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Aid worker Kayla Mueller was held hostage by the Islamic State (IS) after being captured in Syria; US administration confirms her death Obama said. On February 6, IS claimed that Mueller — captured in northern Syria in 2013 — had been killed in a building that was hit during a Jordanian airstrike on Raqqa, the militants’ de facto capital in Syria. At the time, IS offered no proof to back up its claim, other than an image of a

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he US has confirmed the death of aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was held hostage by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group after being captured in Syria. “We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller, has lost her life,” a statement from the family read. “Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice, and peace,” the family said, CNN reported. US President Barack Obama has said that his government tried to rescue last year in an unsuccessful operation. "We devoted enormous resources, always devote enormous resources to freeing captives or hostages anywhere in the world," Obama said on February 10 in an interview with the online Buzzfeed News. “And I deployed an entire operation — at significant risk — to rescue not only her but the other individuals who had been held, and

On Feb 6, IS claimed that Mueller had been killed in a building that was hit during a Jordanian airstrike.

Mueller fell into the hands of hostage-takers in August 2013 in Aleppo, Syria.

probably missed them by a day or two, precisely because we had that commitment,” said Obama. President Barack Obama offered his condolences to the young

woman’s family and vowed to “bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible”. Mueller “represents what is best about America”, the President

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he growing “chumminess” between India and the US may soon give way to a trade war as simmering disputes between them retake center stage, Foreign Policy magazine has suggested. President Barack Obama’s India visit last month and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington last September “suggested a growing camaraderie between the nations,” it said in a commentary on February 9. “But look past the veneer of chumminess, and you’ll see that the era of good feelings is likely to be short-lived, as simmering disputes between Washington and New Delhi retake their place at center stage,” it said. “Among the most important are likely to be their vastly differing trade priorities, as each competes for a piece of the world market and plays a high-stakes game to ensure that its businesses and workers get a larger share of the pie,” Foreign Policy maintained. Among the key sticking points is a trade disagreement over India’s domestic procurement requirements for solar cells and modules and their positions on intellectual property protection (IPP). While “large, deep-pocketed

badly damaged building. The IS sent the family a private message, National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said on February 10. The new information does not clarify how Mueller died, a law enforcement source said. Mueller’s relatives on February 10 also released a handwritten letter that they say she wrote while in captivity in spring 2014.

NEW YORK: Newsweek magazine on February 10 was the target of a cyber attack when its Twitter account was hacked into by a group allegedly affiliated with the Islamic State (IS), who called for a “cyberjihad” against the US, published documents apparently stolen from the Pentagon and wished First Lady Michelle Obama a “Bloody Valentine’s Day”. “While the US and its satellites are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, we are destroying your national cybersecurity system from inside,” read the text that was posted on the magazine’s Twitter account by a group calling itself “CyberCaliphate” about 10:45 a.m. The hacker — or group of hackers — threatened Americans, saying that “the Islamic State is already here” and that the IS is “much closer than you think”. The hackers also published a list of “brave mujahideen”, documents allegedly from the Pentagon with data about US soldiers.

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American pharmaceutical companies with powerful lobbies in Washington want India to strengthen its regulatory regime,” the US magazine said. Indian generics manufacturers “fear that they will lose much of their business if India adopts USstyle patent protection.” The IPP issue resides at the heart of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agree-

ment among 12 nations in the Asia Pacific accounting for 40 percent of world gross domestic product and one-third of world trade. “There’s no indication that the Modi government has any plans to cave on these standards, the adoption of which would seriously erode India’s competitiveness, anymore than it has shown any inclination to cave on climate change,” Foreign Policy said.

he U.S. and India are on the same page on the “breakthrough understanding” on the India-US nuclear deal, but the US companies would still have to make their own judgments, according to a senior US official. Describing the resolution of the liability issue as a key element of President Barack Obama’s “very successful visit to India”, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters on February 9 that Washington has encouraged India to make more information available on the understandings. This is a part of India’s “ongoing engagement with companies, so that people can have a clear understanding of what the way forward is”, he said when asked about the “frequently asked questions” issued by India on the nuclear deal. The U.S. too had been able to consult “with our companies and brief them on the ongoing discussions that we’ve had through the contact group with India”, Rhodes said. India had Sunday made clear that there was no proposal to

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amend the nuclear liability law and that it was on par with international norms. It had also clarified that the operator of the nuclear installation shall be liable for nuclear damage caused by a nuclear incident. “So I think this is a sign of an effort to continue to move forward and using the breakthrough to try to open the space to resolve the concerns of US businesses so that they can participate in the Indian nuclear industry,” Rhodes said. “Again, as we said on the trip, companies are going to make their own judgments. They’re going to look at the liability pool; they’re going to look at India’s, again, clarifications of its laws,” he further said.

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iming to put pressure on Bihar Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi for inviting him to form the next government in the state, former chief minister Nitish Kumar reached New Delhi to parade the legislators supporting him at Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 11. Embattled Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi sought to play the “reservation card” as his cabinet approved reservation for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes in all government contracts of road construction up to Rs.5 million and reservation for poor upper castes in government jobs. Earlier, Nitish Kumar and 130 legislators supporting him left for New Delhi in two batches. “In the first batch, 60 legislators, and in second batch, 70 legislators along with Nitish Kumar left for Delhi,” informed Janata Dal-United chief whip Shrawan Kumar. Party MP K.C. Tyagi told IANS that Nitish Kumar had reached the

HC rejects PIL on Sunanda death probe “NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has refused to entertain a PIL seeking its intervention in the probe into the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. A division bench of Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S Endlaw, after taking note of the submissions of the centre and the Delhi Police, and that an FIR has been registered, said it will not entertain the plea as the necessary steps have already been taken. Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain told the court that a fivemember SIT team is investigating the case. ASG said: “A five member SIT has been formed, they are investigating the matter. At this stage the investigation can’t be interfered with. The issue can’t be raised in a PIL.” The bench also questioned the locus standi of petitioner, saying: “It seems Publicity Interest Litigation...We are not entertaining this PIL. An FIR has been registered, and an investigation is going on....” said the bench. The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by NGO Anti Corruption Front, saying the investigating agency was biased in probing the case and there was no positive development in the case.

Nitish Kumar, along with JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav and RJD supremo Lalu Yadav, addresses press after meeting Bihar Guv Keshari Nath Tripathi in Patna on Feb 9; (right) Jitan Ram Manjhi has refused to relent. (Photo: IANS)

national capital, and was likely to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on February 11. He said the party would urge the president to ask the governor to invite Nitish Kumar to form the government as he has the majority. “Since we have not heard a decision from the governor, we have

come to the president,” Tyagi said. Meanwhile, Manjhi, who insisted that he remained chief minister till he fails to prove his majority in the state assembly, had called a cabinet meeting on February 10 where it was speculated that he may recommend dissolution of the state assembly. It was in the meet-

ing that the decision on the quotas was taken. A JD-U leader close to Manjhi, however, said he “may or may not recommend dissolution of the state assembly, but by holding a cabinet meeting, he wanted to send a strong message that he is still the chief minister”. Nitish Kumar along with 130 leg-

islators of his JD-U, the Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), the Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI) went to Raj Bhavan in Patna on February 9 to show his strength. Kumar has accused Manjhi, who was expelled from the JD-U on February 9, of trying to organize defections to stay in power. “It appears that Manjhi has got a horse-trading licence after he met Modi in Delhi,” he said, referring to the chief minister’s meeting in Delhi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on february 8. Manjhi was hand-picked by then chief minister Nitish Kumar as his replacement when he quit last year following the JD-U’s rout in the Lok Sabha polls. In the 243-member assembly, the JD-U has 115 legislators -most of whom are reportedly with Nitish Kumar. It is backed by 24 legislators of the RJD, five of the Congress, two independents and one from the CPI. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 88 legislators and is supported by three independents.

Restrictions, shutdown affect life in Kashmir Valley

Shops, public transport and other businesses remained closed in Srinagar city, while attendance in banks,

post offices and government offices was thin. Skeletal private transport and three-wheelers, however, plied on roads in up town Srinagar city. All examinations scheduled for the day were cancelled by Kashmir University. JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has been taken into preventive custody while some other separatist leaders have been placed under house arrest in the city. Meanwhile, District Magistrate Baramulla has ordered a time bound probe into the death of 24-year-old Farooq Ahmad Bhat who was killed in police firing in north Kashmir’s Palhalan town on February 9.

report states. Moody’s forecasts U.S. GDP growth of 3.2% pc and 2.8 pc in 2015 and 2016 respectively, as the prevailing favorable economic

environment will encourage consumers and companies to spend part of the gains in real incomes stemming from lower energy prices.

