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NEW DELHI : Bhutan's Royal couple, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (L) and Queen Jetsun Pema (2nd L) greet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (2nd R) and President Pratibha Patil (R) during a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi today. Days after their royal wedding, Bhutan's king and queen have arrived here for a nine day trip that will pack in diplomacy as well as a honeymoon in Rajasthan. This is Bhutan's monarch Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck's fourth visit to India since his coronation in November 2008. It will be, however, the first visit of Jetsun Pema Wangchuck as queen of Bhutan. She tied the knot with the 31-year-old king at a colourful Buddhist ceremony at a 17th century monastery in the ancient capital of Punakha less than two weeks ago.
Bhutan’s Royal Newlyweds Arrive In India
Features 11 Diwali Sweets by Tarla Dalal 12 Travel: The Golden Temple
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Kudankulam nuclear plant protest continues
Team Anna dismisses Agnivesh’s allegations
New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Team Anna Sunday dismissed allegations by activist Swami Agnivesh that donations for its anti-graft stir were siphoned off by its member Arvind Kejriwal, even as Congress leader Digvijay Singh demanded a probe into the matter. Team Anna member Manish Sisodia dismissed the allegations made by Swami Agnivesh that Kejriwal had siphoned off Rs.70-80 lakh belongSwami Agnivesh (FILE PHOTO) ing to India Against Corruption (IAC) and diverted the money to his private another team member Kiran Bedi trust. Sisodia said details regard- over allegations of overcharging ing their accounts will be soon put institutions by inflating her travel on the website of Public Cause Re- expenses and said claiming money search Foundation (PCRF), which which one has not spent was “unachad functioned as the secretariat ceptable.” for Hazare’s agitation under the Bedi said there was a “pattern to banner of the IAC. defame” the members. “Our accounts are already on the “Hang some of us if that helps... website. We have conducted a spe- There is obviously a pattern to decial audit for the last six months and fame every member of Team Anna. by the month end we are putting the It has been systematic from day details on the website,” Sisodia said. one,” she said. Sisodia also said that they had She said Team Anna was paying no animosity towards Swami Ag- a personal cost for raising national nivesh. “He could have said some- concerns on rampant corruption thing out of anger,” he added. and voter awareness to ensure the Meanwhile, former chief jus- passing of the Jan Lokpal bill in tice of India J.S. Verma hit out at parliament,” she said.
Chennai, Oct 23 (IANS) The relay fast against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu entered the sixth day Sunday, with more and more people from nearby villages joining the protest. About 1,500 villagers from Idinthakarai, Kudankulam and Avudaialpuram in Idinthakarai in Tirunelveli district are on fast demanding the closure of the nuclear power project, activist S. Sivasubra-
manian told IANS. In Aatur area in Tuticorin district, around 1,000 people are on fast. Similarly, in Radhapuram area of Tirunelveli, some 30 people are on fast, Sivasubramanian of the People’s Rights Movement said. India’s nuclear power plant operator Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) is constructing two 1,000 MW nuclear power reactors
New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Telangana employees JAC (Joint Action Committee) will take a decision today on the government appeal to call off 40-day-old strike for separate state. The Congress Sunday appealed to the leaders of the pro-Telangana agitation in Andhra Pradesh to call off their stir for a separate state in view of the hardships being faced by people during the festive season. Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is incharge of Andhra Pradesh, urged the government employees to call off their strike which has been continuing for a month. Azad said here that people will celebrate major festivals of Diwali and
Eid-ul-Zuha over the next fortnight and strike by employees can cause hardships. He said a major part of discussions in the government and the party on the demand for carving out a separate state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh was over but did not specify a time frame for a decision. “We would like to take a decision as soon as possible,” he said. He said the employees should call off strike and hold talks with the state government. Congress sources said that the party leadership was weighing various options before taking a decision on the issue which has caused divisions in its state unit.
Congress urges pro-Telangana protestors to end stir
CBI witnesses’ statements made court frame 2G charges
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Airbus A-380 (representative image) Hyderabad, Oct 23 (IANS) The world's largest airplane, the Airbus A-380, made an emergency landing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) near here in the early hours of Sunday due to a technical snag. The Emirates Airlines EK385 flight, with 481 passengers on board, was on its way from Bangkok to Dubai, an airport official said. This was the third time in three years that RGIA successfully handled an
A-380, the official said. "The aircraft landed with 481 passengers safely at 3.40 a.m.," an airport spokesman told IANS. The pilot cited a technical snag as the reason for making the emergency landing at the airport in Shamshabad, around 20 km from Hyderabad. "At RGIA, the Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) immediately upgraded themselves from CAT-9 to CAT-10 category to ensure safe landing of the aircraft," said a statement from RGIA.
New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The special court here considered the statements of witnesses presented by the CBI while framing charges against former communications minister A. Raja and 16 others for criminal breach of trust, bribery, forgery and cheating in the 2G spectrum case. The witnesses would be examined during the trial that begins Nov 11. Trusting the statements of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) witnesses, Special Judge O.P. Saini Saturday said that there was incriminating material on record against Raja and 16 others. The court said that there was direct
evidence against Raja, his former aide R.K. Chandolia and former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura. According to the court, the conspiracy to allocate 2G spectrum to ineligible telecom operators began after A. Raja became communications minister in 2007. Special Judge O.P. Saini said that the conspiracy continued till the last tranche of money, Rs.50 crore, was received by Kalaignar TV Aug 7, 2009, as illegal gratification. The CBI court at Patiala House will hear bail pleas of Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi and six others in the 2G scam today.
with Russian technology and equipment in Kudankulam, around 650 km from here. The first unit is expected to go on stream in December. The whole project cost is estimated around Rs.13,000 crore. Villagers are up against the power plant fearing a nuclear accident and its long term impact on the population.
IN BRIEF BJP demands Omar’s resignation Jammu, Oct 23 (IANS) With the Jammu and Kashmir government soon shifting to the winter capital here, considered the stronghold of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (NPP), the two parties have upped the ante against the Omar Abdullah-led dispensation over the custodial death of a National Conference (NC) worker. Omar Abdullah should resign immediately for his incompetence and alleged involvement in the death of the NC activist,” stated a political resolution adopted by the BJP.
Mining scam may hit Kamat’s second term chances
Panaji, Oct 23 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, facing allegations of being part of a Rs.25,000 crore illegal mining scam, may not be the Congress party’s chief ministerial candidate for next year’s polls, a party leader said Sunday. Speaking to reporters at the Congress headquarters here, All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary in charge of Goa, Jagmeet Singh Brar, said Kamat may not be projected as the party’s next chief ministerial choice and the decision would be taken after the elections.
Mining scam may hit Kamat’s second term chances
Bangalore, Oct 24 (IANS) Arrested former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa will know Monday if he will spend Diwali in jail or get bail in two corruption cases ahead of the festival of lights. The Karnataka High Court is expected today to give its ruling on the bail plea of Yeddyurappa filed last Monday, two days after he was arrested and sent to judicial custody. The arrested BJP leader’s counsel pleaded for releasing him on a week’s bail in view of Diwali.
