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Blasphemous remarks about Prophet PBUH, Drama Anger Muslims Bangladesh has arrested two school teachers over a drama that contained blasphemous remarks about Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him). “The drama contained blasphemous remarks about the Prophet, which angered Muslim villagers,” police chief told.

A drama about the prophet was played by the school’s Muslim headmaster and a female Hindu last week. But the play sent thousands of angry Bangladeshis into the streets in Kaliganj, 250 kilometers southwest of the capital Dhaka. Protestors barricaded a key road and held noisy protests in front of the school and in other towns in the district on Friday. Violence also erupted on Saturday as up to 7,000 Muslims shouted slogans and set ablaze the house of the drama’s director, who fled the remote area, another senior police official Zaiadul Haq told AFP. “The situation is still volatile,” he said. The two teachers were arrested on Saturday in a bid to soothe the angry protestors. Police official Farid Uddin said the teachers had been accused of “hurting religious sentiment” for helping organize the drama at their school.

Bangladesh is the world's third-largest Muslim majority nation with a population of some 148 million. The country has a secular legal system but village councils issue fatwas to resolve disputes in rural areas. Bangladesh follows Shari`ah in resolving issues related to inheritance and marriage. The country’s secular government has dealt harshly with any event or publications seen as potentially upsetting religious feelings. Earlier in March, a court ordered the Bangladeshi government to immediately block pages of websites with content deemed to hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims. The high court issued the order after two university teachers filed a petition seeking action against the publication of offensive material on a few Facebook pages and another website, which they said was disparaging of the Prophet and Islam. Insulting the Prophet is considered blasphemous in Islam. (Cyber News)

Native Imams Draw US Muslims to Mosques Immersed in American culture, US-born Muslims are increasingly taking leadership roles in mosques, presenting a new generation of imams entitled to guiding youths through the post-9/11 era. “These are the people who know the culture, who know how to eat hamburgers and know baseball,” Sudanese-born Mustafa Kuko, the imam of the Islamic Center of Riverside, told Standard Examiner earlier this week with a laugh.

Brothel Houses raided in Hyderabad Hyderabad, : The team of Commissioner Task force central zone, raided brothels being run at Panjagutta and Bowenpally areas and arrested pimps and five customers. V Kumaraswamy, Pratap and Renuka Devi had hired residential flats in posh areas where they were running the brothel by bringing the sex workers from Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata apart from few districts of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad: In the first case the Banjara Hills police raided guest house at film Nagar and arrested bookies Rawtani Vijay, alias Vicky, K, Jagadeshwar A. Praveen Reddy and L.Vishal. Elsewhere, the Shahinayathgunj police raided a house at Doodbowli and arrested A.Vijay a cricket bookie, and seized laptop, cell phones cell phones and 14000 cast from him.The city police on Sunday cracked two cricket betting rackets operating in the west Zone limits and seized incriminating material from there possession.They used to charge between 20 to 50 thousand from each customer. After the raid, the Task force released three women (sex workers) from the clutches of pimps and seized Rs. 3500 cash, three mobile phones and other articles from their possession.

Andhra Pradesh most unsafe state in South India

Becoming the imam of Riverside Islamic Center in California in 1998, only about 2 percent of those attending the mosque were born in the US, Kuko, 63, said. Currently, about 15 percent are, and the number continues to rise.However, he sees that young, US-born imams would be better for Muslims than a foreignborn man like himself. Imam Mohamed Mabrouk, a 21-yearold leader of the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley in California, was a good example of this new generation of young, US-born imams. (Cyber News)

Communal clashes in Sangareddy

Andhra Pradesh has tagged as the most unsafe place among the four South Indian states, topping a list prepared by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in number of cases of crimes against women. According to data collected by NCRB, Andhra Pradesh accounted for 1,257, 1,189 and 1,362 rape cases since last three years. Report said that Andhra Pradesh has more than double the number of cases registered when compared to the other three states- Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Moreover, Andhra Pradesh reported the highest incident of sexual harassment with 4,562 cases followed by Karnataka

with 83 and Tamil Nadu with 537 cases.Reports further claimed that Karnataka is the safest place for women, as the least number of cases in both categories of rape and sexual harassment has been reported from the state. (Agencies)

A two-day curfew wa clamped in Sangareddy on Friday after police resorted to lathi-charge to quell clashes between two communities. Tension erupted late Thursday night and led to clashes and arson. More than 20 shops and some vehicles belonging to both the communities

were set on fire, while a rice shop was looted at Nalsabgadda in the old town. Preliminary loss was estimated to be around Rs.1.5 crore. Superimposition of an image on a place of worship on Facebook was said to be the reason for the clashes. An angry mob emerged on the streets and set fire to

shops belonging to the other community which led to retaliation. The situation came under control only after police resorted to lathi-charge. Some policemen were injured in stone pelting. Locals tried to prevent Collector S. Suresh Kumar from visiting the troubled spot by pelting stones on the convoy. Additional forces were de-

ployed to prevent further escalation of incidents. Law and Order IG Rajeev Ratan, Nizamabad Range DIG N. Sanjay and Superintendent of Police P.J. Victor rushed to the place. Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarasimha, Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy and Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy visited the town. (Agencies)

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Licensed to kill That tobacco products are singularly responsible for a large number of cancer deaths in adults has once again become strikingly clear. According to a paper published recently in The Lancet, in India, tobacco-related cancers were found in 2010 to be responsible for some 1,20,000 deaths — 84,000 in men, and 36,000 in women — among adults aged 30 to 69. That tobaccorelated cancers constitute about 30 per cent of the total mortality (3,95,000) from all cancers in the same age group is proof of the lethal effects of tobacco products. Oral cancer was found to cause more than twice as many deaths as lung cancers. The reasons are not difficult to find. According to the 2009-2010 global adult tobacco survey, 170 million Indians chewed tobacco, and 120 million smoked. While a majority of rural women chewed tobacco, many men in ur-

