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SUPERPOWER? 230 million Indians go hungry daily With 21% of its population undernourished, nearly 44% of under-5 children underweight and 7% of them dying before they reach five years, India is firmly established among the world's most hunger-ridden countries. The situation is better than only Congo, Chad, Ethiopia or Burundi, but it is worse than Sudan, North Korea, Pakistan or Nepal. This is according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) which combines the above three indicators to give us a Global Hunger Index (GHI) according to which India is 67th among the worst 80 countries in terms of malnourishment.

That's not all. Data collected by GHI researchers shows that while there has been some improvement in children's malnutrition and early deaths since 1990, the proportion of hungry in the population has actually gone up.

Largest mosque of Central Asia’s ravaged by fire Kazakhstan, January 16: Emergency officials say at least one person has died in a fire at the largest mosque in Central Asia, in the capital of Kazakhstan. The Emergency Situations Ministry said Sunday’s fire spread over an area of 800 square meters (8,600 square feet) inside the Khazret Sultan mosque in Astana. Laborers at the site of the 17,500 square-meter (188,000 square-foot) mosque, which was still under construction, said they heard screams from a man trapped inside the building. Amateur footage uploaded to the Internet showed the building engulfed in billowing black smoke. Emergency officials said the blaze was likely caused by welding equipment that set fire to scaffolding installed beneath the central dome.

Today India has 213 million hungry and malnourished people by GHI estimates although the UN agency Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) puts the figure at around 230 million. The difference is because FAO uses only the standard calorie intake formula for measuring sufficiency of food while the Hunger Index is based on broader criteria. (Agencies)

Tipu's armoury to be shifted in one piece Mysore: The 225-year-old Tipu Sultan’s armoury, that has come in the way of the Mysore-Bangalore railway doubling project, is likely to be lifted as one unit and moved 200 metres away at the earliest. This could be the first such attempt at moving a heritage structure in the country. The Railways, which has assigned Institute of Engineers, Bangalore Chapter, as a consultant, may call global tenders inviting agencies involved in bodily moving structures or houses. Though such an exercise has not been undertaken in India, there are a few agencies in the US, Switzerland, Australia and Canada that have moved churches and

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houses. However, moving this two-century-old structure could be tricky. The brick and lime armoury, which is 150

metres wide with walls up to 1.5 metres thick, weighs around 1,200 tonnes and is embedded 10 feet in the ground. The Railways abandoned the idea of acquiring land adjacent to the armoury owing to the

prohibitive price the land owner was entitled to. The Railways is awaiting a report on the methodologies and technology to ensure safety of the structure from the Institute of Engineers in a couple of days after which it will invite tenders for the relocation. The doubling work has been delayed since the project involved multiple agencies like the Railways, State Archaeology Department and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). In 2010, the ASI stepped in and suggested moving the armoury 200 metres away. However, the Railways approached the Infrastructure Development Department and Kannada and Culture Department and decided to consult various agencies in the interest and sentiments of the people. (Cyber News)

300 Muslims arrested for agitating against construction of a temple on graveyard

Dutch Queen slamed Wilder's Headscarf Row, visit UAE mosque The Hague: The popular Dutch Queen Beatrix has dismissed criticism from farright Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders after her decision to wear a headscarf during a recent visit to a mosque in United Arab Emirates. “It is really nonsense,” the 72-year-old monarch was quoted by reporters with her on a state visit to Oman, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on Thursday, January 12. The row sparked when Queen Beatrix donned a headscarf over her traditional black hat during her visit to the Great Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Inciting a new row, anti-Islam politician

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Geert Wilders’ far right Party for Freedom (PVV), which backs Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling coalition government, posed questions over the issue in the Dutch parliament. The PVV said it regarded the headscarf as a symbol of female oppression and wanted to know whether Rutte agreed. In a fiery response, the queen made her comment on the third day of her state visit to Oman, where she also wore a scarf over her hat while visiting a mosque. Princess Maxima was also seen wearing traditional dress and headscarf during mosque visits with the queen. The current row is not the first between the far-right party and the popular queen. Last September 2011, Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) unveiled a proposed law to strip Queen Beatrix of all political powers, leaving her with a purely ceremonial role.

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15-01-2012 to 22-01-2012 HYDERABAD: Will India be observing the 54th death anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad next month? May be. A few innocuous functions here and there and the day will be forgotten once again. It is a tragedy. Neither the Muslims nor the Hindus wish to remember the one freedom fighter who suffered so many personal indignities to keep the country united. As the Muslim League and its followers fought for a separate country based on the two-nation theory, their main target was Maulana Azad. For them, 'the showboy of the Congress', was the biggest stumbling block in arriving at a unanimity over the idea of Pakistan among the Muslims.

Azad’s contribution to azaadi forgotten? When Maulana Azad said that he was ahead of his time, he was absolutely right. He was born on November 11, 1888 to an Indian father and an Arab mother in Mecca, today's Saudi Arabia. His ancestors had come to India from Herat, Afghanistan during the reign of Babar and settled down in Delhi. They were Sufis, the mystics whose essential philosophy was based on the concept of love of God and universal brotherhood. After his father Maulana Khairuddin went through the trauma that followed the first war of Independence in 1857, he decided to migrate to Mecca. By the time Abul Kalam Ghulam Mohiuddin was born Maulana Khairuddin was shuttling more frequently between the desert kingdom and India where he had numerous disciples. Finally in 1890 he chose to settle down in Kolkata. He gave Abul Kalam the traditional home-based education where Arabic, Persian and Urdu were taught along with Islamic studies.

