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Top Maoist Kishanji killed in West Bengal
Kolkata/New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) The Maoist movement suffered a major blow when one of its top leaders, Mallojula Koteshwar Rao alias Kishanji, was killed Thursday by security forces in West Bengal, officials said. A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official told IANS that a body resembling the politburo member of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) was discovered in West Midnapore district. In New Delhi, Home Secretary R.K. Singh said "99 percent" Kishanji had been killed following a gun battle
that broke out in a forested region in Jamboni area. A counter insurgency officer in West Bengal said Kishanji's body was identified from an AK-47 assault rifle he was carrying. Only senior Maoist leaders are provided AK rifles. His hearing aid was also found near the spot. Kishanji, who has repeatedly escaped police dragnet, was one of the most experienced Maoist leaders who had been involved in the leftwing movement for over three decades.
CBI seeks more time to probe missing nurse case
Jodhpur, Nov 24 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Thursday filed another status report in the Rajasthan High Court while seeking more time for investigating the case of missing nurse Bhanwari Devi, who allegedly features in a CD with sacked minister Mahipal Maderna. It was the second status report submitted to the court by the CBI on the probe conducted so far into the case. A status report was earlier submitted
IN BRIEF Court stays arrest of Uttar Pradesh Congress leaders Lucknow, Nov 24 (IANS) Four Congress leaders, including two union junior ministers, got a breather after the Allahabad High Court Thursday stayed their arrest in a case of allegedly assaulting Samajwadi Party (SP) activists during Congress general secretary’s Rahul Gandhi rally in Phulpur, a lawyer said. A division bench of the high court stayed the arrest following a petition by the Congress leaders seeking a stay on their arrest and quashing of the first information report lodged against them.
Odisha seeks special status Bhubaneswar, Nov 24 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday to reiterate his demand to accord special status to
Nov 11. The CBI requested the court to conduct the hearing in a chamber as the agency claimed that the contents of the status report and the arguments could become public. Bhanwari Devi has remained absent from duty since Aug 25. A missing complaint was lodged by her husband Sep 1. The complaint was laterd turned into a kidnapping case.
the state. “Although Odisha satisfies all criteria except that it has no international boundary, government of India has been showing its step-motherly attitude to the state in not declaring it as a special category state,” Patnaik said in a statement here.
New survey for BPL list to be over by January New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) A new socio-economic survey to prepare the below poverty line (BPL) list of families will be completed by January 2012, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) told parliament Thursday. In a written reply to Mysura Reddy (of the Telugu Desam Party), Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Ashwani Kumar said that a “detailed Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC), 2011, is under way to capture information on various deprivations faced by the people.” He said the SECC, 2011, is expected to be completed by January 2012. The data collected through this exercise is to be used to identify the prospective beneficiaries of the various schemes and those eligible for the BPL list, he said.
Pawar slapped, attacker says ‘they’re all thieves’
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) Agri- a court Friday, Harvinder Singh reculture Minister Sharad Pawar was mained defiant. Thursday slapped by a Delhi youth an“Sab chor hain... cheer doonga... gry over rising prices and corruption, cheer doonga (They are all thieves. I sparking nationwide condemnation will rip them apart),” he shouted as he and questions over VVIP security. was led away. He told reporters he was The assault took place at a pub- fed up with rising food prices and corlic function at the NDMC centre in ruption. the heart of the city when Harvinder He said he was no terrorist. “Annaji Singh suddenly emerged from among (Hazare) kept on pleading with folded a group of journalists hands to pass the Lokpal and took a walking Bill but they didn’t... We Pawar by surprise. have had enough and The Nationalpeople have been harist Congress Party assed too much by these (NCP) leader mopoliticians.” mentarily lost balance Harvinder Singh was but immediately recharged with various covered. offences including asAn aide turned saulting a public servant, around and repeatedcriminal intimidation ly fisted the attacker, a and attempt to commit young aggressive Sikh suicide. who had Saturday Anti-corruption crusimilarly kicked forsader Anna Hazare, who mer cabinet minister Social Activist Anna Hazare has blamed politicians for Sukh Ram in a court much of India’s ills, first complex after he was jailed for corrup- said: “Was it only one slap?” tion. Once he realised the gravity of what Even as he was taken away to a po- had happened, he clarified: “He (the lice lock-up to be produced before attackers) could have been angry but RAVINDRAN/AFP
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Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar it is not right to hit someone. Our democracy does not allow such attacks.” Pawar was not amused by Hazare’s first reaction. The minister said tongue in cheek: “He might be coming out with a new definition of Gandhian thoughts.” Anna has also since offered to apologise to Pawar over his comment.
Congress blames NDA, Left division for parliament disruption New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) With parliament rendered non-functional due to repeated disruptions for the third consecutive day, the Congress Thursday blamed the impasse on the differences between the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Left parties on priority for debating
either illegal money or price rise. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned without transacting much business. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told a regular media briefing here at Parliament House that the government was ready to de-
bate both the issues and had listed the notice for an adjournment over black money issued by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA for discussion, but the Left wanted price rise and inflation debated first and hence the house proceedings were disrupted.
‘Lokpal panel for CBI, CVC autonomy but undecided on including PM’ New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) The parliamentary standing committee on law and justice, examining the Lokpal bill, is likely to recommend retaining the autonomy of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Central Vigilance Commission but is still divided on bringing the Prime Minister’s Office under the anti-graft ombudsman, sources said
Thursday. The sources said the panel is also likely to recommend that Group A and B employees come under the Lokpal, leaving out the Group C and D staff, being demanded by Team Anna. Earlier, CVC Pradeep Kumar and CBI director A.P. Singh had expressed their reservations before the
panel on ‘bifurcating’ the agencies, as suggested by Team Anna. The draft of the standing committee report is expected to be circulated among the members this week and the panel will deliberate on it next week, said sources. The panel is expected to submit its recommendations to the parliament in first week of December.
Bail pleas of Kanimozhi, five others to be heard today New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Thursday allowed the early hearing of the bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and five others accused in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation case. The court said the matter would be heard Friday morning. Directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that is probing the case and defence counsel, the presiding judge asked them to submit a statement on the charges leveled against all the six accused and the evidence so
far against them.Kanimozhi and the five other accused moved the court Wednesday for early hearing of their bail applications after the Supreme Court granted bail to five corporate executives co-accused in the case -- Sanjay Chandra of Unitech Wireless, Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom and Reliance Group’s Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair. With the five getting bail, nine accused now remain behind bars. Besides Kanimozhi, Kalaignar TV chief Sharad Kumar, Cineyug Films’
Karim Morani, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd. directors Asif Balwa and Rajiv B. Agarwal, along with former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura have moved bail applications originally slated for Dec 1 hearing. Citing the Supreme Court order, Kanimozhi in her plea stated that keeping her in custody for some more days would be a violation of her fundamental rights and that she should be granted bail as even the CBI was not opposing her plea.