ban and rural areas chose to chew and smoke. Tobacco that remains in close contact with the sensitive mucous membrane of the oral cavity for extended periods is a potent and lethal carcinogen. What makes tobacco use all the more dangerous is that besides causing organ-specific cancers, it increases the risk of death from other medical causes. In urban areas, smoking-related deaths are more from heart attacks, while tuberculosis and respiratory diseases are the main causes in the rural areas. With smoking accounting for five per cent deaths among women and 20 per cent among men, a 2008 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated about one million deaths in 2010 in the 30 to 69 age group. Evidence from elsewhere paints an equally compelling picture. We know from a study that the mortality rate from lung cancer in 2009 in the American State of Utah was nearly 75 per cent lower than Kentucky. The reason: the prevalence of smoking in Utah was 10 per cent compared with 25 per cent in Kentucky. The single-minded pursuit of governments around the world should, therefore, be to reduce tobacco consumption through all means. The most effective

way is to ramp up taxes. France has shown the way by tripling taxes between 1990 and 2005 and halving consumption. Using powerful pictorial warnings, as in many other countries, rather than the currently used ineffectual ones, and rotating them every year instead of once in two years, is yet another means. Maximum gain can be achieved by resorting to both these measures simultaneously. The government showed great eagerness to introduce into the national immunisation programme the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, the most common cancer among women in 2010. Sadly, it seems to lack the gumption to clamp down on killer tobacco products. Will the latest research results stir it into action?

'Nikah without conversion of a girl illegal' Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has disapproved a proposed love marriage between a Muslim boy and a non-Muslim girl as per Hindu tradition, saying Islam does not allow such a union without conversion. Such nikah before conversion would be considered illegal under the Shariat law, Deoband said in response to the query of a Muslim man whose brother fell in love with a non-Muslim girl and was going to marry her as per Hindu tradition. The girl and her family members were ready for the union on the condition that the marriage should be performed as per Hindu tradition. Noting that Islam prohibits such marriages, Deoband ruled that a nonMuslim marriage would be illegal under the Shariat law. If girl converts to Islam on her own without any pressure, nikah would be justified, it said. The fatwa was issued in the wake of a query from a Muslim man when his brother fell in love with a non-Muslim girl. -Agencies

Members of South Korean girl group Wonder Girls pose at Nickelodeon’s 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California.

Investment in India

Mohammed Yousuf The associations — Business Roundtable, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Capital Markets Tax Committee of Asia, Confederation of British Industry, Japan Foreign Trade Council Inc, National Foreign Trade Council Inc and the United States Council for International Business — together represent more than 250,000 companies as members including top global corporations. “Some of our member companies had already begun re-evaluating their investments in India due to increasing levels of controversy and uncertainty regard-

Multi-national corporations are learnt to be re-evaluating their investments in India following the budget announcement that empowers taxmen to scrutinise even 50-year-old corporate deals, leading international trade bodies have said in a strongly worded letter to the UPA government. Seven leading industry associations from the US, UK, Japan, Hong Kong and Canada cautioned in the letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that “India will lose significant ground as a destination for international investment if it fails to align itself with policy and practice around the world and restore confidence in the relevance of the judiciary.” ing taxation in recent years,” said the letter written on Friday, which has also been sent to finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma and law minister Salman Khurshid. Finance Bill 2012, once voted into law by Parliament, will empower authorities to tax companies for acquiring assets in India even if the deal is concluded overseas, retrospectively from April 1, 1962. “The sudden and unprecedented move in the bill has undermined confidence in the policies of the government of India toward for-

eign investment and taxation and has called into question the very rule of law, due process, and fair treatment in India,” the letter said. The letter came days ahead of the visit of George Osborne, UK’s chancellor of exchequer, who will be in India on Monday. Osborne, who will be accompanied by a high-powered business delegation, will likely raise the matter with finance minister Pranab Mukherjee. The government’s decision to introduce a retrospective provi-

sion in the Income Tax Act is a direct fallout of the recent Supreme Court judgment which ruled that British telecom giant Vodafone wasn’t liable to pay $2 billion (Rs 11,200 crore) in taxes for a transaction that it inked in 2007 to acquire majority stake in mobile phone operator Hutchison Essar. The government has maintained that there is no question of reopening old cases. In exceptional cases, where any case has escaped attention of the tax administration, transactions that were made within the past six years may be reopened.


The public needs both gavel and pen The Supreme Court's proposal to impose guidelines on how to report cases will be harmful to press freedom and democracy, the bedrock of which is an informed public. The Judiciary is the third branch of government. As with the Executive and Legislature, the public has a right to see and know and understand the functioning of this branch. That is why India, like every other democracy, has embraced the concept of open court proceedings and trials, except in those situations where, for security or other compelling reasons, in camera hearings are required. In the Mirajkar case (Naresh Shridhar Mirajkar And Ors vs State Of Maharashtra And Anr on 3 March, 1966) a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court under its legendary Chief Justice, P.B. Gajendragadkar, held that “save in exceptional cases, the proceedings of a Court of justice should be open to the public”. “A Court of justice is a public forum”, the 1966 judgment declares. “It is through publicity that the citizens are convinced that the Court renders evenhanded justice, and it is, therefore, necessary that the trial should be open to the public and there should be no restraint on the publication of the report of the Court proceedings. The publicity generates public confidence in the administration of justice. In rare and exceptional cases only, the Court may hold the trial behind closed doors, or may forbid the publication of the report of its proceedings during the pendency of the litigation.” (emphasis added) Once the objective of a public trial in open court is accepted, it is obvious that this openness cannot be restricted to those members of the public who have the facility and inclination to be present in a given court at a given time; rather, the reference is to the wider public, to the citizenry as a whole. The only way court proceedings, and the wider functioning of the judicial system, can be subject to public scrutiny is if the media — who are the people's eyes and ears — have the freedom to both be present in open court and to give an account of what transpires in open court. It is thanks to contemporary newspaper reports of the day-today hearings in landmark cases like Kesavanada Bharati (1973) (certainly in The Hindu, and perhaps elsewhere too) that the public then — and legal scholars now — have an accurate picture of all the intricacies involved, including the oral arguments made and questions raised by the Bench. Many more such examples can be cited. To be sure, covering the courts requires skill, competence and some domain knowledge of the law, in much the same way that coverage of foreign policy, defence, business and finance, and even politics requires reporters knowledgeable about those subjects. The Supreme Court has seen fit to specify that accredited correspondents must possess a law degree; it has also quantified the amount of reporting experience, at different levels of the judiciary, that these correspondents must have. No other branch of government or public or private institution — not the armed forces or Defence Ministry, not the Ministry of External Affairs, the Police, the Ministry of Agriculture or Health — has insisted on a degree or professional qualification as a condition for accreditation. Nor to my knowledge is a law degree a requirement to get accreditation as a correspondent to the Supreme Courts of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, etc. I raise this point here not to challenge the Supreme Court of India's system of media accreditation, but merely to note that having raised the bar for entry, imposing further restrictions in the form of guidelines on these correspondents — all of whom have been allowed in precisely because of their knowledge of, and sensitivity towards, the functioning of the Court — seems especially superfluous.

