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Thousands gather at Ramlila Maidan to join Baba Ramdev


Thousands including Sadhvi Ritambhara have joined Baba Ramdev's fast against corruption on Saturday morning.

UK kebab the costliest at £750

LONDON: The world's most expensive kebab has come up for sale in the British capital, costing a staggering £750, if you fancy a bite. A British chef Andy Bates dished up the kebab in a TV show, claiming it be sourced with the finest ingredients in the world, to create the incredible snack.

Labelling it as the 'Don of All Doners', Bates uses hand-picked succulent milk-fed lamb from the Pyrenees, seasoned and primed with the best peppers, olive oil, barrel aged feta cheese, purple violet potatoes and Coeur de Boeuf tomatoes.

But no ordinary pitta would do for this mouth-watering meal, so the chef made a saffron infused flatbread to host the fabulous meat dish.

His tangy chilli sauce uses Scotch Bonnet chillies and the cooling mint and cucumber yoghurt is infused with Krug Grande Cuvee champagne, tabloid Daily Mail reported.

The expensive flatbread is stuffed with an exquisite micro-cress and bib lettuce salad and a delicate oregano concasse. Andy, who created the dish for TV channel Food Network UK, even decorates his culinary masterpiece with an edible gold leaf garnish. The pricey kebab is presented on a silver platter and was protected with a cloche prior to its first serving in Stockwell, south London.

French Open final loss is hard to swallow, admits Sania Mirza

NEW DELHI: The French Open final loss is hard to swallow, admits Sania Mirza, but the Indian tennis ace also has a sense of immense satisfaction at finishing runners-up in the women's doubles event given the way she was struggling for form and fitness a few months ago.
"A loss is a loss at any stage and initially it hurts. But when I look back at where my career was a while back, there is a feeling of immense satisfaction at what I have managed to achieve," Sania, who was battling a career-threatening wrist injury not so long ago, said.

A second Grand Slam title slipped out of her hands when she lost the French Open final along with Russian partner Elena Vesnina. The Indian star said the strong wind throughout the clash was a major factor but lauded her rivals for overcoming the adverse conditions better than them.

Sania and Elena lost the final 4-6, 3-6 to unseeded Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka on Friday. The Czechs were the sixth unseeded pair in 30 years to win a Grand Slam.

Both the pairs committed numerous unforced errors but the Czech girls put on slightly better show which was instrumental in their win.

While Sania-Elena's first serve percentage was 54, it was 61 for rivals. Winning percentage for both the first and second serve was less than 50 percent for the Indo-Russian duo.

The only area where they performed better was that they committed five double faults to eight of the Czech pair.

"Yes, it (wind) was but in tennis, it is always the team that acclimatizes to the existing conditions that comes out on top. In the final, our opponents managed to adjust to the conditions better than us," Sania said.

Sania was categorical in stating that Elena was the best of all the partners she has played with before.

They teamed up at the start of the year and won titles at Indian Wells and Charleston, though, they continue to wait for their first Grand slam title together.

Sania has teamed up with America's Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek and Chinese Taipei's Chan, Yung Jan before.

"Elena is definitely right up there among the best," she said.

Asked what is it that makes this partnership so successful, Sania said, "We've been friends since our junior days and get along wonderfully. She has a brilliant backhand and serve and is an ideal foil for the forehand and return of serve, which are my strengths."

As the talk veered from doubles to her singles career, Sania was asked about her not-so-impressive Grand Slam record. She has not reached the singles third round in a Grand Slam since the 2008 Australian Open.

But the Hyderabadi said it's only because she drew against strong players early.

"I don't look at it as a jinx. I think I've generally lost to better players in the Grand Slams. I lost to Justine Henin in Australian Open and to Agnieszka Radwanska in French Open," she said.

The next Grand Slam -- Wimbledon -- is on grass, a surface Sania enjoys more than the clay.

Sania was not ready to predict how long would she stay in the singles there but was hopeful of breaking into top-50 in the WTA rankings.

"I will continue to work hard and try to be the best that I can be. Yes, I could break into the top 50 in singles in a few months."

China: US culprit in global 'Internet war'

BEIJING: The Chinese military accused the US of launching a global "Internet war" to bring down Arab and other governments, turning the tables on allegations of major online attacks on Western targets originating in China.

The accusations by Chinese military academy scholars, and their urging of tougher policing of the Internet, followed allegations this week that computer hackers in China had compromised the personal Gmail accounts of several hundred people, including government officials, military personnel and political activists.

Google traced the origin of the attacks to the city of Jinan that is home to a military vocational school whose computers were linked to a more sophisticated assault on Google's systems 17 months ago. China has denied responsibility for the two attacks.

Writing in the Communist Party-controlled China Youth Daily newspaper, the scholars did not mention Google's claims, but said recent computer attacks and incidents employing the Internet to promote regime change in Arab nations appeared to have originated with the US government.

"Of late, an Internet tornado has swept across the world ... massively impacting and shocking the globe. Behind all this lies the shadow of America," said the article, signed by Ye Zheng and Zhao Baoxian, identified as scholars with the Academy of Military Sciences.

"Faced with this warmup for an Internet war, every nation and military can't be passive but is making preparations to fight the Internet war," it said.

While nuclear war was a strategy of the industrial era, Internet war is a product of the information age, the article said. Such conflicts stand to be hugely destructive, threatening national security and the very existence of the state, it said.

China needs to "express to the world its principled stance of maintaining an 'Internet border' and protecting its 'Internet sovereignty,' unite all advanced forces to dive into the raging torrent of the age of peaceful use of the Internet, and return to the Internet world a healthy, orderly environment," the article said.

China already heavily filters content and blocks numerous foreign websites, a system known as the "Great Firewall of China." The police employ a large force of Internet monitors to scour the Web for content deemed illegal or subversive, and those users transmitting sensitive contact can be charged with sedition or other crimes.

A number of foreign governments say they've been targeted by hacking attacks from China, although Beijing routinely denies undertaking such operations and says it too is a victim of such activity.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters attacks such as the one alleged by Google were a primary reason why the State Department had for the first time created a cyber-security coordinator.

The FBI said it was investigating Google's allegations, but no official government email accounts have been compromised. Google said all the hacking victims have been notified and their accounts have been secured.


Baba Ramdev went ahead with his fast against corruption,thousands of people assembled

New Delhi: Thousands of people today assembled at the Ramlila Ground in central Delhi as yoga guru Baba Ramdev went ahead with his fast against corruption and black money amid tight security. "It is overwhelming to see the huge crowd that has gathered in support of our crusade against corruption. The journey is long and I request the supporters to stay calm," Ramdev said to a thunderous crowd as he began his hunger strike."We are not going to bow down to any political party or conspiracy. It will be a peaceful protest," Ramdev said.

The yoga guru decided to go ahead with the fast after a meeting with the government representatives on Friday failed to reach a compromise over the demands he has raised against graft practices in India.

Supporters from all across the country poured in at the venue early morning to register themselves before joining the yoga guru in his fast.

"I have come here to show that corruption is not just one man's issue. It is the entire country's concern whether Baba Ramdev does it, or Anna Hazare does it," said 42-year-old Ashok Chauhan, an income tax officer from Jaipur.

Another supporter, Suresh Tanwar from Haryana, said: "We will die, but not go away until the government takes a strong action against corruption. This is a mass movement that will not die down easily."

The yoga guru has asked the government to take urgent steps to bring back black money stashed away abroad by Indians and also take effective measures to curb rampant graft in the country.

He said the agitation was "democratic and non-violent" and "not against any party or to bring down the government".

"A few corrupt people have given a bad name to this country. We have to do something," Ramdev said to the humongous gathering.
Tags : India News, Baba Ramdev Fast against Corruption, Ramlila Ground Security, Black Money

Amartya Sen will be the chief mentor of the prestigious Presidency University

Kolkata: Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen will be the chief mentor of the prestigious Presidency University, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said.

Sugato Bose, grand nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, will be the chairman of the mentor group to be formed on the lines of the newly-revived Nalanda International University in Bihar.

"We will not choose the members. We don't want partycracy, but democracy. The two of them will decide on that," Banerjee said on Friday.

