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Power cuts cripple Hyderabad

Despite a marked reduction in the consumption of agricultural power, power cuts in Hyderabad city continue unabated. While citizens have been subjected to frequent power cuts in most areas, low voltage is causing damage to electrical appliances as well. “Power cuts in our area without warning, particularly late in the night, have become a real problem. Sleepless nights make it difficult to concentrate on work during the day,” lamented Anjali T., a city resident. “Frequent disruptions in power supply throughout the day have caused damage to our refrigerator that stopped working because of numerous po-wer disruptions within an hour. We ended up spending a huge sum on repairing it,” complained Shekhar V., another resident. Even though the two-hour scheduled power cut in the city has not been lifted, officials claim that power cuts are not being imposed in any part of Hyderabad, as there is no shortage of power currently. “There is no question of power cuts, as the power position is comfortable. In fact, we have relaxed the scheduled cuts in the city in the last week, although the power cuts have not been lifted,” said Mr Satish Kumar, CGM Metro Zone.

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Urdu may find place in schools

PAN and UID data set to be merged

Soon Urdu may become a part of the mainstream schools curriculum, as the government plans to give a major boost to the language during 12th plan period. A proposal to this effect is set to become a part of the 12th plan document, which is in the penultimate stages of its finalisation.

Government has given nod to the project to merge Aadhaar and PAN databases in order to weed out the problem of fake PAN cards and to ensure an accurate biometric data.

In a separate chapter on 'minority welfare', a copy of which is with this newspaper, prepared by a steering committee for Plan document, it has been suggested that Urdu should not be 'limited only to Madarsas',

rather 'the language should be taken to mainstream schools'. For this purpose attempts should be made to ensure 'massive recruitment' of Urdu teachers in ainstream schools controlled by the state boards and CBSE, it added. Maintaining that Urdu assumes importance as a prominent language and medium of thought, learning, communication and culture of the nation be-

yond social, religious and regional boundaries, the steering committee’s final report, says: “Necessary support and efforts should be made to promote Urdu as a living language. It should be promoted as a language in which economic and social transactions are conducted, in addition to being a literary tradition interwoven with religious harmony.”

Thakrey criticises congress on Sachin issues Shiv Sena supreme Bal Thakrey once again had said that the nomination of Sachin Tendulkar as Rajya Sabha M.P. is nothing but a game plan of Congress which is trying to deviate the media from the core issues. He quoted that Sachin deserves Bharat Ratna award but congress is just giving him a M.P.

He criticized Congress with talking to media after conferred a lifetime achievement award by Raipur based magazine Cartoon Watch."It is Congress's dirtiest play, the real Dirty Picture," he said. It is noted that on Saturday he had said in the Samna that Tendulkar's fans would have loved to call him Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar rather than only Sachin Tendulkar, the MP.

Mid-day meals: Centre asks States to adopt A.P. fund model

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He also alleged that Congress is trying to divert media's attention by doing so. He appreciated the achievement of Sachin and his contribution in the cricket. Speaking about social activists Anna hazaare and his anti corruption movement, he said that first he should take care of those who are corrupted within his team and then eradicate corruption from the country.

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Along with Sachin, the president approved actor Rekha’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha as well. This is her first time as an MP. One of the best known faces of Indian cinema, Rekha has won several national awards. Jaya Bachchan: Samajwadi Party leader and actor Jaya Bachchan took oath in English.

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The Nandan Nilekani-led Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issues the Aadhaar number will be synchronised with the Permanent Account Number database maintained by the I-T department. According to finance ministry while the Aadhaar will ensure effective disbursal of government schemes to citizens, the biometric PAN card database will help stop the forgery of PAN cards which begets economic crimes.

Centre ignoring Muslim freedom fighters New Delhi : Jamiatul Ulema Hind (JUH) here on Saturday criticised the Centre for “ignoring” Muslims’ contributions in India’s freedom movements. Speaking at a seminar on Maulana Mahmoodul Hasan of Deoband, who had planned an armed movement called “Reshmi Rumal movement” to oust the Britishers from India, JUH secretary general Maulana Mahmood Madani said it was necessary to create awareness among the young generation about how various communities including Muslims had collectively fought for the nation’s independence.

Pointing out that the collective effort of Hindus and Muslims for independence was a “national asset”, he said he had taken up the matter with the central government several times but there was no positive response from them. “Now I have no hope that the government would do anything in highlighting the role of Muslims in freedom struggle,” he said. He further said his organisation planned to hold 100 seminars to commemorate the centenary of Reshmi Rumal movement in various parts of the country to remind the people how Hindus and Muslims together struggled in the freedom movement. Saturday’s seminar here was the first in the series.

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NGOs oppose home-based

Editorial

Chilling effects and frozen word

care for disabled children under RTE

What if the real danger is not that we lose our freedom of speech and expression but our sense of humour as a nation? While freedom of speech and expression is an individual right, its actualisation often relies on a vast infrastructure of intermediaries.

“It is a violation of the child's right to be included in education system” Some non-governmental organisations have opposed the recent amendment to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which makes home-based education a right for children with multiple and severe disabilities. The clause says: “Provided that a child with ‘multiple disabilities' referred to in Clause (h) and a child with ‘severe disability' referred to in Clause (o) of Section 2 of the National Trust Welfare of the Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999 may also have the right to opt for home-based education.”