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Modernisation of courts in AP on the anvil: Lokur

Jagan dares CBI to probe Naidu, Kiran land deals

Hyderabad :Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court Madan B Lokur has said that a comprehensive plan of modernisation of courts is being considered keeping in view needs of the future. He was speaking after inaugurating a judicial center at the newly-constructed court building here yesterday. "Most of the courts are in a dilapidated condition presently and do not meet the requirements due to lack of infrastructure facilities," he said. "Considering all the points and keeping in future of these court, we have planned to moderise the court building in the dilapidated buildings in the state," he added. For this purpose, a high court committee has been appointed, the committee has commenced its work, he said adding that to curtail the pending case a alternative dispute redressal system will be introduced. As part of this we have mega lok adalat in February and March and 60 cases has been solved. The Centre is providing infrastructure facilities to set up judicial service centers, Lokur added.

"Awaiting parties' views on Telangana'" The Union government will convene a meeting of the eight political parties of Andhra Pradesh to discuss the Telangana issue once it receives their views, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said on Saturday. Making a fervent appeal to youngsters to refrain from taking their own lives for the cause, Mr. Chidambaram said: “I do not think it advances any cause. Besides, I don't know the fact of each case. Assuming that each case is related to Telangana, it is deeply regrettable, that young people should be persuaded to take their own lives. Taking one's life does not advance any case. In fact, one should live and fight for the cause.” At his monthly press conference, he said the Congress, the Telugu Desam Party, the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and the YSR Congress were yet to make up their mind on their stand on Telangana. “There is a demand for a decision. From my side and from the government of India side, we are requesting the four parties, which have not yet expressed their opinions, to quickly make up their mind and tell us their views. I hope they will [do so] soon.” Mr. Chidambaram said the Centre was ready to call a meeting of the eight parties, once it got the signal from the four parties that they were sending in their views. Asked why he did not remind the four parties of the need to give their views, he said he was in touch with them. “I may not have issued a reminder in writing, but I am in touch with the four parties.”

YSR Congress chief defends land allotments made to companies during YSR's tenure as Chief Minister Embattled Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Sunday hit out at the Central Bureau of Investigation daring it to inquire into alleged irregularities in land allotments during the regimes of the Telugu Desam Party and the present Congress government headed by N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. In his first public reaction a day after the CBI filed a chargesheet in the court in the illegal assets case, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy, who is in Guntur as part of his ‘Odarpu yatra,' defended the land allotments during the rule of his father, the former Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. He said land was allotted to Aurobindo and Hetero Pharmaceutical companies at Jadcherla in Mahabubnagar district with a view to generating employment in the backward districts. “When States like Tamil Nadu, Gujarat give land to industries as part of industrial development free of cost, no one questions the integrity of the Chief Ministers there. When my father allotted land to two pharmaceutical companies at Rs. 7 lakh per acre, it is being considered as a crime,” he said. Referring to the TDP rule, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy said, “Mr. Chandrababu Naidu gave away prime land to IMG, Emaar in Hyderabad for peanuts. Why hasn't the CBI probed these nefarious deals?”

The YSR Congress Party chief hit out at the Chief Minister alleging that he had allotted land to a cement factory at a rate of just Rs.1 lakh per acre. “I am being framed after I bought the land for Bharati Cements by paying Rs.1 lakh per acre,” the YSR Congress president quipped. Meanwhile, unfazed by developments, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy is all set to launch poll campaign in Narsapur and Polavaram constituencies in West Godavari and Ramchandrapuram in East Godavari districts from Monday. These segments will witness by-election in the next few months and he is expected to spend at least a week in the three constituencies. YSR Congress leaders now plan to fo-

cus on the contents of the charge-sheet and take their fight to the courts. “The party leadership is prepared for a long haul as the CBI had hinted that it will file additional charge-sheets from time to time. This clearly indicates that they plan to continue to push our leader to a corner,” a senior YSR Congress Party leader said. Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy was mentally prepared for any eventuality including his arrest. Party leaders said Y.S. Vijayamma would take over the mass contact programme if Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy was arrested. (Agencies)

Maoists master skill of making weapons List includes hand grenades, rocket launchers, rifles, booby traps Technical wizards among Maoist rebels have apparently mastered the art of reverse engineering. Working in nondescript workshops in industrial areas of various cities, Maoist techies made grenades, rifles, booby traps, rockets, rocket launchers, pressure activated mines and even Carbine sub-machine guns using volumes of technical diagrams These weapons were made using the commonly available mechanical equipment such as lathe machines. They provided a tactical advantage to Maoists in successfully preventing the advance of security forces into their areas such as Bastar or Saranda forests in Jharkhand. It is believed that such units have been set up in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The recent arrest of a top Maoist leader, Sadanala Ramakrishna alias Dokra, has thrown more light on the vast network of these units. Dokra, who holds a mechanical engineering degree from the Regional Engineering College (renamed as National Institute of Technology) in Warangal, was the chief of the Technical Research and Arms Manufacturing (TRAM) units. He is stated to be an exceptionally intelligent engineer (The Hindu)


by Dr Syed Zair Hussain Rizvi Two things are full of benefits for the human being, lukewarm water and pomegranate. Pomegranate is a seasonal fruit in Pakistan so I tried an experiment with dried pomegranate seeds(DRY ANARDANA), prepared a decoction boiling the fistful of dried seeds in half litre of water for 10 minutes, squeezed the seeds, strained the decoction and advised those patients suffering from painful angina to use a glass of lukewarm decoction on an empty stomach in the morning, amazing result was observed, the decoction of dried pomegranate seeds worked like a magic, the feelings of tightness and heaviness of chest and the pain had gone, It encouraged me to try more experiments on all types of cardiac patients so I tried other experiments on patients who were suffering from painful angina, coronary arterial blockage, cardiac ischemia (insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle) etc, waiting for a bypass surgery, the same lukewarm decoction was used empty stomach in the morning, the patients experienced quick relief in all symptoms including painful condition In another case of coronary arterial blockage the patient started us-

