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Mayawati upset with Govt but won't withdraw support New Delhi: BSP chief Mayawati is upset with Congress over its "attitude" on the bill for promotions in government jobs for SCs and STs but will continue support to it for rest of its term. Days after pandemonium scuttled passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha, Mayawati said the "intention" of the Congress is doubtful and the ruling party did not seem serious on the issue. "Their intention is doubtful...They want the bill to remain hanging," the BSP chief told PTI in an interview, while underlining that the proposed legislation could have been passed if the Congress and the government wanted.Asked whether

she would continue to extend support to UPA in view of her unhappiness, she ruled out pulling the plug. "We extended support to UPA to see that communal forces do not get strengthened at the central level.... I supported it for three-and-ahalf years. Now only oneand-a-quarter year is left.... We will give them further chance," she said. The reservation bill, being pushed by BSP, was passed by the Rajya Sabha but the debate on it in the Lok Sabha could not be completed because of pandemonium created by Samajwadi Party on December 19 and 20, the last two days of the just-concluded

Winter Session. Mayawati said the government deliberately created a situation in the Lok Sabha where even BJP created uproar after its senior leader L K Advani was disallowed from making his point on the quota bill. "Had the government been actually willing to get the bill passed, it could have requested for use of marshals (against protesting SP members in Lok Sabha). Marshals were used in Rajya Sabha during Women's Reservation Bill," she said. She also accused the government of failing on other fronts like economic and poverty alleviation besides uplift of SC and STs. "I am upset," she said. PTI

Direct Cash Transfer system a 'pure magic': Chidambaram JAIPUR: Describing the proposed Direct Cash Transfer scheme a 'pure magic' that brings a big responsibility on banks for its implementation, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today asked bankers to work with the government to make the scheme a success."Through this unique benefit transfer scheme, money when it is released, will instantaneously be credited in the bank account of the beneficiary, leaving no scope for corruption and pilferage. That is why I describe it a pure magic," Chidambaram told a function here. "We will roll out the scheme from January 1st in some districts with some schemes but by the end of the year, we hope to cover all the districts and all the schemes," he said. The Finance Minister asked

the bankers to get ready for effective implementation of the scheme. "It is a bigger responsibility that rests on bankers. I appeal to all banks to work with the government to make the revolutionary scheme a success," he said. Speaking at the golden jubilee year celebration of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur here, the Minister emphasised on the need to expand the reach of

banking sector to every nook and corner of the country. He advocated granting loans to the poor and small scale businessmen. "Banking and banking services are the rights of people and I want to make every citizen of the country to believe this. Every citizen has a right to seek loan depending upon his economic situation and capacity to repay the loan.

Penalty for misuse of stations A spot fine of Rs.500 is being slapped on people who litter the railway station, put up posters unlawfully, spit indiscriminately or misuse the premises in varied ways. Hyderabad: It is a common sight to see people violating the rules of this public transport system. People use drinking water taps for bathing or washing, spit anywhere, litter as they please and even cook their meals on the platform. Secunderabad railway station is no exception to

this common sight.The railway ministry has empowered station masters and ticket collectors to collect the amounts from those who misuse the railway property. Bringing animals and urinating except in the comfort stations provided for it will all be within the purview of penalty, officials said.It is not just the misuse of the premises. Unlawful posters or scribbling in train compartments will also be treated as an offence liable for penalty, according to Railways Act. As per the rule, even the hawkers and vendors need to

make arrangements to keep waste baskets or containers for collecting litter and ensure its proper disposal.“We try our best to keep the station clean, but there has been little support from the travelling public. I am sure this rule will at least bring some change in the mindset of people. We are going to put up display boards and launch cleanliness campaigns very soon, appealing to the passengers to keep the platforms, tracks and trains clean,” said Shakeel Ahmed, public relations officer, South Central Railway. “This rule was implemented only after the failure of several awareness campaigns to keep the platform clean by the railway department. Not only campaigns, but hoardings were also placed to keep the station clean, but it was of no help. I am sure the fear of paying `500 will stop many from polluting the city,” he said.


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A son rise in AP If Chandrababu Naidu comes back to power, he plans to introduce his son into active politics. Lokesh is being trained by his father.

A.P STATE LIBRARY TO GO ONLINE

Hyderabad: If his dream of a grand comeback comes true, he would be anointing his son as the heir apparent of the Telugu Desam Party. It is no longer a rumour, for Lokesh (pictured) has tweeted recently that he is into full-time politics.As an indication of this, Lokesh has begun taking pot-shots at rival parties such as YSRC, TRS, Congress and their leaders. He has also begun to lampoon Botsa Satyanarayana, Jagan Mohan Reddy and Kiran Kumar Reddy.Besides, Lokesh is also billed to take on more responsibilities from his father, and as a prelude to this, a wellequipped office for him is under construction in NTR

Md Abrarullah Hyderabad: The demand for books is so low that in 2010, a mere 38 books were purchased by the Central Library.The Central Library was constructed in 1930s and resembles a palace with its huge halls and high ceilings. This heritage building has an excellent collection of 5, 01,861 books from as far back as the early 19th century, which are of special importance to research scholars. Steeped in history and o n c e Bustling with scholars and poets alike, the State Central Library in Afzalgunj is in desperate need of a Digital makeover. Troubled with dipping membership figures and losing of rare

Bhavan, the party headquarters. In fact, Naidu’s padayatra was also part of Lokesh’s education in understanding people’s problems and public behaviour. Once he concludes his padayatra, Naidu is reportedly going to sit with his son to make him understand the dynamics of politics. “Our party president is thinking of relieving himself off many party responsibilities. He thinks Lokesh will take care,” a senior party leader told. Whether the Nandamuri family will allow Naidu a smooth transfer of power to his son is yet to be seen. But it is said that Naidu has been keeping the family under reasonable unity of late.Speaking party’s senior leader, Kodela Siva Prasad Rao,

said that Lokesh would come into politics and serve the party. He also revealed that he would be groomed and trained in politics by none other than his father. Naidu is also planning to hand over the responsibilities of the NTR Memorial Trust to his son, so that he learns the ropes.

