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20111022

Actor Aakshdeep Sehgal joining Bigg Boss show as a contestant

Aakshdeep Sehgal will be making an entry on the Bigg Boss show as a contestant.
More details coming soon !!!

source:agency

Intelligence chief of Muammar Gaddafi has taken refuge in Niger

Niger: The intelligence chief of killed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has taken refuge in Niger on the southern border with Libya, media reported.

Bazoum Mohamed, Niger's minister of state for foreign affairs and cooperation, told a radio service on Saturday that Gaddafi's intelligence chief Abdallah Senoussi was seen in the area bordering both Algeria and Libya.

"The Niger government would find nothing inconvenient to conform to international obligations, by handing him over to Interpol if ever he is apprehended on its territory," he said.

An official of the army intelligence service admitted having learned the news from the minister, but declined to confirm or deny the information on Senoussi's whereabouts.

Wanted by the International Criminal Court, Senoussi is among the 32 high-ranking members of Gaddafi's regime allegedly taking refuge in Niger, including Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam.
source:agency

Jitendra Pathak, who attacked Arvind Kejriwal threatens hunger strike

Lucknow: Jitendra Pathak, who attacked social activist Arvind Kejriwal, today said he would observe an indefinite hunger strike if Anna Hazare failed to provide a "satisfactory reply" to his questions sent in a letter to Hazare.

In his letter, Pathak has primarily sought to know from Hazare his stand on the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackerey's "anti-north Indian campaign", and controversial statement over Kashmir made by Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan.

"In my letter to Anna Hazare, I have asked him why the two should not be tried for sedition. I have categorically asked Hazare whether he personally wants the two should be tried for sedition for their anti-national sentiments," Pathak told reporters here.

"I have given a week's time to Hazare to clear his stand on the two issues and respond to the letter. If he (Hazare) fails to come out with a satisfactory reply, I will undertake an indefinite fast-unto-death at the GPO park in this state capital," said Pathak.

"In the letter, I have also asked Hazare the reason for his silence as far as the attacks on north-Indians are concerned by some of the political outfits in his home state of Maharashtra," he added.

Pathak, a native of Uttar Pradesh's Jalaun district, lost his job after he hurled a slipper at Kejriwal during a function in Lucknow Oct 18.

He worked as a supervisor at a city-based private construction company - Ansh Project Service.
source:agency

27 people were killed, bridge collapsed in Darjeeling

Darjeeling: At least 27 people were killed and 60 injured when an overburdened old bridge collapsed in the Bijonbari area of West Bengal's mountain district of Darjeeling on Saturday, district magistrate Soumitra Mohan said.

The Border Roads Organisation-built bridge gave way around 7 p.m. as over 100 people stood on it to listen to speeches of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders like Bimal Gurung holding a meeting in the area, 30 km from this town.

"It was an old bridge. It was also damaged in the recent earthquake," said GJM spokesperson and MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri.

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said many were injured, some seriously, when the wooden bridge collapsed. Some people have been rescued by the locals and the administration.

"A cultural programme was being held on one side of the bridge while a meeting was being held on the other. Too many people were standing on the bridge when it collapsed and they fell into the river below," said Giri.

Chhetri feared the casualty figures could go up to 50 or even 60.

North Bengal Development Minister Goutam Deb has already left for the spot on instruction from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

In Kolkata, the chief minister said the injured were being sent to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital while blood banks had been alerted.

"Ambulances are being rushed. The government will do everything it can," she said and announced that she would start for the Darjeeling hills immediately, along with Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi and Union Minister of State for Health Sudip Bandopadhyay. "We will try to reach the hills tomorrow."

Expressing shock at the tragedy, Banerjee said the government would bear the cost of the treatment of the injured.

Compensation will be paid to the next of kin of the dead.

Banerjee said she would cancel her programmes to inaugurate community Kali Pujas to be with the people of the hills.

A defence ministry spokesperson said forty troops of the Army's Mountain Brigade have been rushed to the site with medical and nursing officials following a request from the district magistrate.
source:agency

Axis Bank reported an increase of 25.18 percent in its net profit

Mumbai: Private lender Axis Bank today reported an increase of 25.18 percent in its net profit for the second quarter of the current fiscal at Rs.920.32 crore, as compared to Rs.735.14 crore in the second quarter of the last fiscal.

The bank's total income in the period under review grew by 39.79 percent at Rs.6,510.89 crore as compared to Rs.4,657.49 crore in the like period of 2010-11, said Axis Bank in regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

The bank's income earned through interest rose by 45.57 percent in the second quarter at Rs.5,275.97 crore as against Rs.3,624.25 crore in the like period of last fiscal.

The other income of the bank increased by 19.51 percent at Rs.1,234.92 crore in the July-September quarter from Rs.1,033.24 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2010-11.

The percentage of gross non-performing assets (NPAs) declined to 1.08 percent in the second quarter from 1.12 in the corresponding quarter of last fiscal.

For the half-year, the bank reported an increase of 26.11 percent in its net profit at Rs.1,862.67 crore as against Rs.1,477.02 crore in the like period of 2010-11.

The total income of the bank for the half-year rose by 39.80 percent at Rs.12,560.16 crore as compared to Rs.8,983.86 crore in the corresponding period of last fiscal.

The percentage of gross NPAs also came down to 1.08 percent for the period under review from 1.12 percent in the first half of 2010-11.
source:agency

Gitanjali Group launched a first-of-its-kind Gold and Diamond ATM machine

Mumbai: The Gitanjali Group today launched a first-of-its-kind Gold and Diamond ATM machine, a one-stop shop for buying medallions, coins and jewellery, an official said here.

This innovative ATM was inaugurated at Phoenix High Street in Lower Parel in south Mumbai by Bollywood star Raima Sen and CEO of Gitanjali Export Corporation Sanjeev Agarwal.

Designed like an ATM, the machine will dispense gold and silver bars, coins, pendants with religious motifs as well as a range of diamond studded jewellery.

High on convenience, this new retailing format will be ideally suited for last-minute purchases on auspicious occasions and for gifting, providing instant gratification to the purchaser.

The ATM will give the consumer a mix of up to 36 options in different sizes, price points and designs to choose from across these categories. This may include coins in varying grams or pendants that have religious motifs, heart shaped and diamond studded pendants for other gifting occasions.

The prices will range from Rs.1,000 to Rs.30,000. The exact combination available at each ATM will be flexible and vary across locations.

Customers at the ATM will choose their product from options displayed on a touch screen, and can then make payments using either a credit/debit card or by depositing cash. Delivery will be immediate.

In the coming months, Gitanjali plans to expand the network of these ATMs in places with high consumer footfalls such as premium malls, airports and temples to provide visitors with a range of last minute purchase choices for gifting and other needs.
source:agency

Wasim Akram feels that Ravindra Jadeja is keeping pressure on Yusuf Pathan

New Delhi: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels that India's young all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is keeping pressure on the big-hitting Yusuf Pathan with his performances in the ongoing cricket one-dayers against England.

Akram, however, is surprised that Yusuf has been left out from the five-match ODI series against England.

"I feel Yusuf is a great player. It's strange that he is not in the Indian team. But with Jadeja doing so well it certainly puts pressure on the big-hitting Pathan. Yusuf is 28, while Jadeja is 22 and it's tough to choose between the two," Akram was quoted as saying by Mobile ESPN.

Akram said that India have done well to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series despite playing without seniors like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan.

"They have once again showed that beating them on their home turf is near to impossible. They have certainly comeback well after the drubbing they got in England," said Akram.

Akram said England, who dominated the summer series against India, should be prepared better for sub-continent conditions.

"Bowling on a green top in overcast conditions is different from bowling on sub-continent tracks. And England could have prepared better for the Indian tour. Even with two new balls, the English bowlers looked ordinary and this shows they need to improve in ODIs," said Akram.

Akram also refused to believe that Indian would struggle during the tour of Australia later this year.

"Any type of cricket anywhere is a great preparation for any tour. Winning matters and if India can keep this momentum at home, it will boost their confidence in Australia," Akram added.
source:agency

Ranbir Kapoor planned a special birthday surprise for Nargis Fakhri

New Delhi: Ranbir Kapoor planned a special birthday surprise for his "Rockstar" co-star Nargis Fakhri up in the air when the duo was flying to Nagpur for the promotion of their movie.

Ranbir, Nargis, singer Mohit Chauhan and producer Hiren Gandhi were on board the charter flight when Ranbir brought out a cake for the lady on Thursday.

The actor had pre-ordered a Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake from one of Mumbai's premium bakeries and quietly got it onto the flight without Nargis's knowledge, said a source.

While Nargis was sitting on her seat unaware, one of her staff members took her outside the cabin on some pretext. When she got back, the entire team yelled "Surprise", and presented the cake to her.

The team sang "Happy Birthday" for her, while an overwhelmed and emotional Nargis cut the cake.

The debutante, who turned 32 on Thursday, fed the cake to Ranbir and others.

All of them partied on board the flight listening to "Rockstar" songs, which have become a rage.