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estrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar for the second day on February 11 to thwart separatist-called protests affected normal life here as shops and businesses were shut. As a preventive measure to maintain law and order, restrictions will remain in force in Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal and Maisuma areas of the city, a senior police officer told IANS. Separatists called for Kashmir Valley-wide shutdown on February 11 on the death anniversary of Jammu and

Security personnel patrol Srinagar streets as restrictions were imposed in the city.

Kashmir Liberation Front founder Maqbool Bhat who was hanged in Tihar Jail this day in 1984.

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prices will alleviate. This will provide tailwinds to already positive conditions,” Moody’s said. According to Moody’s lower oil prices, which is expected to be sustained would in principle provide a significant boost to global growth. Lower oil prices will weigh on net oil exporters’ growth. Among some net oil importers, a number of factors will offset the windfall income gains from the lower oil price, Moody’s said. “There are some beneficiaries of lower oil prices; among the G20, the U.S. and India stand out,” the


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Meet the Indian ‘Highfliers’ The children of the new class of well-off white collar professionals are now getting ready for college and will become the main drivers of international mobility among Indian students ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON

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new segment of ‘Highflier’ students, who are likely to be both academically prepared and financially independent, are expected to boost the stagnant number of Indian students in US institutions, according to an Indian-American expert. World Education Services (WES), a not for profit organization that provides evaluations of international credentials to institutions in the US and Canada, groups students into four categories — Highfliers, Explorers, Strivers and Strugglers. Indian students are most likely to be Strivers, who seek “value for money” and are highly dependent on bank loans or financial support from universities, says Rahul Choudaha of WES Research & Advisory Services. Strivers also tend to enrol in STEM related fields of study that have good employment potential. Many follow it with a 29-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) experience in the IT industry and finally seek H1-visas for employment, he says. In 2013-14, 27 percent of all Indian students in the US were on OPT as compared to 12 percent of all international students.

Enrolments from China, India, and Saudi Arabia accounted for 81 percent of the eight percent overall annual growth of international students in the US between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest IIE Open Doors data.

The majority are concentrated in large US metro areas with ample IT jobs like New York and San Jose. Enrolments from China, India, and Saudi Arabia accounted for 81 percent of the eight percent overall annual growth of international students in the US between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest Insti-

tute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors data. According to WES’ segmentation study, students from China are most likely to have the financial means to afford a US education. Saudi students also have high financial resources but they are more likely to be supported by

government-funded scholarships, while Indian students are the most likely to rely on loans and institutional financial aid. In contrast to the traditional value-for-money orientation of Indian Strivers, a new emerging segment of Indian Highfliers will be more inclined to seek quality of

experience over other considerations when applying to US universities, according to Choudaha. Attributing the emergence of the Indian Highflier market to economic growth and associated changes in Indian society, he says Highfliers will not be as financially constrained as Strivers and will be ready to invest in fields of study beyond STEM degrees. The economic liberalisation and growth of new sectors like the IT services industry during the 1990s has created a new class of wellcompensated white collar professionals. The Highflier children of these professionals are now getting ready for college and will become the main drivers of international mobility among Indian students, Choudaha says. The growth in the number of Highflier students from India will take a few years to fully impact overall enrolment patterns, and it will not be as marked as the explosion of Explorer students from China, he says. However, US institutions would be well placed to make the most of this emerging opportunity by adapting their internationalisation strategies to the unique characteristics, needs and decision-making processes of Indian Highflier students, he suggested.

Connecting with Suriname, Guyana through diaspora RANJANA NARAYAN, NEW DELHI

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elping upgrade a muchneeded mortuary, sending a Ramlila troupe to exchange ideas with the local troupes there or providing expertise in renewable energy - India is actively engaging with its large diaspora in the small and distant countries of Suriname and Guyana in meaningful ways. Suriname, which has a 37 percent population comprising Hindustani people, descendants of the Indians, mostly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, who went to the South American nation as indentured labour in the 19th century, celebrates Dussehra and Diwali with gusto. Its over 27 percent Hindu population has kept alive the Ramlila tradition of enactment of the epic Ramayana that was prevalent in India over 150 years ago. Now as part of reengaging with the Indian diaspora, numbering over 250,000, India is planning to send a Ramlila team to Suriname, off the North

Atlantic Ocean, while a troupe from that country is to also come to India. India is also helping the diaspora in Suriname in its efforts to trace their Indian roots through exchange of archival material. The Indians, numbering around 38,000, who left the Indian shores in batches in the late 19th and early 20th century to work in the fields of the former Dutch colony have

their records of when they arrived, from where in then colonial India. But with the Indian states having undergone reorganisation after Independence and the names of many districts and areas changed, India is providing archival material about the country over the years to help the diaspora to trace where they came from. “This is an important part of reconnecting with the diaspora,” the source told IANS.

India is also providing three Chetak helicopters to Suriname. In another small but “high impact” measure of reaching out, India is upgrading the mortuary at the S’Lands Hospital, in Paramaribo. The Rs.20 million project will help upgrade the existing cold storage capacity at the hospital. “This is the kind of high impact engagement that touches directly — provides the human touch,”

another official added. In neighbouring Guyana in the Caribbean, whose President Donald Ramotar was the chief guest at the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, in January, India is providing expertise in the field of renewable energy. In Guyana, the Indian origin populace, called East Indians, number over 43 percent of the population of over 700,000.


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resident Barack Obama intends to appoint Ajay Banga, the Indian-American president and CEO of MasterCard, as a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. The White House on February 5 announced Obama’s intent to appoint Banga, who is also the current chairman of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) representing more than 300 of the largest global companies investing in India, with five other key administration posts. “The talent and expertise these individuals bring to their roles will serve our nation well. I am grateful for their service, and look forward to working with them,” said Obama, whose administration has over two dozen Indian-Americans serving in key jobs. Banga, who received a BA from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, has been President and CEO of MasterCard since 2009.

Ajay Banga is the Indian-American president and CEO of MasterCard.

Earlier, he held various senior management roles with Citigroup between 1996 and his departure in 2009, when he served as CEO of Citigroup Asia Pacific. He served as director for Marketing and Business Development at PepsiCo Restaurants International India from 1994 to 1996. Banga began his career at Nestlé India, where he served in various sales and management roles from

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he Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), one of the oldest and the largest organizations of the Indian Diaspora celebrated India’s 66th Republic Day in grandeur with its annual show “Dance Pe Chance.” The packed show event at the prestigious State Theater, in New Brunswick, New Jersey last week was a cultural extravaganza with 625

students from 14 dance schools in three states — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — vying to prove their mettle. The event began with the singing of national anthems of the US and India by Sparsh Shah. Omi Vaidya, of the 3 Idiots fame added fun and energy to the show, while violin player Daisy Jopling, amazed the crowd. The dance groups exhibited talent, colorful costumes, innovative choreography and pride in being Indians.

1981 to 1994. Banga is a member of the Board of Directors of MasterCard and The Dow Chemical Company, Vice Chairman of The Business Council, Member of the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable, Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.

WASHINGTON: A new segment of ‘Highflier’ students, who are likely to be both academically prepared and financially independent, are expected to boost the stagnant number of Indian students in US institutions, according to an Indian-American expert. World Education Services (WES), a not-for-profit organization that provides evaluations of international credentials to institutions in the US and Canada, groups students into four categories — Highfliers, Explorers, Strivers and Strugglers. Indian students are most likely to be Strivers, who seek “value for money” and are highly dependent on bank loans or financial support from universities, says Rahul Choudaha of WES Research & Advisory Services. Strivers also tend to enrol in STEM related fields of study that have good employment potential. Many follow it with a 29-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) experience in the IT industry and

finally seek H1-visas for employment, he says. In 2013/14, 27 percent of all Indian students in the US were on OPT as compared to 12 percent of all international students. The majority are concentrated in large US metro areas with ample IT jobs like New York and San Jose. Enrolments from China, India, and Saudi Arabia accounted for 81 percent of the eight percent overall annual growth of international students in the US between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors data. According to WES’ study, students from China are most likely to have the financial means to afford a US education. Saudi students also have high financial resources but they are more likely to be supported by government-funded scholarships, while Indian students are the most likely to rely on loans.