Memories of a war MOHAMMED YOUSUF Kevin Powers’ compelling novel The Yellow Birds is a moving portrayal of a soldier who returns home only to find himself all the more disillusioned about life. John Bartle, a private in the US army in Iraq, knows that his death is certain the day he steps into the battlefield. This fear of death drives him crazy most of the times and in those brief moments of solace which he spends with his friend Murph, he understands how meaningless his life is in the larger picture. He grows disillusioned about life and this uncertainty consumes him inch by inch as the war goes on. And then, it’s regret which makes him all the more restless every single moment of his life, even when he returns home.Kevin Powers’s debut novel is about a soldier whose memories from the war continue to haunt him like a ghost. It’s like a shadow which grows longer as the days go by and he finds it extremely impossible to run away from what he had experienced in Iraq after killing scores of people, some of whom might have been even innocent. While

there have been many works of literature and films which have glorified the ‘war’ which the US has waged for the greater good of mankind, Kevin Powers displays a surprising restraint in his writing and takes us through the thoughts of a wounded soul. One which shows absolutely no signs of recovering.Kevin Powers conjures a vivid picture of the battlefield and the prose is so elegantly written that one can almost smell the dust rising in the plains of Nineveh and the city of Al Tafar, which have been battered by incessant war between the US troops and the insurgents.In one scene, when a reporter asks John and Murph about what’s it like to face death every single moment of their lives, Murph says it feels like that split second just before a car crash. The book is filled with more such descriptions about death and life. It’s depressing and gives an insight into the torture one experiences during war.

books, the government, Through the Universal Digital Library Project, aims to digitalize one million books by 2020.“Public Behavior and ethics have changed. There has been an increase in education, but not in k n o w l e d g e , ” says Chandrasekhar, an assistant librarian. Another librarian, Lalita Prakash, agrees. People are not sincere anymore and many do not return the books they borrow. They know that these books are rare and are not available in the market or online she says. This is what got the process of digitizat i o n going. Looking at preserving the cultural heritage of the State, nearly 55,099 books in different languages have already been scanned and 10,000 more rare books are in the pipeline. The Library, in collaboration

with the Andhra Pradesh Press Academy, has scanned and digitized T e l u g u and Urdu newspapers prior to 1977.the book which have been loosed bye the library can now be preserved People’s reading habits have reduced and that is why they do not come to the library. No one comes here anymore just for the love of books; it is only for research or Project purposes,” says Shuja uddin ifteqari, correspondent of an Urdu daily who regularly visits the Central Library. The books w h i c h were wasted in form of the demand for books are so low that in 2005; only 300 books were purchased by the library. This number fell to a mere 38 in 2010. Responding to the dip, 17,000 manuscripts were recently transferred to the Tarnaka library. All these trends have only given the government more Reasons to digitalize the Library.

Editorial The price of compromise Being a dear, common friend to two bitter foes is a near-impossible task. To have got both the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party on the same side for the vote on the Opposition’s resolution against Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail was no mean achievement on the part of the Congress, but the situation was too good to last. Expectedly, the SP and the BSP are now pulling in different directions on the proposed constitutional amendment to provide for reservation in promotion in government service for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes; the Congress can only watch helplessly as the ground beneath its feet is threatening to give way. Both the supporting parties are equally valuable, and the leading constituent of the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre cannot afford to lose either of them. With the exit of the Trinamool Congress from the UPA, the government’s numbers in the Lok Sabha are shaky. This is no time to take allies or supporting parties for granted. Unlike the FDI issue, where the stakes for the SP and the BSP were not all that high, the reservation issue is their bread and butter. Try as it might, the Congress will find no room for a compromise.The SP, which has its constituency among the Backward Classes, is standing firm against the bill. However, the BSP, with its support base among the Scheduled Castes, wants the amendment adopted immediately. The SP reckons that if SC and ST officers are allowed quotas in promotion, the OBCs will be among those affected adversely. After having tied his fortunes to the UPA on the FDI resolution, the SP chief Mulayam Singh knows his supporters expect his party to force the Congress to defer the passing of the reservation bill. BSP leader Mayawati likewise realises this is her best chance to demonstrate to her voters that she can make the Congress do her bidding on issues that matter most to them. Indeed, after having gone for a compromise on the FDI vote, both the SP and the BSP do not want to be seen as having copped out on the reservation issue. Ms Mayawati senses the possibility of the Congress shifting to a drift-mode, using the SP as an excuse to do nothing on the reservation bill. Her warning that the BSP will take a “tough stand” if the government fails to push the bill through is thus not an empty threat. Other than seeking to buy time, the UPA does not have any option at hand. Sooner or later, the Congress will have to choose between the SP and the BSP. The quota-in-promotion issue is not one that can be managed with a delicate balancing act.


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I have not come to politics for selfish ends:Chiranjeevi Hyderabad:Union Minister of State for Tourism Chiranjeevi has said that he has come into politics only to serve the people. He said he was trying to fulfill the duties assigned to him by the people.The former actor has said that the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi always thinks about the welfare of the poor and makes the government formulate schemes towards this end. Chiranjeevi said FDIs would benefit the farmers. He also lamented that those who drew benefits from Sonia Gandhi were

trying to destabilize the C o n g r e s s governments.Stating that there was no dearth for young leadership in the Congress party, he said Rahul Gandhi was ably leading the nation.Referring to the criticism that it would have been better if he had not merged his party in the Congress, Chiranjeevi has said he had merged it, honoring the people’s verdict. He urged the government to give importance to workers from the bottom level in party and government

We'll prevail upon centre on Telangana:Botsa Hyderabad:PCC Chief Botcha Satyanarayana has said that Telangana was a very sensitive issue and assured that he would prevail upon the Central government to take steps to find an early solution to it.Botcha inaugurated the extended session of the Congress at the LB stadium here on Sunday. Union minister and State Congress Affairs in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, several public representatives and leaders participated in the meeting. Botcha said that this brain-storming session was called to take the welfare and development schemes into the people. He said a direction would be given to these programs.Some MPs of the Telangana region raised slogans of Jai Telangana during the meeting. Responding, Botcha said that the Congress party would respect the sentiments of the people. He said the matter was under the consideration of the Union government. He also exuded confidence that a solution to the issue would be

found soon. He has alleged that some people, who have benefited through misuse of power, have started a political party with their ill-gotten wealth. Stating that people were intelligent, Botcha said they know people and their plans. He said that governance in the State was propeople. He said there was need to further strengthen the party in the State. He said the UPA government at the Centre was also working with the sole interest of welfare of the poor and the development of the country. He said with the cash transfer scheme, people would directly be benefited. He also said that by legalizing the sub-plan of the SC - ST sub-plan, the government has prepared ground for the rapid development of these sections. He has asked Congress workers to work for strengthening the party.The meeting has passed a resolution thanking the UPA government for bringing in the FDIs and passing it through Parliament.

