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Quake rocks northeast India

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Bathed in saffron and green, the Ramlila ground and the roads leading to it were Sunday dotted with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flags and Advani masks as leader L.K. Advani concluded his 40-day 'Jan Chetna Yatra'. The ground was flooded with supporters, mostly party workers, donning saffron BJP caps, chanting pro-BJP and anti-Congress slogans, and time to time breaking into "vande-mataram" and "Bharat mata ki jai". Some were even seen donning Advani-masks, while one supporter was curiously sporting a garland of vegetables. A saffron and green coloured stage stood tall with the Dargah Faizi Ilahi mosque of old Delhi in its background. The crowd, came in groups holding banners against price rise, corruption and the Congress-led government. Ending a 40-day 'yatra' that


Ramlila ground washed in saffron, green as Advani ends 'yatra'

BJP Leader L.K Advani many said was aimed at projecting himself as prime ministerial candidate, BJP star L.K. Advani Saturday called for the ouster of the UPA government. Showing no visible sign of fatigue at the end of the whirlwind tour, Advani was at his oratorial best as he blamed the Congress-led government for mounting corruption and unchecked rising prices of food items.

Five years jail for Sukh Ram in third graft conviction New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) A Delhi court Saturday sentenced former telecom minister Sukh Ram, 84, to five years rigorous imprisonment for misusing his official position when he was in the P.V. Narasimha Rao cabinet. This was his third conviction on corruption charges. Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge R.P. Pandey said: "After giving my thoughtful consideration to all the relevant aggravating and mitigating factors, I sentence convict Sukh Ram to undergo rigorous imprisonment for four years with a fine of Rs.1.5 lakh for offence

committed by him under section 7 of the PC (Prevention of Corruption) Act." Sukh Ram was convicted Thursday for accepting a bribe of Rs.3 lakh from a private firm in 1996. In 1996, he had awarded a contract worth Rs.30 crore to a private firm, Haryana Telecom Limited (HTL), for supplying 3.5 lakh km cables at inflated rates, causing a huge monetary loss to the exchequer. Sukh Ram had been put on trial along with HTL chairman Devinder Singh Choudhary who died during the trial.

Kashmir officials to visit Delhi on AFSPA

Jammu, Nov 20 (IANS) A team of four-five high ranking officials of the Jammu and Kashmir government, including the state police chief, will be visiting New Delhi by this month-end to hold discussions on the proposed revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from some parts of the state, highly placed sources said Sunday. The team would be going to Delhi

after the conclusion of the visit of President Pratibha Patil, who is visiting Jammu for two days Nov 25-26. "The state government officials would be holding discussions with a panel of the central government on the issue of revocation of AFSPA and try to find out a middle ground with the army to lift the law from some of the areas of Jammu and Kashmir," a top official told IANS Sunday.

of US Geological Survey said. Seven northeastern states - Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur are considered by seismologists to be the sixth most earthquake-prone belt in the world. In September, more than 50 people died after a killer quake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale shook the region.

Congress counters Trinamool bravado in Bengal

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) The Congress' strained ties with the Trinamool Congress came into sharp focus Sunday with two union ministers and an MP criticising the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on a host of issues, just days after she asked the Congress to decide whether it wanted to continue the alliance or not. While union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said the Congress had no need for advice from other political outfits, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee took a jibe at the state government's purported plans to empower

bureaucrats for a greater say in functioning of panchayat bodies. Addressing a panchayati raj meet convened by the Congress, Ramesh stressed on the need for coordination between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and West Bengal government. "We have not taken VRS (Voluntary Retirement Scheme). We will work as a political party. We know our limitations also and will not cross the limit as we have to run the government also. We have our government at the centre and also an alliance government in West Bengal.



Guwahati, Nov 21 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale rocked India's northeast, Myanmar and Bangladesh Monday, triggering panic among people. The tremor was felt at 8.47 a.m. in most parts of Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur, besides in Bangladesh and Myanmar. The epicentre was located at 24.947째N, 95.226째E in Myanmar, about 130 km east of Manipur capital Imphal, the website

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Wanted: Women to drive development in Maoist areas New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) In an effort to bridge the development deficit in areas seen as Maoist hotbeds, the government is encouraging young women to take up the challenge by becoming Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellows (PMRDF). Launched in September this year, the PMRDF scheme aims at deploying young professionals in each of the 60 left-wing extremism (LWE)-

IN BRIEF Jayalalithaa seeks people's support for price rise

affected districts to assist the district collector in implementing the government's Integrated Action Plan (IAP). The government is looking for graduates/post-graduates in law, engineering and medicine, preferably aged between 25 and 30 years. The fellows would have a two-year contract and get an honorarium with performance linked bonus, said officials. Nandita Chatterjee, deputy Minister J.Jayalalithaa Sunday urged people to support the measures to save the public sector organisations "mismanaged" by the DMK regime. In a statement issued here, Jayalalithaa said the decision of her government to increase the milk prices and bus fares Thursday was a forced decision due to the mismanagement of the state government undertakings by the erstwhile DMK government.

Right to recall may lead to political instability: Pranab Chennai, Nov 20 (IANS) Defending her decision to hike bus fares and milk prices and the proposed rise in power tariffs, Tamil Nadu Chief

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Sunday the proposal for recalling elected representatives will be difficult to implement in a huge

director general of the Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), told IANS they have received 792 applications till Nov 17 for the scheme, which is open till Dec 4. Officials said the PMRDF scheme provides an opportunity for committed young people to contribute to development and welfare in rural and tribal areas of the country. country like India and may also lead to political instability. "It is easy to demand it, but difficult to implement. India is the largest democracy with a huge population of over 122 crore. Under such circumstances, I don't know how it will work," said Mukherjee. "On what criteria will an elected representative be recalled, whether the constitution will allow it - these questions will arise," he said while addressing a panchayat convention here. Activist Anna Hazare had earlier said that if candidates spending crores of rupees in elections are rejected by voters, it will discourage them from overspending and would control election expenditure.

Monday, 21st November, 2011

In Your City

No romance for Delhi zoo's bears, deer this winter

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) It will be a cold and lonely winter for Delhi Zoo's bears and deer population as the authorities have segregated the male and female of both the species in an attempt to prevent breeding. The reason: lack of space to accommodate new cubs or fawns. "The female black bears have been separated from the male as we only have two enclosures, which are

enough for six bears. If they breed again, there will be a space crunch. We have separated the males and the females from the enclosure and placed them a few metres away," said a senior zoo official, who did not want to be identified. The zoo has six Himalayan black bears - two males, three females and a bear cub, born this March. "The other reason for separating them is that usually the male bears get ferocious at mating time and pick up fights with the females, causing injuries to the newborn. We have separated them in order to avoid this too," the zoo official said even as the eightmonth-old cub, cuddled up with its mother, snored loudly. Apart from the bears, the zoo officials are planning to separate deer which are prolific breeders during winter, except certain endangered species like sangai, chinkara and chowchinga.

