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Modi, Kejriwal among Time’s influential people Made it into the world’s 100 most powerful people’s list ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


haratiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal have made it to Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people along with Indian novelist Arundhati Roy. While Modi figures in the category of “leaders”, Kejriwal is listed among the “pioneers” and Roy makes the grade among “icons” in the annual list released last week after an online poll of readers. Modi is described as “The divisive politician poised to lead the world’s largest democracy” in a profile by Fareed Zakaria, the Indian-American host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.

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“Elections are reactions, often negative reactions. That is surely the explanation for the breathtaking rise of Narendra Modi, who ‘if the opinion polls are accurate’ is poised

to become India’s next Prime Minister, and thus the world leader chosen by the largest electorate on the planet,” he writes. “Modi has a reputation for quick action, encouraging the private sector, and good governance. He also has a reputation for autocratic rule and a dark Hindu-nationalist streak,” he said. “But those concerns are waning in a country desperate for change.” Kejriwal, listed among pioneers, is described as a “powerful outsider in Indian politics” by Rajdeep Sardesai, editor-in-chief of the IBN18 Network. “Kejriwal is the antithesis of the modern-day Indian politician,” Sardesai wrote.

Osama: Americans craving for more revenge IANS, WASHINGTON


he killing of Al Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden did not fully quench Americans’ desire for revenge. Instead, according to research, US citizens have a stronger desire to take further revenge against those who were responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As the third anniversary of bin Laden’s death falls May 2, a team of social psychology researchers has questioned whether this instance of vicarious revenge led to feelings of satisfaction and reestablished justice within the American public — including whether bin Laden’s assassination ignited craving for more revenge. Vicarious revenge, where the need for justice is felt not by the victims, but by people in the same group, has been shown to feel similar to personal revenge. Mario Gollwitzer of Philipps University of Marburg developed two studies designed to test the notion

Laden’s death…” The data suggest that those Americans who believed that bin Laden’s assassination sent a message to the perpetrators (“Don’t mess with us”) were also the ones who thought that his death balanced the scales of justice. The second important finding from the study is that bin Laden’s death did not fully quench Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 Americans’ desire for revenge. “Although justice might be Though justice may achieved, the avengers might not be achieved, avengers feel psychological closure,” the researchers maintained. might not feel The third important finding psychological closure showed that Americans were more satisfied with fact that bin Laden “that Americans’ vengeful desires in was killed intentionally than the the aftermath of 9/11 predicted a possibility of bin Laden being killed sense of justice achieved after bin accidentally.

WASHINGTON: As severe storms swept across South and Central America, at least 35 people were left dead and tens of thousands remained without power even as forecasters downgraded the threat to the eastern half of US. Some storm risks remain, including the possibility of large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding in portions of the South and East Coast, National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Centre said on April 29 night. Mississippi and Alabama — where tornadoes on April 29 caused widespread destruction and several deaths-were again in the bull’s-eye for the worst of the forecast on April

30 evening, CNN reported. A number of tornado warnings expired on April 29 night in North Carolina, where forecasters say the storm was barrelling north. Tens of thousands were without power in the South, where suspected tornadoes tore through homes and businesses late on April 28. At least 17 people were killed in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee on April 28. Those deaths are in addition to 18 others reported in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa from storms on April 28. Search and rescue efforts were still under way in Louisville, Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

US court dismisses 1984 riots case against Congress NEW YORK: A US court has dismissed a lawsuit against India’s Congress party relating to the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence, saying it did not sufficiently “touch and concern” the US court to exercise jurisdiction. However, even as he dismissed the case filed by the US based rights group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), Judge Robert W. Sweet of US District Court here ruled that corporate entities like the Congress party of India can be sued under Alien Torts Statute (ATS). On the issue of corporate liability, Sweet citing the case of Balintulo V. Daimler AG ruled that “Daimler seems to concretely establish that a corporate defendant can be liable

under the ATS, assuming that the statute’s “touch and concern’ requirements are adequately alleged”. “Accordingly, the fact that defendants are incorporated does not, in and of itself, relieve them of liability under the statute or remove this court’s jurisdiction over plaintiffs’ allegations,” Sweet said in his April 24 ruling. However, “plaintiffs’ combined facts, even if credited, are insufficient to establish that the conduct sufficiently ‘touched and concerned’ the US to establish jurisdiction under the ATS and dismissal is appropriate under 12(b)( 1),” he ruled. SFJ said it will challenge the verdict before the US Court of Appeals within 30 days.

Indian man charged with groping woman on flight to US WASHINGTON : An Indian-origin man has been charged with simple assault for allegedly groping a sleeping fellow female passenger for about five minutes on a flight from London to San Francisco. Vinay Pochampally molested the victim by placing his hand down the woman’s shirt two hours into British Airways Flight 285 last on April 28, according to a US District Court criminal complaint cited by the

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Focus on black money Govt informs SC about 26 who have accounts in Germany

HC to hear plea for CBI probe against Vadra after polls IANS, NEW DELHI




he government on April 20 disclosed to the Supreme Court the names of 26 people who had accounts in banks in Liechtenstein, revealed to India by German authorities. A bench of Justice H.L.Dattu, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Madan B. Lokur were given these names by Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran in two sealed covers having 18 and 8 names, respectively. The 18 names that were disclosed by the government are of those in respect of whom the investigations have been completed by the Income Tax Department and prosecution launched against 17 as one of the account holders has

expired. The court was told that second sealed cover has the names of eight account holders against him no there is no evidence of tax evasion in terms of Indian tax laws. As senior counsel Anil Divan urged the court that even these eight names should be disclosed, Justice Dattu said that he along with Justice Desai and Justice Lokur will deliberate on the matter and take a call on this issue. Taking the court through the Indo-Germany Double Taxation Avoidance Convention and the Reciprocity Agreement, Solicitor General Prasaran said India could get these names after a lot of effort and was under an obligation to maintain confidentiality. He said that under the agreement such an information can only be disclosed to persons and

Hawala link: Cong, BJP trade charges NEW DELHI: The Congress on April 28 sought to know about the links BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had with an alleged “hawala kingpin” whose house and office in Surat were searched by the Enforcement Directorate last month. Hitting back, close Modi aide Amit Shah released a photo of Congress MP Mohammad Azharuddin with the same man.

Gujarat chief minister’s office “reflect a proximate relationship that needs to be examined and investigated”. The Congress’s latest allegations come in the wake of Modi claiming earlier in one of his rallies that Hasan Ali, a Pune-based businessman accused of laundering black money, had been “saved” by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Surjewala said the hawala racket

ED raided the house and office of the said “kingpin”, reportedly a diamond trader, and claimed to have unearthed a hawala racket Congress party spokesman Randeep Surjewala alleged that the “hawala kingpin” was a “well-known BJP supporter and protege of Shri Narendra Modi”. The ED March 22 raided the house and office of the said “kingpin”, reportedly a diamond trader by profession, and claimed to have unearthed a hawala racket worth approximately `7 billion. “What is the nature of relationship of Shri Narendra Modi with alleged hawala kingpin,” asked Surjewala, wanting to know if pictures of the diamond trader on Modi’s and BJP’s website holding meetings in the

being run by the “kingpin” had “deep underworld links”. “Does the complete complacency of Narendra Modi and his government to one of the biggest hawala rackets being run in Surat under their nose and eyes point towards their complicity or indifference in upholding the law and checking nefarious elements involved in anti-national activities,” he asked. In response, Shah shared pictures of the “kingpin” with Azharuddin, the sitting MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad, on Twitter. “...will Congress answer what’s there (sic) connection with Him?” Shah tweeted.

authorities including courts and administrative bodies for the assessment and collection of taxes covered by the DTAC. Eighteen names and the trusts associated with them are: Mohan Manoj Dhupelia, Ambrish Manoj Dhupelia, Bhavya Dhupelia, Manoj Dhupelia, Rupal Dhupelia, Hansmukh Ishwarlal Gandhi, Chintan Hansmukh Gandhi, Madhu Hansmukh Gandhi, Late Mirav H. Gandhi (Manichi Trust reg.), Chandrakant Ishwarlal Gandhi, Rajesh Chandrakant Gandhi, Viraj Chandrakant Gandhi, Dhanalaxmi Chandrakant Gandhi (Ruvisha Trust reg.), Arunkumar Ramniklal Mehta, Harshad Ramniklal Mehta (both Dainese Stiftung and Dryade Stiftung), K.M.Mammen (Webster Foundation), Arun Kochhar and Ashok Jaipuria (Raj Foundation).

