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‘US committed to security partnership’ Nisha Desai Biswal pitches for closer India-US ties



escribing US security engagement with India as crucial to security in the Indo-Pacific region, a US official says Washington is committed to a partnership including a strong and influential India in the security realm. “Our security engagement with India is a central element of the broad US-India strategic partnership,” Nisha Desai Biswal, Washington’s Indian-American point person for South Asia, said las week at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “That’s why we are committed to a partnership that includes a strong and influential India in the security realm,” she said speaking on ‘US Foreign Policy in South Asia: A Vision for Prosperity and Security’. Asserting that the partnership “can contribute to the stability of the Indian Ocean region”, Biswal said “We remain committed to working with India as we develop a joint approach security in the Indo-Pacific.” The U.S. had also expanded its regional consultations with India to include South, Central, West, and East Asia and would soon hold new rounds of several of these dialogues, said the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs.

NEW YORK: Rajat Gupta, Indiaborn former director of Goldman Sachs Group, convicted in 2012 for insider trading, has agreed to surrender to prison authorities on June 17 to begin a two-year sentence. US District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan directed Gupta, 65, who lost a bid for a new trial last month, to

Nisha Desai Biswal, Indian-American point person for South Asia

Obama to underscore continued focus on Asia WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia next week is an “important opportunity” for him to underscore continued US focus on the region, the White House said on April 18. Calling it the world’s largest emerging region, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said: “We increasingly see our top priorities as tied to Asia,

whether it’s accessing new markets or promoting exports, or protecting our security interests and promoting our core values.” Obama’s week-long trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, which begins on April 22, makes up for his October travel cancelled due to a government shutdown over budget row.

Last year, she noted, US sent a senior-level representative to participate for the first time in the Indian Ocean Regional Association (IORA) as a dialogue partner. Turning to what she called “our path-breaking defense relation-

ship”, she said spanning the last decade, the US has “made significant progress in helping India modernize its armed forces and in expanding joint exercises that enhance regional security,” maintained the US official.

NRI mom kept dead son on ice for Hindu ritual ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


NRI Rajat Gupta starts prison term from June 17

n Indian-American woman in north Texas, accused of killing her son and leaving his body in the bathtub for four days, claims she did so in accordance with her Hindu beliefs. Pallavi Dhawan, 38, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 10-year-old son, Arnav, almost three months ago, describes the events in a sworn affidavit sent to police through her lawyer, David Finn. 38-year-old Pallavi Dhawan’s son was found dead on January10. In the affidavit published by Dallas Observer, Dhawan said when she heavily towards natural causes,” tried to wake her son for school on according to CBS News. Pallavi is charged January 29, he was cold and unreThe family said the boy had prewith first-degree sponsive. She said at first she existing medical conditions. murder in the death thought her son was faking being In the affidavit, Dhawan says, “I asleep to get out of going to school, of her 10-year-old son proceeded to give (Arnav) his but when she picked him up to deceased bath according to Hindu carry him to take a bath, she realized customs, dressed him in his favorite he was dead. state of shock. In March, a medical clothes and kept his favorite toy next After checking Arnav’s pulse and examiner said Arnav’s cause of death to him and I later put his head on heartbeat and trying to perform could not be determined, but Finn his Favorite pillow along with his CPR, Dhawan said she went into a said the results trend “very, very favorite blanket.”

surrender by 2:00pm on that date. In an order made public on April 17 Rakoff said that Gupta and prosecutors consented to the surrender date. Gupta is the highest profile executive convicted since Manhattan’s Indian-American US attorney Preet Bharara, nicknamed the “Sheriff of Wall Street” by Time magazine, began a crackdown on insider trading at hedge funds in 2007. At Gupta’s sentencing, Rakoff agreed to recommend that he serve his sentence at the federal prison in Otisville, NY. Gupta was convicted in June 2012 of passing confidential tips to billionaire hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, the co-founder of Galleon, about Berkshire Hathaway’s $5 billion investment in Goldman Sachs. A panel upheld the conviction on March 25, rejecting Gupta’s claim that Rakoff improperly admitted wiretapped telephone conversations in which he wasn’t a participant.

Hate crime charge against Sikh professor’s attacker in US NEW YORK: New York police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with an attack on a Sikh professor last September and charged him with a hate crime. Christian Morales was charged with aggravated harassment and committing a hate crime in the attack on Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs professor Prabhjot Singh, at a court appearance Saturday, Daily Columbia Spectator reported. While the investigation is still ongoing, Morales who was arrested on April 18 is the only person in custody, a New York Police Department spokesperson said. Singh, an observant Sikh who wears a turban and has a beard, was walking with a friend along 110th Street near Lenox Avenue in Harlem on the evening of September 21, when he was approached by a group of around 20 young men, Spectator said. At the time, the men “made anti-Muslim statements and

then they began punching the victim in the face.” Despite suffering a broken jaw and bruising, Singh returned to work the following Tuesday. “I think it’s critical to see that this is not the community we expect, and certainly not the country we expect,” Singh was quoted as saying. “It’s not the Harlem I know, and it’s certainly not going to change how I move around that neighborhood.”

100 Punjabi youths still detained in US for illegal entry WASHINGTON: An Indian-American community organization has sought the intervention of US lawmakers for securing the release of about 100 Punjabi youths detained by US immigration authorities in Texas for entering the US illegally. Only 37 of the detainees at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) El Paso Processing Centre in Texas had gone on a hunger strike earlier this month, but all of them have since called off their protest at its intervention, North

American Punjabi Association (NAPA) stated on April 21. The youths were arrested while crossing the US Border illegally at different times between January and November 2013, Satnam Singh Chahal, executive director of the Milpitas, California based organization said in an e-mail sent by IANS. Satnam Singh Chahal has also written to several law makers seeking their intervention to get the detainees released on “parole or on bonds as soon as possible.”



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SC to come out of the closet? Supreme Court agrees to hear a curative petition to relook gay verdict in open court next week IANS, NEW DELHI


he Supreme Court on April 22 said that it would hear in open court the curative petition by NGO Naz Foundation seeking relook at its verdict upholding the validity of a provision of the Indian Penal Code criminalising gay sex. A bench of Chief Justice P.Sathasivam, Justice R.M.Lodha, Justice H.L.Dattu and Justice S.J.Mukhopadhaya directed the listing of the matter in open court next week after they considered the curative plea by Naz Foundation in their chambers. Naz Foundation had moved the Supreme Court had set aside a Delhi High Court verdict decriminalizing consensual sex between adults of the same gender Supreme Court earlier this month, seeking to cure "gross miscarriage of cases of rape, said that consensual woman have been taken out of the sex, which makes it ex facie discrimjustice" in its judgment upholding sex between an adult male and ambit of section 377, otherwise the inatory against homosexual men the validity of Section 377 of the woman was not an offence and that amended section 375 would be ren- and transgender persons and thus Indian Penal Code that criminalises by implication, such sexual acts dered redundant, it contended. violative of article 14 of the Constigay sex. between man and woman, which The petition said that section 377 tution. It said that the amendments In its curative petition, the NGO are consensual, are no longer pro- now effectively only criminalises all to section 375 were carried out after contended that 2013 amendment to hibited. Consequently, these con- forms of penetrative man, includ- the judgment in the gay sex case was section 375 of the IPC, dealing with sensual acts between man and ing, penile-anal sex and penile-oral reserved and the parties did not have

Will Sahara boss Subrata get bail? NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on April 21 reserved its order on Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy's plea challenging its March 4 decision to send him to judicial custody for his failure to comply with its 2012 order to return investors' `24,000 crore which his two companies — SIRECL and SHICL — had collected. A bench of Justice K.S.Radhakrishnan and Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar also reserved its order on

Roy and two other group directors offer to pay `10,000 crore as a part payment of investors money to market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to secure their release from judicial custody. Senior counsel Rajiv Dhawan appearing for Roy told the court that `30 billion ould be deposited within three working days of his release from jail and another `20 billion by May 30. The bank guarantee of the balance amount of `50 billion will be submitted by June 30. While making a fresh offer, Roy also sought lifting of the freeze on some of the bank accounts of SIRECL and SHICL as well as on some properties.

a chance to address the court on the issue. It said that the court ought to have heard the parties on the effect of the amendments on section 377. The petition said that the court had erred in upholding the classification between carnal intercourse in the ordinary course of nature and carnal intercourse against the order of nature under section 377, without recording a finding on the carnal intercourse against the order of nature. The impugned judgment, the petition said, "reflects an issue bias against the LGBT persons. The apex court by its order of Dec 12, 2013 and subsequently in the review petition on January 28 upheld the validity of section 377, finding no constitutional infirmity in the penal provision that criminalised homosexuality. It had set aside the Delhi High Court verdict of July 2, 2009 which had read down section 377, thus decriminalizing consensual sex between adults of the same gender.