positions. He said through FDIs the nation would be benefited. He said the government was implementing progressive measures like input subsidy.He alleged that the TDP was adopting a

dual stand on the FDIs. Without naming Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, he said one person, who built an empire with ill-gotten wealth, was running politics from the jail. Cyber News Service

Congress leadership summons Kiran Kumar Reddy to Delhi Hyderabad: Mid speculations of a possible leadership change in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Kira Kumar Reddy rushed to Delhi on summons from the Congress leadership. The chief minister cancelled all his scheduled programmes for Saturday to leave for the national capital, where Governor ESL Narasimhan and state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana are already camping. They are likely to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other top leaders separately. Visiting Delhi for the second time in a week, the governor is likely to brief Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and others about the latest political situation in the state. The visit of the state's top leadership assume significance in view of the governor returning to the state government a file relating to its recommendation not to give permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute senior cabinet minister Dharmana

Sena admits mistake:

Prasada Rao. he Governor has advised the cabinet to reconsider the issue and seek further legal opinion. The development has embarrassed the government and the chief minister is under fire from his critics in the cabinet for passing a resolution in the cabinet rejecting the CBI request for permission to prosecute the minister, an accused in YSR Congress party leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy's disproportionate assets case. The Congress leadership's summons to the chief minister are also significant in view of Dec 28 all-party meeting convened by the central government on the Telangana issue. The party is under pressure from its leaders in the Telangana region to take a stand in favour of the demand for statehood to Telangana. According to some Congress officials, the leadership is focusing on strengthening the organisation in the state in the run up to 2014 elections. They have not ruled out an expansion and reshuffle of the cabinet to give it a new look. Cyber News Servie Nagpur: Shiv Sena admitted that not doing due diligence of the draft of the no trust motion it wanted to bring against the Democratic Front (DF) government in the winter session of state legislature resulted into it getting junked.“The (no

Syed Azamatullah Hussaini nominated as General Secretary of Indian Youth Congress Hyderabad: Mr.Azmatullah Hussaini has been nominated as General Secretary of Indian Youth Congress ny Hon’ble Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji and General Secretary Shri. Rahul Gandhi Ji. Previously he was selected as NSUI Nizam College Unit President-1999,NSUI State Secretary- 2000-01,NSUI State Gen-Secretary- 200102, NSUI State President2002-2006, AP Youth Congress Gen-Secretary 200708, Indian Youth Congress Task Force Member for Open Membership- during the Rahulji Bharat Yaatra Tour Program. (Worked in Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh & Karnataka States),Aam Aadmi Ka Sipahi (AAKS) State Chief Coordinator2 0 0 8 - 0 9 , AP Youth Congress Vice

President- 2009, Aam Aadmi Ka Sipahi (AAKS) National Coordinator- In charge for Karnataka State 2009-10, National Secretary of Indian Youth Congress- July 2010 to December 2012, In charge for Madhya Pradesh State & Training Department of Indian Youth Congress. For about one year he have look after Tamil Nadu State also as an additional charge.

Not giving T wll be betrayal:KK Hyderabad:Congress senior leader K Kesava Rao has said that there would be no serious betrayal of the people, than denying Telangana. Talking to the media here on Thursday, he said if the government does not decide on the Telangana issue at the allparty meeting at New Delhi, Congress leaders would take firm decisions and would only sail with the

people. he said all the Congress leaders of Telangana were with a firm stand on the statehood issue.He said they would also talk about the injustice that would be done to the people of Telangana through the Polavaram project. He said people or they would not trust the Congress party, if it does not concede Telangana state.

Tribal girl raped in Andhra Pradesh Vishakhapatnam: A 35year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a minor tribal girl here, police said."The 12-year-old victim, who hailed from a village under Chintapalle block, was waiting at the bus stop yesterday when the accused lured her under the pretext of dropping her home on his bike. He then took her to an isolated place near a degree college and sexually assaulted her," police inspector K N S V Prasad said

tonight. The incident came to light today after the girl's family lodged a formal complaint with Chintapalle police. Police arrested the accused, a mason by profession and also the resident of the girl's village today. A case of rape was registered against him and further investigations are on, Prasad said. The girl was admitted to King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam for medical examination, he added. PTI

trust) motion was drafted in a hurry and submitted in Mumbai itself. Shiv Sena leaders did talk to Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse and the Group Leader of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Bala Nandgaonkar. There was no rift among the Op-

position ranks”, Shiv Sena leader Vinod Ghosalkar told.He denied reports that preoccupation of senior party leaders with the demand to set up memorial of late Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park in Mumbai nixed the no trust motion. Cyber News Service


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Sharmila indicates future tie-up with MIM Hyderabad to host Bio-Asia 2013

40 Students Fall Ill After Inhaling Poisonous Gas In Bholakpur Foundation stone of new Hajj house to be laid next month Hyderabad: Waqf Board has acquired 10 acre land in connection with construction of Hajj House near Shamsabad International Airport and it is likely that chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy will lay foundation stone of the construction work in January next month. Waqf Board chairman Maulana Syed Afzal Biabani Khusro Pasha told that there is no controversy regarding the construction of Hajj House. Government had earlier decided to construct Hajj House near airport for the convenience of Hajj aspir-

ants however the process was deferred due to delay in land identification and its acquisition.He informed that Waqf Board has acquired 15 acre land out of 27 acre Waqf land present under an educational society at the back of Dargah Hazrat Baba Sharfuddin, Pahadi Shareef. A written agreement has been signed with the society in this connection. Hajj House will be constructed on 10 acre while on the remaining 5 acre a ramp will be constructed for the visitors visiting Dargah Hazrat Baba Sharfuddin.