Texas allows Sikh cops to sport beards, turbans IANS, WASHINGTON

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n one of the biggest goodwill gestures to one of the largest communities in the US — the Sikhs — the state of Texas has allowed on-duty Sikh officers to sport essential Sikh religious symbols like beards and turbans. According to a Washington Post report published on February 6, the decision of the county sheriff of greater Houston fulfilled one of the long standing demands of the Sikhs and made the county’s police force one of the first few in the nation — along with those in Washington DC and Riverside, California — to permit Sikhs to wear their “articles of faith” on patrol. “By making these religious accommodations, we will ensure that (our) office reflects the community we serve, one of the most culturally rich and diverse in America,” Sheriff Adrian Garcia said in a statement. “Deputies need to not only understand, respect and communicate with all segments of the population, but represent it as well,”

Texas Sheriff Adrian Garcia shaking hands with Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal

Garcia added. Sikh leaders in Houston and Washington welcomed the announcement, and the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) circulated Internet photos of Garcia shaking hands with Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, 37, who was wearing a blue police uniform, navy blue turban and a short beard. “With this policy, one of the largest sheriff’s offices in the coun-

try has affirmed that a person does not have to choose between their faith and a career of service,” said Jasjit Singh, executive director of SALDEF in Washington. The group’s Houston representative said the move would help the law enforcement agency to “attract the best and brightest from across our community...”. There are at least 200,000 Sikhs in the US, mostly from India. Some Sikh groups claim that the number is as high as 700,000. Their numbers have grown significantly since the 1970s, with large concentrations in urban areas, including New York and Los Angeles. Community leaders said that there were about 10,000 Sikhs in the Houston region alone. Because of their turbans and beards, Sikhs have often been mistaken for Muslims and have faced harassment and attacks. In Houston, a confrontation with deputy sheriffs at the home of a Sikh family in 2008 was the original impetus for Sheriff Garcia’s outreach towards Sikhs after his election in 2009.


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Boko Haram strikes again Nigeria-based terror group kidnapped 20 and killed 12 of them in Northern Cameroon IANS, NAIROBI

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he Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group abducted at least 20 people from a bus in northern Cameroon and later killed at least 12 of them, media reported on February 10. The daily News Nigeria quoted security officials as saying the militants hijacked a bus that was covering the route between two cities close to the Nigerian border on February 8. After killing 12 of the people they took as hostages, they let the others go free, according to a Cameroonian man quoted by the newspaper whose wife was among the kidnapped passengers. Until the end of last year, attacks

BRIEFS New IS video shows beheading of 8 men LONDON: An Islamic State (IS) affiliate in Egypt has released a video purporting to show the beheading of eight Bedouin Arab men it accused of working for the Egyptian and Israeli armies, media reported on February 10. The video, posted on the Twitter account of the jihadi group known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis’ late on February 9, also showed what it said were victims of Egyptian military operations in the restive Sinai Peninsula, the Daily Mail reported. The group before pledging allegiance to the IS in November last year, has released footage in the past showing the execution of alleged informants.

Pak: 15 suspected militants killed

Boko Haram has recently launched violence in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

by Boko Haram were limited to Nigeria, especially in the northern Nigerian provinces of Yobe and Adamawa, but since January 2015, the group has launched a new wave

of violence in the neighboring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The African Union recently agreed to deploy a regional force of

Nepal forms transitional justice mechanisms IANS, KATHMANDU

Nepal’s Minister for Law and Justice Narahari Acharya.

sions were formed after six years of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) which ended a 10-year civil war in Nepal.

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T ISLAMABAD: At least 15 suspected militants were killed during an exchange of fire with Frontier Corps (FC) personnel in Pakistan on February 10, a spokesman for the security force said. One FC man was also killed and three others were injured during the clash in Kharan district of Balochistan province, Dawn online reported. During a search operation launched by the security forces, an exchange of fire took place with suspected militants. Security forces seized a huge quantity of arms from the militants.

LAGOS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on February 10 pledged support for the war Nigeria is waging to defeat the Boko Haram Ban ki Moon insurgents. He said this in a message delivered through his Special Representative for West Africa, Mohammed IbnChambas, when he visited President Goodluck Jonahan in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. He said the UN stands firmly behind Nigeria in its legitimate fight against Boko Haram terrorism.

Remove heads of armed forces: Sri Lanka ex-army chief IANS, COLOMBO

ri Lanka’s former army commander on February 10 called for the removal of the commanders of the three armed forces, alleging that they were involved in a coup attempt a day after last month’s presidential election. Speaking to reporters in Colombo, former army commander Sarath Fonseka urged the country’s new government to take disciplinary action against the commanders of the country’s army, navy and air force for their alleged involvement in the coup attempt by the previous government headed by Mahinda

‘Visible change in Pak-Afghan policies’ here has been “a visible change in Afghanistan’s foreign policy towards Pakistan” since President Ashraf Ghani came to power and visits by him and Pakistan’s military and intelligence officials bridged the trust deficit, a daily said here Monday. According to the Daily Times, a breakthrough in Pakistani government’s approach towards militants occurred following the attack on December 16 last year on a Peshawar Army Public School. “The gruesome killing of school children prompted Pakistan’s civil and military high-ups to adopt a clear stance regarding the elimination of all terrorists without any discrimination between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Taliban,” the daily said in

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7,500 soldiers to halt the advance of the terrorist group, while Chad has already deployed hundreds of soldiers in northern Cameroon and Nigeria. In a video response released on February 9, the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekauk, said the deployment of Nigerian, Cameroonian and Chadian troops was “useless”. Chadian troops regained control of the Nigerian town of Gamboru, after killing at least 250 members of Boko Haram in two days of fighting along the border between Nigeria and Cameroon. In response, the terrorist group stepped up attacks in Cameroon, where at least 100 civilians were slaughtered in the town of Fotokol on the Nigerian border.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

an editorial. “A thaw in relations also came due to the end of the blame game” that was the hallmark of Hamid Karzai’s nearly 13-year rule (in Afghanistan).

The recent arrival of six Afghan soldiers in Islamabad “to receive military training” is a sign that “sincere efforts are being made from both sides” to strengthen cooperation against militancy, the editorial said. President Ghani, while visiting Pakistan in November 2014, pledged to build stronger ties with Islamabad and stressed joint action against insurgents in both countries. Pakistan was given an assurance “that action would be taken against Mullah Fazlullah (Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan chief who has threatened to go after government leaders and senior members of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ’s party PML-N) in Afghanistan”. Afghan forces have launched an offensive against Mullah Fazlullah and killed many insurgents.

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Rajapaksa. Fonseka recently received a presidential pardon by newlyelected President Maithripala Sirisena after being jailed and isolated under the previous leadership.

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fter warring for decades, the two factions of Kerala’s influential Syrian Church, Orthodox which have a combined strength of over two million, have indicated they are taking steps to sign a truce. The church’s majority group known as the Orthodox faction has its headquarters in the state’s Kottayam city while the Jacobite faction’s supreme leader, the Patriarch of Antioch, is based in Beirut, Lebanon. The first move came from visiting Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius Mar Aphrem-II. On his first visit to Kerala after being appointed as the patriarch, he set up a five-member committee of the Jacobite faction on February 7 to open talks with the Orthodox faction. On the following day, the supreme head of the Orthodox Church, Baselios MarThoma Paulose II, welcomed the move, saying necessary consultations will be held in his church and a deci-

BRIEFS Russell Peters to perform in B’luru BENGALURU: Stand up comedian Russell Peters, who will be in India as part of his upcoming Almost Famous world tour, will perform in Bengaluru on February 21. Starting February 11, Peters will also perform in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai. “After setting attendance records around the world and completing one of the biggest comedy tours ever with his notorious world tour, comedian Russell Peters to perform in Bengaluru on 21st February 2015 at the NICE grounds,” read a statement.

Fuji Electric to set up grid in Vijayawada HYDERABAD: Fuji Electric of Japan will set up a smart grid in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada to make energy management efficient, an official statement said. The smart grid monitors the consumption of energy and forecasts the demand for the next 24 hours. As a follow-up to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s visit to Japan in November last year, officials of Fuji Electric met him here Friday and informed him that the smart grid will be set up in Vijayawada on pilot basis.

Antioch Ignatius Mar Aphrem-II; (right) Baselios MarThoma Paulose II.

sion will be taken. The feud in the Syrian Orthodox Church in Kerala for power and wealth is legendary. On many occasions, the squabble has been taken to the streets and clashes between members of the two factions broke out, leading to protests even by the bishops of the respective churches. Incidentally, for a brief period from 1958 to 1970 following a

Supreme Court ruling, the factions remained under one roof with Kottayam as the headquarters of the church. Since 1970, they have been at war against each other again. “Even though there are quite a few court rulings that are in favor of the Orthodox faction, no government will take the risk of implementing the court order,

as it would certainly lead to a bloodbath,” an Orthodox church member said on condition of anonymity. “The most practical approach would be to allow the two factions to go their respective ways and to equitably share the wealth of the nearly 10 churches that is the key to the present squabbling,” said the Orthodox church member.

CHENNAI: MDMK general secretary Vaiko met Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and urged him to oppose the Rs.15 billion neutrino project in Tamil Nadu. In a statement issued here by MDMK, Vaiko submitted a petition to Chandy and urged him to oppose the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project as it would impact Kerala’s Idukki district. Vaiko told Chandy that the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has not given its consent to the project that would endanger the Western Ghats and several dams and check dams in Kerala. The INO consists of underground laboratory with a rock cover and associated surface facilities at Pottipuram in Bodi West hills of Theni district in Tamil Nadu.