"Rockstar", directed by Imtiaz Ali, is produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Limited and Eros International. It will release on Nov 11.
source:agency

Challenging part,to appear expressionless in "Ra.One": Arjun Rampal

Mumbai: Arjun Rampal, who's playing a virtual villain in "Ra.One", says the challenging part about his role was that he had to appear expressionless. He also says that his much-talked about look in the film was intentionally kept under wraps till Dussehra.

The plan was to gradually let Arjun's character come into the public eye.

Says a source: "There was a certain amount of concern regarding Arjun's missing presence in the publicity. But Shah Rukh Khan and Arjun had the villain's look, projection and publicity worked out in complete detail. Arjun knew his time would start after Dussehra."

Says Arjun: "That was always the strategy. To reveal my character after Dussehra when traditionally Raavan/'Ra.One' is vanquished."

Arjun says he had no trepidation about being left out of the publicity. "Shah Rukh and I have discussed how my character would be introduced to the public. I play the title role and we both knew what a challenge it was for me."

"Since I played a villain from the virtual world, my character couldn't convey any emotions. I had to appear absolutely expressionless on screen. It wasn't easy," he adds.

Sources say that Shah Rukh and Arjun have stuck a rather unusual deal. According to them, Shah Rukh has convinced Arjun to play the main antagonist in the films he produces.

"It started with 'Om Shanti Om' where Arjun played the producer who kills Deepika Padukone and SRK.

"Now in 'Ra.One' again, Arjun agreed to play the 'virtual' villain. And SRK has promised Arjun's character in 'Ra.One' the kind of buildup until release that so far only the hero himself got in Red Chillies production," he adds.
source:agency

Actor Ranbir Kapoor had a tough time in Lucknow

Lucknow: Ranbir Kapoor, the heartthrob of millions, had a tough time in Lucknow today after he abruptly walked out of an event to promote his latest film "Rockstar".

The organizers chased him down to the Lucknow airport, where he was detained by them for nearly two hours before he could finally leave the city.

It was film director Imtiaz Ali who managed to pacify the organisers, the public as well as the media, with whom a press conference was abandoned.

The organizers blamed Ranbir for not honouring a Rs.10 lakh contract for performing at the Phoenix Mall here.

He was also scheduled to address a press conference, but director Imtiaz Ali said: "We had neither signed any contract nor taken money; how could we charge when we were on a promotional trip for the movie?"

Even the mall administration blamed the local event management company for the fiasco.

"The event managers misinformed everyone, including us, that they had entered into a formal contract for a show by Ranbir and his female lead Nargis Sakhri and that it would be followed by a media interaction," said Phoenix Mall manager Anuj Shukla.

Ranbir finally left Lucknow around 8 p.m. for New Delhi, from where he was scheduled to move on to Chandigarh for an event there on Saturday. Earlier in the day, he went around parts of old Lucknow and feasted on the city's famous Tunday kababs and Net Ram's 'rabri' in the busy Aminabad market.
source:agency

Singer Raageshwari Loomba evicted from reality show "Bigg Boss"

Mumbai: Singer Raageshwari Loomba became the latest contestant on Saturday to get evicted from the fifth season of reality show "Bigg Boss".

She was nominated for elimination along with Pooja Missra, Amar Upadhyay, Mahek Chahal, Juhi Parmar and Shonali Nagrani.

The singer, who was quite popular among the contestants and stayed away from controversies, was nominated by Bigg Boss after she failed to complete her secret task, where she had to spy on the other inmates.

"Bigg Boss 5", which started Oct 2, has celebrity participants locked inside an isolated house without any communication with the outside world.
source:agency

"Bigg Boss 5" is insulting the 'Marathi Manoos':Raj Thackeray

Mumbai: Stating that the reality show "Bigg Boss 5" is insulting the 'Marathi Manoos', Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray said that the participants should apologise to them.

In an episode that was telecast on Friday night, actor Amar Upadhyay on failing to successfully finish a task given by 'Bigg Boss', was deputed as a personal servant for other housemates - Shakti Kapoor and Siddharth Bhardwaj.

Kapoor and Bhardwaj named him P.K. Lele, which is a Maharashtrian surname.

Thackeray objected to this episode. "Kapoor and Bhardwaj should apologise to the Marathi-speaking population for the insult," he told reporters here.

"Just because Lele is a Maharashtrian surname, does it mean all servants are Maharashtrians," questioned Thackeray.

"They (Kapoor and Bhardwaj) should apologise for the same within 24 hours or they will have to face the consequences," he added.

Thackeray, however, said that he would not act in haste and give any publicity to 'Bigg Boss', Shakti Kapoor and Amar Upadhyay.
source:agency

Aamir Khan has wished success for Shah Rukh Khan's production venture "RA.One"

Mumbai: Superstar Aamir Khan has wished success for Shah Rukh Khan's highly ambitious production venture "RA.One", which is set to hit the screens on Diwali.

"My best wishes to Shah Rukh and the entire team. They have put in a lot of money and effort. I wish and hope they get their due respect. I hope the film does well," Aamir told reporters at the announcement of his TV debut here today.

The film sees Shah Rukh playing the role of superhero G.One or Jeevan, while Arjun Rampal plays the evil "RA.One". It also stars Kareena Kapoor in a prominent role.

Shah Rukh is leaving no stone unturned to make his big budget film a success. He has been aggressively promoting the film all over.
source:agency

Actor Aamir Khan turn to make his debut on the small screen

Mumbai: After Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, it's Aamir Khan's turn to make his debut on the small screen. The actor will be seen in a yet-to-be titled show which he calls his "most ambitious project".

The production of the show is yet to start and it will go on air next year. It is being jointly produced by Aamir Khan Productions and Star India.

"This show is my most ambitious project. This began as a dream some three-four years ago. Uday (Shanker of Star) coaxed me with the idea that I should think of dominating television now. That is how the spark ignited. After that meeting I actually started thinking about it passionately," Aamir told reporters here today.

"I have been offered game shows before, but I didn't find them very exciting... not that they were not good but personally doing the same thing everyday didn't excite me much. So that is how I started to think and brainstorm for an innovative concept.

"Moreover, I have realized in all these years that TV is a very strong and powerful medium and I should make use of this platform to reach larger audience," he added.

The show will bring real stories and emotions of people on the small screen and for the 46-year-old it is a dream come true.

"Honestly I take time to make up my mind and it's like a dream come true for me. I have been living it and breathing it during all these years," said Aamir.

Uday Shankar, CEO Star India, calls it a pan-India show. It will be telecast in eight different languages.

"It's a pan-India show. The show has been woven around Aamir, it is his vision. He did not want language to act as a barrier, he said 'I want all your regional channels for this show'," Shanker said.
source:agecny

Actress Raveena Tandon is making a full-fledged with "Gin Liya Aasman"

New Delhi: Raveena Tandon, who was last seen in an item-number in "Bbuddah...Hoga Tera Baap", is making a full-fledged with "Gin Liya Aasman" and that too in a meaty role.

Directed by Rishi Deshpande and produced by Mudassar Aziz and Anil Bohra, the film is a story of a six-year-old boy whose father, a naval officer, has been missing since a plane crash. He is told that his father lives in the sky and the kid believes it. What follows is an interesting and emotional tale of love, sorrow and happiness.

The 36-year-old is playing the boy's mother in the film and is upbeat about the fact that she has grabbed a performance-oriented role.

The "Mast-mast" girl of Bollywood had a release in 2006 with a film called "Sandwich" and she has given powerful performances in movies like "Shool", "Daman" and "Satta".
source:agency

The knowledge of time is essential,Big B posted on his blog bigb.bigadda.com

New Delhi: Amitabh Bachchan has revealed his fetish for time, so much so that once the 69-year-old megastar visits a new city, his eyes scan the horizon for clock towers that in a way help him to understand the discipline of the place well.

"I look for clock towers in cities I visit and when I find them kept in working condition it reflects to me a sense of the discipline of the city that I am visiting," Big B posted on his blog bigb.bigadda.com.

"There are and have been towns that I have visited and discovered ornate clock towers, with the most detailed and elaborate clocks enshrined within their architecture, but never in working condition. It is an indicator to me of what to expect from that city," he added.

He said he has a clock in every room of his house.

"The knowledge of time is essential... People snigger and ridicule me on my fetish for time and its indicators, for, I have clocks and wall timers placed in almost every room at strategic points," he posted.

"A digital red lighted one in the bedroom, who's radiance not only shows me the path in the dark of the night but also keeps reminding me of the number of hours I have left before I should awake and step out to work," he wrote.

"In the dressing area, the bathroom, places of work, in the vanity van, on set of KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati) in that small little area where I await the appearance of the new contestants," he added.
source:agecny

Amjad Ali Khan,will be teaching for two and half months at Stanford University

Chicago: Amjad Ali Khan, the sarod maestro, will be teaching for two and half months at Stanford University, according to an announcement from the university.

Khan will be in residence at Stanford from the beginning of April 2012 to the middle of June to teach a course titled 'Indian classical music: a way of life'. In this course, he will teach student musicians to perform and appreciate North Indian classical music, and will share with them his own experience as a classical musician raised in the traditional system of music discipline.