“We believe that this clause on home-based education is a violation of the fundamental right of the child to be included in the education system. Hence we oppose this clause,” said Aarth-Astha, a nonprofit organisation working for the rights of people with disabilities and their families. The group has decided to launch a campaign against the amendment, which is to be tabled in the Lok Sabha now. “Retrogressive step” In a letter to Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, Aasth-Astha has impressed upon him to reconsider the amendment: “We oppose this amendment and would like to point out that providing home-based education as an option to school education for children with multiple and severe disabilities is an extremely retrogressive step which will have huge negative repercussions on the rights of children. It is watering

down of the fundamental right to education of every child and goes against the very spirit of the RTE Act, which is formalising education and building standards for quality,” the letter said. Children with disabilities are the single largest group of out-of-school children, which was 34.19 per cent in 2005 and remained 34.12 per cent in 2009, according to the SRI-IMRB study. Children with disabilities are the largest group of out-of-school children even in comparison to other groups such as SCs, STs and Muslim population. “In such a situation, giving an option of home-based education will serve to push out the child from the system. Field experience shows that children with disabilities have been consistently pushed out of the system. Parents of children who are vulnerable are unlikely to be in an equitable relationship with the education system. They are unlikely to be able to exercise choice given the resistance the system already has to their children,” the group said. Concern has also been expressed over the effective implementation of the provision reserving 25 per cent seats to the economically weaker sections (EWS) in all schools as upheld by the Supreme Court.” (Agencies)

Muslims revive old pilgrimage route via Jerusalem

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Jerusalem:After decades of shying away from an ancient pilgrimage route, Muslims are visiting Jerusalem to pray at Islam's third-holiest site, the revered AlAqsa mosque. In doing so, they find themselves caught in a disagreement between some leading Muslim clerics, who oppose such pilgrimages, and Palestinian leaders who encourage them as evidence of the city's Muslim credentials. Palestinians say the only Arab visitors have been officials from

Arab countries that have peace treaties with Israel. Recent trips here by a top Egyptian cleric and a Jordanian prince sparked angry backlashes in their home countries. The vast majority of the pilgrims are from non-Arab countries like South Africa, Malaysia and India, where the stigma of visiting Israeli-controlled areas isn't as powerful. "Jerusalem is a beautiful place," said Ali Akbar, 51, a Shi’ite Muslim who was visiting recently with a group of 40 pilgrims from Mumbai, India. "All Muslims should try to come to Jerusalem and pray and seek the blessings of Allah, the almighty," Akbar said. Muslim pilgrims began trickling back beginning around 2008 as violence between Israel and the Palestinians petered out. Palestinian tour guides, hotel operators and religious officials also attribute the increasing numbers to easier travel and rising Muslim middle classes in Asia and Western countries that can afford tickets to the Holy Land. While Islam's birthplace is in the Arabian peninsula, Jerusalem is intimately tied with Islam's beginnings. Muhammad's first followers prayed toward Al-Aqsa and only later turned their prayers east to Mecca. For centuries, Muslim pilgrims visited Jerusalem while on their

way to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, now in Saudi Arabia. Many Muslims believe visiting Jerusalem deepens the sanctity of their pilgrimage. But that pilgrimage route was abruptly halted after Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war. East Jerusalem is home to the hilltop compound housing both AlAqsa and the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site. As a result, many Muslims believe

visiting the mosque would amount to recognition of Israel's claim to the area and be inappropriate when Israel prevents many Palestinians from entering.

In the offline world, this includes newspapers, television channels, public auditoriums, etc. It is often assumed that the internet has created a more robust public sphere of speech by doing away with many structural barriers to free speech. But the fact of the matter is that even if the internet enables a shift from a ‘few to many' to a ‘many to many' model of communication, intermediaries continue to remain important players in facilitating free speech. Can one imagine free speech on the internet being the same without Twitter, social networks or Youtube? One way of thinking of the infrastructure of communication is in terms of ecology, and in the ecology of speech — as in the environment — an adverse impact on any component threatens the well-being of all. The idea of cyberspace as a commons is a much cherished myth and in the early days of the internet we were perhaps given a glimpse into its utopian possibility. But we would be deluding ourselves if we believed that the problems that plague free speech in the offline world (including ownership of the avenues of speech) are absent in cyberspace. Recall in recent times that one of the most effective ways in which various governments retaliated to the leaking of official secrets on WikiLeaks was by freezing Julian Assange's PayPal account. Direct & indirect controls It may be useful to distinguish between direct controls on free speech and indirect or structural controls on free speech. India has had a long history of battling direct and indirect controls on free speech and with a few exceptions the interests of the press have often coincided with the interests of a robust public sphere of debate and criticism. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a number of large media houses battled restrictions imposed on the press by way of control of the number of pages of a newspaper, regulation of the size of advertisements and the price of imported newsprint. On the face of it, some of these restrictions may have seemed like commercial disputes but the Supreme Court rightly recognised that indirect controls could adversely impact the individual's right to express himself or herself as well as to receive information freely. In the online context, there has also been a similar recognition of the role of intermediaries in providing platforms of speech and it is with this view in mind that a number of countries have incorporated safe harbour provisions in their information technology laws. Section 79 of the Information Technology Act is one such safe harbour provision in India which provides that intermediaries shall not be liable for any third party action if they are able to prove that the offence or contravention was committed without their knowledge or that they had exercised due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence or contravention. But this safe harbour has effectively been undone with the passing of the Information Technology (Intermediaries guidelines) Rules, 2011. The rules clarify what standard of due diligence has to be met by intermediaries and Sec. 3(2) of the rules obliges intermediaries to have rules and conditions of usage which ensure that users do not host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or share any information that is in contravention of the Section. This includes the all too familiar ones (defamatory, obscene, pornographic content) but also a whole host of new categories which could be invoked to restrict speech (“grossly harmful,” “blasphemous,” “harassing,” “hateful”).


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Four Hindu youths held for desecration of temple The incident triggered riots in Hyderabad earlier this month It was not ‘jihadis,' but four Hindu youths, instigated by two local leaders, who planted the legs of a cow and sprinkled green paint in a temple at Madanappet, sparking communal clashes in the old city three weeks ago, the police have said. The youths have been arrested, and the police have launched a hunt for Niranjan, a wine merchant, and Srinivas, a moneylender, accused of masterminding the desecration. The arrested were Nagaraj, who works as a contract sanitation supervisor in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation; Kiran Kumar, a florist; Ramesh, a hotel worker; and Dayanand Singh, a car driver. All of them hail from Kurmaguda of Madannapet. The arrested persons did not have any criminal record, but were organising religious programmes in the area. Their aim was to create communal disturbances and turn the situation to their advantage by provoking and uniting the Hindus, the police said on Friday. (Cyber News)

