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MANMOHAN AND SONIA FEATURE AMONGST MOST POWER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD India's Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh figured among the just released Forbes' list of world's 70 most powerful people in 2011. 27 year old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also found himself at No. 9 in this year’s list. (Page 5 for more details)




Bail refused to Kanimozhi, DMK MP to remain in Tihar

4 World Pope urges resolution to economic crisis

5 Business Oil comps mull petrol hike

New Delhi, Nov 3 (IANS) The bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and seven others accused in the 2G spectrum allotment scam were Thursday dismissed by a CBI special court here. They will continue to be lodged in Tihar Jail. Special CBI Judge O.P. Saini said: "All the bail applications are dismissed. The court will begin its trial from Nov 11. Saini had earlier reserved the order on the bail pleas of Kanimozhi, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, former communications minister A. Raja's ex-private secretary R.K. Chandolia, Kalaignar TV chief Sharad Kumar, directors of Kusegaon Fruits & Vegetables Pvt Limit-

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ed Asif Balwa and Rajiv B. Agarwal, Bollywood producer Karim Morani and former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura. All of them were present in court Thursday when they were refused bail. The CBI had preferred not to oppose the bail pleas of Kanimozhi and four others on the ground that they faced specific charges, apart from the "umbrella section" of 120-B (criminal conspiracy) IPC, which entail five years sentence as maximum punishment. The agency has also slapped charges of criminal breach of trust under Section 409 of the IPC which carries life term as maximum punishment, against Kanimozhi and four others.

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612 million Indians 'multi-dimensionally poor'

Government unveils bill for time-bound public services New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): With Team Anna threatening to renew its agitation for a strong Lokpal bill, the government Wednesday unveiled a bill to check graft and to ensure time-bound public service and grievance redressal from panchayats to government departments. The Citizens Right to Grievance Redress Bill, 2011, will look at complaints of violation of the citizens' charter to be formulated by each government department, identify liabilities of public servants in case of default, and impose penalties for failure to deliver services or redress grievances in a time-bound manner. The bill is part of a slew of anti-corruption legislations planned by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for the winter session of parliament. "The citizen's charter will have to be defined by the authorities at various levels, including panchayats, municipalities, states and the centre. For every authority, there will be a Grievance Redress Officer," Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievance and Pension V. Narayanasamy told media persons at a joint briefing with Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh.

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): At 612 milOn The lion, or more than Go half its population, India has the world's largest number of "multi-dimensionally poor", the UN Global Human Development report released Wednesday said. To assess acute poverty levels, the index examined factors such as health services, access to clean water and cooking fuels, basic household goods and home construction standards, which together offer a fuller portrait of poverty than income measurements alone. No t



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Indian prisoners in Sri Lanka send SOS to Jayalalithaa New Delhi, Nov 3 (IANS): Anguished by what they say is New Delhi’s apathy, Indians jailed in Sri Lanka want Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa to intervene and seek their extradition to India. A spokesman for 34 Indian prisoners -27 from Tamil Nadu and seven from Kerala -- said they were being ignored though India and Sri Lanka signed a pact in June on exchange of sentenced convicts. An almost sobbing Indian prisoner told IANS over mobile telephone that while Pakistanis and Maldivians have managed to go home thanks to their governments, the Indian establishment appeared unconcerned about them.

Congress evades query on Rahul Gandhi's elevation

Never said India hurling grenades in Kashmir: Mustafa Kamal

Srinagar, Nov 2 (IANS): Ruling National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal Wednesday denied saying that the Indian government was "hurling grenades in Kashmir" and that the state's accession to India was "temporary". Amid a political storm in Jammu and Kashmir, Kamal told IANS that he did not even mention New Delhi in a Monday speech at Ganderbal near the state capital Srinagar where he is said to have made the controversial remarks. Local newspapers Wednesday quoted Kamal, who is also the uncle of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, as saying: "If Geelani is blamed for hurling stones, New Delhi is hurling grenades in Kashmir". Speaking to IANS, Kamal said: "I did not mention New Delhi anywhere in my speech at Ganderbal which was misquoted by a section of the media and also some electronic news channels.

Panaji, Nov 3 (IANS): The Lokpal legislation will not put an end to corruption, says former Mumbai police commissioner Julio F. Ribeiro. The former tough talking supercop, who was speaking at a debate late Thursday on corruption in Goa, said several measures were needed if the menace of corruption was to be addressed at the grassroots. "Corruption will not end with the Lokpal," Ribeiro said. "Corruption affects the poorest of the poor sections of society the most and that is where we have to focus our attention if we are to rid us of this menace," said the former cop turned civil society activist. The comes even as the 74 year old activist Anna Hazare gets ready to end his vow of silence Friday when he is expected to visit Delhi, an India Against Corruption (IAC) member said. "Anna might end his 'maun vrat' Friday and he might come to Delhi. He is currently in his village Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra," Aswathi Muralidharan told IANS.

Congress Party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): The Congress Wednesday evaded a direct reply to a question about reports that party general secretary Rahul Gandhi could be made working president of the party and an announcement could be made on the birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi Nov 19. "This is an internal matter of the party on which there cannot be a public discussion. When party reaches a

decision, it will be conveyed to you," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters. Party leaders expressed ignorance about any such move. Speculation about Rahul Gandhi being given a higher responsibility in the party has been doing the rounds for some months and gained momentum after the surgery of his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi in the US in August.

Air India defers pilot training to stave off strike Mumbai, Nov 2 (IANS): Air India Wednesday deferred for a month a training programme for pilots selected to fly the soon-tobe inducted Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a bid to pacify a section of disgruntled pilots who threatened to go on strike. According to the official, the airline would seek to resolve the crisis within this period. The trouble started when 64 pilots, 32 from the IPG and 32 from the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), the union of former Indian Airlines pilots, were selected to undergo Boeing 787 training in Singapore.

India ranks low 134 in human development index New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): India ranks a low 134 among 187 countries in terms of the human development index (HDI), which assesses long-term progress in health, education and income indicators, said a UN report released Wednesday. Although placed in the “medium” category, India’s standing is way behind scores of economically less developed countries, including wartorn Iraq as well as the Philippines. India’s ranking in 2010 was 119 out of 169 countries.

India, China to hold next round of formal talks end-November New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): The special representatives of India and China are to meet end-November to take forward the process of dialogue between the two Asian neighbours to resolve all irritants, including the border dispute. The two countries will hold the 15th round of boundary talks here in November that could also see the sealing of a joint border mechanism between them.

India's Sulabh gets top UN consultative status United Nations, Nov 3 On ( IA N S ) : Recognizing Sulabh International's pioneering work in developing low-cost, environmental-friendly public toilet system, the United Nations has accorded its highest consultative status to the Indian NGO. 'General Consultative' is the highest status given to NGO's within the UN system which is blah


New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) The Supreme Court was Wednesday told that Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, awarded death penalty in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts, should not be made to suffer for the misdeeds of his brother and main accused Tiger Memon. The apex court was told by Yakub Memon that “one (Tiger Memon) is a smuggler. I am a chartered accountant. I have charted my own course in life”. Tiger Memon is untraced since the blasts and is on the run. Appearing for Yakub Memon, senior counsel Jaspal Singh told the court: “I am not a namazi (devout Muslim). He (Tiger Memon) is a namazi. I don’t know what kind of namazi he (Tiger Memon) is. His (actions) are entirely against Islam.” The court was told this during the hearing of cross petitions by the Maharashtra government and the convict challenging the trial court verdict in the blasts in which 100 people were convicted, 12 of whom were awarded death sentence, 23 were acquitted and 44 were absconding, including Tiger Memon.




