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Hazare unwell, advised rest ahead of fast

Ralegan-Siddhi (Maharashtra), Dec 8 (IANS) Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has been advised rest ahead of his one-day symbolic fast Dec 11, an aide said here Thursday. “He is, however, getting better and today he has started doing small chores by himself,” the associate told IANS. Hazare, 74, was advised bed rest for a few days due to severe spinal swelling. “ Hazare, who is currently in his

native village in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar district, will leave for Delhi on Dec 10 and join the daylong agitation for a strong Lokpal bill the next day. He has also threatened to go on an indefinite fast from Dec 27 if a strong bill was not passed in parliament during the winter session, which ends Dec 22. Hazare said that during the fast, he would request voters in seven states going to polls next year not to support the Congress.

BJP demands Krishna’s resignation over illegal mining United States Department of State

Bangalore, Dec 8 Singh, also of the (IANS) The ruling Congress, and H.D. Bharatiya Janata Party Kumaraswamy of the (BJP) in Karnataka Janata Dal-Secular. Thursday evening de“Congress should manded External Afseek Krishna’s resfairs Minister S.M. ignation,” state BJP Krishna’s resignation spokesperson and following the launch of a Rajya Sabha member police probe into his alAyanur Manjunath leged role in illegal minand general secretary ing when he was chief Raghunath Malkaminister in 1999-2004. pure said in the state“Krishna should rement. sign immediately,” the External Affairs Minister The BJP has been party said in a statement alleging since the ilSM Krishna here, pointing out that legal mining scanits first chief minister in the state B.S. dal broke out in 2006 that Krishna, Yeddyurappa quit “soon after” the Dharam Singh and Kumaraswamy then Lokayukta (ombudsman) N. were mainly responsible for it. Santosh Hegde indicted him in illegal Kumaraswamy has denied any role mining. and blamed Krishna, calling him The demand came within hours of “pitamaha” (grandfather) of illegal the police attached to Lokayukta reg- mining in the state. Krishna, howistering in Bangalore an FIR (first in- ever, has been stoutly denying the alformation report), that marks formal legations and on Thursday he termed beginning of probe, against Krishna these as “unholy attempts” at “charand his two successors N. Dharam acter assassination”.

208-km human chain formed in Kerala to demand new dam

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 8 (IANS) A human chain stretching over 208 km and across two districts of Kerala was formed Thursday to press the state’s demand for a new dam to replace the 115-yearold leaking Mullaperiyar masonry dam, said an organiser from the Left Democratic Front (LDF). This was the second longest human chain ever formed in the state. Over 30 lakh Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activists Oct 2, 2009, formed a 500-km human chain to protest a free trade agreement signed between New Delhi and the Association of South East Asian Nations. Its one end was close to the dam

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site and the other was near the Arabian sea at Kochi in Ernakulam district. People stood shoulder to shoulder and repeated the common statement which was announced over the microphone. The statement read: “Kerala’s four million people’s life is in danger because the present 115-yearold Mullaperiyar Dam is shaky after 28 tremors hit the area in and around the dam site in the past nine months.” We also wish to state that the present water sharing agreement with Tamil Nadu will be honoured,” the chain makers said.

2G: Chidambaram back in the line of fire New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) The opposition’s call for Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s ouster intensified Thursday with a special CBI court permitting Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy to again depose before it as a witness to prove his claim of the home minister’s alleged complicity in the spectrum scam. Swamy has been asked by the court to get himself examined and record his statement Dec 17. Swamy has sought to make Chidambaram a party in the spectrum case, saying the decision on spectrum pricing was taken in 2008 jointly by him and then communications minister A. Raja, who is lodged in Tihar Jail since Feb 2. Sensing that the government appeared to be on the back foot after having given in to opposition demand of suspending foreign equity in multi-brand retail, the opposition members again created a ruckus in parliament Thursday demanding Chidambaram’s ouster. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had decided to boycott Chidambaram in parliament and did not allow the parliament to function when the winter session opened Nov 22. In fact, on the first day of the winter session, Chidambaram was not allowed to give an answer as the opposition kept shouting. Sources said the BJP intends to continue to boycott him and press for his ouster. Chidambaram was not in the Lok Sabha in the morning as he was attending an exhibition on homeland

security at Pragati Maidan. BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi demanded a probe into Chidambaram’s role in the 2G scam when he was finance minister in 2008. “In this situation, Chidambaram should submit his resignation on his own, or else prime minister (Manmohan Singh) should sack him,” Joshi told reporters. But the government fully backed the home minister. Law Minister Salman Khurshid said: “There is no case against Chidambaram. The court has not yet given any indication as to whether it agrees to a case against Chidambaram or not.”

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram

Harvard decision a dangerous precedent, says Swamy

Washington/New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) The Harvard University in the US has cancelled Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy’s summer courses over his controversial article in a Mumbai newspaper, prompting him to retort that the move “stifles personal opinion”. “It is a dangerous principle that stifles personal opinion,” Swamy told reporters in New Delhi Thursday. In a message on micro-blogging site Twitter, Swamy added: “I have been held accountable at Harvard for what I write in India. This means India studies’ Witzel and Eck are accountable

Slapgate: Thackeray lampoons Anna for targeting Pawar IN BRIEF Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray Friday questioned the credentials of social crusader Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign, claiming it appeared to target only Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. In Maharashtra and the rest of the country, Hazare has found only Pawar to be a corrupt leader and all others are as clean as washed rice, Thackeray said in a sharp edit in party mouthpiece Saamna. “If that is so, then is the Lokpal Bill being proposed only for Pawar? Why are you (Hazare) fasting and melting your bones at Jantar Mantar? Both Pawar and Hazare hail from Maharashtra, then why are you trying to defame the state before the rest of the country? Why are you singling him out and targeting him?” Thackeray said. Referring to Hazare’s Tuesday blog in which he alleged that Pawar has an old habit of shielding the corrupt, Thackeray demanded why Hazare was not speaking out against those supporting Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who is accused of involvement in the 2G spectrum scam. Pawar was slapped by a man in Delhi last month over price rise and corruption.



