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20110716

Actress Jennifer Lopez ,Pop singer Marc Anthony decided to end their marriage

Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and Latin pop singer Marc Anthony have decided to end their marriage after seven years, the couple said on Friday.

"This was a very difficult decision," they said in a joint statement. "It is a painful time for all involved, and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time."

Lopez and Anthony, who have 3 year-old twins, said they had "come to amicable conclusions on all matters."

Lopez, 41, has most recently been seen on television as a judge on No. 1-rated show " American Idol," and her single "On The Floor" has been a top ten hit in several countries.

The entertainer, who topped People magazine's "most beautiful" list this year, has scored hit songs with "If You Had My Love" and "Jenny from the Block." She also has become a top star in romantic comedy movies, most recently appearing in 2010 film "The Back-up Plan."

Anthony is a two-time Grammy winner and the top selling salsa artist of all time. His hit songs include "Si Tu No Te Fueras" and "Contra La Corriente."

Lopez and Anthony have a pair of fraternal twins named Emme and Max who were born in 2008.

The couple performed together in a 2007 tour called "Juntos en Concierto." They also worked on each other's albums and starred opposite each other in 2006 film "El Cantante."

The two were married months after Lopez's engagement to actor Ben Affleck ended, and days after Anthony's divorce from former Miss Puerto Rico Dayanara Torres was finalized.
source:reuters

Ratio of girl child witnessed a sharp decline :Census data

New Delhi: The ratio of girl child per thousand male child has witnessed a sharp decline in Indian villages in the last decade, according to the latest census data released on Friday.

The child sex ratio in the rural areas has declined by 13 points from 927 in 2001, according to the data.

"In rural areas, the fall is significant (-15 points) from 934 in 2001 to 919 in 2011. In urban areas the decline is limited to four points from 906 in 2001 to 902 in 2011," Registrar General and Census Commissioner C. Chandramauli told reporters.

He said the trend of declining ratio of girl child was "a cause of concern".

Chandramauli said that the over sex ratio in the country has improved as the "visibility of women has increased both in rural and urban areas" of India.

"The sex ratio in the country has risen from 933 in 2001 to 940 in 2011. For rural areas in the country as a whole there has been an increase by only one point from 946 in 2001 to 947 in 2011. But in urban areas there has been an appreciable gain of 26 points from 900 in 2001 to 926 in 2011," he said.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Indian Villages, Census, Girl Child in Indian Villages, Child Sex Ratio in the Rural Areas

Mayawati issue stern warning to curb the crimes or face action

Lucknow: Stung by a spate of rapes, murders and other heinous crimes across Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday took top officials to task, issuing a stern warning to curb the crimes or face action. She directed that FIRs related to crimes against women are lodged without delay and such cases solved within 10 days.Also taking note of the Mumbai serial blasts, she asked security officials to remain vigilant round the clock so as to avert such incidents in the state.She also urged top officials to ensure good coordination with central intelligence agencies to ensure effective exchange of information.

In a specially convened meeting of all senior officials connected with law and order here, Mayawati took serious view of the rising crimes against women and issued strict directives for ensuring that FIRs related to crimes against women were lodged without any kind of delay.

"The police should not take more than 10 days to solve a case involving crime against women - irrespective of their class and community - and the guilty should be arrested within that period," she said.

Referring to police officials involved in crimes, she said that if a police official was found conniving with the criminals and indulged in implicating the innocent, then he deserved to be suspended forthwith.

"Once the misdeed is proved, then such a policeman should not only be dismissed from the service but even sent to jail, if the law so provides."

She further made it clear that the efficiency of police officials would be judged on the basis of crimes committed in their respective areas, particularly against women.

"Deputy superintendents of police under whose circles crime against women showed an upward trend, would be given adverse entries in their service records, their promotion would be put on hold and wherever needed, they would also be demoted," she warned.

"Similar action would follow against superior officials including superintendents of police and deputy inspector generals of police in case of rise in crime against women in their respective jurisdictions," she added.
source:agency
Tags : Uttar Pradesh News, Uttar Pradesh Rapes, Uttar Pradesh Murders, Mayawati

20110715

Mumabi Blast:Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) contacted its counterparts in WB

Mumbai: Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has contacted its counterparts in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh seeking help in tracing an Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative who went underground post the triple bombings, an official said here today.

The operative, reportedly identified as Abdullah, is believed to have recruited several youths into the IM -- a home-grown Islamist terrorist group -- since early this year and was in touch with some people in Karachi, the official from the state police, requesting anonymity, told the media.

The security agencies have been examining the role of all known and unknown terror groups or their sleeper cells around the country and the operative's sudden disappearance from the security agencies radar is being viewed with suspicion.

The authorities have sought details of passenger reservation charts of trains on the Kolkata-Mumbai and Kanpur-Mumbai routes in the past few weeks.

Some trains operating on this sector terminate at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus here. The investigators hope to get some clues on the operatives who may have travelled to and from these cities.

On Friday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out an operation in Ranchi as police were also working around a theory that the Mumbai blasts may not have been carried out by locals.

Around a dozen special teams, comprising officials from different security agencies, have been set up to probe the triple blasts from all possible angles in an effort to crack the case.

The three blasts that rocked central-to-south Mumbai on Wednesday evening -- Dadar, Zaveri Bazar and Opera House -- has killed 19 people and injured 129 till date. It was the first terrorist attack in the financial hub of the country after 26/11.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Indian Mujahideen, Maharashtra's Anti Terrorist Squad, Mumbai Blasts

Daryl Harper accused Mahendra Singh Dhoni of applying pressure tactics

Melbourne: Australian umpire Daryl Harper accused Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni of applying pressure tactics on him during the first Test between India and the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica last month.

The Australian reported that Harper, in an email, accused Dhoni of pressurising him during the match after he had removed pacer Praveen Kumar from the attack for repeatedly running on the wicket.

"The Indian captain had the temerity to say, 'We've had issues with you before, Daryl'. I didn't ask him to elaborate but I'm still puzzled as to what those issues may have been," Harper wrote.

The Indian players, especially Dhoni, publicly criticised the Australian umpire for his poor decision making in the Kinston Test. The criticism prompted Harper to take hasty retirement.

Harper in his email said the International Cricket Council's (ICC) lack of support was the main reason he did not officiate in the third Test in Dominica, which would have been his last Test as umpire.

Harper, who admitted that the first Test was not his best in the year, was angry that Dhoni criticised the umpiring in a press conference but went unpunished by the ICC.

"After I had informed them of my decision, there was a brief media release announcing that they had 'every faith' in me to finish the job, but I hadn't seen or felt any of this faith, especially in what has turned out to be the final two years of my career."

Harper slammed the ICC for not taking any action against Indian players in the same way it does against players of other countries.

"When I need to consider which team is playing and apply the laws differently for different teams, then this game has lost sight of its standards and its values. I waited for a response or some action from management... and I waited. No response came...no support, no action. This wasn't the first time that I felt that I had been left out on a limb," Harper was quoted as saying by The Australian.

"People don't always think before they speak. Some spontaneous comments can be harmful to the game and its best interests. I had previously imagined that was the reason for a clause in the ICC Code of Conduct about 'inappropriate public comment'."

"If it happened on my watch, I'd take action. If it happens after my watch, after the game is over, I expected the ICC, the controlling body, to do some controlling."

Harper claims his umpiring record is good and also revealed he had been sacked by the ICC in May.

He was also stood down from the Twenty20 World Cup in 2010 for "performance reasons".

Harper's claims that India players are treated differently by the ICC have been supported by others, including Steve Bucknor.

Bucknor was removed from the Australia-India series after complaints by the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
source:agency
Tags : India Sports News, Indian Cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Daryl Harper, India West Indies Test

India's batsman Virender Sehwag is likely to miss test matches

Taunton: India's opening batsman Virender Sehwag is yet to recover from his shoulder injury and is likely to miss the first two Tests against England.

Sehwag, who underwent a shoulder surgery after the Indian Premier League (IPL), is supposed to join the team a fortnight later and coach Duncan Fletcher hoped the Delhi dasher would be fit for the third and the fourth Test.

"We've heard that he'll be over here for maybe the third and fourth Test, so we're crossing our fingers for that," Fletcher was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that Sehwag's absence would be a big loss for the team. Dhoni, however, backed Abhinav Mukund to forge an effective partnership with Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order.

"As far as Virender Sehwag is concerned, there aren't many cricketers in the world who can have the impact he can. Of course, we'll miss him, but the good thing for Indian cricket is it gives a chance to a youngster like Mukund who can have a look at international cricket and see what areas he needs to improve. Viru will be back at some point, but it's good to have Gautam back as well."

"We are a side that relies on our openers quite a bit. If we get off to a good start, then we can really capitalise with the middle order we have," said Dhoni.
source:agency
Tags : India News, India's opening batsman Virender Sehwag, Tests against England, Indian Premier League, Gautam Gambhir

Vilasrao Deshmukh,the new president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA)

Mumbai: Vilasrao Deshmukh, the union minister for science and technology, on Friday became the new president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), defeating former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar in a highly-publicised contest.

Deshmukh, a former Maharashtra chief minister, defeated Vengsarkar by a margin of 45 votes in a straight contest.

A vice-president in the outgoing MCA executive committee headed by union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Deshmukh polled 181 votes to Vengsarkar's 136 to win the biennial election.

Deshmukh thus became the third former chief minister after Manohar Joshi (1992-2001) and Pawar (2001-2011) to become the MCA chief.

Pawar's group supported Deshmukh after the agriculture minister was unable to contest as he has changed his permanent residence from Mumbai to his native Baramati and the MCA constitution has a clause that stipulates the candidates be permanent residents of the megapolis.

Prof Ratnakar Shetty and Ravi Sawant from Pawar's group were elected vice-president and treasurer while D. Y. Patil Sports Academy's chairman Vijay Patil, who contested as an independent, became the second vice-president.