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Ranchi, Nov 2 (IANS) Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, languishing in prison on charges of money laundering, was Wednesday slapped with yet another charge -- “instigating” inmates in Ranchi Jail, where his hand was fractured during police action, officials said. The state government has replied to the home ministry’s query on the episode. Koda, now in hospital with a fractured hand, was allegedly leading a protest inside the jail Monday to demand better quality food for himself and other inmates. Talking to a local news channel on Wednesday Koda had said: “There was a conspiracy to kill me. I was beaten up by jail policemen and when I fell on the ground, they hit me with batons on my chest.” “The condition of common people can be understood when a former chief minister and Lok Sabha MP is beaten this way,” he added.


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reserved for large international NGOs with broad geographical reach whose area of work covers most of the issues on the agenda of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies. Organizations qualifying for General Category consultative status may propose new items for consideration by the ECOSOC and attend international conferences called by the UN General Assembly special sessions, and other intergovernmental bodies.


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Polish artist’s Indian works on display

Manu Sharma seeks 12-day parole for brother’s marriage

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) Manu Sharma, serving life sentence in the Tihar Jail for killing ramp model Jessica Lall in 1999, Wednesday approached the Delhi High Court, seeking parole to attend his brother’s marriage and related functions between Nov 10 and 21. Parole is the temporary release of a convict from prison before the end of the tenure of his sentence, subject to certain conditions. Taking note of Sharma’s plea, Justice V.K. Shali issued notice to Delhi Police for their reply within a week. While issuing notice, however, Justice Shali also referred to Manu Sharma’s conduct while on parole, saying that on earlier oc-

casions he had been visiting discotheques, violated the parole conditions. Sharma’s counsel told the court that according to the guidelines for granting parole, the conduct of only past one year had to be considered. The court fixed the next hearing Nov 14. It declined Sharma’s plea for an early hearing, saying: “He need not attend all functions.” Sharma was awarded life imprisonment by the high court in December 2006 for the murder of Lall in 1999. The life term was upheld by the Supreme Court last year.

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In Your City Exhibition poster based on a painting by Stefan Norblin

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) An exhibition of works of Poland’s famous 20th century artist Stefan Norblin, who won patronage from royalties during his stay in India, opened here Wednesday. The exhibition, Stefan Norblin (1892-1952): A Master of Many Arts, has been organised by the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), the culture ministry and the Regional Museum in Stalowa Wala, Poland. While in India (1941-46), Norblin received patronage from royalty

CBI’s Delhi Junk food ban plea: Food branch to probe product makers move court Shehla Masood’s murder

Book bazar in South Campus

IN BRIEF Man held with pistol at Metro station New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) A man from Uttar Pradesh was arrested for carrying a home-made pistol while entering a Delhi Metro station in west Delhi, police said Wednesday. A man in his forties was seized Tuesday evening when he tried to enter Kirti Nagar Metro station. He wanted to take the Metro to Dilshad Garden from where he intended to go back to his home in Meerut.

Notice to Delhi government over schoolboy’s injury New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the state government on an NGO’s complaint that school authorities had failed to ensure timely treatment for Class 7 student who suffered an eye injury in a stone-pelting incident in the school premises in August. The NGO’s president wrote a letter to the high court, seeking action against the school authorities and the government who failed to take lesson from the previous incident in which a girl of Class 11 lost her eyes.

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) Book lovers in the capital can head to the South Campus of Delhi University where a three-day book bazaar begins Friday. The National Book Trust (NBT) is holding the bazaar for the second time. The North Campus hosted the first in March. Ravi, involved in many petty crimes, was arrested from Usmanpur for killing a 15-year-old boy, police said.

and was granted large commissions from several India’s Maharajas. It was in Jodhpur where he got his most significant commission in India -- to design the interiors and paint murals for the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Norblin developed a new style inspired by Hindu mythology and elements previously unknown to him, including characteristics from Indian art that permeated his pre-existing European Art Deco sensibilities.

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) The All India Food Processors Association (AIFPA) Wednesday approached the Delhi High Court, pleading that the court should hear them before passing any final order on a petition that seeks ban on carbonated beverages and junk food in school and college canteens. The AIFPA in its application filed sought to become a party in the petition filed by NGO Uday Foundation. The AIFPA told the court that its members were dealing with process-

ing of fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, milk and milk products and biscuits and confectionary products. The court was told that the petitioner had failed to specify as to what kind of foods should be included in the definition of junk food or fast food. The AIFPA said the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act did not define anything as junk food or fast food. The NGO sought a ban on the sale of junk food and carbonated drinks within 1,500-foot radius of schools.

Bhopal, Nov 2 (IANS) With no headway in the two-month investigation into the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood, the Delhi unit of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will now probe the incident instead of the Bhopal branch, sources in the premier agency said Wednesday. However, as of now the investigative officer will be Bhartendra Sharma of CBI Bhopal, the sources said. Masood was also India Against Corruption’s Madhya Pradesh chapter head. Right to Information (RTI) and green activist Masood was killed near her home while she was sitting in her car Aug 16. After her murder, some high profile names from the political class and bureaucracy did the rounds in connection with it. From Sep 3, CBI’s Bhopal officials had begun investigating the case. But in the last 60 days, the premier agency has not come out with anything concrete on the RTI activist’s broad daylight murder.



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Pope urges G-20 to resolve economic crisis


WikiLeaks founder Assange faces extradition to Sweden

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (R) seen arriving at London's High Court on Tuesday. London, Nov 2 (IANS) Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks whose expose embarrassed several governments, Wednesday lost an appeal in a British court and now could be extradited to Sweden where he faces allegations of rape and sexual assault. Two Swedish women had accused Assange, 40, of sexual abuse following his visit to Stockhom in August 2010. He had then ap-

pealed in the high court against a European arrest warrant issued by Swedish prosecutors. The Australian has denied the allegations and claimed they are politically motivated. The high court order means that he could be removed to Sweden within 10 days, reported The WikiLeaks founder has been practically under house arrest in Norfolk since December 2010.

French weekly firebombed over Prophet Mohammed issue ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP

London, Nov 2 (IANS) The office of French weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris was destroyed in a petrolbomb attack early Wednesday, a day after it named Prophet Mohammed as its "editorin-chief" for this The Charlie Hebdo's publisher shows a special week's issue, the edition of the magazine in front the magazine's Telegraph report- offices which were destroyed by a petrol bomb . ed. The magazine stroyed, police said. said the move was intended to cel"We cannot, today, put together ebrate the victory of Islamist party a paper. But we will do everything Ennhada in Tunisia's election. possible to do one next week. Charlie Hedbo's editor-in-chief, Whatever happens, we'll do it. known as Charb, told France Info There is no question of giving in," radio: "We no longer have a news- said Charb. paper. All our equipment has been Europe 1 radio said police were destroyed or has melted." searching for two suspects seen No injuries were reported after near the scene. a Molotov cocktail was thrown Charlie Hebdo's website was at the office around 1 a.m. The also hacked with a message in ensuing fire was put out, but a English and Turkish cursing the large quantity of material was de- magazine.

