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Need formal invite for dialogue: Geelani Srinagar, Oct 20 (IANS) Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani Thursday said his party would deliberate on the central government’s reported offer for a dialogue only after a formal invitation was received by him. Geelani, who addressed a media conference at his uptown Hyderpora residence, was reacting to media re-
ports which said the central government was likely to make an offer for an unconditional dialogue to Kashmiri separatist leaders. “Once such an offer is made to us, our ‘Majlis-e-Shoura’ (assembly of elders) would meet where a decision would be taken,” Geelani said.
Orissa seeks Rs.1,000 crore for flood relief
IN BRIEF Moderate quake jolts Gujarat
Ahmedabad, Oct 21 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Gujarat state Thursday night, the Seismology department said. There were no immediate reports of casualty or damage to property. The quake, which had its epicentre in Junagad district of Gujarat, hit the region at 8.49 p.m, an official said.
Expert panel set up on Kudankulam n-project
Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s assurance, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Thursday constituted an expert panel to dispel fears on the 2,000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu, an official said here. The 15-member expert group will interact with the officials of the state government and representatives of the people and activists of Tirunelveli district who have been opposing the KNPP on various safety-related issues.
Bhubaneswar, Oct 20 (IANS) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Pantaik Thursday sought Rs.1,000 crore from the central government for repair and restoration work in the regions affected by floods last month. Two rounds of floods triggered by heavy rains had hit 21 of state’s 30 districts last month, killing at least 83 people and displacing thousands. The financial impact of the disaster has been estimated at Rs.3,265 crore.
Bangaru Laxman withdraws plea for quashing criminal case New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Former Bharatiya Janata Party president Bangaru Laxman Thursday withdrew his plea from the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of a criminal case against him for allegedly accepting money from fictitious arms dealers in 2001. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that Laxman, who is facing trial in a Delhi court, fudged the BJP accounts to accommodate Rs.1 lakh received from a fictitious firm, a charge refuted by the politician.
Hazare’s security beefed up Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra), Oct 20 (IANS) Activist Anna Hazare’s security was strengthened Thursday following attacks on his close aides Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal, sources said. The Maharashtra government was in the process of increasing Hazare’s security since the last two months, but the latter had
Chief ministers should ensure high vigil till Jan 2012: Home Min New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Concerned over recent incidents of communal violence, union Home Minister P. Chidambaram Thursday asked chief ministers to maintain high vigil till January 2012 to check such outbreaks. “The period from now until the end of January 2012 is marked by a number of religious occasions as well as commemorative dates and public holidays. It is important that state governments maintain a high degree of vigil so that there are no communal incidents,” Chidambaram said in his letter to chief ministers. “In recent weeks, there has been a rise in the number of incidents of communal discord and strife in several states of the country. This is a matter of concern,” he said. The home minister has asked chief
been refusing it. Hazare will now have 11 security personnel, as against the earlier four. Three metal detectors -at the entrances of his home, the Padmavati temple and his office -have also been installed. All visitors will now have to pass through these detectors and will be frisked with hand-held scanners, before being allowed to meet Hazare.
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ministers to identify areas in towns and wards which are communally sensitive and to maintain constant vigil in those areas.
Jayalalithaa faces 758 questions in assets case Bangalore, Oct 20 (IANS) Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday answered 379 questions from a special court judge here in a disproportionate assets case and will face an equal number Friday, her lawyer said. “She gave precise and proper answers to all the 379 questions,” Jayalalithaa’s counsel B. Kumar told reporters after the chief minister’s first appearance in the court here in the over-a-decade-old case against her. He said Jayalalithaa will Friday answer another 379 questions to be
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anything wrong, she said that unequivocally. But I see nowadays she does not say anything on the central government’s corruption,” Advani said.
that only a proper investigation could prove whether his Team Anna colleague Kiran Bedi had given inflated bills. “If the NGOs which called Kiranji have any problem, they can lodge an FIR,” Kejriwal told reporters. Meanwhile, social activist Swami Agnivesh has called for Bedi to stay away from public life till an inquiry clears her of allegations. “Bedi is a former police officer and has to set some standards on conduct and probity,” Agnivesh, who was ousted from Team Anna in August for his proximity to the government, told IANS here.
Kolkata, Oct 20 (IANS) Taking a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Thursday wondered why she was silent on the corruption in the central government. Speaking at a rally here on the 10th day of his anti-corruption Jan Chetana Yatra, Advani said for every person associated with politics the hottest topics for discussion were the corruption, scams and scandals in the central government. “I know Mamataji for years. She is very outspoken. Whenever we did
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New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Team Anna found itself in another controversy Thursday with its key member Kiran Bedi defending herself against allegations that she inflated travel bills when invited by NGOs and other institutions for seminars or meetings. Social activist Swami Agnivesh attacked Bedi over the allegatons while her associate Arvind Kejriwal also sought to put the onus of ending controversy on the former police officer. The controversy surrounding Bedi added to the troubles of Team Anna, which has been dogged by divergence of views among some of its members in the past few days. Defending her actions, Bedi stated that organisations that invited her “voluntarily” paid her for business class tickets but she travelled economy and the money saved went to her NGO India Vision Foundation. Her response came after a news report that she charges inflated travel expenses from NGOs and other institutions that invite her for seminars or meetings. Reacting to these allegations, Arvind Kejriwal said Thursday
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posed by a special court judge who held a special sitting in the city central prison complex in view of her security needs. Jayalalithaa flew back to Chennai, about 350 km away, after Thursday’s deposition in the case, in which she is charged with amassing Rs.66 crores between 1991 and 1996 when also she was chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The case was filed in Chennai but transferred to Bangalore by the Supreme Court in 2003 to ensure fair and free trial.
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Bhopal, Oct 20 (IANS) He may be the oldest man alive in India. If Parasram Gurjar’s family tree is to be believed, he is a good 125 years old. He is a resident of Talkesri village in Hoshangabad district, 70 km from here. His family has no scientific proof of his age, but his 45-year-old grandson Hakam Singh Gurjar claimed that their ‘vanshawali’ or family tree mentioned Parasram’s age as 22 years in 1908. According to that, he was born in 1886. On World Elders’ Day Oct 1 the Madhya Pradesh government conferred on the old man the Shatayu Samman. He was among eight people felicitated for attaining the age of more than 100 years. Parasram is an agriculturist by profession. He is perfectly healthy though he is a little hard of hearing. Except for being affected by pneumonia recently, it seems he has never fallen ill. He is physically capable and does most of his daily chores by himself. “We have written to union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad for making arrangements for verification of age of older people. Besides, we have applied to the Guinness World Records,” Hakam said.
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Bhattarai recalls his wedding in Delhi ! government hospitals for complete information and statistics as the method of dengue testing varies and some death cases are not reported by private hospitals.
