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requent business class traveller Vispy Mistry’s decision to book a premium economy class ticket on a British Airways flight to Canada in June was largely driven by a huge markdown he got on the deal. What made it better for the Byculla resident was the smile on his wife’s face. “We were allowed 23kg extra
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baggage each. She could shop as much as she wanted,” said the retired entrepreneur. The new ‘premium economy’ class introduced by foreign carriers over the past year is not just giving wings to economy class travellers’ aspirations to taste executive luxuries on board; its price is attracting business class fliers. Switch in bookings for the new
class has more than doubled as west-bound fliers are pushing their travel budget for the extra bit of comfort. Virgin Atlantic, for instance, witnessed more than 60% increase in premium economy bookings on its London and New York bound flights from New Delhi this year. “We have increased our seats in the new A330 premium economy cabin from 35 to 48
seats,” said Stephen King, general manager (India), Virgin Atlantic. Air France-KLM witnessed a 31% growth in bookings for the mid-level seats on its Europebound flights from Mumbai and Bangalore over the past year. “These seats are mainly preferred by small and medium enterprises that are part of our BlueBiz corporate loyalty
programme,” said Suraj Nair, marketing manager (India), Air France-KLM. Tour operators said the new class was introduced in the west during the recession in 2009. “Middle-class travellers are ready to pay Rs20,000 to Rs25,000 more for better seats and food,” said Subhash Motwani, director, Compact Travels.
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Corruption has been rewarded, says Arvind Kejriwal
y appointing Salman Khurshid as external affairs minister and elevating him to the ‘big four’ in the cabinet, the Congress
has clearly shown it won’t succumb to the pressure tactics of anti-corruption activists or the Opposition. Activist-turned-politician
Arvind Kejriwal - who on Sunday said corruption has been incentivised - had trained his guns on Khurshid after a sting by TV channel Aaj Tak alleging
financial irregularities in the minister’s family-run trust. Kejriwal had alleged the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, run by Khurshid and his wife Louise,
embezzled Rs. 71 lakh meant for the disabled. India Against Corruption has threatened a protest in Khurshid’s constituency Farrukhabad in UP on November 1. Soon after the sting, the minister had found himself in more hot water over his comments, “I have been made law minister and asked to work with the pen. I will work with the pen, but also with blood”, and “let them come to Farrukhabad. But let him also return from Farrukhabad”. The remarks were interpreted as a threat to Kejriwal and the chorus for Khurshid’s resignation got louder. The Congress was quick to disapprove the remarks. Earlier too, Khurshid had faced criticism from within the party for his statements - one of them earning him a censure from the election commission - during the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. But on Sunday, the party chose to stand by him. “The corrupt are not just protected but also rewarded,” Kejriwal tweeted. “Salman was law minister and has been made foreign minister. Does that mean he has failed as law minister or that he did so well that he was made foreign minister? The country won’t benefit from it.”
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Oil proves too slick for Jaipal Reddy
aipal Reddy’s transfer from the crucial petroleum ministry raised eyebrows within Congress and in political circles at large, with the dominant opinion viewing it through the prism of his runins with dominant corporate
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interests. Although Reddy, a wellregarded and affable leader, is expected to take up his new assignment at the science and technology ministry on Monday, the shift to the relatively obscure ministry from the high-profile
charge of petroleum is widely seen as a demotion. Yogendra Yadav of India Against Corruption described the change as punishment for taking on Reliance. Reddy himself was upset over what his sympathizers called “an insult”.
Reddy’s arrival in the petroleum ministry in January 2011 had unsettled many as his entry was seen as a pushback against the all-pervasive influence of dominant interests. His critics blamed him for starting a witch-hunt against the private sector and charged him with engaging in a purge of officers whom he suspected of being sympathetic to private players. Complaints kept growing and found receptive audience in different quarters of the government, including the PMO which also grudged his socialist instincts. Reddy did not approve RIL’s $7.2 billion stake-sale deal with BP, insisting on seeking clearance from the Cabinet. His stand annoyed Reliance which argued that the petroleum ministry was equipped to okay the deal on its own. Citing CAG’s 2011 censure of the government for being soft on contractual violations by Reliance, Reddy slapped a Rs 7,000 crore penalty on the company for failure to meet the gas production target from KGD6 field. The ministry under his watch also withheld approvals for fresh investments in the field until Reliance submitted itself to a second round of performance audit by CAG. The ministry’s stand stemmed
from the fact that Reliance’s expenditure has a direct bearing on government’s earnings from the field. The fresh provocation to Reliance came when the ministry, continuing with extraordinary boldness under Reddy, opposed in a Cabinet note the company’s demand for a premature hike in the price of KG-D6 gas. Reddy’s successor, M Veerappa Moily, appeared all too aware of the backdrop against which he has taken the stage. The new petroleum minister said he would try to smoothen the rough edges, expedite decisions and strike a balance between growth and governance. “It is a politically volatile and sensitive ministry, but if you strongly go in quest of solutions, perhaps obstacles will melt away,” Moily said soon after the new portfolios were announced. But it would be easier said than done, given the charged atmosphere where allegations of corruption and crony-capitalism are flying thick and fast. Each of Moily’s steps will be under close scrutiny, especially in view of CAG’s adverse report in 2011 and perception that Reddy was removed because of his tough stand against Reliance.
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Rail minister flags first major hike in 10 years
fter a decade of a “no fare hike regime” under a coalition government at the Center, train fares are finally set to increase to save the mode of public transportation from virtual bankruptcy. “We have to ensure that the vast infrastructure of the railways does not collapse and stop functioning. So, we have to increase fares and assure the public that if there is any hike, the public will also appreciate it because we are going to improve services,” said new railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, shortly after taking charge. Rail fares were last hiked in 2002 during Nitish Kumar’s tenure.
rail finances,” said Shiva Gopal Mishra of All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF). “We are not in the least bit opposed to hiking passenger fares,” Mishra added. With the Congress assuming control of the railways portfolio, hopes have revived that big-ticket projects, including the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) plan, will
get a push. “All regions of the country will get their due from the railways,” Bansal said. “The new minister is a Congressman and represents a Union Territory. He is unlikely to get swayed by regional political interests,” an official said. In 2007-08, the losses on account of passenger fares
amounted to Rs. 7,067.67 crore. The figure rose to Rs. 13,901.22 crore in 2008-09; Rs. 18,760.67 crore in 2009-10; Rs. 20,948 crore in 2010-11; and Rs. 24,000 crore in 2011-12. “It will be my endeavour to improve the physical and financial position of the railways. We have to move with the times,” Bansal said.
Former railways ministers Mamata Banerjee and Lalu Prasad Yadav did not raise fares and both were accused of using the portfolio to promote regional political interests in their states. Banerjee even forced a rollback of a hike proposal announced by her nominee Dinesh Trivedi earlier this year. That decision is estimated to have deprived the railways of Rs. 4,000 crore. Yadav had even nominally cut passenger railway fares by Rs. 1. Because of the “no fare hike” policy, loss to the railways is estimated to be nearly Rs. 24,000 crore, officials said. “Populist policies of previous railways ministers are ruining
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insider trading. He will begin his jail term in January. Gupta took the sentencing impassively, showing no
emotions. His family sitting behind the gallery also didn’t react much, unlike when he wash held guilty in June.
Judge Jed S Rakoff said even good men do bad things and all of Gupta’s good acts of philanthropy didn’t absolve him of the crime which was “a functional equivalent of stabbing Goldman in the back.” He has to surrender for starting his jail term on January 8, 2013. Gupta, who was born in Kolkata and raised in Delhi -- went to Modern School, ran McKinsey & Co from 1994 to 2003 as its youngest managing director ever. He was held guilty in June of passing insider information about Goldman Sachs, where he was a director, to billionaire hedge fund owner Raj Rajaratnam. He tipped Rajaratnam about a $5 billion investment into Goldman Sachs by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway at the peak of The Great Recession in September 2009. He was also found guilty of passing information about a quarterly loss to Rajaratnam, whose hedge fund Galleon traded early on that information to avoid losses. But he was acquitted of charges of passing tips about consumer goods giant P&G, where he was a director, and Goldman Sachs profits for a quarter in 2007. Prosecutors had sought a
prison term for 97 months to 121 citing federal guidelines, which, however, are not binding. Gupta’s lawyer Gary Naftalis had filed for leniency for his client last week saying, “Rajat Gupta has lived an exemplary life of uncommon accomplishment, compassion and generosity.” And that his crimes were limited to a two-month period in 2008. Naftalis suggested Gupta could be punished to work with needy children in New York or the poor in Rwanda, whose justice minister Tharcisse Karugarama was among 400 people who have written to the judge about Gupta philanthropy. Rajaratnam was sentenced to 11 years in jail for securities fraud and insider trading in 2011. His appeal against his conviction is coming up for a hearing on Thursday. Federal prosecutors came upon Gupta while investigating Rajaratnam, whose phone was being secretly recorded following an unprecedented request to a New York judge in 2008. Following the wiretap, 22 people were charged in largest such investigation in recent US history, part of a crackdown launched four years ago on securities frauds.
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elhi, which was not even among the world’s top ten urban sprawls by population in 1990, is already the second largest behind Tokyo and will continue to retain that position till 2025, according to a UN projection. Mumbai, which was at No. 5 in 1990, has climbed
to the fourth spot and will be No. 3 in the next 13 years. The projections made in the UN’s recent publication, State of The World’s Cities 201213, suggests that the Delhi urban agglomeration will have a population of 28.6 million by 2025, still well behind Tokyo’s
37.1 million. Mumbai will, in the meantime, have reached a population of 25.8 million. While the report does not indicate exactly which areas are included in these urban agglomerations, comparison of the numbers given for 2010 with 2011 census figures indicates that the relevant area is
Greater Mumbai and Delhi plus Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida and Faridabad. The fastest growing of the mega cities, according to the report, will be Dhaka. 29% jump in population of Delhi by 2025 Dhaka, which was ranked No. 23 in 1990 and was at No. 9 in 2010, is projected to be the fifth largest urban area in the world by 2025. Another city in India’s neighbourhood, Karachi, has also been rapidly climbing up the rankings, from No.21 in 1990 to No.10 in 2010 and No.9 in 2025. Kolkata, which was ranked No.7 in 1990, has been more or less holding on to its position, having dropped just one rank till 2010 and is projected to hold on to that position in 2025. New York and Mexico City, which were the two biggest urban agglomerations two decades ago, are projected to drop to the bottom half of the top 10 list in a little more than a decade from now. For those who worry about these cities continuing to grow to unmanageable sizes, there is some reason for hope. Most of
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Gurdwara in Indira Gandhi killer’s name exists
Temple complex; a gurdwara in memory of Satwant Singh, one of the assassins of former prime minister Indira Gandhi hardly draws any attention at Agwan village in Gurdaspur
district. Situated in the middle of the village near the Indo-Pak border, the gurdwara is named after Satwant Singh, who remains the last man to be
anniversary of his uncle for the past 23 years. Following the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the then panchayat of Agwan village, headed by Kulwant Singh, had passed a resolution to boycott the family of Satwant Singh. However, nobody heeded that resolution and the gurdwara was named after the assassin.“That resolution still stands,” said Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Congress MLA from Dera Baba Nanak, adding that sarpanch Kulwant Singh was then in Congress but now is with Akali Dal. Demanding removal of Satwant Singh’s name from the gurdwara, Randhawa said glorifying such people won’t send out a good message to the youth.
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hanged to death on January 6, 1989 at Tihar Jail in Delhi. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) also observes the death anniversary of Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, assassins of Indira Gandhi, on January 6. Sikhs’ supreme temporal seat Akal Takht had bestowed upon them the title of ‘martyrs of Sikh nation’. Sukhwinder Singh (27), Satwant’s nephew and at present the sarpanch of Agwan, said, “To honour my uncle people in the village named the gurdwara after him, which is visited by many people now”. Sukhwinder, a successful businessman, said Damdami Taksal, the Sikh seminary, had been observing the death
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Greece considered more risky to invest than Syria
he world’s markets may believe that the worst of the financial crisis in Europe is over after three turbulent years, but those people who control the purse strings of the world’s businesses are not breathing any easier.
An annual survey of finance directors from global business consultancy BDO finds that the crisis over too much government debt in Europe remains one of their key concerns, so much so that Greece is considered a riskier place to invest and set up
business in than war-torn Syria. Only Iran and Iraq are considered more risky than Greece, which also struggles to convince its international creditors that it deserves bailout loans to avoid bankruptcy and a possible euro exit.
“CFOs are becoming increasingly wary of Southern Europe, parts of which they now see as risky as the politically unstable countries of the Middle East,” said BDO chief executive Martin Van Roekel. Greece isn’t the only country in the 17-country group that uses the euro in the survey’s top 10 riskiest countries to invest in. Spain, which even as the eurozone’s No. 4 economy with a long-standing relationship with Latin America, stands at No. 7. This reluctance by finance directors, particularly from fastgrowing economies such as Brazil and China, to invest in Europe’s indebted countries goes to the heart of the financial crisis. A major part of these countries’ recovery is dependent on the private sector stepping in to fill the investment gap left by cuts in government spending. While countries like Greece and Spain are struggling to convince international business that they are good places to invest, others are prospering. Despite recent signs of slowing down, China is considered the most attractive country for expansion, closely followed by the US Others such as Brazil, India, Germany and the UK. also feature in the top 10 of countries ripe for expansion.