"The students and faculty of the university are thrilled to have this opportunity to interact with the world's premiere sarod artiste, " said Dr Anna Schultz, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Stanford.

Khan gave his first sarod recital at the age of six and quickly rose to fame by the time he was a teenager. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra premiered his sarod concerto, Samagam, in 2008, and his 'ancient sounds' album with Iraqi oud musician Rahim AlHal was released in 2009.
source:agency

US authorities have approved the transfer of 435 Indian students of the Tri-Valley University

Washington: US authorities have approved the transfer of 435 Indian students of the Tri-Valley University to other institutions, indicating some progress in addressing the plight of nearly 1,800 Indian students affected by its closure.

They were among more than a thousand students, who were being considered for transfer to other universities, US officials told Indian embassy representatives on Friday during a meeting to discuss the issues relating to Indian students of the allegedly "sham" California-based university.

They also informed the embassy that 145 Indian students were denied transfers and about an equal number were issued with Notices of Intention to Deny (NOIDs). The remaining cases of transfer are still under examination, according to an Indian embassy press note.

The cases of Indian students have been examined individually after evaluating all the information provided by the students, officials said and advised that students who have received NOIDs should reply to the notices in stipulated time with required / additional information/documents.

Officials of the State and Homeland Security departments as also United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and its investigative arm Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attended the meeting.

Indian officials in turn impressed upon US officials that the Indian students of Tri-Valley University have undergone hardship since the closure of the University and that their cases should be viewed with understanding.

The Indian embassy is continuing its efforts with US authorities for addressing the plight of TVU students, the press note said.

In another positive development, sources said, US officials had also assured that in case anybody decides to opt out of the transfer process and go back to India and apply afresh from there , their cases would be considered on the basis of the quality of the fresh applications without any reference to the TVU situation.

TVU president Susan Xiao-Ping Su, 41, was indicted in May by a federal grand jury on allegations of visa fraud and money laundering to the tune of $3.2 million by issuing visa-related documents to students in exchange for "tuition and fees".

Some 85 percent of TVU students were Indian, mostly from Andhra Pradesh.
source:agency

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Ten soldiers were killed in the deadliest guerrilla attack

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA: Ten soldiers were killed and six wounded in the deadliest guerrilla attack on Colombia's security forces in more than a year, the army said on Friday.

Military chief Gen. Alejandro Navas said "tactical errors" led to the deaths in an apparent ambush around midnight Thursday in the country's turbulent southwest.

In a radio interview, he did not offer details. The local state governor, Antonio Navarro, told The Associated Press the soldiers died in a mortar attack.

Defense minister Juan Carlos Pinzon told reporters the incident was under investigation.

It occurred near the Pacific port of Tumaco and the dead were part of a 27-man platoon on patrol near an African palm plantation. Killed were a lieutenant and nine enlisted men.

The area is rife with cocaine-smuggling routes to the rugged jungle coast, where traffickers load the drug in semi-submersible vessels for shipment north to Central America and Mexico.

Nava said the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, "exploited a weak point, undoubtedly." Military analysts say Colombian troops often leave themselves open to ambush when they linger too long in a given area.

It was the highest death toll for Colombia's security forces in a single attack since 14 police were killed in September 2010 while riding in a convoy in the southern state of Caqueta, a traditional FARC stronghold.

Several hundred security force members are killed annually in Colombia's low-level conflict.

Despite major security gains against rebels over the past decade, they retain the ability to mount hit-and-run attacks, in large part due to Colombia's rugged mountains and thick jungles.

The rebels are to a great degree funded by drug trafficking, as are Colombia's far-right militias, which also operate in the area where Thursday night's attack occurred.
courtesy:AP

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IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said Sachin Tendulkar deserved the highest civilian award

MOHALI: Indian Premier League chairman Rajiv Shukla on Thursday took exception to Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's opposition to conferring of Bharat Ratna on Sachin Tendulkar and said the iconic cricketer deserved the highest civilian award in the country.

"I am of firm opinion that Sachin should be bestowed with the Bharat Ratna. Sachin should get Bharat Ratna," Shukla told reporters on the sidelines of third ODI between India and England at the PCA stadium.

"Thackeray had lowered the dignity and sanctity of God Satyanarayan by saying it's (Bharat Ratna) not the offerings of the God which could be distributed among all," he said.

He said "by doing so he ( Bal Thackeray) had disgraced the God also."

Thackeray, in his paper 'Samana', had recently opposed conferring of Bharat Ratna on Tendulkar.
source:agency

Mahendra Singh Dhoni said revenge is a very strong word in sports

MOHALI: The ongoing ODI series against England might be billed as 'revenge series' for India after the drubbing they received this summer but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in no mood to term it that way, saying "revenge is a very strong word in sports".
Whitewashed in all three formats of the game in England, India took sweet revenge by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ongoing rubber against the Englishmen with a series-clinching five-wicket victory in the third one-dayer.

"Revenge is a very strong word when it comes to sport. I don't think it should be used in sport. On one side we are speaking about spirit of the game and on the other side we are talking about revenge," Dhoni said at the post-match press conference.

Dhoni also lauded his young team for putting up a terrific show against a strong England side in the three matches so far in the absence of a couple of senior players due to injuries.

"I am quite happy with the performance of the team when it comes to the ODI format. In England, we made lots of runs, it's just that we never won the toss and had to bowl last. On couple of occasions, rain and dew factor played spoilsport," he said.

"Here the conditions are in our favour. The bowlers are used to the conditions and bowling really well. So it's a positive sign."

The Indian skipper said he would keep on promoting young batsmen up the order until they get settled in the team.

"I always felt that it's important for the youngsters to bat up the order. What's important is to groom the youngsters. They should be batting more than 20 overs. When they become regular part of the side, then we can experiment with them a bit.

When it comes to batting at no 6 and 7, it's completely different task. Don't forget that the youngsters who were being promoted are scoring runs. We were missing couple of players because of injuries so no point in thinking about them. We tried to groom the youngsters," said Dhoni.

Asked about tight finish in Thursday's match, Dhoni said one more wicket could have changed the complexion of the game.

"It's not that I don't show expressions, I always show expressions. It was a close game we should have won easily but we lost wickets in the middle. All of a sudden there was pressure on us. If we would have lost one more wicket it could have been a little difficult to achieve the target," he said.

"We knew that with me and Jadeja around we can achieve the target. And the dew factor also made it slightly difficult for the bowlers to reverse the ball and bowl yorkers."

He also had a word of advise for the visiting England side for the remaining two inconsequential matches.

"It's important to be nice to your opposition team. When you are under pressure you will definitely commit mistakes. England have five specialist bowlers. As far as talent is concerned, they are a very good side but they need to stick together in the next two games," said the Indian skipper.

Dhoni also hinted that with the series already in pocket, India might test its bench strength in the next two matches.

"We will see exactly what to do. We are not sure as of now. The team management will sit and take a call. But Umesh (Yadav) got injured so he is out and one of the bowlers will get a chance. At the end of the day we have to field the best eleven," he said.
source:agency

Tamil Nadu civic polls :Ruling AIADMK was leading in many places

Chennai: The ruling AIADMK was leading in many places as per initial trends for the Tamil Nadu civic polls as counting of votes proceeded today.

Vote counting is on at 822 places across the state, with the two-phased polls having been held Oct 17 and 19.

AIADMK is leading in Coimbatore and Tiruppur municipal corporations while the opposition DMK is leading in places like Mettur, Vedaranyam and Arakkonam.

The elections saw all the major political parties in the state - AIADMK, DMK, Congress - going it alone while the second largest party in the state assembly, DMDK, fought the elections with two Communist parties.

The polls will elect around 112,000 representatives and come nearly six months after the state assembly elections.

On Thursday the AIADMK won the by-poll held in Tiruchirapalli West constituency.
source:agency

Strike at the leading automobile maker Maruti Suzuki was called off

Gurgaon: A fortnight-long strike at the Manesar unit of leading automobile maker Maruti Suzuki was called off today after a pact among the Haryana government, the company management and the staff union, Deputy Commissioner P.C. Meena said.

Workers at the Manesar plant -- that produces some 1,200 vehicles per day on an average -- had gone on strike Oct 7, demanding the reinstatement of 44 of their colleagues who had been suspended after an earlier impasse that had ended seven days earlier.

The agitation was called off after the management decided to take back 64 workers, who were suspended during the current and the previous agitations, officials said. It was also decided to retain 1,200 casual workers. Thirty co-workers will remain suspended.

Following the news, the shares of Maruti Suzuki rose nearly 2 percent and were trading at Rs.1,096.10 around an hour after the opening bell with a gain of 1.89 percent. The scrip, however, was still way down from irs 52-week high of Rs.1,599.90.

Following the agreement, workers at Suzuki Powertrain India and Suzuki Motorcycle India -- the group companies that produce engines and two-wheelers -- also called off their own agitation since Oct 7 in support of the staff at the Manesar unit.

