a rally in Phulpur area Monday.
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CBI doubles reward for information on missing nurse New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday doubled to Rs.10 lakh the reward amount for any person who can provide information on missing nurse Bhanwari Devi, who allegedly featured on a CD in a compromising position with a minister. The reward for providing information about absconding accused Sahi Ram has also been increased from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.5 lakh. The nurse had gone missing from Jodhpur’s Bilara area Sep 1. Chief
Mayawati decides to split Uttar Pradesh, opposition fumes
Lucknow, Nov 15 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, is to be broken into four states for better governance, Chief Minister Mayawati announced Tuesday, triggering an opposition outcry. The Mayawati cabinet decided to carve out Purvanchal, Paschim Pradesh, Bundelkhand and Awadh Pradesh states, the chief minister said here, adding the idea was inspired by B.R. Ambedkar’s philosophy. Saying she had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue, she said her cabinet had decided to take it up as a resolution in the assembly during the winter session starting Nov 21.
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Lokpal review panel debates inclusion of PMO
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) The parliamentary committee examining the Lokpal bill Tuesday deferred a decision to include the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) within the ambit of the anti-graft ombudsman as members were divided on the issue, sources said. While some members do not want the PMO to be under the Lokpal, others want it with some caveats, especially in matters related to defence and national security. Some members expressed hope the parliamentary standing committee on law and justice that is examining the bill would be able to submit its report during the coming winter session of parliament starting Nov 22. However, sources said the panel is in general agreement on the formation of a committee to select suitable candidates for the Lokpal. The selection panel could include the prime minister, leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, speaker, chief justice of India, chief election commissioner and chairman of the union public service commission.
Top auditor stands by 2G loss figures
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) India’s top government auditor Vinod Rai Tuesday stood by his presumptive loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore in the 2G spectrum allocation, dismissing his former colleague’s claims that the sale of scarce radio waves had cost the nation only Rs.2,645 crore. Rai also denied the allegations of the former colleague, R.P. Singh, then director general, audit, post and telecom, and lead auditor of the 2G audit case, that he was kept out of the picture when the report was finalised. Rai, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, and his team had a marathon session of about six hours with members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC). Briefing the media following Rai’s deposition, JPC chairman P.C. Chacko termed the meeting as “cordial, rigorous but inconclusive”.
Apex court raps Uttar Pradesh on Taj Mahal protection
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday rapped the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to explain whether water supply for the wooden foundation of the Taj Mahal was sufficient to prevent any damage to the monument. An apex court bench had issued notice to the government taking suo motu cognisance of some newspaper reports which expressed fears that lack of water for the foundation was affecting the monument. The court asked if there was sufficient water for the founda-
tion and, if not, what steps were being taken to address the situation. The court expressed dissatisfaction with the Uttar Pradesh government’s reply saying “the monument is in your state. But it is the duty of the Supreme Court to protect it”. The court also sought a report from the Archaeological Survey of India listing the points raised by other agencies which regularly inspect the monument. The case would he heard next after four weeks.
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Delhi blast mastermind trapped in Kishtwar?
Jammu, Nov 15 (IANS) One of the brains behind the Sep 7 Delhi High Court blasts has been “trapped” by a joint army-police team in a mountainous area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district, sources said on Tuesday. Sources in the police said a cordon was laid in a mountainous area of Pijari in Kishtwar following a tipoff about the presence of Jehangir Saroori, one of the main plotters of the Delhi blasts, and a gun battle was sparked off while the security forces
were chasing him. A special police officer was killed in the gunfight, the sources said, adding there was difficulty in closing in on Saroori as the area is dotted with dense forests. Following the blasts in New Delhi, the National Investigation Agency had zeroed in on Kishtwar town, 230 km north-east of Jammu and arrested three youth, after it was discovered that an e-mail claiming that Harkatul-Jehadi Islami had executed the blast was sent from a cyber cafe there.
MCD approves Rs.100 crore for new roads, schools
Turkey brings in more evil eye charms this year
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) The Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Tuesday approved the allocation of Rs.100 crore for the construction of new school buildings, drains and roads in the capital. While the roads will be constructed in 24 unauthorized colonies in the capital, nine new building for MCD schools will come up. This announcement was made by MCD Works Committee chairman Jagdish Mamgain.
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Turkish charms against the evil eye seem to have grown all the more popular in India as the traders have expanded the product portfolio from mere wall hangings or mementoes to pendants, rings, earrings and decorative crystal pieces at the 31st India International Trade Fair (IITF) here. “We received tremendous response in the Indian market last year. Therefore we have brought more products this time. They give an individual protection against the evil eye, covetous friends and strangers,” Ceyhan Zamur, representing Original Istanbul Kirstal, told IANS. The price of evil eye products range from Rs.100 for a ring to Rs.1,000 for a wall hanging. The Turks believe the “glass evil eye” protects them from any evil or negative gaze. Even the tail-wings of aircrafts in the country are painted with the evil eye sign.
Woman rewarded for foiling snatching bid
IN BRIEF Minor abducted, gangraped New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Four youth abducted and raped a 16-year-old minor here, police said on Tuesday, adding a search was on for them. The victim, a resident of Ujwa village on the south-west outskirts of Delhi, was going to a local market on Tuesday afternoon when the youth, residents of the same village, forcibly took her away, police said.
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Delhi Police on Tuesday rewarded a woman who chased two teenagers who had snatched her purse and had them arrested too. Nikhil and Jeetpal Singh, both 19 years old, were caught thanks to the bravery of Krishanganj resident Preeti Singh, said Additional Commissioner of Police V. Renganathan. Preeti was walking along a street when the two young men riding a motorcycle seized her purse and sped off. Unperturbed, the woman got into an auto rickshaw and gave chase.
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Third global cyber security summit in Delhi next year: Sibal
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Communications Minister Kapil Sibal and the EastWest Institute (EWI) on Tuesday announced that the third worldwide cyber security summit will be held in New Delhi Oct 30-31, 2012. The summit, which follows summits in Dallas and London, will be India’s first major international summit of cyber security experts from government, business, technology and civil society from around the world. Sibal chairs the summit’s India committee, which was established to promote strong participation from
Indian officials, experts and business leaders. “India welcomes the decision of the EastWest Institute to bring this powerful forum to New Delhi. Working
together with like-minded countries and businesses worldwide, India will work hard to assure that practical advances in cybersecurity are made and international cooperation advanced,” the minister said. Sibal also emphasised upon the need for greater government-togovernment collaboration on sharing of information, global vision to deal with hackers, legal framework that addresses the requirements at the global, regional and local levels to combat cyber crimes.