Government intended to punish Sikhs: Cobrapost

station house officer (SHO) at Kalyanpuri area of east Delhi, whom Cobrapost interviewed. "Messages were broadcast directing police to not take action

against rioters who were shouting slogans of 'Indira Gandhi zindabad'," Rohtas Singh, SHO at Delhi Cantonment, told Cobrapost. The report added that police logbooks were conveniently changed to eliminate evidence of inaction by senior police officials. BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the 1984 riots were a Congress-sponsored pogrom in which not only "human beings but also humanity died". Congress's Rashid Alvi said the claims made by the sting operation should be investigated properly. "It should be inquired into and action should be taken against all those officers who are involved." "Whoever is responsible whether it is politicians or police officers they should be punished," the Congress leader added.

Tarun Tejpal

been filed. There were 152 witnesses which may take a long time and hence Tejpal should be released on interim bail. Tejpal is accused of twice sexually assaulting a junior woman journalist colleague Nov 7 and 8 at a five-star hotel in Goa during an event organised by the magazine. Goa Police issued a non-bailable warrant and arrested him Nov 30 after the Delhi High Court refused him anticipatory bail. The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court also denied the senior journalist bail March 14 and again April 10 even as a charge sheet was filed against him.



he Delhi Police succumbed to anti-Sikh sentiments in 1984, thus abetting rioting and arson, a sting operation by news portal Cobrapost revealed Tuesday triggering a political row. The Congress, which was also in power then, sought a probe into the sting operation, while the BJP said it proves that the riots were sponsored by the then ruling party and its coalition ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal reiterated its manifesto resolve to set up fast track courts to nail the guilty and ensure justice for the victims. The sting operation titled "Chapter 84" claimed that the government did not allow the police to act while creating an impression that police were not

Protest against Congress leaders allegedly involved in the anti-Sikh riots of 1984

performing their duty. "The government's intention appeared to be that the Sikhs should get some punishment," said Shoorveer Singh Tyagi, then police

Tejpal pleads for bail, SC issues notice to Goa IANS, NEW DELHI


he Supreme Court on April 21 issued notice to the Goa government on the bail plea by Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal, currently in jail for the alleged rape and sexual harassment of a junior woman colleague in Goa. Tejpal is in jail since Nov 30, 2013. The bench of Chief Justice P.

Sathasivam, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice N.V. Ramana issued notice as counsel Harish Salve urged the court to give Tejpal an interim bail and said he would not leave Goa without the trial court's consent. Salve said this as he sought to allay the apprehension that upon his release, Tejpal would come to Delhi. Salve informed the court that a charge sheet in the case has already



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UPA moves on ‘RSVP’ model Narendra Modi terms UPA ‘mother-son’ government, hits out at Rahul, Sonia, Vadra, Priyanka (RSVP) model IANS, BARPETA, KATIHAR


JP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has fired fresh salvos at the Congress, terming the UPA a “mother-son” government and raking up the alleged land deals of Robert Vadra by saying that the country wants to know about the “RSVP (Rahul, Sonia, Vadra, Priyanka) model”. Addressing rallies in Bihar and Assam, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said the Congress was sure to be defeated in the Lok Sabha elections. In his rallies in Assam, Modi challenged Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to “a faceoff” as they were both addressing rallies in the state. “Rahul Gandhi, you are also in Assam today (Saturday). I am also here. So let’s have a face-off,” Modi said at Barpeta. Rahul Gandhi addressed a rally in Nagaon. Attacking the Congress and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Narendra Modi said: “Just tell me why is a mill here in Assam closed? What is your chief minister doing?” Urging people to vote for the

Politics not about personal attacks: Priyanka RAE BARELI: Politics is about dealing with the problems of the people and “not just making personal attacks”, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said this week. “Politics is all about the development and problems of the people. Parties should focus on bringing out the solutions for the problems of the people and not just making personal attacks,” she said in a rally for her mother and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. She said that political candidates just focus on making personal attacks without talking about the solutions of the problems people face. Priyanka Gandhi said that political leaders were making personal attacks and maligning her husband Robert

BJP, Modi said the Congress will not do anything for the common man. Hinting at the allegations that Sonia Gandhi went through files from the Prime Minister’s Office, Modi said the country “cannot be run by remote control” and accused the Congress of making false promises. He urged voters to

Is Congress worried for Rahul in Amethi? MOHIT DUBEY, IANS


s the Congress getting the jitters in Amethi, a high-profile constituency long considered a pocket borough of the Gandhis? While no Congressman openly talks about it, senior leaders concede in private of an “opposition onslaught” that was “worrying if not frightening”. They are emphatic that incumbent MP Rahul Gandhi will win a

Priyanka campaigning in Rai Bareli

Vadra and the entire Gandhi family. She urged the voters to vote for Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “...Today there are proper roads, water facilities, which has only been possible because of the efforts of Sonia Gandhi,” she said.

give the BJP at least 300 seats to form a strong government. Addressing a rally in Katihar in Bihar, Modi raked up the alleged land deals by Vadra and said the country wants to know about the “RSVP model”. Modi, who has been under attack from the Congress over his Gujarat model of development,

third term, but they are haunted by a rare spectre of a narrowed down margin of victory for the Gandhi scion. And it is not without reason that Rahul’s mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi held her first election rally in 10 years in Amethi last week. Striking an emotional chord, Gandhi asked people to repose their faith in Rahul whom she “gave to them in 2004”. “Like Indira ji gave Rajiv ji, my husband, to you many years back, I gave Rahul to you in 2004 and hope your love for him will continue,” she said at the rally. This is very unlike the

referred to Vadra and said India wants to know about the model in which “`100,000 become `3billion in four years”. “They ask for RSVP in big functions. In India’s politics, we have RSVP too and a media house threw light on their activities,” Modi said. “Rahul, Sonia, Vadra and Priyanka... this is the RSVP model. Rahulji, you talk on Gujarat model but the nation wants to know this model.” Vadra is the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Referring to the UPA as a

“mother-son” government, Modi urged people to get rid of the model for real development and change in their lives. “If you want change in life and better days, get rid of the motherson model of government. Vote for BJP to form a strong and stable government to bring change in your lives,” he said. Modi also addressed another election meeting in Supaul parliamentary constituency, where he again targeted the Gandhis as well as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his Janata Dal-United.

Gandhis who in the past have only held a road show prior to the nomination and leave the campaigning to local leaders and Rahul’s sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The “once-in-a-decade” rally of Sonia Gandhi has caught the attention of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who has since been taunting the first family of Indian politics, saying when Rahul has failed to take

2012 state assembly elections, the candidature of Kumar Vishwas by the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) and Smriti Irani of the BJP has also made the electoral contest tough. Faced with a strong anti-incumbency sentiment across the country, the party is now worried that the two glib talking contestants would take the sheen off from the Congress ‘yuvraj’. Leading the charge is poet-

They (Congressmen) are emphatic that MP Rahul Gandhi will win a third term, but they are haunted by a rare spectre of a narrowed down margin of victory for the Gandhi scion. care of Amethi, how can he look after the country? “Sonia ji is seeking votes for her son on an emotive note...things are clear hence,” Modi said at several rallies in the northeast. The worry for Congressmen does not seem misplaced too. Considering the near rout of the Congress in Amethi in the

turned-politician Kumar Vishwas who has been camping in Amethi for the last three months, ever since the AAP set its eyes on the VVIP constituency. Having rented a house for himself here, Vishwas calls himself the frontrunner and says that “history will be written May 16” when the votes are counted.



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Kejriwal attacks Modi, Rahul People of Varanasi now want a candidate with whom they can share their problems, says AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal



am Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal attacked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on April 23 and wondered from where the money was coming for their advertisements. The former Delhi chief minister held a roadshow here before filing his nomination papers. “I am going to file my nomination in this worn out vehicle but Modi will come in his helicopter. So people of Kashi should also not get fooled like the people in Amethi has been fooled for many years now,” Kejriwal told his supporters who were accompanying him to the collectors office. Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Amethi constituency. Questioning the two leaders on

Arvind Kejriwal is contesting against BJP’s Narendra Modi and Congress leader Ajay Rai.

the money they were spending during the general election, Arvind Kejriwal alleged that these two leaders were taking money from

the corporates. “I do not have money to fight election. I just have Rs.500 in my pocket. But see such big hoardings of Modi are hanging

in Varanasi, where is the money coming from? Narendra Modi has spent `50billion and Rahul Gandhi has spent `10 billion in advertisements, where does all this money come from,” he questioned. The Aam Aadmi leader further said that the people of Varanasi now want a candidate with whom they can share their problems. “This time the people have to end the politics run by corporate giants and establish government of the people. We do not have money but we are walking in the path of truth that is why god is with us,” Kejriwal maintained. Arvind Kejriwal is contesting against BJP’s Narendra Modi and Congress leader Ajay Rai, the latter being a sitting MLA. Varanasi goes to the polls May 12 on the last day of the 10-phased ballotting that began April 7. The results will be declared May 16.