Soon it became clear that Abul Kalam was a genius and a rebel who strove, though quietly, to develop his own identity. He learned Hindi, Bengali, English and a couple of foreign languages and delved into history, geography, philosophy, cultures, physical sciences and literature. By the time he was around 10 years of age he had started writing poetry in Urdu. Though in his teens, he had already made a name as a writer and journalist of whom the stalwarts of the day were in awe. He also thought that the best way to reach out to the Muslims and change their attitude towards foreign rule was to launch a newspaper. Thus the weekly Al Hilal was born in 1912. It took the country, especially the Muslims, by storm. Within a short span of time its circulation grew to over 25,000, a phenomenon never heard of in Urdu journalism till then. While the young minds started getting attracted to the ideology of Maulana Azad, the old guard put up a stiff resistance. The British Raj, disturbed by the influence Al Hilal and its editor was gaining, decided to ban the newspaper. Undeterred, he re-launched Al Hilal with a new name, Al Bilagh. That too was not tolerated. Al Bilagh was

outlawed and Maulana expelled from Bengal and interred in Ranchi. This was the time when Gandhiji had not arrived on scene. They met in 1920 and a strong bonding ensued. Maulana Azad was only 35 years of age when in 1923 he was elected as the president of the Congress. He said it does not matter much if swaraj (independence) is delayed but he would not give up on the Hindu-Muslim unity because if that is broken it will be the loss of entire humanity. Maulana Azad was elected president of the Congress again in 1940. Even when the Congress leadership had begun to believe that partition of the country was imminent, Maulana Azad did not budge. Maulana Azad believed in pluralism and proved his point through Islamic texts. He believed in multi-culturalism, communal harmony and tolerance and spoke and wrote about them endlessly. Shall we throw a scholar-leader like Maulana Azad who looked into the future of India so clearly, into oblivion or shall we follow his footprints? The answer is in reviving his memory and propagating his teachings. ____Mir Ayub Ali Khan

Internet firms under scanner Months after Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal announced government's intention of controlling Internet content, green signal was shown for prosecution of firms like Google and Facebook. The government on Friday gave sanction for the prosecution of 21 Internet firms including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Youtube and Yahoo! - for carrying provocative content. The ministry of communications and information technology filed a report in a Delhi court saying material on social networking sites could instigate public enmity and even endanger India's unity. The move led to concerns that it was a regressive step that would curb free speech online. Following the sanction from the ministry headed by Kapil Sibal, Delhi Police can prosecute the firms. A Delhibased journalist had filed a

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complaint against the social networking sites saying they should be prosecuted for a series of criminal offences such as outraging religious feelings and distributing obscene material, some of which require the sanction of Sibal's ministry. "The sanctioning authority has personally gone through the entire records and the materials produced, and after considering and examining the same, he is satisfied that there is sufficient material to proceed against the accused," the ministry of communications and information technology said in a report filed in the court. "The documents and contents therein are in the nature to instigate enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth... and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony." Representatives for all 21 sites named in the original complaint have been ordered to appear in court on March 13 for the case to be taken forward. The Delhi High Court is also currently hearing an appeal from

the companies over an order requiring them to take down the objectionable material. Supreme Court advocate Meenakshi Lekhi questioned the government's policy on the issue, saying it was pursuing an agenda that would affect anyone who uses the Internet. "They are obviously setting a precedent. When you talk about the nude Sita by M.F. Husain, Sibal and the rest of government defended this, but now when you are talking about the sentiments of their chief, they are going to court," Lekhi said. However, cyber-law expert Pawan Duggal said the Internet companies cannot shift blame concerning the content uploaded on their websites to telecom operators or any other agency as they are mandated to exercise due diligence themselves under the Indian IT Act. "The judiciary will interpret the current law and for any change in the rules of law they have to challenge its constitutional validity," he said.

Editorial

Over the top ‘Colourful' is a word much associated with elections in India. The Election Commission of India has just reinforced that association, and also given new meaning to that phrase ‘pink elephants' — no longer is it an allusion only to alcohol-induced visions, or the fantasy land of ‘Dear Jessie' in the Madonna song.

But seriously, can there be the slightest doubt that the EC's order to cover up all statues of Chief Minister Mayawati and those of the elephant, her Bahujan Samaj Party's election symbol, in election-bound Uttar Pradesh with the politically neutral pink-coloured cloth or plastic sheets falls in the OTT category? The order is supposed to “ensure that these statues do not influence the minds of the electors, disturbing the level playing field” during the election. What the cover-up has done is to ensure much more attention to the OTT statues than they would have received otherwise. There are other misgivings. The EC's order goes back to a 2009 petition asking it to freeze the BSP's election symbol on the ground that the statues, being put up at the time at public spaces using public funds, would jeopardise free and fair elections. Disposing of that petition in 2010, the Commission — whose mandate to enforce the model code of conduct does not kick in until the election schedule is announced — promised to take “appropriate steps” at election time to ensure that the statues would not give the BSP an “unfair advantage” over other parties. For the 2004 general election, it had ordered the covering up of hoardings of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on national highways refurbished by the BJPled National Democratic Alliance government. The January 8 order is even more bizarre. Let us consider the argument that the decision to erect permanent stone images of the BSP's symbol using public funds was a deliberate and pre-planned act by Chief Minister Mayawati, and hence needs to be neutralised. The problem is that there are no legal grounds to stop the BSP, or any other party, from erecting in non-election season its symbols or statues of its leaders all over the country. Especially in States that have produced charismatic mass leaders, there are countless statues of icons that the fortunate parties, whether in government or in the opposition, can play up during election season. Not that there is any persuasive evidence that this makes a real difference to poll outcomes. Petitions against the Mayawati government questioning the use of public funds for selfserving partisan ends are pending before the Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court of India. What the Election Commission must learn to do is understand the limits of its power, even in election season, keep off the grass, and leave the matter to the people's court. (Agencies)