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Delhi government, DDA, MCD get contempt of court notice
MCD split: Special session to pass the bill
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) With the home ministry approving the trifurcation of Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the state government on Thursday called a special assembly session on Nov 30 to table the bill on this. “The Bill will be tabled in the assembly on Nov 30 and be cleared the next day,” Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said ater a cabinet meeting here. “As per procedures, a Bill has to be first tabled in the house. The assembly can decide on its fate the next day at the earliest,” Dikshit added. After getting the bill cleared, Delhi government will send it to the president for her assent before it can become law. The home ministry had on Wednesday cleared a Delhi government proposal to split the MCD
that was pending since June. Describing the center’s nod as “historic”, chief minister said: “It will be an example of efficient civic governance in big cities. With three corporations now, municipal officials will be more accessible to people and it will take governance to people’s doorsteps.” As per the bill, the MCD will be divided into three municipalities, with the units for north and south Delhi having 104 municipal wards each and east Delhi having 64 wards. Each municipality will have a separate mayor and deputy mayor and half of its seats will be reserved for women, up from the existing 33 percent reservation. Each municipality will have a commissioner and a new Directorate of Local Bodies will be set up to coordinate among the three agencies.
Feast of Buddhist arts, culture in Delhi from Monday New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) A multidisciplinary festival of Buddhist arts and culture will bring to the capital, performances and art from across Asia Nov 28-Dec 1. The festival spread across several venues like Azad Bhawan, Kamani theatre, Dilli Haat and public spaces will host performance troupes and screen Buddhist cinema from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Japan, Cambodia, Korea, Bhutan, Ladakh, Shillong, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, a statement said on Thursday. It will be presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to coincide with the Global Buddhist Congregation to commemorate the 2,600th year of enlightenment of Lord Buddha. The objective of the festival is to
showcase influence of Buddhism in performing arts and traditions which have impacted not only India but other countries where Buddhism is the prominent religion or the social factor. A spokesperson for ICCR said it was one of the first ever attempts by the cultural body to reinforce Buddhist traditions through the performing arts sector, to coincide with the global congregation being organised by the Asoka Mission. On Nov 30, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will unveil a coffee table book, "Sharnam Gacchami: An Album of Awakening". The book portrays India as the land where Buddha preached and where great scholars planted the roots of Buddhism.
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued contempt notices to the Delhi government, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for non-compliance of its order to implement the provision of a law that prohibits throwing of garbage and other objects in the Yamuna river bed or at public places in the city. Justice Vipin Sanghi sought their replies by Feb 7. The court was hearing a petition filed
Hear land owner before acquisition: Apex court New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court has said that before any individual is deprived of his land by way of compulsory acquisition by a government or its instrumentalities he must get an opportunity to oppose the decision. An apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya said on Wednesday that in the recent past various state governments adopted a very casual approach in dealing with the matter relating to the acquisition of land in general and in rural areas in particular. Justice Singhvi said: "It is difficult, if not impossible, to appreciate as to why the state and its instrumentalities resort to massive acquisition of land and that too without complying with the mandate of the statute." The court said this while upholding a petition by Raghbir Singh Sehrawat challenging the acquisition of his land in village Jatheri in Sonepat district by the Haryana government. His plea against the acquisition of land was rejected by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
by Vinod Kumar Jain that in 2006 the court had directed the government, the civic agency and DDA to take adequate steps to prohibit throwing of garbage and other objects into river bed, drain sewer etc. The court later also directed the authorities to implement in totality the Delhi Plastic Bag (Manufacture, Sales and Usage) and Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 2000, and its further amendmentments in 2005. “Accordingly, the government iden-
tified 13 sites near the river bed to throw the same. But till date it is still under process due to which the garbage is thrown in the river,” said the petition. “The respondents have neglected to perform their duties to prevent pollution of the river and have, therefore, wilfully and knowingly disobeyed the orders passed by this court in 2006,” said Jain, adding that all committed contempt of court and are liable to proceedings against them.
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Jerusalem, Nov 25 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reiterated his call on the international community to step up sanctions against Iran over the potential threats its nuclear programme poses for Israel and the world. Speaking at a joint press conference on Thursday in Jerusalem with his Romanian counterpart Emil Boc, Netanyahu said the new economic sanctions on Iran announced earlier this week were “very important, but not enough”, Xinhua reported. “Effective sanctions should also
IN BRIEF Ronald Reagan monument unveiled in Georgia Tbilisi, Nov 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A monument to former US president Ronald Reagan has been unveiled in Tbilisi, the capital and largest city of Georgia. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and a US delegation attended the unveiling ceremony on Wednesday.
Two French nationals abducted in Mali Paris, Nov 25 (IANS) French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has confirmed that two French geologists have been kidnapped in northwest African nation Mali. “Two French were abducted in Mali in conditions that we don’t yet know very well,” Xinhua quoted Juppe as telling the iTele TV channel. A group
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev February 2011 and was seen as a tangible result of the US’s reset in relations with Russia, benefits the security and stability of both countries. “Its implementation is going well, and we see no basis for threats to withdraw from it,” he said. “We don’t see any reason for Russia to take any military countermeasures to missile defenses that won’t affect the strategic balance between the US and Russia,” he added. The missile defense shield, which will be deployed in stages from 2011 to 2020 and involves the deployment of US interceptor missiles and radar in Europe, will be capable of intercepting long- range and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
of seven armed men reportedly kidnapped on Thursday the two geologists in Hombori in northeast Mali from the hotel where they were staying.
Egypt’s military council appoints new PM Cairo, Nov 25 (IANS) Egypt’s ruling military council has appointed Kamal Ganzouri as the new prime minister, a media report said. Ganzouri had earlier headed the government under the Hosni Mubarak regime from 1996 to 1999, Xinhua reported citing Al Jazeera television. Ganzouri, former prime minister of the country, accepted the offer after meeting the military rulers, including Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.Local authorities are investigating the cause of the blast.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Agency (IAEA), which claimed that Tehran was clandestinely seeking to produce nuclear weapons. Iran has claimed its nuclear activities were meant for peaceful purposes.
Sherry Rehman as envoy to US a surprise: Pakistani daily
Islamabad, Nov 24 (IANS) The appointment of former minister Sherry Rehman as Pakistan’s ambassador to the US comes as a surprise, a daily said while warning that “the government should not see this as an escaperoute” to bury the controversy over a secret memo. Rehman was appointed the envoy after Husain Haqqani quit on Tuesday over the memo to Washington that said President Asif Ali Zardari feared a military coup after US commandos killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad May 2. The News International said in an editorial that it had been a bleak year so far for Pakistan, “even by its own harrowing standards”. “We have seen one tumultuous event after the other unfold at breakneck speed...The last thing we needed was the scandal of top government officials allegedly asking for US help in exerting pressure on the Pakistan Army in exchange for overhauling Pakistan’s national security team. It said the government moved
Pakistan to continue supporting Kashmir cause: Gilani Islamabad, Nov 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said Pakistan will continue to support the cause of Kashmir at political, diplomatic and moral levels. Gilani told Prime Minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir Chaudhry Abdul Majeed that the support was aimed at resolving the issue according to the aspirations of Kashmiri people. The prime minister said he would visit Muzaffarabad to lay the foundation stone of a dual carriageway which will be convenient for travelers, reported Associated Press of Pakistan. Majeed lauded Gilani for inaugurating a number of projects during a visit there. He said Kashmiris were delighted about these projects.