The two new joint secretaries, Dr P.V. Shetty and Nitin Dalal, are also from the Pawar panel.
source:agency
Tags : India Sports News, Indian Cricket, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Mumbai Cricket Association, MCA, Dilip Vengsarkar

People affected by the fame disease "India's Got Talent":Kirron Kher

New Delhi: With the epidemic of reality shows on television, people the world over appear to have been infected with the fame disease, says actress Kirron Kher, who will be seen judging the third season of Colors' reality show "India's Got Talent".

"Right now there is an epidemic of reality shows and also of talented people across the world. People have been affected by the concept of 'one minute fame'. This is actually a problem with television. The whole world is getting crazy about coming on television for some reason or the other," Kirron told the media in an interview.

Declaring the trend a tragedy that has hit television, she said: "It is not only in India but even in the west you have these crazy shows like 'Jerry Springer' where people come and abuse, they take off their clothes, do everything possible just to become famous and known."

It is a world that has become very celebrity conscious, she added.

The 56-year-old, known for her powerful performances in films like "Sardari Begum" (1996) and "Bariwali" (1999) and also in mainstream films like "Dostana" (2008) and "Devdas" (2002), feels the "page 3" lifestyle has given rise to this trend.

"It started with page 3 actually, where everybody who is a nobody wanted to be somebody and the only way that they could be was by getting some photos in the paper... and now everybody wants to be on the screen for the same reason. That has become a disease not only here in India but everywhere across the world," she said.

Talking about her show, Kirron says it has opened doors for rural India.

"It not only opens a window for them but it opens the window for us as well. I feel privileged to sit there and be part of the diversities our country has. It's an eye opener to see people coming with the wide variety of art forms which I would not have had the privilege to see otherwise," she said.

"They come from little, little corners - districts. It's a vision of glory and, honestly, it opens a window for them to reach mainstream and for mainstream India to see what India is all about," she added.

The actress, however, feels that sometimes over-ambitious parents force their kids into doing something they have not been able to do.

"Everybody is looking for immortality. Over-ambitious parents come, make their children go through drills to perfect their act, but they forget what their child actually wants to do and where his interest lies. They only make him do things that they coudn't do due to some reason. It is very sad for children. It's ridiculous; who are they giving birth to, zombies?" she said.

Kirron, who will next be seen in "Dostana 2", personally feels working on small screen is not a cake walk.

"Working in films is much easier in comparison to television. Here in TV one has to give 13-14 hours of your day. It makes you dead tired. At times, we are so tied up that we don't even get time to go in our vans and relax."

"With cameras on your head all the time and photographs being clicked it becomes really tiring. In films, our shoots are distributed in such a manner that we don't feel pressurised. But here you can't take it lightly because the show has to go on air. You can't afford to skip even if you are unwell. This is one of the biggest drawbacks of television," she said.

Apart from getting several awards at home, she has also won international awards at the Locarno International Film Festival, Karachi International Film Festival and International Festival at Ciepie in Argentina for her role in "Khamosh Pani".
source:agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, India's Got Talent, Kirron Kher, Television

Katrina Kaif,Imran Khan will perform live with Ali Zafar

Mumbai: Bollywood actors Katrina Kaif and Imran Khan, who will perform live along with Pakistani pop star and actor Ali Zafar to promote "Mere Brother Ki Dulhan", are set to burn up a lot of energy at rehearsals.

Zafar, who is a seasoned stage performer, said: "Yes, that's the plan. I have been told Katrina and Imran will be joining me on stage. Agreed, they aren't musicians. But we're all performers and part of one project. We start as soon as I return to India."

He has been asked by producers Yashraj Films to help Katrina and Imran acclimatize themselves to live performances.

"Maybe my USP is live singing. But they will take to the stage quickly. I know we'll have fun," said Zafar.

Zafar, recently voted the hottest male actor of 2011 in a survey, will soon be in India to star in another film.

"Before I do David Dhawan's "Chashme Buddoor", I've signed another film in Mumbai. As for being voted the hottest star, I'm grateful to all my fans who have voted for me."
source;agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, Bollywood, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Katrina Kaif, Imran Khan

Lucknow University (LU) denied permission to Amitabh Bachchan to visit its campus

Lucknow: The Lucknow University (LU) today denied permission to Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan to visit its campus for promoting his latest movie "Aarakshan", which deals with the sensitive topic of reservation.

According to varsity officials, Bachchan and film director Prakash Jha were interested in coming to the campus for promotion of the movie. The duo was also to interact with the students on the campus as a part of the promotion activity.

"Taking into account the sensitive and controversial issue on which the movie is based, we have finally decided that the actor or anyone interested in visiting the campus for the promotion of Aarakshan will not be allowed," LU spokesperson S.K. Dwivedi told reporters here.

"As the movie is based on a very sensitive topic, it could create differences on the campus, and at the same time can vitiate the varsity's education atmosphere. Considering all this, we today (Friday) decided not to allow anyone on the campus for the film promotion," he added.

Dwivedi, however, could not confirm the exact date when the actor was to visit the campus and interact with students.

"At the same time, we want to make it clear that if the actor wants to visit the campus for other reason other than the film promotion, then he would definitely be welcomed," said Dwivedi.
source:agency
Tags : Lucknow University , Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Aarakshan, Bachchan and film director Prakash Jha

Arbaaz Khan rubbished reports of Sohail khan in "Dabangg" sequel

New Delhi: Bollywood actor-producer Arbaaz Khan has rubbished reports that his brother Sohail will be the part of "Dabangg" sequel.

"'Dabangg' sequel starts mid next year and doesn't have my brother Sohail acting in it like some newspapers reported," Arbaaz posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

According to some reports, Sohail had expressed his desire to be part of the movie and since then, his name had been considered for the sequel.

However, Arbaaz, who has been on a high ever since "Dabangg" -- his debut production -- turned out to be a blockbuster, will now take the reins as the director for the sequel of the masala action movie.

"Dabangg", directed by Abhinav Singh Kashyap, was set in the dusty, rugged, rural milieu of Uttar Pradesh in which Salman played a corrupt cop called Chulbul Pandey.
source:agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, Bollywood, Dabangg, Bollywood, Dabangg Sequel, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan

Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) plans to open a branch in J&K

New Delhi: The prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) plans to open a branch in Jammu and Kashmir by next year, said an official today.

"We are working on the modalities of setting up IIMC's branch in Jammu and Kashmir. If everything works out, we will have an IIMC branch in Jammu and Kashmir by the next academic session of 2012-13," IIMC director Sunit Tandon told to the media.

Tandon had a meeting with state government officials in Srinagar on Thursday.

"I had a meeting with information and broadcasting ministry joint secretary and chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir," said Tandon.

When asked about the location and number of seats in the proposed institute, Tandon said: "It is too early to say anything about that as we are still discussing this. There will be discussions between both the central and state governments."

The institute, which currently has branches in New Delhi and Dhenkanal in Orissa, was set up in 1965 on the recommendation of a team of internationally known mass communication specialists from Unesco and the Ford Foundation.
source:agency
Tags : India News, prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Jammu and Kashmir

Lady Gaga's YouTube account was suspended

NEW YORK: Even one of online video's biggest stars isn't immune to copyright claims. Lady Gaga's YouTube account was suspended Thursday. The notice read that the suspension was due to "multiple or severe violations of YouTube's copyright policy."

By late Thursday, the account had been restored, much to the glee of Gaga's Little Monsters.

The Google Inc.-owned YouTube declined to comment. It's YouTube policy to remove accounts after three copyright violations.
Reports have suggested that the infringing video was a recently uploaded clip of Gaga's performance on Fuji TV. Messages left with Gaga's publicist and record label, Interscope, weren't immediately returned Thursday.

The account, "ladygagaofficial," is one of two for Gaga. The removed channel is run by Gaga's camp, while she also has an unaffected Vevo account.

The Vevo account, which has more than 1.6 billion views, generally debuts her music videos. Co-owned by Universal Music Group and Sony Entertainment, Vevo is a music video platform that also distributes videos on YouTube.

On Thursday, Gaga's HBO concert special "Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden" earned five Emmy Award nominations.
Associated Press writer Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report.
source:agency

New York Times said India should work towards perfecting its counter-terror efforts

WASHINGTON: While commending Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for exercising considerable restraint after the Mumbai terror attacks, a leading US daily has said that learning from past mistakes India should work towards perfecting its intelligence and counter-terror efforts.

"Indians are angry and asking why their government did not ensure their safety. Indian officials say they have made significant security reforms but it may never be possible to stop all terrorist attacks. That is true, but New Delhi still must learn from this experience and keep trying to perfect its intelligence and counterterrorism efforts," the New York Times said in a lead editorial.

"After the 2008 attacks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned that his country would retaliate if hit again. We applaud his continued restraint and urge both sides to think hard about the horrifying cost of a war," the daily said.

Referring to the July 13 bomb blasts in Mumbai, the paper said: "Indian citizens deserve answers to their many legitimate questions. So far, Indian officials seem to be reacting in a measured and responsible way."

"Pakistani leaders condemned the bombings. But words are cheap. They need to work with their Indian counterparts to find whoever is responsible. If Pakistanis were behind this latest horror, Islamabad must ensure that they are brought to justice this time," the daily said.

Noting that Pakistani officials previously acknowledged that the 2008 attacks were partly planned on their soil, it said instead of cooperating with India's investigation, they insisted on handling the case themselves.

"Pakistan has four suspects in custody, but the trial is moving too slowly to be considered credible. Pakistani courts are notorious for acquitting most terrorism suspects," it said.

With US President Barack Obama offering American investigative help to India, The NYT said: "He and his advisers also need to be having blunt conversations with Pakistan about the cost of any more foot-dragging."
source:agency

Sheila Dikshit said working women have to be provided a sense of dignity

New Delhi: Working women have to be provided safety and a sense of dignity, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said on Thursday."It's also essential to develop sensitivity amongst others to ensure women safety and overcome instances of any harassment of women," said Dikshit, inaugurating a two-day training workshop on prevention of sexual harassment at work place.According to Dikshit, Delhi has a large number of working women who on certain occasions are forced to face unpleasant situations in their offices and while travelling."We have to provide them safety and a sense of dignity," she said.