Husband of missing Rajasthan nurse arrested Jodhpur/New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Amarchand, the husband of missing Rajasthan nurse Bhanwari Devi, was arrested by the CBI Thursday evening after he failed to give satisfactory answers to some persistent questioning by the agency, an officer said. Amarchand had accused then Minister Mahipal Maderna of being involved in his wife’s disappearance. The nurse went missing Sep 1. Amarchand had allegedly escaped from the Circuit House in Jodhpur during his interrogation by CBI officials Wednesday. The CBI officials, with the help of police, launched a massive hunt and traced him in two hours.

Many feared dead, trapped in Kolkata hospital fire

Kolkata, Dec 9 (IANS) At least 40 people were feared to have suffocated to death in a massive fire that broke

in India. Healthy?” Michael Witzel and Diana L. Eck are professors at Harvard. Harvard had cancelled Swamy’s summer courses over his controversial article advocating destruction of hundreds of Indian mosques and disenfranchisement of non-Hindus in India. Swamy received significant criticism for his op-ed article last summer calling for the destruction of mosques, the disenfranchisement of non-Hindus in India who do not acknowledge Hindu ancestry, and a ban on conversion from Hinduism, Harvard Crimson said.

out at the AMRI hospital in Dhakuria of south Kolkata early Friday, West Bengal Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said. Several people including patients are also feared trapped. “From whatever information I have got from the fire department officials, there is a possibility that at least 40 people may have died,” said Hakim, who was at the spot. Hundreds of relatives of the patients admitted in the hospital were seen weeping and pleading with the firemen and disaster management personnel for news of their dear ones.

Now Karnataka assembly speaker under scanner Bangalore, Dec 9 (IANS) The list of Karnataka’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders being probed is growing with investigations now beginning against speaker of the state assembly K.G. Bopaiah over funds misuse. Bopaiah is the eighth BJP leader in Karnataka to be investigated, the first being the party’s first chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, who quit July 31 following indictment in the illegal mining scam.


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Supreme Court clears way for JNU students’ union polls

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed elections to be held to the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) for the current academic year by relaxing the J.M. Lyngdoh Committee’s recommendations on age and attendance of candidates. The apex court bench of Justice A.K. Ganguly and Justice J.S. Khehar, while raising the upper age limit to 30 years, waived the requirement of 75 percent attendance for a candidate to

contest elections to the JNUSU. According to the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations in 2006, no student beyond the age of 28 years and having less than 75 percent attendance can be eligible to contest elections to students’ unions in any university. The court did not relax the guidelines restricting the use of more than 5,000 pamphlets in elections. It allowed the use of photocopies of pamphlets in the JNUSU poll campaign.


Global children performing arts fest begins in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Over 10,000 children from 100 schools across India and over 800 from 25 countries will present their traditional performing arts to raise awareness of the issues that concern the world at the 11th International Children’s Festival of Performing Arts that began here on Thursday. The festival kicked off with a parade comprising children, jugglers, acrobats and entertainers - from the Ambedkar Stadium to the National Bal Bhavan followed by a grand opening at the Talkatora Stadium.

The festival is being presented by Ryan Foundation in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the National Bal Bhavan. Themed on “The World Is My Playground”, it is not just limited to viewing performances but also focuses on creating an international platform for young people to perform, unite, exchange ideas and explore the medium of dance, drama, puppetry and various other genres of performing arts at discussions.

Blueline bus mows down builder

IN BRIEF Indian Hispanist gets Peruvian honour New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Noted scholar and Hispanist S.P. Ganguly was on Thursday awarded one of Peru’s highest civilian honours Order of Merit for Distinguished Services - for strengthening cultural links between India and the Latin American nation. The award, La Orden Al Merito por Servicios Distinguidos en el Grado de Comendador, was presented by Peruvian Ambassador Javier Paulinich at his residence here.

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) A 38-yearold builder was crushed to death after his bike was hit by a Blueline bus in south Delhi, police said on Thursday. The bus driver was arrested. Nizamuddin, a resident of Gandhi Nagar in east Delhi, was killed around 6 p.m. on Wednesday near New Friends Colony.

Woman’s mutilated body found in two bags New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) An unidentified woman’s mutilated body was found in two bags in west Delhi on Thursday, police said. The body parts were found around 5.10 p.m. on Thursday after a

Check use of banned pesticides, court tells government

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the central and Delhi governments to finalise steps within two months to prevent the rampant use of banned pesticides in vegetables and fruits that poses health threat to people. The division bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Rajiv Shakdhar asked various central and state government authorities to hold meetings and come out with a solution to the problem. The bench asked the Delhi government’s health secretary and Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board (DAMB) officials, and senior officials of the union agriculture and health ministry’s to convene a meeting and submit the report before Feb 23, 2012, the next date of hearing.

Airport Metro offers discount this weekend New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) To facilitate travellers taking part in the capital’s centenary celebrations, the Airport Metro Express Line (AMEL) is offering a 50 percent discount in fares this weekend, an official said. The offer is available on single journey tokens, not on smart cards, and valid only this Saturday and Sunday. The offer is mainly to facilitate people who are planning to visit the Delhi food festival, being held near the Shivaji Stadium Metro station. The Reliance Infrastructureled consortium, which runs the high-speed 20-km Metro line, is expecting a huge rush. “The Shivaji Stadium station is located opposite the Emporium Hub, where the food festival is taking place. We hope the discounted fare would encourage more people to take the AMEL by providing a time and cost saving alternative to traffic jams on city roads,” said a spokesperson of the rail network.

passerby spotted one of the two black bags near Loha Mandi flyover in Inderpuri and informed police.

One killed in road accident

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) A 22-year-old man was killed and six others were injured after a speeding mini-truck hit a mini-bus in west Delhi on Thursday, police said. The mini-truck driver was arrested. The incident took place around 8.30 a.m. near a bus stand in Mangolpuri area. “Bharat, 22, was killed. The injured have been identified as Poonam, Indu, Anil, Shabbir and Sanjay, mini-bus driver, and Om Prakash, the accused mini-truck driver,” said a police officer.