quickly to fill the post left vacant by “In Rehman, we may have a civilHaqqani’s exit. ian and democratic leader whose The editorial added: “The appoint- views on Pakistan’s relations with the ment has come as a surprise, outside world, especially the not least because Rehman US, Afghanistan and India, stood down from her role as are well known and will not information minister in 2009 be a surprise to anyone in over disagreements with the days ahead.” President Zardari.” The editorial warned that It went on to say that Reh“the government should not man has made an in-camera see this as an escape-route, presentation on national Sherry Rehman, an opening to bury Memosecurity to a joint session of Pakistan's new gate under the rug”. parliament, “novel in a coun- ambassador to Stressing that a “purposetry where women are almost ful inquiry must be initithe US never taken seriously on seated”, it said that meaningcurity matters”. ful and believable results must be In April 2009, she made an impas- produced and action must be taken sioned plea urging parliament not to against those responsible for it. abandon Swat to the Taliban. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
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US says missile defense system no threat to Russia
be imposed on Iran’s petroleum industries and central bank, and soon. I don’t know if they will help, but we won’t know unless we try,” he said. US President Barack Obama has also announced a new round of sanctions targeting Iran’s petrochemicals industry. Britain, France and Canada also said they would join the US to intensify financial measures against Iran. “The purpose of Iran’s nuclear programme is no longer disputable,” Netanyahu said, referring to a report by the International Atomic Energy
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Israel reiterates call for sanctions on Iran
World Washington, Nov 24 (IANS) The US Wednesday said the missile defense system being deployed in Europe “does not and cannot threaten Russia’s strategic deterrent”. “We’ve been open and transparent with Russia on our plans for missile defense for a long time. We believe our missile defense reflects the growing threat to our allies from Iran that we’re committed to deterring,” US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. The spokesman was responding to threats by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to station contemporary missile systems in the western and southern regions of Russia in response to any additional US missile deployments in Europe, reported Xinhua. The president also warned Wednesday that Russia may withdraw from the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with the US, grumbling about the disregard of Moscow’s demand for written, legal guarantees that the US missile shield in Europe will not target Russia. Toner argued that the new START, which came into force in
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India opens doors to global retail chains
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New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS): In a major push to reforms, India Thursday allowed global chains like Wal-Mart, Carrefour and 7-Eleven to bring up to 51 percent foreign equity to open multi-brand retail stores despite opposition by some allies in the ruling coalition. Also allowed is 100-percent equity in single brand retailing. The much-awaited decision on allowing foreign capital into multi-brand retailing and enhancing the cap on singlebrand stores was approved during a two-hour meeting of the federal cabinet Thursday evening, presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "We will make a statement in parliament," is all that Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said after the meeting given the sensitivities involved. But some ministers and officials confirmed the clearance on condition of anonymity. Sources said there are also some caveats proposed in the policy, notably to protect the interests of mom-and-pop shops, farmers and small and medium enterprises. There are some 40 million Commerce Minister, Anand Sharma people involved directly in running RAVEENDRAN / AFP
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'India, China to drive global construction equipment industry growth'
Though the industry worldwide staged a modest recovery in 2010 from the impact of global recession in 2008 and 2009, rules of the game have changed during the last three years with China, India and Brazil making up for the declining growth in the developed countries. "Thanks to China and India, the global construction equipment industry has recovered to project sales revenue of $82 billion in 2011 as against $77 billion in 2010 $55 billion in 2009 after peaking at $100 billion in 2007," Philips said at the sixth international conference of the earthmoving and construction equipment (ECE) industry trade fair Excon 2011 here. With sales revenue declining 50
percent in the matured markets post-2008 global meltdown due to liquidity crunch and declining demand, the industry has set its sights on developing countries to push sales revenue to $100 billion in 2013 by meeting their growing infrastructure demand. Noting that India was emerging as one of the most exciting markets in the world, Philips said the infrastructure deficit across the country would force the government and the industry to put the sector on fast track and attract long-term investments in building and expanding roads, highways bridges, dams, ports, airports, power plants and housing.
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Tata Group scrips lackluster a day after Mistry appointment
Mumbai, Nov 24 (IANS): A day after the Tata Group chose Cyrus Mistry as the successor to Ratan Tata, the markets reacted tepidly to the news and the conglomerate's scrips were trading lackluster at the bourses. The group announced late Wednesday evening that the younger son of construction tycoon Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry,
whose family holds an 18.5 percent stake in Tata Sons, making him the single largest shareholder would take over as chairman from Ratan in December 2012. While industry heavy-weights welcomed the news and termed Mistry an appropriate choice, the markets don't seem much enthused with the news. Here's how
these neighborhood stores. The decision came despite protests by some allies, notably the Trinamool Congress. Even some cabinet ministers belonging to Congress party, which heads United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition, had expressed their reservations over its impact on small retailers. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in its cabinet note had pushed for the move saying global retailers will bring new technology, help establish supply chains to cut wastage of farm produce and induce competition in the sector. While Left parties have all along opposed foreign equity in retail trade, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also joined the chorus of opposition, saying the move will dent the domestic retail sector and also deal a blow to smaller manufacturing units. The government feels that this move will cut intermediaries between farmers and the retailers, thereby helping them get more money for their produce. In addition to that, it will also help in bringing down prices at retail level and calm inflation.
Food inflation falls to 9.01 percent; will moderate further: Pranab
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS): With food inflation coming down to a single digit for the first time in five weeks at 9.01 percent for the week ended Nov 12, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Thursday the price rise was likely to ease furBangalore, Nov 24 (IANS): The multi-billion dollar global construction equipment industry is betting on India and China to rev up the sales growth hit by the slowdown in the US and Europe's financial, an industry expert said Thursday. "The global construction equipment industry is witnessing winds of change with growth momentum shifting to emerging markets like China and India from matured markets (North America and Europe), where finance has become scarce and business confidence is low," global consulting firm OffHighway Research managing director David C. Philips said at a trade conference here.
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some of the key companies of the group were trading around noon Thursday at the Bombay Stock Exchange: * Tata Motors hit a low of Rs.165.60 and was ruling 1.04 percent down at Rs.166.75 * TCS hit a low of Rs.1,045 and was ruling 1.06 percent down at Rs.1,051.15 * Tata Communications hit a low of Rs.176.30 and was ruling 1.77 percent down at Rs.1,77.60 * Tata Coffee hit a low of Rs.771.20 and was ruling 0.1 percent up at Rs.774.80 * Tata Steel hit a low of Rs.367.20 and was ruling 1.9 percent down at Rs.375.25 * Tata Power hit a low of Rs.90.50 and was ruling 0.49 percent up at Rs.91.75
ther in the coming weeks on the back of a good monsoon and improved supplies. "I hope there will be moderation in the inflation and it will have its impact on the yearend inflation," Mukherjee told reporters here while reacting on the
IN BRIEF Chhattisgarh eyes 5.5 mn tonnes paddy procurement Raipur, Nov 24 (IANS): Chhattisgarh, one of the country's leading paddy producing states, has set a procurement target of 5.5 million tonnes in the current season, an official said Thursday. "Procurement has already started from Nov 5 by the state government and we are encouraged by the amount of paddy the farmers are bringing daily to over 1,850 procurement centres in all the 18 districts," an official with the agriculture department said. The state government has been paying Rs.1,080 per quintal for common variety and Rs.1,111 per quintal for grade-A quality paddy.
India signs deal with Eurasian Group to curb money laundering New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS): India Thursday signed an agreement with the Eurasian Group, a regional body with nine members including Russia and China, and 29 observers, to enhance cooperation in the areas of curbing money laundering and terrorist
weekly inflation data. Food inflation had shot up to double digits during the week ended Oct 8 and persisted at these levels as the festive season approached, pushing demand higher. It was recorded at 10.63 percent in the previous week.
financing. Thomas Mathew, joint secretary of capital markets division at the ministry of finance, signed the agreement with Eurasian Group officials on the occasion of the 15th plenary meeting of the group, being held at Xiamen, China, according to an official statement released here. During the conference, India offered help to member nations in enhancing their technical skill in establishing better financial systems, capital market monitoring and surveillance through sophisticated IT tools.