The workshop was organised for members of departmental complaints committees at Delhi Secretariat.

"Around 100 government employees and women activists are participating in the workshop which has been organised with an aim to bring awareness on the issue and instill a sense of confidence and safety in women employees," said the statement.

Dikshit also released a hand book on prevention of sexual harassment at the work place.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Sheila Dikshit, Sexual Harassment at Work Place, Working Women in Delhi

Poland strongly condemned the deadly bomb blasts in Mumbai

Warsaw: Poland today strongly condemned the deadly bomb blasts in Mumbai that left at least 17 people dead and injured 131.

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said terrorism in all its forms was a "dangerous pathology", which should be fiercely fought by the 21st century world, the media reported.

Killing innocent people cannot be justified by any ideology or political goals, he said.

"I am sending my deepest condolences to families of victims of the attack in Mumbai and to the entire Indian nation. Poland is with you at this time of ordeal," Sikorski said.

Three bombs rocked crowded areas of Mumbai on Wednesday in the biggest terror attack on the financial hub since the November 2008 assault.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Mumbai Bomb Blasts, Poland, Terrorism

Singur land case:Calcutta High Court directed Tata Motors Ltd. (TML) to file its amended petition

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today directed Tata Motors Ltd. (TML) to file its amended petition on Saturday and complete all related formalities in the Singur land case. The company had earlier sought time till Monday.

Company counsel Samaraditya Pal pleaded before Justice Soumitra Pal that the hearing on the issue be started only after the amended petition was filed and the changes were formally incorporated.

The company after getting an interim relief from the Supreme Court sought to amend its petition in the high court.

The state government did not resist the amendments in the petition as sought by the company but opposed the adjournment plea, contending that the company was resorting to delaying tactics.

"The Supreme Court in its order directed that the case be concluded expeditiously, preferably within a month. The court and the parties have the knowledge of the facts sought to be introduced through the amendment. So why should the hearing be delayed," said Advocate General Anindya Mitra.

Counsel for the state Kalyan Banerjee later said: "The Tatas are resorting to delaying methods. Since they have got interim relief, they are trying to delay the hearing by hiding behind technicalities."

The court would take up the matter next Friday.

The Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act was passed by the West Bengal assembly June 14, scrapping the land lease given to Tata Motors by the previous Left Front government for the small car plant in Singur area of Hooghly district.

The act came into force June 21 and on the very next day, the automaker moved the high court challenging the legislation. The court declined the company's plea to restrain the state government from re-distributing to farmers their land that was acquired for the Nano car plant.

The company on June 28 approached the Supreme Court against the "undue haste" being shown by the government in returning the land after it was denied any interim relief by the high court.

The Supreme Court on June 29 stayed the re-distribution of land acquired from farmers for the auto giant's project till the final order on the matter by the high court.

The apex court also said it will not interfere in the decision, and directed the high court to dispose the case within a month.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Calcutta High Court, Tata Motors Ltd, Singur Land Case, Supreme Court

Delhi govt. sympathised with family members of Mumbai blast victims :Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi: The Delhi government sympathised with the family members of those killed in the Mumbai blasts that left at least 17 people dead and injured 131 others, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said today.

"The cabinet commiserates with the family members of the deceased in this moment of grief and prays to the almighty to give them strength to overcome this irreparable loss," said Dikshit after a specially convened meeting of the cabinet.

"It also wishes for the early recovery of the brave citizens of Mumbai, who sustained injuries in this dastardly act of terrorism," she added.

Condemning the blasts, the Delhi cabinet, in a statement, said the act of despicable cowardice perpetrated on the soil of Mumbai is an attack on India.

"As a nation, we stand firm in our resolve to defeat the nefarious aims of terrorism," the statement added.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Delhi government sympathised, Mumbai blasts, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, cabinet commiserates

Manmohan Singh said government will do everything to prevent Mumbai-type terrorist attacks

Mumbai: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the government "will do everything in its power" to prevent Mumbai-type terrorist attacks.In his statement on arrival here on Thursday evening, Manmohan Singh said: "I assure the people that the government will do everything in its power to prevent such attacks in the future."Seventeen people were killed and 131 others injured in a series of bomb blasts in three busy Mumbai areas on Wednesday evening.

"In the final analysis, it is the unity and strength of the people that will defeat these efforts to divide our people and destroy our civilized way of life," said the prime minister, who is accompanied by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

During his visit, Manmohan Singh is scheduled to visit the injured people undergoing treatment and discuss the security situation in Mumbai with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and senior officials.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Manmohan Singh, Mumbai Terrorist Attacks, Prithviraj Chavan

Mangalore-based Corporation Bank under the CVC scanner

Chennai: Even though it seems to be on a strong wicket against a sudden charge of software licence violation, the Mangalore-based Corporation Bank, now under the Central Vigilance Commission's (CVC) scanner, is determined to fight it out.

Top officials at the state-run bank said it received a demand for around $2 million for violation of licensing conditions of a software "RMCOBOL" from the UK- headquartered Micro Focus International. Micro Focus has alleged that the bank has violated its software licensing conditions.

"The matter is under discussion. Beyond this I am not in a position to comment," Ramnath Pradeep, chairman and managing director of Corporation Bank, told to the media on phone.

Repeated attempts by the media to get Micro Focus' views on the issue ended in vain.

"Out of the blue, Micro Focus told us our licence usage is bad and wants a compensation and regularisation fee. As per our records, there are no violations. But to be on the safe side, we are going for a second legal opinion," a senior bank official said.

There are three key players on the issue. One, Corporation Bank that is using the software originally sold by the US-based Liant Software Corp. Two, Micro Focus that acquired Liant for $5 million in 2008. The third is Laser Soft Infosystems, the core banking solution vendor for Corporation Bank and also the Indian distributor for Liant's products, before it was acquired by Micro Focus.

"Core Banking Solution is application software. It needs some other software to run. Such software is called 'run time software' which is what we sold to the bank as the distributor for Liant," B. Suresh Kamath, managing director of Laser Soft, told to the media.

According to senior bank officials, Micro Focus, after acquiring Liant, is contending that its software is being used in wide area network environment whereas the original licence was for usage in local area network.

Corporation Bank's own legal department has said that Micro Focus cannot have any claim on the Bank towards the usage of software licences already procured. Kamath also ruled out any breach of licensing norms by the bank.

"Laser Soft has been servicing Corporation Bank since 1989 onwards. The CBS was supplied in 2002 and it went live in 2003. The Bank has got unlimited user licence for the software," he said.

A senior official said a Pune-based law firm has suggested that the bank can look at a negotiated settlement to avoid any reputation risk.
source:agency
Tags : Inda News, software licence violation, Mangalore-based Corporation Bank, Central Vigilance Commission, Micro Focus International

After Nano ,Tata Group launches Tata Aria car in Nepal

Kathmandu: Within three weeks of launching in Nepal "people's car" Nano, the least expensive car in the world, the Tata Group is now seeking to consolidate business in the Himalayan republic by unveiling its millionaire's car, the Tata Aria.

Sipradi Trading, the sole dealer of Tata vehicles in Nepal, this week began marketing the luxury car in its three versions, the Aria Pleasure, Aria Prestige and Aria Pride.

Unlike the Nano that cost under NRS.5 lakh in Nepal during the introductory offer and could be booked with a down payment of only NRS.10,000 - less than Rs.7,000 - the Aria is intended for the other end of the consumer spectrum.

The lowest price is NRS.47.9 lakh while in India the same model would cost about NRS.24 lakh.

The sizeable difference in prices in Nepal and India is due to the whopping 240 percent taxes imposed by Nepal, including customs duty, VAT and other taxes.
source:agency
Tags : India Business News, Nano Launch in Nepal, Tata Group, Tata Aria, Tata Group Business in Nepal

20110714

Nothing better then beating the Indian team:England team captain Alastair Cook

Dubai: England's one-day captain Alastair Cook is confident of his team's chances against India in the upcoming four-match Test series and says there will be nothing "better" then beating the number one side to get to the top.

England, currently third in the ICC rankings, will dislodge India from the top if they win the home series by at least two Tests.

Cook says facing India will be a great challenge and England's recent win over Sri Lanka in the Tests and One-day Internationals have taken them in the right direction.

"It has been a good couple of months and to win the series is very pleasing. We have certainly got a lot to prove. We know as an English side, we know that we have to win. We have made a step in the right direction," said Cook on ICC Cricket World Radio Show.

The Southpaw silenced critics of his one-day game by scoring 298 runs in five-matches against Sri Lanka and now wants to replicate the stupendous performance against India.

"It is going to be a great summer, we need to go back to Test mode. We want to be World No.1 in the Test rankings. They have got some players who will go down as all-time greats. But I am very confident that if we play well, we will be a hard side to beat," said Cook.

The series begins with the first Test at Lord's on July 21.
source:agency
Tags : India Sports News, Indian Cricket, Alastair Cook, India England Test Series, India, England, ICC Rankings

Amitabh Bachchan taken a dig over the media coverage of Mumbai Blast

Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan has taken a dig over the way media covers tragedies like the latest Mumbai serial blasts.

"Yet again our city of Mumbai has been made the target of a brutal attack. Once again there shall be concerned voices raised by those in authority. Once again Mumbai will show its resilience and get back to work as rapidly as possible.

"Once again TV channels shall give exclusive reports from the site of the action, claiming, how they were the first to bring this tragedy to your doorstep," Bachchan blogged.

"At the end of the day, even when you are fighting an adversary, the desire, by certain forces to capitalise on the situation does not change. And it does leave a very bad taste in the mouth," the actor said.

The 68-year-old also said, "Once again the city shall limp back to normalcy and in a few months the incident will be forgotten. Fresh and more inventive topics shall rule the roost."
source:agency

Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani visited the sites rocked by blasts

Mumbai: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani today visited the sites rocked by blasts the previous evening and also met those injured in the terror attack.