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PRP leader a Jagan man NEW DELHI: Congress leaders from Kadapa, including ministers D L Ravindra Reddy and Md Ahmadullah on Thursday urged AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad not to take PRP MLC C Ramachandraiah into the state cabinet.The leaders met Azad and told him that taking Ramachandraiah into the cabinet would adversely affect the party’s image in the district. Kamalapuram MLA G Veerasiva Reddy has been campaigning against Ramachadraiah for quite some time. Now with talk doing the rounds that Ramachandraiah, also from Kadapa, is expected to be inducted into the cabinet along with another PRP MLA Ghanta Srinivasa Rao next week, Veerasiva Reddy arrived in Delhi along with two ministers and MLC P Chengal Rayudu. They reportedly told Azad that Ramachandraiah was aJagan proxy in Congress. According to them, Ramachandraiah transferred Raghuram Cements owned by him to YS Jaganmohan Reddy who later changed it into Bharathi Cements.PTI

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Be more honest with us, Kiran tells industry Criticises a section for using incentives offered by AP for bargaining with other States for more concessions Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has criticised a section of industrialists for securing terms of investments including incentives offered by the Andhra Pradesh government and using them as tools to bargain with other States for more concessions.

“It is unfortunate that our terms are used by industrialists to bargain with other States. The practice is unethical and incorrect. We want the industry to be more honest with us,” the Chief Minister said. He was addressing special plenary organised to promote the State as an investment destination as part of the two-day Partnership Summit 2012 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry which concluded on Friday. Mr. Reddy advised industrialists to hold discussions with the government on their requirements and seek concessions, if any.

“You ask for it. We will give. But hold negotiations with the government on your requests,” he emphatically said. The State received 243 investment proposals, valued at Rs. 6.47 lakh crore and an employment potential of 6.5 lakh in the form of memoranda of understanding and expression of interest including the ones cleared by the State Investment Promotion Board in the past few months. (Cyber News)

Hyderabad, Jan 14: The Telugu Desam Party President and former Chief Minister Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, who is making flamboyant statements now-a-days and declaring that the TDP is sure to come to power in the next elections, is in fact a totally worried and frustrated person, according to insiders. It is this factor that forced Mr Naidu to go all-out, adopt an aggressive posture and wage a do-or-die battle of late, these sources pointed out. On one hand, he is faced with the Telangana problem which is causing much worry as he was unable to take any stand, in the face of stiff opposition to separation from Seemandhra leaders and cadres of his party. If he takes a decision in favour of bifurcation of the State, he feels the TDP would be wiped out in Seemandhra region; and if opposes separation, his party would suffer very heavily in Telangana region. He is in a fix now, after having gone back on his earlier stand in favour of separate Telangana state formation. In order to gain some ground in Telangana region, which is a must for his party to gain power, he is taking the risk of facing adverse weather in the region and adopting all possible tactics now. The second and more important factor that is causing much worry to Mr Naidu is the stand being taken by the members of Nandamuri family. The recent statement made by actor Balakrishna that he would contest the Assembly elections and his elder brother Mr Harikrishna’s declaration that he would work for the success of Balakrishna in the election, is seen as a threat to his leadership in TDP. (Agencies)


15-01-2012 to 22-01-2012

JNNURM proposes, GHMC disposes

Cold wave to continue in AP for two more days The Meteorological Department on Sunday warned of continuation of cold wave to severe cold wave conditions across the state for next two days. Some places in Adilabad district recorded 4 degree Celsius temperature-the lowest during this winter. “Cold wave to severe cold wave conditions would continue to prevail over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Rayalaseema regions during next two nights,” forecast by the Met Department said. As per the observations recorded at 8.30 am, the minimum temperature significantly fell at one or two places over Telangana and Rayalaseema and fell at many places over coastal Andhra Pradesh.

HYDERABAD: A year after diverting a major portion of the Rs 44.26 crore funds sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for the ‘Save Musi’ project to construct rubber dams and bridges across the Musi river, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is billing the Centre Rs 60.13 crore for the project.

The JNNURM funds were sanctioned by the urban development ministry in 2005 under the `Save Musi’ (Musi Revitalisation Project) that included the construction of retaining wall from Moosarambagh causeway to Chaderghat causeway, sectioning of the Musi river from Nayapul to Muslim Jung bridge, provision of promenades between Shivaji bidge and Muslim Jung bridge including landscaping and repairs, restoration of bridges and provision of roads, culverts, drainage, footpaths and tiles to the north and south corridors of Musi. Apart from this, to maintain the water level in the Musi, two rubber dams, one opposite the AP High Court and another opposite Salar Jung Museum are being constructed. Now, with the Centre slated to release the funds under JNNURM for the fourth quarter, the GHMC has asked the state level coordinator of AP Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation (APUFIDC) to consider the construction of the two rubber dams and other works under JNNURM and release the funds for the same. However, in turn, the APUFIDC has asked the GHMC to get the approval of the state-level sanctioning committee of the JNNURM for its request to be considered. (NTN)

Muslims Vehicles Burnt

On Sankranti, cockfights thrive in Andhra despite ban Hyderabad : For people in parts of Andhra Pradesh, Sankranti is incomplete without cockfights and, like in the past, a ban could not prevent them from betting crores of rupees on it this time either. Leading the violation of the ban were powerful politicians of all hues, who consider the cockfight a part of the culture of the coastal Andhra region. The participants included film personalities and businessmen. State legislators were not only invitees at several cockfights but at least six of them even inaugurated the "gambling sport". Officially banned cockfights continue to Hyderabad, : Shamshabad, the area where the world's fifth largest international airport is located, has now turned into a hub of illegal constructions. The area now has the highest unauthorized constructions outside the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits. Also, compounding the problem is the fact that the gram panchayat has no mechanism either to prevent unauthorised constructions or demolish them. While there are over 1,000 unauthorised constructions, official figures say 723 unauthorised constructions, all above ground+three floors, have come up in the area. Moreover, there are several hundred structures of up to ground+two floors. The

thrive, with people's representatives at district and village levels themselves organising it in many villages.