Air India owes Rs.43,777 crore: Ravi New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS): National carrier Air India currently has a total debt of Rs.43,777 crore, including loans and dues it owes to vendors like oil firms and airport operators, parliament was informed Thursday. Apart from aircraft acquisition loans worth Rs.21,412.06 crore and Rs.21,511.10 crore in working capital dues, the flag carrier owes a total of Rs.2,742 crore to various vendors. “Air India owes Rs.2,300 crore to oil companies, Rs.75 crore to airport operators, Rs.367 crore to other vendors,” the Civil Aviation Minister, Vayalar Ravi said. The airline further owes Rs.485 crore as interest cost on working capital loans, Rs.200 crore interest on loans for aircraft purchase and Rs. 350 crore towards its employees wages.
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Piracy: A Bane for Music Industry
I think it was in the year 2006 that I first heard of a miraculous software called Limewire. I was admiring my friend’s 10 GB strong collection of music when I received my first lesson of illegal music downloading “Just download the free trial software and then you can take down any song you want” my friend declared proudly. The fact that doing so violated a few sections of the Copyright Act of India meant nothing to him- the ignorance that is shared, or even welcomed, by the hundreds of people downloading illegally off the Internet every day. The era of downloading music from the web was ushered in by Rob Lord, Jeff Patterson and Jon Luini of the University of California in 1993. The concept was welcomed all over the globe as Internet itself was fast evolving as the primary medium of communication and interactivity. India woke to the trend only a few years back with music producers like Saregama, HMV, T-Series and Sony BMG digitizing their tracks to make them available online. With inventions like iPods catching the fancy of the youth, digital music has replaced CDs and cassettes are almost non-existent. But nothing comes without a price, all pun intended. Downloading music legally costs around $1 per song (if the download is made from iTunes) for English tracks and around Rs. 15/- for Hindi music. The major perk
is that you only have to download selective songs and not the entire album, the total cost of which would fall somewhere between Rs. 100 and 150. Not much, but why pay anything at all when you can do the same for free? As with every invention, the loopholes of this particular privilege have been exploited to the fullest. With softwares like Limewire, Ares and free music download sites like songs. pk, musicindiaonline.com, raga.com etc. offering the same music free of cost, the music industry is suffering heavy losses. The US and UK entertainment industry loses an estimated $600 and $650 billion dollars respectively each year due to piracy. India is not far behind, as rampant piracy results in about 600-700 crore worth of losses to the music industry each year. The loss of jobs is another matter altogether. With 64% of the downloaded music being illegal, the job loss is 8,00,000 and counting. Another factor that is milking this piracy is the mobile boom in India. As mobile subscriptions in the country increase, mobiles with sophisticated features like Bluetooth and music transfer are becoming cheaper. Taking into account the download of full songs, ringtones, hello tunes and music videos, the music industry earns about Rs. 400 crore from the mobile market. However, users are
now resorting to the use of Bluetooth, USB cables and memory cards to add music to their phones which is causing losses of 35-40 crore to the industry. With a predicted annual growth of 50% for mobile downloads, this piracy needs to be checked quickly and effectively. The problem with India is that laws are made but regulation is bare minimum. In countries like US and UK, piracy is being checked effectively as the regulating agencies keep a close watch on illegal downloading sites and other such software. In India, there are far too many people to check and the people doing the checking are not effectively trained to stop cyber crime. Plus, the punishment that is levied on pirates is not much and does not serve as an effective threat. The government can probably begin by increasing the jail term for people caught violating the Copyright Act and set up a branch under the Information and Broadcast Ministry which could check cyber crime and make internet browsing more healthy. The new year promises new technologies like the 3G which will make it easier for people to access the internet from their mobiles and download tunes, amongst other things. All that can be hoped is that the users give the artists their due and help them keep music alive.
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Unveiling The Mystical Emotions It would be a downright lie, if anyone would claim that he or she has never cried while watching a movie. It is kind of astounding how something fictitious can evoke our emotions in such a manner. Evoked emotions after watching a feature films is nothing other than another life and manner of this mesmerizing power The Creator has blessed us with. The strange connect that we feel in these films is because we somehow link ourselves with the character that we find most similar to us. Feature Films all in all have contributed to our ethical self along with knocking the doors of our heart and leaving impressions on our mind which come to life sooner or later in our day to day lives. To celebrate the mystical connection of human emotions and films, International Film and Television Club (IFTC), a constituent of Marwah Studios in collaboration with Ministry of Information and Broadcasting & Film Federation of India, welcomes you to 4th Global Film Festival Noida, 2011 (Unity through Cinema) scheduled to be held
from to 27th November 2011 at Marwah Studios Complex, Film City, Noida. Global Film Festival is North India’s only festival to be of such high magnitude. Our previous editions speak volumes about the success of the festival. The first one was devoted to films on the theme of Peace & Spirituality, the second on documentary films and the third on Children’s films where our recorl was screening of 227 Films in 9 segments, 42 Events and 5000 Footfall in 3 days. These festivals were received extremely well by the audience and media alike, propelling us to mount the 4” Film Festival on a much larger and ambitious scale. The 4th Global Film festival will be screening around 300 Films in 9 segments with Workshops, Seminars, Exhibitions, Book Releases, Daily Bulletins, Luncheon Meetiiigs, Press Conferences, Entertainment Programmes, Gala Dinners, Film Market, Film Launches, Film Premiers, Formal Inauguration and Award Functions.
SCREENING OF FILMS Day-1 (25th Nov.)
Day-2 (26th Nov.)
Day-3 (27th Nov.)
1000hrs Flanders By Dumont Bruno 1200hrs Little by Little By Jean Rouche, Restrospective French Director 1400hrs Blackboards By Samaira Makhmalbaf, Iran 1600hrs I P Man By Wilson Yip, Hongkong 1800hrs Hunting the Lion with Bow and Arrow By Jean Rouche, Retrospective French Director
1000hrs Pushpak by Sangeetham Srinivas Rao 1200hrs The Mad Masters By Jean Rouche, Retrospective French Director 1300hrs Night and Day By Hong Sang Soo, Korea 1600hrs Les Invasions Barbares Canada 1800hrs Me, A Black By Jean Rouche Retrospective French Director
1200hrs Chronicles of Summer By Jean Rouche, Retrospective French Director 1400hrs Microphone By Ahmed Abdalla, Egyptian 1600hrs ITI Mrinalini By Aparna Sen, Indian 1800hrs Mosso Mosso: Jean Rouch Comme Si By Jean Andre Fieschi
*more than 150 films from different parts of the world
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This Kolaveri is veri veri endearing .. just not leaving the sound waves in the mind-u .. what-a what-a what-a do-u ... !! ha ha !!
Ok mama now tune change-a. #kolaveridi
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The price of an admission ticket grants audiences brief respite from mundane, day-to-day issues. They accept they might see the occasional wire, trap door or boom microphone in a scene but as long as their quest to escape and be entertained is met, they leave satisfied. You’re being watched now to see how you ‘perform’ in some way. Your performance doesn’t have to be perfect. As long as it involves focused effort on your part, you will satisfy your audience.