Jalees Ansari alias Dr. Bomb shifted to Cherlapally jail Hyderabad: Special Investigative Team of city police has shifted Dr. Jalees Ansari alias Dr. Bomb founder of Tanzeem Islahul-Muslimeen who was allegedly involved in 1993 Mumbai serial blast case, to Cherlapally jail Hyderabad. After obtaining PT warrant from Nampally Criminal Court the SIT issued directions to Ajmer Jail authorizes to shift Jalees Ansari to

Hyderabad.Jalees Ansari was produced before 7th Additional Metropolitan Session Judge on Thursday amidst tight security from where he was shifted to Cherlapally jail under judicial custody. According to details Dr. Jalees Ansari floated Tanzeem Islah-ul-Muslimeen. He was arrested on the charges of master-minding bomb blasts at several places in 1993.

‘Numaish’ sets the record of longest running exhibition Hyderabad:The cultural and economic development of Hyderabad city is no doubt indebted to the 7th Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur. One example of this is the ‘Numaish Masnuaat-e-Mulki' launched by Osmania Graduates association way back in 1938 under the supervision of Mir Osman Ali Khan which is today famous as All India Industrial Exhibition. The Numaish has set the record of longest running exhibition of the world.Secretary Numaish society Mr. R Sukesh Reddy threw light on the history of Numaish and said that

Numaish launched 73 years ago as ‘Numaish Masnuaat-e-Mulki' is famous across India. In 1948 ‘Numaish Masnuaat-eMulki' was christened ‘All India Industrial Exhibition’.Mr. Reddy informed that this time more than 2400 stalls are being installed. The entry fee has been raised from Rs 10 to 20 this year. January 8 will be the ‘ladies’ day’. Besides lead lights solar lights have also been arranged. The famous Ajanta gate has been dismantled and is being constructed in a new style.NTN

Hyderabad: Nearly 40 students of Anjuman School in Bholakpur under Musheerabad Assembly constituency fell ill due to poisonous gases emanating from behind the school building. Inhaling poisonous gases, the students from Class VI to IX, started vomiting profusely.Surprised by the development, the school management called 108 vehicles and shifted the students to the nearby Gandhi General Hospital and Fever Hospital at Nallakunta. The students

reportedly developed respiratory problems and rashes on the body after inhaling foul gases.As the news spread like wild fire in the area, the residents rushed to the school and accosted

the school management. The school authorities declared holiday for the day.It may be mentioned here that earlier, some 14 residents died and sev-

eral fell sick in the area after consuming highly polluted water. The latest incident caused a fear psychosis in the area once again. Chikkadpally assistant commissioner of police Chandrasekhara Reddy, Musheerabad police Circle Inspector Shyam Sundar, sub-inspector Ramlakshman Raju, Bholakpur Division corporator Wajid Hussain are reviewing the situation. The affected children were shifted to the hospitals in six 108 vehicles.

A just police officer ousted Urdu Academy invites application for Life Achievement Awards in 7 categories

Akun Sabharwal, known among people to be a fair and just officer, has been pusted from the post of DCP, and will now head the National Police Academy. Naser Times readers will recall our report on December 14 about the ego clash between two IPS officers during the security arrangements in Mecca Masjid. Here is the result: The district commissioner of police Akun Sabharwal, who was one of the parties in the clash, has been unceremoniously shifted to a sedentary position. Akun Sabharwal being the DCP of south zone thought it fit to assert his authority defying the orders of additional police commissioner of traffic CV Anand. Anand had asked the police to remove barricades around the mosque to lessen public woes, but Sabharwal, in view of the security, ordered the barricades back. This served as a flashing point for political complaints piling against the police officer. Sabharwal will now head the National Police Academy, it is learnt. And a new DCP in his place would be appointed soon.Sabharwal stirred the hornet’s nest during the Charminar temple tussle. Many a times, police are made to do unpleasant things by

politicians and officials. Sources said Akun played fair, and he was unwilling to book people left, right, and centre just to please the political bosses. And his own bosses failed to protect him.Recently, after some political leaders met the chief minister and complained about the DCP, the chief minister is said to have expressed his anger at the officer. The seasoned and the wise in the IPS cadres had counselled the doctorturned-police officer Sabharwal to go slow if he wanted to survive, but the young officer, who felt what is right should be done, did not pay heed.Meanwhile, many people from both Hindu and Muslim communities are said to be sad at the happening. They wanted the DCP to continue as he had earned a name of being a fair officer, who would not bend backwards to please anyone. Cyber News

Hyderabad:Urdu Academy has invited applications for the life achievement awards in 7 different categories for three years from 2009 to 2011. A total of 21 awards will be given for 3 years which will include fields like criticism and research, poetry, prose, journalism, education and promotion of Urdu. There are two awards under poetry category. Director/ secretary Urdu Academy Dr. S A Shukoor released the details of the awards during a press conference here. He told that the award is comprised of Rs 25000 cash and citation. Ap-

plications for the above said categories have been invited from across the state. Application along with complete biodata and other details must reach Director/secretary Urdu Academy, Hajj House Nampally on or before January 19, 2013.

Hyderabad Collectorate gears up for Cash Transfer scheme Hyderabad:Hyderabad District Collector Syed Murtuza Ali Razvi directed the officials to hasten the process of issuing the Aadhar Cards to the citizens for the effective implementation of Cash Transfer scheme. Talking to reporters after holding a review meeting with senior officials at the Hyderabad Collectorate, Razvi said that number of Aadhar Centres in the

district would be increased to 30 with each attending at least 45 cases per day. He advised the general public, especially the pensioners and students to apply and get the Aadhar Cards at the earliest.The Collector also asked the officials to create awareness among people about the importance of Aadhar Card and the Cash Transfer scheme. Joint Collector and other senior officials attended the meeting.