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n a bid to attract more visitors from Germany, Kerala Tourism conducted two road shows in Dusseldorf and Berlin early last week. Held on the 3rd and 5th of this month, the two endeavours were Kerala Tourism’s inaugural road shows in Germany this year. The delegation was led by Tourism Director P.I. Sheikh Pareeth and included leading private

players from the industry here. “This is the second road show we are conducting in these cities to aggressively market the destinations and tap new markets,” said Kerala’s Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar. A total of 75 attendees from 40 leading German tour companies were at the show in Dusseldorf on February 3. “Germany is the third biggest market for Kerala in terms of tourist arrivals. As many as 77,698 tourist

arrivals were recorded from there last year,” said Pareeth. The second road show held on February 5 in Berlin had 110 attendees from 50 leading German tour companies.

The latest and much acclaimed campaign on Kerala’s tourism, the Great Backwaters film, drew a huge response after it was screened at both the road shows.

Maheswari, 85-year-old elephant, dies in zoo IANS, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

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Maheswari greets visitors with her trunk at Thiruvananthapuram zoo.

Konni, now in Pathanamthitta district, in 1946. Cynthia Chandran, a journalist and daughter of a former director of the zoo, told IANS that she grew

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n one of the most stunning comebacks in Indian political history, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) scored a landslide victory in Delhi, delivering to the BJP its first defeat since its historic Lok Sabha triumph and reducing the Congress, which ruled the Capital for 15 years till 2013, to a virtual nonentity. Tens of thousands of jubilant AAP activists celebrated across the capital and in many other cities as the 27-month-old party grabbed a sensational 67 of the 70 seats in the Delhi assembly, leaving just three seats to the Bharatiya Janata Party

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youngest political outfit, 96 percent of seats in a legislature — another record — and a new lease of life after it was written off following its earlier turbulent 49-day stint in Delhi and the later humiliating rout

he Twitterati, the social medium that has been a hot favorite of the ruling BJP, especially Narendra Modi, came out in the open to take a swipe at the prime minister even as it mocked both the BJP and the Congress in the aftermath of the sensational Delhi poll results. “They wanted every Hindu Delhi BJP office wears a deserted look. woman to produce at least four kids.. and they couldn’t even win just started its ‘Swachh Bharat four seats in the Delhi assembly!” Abhiyan’ against BJP.” tweeted Pooja Mehra, an IT proWhile the day started with fessional, taking a dig at BJP MP #DelhiDecides as the top- most from Unnao Sakshi Maharaj who trending hashtag, within a few had asked Hindu women to pro- hours it was replaced by #AAPduce four children. Sweep as the people welcomed the Lauding the over two-year-old verdict. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for mak“The BJP hasn’t just been swept ing a stunning comeback after a away. Or crushed by an avalanche. 49-day stint in 2013-14, filmmak- It’s been hit by a meteorite,” Priti er Shirish Kunder said: “AAP has Singh, a twitter user said.

in the 2014 Lok Sabha battle. So stunning and sweeping was the victory in what was supposed to be a tough election with Prime Minister

Narendra Modi himself leading the BJP’s charge that many AAP leaders and workers who had slogged for months broke into tears. Kejriwal, 46, had teary eyes as AAP colleagues repeatedly hugged him and lifted him in the air, and congratulatory messages poured in from all over the country thick and fast. Outside his home, thousands kept chanting the party’s catchy line: “Paanch Saal, Kejriwal!” The Congress simply sank, with its chief campaigner Ajay Maken resigning as the party’s general secretary after he finished third in his Sadar Bazaar constituency. Most Congress candidates lost by huge margins, one by 95,000 votes.

The BJP suffered far more humiliation, with its chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi, who had been personally picked by Modi, losing to a little known advocate of the AAP. . With the BJP subdued, Modi, who led an aggressive campaign against Kejriwal and called him a “Naxalite” (Maoist) who should be banished to the forests, congratulated the AAP leader and offered his government’s full cooperation. The AAP said Kejriwal will take oath as Delhi’s chief minister February 14, exactly a year after he resigned. Delhi Police said it will provide “Z” category security that would include at least 30 commandoes to Kejriwal.

AAP’s door-to-door campaigning struck the right chord with voters NEW DELHI: It was the AAP’s doorto-door campaigning, along with a slew of innovative measures like flash mobs that helped the over two-yearold party build a trust relationship with people across all spectrums of society in the run-up to the Delhi assembly elections. “They used to visit us regularly and because of this they managed to build a trust relationship with us. They knew our problems and our issues. They soon became a part of our families due to their frequent visits,” Indu Devi, a resident of the Yamuna Khadar slum cluster in east Delhi told IANS. For someone like Sudip Ray, a businessman, who usually commutes in a car, AAP volunteers braving the winter cold left a deep impression on his mind. “I was born in this city. But never did I see so much enthusiasm among young party workers, who

Kejriwal campaigning in his New Delhi constituency. (Photo: IANS)

ensured that their party’s voice reached the voters,” Ray told IANS. The party cadres for whom the “hardwork has finally paid off”, this well-designed campaigning has been a major part of their game plan to win the hearts of Delhi voters after their

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US media sees Modi ‘brought down to earth’ Some Indian analysts also see the defeat as a rejection of the anti-minority biases and violence spurred on by extremist allies of Modi’s Hindu national party, notes NYT the end of the month,” the Times said. Many other major U.S. newspapers like the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal chose to carry an Associated Press story about “Upstart party wins big in India’s capital, in blow for Modi.” “While the results from last weekend’s elections will not have any

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hile U.S. officials refrained from commenting on Aam Aadmi Party’s massive victory in Delhi elections, the New York Times saw “A Defeat for Prime Minister Modi” in the results. “Fresh from the diplomatic high of a successful summit meeting with President Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been brought down to earth by domestic politics,” the influential US daily said in an editorial. “Ordinarily, elections in New Delhi would not draw international attention,” the Times said. But since sweeping to power last year with the biggest national election victory in three decades, Modi and his BJP have generated “an aura of invincibility” winning a succession of other state elections, it said. “The election won’t affect Modi’s hold on the prime minister’s office and the federal government,” the Times said. “But it will increase the enormous pressure to deliver on his economic and governance promises

‘The election won’t affect Modi’s hold on the prime minister’s office and the federal government... but it will increase the pressure to deliver on his economic and governance promises even while making that harder’

even while making that harder.” Some Indian analysts also saw the defeat as a rejection of the antiminority biases and violence spurred on by extremist allies of Modi’s Hindu national party, it noted. “After imploring Americans, Japanese and Chinese, as well as Indians,

Sena wants repeat of Delhi in Maha MUMBAI: Attacking ally BJP, the Shiv Sena has asked the people of Maharashtra “to take lessons” from the outcome of Delhi assembly polls. “Delhi has embraced ‘Paanch Saal, (Arvind) Kejriwal’. The people of Maharashtra must learn from this. They should ponder and move ahead in that direction, that is the outcome of Delhi,” the Shiv Sena said in a sharp edit in the party mouthpiece Saamana on February 11 virtually asking the people of the state to reject BJP. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal bagged 67 of the 70 assembly segments in Delhi, while the BJP got just three seats. The Congress failed to get even a single seat. The edit pointed out that the trend started three months ago when the (Narendra Modi) ‘wave’ was halted by Maharashtra, but now the ‘tsunami’ has reached Delhi. The Delhi assembly results proved that a ‘tsunami’ is more powerful than a ‘wave’ and emphatically reiterated Gandhian Anna Hazare’s view that it was “a debacle for Modi”, it said. “The BJP leaders claim this is not Modi’s defeat. Kejriwal has won - then who has lost? After all, the entire elec-

elections calling it “an internal matter for the people and the Government of India.” “We don’t engage in endorsing individual political candidates, so I would refer you to the Government of India and the people of India,” Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday in response to a question. Obama’s visit

to believe in his vision, it is a good bet that no Indian federal budget will be more scrutinized for what it may, or may not, deliver on building infrastructure, reforming taxes and making a tangled, stratified system more efficient than the one Mr. Modi is expected to make public by

bearing on the structure of the federal government, they sent a clear message to Modi that he was not invincible,” it said. “They were also an indication of voters’ frustration with endemic corruption,” AP said. Analysts, it noted viewed “the scale of the defeat of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party was a wake-up call for the government.” The State Department spokesperson declined comment on the Delhi

to India and the Delhi elections were two “separate things,” she said. “As it relates to our relationship or partnership or the President’s visit, as you know, we certainly see our relationship with India as one that is growing, that has great potential,” Psaki said. That is reflected by the fact that the Secretary of State John Kerry and the President both visited India within the first month of this year, she said.