Overall, the survey from BDO found that CFOs around the world are finding it more difficult to conduct business abroad. As well as an uncertain global economic situation, they cite increased regulation and greater competition. Van Roekel also said he is “surprised” that more finance directors haven’t voiced concerns about the heavy debts of countries outside of Europe, notably Japan and the US Though Japan’s debt is worth around double the size of its economy, the country has managed to avoid stoking too many investor concerns because most of its self-financed by its own pension funds. The US, which has the advantage of having the dollar, the world’s reserve currency, has problems of its own and the winner of the presidential election, whoever it is, will soon have to grapple with the “fiscal cliff” a package of huge tax hikes and spending cuts that will automatically be introduced if the different arms of government don’t come to a budget agreement. BDO surveyed 1,000 CFOs from medium-sized companies currently planning foreign investment.
Model-actor, 23, murdered in Mumbai flat
23-year-old model and actor was found murdered in her groundfloor apartment in Andheri West. Bidushi Dash Barde, a former beauty queen from Chennai, was alone at home through the day and did not answer any of his calls, her husband Kedar Barde said. Kedar found her blood-spattered body when he returned from work. Kedar, 26, works with a Nariman Point-based firm. The D N Nagar police initially registered a case of accidental death. But based on the nature of injuries as per Bidushi’s postmortem and the eyewitness account of a resident of the society, Four Bungalows, the police converted the case to that of murder the next day. Bidushi, who has acted in Tamil films and was currently modelling in Mumbai, had a love marriage with Kedar, a software engineer, three years ago. They had moved into the flat 18 months ago. Around 7.45am on October 22, Kedar left for work. At that time, Bidushi was alone at home. He called her at 9.30am but there was no response. Throughout the day, Kedar called Bidushi several times but she did not answer the phone. Their domestic help, too, knocked on the door to the apartment but got no response. Around 9.30pm, Kedar returned home from work. He opened the door with his set of keys when Bidushi did not respond to the doorbell. “Kedar noticed
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that the lights were switched off but the television set was on. He then came across Bidushi’s bloodsplattered body in the passage between the bathroom and the bedroom. A glass shelf was lying broken near her and glass shards were found protruding from Bidushi’s cheek, jaw, neck and chin. There were also fingernail marks on her face as well as head injuries,” police said. While the police confirmed that a sharp weapon was used for the offence, the exact cause of death can be ascertained only after a chemical analysis at the state forensic science laboratory. With the help of his landlord, Dr Shinde, Kedar took Bidushi to the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital at Andheri, where doctors declared her dead,” a police official said. Kedar then went to the D N Nagar police station. He told the cops that Bidushi was diabetic and often complained of feeling dizzy. He told the police that she must have fallen on the shelf, causing the injuries and loss of blood leading to her death. Based on Kedar’s statement late on Monday, the police then registered a case of accidental death. The society watchman told the police that a man had come to Bidushi’s flat around 2.15pm, but left when she did not open the door. The visitor had scribbled his name in the register. Shantanu Dash, Bidushi’s father, had said that there was
foul play in the case. A warrant officer with the Indian Air Force and based in Chennai, Dash said, “Initially I thought that my daughter had died accidentally. But now I’m certain she was murdered in cold blood. The police have been very supportive. Bidhushi was very happy in Mumbai and was doing well in her career. She did not have fights with anyone,” he said.
The Dash family said that Bidushi won the Ms Chennai contest in 2006 and was very happy with Kedar. The family belongs to Orissa. Dash said he wouldn’t give a clean chit to the security guard as he hadn’t bothered to take down the visitor’s detailed address or phone number. “A female resident of the building has told us that she clearly saw a visitor at Bidushi’s
door. Based on her statement and the nature of injuries sustained by Bidushi, we have registered a case of murder,” said additional commissioner Vishwas NangrePatil. Forensic experts have told the police that Bidushi might have died around noon. The police are in the process of collecting CCTV footage from the building management.
Julia Gillard in India: Moving forward
ustralian prime minister Julia Gillard’s three-day visit to India has helped to strengthen a bilateral relationship that has been steadily improving over the years. As Commonwealth members and as countries with thriving democracies, the two have much in common. Since economic development started gaining momentum in
India two decades ago, mutual trade and investment relations have improved. There are other facets also to the relationship like strategic co-operation, peoplepeople and cultural ties and a lively sports relationship based on the craze for cricket in both countries. A sign of Australia’s admiration for Indian cricket was the award of the country’s highest honour,
the Order of Australia, to Sachin Tendulkar, which was announced by Gillard during her visit, though the decision has been criticised by some in Australia. The most important highlight of the visit was the decision to commence negotiations for a civil nuclear co-operation agreement. India had been blacklisted by Australia on nuclear trade for its
refusal to sign the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty, but after the IAEA-approved civil nuclear agreement with the US in 2005 there was a rethinking. The Labour government lifted the ban and Gillard took personal initiative in the matter. Therefore it was appropriate the matter was pursued further during her visit to this country. Though it
will take time for the actual trade to start because the safeguards agreement has to be put in place first, the process is irreversible. Australia has about 40 per cent of world’s uranium reserves and India, which has an ambitious nuclear programme, needs much more of it than its present suppliers may be able to provide. So the agreement is mutually beneficial. Both countries have taken care to nurture a strategic relationship with increasing cooperation between the navies to ensure maritime security in very important trade routes. In spite of Australia’s close and extensive trade and economic relations with China, Canberra is vary of Beijing. It wants to develop stronger ties with India. There are strong educational ties, with large numbers of Indian students going to Australian universities which are very keen to receive them. The tensions created by some attacks on Indians have eased, and the government did well to take effective steps to prevent and punish any acts of racial hatred. There is a large number of Indian professional working in Australia, and it is a destination for migration. All these aspects of mutual relations are set to become stronger.
Durgotsav 2012 organised by Bengali Society of Melbourne
T i m Pa l l a s , M e m b e r o f Pa r l i a m e n t f r o m Ta r n e i t w h o c a m e i n D u r g a Pu j a , a l o n g with other guests.
ulture and traditions follow people as they travel around the world. A critical mass of people, with the will to plant the seeds of our cultures and traditions in these foreign lands and adapt them to these new surroundings, assures the continuity of these rich customs and beliefs. This instills an appreciation for the same by our next generations who have not experienced a traditional Durga Puja in Bengal or other parts of South East Asia.
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Though Durga Puja symbolizes the eternal struggle of good over evil, we like to think of Durga Puja as an expression of a homecoming narrative – the joy, happiness and longing that are attached with homecoming are all manifested in Durga Puja. Maa Durga comes home from her in-laws to her paternal abode laden with gifts and a celebration of homecoming provides a sweet emotional background for Durga Puja, it provides a warmth and association which is simple and
easy to relate to. For us, who have come to these distant shores of this land to set up home and work, the relevance of Durga Puja resonates deeply and a sense of longing for our homes and the land we come from makes it all the more poignant. This is a time when there is a spontaneous outburst of goodwill and cheer. For the four days of Durga Puja ( in our perspective mere two days ) , there was magic in
the air and people forgot their trouble and miseries, this is a time which provided a break from the dull repetitive everyday life and rejuvenated the soul and spirit to face the challenges throughout the coming year till it is time for Durga Puja again.We at Bengali Society of Melbourne ( born mid April 2012 thus still in it's infancy ) in the Western to Northern Suburbs of Melbourne , celebrated Durga Puja the very first time this year, with much pomp and vigour at Woodville Primary School, Hoppers Crossing premises. The overwhelming spirit and the joyous nature of the people here made up for any lack of ambience found in India during the Durga Puja celebration. We were fortunate enough to be graced by Mr. Tim Pallas , esteemed Member of Parliament of Tarneit, on this joyous
occasion. It was homecoming indeed, the daughter had come home and it conveyed a fullness which was absent for so long. Then came the dhakis, with the drum and joyous rhythms and beats. The first beats of the dhak fell on our ears like a gentle caress. There was a sudden change in mood and people started feeling happy and jovial with even nature joining in with adequate warmth and glee.Those two days were punctuated with puspanjali, aarati, bhog, cultural function and social intermingling. The Durga protima came alive and seemed to join in the fun and gaiety all around. The day’s merged into one long period of celebration and before we could realize, the time for Visharjaan arrived. A long wait of a year to pass ensues....
Indian woman killed, granddaughter abducted in US
woman from Andhra Pradesh visiting the US was killed when she apparently tried to resist the abduction of her 10-month-old granddaughter. The police and the FBI have launched a massive manhunt to find the assailants and the kidnappers. “Saanvi Venna is believed to have been taken from her family’s apartment after the murder of her grandmother, Satayvathi Venna, age 61, on Monday,” Montgomery County district Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a statement. Pennsylvania State Police has issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert. According to Ferman, the body
of Satyavathi Venna, the paternal grandmother of Saanvi, was discovered inside the apartment. Satyavathi had arrived from India for a visit in July and was scheduled to return home in January. She was babysitting the child. The parents of the child, Venkata Konda Siva Venna (father) and Chenchu Latha Punuru (mother), had emigrated from India in February 2007 and have previously lived in San Antonio Texas, Troy Michigan, and Cleveland Ohio. In June 2012, they moved to King of Prussia in Pennsylvania. An autopsy of the body of Satyavathi Venna is underway, Ferman said.
In a televised news conference, Venkata Konda Siva Venna, made a brief, emotional plea, asking help. “If someone finds my baby, could you please bring my baby back?” he was quoted as saying. According to the daily, the neighbours expressed shock at the incident. “You always fear the worst,” Veronica Nava, 36, who lives in the same complex, told the daily. “I feel bad... for the guy who is looking for his daughter,” said resident Tanya Bazylskiy, who lives in the C building. She said the apartment had many young professionals and families living there, “good neighbours”.
QUOTEUNQUOTE “Don’t give mobile phones to girls...” - BSP MP Rajpal Singh Saini
Advani revives Ayodhya temple row
Senior BJP leader LK Advani revived the Ram temple issue at a poll meeting here, drawing cheers from the crowd gathered to hear him speak. Advani, who spearheaded the party’s campaign for construction of the disputed temple at Ayodhya, announced that the BJP would help construct an elaborate and a beautiful temple at Ayodhya, the birth place of lord Rama after the Supreme Court gives its final verdict. Touching on the issue of development, Advani said the central government and the Election Commission (EC) should work in the direction of conducting simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha and all state assemblies.
Advani said conducting all elections simultaneously would speed up the development process as there would be no hindrance for five years. He said he had discussed the issue with PM Manmohan Singh in the presence of Pranab Mukherjee when the latter was a cabinet minister. However, there was no response from them, he said. The former deputy prime minister said the EC should also look into the possibilities of organising public debates by prime ministerial and chief ministerial candidates so that they can discuss public issues and the people can understand the achievements of the rival parties and vote in favour of the better candidate or party.
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CA helps his parents sell vegetables
e is a qualified chartered accountant earning 45,000 a month, but that has not stopped D Manikandan from doing what he has been doing for long — help his mother D Lakshmi, 45, arrange vegetables on her tricycle.
His father Dhanaraj loads spinach leaves on another tricycle. “Every morning, my mother goes to Koyambedu and returns with vegetables, spinach and other groceries in a mini-van and unloads them on the roadside on Dr Radhakrishnan Salai. By
then, I am there and help them arrange vegetables and spinach on their vehicles,” says the 24-year-old who recently joined Sundaram BPO India Limited as assistant manager ( finance). “It is my life and has sustained our family. Why should I think
it is a menial job,” he asks. He who walks from his house in Ramakrishna Puram, Mylapore a pavement in front of a hospital on Dr Radhakrishnan Salai to wait for his mother to return from Koyambedu. After his parents set off on
their rounds — they traverse the streets of Gopalapuram and Royapettah and return home at 3pm — he walks back home to get ready for office. Lakshmi and Dhanaraj have regular customers in their area as their vegetables and groceries are fresh everyday. Manikandan, who scored 450 out of 500 in Class 10 and 1,057 of 1,200 in Class 12, while a student of PS Higher Secondary School in Mylapore, is remembered with pride by his teachers. Says K Ganesan, a retired post-graduate assistant in commerce at PS Senior Higher Secondary School, “he was one of the most obedient boys in school and helped others during lunch hours. I am proud of what he has achieved.” Others in the area talk warmly about Manikandan. C Krishnaprasad, 62, a resident of Lloyds Road, says, “I have known Lakshmi for seven years. She recently told me her son had completed his CA recently. Lakshmi is very popular in the Gopalapuram area. Several supermarkets have come up but Lakshmi continues to do her business.” Dhanaraj, a native of Puduchery, married Lakshmi of Villupuram 30 years ago. They settled in Mylapore and have been selling vegetables since then.