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Delhi-gangrape: Anger across India New Delhi: “The culprits should be punished,” the 23-year-old girl, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men in a moving bus on Sunday night, wrote on a pad, at the Safdarjung Hospital. According to a senior doctor, the girl also enquired about the condition of her male friend who was attacked that night while trying to protect her from the culprits.“She is a fighter” Briefing journalists, Medical Superintendent B.D. Athani said: “The girl is a fighter. When she was brought to us she was alert and conscious and very much determined to fight her condition despite the extensive and brutal assault. Also, because she understands medical procedures she is aware of how the doctors are trying to help her and the course of treatment. A large portion of her intestine which had turned gangrenous has been taken out and her condition continues to remain very critical but stable. There is, however, a fall in the platelet count which could be an indication of infection in the body — this is a major health complication that we are watching out for.”“The young girl’s fortitude and grit are praiseworthy. She is aware of the public support and prayers,” he said. “Alert and stable” Dr. Athani said after the operation to remove the gangrenous portion of the intestine she had a peaceful night. “Today she is alert, stable and conscious. Her vital parameters including respiratory rate, blood pressure, heart rate, urine output are stable. She is still being given fluids and antibiotics intravenously.” The patient also continues to be on ventilator support “but is trying to breathe on her own. We have on Thursday reduced the ventilatory support being given to her,” the Medical Superintendent said. Stating that the main concern now was to ensure that the condition of the girl remained stable, Dr. Athani said: “The patient is still in the intensive care unit. We are looking at giving her total parenteral nutrition (TPN)

— providing nutrition through intravenous route — because of the intestinal loss that the patient has suffered.” The hospital is also offering psychological support to the patient’s family. “The trauma is not just for the victim but the entire family. The couple have three children and the girl was the hope of the family. We are helping them come to terms with this terrible tragedy and telling them that all is not lost and that there is hope ahead. It is very important for the family and the victim to feel and understand that they are not alone in the ordeal and that there is a good support group that will stand by them,” Dr. Athani said. “She has been able to communicate with gestures but

we are not keen on disturbing her.” Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has announced that “in case the girl needs to be referred to a hospital outside India for treatment, the Delhi government will bear all the cost.” does not understand the meaning of dialogue,” Khurshid added.A large number of women activists and students today marched towards Rashtrapati Bhavan to protest against the gang rape of a young girl in a moving bus and demand stringent action against rapists. The protesters under the aegis of AIDWA, YWCA and JNUSU among others started their march from Rajpath and as they reached Vijay Chowk, they went past the barricades erected at the entrance of Raisina Hills and

moved towards Rashtrapati Bhavan and South and North Blocks. Police stopped the protesters near Rashtrapati Bhavan. Carrying placards and shouting slogans, the protesters demanded stringent punishment for rapists. Two days ago in a similar protest, around 200 people had gathered near North Block. They dispersed only after home minister Sushilkumar Shinde agreed to meet a delegation of JNUSU students. A girl identified as Swati managed to go near the Rashtrapati Bhavan but

was escorted back later. "They say we need permission to enter there. Why do we need permission? When we are attacked and harassed, nobody needs any permission. We are here to raise our voices and for that we need permission," she said.The protesters at Raisina Hills later marched towards India Gate.A group of people also staged protest outside Safdarjung Hospital and blocked traffic for sometime.The protesters demanded speedy justice for the victim.The 23-yearold victim's male friend, an

engineer in a software company, identified Mukesh during TIP, a senior police official said.Out of the four accused, only Mukesh had agreed to TIP when he was produced before a court here. Other accused - Ram Singh, Pawan and Vinay - had refused to undergo TIP.According to the official, the positive identification of Mukesh by the friend, who was also beaten up by thegang before the men allegedly raped the girl, is a shot in the arm of the prosecution as it would help them nail the other culprits. Police have invoked the stringent charges of attempt to murder and destruction of evidence against the accused.Investigators had earlier pressed charges against them under sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of IPC.

Narendra Modi: The Rajnikant of politics AHMEDABAD: It was a one-man show all along. Ever since he kicked off his election campaign in September, Narendra Modi stormed each of the 182 assembly seats at least twice with about 250 public meetings. He also reached out further to 180 locations through his 3D h o l o g r a p h i c projections.Put on the back foot by Keshubhai Patel, Modi went all out projecting himself as the sole candidate — turning the assembly polls into a kind of a referendum on his governance. "Don't look at your candidate, I am your candidate from all 182 seats. Please vote for me," he used to say in every public meeting.The highly personal 'Modi no manas' slogan went down well with the people who voted for him and not for the candidate. While he may have donned the CM's hat only in 2001, his persona has loomed large on Gujarat's politics since 1985, around the time the Congress got 149 seats. He has steered the party to successive victories despite desertions by Shankersinh Vaghela and Keshubhai Patel.During the dark days of Emergency in 1975 Modi, then a 25-year-old RSS

pracharak, came in contact with L K Advani, then a top leader of the Jan Sangh. Advani was instrumental in inducting Modi into the BJP in the mid1980 s and he made him the BJP's state organizing secretary. The defining moment in Modi's career came when he masterminded BJP's thumping victory in the Ahmedabad civic body elections in 1987 — this was for the first time that the party tasted power in Gujarat. Ever since, BJP has never looked back. In 1990, the BJP came to power in a government headed by Chimanbhai Patel but the party walked out of an alliance with Janata Dal, which continued to run the government with the Congress's support. Fighting on its own in 1995, the BJP swept the assembly polls with

NaMo's strategy, Shankersinh Vaghela's aggression and Keshubhai Patel's mass appeal. But cracks started to emerge within Gujarat's most powerful troika soon after because Modi came to be seen as the 'Super CM' .Vaghela, who lost out to Keshubhai in the race to become CM, rebelled to form a government with the Congress. Keshubhai got Modi banished from Gujarat, blaming him for the rebellion. In the 1998 elections, when the BJP again won two-thirds majority, Keshubhai chose Modi's one-time protege , Sanjay Joshi, to take control of the organization . Banished from Gujarat, Modi did not sit quiet. He worked in the organization in Delhi, handling the Himachal Pradesh unit, which he turned around.