An estimated Rs.500 crore changes hands as thousands of people watched the cockfights in the villages of East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna districts. The fights continue during three-day celebrations, which began Saturday. The fights between the specially bred and trained cocks are organised in fields as thousands watch them. Three to four inch knives are attached to the cocks' legs and the fight continues till the death of one of the two birds in each round. Though police deny permission for the fights, organisers always have the last laugh thanks to the support from ministers and legislators. A

state minister intervened when police refused permission to supporters to conduct a fight in East Godavari district. Vanga Geetha, a member of the assembly from the same district, openly criticised police action against cockfights in a village in her Pitapuram constituency. Ruling Congress party legislator Jogi Ramesh inaugurated the cockfight in Gudur village Krishna district. Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator J. Venkataramana kickstarted the fight at Chintapadu village in the same district. Such fights are common in almost every village in Konaseema region of coastal Andhra. (Agencies)

Unknown persons burnt Muslims two wheelers which are kept at their houses at Darab Gung Colony and, Banu Nagar (Madannapet).Burnt Vehicles belongs to Syed Aamir Ahmed a Student ,Syed Aqeel Hasan a Kirana Shop Worker and Mohd Javeed Shareef.In picture official from Clues Team , DCP and others can be seen.(Cyber News)

Shamshabad a hub of illegal constructions Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), which has control over the area and gives permission for G+3 and above buildings, had recommended enforcement action (demolition) for only 32 buildings to the Ranga Reddy district collector. A couple of weeks ago, the Shamshabad gram panchayat officials attempted to demolish a five-storied building and another building. However, they could bulldoze only one building that too partially due to nonavailability of manpower and equipment to carry out the demolition work. With illegal constructions and unauthorized layouts going on unabated, the

Shamshabad gram panchayat was directed to stop granting building permissions for G+2 floors. The decision was taken by the special officer of the panchayat as some builders had been taking permissions for G+2 floors and putting up more floors. The gram panchayat officials claim 723 identified unauthorized constructions, 427 illegal structures came up in areas like Madhuranagar, RB Nagar, Brindavan Colony, Adarshanagar and Rallaguda and most of them are commercial buildings. Structures had also come up in bio-conservation zone, where no big permanent buildings are permit-

ted. "Many builders raised the unauthorized constructions during the 45-day Sakala Janula Samme in Telangana region. Over 200 structures were identified alone in Madhuranagar as it is located in the prime commercial area and show cause notices were slapped on builders. We have also stopped issuing new permissions for up to G+2 buildings," Shamshabad panchayat secretary B Vasanthi told TOI. Sources said illegal constructions started after the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport became operational in 2008. The HMDA officials used to visit the areas till the erstwhile Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) existed. But after formation of HMDA and its jurisdiction expanded, the authority did not bother to check unauthorised constructions.

Hitec City over bridge ready by May

Students cooking sweet pongal on the eve of ‘ Pongal ‘ festival at MGR Janaki College, in Chennai.

HYDERABAD: Decks have been cleared for the completion of the Rail Over Bridge (ROB) connecting Hitec City railway station with Kukatpally after South Central Railway (SCR) recently gave the goahead for its construction of the bridge on the railway track portion at Hitec city railway station recently

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has commenced work and is planning to complete the four-lane over bridge by May. Although the project got off the blocks back in March 2007, issue with clearances from SCR and administrative and financial problems held up work. As per the original deadline, the over bridge was supposed to have been ready by August 2008. The delay has seen construction cost escalate to Rs 47 crore from the original budget of Rs 24.38 crore. The HMDA has sought administrative sanction for the revised plan for the bridge. "SCR gave the clearance for the revised foundation drawings a week ago; the superstructure drawings are still awaiting clearance by them. Work on the 30 metre track portion will be taken up by HMDA under supervision of railway engineers," HMDA chief engineer. (TOI)


15-01-2012 to 22-01-2012

EC order one-sided, says Mayawati

Italian boat tragedy: 130 Indians rescued

Breaking her silence on the Election Commission's order to drape her statues and those of elephants, Bahujan Samaj Party president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati termed the Commission's “one-sided” directive.

Ms. Mayawati chose the occasion of her 56th birthday celebrations at the BSP headquarters here to vent her ire on the Commission. She accused it of working under pressure from the Congress. Its “arbitrary” order was an insult to BSP founder Kanshi Ram, who had “willed that her statue will be installed along with that of his.”

On the order to cover the elephant statues, Ms. Mayawati said these were in “swagat mudra” (welcome posture) – the embodiment of Indian culture – and, “they had not been installed by her government in parks and memorials on account of the elephant being the poll symbol of the BSP.”