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Inviting platforms for extra Diwali bucks New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Come Diwali, and you see a spate of preDiwali melas and exhibitions being organised, which become an inviting platform for women homemakers to earn during the festive period. “These exhibitions and Diwali melas are very encouraging for women, who cannot afford a shop or advertise to bring their creativity and work before the people and also earn extra money,” Saroj Dudani, who runs a jewellery business from home, told IANS. Whether it’s diyas, candles, cookies, paintings, home decoration accessories and, for that matter, even clothes, one can see many women putting up stalls in Diwali
IN BRIEF Retired IIT professor kills self in Delhi New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) A retired Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) professor committed suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of the IIT building here on Saturday, police said. No suicide note was found. Ashok Kumar Sharma, a resident of Dwarka in south Delhi, jumped from the multi-storey main IIT building at Hauz Khas at around 12:30 p.m.
melas in every colony or society. “These exhibitions and Diwali melas have really helped me establish my business of making cookies and cakes. Sweets are no longer favourite gifting options for people and they are increasingly asking for alternatives. I have been putting my stall in Diwali mela every year and have always got an encouraging response,” said Reena Verma, 35. “If you are putting up a stall in an upmarket place like Galleria, your returns would be 100 percent, and if it is somewhere like small shopping complex Vyapaar Kendra, the returns might just be 50 percent,” she added.
his first wife, police said on Sunday. According to police, Ashwani had separated from his first wife Sheetal, but they were not divorced. He married another woman, Neha, with whom he moved in a rented house in south Delhi 10-12 days ago. “When Sheetal came to know about this, she went to Ashwini’s rented house and started living with him and Neha,” said a police officer. After having an altercation with Sheetal, Ashwani decided to kill her..
Man held for killing wife New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) A 26-year-old man, married to two women, was arrested here for killing
Banned Manipuri outfit chief held for vehicle thefts in Delhi
Court upholds life term for man who raped, killed daughter
Immigration racket busted, three held in Delhi New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) An immigration racket involving the use of fake rubber stamps was busted with the arrest of three people at the international airport here on Sunday, police said. Kulwant Singh, Raj Kumar and Dalvinder Singh Lidhar were arrested at around 11.15 p.m. as they tried to board Air India flight AI-104 to Amritsar at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) George Abraham, who lost his eyesight when he was 10 months old and now heads NGO Score Foundation that runs India’s first helpline for the blind, will run in the Delhi Half Marathon next month to raise funds for a multilingual help desk for the blind. Abraham will run the 21-km Delhi Half Marathon on Nov 27. It is an annual event that sees participation from celebrities, sportspersons and large number of common people, including disabled. It will enter into its seventh edition this year. “My target is to raise Rs.500,000 towards the Eyeway National Help-
New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Dismissing the plea of a man who killed his daughter after raping her in 2005, the Delhi High Court has upheld the rigorous imprisonment for life awarded to him by the trial court. A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Veena Birbal dismissed the appeal filed by Mangal Singh in an order made available Saturday and said that the circumstantial evidence led to inescapable conclusion that it was he who murdered his daughter after committing rape upon her.
New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Three youths from Manipur, including a self-styled commander of the banned People’s United Liberation Front (PULF), were arrested here for vehicle thefts, police said on Sunday. Suraj Khan, 26, Ayub Khan, 36, and Rajib Sheiikh, 22, were arrested from from Munirka in south Delhi on October 19, Deputy Commissioner of Police Chhaya Sharma said. Suraj Khan is the selfstyled PULF chief. Suraj came to Delhi three years ago with his family and stayed in Maharani Bagh in south Delhi, where he started working with a security agency. A graduate, he came in contact with Ayub Khan, another graduate, and got into stealing vehicles. Suraj had been arrested in January for displaying a forged Indian Air Force identity card. He was later released on bail.
desk for the blind, India’s first such helpline,” Abraham told IANS. He ran in the last event also. The help desk was launched in 2006 when people from across the country started calling the NGO with queries pertaining to their lives with blindness in response to its weekly radio programme “Eyeway Yeh Hai Roshni Ka Karawan”. His dream is to reach out to people in the language they are most comfortable with. “Language must not be a barrier to gain access to information on life with blindness. We will launch Eyeway in Bengali and Malayalam later this year,” he said.
Firecrackers go green this Diwali New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Diwali promises to be truly a festival of lights this year with an increasing number of environmentally-conscious people in the metros, especially in the national capital, opting for eco-friendly and smokeless firecrackers. Made of recycled paper, ecofriendly crackers do not contain as much chemicals as conventional firecrackers, and thus emit less smoke and noise. “Unlike the normal cracker making method, the eco-friendly crackers are based on vacuum combustion method. These crackers produce colourful sparks with a considerable sound and less smoke,” A. Muthu, a fireworks dealer in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, told IANS. According to a recent survey by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Sivakasi, home to over 9,500 firecracker factories, produces almost the entire fireworks output of India. Costing from Rs.15 to Rs.3,500, these crackers are also less expensive than the traditional ones.
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chanting, “You are a free Libyan!” Gaddafi, who had ruled Libya for 42 years, was captured and killed by NTC fighters on Thursday near his home town of Sirte. There is still much controversy over the circumstances surrounding his death. The former Libyan strongman died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the results of an autopsy completed by doctors on Sunday.
Gaddafi’s son vows to avenge father’s death
Cairo, Oct 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Seif al-Islam, one of the sons of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has vowed to take revenge for his father’s death. Al-Islam appeared on the Syriabased Alrai TV channel Saturday night with an appeal to his supporters, saying he was alive and staying in Libya and intended to fight to the bitter end against the rebels. “We are continuing resistance. I am in Libya, I am alive and free and willing to fight to the end and take
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When Clinton called Steve Jobs over Lewinsky scandal
London (IANS) Former US president Bill Clinton had once consulted the Apple boss about how to tackle the Monica Lewinsky scandal during a late night tete-a-tete, Steve Jobs’ biography has revealed. Jobs reportedly replied: “I don’t know if you did it, but if so, you’ve got to tell the country.” “There was silence on the other end of the line,” says biographer Walter Isaacson.The biography, to be released Monday, is based on more than 40 interviews with him, as well as comments from scores of close family, friends, workmates and rivals.
revenge,” the TV channel loyal to the Gaddafi regime quoted him as saying. A website of Gaddafi’s supporters earlier posted a statement that Seif al-Islam had been named an heir to the Libyan dictator and charged with the command of forces fighting the rebels. Gaddafi’s body is currently being kept in a cold store in a shopping centre in Misrata, and hundreds of Libyans have been queuing to see it.
Nusrat Bhutto dies, Pakistan declares mourning
Islamabad (IANS) Nusrat Bhutto, the mother of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, has died in Dubai of a protracted illness. She was 82. The Pakistan government on Sunday postponed all political activities for next 10 days following her death. She was former prime minister and founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s wife, the marriage having taken place in 1951.
138 bodies found after Turkey quake Istanbul (IANS) At least 138 bodies have been found after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake hit Turkey’s southeastern Van province Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said early Monday. More than 350 people were injured in the quake, he told Turkey’s TRT television. More than 18 aftershocks, measuring magnitude-4 and above occurred. The Turkish earthquake observatory earlier said the toll could reach 1,000.
Pakistan appreciated after Indian chopper returns safely New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Pakistan on Sunday took into custody four soldiers aboard an Indian chopper which violated its airspace. The helicopter was forced by the Pakistani Air Force to land and all four on board were taken into custody, local media reported quoting military sources. Signaling the spirit of the resumed peace process, an Indian Army helicopter that strayed into Pakistan in bad weather on Sunday returned with its crew after Pakistani authorities let it go. India was prompt to appreciate Pakistan’s understanding. The quick resolution of the issue, which could have become a potential diplomatic minefield, underlined the desire of the both countries to sustain the spirit of trust building that has marked their engagement since they resumed their peace process early this year. The dialogue process was frozen after 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which Pakistani militants were involved. Indian military officials earlier said that pilot error forced the chopper to stray across the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
But given the fact that so far, most Americans do not align with either movement, as shown by recent polls, it’s hard to say which movement will carry the day - and with it which party or candidate - come election time in November 2012.