A grim-faced Advani drove straight from the airport to Zaveri Bazar and Opera House, two of the three sites hit by the bombings, said party spokesperson Madhav Bhandari, who accompanied him.

Also in attendance were senior leaders like Eknath Khadse, Pandurang Phundkar, state BJP chief Sudhir Mungantiwar, state party general secretary Vinod Tawade and Kirit Somaiya.

Arriving a few hours after union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Advani went around the blast sites and interacted briefly with the locals.

He also went to the state-run GT Hospital and met some of those who were injured.

Advani will also be visiting the Sir J.J. Hospital as well as Dadar, the site of the third blast, Bhandari said.

At least 17 people were killed and 131 injured in the blasts Wednesday evening.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Senior Bharatiya Janata Party, L.K. Advani, sites hit by the bombings, terror attack

Rahul Gandhi said 99 % of the terror attacks had been stopped

Bhubaneswar: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today said that 99 percent of the terror attacks had been stopped in the country, thanks to various measures, including improved intelligence.

Addressing a press conference here, a day after serial bombings in Mumbai killed at least 17 people and injured more than 130, the Congress MP called for efforts to stop terrorist attacks in the country.

"It is very difficult to stop any single terrorist attack," he said, adding that 99 percent of the attacks have been stopped. "We must stop 100 percent attack."

Referring to Wednesday's attack, Gandhi said the response of the government was prompt. "We are responding to it in a quite organised fashion."

Gandhi, the son of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, is on a two-day visit to Orissa beginning on Wednesday to strengthen the grassroots base of the party.

He returns to New Delhi today.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Rahul Gandhi, Serial Bombings in Mumbai, Mumbai Serial Bombings, Terrorist Attacks

Home Minister P. Chidambaram's key remarks on Mumbai Terror attack

Mumbai: Following are some key remarks by Home Minister P. Chidambaram today on the terror attack after visiting the sites with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan:

- 17 people dead, 131 injured and taken to hospital

- Of the injured, 26 discharged, 82 stable, 23 serious

- Injured were quickly taken to 13 hospitals in 21 ambulances

- No intelligence inputs with central or state agencies

- But cannot call it intelligence failure

- It was a coordinated act, suspects acted clandestinely

- Blasts were not triggered remotely

- Ammonium nitrate was used with timers

- Blast at Dadar of low intensity

- Blasts at Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House of medium-to-high intensity

- Do not speculate on suspects

- Maharashtra government not to proceed with pre-suppositions

- Media also asked to not to speculate, look at one particular direction

- Teams from New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune at work

- Nature of explosive, timer mechanism, container being probed

- Angle that Indo-Pakistan talks are due will be kept in mind

- Not an attack on India's commercial capital

- India will continue to grow and prosper

- Will explore link with arrest of Indian Mujahideen operators last week

- Will also explore link with arrest of Maoists last week

- This was first major terror attack in Mumbai in 31 months

- Mumbai has been reasonably secure with capacity to deal with threats

- Mumbai police has successfully foiled a large number of terror threats.

source:agency
Tags : India News, Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan

Mumbai Blast: Prithviraj Chavan announced compensation of Rs.500,000 for those killed in blasts

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today announced compensation of Rs.500,000 for the kin of those killed in the serial blasts and Rs.50,000 for the injured.

"The Maharashtra government condoles the death of the 17 people who lost their lives. The cabinet has offered Rs.500,000 compensation to the family of the deceased and Rs.50,000 to the injured," Chavan said in a joint press conference with Home Minister P. Chidambaram here.

"We are keeping a vigil on those injured in the hospitals. The cabinet will meet shortly," he added.

Three blasts rocked central-to-south Mumbai on Wednesday evening at Dadar, Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House. Chidambaram confirmed the number of dead at 17.

"We have also found one severed head that has to be identified. That will take the death toll to 18," Chidambaram said.

He also said that 131 people who were injured were admitted to various hospitals. Of these, 26 were discharged, 82 are stable and 23 seriously injured.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, killed in the serial blasts, Maharashtra government

China strongly condemned the serial bombings in Mumbai

Beijing: China today strongly condemned the serial bombings in Mumbai and said it would work with the international community to fight against terrorism.

"We are shocked by the heavy casualties and losses caused by the blasts," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, a day after 17 people were killed and 131 injured in India's financial capital.

Xinhua quoted Hong as saying that China firmly opposes terrorism in any form and would work with the international community, including India, to jointly fight against terrorism in order to maintain the peace and stability of the region and the world.
source:agency
Tags : India News, China today strongly condemned serial bombings in Mumbai, fight against terrorism, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei

Nilkamal Ltd all set to enter the mattress market in Kerala

Kochi: The Rs.1,500 crore Mumbai-based Nilkamal Ltd, market leaders in the furniture business, is all set to enter the lucrative mattress market in Kerala later this month.

Speaking to the media, G. Sivaram, chief marketing officer of the newly formed mattress division, said the firm has already begun sales of products in select cities.

"Kerala is a huge market and we expect to touch Rs.50 crore in the first year itself and for that we have special products that will be launched here for the first time," said Sivaram.

The special product is a health care mattress that will help those who have a troubled back.

"Around 35 percent of our life is spend on the bed and keeping that in mind we are launching a few innovative products which are expected to be a hit," said Sivaram.

Niikamal at present has a 70 percent share in the Kerala market in the moulded furniture division.
source:agency
Tags : India Business News, Nilkamal Ltd, Mattress market in Kerala, Health Care Mattress

World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand ,Boris Gelfand

Chennai: Chennai will host the World Chess Championship title match between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand of Israel in April-May next year.

Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha has assured Tamil Nadu government's support for the high-profile match.

According to an official statement here today, World Chess Federation president Kirsan Illyumzhinov met the chief minister.

The nature or extent of government support for the best-of-12 match series with a projected expenditure of Rs 20 crores could not be ascertained.

Anand had won the title in 2010 defeating Vaselin Topalov 6.5-5.5 in Bulgaria and will be defending the crown against the 43-year old Gelfand, who qualified by winning the Candidates Tournament.
source:agency
Tags : India Sports News, Indian Chess, Viswanathan Anand, Boris Gelfand, World Chess Championship

Anupam Kher taught philosophy to the students of Indian School of Business (ISB)

New Delhi: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who will be seen as a professor in his upcoming film "Buddha in a Traffic Jam", taught philosophy of survival to the students of Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad.

Anupam, who recently featured in his autobiographical play which talks about the travails of his life and the circumstances he went through to reach the current position in his life, was an inspiration to the students.

The students, who had heard of the play, requested Anupam to give them classes not about acting but on his philosophy for survival.

The 56-year-old took classes in open air which went on for 40 days while they were shooting in the ISB, where the cast and crew of the movie also got the chance to partake some of the teachings.

He taught in small batches to make the class interactive and interesting.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Veteran actor Anupam Kher, Buddha in a Traffic Jam, Indian School of Business

Pankaj Kapoor unable to promote his film "Musaddilal Chale Office Office"

Mumbai: Actor-turned-director Pankaj Kapoor is so busy finalising his directorial debut "Mausam" that he is unable to lend time to promote his film "Musaddilal Chale Office Office".

"Musaddilal Chale Office Office", directed by Rajiv Mehra, is a big screen adaptation of Pankaj's super hit television show serial "Office Office", where he plays the title character.

"I think it does affect my promotion because his time is completely divided. He is so busy now because of his film. Time has become a major issue. They have also announced the release of the film. We will do our best," said Mehra.

"I don't think marketing is the be-all and end-all of a film. Eventually a film runs only if people like it. But, of course, it needs the visibility," Mehra told the media.

The idea of taking it to the big screen was dormant from the very beginning but contractual compulsions with the channel obliged him to stall it for such a long time, said Mehra.

"While we were making this serial in 2001 we though that it was such a wonderful idea, we should take it to the big screen and we started planning how to go about it. But as it became a big hit on television, the channel didn't let us put it down. When the contract got over in 2008, we started working on the film," said Mehra.

"Musaddilal Chale Office Office" is not the collage of the incidents shown on the TV, rather it's absolutely fresh story keeping the principal characters same, said Mehra.

"We have kept the concept same and made a story of one and a half hour. It's a complete new story," he added.

Asked if he was inspired by "Khichdi-The Movie" (2010), which is also a transformation of a serial to cinema, Mehra said: "'Khichdi' also had the same idea. But in that sense they stole the idea from us. We had announced that we are doing this, years ago. They were able to do it quickly and put it out."

"Musaddilal Chale Office Office" is set to hit theatres on Aug 5.
source:agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, Mausam, Pankaj Kapoor, Musaddilal Chale Office Office

Salman Khan is my good friend:Actress Katrina Kaif

New Delhi: Actress Katrina Kaif, who usually remains tight-lipped about her relationship status, told a fan that she is currently enjoying her time with family and that Salman Khan is her good friend.

During a chat with her fans on Airtel's "Talk2Me" platform, when the 26-year-old was quizzed about her relationship, she said: "At the moment I am just with my family and nothing going on like that."

When a fan said that people feel she looks good with Salman Khan, the British-born actress said: "Ya, he is a good friend of mine."

The two were reportedly seeing each other but broke off last year.

The actress is currently busy promoting her upcoming film "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara", also starring Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar and Kalki Koechlin. The film directed by Zoya Akhtar will hit the screens on Friday.
source:agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, Bollywood, Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan, Talk2Me, Katrina Kaif Relationship Status

20110713

Mumbai blasts :Bomb blasts in Financial hub of India

Breaking news

Three almost simultaneous blasts rocked three different locations in India's financial capital of Mumbai during evening rush hour Wednesday, killing at least three people, police said.

Police did not want to speculate on the nature of the blasts, two of which were in south Mumbai, while the third was in the center of the coastal city. All three locations are crowded parts of the city, especially during rush hour.