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ne of India’s leading film actors, Vidya Balan, will return to Melbourne as the ambassador for the 2013 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher announced yesterday. Speaking at an Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Industry event in Mumbai, Ms Asher said Vidya is one of Indian cinema’s most respected actors and a genuine box-office drawcard. “Securing such a high profile actor as our brand ambassador adds to the prestige of the festival and Vidya’s attendance at next year’s festival will be sure to delight our local Indian film fans,” Ms Asher said. To be held in April 2013, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne showcases the diversity and breadth
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2013 to pay tribute to Bollywood Legend Yash Chopra
of Indian film culture to Victorian audiences and will once again be delivered by Mind Blowing Films. The industry event also paid tribute to legendary film maker Mr Yash Chopra, with the Minister announcing that the Festival will pay a rich tribute to the veteran film maker next year. “Mr Chopra had a deep relationship with Victoria given he was a Patron of the Festival and that he shot two major blockbusters in Victoria, Salaam Namaste and Chak De India. The Festival is honoured to be showcasing Mr Chopra’s masterpieces as part of the Festival,” Ms Asher said. “Delivering an Indian film festival in Melbourne is a key part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to closer engagement between India and Victoria,” Ms Asher said. “The inaugural Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was
held in 2012, delivering on the Government’s election pledge to develop an Indian film festival and bring the best of Indian cinema to Victorian audiences and screen practitioners.” Ms Asher said the festival will also play a significant role in promoting Victoria as a cosmopolitan multicultural centre for screen excellence – strong in skills, infrastructure, locations, languages and cultural understanding. “Mind Blowing Films is thrilled to deliver another Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and engage Victorian audiences with the best that Indian cinema has to offer,” Ms Lange said. Speaking at the event, Ms Balan said she was delighted to be the ambassador for such a vibrant and exciting festival showcasing the best of Indian cinema. “Melbourne is like a second home to me and I look forward to being
back,” Ms Balan said. Minister Asher is in Mumbai as part of Victoria Week, a program of
activities to showcase Victoria’s cultural, creative and business strengths in India.
iPad Mini every inch an iPad
A beautiful display, powerful A5 chip, FaceTime HD camera, iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, ultrafast wireless, and over 275,000 apps ready to download from the App Store. iPad mini is an iPad in every way, shape, and slightly smaller form.
he new device, a 7.9inch version of its 10inch iPad tablet, comes
in six pricing configurations. In addition to the 16GB tablet with Wi-Fi at $329, the 32GB tablet
with Wi-Fi is $429, and the 64BG version is $529. For devices with Wi-Fi and 4G cellular
connections, the 16GB tablet is $459, the 32GB is $559, and the 64GB is $659. These devices are shipping two weeks after their Wi-Fi-only counterparts. The iPad Mini could prove to dramatically expand the base of customers for Apple, giving the company a new area of growth at a time when its highly profitable iPhone, as well as its MacBook and iMac lines, are reaching maturity. The iPad Mini, which will sell at a 34 percent discount to its larger cousin, simultaneously puts the rest of the competition, including Amazon’s Kindle FireHD and Google’s Nexus 7, on notice. Also Apple introduced a new iMac, a MacBook Pro 13inch with Retina display, and, perhaps its biggest surprise -- a fourth-generation iPad, just half a year after introducing its thirdgeneration “new iPad.” Getting hands-on with the iPad mini could just as easily be called a “hand-on” since it’s so easy to hold one-handed, and tap with the other. The first thing you notice when you pick it up is just how thin and light it is. With a smooth aluminium back, you feel like you could flip it like a coin, or spin it on your palm. It’s as thin as a pencil and as light as a legal-size pad of paper - both nearly insignificant feeling objects. The iPad mini’s 1024x768-pixel screen is 163 pixels per inch, the same pixel
density as an iPhone 3GS. It’s also the same pixel dimensions as iPad 2 and the original iPad, so all of the existing iPad apps can run natively, no scaling or waiting for developers to push out updates. In our testing, we noticed that typing on the smaller onscreen buttons and keys will take a bit of getting used to. They’re smaller than on the large iPad, of course, but still tappable. The buttons you’re aiming at aren’t any smaller than they’d be on an iPhone or iPod touch, but since they appear on a larger screen than either of those devices have, they feel even smaller. Everything down to the app icons on the Home screen are smaller than on the big iPad, even as they float in a 4x5 grid with generous space around them.
Soon, a device to help patients regain their voice
esearchers have developed a new device which they claim will help people who have lost their voices speak again. The device designed for people who suffer from vocal cord dysfunction will contribute to manufacturing voice prostheses with improved affective features. For instance, for little girls who have lost their voices, the improved artificial voice device can produce age-appropriate voices, instead of the usual adult voice. These advances in artificial voice production have been made possible by results achieved in a research project led by Professor Samuli Siltanen, part of the Academy of Finland’s Computational Science Research Programme (LASTU). One of the fundamental problems of speech signal analysis is to find the vocal cord excitation signal from a digitally recorded speech sound and to determine the shape of the vocal tract - the mouth and the throat. This so-called glottal inverse filtering of the speech signal requires a highly specialised form of computer calculation. With traditional techniques, inverse filtration is only possible for low-pitch male voices.
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Women and children voices are trickier cases as the higher pitch comes too close in frequency to the lowest resonance of the vocal tract. The novel inverse calculation method significantly improves
glottal inverse filtering in these cases. “Most speech sounds are a result of a specific process. The air flowing between the vocal folds makes them vibrate. This vibration, if we could hear it,
would produce a weird buzzing sound. However, as it moves through the vocal tract, that buzz is transformed into some familiar vowel,” explains Siltanen. Singing, says Siltanen, is a perfect example of this interplay
between the vocal cord response and the vocal tract. “When we sing the vowel ‘a’ in different pitches, our vocal tracts remain unchanged but the frequency of the vocal cord excitation changes.
t’s an open secret that Ekta Kapoor is set to produce a lavish TV show based on the historical love story of Mughal Emperor Akbar and his wife, Jodha Bai. But what has been creating more excitement is the casting of actors for the lead roles. Now, we have heard that after eight months of a rigorous nation-wide search and auditions, the doyen of Indian soap operas has finally found Jodha — Indore girl Paridhi Sharma. “This will be Paridhi’s first lead role after she appeared as part of the supporting cast in another TV show, Ruk Jaana Nahi. Ekta feels that Paridhi can carry off the part perfectly because she has the innocent and simple persona, in addition to a beautiful face. Paridhi, of course, is very excited about her big break,” says an insider close to Ekta. In 2008, director Ashutosh Gowariker had brought the story to the big screen in his magnum opus, Jodhaa Akbar, where Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan had portrayed the Rajput princess’s character. Ekta, in a bid to find the right actors, had gone all out: she
kick-started a countrywide search for the lead faces and personally attended auditions. “She has gone through nearly 7,000 auditions and finally found her Jodha in Indore. She wanted to personally handpick the right actors for the roles,” says the insider. In fact, she also changed her Facebook status saying that she is looking for fresh faces for Jodha and Akbar. “Since Ekta had put up the message on her Facebook page, it was jammed almost instantly. Her email account has also crashed because of the overflow of mails with requests and pictures (coming through). But it shouldn’t come as a big surprise since it’s a huge production from Ekta’s company,” adds the insider. When contacted, Ekta Kapoor had said: “After a nationwide hunt, I have finally found my Jodha. It was a long and tedious process but totally worth it, since Paridhi represents everything I have been looking for.” For those still practicing their sword fighting skills, the search for Akbar is still on!
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Finally, Ekta Kapoor finds her Aishwarya Rai
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Bigg Boss 6 was a madhouse : Kashif Qureshi
As the show opened with lots of glitz and glamour, we bring you some of the eye candies in the Bigg Boss house who are not to be missed!
igg Boss Season 6 brought with it many new changes, and one of them was the entry of a noncelebrity in the house. Hyderabadbased martial arts expert Kashif Qureshi was the only regular person to be a part of the show. However, he was evicted in last week’s eliminations. With his martial arts background, Kashif was enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge on various topics with other housemates. However, his eagerness was misunderstood and he got into fights with fellow contestants Sapna Bhavnani, Niketan Madhok and Urvashi
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Dholakia. “It feels great now that I’m out. It was a madhouse,” says Kashif. He adds, “It was a horrible experience. No one can stay normal inside. You either have to be a great actor, a crazy person or desperate for fame and money to survive. I didn’t enjoy myself as opinions clashed and there were spats. I also felt targeted by other contestants who are celebrities. They were insecure about me.”If he had so many reservations, why did he choose to enter the house? “Everyone looks for recognition and I went there to explore this opportunity. I feel more people know me now,” he laughs. “It is my
dream to be an action star. I am a martial arts expert and if I get a chance to use that skill in films or television, I am game for it.” Kashif feels Delnaaz (Paul), Niketan and Aseem have the best chances of winning. “Delnaaz is a sweet person and much like Sidhu Paaji (Navjot Singh Sidhu), she always treated me like an equal. The rest either consciously or otherwise, behaved in a condescending manner towards me. Niketan and Aseem are simple people. And since none of them are putting up an act of pretence, I think one of them should win,” he says.
Couples dance show Nach Baliye to return
fter a long gap of four years, popular dance reality show Nach Baliye is all set to return to the tube. But this time around, the show, which originally featured celebrity couples from the TV world, is going to invite duos from other fields to participate as well. Buzz is that a variety of celebrity couples have been approached for the show. Wrestler Khali and his wife Harminder Kaur, for instance are in talks with the channel and so are tennis player Sania Mirza and cricketer husband Shoaib Malik. From the television fraternity, newly married couples Karan Singh Grover and Jennifer Winget and Shabbir Ahluwalia and Kanchi Kaul are on the tentative list. Diya
Aur Baati Hum star Anas Rashid and Rati Pandey have also been considered. While industry sources claim that Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon star Barun Sobti and wife Pashmeen Manchanda will also be putting on their dancing shoes, Barun rebuffs the rumours. “I don’t know anything about Nach Baliye right now. I have heard of these rumours too, but we haven’t been approached officially.” Barun, a self-confessed non-dancer adds, “If I get an offer, I will decide as per my schedule and comfort level. I wouldn’t really mind, but certain factors would have to be considered.” The fourth season of the show will apparently launched in December-January.
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ADA DOSA RECIPE • Chana Dal: 100gms
• Tuvar/arhar dal: 100 gms • Urad dal: 100 gms
• Rice: 50 gms • Salt to taste
Soak all the ingredients - chana dal, tuvar dal, urad dal and rice for about 3 to 4 hours. Make a fine paste of the soaked dal-rice mixture in a grinder. The results will be good if the water in which you have soaked the dal and rice is used for grinding the mixture. Add some 50 to 100 ml extra water while making the paste if you think the batter will become too thick. After achieving the desired consistency, add salt to taste. Keep the batter aside to settle for about 15 minutes.
Here's how you can go about making the ada at home A potpourri of three different pulses teamed with rice, ada dosa tastes a tad different than the regular dosa and the recipe adds more variety to your breakfast. Many homemakers have their signature way of making the ada dosa as they think about various permutations of proportions of the basic ingredients. The end result leads to a crispy and crunchy dosa which children like a lot.
Once you are all set with chutneys and sambar, you can start making the ada. First heat a non stick flat tawa. Sprinkle some oil on it and spread the oil evenly. Then use a flat bottomed small katori and spread the batter onto the tawa evenly. Start spreading the batter from the centre and go on till it spreads out. Add a little oil to all the corners (in this case since it is a circle - you would have to add the oil across the perimeter!). Once you spot the dosa turning golden yellow in colour you can take it out of the tawa and serve along with coconut chutney or sambar - either way you like.
Alcohol vs. Lifestyle “Moderate drinkers tend to have better health and live longer than those who are either abstainers or heavy drinkers. In addition to having fewer heart attacks and strokes, moderate consumers of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine and distilled spirits or liquor) are generally less likely to suffer strokes, diabetes, arthritis, enlarged prostate, dementia (including Alzheimer's disease), and several major cancers.” Alcohol has been used medicinally throughout recorded history; its medicinal properties are mentioned 191 times in the Old and New Testaments. As early as the turn of the century there was evidence that moderate consumption of alcohol was associated with a decrease in the risk of heart attack. And the evidence of health benefits of moderate consumption has continued to grow over time. Reviews of research evidence report a strong, consistent relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and reduction in cardiovascular disease in general and coronary artery disease in particular. On the basis of its extensive review of research, the National November 2012 Edition
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that moderate drinkers have the greatest longevity. It also found that moderate drinking is beneficial to heart health, resulting in a sharp decrease in heart disease risk (40%60%). This is important because cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, and heart disease kills about one million Americans each and every year. The health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption have long been known. One of the earliest scientific studies on the subject was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1904. The Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse
and Alcoholism wrote that “Numerous well-designed studies have concluded that moderate drinking is associated with improved cardiovascular health,” and the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association reported that “The lowest mortality occurs in those who consume one or two drinks per day.” A World Health Organization Technical Committee on Cardiovascular Disease asserted that the relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and reduced death from heart disease could no longer be doubted. But the benefits are not limited, important as they are, to reductions in heart disease.
Why drink to reduce the risk of heart disease? Wouldn’t eating a good diet, exercising, and losing weight do the same thing? No, it wouldn’t. The moderate consumption of alcohol appears to be more effective than most other lifestyle changes that are used to lower the risk of heart and other diseases. For example, the average person would need to follow a very strict low-fat diet, exercise vigorously on a regular basis, eliminate salt from the diet, lose a substantial amount of weight, and probably begin medication in order to lower cholesterol by 30 points or blood pressure by 20 points. But medical research suggests that alcohol can have a greater impact on heart disease than even these hard-won reductions in cholesterol levels or blood pressure. Only cessation of smoking is more effective. Additionally, other medical research suggests that adding alcohol to a healthful diet is more effective than just following the diet alone.
Tales of love and war
Hyderabad is called the city of Pearls and City of Nizams,It is a hub of information technology, ITES and biotechnology. Hyderabad has developed a unique culture that is reflected in its language and architecture.
yderabad, which is almost 500 years old, is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the Deccan Plateau. The city has an average altitude of about 500 m above the sea level. Most of the regions have rocky terrain. Originally, the city of Hyderabad was established on the southern banks of the river Musi. Now, the so-called original Hyderabad city is called as the historical Old City. The Old City is the dwelling to the Charminar and the Mecca Masjid. Many constructions – government buildings and landmarks – are going on in the city center, particularly on the south side of the Husain Sagar Lake. The fast development of the city, along with the development of adjoining city Secunderabad and adjacent municipalities, has resulted in the creation of a huge and densely populated metropolitan region. With various software firms, call centers, and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies being set up during the early 1990s, Hyderabad has become one of the key areas for such information technology (IT) and IT-enabled service set-ups. Many pharmaceutical companies like Aurobindo Pharma Limited, Divis Labs, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Hetero Drugs Limited, Matrix Laboratories, and Vimta Labs are located in the city.