If you want to fly with eagles, then don’t mix with turkeys. So goes the old saying. To some extent, we’re known by company we keep. An issue might be raising itself regarding those you associate yourself with only because you appear to be caught in the crossfire of strong opinions affecting you. Negativity is breeding within certain circles. Unless you have a genuine desire to become part of counterproductive discussions, keep your distance, for the time being at least.
Nothing spurs us on more to achieve something than some good, old fashioned pressure. There is, obviously, such a thing as ‘bad’ or ‘negative’ pressure. Both tend to be prevalent in most peoples’ lives but, very occasionally, we are granted an opportunity to make something happen within a short timeframe and rise to the challenge. This appears to be the case for you now. A plan or project is well worth getting stuck into. You can - and will - deliver and impress.
Peer pressure is almost always lethal!
Just show everyone your confidence!
The sky speaks now of a need for you to not only have faith but faith in a particular person. Therein lays the problem. You seem to have invested considerable faith in someone fulfilling their part of a bargain or arrangement and have recently had cause for concern about whether or not this will happen. Someone is trying their best to ensure you aren’t let down. Trust that there is much going on behind the scenes to ensure you aren’t.
When most people pack a suitcase before going on holiday, they leave space for items they’re certain they’ll be bringing back with them. If we applied a similar strategy to decision making, then we’d probably find ourselves less frustrated! It’s important that you leave some room in a decision making process for flexibility and maneuver. Packing your proverbial case too tightly through having rigid belief in an outcome is likely to cause you to have to start all over again!
The word ‘fear’ is often misinterpreted. There may be too strong a connotation with the kind of ‘fear’ we experience when watching horror films, for example. Often, our fears dwell much deeper, choosing only to surface when they believe we should be listening to them about something they believe we shouldn’t do or are incapable of doing. You are at risk of being held back in some way by a fear now. Do what you fear most and your fear will vanish.
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Customer Service counters in retail shops are often busy, dealing with people wanting to return or exchange items. Each of us has the right to change our minds but there are usually one or two conditions attached should we decide to. You appear to be experiencing a change of both mind and heart now. Something you thought you wanted doesn’t appeal as greatly as it once did. Feel free to make a change but be prepared to have to start over in some way.
What is the meaning of life? Are we put on this planet for a brief period of time only to struggle and cope with numerous curve balls life throws at us on a daily basis? Is our only purpose to ensure the comfort and satisfaction of others? You’re bound to be wondering. It’s time you were on the receiving end of help and support. You will undoubtedly be pleased to hear it’s coming.
Ask anyone who has just completed a full marathon if they’re up for a 500 meter swim or a relaxing seven mile jog and you’re likely to receive a negative response to say the least. Quite why a certain person believes you have the energy and inclination to go above the call of duty on their behalf after all you have given poses certain questions too. You can help someone further now but they need to understand it cannot keep happening.
Change is what brings people together and also what drives them apart!
Wait for it, till then just calm down!
You are offering your hand but they’re going to take your arm!
After having an argument with mother for having exchanged the family cow for some seemingly worthless beans, Jack stormed off upstairs to his bedroom as his mother flung the beans out of the window. A very similar process is underway in your world now. It doesn’t involve beanstalks but does involve your faith in something others had little faith in being rewarded.
As children, we’re encouraged to ask questions. Children are also told they should be seen and not heard. How is any child supposed to make sense of such a contradiction? Through a desire to find out more about something, you’re encountering resistance from someone else who believes you only need to know something on a need-to-know basis! Don’t be concerned that something is being hidden from you. You will discover what you need to know soon enough.
If a genie was to grant you three wishes, would you request consultation with certain professional individuals who could advise on what the tax implications might be through accepting wishes? Perhaps a contract would need to be drawn between the genie and you to ensure granted wishes were not in breach of any law or safety standard. Something wonderful is being presented to you now. Don’t become too fixated on practicalities surrounding how best to accept it.
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Prague or Praha as it is locally known, is the capital of the Czech Republic and is located in Eastern Europe. For six centuries it was nearly untouched by war and it now offers a stunning experience of well-preserved European culture. The many heritage structures in Prague are maintained tirelessly and serve as breathtaking examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. The treasures of Prague remain relatively undiscovered, since it may not be the first destination that comes to mind for most people thinking of traveling abroad which is what makes it a must-see for those interested to experience the wonders of this fantastical land.
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Attractions There are many city tours available once you reach Prague. The best way to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the main attractions is to take one of these tours. A typical day tour includes a visit to Prague Castle, the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, a cruise on the Danube River and the famous Astronomical Clock of Prague. A knowledgeable, multi-lingual tour guide briefs you on the amazing history of Prague while you travel by bus to each location and narrates the history of each place as you walk on the cobbled streets past centuries-old buildings and structures. The enchanting art and architecture can keep one engrossed for any length of time. Prague Castle Charles Bridge
The magnificent Prague Castle and Astronomical Clock provide insights into the extremely skillful nature of the medieval artisans and builders who, with such great precision built these magnificent structures that have withstood the rigors of the weather, wars and Astronomical Clock time. The Old Town Square and Jewish Quarters take one back to the society and culture of medieval Prague. The cruise on the Danube gives everyone some time to cool off after having taken in so much history, while the visit to Charles Bridge is a wonderful and relaxing experience in itself. The imposing arched gateways to Charles Bridge and the detailed statues and scenes that line it are in themselves an ode to this beautiful Bridge which is the oldest in Prague – its construction began in the year 1357.
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Accessibility There are a number of ways to reach Prague. If you’re flying, there is the Ruzyně International Airport. If you are traveling in Europe, you can take a train to ‘Praha hlavní nádraží’, the central station. You can also get there by Bus – the main international bus stop is called ‘Florenc’. Prague is a unique and scintillating destination to visit and a must-see for those interested in history, architecture, folklore or simply the European culture and lifestyle.
Prague is a unique blend of medieval and modern civilization. The old-world charm is seamlessly coupled with modern day infrastructure. From Gothic Castles to the Dancing House of Prague, it is apparent that the pinnacle of architectural design has been achieved here through the ages. The people of Prague are very friendly and helpful, even if they don’t speak much English; they manage to guide tourists correctly. The local currency is not the Euro though; it is the Czech Koruna so one has to be careful to exchange currencies where the rate is good. It is exciting to explore Prague by walking through its narrow lanes, visiting each crystal and souvenir shop on the way. There is always the option of traveling by tram for the more adventurous – an experience in itself! There is no better way to get a feel of the culture of Prague than to spend an evening on Charles Bridge. With a variety of local musicians performing at scattered intervals, the walk across the bridge is pleasant and rejuvenating because of the cool breeze, magnificent panorama and lively music. The local vendors sell a number of curious little
things at their kiosks – from jewelery to souvenirs and artwork. You can savor the blissful atmosphere by sitting down for 20 minutes to get your portrait made by any of the talented artists on the bridge. Prague also has a rich culture of folklore and storytelling. There are a number of ‘Ghost Tours’ in Prague which take you walking through the alleys at night while a guide narrates various ghoulish myths, legends and mysteries that are linked to each place. An exercise more suited to the tastes of children and those who enjoy drama and theatrics! Prague has a bustling nightlife. A wide variety of restaurants and cafes are open till relatively late at night. Every cuisine can be sampled here, without the usual problem of food being too bland in Europe. Prague is also a popular destination for shooting movies and music videos, because of its breathtakingly beautiful scenery. The Bollywood film ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ was shot entirely in Prague. Actions sequences for movies such as Tom Cruise starrer, Mission Impossible and Vin Diesel starrer, Triple X have been shot on the Charles Bridge, along with music videos for the likes of Kanye West, INXS and Linkin Park. Old Town Square
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Dharamshala and McLeodganj How To Reach Dharamshala can be reached by air, rail or road. The nearest airport is Gaggal, 15 km from Dharamshala. The closest railhead is Pathankot, 95 km from Dharamshala, from where many private taxis and buses are available. Dharamshala can also be accessed by road, with many routes through Punjab and through the huge network of Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses that cover the entire state and cater sufficiently to the needs of the people. The distance from Delhi is 514km, and from Chandigarh it is at a distance of 239km. Many private buses, deluxe and regular are available from these cities also. These buses run many times a day with immense frequency during the peak season.