The order of the court came after it took suo motu cognizance of a media report alleging rampant use of banned pesticides in vegetables and fruits. During examination of an NGO’s survey report, it was found that 35 varieties of vegetables and fruits, picked up by it from city markets and tested for pesticide content, were having various intoxicants beyond permissible limits. The report by NGO Consumer


Voice said that the amount of pesticides used by farmers in India was as much as 750 times higher than the European standards.

Dikshit’s two security men to be tried for harassing woman

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) A Delhi court on Thursday framed charges against two suspended security personnel attached to the convoy of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a case of outraging modesty of a 23-year-old woman in June. They will face trial from March 24, 2012. The driver and the security

guard of a vehicle in the chief minister’s convoy were arrested for misbehaving with the daughter of a priest near Pragati Maidan. Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha framed charges against Jagdish Kumar Vaishist and Rajesh Kumar for intentionally insulting the woman June 1.



stani intelligence and lied about it to the US government,” prosecutors said. “As a paid operative of ISI, he did the bidding of his handlers in Pakistan while he met with US elected officials, funded high-profile conferences and promoted the Kashmiri cause to decision-makers in Washington.” Fai admitted that, from 1990 until about July 18, 2011, he conspired with others to obtain money from officials employed by the government of Pakistan, including the ISI, for the operation of the KAC in the United States. To prevent the US authorities from learning the source of the money he received from Pakistani officials and the ISI, Fai made a series of false statements and representations, according to court documents.

India stability factor for region, key to Afghan solution: Germany New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Describing India as the “stability anchor” for the South Asian region, Germany Thursday said the international community needs “more” of this country and welcomed New Delhi’s suggestion of a Marshall Plan-like arrangement at the recent Bonn conference on future of Afghanistan post-2014 when NATO-led security forces begin their withdrawal. German Charge d’Affaires

IN BRIEF 30 NATO oil tankers torched in Pakistan Islamabad, Dec 9 (IANS) At least 30 NATO oil tankers and containers were torched in a rocket attack at a terminal in Pakistan Thursday night, state-run television network PTV reported. There were no reports of any casualties. Unidentified people attacked with rockets the private container terminal at Kharot Abad area near Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, Xinhua said. Firing also followed the rocket attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Cord Meier-Klodt told reporters here on the sidelines of a Graffiti Art event at his embassy that India’s Marshall Plan suggestion had “given the right signal” to the people of Afghanistan that the international community “stands” by them. Meier-Klodt said Germany was “very glad” that there was a clear message from the conference that “we will stand by the people of Afghanistan” beyond 2014.

will be handed over to the government with a recommendation to make it public. He said the commission had contacted US authorities for further information regarding the Osama bin Laden hideout. So far 1,000 witnesses, including wives of Osama bin Laden, former ministers, political and military officials, diplomats, members of civil society and journalists, have been interviewed, he said. The chairman also appealed to the public to volunteer and give their statements, and assured them of complete protection. He said the commission would ensure the integrity and honour of the country while compiling the report.

Amnesty urges Russia to respect right to protest Moscow, Dec 9 (IANS/ ing Sunday’s RIA Novosti) Russia’s Russia has most popular social netseen four days of work was asked by the protests against domestic security agency suspected violato deactivate accounts of tions of voting groups that contained procedure since posts calling for street Sunday’s polls, in protests, but the comwhich Prime Minpany has rejected the reister Vladimir PuRussian PM Vladimir Putin quest, a spokesman said. tin’s United Russia Accounts of specific users who have party just managed to maintain its explicitly called for public disorder, majority. however, are being blocked by the Medvedev earlier said that the dozcompany, he said. ens of videos uploaded on the internet Human rights watchdog Amnesty that appeared to show electoral violaInternational has called on Russian tions were not “uncontestable” proof authorities “to respect the right to of fraud. peaceful protests” ahead of rallies He also said the protests were an against alleged electoral fraud due to example of democracy in action, but be held in Moscow and other 78 Rus- that they should be held in accordance sian cities. with the law and should not interfere Around 1,000 people have so far with people’s everyday lives. been detained across Russia in demRussian Prime Minister Vladimir onstrations against suspected vote Putin meanwhile has accused US aufraud during the Dec 4 parliamentary thorities of sponsoring the opposition polls. in Russia and urged harsher punishPresident Dmitry Medvedev said on ment for those acting on orders from Thursday that allegations of fraud dur- “foreign states”. ALEXEY DRUZHININ / AFP

Fai took millions from ISI to do their bidding in US

Islamabad, Dec 9 (IANS) The inquiry report into the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US special forces in his Pakistani hideout will be made public, a top official has said. Following the killing of bin Laden in Abbottabad May 2, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had formed a five-member inquiry commission under a Supreme Court judge to probe the presence of the world’s most wanted man in Pakistan, Xinhua reported. Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, chairman of the inquiry commission, said Thursday the commission was likely to complete the inquiry this month and the report

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World Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) US-based Kashmiri separatist Ghulam Nabi Fai, who has pleaded guilty to secretly receiving millions of dollars from Pakistan’s spy agency did the bidding of his handlers in Pakistan for 20 years, according to court documents. Fai, 62, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and tax violations in connection with a decades-long scheme to conceal the transfer of at least $3.5 million from the government of Pakistan to influence US policy on Kashmir. Prosecutors said as a paid operative of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Fai recruited people to act as “straw” donors who would give money to his NGO Kashmiri American Council (KAC) which really was coming from the Pakistani government. “For the last 20 years, Fai secretly took millions of dollars from Paki-

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India ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Durban outcome

Durban, Dec 8 (IANS) Indian Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Thursday said she is “cautiously optimistic” about UN climate talks arriving at a conclusion as the ambition levels of developed countries is “quite high”. With a day left for the two-week long 17th Conference of Parties (CoP) to conclude, Natarajan said the stakes to make Durban a success have gone up but the last point of convergence between the rich and poor countries cannot be seen as of now. She said the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries held several rounds of talks with the EU and US and many other groups of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and small island states, “but the discussions have not reached any conclusion,” she said. Natarajan said she has postponed her return from Saturday to Sunday as there is less hope to reach a conclusion Friday and the talks are expected to continue on Saturday.