History & Culture
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irla Planetarium and Science Museum is located in Naubat Road. The planetarium was inaugurated in 1985 by N T Ramarao. It is one of the most modern and one of its kind planetariums in India. Charminar, an excellent blend of the Indo-Islamic architecture, is one of the places that will come to mind when one plans to visit Hyderabad. It is a square-shaped structure standing as a witness to the glory of Qutub Shahi dynasty. Chowmahalla Palace is near the Charminar. The Asif Jahi dynasty made this palace as their seat. The official guests as well as royal visitors were entertained here. Salabat Jung in 1750 initiated its construction but it was completed in 1869 during the period of Nizams Falaknuma Palace is located 5 kilometers due south of Charminar. The palace is located on a 2000-foot-high hill. Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra built this palace and Nizam VI purchased this palace from Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra in 1897. The Golconda Fort is situated due west of Hyderabad. The fort was founded as early as the twelfth century by the Kakatias. The Qutub Sahi kings converted this fort into a mighty fort with granite walls and ramparts that extend to around 5 kilometers in circumference.
Music & Dance
city as culturally rich and steeped in tradition such as Hyderabad, then, is bound to also have a rich collection of music and dance. After all, India is one of the world’s most historically rich countries, with a culture and tradition that are identifiably their own. Carnatic music is believed to have a divine origin; in this respect, it is just like other art forms in the Indian culture. In reality though, it owes much of its origin to ancient discourses describing the correlation between the origins of musical notations (called swaras) to the sound of nature such as the sounds of birds and animals or the sound that is produced when wind passes through a bamboo reed. When it comes to dance, Hyderabad has its own forms of classics. Kuchipudi, a dance that is a mixture of acting and often accompanied by Carnatic music, involves movements that are both quicksilver and scintillating, rounded and pretty much fleet-footed. A different form of Lord Shiva’s dance, Perini, also hailed from Hyderabad. I
yderabad has a typical cuisine which combines the tastiest recipes of the south with the northern Mughlai. The most popular is the biryani or pulao. It is the aromatic long grained basmati rice cooked with mutton or chicken pieces. These meat pieces add a flavor of their own to the preparation. The kababs are barbecued meat, hot and succulent, they are irresistible in taste. Hyderabadi food has also taken many influences, slowly displacing the standard flavours by more improvised ones. This is best demonstrated by the advent of chicken, which if mentioned alongside mutton, is considered nothing short of sacrilege by the gosht-eating population. Mutton being the revered meat, chicken never really stood a chance till the broiler came along. This was clean meat and the North Indian love for Tandoori Murg took over. roiler came along. This was clean meat and the North Indian love for Tandoori Murg took over. The point to be noted here is that in Hyderabad, it is the hen that is considered a delicacy while in the rest of the country, it is the Murgha or the rooster.
Best Season Hyderabad is fairly warm all throughout the year except for the winter season which is pleasant. The best time for visiting the place is from October to March. November 2012 Edition
Diwali : Festival of Lights Deepawali or Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It’s the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) that’s marked by four days of celebration, which literally illumines the country with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.
The Origin of Diwali
Historically, the origin of Diwali can be traced back to ancient India, when it was probably an important harvest festival. However, there are various legends pointing to the origin of Diwali or ‘Deepawali.’ Some believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. Whereas in Bengal the festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother Kali, the dark goddess of strength. Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom, is also worshiped in most Hindu homes on this day. In Jainism, Deepawali has an added significance to the great event of Lord Mahavira attaining the eternal bliss of nirvana. Diwali also commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from his fourteen year long exile and vanquishing the demonking Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and burst crackers.
Why is Diwali Important To Sikhs?
The Third Sikh Teacher, Guru Amar Das institutionalized this as one of the special days when all Sikhs would gather to receive the Gurus blessings at Goindwal. In 1577 the foundation stone of The Golden Temple was laid on Diwali. The Diwali festival took place during the life of the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind Sahib. The Muslim Emperor Jahengir, imprisoned the Guru and 52 Kings.The Emperor ruled India at this time. The Asian Indians begged the Emperor to release the Guru and the Emperor agreed but the Gurus said also release the kings. Guru ji had a gown made with 52 string pieces for the Hindus to hold. The Guru and the Hindu kings were also freed at Diwali, Sikhs were very happy when their leader was released. Guru Hargobind Sahib went to the Golden Temple Amritsar in the Punjab. Sikh Diwali is recalled throughout India and in many countries; each year to remember Guru ji’s release. At Diwali we worship the religious freedom for Sikhs and this is why Diwali is called the Light Festival. As Guru’s Mother was full of happiness that her son was released she ordered food and sweets and gave them to everyone. The worshippers float multi-coloured light candles on the water at the Golden Temple. The gurdwara, hold a grand fireworks display.
The Significance of Lights & Firecrackers All the simple rituals of Diwali have a significance and a story to tell. The illumination of homes with lights and the skies with firecrackers is an expression of obeisance to the heavens for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity. According to one belief, the sound of fire-crackers are an indication of the joy of the people living on earth, making the gods aware of their plentiful state. Still another possible reason has a more scientific basis: the fumes produced by the crackers kill a lot of insects and mosquitoes, found in plenty after the rains.
The Tradition of Gambling
The tradition of gambling on Diwali also has a legend behind it. It is believed that on this day,
Goddess Parvati played dice with her husband Lord Shiva, and she decreed that whosoever gambled on Diwali night would prosper throughout the ensuing year. Diwali is associated with wealth and prosperity in many ways, and the festival of ‘Dhanteras’ (‘dhan’ = wealth; ‘teras’ = 13th) is celebrated two days before the festival of lights.
From Darkness Unto Light...
In each legend, myth and story of Deepawali lies the significance of the victory of good over evil; and it is with each Deepawali and the lights
that illuminate our homes and hearts, that this simple truth finds new reason and hope. From darkness unto light — the light that empowers us to commit ourselves to good deeds, that which brings us closer to divinity. During Diwali, lights illuminate every corner of India and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with the sounds of fire-crackers, joy, togetherness and hope. Diwali is celebrated around the globe. Outside India, it is more than a Hindu festival, it’s a celebration of South-Asian identities. If you are away from the sights and sounds of Diwali, light a diya, sit quietly, shut your eyes, withdraw the senses, concentrate on this supreme light and illuminate the soul.
Diwali is not simply about lighting diyas, bursting crackers and relishing good food. It is also about enlightenment of soul and burning all your bad times. It is about coming over the darkness of ignorance and stepping into a cleaner and brighter world
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he owners of a chocolate brand were recently in for a bitter surprise from Ranbir Kapoor. The brand had approached him to endorse their product and apparently the actor demanded a whopping fee of Rs 20 crore for it. Sources say that the brand honchos had little choice but to drop Ranbir. `RK was approached to do a commercial as well as sign up as the brand ambassador. Due to his growing popularity, we would have been happy to have him
on board. However the amount he was demanding was way too high for us. Therefore the deal could not take place.’ In the meantime, Ranbir denies having ever been approached by the brand. The actor says, `This is completely false.` Another source close to the actor says, `Ranbir keeps getting endorsement deals every now and then and he has been in talks with many brand owners. However, there has never been any issue over money.’
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pparently, the film was first offered to Shah Rukh Khan, but he wasn’t convinced about working in a suspense thriller. As for Aamir Khan, on his part, is completely clueless that SRK was approached for the role he is playing in the film. This was the question raised by few press and media people at the recent held music launch of the film Talaash. Aamir answered the question
in his perfect polite manner `I didn’t know about it. Even for my other films, I’ve no idea who they are offered to first before they come to me, ` says the superstar with a laugh. `But the next time someone offers me a film. I will include this question.` When the director of Talaash Reema Katgi is asked about it, she ignored the news and calls it a non-issue. `I would rather not talk about things that didn’t work out.
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idya Balan seemed to have celebrated Durga puja with full gusto. The actress who began her film career with the Bengali film Bhalo Theka, made a generous contribution of Rs. 10 lakh to the Eastern India Cinetel Welfare Trust which
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Monthly Astrology - NOVEMBER 2012 Aries – Mesha
You should take proper care of your health as you will be prone to suffer from minor ailments. Your enemies could ferment some trouble and try to tarnish your image. You should remain alert, avoid all temptations and overcome irritations. You must avoid all conflicts and disputes; being diplomatic and tactful you should handle the situations. The period is not propitious for gaining favours at workplace. In familylife too you should try to avoid disputes and quarrels by retaining your cool. This is not a favourable time for socializing or for forming new relationships. You should take care for avoiding the possibility of separation from your dearest. Taurus – Vrushabha
You will have success in all your endeavours and may have gains from various sources. You may have good gains from a new venture and also from prudent investments. Some of your ambitions will be realised and you may secure a lucrative promotion that offers liberal perquisites as well. In academic persuits also you would gain distinction. You will be fortunate in respect of romantic liaisons. Your familylife will be joyful and happy; some of your children could be a source of pride. You may have journeys in connection with your profession which will be fruitful. Gemini – Mithuna
You may have problems either with your business or marriage partner and your health may make you anxious. Romantic liaisons if any could take a bad turn and
you may become a victim of slander and disrepute. You may be emotionally disturbed and may not be in good health. Journeys in connection with pleasure may not bear fruit excepting in the direction of east. For securing new deals the period is not favourable. You should try to avoid quarrels and confrontations by being diplomatic. Cancer – Kataka
Your popularity will reach an all-time high and you will form newrelationships. The relationships with your co-borns and neighbours will become very cordial. You may have pleasant short-trips and excursions. Your interest in art and music will increase and you may acquire an object of art or a music system. Your family-life will be joyful and happy. In professional sphere the goings-on will be smooth and progressing. You may receive favours from a person of aristocratic background. Your earnings will increase as you may have gains from newer avenues as well. Leo – Simha
You will find improvements in all areas of life and you will have smooth progress. You will have betterment in career and your financial position will considerably improve. You will receive favours from your superiors and you will lead a joyous carefree life. You will be in good health and enjoy a good time with all your family-members who will be very loving and caring. You may have new acquisitions which will make your life more comfortable. You may have some celebrations in the family.
Virgo – Kanya
You will be happy and cheerful. You will have many opportunities and will receive favours from superiors. Your careerprospect and your financial position will also be considerably improved. You will have a pleasant and enjoyable time in company of the people of opposite sex. You will socialize more and form new friendships with joyous people. Your familylife will be happy and enjoyable. You will be in good health and so will be the other members of your family. Your relationship with the people in general will improve and your popularity will increase. The period is now ripe for investing endeavours that will lead to betterment in career. Libra – Tula
You will enjoy good health and so will do the other members of the family. Your family-life will be blissful and bright with happiness. Your earnings will receive a boost and you will have new acquisitions which will improve your living condition and increase your satisfaction. Your relationships with relatives and friends will improve. In professional sphere, things will be in your favour during this period. You will secure favours from persons of rank and authority, besides enjoying many other benefits. Opportunities will come your way and you will make timely use of them in a prudent way. Socially you will gain more popularity and prestige. Scorpio – Vruschika
Your popularity will be at it’s peak and you will wield much influence and in social
circles too you will turn heads and become a centre of attraction. You will form many new friendships or relationships and win admirers. Your family-life will be very peaceful and happy. Your sweetheart will be very affectionate and loving. Some of your achievements could become a source of pride. There might be some auspicious celebrations in the family. Sagittarius – Dhanu
You will win the appreciation of your superiors and will be favoured with a lucrative promotion. Your name and fame will be widespread and your social popularity will considerably increase. You will form new relationships and have many admirers in your friends’ circle . You may have new acquisitions which will improve your life-style. Your family-life will be a little problematic as you may become unhappy and may remain anxious on account of your children. Capricorn – Makara
You will have all round success and prosperity in all areas of life. You will gain favours from your superiors and have betterment in career; your earnings will increase and you will have gains from various other sources. A distant journey may prove to be fruitful. Your family-life will be peaceful and comfortable with all it’s members very cordially disposed to one another and remaining in the pink of their health. Time is favourable for forming new relationships, improve the existing ones and also for socializing. Your name and fame will be widespread and popularity will also increase considerably.