15 dead, 34 injured in Delhi fire PRAKASH SINGH / AFP

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) At least 15 people were killed and more than 34 injured in a fire at a congregation of eunuchs at a community park in east Delhi Sunday, fire brigade officials said. Delhi Health Minister A.K. Walia, who visited the Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital where most of the injured were taken, announced compensation for the victims but did not speci-

fy the amount. The minister also ordered a thorough probe into the incident. The first intimation of the fire at the park in Nand Nagri's E2 block, where the three-day Akhil Bharatiya Kinnara Samaj Sarvdharma Mahasammelan started Sunday, was received around 6.50 p.m., a fire brigade official said. According to officials, the blaze started after a tent caught fire following suspected electrical short-circuit. As many as 2,000 to 2,500 people were understood to have been present inside the community centre when the tent burst into flames, police said. into the manhole, and three men fell in while trying to rescue him.

IN BRIEF Three killed after falling down manhole New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Three people were killed and another was injured after falling into a manhole outside Anand Vihar railway station in east Delhi, police said Saturday. "They died after they inhaled poisonous gas fumes from the underlying sewer," a police official said. According to police, the incident took place around 9 a.m. near the railway station when a man fell

Maintenance can’t be denied to adulterous ex-wife: Court

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) A court here has said that a man cannot deny maintenance to his divorced wife on the ground that she was involved in an adulterous relationship before their separation. The Additional Sessions Judge said: “The findings that the divorcee wife has been living in adultery will not provide any benefit to him (husband)”. The court was hearing a revision petition filed by a Delhi Police employee and his divorced wife over the issue of maintenance.



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Hollywood writers in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) A group of Hollywood writers and producers of top TV shows and films participated in the fifth International Entertainment Education Conference here to prove that strong and poignant story telling is a catalyst for bringing a positive social change and progress. The visit, whose goal was to teach participants of the four-day conference -- which concluded Sunday --

on ways to use story telling for social progress, was organised by US-based University of Southern California. "We are thrilled to bring some of Hollywood's master story tellers to India to share their insights with entertainment education experts from around the world," said Hollywood Health and Society Programme's director Sandra de Castro Buffington. "Story telling is a powerful tool for social change which can educate

people and help them acquire knowledge on serious issues in our society," Buffington said. Buffington was one of the four writers and producers in the trip. The others were Christopher Keyser, president of the Writers Guild of America, West; Zoanne Clack ("Grey's Anatomy"); Michael Nash ("Climate Refugees"); and Walt Disney Feature Animation executive Karen Tenkhoff.

24-year-old manual scavenger wins beauty pageant New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Once a manual scavenger, Indira Athwal was crowned New Princess-2011 on the occasion of World Toilet Day here Saturday. The 38 contestants in the unique beauty pageant were former manual scavengers hailing from Alwar and Tonk in Rajasthan. Athwal, who hails from Alwar, was crowned by Bollywood actress

and former Miss India Neha Dhupia. "I am really happy to be among these people who have suffered so much and continue to smile. I will tell my Bollywood friends about them," said Dhupia. Twenty-two-year-old Dolly Parwana was declared the first runnerup while Tulsi, 21, was adjudged the second runner-up.

The contest was organised by Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, an NGO that works for upliftment of sanitation workers. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla, who was also present on the occasion, appreciated the efforts of the NGO in eradicating the degrading practice of manual scavenging.

Delhi Metro opens winter home for elderly New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The Delhi Metro has opened an Old Age Winter Home in south Delhi to save homeless male senior citizens from the winter chill, a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) official said. The Old Age Winter Home at Govindpuri, where the residents will be

MCD trifurcation: Delhi mayor meets Chidambaram New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Delhi Mayor Rajni Abbi Saturday requested Home Minister P. Chidambaram not to "succumb" to the "pressure tactics" by the Sheila Dikshit-led government to trifurcate the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). "We urged Chidambaram not to succumb to the pressure tactics of the Delhi government which is clamouring to divide the corporation as the division will not be in the interest of the capital's residents," Abbi told IANS after an MCD delegation led by her met the minister. "We expressed our disapproval in splitting the MCD which will be against the violation of the Delhi Municipal Act 1957," Abbi said. She said she requested him to take any decision in the interest of the residents. "We met the home minister at his initiative and told him about the ramifications of dividing the agency into three bodies. We also discussed the various aspects relating to the split of the civic agency," the mayor said. In June, the Delhi cabinet cleared a bill envisaging splitting into three smaller units the MCD, which has a majority of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

provided with all basic necessities, will remain open till March 31. The can accommodate about 45 to 50 needy people. "DMRC will provide all the basic necessities such as beds, pillows, blankets, chairs, water dispenser, plates, and glasses to the occupants,"

a DMRC spokesman said. The home, being run in association with the NGO Help Age India, will also serve dinner, breakfast and tea to the occupants and offer basic medical assistance. Apart from these, physiotherapy and health check up sessions will also be organised.



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15 injured in Karachi cinema blast


Islamabad, Nov 21 (IANS) At least 15 people were injured when a blast ripped through a cinema in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi on Sunday night, media reports said. The blast took place around 10.30 p.m. inside the Kumhar Cinema in Lee market, Xinhua reported citing Urdu TV channel ARY. Geo TV put the injured figure at six, while a police official told local media at least 12 people were wounded. Police said the bomb was fixed

Gaddafi’s son offered rebels $2 bn for his release

Son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al – Islam. captured and killed by rebels near his home town of Sirte late October.


Thai flood toll reaches 600

Bangkok, Nov 20 (IANS) Some 600 people have died in the worst floods in over 50 years in Thailand, Xinhua reported. Eighteen provinces are still reeling under floods, while 46 other provinces are on the way to recovery, the

under a seat inside the cinema. The explosion led to a stampede among the audience. The bomb went off during the interval of the film, and more people could have been injured if the explosion had taken place while the movie was going on, police said. The wounded were taken to hospital, where sources said the people had injuries in their feet and legs and were not in critical condition. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Haqqani discusses secret memo with Zardari FEBRUARY 17 WEBSITE / AFP

Cairo, Nov 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The son of the late Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, who was arrested Saturday, offered a bribe of $2 billion to the rebels in exchange for his release, Az Zintan TV channel reported. According to the TV channel, Saif al-Islam offered $2 billion to the rebels in the town of Zintan where he was brought after having been arrested in southern Libya. The rebels rejected the talks with Gaddafi’s son and viewed his offer as “a humiliation to the revolution”, the channel said. Gaddafi’s regime was overthrown in October by opposition forces with NATO’s assistance after a sevenmonth civil war. Gaddafi, who ruled the country for almost 42 years, was

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disaster prevention department. Vast tracks of land in Thailand remained submerged following the heavy monsoon rains that triggered floods. Some 5.3 million people have been affected.

Islamabad, Nov 20 (IANS) Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani met Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday over a secret memo to Washington claiming that the president had feared a military coup. Geo News reported that Haqqani held talks with Zardari at the presidency. Pakistani businessman Mansoor Ijaz alleged in a column in the Financial Times last month that a senior Pakistani diplomat asked for help in getting a message from Zardari to then chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen. Ijaz alleged that Zardari feared a military takeover following the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May and brought unprecedented public scrutiny on Pakistani leaders. Meanwhile, the Inter-Services

Islamabad, Nov 20 (IANS) Help children in their education instead of preparing them for suicide attacks, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has advised the Taliban. He urged the insurgents to give up violence and play a positive role in the country’s development. He was speaking on Saturday at an inaugural ceremony of a passport office in Islamgarh town of Mirpur district. He said: “We want the youth of Pakistan to carry a book and pen instead of suicide jackets.” The Prime Minister of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, Abdul Majeed, also attended the function. The passport office will benefit thousands of Kashmiris who are based in Britain and hail from the Islamhgarh region, the official APP news agency reported. Malik said the suicide attacks have reduced considerably in Pakistan after the government adopted the reconciliation policy of President Asif Ali Zardari. And has since, the country enjoyed stability and prosperity.