Last year, the former Left Front government had upgraded the 193-year-old Presidency College into a university.

Originally called Hindu College that cradled the Bengal renaissance in the 19th century, the hallowed institution was rechristened Presidency College in 1855.

The institution, with around 2,500 students, still churns out talent, but is facing a lot of criticism about its falling standards due to alleged politics in teacher recruitment and frequent student unrest.

The college's alumni include Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, social reformer Swami Vivekananda, freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, filmmaker Satyajit Ray, Marxist legend Jyoti Basu, economist Amartya Sen and scientist Satyendranath Bose.

The country's first president, Rajendra Prasad, and former state chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee were also students of the college.
Tags : India Education News, Presidency University Chief Mentor, Amartya Sen, Nalanda International University in Bihar, Presidency University Mentor Group Chairman, Sugato Bose

Former Haryana CM Bhajan Lal died,will be cremated at Adampur

Haryana: Former Haryana chief minister and political stalwart Bhajan Lal, who died in this Haryana town on Friday, will be cremated at Adampur town near here today evening.

Bhajan Lal, who served as the chief minister of Haryana for three times and was a sitting MP from Hisar, died following a heart attack at the age of 80.

He was ailing for the last few months and suffered a heart attack on Friday. He was rushed to a private hospital where doctors declared him dead after failing to resuscitate him.

Family sources said that Bhajan Lal's body, which has been kept at his residence in Sector 15 here since Friday evening, will be taken to the grain market town of Adampur, 25 km from here, today afternoon.

Bhajan Lal started his career as a trader in Adampur and later began his political innings from the town.

"He will be cremated as per the traditions of the Bishnoi community. He will be buried there," a relative said.

Hundreds of people and leaders have been visiting his house since Friday evening to pay their last respect to the departed leader.

Bhajan Lal is survived by his wife Jasma Devi, two sons - former Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan and Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) president and former MP Kuldip Bishnoi - and a daughter, Roshni.

The Haryana government has announced a public holiday in the state today. It also declared a three-day state mourning following Bhajan Lal's death.

Bhajan Lal remained Haryana chief minister thrice (1979-82, 1982-86 and 1991-96). He was elected Lok Sabha member from Hisar in the 2009 elections on the ticket of his new party -- the Haryana Janhit Congress.

Born on Oct 6, 1930, in a village in Bahawalpur district (now in Pakistan), Bhajan Lal started as a petty trader but soon became one of the most famous political personalities in Haryana politics. He was particularly well-known for engineering defections of legislators to form governments in the state.

He was union minister for environment and forests (1986-88) and agriculture (1988-89) in the Rajiv Gandhi government.

He was first elected as a legislator in Haryana from the Adampur constituency in 1968 -- two years after Haryana was formed in 1966.
Tags : India News, Bhajan Lal Died in Haryana, Bhajan Lal Heart Attack, Bhajan Lal's Body

Lunar eclipse will be visible throughout India, will occur June 15

Mumbai: The darkest total lunar eclipse of this century, which will be visible throughout India, will occur June 15, an official of the Nehru Centre said here today.

On the night of June 15, the sun, earth and moon will come in a straight line and the earth's shadow will eclipse the full moon passing through it.

As the moon slips into the earth's "umbra" (dark shadow), it will slowly assume a coppery red colour, making it a not to be missed spectacle.

The lunar eclipse will start at 23:53 p.m. and end at 03:32 a.m. on June 16, and will be visible all over India, the Middle East, southern Europe and northern Africa.

This will be the darkest lunar eclipse over the Indian skies this century. The previous darkest lunar eclipse took place four decades back, on Aug 6, 1971.

The year's second and final lunar eclipse will occur on Dec 10, but it will be visible only in Eurasia, Australia and north-western parts of North America.

Weather conditions permitting, since monsoon is just starting on the sub-continent, the Nehru Centre and other scientific organisations shall make special arrangement to enable people view the total lunar eclipse.

Earlier this year, two solar eclipses have also occurred but they were not visible in India.
Tags : India News, Darkest Total Lunar Eclipse of This Century, Nehru Centre

Indian cricket team will win the series in the West Indies:Sourav Ganguly

Kolkata: Former captain Sourav Ganguly feels that a depleted Indian cricket team will win the series in the West Indies, but beating England in the following series will be tough.

"India will win the series in the West Indies but it will be tough to beat England in England as they have enjoyed a lot of success at home in the recent past," Ganguly, who turned out for Pune Warriors in the IPL, said on the sidelines of a promotional event.

India start their West Indies series on Saturday with a Twenty20 and it will be followed by five ODIs and three Test matches. India will fly from the Caribbean islands to England for a 51-day tour comprising four Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals, apart from a number of practice matches against county sides.

Ganguly, who led the national team to the historic Natwest Trophy ODI series win in 2002, hopes the Indian cricketers can keep themselves fit for the England series after the tour of the West Indies.

"It will be challenging to keep themselves fit and fresh for the England series right after the tour to the West Indies," he said.
Tags : India Sports News, Indian Cricket, Indian Cricket Team in West Indies, Sourav Ganguly in Pune Warriors, England Series

Bollywood star Salman Khan wants to show "Chillar Party" to Ambika Soni

Mumbai: Bollywood star Salman Khan wants to show "Chillar Party", his first venture under his banner Salman Khan Being Human Productions, to Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni.

"I want to show this film to Ambika Soni to make it tax free. Let's see if that happens," Salman told reporters here on Friday night.

The actor had come to launch the first promo of the film that will release July 8 and is his co-production with UTV. It has been helmed by first-time directors Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl.

"Chillar Party" is a film about a gang of innocent yet feisty kids from Chandan Nagar in whose lives enter two strangers. The film describes how things revolve around their lives.

Khan, on being asked whether he would produce more films under his banner, said: "We will produce more films. When we get good scripts and good films to make, we will definitely produce them."
Tags : India entertainment News, Bollywood, Chillar Party Promo Launch, Salman Khan Being Human Productions, Ambika Soni

British producer Leslee Udwin is disappointed that "West Is West" given an A certificate

Mumbai: British producer Leslee Udwin is disappointed that her film "West Is West", a sequel to popular film "East Is East", has been given an A certificate by the Indian censor board.

"There were about five people present at the censor board committee when I went and met them. They were charming and meaningful people and I had a good chat with them. But I was deeply disappointed with the result because this film is in the large measure about a 14-year-old boy's coming of age. So it is crucial for 13, 14, 15, 16-year-old kids to see this film," Udwin told reporters here.

"The film teaches that cultural values and roots are important along with being hilarious, uplifting and moving. So why are we depriving them from this film that gives such a message only because of a few abuses that are used in the film?"

"Everyone uses it, it's used in other films too, for the sake of few abuses why young people are deprived of a crucial message, it's a pity. I'm disappointed," she said.

"West Is West" that stars Om Puri, Ila Arun, Aqib Khan, Raj Bhansali, Veejay Raaz, Linda Bassett and Jimi Mistry in pivotal roles has been directed by Andy De Emmony and is slated to hit screens June 10.

"In England too, we have censorship board. But there we have 15 year certificate too. I would beg India to consider that because to say that there is nothing between 18 to small kids is not right. Fifteen-year-olds are grown ups. They are not babies. So that age group should also have a certification," said the producer.

"I begged the censor board for a U/A, but they did not give. I am sad," she added.
Tags : West Is West Producer, East Is East Sequel, Indian Censor Board, Leslee Udwin


Filmmaker Sanjay Khan is making a comeback as a producer with "Ek Punch Prince"

Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Sanjay Khan is making a comeback as a producer after three decades with "Ek Punch Prince" and his actor son Zayed says the film will go on the floors at the end of this year.

"'Ek Punch Prince' is a sports-based film that we will start at the end of the year. Currently, we are working on the script," Zayed, who will also star in the film, told the media in an interview.

Faruk Kabir of "Allah Ke Banday" fame will helm the film. Other details about the film are currently under wraps.

Sanjay Khan's last production venture is the 1980 movie "Abdullah".

Zayed has turned producer too and launched his company Bornfree in partnership with Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha. His maiden venture "Love, Breakups, Zindagi" is taking up his maximum time.

The film's shooting is complete and it may come out in August this year.