SC suspends execution NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on April 28 stayed the execution of December 2000 Red Fort terror shootout convict Mohamed Arif’s death sentence on a plea that he has already undergone life sentence of nearly 14 years and could not be punished twice and referred the matter to a constitution bench. Counsel Tripurari Ray, appearing for Arif, said that carrying out the death sentence of Arif after he has already completed 13 years, four month imprisonment would be violative of article 20 (1) of the constitution. Counsel Ray told the court that under the provision, a convict could not be subjected to a punishment that is greater than which might have been inflicted under the law in force at the time of the commission of the offense. Referring the matter, a bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph said that matter be heard early. As Chief Justice Lodha said that by an earlier pronouncement of the apex court, the law on delay in execution has already been laid, Ray told the court that Arif has not filed any mercy petition.

he Delhi High Court on April 30 fixed May 13 for hearing a plea for a CBI probe into licences granted to real estate developers in Haryana, including one allegedly associated with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw posted the matter for May 13 after advocate M.L. Sharma requested the court to hear his public interest litigation (PIL) after the Lok Sabha elections as any move now will favour either the Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party. M.L. Sharma moved to the court, saying several licenses were issued to developers and builders for turning 21,366 acres of agricultural land into colonies without complying with the statutory rules. The decision caused “serious financial loss of `3900 billion” to the exchequer, Sharma alleged. He contended in the plea that allocation of licences for developing colonies was contrary to provisions of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975. It sought Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Shashi Kant Sharma’s letter of June 3, 2013, be quashed. The letter allegedly sought to roll back the

audit and inquiry into the grant of licence to Skylight Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., that is said to be associated with Vadra. The plea said the inquiry was ordered by Shashi Kant Sharma’s predecessor Vinod Rai. M.L. Sharma claimed that the department of town and country planning (DTCP) issued hundreds of licences for over 21,000 acres of land spread over Gurgaon city and other parts of the state from 2005 to 2012. “Issuing colony licences by the DTCP in Haryana in the name of an individual who is not the owner of a land, is not only illegal but also clear case of corruption within the provision of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988,” the plea said.

New method to improve immunization coverage IANS, NEW DELHI


hermostability, an innovative technological intervention, can help achieve 95 percent coverage of expanded programme of immunization in India and would merit 70-80 million doses annually, said Hilleman Laboratories, a joint-venture between

Merck & Co. and Wellcome Trust. The announcement has come when World immunization week is being observed April 24-30. US-based Merck & Co is a research-driven pharmaceutical organization and Wellcome Trust

is a global charitable foundation dedicated to human and animal health. Thermo-stable properties enable vaccines to withstand tough temperature conditions of countries in Asia and Africa. “The solution increases the efficiency of existing vaccines with heat stable, easy-to-use, affordable and novel packaging features,” the company said. “With a quarter of the current birth cohort left unimmunized in the country, India severely lags behind even when compared with lesser developed nations as well as its immediate neighbor,” said Davinder Gill, CEO, Hilleman Laboratories. Of the world’s 22.6 million unimmunized children, India is home to the largest chunk of 6.9 million, the statement noted. Despite being the largest producer of vaccines in the world, around two million Indians died of vaccine preventable diseases in 2012.





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300 lotuses Narendra Modi uses Kargil hero Vikram Batra’s oft-quoted phrase ‘Yeh dil maange more’; sparks controversy IANS, PALAMPUR/NEW DELHI


JP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on April 29 appealed to voters to ensure his party’s victory in 300 Lok Sabha constituencies, but his use of Kargil hero Vikram Batra’s oft-quoted phrase “Yeh dil maange more” sparked a controversy with Batra’s parents raising objections. The Bharatiya Janata Party defended Modi saying the martyr’s quote was not the family’s property, but the Congress attacked the BJP for insulting the war hero. Modi, at his first election rally in Palampur in Kangra district, the home town of Captain Batra, said: “When we take the name of Maj. Somnath Sharma (the first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, awarded posthumously for his bravery in the November 1947

Kashmir operations) and Vikram Batra, we feel proud. Our mind says — ‘yeh dil maange more’.” He used the phrase several times during his rallies in Himachal Pradesh to stir up the sentiments of the people of the hill state, where a large chunk of population comprises serving as well as retired servicemen. Using the slogan, Modi urged the people to ensure that BJP gets 300 seats. “I ask you to make the lotus win with 300 seats because ‘Yeh dil maange more’ just like Vikram Batra, who gave his life for the country in the Kargil war,” Modi said in Mandi later, donning a traditional Himachali cap. Batra was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously for his bravery in the Kargil war. He used ‘yeh dil maange more’ as a battle slogan, which became widely pop-

Indian Australians favor change of government in India SYDNEY: Corruption and poor leadership were cited as the main reasons for Indians in Australia seeking a change in government back home, according to an online poll conducted by a media group here. More than two-thirds of the respondents predicted a resounding defeat for the incumbent Congress party and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) likely to be swept to power in the 2014 Indian elections. A survey conducted by Indian Link media group has revealed overwhelming support for the BJP in Australia’s Indian community, as opposed to the Congress party that has been in power for 10 years. A whopping 73 percent of the respondents in Indian Link’s poll said they backed the BJP. The fledgling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) snared a surprising 16 percent of the Australian-Indian vote, while the Congress Party managed only a poor six percent.

A sizable number of respondents of the Indian Link survey (55 percent), were long-term residents of Australia. They do genuinely want to be able to have a say in the elections; an overwhelming 82 percent of the respondents claimed they would like a chance to be able to vote. Corruption and poor leadership, it was revealed in comments, are leading India astray, and the desire for change is clear from the strong endorsement of the Narendra Modiled BJP. Indian Link is Australia’s leading community media organization with a fortnightly newspaper in Sydney and monthly in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and a 24/7 radio station. India is currently voting in its 16th general elections, a process that stretches to an entire month, given that 814 million people will be exercising their democratic right to elect a new parliament.

Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh on April 29. (Photo: IANS)

Have highest respect for Batra, parents: Modi NEW DELHI: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said he had the highest respect for Kargil hero Vikram Batra and his parents and would rather quit politics than dishonor or hurt them. He was defending his use of Batra’s oft-quoted phrase “Yeh dil maange more” to appeal for 300 Lok Sabha seats at a rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Palampur, the hometown of Captain Batra. Addressing a 3D rally using holographic technique, Modi said: “I talked about Vikram Batra with due respect but later I got to know that my political adversaries made an

issue out of it. I was very upset.” “Vikram Batra is the son of India and he became a martyr for us. I salute him and his parents. I can never dishonor our martyrs or hurt their families. I would rather quit politics. I was very saddened to hear about this unnecessary controversy,” he said. The Bharatiya Janata Party defended Modi saying the martyr’s quote was not the family’s property, but the Congress attacked him for insulting the war hero, while use of the slogan was disapproved of by Batra’s parents, who said their son’s sacrifice should not be politicized.

ular. Modi’s use of the slogan was disapproved of by the martyr’s family, who said their son’s sacrifice should not be politicized. Batra’s septuagenarian father G.L. Batra, whose wife Kamal Kant is in the fray for the first time as an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Hamirpur seat, took strong offense to the use of “Yeh dil maange more” slogan for soliciting votes. “The BJP is just trying to take credit in politics at this point in time by politically using the slogan of a martyr,” Batra told IANS over phone from Palampur. Challenging Modi, he said: “If he is so indebted to the martyrs, he must withdraw his party’s candidate against my wife.”

Modi fires on all cylinders against Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an election campaign in Kolkata on April 29. (Photo: IANS) IANS, SREERAMPORE (WEST BENGAL)


n an all-out attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi accused her of joining hands with Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to save the Saradha scamsters and ruining the state by vote bank politics.

Addressing an election rally in this town of Hooghly district, Modi raised the issue of the multicrore rupee Saradha scam, promising “no one will be spared” if he came to power at the centre and specifically raising questions about who bought one of Banerjee’s paintings for `18 million. “Chidambaramji, you are the country’s finance minister, such a

big scam has taken place, who are you trying to save? Why have Mamataji and Chidambaram joined hands to help those responsible for the Saradha scam, people of Bengal want to know,” he said. Attacking Banerjee, Modi raised questions about one of her paintings being sold for `18 million. “You are a good painter. I have heard earlier your paintings used to be sold for `400,000, `800,000, `1500,000. But what is the reason behind your painting once being sold for `18 million.” Dripping sarcasm, Modi said the country is proud to have such a painter, but questioned who purchased the painting. “How many paintings did he buy? Who all have bought your paintings?” Responding to Modi’s attack, Trinamool national spokesperson Derek O’Brien called Modi the “butcher of Gujarat” and accused him of making personal attacks as he “has no answers to Bengal’s development model”. He said Modi should either prove his allegation or face defamation charges.




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7th phase: Millions vote in India Narendra Modi runs into trouble with Election Commission after flashing a badge of the BJP’s election symbol during a press conference IANS, NEW DELHI


BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi clicks a 'selfie' after casting his vote at Ranip in Ahmedabad on April 30. (Photo: IANS)

raving the heat, millions voted in 89 Lok Sabha constituencies on April 30, including Sonia Gandhi's Rae Bareli, even as BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi ran foul of the Election Commission for flashing his party symbol near a polling booth. An estimated 45 percent of the 139 million electorate had voted by afternoon in seven states and two union territories, the exception being Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar where polling was low amid a boycott call by separatists. There was no incident of violence in any place including the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh which also voted for a legislature which would be part of the proposed state.