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Microsoft 'disappointed' with hold back on retail FDI

Kolkata, Dec 8 (IANS): Microsoft Thursday said it is "very disappointed" with the central government's decision to hold back Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail trade, stressing "FDI in all forms is good" for India. "Yes, I am very disappointed with the government's decision to put FDI on hold. FDI in all form is good, be it in retail or aviation. What this country needs is a lot more investments, whether this investment is coming locally or from outside that doesn't really matter," Microsoft Corporation India chair-

IN BRIEF India, US aluminium associations sign MoU Hyderabad, Dec 8 (IANS): The Aluminium Association of India and its US counterpart, The Aluminium Association, Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for technology and knowledge sharing. The MoU signed on the last day of the sixth International Conference on Aluminium (INCAL 2011) here is expected to facilitate the growth of the aluminium sector in India. It will also facilitate exchanging of information on effective recycling programs in the transportation, packaging and building and construction markets; and promote Aluminium as sustainable material in the three markets.

Andhra tourism hit by 'impression' about Telangana agitation Kolkata, Dec 8 (IANS): The tourism industry in Andhra Pradesh has been hit due to the "impression" of a law and order problem in the Telangana region, a senior Andhra Pradesh tourism official said Thursday. "In a political agitation, there are two


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man Bhaskar Pramanik told reporters on the sidelines of 'INFOCOM 2011' here. "This (FDI in multi-brand retail) would have been a net gain for the country in terms of both employment and revenues. I am extremely disappointed with regard to both, whether it is FDI in aviation or retail," Pramanik said. He said India was no longer the preferred destination for multinationals due to a host of problems. Microsoft is willing to hold dialogues with the West Bengal government to increase digital literacy in the state. components - one is the law and order component and the other one is political. Telangana is a larger political issue but it is not a major law and order problem. But what happens is even if there is no law and order problem, there is an impression that there is lot of problem which having an impact," said Sandeep Kumar Sultania, vice-chairman and managing director (APTDC).

200-year-old Swedish security co. ramps up Indian presence New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS): A 200-year-old Swedish security company that has had a presence in India for 79 years is ramping up its presence with a fresh infusion of Rs.300 million ($6 million) and raising its production capacity by 75 percent by 2012. "India currently contributes close to six percent of Gunnebo Security Group's global revenues and is consistently ranked amongst the top five contributors," Per Borgvall, the company's global CEO and president, told reporters here. "To further leverage the growth potential we are witnessing in India, we will be making investments of Rs.300 million in our manufacturing unit in Halol (in Gujarat) and increase the production at the plant anticipating more demand in the Indian market," he added.

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS): National carrier Air India Thursday said several of its bank accounts were defreezed after the airline made a partial payment on the Rs.100 crore dues it owes to the Mumbai service tax department. "Our accounts were defreezed after we made a partial payment on our dues," an Air India official told IANS

from Mumbai. The Mumbai service tax department had seized several bank accounts of the cash-strapped Air India and Kingfisher Airlines for non-payment of dues. The airlines are mandated to collect service tax from passengers and then deposit the same to the government department. For example, passengers currently pay

Rs.150 for domestic travel and Rs.750 for international travel by economy class. The national carrier also owes Rs.2,300 crore to oil marketing companies (OMCs), Rs.75 crore to airport operators, and Rs.367 crore to other vendors. It has a working capital loan of Rs.22,000 crore and a Rs.21,000 crore debt for buying new aircraft.

Pranab blames global issues for inflation, BJP walks out

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS): Defending the government strongly, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Thursday told the Rajya Sabha that inflation was coming down, but an unconvinced Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) walked out over his "helplessness" in tackling price rise. Replying to the debate in the Rajya Sabha on price rise, the finance minister quoted figures to buttress his claim that inflation has been coming down gradually, and sought cooperation from the opposition in reforms, especially in ushering Foreign Direct

Will check rupee fall: RBI

Kolkata, Dec 8 (IANS): Expressing concern over the recent rupee depreciation, the country's apex bank Thursday said it will take whatever measures were needed to check the fall of the currency. "The rupee depreciation in the last three months is a concern. It is the result of developments outside the country. Because there are no inflows coming in a significant way, there has been weak rupee exchange rate as determined by the forex market," Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor D. Subbarao told mediapersons here. The rupee has depreciated about 14 percent this year, making it the worst performer among Asian currencies. To improve the situation, Subbarao said, the foremost task would be to attract more flows to prop up the rupee. The apex bank has raised the interest rate ceiling in deposits held by overseas Indians in both the rupee and the foreign currency and also eased overseas borrowing rules for local corporates by raising the ceiling for the interest that the firms can pay. "Whatever else we need to do (to attract more flows), we will do," he added. On RBI's intervention in the forex market, the governor said: "In order to determine whether we should intervene or not, our guide is our policy. We would intervene in the market only to manage volatility (in exchange rate) and macro-economic instability." Subbarao said there are liquidity constraints across the system "and for certain banks" and promised to take appropriate measures to improve the situation. RBI will announce its midquarter policy review Dec 16.

Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. Mukherjee Thursday said several issues were to blame for the price rise, including poor distribution system, international economy and rise in global petroleum prices. Members of the main opposition BJP, however, said they rejected the "state of helplessness" expressed by the finance minister and staged a walkout from the house. Mukherjee, in his reply, pointed out that food inflation has come down from 11.8 percent in week ending Oct 29 to 6.6 percent in week ending Nov 26. He pointed out that retail prices of 30 essential commodities - including rice, wheat and pulses - have either fallen or registered only a "marginal increase" during the last two years. "It is not correct to say that government has


not done anything," he said. Mukherjee added that prices of petroleum were not entirely regulated and blamed international situation for the rise in petrol prices. He, however, added that "when I say prices will come down, they will not come down overnight". An angry opposition, however, said that the minister was expressing "helplessness". "We tried our best to have a very constructive debate... my only submission is that during the six years they have been in power, nobody stopped them from taking structural changes, and now today, the seventh year also the finance minister comes and expresses helplessness. We can't help it, sir, we are walking out," BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said.