Playing the role of a producer has taught Zayed a lesson or two.

"Being a producer, you come in with this idea that you will be very spot on, you will be very clear cut, but in this industry one has to learn a lot about flexibility, how to adjust with things and how to take things in their stride. We learnt that," said the 30-year-old.

Other important lesson that he has learned is to be a responsible actor.

"It's not that I was a bad actor but there are certain things that come to light when you become a producer yourself. Sometimes you do tend to take things casually or throw a tantrum or two, but now I have understood a lot of things and have become all the more responsible.

"This is because you realize that a lot of people are depending on you. You have to wake up on time and come for shoot. It's a great high when people depend on you and you deliver what is required out of you," said Zayed.

The actor, who has worked in films like "Main Hoon Na", "Dus", "Shabd", "Mission Istaanbul", "Yuvvraaj" and "Blue", was last seen in a special appearance in "Anjaana Anjaani".

He has now started working on an action film called "Tezz", which will be directed by Priyadarshan and produced by Ratan Jain. It is a remake of the 1994 action flick "Speed".

"I have done action films before but it would be exciting to work with Priyadarshan. He inspires you to do some great stuff," said Zayed.
Tags : India Entertainment News, Bollywood, Ek Punch Prince Producer, Zayed Khan in Ek Punch Prince, Allah Ke Banday

Not seen a better batsman than Sachin Tendulkar: Viv Richards

PORT OF SPAIN: Batting legend Viv Richards has not seen Sir Donald Bradman but of all those he has seen, including compatriot Brian Lara, none has been better than iconic Indian Sachin Tendulkar.

"I didn't see Don but to me, in all my years associated with the game, I haven't seen a better batsman than Sachin Tendulkar," said Richards in a eulogy to the "little man", who openly professes to have idolised him while growing up.

"If there is a better batsman than Sachin then he hasn't arrived yet."

In one stroke, Richards put Tendulkar in a pedestal above his contemporaries such as Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis and even to the legends such as Sunil Gavaskar and Javed Miandad of his era.

As for Bradman, his career lasted 20 years including a few years disrupted by Second World War. Tendulkar is already in his 22nd year of international cricket. Bradman scored 29 centuries in 52 Tests.

In all formats of the game, Tendulkar has 99 international centuries so far.

"To me the most remarkable thing about Tendulkar is how he has completed the full cycle of his cricketing career, overcoming, pain, agony, failures, fatigue, injuries yet continuing relentlessly till the point the circle was complete.

"He is the most complete package, the cricketer I respect more than anyone else."

Richards defended Tendulkar's decision to skip the complete West Indies tour.

"He is 37 and not getting any younger. You have got to respect him for his decision," said Richards as he turned up for a Johnny Walker promotional event at Queen's Park Oval on yesterday afternoon.

"He has done enough to decide what is best for him. He knows his commitments and the approach he must take for the rest of his career."

It doesn't though stop Richards from lamenting how much Tendulkar's presence could have done to inspire the young cricketers of the Caribbean.

"It would have been fantastic for the young boys to just watch him in action; how he prepares his innings; the way he goes about building his knock, overcoming conditions and opponents.

"It could have been an invaluable experience for our young batsmen."

Richards said he feels humbled by the respect and love he still generates within the cricket community of India.

"The other day, I was on a flight to London and Gambhir was with me. I was really touched by his curiosity and the keenness he had to know about batting. It's passion such as this which sets men like him apart. I was really impressed," he said.

It is ironical though that West Indies Cricket Board isn't quite inclined to take advantage of their own legend to improve the standard of cricket in the Caribbean.

"It's a fragile environment. Only strong leaders can accept independent men," said Richards.
Tags:West Indies vs India,West Indies Cricket Board,Viv Richards,Ricky Ponting,Jacques Kallis,India,Donald Bradman,Brian Lara

Baba Ramdev's black money fight gets saffron backing

Within the RSS there are some who believe Ramdev is a better face in fight against corruption than the BJP.

Sachin Tendulkar still not satisfied with his career

LONDON: Sachin Tendulkar has almost every batting record that is there to be made under his belt but the iconic Indian cricketer says he is still not satisfied with his career as he considers satisfaction the beginning of stagnation.

"When you win something or score a century you say you are happy, but not satisfied. Satisfaction is like engaging the handbrake and hoping a car moves forward," Tendulkar told the latest issue of 'Sky Sports Magazine'.

"I am not satisfied yet with my career and what I have done, not at all. I feel the moment you start to feel satisfied, then it is only natural that you begin to cool down and lose it," he explained.

Tendulkar reiterated that he is not even thinking of retirement despite completing more than two decades in international cricket.

"I still love cricket as much as ever. It is my job, but it is also my passion. Cricket remains in my heart, I don't need anything else to motivate me. I dreamed of playing for my country when I was young and it is still my dream, it is still fun for me," the 38-year-old right-hander said.

"Life without cricket is unthinkable," he added. Tendulkar attributed his longevity and recent success to a stricter fitness regime, not playing Twenty20 Internationals and bowling only sparingly.

"I am still learning about the game. I figure something out about my batting all the time, you have to keep your mind open. I learn all the time, those small adjustments, with your footwork or bat swing can improve your game, I love doing that. You never know everything. Mentally that makes you feel so good. That is the best form of preparation," Tendulkar said.

Recalling India's recent World Cup triumph after a gap of 28 years, Tendulkar said when the defining moment of his career finally arrived, he wasn't in the middle of the field wielding his bat, nor was he even on the balcony watching his teammates.

Instead, he was on his own in the dressing room, his hands clasped together, his eyes closed as he prayed in silence.

He only knew India had won the World Cup when he heard that cathartic roar reverberate around the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai as his captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit the winning runs against Sri Lanka.

Tendulkar described the experience as "a different kind of feeling, a high, like living on a different planet, it felt as though I was flying."

He had waited 22 years for this moment. For all his personal records - and he boasts the most Test runs and Test centuries, and the most One-Day runs and One-Day centuries - Tendulkar wanted something tangible, a trophy to lift, a medal to wear, and to win something as part of an Indian team.

Tendulkar had played in the previous five World Cups, but had fallen short each time. The experience left him feeling "shattered beyond words."

His fellow players too laud the way Tendulkar has sustained himself at the top level.

"It has been fascinating watching the changes in his approach," said teammate Rahul Dravid. "From being a master blaster, he is now a mistake-proof batsman."

While he can't control his body ageing, Tendulkar has increasingly sought to exert more control over his mind.

"You have to be still in your mind, and keep it blank. It is also important to avoid any needless anger," he said.

"Growing up, I picked up a lot from my father, who never lost his temper, and I tried to follow that, so I don't lose my cool."

This impenetrable mask doesn't slip away from the cameras either.

"I have never seen him lose his temper in the dressing room, he has never thrown his bat around even when given out wrongly," said Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan.

"Maybe he will have an extra bowl of ice cream, and that is when you realise he is pretty upset."
Tags:Zaheer Khan,world cup,Rahul Dravid,Mahendra Singh Dhoni,India

Google CEO: Risky projects can lead to layoffs

Google executives assured investors that the Internet giant remained devoted to search and advertising while embracing risky new projects that could lead to big payoffs.

"We don't want to choke innovation," Google co-founder and chief executive Larry Page said at an annual meeting of stockholders at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on Thursday.

"We have a few things that may be speculative or risky and you hope you are building a billion dollar business," he continued. "But we spend the vast majority of our resources on search and advertising, where we make most of our money."

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt hosted the shareholder meeting where Page shared thoughts on the company and fielded questions in a rare break from his pattern of avoiding speaking in public forums.

"Outside the company, people are more interested in what is the latest crazy thing Google did," Page said, illustrating his comment with a picture of him, Schmidt and co-founder Sergey Brin in a prototype self-driving car.

"We have tremendous ambition," he continued. "Keep in mind we are not betting the farm on those kinds of things."

Page assured stockholders that while the company was aggressively hiring and encouraging innovation it remained committed to frugal spending ways learned when it was a startup in a garage more than a decade ago.

Executives sidestepped a question about whether Google planned a stock split, saying only that the notion has been discussed.

Page took over for Schmidt as Google chief executive early this year and reorganized the management to focus on products and "velocity of execution."