Work at the Manesar unit had started in a truncated manner on Tuesday with some 200 casual workers, and those who had not joined the strike. The numbers went up to 600 on Thursday with the unit managing to roll out some 200 Swift cars per day.

Due to the strike at in solidarity with their co-workers, production of engines from Suzuki Powertrain India also suffered, as a result of which the output at the Gurgaon unit, not far from the Manesar plant, fell as well. Maruti Suzuki has 8,500 employees.

The Gurgaon unit rolled out 1,797 units on Thursday, down from an average of 2,800 units.

A subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Company of Japan, the $8 billion Maruti Suzuki India is India's largest passenger car producer, offering 14 sub-brands and over 150 variants, including the Maruti 800 small car.

The company has two facilities -- at Gurgaon and Manesar -- with a collective capacity to produce 1.2 million vehicles annually. With the strike out of the way, it hopes to restart talks to expand it to 1.75 million by 2013 with a unit proposed in Gujarat.
source:agency

After hearing the death of Muammar Gaddafi Silvio Berlusconi said the glory of this world passes away

Rome: After hearing about the death of his former friend Muammar Gaddafi, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi used a Latin phrase to say that everything is transitory.

"Sic transit gloria mundi", or "So the glory of this world passes away", said Berlusconi, according to Italian news reports, adding that "the war is over".

The Libyan dictator was killed after being captured in Sirte, his hometown that fell to transitional government troops who have been fighting Gaddafi's soldiers for eight months.

Berlusconi had formed a close relationship with Gaddafi, even inviting him as a guest to the G8 meeting of industrialised nations in 2009 in Aquila, Italy.

Berlusconi was at pains to participate in military strikes against the man whose hand he kissed during a visit during a 2010 Arab league Summit in Libya.

Gaddafi described Berlusconi as a traitor after NATO started bombing Libyan targets in March.
source:agency

Muammar Gaddafi was alive when he was captured by the National Transitional Council fighters

Washington: Muammar Gaddafi was alive when he was captured by the National Transitional Council fighters in his hometown Sirte shows a video on YouTube.

The video appears to show Gaddafi moments after his arrest, said washingtonpost.com. It seems to capture the final moments of the man who ruled Libya for 42 years, after coming to power in a bloodless coup in 1969.

The video is shaky and shows fighters crowding around a bloodied Gaddafi.

There is now an internet debate on whether Gaddafi died from his wounds or was he killed after his capture.

Gunshots can be heard in the video as the camera moves away from the dictator.

The fall of Sirte and Gaddafi's death brought an end to a tumultuous period in Libya, which witnessed an uprising that was inspired by the Egyptian and Tunisian revolt.
source:agency

Bedi, Kejriwal taking instructions from BJP: Anna aide



Anna's aide Prof HM Desarda says Anna's genuine cause has been hijacked by people for their narrow ambitions.

Barack Obama has honoured Indian American activist Vijaya Emani

Washington:President Barack Obama has honoured Indian American activist Vijaya Emani posthumously with the Presidential Citizens Medal for "her courage in overcoming and speaking out against domestic abuse" in the Indian-American community.

"Breaking long-held taboos, Vijaya Emani lent her voice to protect Indian-American women from domestic violence," said Obama presenting the nation's second-highest civilian honour to Emani's daughters, Sujata and Nirmala Emani, in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.

Flanked by life-size portraits of George and Martha Washington, Obama called Emani and 12 other recipients of the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal "a remarkable group of Americans" who were "united by the choices they made" to help others in need.

"Taken from us far too soon, she was a trailblazer who shared her personal story to help other battered women overcome abusive relationships," Obama said of Emani who was killed Jan 15, 2009 at the age of 51 in a road accident.

"With boundless energy and an insatiable drive to serve her community, she threw herself into numerous causes, from supporting single parents to honouring India's cultural heritage.

"The United States honours Vijaya Emani for her many contributions to the people of Cleveland and our nation," he said amid Applause.

"Vijaya Emani became a role model for victims of domestic abuse because of her strength and determination in overcoming domestic abuse in her own life, and by speaking out about the issue publicly, she broke a long held taboo in the Indian American community," a White House announcement said.

"Emani lived and breathed many causes including projects to aid the homeless and promoting diversity. Although she was killed in a tragic vehicle accident, her example and message live on," it said.
source:agency

Bajaj Auto reported an increase of six percent in its net profit

New Delhi: Two and three wheeler major Bajaj Auto today reported an increase of six percent in its net profit for the second quarter of the current fiscal at Rs.726 crore against Rs.682 crore in the like period of 2010-11.

The company also reported its highest ever quarterly sales of motorcycles which grew by 16 percent at 1,027,357 units. Domestic motorcycle sales grew by eight percent at 684,671 units, while exports zoomed by 37 percent at 342,686 units.

"During the quarter, motorcycle sales crossed one million units. Pulsar averaged 86,000 per month and Discover averaged 133,000 per month. Cumulative sales of the Discover brand crossed 5 million vehicles," the company said in a statement.

According to the statement, the company had an overall market share of 34 percent in the second quarter, while its share in domestic market stood at 27 percent.

Exports boosted overall commercial vehicle sales for the quarter with growth of 17 percent at 136,780 units as compared to 117,076 units in the corresponding period of the last fiscal. The company's exports in the commercial vehicle segment grew by 44 percent in the period under review at 81,448 units.

Meanwhile, domestic commercial vehicle sales slumped by nine percent at 55,332 units in Q2 from 60,566 units in the second quarter of the last fiscal.

The company's overall exports grew by 38 percent in the second quarter at 424,134 units from 307,332 units in the like period of 2010-11.

The exports in value grew by 50 percent at Rs.1,733 crore in the period under review from Rs.1,153 crore in the second quarter of the last fiscal.

The statement added, that it has improved its margins to 20.1 percent in the second quarter from 19.1 percent in the first quarter of the current fiscal.

"In a challenging business environment, the company has improved its operating EBITDA margin from 19.1percent in Q1 to 20.1 percent in Q2. The improvement was due to higher realizations from exports, operating leverage and the rationalization of spends on sales promotion," the statement said.
source:agency

Kapil Sibal said new policies for the telecom,IT would usher in a new phase of growth

New Delhi: The new policies for the telecom, information technology (IT) and electronics sectors would usher in a new phase of growth and add millions of jobs, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said today.

"The three policies together aim to ensure that information communication technology equipment (ICTE) permeates to all aspects of society, business, governance, finance and other aspects of modern life," Sibal said while addressing the Economic Editors Conference here.

The National Telecom Policy (NTP), 2011, aims to introduce nation-wide mobile number portability and roaming, one licence across services and service areas and access to broadband.

"We will try to get the cabinet permission this year and start implementing the (telecom) policy from as early as next year," he said.

The policy on IT targets revenue of $300 million from the industry, creating 10 million additional skilled manpower, providing mandatory and affordable e-government to the common man and forming a regulatory framework for a secured cyber space by 2020.

The national policy on electronics manufacturing targets to achieve, by 2020, a turnover of $400 billion, employment to 28 million people, turnover of $55 billion in chip design and embedded software industry and setting up of 200 electronics manufacturing hubs per .
source:agecny

Sourav Ganguly is gung-ho about the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix

Kolkata: Former Indian cricket skipper Sourav Ganguly is gung-ho about the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix and feels it will be a big leap in broadening the sports environ in the cricket-crazy nation.

"The cricket crazy nation will get to taste something new and extremely exciting. It has the potential to find its audience in the country," Ganguly told mediapersons at the Sahara Force India Formula One Team flag raising event here today.

An excited Ganguly said he would be a spectator at the event and was looking forward to watching the likes of "Schumacher (Michael Schumacher), Hamilton (Lewis Hamilton)."

"I have been to a Grand Prix before when I was in Northampton playing for Northamptonshire in 2006. I will be present there on the 30th to witness the epoch-making event. I wish I could sit inside this car (pointing to the Force India car model)," he said.
source:agency

Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the top order batsmen for victory over England

Mohali: A relieved India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the top order batsmen for clinching the thrilling five-wicket victory over England in the third ODI and sealing the series here on Thursday.

The victory gave India an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Chasing a stiff target of 299, India's chase was first boosted by 111-run partnership between Ajinkya Rahane (91) and Gautam Gambhir (58) and later an unbeaten 65-run stand between Dhoni (35) and Ravindra Jadeja (26).

The Indian skipper finished the match in style, hitting two consecutive fours in the first two balls of the last over bowled by Tim Bresnan.

Dhoni said the team was confident of chasing any total.

"I think it was a very good performance. We are backing ourselves to chase whatever the opposition scores, and we have been doing that. The upper middle order did the job for us," Dhoni said.

Dhoni said the dew made the batting easier.

"We gave away quite a few boundaries with the ball. Again, dew was a factor, so it started to come on nicely onto the bat. The way Rahane batted along with Gautam Gambhir was crucial. We lost wickets at the wrong time though, and we had to get another partnership going," he said.

England skipper Alastair Cook admitted that it was tough for the team to narrowly miss a win.