Gangula family refuses to contest in allagadda; Likely to join YSRC Kurnool:The Gangula family has rejected the congress party’s request to contest from the Allagadda constituency in the by-elections, schedule for which was announced. Talking to the media here on Wednesday, Gangula brothers Pratap Reddy and Prabhakar Reddy have said they could not continue in Congress as it has been following dual standards. They have announced that they would be resigning to the party. It may be mentioned that Gangula Pratrapa Reddy has resigned to his Nandyal Lok Sabha seat and offered it to P V Narasimha Rao when latter became the Prime Minister. For his sacrifice, he was offered several things at that time. But he was totally ignored by the party in the later years. Gangula brothers have been unhappy that they were totally ignored by the Congress party. Allagadda seat has fallen vacant because of the resignation of PRP MLA Shobha Nagi Reddy who is contesting as YSR Congress candidate in the by-elections. It is learnt that Gangula brothers would join the YSR Congress shortly. When asked about the Allagadda by-election, Pratapa Reddy has refused to comment. He simply said that he would not be contesting as congress candidate. He said he did not know who the Congress candidate was. When asked when he and his brother would quit Congress, Pratapa Reddy has said time alone would decide it. He also maintained that he did not know that the Congress party has appointed ministers Erasu Pratapa Reddy and T G Venkatesh as in-charges for the Allagadda constituency. In Kurnool district, Bhuma Nagi Reddy, his wife Shobha Nagi Reddy and Gangula Pratapa Reddy are forces to reckon with. Nagi Reddy and his wife have already joined the YSR Congress. If Gangula brothers also join Jagan band wagon, it would be an impossible task for the Congress to win the Allagadda seat, say political observers. (NSS)

We have great potential to export missiles to friendly nations: Saraswat Some nations have evinced interest in importing Akash surface-to-air missile: Saraswat There is tremendous potential to export some missiles and defence technologies developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to friendly nations after meeting the needs of the country, according to V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister. Talking to journalists on the sidelines of ‘Aerospace Luminary Lecture' organised by the Hyderabad Chapter of the Aeronautical Society of India here on Saturday, Dr. Saraswat said already some nations had evinced interest in importing the Akash surface-to-air missile. However, no commitment could be given today as a large number of systems were required for the country.

Dr. Saraswat said the export potential could be tapped in the years to come once there was real output in terms of numbers and quality. He, however, pointed out that the export policy would be very restrictive. Referring to the successful launch of AgniV, RISAT-I and the flight test of the naval variant of the Light Combat Aircraft, he said April was a great month for aeronautical and aerospace sectors in the country. Besides taking India's strategic defence preparedness to a higher level, Agni-V provided the capability to launch long-range missiles with multiple warheads, anti-satellite weapons and launch satellites on demand. The success of Agni-V also gave confidence that the

country was not dependent on any other nation as far as missile technology was concerned. Likewise, the successful flight test of the naval variant of LCA demonstrated major technology capability of the aircraft taking off and landing on the deck of a ship. He said another flight trial of Lone-Range Surface–to-air Missile (LRSAM) would be con-

ducted in June, followed by a series of tests in 2013. It was expected to be inducted in 2014. The Medium Range Surface-toair Missile would be ready by 2015. He lauded the contribution around 15 industries from Hyderabad in the success of the Agni-V missile. (Cyber News)


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Political parties asked to stop Cong MPs’ suspension insult liquor, money distribu- to Telangana, says TRS chief

tion during by-elections

Renuka slams T-Cong MPs after meeting CM In a surprise move, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday called on Rajya Sabha MP Renuka Chowdary at latter's residence at Banjara Hills.Renuka Chowdary, however, described the visit as a courtesy call which lasted for about one-and-a-half hour. She said they did not discuss politics during the meeting. However, talking to reporters later Renuka Chowdary slammed the eight MPs from Telangana region for questioning her stand on the statehood issue. She said she did not need certification from anyone on her association with the Telangana region. She asked the MPs as to what they have done when over 700 students and youth from the region committed suicide for the statehood cause. She said she was elected to Rajya Sabha recently while the leaders who are now criticising her were the members of Lok Sabha when students were resorting to extreme step. Renuka Chowdary asked the MPs not forget the fact that they were elected on the Congress ticket and they should restrain from targeting leaders of their own party. However, she said she was not bound to reply to the allegations being leveled against her by the MPs. The Rajya Sabha MP said that the Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana were performing well. She also denied that reports that the party was not getting suitable candidates for the by-elections. She said many suitable candidates were in a queue to get party's ticket. She said that she too ready to contest the elections and would do so if the party High Command directs her to do so. Renuka Chowdary also ruled out the possibility of removal of Kiran Kumar Reddy as the Chief Minister after the by-elections. She said those making such demands should first learn discipline and then level allegations against the Chief Minister. --Agencies

Hyderabad: ‘Election Watch’ has made an appeal to all the political parties and the candidates to stop distribution of liquor and money in the by-elections. A conference of the Election Watch was held here on Sunday under the presidenthsip of former Allahabad High Court Chief Juctice Dr Ambati Lakshmana Rao. The meeting adopted a number of resolutions. The meeting requested the State Government and the Election Commission to close liquor shops in all the 12 Districts where by-elections are being held, from the day the election notification was issued. It was decided to conduct district-level conferences in all the 12 districts, appoint constituency-wise committees of the Election watch to ensure that the election code was implemented effectively.

The meeting appealed to the voters to be vigilant and see that the influence of money power in elections was reduced. Justice Lakshmana Rao has appealed to the voters to desist from selling their right to vote. He said that political leaders were spending Rs.five to ten crore in the elections and looting hundreds of crores of social resources. He regretted that of late, the influence of money was going up. Mr K Madhava Rao, former Chief Secretary, said there was need to keep a watch on the contestants who are luring the voters and bring the same to the notice of the officials concerned.

Terming the suspension of Congress MPs from Parliament for disrupting the House over statehood issue as “insult to Telangana”, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday asked the legislators to quit the party and join the “separate statehood movement”.