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tions were carried out in Modi’s name without the presence of any other BJP leader,” the edit said. Not accepting the contention blaming BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi for the BJP rout, Saamana said all BJP leaders labeled the AAP leader as ‘bhagoda’ (deserter) during the campaign, but entire Delhi solidly supported Kejriwal. “(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi now lives in Delhi, but his ‘brahmastra’ failed to work at such close quarters, even (BJP chief) Amit Shah’s magic didn’t work,” the Sena said, in a direct attack on the two BJP bigwigs. It conceded that the BJP was an old friend of Shiv Sena, and added that even US President Barack Obama couldn’t breath life into its wilted petals. “You can’t win elections with only promises and speeches,” the edit said.

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or one dubbed a maverick and written off politically less than a year ago, Arvind Kejriwal has proved to be more wily than his seasoned political rivals who underestimated this slightly built, doughty fighter who has made an incredible comeback by scripting his second sensational election victory in the space of just 15 months. After being a lone ranger for years when he battled corruption by contractors and officials in a Delhi slum, the former government official-turned activistturned-chief minister has become a household name across India with his direct style and unconventional dressing that earned him this time the sobriquet of “Muffler man” because of the way he campaigned through Delhi’s severe winter wrapped in colourful mufflers. But

those who have known him for long say Kejriwal is much more than an activist-turned-politician devoted to battling corruption. He knows his mission. “AK is really focussed,” said Pankaj Gupta, a former IT professional who has known the 46-yearold leader for 15 years. “He has clear thinking. He is a very tough taskmaster.” Gupta, who has been with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) since it was born in 2012, says the former Delhi chief minister, otherwise a diabetic, is very energetic. But what friends like about Kejriwal is that despite his stunning political success, he lives and dresses simply, has

no airs about himself, has a spiritual bent of mind and respects elders. In fact he displayed a puckish sense of humour when he reportedly told the online chat show The Viral Fever: “Political parties criticise me for my political statement; you are criticising me for my fashion statement. At home my wife criticises me for my bank statement. Everyone just criticises me.” Much before embracing politics, Kejriwal for years fought for the rights of the urban poor as he took up issues — from transparency to corruption. But few knew him, even after he got the Ramon Magsaysay award, an honour often described as Asia’s Nobel Prize.

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The new villain on the dock! Karan Johar’s villainous look with a shrewd smile and a moustache in ‘Bombay Velvet’ has got a thumbs up IANS, MUMBAI

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ilmmaker Karan Johar, known for his glamorous movies, sharp one-liners and sense of humour, is seen in a new avatar in a poster of his acting project Bombay Velvet. His villainous look with a shrewd smile and a moustache has got a thumbs up from his friends and colleagues from tinsel town. In the Anurag Kashyap directorial, Karan plays Kaizad Khambatta, an archrival of street fighter Johnny Balraj, played by Ranbir Kapoor. Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who essayed the role of a lover out for vengeance in an aptly named film Ek Villain, praised KJo, direc-

tor of his debut film Student Of The Year. “@karanjohar: villain in @anuragkashyap72’s #Bombay Velvet..Kaizad Khambatta!” Eh new villain! Looking intense and

Varun Dhawan, who is gearing up for his dark revenge drama Badlapur, was also floored by the intensity in Karan’s eyes mean,” Sidharth wrote. Actor Varun Dhawan, who is gearing up for his intense and dark

Newly-wed Kunal Kapoor thanks all for wishes IANS, MUMBAI

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ang De Basanti actor Kunal Kapoor, who tied the knot with his long time ladylove Naina Bachchan in the idyllic Seychelles, has acknowledged good wishes and congratulatory messages on his wedding. “Thank you for all your warm wishes on our wedding,” Kunal tweeted along with an image of a scenic wedding set-up on a beach. Kunal and Naina, who is megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s niece, chose to get married in an intimate beach ceremony on an island in Seychelles

Kunal Kapoor with Naina Bachchan

with only their immediate families present. The couple plans to host a reception in Delhi.

revenge drama Badlapur, was also floored by the intensity in Karan’s eyes.“@karanjohar@anuragkashya p72 here comes the ACTOR. Can’t wait for bombay velvet. kaizad khambatta. Look at those eyes,” Varun tweeted. Actress Alia Bhatt, who too debuted with Student Of The Year, also supported the filmmaker on the social medium. “@karanjohar: The villain in @anuragkashyap72’s #Bombay Velvet... Kaizad Khambatta essayed by yours truly!!! Woohooooo,” she tweeted. Overwhelmed by the response generated by the poster, Karan thanked everyone for appreciating his look.

‘Ranbir is a risk-taker’ MUMBAI: Roy needed a “character” and not a “lead actor”, says its director Vikramjit Singh, who feels that Ranbir Kapoor fit the bill for it due to his risk-taking Ranbir Kapoor ability. Singh told IANS: “When you write a film, you have a wish list of actors ready. The role in Roy’is not a typical lead role. It’s a character. I have seen Ranbir’s work. He doesn’t shy away from taking risks. “We have seen him doing a film like Barfi! in which he didn’t have any dialogue. He had faith in the film, and so he said yes to Roy.” The film also features Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez.

Rahman congratulates Ricky Kej IANS, MUMBAI

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usic maestro A.R. Rahman, who bagged two Grammys in 2010, has congratulated Indian artist Ricky Kej for winning the prestigious golden gramophone in Los Angeles. “Congrats on the Grammy win Ricky Kej. You have proved yet again that music is a credible choice, no matter where you are born...Wishing you the best,” Rahman, who won two awards at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony for his composition in Danny Boyle’s rags-to-riches film Slumdog Millionaire, tweeted Tuesday. Kej’s collaborated album with

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South African musician Wouter Kellerman Winds Of Samsara won the Best New Age Album trophy at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night.

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alki must really stop doing this. This is the third time he has stunned us with his originality and audacity and engagingness. He’s spoiling us silly. His third feature film is perhaps his most audacious cinematic journey yet. The writer-director takes the voice of Mr. Bachchan and puts it on Dhanush, that intelligent Tamil actor who is rapidly emerging as the inheritor to Kamal Haasan. There are only three main characters in the film — the film-obsessed mute Danish; Amitabh Sinha, the autumnal cauldron of discontent who gives voice to Danish’s dream; and the very cute assistant director Akshara (Akshara Haasan), who

Film: Shamitabh; Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush and Akshara Haasan; WriterDirector: R. Balakrishnan; Rating: ***** plays a reluctant and rather frail mediator between the two raging men. She is really not up to the task. But then, life never plays fair. Blessedly there is no lazy writing in this powerful film. Almost every narrative twist is cleverer and wiser than it would outwardly seem. There is a grand design behind every seemingly spontaneous movement in the plot. Early in the narrative we are told

that once upon a time, The Voice had been rejected by not just the film industry but all popular mediums. This, as any Bachchan fan

would tell you, is a fact from the superstar’s real life. Balki is a Bachchan fan and a director. He picks out many real-life incidents

and character-traits from Mr. Bachchan’s life. Dhanush plays the mute staraspirant with great understanding. His role gets progressively complex as his on-screen persona must mesh with the Bachchan baritone in a way where the merger looks convincing. Dhanush manages to pull the character, into the realm of the utterly believable. Nothing prepares you for this astonishing film. Its absolutely original plot and spellbinding aesthetics make it compulsive viewing. The delicacy and dynamism of structure and movement are indicative of Balki’s mastery of the medium. — Subhash K. Jha


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igg Boss 7 winner Gauahar Khan and Kushal Tandon, who met on the reality show and fell in love with each other, have not been able to sustain their relationship. Last year, Kushal Tandon took everyone by surprise when he announced on social networking site that the couple fought over religious differences and have broken-up. But soon they patched-up. But now, it seems like their relationship has hit a rough patch once again as Kushal

Politics on Mallika Sherawat’s mind

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nspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s work, Dirty Politics actor Mallika Sherawat says if she gets the right platform, she won’t mind joining politics. Women’s empowerment is a cause close to her heart. “If I get a good platform, I would like to join politics. If through that platform, I can do something for the women in our society, then I would like to do it,” Mallika told IANS. “I’m inspired by Narendra Modi’s work. He is doing a great job. It’s not just me, the entire nation is impressed with his work,” she added. Directed by K.C. Bokadia, Dirty Politics also features Om Puri.

‘Varun Dhawan’s energy levels inspiring’

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ctor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who, for the first time is working with young actor Varun Dhawan in Badlapur, says the latter’s energy is a source of inspiration for him. “I had a great experience working with Varun. He is a bundle of energy that inspires me,” Nawazuddin said in Mumbai on the sets of the TV show Savdhaan India - India Fights Back. The intense revenge drama, directed by Sriram Raghavan, features Nawazuddin in a negative role. He feels “thankful” as he has got to work with Raghavan, whom he calls “one of the brilliant directors of the country”. “I always wanted to work with him and I thank god that I got to work with him in a wonderful script like ‘Badlapur’,” he added. Also starring Huma Qureshi, “Badlapur” will hit the theatres Feb 20.

has gone ahead to tweet, “Morning Gyan... love is a waste of time…haha single hone ki feeling he alag hothi hai ...,” [sic] tweeted the actor.