"The transition has been working out great," Page said.

"My goal has been to have Google feel like a smaller company," he continued. "That is something I am really pushing hard on."

Google executives touted video-sharing service YouTube, Android-powered gadgets, and Chrome Web-browsing software that will act as an operating system for laptop computers due to hit the market this month.

They also talked up a freshly launched Wallet platform that lets Android smartphones be used like credit cards at shop checkout stands.

"We want to be like a toothbrush; something you use every day and that will be important to you," Page said of Google. "Certainly, if you don't use a toothbrush that would be bad."

While fielding questions at the end of the meeting, Google executives defended giving Android software away free, investing in green energy, and shifting China search facilities from the mainland to Hong Kong.

While smartphone and tablet makers don't pay for Android operating software, the devices result in people using Google search and other services that generate advertising revenue, according to executives.

"We believe the openness of Android is driving tremendous growth," Page said. "It is benefitting our core businesses, which we do make money from."

Page, a supporter of earth-friendly practices, responded to a shareholder's skepticism by pointing out that Google using energy from sustainable sources "makes good business sense no matter what you think of the environment."

Page's pro-environment comments prompted applause from other shareholders.

Schmidt quickly stepped in after a stockholder suggested that given China's record on human rights, environmental protection, and intellectual property "why not just flip them the bird?"

"We feel very strongly that we did the right thing by moving into Hong Kong," Schmidt said.

Google still has hundreds of workers in China, where it sells online ads to businesses and provides Internet search service subject to government censorship.
Tags:Sergey Brin,Larry Page,Internet search,Internet,Google,Eric Schmidt

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev said corrupt ministers should be given the death sentence

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Friday said corrupt ministers and officials should be given the death sentence and vowed to press ahead with his hunger strike against corruption on Saturday.

"My fast will start from tomorrow (Saturday)," he told a huge gathering at the Ramlila ground in central Delhi.

"Corrupt people have no religion, they are demons. All corrupt ministers should be given the death sentence."

Ramdev, who plans to go on an indefinite fast against corruption and illegal money in tax havens abroad from Saturday, said his movement is not against any political parties or individual.
Tags:Ramlila Ground,Ramdev,Black Money,Baba Ramdev

Reliance Industries to be debt-free by end of FY12: Mukesh Ambani

India's largest listed firm Reliance Industries will be free of net debt by the end of fiscal 2012, chairman Mukesh Ambani said at the company's annual shareholder meeting on Friday.

The company, controlled by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, had outstanding debt of 673.97 billion rupees ($15.04 billion) as of March 31.

Shares in Reliance, valued at $68.8 billion, have fallen more than 10% so far in 2011, contributing significantly to the comparative 9.8% fall in the main index , in which the stock has the heaviest weight.

Fund collection for Baba Ramdev fast caught on tape

Baba Ramdev's followers collect lakhs of rupees to fund the fast that begins on Saturday.

Baba Ramdev's fast is no ordinary one ,With ACs, LCDs

While Hazare's protest was more spontaneous, Ramdev's is extremely well organized with ACs, coolers.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will visit China to promote Bihar

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will visit China mid-June to explore the possibility of investments in the state and joint venture tie-ups for tourism, trade and business, officials here said today.Nitish Kumar will leave for China on June 12 on an official visit, they said."Nitish Kumar will lead a six-member delegation including cabinet colleagues and top officials on a five-day China visit," an official in the Chief Minister's Office said.Kumar will also be accompanied by officials of the Bihar Chamber of Commerce and the Bihar Industries Association.

The Chinese envoy had extended an invitation to Nitish Kumar to visit China, officials confirmed.

Nitish Kumar's China visit may help Bihar set up agro-based industries and investments in infrastructure development. Besides, Bihar is eyeing to increase Chinese tourists in the famous Buddhist circuit in the state, officials close to the chief minister said.

"Nitish Kumar is likely to market brand Bihar during his visit to China for investments, trade and business tie-ups and to attract Chinese tourists to Bihar's Buddhist circuit," he said.

Officials said that like the Us and British diplomats, China too is impressed by Bihar's changing image and development in the last few years and is keen to explore business and trade activities in joint ventures with the state.

The chief minister would try to find out what would make the stay of Chinese pilgrims comfortable and would offer land to set up tourist lodges and a Buddhist shrine at Rajgir in Nalanda district and Bodh Gaya in Gaya district.

This will be the third foreign visit of Kumar in the last five and a half years since he became the chief minister of the state. In his first tenure, he visited Mauritius in 2008 and last month in his second tenure, he visited Bhutan to explore investments and promote tourism in Bihar.
Tags : India News, Nitish Kumar Visit to China, Bihar China Tourism, Bihar China Trade, Bihar Industries Association

Supporters express solidarity for Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev is still adamant on going forward with his proposed fast against corruption from Saturday.

Bollywood: Salman Khan's 'Ready' hits screens

The much awaited Salman Khan starrer 'Ready' and action thriller, 'Hanna' hits the big screens.

Union ministers to persuade the yoga guru Baba Ramdev to call off his strike

New Delhi: Senior union ministers will make a last-ditch effort to persuade the hugely popular yoga guru Baba Ramdev to call off his proposed hunger strike at a meeting with him here toay after earlier talks failed.

According to a spokesperson of Ramdev, the ministers will meet him to discuss his demands, which include bringing the corrupt to book and measures to bring back black money stashed abroad.

"Senior UPA ministers are likely to meet Baba Ramdev for the next round of talks," a spokesperson of Ramdev told to the media.

They had failed to persuade him Tuesday and Ramdev is adamant on starting his fast Saturday at the Ramlila Ground in Delhi.

As the government feared a repeat of a mass movement on the lines of that by social activist Anna Hazare or one even bigger, the Congress core committee under chief Sonia Gandhi met at the Prime Minister's House, 7 Race Course Road, Tuesday to find urgent ways to address the issue.
Tags : India News, Senior union ministers, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Sonia Gandhi, Ramdev on Fast

All funds above board, says Baba Ramdev's associate

The man at the helm of affairs in the fund collection video says there is nothing wrong in his fund collection.

Bank of Baroda (BOB),opened its 11th branch in Uganda

Kampala: The state-run Bank of Baroda (BOB), which calls itself India's international bank, today opened its 11th branch in Uganda as part of its renewed focus on the African continent.

The financial powerhouse, which already has a presence in several African countries such as Botswana, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, is already among the top five such institutions in Uganda, with plans for further expansion, top officials here said.

"Strategically, Africa has been a very important market for our bank. First we have been here for over 50 years. And second, we see a substantial growth for African economies," chairman and managing director M.D. Mallya, here for the inauguration, told the media.

"In Uganda, for example, this is our 11th branch now and four of these were added in the past two years. We have similar expansion plans in countries like Kenya, Botswana, South Africa and Tanzania," Mallya added.

The branch was inaugurated by Bank of Uganda Governor Prof. E.T. Mutebile. The location itself has an India connection -- the mall where the new branch has opened is called the Tirupati Ovino Market at Kisenyi in central Kampala.

According to Pramod Kumar Gupta, managing director of the bank's Uganda operations, the operations in the east African country here grew significantly last year despite global recession and inflation.

The net profit was $9 million for 2010 against $6 million for 2009.

"Rising inflation is not a phenomenon that will last forever and we will certainly raise to the challenge," Gupta had told a press conference here last week, during which he had also announced the launch date for the new branch.

Bank of Baroda's subsidiary is also listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange since Nov 14, 2002. Otherwise, it started operations in this country 1953 as an overseas branch the Indian parent and was duly incorporated as a separate entity in 1969.

According to Bank of Baroda officials, the institution has a significant international presence with a network of 85 branches and offices in 26 countries. The Bank also has a Joint Venture in Zambia with 12 branches.

Thery said the bank was also pursuing an ambitious overseas expansion plan was in the process of identifying more centers for increasing its global presence to serve its 37 million global customers in still better way.
Tags : India Business News, Indian Banking, Bank of Baroda Branch in Uganda, Bank of Baroda 11th Branch, Bank of Baroda Net Profit

Maruti Suzuki reported a 1.9 percent increase in sales

New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki today reported a 1.9 percent increase in sales for May with 104,073 units sold, compared to 102,175 in the corresponding period of 2010.