Green panels protest construction in Greater Noida wetlands
Greater Noida, Nov 15 (IANS) Acting on the directions of the environment ministry, a joint team of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Tuesday inspected the Dadri wetlands here and raised objections on the construction being carried out in the ecologically sensitive area. A five-member team surveyed the wetlands, said to be one of the largest and richest in bird habitat in and around the national capital. “We had received several com-
Delhi to increase loan amount for minorities, Dalits
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) The Delhi government on Tuesday decided to raise, from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.5 lakh, the loan amount for selfemployment of people belonging to minorities, Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). “The loan amount for the selfemployment of minorities, SCs, STs and OBCs (Other Backward Classes) will be raised from the existing Rs.1 lakh to Rs.5 lakh,” Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said after laying the foundation stone of a women’s wing in an Industrial Training Institute in east Delhi.
DIAL to again charge development fee at IGI airport
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Come Dec 1 and passengers flying out of Delhi will have to shell out more money, as the airport economic regulator restored the levy of Airport Development Fee (ADF) at the IGI airport here. The development came after the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) on Monday allowed the collection of the levy, which allows the airport operator to collect Rs.200 from departing domestic and Rs. 1,300 from departing international passengers.
plaints that the wetlands were being sold off to private builders by the state government. We have noticed the presence of a large number of migratory birds in this area earlier. But of late, the construction activity has wreaked havoc on this natural habitat,” said a member of the team, requesting anonymity. The team will submit a report to the ministry soon. Another team member said they would even approach court to stop the construction activity in wetlands,
which is illegal, as per orders of the Supreme Court.
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India seeks global action to defeat terrorism
IN BRIEF China sea levels to rise up to 130mm Beijing, Nov 16 (IANS) Sea levels near China will rise up to 130 millimetres in the coming two decades due to global warming, a national scientific report has observed. The rise in sea levels around China is predicted to submerge 18,000 sq km of coastal lowlands, Xinhua reported. The report, which was released Tuesday, also revealed that the average temperature of the land surface in China had increased 1.38 degrees centigrade from 1951 to 2009
Gaddafi's chemical weapons found London, Nov 15 (IANS) Deadly chemical weapons hoarded by slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have been found in the North African country, British Prime Minister David Cameron has said. The chemical arsenal which was uncovered recently follows the discovery of a deadly mustard gas cache in Libya, The Sun reported. The country's new government called in international inspectors who found the chemical weapons.
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UNSC condemns diplomatic premises attacks in Syria
United Nations, Nov 16 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) has strongly condemned the recent attacks on diplomatic posts in Syria, reiterating its call on the Syrian authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel in the country. "The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attacks against several embassies and consular premises in Syria, which have resulted in intrusions into diplomatic and consular premises causing serious damage," Xinhua quoted the 15-nation Security Council as saying in a statement. Several of the attacks followed the decision by the Arab League (AL) Nov 12 to suspend Syria's membership, following difficul-
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ties implementing a peace deal in Syria and in starting up a dialogue between the government and the opposition. Ongoing tensions between supporters of President Bashar Assad and protesters calling for his ouster, resulted in attacks by Assad supporters on foreign embassies and consular buildings, including those of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan and Qatar, reports said. The disturbance started in March in Syria.
United Nations, Nov 15 (IANS) India has called for international cooperation and concerted action against terrorists and their sponsors, including the complete dismantling of terrorist safe havens. "The international community must join hands to eliminate the risks relating to sensitive materials and technologies falling into the hands of terrorists and non-state actors," India's Permanent Representative Hardeep Puri told the UN Security Council Monday.
Unicef concerned over escalating conflict in Somalia
Nairobi, Nov 16 (IANS) The UN children's fund (Unicef) has expressed concern over the impact of escalating conflict in Somalia where at least 24 children have been killed this October. In a statement, Unicef said it was alarmed by the recruitment and use of children for armed services and sexual violence of children and women."Increasing numbers of children and civilians are being caught in attacks and crossfire across the south and centre of Somalia," said Unicef's Representative to Somalia Sikander Khan.
London Olympics to deploy missiles to ensure security
London, Nov 15 (IANS) Surface-to-air missiles could be deployed to ensure security of the skies over London during the 2012 Olympics, a top British official has said. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said "all necessary measures" will be taken to ensure security during the games, The Sun reported Tuesday. Hammond said "appropriate ground to air defences" could be put in place if that was recommended by military chiefs.
His comments came amid reports that said the US would send 1,000 special agents, including 500 from the FBI, to protect American athletes and diplomats. US officials are particularly concerned about Britain's security measures. Scotland Yard chief Chris Allison, who is in charge of policing the games, has denied there were tensions with the US. "I feel great support from the Americans. I am satisfied the games will be safe and secure," he said.
Bird flu detected on Bangladesh farm Dhaka, Nov 15 (IANS) Over 11,000 poultry birds were culled and 43,000 eggs destroyed after the bird flu virus was detected at a poultry farm in Bangladesh. The culling operations began in the Rajbari farm near Dhaka Monday night and continued Tuesday, the Daily Star reported.The farm owner noticed the death of several poultry and reported the incident to the district livestock officer. The owner later sent some chickens to a laboratory in Dhaka for tests. The laboratory con-
firmed the detection of bird flu Monday. The same day, a team was deployed at the affected farm to carry out preventive measures. An official said chances of contamination in neighbouring farms was very low as necessary precautions were taken to ensure that the virus does not spread.
The international response to the threat needs to be national as well as multilateral and global, he said. Highlighting the dangers of transfers of WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) to non state actors, Puri said that given the evolving complex challenges emanating from non-state actors to international peace and security, such risks are more than ever before. "India supports international efforts to prevent non-state ac-
tors and terrorists from acquiring WMDs and their means of delivery," he said. Earlier, speaking as chairman of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee, Puri said the body will continue to play a critical role in the global fight against terrorism. It will strive to do so in a more strategic and transparent manner so that it can more effectively contribute to the global counterterrorism efforts, within the scope of its mandate.
Occupy protesters evicted from New York park
New York, Nov 15 (IANS) Police in full riot gear moved into New York's Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, evicting hundreds of protesters from the site where the Occupy Wall Street movement began two months ago. Dozens of protesters who had camped out at the Lower Manhattan park since Sep 17 linked arms in defiance, according to CNN. Many chanted "Whose park? Our park" and "You don't have to do this". Police arrested at least 14 people, it said citing Kanene Holder, a spokeswoman for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Authorities did not immediately provide figures.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office said the clearance is temporary. "Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protesters can return after the park is cleared," the mayor's office said in a tweet at 1.34 a.m. About 10 minutes later, the eviction began. Police handed out notices from the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties, that said the continued occupation posed a health and fire hazard. The Occupy Wall Street website video streamed the eviction under a banner headline that read, "NYPD is raiding Liberty Square".