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) On his first official visit to India as Prime Minister of Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai on Thursday became emotive as he recalled his marriage 30 years ago with long-time comrade Hisila Yami. Addressing a reception organised in his honour by those he described as "my former student friends, comrades and gurus", Bhattarai said Hisila and he did not believe in rituals. "So we decided to go to the Tis
Foreign diplomats get lesson on unique identification drive New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) India's mammoth exercise to issue a unique identification (UID) number to each of its 1.2 billion population has attracted the attention of many nations, and diplomats got a glimpse of what changes in governance could be brought about from the project's pioneer Nandan Nilekani himself. Nilekani told the 100 odd diplomats from several embassies
IN BRIEF Eight held for credit card fraud New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Eight people were arrested here for fraudulently obtaining credit cards and duping banks of nearly Rs.35 lakh, police said on Thursday. Sunder Kumar, Vikas Malik, Ashok Kumar, Pramod Kumar, Jitender Gulati, Raj Karan, Paramjit Singh and Hari Prakash were arrested on Wednesday. They were held following a complaint by HDFC Bank.
DVC. The court declined the plea of senior counsel Shyam Divan, appearing for BSES Yamuna, that the current charges should be based on the power drawn by them and not on the bill raised by the DVC. The court's directions came on a hearing on a public suit on the power crisis in Delhi. The two companies contended that they were running up huge losses. "You are not indispensable," Justice Jain told senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi, who appeared for the BSES Rajdhani.
based in the capital on Wednesday that the UID Authority of India's effort was to provide an instrument to the people to prove their identity, on the basis of which they could avail basic services, be it subsidised foodgrains or old age pension. The UID would also be independent of passport or driving licence numbers, though these services could use it as a proof of
identity of the applicant. "At the moment, the UID is meant for residents of India. But if the government takes a policy decision, it can be extended to non-resident Indians too," Nilekani said to another question. Diplomats from Afghanistan, Kenya, South Korea, Russia, Yemen, some Central Asian countries and Scandinavian countries were present.
Shobhit murder: VicPan masala makers tim's father blames his want curbs to go lover's kin New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS)
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) The father of 20-year-old engineering student Shobhit Modi, stabbed to death May 5 near his house in south Delhi, charged in the Delhi High Court Thursday that the family of his son's lover may be involved in the killing. Suraj Modi, who claimed he was being threatened by politicians and others for trying to unravel the truth, said that the investigators were biased and not probing into the angle suggested by him.
Pan masala makers approached the Delhi High Court on Thursday seeking an end to central government regulations restricting them from producing and selling their products that have nicotine and tobacco. Taking note of the petition, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Rajiv Shakdher fixed the matter for Jan 12, 2012.
Hazari court for a quick registered marriage," he said, "But the lawyer told us that the process would take a month at least." Bhattarai was in a hurry to return to Nepal to plunge into the Maoist offensive that would ultimately oust the monarchy, throwing him up as one of its key leaders. Bhattarai said he then turned for help to Arya Samaj leader and activist Swami Agnivesh, with whom he
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Delhi's private power distribution companies BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna to pay Rs.25 crore and Rs.20 crore to the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) by Nov 30 as an ad-hoc payment to partly clear their arrears for the electricity supplied to them. An apex court bench of Justice D.K. Jain, Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya said that the payment would be besides the current charges they would be paying for the bills raised by the
Dengue cases cross 500 mark in Delhi
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In Your City New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Even as the capital grapples with a surge of vector borne diseases -- dengue, malaria and chikungunya, the civic agency on Thursday said it will upscale anti-dengue and malaria drive during the festive season. "Four deaths have been reported due to dengue, and we are doing everything to continue the fogging drive across the city," Municipal Corporation of Delhi's chief medical officer V.K. Monga said. Delhi has witnessed 503 dengue, 220 malaria, 20 chikungunya and five Japanese Encephalitis cases. The civic agency is relying on
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shared many political values. He also called for a "People's SAARC" to forge unity among the people of South Asia even as he criticised Marxists in the sub-continent. According to Nepal's Maoists, the "People's SAARC" would run parallel to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation that groups eight countries: India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
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Islamabad, Oct 21 (IANS): Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that her country wants friendly relations with India based on "mutual respect and equality". She made the remarks during a meeting with Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal, who called on her in her office on Thursday, the official APP news agency reported. She said Pakistan was keen to take the dialogue process forward in a sustained and result-oriented manner. Sabharwal expressed satisfaction at the conclusion of the latest round of the dialogue process. He said India was keen to take the process forward.
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We won't tolerate Pakistani safe havens: Hillary Clinton
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (R) listens to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L ) during a meeting in Islamabad on Thursday. Washington, Oct 21 (IANS): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived at Islamabad Thursday evening on a two-day visit amid escalating tensions between Washington and Islamabad, Xinhua reported. Making clear the United States was not buying Pakistan's explanation of hedging against India, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has bluntly told its key ally it would not tolerate terrorists in Pakistan's safe haven. "In recent months, we've seen the Haqqani Network turn from being
a fighting force to one that is deliberately targeting American targets," like the US embassy in Kabul, she told CNN in an interview in Kabul on Thursday. "We cannot tolerate that," Clinton said. "And the safe haven in Pakistan from which they launch these attacks has nothing to do with the Taliban coming back into Afghanistan." "It has nothing to do with Pakistan hedging against India or whatever the explanation is," she said according to a transcript of the interview released by the State Department.
Tripoli, Oct 20 (IANS): Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya with an iron fist for over 40 years, was killed on Thursday after being on the run for some two months when he repeatedly vowed to keep fighting until death. The eccentric 69-year-old, who preached a strange cocktail of ideology based on Islam and socialism, died in his hometown Sirte, apparently after being wounded in the legs. A fighter from the National Transitional Council (NTC) told BBC that Gaddafi cried for mercy as the forces advanced menacingly. “Don’t shoot,” he pleaded while hiding in a hole. There were other versions of his final moments too. Tens of thousands of Libyans took to the streets across the country to celebrate as news of the former dictator’s death spread. Gaddafi’s death marked the end of a prolonged revolt that began in Benghazi in February, inspired in part by the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Gaddafi used strong arm methods to put down the rebellion, and it looked initially that he may succeed. But the US and other Western countries came out strongly in favor of NTC, sealing Gaddafi’s fate. From Aug 23, as the rebels seized Tripoli, Gaddafi was on the run. He kept issuing statements from hideouts. There were conflicting versions of how he died. One account said he bled to death while being taken away to Misrata town. Other reports said he was shot in the head. Yet another version said he was slain while fleeing. Al-Jazeera also reported that Gaddafi’s fourth son Mutassim was captured in Sirte, several hours after his father was killed. The fall of Sirte and Gaddafi marked the end of another major chapter in the Arab world which has seen unprecedented upheavals in recent times that have led to regime change in Egypt and Tunisia. Yemen, Algeria, Syria and Bahrain have also seen mass protests against their rulers. Gaddafi was one of the world’s
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India presses France to resolve turban ban issue
French Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, Alain Juppe (L) talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. New Delhi, Oct 20 discuss the sensitive issue. (IANS): India on Thurs"The turban is a symbol day pressed France to find of dignity. It's a sensitive a "mutually acceptable issue for every Indian. We resolution" of the ban on had discussions with the Sikhs wearing turbans in French to find a mutupublic places. Paris indi- ally acceptable solution," cated its willingness to External Affairs Minis-
ter S.M. Krishna said at a joint press conference with his French counterpart Alain Juppe. "I have also written a letter to Italy's foreign minister on problems faced by the Sikhs at airports. We are pursuing the matter with the EU as well," Krishna replied when asked about the French ban on wearing turbans in that country. The French government has imposed a blanket ban on wearing of turbans and any other religious headgear by students to
schools. The Sikh community in France and India has vigorously protested against the move and has appealed to the French government to revoke the ban. Juppe said that there was no discrimination against the Sikh community in his country, but stressed that the ban was in accordance with France's policy of secular state. He added that the Sikhs were treated exactly like the Christians, the Jews and other communities.