New Delhi: Around 130 Indians were rescued on Sunday from the shipwreck of the cruise liner, Costa Concordia, which hit rocks and badly listed near the Italian island of Giglio, late on Friday. Rescue workers are still searching for the survivors; around 4000 people were on board. The luxury 114,500-tonne ship was operated by Costa Crociere, a unit of Carnival Corporation and Plc, the world's largest cruise company. The stricken vessel was one of the group's main assets in the lucrative European cruise market. Indian External Affair Minister SM Krishna has ordered full rescue and relief operation. So far there is no confirmation of any Indian dead. Indian Ambassador to Italy also to reach accident spot by Monday morning. At least three people have died in the accident. (Agencies)

Ms. Mayawati was critical of the Commission's action of removing two Dalit officers (the former DGP, Brij Lal, and the former Principal Home Secretary, Kunwar Fateh Bahadur). The BSP cadres were convinced that the decision to clothe the statues was the outcome of an “anti-Dalit” and “casteist” mindset.

Rajasthan announces aid for Bhanwari Devi's children

The agitation began when the local municipal authority allowed the construction of Swaminarayan temple on the 30 thousand sq.ft of graveyard land sold to Purshottam Sanstha at Rs.18 lacs by the district collector in 2002 against which Muslims went to the local court. The issue was later resolved in the year 2006 but Muslims whose relatives are buried on that land did not agree with the solution and went to the court again. Ironically while the matter is still in the court local Municipal authority allowed the construction on the temple on the disputed land and hence the infighting among the community began. When the situation worsened, section 144 was implemented and the construction of compound wall began under

Stirred by the plight of murdered nurse Bhanwari Devi's children who are facing social stigma, the Rajasthan government on Sunday announced a relief package to help them complete their education and lead normal lives. The three children were left with no means to survive after their father's arrest in the infamous case. Unable to cope with the agony and disgrace following the disappearance and subsequent murder of Bhanwari Devi, Sahil (18), Ashwini (15) and Suhani (7) have been forced to stay indoors in their village, Borunda, near Jodhpur with their 70-year-old grandmother Pooni Devi and have been surviving on the meagre family pension.

Ms. Mayawati gave enough indications that the issue would be a potent election issue and figure prominently in her poll speeches when she hits the campaign trail in February. “A new slogan, “khula haathi ek lakh ka aur band haathi sava lakh ka” (covered statues of

elephants will prove more beneficial to the BSP in the polls) had been coined by angry party workers,” she said. They had redoubled their efforts to secure the party's victory, she noted. (Agencies)

300 Muslims arrested for agitating against construction of a temple on graveyard Ahmedabad : Nearly 300 people were arrested while agitating against the construction of Swaminarayan temple on Wednesday in Damnagar city of Amreli, Gujarat.

Police protection. When nearly 500 Muslims agitated, Police lathi charged them and arrested nearly 300 people. Damnagar PSI K S Titya has arrested 93 local Muslims for the violation of section 144. Muslim leaders wrote a letter to the District po-

lice commissioner for the investigation against the arrest. TCN has learnt that the issue is disputed since 1977 and hence the construction was not allowed since then.

400 p.c. rise in fake currency circulation, says Finance ministry report As fake currency continues to be pumped illegally into the country, a latest government report states that there has been a 400 per cent increase in such counterfeit transactions in Indian’s financial channels.

President Pratibha Patil interacting widows received Sena Medals (posthomously) during At Home function organised on the ocassion of Army Day in New Delhi.

The report, compiled by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) under the Union Finance Ministry states that during 2010-11 financial year (till March 2011), the agency detected. “4,23,539 incidents of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) with a face value of over Rs 35 crore.” Such reports, called Counterfeit Currency Transactions (CCRs) in financial terms and sent by public and private sector banks to the FIU under provisions of the Prevention of Money laundering Act (PMLA), were 1,27,781 incidents during the 2009-10 fiscal. The menace of fake currency being stealthily introduced in country’s banking and other financial sectors are reported regularly and the extent of the evil again came to the fore recently when a Delhi Police Special cell team seized fake currency with a face value of Rs 2.24 crore and arrested two persons. The FIU report also revealed that the Rs 500 denomination notes bear the maximum brunt of counterfeiting in the country.

Heavy snowfall cuts off Kashmir from rest of the country Srinagar: Kashmir Valley was cut off from the rest of the country on Sunday as fresh snowfall forced cancellation of all scheduled flights and blocked the vital SrinagarJammu national highway, officials said. The snowfall started across the Valley including Srinagar late last night, also crippling normal life as most of the people preferred to remain indoors although the minimum temperature rose by several degrees providing much needed respite to people from extreme cold.

An official spokesman said moderate to heavy snowfall was recorded in the Valley, prompting the authorities to issue an avalanche warning in the higher reaches close to the Line of Control (LoC). "On the basis of information received from Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), a medium danger avalanche warning has been issued for higher reaches of north Kashmir," Coordinator Natural Disaster Management Cell Aamir Ali said. The official said the areas prone to avalanches include Khilanmarg, Uri, Chowkibal, Tangdar, Keran, Macchil and Gurez. "People living in these snow bound areas above the height of 7500 feet have been advised not to venture into avalanche prone areas during the next 24 hours," Ali said. Srinagar recorded about six inches of snow, while the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was covered by about 18 inches of snow so far, the spokesman said. Snowfall ranging between eight inches to over one feet was also recorded in other parts of

the Valley including Pahalgam, Yousmarg and Sonamarg, he said. Continued snowfall also hampered efforts of the Border Roads Organisation to clear the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the only road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country. Due to its closure, over 2200 vehicles are stranded at various places on the route, mostly Udhampur and Nagrota belts. Snow clearance machines were pressed into service at Srinagar International Airport since 4 am but due to poor visibility and continued snowfall no flight could be operated on Sunday, the spokesman said. Heavy snowfall along Jawahar Tunnel and Banihal and incessant rains on the other side of the Pir Panjal left the road unsafe, he said. However, the spokesman said electricity remained unaffected throughout the Valley despite the snowfall. "The electricity department maintained electric supply throughout the valley despite the moderate to heavy snowfall," the spokesman said.