"It's a tough defeat to take, especially when it's so close. Six an over is always a tough chase, but credit to the way MS and Jadeja finished that off," Cook said.

He also felt their fielding was not upto their standards.

"Our fielding has been slightly below par, which is unusual for us, and today it cost us 20 to 25 runs in the field."

The fourth ODI will be played in Mumbai on Oct 23.
source:agency

Ranbir Kapoor has received brand ambassador of the year award for KWAN

New Delhi: Actor Ranbir Kapoor has received brand ambassador of the year award for KWAN, an entertainment and marketing company, by Storyboard Consumer Awards organised by CNBC Awaaz.

"Brand endorsements provide a great additional avenue to reach out to audiences along with our films. I am thrilled to have associations that are in line with my personality and my beliefs," Ranbir said in a statement.

The 29-year-old received the honour from Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday while KWAN has been named the "Agency of the Year".

The previous recipients of the brand ambassador of the year award include Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Genelia D'Souza for different brands that they have promoted.
source:agency

Anupam Kher is set to share screen space with Hollywood star Robert De Niro

New Delhi: Anupam Kher is set to share screen space with Hollywood star Robert De Niro in David O. Russell's new film "The Silver Linings Playbook" and the veteran actor terms it a "dream coming true"

"Dream finally coming true. Will be acting with Robert De Niro in David O Russell's (of 'The Fighter' fame) 'The Silver Linings Playbook' next week," Anupam wrote on microblogging site Twitter.

"'The Silver Linings Playbook' also stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker and Jackie Weaver. As I say 'kucch bhi ho sakta hai' (anything can happen)," he posted.

Anupam, 56, has reached out to the international market through several crossover projects in the last three decades like "Bend It Like Beckham", "Bride and Prejudice", "The Mistress of Spices" and "The Other End of the Line".

Soon after Anupam revealed the news, congratulatory messages started pouring in for him from tinsel town.

Actress Bhagyashree wrote: "@AnupamPkher A BIG CONGRATULATIONS. Life mein kuch bhì ho sakta hai."

Mahesh Bhatt: "I am proud of Anupam Kher! What a journey it has been for him. The Saaransh hero is now acting opposite Robert De Nero in The Silver Lining."

Abhishek Bachchan said: "@AnupamPkher well done AK. CONGRATULATIONS."

Pritish Nandy said: "@AnupamPkher Congratulations. You always deserve the best."

Sophie Choudry said: "That's wonderful news!Congratulations!Noon deserves it more! To of my fave actors in the same frame!Can't wait!Lots of love! @AnupamPkher."

Aman Verma said: "@AnupamPkher congratulations sir, way to go...U definitely deserve all this."
source:agency

Reliance MediaWorks Limited joined hands with Hyderabad-based Annapurna Studios

Mumbai: Reliance MediaWorks Limited has joined hands with Hyderabad-based Annapurna Studios to manage and operate their studio facility.

Founded by the legendary Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Annapurna Studios is a renowned provider of production facilities, including sound, stages, outdoor sets, editing and sound recording theatres to the Telugu entertainment industry.

"This partnership evokes a shared vision for a unified film, media and entertainment industry in India," Rao said in a statement.

"The shared strengths will enable the studio to leverage expertise and complement each other in providing world-class facilities and services to its customers," Rao added.

Akkineni Nagarjuna, who is also managing director of Annapurna Studios, added: "I am enthusiastic about this partnership with Reliance MediaWorks. It is futuristic".

Reliance MediaWorks will also help operate and expand Annapurna Studios' Digital Post Production facilities that cater to the needs of the motion picture and television commercials industry.

Anil Arjun, CEO of Reliance MediaWorks, calls the collaboration an "honour".

"Annapurna Studios has created an ecosystem par excellence for the Telugu film industry and it is our honour to partner with them," he said.

"Reliance MediaWorks has put together an experienced team of film and media services executives with a proven track record of accomplishments as operators and successful marketers and we can bring the experience, financial skills and hands-on approach that can make a difference," Arjun added.

"We are excited about the synergies and opportunities that will be created as we begin to work together and we look forward to strengthening our presence in Southern India," he said.
source:agency

Freida Pinto is firming up her foray into the international world

New Delhi: Actress Freida Pinto is firming up her foray into the international world. If the grapevine is to be believed, the "Slumdog Milllionaire" stunner has signed a two-year endorsement deal with a high fashion apparel brand for $7 million.

She is expected to get $3.5 million a year.

"Since it is a two-year deal, it makes it a $7 million deal. In Indian rupees, it comes out to be approximately Rs.35 crore. It is higher than what any Indian female celebrity has ever been paid," said a source close to the 27-year-old Indian model-turned-actress.

"It's a policy never to comment on brand deals... Brand Freida stands for very rare, unique and irreplaceable values and imagery, making her the ideal choice for a brand with a global appeal and an Indian focus," Anirban Das Blah, managing director of KWAN, the agency that handles Freida's endorsements in India, said.

Freida made it big internationally with her appearance in Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire". Thereafter, she featured in films like "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes".

She will soon be seen playing the Oracle priestess Phaedra in Tarsem Singh's "Immortals", which will release Nov 11.

Her other upcoming projects include Jean Jacques Annaud's "Black Gold" and Michael Winterbottom's "Trishna".
source:agency

100-foot-high flag post inaugurated by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

New Delhi: A 100-foot-high flag post with special lighting arrangements was inaugurated by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) today, an official said.

"The flag shall never be lowered. It is the first of its kind in a university in the capital region. The flag post shall be lit at night," IGNOU Vice Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai said in a statement.

"The flag is of 30 feet by 40 feet dimension," the statement added.

A class room block for regular students was also inaugurated.
source:agency

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Panasonic Corp will reduce plasma TV panel production and cut up to several thousand jobs

TOKYO: Panasonic Corp will reduce plasma TV panel production and cut up to several thousand jobs, as its loss-making television unit struggles to compete with Asian rivals, domestic media reported.

Panasonic will stop plasma panel production at its Amagasaki No. 3 factory in Hyogo prefecture in Southern Japan, broadcaster NHK and the Yomiuri newspaper said on their websites. NHK cited a source close to the matter, while the Yomiuri did not give sourcing.

Amagasaki No. 3, the largest plasma panel factory in the world with production capacity of 330,000 panels per month, was completed in December 2009, the Yomiuri said. It makes large panels from 42 inches to 150 inches, the paper said.

The company is also considering selling off a liquid-crystal display panel plant at Mobara in Chiba prefecture, next to Tokyo, the reports said.

Panasonic will cut staffing by several thousand, including through voluntary redundancies, the Yomiuri reported.

A spokesman for Panasonic said the company was considering various options for its television business, but had nothing to announce at this point.

Panasonic, along with domestic rivals Sony and Sharp, is struggling to compete with the likes of South Korea's Samsung Electronics.

The firm is set to announce its July-September earnings and give an update on strategy on October 31.
courtesy:reuters

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's ,wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gave birth to a daughter

PARIS: French President Nicolas Sarkozy's supermodel wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gave birth to a daughter, a source in the first lady's inner circle has confirmed.
"For the moment we don't know the little girl's name," the source said, as the world's media gathered near the La Muette clinic in Paris and Sarkozy returned from talks on the future of the eurozone in Frankfurt.

Sarkozy arrived at the clinic shortly before 11:00 pm (local time), just over three hours after the birth, AFP reporters outside saw.

"It happened between 7:00 and 7:30 pm. Everything went well," a second source told AFP. The staff at the clinic has been reminded of the strict duty of medical confidentiality, and Sarkozy's office was silent.

The girl is the French first couple's first baby since their marriage in 2008, although Bruni has one 10-year-old son from a previous relationship and thrice-married Sarkozy has three aged 14 to 26.

In an interview pre-recorded for a French state television broadcast due today, Bruni-Sarkozy said she had not known the baby's sex: "We've arranged for it to be a big surprise. Obviously, a nice surprise."

Sarkozy had earlier in the day visited his 43-year-old wife in the Paris clinic for half-an-hour, but was forced to jet off to Germany for crisis talks on the eurozone sovereign debt crisis before the birth itself.

He left Frankfurt just before the birth was announced, after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF director Christine Lagarde and the current and next heads of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet and Mario Draghi.

Sarkozy's Elysee Palace office has said it will not make any official announcement on what it considers a private family matter, but the birth of a daughter was widely reported in French media outlets.

The unpopular 56-year-old centre-right leader is languishing in the opinion polls, far behind newly-crowned Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, and faces a tough battle for re-election in next April's first round vote.

But -- despite the lure of a rare round of warm-hearted headlines -- the Elysee has so far chosen not to publicise the pregnancy, fearing that France's electorate would react badly to the exploitation of private life.

In any case, political scientists told AFP that any "baby bump" in the opinion polls would be short-lived and arrive too late to in itself save Sarkozy from the ignominy of a single-term presidency.