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longest rulers, having seized power in a bloodless coup in September 1969 against King Idris. He was 27 years old then. Gaddafi later turned Libya into a hub for revolutionaries, angering the US, which was also piqued with his pro-Soviet leaning. Along with Syria, South Yemen, Algeria and PLO, Libya became a member of the “Arab Steadfastness Front” in the 70s and 80s that advocated Israel’s destruction. US President Barack Obama hailed the event as a ‘momentous day’ in the history of Libya.”Today we can de-
finitively say that the Gaddafi regime has come to an end,” he said in a televised statement from the Rose Garden of the White House. The “dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted.” Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on all sides in Libya to lay down their arms and work together peacefully to rebuild the North African nation. “Clearly, this day marks an historic transition for Libya,” Ban said at UN Headquarters in New York, reacting to the reports of the death of the Libyan leader and the end of fighting in Sirte and other cities.
Gaddafi antagonized India with Kashmir remarks
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS): India has been scaling up its relations with Libya over the years, largely driven by energy interests, but its long-standing ruler Muammar Gaddafi, who is now dead, was no great friend of New Delhi. In fact, under his regime India and Libya have been at best distant neighbors. Gaddafi was perceived here to be a friend of Pakistan who benefited from the A.Q Khan illicit nuclear smuggling network and one who raked up the Kashmir issue in the UN General Assembly two years ago. Much to the outrage of New Delhi, Gaddafi supported the idea of an "independent state" for Kashmir and said that it should be a "Baathist state" between India and
IN BRIEF Taliban hub to host peace meet
Islamabad, Oct 20 (IANS): A peace conference will be held in the Pakistani city of Quetta, a known Taliban hub, with a view to promote religious harmony. Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Pakistan. He antagonized India again when, on the eve of the UN Security Council debate and vote against Libya in February, he compared his crackdown against the Libyan opposition to India's actions in Kashmir. When the Western powers mounted pressure on him, he wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and also sought Indian investments in Libya's oil and gas industry at the height of the civil war. With Qaddafi's death, India, which has been cautiously watching developments in Libya, will have to craft a new policy of engagement with the new dispensation that emerges in Tripoli.
said religious scholars and others from all over Pakistan and abroad will be invited to attend the conference. The conference aims to “end sectarian hatred and violence”, the official APP news agency quoted Malik as saying. It did not when the meeting would be held.
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New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS): Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi Thursday said the government was not considering selling its stake in the national carrier Air India. “There is no such plan for disinvestment or for having an IPO (initial public offering) of Air India,” Vayalar Ravi told reporters on the sidelines of an industry event here. “My first priority as a civil aviation minister is to bring Air India in noprofit, no-loss (situation),” he said.
manpower, providing mandatory and affordable e-government to the common man and forming a regulatory framework for a secured cyber space by 2020. The national policy on electronics manufacturing targets to achieve, by 2020, a turnover of $400 billion, employment to 28 million people, turnover of $55 billion in chip design and embedded software industry and setting up of 200 electronics manufacturing hubs per annum.
Hooda optimistic of breakthrough in Maruti impasse New Delhi/Gurgaon, Oct 20 (IANS): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Thursday said he expected the talks the Maruti Suzuki management and striking workers were having to end the dragging labor unrest. “The talks between the workers and the management and the labor department are on,” Hooda told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Gurgaon. “And we hope to find a resolution soon.”
Focus on mechanization to deal with farm labor shortage New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS): In order to deal with shortage of farm labor, which shifts to a rural job plan during the sowing season, the agriculture ministry
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS): Inflation in India is being driven by supply side constraints but will come down to lower than 8 percent by this fiscal end, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said Thursday. “By the end of the year, you will have inflation at lower than 8 percent. There is an expectation that inflation rate would begin to soften in December,” Ahluwalia said at the economic editors conference here. “You could argue that government has said that before, I have also said it before. But frankly there have been very unusual developments in-
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New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS): The new policies for the telecom, information technology (IT) and electronics sectors would usher in a new phase of growth and add millions of jobs, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said Thursday. “The three policies together aim to ensure that information communication technology equipment (ICTE) permeates to all aspects of society, business, governance, finance and other aspects of modern life,” Sibal said while addressing the Economic Editors Conference here. The National Telecom Policy (NTP), 2011, aims to introduce nation-wide mobile number portability and roaming, one license across services and service areas and access to broadband. “We will try to get the cabinet permission this year and start implementing the (telecom) policy from as early as next year,” he said. The policy on IT targets revenue of $300 million from the industry, creating 10 million additional skilled
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Panaji, Oct 20 (IANS): The Goa government Thursday did a volte face on promoting lesbian gay bisexual transsexual (LGBT) tourism by choosing to drop a discussion on it at the statesponsored tourism and travel mart which begins Friday. The decision was taken after right wing groups and the Goa church criticized the government’s decision to endorse LGBT tourism at the three-day Goa International Travel Mart (GITM). Speaking to reporters, Goa Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar said that LGBT tourism may not augur well with a section of the populace in Goa. “We will not have the knowledge session on the issue as it does not augur well with many people,” he said. “The officials wanted to create awareness among buyers about this segment, which has been growing,” said Halarnkar. “Even if the government gives permission, people here will not accept it,” BST (Baba Ramdev led Bharat Swabhiman Trust) spokesperson Kamlesh Bandekar said. “In the last few years, the Goa government has already allowed drug trafficking, casinos and prostitution to fester, now this! We are going to lobby with people against the promotion of LGBT tourism here,” he added.
is focusing on mechanization in the Twelfth Five Year Plan 2012-17. Agriculture ministry sources said farm labor usually shifts to MGNREGS during the sowing season as it gets better wages under the rural job plan.
ternationally, which have led to this problem,” he added. Annual inflation based on the wholesale price index was recorded at 9.72 percent in September. Latest data showed food inflation soaring past double digits. For the week ended Oct 8, food inflation was registered at 10.6 percent, rising from the 9.32 percent in the previ-
ous week. Ahluwalia said supply side constraints were the primary reason for the rise in inflation. “What you see recently is inflation not necessarily because of pressures on the demand side, although there may have been some,” said the deputy chairman. “Our objective in the 12th plan is to push for supply side capabilities which will generate 9 percent (GDP) growth. If we succeed in that we are not going to generate more inflation as long as we are adding to the supply side.”