Key report on war crimes presented in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Nov 20 (IANS) A key accountability report that deals with alleged war crimes during the last phase of Sri Lanka’s three-decade conflict was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, an official said on Sunday. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Chairman C.R. De Silva handed over the report to Rajapaksa at his official residence, Xinhua reported. However, the report will not be made public until the president’s office studies it, said the president’s Director General of Media, Ban-

Google co-founder Brin donates $500,000 to Wikipedia Moscow, Nov 20 (IANS) personal appeal from The co-founder of Google, its founder Jimmy Sergey Brin, has donated Wales, who created $500,000 to Wikipedia’s the world’s biggest foundation, Wikimedia, user-created encyclothe foundation said on its pedia in 2001. Wales web site on Saturday. has repeatedly said Brin granted $500,000 that there would not from The Brin Wojcicki be any advertising on Foundation, the charity Wikipedia. fund run by him and his Last year’s camGoogle co –founder wife, Anne Wojcicki, repaign raised $16 milSergey Brin ported RIA Novosti. lion to Wikimedia The money however will not cover foundation. all Wikipedia’s annual budget of Wikipedia was ranked the fifth $28.3 million. most popular web-site in Internet This week Wikipedia started its with over 470 million unique visitors annual fund-raising campaign that every month, comScore said in its is due to last until January, with the October’s report.

Intelligence (ISI) has reportedly “conclusively authenticated” the delivery of “treasonous secret memo” to Mullen. According to the News, a key ISI official personally flew to Europe recently and met Mansoor to ascertain the authenticity of the memo. The e-mails and other evidence produced by Mansoor prove that Haqqani had drafted the memo as well as initiated the plan, it said. It was only after the ISI was satisfied with the evidence that the army chief decided to take up the matter with Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the newspaper said. However, Haqqani has denied his involvement. Gilani had recently said in the parliament that he sought an explanation from Haqqani on the issue.

Don’t recruit kids: Malik tells Taliban

IN BRIEF Berlusconi to release his song album Tuesday

Rome, Nov 19 (IANS/AKI) Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister, media tycoon and ex-cruise ship lounge singer, will release an album of his love songs on Tuesday. Entitled “Il Vero Amore”, or “True Love”, the album was recorded with friend Mariano Apicella. The duo collaborated on three other albums. It’s set for release Nov 22.The songs were written by Berlusconi, 75, and performed by Apicella, 48.

dula Jayasekera. The commission was established on May 15, 2010 after human rights groups raised concerns over alleged human rights abuses committed during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. It was mandated to inquire into and report on a number of matters relating to the north-east conflict including possible war crimes during the last phase of the war that ended in 2009. In the final report the commission has also made several recommendations to the Sri Lankan gov-

ernment to address some concerns and issues in the country. A spokesman for the commission, Lakshman Wickramasinghe, told Xinhua that with the handing over of the report the commission will now end its mandate and close office. More than 1,000 people presented oral evidence and 5,100 more gave written applications during the time the LLRC was in operation. The commission held over 50 sessions around the country including in the north and east.

Activists launch campaign Don’t eat dogs, urge for transparent budgets Chinese animal rights New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) As groups many as 100 civil society groups from around the globe and 12 international organizations on Sunday met in the Tanzanian capital to launch a global effort to make public budgets transparent, participatory and accountable, a statement said. Indian activist Aruna Roy, involved with a campaign on the right to information, also addressed the global assembly of the groups, including the International Budget Partnership, Greenpeace and the ONE Campaign, at Dar es Salaam, the statement added.

Beijing, Nov 20 (IANS) Animal welfare groups in China are now challenging an agesold tradition of eating dogs, urging people to change their “nasty habit”. Citing health reasons and animal rights, a few groups are resorting to advertisements and social campaigns to dissuade people from eating dogs. Many Chinese consumers are not convinced either. They do not think dog meat was different from pork and mutton.


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Jayalalithaa seeks people's support for price rise

Chennai, Nov 20 (IANS): Defending her decision to hike bus fares and milk prices and the proposed rise in power tariffs, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Sunday urged people to support the measures to save the public sector organisations "mismanaged" by the DMK regime. In a statement issued here, Jayalalithaa said the decision of her government to increase the milk prices and bus fares Thursday was a forced decision due to the mismanagement of the state government undertakings by the erstwhile DMK government. "The public sector undertakings were on the verge of becoming dysfunctional due the actions of previous DMK government. As the central government was not extending and financial assistance, price rise was inevitable," she said. She said the cumulative losses incurred by all the state transport undertakings is Rs.6,150 crore and they are in a state of bankruptcy. On the reasons for the upward revision in milk prices, Jayalalithaa said Aavin (the state milk federation) was paying the milk farmers after a delay of 45 days and the DMK government did not bother much about that. "The government headed by me gave Rs.100 crore to Aavin for disbursement to milk suppliers," she said. Criticising her poll allies DMDK, the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Communist Party of India and others - for condemning the price hikes, Jayalalithaa charged them of playing a dual role as they had earlier expressed concern about the health of these state government undertakings. According to her, the opposition parties had told her that it is only she who can take bold decisions while complaining about the financial mismanagement of the DMK government.


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New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The stubbornly high inflation has hurt the government's credibility and if not curbed in a couple of months, it would send a signal that the policymakers are clueless in controlling the menace, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said. "It is true that inflationary pressure is higher than what we had thought it would be... It's absolutely true that we have been hoping that this would happen earlier and to that extent our credibility becomes ques-

tioned," Ahluwalia said in an interview to private news channel broadcast Sunday. He said the government was hoping that inflationary pressure would ease from the beginning of next year. "By February you will have the January data and if it turns out that inflation is not coming down by then, then we really don't know what we are doing," Ahluwalia said. The Planning Commission deputy chairman hoped that inflation would come down to 7-7.5 percent by March next year. Overall inflation has remained

India's forex reserves drop IN BRIEF by $326 mn Mumbai, Nov 20 (IANS): India's foreign exchange reserves fell by $326 million to $314.34 billion for the week ended Nov 11, declining sharply for the second straight week due to a slump in the value of foreign currency assets, official data showed. The forex reserve kitty had slumped by $5.72 billion in the previous reporting week. However, in rupee terms, the total value of India's foreign exchange reserves registered a gain of Rs.32,895 crore to Rs.15,76,706 crore during the week under review mainly because of depreciation of Indian currency against the US dollar. Last week, rupee dropped to Rs.51.30 against a dollar, the lowest in 32 months, due to increased demand for the greenback from exporters, continued concern over inflationary pressure and a slump in stock markets. Foreign currency assets, the biggest component of the forex reserves kitty, dropped by $288 million to $280.29 billion for the week ended Nov 11, according to the weekly statistical supplement of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). India's reserves with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) fell by $14 million to $2.62 billion and the value of special drawing rights (SDRs) declined by $24 million to $4.53 billion. However, the value of gold reserves remained unchanged at $26.89 billion after dropping by $1.77 billion in the previous week.