This was perhaps why he chose to miss the opportunity of seeing his first daughter's birth in order to head to Frankfurt and battle for what could be a greater political prize, that of saving the European financial system.
courtesy:AFP

Indian IT major Infosys plans to add 600 employees to its Singapore operations

SINGAPORE: Indian IT major Infosys plans to add 600 employees to its Singapore operations to take advantage of the shift in investments from the United States and Europe to Asia, The Straits Times reported on Thursday.

Infosys, which currently has a headcount of 650 here, will also build a research and development lab in Singapore over the next six months, the first outside India, according to the report.

"A significant amount of investments will be diverted to Asia and Singapore as there is no growth in the US and Europe," Infosys Director Ashok Vemuri was quoted as saying.

The Singapore expansion would involve an additional $10 million to $15 million in capital expenses and wages, said Vemuri, who heads Infosys' Americas division.

Vemuri, who was here to attend the inauguration of an Infosys development centre yesterday, said: "We want to create and own intellectual property and build transformational projects for our clients."

Infosys, which has been present in Singapore for seven years, aims to lead the market in providing services to banks and financial institutions that are setting up offices in Singapore to manage their Asian businesses.
source:agecny

Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co unveiled their new mobile phone software

HONG KONG: Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co unveiled their new mobile phone software, pitching facial recognition programs that enhance security and photo sorting to challenge Apple Inc's record-breaking iPhone.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus runs Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Google's Android software, said Matias Duarte, Google's senior director. Samsung will start sales next month. No price was disclosed. The Samsung handset is Google's latest salvo in the battle to control the $207 billion mobile-phone market.

Apple's iPhone 4S sold a record more than 4 million units in three days last week, helped by the addition of voice-recognition features in the company's iOS software. "In terms of technology and functionality, it's hard to find a big difference between Android and iOS anymore," said Kang Yoon Hum, an analyst at NH Investment & Securities Co. in Seoul. "They are neckand-neck." Google and Apple are racing to upgrade their technology to lure users of smartphones.

Mountain View, California-based Google controlled 43.4% of that market in the second quarter, while Apple's iPhone had an 18.2% share. In Ice Cream Sandwich, the face detection technology is being introduced as a safety feature. Still, that "opens up a lot of possibilities," said Wouter De Meulemeester, a director at IRIS, a Belgian company that provides such technology. Applications such as photo-sorting can be developed, he said after attending the event.

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone 4S earlier this month featuring a new camera and a faster processor. The device is capable of detecting up to 10 faces while taking a photograph, according to Cupertino, California--based Apple's website. The phone features the Siri voice assistant that marks calendars.
courtesy:bloomberg

Bollywood Buzz: Stars attend Aishwarya's baby shower



While many stars were not invited for Aishwarya-Abhishek wedding, all biggies were invited for the baby shower.

Telangana issue,there were no quick answers :Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said there was no question of any government inaction on the Telangana issue and while a solution was not impossible there were no quick answers either."There is no inaction. Efforts are being made to find a solution that will bring about a broad based consensus among all the various stakeholders," the prime minister told journalists onboard his special aircraft."There are difficulties in arriving at quick decisions. There is a long history of the Telangana movement. It is not a new movement. It has been there since the mid-1950s," he said."Given the complications involved in settlement, it will take some time. That's why we have been engaged in widespread dialogue and discussions with all the stakeholders," he added.

"It is our hope that out of that will emerge a solution which is a win-win situation for all concerned," he said, while returning from Pretoria after attending the 5th India-Brazil-South Africa Summit.

There have been widespread protests over demands for a separate Telangana state to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh, with opinion also split both ways.

To a different question, the prime minister said the establishment of a states' reorganization commission has been under discussion for several years but that his government had not taken a view on the matter.
source:agency

Pattern in attacks on Bhushan, Kejriwal: Kiran Bedi



Kiran Bedi says she sees a pattern in the attacks on Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal.

India and China are neighbours,we have problems:Manmohan Singh

Prime minister Manmohan Singh said while problems did exist between India and China on a host of issues, he was hopeful all these will be overcome since the top leadership in Beijing also believed so.

"India and China are neighbours. We have problems. The border problem is a long standing problem. But it is my sincere hope it is possible for us to find ways and means by which the two neighbours can live in peace and amity," he said.

"Despite the persistence of the border problem, our both countries have agreed that peace and tranquility should be maintained along the border," he said while speaking to journalists on board his special aircraft.

"Overall our relations are quite good," he added, replying to a question on the threat perception from China while returning after a day-long summit among the leaderships of India, Brazil and South Africa in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"I have good working relations with President Hu Jintao, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. I am convinced that the top leadership of China wants peaceful resolution of all problems that exist between India and China.
source:agency

'Mr India' was a super film: Shah Rukh Khan



Shah Rukh Khan speaks on why 'Mr India' is a cult movie among the superhero films that Hindi cinema has produced.

It would not be proper for me to comment on Salman Khurshid: Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today termed as "stray" the comment of Law Minister Salman Khurshid that the investment climate in India was getting affected since several businessmen were in jail.

He, however, said there was the due legal process to get remedies.

"It would not be proper for me to comment on stray thoughts of what my minister has said," the prime minister said when asked for his comments on what Khurshid had said, which was even criticized by the Supreme Court.

"There are legal remedies available in our system. Whenever anybody gets on the wrong side of the law, and he or she is put behind bars, there are legal ways to get redress," the prime minister said during his return from Pretoria.

"We have a functioning democracy in which all three wings of the establishment - the executive, the judiciary, the legislature - have a well-defined role to play," the prime minister, who was away for the IBSA Summit, added.

Khurshid had said that India's investment climate was getting affected since so many business leaders were in jail, following which an explanation was sought by the apex court bench hearing the second generation spectrum allocation case.

It was later clarified by the government counsel that the law minister's remarks were general in nature and were in no way specific to this particular case.

Around a dozen top executives and corporate officials are in judicial custody for around six months now as co-accused in the 2G case.

To another question on judicial interventions on executive matters, the prime minister said his government has high regard for the legal process, adding all matters will be sorted out if the constitutional dharma is followed.

"We are a functioning democracy. Therefore ministers sometimes take advantage of that to express opinions. But as a government we have high respect and regard for judiciary."
source:agecny

US federal prosecutors have released interrogation tapes of terrorist David Headley

Washington: US federal prosecutors have released interrogation tapes of admitted Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley, who helped plot the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, after a Chicago judge's order.

Headley, son of a Pakistani diplomat and an American mother, who changed his given name of Daood Gilani to scout targets in Mumbai without arousing suspicion, is heard speaking publicly for the first time in the just released clips, the media reported.

Wednesday's release of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tape came after a not for profit investigative journalism group, Pro-Publica, filed a court motion along with the PBS show Frontline.

The government argued that Headley's family would be endangered if the video was released. Judge Harry Leinenweber said he wasn't convinced of that.

Headley is heard on the tape saying: "I want some, I mean would like, I know it doesn't matter what I want, but I'd like, from my eyes, I want some kind of bust to happen.

"I don't want to keep on & I mean I know you have plenty of evidence against me but really I'm just providing you more and more evidence against me and you aren't making any arrests."

During questioning, Headley was told that he had to tell authorities everything he knew and that any plea bargain would be based on the importance and quality of the information, the media said.

That is when Headley made a motion to suggest a plea deal to avoid the death penalty and then decided to turn on his boyhood friend, Pakistan born Canadian Tahawwur Rana, who provided Headley the cover of his Chicago based immigration business.

Headley would go on to get his plea deal in exchange for testifying against Rana, who was cleared in June of his role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks but convicted of providing material help to Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for a foiled plot to attack a Danish newspaper.
source:agency

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would lose the Shiv Sena's support:Bal Thackeray

Mumbai: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would lose the Shiv Sena's support if he pressed for the relaxation of visa procedures for Pakistanis wanting to visit the Ajmer dargah in Rajasthan, party chief Bal Thackeray said today.

"If he (Modi) errs, we shall not support him. I will not allow my country and Hindutva to be sullied by this," Thackeray said, referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party leader's demand.

Thackeray's comments were published today in the final installment of a three-part marathon interview to the media.

Though Modi is considered the "strongman" of Gujarat, Thackeray said that once "air fills somebody's head", it was natural that he would stray from his path.

The Shiv Sena chief said he had earlier supported Modi when some people in the BJP were opposing him. He had also told senior BJP leader L.K. Advani that Gujarat would "out of BJP's hands" if Modi were to go.

On Sep 23, Modi is reported to have told a convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators that visas procedures should be relaxed for Pakistanis who wanted to pray at the Ajmer shrine.
source:agency

Motorola has launched impossibly thin Droid RAZR phone with a stainless-steel core

Washington: Motorola has launched what it called an "impossibly thin" Droid RAZR phone with a stainless-steel core, a Gorilla Glass screen and a nanotechnology Splash-guard that protects even the electrical boards inside.

Motorola Mobility's Indian-American president Sanjay Jha declared the 7.1mm-thick mobile device the world's thinnest smartphone. Not only is it thinner than other 3G phones, it will run on Verizon Wireless's 4G LTE network in the US.

In other countries, the phone will be called the Motorola RAZR. The details on international carriers and network compatibility will come soon.