India ranked 132 in ease of doing business: Report New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS): India ranks 132 out of 183 countries in terms of the domestic regulatory environment for doing business, according to a World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) report released Thursday. “India’s rank in this year’s report has improved by seven due to the improvement in regulatory framework, which now allows for e-filling of value added tax and collateral registry,” Dahlia Khalifa, senior advisor, World Bank Group, told IANS. According to Khalifa, reforms in registration of credit, tax and trade information have helped India improve its domestic business environment. In another section of the report which looks at reforms in
the last six years, India fared much better and was ranked 22. “In the last six years, India has made 20 business regulation reforms in seven key areas and has now become a leader in areas such as getting credit, collateral registry and protection of investors,” he added. In areas such as getting credit, India stood at the 40th rank, while in investor protection, it was ranked 46. Meanwhile, India fared poorly in areas such as starting a business (166th rank), getting an electricity connection (98), construction permits (181), paying taxes (147) and contract enforcement (182). This is the ninth annual report by the World Bank which studies the domestic regulatory environment for enterprises.
US stocks end mixed, Europe still in focus New York, Oct 21 (IANS): US stocks pared most of their early losses and ended mixed Thursday after French and German leaders said that there will be a “definitive agreement” to address the region’s debt problems before Wednesday, Xinhua reported. The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 11,541.78, gaining 37.16 points, or 0.32 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 ended up 5.51 points, or 0.46 percent, to 1,215.39. The Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 5.42 points, or 0.21 percent, to 2,598.62. Major indexes were under pressure in morning session as there was rumor that the European summit
aiming at addressing the crisis might be postponed owing to disagreements on how to deploy cash in the bailout fund. However, losses were quickly pared in the afternoon after the leaders of France and Germany said that a key bailout plan would be approved by next Wednesday at the latest. The market has become overly sensitive to chatters and rumors out of Europe and to the headline news recently. Anything related to a possible solution to the European debt problems can move the market. According to the Labour Department, the number of people applying for jobless benefits dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 403,000 last week, in line with previous estimates.
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Changing International Political Scenario: From a Unipolar to a Multipolar World
ly Multi-polar world begins to waneâ€? (2025: The End of US dominance 2008). The changing economic conditions and trade relations are one of the few reasons for shift in the international scenario. China is one of the leading traders of the world while Japan is a growing technological country. India on the other hand has been considered as a strong ally in south Asian countries as well as its role as a sort of spokesperson for the third world nations. India was also one of the leading founders of NAM (Non Align Movement) and is still a democratic country since its independence. Brazil on the other hand is a well developed agricultural and mining country with a good service
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What is the current International Scenario? Are we a unipolar world? Or are we a multi-polar world ? Is there a shift or change in global politics? All these questions are very prominent amongst international political thinkers these days. The change in the global world order is slowly and gradually coming in the light of the global community. After the end of the Second World War the global community witnessed a bipolar world. It was ideologically divided into two power blocs of capitalist USA and communist USSR (erstwhile) as the superpowers and their allies. A situation of cold war had engulfed the international political world. However, after the disintegration of erstwhile USSR in 1991 the entire global scenario shifted focus from a bipolar world to a unipolar world with USA as the hegemonic power. A unipolar world is an international scenario where there is only one superpower and in this case it was USA. However, the global community is again witnessing slow and gradual but prominent signs of change in the international political system. The world is slowly and gradually changing from a unipolar world to a multipolar world, where there are numerous centers of power. Even though it is a subtle process and USA still holds a superior status yet the process of change has already taken the first step. It is only a matter of time and international circumstances, which will finally change the world from a unipolar one to a multipolar one. Alternate centers of power have been developed in the world and they are slowly and gradually acquiring more and more power. EU i.e. European Union; ASEAN- Association of South East Asian countries; SAARCSouth Asian Association for Regional Cooperation; BRICS- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, are the organizations, which are slowly and gradually gaining more and more influence in the international scenario. India, China, Russia, Japan and Germany are considered some of the growing influential countries in the world order today. Even US President Barack Obama said that, â€œthe country he inherits will no longer be able to call the shots alone, as its power over an increasing-
sector; While the European Union is very strong regional organization, which in way has control over the entire Europe. The economic condition of the
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world is one of the most prominent reasons for the shift. The recent recessions and downfall in the American economy further added salt to the wound. Countries like China and Russia agreed to expand their currencies in the bilateral trades so as to reduce the dependence on US dollar. A multipolar world would thus in a way benefit the international economic order as it would work towards providing financial stability to the world by reducing the effect of downfall of the US dollar. Even the World Bank agrees that countries like India and China provide a basis for global growth. Common international problems like environment issues, economic
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downfalls, terrorism also add to the fact of reducing gaps between the international issues thus giving them a common ground. Global governance and multilateralism would also strengthen the concept of a multipolar world and conferences like G20 are a step towards it. Hence it can be concluded that even though the world today is not completely multipolar, it also not completely unipolar either. USA is slowly and gradually losing its title of the hegemonic power and alternate centers of powers are being developed in the world. The world is slowly shifting its focus towards an International scenario where there are a number of ruling powers rather than one or two. India, China and Russia are among the leading powers to bring about this concept of change in the international order and challenge the supremacy of a few countries. - Aarshi Dua
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Sex Education: Why it should no longer be a taboo in India! With India’s rapidly growing population, teenage pregnancies, rising number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases, there are many who would say that education and awareness are the only solutions to these problems. Due to the lack of information made available, there are questions which remain unanswered in the minds of the youth and even some adults. It is time that Sex education is given more importance in India. Efforts should be made to introduce sex education and if necessary be made compulsory for every school in a manner that is tactful and where sensitive topics are appropriately addressed.
Whispers’ in the dark…
Sex education for the youth does not mean challenging or hurting anyone’s culture and religious beliefs, but rather it is about increasing fact based awareness which will cater to the lifestyle of each generation. Rural India in particular, although not limited to it, requires the benefit of this education. Adolescents between the age group of 14 to 21 in particular should be well aware of all the effective methods of prevention of STD’s as they are more likely to be experimental.