Arrest warrant against Giriraj Singh RANCHI: A Bokaro court has issued an arrest warrant against Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh for making a provocative speech. “An arrest warrant has been issued against Giriraj Singh by the court of Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate Amit Shekhar. Police had moved a petition on April 22 in court seeking his arrest,” a lawyer told IANS over the telephone. Two FIRs have been lodged against the Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Jharkhand. The first was lodged in Bokaro and the second in Deoghar district. Giriraj Singh had said that “those opposing (BJP’s prime ministerial candidate) Narendra Modi as the prime minister of India are supporters of Pakistan”.

Muslims should be communal: AAP leader The party has distanced itself from Shazia Ilmi’s remark, saying she should not have said it.

BJP leader Arun Jaitley (left) with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a rally in Amritsar.

Harvesting season worries grip Punjab leaders NEW DELHI: Days before the crucial fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Shazia Ilmi has landed into a controversy because of her alleged “Muslims ought to be communal this time” remark. Meanwhile, the party distanced itself from her remark and said she should not have said it. “Muslims are very secular. Muslims ought to be more communal. (They) do not vote for their own. (AAP leader) Arvind Kejriwal is your own. I say, it is enough of secularism,” Ilmi, who contested the Lok Sabha polls from Ghaziabad earlier in the month, is seen saying in the video. “Here helping the Congress win, there someone else. Please do not be so secular. Muslims are secular. They will continue to vote for oth-


ers. Other parties don’t do such things?” she said. It is a short 1.19 minute video clip, apparently a sting operation, where Ilmi is seen talking to Muslims. The video, believed to be shot in Mumbai, where she had gone for campaigning for AAP’s South Mumbai candidate Mira Sanyal, shows Ilmi talking with her head covered with a dupatta. Mumbai goes to polls on April 24. The AAP leader was quoted as saying that “communal means ‘of the community’, not in a hateful manner. “It was more of a sarcastic comment, play of words,” she added. Later, talking to a television channel, Ilmi did not deny the contents of the video but said she does not remember where she said it as she had attended several meetings.


s the election fever builds up in Punjab for the April 30 Lok Sabha polls, so is the concern among politicians about the polling date coming right in the middle of the peak wheat-crop harvesting season. The period between April 14 and May 15 is when the maximum wheat arrival happens in a state known as the food basket of the country. Government procurement agencies do the maximum procurement of the wheat crop generally between April 25 and May 10. “The centre and the Election Commission have not been fair to Punjab. The April 30 election date comes during the peak of the harvesting season,” Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has been

telling gatherings in Punjab’s rural areas, while urging farmers and their families to vote April 30. “I think that this is a deliberate ploy. If the elections in neighbour-

All 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab go to the polls on April 30, a peak period when the maximum wheat arrival happens in a state known as the food basket of the country. ing Haryana could be held on April 10, why are Punjab elections scheduled for April 30. I see no justification in this. Make sure that you cast your vote April 30,” a vis-

ibly upset Badal tells people. All 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab go to the polls on April 30. The 19.5 million eligible voters will decide the fate of 253 candidates in the field. “I don’t think that much thought was given by the authorities while recommending the election date for Punjab. Farmers and their family members are busy in harvesting the crop, arranging to take it to the grain market. Even at the grain market, it can take three days or more for the procurement process to be completed. Many farmers will not be in their villages on election day,” Jaswant Singh, a farmer at Sahnewal near Ludhiana, told IANS. Even Punjab’s election department is keeping its fingers crossed on the voter turnout for the April 30 polling date.




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Modi is the flavor of Indian election coverage in US Analysts focus on not who but how BJP’s Narendra Modi may become the new tenant of 7 Race Course Road, the official residence of the Indian prime minister

during the Holi festival more than three million Twitter followers of Modi “received a personalized greeting from him.” s American media reports on the sounds, colors and Some Indian politicians “are borrowing smells of India’s crucial parstrategies employed by US President Barack liamentary election, Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, with Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial the use of Thunderclap, an online platform candidate Narendra Modi is the flavor of which helps to make content viral,” the news the season. channel noted. The big story of course is In the same vein, New York Times Saturday India’s ‘insanely huge and ran an opinion piece by Basharat Peer, author complex’ (Time), ‘jaw-dropof Curfewed Night, a memoir of the conflict pingly enormous’ (Washin Kashmir, on “Being Muslim Under ington Post) election ‘jugNarendra Modi” And to think that less than six months ago gernaut’ (Wall Street Modi was mentioned only in the context of Journal), but analysts have on the most part denial of a US visa for his alleged role or inaction during the 2002 Gujarat riots as the State’s chief minister. Now the visa issue is mentioned, but Now the visa issue is mentioned, but only only in the context of what Jeff Smith in the context of what Jeff Smith, director of South Asia programmes at the American Fordescribed as “the futility of the (US) eign Policy Council in Washington, visa policy” regarding the described as “the futility of the (US) visa polBJP leader icy” regarding the BJP leader. Suggesting “the US government has so profoundly mismanaged a decade-long visa ban” he looks at a Congressional report that Modi “would autoMayawati (New York Times). Time this week listed Modi as number one matically be eligible for an A-1 (diplomatic) of the six choices ahead of musician Beyonce visa as head of state” as “welcome — if long and President Barack Obama (3) in an invi- overdue — news.” tation to readers to weigh in on 150 “artists, Similarly Richard M. Rossow, Wadhwani icons and leaders” who should figure in the Chair in US-India Policy Studies at the Cenmagazine’s annual Time 100 list of the world’s tre for Strategic and International Studies writes about “Preparing for a New Team in most influential people. A CNN story on what it called “India’s first New Delhi” even as he acknowledges “nothsocial media election” also began with how ing is certain in Indian politics.” BY ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


focused on not who but how Modi may become the new tenant of 7 Race Course Road, the official residence of the Indian prime minister. Painting the Indian election as a “face off” between “Nehru-Gandhi heir and populist Hindu nationalist” (CNN), leading media outlets as also think tanks, have dilated on the fortunes of the two leading parties — Congress and BJP — as also newcomer Aam Aadmi Party. But “frontrunner” Modi gets the lion’s share of coverage even as it is acknowledged that Modi’s path to the top office will depend on a group of secondary politicians, including “three ladies” — Tamil Nadu’s Jayalalithaa Jayaram; West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee; and Uttar Pradesh’s

Varanasi basks in its importance, ignores ‘waves’ VARANASI, ASHISH ARORA


his teeming city, considered holy by Hindus, but home to a large proportion of Muslims, is slowly warming up to the political Star War as partymen and supporters of the three main contenders — Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal and Ajai Rai — have begun canvassing for votes for the May 12 Lok Sabha election. The excitement in the city is evident on the streets and in kasbahs. People can be seen participating in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s chai par charcha (discussions over tea), five-time legislator and sitting Congress MLA Ajay Rai’s door-to-door meetings and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal’s chaupal sabhas (corner meetings). “When a national level party announces its prime ministe-

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal during an election rally in Varanasi

rial candidate from your city, excitement can be obvious. And such announcement works positively for the city,” Sanjay Srivastava, a professor in the social sciences department of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), told IANS. But is there a “Modi wave” sweeping the ancient city? Its denizens feel otherwise. There are many for whom the “popular enthusiasm” for Modi is just “partisan propaganda”. “Where is the Modi wave? Is it being felt on the street? It is just a media creation,” said an academic in a government-run college. “It is the job of the camera to find faces, but these days faces are apparently approaching camera and trying to give an impression that they are all for one face, a national party. It is part of a big poll strategy of a political party,” the academic told IANS.





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‘US, China must strengthen trust’ LOS ANGELES: American and Chinese economies and societies have never been as closely joined as they are today, but strengthening trust between the two countries is essential to tackle big problems, said a report. The report entitled ‘Building US-China Trust: Through Next Generation People, Platforms and Programmes’ is a joint project by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and the School of International Studies of Peking University, reported Xinhua. “Major differences between the two countries dominate the headlines and polls show that people in the two countries have less respect for and trust in the other country,” said the report. “Moving forward on tough issues such as cyber security, market access, and regional disputes requires building a much stronger foundation of mutual understanding that we have been able to achieve,” it said. The document said there is a need to adapt to changes associated with China’s rapid economic rise, the different histories, values, and political systems of the US and China.