15-01-2012 to 22-01-2012

The tough task of preparing children for interviews Pre-schools say demand has been less this year for classes that prepare children to face L.K.G. interviews

Indian students rank 2nd last in global test MUMBAI: Across the world, India is seen as an education powerhouse - based largely on the reputation of a few islands of academic excellence such as the IITs. But scratch the glossy surface of our education system and the picture turns seriously bleak. Fifteen-year-old Indians who were put, for the first time, on a global stage stood second to last, only beating Kyrgyzstan when tested on their reading, math and science abilities. India ranked second last among the 73 countries that participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted annually to evaluate education systems worldwide by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Secretariat. The survey is based on two-hour tests that half a million students are put through. China's Shanghai province, which participated in PISA for the first time, scored the highest in reading. It also topped the charts in mathematics and science. "More than one-quarter of Shanghai's 15 year olds demonstrated advanced mathematical thinking skills to solve complex problems, compared to an OECD average of just 3%," noted the analysis. The states of Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh, showpieces for education and development, were selected by the central government to participate in PISA, but their test results were damning. 15-yr-old Indians 200 points behind global topper Tamil Nadu and Himachal, showpieces of India's education and development, fared miserably at the Programme for International Student Asssment, conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Secretariat. (Cyber news)

“Let us see who knows these animals,” Sapna teacher opens the colourful touch and feel picture book much to the excitement of the children. They start identifying the animals. Slowly, Ms. Sapna changes her questions to ask, which of the animal has the longest neck to which Jiya springs up to point to the giraffe. The ‘Ready to school' class generally progresses with children brushing up alphabet, matching different shapes and colours and joining puzzles. Well, all these are some of questions activity and resource centres and play schools are teaching as the kindergarten admission season in schools starts. Many parents enrol their children at least a month or two before the admission season to enhance such ‘interview' skills. While some of these are students who have been to a play school, many others seek such professional help if they do not speak English at home. Working professional S. Lavanya's daughter, Shreeja, has quite a busy schedule. Until noon, Shreeja is occupied in a kindergarten, which she is going for at least a year now. In the evenings, since the last three months she spends an hour at an activity centre. “I did not see much progress in my child from the kindergarten school with 15-20 children in the class. As the interview season was getting closer I wanted her skills to be brushed up with some personal attention given to her,” says Ms. Lavanya, who has enquired with friends what are the general questions asked in the two schools she has zeroed on.

Parents say in one school A to Z are kept on a table and the candidate is asked to pick up one letter in the alphabet. One of the toughest questions is when schools ask the candidates to fix up puzzles. Sometimes the panel tests something you least expect. A chocolate was given to a child to see what she would do after opening the wrapper. The child asked for the dust bin and the interviewers were impressed.Play schools say parents who come on transfer to the city and working professionals generally look for such coaching. The fee for a month ranges from Rs.2,000 onwards. Such classes, however, have not seen many takers this year. (The Hindu)

Apps for Aakash tablet can win you R 1 lakh! New Delhi: As per a release by Datawind, the makers of "World's cheapest tablet PC" Aakash , a contest to develop apps for its product has begun. Datawind has invited students from all over the country to design innovative softwares and applications (apps) that can make the best use of Aakash's potentials and productivity. The company said that the

best five applications will get an award of Rs 1 lakh and a share of the advertising revenue that is generated from their apps. The company is also in talks to provide internet access at an affordable rate of Rs 99 per month. The last date of submission of entries is 20th February, while the

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final app need to be submitted by 29th February. Details about the contest can be found on aapkiapp.com. (Cyber News) clean your face with a good cleanser. You may choose the cleanser according to your skin type. If you have oily skin, try cleansers which will absorb excess oil from your face. Rinse your face with ice cold water. Ice cold water helps in closing the open pores and at the same time will keep oil secretion at check. Choose foundation: Choose a foundation that is close in color to your complexion. There are now both oil based and aqua based foundations available in the market for you to choose from. You may test the color along with your jaw line to determine the right shade. If you are going for a party during day time, you can also settle for tinted moisturizer. Apply foundation: Before applying foundation apply premier or moisturizer on your face. This will help you to even out the foundation easily. According to professional make-up artists not applying premier is a make-up crime.


15-01-2012 to 22-01-2012

Open for an alliance with Imran Khan's party: Musharraf New Delhi: Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has said he is "reasonably sure" that the military would not resort to a coup in his country but would support the Army if it takes over. He also says he is open for an alliance with cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, but will not serve under him if elected to power. "I don't think Army intends to take over. The environment is not at all conducive for the Army to take over. I think the Army understands that," he told Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate programme on CNN-IBN. Asked if he would back a coup, Musharraf said, "I am reason-

ably sure that army coup will not take place but my support always remains with the Army. I've been an armyman and I can never imagine to be against the Army...I am with the Army, I will stand by the Army." On the possibility of an alliance with Imran Khan's party Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf, he said, "If they want an alliance, certainly I would like to have an alliance. "We have to come with a third political option because the two political options presently and in the past have been tried and failed...there is a need of coalition of forces which can bring about that third political option which can deliver to Pakistan," Musharraf, who intends to return to Pakistan from self-exile later this month, said. He said he was aware of people in Khan's party who keep saying that they will not get into an alliance with him. "But they don't have a vision, they don't understand what they are talking. They go into the field and lose and then (people) choose same party then Pakistan suffers," he said. (Agencies)