Domestic sales registered a 3.86 percent growth at 93,519 vehicles -- up from 90,041 last year.

Exports of vehicles, however, dropped by 13 percent during the month. It exported 10,554 cars in the month under review, compared to 12,134 in May 2010.

During the month, the company's A2 segment of cars, comprising models like Alto, Wagon-R, Estilo, Swift, A-Star and Ritz, saw a 2.6 percent drop in sales with 61,048 units sold.

Sales in the multi-utility vehicle segment, however, saw a spurt of 13.63 percent at 1,100 vehicles, compared to 968 units in May 2010.

In the van-type vehicle segment, consisting of Omni and Eeco, sales rose 20 percent to 15,545 units, compared to 12,953 units sold in May 2010.

The company managed to sell 50 units of its newly-launched premium sedan Kizashi in the month under review.

At the Bombay Stock Exchange, the company's shares were up 1.15 percent to trade at Rs.1,241.65.
Tags : India Business News, Maruti Suzuki Sales, Maruti Suzuki Growth, Maruti Suzuki Exports

Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit's drivers booked for allegedly misbehaving with woman

New Delhi: Two drivers of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit were arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a 22-year-old woman, police said today.

Jagdish Kumar and Rajesh Kumar, both around 35, were arrested late Wednesday but released on bail Thursday.

According to the woman's brother Mohit, the incident occurred around 10.15 p.m. Wednesday when the woman was standing outside her home in central Delhi to find an auto for her friend.

A car came from the opposite side and started blinking the headlights on her face. The drivers then stopped the car in front of her and offered her a can of beer.

The woman began shouting at them at which the drivers came out and started harassing her, Mohit said. He then reached the spot after his sister called him, and caught hold of the drivers before calling police.

A first information report (FIR) under section 509 of the Criminal Procedure Code (outraging modesty of a woman) was registered against the duo, a senior police officer said.

Asked for her response, Dikshit said: "The general administration department (GAD) has taken action against them and they have been removed. It would be better to contact the GAD officials... they would be the best persons to answer."
Tags : India News, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Eve teasing, Driver With a Can of Beer

Actress Asin describes Aamir Khan believes in preparing ,Salman as spontaneous

Mumbai: Southern actress Asin Thottumkal describes Bollywood star Aamir Khan as an actor who believes in preparing for his scenes before facing the camera while she calls her "Ready" co-star Salman Khan as spontaneous.

"Salman is spontaneous. You have to be very alert while the camera is running because you don't know what he will come up with and what you will have to do as an appropriate thing. There is not much of a discussion before the shot. So you have to be ready with whatever he throws at you during the shot," Asin told the media.

"Whereas Aamir is somebody who will sit with you and the director before the camera starts rolling. He discusses with you various ways of doing it (scenes) and finally decides on one. So here you are sure of what is going to happen in front of the camera," added the 25-year-old.

Salman is known as much for his notoriety in the Hindi film industry as his films, but Asin says she has not seen that side of him and that they gel well.

"I have never personally experienced anything wrong with Salman. Whatever I've come across is that he is somebody who is really pure from his heart, so whatever emotions come out, it's just that," said Asin who has now worked with Salman in two films - "London Dreams" and forthcoming release "Ready".

"He is direct and straight. He doesn't put on a face for different groups of people. When he is angry, he'll show that and when he is not, he'll show that too. So basically, I have not seen that very notorious side of Salman that the media keeps talking about," she added.

Talking about "Ready", which is releasing June 3, Asin said: "We started working on 'Ready' right after 'London Dreams'; so it's like back-to-back movies with Salman. The interaction I had with him during 'London Dreams' kind of helped me to have a comfortable relationship in 'Ready' because a rapport was already created."

"I think even he is quite comfortable working with me because somewhere I get his sense of humour. He has a very straight-faced sense of humour, so we pretty much gel well with each other on the sets," she added.

The camaraderie between Asin and Salman has been so strong that many started seeing them as a couple. However, the actress denies any romantic relationship with her co-star.

"Everyone knows that the rumours had no truth in them. These rumours started during 'London Dreams'. However, I want to maintain that I am quite single and not in a relationship and that's why I think rumours like these get accentuated more," explained the actress, who made her Bollywood debut opposite Aamir Khan in superhit film "Ghajini".

Finally, when asked how difficult it is for her to get noticed while appearing with a star like Salman in the same frame, the actress answered, "That's not in the hands of the actress.

"That would be in the hands of the scriptwriter or the director. We wouldn't have much of a say in it. You just do the part that has been given to you to the best of your ability and that's all. You don't really worry about a superstar like Salman, who obviously deserves the kind of adoration or space that he gets because he is who he is.

"You can't look up to that and say that I want to compete with him and nudge him and push him aside and show my face. I'm quite happy to be a part of this big project," said Asin.
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Bollywood actor Zayed Khan scold Dia Mirza to calm her down

Mumbai: She swept floors and brought things from her home on the sets of her maiden production venture. Actress-turned-producer Dia Mirza got so involved in the production of "Love, Breakups, Zindagi" that her partner Zayed Khan had to actually scold her to calm her down.

"I swept floors. I brought half of the things from my own house. For me, producing a film was not just about bringing in funds, making schedules and dealing with numbers, it was about realizing the imagery that we all had in our mind. There is a certain level of involvement that I feel a producer needs to have to give the film that push it needs," Dia told to the media.

Dia and Zayed, along with Sahil Sangha, have launched the production house Bornfree and are currently in the process of finishing their first film under the banner.

It is being directed by Sangha and stars Dia and Zayed.

"Zayed scolded me once on the sets. I was behaving as if guests have come to my house. So I was taking care of smallest of things myself. Zayed was like you are an actor also, so you just need to calm down and relax and take a seat when your shot is over," said the 29-year-old.

"It was a healthy fight and I'm glad that we had it. He was scolding me because he was looking out for me and that's what you expect from your partner, to care for you, to account for you," she added.

"Love, Breakups, Zindagi" is a romantic comedy and is slated to release in August. The film also stars Cyrus Sahukar, Tisca Chopra, Satyadeep Misra, Pallavi, Vaibhav Talwar and newcomer Auritra Ghosh and Umang in lead roles.

Although Dia is enjoying her newfound role of a producer, she finds it extremely exhausting.

"I've been asked what am I doing to lose weight, I said, I turned producer. With Sahil, Zayed and me, our day after pack up didn't end. It's been long hours, but it is just such an overwhelming experience to see what you thought to do," she said.

"I didn't have any clue that it will be so enormous a task. I think you have an inclination, but you don't realize how much you have to put into it to make it happen everyday. I think you really need to love it passionately to give it all of yourself," she added.

Now that she has tried production, Dia, who has acted in films like "Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein", "Tehzeeb", "Lage Raho Munna Bhai", "Shootout at Lokhandwala" and "Hum Tum Aur Ghost", is keen on donning the director's hat.

"Direction is something I have always consciously thought about even when I was acting. I think it was my level of interest in the technicalities of making a film and how it all comes together. Soon I will direct a film," she revealed.
Tags : Love, Breakups, Zindagi, Dia Mirza, Zayed Khan, Production house Bornfree

Complaint against Deepika Padukone and makers of "Dum Maaro Dum"

Jaipur: A complaint has been filed in a court in Rajasthan's Jodhpur city against Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone and makers of "Dum Maaro Dum" for an alleged indecent and obscene dance number in the Hindi film.

The movie's director Rohan Sippy, producer Ramesh Sippy and music director Pritam Chakraborty have been named in the complaint.

The complainant, Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Pal Road area in Jodhpur, some 330 km from state capital Jaipur, approached a metropolitan magistrate's court and filed the complaint against a song in the film on Wednesday.

Kumar has alleged that his religious sentiments were hurt by mention of some Hindu deities in the song.

"The court is to record my statement June 6," said Kumar.