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Google Maps for iPhone downloaded over 10 mn times within 2 days! Washington: The newly-released Google Maps for iPhone has been downloaded more than 10 million times within just 2 days of its launch at the App Store.Jeff Huber, Google's senior vice president of Commerce and Local, confirmed the news on a post on Google+. "We're excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and

over the last 7+ years," CBS News quoted Huber, as saying. According to the report, Google's Maps app quickly jumped to the top free app on the App Store after its release late last week. The software was a bit of a surprise, with reports of its arrival coming just hours before it went live.Google's app brings back some of the functionality no longer found in the built-in maps software, which Apple replaced with its own data and services as part of iOS 6, which includes Google's Street View technology and public transit directions, while

also adding new features like spoken turnby-turn driving directions and vector-based map tiles, the report said. To put the 10 million number in perspective: Apple in October said that more than 200 million users were running iOS 6, about half of the some 400 million iOS devices sold until that point. Users on iOS 5 and below continue to run Apple's mapping software that uses data from Google. Neither company has said just how long that functionality will continue, the report added. ANI

Facebook set to revamp its 'Timeline' feature Washington: Social networking site Facebook may be redesigning its 'Timeline' feature, as the firm confirmed it is experimenting with new ways of laying out users' pages. "This is a new design Facebook is testing with a small percentage of people to make navigating timeline even easier," a Facebook spokesperson told.Tabs are back with this new look, doing away with front-and-center thumbnails for 'friends' and 'photos,' a move that may

further bury some marketing efforts for brands that rely on apps. The result is a cleaner, bolder menu for navigation. In this design, your name is lifted into the cover photo as well.Having text over the photo evokes Twitter's header images, implemented over the last month, which use the art space in a similar informational capacity. The text is white with a barely visible shadow behind it, the report said. In the new design, users looking for 'about' information on a

profile page will not have to click to a new page with a new address. They can stay on the profile page they are browsing. Scroll down past the 'about' information and a 'friends' list will pop up. Keep scrolling and 'photos' become available as well. The 'subscriber' count at the top of the profile page now shows the precise number of followers; up to now, if someone had 180,023 subscribers, it would be shortened to '180K'.

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ZAIKHA THIS WEEK: Dum Ki Biryani Zahida Shareef Rice cooked with raw mutton, under slow cooking with sealed cover. Here are some hearty, nutritious and easy-to-make selections from your favourite chefs. Method:

Ingredienst: 1. Basmati rice – 500 gms. 2. Mutton – 750 gms. 3. Thinly sliced onion – 2 medium sized. 4. Ginger-garlic paste – 3 tbsp 5. Curd – 200 gms. 6. Red chilli powder – 2 tsp 7. Green chilli paste – 2 tsp 8. Raw papaya paste – 2 tbsp 9. Garam – masala powder – 3 tsp 10. Garam masala – 1 tbsp 11. Milk – 100 ml 12.. Ghee / Refined oil – 100 ml 13. Green chillies – 8 to 10 14. Mint leaves – 2 bunches 15. Coriander leaves – 2 bunches 16. Lemon juice – 2 tsp 17. Kevda water – 1/2 a tsp 18. Saffron – 2 pinches 19. Foil or dough for sealing the vessel

1. Wash and soak basmati rice, for half an hour. Marinate the mutton with raw papaya, ginger-garlic and green chilli paste, chilli powder, salt and one or two table spoons of oil. Leave it aside for sometime. 2. Add the curd, melted ghee half of garam-masala powder chopped coriander and mint leaves, slit green chillies and lemon juice. Keep aside. 3. Boil the water for rice with garam-masala and salt. Spread the marinated mutton and then add the par-boil rice. Add the mixture of ghee,saffron and milk and garam-masala powder on the top of rice. 4. Sprinkle mint and coriander and sliced fried onions. Seal the handi with dough or foil and put on a high-flame to cook till the steam is formed. 5. Simmer it down when the steam is formed for another 10 to 20 minutes. 6. Switch off the gas, and only after another 10-15 minutes.

Chef’s Note: It’s a rich nawabi style dish which requires slow dum cooking method.The dish is served by mixing portion by portion, along with accompaniment of mirchi ka salan, baigare baigan or raita. And is High in calories.

Exercise can add extra 5 years to your life...! Washington: Adults who engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week live longer than inactive adults, a new study has found.Framing the benefits of exercise in terms of years of life gained may better motivate people than warnings about not exercising, said study author Ian Janssen, Ph.D., of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Janssen and his team used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the National Health Interview Study mortality linkage, and U.S. Life Tables to estimate and compare the life expectancy at each age for adults who were inactive, somewhatactive and active. “Active” was defined as doing at least 150 minutes of

moderate activity per week.They found that men at age 20 were estimated to gain as much as 2.4 years of life from moderate activity. Women at age 20 gained about 3 additional years from engaging in moderate activity. The biggest benefit from physical activity was seen in non-Hispanic black women, who gained as many as 5.5 potential years of life.Janssen hopes the positive message of the study can help health officials better relay the importance of exercise to the public.“Research has shown that the health messages that have the greatest effect on changing people’s behav-

iors need to be easy to understand, specific to the individual, and be phrased in a gainedframed and positive manner,” he explained.“The messages on longevity gains associated with physical activity that were developed in this paper meet all three of those characteristics. That is, people will understand what it means if you tell them they will live 2½ years longer if they become active,” Janssen added. The study appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.PTI


15-11-2012 15-11-2012to to21-11-2012 21-11-2012 22-12-2012 to 31-12-2012 7 GLOBAL US school shooter killed him- Barack Obama named TIME self as police approached magazine's Person of the Year Washington: Adam Lanza, who massacred 26 people at an elementary school in Connecticut, committed suicide as soon as he heard police approaching, indicating that he may have planned an even larger massacre, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloys.Investigators have not revealed what the possible motive for the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School may have been, but the 20year-old Lanza may have

been looking to kill even more people. ”We surmise that it was during the second classroom episode that he heard responders coming and apparently at that decided to take his own life,” Malloy said. Police have not found any letters or diaries that shed light on why Lanza committed the massacre, the governor said. ”I think our nation needs to take a very different approach to mental health, and we need

to speak about it more honestly, just as we need to do other things,” Malloy said.Lanza used a .223caliber assault rifle and was carrying two handguns. All of the victims – six adults and 20 children – were shot at least three times, Connecticut state medical examiner Wayne Carver said Saturday. Lanza’s weapons were all owned by his mother, Nancy, who he killed before setting off for the school.Cyber News