A total of 1,295 candidates are in the fray in the 89 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across Gujarat (26), Andhra Pradesh (17), Uttar Pradesh (14), Punjab (13), West Bengal (9), Bihar (7) and Jammu and

Amid protests by the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Election Commission ordered the Gujarat authorities to file a first information report (FIR) against Narendra Modi Kashmir, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (one each). Among the constituencies that saw brisk polling are Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh and Gandhinagar in Gujarat from where Congress president Sonia

Gandhi and BJP patriarch L.K. Advani are contesting respectively. After casting his vote in Gandhinagar, Modi flew to Bihar where he addressed a huge rally in Ujiyarpur Lok Sabha constituency calling for "a strong government in the country". But before that, Modi ran into trouble with the Election Commission after he flashed a badge of the BJP's election symbol "lotus" while addressing a press conference in Gandhinagar. Amid protests by the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Election Commission ordered the Gujarat authorities to file a first information report (FIR) against Modi and the electronic media that showed him flashing the "lotus" near the polling booth — in violation of election laws. All 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat and all 13 in Punjab voted Thursday, taking to 21 where the election process has ended.

Is Congress banking on Third Front to keep out BJP? ABHIMANYU KUMAR SINGH, NEW DELHI


he Congress is increasingly coming around to the view that it is unlikely to win the 16th general election on its own and that it may have to work with a Third Front to stop the BJP from coming to power. At least four Congress leaders have already hinted that allying with the Third Front, or a coalition of parties not allied to either the United Progressive Alliance or Democratic the National Alliance, is a possibility for the party in order to stop the BJP from coming to power. The latest to do so is Ahmed Patel, Congress president Sonia Gandhi's closest aide, who told a leading national daily that the party was willing to consider the possibility of working with a Third Front. Others like Prithvi-

A Third Front government cannot come to power without support from the Congress

raj Chavan, Salman Khurshid and Jairam Ramesh have already spoken of this option. While not all Congress leaders are willing to say so in public yet, in private the view has been doing the rounds for at least a couple of months. At a lunch he hosted for

journalists in the capital some time earlier this year, a union minister from the south was categorical in stating that the party would not come to power on its own this time. Another union minister averred that the party was set to lose the

elections but may still continue to be in power. "We are not going to win this time. But you may still see another UPA government at the centre," he said. A union minister in the outgoing UPA-2 government said allying with the Third Front was a

distinct possibility for the Congress as it was unlikely to get a majority on its own. "We are keeping our options open and will take a call on allying with the Third Front once the results are out," the minister told IANS, on condition of anonymity. Aware of the situation, the Left, which has played a part in forming a Third Front government at the centre each time in the past, is working towards the formation of another such government without making much noise about it. Admitting that a Third Front government cannot come to power without support from the Congress, the Communist Party of IndiaMarxist (CPI-M) is actively working towards the victory of candidates belonging to non-National Democratic Alliance (NDA), non-United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalitions, a CPI-M source told IANS.




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Arvind Kejriwal The AAP leader says his fight against Narendra Modi is aimed at saving the nation from corruption GAURAV SHARMA, VARANASI


AP chief Arvind Kejriwal said that his fight against BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi is not a “battle of prestige” but one to save the country from corrupt forces. Kejriwal said the party’s electoral win in Varanasi and Amethi would be “enough to shake up the country” even if the rookie party does not win 100 seats in the Lok Sabha poll. “Modiji brought me to Varanasi. And this is not a battle of prestige, but one to save the country from corrupt forces like the BJP and the

Congress,” Kejriwal told IANS after his hectic and back-breaking campaigning in the temple town. In Amethi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded Kumar Vishwas against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. Asked whether it was purely out of electoral reasons that he decided to contest in Varanasi, Delhi’s former chief minister Kejriwal said: “It is not so... Wherever the Aam Aadmi Party enters once, it maintains an everlasting tie with that place and its people.” “We have come to Varanasi and we will never leave it,” he adds. Varanasi will go to the polls May

Both Kejriwal and Modi filed their nomination papers accompanied by large numbers of supporters and cavalcades. (Photo IANS)

12, the last phase of nine-phase polls. The contest between the Gujarat chief minister and Kejriwal is the most keenly-watched contest, in which the former seems to have the upper hand. Both the leaders filed their nomination papers accompanied by large numbers of supporters and their cavalcades. Modi’s road show — a day after Kejriwal’s — was joined by thousands, sending out a strong signal of his popularity. Besides Modi, Congress’ Ajay Rai is another contender. Asked about the number of seats AAP was hoping to muster in the

house of 543, Kejriwal said: “We will get what people will give. I am not worried about the results. “Imagine you seeing news on TV and coming to know that both Modiji and Rahul Gandhiji got defeated. “The Congress will be destroyed and BJP will cease to exist,” he added. As to why the over a-year-old party did not wait for the 2019 general election, Kejriwal answered: “Had we waited till 2019, the country would not have been there,” he said. Perhaps, the biggest challenge for Kejriwal is to justify his resignation from Delhi’s chief minister-

ship to the voters of Varanasi. “You have only one point against me that I resigned from the post of Delhi chief minister. But I did no corruption whereas Modiji is the agent of Ambani. “All I have to do is to convince people, and they are getting convinced,” Kejriwal told IANS. “The comparison is between the one who resigned, and the one who is looting the country,” he said. After running the Delhi government for 49 days, Kejriwal and his cabinet quit the government over the defeat of the anti-graft Jan Lokpal bill by the BJP and the Congress in the assembly.

RSVP, toffee, jijaji... elections add to political lexicon The elections have seen a thrust on marketing and branding, terms which are otherwise identified with management; Political attacks also involve names of industralists


SVP model”, “toffee model”, “AK-49”, “news traders”, “jijaji”, “maa-beta government”, “shehzada”,... the Lok Sabha slugfest has contributed much to the political lexicon, spicing it up but also causing a fair degree of heartburn. These expressions are unlikely to be forgotten in a hurry. BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is way ahead in hitting out against his adversaries. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has also framed new epithets but these appear to be few and far between. Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has thrown up a few to enhance his image as an anti-corruption crusader. This is perhaps the first Lok Sabha election where tea sellers have hogged some limelight due to Modi’s references to his origins as a tea-seller. The Bharatiya Janata Party has sought to capitalize on Modi’s humble origins by

tions. Many of the new political epithets have arisen from the debate around the Gujarat model of development — one of the central themes of the Lok Sabha election. While Modi has tom-tomed his model of development, many parties, including the Congress, Communist Party of India-Marx-

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi

launching “chai pe charcha (discussion over tea)”. TV anchors are also peppering their election shows by talking to people at teashops — a traditional neighborhood hub for political gossip. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections have also seen a thrust on marketing and branding, terms which are otherwise identified with

management. It is also an election in which political attacks have involved the names of some leading industrialists. The elections have seen “personalized” accusations from leading contenders. Issues of women’s empowerment and security also appear to be more in focus during the campaign than in earlier general elec-

per meter” while people can get only a toffee for that amount. Gandhi also used “20-20 match” to hit out at Modi over the Gujarat model. “They have given 45,000 acres of land to one single person. This is their 20-20 match, not ours,” Gandhi said in an interview. He also compared the BJP’s

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is way ahead in hitting out against his adversaries during the whirlwind election campaigns across the nation ist, AIADMK, Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party, have slammed it. Rahul Gandhi has termed the Gujarat model a “toffee model”, saying it has benefited only one industrialist in the state. Gandhi said at an election rally that in Gujarat, land belonging to the poor was “sold at one rupee

claims about victory in the elections with a balloon, saying it will be deflated like in 2004 and 2009. Gandhi also targeted Modi over his remarks that he wanted to be the “chowkidar (watchman)” of the country, saying that he has given the key of Gujarat to an industrialist.



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North Korea plays nuke card again Threatens a ‘new form of nuke test’ following Obama’s Asia tour IANS , PYONGYANG


orth Korea on April 29 threatened to carry out “a new form of nuclear test” in response to US President Barack Obama’s Asia tour. “The DPRK (North Korea) will advance along the road of bolstering up nuclear deterrent, unhindered, now that the US brings the dark clouds of a nuclear war to hang over the DPRK,” Xinhua quoted a spokesperson of the North Korean foreign ministry as saying in a statement. “There is no statute of limitations to the DPRK’s declaration that it will not rule out a new form of nuclear test clarified by it in the March 30 statement. This is the exercise of the inviolable right to self-defense,” the statement said. The statement decribed Obama’s four-nation Asian tour as a dangerous one as “it was aimed to bring dark clouds of more acute confrontation and nuclear arms race to Asia”. The statement said Obama’s unwillingness to open talks with North Korea is tantamount to a declaration before the world that “the

Manila inks military pact with US MANILA: The US and the Philippines signed an agreement on April 28 which will allow a larger presence of American troops in the military bases of the Asian nation. The agreement was signed a few hours after US President Barack Obama arrived in Manila on the last leg of his Asian tour. The Enhanced Defense Co-operation Agreement (EDCA) was signed by Philippines Defence Minister Voltaire Gazmin and US ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg.