“We have seen how Congress threw out the MPs. It has insulted Telangana. Those thrown out were not just seven or eight MPs. It was the self-respect of four crore Telangana people that was thrown out of Parliament,” he said at the party’s 11th foundation day meeting here. “Your party had almost given Telangana but took it back. You say you will get Telangana. If you are sincere, why should you continue there after this insult? Your insult has hurt us too. I appeal you to quit (Congress) and join the movement,” Mr. Rao said. The Lok Sabha on Tuesday suspended eight Congress MPs for disrupting the House over the Telangana statehood issue. All the eight MPs belonged to the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh.

TDP leader flays Sonia for not visiting state Hyderabad : The main Opposition Telugu Desam party on Sunday charged the Congress high command with sending its emissaries to the State frequently for “pleasure trips” and nothing else. Speaking to media persons in the TDLP office on the Assembly premises, TDP senior leader Ravula Chandrasekhara Reddy said that though the UPA government had declared 875 mandals in the State as drought affected, it failed to initiate minimum drought relief measures for the affected farmers. The TDP leader lambasted the UPA chairperson for not caring to visit Andhra Pradesh for wiping tears of the affected farmers. He also lashed out at Sonia Gandhi for visiting the BJP-ruled Karnataka for assessing drought situation there and not caring to visit her partyruled Andhra Pradesh on the same issue. Alleging that Sonia Gandhi likes to participate in inaugural functions with much fan fare, the TDP leader asked as to why the Congress supremo was not visiting Andhra Pradesh where drought affected farmers and Telangana youths were committing suicides for separate Telangana. (NSS)

Manipuri teenager’s death in Bangalore college spark protests Loitam, a second semester student of the Acharya NRV School of Architecture in Bangalore North, was found dead on his hostel bed on the afternoon of April 18. Disappointed with police’s handling of the case, students and activists staged protests in Jantar Mantar in Delhi and in Town Hall in Bangalore.

The death of a 19-year-old Manipuri boy under suspicious circumstances in his college hostel in Bangalore has sparked protests demanding justice for the student with his friends and family alleging that that he suffered fatal injuries in an assault by his seniors.

While the police have described Loitam’s death as the result of a two-wheeler accident he had met with two days earlier, friends of the victim insist that he died due to injuries he suffered on being severely assaulted by seniors at college on April 17. According to the report filed with the Madanayakanahalli police by the hostel warden S Sudhakar, Loitam met with an accident on April 16 and was subsequently treated at Sapthagiri Hospital.

On the night of April 17, he reportedly quarrelled with his hostel mate Vishal Banerjee over watching an IPL match.

Another student, Sayed Afzal Ali, intervened and hit Loitam on the face and head. Following the altercation, Loitam returned to his room and was found dead the next day. However, with the postmortem report being inconclusive, police are looking for more leads. They said they are now waiting for the Forensic Science Laboratory report, which may take a month for completion. But Loitam’s friends and family are not convinced and questioned why police haven’t made any headway even eleven days after the incident. (Agencies)

Mid-day meals: Centre asks States to adopt A.P. fund model With some States defaulting on payment of their share of funds for providing meals to children in government schools, adversely affecting the implementation of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the Centre has now asked all States to consider adopting Andhra Pradesh's model ‘Green Channel Scheme.' The A.P. model makes funds available throughout the year. “All States and Union Territories may take the lead from Andhra Pradesh and streamline the release of funds,” a communication from the Human Resource Development Ministry says. It also asks them to furnish their expenditure position on time, along with the quarterly report. An analysis of the annual plan proposals received from the

States and Union Territories has revealed that only 3 meetings of the State Steering-cum-Monitoring Committee (SSMC), headed by the State Chief Secretary, were held in 2011-12, as against once every quarter as mandated in the guidelines. The SSMC is an apex body at the State level for guiding, monitoring, and implementing the scheme. Manipur has convened three meetings of SSMC; Haryana, Himachal P r a d e s h , Meghalaya, Odisha, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Chandigarh, and Daman and Diu two each; Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, B i h a r , Chhattisgarh, Karnataka,

Maharashtra, Nagaland, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Lakshadweep one, while the remaining are yet to convene a meeting. The Centre spent approximately Rs. 10,000 crore on the programme in 2011-12, excluding the contribution of the States and subsidy on food grain. The Centre provides 75 per cent funds, while the States contribute the remaining 25 per cent to implement the scheme. This helps prevent classroom hunger and also promotes school participation and retention at the elementary level. It also fosters social and gender equity. The government partly credits this scheme for the drop — from 21.59 percentage points to 16.68 percentage

points — recorded between male and female literacy rates in the 2001 Census and the 2011 Census. While the overall literacy rate has increased by 9.81 per cent, it has improved by 11.84 per cent in the case of females. However, the latest progress report of the Mid-Day Meal scheme shows that at present, 72 per cent of the enrolled children have been covered. While Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Lakshadweep, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Puducherry, Mizoram, Karnataka and Assam have reported more than 90 per cent coverage, in Bihar, Chandigarh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi the coverage is less than the national average. (Agencies)


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‘Centre in agreement with principle of 1 Rank 1 Pension' Ludhiana: The Ministry of Defence is in agreement with the principle of ‘One Rank One Pension' demand of the ex-servicemen, said Chief of Army staff General V K Singh on Sunday. Addressing a rally of the ex-servicemen, he said the implementation of the One Rank One Pension involved an expenditure of Rs 1300 crore. He added that the implementation could not be made time bound as such decisions had to pass through several levels of the government before becoming a reality. The government had, however, agreed to the demand, he added. Gen Singh also said that he had

introduced several plans to bridge the gap between the veterans and the serving army officials. To sort out their demands he had set up a 'Veteran Cell' in the Army two years ago. He conceded that it was the duty of the Army to ensure that the rights of the ex-servicemen were taken care of. Assuring the ex-servicemen "You will certainly get your rights and will not have to ask for it", the Chief of Army staff said, 20 more centres would soon be set up in Punjab under the ex-servicemen contributory health scheme. (Cyber News)

Akhilesh government to roll out 'red carpet' for scribes How to create a media-friendly environment in government offices and make maximum information available to journalists? This is a key task for the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh, which is working out measures to facilitate media persons, who had "not so good" a time during the previous Mayawati rule. Soon after his taking over as the chief minister of India's most populous state, the 38year-old Akhilesh Yadav had hinted that the government was keen on improving relations with the media. Highly placed sources said the chief minister has directed authorities to be "media friendly and promptly available". They said the information and public relations department has also been asked to make a road map "at the earliest" on how to make more

and more information available to the local and national media. Confirming the development, Information Department director Prabhat Mittal told IANS the orders were "clear cut", and the department was working on them. Several pending issues of the local journalists, including passes for entry into the secretariat which had been made "very tough" during the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) rule, have been expedited.