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Probe conversion of Kingfisher loan into equity: AIBEA
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Chennai, Nov 15 (IANS): Demanding a parliamentary probe into the manner in which government banks converted their loans to Kingfisher Airlines into equity at a higher price than the market rate, the All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) has advised all its nominee workmen directors on the bank boards to oppose any further loans. "We demand a parliamentary probe into the conversion of bank debt into equity shares of Kingfisher Airlines. As per press reports, banks have converted Rs.1,400 crore loans to the airlines into equity shares at a far higher price than its market value," AIBEA general secretary C.H. Venkatachalam told IANS. According to him, there had
tal technology market is estimated to be valued at around € (euros) 8 billion". It believes that this market is witnessing "overall growth exceeding 15 percent in sync with India's robust economic growth as well as increasing recognition of environmental challenges". On the first day of the visit, Bangalorebased energy and environment consultancy firm Enzen Global Solutions signed a memorandum of understanding with the French firm, Ciel et Terre, to set up floating photovoltaic power generation projects in several places in India. These projects on water bodies will be capable of generating up to 50MW of power. Apart from discussing project opportunities in the public and private sector in India for European clean technologies in the field of clean air; water and waste water, bio-fuels, solar and energy efficiency, the delegates will also focus on joint research opportunities, an EBTC spokesperson told IANS.
Pakistan to finalize 'negative list' by February
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New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS): After granting the most favored nation (MFN) status, Pakistan has decided to move from a "positive" to "negative list" trade regime with India by February 2012, it was announced Tuesday. "The consultation process on devising the negative list is almost complete. A small negative list shall be finalized and ratified by February," said a joint statement issued after the 6th round of talks on comIndia’s Commerce Secretary Rahul mercial and economic cooperation Khullar (L) and his Pakistan between India and Pakistan here. Counterpart, Zafar Mahmood (R) Pakistan maintains a "positive list" of 1,945 items which are allowed
been over-valuation to accommodate Kingfisher Airlines. "This is nothing but converting bad loan/ debt as equity capital of the borrower/defaulter company," he said. In a statement issued Tuesday he demanded nationalization of Kingfisher Airlines. "From AIBEA, we have addressed a letter to the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) governor expressing our opposition to any further loans to the airline by any of the banks," he said in the statement. "AIBEA has also advised all its nominee workman directors on the boards of the banks to oppose any further bailout or credit facility to Kingfisher Airlines. In fact, the entire loans should be recalled by the banks," Venkatachalam said.
Goa casinos need regulatory authority: Casino operator
European firms tap India's huge environment technology market Bangalore, Nov 15 (IANS): With India's environment technology market estimated at eight billion euros (approx $10 bn) and growing rapidly, European firms with expertise in energy efficiency, solid waste management, and water and waste water treatment are making a beeline to the country. Representatives of European firms with the know-how and experience in water and waste water treatment, biomass refining, setting up floating photovoltaic systems on water bodies, automated waste collection and restoring lakes and rivers are in Bangalore to market their expertise. The five-day visit of the 19 representatives to Bangalore to interact with industry, trade and government has been facilitated by the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC). The visit began Monday. The EBTC estimates that "despite ongoing global socio-economic turbulence across industries, India's vast environmen-
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to be imported freely from India. Under the South Asian Free Trade Agreement, Pakistan operates a sensitive list (negative list) of 1,169 items. Addressing a press conference after the two-day secretary level talks here, India's Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar said the two countries have agreed to move forward for "full normalization" of trade relations. In the first phase, Pakistan has agreed to move from "positive list" to "negative list" trade regime by February. It will phase out the negative list by the end of 2012. Once the negative list goes, all goods can be traded freely.
Panaji, Nov 15 (IANS): The promoters of Goa’s newest casino said Tuesday that a gaming commission or a regulatory authority was “absolutely essential” to monitor casino gaming arenas in the state -- the only one in India which allows casino gambling. John Snowball, vice president (Gaming Operations) of Crown Lounge and Casinos, which started operations earlier this year, said that the gaming commission could be on the lines of any of the regulators in place in countries where gambling is legal. “It is not so hard to have an authority like this. There are gaming bodies around the world which control casinos. It is not a difficult thing to set one up in Goa,” said Snowball, one of the most well known casino management professionals in the state. Goa has five operating offshore casinos and about 20 onshore casinos located in the numerous five star hotels which dot the state, but has no authority which monitors the growing industry, which is linked directly to the tourism trade.
EU exports to India in 2011 worth $36.5 bn Brussels, Nov 15 (IANS): The European Union Tuesday said its exports to India in the first eight months of 2011 were worth 26.9 billion euros (around $36.5 billion). This was up by 22 percent from the same period in 2010, when exports to India were worth 22.1 billion euro, according to figures released Tuesday by the 27-member EU’s statistical office Eurostat. India’s exports to the EU went up by 23 percent from 21.7 billion euro in 2010 to 26.7 billion euro in 2011 for the January-August period, EuAsiaNews reported.
IN BRIEF TCS, Wipro among top 10 in carbon disclosure leadership index New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS): IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) and Wipro are among the top ten companies in the leadership index for the Carbon Disclosure Project in India for 2011, industry lobby Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said Tuesday. "The top 10 companies in the carbon disclosure leadership index for the Carbon Disclosure Project in India for 2011 include TCS, Wipro, Yes Bank, ACC, Tata Chemicals, Tata Global Beverages, Sesa Goa, GVK Power & Infrastructure, ABB and Tata Power," the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development said in a statement.
India, Britain to partner in renewable energy New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS): India and Britain have agreed to set up a partnership fund for “pro-poor renewables” on a priority basis to scale up installation of renewable energy technology in a cost effective and efficient manner. British Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker emphasized the need for private investment in addition to government funds to promote renewables. He also suggested that India consider tapping funds from Britain’s Capital Market Climate Initiative
Bengal warns businessmen of action for not paying taxes Kolkata, Nov 15 (IANS): Observing that West Bengal had a low tax compliance rate, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra Tuesday urged the business community to cooperate with the government in tax collection and also warned of action for noncompliance. The minister, who was speaking at an event on tax reforms organized by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce here, enumerated the major reforms undertaken by the government for simplification of tax laws. Among the reforms, a settlement scheme has been introduced to provide dealers an opportunity to settle their outstanding dues by payment of only 25 percent of the demand along with 5 percent of the accumulated interest.
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Ghost of Democracy in the Media Machine
In India, the constitution lays down the framework for an elected representative, who acts on behalf of and for fulfilling the wishes of the people. However, does this elected representative really represent the people? The three pillars of democracy, in India, are the Legislature – the law making body, the Executive – the law executing body, and the Judiciary – the law interpreting body. So, what is this so called “Fourth Pillar” of democracy and do we really need it in India today? Media has become so vital that
it is indeed a fourth branch of the government – not just rhetorically but in political theory, legal and ethical practice as well. They say, with great power comes great responsibility and in this case both the power and the responsibility
New forms of media are coming around, awakening i the people to actively take part in the issues surrounding the country through the medium of blogs and citizen journalism. The media is trying its best to rescue the rights of the people. Is
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‘Demo’ means people and ‘democracy’ means rule of the people. Democracy is the system of governance that has been constitutionally adopted by our country. The victory of democracy over communism, after the ‘Cold War’ ended was rejoiced all over. Hence, it can be inferred that there is a support for democracy worldwide. Democracy means rule by the people, for the people and of the people in the words of Abraham Lincoln.