Protest against US•President Barack Obama’s tour to Manila

US hostile policy toward the DPRK remains unchanged, the US tries to bring down the DPRK by force and it began to carry out such scenario”. “His reckless acts only escalated the danger of confrontation and conflict in the Asia-Pacific region and gave further momentum to the opposition to him,” it warned. “What remains to be done by the Obama group is to watch what kind of seeds of fire sown by him this time would develop into flames that may affect the US,” the statement warned.

Korean president apologizes for ferry disaster SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-hye made an official apology for the ferry sinking disaster on April 29. The apology came 13 days after the passenger ship Sewol capsized off the country’s southwestern coast April 16, killing over 180 people, most of them high school students who were on a field trip. More than 110 others still missing, Xinhua reported. Park said during a cabinet meeting that she was “sorry to the people and heavy hearted that many precious lives were lost”. It was her fifth official apology to the people since she took office in February last year, which came just two weeks after she apologized for evidence fabrication incident linked to spy agents. There were 476 people on board the Sewol, with many trapped inside as the ferry listed and sank within two hours of distress signals being sent. A total of 174 passengers were rescued. The government came under fierce criticism over the disaster, and its ineffective handing of the rescue operation, which began over two hours after the first distress calls went.

Pro-Russia activists storm Ukrainian buildings KIEV: Pro-Russia activists stormed several official buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on April 29, seizing the regional government’s headquarters and prosecutor’s office before opening fire at the main police station, BBC reported. Ukraine’s Interim President Olexander Turchynov criticized local police for their “inaction” and “criminal treachery”. The US accused Russia of seeking to “change the security landscape” of Eastern and Central Europe. US Secretary of State John Kerry , in a speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington, told Kremlin to “leave Ukraine in peace” and warned: “Nato territory is inviolable we will defend every single inch of it.”


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43 killed in Afghanistan flash floods

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He beats girlfriend 117 times, but ducks jail Once named one of America’s ‘most eligible bachelors,’ Gurbaksh Chahal faces just three years in probation BY ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


urbaksh Chahal, Indiaborn CEO of RadiumOne, a Silicon Valley company focusing on real-time advertising across web, mobile and Facebook, has dodged jail time even after beating his girlfriend 117 times. Chahal, 31, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor, domestic violence and battery charges last week, dodging 45 felony counts for the videotaped 30-minute beating of his girlfriend, The Huffington Post reported. But the tech millionaire, who was arrested last August after police Tech millionaire Gurbaksh Chahal responded to a 911 domestic violence call at his San Francisco pent- security footage reportedly showed house apartment, was sentenced to Chahal beating and kicking his girlonly three years’ probation, 52 friend 117 times during the 30weeks in a domestic violence train- minute attack. ing programme and 25 hours of Prosecutors said Chahal lashed community service. out at his girlfriend upon learning His girlfriend told arriving offi- that she had cheated on him with cers that she was unable to breathe another man during a trip to Las and that Chahal had told her four times, “I’m going to kill you”, San Chahal pleaded guilty Francisco officer Anh Nguyen was to misdemeanor, quoted as telling the San Francisco Business Times in March. domestic violence “She stated she was in fear for her and battery charges life.” According to the Post, home

New diabetes, obesity drug: promising research by NRI ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


wo researchers at Indiana University, including an Indian-American, are leading the way towards developing a new potential non-insulin drug for diabetes and obesity, which needs to be taken only once a week. Dr. Arnab De, who has a PhD from Columbia University, and Prof. Richard DiMarchi of Indiana University have worked on developing a pro-drug or an inactive substance that is converted to a drug within the body, to stabilize a sugar reducing peptide hormone called GLP1.

Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC) have applied for international patents for these pro-drugs and they are currently being licensed to leading biotech/pharmaceutical companies for optimization, De told IANS. But it may take five years or so before the new drug hits the market after optimization and clinical trials, said De. Talking about his research, De said: “Patients often have to take an insulin injection after every meal. An overdose of insulin may drastically reduce blood glucose leading to life-threatening diabetic coma. Hence we wanted to develop a non-insulin drug, which would hopefully act for a prolonged period of time so that patients do not need to take it every day,” he said. De said they looked at a peptide hormone called GLP1, which reduces blood sugar and obesity without any risk of coma.



Vegas, according to court documents. Soon after Chahal posted his $1-million bail and hired former federal prosecutor James Lassart as his attorney, his girlfriend stopped cooperating with the investigation and refused to testify against him, the Post said. During a preliminary hearing, Lassart did not deny that Chahal repeatedly struck his girlfriend, but insisted the physical damage was overblown. In a crippling blow to the prosecution, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Brendan Conroy ruled that the surveillance video could not be used as evidence because police seized it illegally from Chahal’s apartment, the Post said. The prosecution argued it likely would have been erased if police had waited for a warrant. Once named one of America’s “most eligible bachelors” by ExtraTV, Chahal sold his first online-ad network, to ValueClick when he was 16. Later, he sold BlueLithium to Yahoo for `18,100 million. In 2009, he authored a book The Dream: How I Learned the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship and Made Millions.

NRI Rajeev Suri named Nokia CEO FINNISH TECHNOLOGY giant Nokia on April 29 named India-born Rajeev Suri as its chief executive officer (CEO). “As Nokia opens this new chapter, the Nokia Board and I are confident that Rajeev is the right person to lead the company forward,” said Risto Siilasmaa, chairman of the Nokia board of directors, in a statement on April 29. “He has a proven ability to create strategic clarity, drive innovation and growth, ensure disciplined execution, and deliver results. We believe that his passion for technology will help ensure that Nokia continues to deliver innovations that have a positive impact on people’s lives,” Siilasmaa added. Siilasmaa, who has also been serving as an interim CEO, will return to focusing exclusively on his role as chairman of Nokia’s board of directors from May 1. “I am honored to have been asked to take this role, and excited about the possibilities that lie in our future,” said Rajeev Suri. “Nokia, with its deep experience in connecting people and its three strong businesses, is well-positioned to tap new opportunities during this time of technological change.”

Google+ chief Vic Gundotra departs after eight years ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


umbai-born IIT Madras alum Vic Gundotra, the mastermind behind Google’s social network Google+, has abruptly resigned putting a question mark on the future of his creation. Making the announcement via a posting on his own Google+ page last week, Gundotra, 45, said he was proud of his eight year

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His departure follows a rumor posted two days ago on the app Secret that, “Vic Gundotra is interviewing,” according to technology site CNet. Citing a person familiar with the matter, it said that Gundotra had problems with Google’s management team.

I am excited about what’s next. But this isn’t the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past eight years tenure with the online search giant, but felt that now was the time to look ahead. However, he didn’t say much about his future plans. “I am excited about what’s next. But this isn’t the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years,” wrote Gundotra, who was Senior Vice President, Social for Google in a post titled, “And Then.” “I’m also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the scepticism of so many.”

CEO Larry Page praised Gundotra in his own Google+ post, thanking him for “a tremendous almost eight years at Google” and for building Google+ “from nothing.” In addition to spearheading the development of Google+, Page congratulated Gundotra for his work on guiding the teams that introduced turn-by-turn navigation to Google Maps, and improving Google’s developer relations, which Page described as “disparate efforts” before Gundotra fixed them. However, his tenure was also a rocky one, according to CNET.