'Global economy may slump severely' Singapore, Nov 20 (IANS): The global economy may slow down severely due to the debt crisis in Europe, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has warned. "Unfortunately, troubles are brewing once again, this time in the eurozone. ... We have to prepare for the possibility, the very real possibility of rough times ahead, a severe slowdown in the global economy," Shanmugaratnam said.

Railways to launch revamped Tatkal scheme Monday New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS): Aiming to make emergency travel easy for the passengers and check

touts at ticket booking counters, Indian Railways will reduce the advance reservation period for Tatkal tickets from 48 hours to 24 hours and will not pay refunds on confirmed tickets from Monday. According to a release from the railways, among the other steps being taken by the national transporter to control touts include not issuing duplicate Tatkal tickets, giving Tatkal ticket only to people carrying identity proof, and restricting the booking of tickets between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The new system will allow booking of only 4 passengers on a Tatkal ticket.

BJP to intensify protests against FDI in retail Bhubaneswar, Nov 20 (IANS): The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday threatened to launch nationwide agitations against the central government’s move to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. Describing the move as against

stubbornly high, near double digits, since January 2010. Headline inflation based on the wholesale price index was recorded at 9.73 percent in October. Food inflation was recorded at 10.63 percent for the week ended Nov 5, according to the latest official data. Top policymakers, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had projected that inflation would come down to a comfortable level of around 6 percent by the end of this calendar year.

the interests of the country, party leader and Public Accounts Committee chairman Murli Manohar Joshi said it would harm country’s small businesses. He said if the FDI in multi-brand retail was allowed, foreign companies like Walmart and Carrefour will sell essential commodities like vegetables and food grain. He also accused the government of spreading false propaganda that it will help the farmers and producers.

‘Rocket Woman’ propels India’s missile mission New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) Forget breaking the glass ceiling, Tessy Thomas has virtually blasted her way through it. The 48-year-old is the first-ever woman director of an Indian missile project and is set to place India in an elite club of nations like the US, Russia and China with the capability to produce their own long-range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). She will achieve that when India tests its 5,000km range nuclear capable Agni-V missile by February 2012.



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What Technology Takes Away I left my phone in hostel the other day and on the way to college, my heart stopped and panic took over. One day without a phone! Could I really manage without it? Missed calls, important messages beeping away in an empty room. I cannot live without it, I thought, so I skipped breakfast to get to my pet gadget. The same feeling took my friend over when her Internet subscription expired and she fretted about her dying FarmVille crops and all the updates on Facebook she was missing. “The world is going on without me”, she said. And watching two classmates message each other at a dinner table, just because they had the free messages, I thought: “My God, we can’t live without our gadgets”. There was once a clear divide between the virtual world and the real world, but that line is getting blurrier every day. Where social networking once involved meeting up over a cup of coffee or lunch, now we have it online, with virtual coffee and lunch. Facebook is an addiction, and I have observed students in the same hostel, sometimes even in the same room messaging each other for the lack

of anything better to do. One step further is an actual virtual world, where you can be what you aren’t, or what you always wanted to be – cool. So step into a new identity and give yourself an ‘avatar’ and interact with people who think you are what you aren’t. The lines between the virtual world and reality merge together and it becomes difficult for an addict to withdraw from the former and get into the latter. Still even the virtual world required a computer- until they put the Internet on a gadget that we were addicted to in the first place, the mobile phones. Today, in any given public place, almost everyone is either talking on the phone, texting or simply fiddling with buttons, even while having a conversation. It gets worse. Pranav Mistry, a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology is creating technology we can only dream of. Called SixthSense, it is supposed to bridge the gap between the digital and physical world by allowing an individual to project digital information on any physical surface and interact with it using natural hand gestures. All this, using only a projector and tiny

camera on a pendant like device. He is also developing ThirdEye technology, which allows the different users to view a screen wearing special glasses and see different images on it. The possibilities are amazing. With SixthSense, imagine being able to pick up information from a book and transfer it to a screen using only a pinching gesture. With ThirdEye, imagine entire families watching the programme of their choice wearing special goggles to see different shows on the same screen, while in the same room. Then imagine this: Two strangers sitting in a train compartment, each concerned only with watching a movie projected on the wall opposite them. No eye contact and no conversation. No curiosity or small talk. Nothing. Imagine an entire family sitting together, bonded only by their physical presence in the room, each smiling or grimacing at their own programme, oblivious to everything around them. The rift between us grows wider even as social networking claims to bring us closer together. SixthSense will only cost about $350 to produce and make it accessible for a wide population. Each owner will be able to project

movies on walls, take photos with simple clicking motions and play virtual games on any flat surface. If we thought SMSing prevented prolonged eye contact, here comes another technology which will deflect our attention altogether. People are so fascinated by the concept of interactive technology, that once it spreads like wildfire, there will be hundreds of people clicking away with their fingers and transferring information between different media while forgetting to interact with each other. Why is it so easy to find and maintain relationships online, at the cost of relationships in real life? Is it because we can’t go offline or erase something we were going to say? Relationships may go digital, but emotions cannot. Smiley emoticons can’t actually express a smile of joy. It’s just sad to see what we are becoming: humans who talk on the phone for hours, but cannot maintain a face-to-face conversation for more than five minutes. In fact, privacy is vanishing as all conversations go public online. A recent piece in the Hindu explained how an engaged couple fought online with each other, changed their statuses from ‘in a relationship’ to ‘it’s complicated’ and generally embarrassed themselves in front of their circle of friends by airing their dirty laundry

in public. Ironically, the friends of the couple were more ashamed than the couple themselves, who believe that it’s all in good humour. However, this strain in a relationship, when taken public seems to indicate deeper problems which could surface later. Scientists are now trying harder and harder to bring the digital world into the physical world and are even trying to stimulate the five senses in the virtual world to allow us to be completely human there. Will there remain any incentive to face reality anymore? I doubt it. Not if a person who has a poor social standing in life can enjoy a cool ‘avatar’ in a website which lets him see, taste, smell and feel a new lifestyle, leading to addiction. At the other end of the spectrum, Internetaddiction rehab centres are being set up to integrate addicts back into reality and teach them how to connect to real people and situations which don’t go away once they logout of the system. I think we need that divide between the real and the virtual, so that we can switch off the computer, disconnect the Internet and go outside to face the sunshine, the breeze and the smiles on human faces. As long as it stays intact, so does our ability to actually connect to each other.


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You could have the wrong impression about a certain person and underestimate how helpful they can be to you. That’s part of the sky’s message to you now. The other part involves seeing beyond their seemingly cold exterior and being aware of the sensitive soul they really are. You and another could make a formidable team if you chose to collaborate in some way. Let discussions surrounding this unfold and happen slowly, in their own time.

When life is a grind, we focus easily on all that is going or could go wrong. When life’s a proverbial bowl of cherries, we still focus on all that is going or could go wrong! We do the latter because we want to safeguard ourselves against potential problems, setbacks and disappointments. We believe that, if something appears too good to be true, then it probably is. You can trust that something occurring now, that what you believe to be wonderful, truly is.