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Adlb

UAE to be global hub of green economy DUBAI - A long-term national initiative to build green economy in the UAE under the slogan “A green economy for sustainable development” was launched on Sunday by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Through this initiative, the UAE aims to become one of the world leaders in this area as well as a centre for the export and re-export of green products and technologies, and to maintain a sustainable environment to support long-term economic growth. The initiative includes a range of programmes and policies in the areas of energy, agriculture, investment and sustainable transport in addition to new environmental and constructional policies that aim to raise the quality of life in the country. While announcing the initiative, Shaikh Mohammed asserted that the UAE, under the leadership of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, seeks to become a global hub and a successful model of the new green economy, so as to enhance the country’s competitiveness and sustainability of its development and preserve its environment for future generations. (Gulf News)

Girl who fell 6 floors got up promptly and didn't cry Those who rushed to her aid still can't believe she survived plunge Dubai: A seven year-old Egyptian girl has miraculously survived after falling from a window on the top floor of a six-storey residential building in Sharjah's Nabbah area late night on Thursday. The girl, identified as Dunia, suffered fractures on both her hands and is now recuperating at Al Qasimi Hospital. "Alhamdolillah, [thank God] she is alright. It's a miracle. I can't thank God enough for saving her life," said her father. The incident took place around 9.45 pm at the Yusuf Al Maskari building behind Al Mubarak Centre. "My heart was in my mouth. I was dreading the worst but before I could help her she got up on her own. She was shivering and writhing her hands but looked completely unscathed. She was not even crying. I have never seen anything more incredible," he said. The building watchman Mohammad Nurul Anwar, 30, said he heard a commotion and rushed out. "A huge crowd had gathered around the girl. She looked dazed and kept staring at her hands. Soon an ambulance came and she was taken away to the hospital." Anwar said the girl had been warned against leaning out of the window in the past. "I had reprimanded her several times but she would never listen. I had warned her parents too," said Anwar, pointing to a spot in the sandy parking area where the girl fell. He said the child's parents were not at home at the time of the incident. "She was alone in the one bedroom apartment with her two younger sisters," he said.

A man, injured by a bomb attack on a Shi’ite Muslim procession, is transported to a hospital in Khanpur town, located in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The homemade bomb exploded on Sunday near the Shi’ite Muslim procession in the central Pakistani town of Khanpur, killing 18 people and wounding 30, police officials said.

Violence against women rises Islamabad- Violence against women in Pakistan -- from domestic incidents to sexual assaults -- was on the rise in 2011, with 8,000 cases reported to the authorities. According to incidents registered at police stations, courts and complaint cells, there was a 13 percent increase since 2008, News reported Sunday.

"This number is still unrepresentative of the issue on the ground, as our social norms prevent a majority of the cases from being reported," said Omer Aftab, national coordinator of the White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan.

So you think you are tough?: A total of 20 women, mostly college graduates, participated in the training session, which was the first open group training for female bodyguards in China. All trainees will have to undergo 8-10 months of training to develop sufficient skills to serve their clients. The company will offer the best trainee a chance to attend further study at the International Security Academy in Israel.

The campaign is one the biggest efforts to end violence against women. It relies on volunteer support and financial contributions from individuals as well as organisations. Bani Amin, inspector general of police (IGP) Islamabad, said cases filed at women's police stations remained in double digits for all months of the year. There were many cases last year in which women could not get justice because police were slow to take action, the daily said. (Agencies)

Youngest MS Professional From Pak Dead Lahore : Arfa Karim Randhawa, the world's youngest Microsoft certified professional has died in a hospital here at the age of 16, her family said. Randhawa was admitted to a military hospital in Lahore two weeks ago after she suffered epileptic seizures that caused brain damage on Dec 22. Doctors pronounced her dead late last night. "Arfa was hospitalised in a critical condition with meagre chances of survival because of a severe attack of idiopathic epilepsy fits. There were almost no signs of life as neither her heart was functioning nor blood was circulating to the brain," senior neurosurgeon Zafar Iqbal said. Her father, Col (retired) Amjad Karim said "It is hard to bear the loss but I request the people of Pakistan to help fulfil her dreams in the education sector." Microsoft owner Bill Gates, who invited Randhawa to visit his company's headquarters in the US in 2004, had offered to bear the expenses of her treatment in America but the teenager could not be taken abroad due to her fragile health. Randhawa was only nine when she became the youngest Microsoft professional after completing her MCP in 2004. (Cyber News)

Marines urinating on dead Taliban identified Washington: Two of the soldiers appearing in a shocking video showing marines urinating on corpses of the Taliban militants have been identified, even as top US officials strongly deplored the incident. "Two of the culprits and their unit involved in the shameful act have been identified," CNN reported quoting a Pentagon spokesman. "We cannot release the names of the unit as well as the culprits at this time as the matter is being investigated," a Marine spokesman he unit was deployed to Afghanistan mainly in Helmand

province in early 2011 and had returned home in September or October, the TV channel said. The US cable network quoted a Marine officer saying that the military was "confident that troops involved in the inflammatory video were from the third Battalion of the second Marine regiment based at Camp Leteune, North Carolina."


15-01-2012 to 22-01-2012

Australia humiliate India; clinch series Perth: Test match cricket is a five-day affair, nobody told that to MS Dhoni & Co, though, as India folded in half that time to succumb to their seventh straight away Test loss, four of which have been innings defeats. The loss also saw the Australians regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy, leading the series 3-0 with one Test left. ndia's chances of stretching the match into the fourth day were slim, not as slim as a misfiring batting line-up that failed to cross 300 yet again, a barrier that is proving as

difficult for the much-vaunted batting line-up as a four-minute mile was for distance runners pre-Roger Bannister.