War with Ukraine unlikely, says Russia No military presence in border areas with Ukraine, says Russia; Ukrainian politician found dead

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva



war between Russia and Ukraine is most unlikely, a senior Russian defense official said on April 22. “I don’t believe the Russians and Ukrainians will fight each other,” Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said. Russian and Ukrainian military commanders continued to maintain contact, though this had reduced considerably, Xinhua cited Antonov as saying. Among the issues the two defense ministries are currently discussing are returning Ukrainian weapons left in Crimea and the return of servicemen recruited from Crimea to the Ukrainian army, he said. Crimea acceded to Russia March 18 following a popular referendum not recognized by Kiev and Western powers. Antonov also described as false allegations that Russia had beefed

Five killed in Ukraine gas station blast KIEV: At least five people were killed and five injured in a gas station explosion in Ukraine’s northern Kiev region on April 22, authorities said. According to the State Service for Emergencies, the blast occurred at a gas station near Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky town, some 95 km south of capital Kiev, triggering a huge fire. Four people died on the spot while a woman succumbed to her injuries in hospital. Investigators blamed the accident on improper conception of the gas station project and violation of safety rules.

up its military presence in the border areas with Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov has ordered relaunching military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east after two people, one a local politician, were “tortured to death”. The body of politician Vladimir Rybak, he said, was found near rebel-held Sloviansk. The move came as US Vice-President Joe Biden was visiting Ukraine. As he met Ukrainian leaders in Kiev, Biden called on Russia to “stop talking and start acting” to defuse the crisis. The US and the West accuse Russia of using undercover military to back separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Korean ferry toll reaches 113 SEOUL: The toll in last week's ferry capsize off South Korea's southwestern coast rose to 150 on April 23 as hundreds of divers worked on recovering bodies from the submerged vessel. As the search and rescue operation entered the eighth day since the ferry sank April 16, 152 people are still missing, with the number of those rescued unchanged at 174, Xinhua reported. Search

operations were suspended and then resumed as tidal currents became faster than forecast overnight. The waters off Jindo island, where the 6,825-ton ferry Sewol capsized, are known for the country's secondfastest currents. A weather forecast said that the currents would slow down for four days through Thursday. The water temperature was around 11-12 degrees Celsius in the morning, with waves being as high as 0.5 meters.

SOuTH ASiA British tourist with Buddha tattoo

Casinos in Nepal face shut down

to the government every year as a royKATHMANDU: All casinos in Nepal alty. With the closure of casinos, the have been shut down since April 21 after their managements failed to heed Himalayan country’s gaming business that began around 47 years ago, has the government’s repeated warnings suffered a major jolt, over their outstanding and uncertainty looms tax and royalty dues, over their revival. the ministry of culture The ministry of culsaid on April 22. ture, tourism and civil A total of 10 casiaviation that regulates nos operating in Nepal the casino business in owe $11.26 million to Nepal last week asked the government and the home ministry to the pending dues date declare these joints illegal and close back to fiscal year 2005-06, Xinhua  CATERING  DINNING  FAST FOOD reported on April 22. them down. The move followed the The Nepal Casino Rules, 2013, casino operators’ reluctance to clear WE SPECIALIZING OUT STATE CATERING their outstanding tax and royalty dues. requireIN that each casino OF pays $42,105

LONDON: A female British tourist in Sri Lanka has been detained and will be deported for having a Buddha tattoo on her arm, a media report said on April 22. Naomi Michelle Coleman was arrested at the Colombo international airport Monday on arrival from India after the airport authorities saw


Kachin threat to Myanmar kids: Unicef AT ple, 1167 ROAD,DESPLAINES, IL- 60016 includingELMHURST possible recruitIANS, UNITED NATIONS


he Unicef has warned that children fraternity in Myanmar is facing different types of dangers in the light of recent fighting between government forces and Kachin rebels. The recent fighting and the resulting displacement of thousands of people, have significantly increased the risks to young peo-

ment, limited access to basic services and the threat of landmines, Xinhua quoted the Unicef as saying on April 22. An estimated 1,000 children are among those forced to leave their temporary homes amid the fighting between the Myanmar National Army and the Kachin Independence Army in areas of southern Kachin state, Unicef said in a release.

 Wedding  Reception  Baby Shower  Engagement Birthday   Religious Function  Assoication function  Katha-Saptah Garba or any occasion Pak test-fires n-capable ballistic missile Pakistannot successfully Small or Big ISLAMABAD: order does make difference test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic We serve with smile the tattoo of the Buddha sitting on a missile on April 22, the military said.

lotus flower on her right arm, BBC The 290-km short-range surface-toLUNCH BOX SERVICE surface Hatf IIIMOUTH WATERING FAST FOOD reported. (Ghaznavi) ballistic misAVAILABLE The authorities found the tattoo to sile can carry nuclear and conventional  Pani Puri  Chat  Dahi Puri of Chat ONLY the religion warheads, XinhuaMost reported ance, Nepal’s tourism ministry said. be an insult to Buddhism, citing an  Sev Puri  Dahi vada  Samosa The government had previously set the of the majority ethnic Sinhalese. army statement. “The successful launch  Bhel  Pav Bhaji  Vada Pav amount at $1,052 per person, but the Coleman is being held at an immiconcluded the field training exercise of & much more president and the prime gration detention camp until her the Strategic Missile Group of Army DELICIOUS issue was raised at a meeting of stakePAPDI NO minister, LOT who congratulated all those involved in the deportation. Sri Lanka is highly senStrategic Forces Command,” the stateholders hosted by the tourism ministry. 2321 N MANNHEIM RD, MELROSE 60164 sitive about images of the Buddha.PARK, IL ment issued by the Inter-Services Pub- effort. The army said the test was witThe families of the Sherpas who lost Authorities take strict action lic Relations said. their lives in the recent avalanche will nessed by top military officers, includagainst depiction of such images. The army said the successful test be given the renewed amount. ing Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff has been warmly appreciated by the Committee, Gen. Rashad Mahmood. Email: -

Nepal offers relief to kin of Sherpa victims KATHMANDU: Four days after a deadly avalanche on the slopes of Mt Everest claimed 13 lives, the Nepalese government on April 22 announced relief packages for the families of those Sherpa guides killed in the mishap. The families of the victims will be provided with a sum of $15,789 as insur-



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Democrats rush to get rid of tainted Chatwal Chatwal pleaded guilty to using straw donorsin illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates



ith Indian-American hotel magnate, the high-profile Sant Singh Chatwal, pleading guilty to federal campaign finance fraud, several prominent Democratic leaders are rushing to return or donate to charity cash collected by their major fundraiser. New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign said on April 18 it would return more than `916,950 in cash raised by Chatwal, who served on the host committee of at least one of de Blasio’s fund-raisers and bundling thousands of dollars on his behalf, New York Observer reported citing records. “Yes, we are returning all funds given or raised by Mr. Chatwal,” Jonathan Rosen, who worked for Mr. de Blasio’s campaign, told the Observer via email. Chatwal has raised funds for several prominent Democratic leaders including Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and Senate majority leader Harry Reid. Chatwal, 70, pleaded guilty on April 17 in Brooklyn federal court to using straw donors to make more than $180,000 (`11,003400) in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates.

Hotel tycoon Sant Singh Chatwal

Chatwal was a major figure among IndianAmericans who support Democrats

India-born technocrat joins battle with top US broadcasters WASHINGTON: In what has been dubbed as a David vs Goliath case, an India-born technocrat has taken America’s largest broadcasters, who claim his start-up’s television streaming service is a theft, to the Supreme Court. The apex court on April 22 heard arguments from the attorney of Aereo, an online TV platform founded by Chaitanya ‘Chet’ Kanojia, in defense of the legality of its television streaming service and explaining the logic underpinning it. The arguments summarized two years of legal tussling between Aereo, which provides streams of local television stations to paying subscribers, and the owners of those stations, according to CNNMoney. The TV station owners, major media companies like Disney and CBS, say that Aereo is violating copyright by allowing “public performances” of shows. Aereo says it is only enabling private screenings, just like off-the-shelf TV antennas do. Several of the justices, in their

Chaitanya Kanojia questioning, repeatedly expressed concerns that a broad ruling against Aereo would imperil the nascent cloud computing industry because of how Aereo works. They are expected to issue a ruling by early summer. The formal issue before the Supreme Court is “whether a company ‘publicly performs’ a copyrighted television programme when it retransmits a broadcast of that programme to thousands of paid subscribers over the Internet.”

Court papers don’t identify the recipients of Chatwal’s illegal largesse by name, but indicate it dated back at least to 2007. But influential Washington news site Politico cited a source familiar with the investigation as saying the unlawful donations were delivered to Clinton’s 2008 campaign, as well as to House member Kendrick Meek’s 2010 Senate campaign in Florida and to a campaign by former Senator Chris Dodd, who served as head of the Senate India Caucus. A Justice Department press release said: “There is no allegation that the candidates participated in, or were aware of Chatwal’s scheme.” Chatwal was a major figure among well-heeled Indian-Americans who support Democrats. In 2007, Chatwal organized a fundraiser that year that was billed to include appearances by two celebrity businessmen from India, neither of whom could legally donate at the fundraiser they were set to headline, Politico said. In a statement, cited by New York Observer a spokesperson for Chatwal said, “Mr. Chatwal deeply regrets his actions and accepts full responsibility for the consequences. He looks forward to resolving this personal matter.”

A US teen was suspended for asking Miss America Davuluri to the prom,

Miss America supports the teen who asked her for a dance ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


he first ever Indian-American Miss America, Nina Davuluri, has come to the defense of a teen who asked her to a dance as the news of his suspension for the stunt reached the White House. Davuluri, who was one of the readers on the storytime stage at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 21 tweeted after the event that she had “thought for days” about what to say to First Lady Michelle Obama. But it was Obama who led with “So I hear you got some kid suspended,” according to Davuluri’s tweet as cited by York Dispatch.