With a 4.3-inch screen with qHD resolution, it will have higher contrast and richer color than iPhone 4S, said Jha.

Not only will it have an incredibly high-res screen and a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor, but it will be the "first device to download HD movies from Netflix".

On the software front, it runs Android 2.3.5, aka Gingerbread. It will not launch with Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of the Android OS.

The Droid RAZR supports the webtop interface, like the Droid Bionic, Atrix, Photon and others, so one can dock it to one of Motorola's lapdocks, in order to run full Firefox browser.

The RAZR also has MotoCast, a syncing system that Jha called the phone's most important feature.

"You can stream content from your computer straight to your pocket (or purse) so your personal content is always within reach," according to a Motorola press release.

"And, because you don't have to upload to a third-party site, you're saving time while gaining peace of mind. That's right - your files stay safe because they stay with you."
source:agency

Barcelona to set up its first training school in India

New Delhi: After Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Bayern Munich, now the world's best football club Barcelona has come calling to India to set up its first training school with Delhi-based Conscient Football.

Barcelona's football nursery FCBEscoles will be conducting camps at the Heritage School in Gurgaon to train kids in the age-group of 6-14. Conscient Football is a part of the Conscient Group, which owns the Heritage Schools in the NCR region.

FCBscoles director Xevi Marce said the club will be providing top coaches from Nou Cup to run the camps here and they plan to train 10,000 children in the next three years.

"We don't promise to create a Messi here, we will not promise anything that we are not sure of. For us this is a social project and we want to support India. We have to go step by step," the Spaniard said.

Xevi said the camp will be no different from the ones that are held in Barcelona. "At the camp the youngsters will be undergoing all the programmes that are held at Nou Camp. We will also bring 4-5 coaches who would not only train the young footballers, but also Indian coaches," he said.

Asked about the trainees' chances to turn professional, Xevi said: "Even at La Masia (Barca's youth development centre) we can't guarantee how many boys can turn professional. Lot of factors influence a player to turn professional. Only time will tell how many professional players we can create from these camps," he said.

Conscient Football's director Anu Jain said: "In the first year the camp will be restricted only to the NCR and in the second year we will take it to the other metros. In the third year we will take it to the A level cities. We are also yet to finalise how much parents have to shell out for the camp but we will surely reserve some seats from the talented students."

Conscient Football has signed a three-year MOU with the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The Heritage School in Gurgaon also served as the training base for AIFF-run Indian Arrows and the India under-16 team.
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F1 tickets can be bought at bookmyshow.com

Greater Noida: The much sought after grandstand tickets for the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix will be up for grabs at Rs. 15,000 as organisers Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) are not insisting on the purchase of three-day package tickets. They have also revised the rates of the picnic and the classic stands at the Buddh International Circuit here.

JPSI MD Sameer Gaur had announced today that the ticket prices will be revised with a little over week left for the historic event scheduled Oct 28-30. The new package will come into effect from Thursday.

JPSI sales officer Ishani Ghosh said that around 25 percent of the 75,000 tickets that had been put for sale are still available. While the total seating capacity is 110,000 the remaining tickets will be distributed as per the company's commitments.

"The three-day cost of the ticket will remain the same, we have only added the option of buying tickets for the race day on Sunday. The offer is for the grandstand, classic stand and picnic stand," Ghosh said.

That means fans who only want to watch the main race can buy a grandstand ticket for Rs.15,000 instead of shelling out Rs.35,000 for the three-day combined ticket. The grandstand can seat 20,000.

Similarly, a seat in the classic stand will cost Rs.4,000 for the race day against Rs.6,500 for three days -- practice sessions on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and the main race.

A single day ticket for the two open picnic stands can be bought for Rs.3,000 whereas the overall package comes to Rs.6,000.

The offer is not valid for the premium stand, located next to the grandstand. A three-day premium stand ticket costs Rs.12,500.

"The tickets can be bought at bookmyshow.com and the offer will be on until the tickets are sold out. The grandstand and the premium stand are the most sought after seats. We expect them to be sold out very soon," added Ghosh.

The cheapest tickets of Rs.2,500 were for natural stand and were sold out three days after the launch Aug 21.
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US based Sikh group lodged a criminal complaint against Amitabh Bachchan

Washington: A US based Sikh group has lodged a criminal complaint against Indian film Oct 19 star Amitabh Bachchan in Australia for his alleged role in November 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The criminal complaint against Bachchan has been lodged with Australia's Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), the US based human rights organisation announced Tuesday.

In the complaint on behalf of widows, victims, and survivors of November 1984 anti-Sikh attacks, SFJ has been joined by National 1984 Victims Justice and Welfare Society and All India Sikh Students Federation.

Bachchan is currently in Australia to receive an honorary degree from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. He is also shooting for the Hollywood film "The Great Gatsby" co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio in Australia.

Australia's Criminal Code Act 1995 gives Australian courts jurisdiction in cases involving crimes against humanity whether or not the offence was committed in Australia, said SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.

Under this Act, the mere presence of a foreigner in Australia is sufficient basis for jurisdiction over acts of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity committed abroad, Pannun said.
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Twitter:Abhishek Bachchan has thanked their fans for wishing Aishwarya Rai on "Godh Bharai"

New Delhi: It was a grand baby shower ceremony for mother-to-be Aishwarya Rai and while celebrities had poured in to congratulate her, Abhishek Bachchan has thanked their fans for wishing her on "Godh Bharai".

"Good morning everyone. Thank you so much for all the wishes for Aishwarya on her Godh Bharai. Read out some of your messages to her," Abhishek posted on Twitter page today.

The baby shower had taken place at the Bachchan household Jalsa on Tuesday and actors like Saira Banu, Asha Parekh and Dimple Kapadia, as well as designers like Neeta Lulla and Shaina NC had turned up.

But the day-long festive ritual hasn't stopped the 35-year-old actor from going back to work. He is currently shooting for Abbas-Mustan's "Players".

"So after a day filled with tradition, Indian customs and ladies, it's back to work. Gotta start playing again for players!" he posted.

"Very excited with the way the film is shaping up. It's looking great. Will let y'all know when we release the 1st look. Will be soon!" he added.
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It is difficult for Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's family to accept his death: Soha Ali Khan

Kolkata: It is difficult for cricket legend Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's family to accept his death, Bollywood actress and his daughter Soha Ali Khan said on Wednesday.

"I recall him with lot of love. There is still a lot of disbelief at the moment that he is no more. It is difficult for me and my family," Soha told reporters on the sidelines of a programme organised here by coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day and ITC's stationery brand ITC Classmate.

When asked about the love and support that has poured in from all over the world after the death of Tiger Pataudi, Soha said: "I and my family really appreciate the love and support that we have received from all over India and the world. We thank everyone for standing by us in this difficult moment."

Pataudi, who led India in 40 Test matches, died Sep 22 following a lung infection.
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India issued an advisory cross-check facts about the Eurasian region security

New Delhi: India today issued an advisory asking Indian students already pursuing or planning to study in the Eurasian region to cross-check facts about the security situation and education standards in countries in the region.

The advisory comes in the wake of a surge in the number of Indians pursuing or planning to take up short-term (up to three years or less) courses, including medical courses, at various universities and institutes in some countries of the Eurasia region.

"Some of the universities/institutions are located in places with fragile law and order situations, instability or conditions generally not conducive for the pursuit of educational courses by foreign students," the external affairs ministry said in its advisory.

"Further, the degrees/certificates awarded by some of these universities/institutions are still not recognized outside these regions," said the advisory.

The Eurasian region comprises Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Georgia.

The ministry has asked Indian students who are planning to pursue courses in the CIS/Eurasia region to satisfy themselves about physical safety and living conditions, standards of education, recognition of degrees/certificates and general credentials of the educational institutions before heading to these countries.

The ministry also underlined that students planning to pursue higher studies in the Eurasia region should know that this region is separate from the Euro/Schengen Zone and, therefore, travel to Western Europe from this region requires requisite visas and permits.

Last year, over 100 Indians students got trapped in the worst violence to hit Kyrgyzstan in decades. Indian authorities had to be evacuated from the violence-hit area.
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Virat Kohli has the ability to match the extraordinary feats of Tendulkar: Jonty Rhodes

MUMBAI: Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes feels that India's middle-order batsman Virat Kohli has the ability to match the extraordinary feats of iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar to some extent.

"Kohli is only 22 but he has already shown his potential with the bat. He has shown that he can be a superstar," Rhodes told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of his new range of nutritional supplements under ESN (Evolution Sports Nutrition).

"His conversion rate from fifties to hundreds in ODIs is amazing. Once he gets a fifty, he is a difficult batsman to dismiss. With regards to the stats and the number of runs scored, he has shown that he can compete with the records of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar in the long run.

"Kohli is expected to play a big role in India's success in the future. He is a fine cricketer and a fine athlete. He is a complete all-rounder," he added.

Kohli has scored 2,496 runs in 66 ODIs at an average of 45.38 with the help of seven centuries and 16 fifties.