India has remained jittery about the threat of militant strikes, especially since the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 which killed 166 people and raised tensions with arch rival Pakistan.

Television footage from CNN-IBN television channel showed some debris at one suspected blast site.

Police said at least 25 people were wounded.

A Home Ministry spokesman said it was too early to comment on the nature of the blasts.

"We were inside our office when we heard a huge noise. Outside there was a lot of commotion, we can see fire trucks are here and they have taken away two or three bodies," Jasraj Jain, a witness, told CNN-IBN television.

The popular Opera House area and Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai were where two of the blast occurred. The third blast was in Dadar, which is in the center of the city.

New Delhi says Pakistan-based groups aid and train militants to carry out attacks against India, a claim Islamabad rejects.

Home-grown militant groups are also active in the country and have in the past few years carried out attacks in large cities.

Courtesy: REUTERS

Blast in Mumbai ,Financial hub of India ,8 killed, 70 injured



Union Home Ministry confirmed that the blasts are terror strikes.

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NEWS ALERT:Blasts rock Mumbai, at least 4 dead

BREAKING NEWS

MUMBAI - At least two blasts shook India's financial hub Mumbai Wednesday evening, according to police, as a witness told a television network at least four people were killed.

"We have seen four dead bodies, the blast took place in a building," a man told India's NDTV network.

A police control room officer told AFP that at least two blasts occurred in bustling areas of the city.

"We have information about two blasts, one reported near a school and one near the gold wholesale market," police control room officer Naik Bandakar told AFP.

In 2008, 10 Islamist militants laid siege to the city, killing 166 people.

India blamed the banned Pakistan-based Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba for orchestrating the attacks, which led to suspension of fragile peace talks between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

- AFP/ir

Breaking news :3 blasts rocked Mumbai

BREAKING NEWS ALERT:

MUMBAI: Three blasts rocked Mumbai's crowded Zaveri Bazar and Dadar areas this evening, injuring several people.

Police sources said the nature and intensity of the blasts was not known.

The first explosion took place in south Mumbai's Zaveri Bazaar, near the famous Mumbadevi temple, in which some people were injured, said Mumbai Police spokesperson Nisar Tamboli. The bustling market also has a number of jewellery shops.

The second explosion was reported in a taxi in Dadar area, he said.

"We are verifying the nature of explosions. At this moment I cannot say anything more than this," Tamboli said.

A police control room officer told AFP that at least two blasts occured in bustling areas of the city.

"We have information about two blasts, one reported near a school and one near the gold wholesale market," police control room officer Naik Bandakar told AFP.

"Some people have been injured in the explosions and exact number was not known," said a Mumbai Police official.

Unconfirmed reports say that over 12 people have been injured. Local media reports say that over 100 people were injured. Police and fire brigade officials have rushed to the spots.

Delhi Police has sounded a security alert in Delhi following blasts in Mumbai.

Mumbai was the city where a 2008 gun raid by Pakistan-based militants killed at least 166 people.

More details are awaited.
source:agencies

BlackBerry co-CEOs announced that 7 new smartphones will hit the market

TORONTO: Warding off investors' anger at their annual meeting at Waterloo, BlackBerry co-CEOs announced that seven new smartphones running a new operating system will hit the market soon.

Declining market share, shrinking revenue, profit warnings and delays in replacing the aging handsets have triggered investor anger at the two co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis who control management as well as board at the BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM).

Calls for making board independent of management have grown shriller as RIM stock has sunk more than 50 per cent this year -- hovering at about $27 now.

Admitting that RIM faced 'some challenges,' the co-CEOs managed to control investor anger, with Lazaridis announcing that seven new BlackBerry smartphones running a new operating system will be unveiled in the coming months.

The release of the seven smartphones, including the new BlackBerry Bold, will again catapult the wireless giant into the lead role, he said.

"It (the new Bold) may have delayed us, but we are going to come out ahead,'' said Lazaridis who started RIM in the 1980s. Warming the hearts of investors, Jim Balsillie added, "Mike and I, along with the executive team, are closely managing this transition and have positioned the company for continued future success.''

The new line-up of BlackBerry smartphones will be run by RIM's powerful new operating system used in its PlayBook tablet.

Responding to the prevailing rumours of RIM's takeover by Apple or Microsoft, Balsillie said a rights plan would be put in place in the "blink of an eye'' if a hostile takeover bid was mounted against the company.

Assuring investors, he said, "If there is anything that will make you sleep better at night that I can do, I will do it." There have been rumours that cash-rich Apple or Microsoft could buy out RIM whose net worth is now just $14 billion.

BlackBerry has sunk from top to the third place in the US smartphone since October under onslaught from Apple's iPhone and Google Android devices.
source:agency
tags:RIM,iPhone,BlackBerry,Apple,android

MD of Sun TV Network Ltd Kalanithi Maran received police summons

Chennai: Media mogul Kalanithi Maran, managing director of the Rs.19 billion turnover Sun TV Network Ltd, has received police summons in connection with cheating cases lodged against the company's movie division Sun Pictures.The Sun group consists of 20 satellite television channels, direct-to-home (DTH) service company, 45 FM radio stations, four weekly magazines, two dailies and the SpiceJet airlines."Kalanithi Maran has been summoned to enquire about the complaints lodged against Sun Pictures," said a police official at K.K. Nagar police station here where Maran is expected to appear today.

Police had recently arrested Sun Pictures' Chief Operating Officer Hans Raj Saxena on a cheating complaint lodged by a movie distributor T.S.Selvaraj.

Selvaraj had complained that Saxena cheated him of around Rs.8 million and threatened him when he asked for the money in connection with the distribution of Tamil movie "Theerada Vilayattu Pillai".

Maran is the grand nephew of DMK President M.Karunanidhi and the son of late DMK leader and Union Minister Murasoli Maran.

He is the elder brother of Dayanidhi Maran who recently resigned as union textiles minister following allegations of corruption.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Media mogul Kalanithi Maran, Sun TV Network Ltd, police summons in connection

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi reached Orissa

Bhubaneswar: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today reached Orissa for a two-day trip that will take him to several districts as he attempts to strengthen the grassroots base of the party.

Gandhi arrived at Kotpad village in the tribal populated district of Koraput at about 9.45 a.m. in a helicopter from Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh, deputy inspector general of police Soumendra Priyadarshi told to the media.

He interacted with a group of Youth Congress activists at the village.

The Congress MP, who had last week marched through several villages in Uttar Pradesh, is scheduled to visit Jharsuguda, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and Khordha districts. He will also address a public meeting in Bhubaneswar on Thursday, a senior party leader said.

Rahul Gandhi, the son of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, had last visited the state in December. While party leaders in the state said the visit will boost the morale of Congress workers, the ruling Biju Janata Dal said it will have no impact.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Biju Janata Dal

Leaders from Telangana region launched a hunger strike in AP

Hyderabad: Defying Congress leadership, leaders from Telangana region today launched a 48-hour hunger strike in Andhra Pradesh, demanding the separate state of Telangana.

Having failed to garner any assurance from the party high command despite their resignations from parliament and state legislature last week, the Congress leaders began the two-day fast.

Despite rains lashing the city early morning, six parlimentarians, two state ministers and a few legislators along with their supporters, launched the fast at Indira Park here at 10 a.m.

The leaders who sat on the fast include MPs K. Keshava Rao, G. Vivek, G. Sukhender Reddy, S. Rajaiah, K. Rajagopal Reddy, Ponnam Prabhakar and ministers K. Jana Reddy and Basvaraj Saraiah.

They said more leaders would join them in the fast later.

G. Sukhender Reddy told reporters that they were using Gandhian methods to mount pressure on the central government to initiate the process for formation of Telangana, in line with its statement of Dec 9, 2009. The central government had then promised to intitiate the formation of the state.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and State Congress Chief Botsa Satyanarayana had Tuesday advised the ministers and legislators not to go on fast.

The agitating Congress leaders also rejected the party's appeal that they take back their resignations.

Eleven MPs and 40 members of assembly belonging to Congress party had submitted their resignations last week.

A total of 15 MPs and 100 legislators of various parties from the region have quit.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Telangana, demanding the separate state of Telangana, Defying Congress leadership

Law minister should not be hanged for the mistakes:Veerappa Moily

New Delhi: Having lost his job as the country's law minister in the latest reshuffle, M. Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said he should not be "hanged for the mistakes of the administrative machinery" and did not consider the shifting out as "a slight"."The law minister should not be hanged for the mistakes of the administrative machinery," Moily said, even as he blamed the media and some "vested interests" for whom his legal reforms were "unpleasant.""It is not a slight. I do not consider it a slight. Nobody can slight me, Moily," he said in reply to a specific question.

Moily said his new assignment as Minister for Corporate Affairs was "an opportunity and a challenge" and he would perform the responsibility handed out to him by the prime minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi diligently.

"I am not upset. Whatever responsibility is given to me, I will perform. The reforms I bring about in the new ministry too will be unprecedented, as I did in law ministry," he told the media.

Asked about the recent controversies involving his ministry, Moily said that was a campaign by "vested interests".
source:agency
Tags : India News, M. Veerappa Moily, Having lost his job, vested interests, Law Ministers

Bharti Airtel signed a 10- year agreement with IBM

New Delhi: Telecom giant Bharti Airtel today said it has signed a 10- year agreement with IBM to provide IT solutions to its employees across 16 African countries.

"In terms of the agreement, IBM will provide a standard operating environment, 'help desk' and 'desk side' support to enhance employee efficiency and convenience," the company said in a statement.

"Today's announcement builds on a strategic partnership signed in late 2010 to manage computing technology and services to power Airtel's mobile communications network spanning 16 African countries," it added.

However, the company did not disclose any financial transaction involved.

IBM will provide end-user services to Airtel employees across Africa, in French and English. The consolidation of Airtel's help desks is expected to bring greater cost savings and efficiencies by streamlining the processes of addressing IT operational issue.