The government is trying to simplify procedures, which include the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) verifications, for the media persons before they are allowed into the annexe and secretariat. Accreditation rules are also being worked upon afresh, an official said. The information department has also ordered a special "one-click away" software that would enable media persons from any part of the country to download media communiques and press notes. "We are trying to work on a software which would make information available to journalists promptly and easily," Mittal said.

5-year-old Indian boy released from B'desh jail

Khadija Radman Mohamed Ghanem, Ambassador of Republic of Yamen meets Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in New Delhi.

Invoke new visa rules to keep

Narendra Modi out Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi could be among those likely to be affected by new immigration rules under which non-European Union citizens accused of serious human rights abuses may be banned from entering Britain. Rights campaigners on Sunday said they would demand that the proposed rules be used to keep out Mr. Modi because of his alleged role in the anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat. There were widespread protests when he was allowed to visit Britain in 2003, and a planned visit in 2005 was called off at the last minute after a determined bid by rights groups to get an arrest warrant against him. The South Asia Solidarity Group said such a law must be applied to Mr. Modi as his role in the Gujarat “genocide” was well-documented. “We as a group are not in favour of Britain monitoring human rights abuses in other countries but if there is going to be such a law it should be used to ban Narendra Modi because a wide range of human rights groups and independent organisations, including Amnesty, have noted his role in the Gujarat genocide. We hope political considerations will not override this in case of Mr. Modi,” said its spokesperson Amrit Wilson.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressing mediapersons at the Writers’ Building in Kolkata on Friday.

Five-year-old Indian boy Ariful Sheikh, who spent nearly a year in a Bangladesh jail along with his grandparents, was released. Ariful was reunited with his parents after the Bangladesh Border Guards handed him along with his grandparents to the BSF at the Gede checkpost on the IndoBangladesh border early this morning. Later the BSF handed them over to Murshidabad police, BSF sources said.Ariful, his grandfather Hachimuddin Sheikh (48) and grandmother Mafroza Khatun (about 40) had gone to Bangladesh, apparently to see his ailing great grandmother and were apprehended in April last year.

NSUI workers protest against pending vacancies in Government sector in Ahmedabad.

President leaves on State visit New Delhi (UNI) President Pratibha Devisingh Patil this morning left for a state visit to South Africa and Seychelles during which she will hold bilateral talks with Seychelles President James Alex-Michel and her South African counterpart Jacob Zuma on a wide range of regional and international issues.

Abducted Sukma Collector is safe : Maoists mediators Raipur, (UNI) Before heading for the state capital from the Maoists den Tadmetla in Sukma district this morning, Maoists mediators Dr B D Sharma and Prof G Hargopal said that abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon is safe and sound.

Leh experiences fresh snowfall, flights cancelled Srinagar(UNI) Fresh snowfall was experienced at Leh forcing authorities to cancel all incoming and outgoing flights today while people in the Kashmir valley continued to face cold weather woing to rains and icy cold winds. Leh town, adjoining areas and all heights in Ladakh region experienced fresh snowfall since last night, resulting in drop in the temperature. The roof tops, electric poles and trees had turned white as people woke up this morning.

SATARA: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithivraj Chavan interacting with the villagers during his visit to the drought-hit regions at Pangri village in Satara district on Saturday.

Teesta agreement will materialise: Bangladesh FM Kolkata: Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on Sunday night said her country "is sure" that the Teesta water-sharing agreement with India will materialise. "We are sure the agreement will materialise. The people of Bangladesh are also optimistic about it," Moni told reporters on the sidelines of a function, where she was conferred with the Mother Teresa International Award for excellence in social work. "Water is a very important issue. People of Bangladesh also want this agreement to be signed.

Bilateral relation between India and Bangladesh is a deep-rooted one. Teesta agreement will be signed soon," she said on arriving here on a twoday private visit. The agreement had to be scrapped during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka last September following last minute objection by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to the quantum of water to be given to Bangladesh. Moni said both the countries were forging ahead to strengthen the bilateral relation and fulfilling the


01-05-2012 to 07-05-2012 With spring here and summer just around the corner, soon it'll be time to dusk off those bikinis and start striving for the ultimate beach body. So here are 10 simple tips to get the ball rolling. 1. Set a target Whether it's a certain dress size, inches or body fat, set a target for what you hope to achieve. Be sure to make a note of your weight and measurements before you start so that you can see the different that you're achieving. Sometimes it seems as though nothing is changing, when in actual fact you may have lost an inch and just not realised! 2. Be realistic Don't expect to loose 2 stone in a month, it's unrealistic and unhealthy. Set a target that you know you can achieve, you'll feel great when you reach it quickly, and you can always set another! 3. Do something that you enjoy

Tips for getting into shape If the thought of running makes you want to suddenly want to clean the fridge then don't do it, you'll only start to dread going for a run. Instead, think about the activities that you already enjoy doing, and see how you can incorporate them into a workout.

4. Eat the right food Exercise, coupled with the wrong diet, will only put a strain on your body. Choose foods that will compliment your exercise regime. For instance, if you're lifting weights at the gym and therefore building muscle, eat more protein.

Whereas, if you're starting a Zumba class which is more cardio, eat more carbs. 5. Just start If you're serious about getting into shape, then just do it! Don't wait until Monday; start today! If you've decided that you want

to change, then start straight away; you may change your mind tomorrow. 6. Be naughty Don't suddenly ban chocolate from your diet; it'll only make you want it more! Set a rule so that you have a chance to indulge. You could say that for one day of the week you can eat whatever you want, or treat yourself to one little naughty treat everyday.