Earlier on April 19, Davuluri asked a Pennsylvania high school to reconsider a decision to suspend Patrick Farves for three and a half days for asking Miss America to the prom, the annual end of the year dance for high school students. While she could not attend the prom because of her schedule, she was flattered by 18-year-old Farves’ request and has contacted the school about reversing the decision, she wrote on the Miss America Organization’s Facebook page. “I always encourage students to follow their dreams through education, and I’m inspired daily by the enthusiasm of the bright young adults I have the pleasure of meeting through my travels,” she said.

Dramatic surge in graduate applications from India ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


pplications from prospective Indian students to US graduate schools surged dramatically while those from China slowed down a bit in 2013, according to a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). A 32-percent increase in applications from India, which accounts for 18 percent of all international graduate students at US institutions offset a one percent decline in applications from China, from where one third of the students come. Thus the preliminary number of applications from prospective international students to US graduate schools increased seven percent in 2014, up from the two percent increase seen in 2013, according to the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey. This year’s encouraging increase is more consistent with the growth trend in international graduate applications seen between 2006 and 2012, after a post-9/11 decrease said the survey.

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There was a 32percent increase in applications from India to various US graduate schools

China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Canada are the top five countries of origin for international graduate students in the United States, the report said. The survey covers in detail seven countries — China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil) and three regions — the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Altogether, the seven countries and three regions highlighted in the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey are home countries to about 86 percent of all international graduate students in the US. CGS President Debra W. Stewart noted the seven percent gain is a positive sign for US graduate institutions, which collectively draw 15 percent of their overall graduate enrolments from international students. “Yet this year’s increase is not necessarily a sign of ongoing stability in international graduate applications and enrolments,” she said, “especially since a large share of the growth appears to be driven by a single country” — namely India.





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HICAGO -IL – ComEd has filed its annual delivery service rate request with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to reflect grid modernization and other service-enhancing investments across the region. The filing marks the fourth under the 2011 Smart Grid law – the first resulting in a rate decrease – that established a performance-based rate model to support modernizing the electric infrastructure serving northern Illinois. “ComEd continues to make strong progress on our 10-year initiative to transform the electric grid for the benefit of all our customers,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd. “Grid modernization is already bearing fruit with the best reliability in ComEd history for our customers in 2013, several thousand new jobs created and advanced tools to help customers reduce their energy consumption and costs. These investments are helping to connect our 4 million customers across northern Illinois to the 21st century digital economy, contributing to the strength of the entire region.” ComEd’s delivery service charges would increase by about $3 on the average monthly residential bill starting in January 2015, as proposed to the Commission. This is based on a

revenue request of approximately $275 million to recover the cost of investments already made in the system. The increase reflects the costs of the Grid Modernization project that peak in the early years of deployment, including the installation of smart meters. As work on the program ramps down in future years, related delivery service increases will stabilize. In 2013, Illinois had the lowest residential electricity rates in the Midwest and the 12th lowest rate in the US. Currently, ComEd’s residential rates are essentially the same as when the Smart Grid program was enacted in 2011 and well below the average of leading US cities. The latest filing complies with the annual rate-setting process established by the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) enacted in 2011. In each annual filing, utilities submit their previous year’s actual expenses and the current year’s projected capital investments. The ICC has eight months to make a determination on the rate request. Over the past two years, EIMA investments resulted in approximately 500,000 fewer customer interruptions, producing estimated customer savings of $82 million, said

Pramaggiore. ComEd’s system reliability performance in 2013 ranked in the top decile of performance among peer utilities and has ranked in the top quartile in four of the past five years. By the end of the program, the modernization investments ComEd is making are expected to result in 700,000 fewer outages per year – savings customers $100 million annually in related costs. ComEd also recently announced that work related to its sweeping smart grid initiative supported 2,871 full-time equivalent positions in 2013. The positions included nearly 1,000 direct full-time equivalent jobs at the utility and its contractors as well as more than 1,800 indirect positions created by the effect of $253 of capital investments in the program in 2013. ComEd works with the Regional Economic Applications Laboratory (REAL) at the University of Illinois to calculate the number of indirect positions resulting from the smart grid investment. An upgraded, stronger electric system, fewer power interruptions and greater operational efficiencies will result in savings of approximately $2 billion over 20 years. These savings, which will be passed on to ComEd customers, are in addition to savings that customers can realize with digital smart

DLF’s real estate investment show in Schaumburg

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CHAUMBURG, IL— If you’re thinking of an investment property in India--commercial, retail or residential-- then the Delhi Land and Finance (DLF) company, a reputed real estate builder and developer in business for over 60 years, has a variety of offers with its pan-Indian development plans. On April 17 at the India House, Sanjay Pandey and J. S. Virk, representing DLF, and Nisha Smith of Live NRI group, briefed potential clients about their current and proposed projects in 16 cities nationwide. DLF India investment show was organized by LiveNRI group and marketed by Ultimate Media. Some cities like New Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Shimla, Kasauli, Lucknow,

New Indore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kochi offer both under-construction and ready-foroccupation residential spaces. For those seeking residential investments, there is a choice of plots, villas, value homes, premium and super luxury apartments. DLF Gardencity Gurgaon is currently spread over 600 acres of development. This well-planned residential hub provides the best when it comes to infrastructure and amenities. DLF Gardencity will be the most sought-after destination in Gurgaon. The prestigious project has been designed by renowned Architect Hafeez Contractor and offers its resident a luxurious life in the lap of flush surroundings. Located just a few minutes’ drive from the IGI Airport, it will

have the distinct advantage of connectivity via Expressway National Highway 8 and upcoming Dwarka Expressway. Samatara in Shimla offers contemporary villas nestled in hilly folds of cedar forests just 3 km from Shimla, while Samavana in Kasauli offers prospective buyers a true hill-station experience with scenic views and pine forest surroundings spread over 24 acres. For those seeking luxury living within the national capital, penthouses are up for grabs in Queen’s Court in Greater Kailash II E-block for immediate possession. Apartments at this location are sold out. In the W-block of Greater Kailash II, another prime location, construction is underway for villas and apartments overlooking Jahanpanah forest. Affordable value homes with 2-3-4 bedrooms are on offer at New Town Heights in Rajarhat, Kolkata spread over 15 acres. A self-contained complex, this mini-township features 11 towers with amenities such as power back-up, water storage, and fire safety sprinklers both within apartments and firefighting equipment on each floor. South Bengaluru offers additional value homes starting at Rs. 5.5 million in My Town spread over 75 acres at Rajapura. If you’re looking for luxury villas with a touch of the Mediterranean classic style in Bengaluru, then DLF has a large proposed development site at Bella Greens, a community space close to the famous Bannerghatta forest. DLF also has opportunities with both plot and constructed towers to cover cineplexes, commercial malls with retail outlets to office suites and independent floors in towers built in Special Economic Zones. Liaising with well-known developers such as DLF and others like Wadhwa, Raheja, ATS, Adani in India, LiveNRI is a full-service India real estate and NRI property management services company based in the US with its sales office in Philadelphia, Pa. Live NRI is headed by Mr Ramnik Chopra.

meters, which provide greater control over energy consumption and costs as well as easier access to new pricing programs that shift usage to times of day when energy costs are lower. ComEd has filed a request with the ICC to complete the installation of more than 4 million smart meters by 2018, ahead of the currently scheduled 2021. If approved, the accelerated program would begin this year, increasing the number of smart meters installed in 2014 from 160,000 to 500,000. The acceleration is expected to save customers an additional $170 million compared to the current schedule. The ICC is expected to announce its decision on the accelerated plan in May. ComEd also is leveraging smart grid investments to help residential customers and nonprofit organizations that need assistance in paying their energy bills. This support comes in the form of direct financial assistance as well as flexible billing and payment options for low-income, active military members and veterans, senior citizens and those facing financial hardships. The utility announced in March that it has dedicated $10 million in CARE customer assistance funds for the third consecutive year, as a result of the Smart Grid law. Last year, through the CARE programs, ComEd was able to help more than 28,000 customers with their bills.

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ew York – Zee Cinema has partnered with the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) as a signature

partner. The festival opened with a ‘Monsoon Shootout’ and capped off with “The Good Road”. Other films included in the roster were “Animal State” “Ankhon Dekhi” “First Sight” “I.D.” “Qissa” “Siddarth” “Tasher Desh” and the centerpiece feature, “Good Morning, Karachi.” The line-up showcases a combination of films from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. For the past decade, SAIFF has highlighted the vision of gifted directors and writers of full-length feature productions, documentaries, and short films that move and inspire the audiences. Shilen Amin, president and founder of SAIFF, says, “The festival has become the connection that strengthens the bond between Bollywood and Hollywood in the US. We are proud to announce a new partnership with Zee TV, the #1 South Asian channel, along with its family of networks, and the SAIFF on its historic 10th year anniversary.” Sameer Targe, general manager of ZeeE TV Americas, added, “Zee TV Americas has had a long-standing commitment in providing South Asian viewers outstanding entertainment in the US and abroad, and the largest South Asian TV platform and largest Film event in the U.S. would soon come together in order to continue producing memorable cinematic and cultural experiences for its audiences.