Bobby Jindal wins 2nd term in landslide Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) Louisiana’s Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal has been re-elected to a second term, winning in a landslide with little opposition from nine other candidates in a bipartisan primary. “You’ve chosen me to be your governor,” Jindal, who at age 36, was the youngest US Bobby Jindal governor when first elected in 2007, and the first Indian American governor, said at his campaign headquarters in Baton Rouge after his reelection on Saturday. Jindal, who was widely favored to win, had 66 percent of the vote with 98 percent precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from Louisiana’s Secretary of State cited by CNN. Jindal, who won his first term in 2007 with 54 percent of the vote, faced little opposition this time around. Early in his first term, Jindal was widely considered a rising Republican star. Speculation about his potential 2012 presidential run started almost as soon as President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. But he repeatedly denied any intention to run for president this year and now backs Texas Governor Rick Perry for the Republican presidential nomination. Attribution: Gage Skidmore
Benghazi, Oct 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Libya’s transitional government Sunday declared national liberation. “Declaration of Liberation. Raise your head high. You are a free Libyan,” National Transitional Council (NTC) deputy head Abdel Hafiz Ghoga announced from the stage before a jubilant crowd in Benghazi, where the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi began. Thousands of voices echoed him
ests has also stressed the need for “a strong, effective financial sector in order for us to grow.” As the Washington Post reported this week, he and the Democratic National Committee have pulled in $15.6 million from the financial industry so far, more than the entire Republican presidential field combined. Analysts have pointed out the perils of Obama identifying too closely with the Occupy movement and centrist Democrats have warned him to stay away lest he get burned if the movement becomes too radical for mainstream Americans. Obama has even compared the Occupy protests to the conservative Tea Party movement in the Republican camp saying they are “not that different from some of the protests we saw coming from the Tea Party.” While Occupy forces find fault in the banks and super-rich, the Tea Party movement blames the government for the economic calamity brought on by the mortgage crisis.
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New rulers declare Libya officially liberated
Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) With the 2012 election scene warming up, the snowballing wall street protests against corporate greed are slowly but surely taking on a political hue as all things are wont to do during the election season. With his approval rating down to 41 percent, according to the latest Gallup poll, an 18 point drop since he took over in January 2009, President Barack Obama has gradually though not fully moved to the side of the protesters. But while trying to use the movement as a vehicle to attack opposition Republican economic policies, he has also sought not to alienate Wall Street, whose ranks include some of his top fundraisers. Obama who has raised tens of millions of dollars for two presidential campaigns from Wall Street inter-
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International community apprised on Tibetans’ plight
Dharamsala, Oct 23 (IANS) Tibetans in exile are reaching out to the international community to intervene in ending human rights violations of Tibetans in China. An official of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), based in this Himachal Pradesh town, told IANS on Sunday a parliamentary delegation was in New Delhi last week to appraise various embassies of the ongoing repression by China. “During the visit to Delhi, the delegation met officials and functionaries of more than a dozen embassies, in-
cluding the US, Britain, France, Denmark, Norway and Finland,” a CTA spokesperson said. He said the delegation, headed by parliament speaker Penpa Tsering, also met members of the European Union. The CTA said nine Tibetans immolated themselves in protest against China’s policies, called for freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama to his homeland. It said five of the nine died. Meanwhile, a French lawmaker has said: “France’s voice must be heard on the international stage and urged the
government to implement a policy which would ensure enforcement of human rights in China.” Thousands of Tibetans Oct 19 participated in prayers there and other parts of the country to express solidarity with people of Tibet. The Dalai Lama along with many of his supporters fled Tibet and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959. India is home to around 100,000 Tibetans.
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From food joints to helipad the business of F1
Greater Noida, Oct 23 (IANS): Over 150 food joints, parking facility for 16,000 cars, a helipad, two-medical facilities and a media centre may sound like a mini-city, but these are just some of the facilities to cater to an expected 100,000 spectators of the inaugural Indian grand prix here. “Our plan is simple, we want every spectator to enjoy the race; for this we have created several world class facilities which will look after all the needs of the spectators and the teams,” said Sameer Gaur, managing director of Jaypee Sports International (JPSI). Gaur said the Buddh International Circuit was more than just asphalt and concrete, as it houses several state-of-the-art facilities ranging
IN BRIEF Gitanjali group inaugurates first golddispensing ATM
from technical assistance for the race teams to kitchens dishing out cuisines from the world over. The inaugural race is scheduled for Oct 28-30. The food section has been designed to cater to the palette of Indian and international spectators, teams and the huge contingent of overseas media. Popular culinary brands such as Haldirams and Nirula’s will also put up their stalls. The race track facility also houses a media centre for around 450 international journalists expected to be at the three-day event and offers a dedicated broadband with speed of 840 MB. Another big attraction will be a performance from American pop icon Lady Gaga -- her first ever in India -- on the last day of the race.
novative ATM was inaugurated at Phoenix High Street in Lower Parel in south Mumbai by Bollywood star Raima Sen and CEO of Gitanjali Export Corporation Sanjeev Agarwal. Designed like an ATM, the machine will dispense gold and silver bars, coins, pendants with religious motifs as well as a range of diamond studded jewellery.
Taj city frets in dark despite privatization
Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS): The Gitanjali Group Saturday launched a first-of-its-kind Gold and Diamond ATM machine, a one-stop shop for buying medallions, coins and jewellery, an official said here. This in-
Agra, Oct 23 (IANS): This Taj city turns dark for several hours daily despite privatization of power distribution last year and a clear Supreme Court directive to ensure “uninterrupted power supply” to the eco-sensitive Taj Trapezium Zone. Power distribution in the city was privatised in April 2010. The Torrent Power Company, which claimed it had done wonders in Gujarat, took over charge from state-owned Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd.
the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The RBI does not provide any reason for the change in the foreign currency assets. It says the assets expressed in US dollar terms include the effect of appreciation
Prices soar in blockadehit Manipur Imphal, Oct 23 (IANS): The economic blockade in Manipur demanding a separate district entered the 84th day Sunday, even as it has led to sky rocketing prices of various commodities, officials said. The blockade which began Aug 1, on two arterial national highways (NH) in northern Manipur, has led to an unrivalled crisis of essentials commodities. Prices have shot up three to four times, according to officials. “The chief minister and Governor Gurbachan Jagat have repeatedly urged the agitators to withdraw the blockade,” a government official told reporters here Saturday. The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) began the indefinite road blockade on NH 53 and NH 39 that links the northeastern state with the rest of the country. They are demanding that the Sadar Hills sub-division in the Naga-dominated Senapati district in northern Manipur be upgraded as a full-fledged district. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi last week and discussed the blockade impasse with them.