Vatican City, Cannes (France) Nov 3 (IANS/ AKI) Pope Benedict XVI has urged the world's most industrialised countries to resolve the problems that has plunged much of the globe into an economic crisis. Benedict said he hoped the G-20 "will help overcome the difficulties being experienced at a global level". These were troubles that "hinder the promotion of authentically human and integral development", the pope said. Financial markets around the world Tuesday plunged following the announceFILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP


Pope Benedict XVI ment of a Greek referendum on proposed austerity measures that would allow the country to receive

billions of euros in aid. Leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies -- the G-20 -- will meet Thursday in Cannes, France for a two-day summit where they will discuss the economic crisis hurting the US and European economies. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reached there on Wednesday. Besides attending the summit Thursday and Friday, the prime minister will have bilateral meetings with his host and French President Nicolas Sarkozy and various other leaders from around the world.

India seeks regional framework, opposes meddling in Afghanistan Istanbul, Nov 2 (IANS) Stressing on an Afghan-led peace process, India Wednesday called for a regional framework for stabilising Afghanistan and ruled out competition - an allusion to Pakistan even as it opposed external interference in affairs of that country. Referring to cross-border terror-

ist networks, Afghanistan pitched for a bigger role for India in the region for "desirable reasons", with President Hamid Karzai stressing that peace will remain elusive unless regional cooperation is assured. "India supports the aims and objectives of this conference: to bring regional countries together

Russia urges Israel to halt settlement IN BRIEF construction

Moscow, Nov 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian Foreign Ministry urged Israel Wednesday to refrain from more housing construction in the occupied West Bank pending a final agreement on the status of the Palestinian territories. "Moscow is seriously concerned by the announcement from the Israeli leadership," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "The Russian position is well known and has been affirmed more than once: any construction in the occupied territories is illegal under the accepted norms of international law and must cease," it says. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday called on for stepped up construction of 2,000 new homes for Israelis in the occupied territory, saying the new construction would remain on Israeli territory whatever the terms of the possible recognition of Palestine's statehood bid. Israel will also temporarily halt the transfer of finances to the Palestinian government, Netanyahu's adviser Alex Selsky said, speaking a day after the Palestinian National Authority received full membership in UNESCO, a move Israel condemned.

At 9.7 cm, this woman has world's longest tongue London, Nov 2 (IANS) A 21-year-old American woman has been officially certified by Guinness as having the world's longest tongue, measuring a whopping 9.7 cm. Chanel Tapper, from Houston, US, shot to fame as a 13-year-old, when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video, says The Sun. In September, Guinness invited Tapper to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue. She beat two other women contenders to the world record.

iPad encrusted with T-rex bone London, Nov 2 (IANS) An iPad worth five million pounds has been customised by a specialist designer with gold, diamonds and shavings of a Tyrannosaurus Rex bone. Believed to be the

on an inclusive platform to address the common challenges facing the region, and working towards cooperative confidencebuilding measures and solutions," India's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said at an international conference on Afghanistan here.

world's most expensive gadget, the device was created by a Briton, Stuart Hughes, Sky News reported. The iPad 2 is encrusted with 12.5-carat diamonds. A total of 53 gems form the iconic Apple logo. A part of a T-Rex thigh bone dating back 65 million years has been placed in the stone.

UN chief vows to support Libya's reconstruction Tripoli, Nov 3 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has vowed to offer help for Libya's reconstruction, as he held talks with the head of the ruling National Transitional Council Mustafa Abdel Jaliland here Wednesday. All Libyans want to build "a democratic Libya, grounded in respect for human rights and dignity of every woman, man and child," Ban said. He expressed condolence to the families of those who died in the unrest.


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Berlin, Nov 2 (IANS): The planned eurozone and the international comGreek plebiscite on the bailout pack- munity”. Luxembourg Prime Minage reached at the eurozone summit ister Jean-Claude Juncker stressed and the associated austerity require- that the referendum was not favored ments plunged financial by most European markets into a frenzy, with leaders, and warned the German DAX index that if the Greeks slumping by five percent voted against the new on Wednesday. Traders rescue package, the were apparently shocked country’s collapse by Greek Prime Minister could not be ruled Giorgos Papandreou’s call out. After a meeting for a referendum, as the with his key minisAthens stock exchange inters, French President dex shed more than eight Nicolas Sarkozy said percent, Xinhua reported. that the rescue plan The announcement of is the “only way” to the referendum stirred solve the debt crisis turmoil in financial marin Greece, and the Giorgos Papandreou, kets, as its consequences leading European inGreek Prime Minster and a possible rejection stitutions must now of the requirements for austerity on make it clear the circumstances unGreece loom and put the outcome der which the bailout plan can proof the eurozone summit into ques- ceed. Germany and France were contion. Both European Council Presi- vinced that the agreement could have dent Herman Van Rompuy and Eu- Greece returning to its normal track ropean Commission President Jose of sustained growth, and that subject Manuel Barroso reacted cautiously should be put onto open discussion to the planned referendum, saying with the EU, the European Central that they were “completely confident Bank, the International Monetary that Greece will fulfill its commit- Fund and representatives of Greece ments it has agreed upon with the in Cannes.

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Islamabad/New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): Pakistan Wednesday granted the “Most Favored Nation” (MFN) status to India, reciprocating a 15-year-old gesture. India Inc said the decision will push up trade sharply. India had given Pakistan the MFN status in 1996 but Islamabad did not respond positively. Ties between the two countries deteriorated after the Mumbai terror attack in 2008 for which Pakistan was blamed. Wednesday’s decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. It said the move would help expand bilateral trade relations, Xinhua reported. Hailing the decision,

the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) said the MFN status would have an exponential effect on growth of bilateral trade. India-Pakistan trade was logged at $2.5 billion in 2010-11 and the two countries are targeting to double this in the next five years. When a country grants a foreign territory the MFN status, it signifies that import barriers would be lowered and import quotas, raised for goods originating from that country. There has been opposition from several quarters in Pakistan to granting MFN status to India over fears that its domestic market would be flooded by Indian imports.

Honda to cut production as Thai floods hit supplies

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): Japanese automobile major Honda Wednesday said it was scaling down production at its Greater Noida plant due to shortage of parts caused by the floods in Thailand. “As Honda plants in Thailand have been severely affected, we are facing a parts shortage at HSCI (Honda Siel Cars) too and are forced to reduce production,” said Takashi Nagai, president and chief executive, HSCI, in a statement. According to Nagai, the company is making concerted efforts to resume full production as soon as possible. The statement said that even the company’s suppliers, based in northern and central Thailand, have been hit. “HSCI’s production in the month of November will be severely impacted and December production too will be curtailed,” the statement said, adding that the full extent of the impact is still being assessed. The parts shortage is expected to affect all the models manufactured in India.


tion last year to be ranked the 11th most powerful person and 7th powerful woman. Manmohan Singh, 79, “the incorruptible Cambridge- and Oxford-educated economist (is) widely respected as the man behind India’s economic reforms, which have led to the subcontinent’s blistering growth over the last decade,” too dropped a notch to be rated the 19th most powerful. Other Indians on the list included Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani ranked 35th, India’s top billionaire ArcelorMittal Chairman Lakshmi Mittal in the 47th spot and Wipro chairman Azim Premji at the 61st spot.