Does truth really have any ability to hurt anyone? Truth is good, pure, without fault. It doesn’t have an agenda other than to represent the reality of any situation and it is here where the ‘hurt’ bit we hear all too often comes in. You have recently had a painful revelation or perhaps discovered that a situation you believed to be both solid and transparent was neither. It is essential that you recognize how recent developments have released, not hindered you.

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If you saw a baseball or cricket ball hurtling toward a greenhouse, would you be inclined to smash the glass before either did? There wouldn’t be much point in you making such effort for something that was going to happen anyway and you had little control over. The same can be said about a situation in your world now. You’re unlikely to change a process that is very much underway. Leave it alone and you’ll find the change it brings isn’t nearly as major as you believe it will be.

As the Monty Python clan rightly observed, to argue with someone, you must take up a ‘contrary position’ and usually with another person. You can argue with yourself but such arguments tend to be short lived. Or are they? Can we not go round and round in circles trying to weigh up possibilities or convince ourselves of something? The sky does strongly suggest that you might be either or both. A repetitive process needs to be broken and can be broken only by you.

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One of the first things any amateur boxer is taught is to prime himself in a way that makes it difficult for an opponent to make an effective strike. You appear to be letting your guard down and not only putting yourself in a vulnerable position with a certain person but seriously reducing your bargaining power at the same time, therefore giving your opponent the upper hand. If you want them to have the upper hand, then keep doing what you’re doing. If you want the boot to be on your foot though, then you’re going to have to be a bit cleverer.

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If we choose not to reveal to others how we are truly feeling, does that make us ‘phoney’? If, when a sales assistant tells us to ‘have a nice day’ we don’t reply with ‘ok, I’ll try but if I don’t, then I’ll come back and tell you all my problems’, are we being superficial? You’re doing a great job of conveying honesty to others on a basic level. Now, it’s time to be honest with one or two people from deeper within yourself.

You are being given an extremely helpful opportunity to keep one step ahead of a potentially troublesome situation now. You probably have good reason to believe it can overpower you at any time and wreak havoc whenever it chooses to but you are much too wise and shrewd to let that happen. Don’t concern yourself with what appears to be a self-perpetuating problem. Very soon, you will conquer it and make it a problem of the past.

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It’s time to address properly an issue or ongoing drama that you’ve been inclined to give little toward in the way of thought or action. Why have you let something coast or glide in the way you have? The answer probably has something to do with you not seeing it as important enough or becoming comfortable with an equilibrium. Something or someone now demands - and deserves - your attention. Give all you can.

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More and more people are deciding to choose an organic lifestyle to counteract the imbalances of today’s fast-paced world. An organic lifestyle consists of using products, eating food and generally living a lifestyle, which is free from chemicals that are present in so many of commodities that we use to live life in the 21st century developed world. Some people are choosing to go wholly organic, others, just partly, but it has been proven that an organic lifestyle is beneficial to health and well-being. Here are a few ethics, for organics:

Using organic cosmetics, toiletries and household products

eliminates the chemicals that tend to be present in conventional products, therefore protecting our bodies and immediate environment from chemicals. Brands such as Ecover have been sold for many years but are finding that peoples increased awareness of the environment and their health has been beneficial to sales.

Organic clothing

is also becoming more and more popular. Natural fibres such as cotton, hemp and bamboo are grown organically and then made into clothing, which again ensures that skin does not come into contact with chemicals that can be used in clothes dye and manufacturing clothing. Many people who have children and babies will try to adopt some kind of an organic lifestyle, to give their child the purest and healthiest start as possible, and there are a variety of organic children’s clothing options available as well. Eliminating unnecessary chemicals and preservatives from our lifestyle can only be a good thing for physical health, but there is also a certain sense of well-being that those who go organic adopt. Organic meat is always free range, so to eat organic means that you have not contributed to cruelty to animals, pollution and general waste that a non-organic way of life is susceptible to. An organic lifestyle is also considered more sustainable and recyclable, and quite often fair trade products are organic. An organic lifestyle can be more expensive, however this encourages moderation, as it is widely understood that society today is greedy in excess of what it requires. So, the benefits of organic are huge and for physical, mental and spiritual well-being, it is certainly a choice to consider.


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means that fruit, vegetables and grains have not been sprayed with chemicals and have been grown using traditional methods. Organic meat is free from the antibiotics that are fed to animals that are farmed intensively to make them prematurely fat. Ingesting these chemicals and unnatural substances has proved to have a negative impact on health. To source the very freshest organic produce many people order fruit and vegetable boxes from farms that are delivered to their door, some people use farmers markets where they can trust that their food has been raised/ sourced/grown responsibly, and are able to ask the sellers, who are very often the farmers any questions. Growing vegetables and owning an allotment has increased in popularity in recent years, this is again a way that people are aware of where there food comes from, and its popularity indicates that people are becoming more aware and concerned about this. Garima Obrah The Viewspaper

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t has been called the richest ornament of women. In some Indian cultures, it still is a decisive factor while pinning down on a bride. So when a woman decides to get rid of her tresses and go bald, it's not just heads that turn, what also takes a 180 degree turn are society's deep-rooted perceptions about beauty. While most would think of it as the end of their dating life or as the beginning of a body image issue, there are a few who would happily chop off their long locks to make a statement or just to get rid of the weight off their head. Take for instance 29-year-old Sumati Jain. Five years ago while she was pursuing her masters, the Banga-

lore-based homemaker plotted her hair assassination after her parents started dropping hints of marriage. "My hairline was also receding and I also wanted to do something for kicks. It was this crazy, daring, wild phase of my life," she says with a chuckle . She exposed her shiny scalp to the world after three stages of relentless, heartless mane chopping. The first visit to the parlour left her with a bob cut, then followed a shorter crew cut and she finally visited a men's saloon on a quiet Sunday for the finale. "My mom didn't speak to me for a week. But my dad and grandfather, who's also bald, were really cool," Sumati told IANS. "I got extreme reactions...Some thought it was really cool, some laughed behind my back, some even thought I'd turned into a monk," she adds. But the ironical part was that Sumati got engaged while her hair was just a few inches long. "My husband was fine with it. He thought I looked cute," she adds with more chuckles. But not all men hold similar no-



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tions of beauty. "I would like to wait for a year," says 25-year-old Saurabh Dabbas, when asked if he would date a bald woman.The barren look is not for all women, cautions hairstylist Sylvie. "It suits those with oval heads and good skin. It's a complete no-no for those with lots of wrinkles; it makes you look more aged," said Sylvie who runs a saloon in Delhi. Ananya Bose, a Delhi-based journalist, went bald just after delivering a baby. "I had such long, lustrous hair. I remember when the parlour woman chopped them, the one standing next to her freaked out and asked her what the hell she was doing. "But it was such a weight off my head. I felt so, so free and light. You feel as if you get rid of all the troubles," she says. However, in Indian society women with shaven heads have much deeper connotations. "In many Indian cultures, widows' heads were shaved. It's also associated with sadhvis or monks. It's a sign of celibacy," says social scientist C.P. Bhambri.