belong to the government. Due to the voluminous scams in recent times, the media has taken the role of rescuing the Indians. The media voices the opinion of the people just as the representatives of the lower house or Lok Sabha do before the Parliament. My question is, that is democracy apparently dead, and its ghost is haunting the fourth pillar – the media? Do the people want to trust the media instead of trusting the corrupt politicians and the police force, who are the bodyguards of those politicians? The pre-condition of a democratic society is the right to communicate, the right to receive and provide information which is made possible by the media. The Supreme Court in a case held that the Freedom of Press could not be interfered with by the Government on grounds of security of State, by enacting laws which do not impose any restriction on the freedom. The sole aim of journalism is to provide service. Article 19(1)(a) of the Indian Constitution lays down the rules for freedom of press, which is the basic feature of our Constitution. The first recorded discussion of news in India can be traced back to Kautilya’s Arthashastra. As India is in its 65th year of independence, technology, awareness, privatization, globalization, and communication have brought about drastic changes in the role of the media.
the media trying to revive democracy which seems dead? Or is the media trespassing its limits in this rescue mission? Is democracy a myth in India today according to the me-
gang raped by advocates, a leading news channel lamented ‘Justice Denied?’ This trial by media interferes with the administration of justice.
dia? The media provides a medium through which the common man can voice his/her opinion. The media provides information, expresses views, opinions and comments on issues of national importance. Is this kind of ‘media activism’ making a mockery of democracy? There is a Sanskrit saying “Break the pot, tear the flag, ride a donkey…Be famous, by hook or by crook”. Is the ghost of democracy haunting the media so vehemently that the media is taking desperate measures to ensure that the citizens are not devoid of their rights? Could this behaviour of the media interfere with justice? The Indian news channels have a new trend of conducting opinion polls to draw the attention of the viewers. This could cause animosity among the decision makers and the public. The public could vote for an issue and the judgment given may not be to the expectation of the general public. It could also cause dilemma for the decision makers whether to go with the mood of the public or with the general law. There are instances where the media interviews relatives of the victims expecting them to blame somebody for the cause of the misery so that they can be ‘Godfather’ and cure the pain. While reporting about a woman
The media carries out shocking ‘Sting Operations’. Sting operations show the people the corrupt side of their representatives. The Tehelka case is an example worthy of mention. However, the question here arises, what was done after the media led the way to the bringing down the curtains? Sting operations for the media may mean higher TRPs, however speaker of the Lok Sabha, Somnath Chaterjee, has a different view. He opines “sting journalism” is needed to strengthen the constitution of democracy and praised for the media for exposing the culprits. The watchdog role of the media can correct the wrong course taken by the law sometimes. Examples are Jessica Lall case, Priyadarshini Mattoo case, Reservation case, etc. However, the Judiciary may feel that it has its own system of review, as one of the most essential features of our Constitution is the Independent Judiciary. The Judiciary and the judicial process have to be respected by everyone and the media has no special privileges. How can we judge the corporations that own these channels? Could we say that the media to an extent may be influenced by the politicians as well or can the media be
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passed with a clean chit? Is the media biased or is it partial to a particular layer in society? Do they feel the need to broadcast news that is much watched by the people? Francis Moore Lappe, a social philosopher, recently said in an interview, “We must change this notion that a voice in the media belongs to those with money to spend, when it actually belongs to everybody”. Well, the media does reach out to minorities, the have-nots, and to most people who need to voice their plight. The role of the media is surely commendable during natural disasters, national events, etc.
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Nature& Environment Wednesday, 16th November, 2011
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Everyone is looking at electric cars as the savior of the future of the fuel starved transportation sector.
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Electric Cars Green or Not so Green Ultra PRT Urban Light Transport Personal Rapid Transit system is all set to make its debut at Heathrow airport. Reports say that Chandigarh is also interested in implementing the system. According to the information available from Advanced Transport Systems who developed the system, Ultra consists of small, lightweight, computer-driven electric vehicles. Operating on special purpose guide ways they are like trains on tracks, only smaller and meant for 6 or less people. What is great about this system is that it promises to provide lots of environmental benefits like emission reduction, noiseless transport and minimal impact on its surroundings. It also claims to use very little energy. The PRT is definitely an indicator of things to come. We already have trains running on electricity and there should be no problems with cars doing the same. They are even better than the alternatives like hydrogen fueled cars or the CNG powered cars. Electricity powered cars means no more CO2 emitting, fuel burning, environment polluting cars. This will result in an end to green house gas emissions from the transportation sector that should results in major cuts in the overall emission levels.
But the truth is far from that. Reports from environmental groups and studying statistical data available from international organizations like the World Bank, the IEA, and the UN seem to indicate that the effect could be contrary to popular belief. Electricity which is the solution itself is the problem.
It’s an undeniable fact that the world runs on coal. As per World bank Statistics 66.4% of the electricity in the world is generated from fossil fuels, while another 15.9 comes from hydropower, the rest is split unequally among other sources like nuclear, wind farms etc. Much closer home, in European Union as of 2006 the power generation from fossil fuels was from Solid Fuels (Lignite & Coal) 21.9%, Natural Gas 20.6% and Crude Oil 13.4%. Power generation from nuclear plants was a whopping 30%. To date, plastic is more recyclable than nuclear waste. In India, the picture is even worse. As of 2005 Coal 59% of Electricity generation was from Coal, 26% from Hydro plants, 10% from Natural gas, and 2% from Nuclear Plants.
That adds up to a big 80% of electricity from fossil fuels. Even this has not been enough to provide electricity for all of India. The current electrification percentage is less than 66% in India. That means almost half the people in India have very minimal access to electricity. Still we have electricity shortage of 12% (pretty evident from all the load shedding going on). If 12% seems like a small figure, putting a number to it will make it more understandable. At about 40-50 billion KWH, it’s the energy required to light 50 billion 100W bulbs 10 hours a day. For a country that has 1/6th of the world’s population and most of its rural citizens without electricity, that is a lot. No wonder India is in desperate need of more electricity plants, nuclear or not.
So what happens when we get the shiny new electric cars and plug them in? We will be putting a greater load on a resource much scarce in India than petrol. Prediction by world agencies forecast that the production of electricity is going to be dominated by thermal plants for at least the next two decades. Some estimates put it as high as 42.60% from Coal and 21.30% from Natural Gas (Source: Energy Information Administration). We will need more ‘polluting electricity’ production to power the cars.
So simply buying an electric car is not going to make our world any more greener than it is right now. If current trends were to prevail, we will probably end up doing more damage than good to the environment by switching to electricity. Maybe instead of doing the dirty works yourself, by which I mean burning fossil fuels to power our cars, we will be getting our government and the private power companies to do it for us.
But then there is always the green way which can be taken. This being getting the electricity required from greener ways. Implementation of green electricity production is a costly proposition and cannot be the priority of a government which needs the funds to provide better nutrition and health care to its people. The burden falls on us to be responsible individuals. Some of the things that can be done would be to use a solar powered charger for the batteries of your electric car or better have your batteries charged in Europe or the USA where such implementation of green electricity projects is ‘more feasible’.