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usic is what our feelings sound like. The roots of the multifarious land of India in music, dates back thousands of years to the Vedic period when the ancient gurus transformed their chants and hymns into symphonies. In the early period there was a division of music between the kingdoms and temples. The temples presented religious music to all those who wanted it while the kings patronized the separate artists and within that division a new culture took birth out of the very hearts of the common man- the folks of the nation. While the classical royal music of the kings and the “Brahmins” were competing for supremacy and elegance of voice; the folklore passed on the inspirational and heartrending tales through the generations. Due to its rural connections, this form of our culture has become a mere fragment

today in the contemporary India. Many people tend to confuse folk music with tribal music finding them similar. But that’s not true. Where folk music is a mere rustic reflection of the larger Indian society, tribal music often represents cultures that are very different. It also happens to differ from the highly regarded classical music which requires a person’s life of devotion in learning the intricacy. Folk music is borne out of the heart of the common man which does not lay down any rules. People in the community are raised in this culture where it’s more of a daily ritual than affecting the daily life of the people . The essence of folk music is felt during social gatherings or events like weddings, harvesting, births etc where it acts as an indispensible part in expressing their hopes, fears and joy. One captivating aspect of the Indian folk music is that it be-


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stows a plethora of moral values among the people living in the countryside which is of great significance to them. For instance, sex education has been traditionally taught in Andhra Pradesh through a song. When a girl of the community attains her maturity, the elderly women gather for a function presenting her first woni and langa which is worn by her along with other gifts. The idea is to let her know about the journey she is going to embark as a woman. To outsiders, this may seem raving but for the localities, it’s a part of who they are. There has been a dearth when it comes to the recognition of Indian instruments. For instance when a kid is asked about a musical instrument which is closely related to the westernized drums, he often has one answer i.e. the Tabla. But we people living in the metros are so unaware of the innumerable substitutes like The Dhol, Nal Or Daf each of which has a different framework leading to a different intriguing tale. The difference is that The Tabla is again the imperial instrument while the rest are carved out of simple materials which are not so refined. Similarly the cruder versions of Sitar used in folk music are known as ektara, dotar, saringda, rabab and santur.

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As we all know that folk music is the music of the simpleton, similarly their instruments also have countryside connections and are often made up of bamboo, clay pots, and empty coconut shells. In modern times many forms of Indian folk music have went on to become a part of our pop culture like Punjab’s Bhangra and Gujrat’s Dandiya due to their high energy and spirits which is not only popular in our country but has gained worldwide attention. The dance oriented music and its conversion into Thumri (semi classical) form is bringing this remote rich heritage into the spotlight. The magic of the Indian folk music is its ability to immerse the audience into a trance of tales and folklores which is truly felt when one has a village environment in the backdrop where many kids gather around under a banyan tree to hear the elders singing the song of the common men. Their simplicity and “a unity in diversity” of the music is what keeps it apart from the entire world hoping to make a blend out of India’s past, present and coming future.

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The past, we are told, is unchangeable; we can only learn from it and apply lessons to the future. But what about the present? It becomes the past within seconds but shouldn’t we be focused on enjoying and maximizing all that’s happening here and now? The past cannot serve you as well as what you’re learning here and now. What is happening can only make your future more promising. Focus on what you can control or influence.

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The more we insist on replaying a particular event over and over in our minds, the more we believe no other outcome was possible. We adopt an attitude of ‘if it happened, then it happened for a reason and there’s nothing I can do about it’. Sometimes though, despite what has happened, we retain the ability to improve upon a situation. You now have a chance to put something right. Seize an opportunity to bring about a truly desired outcome.

Some clocks, even when they’ve stopped working, still manage to tell the correct time twice a day. Similarly, something you believed to offer nothing in the way of help or promise still has life left within it. It may be on par with the final gasp of a dying dragon but there is something salvageable within something you believed to be unsalvageable. Remember that nothing is lost while it still exists.

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flight in an airplane is all it takes to change an artist’s visionary construct and bring on a plane of terrain and texture in sensibility. To create works that translate the relief features of land masses and distill human embers within the visage of the female form is the signature of Lalit Kala National Awardee Rajesh Prasad Srivastava . In the format of the idea of creating fables within fables in the feminine domain, not far from a giant roll of land and vegetal features you’ll find a series of match sticks at eye level. But for a few moments don’t be fooled that there isn’t much to look at. Indeed, under most conditions, there is a good chance that you wouldn’t notice it at all. When the sun reaches the right point in the sky, however, a twinkling composition of light and shadow springs to life on the canvas and stories unravel. Srivastava interrupts his discussion of a nearby miniature work to point it out before it passes. In Overture, the image of a woman playing a cello he describes the work as a visual musical score with the land relief as its garb. And the match stick becomes an instrument, the very twine on which music emanates. A physical roughness in these works eventually gives way to sensuous elegance, especially in the muted matte finish meanderings. The tactile surface gains a subtle, light-reflective sparkle, echoing Andy Warhol’s use of diamond dust in paintings. The painting’s body luxuriates in its own skin, gorgeous and subliminal. Spend any time with these works and you will find yourself paying closer attention to such conditions: how land bodies are shaped, how sunlight moves, the shifting patterns of shadows and the subtle nature of reflected and refracted light. Srivastava is captivated by questions of political and atmospheric perception. His works —the single set of match box sculptural installations and canvasses, primarily — are poetic investigations conducted with the observational rigour of a story telling scientist.

The metaphor of the matchstick In conversation, Srivastava is avid and engaging. His studio, a comfortably cluttered small space in Chittaranjan Park is a hub of activity unfolding in multiple directions .It is filled with static, fragmentary objects, waiting, like a musical score, to be brought to life. “I’m interested in the idea of using the matchstick as a relative context –where it’s not physically solid or substantial having a larger life,” he says. “The opposite of that — what I’m historically reacting against — is the idea of a painting projecting itself into the world the same way each time, such that you could identify it. I want for the work to not have that kind of identity. To be more complicated, more reactive to what’s around it, in a constant state of fluctuation.”And I believe that its always women who are the core of every story that happens. Women for me are like modern day Sitas, each having their own facet in a world of struggle. And the matchstick is a small but useful tool, it is protector and instrument.” Even his miniatures which are basically two-dimensional and static have a feeling of oscillation and insight. They seem pieced together from countless fragments of paper, but they are painted landscapes of a sort, charting not the appearance so much as the experience of a place, but time in an hour glass. In the large work called Mappings, he creates sprawling, disjointed and disorienting compositions based on aerial photographs taken while flying and gives it a large frontal gaze with the single matchstick stuck in the ear lobe.