However, these connotations don't deter those tempted to take the plunge. "I think it would feel real good and free to have no hair to take care of. Though I like my tresses, they are very frizzy and at times unmanageable," says Shikha Arora, a professional . "Going bald will be hassle-free. I would definitely love to do it in the hot Delhi summers," she added. But being bald comes with strings attached, says Sylvie. "It requires a lot of maintenance. You have to moisturise your scalp regularly. People usually call a barber home every month to clean the growth," she adds. Also, there comes a stage while you are growing back your hair when it's neither here nor there -- just plain clumsy. "Though growing it back is a good idea as you get a new crop of hair, the stage when your hair is 10-18 months old is very difficult," says Sylvie. Adds Ananya: "A strand would come out from one side, another from the other. It can get really messy." It took Sumati three years to grow

back her hair to what she describes as a "respectable length". Internationally, pop star Britney Spears and actress Natalie Portman have famously sported the bald look. Back home, actresses Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Antara Mali, Lisa Ray and model Diandra Soares have tread the same path. However, all said and done, there are many sceptics of the unadorned look. "It completely baffles me why any woman would voluntarily want to go bald. A woman would like to look like a normal woman. There's the whole cosmetic industry which runs into trillions to make you look good," says Bhambri. Mohita Nagpal (IANS)

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According to Chef Mayank, of Smokehouse Grill, European food has caught on in India; specifically Delhi. and people are aware of the health benefits this cuisine has to offer. Grills, pastas and roasts have received the green light and baked fish in particular has become very popular. When asked about the popularity of Japanese cuisines, he talked about how Delhiites are getting familiar with sushi, but exposure to other dishes is limited. “Donburi is one dish that is becoming a craze at a fast rate”, he added.

Donburi (Japan)

This national dish consists of a bunch of vegetables, meat or fish and of course, rice, which is the main star. Varieties include Gyūdon (which is rice with beef and onion), Tendon (which is rice with tempura shrimp and vegetables) and Unadon (which is rice with grilled eel). It is said that this dish is extremely simple to prepare but as expected, the Japanese have their own special sauce that adds to the flavor, that you would not want to miss.


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National Dishes Worth Trying At least Once! Every country has a national dish that they’re proud of! While some may use frogs legs, others may lean towards, say, leaves and what not. But it has to be said that the national dishes on this list are interesting enough to be tried at least once. Chelow Kabab (native to Iran) is another new entrance which surprisingly, hasn’t become too popular here yet but is managing to stay afloat in Hyderabadi restaurants.” Don’t mistake it to be the average version of Kakori Kabab, as it is a difficult recipe to perfect and spicier too. Talk about the varieties and you will hear the yummy descriptions that include Kabab Barg, Kubideh, Sheesh Kabab and Joojeh Kabab.

Serving It- The manner in which this Persian dish is served is sure to make you sit up and take notice. The waiter will first bring the rice along with the tomatoes after which the kababs are brought out in one hand and the nan-e lavash in the other. The bread is used to place the kababs (held by skewers) on the rice after which the skewers are removed. Chew On ThisChelow Kabab is best served with rice, grilled tomatoes and if you like, an egg yolk on top of the rice. A yoghurt drink laced with mint and salt goes great with this national dish.

Chelow Kabab (Iran)

When asked about a dish called Qabili Palau, native to Afghanistan, Mayank said. “Because it is mistaken to be Hyderabadi, it is suited to the Indian palette. But as it’s a fairly new addition to the Indian dining system and the ingredients include dry fruits, it’s difficult to determine the degree of its acceptability.

Qabili Palau (Afghanistan)

Qabili Palau may look like your average biryani but it’s so much more. Its inspiration comes from a number of Asian countries including India as well as Italy and Turkey. This dish is particularly recommended for those who can’t stomach spicy Indian food as it strikes the perfect balance between hot and cold. Main Ingredients- Qabili Palau mixes rice with chicken (or lamb or beef) and carrots. The interesting part comes in when nuts and raisins are thrown in as well! Pistachios and almonds are recommended for that perfect crunch. Chew on This- The type of rice that you use will largely determine the overall flavor. The rice should, therefore, be thick enough to ‘survive’ all the boiling and cooking.

The last dish on our list hasn’t come under the India radar yet but it is believed that it has great potential. This dish is native to Africa and because the starchy components bode well with the food there, it’s quite popular. At first glance, Fufu (pronounced foofoo or foufou) may look like a favorite South Indian dish but unlike our idlis, it’s full of flavor.

Preparing It- What’s interesting about this national dish is definitely the method that goes into its preparation. Starchy vegetables (for the most part) are first boiled after which a mortar is used to pound it into a thick paste. Chew on This- It’s best combined with a variety of soups, but it is said that tomato, groundnut and palm nut soup work best. If nuts don’t appeal to you, go ahead and add meats or fish of your choice.

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India sweep world cup Kabaddi titles The winners were given a cheque of Rs.2 crore while runners-up Canada got prize money of Rs.1 crore. The total prize money in the tournament was Rs.4.11 crore for the 14 men’s and four women’s participating teams. In the women’s section, hosts India won comfortably against the British women Kabaddi team. They beat their rivals 44-17.

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS): Saurashtra's emphatic win over Punjab by an innings and 144 runs was the lone result in the third round of the Ranji Trophy Elite Division matches that concluded on Sunday. Mumbai's Abhishek Nayar scored a valiant 191 not out but his side couldn't prevent Karnataka from ending with a sizeable first innings lead in the drawn fixture at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Railways and Haryana ended their matches with a first innings lead. At the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali, Punjab's innings folded-up for 120 while following on and chasing Saurashtra's 542. Saving the match was a herculean task for Punjab, who were

Ace rally driver Balu calls it a day Chikmgalur, Nov 20 (IANS): Arjun Balu, one of the finest drivers to grace the Indian rallying scene in recent times, has decided to quit after a 17-year career during which he represented Team MRF with great distinction, but never quite received the recognition he deserved. Speaking to IANS on Saturday night after he retired from the Coffee Day Rally due to a Cam sensor failure, the 36-year-old Coimbatorebased Balu said though he is retiring he would continue his association with motorsports. Balu, who started out as a single-

seater racer before joining the MRF rally team, made brief international appearances. He had his finest moment when he won the China round of the Asia Zone series in 2001 and the following year, he took part in a couple of rounds of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. For all his driving skills and ability that were reflected in his clean lines through corners and commitment, lady luck, which is very much a key element in rallying success, rarely smiled on him. However, his intermittent wins and podium finishes were constant reminders of his talent.

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impressive show being the highlight of the tournament besides the maiden bronze by the boys in the team event. Coach Bhawani Mukherjee was immensely pleased with Ankita's superb fight against World No. 12 Ruochen. "We know it is difficult to get past the Chinese who are very aggressive. But after being two games down, Ankita showed her capabilities. I am happy she fully utilised the opportunities," he said. Das had caused a big upset when she beat seventh-ranked Bernadette Szocs of Romania in the second round. She got the better of World No.59 HsienTzu Cheng in the pre-quarterfinals.

in the second innings when stumps were called. Manish Pandey and Amit Verma were their stars in the first innings, hitting 200 and 173 respectively. Karnataka got three points in the draw and now lead the Group while Mumbai, who got one, are second. In Group B, Delhi batted better in the second innings to ensure a draw against Tamil Nadu at the Ferozshah Kotla here. The home team's effort of 212 on the opening day meant they were doing the catching up for the remainder of the match but a total of 311 in the second innings got them the unlikely result. Goa, Maharashtra and Hyderabad registered wins in the Plate Division, defeating Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Assam respectively.