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Some people get told they are ‘their own worst enemy’. This is usually because someone else perceives what they’re doing is wrong. It’s easy for people to criticize about or condemn what others are doing but whilst they’re busy criticizing and condemning, they’re getting nothing done themselves! Be aware of how critical you could be of someone’s actions now. You could be underestimating how close they are to a success.
What do parachuting and installing electrical wiring have in common? They are just two of many things in life that we either understand or we don’t. There is no real middle ground. We can’t simply pretend we know what we’re doing and make it up as we go along. You can make significant progress now by admitting something you don’t know. Pretending you’re more knowledgeable than you are about something will only cause delays.
There are many different types of surprises we can experience. We prefer those of the nice variety; the sort that brings relief or the promise of help as opposed to hindering us in some way. The sky insists that a surprise is coming your way and an enlightening one at that. Prepare to have your opinions changed about a situation that you believed to be dull, predictable and offered little in the way of promise.
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Belief should never be underestimated. We amaze ourselves sometimes with what our belief in something can achieve. We sometimes miscalculate how strong someone else’s belief can be and therein lies the root of a current concern. You appear to be taken aback somewhat by determination someone else is showing regarding their pursuit of something. A wise Libran would choose to think plenty but say nothing.
‘Why?’ Children are notorious for asking that question. Their reflex response often has more to do with wanting justification for something than it does a genuine interest in learning. Your asking the same question now probably has more to do with wanting to ensure you know all there is about a situation before making a decision. You sense there is more to a scenario than you’re being told and are right to request more information.
‘If I could turn back the hands of time…’ R Kelly had reasons for wishing he could return to point in his past where he could make a change and you appear inclined to think the same now. There is definitely a focus on a past event that you wish you could alter and apply the classic ‘if I knew then what I know now’ approach to it. What happened previously has put you in a stronger, more learned position. Apply past experience to a current one.
This is why they say silence is golden!
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When we’re hungry, we can decide that a ‘quick fix’ fast-food solution will do the trick. Alternatively, we can reach for a cookbook and create a culinary masterpiece. Much depends on how great our need is and how much time and pride we want to invest. You could be tempted now to apply (what you know to be) a temporary remedy to an ongoing issue. This might provide brief and necessary distraction but don’t kid yourself that it will provide anything more.
Remember on TV game shows how disappointed contestants were told they’d won a year’s supply of car wax only to discover they’d won a brand new car? You’re in a similar situation now. You are focusing on what appears to be a negative result. Soon, and very soon, you will discover that what appears to be a setback is actually a blessing in disguise and one that will make you feel happier and optimistic about your prospects.
If someone we feel wariness or trepidation toward throws their arms around us and greets us with a huge smile, it puts us at ease but we tend to seek further confirmation that all is as it appears to be. There we were, bracing ourselves for an awkward greeting and are now surprised by the reaction we’ve received. Hopefully, this analogy goes some way to reassuring you of the reaction you’re likely to receive from a certain person you intend to contact.
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As log flumes descend into water, people often brace themselves more than they would if they were on a much steeper roller coaster. Once the huge splash has occurred, passengers are quick to assess how wet they are and usually find it’s not as bad as they anticipated. What you’re priming yourself for and the level of discomfort you’re anticipating now are unlikely to be anywhere near as worrying or stressful as you fear. You might actually enjoy the ride.
Your sign is ruled by Uranus (pronounced YER-IN-ISS by the way) and Uranus does nothing ‘by the book’. It enjoys shocking people. It thrives on knowing its different approaches will produce different results. You’re doing something differently to others now and know this might cause a few eyebrows to be raised. Soon, those who might be puzzled at your unorthodox approach will become appreciative of it.
‘The only real valuable thing is intuition’. Albert Einstein knew a thing or two about quite a few things and, like you, he was a Piscean. That means, like you, he also knew a thing or two about intuition. Call it ‘gut instinct’ if you wish, but you can trust that a plan that genuinely inspires you has more potential for success than you might realize. Act on what you’re feeling now.
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As it involves a lot of playing around with the turmeric pastes and oil products, we suggest a nice ‘not too expensive’ pair of kurta pajamas with some light embroidery work on it. The length of the kurta should be short reaching the knees to give you that modern yet traditional look. Churidars are in vogue these days and should preferably be in colour which contrasts to that of the kurta. To add that extra style to your look, play with colours like maroon, dark blue and even black. You could also add a stole in a color that complements the outfit.
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Dressing up the Grooms North Indian Hindu marriages are known for their drama, grand functions and colourful clothes. Long gone are the days, when only the bride would spend months shopping around for her bridal ensemble. Grooms too have since gotten into the act, and the metamorphosis has been tremendous especially over the past few years. Moving on from the heavy sherwanis or kurta pajamas today’s man is ready to experiment and update his style statement, and his wedding will obviously be no exception to it. However, with so many pre and post marriage functions to attend, choosing your wardrobe might become a slightly tedious task, but with a few tips in mind, you might even end up enjoying it.
Sangeet This dance and music function is celebrated couple of days before the wedding when the entire family and friends are in a mood to have fun and shake a leg. And if you happen to be one of those grooms who don’t intend to miss out on the fun, then a semi formal look is the best bet says fashion designer Gautam Gupta. “A nice pair of denims with a slim fit shirt in polka dots or stripes and a matching blazer shall do the trick here” adds Gautam.
Reception “It is best to stay traditional when it comes to this particular function. The sanctity and relevance must stay intact. Keeping this in mind, one can always experiment with slight variations in a more contemporary fashion item teamed with colors and embellishment techniques.” says fashion designer Nida Mahmood. As for what’s in these days, she says “Jodhpuri suits are perfect fit for receptions, as they suffice to both – the modern and traditional look. As they are similar to western suits, the Nehru collar and upfront buttons give it the traditional touch that one can look for”.
Cocktail Before we get into the specifics of cocktail outfits, just remember that there is a common thumb rule for most of them, and that is – carry it with confidence, as very little else matters. From the options that are available for your consideration, a tuxedo seems to be the best fit for this occasion. Though it cannot be termed as the latest trend, it is one of those outfits that are a must-have in general and a must wear for occasions like this.
Shoes You might wear the best of clothes, but if you do not match them with the right shoes, you have missed the point says shoe designer Samir Singh. “The big change in today’s men is that they are more open when it comes to experimenting with the style of their footwear and understanding the difference it makes to the outfits. Whilst at one time it was only Indian embroidered shoes, that were the attraction, today with In-
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dians having become global travelers they come back with various types of footwear that are modern, and yet can match well with the contemporary and traditional looks.” If your pocket is heavy, then you can try Playboys and Moccasins from Gucci or any other luxury brand, but if you don’t want to spend much then get hold of brands like Gabor, Salamander and Clarks for both your formal and informal wear.
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Is Indian Food Healthy?
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Most Indians believe that Indian food is among the healthiest cuisines in the world. No doubt, that it can be healthy, but is all Indian food healthy? To see what is healthy in Indian cuisine, and what is not, read on.