ing half glass of fresh pomegranate juice everyday for one year, although all symptoms were completely relieved within a week but he continued taking it for a whole year, it completely reversed the plaque build-up and unblocked his arteries to normal, the angiography report confirmed the evidence, thus decoction of dried pomegranate seeds, fresh pomegranate juice or eating a whole pomegranate on empty stomach in the morning proved to be a miracle cure for cardiac patients, But the lukewarm dried seeds decoction proved to be more effective compared to eating a whole pomegranate or fresh pomegranate juice, use of pomegranate in any way has demonstrated even more dramatic effects as blood thinner, pain killing properties for cardiac patients, lowers LDL (lowdensity lipoprotein or bad cholesterol) and raises the HDL (high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol) , there are

more than 50 different types of heart diseases the most common being coronary artery disease (CAD), which is the number one killer of both women and men in some countries, and there has been no medicinal cure for this disease, many cardiac patients have reversed their heart diseases on my advice using one glass of lukewarm decoction of pomegranate dried seeds, half glass of fresh pomegranate juice or eating a whole pomegranate on empty stomach in the morning, it was the very first real breakthrough in the history of cardiology to successfully treat the cardiac diseases by a fruit, The more super foods to obtain the even faster results for cardiac patients which are most promising curative and protective agents like fresh raisins, quince, guava, prunes (dried

plums), natural vinegar, mixture of grape fruit juice and honey in the morning (empty stomach), basil leaves, chicory leaves, powder of oregano leaves and rock salt in equal quantity (in case the patient is not hypertensive) and sesame oil as cooking oil for car-

diac patients. It is regretted to say that treating the heart patients and bypass surgery has become far more profitable business around the world which has failed to help avert life threatening heart attacks and life time cardiac complications resulting in almost paralyzed life. A regular use of pomegranate in any way ensures a healthy cardiac life, thinning your blood, dissolving the blood clots and obstruction inside the coronary arteries, maintains an optimal blood flow, supports a healthy blood pressure, prevents and reverses atherosclerosis. (Thickening of the internal lining of the blood vessels) from whatever I experienced and observed in last several years, I can say: “A pomegranate a day keeps the cardiologist away” you can try and see the wonder. Bharat News

01-04-2012 to 07-04-2012

Urdu Medium Govt Schools to Start in UP

Activists of various left-wing parties burn an effigy of the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister during a protest against electricity price hike in Hyderabad.

Physical Tests at cyberabad police commissionerate The Cyberabad Police will conduct physical measurement and efficiency test for candidates on April 3 at 8 am at CTC grounds, Cyberabad Commissionerate in Gachibowli, here. In a press release, Cyberabad police stated that the candidates, who want to apply for the posts SCT PCs (Men/ Women) Civil/AR/ SARCPL/ APSP) constables in Special Police Force (SPF) and Fire Services (Men), can take up the required physical measurement test and physical efficiency test. (NSS)

NREGS staff ends strike The ground level staff of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme on Sunday called off their three-day long strike following assurance by the State Government that their demands would be met soon. The workers' representatives had a meeting with NREGS Minister D Manikvara Prasada Rao at MLA Quarters on Sunday, wherein the minister assured that all their demands would be discussed and resolved by the Cabinet Sub-Committee which is scheduled to meet on April 3. He said most of the demands were related to the finance department and they would be resolved by holding negotiations with the Finance Department. It may be mentioned that the ground level staff was on strike for the last three days to press for 12 demands including payment of salaries and regilarisation of services. (INN)

Urdu medium government schools at primary, middle and higher secondary levels will be set up in Muslim dominated areas across Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced today. "At a meeting with Moallim-e-Urdu Welfare Association,the CM announced he will set up Urdu medium schools in Muslim dominated areas to promote the language," Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said. Akhilesh, who met the delegation at 5, Kalidas Marg, his official residence, said knowledge of Urdu language would help people get jobs and budgetry adjustments would be made for providing technical educa-

Passport Adalat Hyderabad : The Regional Passport Office, Hyderabad will hold a Passport Adaalat at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 4th April at the RPO, Secunderabad for those of the applicants who intend to go on Hajj pilgrimage and whose Police Clearance Reports were not received or certain matters are to be clarified from them. On the successful representation of the AP State Hajj Committee the RPO had prepared passports of such of the candidates whose Police Clearance Reports were received and passports were dispatched to them. Apart this more passports would be handed over to the applicants. (Bharat News)

tion in Madarsas. The CM said the state government would create pressure on the Centre for implementation of recommendation of Rangnath Mishra commission and Sachar committe report. He said recommendations which could be fulfilled by the state government would be implemented at the earliest. On the issue of reservation to Muslims, he said in the light of Sachar committee report considering them to be most backward in terms of socioeconomic and education point of view separate reservation would be given on the basis of populations like dalits. ---PTI

HMR selects Eptisa Servicious as Safety Consultant Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMR) has selected Spanish consultancy firm, Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria, as the Safety Consultant for the Metro Rail Project through international competitive bidding, here. Dwivedi reviewed the progress of designs The Safety Consultant was selected by the HMR Tender Committee for Major Works headed by HMR Mangaing Director N V S Reddy, a press release here today said. Eptisa Ingenieria will carry out safety audit of the designs, drawings, Design Basis Reports (DBRs) and other documents prepared by the Concessionaire L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd (L&TMRHL) and it's various consultants. The safety audit will be completed in three months. In a related development, Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary and HMR Chairman Mr Pankaj

and drawings and instructed L&TMRHL MD V B Gadgil and HMR MD N V S Reddy to expedite the design process and start pier (pillar) construction activity in NagoleMettuguda stretch (8 km) of Metro Rail Corridor-3 at an early date. UNI

CM sanctions 25.5 cr for Bhadrachalam Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today approved Rs 25.5 crore for developmental programmes of Bhadrachalam. Talking to newsmen at Bhadhrachalam, after participating in 'Sree Seetha Ramula Kalyanam,' he said Rs 15 crore would be spent on providing drinking water, Rs two crore for construction of Midhila Stadium and Rs 7.5 crore for development of roads.