So the question we must ask ourselves is why is the word “sex” a taboo? Why did our public school Biology teacher choose to skip those last few pages when this was the first time the entire class was paying attention? The answer to this for most people is that if we do not speak of it, then the problem will evaporate into thin air * POOF*. Ignorance is what causes some government officials to think homosexuality is a disease and that women that go to pubs are “easy” or women wearing shorts and skirts are “asking for it”. Sex Education will mean a change of attitude towards sex in general, whether it is the opposite one or otherwise! Nandita Shamlal, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Some people give too much lip service to the phrase ‘there’s no gain without pain’. ‘Pain’ doesn’t always refer to that of the ‘hurting’ variety. Sometimes, it represents ‘hard work’. An option does exist to make strides in an area that has been difficult recently but this difficulty is easing now. You can make a significant gain without having to experience pain of any sort. Don’t convince yourself otherwise.
A well-known saying involves someone named Muhammad, his acceptance of the fact that a mountain wasn’t going to come to him and decision to go to it instead. You appear to be considering a move that will bring you closer to something or someone at a distance. Although this plan has significant, life changing implications, it also has potential to offer freedom you have longed for whilst closing a gap that has been the cause of a frustrating separation.
Many people go into ‘attack mode’ at the first opportunity if they feel they must defend themselves in some way. When this happens, their perceived adversary usually does the same. If both parties truly understood each others’ issues and had all facts available, then there would perhaps be more willingness to talk rather than take defensive stances. You can escape a tense discussion by taking necessary time to establish certain facts now.
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People are often afraid to ask for help. People are often unwilling to ask for help. There can be a difference between being afraid and unwilling. Through fear, we dread another person’s response. Through being unwilling, we often believe we haven’t explored all options before calling upon someone else’s assistance. Someone in your world wants to help you. Accepting will do much to resolve a problem you would truly like to see the back of.
Having power to transform a situation is a bit like having ‘potential’, until it is realized, very little happens. It’s within your capability to make something close to your heart happen by making a conscious decision to invest some time and effort toward it. You probably sense that there’s no more time left to think about what you’d like to make happen. You probably sense that giving some effort is better than doing nothing at all. Your senses are correct. Trust them.
Many people enjoy ‘fixing’ things. They assess what’s in need of repair, enjoy the process of discovering how something ‘works’ and provide a remedial solution. Sometimes, we confuse a need to repair with a need to ‘improve’. We believe that, if something isn’t how we want it to be, it is ‘broken’ and requires ‘fixing’. What you believe needs fixing simply needs a bit more time to mature. It will improve, in its own time and without you having to intervene.
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Imaginations can be like small puppies in cages. When confined, they’re easily managed. When let loose, they sometimes become uncontrollable. Your imagination could be doing you a disservice now, only because you’re unlikely to be seeing a situation as it really is and could be creating unnecessary worry for yourself. Accept that there’s much more to a scenario than you perceive and you’ll save yourself a lot of stress now.
There are some things in life that, no matter how hard you polish them, will never shine. You are considering the fact that a particular situation is likely to never change or improve, no matter how much effort or possibly money you invest in it. Don’t see this as a reason to be regretful or despondent. It’s this realization that will free you from an unhappy or undesirable scenario.
First things first, get a clear view of the entire picture!
Remember, all that glitters isn’t gold!
Imagine children at a birthday party beating a piñata with stick. The piñata is showing no signs of breaking. Children have grown bored with whacking it and run off to find something else to do. One shy child picks up the abandoned stick and with the feeblest of hits, breaks the piñata wide open, spilling its glorious contents on the ground. A similar experience awaits you. With the tiniest amount of faith and effort, you can achieve something that will truly touch your heart.
People in Third World countries have been told that, to clear their debt, they must cut down rain forests. They’re then instructed not to cut down rain forests because of massive environmental implications. We can hardly blame them for being confused! For some time, you’ve received contradictory demands from someone who wants you to do X and then demands you do Y instead. Trust that this frustrating and counterproductive scenario is finally coming to an end.
Money, they say, facilitates more opportunities than lack of money ever could. It’s therefore interesting how many multi-millionaire business people started with barely in a penny in their pockets. Their belief in their abilities was so strong that they overcame the fact they had no money to help them to pursue their dream. You don’t need nearly as many material resources as you believe you do to begin pursuing something close to your heart.
The time for wondering, considering, assessing and analyzing is drawing to a close. An argument is beginning to become tedious. If something is unattainable now, then there’s much you can do to make it attainable. A need exists for you to prove yourself in some way. Someone’s decision or lack of faith in your abilities can be reversed but only if you’re willing to create a situation they cannot ignore or refuse.
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Know your current Fitness level Kickboxing isn’t for the faint hearted, so if you have no stamina then perhaps you should do more cardio as preparation for kickboxing. It will involve strenuous warm up exercises like stretches, pushups, crunches and jumping jacks to name a few. Starting off with an hour long class is the biggest mistake for someone whose regular work out isn’t vigorous, you ultimately won’t be able to move the next morning and the whole purpose would be lost.
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Kickboxing for Fitness Everyone needs to stay fit. If you’re bored with your standard options like yoga, gyming, dancing or sports then kick boxing might just be the kick you really need. Kickboxing, popularly known as boxing aerobics or cardio kickboxing, is a fast paced and adrenalin pumping sport. It is the perfect fusion of martial arts, aerobics and boxing which automatically ensures that you get a full-fledged and full body work. Kickboxing not only helps you burn calories in large amounts, it also makes sure that your routine will toughen up your body and mind. Before you know it you will have better reflexes, confidence and power.
Comfort comes first
Back to the basics… Warms ups are important for any form of exercise, so once you’re loosened up its time to get cracking. The basics of kickboxing include a combination of punches, palm strikes and of course, kicks. Once one has mastered these routines individually and together using specific muscles, then you can move forward. Cooling down after a fierce work out is crucial so don’t take it lightly, do stretches or let yourself loose and dance if you want to.
Make sure you go to see what the classes are like if you are a beginner so that you know the standard of the instructor as well as the equipment used. It’s a good idea to know what you’re getting yourself into. Wear loose clothes to ensure that your body is getting enough room for movement, along with comfortable shoes. The most important factor, drink lots of water before, after and even during the exercises so that you don’t get dehydrated.
Self defense is the best offence
If you’re a girl and especially in a city like Delhi, there could be a time you would want to defend yourself, kickboxing is the way to go. You’ll learn a series of routines that will make sure you feel safe in your own skin, should the need arise to bring out your inner Charlie’s Angel.
If you’re stressed or have a temper, kickboxing is perfect for you as it can be used as a medium through which you are able to release your frustrations. Try it and you just might like it!