Best Time to Visit The best time to visit Dharamshala is during the months of April, May and early June. The temperature is pleasant and the sun is quite strong. It can get chilly when it rains, and short, spontaneous bursts of rainfall are common. Light jackets and socks should be taken along, though the days are warm and summer clothes are comfortable.
Best Places to Visit Dharamshala offers a wide range of activities for tourists. Treks in the Dhauladhar ranges are extremely popular, and many travel agencies offer organized treks for groups. Other attractions include the 19th century St. John’s Church in the Wilderness, a Gothic structure that lies between Forsythganj and McLeodganj, with a large cemetery where many British officers are buried. It also houses the tomb of Lord Elgin, who was one of the Viceroys of India. Below Dharamshala, in the Kangra valley lies the Kangra fort, which is worth the steep climb for the spectacular views it offers. There is also a small museum attached to the fort. The lower town of Dharamshala houses the Kangra Art Museum with spectacular examples of miniature paintings of the fabled Kangra school. The Chinamaya Tapovan Ashram and Ram Mandir in Siddhbari, 13 km from Dharamshala, are also worth a visit for the spiritually inclined.
Dharamshala came into being in 1849 when it was selected as a site to accommodate a native regiment that was being raised in the town. It is divided into two parts -
Lower Dharamshala Its the civil and business area with courts and the Kotwali Bazaar.
Upper Dharamshala It includes Forsythganj and McLeodganj
It is located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, in the heart of the Dhauladhar mountain range, and serves as the headquarters of the district. Its altitude ranges from 1250 meters to 150 meters at various points.
McLeodganj, Upper Dharamshala McLeodganj has also been the home of the spiritual head of Buddhists all over the world, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama since he fled Tibet in 1959. Many Tibetan refugees have also settled in the surrounding areas and run various establishments. The Buddhist Temple and Dalai Lama’s temple are a must see for everyone. McLeodganj is the centre of the struggle of exiled Tibetans to free their homeland from Chinese occupation, and their energy and will are almost tangible in the atmosphere of the town. McLeodganj is also a gastronomic delight, and is full of wonderful eateries serving Italian, Israeli, Korean, Japanese and Tibetan food at very reasonable prices. Jimmy’s and the vegetarian Pema Thanga are popular for pizza and desserts, while Tibet Kitchen is the best place to sample authentic Tibetan fare. McLlo’s is also a popular multicuisine joint. Dozens of shops and roadside stalls sell Tibetan clothes, jewellery, prayer beads and incense.2 km from McLeodganj is Bhagsunag, where the temple and the Bhagsu falls are very popular with tourists, as is the Dal Lake which is 11 km ahead.
Dharamshala and Mcleodganj offer an interesting vacation for everyone, whether it be nature lovers, pilgrims or those looking for recreation. Given a chance, one should aim to spend at least a week there to soak in the ambience.
- Ketaki Misra The Viewspaper
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Top 5 books that turned into TV shows If anyone was to ever ask you of a popular book that was turned into film(s), you would have hundreds of names flood your brain within seconds. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Twilight, Pride and Prejudice and many a more. But with changing times, the process too is changing. And now books are being turned into full fledged TV shows. The TV Shows/ miniseries grab on to a different audience and movies are simply not enough for a TV buff anymore. While the story and characters of the book and the TV shows remain the same, the plot line can bring in new surprises as the shows progress. While the suspense may be killing you, the book isn’t going to be of any help, in case you thought so. To get hold of good TRP’s and bring a little more spice with added drama, the creators of the show tend to bring in twists, that results in you watching the show as well as reading the book!
Game of Thrones Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are the past but Game of Thrones is the present and the future . It isn’t your average fantasy novel/series, but a medievalesque series with a bit of magic and a lot of gore. It is the perfect blend of political intrigue and murder, incest, treason etc. A Game of Thrones is the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire written by American author George RR Martin, the novel consists of various points of view and plot lines and the series is a broadened version of those plots. The series is set in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, a land where the seasons last for years or even decades at a time, Seven Nobel families fight to take control over Westeros and a fully fledged war breaks out. The only way to truly appreciate the show or the book is to read it/watch it. Try it and you will not be able to leave it that is for certain, which is precisely why it grabs the number 2 spot of best books that turned into TV shows. You can watch season 1 of this series on HBO.
Dexter Hello Dexter Morgan! He is your average bloodstain spatter analyst working at the Miami Metro Police Department, he loves his step sister worships his dead father and oh yes; he’s also a part time serial killer. He may kill people for a living but he is a serial killer with a conscience, the people on his table are only those who really deserve to be there. Dexter is said to have no feelings what so ever and that he is constantly putting up an act for everyone else for what they consider “normal” behavior. He may be a cold fish initially but as you keep watching his character develops as do his relationships. The Dexter series is a psychological thriller written by Jeff Lindsay following the similar plot line with different twists here and there. Season 2 is currently being shown on Star World. So if you haven’t seen it yet, now is as good a time as any to start.
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It’s a sad world we live in! The first thing most people will say when you ask them about Vampires is Twilight, when actually it should be True Blood or even Dracula for that matter. The plot revolves around Sookie Stackhouse who does a first person narration throughout the show. She is a waitress with telepathic powers living in the fictional town of Bon Temps (nothing like Forks) in Louisiana. Her life is turned upside down when a Vampire walks into her work place and the rest is history. The book is called The Southern Vampire Mysteries, also known as The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, written by bestselling author Charlaine Harris. Its dark and somber storyline sets it apart from other novels and television shows like The Vampire Diaries. Thank god it’s not another teen drama! We just can’t seem to get enough of those right? True Blood has 4 seasons and the 5th Season is yet to begin.
Welcome to the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite. It’s a rich and famous life but somebody’s got to live it, this being the story line of Gossip Girl. These upper east siders are a privileged group of boys and girls whose lives are constantly blogged about, by an anonymous “Gossip Girl”. Blair Waldorf, Serena van der Woodsen, Chuck Bass and Nate Archibald are the regular and most specific targets. This adult teen drama novel series written by Cecily von Ziegesar follows the same plot line as the show but with obvious changes in story line towards the middle. During the course of the television show the characters develop, the TV show is well into its fifth season. You can catch Season 4 of Gossip girl on Zee Café. You know you love me… xoxo Gossip Girl.