Indian food by its nature incorporates a lot of vegetables as ingredients for cooking. This is great, since vegetables are a rich source of nutrition.
Talking about cooking, Indian food uses a large amount of spices. And spices are just loaded with healthy goodness, like antioxidants. For example, turmeric has so many health benefits, that it’s almost considered a wonder drug.
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Dairy products are commonly used in Indian food- be it yoghurt, milk, etc. Besides being a rich calcium source, foods like yoghurt promote probiotic bacteria in the gut, which helps manage and improve digestion, overall health, and immunity levels.
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Even though we use a lot of vegetables, and spices, very often, Indian food tends to cook veggies so much, that it leeches most of the nutritional content during the cooking process. Just heating itself can reduce some vitamins from food, along with water content. So, cooking them & processing them for a long time further reduces nutritional value.
Besides cooking a lot, Indian cooking, specially cooking for celebratory functions incorporates a lot of fried food, or just food cooked in a lot of oil. Cooking in a lot of oil, besides significantly increasing the calorie value of food, it also increases the bad cholesterol content, and is bad for heart health. Did you know that Indians have higher risk heart diseases, than Americans or Europeans?
Besides the oil and the overcooking, Indian food has culturally become very focused on the consumption of grains, wheat, rice, etc. We mean that the total intake of food is measured by the amount of roti, paratha, or rice consumed, rather than the vegetables, lentils, etc. Most of the nutrition comes from other sources than grains, so why not focus on those.
The use of refined flour (maida) is becoming more common. Refined flour has a high glycemic index, and its consumption in any form (like white bread, samosas, etc), increases the glycemic load in your body, making your body store fat, and putting you at risk of diabetes. Indians are naturally more prone to diabetes than others.
Similar to the use of refined flour, sugar usage & consumption has significantly increased. This is more of a global trend, but because of our genetic tendency towards diabetes & that India is projected to be the diabetes capital by 2050, we really should be watching out. Use whole grain flour to increase nutritive value.
Note, that these are general trends, and not all of these may apply in your case, so in case they do, please take action and let’s eat & promote healthy Indian food. If you have any points on how to make Indian food healthier, do share with us at www.fitho.in
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Coldplay releases latest album “Mylo Xyloto” Coldplay released their 5th Album titled “Mylo Xyloto” on the 24th of October 2011, this much awaited album arrives after their 2005 album Viva La Vida or Death and All his friends. “Mylo Xyloto” contains a mesmerizing list of 14 singles. Vocalist Chris Martin of British alternative rock band Coldplay performs on stage during the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
ALBUM SONG LIST 1 Mylo Xyloto 2 Hurts Like Heaven
6 M.M.I.X. 7 Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall 8 Major Minus 9 U.F.O. 10 Princess of China 11 Up in Flames 12 A Hopeful Transmission 13 Don’t Let It Break Your Heart 14 Up With the Birds
The Violin The violin was invented in 1555 by a renowned violinmaker named Andrea Amati. It was initially called the violetta and Musical Piece consisted of three strings instead of the modern day four Suggestion:strings version. “Pachelbel’s Canon in D” The violin is the smallest and most high pitched instrument by Bach. in the string family and also the most elegant. The sound is created by gliding the bow (horsehair or synthetic material) across one of the four strings or even by plucking the string with a finger. The correct hand position for both the hands, stance and arm positions are crucial while playing the violin. It would be best to take training from the word go or else bad habits have been known to develop in terms of posture especially. Violins are not as expensive in the initial cost but maintenance can be tricky. As an orchestral as well as solo instrument in the beginning you’ll want to go Jimi Hendrix (smash it) on the violin because the “twinkle twinkle little star” phase is tough to get out of, but when you do you will appreciate the this classical instrument all the more!
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Coldplay being an alternative rock band has always been able to seamlessly blend genres of music together to produce something so ridiculous haunting that it ends up tugging at the heart strings, pun intended. Their experimental approach to music has yet again managed to prove to everyone why they are one of the most commercially successful rock bands at this time. “Mylo Xyloto” may have no meaning, but the songs are anything but that. Every song paints a different picture. ‘Paradise’ was the first track of the album to be released has your standard Coldplay influence with beats, resounding strings enough to make you want to sing-along and sway-- it will be a while before you can get this song out of your head that much is for certain. The third single Charlie Brown is arguably the better single in this album baring similarities to the anthem and uplifting feeling one received whilst hearing Viva La Vida. Remember that tingling feeling you would get while hearing Yellow? Well you won’t get the same feeling after you hear Princess of China which features Rihanna doing a duet with vocalist Chris Martin but it’s worth a listen at the very least. Any die hard Coldplay fan will not want to compare the songs in this album with the brilliance of past singles like Clocks, The Scientist or even Lost because sadly they don’t come even close. This album is worth your shelf but don’t expect to be completely blown away because though it is Coldplay it is not Coldplay at its very best.
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3 Paradise 4 Charlie Brown 5 Us Against the World
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Wednesday, 16th November, 2011
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Sports Indian boys lose to China in World junior TT
Manama (Bahrain), Nov 15 (IANS) India lost 0-3 to China in the semi-finals of the Volkswagen World Junior Table Tennis Championships here on Tuesday. India was already assured of a bronze when they beat fancied South Korea 3-2 in the quarterfinals on Monday. But they gave a good account of themselves against China before going down. Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai and G. Sathyan
Shubhankar shoots 69, leads Eastern India junior golf Kolkata, Nov 15 (IANS) Shubhankar Sharma of Punjab carded the only sub-par round of the day with a one-under 69 to take the lead in the Toyota Etios Eastern India Junior golf at the Tollygunge Golf Club. Shubhankar had a bunch of birdies, actually five in all, but he also dropped a few bogeys to end at 69 on the par-70 course. He was two clear of Abhishek Kuhar (71) in Category A, while Rahul Ravi, last year’s winner, Sudipta Das and Sayed Saqib Ahmed were all tied at third at 72. In Category B, Mohan Sardar carded 72, while Prakhar Asawa was second at 73 and Piyush Sangwan shot 74. Kshitij Naveed Kaul (74), Arjun Prasad (76) and Jaiveer Singh (78) were the top three in the Category C.
each managed to take at least a game off their respective Chinese opponents. That, in a nutshell, displayed their growing confidence of how they are not afraid of the best in business. Peter Karlsson, at whose academy the boys train regularly, congratulated them for winning bronze. “Their confident approach against China proves that India’s future in the game is bright.”
I1-Super Series: Dhoni and Yuvraj in race to own franchise New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Big names in Indian industry, sports and tinsel town, including cricketers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh and Tollywood’s Nagarjuna, have shown interest in owning teams in the nine city-based franchisees in the muchtouted I1-Super Series motor racing league of which Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is the brand ambassador. Machdar Motorsports, the promoters of the event, on Tuesday said the list of franchisee owners will be finalised within the next couple of weeks, adding that Dhoni and Yuvraj have shown keen interest in owning a franchise each in the series, beginning Jan 8 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi -- the venue of the 18th and penultimate race of the 2011 Formula One season.