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Dancing to the new beats! A look at Indian men’s changing attitude
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hile this classical form of dance is prominent among women all over the world, more and more men are turning to it, even in India. Sanjay Khatri, who started learning ballet at the age of 19, says that his involvement in this form of dancing was an uncalculated move. ”When I first came to Delhi, I wanted to become a model but ended up taking ballet classes. Though initially it seemed all too boring, I slowly started getting fascinated by the jumps and the turns involved in it and fell in love with it”. He adds, “When I started I was the only guy in the class of twenty girls, though few guys joined in between but left a little too early, which might just have been because of the inhibition to train between so many girls. However, the scenario has changed drastically in the last 7-8 years and now you
see almost the same ratio of guys in the training schools compared to girls”. So, what has brought about India’s change in attitude towards this art? Fernando Aguilera who hails from Argentina has over the years observed the phenomenon very closely, having started his training school in Delhi in 1999. According to Aguilera, “Guys used to shy earlier assuming that ballet is an art made for girls. However, there is no dearth of opportunities now in Indian market, including movies and reality shows, and that has opened the door for many aspiring performers. It’s much easier and acceptable for guys to learn ballet now”. Gilles Chuyen is a professional ballet performer, who hails from France but now stays in India. He is over whelmed with the interest shown by young Indian men to step up to learn ballet dancing.
“I think dance based reality shows have done wonders to the confidence level of the guys and they are now open to learn a different form of dancing”. According to Chuven, Ballet also helps to understand and take up other dance forms more easily. “Ballet redefines your body movements and learning any dance style when you know ballet, becomes that much easier”. As for those young men out there who like sweating it out and have always felt a little envious of those with six pack abs, Gilles said “when you are training for 7-8 hours in the day, sharpness in the body
and the abs all come automatically”. This aspect especially motivates young men into this dance form as it gives them an amazing workout improving both flexibility as well as body tone. The art that requires a lot of strength and flexibility also demands a routine and diet that makes up for the wasted energy while practicing. “Maintaining your diet and eating food that is high on protein is very important. Ballet dancers don’t require any weight training per say, as their schedule is already very rigorous and demanding. Their body muscles gain strength with time and training” shares fitness trainer Vesna Jacob .
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The Land of Smiles
They called Thailand `The Land of Smiles’, and with good reason- for there’s a smile on every face here, a welcoming and friendly smile. The land itself, a completely intoxicating blend of clear azure seas, white beaches, goldspired temples and serene-faced Buddhas, is welcoming all the way. For the sun-seeking, leisure-loving band, the gloriously white, palmfringed beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui, Hua-Hin and Pattaya are perfect. For a change from beaches and blue seas, travel inland to the historic cities of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, where ancient ruins stand sentinel, seemingly against the passage of time itself. Take a trip into the mountains, to the pretty city of Chiang Mai, erstwhile capital of the kingdom, or go on a tryst with nature in the Khao Yai National Park. And, should you get tired of history and culture and natural beauty, head for the national capital, Bangkok. Slick, sleek, raunchy Bangkok, which manages to be home to tranquil pagodas and chaotic bazaars, quiet side streets and the hottest bars in this part of the world. Tread the temple trail through Bangkok’s 400-odd wats (Monasteries); whiz down the city’s canals in a boat; feast on some of the most mouthwatering grub anywhere on earth. Sawasdee (Welcome) to the land of the Thais – to the country of smiles, to a kingdom with a hundred wonderful treasures, each just waiting to be discovered.
Making your way here… A host of airlines operate regular flights to and from the international airports at Bangkok from the major cities of India and rest of the world.
A Roof over Your Head… Thailand’s amazingly popular on tourist itineraries, which translates into a vast range of accommodation options to choose from. Sleek five-star deluxe hotels and resorts; budget hotels and guesthouses are just some of the many places you can stay while in the country.
…and getting around
Making your way around Thailand is best done by air as the network is efficient and extensive. Within cities, transport options are abundant, running the gamut from overhead trains (Bangkok’s `Sky Train) and river-taxis to buses, cabs, motorbiketaxis and cars for hire.
… a Good Meal, a Great Bargain and more. Fresh herbs and seafood, delicate flavours and fiery spices give Thai cuisine a flavour all its own. Tuck into it at posh restaurants, tiny eateries, roadside stalls- you’ll find exquisitely cooked local food virtually everywhere! For those whose taste buds aren’t too adventurous, there are always a number of restaurants serving Continental, Indian or other cuisines. Thailand’s a great place to go shopping for everything from jewellery and cloth (especially silk) to basketry, ceramics, flowers and more.
…and one Last bit of Advice. Tourists attract touts by the score, and the only way to deal with them is to keep a step ahead. Do not get taken in by those who’ll swoop down on you, offering guided tours, transport and more at huge discounts. Bargain, when you are out at local markets, but remember to smile. It goes a long way in Thailand!
Friday, 21st October, 2011
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Rahane shines as India take 3-0 lead against England
Star boxer Akhil Kumar joins Mumbai Fighters
Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS): Mumbai Fighters, the only Indian team for the upcoming World Series of Boxing (WSB) has roped in star pugilist Akhil Kumar in their squad. With several international and national medals and awards in boxing, Akhil's "open guarded" style will be an asset to the team. A 2005 Arjuna awardee, Akhil's biggest achievement was his bantamweight (54 kg) gold at 2006 Commonwealth Games. "We are excited to have Akhil Kumar as a fighter. He is a strong and experienced boxer with tremendous will power" said Udit Sheth, Team Principal of Mumbai Fighters and MD-CEO of TransStadia said. "Boxing the pro way was always something that excited me and joining the Mumbai Fighters will help me do that to a great extent. Being with them will not only help me train and get in better shape, but also help me to keep an eye on my ultimate aim of qualifying for me is the London Olympic Games," Akhil said.
Ajinkya Rahane Mohali, Oct 20 (IANS): India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the fivematch ODI series on Thursday, beating England by five wickets in the third One-day International. Chasing England's 298 for four, India made 300/5 in style, with Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sealing the match with a four at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium. Openers Ajinkya Rahane (91) and Parthiv Patel (38) gave India a great start with their 79-run stand. Rahane was in fine touch and strengthened the good start, adding 111 runs for the second wicket with Gautam Gambhir (58). Man of the Match Rahane, who hit six fours in his 104-ball knock, missed out on his maiden ODI century after he failed to pick-up a slower from Steve Finn. Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli (35) left in quick succession, leaving India at 235 for five. Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja (26) took India home safely with their unbroken 65-run stand for the sixth wicket. Earlier, riding on an unbeaten 98 from Jonathan Trott and half centuries from Samit Patel and Kevin Pietersen, England posted a challenging 298 for four in 50 overs.
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sons at the Sahara Force India Formula One Team flag raising event on Thursday. "I have been to a Grand Prix before when I was in Northampton playing for Northamptonshire in 2006. I will be present there on the 30th to witness the epoch-making event. I wish I could sit inside this car (pointing to the Force India car model)," he said.