Melbourne, Nov 20 (IANS): Calls for Ricky Ponting's retirement from international cricket grew stronger with Test legend Doug Walters and former wicketkeeper Ian Healy joining the chorus saying the former Australian captain should call it a day with the two-Test series at home against New Zealand next month. The Australian media has also come down harshly on Ponting, who turns 37 next month, and said the batting legend has to be honest with himself. New selection boss John Inverarity refused to put an expiry date on Ponting, but says the National Selection Panel (NSP) is keen to inject fresh blood into the Australian team. Ponting, however, got the muchneeded backing from legendary captain Allan Border and former England captain Tony Greig. Ponting, the third highest run getter in Tests, is having a miserable form with the bat. In the ongoing Test series in South Africa, he made

8 and 0 in the first Test in Cape Town and fell for a third-ball duck in the first innings of the ongoing Test in Johannesburg. His last half-century came a year ago and his last century, a majestic 209, came almost two years ago against Pakistan in Hobart. He has averaged just 25 in his last 14 innings and has failed to reach double figures seven times in his last 13 innings. Healy said faults are visible in his former teammate's batting something that he has never seen before. Border, a commentator in the ongoing Test series, refused to comment on Ponting's future but The Daily Telegraph reported that Border privately believes that Ponting should dig his heels in and is convinced that he has more to offer the national team. Greig feels that Ponting is still in the best Australian team. Inverarity said the selection committee is keen to have some new faces in the team.

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World Junior TT: Ankita Das goes down fighting in quarters

Manama (Bahrain), Nov 20 (IANS): Ankita Das managed to take two games off higher-ranked Chinese Ruochen Gu before losing 3-11, 2-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 12-14 in the quarterfinals of the girls singles at the World Junior Table Tennis Championships that concluded on Sunday. India ended with a bronze in the competition. World No. 87 Ankita, who had to qualify for the main draw, was the only quarterfinal opponent who stretched the Chinese to six games while the others lost in straight sets in the matches played Saturday night. The Indian challenge at the world meet also came to an end with Das'

trailing by 220 runs with six wickets in hand before the start of the final day's play. And the home team succumbed rather quickly after resuming the innings on 44 for four. Punjab had made 278 in the first innings. Saurashtra's left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat took eight wickets in the match including six on day two while Sandip Maniar bagged four in Punjab's second innings. The visitors got six points for the huge victory and are now at fourth place in Group A standings. Punjab have dropped to fifth. In another Group A match, Nayar waged a lone battle for Mumbai against Karnataka as he scored his second hundred in as many matches. The hosts, chasing 635, were all out for 441 after resuming on 354 for 8. Karnataka were 147 for three

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Sports Ludhiana, Nov 21 (IANS) Hosts India lifted the winners title in the men’s and women’s section of the second World Cup Kabaddi tournament here. The India men team easily beat the Canada side 59-25 in the final match played at the Guru Nanak Dev stadium late Sunday. India was the winner of the inaugural edition of the World Cup Kabaddi last year also.


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Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS): Kolkata was shamed as a power failure led to a 19-minute blackout and disruption in the I-League soccer game under floodlight between arch-rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan at the Salt Lake stadium on Sunday night. The green-and-maroon brigade was leading by an Okolie Odafa

strike before an over 90,000 c r o w d when the stadium suddenly plunged into darkness. The power supply was, h ow e v e r, restored after 19 minutes and the last few minutes of the match played. Mohun Bagan Club, which organized the match, alleged sabotage. The sports minister, however, ruled out any foul play. "The stadium's floodlight system

runs through two parallel lines. There was an external fault in the first line which caused a power trip in the second line as well. But there was no sabotage. I was inside the stadium and I can assure you that," Mitra said. The minister promised a thorough enquiry and said future matches will be held only after a full-proof system was in place. "We will ensure that such things don't recur." The Salt Lake stadium has been notorious for such power breakdowns. A blackout occurred during the World Cup qualifier between India and Japan in 2004. Odafa Okolie fired home a penalty as Mohun Bagan scraped past arch-rivals East Bengal 1-0 in the I-League match.


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Maken, cricket authorities differ on Kambli’s charge

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Sports Minister Ajay Maken and the cricket authorities were on different wavelengths on former cricketer Vinod Kambli’s charge that the 1996 World Cup semi-final between India and Sri Lanka could have been fixed. While Maken said that the allegation needs to be investigated properly, BCCI and International Cricket Council (ICC) president Sharad Pawar said the matter need not be given any importance. Maken even hinted that his ministry will have to probe Kambli’s charge, if the cricket board does not do it on its own. “If there is any truth to this (allegation), then a probe should be conducted. The nation and cricket fans

have the right to know the truth. It was a world-cup semifinal and the whole country must have been watching,” Maken told reporters here. Maken said if the BCCI doesn’t initiate action, the sports ministry may conduct an inquiry. ICC president Sharad Pawar dismissed Kambli’s allegations as “irresponsible.” “If he was an honest and a committed cricketer he should have spoken about it then. But he kept quiet, so I hold him irresponsible,” said Pawar. BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla also said that there was no need to give importance to Kambli’s statement.

First round hero Sarang Ponkshe made his intentions clear in the championship as he outwitted Menezes Christoph of Austria rated above 300 elo points in the open category of Under-16 event. The battle between Indian players Bala Kannamma and Nandhidha P.V. was interesting but Nandhidha emerged the winner in the girls Under-16 Category. In the girls’ under-18 category,

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Kambli, expressing shock over then Captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s decision to field first in the semifinal, said something was “amiss”. The semi-final was eventually awarded to Sri Lanka after rowdy behaviour by the fans. Azharuddin, who was leading the team, rubbished the charge and has been supported by teammates Nayan Mongia, Sanjay Manjrekar, Venkatpathy Raju and then coach Ajit Wadekar, who said the move to field first was a collective decision of the team. Maken also called for a betting law in the country. Maken reiterated that all federations should come under the ambit of the RTI.

Mixed day for India in World Youth Chess Caldas Novas (Brazil), Nov 20 (IANS) It was a mixed day for India on the second day of the World Youth Chess Championships being held at the resort city of Caldas Novas. Top seed in the Under-12 category Aravindh Chithambaram sailed smoothly to the third round beating Andrew Tang of the US in the second round on Saturday.


A. Akshya produced a creditable win against her higher rated rival Chumpitaz Ann of Peru. India’s medal hopes suffered a serious set-back in the girls’ Under-12 category as top seed Ivana Maria Furtado suffered shock defeat at the hands of Zhou Qiyu of Canada while medal prospect in Under-18 category Stany G.A. went down to lower rated Kozganbay Erken of Kazakhstan.



Tiger Woods of the US reacts during his match on the final day of the President's Cup golf tournament at the Royal Melbourne golf course in Melbourne . Melbourne, Nov 20 (IANS) Tiger Woods finally had something to smile about after leading the US team to victory over the Internationals in the Presidents Cup golf at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Sunday. Woods, who has failed to win any tournament after his high profile divorce with Elin Nordegren last June, beat Australian Aaron Baddeley four and three to push the US beyond the 17.5 points needed to claim their sev-

enth Presidents Cup against the Greg Norman-led non-European Internationals. The US won 19-15. The US team put up a dominant performance the entire week and going into the final day led the Internationals by four points and in the end it proved too much the Internationals. Besides Woods, America’s other singles winners were Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney, Jim Furyk and David Toms.