Airtel and IBM's relationship began in 2004 when South Asia's leading mobile communications provider selected IBM to run IT and applications for its entire network in India.
source:agency
Tags : India Business News, Bharti Airtel, IBM, Bharti Airtel Employees, Bharti Airtel IBM Agreement

Approaching actresses for my film HEROINE are baseless: Madhur Bhandarkar

New Delhi: Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who went into "shock and depression" after his ambitious project "Heroine" was indefinitely postponed following the announcement of lead actress Aishwarya Rai's pregnancy, has slammed reports that he has approached a new actress for the role.

"Speculations in the media of me approaching actresses for my film HEROINE are totally baseless!!!," Bhandarkar posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Last week, the filmmaker broke his silence about his film being put on the backburner, and shared the resentment as he felt the truth about Aishwarya's pregnancy was hidden from him.

It was reported that Bhandarkar recently re-approached Kareena Kapoor, the original choice for "Heroine", to do the film.

But his denial has cleared the air.

About the film's revival, he wrote: "Whether I will revive film HEROINE, will decide after consultations with UTV or a fresh film, will surely update u in near future!!!"

The story of "Heroine" takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life and times of a Bollywood superstar.
source:agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, Bollywood, Madhur Bhandarkar, Aishwarya Rai, Aishwarya Rai's Pregnancy, Heroine

Amitabh Bachchan proud to see that there is no "Aarakshan" in Film industry

Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is proud to see that there is no "Aarakshan" (reservation) in Indian film industry and he is certain that it sets the biggest example of national integration in the country.

"There is no 'aarakshan' in Hindi film industry. Rather I would say that Indian film industry is big example of national integration," Amitabh told reporters at a radio station here on Tuesday as he talked about "Aarakshan", Prakash Jha's forthcoming film dealing this very topic.

"When you stand in a line to buy a ticket you don't see whether you are standing in the queue with a Hindu, Muslim or Sikh. You neither check the caste or religion of the person sitting next to you in the hall.

"Above all in the hall, you laugh together at the same comedy, you sing the same song, you cry at the same emotional scene. Across the world you won't get a bigger example of integration than this," added the 68-year-old icon of the Indian film industry.

Produced and directed by Jha, "Aarakshan" is a high voltage socio-political drama based on the most controversial policies of caste-based reservations in government jobs and educational institutions.

Apart from Amitabh, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Deepika Padukone, Pratieik Babbar and Tanvi Azmi play pivotal roles in the film.

Giving a sneak preview about his character, Amitabh said: "I am playing a principal of a private institute who is a man of principles. He believes that everyone should be equally treated.

"When it's not been practiced in his school, he runs a class in his home where there is no caste discrimination and he teaches those who are not treated equally so that they also get the merit and progress in life. He believes that if every student gets equal opportunities, then the students from deprived classes can also shine in life."

"Aarakshan" is set to hit theaters on Aug 12.
source:agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, Bollywood, Aarakshan, Amitabh Bachchan, Indian Film Industry, Prakash Jha, Amitabh Bachchan in Aarakshan

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur's film "Paani" is expected to release in mid-2012

New Delhi: Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, whose ambitious project "Paani" has been in the making for many years now, says it's easier to make sequels to his films than to work on "a passion film like 'Paani'".

"Quite normal for passion films like 'Paani' to take time. These r films made despite many odds. 'Gandhi' took 15 yrs (sic)," Kapur posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Though he has no immediate plans to work on sequels to "Elizabeth 2" or "Mr.India", he added: "Far easier 2 make 'Elizabeth 3' or 'Mr.India 2'. Bt my heart lies in 'Paani'."

"Paani" is a film on water wars, and shows how water becomes a precious commodity and creates a rift between communities.

"When I 1st announced Paani no 1 thght it was ab issue. Now suddenly every1 has woken up," added Kapur, who will begin shooting the movie in November.

"Paani" is expected to release in mid-2012.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Internationally acclaimed, a passion film like 'Paani', micro-blogging site Twitter

All is well between me and Saif Ali Khan:Kareena Kapoor

Mumbai: Tired with rumours of her breakup with beau Saif Ali Khan, Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor set the records straight by saying all is well in her love life.

"There is nothing to clarify. It's (the rumours) not true at all. We are together," Kareena, dressed in a red knee length dress, told reporters at an event to launch the new range of Sony Vaio laptops here.

When she was probed about her marriage, she didn't give a definite answer.

"Whenever we decide to get married, there will be an official announcement and everyone will know," said the 30-year-old.

Kareena, who was earlier dating Shahid Kapoor, is in a relationship with Saif since 2007. It was reported that the two got close during the shooting of their film "Tashan".
source:agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor Saif Ali Khan Breakup Rumours

"Mausam" specifically conceived for Shahid Kapoor:Pankaj Kapoor

Mumbai: Actor-turned-director Pankaj Kapoor admits that the story of his directorial debut "Mausam" was specifically conceived for his actor son Shahid, but he had no specific names in his mind for the female lead.

"The film was specifically written keeping Shahid in mind. It's not that I had written the script and then decided on Shahid," Pankaj told reporters at the launch of the first look of "Mausam" at PVR here on Monday.

"I had other scripts and we wondered whether Shahid could be part of them or a fresh script should be written for him? We decided to write a fresh script and that's how the birth of 'Mausam' took place," he added.

"Mausam", a love story, will see Shahid as a pilot and he has teamed up with Sonam Kapoor in it.

"While writing, there was no girl in my head, it was the character that was in my head. I think Sonam was the very first actress who was approached for the role," Pankaj said.

The 57-year-old, know for his work on television like the comedy show "Office Office" and his performance in movies like "Maqbool", "Dharm" and "Blue Umbrella", says he has been longing to direct a film.

"I had wanted to direct a film for a long time. I have directed on television for five years. So there was this desire to direct. I was writing for a long time. There were talks about my directing a film for a long time and here came a moment where we decided to go for this film," said Pankaj.

He claims his movie will set new standards in filmmaking.

"It has its own comment to make. Though the endeavour is to make an entertaining film, which reaches to almost everyone and yet have a certain level of presentation that appeals to one and all. It will be able to set some kind of a standard of work," he said.

He maintains that being an actor himself had helped him extract exactly what he had conceived from the lead pair.

"When I am in the shoes of a director, I don't think like an actor. I am only there to support my actors and take out the best from them. I happened to be aware of it as I had been an actor and it sort of helped me to take work out of them and to convey what I actually wanted from them," said Pankaj.
source:agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, Pankaj Kapoor, Mausam, Shahid Kapoor, Mausam First Look

Doctors at the AIIMS continued their indefinite hunger protest

New Delhi: Doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here today continued their indefinite hunger protest demanding reinstatement of a former resident brain surgeon who was cleared of charges of harassing a boy under his treatment.

"This is the second day of our hunger protest and we are not budging till the terminated doctor is brought back to service," Debajyoti Karmakar, president of the Resident Doctors' Association (RDA), told to the media.

"You cannot punish someone when even the law has proved him not guilty," he added.

Shejoy P. Joshua, a brain surgeon with AIIMS, was suspended Feb 3 after the relatives of an eight-year-old boy being treated by him complained that the physician had sodomised the child in his room.

The junior resident doctor was accused of molesting the boy, a resident of northeast Delhi who was admitted to the neurosurgery ward for a brain tumour operation Jan 18.

A police investigation detected gaps and ambiguities in the accusations against the physician, who was then given a clean chit.

"We want the AIIMS administration to allow immediate reinstatement of Joshua," Karmakar said.

Around 200 doctors have joined the protest even as the RDA continued to garner more support by distributing pamphlets in the sprawling campus of the premier health institute.

The physicians said services at AIIMS would not be hit as the protest is "silent hunger protest".

"We are on a hunger protest and treating patients. The administration has come to us for talks but we are not going to settle by any time-buying activities," Karmakar said.
source:agency
Tags : India News, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, demanding reinstatement of a former resident, harassing a boy under his treatment

IGNOU inked a pact with NGO Shuri Foundation to promote traditions

New Delhi: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) today inked a pact with NGO Shuri Foundation to promote the country's indigenous knowledge and traditions.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two aims to develop certificate, diploma, degree and skill training progammes in the subjects of traditional knowledge systems, leadership and management, self-management, psychology and consciousness studies, faculty training and women's empowerment.

"It is through the distance learning mode that knowledge about our cultural resources like philosophy, sufism, yoga, ayurveda, architecture, grammar, natyashastra etc can be invigorated," said Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) president Karan Singh, who was present on the occasion.

"In this changing world where old structures are collapsing and new are being born, awareness about our own indigenous systems like patanjali, unani, etc. needs to be invoked. We alone are able to combine the east with the west," he added.

According to IGNOU Vice Chancellor V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, such programmes are common all over the world but it is a new concept in India.

"Certification is the requirement of all developing countries and we aim to reach the unreached," he said.

"IGNOU and Shruti foundation will jointly organize workshops and courses to safeguard and promote "guru-shishya parampara (teacher-student tradition)" in various fields," said a varsity official.
source:agency
Tags : India Education News, Indira Gandhi National Open University, IGNOU, NGO Shuri Foundation

20110712

Sachin Tendulkar , Virender Sehwag among the list of players,greatest team of all-time

DUBAI: Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and opener Virender Sehwag are among the list of players nominated for an online poll to select the greatest team of all-time on the occasion of Test cricket's 2,000th match.

The historic match will take place between India and England at Lord's from July 21 to 25, and the ICC has called on supporters from across the globe to select the greatest team of all-time.

While Sehwag has found a place in the list of openers, which also has the likes of former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar, Tendulkar has been short-listed for the middle-order batsman's slot.

However, no Indian player has found a place in the shortlist for the slot of wicketkeepers and fast bowlers, while the 1983 World Cup winning Indian team captain Kapil Dev is in the reckoning as an all-rounder.

Legendary Bishan Singh Bedi and Anil Kumble have been shortlisted for the spinner's role in the dream team.