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egastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has started shooting for the untitled film directed by R. Balakrishnan, is nervous about it. “First day shoot new project R Balki...nerves, apprehensions, discomfort, uncertainty, butterflies! Only redemption, the director,” Amitabh posted on Twitter Sunday. The film, which also features Raanjhanaa star Dhanush and actor Kamal Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara, is currently being shot in Goa and the 71-year-old is getting nostalgic too. “It is hard to forget the various films that were shot here, in what circumstances they were made and what they look like now. But each and everyone of those incidents etched a mark on my system.” “The statue of a Portuguese celebrity, where during the shoot for Saat Hindustani, in the center of the street, we had gathered to perform the raising of the Indian flag, as a protest against a rule that had robbed us of our independence,” he posted on his blog “Then the various locations on the schedule under production, which have remained close and very close to us and to those that spent time with us. Locations such as the climax of Kabhi Kabhie, the boat and song sequences of The Great Gambler and the ride along the river Mandovi, passing by the hospital, now a Bal Bhavan, where Amjad Khan fought for his post accident treatment. And just so many moments,” he added. Amitabh and Balakrishnan, popularly called R. Balki, had also worked together in films like Cheeni Kum and Paa.

IIFA debuts in US, set to enliven Tampa Bay TAMPA BAY (FLORIDA): The 15th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards, an annual celebration of the multi-million dollar Hindi film industry abroad, in its US debut this year, is ready to lend Bollywood’s color, glamor and splendor to the city starting April 23. The gala will be “bigger and better” than ever before, said its organizer. With names like Madhuri Dixit, Shatrughan Sinha, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Hrithik Roshan, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Farhan Akhtar slated to attend the gala, along with Hollywood celebrities like John Travolta, Kevin Spacey and reportedly Ang Lee, chances are, the conjecture may just turn out to be true. In a tete-a-tete with IANS ahead of the event, Sabbas Joseph, director, Wizcraft International Entertainment, the event’s organiser said: “For a very long time we had the US in mind, but we were waiting for the right time.”



ctor Vivek Oberoi, who has dubbed for Jamie Foxx’s character of Electro in the Hindi version of Hollywood film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, says he agreed to this as he is a huge fan of the Oscar-winning actor. “I am a huge fan of Jamie Foxx’s. I love his work. The minute they (Sony Pictures) told me ‘You have to be Jamie Foxx’s voice’, I was excit-

ed,” Vivek told reporters here at the trailer launch of the Hindi version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. “It was a daunting task because the way he has performed the initial part, was so difficult. If you watch the film, you will find it difficult to catch what he is saying and how he is saying,” he added. The 37-yearold had earlier dubbed for a few films and international TV series Small Wonder, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Restless.

Kangana shines in ‘Revolver Rani’ MUMBAI: After Queen, Kangana Ranaut is back at the box office as Revolver Rani and she would battle it out with musical Kaanchi and thriller Samrat & Co. for the top honors when the threesome hit the screens on April 18. Kangana loves to push the envelope by stepping into unconventional roles and she continues the trend with Revolver Rani, which sees the actress in a never-seenbefore avatar of a don shooting guns and mouthing dialogues in a quite profane language. With her brilliant performance in Queen, Kangana not only raised the bar for her contemporaries but for herself too thus raising fans’ expectations from her. Kangana will face stiff competition from Rajeev Khandelwal, another brilliant actor, in Samrat & Co.

2 States’: A magical north-south love story you wish wouldn’t end Film: “2 States”; Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ronit Roy, Amrita Singh, Revathi, Shiv Subramaniam; Director: Abhishek Varman; Rating: ****


agically, 2 States ends with a beautifully staged wedding where the film’s culture-crossed couple finally get their wish. Sigh of relief? Not quite. This is a film you don’t want to end. It’s a story....but wait, it doesn’t seem like a story!! Not in the sense of ‘Once upon a time when Boy Met Girl’. You know exactly where our twosome, the gorgeous Ananya and the diffident Krish are going...But you get so sucked into their journey, their courtship,

conflicts, tiffs and buts, that you feel after a point that you aren’t watching them in a film. They are people we know. And love. Some come, fall in love. These are people whom you’ll carry home and keep in some corner of your heart. Not just (gorgeous) Ananya (who incidentally is played by the very gorgeous Alia Bhatt) and her other-half Krish, but also their parents, specially Krish’s father a man so misunderstood all his life he fears being rec-

ognized for some deeply-concealed goodness in his heart that comes out towards the end of this film. Indian marriages, they say, are the marriage of two families. Sure enough, when the shy repressed Punjabi Krish meets the spunky spirited beer-guzzling, chicken-chewing Ananya, there is hell to pay from both sides. Most of the time cultural differences are articulately pinned down

in the film. Debutant director Abhishek Varman knows how to tell a story embedding individual scenes with a distinctive personality without straining for effect. Alia dressed as a bride looks like a doll. 2 States creates a world where characters don’t shout to be heard. They just belong to a world where being proper, politically or otherwise, is not always a pre-condition. — By Subhash K. Jha



Aditya Chopra, Rani Mukerji marry in Italy MUMBAI: Finally, there’s clarity on the relationship status of Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukerji. The Yash Raj Films (YRF) head honcho and actress exchanged vows in a small affair held in Italy on April 21, said an official announcement. “We are happy to announce that Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukerji got married last night. The wedding was a very small intimate affair with very close family and friends,” Rafiq Gangjee, vice president (marketing and communications), YRF, said in a statement. “We wish the couple a very happy married life,” Gangjee added. Aditya, the elder son of late filmmaker Yash Chopra, was earlier married to Payal Khanna. It’s been a fairytale life for Rani Mukerji, and it continues to be so for the newly married actress, who exchanged vows with filmmaker Aditya Chopra in a “beautiful” ceremony in Italy. She says she missed having her husband’s late father and filmmaker Yash Chopra around for the D-day. Rani, who has maintained silence on her relationship with Aditya for several years, has now opened up about the “happiest day” of her life. “I would like to share the happiest day of my life with all my fans all over the world whose love and blessings have been part of my journey all these years. I know that all my wellwishers who have waited for this day will be really happy for me,” Rani said in a statement. Talking about the ceremony, the actress said: “It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us.”

‘All films are a reflection of times’ MUMBAI: One-film-old Tanuj Virwani says all films are a reflection and product of the times that “we live in”. The youngster, who made his debut in 2013 with Joe Rajan directed Love U Soniyo, which sank without a trace at the box office, will now be seen in Purani Jeans, which talks about friendship and the protago-

Boney Kapoor ahead of his times: son Arjun MUMBAI: Arjun Kapoor, who is working with his dad Boney Kapoor for the first time in Tevar, holds him in high regard for his vision and creativity. The young actor feels his father’s decision to make sci-fi film Mr. India way back in 1987 proved that he’s much ahead of his times. Lauding his dad’s endeavor, Arjun said: “Mr. India is the epitome of special effects and emotions, sci-fi and family film coming together. I feel my father is ahead of his times with the kind of visual effects he had in Mr. India, it’s commendable.” “It had clean visual effects, it’s an inspirational piece of work. As a creative person, I would have wished I were involved in it. I am very proud that my father was the person who made it,” the 27-year-old said.

Was expressing my terror: Nargis MUMBAI: Nargis Fakhri was seen screaming expletives in a video recording during the shooting of Main Tera Hero and she said that she was scared and expressed her terror. Laughing in embarrassment Nargis explained, “I was in terrible pain and I was on only half a harness. For the rest of the support, I was supported by my co-star Arunoday Singh in mid-air. “Arunoday is a dear friend and someone I’ve known from the time I came to India. He’s a great guy. I know I can depend on him. I was expressing my terror. Why that was turned into a video for public consumption, I don’t know,” the actress said.

Mika performs with talent hunt winner

How a clerk became erotica writer Mastram

NEW DELHI: Singer Mika Singh, known for his hit songs and livewire performance, didn’t mind sharing the stage with new talent at the Idea Rocks India — Season 6 talent hunt finale here. The singer first felicitated Ashish Daniel Singh for winning the hunt, and then performed together with him at Idea Rocks India, held here on April 20.

Ayushmann is daddy for second time nist believes that “friendship is like a pair of old jeans — the older it gets, the better it becomes”. The 26-year-old feels that the theme of love, family and friendship is “universal”, “but the treatment meted out to the film (Purani Jeans) is quite different.” “At the end of the day, whether it is we as human beings or films that we make, it is the product of the times that you live in. The films made in 1970s, 1980s and 1990s were all diversely different. We all are in now 2014,” Tanuj told IANS. “It’s a film that salvages life and youth,” he added.