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London, Nov 21 (IANS): Actress Demi Moore has reportedly instructed lawyers to "punish" her estranged husband Ashton Kutcher by "grabbing his fortune". The 49-year-old actress has confirmed she is splitting from the 33year-old Kutcher after it was alleged that he had cheated on her with another woman. She is said to be planning to claim part of his personal fortune, even though they signed a pre-nuptial agreement while tying the knot in 2005. "With a pre-nuptial agreement, Ashton should be sitting pretty. But Demi is furious. She wants to punish him financially because of the way he has broken her heart. She is talking about going after a share of what he has earned since their marriage on the grounds that she contributed to much of what he has achieved," quoted a source as saying. "She is going to give him a bitter fight and, whether or not she wins, it will be an expensive lesson for him," the source added.

India's largest kids film fest closes with a bang

Hyderabad, Nov 20 (IANS): The nation's biggest and one of the largest in the world, The Golden Elephant 17th International Children's Film Festival, came to a close Sunday amidst much fanfare in this historic city of Hyderabad. Over six days, close to 154 films from 38 countries were screened across 13 theatres in the city. At the final count, over 175,000 children from the nooks and corners of India and hundreds from across the world watched films, attended workshops and interacted with filmmakers who had come from the world over. The festival was organized by the Children's Film Society, India (CFSI) and the Andhra Pradesh government. Speaking to IANS, CFSI chairperson Nandita Das said: "The festi-

val has raised the bar when it comes to children's film festival anywhere in the world. It will be a tough act to follow even for us." The festival was not bereft of its share of problems, mostly with the screenings. "This has been the biggest children's film festival and the kids had a blast. The size and scope of the festival has left everyone surprised," Banerjee said. CFSI CEO Sushovan Banerjee told IANS. It was the Iranian film "Meadows" that won the most coveted prize of Golden Elephant for Best Feature Film, International. Among the Indian films, "Chillar Party" proved to be the hot favourite, winning not only the Golden Elephant for Best Film, India from the actual jury, but also the same prize from the children's jury.

London, Nov 20 (IANS): Actress Kate Moss' nude portrait has reportedly been sold at auction for more than 16,250 pounds. The photograph was taken by photographer Albert Watson on a shoot for the German edition of Vogue in January 1993. The photo was clicked when Moss was in her teens, reports The sepia picture features the supermodel kneeling naked and looking into the distance, with just her legs to protect her modesty. The auction took place at Bonham's auction in London. "Kate Moss is a contemporary icon and the photographer is a wellestablished name. Combine that with the size and limited edition nature of this lot and it all combines to make it interesting to collectors," said Bonham's photography specialist.

Los Angeles, Nov 21 (IANS): Celebrity couple Victoria and David Beckham are reportedly planning to move their family to Paris as the footballer prepares to sign for the city team Paris St Germain. David is in negotiations with Qatar Investment Authority, the owner of the team, and a deal is said to be imminent, reports Victoria will visit the French capital in the next few weeks to look at apartments in the Sixth Arrondissement area, said to be the most exclusive and stylish in the city. She will also visit English-speaking schools for sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz in preparation for a move in January.




New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS): Actors Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D' Souza have decided to tie the knot early next year and their friends Lara Dutta and Dia Mirza wish them a happy life. "Riteish and Genelia a perfect example of a dignified couple. Two of my favourite people who are taking their commitment to the next level," Dia posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. Lara wrote: "So happy to share in the joy of both my onscreen husband Riteish wedding plans!! Love u ..!!" In response to their tweets, Riteish and Genelia, who started seeing each other during the making of their Bollywood debut, "Tujhe Meri Kasam" in 2003, posted thank you messages. The couple, who always remain tight-lipped about their relationship, recently admitted that they will seal their eight-year-old relationship with a wedding in 2012.

Vida bids alvida to 'Bigg Boss 5', says she wasn't happy New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS): Afghan beauty Vida Samadzai, the latest to be evicted from "Bigg Boss 5", says she was prepared to leave the show as she couldn't bear any more the constant bickering and catfights in the controversial reality show. "I was prepared for the eviction. I did what I wanted to do in the show - made wonderful friends in the house, faced some tough moments... In a week, there were only one or two days when there was peace and we had fun, rest of the time, there was so much 'ladai' and 'jhagda' (fights), that now I was ready to leave," Vida told IANS after coming out of the house. The 33-year-old wanted to spread the language of love in "Bigg Boss 5", but felt it was a waste of time to try and change people. "I have gone through a lot of hardships in my native country. I have seen rockets, bullets and blasts... I have seen worse fights! So... dealing with people's mood swings and just dealing

with different people was a piece of cake... But I just refuse to change people who get affected by nothing! "For example, why should I have wasted my energy on people like Sky (Akashdeep Saigal) who are never ready to listen to anyone. What was the point in talking to people like that!" she said. Vida, who got embroiled in a fight with VJ Pooja Missra and Siddharth Bharadwaj, feels actress Juhi Parmar has a strong chance to win this season because of her "balanced and fair" play. Meanwhile , contrary to her image, Indo-Canadian porn star Sunny Leone chose to make her entry into the "Bigg Boss" house in traditional Indian attire. The 30-year-old, who was born as Karen Malhotra, wore a heavily embroidered lehanga-cho-





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Big B says no to baby pictures Mumbai, Nov 20 (IANS): Amitabh Bachchan, who has received requests for pictures of his newborn granddaughter, says he can't share the photos because it is a personal thing. "Many asking for the picture of the baby...I am afraid that is not going to happen... too will understand...thank you," Big B tweeted. Big B's daughter-in-law, Aishwarya Rai, gave birth to her first child Nov 16 here and ever since people are curious to see her daughter. Meanwhile dad Abhishek has asked fans to suggest names for his daughter through his tweet. "And suggestions for names are very welcome guys. Something with "A"," the 35-year-old posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Gerard Butler looking for true love

London, Nov 21 (IANS): Actor Gerard Butler says he is ready to settle down and share his life with the right woman. The 42-year-old was previously linked with actresses Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston and model Sarah Carrol. “I would love to settle down and share my life with someone. But it’ll happen when it’s going to happen,” quoted Butler as saying. “When I try and plan things in my life they very rarely pan out. And it’s often when I think, ‘OK, you know what, I don’t want to be in a relationship right now for whatever reason’, that suddenly I find myself open to one and it happens,” he added.

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London, Nov 20 (IANS): Pop star Lady Gaga has warned her fans that she will not tolerate anything against Adele after some of them posted nasty messages against the British singer. Adele, 23, reportedly defeated Gaga, 25, in worldwide music sales. The news did not go well with some online followers of Gaga. One message read: “Confirmed: Gaga will not be wearing her meat dress because she is afraid Adele will eat it.” The posts shocked Gaga, an anti-bullying campaigner, and she promptly reacted against the behavior. “Lady Gaga does not approve of bullying anyone for their physical appearance, it goes against everything she stands for. A tiny handful of fans may be letting her down,” quoted her representative as saying.


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