Sir Donald Bradman and West Indian great Viv Richards are in the fray for the middle-order's slot, while attacking wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist is pitted against South Africa's Mark Boucher for the stumper's position.

Legendary West Indian pacers Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding and Pakistani great Wasim Akram have been shortlisted in the bowler's category along side champion spinner Shane Warne.

The ICC's website is seeking votes from the fans and cricket lovers across the world to pick the dream Test team from a shortlist of 60 players split into five categories.

The fans will be asked to pick two opening batsmen, three middle-order batsmen, a wicketkeeper, three fast bowlers and one spinner.

The public vote on ICC's website closes in two days' time with results set to be announced the week before the 2,000th Test.

"With the 2,000th Test coming up it is appropriate to remember some of the great players through the ages that have thrilled audiences and inspired us all," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.

"With so many legends of the game to choose from, it is a very difficult task and I'm sure one that will lead to plenty of fond recollection and great debate.

"Test cricket is the pinnacle format of our great sport and it is important we continue to protect and promote it so that it grows even stronger over the next 2,000 matches."

The shortlist for Dream Team:

Opening batsmen: Geoffrey Boycott, Sunil Gavaskar, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Hanif Mohammad, Virender Sehwag, Herbert Sutcliffe, Victor Trumper.

Middle-order batsmen: Don Bradman, Greg Chappell, Wally Hammond, George Headley, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Graeme Pollock, Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar.

All-rounder: Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Aubrey Faulkner, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Keith Miller, Wilfred Rhodes, Gary Sobers, Frank Worrell.

Wicketkeepers: Les Ames, Mark Boucher, Jeff Dujon, Godfrey Evans, Andy Flower, Adam Gilchrist, Alan Knott, Rod Marsh, Clyde Walcott, Wasim Bari.

Fast bowlers: Curtley Ambrose, Sydney Barnes, Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Malcolm Marshall, Glenn McGrath, Fred Trueman, Courtney Walsh, Wasim Akram.

Spinners: Bishen Bedi, Richie Benaud, Lance Gibbs, Clarrie Grimmett, Jim Laker, Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralitharan, Bill O'Reilly, Derek Underwood, Shane Warne.
source:agency

Infosys will hire about 12,000 people this quarter

MYSORE: Keeping up the hiring momentum, the country's second largest software exporter Infosys on Tuesday said it will hire about 12,000 people this quarter.

The company currently has over 1.33 lakh employees. "We are looking at a gross addition of about 12,000 in our workforce and we are continuing with yearly target at 45,000 people," Infosys CEO and Managing Director S Gopalakrishnan said on Tuesday.

With the improving business sentiment and revival in IT spends, IT firms are stepping up hiring to meet demand for their services.

At the beginning of the current financial year, Infosys had announced plans to hire about 45,000 people. Of this, about 26,000 offers have already been made in college campuses.

The company on Tuesday posted a 15.72% jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 1,722 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2011.

During the first quarter, Infosys and its subsidiaries saw over 7,000 employees leaving.

While the company and its subsidiaries hired 9,922 employees (gross), the net addition stood at 2,740 for the reported quarter.

The company also gave a wage hike in the said quarter, which impacted margins to some extent.

"In April, we said the margins in Q1 could come down by around four percentage points and actually it came down by three percentage points. The main impact was on account of an increase in offshore wages by 10-12% and onsite by 2-3%," Infosys Member of the Board and Chief Operating Officer S D Shibulal said.

"I think we were able to control other costs; we were able to maintain our margins. The only impact which came in the Q1 is wage increases," he added.
source:agecny

Jairam Ramesh rural development minister,Vilasrao Deshmukh science and technology minister

New Delhi: The Congress' Jayanthi Natarajan will replace Jairam Ramesh as the new environment minister with the latter elevated to the cabinet rank and reassigned the rural development portfolio.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh forwarded to President Pratibha Patil the list of the new ministers who will take oath of office at 5 p.m. today at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.Ramesh held independent charge of the environment and forests portfolio, which would be now with Natarajan, according to the list on the website of the Prime Minister's Office.

Ramesh replaces Vilasrao Deshmukh as the rural development minister. Deshmukh has been shifted to the science and technology and earth sciences ministry.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Jayanthi Natarajan, Jairam Ramesh, Rural Development, Manmohan Singh

ULFA offered indefinite ceasefire for a permanent solution

Guwahati: The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) today offered indefinite ceasefire to pave the way for a permanent solution to more than 30 years of insurgency in Assam.

ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa said in a statement today: "The ULFA, with a view to explore a lasting peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict, resolves to cease all forms of armed campaign for an indefinite period."

However, ULFA's elusive commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah and his band of followers, probably hiding somewhere along the Myanmar-China border, are still opposed to the peace talks.
source:agency
Tags : Assam News, United Liberation Front of Asom, Insurgency in Assam, ULFA

Dinesh Trivedi became India's new railway minister

New Delhi: Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dinesh Trivedi of the Trinamool Congress today became India's new railway minister. He fills a post that has been vacant since party leader Mamata Banerjee's exit in May.

Trivedi, 61, has been elevated to cabinet rank. Along with others, he will be administered the oath of office at 5 p.m., the Prime Minister's Office said.

Trivedi is an MP from Barrackpore in West Bengal.

An MBA, he became a MP for the first time in 1990 when he was elected to the Rajya Sabha. He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 2009.

Trivedi succeeds Banerjee, who stepped down in May to take over as the West Bengal chief minister.

Trinamool's Mukul Roy, who was minister of state for railways, now retains only the portfolio of minister of state for shipping.

Trivedi's elevation to the post comes two days after a train derailment in Uttar Pradesh left nearly 70 people dead.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dinesh Trivedi, Mamata Banerjee, Trivedi is an MP from Barrackpore

Infosys Ltd posted net profit of Rs.1,722 crore

Karnataka: Infosys Ltd posted net profit of Rs.1,722 crore (Rs.17.22 billion) for the first quarter (April-June) of this fiscal (2011-12), registering 16 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth.

In a regulatory filing today, the IT bellwether said its income for the quarter under review (Q1) grew 21 percent YoY to Rs.7,485 crore (Rs.74.85 billion).

Under the International Regulatory System in dollar terms, net profit, however, grew 18 percent YoY to $384 million and income 23 percent YoY to $1.7 billion.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Infosys Ltd, International Regulatory System

ICC started a fan poll to pick the greatest Test team

Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today started a fan poll to pick the greatest Test team of all time in the runup to the 2000th match to be played between India and England at Lord's on July 21.

Voting is now open on ICC's official website where cricket-lovers can select a dream team from a shortlist of 60 players split into five categories and they will be asked to pick two opening batsmen, three middle-order batsmen, a wicketkeeper, three fast bowlers and one spinner.

The results of the poll will be announced the week before the Lord's Test.

"With the 2,000th Test coming up it is appropriate to remember some of the great players through the ages that have thrilled audiences and inspired us all," said ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

"With so many legends of the game to choose from, it is a very difficult task and, I am sure, one that will lead to plenty of fond recollection and great debate.

"Test cricket is the pinnacle format of our great sport and it is important we continue to protect and promote it so that it grows even stronger over the next 2,000 matches."

Short-list for the greatest Test team of all time:

Opening batsmen (two): Geoffrey Boycott, Sunil Gavaskar, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Hanif Mohammad, Virender Sehwag, Herbert Sutcliffe, Victor Trumper.

Middle-order batsmen (three) - Don Bradman, Greg Chappell, Wally Hammond, George Headley, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Graeme Pollock, Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar.

All-rounder (one): Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Aubrey Faulkner, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Keith Miller, Wilfred Rhodes, Gary Sobers, Frank Worrell.

Wicket-keeper (one): Les Ames, Mark Boucher, Jeff Dujon, Godfrey Evans, Andy Flower, Adam Gilchrist, Alan Knott, Rod Marsh, Clyde Walcott, Wasim Bari.

Fast bowlers (three): Curtley Ambrose, Sydney Barnes, Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Malcolm Marshall, Glenn McGrath, Fred Trueman, Courtney Walsh, Wasim Akram.

Spinner (one): Bishen Bedi, Richie Benaud, Lance Gibbs, Clarrie Grimmett, Jim Laker, Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralitharan, Bill O'Reilly, Derek Underwood, Shane Warne.
source:agency
Tags : India Sports News, Indian Cricket, International Cricket Council, ICC, India, England, Lord's

Actress Priyanka Chopra's Don 2,stunt double Bibi passed away

New Delhi: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's "Don 2: The Chase Continues" stunt double Bibi, a girl from Berlin, passed away on Monday due to unknown reasons. Priyanka, and her co-star, Shah Rukh Khan paid their condolences on Twitter.

"It's shocking how unpredictable life can be. Bibi, my stunt double from Don 2 passed away. Taught me all I did in the film," Priyanka posted on her Twitter page.

"RIP Bibi... here's a prayer for her and courage her family...from all of us on Don 2," added the 28-year-old, who is said to have some heavy duty action sequences in the movie.

Shah Rukh, who plays the main lead, wrote: "A prayer from all in Don 2 for our friend & stunt girl Bibi...who left us for a better place. Lov u (sic)."

However, both the actors did't say what was the reason behind Bibi's death.

"Don 2: The Chase Continues", directed by Farhan Akhtar, is the sequel to the 2006 film, "Don: The Chase Begins Again", which itself is a remake of the 1978 film "Don".

The film is set for release in Dec 2011.
source:agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, Bollywood, Don 2 The Chase Continues, Don 2, Bibi, Bibi's Death, Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Twitter

Actor Shahid Kapur,the only film actor to have flown jet fighter aircraft F-16

Mumbai: Actor Shahid Kapur, who had the rare experience of flying multirole jet fighter aircraft F-16 to adapt traits of a fighter pilot for his forthcoming film "Mausam", takes pride in being the only film actor to have flown that ultimate flying machine.