‘Oil companies will decide on petrol price hike’ New Delhi, Nov 2 adding that he hoped for a (IANS) The governmeeting soon on the prices ment said Wednesday of the regulated fuels. “I that it was up to statehave asked for a meeting run oil marketing comof the empowered group panies (OMCs) to deof ministers (eGoM). The cide on any petrol price meeting will take place hike, even as Petroleum before the winter session Minister Jaipal Reddy of parliament (beginning asked for a meeting of Nov 22),” Reddy said. The the empowered group eGoM on petroleum is of ministers to take a headed by Finance Mincall on the issue. ister Pranab Mukherjee. “It is for them to deThe minister also said that Jaipal Reddy, cide. The oil companies the financial capacity of Petroleum Minister are empowered to take the oil retailers should not a view on it. They will take a decision be overestimated. He said their revat a right time,” Oil Secretary G.C. enue losses because of selling petroChaturvedi told reporters here. While leum products below the market price petrol is deregulated, giving oil mar- is expected to be around Rs.130,000 keting firms the freedom to change crore for this fiscal. “Oil companies retail prices; they still require the will soon find it difficult to get loans government’s approval to effect any from Indian banks, let alone foreign changes in the prices of diesel, kero- banks,” he added. The development sene and cooking gas. comes a day after one of the OMCs However, increasing petrol prices said it was considering a hike in petrol after a substantial hike of Rs.5 in Sep- prices given the high crude oil prices tember would not go down well. The and depreciating value of the rupee minister too admitted this was a fact, against the dollar. began this week on a promising note,” B-school career development services chairman P.D. Jose told IANS Wednesday.

Google India offers Global firms line up with free website to small, offers for IIM-B grads medium businesses Bangalore, Nov 2 (IANS): Global consulting and financial firms have queued up with preplacement offers and interviews to hire the post-graduate programme (PGP) course students of the premier Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B). “Management consulting and international financial firms have made 71 pre-placement offers and lined up 37 pre-placement interviews to our final year PGP course students as the placement season

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Washington, Nov 3 (IANS) India’s Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh figured among Forbes’ list of world’s 70 most powerful people in 2011 as US Barack Obama regained his position at the top. Obama bumped Chinese President Hu Jintao from the No. 1 spot on the magazine’s annual rankings to the third place with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin taking the second position. Gandhi, 64, described as “India’s most powerful politician (who) has twice refused to serve as prime minister, delegating that job to Manmohan Singh” dropped two notches from her ninth posi-


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New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): Google India Wednesday launched a new initiative, “India Get Your Business Online” to provide a free website, personalized domain and hosting to small and medium businesses (SMB) across the country, in partnership with US-based firm HostGator. “With this initiative, our customers will benefit from having access to better information of local businesses, and business owners

will benefit as their customers will be able to find them easily,” said Rajan Anandan, managing director and vice president (sales and operations), Google India.

China calls for global efforts to tackle economic woes Cannes (France), Nov 3 (IANS): Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Wednesday that all members of the international community should work together to cope with worldwide economic difficulties, Xinhua reported. Under such circumstances, all members of the international community should follow the all-in-the-same-boat spirit and join hands to ride out the current woes, he stressed.






fter nearly two hours of waiting outside the entrance gate to the venue in Gurgaon, it finally opened after which it was literally a survival of the fittest race as thousands of people pushed and shoved their way through to get as close to the stage as possible. What happened then was inevitable. One of the relatively flimsy barricades that had been placed to keep the rock fans at bay and away from the stage suddenly gave way and what followed was total chaos. Eventually after much persuasion (polite and not so) the organizers were given a chance to fix the barricade. For some of us lucky few, the next couple of hours went off quite peacefully as we sat there discussing the potential song list, the history of the band, the other bands that were performing etc etc. But it wasn’t before long that people started to get restless wondering what was happening. Random announcements were made, but nothing that told us what the situation was and when the performance would begin. Eventually the protests grew louder. As the evening started to set in the organizers were seen clearing the stage. That’s when the rumours started going around…. “I heard Metallica is playing first due to the delay, so they are preparing the set up for that.”… “Someone told me there’s a technical issue so it’s taking a little longer than

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usual for them to set it up.”… “I think it’s being cancelled. They are just taking away the instruments so the fans don’t go crazy maybe crash the stage.” That last one proved to be prophetic! And then the announcement came that the concert had been postponed to the next day due to technical reasons. To borrow from a well known expression, Hell hath no fury like a rock fan scorned! Over 25 thousand people had gathered there from around the country and many from abroad traveling great distances to get a chance to see and hear one of most well known bands in the world. Money was spent, time was spent, effort was spent and suddenly there was nothing to show for it. As I walked amidst the thousands of other seemingly zombie like creatures that looked like they had just had their life sucked out of them I came across a French couple who had coincided their India trip to attend the concert. Then there was a group of young American fans who spent their holidays following the band wherever they went, young and old professionals who had taken the day off for this special occasion, college students, lawyers, doctors, housewives… and nobody looked amused. While many made their way out wondering if they could make it back the next day, a large number stayed behind and continued to protest the manner in which they had been treated and the lack of clarity in the announcements made. Emotions grew out of control and the security lapses at the event shone through at that point when the enraged fans broke through the barricades and went onto the stage attempting to inflict as much damage as possible. The rest as they say is history. The event was cancelled. The event organization was sued. A few of the organizers were taken into custody. Ticket holders were offered a full refund (I am yet to get mine!). For some of the lucky or let’s say ardent Metallica fans, Bangalore came to the rescue which was where the next concert was taking place. And while some of those who went there did come back with a few stories regarding issues with the organization of the event and the rainy weather. Neither nature nor man nor the nature of man had managed to stop the concert, coming as a huge relief to the fans, the organizers and not in the least – Metallica! As the saying goes – The show must go on and so it did!


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Philosophy of Nature

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Roads can affect your house

Did you know that the way your house is positioned off the road says a lot about your well – being, luck and prosperity. Feng Shui helps in tapping the positive Ch’i energy to the maximum and disperse and remove obstructions to its free flow.

Site Effects : HOUSE FACING T- JUNCTION The position is like gun being pointed straight at the house. The impact on the occupants is that they may suffer poor health. It is suggested to reposition the main door, so that it opens at an angle which is not directly opposite the road. You may place a mirror above the door to deflect the negative energies away from the house according to Feng Shui. A per Vaastu this type of road pointing property is known as Veedhi Shola , veedhi means road and shola means arrow so it is like arrow pointing straight at the house . It is suggested here either to shift the position of the gate or fix a yantra to the gate and keep a night light over it.

Vaastu starts from the road, so the nature of a site can be determined by the direction of the road or roads that border it and is referred to as a north or south facing plot. Sites with two roads bordering the property are known as “corner sites”. It is very important that the corners of these sites are neither rounded nor cut across.

A south facing site: A site with a road to the south can cause problem. It needs special attention from Vaastu practitioner, especially if the road is higher than the house level.