“But the SHDDC refused to call off the blockade reiterating their demand that the district should be created first,” the official added. Government spokesman and Minister N. Biren Singh admitted that the blockade has created a severe shortage of essential commodities, including diesel and petrol. Currently, a kg of potato costs Rs.40 to Rs.50 while a kg of onions is Rs.60 to Rs.70. Biren Singh told reporters that the government was trying to move essentials and fuel through trucks with security escorts. The United Naga Council, the apex body of Nagas in Manipur, has also been organizing a counter road blockade in all Naga-inhabited areas in northern Manipur, demanding that these areas should not be carved out without their consent. The main opposition parties including Manipur People’s Party (MPP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been demanding president’s rule in the state to normalize the situation. Blockade supporters torched at least 35 Imphalbound trucks, including two carrying medicines, at Nungkao village in the hill district of Tamenlong, 215 km west of Imphal, a food department official said.
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or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the pound sterling, euro and yen held in the reserves. Analysts said one of the major reasons behind the sharp increase in the value of foreign currency assets was the strengthening of euro against the US dollar. During the week under review, the value of euro strengthened to $1.3882 at the close of the week from $1.3642 at the beginning. India’s reserves with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) rose by $29 million to $2.63 billion. And the value of special drawing rights (SDRs) increased by $49 million to $4.54 billion during the week under review. However, the value of gold reserves remained unchanged at $28.66 billion.
Energy efficient products becoming more popular: Survey blah
Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS): India’s foreign exchange reserves surged by $5.27 billion to $317.50 billion for the week ended Oct 14, one of the sharpest rise in recent months, on the back of huge gain in the value of foreign currency assets, official data showed. This is the second straight weekly gain in the country’s foreign reserve kitty. The reserves had increased by $749 million in the previous week. Foreign currency assets, the biggest component of the forex reserves kitty, shot up by $5.19 billion to $281.65 billion during the week under review, according to the weekly statistical supplement of
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New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS): With the rising cost of fuels and power, the number of people and households using energy efficient products has risen sharply in recent years, a survey by consumer advocacy group CUTS International revealed. More than 43 percent households are currently using energy efficient products in one form or other. An additional 22 percent are aware of such products but are not using them due to various reasons, the survey said. Commenting on the survey, CUTS International Secretary General Pradeep Mehta said increasing awareness about energy efficiency was a positive development and would benefit consumers as well as the economy. However, Mehta observed that despite the increasing levels of awareness, energy efficiency was not a primary criterion for purchasing home appliances. Out of those consumers who said they are facing problems in shifting to energy efficient products, high cost of appliances is a major barrier for 34 percent of the respondents, while non-availability is an issue for another 21 percent. An overwhelming number of households, 67 percent, asked for reduction in the price of energy efficient products, either through subsidization or reduction in the cost of production. However, a majority of consumers are willing to pay a reasonable premium for using more energy efficient products. More than 56 percent of surveyed households were willing to pay more if products are of good quality and reduce their energy consumption, the survey said.
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Keeping that Alco-meter down this festival Delhiities have always been notorious with their night life, and with rapid motorization, attitude towards alcohol consumption has fast changed and is now considered to be fashionable and cool. To add to the woes, as the festive season fast approaches with all the glitter and joy that it brings with it, somewhere down there lies a hint of fear too. The fear of road accidents because of the people who drive under the influence of alcohol! In order to keep a check on road accidents because of drunk driving and avoid incidents of hooliganism the Delhi Police is running a special drive (21st Oct- 26th Oct) this Diwali. Stepping up the heat on the people who drive after consuming alcohol, the drive aims at catching drunk drivers, suspending their licenses and sending them to jail if necessary. Driving under the influence of alcohol is alarmingly high amongst the citizens in the national capital of India and according to studies there has been an increase of about 52% since 2004 in the road accidents that happen due to alcohol. While, such safety drives were done
once or twice in a week randomly, Delhi Police this time is leaving no stone un-turned to make the festive season a little safer for the city people. Identifying around 438 pubs and bars where alcohol consumption is the most in the city, Delhi police will deploy their teams at the peak hours of the place and keep a check on the security too. Over the years the Delhi Police records show a consistent rise in prosecution levels, but it fails to indicate the number of drunk drivers who are actually driving but not prosecuted. Shrugging off the allegations of leniency towards drunk drivers, the traffic police has urged courts to put the defaulters behind the bars at least for a day if not more alongside the fine that one is supposed to pay. No drill is successful without the support of the locals and the Delhi Police expects people to stand up to the cause, especially in a city where about 17% of the government hospital beds are occupied by the road accident victims due to alcohol.
Some facts to know: In Delhi, prosecution against drunk driving has increased from 1,535 in 2001 to nearly 7,343 in 2008. Drunk driving is still considered a minor offence, and not considered a major crime that puts public safety at risk. Thus all offenders are charged under section 304(a) rather than the more stringent 304. Drunk driving is a bail-able offence, so even after causing death and grievous injuries, within no time drivers are out on bail. 3 out of 10 drivers on Delhi roads are drunk during night time.
Loopholes that remain to be fixed! l Blood alcohol tests are rarely conducted within the first couple of hours after the supposed defaulter is caught and in most cases appearance of the offender is a measure of drunkenness. l With the ever increasing number of bars and pubs. It has become an easy act for anyone to buy alcohol, thanks to the excise department. And to make the matter worst it is also unable to check underage drinking. l Not all late evening and night patrolling teams carry alco-meters, thereby; authenticities of the cases are questioned regularly.
What you need to do is... l Hire a cab if you are drunk when out, if that means leaving your car in the parking lot of the hotel or the pub; so be it! l Don’t let any drunk person drive the car; don’t mind being the chauffer for the night. l Help out the police and report any incident/person that you think they should keep an eye on.
But when it comes down to it, the main thing that the city is looking for is a change in attitude! Avoid drinking and driving. The festival of lights after all is no excuse to endanger your life and those of others.
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Learn from Failure: How It Increases Your Chances of Succeeding
Learn from failure, you probably have heard it all from articles, stories and books. I won’t bore you with them here. This article is to drive home some key points about learning from failure. Lessons you probably are very familiar with but need reminder about. Or if you are new to this thing called failure then it will serve as a springboard to better success. I hope. You hear stories about failure. You hear stories about success. You hear how failure is the mother of all successes. Yet, you are still fearful of failure. As if it is a black mark that will appear in your report card of life if you did fail. And fail you will, if you are like the rest of us mere mortals. Does that mean you stop trying?
1. Take The Risk and Pay The Price Nothing ventured, nothing gain. You have to be willing to take the risk venture beyond the comfort zone regardless of what area you are in to gain some form of success. Think about the entrepreneurs, scientists, leaders and businesses which took the path less trodden and how they were rewarded handsomely. If you are willing to pay the price with the risk you take, then the returns may just surprise you. But, but what if I fail, you ask.
2. It’s OK to Fail, Really. Yes, it’s OK to fail. The adage we learn from failure is true. Be open with your mind, eyes and ears. The lessons are there for you to understand and do better next time. Think about what you have done right, what you can do better and what you should stop doing. That is one of the easiest ways to analyze how to learn from failure. One side point, in cases like these I dislike to use the word failure. Setback is my preferred word.
3. Experience is the Best Teacher Think about this, if you do not fail in any of your endeavor, how do you learn to be better? How do you become wiser? People say experience is the best teacher. If you accept that to be true then you need to accept failure as one of the many lessons you gain from experience. So, you get to learn from failure. It’s that simple. Think about failure as lessons paid in the journey of life.
4. Freedom to Fail Allow yourself the freedom to fail if you want to learn from failure. When you are too cautious, you do not allow yourself to take any risks. If you are safe all the time, then you are not giving yourself the opportunity to learn from failure. Give yourself the freedom to fail and see how the lessons of success open up for you.