"I was quite fortunate that I flew an F-16 fighter plane. I don't think any other actor has ever flown a F-16. Even when actor Tom Cruise had done 'Top Gun' he had flown an F15. I was very fortunate to get that opportunity. It was a very exciting experience for me," Shaid told reporters at the first look of the film at the PVR here on Monday.

The actor had flown the American fighter aircraft at the AeroIndia defence exhibition in Bangalore earlier this year.

Sharing his overwhelming experience, Shahid reveals: "Honestly I was not fond of flying in a plane but when I actually sat in it and flew it I was so excited that I started shouting. It was probably the most exhilarating experience one could have. I am someone who loves speed anyway.

"So, the fact that I was sitting in a F-16 and I was a co-pilot was unbelievable. I also went through G force. If you know when you fly such a plane you can go up to G9. G1 is when you feel your body weight; G2 is when you feel two times your body weight. He (The co-pilot) took me up to G6. That's something I would take through my grave with me."

"I think it was required to understand my part better and it helped me to understand what all goes to become a fighter pilot," he added.

Shaid closely followed the mannerisms of the Indian Air Force pilots in the bases he visited and maintains that he is completely in awe of their attitude.

"I visited some air force bases to meet some air force pilots; I sat on the aircraft, I put on the G-suit, observed how they walk with the helmet. All things like that which actually gives you some kind of perspective of what it is to be representing the country and to be the part of the arm force and to be an Air Force pilot.

"It's interesting to know that the value of an air force pilot is Rs.300 crore in an average because that's the money invested to make an air force officer over a period of time. He is an extremely valuable commodity. They are taken extremely good care of. They all met me like 'Oh tu to hero hai, haan thik hai'. They all have this attitude, which is awesome. They are the real heroes," said Shahid.

The directorial debut of his actor father Pankaj Kapur, "Mausam" is a love story with actress Sonam Kapoor playing the lead opposite him.

"'Mausam' is about season of love. It's about different emotions and different situations that the couple goes through. That's the theme of the film," said Shahid.

"Mausam" is set to hit theatres on Sep 16.
source:agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, Bollywood, Shahid Kapur, Mausam, F 16 Fighter Plane, Shahid Kapur in Mausam

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan got more than a million followers on Twitter

New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has got more than a million followers on Twitter a little over a year-and-half after joining the micro-blogging site.

"Celebrating the million mark by watching Bambi with my daughter. Feeling the warmth...thanx all. Love u," Shah Rukh posted on his page Monday.

The actor, who hooked on to Twitter in Jan 2010, amassed over 10,000 followers within the first 24 hours of joining the Bollywood brigade on the website.

However, Shah Rukh is not the first Indian celebrity to achieve this feat, as cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, author-politician Shashi Tharoor and actress Priyanka Chopra crossed the million-mark before him.

These days, the 45-year-old is gearing up for the release of his superhero film "RA.One", which will hit the screens this Diwali.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Twitter,

UTV Motion Pictures inked a three-film deal with N. Linguswamy

New Delhi: UTV Motion Pictures has inked a three-film deal with renowed Tamil producer-director N. Linguswamy to co-produce, market and distribute his movies.

The studio will produce and distribute N. Linguswamy's three porjects -- "Vettai", "Vazhakku Enn 18/9" and "Kumki".

"Vazhukku Enn 18/9" will be written and directed by Balaji Sakthivel, who has helmed films like "Kadhal" and "Kalloori". The film has a new cast and will release in September.

For "Vettai", Linguswamy will wield the megaphone himself and he will team up with actors Arya, R. Madhavan, Sameera Reddy, Ashutosh Rana and Amala Paul. It is expected to land in theatres in November.

"Kumki" will feature newcomer Vikram Prabhu, son of popular South Indian actor Prabhu and grandson of Sivaji Ganesan.

Meanwhile, UTV Motion Pictures has six releases lined up in Tamil cinema, including "Deivathirumagal", which hits the screens July 15, followed by "Cheran" and Prasanna-starrer "Muran" and Mysskin's "Mugamoodi" starring Jiiva that is expected to release in April or May next year.
source:agency
Tags : India Entertainment News, UTV Motion Pictures, N. Linguswamy, Movies, Vettai, Vazhakku Enn 18/9, Kumki

Schulich School of Business of York University, joined hands with GMR to set up its campus

Hyderabad: Schulich School of Business of York University, Canada, has joined hands with India's leading infrastructure Group GMR to set up its campus here.

The campus is coming up near Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad on the city outskirts and Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal will lay the foundation stone on Tuesday.

Claimed to be the first full-fledged campus of a major, top-ranked international business school in India, it will initially offer its 2-year MBA programme to 120 students, apart from various executive education programmes for working executives.

Subject to approval under the Foreign Educational Institutions Bill currently before the Indian parliament, admissions will commence in January 2013.

Under the agreement signed last year, Schulich will develop the learning environment and academic infrastructure while GMR will provide the land and the physical infrastructure.

"The institution will develop leaders of tomorrow, equipped with much needed sensitivity and understanding of diversity in many forms and clear conviction about the need for sustainability of planet, people and profit," said G.M. Rao, Group Chairman, GMR Group.

"The GMR Campus of the Schulich School of Business will be a mirror image of Schulich's Toronto campus, with first-rate facilities, international faculty, and an internationally-focused curriculum," said Schulich Dean Dezso J. Horváth.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Schulich School of Business of York University, Minister Kapil Sibal, Human Resources Development, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

20110711

Team India ,No.1 in ICC Test Rankings

DUBAI: India maintained their number one status in the latest ICC Test Rankings but lost a couple of rating points after drawing two matches in their 1-0 series triumph over a lower-ranked West Indies.

Leading the points table, India now have 126 points while the seventh-placed West Indies (88) have gained two rating points despite losing the three-match series which concluded on Sunday.

South Africa (117) is the second-placed team, followed by England (116).

Among the players, Harbhajan Singh has moved one place to seventh. The offie took 11 wickets and interestingly replaced teammate and Man-of-the series Ishant Sharma, who had an impressive tally of 22 wickets in three matches.

The off-spinner took six wickets in the final Test and in the process passed the 400-wicket mark.

Praveen Kumar broke into the top 50 for the first time. The medium-pace bowler from Uttar Pradesh walked away with four wickets in the final Test and is now ranked 42nd.

West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards achieved his career-best ranking 16th, a gain of two places. He holds the 16th place jointly with South Africa spinner Paul Harris.

The top three remain unchanged with Dale Steyn of South Africa still leading the way ahead of England's Graeme Swann in second position and James Anderson in third.

Among the batsmen, West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul rose to seventh following his match-saving 116 not out in the second innings at Roseau.

The top five remain unchanged with Jacques Kallis of South Africa still leading the way ahead of India's Sachin Tendulkar in second position. Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Tendulkar, who did not play in the West Indies series, have fallen back because a player loses one per cent of his ratings points for every Test he misses.

There was no change in the top five of the player rankings for Test all-rounders with Kallis leading the way, followed by New Zealand's Daniel Vettori.
source:agency

Toll in the Kalka Mail derailment in Uttar Pradesh rose to 63

Lucknow: The toll in the Kalka Mail derailment in Uttar Pradesh rose to 63 with more bodies being pulled out from the wreckage of the mangled coaches, an official said today."We are carrying out a final round of search to ensure that there are no more bodies trapped in any of the 14 mangled coaches," said Col. A.D.S. Dhillon, who has been leading the rescue operations since on Sunday."So far, we have a count of 63 dead bodies that were retrieved from the wreckage of the train," Dhillon told reporters at the site of the accident.

According to officials, sniffer dogs have been pressed into service as authorities believe some passengers could still be trapped under the heaps of mangled metal.

Fatehpur's Chief Medical Officer Keshav Narain Joshi said about 150 people were hospitalised with injuries ranging from amputations to fractures and multiple wounds.

As many as 240 passengers were injured on Sunday noon when 14 coaches of the Kalka Mail derailed when it was nearing the Malwan railway station in Fatehpur district, about 140 km from here. Coaches toppled over two adjoining rail tracks, sealing off the busy route to Howrah from where the train was coming.

The overturned coaches included the air-conditioned ones and the pantry car. At least one coach was crushed by another.

The reason for the accident was not clear. But some officials said the train was going at over 100 km per hour when the driver applied emergency brakes just before the Malwan station.
source:agency
Tags : India news, Kalka Mail derailment, more bodies were pulled, Uttar Pradesh, Train Derailment

Telengana issue:Osmania University under siege

Hyderabad: Dozens of students were arrested and the Osmania University was under siege today as police attempted to foil the indefinite fast by students demanding separate statehood for Telengana.

Students coming to Hyderabad from various parts of Telangana were nabbed. Police have since on Sunday night also arrested students, including some leaders of the Osmania University Joint Action Committee (OU JAC), on the campus and from hostels, officials said.

Preventive arrests of students were also made in Warangal, Karimnagar and other towns to stop them from proceeding to Hyderabad.

OU JAC leaders alleged that police were resorting to indiscriminate arrests and said they were determined to go ahead with the protest.

The sprawling university campus was under siege by the police and central paramilitary forces, who have sealed all the routes leading towards the campus, to scuttle OU JAC plans to launch the indefinite fast.

Tension prevailed in the campus and surrounding areas as police erected barricades and carried out out checks of vehicles.

OU JAC plans to launch the mass fast with 10,000 students. The political JAC and various groups fighting for a separate state have declared their support to the fast.

However, police commissioner A.K. Khan said there was no permission for the programme. He also banned entry of outsiders into the campus on the ground that there are orders from the Supreme Court. The police chief also pointed out that prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people are also in force in the city.

The OU JAC also plans to take out rallies to Raj Bhavan and state assembly to demand the governor and the speaker to accept resignations of ministers and legislators from the region.

Osmania University is the nerve centre of the Telangana agitation and has witnessed clashes between students and police since the latest phase of the agitation began earlier this month.
source:agency
Tags : India News, Dozens of students were arrested, Osmania University, students demanding separate statehood