MUMBAI: Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who has become a father for the second time, says his newborn daughter will be his reason for learning how to be more compassionate. “I learnt humility from my mother. Chivalry from my wife. Will become compassionate because of my daughter,” Ayushmann said in a statement. The 29-year-old and his wife Tahira were blessed with a daughter in Chandigarh Monday. They are already parents to a two-year-old named Virajveer. Ayushmann is super excited.

NEW DELHI: They say behind every successful man there stands a woman and writer-director Akhilesh Jaiswal’s forthcoming directorial debut Mastram too has something similar in the plot. Inspired by real life porn writer, the fictional biography of the well-known Hindi erotica writer Mastram will take the viewers on journey with Rajaram (Rahul Bagga), a small town bank clerk who dreams of travelling to Delhi and becoming a reputed writer. No one takes his litterateur aspirations seriously, least of all his uncle, who marries him off to Renu (Tasha Berry). Although a simpleton, Renu wholeheartedly supports her husband’s ambition. Motivated by her encouragement, Rajaram starts stealing time from his humdrum work routine to write and eventually he quits his job, when his boss publicly humiliates him, and derides his aspirations. To his utter surprise and delight, Renu supports his decision, and starts doing odd jobs from home, while Rajaram focuses on his writing.








ore than 80 people gathered on April 20 at Holiday Inn, Mt. Prospect, Illinois to discuss support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at a meeting was hosted by S Mat Singh Dhillon, business owner and joined by local supporters of AAP party in Illinois. Professor (Retd) S.Jagindar Singh Ramdev, a philanthropist and educationist, Chaitra Padsalgi, an IIT professional and Major (retd) S Gurcharan Singh Jhudge were among the prominent people present. Dhillon said that law and order for a common Indian person had become a mockery, adding that there was no place common men/women can lodge complaints. Chaitra Padsalgi who has been involved with the AAP unit in Chicago said thatpoliticians worked for themselves and not the country or its people. “To bring change it is very simple, pick up phone, call your friends and family and tell them not to sell their voting rights. Stand up for what is ethically right. Listen to your soul not career politicians who lie all the time, specially educated youth needs to come forward and put stop to all corruption”, she said.

(L-R) Prof S.Jagindar Singh Ramdev, Mrs. Chaitra Padsalgi and Major Gurcharan Singh Jhudge

Major (Retd) S. Gurcharan Singh Jhudge spoke about unfair practices by career politicians and their families who have done more harm to India than invaders. S Jaswinder Singh Dhillon wrote a poem asking people to vote for the AAP and “send corrupt politicians packing.” S. Indermohan Singh Chhabra, a Sikh TV producer, also read out a poem about how corrupt people are destroying India

and people need to change the system, and S. Lal Singh who has been a strong supporter of the AAP and belongs to Delhi spoke about achievements of party founder Arvind Kejriwal in just 45 days of taking over the Delhi Government. Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada talked about his involvement with the AAP since its inception in Chicago. A neonatologist, he wants India free of corruption.

White House honor for AHC staffer BY A STAFF WRITER


HICAGO (IL) – Asian Health Coalition (AHC) staff member Ranjana Paintal is being honored by the Obama administration on April 24 in Washington D.C. as a “Champion of Change” for her work in leading efforts in Illinois to educate, promote, and assist Asian Americans in the enrollment for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “As a mother of 2 young children, I am blessed to be able to look after my kids because I know my health needs are being taken care of. However I recognize the inequity where millions of parents across the country have not been able to do the same, all because healthcare for the longest time, seemed like a privilege

Ranjana Paintal

rather than a basic right”, said Ranjana. “But I’ve been able to be make a change through this landmark effort to help Asian American communities in my

homestate of Illinois” she said. The AHC is one of the 44 lead community organizations in Illinois working on the state’s In-Person Counselor (IPC) program, and Ranjana has served as AHC project director in partnership with two local social service organizations - Lao American Organization of Elgin and Hamdard Health and Human Services. Under her leadership, the consortium’s navigators have educated over 3,000 limited-English-speaking immigrants from the Laotian, South Asian and Eastern European communities in Chicago and the Western region of Illinois stretching from Kane to Winnebago counties. In addition, more than 560 individuals were able to successfully sign up for health insurance.

IAMACF’s charity gala on May 10



ome May 10, the Indian American Medical Association Charitable Foundation of Chicago (IAMACF) will hold its annual charity gala, themed “Free Community Health Clinics in the age of Obamacare” 2014, at the Waterford Banquet Hall, 933 S. Riverside Drive, Elmhurst, Illinois. This year’s keynote speaker will be Leslie Ramyk, executive director of the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, and special guests will be Dada J.P. Vaswani of Sadhu Vaswani Mission of India. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Manpassand. The annual charity gala helps raise the necessary funding to operate the free community health clinic, located in the heart of Chicago’s West Ridge community, which is home to one of the most culturally diverse and underserved neighborhoods in the city and state. For over 18 years, the IAMACF has been

providing primary healthcare services on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm at the free clinic located at 2645 W. Peterson Avenue in Chicago. In March of 2010, it extended its service hours to include Wednesday evenings from 4 pm to 7 pm. The community clinic is run by volunteer physicians and medical students, coordinated by New Life Volunteer Services, who provide medical services to walk-in clients with no appointments necessary. The free health clinic serves low-income populations, who are uninsured and underserved in that they have no affordable or culturally competent medical facility for their healthcare needs. The IAMACF community health clinic provides a culturally appropriate environment, with volunteer physicians and volunteers who also extend free (limited) pharmacy and lab services to those who require these services. The IAMACF clinic is also a teaching clinic for medical students from six of our area’s medical schools, including the Chicago Medical School, Loyola University, Northwestern University,

Rush University, University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago. Says Dr. Rambha Radhakrishnan, IAMACF’s Board Chair and Medical Director who oversees the organization’s medical services: “We are proud to provide free medical services to over 3,000 uninsured patients annually. We have been able to do so through the generosity of our loyal donors, corporate sponsors and local foundations, who help provide the necessary funding to keep our doors open and serve those in need of medical services.” She added: “It’s becoming harder to sustain the cost of providing services, as the medical needs of the public have risen overtime. Even though we have the Affordable Care Act now, we believe there will still be a large number of people who will not have insurance coverage, either due to in-affordability, lack of information and awareness, lack of access to computers and internet technology, or language barriers. She called upon loyal donors and corporate sponsors to help IAMACF raise the muchneeded funds on May 10 at the charity gala.

“Educated people of Indian origin all around the world have an obligation for their children and coming generation to live with pride not with remorse”, he said. S.Surinderpal Singh Kalra, Prof (retd) S.Jagindar Singh Ramdev and Dr. Rachhpal Singh Bajwa also spoke. The dinner was provided by K K Pamma of Clay Oven restaurant, Schaumburg, Illinois.

Dance India Dance L’il Masters auditions open



EW YORK -- For the first time in the United States and Canada, Zee TV brings you Dance India Dance L’il Masters in partnership with Arya International. Dancers aged 5-13 years can audition in different cities nationwide to compete against the best of the best Little Masters from North America. There are two ways you can audition in North America. Digital auditions are being accepted via the Zee Dil Se website where you can seamlessly record and upload up to a two-minute audition video. Submitting audition videos is easy. All you have to do is visit and follow the simple instructions. Interested contestants can also attend studio auditions that will be held at different participating Arya Dance School Studios across 12 cities. Visit the Arya Dance Academy website for more details: www. Twelve finalists will be chosen to participate in the Dance India Dance L’il Masters North America Edition Finale on May 30 in New York City. The schedule is Los Angeles, CA: Wednesday, April 30--5pm; Edison, NJ : Thursday, May 1--6pm; Manhattan, NY: Friday, May 2--5.30pm; Toronto, Canada: Saturday, May 3 11am; Parsippany, NJ: Saturday, May 3--5pm; Columbia, MD: Saturday, May 3--5pm; Chicago, IL: Saturday, May 3-- 5.30pm; Fremont, CA: Sunday, May 4--12.30pm; Vancouver, Canada: Sunday, May 4--1pm; Burlington, MA: Sunday, May 4--2pm; Marietta, GA: Sunday, May 4--7pm and Dallas, TX: Monday, May 5--5.30pm.



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hicago (IL) -- The 20th ‘Rangla Punjab’, a yearly event of the Punjabi Cultural Association (PCA), was a grand success with enthusiastic artists hailing from different parts, ages and genders presenting dazzling performances. The 30-odd spectacular performances comprised songs, prayers, dances, bhangras, gidhas, etc by more than 250 small and adult artists whose colorful dresses, a combination of wonderful light effects and and enthralling music left the 1,000-strong audience spellbound. ‘Rangla Punjab’Punjabi is the flagship event of the Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) to celebrate Vaisakhi celebrations on April 19 at Meadows Club, 2950 W Golf Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. University of Chicago, U.I.C. , Bhangra and Giddha teams from Milwaukee and

Chicago also performed at Rangla Punjab. The Vaisakhi festival is the celebration of conclusion of the harvest season, and beginning of a new crop cycle. It’s a symbol of renewal, and also a new year. Rajinder Singh Magho and Ronny singh Kular said that 20 years ago, PCS started off as a small group with an aspiration to maintain the Punjabi culture and connect the next generation to the roots. “After 20 years, I am proud to say that we have been able to achieve our goal and much more than that we have been able to portray our culture in our mainstream and branch out into other states of America.”, Kular said. Popular Punjabi dances Bhangra and Giddha, Punjabi music and songs, comedy skits, poetry, and many other items were presented. Dr. Bhupinder Singh Saini of Advance Pain Management Milwaukee Wisconsin who was the chief guest was honored at the program.