01-04-2012 to 07-04-2012

CBI issues lookout notice against Ravi Rishi

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday issued a restraint order to prevent Ravi Rishi, a Londonbased NRI businessman and accused in a case of alleged irregularities in the purchase of Tatra trucks for the Army, from leaving the country. The agency has alerted all airports and exit points, official sources said. His company maintained that he was cooperating with the CBI in the probe. Mr. Rishi, owner of the Vectra group, has been questioned twice so far. He is likely to be summoned again. He has termed the allegations unfortunate, saying the trucks were sold through the public sector undertaking BEML. The lookout notice was issued after Army Chief Gen. V.K. Singh alleged, in an interview to The Hindu that Lt. Gen. (retired) Tejinder Singh had offered him a bribe for clearing a consignment of “sub-standard” trucks. Lt. Gen. Singh has denied the allegations and filed a defamation case against Gen. Singh and some other senior Army officers. CBI officials will seek more details from the Army Chief before deciding on whether to register a preliminary inquiry or a case in respect of the bribery charge. The sources said Gen. Singh was expected to give more material to the agency soon on the alleged bribe offer.

Sonia likely to shuffle her team

Chidambaram blames political parties for delay on 'T' decision

Congress President Sonia Gandhi is likely to shuffle her team in ongoing budget session break. It is learnt that several state unit chief's and a few AICC general secretaries are likely to be changed.

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday blamed four political parties for the delay in taking a decision on the Telangana issue.

call for a meeting of eight political parties once we get the signal that the four political parties out of the eight are ready with their opinion," he said. The Union Home Minister also expressed regret over the suicides for the cause of Telangana. "I do not know the facts of each case, but assuming that each case is related to Telangana, it's deeply regrettably that young people should be persuaded or should persuade themselves to take their lives," he said. "Taking ones life does not advances any cause. In fact one should live and fight for the cause," he advised the Telangana youth. --Agencies

Addressing a press conference here, Chidambaram said that four out of eight political parties were yet to give their opinion on the statehood issue. "There is a demand for a decision and from my side, from the Government of India side, we are requesting the four political parties which still have not expressed their opinion to quickly make up their mind and tell us their view," he said while hoping that the parties would give their views on the issue. Chidambaram admitted that he has been getting requests from many circles, including the Congress MPs, for an all party meeting. "We are ready to

Bangalore blinks for hour to save earth

There are also speculation that Sonia has planned to reshuffle the union cabinet soon after end of the budget session in May. Meanwhile, the organisational reshuffle is expected in the next few days. The Congress President had hinted a reshuffle in cabinet and states in-charge after the poll debacle in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Most of senior leaders from Congress blamed the state in-charge for poll debacle in UP and Punjab. Meanwhile, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have stressed the need for interaction between Congress governments and the organisation, but workers complain that ministers do not heed their requests and do little for the party's political interests. -----Agencies

Asif Ali Zardari to meet MS over lunch on April 8 New Delhi: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over lunch on April 8 before his private visit to Ajmer, says presidential spokesman. Zardari is likely to visit Ajmer to pay obeisance at the famous Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. A request for a "private visit" by the President has been forwarded to the Indian side though a final date for the trip is yet to be set, sources in the Pakistan government said. However, sources in Delhi said the visit is likely to take place on April 8.

Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh with his wife Gursharan Kaur greeting the Vice President, Mohd. Hamid Ansari on his 75th birth anniversary, in New Delhi . Wife of the Vice President, Salma Ansari is also seen

Former Union minister N K P Salve passes away

Bahuguna allots porf olios to minister s porfolios ministers Dehradun: Congress Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna today allocated portfolios to his ministers, keeping over two dozen important portfolios, including Information, Intelligence, Vigilance, Anti-corruption and higher education among others, with himself.

India's tech hub late Saturday partly plunged into darkness for an hour, as public and private organisations, companies, malls and shops joined thousands of greens to turn off lights for saving the earth from climate change. From 8.30 p.m. onwards, several localities across the city witnessed an hour-long blackout and frenzy, as hundreds of denizens took to streets to observe the 'Earth Hour' and spread awareness on the need to protect the planet's fragile ecology. "We are overwhelmed by the response, individually and collectively, to the call for observing the event with such intensity and concern. Awareness through media (print and electronic) enabled more people to participate this time voluntarily," a senior official of the state-run utility provider (Bescom) told IANS. Being a weekend, hundreds of citizens, including families who were outing for shopping or dining were in for surprise when well-lit up malls, shops and restaurants turned dark suddenly and candles flickered in genteel breeze.

Fire Brigade personnel dousing fire at a paper factory at Behala in South Kolkata.

Communists failed to tap people's discontent:Buddhadeb “Strong Left-democratic base must to bring non-Congress, non-BJP forces into our fold” “The problem for a national Left alternative has been that it has not been able to take advantage of the growing alienation of the people from both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, a result of which has been regional parties gaining in strength,” Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, former West Bengal Chief Minister and senior member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said here on Sunday. “If the Left alternative has to gain ground in the country it will need to win over the confidence of the people who have been behind the rise of regional parties…There is need for consolidating the Left-democratic foundation, addressing issues that concern the common people instead of looking at parties and their leaders,” Mr. Bhattacharjee told ‘24 Ghanta' in his first interview to a television channel since the defeat of the Left Front in the April-May 2011 Assembly polls in West Bengal. “It is only if we can strengthen the Left-democratic foundation can we bring to our fold the non-Congress and non-BJP forces,” he asserted.

Former central minister from Maharashtra and ex-cricket board president N K P Salve died early today at a private hospital in New Delhi due to age-related problems, the sources said. He was 80. A widower, Salve is survived by his son Harish and daughter Arundhati. Harish Salve is a lawyer and former solicitor general of India. A Congress veteran, Salve was born in Chhinwada in Madhya Pradesh.

CBI issues lookout notice against Ravi Rishi The CBI today issued a restraint order against Ravi Rishi, a London-based businessman and an accused in a case of alleged irregularities in purchase of Tatra trucks for the Army, to prevent him from moving out of the country. Mr Rishi owns the Vectra group and has a majority stake in the Tatra trucks. The CBI has registered a case in the alleged irregularities in supply of allterrain Tatra trucks through public sector BEML to the Army.