An east facing site

THE ROAD RUNNING DIRECTLY TOWARDS THE BACK SIDE Gives the feeling of back – stabbing, missing opportunity luck. It is suggested again to place a mirror on the wall or gate at the back of the house where it will reflect the image, thereby reflecting negative energies

The road lies to the east side of the property, it is a positive location, as the east will be unobstructed by other properties, allowing the morning sun to penetrate the site.

A south-eastern facing site Road on the south and road to the east is referred to as a south- eastern site. This is well located and are especially good for women’s organizations.

A north-eastern facing site

CURVED ROAD In front of your house, it is better to be on the inside of the curve than on the outside. When your house is located outside the curve, the road becomes a knife that symbolically cuts into your house. The Ch’i at this side of the road is malevolent, while Ch’i on the other side is benevolent. The house that is hugged by the road has much better Feng Shui than the house opposite.

Two roads bordering one to the north and other to the east. If two roads are lower or same level than the property, then this is considered the best possible site.

A west facing site A site with road on the west considered neutral.

A north facing site The property with a road running along the north. Having the north side unobstructed for the free flow of cosmic energy is also positive.

A south –western facing site A road on the south and another on the west is vulnerable to negative influences. Not suggested for residential site although it could be good for business purpose.

A north-west facing site A road on the north and other on the west is considered neutral.

The contours of the site: The ideal site for a home slopes gently upwards to the southwest, with a depression to the northeast of the property. Such contours ensure that energy is unable to escape via the southwest and instead collects in the northeast. Few sites match this profile exactly, but one can achieve a similar effect by planting trees or erecting a building to the southwest of the home and creating space in the northeast.

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Dutch legend tells of a boy who noticed seawater trickling through a small hole in a dyke. He poked his finger into the hole, stemming the flow of water. Others came to help and the village was saved. Similarly, you’re aware of how a small issue could become huge if you instigated a tense or difficult discussion with a certain person. The tiny trickle you’re controlling now can’t be held back forever. Perhaps it’s time to let whatever’s going to come forth, come forth.

We’re led to understand that if we ‘give’, we will ‘receive’. Some people believe wholeheartedly in this theory whilst others have reservations about whether we do actually get anything in return through giving. Those with little faith tend to expect immediate and obvious results. Very soon, you can expect to be surprised by a reciprocated gesture you believed would never happen. Your support and patience are being rewarded in a way that will delight you.

If you assume’ then you will make an ‘ass’ out of ‘you’ and ‘me’. That old saying is relevant to you now because, somewhere in your world, assumption is at the root of a current problem. Basic understanding about something is being taken for granted between you and another. You both believe each other fully understands something seemingly straightforward. Setting aside time to confirm what each other doesn’t know or understand will prove enlightening and helpful.

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What would you change within a certain arrangement if you could change anything? How might you create more balance within a certain relationship? You appear armed with knowledge unavailable to you previously regarding a particular individual. This is now influencing your opinion about where things go from here as far as both of you are concerned. Everything points to an important exchange that is likely to bring about a much-needed and permanent change.

The sky speaks of you being ‘held back’ in some way. This probably has much to do with you turning a blind eye to an unsatisfactory situation. You appear unsure about how to improve something that is, in your mind, far from ideal. The first step must involve accepting that something must change. A second step should involve confronting and not being fearful of it. Do both and you will transform an undesirable scenario into one that is much more suitable.

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‘Let’s start at the very beginning…a very good place to start’. The words of this immortal Julie Andrews song have some relevance to something very close to your heart that you appear anxious to make happen. Before it can happen, a situation or arrangement must be transformed. This might involve starting from scratch in some way, or abandoning all ideas about how it used to be. Real progress can happen if you’re prepared to help something be rebuilt or restarted.

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Eminent psychiatrist Carl Jung once said ‘I do not believe…I know’. The phrase is relevant to ways in which you’re being encouraged now to see a situation as it really is. On the one hand, you have ‘beliefs’ or suspicions about something or someone. On the other sits what you know to be true and unquestionable. If you can address your beliefs and determine how many of them are or could be bona fide truths, you will find the process to be extremely liberating.

It’s becoming apparent that an arrangement between you and an individual or possibly an organization needs to change. A new level of understanding must be introduced with what has possibly involved little more than a verbal agreement or handshake. This brings with it some level of precariousness or uncertainty but it’s clear that both of you will benefit enormously through formalizing what has been until now, a very loose arrangement.

True love, we’re told, is found in places we least expect to find it. Many people spend lots of money on dating websites and trawl bars and nightclubs in search of ‘The One’ only to find them in a supermarket queue or at a bus stop. Finding ‘true love’ often happens when there’s no strategy involved and closeness you appear to want with another is most likely to happen without the use of strategy. Let whatever is unfolding do so in its own way and time.

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The image associated with your sign is that of a Sea Goat, a mythical creature able to adapt on land and in water. Goats, as we know, stumble and struggle to reach the top of any mountain and your current struggle is enough to have deterred anyone else. Giving up in such conditions would be understandable. You, however, know that success is not far away and soon, you will be proved correct.

‘A little less conversation, a little more action please…all this aggravation aint satisfactioning me.’ Elvis Presley had no qualms about making clear to a certain person his frustration with their constant talking about doing something and showing no intention to make it happen. There is someone you wish would show some initiative and be less inclined to keep discussing what they intend to do. The sky promises a jolt that will spur them into action very soon.

Fish that have been caught on a hook and released back into water have a tendency to return to the freshly baited hook and get caught a second time. Fish are accused of having short memories but if you can draw upon your memory of a lesson learned the hard way previously, then you’ll be in a significantly stronger position now. Provided you learned from a previous mistake, you won’t get caught a second time!

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1. Babyji by Abha Dawesar Set in Delhi during the 1980s, ‘Babyji’ centers around Anamika, a 16 year old girl and her fantasies. Her sexual exploits with three women- a teacher, a maid and a classmate- form the crux of the plot. Extremely explicit in her description of the characters and their encounters, Dawesar gives us insight into the complexities of a teenager’s mind in a manner that doesn’t fail to impress. Memorable Quote: “Was I a baby or a didi? Babyji was such a contradiction in terms, conveying too much respect that the age of a child doesn’t warrant” – Anamika

2. Hunger Point by Jillian Medoff The protagonist, Frannie Hunter, doesn’t have a very exciting life and she finds it difficult to stay employed which is why she has no choice but to move back to her parents’ house. Her mother is unnaturally obsessed with food and passes on this fixation to Frannie and her sister, Shelly. While Frannie manages to escape it unscathed, Shelly isn’t that lucky- she develops Anorexia, an eating disorder and slowly watches her beautiful life fizzle away. ‘Hunger Point’ is a poignant account of the effects of this disorder on the individual, her family and friends. Memorable Quote: “I know the point, I’ve almost been there, the point when I’m so hungry, I can’t feel it, the point of numbness, of suspension, the window of time when it’s okay to say yes, to let go, to fly. That’s the point I work toward, my own personal hunger point; a point when I feel everything and nothing at all”- Shelly


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Thursday, 3rd November, 2011

Off Beat Reads If the classics don’t interest you and the latest bestsellers fail to impress you, the following off beat reads are sure to make you sit up and take notice! The interesting part about these books is that although they are fictional accounts, they could very well bear a resemblance with real life experiences faced by a growing number of young women in this day and age.