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Dhoni, Laxman shine, India in driver’s seat at Eden Gardens
Kolkata, Nov 15 (IANS) Stylish batsman V.V.S Laxman and skipper M.S.Dhoni struck contrasting centuries as India piled up a mammoth total and then picked up two West Indies wickets to be in the driver’s seat on day two of the second cricket Test here on Tuesday. Laxman’s love affair with Eden Gardens continued as the Hyderabadi struck his fifth hundred at the venue and was still going strong at 176 (391 mins, 280 b, 12x4) when Dhoni declared the first innings closed 3.2 overs into the post-tea session at 631/7. The young Indian bowlers took over from where their batsmen left off on a day when around 15,000 spectators came to watch the game played in overcast conditions. Pacer Umesh Yadav saw the back of Adrian Barath (1) off his second ball of the innings while offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of the other opener Kraige Brathwaite (17). The Caribbeans were 34 for two when insufficient light forced the day’s play to be called off 52 minutes early with a dozen scheduled overs remaining. The visitors are now 597 runs behind India. Dhoni earlier had lady luck smiling on him twice as he was “caught” by Baugh twice off no balls delivered by Roach. He was on 13 and 16 then.
Preethi watches hubby Ashwin at Eden
Resuming at 346/5 overnight, India reached 433/6 at lunch which was taken 19 minutes before scheduled time after the lightmeter showed insufficient light. A tentative Yuvraj Singh (25; 25b, 5x4) was the only batsman to get out in the pre-lunch session when 87 runs came from the bat. Yuvraj, who had begun the day with a boundary off pacer Kemar Roach’s first ball of the day, looked in lot of discomfort against the short ball as he repeatedly edged and even took a Phil Edwards delivery on his body.
Kolkata, Nov 15 (IANS) The Mehendi, is still there on both her hands. It was a special moment for Chennai girl Preethi, who got married to young Indian offie Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday, to see her husband claim a wicket at the Eden Gardens here on Tuesday. It was the young spinner’s first Test scalp after he tied the nuptial knot with his childhood friend. Preethi, sporting a beige top and jeans, was the cynosure of all eyes on the upper tier of the coveted Club House stands at the hallowed ground. From there, she watched Ashwin beat Kraigg Brathwaite with the flight as the ball spun and the bat-pad catch was gracefully accepted by Gautam Gambhir standing close by. Ashwin’s success triggered celebrations in the galleries, but Preethi was cool as she went on munching some fried chips. By then, a large number of personnel from the print and electronic media had gathered around her seeking her reaction. But she did not agree.
Sri Lanka’s bankrupt cricket board dissolved Colombo, Nov 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s bankrupt cricket board has been dissolved and a new authority has been appointed, the sports ministry said on Tuesday. Sri Lanka Cricket has been beleaguered in financial difficulties after millions of dollars were spent on constructing three new stadiums for the Cricket World Cup held in March. The board has been dissolved by Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgama, Xinhua reported. According to a statement, the ministry secretary has been appointed the competent authority to oversee the events of the sport until a new board is selected through elections. Sri Lanka Cricket has been under criticism for corruption and becoming financially bankrupt after the World Cup and had not even been able to pay the salaries of the cricketers and staff.
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London, Nov 15 (IANS): A thigh injury has forced Manchester United striker Michael Owen to be out of action at least till Christmas. A club spokesman on Monday said "Michael has a thigh muscle injury and will be out for six weeks". The former England forward suffered the injury during the 2-0 Champions League home win against Otelul Galati. He played just 10 minutes against the Romanians after straining his left thigh. The injury means Owen, who made his name at Liverpool before spells at Real Madrid and Newcastle, is unlikely to play for United until December 26 when the Red Devils are at home to Wigan. United are currently second in the Premier League standings, five points behind leaders and cross town rivals Manchester City.
PHF warns Adriano injury players to stay setback for Barca away from World Series Hockey
Madrid, Nov 15 (IANS): Barcelona football club will be without defender Adriano Correia for around three weeks after the player suffered a muscle injury while being on international duty with Brazil. The club confirmed on Tuesday that Adriano has a small tear in his left hamstring. The injury means he will miss this weekend's home match in the Primera Liga when Barcelona entertain Zaragoza on Saturday as well as their vital Champions League tie away to AC Milan next week in which they need to avoid defeat to ensure finishing top of their qualifying group and assuring a theoretically easier draw in the knockout stages of the competition, Xinhua reported.
Karachi, Nov 15 (IANS): The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has warned its players against participating in the $2 million World Series Hockey (WSH) scheduled in India from next month. WSH is being organised by the Nimbus Sports and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), which is not affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH). "Our national team will play against China who is touring Pakistan from Dec 19. Pakistani players will not take part in WSH," said PHF general secretary Asif Bajwa. "FIH has sent a communication which states that this league is unsanctioned so the players affiliated to us will have to stay away from it." Nine players from Pakistan have signed up for WSH.
Wednesday, 16th November, 2011
MotoGP still a distant dream for Indian riders: Mahindra Racing
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Injured Michael Owen ruled out for six weeks
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS): If Vijay Mallya's Sahara Force India brusquely dismisses the idea of employing an Indian driver just because he owns a team, the Team Principal of the lone Indian MotoGP outfit Mahindra Racing, Mufaddal Choonia, feels he can't see Indians riding for his team as they have a long way to go to get anywhere near world class. There is one Indian team in Formula One and there is one in MotoGP and curiously both do not have India drivers and riders in their
teams. Both the team owners have a similar argument, that the Indians have a long way to go before entertaining hopes of becoming worldclass competitors! Choonia told IANS that realistically it is very difficult for an Indian rider to find a place in the team at the moment but hoped to see one in the near future. "Well we hope so since we are an Indian team. But realistically it is very tough. We don't want to expose a raw Indian driver. To be very frank
the difference is too huge. But I hope to see an India rider coming up in the foreseeable future," said Choonia. Mahindras made an impressive debut with British rider Daniel Webb and German Marcel Schrotter. An unexpected pole position and a third-place finish in the constructor's championship in their debut season have made Mahindras hungry for success as they move to a higher category next year.
Radio host claims Roebuck made him feel uncomfortable
Melbourne, Nov 15 (IANS): Radio jockey Gus Worland, who played alongside Peter Roebuck in Somerset, revealed that the noted cricket columnist made him feel “uncomfortable” and behaved “inappropriately” when the two were playing together in the 1985 English county cricket season. Worland, now a TRIPLE M radio host, told The Daily Telegraph that
while having a dinner at a restaurant in 1985, Roebuck asked him a list of personal questions that he thought went beyond his personal space. Worland, also a reality television star, said he left the dinner in a hurry on his own. He summed up the investigation into Roebuck’s death and the ongoing allegations of inappropriate dealings against the cricket commentator and columnist
as “a bit of a strange one”. Roebuck committed suicide by jumping from the sixth-floor window while being investigated at the Southern Sun Hotel Newlands in Cape Town, Saturday. Roebuck was being investigated over allegations of indecently assaulting a 26-yearold Zimbabwean man he had met through social networking site Facebook.