Readers please note that the below predictions are given according to North Indian tradition of Hindu Vedic Astrological methods, using your Lagna as the base. Aquarius – Kumbha
Your earnings will improve and you will have gains from various sources. You may be benefited by receiving a windfall quite unexpectedly. You will form new friendships and will become very popular in your friends’ circle. Some of your ambitions may be realised and you may have new acquisitions that will add to your comfort. You will lead a prosperous and happy family-life; there could be a celebration in the family. The performance of your educational activities, will instil a sense of pride and joy in your mind. You may spend a lot for having some renovations done to your house-building. Your mother may suffer from some minor ailments. Pisces - Meena
You will have success in all your endeavours and receive favours from your superiors. You will form new relation -ships and make new deals. You may have fruitful journeys and pleasure-trips. Some of your cherished desires will be fulfilled and ambitions realised. You will be fortunate in respect of romantic liaisons. In family-life too you will have a pleasant and enjoyable time-period as your spouse will become very loving and caring. For socializing too the period will be favourable as your relations will be improved and your popularity will also increase. If you wish to know the difference between Eastern & Western Astrology you are invited to visit http://jyotisha.00it.com/Difference.htm
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Lack of life skills causing more depression cases
ecognizing that mental health is a part of one’s overall well-being, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently changed the definition of health to include the ability to cope with stress and strain of modern living. WHO also says that life skills like self November 2012 Edition
awareness, self esteem and critical thinking are decreasing among people, making mental illnesses more common. This comes as no surprise as depression has emerged as the leading cause of suicides and suicidal attempts in the world. The problem
has engulfed people from all age groups, children, teenagers, youngsters and elderly alike. More people die every year due to suicide than in car accidents or even HIV. This is why doctors insist that depression be looked at like any other disease and those suffering from it must
seek help. “At any given place, between 10 to 15% population suffers from depression. Psychological problems in children too are very high these days. Increased competition has resulted in increased stress. This, combined with problems like the disintegration of family and society, has led to a rise in the problem. Though the intelligence quotient (IQ) in people is going up, their emotional quotient (EQ) is plunging. “This means that we are not clear about our priorities and goals, leading to a lot of conflicts in our minds. Over the years, parenting has become weaker and the number of absentee parents is also on the rise. Due to this, children are unable to acquire the necessary life skills and this ails them throughout their lives. Psychiatrist Dr Abhijit Faye said, “Across all age groups, depression leads to suicidal tendencies. Attempts to kill themselves are very high among women, particularly those suffering from loneliness. In fact, elderly women attempt the most number of
suicides.” He also pointed out that despite the big number of attempts, most women are saved as they use milder ways of killing themselves. “Men employ harsher methods that prove fatal most times. Women, on the other hand, use things around the house or pills. This makes it easier for them to be saved,” he said. “Also, women, being very emotional, are more prone to attempt killing themselves on an impulse. Men usually plan out the deed,” added psychiatrist Dr Kausar Abbasi. He believes that unlike the popular perception that more women suffer from depression, more women ask for help once they realize their problem. “Many times, men hesitate to ask for help because of their ego. At times, this refusal to seek help draws them to vices like alcohol and smoking. Out of all the people suffering from depression, only 5% get diagnosed and only 3% get treated for it. Most of those who take treatment do not complete the recommended course of 12 months,” he said. www.indian-times.com.au
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Ouch, the TV channels won’t be flattered. Rush, like Ram Gopal Varma’s Rann three years ago, rushes into the cut-throat world of TRPdriven competition among news channels where news if not discovered is created in the newsroom. So Ram Gopal Varma told us in Rann. And now director Shamin Desai (who sadly passed away before the film could be released) takes us into the ostensibly murky chatroom politics of newchannels where news-baron Roger Khanna (Aditya Pancholi, unintentionally hilarious) gets reporters, civilians, politicians and criminals bumped off to make news. Just like that. Far-fetched, yes. But Rush has its adrenaline-rushing moments in the second-half when the narrative picks up momentum and moves steadily towards a climax that is not entirely edge-of-theseat. But certainly the popcorn on your lap is likely to ignored for a bit as ambitious crime reporter Sam Grover (Emraan Hashmi) gets sucked into a web of crime created by his over-reaching dangerously-
connected channel-head of a boss. Rush is not the first film about a yonng ambitious professional losing moral and ethical equilibrium to attain success. Recently we had Kunal Khemu in Blood Money and Paoli Dam in Hate Story reaping the bitter fruits of their savage harvest. More closely, Rush resembles Goldie Behl’s Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai where Abhishek Bachchan got trapped into a glamorous web of grime by media baron Jackie Shroff. Sushmita Sen had played the suave chic assistant to Shroff who took Abhishek under her sexy wings. In Rush it’s Neha Dhupia, every bit as suave and chic as Ms Sen, playing the media baron’s right-hand woman who gets too close to the Hashmi boy for comfort. And yes, they even share a furtive kiss in a long-shot (why the coyness!) to ensure Hashmi’s hardcore following doesn’t commit suicide. Rush does have its sluggish chunks in the storytelling. But the narrative gathers strength from the basic plot structure
where a television journalist is shown to be on the run. Some of the chase sequences are expertly done. And the whole theme of the newsmaker’s descent into compromised journalism makes for some riveting moments. While many of the characters are sketchy some like the sharp-shooter (played by Murli Sharma) who befriends our journalist-hero provide the plot with a spicy if not completely pungent propulsion. The entire episode after the murder of Emraan’s journalist-friend Rikin (played by TV actor Alekh) makes for absorbing viewing. Emraan Hashmi as the backbone of plot performs decently. He has more speaking lines and less kissing to do here than in all his recent films. Whether the verbosity actually translates into something substantial or not is debatable. Rush has the bone though not enough meat to make for a juicy fare on the excesses of television journalism. It leaves you wondering what director Shamin Desai would have done with his filmmaking career had he lived.
YASH CHOPRA: The man wh o taught India how to love
eteran Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra passes away on October 21 at the age of 80. Chopra, who was suffering from dengue, died of multiple organ failure. He is survived by wife Pamela and two sons Aditya and Uday. While Aditya is also a filmmaker, Uday is an actor. `He died of multi-organ failure. He was in the ICU,` said a hospital official. Chopra was admitted to the hospital Oct 13. The sudden demise of veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra has left superstar Shah Rukh Khan bereaved. He describes it as a personal loss, and says he will always keep a part of the filmmaker in his heart ‘Whenever my loved ones depart, I feel a part of me extinguishes itself with them. Will there come a day that I will no longer have a bit of myself to let go of? And then the thought follows ... that every time they have taken some of me with them onto their last journey, I have found a fragment of them left inside me too. ‘I will always have some love to give and I will always be both emptied and replenished by the
loved ones I lose. I keep u with me Yashji and I miss u too Yashji ... lots,’ Shah Rukh posted on his Facebook page. Shah Rukh was special for Chopra, who directed the actor in movies like ‘Darr’ (1993), ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ (1997) and ‘VeerZaara’ (2004). Chopra’s last directorial ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, which will hit the screens Nov 13, also features Shah Rukh. The actor was like family to him - sharing the joys and sorrows. No wonder he rushed to the Lilavati Hospital as soon as the news of Chopra’s death was announced. In fact, Shah Rukh also chose to leave his car and sit in the same vehicle which transported Chopra’s body from the hospital to the filmmaker’s residence. The actor had a warm conversation As a director, Yashji was prolific, making 22 movies spanning 5 decades in his with Chopra on the career. His films included blockbusters such as Deewar (1975), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), latter’s 80th birthday in Trishul (1978), Kaala Patthar (1979), Silsila (1981), Darr (1993), Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997) and Veer Zaara (2004). September. Filmmaker Mahesh me the news that Yashji having given blockbuster last directorial venture Jab Bhatt called Chopra’s death a huge loss to is no more. He was very films like Silsila, Chandni, Tak Hai Jaan. close to him. It is a sad Lamhe and Dilwale He was cremated at Bollywood. demise and a huge loss, ` Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Chandanwadi crematorium `My brother Mukesh The veteran filmmaker on October 22. Bhatt called me at 6.30 pm said Mahesh. Chopra is known for was busy shooting for his and was crying. He gave
BOLLYWOOD MOURNING THE LOSS OF THE KING OF ROMANCE Shattering, hard to accept. Yash was more than a friend, a brother. I am numb and have no words to express my grief - Dilip Kumar
I’m in shock and numb, can’t believe the news, the man who immortalised love, Mr. Yash Chopra is no more. May his soul rest in peace. - Akshay Kumar
Deeply saddened by the shocking news of Yashji passing away, he was full of warmth & affection whenever we met, he will be missed forever. - Sridevi
Just as I was getting over the grief of my daughter, my brother Yash Chopra Bhaisaab has left me. Sad year. Asha Bhosle
Human relations will never be the same on indian screen.. The way he portrayed, nobody did, nobody could.. Suppose nobody ever will. - Anurag Basu
Just got the news that Yashji passed away. He was one of the giants of cinema. My deepest condolences to his family. We will all miss him. - Madhuri Dixit
Yashji!!!! How could you go? On your 80th birthday we wished for you to make 80 more films.. It’s heartbreaking. - Shabana Azmi
Respect, love and admiration for Yashji and his legacy... - AR Rahman
Yash Uncle we will miss you. May god give peace to your soul. R. I. P. - Preity Zinta
We lost the iconic, inspiring n always smiling Yash Chopra today. Saddened and shocked by this news. He will be missed forever. - Bipasha Basu
`If you asked him for a favor, he would be the one following it up. Then when you thanked him, he would fend it off with a joke..everytime!!!` - Boman Irani
Jab tak tha yash tab tak tha cinema - Ram Gopal Varma
`My first director : (remember the way he pampered me as a child in VIJAY. Worked for him. I love him truly. An inspiration FOREVER ! : (: (` - Neil Nitin Mukesh
The man who taught the country how to fall in love passes away - you will always be with us through your work - Riteish Deshmukh The legendary romantic, the poet of evergreen love, the magician who created the greatest love stories... RIP Yash Uncle - Vivek Oberoi
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a good six months to convince the temperamental Kapoor. Rishi initially said no. Arshad Warsi was being considered for Dawood’s role. But Advani had his heart set on Rishi Kapoor. And he finally got him. After Saif Ali Khan in Agent Vinod and Salman Khan in Ek Tha Tiger, it’s Arjun Rampal who plays a RAW agent in D Day. Arjun is
mighty kicked by the prospect of working with Rishi Kapoor. D Day is about RAW agents, played by Arjun Rampal and Irrfan Khan who are assigned to bring Dawood back from Pakistan by road. Since permission to shoot in Pakistan is impossible Nikhil Advani would be shooting the Pakistani scenes in the Kutch district of Gujarat.
SOTY’s ‘Radha’ song gets KJo in legal trouble
t can’t get more ironic than this. While, on one hand, the Gods seemed to be favoring the BO collections of Karan Johar’s Student Of the Year, on the other an Indore court on Friday told the cops to register a case against KJo and the singer Shreya Ghoshal for using ‘objectionable’ words (‘sexy’) against a Hindu deity in the song ‘Radha’ in the film. Court of Judicial Magistrate First Class Santosh Prasad Shukla went
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onto issue an order to register a case against Karan Johar, Shreya Ghoshal, Gauri Khan, VishalShekhar, Udit Narayan, lyricist Anvita Dutta and Sony music for using objectionable words against a Hindu deity. In addition to that, Manish Vishnoi (Secretary - Shri Vision Social Empowerment and Welfare Association) and Nilesh Jaiswal had moved a petition before a local court seeking action against the aforesaid.
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fter his wonderfully skilled performance as a gay dean in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year, Rishi Kapoor is all set to play Dawood. The super-versatile Rishi Kapoor stepping into Dawood’s white shoes is indeed a cinematic coup. It apparently took director Nikhil Advani who has earlier worked with Rishi Kapoor in Patiala House
The petitioners have now appealed to the court that the said word should be deleted from the song and also suitable action should be taken against the guilty. The court stated that the matter is cognizable and there is no need of approval under Section 196 (1) of The Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). It also instructed that a copy of the court order to be forwarded to Palasia police station to register a case.
he centre of attention, yet far away - Bollywood’s star couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s five-day wedding celebrations turned out to be an extravaganza to remember for the guests. But there was little that the event offered to satiate the media frenzy around it. Ever since Saif and Kareena started dating each other in 2007, they were hardly any interviews that ended without the big question about the D-day. But they evaded it and maintained silence till the last minute. Even as Saif’s mother, veteran actress and Begum of Pataudi, Sharmila Tagore, had confirmed the wedding date as Oct 16 way in advance, the speculations continued. As the date drew closer, rumours about their attires surfaced, but any confirmation was away from the prying cameras and sharp ears of journalists, until the eleventh hour. Given that Saif, 42, is the son of late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, and Kareena, 32, belongs to Bollywood’s famed Kapoor clan, the celebrations were bound to be big. And that, they indeed were. A pre-wedding gala, a covered terrace event at Kareena’s Bandra residence Sunday, allowed no peek-a-boos, except for an inkling about the attendees - which included the bride and groom’s close family and friends. What followed was the muchawaited D-day - surprisingly, a simple registered marriage affair, with Kareena dressed in a mehndi green and vermillion suit and Saif in a grey kurta-pyjama. Kareena’s mother Babita and father Randhir Kapoor signed as witnesses from the bride’s side, while Saif’s mother Sharmila Tagore signed as a witness from the groom’s side. The actors, finally husband and wife, now posed for shutterbugs and waved
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at the media, whole-heartedly. But they cocooned back soon, now for the reported ‘nikaah’ ceremony, as well as a party for Bollywood’s who’s who. Kareena decided to go traditional and she dressed in her mother-inlaw’s wedding gear, which was reworked upon by ace designer Manish Malhotra. If the bride’s trousseau was dominated by Malhotra’s original creations, except the “exchange of vows” on Tuesday at the Taj Palace and Hotel in Colaba, Mumbai, designer Raghavendra Rathore added his royal touch for Saif’s wardrobe. But amidst all the hoopla created by entusiastic media, paparazzi couldn’t breach the couple’s security arrangements for any scoops. Till the last moment, only a few details could be availed. Even the guests remained faithful to their hosts and refused to give away any vital information, except for a leaked invitation about the Delhi reception, attended by high profile politicos including Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit. Media, that camped outside the venues both in Mumbai for ‘nikaah’ and in Delhi for the ‘walima’, just for a photo opportunity, kept waiting. This was unlike the last high profile Bollywood wedding of Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan in 2007, where megastar Amitabh Bachchan played a perfect host. The ‘uninvited’ media was catered for, with water and food. Recently, at his 70th birthday bash, Big B also laid out a seperate dinner for journos standing there to cover the red carpet. However, Saif and Kareena’s union will be remembered as a classic case of celebrities’ acquired ability to maintain privacy in their personal lives.