Advani lauds EC decision to scrap Jharkhand RS poll

Public listening Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad at public rally in Jammu .

Hailing the decision of the Election Commission to scrap the Rajya Sabha elections in Jharkhand, the former Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, has said this would make moneybags with no political support to think thousand times before jumping into the fray. In his latest blog entry, Mr. Advani noted that it was for the first time in the history of India that polls to the Rajya Sabha from a State had been halted midway even before the votes were fully counted. The senior BJP leader maintained that had the counting of votes been done, the matter would have gone outside the jurisdiction of the Election Commission, into the arena of the judiciary and the outcome could have been challenged only by an election petition.

College & University Teachers’ Association of Bengal (CUTAB) at a rally, demanding reinstatement of retrenched part time teachers among other issues, in Kolkata.

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Tips For Summer Make Up Taking care of yourself is a daily affair. It is part of that well-groomed look. In fact, beauty is not just a question of how you look, but how you feel and at no time is this more relevant than during the hot days of summer. Make-up and grooming both pose problems during summers. Due to excessive heat and perspiration, make-up never seems to last. Therefore it should be kept to a bare minimum, especially during the day. For facial skin After using lipstick, add a touch of lip-gloss, which actually gives a “cool” look. Or, you can use frosty lipsticks. You can even add a touch of your lip-gloss on the centre of the upper eyelids. These are some of the tricks to look cool. For colors in lipstick, choose from light pink and mauve, which are “icy” colors and look cool. It may be a good idea to stick to lip-gloss during the day. For the night, you should use brighter colors, as artificial light tends to drain color. You can go for plum, burgundy, coral, bronze. You can even wear a bright red at night. For your eyes Eye make-up during the day should also be light. In fact, you can leave out eyeliner and pencil and line your eyes with brown eye shadow. Then apply mascara. This helps to darken the eyes, without heavy eye make-up. For the night, eye make-up can be heavier, lining the lids with eyeliner or pencil. If you use eyeliner, smudge the line with a sponge applicator. This gives a smoky effect and is better than a harsh black line. At night, use a frosted highlight (white or very light color) on the brow bone and shine on the eyelids. Grooming As far as grooming is concerned, the golden rule for summer is simplicity. Loose, light clothing is much Ingredients  1 medium potato, cubed  1 cup cut fresh (or frozen) green beans  3/4 cup fresh (or frozen) green peas  2 small carrots, sliced  2 cups fresh spinach  1/4 small cauliflower, separated into florets  2 cups milk  1/4 cup whipping cream  2 tsp all-purpose flour  2 cups water

more appropriate and comfortable during summer. Cotton shields can be used under the arms to absorb sweat and protect clothing. Daily changes of clothing are a must. In fact, in summer two changes of clothing help to avoid body odour. For your clothes, simple lines a n d pastel, serene colors would b e suitable. Flowing styles look and feel cool. Another “cool” trick is to use two shades of the same color, like two progressive

shades of silver blue or powder pink. Stick to neutral shades and favor whites.

Materials, like cotton, organza, chiffon, lace and so on, look summery and feel comfortable. Avoid synthetic fabrics, as they do not allow perspiration to evaporate. Tight figure hugging dresses should also be avoided. Large prints or bold abstract ones detract from the cool look. Candy stripes and baby checks in soft pastel shades, trimmed with lace, looks attractive in hot weather. If you are in the mood for prints, go for the soft, subtle shades, which merge into one another. For your feet Pay special attention to your feet. After washing them well. Dry thoroughly and apply talcum powder. If you wear closed shoes, sprinkle some in the shoes too. In the hot season, slippers and open sandals are best, as they allow the perspiration to evaporate. However, open footwear attracts dirt and foot hygiene becomes all the more important. After a hot day, soak your feet in cold water, to which some salt has been added. During summer, keep to light fragrances, rather than heavy concentrated ones. A light cologne or toilet water may be enough. Floral or lemony fragrances are just right in summer. Cologne, after a shower, can be most refreshing.

S u m m e r Ve g e t a b l e S o u p green beans, peas, cauliflower and carrots to the water and heat until boiling in a 3-quart saucepan. 2. Reduce the heat. Cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes (until the vegetables are almost tender).  

2 tablespoons snipped dill weed or parsley 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper Preparation 1. Heat the water Add the potato,

Awarded students of Post Graduate Diploma are celebrate during 3rd annual convocation of Chandragupt Institute of Management in Patna.

3. Add the spinach; cook uncovered for about 1 minute. 4. Mix 1/4 cup of the milk and the flour; stir gradually into the vegetable mixture. Boil, stirring, for 1 minute. 5. Stir in the remaining milk, whipping cream, salt and pepper. Heat just until hot. Garnish each serving with dill weed.

Score 90 in Class XII for a ticket to Oxford

City schools have welcomed the news that CBSE and ICSE Class XII exam toppers will get direct entry into the prestigious Oxford University’s undergraduate courses. The UK varsity’s vice-chancellor, Prof. Andrew Hamilton, who is currently touring India, made an announcement to this effect in Kharagpur near Kolkata on Saturday. Students who score more than 90 per cent marks in Class XII exams will be eligible to seek admissions directly from the September 2013 session. More significantly, they will not have to sit for A-level, SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) or any other international exams to get admission into Oxford. They will, however, need to take the qualifying test conducted by Oxford University before final selection. Students from India usually need to appear for their A-level, SAT or the Inter-national Baccalaureate (IB) for admission in undergraduate courses at Oxford and other UK varsities. “This will be beneficial for Andhra Pradesh students since many of our students score more than 90 per cent marks

in CBSE and ICSE Class XII exams. However, we are waiting for the university’s clarification regarding the qualifying test,” said Ms Usha Reddy, principal of Meridian School. Ms Reddy is also the chairperson of Hyderabad Sahodaya Schools Complex, an association of CBSE schools in the city. According to Prof. Hamilton, the toppers will have to take tests in particular subjects and appear for an interview. However, there will be no quota in undergraduate courses for Indian students. Admissions will open from September 2013 and the course fee will be 15,000 pounds a year. --Courtesy:DC

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Brotherhood battling on many fronts Egypt's islamists are facing dwindling support as they fight for increased political power and consider putting forward a candidate for May's presidential election Dubai: The Muslim Brotherhood, which has achieved big political gains in Egypt in the past few months, is facing a new predicament. Its members are stuck between the euphoria of their overwhelming victory in recent elections — which has made them raise the ceiling of political demands — and the reality that they have only limited authority in parliament, which is costing them their support base. As a result they are fighting on several fronts, including with the ruling Military Council, raising tension in a country already beset with instability a year after the regime of Hosni Mubarak was toppled, political experts say. "I believe a state of illusion is controlling the Muslim Brotherhood, and is pushing them to speed up [their efforts] to achieve more gains and be in command in Egypt," said Jamal Abdul Jawad, political science professor at the American University of Cairo. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) holds a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal following a U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council forum at the GCC secretariat in Riyadh. Clinton geared up for talks in Saudi Arabia about plans for a Gulf missile shield against Iran and ways to press Tehran’s ally Syria to stop killing Syrians.