3. Twins by Marcy Dermansky

‘Twins’ centers around identical twins, Sue and Chloe who grow up in a wealthy household with parents who don’t seem to care about them and a quirky brother who isn’t considered worthy of their company especially by ‘cynical’ Sue. Sue is fascinated with her sister and wants their ‘insides’ to be as identical as their ‘outsides’. This obsession sets in motion a number of unsettling events in both their lives and the plot follows both Sue and Chloe’s point of view till they reach their 18th birthday. The dark nature of the story is kept in balance by the subtle thread of humour that runs through it. Memorable Quote: “I looked right in my new shirt with my short bangs. Chloe’s bangs. I looked like my identical twin sister. She looked like me. We were okay” – Sue

4. Today I’m Alice by Alice Jamieson A memoir of sorts, ‘Today I’m Alice’ is a harrowing tale that brings out a young woman’s struggle with a mental illness which stems from a painful and confusing past. She begins to hear strange voices that force her to do certain things and she starts losing track of time. Eventually she turns to alcohol to help drown out the voices from her head. Her childhood comes back to her in excruciating flashes and she ultimately gets the courage to face her past and the person responsible for her downfall. Memorable Quote: “The children are in my head, talking, crying, kicking up a fuss…” – Alice Aanchal ghai

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What to Eat Before and After a Workout

While most of us understand the importance of exercise, what we don’t realize is that it takes more than exercise alone to ensure that you stay fit. -Aanchal Ghai (

Our diet plays an important role in bringing about a healthy balance in our fitness regime. Apart from knowing what to eat, we must also be careful about spacing out meals so as to avoid discomfort of any sort when we’re shedding those calories on the treadmill! That said, you should also know that a good workout will lose its long-term effect if it’s not combined with a healthy diet and vice versa.

Not too Much, Not too Little

It is imperative that you keep this one rule in mind, because if you stuff yourself before a workout, you will feel sick soon after you start. However, it is never a good idea to skip the pre-workout meal, because your blood sugar levels will drop which will make you feel faint and weak. Some poeple incorrectly believe that they will burn more calories if they skip meals but fact is that a well balanced diet will help you lose weight at a faster rate.

Pre-Workout Meal

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It is said that the body’s immune system is at its most vulnerable right after a Ideally, you shouldn’t eat a meal before a workout but instead drink something such workout which is why a post-workout meal should not be avoided but more as fruit juice or an energy drink, but if that doesn’t suit you - an apple, banana or cereal importantly, it is crucial that you drink a glass of water immediately after. (such as wheat flakes) and milk should do nicely as well. However, if you have eaten a As far as the meal is concerned, you should focus on combining carbolarge meal, say for lunch, you should wait at least 4 hours so that your body has enough hydrates with proteins so as to replenish the glycogen levels in the body. time to digest it. Otherwise, waiting for about half an hour is good enough. 4 egg whites (in any form) or a fruit salad is recommended. Make sure that What to Avoid- Meat, French fries, biscuits, chocolates or chips because they’re loaded you keep this meal light, especially if you are going to have dinner within a with carbohydrates and will make you sluggish as well as lentils and beans because few hours after your workout. they can cause cramps. What to Avoid - Junk food or high calorie food items.

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Half-moon Pose or Ardhachandra-asana This pose benefits the lower back, abdomen and chest by stretching and balancing the body. Start with feet together and arms by the side. Bring both the hands at the chest with palms lightly pressed against each other. Breathein while raising the arms straight up keeping palms pressed lightly together. Arch your body backwards while keeping the arms alongside your neck and head. Read More for Half – Moon Pose or Ardhachandr – Asana.


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Reduce Stress with Yoga We all get stressed with some reason or the other depending upon our lifestyle. Work, home, partner, family and different aspects of life can be factors in causing stress. Stress can get difficult when it soars high in level causing anxiety, depression and you start to get inefficient. Stress can be tackled easily through yoga and exercise and help you rejuvenate with booming energy levels. Yoga is highly effective in tackling stress and the body releases endorphins, chemicals that make you feel good.

Lie flat on the back with legs together and (palms facing up)arms close to the body. Relax your body and mind with this pose. Read here for more about this corpse pose or shavasan.

Stress is mostly psychological showing its effect on our body and performance. Yoga is highly beneficial, de-stressing with our breathing and body postures that bring down the stress and clear the mind with the thoughts, eases muscles, makes you feel good and refill you with energy to boost you up. Yoga also increases the blood flow,balances the body and reduces the toxins in the body. It improves the immune system and gives the body more flexibility. Here are a few yoga poses that can reduce stress.

Corpse Pose or Shavasan

Prosperous pose or Swastikasana It is a effective meditative process by sitting evenly and meditating. When combined with pranayama cure many diseases and increases balance in body and mind. Read here for more of prosperity through yoga.

Downward-Facing Dog Pose or Adho Mukha Svanasana The Adho Mukha Svanasana helps to cure backaches, relieve stress and mild depression and revitalizes energy. The Adho Mukha Svanasana gives the brain more blood flow and also strengthens the spine.

Straight Angle Pose or Samakonasana Start the asana with sitting on the ground and stretch the legs forward. Keep your legs straight and be rested on the ground. Now, slowly stretch your legs sideways so that it should form a straight line and keep the body straight. Stay in this posture for few seconds and then slowly bring back the legs to the normal position. Straight Angle

Pose also opens groins and stretches hips, thighs and calf muscles and also strengthens inner thigh muscles. Do these poses slowly and concentrate on your breathing while performing. Take time for each pose and feel good when doing them and let yourself free. It gives relief not only to the mind but the body too.

Forward Bend Pose or Padahastasana:

The Adho Mukha Svanasana helps to cure backaches, relieve stress and mild depression and revitalizes energy. The Adho Mukha Svanasana gives the brain more blood flow and also strengthens the spine.

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India should develop their own style: AIFF technical director

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): Robert Baan, the newly-appointed technical director of the All-India Football Federation (AIFF), said on Wednesday that India should develop their own style instead of following his native Dutch style. Baan, 68, a former technical director of the Australian team, said it would be very difficult for him to

replicate in India the Dutch style, a kind of total football, and the country should develop their own distinct style. "India and the Netherlands are two different countries. A small country, we are yet ranked No.2 on the FIFA ladder right now. In comparison, India is huge and I don't think what worked for us will also work for India. We have to find a system that can work in India," said the former assistant coach of the Dutch national team. "It will be very difficult for me to comment on the talent here. I have watched a few matches and will file a detailed report on my impressions in a couple of months. The assignment is a challenge for me -- a challenge to assist and develop the game in India and take it to a higher level," he said.