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defensive shots initially and then play your shots later to score," he said. Sehwag's innings also powered India to its highest ODI score of 418 for five. "While opening the innings, I told Gautam Gambhir that if we can show some patience on this track, we will be in for a big one as the wicket is a good one. The outfield is fantastic and the distance of the boundary is only 50 yards," Sehwag said. "It was only after the batting Powerplay started, I felt that I could reach double hundred. Also when Sammy dropped me, I knew that God was with me," Sehwag said. Sehwag thanked his family and thousands of fans.

Top 10 Individual Scores in ODIs Indore, Dec 8 (IANS) Virender Sehwag smashed 219 in the fourth ODI against the West Indies here Thursday for the highest individual score in ODIs, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar's 200 unbeaten against the South Africa. The following are the top-10 ODI scores:

219 200 194 194 189 189 188 186 185 183

Virender Sehwag (Ind): 219 (149) vs. West Indies, Indore, Dec 8, 2011 Sachin Tendulkar (Ind): 200 not out (147) vs. South Africa, Gwalior, Feb 24, 2010 Charles Coventry (Zim): 194 not out (156) vs. Bangladesh, Bulawayo, Aug 16, 2009 Saeed Anwar (Pak): 194 (146) vs. India, Chennai, May 21, 1997 Vivian Richards (WI): 189 not out (170) vs. England, Manchester, May 31, 1984 Sanath Jayasuriya (SL): 189 (161) vs. India, Sharjah, Oct 29, 2000 Gary Kirsten (SA): 188 not out (159) vs. UAE, Rawalpindi, Feb 16, 1996 Sachin Tendulkar (India): 186 not out (150) vs. New Zealand, Hyderabad, Nov 8 1999 Shane Watson (Aus): 185 not out (96) vs. Bangladesh, Dhaka, Apr 11, 2011 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India): 183 not out (145) vs. Sri Lanka, Jaipur 31, Oct 2005

Indian batsman Virender Sehwag celebrates after scoring a double century

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New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Cricket many such milestones," said Ganguly. will give him a big confidence for sure fraternity and fans hailed India's ex"The double hundred will be a big ahead of the Australia tour." plosive opener Virender Sehwag's sen- morale booster for him with the tough Sehwag's childhood coach AN sational 219, the highest by Sharma said a double ton any player in One-day interin ODIs was long overnationals. due. Congratulatory messages "I always used to tell poured in from all quarters him whenever he stepped as the cricket-crazy country on the field that this time watched the swashbuckling you have to score a double opener create history in the hundred. It was very satfourth ODI against West Inisfying finally watching dies at Indore Thursday. Viru score 200 runs with Former India captain such strokeful display. He Sourav Ganguly called Sehas always played attackhwag a 'gambler' who is not ing game and that helped afraid of taking risk. him achieve the mile"This is a great achievestone.� ment and I congratulate SeTeammate Zaheer Indian batsman Virender Sehwag (R) celebrates with hwag for the amazing feat. Khan wrote on twitter teammate Rohit Sharma after scoring a double century He has captained the Indian "Cheers! Congratula(200 runs) during the fourth one-day international side on and off for a short tions!! Way to go buddy!" cricket match between India and West Indies at The while and I believe he could West Indies opener Holkar Stadium in Indore make up as a good captain. Chris Gayle also wrote: He is a gambler, a player who loves to Australian tour lined up. You will find "Well, I did watch some of that innings take risks. If he keeps getting opportu- the bowling attack, conditions dif- by Viru. Brilliant striking!! Congrats nity as a captain, he will come up with ferent Down Under. This double ton on ur 219." PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP


Sehwag elated at going past Tendulkar

Indore, Dec 8 (IANS) Riding on skipper Virender Sehwag's record 219, the highest ever individual score in an ODI, India thrashed the West Indies by 153 runs in the fourth One-Day International at the Holkar Stadium on Thursday. India now take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. Sehwag set ODI's highest individual score, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar's 200 unbeaten, with some sensational hitting and powered India to its highest ODI total of 418/5. Sehwag's 149-ball carnage of the West Indies bowling was laced with 25 fours and seven sixes. Tendulkar's 200 off 147 balls (25x4, 3x6) came against South Africa at Gwalior, around 500 km from here and also in the state of Madhya Pradesh, in February 2010. He was the first cricketer ever to score a double century in ODIs. Sehwag, who has two triple centuries in Tests, now has the distinction of being India's top scorer in both Tests and ODIs. Sehwag's Test best is 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008. For West Indies the target was a huge challenge. All they needed was a great start and a big partnership, but couldn't get either. Opening batsmen Lendl Simmons (36) and Marlon Samuels (33) were flashy and perished soon. Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin scored a fighting run-a-ball 96 but didn't get good support from the other end.


Sehwag's record double ton gives India huge win over West Indies


Indore, Dec 9 (IANS) Virender Sehwag, who broke Sachin Tendulkar's record of highest individual score in One-day internationals, said he was elated at going past the cricketing great. Sehwag scored 219, surpassing Tendulkar's unbeaten 200 that he made against South Africa in Gwalior last year. "I was happy when Tendulkar scored 200 not out. I was sitting in the front and clapping and cheering when he did that. I am extremely happy to emulate Tendulkar and to have broken a record held by a great cricketer like him," Sehwag said. He said the wicket at Holkar Stadium was a perfect batting pitch. "It's a true batting pitch. It's a kind of pitch on which you can play


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"Nearly Rs.111.19 crore have already been spent in training athletes, which includes international exposure, international coaches and other things," Maken informed the upper house.

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New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Railways won by an innings and 94 runs as they skittled Uttar Pradesh out for 201 following-on on the third day of the Ranji Elite Division tie at the Karnail Singh Stadium on Thursday. In Bhubaneshwar, Karnataka built on their first innings lead as they were 169 for six in the second innings and took an overall lead of 192 runs. Stuart Binny took a five-wicket haul, restricting the hosts to 255 in their first innings. At Vadodara, Baroda set a stiff target of 364 to chase for Gujarat. Ambati Rayudu scored a brilliant century to propel the hosts to 330 in the second innings.