France Bans Four Muslim Scholars The French government on Thursday, March 29, banned four Muslim scholars from entering the country to attend a major Islamic conference next week. "These people's positions and statements calling for hatred and violence seriously damage republican principles and, in the current context, represent a serious threat to public order," Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and Interior Minister Claude Gueant said in a statement cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP). The statement said Saudi scholars Ayed Bin Abdallah al-Qarni and Abdallah Basfar were banned from entering France to attend the Bourget conference next week. Egyptian preacher Safwat alHijazi and a former mufti of Jerusalem Akrama Sabri were also banned. The ban comes days after French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a crackdown on preachers he says promote “radical views” in the wake of a spate of killings by an Al-Qaeda-inspired gunman in Toulouse. France also planned to bar prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi from entering the country to attend the conference. Bu the statement said that Qaradawi, the president of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), and Egyptian preacher Mahmud alMasri have decided not to come for the conference. Sarkozy, who is seeking re-election in the April-May vote, said on Monday that Qaradawi was not welcome in France.Qaradawi, one of the most influential scholars in the world, is known for his moderate views and is widely respected around the world.

Bombs in southern Thailand Kill 14, Injure 340

Ex-Soviet master spy kills himself Former Soviet master spy Leonid Shebarshin, who had worked for many years in India and Pakistan, is believed to have killed himself in Moscow. The body of General Shebarshin, who turned 77 a few days ago, was found in his flat in central Moscow on Friday. Police said he had apparently shot himself with his pistol. Gen. Shebarshin was KGB station chief in India in 1971-1977. He also worked in Pakistan and Iran. In 1989 he was appointed head of the First Main Directorate, the foreign intelligence service of the KGB, and headed the KGB for one day after the August 1991 putsch against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He retired after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Police said they found a suicide note in Gen. Shebarshin's flat but refused to disclose its contents. The veteran spy lived alone after his wife died several years ago.

Bombs in southern Thailand kill 14, injure 340A first batch of explosives planted inside a parked pickup truck ripped through an area of restaurants and shops in a busy area of Yala city, a main commercial hub of Thailand’s restive southern provinces, said District Police Chief Col. Kritsada Kaewchandee. About 20 minutes later, just as onlookers gathered at the blast site, a second car bomb exploded, causing the majority of casualties. Eleven people were killed and 110 wounded by the blasts. More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala since an Islamist insurgency flared in January

2004. “This is the worst attack in the past few years,” said Col. Pramote Promin, Deputy Spokesman of a regional security agency. “The suspected insurgents were targeting people’s lives. They (chose) a bustling commercial area, so they wanted to harm people.” Most attacks are small-scale bombings or driveby shootings that target soldiers, police and symbols of authority, but suspected insurgents have also staged large attacks in commercial areas. A blast also occurred on Saturday at a high-rise hotel in the city of Hat Yai, in the nearby province of Songkhla. Officials had initially attributed that blast to a gas leak, saying it was unrelated to the attacks blamed on insurgents. But after inspecting the hotel’s underground parking lot, authorities found a severely damaged sedan and a hole created by the explosion’s impact.

37 Indian activists detained in Lebanon A group of 37 Indians, including 10 women, who were to participate in a pro-Palestine global march to Jerusalem, have been detained by Lebanese authorities at Beirut port. Indian activists and journalists participating in the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ), along with three Filipinos and one Iraqi have been asked not to leave the 246-seater boat which docked at Beirut on Wednesday at 9 am (IST). The GMJ's local contacts had been assured that the delegation would be issued visas on arrival."Our passports have been taken by Lebanese authorities," one of the detainees told PTI over phone. Jaishankar Gupta, a journalist who is part of the delegation, said that Lebanese authorities denied them permission to leave the boat."We have been detained since 9 am (IST) yesterday. So far we have not been given any reasons for being detained or for the delay in issuing visas," he said. "The authorities first said that we will be deported, but after we protested and refused to be deported, they detained us," he added. He said that they were facing inconvenience in the boat and couldn't even sleep as there was no arrangement. "It is not a big boat and there is no sleeping arrangement. We are sitting as such, but we have not panicked," he said. The delegates are carrying the posters of Mahatma Gandhi and said they haven't done anything wrong to be treated like this. "If they want they can arrest us. We are peace and democracy lovers. We do not fear anyone." Though, he said, they have not got any confirmation regarding their visas, but they were told that Indian Embassy officials are in touch with Lebanese authorities. (PTI)

Neighbours praise ‘gallant' Zimmerman Aung San Suu Kyi passes by in front of a policeman as she visits a polling station in Kawhmu township April 1, 2012, where she stands as a candidate in parliamentary byelections. Myanmar votes in its third election in half a century, a crucial test of its nascent reform credentials that could propel opposition leader Suu Kyi into parliament and convince the West to end sanctions.

Woman had cocaine in fake belly Police say they arrested a woman carrying more than 4 pounds of cocaine stashed inside a fake pregnant belly strapped around her waist. The federal police says in a statement the 20-year-old woman was arrested after arriving at the international airport in the northeastern city of Natal. Police say the woman arrived from central-western Brazil and became nervous during routine questioning of passengers coming from areas where "drug trafficking levels are high." Police say the woman acknowledged she was carrying 2.1 kilograms (4.6 pounds) of cocaine inside the fake belly. Also arrested was a man waiting for her outside the airport in a taxi. Police did not reveal their identities.