5. Fear of Failure The fear of failure may not necessarily be bad as it propels you to succeed. Some people use it as a motivating factor to ensure they succeed. As long as you do not get paralyzed into inaction and limit your appetite for taking risk, I believe the fear of failure as a propelling factor can be of good use.
6. Welcome Failure There can be no success without failure. You should welcome failure as an opportunity to learn and you will learn from failure. The fees for learning from failure may seem too high sometimes, but in the long run you will somehow discover it a worthwhile price to pay.
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There’s always excitement and tension as a thunderstorm brews. This causes people to peer outside with mixtures of fear and fervor. As dark as the day gets as the storm draws closer, we know, deep inside, we’re unlikely to witness anything worse than we’ve seen before. Don’t be in any way afraid of what appears to be a storm looming in your world. Wind and darkness preceding it will prove to be scarier than the storm itself.
We’re all blessed with an ability to communicate with colorful words that create amazing images in the minds of listeners. Some people have no interest in doing this though. They speak as imaginatively as an instruction manual and see no reason why their words should convey anything other than the point they want to make. You can make wonderful progress now if you can speak with touching words that inspire others.
Are you the only one seeing what you’re seeing? Is everyone around you oblivious to inconsistency and disorder so clear to you? Chances are, they are. Perhaps they don’t see everything to be as chaotic as you do. Perhaps this is because you have fixed ideas about how certain situations and arrangements should be. Perhaps it’s worth being like everyone else, just for a little while, to see if you prefer not feeling so anxious or concerned.
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Don’t stand out like a sore thumb as of now!
Opportunity knocks. Temptation often leans on the doorbell. You’re probably aware of a move you’re considering making and how this is the result of you being equally aware that, until you do something, a little voice inside of you is going to insist you that you do! Don’t see succumbing to something as weak. You’ve wanted an answer for some time and giving in to a way of getting it will finally help to put your mind at rest.
We often hear the phrase ‘do what you fear most and your fear will disappear’. That’s much easier said than done. Even the act of summoning courage to take a bold step toward doing something we know scares us can be courageous in itself! You could be overestimating strength of a fear now. You could also be overestimating how strongly you should confront it. Tiny effort on your part to overcome it could be just enough for you to recognize how conquerable it really is.
There’s a lot to be said for acting quickly and making instant decisions. We often believe ourselves to be ‘processing machines’; capable of determining correct courses of action at all times. There are times when we know we must step back and not be quite so quick to make a decision using our head. It’s at such times our hearts have to play a part in the process and this definitely applies to you now.
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So many people believe second best is worth settling for. It’s easy to look at an undesirable situation and believe changing it for the better will involve too much effort or that any effort we give will never be enough to change things. This resignation causes a tiny voice inside of us to question why we’re doing it. Don’t ignore your inner voice that is now wondering why you’re choosing to deprive yourself in some way of happiness you truly deserve.
We’ve all tried to remedy something in the past only to discover we made it worse. A mistake though is only a mistake when we make it a second time and as able as you are to improve something in need of improving, a valuable lesson can be drawn upon from your past that will put you in good stead now. Take a moment to reflect upon what you learned previously before taking steps to bring about a particular change.
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We’ve all seen optical illusions where more than one image appears within cleverly assembled shapes. In one image, some people see silhouetted faces and others see candlesticks. Some people see a rabbit and others see an old woman, that sort of thing. A tiny issue could exist now regarding how your interpretation of something differs from someone else’s. Yours is coming from your head, theirs is from their heart. Try to see something their way.
Long range goals, they say, keep us from being frustrated with short-term failures. In your case though, and particularly where your current issue is concerned, the word ‘failure’ doesn’t apply. You might be feeling disheartened or even angry with rejection received recently but you know the story is far from finished. You believe yourself to be falling short of someone else’s expectations. Prepare to exceed both your and their expectations in some way soon.
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Unforgettable Moments from the Harry Potter Movie Series
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Harry Potter finally got rid of ‘He who must not be named” and with that ended one of the most watched movie series in recent years. But there are those who continue to hang on to memories of the young wizard and still talk about the magical tale which combined every kind of emotion be it love, romance, hate or even despair. Here’s a look at some of those intriguing moments that kept audiences rapt!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone- The Owls in Privet Drive The adorable 11 year old Harry Potter receives a mysterious letter from ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ and because the Dursleys have an inkling about what’s going on and don’t want him to be a part of that world, Vernon Dursley makes sure that Harry doesn’t get them. The letters, however, keep coming and soon enough, the entire street outside their house is packed with owls! The scene is stunning because it brings magic into the very ordinary ‘muggle’ (human) world, plus the look on Harry’s face is priceless! Unforgettable Quote- “This boy will be famous. There won't be a child in our world who doesn't know his name” - Professor McGonagall
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- Tom Riddle’s Revelation When Tom Riddle and Harry Potter’s showdown takes place in the Chamber of Secrets and Tom uses his wand to spell out his name on the wall, it is revealed that ‘Tom Marvolo Rddle’ is simply an anagram of ‘I am Lord Voldemort’. The scene is absolutely chilling. Unforgettable Quote- “Yes, you were particularly difficult to place, but I stand on what I said last year: You would have done well in Slytherin.”- The Sorting Hat to Harry.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban- Hermione punches Draco This moment is not as magical or mystifying as the rest mentioned in this list but it’s unforgettable none the less. Hermione finally has enough of Draco’s jibes and nasty comments, throws a spell in his direction after which he almost starts crying. She takes pity on him, turns to walk away but changes her mind and punches him right in the face instead. Yes Ron, it was quite brilliant!
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- Fred and George Leave Hogwarts This movie is particularly dark especially when compared to the first four, which is why the twins’ farewell is welcoming and unforgettable. The fireworks in the sky are spectacular and the look on Professor Umbridge’s face is comical. Unforgettable Quote- “You’re a fool, Harry Potter, and you will lose everything.” -Lord Voldemort
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince- Dumbledore Dies The reason behind Dumbledore’s death is only revealed towards the end of the series so we won’t spoil it for you by talking about it but it has to be said that watching one of the most powerful wizards die was an emotional moment, simply because Harry needed him the most at the time. Unforgettable Quote- “ I've always admired your courage Harry, but sometimes you can be really thick. You don't really think you're going to be able to find all those horcruxes by yourself do you? You need us Harry”. – Hermione Granger.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1 and 2)- The Prince’s Tale
Unforgettable Quote- “Brilliant, Snape. Once again you've put your keen and penetrating mind to the task and as usual come to the wrong conclusion.” - Sirius Black.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireVoldemort Appears! The intimidating Lord Voldemort is mentioned several times in the first three movies but it’s in this one that we finally get to see him in all his glory. He’s terrifying, to say the least and twice as scary as you’d expect him to be. His expressions are blood curdling and it’s difficult to look away even though you want to. Quite unsettling! Unforgettable Quote- “Harry! I'd almost forgotten you were here, standing on the bones of my father. I'd introduce you, but rumor has it you're almost as famous as me these days”Lord Voldemort.
It’s difficult to pick one single unforgettable moment from the last two movies but then again, it would be fair to say that the scene where Snape finally reveals his motive behind everything that he did, was the best scenemaybe in the entire series. We can safely say that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the audience realizes that Snape has always been in love with Lily Potter. Unforgettable Quote“Harry Potter, the boy who lived... come to die”Lord Voldermort
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Food & Beverage Monday, 24th October, 2011
Mava pedas stuffed with pistachios. Preparation Time : 15 mins. Cooking Time: 15 mins. Makes: 8 pedas.