"Dum Maaro Dum" is a crime thriller film starring Abhishek Bachchan, Rana Daggubati, Bipasha Basu and Prateik Babbar. Deepika has done an item number in the movie. The film was released April 11.
Tags : India News, Rajasthan's Jodhpur city, Deepika Padukone, Dum Maaro Dum, Pritam Chakraborty, Rohan Sippy, producer Ramesh Sippy

Jharkhand's Deoghar district school where all its 147 students have failed

Ranchi: Amid all the buzz over encouraging board exam results all over India, Jharkhand's Deoghar district has a school where all its 147 students have failed in their secondary board examination.

The Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) announced the results of the secondary board examinations on Tuesday. A total of 69.31 percent students passed in the examination.

However, the students of the Kothia High School were in for a rude shock as not one of them managed to pass the examination.

Angry, the students on Wednesday demonstrated against the school management and demanded a reason behind their poor show.

"It is shocking that we could not pass the board examination. I was expecting more than 70 percent," said Ramesh, a school student.

The issue was brought to the attention of District Education Officer (DEO) J. Pandit today. He said the students failed due to a technical fault.

"Principals of all the schools were asked to submit the marks of practical papers to the JAC by May 12. The principal of the said school failed to submit the marks on time. This is fault of the school, and we will take suitable action against the principal," Pandit told the media.

"We have submitted the practical marks to the JAC and requested them to issue new results of the students based on the marks," he added.

A total of 354,802 students appeared in the secondary board examination in the state. Palamau district topped with 80.76 percent students passing the examination.

The 2011 results were discouraging in comparison to 2010 as a total of 74.37 students had passed out last year as compared to 69.31 percent this year.
Tags : India Education News, Jharkhand News, Board Exam Results in India, Jharkhand School, Jharkhand Academic Council Students

Government raised the scholarships for Scheduled Tribes students

New Delhi: The central government today raised the scholarships for Scheduled Tribes students after Class 10 to encourage education after matriculation.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced the hike after a meeting of the union cabinet in the national capital.

"The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the revision of centrally sponsored Scheme of Post-Matric Scholarship to students belonging to Scheduled Tribes in India," The home minister said.

Along with hiking maintenance and other allowances, the income-ceiling of parents and guardians for eligibility for the scholarships has been increased from Rs.1.45 lakh to Rs.2.00 lakh per annum.

The Scheme of Post-Matric Scholarships for Scheduled Tribes students provides financial assistance to such students who pursue recognised post-matriculation courses in India in recognized institutions. The government provides 100 percent central assistance to the state governments for the scheme.
Tags : India Education News, Scheduled Tribes Students Scholarships, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, Scheme of Post-Matric Scholarships for Scheduled Tribes

Samsung signed a MoU with the IIM,Ahmedabad to roll out a scholarship programme

Ahmedabad: Digital technology firm Samsung India Electronics today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) to roll out a scholarship programme for its students.

Under the programme, five meritorious students from the first year batch of the management course will be selected for the Samsung scholarship which will fund the second year of their course.

Additionally, the selected students will get an opportunity to engage and interact with the company's senior management to facilitate better understanding and greater knowledge sharing.

The MoU was signed by J.S. Shin, chief executive officer and president of Samsung, south-west Asia, and Samir Barua, director of IIM-A at the institute's campus.

Shin said the programme seeks to grow beyond providing financial support to the students to encompass a healthy industry-academia partnership.

"As part of this programme, we would like to give these students a healthy exposure to our company and our industry so that we can contribute to the holistic development of these students," he said.

Barua hoped that such partnerships will contribute towards efforts to engage meaningfully with the industry and enhance opportunities for students to connect with the real world.
Tags : India News, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Digital technology firm Samsung India Electronics, Samsung, south-west Asia, Samir Barua


I haven't done any kissing scene with Salman Khan: Asin

Bollywood actress Asin clears rumours of kissing Salman Khan in their upcoming movie 'Ready'.

Osama bin Laden's trusted confidante identified

PAKISTAN: The courier who led US intelligence to Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan hailed from the Swat Valley, a one-time stronghold of militant Taliban fighters, according to Pakistani officials.

The officials on Wednesday identified the courier as Ibrahim Saeed Ahmed. He and his brother Abrar were shot dead in the daring US Navy SEAL raid May 2 that also killed bin Laden and two other people.

The brothers apparently linked up with bin Laden after they returned to Swat Valley from Kuwait, where their parents had immigrated.

Swat is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of the city of Abbottabad, where bin Laden had been hiding for about five years. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the real names of the two brothers, said they were from the Swat village of Martung.

The US commando attack, conducted without notification of Pakistani officials, was a huge embarrassment for the country given that bin Laden's compound was in a military garrison city and only about 35 miles (60 kilometers) from the capital Islamabad.

Pakistan has denied suspicions of involvement in sheltering bin Laden and set up an independent commission to probe possible links and intelligence failures. Among the challenges is trying to determine whether bin Laden's support network spread beyond the brothers.

``I am sure he could not have lived without a local network. He had to get messages out. The kind of help that he needed to be there meant he had help from somewhere, some groups maybe,'' a senior Pakistani intelligence official said on Wednesday on the usual condition that his name not be used.

``Every possible link is being looked into,'' he said. He flatly denied involvement of the Pakistani intelligence agency known by its acronym ISI. While the U.S. administration has publicly said there is no evidence that anyone in a position of leadership harbored bin Laden, they have not ruled out lower level assistance.

The CIA first learned Ahmed's nom de guerre in 2002 from a detainee being held by another country and wouldn't learn his real name until years later.

Ahmed, who is said to be in his early 30s, was a protege of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Sept. 11 mastermind, and a close associate of Faraj al-Libi, a top al-Qaida operative captured in 2005 about 12 miles (20 kilometres) from Abbottabad.

Both Mohammed and al-Libi lied about their association with Ahmed while being held in CIA secret prisons. But a top al-Qaida operative named Hassan Ghul also in CIA custody helped the agency connect the dots: Finding Ahmed, who had been identified as someone important, could lead to bin Laden.

The captives said the courier was known by the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, which he adopted because their parents lived in Kuwait.

But US intelligence only found the courier last August, through a chance interception of Ahmed's phone call. That set in motion the secret CIA search of the Abbottabad region, culminating with the May 2 raid and bin Laden's killing.

US President Barack Obama's decision to keep Pakistan in the dark about the raid infuriated the military and its intelligence agency. Relations sank to new lows.

The US, however, has warned it will do the same again if it has solid intelligence on the whereabouts of any of five most-wanted figures.

Topping that list is Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida's No. 2. Others are: Libyan Attiya Abdul Rahman, believed to be an operational chief; Pakistani Illyas Kashmiri, on whom the U.S. place a $5 million bounty last month; Sirajuddin Haqqani, the military chief of the Taliban-allied Haqqani network and son of its leader Jalaluddin Haqqani; and the Taliban's reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The list was handed to Pakistani authorities during a hurried visit last Friday by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen. They warned then that they would again go it alone if they discovered the location of any of the five.

Pakistan's ISI made a slight overture to the CIA by allowing access to bin Laden's compound last week.

``It was a gesture to say let's start to patch things up,'' he said.

``We don't want this relationship to end,'' he said, but another raid like the one on May 2 ``may be the straw that breaks the camel's back.''


Actor Raj Kiran found in mental asylum in US

Raj Kiran is known for his films like 'Karz' and 'Arth'.

Chinese hackers steal Gmail passwords

LOS ANGELES: Google Inc said that unknown hackers likely originating from central China tried to hack into the Gmail accounts of hundreds of users, including senior US government officials, Chinese activists and journalists.

The world's largest Internet company said on its official blog that the hackers, who appeared to originate from Jinan, China, recently tried to crack and monitor email accounts by stealing passwords, but Google detected and "disrupted" the campaign.

The attacks were the latest computer-based invasions directed at western companies and come a year after Internet giant Google and numerous companies were targeted by hackers traced to China.

That previous incident triggered a highly-charged debate over the country's censorship and rigid control of the Internet. Google eventually all but pulled out of China, despite the market's massive growth opportunity.

While Google said last year's attack was aimed at its "corporate infrastructure," the latest incident appears to have relied on tricking email users into revealing passwords, based on Google's description in its blog post.

A US government spokesman said it was looking into the incident, but declined further comment.

"We recently uncovered a campaign to collect user passwords, likely through phishing," Google said on its official blog.