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ctor Vidya Balan says it is thanks to her passion for acting that she didn’t fall prey to the casting couch in the Hindi film industry. “I’m very fortunate that I never came across anything like casting couch or exploitation. This was all because I was very passionate about acting, but not desperate about work,” the National Award winning actor revealed in Mumbai at casting director Mukesh Chhabra’s studio. “In all these years, nobody said any such thing that would hurt me. Most importantly, I didn’t let anybody do anything wrong to me,” she added. Advising newcomers to safeguard themselves against casting couch, the 37-year-old said: It depends on you. Even if something like this (casting couch or exploitation) has happened to you, then don’t be harsh on yourselves. “...No role and no film is the end of the world. It could be the beginning, but it is never the end,” Vidya said.

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acqueline Fernandez seems to be working hard on her Hindi. She surprised all with her improved Hindi during the shoot of Roy, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal besides her. “I was a little apprehensive initially when Vicky chose her because it is such a verbose film. She has blown everybody away. She has a double role and she has actually created two distinct characters. She worked really hard on her Hindi,” actor Arjun Rampal was quoted as saying.

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T LOUIS, MO – The India Association of St. Louis celebrated the Republic day of India on January 24. Both American and Indian flags were hoisted by the children who participated in the event by singing the respective national anthems. Sarath Rao, president of the association, who kicked off the celebration, elucidated the chronology of the development of the Indian Constitution and its significance. Dr. Sharad Parikh, a life member who has served as the chair of the Hindu temple of St. Louis Board, in his keynote speech, brought forth many interesting facts about the Indian constitution and the reactions from the legislature in response to Indian court decisions. Comparing India and the US, he said the Indian constitution was much bulky with over

Rajnikant Gandhi, businessman, breathes his last

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HICAGO -- Rajnikant Gandhi, owner of the popular Sheetal Restaurant and Sheetal Grocery, passed away on February 7. He was 48. The golden-hearted, successful businessman leaves behind his wife Trupti, son Manish, daughter Karisma and three sisters-Sheetal Modi, Priti Shah and Mita Sheth. Gandhi, who ran his business for 22 years with the help of his son Manish, migrated to the United States from Mumbai, India in 1983. Said Krishma: “My dad was a good-hearted man. He always had a big heart for everyone. Words aren’t enough to describe what a great father he was to me. His memory will live on in all of us forever.”

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OCKFORD, IL -- A Rockford man has pleaded guilty to charges that he created fake money orders totaling more than $500,000. The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois says 55-yearold Bradley Sherman Hampton admitted to making nine money orders. Authorities say orders were issued under the authority of the US Treasury, the Treasury Department or a Federal Reserve Bank. The money orders were made payable in 2009 to places including Chase Home Finance, Harley Davidson Credit and the Faith Center in Rockford. The Rockford Register Star previously reported that the Faith Center filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012. Hampton pleaded guilty last week. Producing a fictitious financial instrument carries a penalty of up to 25 years in prison. Sentencing is set for June 1.

American and Indian flags being hoisted by children 448 articles, while the American constitution had seven, adding that there were about a hundred amendments to Indian constitution in the past 67 years while the American constitution was amended only 17 in over 200 years. Dr. Parikh stressed the power of political establishment to make the amendments in order

to sustain the pressure of a single or multiple groups. He also drew various similarities in the two constitutions. The vote of thanks was given by secretary Shailee Saran Varanasi. The India Association of St. Louis has nine Board members who strive to organize cultural events and celebrations on the Republic and

Independence days. Despite many efforts, the association has been unsuccessful in bringing any consulate officer or a member of Indian embassy. There are over 10,000 Indians in St. Louis metropolitan and surrounding areas who have questions, doubts about their visa and passport needs, which the board members strive to meet, often unsuccessfully. The Board of India Association od St Louis consists of president (Sharat Rao) president-elect (Meera Jain), secretary (Shailee Saran Varanasi), treasurer (Vijaya Lakshmi Buddhiraju), cultural secretary (Gayatri Chintakunta and Dr. Smita Parikh), Sendil Rathina Sabhapati (immediate past president), Vijaya Kumar Buddhiraju (one of the oldest members of IA for over 35 years), Krishna Rao Moharir (newest and the youngest Board member in charge of publications and website).

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LGIN, IL – The Pongal festival which falls on the first day of the Thai month in Tamil Calendar is not only the New Year for the Tamil community, but also marks the Harvesting Day in Tamil Nadu. The Chicago Tamil Sangam (CTS) hosted its Pongal Vizha “Festival of h a r v e s t” c e l e b r a t i o n s s h ow c a s i n g its affinity towards the rich Tamil c ulture, at Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin, IL. Some 500 people attended the five-hour event that featured mesmerizing dances and songs, a poetry recital, a debate show, etc The stunning presentations by the beautiful women and the charming men of Chicagoland area displayed the rich performing arts--traditional, contemporary, classical and folk. President Somu Thiru inaugurated the event organized by Lakshmi Anandan and Kamala Babu, with the special guest being Dindigul I. Leoni, a teacher and orator. Between colorful dances came “Silambattam” by children from

Semi-classical dance by Rithika, Megha, Madhu, Nishitha, Nila and Shruthi “American Parai Team”, St. Followed that was an invigorating presentation by the team “Chicago Sooravaligal” (Lakshmi & Manikandan, SriVidhya & Ranganathan, Deepa & Sriram, Jayshri & Ramesh) which took everyone down

the memory lane of Tamil songs from the 1980’s and 1990’s. The generous sponsors were Professional Mortgage Solutions Inc., Sunshine Services Inc., Motherland Day Care, and T. R. Viswanathan.

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HICAGO - IL- The University of Chicago Medicine and Asian Health Coalition convened a diverse group of academic researchers, along with community representatives and local public health departments to discuss ways to address the gaps in Asian American health research and data. More than 40 individuals from the various stakeholder groups turned out at the program sponsored by the University’s Office of Community Engagement and Cancer Disparities (OCECD). The participants heard the progress made on the Partnership for Healthier Asians project, and explored the use of community-based participatory research as a resource to help strengthen future opportunities for bi-directional

academic and community partnerships. Created as community-academic collaboration, the Partnership for Healthier Asians is the first pan-Asian academic and community collaboration in Illinois to improve wider adoption of evidence-based, colorectal cancer screening practices across 6 diverse Asian Americans communities. Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Laotian and Vietnamese representatives presented project findings for their respective communities from data collected over the past 2 years through organization scans and more than 450 surveys. “We wanted the each community to speak and to own the data. For example, we found that the majority of members in each community indicated the importance of early detection and screening for cancer, yet a large number

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T LOUIS, MO -- Six Bosnia natives, three of whom are from St. Louis County, have been charged for allegedly aiding overseas terrorists. Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 40, his wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, 35, Medhida Medy Salkicevic, 34, Nihad Rosic, 26, Armin Harcevic, 37, and Jasminka Ramic, 42, have all been charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists. Ramiz Hodzic and Nihad Rosic are also charged with conspiring to kill and maim people in a foreign country. All six were immigrants from Bosnia. Ramiz Hodzic and his wife Sedina Hodzic immigrated to the St. Louis area as refugees and Harcevic also lived in the area as a lawful permanent resident. Five of the six have been arrested, but prosecutors said the sixth defendant was overseas. Abdullah Ramo Pazara, a naturalized citizen who resided in St. Louis, was believed to be fighting overseas with Foreign Terror Organizations (FTOs) in Syria, but was not charged because investigators believe him to be dead. The group allegedly conspired over Facebook, using the social networking site to communicate with Pazara and other conspirators with the FTOs in Syria, Turkey and other countries. Ramiz Hodzic, Sedina Hodzic and Armin Harcevic were arrested in St. Louis County last week. Shawn McGuire of St. Louis County Police said the county’s tactical unit was mobilized and was on standby in case the suspects resisted as the arrests were made in the county. Prosecutors said the six were not plotting attacks inside the United States but were sending money, US military uniforms, weapons and providing other support to terrorists overseas.