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Sweet Treats for this Diwali Season
We all love the usual kheer and barfis but even they can get boring after a while! That’s exactly why we have put together two new desert recipes for you to try out this Diwali season!
Preparation Time: 15 mins. Cooking Time: 15 mins. Serves: 4
Heat the ghee in a non-stick pan, add the pineapple and sugar and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on a slow flame stirring continuously. Add the khoya and milk and mix gently. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes till the milk gets evaporated and the mixture thickens. Add the saffron mixture and mix gently and remove from the flame. Serve hot or chilled garnished with edible silver leaf and saffron.
1 1/4 cups thickly grated pineapple 1/4 cup grated low fat mava (khoya) 1/2 cup low fat milk 2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp ghee a few strands saffron (kesar) , dissolved in 1 tbsp low fat milk
For the garnish 1 edible silver leaf (vark) a few saffron (kesar) strands
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8 Combine the khoya and powdered sugar in a heavy bottomed pan and cook on a slow flame, while stirring continuously till the sugar has dissolved and the moisture has evaporated (approximately 5 to 10 minutes). 8 Remove from the fire, add the cardamom powder and mix well. Allow it to cool completely. 8 Divide the mixture into two portions, 2/3 and 1/3. 8 In the 1/3 mixture, add the pistachios and mix well. 8 In the 2/3 mixture, add the saffron strands and mix well. 8 Divide the pistachios mixture into 8 equal portions. Shape into even sized rounds. 8 Divide the saffron mixture into 8 equal portions and shape into even sized rounds. 8 Stuff each saffron round with the pistachio round and seal the edges completely. 8 Make designs on the peda using a toothpick. 8 Garnish with slivered pistachios.
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The Golden Temple
he city of Amritsar was built around the Golden Temple which sits on a rectangular platform in the centre of the Amrit Sarovar Lake. The temple is surrounded by a white marble corridor, through which pilgrims visiting the shrine walk, circumnavigating the temple. A narrow causeway links the Harmandir, or Darbar Sahib, as the temple is also called. The entrance to the temple is through an ornate archway with intricate inlay work, inscribed with verses from the Granth Sahib. The shrine is three storeys high and is crowned with a dome shaped like an inverted lotus. The lower storey is in white marble, while the two upper storeys have gold plating. The temple has four entrances instead of the usual single entry, symbolic of the openness of Sikhism and the fact that followers of all faiths are welcome here. The walls within are decorated with carved wooden panels and elaborate inlay work in silver and gold. The Adi Granth, compiled by Guru Arjan Dev, rests on a throne beneath a jewel-encrusted canopy. Priests continuously recite verses from the holy book in 3-hour shifts. A complete reading of the text takes 48 hours. The Akal Takht, next to the Golden Temple, is the seat of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, the religious governing body of the Sikhs. The Adi Granth is housed in the Akal Takht and is taken out in procession every morning to be placed at the Harmandir, and is brought back to the Akal Takht at night. Shrines on the northern edge of the corridor are venerated as the 68 holy shrines of the Hindus. Many of these shrines have now been converted into a martyr’s gallery showing the history of the Sikhs. Around the Parikrama, or pathway, are four rectangular cubicles where Granthis (priests) sit and recite the Granth Sahib. Pilgrims leave offerings at the steps, and can also get the holy book recited in their names for a donation. The Jubi tree, at the northwestern corner of the complex, was planted some 450 years ago by the temple’s first head priest. The old, gnarled tree is believed to have special powers and childless women tie strips of cloth on it to be blessed with sons.
Getting there and around: Amritsar is well connected by plane, train and road to Delhi and the rest of the country. There are convenient flights from Delhi to Amritsar as well as trains like the Shatabdi Express that link the two cities. In addition to air and rail connections, Amritsar also has frequent bus services from cities. Within the city, rented cars, taxis, local buses, unmetered auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws can be used for transport.
When to go: The Golden Temple, and the city of Amritsar itself, are best visited in the winter. The months between November and March are pleasant, as the summer can get blisteringly hot.
Where to Stay Amritsar has a number of mid-range and luxury hotelsthe latter mainly along Mall Road. Besides these, there is accommodation at the Golden Temple itself; the Guru Ram Das and Guru Nanak hostels on one side of the complex offer free accommodation up to three nights for visitors.
Eat All across Amritsar are restaurants and eateries galore. Try the Amritsari fish and the kulchas at the roadside dhabas – they are out of this world. If you’re visiting the temple, however, it’s best to go to the langar for a taste of traditional Sikh hospitality. The community kitchen at the Golden Temple feeds up to 10,000 people in a day, free of charge.
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Kolkata/Pune/Fatorda, Oct 23 (IANS): Nigerian striker Odafa Okolie fired a hat-trick as Mohun Bagan rallied back after conceding an early goal to get past Pailan Arrows 3-1 in the fifth I-League soccer on Sunday. In other games, Mumbai FC stormed past Air India 4-1, while Sporting Clube de Goa held Prayag United to a 2-2 draw. In an entertaining encounter at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, Pailan Arrows went into the lead in the 5th minute through Lalrozama Fanai, before Odafa found the target thrice (65th , 71st and 91st minutes) in the second session to ensure full points for Bagan.
Bagan played aggressively in the second half and Odafa levelled terms with a finish off a Hudson Lima cross. Odafa scored again six minutes later by volleying home an Ashim Biswas cross. Odafa completed his hat-trick in the injury time. In Pune's Balwadi Sports Complex, Ebik Sukore and Nicolas Rodrigues scored one apiece for Mumbai FC in a span of three minutes in the first half, while forward Sampath Kuttimani struck a brace in a space of eight minutes towards the end to complete the rout. For Air India, Omi Takayuki scored the consolation goal.
Yuki wins $15,000 ITF title in Nigeria New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS): InOn dia's Yuki Bhambri won the $15,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) men's singles title in Lagos on Sunday. Yuki, seeded fifth, defeated fourth seeded South African Ruan Roelofse 7-5, 7-5. "It was a very satisfying victory and will boost my ranking. I am now looking forward to do well in the coming week," said Yuki, who will play another $15,000 ITF tournament at Lagos this week. i
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India's Rohan Bopanna (R) and teammate Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi ( L ) pose with the trophy. Stockholm, Oct 23 (IANS): India's Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi won the Stockholm Open men's doubles title with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 victory over Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares on Sunday. It was top-seeded India-Pakistan pair's second ATP World Tour title of the season, following victory on grass at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in June and overall, their third title as a team. Bopanna and Qureshi, ranked sev-
enth in the ATP doubles team rankings, added 250 points after their win and boosted their chances to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour. "This win is very special for me and I want to thank to the Pakistani fans that came to the stadium to support us. Of course, I also want to thank Rohan. We have been playing together for two years now and it's going greatâ€? said Qureshi. The "Indo-Pak Express" next play in the Valencia Open 500 in Austria.
Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS): Half centuries from Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina gave India a comprehensive six-wicket victory over England at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday, and a 4-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. The hosts are now a win away from completing a whitewash in what was touted to be a "revenge series" after their recent winless tour of England. Electing to bat, the visitors fumbled against the Indian spinners to be all out for 220 in 46.1 overs. In reply, India were reduced to 46-3, but Kohli
Suresh Raina ( L ) and Virat Kohli ( R )
(86 not out) and Raina (80) put up a 131-run stand to take the hosts to victory. On a slow turner, England's fallibility against spin was once against exposed with Ravichandran Ashwin (3-38) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-41) picking five wickets among themselves. They were well complemented by debutant pacer Varun Aaron, who returned with three for 24. Finn along with Tim Bresnan kept it tight with the new ball, and gave his side the breakthrough when he rat-
tled Pathiv Patel's (8) middle and off stumps. Kohli and Raina then joined hands and soon cut lose to put the pressure on England bowlers. Young leg-spinner Scott Borthwick, who was chosen ahead of experienced Grame Swann, did his best but fell short. Tim Bresnan, with run-a-ball 45, pushed the score past 200 for England but Aaron, bowling consistently at 140 km per hour, knocked off the bails of the lower order thrice to dismiss the visitors with 23 balls remaining.
We will like to end the series on a good note: Dhoni Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS): Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, after his side's six-wicket win over England, said they have improved as a fielding unit and will like to wrap up the five-match ODI series on a high. Dhoni said the youngsters in the PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP
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side have raised the team's fielding standards. "We have got a lot of youngsters in the side and that has made the difference. I think we have improved as a fielding unit." The Indian skipper also praised debutant pacer Varun Aaron who returned with figures of 3-24. "I think he bowled quick, and that's one thing we are looking for. As he
plays more and more games he'll get more and more consistent," he said. England skipper Alastair Cook admitted that 220 was a below par score. "We fell short again," Cook said. "A lot of our top order got in. It's been quite similar all through this tour. In Indian conditions, once you get in you've got to get a 70, 80, or 90. We kept losing wickets and 220 wasn't enough."
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The All Blacks continued a running onslaught on the French line, failing to make any breakthroughs until wing Richard Kahui kicked through after 30 minutes, but the follow-up was too slow and French center Aurelien Rougerie dived on the ball. With the pressure mounting, New Zealand coach Graham Henry sent in fresh blood, taking off Weepu for Andy Ellis, replacing hooker Keven Mealamu with Andrew Hore, and Sam Whitelock with Ali Williams in the second row. For New Zealand it was the culmination of years of preparation and anticipation for a tournament that has kept much of the country rapt for the last 40 days.
Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS): The presence of star Kashmiri footballer Ishfaq Ahmed in the Salgaocar football club will see the valley rooting for the Goan giants, which will be looking to defend its I-league title this season. But he rues the fact that the state lacks sporting infrastructure, other than for polo and golf, and the "government is not doing much to exploit the talent". The widely travelled Ishfaq, who has also played for Air India, Dempo and HAL, has settled down in Goa this year after a long stint with Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan "Being a Kashmiri, I faced many problems in life. I was abused and even denied a flat. My colleagues called me a terrorist," said Ishfaq, whose state mate Wadoo also plays in Salgaocar. Asked about the future of the game in Kashmir, Ishfaq said: "Kashmir has lot of talent. People are passionate about the game but unfortunately, the government is not doing much to exploit the talent that we have in the state. We have only one ground at the Bakshi Stadium and that is not enough. We need more infrastructures for the game. I have taken up the issue with the authorities concerned but without any result. The government is more interested in promoting polo and golf."
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money signings over the summer. Gonzalo Higuain put Madrid ahead after just 10 minutes and Ronaldo completed his hat-rick before the break. He scored from close range following an Angel de Maria cross, fired home from the edge of the penalty area and then scored a clever flick from close range. The win was enough to take Madrid to the top of the table after
Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Sevilla. Sevilla keeper Javi Varas was the hero of the night with a string of incredible saves, including an Saturday's other matches saw Sporting Gijon record their first win of the season as first half goals from David Barral and Andre Castro gave them a 2-0 win at home to Granada.
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New Zealand win Rugby World Cup after 24 years Auckland, Oct 23 (IANS): New Zealand's All Blacks pulled off a historic 8-7 victory over France on Sunday to take the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 24 years. For the home team it was undoubtedly the biggest game of their lives, a chance to hold aloft the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time since they last held it after the very first Rugby World Cup final against France in 1987. The French put on a determined face from the start, lining up in a V-formation and marching forward as the All Blacks performed their traditional pre-match haka. But Les Bleus conceded the first penalty for being offside at a ruck in the sixth minute, leaving Weepu to miss the first of his kicks.
Madrid, Oct 23 (IANS): Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid won 4-0 away to Malaga to go atop the Spanish football La Liga while Barcelona were held to a goalless draw by Sevilla. The Portuguese international was back to his best as Real Madrid tore into a Malaga side that was looking forward to showing its potential after making a series of big
Kashmir has talent but no infrastructure: Footballer Ishfaq Ahmed
Sepang, Oct 23 (IANS): Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli died on Sunday following his crash during the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix. The race was cancelled in the wake of the horrific accident that killed Simoncelli as he slid across the track while riding his Honda. Yamaha's Colin Edwards and Ducati's Valentino Rossi were also injured in the incident. The 24-year-old's helmet came off with the strong impact of the crash. Simoncelli was immediately rushed to the circuit's medical centre where he was declared dead. Simoncelli's death is the first in the premier class category since another Honda rider, Daijiro Kato, was killed at the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix. Simoncelli won the 250cc world championship in 2008.
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Kuala Lumpur, Oct 23 (IANS): A second lap accident forced the organizers to cancel the Malaysian MotoGP in Sepang on Sunday. Dorna, the company which runs MotoGP, "decided to cancel the remaining of the race", Xinhua quoted a race official as saying. The race was stopped when Honda rider Marco Simoncelli fell and was hit by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.
Defending champions Manchester United suffered their worst ever home defeat (1-6) in the Premier League at the hands of rivals Manchester City. The Red Devils were trailing Manchester City 0-1 at the break courtesy a Mario Balotelli goal. United were reduced to ten men in the second half when Evans pulled down Balotelli and received his marching orders. City ran ragged after the sending off hitting another
5 goals to finish with a humiliating score-line of 1-6. Balotelli and Dzenko each scored a brace with Aguero and Silva netting a goal each as well. Manchester City is now sitting 5 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premiere League. In other games on Sunday a 9 man Chelsea went down 1-0 away to newly promoted Queen Park Rangers and Tottenham beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1.
Monday, 24th October, 2011
Rahman wins award for '127 Hours'
Sanjay Dutt shoots despite wound
Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS): Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is in pain but is shooting with a wounded hand for Ram Gopal Varma's "Department". Actor Rana Daggubati's dates are apparently delaying the completion of the film. "Sanjay Dutt is waiting for Rana to shoot their combination shots. I've almost competed my shooting with Sanjay Dutt. His part is incomplete because of Rana who doesn't have time," says Ramu. "Sanjay is shooting with me in spite of a wounded hand. He has
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New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS): Music maestro A.R. Rahman has added another prestigious trophy to his shelf -- the public choice award for "If I Rise" from "127 Hours" at the World Soundtrack Awards 2011 at Ghent, Belgium. "Thanks to my fans and the World Soundtrack Academy for the Public Choice award for the score of '127 Hours'," Rahman posted on his Facebook page. The World Soundtrack Academy Saturday announced the 2011 winners at the closing of the 38th Ghent International Film Festival. The two-time Oscar winner was competing in the best original song written directly for the same track category, but lost out to Randy Newman, who took home the trophy for "We belong together" from "Toy Story 3". "127 Hours", directed by Danny Boyle, was based on mountaineer Aron Ralston real life story how he chopped his hand to save himself after a boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
an infection on his right hand. The hand is bandaged and he is shooting keeping the hand out of camera range," he adds. Director Karan Johar is so impressed by Dutt's villainous act in Dharma Production's "Agneepath" that he wants more of him. "The success of Dutt's look and presence in the 'Agneepath' trailer has prompted some quick re-thinking at Dharma Productions. They've asked Dutt for extra dates for a song that they want to shoot," says a source.