Friends and family members say the man who shot Trayvon Martin dead was not motivated by prejudice Sanford: For many Americans, George Zimmerman has become the face of barbarous vigilante justice. For Olivia Bertalan, he was the face of compassion: a neighbour of consummate graciousness and low-key gallantry. About six months before Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in his town house complex, he was standing in Bertalan's doorway, asking what he could do to help her. A group of young men had just broken

into Bertalan's town house as she and her infant cowered in a locked bedroom. The intruders took a $600 (Dh2,204) camera and a laptop. After police had come and gone, the doorbell rang, and there was Zimmerman: 5 feet 9, in a shirt and tie, his body a little doughy, his demeanour gentle.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn stands with Members of the Council wearing ‘hoodie’ sweatshirts on the steps of City Hall in New York on Wednesday during a news conference and action to call for justice in the February 26 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

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First Indian women wrestler to make Olympics cut New Delhi: Geeta on Sunday created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for the Olympics after she reached the final of the Asian qualifying event in Astana, Kazakhstan. In the 55kg category, Geeta won two bouts to enter the final round and book a berth in the upcoming London Olympics. Both the gold and silver medallists from the Asian qualifying event, which ends today, will get a ticket to the London Games. This is the first time an Indian female grappler has qualified for the Olympics since women`s wrestling was introduced in the quadrennial extravaganza in 2004.

Sharapova loses final to Radwanska

Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya train before a cricket match at the 'Last Man Stands' championships in Cape Town, South Africa. Cricket is being used to 'empower the youth in Maasai communities', while campaigning against ills like child marriages and female circumcision.

The two finalists met at the net to shake hands, Maria Sharapova standing a head taller, even with her shoulders slumped in disappointment. She finished second again on Saturday. Sharapova lost serve in the last game of each set and fell short in the latest bid for her first Sony Ericsson Open title, losing in the final to Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-4.

DC sign Emirates as team sponsor HYDERABAD: Deccan Chargers have signed international airline Emirates as team sponsors for three IPL seasons, starting with the soon-to-start fifth edition. "We are proud to have a leading global brand like Emirates as our team sponsor for the next three seasons of the IPL," Gayatri Reddy, co-owner of the Deccan Chargers, said. "We are confident this association with Emirates will be fruitful. With an exciting new squad and sponsor, we look forward to the tournament and repeating our winning performance in DLF IPL 2012," she added.Orhan Abbas, Emirates' vice president India and Nepal, said, "Through this sponsorship we have the chance to connect with the people who we connect to 122 destinations and show our ongoing commitment to a nation which Emirates has been serving since we began operating in 1985." The Deccan Chargers - whose home games will be played at Vizag, Cuttack and Hyderabad - will feature a host of star players such Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, who will captain the side, Proteas JP Duminy and Dale Steyn, as well as Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel.

After 100 centuries, Sachin in Bollywood! Mumbai: It's just been a fortnight when the entire country swayed to the tunes of Sachin Tendulkar’s bat as he scored his much-awaited 100th ODI century against Bangladesh. And amidst speculations of whether the cricketer will retire or not, the fresh piece of news that we have on him is sure to set many eyes popping out with surprise. Tendulkar might just leave his bat and take up a position in front of directors’ cameras! Do not unleash your horses yet. ‘Ton’dulkar might be seen in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’ – the movie which has already created a stir in the country, what with Vidya Balan doing an ‘aesthetic’ item number and Sharman Joshi delivering his brilliant performance. Add to that the God of Cricket. Seems like Vidhu Vinod Chopra is leaving no stone unturned in making sure that his venture turns out to be a smashing hit!

Which actress will rule 2012?

No newbie big enough for Vidya's 'Dirty' act? Makers of 'The Dirty Picture' rule out a newcomer or a lesserknown actress stepping into Balan's shoes in its South remake Ever since The Dirty Picture became a hit, there has been buzz about a South Indian remake. While there has been constant talk about South actress Nikita Thukral playing the lead in the south Indian version, the production house behind the Bollywood hit denies the buzz. Swati Shetty, vice president of The Dirty Picture's production house, states, "After Vidya Balan in The Dirty Picture, we'd rather have a known and established name for the remake, instead of a newcomer or not-so- wellknown name." Predictably, a couple of production houses from the South have approached the makers of the Vidya Balan-starrer for remake rights. "One of them is keen to cast Nikita Thukral as the protagonist in the Telugu version.

Bollywood is a tough market, where a star would leave no stone unturned to lock horns with the other and knock him/her down at the filmy race. According to the public polls and votes, the year 2011 was reigned by Kareena Kapoor, though actresses like Vidya Balan and Priyanka Chopra too achieved kudos for their wonderful performances in their respective movies. It's yet again a fresh, new year. So we are eager to learn which beauty will finally rule 2012 in Bollywood? Here's a list of our hot and happening actresses: Vidya Balan: She is someone who has broken the stereotyped notion of a male star's superiority in a movie. She has carved a niche for herself onscreen with her back to back successes; The Dirty Picture and Kahaani, and proved that an actress is no longer 'a secondary thing' in a film. Vidya made a rocking 2012 start with her Kahaani that has yet again fetched her acclaims and applauds from every nook and corner of the nation. Kareena Kapoor: Hailing from a filmy background, Kareena proved that silver spoon in mouth isn't enough to guarantee success in life. Kareena is the current eye candy of all the Bollywood Khans. Kareena’s brand value showed a jump after being part of 100-crore films. She emerged as the winner of 2011 with Ra.One and Bodyguard. Priyanka Chopra: This dusky lady might be a threat to her competitors as this year has some worthy plans for her. We are eagerly awaiting for Krissh 2 and Barfee. Deepika Padukone: Known for her classy dressing sense, this 26 years old leggy lass definitely knows to be in the news for both personal and professional life. 2012 has something really exciting for Miss Padukone, as she will be pairing up with her ex-beau Ranbir Kapoor in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. Katrina Kaif: She is unstoppable and the year 2012 will witness her biggest and most ambitious projects. Katrina is all set to star with Salman in Ek Tha Tiger and Shahrukh in Yash Raj banner's untitled flick. Now that Kats is under the Khans' shelter, we wish luck to her for a successful 2012 ahead.Now, whom do you think will finally rule the race in 2012?

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