A story revolving around five girls, whose clique falls apart after one of the friends goes missing. A few years later the body of the missing girl; Alison, is discovered and the rest of the circle begin receiving anonymous messages/texts from someone going by the alias “A”, that knows everything about them and terrorizes each girl individually (scary ehh!). This mystery teen drama TV show is a 10 novel series by Sara Shepard, where the identity of “A” is revealed but the TV series is still keeping everyone guessing. So “A” is still out there ready to get away with murder, which is why they say two can keep a secret if one of them is dead. Catch season 1 on Zee Café!
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Dravid crosses 13,000-run mark, Tendulkar closer to 100th ton
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Bopanna-Qureshi lose third consecutive match
London, Nov 24 (IANS) The IndoPak Express of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi continued their winless run in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, going down to Poland's Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-2, 6-1. The Polish duo ended their Group B round robin campaign with a 2-1 record after they beat the fifth seeds
in just 49 minutes Thurday. The Polish pair was dominant in the first set, winning it in just 28 minutes and dropping only five points on serve. Bopanna and Qureshi had absolutely no answers to the serve-volley game of the Polish pair, as they were routed in the second set with the Poles not even dropping a single point on serve. The US Open finalists, Fyrstenberg and Matkowski, will have to wait for the result between second seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic and third seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor to know if they have qualified for the semifinal.
Gutta, Ponnappa in quarterfinals of China Open
Shanghai, Nov 24 (IANS) India's Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Iris Wang and Rena Wang of USA 21-9, 21-12 to move into the women's doubles quarterfinals of the China Open on Thursday. They will next play Japanse Mi-
zuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa, seeded third. Gutta and V.Diju exited from the mixed doubles, losing to third seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Scotland 14-21, 1421 in the second round.
West Indies bowler Ravi Rampaul (R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir. Mumbai, Nov 24 (IANS): Rahul Dravid on Thursday became the second player in the world to score 13,000 runs in Test cricket after Sachin Tendulkar, who himself was 33 short of his 100th international century, as India ended the third day of the third and last cricket Test at 281 for three in reply to the West Indies' first-innings score of 590. Dravid missed his hundred by a mere 18 runs, though he crossed the thousand runs in the calendar year, and Tendulkar was still there batting on 67 and with him at stumps was V.V.S.Laxman on 32. All the top-order Indian batsmen, barring Virender Shewag (37), got half-centuries, Dravid top-scoring with 82 (149 balls, 11x4) was involved
in two good partnerships, 71 for the second wicket with Gautam Gambhir and 86 runs for the third with Tendulkar. Gautam Gambhir (55) and Sehwag gave India the customary rousing start, knocking up 67 runs at over five runs an over, after off-spinner Ravichandran Aswhin (5/156) picked up his second five-wicket haul as the West Indies innings came to a close within 15 minutes of the morning play. India were 74/1 at lunch break, and in the second session Gambhir and Dravid got going untroubled. Dravid reached the milestone of 13,000 runs with a classic drive for four off Sammy as he moved from 19 to 23. The re-introduction of fast bowler
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Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar (R) and Rahul Dravid (L). Ravi Rampaul did the trick. Gambhir looked good for a big innings when he tried to hook a bouncer and was adjudged caught behind. The Delhi batsman was seen shaking his head as he walked off and the TV replays and snickometre were not conclusive. In walked hometown hero Tendulkar to a rousing welcome from the crowd in the hope of his hundredth international century. Even he looked confident and secure; timing his shots to perfection till an intended late-cut off Devendra Bishoo was dropped by Carlton Baugh. Earlier, the West Indies, resuming at 575/9, survived just 3.1 overs before their innings folded up, last man Bishoo being bowled by Ashwin, who finished with five for 156.
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Caldas Novas, Nov 24 (IANS) India's Diptayan Ghosh maintained his joint lead in the Open section of Under-14 category after settling for a draw with Bluebaum Matthias of Germany in the sixth round of the ongoing World Youth Chess Championship. Another Indian, Bommini Mounika Akshaya, who was also in joint lead after fifth round matches in the Girls' Under-8 category, suffered her first defeat in the championship against top seed Tran Vuong Mai Khanh of
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Spain’s David Ferrer London, Nov 24 (IANS) Spain's David Ferrer thrashed world No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets, earning a semi-final berth at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Ferrer, ranked No.5 in the world, took all his serve games and broke twice in each set, beating Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 in 76 minutes here Wednesday.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia Ferrer became the second player to reach the semi-finals after Swiss maestro Roger Federer grabbed his spot with two wins in Group B Tuesday. "I am very motivated. I am in the semi-finals. I want to enjoy this moment. I don't want to think about the semi-final on Saturday," Ferrer was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
Leverkusen shock Chelsea; Arsenal, Valencia win
Valencia’s forward Roberto Soldado (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the UEFA Champions league second leg football match Valencia vs KRC Leverkusen's midfielder Lars Bender (R) vies for the ball Genk at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia. with Chelsea's midfielder Frank Lampard .
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Djokovic, who clinched 10 titles including three Grand Slams this season, made 33 unforced errors in the match, said he had no words to explain the defeat. "It was the worst match I've played this season so far, definitely," said the Serbian. "So many unforced errors. I'm not playing well. That's a fact."
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Vietnam here on Wednesday. Bomini is now at joint second spot with five points. Meanwhile, nine players including national junior champion Aravindh Chithambaram and Karthikeyan Murali, are tied at the top of the point table in Under-12 Open category with five points. Chithambaram got better off team mate Abhimanyu Puranik while Karthikeyan held Hungarian Fide Master (FM) Gledura Benjamin in the sixth round encounters.
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However, in a further confirmation of the doubles combination of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi splitting, it was announced Paes is still to confirm his entry while Bhupathi will partner Rohan Bopanna. The direct entries are: Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia-9), Nicolas Almagro (Spain-10), Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland-17), Marin Cilic (Crotia-22), Milos Raonic (Canada-31), Ivan Dodig (Croatia-36), Robin Haase (Netherlands-45), Fabio Fognini (Italy-48), Xavier Malisse (Belgium-49), Olivier Rochus (Belgium-67), YenHsun Lu (Taiwan-82), Dudi Sela (Israel-84), Somdev Dev Varman (India-85), Steve Darcis (belgium-88), Pere Riba (Spain-89), Victor Hanescu (Romania-90), Blaz Kavcic (Slovenia), Sam Querrey (USA-93), Benoit Paire (France-94), Eric Prodon (France-97) and Andreas Beck (Germany-98).
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Chennai, Nov 24 (IANS) World No.9 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia heads a strong field that includes three former singles champions in the 17th ATP Aircel Chennai Open tennis tournament, beginning on Jan 2. Also in the draw is Spaniard Nicolas Almagro (10) besides home favourite Somdev Devvarman, currently ranked 85. In fact, Devvarman, the Davis Cup star, is the only Indian in the main draw which has a cut-off of 85. Further embellishing the field are 2007 singles and doubles champion Xavier Malisse (Belgium), twice winner in 2009 and 2010 and defending champion Marin Cilic (Crotia), and Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland). Raonic is only 20, was ranked 131 last year when he played the Chennai Open qualifier, but moved up to a career high of 25 in May this year.