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nonchalantly brave front for the past few months. While in fact he has been diagnosed with first stage cancer of the gall bladder. Prem who was initially supposed to release the film on November 2 has delayed the film as he will be heading for a minor surgery. However, due to the personal loss he suffered in the past few days, the surgery has consequently been delayed. Though doctors who have been treating the director have claimed that since the cancer was detected in the first stage it is curable.
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he upcoming Preity Zinta film Ishkq In Paris has been delayed for quite a while now, though various speculation were made for this delay, we hear that its due to the director Prem Raj’s ill health. In fact the 35-year-old Prem has been diagnosed with cancer of the gall bladder. This diagnosis has apparently sent the movie’s post-production, and release completely off-track. Prem who suffered a loss on Sunday with the demise of his father had been putting up a
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Sherlyn to appear on Playboy cover next year
few months ago Sherlyn Chopra created (heat) waves in India when she posed nude for the world famous Playboy magazine. With her fans eagerly awaiting the release of the issue, we hear that Sherlyn will, in fact, feature on the cover of the magazine next year. Confirming her presence on the cover, Sherlyn tweeted, “U hv all bn askin’ me as 2 when my pix wud b out in Playboy.I’ve bn told that by the end of 2012 or in early
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2013, they’ll hopefully b out?” With the soon to be unveiled cover, Sherlyn will be joining the likes of Charlize Theron, Marilyn Monroe, Drew Barrymore and many others who posed nude for Playboy magazine. While congratulatory messages are pouring in Sherlyn, thanks them all saying “Thankyou all 4 ur warm wishes!Itz indeed an honour and a great privilege to be on the cover of the iconic mag-Playboy!I feel truly blessed!”
Ajay Devgn in Son of Sardaar
ctor Ajay Devgn has reportedly increased his price to Rs 1 crore rupees per day. The 43-year-old actor, who is on cloud nine these days after the astonishing success of his latest comedy ‘Bol Bachchan’,
demanded Rs 7 crore from a leading producer-director who wants Devgn for a 7-day shooting for a cameo. “I was told he would charge me Rs 7 crores, 1 crore per day. That’s Ajay’s new price range. He doesn’t charge for the entire
film. He now takes home his remuneration on a day-to-day basis,” the director-producer said. Ajay Devgn is ready with his next film ‘Son of Sardar’ in which he stars along with Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt.
Ekta Kapoor signs Priyanka Chopra
riyanka Chopra had not signed a single film after Apoorva Lakhia’s Zanjeer. And that was a year ago. Even after two blockbusters her date sheets remained clean. She came close to signing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela and Prakash Jha’s Satyagrah. Now Ekta Kapoor who is known to be an intrepid talent connoisseur has stepped in with a 2-movie deal for Priyanka Chopra with Balaji Films. Priyanka Chopra has been signed opposite Imran Khan in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Milan Talkies. Priyanka would also be
performing an elaborate item song, a Mujra, for Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout At Wadala, again produced by Ekta Kapoor. Says the source, “The deal at the moment is for two films. Priyanka plays the lead opposite Imran Khan in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s film. She’d also do the item song in Shootout At Wadala, the first item song of her career (not counting the romantic number she shot with Shah Rukh Khan in Billu).” Interestingly, Priyanka has never been paired with Imran before. Since Dhulia’s film is set in a dusty North Indian town, we
hear Dhulia plans a characteracclimatization workshop with Imran and Priyanka on location. In the meanwhile, Priyanka’s role in Zanjeer is being spruced up. Apparently, director Apoorva Lakhia plans a very special look for Priyanka in his film. Says our source, “Priyanka’s styling and wardrobe would all be done by an international team. The idea is to make her more glamorous than ever before. And so what if she is not being featured in a Yash Raj or a Dharma film? Priyanka is determined to make her way through maya-nagri on her own steam.”
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Talaash may well be a joint production between Excel Entertainment and Aamir Khan Productions but since it has Aamir Khan associated with it there was only going to be one music composer in the reckoning for this job: Ram Sampath. He may be relatively unknown but since 2011 this talented music director has enjoyed a period of renaissance with hit music soundtracks to Luv Ka The End and particularly Delhi Belly. Aamir Khan was so impressed he used the same talent to compose theme music for his debut TV serial ‘Satyamev Jayate’. The results were very positive. But can the composer adapt himself to compose for a suspense based movie and make something unique, moody and fitting for the film’s plot? On top of that can he make the same songs enjoyable like he did for Delhi Belly? The opener “Muskaanein Jhooti Hai” is a classy jazz based song with an alluring melody supporting the character of Rosie (played by Kareena Kapoor) who
plays a sex worker in the film. The song is written extremely well by Javed Akhtar and portrays the shadier side of the red light district of Mumbai. Suman Sridhar may not be a household name yet but if this performance is anything to go by she is one artist who is here to stay. Put simply no one could have sung it better as her vocals are perfect for such a song. Overall this is an ice cool opener that is doing its rounds on the promo front. Add Kareena Kapoor. Add maroon lipstick. Mmm…deliciously tasty! More haunting drums can be found in the next song “Jee Le Zaraa” but this time the foundation is based on a peppy techno vibe with mystical guitar strings added (from Shon Pinto) to give it a completely lounge feel thus allowing you to enjoy it repeatedly. And you will certainly require that repeat button because the only downside to this song is the length which is sadly very short. Vishal Dadlani started life as a composer and part time singer but he’s turned into a serious
singing talent now with another stirring effort here. Javed Akhtar is on form again lyrically in arguably the most enjoyable song on the album. Fab stuff and can only get better on screen. “Jee Le Zaraa Remix” appears later in the soundtrack and is a very welcome remix produced by Mikey McCleary. Thumbs up. Drums are a frequently used instrument in this soundtrack and they continue to be used in the next song “Jiya Lage Na” where the mood continues to be sad but upbeat thanks to the peppy drums utilised to provide melody based on traditional thumri. Singing by Sona Mohapatra (of Satyamev Jayate fame and wife of Ram Sampath) is splendid to say the least and undoubtedly the USP of the song – after her successful live performances on Satyamev Jayate one can only hope she is given more opportunities that her talents deserve. She is joined by a Sukhwinder Singh-sounding
Ravindra Upadhyay in a duet. This one takes a while to grow on you but it’s worth the effort as it becomes very addictive after a while particularly due to the use of traditional thumri which has a mind-blowing effect. “Hona Hai Kya” is the only song from the album that is hard to pick up without seeing it on screen first but let’s face it all the songs have been produced for the film in mind so one can expect this. The music is dark, moody and very serious. The lyrics follow suit and are very much from the “who done it when where” type with plenty of questions being asked. This one is sung by Ram Sampath himself. Leave this one for the film only. “Laakh Duniya Kahe” ensures the album ends on a high note with a beautiful ode on love. The way Ram Sampath weaves his acoustic guitar strings through a candlelit piano piece laced with gorgeous drums is a sheer delight
on the ears! With Javed Akhtar in such good form we are treated to some brilliant romantic lines that deserve to be appreciated. Ram Sampath’s own rendition is earnest and heartfelt. Thanks to extra length given to this song it’s very easy to get soaked into its qualities but very hard to let go. Top notch.A film made by Aamir Khan Productions doesn’t need an item song or song for the masses to make it successful. Instead the music is made solely for the film in mind. If the listener can appreciate it before the release of the film then that is a bonus but that’s not essential. What is essential though is that the music will rock on screen and provide an aura for the film alongside the background score. Ram Sampath delivers just that for Talaash although it’s not as good as the music he produced for Delhi Belly. The only question now is does he compose exclusively for Aamir Khan or does he spread his wings?
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16b LOCAL News Ravi Shankar honoured in new University of Melbourne scholarship
he University of Melbourne will establish a new scholarship in honour of renowned Indian composer and performer, Dr Ravi Shankar. The Ravi Shankar Scholarship for World Music will support an international Masters applicant who is deemed to be an outstanding music scholar or performer with AUD$15,000 in tuition fee help over the durations of their degree. The scholarship was announced overnight at Ozfest in New Delhi, India, by the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. It will be jointly administered by the Australia India Institute, based at the University of Melbourne, and the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Faculty Dean Professor Barry Conyngham said he was delighted by the new scholarship. “As a musician and composer myself, I deeply respect and admire Dr Ravi Shankar’s musical legacy as the world’s most influential contemporary Indian musician,” he said. “It’s an honour to be able to help celebrate his impact on world music, which saw him playing and teaching with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and The Beatles.” Dr Shankar also composed for ballet and films in India, Canada, Europe and the United States. His composition for the film Gandhi earned him an Academy Award nomination.
Taxi driver pleads guilty to drink driving death
n Indian-Australian taxi driver has been charged with a ‘culpable driving’ offence, after he sped and zig-zagged his car that had five passengers, before crashing into a into a pole. One of the passengers was killed on Lygon Street, Brunswick (Melbourne). Riyaz Khoja, 26, of Fawkner, pleaded guilty in the County Court yesterday to one count of culpable driving causing death and four counts of negligently causing serious injury. He had apparently been due to return to India on the day of the accident to see his fiancee and help his mother run the family business in a small village of Barpi. The judge prosecuting the case said Khoja had music blaring from his CD
player and was driving at 114km/h with one hand on the steering wheel on Lygon Street, Brunswick, at about 2.40am on November 17, 2010, when he lost control and veered into a tram power pole. The car almost split in half and the four people in the back seat were thrown from the 1999 Ford Maroon sedan. Nihil Patel, 22, was found dead when police arrived, while three of the four passengers injured in the crash were not wearing seatbelts. The judge said Khoja reportedly had a blood-alcohol level of between .088 and .108, told an ambulance paramedic after the accident: ”I want to die. I should be the one who’s dead.’ Khoja, who will be sentenced at a later date, could face penalty upto 20 years in jail.
Man pleads guilty of killing Indian woman in Sydney
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21-year-old Australian man has pleaded guilty to murdering a young Indian woman, whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase in a Sydney canal last year in March. The body of Tosha Thakkar, 24, was found in the suitcase floating in a canal near the Parramatta River at Meadowbank by some construction workers in March 2011.
Police say she had been raped and then strangled, a crime which drew a shocked and furious response from the Indian community both in Sydney and overseas. Burwood local court said that Daniel Stani-Reginald, who was Thakkar’s neighbour, pleaded guilty to the murder. He was also charged with raping Thakkar.
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habana Azmi created quite a furor in Bangladesh last month when she reached Dhaka to represent her late father Kaifi Azmi who was being honoured, along with 57 other dignitaries from across the world for their support of Bangaldesh’s War Of Liberation in 1971. Shabana who had to be in Dhaka for the function to represent her father had to be back in Mumbai in time for her mother’s birthday the same day. She made it very clear to the organizers of the function in Dhaka that she can only be at the function for a few minutes before she had to return to the Dhaka international airport in time for the flight back to Mumbai to reach in time for her mother’s birthday. Apparently, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made sure Shabana made it back to the airport on time. The entire route from the venue of the function to the airport was cleared of traffic and Shabana was personally escorted by a fleet of government vehicles. Confirming the hullaballoo that she created on the Dhaka roadways on Saturday, Shabana says, “Yes, the Prime Minister’s office had put the entire machinery on red alert! I left within seconds of receiving the honour on behalf of my father to be back in Mumbai in time for my mum’s 84th birthday...Police escort, lal batti, screaming sirens, fleets of cops to ensure there was no traffic hurdle for me to reach the airport on time. It was crazy. But you know what? I’m glad I was there for this occasion.” Among the super-icons with a socio-political voice who were honoured in Dhaka were George Harrison and Joan Baez. Shabana was looking forward to meeting Joan whose searing ‘Song For Bangladesh’ encapsulated the 1971 Bangladesh war of liberation so succinctly. But Joan didn’t show up. Says Shabana, “My Abba along with 57 others were honoured by the government of Bangladesh for their support to the liberation struggle. I was handed over the award by the President and PM of Bangladesh. I wept like a baby.”
Madhuri Dixit makes even Geeta Kapoor nervous
horeographer Geeta Kapoor says she was nervous before working on Madhuri Dixit’s dance steps for an upcoming award gala. Choreographing for the eternal dhak-dhak girl of Bollywood is no easy task. No wonder that choreographer Geeta Kapoor was quite nervous before working with Madhuri Dixit for an upcoming awards show on Saturday. At the event, Madhuri will be performing on selected tracks from her previous films. A source says, `Mads is known to be extremely particular about who she will be working with. So far, most of her steps were choreographed by Saroj Khan. However, this time she wanted to experiment with her style. The organisers roped in Geeta for the act.` Geeta, who has never worked with Mads before was naturally anxious about her upcoming task. She tells us, `I literally had jitters, as Madhuri is a perfectionist. But it went well. She took personal interest in everything that was being done.` Informers also tell us that designer Manish Malhotra has been roped in to give Mads a ‘special’ look for the awards show.