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HICAGO, IL -- Early voting begins on February 9 at 51 locations in Chicago, and each site also will offer voterregistration. Every site will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm. Five sites also will be open on February 15 from 9 am to 3 pm. They are the Election Board at 69 W. Washington St., the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Mount Greenwood Park, the West Side Learning Center and Welles Park. Voters don’t need a reason or excuse to use early voting, but they do need government-issued photo ID. Chicago voters may use any early voting site in the city, regardless of where they live. “Early Voting means flexibility and convenience,” said Election Board Chairman Langdon D. Neal. “People may cast their ballots when and where they want. This way, there’s no need to worry about a scheduling conflict with work or day-care or bad weather.” Voters who need to a file name or address change, or who need to register for the first time, will need to present two forms of ID, at least one of which shows the voter’s current address. Voters who register or file a name or address change must be ready to vote during that same visit. Voters also may refer to this week’s household mailing, which provides the Election Day polling place for that voter’s address and at least one early voting site. The 51 Chicago early voting locations are as under: 1st Ward - Goldblatts Building 1615 W. Chicago Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 2nd Ward - Access Living 115 W. Chicago Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 3rd Ward - Chicago Bee Library 3647 S. State Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 4th Ward – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center 4314 S. Cottage Grove Mon., Feb. 9 – Sat., Feb. 14: 9 am – 5 pm Sun., Feb. 15: 9 am – 3 pm Mon., Feb. 16 – Sat., Feb. 21: 9 am – 5 pm; 5th Ward - Jackson Park 6401 S. Stony Island Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 6th Ward - Whitney Young Library 7901 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays);

7th Ward - Jeffery Manor Library 2401 E. 100th St. Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 8th Ward - Olive Harvey College 10001 S. Woodlawn Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 9th Ward - Palmer Park 201 E. 111th St. Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 10th Ward - Vodak/East Side Library 3710 E. 106th St. Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 11th Ward - District 9 Police 3120 S. Halsted Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 12th Ward - McKinley Park 2210 W. Pershing Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 13th Ward - West Lawn Park 4233 W. 65th St. Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 14th Ward - Archer Heights Library 5055 S. Archer Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 15th Ward - Gage Park 2411 W 55th St Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 16th Ward - Lindblom Park 6054 S. Damen Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 17th Ward - Thurgood Marshall Library 7506 S. Racine Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 18th Ward - Wrightwood-Ashburn Library 8530 S. Kedzie Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 19th Ward - Mount Greenwood Park 3721 W. 111th St. Mon., Feb. 9 – Sat., Feb. 14: 9 am – 5 pm Sun., Feb. 15: 9 am – 3 pm Mon., Feb. 16 – Sat., Feb. 21: 9 am – 5 pm; 20th Ward - Coleman Library 731 E. 63rd

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LGIN, IL -- The Marathon Gas Station at 285 N. McClean Blvd. was burglarized early on February 8 morning. The owner said he did not immediately respond to the incident because the alarm had been falsely triggered before. At about 5:30 am, the owner arrived to find a glass front door shattered. Cash and lottery tickets were taken in the break-in, which occurred about 5:10 am.

St. Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 21st Ward - Woodson Regional Library 9525 S. Halsted Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 22nd Ward - Piotrowski Park 4247 W. 31st St. Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 23rd Ward - Clearing Library 6423 W. 63rd Pl. Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 24th Ward - Douglass Library 3353 W. 13th St. Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 25th Ward - Chinatown Library 2353 S. Wentworth Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 26th Ward - Humboldt Park Library 1605 N. Troy Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 27th Ward - Eckhart Park 1330 W. Chicago Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 28th Ward - West Side Learning Center 4624 W. Madison Mon., Feb. 9 – Sat., Feb. 14: 9 am – 5 pm Sun., Feb. 15: 9 am – 3 pm Mon., Feb. 16 – Sat., Feb. 21: 9 am – 5 pm; 29th Ward - Amundsen Park 6200 W. Bloomingdale Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 30th Ward - Kilbourn Park 3501 N. Kilbourn Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 31st Ward - Portage Cragin Library 5108 W. Belmont Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 32nd Ward - Bucktown-Wicker Park Library 1701 N. Milwaukee Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 33rd Ward - Horner Park 2741 W.

Montrose Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 34th Ward - West Pullman Library 830 W. 119th St. Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 35th Ward - Independence Library 3548 W. Irving Park Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 36th Ward - West Belmont Library 3104 N. Narragansett Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 37th Ward - West Chicago Library 4856 W. Chicago Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 38th Ward - Hiawatha Park 8029 W. Forest Preserve Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 39th Ward - N. Park Village Admin Bldg 5801 N. Pulaski Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 40th Ward - Budlong Woods Library 5630 N. Lincoln Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 41st Ward - Roden Library 6083 N. Northwest Hwy. Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 42nd Ward - Museum of Broadcast Communications 360 N. State Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays) 43rd Ward - Lincoln Park Library 1150 W. Fullerton Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 44th Ward - Merlo Library 644 W. Belmont Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 45th Ward - District 16 Police 5151 N. Milwaukee Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 46th Ward - Truman College 1145 W. Wilson Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 47th Ward - Welles Park 2333 W. Sunnyside Mon., Feb. 9 – Sat., Feb. 14: 9 am – 5 pm Sun., Feb. 15: 9 am – 3 pm Mon., Feb. 16 – Sat., Feb. 21: 9 am – 5 pm; 48th Ward – Edgewater Library 6000 N. Broadway Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 49th Ward - Pottawattomie Park 7340 N. Rogers Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); 50th Ward - Warren Park 6601 N. Western Feb. 9-Feb. 21: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm (closed Sundays); Board of Elections - 69 W. Washington St., Lower Level Conference Room Mon., Feb. 9 – Sat., Feb. 14: 9 am – 5 pm Sun., Feb. 15: 9 am – 3 pm Mon., Feb. 16 – Sat., Feb. 21: 9 am – 5 pm.

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KLAHOMA CITY, OK -- Federal prosecutors have accused two people of falsely reporting that a suicide bomber planned to target an Edmond church. Israa Jafar Ali, 19, of Oklahoma City, and Sajjad Hussein Al Fehaidah, 23, of Saudi Arabia, are charged in the Oklahoma City federal court with making a terrorist hoax.

Ali is accused of using the cellphone of boyfriend Al Fehaidah to call the Edmond police on September 19. She told a police officer she overheard a student talking about a planned suicide bombing at a church near the University of Central Oklahoma, according to the complaint. “She said he was an international student from Saudi Arabia who was talking about committing a terrorist attack by strapping on a belt with nails

that would explode and kill a bunch of people,” the complaint states. In a series of phone conversations, Ali told the police the attack would occur within two to three weeks. The phone calls were recorded. The accused bomber was not in the country at the time Ali said she overheard the plans. Last week, Ali was arrested in Nashville, Tenn and Al Fenaidah was arrested in Oklahoma City. If convicted,

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SC asks DD to share WC feed Supreme Court allows Doordarshan to share live feed of World Cup cricket matches

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illions of cricket fans in the country may get to see India’s first World Cup match against traditional rivals Pakistan on February 15 free of cost as the Supreme Court on February 10 stayed the Delhi High Court order that barred public broadcaster Doordarshan from sharing the live feed of the cricket World Cup matches with the cable operators, provided to it by Star TV. Doordarshan will be provided the live feed of the matches by Star which holds exclusive telecasting rights for the World Cup, starting February 14. Doordarshan in turn reaches its viewers through cable operators. The Delhi High Court on February 4 had barred Doordarshan

India will face their arch rival Pakistan in the first match on February 15.

from sharing the live feed. At the outset of the hearing, the apex court bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose issued notice on the plea by the Centre and the Prasar Bharati

ICC to punish misbehaving players SYDNEY: The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executive officer David Richardson on February 10 warned players that their failure to follow the governing body’s Code of Conduct during the World Cup would result in severe punishments. “That issue has been addressed at all the pre-event team briefings. I suppose it started a few months back. The behavior in some matches by some players was deemed to be unacceptable, and not a good example to young fans watching the game,” Richardson was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo on February 10. ichardson added that the crackdown had already begun and he hoped that everyone “will be treated equally and fairly”. Australian opener David Warner and pacer Mitchell Starc were

respectively fined and reprimanded for separate incidents against India in a recently-held tri-series also featuring England. “I think there has been something like 12, 13 Code of Conduct charges laid in the last few months,” he said. “So the crackdown has already started. The teams are going to be told that the umpires intend to remain firm, that the penalties handed out by the match referees will perhaps be a little bit more serious, or higher than before, but that hopefully everyone will be treated equally and fairly,” Richardson added. Richardson, however, said the matter was not prevalent at the top level but added it was about “a few individuals” crossing the line in “a few” matches.

and stayed the order of the High Court. The court gave seven weeks to Star and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for submitting their response to the plea by the Centre and Prasar

Bharati. However, the court on February 10 said that it would hear the matter on February 17 for the interim relief sought by Star, which was present in the hearing as a caveator, represented by a battery of senior lawyers led by P. Chidambaram and Salman Khurshid. “We are continuing the situation prevailing from 2007. We are continuing. It needs hearing,” Justice Gogoi said as senior counsel P. Chidambaram appearing for Star addressed the court. Star had filed a caveat before the apex court. “You waited for the High Court verdict for seven years, we are issuing a notice whose response has to be submitted in seven weeks,” Justice Gogoi said as Chidambaram told the court “the matter was pending before the High Court since 2007”. “We have suffered financially. It

is just a coincidence that the (Delhi High Court) judgment has come with the judgment ahead of the commencement of the World Cup, the court said as Chidambaram pleaded his client would suffer a huge financial loss. Pressing the point of financial loss that Star was suffering on account of Doordarshan routing its live feed with cable operators, Chidambaram told the court that a subscriber had just to pay `18 to view all the Cup matches. The court was told that Star got the exclusive telecasting rights for six years from 2012 to 2018 by paying `38.51 billion and in the last three years it has not got any returns. “Should not the balance of equity be in our favor” after Star has succeeded in the High Court and yet “We don’t get anything”, Chidambaram said.