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Verdict against Pakistani cricketers warning for others: ICC Conviction should serve as a warning for others: Botham


Thursday, 3rd November, 2011

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat Dubai, Nov 2 (IANS): International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat says the London court's verdict in the corruption case against three Pakistani players should serve as a "further warning" for cricketers who are tempted to indulge in corrupt practices. Lorgat read out a statement here late on Tuesday night at the ICC headquarters and said that the guilty verdicts against Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif and the guilty plea of Mohammad Aamir appear to be consistent with the findings of the independent anti-corruption tribunal which was appointed ear-

lier this year to hear charges. The trio were involved in spotfixing during the Lord's Test against England in 2010. A threemember tribunal appointed by the ICC found them guilty and in February banned "To be clear, the developments in the English criminal courts will have no impact upon the periods of suspension, which will remain in full force and effect," said Lorgat. "We hope that this verdict is seen as a further warning to any individual who might, for whatever reason, be tempted to engage in corrupt activity," he said.

London, Nov 2 (IANS) :Former England captain Ian Botham said the conviction of Pakistan players for spot-fixing should serve as a "warning" that cheating and corruption will not be tolerated. "The guilty verdicts handed down to Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif for their part in cheating and corrupting the sport have sent the loudest and clearest message that you will now be hunted down and caught," Botham wrote in his column in the Daily Mirror on Wednesday. "Let it be a lesson that cheating and corruption has no place in the game, full stop," he stressed. Botham said that now corruption should be dealt with more seriousness.

Poonam Rani to lead India's challenge in U-21 hockey New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) Poonam Rani will lead India's campaign in the four-nation junior women Lal Bahadur Shastri Tournament here Nov 8-12. The under-21 tournament will also feature Australia, Germany and New Zealand. All the matches will be played at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in a round robin format.

The team: Chennai, Nov 2 (IANS): Top seed Tania Sachdev (Air India) moved into sole lead defeating Woman Grandmaster Mary Ann Gomes (AAI) in the fifth round of the Velammal 38th National Women Premier Chess championship here on Wednesday. International Master Tania's score of 4.5 points placed her half a point above WGM Padmini Rout of Orissa. Padmini took the second spot, scoring over higher seeded WGM Nisha Mohota. Sharing the third spot with 3.5 points were WGMs Sowmya Swaminathan (PSPB), S. Meenakshi (AI) and Mary Ann Gomes (AAI), Nisha Mohota (PSPB) and Pratyusha Bodda (AP). Vizag girl Pratyusha continued to make waves as she scored a dynamic miniature win over Woman International Master Bhakti Kulkarni of Goa.

Results (Round 5): Tania Sachdev (AI) 4.5 bt Mary Ann Gomes (AAI) 3.5, Nisha Mohota (PSPB) 3.5 lost to Padmini Rout (Ori) 4, Sowmya Swaminathan (PSPB) bt S Harini (TN) 3, J Saranya (TN) 2.5 lost to S Meenakshi (AI) 3.5, Pratyusha Bodda (AP) 3.5 bt Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa) 2.5, Eesha Karavade (Mah) 2.5 drew Sai Meera (IB) 3, Swathi Ghate (LIC) 3 bt R Bharathi (TN) 2, Pon N Krithika (AICF) 2 lost to A G Nimmy (Ker) 3, Aarthie Ramaswamy (AI) 2.5 drew Cholleti Sahajasri (AP) 2.5, Chandika Divyasree (AP) 3 bt P Bala Kannamma (TN) 2, Kiran Manisha Mohanty (Ori) 2.5 bt Swati Mohota (WB) 1.5, Shweta Gole (Mah) 2.5 bt A Akshaya (TN) 1.5, M Mahalakshmi (TN) 2 bt P V Nandhidhaa (TN) 1, P Michelle Catherina (TN) 1.5 bt Supriya Joshi (Mah) 0.5, Madhurima Shekhar (Del) 0.5 Bye.


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Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Jaspreet Kaur, Apoorva Vishwakarma, Sandeep Kaur

Midfielders: Niki Pradhan, Namita Toppo, Monika Malik, Balvinder Kaur Mehra, Anju Dhiman

Forwards: Navjot Kaur, Neha Goyal, Anupa Barla, Lilima Minz, Poonam Rani (Captain) Navneet Kaur, Anima Minz



SAFF Cup: India, Pakistan drawn in different groups

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Indian teams 10th and 13th in FIH rankings

Chennai, Nov 2 (IANS): India are placed 10th and 13th among men and women in the latest International Hockey Federation World rankings released on Tuesday. World champions Australia (men) and 2008 Olympic gold medalists the Netherlands (women) occupy the top spots in the rankings. The Indian men's team has had a dismal run during the ranking

cycle. In 2007, they finished third in the Champions Challenge; in 2008, runners-up to Britain in the Olympic qualifier and thus failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Games; in 2009, third in Champions Challenge; in 2010, eighth in the World Cup that they hosted in New Delhi. In the Asian region, India is currently ranked fourth behind Pakistan, Malaysia and Korea following regional competitions.

The women's team's performance during the same four-year period runs parallel to that of the men's. Ranked fourth behind China, Korea and Japan in the Asian region, the Indians were third in 2007 Champions Challenge; failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics; first in 2009 Champions Challenge - II; ninth at the 2010 World Cup and seventh in 2011 Champions Challenge - I.

The top 10 rankings are: Men:Australia 1 (2,620 points); Germany 2 (2,470); The Netherlands 3 (2,213); Spain 4 (1,990); England 5 (1,947); Korea 6 (1,788); New Zealand 7 (1,610); Argentina 8 (1,470); Pakistan 9 (1,460); India 10 (1,385).

Women :The Netherlands 1 (2,063 points); Argentina 2 (2,030); Germany 3 (1,765); England 4 (1,696); China 5 (1,675); New Zealand 6 (1,615); Australia 7 (1,548); Korea 8 (1,423); Japan 9 (1,318); United States 10 (1,233).

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): Archrivals India and Pakistan have been drawn in different groups for the 9th SAFF Cup football tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here December 2-11. The tournament will kick-off with Pakistan taking on Bangladesh while defending champions India will start their campaign on December 3 against Afghanistan. The tournament returns to India after 1999, when the

hosts won in Margao. Five-time winners India have been clubbed in Group A with Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bhutan. Pakistan is in Group B along with last year's runners-up Maldives, Bangladesh and Nepal. India (world No.160th), who are ranked below Bangladesh (141) and Nepal (144), will be the tournament favourites. Sri Lanka are ranked 177th while Afghanistan are 184th.

After gala start, India take on Germany in Kabaddi World Cup Bathinda (Punjab), Nov 2 (IANS): After a glittering opening to the second edition of the World Cup Kabaddi in this southwest Punjab town on Tuesday evening, hosts India will take on Germany on the opening day of the tournament today. The match between the India and Germany will be played at the sports stadium in Faridkot town, 270km from Chandigarh, Punjab sports director Pargat Singh said. The opening match of the tournament will be between

Australia and Nepal followed by the India match. Canada and Afghanistan will fight it out in the third match of the day. Fourteen teams, including hosts India and traditional rivals Pakistan are participating in the event. The other teams are Australia, Germany, Canada, Nepal, Afghanistan, Norway, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Britain, the United States and Sri Lanka. India had won the inaugural World Cup Kabaddi tournament, beating arch rivals Pakistan, last year.