Afghanistan. Indian strikers Sunil Chettri and Jeje Lalapeklua have also found the much needed rhythm. They struck in tandem against Sri Lanka and Chettri is the second highest scorer in the tournament with four goals, one behind Afghanistan's Belal Arezou. The Maldives' fast-paced game may also put the Indian defence in trouble. The Indians were slow against Afghanistan, who has emerged as a strong contender for the title. The Afghans face Nepal in the second semifinal.

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) India football captain Climax Lawrence is likely to take a call on his international career after the ongoing SAFF Cup. The 32-year-old Dempo midfielder, on the eve of India's semifinal clash against the Maldives, indicated that he was mulling over his international career. "I will decide about my future once the tournament gets over. Once I reach Goa I shall take a call on it," Lawrence told IANS at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Thursday.

India coach Savio Medeira felt the mid-fielder still has a couple of years left in him to carry on. "I don't want to interfere in the personal decision of any player. But I feel that he still has a couple of years left in him for international football," he said. Lawrence started his career with Salgaocars in 1998 and after a six-year stint shifted to East Bengal. He joined Dempo in 2005 after a season with East Bengal. He was first called up by former national coach Stephen Constantine in 2002 and since then has been a part of the national team.

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final, which India won 3-1 via penalties. In July, the two teams drew 1-1 in an international friendly in Male. There isn't much that separates the two team in the current tournament. The Maldives started with two draws against Nepal and Pakistan before a 3-1 win over Bangladesh. India had to fight out a 1-1 draw against Afghanistan but improved as the tournament progressed. The 5-0 thrashing of Bhutan and the 3-0 win against Sri Lanka have only boosted their confidence, which took a beating after their come-from-behind draw against

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SAFF Cup: Tough for India against Maldives in semifinal

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Defending champions India will find the going tough when they face the Maldives in the semifinal of the SAFF Cup football tournament today. Head-to-head India and the Maldives have a 9-4 record, with two matches ending in a draw. But the Maldives have emerged as a force to reckon with in South Asia and have troubled India in the last few years. The Maldives beat five-time champions India in the 2008 final in Colombo for their maiden SAFF Cup title. In the last edition in Dhaka, the Maldives beat India 2-0 in a league match but faltered in the




Mumabai are in a spot of bother in Rajot as they still trail by 217 runs in the second innings against Saurashtra. Sandip Maniar and Jaydev Unadkat put Saurashtra in command by restricting Mumbai to 360 in the first innings on day three. At Indore, hosts Madhya Pradesh are on the verge of beating Delhi as they require only 59 runs with five wickets in hand. Mithun Manhas's gritty century seems to have gone in vain, thanks to some inspired bowling by T.P.Sudhindra who registered a five-wicket haul, while Naman Ojha's hundred put the hosts in the driving seat with stumps called on day three.

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Moscow, Dec 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian light heavyweight boxer Roman Simakov, who collapsed in the ring on Monday during a title defence, has died of brain injuries at a hospital, an official said. The 27-year-old Simakov collapsed a minute into the seventh round after enduring a torrent of punches from Sergei Kovalev. He immediately fell into a coma from which he never emerged, said Igor Maruzov, general secretary of the Russian Boxing Federation. Maruzov did not say whether anyone would be held accountable over the death, but said a probe had begun. "I can only comment on the situation after the official investigation, which will evaluate the actions of the referee and the medical treatment the athlete received later," he said on Thursday.

FC Basel's goalkeeper Yann Sommer (DOWN) tries to stop a goal during the Champions League group C football match against Manchester United

Manchester City's English midfielder Gareth Barry (L) vies with Bayern Munich's German defender Diego Contento during the UEFA Champions league group A football match between Manchester City and Bayern Munich at the Etihad stadium in Manchester

London, Dec 8 (IANS) The big two from Manchester, United and City, failed to qualify for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League and will now be playing in the Europa League. On a night of drama, Manchester City, the runaway leaders in Premier League this season, beat group leaders Bayern Munich 2-0 but failed to qualify as second place Napoli beat Villareal 2-0 away from home late Wednesday. With one more point, Napoli grabbed the last place of the group from Man City, qualifying for the knockout rounds with Bayern, who had already booked the berth before the final group rounds. Three-time European champions Manchester United failed to hold to their one-point lead in Group C, as they lost 1-2 away to minnows FC Basel. Last year's finalists ended the Champions League journey in group stage for the first time since 2005/06. Both the Manchester clubs had to move on to the lowlevel Europa League after Wednesday's early exit. Elsewhere, Group D came to an dramatic end as Lyon progressed to the next stage by winning 7-1 at Dinamo Zagreb. However, after the final whistle, it was still not enough for them to go through as Ajax who had a three-point advantage needed to lose at home.


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Time to unveil our own Victoria’s Secret: Indian designers

‘Chammak Challo’ most downloaded song New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS): “Chammak Challo”, the popular number from Shah Rukh Khan’s mega-budget production venture “RA.One”, has been named the most downloaded song and video of the year in a new survey by wireless telephony major Airtel. Performed by international singer Akon, the peppy number featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor topped the list of the most downloaded songs followed “Dhinka chika”, “Senorita”, “Zor ka jhatka haye” and “Teri meri meri teri”. In the Hello Tunes section “Kolaveri Di”, topped with 210,000 downloads within 18 days of its launch. Bollywood celebrities Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh took the leading position in the category of most downloaded images of the year. gdcgraphics

wear market has seen an exponential growth, especially in the women’s wear line. The resort wear industry, unlike the others is non-seasonal and not determined as spring-summer or fall-winter and this feature enables the resort line to be exciting and in demand throughout the year,” said Pallav Ojha, director, UVAR Pvt Ltd, one of the organizers of IRFW. An event like IRFW will prove to be a stepping stone to accelerate the lingerie and resort wear market in India. Internationally, several lingerie brands like Victoria’s Secret, La Perla, Strumpet and Pink, Lovable and Guia La Bruna have made a name for themselves, and attract the Indian buyers too. But that connect is yet to be established with Indian brands, says designer, Narresh.