7. Incentive If you've seen a gorgeous dress that you absolutely love in your favourite clothing shop, use it as an incentive to help you get into shape. Once you have reached the target that you have set for yourself, you can buy the dress, and hopefully in a smaller size! 8. Get others involved It can be hard getting into shape when you're doing it alone, so get a buddy or a group of people together. You can egg each other on and support one another, and you're more likely to not want to let the other person down.

9. Drink plenty of water Keeping hydrated is paramount if you have chosen to exercise. Also, sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger and we will eat instead when we actually don't need to. Here's a tip; if your mouth feels dry, then you are dehydrated, so drink some water! 10. Think fit! Our mind is such an amazing thing, that it cannot tell the different between what is right in front of us and what is in our mind. Get rid of any 'fat thoughts' and stop thinking about your wobbly bits. Start everyday with one of the affirmations here. One of my favourite quotes of all time is by a very great man called Napoleon Hill, and he says, 'Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve', so start believing and achieving!

Arange of scholarships are on offer at the Master's (MTech, MS and MA) and PhD level in engineering, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. Scholarships for the Master's programmes include a full-tuition and fee-waiver as well as a tuition fee and special fee waiver.

New Scholarships The full-tuition and fee-waivers are merit-based scholarships that will cover a student's full academic tuition fees and hostel fees for two years. However, it does not cover the admission fee or the refundable security deposit.

Chahat Khanna walking on the ramp for Rohhit Verma Gitanjali Group presented a fashion extravaganza at the ‘Equine Racing Excellence Awards�, held at the Mahalaxmi race course in Mumbai.

The scholarships will be launched on May 2, Wednesday, by The Shiv Nadar University (SNU). Nikhil Sinha, VC, Shiv Nadar University says, "In order to be eligible for these scholarships, candidates need to have a minimum of a firstclass in their respective UG programmes. Along with this, candidates are also required to submit the evidence of their research work, academic performance , research publications

and letters of references."

Total value of the scholarships over two years, for the MTech programmes amounts to Rs 6,70,000 and for MS and MA programmes, Rs 5,00,000. Additionally, students would be required to pay mess/ food charges. Tuition fee and special fee waiver is another scholarship on offer at the Master's level. Students with high scholastic achievements will be awarded with these scholarships , which would cover the tuition fee and special fee for two years. Total value of scholarship over two years for MTech programmes amounts to Rs 4,70,000 and Rs 3,00,000 for MS and MA programmes. Research quotient For PhD, the total scholarship amount, over four years, in engineering programmes amounts to Rs 9,40,000. For natural sciences programmes, it is Rs 6,00,000 and for humanities and social sciences programmes, the scholarship of-

fered would be Rs 6,00,000. Apart from these, the university will also offer fellowships to students applying for Master's and PhD programmes. Master's students will receive a postgraduate fellowship of 1.65 lakh per-annum for two years for working as a research or teaching assistant to an SNU faculty. Doctoral students will receive an internationally competitive research fellowship of Rs 5.45 lakh per-annum for four years for

working as a research or teaching associate of the SNU faculty. The application procedure will begin from May 1 and the last date for application is June 15. For more details, log on to www.snu.edu.in

An eco-friendly electric rickshaw service launched by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in New Delhi on Friday.

Piaggio's iconic Vespa returns to India The Vespa returns to India at a time when sales of scooters are on the rise, as Indian families, particularly women, are looking for trendy, affordable and easy-to-ride twowheelers.Piaggio exited the country in 1999, ending a 16-year-long partnership with India's LML Motors after a long dispute. Italy's iconic Vespa scooter, a rage with the Indian middle-class in its heyday, re-entered the country on Thursday after a 13-year hiatus as scooters come back in vogue. Auto-making giant Piaggio has brought to India the LX125 -- a high tech, gearless scooter -- to take on competition from rivals such as Honda, TVS, Suzuki and Yamaha in the fast-growing market. LX125 is powered by a 125cc, 4-stroke motor, producing a power output of 10.7 BHP and a torque output of 9.6 Nm.

Disc brakes will be optional, while the scooter will be built very solidly with 3-coats of paint. The Vespa scooter is being produced at a sprawling new facility at Baramati, which can churn out 1.5 lakh scooters every year. The Vespa returns to India at a time when sales of scooters are on the rise, as Indian families, particularly women, are looking for trendy, affordable and easy-to-ride two-wheelers.Piaggio exited the country in 1999, ending a 16-year-long partnership with India's LML Motors after a long dispute. Italy's iconic Vespa scooter, a rage with the Indian middle-class in its heyday, re-entered the country on Thursday after a 13-year hiatus as scooters come back in vogue.Auto-making giant Piaggio has brought to India the LX125 -- a high tech, gearless scooter - to take on competition from rivals such as Honda, TVS, Suzuki and Yamaha in the fast-growing market. LX125 is powered by a 125cc, 4-stroke motor, producing a power output of 10.7 BHP and a torque output of 9.6 Nm.


01-05-2012 to 07-05-2012

US drones killed 2,800 in Pak in 7 years A Pakistani human rights lawyer says over 2,800 of the 3,000 people killed over the past seven years in non-UN-sanctioned US assassination drone strikes in Pakistan were civilians, Press TV reports.

A woman holds up an anti-Lady Gaga banner in Jakarta. Dozens of Muslim activists staged an anti-Lady Gaga rally against the concert by the American pop star which is planned to be held in Jakarta on June 3.

Shahzad Akbar, the director of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights, told Press TV on Saturday that only 170 of the people killed in the aerial attacks on the northwestern tribal belt of Pakistan have been identified as militants. That means that “over 2,800 people were civilians, whose identities are not known, and they have just been killed on suspicion of being militants,” he added. US President Barack Obama publicly confirmed for the first time in late January that drone aircraft have struck targets inside Pakistan.