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Imran Khan on cover of The Man
High drama in Bangladesh for Shabana Azmi
mran Khan is the cover boy on this month’s issue of ‘The Man’. The actor is seen in a bearded look which he sports in his upcoming film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The actor is seen sporting a baseball jacket and jeans from Denizen (Levi’s) a brand that
he endorses. The actor, who is known mainly for his rom-coms, reveals how things have changed for him post the success of Delhi Belly. Imran would next be seen in different kind of roles in films like the quirky comedy set in rural IndiaMatru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and the gangster flick which is a sequel to Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.
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Amrita Arora names her baby boy Rayaan
mrita Arora is now a mom twice over. In 2010, her first son Azaan was born. On 20 October, Amrita and her husband Shakeel Ladak were blessed with another baby boy. The couple has named their second son Rayaan. And to think that just a few days earlier Amrita was seen at her best friend Kareena Kapoor’s mehndi ceremony, looking radiant and heavily pregnant.
Says a friend of Amrita, “Despite doctors’ orders, Amrita insisted on attending Kareena’s sangeet ceremony. She insisted she wouldn’t miss it for the world.” Confirming the news Amrita said, “Yes, we’ve named our baby boy Rayaan. He’s adorable. His name means, ‘the door to paradise’. I am happy to be looking after my two boys and have no plans of returning to films.”
he groundsman, the commentators, the general manager who played at the Wanderers on March 12, 2006, all spoke about the resemblance of the pitch to the 438 game, but the way the Lions started it took major rebuilding to go past 38. Seemingly surprised by Sydney Sixers’ spin with new ball from both ends, the Lions batsmen played some average shots to be reduced to 9 for 4, and the little chance that Jean Symes’ maiden T20 fifty provided them slipped through their palms with the drops of both the Sydney openers. This was the second Champions League T20 title for a team from New South Wales; current champions Brad Haddin, Steve O’Keefe, Moises Henriques, Steve Smith and Ben Rohrer were part of the winning NSW squad in 2009 too. Like the previous final, Haddin almost missed this one with an injured thumb, but not only was he spot on with the call at the toss, he spun a rabbit out of his hat after putting Lions in. Sixers’ three fast bowlers could one day form the Australia Test attack, they have been the talk of the tournament, but they opened with two spinners on a pitch that reminded Stuart Clark of his six-over-54-run nightmare
at the same venue six years ago. Nathan McCullum, who wasn’t called upon to bowl and scored a golden duck in the semi-final, was to perform the opening act of the big night. And it seemed the tournament would get worse for him when Gulam Bodi lofted the third ball of the match over long-on. Then the leading run-getter of the tournament, Bodi, didn’t pause for a breath, and topedged the next ball straight to deep square leg. A little more meat behind the mis-hit, and it might have travelled all the way in the rarefied Highveld air, and McCullum would have been 13 runs down. As it turned out, it was to be the night of the man from southern New Zealand playing for a southern Australian state. The rest of the Lions top order then, seemingly over-reaching on the flat track, played some ordinary shots. Quinton de Kock and Neil McKenzie swiped across the line for top edges, and continuing with the momentum O’Keefe snared captain Alviro Petersen with one that turned across him. Symes then put up a lesson for his mates. His hitting through the line and along the ground showed the pitch was flat as expected, and that the shot selection hadn’t been spot on. After the promotion of Sohail
The Sydney Sixers mauled the Lions in the Champions’ League T20 Final, chasing 122 in less than 13 overs for the loss of no wickets. Captain Brad Haddin surprisingly opened the batting after almost missing the game due to an injury, and his partner Michael Lumb received the MoM award after top scoring with 82*
Tanvir flopped to make it 32 for 5, Symes added 41 with the hitand-miss Thami Tsolekile and 38 with the big-hitting Dwaine Pretorius. During the second of those partnerships, Sixers began to make a few mistakes in the field, but Rohrer roared back with a direct hit from point to run Pretorius out. That was Lions’ final slide as they lost their last four wickets for 10.
The injured Haddin came out to open with Michael Lumb, and they were cautious against Sohail Tanvir and Dirk Nannes, reaching only 23 after five overs. At the first sight of spin, Lumb tried to break free, but Bodi dropped him at long-off. In the next over, it was Haddin’s turn to be dropped, by Pretorius at deep square leg. There wasn’t to be a third chance. Just to rub
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it in, though, Lumb overtook the man who dropped him, Bodi, as the leading run-scorer of the tournament. Mitchell Starc led the wickets tally to make it a clean sweep for Sixers. SCORE SUMMARY: Sydney Sixers 124 for 0 (Lumb 82*, Haddin 37*) beat Lions 121 (Symes 51, Hazlewood 3-22, McCullum 3-24) by 10 wickets
Fans bat for ailing Tony Greig’s recovery
Fans all over the world are saddened by the new that cricket legend Tony Greig has been diagnosed with lung cancer. There has been an outpouring of sympathy and messages of support posted all over the Internet, praying for his recovery.
ri Lankans in Dubai and around the world are saddened by the news that cricket legend Tony Greig has been diagnosed with a form of lung cancer. Ever since this shocking news broke out last month, there has been an outpouring of sympathy and messages of support posted on websites praying for his recovery. “Wish you a speedy recovery
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from your pineapple fans in Sri Lanka,” said one Abdul Gaffoor. “Tony Greig is a true friend of Sri Lankan cricket and its people. He was a strength leading to the 1996 World Cup win. Our good wishes and blessings to him to get well soon,” said another. “He loved SL and its people for what they were in spite of our blemishes. He knew so
much about us and our culture and proudly broadcast it to the world,” another wrote. The South African-born Greig former England captain became a household name in Sri Lanka for his unbiased commentary particularly in the run-up to the islanders’ triumphant World Cup campaign in 1996. He did not conceal his love for Sri Lanka in general and its attacking brand of cricket
particular famously nicknaming Romesh Kaluwitharana as “Little Kalu” who along with Sanath Jayasuriya revolutionised the art of pinch hitting in the opening overs. His unbridled support came at a time when Australia, his adopted country, forfeited their league game against co-hosts Sri Lanka, refusing to travel for security reasons. Greig used go into raptures virtually singing Sri Lanka’s praises unabashedly and endearing himself to the public, at every given opportunity. “Tony Greig’s unwavering support for the Sri Lankan Cricket team, since its inception at the Test level is something all Sri Lankans are thankful for and always remember,” stated Ronnie Wade. In fact, he was considered an unofficial ambassador of the country. Greig, 66, first became aware he had a problem during Australia’s one-day series against Pakistan in Dubai in August and September, on which he was commentating. Initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May, the condition lingered and, by the time of the ICC World Twenty20 that finished in Sri Lanka earlier
this month, Greig had tests that revealed a small lesion at the base of his right lung. He will wait and evaluate a detailed prognosis before deciding on treatment. “I have had a few scrapes in my life and this is another one,” Greig had said from his eastern suburbs home. “Vivian (His wife) and I are going to put the boxing gloves on and fight this like we’ve never fought anything before.” Greig was bestowed the honour of delivering the prestigious Cowdrey Spirit Of Cricket Lecture at Lords in June this year. He has lived in Sydney since the late 1970s and has commentated cricket for Nine for 33 years, with the quartet of he, Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell and Richie Benaud becoming the voices of the Australian summer. He is unsure if he will commentate for Channel Nine during the upcoming summer, which begins with a Test at the Gabba against South Africa on November 9. “At this stage, the summer is totally up in the air,” Greig said. “My priority, 100 per cent, is my family. They will come first.”
Sebastian Vettel bullies the field at Indian Grand Prix
It was the first time that the 25-year-old has strung together four successive wins in a season. It was also the first time since Ayrton Senna in 1989 that a driver has led every lap for three races in a row. Vettel looked even more comfortable than he did last year. His teammate Webber tried to take the lead in the first corner but backed off immediately and Vettel wasted little time in building a comfortable - at times a yawning - gap between him and the rest of the field. The only time the Red Bull Racing pit wall had a slight scare was when Vettel’s under tray generated a few sparks under
braking towards the end, with under 10 laps to go. The German driver, who at the moment looks unbeatable in that Adrian Neweydesigned car, is at 240 points, 13 points ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. But Vettel’s win was hardly the most exciting bit of the afternoon. It was his closest competitor, Fernando Alonso, who kept his title chances alive with an exhilarating and determined drive on Sunday at the Buddh. Once the five red lights went out at just over 3.04 pm, Alonso, who qualified behind the Red Bulls and McLarens in fifth place, found himself just behind Mark Webber’s
“I deserve top ranking”
ven though she won four big titles during the year, Serena Williams will still end 2012 ranked number three behind Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova. After backing up her victories at Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open with the WTA Championships title on Sunday, Williams concurred with Sharapova and world number eight Li Na that she is in fact the world’s top female tennis player. “I think it’s a true statement, without trying to sound full of myself or anything,” Williams told reporters after overcoming Russian Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the seasonending tournament. I always said that if I’m playing well and I’m doing everything right it’s really difficult to beat me. I still believe that.” Williams beat Sharapova each of the three times they met this year and also won all five of her matches against number one Azarenka of Belarus. The American has ended the year with a 58-4 record and won seven titles but did not compete at two WTA mandatory events at Indian
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Wells and Beijing. Had she played the events she may have ended the year at number one. “It’s surprising to win two Grand Slams, the Olympics, Madrid and the Championships and to be number three,” said Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou. “If there is a bug somewhere, someone has to find it.” Williams said that her 2012 season comes a close second to her 2002 season, when she won three Grand Slam titles. “I have to say number two only because I didn’t win the Australian Open and French Open,” she said, “I faltered in the French and fell in the first round. I beat my record for 2002 match wise. But it’s close. It’s neck and neck.” Mouratoglou believes that if she stays healthy, the 31-yearold American can win many more majors. Williams herself said it was possible she can again achieve what she did in 2002-2003, winning four straight majors, which she nicknamed the ‘Serena Slam’. “I could,” she said. “I have a chance. Hopefully.”
qualifying and were expected to blaze around the track on Sunday, were a little late on the pace, coming to life in the latter stages of the race. Button managed the fastest lap of the race on lap 60, which would’ve made him feel only marginally better, if at all. Felipe Massa couldn’t push through the field like Alonso had but had to fend off the challenge from Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen throughout the race distance of 307.249 kilometres. Raikkonen, who finished seventh and is third in the driver’s championship on 173 points, tried hard but couldn’t be fast enough to overtake Massa when it mattered. Nico Hulkenberg delivered again for Force India by holding off a challenging Romain Grosjean in the other Lotus, while another strong performance from Bruno Senna saw the Brazilian catch and pass Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes to snatch the final point. For Michael Schumacher, the 2012 Indian Grand Prix was a forgettable race in more ways than one. His rear tyre fell prey to JeanEric Vergne’s front wing in the first corner and both the drivers had to pit for repairs at the end of the first lap. Schumacher’s embarrassment didn’t end there. He was later investigated for ignoring blue flags. The team later decided to retire his car for technical reasons with five laps left.
Prior: Beating India is bigger than Ashes
ngland batsman Matt Prior is looking forward to the tour to India, saying the fact that they haven’t won a series there in 27 years is hugely motivational for the side and would be a bigger achievement than winning the Ashes in Australia. The Three Lions face the Indians in four Tests and a number of limited overs matches between November and January next year, and Prior knows that his team-mates respond well to a challenge, having beaten the Aussies away for the first time in over two decades when they won the Ashes in 2010/11. When asked if the tour to India was as big as winning in Australia or claiming the Ashes, Prior said: “Absolutely, maybe even bigger. “The records are there, we hadn’t beaten Australia in Australia for 24 years, the last time we did it. We haven’t beaten India for 27 years, it is going to be a monumental effort. “But the thing I love about this team is that whenever there have been targets and records to be broken, we have usually stood up to the task and broken those records. “Winning in the sub-continent for this team is almost the final frontier. It’s something we haven’t done and we want to do.” Prior was also asked the
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ebastian Vettel landed in India with a six-point lead. He left India with a 13-point cushion and a smile that will stay on his face on the flight to Abu Dhabi, where Formula One will reconvene for Round 18 of the 2012 championship. For the second year running, Vettel proved himself the undisputed master of the Indian GP. Having driven flawlessly the whole weekend, except for a tiny bobble late in qualifying on Saturday, Vettel and ‘Abbey’ - Vettel’s name for his 2012 car - did what was expected of them as Vettel cantered to his second consecutive win at the Airtel Indian Grand Prix.
Red Bull within five laps, having moved up two spots. He had promised to attack the Red Bulls and he never let his foot off the pedal. A feisty competitor, Alonso is convinced that he will win this year’s title, and when asked whether he had changed his mind after Vettel’s win, the Spaniard answered in the negative. “I am more positive now than when we started. We would’ve had ten points with fifth place. Now we have 18 with this second place so I think we gained eight points today, not lost seven points with Sebastian. I think we will remember this race,” the Spaniard said. Alonso quickly split the two McLarens and overtook them. He was never more than two seconds behind Webber, who had to drive nearly 40 laps of the race with a malfunctioning KERS system. And Alonso took full advantage of that fact, using his DRS to pull away from Webber. Even though his pace was at par with Vettel, the Ferrari driver didn’t have enough time on his hands to threaten Vettel, who won with a 9.4-second lead. Webber had his hands full trying to keep Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren behind him during the latter part of the race, but held on to finish on the podium. The McLarens of Hamilton and Jenson Button had to be happy with a 4-5 finish. The McLarens, who were quick in
inevitable questions about whether he’d spoken to Kevin Pietersen, following the batsman’s return to the side after a period of unrest and the ‘Textgate’ saga. Prior, who was the one England player to reach out to Pietersen during the ordeal, said: “I’ve seen Kev, we had a good chat or meeting, whatever you want to call it. “Obviously I don’t want to go into too much detail about what went on in the meeting but the important thing about it is KP playing for England will make England a better team. He is a
phenomenal player, we all know that. “The really important thing is that we are all pulling and moving in the same direction, and whether it be KP, or myself if one person steps out of line in the other direction, it’s tough. “Our team ethic and team ethos has been the most important thing in our success over the last couple of years and we want to make sure we look after that and make sure we can get it back to where it was.” The first Test begins on 15 November in Ahmedabad.