"This campaign, which appears to originate from Jinan, China, affected what seem to be the personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users, including among others, senior US government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists."

No officials targeted?
The United States has warned that a cyber attack -- presumably if it is devastating enough -- could result in real-world military retaliation, although analysts say it could be difficult to detect its origin with full accuracy.

The White House said it was investigating the claims, but referred Reuters to law enforcement.

"We're looking into these reports and are seeking to gather the facts," said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor. "We have no reason to believe that any US Government email accounts were accessed. I'd refer you to FBI for additional details."

FBI spokeswoman Jenny Shearer said, "We are aware of Google's announcement regarding attempts to obtain passwords and gain access to these accounts. We are working with Google to review this matter."

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev remained adamant on going ahead with a fast

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday remained adamant on going ahead with a fast to demand urgent steps to curb corruption and bring back black money stashed abroad despite efforts by the government to stop him.

"The black money stashed abroad should be declared national property, and keeping black money should be considered a crime at par with sedition," Ramdev told reporters here. "We are not staging any protest or rebellion."

Ramdev, who enjoys a wide following particularly in north India, is to go on a fast from Saturday in New Delhi's sprawling Ramlila Maidan.

He also cleared the air over reported differences with Gandhian Anna Hazare, who has spearheaded a campaign for a strong anti-corruption Lokpal Bill, saying they were together.

"I talked to Anna Saheb before coming here, there are no differences, we were together and we are together," he added.

Four cabinet ministers met Ramdev Wednesday to try convince him not to go on fast.
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Nervous UPA gives Baba Ramdev VIP treatment

There was no headway in talks with the govt and Ramdev says will go ahead with his plan to fast.

Baba Ramdev more of an industrialist: Digvijaya Singh

Speaking on Baba Ramdev, Digvijaya Singh said, 'Hunger strikes don't end corruption, laws do.'

Google India launched Google Global Market Finder, to help Indian companies expand their business

Kochi: Google India today launched Google Global Market Finder -- a free online tool designed to help Indian companies expand their business and reach out to potential customers in the international market.

The tool will be available as part of Google Ads for Global Advertisers.

The tool was launched at a special event held by Google which was attended by representatives of numerous small and medium business (SMBs) enterprises.

Sridhar Seshadri, Head Online Sales, Google India, said they have seen tremendous success with the adoption of the AdWords platform by Indian SMBs in the last two years in the domestic market.

"With this launch, we want to reach out and help all advertisers, especially SMBs, by giving them access to information about markets that have shown demand for their products. Since the tool determines demand based on how often the product is searched online in a particular geography, it is quite accurate in its assessment of demand," said Seshadri.
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Why is the UPA running scared of Baba Ramdev?

On Talking Point, Rajdeep Sardesai asks, 'Why is the UPA running scared of Baba Ramdev?'

David Coleman Headley was arrested with a map of Copenhagen :FBI

Chicago: When confessed Pakistani American terrorist David Coleman Headley was arrested at Chicago Airport, he had a map of Copenhagen, a copy of a newspaper and a Jewish prayer book, an FBI agent testified on Wednesday.

US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Douglas Seccombe was one of the six witnesses, including four FBI agents, who testified on Wednesday at the trial of Pakistani born Canadian Tahawwur Rana for providing material support to Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Two other FBI agents said they helped search Headley's house and his luggage after he was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in 2009, Chicago a media reported.

Rana had purchased Headley's round-trip tickets to Copenhagen using Headley's American Express, according to court testimony.

Headley said he and his international cohorts had planned to attack newspaper workers in retaliation for the cartoons of prophet Muhammad, behead them and throw their heads out of a window.

Headley also testified that he scouted several Jewish Chabad Houses in India following the Mumbai rampage, in which the city's Jewish centre was attacked, the Times said. Although Rana's lawyers earlier said they have not decided whether Rana will take the stand, they told US District Judge Harry Leinenweber the chances were slim, the daily said.

A computer expert and an Immigration lawyer from Canada are among some of the witnesses Rana's defence may call during the trial, he said.

Rana, 50, is accused of providing a cover to Headley, who scouted sites for the Mumbai attacks.

Rana's attorneys maintain that Headley tricked Rana by using Rana's Indian-based immigration office as a front while he plotted with his cohorts.
Tags : Pakistani American terrorist David Coleman Headley, US Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks

Cell phone usage high despite repeated warnings

India has more cell phones than toilets, according to the United Nations.

Arjuna Ranatunga described the IPL as a monster that will destroy international cricket

Colombo: Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga has described the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL) as a "monster that will go on to destroy international cricket".

Ranatunga also said the International Cricket Council (ICC) is a "toothless tiger" and that the world cricket body is currently under the thumb of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

"I fear for the future of Test cricket. Not too long ago we had individuals like Malcolm Speed, Ehsan Mani and Malcolm Grey who stood against India. But the current ICC is weak and they simply give in. The ICC is becoming a toothless tiger. I have seen this IPL and I must say from the first day I didn't like it. We have created a monster that will go on to destroy international cricket," Ranatunga was quoted as saying in 'The Island'.

Sri Lanka's national cricket team, currently touring England, arrived in the UK in four different batches due to their IPL commitments. Some of the team's key players missed a warm-up game. The West Indies, meanwhile, had a weakened side for their Test series against Pakistan due to the IPL that was taking place simultaneously.

The World Cup-winning captain said ICC's priorities should be to look after the well-being of the game rather than dancing to the tunes of BCCI. "The ICC's job is to protect the game. They don't have to favour anyone. The game has been nurtured by honourable men of the ICC for decades, but at present, ICC looks to be under the thumb of India," he said. Ranatunga supported former England captain Tony Greig's recent comments that if he had a say in world cricket, he would have prevented India from controlling the ICC. "Hats off to Tony. Everyone these days fear India and no one wants to antagonise the BCCI. Tony is spot on, except for the fact that he has stated Bangladesh and Zimbabwe boards do whatever the Indians want. He should have added Sri Lanka Cricket too. SLC is like a puppet on a string. The job of the ICC is to protect the game rather than any individual country," Ranatunga said. Several ex-cricketers have endorsed a window for the IPL so that there are no international commitments during that period. "It's absolutely ridiculous. If we are going into that, what about if other countries also ask for windows. If you take football, international matches aren't the priority except for the World Cup, which comes once in four years. In football, the glamour is in club tournaments. Are these people going to make cricket a club-based sport too. I feel very sorry and sad at the state of affairs and I hope and pray sanity will prevail," Ranatunga said. "One fault that I see with the ICC at the moment is that most of the directors haven't played the game and the main decisions are taken at the directors' meeting. If you take most of the CEOs of cricket boards, they are past cricketers, but when they come up with suggestions for the well-being of the game, the directors need to support those decisions rather than rejecting them," he said.
Tags : India Sports News, IPL, Twenty20 Indian Premier League, Ranatunga on IPL,The Island

Rift in UPA over VIP treatment for Ramdev

Cong sources said that they were not kept in the loop that ministers were going to airport.

Yogendra Pal Singh,head of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the ICC

Dubai: Yogendra Pal Singh, former joint director of India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has replaced Ravi Sawani as the head of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC), it was announced here today.

The 55-year-old Singh takes over from another former CBI officer, Sawani, who is retiring from that full-time post after holding it since November 2007. Sawani, however, will remain involved with the ACSU as a consultant so that his extensive knowledge and experience will be available to the ICC.

Singh comes to the role with outstanding credentials, having served for 30 years in the Indian Police Service, including several years with the CBI, and was an investigator in India's high profile 2G spectrum allocation case. Singh withdrew from the investagtions in February, seeking voluntary retirment from the CBI.

Singh, along with ACSU Chairman Ronnie Flanagan, will lead the work to ensure the game of cricket remains on top of the issues of corruption and security within the sport.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat welcomed Singh's appointment.

"First of all I would like to pay tribute to the work of Ravi Sawani. He has been outstanding in the role and instrumental in ensuring the ICC has retained a zero-tolerance approach and is at the forefront of fighting corruption in sport. We are fortunate to have a person of YP's outstanding credentials and experience to take over and I am sure he will continue the good work of ACSU," Lorgat said.