Guess who keeps Gujarat Muslims’ riot wounds open… Special Correspondent: Gujrat: It’s increasingly becoming clear that even if Muslims, who were scarred by the 2002 riots in Gujarat, want their wounds to heal, there is a dedicated cottage industry that is hell-bent on keeping their memories alive for far longer than is good for them.A televised interaction during the post-poll analysis in Gujarat on 20 December, when the results confirmed a hat-trick of victories for Narendra Modi, offered evidence of this curious streak among some activists. On one such panel, Zaraf Sareshwala, a Bohra Sunni Muslim who owns a BMW showroom in Ahmedabad, was asked if Muslims felt politically excluded from Gujarat since the BJP under Modi had not given even a single ticket to a Muslim. Did it signal an arrogance of power, and of the irrelevance of Muslims in Modi’s political world, he was asked.Not really, Sareshwala said. In fact, Muslims like him preferred to have the space to grow their businesses without governmental interference (or patronage) – which comes with secular all-round development – rather than have token representation in the Assembly which doesn’t serve their real needs. Now, Sareshwala isn’t a rent-a-quote Muslim who has been bought over by Modi. After the 2002 riots, he had actively cam-

paigned to bring Modi before the International Court of Justice, claiming that his government had failed to protect Muslim lives during the riots. But over time, he has come around to appreciating the view that rather than waste a lifetime seeking political vendetta for what was admittedly a horrid crime, which would effectively keep their wounds from healing, it was better for Muslims to take ownership of their lives and make the most of the economic opportunities that were undeniably to be had in Gujarat. Sareshwala, in fact, noted that it was in 1986,during a time of Congress rule, when there was some token Muslim representation in the Assembly that arguably one of the most perverse laws in Gujarat – the Disturbed Areas Act – was passed. The law, which is somewhat unique to Gujarat, effectively prohibited Muslims from selling, leasing or transferring property to a Hindu – and a vice versa – in what areas classified as “disturbed”.Intended to prevent distress sale in times of communal riots between Hindus and Muslims, the law effectively formalised the ghettoisation of cities. (More on its perverse provisions here.) Sareshwala’s point was that Muslim interests would be best served not necessarily by having token (and ineffective) Mus-

lim representation in the Assembly but in secular policies that were truly nondiscriminatory – and allowed the space for entrepreneurship to flourish. Yet, Sareshwala’s lived

Washington: U.S. President Barack Obama was named TIME's Person of the Year for 2012, citing his historic re-election last month as symbolic of the nation's changing demographics amid the backdrop of high unemployment and other challenges.TIME editor Rick Stengel announced the choice on NBC's "Today" program."He's basically the beneficiary and the author of a kind new America - a new demographic, a new cultural America that he is now the symbol of," he said."He won re-election despite a higher unemployment rate than anybody's had to face in basically in 70 years. He's the first Democrat to actually win two consecutive terms with over 50 per cent of the vote. That's something we haven't

seen since Franklin Delano Roosevelt," Stengel said, citing the president who served during the Great Depression and World War Two.Obama edged out Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head

by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, for the honor, Stengel said. Other finalists included Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and scientist Fabiola Gianotti, he added.Cyber News

Malala Yousafzai asks Pakistan not to rename college for her

experience was dismissed and scoffed at by another panellist – who said his views were not representative of Muslims.As Sareshwala feistily pointed out, this amounted to a dangerous mindset among those who claimed to be speaking up for Muslims, but who knew nothing of the aspirations of Muslims in Gujarat today. And it also found expression in the criticism directed at cricketer Irfan Pathan, for instance, for appearing on the election platform alongside Modi. Why should Pathan be seen only through the prism of a Muslim, he wondered. If Sachin Tendulkar accepts a Rajya Sabha nomination, should he be seen as a Hindu? As onthe-ground reports (such as this one) ahead of the

elections revealed, Muslims in Gujarat today say they want the narrative of “eternal suffering, victimhood and persecution” to change. “A development-oriented state that supplies 24X7 electricity to all is also a state which does not hand out sops or special privileges. This paradoxically lessens the dependency trap and lessens the vested interests of victimhood. In 2002 there were 260 Muslim educational trusts; today there are more than 800 – all running schools in a single-minded focus on acquiring quality education. The Gujarat example shows, ironically, how dynamic a community can become when the state hands out ‘benign neglect’ and forces independence and enterprise.” ---Cyber News

Mingora: A 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has urged Pakistan to reverse a decision to rename a college in her honor to avert militant attacks on students, an official said.Malala Yousafzai, who became a symbol of youth resistance to the Taliban, made the request after students broke into the school, tore down Malala's pictures and boycotted classes in her home town of Mingora. They said renaming the college endangered their lives.Senior government official Kamran Rehman said Malala called him from London, where she was being treated for critical wounds from the attack on October 9. The Taliban said it targeted her for promoting education for secular girls.Malala's case won worldwide recognition for the struggle for women's rights in Pakistan and Taliban have vowed to target her again. Pakistani Taliban have a strong presence in the country's tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. A

bomb ripped through the office of a local militant commander Maulvi Abbas in Wana, a main town in the South Waziristan tribal region in the northwest, killing him and three of his guards, two intelligence officials said.Abbas was an associate of Hakimullah Mehsud, the head of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan militant group, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. It was unclear who had planted the bomb.Nazir was wounded in the attack, and seven of his men were killed.Since then there has been tension between followers of Nazir and the Tehrik-eTaliban Pakistan in the region.