Indians, Asians fast becoming politically relevant in US: Report With the Indian-American population shooting up 76 percent in ith Indians and other the first 12 years of the 21st centuAsian Americans and ry, Indian-Americans numbering Pacif3.34 million are ic Islanders growalready the third ing in number at largest Asian a fast pace, peo- n The fastest-growing states for community in Asian Americans are Nevada, the US, after ple of color will Arizona, North Dakota, North people be in the majorifrom Carolina and Georgia, where the China and the ty in the US by populations more than doubled Philippines. m i d - c e n t u r y, between 2000 and 2012. according to a “While this new report. n About 55 percent of Asian Amer- shows a fair icans prefer an activist govern- amount They are also of ment that provides more ser- national origin quickly reaching vices than a smaller government concentration, it the critical mass that provides fewer services. needed to be nevertheless reppolitically rele- n Asian Americans are among the resents a decline most open to diversity when from 89 percent vant, says a compared to other racial groups. for these top six report from the Center for Amer- n About 69 percent of Asian Amer- groups in 2000, icans consider themselves envi- as smaller Asian ican Progress and ronmentalists, some 30 percent- American groups AAPI Data on age points higher than the have grown dishow the growth national average. of this group will proportionately affect a variety of in the last key policy areas like immigration decade,” noted authors Karthick Ramakrishnan and Farah Ahmad. and healthcare. ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


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ata released recently by the US Department of Health and Human Services indicates that 344 doctors nationwide received more than $3 million each in 2012 from Medicare. Overall, about two per cent of clinicians accounted for one-fourth of all Medicare payments. Indian American and other South Asian doctors are a significant presence among the US physician community, so it was no surprise that they appeared prominently on the Medicare payout list. The 12th highest payment to an individual physician nationally by Medicare in 2012 went to Dr. Vikas Malhotra, an Indian American hematology and oncology specialist in Spring Hill, Fla. He billed Medicare $27,288,429 for 520,461 services to 1,783 beneficiaries and received $8,419,117 in payments. In 14th place on the list was Dr. Bilal Ansari, who received his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Pakistan. He billed $25,062,194 for 486,329 services to 1,115 beneficiaries and was paid $7,873,711. Other Indian or South Asian American doctors receiving more that $4.7 million in

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EW YORK -- New York City’s 9,000 cigarette dealers seem to be choking on a ticket blitz. There’s reportedly been a 70-fold increase in the number of tickets written up by the Department of Consumer Affairs. The fines can run as high as $1,000 for not having the proper signs posted to warn about the dangers of smoking. The department is believed to have issued 2,229 signage violations in 2013, compared to 628 in 2012 and just 32 in 2011. This year, that number is down as businesses get on board with the new rules. Less than 300 tickets have been issued so far in 2014.

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Medicare payments in 2012 included: Kamal Patel, hematology/oncology, Little Rock, Ark., $7,274,248; Sunil Gupta, ophthalmology, Pensacola, Fla., $6,744,079; Ravi Patel, hematology/ oncology, Bakersfield, Calif., $5,505,883; Rakesh Jagetia, radiation/oncology, Glenview, Ill., $5,248,067; Nauman Chaudhry, ophthalmology, Hamden, Conn., $5,037,305; Manish Dhawan, hematology/ oncology, Shreveport, La., $5,002,022; Avtar Ghuman, ophthalmology, Ft. Myers, Fla., $4,882,471; and Shaker R. Dakhil, internal medicine, Wichita, Kan. Malhotra, a former University of Missouri professor who has been practicing

in Florida since 2003, told the Tampa Bay Times that most of the money his office gets from Medicare pays for drugs, lab tests and other expenses. Payments to oncologists typically include the cost of medications, which are purchased by the practice. “That doesn’t represent the income of the physician,” he told the newspaper. Dr. Saadia Chohan of Oklahoma City, who was second on Oklahoma’s list of the highest paid by Medicare in that state at $3.4 million, pointed out to the Tulsa World that most physicians are not taking in millions of dollars because some of their patients are receiving expensive patented drugs, such as a new prostate cancer vaccine that costs nearly $100,000 per patient. “Most of these drugs are pass-through for us in Medicare. We make, if anything, our cost,” she said, adding, “Medicare reimburses us 80 per cent of the cost of the drug.” Cardiologist Dr. Ashish Pal of Davenport, Fla., a graduate of the University of Delhi, received about $4.5 million from Medicare. According to him, his billing was appropriate, although he acknowledged it was high because he has multiple cardiology-

related specialties, and because he works in an outpatient setting and bills the government for facility fees. However, another case shows that following the money can turn up potential problems. Detroit-area cancer doctor Farid Fata, originally from Lebanon, among the top recipients of Medicare payments, currently awaiting trial on federal charges he intentionally misdiagnosed patients and ordered unnecessary treatments. Fata claims he is innocent in the case. AP chose a threshold of $3 million in payments for its analysis of individual doctors because that was the figure used by HHS inspector general in an audit last year. The report recommended that Medicare probe billings above a set level that has not been disclosed by the federal government. Topping Medicare’s list of highest paid physicians in the US was Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, whose relationship with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., made headlines in 2013 after news broke that the lawmaker used the doctor’s personal jet for trips to the Dominican Republic. Medicare paid Melgen $20.8 million.

AAISCR honors Indian cancer researchers



ALIFORNIA- The American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research (AAISCR) honored three Indian American cancer researchers during its recent 21st annual meeting at the Horton Grand Hotel Dr. Raju Kucherlapati, a Paul C. Cabot Professor of Genetics and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston who is renowned for his contributions in advancing understanding the biology of cancer by using genetic/genomic approaches, received the Outstanding Scientist in Cancer Research Award. Dr. Sanjiv S. Gambhir, a Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in advancing imaging assays to monitor fundamental cellular/molecular events in cancer patients. Dr. Vimla Band, an Ardith and Anna Von Housen Professor and Chair Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, received the Outstanding Woman Scientist in Cancer Research Award for her contributions

(L-R) Dr. S.S. Gambhir, Dr. V. Band, and Dr. R. Kucherlapat

in breast cancer research. In addition, the AAISCR presented Young Investigator Awards to four individuals for their outstanding work in cancer research. In the Postdoctoral/Junior Faculty category, the awards went to Dr. Amar Jyoti of the University of Kentucky, KY, and Dr. Sutapa Sinha of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. In the Graduate Students category, the wards went to Nisha Hariharan of the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX, and Anand Venugopal of the University of Kansas Medical Center, KS.

In a message, AAISCR president Dr. Saraswati Sukumar emphasized the need for young members of the scientific community to set up a network of peers who can guide and help them to grow and succeed in their scientific career. She highlighted the steps the organization has taken to launch a mentorship program to achieve this goal. The highlight of the meeting was an open discussion by a panel of officers from the NCI/ NIH who answered questions from the audience about the NIH grant mechanisms and the future of federal funding to support cancer research.

Desai Foundation gala raises $225,000



he Desai family will add more donations to the $225,000 to increase the amount raised to some $400,000 so that 10 more community centers can be built in India. The three community centers which currently operate in rural Gujarat provide health services, hygiene education, vocational training, and computer classes to the surrounding areas. “We are incredibly honored by the outpouring of support we have received from our local community,” said Megha Desai, director of The Desai Foundation. “Our greatest goal is to inspire others to

participate and understand how they can make a difference in the lives of many by lending their time and interest to those who need our help,” Megha Desai said in the release. In addition to dinner and dancing, the evening featured a musical collaboration between classical Indian singer Falu and the awardwinning jazz ensemble Stay Human, led by Jon Batiste. DJ Kunal Merchant also led the dance floor with Indian-western fusion beats. Among the high-profile attendees at the gala were MCs Seth Herzog, comedian on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; “Captain” Kirk Douglas, guitarist of The Roots which plays on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; actress and

model Melanie Kannokada; Janina Gavankar, actress in True Blood and Vampire Diaries; Justin Wilkes, president of Radical Media; Payal Kadakia, founder of ClassPass; Hitha Prahbaker, ABC’s red carpet correspondent. Others present were Nihal Mehta, founder of LocalResponse and ENIAC; Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code; former Kansas State Rep. Raj Goyle; Santhana Krishnan and Yash Shah, founder of InteQ Corporation; Ian Gerard, founder of GENART; Baratunde Thurston, comedian and author of The New York Times Best-Seller How To Be Black; Troy Carter, founder of ATOM Factory; and Anjali Kumar, general counsel at Warby Parker among others.



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‘2 States’ continues to charm audiences

Will ‘Mastram’ click?

Will the director of erotic thriller be able to cash in on some bold scenes shown in the film? IANS, NEW DELHI


special premiere of Mastram, a forthcoming Hindi entertainer about a porn writer from the country’s northern region, is sceduled to be hosted in Indore by Sunil Jain, one of the project’s co-presenters, on May 5. Jain has planned to host the

The fate of erotic thriller ‘Mastram’ will be decided on May 9 when it is released premiere in his hometown Indore ahead of its release on May 9, said a statement. He has also said that he will host the premiere of all the films that he associates himself with in future, in Indore. Mastram is the directorial debut of Akhilesh Jaiswal, who was also the screenwriter for Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). A production by Bohra Bros, the movie stars Kapil Dubey and Rahul Bagga and also marks the debut of actress Tara Alisha Berry.