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Swank’s fish to undergo fitness course My productions are not gender-biased: Ekta Kapoor

Gaga fears dying like Lady Diana

Mumbai, Dec 8 (IANS): Television baron Ekta Kapoor, known for making womenbased soaps, clarifies that it is the story and not the protagonist that decides her choice of projects. “I don’t have any gender biased preferences... My whole idea is that if it is a nice enough story to be told, then it should be told. There is no choice that I will make my next on a woman again, but I will make a strong and smart story again,” Ekta told reporters at a press conference to celebrate the

success of “The Dirty Picture”, which tells the story of an actress’s rise and fall. After making long-running successful saas-bahu soaps “Kyunki...Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii” and “Kasautii Zindagii Kay”, she took a plunge into moviemaking and produced hit crime thriller “Shootout At Lokhandwala”, based on a real story, underworld saga “Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai”, and experimental “Love Sex Aur Dhokha”.

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London, Dec 9 (IANS): Actress Hilary Swank is excited about taking her fish for an underwater agility course for their fitness. The Oscar winner admits she loves giving her pets presents, and that her two parrot fish and Japanese fighting fish get presents during Christmas, reports After hearing that the actress was looking for an agility course for her fish, her friend Ellen DeGeneres tracked one down and gifted it to Swank when she appeared on her talk show. Swank was thrilled with the “cool” present and promised to show off her fit fish during her next appearance on the show.

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Showbiz Panaji, Dec 8 (IANS): Call it swimwear, beachwear or resort wear -- the market for this segment has so far been neglected in the country but designers feel the demands of travel enthusiasts and a platform like the ongoing India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW) will bring it at par with an international brand like Victoria’s Secret. So far, designer beachwear has remained low on popularity. Some say this is so due to the conservative Indian culture, where women are apprehensive about showing off their figure in public places. Others blame the lesser number of beaches in India. But with time, designers have realized they need to move beyond ethnic and bridal wear and focus on swimwear, which is gaining momentum. “The resort


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London, Dec 8 (IANS): Pop star Lady Gaga, set to release a song about the death of Princess Diana, fears she might end up dying the way Diana died. A source close to the singer says that she sees herself as a “pop version” of Diana, who died at the age of 36 following a car accident in Paris in 1997, reports “Gaga has always been absolutely fixated on Diana and sees herself as a 21st-century incarnation of her. She knows, she is almost as recognizable as Diana and is hounded by photographers and fans on the same level. Gaga has had dreams about dying the same way as her and has

genuine fears that her fame could literally kill her, either in a chase or at the hands of crazies,” said the source. The 25-year-old singer wrote the song on Diana’s death after dubbing the Princess of Wales as a “martyr of fame”. In fact, the idea behind Gaga’s 2009 hit “Paparazzi” also stemmed from the death of the royal, with the singer saying: “Diana was the most iconic martyr of fame. She died because of it.”


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Now, a video game on 'Don 2'

Mumbai, Dec 8 (IANS): After "RA.One", Shah Rukh Khan-starrer "Don 2: The King is Back" is set to be turned into a video game and director Farhan Akhtar says this would allow fans a personal dose of action and adventure. "I felt that this could be an interesting yet fun way to let people have their personal dose of action and adventure," Farhan said in a statement. Farhan and Ritesh Sidhwani's Excel Entertainment has collaborated with Gameshastra, one of the largest game service companies in the country, to launch a console game. The firm is developing a third-person action adventure console game where a players gets to play Shah Rukh and does actions similar to those done by Don in the movie. There will also be a social game called "Don - The Social Mobsters Game", which will be launched on the Facebook and is being developed by Mango Games. The game will be available on Android, iOS, and PSN for PS3 platforms. While the game on Android and iOS will be released along with the movie, the console version of the game will be released in March next year.

Kate Moss strips for Pirelli calendar


London, Dec 9 (IANS): Supermodel Kate Moss has stripped off for a shoot for the latest Pirelli calendar. She was photographed by ex-boyfriend Mario Sorrenti. The 37-year-old had dated Sorrenti in the early 1990s, and he was the man behind the famous Calvin Klein campaign that shot her to fame. In the pair's latest snaps, Moss looks healthy as she soaks up Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti (2ndR) the sun on a rock with her poses with some of the models featured in the eyes shut. The shots for the 2012 Pirelli Calendar during the launch of the 2012 version were taken on calendar in New York. the French island of Corsica, reports "I met Kate when we were both at the very beginning of our careers. Somehow we both kind of exploded into the fashion scene at a very young age. She exploded as a supermodel, and things just took off," said Sorrenti. The Pirelli calendar is not available for purchase and is sent out to especially chosen individuals, including royalty and celebrities.

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Islamabad, Dec 8 (IANS): A Pakistani court has dismissed a petition seeking action against actress Veena Malik for getting herself photographed in the nude in an Indian magazine. The Islamabad High Court ruled that the controversial pictures were published in another country and so she cannot be tried in Pakistan, Geo news reported Thursday. The actress has denied posing in the nude and said her photographs were morphed. Petitioner Salim Ullah Khan Wednesday moved the court against Zahida alias Veena Malik contending that she should be tried for obscenity, sedition and defamation. The petitioner said an Indiabased magazine printed Veena's "naked picture" on its cover. The pictures were also carried in the e-edition of the magazine. The petitioner contended that Veena's conduct was "controversial and shameful" for Pakistani people.




Mexico, Dec 9 (IANS): Young celebrity lovers Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were spotted spending some lazy time, sunbathing in Mexico. Gomez came to Mexico to walk down the aisle as a bridesmaid for her close friend, but she was seen soaking up the sunshine during her free time. The 19-year-old singer displayed her slim figure in a stunning, bright aqua blue bikini as she lounged next to her "Baby" hitmaker boyfriend. Bieber, 17, seemed more than happy to capture his girlfriend and was seen taking her pictures. He was in a pair of cut-off denim shorts but also had a bandage on his left leg. In other news, Gomez's representative shot down the rumors of their engagement which started off after Gomez was photographed wearing a diamond ring on her engagement finger.

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