"As recent events have shown, the menace of corruption in sport is real but with the measures we have established over the years the public can be confident that we will make certain the integrity of the sport is maintained.

"We must, however, remain vigilant and YP will bring with him a fresh outlook to the continuing challenges that lie ahead. I am delighted with his appointment and I am sure his presence will help our leadership status and provide a model for other sports in the fight against corruption," Lorgat added.
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Alfred Hitchcock inspired Shah Rukh Khan to title "RA.One"

New Delhi: "The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture" - it is these words by acclaimed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock that inspired superstar Shah Rukh Khan to title his most ambitious superhero project, "RA.One" based on the villain's name.

Shah Rukh chose to name his upcoming flick "RA.One", based on the villain's role essayed by Arjun Rampal, and not as "G.One", his own character in the film.

"I have always felt this - and even Alfred Hitchcock said that in a movie, which has a larger than life hero, the villain's role should be very strong," Shah Rukh told reporters here on Wednesday.

The actor, who was here to give the first look to the theatrical trailer of "RA.One", took the example of classic Hindi films "Sholay" and "Mr.India" to explain his point.

"I will discuss some cases in point - I am not comparing our film with anything, our film is very small. But take for example 'Sholay'- there were two heroes, but we remember Gabbar Singh more. Similarly, kind of a superhero film, a classic - 'Mr.India', but we remember Mogambo! So, I also felt if the villain looks good, the superhero will also look good," he added.

"Our villain is Ra.One - which technically means Random Access Version One, but mythologically, we understand it as the evil Raavan. My character G.One is a life-giver, and one can also read it as Good One! Adi (Aditya Chopra), Karan (Johar) and all my friends told me that I should have kept the film with my name - G.One…but I just felt I should call it by the villain's name," he said.

"RA.One", which also features Kareena Kapoor, will release October 26. Shah Rukh clarifies it isn't a sci-fi film, and hopes to create a popular and memorable Indian superhero for audiences with the project.
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Bollywood's talented actor Raj Kiran in a mental asylum in the US

New Delhi: The news of one of Bollywood's most talented actors Raj Kiran being in a mental asylum in the US has left the film fraternity shocked. From Shah Rukh Khan to Raj Kiran's co-stars Deepti Naval and Rish Kapoor, everyone said they will come together to help the actor.

"I don't know the details...but of course we will come together as an industry to help his family and him. These are tough times, and it's not just about economical or monetary help. It actually means to stand by a great talent…and he is still an amazing talent, I'm sure," Shah Rukh Khan told reporters here on Wednesday.

"And Inshallah, he will be cured of whatever ailment he has. It's really sad...and I can say on behalf of the industry that we will all stand by Mr. Raj Kiran. I was really stunned when I heard this. As soon as I reach back Mumbai, I will find out what I can do," he added.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj posted on Twitter: "It is a matter of great satisfaction that actor Raj Kiran has been traced after 10 long years. Unfortunately, he is in a mental asylum in America.

"We should make all efforts to bring him back to India. Our film fraternity should do everything possible for his treatment so that he can lead a normal life. Thanks to Rishi Kapoor and Deepti Naval for all their efforts to locate him."

Mithun Chakraborty said: "I have worked with Raj Kiran in many films and it is very sad news. I pray he gets well soon."

It was believed by many that Raj Kiran was dead, but his "Karz" co-star Rishi Kapoor, during his recent US trip, found out that the actor who once worked in critically acclaimed films like "Hip Hip Hurray" and "Arth", was undergoing treatment at a mental asylum in Atlanta for the past few years.

It is said that due to acute depression following his family deserting him, Raj Kiran became mentally unstable. He is apparently paying for his treatment.

The crusade to find him was started by Deepti Naval when sometime back she posted a message on Facebook saying: "Looking for a friend from the film world, his name is Raj Kiran - we have no news of him - last heard he was driving a cab in NY city if anyone has any clue, please tell..."

"It is a sad news. Life is full of ups and downs. Raj Kiran had his share of problems. Now I hope he gets well soon and comes back to India," actress Shoma Anand, who worked with him in many films, told a TV channel.

South Indian actor Siddharth posted on Twitter: "Sad to hear about Hindi film actor Raj Kiran. He was found in an asylum in Atlanta. I remember always being told that he was dead. Sad."

"The entertainment world has the scariest stories of descents from popularity and prosperity to ruins, and they remain as just tabloid fodder. I've only been in this business for 10 years, but I've never been confused about the fickle and false nature of fame. One day it'll be gone. So, family and real friends are the key. People who clip your wings when needed and will catch you when you fall - always grateful for that..."

Ken Ghosh tweeted: "What happened to Raj Kiran reminds me that for every success story in the film industry, there are a million sad stories."

Raj Kiran entered Hindi film industry in the mid-1970s and worked in about 100 films, but mostly in character roles. Despite being talented and working with big names like Subhash Ghai, he couldn't achieve enough success.

Some of the films he featured in are "Ghar Ka Sukh", "Ilzaam", "Faasle", "Aaj Ka Daur", "Teri Meherbaniyan", "Ghar Ek Mandir" and "Yeh Kaisa Insaf?"

Most of his films were family dramas and he was usually cast as an evil son who later turns good.
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Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan,will host IIFA Rocks, a music and fashion event

New Delhi: Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan, known for his wit and humour as an anchor, will host IIFA Rocks, a music and fashion event, at the Videocon d2h International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend starting on June 23 in Toronto.

Saif, who made a rocking team with superstar Shah Rukh Khan as the host of quite a few editions of the Filmfare awards, has danced on the IIFA stage in Dubai, Yorkshire and in Colombo last year. But this is the first time he will host a show.

The show is scheduled for June 24.

The organiser, Wizcraft International Entertainment, feels the actor is a perfect fit as an anchor for IIFA Rocks, to be held at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, considering his stylish dressing as well as his love of music.

Saif's love for strumming the guitar is well-known, so one really wonders if he would treat his fans to some of his own music on the stage.

IIFA Rocks, to be presented by Grey Goose, is aimed at raising funds for the IIFA Foundation, set up to support families of the film industry workers who have been adversely affected during the production of films.

This year, IIFA Rocks will also announce the 12th Floriana IIFA technical award winners and see a musical performance by well-known trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy as models from around the world will sashay down the ramp in couture from India and Canada.

The event is also expected to see participation from some international music artists, but the names are currently under wraps.
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Bollywood actors Priyanka Chopra ,Rahul Bose to compete on the World Environment Day

New Delhi: Bollywood actors Priyanka Chopra and Rahul Bose are to compete on the World Environment Day June 5 to motivate people to do their bit to save the mother earth.

The Bollywood stars are facing off in a new video for the ultimate Environment Day Challenge - where they are calling individuals, groups, families and schools, even entire communities - to post details of their green activities online.

"And for Priyanka and Rahul, this is where the battle lines get drawn. When registering a green activity on the site, people will have the opportunity to pledge their activity to either one celebrity or the other," said a statement issued by UN here.

Priyanka has pledged to plant a tree for every green activity registered in her name while Rahul has pledged to plant two.

"Whether it's switching from plastic bags to cloth bags, car-pooling with colleagues or organising a tree-planting day, green activities can be big, small, local, international, noisy, quiet … just as long as they're green," it said.

India for the first time is the global host of United Nations Environment Day this year.

UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) has given the theme "Forests: Nature at Your Service" in alignment with the UN International Year of Forests, 2011. The theme celebrates the multitude of services - providing clean air, housing rich biodiversity, supplying water - performed by the world's forests.

In the run-up to June 5, the environment ministry has also planned a group of activities, including "Green Walkathon", in partnership with the Delhi government at India Gate.

The other significant feature will be organisation of "Green Haat", involving about 52 partners to showcase initiatives, of forest dwellers, minor forest produce federations of various states, women self-help groups, NGO partners, highlighting the value added forest products at Dilli Haat between June 1-5.

Biodiversity film festival for disadvantaged children, general public, prisoners, and Air Force officials will be organised in partnership with Centre for Media Studies (CMS) in the capital from June 1-4 at National Science Centre, PVR's Cinemas, Tihar Jail and Subroto Park to raise awareness about environmental issues through films from eminent national and international filmmakers.
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