Obama said "a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA", the acronym for

Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Pakistan contends that the drone strikes are counterproductive. “We are of the firm view that these are unlawful, counterproductive and hence unacceptable,” Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said on January 31. He added, “Our view has always been very clear and position principled.” Sixty-four US missile strikes were reported in Pakistan's

semi-autonomous tribal belt last year, down from 101 reported in 2010, according to AFP tallies. The US claims the airstrikes target militants affiliated with the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP)

Egypt army ruler plans cabinet reshuffle - MP CAIRO (Reuters) - The head of Egypt's ruling military council will start talks on a cabinet reshuffle, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood told Reuters on Sunday, in an apparent concession to the Islamistdominated parliament's demand

for a new government. Essam el-Erian, a senior Brotherhood lawmaker, said the ruling military council had told Parliamentary Speaker Saad al-Katatni, another member of the Islamist group, that Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi would begin talks for the reshuffle. The biggest party in the Egyptian parliament, the Brotherhood has led calls for military council to sack the government of Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri.

Explosions and gunfire at Nigerian university

Marina Weisband, political secretary of Germany’s Pirate Party (Piraten Partei), is seen before she gives her speech at their party convention in Neumuenster.

At least eight reported dead after explosions and gunfire at university theatre hall used for church services in Kano. A bomb and gun attack on a theatre used for church services at a university in the Nigerian city of Kano has left at least eight people dead and a further 11 people injured. Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege, reporting from Abuja, the Nigeria

capital, said: "We know people had gathered for a church service when a major blast went off. "The area around the campus have been cordonned off by security forces. "There are conflicting figures emerging, one police officer is saying eight, but some agencies are saying as many as 20."

Saleh to leave Yemen temporarily, militants free soldiers SANAA/ADEN - Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh will leave Yemen temporarily after Gulf states leaned on him to get out of the way of his successor to ease tension complicating efforts to stabilise the country, a diplomatic source said.

Firefighters spray water on a burning fuel tanker in Kabul. The cause of the blaze is unknown and police are investigating.

The diplomat said he expected Saleh to travel next week, probably to the United Arab Emirates, to allow recently elected President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to rule unhindered by his predecessor. Russia has said it is willing to take in Saleh. The former long-ruling autocrat also agreed to relinquish his position as head of the General People's Congress party. It is sharing power with opposition groups over a two-year tran-

sitional period in line with a Gulfbrokered plan to end a year of civil unrest that paralysed the impoverished state. Hadi has inherited a long list of challenges, not least an active branch of al Qaeda-linked militants who have stepped up their attacks on security forces since Hadi took office earlier this year. On Sunday, an al Qaeda-affiliated group freed 73 Yemeni soldiers it captured during a major assault in south Yemen last month. Residents of the southern town of Jaar, controlled by militants who call themselves Ansar alSharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), saw the soldiers being let out of the school building where they were being held.

(Reuters)

Saudi Arabia has 'no suspicions' about Bin Ladens Riyadh: A Saudi spokesman has said that his government has no suspicions about relatives of slain Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden who were deported from Pakistan last week, breaking an official news blackout over their admission to the kingdom.

"Saudi Arabia acted out of hu- Saudi spokesman breaks m a n i t a r i a n consider- news blackout over Bin ations... in so far as there no reports Laden family admission are or evidence of any to Saudi Arabia implication in criminal or illegal acts," the official Saudi Press Agency quoted the spokesman as saying. "At the request of the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia, steps were taken to facilitate the return of members of Osama Bin

and al-Qaeda. But locals say civilians are the main victims. The aerial attacks, initiated by former US President George W. Bush, have escalated under President Barack Obama.

Laden's family, who arrived on Thursday night in Jeddah where they were welcomed by their relatives," the spokesman added. "It is inappropriate to discuss in any way the details of the private life of the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia."

The Reuters news agency reports that at least 15 have been killed. "I must emphasis that it is still unclear and noone has claimed responsibility for the attack." Lieutenant Iweha Ikedichi, an army spokesman in Kano, said: "A lecture theatre used for worship in the area was attacked." Explosion and gunfire was heard coming from the theatre on Sunday morning. Soldiers cordoned off the area and were not allowing residents to enter. Dozens of students usually attend services at the theatre at Bayero University on Sundays. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. In January, Boko Haram, an armed group seeking the imposition of Islamic law, claimed responsibilty for attacks in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north, when coordinated bombings and shootings left at least 185 dead.

French journalist missing after Colombia FARC battle

BOGOTA (Reuters) - A French journalist reporting alongside Colombian security forces tracking drugfunded rebels disappeared on Saturday after a gun battle with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that killed three soldiers and a police official, the Defense Ministry said. Romeo Langlois, a freelance reporter for French news channel France 24, went missing after being caught in a firefight with the rebels, known as the FARC. The fight broke out as police and military personnel sought to dismantle drug laboratories in the jungles of Caqueta in southern Colombia. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Sunday that Langlois was kidnapped by the FARC, his spokesman said.

A Sri Lankan Muslim stands next to a police officer during a protest against the government in Colombo April 27, 2012. According to local media, Muslims in Sri Lanka have gathered to protest against a government decision to demolish and relocate a mosque located inside a Buddhist sacred area in the central town of Dambulla. The decision came after pressure from Buddhist monks who have demanded the removal of the mosque and Hindu temple from the Buddhist sacred area. Thousands of Buddhist monks and lay supporters charged into the mosque claiming the mosque was built illegally on April 20. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Lands and Land Development Janaka Bandara Tennakoon said on Wednesday that the mosque cannot be removed and that the conflict should be resolved through peaceful discussion.