The 42-year-old Rhodes also believed that Kohli although does not have an impressive record in Tests, having scored only 76 runs in five innings, had it in him to become a successful player in the longer version of the game too.

"The right-handed batsman has been consistent in IPL, T20s and ODIs because he plays good cricketing shots," said Rhodes.

"He plays shots all-round the park. From the team point of view, he has shown maturity. He finishes games for India and does not throw his wicket away. That's what Test cricket is all about," he added.

Rhodes, who scored 2,532 and 5,935 runs in 50 Tests and 245 ODIs respectively, felt it would be an uphill task for England, who have lost the first two one-dayers against India in the ongoing five-match series, to bounce back.

"England are a team that have come off a convincing win (over India) in their home. But being 0-2 down is always a dangerous position to be in, especially when you are playing against a quality side. England have shown that they are very good but beating India in India is a tough ask," Rhodes said.

"We all know its pretty tough to play in India. England had played pretty well recently but India have bounced back. They are the world champions. No team would like to go to England and fail to win even a game there, especially if they are the world champions. India have given England a lesson in cricket in the last two games," he added.

The South African came out in support of veteran off- spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has been dropped from the national team, saying that he has a lot to offer to the Indian team.

"Bhajji has always been a fighter and he has been known for it throughout his career. I have been dropped in my career. There are two things you can do in that situation - either sulk and say that's it I'm not going to participate or you can get back to the field. That's what he did for Mumbai Indians in the Champions League," said Rhodes, who is the fielding coach of IPL franchisee Mumbai Indians, the team in which Harbhajan plays.

"He could have said Sachin is not here, I've been dropped from the Indian team so what's the point, but he led (Mumbai Indians) from the front. That's shows the kind of guy he is. He is a real team man. He has got a lot to contribute to the India team."
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Google, Samsung unveil latest Android phone

HONG KONG/SEOUL: Samsung Electronics unveiled the first smartphone running Google's latest version of the Android operating system, which aims to combine software used in tablets and smartphones.

The global launch of the Galaxy Nexus kicks off in November and comes as competition intensifies between Samsung and Apple Inc to win market share in the booming tablets and smartphones industry.

Samsung and Google introduced the high-end model at an event in Hong Kong, after delaying the launch last week as a tribute to the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Apple is Samsung's biggest customer for microprocessors.

This also marks the first major rollout from Google since it announced plans in August to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings for $12.5 billion.

The deal had raised concerns among hardware makers that Google may favor Motorola over other handset vendors such as Samsung, HTC and LG Electronics Inc that rely on the free software.

Google's Android mobile software -- already the world's most-used smartphone platform -- powers 190 million devices, up from 135 million in mid-July.

The latest version of Android, named Ice Cream Sandwich, is designed to unite tablet and smartphone platforms, potentially attracting more application developers and consumers to the Android camp, which has fewer applications available than Apple's.

Samsung, the top seller of Android phones and the biggest challenger to Apple, said the phone will have access to more than 300,000 applications and games, versus over 425,000 apps from Apple's App Store.

Many technology websites ran live blogs of the event, indicating the buzz generated for the new Android software and Nexus.

Samsung's new device, which touts a 4.65-inch high-definition "super" AM-OLED display and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, features such new functions as face recognition to unlock the phone.

The world's No.2 handset maker said it also plans to introduce a version of the Galaxy Nexus that runs on faster Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

Samsung's event came less than a day after Apple reported quarterly results that missed expectations for the first time in years, blaming rumors of the new iPhone for hurting demand in the September quarter.

Apple and Samsung have been locked in an acrimonious legal dispute in 10 countries involving smartphones and tablet computers as they jostle for the top spot in the fast-growing markets.

Samsung said on Monday that sales of its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones topped 30 million units, with the once-smartphone-laggard expected to overtake Apple as the world's biggest smartphone vendor in the third quarter.
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US has issued a travel alert to its citizens in India

WASHINGTON: The US has issued a travel alert to its citizens in India, warning them of possible terror attacks in the country during the holiday season.

"Recent Indian government advisories and local media report increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks in India," the state department said in a statement on Tuesday.

"US citizens travelling or residing in India are always urged to maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile, monitor local news reports, consider the level of security present when visiting public places, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security," said the alert.

It also noted that public places, such as markets, trains, buses, religious sites, hotels and restaurants were potential targets.

The alert expires on January 20, 2012.
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Shiv Sena's youth wing swings to item numbers



The anniversary event of Yuva Sena was attended by Uddhav Thackeray as well.

Behind-the-scene: 'The Dirty Picture' photo shoot



Catch all the behind-the-scene action of the photo shoot of the poster of Vidya Balan starrer 'The Dirty Picture'.

President Barack Obama's National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon will travel to India

Washington: President Barack Obama's National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon will travel to India later this week to discuss ways "to advance key elements" of India-US strategic partnership.

Before reaching New Delhi, Donilon will visit Beijing on Friday for meetings with Chinese leaders and policymakers, including Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo, the White House announced on Tuesday.

In India, he will have meetings with Indian leaders including the National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon to "review recent developments in the US-India strategic partnership", the White House said.

He would "discuss ways to advance key elements of the relationship, including both countries' participation in the upcoming East Asia Summit", it added.

"Donilon's visit underscores this Administration's commitment to growing US leadership in Asia, and our work with emerging powers, such as China and India, as a core component of this commitment," the White House said.

The announcement gave no details of what Donilon's meetings in China would cover except saying that they would "discuss a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern".

Donilon's visit to India comes at a time of increasing tension between the US and its key ally Pakistan amid accusations that its spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence supports Haqqani Network terror group to limit New Delhi's influence in Afghanistan.
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'Agneepath' beats 'RA.One' in the satellite rights battle



Hrithik Roshan starrer 'Agneepath's satellite rights have reportedly been sold for a record Rs 41 crore.

Arvind Kejriwal urged police to release the man who had hurled a shoe at him

Ayodhya: Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal today urged police to release the man who had hurled a shoe at him a day earlier in Lucknow, saying he had no bad feelings.

"I have no bad feelings towards that man, I don't know what he had in mind before doing this. But I will say violence is not the way, we should sit and talk," Kejriwal said, referring to Tuesday's incident when he was attacked and heckled while preparing for a meeting in Lucknow.

"I don't know where he is. If he is in police custody, I will say release him and don't take any action," he said.

The man identified as Jitendra Pathak of Jalaun district hurled the chappal at Kejriwal when he was about to reach the dais at Jhulelal park. He was arrested.

Kejriwal also said more such attacks may come in future and urged volunteers not to indulge in violence when such incidents occur.

"The volunteers have to be careful in such cases. If our volunteers attack, what kind of Gandhians are we? If someone attacks, we have to sit with him and explain things to him," he said.
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Team Anna lost focus on corruption: Kejriwal attacker



Arvind Kejriwal's attacker says he would've done the same if Team Anna were opposing any other political party.

Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG 29 crashed in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul Valley

Shimla: An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG 29 crashed in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul Valley, police said today, adding that rescue workers had begun to search for survivors in the treacherous mountain terrain.

There is no official confirmation about the number of people on board the aircraft that crashed on Tuesday night.

"A communication was received from the IAF at around 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday that a MiG 29 has crashed," Superintendent of Police Bimal Gupta told the media over phone.

"A team of rescue workers has reached Chokhan village from where they have started trudging up the mountains to reach the accident spot," he said.

"We are awaiting the arrival of the IAF teams. The accident spot is quite treacherous and inaccessible. IAF choppers are likely to be deployed to reach the spot," the officer added.

Chokhan village on the Keylong-Udaipur highway is about 40 km from the district headquarters of Keylong and 450 km from here.

"We have no information about the number of people on board the aircraft," Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Shankar said.
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F1 track for maiden Indian GP unveiled



The Buddh international circuit promises to live up to the international standards.

HCL Technologies posted an increase of 50 percent in net profit

New Delhi: HCL Technologies today posted an increase of 50 percent in net profit at Rs.497 crore during the quarter ended on Sep 30 as against the corresponding period of the previous financial year.

The revenue stood at Rs.4,651 crore during the quarter under review, up 25.4 percent as compared to the like period of 2010-11, the company said in a statement.

"We have doubled our quarterly revenues in just three years to record a billion dollar quarter despite the tough economic environment," said Vineet Nayar, vice chairman and CEO, HCL Technologies.

The company had a gross and net employee addition of 9,311 and 3,474, respectively, taking the total headcount to 80,520.

The company has also declared an interim dividend of Rs.4 per equity share of face value of Rs.2 each which includes a one-time special milestone dividend of Rs.2 per equity share of the company.

Under this programme, all employees who are on the company's rolls as on Oct 14, 2011 will receive a minimum amount equivalent of 5 shares and a maximum amount equivalent of 10 shares based on years of tenure at HCL.

The company has budgeted an amount of Rs.25 crore for this initiative.

"This Milestone Share Programme is a small token of appreciation of our employees who are the reasons for all our success," said Nayar.

At the Bombay Stock Exchange, the shares of the company were 7.71 percent lower to trade at Rs.404.95.
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