First look of 'Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl' out
Knowledge should not be banned: Kabir Bedi New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS): Actor Kabir bedi has started a protest opposing Delhi University's decision to remove late poet and translator A.K. Ramanujan's essay 'Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation' from its history syllabus. "I have signed petition opposing Delhi University's removal of of A.K. Ramanujan's '300 Ramayans' from the history syllabus. Knowledge should not be banned," Bedi posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. According to the reports, the essay has been taught since 2006 but it has now been dropped for hurting Hindu sentiments. The 65-year-old is upset and urges fans to sign the petition in order to spread the word. "Sign to protest against removal of A.K. Ramanujan's '300 Ramayanas' from DU History syllabus. petol. org/ramanuj #petol," he further posted.
'Stanley Ka Dabba' goes globe trotting New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS): Actor Ranveer Singh seems to have beefed up for "Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl" as the first look of the film shows him flaunting his six-pack abs. The poster shows Ranveer posing shirtless with a toned up physique and the tagline reads - Ladies Beware! Ricky Bahl is coming. After the stupendous success of "Band Baaja Baaraat", Ranveer is once again teaming up with Anushka Sharma for the romantic comedy, which releases Dec 9. The film is about Ricky Bahl, played by Ranveer, who cons girls for a living but finally finds his right match in Anushka.
New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS): Filmmaker Amole Gupte's "Stanley Ka Dabba", which has garnered a lot of critical acclaim, will now travel to 10 international film festivals. The film, which has Gupte's son, Partho, playing Stanley, has been immensely appreciated for its impressive storyline and fine performances. It has already been screened at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival, Prague Indian Film Festival, International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences SCHLINGEL, the Busan International and Mumbai Film Festival. Now it is set for screening
at Minsk International Film Festival; AFRIFF International Film Festival
Nigeria; Filem'on Belgium; and 29th International Young Audience Film
Festival Ale Kino Poland. "We are proud of the film that we have made and the fact that it's going to so many big international film festivals. I am happy that Partho's work is being appreciated and we all are proud of him," said Gupte. Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios, which is the distributor of the movie, says that "Stanley Ka Dabba" is probably the most important film made this year. "While the film is set in India, its message is relevant across the world. We are proud that the film has generated such massive excitement and acclaim in various film festivals across the world.
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Sheen disappointed with 'Two and a Half Men'
London, Oct 23 (IANS): Charlie Sheen is extremely disappointed with the way TV show "Two and a Half Men" is being handled following a recent drop in viewing figures. The 46-year-old actor, who spent seven years on the show before he was sacked earlier this year following erratic behavior, admitted his replacement Ashton Kutcher is doing the best he can, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "He's doing the best he can. I don't think the role is cursed, but I'm extremely disappointed with how they're handling what I left behind," he said.
Ben Affleck to helm 'The Stand'?
Los Angeles, Oct 24 (IANS): Actor Ben Affleck has reportedly been roped in to direct the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's novel "The Stand". According to Deadline. com, "The Stand" is a story about good versus evil. It focuses on a group of survivors fighting the Anti-christ-like Randall Flagg, and features dozens of characters and overlapping storylines running over many years. The film by Warner Bros. Pictures was to be directed by "Harry Potter" filmmaker David Yates, but he opted out of the project.
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Lindsay's mother to pen tell-all
Los Angeles, Oct 24 (IANS): Actress Lindsay Lohan's mother will pen a book where she would talk about her daughter's time when she was involved in drugs and alcohol. In the memoir's prologue draft, Dina wrote: "I blamed her friends, her career and her handlers for an (sic) newfound lifestyle of partying excessively. Drinking, drugging and behaving irresponsibly became Lindsay's way of daily living-and it tore me up inside." Dina has arranged meetings with publishers for her book and also gave a sample of her writing, reports aceshowbiz.com. Further in the prologue, Dina revealed why she let Lindsay move to Los Angeles. "How could I deny my daughter the chance of a lifetime? How could I hold Lindsay back from her dream of becoming an actress? So, I listened to others and sent my daughter to Hollywood with a few pieces of luggage and a chaperone."
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London, Oct 23 (IANS) Brad Pitt wants more children, even though he already raises six kids with partner Angelina Jolie. The actor is the father of Maddox, 10, Pax, seven, Zahara, six, Shiloh, five, and three-yearold twins Knox and Vivienne. While the couple is in no hurry to add to their brood, 47-yearold Pitt admits it will probably happen in the future. "Probably. Most likely. Parenthood is the greatest and most important endeavour of my life. Why stop at this point?" he said.
Monday, 24th October, 2011
Stress building up in 'Bigg Boss' house: Raageshwari
New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS): Bickering and clashes are increasing in "Bigg Boss" and actress-singer Raageshwari Loomba, who is the latest to be evicted, says stress level is increasing with each day as a result tempers are flaring in the house. "Stress is building up in the house as everyone is trying hard to stay as a result many contestants have started losing their temper over small things like cleanliness or food," Raageshwari told IANS on phone from Kajrat after being eliminated from the show. "The format of the show is such that the people are likely to get stressed," added the actress Raageshwari was nominated by "Bigg Boss" after she failed to complete her secret task where she had to spy on
her inmates. Pooja Missra, Amar Upadhyay, Mahek Chahal, Juhi Parmar and Shonali Nagrani were also nominated with her. Tension notwithstanding, she had a wonderful time in the house. "These few weeks in the house have been a wonderful experience. Everyone has been so loving in the house. They become quite emotional when I was nominated. I am happy that I got evicted because it was always heartbreaking to see your fellow contestants going out," she said Raageshwari who feels Juhi, Vida Samadzai and Pooja Bedi are the strong contenders in the house. "Bigg Boss" marked her comeback to limelight after a long battle with health problems and she now plans to focus on her new albums.
Multi -billionaire Madonna's brother is homeless
London, Oct 23 (IANS): Pop diva Madonna's older brother is living in penury. He says he has no roof over his head and that he makes a living by collecting bottles from the trash. Hollywoodreproter.com reports that The Michigan Messenger published a conversation with the singer's brother, Anthony Ciccone, who claims he has been homeless for more than a year. "My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time," he said. "You think I haven't answered this kind of question a bazillion times -- why my sister is a multibazillionarie, and I'm homeless on the street?" The 55-year-old's last job was at the family winery, Ciccone Vineyard & Winery in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Reportedly his father kicked him out of the job. Since then he has slept under a local bridge and relied on a network of local churches and Goodwill Industries to survive. Before losing his job a year and a half ago, Ciconne peddled the family collection, which at one point included five varieties of Madonna Wine. Last winter, Ciccone suffered from frostbite on his feet. Ma-
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donna has been named the world's highest-earning musician by the Forbes magazine. She earned 73 million pounds in 2008. She is also known for charity work - she adopted two children from Malawi and opened a school in that country. In 2008, Madonna's other sibling Christopher Ciconne, who was once Madonna's confidant published a tell-all book that sought to expose the other side of the singer.