01-05-2012 to 07-05-2012

Foreign bombshells bombard Bollywood! Bollywood seems obsessed with foreign bombshells! One after the other the international beauties seem to keep making a mark. So the list is growing. Arab Brazilian model Bruna Abdullah generated quite a buzz with I Hate Love Story alongside Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor, while Welsh model Lisa Lazarus impressed with Salman Khan in Veer. Swedish-Iranian model and dancer Maryam Zakaria got a chance to shake a leg with Kareena Kapoor in Agent Vinod; that too for a mujra number. Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez has been managing to bag quite a few movies like Housefull, Murder 2, Housefull 2 and even Aladin; co-starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan. American fashion model and actress Nargis Fakhri became a sensation of sorts opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar, while South African Playboy model Candice Boucher romanced dashing debutant Sachiin Joshi in Aazaan. There has been another Canadian model Mia Uyeda in Blood Money, Britishborn Amy Jackson in Ekk Deewana Tha, Irish-born British granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, Kiera Chaplin in Chaurahen, Russian model Era Tsariova in Cigarette Ki Tarahand Indian Brazilian model Nathalia Kaur in Department. And as if so many foreign beauties weren't enough, the latest to join the firang-babes bandwagon is the stunningly beautiful half-German half-Indian international model Evelyn Sharma, who has managed to bag more than three movies even before her first release. Her impressive line-up includes Manish Tiwary's Issaq opposite Prateik Babbar, then Prateek Chakravorty's debut film From Sydney With Love, and a pivotal role in Ayan Mukerji's Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani; and also the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone starrer under Karan Johar's banner Dharma Productions.

Morkel inspires incredible Delhi win

Maria beats Azarenka to claim 25th title Maria Sharapova earned her first title of the year as she blasted her way past world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 in the Stuttgart final.

Morne Morkel bowled a sensational penultimate over to turn a straightforward chase from Rajasthan Royals on its head and snatch victory for Delhi Daredevils. The victory creates daylight between Daredevils and the rest of the chasing pack, as they remain at the top of the points table.

Rafael Nadal wins 7th Barcelona title It was Rafael Nadal's 34th successive match victory on the Barcelona clay and his triumph came a week after he secured an eighth Monte Carlo Masters title.

Royals required 15 runs off the last two overs, with nine wickets in hand and victory seemed a foregone conclusion. But, Morkel gave away only three runs in an over filled with yorkers and claimed the wicket of Brad Hodge to set up a tense final over. The fourth ball was fired down the leg side but the umpire, to Hodge's surprise, didn't call a wide. It was a crucial decision as only one run separated the teams in the end. Umesh Yadav was tasked with defending 12 runs for Daredevils against the in-form Ajinkya Rahane. Yadav started off with a fast full toss that Rahane missed. Desperation took over as Rahane looked to smash the next delivery, no matter what its length, and ended up mistiming his slices and breaking his bat. Owais Shah stole a Spurs back in fourth as single off the inside edge before Rahane hit the first six of the Royals Rovers eye drop innings, off a full toss to take back the Kyle Walker's stunning free-kick sealed advantage. Two more runs came off a 2-0 victory for Tottenham Hotspur over the penultimate ball, which left two to relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers get off the final one. Yadav kept it full, as they returned to top four of EPL. Rahane missed but ran anyway and was not quick enough. Naman Beat us and title should Shah Ojha hit the stumps to run Shah out be yours: Fergie and deny Rahane victory, leaving him The destiny of the Premier League title unbeaten on 84. will be firmly in Man City's hands if they beat Man United at home on Monday, United manager Alex Ferguson has said. All the John Abraham fans… We have some awesom news for you people. John has confirmed his wedding with girlfriend Priya Runchal this year. What’s ore interesting is that, we don’t have to wait till end of the year fo his wedding. The D day is just round the corner. You can expect a surprise anytime. “Priya and I have decided to get married this year,” John Abraham confirms in an interview. The actor is very sure about his wedding this year. Hoever, he is not sure of the date. Who know’s, it could be next week also. The actor himself doesn’t know.

Olympics most important: Sania Mirza After the Olympics, Sania will take a call on whether her physical condition will allow her to attempt a comeback in singles, which she doesn't rule out.

Novak Djokovic to skip Serbian Open Novak Djokovic said he will skip Serbian Open, where he is defending champion, next week in a bid to recharge his batteries before clay Masters in Madrid.

Kvitova puts Czechs through to finals

Reigning Wimbledon champion and world no. 3 Petra Kvitova put holders Czech Republic through to the Fed Cup final by beating Italy's F r a n c e s c a Schiavone.

John Abraham to marry Priya Runchal, this year.

Shahid recommends rumoured ex-flame Bip Buzz is that Shahid Kapoor wants rumoured former flame Bipasha Basu to play lead in the remake of Tom Cruise starrer. After a year since news of a desi version of the Tom Crusie starrer Knight and Day made the rounds, it looks likely that the film will go on floor soon.

icha Chadda was shooting a chase scene when she injured herself on the sets of her next, leading to the shoot coming to an abrupt halt

Stunt lands 'Oye Lucky!' girl in hospital

Leading man Shahid Kapoor has apparently not only ensured that the film takes off, but is also said to be recommending Bipasha Basu’s name to play female lead. Speaking on the film to be directed by Siddharth Raj Anand, our source says, “Although Shahid and Bipasha have worked together some years ago — in Mathew Matthan’s Shikhar — they not only became good friends early last year, but were also said to be dating.

It seems quite a lot of Bollywood actors lately have become victims of injuries sustained on the sets. The latest actor to join the bandwagon is Richa Chadda. The Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! girl, while shooting a stunt scene for her upcoming film, met with an accident recently on the sets. Richa has been advised bed rest for a month and is currently recuperating at home, causing a delay in the film’s shoot schedule. We learnt that the starlet is scheduled to undergo a knee surgery tomorrow. A

source from the crew reveals, “On the first day of the third schedule, Richa was shooting a chase scene when she suddenly slipped and injured her knee. She took some painkillers and finished the shoot for the day. It was only when she reached home that she realised it was really bad.” The source adds, “Since she needed complete bed rest, she has gone to Delhi to be taken care of by her family. Richa is in a lot of pain but her spirits are still high. She is catching up with all her school and college friends who have been giving her loads of books to read and films to watch.”

Salman likes Parineeti! After watching the trailers of Ishaqzaade starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, Salman Khan, despite being the mentor of Arjun, just couldn’t stop praising Parineeti. Arjun Kapoor seeks inspiration from Sallu. the new kid said that Salman found the trailers of Ishaqzaade “good”. The word “good” made Arjun feel on top of the world.

It was Slman Khan who made the chubby Arjun get back to shape. Arjun is all gaga over his mentor and hopes to make him proud with his good work.


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