‘We need not make violence sexy’ NEW DELHI: Violence in the mainstream cinema is depicted in such a manner that it looks sexy to children, so does the misrepresentation of “macho” heroism, said social activist and noted dancer Mallika Sarabhai. Sarabhai has been addressing social issues using the medium of dance and theatre, and speaking at a conference here on “Arts and Media: Problem or Solution”, the 59year-old said films like Dabangg are affecting the psychology of children. “We need not make violence sexy through our films. Also the meaning of word ‘macho’ means someone who is rowdy and loud, and sensitive men are considered to be whining,” the actress added.



rjun Kapoor and Alia Bhattstarrer 2 States is in its second week and it has raked in about Rs 750 million on home turf. Close on its heels is Revolver Rani, which came out this weekend. Samrat & Co. and Subhash Ghai’s Kaanchi haven’t struck the right chord yet. Based on a bestseller by author Chetan Bhagat, it is directed by first-timer Abhishek Varman. “2 States is still leading. Among the new releases, ‘Revolver Rani’ is doing the best. It has minted approximately `32.5 million in two days. Kaanchi has collected about

`12.5 million and Samrat & Co. must have earned not more than `5 million,” Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines told IANS. Though Kangana Ranaut-starrer Revolver Rani has done relatively better than the other two films that released April 25, the movie’s performance at the box-office is not as good as her previous film Queen. “Even the songs are not good and promotions didn’t create much hype,” said Thadani.

Playing Leela was huge responsibility: Deepika NEW DELHI : Actress Deepika Padukone, who featured in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2013 hit film Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, says essaying the role of Leela was a big responsibility for her. In an interview to UTV Stars’ show Yeh Hai Meri Kahani, the 28-year-old said that before shooting the film, the director thanked her for accepting the role, said a statement. “Weeks before I started shooting Ram-Leela, Sanjay sir sent me a message, where he thanked me for playing Leela, the importance of Leela in his life because that’s his mother’s name. So, playing Leela was a huge responsibility for me.”

‘Revolver Rani’: Kangna goes beyond ‘Queen’ in powerhouse performance Film: “Revolver Rani”; Cast: Kagna Ranaut, Vir Das, Piyush Mishra; Director: Sai Kabir; Rating: *** 1/2 (3 and a half stars)


ail the female. Kangna Ranaut plays the quirky queen of all she surveys. She lords over her doomed anarchic and wretched kingdom like a doped and excitable Pan Singh Tomar. It is a dangerous world out there in the Indian heartland. Specially for women who have to fight prejudices and betrayals on so many levels. In a scene straight out of a street play, Kangna, playing what seems like a cross between Uma Thurman in Kill Bill and Seema Biswas in Bandit Queen, Kangna tells the mother of a young girl: “Teach her how to shoot a gun. It’s the only way she can survive.” Revolver Rani is a deeply satisfying tribute to many things at the same time. Director Sai Kabir

(who has previously made an unreleased film) pays a hefty homage to many filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Quentin Tarantino, Mehboob Khan and Shekhar Kapoor. And yet for its derivative aspirations, Revolver Rani is a fiercely original piece of

second powerhouse performance this year, is the female goon who speaks most eloquently with the nozzle of her gun. There is an awkwardness to her ‘Chambal ki

Kangna plays a woman of substance who, going by her high-octane energy level, seems to be guilty of substance abuse. cinema, crafted with compelling concentration and impassioned intuition. Kangna plays a woman of substance who, going by her high-octane energy level, seems to be guilty of substance abuse. And that’s the least of her crimes. Alka Singh, as played by Kangna in her

boli’ that dissolves when she has to converse with a ‘bandook ki goli’. Kangna’s askew personality and her lisping halting dialogue delivery give her character that cutting edge with distinguishes a remarkable performance and takes a potentially powerful performance

into the realm of the truly inspired. At heart, Revolver Rani is a heartbreaking love story of a crass, powerful female politician who falls for a sleazy selfish Bollywood aspirant. We can see what a jerk he is. She can’t. As she goes through a sham marriage and a very real pregnancy with the certifiable asshole, Kangna’s character’s blind love turns into frustration and fury in front of our eyes. Vir Das plays the wannabe star who ends up as a trapped fluttering toyboy to the lusty politician, with an intimacy and incredulity that make the character appear both cheesy and pathetic and yet comic.


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Cavin Spacey (extreme left) shaking a leg to the song Lungi dance

IIFA ROCKS US Held for the first time here, Hollywood’s Kevin Spacey was show stealer at the IIFA awards ceremony TAMPA BAY, IANS


t was Bhaag Milkha Bhaag all the way at the 15th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s directorial venture bagged the maximum top honors including best picture and best director as well as the best actor award for Farhan Akhtar. Deepika Padukone won the best actress trophy for playing a Tamil girl in Chennai Express and the actress, who gave back-to-back four hits last year, also walked away with the best entertainer of the year award. Hollywood actor-director-producer Kevin Spacey was the show stealer at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards — he danced on the stage to Lungi dance number with Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone. The occasion was the IIFA Awards night on April 27 when the show’s hosts Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor requested Kevin to shake a leg to the Bollywood number. He happi-

ly obliged them. Wearing a ‘lungi’, the wrap-around for males, the actor danced to the hit number from super hit Hindi movie Chennai Express with Deepika, who played the female lead in the romantic comedy. Farhan and Shahid also joined in. “It is great

ing contribution to international cinema. Held at the Raymond James Stadium, the Indian cinema’s extravaganza was enjoyed by an overwhelming crowd of 20,000 (90 percent were Indian) who were entertained and enthralled by a

Travolta stormed stage with impromptu ‘desi’ dance TAMPA BAY: Multi-talented Hollywood actor John Travolta, a dancer and singer par excellence, is so fond of Bollywood’s song-dance that he matched steps with Priyanka Chopra on Tune maari entry without any prior preparation and wowed the audience at the 15th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend. The four-day extravaganza ended here with the awards honoring the best work in Indian cinema and actress-singer Priyanka started the award ceremony with her performance

to be here and see the performances at IIFA,” said the Oscar winning actor, known for his work in The Usual Suspects and American Beauty. Hollywood star John Travolta received an award for his outstand-

and Travolta added zing to the act by joining her on the stage. After the performance, Priyanka praised Travolta’s John Travolta impromptu act saying: “Nobody could have done that without any rehearsal.” At the gala, Travolta was honoured with the outstanding contribution to international cinema award.

bevy of Bollywood stars like Hrithik Roshan, Madhuri Dixit, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. Travolta even matched steps with Priyanka Chopra on Tune maari entry without any prior preparation.

IIFA fever in US: Bollywood fans take selfies with stars TAMPA BAY (FLORIDA): The selfie bug bit celebrities and fans at the green carpet of the technical categories of Bollywood’s most extravagant celebration, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards 2014 here. The star-studded event here saw actors and filmmakers not only looking their best, but much in action

wherein they clicked selfies with their fans and even posed for candid pictures. Hrithik Roshan, who walked the green carpet, looking his usual dapper self, said: “This has a magical effect on me. Now I am over excited after looking at my fans. It’s a great feeling to be here today.” Vivek Oberoi agreed: “There is so much of energy here and look at the

fans showering their love on us...what more can we ask for?” “I am here to clap and cheer for the lovely people who make us look good,” he added. Jhakaas actor Anil Kapoor’s fans greeted him with whistles galore, and to top it all, they sang his hit song One Two Ka Four in unison when he took to the green carpet.

The IIFA 2014 Awards Winners’ List Lifetime Achievement Award 2014: Shatrughan Sinha Best Entertainer of the Year: Deepika Padukone Best Picture Award: Bhaag Milka Bhaag Best Debutant Award map: Dhanush for Raanjhanaa Best Performance in a Leading role (Male) Award: Farhan Akhtar for Bhaag Milka Bhaag Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female) Award: Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express Best Performance in a Supporting role (Male) Award: Aditya Roy Kapoor for Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani Best Performance in a Supporting role (Female) Award: Divya Dutta for Bhaag Mikha Bhaag Best Performance in a Comic Role Award: Arshad Warsi for Jolly LLB Best Performance in Negative role Award: Rishi Kapoor for D Day Best Story Award: Prashoon Joshi for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Best Lyric Writer: Mithoon for Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2 Best Male Playback Singer Award: Arijit Singh for ‘Tum Hi Ho’ from Aashiqui 2 Best Female Playback Singer Award: Shreya Goshal for ‘ Sun Raha Hai Na Tu’ from Aashiqui 2 Best Direction Award: Rakeysh Om Mehra for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

IIFA celebrates India, Indian cinema: PeeCee TAMPA BAY: Actress Priyanka Chopra, who has been making space for herself in the international music scene, was here to be part of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) celebrations. She’s glad that the event celebrates the country and its cinema abroad. Priyanka is sure it will be a one “magical blockbuster weekend”. “I am excited to be here. I have been to Miami several times, but it is the first time that I have come to

Tampa Bay and I love it. I feel we Indians have invaded the city,” Priyanka said here. “This is going to be blockbuster weekend — it will be magical. It is important to tell people how our cinema transcends borders and reaches people. It is celebration of India, Indian cinema,” said the National award-winning actress. A press conference here saw Priyanka with Anil Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha. Anil also unveiled Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s album Back 2 Love at the event.