Testing time for Sania Mirza after injury

Ben Hilfenhaus cleaned up the India tail with three wickets in five balls, Australia v India.

MSD gets one-Test ban for slow over rate India captain MS Dhoni paid the price for going into the third Test in Perth with four pacers as he got a one-match ICC ban for his side's slow over rate.

No let up for India in Adelaide After demolishing India in Perth, Michael Clarke made it clear that there will be no let up in pressure and his team would go all-out to win in Adelaide.

MELBOURNE: Coming back from a knee injury, Sania Mirza face a stern test to improve her Grand Slam record when she opens her Australian Open campaign against Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova on Monday. The injuries crippled the laterhalf of Sania's 2011 season and she is short of match practice since the US Open. Only twice has world No 105 Sania managed to reach the second round of a Major in the last two seasons. Doing well is very crucial for Sania since she needs to improve her ranking to be

eligible for a direct entry into the London Olympics. W i n n i n g matches in Grand Slam helps ranking improve considerably but the road is tough for the Indian. Pironkova, who is currently world No 48, is a talented youngster who reached Wimbledon semifinals in 2010 and quarter-finals last year although she struggled at other Grand Slams in the same period. Sania has played one event in lead up to Australian Open and lost in the qualifiers.

crease. One couldn't blame him after he saw three tailenders fall in the space of five balls. Off the second ball of the next over, by Peter Siddle, it was all over. Kohli edged one to the wicketkeeper. Tailenders or frontline batsmen, both were clueless. To be fair to Kohli, he was the only batsman to put up any semblance of a fight. His 136-ball 75 was a stern reminder to his critics that the Delhi batsman is the future.

Kareena gets naughty & flirty Here is the latest poster of one of the most awaited flicks, Ek Mein Aur Ek Tu. The pic has Kareena Kapoor pinching Imran khan’s butt. The film, its songs and all the poster has so much of freshness in them. The first promo of the flick immediately caught the attention of many youngsters, instantly. Kareena and Imran too make a sweet looking couple, on screen. All the posters of the film tap their notoriety, and this one too is no different.

Three Khans in a row, What more could Katrina ask for? Katrina Kaif is all set to romance her ex’s rival, Shahrukh khan. The actress recently shot for Salman’s Ek Tha Tiger and now, she has moved on to the King Khan. Shahrukh’s movie will be directed by Yash Chopra, who will be directing films after eight long years. Yash Chopra’s son, Uday Chopra tweeted, “Launching my dad’s film today with a little pooja at YRF… shoot starts tomorrow with @ iamsrk

and Katrina Kaif.. Dad directing after Veer- Zaara.” The film goes on floors today, i.e. Monday. The yet to be titled flick will be shot in London, Thailand and India and is said to be a pure epic love story. Music of the film by A R Rahman and lyrics by Gulzar. Anushka Sharma also plays a pivotal role in the film. Whats more interesting is that Katrina will then move on to Aamir khan, to shoot Dhoom 3, post shooting with SRK.

Shahrukh Khan meets Beti B… In the past few months, Bollywood star, Shahrukh Khan was so busy that he was not able to make time to even get a glimpse of Ash-Abhi’s little bundle of joy, Beti B. Better late than never, SRK finally found time to visit the Bachchan parivaar. Confirming the news, Big B wrote on his blog, “Shah Rukh drops by to meet the ‘little one’, a few others too from the fraternity visit the still in wonder bundle… and we spend all our time in trying to spend as much time as possible with her!! Simple pleasures of life..!!” Amitabh Bachchan wrote. Khan’s relationship with the Bachchans, hasn’t been all that good. However, both the families maintained a cordial relationship, whenever they crossed each others path. Shahrukh Khan is soon going to start shooting with Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma for their upcoming, untitled flick, also making the return of Yash Chopra.

On this occasion, they failed to even pass 200 — for the fourth time in six innings in this series — getting dismissed for 171 to lose by an innings and 37 runs. Close to the end, there was a poignant sight indicative of India's batting woes. Off the last ball of Ben Hilfenhaus' 18th over that yielded three wickets, Umesh Yadav defended one ball that went past the bowler. With four slips, a gully, a leg-slip, a short leg, and neither a mid-off nor midon, there was a run to be had, maybe even two. Virat Kohli just turned his back and stood in the

Pr eeti Jhangiani is Preeti bac k in action back Preeti Jhangiani, who turned producer with "Sahi Dhande Galat Bande", in which she was seen as a news reporter, is ready for her full-fledged acting comeback with "Yeh Hai Mumbai". Preeti, 31, who made her Bollywood debut with "Mohabbatein", is looking forward to the acting assignment. "Preeti is very excited about this film, as it is an heroine oriented film and she has a very interesting role in the film," said a source close to the actress who is married to Parvin Dabas and took a break after the birth of her son.

Ranbir flies to NY for Nargis Fakhiri! If you think Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhiri parted ways ever since ‘Rockstar’ released; think otherwise. The actor recently flew to New York to dine with Nargis who has been residing there for a while. Apparently, Ranbir was chilling out at London when Nargis ordered him to come to NY. No sooner did he hear her voice, than Ranbir rushed to her. RanbirNargis had categorically denied anything brewing between them during the filming of ‘Rockstar’ when onlookers had confirmed their relationship owing to their close proximity on the sets. In fact, the sources had also added then, that Ranbir was fond of Nargis something which is quite evident now that Ranbir was on his toes to meet Nargis and eventually went on a romantic date with her.

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