Dr. C.R.S. Kumar
soriasis is a noncontagious skin disorder that affects 2.6% of Australians (Cimmino, 2007) and 3% of world’s population. Psoriasis in Ayurvedic Medicine is mentioned under Kusta, in particular it is related to the most symptoms mentioned under “Kitibha Kushta”. The disease causative factors, Patho physiology, symptoms and treatments for Psoriasis are well explained in Ayurvedic Medicine. According to Ayurvedic Medicine, skin (Twak) is an essential sense organ. Among basic energy principles such tridhosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), mainly Vata and Brajakapitta resides in the skin. The patho physiology according to Ayurveda includes the vitiation of above mentioned basic energies are the responsible factors this kind of symptoms, where the treatment follows to balance the unbalanced or vitiated basic primordial energies such as Vata and Brajaka Pitta. According to the conventional system, the excess production of new skin cells combined with old cells on the skin surface results in raised, itchy, scaly, inflamed lesions, which are also called as plaques or psoriatic plaques. (The psoriasis Australia). Newly-produced skin cells normally mature over a period of three to four weeks while travelling to the skin’s surface to be shed (The Psoriasis Association). However,
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in skin affected by psoriasis, this process is accelerated and new skin cells reach the surface within 2–6 days (The Psoriasis Association). The rapidly-matured new cells mix with the old cells on the skin surface resulting in raised, inflamed, scaly, red skin lesions, known as plaques, which can often be inflamed, itchy and painful and can crack and bleed (The Mayo Clinic; International Federation of Psoriasis Associations). Finally, cause pain, discomfort and sever itching. In severe cases it can even crack and bleed. It commonly confined to some body parts such as scalp, knee, elbows, lower
back, hands and feet. Sometimes it can even spread to other parts such as genital areas, finger nails and under the toes. (Australian College of Dermatologists). Psoriasis affects both sexes and all races. It can occur at any age, although it most frequently starts in young adults. Once a person develops psoriasis, it usually continues throughout their life, although it may get better or worse and even disappear for periods of time (Australasian College of Dermatologists). The causative factors that are mentioned in Ayurveda are, consuming incompatible foods;
incompatibility exists in the combination of the ingredients as well as seasonal incompatibility, food versus season. Regular consumption “Guru” food, food that take longer time to digest, eating non – vegetarian and spicy food will trigger the doshas and manifest as “Kitibha”. In Ayurveda along with above reasons it is also mentioned about the congenital reasons and sinful actions during part life or present life are also the possible causative factors. Kitibha (Psoriasis) is a chronic disease, should be treated immediately. Classical texts of Ayurvedic medicine recommends
“shodhana“ treatment for the elimination of vitiated dhoshas, followed by “ samana” treatment with medicines, therapies such as Shirodhara and Ayurvedic Supplements. The good news is that knowing your diagnosis and getting proper treatment should help you and your healthcare professional or Ayurvedic Doctor to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. There are simple changes that you can make to your lifestyle that can help to improve your symptoms and general health. • Try to eat a balanced diet. A good diet is essential for everyone. • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption and smoking • Keep as active as you can and maintain a normal weight. • Reduce your stress levels. Avoiding stress is difficult for anyone living in the 21st century and psoriasis itself can heighten stress, creating a vicious cycle of flare-ups and increased tension (The Psoriasis Association, Psoriasis: A Patient’s Guide). Try relaxation techniques, such as Tai Chi, yoga, dhyana and meditation. You may ask your personal query to Dr Kumar via Email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 0402 282 745/ 03 9440 5091 or 02 6156 0618 regarding any of your health problems. You will be offered authentic Ayurvedic information and an opinion, as to what best can be done pertaining to your ailment.
n-vitro fertilization (IVF), which came as a boon to infertile couples, is not without its flip side too, particularly birth defects, says new research. Increasing birth defect risks, particularly of the eye, heart, reproductive organs and urinary systems, for instance, could be linked to IVF, a link that is poorly understood despite the growing popularity of IVF. “Our findings included a significant association between the use of assisted reproductive technology, such as certain types of in-vitro fertilization, and an increased risk of birth defects,” said study author Lorraine Kelley-Quon. Kelley-Quon is general surgery resident at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center. She conducted the research at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Management of birth defects comprises a large part of paediatric surgical care and demands significant health care resources.
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IVF comes with risk of birth defect
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says California has the highest rate of IVF usage in the US, according to a UCLA statement. Researchers examined infants born between 2006 and 2007 after IVF and other treatments such as fertility-enhancing drugs or artificial insemination. Overall, 3,463 infants with major birth defects were identified among 4,795 infants born after IVF and 46,025 naturally conceived infants with similar maternal demographics. Birth defects were significantly increased for infants born after IVF -- nine percent versus 6.6 per cent for naturally conceived infants, even after controlling for maternal factors. Specifically, malformations of the eye (0.3 per cent versus 0.2 per cent), heart (five per cent versus 3 per cent), and genito-urinary system (1.5 per cent versus 1 per cent) were greater in IVF infants.
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Be careful, antiageing products harm your skin N
otwithstanding the fact that many such creams, gels and other products are medically proved to yield good results, doctors say that they should still be taken under medical supervision because sometimes the results can be disastrous - and one may actually invite a host of harmful side effects in the bargain. “The lure of anti-ageing creams lies in the fact that they are seemingly less complicated than a cosmetic surgery, a botox treatment or some other procedure in the ultimate run to regain a youthful look. It’s also less expensive“. But what people forget is that one’s skin is very specific to a person and you cannot expect the same results for everyone. While some creams do give visible results, there are also cases in which the skin texture of a person has changed over prolonged use of a particular product that didn’t suit her. “As we age, the turnover of our skin cells reduces, and anti-ageing creams regulate this turnover.” “So some products are medically proved to increase the glow of the skin and rejuvenate. For instance,
lactic acid in a product can have some good effects. But it should not be more than two percent in the product composition. Then, pep tide in mixed serums is good, and so is alpha hydroxide acid. Some of the products that form a part of the composition of antiageing products, like hyaluronic acid, are used by dermatologists in procedures. “Injecting hyaluronic acid has a collagen stimulating effect that helps in removing wrinkles. Some serums contain this. Similarly, vitamin C preparations improve pigmentation. There are others that are dermatologically tested to prove the rejuvenating effect. One should be careful before trying an anti-ageing product because there are many factors at play. For instance, your skin type - there is dry , oily, normal and combination skin, and the same product may not be suitable for all. Your hormonal balance is another crucial factor. “There are certain creams recommended for pre-menopausal women, when the hormonal balance is disturbed. The age bracket therefore is the late
30s to 40s. Also, if you have any endocrine problem, you may need certain creams. But please don’t blindly follow any advertisement that tells you to go for such products when you are nearing 30, or be guided by the brand or price of a product - if you are healthy, your body will take care of your skin’s needs. Warning against ads that show western women and men that their skin texture is different from Indians’ and therefore similar results should not be expected. “Ultimately, these creams contain chemicals and can even change the tissue texture. Further, if it doesn’t
suit you, it may be carcinogenic in the long run. Harping on the fact that anti-ageing creams should be used under supervision. Overusage of such creams can cause acne, and a dependency can lead to rashes. The skin can also become thin, over a period, such that blood vessels can be seen”. It is best to leave it to an expert to recommend the right cream, because as per one’s need, this may be best used at day or night and some extra care may have to be taken. “Applying the wrong product, or the right one in wrong quantity,
can lead to reactions like dryness, rash and pigmentation. Putting on lots of cream does not mean faster results. Almost 30 percent of those who seek anti-ageing remedial measures are men. Inflammation is one of the causes of ageing; hence the skin should be kept soothed. “Wash your face with cold water and use calamine if it irritates or goes red. Also post sunexposure care is important”. “Ultimately, ageing is a biological process, and one should remember that all these products and procedures can only delay the process. But it is inevitable.
Low calcium linked to excessive hormone in women
veractive glands secrete excessive parathyroid hormone, resulting in weak bones, fractures and kidney stones, one which may also be linked with higher high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke risks. The condition, known as primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), affects one in 800 people during their lifetime. It is most common in postmenopausal women aged between 50 and 60 years. Calcium intake is known to influence parathyroid hormone production and may be important in the development of PHPT. So a team of Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers set out to examine the link between calcium intake and risk of developing PHPT in women. They tracked 58,354 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study I aged between 39 and 66 years in 1986 with no history of PHPT. Calcium intake (from both dietary sources and supplements) was assessed every four years using food frequency questionnaires over a 22-year period. During followup, 277 cases of PHPT were confirmed. Women were divided into five equal groups, according to
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intake of dietary calcium. After adjusting for several factors including age, body mass index and ethnicity, women in the group with the highest intake of dietary calcium had a 44 per cent reduced risk of developing PHPT compared with the group with the lowest intake, according
to a Brigham statement. Even for women taking a modest 500 mg of calcium supplements, daily the risk of developing PHPT was 59 per cent lower than those taking no calcium supplements. The study authors conclude: “Increased calcium intake,
including both dietary and supplemental calcium, is independently associated with a reduced risk of developing primary hyperparathyroidism in women.” James Norman, chief of surgery at the Norman Parathyroid Center in Florida,
argues that daily calcium supplements in modest doses “are likely to provide more benefits than risks and, over many years, even a moderate increase in calcium concentration probably helps reduce the incidence of parathyroid tumours.”
en and women who are expectant parents have different stress reactions to relationship conflict, according to researchers at Penn State, who studied couples expecting their first child. In addition, recovery from the initial reaction to conflict also can be different for men and women, depending on individual difficulties, such as anxiety, or relationship difficulties, such as chronic relationship conflict. The researchers found that men’s increased stress levels -measured by the amount of the stress hormone cortisol -- during a conflict discussion depended on the level of hostility the couple expressed. More hostility led to a larger stress reaction for men, but the stress levels of pregnant women during the discussion were not linked to the amount of hostility expressed. The team also found that recovery from the conflict discussion -- measured by assessing cortisol levels 20 minutes later -did not differ for men and women with low levels of anxiety. However, men with a high level of anxiety recovered less, whereas women with high anxiety recovered more if the couple had expressed a high level of hostility during the discussion. The same pattern was found for men and women who reported low versus high levels of chronic, unresolved relationship conflict. “Hostility and negativity in a relationship has been shown to
have a major impact on mental health and the future well being of the couple,” said Mark Feinberg, research professor in the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development at Penn State. “It is especially important to understand how relationship conflict may affect stress during pregnancy, as maternal stress has been linked to health problems for both the mother and child. And men who have difficulty dealing with stress could end up reacting angrily to future disagreements, which could affect the quality of the relationship, parent-child relations and children’s adjustment,” he explained. The researchers recruited 138 heterosexual couples expecting their first child (82 percent were married) to participate in the study. In their own homes, the expectant parents separately completed questionnaires regarding their relationship experiences and individual qualities, attitudes and well-being. Interviewers videotaped two six-minute interactions of each couple discussing something not related to the relationship. Next, the couples were asked to discuss three problems in their relationship, such as money and housework. During the home interviews, the researchers collected three saliva samples from each of the participants in order to measure the amount of cortisol contained within the saliva. They collected the first base-
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line sample prior to videotaping the interactions among the participants. They collected the second sample after the conflict discussion to examine the participants’ reactivity to the conflict. They collected the third sample 20 minutes after the second sample to assess whether cortisol levels had gone back down as they typically due after a brief stressor, in-
dicating recovery from the stress of the conflict. As expected, the researchers found that greater hostility in a conflict discussion led to increased levels of cortisol, indicating greater physiological stress, for men. The same pattern was not found for women. However, the researchers noted this might be due to the fact that women’s
cortisol levels are already high during pregnancy. In examining the participants’ recovery to conflict, men with a high level of anxiety recovered less, whereas women with high anxiety recovered more. The same pattern was found for men and women who reported low versus high levels of chronic, unresolved relationship conflict.
Home remedies to cure dark circles
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ark circles are a common problem not only amongst hassled housewives but also anyone with hectic work schedules and erratic sleep hours. They are not a very grave problem but can make you look much older than you already are. And in today’s age where the market is being flooded with anti-ageing, skin lightening creams, it is a considered almost a fashion crime to sport dark circles. Here are some natural home remedies to help to get rid of those ghastly-looking dark circles: Grate some raw potato and soak a cotton ball in the potato juice. Close your eyes and place these cotton balls on your eyes. Make sure they cover the dark circles under your eyes as well as the eyelids. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash off with cold water. Applying a mixture of a teaspoon of
tomato and lime juice, twice a day will help in reducing the dark circles. Drink a glass of tomato juice with some mint leaves, lemon juice and salt. Drinking this twice a day is another remedy. Prepare a paste of four to five almonds with some milk. Apply this paste over the affected area and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. This will lighten the skin around the eyes. A mixture of a few teaspoons of fresh pineapple juice along with a pinch of turmeric powder, when applied on the dark circles regularly will help clear them. Every night before sleeping, apply creams containing vitamin E and C around the eyes. Crush some mint leaves and apply them around the eyes. Doing this will also provide a cooling effect on tired eyes.