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Bopanna, Advani named 'Global Shapers’

Bangalore, Nov 1 (IANS): Davis cupper Rohan Bopanna and ace cueist Pankaj Advani have been inducted into the 'Global Shapers', an exclusive community of exceptional youth in their 20s, established by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Although Bopanna is 31, an exception has been made in his case, it was

clarified. Advani, 27, has seven World titles to his credit. According to the release, the community comprises of a selected band of exceptional youth from across the world, possessing unique qualities and extraordinary achievements that set them apart from the mainstream. "We are becoming increasingly aware that solutions to our global challenges must purposefully engage youth, at all levels -- locally, regionally, nationally and globally. This generation has the passion, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit to shape the future," Professor Klaus Schwab, WEF Chairman said.


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'Dhobi Ghat' closing film at River to River India, Poland discuss film fest film pact


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programmes between the national film schools of both the countries, the information and broadcasting ministry said in a statement. During the discussions, Soni said that interministerial consultations for the proposed audio visual co-production agreement will be completed shortly. A special section on contemporary Polish cinema will be screened at the International Film Festival of India, which will be held in Goa from Nov 23 - Dec 3, 2011.

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New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): Kiran Rao's directorial debut "Dhobi Ghat" has been chosen as the closing film for the 11th edition of the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival starting Dec 2. According to the festival's website, the week-long event will open with Anindo Bandopadhyay's Bengali film "Chaplin" and also has a special "Rabindranath Tagore focus" section where a documentary by Satyajit Ray will talk about the life and work of the celebrated poet, writer and philosopher. Ray's "Ghare Baire", based on Tagore's novel, will also be screened at the festival. Among other popular Bollywood movies, Onir's "I Am" and Zoya Akhtar's "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" will also be showcased. Shoaib Mansoo's "Bol", Surjo Deb's "Adda: Calcutta", Nirmal Chande's "Dreaming Taj Mahal" and Rohan Fernando's "Snow" are also lined up for screening.

I married for love, Hugh Grant not for TV: Kim is a dad

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Vidya will perform to "Ooh la la", Johar said: "Yes of course!!!" The event is to be held at the Inorbit Mall in Malad, starting 6 p.m. It is free for everyone. "That's the novelty value. We wanted to take the film to the public directly so that they can interact with the stars and enjoy the music," he added. "The Dirty Picture", produced by Ekta Kapoor, chronicles the rise to fame, gradual fall and death of southern actress Silk Smitha. The film is releasing Dec 2.



New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): Her oomph and chutzpah in the "Ooh la la" song from "The Dirty Picture" is already a rage. Vidya Balan is now gearing up to mesmerize fans with a live performance with other artists at the music launch of the film in Mumbai Friday. "Vidya, Emraan (Hashmi), Naseeruddin Shah, Tusshar Kapoor, Bappi Lahiri and Shreya Ghoshal will perform at the event live," Girish Johar, head of acquisition and distribution, Balaji Motion Pictures, told IANS. Asked if

New York, Nov 2 (IANS): Socialite Kim Kardashian, who filed for divorce just 72 days after marrying basketball player Kris Humphries, denies that she married only for TV shows. "I married for love. I would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show," Kardashian wrote on his blog. Kardashian and Humphries tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in August that was televised for "Keeping Up with the Kardashians". She filed for divorce Monday, citing "irreconcilable differences". The reality TV star admits it was a mistake showing the weeding on TV, reports "I share so much of my life on a real-


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ity show that contemplating whether to even film my wedding was a tough decision to make, and maybe it turned out not be the smartest decision. I felt like I was on a fast roller coaster and couldn't get off when now I know I probably should have," she wrote. The 26-year-old Kris is, however, devastated that Kim wants to dump him. He was to appear at a Las Vegas club Nov 5 but has cancelled the plans. Kris said Oct 31 that he was committed to the marriage. "I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce," he said. "I'm willing to do whatever it takes to work."

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New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): India and Poland, home to stunningly picturesque places, Wednesday discussed an accord to enhance cooperation in co-producing films. The two sides also explored various avenues to diversify cooperation when Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni met Bogdan Zdrajewski, Poland's Minister for Culture and National Heritage. They also discussed exchange in the areas of film festivals and exchange


Los Angeles, Nov 2 (IANS): Hugh Grant is the "delighted" father of a daughter, the actor's representative revealed without identifying the baby's mother. "I can confirm that Hugh Grant is the delighted father of a baby girl. He and the mother had a fleeting affair and while this was not planned, Hugh could not be happier or more supportive. He and the mother have discussed everything and are on very friendly terms," quoted his representative as saying. The identity of the baby's mother has been kept under wraps. In April, Grant was romantically linked to Chinese actress Tinglan Hong.



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Cheryl Cole visits Harding in rehab London, Nov 3 (IANS): Singer Cheryl Cole has visited her Girls Aloud band mate Sarah Harding in rehab after becoming "really concerned" about her. Harding checked into an American treatment facility in Arizona earlier this month to receive help for depression and alcohol addiction. "Cheryl is really concerned for her friend Sarah. She made time in her busy schedule to travel over to Arizona and visit her in the rehab centre," femalefirst. quoted a source as saying.

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London, Nov 3 (IANS): Pop star Britney Spears, whose acting project "Crossroads" was panned a decade ago, is planning a movie comeback. "Definitely next year I am going to take a different route. I see myself being a detective, assassin or even a bad girl," quoted Spears as saying.

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Mumbai, Nov 2 (IANS): Ever since Himesh Reshammiya reversed his decision to sing and compose only in films that feature him as an actor, a floodgate of opportunities have opened up for him. For his international album "@ Da Edge", he will jam with American rapper Lil Wayne. "Yes 'Lil Wayne' and I are collaborating," Himesh said. He has already recorded a remix track with Romanian musician Edward Maya. Himesh has invited Wayne to sign a duet for "@ Da Edge", and the two are working on a song titled "Come To Me Now". It will be released not only as part of Himesh's album but also as a single in the US for Wayne fans. Through Wayne's fans, Himesh hopes to establish a musical market in the US. "Come To Me Now" will release next year.

to strength. Love u see u later." Actor Riteish Deshmukh wrote: "Wishing my most favourite actor @iamsrk a very happy birthday- love you loadskeep roccckkingggggggg."

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he added. The star has been wished the best in life by celebrities on his D-day. His "RA.One" co-star Arjun Rampal, tweeted: "Happy Birthday @iamsrk wish u grow from strength

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New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who turned 46 Wednesday, says he neither feels older nor wiser. For the actor, who is riding high on the box office success of his superhero film "RA.One", his day will be well spent by sleeping and relaxing. "Going to sleep now... this birthday will celebrate with a well deserved many hours of sleep... thanks for your wishes. Don't feel older or wiser," Shah Rukh posted on his Twitter page. King Khan says he got emotional when his fans sang a birthday song for him outside his residence in Mumbai. "Thanks so much boys and girls. Celebrated my birthday in the plane 30,000 ft in the air...then on the tarmac...finally with my little girl and boy. Was so touched when I reached home from bathing...sooo many ppl waiting outside the house and sang happy birthday for me. Had tears in my eyes,"

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London, Nov 3 (IANS): Actress Amanda Seyfried is in talks to play porn legend Linda Lovelace in the movie "Lovelace". The 25-year-old will play the lead role in the movie along with Peter Sarsgaard who will play her pornographer husband Chuck Traynor, reports Variety magazine. The adaptation has been written by W. Merritt Johnson from Eric Danville's book "The Complete Linda Lovelace", and is being helmed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.



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