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: Leander Paes of India (L) and his partner Mahesh Bhupathi of India (R). London, Nov 24 (IANS) Three-time former finalists and fourth seeds, India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes, beat seventh-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer and German Philipp Petzschner 7-5, 6-3 in their Group A match to stay alive in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles. Bhupathi and Paes -- losing finalists to Americans Rick Leach and Jonathan Stark in 1997, to another American pair Sebastien Lareau and Alex O'Brien in 1999 and to American Daniel Johnson and South African Piet Norval in 2000 -- improved
to a 31-13 match record for the season, highlighted by three titles. "I thought Hesh played brilliantly today and moved great," Paes told ATPWorldTour.com after Wednesday's match. "Especially at the net, he made some pretty cool volleys, one of them a block backhand half-volley crosscourt and you don't teach that at home." Paes and Bhupathi will next meet top seeds and three-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan Friday. "We've played them before and beaten them," Bhupathi said.
Arsenal’s Dutch striker Robin Van Persie (2ndL) celebrates scoring the second goal with Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta (C) during their UEFA Champions League group F football match against Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium, North London, England. London, Nov 24 (IANS) Leverkusen came from a goal down to shock Chelsea at home while Valencia and Arsenal registered impressive wins in Champions League The German team showed great determination when they turned a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 victory at the BayArena. Arsenal edged past a strong Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium while Valencia crushed Genk 7-0 at Mestella on Wednesday. Leverkusen started confidently against Chelsea but both sides
failed to take their chances in the first half. Three minutes into the second half, striker Didier Drogba capitalised on a cross by Daniel Sturridge to slot home from inside the penalty area to shock the hosts. In the 73rd minute, Leverkusen striker Eren Derdiyok equalised the score to punish a Chelsea team who were defending deep in to their half. With just seconds for the game to end Bayern defender Manuel Friedrich headed home from a corner. This result means that a scoring draw away to Chelsea in the final
group game will see Valencia into the next round. Robin van Persie continued his brilliant scoring form as Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Emirates Stadium to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League again. Arsenal were, though, made to work hard by an industrious German side, who lost playmaker Mario Gotze to injury after less than half an hour, and grabbed a stoppage-time consolation through Japan forward Shinji Kagawa.
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Mumbai, Nov 24 (IANS): John Abraham has been city hopping, giving interviews and making an appearance on TV shows to promote his film "Desi Boyz", which is releasing Friday, and says he has understood that the first three-day collection of a new film depends upon the marketing. "My thinking has always been that if a film is good, it will work. But I have been educated about this through the promotions of 'RA.One' and 'Rockstar' that the first three days of a film are very important. So, we have tried to promote 'Desi Boyz'," said John. "I promoted 'Force' too, but not the way I have promoted this one," said John, who mixed with fans and danced in a Dubai nightclub to spread the word about "Desi Boyz".
Gauhar undergoes lip surgery
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John promotes 'Desi Boyz', says marketing vital
Akshay Kumar (C), John Abraham (R), Chitrangda Singh (top R) and Deepika Padukone (top L) during a promotional event for "Desi Boyz".
The Twilight Saga : Breaking Dawn-Part 1
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS): Model-turned-actress Gauhar Khan has undergone a lip enhancement surgery. A photographer friend suggested that the 30-year-old would look more gorgeous with fuller lips. Gauhar took his suggestion seriously and recently went for the temporary lip augmentation procedure. Her surgery also halted the shoot of the reality show "The Khan Sisters" for a day as Gauhar, who is part of the show along with her sister Nigar, refused to face the camera post surgery. "I wanted to try the temporary lip augmentation procedure which lasts for not more than three-four hours...but I didn't like the way it looked at all at that point and hence the shoot of 'Khan Sisters' had to be stalled. I was in shock and wasn't comfortable being captured on camera for that moment," Gauhar said in a statement.
“melodramatic, sloppy” Director: Bill Condon Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner Rating: **
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New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) Hollywood actress Katie Holmes, who will be seen in "Jack and Jill" with Adam Sandler, says she is planning to visit India in December. "I think I'm actually going to go in December Little vacation little..Little thinking, yes," Holmes told MTV Digital during an interview for the promotion of her film. Holmes is expected to accompany her superstar husband Tom Cruise, who is coming to India on Dec 2 to promote his forthcoming film "Mission Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol". He is also set to host a screening of the film for his Indian fans.
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The reason why the 'Twilight' series captured our imagination a few years ago was the originality of its idea and execution. Watching the penultimate film in the series, you will be stuck with a series of déjà vus. You won't have to rake your head hard to figure out where you had seen bits and pieces of the film for it literally takes inspiration from and shamelessly copies the execution of almost every single TV soap-opera and their Indian avatar - the saas-bahu sagas. Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) finally get married and Edward unwittingly gets Isabella pregnant. As the fetus grows rapidly, it threatens Bella's life but she is unwilling to abort the baby despite the urging of everyone around. Afraid of the half-human, half-vampire baby growing inside Bella, the wolves plan to kill her even as the Cullen family and Jacob (Taylor Lautner), fight to save her. The only originality the film hold is in its combination of clichés of multiple genres. Thus you have an exotic woman in possession of ancient wisdom (from the monster movie genre) calling Edward a monster. You have (once again) a jealous friend in Jacob who mouths cheesy lines (teenage romance genre) and you have a understanding and protective family
speaking dialogues straight from soaps (family drama genre)...the list goes on. The dream marriage and the honeymoon scene is slow and long, but has enough oomph for girls with romance in their eyes to lap up. There is no point commenting on the acting department which
actually relies on the inability of its actors to act, and their abilities to look either pale and white, expressionless or perennially angry. “Breaking Dawn” is good only for the die-hard fans of the franchise, or teenage girls with fairy tale romance lighting up their eyes. Others beware of a headache.
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KBC winner Sushil Kumar turns down ‘Big Boss’ offer
London, Nov 24 (IANS): Basketball player Kris Humphries is reportedly planning to sue estranged wife Kim Kardashian and her family for $10 million. The 31-year-old Kim filed for divorce from the basketball player Oct 31 without his consent. Kris, 26, has now met with lawyers because he feels he should be paid more for his contribution to reality the TV show “Kourtney & Kim Take New York”, where he is cast along with wife, and is also concerned about the way he will be portrayed on the programme. “Kris has a legal team investigating his options. He’s claiming his role on ‘Kourtney & Kim Take New York’ is bigger than he was told, and that’s why he wants more money,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying.
Patna, Nov 24 (IANS): Sushil Kumar, the first to win Rs.5 crore on “Kaun Banega Crorepati 5”, has turned down an offer to enter the reality show “Bigg Boss” for the sake of his image as a youth icon. “I was approached by the officials of the Endemol India and offered a place in ‘Big Boss’, but I refused,” said Sushil. “More than anything, my image is important for me. I don’t want to do anything that affects my image.” “If I joined ‘Big Boss’ and stayed there for some days, it would have changed my mindset and diverted me from my goal,” the 27-year-old told IANS.
Sonakshi itching for an image makeover?
Mumbai, Nov 24 (IANS): Sonakshi Sinha has donned the western look for a men’s magazine cover and this may be her attempt to shed the image that she acquired since “Dabanng”, in which she played a village belle. “I think it is good to look different in every photo shoot or a film. I think all my filmmakers are making me wear saris so I think it’s good that in photo shoots I am seen in western outfits. As an actor, this change is also important. I try and mix it up,” Sonakshi said at the unveiling of the FHM magazine cover. Though the actress is proud of her desi tag, she is game for change in other films. “I am very proud of my ‘desi-ness’ and I would have to agree for now because those are the type of roles that I have been doing. Later on, there will be a lot of scope for change,” Sonakshi said.
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Kris Humphries plans to sue Kim
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