8 SPORTS / ENTERTAINMENT India vs England 2012: We hope to carry the momentum forward, says Yuvraj Mumbai: Off to a good start in Twenty20s after the "shattering" Test debacle, India batsman Yuvraj Sigh said he was confident that the team would carry the momentum not only into the second and final tie against England here on Saturday but also into the upcoming series against arch-foes Pakistan."In Twenty20s and ODIs, we have done well against them hopefully, we can carry the momentum, particularly with the important series against Pakistan coming up," said Yuvraj after India`s five-wicket win over England in Pune last night. The all-rounder played a key role, taking 3 for 19 to half England`s progress in batting and then smashed 38 in 21 balls with three sixes and two

fours to help India overhaul the visitors` score of 157 for 6 with five wickets to spare.India will take on Pakistan in a two-match T20 series commencing at Bangalore on December 25. The second game of that series is scheduled at Ahmedabad on December 28.This would be followed by a threematch ODI series against the neighbours from December 30 this year to January 6, 2013 after which India would engage England in a best-of-five ODI series from

January 11 to 27."Losing 4-0 (in Test series in England last year) and 2-1 (recently in the four-match Test series at home) was quite shattering. England played better cricket but we beat them 5-0 in the one-dayers (last year)," said Yuvraj who was part of the Test squad that got beaten by England. Yuvraj said the younger lot of players improved the fielding of the team.PTI

Salman Khan captivates Hyderabad

Correspondent Hyderabad: Recently Salman Khan had been in Hyderabad for performing at a show. This show had been titled the ‘Times Salman Nite’. The audiences went into frenzy as they saw their superstar perform live.Salman’s popularity has gone quite a few notches higher in the last five years and that was evident with the way the

audiences had been in sync with this ‘Dabangg’ Khan’s energy. He wore a glittering golden colored shirt and matched it with black trousers. His trademark bracelet was in place and he was beaming with terrific energy that made everybody at the gathering shun their seats and jump to their feet matching steps with Salman. He performed to some of the upbeat numbers such as ‘Dhinka Chika’ from “Ready” and ‘Oh Oh Jaane Jaana’ from “Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya”. He later performed on ‘Hud Hud Dabangg 2Dabangg’ to pervade the thought in everybody’s mind that ‘Dabangg 2’ was round the corners. He even danced to ‘Pandey ji Seeti’ from ‘Dabangg 2’ and got a few audiences on stage to teach them some of the signature steps from this film. He also taught them how to whistle. Four girls even got the opportunity to play ‘Rajjo’ alongside Salman. After a short interval Salman performed on all the musical and melodious numbers from his films such as “Chand Chupa Badal Mein” and “Dil Deewana Bin Sajna Ke”. This gave one the glimpse of the Salman of the olden days. One audience member said, “I don't

think I can ever get over this moment of watching Salman Khan live. I have, for years, admired him and seeing him perform has been one of my long cherished dreams. This is truly an awesome feeling.” Though Salman Khan headed the event and remained its main highlight, there were other celebrities too who performed at the function. There was Sukhwinder Singh who enthralled the audiences with his voice. He sang his hit songs back to back that made the crowd go berserk. He sang some of his most popular songs such as ‘Jalwa’ -Fashion, ‘Jai Ho’- “Slumdog Millionaire”, ‘Chak De’ – “Chak De India”, ‘Beedi Jalaile’ –“Omkara”, ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’- “Dil Se” and ‘Hole hole’“Rab ne Banadi Jodi”. Other popular singers who also performed at the function were Manoj Tiwari and Aditi Paul. The way the event turned into a success we are sure that Hyderabad is not going to forget this anytime soon.

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CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi, 10 others charged for criminal conspiracy and cheating New Delhi: A Delhi court ordered framing of charges against sacked CWG organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and others for offences of forgery, cheating and conspiracy in a games-related graft case.Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh passed the order on framing of charges against Kalmadi, former OC secretary general Lalit Bhanot and nine others for illegally awarding a contract to Swiss firm, Swiss Timing Omega, causing huge loss to the exchequer.The court said "prima facie" charges of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and for offences under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act are made out against eight accused persons and three companies.”Charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 201 (destruction of evidence), 420 (cheating), 467, 468, 471 (relating to forgery),

506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 13(1)(d) read with section 13(2) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the PC Act is ordered to be framed against all the accused," the court said. "Put up for formally framing of charges on January 10 at 10.30am," the judge said. The accused have been charge sheeted by the CBI for "illegally" awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 CWG to Swiss Timing at inflated rates causing a

loss of over Rs 90 crore to the public exchequer. Besides Kalmadi and Bhanot, the other accused in the case are OC's director general V K Verma, director general (procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint director general (sports) ASV Prasad and treasurer M Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sporting body. Promoters of two construction companies — P D Arya and A K Madan of Faridabad-based Gem International and A K Reddy of Hyderabad-based AKR Constructions are also accused in the case. Swiss Timing Omega is also an accused in the case.The CBI had lodged two separate cases against the ex-OC officials but had filed a combined charge sheet in the court. Darbari, Mahendroo and Jaychandran were earlier arrested in 2010 but were released on bail as the CBI had not been able to file the charge sheet within the statutory time limit of 60 days after the arrest of the accused in corruption cases. PTI

Make self-defence compulsory for school girls: Akshay Kumar New Delhi: Reacting to the brutal rape of a young woman in the capital, film actor Akshay Kumar said that self-defence should be made compulsory for girls in school, while filmmaker Pritish Nandy suggested that boys should be taught to respect girls. The 23-year-old physiotherapist was tortured and raped here by a gang of men in a moving bus. She is currently fighting for life in a hospital here. "While it took such an incident to awaken us, it

is sad to see that it is already losing its steam with the (Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh) election coverage," Akshay tweeted. "What happened is not acceptable! Let us not forget, we owe her that much. If we can`t get men to behave, it is time women take things in their own hands. Make self-defence compulsory in the school curriculum. It is not a solution but a start," he further posted.In response

to Akshay`s tweet, filmmaker Pritish Nandy suggested that boys should be taught to respect girls. "@akshaykumar - Isn`t it simpler to teach young boys in school to love and respect the opposite sex?" tweeted Nandy. To which Akshay replied: "@PritishNandy while that needs to be done irrespective of everything. Self defence training will atleast give them the ability to protect themselves if the need arises."IANS

SUNNY TO SHAKE HER BOOTY FOR 1 CR AT A NEW YEAR BASH? Mumbai:Shortly after news of her being approached for an item song, adult star Sunny Leone is apparently a hot favourite this year for New Year bashes. After her debut film, she has been approached by a lot of suburban hotels to perform at the New Year’s Eve and looks like Sunny has given her nod to one of them. A source close to her reveals, “Sunny

has chosen to perform at a famous property in Delhi. She is being paid

close to a crore to dance to a medley of popular Bollywood numbers. She loves to dance and has already started rehearsing for her act on the December 31.”


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