A class act to depict Punjabi culture.

PCS is a non-profit community service organization devoted to promoting the Punjabi culture, performing arts, education, sports, and good citizenship in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS), a not-for-profit community service organization devoted to promoting Punjabi culture, language, performing arts, education, good citizenship, healthy life style, and sports in the metropolitan Chicago area, has been organizing ‘Rangla Punjab’ for more than two decades. This is the single largest annual Punjabi cultural variety event in Chicago area that showcases the Punjabi performing arts and promotes the local community talent. Sponsors: Dr. Bhupinder S. Saini, Dr. Narinder S. Grewal, Dr. Surjit S. Patheja, Dr. Hargurmukhpal Singh, Dr. Amarjit Singh, Ronny Kular, Balwinder S. Girn, Vie

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HICAGO (IL) -- A Northwest suburban group called the Housing Task Force is working to create permanent supportive housing (PSH) for people with mental illness and other disabilities. In a PSH development, each resident has his or her own apartment, complete with kitchen and bathroom, and a lease; residents can live at a PSH building as long as they wish, provided they pay their rent and abide by the terms of the lease. Rents are subsidized by the local housing authority, so they are affordable. Supportive services, such as social work and case management are provided on-site by a local community mental health center or medical center. PSH has proven over the years to be remarkably effective in helping people with disabilities on their journeys toward recovery. It is also very cost-effective, costing much less than other alternatives such as nursing homes

or homeless shelters. The Task Force is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, working with private developers and social service providers to create PSH. Its role is to help build public awareness and support for PSH buildings. Last June, the Task Force’s partners opened Myers Place, a 39 unit PSH building in Mt. Prospect. On-site support services are provided by the Kenneth Young Center, the community mental health and senior center for Elk Grove and Schaumburg Townships. The Task Force is currently working on PhilHaven, a similar project in Wheeling. It has been approved by the village and is now awaiting funding from the Illinois Housing Development Authority. The Task Force is also working on another project, Catherine Alice Gardens in Palatine. The group is circulating petitions to show the Palatine Village Council that the project has wide public support.

Majid Mustafa, Judge-Elect Megan Goldish & Judge-Elect William Raines


BY A STAFF WRITER HICAGO -- Majid Mustafa hosted a victory celebration at J K Kabab House on Devon Avenue for JudgesElect Megan E. Goldish and William

B. Raines. Majid Mustafa was tapped by the Megan’s campaign manager, Sean Tenner to run the 50th ward. Sean knew that if they wanted to win the 50th, Mustafa was like a one-stop shopping outlet to the 50th ward when it comes to politics. “I was approached by the Megan Goldish campaign and asked if I was interested in working in the 50th ward.” said Mustafa. “After reviewing her credentials, I decided to jump on board. I had one job and one job only, and that was to win the 50th ward for Megan. I was successful in receiving 58% of the vote over our opponent who received 28%”. I am proud to have helped a highly-qualified candidate to the bench,” he said.

Mustafa was asked what in her credentials really stood out. “She was rated qualified or highly qualified by all the bar associations, prosecuted over 65 felony trials to verdict and over 16 years’ experience with the States Attorney’s office”, he said. The celebrations started with Mustafa introducing all the arriving guests to his grandfather, Hasan Chishti and other guests in attendance. In her brief address, Judge-Elect Megan Goldish thanked all her team members, especially Majid and Abrar Quader, saying Majid was her guide to the Devon community and to the 50th ward residents. She also thanked Martha Burns, who was in charge of Evanston, for taking her to the churches every Sunday. She stated that this was her lifelong dream. Judge-Elect Bill Raines also called Majid Mustafa a true friend. Having known each other for over seven years, Majid knew that this time, Bill Raines would pull a victory.



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Super Kings get a big win over Daredevils Suresh Raina’s 56 off 41 balls, Ashwin and Jadeja’s clinical bowling help CSK crush Delhi team by 93 runs two overs for his two wickets while struck five fours and a six in his 41Jadeja conceded 18 runs from his ball knock. Raina and Dwayne Smith ( 29) hennai Super Kings put 2.4 overs. Pacer Ishwar Pandey also on a clinical show to beat got two for 23 while Dwayne Smith, laid down the foundation with a 54Delhi Daredevils by a Ben Hilfenhaus and Mohit Sharma stand for a late onslaught by Faf du Plesis (24) and skipper Mahendra massive 93 runs in the got a wicket each. Delhi Daredevils made a poor Singh Dhoni (32). Indian Premier League (IPL) match MS Dhoni smashed two fours at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here start losing three wickets for just 17 runs on board and couldn’t recover and two sixes in his 15-ball quickfire on April 21. Riding on a strong batting perfor- from it. Jimmy Neesham top scored knock while Du Plesis hit a four and mance led by Suresh Raina’s 56 off with 22 while skipper Dinesh a six. Jaydev Unadkat was the pick of 41 balls, Chennai Super Kings post- Karthik made 21. Earlier, opting to bat first, Super the Daredevils bowlers picking three ed a competitive 177 for seven in 20 overs. Their slow bowlers, Ravichan- Kings made a slow start but then for 32. Dhoni lauded his players for a dran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, caught up with pace, thanks to an then picked up two wickets each to explosive knock from Raina, who comprehensive win. bowl out Delhi Daredevils for just 84 runs in 15.3 overs. Daredevils made a poor start losing three In fact all the six Super Kings wickets for just 17 runs on board and bowlers picked up wickets. Offspinner Ashwin was the miser of the couldn’t recover from it lot giving away just three runs from IANS, ABU DHABI


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RIO DE JANEIRO: FIFA secretarygeneral Jerome Valcke will this week increase pressure on Brazil’s World Cup organizers by visiting three stadiums that are yet to be ready for football’s signature event. Valcke is scheduled to inspect Sao Paulo’s Itaquerao stadium on April 23 followed by Arena da Baixa-



ot favoring the probe panel proposed by the Indian cricket board, the Supreme Court on April 22 asked the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee if it would investigate the Indian Premier League’s betting and spot fixing scandal last year. A bench of Justice A.K.Patnaik and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla asked the counsel for Mudgal committee to apprise the court April 29 whether he would take up the task.

BCCI chief Srinivasan

Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan and IPL’s chief operating officer Sunder Raman had with the probe committee. He would in turn inform the two lawyers of the date and time when that audio would be played for then. Mudgal earlier submitted a report that had indicted Meiyap-

Court’s decision to ask Mudgal to head the panel shows it is not happy with the threemember panel proposed by the BCCI As it resumed hearing in the post-lunch session on April 22, the court said that if Mudgal decides to undertake the probe, he will also name the investigation agency that would assist his committee. The court also said that Mudgal committee will also submit to the office of the apex court’s secretary general the audio recording of the interaction that Indian skipper M.S.Dhoni, Board of Control for

pan, son-in-law of Srinivasan, for involvement in betting during the sixth edition of IPL. The court’s decision to ask Mudgal to head the panel shows that it is not happy with the three-member panel proposed by the BCCI for a probe. The panel was to have Ravi Shastri, former CBI head R.K. Raghavan and a former chief justice of Calcutta High Court.

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Manchester United sack Moyes IANS, LONDON


anchester United on April 22 sacked manager David Moyes after just 10 months in charge and appointed their former Welsh international Ryan Giggs as interim manager till the end of the season. Moyes, who was given a sixyear contract after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, was handpicked by the Scot to take charge of the reigning English Sacked league chammanager pions.

Moyes’s backroom staff of Steve Round, Phil Neville, Jimmy Lumsden and Chris Woods are also likely to leave. United released a short statement on April 22 morning saying: “Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club.” The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.” Taking all competitions into account, United have won just 27 of 51 matches, drawing nine and losing 15. The final straw for Moyes was 0-2 defeat against former club Everton on April 20.

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Golfer Lahiri’s Malaysian performance gives him hope KUALA LUMPUR: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri is ready to return to the winning trail after enjoying a remarkable Malaysian swing. The 26-year-old finished tied-10th at the star-studded Malaysian Open on April 20 and was also part of Team Asia where he contributed two points to tie with Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup here last month.

Lahiri won three of his Asian Tour titles on home soil and his results in recent weeks have given him added motivation to win his first title outside his comfort zone. “It has been a while since I’ve been playing well. I’m playing well enough to win. I just need to be patient and relaxed and can’t get too far ahead of myself. That’s what I’ve learnt from last week,” said Lahiri. The Indian enjoyed a fine run at the Malaysian Open after ending the event on eight-under-par.




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