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A Raja, Kanimozhi chargesheeted The Enforcement Directorate filed the charge sheet before the CBI in 2G scam Telecom Pvt. Ltd. (STPL), Kusegaon Realty Pvt. Ltd., Cineyug Media and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (Cineyug Films), Kalaignar TV (KTV) Pvt. Ltd., Dynamix Realty, Eversmile Construction Company Private Limited, Conwood Construction and Developers (P) Ltd., DB Realty Ltd., and Nihar Construction Pvt. Ltd.



ormer telecom minister A. Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi were on April 25 charge sheeted together with 17 others by the Enforcement Directorate over money laundering in the 2G spectrum allocation case, a day after the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu. The Enforcement Directorate filed the charge sheet before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini, who fixed April 30 as the next date of hearing. The charge sheet named Raja, Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal (wife of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi) Swan telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd. (KFVPL) Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Bollywood producer Karim Morani, Kalaignar TV director Sharad Kumar and P. Amirthan. The companies named are Swan

Book Pawan Kalyan for remarks against TRS chief, says court HYDERABAD: A court in Andhra Pradesh’s Telangana on April 28 directed police to book Telugu film actor Pawan Kalyan TRS chief Rao for making some offensive remarks against Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao. The court in Nizamabad asked police to register a case and submit a report to it by June 11. The court issued the direction while hearing a petition filed by a lawyer. Pawan Kalyan, who recently floated Jana Sena and is backing the Bharatiya Janata Party-Telugu Desam Party alliance, had made the remarks while addressing an election rally in Nizamabad last week. The actor and the TRS chief have been attacking each other during the campaigning in Telangana. The war of words hot up Saturday when the actor, who hails from Seemandhra, threatened to skin the TRS leader alive if he continues to criticize BJP ‘s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Reacting to Pawan’s utterances, Chandrasekhara Rao Sunday said if he snaps his finger, the actor would end up in thousand pieces. Addressing an election rally at Kamareddy in Nizamabad district Monday, Pawan said he was not bothered about the TRS chief’s threats.

special court. Matta added that the payment was illegal gratification for and on behalf of Raja and his associates in lieu of illegal favors given to STPL for grant of UAS Licence. The ED apprised the court that investigation has further revealed that the return of `20 million has been done along with the additional

The accused have been booked under various sections dealing with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The charge sheet named Raja, Kanimozhi among others in the 2G scam

The accused have been booked under various sections dealing with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. “The investigation revealed that amount of `20 million was paid by promoters of STPL, using their group entity Dynamix Realty, to KTV, through KFVPL and CFPL (Cineyug Films) in the garb of legitimate financial transaction, i.e. as loan/share application money,” ED counsel N. K. Matta informed the

TRS is opportunistic, says Sonia IANS , HYDERABAD


ongress president Sonia Gandhi on April 27 lashed out at the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), saying its opportunistic face again stand exposed. She also charged the TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao with betrayal by going back on his promise to merge his party with the Congress. Addressing two election rallies in Telangana, she said that TRS is only interested in power. “The TRS chief was an ally of the

UPA but he never fulfilled the promises. He betrayed us. His activities show that he was not with us for Telangana but for his vested interests. He is now carrying out a propaganda as if he formed Telangana state,” said Gandhi without naming Chandrasekhara Rao. Addressing a rally at Andole in Medak district on April 27

Sonia Gandhi said the language of intimidation being used by TRS leaders against people of other regions would only hurt Telangana.

evening, she said TRS chief was not present in parliament when the historic bill for formation of Telangana state was tabled. “It proves how sincere he was in passing the bill,” she said. The Congress chief said the language of intimidation being used by the TRS leaders against people of other regions would only hurt Telangana. She said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by opposing the Telangana bill in Rajya Sabha showed its true face. She said the Telugu

amount in order to show this illegal payment in the guise of legal and bonafide financial transactions. “Thus in garb of loan it was in fact the illegal gratification, which was apparently projected as untainted property,” the ED said. Besides, the reverse flow of such amount further establishes the projections of proceeds of crime as untainted and is nothing but the process of laundering of money, it added. Desam Party (TDP) and the YSR Congress party also created hurdles but the Congress fulfilled its promise and delivered Telangana state. “The TDP by joining hands with the BJP has shown its communal face. You know who is changing the face. TRS and these parties have no principles. Their only aim is to achieve power. They will sell even their faith for power,” she said. Earlier, addressing a rally at Chevella in Ranga Reddy district, she lashed out at the TRS. “TRS earlier supported communal forces and this time also it can’t be trusted,” she said. Sonia Gandhi said that TRS has the same disease from which the BJP is suffering. The Congress president was on the second leg of her election tour of Telangana, where the simultaneous elections to assembly and Lok Sabha will be held on April 30.

Former union minister K.S. Rao joins BJP IANS, HYDERABAD,


ormer union minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao April 28 resigned from the Congress and announced his decision to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Rao, who resigned as the minister earlier this month, told reporters in Eluru that he would join the BJP on May 1 at Bheemavaram in the presence of party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. He said he was joining the BJP for the state’s development. Rao resigned from the cabinet on

April 3 to protest bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. He has also announced that he would not contest the Lok Sabha polls on Congress ticket. He said that the central government did not even take his views into consideration while taking a decision to bifurcate the state. The MP from Eluru in West Godavari district was inducted into the union cabinet in June last year. After the bill for formation of separate Telangana state was passed in parliament in February, Rao wanted to join the Telugu Desam

Party (TDP). However, the TDP leaders in West Godavari district opposed his admission into the party. Rao had a three-decade-old association with the Congress. He was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1984, and re-elected in 1989, 1998, 2004 and 2009. He is the second central minister to quit over the State’s bifurcation and join the BJP. Last month, D. Purandeswari had resigned as a minister and also quit the Congress. She is contesting for the Lok Sabha from Rajampet constituency.




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lenview (IL) -- It was a dream come true for many devotees of Hanumanji in Glenview and surrounding suburbs of Chicagoland with Hanuman Mandir Spiritual and Community Center formally conducting a Bhumi Pooja on April 26 for establishing a Hanuman Temple along with a facility for community and spiritual activities for people of all ages. The Center headed by Dr. Chandra Khurana and a group of Indian Americans diligently searched the north side of Chicago for a site to build the temple and community center and finally found a 4.1acre land in Glenview where they decided to construct a 37,200 square-foot, twostory building at 3623 West Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL. The plan has received the blessings of the Village trustees. The memorable moment marked the beginning of a realization of a noble and long-cherished dream of the Indian community residing in the northern suburbs of Chicago. In view of the growing number of the Indian population and their spiritual needs, it was long felt to have a facility that could serve as the source to provide support for the fast aging people. This project will include a Hanuman Mandir and a community center. This will serve the long standing desire of the community to have a multi-faceted public place to celebrate various cultural, spiritual and educational programs. The

Village of Glenview President James Patterson, Congressman Robert Dold, Dr. Chandra Khurana and many devotees were present when Priest Nagendra Rao from Sri Bala Ji Mandir performed the ground-breaking ceremony for Hanuman Mandir of Greater Chicago.

Center will benefit the members of all the communities and will offer a very broadbased opportunity for social interaction. The Village of Glenview has granted the approval for the construction of this holy project which is expected to be completed in about a year. The Mandir would have two distinct areas, which are, performance of spiritual activities; and organizing various cultural community programs. The devotees of Hanuman Spiritual and Community Center, now popularly known as Hanuman Mandir of Greater

Chicago, share the pleasure of announcing that a significant progress has been achieved towards the establishment of a Hanuman Mandir in Glenview. Various volunteer committees have been formed to undertake specialized roles. Furthermore, the task of carving idols is underway in India. The sculptors experienced in carving world-famous Makrana marble in Rajasthan are actively working to complete these holy artistic ventures in a timely manner. The elaborate and auspicious ceremony included a cow pooja amid chanting of