We are backing ourselves to chase any total: Dhoni Tim Bresnan. Dhoni said the team was confident of chasing any total. "I think it was a very good performance. We are backing ourselves to chase whatever the opposition scores, and we have been doing that. The upper middle order did the job for us," Dhoni said. Indian cricket team captain MS England skipper Alastair Dhoni (R) celebrates with his team Cook admitted that it was mate Ravindra Jadeja (L) tough for the team to narrowly miss a win. Mohali, Oct 20 (IANS): A re"It's a tough defeat to take, eslieved India skipper Mahendra pecially when it's so close. Six an Singh Dhoni credited the top over is always a tough chase, but order batsmen for clinching the credit to the way MS and Jadeja thrilling five-wicket victory over finished that off," Cook said. England in the third ODI and He also felt their fielding was sealing the series. not upto their standards. The Indian skipper finished "Our fielding has been slightly the match in style, hitting two below par, which is unusual for consecutive fours in the first two us, and today it cost us 20 to 25 balls of the last over bowled by runs in the field." SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP
Kolkata, Oct 20 (IANS): Former Indian cricket skipper Sourav Ganguly is gung-ho about the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix and feels it will be a big leap in broadening the sports environ in the cricket-crazy nation. "The cricket crazy nation will get to taste something new and extremely exciting. It has the potential to find its audience in the country," Ganguly told media per-
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Sri Lanka amateur golf: Chikka, Gagan win men's team title
Kandy, Oct 20 (IANS): The Indian men's team of S. Chikkrangrappa and Gagan Verma won the international team event at the Sri Lankan Amateur Open Golf Championships, edging out Bangladesh by one stroke on Thursday. Chikka, made up for his first round 79 with an one-under 72 on the apr-73 course, while Gagan
Verma, who had a 72 on first day shot 74 on the second day. In the individual competition for men, Gagan is lying second and Chikka is sixth. Indian girls Gurbani Singh and Gauri Monga finished second in the Ladies behind Malaysian duo of H Fariza Ismail, 14 years, and Loy Hee Ying, 17 years, topped
the competition with a total of 302, while India totaled 304. Sri Lankans Niloo Jayatilleke and A Rasika were third at 339. The match-play competition has begun for girls, where Gurbani won her match on the 15th, while Gauri lost her match. She was all square at 13th, but lost 15th and 17th to lose 2 and 1.
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Advani eyeing eighth World billiards title
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Champions League: Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal and AC Milan win
Bangalore, Oct 20 (IANS) Pankaj Advani, the 26-year-old winner of seven World titles, hopes to add another to his kitty as he sets off for the World professional billiards championship at Leeds, in Britain, beginning Oct 24. Advani is seeded fifth behind defending champion Mike Russell (England, 1), Dhruv Sitwala (India, 2), David Causier (England, 3) and Geet Sethi (India, 4). In addition to intense Billiards training sessions at the Karnataka State Billiards Association here, Advani has worked extensively to improve his fitness levels. Advani said: "Generally, I have two training sessions a day. I start early in the morning, train for a couple of hours and then go back in the evening for a second session of billiards. On days when I have gym sessions in the morning, I play in the evenings.
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) India's Saina Nehwal crashed out of the women's singles second round of the Denmark Open badminton with a 19-21, 13-21 loss to Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese Taipei at Odense on Thursday. It took 36 minutes for Tzu to close the match. However, the Indian pair of Jwala Gutta and V. Diju entered the mixed
doubles quarterfinals with a 21-16, 21-19 victory over the English combine of Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier. They now await the winner of the second round match between thirdseeded Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark and South Koreans Baek Choel Shin and Ha Na Kim.
London, Oct 20 (IANS) Europe's champion club Barcelona of Spain, English Premier League clubs Chelsea and Arsenal and Italy's AC Milan all collected full points from their Champions League games on Wednesday. Barcelona and AC Milan stayed atop of Group H. Spanish champions
beat the Czech side Victoria Pizen 2-0 with goals from Andres Iniesta, returning after a hamstring injury, and David Villa while the Italian champions defeated BATE Borisov of Belarus by an identical score as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin Prince Boateng scored. Chelsea swamped Genk 5-0 at
Stamford Bridge as Spanish striker Fernando Torres scoring his first goals in the competition for the club. He struck twice as the Blues sit pretty at the top of Group E -- three points clear of second placed Bayer Leverkusen. Raul Meirelesalso, Branislav Ivanovic and substitute Salomon Kalou scored the other goals.
Group E: Bayer Leverkusen, Germany, beat Valencia, Spain, 2-1 at at Leverkusen; Chelsea, England, beat Genk, Belgium, 5-0, in London. Group F: Arsenal, England, beat Marseille, France, 1-0 at Marseille; Olympiakos, Greece, beat Borussia Dortmund, Germany, 3-1, at Piraeus, Greece. Group G: Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine, drew with Zenit St Petersburg, Russia, 2-2, Donetsk; Porto, Portugal, drew with APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus, 1-1, at Oporto. Group H: Barcelona, Spain, beat Viktoria Plzen, Cezch Republic, 2-0, at Barcelona; AC Milan, Italy, beat BATE Borisov, Belarus, 2-0 at Milan.
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After Ponting-Clarke century stand, Johnson-Cummins bowl Australia to victory
Johannesburg, Oct 20 (IANS) New fast bowling sensation Pat Cummins spearheaded Australia's big win over South Africa in their first one-day cricket international, taking three important wickets in a rain-affected start to the series at Centurion. Cummins, 18, celebrated his inclusion in the Test squad earlier in the week with a burst of speed to rattle the South Africans. He dismissed Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy and Johan Botha at key stages of the game. At this rate, he will become Australia's second youngest ever Test cricketer by making his debut. All the five Australian bowlers returned with wickets. Doug Bollinger continued to make Graeme Smith's life miserable, having the former South African captain leg-before in the first over. Spinner Xavier Doherty took two for 23 while Mitchell Johnson got back his rhythm to take
three wickets and young all-rounder Mitchell Marsh continued his T20 form by taking the wicket of South African captain Hashim Amla (24). A century partnership between Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke helped Australia to score 183 for four. Clarke (44 from 48), who predicted his predecessor as captain would be the man-of-the one-day series, is proving to be prophetic as Ponting scored a brilliant 63 off 77 balls. In a revised match of 29 overs for each side under the DuckworthLewis system, Australia reached 183, but had their total readjusted to mean South Africa required 223 for victory. But the Australian attack, led by Cummins (3-28) and Johnson (3-20), quickly brought about a South African collapse, the home side mustering only 129 before being all out in the 22nd over.
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‘Amitabh has made inestimable contribution to global cinema’
‘Rockstar’ title can go against film: Ranbir ERIKA FISH / QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOL / AFP
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS): Congratulating legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan on receiving an honorary Australian doctorate, the country’s High Commissioner to India Peter Varghese said Thursday the Bollywood star has made an “inestimable contribution to global cinema”. Bachchan was Thursday awarded an honorary Australian doctorate by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for his outstanding contribution to creative industries over several decades. “I congratulate Bachchan on his honorary doctorate from QUT, an important academic institution in my home city of Brisbane,” Varghese said. “I want to thank Bachchan for his enormous contribution to global cinema. In accepting this award he will encourage the important cultural conversation between India and Australia,” Varghese added. Bachchan is the second person to receive the honor. Infosys Technologies chief mentor Narayana Murthy was the first.