Wednesday, 16th November, 2011
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Katrina as 'Chikni chameli' in 'Agneepath'
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS): After becoming a rage with item number "Sheila ki jawaani", Katrina Kaif is set to gyrate to "Chikni chameli" in Karan Johar's remake of his father's 1990 critically acclaimed "Agneepath". "Katrina Kaif is doing a full on item song in AGNEEPATH....itâ€™s a total swinging number called CHIKNI CHAMELI....we shoot it in a week," Karan posted on his Twitter page Tuesday. The British-born actress danced to "Sheila ki jawaani" in Farah Khan's "Tees Maar Khan". But she was also the lead actress of the film. In "Agneepath", Katrina will just be seen in the song "Chikni chameli". The original Amitabh Bachchan-starrer "Agneepath" featured Archana Puran Singh in item number "Alibaba". The new "Agneepath" is being directed by debutant Karan Malhotra. Releasing Jan 26 next year, it will see Sanjay Dutt in the villain's role.
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Udaipur, Nov 15 (IANS): Latin pop star Shakira has arrived here and is likely to be one of the many stars to perform at the birthday bash of a real estate tycoon K.P. Singh here Tuesday, sources said. Shakira, who is accompanied by her band members, reached the Lake City by a private charted plane around 8.30 p.m. Monday. Hundreds of fans gathered at the airport to meet her, but due to tight security, they had to satisfy themselves with a few glimpses of the star who came dressed in a black jeans and a blue T-shirt. "As soon as I came to know about Shakira's arrival, I drove 10 kilometers to have a glimpse of her, but I was disappointed when she was taken away like that," said Rajeev Sharma, a fan. From the airport, she was taken to the Hotel Udaivilas. This is 34-year-old singer's second visit -- she was here in 2007 for a concert. "She will have lunch at Lake Palace and then will rehearse for the performance at the birthday party of K.P. Singh," a source told IANS.
London, Nov 15 (IANS): Reality TV star Kat Von D says motorcycle entrepreneur Jesse James cheated on her with 19 different women during their year-long relationship. According to femalefirst.co.uk, the 29-year-old ended her engagement to James, who split from wife Sandra Bullock in April 2010 amid reports that he had been unfaithful to her with multiple women. "Today, I encountered the 19th girl to add to the list of people Jesse cheated on me with during this last year," Von D posted on social networking site Facebook. "I know I deserve a big fat 'I told you so,' from everyone, and wish I didn't have to say, 'You all were more right than you'll ever know,' but you were," she added.
Robert Pattinson (L) And Kristen Stewart (R) London, Nov 15 (IANS): Actress Kristen Stewart found it "surreal" shooting the intimate scenes in the fourth installment of the Twilight series, "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn". The 21-year-old's character Bella Swan gets intimate with vampire Edward Cullen, played by her real-life boyfriend Robert Pattinson, in the last two installments. "There are two big sex scenes in the two final films and we did them fairly early. It was so weird; it didn't even feel like we were doing a scene within a 'Twilight' film,"contactmusic.com quoted Stewart as saying. "I was like, 'Bella! What are you doing? Wow! What is happening here?' It was very surreal," she added.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchanâ€™s delivers girl Mumbai, Nov 16 (IANS): Former Miss World and Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Today delivered a girl at a hospital here. The baby, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya's first child, was born at the Seven Hills Hospital. "IT'S A GIRL!!," Abhishek, 35, posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. com. The proud grandfather Amitabh too couldn't control his happiness and tweeted: "I AM DADA to the cutest baby girl, A dada ji ... Ecstatic." Aishwarya, 38, had been admitted to the hospital Monday night, according to her spokesperson.
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A handwritten letter by Paul McCartney, dated 12 August 1960, inviting an unknown drummer to audition for The Beatles.
London, Nov 15 (IANS): A letter written by former Beatle Paul McCartney in 1960 asking a drummer to audition for the pop group will be sold in an auction. The letter written in response to a small advertisement is expected to fetch between 7,000 and 9,000 pounds at Christie's in London, the Daily Express reported. Other memorabilia include a fedora hat worn by Michael Jackson during his 1984 Victory tour, and a photograph of the 1985 Live Aid concert taken by Jason Fraser, who was suspended 200 feet above Wembley Stadium from a helicopter. Fraser was the only photographer allowed to capture the event from the sky and the picture, signed by some of the performing artists, has a reserve price of 3,000-5,000 pounds.
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Hilton's 50 pounds treat for stray dog
London, Nov 16 (IANS): Socialite Paris Hilton's love for dogs is not unknown - but she went out of her way to order a steak worth 50 pounds for a stray dog on a Bali beach. Hilton told chefs at a posh restaurant in Bali to cook the dog dinner, reports thesun. co.uk. She posted the dog's picture on social networking site Twitter, and posted: "Saw a starving stray on the beach of the restaurant. Made me so sad. So we ordered him a filet mignon, he loved it!" The celebrity heiress wants to help stray dogs on the Indonesian island. "I'm researching the internet to see what I can do to help," she added. To raise funds for their welfare, Hilton even shared a link to an international fund for Animal Welfare story about animal relief work in Bali.
Theron single, says first time in 17 years Los Angeles, Nov 15 (IANS): Actress Charlize Theron has revealed that she has never been single before splitting from her boyfriend Stuart Townsend last year. "I've never been single. This is the first time in my life. From the time I was 19, I've been in relationships, literally gone from one to the other within a month," Theron, 36, told Vogue magazine. The South African actress parted ways with Townsend, after dating him for nine years. After the split, Theron began working on her new film, "Young Adult", and feels break-up helped reinvigorate her acting career. "I really, really missed it. Like around week three, I had this horrible, sappy moment where I got a little overwhelmed. It was just a really great f-cking experience,", usmagazine.com quoted Theron as saying. "I'd gotten out of a relationship, and I was in this really floaty place. My feet weren't touching the ground. I just kind of turned to (director Jason Reitman) and was like, 'I feel like me again,'" she added.
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London, Nov 16 (IANS): Supermodel Miranda Kerr admits she believes in healthy eating and doesn't like to deprive her body of occasional treats. The Victoria's Secret model knows it is important to stay in shape and healthy to lead a better life, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "My grandparents had a vegetable patch and taught me a lot about growing food and eating organically. I eat super-healthily, lots of vegetables and fish, but that's not just because I'm a model," she said. "It's to give my body the fuel it needs. And I don't deny myself anything. Life is about balance, and you have to be able to have some treats now and again - it's good for you," she added.
London, Nov 16 (IANS): Troubled rocker Pete Doherty has fled to France because he believes his London home is being haunted by the spirit of Amy Winehouse. The 32-year-old singer was close pals with the "Rehab" hitmaker before her death from alcohol poisoning in July, reports contactmusic.com. "He is utterly convinced that he has seen her ghost. A lot of people will think his visions are probably drug-induced but he claims he is clean," said his close friend.
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