Humor, poetic expressions at UPA Kavi Sammelan BY A STAFF WRITER


hicago (IL) -- The Uttar Pradesh Association (UPA) of Greater Chicago presented its Annual Grand Hasya-Ras Kavi Sammelan featuring leading poets from India like Pradeep Chaubey, Alok Srivastava and Sarvesh Asthana on April 20 at the Hinsdale Community Center located at 415 West Eighth Street in Hinsdale, IL. About 370 lovers of Hindi poetry attended the three-and-a-half-hour program. Hasya Kavi Pradip Choubey is a celebrated maestro of humor in KaviSammelans in India. While he is famous for his jokes, his humorous poems contain a deep and enchanting satire on the day-to-day problems of life, enthralling millions of people all across the globe. He has been serving the community with his comedy for more than 25 years. Poet Alok Shrivastava is a renowned geet and ghazalkar and his ghazals/geets have been sung by many renowned singers of India. He is a master of expressing human-relations and emotions in words heartfelt to every audience member. He is a TV journalist by profession, working as a senior producer at Aaj Tak news channel in Delhi. Satirist Sarvesh Asthana is a senior journalist whose hobby is presenting sarcastic comedies. He has a very pleasing and original style of reciting from the heart. He stole the hearts of the audience with his insightful and touching humorous examples. He has been in this profession for more than 25 years. Dr. Subhash Pandey, Chairman, Board of Trustees gave brief introduction of UPA and objectives of the organization

mantras, prayers for two hours, sacrificial fire, in which Dr. Hemlata Rana, Dr. Devang Thakkar and Roopal Thakkar, Moti Agarwal, Chairman of Millennium Bank, and the President of United Senior Parivaar, Ramanbhai Patel. The Hawan Smagri was distributed among 700 devotees some of whom sang devotional songs. The event was attended by top officials of the Village of Glenview, President James Patterson, Mr. Dan Owens. and Congressman Robert Dold. A team of fifty dedicated volunteers, comprising various committees like Decoration & Maintenance, Food Distribution, Reception & Registration, IT Support and others, very efficiently managed the event. All the devotee families were offered a steel plate and a red holy scarf as a gift to mark the occasion. At the end of the ceremony everybody received fresh and dry fruit prasad and a packed food box. The food boxes were donated by Viceroy of India and sweet ladoos were donated by Punjab Sweets. The ceremony was accomplished on time at 12:30 p.m. The organizers and devotees of Hanuman Mandir are looking forward for blessings from Hanumanji for the timely completion of this holy project. During this past period, there was an outpouring of support from devotees of North side and Chicago areas that includes, among others, businesses like Viceroy of India, Punjab Sweets,

Jalaram Mandir health fair a boon for needy


Uttar Pradesh Association of Greater Chicago presented Hindi poets who kept everyone in splits

and recognized outgoing president Ravi Arora and his laudable activities during his two-year tenure and welcomed incoming president Rani Trivedi. Thereafter, the new Committee was introduced by Dr. Saryu Dixit as follows: Executive Committee: President- Rani Trivedi; Vice President- Vivek Verma Secretary- Vibha Sharma; Treasurer: Tarun Gupta; Members: Gauri Srivastava, Dipesh Aggarwal, Neeru Kothari, Uma Aggarwal, Poonam Pandey. Board of Trustees: Chairman- Dr. Subhash Pandey. Members: Saryu N. Dixit, Ajit Pant, Rameshwar Prasad, Sujata Sharma, Ravi Arora.

Dr. Subhash Pandey presented a plaque to Dr. Ghanshyam Pandey, founding president and Chairman of Board of Trustees for his unforgettable services to foster activities of UPA and his exemplary leadership. He also thanked the International Hindi Association (IHA) for their collaboration with UPA in promoting the national Hindi language. The poets for the evening made the audience roll with laughter on many occasions. As applause resonated in the hall, a poetic spirit was infused in the atmosphere that was taken many notches higher by the guest poets.


hicago (IL) -- An annual health fair was organized at Shree Jalaram Mandir located at 425, Illinois Blvd , Hoffman Estates , IL , on April, 20. More than300 individuals availed the free services provided at the fair, an annual community service event open to any needy individual without consideration of race, religion, ethnicity or age. The highlight of the fair was participation of about 40 Bhutanese refugees who availed the services with the help of Jayntibhai Thakkar and Dr. Bharat Barai. More than 100 enthusiastic health care volunteers of Jalaram Mandir were instrumental in organizing the event. The social and humanitarian activities included blood donation drive, bone marrow drive, yoga classes, classical dance classes, music and instrument classes and youth activities. The main coordinator of the 8am-to-1pm event was Bakul Thakkar. The process started with registration of patients and filling out a health-related questionnaire before they were directed to go for health screening. Patients could checkup their height, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, urine analysis, complete blood count, cComprehensive chemistry and lipid profile, EKG and bone density testing. After ths, the patients were directed to the specialty consultants of internal medicine, cardiology, obstetrics and gynaecology, dentistry, etc. Credit goes to Trust and Executive board members for organizing an excellent community service event. The team of volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the fair without any complaint. Individual certificates were awareded to all those who volunteered to work for Mandir’s benevolent activity.



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hicago (IL) -- Hari Om Mandir celebrated its 27th anniversary and Baisakhi on April 13 with great pomp and show. A large number of devotees attended, including many founder members and seniors who helped in the growth of the temple. On the occasion, priests Shastri Yogesh Pandya and Pandit Dinesh Kumar did a Havan for the wellbeing of all members who contributed in many ways toward the progress of the temple. A Shanti Path was also performed. Pratibha Jairath, Raju Bankapur and other singers presented bhajans and Punjabi songs. Baisakhi is the time when the new spring year begins and the harvesting of the rabi crop ends in various parts of India. The festival is thus filled with enthusiasm, vibrancy and absolute color especially in the northern and many other parts of India. Farmers thank Mother Nature for the bountiful harvest and together pray for the welfare and prosperity in the coming year. Ayodhia Salwan (chairman) and Indrajit Sarkar (president) greeted everyone on Baisakhi and thanked all the founder members and senior members for doing their bit for Hari Om Mandir. A recognition award was also handed to

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Brij Sharma and Sham Rawal for their services in the past term by Salwan and Sarkar. The Mandir has planned an Akhand Ramayan Paath and Mothers day celebrations.

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LOOMINGTON (IL) -Hindu Temple of BloomingtonNormal in Illinois, which held a three-day grand opening ceremony last week, is likely to open its doors to the public in June next. The opening ceremonies included poojas, homams, aarathis, jaladhivasm rakshabandhans, mantra chanting, lectures, 108 kalasa abhishekam, etc. The Mission of this temple--the idea of which was floated some 36 years ago-is “to meet the religious, spiritual and cultural needs of the Hindu community” and “to facilitate worship, education, social services and seva”. Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has applauded efforts of Temple leaders and the area community to realize this Hindu temple complex. Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said in a statement that it was important to

pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to the coming generations amid so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this temple complex would focus in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism, one should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which, he said, was the goal

of Hinduism. Besides a sanctuary with 11 deities, this Temple will also have several classrooms, library, stage for cultural performances and lectures and a dining hall. Area Hindus, numbering around 7,000, have hitherto been traveling to Peoria or Chicago for temple worship. Rammohan Mundlapudi, Suresh Krishna, Sridhar Kantamneni and Chetan Desai are president, president-elect, secretary and treasurer, respectively. Bloomington, founded in 1831 and claimed to be “located in one of the most productive agricultural areas in the nation”, is known for Beer Nuts, oldest continuously performed Passion Play in USA and Shakespeare Festival. Tari Renner and David Hales are Mayor and City Manager respectively. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents. There are about three million Hindus in the US



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ings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five-wickets as they finished off the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on a fivematch winning streak here on April 28. At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the heroes for Kings XI were the bowlers, who put on a brilliant show to restrict the star-studded Royal Challengers batting to 124/8 in 20 overs. In reply, Kings XI Punjab cruised home to 127 for five with seven balls to spare after Virender Sehwag top scored with 32. David Miller made 26 while Rishi Dhawan remained unbeaten on 23. For Kings XI captain George Bailey, things went in his favor right from winning the toss.



































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NBA suspend Nene for one game WASHINGTON: The NBA handed Washington Wizards forward Nene a one-game suspension, following a tussle between him and Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler. Nene would miss the fourth game of “Wizards vs Bulls” playoffs series Sunday night, reports Xinhua. Nene tussled with Butler with eight minutes and 28 seconds left in Game 3, and he was ejected right after the incident on April 27 night.


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Bite into Dark Knight burger NEW DELHI: Imagine biting into a burger with black buns! Here comes the ‘Dark Knight’ burger! For many, burgers are only about patties. But if you get to eat a mouthful of burger made of scrumptious patties and black bun instead of the conventional brown ones, the buns will surely get your undivided attention. The capital’s Dude Food restaurant has made a quirky culinary invention by launching The Dark Knight burger, which has black buns, a special tangy sauce and big size patties. Vegetarians can enjoy the potato wedges and pickled vegetables patty

Fashion for moms-tobe: maxi dresses, tunic tops IANS, LONDON


regnant and worried how to put on your best fashion statement with the baby bump? Try some maternity style with tunic tops with leggings and maxi dresses to beat the heat and stay comfortable. Loose-fit clothing definitely brings in the comfort level for all the expectant mothers, especially as they head to the end of their pregnancy. Maxi dresses are a style staple for spring. They’re easy to wear and the loose-fit or stretchy fabric will leave you able to move around easily, reports Leggings paired with tunic tops are another look you’ll find yourself wearing time and time again through your spring pregnancy as they are preferable over jeans.

and non-vegetarians can indulge in chicken ones, but with time there will be more options for meat lovers. “Youth mostly goes for black. We thought of giving them what they like. It took us six months to make the burger right,” Sumit Goyal, grand wizard, Light Bulb Moments at Dude Food, told IANS. He didn’t disclose the ingredients used in making the black bun but said that there is not much of a difference in taste if one compares it with the regular ones. “If you close your eyes and eat the black bun, you won’t be able to tell the difference,” he said.



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