Mumbai , Oct 20 (IANS): Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor says the title of his upcoming film “Rockstar” may suggest that it is a story of a grungy young boy, but this isn’t so. “The title ‘Rockstar’ can sometimes go against us because when people hear Rockstar, they feel the film will have this guy who will wear a leather jacket, will break the guitar, will create a mess on the stage. Actually the film is about a character, a Jat boy, and whatever happens in his life, he tells the world about it through his songs,” Ranbir told reporters. The actor has strummed the guitar, indulged in head banging, and rocked the stage for the movie, set for release Nov 11. In the movie, Ranbir plays the role of Janardhan or Jordan, an aspiring singer, who goes on to be a popular rockstar.
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‘Senorita’ girl visits Delhi
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE): Maria del Mar Fernandez, the Spanish voice behind the Bollywood hit song “Senorita”, is experiencing first-hand India’s passion for the single during her visit to this capital. The flamenco singer from the southern city of Cadiz gave her first concert Wednesday in New Delhi at the Cervantes Institute’s auditorium, where a big screen was mounted outside due to the enormous interest her visit has generated. Fernandez’s singing voice has become widely recognizable in this nation of 1.2 billion people after this summer’s premiere of “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”. The movie’s biggest musical hit, “Senorita”, a Latin-flavored flamenco song with vocals in both Hindi and Spanish, can now be heard across India. “They don’t know my face so much but when they ask me what I’m doing here and I tell them I’m the singer of ‘Senorita’, they get excited. Everyone knows the song here. It’s incredible,” Fernandez told EFE. Official commitments aside, Fernandez took some time to savor the essence of the city: from the constant honking of horns on chaotic roads to India’s more spiritual and folkloric aspects. The flamenco singer is being accompanied on her visit to New Delhi by guitarist and songwriting partner Jose Carlos Gomez and percussionist Carlos Martin.
Who is Prateik’s girl in ‘Issaq’? New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS): The hunt for actor Prateik Babbar’s love interest in his new film “Issaq” is over but the producers have decided to keep the identity of the girl under wraps. They believe that the chemistry between the girl and Prateik is the USP of the film and it should not fizzle out soon as the film is still under production. “Since the film is an adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the chemistry between the two is very important. After a lot of search we have found the right girl,” said director Manish Tiwary. “We were looking for somebody who is very young and innocent and at the same time can carry off the rustic look of a Banarasi girl. As of now all I can say is I am very happy with Bachchi (her character’s name in the film) and she certainly looks very good with Prateik who has a lean look in the film,” Tiwary added. The film, produced by Shailesh Singh and Dhaval Gada, is being shot in Banaras in Uttar Pradesh and is slated to release early next year.
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS): Singing legend Asha Bhosle entered the Guinness World Records Thursday for the most single studio recordings. The 78-year-old has reportedly recorded up to 11,000 solos, duets and chorus-backed songs in over 20 Indian languages since 1947. Asha, who has evergreen numbers like “Dum maro dum”, “Mehbooba mehbooba” (“Sholay”), “Piya tu ab to aaja” (“Caravan”) and “Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko” (“Yaadon ki Baraat”) to her credit, was conferred with the Guinness honour at the Asian awards function held in London, a statement said. The singer is elated with the record. “Aaj sahi mayne mein mujhe aisa lag raha hai ki mein world ki recognised singer hogayi hu. Mujhe ye pata tha key sabse zyada mere recorded songs hai phir bhi main aaj tak chup rahi (Today, I truly
feel I am a world recognised singer. I always knew I have the maximum number of songs to my credit, still I never said anything all this while,” Asha said. She thanked music researcher Vishwas Nerurkar for helping her get the Guinness title. Asha also had a message for her fans. “Mein apne chahanewalo ko kehna chahungi ke aapka pyar mere liye issi tarha se barkarar rahein aur jis tarha aapne mere gaano ko pyaar kiya hai usi tarhan meri acting (Hindi film ‘Maaee’) ko bi aapka pyar aur ashirwad miley (To all those who love me, I would like to say that I hope your love for me remains the way it has always been and just the way you have loved my songs, you will love my Hindi film ‘Maaee’ too),” she said. Asha will make her big screen acting debut with “Maaee”, which is complete and ready for release.
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I buy classic pieces in dresses: Kelly Brook London, Oct 20 (IANS): Model-actress Kelly Brook says she likes to invest in classic pieces in dresses that suit her curvy figure. "I buy a lot more classic pieces that will last and I've learnt what suits me anything that nips me in at the waist works because I'm curvy. My style is feminine, sexy and classic with a nod to the 50s," contactmusic.com quoted the 31-year-old as saying.
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the 27-year-old Indian modelturned-actress. When contacted, Anirban Das Blah, managing director, KWAN, the agency that handles Freida's endorsements in India, told IANS: "It's a policy never to comment on brand deals. We've witnessed Freida's phenomenal growth in such a short span, and that too on a global platform. Brand Freida stands for very rare, unique and irreplaceable values and imagery, making her the ideal choice for a brand with a global appeal and an Indian focus."
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New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Actress Freida Pinto is strengthening her foothold in the international world. If rumours are to be believed, the "Slumdog Milllionaire" star has inked a two-year endorsement deal with a high fashion apparel brand for $7 million. She is expected to get $3.5 million a year. "Since it is a two year deal, it makes it a $7 million deal. In Indian rupees, it comes out to be approximately Rs.35 crore. It is higher than what any Indian female celebrity has ever been paid," said a source close to
Freida to ink $7 mn Westlife to part ways endorsement deal?
Friday, 21st October, 2011
London, Oct 21 (IANS): Irish boy band Westlife is set to part ways after 14 years of being together. The group consisting of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan have sold over 44 million albums worldwide. They plan to split after the "Greatest Hits" record this Christmas and farewell tour next year, reports contactmusic.com. "Over the years, Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band, we are a family. We would like to
thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too," the band said on their website A source close to the group denied speculation of a rift, saying, "There's no bad blood in the band, they're still great pals. But all good things come to an end and they are all keen to do their own thing". The final tour will see the band showcase all of their 14 number one hits, including "Flying without Wings" and "Swear it Again".
Simpson expecting baby girl? Author- John VanderHaagen
London, Oct 20 (IANS): Singeractress Jessica Simpson is reportedly expecting a baby girl. According to a source close to Simpson and her fiancĂŠ Eric Johnson, the couple is painting the nursery pink, reports contactmusic.com. "She's telling people it's like winning the lottery, twice," the source told In Touch magazine. Simpson and Johnson, who will reportedly exchange vows in Hawaii Nov 11 this year, have already decided a few names. "She and Eric are both so happy," the source said adding, "Johnson has already ordered pink bubblegum cigars to hand out when the baby arrives."