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ndia crushed minnows Afghanistan by 153 runs in their second and last warm-up fixture at the Adelaide Oval here on February 10, ahead of the World Cup which starts on February 14. Opting to bat, India piled on 364/5 in their 50 overs backed by opener Rohit Sharma’s 150. In reply, Afghanistan managed 211/8 in their allotted 50 overs. India had a poor start earlier in the day as they lost opener Shikhar Dhawan (4) and vice-captain Virat Kohli (5) cheaply by the fourth over. However, Rohit combined well with left-hander Suresh Raina (75) to hit a 154-run third-wicket

Rohit Sharma scored 150.

partnership. After Raina got out, with India’s score at 174 in the 29th over, Rohit then joined hands

with Ajinkya Rahane, who went on to score an unbeaten 88. Rohit’s splendid innings came to an end in the 40th over, after a 95run partnership with Rahane, who blasted the Afghan bowlers in the death overs to propel India to a mammoth total. Afghanistan captain Mohammed Nabi tried out eight bowlers of which four took a wicket apiece. It was too much to ask for Afghanistan to chase down the monumental target. Though they played relatively well to go past the 200-mark, they never looked like they were really up to the task. Top-order batsman Nawroz Mangal top scored with 60, the only half-century of the Afghanistan innings.

Rohit Sharma among ICC’s top 10 debutants DUBAI: Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has been picked by the International Cricket Council as one of the debutants to watch out for in the 2015 World Cup that starts in Australia and New Zealand. According to the ICC website, these are the cricketers featuring in the 2015 World Cup for the first time: 1. Corey Anderson (New Zealand) Until recently, Anderson held the world record for the fastest ODI century, after he reached three figures from 36 balls against West Indies in January 2014. The allrounder has become a key part of the Black Caps’ team since making his ODI debut in mid-2013.

2. Glenn Maxwell (Australia) Maxwell’s performances in limited overs cricket have seen him gain worldwide fame since his ODI debut in 2012. The big-hitting allrounder showed what he was capable of during Australia’s ODI tour of India in late 2013, when he posted scores of 31, 53, 3, 92, 9 and 60 in six matches, scoring 172 of his 248 runs in boundaries. 3. Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe) A right-handed batsmen and occasional leg-spin bowler, Hamilton Masakadza will be the oldest debutant at the ICC Cricket World

Cup 2015, marking the latest milestone in a career that has spanned more than 140 ODIs and seen Masakadza score three centuries and 24 fifties. 4. Hamid Hassan (Afghanistan) Hamid Hassan honed his cricket skills as a child growing up in a refugee camp in Peshawar. He made his debut in 2009 and has picked up more than 40 wickets. 5. Quinton de Kock (South Africa) Quinton de Kock had achieved more by his 21st birthday than many cricketers do in an entire career. Cricket fans around the world will be looking forward to his maiden World Cup appearance.

6. Joe Root (England) An exciting batsman, Joe Root debuted in England ODI team in early 2013 and Root has since produced impressive performances, including three ODI tons. 7. Jason Holder (WI) He is only 23, but Holder has already the talented bowler has been entrusted with the Windies’ ODI captaincy. Holder was called up for his maiden ODI in early 2013 before taking over the skipper’s job from Dwayne Bravo in December 2014. 8. Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka) He made his international debut in

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dent. “We plan to make it more of a lifestyle experience rather than just food. We will incorporate different aspects of Persia, like the

encourage the idea: “A family that eats together stays together.” Deepak Sharma, the hotel’s director (Food and Beverage), said

The theme of the hotel is Mughal and we thought we will go a step ahead of the Mughal era. We found that Persian cuisine is not practised on a large scale in India. fabric, and celebrate its cultural richness,” he added. The menu is not very elaborate, but what’s interesting is the layout of elongated tables, meant to

this was deliberate to seize the ‘family moment’. And as far as the limited menu is concerned, that’s to avoid bombarding guests with umpteen choices - and to stick to

authentic dishes. Talking of the dishes — when the staff laid a delectable meal at a special preview session, each dish looked like a work of art prepared with love. In the warm and cosy environs of the restaurant, folk songs like “Kesariya balam” playing in the backdrop and a Kathak performance that added to the old world charm. While awaiting the meal — which comes all at once (no one by one system here) — dig into the shiraz salad or try some Persian breads with three dips — Ajika,

Satsivi and Labneh. Don’t miss out the bun with a filling of dates, raisins and walnuts. Shishlik, lamb chops marinated in sweet onion, light olive oil and a mild dash of saffron, is another jewel of the restaurant. Just a single bite tells you that the spices are minimal with the focus on flavour. Don’t miss out on the Tabriz koftey. The dish has some character with stuffed chicken dumplings filled with nuts and spices accompanied with onion broth. The flamboyance of Persian cuisine can be experienced in every bite.

Make office your mini-gym Shane-Falguni Peacock close IBFW in style NEW DELHI: Be it the Metro train, car, bike or workplace, most officegoers tend to sit at one spot at a stretch every day at the cost of their health. So how about taking a little time out to exercise at your workplace every now and then? A survey done by Qi Spine Clinic in 2014 shows that 57 percent of professionals in office jobs are affected by visible symptoms of sedentary workplace behavior. Experts agree and suggest that by taking breaks to stretch or to run on the spot, people can work towards a healthier lifestyle. “Desk work puts a huge mental and physical stress on our bodies, especially on our lower back, leading to low back pain,” Garima Anandani, chief spine specialist at Qi Spine Clinic, told IANS. “The combination of high stress at jobs (which puts people at greater risk for habits such as smoking), sitting for long periods (sitting for over two hours at a stretch is considered a long period) at the desk in poor posture, and lack of physical activity, puts us at greater risk for low back pain,” she added. Ibrahim Khan, master trainer at Talwalkars gym, said: “A sitting job would lead to lower back pain and spondylosis. A side effect of not working out would be slowing down

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of Basal Metabolic Rate (the rate at which we burn our calories), and weight gain.” Leading holistic health guru Mickey Mehta has some easy-to-follow solutions. “Use the staircase at least three times a day. Walk from your house or office to the bus stand. After every two hours, get up from the chair and take a deep breath and stretch backwards.” “Twisting will also help. Hip rotation clockwise and anticlockwise is good too,” he added. Another simple way to workout in office is to run on the spot, suggests Neeraj Mehta, director of Growth For Fitness Instructors Fitness Academy.

he first edition of Gionee India Beach Fashion Week 2015 came to a glamoros end, when renowned designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock showcased their “Runaway Bride” collection at the Grand Finale on the picturesque lawns of La Brise here on February 7 night. The mood was set right for the finale with DJs Nina and Malika of Elektrovertz playing in the background and the audience lounging on the comfortable sofas. Keeping the New Age Indian woman’s wedding trousseau requirements in mind, the designing pair created sleek gowns, ornate cropped tops with swirling printed skirts, gossamer fine lehengas, luxuriously embroidered jackets and stunning gowns. “The Peacock Bride is a woman who is sexy, stylish, very daring, yet elegant and traditional,” said the designer-duo after the show. The color choices varied from pastel pink, grey, blue, red, yellow, aqua green, and white on the collection that was highlighted by tonal embroidery in an innovative mix of floral and geometric patterns. Opening the show with a baby pink net lehenga and printed

The three-day event witnessed Indian fashion industry’s masters like Anupamaa Dayal, Falguni and Shane Peacock among others showcasing their collections.

cropped top, it was followed by fishtail low back gowns, corset

The color choices varied from pastel pink, grey, blue, red, yellow on the collection that was highlighted by tonal embroidery

style lehenga-cum-gowns with shoulder trail and hip hugging long flared embroidered skirts. There were also long sleeved shirts; tiny velvet and net tank tops, boleros or just plain t-shirts with either racer back or skivvy silhouettes. To complete the look, the designer-duo displayed a jaunty printed baseball caps to add a sporty angle to the wardrobe of the bride in a hurry.


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